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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,778 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 120
Gots: 254 | 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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Photo of matttttYCE
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you very much trxxpaxxs/Tom for this beer, the Southern Tier flute/goblet glass, and all of the other wonderful goodies he sent to me in the NOOB BIF 5!

Appearance - Gotta break in my new Southern Tier flute-ish glass right, so that's what I'm using for Unearthly. This beer pours a bright orange in color. The head is white in color, about 1 finger high and it diminishes but never really disappears. The lacing is moderate. Looks very nice in the flute glass!

Smell - Aroma is a nice mix of hops and malt, not just a pure hop or malt bomb. The hops at play here are floral, citrus, some grapefruit, notes that remind me of other sweet fruit (almost candy-like), and maybe a little pine. Other aspects here are malty notes (not quite biscuity), a pronounced sweetness (probably from the malt bill), and caramel. Nice smell. Smells like a very balanced DIPA.

Taste - This is a pretty malty DIPA. When I sip, I get notes of dry malt, some biscuit, and sweet caramel. Next I get some of those citrus and floral hops, along with grapefruit and some lighter bitterness from the hops. This is more malty than hoppy but it finds a nice balance. Not exactly what I prefer in DIPAs, but still a pretty well done beer.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a DIPA, but still has a moderate feel to it. There's a dry and almost soapy quality to this one. Not bad, just interesting. Consistency is creamy, carbonation is moderate, body is about medium-high, and the finish is about average length.

Overall - Definitely not a bad DIPA by any means. Not quite my favorite iteration of the style, but still pretty good. I'd say it's worth a try especially if you like maltier/balanced DIPAs. I could see myself drinking this one again, especially when I'm not in the mood for a hop bomb of a DIPA. Can't wait to try Oak Aged Unearthly. Thanks again Tom!

Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a quarter inch of head, and little retention. The nose is very malty with a citrus hops aroma and slight alcohol esters. Taste is rich malts with piny, floral hops. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Medium bodied with nice alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one. A little malty, but it helps balance the hops and alcohol. Really enjoyable!

Photo of doughanson78
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Copper/amber in color with a slight haze. One finger slightly off white head, OK retention and awesome lacing.

S: Citrus and piney hops blending to create a unique aroma I haven't smelled before (good? bad? idk). Caramel malts coming through this different aroma. A very "earthy aroma".

T: Sweet caramel malts up front. Lots of toffee coming through. Again the strange Piney/Citrus blend comes through in the middle and finish, and is a little harsh to the palette. Has a very earthy aftertaste. Almost a tad chocolaty. Weird.

M: A full bodied IPA (for the style). Very creamy. Light carbonation.

O: A different blend of hops leaves me wondering about the taste of this one. Don't know if it is good or not. Definitely a deviation in the style. Probably a must try for most. Don't believe this one is for me though.

Photo of PapillonJohn
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a bottle at Giant Eagle on 8/1/2011

Appearance: Very rich golden, amber color. Poured a very subtle head, not too much to write home about. Almost no signs of carbonation besides a few sticky bubbles on side of my glass.

Smell: Very fruity hops. Sort of reminds me of Strawbelly jelly or candy... A bit of alcohol sneaks in after the sweet, caramel malts and fruity hop scent.

Taste: Intense sweet caramel-like taste with a moderate sour, soapy hoppiness shining through. Not as hoppy as I expected or would like to have with a IIPA. The alcohol snaps in quickly towards the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: A little to thick for an IIPA, I believe. Moderately carbonated and only a bit sticky. I thought this offering was a bit too "thick feeling for a IIPA.

Overall: I was hoping for something a bit more hopped up but I am satisfied with this brew. Not something I will seek out again but I think I can recommend it to a few people who prefer a sweeter offering rather than a bitter hop bomb.

Coming in at 11% this is something you need to sip to enjoy, no downing like the town drunk on this one.

Photo of vobr0002
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- orange amber color. Thin white head. Slightly hazy

S- malty sweet smell with some floral aroma and citrus notes, caramel too.

T- it is a thicker sweeter beer. Caramel notes with the hops hitting you later. Not as bitter as I was expecting or nearly as hop forward most iipa's. But the hops are definately there.

M- thick full mouth feel. Lower amount of carbonation.

O- its a decent beer but its very sweet and malty for an iipa. I am not a very big fan of that.

