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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: 2,549
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 105
Gots: 158 | FT: 3
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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 vtfan77


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep gold with a lot of active carbonation but without much head or lacing.

S- Loads of citrusy hops, and a lot of sweet malt to back them up. Alcohol is also quite prominent. The overall impression is of sweet, overripe fruit... and I mean that in the best way possible.

T- This is definitely an assault on the tastebuds. Sweet upfront with a nice honey caramel flavor, but turning quickly to bitter hop oils and alcohol. The hops nearly overwhelm, demonstrating that balance was an afterthought here and leaving no doubt as to the style of the beer. The malt profile actually seems pretty solid, but there is no way it can stand up to the hops. The finish is of hop bitterness and alcohol with a touch of sweetness from the generous (but not generous enough) malt profile.

M- Nice medium-full body with a good carbonation bite that keeps it from getting too syrupy.

D- I think one is enough here. There are several reasons why I wouldn't want another, not the least of which is the fact that I probably wouldn't be able to taste it.

Nice beer if you happen to like having your tastebuds temporarily destroyed. Being the IPA-lover (and therefore masochist) that I am, I actually do like it. This isn't a beer that I'd have every day, but then again, what Double IPA is? This beer is over-the-top in almost every way, exactly like a good Double IPA should be. For that I applaud it. I will definitely be revisiting it at some point in the future when I need a serious hop fix. Recommended, but only for lovers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 04:45:35 | More by vtfan77
Photo of evanackerman


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beer pours nice coppery orange color with a small head, had to pour pretty hard to get a decent head, could be a problem with my glass. very nice appearance.

aroma is of pine and bread, very nice, a pleasant anticipation of the taste that is to come.

taste is primarily piney and citrusy hops, but there is a solid malt backbone as well, alcohol is not perceptible in taste, only in warmth in the throat. very nice flavor profile for a DIPA, not overwhelming like some.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin.

overall, an excellent example of the style, one of my favorite DIPA's, definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 23:41:46 | More by evanackerman
Photo of hegelec

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer pours a deep, inviting gold. There are cascading ribbons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good.

This tastes pretty much like it smells. Mild astringincy and high alcohol (barely) dectectable amidst the mericiless barrage of herbal hoppiness. Brutally dry hopped (have they found some way to just dissovle the whole plant into this?) After a few sips, my palate is dead. This is my last beer of the night. Good.

A tall glass of "fuck you" from a bottle. Furthermore, at 11% and 650 mls, this is like drinking a whole bottle of wine. A new session brew? Good.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 16:02:37 | More by hegelec
Photo of Homerbag


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper/red with finger thick head that laces down.

Aroma is of fruity and floral hops, but I wanted more of a sticky punch. Taste is Great. Hops are front, center, and side. This is a hop bomb that can compete with the bigger, more notorious IIPA out there. Alcohol is noticible, not in the taste, but in the warmth and after effects.

A great beer for hop heads. I will be getting more of this. Very simple, no frills IIPA with good punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 06:43:43 | More by Homerbag
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint

An orange amber with ruby red highlights and lots of carbonation. A tight, bone white, one finger head has a serious amount of staying power and sticky lacing all the way down.

A perfectly controlled aroma of candied tropical fruit (grapefruit, pineapple, mango), sweet toasted malt, and booze. A different nose than I expected. The dark fruit and booze almost gives it a really big and thick personality, maybe I should tread lightly....

Hey now, this is great take on the style. Big grapefruit hop presence with other tropical fruits balanced on the low end by sweet pale malts and just enough booze to tell you to take it easy.

Medium bodied with a chewy hop mouthfeel and a good amount of alcohol warming.

This guy leaves a good amount of warmth behind, but for this hophead, he's right in my wheelhouse. Getting through 22oz was pretty easy.

