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

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

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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 2,958
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 139
Gots: 384 | FT: 2
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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,204 | Hads: 2,958
Photo of q33jeff
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**FROM OLD NOTES, 08/19/15:
On tap at uno,Hamilton. Yellow Orange color. Head is off white, and looks creamy and lasting. Aroma is light, grass, straw,. Taste is yummy. Not at all typical IPA tastes. Woody and hoppy, but Very smooth. Amazing considering the abv. In my top 3 IPA’s.**

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Albertsons. First sip, and I'm already impressed. Orange amber body with thick fluffy head. Piney hop aroma, slightly astringent. Taste is pure hop, but exceedingly smooth. Alcohol heat kicks in on the way down the pipe. Beautiful all the way around, delicious, excellent brew.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy with the taste of Unearthly. Have yet to have anything disappointing from Southern Tier. Top notch brewery. Very nice blend of the 4 hops. Slight, smooth peppery flavor. Give it a try.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot going on here. Pour is copper with minimal foam and lacing. Taste has orange citrus and a hint of lime zing combined with some booziness. This leads to a sweet malty finish. I got an 8oz pour - any more and I'm afraid this would get syrupy. Overall worth a taste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and not much lacing is left.

3.5 S: Piney and citrusy hops. Lots of orange with some lime underneath. Clover honey, caramel, earth, and biscuit malts.

4.0 T: The taste is grander than the nose. Sugary with candied oranges, potent lime, and some lemon too. Caramel, honey, moderate bitterness. Again biscuit malts.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to it. Potent bitter aftertaste.

3.75 D: Southern Tier has an awesome big beer lineup and this fits in well. Solid all around.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, heavy beer. Big malt and lots of alcohol. Bitter, earthy hops are present (it's an IPA, so duh), but they're almost drowned out by a thick, syrupy malt body. It has some sweetness to it. It doesn't taste too boozy, but the alcohol taste is definitely there. It's impressively drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV. Overall, quite tasty. It feels like you're getting into something otherworldly as soon as you crack the bottle open.

Not a beer you can just pound back. Drinking one of these is kind of an event.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no bottle date

A- pours a bright amber-orange color with a one finger creamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top, no lacing left behind

S- plenty of fruity hop aroma up front with notes of red berries and citrus, underlying doughy malt and alcohol

T- fruity citrus hops up front with notes of orange zest & grass, complimented by some red berry fruitiness. The back-half consists of a sweet, slightly bready malt, & finishes with more fruit on the linger

M- medium body with moderate low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a balanced DIPA? Usually this term falls flat of expectations but this one actually seems to work well, providing plenty of fruity hops, but remaining quite drinkable for 9.5%

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Photo of GregHarold
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an interesting beer. It starts out bitter but settles into a counterbalance of malty sweetness. That sweetness is not as dominate in the flavor profile as Southern Tier's Gemini, but it is more pronounced than in their standard-bearer: 2XIPA (all available for together for sampling in the "Super Pack.)...it falls somewhere in between, a nicely balanced imperial. It's light on the palate but filling. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite "go-to" IPAs. I never have a problem ordering it when it's available on draft and nothing else that's offered seems all that exciting. I also enjoy this from the bottle, too. To me, when this beer is fresh it's one of the best widely-accessible IPAs out there. It serves as a great introductory beer for either the style or the brewery. Recommended!

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Photo of CWO
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this beer recently during a day trip to the Buffalo and Lake Erie Naval Military Museum in New York. Awesome taste ! Great accompaniment with foods. Hoping to find this beer local.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a thick head of off-white suds. Average tree-line lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, hoppy — tropical and citrus. Nice!

Taste: Crisp and fruity — definitely high on the grapefruit/citrus scale, with some pine as well. The body here is pretty hefty, with a solid malt bill underneath all those hops. A well-done imperial IPA, and one I’d love to try fresh some day (not sure how old this bomber was).

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a very good beer. Smells of pine, tropical fruit, orange, hops. Taste follows the nose. I like the fact that it's not earthy or dank, as in garlic and onions. Heavy mouth feel, but drinks like a 6% beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. At $6.99 a bomber, I'll have to stock up. My bomber lasted about 30 minutes.

