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

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BA SCORE
91
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2,786 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,786
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 123
Gots: 264 | FT: 2
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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 callmescraps
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought this back from the East Coast. Remember liking it before I was really into DIPAs, so I'm curious how it'll hold up.

Appearance - Starts very well. A real orange color. An inch of that soapy head. A little cloudy, certainly. Almost has that great DIPA glow that the best ones get. Very good looking beer.

Smell - Sweet hop mother. More pine than a lot of IPAs. Really a forest. Balanced by some citrus. There's almost a cinnamon hint of spice, which is unusual. Hiding behind it all is some malt. It's got an apricot thing going on. Not as much sweet citrus as I'd like, but it's there.

Taste - Wow, a lot going on. It's pretty sweet. For a horrifying minute I thought the sweet candy malt was going to win the day. But the hops roar back, and are nice and bitter. It's sweet and bitter. That apricot is hanging around. It seems like that sweet malt is going to linger, but that too is balanced out. Very good. It's very complex. Both piney and citrusy with a hint of malt that is mellowed and tempered by all the hops. A very nice beer.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light. Very nice. Not too syrupy, but not watery. Just right.

Drinkability - Very good for the high abv, but I wouldn't want to mess with this one. A real palate destroyer, frankly.

A very, very good beer. I understand how I used to like it. It's actually sort of "balanced" which is a crazy thing to say. But it has a lot going on, and really prevents those sweet malt burnt taste from dominating. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly hazy orange body, small but solid cream colored head leaves a nice lace trail. Nice floral hop scent, fair amount of sweet malt as well. Taste wise, this beer is all about the hops. Bitter hops in front trailed by a nice floral mix as well. Sweet malts underlie the dominating hops. The alcohol has enough of a presence to be noticed as well, especially as the beer warms. Fairly wet and thin mouthfeel overall.

This is certainly a big bad IIPA, if you like sucking on the hops you'll like this one

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

Another one I've enjoyed in bottles and then decided to have on tap at home. Thanks to Mike at Andy's for getting this.

Appearance: Nice rich amber color. Good head - light beige that quickly retreats. A lot of lacing.

Smell: The first few glasses from the keg were incredible. Lots of fresh piney citrus and grass. Grapefruit as well.

Taste: More grapefruit upfront, but the citrus hops is there. Very good. Minimally bitter. Surprisingly non-bitter actually.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light. Very smooth. Good carbonation

Drinkability: Dangerous. You can't tell this is an 11%er until you have too many and try to find your own bathroom. I really liked it. I prefer citrus hops IPAs over overly bitter hops IPA.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens pink elephant snifter

A - pours a reddish amber with one finger of head. Spotty lacing sticks to glass.

S - over the top piney hop aroma. You can also detect a good bit of sweetness in the nose.

T - Very nice. A balanced DIPA, leaning to the side of hoppiness. There is an herbal grassiness to to the taste.

M - viscous, lightly carbonated, sits very heavy in your mouth.

D - the 11% ABV is VERY well hidden... be careful with this one! As this beer warms though it becomes harsh and overly sweet.

This beer started out great, but really wore on me in a bad way as the bottle warmed.

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

No BB date I could find. Sipped starting at 45 deg., not the 42 bottle recommends.

Pours a thick, slightly cloudy, glowing amber, topped by a half inch, light beige head, which dissipates rapidly to islands within a persistent edge. A ring of lace really hugs the glass, this baby has some hop power behind it if the look is an indication.

Smell is a beautiful blend of strong, immediate floral/ herbal, into caramel, and effervescent lemon peel, finally adding notes of deeper bitter, more prolonged floral sweetness.

The first few sips of this featured a whallop of bitter and citrus, heavily and blessedly, then deep sweetness, floral notes, mysterious spicy herbal notes, the blend of hops hits it just right in this. It's more than a double IPA usually is, it's immediately clear, but I can't put my finger on it. Now eight sips in it's a bit warmer, usually I like 'em this way, about 50. This brew has gone wild in a good way. The bittering notes are there, strongly, wonderfully, but a wonderful blend of alcohol warmth, deep mysterious florals, framed in citrus, many undernotes, very complex, these tones shining and blending in a fantastic and delicious way. It ends in a bourbon finish of extraordinary viscosity and harmony that reveals a balance to the flavors that is simply marvelous.