Photo of TVolt1
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice light amber color but a little bit of cloudiness to the beer. Finger length of white head. Small amount of carb bubbles.

S: Smells strongly of carmamel malt. I do nto smell a strong aroma of hops.

T: Taste very similar to how it smells. The only difference is i initially get a taste of a small amount of citrus hops then is followed by a strong amount of caramel malt taste.

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel for a IIPA. If it were my choice, I'd have it a little smoother and crisper.

O: Overall, this is an alright beer. It seems a little off for an IIPA. Little too thick, too swett, and too rich. Not a memorable beer

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, caramel, malts

taste: alcohol, pine, hops, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not a bad DIPA. just not the best. glad I got to try it since I like just about everything these guys do.

cheers,l
The CPJ

Photo of Tilley4
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've liked most of the other Southern Tier brews I've had so I'm hoping this one is no exception...

A sweet malty aroma mingled with some earthy hops roll out of the glass... The aroma is strong but not really as hoppy as I was hoping it would be... This is more barleywine than DIPA...

Sweet maltiness with an earthy English IPA hop thing going on... The hops are powerful but they're more Noble than anything and don't really push through the malts to confirm their presence... there's a slight bitterness but there's more of a floral thing going on...

Not an elite DIPA in my opinion... An OK brew for sure but a notch down...

Photo of Derranged
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22ounce bomber into a St. Bernardus large wine glass/goblet.? Read 11.0 abv on the back, not 9.5. No freshness date.

A- Dark orange amber in color, very thin white head with little retention on the glass.

S- Smelled mostly like a very strong malt bomb with hops in the background.

T- This was very sweet. Very malty, lots of caramel, hoppy and a little bitter but the sweetness was overpowering. Alcohol is well hidden. It was a little spicy.

M- Very thick, a bit syrupy with little carbonation.

O- Not great. I have been wanted to try this for a while. It's not a bad beer but the sweetness was just too much for me. Old bottle maybe?

Photo of OStrungT
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color, with a thick and fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a very intense aroma. Alcohol up front. Some strong citrus notes. Very sweet also. Maybe some spicy aroma as well, kind of like what I would get from a Belgain Stong Pale.

This beer tastes like it smells. Very intense with the alcohol present upfront. Citrus grapefruit flavor with a very sweet finish. Spicy too.

This beer is very full bodied. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. It is almost too sweet. The alcohol warms on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the aggressive flavor is a bit much.

Overall: Thanks to inlimbo77 for this beer. Although it isnt my favorite, I was glad to have tried it.

Photo of hardy008
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with an off white head with good retention. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, pine, and caramel malt.

The taste is just like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, pine, and caramel malt. Sweet flavor, like most Southern Tier beers, but there is a little hop bitterness for some balance.

Full bodied, below average carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well disguised. Good overall, but too sweet.

Photo of HosP
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at an Indy bottle shop. Poured 22oz into tremens snifter.

A- Pours a dull orange/gold in color. Slightly hazy to it with a nice off white head. Recedes rather quick with some sticking to the edge. Leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S- Very juicy, hoppy nose. Grapefruit, orange, citrus hops. Some floral notes mixed in. Very hop heavy in the nose. A little sweeter than most DIPA's.

T- Taste takes a turn from the nose. Much sweeter than expecting it to be. Still big hop flavors, some fruit, more floral flavors though. The malts are sweet and fight the bitterness of the hops throughout. A little to sweet for what I normally like, but still great hop flavors to it.

M- Medium, almost a full body. Moderate carbonation. A little thicker, syrupy. Still a smooth drink for being so.

O- Very solid DIPA. Could easily drink one of these again sometime, especially on a nice summer day. A little sweet to be one of my favorites, but very good!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I think I purchased in Jungle Jims in Ohio.
Think it may be 3 yrs old?! The paint is coming off the bottle.

Heavy body, gentle pour. Surprised to see a respectable head. Dark, creamy. But not stable. Carbonation enough to make a pudding top.

Potent. Bitter, smooth, burnt thing. Stunning.
Mouth watering. Dry and warming.
Long lasting bitter flavors. Natural mouth numbing.

Hard drink, great flavors, but challenging to drink.

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

Southern Tier now export (or get sent by some roundabout way) to Australia, but I'm loathe to try/review IPAs that aren't fresh. Call me a wanker if you will. Anyway, a trip to NY seemed like a good opportunity to check this out.