Southern Tier just keeps impressing me more and more with their line.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:31:19 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of KarlHungus


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a think cap of lacing. The aroma is of full of grapefruit, and pine resin with enough malt in the background to make it interesting. The taste is quite balanced. There is a lot of malt up front with a firm bitterness in the finish, and a lingering sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:00:32 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of BgThang


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep amber almost orangish with about a finger or so head that lasts. the nose is that of grapefruit, maple, pine
this is a descent IPA with enough IBU's to tell its an ipa. the blend of hops and malt is pretty good, there is some bitterness on the back end. This is another good beer from southern tier.
I bought the bottle through archer liquors online. I would buy this again and I wished southern tier would make it to texas.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:00:27 | More by BgThang
Photo of zeff80


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark amber/copper color with a bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and hoppy. Also, some good citrus aroma and had a grassy smell.

T - It tasted of a smooth, subtle hop blend. A nice roasted malt flavor with a citrus kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial IPA. I expected better, but it was still good.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:46:17 | More by zeff80
Photo of Atron67


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter just below RT

A- Amber golden crystal clear body, head slowly rose up to about a centimeter struggling to rise up. tight knit bubbles and a huge amount of lacing

S- Huge citrus and piney character all over, very solid hop head scents. pretty strongly grassy as well, grapefruit character on the finish

T- theres a huge hop bit from the get-go. solid malt backbone at the start to match. pretty damn good all around, same flavors from the nose. lots of all those american cascade type hops

M- pretty full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty damn sweet

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:28:44 | More by Atron67
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier- Unearthly

A- Nice golden orange with a huge billowy creamy biscuit head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Big pungent citrus hops and creamy buttery malt.
T- Sweet butterrum malt with big bitter grapefruit rind. Cheek hurting sweet fruits come through like raisin and orange as well.
M- Creamy and sweet up front with a good hoppy bitterness through the middle and finishing off sweet, sweet, sweet.

Overall- The sweetness makes this 1 a bit cloying but otherwise an excellent sipper!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 20:29:42 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bosco7


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tinged copper with a decent head on it.

Strawberry, grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel in the nose.

Starts with some sweet orange and plenty of malt flavors. Brown sugar? Grapefruit and pine towards the middle of the sip. Hops just barely outshine the malt profile. The finish is a quite bitter but doesn't get out of hand.

Mouthfeel is big even and viscous. Heavy handed ABV make this a bit harder to handle than some other DIPAs on the other end of the scale. That said this is a nice DIPA (or Barleywine?).

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:35:47 | More by bosco7
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel glass. Poured a clear gold with about a finger of white head. Big citrus hop aroma with a good amount of sweet malt. Plenty of hop bitterness but not a mouth puckering dryness. Nice malt backbone. Good balance makes it dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 03:23:27 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of gford217


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with dense one inch white head that shows very good retention and lacing throughout. This is a great looking beer.

S: Huge citrus hop aroma up front with big grapefruit and orange notes. There is also a big bready, sweet malt aroma to balance the hops along with the slightest alcohol burn.

T: Smooth sweet malt taste right up front which gives way to the big citrus hop taste of grapefruits, oranges and a bit of grassy notes.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky with fairly low carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable DIPA with a definite sweetness to balance the citrus hops. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 02:28:12 | More by gford217
Photo of Goliath


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous amber/copper color with a huge off white head sitting on top. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is nice. A nice hop profile showcasing sweet citrus notes. Most noteably is grapefruit backed by a light maltiness.

The taste is pretty good. A subdued hoppiness with light citrus flavors and some floral notes. It's rather bland for an ipa, not much bitterness or intense flavor. I pick up some metallic notes also. Actually, I'm kind of disappointed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated. It feels pretty good.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are easy to consume, but a bit of a bore for an IPA. I don't think I want to drink more than this bomber, probably not even the whole thing. Think I'll go find someone to share it with.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 18:59:36 | More by Goliath
Photo of mynie


2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sort of a limp pour. Not ugly, not by any means, but you can tell by looking at it that the carbonination is real low. Not much of a head, either.

Smells like a hop bomb. Big nodes of Chinook and Centennial against a very strong, syrupy malt. I don't mean to sound like a wuss or nothing (I enjoy some immensely hoppy beers) but blend comes off as overpowering without any especially enjoyable nodes. Maybe the malt is stronger in the taste, I dunno...

