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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%


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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zeff80

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark amber/copper color with a bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and hoppy. Also, some good citrus aroma and had a grassy smell.

T - It tasted of a smooth, subtle hop blend. A nice roasted malt flavor with a citrus kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial IPA. I expected better, but it was still good.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:46:17 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light fluffy 1 finger head forms over hazy orange honey colored beer.

N: Lots of chewy hops with sweet chewy malts. A little citrus and tangerine, somewhat heavy on the hops and sweet malts, but not over the top yet.

T: Lots of sweet chewy malts here, with more chewy citrus hops. Semi bitter with some spicy hops as well. Very sweet with a nougat like taste even. Way too sweet for me, as usual from Southern Tier. A slight floral hop flavor too.

M: Medium to light body with lower carbonation.

F: Bitter with a long astringent flavor that's not as pleasant as it was on the initial taste. Lots of lingering sweet malts, some nougat, citrus hops and a little pine, orange peel too. Long sweetness and astringent hops. A touch of warming booze on the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 16:40:37 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

Had this a little while ago from a bottle and thought it was fantastic. Last summer I took a trip to the brewery and brought home a Growler of it. This beer pours out as a really great looking copper color with a creamy looking frothy head on it. The lacing is thick and sticky. The smell of this is of course hoppy, lots of pine and cirtus in the mix. The taste is very good for any IPA lover. The mouthfeel is sharp and tingley on the tongue. Truely a really good beer here. Looking forward to having this whenever I can.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 14:19:16 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Poured into fluted glass, as recommended on bottle:

Pours a vibrant amber with a thin head that lasts. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is citric, piney, floral, resiny. Some tobacco leafiness in the back. Caramel, with a touch of honey underneath.

The taste is of chewy hops from the start - citrus/grapefruit with resiny pine. Floral and tobacco leaf notes weave in and out. Resin grows as it warns. This is a hop monster, and yet it has a caramelish malty backing that lends a firm support and gives it quite a bit of balance, while allowing the hops to give a smack-down on the palate. Alcohol amazingly masked, though some warmth shows up in the aftertaste. Resiny finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, it has a great texture - very coating and smooth.

This is one hell-of-a DIPA! Incredible smoothness and drinkability for the style/abv. 153 IBU's show through with a great hop profile, yet with some balance to it. A must-try for hop fans!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 13:07:21 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged copper with a creme head. Resin nose with firm pine tones. Flavor is definitely for the hop heads. Thick and well balanced piney hops. Feel is balanced and good. Very drinkable. But keep in mind that you better love the hops if you are going to dance with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 23:04:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a fellow BA london101 at D's Sixpack, where it was sampled at nearly cellar temperature...next time we'll start it a bit cooler and let it warm up. Either way I love Southern Tier and I may be a bit biased here but let's review. As we pour it appears a nice vibrant copper amber colore with a full tan off white cream head leaves even bars of lacing with each sip. Aromatics hit you in the face with big floral and citrus hop combo grapefruit and green raw hops flood the senses along with a woody charred tone and big malty caramel tones with alcohol letting it's presence especially near cellar temp. Flavor profile is big with upfront bitterness more fresh hop juice flavor candied with the sweet caramelized sugary malt layers with a bitey herbal citrus hop character it all flows nicely together. Intense and aggressive hop profile can't wait to sample again there's layers of flavors yet remains somewhat balanced, weird? Mouthfeel is big bodied creamy textured oily with hop resins for certain even but sturdy carbonation to back up the high gravity. Drinkability is money, another quality hopped up creation from upstate NY thanks to Phinn and Matt especially the one that is still there I can't remember at this time, good stuff great double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 22:13:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a long lasting 2" head. The head also has some huge bubbles in it. Few slow rising carbonation bubbles are spotted. Nice lacing.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and honey are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: nice strong malt profile with a balanced piney bitterness. Tart grapefruit and sweet oranges are noticeable on the citrus front, and alcohol is definitely noticeable but not intrusive to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: crisp and very dry from start to finish. Long bitter aftertaste that feels like it is glued to your tongue. Heavy bodied.

Drinkability: a superb DIPA that is easy drinking and flavorful. The high alcohol levels knock this down a notch, but this is one great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:58:03 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rocky, cream-colored head. Great sticky lace on the glass sides. Orange amber in color with moderate cloudiness.

Rich, oily alcohol warmth in the smell. Strong fresh hop. Light malt presence.