Pours a heavy burnished golden-bronze colour, with a head that forms slowly and languidly, but which is suitably fine and solid when it arrives. Lacing is minimal, but splodges stay around when the glass is tilted. The body is probably its most impressive feature, being as though it is thick, syrupy and heavy.

Nose is lovely and fresh, with big green hoppy characters coming off like crushed vegetation and savoury fruits. There's a big sweetness to it as well, obviously from the massive amounts of malts, but it complements the hop characters. Nice.

Taste is a bit more brash and unvarnished. Here, the hops form a biting centrepiece which the smooth running malt cushions violently. Lovely peppery vegetative characters throughout, that would be obscene if not for the softening effect of the body and the malt sweetness. It's like being punched by a marshmallow.

Very nicely balanced throughout, as a result, and the extra body and booze is well-placed, and is used to excellent effect.

A lovely Imperial IPA. It makes everything bigger, but doesn't forget the balance and subtlety that is required as well. Great work.

Photo of rchristensen
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review

Poured from a bomber into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A-pours a golden orange with two finger head that disipates quickly leaving modest lace.

S-Strong citrus, mainly grapefruit.

T-Sweet start and then the hops take over. Balanced and the alcohol is well masked.

M-Crisp from the strong carbonation.

O-Very Enjoyable. Not a true hop bomb yet very ballanced. I would drink again but not go out of my way to seek it out.

Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Appears a dark amber color with a thick fluffy off-white head. The head leaves some nice lacing, Looks like a DIPA should.

The nose is fairly well balanced with a good amount of hops, mostly citrus and pine, as well as good malts with caramel and sweetness coming through. Something also seems a little off with the aroma, almost like a cleaning agent scent coming through.

The taste is overly sweet in my opinion. There is some pine and citrus in the flavor profile, but the malts really stick out. Again the caramel and huge amounts of sweetness, very candy-like. The aftertaste is just a little odd as well; maybe too much alcohol flavor sitting on the palate. Some may say it is well balanced, but IMO, it's overly sweet. It is very complex.

The mouthfeel is very syrupy. Extremely thick and has a very full body. There is some carbonation bite on the tongue, but the thickness is too much for me.. Overall, it's a decent DIPA, but I've had much better. Another good offering from Southern Tier, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of SDDanC
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass from 22oz.

Settles amber, with a creamy thick head. Smell is not as aromatic as I hoped, but it is pungent. Lots of malt/honey/faint hops. Tastes similar to its smell, not much going on as far as hops, loads of malt and a decent alcohol burn. Overall, it was pleasant and I would drink it again if it were readily available.

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

A&S - Pours a vivid gold, kinda hop hazy, with tons of soapy off white head. Smells a lot of orange and pineapple, with hops and alcohol at the end.

T&M - Starts off sticky and sweet, lots of pineapple and citrus, gets crisper and crisper, nice hop transition towards the end with some slight alcohol notes on the finish of this wonderful medium bodied beer, how is this 9.5%?

O - Get yourself a designated driver, this stuff is dangerously good.

I've had this stuff in the fridge for 2 weeks and its a shame I didn't open it sooner. Its a magnificent beer, and dare I say it, competes with 90 Minute. Its unbelievable how deceptive this is, they should have named it "Really Hot Transvestite." Enough with the kid, go buy this stuff now, its unbelievable and really gets me thinking about the Brewery and its Oak Aged Unearthly. I gave the mouthfeel a 4.5 cause my first sip told me the malt was too much, don't let it do the same to you its very well balanced. Can't wait to get my hands on some of the highly anticipated Pumking. Enjoy this responsibly, and stay thirsty my friends!

Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange.white head w some lacing.

S: Fruity...apricots and citrus...mmm...malty...little alcohol note.

T: Fruity and malty....yumm....hops are there..but not too overpowering ...you hear them more in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy ...a little gravity here...not weak

O: Very nice beer. Not a booming IPA...but still different. Fruity, citrus, Malt, hops...good combo..not a drink a bunch of these beer..but one of the bombers split between friends is a great conversation piece....

