1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,778 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 122
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,778 | Reviews: 1,181 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into De 'Prouf Brouwery flute 5.2.10.

One finger white head, medium-slow dissipation a very long lasting head, significant lacing. Orange amber body, a bit hazy, modicum of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Pretty complex nose, citrus, pine, good malt backbone bread and some sweetness. Taste is hop forward primarily citrus, but overall well balanced with the bready/sweetish malts. Full mouthfeel, good effervescence. A pretty wicked kick at the ABV more of a sipper than a quaffer, but overall a really good DIPA. Well worth seeking out for fans of the style.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into my snifter glass. Served at a little lower than room temperature.

Appearance: Clear reddish orange in color. one finger beige and pillowy head with almost no retention. Recedes into absolutely no head.

Aroma: Astrigent citrus notes are strong upfront. The malt backobone is really aromoatic. Rye and some pale malt notes also stick out. Nicely balanced.

Taste: Strong, clean citrus notes. Bitter toward the end, but overall more sweet than most IPAs. The strong malt backbone, especially the rye, give this good balance. Rye gives a bit of spice and the pale malt gives a nice smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth. A little bit of carbonation, but overall not that crisp for an IPA.

Drinkability: Despite the ABV, this is reall easy to drtink. The bitterness does not really get in the way much. Hard to imagine having more than one though.

Overall, a pleasant IPA with a nice rye backbone. More sweet than bitter and very full bodied. A nice twist on a big IPA. The spice of the rye really sticks out for me.

Photo of Cs1987
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber-red, cloudy, small head.

Smell - A fair bit of sweet amber malt odour with a combination of summer fruits.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit and passionfruit bitterness, balanced with earthy malts. Pretty much no sweetness upfront. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy, but smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good for the style.

Overall - Very good, like most American IPAs, but not quite up with the best. Probably significantly better when fresh.

Photo of TK5150
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orangey, amber color with an off-white head.

S- Smells of apricots, malt, grapefruit, orange and alcohol.

T- Tastes of apricots, lots of malty sweetness, biscuits, grapefruit and alcohol.

M- Full medium body.

D- Pretty good drinkability, but the alcohol hurts it.

Nontraditionally sweet for a DIPA, but a decent beer overall. I might drink this again if there's nothing else interesting around to drink.

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

Pours a light-ish copper in color with a nice tight foamy head.

Biscuity and citrus/earthy hop aroma.

The fusel alcohol flavors are the most prominent note here. Citrus hop flavors are also big, while the bitterness isn't. Sweet notes, too, though secondary.

Nice and oily body.

Overall an above-average Double IPA, more like a barleywine to me.

Photo of jslot38
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Southern Tiers go big or go home attitude. Picked up the oak aged version as well, but thats for another day.

App: Large rocky head. Body is an awesome copper with red ruby intermixed (red wheat). This is one of the best looking DIPA's I've ever seen. Intense lacing.

Smell: A good mix of grass and touches of pine with a orange zest. A bit of cereal grains in the background and bread.

Taste: Caramel and hop overload. This is almost barleywine like... yes I said it. Has what some people would probably call an "east coast DIPA" feel to it. Pine and orange are the predominate hop flavors, with a bit of grapefruit sneaking through. Malt backing of bread and caramel. Wish this was a little lighter on the grain bill... but then again how else would you get to 11%.

MF: Mid level of carbonation, a bit heavy on the tongue, but quickly smooths out. Well done.

This is an intense beer. Taking on a bomber on an empty stomach may have been a poor choice on my part... but I won't hold it against Southern Tier.

If you blindfolded me and put this in front of me I'd swear its a barleywine. A solid beer.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into my beautiful goblet.

Pours a nice hazed orage-red copper color with an off white 1 finger head that laces well.

tinge of hops with a sweet lingering scent as you inhale more deeply. smells a little bit fruity with orange/grapefruit characteristics showing through, hint of spice.

Really nice hop bitterness that balances out the nice sweet malts, some scents carry over having a nice orange like citrus quality to it.finishes moderatly dry with a beutiful lingering after hop. the 11 % abv is hardly noticable and WILL kick you to the floor.

