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

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Ratings: 2,656
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 210 | FT: 3
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of thehopsguy
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Good pour, short head but good carbonation, golden with a hint of amber in color from amber malts and red wheat's.

S- balance of malt aromas ( 2-row,cara-pills) with a sudden hint of citrus/ pine hops..which is interesting because they "hop back" this brew..which adds hop aroma (and some hop flavor) but not much bitterness. would have thought there would be more aggressive hop aromas. ( hopback using whole hop styrian golding)

T- Strong boozy flavors of caramel sweetness at first with a strong bitter finish (dryhopped w/ cascade centenial & chinook) first couple of sips at 42* F second half of the bomber was around 50*F which brought out some more hop flavors

M- Medium to heavy body...very dry finish

thehopsguy, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from D'Vines for $8. Poured into a DFH snifter.

Appearance (4): A very clear, dark copper with a fat finger of light cream head. The foam reduces to an uneven, medium thick layer with lacing all the way around the glass. Not much lacing besides at the top.

Aroma (2.5): Not a huge aroma but it's still pretty cold. Faint notes of grapefruit mix with pine and a dark caramel. Once it warms up, it's a sweet mango and a strong, oily and resinous caramel. You can really tell it's going to be extremely bitter.

Taste (3.5): Very strong resinous hops and thick caramel right off the bat. Intense flavor compared to the less than impressive aroma. A strong bitterness hits in the middle and works well to cover up a lot of residual sweetness. The bitterness mingles with the sweet caramel in the finish. This is a good example of a big East Coast DIPA, but I like the style much more when it's dry and less balanced.

Mouthfeel (3): A bit slick, cloying, and bitter. Full bodied and low carbonation which is appropriate. The finish really lingers, especially the sweetness, and is a bit coating.

Overall (3): A bit too sweet - borderline cloying - as well as bitter. They even each other out, but the hops aren't really showcased here; it's mostly an interplay between the bitterness and sweetness. I'd like to try this a bit fresher on tap.

grover37, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of shand
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. This was received by my beer store last week, so this is hopefully a fresh batch, since I've shied away from this before due to lack of bottle dating.

This brew is a relatively clear amber color with huge evident carbonation. The head is relatively small for a DIPA, but retains and laces well. The aroma is quite nice, there's both aggressive hops and malts in here fighting for attention. I also smell something that smells like a bit of wood-aging, although I know this is the base Unearthly. What's up with that? The taste on this is very good. This is a very skillfully brewed beer that balances a huge hop bomb and a huge malt bomb with the deftest of ease. Both hops and malts are present huge here, but unlike many DIPAs, they stay in a constant struggle. I hesitate to say it's "balanced," because it never tastes like a balance, but a fight over my taste buds. And honestly, I'm the winner here. The aftertaste continues the theme, with huge hop resin and caramel malts sticking around for quite some time. This is a great DIPA.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, and the drinkability is exceptional for the 9.5% ABV. I highly recommend this DIPA if you can get a bottle you know is at least relatively fresh, this is a great brew. Just a solid DIPA in every way.

shand, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark amber with about a finger's worth of head with a generous pour that recedes into a cauldron of bubbles and a nice halo around the glass.

S: A nice malt smell emanates from this one, with just the slightest floral hops lingering in the aftersmell. Almost like toasty, caramel malts with a boozy finish.

T: This one hits with strictly floral hops in the middle followed by a heavy and sweet malt finish, with an almost non-existent floral hop aftertaste. This is probably the maltiest DIPA that I've ever tasted.

M: Has a bit of a stickiness to it, but with good carbonation and high drinkability.

O: This is a good one. I feel like southern tier is a "sweet" sort of brewery, with their stouts and even their DIPA being the maltiest and sweetest I've had yet. Still, this is a good one, definitely will buy again.