Nope. Tastes like a blend of giant hops as a very bizarrely bitter syrupy malt background. (The syrupyness is accentuated by the fact that the beer is very undercarbonated). The hops burn the tongue and are mostly just bitter--there's no pleasurable nodes here, no citrus, no fruit, no pine, no woodiness. Just fiery bitterness.

I dunno. I just don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 16:18:40 | More by mynie
Photo of KeefD


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this beer packs a real punch! Good head for the high alcohol content and left decent lacing down the glass. Huge hoppy aroma and flavors up front with hints of citrus, pine, sweet, bready malts, candied fruits. Delicious taste throughout. One of the best tasting DIPA's out there. It was quite carbonated but the body of this brew is thick and syrupy that coated the mouth. Super smooth, great flavor. Nice brew!!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 11:48:13 | More by KeefD
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one with nasty15108. Poured this one from a bomber into a mouthwash sized plastic cup(not the ideal situation for a tasting but it sure was good). Poured clear reddish brown with a decent off white head. As far as the lacing goes, plastic makes it a little tough to judge. The smell was huge filling the car as soon as it was opened(thats right I said the car). Big time piney spice smell that faded into what could best be described as old cheese although strangely not in a bad way. Delicious hop explosion right off the first sip followed by a slightly soapy taste(again not in a bad way) finishing up with a very mild smooth alcohol warmth. Definite hop oil mouthfeel coating the mouth and leaving that hopspice all over the tongue Very well balanced and unassuming for an 11% ABV. Glad I tasted this one with a buddy because a few of the smells and flavors I couldn't place came too while drinking and giving our opinions. Definitely give this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 21:06:48 | More by hyland24
Photo of Buebie


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz Brown bomber.

A: Poured a deep golden, with a slight haze. 2 finger deep fluffy white head. Thick laceing on the glass. The head sticks around and never really goes away

S: Smell is primarily of hops, some citrus and sweetness. It is very aromatic and delicious smelling.

T: First off its sweet, then the hops surge forward, hints of pine. The sweatness sticks around and really balances the high amount of hops present.
Theres is somthing nutty, or oaky in the taste as well. Minimal alcahol warming, which is crazy at 11% abv. Its hiding in here somwhere.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a medium carbonation.

D: This is up there with my top ten favorites. I will buy this again, however not as frequently as I'd like. It was a bit spendy at $7.00
I've brewed my own double IPA and that was not cheap to do, so its a justifiable price to pay.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 23:45:25 | More by Buebie
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Hyland22. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with an off-white foam head and ample lacing throughout.

S - Piney with hints of citrus and hops. I also detected a slight hint of aged cheese and alcohol in the finish.

T - A nice hoppy/pine flavor up front followed by a slightly dry soapy (but not in a bad way) finish.

MF&D - Full bodied and slightly syrupy. It left a nice oily hop mouth feel. Definitly does not feel like 11% ABV. I recommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:55:32 | More by nasty15108
Photo of HopDerek


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with about an inch of foamy eggshell colored head, nice lasting retention leaves some good sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, honey, biscuit, pine, citrus, and floral hops. Tastes of grapefruit and peppermint up front with a nice solid caramel and biscuity malt backbone and a good spruce finish with alcohol warmth. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth, sticky, sweet, and bitter with noticeable alcohol that comes out more as the beer warms up and becomes medicinal. A solid and flavorful DIPA, but the high alcohol content and how strongly it comes out makes this a beer I wouldn't want very often, and would definitely have to split it with someone.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:03:15 | More by HopDerek
Photo of phisig137


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost perfect... deep rich amber color is crystal clear, with a two finger head. Great retention for the ABV, and leaves tons of delicate intricate lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S- Loads of those deliciously American "C" hops, mainly citrus and pine components. This is another one of those beers that I would wear as cologne if it were socially acceptable to walk around smelling of beer all day. Top notch IPA aroma.

