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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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rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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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

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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of barczar


3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Resin, pine, rich caramel, toasted malt, and muted citrus form the initial aroma. Seems fairly sweet.

Underpinnings of grapefruit and muted tangerine start the flavor profile, with sweet caramel malt, tobacco, and toasted breadcrust taking over mid palate, and resin and pine rounding out into the lightly bitter, dry finish.

Body is moderate to full, with slightly low carbonation, and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Fairly sweet at first, almost cloying, and more balanced than most. Not overly bitter, which suits my palate. Hop complexity is somewhat lacking.

Serving type: growler

10-01-2013 04:12:39 | More by barczar
Photo of thickgirth


1.55/5  rDev -62%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

this beer is f'ing gross. it tastes like licorice or something. just a little to unearthly for this dirt dweller. sorta just weird flavors all around. maybe I got a bad growler? oh well, try it once if you're curious it's affordable and fairly easy to find. about try their double IPA, hope it's better.

Serving type: growler

09-27-2013 23:41:03 | More by thickgirth
Photo of NoLeafClover44


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz. growler poured into a DFH Signature glass. Filled a few hours ago at Kreston's.

A - Pours a deep copper color with hardly any head. The guy behind the counter said that the keg was almost kicked, and it took a really long time to fill, so I already feared it may be flat. Oh, well. I guess that's not the beer's fault. It is a beautiful color with almost perfect clarity.

S - Smells of sweet clover honey, caramel malts, and a healthy dosage of citrusy orange hops. There is also a distinct herbal character to the aroma. Some bread balances the unusual sweetness and aggressive hop profile.

T - The sweetness is what strikes me first. The malts are of caramel, Moravian sugar cake, and biscuit. Piney and herbal hops shine through in the swallow and long into the linger. Sweeter than I prefer for a Double IPA, but the flavor isn't unpleasant.

M - Lightly carbonated, probably because of the fill. Sticky feel with a slightly dry finish.

O - I found this beer to be a bit unbalanced, favoring the malts. I have no way of knowing the age of the keg, so I don't know if this is due to age. Tastes more like a Barleywine than a DIPA. With that being said, it is still a pretty nice beer. A complex malt profile with a little bit of herbal hop bitterness on the back end make for an enjoyable brew. I may need to grab a reasonably fresh bottle to see if my assessment is a fair one.

Serving type: growler

09-12-2013 00:51:16 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of StaveHooks


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler served into a Southern Tier tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of dense off-white head. Pretty nice lacing left at the top.

S - Sweet cereal grain, doughy bread, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, cotton candy, floral alcohol.

T - Sweet bready malt, caramel, grapefruit syrup. The hops start coming through in sweet citrus flavor and bitterness doesn't come until the end. Sweet pine resin comes out as it warms. Finishes sweet and semi bitter.

M - Thick body, chewy syrupy feel, sweet.

This is a sweet tooth DIPA. The thicker mouthfeel doesn't help for said sweetness but it's never to the point of cloying. It doesn't always have to be mouth numbing bitter every time and this fits the other side of the spectrum. The hops are there but they can't fight the heavy handed sweetness. That being said it works for the "BarleyWine meets DIPA Cleche". Their regular IPA on tap was my favorite beer from this brewery.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2012 00:45:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of mrmkahn

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

I grabbed a grolwer of this from my local whole foods in Northern Virginia--I got the first tap off this keg..

A- It poured a deep amber color and was very clear. There was a creamy 1 inch head that quickly disappeared after the first sip.

S- A very sweet smell of pineapples, figs, and cream. There is a slight hint of syrup there as well.

T- As the beer hits the tongue there's a distinct flavor of fruity hops; it's a combination of pineapple, orange, and raisins. The beer then develops a syrupy, toffee-like sweetness not unlike a barleywine. It finishes with a subtle, bitterness of alcohol. For a beer this alcoholic, there is very little trace of the alcohol and what you do taste is rounded and not sharp or acidic.

M- Medium to heavy with a bit of sugariness left on the finish. There is a ripe wetness to the end of the beer.

O- This isn't the textbook DIPA, with a fairly weak hop profile, but it's a good beer. I almost think of this as a barleywine: it's sweet and bold and heavy with a very subtle bitterness on the finish. As an example of the style, I don't think I could recommend this, but for a big, bold, sweet beer that gets you hammered, it's worth the bomber (or growler if you can find it).

Serving type: growler

06-10-2012 01:07:28 | More by mrmkahn
Photo of schoolboy


4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This currently is one of my favorite brews in the world so I really wanted to try it on tap. It tastes the same, I think.