Krakistophales, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/golden color with a massive head that leaves quite a few patches

Smell: Grapefruit pith, pine and a minty character

Taste: Biscuity, for a sec, and then the hop parade begins, with a floral, citrusy, tropical fruit mix that joins with pine by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a wallop of sticky caramel and, though the finish is rather sweet, there is still plenty of hop bitterness in the residual

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Overall, a bit too sticky and sweet to be my ideal DIPA; a rather good example for those who prefer that style of beer, however

brentk56, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Finewinemike for the chance to taste this long time want. Poured into my Jester King snifter, pours a yellow/orange hue, very cloudy in appearance, with visible bubbles. Smell- blood orange, malty bready scent, alcohol on the nose, some fruit forward flavors. Taste- caramel sweet, mixed with hops bitterness mid palate, finished with a bitter grapefruit flavor. Lots of sweet flavors in this beer hide the alcohol well, and balance out the bitter profiles. Mouthfeel- syrupy and sweet but not cloying, appropriate carbonation, well balanced. This reminds me of DFH 90 minute in a way (maybe the malt profile?) Drinkability- for 11%, the abv is well hidden here and this is an overall well balanced representation of the IIPA style. I'd search it out again for sure.

lnashsig, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of HoppyHachey
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a small head and spotty lacing. Great golden color with a slight red hue to it.

S: I was a little congested when I drank this so I didn't smell much. But it definitely wasn't strong.

T: It had a really strong taste to it. Was nice and bitter but left this strange after-taste in my mouth that just hung around.

MF: Surprisingly not as dry as I'd thought it would be. But the fulness of the flavor, I thought, made it harder to drink than most Imperials.

I drank this Imperial out of a beer glass and not saying i didn't enjoy it but definitely not one of my favorites. Hard not to enjoy an Imperial IPA.

HoppyHachey, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of rustymoore
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden amber into a snifter...moderate head with some lacing throughout
S: smells like fresh fruits such as apricot and fresh hop aromas
T: tastes sweet, slight alcohol twinge, with a great strong hop bite, dried fruits come thru as well
M: very spicy and acidic on the tongue
O: overall an excellent strong beer to enjoy when u r feeling bold. This isn't a beer to play around with

rustymoore, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of funkymuppet
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big IPA - hits hard at first then goes a bit bland and then rounds out with a crispy sweetness and something a little spicy. Not too much in the way of hop aroma, and I might say the bitterness is a little bigger than the malt body. Does come through kind of sweet for my taste - I do like the Southern Tier 2xIPA and didn't find that overly sweet.
Recommended, just not a lot of it.

funkymuppet, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of surprenant1138
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter- a very hazy looking dark amber beer with very little head and slight lacing. Aroma is of sugarcane and hops. Taste has that signature Southern Tier sweetness, but it is very tolerable in the form of this IPA. Hops is prevalent, and only slightly citrusy. Heavy bodied, and slightly yeasty. Overall a very good IPA and refreshingly not too sweet, as most Southern Tier tends to be. Good drinks here.

surprenant1138, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Poured a moderate two inch off-white head that remained through half the sample. Thin sparse lacing forms on side of glass. Color is deep amber with slight haziness.

Smell: Slight aroma of hops with a sweet note. The overall aroma is somewhat stronger than other brews in this class. The malts and sugars are more pronounced in this beer than some other DIPA's I've tried.

Taste: Good, rich, deep flavor that seems to smooth out some of the sharp hoppiness. It is dry but not as much as HopSlam or Dreadnaught. The malts stay in front of the hops throughout and provide a creamy flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a creamy feel that coats the tongue but at same time is has a hoppy, resin aftertaste. The alcohol tends to leave your mouth dry.

Overall: At 10% ABV it's a quite drinkable beer. It's in the same league as HopSlam and 90min. IPA although I would prefer HopSlam if I had all three sitting in front of me and I could only drink one. I've had the 2XIPA also but prefer the taste of this. It just seems a little more complex and interesting.

heysuz, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of theghost3
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent, deep copper with a 1-finger light yellow head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is grassy, herbal with a slight pine hop character & tobacco. Taste consists of earthy and grassy hops along with woody malt flavors and sweet cigars. Mouthfeel is acidic, liquor-like and medium-bodied.

This is not as hoppy as I would expect. Lots of cigar & malt qualities. Has an ending that's liquor-like. The alcohol is actually hidden quite well up until the end.

theghost3, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before from a 22 oz bottle and on tap, yet never managed to get it reviewed. So when I heard that World Wine in Mentor had a barrel on tap, I had to get a growler and finally get my thoughts on this fine DIPA down on paper.

