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

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BA SCORE
91
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2,825 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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Ratings: 2,825
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 129
Gots: 285 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Photo of jbowers56
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colour. Just slightly off white head - not even a finger of head but tight with nice bubbles that fade to a thin pox-marked kind of layer. Great lacing.

A big old nose on this one. Truckloads of resiny, citrusy hops. I get strong citrus maybe grapefruit mixed in with pine, as well as some more tropical fruits and then a fair whack of caramel sweetness to balance it out. Loverly!

Ok, wow. Not as big as I expected. That being said at 11% abv and 150 ibus I expected a monster. I think the recommended serving temperature of around 5 degrees is too cold, and I will enjoy this more as it warms up. That being said - this is an absolute ripper. Fruity, both tropical and citrus. The malt balances it well. I think it almost needs to be 11% because without that crystal malt sweetness there would just be a hop landslide. There is plenty of body and sweetness to fight against the hops - but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel is great for a DIPA, lowish carbonation, slick but not oily pallate. Great.

Drinkability is quite good for the style.

This has impressed me a great deal, and I can't wait to try another one of Southern Tier's efforts in a few nights!

Edit: Should not have taken this on alone. This beer is kicking my arse!!! That 11% sneaks up on you, i'll tell you that much. That being said, I don't have too many friends who i'd share a beer like this with.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sister sent me a 22oz bomber of this from my hometown brewery. I've had this beer several times but just now getting around to reviewing it. Nice deep amber, copper pour with a modest quickly fading head and decent lacing. Huge malty sweet nose with hints of pine and candy. Tons of syrupy, sweet slighty toasted bitterness up front with some perfumy notes at the back of your tongue. For me it's borderline too sweet, but as you work your way through a bomber it mellows and balances out enough to make it quite enjoyable. The alcohol, as always with Southern Tier, is extremely well hidden. And for such a big, in your face hop monster, it's really quite drinkable, especially on a day like today when it's cold as hell outside. Can't think of a better way to stay warm then with a bomber of Southern Tier!

Photo of tobin999
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i have seen this and passed it up until today i needed some hops

A: nice gold nearing amber a little hazey no head

S: HOPS!! booze and malt sweetness almost nectarine aroma

T: nice ballance just bitter enough but maybe a tad to sweet for my taste after taste leaves some nice hop bite

M: fairly light and light carbonation

D: well the bomer didnt last to long. but the high alchol has me feeling quite nice

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer looks really nice. It has a deep dark amber color. The head is about a fingers worth after an aggressive pour. Minimal legging on the glass.

Smell: Heavy smells of hops and malt. I can sense a little alcohol when smelling the beer. Also smell some sweet fruit.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the incredible hops taste. This one lets you know it means business. There is also a very prominent malt taste that appears. With that comes a thick sweet syrupy taste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good with this beer. It feels very thick, but that comes with the territory The sweetness is a little too pronounced for me but it's nothing that would keep me from buying it again.

Drinkability: This is a very aggresive beer so having more than one in a session would be unlikely. With that in mind I was impressed with this beer. I would prefer a little less malt and sweetness but that's really my only minimal complaint.

Photo of inspektor
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium, clear caramel honey colored hue.... Very nice lacing throughout the glass. About a two-finger head as well.

The smell is typical of a DIPA, fruity and malty with definite hints of grapefruit and orange.

The taste is semi-sweet, fruity, and piney in nature. Generous amounts of hops, hops, and more hops abound. A bit heavy on the malt for my personal taste, but not unbearable.
Mouthfeel is heavy, but when you reference that with the 11%ABV, it falls into the medium category.

Very drinkable for the high ABV, in the realm of DPA's it would be a close contender to Dorado Double IPA and Great Divide Hercules but would ultimately finish in their wake...

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with more than a finger of yellow stained head. Nice bit of lacing all around the glassware. Nose is a blend of hop spices and citrus minorly resembling orange zest. Little bit of alcohol bite in the backend along with malty mixture in the aroma as well. Taste is a well mixed blend of hop bitterness that is a little herby/earthy, solid amount of malt sweetness and a bit of the alcohol edge that is warming in the finish. Medium feel with low carb.

