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

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Ratings: 2,660
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 212 | FT: 3
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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of Anthony1
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, very clear. No head or very little. Sticky 'tho. I would prefer more head. Maybe my pour was less than good.
S: wow, a very strong aroma. I could smell this beer without my nose being close to the glass. I get mainly hops, resinous and some grapefruit. I notice the alchohol.
T: Bitter in a strange, but good, way. I notice the hops but also the alchohol. Some notes of caramel, yeah caramel first then it has a bitter finish. Very well done.
M: Full bodied beer and very complex. Harmonious in the mouth.
D: Awesome for this kind of beer... and dangerously since it is 11%.

Anthony1, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of kurp001
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bought at Shawan Liquors

A moderate pour yields a two finger cream-colored, rocky head that holds up pretty nicely. Body is a bright reddish amber.

Smell consists of a very strong citrus hop aroma, along with a very faint sweetness.

Up front I can taste more of a citrus hop flavor, accompanied by a faint biscuit malt presence. Unfortunately, I find the overall sweetness on this one to be a little too much for me, though.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly full-bodied, not too thick but just about where I like to see a double IPA.

I would rate the drinkability much higher were it not for the sweetness, but I will say that one major positive of this aspect of the beer is how effectively it hides the sizeable 11% ABV. Ultimately I'd say this is a good double IPA, but they didn't really knock it out of the park with this one.

kurp001, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber-orange with a small white head.

S: very citrusy, sweet, floral, fruity

T: strong pale malt are front & center despite (obviously) ample hopping. Bitter but doesn't make you pucker. Alky amazingly well hidden for 11%. Slightly sweet, in a good way. Great balance.

M: fizzy and nice. Medium body.

D: surprisingly drinkable for such a high gravity beer. Not an IPA person but I'd buy again. Be careful, easy to overdo!

Richardberg, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High end memorable DIPA

Presentation: 22 OZ. bottle. Strong, contemporary and dedicated design. Straight forward in knowing what one may get through the illustration and description (vines of hops). Small paragraph narrative going over the excellence of the hops used, how they make the brew with them, and how much one needs to appreciate this offering, , and as always with this brewery a note to enjoy the beer with moderation. No printed bottling date on side, does not note IBUs, but shows °Plato (23), and Alc. by Vol. (11.0%) alongside detailed list of ingredients, and recommended drinking temperature and glassware. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber-orange presence with a generous foamy head that subdues slowly with nice touches of lacing.

S - Sweet presence around touches of grapefruit, and a floral hoppiness with maybe the faintest hints of a ginger like resemblance.

T - Malty backbone fully surrounded by rich hoppiness, a very rich range of sweet flavors with a characteristic Southern Tier touch permeates the experience.

M - Outstanding smoothness on a rather full body with fine carbonation for the style.

D - It´s rather drinkable. In fact it´s easiness makes it a great offering to open DIPAs on a first tasting. Alcohol is very well woven into the brew and although bordering on a sipper it is still a brew that be enjoyed a bit carelessly.

Notes: This is a great DIPA, it might fall a bit short of making it to my top-notch preferences but it is close. The iconic ST sweet notes are again welcome but something does not make it click for me to push it to a next level that it is terribly close to make. In any case I´m always happy to have and share this brew when available.

Daniellobo, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bomber into a large pint glass. Poured a rusty amber color, nearly mahagony. Large 2 finger off-white head produced, and has great staying power. Shows some nice sheets of lacing around the glass.

The nose is what you would expect, Citrusy and piney hops in full force. There is a very strong caramel malt backbone in this though, maybe this isn't the freshest bottle...very sweet smelling.

The hops have definitely died off a little in this. I can imagine this bottle is a few months old, so it's not terrible, and I can see it is a shadow of it's former self. A piney bitterness is strong up front and only allows short glimpses of the floral and citrus hops I got in the nose. Strong malt backbone nearly dominates, but I think the hops win out. It's very smooth, possibly from the addition of wheat malt. I get a very light presence of alcohl but nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side, but very smooth. It is a great compliment to my chili that I'm eating.