This beer is like double bastard, it doesn't clear out, but the clinging flavor of this marvelous elixir is pleasurable in the extreme. It is a dry paradise of deep flavor in my mouth between sips.

Thick, not overly carbonated (thankfully), resinous, splendid retention, no cloying or metal, very clean and potent. No clear out, but who wants it to?

Drinkability? Hmm, doubt I could have more than this bomber, but an excellent sipper for the long haul. Looking forward to practicing drums and finishing the rest of this bottle.

This is a member of the rotation for sure. Get it if you see it!

Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap at the Flying Saucer in a tulip glass.

A: Golden medium amber. Minimal head and heavy lacing.

S: Citrus and hops.

T&M: Excellent balance of hops and malts. Medium bodied. Slightly complex but gratifying flavors. Very smooth and extra dry finish.

Very good IPA.

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

22oz bomber poured into a goblet.

A: Medium amber. Not much of a head.

S: All that piney citrusy goodness we've come to expect. Also some noticeable alcohol.

T: Very bitter, grassy notes, a bit of citrus, honeyish malt. Remarkably, alcohol is undetectable.

M: Resiny, slightly grass-like.

D: I've definitely found a few of ST's imperials to be pretty cloying. But they came correct with this one. A very nice DIPA.

Photo of MagyarPuska
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Head retention is impressive, leaving decent lacing after its two fingers worth have dissipated. Some residual foam never leaves as it sits on the top of the beer. Beer is a typical rich gold, and can be seen through once the beer has had a chance to settle. Streams of carbonation reaching to the top are easily visible.

S: Grapefruit immediately. Small hints of pine as well, but mostly grapefruity-goodness. The smell of alcohol is mostly hidden within the grapefruit.

T: Just like the smell, the grapefruit is the most noticeable, being able to taste a little alcohol and perhaps other citrus fruits. Sweet in general, with a manageable amount of bitterness to compliment to grapefruit.

M: Not that heavy, which is a surprise considering the abundance of flavor and alcohol. Pretty smooth

D: The bottle of this was a little over a full pint, and I was looking to share after my first snifter full. Not that it is bad; it is just a little overwhelming with the citrus.

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

Well here's a treat, to review Unearthly and Oak-Aged Unearthly side by side; and all 44 ounces are mine!

Both appear pretty much the same, except that the oak-aged version is clearer, and thus appears to the eye to be just a slight touch darker (there's no yeast in it to reflect light back at you). Other than that, they deliver a deep amber body that has an orange cast to it, and glimmering golden highlights at the base of the glass. The finger-thick, off-white head is creamy and holds pretty well. The original leaves short, creamy mountains of lace rising up above the surface. The oak-aged leaves sheets of thinner, craggy lace that sticks to the glass and stays, where as the original version tends to slide down to near to the level of the head as it goes. Overall I'd guess I'd have to say that the original version has a bit of a better head, but that the clarity of the oak-aged version is generally more enticing.

In the nose, the original Unearthly is decidedly caramelish and malty with notes of pine/spruce and citrusy, and a bit of grassiness and leafiness as well. It's bold and bright, and somewhat sweetish.

The oak-aged version displays some subtle oak (which I kind of didn't expect), along with fruity and citrusy notes; and it's dryer with much less maltiness. I also get a little more grapefruit out of the oak-aged, and some lemon and what I think of as something like a tomato plant - it's vegetal, but in a good way... grassy I guess. And I get more spruce than pine.

As expected, in the flavor the standard version wraps piney, grassy, floral and citrusy hops in a rich blanket of bready and gently caramelish and honey-like malt. The oak-aged version also follows what its aroma suggests, and it's dryer and more fruity, although some raspy pine does appear in the finish. The woody touch is nice. I should also note, however, that even though the original is a bit sweetish, it still finishes fairly dry, with just a hint of doughy malt lingering, and it doesn't build on the palate.

Interesting! They're really like two different beers. The original version is very wide in its flavor profile, whereas the oak-aged is more focused, but with perhaps a touch more depth. Hmmmm....

The mouthfeel for each beer is a little bit different as well, with the original Unearthly displaying a more dextrinous body.

