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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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Ratings: 2,621
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
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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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-27-2013 02:46:02 | More by spedprof
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2014 02:53:34 | More by maxcoinage
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-15-2014 23:20:32 | More by BodiesLexus
Photo of nortmand


4.65/5  rDev +14%

Pours orange-red with a big frothy white head.

Huge, juicy sweet grapefruit nose. Simply astoundingly beautiful.

Front end hop loaded, with huge sweet resinous grapefruit flavors. Very nice raisin like caramel maltiness. Soft, balanced bitterness. Perfect, but for a reasonably strong alcohol burn.

Medium bodied with a soft, supple carbonation. Very nicely balanced DIPA, but a bit heavy on the alcohol character.

08-05-2007 17:27:18 | More by nortmand
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

My first time having this beer...

A- Poured quickly into a wide mouth tulip glass, a foamy two finger head faded fairly quickly leaving a ring of suds all around the rim. Gorgeous amber color in this glass reminds me of the cane knob the old man had from Jurassic Park... (without the mosquito)!

S- Piney, sweet and floral, sour citrus and thyme. Fresh flavors really hit the sences hard! I'm loving this!

T- The bitter hops hit right away and stay with you... a citrus/honey sweetness slips in as it rolls on the tongue. Picking up alot of fresh herbs and fresh cut grass... For an 11% ale... the alcohol is very subdued.

M- Bitter yet sweet on your tongue. Makes you pucker a little, and the subtle honey sweetness really coats the tongue and hangs in there. No alcohol burn apparent.

D- I'm more of a dark beer guy, but this beauty has me thinking... Perfect hot summer night BBQ brew. Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple... Honey/Maple glazed Chicken... Mmmm...

01-22-2011 04:55:58 | More by Thickfreakness
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-17-2014 23:12:47 | More by little_star
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-02-2012 15:12:56 | More by DWolf
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2013 23:50:32 | More by bbrown12
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-02-2013 00:57:47 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

08-29-2013 00:54:20 | More by Dcunicelli
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4/5  rDev -2%

08-21-2014 15:02:19 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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4.08/5  rDev 0%

Been wanting to try this for a while, finally got a bottle from jjayejaye, thanks...

Pours a nice clear copper color with some carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to support an eighth inch of offwhite head. Nice tight lacing left on the glass too.

Aroma is sweet and hop laden. Lots of caramel and candy sugar, a little sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. Floral and citrus hops dominate, tangerine and orange peels.

Pretty nice flavor with a lot of stuff going on, fairly balanced overall. A solid caramel backbone works underneath a lot of different hops flavors. Has a grapefruity edge and some bitter citrus pith flavors. Some floral hints work well with the caramel malts, but the finish has a nice bitter edge and a touch of pine sap to round it out. Good stuff. Alcoholic edge though.

Pretty thick mouthfeel, a bit oily. Carbonation levels are right on. Coats the mouth like sticky syrup, which for me hurts the drinkability a bit.

Good drinkability overall, a bit too sweet for me to have much more than this bomber. I like a drier, more resin-like DIPA personally. Its good stuff though and worth a try.

03-21-2007 03:41:43 | More by blitz134
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-05-2013 11:35:28 | More by nyyfanatic213
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Poured a moderate two inch off-white head that remained through half the sample. Thin sparse lacing forms on side of glass. Color is deep amber with slight haziness.

Smell: Slight aroma of hops with a sweet note. The overall aroma is somewhat stronger than other brews in this class. The malts and sugars are more pronounced in this beer than some other DIPA's I've tried.

Taste: Good, rich, deep flavor that seems to smooth out some of the sharp hoppiness. It is dry but not as much as HopSlam or Dreadnaught. The malts stay in front of the hops throughout and provide a creamy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a creamy feel that coats the tongue but at same time is has a hoppy, resin aftertaste. The alcohol tends to leave your mouth dry.

Overall: At 10% ABV it's a quite drinkable beer. It's in the same league as HopSlam and 90min. IPA although I would prefer HopSlam if I had all three sitting in front of me and I could only drink one. I've had the 2XIPA also but prefer the taste of this. It just seems a little more complex and interesting.

03-27-2011 16:02:39 | More by heysuz
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Pale light orange with smallish head, decent lace for size of foam.

Definitely some alcohol in the nose. Orange peel and earthy hop smells.

Slightly sweet bitter orange with earthy and woodsy hop bittering; surprisingly the alcohol that was so prevalent in the nose doesn't show itself much in the taste.

This one is pretty bitter and hoppy, but very well balanced and almost delicate. Great job in hiding the alcohol in the taste. If you like your DIPAs to be equally malty and hoppy this one's for you.

11-08-2007 19:21:37 | More by BeerZack
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4/5  rDev -2%

02-10-2012 01:52:13 | More by sneth019
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Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Cool bottle - Mostly because there's lots of info on it: A bit of blabla, alc vol, plato, grain bill, kettle hops, hop back, dry hopping hops, glassware, storing and serving temp. Thanks southern tier, really appreciate it.

