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

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Ratings: 2,626
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 199 | 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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JDV

Texas

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
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lightindarkness

Florida

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
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

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
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

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
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cookin420

Maine

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
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jim102864

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a bomber, this 11%, 153 IBU beauty looks the part of a double IPA. Minimal carbonation. A thin sticky head that gloms to my Leffe snifter. Very clean, transparent copper color. Nice start.

The nose is herbal, floral, somewhat fruity with a kiss of cherry and apricot sweetness and yet piney. Complex and fasinating.

Sweet and floral but Double IPA-like muted hop bitterness. Piney and herbal. Nicely balanced and complex. The 153 IBU's are no where to be found.

The mouthfeel is flavorful and full but passes down the hatch like quicksilver.

Its high abv makes this a sipper. Still, assuming you're not driving, one you could enjoy for a good three rounds. Personally, it is one of the top 3-4 IPA's of any interpretation I've every had and one I will actively revisit.

03-21-2008 12:49:32 | More by jim102864
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shivtim

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

Good name, good reputation... gotta try it.
Came in a nice chalice. Nice looking golden hazy copper hue with a small but thick off-white head that faded to a persistent halo. Nose is chock full 'o hops. Intense layers of hops. Taste is piney hops with sweet citrus kicks and more hops. I like the hop intensity in the nose, but the flavor is a tad bit overdone, although balanced nicely with sweetness and a bitter ending. Couldn't feel or taste the alcohol at all through that hop attack. Great mouthfeel. Thick IPA goodness. Overall a very nice IPA.

03-21-2008 04:04:43 | More by shivtim
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AltBock

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11%

I was able to get this Southern Tier brew on-tap at High Street Grill on 3/17/2008. They served it to me in a standard Heavy Seas pint glass.

Unearthly poured a clear honey amber that had a 1 inch head of creamy white foam. This creamy foam had really good retention that left behind a small white film and quite a few thick streaks of creamy white lace. It had a big time powerful aroma of sour grapefruit, fresh pine, citrus hops, citrus fruits, more pine, and then it ended with more sour grapefruit. The taste was just as powerful as the aroma. That means the taste was just filled with pine, sour grapefruit, citrus fruits, a pinch of earth, and then the taste ends with powerful citrus hops that tasted like the hops unleashed a wolverine sized aggresiveness of hops on your tongue. If you couldn't tell already, it was a full bodied beer that had a long lasting aftertaste of pine, grapefruit, citrus hops, and citus fruits. Where was the strong ABV of 11%? If it was in there, I couldn't feel it and it was probably covered up by all the citrus flavors and pine that were in here. Overall, Unearthly was noting short of a great hoppy beer. I was happy that I got to try this hoppy winner on tap. Just be a litte careful with this one because it will sneak up on you.

03-18-2008 22:41:48 | More by AltBock
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

22 oz. bomber brewed with 2-row, carapils, and red wheat. It's boiled with Chinook and Cascade, sent through the hopback with Styrian Goldings, then dry-hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. The hop bill listed on my bottle doesn't match the one online, so either mine is an old version, or they haven't updated the site yet; the recipe on the internet lists this brew as 153 IBUs, and the bottle suggests it be served at 42 degrees, but I sampled it warmer than that. The beer is a nice, lightly-hazed orangey/amber, with low carbonation and three fingers of tan head that leaves some nice lace. Lots of hop oils in the nose, with juicy citrus (candied orange, grapefruit), sea salt, pale malt and just a hint of wheat. It has a very malty, thick, lightly sweet body with strong citric grapefruit, a medium/high bitterness and a suggestion of tartness. Smooth, dry, and lightly numbing on the palate, with low carbonation and a lingering finish. Overall, this is a nice, big-ass IPA, but the outlandish IBU claim isn't perceived as such, and it's just a touch too sweet for the style.

03-18-2008 18:07:11 | More by mmmbeer
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Experimentacious

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tall beer glass.

A: Crystal clear copper amber hue. Very clean looking. Medium head fades as this one goes down, some head retention, lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

S: Abundant floral Hops, definately some Cascade. There is a sweetness to the aroma, as well as citrus, pine, lemon peel.

T: Hops, nice bittering effect. I cannot detect an alcohol burn but I am a smoker. (Figure there should be some there given the 11% ABV) Finish is a nice balance of Hops and light malt, bitter wins over sweet in this one. Something reminds of me fresh cut grass as well. Nice.

M: Clean, refreshing, well balanced. This is not an aggressive IPA. This one will not punch you in the face with a pair of Goldings knuckles.

