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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: 2,574
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 108
Gots: 169 | 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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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-26-2012 04:56:23 | More by mdillon86
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spunionring


2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly dark amber color.

Minimal head that settles quickly. Sips are almost completely flat, lacking carbonation.

Minimal smell.

A bit heavy on the malts for my tastes.

The hops are present, though not very heavy, and not nearly heavy enough to break through the overpowering malt flavor.

Not terrible... but I cant say I enjoyed it myself. Be prepared for the heavy maltiness and lack of carbonation. And definitely dont expect a powerful hop bitterness just because of the hop themed design on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:42:38 | More by spunionring
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Number967

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, with the born on date rubbed off, into a pint glass. Appearance is hazy dark orange/amber. Smell is mostly biscuity malts, bready. Taste is even, sweet at first with a little bite bitterness at the end. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. The malt flavor and sweetness from the alcohol are more predominant here then in West Coast Imperials. IMO, not a bad beer but at $9.99 for a 22oz I prefer something a bit more hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 01:16:25 | More by Number967
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%

05-24-2012 01:17:29 | More by Stockfan42
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C20Percent

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Bottled on 3/23 -- poured into a Gordon Biersch restaurant glass*

A: Pours a clear pale gold with half a finger worth of bubbly egg shell color foam. Lots of bubble action going on in the body. Looks very refreshing actually -- like a crisp Lager would look like. Pretty good feature.

S: The name of the beer is appropriate because this beer has an earthy hoppy aroma. Maybe a bit too malty in the back for me -- the biscuit variety. Strangely enough, the smell is rather muted. Much more so than other IPAs. Might be because I chose not to put it in a tulip glass, but then they should sell these in 12 oz. then.

T: A nice piney, earthy flavor gives way to a bitter finish. Real nice hop taste here. Malt is a bit sweeter than was foretold in the smell. The alcohol is managed surprisingly well. Yes, there is a little bit of citrus and spice dancing around in the flavor too. Good stuff. **The more the beer warms, the more a sweet citrus, fruity flavor starts to dominate** Still nice, though.

M: A smooth, creamy beer that completely coats the mouth before leaving behind a tingle-ly sensation. Some nice malty chewiness, which exposes the booze just a little. Very nice, though.

O: Pretty good offering from Southern Tier that stings the palette in a good way. My expectations were low given some other beers I've had from ST, and this blew them away. Would suggest this to people, and look forward to having it again. Would probably rank this between a 4 and 4.5.

**As this beer warms it tilts heavy into the citrus realm.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 23:49:05 | More by C20Percent
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jeff96gt

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2012 10:48:52 | More by jeff96gt
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TwinLightTap

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2012 22:26:41 | More by TwinLightTap
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choover14

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-21-2012 18:24:38 | More by choover14
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clutchbeyers

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

05-21-2012 16:09:42 | More by clutchbeyers
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Clayton1220


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-20-2012 00:07:46 | More by Clayton1220
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TimH


3/5  rDev -26.5%

05-19-2012 19:16:10 | More by TimH
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a luxurious copper tone with a solid finger-plus of a beige head. retention is so-so; lapses somewhat quickly into a thin cap, but then again this is a big beer. tremendous lacing.

aromatic nose promises hops en masse - grapefruit, maybe a twang of pine - but also accompanied by a malty backbone. flavor follows and exceeds the aroma. active, rampant droplets of deliciousness flood the palate and persist through the finish. hoppy, yes - citrus-forward with a few floral/pine notes - yet rather balanced for a DIPA, as the malt is a major player. ABV listed at 11%; could of fooled me... very solid brew, dare i say delicious.

medium-full bodied mouthfeel; rich and creamy... very nice. one of my favorite DIPAs, especially when i'm looking to switch up from the west coast style.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-07-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 22:47:22 | More by BostonHops
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Heretic42

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-16-2012 22:16:36 | More by Heretic42
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-12-2012 15:08:35 | More by bumchilly25
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-12-2012 01:07:38 | More by Lawnboy33
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atr2605

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a nice amber color with an off white head with pretty good retention.
S-a bit of citrus, nice sweet malt profile, and the oak comes trough really nicely but isn't overbearing
T-tons of citrus and pine hops with a big sweet malt profile, the oak the oak comes through the entire flavor, but really comes through in the finish.
M-medium full bodied.
O-great balance of flavors with a ton going on. Really enjoyed it and would definitely get it again

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 03:45:12 | More by atr2605
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ESPNman

California

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep orange hue, no hint of cloudiness at all. Thin white head that quickly fades, not much lacing going on.

S - Sweet malts on top of wonderfully pungent hops. More caramel in the nose than what I'm used to for the style, but not too overwhelming. Solid hop character, orange-y and skunky in a good way.

T - Much like the nose, surprisingly balanced beer. The malt character comes out a little more than I would like for the style, but definitely good. The hops present in the nose are a little more flowery and citric than skunky on the palate.

M - Thick but well-carbonated to offset it. It's definitely representative of the style. It's clear that what you're drinking is not a light American Pale Ale, and it's not an Imperial Stout.

O - Solid beer, but nothing too remarkable. Personally, I prefer their 2x IPA to the Unearthly. I think that's more personal preference towards more hop-forward DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 00:55:41 | More by ESPNman
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

Finally had a chance to enjoy a bomber of this last night. I expected a big, bad, bold beer but this didn't quite fit that bill. The alcohol was quite present and this had a nicely balanced mouthfeel but this reminded me more of a Barleywine than an overly-hopped IPA. That being said, this was an enjoyable beer that required a long session to fully enjoy.

This had a very nice pour to it, with a rich amber-almond hue and a good head. The lacing wasn't much of anywhere to be seen and the aroma was quite strong. Lots of booze and barley which were reinforced by some pine, metal, oak, and ash underneath. This was nearly clear when held up to the light but there was a bit of sediment near the bottom of the bottle. I had no idea if that was intentional or not although I couldn't taste it at all. Underneath all of this was a very earthy mouthfeel that made this beer heavier than I thought and required me to take my time as I enjoyed it.

The alcohol melded nicely with the rest of this beer but make no mistake - it's there and shouldn't be ignored! This was a beer that wasn't brewed for the faint of heart in mind but those who love Southern Tier's offerings and something earthy, heavy, and complex will not be disappointed here. There's enough in this bottle to keep on occupied for a full night.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:14:05 | More by JerzDevl2000
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avisong

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

05-07-2012 01:18:47 | More by avisong
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keenan41

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-06-2012 20:49:18 | More by keenan41
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-06-2012 15:23:22 | More by muskiesman
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srw

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

05-06-2012 15:11:51 | More by srw
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tewaris

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. No dates on it so can't say how fresh or not it is. Looks decent, if thick. And thick it is. I spilled a drop or two, my hand were sticky :-/

Aroma is malty, somewhat hoppy and just heavy. It's not bad but doesn't appeal much to me. Taste is similar... very sweet and quite bitter. Thick, cloying, boozy. It's big, not meant in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 07:32:54 | More by tewaris
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matthageman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2012 02:58:03 | More by matthageman
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-04-2012 02:39:11 | More by pschul4
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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