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

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served fairly cold into an Upper Canada Brewing pint glass. Purchased while visiting in the US. Bottled March 1, 2016.

Appearance - clear and coppery coloured beer, poured and impressive finger and change of white head, nearly overflowing the glass. The head is fluffy and soft looking with impressive retention.

Smell - lots of hop presence, some citrus, some malt. Flowery, before some grapefruit, mandarin orange and lime come into play. A little pine too upon repeated sniffs.

Taste - mild bitterness, with some piney flavours as well and peppery flavours as advertised. A little lemon and lime with some sweetness as well. Reminiscent of half mandarin oranges and honeydew melon. Subtleties of caramel too. Complex and quite flavourful.

Mouthfeel - smooth with moderate body. Moderately high carbonation and drying finish. Good feel especially with the flavor profiles. Body is syrupy just a touch at the end.

Overall - Unearthly is a winner, a well constructed, flavourful but unique DIPA, with its sweet melon and pine resin flavours and aromas combined with some peppery aspects as a point of differentiation. Certainly worth a try and worth it's fairly hefty price tag.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Sunset orange color. Forms a small 1/2 finger of offwhite head. The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and the date of birth (01/18/16).

S: [3.75] Lots of pine resin. Bread, crackers and biscuit.

T: [4.00] Peppery hop character up front. Scone type malt in the middle (dry and bit on the cloying side). Finishes with tart apple flavor.

M: [3.75] This is full bodied. Good carbonation. I am picking up a little heat from the 9.5% alcohol. The finish is tart and dry (the whole beer is dry).

O: [3.75] This beer is good. Not a straight hop bomb. It has malt backbone and some fruitiness on the finish. It has big mouthfeel and a decent nose. All around this is a solid beer. Next time I will drink it fresher (this is about 100 days old)

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little flat. deep copper rust body, clean, .25 in head
Smooth sweet caramel malt base. Tingling rich overripe citrus, mango, passionfruit, some spice. Smells awesome
Apricot, peach syrup, mango, grapefruit, pine, very sweet. but the hops are there, a little bitter and one-note
A little syrupy and flat. maybe because its a 9.5% imperial, maybe because it was bottled almost 3 months ago
A great beer. Hop presence is a little sharp and uncomplex, doesn't concord with the rest of the flavors

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Photo of Raidersox
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This came as part of a Southern Tier Super Pack (4 bottles each of 2XIPA, Gemini and Unearthly). Bottled on 12/31/15, 7:59 AM (they worked on New Years Eve?). Chilled in fridge to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes at room temp then poured into a large, stemmed wineglass.

Look: Hazy copper color with 1/2" off white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a ring of foam and nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit, dank floral hints

Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin early then sweet and slightly metallic later. Hops are very dominant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, silky

Overall: Extremely good Imperial IPA. Even though the hops are the star here, there is a solid malt backbone, very well balanced. Despite the 9.5% ABV it doesn't come off as boozy tasting but a couple of these will test my limit.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it all a pint and 6 oz bottle without a clear date into a big mug. Hazy orange, unfiltered look, almost opaque. Smell is alcohol, grain, some hops - kind of smells like an Arrogant Bastard. Taste is sort of similar too except with the obvious addition of a little more pine and citrus rind resins. Pretty strong at first, but as the beer opens up the flavor becomes one with your pallet. Slides that 9.5% alcohol in with ease. Easy drinker, lots of pine notes, a little sour finish. A great beer for sure, $10 is a little much but you are guaranteed to get pretty drunk drinking even one.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the strong hops aroma and taste of an Imperial IPA, just like the label says. It pours a light copper with a very slight haziness. Strong hops aroma, but not sweet citrus or evergreen, just hops. The taste is strong and distinct, but not as smooth as a more grapefruit IPA, just strong. If you like a strong IPA that knocks you on your ass, Unearthly will do it, but I've had more pleasure with Soul Style, Hop Hunter, Kind Ryed, or Chinookie.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says DOB: 01/08/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Vegetal hop aroma with some cereal malt grain sweetness. The two clash a bit.