F- Incredibly well balanced and well made. Solid citrusy hop flavor from front to back, with points of caramel malt shining through in the middle. Complex hop profile makes this a bit more interesting than other IIPA's that seem one sided in their hop usage. Finish is firmly bitter, but very smooth overall, without being harshly or metallic in any way. Excellent balance where the hops definitely take front stage, but don't destroy the palate. The label lists what is used in the kettle, hop back, and dry hop, which is always appreciated. I'd venture a guess that the majority of those kettle hops are added towards the end. I'm not a professional by any means, in fact I'd consider myself a sub-par homebrewer although I have turned out some great beers. That being said, if I had to make a guess at this one, I'd say that it is mostly a late hopped beer, due to the incredible smooth bitterness and hop profile. Very nice overall.

M- Creamy and smooth, with slightly below average carbonation, leading to a lingering hop flavor well after your last sip.

D- Dangerously high. This hides the whopping 11% quite well. If you don't pay attention, this bomber can disappear very quickly.

Overall, this is one outrageously good and well balanced IIPA. Quite possibly one of the best I've ever had. Any fan of the style should definitely seek this one out. I'd happily buy this again for the $6.80 that I paid for it. I had a very hard time not giving this a five on more than a single category. This is damn near perfect, and I think it would be absolutely amazing on cask. Either way, this makes me very happy that Southern Tier is now available in Virginia. I will be buying more of their stuff. Very highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:18:01 | More by phisig137
Photo of Kegatron


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear amber with 1-2 fingers of creamy off-white head that retains superbly and leaves big, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is big floral hops, a ton of citrus character, and the smell of beefy oats.

The taste is thick mix of tingling hop bitterness, fresh citrus notes, and a chewy malt backbone that evens things out. The finish is definitely more sweet than bitter and ends sticky and warm. The mouthfeel is large and in charge with a touch of alcohol heft to the body that combines with the sweetness to give things a slightly medicinal feel towards the end.

This is a good effort from Southern Tier but I can't help but wonder what this would be like with the heat turned down a little more? I dug the aroma and flavor profile but medicinal tasting DIPAs just aren't my thing and it definitely hurt the drinkibility some what for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 22:10:32 | More by Kegatron
Photo of brewdoc75


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a lovely tangerine/orange color into my glass. A strong, creamy white head rests atop this monster brew. It doesn't really look like a double IPA as it appears so light and inviting. The aroma is furthermore inviting w/ a blast of fruity hops. Tangerine, lemon, orange, pine, and mango come to mind with my first smell. There is a great sweetness that follows. The flavor is exactly what the aroma advertised...a hop orgy. Beautiful fruitiness and citrusy tang. There is a strong malt presence as well. The hops and malts are both strong, but I think the malts won the battle in this taste test. The mouthfeel is thick and full, just the way it should be with a beer this big.

Overall a very nice IIPA. Not the best in the world, but definitely memorable. I'd pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 21:06:42 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of errantnight


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe1510... thank you!

A very pretty rich golden color with a single finger, creamy head with attractive and lasting lacing. Purdy.

Citrus forward hop bomb aroma... bring it on. A bit of banana and balsamic onions.

Taste is a rolling wallop of sweetness, with a distinctly aspirine bitterness. Balance is nice, and it finishes dry enough. A bit boozy with some fusels sneaking through.

Mouth is pretty spot on, medium-full and rich, with a lifting carbonation.

Pretty to look at, and despite some notes, lacking in offensiveness... I prefer the Hoppe to this, and in a way, it reminds me of the Back Burner. A nice start, and perfectly adequate (probably better local and fresh), but in need of refinement.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 05:03:23 | More by errantnight
Photo of Pencible


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark amber with off-white head. It smelled like a mix of potent floral and pine hops, with no noticeable malt. It tasted somewhat similar to Hoppe but with more powerful orange hops, still with the same caramel malt, well balanced but not very complex. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty and full flavored beer, but was fairly basic (certainly not as unique as Hoppe).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 21:23:47 | More by Pencible
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,549 ratings.