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Photo of do_ob
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear amber with about 1/2 a finger of bubbly, white foam on top. Sugary-sweet fruit and malt on the nose. Smells boozy and almost syrupy, with little traces of citrus here and there. Medium weight, and dense and syrupy on the mouthfeel. There's an artificial sweetness up front on the taste that attempts to mask the booziness of this beer, but doesn't quite cut it. Over-ripe oranges and apples, sweet malt, and alcohol are what I get on the taste. Finishes somewhat abrasive, and leaves a bittersweet residue behind to make up the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer didn't impress me at all. I found the taste to be too artificial, and it was incredibly syrupy and boozy.

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Photo of Hugomarink
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Far too malty and sweet for my tastes, but it's smooth and has a rich flavor that some will enjoy. But for those who like big hop bombs this is a much more malt-forward approach to a DIPA. It's not bad at all, just not what I'm generally looking for in a DIPA.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: A clear amber. An off-white, half-finger head that goes fast.

S: Lots of citrus action with piney hops vying for attention.

T: A terrific malt/hop balance. Not too bitter. Love the orange and grapefruit hop aspects. Strong on flavor and alcohol. Watch out.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise. Would drink again. The low bitterness makes Unearthly a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of munnster76
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too malty for my taste, probably meant to hide the acohol, not a fan or overly malty beers. Not impressive. Their 2XIPA is much better, but their IPA is their best.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper, close to amber, similar to the Gemini I had yesterday, half finger of off white head, decent lacing so far

Smell is Kiwi, some sour apple?, pine, sweet sweet malt with caramel and toffee making an appearance, pineapple and a good herbal sweetness

Taste is Kiwi, papaya, soured citrus, caramel apple, toffee, herbal tea bitterness

Mouthfeel is full, sticky and oily, not as dry as your average DIPA but still dry

Good DIPA Definitely tastes like a amped up version of 2xipa I would be interested to know if they use the same hops and malts in both beers, either way wish I could get this in 6ers like that one!

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this. It was bottled about 5 months ago. I mite have liked it fresh but thanks to distributors sitting on beer well past it best by date I have a malty beer that gets a bad score.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Tree House Brewing stemmed glass.

The color is a clear reddish gold with a finger of foamy white head and a slight thin lacing in the glass.

The smell is a little fruity with a slight apple aroma. There is a slight sweet malt aroma that is muted in the nose.

The taste is fruity and has some hints of apple and pear that leaves a cider flavor for a moment before some sweetness comes in and washes it away. There is a slight bitterness present toward the end that is a bit grassy and green.

The feel of this beer is big but smooth with a really drinkable feel that goes down easy but lets you know it's packing a punch.

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alcohol comes out immediately in the aroma followed by a strong citrus and grassy hops bitterness. Alcohol prevails from start to finish, and not in a bad way. Abv (9.5%). Everything I expected.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Burnished golde-orange. Milk haze. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Spotty lacing.

S: Herbal and earthy. 'Dank' sort of cannabis sweetness. Passion fruit and some vague exotic fruits. Whiff of alcohol. Vague esters. Candy she'll malt sweetness. Caramel.

T: Dank and sweet cannabis hop flavors. Hint of passion fruit. Hops go earthy and herbal toward the middle. Moderate bitterness. Some grainy and toasty flavors before the sweeter candy shell and caramel malt flavors set in. Alcohol is apparent but not hot. Mildly bitter cannabis hop flavor and malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Slight syrupy texture. Some mild gripping hop astringency. Prickling carbonation.

O: No date code anywhere on the bottle. I suspect this one might be over the hill. Hop character is flat, malt sweetness is too dominant and the syrupy texture is a little off-putting. I'll have to re-visit this sometime.

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Photo of PJKSR02
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately disappointed with this offering. It's really just a booze cruise of alcohol. Looks good in the glass, but us more like drinking beer shots than savoring hops and malts. Go with Gemini from the Super Pack!

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Photo of Keystone
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with light amber color. Very malty sweet in the front with a bitter hoppy finish. It's a bit earthy and the alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. Overall it's good especially if you consider it's something a little different.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on two occasions, about a month and a half apart. Do yourself a favor and get a fresh bottle. The malt takes over quickly. I am rating the fresh bottle here. The hops are excellent, and the beer full bodied. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of bman13
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just okay. I hate southern tiers' malt bomination of mostly everything hoppy that they make. This one's probably the worst amongst them. It's a little bitter and citrus does come through a bit, but with every sip you are overwhelmed completely by the weird sticky sweet malty taste. Not a good thing. Maybe this f bottle is a bit old at around 4 months, but I've had it fresh and hardly have noticed a difference. Definitely stick with Gemini or 2x one for a hop forward beer and not a sweet malt bomb like this.

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