Drinkability? It's ok, nothing special....wait....this is 11% ABV? No way...ok I take that back. Drinkability is awsome in this. The alcohol is barely there at all, very impressive. I honestly had this pegged as an 8% or 9% brew, definitely nothing north of 10%.

Easily my favorite Southern Tier brew, as I have been mostly disappointed with their offerings. I'll try more, but I have a feeling it will take a lot to dethrown this guy. Highly recommended for any hophead.

Mistofminn, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of baggio
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Golden amber with a small head and lots of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, Candy, Citric notes, Caramel. Nice!

T: Citric notes (mainly grapefruit and orange, Tropical fruit (pineapple), Pine, Caramel.

M: Nice balance between hops and malt makes this brew very drinkable. Carbonation is a bit low.

This is a great DIPA that has a sh*tload of hops but an solid malt backbone to balance it out. Does an insane job of hiding the 11% ABV. I've not been very impressed by Southern Tiers products but this is good beer. Respect!

baggio, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of noeldundas
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

deep burnt orange colour, with minimal off white head, good lacing though.

aroma is malty with a strong toffee note, biscuit-like toastiness, and herbaceous hop. not as hoppy as I would have thought, I imagine it's not as fresh as I or the brewer would like.

a juicy impressive hop flavour . it's quite drinkable for such a large hoppy beer, and not the slight bit cloying or overly sweet.

All in all, I'm disappointed. It's pretty clear that this particular bottle has lost it's hop character. Not the brewers fault though.

noeldundas, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of DawnL
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Red-amber with perfect lacing.

Pine hops on nose. Can discern a sweet maltiness. It tends toward the sickly-sweet aroma that I associate with Goose Island Demolition.

Pine then roasted malt. Bitter on the backend. Very hard-core hops now. Keeps evolving. Lots of pine hops on this one.

This brew coats the mouth quite nicely.

The high abv and the intense hops makes it hard to drink a lot of this beer.

The interesting things is - the sweet nose doesn't come through on the palate. The palate is nicely balanced between the malts and piney hops that it's really enjoyable!

DawnL, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of HisDorian
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My sniffer is a little plugged, and my throat is getting over a few days of serious coughing...nonetheless...It's time to get going again.

Poured from a bomber to a Guinness tulip.

Gorgeous orangey golden color. Thin head on top.

First smell is grapefruit. Looking forward to the hoppy goodness.

First taste...great flavor. Carmelly body with citrus notes, and a touch of mint in behind.

There's enough body in the mouth to make you feel like you're drinking a real beer, but thin enough to make it very drinkable.

Lacing seems to stand very well, even without a large head. As I drink the beer, you can see every layer where I stopped after a sip.

If I didn't read the label, I would never have guessed the 11% alcohol. It is hidden extremely well.

I really enjoy this beer, and will have it again. It's not a session beer by any means, which is why my drinkability score is lower. But for a single bomber (or pint), it's definitely top notch.

HisDorian, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Genuine
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clean pint glass.

A - The pour resulted in a very nice, 2 finger white head, that had some pretty impressive retention which then lead to beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

S - I noted a lot of citrus and pine in this one. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a nice surprise.

T - I could hardly pick up the alcohol at all. I didn't believe it at first when I looked at the bottle's 11% alc. rating. Unbelievable. This one went down smooth, without any traces of alcohol. I'm happy to say that ST has nailed it with this one.

M - I also really liked the mouthfeel of this one on my palette. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring out the citrus notes.

Drinkability - an astounding "very much so!"

Genuine, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a dense off-white head.

Lots and lots of grapefruit in the nose. This is a citrus explosion with hints of floral.

Wow! This is very drinkable for the alcohol percent. I can hardly tell that this is 11%. Finishes quite dry but with loads of pine. Velvety soft and so smooth.

