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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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2,401 Ratings
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Ratings: 2401
Reviews: 1164
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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this one on-tap at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

The pour is a really nice light orange sort of color with a decent amount of lacing. The smell is decidedly malty, actually, with a good hop prescence, but it's not a DIPA that's bursting from the seams with hops. The flavor is similar -- a crystal/pale malt flavor is pretty high, but alright, just not what I expected. A nice sweet hoppiness that's more fruity than piney. Kind of pale ale-esque, actually. Pretty good mouthfeel.

91 overall...? Eh. I think it's the malts used, but there's a flavor that I'm not huge on. A very nice, easy drinking beer that I'd surely have again, but it's not a GREAT brew. Alcohol is hidden flawlessly though, and it's quite drinkable. Nice one, but far from Southern Tier's finest.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 03:37:45 | More by Alextricity
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a tulip.

Appearance
Rusty amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and decent clarity.

Nose
Fruity Pebbles, pine, lemon and caramel.

Taste
Fruity Pebbles, lemon pith and pine needles. Notes of grapefruit and orange zest. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, slick and sticky.

Overall
It's a decent DIPA. Pretty heavy on the maltiness. Nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 20:14:32 | More by justintcoons
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy copper with a finger of beige head that retains well. The nose has brilliant hop and grapefruit notes. The flavor profile is malty with a subtle but present hop finish. The bitterness does not molest the tongue like some DIPAs, but it is definitely present and appears to gain in potency as this offering warms.

This is an excellent DIPA from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 03:49:53 | More by 57md
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RaulMondesi

California

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

Quick stop in Chicago for the day and Raul needed a brew to ease the aches and pains - and let Raul tell you: Unearthly did just that.

Piney and resinous like a Ludacris tour bus, this thang pops well and it pops hard. Like Phelps diving into a pool for a gold - all kinds of smooth.

Yep!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 20:33:32 | More by RaulMondesi
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dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a beautiful deep rich ruby/orange color that is clear.

The aroma is great. Big juicy pine and grapefruit and sweet honey and malt.

The flavor follows, with the pine, citrus, floral notes, but the sweetness does really stand out. It reminds me almost of Nugget Nectar because of the crystal malt sweetness, but this does it with so much better of a mouthfeel and complete flavor. The hoppiness is quite leafy green and.

It's so darn drinkable because of the decent malt bill along with the clean flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 22:51:19 | More by dar482
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Sweet aroma, loads of caramel malt but also soft tropical fruit, peach and biscuity malt.
Very malty flavours too, lots of sweet clean malt. Some of the fruit transfers through. Pretty bitter in the finish but the malt wins out. A fair bit of booze shows.
Could use more carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 01:49:52 | More by CrazyDavros
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brewdude1982

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a draft at wine 101 in wake forest, NC.

This pours a lovely amber with amazing clarity, would be a 5 for appearance but it does no have a huge head or any real lacing to speak of. Smells sweet and faintly hoppy, tastes really malty upfront then Followed by hops. Could use a little more carbonation but this is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 19:05:21 | More by brewdude1982
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a orange/amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet and citrus hop aroma. The citrus is mainly grapefruit in nature with the sweet being of a caramel aroma. Mixed with these are other hop aromas of a earthy and piney nature.

Taste – The taste begins with some caramel sweetness and a good dose of bread and a citrus hop flavor. As the taste moves on the bready flavor grows stronger and is joined by more hops of a earthy and pine nature. Toward the end the earthy flavors overwhelm the citrus. With this larger earthy taste comes a nice oaky flavor which in the end creates a woody taste that is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is slightly higher than average in thickness with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. It is rather fitting for the brew’s oaky and hoppy flavors; allowing all the tastes to sit on the tongue and be experienced, but yet giving just enough carbonation to give an invigorating mouthfeel.

Overall – A tasty more earthy and woody flavored IPA. A nice one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 00:35:10 | More by Darkmagus82
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The carbonation was a bit screwed up, but oh well. Smell is sticky and honey sweet (exactly what I expect after having the oak-aged). The smell also holds a bit of spicy hops as well. The taste like has a very odd hop flavor. Its like a spicy, herbal, almost peppery feeling. The only other place Ive seen it is a local brewery (Carolina Brewery Firecracker Pale). The malt is much mroe subdued than I expected (in a very good way).

