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

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Ratings: 2,619
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 107
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Yum! A nice DIPA from Southern Tier. A little more towards the DIPA than Hoppe. Rich, hoppy nose and flavour with a good malt profile. A little bit bitter on the aftertaste, but this is fairly well balanced.

Very drinkable for the ABV, and you can almost get away with putting away two of these a night.

07-24-2009 05:55:07 | More by BDTyre
Photo of cullen0013

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Purchased a bomber last night, chilled it, and drank in the evening. Wonderful hop aroma, nice copper color, with a fluffy tan head that laced the glass evenly throughout consumption. The taste was reminiscent of Flying Dog Brewery's Double Dog DIPA, possibly due to the high alcohol content of both beers. The taste is slightly coppery with a strong hop presence and a definite alcohol finish.

07-22-2009 12:58:01 | More by cullen0013
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

I really liked this, I saved it for about 8 months or so and finally decided to break it out. I was a little worried about the flavor being a little compromised from this bottle because I had it in the fridge and had to move. It was in the fridge then went back down to room temp during the move, it happened again after taking it to a a friends for his birthday but we didn't end up drinking it then either so it went back down to room temp again. So this bottle survived two to major temperature changes. Well to the appraisal. From a bottle poured into a Sam's perfect pint glass. This beer had a great look to it, slightly darker than a normal IPA, almost a quality lager. Had a golden color, not completely clear with the slightest of slightest haze. Had some pretty good lacing to it too, lasted the entire drink. Smells is good, has a nice strong hoppy smell to it. Tastes great nice strong and refreshing hoppy taste. The taste lingers on a bit which is really nice. Had very good mouthfeel and drinkabiliy as well. Very nice drink to have, especially on a nice summer or warm spring day. Great brew from Southern Tier, highly recommended.

07-17-2009 00:05:48 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

A little bit thicker and sweeter than the Hoppe but still way too drinkable for the ABV. You either like the big moutfeel of ST beers or you don't. I do like the way the beer balances out with lots of malt and a smoothness that really shows up in the finish. Not the most complex DIPA but certainly well made and very refined.

07-15-2009 21:34:40 | More by canucklehead
Photo of illidurit


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a dark orangey gold color with a creamy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with grapefruit and a more resinous, piney hop note as well. Flavor is too sweet, lots of caramel and sugar, sweet hop notes, decent herbal piney finish, bitter finish. Not bad and certainly very hoppy but file this one under 'diabetes-causing' with the other ST beers.

07-13-2009 19:29:27 | More by illidurit
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

A- A nice golden honey color with about an inch of off-white head that sticks around for a while.

S- Some nice blends of citrusy and floral hops. Some light malt in the background, some caramel sweetness to it too. Something really refreshing about it too.

T- Bitter start, a bit piney, moves into big sweet malt-a bit too sweet for me. Piney finish, a bit dry. I've had Dreadnaught, Apocalypse Cow, and Furious this week, and I'd have to liken this most to Apocalypse Cow. Sweetness, while almost too much at first, is nicely balanced by bitter, piney hops on the finish as I enjoy this one. Not bad.

M- Syrupy, dry finish, creamy with a bit of a prickle from the alcohol/carbonation.

D- Pretty high. I was worried about the sweetness at first, but I'm really enjoying it now.

07-11-2009 17:14:44 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Docer


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Bomber received from a trade by beandip... looking forward to this and the OA ver. for a very long time.... never really realized this puppy sits at 11% Alc.... here we go!

- Very nice caramel color with a bright zesty orange glow to it.. little bit of eggshell colored head... leaves a lot of lacing...

- Smell the sweet candy from afar.. up close its a sweet caramel malt complimented with a honey floral hop... but not really over the top in scent. I was kind of expecting major hop scent. Little bit of orange and lemon.

- Smooth creamy caramel smoothie with a great citrus hop flavor and some bitter hop as well w/ a touch of pine. Honey, and sweet caramel.. rather balanced but a bit thick and sweet for my liking... but I'm sure it had to be to reach the 11% Alc. mark. I bet a 9% Unearthly would be much better.

- Little bit chewy, slightly dry.. sticky sweet.. oily.