This packs a punch but has a great malt backbone. Lots of hops but that is to be expected. Quite a beer.

stewart124, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark golden orange color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - Tha aromas produced by this bad boy were a mix of plenty of hops, each one adding its unigue characteristic to the beer, along with some good caramelized malts

T - The taste of this beer was really good for a DIPA, it started with a good sweet, brown sugar maltiness that is quickly overwhelmed by by a mix of fruity hops (grapefruit, orange, and lemon) and resiny pine profile as well

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this beer, it was a good example of a DIPA (and from the East Coast), I would not mind having this one again

cvfish, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Summit multi-purpose glass.

Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy, orange with very thick bubbly yellow head and spiderweb-like lacing.

Smell: Major Cascade hops with evident citrus and grapefruit. Some slightly sweet toasted malt as well. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste: Major hop oil profile. The citrus and grapefruit is in full force with some toasted and caramel malts. Equal parts sweet and bitter with neither going overboard; this is actually quite well balanced. The alcohol is not all that well hidden, but at 11%, maybe that is to be expected. Almost a Barleywine, but not quite malty enough.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium to full body. Very warming and oily. Not nearly as smooth or dry as I would expect from a DIPA of this magnitude.

Drinkability: Very powerful DIPA that is a nice sipper, but I honestly expected more, whether bitterness or smoothness or dryness or a true taste explosion. It certainly doesn't need more alcohol, as I am mostly left with boozy hop oil; of course, that is still quite tasty.

bsp77, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly vigorous pour into a pint glass reveals a clear, orangish amber liquid with tons of bubbles and a solid two-finger head of loosely packed larger bubbles. The head dissipates slowly leaving glorious off white lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops bitterness. This beer puckers my nose, and I haven't even tried it yet. Some hints of pineapple and grapefruit as well. Sweeter than I imagined, but the pine and juniper definitely are the leading vote getters in this beer.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me is the balance and the well-roundedness of this beer. The taste begins bitter with pine hitting the tongue up front. The sweetness of the pineapple soothes the middle of the tongue, and the malts round out the back-end for a very complete taste profile.

Mouthfeel: This beer couldn't be stickier, unless it was congealed syrup. The bitterness on the front is balanced by the maltiness in the rear.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, but the 11% ABV is definitely there to remind you to drink this one slowly. This is a great Sunday afternoon beer, and one that will continue to have a place in the beer cellar around here.

COBeerBuff, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice solid amber with a somewhat soapy head. Good lacing and a touch of haze in the glass. Not much activity visible.

Smell is sweetly tropical in its fruitiness. Pineapple and mango mostly. A good strong dose of pine and citrus with pine being the bigger part. Underneath is a firm caramel malt backbone. Yum.

Taste surprisingly smooth. Maybe it is the huge malt structure that gives such balance to aggressive hopping or the types of hops themselves. Either way this is a great east coast DIPA. Hops are dry and grapefruity in the finish but start out piney and fragrant as the beer hits the tongue. Big caramel malt flows along bringing a wonderful dance partner to the hop waltz. More mango and pineapple here. Then the full citrus tinged drying in the finish. Hop oil coats the mouth giving an astringency and leaving a touch of mint. Alcohol is phantom like and never really show itself much.

The feel while full and velvety is lighter than I expected and finely carbonated. A touch of light cream on top of each swallow. This one pours across the tongue deliciously.

Drinkability is a strong suit so watch out. The high abv was not evident until after I finished my glass. It also has a quenching quality when cold that can have you almost guzzling this stuff.

Just superb. A heavyweight beer that goes down like a session ale. One to keep around for special times.

scootny, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle:

A- Pours a nice clear golden amber almost orange color. Alright 1 finger eggshell white head that dies rather quickly leaving some good lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a pretty good looking beer that I could stare at all day. But to hell with that I would rather drink it.

S- I am hit with a tropical fruit (pineapple mostly) upfront with some citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops along with a very pronounced piney aroma. This gives way to a sweeter carmal malt backbone which balances this beer nicely. Nothing over the top but...well...I almost expected a little more in this beer.