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 00:37:41 | More by VncentLIFE
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shigg85

Japan

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bulldog in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy bronze brew with a thick crepe-looking head. Amazing rich bitter hops with a sweetness of miso paste and sweet caramel malts. Aroma matches following the hop side more closely. The lacing slides down the glass and glitters like a fireworks shower explosion. Sweetness of miso and caramel peanuts remains in the aftertaste with a bit of excess gas. Overall, an amazing strong IPA with its 125 IBUs that will lead me to more Southern Tiers. Easily one of my favorite IPAs ever.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 00:49:00 | More by shigg85
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet. 

Pours clear orange tinged gold with a half finger pale head. Fine bits of lacing. 

Sweet grassy and citrus hops on the nose inviting me to drink up. 

Great sharp great pine and orangey hops. Nice sweet malt body with carmelized sugar and biscuits. A solid booze presence that enhances rather than distracts. Very well balanced between the butter hops and sweet malts. 

Slick oily, resinous, medium to full body. Well but not overly carbonated. Long dry hoppy bitter aftertaste. 

Since the first time I tried Unearthly in a bottle, I've wanted to try it fresh on tap. Here it is, straight from the source! A well balanced and delicious imperial IPA. Well worth a try. 

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 23:15:56 | More by ThickNStout
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Light copper color, crystal clear appearance. Yellowish white froth. Copious crown & collars. Caramel malt & resins to the nose. Gentle hoppy upfront. Gentle?, no way. Sharp oily resins explode all over. Flavorful & refreshing. Big beer, nice spot of the Imperial IPA style. Typical smartiness of Southern Tier products.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 22:27:15 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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elNopalero

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a golden amber in low light. The nose has a golden ruby red kiss of grapefruit. There’s sweet citrus aromas as well as some hints of cherries around the edges. Not hoppy so much as fruity—very pronounced fresh fruit flavors come across more than any citrus or pine hops (although there is a little piney chew to give it another layer). I get the cherries, as well as some berry notes, and it has a sweet finish. For an imperial IPA it was a complete surprise. Dessert-PA, anyone?

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2012 20:14:08 | More by elNopalero
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

realized I hadn't reviewed this and got it immediately.

The beer a clear amber with almost no head. Strong notes of sugar and a slight hoppiness. I would have preferred more aromatics in it's nose, but it's not bad to have a balanced IPA for once. The taste is a modest bitterness with intense sweetness and potent alcohol. There is little aftertaste aside from a sweet lingering alcohol bite. Overall, great beer for a great price and excellent availability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 20:30:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A golden beer with orange highlights. Carbonation evident, due to the filtered beer...Booo!! Ah it still looks good. Bubbly white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Very earthly hops(obviously). Grass, slight pine, big hop cone profile. Smells dirty.

T- Good bit of cantelope, honeydo, and sticky malt. This is a bitter bomb. No pine but I definitely get tree sap. The abv tries to rear it's ugly head but it's kept in check on the finish.

M- Medium bodied with mid level carbonation. Lip smacking and sticky.

O- I definitely dig this from Southern Tier. It's name definitely fits description, and will have this in the future. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:22:58 | More by haazer
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich golden/copper color with a ¼” white head that soon receded to a layer of foam and a ring around the glass with a bit of lacing left behind. Sipping left scattered lengths and bits of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a light, fresh mix of grapefruit and caramel with touches of orange.

Taste: The flavors include grapefruit zest blended with some sweetness of the malt, topped off with some candied orange zest. However, the overall impression is of a nice gentle bitterness that just cuts into the sweetness from the malt and prevents it from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium and begins with a mix of sweet caramel and grapefruit zest that tapers slowly away into a nicely dry bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The beer is a pleasure to sip in that it is never overly bitter nor overly sweet. So “balanced” is a good word for this beer. It is definitely a well made Imperial IPA and one well worth having again. My overall impression is of a memorable beer that stands out as an excellent example of the style and as having few if any flaws.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 20:02:08 | More by drtth
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I have'nt tried this before.

A-Pours amber. Head is smaller. A bare-bones layer of off-white bubbles. Does lace well.

S-Malty before hoppy. Citrus and pine do show up in the nose but this is balanced, if not leaning more towards the malty side. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

T-Akin to the nose. Malty DIPA. Not my style. Has some hop but not enough. Sweet, caramel glazed doughnuts. Citrus does combine well with the malt bill, but it definitely is not hoppy enough for my taste. Boozy.

M-Syrupy. Medium carbonation. Kinda sticks to the tongue. Alcohol combines with the sweetness.

