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

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

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BA SCORE
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2,411 Ratings
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Ratings: 2411
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - crystal clear pale yellow body with three fingers of white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - big citrus and some malty sweetness

T - Solidly bitter citrus hops with a nice earthy malt underneath. Good bit of alcohol but not overly strong considering the abv.

M - Medium/light with moderate carbonation. A bit thin and watery as I find tends to be the case with Southern Tier.

O - This hits all my favorite features of a strong American IPA. It's very citrus and bitter, malts are low and earthy, and it has a high abv. However, I find everything from Southern Tier to be watery. The only reason I like this is that the flavors are strong enough to compensate for the weak body. The 2XIPA for example just doesn't have enough flavor to get passed the wateriness.
So I may buy this again, but it's a tough sell when I can pick up a Ruination or the Green Flash Imperial IPA, or even better, that Green Flash Green Bullet (and I have no idea why people are knocking the Green Bullet. Massively underrated IMO!)

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:46:42 | More by JAFoley
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanx Shamrock1343;

Small green stamp bottom left corner reads "DOB 07/02/13"

Into a chalice:

A: slightly golden looking amber colored body with a slim white one finger head that dies drastically pretty much within several seconds, well before I was able to snap a picture, some light stringy looking lacing tries to cling but slides for the most part

S: slight pine, but also resinous hops combined nicely with some earthy hops, pretty well done in my opinion

T: sticky sweet pine running all over my taste buds, sticky pine-like aftertaste, slightly dry but somewhat bitter yet sweet finish

M: medium for the most part, not exactly sessionable, carbonation is exceptionally smooth and seems to be slightly different as a DIPA - like its just too smooth to be true (I know its kinda old, but at 9.5 from July of this year, I didn't think it would be this smooth by now), holy moley, is it this way all the time or am I having it at just the right time?

O: best thing about this is the mouthfeel, never have I felt a smoother mouthfeel than any other DIPA I've had, and I've had a ton of them as its a top style of mine - yes I'm having this a bit old, but you know this is a pretty good beer that I would have again, I can only imagine what its like fresh...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:04:34 | More by BeerKangaroo
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale), poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a clear filtered amber with a huge soapy head that retains well. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Piney and resiny hops over a slight malt body with a touch of alcohol.

Taste - Malt intro pushed out of the way by spice and pine. Interesting flavor, I give it good marks for flavor.

Mouthfeel - Warm, spicy, and boozy. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Decent drinkability. The brew falls flat a bit here but not horrible.

Overall - Unique spice in this DIPA (more of a TIPA if you ask me) but not an outstanding brew overall. Not really my bag, baby.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:03:28 | More by JMScowcroft
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curasowa

New York

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt over muted piney hops with some medicinal notes.

Taste: Creamy malt sweetness, then lots of spicy booze. There's bitterness towards the back end, but not a lot of depth of flavor - it's more of a metallic bitterness. Also some woodiness towards the finish which is lingering and hot with booze.

The Rest: Not a bad sipping beer, but a bit hot and rough. Stick with the 2XIPA, it has much better balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:31:31 | More by curasowa
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delta490

Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- a hazy orange copper. Big foamy eggshell head has great retention and leaves big lacing. Carbonation slowly trickles up.

S- big pine buttressed with caramel/malt

T- the taste closely mirrors the aroma but there is a wonderful balance between the two and neither overwhelms the other

M- pleasing fullness and quite smooth. A slight bite from hops on the finish

O- a delicious big flavored and well balanced IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 18:30:54 | More by delta490
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle, DOB 07/01/13.

Huge head, hazy honey gold body, couple of rings left behind, aroma of sweet smelling hops. Very sweet and sticky in the flavor, biscuity, sweet pine in the finish, Bitterness is felt more in the aftertaste. Very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:36:46 | More by papat444
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CaptainOats

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 8/24/13

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Brooklyn snifter at home

A- Cloudy when first poured cold but the haze subsided for the most part. It clears up nicely to reveal a beautiful amber color. No lacing whatsoever

S- when cold I was getting a soapiness on the nose, it was a bit off putting. As it warmed up I started to get a lot of the malt sweetness on the nose. Just a bit of hops on the nose. I was really expecting more from the hops from an American imperial IPA.