- Overall very drinkable for being so strong... hides it well.. but has a bit of excessive carbonation for me for the style...

07-10-2009 23:55:17 | More by Docer
Photo of callmescraps


4.08/5  rDev 0%

Brought this back from the East Coast. Remember liking it before I was really into DIPAs, so I'm curious how it'll hold up.

Appearance - Starts very well. A real orange color. An inch of that soapy head. A little cloudy, certainly. Almost has that great DIPA glow that the best ones get. Very good looking beer.

Smell - Sweet hop mother. More pine than a lot of IPAs. Really a forest. Balanced by some citrus. There's almost a cinnamon hint of spice, which is unusual. Hiding behind it all is some malt. It's got an apricot thing going on. Not as much sweet citrus as I'd like, but it's there.

Taste - Wow, a lot going on. It's pretty sweet. For a horrifying minute I thought the sweet candy malt was going to win the day. But the hops roar back, and are nice and bitter. It's sweet and bitter. That apricot is hanging around. It seems like that sweet malt is going to linger, but that too is balanced out. Very good. It's very complex. Both piney and citrusy with a hint of malt that is mellowed and tempered by all the hops. A very nice beer.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light. Very nice. Not too syrupy, but not watery. Just right.

Drinkability - Very good for the high abv, but I wouldn't want to mess with this one. A real palate destroyer, frankly.

A very, very good beer. I understand how I used to like it. It's actually sort of "balanced" which is a crazy thing to say. But it has a lot going on, and really prevents those sweet malt burnt taste from dominating. Thoroughly enjoyed.

07-09-2009 05:03:52 | More by callmescraps
Photo of Tballz420


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Fairly hazy orange body, small but solid cream colored head leaves a nice lace trail. Nice floral hop scent, fair amount of sweet malt as well. Taste wise, this beer is all about the hops. Bitter hops in front trailed by a nice floral mix as well. Sweet malts underlie the dominating hops. The alcohol has enough of a presence to be noticed as well, especially as the beer warms. Fairly wet and thin mouthfeel overall.

This is certainly a big bad IIPA, if you like sucking on the hops you'll like this one

07-07-2009 00:42:01 | More by Tballz420
Photo of isubsmith


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Another one I've enjoyed in bottles and then decided to have on tap at home. Thanks to Mike at Andy's for getting this.

Appearance: Nice rich amber color. Good head - light beige that quickly retreats. A lot of lacing.

Smell: The first few glasses from the keg were incredible. Lots of fresh piney citrus and grass. Grapefruit as well.

Taste: More grapefruit upfront, but the citrus hops is there. Very good. Minimally bitter. Surprisingly non-bitter actually.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Very smooth. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Dangerous. You can't tell this is an 11%er until you have too many and try to find your own bathroom. I really liked it. I prefer citrus hops IPAs over overly bitter hops IPA.

07-06-2009 17:10:30 | More by isubsmith
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens pink elephant snifter

A - pours a reddish amber with one finger of head. Spotty lacing sticks to glass.

S - over the top piney hop aroma. You can also detect a good bit of sweetness in the nose.

T - Very nice. A balanced DIPA, leaning to the side of hoppiness. There is an herbal grassiness to to the taste.

M - viscous, lightly carbonated, sits very heavy in your mouth.

D - the 11% ABV is VERY well hidden... be careful with this one! As this beer warms though it becomes harsh and overly sweet.

This beer started out great, but really wore on me in a bad way as the bottle warmed.

07-04-2009 01:06:41 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

No BB date I could find. Sipped starting at 45 deg., not the 42 bottle recommends.

Pours a thick, slightly cloudy, glowing amber, topped by a half inch, light beige head, which dissipates rapidly to islands within a persistent edge. A ring of lace really hugs the glass, this baby has some hop power behind it if the look is an indication.

Smell is a beautiful blend of strong, immediate floral/ herbal, into caramel, and effervescent lemon peel, finally adding notes of deeper bitter, more prolonged floral sweetness.