It is a sublime brew. A perfect blend of hops, malt, yeast and more hops. It smells amazing. I want to rub it all over me.

It looks nearly perfect. The head lasts a long time and leaves a lovely lace. It is clear and the perfect IPA color.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2012 01:47:07 | More by schoolboy
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unearthly is clear, bright copper with streaming carbonation and a thin, ivory head. The head is actually a cross between rocky and creamy, leaving fine lace in rings with each sip.

Pungent orange and grapefruit lean toward sweet, while malts linger in the background. The overall aroma profile may be simple, but it is quite clean.

As anticipated from a DIPA, bitterness is pronounced but not enamel-peeling. While malts are present, the hops are the primary player with lots of pine and sharp grapefruit. The finish is lingering with citrus flavors.

A medium body with light texture, the alcohol is controlled. Carbonation is soft and cleansing.

While it is nice to drink this with dinner, it is better in a Dogfish Head snifter while relaxing on a warm night on the deck.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2012 22:11:59 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of Innocentexile


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Lost Abby Pint glass

A-clear Amber/Yellow/Orange? color with 1.5 fingers of head that laces pretty well

S-strong fruit and citrus aroma with grassy floral fragrances, a tad earthy too. love it

T/M-yum, thats it. A slight fruity malt start that cascades into the bitter zone with more than enough hop flavour, nearly put me to sleep, i found it quite balanced.

O-very good DIPA, so glad I invested in a growler

Serving type: growler

12-11-2011 04:24:40 | More by Innocentexile
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a clear dark gold with a massive frothy head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves clingees on the sides of the glass that look like freakin' snowdrifts. The nose is nowhere to be found with all that foam (guess that head is doin' its' job). After a while, you get faint IPA smells of pine and citrus.

The taste is good, but a bit too sweet. That malty backbone counters what I can only assume to be an unforgiving rush of hops. With that kind of sweetness and the ABV of this beer, it's flavor is almost like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA. Like barleywines (which I don't particularly care for) it was a bit medicine-tasting to suit my palate. I did like this one a bit more than the oak-aged version. I probably won't buy it again, but don't let that stop you. It could be just what you're looking for.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 19:52:58 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of jtingue

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery poured into a tulip.

Appearance. Deep amber in color with a very nice 2 fingers of head which slowly dissipates to about a half a finger of head. This remains through the rest of the drinking experience.

Smell. Full of both malt and hop. The malt is very carmely and sweet. Citric and tropical fruits dominate the nose, though.

Taste. Much like in the nose, there is a nice balance of malt and hop. Overall, though, the beer is very sweet. Despite this sweetness there is a high level of bitterness. The sweetness comes in the form of carmel and sweet tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. In addition there are flavors of grapefruit which come along with a building bitterness which balances out the sweetness quite well. The finish continues this bitterness with some of the hop flavor also sticking around.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with a nice syrupy, slightly creamy feel. The carbonation is pleasant on the palate and complement the full body very well. This is what makes this beer unique from other Imperial IPAs for me.

Unfortunately this is a beer with two stories: it is amazing fresh, but definitely looses a lot with age. This review is about as fresh as you can get (on tap from the brewery). A review of this beer in a bottle is coming soon...

Serving type: growler

08-14-2011 21:25:40 | More by jtingue
Photo of Fatherskull


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler into a tulip glass. Growler filled at a local growler store I've reviewed.

A: Amber color and a clean clear appearance. Small off white head with a heavy yellow lacing.

S: Vanilla, floral, and citrus aromas. Full nose.

T: There's a lot of flavor in this. Aged, floral hops, vanilla malts, and a grapefruit finish. Not very forward alcohol content.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice feel.

O: Very nice refreshing and complex taste with a well hidden high alcohol content. Very happy that this is lacking the Southern Tier 'show off our alcohol content' standard that has turned me away from a few of their other selections.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 02:36:40 | More by Fatherskull
Photo of TheHoppiest


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

I've had this before from a 22 oz bottle and on tap, yet never managed to get it reviewed. So when I heard that World Wine in Mentor had a barrel on tap, I had to get a growler and finally get my thoughts on this fine DIPA down on paper.

Pours a honey amber, almost russet color with about 1/4" of head that quickly forms a thin lid. Actively foams like a roiling sea when swirled, with excellent retention along the sides.

Has a piney, resin smell with a thick, sticky-sweet aroma like warm grapes or pears. A hint of alcohol in the nose reminds you of this beer's power.

