Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev -6.1%
No enjoy by date on the bottle; but, the malt and hops bill is listed on the label. Cool...
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.
A: No head formed during the pour. The brew is a light copper color with just a touch of a golden hue. It is also very clear.
S: The aroma is mild, and consists of a grapefruit and orange citrus hops. There is also just a hint of sweet malt, and a bit of booziness, too.
T: The taste is earthy hops and a bit of citrus, along with just enough sweet caramel-like malt to take the harsh edge off the bitterness. There is also a little alcohol heat, too.
M: The body is on the heavier side of medium. It is also pretty smooth for a 9% beer.
O: A pretty good IPA. It has a pleasanlty strong earthy hops flavor, which is different from the aroma. It is a good beer, but I might not go too far out of my way to find it again. But, glad I tried it.
06-22-2012 23:20:08 | More by Beer_Runner
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
A - clear bubbly copper, thumb of head retained decently at half a finger, some random lacing
S - tropical fruits, peppery, light herbs, and grainy
T - strong mix of bright citrus and resiny hops, light peppery note, toasty grain and a touch of oily hop resin
M - lightish body, solid carbonation kick, alcohol heats the chest on the way down, finishes with a solid pleasant bitter
O - a fantastic yankee DIPA with an interesting and complementary hop flavour mix, big ups to andrenaline for including another great Southern Tier brew in this trade
06-17-2012 01:50:28 | More by joemcgrath27
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.
L - Pale-to-medium amber color with a 2-finger cream-colored, bubbly head. Decent retention and some patchy lacing. It’s a little cloudy but from what I can see, there’s a good amount of carbonation bubbles.
S - A strong caramel malt presence with a hint of rye. I know it doesn’t list rye as an ingredient on the bottle, but it does say “red wheat,” so maybe I’m smelling that. A pretty good dose of pineapple, peach, grapefruit, pine, and resinous hops, as well.
T - Starts with sweet caramel malt and fruity hops and builds to a bitter and spicy finish with grapefruit, pine, and peach hop flavors. Again, there’s the little hint of rye that I get in the spicy finish.
F - Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a very bitter and slightly dry and spicy finish. Hop bitterness and spice lingers for a nice amount of time. A pleasant throat-and-palate-warming sensation from the alcohol accompanies the finish.
O - This is a good DIPA. Good marks all around, but nothing really stands out for me. It could just be that I’m not crazy about the particular hop profile, but this beer seems to be a bit lacking in that department, especially for something that touts “aggressive” and “unearthly” hop usage. Still, this is very tasty, the hop (and rye?) spice is a nice touch, and the alcohol is hidden very well. A final point: there are some breweries that have a certain “taste” no matter what style you’re drinking. Sierra Nevada is one example. Southern Tier is another. I’ve had a couple of their beers (only reviewed one), and they all have something about them that resonates through all of their offerings. I enjoy when beers from the same brewery have this quality and see it as a nice signature touch.
06-11-2012 03:20:30 | More by BlackBelt5112203
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
I grabbed a grolwer of this from my local whole foods in Northern Virginia--I got the first tap off this keg..
A- It poured a deep amber color and was very clear. There was a creamy 1 inch head that quickly disappeared after the first sip.
S- A very sweet smell of pineapples, figs, and cream. There is a slight hint of syrup there as well.
T- As the beer hits the tongue there's a distinct flavor of fruity hops; it's a combination of pineapple, orange, and raisins. The beer then develops a syrupy, toffee-like sweetness not unlike a barleywine. It finishes with a subtle, bitterness of alcohol. For a beer this alcoholic, there is very little trace of the alcohol and what you do taste is rounded and not sharp or acidic.
M- Medium to heavy with a bit of sugariness left on the finish. There is a ripe wetness to the end of the beer.
O- This isn't the textbook DIPA, with a fairly weak hop profile, but it's a good beer. I almost think of this as a barleywine: it's sweet and bold and heavy with a very subtle bitterness on the finish. As an example of the style, I don't think I could recommend this, but for a big, bold, sweet beer that gets you hammered, it's worth the bomber (or growler if you can find it).
06-10-2012 01:07:28 | More by mrmkahn
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
On tap at the brewery. Served in a goblet.
Pours clear orange tinged gold with a half finger pale head. Fine bits of lacing.
Sweet grassy and citrus hops on the nose inviting me to drink up.
Great sharp great pine and orangey hops. Nice sweet malt body with carmelized sugar and biscuits. A solid booze presence that enhances rather than distracts. Very well balanced between the butter hops and sweet malts.
Slick oily, resinous, medium to full body. Well but not overly carbonated. Long dry hoppy bitter aftertaste.
Since the first time I tried Unearthly in a bottle, I've wanted to try it fresh on tap. Here it is, straight from the source! A well balanced and delicious imperial IPA. Well worth a try.
06-09-2012 23:15:56 | More by ThickNStout
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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