Oddly, both beers display the same bitterness to me, despite the fact that I find the fuller maltiness of the original to be sweeter, and the oak-aged to be drier. The bitterness somehow remains the same.

Both beers have their own charms in the end, and I again have to reiterate how different they really are. I like the fuller mouthfeel of the original, and its bready malt and bolder hop flavors. But I also like the fruitiness and dryness of the oak-aged version, and because of that I think I'd find it a little more drinkable in the long-run (although it seems to have just a little bit more alcohol to it as well). And on that note, perhaps the extra aging time, and surface contact with the oak allowed it to ferment out a bit more. Just a theory.

Conclusion: both versions are really good beers that don't overstep their bounds with too much maltiness, too much bitterness, or too much hop flavor - and yet all of those are present in abundance. Nicely balanced. Nicely rounded. Nicely drinkable. Certainly worth trying!

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

A: From the tap into a tulip, this is a transparent gold with some amber shades. The head is small and frothy that collapses to a disk that's half the surface of the beer.

S: Aroma is of grapefruit, pine, and fruity perfume, with some earthy notes underneath.

T: The flavor is piney, with lemon, giving way water crackers, tea, and a little brine on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy with pins-and-needles carbonation, alcohol is apparent on the finish.

D: This is a piney, bracing version of an IPA, but balanced with enough sweetness to make it somewhat refreshing. There is a saltiness on the finish, which somewhat deters me from craving another.

Photo of enemyisyou
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a strong beer, and it is cleverly disguised as just another Imperial IPA. You can find this beer pretty easily in the NYC area, and it is shelved next to Stone and Dogfishead's efforts. This one is stronger and more refined than either by far.

On the pour, this beer is pretty entrancing. Very rich color, one of the more gorgeous beers I've poured, and certainly the best IPA.

The smell is honeysuckle, caramel, then port and - dare I say - oak?

Fortunately, the beer doesn't let down from there. This is one huge beer, but it's not a battle to drink. This is wine-caliber, where the carbonation is low, the flavor is high, and beer-haters are invited to soak up the hops with delight instead of disdain.

After sharing a 750 I'm ready to move on from one of these, but I keep coming back. I doubt there's another supermarket-available Imperial IPA that can match it.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden-copper, hazy at first but clears pretty quickly. Two fingers of white head with decent retention. Tons of lacing. Slightly darker then I expected for a DIPA.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet. Lots of bready, honey notes, backed by a piney, slightly citrusy bitterness. Maltier then I expected.

Taste: Sweet, but not cloyingly so. The bready and honey notes in the smell are definitely strong in the taste, along with some vanilla notes. There's also some kind of fruit flavor in there, but not really citrus. And of course, the hops. Very strong pine notes - and again, there's a bitter fruity note, but not the citrus typically found in DIPAs. The hops don't take center stage though - it's almost like the hops are here to balance out the malt, not the other way around. It's interesting, and kind of complex. A bitter aftertaste lingers for quite some time. Overall, it doesn't taste nearly as bitter or hoppy as most DIPAs, though.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, surprisingly so, considering the complexity and all of the strong flavors. Carbonation is average.

Drinkability: This was an interesting one...it wasn't bad, but I'm not sure it's the best representation of the style. One was enough (obviously, considering the ABV), and I'm not sure I'd reach for this one again. I wish Southern Tier dated their bottles, because I don't think I got an old one, but it'd be nice to know for sure.

Photo of gatorbreath
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into Chimay goblet.

App: Dark egyptian golden with shallow frothy head, 1-2 fingers. Not too much carbonation. Lacing in the house.

Smell: Not too overpowering, wish it was, hoppy a little on the foamy breakdown.

Taste: Bangin', probably my new favorite joint. At 11% it is hidden so well. Hoppy/Citrusy and that's all I'm pickin' up. Sick brew.

Mouthfeel: Usually a stout man, so it does feel thin and not too full-bodied, but it really is on point. Not too "runny." Figgadealme?

Drinkability: Go 'on head and get a few, i challenge you to drink 2 and not be stumblin'.

