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

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 112
Gots: 229 | FT: 2
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of Monkey962
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Emptied from a pint bottle into a glass.

Appearance: My first pour resulted in a small, off-white 1.5 finger head, with big bubbles. The head didn't stay around long though, and didn't have too much lacing. The beer itself is a lovely golden-amber color, with fair cloudiness.

Aroma: The moment I took the cap off the bottle, I could smell this beer, I guess because of the high alcohol content. The powerful aroma smells of sharp, fruity hops.

Taste: The aroma of fruity hops follows through to every taste of this beer. When they say on the bottle 'an uninhibited infusion of hops', they mean it. One can practically feel the bitterness, sort of like the tannins in a dry red wine.

Feel: Remarkably smooth mouthfeel, despite being 11%.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this beer is a bit too bitter for me. However, if you're a hophead, you might find this beer a lot more enjoyable.

Monkey962, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a Growler from Party Town in Florence, Ky.

A: Darker than I thought it would be with an amber, copper color with good head/decent lacing.
S: very malty, nice hop explosion, and sweet!!
T: This is a VERY good DIPA that does not destroy your palate with only hops. It has a nice malt backbone and is also sweeet. I like the sweetness, so some may be put off by jsut how sweet this beer is. So good!!
D: The drinkability factor on this one is high, esp. for 11% ABV. I would recomend this to any hophead.

BTW-Oak Aged Un*Earthly is ever better!

JDizzle, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Dark clear amber with thick head that turns into lacing.

Smell: Peaches and pine.

Taste: Tomatos, pine, malt, a bit of couch syrup, and grapefruit. Weird mix of flavors; it's not bad though. Caramel and toffee malt profile. Ends a little dry with a lingering bitterness that doesn't sit well.

Drinkability: Not a bad brew, it's drinkable, but it's not something I'd search out. I prefer DIPAs with crisper, sharper hops. This mixture of hops also produces a odd flavor that I'm just not a fan of.

wmtxbb, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of treehouse
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells...hop forward....7-up citrusy...effervescent

mouthed....comforting grapefruit hops...easy drinking...a bit sweet...kinda skittle-like fruity...11%....a medium long aftertaste of hops and some minerals thrown in....

after a few gulps it starts warming your body..the heat is there...just a bit hidden....

treehouse, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of klkatz
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

from a large bottle (what is that 20 ounces??) - poored into a National Mechanics Bill Cosby glass (I didn't steal the glass, a bartender gave it to me... wrapped it in paper too)

Gave Cosby a reddish gold look.... with a thick off-white head. I was celebrating Chinese New Year while drinking this and the bubbles were happy to meander to the top and show me there presence. Happy Chinese New Year!

Yes! Aroma was excellent. Hops. Grapefruit... floral... like a wet, lush morning stroll through the jungle crunching plants beneath your boots...

Taste - Boom! it's a slap in the face with bitterness... thinking at first maybe too much. Hmm... another sip.

Mouthfeel sits well... but kind of soapy...

Drinkability - is average... with 11% alcohol it is kind of impressive.. .but I think 1 (maybe) 2 is enough.

klkatz, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 finger tan head. Leaves sticky lacing down the sides.

S - Smells of some big malts and a decent hop character. No bottled on date so I'm not sure of the freshness of the bottle.

T - Taste is very malty and sweet upfront then a nice strong bitterness through the middle. Finishes very balanced with a lingering sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and full for the style.

D - Easy to drink for the alcohol content.

Janderson91, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

A - cloudy light amber, nice head with solid lacing

S - ripe peaches combined with malt

T - an IPA with tang, rather than bite -- sweet, not pungent; believe it or not, a little bit of Nyquil in the aftertaste; well-balanced

M - creamy and smooth, but leaves the tongue slick -- coated with oil, not milk

D - more subdued and sweet than others of the style -- hops there, but not a palate-wrecker, very smooth, a "dessert IPA", if you will

vapodge, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Bamabadass
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I indulged in this beer at a local brewpub, on the beach on a hot summer afternoon. I was on vacation and had consumed several rum drinks by the ocean earlier in the day, so my girlfriend and I ventured into this bar during our wait before dinner. At the bar i drank 2 or 3 other high gravity brews before i rounded up enough courage to step up to the Unearthly... I drank the 22oz. bottle and needless to say me and my girlfriend missed our reservation. This beer offered a drunk unlike anything i had ever experienced, I literally felt like i was tripping on a drug from the 70s. When i woke i was nude in my hotel room, so needless to say i traveled back to this bar and purchased several more Unearthly bottles to go. I absolutely love this beer, no other Imperial IPA has topped my personal beer list.

