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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: 2,621
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 195 | 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 Durge


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

This nice IPA pours a clear amber and displays a big fluffy off-white head with chunky lacing throughout. The nose picks up pleanty of malt and pine hops, very enticing. The tongue enjoys plenty of sweet pine hops, an oily thick mouthfeel with oat malt flavor swimming all around. It brings a decent alcohol presence. It's smooth and reasonably strong but makes itself easy to drink none the less. Another Southern Tier success!

05-04-2008 03:34:33 | More by Durge
Photo of hckyfn9999


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours an amber color with a nice white head, fair retention, some nice lace clings to the glass. Aroma is strong of citrus and piney hops. Taste has a nice malty sweetness upfront eventually giving way to to some sharp citrusy hop bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel, a touch lighter than some IIPAs. Definitely an easy drinker for 11% ABV. Very good IIPA. Glad to see Southern TGier in St. Louis. If all of there beers are this good I cant wait to try them.

05-01-2008 02:41:49 | More by hckyfn9999
Photo of paco1029384756


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Golden Wheat appearance, quick fizzling head. Scent of hops, strong citrus, orange peel. Smooth citrus flavor, orange and lemon with a great balance of hops. Crisp mouth feel, bitterness rolls through the mouth and over the tongue.

Very good beer, very well balanced.

04-30-2008 01:07:05 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of bort11


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Nice two finger off white head. Plenty of lacing is sticking to the glass. Color is a very pretty dark golden copper. Clear with plenty of carbonation streamers.

Smell is a sweeter hops profile than many DIPAs. Still very citric and herbal. The malt creates a solid backbone and keeps everything balanced. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more present.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body. Mildly sticky on the palate and juicy in texture. A very nice sipper indeed!

04-26-2008 12:13:00 | More by bort11
Photo of Proteus93


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

A: A warm, almost bronze pour, sporting an offwhite, foamy and sticky head.

S: Grapefruit and herbal hop aromas. A soft, malty backbone manages to peek through a little.

T: More malt presence on this one, with a touch of a caramel flavour on the front, followed by the herbal and citrus rind hops flavours paired with a slightly bready/biscuity note. A dash of spiciness on the finish is the only real hint of the ABV here.

M: A full, thick and rich body, finishing with a bit of a drying feel. Carbonation is pretty much perfect, and adds just the right element to the brew.

D: This one is a little 'stiffer' the Hoppe brand from the brewery, but it's still quite an easy drinker. The ABV starts to make itself known towards the end of the glass (esp. following the Hoppe). Sip the night away with it... quite a great way to spend the evening.

04-19-2008 23:38:48 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Kudashov


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into my Rapscallion snifter , where a nice white head appears .Beautiful tawny , rusty amber colored liquid . Head has reduced to loads of lacing on the glass . Aromas are pine and lemon . A wonderful smells , and as it warms a honey-like flavor comes through on the finish . Mouthfeel is sweet and this is a very drinkable tasty brew . At 11% this is not a boozy hop bomb . most of the time anything over 10% is a boozy , hot fire bomb which I do not enjoy . Powerful double IPA here which will be bought again during these warm summer months .

Let Go Red Sox .

04-19-2008 00:06:41 | More by Kudashov
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a bottle a clear and bright orange-amber with a very thin white head.

Aroma of citrusy hops, sweet malts, a touch of earthiness, and tropical fruit.

Taste is fruiter than expected with orange, lemon, and kiwi. Also note hints of tobacco and biscuit, especially in the finish. The alcohol is present but fits in quite well.

Medium mouthfeel, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkable? Hell yes! If you haven't had one, I recommend you go out and find one.

04-11-2008 18:36:19 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Huge piny hop aroma with some citrus rind, grass & spice; toffee, cotton-candy and hints of tropical fruit and bubblegum fruity esters.

T: Very piny hops, citrus rind, toffee, biscuity malt, grassy spice, assertive bitterness, alcohol is warming (but doesn't seem anywhere near 11%). There's some residual sugar, but it's blown away by the bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth with plenty of hop acidity & a dry, alcohol finish.

D: For a hop lover, it's incredibly drinkable for its strength.

04-10-2008 23:41:19 | More by Derek
Photo of sloejams


4/5  rDev -2%

Got this as part of Top 100 BIF - thanks PEBKAC

After being all about them for the past couple years, I've kinda been away from DIPAs for a bit now. It's always nice to try a new one that makes me smile again. This did that.

