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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 2,958
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 139
Gots: 389 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,204 | Hads: 2,958
Photo of Burt
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle.

Appearance; amber with a nice head and thick lacing

Smell; hops, hops and more hops, strong pine and citrus

Taste; big hop kick, pine then citrus, a little sweet then the bitterness kicks in wow.

Mouth feel; thick and syrupy

Drink ability; can only have one at a sitting

This was a hop monster of a beer, blown away by this one. Big taste throughout. Recommend this one to only seasoned, big time, over the top hop monster heads.

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Photo of klewis
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cyrstal clear golden with a small thick head. Moderate lacing.

S: Mostly pine with a bit of citrus. A big whiff produced an alcoholic fume that burned the nostrils.

T: Raw and earthy flavors of pine needles. Unrefined and harsh. Perhaps slightly oxidized?

M: Thick, full-bodied, and syrupy. Sticky with a lingering taste.

D: Not bad, but not worth $8 a bottle. Great mouthfeel, but the taste is tiring and brash.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewfan for this bomber.

Crystal clear copper with a nice white head that is leaving nice waves of lacing down my glass.

Spicy citrus hops with a little bit pine as well. Smells strong and zesty. Slightest hint of caramel malts fight for recognition...but they should just give up.

This thing is a hop bomb. I believe them when they say 153 IBUs. Sure, most people may not be able to detect that high a level of IBUs, but I know I am experiencing most of that. Zesty citrus and pine rip the palate to shreds and it's worth every minute of it. I don't notice any malts even thought I know they are there. Yummmy.

Full body DIPA with a good amount of carbonation. 11% abv and you don't even notice it. Well, until after you finish the whole bottle anyway. Dry? Yup. Bitter? Absolutely. Should you run out and get some? You bet. Damn fine brew. Thanks, Jim. I gotta go get some more of this one.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

THis is my first Southern Tier....picked up a bottle at Capone's outside of Philly. Pours light brown, muddy clay color. almost no head. looks strong with sticky lacing. Not a terribly odiforous beer really. Hops are obvious on the nose, but they are drenched in boozy sweet malt odor. Oily hop and alcohol flavor. hops are the defining flavor and there is a good amount of bitterness but not a ton. I wouldn't call it a complex beer, but it definitely qualifies as a double IPA so it lives up to that. Not exactly "unearthly" though. I'd have another of these but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly a tremendous beer. It offers an extremely bold, yet delicate balance of intense malt sweetness and hop intenisy and flavor. The dryness of the hops, combined with the pronounced alcohols leaves a very spicy and dry sensation immediately. The flavors, though rich with caramels and barley, are thinned by the alcohols and citrus hops. The hops deliver strong citrus, pine, and earthy flavors of higher proportions. Along with flavor, the hops give a serious bitterness without the soapy, metalic flavors expected in big ipa's. The feel is full and rich, but I stop shy of saying 'thick or heavy'. Finishes with a focus on the dry, spicy hops with back-up tones of carmel malts and smooth fermented barley. Well balanced and strong flavored. Not for the timid, but pleasant after getting past the bitter shock.

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Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 650 ml. bottle purchased at Liquor World, Somerville, MA

Poured a glowing, crimson-amber with a small, fizzy, off-white head. No lacing.

The aroma was hoppy initially, but milder than expected. As the beer warmed, the hoppiness became more intense. Zesty and citrusy cascade hops were apparent, along with candi sugar, ripe fruits and a touch of sweet caramel malts.

Like the nose, the taste was quite hoppy yet perfectly balanced. Some smooth, sweet, creamy maltiness up front before the hops took over. Potent (yet palatable) cascade hops displayed esters of ruby red grapefruit. On the back end, the beer seemed to be less hoppy and notes of brown and candi sugars were noticeable. The aftertaste was aggressively hoppy and left a piney, resiny flavor lingering in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was less carbonated than expected. Nevertheless, the beer turned to a rich, creamy froth once it hit my tongue.

At 11% ABV and 153 ibu's, I never would have expected the alcohol to be so mild, nor the beer to be so well balanced.