T- Unlike the aroma, the flavor is nicely balanced with a solid bitterness to go with the grassy, herbal, earthy hop flavor. Very sturdy malt backbone lends just enough sweetness. The alcohol is also concealed quite well. Also a bit spicy.

M- Sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Doesn't look or smell like much, but the flavors are all there. While there are other better double IPAs on the market these days, Southern Tier still holds a special place in my heart.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice!!!! I have been much more impressed with this brewer's big bottles compared to the choices available in six packs. This is really great. Heavy malt and carmel to my untrained buds. ABV very well disguised. Top notch. Well done Southern Tier, well done.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Born on date of 9/29/15
Reviewed 1/29/16

Clear, orange, translucent with an almost pure white billowy head, fades to an off white film within a few minutes.

Smells grassy

Tastes similar grass, pine tar, Simcoe (not my favorite hop), onions. Malt finish

Creamy, coats the tongue. Good carbonation

Plenty of other DIPAs with a fruity profile that suits my palette better.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is a complex mix of pine, fruit, caramel/mild sweetness and hop resin. The flavor is grapefruit, caramel malts, hop resin, mild sweetness and a mix of spicy, bitter and slight alcohol finish.

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Photo of pinyin
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier does really well with their Imperial Ale's, and Unearthly is yet another top tier industry dominant release from this brewery.

DOB 11/3/2015 6:21am (yes this info is actually printed right on the front the bottle label, take notice competitors).

Served in a tulip chalice at 38F.

Very appealing copper orange coloring with a really clarified translucence. Minimal lacing, but plenty of carb, dependant upon your pour.

Nose aroma is somewhat hoppy, pine, resin, clean fermentation scents abound.

Taste is really well balanced. I get a perfect balance of sweet malts, 2 row grain malts and hop blend. No ingredient outweighs the other. Very smooth and drinkable for the abv%. I mean these ales are dangerous because you can put them away quickly without tasting any alcohol.

This ale tastes like a perfectly balanced piney, bready, sweet dipa. I put in the same category as Victory Dirtwolf, Great Lakes Chillwave and Stone Enjoy By. For a bottled DIPA it's up there with the best of them that are nationally distributed. Just a really cleanly crafted ale with high end fermentables and yeast.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, and again ,these are dangerous because they go down very smoothly and you won't taste any alcohol.

I still like Stone Enjoy By better than Unearthly, mainly because it has a more tropical fruit hop profile and stronger malt presence, and seems to pack more flavor than Unearthly, but Unearthly is a top tier bottled DIPA and I would definitely purchase again, dependant upon bottling date.

Very solid effort from Southern Tier.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at uno,Hamilton. Yellow Orange color. Head is off white, and looks creamy and lasting. Aroma is light, grass, straw,. Taste is yummy. Not at all typical IPA tastes. Woody and hoppy, but Very smooth. Amazing considering the abv. In my top 3 IPA’s.
Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius "This One Time At Band Camp"
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Albertsons. First sip, and I'm already impressed. Orange amber body with thick fluffy head. Piney hop aroma, slightly astringent. Taste is pure hop, but exceedingly smooth. Alcohol heat kicks in on the way down the pipe. Beautiful all the way around, delicious, excellent brew.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy with the taste of Unearthly. Have yet to have anything disappointing from Southern Tier. Top notch brewery. Very nice blend of the 4 hops. Slight, smooth peppery flavor. Give it a try.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot going on here. Pour is copper with minimal foam and lacing. Taste has orange citrus and a hint of lime zing combined with some booziness. This leads to a sweet malty finish. I got an 8oz pour - any more and I'm afraid this would get syrupy. Overall worth a taste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and not much lacing is left.

