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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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2,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,843
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 130
Gots: 302 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 2,843 | Reviews: 1,195
Photo of techcommdood
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a standard US pint glass. Dark golden or light amber in color with a half-finger of spongy head. Good lacing on the glass.

You get a ton of grains and malts on the nose. It smells very sweet, but only a trace amount of hops on the nose along with a little citrus. Reminds me more of a barleywine than an IPA.

The hops come through though they're more stringent on the back of the tongue; mainly bittering hops shining through, nothing floral about this beer. It's almost sticky sweet, with maltiness taking the back seat to the massive sweetness in this beer. No citrus to speak of in the flavor, despite the nose.

This is one thick, sticky beer going down, though leaves your mouth dry at the end.

I'm a big beer freak, so this one went down easy for me, though I can see others having trouble with this one. It's almost like drinking light syrup.

I think it's pretty good. It's definitely not a regular every-day beer, but good for occasional enjoyment. It's very unbalanced; hops just aren't there in the nose or in the taste up front, but come back to grab you after you swallow. A slightly acidic flavor afterward, this beer is sweet and sticky up front. A very heavy beer.

Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22. Pours amber with a pleasant frothy off-white head. Excellent aromas of citrus and an explosion of piny hops. Initial flavors are grapefruit and lemon with a strong bitter hop finish. Alcohol is well concealed. Caramel malts with hints of honey aid the finish and balance towards the end of the bomber and actually, in my opinion, make it much more enjoyable than the beginning of the bottle. Worth the experience.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper color with a thin one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of grassy hops that stand out in the nose, followed by biscuit malt.

Taste is full of grassy and floral hops upfront. They fade into a nice amount of biscuit malt underneath. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy and floral hops and biscuit malt.

It's not "hop juice" but it is very nice nonetheless. I have to admit that I prefer Gemini more but this stands out well on its' own. Pick up a bottle.

Photo of jdgainor
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Al's of Hampden, Central PA. Very excellent beer. A bit high in alcohol content even for an imperial ipa and a bit sparse on both head and carbonation, but the hop and malt flavor was full and it balanced out the high alcohol content well. I'd recommend it indeed, but not to have more than one at a sitting. Delicious, but not a session beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured the typical orangeish-amber IPA color with about a 1/8 inch of of white head. The head semi-quickly dissipated leaving a lot of sticky lacing. A very floral-hop forward aroma with citrus notes. The taste is what the aroma led me to believe what it would be. Mostly hop flavors but some malt foundation for the hops to cling to. Body is average for an ImpIPA, as is drinkability. A solid, but not outstanding, version of the style. This beer very much reminds me of Stone IPA, but obviously with more of a kick. Since that is one of my favorite IPAs, this is a good thing. This beer is worth trying and I will certainly buy it again.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this on tap and in a bottle and it is consistently been very good. Strong hop and malt smell. It has a nice citrus flavor as well that adds some sweetness but all of the hops bring it back to the taste range that I enjoy. It can finish with a bitter after taste, especially when paired with food, which is why I prefer to drink this without food.

Photo of spittingoutteeth
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what the last reviewer was drinking, but it certainly wasn't the same beer as me....

While I will agree that the nose leaves a lot to be desired (this is true of all Southern Tier brews; not sure why), the flavor is exploding with hops (lots of citrus flavor, which I wasn't expecting from a northern US IPA) and the mouthfeel is slightly bitter, but incredibly well-balanced with a subtle malt, creating high drinkability despite the high alcohol content.

The lack of an aroma to match the huge taste is disappointing, but not enough to keep this from being one of my new favorites. Highly recommended.

Photo of BZero007
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Snifter, the beer pours a very Amber color with a medium head. Smell was of fruits and a very strong malt presence in my beer. Now I am not sure how old my beer was do to the fact there is no bottled date on it, it was purchased at a beer shop of the shelf. When tasted it reminded me a bit of the DFH 90min due to the Malt being easily detectable, though in this particular beer it was very prominent. Hops are right there along with it, but I feel that I had an older beer as they were not as strong as I have heard. Unearthly was a very easy beer to drink and very smooth. Medium body and carbonation that was very smooth, and it also did a very good job of hiding the alcohol percentage. It was a good beer and I would drink it again.

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

A- the color of jurassic amber, minus the mosquito-some nice lacing down the glass with what quickly turned into a very thin to non-exsistent head.

S- plenty of floral hops with a touch of citrus lingering in the background, also some sweetness detected in the nose...

T- hops dominate which would be expected but there is a healthy helping of malt here and this adds to the complexity IMO.very balanced for such a big beer.

M- velvety with body, body is medium to high with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- seriously, this beer is 11%..? hard to believe until you start feeling it a bit after a couple...very drinkable for the style..