T- This is a good tasting DIPA but drinks more like a IPA. Nothing over the top with the flavors which is almost a shame. Taste upfront is big mango taste along with a sweet malt. IT's super sweet upfront with the middle leaning toward a citrus hops being rammed into a bitter piney taste in the backdrop along with a distinct alcohol taste. Starts off going good but kind of has a trainwreck like mess in the tail end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this beer and helps push everything quickly through the mouth. Left sweet malts and bitter hops on the palate. Alcohol taste is faint in the aftertaste. Left a small hop resin on the tounge.

D- This is almost a trainwreck of a beer. It's not the right style in my opinion. It's not a terrible beer but it's kind of thrown in together and see what comes out. Would have had a little higher rating if it was well...labeled as just an IPA. Will try again later when I feel up to it.

alleykatking, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of atremains
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color with a huge head that retains throughout the journey. Moderate lacing and carbonation. Smell is pine hops to the max, caramel, alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is hoppy as hell, which is a delicious thing. As it warms up it gets a little sweeter and the booze starts to come out. The finish is an all encompassing bitterness, take it or leave it. Personally I enjoy the bitterness, but drinking more than maybe 2 glasses of this may prove difficult. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and doesn't really stack up with the rest of its attributes.

atremains, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-reddish amber color with a one - two finger head that leaves medium lacing on my glass, beautiful color on this one, nice and clear. Smells of pine hops and some malts that turns into raisins and a bit of alcohol with hops, good smell here. Tastes extremely bitter with citrus and piney hops, also get the raisins in here, some alcohol shines through, malts which contribute some sweetness, a tiny bit too much alcohol taste here for me. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with pretty high alcohol warming that leaves a piney/raisiny aftertaste, not my favorite after taste. Drinkability is decent here, alcohol and raisiny taste will overcome the hops for me after a while, this is definitely for you if you love bitterness though, glad I picked this one up.

cbutova, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade...thanks Tom. 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 11%.

A-Pours a clear amber with some pinkish tones that are reminiscent of a rose. There are lots of bubbles that cling to the side and rise from the bottom. There is not that much of a head; it is more like a foamy ring with some slick, but the constant carbonation keeps it afloat throughout. Leaves some nice lace.

S-There is some definite caramel malt that gives it a pretty strong level of sweetness. I also get bubblegum, tropical fruit, and mint. As it warms it becomes a little more floral and earthy.

T-It is very thick and reminds me of a mango flavored cough syrup. The caramel malt that was apparent on the nose is also apparent in each sip, resulting in a sugary taste. The booze is evident in the back of the mouth. I wrote in my notes that it was like alcohol soaked hops. I do get some bitter grapefruit in between sips and some pine comes through after it has been in the glass for awhile.

M-Thick, syrupy, sugary, and sticky. The everlasting head does give it some smoothness.

D-Way too thick for my palate.

This one was too thick and boozy for me. There are just so many good WC IPAs that I would have to give this one a pass. I would give it another shot fresh from the tap.

mjl21, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium orange amber, with a huge dense, creamy white head, which leaves spotty lace as it melts away. Big grapefruit and pine hops aroma up front, followed by a seemingly subdued caramel maltiness. The taste is caramel malt, orange and pine hops, and some warming alcohol. The bubbles are mild, the body is slick, filmy, and sticky, and it finishes totally in line - off-dry, malty and hoppy.

A typically big Yankee DIPA, both in volume, and in flavour.

biboergosum, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

You gotta like raisins for this one, folks. Don't understand why others on here aren't noting that.

This poured a solid-looking, clear amber with a white, shiny, one-finger head.

The fruity-tart hops aroma is immediate...followed by fairly strong raisins. An aroma of malts is not overshadowed, though.

The raisin smell comes through the taste, mixed a tad with notes of dates, fig, and other bitter dark fruit. The malts come through with caramel characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp from the bitterness, and has a long, boozy, hoppy finish.