The hops make the mouthfeel a little bit syrupy but in a good way. slick hops move way to the nice moderate carbonation that trys to even things out.

Share this with a friend as the drinkability can be a little low due to alcohol.

A really well crafted IIPA. i love southern tiers products so far and cant wait to try more

Photo of ExtraStout
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beast (22oz bomber) up for under $7.00. All I can say is WOW. This is one of the greatest DIPAs ever. What a wonderful creation. Thank you Southern Tier.
A-Poured from 22 oz bomber into 12 oz snifter in two pours of course. Poured with about a finger width of head. Nice amber color.
S-Sweet with hops, faint pine, caramel smell
T-Exceptional flavor, bold hops with proper balance of sweetness. I like the sticky head at the beginning. Alcohol is present but is carried by flavor properly with a strong finish.
M-Hops slam your tounge with perfect bitterness followed by the sweet finish. Drinks a little thicker and finishes perfect not to dry.
D-Very good. With 10+% ABV you better take it easy.

Photo of BabyBastard
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second go with Unearthly. First time around I think my palate was not developed enough to fully appreciate the bitterness. Bomber pours into tulip a dark amber, almost reddish hue, with sizeable eggshell color head that leaves tremendous lacing about the entire glass. Surely is on the darker side for an IPA, but can be expected due to its "Imperial" status. Smells of light hop, and more malt than expected. Alcohol twinge also touches the nose after a hefty whiff. Taste on this bad boy is surprisingly malty, seems to be more pronounced than the hop bitterness. That malt backbone makes itself known, but is followed up sharply by a stinging slap of hops on the taste buds. Surely an interesting spin on the "Imperial" IPA. Feeling this one out is a real pleasure, tingly on the palate, also the slick and oily characteristic that is so often associated with IPAs is present. For such a "big" beer, the drinkability is certainly above average, just because it does taste so damn good. In my eyes, Unearthly has certainly redeemed itself. I may be picking up more bombers of this just to have around.

Photo of Long813
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From: Pub Italia

G: Pint

A: Dark and cloudy amber body with two fingers of creamy white head. Good retention throughout and little lacing.

S: Large front of candied malts, caramel with citrus and hops trailing behind. Captures the English IPA style well.

T: Much like the aromas, the front is full of caramel malts and honey. Some, but not much hoppiness follows with hints of pine and citrus.

M: Thick bodied with medium-high carbonation. Leaves that oily pine aftertaste along with caramel notes.

D: Great beer, I don't really like English IPA's that much, but I did enjoy this quite a bit. Thought it could be more hoppy though.

Photo of thespaceman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into 2 half pints (Split with my girlfriend at Delaney's Tap Room in New Have, CT)

Appearance: Pours a very nice dark copper in color, medium size head emerges but the alcohol strength quickly shuts it down. Lacing around the glass while sipping is excellent as it leaves thin wisps of lace.

Smell: A good amount of hop force up front but I acutally get alot more malt stance out of this one. Some caramel notes, butterscotch and some honey are all evident. The hops are here, as you can really get big grapefruit flavors from the forefront.

Taste: The hops really shine in the taste, this one has a sharp, pungent hop oil flavor that lingers around your tastebuds and beats them up. A good malt backbone is present and shows up to lighten up the assault from the hop flavors. Again, I get some grapefruit, citrus and some light toasted caramel flavors. Finish consists of a good bite from the hops with a nice dose of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This feels a bit thick, but what DIPA doesn't on the tongue? Medium carbonation with almost a syrup like consistency on the tongue. Huge bitterness from the hops here leaves for a pleasing bite on the tongue. Medium bodied and sits strong on the tongue.

Drinkability: I was a bit scared my girlfriend was not going to like this one, even though she's a huge fan of 90 Minute IPA, but she ended up liking it alot. The hops in the beer are in full force and the presence of malt really smooths thing out and makes it a easy drinker. Some might be turned off by the agressive alcohol heat but it actually is pretty pleasing. I will definetley have this one again!

Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper-penny red. Big off-white head settles quickly to a thick film. Nice web of lacings all the way down. Beer is completely clear. Nice slow-moving bubbles floating to the top. Looks good.