The first few sips of this featured a whallop of bitter and citrus, heavily and blessedly, then deep sweetness, floral notes, mysterious spicy herbal notes, the blend of hops hits it just right in this. It's more than a double IPA usually is, it's immediately clear, but I can't put my finger on it. Now eight sips in it's a bit warmer, usually I like 'em this way, about 50. This brew has gone wild in a good way. The bittering notes are there, strongly, wonderfully, but a wonderful blend of alcohol warmth, deep mysterious florals, framed in citrus, many undernotes, very complex, these tones shining and blending in a fantastic and delicious way. It ends in a bourbon finish of extraordinary viscosity and harmony that reveals a balance to the flavors that is simply marvelous.

This beer is like double bastard, it doesn't clear out, but the clinging flavor of this marvelous elixir is pleasurable in the extreme. It is a dry paradise of deep flavor in my mouth between sips.

Thick, not overly carbonated (thankfully), resinous, splendid retention, no cloying or metal, very clean and potent. No clear out, but who wants it to?

Drinkability? Hmm, doubt I could have more than this bomber, but an excellent sipper for the long haul. Looking forward to practicing drums and finishing the rest of this bottle.

This is a member of the rotation for sure. Get it if you see it!

07-02-2009 23:06:11 | More by cavedave
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Presentation: On tap at the Flying Saucer in a tulip glass.

A: Golden medium amber. Minimal head and heavy lacing.

S: Citrus and hops.

T&M: Excellent balance of hops and malts. Medium bodied. Slightly complex but gratifying flavors. Very smooth and extra dry finish.

Very good IPA.

06-30-2009 16:14:31 | More by cdizinno
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Medium amber. Not much of a head.

S: All that piney citrusy goodness we've come to expect. Also some noticeable alcohol.

T: Very bitter, grassy notes, a bit of citrus, honeyish malt. Remarkably, alcohol is undetectable.

M: Resiny, slightly grass-like.

D: I've definitely found a few of ST's imperials to be pretty cloying. But they came correct with this one. A very nice DIPA.

06-24-2009 03:25:24 | More by BarrelO
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4/5  rDev -2%

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Head retention is impressive, leaving decent lacing after its two fingers worth have dissipated. Some residual foam never leaves as it sits on the top of the beer. Beer is a typical rich gold, and can be seen through once the beer has had a chance to settle. Streams of carbonation reaching to the top are easily visible.

S: Grapefruit immediately. Small hints of pine as well, but mostly grapefruity-goodness. The smell of alcohol is mostly hidden within the grapefruit.

T: Just like the smell, the grapefruit is the most noticeable, being able to taste a little alcohol and perhaps other citrus fruits. Sweet in general, with a manageable amount of bitterness to compliment to grapefruit.

M: Not that heavy, which is a surprise considering the abundance of flavor and alcohol. Pretty smooth

D: The bottle of this was a little over a full pint, and I was looking to share after my first snifter full. Not that it is bad; it is just a little overwhelming with the citrus.

06-17-2009 15:56:31 | More by MagyarPuska
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Well here's a treat, to review Unearthly and Oak-Aged Unearthly side by side; and all 44 ounces are mine!

Both appear pretty much the same, except that the oak-aged version is clearer, and thus appears to the eye to be just a slight touch darker (there's no yeast in it to reflect light back at you). Other than that, they deliver a deep amber body that has an orange cast to it, and glimmering golden highlights at the base of the glass. The finger-thick, off-white head is creamy and holds pretty well. The original leaves short, creamy mountains of lace rising up above the surface. The oak-aged leaves sheets of thinner, craggy lace that sticks to the glass and stays, where as the original version tends to slide down to near to the level of the head as it goes. Overall I'd guess I'd have to say that the original version has a bit of a better head, but that the clarity of the oak-aged version is generally more enticing.

In the nose, the original Unearthly is decidedly caramelish and malty with notes of pine/spruce and citrusy, and a bit of grassiness and leafiness as well. It's bold and bright, and somewhat sweetish.

The oak-aged version displays some subtle oak (which I kind of didn't expect), along with fruity and citrusy notes; and it's dryer with much less maltiness. I also get a little more grapefruit out of the oak-aged, and some lemon and what I think of as something like a tomato plant - it's vegetal, but in a good way... grassy I guess. And I get more spruce than pine.