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

Well, I think I may have let this one age a little longer than I should have (4 months).

Looked good and everything, aroma was still damn good. But then the taste, it was good, but it lacked the hop crack I want when I drink an 11% DIPA that tells you its hop additions in all their glorious stages and forms. I think the Gemini got my hopes up too much. Nonetheless, this is still a very good beer, and if you're a big fan of balance, well, 4 months is probably perfect for you, but I didn't want balance, I wanted ass kicking mouth puckering hops. Balance has its place.

Mouthfeel, hey, same coming in as going out, one of the most drinkable 11% beers I've ever had (excluding Pliny da Younger).

Photo of gibby
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into golden monkey snifter glass. Had many times but 1st time reviewing.
Poured a nice amber color with a 2 finger white head that went away in a few minutes. Massive stucky lacing left on the glass. Smelled piney, little bit of citrus, bready. Taste is really nice. Expected to be a hop bomb but its very well balanced. The hops shine through but a massive malt backbone keeps them in check. Mouthfeel is nice but it's certainly on the thicker side of things. Its an 11% dipa so its to be expected. Drinkability is higher than expected as well but with an 11% abv I dont know how many you could realistically drink in one sitting. Its an ass kicker for sure but a good one at that. This and gemini are 2 nice dipa offering from southern tier.

Photo of cschepers
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear caramelly orange.. almost the color of fresh motor oil (not the used stuff). Beautiful carbonation bubbles rise through the glass. Small off-whitish head.

Smell is of grapefruit & lemon rind and caramel malt.

Taste is of heavy caramel malt, pine and orange hops, toffee, maybe some faint smoke or pine resin. Very little alcohol noticeable for an 11% abv beer. Some cedary hops stick around in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really thick and slick. Very nice and viscous.

Drinkability is as high as can be expected for this big a beer. Easy to sip, that seems to be about the right pace.

Really good DIPA, incredibly balanced. Very well done.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper color with amber hues. There is a slight .25 in head maybe because of the high ABV. As it pours the hop smell is very prevalent. The head recedes quick but there is some sticky ring around the glass.

S - Sweet citrus grapefruit is quickly present with some nice floral and a bit of piney aromas. There is some biscuit malt hidden in there but mostly hops, hops, hops!

T- Nice sweet grapefruit hints with some piney character in there. The Hops are nice and intense but the beer is unbelievably balanced. It terms of taste this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Delicious beer. Nice caramel malt in there that is balanced well with the hop character. Just very well balanced beer.

M - Medium bodied, nice oily feel.

D - Medium but only because of the higher ABV.

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slight head tha bubbled up nicely from the bottom, no real lacing. Orangish colored, hazy brew.

S - Citrusy and a lot of floral hops. Little soapy and gingery, actually get a hint of malts in there surprisingly.

T - A little sweet, very hoppy, pretty good, but not as complex as I was hoping for. Some carmel malts come through nicely to add a nice touch. Get a nice dose of alcohol on the frount

M - Would have liked it to be a little crisper. Medium bodied, decently carbonated.

D - Not bad, but high alcohol makes this hard to do tons of.

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

Pour from a growler that was purchased 30 minutes prior to consumption.
Orange-red color kind of threw me. Smelled like, flowers, soap, pine, and slight malt. Taste was spicy, soap and hoppy with a severe alcohol presense. Drank two pints in a half hour, so it wasn't half bad. I'd still choose other DIPA's before I go back to UnEarthly.

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a goblet. Beer is orange, dark orange, with a thin white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that slowly (really slowly) rise through the beer to the diffuse and broken head on the top. This makes the beer seem thick, I've never seen carbonation rise that slowly. Beer is clear despite being served cold. The bottle recommends 42 degree F. I'm close to that.

Beer smells strong of malt and a lot of hops, smells like a classic DIPA. I detect no alcohol despite the 11 % ABV on the bottle.

