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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,756 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,756
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 117
Gots: 248 | 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 Lauthaha
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a deuce-deuce into a half-liter tapered glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel/amber color, two-fingered head recedes somewhat quickly leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Final millimeter of head is strong and does not dissipate at all. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell: Lots of caramel in the nose, massive amounts of floral hops and a prune-like alcohol afterburn. Definitely enticing.

Taste: Killer. In a good way. Sweetness at first, probably caramel malt. An almost buttery flavor holds the brew together. This is followed closely behind by a fist-full of very flowery hop action. Only a touch of bitterness, which is surprising; it's a welcome twist on a classic idea.

Mouthfeel: Heavily tingly at first, a lot of bite to this brew. Carbonation is great here. It mellows out very, very slowly, challenging you to find every flavor you can in the taste. Works well for this brew.

Drinkability: If it didn't cost me an hour's pay for one double-deuce bottle, I'd probably drink it every day. Scratch that...if I got seven extra hours a week, I'd probably drink it every day. :-) Very good. I will come back to this one in the future.

Lauthaha, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber red pour into a snifter. Froth 2-finger head with thin retention. Excellent lace.

Nose is very earthy. Lots of malt here with a floral hop backing. Slightly understated.

Thick creamy taste. An incredible amount of malt body here. Deep rich hop profile with slight herbal feel. More flowery though. No e hop burn in the finish without overpowering.

Excellent sipper.

beer2day, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of GJ40
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Copper with great clarity and a small beige head. Very attractive.

S - Very piney with notes of grass, peat and oak.

T - Very piney with intense hop oils and a firm kick of alcohol. This beer is very rich; too rich in fact. I love IPAs & DIPAs but this one seems too focused on packing a punch and not enough on delivering good flavor.

M - Oily and thick with a nice low carbonation.

D - Not one for me. After struggling through the first half, I poured it. This one's proof that bigger isn't always better.

GJ40, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Handsome bronze with a substantial, creamy tan head.
smell: Ummm...caramel malty with tropical citrus.
taste: Oh man....muscled up with a hop attack that creeps up politely and backed by an equally strong malt profile. De-lish.
mouthfeel: Full and creamy.
drinkability: Very nice brew. On the fence about a higher rating here. Went with a "mere" good due solely to richness.
Southern Tier just came to Columbus thanks to Chris at Boo's. This is my 2nd and if the rest is comparable to this and Mokah the brewery gives Founders a run for it's money.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks BA bud Cdkrenz. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass this brew has a nice orange amber color with a thick white 2 finger head with an aggressive pour. The head settles into a nice thin cap leaving sticky delicious lacing down the glass. The brews aroma is full of pine needles with nice clove and nutty notes. The taste is not over powering. There is a very strong hop start with a slight butterscotch middle and a mild bitter finish with some brown sugar and caramel malt balance. This brew is not the POW hop flavor I expected. It is balanced, sweet and spicy. Very good brew.

WJVII, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy gold, other than the lack of head, the appearance is exactly perfect for a double IPA

S-a bit of citrusy hops, actually not very strong, smells more like a regular IPA tho it does smell like its strong in ABV

T-wow the taste is much less subtle than the smell. its not that there is a big blast of hops, but more this beer hits you with a good amount of hops that are of extreme quality. this beer is a testament to the fact that better ingredients make a better overall taste. there is a very pleasant caramel after-taste. there is a bitterness to it, but to my satisfaction its not as bitter as most imperial IPAs

M-lightly carbonated, creamy, very thick.

D-comes in a very big bottle for such a high ABV, this bottle is meant for sharing! As the beer disappears, the taste actually stays quite well, if it weren't for the high alcohol content, i'd be able to drink this all night long!

AdamBear, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of wschmit
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This's been sitting on the shelf a while, so I was expecting some of the aromaticity to disappear, but that's not the case at all. Anyways...

A: Good color. A transparent, ruddy red-orange. One finger of initial, pearly head dissipated almost immediately. Still, there's decent carbonation going on here.

S: A sweet, malty mess with some solid hopping. I love ST for their ingredient listing--really helps educate. From the nose, it's nicely hopped--perhaps a bit too complex. A bit floral, a bit citrus-y, but still very nice. Just a touch of alcoholic fire.

T: Not as overwhelmingly bitter as I expected. A bit of caramel and raisin, a balanced bitter finish. The booze level and the sweetness are cut nicely by the hopping.

M: This has a good resinous feel, a combo of high alcohol and hop-backing/dry-hopping--the feeling your fingers get when you rub a hop cone between them. Carbonation's about right, could maybe use a bit more.

