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

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Ratings: 2,655
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 210 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Jemenhiser, Jul 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DruD, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very clear golden amber with a thick 1 finger white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing on the sides.

S: Blooming hop aroma with earthy and floral tones. Very sweet malty backbone. Slight alcohol notes.

T: Less hop-dominant than I would have expected. A sweet malty presence with an earthy hop backing. One of the least hoppy double IPA's i've had but still a very good one. I like how most of the hops appear on the back-end.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthfeel, on the low end of carbonation. Has a little bit of that nectar feel. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall always been a favorite of mine. I think the 12oz bottle is more appropriate as this is a doozey to drink more of.

CloudStrife, Jul 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

durlta, Jul 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Rickstar, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

strongaf, Jul 22, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; no packaging date. I don't usually expect to find stuff from Southern Tier on the shelves around here - the only other one I've managed to find is Pumking - so spotting this one raised an eyebrow. Poured into a big wine glass.

Pours a cloudy golden-apricot colour, generating only a modest, one-finger layer of creamy foam at the surface that fizzles away over the next minute or two. The only remnant is a thin, soapy collar around the edge of the glass and some scant lacing. Mild aroma with caramel and butterscotch malts, as well as notes of wet cedar, orange and peaches. Pleasant, but it could stand to be a bit bolder.

Perhaps I spoke too soon - this is one bold-tasting brew, with tons of earthy bitterness. Toffee and caramel sweetness mingles with a range of fruity flavours - pineapple, orange, dates and plums all come to mind. The finish is herbal, piney, very earthy and bitter, with the ethanol a loud contributor. These flavours linger in the aftertaste. Full-bodied, with a slick, oily, almost syrupy mouthfeel, and restrained carbonation for some slight crispness.

This seems to have a lot in common with some of the barleywines I've had, with its slick body and prominent malt profile. I have an inkling this might be a pretty old bottle - as I understand it, this was in the LCBO's spring release so it's got to be close to 4-5 months old by now. This might explain the lack of complex hop flavours - but it's also possible that this is just the way it was designed. And to be fair, high abv brews are generally not my preferred tipple to begin with.

Final Grade: 3.63, a B. Southern Tier's Unearthly is a good sipper, on the hefty side, but overall a brew that I found to be enjoyable in small doses. Finishing this entire bottle is doable, but I'll probably have had more than my fill by the time the last drop is poured. I'd like to try a sample of this that I know is fresh, but there's no guarantee I'll get around to it. Pricy stuff, but probably worth it given the difficulty of finding decent DIPAs and barleywines in Ontario.

thehyperduck, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

wertschy, Jul 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful bright orange. Nice clarity. Lightly off-white head with excellent retention and nice lace.

S - Sweet, with an unexpected heaviness to the nose. Woodsy hop, cookie dough, wet vegetation, and an edge of cilantro. Hint of booze.

T - Thick and malty. Honey, green wood, herbal bitterness, over brewed black tea, orange rind, and molasses.

M - Heavy and semi-syrupy, with low carbonation.

O - The dense profile feels heavy and a shade syrupy, and cuts down on the drinkability. Nice backend.

vfgccp, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at the Giant Eagle down the street from me. Came in a 22 oz. bottle and poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Not very much in the way of head during the pour. Maybe a thin layer of foam by the end of the pour. The color is the same as a new penny, a beautiful shining copper.

Smell: At first I get hit with a ton of citrus hops and some tropical fruit hops, then I get some pepper and sweet malt that is hiding beneath all the hops.

Taste: Upon first taste, its basically a citrus bomb to the face with a strong caramel malt backbone which compliments it very nicely. As it warms I get a lot more malty sweetness as well as the tropical fruit hops begin to become more noticeable. Finish is very peppery.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. It seemed like syrup in beer form and it threw me off. Not very pleasing but what would you expect with such a high ABV.

Overall: Its a much more malty IPA than a hoppy IPA which is what I prefer. The Mouthfeel was way too thick but the malty/ caramel sweetness was just what I like in my IPA

JamesPGH, Jul 15, 2012
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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