Overall, this is an incredibly flavorful and drinkable DIPA. Truly an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Double IPA's and this one is no exception to the rule. I can't really say anything negative about the appearance on this beer. It has a good amber looking color, with a sticky white head that is just the right size. Smell is big on the sweet syrupy hops, but also has a bit of bitterness as well. With some warming, a nice grapefruit/tangerine aroma pulled through. Taste was sweet up front, with the oily hops in the back. Aftertaste was a mix of fruit and resin like hops if that makes sense. Mouthfeel is pretty big for a Double IPA....not huge, but certainly big. You can taste the alcohol on this one, but it is so damn easy to drink that it can be easy to forget. This is my buddy Ian's favorite IPA out there. I gotta say that he is right that this is a great example of the style. Definitely not my favorite, but really good in my book. I bet it would pair well with a whole list of cheeses. Cheers

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright shiny copper, crystal clear body, with scattered carbonation streams. Topped by a thick slab of levle white froth. Good lacing.

The aroma hits the nose from a foot-and-a-half away, and holds up when sampled up close. Pine trees abound, and somewhere within lurks several fruit groves, including grapefruits and oranges.

Taste kicks off with a rich deep caramel/toffee with hints of dark chocolate foundation. Fruity juicy hops rise on the foundation with bits of orange, mango, tangerine, and grapefruit, and construct a skyscraper on the tongue, with is then cleaned with a sandblasting burst of a hop bite at the swallow. Gentle blanket of warming (but not biting) alcohol in the aftertaste.

Medium, maybe medium-plus mouthfeel. Not one to chug the bomber in one pull, but don't baby it either.

A very well composed IIPA, well integrated, tasty, drinkable. Highly recommended. Southern Tier is not second tier.

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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know where those 153 IBUs are hidding, but this is still a pretty awesome big beer. Overall the taste and aroma were surprisingly sweet. Smelled almost medicinal with a bit of spicey hops coming through. Candy-like malt flavor mixed with citrus hops made up a flavor that came off a little creamy, probably from the red wheat. Maybe the most drinkable DIPA I've had, no hint of the 11% as the beer warms.

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Photo of soup35
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

Luminous copper color with a pretty normal looking head.

Strong hop aroma with a bit of spicy-peppery hints.

This aggressive DIPA has a musky floral intense hop taste. It has small hints of dried flowers at the back of tongue. A complex, strong, powerful beer with a strong hoppy finish.

Southern Tier did a great job on this DIPA…probably my favorite Southern Tier beer.

If you are into your IPAs and DIPAs, you will definitely like this beer.

The bottle lists the ABV, platos, IBUs, and malts and hops…AND even the temperature and glass type to serve this delicious liquid. It’s the beer that keeps on giving!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darlk orange, dusky, husky, unfiltered look in this, with a solid creamy off-white cap to it...much carbonation, many bubbles.

Aroma is a delirious mess, a mix of tropical fruits, citrus, pineapple, mango, orange, lime, ...in the coconut, call the doctor, wake him up, he say, DOC-Tor, ain't there nothing I can make, to relieve this bellyache...
Taste: strip the palate clean and make ready for this hop avalanche...or volcanic explosion, or whatever fits your geographical preference, it's a landslide of hoppiness on the palate, a blitz of fruity, citric flavors, blistering pine and pineapple, with greater grapefruit and pithy lemon zest...
Full bodied, with a immense presence on the palate which grabs the tongue and begs it to stay, and this overbearing eminence implores us to consider other aspects, such as...
11% abv???
153 IBUS???
a bunch of other crazy statistics???
what an incredible brew!!! really tests the water for the depths of hops and bitterness, yet staying utterly delicious! Yum meets yum, and then again, yum!
Nie job, So.Tier, very nice job. Just goes to show how many superiorly talented brewers there are, all over the U.S., waiting to show off their amazing abilities.
I always liked Southern Tier, now I have a greater respect...