Bamabadass, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a clear copper body...a lot of carbonation bubbles racing to the top...a small, off white head settles into a thin, spotty cap...decent lacing

S - The nose is well balanced but not very big...the malts are sweet and the hops are sweet and citrusy...a little alcohol burn

T - There is an initial caramel sweetness up front...the hops peak in the middle...they provide another sweetness with a blast of citrus...there's a balanced in the middle of the beer...the finish is piney hops with a hot, bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy, oily, bitter

D - UnEarthly had a nice balance to it but I prefer my DIPAs with more hop presence...the tap provided a nice mouthfeel that was oily and creamy and coated the palate and left you wanting another sip...on the downside the 10% showed up a little too much

thain709, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Nicked
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can't say enough about this brew... great taste! Southern Tier really constructed this brew well. Can't believe it's 11% ABV with such a balanced taste. Alcohol is masked well. Would recommend highly! Mouthfeel was syrupy and refreshing. Finish is smooth... left me anticipating another sip!

Nicked, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, dark orange/honey color with about a finger of white head. The head quickly vanishes into a thin ring with little to no lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt up front followed by a sweet peach/nectarine smell. There is a bit of piny hop aroma there as well.

T: Caramel malt up front followed by a bit of the same sweet peach flavor. Then come the hops, adding a piny flavor to the middle. There is some bitterness in the finish, but the malt rears its head again as well, leaving an odd mixture of bitter and sweet aftertaste. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste as well.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. There's a bit of an oily feel to it as well.

D: With as malty as it is and with the hops playing such a minor role, this isn't a very drinkable beer.

Edit; after having this beer on tap, I have to say it's not much improved. Slighly hoppier, but still way too sweet. Maybe a D+ instead of a D.

Overall, I suspect the bottle I got may have been a bit too old. However, if they're not going to bother bottle dating their beer, I should not be bothered with continuing to buy it in hopes that I get a fresh one. Most 10+% DIPAs can stand a bit of age as well before falling off.

n2185, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Dodo2step
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- deep copper tones and orange highlites. 4 finger head with peaks and great spiderweb lacing.

S- strong floral and light citrus undertones in the nose. Light on the caramel malts as well.

T- Floral notes hit the palate first, followed by some grapefruit. very nice IPA

M- dry and medium bodied. Strong on the hop nots but thats the way it should be.

D- a def sipper but a good brew.

Dodo2step, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with orange highlights and a 2 finger fluffy cream colored head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Pleasant mix of caramel malt with floral and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet grapefruit mixed with caramel malt. There are subtle peppery notes that go along with the blend of hops and malt. The flavor is very well-balanced, if not as hoppy as I had hoped (which may be because the beer isn't fresh - there's no freshness date on the bottle). The aftertaste is a mix of sweet caramel and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. The alcohol is masked extremely well for a beer with 10% ABV.

Overall: Not exactly my ideal DIPA, but this is still a very good beer. I'm not sure how fresh it is since there is no information on the bottle. This is a beer that I would recommend trying, especially if you know you're getting it fresh.

adam42381, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost a bright orange-amber. Brilliant in appearance. Soft lingering hops, but not as strong or unique as anticipated.

Bold, clean pineapple flavor up front. Fresh and very inviting. The finish has a fine pine and wood note, as well as caramel notes in the malt body. Nice citrus peel note, as well as a touch of sweet bitterness -- akin to Peychaud's bitters. Structure is nice and heavy, but totally approachable.

Great with food, particularly pork roast with gravy. Would also pair nice with rich, stinky cheese. Could even see this with some spicy, Indian veggie fair. In sum, if you don't try this with some food, you might be missing out.