D: Not bad, for an 11% ABV beer. Not a bitter bomb for the style, which may turn some hopheads off. Perhaps a bit too sweet, if anything.

wschmit, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with nice full 1/2 inch foamy cap.

S: Hops, Hops, Hops, did I mention there is a hoppy floral scent.

T: Big citrus and grapefruit hop flavor.

M: Medium to full body flavor with nice lacing.

D: Very drinkable went well with meatloaf.

nukem5, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My review was written from Unearthly that I had on tap. I have also had this beer many times in bottle. It is one of my favorite beers. Poured into a plastic solo cup, bright copper orange color with a very sticky, huge head. Strong scents of pine, citrus fruits like grapefruit, some pineapple. The flavors follow the scent profile, sticky hops, pine flavors. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple fruitiness. This beer coats your tongue so each sip is more punishing with the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Very drinkable and it will catch up to you because the alcohol is well hidden.

mtnbikerpa, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber hue, hazy. Small head, little retention, light lacing. Large bubbles signify carbonation.

S: Biscuity and grassy. A little floral and complex, bouquet style.

T: Earthy, almost dirty. None too bitter for an ipa. Fruity aftertaste.

M: Thin and carbonated

D: Hides abv well, kind of harsh to sip.

IPAescotch, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into an opaque dark orange with nice foam stack on top
very nice earthy smell to it, a hop and malt hurricane
tastes very earthly malted with a bite of hops towards the end
goes down well, yet not really the easiest beer to drink

very good stuff here

BillHaverchuck, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split. served in standard pint glasses.

A - deep gold in color, moderate amount of haze. half an inch of slightly creamy, off-white foam...solid lacing left behind.

S - sweet biscuity malt, lightly toasted nuts. hops shine through as fruity...pineapple and bitter grapefruit. alcohol present at the end.

T - heavy on the tropical fruits before massive malts...caramel, toffee, honey and biscuits dive in. alcohol strikes at the end, pushing this one towards barleywine territory.

M - medium to thickish body, amplified by an increasingly sweet malt profile. light carbonation, yet lightly tingly. works well with everything going on here.

D - solid, but maybe a few points off because this is more suited towards hoppy barleywine lovers than those of a good, hoppy DIPA. noticeable alcohol and a thick body hurt drinkability of this otherwise solid, but not great brew.

Stigs, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of jettjon
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour at bar yields a minimal head but one that stays and stays, fueled by an endless supply of slow carbonation. Light cherry reddish/dark orange color with good clarity. Nose of strong pine and citrus hops, though surprisingly no hint of alcohol despite ~10% ABV. Nose smells very crisp and clean. In the mouth, it's surprisingly well balanced between tongue-numbing hops and firmly anchoring malts. Nice alcohol and hops bite at the end reminds me that I'm drinking a DIPA. Only slightly boozy; again, high ABV is extremely well masked. Mouth is quite pleasing with a good chewy semi-viscous character. Drinkability is also very good; 10% ABV is well masked and the hops assault is balanced against the malt.

Overall: A very good DIPA and a new go-to brew for me when I'm in the mood for the style.

jettjon, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Lukecook
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes on brew day, poured into a tulip glass

A- cloudy bronze color, 1 finger of head, diminshes quickly, lots of lacing.

S- loads of pineapple with carmel malt.

T- pineapple with a hint of pine, carmel background, nice hop bite at the end.

M- medium body, low carbonation, and a little creamy.

D- great beer, I bought this on a reccomendation from the staff at Hogans Deli in Bangor and I am glad for it!

Lukecook, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden-amber in color with a small, slowly dissipating off-white head that leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Sweet tea and biscuity malt with fruity, citrusy, and slightly floral hops.

Taste: Begins toasty and bitter, with slight buttery sweetness. Finishes intensely bitter and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation at the beginning that rounds out, finishing very dry on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice, intensely hoppy beer. Not the greatest one out there, but still quite good. This should satisfy even the most hardcore hopheads.

Mosstrooper, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while back and loved it, re-visiting for a review. Bomber into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a chazy amber-orange, creamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Top turns to a thick ring and cap, leaves some lacing.

Caramel malt/butterscotch scent. Butterscotch? Oh yeah, this was in Gemini!

Taste is very malt-centric, bitter bitter malt. Hops seem to be the backbone of this beer. Caramel, pine, resin, grapefruit, some pineapple. Tiny bit of booze but stays hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for 11%, makes the bitterness all the more powerful. Definitely a bitter malt bomb. Not quite as good as I remember but good. A bomber is a bit much.

Chico1985, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle - Mostly because there's lots of info on it: A bit of blabla, alc vol, plato, grain bill, kettle hops, hop back, dry hopping hops, glassware, storing and serving temp. Thanks southern tier, really appreciate it.