Pours a honey amber, almost russet color with about 1/4" of head that quickly forms a thin lid. Actively foams like a roiling sea when swirled, with excellent retention along the sides.

Has a piney, resin smell with a thick, sticky-sweet aroma like warm grapes or pears. A hint of alcohol in the nose reminds you of this beer's power.

Starts somewhat spicy and peppery. There's a floral, almost orange blossom sweetness to this that fades to a bracing, biting bitter that hits the back of the tongue and continues down the throat. I think my stomach is feeling the bitterness! Pine resin notes give this a slight astringency that, combined with the alcohol, gives it a fair amount of substance.

Medium bodied, almost buttery, with a refreshing crispness along the middle of the tongue before assaulting the back of the tongue and down the throat.

This is a savory, tasty beer, that went excellent with my "Indian hit" saag lamb earlier. I'm happy to have a growler that, over the next few days, will make me appreciate how good a brewery Southern Tier is. If you're not lucky enough to find this on tap, at least treat yourself to a 22 oz bottle and enjoy!

TheHoppiest, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear copper with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Nose is well balanced but not very aramoatic, more aroma hops could have helped out but I did get some booze and citrus

T: Caramel upfront, citrus, good amount of bittering and pretty good hop presense, finish with a booze kick

M: Slick, sweet, medium body and boozy

D: A step above average but at 10 ABV it kept me from going the extra step to Good.

barleywinefiend, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of jboucher
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Hazy dark orange color with a fluffy head. The lacing forms sticky rings around the glass as it goes down. Below-average carbonation.

Smell: There are hop, brown-sugar, and rose petal notes in the nose. Grapefruit is present along with other citrus and floral scents.

Taste: Balanced grapefruit-like citrus and honeyed malts. Hoppy, but not overpowering. I would not guess that this beer is 11% ABV. On the sweeter side compared to the majority of its style. Excellent hop profile. This beer is surprising well balanced as there is a solid brown-sugar-malty backbone present.

Mouthfeel: I was a little surprised to find that this beer is essentially full bodied. There is also very little carbonation. Nice mouth-coating. Smooth.

Ending notes: What a great beer! A nice sipper. I would easily recommend this to any hop head. Very enjoyable.

jboucher, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of JLeege
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft - Into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a clear light copper color, with a nice bubbly 2 finger white head, decent retention, a little lace left behind.

Smell- Has a very earthy hop presence, notes of resinous pine and a little citrus. Some caramel malt as well. great aroma.

Taste-Floral throughout, Pine resin, light citrus, mostly pineapple/grapefruit. With a medium malt backbone. A little booze on the finish. The taste covers nearly the entire hop spectrum, and works pretty well overall.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall- It is a palate wrecker, but it tastes pretty damn good. I would end your drinking session with this one, because you won't be tasting all that much after this one.

JLeege, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed Unearthly many times before. This particular bomber hails from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT, purchased in September for $6.99. Bottle claims alcohol at 11.0% ABV. No date or code observed. Served at 44F in a tulip at the same temperature.

A: A significant cake of yeast is noted at the bottom of the bottle. Brew is a mostly-clear reddish copper color with a moderate quantity of small carbo bubbles drifting upward. Heavy/ moderate pour generates only 1/2" of tan head that settles to a creamy layer. Difficult to get any significant head out of it.

S: Smell is thick with malts that have been slightly caramelized by a long boil, a thick and slightly scorched grainy sweetness. Not much hop noted.

T/M: Thick malt body and taste identical to the smell, semi-sweet, scorched, really dominates the experience. Some mild yeasty funk is also present. Hops are pretty subtle, very tame for the style; some bitter orange pith, grapefruit, mixed herb. Finish is pretty long with citrus rinds and alcohol fumes. Alcohol is present but fairly subtle for 11%.

D: This is pretty lackluster, I remember it being much better. Not at all crisp or hoppy like a DIPA should be. Not much different from any other mediocre DIPA. I'm guessing it's due to some combination of over-cooked batch and an old bottle.