This is stunningly well- balanced Double IPA. I am used to the hop completely dominating the flavor profile. Not here--there's a solid malt base without the typical high-alcohol oil. Still, the hop is potent making for a powerfully flavorful brew. The body is rich like light cream and the carbonation is slightly low.

This is one of my favorite styles. And now this is one of my favorites within that style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:12:59 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

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

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark pumpkin skin orange, with a medium lightly off-white head, with good head retention and well above average lacing, I expect this in a Double IPA.

S: Strong off-pine smell, cedar bark, light grapefruit juice.

T: Strong hoppy bitterness, raw pine and bitter melon. Bit of a sweet orange flavour in the middle mixed with an alcoholic bite. Finish has a lot of tropical fruit character and dries out the tongue.

M: Very full-bodied, medium alcohol presence for this style, very dry, resiny.

D: I liked this beer, but it's not one that completely knocked my socks off. Still, it's a great balanced DIPA, glad I tried it finally.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 04:42:16 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honey amber color in the tall tulip with some pleasant sudsiness. Sharp on the tongue and moderately carbonated. Flowery and spicy aroma.

Really sweet, with nonstop butterscotch and Sugar Daddy malty intensity. Very malty with a perfumey flavor and an intense nose of flowery hops. Not all that bitter, considering the category.Tastes more like a Tripel mated with a Barleywine. In a way, it's the ideal DIPA for people like me who don't think more hops are always better. Rich and spicy, strong and sweet.

More than a little hot with alcohol, but the liqueur-like flavors go right along with the ABV. From the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:27:12 | More by mactrail
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is everything one could hope for in an east coast imperial ipa. it pours a decadent orange brassy color, dense and bright, with a luscious head, just off white, about an inch tall. the nose on this is intensely hoppy, oily heavy, and delicious. it reminds me somewhat of the founders centennial ipa, in the sense that its got that almost lumber quality to it, woody and sturdy, earthy and bitter, very nice aromatics here. I cant place the hops variety exactly, but its familiar to me for sure. big bitter hops all the way through the flavor of this one, with that fresh milled lumber element coming in and out. I get some sort of English malt underlying it all, and maybe even some English style bitter hops, but I also get bold American fruity and piney hops, sappy and fresh, penetrating my palate. the hopback process has been an obvious success here. good carbonation, fuller body, almost chewy in that classic way my mother describes big beers she cant comprehend. satisfying after a few days of not drinking, and a beer I am already dying to score again. one of the best from southern tier for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 13:33:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

I don't know where those 153 IBUs are hidding, but this is still a pretty awesome big beer. Overall the taste and aroma were surprisingly sweet. Smelled almost medicinal with a bit of spicey hops coming through. Candy-like malt flavor mixed with citrus hops made up a flavor that came off a little creamy, probably from the red wheat. Maybe the most drinkable DIPA I've had, no hint of the 11% as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 06:22:56 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber/orange color with about an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, sweet malts, and maybe some piney hops.

t - First taste that jumped out at me was sweet caramel malts. Also some citrus hops in the taste.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice smooth malts and citrus hops combine for a very pleasant mixture. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 03:59:16 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. If you haven't been, get there.

A: The DIPA is golden, clear with a radiant glow. The head neared one half of a finger on pour and lingered gamely for most of the glass.

S: The ale's hop aroma is oily and boozy. Very strong with a near blinding bitterness. Alcohol is present, near the forefront of each smell.

T: Unearthly is the proper descriptor for this ale. It's hop profile is big and bold, throwing off both pine and citrus aromas. Caramel malts don't really do much to the flavor. The hops are a little to muddled for my liking.

M: The hop bitterness is all that you'll notice, coating the tastebuds with an oily bite.

D: I was planning to have two pints with dinner but couldn't choke all of this down. The hops and booze conspired against me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 01:54:57 | More by akorsak
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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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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber, without freshness or vintage dating. This stunner pours a bright copper shade of amber, clear and glistening. Supports a long lasting, creamy tan head, and leaves thick, sticky and long lasting stringy lacing after a swirl.. Aroma is of goey, oily hops. Lots of grapefruit, and oily hop crunch in the flavor profile here. Full bodied and full flavor DIPA. Smooth and heady brew, alcohol clearly present, but its layered and dovetailed nicely into and within the layers of hops/malty base. Complex, strong, bold and highly recommended creation. Fine sipper/nightcapper

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 04:23:56 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-caramel color with a bubbly white head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head last as a thin foam for the full beer.