Photo of crewfan16
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

a-pours a hazy gold color with a half inch of slightly off-white head that sinks gradually leaving some nice lacing. looks like a DIPA should really

s-lots of citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange peel. also lots of biscuity malt and some caramely sweetness.

t-very similar to the nose. initially there is some hoppy citrus, again with the grapefruit and orange peel, then backed up by a huge amount of malty backbone. there is a lot of sweetness at the end.

m-a lot of body for your standard DIPA. a nice oily resin feel on the finish as well. carbonation is not very heavy at all. abv is not noticeable either, considering its 9.5%. A very balanced mouthfeel between the bitter hops and the sweeter malt.

overall, I love this beer. I am from the camp that likes there DIPA balanced and not a complete hop-bomb, and this fits the bill perfectly. One of the better DIPAs that I have found and for $9 a bomber, a pretty solid deal as well.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 4 Golden color with a slight orange tint. Pretty transparent. Smooth, creamy looking off-white head. Smooth lacing as well, fairly sticky.

S- 4 Malt heavy with a caramel like backdrop, but with a definite citrus and hop presence. The fruity smell is reminiscent of both grapefruit and apricot.

T- 3.5 The malt makes its presence felt even further with the taste of this brew, and I'm left wishing for more of a hop bite to cut into it. I again get some caramel here, and it is pretty sweet overall.

M- 4 A bit on the creamy side for the style, but medium in body and not all that heavy. Smooth.

D- 3.5 I'm slightly disappointed with this ST offering; the 2XIPA is great, and so I had my hopes up. That said, it isn't bad by any means. It's just not what I was looking for in the style being so sweet and malt heavy. That said, it is still a quality brew and worth a shot. I'd probably just want one of the bombers in a sitting.

Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Head builds very nicely. Brew allows you to pour, but still gains nice head. Nice straw colored fluffy foamy rides atop the copper colored brew. Brilliant orange and yellows help translate the likes of a great looking brew. Decent lacing decorates the glass.

S - Very nice citrus. Orange, lemon, pineapple, and kiwi? Fantastic scent on this delightful looking brew. Not your typically DIPA bitter "funk".

T - WOW. Not a sugarbomb or a bitterbomb. One of the nicest DIPAs I've had... Silky smooth, phenomenal hop balance to bring this brew into a full no B.S. brew. At 9.5% I was expecting *some* heat, but it's mild and doesn't distract from the floral array of citrus.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable. No bitterness to speak of, not your typical flavors. A very well put together brew. Slightly under carbonated, but I would rather have poor carbonation than over carbonation.

O - Awesome brew! Great job ST! A must try if you have access. Uh, oh... This one's going down QUICK! Thanks for flipping this brew my way AndyAvalance!

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's -served chilled in a pils glass.

The color is amber bordering on copper, the clarity is good and the retention is very good with a sheet of lace sticking as the head retains well, the bead is fine. The smell is more like fruit than most imperial Ipa's I have had, sweet and slightly alcoholic in nose, but fruit with a very tropical quality-like Hawaiian punch, I am serious- it has a lot of pineapple odor. The feel is good, but starts bitter and moves into a sweet realm in the middle with resinous quality and finishes spicy with some residual sweetness and light alcohol element, but not off putting.

The flavor is good, but it seems to be bitter enough to shift toward the hops, but the malt presence in the taste gives the impression of balance -a nice fruity flavor from the hops, more citrus as it warms,but also more bitter and the taste of alcohol and spice comes forward too. There is a nice tropical element in this that seems outweighed by the caramel malt slightly which is unfortunate. I prefere a more dry Imperial IPA, but for this style I think this beer is very good. I consider it very drinkable considering the high 9.5% abv which is mostly hidden in the full malt and generous hop dosing in the flavor

Photo of Fatherskull
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler into a tulip glass. Growler filled at a local growler store I've reviewed.

A: Amber color and a clean clear appearance. Small off white head with a heavy yellow lacing.

S: Vanilla, floral, and citrus aromas. Full nose.

T: There's a lot of flavor in this. Aged, floral hops, vanilla malts, and a grapefruit finish. Not very forward alcohol content.

M: Medium body with good carbonation. Very nice feel.

O: Very nice refreshing and complex taste with a well hidden high alcohol content. Very happy that this is lacking the Southern Tier 'show off our alcohol content' standard that has turned me away from a few of their other selections.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 3.31.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Medium orange in color, slightly hazy. The head is a darker cream color.

S - Wood, vanilla, and citrus.

T - Just like a hopped up vanilla flavored IPA.

D - Drinks a bit sweet, and very vanilla forward.

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.