Best wishes on this one, definitely in my top 5, maybe 3. Hoping to get some on tap one of these days.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice even, clear copper color with some moderate visible carbonation. Sticky, foamy head that won't go away.
Smells heavily of citrusy hops, lemon and some pine all well remaining somewhat sweet.
This beer is sweet. Syrupy herbal hops, pineapple and toffee on the forefront with some serious alcohol warmth in the aftertase. The hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would expect, but it is balanced. There is some pine bitterness in the finish, but where is the rash hoppiness of the DIPA?
Mouthfeel is thick and there is enough carbonation to cut through it.
I expected a hoppier brew here. Sweet smooth and could potentially get you in trouble at 11%.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A-Ever-so-slightly hazed orange amber beer, glowing and beautiful. Off-white head, small off the pour and receded quickly.

S-A fun mixture of toasty, bready backbone and a big hoppiness, very resiny with a bit of earthy undertone.

T-Thick resiny/piny hops right away, moving on to earthy, herbal hop. Malts are present, bready in nature, with a sense of toast. Alcohol flavor is present within the bitterness.

M-Medium-low carbonation. Medium-full body. Quite warming in my belly, with a drying alcohol.

D-Pretty good. It's a tasty beer, not terribly remarkable, but a consistent performer.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber served in my 8 ounce flute glass

A-amber with reddish hints, almost mahogany. 1 inch frothy head which clings to the sides of the glass like sap dripping..looks spectacular, decent retention

S- Strong grapefruit/citrus smell, slight pale malty sweetness smell

T-One word describes this beer- BALANCE between malt/hop flavor and bitterness. much more malty than expected but that is the way i like my dipas..only malt detected is pale malt. Grapefruit taste from the hops comes in towards the middle to end of the mouthful. Slight floral/citrus taste may be detected. Cloying sweetness after taste.

M- Medium bodied, great mouthfeel...very smooth

D- Honestly, can not really detect the 11% alcohol, could drink this beer all night, very dangerous...be careful

Overall- great beer, brewer paid a lot of attention to the mouthfeel and appearance of this beer with the use of the carapils and red wheat malt as noted on the bottle..enjoy my friends.

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours into an oversized wine glass an orangeish scarlet color with one finger creamy head. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Hops hit right away, sweet malt, some yeast. A bit of toffee/caramel as well.

T- Nice balance of hops and malt. Sweet, clean and crisp. A bit of yeast and toffee. The flavors mesh together in sweet unity. Clean finish. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Not a big hop bomb.

M- Medium bodied, smooth and very creamy texture. Velvety carbonation on the tongue.

D- This could be dangerous. Extremely well balanced, alcohol is hardly detected. This goes down way too easy for an 11% ABV beer.

Kind of reminds me of DFH 90 minute IPA. Highly recommended.

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

Enjoyed a bomber of this.

Burnt orange color.. nice amount of tan head. Smell and taste are typical for the style.. grapefruit and piney.. strength is pretty noticeable, maybe a bit on the higher end for the style. Medium to high bodied mouthfeel.

A decent, average to above average DIPA. Higher strength and more alcohol presence than others.

Photo of krisandajt
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love a good DIPA...

Appearance: Pours a nice clear, rich amber color. Minimal head that fades fairly quickly, but does leave a little lacing behind.

Smell: Smell is very balanced...picking up nice malty sweetness and some hoppy bitterness. No one smell overpowers the other.

Taste: Like the smell, very balanced. Starts off with a nice sweetness, followed up by a mild hoppy bitterness. Hints of pine and citrus linger slightly on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy, in texture (partially a result of very mild carbonation). Full bodied taste.

Drinkability: For a DIPA, it is very well balanced and smooth. Hops are present but don't over dominate the beer. Very tasty brew, I will pick up another next time I see it.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper in color. Kind of on the lighter side of things for a double IPA if you ask me. The head is all but non existent and I would imagine that has to do with the ABV. It does leave a ring around the collar at the highest water mark of the glass. 11%? It sure doesn't look like it.

Smell is mild for the IIPA category too. There is a hop presence but it is not as kick ass as I would expect. A malt backbone lives behind the guise of hops. This isn't a bad smelling beer but a IIPA? I don't think so.

Taste is close to the scent. Poached stale hops with a sweet malt backbone. Light and uninteresting except for a great bitter bite in the finish, which is the only thing that resembles an IIPA. A light fruity cantaloupe is beaten into submission by the bitterness and the sweet malts.