thanks to Ed from Philly, the DArkOne, for securing my sample.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Packaged in a 22 oz silk-screened amber bomber, states it should be served at 42F into a fluted glass
Served just above fridge temp about 36F into a Nonick pint
Aroma at the bottletop is 100% hops, like I opened up a jar of Cascades and took a whiff.
Pours with a good body, producing a nice 3/4" off white head with some coarse bubbles and oily look. Head persists for a while and leaves great lacing.
Color is rusty amber with a hint of red, and slightly hazy.
Aroma at the glass is more balanced, with rich maltiness, some piney and resinous hops in addition the the citrus.
Taste is very well balanced when cold. Plenty of maltiness, carbonation, hop flavor and aroma and bitterness. Don't be scared away by the huge IBU claim on the bottle--this is not a palate destroyer--more like 80 IBU is my guess.
As it warms, maltiness gets more pronounced. But, tastes a little more raw grainy and grassy. The malt bill of pale, wheat, and carapils becomes evident, having no caramel or toasty backbone to moderate. It gains an acidic bite in the finish.
Drinkability is excellent. Despite the 11% ABV, it's very quaffable, and thus possibly dangerously quaffable. Glad it was a bomber, pleased to have a second pour. It's a good beer that could be improved but still already stands on its own.

2010 edit: They've cleaned up their fermentation at Southern Tier This 2006 review above was a fair one on a fresh bottle, and Unearthly is simply more Unearthly now. All the hits it took in my original view are gone. Flavor is great until the last swallow. I gave it a 4.0 before, and it's earned a promotion.

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Photo of yinzer
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle. Not aged.

appearance - Light for a Double IPA. Cooper. Normal head.

smell - Sweel carmel with pine late addition hops. Very nice.

taste - Starts malty with pine flavors. The malt holds in there and stays sweet with a mild bitter finish. Not a big IPA when it comes to bitterness but the flavor and aroma hops are there.

mouthfeel - Full with a hint of carbonation.

drinkability - I've always found Southern Tier's beers while not a great example of the style to be very drinkable. East Coast for sure, hides the alcohol very well at 11%. Another clean solid beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was a very light coppery red color. A frothy white inch and a quarter head took a few minutes to dissolve. An average looking carbonation rising. Big thick lacing clumps.

A very nice hops aroma. A strong blend of citrus briefly gives way to a flash of pine aroma before ending with a clearly lemon zest note. These great flavors area little weak, but perfectly balanced.

Nicely balanced taste. A bitter hops blend of pine taste and light citric acids. A lemony finish isn't overpowering but helps the other flavors to mellow on the tongue.

A nice carbonation burst as it hits the front of the tongue moves the tastes to the side of the mouth. Above average thickness clinks to cheeks.

The total is greater then the sum of the parts. Great beer with a sharp chedder cheese and crackers as a relaxing snack. A very fine offering that I plan on stocking up on every time it gets released.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear amber with the slightest touch of red rose. There’s not much head after a while, but he slightly yellow film left some nice lace at first.

Smells of apricots, peaches and doughnuts. There’s also some fresh baked pastry, honey and rolled oats. A little pine pops in and out bringing with it some touches of alcohol that become more prevalent when it warms.

The flavor starts with a hop sting that shocked me at first but my palate got used to it as I drank my way through the first pint. There’s a base of boozy sweet maple syrup and oatmeal. The wicked hops leave traces of cedar and pineapple. Mostly, I’m just getting a beautiful sting out of this. Finishes, well, dry and bitter with a little “just took a shot of vodka” residual alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tiny, easy going carbonation that is both thickening and playful. that was a nice surprise for an 11%’er.

This one’s not bad at all. It’s quite aggressive, a little bit boozy, but the bottom line is that it’s really quite good.

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Photo of Viggo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Consumer Beverage in NY for $4.79 or something ridiculous.

Pours a clear copper, huge thick white head forms, some of the prettiest and most massive lace I've ever seen, great retention, this shit really sticks. Smell is huge, big hops and malt, sweet toffer, grains, pine and floral, big citrus, unbalanced in the greatest way. Taste is sweet up front, then attacks with crazy pine and floral hops, citrus grapefruit assault, , excellent balance between the hops, crazy but not crazy, clean bitterness in the finish, 153 IBU? Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied, low carbonation, sticky, 11%? This beer looks massive on paper, but the balance is so incredible, you could sip this all day. Sorry Michigan Brewing, this is what a DIPA should be like.

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Photo of LarryV
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Redbone's in Somerville MA. Lovely deep amber color with a 1/2 inch fine textured head. Incredibly fragrant, the hops just jump out at you. Taste is big citrusy hops with a slightly sweet malt backbone that never becomes cloying, Really a nicely balanced beer. The alcohol manages to hide pretty well behind the hoppy facade. I think my friend summed it up when he ordered one and took his first taste - wow!!