Surprising nose. Here I was expecting a big smack of hops to rip my nostrils apart. Instead I get some big caramel aromas. Adding to the malt profile, there's fresh-baked bread, and a touch of butter. Resinous pine is the only sign of hops, and it doesn't really stand out that much. Doesn't smell bad, but marks deducted for straying away from the style.

Flavour is in keeping with the aroma. Burnt, heavy, caramel on the tip of the tongue, with strong honey flavour developing soon enough. Butter rounds everything out, and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. It's funny, one sip doesn't give me a tonne of hops, but you really begin to feel the resiny bitterness start to build at the back of your mouth. Very sticky hop oils. My glass is about 3/4 empty and the back of my mouth is starting to feel almost numb. Very interesting.

Good smooth mouthfeel, goes down really easy. Drinkability is shocking. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

An interesting beer, not entirely on-style, but I've never been a stickler for that. Certainly worth a try. Next time I'll try it a bit cooler.

Photo of Patrick999
2.42/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Here I am giving Unearthly another chance. I must be a glutton for punishment. OK, let's do it right this time. Poured into a snifter, it looks a fiery orange-red. Typical thin strong-ale head.

It smells good, better than the last time I tried it. Hops hit the nose first, then a strong undercurrent of honeycomb takes over, peaches, apricots, alcohol.

After a brief hit of peach-vodka sweetness, this has a rough, coarse dirt-like bitterness I really don't think I find too enjoyable. High in alcohol in an all too obvious way. Coarse, thick feel - coats my tongue in a weird way.

I still don't like it. It's way too alcoholic, with high levels of not pleasurable bitterness. It's one of the most difficult-to-drink beers I've ever tried. Somehow, other DIPAs or barleywines at or near this strength manage to be tasty and drinkable, yet this in my mind fails. I think 11% is much too much for this, I still maintain it should be closer to 9 - in fact I think all of ST's big IPAs should be scaled down in alcohol a notch or two.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. (650 ml) brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

Apearance: Pours a cloudy deep orange color, nothing visible inside. The head formed a thick, pillowy 2-3 fingers thick and had great retention.

Aroma: Citrus and piney hops with a nice caramel backbone.

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front and thoughout. Some sweetness comes though in the middle, more than you'd expect from an imperial IPA but I thought it was welcomed. The finish was all hops, mostly pine, and lingered nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, thick and chewy. The carbonation was muted, and that fit well. The alcohol is hidden well, you'd never know it's 11% abv.

Overall: This one's been in my fridge for more than a few months now. In fact I honestly don't remember when I bought it, so this cellaring of sorts could've muted the hops. Even still, this is a great beer. Definitely worth seeking out if you're a hophead.

Photo of babaracas
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, deep orange, with two finger cream colored head, fades to a half inch, leaving decent clumps of lace. Smell: well the first thing that jumps out is the gobs of caramel, backed by some light melon and tropical fruit. Malt-forward eh? Taste: sweet caramel and sweeter caramel. Herbal and slight citrus bitterness. Definitely not balanced, and it's leaning the opposite way that I'd like it to. Smooth and syrupy feel, but this is way too sweet to enjoy a full bomber.

So far, ST has been striking out on DIPAs. Hoppe and Unearthly are both massive malt bombs. Not particularly excited about trying Gemini now.

Interesting that the abv has apparently been creeping up on this one. ST website lists 9.8, BA 10.0, and the bottle 11.0%. Making this beer bigger in the wrong way... more hops please.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber/orange color with about an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, sweet malts, and maybe some piney hops.

t - First taste that jumped out at me was sweet caramel malts. Also some citrus hops in the taste.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice smooth malts and citrus hops combine for a very pleasant mixture. Would definitely try again.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden amber hues, orange glow

smell: floral is the dominate note, some citrus

taste: hmmm. no date... I think it's filry aged. just got to the market here. low hop prensence, malty balnced IPA

mouthfeel: balanced, medium and on the high side for style.

drinkability: I'll try this again when the next batch comes out.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep orange with fine off white suds

aroma is rich and malty with big caramel and underlying citrus and pine notes. slightly estery but not reeking of alcohol. nice

on the palate its big full and slightly sweet with significant citrus and pine bitterness creeping in on the mid-palate. lots of caramel and toffee malt and big fruity notes come up as the beer warms. long bitter and malty finish

mouthfeel is big and chewy with good carbonation. a touch sticky but cleans up nicely

another very well made dipa. good balancing act with malt alcohol and hops and well concealed strength. excellent

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a very slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, grapefruit and an assortment of tropical fruits (citrus, pineapple) from the hops. Smells fantastic!

