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

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2,759 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 116
Gots: 250 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hoagie1973, Aug 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of shirfan
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear orange-red with incredibly long-lasting off white lacing.

Clean and big aroma of floral and citric hops, light earthy malt tones and a hint of anise.

Taste pushes floral hops in a big way, but with medium-low bitterness and absolutely no indication of the 11% abv this weighs in at. Sweet and crisp finish with a bit of orange zest kicking in. A very juicy mouthfeel keeps begging another sip much like Southern Tier's standard IPA.

If I ever move back to Buffalo, access to nectars such as this from S.T. will be a non-trivial deciding factor.

shirfan, May 21, 2006
Photo of bboven
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold clear body with a thin head and bits of lacing here and there.

Big piny hops up front in the aroma but there's also a nice breadiness from the malt fighting for some recognition.

Huge hop flavor of course; but the malt lends a nice nondescript sweetness to the blend. Just a hair of alcohol shows up when it warms slightly.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation. A little sticky from the hops and surprisingly not very drying. Not a bad thing, just a bit off.

The amazing thing about this beer is its ability to hide a whopping ABV. I got nothing of it in the aroma and very little in the taste. A great display of craftsmanship.

bboven, Feb 08, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

WuBByG999, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Fish113d
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass at 43 degrees (F), it pours a classic amber color with a finger-thick, decently dense, spongy, clingy (on the glass) head that is eggshell in color. The nose is quite pleasant and not too bold, but still enough hops. For 11%, not much alcohol hits my nose, but the hoppiness is clean and floral, and not overly big. Some slight sugary sweetness also hits my nose, but the subtle hops take over the aroma of this one. The sip reveals a quite sweet shot up front of some rock candy, with a biscuity flavor coming through that reminds me of mom's chicken and dumplings (YUM!!). The hope end up taking over with bitterness, along with a healthy dose of alcohol that comes and dries it out almost completely, leaving almost a bourbon aftertaste (feeling also). Carbonation is mild on the sides of my tongue and the bitterness makes me feel like I'm eating hops, and the alcohol makes this very dry. Overall, one bottle will do for me I think. I'm not a true hophead, but I enjoy hoppy beers, and this one gets kinda messy in my opinion. Maybe letting it age a bit would help.

Fish113d, Feb 01, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 finger foamy head. Color is dark orange. Good lacing. Good retention.

S. Piney hops, some hops. Caramel malt. Alcohol, some toffee. Maybe a little pineapple and grapefruit.

T. Taste is sweet malt. A little bit of hops. Not very bitter. Tastes as if the hops have mellowed significantly.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly sweet afterstaste.

D. Tastes like a weak barleywine. Not very hoppy. Hopefully better when it is more fresh. Not a DIPA that holds up very well.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

oldedog, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

FaradayUncaged, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Peyton5410, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of grover37
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from D'Vines for $8. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance (4): A very clear, dark copper with a fat finger of light cream head. The foam reduces to an uneven, medium thick layer with lacing all the way around the glass. Not much lacing besides at the top.

Aroma (2.5): Not a huge aroma but it's still pretty cold. Faint notes of grapefruit mix with pine and a dark caramel. Once it warms up, it's a sweet mango and a strong, oily and resinous caramel. You can really tell it's going to be extremely bitter.

Taste (3.5): Very strong resinous hops and thick caramel right off the bat. Intense flavor compared to the less than impressive aroma. A strong bitterness hits in the middle and works well to cover up a lot of residual sweetness. The bitterness mingles with the sweet caramel in the finish. This is a good example of a big East Coast DIPA, but I like the style much more when it's dry and less balanced.

Mouthfeel (3): A bit slick, cloying, and bitter. Full bodied and low carbonation which is appropriate. The finish really lingers, especially the sweetness, and is a bit coating.

Overall (3): A bit too sweet - borderline cloying - as well as bitter. They even each other out, but the hops aren't really showcased here; it's mostly an interplay between the bitterness and sweetness. I'd like to try this a bit fresher on tap.

grover37, Apr 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

kayrex, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of bbeane
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with very little head that sits on top of a brilliant orange/red beer... very little activity

S- Smells a bit hoppy, but much more sweetness... malts, fruits, caramel, bit of honey maybe... also get a hint of bread/doughy aroma

T- A very balanced brew... starts out with a malty sweetness that eventually turns to a well pronounced hoppiness that lingers in your mouth well after the swallow

M- Very smooth with little carbonation... and a light to medium body

D- Very tasty and easy to drink, with no apparent presence of the 11% abv. Another great beer in the southern tier imperial series IMO


bbeane, Dec 08, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

banger7, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

jryanj927, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mjstacker, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It came from another planet with this one on 7/5/2006. 10.5 oz. goblet pour at Redones.

1/4-inch thick, level head dies to some light coating with a nice bead on it. Milky amber hue, maybe due to chill, verging on rose; can see some nice action going on. Fruity melon on the nose, honeydew, with a little hop astringency and just a touch of cliantro and white pepper. On the mouth, quick hop bite is washed away by a well balanced hop to malt bill, still heavier in the hop column, but welcomely balanced nonehteless. Fantasically drinkable with a not-too-heavy body.

Haven't had many Southern Tier offeings; will need to try more.

Truh, Jun 03, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CHSLBrew, May 29, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

jpd026, Aug 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

beerhast, Mar 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Tumble, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

KornWallace, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

kevindp9, Oct 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

YeastEnthusiast, May 02, 2013
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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