Beer is quite sweet with a lot of front palate character. The hops are relatively understated in the first try, no solvents or alcohol flavors to be found. No aftertaste but there is a creeping bitterness at the back of the mouth. Second drink, a lot of sweetness, more mid palate sweet hops, some pine and citrus notes now. Drinkability high especially for the style and the ABV. Mouthfeel is good but I would have liked more connectivity in the mid-palate, something to marry the bitterness in the back with all that malt sweetness up front. A good DIPA.

Time for the Oak Aged one.

Photo of bbeane
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Starts with very little head that sits on top of a brilliant orange/red beer... very little activity

S- Smells a bit hoppy, but much more sweetness... malts, fruits, caramel, bit of honey maybe... also get a hint of bread/doughy aroma

T- A very balanced brew... starts out with a malty sweetness that eventually turns to a well pronounced hoppiness that lingers in your mouth well after the swallow

M- Very smooth with little carbonation... and a light to medium body

D- Very tasty and easy to drink, with no apparent presence of the 11% abv. Another great beer in the southern tier imperial series IMO

CHEERS!!

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Pours a havy bright orange color with a white foam that quickly disappears.

Aroma is citrusy and floral with some sweetness. Taste is citrusy but also very sweet and caramely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

I've had this beer many times and I really enjoy it. This is one of my favorite East Coast DIPA's that I get whenever I see it released. Probably not as good as the best of the west coast ones but still very good.

Photo of techfed87
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looks like a very full bodied IPA. The oak aging should give it more of a character than regular Imp. IPA's.

Pours an appropriate head for an IPA, giving off a strong floral scent to it.

Taste is of a strong bodied IPA, but not much more to it than that. That is to say, it holds its own as an Imp. IPA, but as a special one-of-a-kind bottle, it just doesn't shine like a bomber of something special could.

As an Imperial IPA, it works very well. However, I'd expect more from a beer of its statue other than an overly high ABV level. Hops can only carry a beer so far, and it seems like this doesn't add much to the genre. Whatever flavor that is added by the oak barrels is lost in the over-hoppiness of the beer. It seems an Imp IPA that has lost sight on what it supposed to accent it. Still, it's a very nice IPA to take in, but not what I was expecting.

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer is a medium oily orange, showing light brown in the light. The head is a very light tan that doesn't rise even a finger and is gone quickly. The lacing is also light.

The aroma is light for a dipa with a light citrus on the front with some alcoholy/soapy/hops on the back end.

The taste is light on the front with sweetness but then you are hit strongly with lots of alcohol and hops. The alcohol is too strong and distracting with too much pine, alcohol and soap.

The mouthfeel heavy but not a crisp drink.

The drinkability is limited by the alcohol.

Overall this is a pretty weak dipa. The appearance is boring, the aroma is light, and the taste is distracting.

Photo of Cakanator
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Sierra. Nice amber color with a sweeter double IPA aroma and that nice grapefruit. Big flavor and the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Very full bodied. Had Pliny the Elder on teh same night and they are both much different beasts. Love'em both. Clearly one of the best east coast doubles, also Captains reserve is in this same category. With the % being so high I think this one holds its own.

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

Pours clear and deep gold/amber in color. A very light lacy white head emits a vinous, floral hop aroma. Flavor begins with a sweet, tart earthy hop bitterness. A highly carbonated brew with a perfect mild body for the style. The bubbles fizz into a vinous flavor with sweet malt background. The 11% alcohol comes across firmly at the finish and maintains the earthy hops and vinous flavor as it fades slowly.

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

Picked this beast (22oz bomber) up at Simmones Beverage in Lakewood Ohio for about $7.00. All I can say is WOW. This is one of the greatest DIPAs ever. I would have to call this Great Divide-Hercules on Steroids. What a wonderful creation. That 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 11% ABV you better take it easy. One bomber and I was feeling good.

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

This Imperial Caramel Pale Ale pours a rich caramel color with nice and creamy dense dark white head. Retention is legitimately appealing with good evidence of lacing left behind.