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

Tasted side by side with it's oak aged brother. Pours golden amber with a white head. Hops come out strong in the aroma from the dry hopping. Standard west coast variety hops, chinook, cascade leading to the familiar pine resin aroma. This brew is full bodied and smooth. Hops leave a slight bitterness in the finish but not too much, more of a refreshing bitterness. Solid brew 11% hardly noticable (thats dangerous) it's offset by a sweetness.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 31 May 2008.

Large lacy head. Clear bright amber color. Aromas of citrus, resin and ethanol. Starts well balanced with caramel and resin. Hops are green and nicely citric. Pineapple starts to develop and overtake the citrus towards the middle and end. Long lingering bittersweet finish. Sticky mouthfeel, medium body. Alcohol strong but not overpowering.

Quite tasty, would get this again.

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

Big thanks go out to reginaldo for this one. Poured the bomber into a snifter.

A: Vibrant and true orange. A smooth pour only produces a half finger of white head that leaves a nice sticky lace.

A: Big floral hop presence jumps from the glass. There is definately some citrus, I'm getting orange peel and kumkuat. Sweet malts and honey round out the nose.

T: Man this is a tasty brew! Flowers and citrus up front, then the sweetness hits you in the back, along with a nice alcohol warmth. I am shocked at how balanced this is. Yes the hops dominate, but the sweet malts make their presence known.

M: Smooth, medium body, just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

D: Again, I am shocked at how drinkable this was, especially at 11% ABV. As the beer warms, it becomes slighty sticky on the palate, and the alcohol checks in, but this is one fine brew! Great offering from Southern Tier, will absolutley be seeking this again. Skal.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very nice deep copper color with 2 fingers of head. The lacing was such that I could see every sip etched into the side of the pint glass.

S: Huge floral hop nose. Some pine in there are well. Only a touch of citrus but this is an east coast DIPA so that is ok.

T: What I like about unearthly is how it is a little bit boozy but that it works with the beer. The hops are certainly there and there is quite a bit of malt. I wouldn't call this balanced though.

M: Very thick and sticky mouthfeel. Smooth body though.

D: I love this beer. I grab at least one bottle a month. Just a really nice example of a big east coast DIPA.

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $6.49. First time I'd seen it there. No freshness date. According to the label, I'm supposed to serve this at exactly 42 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if at 41 or 43 degrees, the effect is ruined?

Poured a dark honey color, with a decent-sized, white head that hung around for a while. Rings of foam left on the sides of my glass.

Grapefruit and pine from the hops are what first greeted my nose. Gradually a caramel maltiness also became evident. There's a slight, musty odor way in the background that makes me wish there was a freshness date.

Starts out piney, but is almost immediately matched with a subordinate (but still evident) sweet maltiness. The malts actually seem slightly overdone, but not to an unpleasant degree. Dry, medicinal hop taste at the swallow. This tasted like it was perhaps not as fresh as it could have been.

Medium bodied, with a coating mouthfeel that nevertheless seemed slightly too watery for the style.

A decent DIPA, but not an essential one in my book. It goes down surprisingly easy for it's abv, but I think the hops could stand out more, or at least the maltiness could be dialed down some. Southern Tier is one of those breweries I've been hearing of for a long time, so I guess I was expecting more when I finally got to try one of their beers. Perhaps it's been around for a while (though not at where I bought it, where it's a recent arrival).Not bad, but I can drink better DIPAs around here, like the locally brewed Alpha Dog.

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

22 oz. Bright golden pour, white head that diminished pretty quickly. Sticks to the dimpled mug very nicely though. Standard piney citrus, more piney aroma with some malt. Malt and biscuit is a little more present in the flavor, with some yellow rainin, which balances out the piney hops. A well balanced big beer, with well hidden alcohol. Not a complete hop bomb. Finish is bitter, but not overly and lingers nicely. This is pretty drinkable, I'd be real careful with the 11% hiding in there. Prefer ST stouts, but this was pretty good too.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just off the truck in Vermont! Barely had time to chill it down before I cracked it open. 22oz brown glass pry-top. The box was dated 2/10/09.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber hue. Poured into an Imperial pint with two and a half fingers of bone white, frothy bubbly head that took a while to recede and left lots of lacing and whatnot.

Nose: Sweet brown sugar and hop oils galore! Ruby grapefruit, fresh Douglas fir, light rye bread fresh from the oven.

Palate: Immediate bitterness on the sides of the tongue followed by a lot of center palate sweetness. The malt lends a medium body and carries through the center of the bold pine-y hops on either side of the palate. Loads of bitterness, but sweet at the same time. The carbonation is light (maybe because of the pour). Long finish dominated by evolving and changing hops notes. The sugar never goes away, so the beer's never astringent despite it's high IBUs.

Notes: I love this beer. This is one of my favorite Imp IPA's (along with Avery Maharaja). It's a bit sweet, but the 150 some-odd IBUs take care of that.

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

Pours bright orange with a soapy orange nose. Candied, tropical fruit malts balanced by citrus and some pine in the hops. ABV very well hidden. Creamy feel, clean finish.

