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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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1,204 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 2,958
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 139
Gots: 386 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,204 | Hads: 2,958
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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: A clear amber. An off-white, half-finger head that goes fast.

S: Lots of citrus action with piney hops vying for attention.

T: A terrific malt/hop balance. Not too bitter. Love the orange and grapefruit hop aspects. Strong on flavor and alcohol. Watch out.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise. Would drink again. The low bitterness makes Unearthly a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of munnster76
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too malty for my taste, probably meant to hide the acohol, not a fan or overly malty beers. Not impressive. Their 2XIPA is much better, but their IPA is their best.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper, close to amber, similar to the Gemini I had yesterday, half finger of off white head, decent lacing so far

Smell is Kiwi, some sour apple?, pine, sweet sweet malt with caramel and toffee making an appearance, pineapple and a good herbal sweetness

Taste is Kiwi, papaya, soured citrus, caramel apple, toffee, herbal tea bitterness

Mouthfeel is full, sticky and oily, not as dry as your average DIPA but still dry

Good DIPA Definitely tastes like a amped up version of 2xipa I would be interested to know if they use the same hops and malts in both beers, either way wish I could get this in 6ers like that one!

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Photo of InkedinRi
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this. It was bottled about 5 months ago. I mite have liked it fresh but thanks to distributors sitting on beer well past it best by date I have a malty beer that gets a bad score.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Tree House Brewing stemmed glass.

The color is a clear reddish gold with a finger of foamy white head and a slight thin lacing in the glass.

The smell is a little fruity with a slight apple aroma. There is a slight sweet malt aroma that is muted in the nose.

The taste is fruity and has some hints of apple and pear that leaves a cider flavor for a moment before some sweetness comes in and washes it away. There is a slight bitterness present toward the end that is a bit grassy and green.

The feel of this beer is big but smooth with a really drinkable feel that goes down easy but lets you know it's packing a punch.

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Photo of jbredbeard
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alcohol comes out immediately in the aroma followed by a strong citrus and grassy hops bitterness. Alcohol prevails from start to finish, and not in a bad way. Abv (9.5%). Everything I expected.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Burnished golde-orange. Milk haze. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Spotty lacing.

S: Herbal and earthy. 'Dank' sort of cannabis sweetness. Passion fruit and some vague exotic fruits. Whiff of alcohol. Vague esters. Candy she'll malt sweetness. Caramel.

T: Dank and sweet cannabis hop flavors. Hint of passion fruit. Hops go earthy and herbal toward the middle. Moderate bitterness. Some grainy and toasty flavors before the sweeter candy shell and caramel malt flavors set in. Alcohol is apparent but not hot. Mildly bitter cannabis hop flavor and malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Slight syrupy texture. Some mild gripping hop astringency. Prickling carbonation.

O: No date code anywhere on the bottle. I suspect this one might be over the hill. Hop character is flat, malt sweetness is too dominant and the syrupy texture is a little off-putting. I'll have to re-visit this sometime.

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Photo of PJKSR02
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately disappointed with this offering. It's really just a booze cruise of alcohol. Looks good in the glass, but us more like drinking beer shots than savoring hops and malts. Go with Gemini from the Super Pack!

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Photo of Keystone
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy with light amber color. Very malty sweet in the front with a bitter hoppy finish. It's a bit earthy and the alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming. Overall it's good especially if you consider it's something a little different.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on two occasions, about a month and a half apart. Do yourself a favor and get a fresh bottle. The malt takes over quickly. I am rating the fresh bottle here. The hops are excellent, and the beer full bodied. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of bman13
2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just okay. I hate southern tiers' malt bomination of mostly everything hoppy that they make. This one's probably the worst amongst them. It's a little bitter and citrus does come through a bit, but with every sip you are overwhelmed completely by the weird sticky sweet malty taste. Not a good thing. Maybe this f bottle is a bit old at around 4 months, but I've had it fresh and hardly have noticed a difference. Definitely stick with Gemini or 2x one for a hop forward beer and not a sweet malt bomb like this.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a deep amber color with a fizzy white head that trails the glass. The smell is full of hops with floral and citrus flavors coming through such as lemon zest and grapefruit. The taste was great with hops being center stage with the sweetness from the alcohol burn coming through on the finish. A wonderfully filling DIPA.

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

A-an orange amber color with visible carbonation bubbles and white head that sticks to the glass

S-bready malt, caramel, citrus

T-caramel malt backbone, tastes somewhat sticky, grapefruit and citrus hops

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall on the sweeter side for a DIPA but is still very drinkable and worth getting

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

12 oz

Pours a mostly clear honey amber gold. Quarter inch of off-white head is fine and dissipates to a film.

Smells of wildflower honey and bready malt with a orange citrus hoppiness.

Flavor is of honey malts and sweet and tart citrus hops, orange and grapefruit. Some mild woody bitterness in the finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice DIPA, a slightly sweeter offering when compared to their 2XIPA. Drinks very easy and is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mike32
5/5  rDev +22.9%

I've been introduced to the Southern Tier craft right at where it is all brewed in Lakewood, NY. Being a novice Beeradvocate, I will rate this beer at a 5 because it is the IPA that started it all for my new found palate!

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Photo of joeseppy
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

Darker Amber in color with a generous bulbous head.

Aromas are faint. Malt and citrus. Graham crackers.

Very malt forward followed by sugary sweet. Citrus more in the orangey way that is barely bitter. I like malt but this is really exasperating.

Very mild carbonation if any and light.

Man, I was hoping to get into a great American double and this has disappointed. Malt heavy, refined white sugar sweet and too much orange for me. The only double here is the malt.

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Photo of Bmftbl8
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

It's probably one of the best beers, you can really taste the citrus and caramel malts. It's strong but not to bittery. I love bitterness but it's nice still

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Photo of arlo19
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Aroma is malty with some grapefruit hoppiness. Taste is very good and complex, sweet and not overly happy. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy and creamy. Clean bitter aftertaste that isn't dry at all. Alcohol is well hidden on this smooth drinker. Overall this is a great warm weather beer, an ipa that won't dry you out! Very similar to 90 minute ipa, I need a side by side.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a shade darker than the typical DIPA amber with a smallish head of fine foam. The smell of the beer was earthy, a little citric, and milder than I was hoping. The taste was more hop-centric than the smell, as the citric flavors seemed to kick into overdrive at the start of the sip. The beer stayed citric mid palette, and allowed a touch of watermelon to slip in towards the end of the sip. The finish was surprisingly a little sweet, and the aftertaste was herbal. This was quite complex for the style. The body was medium dense and the feel sticky. A balanced DIPA.

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Photo of dank203
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%

really big beer, sweet but not too sweet. hint of spice. caramel malt. a little bit of candied tropical fruits. overall a nice sipping beer, should probably be in a sweet mood for this one, although it is quite well balanced

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Photo of FFreak
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured undated 12 oz bottle into pint glass. This is excellent beer. It brings to mind "Pliney the Elder". The flavor profile is very similar. Pours a clear golden-yellow with a tinge of orange, with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Not a huge aroma, but its clean, floral and slightly dank, with some pineapple and peach. The taste is wonderful and just gets better the more you drink it. It's somewhat fruity and buttery with a perfect balance of sweet maltiness and huge hops but low bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and smooth with low carbonation, but still refreshing with well concealed alchohol. Overall, I'd say this is world class...a really great Imperial IPA.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.