S- This beer has a sweet malty smell with a light toasted note and a big green spicy hop nose.

T- This beer has big bitty green hops with a pineapple weed pungency and a slight earthyness. There is a spicy flavor to the hops at the finish. The smooth green bitterness lingers for a moment after each finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a smooth finish.

D- This beer is a nice big IPA with some nice, no citrus, hops flavors and some good support from the sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 03:36:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light sweet piney nose. Flavor follows the nose - sweet piney hops with mild bitter aftertaste. High ABV totally hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:33:16 | More by jdhilt
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Southern Tier now export (or get sent by some roundabout way) to Australia, but I'm loathe to try/review IPAs that aren't fresh. Call me a wanker if you will. Anyway, a trip to NY seemed like a good opportunity to check this out.

Pours a heavy burnished golden-bronze colour, with a head that forms slowly and languidly, but which is suitably fine and solid when it arrives. Lacing is minimal, but splodges stay around when the glass is tilted. The body is probably its most impressive feature, being as though it is thick, syrupy and heavy.

Nose is lovely and fresh, with big green hoppy characters coming off like crushed vegetation and savoury fruits. There's a big sweetness to it as well, obviously from the massive amounts of malts, but it complements the hop characters. Nice.

Taste is a bit more brash and unvarnished. Here, the hops form a biting centrepiece which the smooth running malt cushions violently. Lovely peppery vegetative characters throughout, that would be obscene if not for the softening effect of the body and the malt sweetness. It's like being punched by a marshmallow.

Very nicely balanced throughout, as a result, and the extra body and booze is well-placed, and is used to excellent effect.

A lovely Imperial IPA. It makes everything bigger, but doesn't forget the balance and subtlety that is required as well. Great work.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 21:26:20 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Zorro

California

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

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Chill hazed deep amber colored ale the color of tarnished copper. Good off-white colored head with a distinct yellowish tinge.

The smell is mostly strong pine and woody hops. Quite sweet smelling with one of the strongest pineapple aroma I have ever smelled in a beer. Lots of hops and aromas of pine and pineapple, orange, limoncello, tea, oak and menthol.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a pineapple and tea flavor. Interesting this tastes more fruity than hoppy and compares very well with top of the line IIPAs. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors are very much tamed to allow the fruit and tea flavors to come out fully in this beer. Peach and pineapple are the strongest fruit flavors but not the only ones.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Incredibly easy to drink and dangerous too at 11%. A beer you would love to drink all day it is that good. This beer compares favorably with Dreadnaught and the two Pliny's and is right up there with those three beers. Highly recommended for all hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 06:39:09 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to BAs ampzilla and NutBrown.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, a nice creamy one-finger tan head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, hoppy, citrusy, and a nice touch of pines and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, with a nice touch of sweetness, a nice touch of grapefruit, slight piney flavor. There's a nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, the sight of this brew is very encouraging when poured, awesome color. Highly recommended. Glad I have a extra bottle (ampzilla).

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 23:12:29 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a lasting lacng. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with hints of malt, pine and citus fruit. Very smooth drinking with a strong hoppy presence that lasts throughout. Hints of grapefruit and alcohol with a nice malty backbone. Excellent!.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 07:38:46 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

22oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity... Elaborate ingredient list on the bottle, along with tons of silk-screened art and words and what-have-you. Ink quality could be better (some running), but the effort is very nice.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear deep copper brew. Head lasts well for the style, and lacing is prevalent. Aroma is fruity hops, with some pine underneath, not as intense as I had expected. Flavor makes up for the any lack in the nose, hops are front and center. Lupalin slam in the teeth, then mellows down a bit and you can feel the malt and alcohol warming everything it touches. Mouthfeel is impressive for something so hoppy, and drinkability works as well. Nice job with one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 21:43:54 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear orange color with more than a finger of yellow stained head. Nice bit of lacing all around the glassware. Nose is a blend of hop spices and citrus minorly resembling orange zest. Little bit of alcohol bite in the backend along with malty mixture in the aroma as well. Taste is a well mixed blend of hop bitterness that is a little herby/earthy, solid amount of malt sweetness and a bit of the alcohol edge that is warming in the finish. Medium feel with low carb.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 23:56:52 | More by stakem
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,392 ratings.