Starts somewhat spicy and peppery. There's a floral, almost orange blossom sweetness to this that fades to a bracing, biting bitter that hits the back of the tongue and continues down the throat. I think my stomach is feeling the bitterness! Pine resin notes give this a slight astringency that, combined with the alcohol, gives it a fair amount of substance.

Medium bodied, almost buttery, with a refreshing crispness along the middle of the tongue before assaulting the back of the tongue and down the throat.

This is a savory, tasty beer, that went excellent with my "Indian hit" saag lamb earlier. I'm happy to have a growler that, over the next few days, will make me appreciate how good a brewery Southern Tier is. If you're not lucky enough to find this on tap, at least treat yourself to a 22 oz bottle and enjoy!

Serving type: growler

03-27-2011 01:40:20 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

A: Poured a clear copper with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Nose is well balanced but not very aramoatic, more aroma hops could have helped out but I did get some booze and citrus

T: Caramel upfront, citrus, good amount of bittering and pretty good hop presense, finish with a booze kick

M: Slick, sweet, medium body and boozy

D: A step above average but at 10 ABV it kept me from going the extra step to Good.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2011 17:48:25 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ebby82


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the wine seller in Williamsburg for having this on tap.

Pours a hazy amber color into a pint glass. A nice head which dissipates quickly.

The aroma is very hoppy, a bit resiny perhaps. There is also a sweet, almost caramel note in the aroma.

The taste is fantastic. Straight up hops, with a lingering bitterness. There is also a slightly smoky flavor in the aftertaste. Really, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is average, a bit sticky and a little syrupy.

Very drinkable, although dangerous because it hides the alcohol well.

I would highly recommend this, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to pick up a growler.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2011 19:35:55 | More by ebby82
Photo of JDizzle


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a Growler from Party Town in Florence, Ky.

A: Darker than I thought it would be with an amber, copper color with good head/decent lacing.
S: very malty, nice hop explosion, and sweet!!
T: This is a VERY good DIPA that does not destroy your palate with only hops. It has a nice malt backbone and is also sweeet. I like the sweetness, so some may be put off by jsut how sweet this beer is. So good!!
D: The drinkability factor on this one is high, esp. for 11% ABV. I would recomend this to any hophead.

BTW-Oak Aged Un*Earthly is ever better!

Serving type: growler

02-23-2011 22:52:50 | More by JDizzle
Photo of Dodo2step


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


A- deep copper tones and orange highlites. 4 finger head with peaks and great spiderweb lacing.

S- strong floral and light citrus undertones in the nose. Light on the caramel malts as well.

T- Floral notes hit the palate first, followed by some grapefruit. very nice IPA

M- dry and medium bodied. Strong on the hop nots but thats the way it should be.

D- a def sipper but a good brew.

Serving type: growler

02-06-2011 19:06:18 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of joejost

New York

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a growler that was purchased 30 minutes prior to consumption.
Orange-red color kind of threw me. Smelled like, flowers, soap, pine, and slight malt. Taste was spicy, soap and hoppy with a severe alcohol presense. Drank two pints in a half hour, so it wasn't half bad. I'd still choose other DIPA's before I go back to UnEarthly.

Serving type: growler

12-09-2009 18:35:00 | More by joejost
Photo of shaebs99

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler bought at Big Z and served upon returning home

Pours a nice deep copper topped with a good sized white head that leaves pleasant lacing

The aroma is probably my favorite thing about this beer. Not the hoppiest aroma I have experienced recently (that belongs to the over the top Hosickle), but big, hoppy and pleasant. Big aroma of grapefruit and other citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malts.

Taste is as expected largely citrus hop based, but a good malt presence prevents this beer from being a totally unbalanced hop bomb. The taste is close to that of the nose, but more subdued. Fruity and resiny, with touches of brown sugar.

The full head provides this DIPA a nice creamy mouthfeel. The most surprising thing about this beer is the fact that everyone I drank this with was unable to guess it's high ABV%. The 11% is very well hidden, but makes this beer even more dangerous. A deliciously hoppy beer that goes down so easily and quickly.

Serving type: growler

04-07-2008 03:02:33 | More by shaebs99
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear, light, amber - nice head. Doesn't last long for a DIPA. Not much lacing.
Aroma is delicious. Grapefruit, hops, and malt combo - almost perfect for a DIPA.
Taste - Alcohol is minimal. Malty, hop balance is incredible. Hints of citrus. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is very smooth. A little alcohol burn but not overwhelming.
Overall an excellent DIPA. Much different than Southern Tier's IPA. More malt and hops character. Definitely one of my favorite DIPA's - especially on-tap.