Unearthly can hold its own with the West Coast hop bombs I love so dear. The color was remarkable thin looking for a beer so high in ABV. And the ABV is VERY well masked. I drank the whole bomber in about an hour and definitely knew it.

04-09-2008 17:04:48 | More by sloejams
Photo of maximum12


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

Picked up a bomber of this brew at Casanova's in Hudson a couple of weeks ago in celebration that Southern Tier is (reportedly) going to be distributing in Minnesota soon.

After I drank this, I hope, very soon.

Pours yellow as a Bud Light with very thin head. Smell is immediately funky, then turns more pleasant. I'm not sure where the funk arrived from, but it's gone within ten seconds or so. Now just faint hops & citrus.

Tastes very good. Smooth, hoppy, not burning my taste buds or scorching my palate.

Holy &^*(^% 11% ABV, are you kidding me? I'm glad my wife is sharing this with me on a school night. Mouthfeel is full & balanced, nice back, nice front, nice everywhere. 11%? I'm not sure I've ever had a beer with this ABV that I felt I could down a glass of in ten minutes. Slow down. Type more. Type more. Drink less. Hands leaving keyboard...

Unearthly is very good. My first encounter with Southern Tier & if this is an example of the goods, I'm going to be stocking up when they arrive in the Twin Cities.

04-08-2008 02:12:48 | More by maximum12
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a bright orange with an initially huge, then compact white head that leaves a sheets of lacing. The aroma just leaps at you, and is wonderfully complex. Grapefruit, bread, caramel, grain...its all in there. The initial taste is a bit sweeter than I expected, with a slight honey aspect. Floral and citrus hops appear in the middle, but seem more no more abundant than in the standard IPA - perhaps they are subdued by the malt. The mix of flavours makes the aftertaste pleasant, with the alcohol only peeking out from behind a curtain of resin and malt. The mouthfeel is medium-thick, and almost oily, with medium-light carbonation. The high alcohol content precludes this from being a beer you could drink two of in an evening, but its definitely one that you would want to revisit.

04-07-2008 14:12:40 | More by bobsy
Photo of shaebs99

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Growler bought at Big Z and served upon returning home

Pours a nice deep copper topped with a good sized white head that leaves pleasant lacing

The aroma is probably my favorite thing about this beer. Not the hoppiest aroma I have experienced recently (that belongs to the over the top Hosickle), but big, hoppy and pleasant. Big aroma of grapefruit and other citrusy hops with a hint of sweet malts.

Taste is as expected largely citrus hop based, but a good malt presence prevents this beer from being a totally unbalanced hop bomb. The taste is close to that of the nose, but more subdued. Fruity and resiny, with touches of brown sugar.

The full head provides this DIPA a nice creamy mouthfeel. The most surprising thing about this beer is the fact that everyone I drank this with was unable to guess it's high ABV%. The 11% is very well hidden, but makes this beer even more dangerous. A deliciously hoppy beer that goes down so easily and quickly.

04-07-2008 03:02:33 | More by shaebs99
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

Had this one on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ.

A- Thin, white, bubbly film of a head. Clear amber color. Some carbonation.

S- Pine and citrusy hops. Spicy. Also has a noticable alcohol presence.

T- Bitter. All hops. Notes of pine, grapefruit, grass, tobacco. Again, the alcohol was highly noticable.

M- Light to medium body. Gave my mouth a dry feel. Some alcohol warmth as the beer warmed.

D- A good beer, but not a regular drinker. It'll put you on your butt.

04-05-2008 03:46:59 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of TheodorHerzl


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%

Received from CharlesW in Week 2 Powerball. Thank you!

Pours a very clear orange color with a small creamy white head on it. It left patchy lacing on the walls of my pint glass. I get a good whiff of this as I pour it. Dominant scents include sticky pine, ripe citrus fruit, and subtle earthiness. I also get some lesser scents including bready malt and an underlying honey sweetness smell. The taste is of very sweet honey-like malt and bitter hops. There is a bit of a caramel undertone to this beer as well. The hops seem a bit subdued and do not have the quality on the palate as they do in the nose. The mouthfeel is medium and the alcohol is very well hidden. The drinkability did not hold well for me on this beer. It was very sweet and I suspect underattenuation on this beer. That would explain a nice body and mouthfeel and an overall sweet taste.

