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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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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 Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter glass that flares in a little at the top.

A - Pours out a nice deep copper color with a good sized white head on top. Head has staying power and decent lacing

S - Lots of hops. Pine and grassy intitially with beautiful citrus tones underneath. Oranges and grapefruits both definitely present,

T - A very raw flavor with a lot of hop bitterness followed by an alcohol flavor. A good Tasting DIPA overall. Not balanced but a good hop fix.

M - A medium to full bodied brew has a nice amount of carbonation rolling around

D - A hop bomb for lovers of hop bombs. A little malt sweetness for balance might be nice, but might also not be what the brewers were going for.

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Photo of jaluria
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, orange/copper color with a frothy, thick head that left behind considerable lacing. Heavy carbonation. Aromas of hops, citrus, toasted grains, fresh bread, oil, and flowers. The taste follows the nose with hops clearly dominating. Crisp and refreshing with citrus flavors adding a nice aftertaste. Slightly creamy in my mouth with a pronounced bitter finish.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange-amber...almost no head..looks viscous.
Smells of floral and citrusy hops.
Taste is sweet malt with a ton of citrus hop bitter. There is a dryness in there that I didn't notice when I had this on tap. Not overly dry, though....probably the alcohol ; but the alcohol flavor was hidden in the massive hop attack.
Heavy mouthfeel....low carbonation.
I really enjoyed savoring this bomber for 2 hrs...enjoying every sip.

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Photo of bwyker
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Vivid mahogany body with a very thin white head of foam. Slight lacing around the circumference of the glass.

Aroma: Pine cones and sweet citrus.

Taste: Dry hopped with Chinooks?! You can definitely taste that earthy bitterness all the way through. Some grapefruit and light caramel in there.

Mouthfeel. Not too harsh on the palate, despite the 153 IBUs. However, feel a pucker in the finish that reminds you the alpha acids are there.

Drinkablity: It’s a hefty one. A little too bitter for mass appeal, I would guess. However, hop heads will enjoy it very much.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear red-orange color. Very solid head, even after a few months of sitting in the fridge.

Strong, inviting hoppy aroma. This is one that if I caught a whiff of someone drinking it, I would float right to it like Toucan Sam. Tantalizing aroma.

Strong, heavy hop flavor. "Imperial" about sums it up. Very heavy hop presence, but a surprisingly mild and pleasant aftertaste. Doesn't sit on the palate.

This is a very thick and heavy ale, and though it's 11.00% ABV, there is not an overwhelming alcoholic characteristic to it. Doesn't have any of that sour vinegary flavor I was worried about. It's smoothness is surprising given how heavy the hops are.

I could drink several of these assuming I had nowhere to go. Like tonight. These Southern Tier guys really know how to get it done. Excellent brew.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a chance to try a split off a big bottle of this last evening. Wow! Good color, nice head, inviting. Impressive hop aroma, substantial hop flavors (perhaps more Cascade in the aroma and flavor than I'd like, but that's ok) but so beautifully balanced with the dryness of the alcohol (high at 11%) and the chewy caramely malt that it sure shocked me when I heard how many IBUs it had in it. A very nice example of the style. By the name alone I had expected a bigger dose of hops, the balance thrown badly askew, so I was quite happy. I think this would hold up well against similar product from other makers (Victory, Stone, Stoudt, DFH Burton?), but I think the true hop-head would probably be better off with Weyerbacher Hops Infusion or Three Floyds' Dreadnaught or maybe even the (lighter single IPA) Legacy HHH because of this deceptive balance. Hmmm. I am likely to add this to my regular rotation of big bitter beers as long as we can get it.

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Photo of aaronh
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper body with golden highlights. This beer almost glows. It's topped by a thick long-lasting head that has a nice yellow-cream color. Aroma is great, with nice hop florals and a hint of citrus and pine touched by malty alcohol sweetness. The flavor is also fabulous, with a restrained bitterness. The flavor focuses more on actual hop flavor than just over-the-top smack you in the kisser IBUs. Great tangerine, pineapple, and pine rosin flavors that are very well balanced with the malt profile. This beer also does not seem to be 11% ABV; it's very well crafted. Mouthfeel is solid, without the thickness of most big beers. Drinkability is fantastic. I've gotta get some more of this beer.

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Photo of egajdzis
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, pine, caramel malts, fresh cut grass, and some alcohol as well. Taste included much of the same, with some tangerine, and a fair amount of alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 6 fl oz brown bottle.

153 IBUs?...I can't wait!

Clean auburn, light maple in color. Dense, off-white head that attacks the sides of the snifter. Thin and spotted lacing, most of which clings well.

Citric aromas and tropical fruit: pineapple, lime, lemongrass. Oily hop resin, but not overpowering at all. Underlying semi-sweet caramel creaminess.