BeerNinja007, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of fastsrt
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce pour

A: clear,amber, white head half Way through there is lace coating the glass.

S: hoppy, citrus, malt

T: balanced, hoppy, malty, pineapple, booze

M: prickly carbonation, finishes Sticky

D: it is a boozy ipa, I like it, it's fresh and has alot of character.

fastsrt, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of mtwentz
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bomber to a Duvel tulip.

Head pours nice and foamy. leaves comfortably, with a thumbprint of honeycomb bubbles left behind. Dark orange and red tones glow. Semi-light penetrates.

smells of creamy grapefruit citrus. Delicious! more like candy than beer. yeah, citrus creme reigns supreme on the nose.

ooh baby, this ale is delicious! little fizz of alcohol dances smooth citrus hops and slight pepper esters across the tongue. Goes down with a creamy citrus after-taste and warming alcohol. Gotta slowdown with this one.

mtwentz, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt orange/tan, looks like grapefruit juice. Creamy 1/2 head that lasted a long time. Tons of lacing

Smell - Hops, malts, sugars and spices. Carmael, alcohol, and more hops!

Taste - Ive had this beer many times, finally sitting down and drinking it and reviewing. Starts off very malty and hoppy. Sweet citrus and plenty of booze. Carmael malts add a thick boldness, and some spice. I get some hop juice in there also. Intense.

Mouthfeel - A monster, a wrecker, and dominator. Mouth gets sweetned, bittered then warmed. Everything you could ask for in a beer.

Drinkabilty - High but be careful its 11%. Strong hop and malt heavy, a great balance for a double ipa. A real treat, not something to drink daily but once a month i tend to go un-earthy. World class.

wvsabbath, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Un Earthly

Slight amber, slightly copper hints. Tall white head with a bit of oil and thickness. Faint carbonation still coming up.

Huge cascade hop opening. Classic American IPA smell. Sweet, floral, citrus notes.

Sweet, Caramel and darn right over powering malt opening. The hops are everywhere in this beer however. They open it in a floral citrus note, and then finish with a nice bitter expression. The this is still the classic east coast double IPA where there's too much malt to go with the huge amounts of hops.

This is thick...so thick. Add in some alcohol burn and just a touch of carbonation. I have to admit it... I want to love this beer, but darn it. I just can't. It's good but it is just missing all over the place.

bobhits, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle. with no apparent freshness date. Deep orange in color with a brief head. ,Poor head retention, but plent of wispy lacings. Intense ctirus and floral aroma. Extremely pleasant citrus hop and malt balanace with a very claean finish . Without being being terribly unusual this was an extraordinary 2ipa. thanks Southern Tier!

IronLover, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ebby82
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to the wine seller in Williamsburg for having this on tap.

Pours a hazy amber color into a pint glass. A nice head which dissipates quickly.

The aroma is very hoppy, a bit resiny perhaps. There is also a sweet, almost caramel note in the aroma.

The taste is fantastic. Straight up hops, with a lingering bitterness. There is also a slightly smoky flavor in the aftertaste. Really, really tasty.

Mouthfeel is average, a bit sticky and a little syrupy.

Very drinkable, although dangerous because it hides the alcohol well.

I would highly recommend this, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to pick up a growler.

ebby82, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of RCStout
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours like nectar from heaven. Thick and serious about itself. The nose was straight hop candy to me. Its the kind of hop aroma that turns people on to hop in the first place.
I could bathe in this, but the fact is that the taste is just wonderful. I've heard so many adjectives tossed around over this one that I prefer to see one slide across the bar to you and wait for the adoration. I try not to get more than I can drink in one sitting with this bad boy. So like 6?

RCStout, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Nice burnt orange color with light pomegranate notes and a good sized head.
S: A good floral hop aroma that really has some nice woody pine notes to go with some nice bitterness.
T: Has a strong sweet malt flavor that complements the pine flavor from the hops. There is a fruitiness that teeters on a pineapple and finishes with some nice oak notes
D/M: Very crisp and carbonated with some great strong flavors competing against each other. Good to have one but hard to drink anything else after this.

pzrhsau, Feb 28, 2011
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,656 ratings.