Drinkability is just OK. The aftertaste, for me, was harder to stomach than the 11% abv. Wasn't totally easy finishing the 650 ml bottle...maybe because I had other brews before this.

A half or full glass would make a decent apertif.

jbertsch, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear tangerine/pumpkin shell hued brew with a huge fluffy, yet totally solid head that shows a remnant of the tangerine color of the brew but looks a little more eggshell or what a new bride would probably call "ivory" or "buttercream" while the groom says "Looks white to me." Abundant lace sticks beautifully to the glass, and head retention is outstanding. This is one hell of a sexy-lookin' beer! Five point 0.

S - The aroma is more subdued than I expected, but shows some nice flowery-garden and orange juice notes, along with some more exotic tropical flowers... not tropical fruit so much as tropical flowers. The kind of flora that would look completely out of place in an English garden but totally at home on the grounds of your all-inclusive resort in Mexico/Jamaica/Bahamas, or on the ear of a stunning Hawaiian wahine.

T - Sweet molasses, tangy/sweet mango, and buttery caramel cream. Like the nose, this is not "all up in your face" with "xtreme" hops like other DIPA brews that make the glorious hop the centerpiece of the table (not that I blame them or dislike those brews). Rather, this one is subtly caramel-y, buttery, sweet, perfumed, and completely relaxed in its vibe. For some reason, the whole Hawaii vibe is coming though in this beer. I've never been to Hawaii, but I've been to the Caribbean too many times (the flight to Hawaii from the midwest is prohibitive when booking vacations) and I imagine Hawaii to be like Caribbean, but with much more lush vegetation and I would imagine that that vegetation smells and tastes like this beer.

M - Full bodied and extremely sugar-laden. This is a sipper for desert or the wee hours of the evening, and its best enjoyed cool but not cold (and by that I mean a bit cooler than I normally drink my DIPA's... which would approach room temp). The attack is round and mellow, and the transition to the finish is a gentle curve of sweetness - to slightly less sweet.

D - A bit to sugary and heavy IMO. I could stand to see a bit more hoppage in this one, with a reduction in residual sugar. Not bad, but I probably won't be revisiting this one. And sorry about that Hawaii tangent... that's just the vibe I get.

pmcadamis, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of ATvics
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Victoria Gastro Pub.

A- Mild pale golden typical india pale ale color.

S- Ok nose of hops and citrus flavor. Not the backbone of this beer.

T- Woah, now were talkin. You're mouth explodes with grapefruity hopped up flavor. This lil bitch is jacked up on hops. Just what I was lookin for.

M- Perfect. Not too light and not too heavy. I could easily slam 4 or 5 of these down with no hesitation.

D- You know what you're walking into when you start sippin' on an imperial ipa. Some are just too much to take down to enjoy a second one, while others leave you confused as to why it's called a double/imperial ipa. The Unearthly in my opinion is the perfect balance of flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability to satisfy the everyday hophead. The only drawback is it's aroma. As Flavorful as it is I would expect a little more in the bouquet.

ATvics, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of infestaxion
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dull golden with an eggshell head. Nice clarity.

S - Very strong malt bill on this one. A bit caramelly. Citrus hops are taking the back seat here.

T - It's really tough to decide which is the more predominant flavor. And they're not living in balance. The malt and hops seem to be battling it out. They say that there are no winners in war but obviously that's wrong. We are the winners.

M - Nice and thick. Good carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden.

infestaxion, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper color with a half finger's width head. The head dissipates down to a frothy ring leaving pretty nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is great, with a nice balance between hops and malt sweetness. The hops give a nice pine hint with a background of malt sweetness and a slight presence of alcohol

Taste is similar to the smell. There is a big earthy and sweet malt flavor up front with the hops following closely behind leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers on the palate. The alcohol taste builds with multiple sips but is definitely hidden well for 11%.

This a great DIPA, very well balanced with just the right mix of hop punch and big malt flavor.

ClevoPiwo, Aug 14, 2009
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,660 ratings.