04-04-2008 03:54:41 | More by TheodorHerzl
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Screen printed 22oz. bottle like the other Southern Tiers I've had, theres a grain bill listed on the bottle. Also "Serve in a fluted glass best at 42°F.

I chose my Duvel tulip.

In it, the beer sits bright orange, not much in the way of head, but still refreshing to look at.

The scent is decidedly citursy and husky. Theres some sweet bread in there as well, but the hops dominate.

Once I taste it theres an immediate bitter bite followed by a strong citrus and an almost medicinal alcohol. Theres an underlying note of sweet malts in there as well. It's a nice complexity.

There's a sweet ,sticky, creamy mouthfeel, not really heavy.

I've never had a Southern Tier that I didn't like, and I do like this one, it definitely has it's own distinguishing qualities.

04-03-2008 00:49:38 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Golden copper-colored body with lots of bubbles, spotty and soapy and scant lacing, and little head retention, even as it warms. I wonder what's going on here.

Smell: A beautiful meld of big wet sticky hop aromas -- with everything from flowers, earthines, citrus, tomacco, pine, ripe fruit, sour cherries, strawberry -- along with some sweetness, from caramel malt, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, honey, and molasses. Tons of stuff going on, without either element taking over, letting everything through to wonderful aromas popping up all over the places.

Taste: A very nice mix of what comes through in the nose mostly, with ripe fruit, floral and grassy hops, earthy bitterness, mild tobacco, citrus sweetness -- more lemon and orange than grapefruit here, a bit of diacetyl and biscuit flavors, and a lingering finish that wants to stay forever, one that I keep going back to. It's nice that the sweetness and floral hops are at the forefront, still making it easy-going, with little discernible alcohol, and some of the bitter and pungent hop flavors coming out with the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, creamy, and pleasantly coating without any residual stickiness at all.

Drinkability: An exceptional version of the style, in a more graceful and nuanced way than a lot of them turn out to be (one of my favorites recently being Moylan's Hopsickle, with has a less ABV% but has much more of a visceral nature for the hophead), and it seems like that's their purpose. These ST bombers can get expensive, but this one's certainly worth it, and I'd undoubtedly try it again, and if you have to choose either the Hoppe or this, choose the latter. Still, this beer has let me know that Southern Tier can do their thing, and I'll be trying more when I get the chance, hoping that they can match my experience with this.

04-02-2008 07:44:23 | More by asabreed
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev -2%

22oz bomber into nonic.

A two finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a solid wal of lacing. Crystal clear honey hue.

Citrusy and spicy hops of course. A bit of alcohol makes its way through. The malts make a bready base.

Sweet malts and bitter hops. What else can I say? It's citrusy and has some sweet malts in the background. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is lingering malts.

I'd stay this one is on the lighter side of a DIPA. Some of the heavier ones usually mirror a barley wine. I'd say the %ABV puts it in the DIPA category though. It's enjoyable, and still drinkable, so drink this one out of a pint glass rather than a snifter. Recommended.

03-30-2008 03:06:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

22oz bottle w/cool silkscreened label.

A dark orange with the slighest haze. Thin bubbly head that faded away pretty quickly.

One of the more tropical and light fruity/floral ipa's as far as aroma goes.

Again, pineapple and some tropical floral hoppiness. Not getting much piney citrus.

The ABV is hidden fairly well. I would guess this were 9% in a blind tasting. Drinkability is tremendous, a really good sipper, and an even better (or worse) at bigger swigs, which is how my mouth wanted it to be. It was a battle trying to pace myself. It did last the whole night in the end!

Thanks to Tony (WVBeerGeek) for the trade. Only downside to this brew was that I had Avery's Maharaja the night before. This Unearthy is the hard-luck loser...sorry, it's the tropical notes that lost it for me. The crazy pine, grapefruit and cannabis of the maharaja is just sooo good.

Anyway... this a world class beer across the boards. Loved it! Thanks again Tony!

03-30-2008 02:22:35 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

A: Dark and just a little cloudy brownish orange. Fairly average off white head, good lacing.

S: Honey sweet, oily hops. Beautiful... not just a hop rush, very well balanced.

M: Medium body and carbonation, puckeringly bitter.

T: Caramel and honey soaked hops, spicy at first on the lips but really smooth after.

D: Well balanced and almost non-detectable alcohol level. Easily enjoyed 22oz bomber.

03-29-2008 03:46:42 | More by joezak5
Photo of srandycarter


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Been looking forward to this one. My second review for this ST offering. I upgraded it.