As expected, in the flavor the standard version wraps piney, grassy, floral and citrusy hops in a rich blanket of bready and gently caramelish and honey-like malt. The oak-aged version also follows what its aroma suggests, and it's dryer and more fruity, although some raspy pine does appear in the finish. The woody touch is nice. I should also note, however, that even though the original is a bit sweetish, it still finishes fairly dry, with just a hint of doughy malt lingering, and it doesn't build on the palate.

Interesting! They're really like two different beers. The original version is very wide in its flavor profile, whereas the oak-aged is more focused, but with perhaps a touch more depth. Hmmmm....

The mouthfeel for each beer is a little bit different as well, with the original Unearthly displaying a more dextrinous body.

Oddly, both beers display the same bitterness to me, despite the fact that I find the fuller maltiness of the original to be sweeter, and the oak-aged to be drier. The bitterness somehow remains the same.

Both beers have their own charms in the end, and I again have to reiterate how different they really are. I like the fuller mouthfeel of the original, and its bready malt and bolder hop flavors. But I also like the fruitiness and dryness of the oak-aged version, and because of that I think I'd find it a little more drinkable in the long-run (although it seems to have just a little bit more alcohol to it as well). And on that note, perhaps the extra aging time, and surface contact with the oak allowed it to ferment out a bit more. Just a theory.

Conclusion: both versions are really good beers that don't overstep their bounds with too much maltiness, too much bitterness, or too much hop flavor - and yet all of those are present in abundance. Nicely balanced. Nicely rounded. Nicely drinkable. Certainly worth trying!

06-08-2009 22:20:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

A: From the tap into a tulip, this is a transparent gold with some amber shades. The head is small and frothy that collapses to a disk that's half the surface of the beer.

S: Aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and fruity perfume, with some earthy notes underneath.

T: The flavor is piney, with lemon, giving way water crackers, tea, and a little brine on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy with pins-and-needles carbonation, alcohol is apparent on the finish.

D: This is a piney, bracing version of an IPA, but balanced with enough sweetness to make it somewhat refreshing. There is a saltiness on the finish, which somewhat deters me from craving another.

06-08-2009 19:26:29 | More by Maction
Photo of enemyisyou

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

This is a strong beer, and it is cleverly disguised as just another Imperial IPA. You can find this beer pretty easily in the NYC area, and it is shelved next to Stone and Dogfishead's efforts. This one is stronger and more refined than either by far.

On the pour, this beer is pretty entrancing. Very rich color, one of the more gorgeous beers I've poured, and certainly the best IPA.

The smell is honeysuckle, caramel, then port and - dare I say - oak?

Fortunately, the beer doesn't let down from there. This is one huge beer, but it's not a battle to drink. This is wine-caliber, where the carbonation is low, the flavor is high, and beer-haters are invited to soak up the hops with delight instead of disdain.

After sharing a 750 I'm ready to move on from one of these, but I keep coming back. I doubt there's another supermarket-available Imperial IPA that can match it.

06-06-2009 04:22:03 | More by enemyisyou
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden-copper, hazy at first but clears pretty quickly. Two fingers of white head with decent retention. Tons of lacing. Slightly darker then I expected for a DIPA.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet. Lots of bready, honey notes, backed by a piney, slightly citrusy bitterness. Maltier then I expected.

Taste: Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The bready and honey notes in the smell are definitely strong in the taste, along with some vanilla notes. There's also some kind of fruit flavor in there, but not really citrus. And of course, the hops. Very strong pine notes - and again, there's a bitter fruity note, but not the citrus typically found in DIPAs. The hops don't take center stage though - it's almost like the hops are here to balance out the malt, not the other way around. It's interesting, and kind of complex. A bitter aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Overall, it doesn't taste nearly as bitter or hoppy as most DIPAs, though.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, surprisingly so, considering the complexity and all of the strong flavors. Carbonation is average.

Drinkability: This was an interesting one...it wasn't bad, but I'm not sure it's the best representation of the style. One was enough (obviously, considering the ABV), and I'm not sure I'd reach for this one again. I wish Southern Tier dated their bottles, because I don't think I got an old one, but it'd be nice to know for sure.