Semi-sweet, toasted caramel maltiness initially; yeast-filled, creamy biscuit. The hops are aggressive, but well rounded: the alcohol presence boosts up the oiliness of the hop resins. Matured pine, bubblegum, and light citrus notes. A big juicy hop bite makes for an oily, gaseous-like bitterness.

A light, medium in body; gaseously creamy and pretty smooth for the style.

A pleasantly flavored Double IPA with a deceptive alcohol presence. I don't care if this is 11% abv, fill me up a growler!

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what to expect from this one. I've come to find that these guys are hit or miss at times with their brews and with one that lists 153 IBU's, I was expecting quite a bit. And boy did it deliver! It pours smoothly into my pint glass with a rich, frothy head and an orange-almost reddish color. The aroma of hops dominates his beer and going in for the first sip, I was worried that it would be too much. On the contrary, it was perfectly balanced. This is a true hop-heads delight. Demand your local shop get this one in immediately.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Before I comment on the appearance, I need to say that from 2 feet away this smells pungent.

Pours a nice amber color with a one-finger off white head. Crystal clear with lazy carbonation. Some lacing but not a ton.

The smell is primarily fresh cut grapefruit and sweeter orange-y citrus. Very pungent.

The taste begins citrusy and hoppy with a smooth thick malt base and then becomes a little astringent in the long finish, but this astringent quality is fading as the beer warms (or is it as the as the beer warms me?).

The mouthfeel is just on the thicker side of medium bodied. I agree with some others that the carbonation is about perfect. Very pleasant. Some stickiness despite not being super sugary sweet.

This isn't as hoppy as the 153 ibu's on the bottle would suggest. The hops don't destroy your palate. Well balanced. Also not as sweet and sugary as some DIPAs, such as the DFH 90 min for example (although that's a quality I do enjoy in DIPAs). Make sure to let it warm because I didn't like this at first taste and I've been scrolling back up to change my review with each taste as it warms. Good stuff.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber copper with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong citrusy impression and a resinous hop presence. That hops were also piney and the malt was caramel with a subtle sweetness.

The flavor was nicely balanced with a resinous but never overpowering hop contribution in both bittering and flavor. The malt was no slouch either with caramel and a lightly toasty character. Hops were citrusy and more earthy that in the aroma but still with a bit of a piney and resinous punctuation.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with lasting malt impressions and strong hop bittering and flavor components well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was almost full but had a creamy mouthfeel which was a wonderful touch. A great beer, only light alcohol warming in the beer which was nice in an 11% beer. Tread lightly, this one packs a punch!

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber bought in Boston (thanks Nick!), brought back home to NJ, then brought to upstate NY to share with friends. About 500 miles later, this beer was finally consumed and it received rave reviews from all that tried it.

Orange colored with a sticky white head. Good head retention. The aroma is full of citrus and floral notes. Very inviting. The taste says it all though. Maybe the best tasting DIPA I've ever had and certainly one of the most balanced as far as hops and malt go. Are the hops over the top? Of course, it's part of the style, but the malts provide the sweet backdrop that ties it all together. Something that I feel is missing from some DIPAs like Stone Ruination or Victory Hop Wallop, but makes DFH 90 Min the great beer that it is. But back to the Unearthly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific. 11%?!?! I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is slightly noticable but does not burn your mouth in any way as some of the over the top beers in this style can do.

This is a big beer, but with lots of balance that makes it a very enjoyable sipper. Something I will seek out again and maybe even stock up on. A must try if it's available to you.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany reddish/brown which is clear with a one finger white head. Taste reminds me of a 90 minute, warm and sweet , perfect in my book. Mouthfeel is different than the 90 minute, this is thicker with a little more bitterness to the finish. One thing I love about Southern Tier is the bottle gives you the geeky beer numbers and ingredients, bottle design is also top notch.

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Photo of TrickKnee
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would have gave this little beer it if were not for the lack on consistency. I bought a couple bottles of this about a week ago and had one right away. Thought it had a great hoppiness to it, nice amber color and decent head. And believe you and I, the 11% abv does give you a little kick. Had another bottle last night and it was completely different, sever lack of head and a completely different taste, so much so that i thought i was drinking another beer. Lack of the same amount of hops smell from my sample no less than a week before. Will definetly have to try again and see which result i can create.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a tea brown color, with a durable off-white/light-tan head, absent of carbonation and sediment

S - hopariffic, hoppy to a piney degree, the hops are overpowering if there are any other aromas

T - a nice background honey type sweetness that is still evident despite the bombing of hopes, that ultra piney deliciousness of tons of quality hops that i have come to love and savor

M - bitter of course, but still well balanced

D - high for hopheads, others who dont particularly enjoy hops may find this brew too bitter

