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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: 2,633
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 107
Gots: 202 | 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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Photo of jbowers56


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

Dark amber colour. Just slightly off white head - not even a finger of head but tight with nice bubbles that fade to a thin pox-marked kind of layer. Great lacing.

A big old nose on this one. Truckloads of resiny, citrusy hops. I get strong citrus maybe grapefruit mixed in with pine, as well as some more tropical fruits and then a fair whack of caramel sweetness to balance it out. Loverly!

Ok, wow. Not as big as I expected. That being said at 11% abv and 150 ibus I expected a monster. I think the recommended serving temperature of around 5 degrees is too cold, and I will enjoy this more as it warms up. That being said - this is an absolute ripper. Fruity, both tropical and citrus. The malt balances it well. I think it almost needs to be 11% because without that crystal malt sweetness there would just be a hop landslide. There is plenty of body and sweetness to fight against the hops - but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA, lowish carbonation, slick but not oily pallate. Great.

Drinkability is quite good for the style.

This has impressed me a great deal, and I can't wait to try another one of Southern Tier's efforts in a few nights!

Edit: Should not have taken this on alone. This beer is kicking my arse!!! That 11% sneaks up on you, i'll tell you that much. That being said, I don't have too many friends who i'd share a beer like this with.

01-14-2010 09:52:03 | More by jbowers56
Photo of Derranged

New York

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%

Poured from a 22ounce bomber into a St. Bernardus large wine glass/goblet.? Read 11.0 abv on the back, not 9.5. No freshness date.

A- Dark orange amber in color, very thin white head with little retention on the glass.

S- Smelled mostly like a very strong malt bomb with hops in the background.

T- This was very sweet. Very malty, lots of caramel, hoppy and a little bitter but the sweetness was overpowering. Alcohol is well hidden. It was a little spicy.

M- Very thick, a bit syrupy with little carbonation.

O- Not great. I have been wanted to try this for a while. It's not a bad beer but the sweetness was just too much for me. Old bottle maybe?

07-25-2011 01:39:18 | More by Derranged
Photo of brewtalthrone


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-11-2014 08:54:41 | More by brewtalthrone
Photo of ceraphin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-09-2012 00:47:55 | More by ceraphin
Photo of BlakeL


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-01-2012 22:55:23 | More by BlakeL
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-02-2013 15:56:19 | More by GFG
Photo of dakid618


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a caramel color with a finger of light tan head. Excellent retention on glass. Smell is like oranges and grapefruit. Taste is very fruity for an IPA but still maintains the common citrus hop taste. Mouthfeel is slightly dry and invites me back for more. Goes down way too easy for 11% ABV. An excellent example of an Imperial IPA.

01-29-2009 22:29:33 | More by dakid618
Photo of hopheadjuice


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

22 oz bomber into my beautiful goblet.

Pours a nice hazed orage-red copper color with an off white 1 finger head that laces well.

tinge of hops with a sweet lingering scent as you inhale more deeply. smells a little bit fruity with orange/grapefruit characteristics showing through, hint of spice.

Really nice hop bitterness that balances out the nice sweet malts, some scents carry over having a nice orange like citrus quality to it.finishes moderatly dry with a beutiful lingering after hop. the 11 % abv is hardly noticable and WILL kick you to the floor.

The hops make the mouthfeel a little bit syrupy but in a good way. slick hops move way to the nice moderate carbonation that trys to even things out.

Share this with a friend as the drinkability can be a little low due to alcohol.

A really well crafted IIPA. i love southern tiers products so far and cant wait to try more

04-22-2010 13:45:09 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of redfacedshooter


4/5  rDev -2%

02-15-2012 05:08:48 | More by redfacedshooter
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-27-2012 23:03:02 | More by esdeebrew
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2013 13:38:58 | More by RumHam
Photo of ChiefHopHead


4/5  rDev -2%

04-14-2013 20:17:24 | More by ChiefHopHead
Photo of wyllder


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a clear, deep amber, with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves lots of lacing as you go.

Nose is piney with some floral undertones.

First hit on the palate is moderately balanced, with piney hops edging out the malt. As you move towards aftertaste the malt backs off and leaves you with a mouth full of pine needles and just a hint of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and resinous.