T- I found the hops, must have been some early additions because the bitterness is there but i wish there was more in the nose. I do get some pine on the tongue and a lot of the malt and sweetness. It does cover up the alcohol well.

M- Not as chewie as some big IPAs I've had. I wish the carbonation lasted a bit longer.

O- not a bad beer but definitely not my favorite imperial IPA. Nice balance with the malt but I need more hops on the nose to score his higher. I can't blame it on age, it's less that 2 months old

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 19:31:27 | More by CaptainOats
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vcoggins

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lite amber/copper color with a big off white head. Hops, light citrus, sweet malts on the nose. I love the sweet beers and this one hits the spot with malt sugary sweetened to balance the wonderful hops. The 9.5% ABV is there but not overpowering but is warming as it goes down. I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:37:35 | More by vcoggins
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark gold color with a small head that still laced the glass
S- floral and hops
T-hops with a hops aftertaste that warms then turns dry
M- medium carbonation and medium body
O-great way to start the saturday football day out. Bought a 12 pack of Southern Tier varity looking foward to to next one

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 11:13:19 | More by a0lbudman
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

I decidedly poured Unearthly into a pint glass. I didn't get much of a head, at all, disappointingly so. Orange-amber for a color with some haziness. Not the prettiest beer, after all.

Even the non-oak-aged version has a woodiness to the nose from big dry hop bitterness. Big dank notes of orange and red grapefruit and pine with efficiency considering a hefty malt backbone of caramel and toast and hints of brown sugar. Resinous citrus steals the show; no subtleties of grassiness or floral notes. Just big thick slices of familiar hop fruit.

Stinging booze, beefy caramel, and dank orange-y citrus. Notes of grapefruit and pine are also very prominent. It has a hoppy juiciness that I like, but it's still pretty malty sweet. Tastes not unlike many American barleywines that I have had, but just beefed-up. Toastiness isn't huge, but it's obvious. There's a note of dried apricot, too. Booze is pretty big, from the top. You can tell that it intends to be big all the way through.

A little tacky from the residual sweetness. The booze is happy strong, too. Relatively appropriate, considering the style, and Unearthly's take on it. Still, it compromises drinkability. The body has some oiliness in the way that it exceeds the standard for heft. A decent drink.

A beastly DIPA, but I prefer 2XIPA from Southern Tier. To each their own, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:30:08 | More by thecheapies
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I’ve wanted to try this for a while now, but the lack of a bottle date made me uneasy. I’ve been told this should be fresh, though, so I decided to finally spend the money. Cheers!

A: Crystal-clear copper body under an offwhite head; the cream stands at an inch before dropping to nothing. Small amount of lacing around the glass’ interior.

S: The typical DIPA smack of caramel and pine sap indicate that this is a dense, sugary beer. Additional undertones of grape jam, maraschino cherry, butterscotch, and shredded wheat cereal.

T: Smoothly sweet with dominant tastes consisting of marshmallow, cream cheese frosting, and caramel. Hops aren’t as forward as expected; unable to pierce the veil of residual sugars, they provide only a spattering of pepper, lemon-lime, and grapefruit tastes. The finish is quite syrupy, but with a fruity hint of grape.

M: The best part about this beer is its soft and foamy texture, its heavy body that’s nonetheless creamy and largely inoffensive. Alcohol is well hidden, too, even though the carbonation is quite light.

O: This is a quintessential American DIPA; you can tell that the hop and malt bills were tweaked by true craftsmen to create a bold, balanced experience. I’ll admit that it’s a little too sweet for me to finish an entire bottle on my own, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s quite tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:11:36 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbulent pour produced a long-lasting, solid three-finger creamy head. Translucent and bubbly amber IPA. Thick spider-web lacing.

Strong notes of pine and some citrus, with a hint of floral honey. Malt presence in the background with light caramel and grains.

Smooth, sweet, caramel, and syrup; hop presence is very subdued, and manifests mostly in bitterness vice flavor. A bit of pine and floral hops do come through, but they're overpowered by the syrupy malt flavor.