Aromas of sweet malts pervade this brew. Brown sugar, sticky caramel, and honey. In the background there is a resinous, sticky quality with some nice mango. Alcohol is present, matching the high level of malt scents. The aroma would well represent an American Barleywine.

The initial flavor profile has a rich caramel sweetness mixed with a pronouncedly bitter top note. Caramel and brown sugar mix with a sticky sappy bitterness. Finish brings herbal and menthol essences along with an alcoholic bite. Tastes like a hop forward American Barleywine. Fairly nice taste, though far from the mark of IIPA. Full body with medium-low carbonation. Again, feel is nice, though too heavy for an IIPA. Would be hard pressed to drink a full bomber of this one on my lonesome, but a nice full bodied brew to share with a friend.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, moderate carbonation, minimal head

Smell: bread, toasted malt, and hops

Taste: piney hops dominate, with some citrus hops and a malty bready taste in the back.

Mouthfeel: first small sweetish taste before a big bitter taste that dominates. medium bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: I am not a hop head, but this did not do it for me personally. I think this is a one max per sitting beer. The bitter taste is dominant, but the bready backbone threw me off. I have had better in the style.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Immediately upon pour this beer gives off very nice earthy hop aroma. Some fruity esters. Soon after a heavy malt sweetness comes through. It almost smells cloying. It's an intense, but not complex aroma.

Appearance - Gold/Amber color with a white head the poured 1 fingerwidth. The head dissipated to just a light covering on top with a ring around the edge. Crystal clear with little visible carbonation

Taste - Mild bitterness at first. As the aroma suggested the malt sweetness is the dominant note in this beer. Very little hop flavor and smooth bitterness. Definite notes of alcohol, but not hot. Slightly cloying.

Mouth Feel - Medium/Heavy body. Average carbonation. Smooth. Noticeable alcohol, but again, not hot. Cloying on the finish. Mild bitterness all the way through.

Overall Impression - Judging by the gravity information on the side of the bottle they were able to ferment this down pretty far, but it is still a bit cloying. There is a definite lack of hops (both in flavor and bitterness) in this beer. More hops would also cut down on the cloying sweetness. It's a good beer, but I don't think it's worthy of some of the other notable DIPAs.

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

22oz bomber, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: ruby amber color, clear, large 2 finger off-white head that dissipates slowly, very good lacing.

S: bold pine hop aroma, some malt sweetness, slight alcohol undertones.

T: piney hop flavor before the bitteness settles in. the hops are weighted toward the bitter side, as the flavor is quickly overcome by the bitterness, which lingers for quite some time. mildly resiny. doesn't taste like an 11% beer, although there is a slight alcohol flavor and nose.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation. fairly easy drinking for the high gravity.

Drinkability: definitely a sipper. at 11%, this one will sneak up on you.

Photo of Onenote81
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as a kickin' extra from calise1122 in a recent trade. Thanks, Brett!

No date on the bottle.

Poured into my goblet. Pours a hazy amber/orange with an inch's worth of off-white head on top. Dissipates to just a ring around the edge. Leaves plenty of gorgeous sticky lace on the glass. The scent is a little underwhelming. Smells sweet, but the big hoppy citrus punch I expect is absent. In its place is a sweet graham cracker, brown sugar, molasses scent. Some light pine on the finish.

The mouth is slightly syrupy. Mild carbonation on the tongue. For the multiple hops used in this beer, and in what forms they were used, I am also a little underwhelmed by the flavor. Some light citrus tones at the onset, but very low bitterness. The sweetness continues here as well. Lots of caramel and toffee in this beer. Mild bitter finish, but it fades quickly.

Huh. I'm going to assume that this bottle had some age on it. Please regard this review as such. All in all, a good beer for sure, but just shadows of what I think it is meant to be. I would love to try a fresh bottle and compare my findings. For all I know this IS a fresh bottle. Still, I'd recommend this beer.

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,825 ratings.