A - Pours an farily clear amber orange, 1.5 inch nearly white head, stays for awhile. Nice sticky lacing.

S - Lots of pine, citrus supplemental, and sweet bread thread.

T- Oh, yeah. Solid caramel center married really well with the bitter hops. That sweet bread thing comes in at the very end.

M - Medium body, coats well, perfect carb.

D - For the style, deceptively drinkable.

Hee Hee.

03-28-2008 05:12:59 | More by srandycarter
Photo of JDV


4/5  rDev -2%

Bottle courtesy of Miketd. Thanks!
Pours a slightly transluscent orange color with a bit of haze. Smell is a citrusy hops mainly. Taste is sweet citrus and orange for a second before drying out, leaving a dry lingering clean grapefruity flavory. Mildly bitter. Very nice clean DIPA, and probably my favorite Southern Tier beer. Well hidden alcohol as well for 11%.

03-26-2008 04:51:04 | More by JDV
Photo of lightindarkness


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%

Thanks to pieper for sending this my way. An excellent recommendation. 22oz poured into a beer tasting snifter.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a short eggshell head that fades quickly but leaves a little nice lacing.

Smell is very enticing with plenty of fresh pine needles, resin, and cereal. Some citrus kind of hangs back with a light sweetness.

Taste very closely follows the nose, with full piny resiny hops up front and a solid grainy base. I'm really impressed with the delicate balance of this beer despite all it's imperial strength. Almost light and crisp, even deceivingly so right up to the finish as the resin coats the mouth with an unassertive bitterness that lingers gently on the palate, fading to a yeasty bready softness.

Feel is nice, medium bodied with a moderate mouth coating. Sticky without being heavy at all. Carbonation is very submissive, adding a lightness to the feel.

The more I drink, the more I want this beer. A very well moderated hop showcase, this beer is a great version of the style, with everything to love about an imperial IPA and very little of the overbearing intensity in some other IIPAs. Only drawback is the extremely well hidden 11%abv.

03-26-2008 02:32:16 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of dancinwillie


3.28/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured from a bomber, into a chalice, slightly cooler than room temperature.

Pours a light amber color. Topped with a large, impressive 2 finger head, which hangs around for awhile, then drops to a respectable half finger.
Grapefruit dominates the aroma, with some pine and floral notes.
Pine and grapefruit right away on the tongue, followed by a mild honey sweetness. Very smooth, considering it's an imperial. The ingredients are listed on the bottle, and I wonder if it's the red wheat that tones it down a little? Pretty balanced for the style, which might be contrary to the style itself. I was expecting more hop flavor, and aroma. Very tasty, nevertheless.
A smooth creamy mouthfeel, a little chewy, and a dry finish.

Overall, A very good beer, my sample seems more like an IPA than it's Imperial relative, but still quite enjoyable. Couldn't drink too many with 11% ABV, especially out of a bomber, but I will surely try this one again sometime.

03-24-2008 03:55:27 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of abcsofbeer


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber with the painted label. The color is a crisp, clear amber that is topped by a thin off-white head. There is a good amount of thick, sticky lace rings. The head falls to a thin crown after a while.

The aroma is very flowery from the hops infusion. It also has many other earth tones of outdoors, as well as continued leafiness.

The taste has a slight bite of alcohol accompanied by pine and citrus notes. There is a slight bit of caramel sweetness too. The mouthfeel is a crisp and light one, but, with a full bodied flavor. Excellent brew.

03-23-2008 01:38:27 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of cookin420


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle poured into a large tulip.

Crystal clear brew. Surprising becuase of the wheat. Nicely done. Amber with hints of red and yellow. Majestic looking shit. Small head with a thin but coating and lasting head.

Wow. Cascadealisious. Heavily malted nose and plenty of alcohol smells. Tart hop aromas prevail but the malt is a shovel in the face as well.
Not the most bitter stuff but I'll reiterate; Wow. Huge and satisfying hop flavors. Only a shred of that 11% alc. is evident. This is very well balanced ale. Not my favorite style of Double but balanced is obviously what they were aiming for. Bulls Eye.

Feel is right on spot.

This is a sipper because of the obscene malt presence. Like I said; very well balanced, and to balance the hop here, much malt is needed.

This is good stuff if you like a super sturdy malt backbone in a double. I bought several having never tasted it and I don't regret it.

This is a sipper

03-22-2008 17:52:47 | More by cookin420
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,621 ratings.