Serving type: growler

12-02-2007 01:27:00 | More by Celt44
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

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

A growler serving minutes from the tap.

Pours clear, an interesting ruby orange color with a loose off white head that fades fairly quickly. Little observable effervescence. A good amount of lacing.

The smell is quite aggressive. A big sweet malty nose of orange pineapple citrus hops.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is primarily very sweet and creamy also. The hop texture is balanced and the carbonation complements the character.

The flavor is as sweet as the smell. A huge sweet malty experience with a unique and significant pine-orange citrus flavor. The entire thing lingers appropriately.

An 11%-Sleeper that i find very easy to drink. Find this and consume mass quantities!

Serving type: growler

07-03-2007 20:43:10 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours an amber to golden tan color with a rich and creamy off white head that is super thick, very long lived and settles so slow I can wait any longer to see if it is going to lace or not. I wouldn't call what it is doing lacing as much as a time-lapse collapsing of the foam that completely coats the glass on the way down.

The nose is superb spiced hops with strong citrus and pine notes. Like an east Texas forest in the spring after a light rain.

The taste is surprisingly fruity malt that is equally dominant in what I would a binary IPA. The fruitiness is powerful but so is the bitterness of the hops. Both are powerful and well balanced for the extremes.There are subtler notes of bread, pine and I agree with the caramel and peppery notes as well that are printed on the bottle. Those are very subtle when compared to the other extremes but are definitely there

The mouthfeel is like wet silk and coats the palate nicely without being cloying. In fact this one makes me have a unnaturally intense craving for spicy boiled crawfish. I think this one would be perfect with extremely spicy food like BW3's Blazin' wings or some crawfish boiled with "Slap Ya Mama" crawfish boil.

OK, I am drooling now, have to get some heat to go with this beer.

I just had to cave and get some Slap Ya Mama and eat the boil straight. And I was right, this is a perfect beer for super spicy food. I also tried some straight BW3's Blazin' sauce and I have to admit it is awesome with either.

overall THIS IS awesome BEER. About to become a staple in my house. I can't even taste the 9.5% alcohol, but I can feel it on an empty stomach.

Damn! This is Fuckin-A great beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 23:38:59 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/19/13

Pours a light amber/golden color, not too much head but there seems to be many spots of lacing on the glass regardless.

Smell is mostly caramel malt, could be that the 4.5 months since it was bottled that the hops have fades quite a bit, there still is a bit of earthiness in there in the form of a dank hops.

Taste is leaning on the caramel malt side of things over the earthy piney hops, if the flavors were bigger, specially the malt backing, I'd almost say this could have been an aged American Barleywine, carbonation is quite active but balances between crisp and soft, body has a bit of a resiny aspect, the alcohol content is hidden pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 23:25:34 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Emnmarko


3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/19/13 enjoyed 3/24/14

Another brew from the beer swap program with Ben. Thanks

A- Pours a caramel color and clear. Ample carbonation feeds a huge off white two finger head. This is a creamy long lasting head with nice structure that leaves considerable lacing.

S- Bitter danky and sweet. Pine resin, lemon, sweet fruit. Floral hops. Sweet bready malts. Complex.

T- A sweetness hits first. Caramel notes, sweet malts. The bitter dank pine from the nose is subdued but present. A bitterness creeps in in the middle and joins in with the sweetness to balance the flavor a bit. The alcohol is well hidden in this brew until the end with a warm, slightly spicy aftertaste that lingers long time. There is a distinct flow with this brew from sweet to bitter to spicy and the stages being precise and defined.

M- Med to heavy bodied brew. Sits a little in the back of the throught and is a little waxy.

O- Overall a decent brew. A little too sweet for a imperial IPA in my humble opinion. But its got class. I prefer 2x IPA to this beer but this is good in its own right. Purdy damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:50:56 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of lochef81


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I loved the oaked version of this ale so I thought I'd try its originator. This one pours a beautiful hazy copper color with a thick off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is malty with a slight hoppy bitterness. This bottle was born more than a year ago so the hop notes have subsided and left a rich malty beer almost reminiscent of a scotch ale more than an ipa. The flavor further confirms this opinion. Id love to try a fresh bottle of this ale because even an older one is impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:27:04 | More by lochef81
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours crystal clear bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grass earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt flavors; and a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:11:35 | More by superspak
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,392 ratings.