Not extreme; very much not a West Coast IPA. Great balance, no bitterness. Considering the strength, amazingly drinkable.

Photo of imagineiii
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just hit shelves in VT today.

Poured into a pint tumbler. pale amber. not much head to speak of. whats there diminishes quickly.

smells of pine, honey and some bitter citrus. scent is suprisingly sweet.

flavors are certainly big. carbonation and hop bitterness is immediately noticable. residual sweetness prevails for a moment while hops return to dry out the back of your palate.

mouthfeel is thick, and slightly abrasive. carbonation is too much. aftertaste is garlicy and dry.

this beer is very interesting approach to the style. sweetness and bitterness are balanced but dont necessarily play well with each other. i would prefer it to be fruitier.

Photo of jayczar
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally had a chance to try this tremendous IIPA and it does not disappoint.

Nice clear, medium dark amber coloring with excellent lacing that hangs out to nearly the last drop.

A very pungent grapefruit and fruity aroma with a hint of pine and plenty of hops that attack the senses and is synonymous with a good IIPA.

The taste has a nice hoppy bite and again the grapefruit is there with plenty of spice to back it up. A hint of alcohol lingers but is nothing you would expect from an 11% abv. overall very nice.

Mouthfeel is the most exciting part as all the flavors bite at once and has a kind of spicy aftertaste which I really like.

This is overall an excellent beer and I highly recommend to anyone looking for a true "Unearthly" hop experience.

Photo of untamedbeer
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer all-around. Crystal clear copper color. Pleasant hop aroma. Abundant malt sweetness coming from the big imperial body. Citrus hop flavor, but doesn't finish too bitter. Finishes pretty clean with a nice hop flavor lingering on the tongue.

Photo of woodske1
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier has a knack for making GREAT IPA's. Not just good, great. Here is another example of that. There isn't anything wrong with this beer.

For something with 11% ABV it is surprisingly smooth. I would reccomend this one to anyone that likes Southern Tier.

Photo of kindacold
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass. Pours a light amber color with a small, quickly-dissipating head.

I smell some great, sweet, hop aroma. There's a hint of cinnamon in the odor.

Taking a deep sip, I feel a pleasant tingling as the carbonation dances on my tongue, releasing little bursts of hops. These are not just bitter though. There are so many mixed sweet and biting flavors that it is hard to differentiate them all. I can tell a general sweetness and spiciness with a mild bitter overtone and a lingering hop aftertaste.

The hops definitely coat your tongue. Your mouth feels slightly sticky, but full of great flavor.

I drank a bottle and it felt to be just about the right amount. I don't think I'd open a second at one sitting.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with tons of lacing racing up to a big white head.

S - Hops on multiple levels - floral grapefruit, citrus, pine, resin, with sweet, sugary malt backing.

T - Well, I wouldn't call it balanced, but I don't think that's a bad thing - that's not what an IPA is going for, but it does have a lot of sweetness backing up the bitter, floral, citrusy, hops. Really delicious.

M - Viscous, sticky IPA, with a nice, fluffy, velvety feel.

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

Presentation: 1pt. 6 oz bottle. I slavishly follow instructions on the bottle and pour contents into a large, fluted glass.

A- Vibrant clear amber appearance. Ample off white head, which fades slowly into thin cap. Heavy lacing.

S- Sweet citrus and pine hops notes mingle with a subtle dried-apricot odor.

T- Fairly sharp earthy and citrus hops hit first, mingling with slightly biting alcohol flavors. Citrus feel to the hops gradually cedes to a more pine resin flavor sensation. Big malt sweetness works hard to balance, and eventually succeeds in overwhelming the substantially bitter hopiness.

M- Carbonation is fairly high, and slightly biting crispness. Slightly syrupy and oily. Alcohol is felt, but without substantial warming.

D- Reasonably drinkable for its 11% ABV, though the sweet flavors and body don't come off quite well enough for me to want more than what is in front of me.

Future outlook: This was an OK drink of beer, but not really what I'm looking for when I get a DIPA.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep amber color with a massive head, 2-3cm, that stays around and leaves a bit of lacing. Just what I'd like to see. The smell is kind of subtle for a DIPA. A bit of an Earthy, herbal smell, with a bit of a crisp floral note, filled with hop resin, but the smells are subdued. The taste is pretty nice. There's a big hit of bitterness, and some good sweetness to balance it out. The hop flavor is very resinousy, with a bit of sweet citrus taste, no peel. A tiny bit of fruitiness from the hops with a big peachy burn from the alcohol. A little less alcohol is really all I'd like to see. Something about the taste really reminds me of a bag of pungent, resinousy hops. The mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the alcohol burn kind of turns my mouth off, but really the resinous feeling is one that I've come to love. It might not be a favorite of others, but I find that it enhanced the mouthfeel here. But I really enjoyed making my way through this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who is exploring IPAs, and is probably my favorite of the Southern Tier Imperial IPAs.

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