Hard to tell if I have an old bottle or not. No bottled on date but based on other reviews it has to be. I sense no hint of fresh hops and the beer seems thin maybe mellowed for a double IPA. It's hard to believe this beer has 11% abv. Yeah it gives you a warmth to the belly but I've had 7 percenters that had more kick. Despite the negativity this is a tasty beer. I don't think in it's current form presented to me, is it a IIPA but I still enjoy the medium body and the bitterness. I will have to find a fresher one and see if there is a difference.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle it pours a bright orange, light copper color with a white one finger head. The head leaves ok lacing down the glass and the head fades away fairly quickly and becomes very thin but is still apparent. Smells of hops, sweetness, some fruit. Pretty good smell ovreall. The taste is very sweet and not bitter at all. Hoppy, sweet, grapefruit, has a very similar taste to many other IPAs I've had and it stands up there as pretty good compared to those. For having an 11% ABV I think it's hidden very well. I'll be able to finish the bomber pretty easily no problem. This is the first beer I've ever had from Southern Tier and I'm finding I'm interested in trying more from them. If this were available in my area I would pick it up again so I'll be looking for it again when I'm traveling.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Poured a nice orange color. Very little head, although this bottle is a few months old. Lacing is going from head to toe on the tulip glass.

Smell: I imagine the hop aroma would be much stronger if this were fresh. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to sip on this until a few months after I purchased it. I remember having this on tap in Minneapolis and it had a very strong hop aroma, a nice citrus and floral smell. Now I am mostly getting sweeter caramel malt from it.

Taste: Going hand in hand with the name of the beer, I am mostly tasting earthy hops. I am usually a big fan of the grapefruit citrusy India Pale Ales, but this one is really nice. The next flavor that makes an appearance is the caramel malt, followed by a very light, but pleasant citrus aftertaste. With the ABV coming in at 11%, the alcohol makes its appearance while drinking, but it's not overwhelming by any means.

Mouthfeel: Spot on. Goes down quite easily, and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: I'd definitely pick this up again. I don't know that you want two of these in an evening, but one hit the spot. It's a great sipping beer.

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

I've had this beer before, but its been a while. I'll probably have the Oak Aged version tomorrow to compare the two.

A: Pours a clear, amber color. Nice fluffy head that leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like earthy, grassy hops. Hints of caramel sweetness as well. Hops are there but not overpowering.

T: Get a strong grassy hop upfront, followed by caramel sweetness. Alcohol taste is present as well. Like I said, the main hop flavor is grassy and earthy, but there is a bit of citrus, maybe lemon, in there as well. The malt comes through just as much as the hops I think. Finish is pretty bitter with some alcohol burn.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy and cloying. Pretty good carbonation. Good overall.

D: This definetly isn't one to chug. Goes down pretty slow due to the bitterness and alcohol. Some cloying sweetness takes a while to leave the palate. A great sipping beer though, almost like a Hoppy Barleywine.

Overall, I think Southern Tier put forth a pretty solid effort. But, I think they were trying to go for a massive ABV IPA instead of a uber hoppy one. That being said, I would like to see Southern Tier to come out with a Imperial West Coast IPA, which is overloaded with hops and less on ABV and malt flavoring. Very good beer overall though.

Photo of rwrk42
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with an off-white head.

Smell: A sweet fruit smell balanced with a decent aromo of hops. Smells very good

Taste: I was surprised with the smooth sweet floral/fruit taste. I was expecting a lot of hops but this one is not overwhelming. The is a nice hop taste to offset the sweetness and it finished very smooth.

A excellent IPA. Very deceptive and smooth considering the 11% ABV. Highly recommend.

Photo of Moxley
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popped this bomber with Pleepleus on a Friday night.

A - Poured an opaque orange with a dense off-white head that left thick spidery lacing.

S - Sweet hoppy smell with spicy cloves. Interesting nose.

T - Hops explode on you tongue then give way to a spicy clove and grassy, earthiness. Faint apricot on the finish.

M&D - Sticky sweet mouth-coating. The high ABV (11.0) gives this beer a booziness at first, but you quickly get used to that and can then really enjoy this beer for its sweet hop nectar.

Worth picking up.

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.