O/D-I now see why I have subconsciously avoided this beer (I knew it was a sweet-sided DIPA). Not really a fan here. I think I enjoyed the Oak-Aged version better because it worked well with the beers sweet tendencies. I will take any DIPA that at least tries to be hop forward before I take this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 04:16:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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brystmar

Texas

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Rattle'n'Hum.

Surprisingly dark amber pour, plenty of red hues for added personality. Fresh pine & hop character greet my nose, with hearty malts just behind.

Sweet caramel malts blend nicely with the hops. Creamy body. Refreshingly clean, yet still retains its hoppy sharpness. Very strong, slightly sweet malt backbone -- which is how I like my DIPAs -- that finishes equally sweet and bitter. Odd, yes, but I like this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 17:46:36 | More by brystmar
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with solid circumferential lacing on a clear golden with crimson hues body.

S: light citrus with a cinnamon note otherwise not much on the nose.

T: initially a bitter citrus flavor with a maple syrup like finish both in taste and mouthfeel. The hips are lighter than I was expecting. Candy like notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected and there is more of a molasses note than hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 02:01:41 | More by kylehay2004
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a tulip glass at the Winking Lizard

A- Poured a clear orange color with creamy head. Webbed lacing coated nearly the entire glass.

S- Huge hop aroma. Big tropical fruit and grapefruit, piney, floral, and sweet sugary aroma reminiscent of sweet tarts

T- Big sweet tropical fruits and sweet tarts taste, citrus, Belgian yeast tasting quality reminiscent of a Belgian IPA like Raging Bitch. This is probably the sweetest DIPA I have ever had, super sweet up front but finishes pretty bitter.

M- A little slick on the mouthfeel but pretty highly carbonated. Some alcohol warming

O- A super sweet DIPA with candy like flavors. Very drinkable and interesting DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 04:25:45 | More by Hoptometrist
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at TJ'S EVERYDAY in Paoli, PA.

Unearthly boasts a persimmon orange with some dark golden spots around the edges. A nice amount of loose melted sugar colored foam uptop that left after some time, minor sticks on the glass.

Smell is very off putting for me. There is some underlining citrus and earthy appeal, yet Unearthly smells like Elmers Glue. Enamel stripping type stuff, chemicals. Super sweet smelling as well with candi.

Trying to get past the smell, this has some nice heady hop qualitys bringing slight mango and other citrus, tropic like. Im sure it could be better if it was not for the super sweet malt profile that comes with alot of ST offerings for me. Are they trying to kill people?

Feel is a strong medium with a syrup consistency, it's not all that easy to get down the hatch. The carb is low enough to hardly be noticed. Alcohol coats the mouth. This is not looking good.

I had this once when I was first getting into IPA's/DIPA's years ago and I was indifferent on it then, going towards the MEH pile. Now after having it again years later, this is in the FUCK NO pile.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 02:53:13 | More by BARFLYB
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a yellow-orange color with a small white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops. Tasted of earthy hops, citrus (quite acidic) and a touch of sweet fruit/honey. VERY bitter.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Fairly one-dimensional and overall not great, but worth a try for the experience. I wouldn't get more than a sample simply because it is so dry and bitter...not very drinkable, and the style is not an excuse as I've had some very drinkable DIPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 15:15:25 | More by MsRif
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Poured a medium amber hue with a small off-white head. Smell of citrus zest and fresh hops. Taste starts out with a caramel coated biscuity-ness, but is soon overtaken by a good dose of fresh hops, lemon zest, and a bit of grapefruit essence, with a subtle minty quality. Decently balanced with neither aspect fully taking complete control for any extended bit of time. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, though nothing really above average.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 15:01:55 | More by Rifugium
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy orange hue with about one finger of fluffy white head that dissappeared rather quickly.

The scent was of citrus, notes of floral hops, some notes of sweet sugar.

The taste was of citrus, orange peel, mildly bitter floral hops, and notes of alcohol at the end.

Medium body, very smooth feel, low carbonation.

I thought this was a pretty good beer, very easy to drink. Maybe a little more sweet than I would like, but still something I would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 14:42:05 | More by BeerCon5
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say, I like this more than the oak aged rendition. Much smoother although, this STILL tastes oaky. Poured with a minimal head. Very sweet, malty taste. Lots of caramel. Finishes a bit sweet. Decent enough beer, but won't likely revisit. Give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 18:01:35 | More by Retail1LO
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,401 ratings.