Thick and syrupy; medium feel; absolutely no carbonation sting. It doesn't quite feel alive. Far too syrupy, and a disappointment from ST.

This is a good beer, but a mediocre DIPA. 2XIPA was far more to my liking. No bottle date (typical of Southern Tier; come on, guys!), so I don't know if this was an older bottle or what. I'd have to think their profile is normally more hop-forward.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:46:35 | More by Roguer
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep amber with a nice thin white head.

S - Very malt heavy with some floral hops.

T - Sweet malts come through right up front. Finish is strong resinous hops with a slight alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinks very easy for being 9.5% alcohol.

O - A good readily available DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:43:06 | More by TreyIsWilson
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MisSigsFan

California

3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying I'm a huge West Coast IPA fan. Being from San Diego, I've always preferred the more piney IPAs. I've heard a lot of good things about Unearthly, so when I saw it at Wegmans in Syracuse, NY I decided to give it a try. Looks like your standard IPA. Golden copper. Smells very boozy and sweet. No sense of hops in there at all. Taste is really sweet and boozy as well. Hops play such a small role in this beer. I'm wondering if I got an old bottle or something. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but overall not bad. This beer is just way too sweet and malty for me. It doesn't even really taste like an IPA. Probably won't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:07:19 | More by MisSigsFan
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Great orange with a hint of red color. Head is a nice off white tannish color.

S: An abundant of malts and hops. Some grapefruit, pepper spice, and a bit boozy.

T: Still a lot of hops and malts, grapefruit and pepper spice also carry over, a little sweet from the malts, and still kind of boozy.

M: Medium-full body with an awesome balance of carbonation. Leaves a lot of the hops after tastes in there with a bit of dryness and earthy tone. I really liked that.

O: Awesome beer. I still much prefer their 2XIPA, this is still a great beverage when you want more hops focus.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 05:17:35 | More by nick_asian
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pjkelley82

New York

4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 5 East Unearthly West RuinTEN

Wow.... this bastard is hot.... and hot.... god damn... but I absolutely love it... nothing for me that's "undrinkable" but enough to call it a sipper. This was now round 5 and I'm sure this beer put me over the edge... for me personally stone was cleaner and a hell of a lot smoother... but they were both malty but unearthly was a nice big malt bomb so to speak.. good hop profile in both but this came down to a split decision for me and the maltyness and that super hot burn left me with unearthly being the victor. I'm gonna buy another and sit on this bad boy a while....

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 01:44:05 | More by pjkelley82
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel, copper.
Smell: Peppery pine and alcohol.
Taste: Honey, pepper, and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Big. This is a slow sipper. The alcohol is pronounced. Like most imperials, at least to me, it's harder to pick out the particulars in the smell and taste. The overall drink is excellent though. I would certainly get this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 04:55:21 | More by TeamMathis
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Robb_in_Austin

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Initially tasted straight from the bottle while very cold. Very nice aroma; the hop bill on the bottle promised good things that the nose reaffirmed. Alas, it didn't live up to the nose.

A: Poured a nice copper color with a cream colored head that dies quickly.

S: Lots of hops on the nose initially, then malt.

T: A brief hop bite then the malt and alcohol come in. The malt and alcohol are very much in balance. Leaves a lingering, slightly caramel with the faintest hint of hop bitterness, flavor. Definitely packs the alcohol punch but the malt sweetness balances.

M: Very nice body. Thick and mouth coating. Doesn't die after 10 seconds.

O: I was mislead by the label. When I see "unearthly IPA" I expect nothing but hops. I like it nonetheless. The alcohol and malt are very balanced but needs more hops, both bittering and aromatic.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:46:30 | More by Robb_in_Austin
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

IPA Day 2013 beer for me. Bottle date of 5/20/13 and enjoyed on 8/1/13. Pours from the bottle copper, clear, and with a big fluffy aromatic head. Aroma of big grapefruit and some sweet malts, then more grapefruit. Flavor has a huge malt backbone but with plenty of bitter from the hops. Very sweet and very much on style. Slick mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Pretty solid and much better than the Oakes version. Wondering if the hops had more power when this was bottled 2.5 months ago, but overall plenty of bite still there.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:16:12 | More by BMMillsy
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had just finished a really sweaty workout, and parched as I was, I sought out this DIPA that I had never tried before. Drank in a snifter, just a little above fridge temperature.