06-04-2009 02:22:13 | More by StarlightSeraph
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

22oz Bomber poured into Chimay goblet.

App: Dark egyptian golden with shallow frothy head, 1-2 fingers. Not too much carbonation. Lacing in the house.

Smell: Not too overpowering, wish it was, hoppy a little on the foamy breakdown.

Taste: Bangin', probably my new favorite joint. At 11% it is hidden so well. Hoppy/Citrusy and that's all I'm pickin' up. Sick brew.

Mouthfeel: Usually a stout man, so it does feel thin and not too full-bodied, but it really is on point. Not too "runny." Figgadealme?

Drinkability: Go 'on head and get a few, i challenge you to drink 2 and not be stumblin'.

Best wishes on this one, definitely in my top 5, maybe 3. Hoping to get some on tap one of these days.

06-01-2009 02:47:27 | More by gatorbreath
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3.38/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a nice even, clear copper color with some moderate visible carbonation. Sticky, foamy head that won't go away.
Smells heavily of citrusy hops, lemon and some pine all well remaining somewhat sweet.
This beer is sweet. Syrupy herbal hops, pineapple and toffee on the forefront with some serious alcohol warmth in the aftertase. The hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would expect, but it is balanced. There is some pine bitterness in the finish, but where is the rash hoppiness of the DIPA?
Mouthfeel is thick and there is enough carbonation to cut through it.
I expected a hoppier brew here. Sweet smooth and could potentially get you in trouble at 11%.

06-01-2009 00:01:36 | More by BDLbrewster
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A-Ever-so-slightly hazed orange amber beer, glowing and beautiful. Off-white head, small off the pour and receded quickly.

S-A fun mixture of toasty, bready backbone and a big hoppiness, very resiny with a bit of earthy undertone.

T-Thick resiny/piny hops right away, moving on to earthy, herbal hop. Malts are present, bready in nature, with a sense of toast. Alcohol flavor is present within the bitterness.

M-Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full body. Quite warming in my belly, with a drying alcohol.

D-Pretty good. It's a tasty beer, not terribly remarkable, but a consistent performer.

05-29-2009 21:00:27 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

22 oz bomber served in my 8 ounce flute glass

A-amber with reddish hints, almost mahogany. 1 inch frothy head which clings to the sides of the glass like sap dripping..looks spectacular, decent retention

S- Strong grapefruit/citrus smell, slight pale malty sweetness smell

T-One word describes this beer- BALANCE between malt/hop flavor and bitterness. much more malty than expected but that is the way i like my dipas..only malt detected is pale malt. Grapefruit taste from the hops comes in towards the middle to end of the mouthful. Slight floral/citrus taste may be detected. Cloying sweetness after taste.

M- Medium bodied, great mouthfeel...very smooth

D- Honestly, can not really detect the 11% alcohol, could drink this beer all night, very dangerous...be careful

Overall- great beer, brewer paid a lot of attention to the mouthfeel and appearance of this beer with the use of the carapils and red wheat malt as noted on the bottle..enjoy my friends.

05-29-2009 02:09:25 | More by ken2cart1
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

A- Pours into an oversized wine glass an orangeish scarlet color with one finger creamy head. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Hops hit right away, sweet malt, some yeast. A bit of toffee/caramel as well.

T- Nice balance of hops and malt. Sweet, clean and crisp. A bit of yeast and toffee. The flavors mesh together in sweet unity. Clean finish. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Not a big hop bomb.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and very creamy texture. Velvety carbonation on the tongue.

D- This could be dangerous. Extremely well balanced, alcohol is hardly detected. This goes down way too easy for an 11% ABV beer.

Kind of reminds me of DFH 90 minute IPA. Highly recommended.

05-29-2009 00:51:19 | More by jera1350
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Enjoyed a bomber of this.

Burnt orange color.. nice amount of tan head. Smell and taste are typical for the style.. grapefruit and piney.. strength is pretty noticeable, maybe a bit on the higher end for the style. Medium to high bodied mouthfeel.

A decent, average to above average DIPA. Higher strength and more alcohol presence than others.

05-25-2009 02:01:22 | More by webmanspidey
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,619 ratings.