A-Cloudy gold. Very soft, mushy looking dirty white head. Lots of lacing. Head stays until the end.

S- Sweet white wine like a Samos backed with a creamy butterscotch. Yeast as it warms. Lots of alcohol.

T- Malt centric. Dark fruit from the malt holds your attention but mostly if you're very used to very hop focused IIPAs. There still some grassiness in the back, the finish and after-taste. Bitter of course, but pretty tame if you consider the IIPA spectrum.

M- Not crisp, not dry. Medium carbonation. Syrupy and almost liqueur-like.

D- Okay. I drank the whole bottle in very little time but you could almost serve this like a grappa and sip. Bottle was out of the fridge for 15 minutes - maybe colder would be better.

Good product/beer. Won't buy it again unless I find it on tap. If you see it and feel tempted, go for it.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy amber color with a off white head with a slightly orange tint to it. medium to heavy lacing.

S- sweet malt like a light caramel mixed with some citrusy hops. smells like an ipa should!

T- bitter bomb and me likes!!! just how it smells but with a slight pineapple fruity taste.

M- medium/heavy bodied. good carbonation.

D- i wish i grabbed two 22's.

Overall- this is one true imperial ipa. i wanted to rate this one with a fresh bottle. that's the negative thing i could say about this beer. i bought 2 22's down the road and both were flat and they sucked. so if you ever grab this and it's fresh it's truely worth the gamble.

claminat420, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of strangebrew52
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a good two fingers of creamy head and lots of lacing. Hops smell of grapefruit, pine and pineapple and then a hint of sweet malts. Nice mellow hop bite up front with a nice citrus flavor. The sweet malts come through and complement the hops nicely and for 11% the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Full bodied mouthfeel with very light carbonation, very smooth. Good DIPA that I would definitely have again. You can put down the entire bomber easily yourself or share with friends.

strangebrew52, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold amber appearance. Smell has caramel burnt sugar and pine. Taste is like caramel pine needles garnished with orange zest some more deeper citrusy flavors towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Drinkability takes a hit due to he alcohol content and palate destruction.

STEG, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first glass pours a clear dark amber colour with a decent amount of head. The second glass poured a hazy amber. Tastes of bitter hops with a very malty background. Goes done incredibly smooth for 10%. I'm not kidding either, no hint of the alc% at all. Very enjoyable beer overall.

WeedKing4, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copperish color. Decent head that melts to thick creamy lace.

Smell-HOPS,HOPS, HOPS. It's an imperial dipa. Citrus also.

Taste is very good. Very good mix of hops with the malt and wheat. Not overly bitter for the style, either. Alcohol is also very well hidden. Very drinkable. Definitely would get this one again. One of the best Imperial DIPAs I've tried, yet.

Paired @ breakfast with turkey bacon egg scramble and cantilope.
Surprisingly good all together.

blivingston1985, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something about this beer just sits really well with me. 10%? Really? Could never tell. A fine looking beer, perhaps a shade paler than others of it's ilk but looks tasty and the ample head laced nicely. A really well balanced "text-book" nose of upfront hops that are starting to fade (travelled a fair distance-can't be helped) and sweet malt. Funnily enough, I think the fading of the hops has actually brought it down to the perfect balance. Maybe fresh the hops might be too much. Don't know. Still, this is a damn fine beer and probably my favourite from these guys so far..

juju7, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a finger of fluffy cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - grapefruit, tangerine and some pine. A nice sweet caramel malt nose in the background balances it out. A superb nose!

T - Very bitter up front with grapefruit and pine. Some sweet malts in the background, but not enough to balance out the extreme bitterness that completely dominated the palate and lingers in the finish. I normally love hop bombs but there was something missing with this one. The bitterness was too pronounced without the flavour profile to mellow it out. A letdown after the excellent nose.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

D - A decent DIPA but not a memorable one. Would not buy this again.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unearthly pours a rather terrestrial color of burnished orange-brown, a hint of redness makes for a unique appearance. The head is a tight slurry, and leaves some very nice lacing. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit, with a lot of C hopping. Not quite resinous, but definitely sticky and zesty.

The flavor is lead by the hops, but relatively well-balanced in the final equation. On the hop end there's grapefruit and orange, virtually dripping with juicy bitterness. For the malt, there's melted buttery caramel and toasted slabs of honey.

The alcohol is shockingly well-masked here - it reminds me of a barleywine-lite in flavor, but certainly not in ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Body is medium-full for style, and this is just about perfect on the way down. Bitter finish isn't bracing, but flavorful.

Unearthly is one hell of a beer. Fantastic. If I could access this beer regularly, my life would be better.

BretSikkink, Jul 04, 2010
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,756 ratings.