It's a pure, transparent gold color. I would say "unearthly" in its clarity. A two-finger dirty white head.

As I live much closer to the West coast than the East, this is the first "East coast IPA" I've had, and I could already distinguish a different character as I took in the aroma. It smells like honey and sweet bread. Tropical fruits, too. A sweeter and juicier scent than the astringent pine smell of a lot of other DIPAs I've had.

The flavor also follows a slightly different blueprint than I'm accustomed to. It's brimming with hop flavor and refrshing fruitiness... citrus... and maybe some mango. Wonderful spicy hops in the finish. The thing that's kind of new to me is that it doesn't bombard me with the bitterness I love oh so much in a DIPA. However, though the bitterness is moderate, hoppiness is still high. So it's different to me, but by NO means in a bad way.

The feel is... seamless. Perfect, really. One of the smoothest DIPAs, or beers of any style, that I've ever had.

Mmmmhmm. Those Easterners do their own thing, and I think Unearhtly gave me a real nice taste of that thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 20:33:14 | More by Kuaff
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dougfur

New York

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a really beautiful orange color, pretty clear, but with a little haze. Nice head. A very fine looking beer!
The smell is a real mix of hops, yeast and malt, not quite what I'd expect from a DIPA. The taste is also more balanced that one might expect. It's nice, but just too boozy for me. Mouthfeel was great. Overall, a nice beer if you like your DIPA's really strong and not all that hoppy...almost more of a strong ale. If you're checking out Southern Tier and like IPA's I'd stick with the 2x or the regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 23:50:37 | More by dougfur
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer from this brewery. It's an amber colored, transparent liquid. An off-white head sits on top, long lived and lace-producing. Resin and pepper hop aroma. Some herb and sweet malt in the scent. The real pleasure is int the taste...sweet, a hint of toast, honey-topped bread, and flowery, mildly bitter hops. Lots of alcohol warmth, and a 'big-beer' feel. Thick, sweet, bitter in the finish. A bitterness that keeps coming in the aftertaste...wave on wave. Full, thick, and luxurious in body. Full-on high abv IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:25:14 | More by Suds
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is everything one could hope for in an east coast imperial ipa. it pours a decadent orange brassy color, dense and bright, with a luscious head, just off white, about an inch tall. the nose on this is intensely hoppy, oily heavy, and delicious. it reminds me somewhat of the founders centennial ipa, in the sense that its got that almost lumber quality to it, woody and sturdy, earthy and bitter, very nice aromatics here. I cant place the hops variety exactly, but its familiar to me for sure. big bitter hops all the way through the flavor of this one, with that fresh milled lumber element coming in and out. I get some sort of English malt underlying it all, and maybe even some English style bitter hops, but I also get bold American fruity and piney hops, sappy and fresh, penetrating my palate. the hopback process has been an obvious success here. good carbonation, fuller body, almost chewy in that classic way my mother describes big beers she cant comprehend. satisfying after a few days of not drinking, and a beer I am already dying to score again. one of the best from southern tier for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 13:33:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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utopiajane

New York

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Unearthly pours a copper orange with a dense head of sticky foam that recedes unwillingly, fighting all the way and clinging to the glass. It doesn’t assault the nose like some IPA’s but boasts it’s hops behind the strength of it’s malt. Slick pine, oak and moss. On the palate the malt stays steady and sweet while the hops come up to a tart flourish. The body is heavy and slightly thick, mouthfeel is creamy but a little syrupy. An expressive IPA that lingers bitter and amenable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 16:40:03 | More by utopiajane
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mikejseal

Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug from a 22 oz bottle

A- Good foamy head that faded slowly with heavy lacing. Rich gold color

S- Very fragrant- apples, oranges, slightly bready with a slight spicyness

T- Pleasant bitterness, malt definitely takes center stage. Fruity and well-balanced

M- Smooth, rich with vigorous carbonation

O- Exceptional, I think this is the first "pale" beer I've had that tasted truly decadent. Beware though- it disguises it's alcohol content very well

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 17:32:40 | More by mikejseal
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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