T- There is a nice malt backbone first and foremost creating a good amount of sweetness. Without a good dose of hops this one would be way too sweet. The hops definitely come through in a big way creating a lingering bitterness well into the finish. The alcohol creates quite a bit of heat in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I have waited to try Unearthly for a long time and the wait was well worth it. Overall, it is a solid DIPA that I will definitely be purchasing again. Recommended!

Photo of chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and Underground Bluz. Beer poured a deep orange with a ruby cast. It sported a bubbly small head.

The aroma is (predictably) citrusy but the smoky bar prevented much more delineation.

The taste was surprising. Heavy malts almost like a strong Belgian ale. Very complex flavor. Anise and raison being the most notable. Hop profile is deep and smoldering. It hangs from the back of your throat like a sleeping bat. Smoky and nasty.

Definitely an interesting brew. I am not giving it higher marks because the taste does not fit the style. It's too sweet.

Medium drinkability. This one cannot be rushed through. Thick texture. Long finish.

Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a dark orange/ruby with a thinning light tan head with lots of small bubbles.

Big smell of sweet citrus and syrupy malt with some biscuit. Smells like somthing I want to eat.

Bitter taste then a big biscuit to mop up the bitterness. Quite nice.

Good mouthfeel, but overall a great beer. Lots of malt in this thing makes it awkwardly balanced, but huge.

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- copper, thick and sticky with a nice slightly tan head.

S- grassy green pine

T- smooth maltyness and then piney with slight honey and grapefruits. Not as much hop bite as excpected. Nice balance.

M- very nice, significantly thick and sticky like an Imperial IPA should be. Nice finish. Sits on pallet well.

D- very very drinkable for a big 11% IPA. well done.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this one with my girlfriend. I have heard lots of good things. I used to have a bad impression of Southern Tier... Beers like Choklat and Backburner have helped to change that, so I picked this up.

Light colored clear golden orange with a bleach white head. Its small but still very sticky with lots of lacing.

Very good floral hoppy smell. Smells crisp and inviting. Quite a sweet smell.

More of a sweeter take on an Imperial IPA. Up front there is a very delicious citrus sweetness like orange candy. Theres lots of orange peel, grapefruit and pineapple.

This is very good stuff. It helped me change my mind about ST.

Photo of racer2k
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. My label says 11% ABV, did they change the beer recipe? (10% ABV now?)

A - Beer pours a very bright and clear copper penny color with a very thin 1/2 finger head that dissolves into an aggressive lacing profile throughout the glass.

S - Citrus and pine hops are present along with a caramel toffee candy back bone which creates a balanced aroma

T - A pleasant moderate hopped taste with notes of pine, citrus, fresh cut grass and an earthy malty finish. This is one of the smoothest Imperial IPA beers that I have had

M - The beer has light carbonation and a creamy earthy mouth feel. There is a little bit of a presence of a warming alcohol feel to the beer.

D - Dangerous beer as the ABV is very hard to pick up until you stand up after finishing the bottle. This is an excellent sipping beer but almost too good to sip!

Photo of Solidarity1
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was on-tap, poured into a straight-sided 12 oz. glass.

A very nice Double IPA. The mouthfeel is a little thick for a beer of this style (though not out of whack). Overall the thicker mouthfeel and the lack of substantial carbonation make this beer seem heavy and viscous.

Beautiful hop aroma, with a pleasant biscuity malt background. The alcohol is apparent, though not overwhelming. It shows clear and dark golden through the glass, with sustained lace that clings to the sides of the glass.

A nice Double IPA. A small adjustment in the viscosity or carbonation levels would make this one a real winner.

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