Zraly, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Local Option in a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a transparent amber color with bits of haze in the middle of the glass. A full, creamy, off-white head forms upon pouring. This head retains nicely and leaves an impressive sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell: Tons of spicy pine and spruce hops. Some lighter grapefruit hops, caramel malt, and some light pineapple, tangerine, spice, and alcohol in the background.

Taste: It starts sweet with caramel malt interacting well with juicy pineapple and tangerine. The tropical fruit flavors are very forward here. As the bitterness grows, spicy pine and spruce take over, with a touch of grapefruit, all the while keeping a balanced sweetness. It finishes moderately bitter and fairly sweet. Fairly balanced overall with tons of spicy notes, despite the big ABV and truckload of hops that were included.

Mouthfeel: Half smooth, half grainy, but with very creamy carbonation. Medium to full body and very sticky. As I progress through the glass, the bitterness builds and peels the tongue a little bit.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable brew, right in my wheelhouse ABV and in terms of flavor. For some reason a ton of pine hops always puts a ceiling on how much I will like it, but I would definitely go back to this.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 650 ml bottle into a pint glass. No bottled on or bb date available.

A- Pours a nice golden to light copper color. Completely transparent and shows considerable carbonation. I got about a 3/4-1" nice slightly off white thick head.

S- A lot of light fruits. Apricot and lemon with orange. Hops overwhelm the rest of the pallet. Nice overall blend of the hops and malts; makes this a nice pleaser.

T- Hops hops hops. A nice grain like middle tone and ends with a nice warm alcohol finish. I get a lot more fruit from the smell than i do with the taste. The hops take over everything. A hop heads great.

M&D- For how light this beer is in color and transparency it gives a nice full texture. A nice warm feeling all the way through. I don't know how much the ABV changes from batch to batch by the bottle i have says 11% ABV. And its not the oak aged bottle.

HOPPYKC, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of sjverla
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Crystally sugary and bready, straight off. Changes to greener, woodsier aromas. Obvious alcohol. Something dark, almost like olive. Deep pine.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, flaming amber. Creamy head that lingers perfectly, not too long, not too short, with some pleasant lacing.

Taste: Sweet but woody. Golden raisins. Alcohol heat in the throat almost makes you squint. So assertively grassy and bitter at the end. Hearty, bready.

Overall: Not for the skiddish. This beer is huge. Thanks to my wonderful girlfriend Amy for the Christmas present.

sjverla, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange-amber in color. Forms a thick bit of off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

S: Kind of a yeasty, hoppy, sourdough scent intermixed with lots of pine. Sweetness is apparent.

T: Lightly toasted malts with an aggressive sweetness that is only moderately balanced against a piney/earthy bitterness. Finishes with a light, lingering sweetness on the tongue.

M: Medium in body, maybe a little syrupy. Good carbonation.

D: Like many of ST's beers, I found this one to be far too sweet for my palate to handle. Plus I felt it to be out-of-balance and oddly flavored, making this only a slightly better than average DIPA.

Florida9, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle pulled from my fridge, sat out for 15 or so minutes before opening. poured into a bulb style glass. no freshness date which was a little upsetting. listed as 11% on bottle.

pours out a super clear pure orange color with a very nice looking creamy slightly off white head. great retention and amazingly thick sticky lace.

big hard hitting hop aromas. mostly raw pellet hop, lots of pine, and citrus, orange peel. resiny, bits of floral and mint. hop forward aroma, but some sweet caramel malts and a bit of alcohol make for somewhat of a balance.

again lots of big resinous hops. raw pellet hops, pine, citrus, mint, floral...its all there. decent balance by some sweet caramel malt and a touch of spicy alcohol. as it warms, just slight nuances of grain and tropical fruit.

a big heavy full, sticky body. lots of hard palate impacting, resinous, lingering bitterness, a little oily, a bit of warming alcohol. carb is decent.

one glass is enough for me in a session, dont plan on tasting any other beer after this. a really nice big DIPA that can compete with any big west coast DIPA. went well with a nice moldy blue cheese. ill definatly be back for more and highly recommended IMHO.

dogfishandi, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice flourecent orange beer with light white head. Some good lacing on the glass.
I get alot of honey which is not my favourite flavour, and as such reduced my grades.
The hops give a nice pine then citrus bitterness to off set the sweetness. Good mouthfeel and the alcohal is well hidden making this an easy drinker. Just not my favorite, I would prefer a Hop Trip by Deschutes.