3.5 S: Piney and citrusy hops. Lots of orange with some lime underneath. Clover honey, caramel, earth, and biscuit malts.

4.0 T: The taste is grander than the nose. Sugary with candied oranges, potent lime, and some lemon too. Caramel, honey, moderate bitterness. Again biscuit malts.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to it. Potent bitter aftertaste.

3.75 D: Southern Tier has an awesome big beer lineup and this fits in well. Solid all around.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, heavy beer. Big malt and lots of alcohol. Bitter, earthy hops are present (it's an IPA, so duh), but they're almost drowned out by a thick, syrupy malt body. It has some sweetness to it. It doesn't taste too boozy, but the alcohol taste is definitely there. It's impressively drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV. Overall, quite tasty. It feels like you're getting into something otherworldly as soon as you crack the bottle open.

Not a beer you can just pound back. Drinking one of these is kind of an event.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no bottle date

A- pours a bright amber-orange color with a one finger creamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top, no lacing left behind

S- plenty of fruity hop aroma up front with notes of red berries and citrus, underlying doughy malt and alcohol

T- fruity citrus hops up front with notes of orange zest & grass, complimented by some red berry fruitiness. The back-half consists of a sweet, slightly bready malt, & finishes with more fruit on the linger

M- medium body with moderate low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a balanced DIPA? Usually this term falls flat of expectations but this one actually seems to work well, providing plenty of fruity hops, but remaining quite drinkable for 9.5%

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Photo of GregHarold
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an interesting beer. It starts out bitter but settles into a counterbalance of malty sweetness. That sweetness is not as dominate in the flavor profile as Southern Tier's Gemini, but it is more pronounced than in their standard-bearer: 2XIPA (all available for together for sampling in the "Super Pack.)...it falls somewhere in between, a nicely balanced imperial. It's light on the palate but filling. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite "go-to" IPAs. I never have a problem ordering it when it's available on draft and nothing else that's offered seems all that exciting. I also enjoy this from the bottle, too. To me, when this beer is fresh it's one of the best widely-accessible IPAs out there. It serves as a great introductory beer for either the style or the brewery. Recommended!

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Photo of CWO
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this beer recently during a day trip to the Buffalo and Lake Erie Naval Military Museum in New York. Awesome taste ! Great accompaniment with foods. Hoping to find this beer local.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clean amber, with a thick head of off-white suds. Average tree-line lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, hoppy — tropical and citrus. Nice!

Taste: Crisp and fruity — definitely high on the grapefruit/citrus scale, with some pine as well. The body here is pretty hefty, with a solid malt bill underneath all those hops. A well-done imperial IPA, and one I’d love to try fresh some day (not sure how old this bomber was).

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a very good beer. Smells of pine, tropical fruit, orange, hops. Taste follows the nose. I like the fact that it's not earthy or dank, as in garlic and onions. Heavy mouth feel, but drinks like a 6% beer. Alcohol is very well hidden. At $6.99 a bomber, I'll have to stock up. My bomber lasted about 30 minutes.

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Photo of do_ob
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear amber with about 1/2 a finger of bubbly, white foam on top. Sugary-sweet fruit and malt on the nose. Smells boozy and almost syrupy, with little traces of citrus here and there. Medium weight, and dense and syrupy on the mouthfeel. There's an artificial sweetness up front on the taste that attempts to mask the booziness of this beer, but doesn't quite cut it. Over-ripe oranges and apples, sweet malt, and alcohol are what I get on the taste. Finishes somewhat abrasive, and leaves a bittersweet residue behind to make up the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer didn't impress me at all. I found the taste to be too artificial, and it was incredibly syrupy and boozy.

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Photo of Hugomarink
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Far too malty and sweet for my tastes, but it's smooth and has a rich flavor that some will enjoy. But for those who like big hop bombs this is a much more malt-forward approach to a DIPA. It's not bad at all, just not what I'm generally looking for in a DIPA.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.