A-Cloudy gold. Very soft, mushy looking dirty white head. Lots of lacing. Head stays until the end.

S- Sweet white wine like a Samos backed with a creamy butterscotch. Yeast as it warms. Lots of alcohol.

T- Malt centric. Dark fruit from the malt holds your attention but mostly if you're very used to very hop focused IIPAs. There still some grassiness in the back, the finish and after-taste. Bitter of course, but pretty tame if you consider the IIPA spectrum.

M- Not crisp, not dry. Medium carbonation. Syrupy and almost liqueur-like.

D- Okay. I drank the whole bottle in very little time but you could almost serve this like a grappa and sip. Bottle was out of the fridge for 15 minutes - maybe colder would be better.

Good product/beer. Won't buy it again unless I find it on tap. If you see it and feel tempted, go for it.

08-13-2010 03:22:28 | More by Yoonisaykul
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3.55/5  rDev -13%

Pours a transparent, deep copper with a 1-finger light yellow head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is grassy, herbal with a slight pine hop character & tobacco. Taste consists of earthy and grassy hops along with woody malt flavors and sweet cigars. Mouthfeel is acidic, liquor-like and medium-bodied.

This is not as hoppy as I would expect. Lots of cigar & malt qualities. Has an ending that's liquor-like. The alcohol is actually hidden quite well up until the end.

03-27-2011 03:39:23 | More by theghost3
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-29-2014 03:33:45 | More by kybeerdrinker
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-22-2012 22:14:08 | More by tviz33
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-05-2013 12:46:16 | More by kevindp9
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

A 22 oz. bomber bought in Boston (thanks Nick!), brought back home to NJ, then brought to upstate NY to share with friends. About 500 miles later, this beer was finally consumed and it received rave reviews from all that tried it.

Orange colored with a sticky white head. Good head retention. The aroma is full of citrus and floral notes. Very inviting. The taste says it all though. Maybe the best tasting DIPA I've ever had and certainly one of the most balanced as far as hops and malt go. Are the hops over the top? Of course, it's part of the style, but the malts provide the sweet backdrop that ties it all together. Something that I feel is missing from some DIPAs like Stone Ruination or Victory Hop Wallop, but makes DFH 90 Min the great beer that it is. But back to the Unearthly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific. 11%?!?! I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is slightly noticable but does not burn your mouth in any way as some of the over the top beers in this style can do.

This is a big beer, but with lots of balance that makes it a very enjoyable sipper. Something I will seek out again and maybe even stock up on. A must try if it's available to you.

08-02-2006 01:32:33 | More by Jacobob10
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3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Thanks BA bud Cdkrenz. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass this brew has a nice orange amber color with a thick white 2 finger head with an aggressive pour. The head settles into a nice thin cap leaving sticky delicious lacing down the glass. The brews aroma is full of pine needles with nice clove and nutty notes. The taste is not over powering. There is a very strong hop start with a slight butterscotch middle and a mild bitter finish with some brown sugar and caramel malt balance. This brew is not the POW hop flavor I expected. It is balanced, sweet and spicy. Very good brew.

09-22-2010 00:32:46 | More by WJVII
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2.95/5  rDev -27.7%

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly two fingers of head, slight haze warm chesnut coloring.

s- warm biscuit, strong, some pine, light citrus.

t- this is a strong one, sappy pine, earthy hops come through, some huff and burn here as well, i wish the alcohol was a bit more hidden.

m- medium, coating, slick.

d- not the best, the alcohol isn't well hidden here. i was a bit disappointed here.

10-11-2010 03:57:30 | More by thecarster1
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New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Clear copper, with traces of carbonation rising to a soapy ecru froth, which is not too big since I poured it into a fluted glass as per the bottle's instruction. Aroma is piney, piney, piney! Subsequent sniffs reveal a sugary candied citrus peel scent, but man is this one about the hops and nothing else! The taste, fortunately, does not follow the nose. I say fortunately, because that aroma led me to expect something obscenely over-the-top pine juice phenomenon. Instead I get a much more subdued and subtle citrusy pine flavor with a sweet caramel malt follow-through. I do think there are some reasonable limits as to the outrageousness of the hops in a DIPA, and hence, I believe that a certain "balance" is feasible and appropriate to expect. Southern Tier achieves such balance with Unearthly. As it warms, more malt emerges, and the flavors become rounder, softer, and fuller. Something of a mineral twinge at the finish. Hop bitterness lingers. Lacing is webby, but head retention is minimal -- 11% abv will do that to a beer, I suppose. Medium bodied and juicy. Not my favorite DIPA -- meaning there are others I'd pick up instead on a more regular basis --, but this is absolutely stunning as a foray into "Big Beer" territory.

03-07-2006 05:33:25 | More by orfeu
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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