LazyL, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first time having this beer...

A- Poured quickly into a wide mouth tulip glass, a foamy two finger head faded fairly quickly leaving a ring of suds all around the rim. Gorgeous amber color in this glass reminds me of the cane knob the old man had from Jurassic Park... (without the mosquito)!

S- Piney, sweet and floral, sour citrus and thyme. Fresh flavors really hit the sences hard! I'm loving this!

T- The bitter hops hit right away and stay with you... a citrus/honey sweetness slips in as it rolls on the tongue. Picking up alot of fresh herbs and fresh cut grass... For an 11% ale... the alcohol is very subdued.

M- Bitter yet sweet on your tongue. Makes you pucker a little, and the subtle honey sweetness really coats the tongue and hangs in there. No alcohol burn apparent.

D- I'm more of a dark beer guy, but this beauty has me thinking... Perfect hot summer night BBQ brew. Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple... Honey/Maple glazed Chicken... Mmmm...

Thickfreakness, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of mteevin
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bomber to snifter. Pours a beautiful titian color, with an ample amount of cloudiness. Is this beer bottle-conditioned? No appearance on the label. Average size head with remarkable retention -- no doubt the hop oils doin' their thang.

S: Piney, herbal notes dominate. Biscuity, sugary sweetness in the nose as well, but much more subtle. Faint solvent smell of alcohol as the beer warms, but not overwhelming.

T: The first wave of taste is a powerful sweetness, almost like Belgian candy-sugar. Remains somewhat biscuity, cookie-like in the mouth until you begin to swallow and then -- BAM! The hops take over. Wonderful grapefruit/pine mix of hop flavor here. Tastes like a happy (hoppy?) medium between east and west coast hop profiles. Slight medicinal note takes over at the end, leading to a bone-dry finish. Loving the astringency here, not overwhelming but still puckering. Warming alcohol enters in the finish, but takes a back seat to the wonderfully balanced flavors.

M: Smooth, even carbonation that isn't overpowering. Somewhat syrupy for a IIPA, but that's to be expected with a 10% abv.

D: Dangerously high drinkability for a 10% abv IIPA. Bomber? No problem. Only complaint is that the sweetness in the initial taste profile can get tiring.

All in all, Southern Tier has done a great job with Unearthly. I feel it's far from a traditional IIPA, but that's what makes it so damn interesting. It's not the hopbomb you might expect, but I find myself going back to this and Smuttynose's Big A IPA time and time again.

mteevin, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Light amber with a very slight haze. One finger head that fades pretty quick. Very little lacing.

Smell. Lemon, grapefruit and honey. All somewhat faint.

Taste. Orange, pineapple, yellow grapefruit and some pine needles. Some sweetness and booze and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thick, syropy with medium-low carbonation and warming alcohol.

Drinkability. So-so drinker. Sweetness and booze presence hold this one back a little.

Rutager, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy dark yellow body with a white bubbly two finger head. Nice lacing.

Sweet hop aroma up front. Bready, malty notes in the mix here as well.

The flavor is more sweet than bitter with more of a tangerine citrus flavor than bitter grapefruit. The hops come through but are overpowered by the sweetness for my liking.

The alcohol is well masked for the high abv. Solid, even if a little too sweet for my liking, DIPA.

FanofHefe, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with head which dissipates to the side of the glass

Malt and a hop fruitiness not overwhelming but compliments well

The taste of hop fruitiness overall, it is paired well with the pale malts. It is sweet and finishes floral with a slight citrus hop

The mouth is very smooth and little carbonation and has a slight alcohol dry finish

For a double IPA this is very easy to drink, not heavy malt body but full of flavor.

bishopdc0, Jan 14, 2011
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.