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Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold with an initial decent head.. Smell is rich..a blend of yeast and hop aromas. The taste is an explosion of hops, but in a smooth presnetation...no harshness. Excellent for the high abv...very little "bite". Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, which leads into a very good drinkability rating.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a vert deep golden color with a half finger of head that falls to a lightly broken head over top. Clarity is excellent, and there is no apparent carbonation bubbling up in the glass. This is a really good looking brew. It almost has a glow to it. The aroma is very thick. It has huge caramel notes balanced out by big juicy and sweet grapefruity hop. There is a lot of sweetness in the nose here. Its almost a bit too much for me. Flavor is pretty nice. It is definately dominated by big caramel maltyness. It is backed with a moderate grapefruity hop and a very mild and faint piney hop that is mostly flavor. The bitterness on the finish is very mild, and I think this keeps the beer very easy drinking. There is really no hint of the 11% ABV in the flavor at all. Mouthfeel is thick, almost a touch slick and syrupy. The carbonation is pretty much absent, so this one really sits heavy. As far as DIPA's go, this one is working well for me. The nose is a bit strong in sweetness, but this is more balanced in the flavor. Its defintaly letting me know that the alcohol is there as I drink more of it, but its not in the nose or flavor. This is a nice DIPA.

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Photo of suIIy
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ RedBones 7/6/06. Pours a bright redish amber color with a small off white head. Nose is syrupy sugar with some faint hop notes and a caramel malt presence. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy, can almost feel the sugar granules. Flavor leaves much to be desired. Hops are there but are overtaken by syrup, sugar and a sticky caramel maltiness. Finishes with a light bitterness and a sticky mouth.

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Photo of trep
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a plethora of information about the beer on the silk-screened label. Very classy looking bottle.

Truely the definition of amber colored body. Off-white head slowly settles to leave scattered bubbles and a bit of lacing.

Very pleasing aroma of citrus, pine, and floral hops followed by a dash of sweet honey. Definitely a good bit of malt sweetness as well which keeps the nose from being dominated by hops. Not that I would be complaining.

Stinging piney hop bitterness initially then it suddenly fades to let the citrus and floral hops through. Ton of malt in this one and a nice fruity finish that tastes like canteloupe or honeydew. Sweet malts keep this one fairly balanced. Not as bitter as I was expecting it to be, but definitely a top notch beer.

Not super thick, but definitely not thin...or even medium. Nice carbonation and it's pretty balanced. Mind-blowingly easy drinking for 11%. Anytime something 11% goes down this easy I just have to give it a high number.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a great clear amberish color with nice creamy head that lasts awhile.

S - Citrus hoppy aroma but also very present malt aroma as well. It doesn't have an intense hoppy aroma. I was surprised by this.

T - This is a very well balanced tasty brew. The oily hops are huge but the malt is there balancing it all out.

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, and smooth.

D - This is one very drinkable beer considering the ABV and the fact that it's a huge IPA.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a imperial nonic.

Appearance: The beer has a clear copper coloration. The beer has a very thick honey white head. The beer leaves major lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a massive hoppy pine resin and grapefruit smells. The beer has a big caramel maltyness.

Taste: The beer gives a great delivery on hops. The beer gives out a major load of grapefruit and pine resin hoppyness. The beer has a good spicy alcohol accompliment. The beer has a majorly big caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a majorly big body. The alcohol compliments the beer providing spicyness without heat. This beer is very drinkable. The beer is a party in a bottle for one or two people.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am not normally a big fan of this style, though I did like this one. It was a very good hop mix and tasty, well malted. Hop resin, grapefruit aroma. Very drinkable at the end of a hot day.Alcohol was not so apparent."Wierd" was the reaction of my sharing guest.
On tap 9 months later, big bitterness.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz beer purchased in.. hmm.. northampton?

it sure looks imperial in the glass. it's a deep, unflinching dark copper color with 1.5 fingers of majestic, crowning foam. patchy and crusty on the top like the inside of an italian loaf.. the bottom 2/3 are solid as a rock, and diminish into a tight, creamy thin layer. tiny bubbles are visible racing. looks like they have no trouble making it to the top.

nose is dreamy in its raw hoppiness, bringing out sweet sticky malts versus over-the-top mouthwatering citrus pulp and pressed juice of grapefruits. slightly piney, mostly fresh-picked goodness. cascades well used and serves well to cover up some of the booziness that this beer carries, inevitably.

body itself is pretty thick yet smooth, and a slight afterburn in the esophagus is a result, no doubt, of the jacked abv. the beer itself begins as a spicy melange of hop juices and raw-consumed whole flowers. if the base beer was any less sweet, this would be too bitter to take. however, it's balanced like two giants doing battle and works. the finish is a unique, licorice flavor with hints of earth and raw nutmeg. really quite unique and impressive. sure, you can't chug this, but i keep wanting more. for almost 12%, that makes it 'drinkable' in my book. many beers this high are too sweet or abrasive for me to even contemplate drinking.

a hophead's dream.. close to behemoth barleywine in its succulence. a really good choice.

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