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Photo of Litterbean
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange red, with a silky head and a lot of lace.

Smell is up front and aggressive. Peppery at first, with a lot of fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is bittersweet at first, much more bitter and the hops are pronounced. Smooth, rich, and creamy is how I would characterize the malts. Juiciness towards the end with not much carbonation. Bitter all the way through but there's a sweetness at the end. Alcohol is present and warm, a bit spicy, but blends well. A fine brew.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle served in my Duvel tulip.
Pours a crystal clear brilliant amber with a dense creamy resinous head. The aroma is a fabulous balance of citrus and earthy hops and sweet malt. The flavor features a dump truck of hops. Damn. Very aggressively bitter. Citrus and earthy notes, just as the aroma. Sweet malts work through, as does the alcohol. At 11% the alcohol is apparent, but not doesn’t come off as hot. Slick over the tongue. A welcome beer in my glass any day.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany, beautiful head - creamy and thick, stays and laces. Smells fruity and nutty. Tangerine. A bit of alcohol makes its presence known, but not as much as expected for the whopping 11%. Flavor is prickly piney but candyish coaty on tongue to peanut skin vegetal bitter crescendo. Beautiful male, just will not vibe with these hops! I don't get it - how are these malt and hop flavors supposed to work together? Their bright sizzly fruit clashes with the sweet and toasty malt. So many beers try this combo, and it just doesn't work. Smooth feel, easy to drink, but bland yeast.

Overall this is good, or even great in some ways, but the flavor clashes and it is missing any magic. Too clean just like an album that sounds too clear and polished. You need some grime, some pizzazzz, some funk. Pretty badass in malt and bitterness, but it needs at least a hint of yeast character.

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Photo of scooter231
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty beer, a light pinkish ruby, quite clear, with some head and a hint of lacing. Christmasy looking, if that makes any sense. Nose is hoppy, way way hoppy, with some sweet and earthy hops. Grassy, definitely grassy. Pungent. Hoppy, but nothing terribly exciting- not that that's bad... expected, I should say. Expected nose.

Taste is a bit more original, very flavorful, big taste, hoppy and quite earthy. There's a woodsy thing in here that's meaty and bold. It's almost a meal. Mouthfeel is simple and good. This brew is quite tasty. And for 11%- this is a sneaky, evil little bastard. Long live DIPAs.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color an off white head dies to a moderate bubbly pool. Lots of nose activity with sweet floral hop notes in layers of dryness, citric acidity, and sour and some caramel malts and fruity esters. Right away you notice its wonderful balance. Roasted malts, caramel characters surrounded by extraordinarily tasty dry bitter hop characters. Alcohol is there but at eleven percent it does a great job of not making a dominant force. Fantastic mouthfeel that maintains crisp even carbonation to the end. Notes of toffee and buttery flavors get stronger as it warms. Again a tremendous hop addition and excellent balance makes this one a brew I will have to have again.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish orange with a giant white foamy head. Nice lacing and head retention. The smell isn't as strong as I hoped,but you can make out some "bisquity" scents along with brown sugar, alcohol,and hops. The taste is very hoppy with a high alcohol content along with bitter hops, and brown sugar. A very good taste with the m/f being well balanced and all flavors mixing well. A very good beer from a brewery that's very underated.

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Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo hooked me up with this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice golden amber colour with a huge tan head. head drops slowly and leaves lots of rocky lace behind.

aroma is great. major hop attack. grapefruit and pine. nice malty sweetness behind the hops. alcohol hidden well.

taste is great. really nice pine and grapefruit hop flavour. resiny bitterness. bitterness is high, but works well. great bready and biscuity malt. caramel, but not overly sweet. wow. if i didn't know this was 11% i'd swear it wasn't above 8%. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. nice body, good carbonation level.

drinkability is dangerously good. as i said above, so well balanced you'd never know it is more than 7 or 8%abv. really great beer and a definite treat for the hopheads out there.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding beer. I have had it on tap on two occasions and it holds up well in a 22 ounce bomber. The ABV is well hidden with the hop/malt balance of this beer which reminds me a little of Devils Dancer. It has a strong nose of hops. A great brew.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.