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

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2,757 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,757
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 116
Gots: 249 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pellinore1, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ejl4
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange-ish amber color, cloudy with slow forming off white head

S - Sweet malt character, with light piney hops

T - Very balanced malt and hop flavor, with the cascade hops predominately in the taste, light bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O - A little bit too sweet for my liking, maybe this one finished a little high. Great balance, and hop flavor.

ejl4, Nov 10, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours an almost clear copper/orange color with a one finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Very sticky lacing formed around the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as expected, there is some apple and grapefruit as well as some caramel and bready malt.

T: A little bit of citrus fruit upfront, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of apple as well. Heavier malt backbone than I was expecting, some caramel and bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess, and pretty smooth. No harshness at all.

O: Pretty good, but nothing out of this world. Not sure on how old the bottle is, since this one is pre-dating. Glad to see ST popping a date on their bottles now.

mdaschaf, Nov 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but hazy orange/gold with a one and a half finger off white creamy head. The aroma isn't jumping out at me. I get some cereal graininess, sweet malts, and light citrus and maybe mango. The taste is along the same lines as the smell, just more intense. Sweet malts hit you up front, the bitterness comes through in the middle and end, but the malty sweetness keeps it balanced the entire time. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, much better than the other Southern Tier IPA offerings. I would have liked to see more bitterness as this is a pretty sweet DIPA. My main complaint with Southern Tier IPAs is that they all seem to be too sweet. I love balanced IPAs,but this one is a little more malty than it is bitter. The 9.5% is definitely noticeable, but not unpleasant. Good DIPA and one that I would recommend to those who like sweeter DIPAs.

hmf05, Nov 07, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

919th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

I didn't find the bottle date....

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one. Long time want!

App- A bright semi- clear bright Orange with some yellow, gold highlights. A big fast receding off white two finger head. Good webbing and cling down the glass.

Smell- A bit of a mix of a lot of juice notes. Apple, Orange and grapefruit with a good damp and earthy note.

Taste- More of a damp vs bitter. Good bit of deep citrus with a semi-sweet creamy malt backbone. I've had the profile before but it's still very good. Opens with a touch of bitter and then moves to the citrus then the malts.

Mouth- A wet medium body with a medium bubbly carbonation level. A good bit of creaminess and deep citrus.

Drink- I can see why this has a lot of ratings. The balance between thick and creamy and a little bitter is quite nice. A good DIPA that is a bit more smooth than most but still hides the ABV well. Thanks again Matt!

FosterJM, Nov 02, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard poured into a fluted glass. Amber colored with a white head. Light lacing on the glass. Head dissipates quickly. Citrus and pine smell with a sweetness I cant really describe. Tastes hoppy up front then transistions into a slight alcohol taste that is well balanced. Ends with a nice sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel, carbonated great with the right bitterness. Overall I'm very happy with the this beer. i bought it on a whim and I'm glad I did. It's the first time I have seen this here and I hope I can keep finding it. The ABV on my bottle was 11% so its a little different from the description on here.

Pwnzilla, Nov 02, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a foggy golden color with a modest head. Nice smell of hops. My first impression was that it was too sweet. When it hit my palette I thought "fruity" which is normally not something I like. Someone described the taste as medicine-like which fits initially but by the time I finished my first glass I was anxious for more. To this beer's credit it may have been the ABV that changed my tune but my grandfather always says accentuate your best qualities.

plowe70, Oct 29, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up because of the bottling dates. This one has a DOB of 09/13/11

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly into a layer of bubbles. Leaves some pretty lacing even with the lack of head

S: First thing out of the gate are the hops. Nice and citrusy with pine and some earthy notes. Backed up by some malt, but the hops dominate the nose

T: Again, nice and hoppy. Citrus, pine, and earthy notes all come out. Towards the middle is the alcohol, but blended nicely. Some sweetness towards the end, but this is quickly rounded off by the bitterness of the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lacking hop oils, but I can't complain with the actual hoppiness that is present in the nose and taste

O: Wow. Definitely was expecting a sweeter version of 2XIPA or something, but instead got this. I like it. A lot. Especially at just over a month old. See what dating your bottles can do, ST? I'll definitely be buying more of this. And 2XIPA, while I'm at it. Back on track though, this is a great IIPA to sip on that is full of hoppy goodness without the usual sweetness of, say, the Black Water Series. Pick up a fresh bottle if you haven't yet! You won't regret it

BEERMILER12, Oct 26, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 oz bottle for 6$.
Appearance: cloudy golden unfiltered look , poured a nice 3/4" head that faded to a thin layer.
Smell, not overpowering, you can smell the hops with a bit of bready sweetness.
Taste: very similar to their 2XIPA, the hops and malt character hit you both at the same time smooth and rich with a faint alchol taste finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: this is a mouth pleaser! rich flavorful and full , big beer taste.
Overall: another great S.T. brew if you like ST you will love this IPA.

edfish, Oct 23, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a clear dark gold with a massive frothy head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves clingees on the sides of the glass that look like freakin' snowdrifts. The nose is nowhere to be found with all that foam (guess that head is doin' its' job). After a while, you get faint IPA smells of pine and citrus.

The taste is good, but a bit too sweet. That malty backbone counters what I can only assume to be an unforgiving rush of hops. With that kind of sweetness and the ABV of this beer, it's flavor is almost like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA. Like barleywines (which I don't particularly care for) it was a bit medicine-tasting to suit my palate. I did like this one a bit more than the oak-aged version. I probably won't buy it again, but don't let that stop you. It could be just what you're looking for.

deadonhisfeet, Oct 22, 2011
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,757 ratings.