Not bad, but not as complex as I had hoped. I'll definitely revisit and see if perhaps it was just my palate today.


05-12-2007 18:28:06 | More by wyllder
Photo of RixBeer


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a light amber orange with a thin creamy head. slow moving carbonation.

This beer is a deliciously complex in aroma. Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Lime, Lemon, Orange [zest] and a huge smack of Pine.

I expected more from the smell than the taste allows. It's a bit thin for the aroma. Very Very Large (not huge) taste of grapefruit and citrus. Some must pine in the after taste.

Nice mouthfeel. Lots of glue like stickiness from the piny hops on the roof of the mouth. Smooth flavor and a grapefruit and citrus aftertaste.

For such a high ABV this beer is incredibly drinkable. Nuff said! Drink up and enjoy this one on a hot day, on a cold day, on any day!

06-11-2008 03:24:02 | More by RixBeer
Photo of keenan41

New York

1.75/5  rDev -57.1%

05-06-2012 20:49:18 | More by keenan41
Photo of jkdrummer


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a nice copper golden hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissolves into a thin lace. Aroma is nice and hoppy as one can expect. Initial is one of ALCOHOL! Wow, some bitterness and creamy flavors including vanilla flavors and pine notes. Alcohol warmness dominates. Not the best IPA but one hell of a wallop. Recommended.


09-28-2008 22:01:55 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of Beer_Runner

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

No enjoy by date on the bottle; but, the malt and hops bill is listed on the label. Cool...

Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: No head formed during the pour. The brew is a light copper color with just a touch of a golden hue. It is also very clear.

S: The aroma is mild, and consists of a grapefruit and orange citrus hops. There is also just a hint of sweet malt, and a bit of booziness, too.

T: The taste is earthy hops and a bit of citrus, along with just enough sweet caramel-like malt to take the harsh edge off the bitterness. There is also a little alcohol heat, too.

M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It is also pretty smooth for a 9% beer.

O: A pretty good IPA. It has a pleasanlty strong earthy hops flavor, which is different from the aroma. It is a good beer, but I might not go too far out of my way to find it again. But, glad I tried it.

06-22-2012 23:20:08 | More by Beer_Runner
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-20-2013 00:20:35 | More by BtownIrish20
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-23-2013 03:32:23 | More by 440kk
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-21-2014 18:25:23 | More by hop_devil
Photo of Austin_Cohen


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-23-2014 02:15:20 | More by Austin_Cohen
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

11-26-2013 23:52:38 | More by mercysbane
Photo of sideshowrob


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

What a nice brew this is! Southern Tier (weird name for a New York Brewery!) came from nowhere here in Maryland, and are now on tap and in stores all over the place. I've tried a few of their brews, this one is by far my favorite.

A - No head, dangerously close in color to the beer that can't be named. Completely filtered as well. I was fearing a generic IPA with all the life sucked out of it...

S - A hope of salvation. A sweet, sticky hop smell, just a bit of pine, and backed by a full-on nose of caramel. Unexpected!

T - Superbly balanced. The Carmel maltiness and hoppy flavors just melt together in this beer. Really well built! Just a hit of zip to it...

M - This beer is it's own pallet cleanser. I mean that in a good way. You can actually taste each sip, your tounge isn't beaten into submission after the first wave.

D - This sucker almost drinks like a pale ale! The hops, malt and alcohol are all there if you look for them, but if you ignore them they don't bludgeon you for attention.

08-18-2007 23:54:11 | More by sideshowrob
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4/5  rDev -2%

01-05-2012 16:10:10 | More by Kavon
Photo of Terp96

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

I am so happy that Southern Tier has made it to Maryland.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is a clear, bright amber hue. Nice carbonation with decent head retention.

Smell is of bittersweet hops. Big on pine and citrus aromas. Slight boozy aroma as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Malty sweet with a nice bitter finish that won't quit. Bitterness that imparts a prickliness in you mouth long after the beer has been swallowed. Matly sweetness lingers on your lips throughout.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Very smooth and balanced. No harshness for such a big beer.

Drinkability is only limited by the alcohol level. It is well hidden but this beer is to be savored. I will buy it when I see it.

10-27-2007 01:47:47 | More by Terp96
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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