D: Nice. Again, not overpowering, pleasant crisp and clean. This beer would be great with a buffalo chicken sandwich. I don't know why I just said that.

For anyone is trying to get a friend or girlfriend into IPAs and have been scared away by say...a bittering experience, try sharing one of these. The perfect combination of floral, bittering, aroma, in a showcasing of Hops that is presented beautifully, well balanced and tame but not lame. Cheers!

03-18-2008 00:14:51 | More by Experimentacious
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bassmantin

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a fairly transparent orange/yellow with a small white head. I'm a bit unimpressed by the appearance.

Smell is very rich a floral, great hoppy aroma. I'm excited about the smell. Taste is quite complex. Very complicated hoppiness and an interesting sweetness that appears somewhere in the middle of the taste. The finish has a nice slow (and fairly hidden) alcohol burn with a great hoppy aftertaste.

I'm still working on being able to distinguish the different hop varieties, but I definitely recognize this group (chinook, cascade, centenial).

A great beer and an excellent use of hops. Go for it.

03-17-2008 02:24:19 | More by bassmantin
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

appearance: looks almost like a pilsner; crystal clear and golden. Pours with a nice bit of foam with good bead once the head falls with lacing on down the sides (no doubt due to the carapils and red wheat mentioned on the label).

smell: crisp burst of pineapple which fades quickly to a light citrua aroma.

flavor: Citric, sticky/resiny hops up front with honey sweetness mixing in leading to a very bitter finish laden with warming alcohol.

mouthfeel: smooth and pleasant; remarkably thin body.

drinkabiltiy: Goes down easy, but quite strong, with the warming alcohol finish a warning that this might go my head quickly if I don't slow down. Low drinkability score here because of the 11 percent alcohol.

overall: I think this bottle is showing some age, as I'm not getting the huge hops I expected, mostly a "sticky" citric sweetness and hot alcohol and bitterness in the finish. Quite two-dimensional and not very complex, just booze and hop bitterness. I'm a little disappointed with this beer.

03-16-2008 02:25:26 | More by marcobrau
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Ungirthly. Pours a slightly cloudy lighter orangy color that is almost yellow. A decent pour, not much sediment, leaves a pale beige head that has good staying power and decent lacing overall.

The nose is mostly hops with a citric & piney essence. Some light sweeter malt aroma with a almost Belgian or biscuit quality. Some phenolics and solvent alcohol on the backend. Some yeasty notes as well.

The taste is limited overall. Hops mostly sparkle with a more citrus and orange flavors. Some limited piney and Amarillo presence as well. Mostly finishing hops, not much bitterness. The malt is limited with some generic and sugar like flavors. Some sweetness lingers in the finish. Very light alcohol presence with a clean finish.

Good body with a light to mid feel. Surprisingly smooth and a nice feel being at 11%. Really impressive as flavor doesn't have any real off flavors. Overall I am impressed with the brewing but the hops are a bit underbalanced for me.

03-14-2008 20:39:31 | More by Oxymoron
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

650 ML bottle purchased for $5.99 from Gary's in Madison...
Heard that this was the ultimate IPA, so I was eager to give this one a shot...
Upon opening the bottle, I was greeted by a strong and sharp presence of powerful hops, so I figured this was going to be one hell of an Indian Pale Ale...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, deep-dark amber, golden hue with an impressive-sized foamy and frothy head which exhibited remarkable staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving an intense amount of lacing around the glass...
As mentioned before, a whirlwind of strong hops is definitely present, bursting to the point where you can actually smell the sweetness of the brew pouring through with rich caramel and vanilla nuances...
Top-notch, excellent taste... this beer certainly lives up to its hype and is one of the best American IPA's I have ever sampled, a rich, creamy, thick, and ultra-sweet sample tempered by a slight touch of hop bitterness and loaded with sugared-caramel flavors along with a hint of vanilla and honey...
Excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel, and one of the best factors of this beer include the fact that the hefty ABV is hardly noticeable behind an ultra-rich conglomeration of deep, thick, creamy flavors that burst through...
One of the best Southern Tier brews I've sampled... A must for all hop-heads and definitely recommended...

03-07-2008 23:44:26 | More by dsa7783
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mully

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

A-- warm gold clear/clean looking - bone colored fine bubble carbonation falls quickly to just a few large bubbles

S-- Citrusy pine like hops a little caramel malt for balance

T-- good , hoppy, good malt backbone, almost cedar like tones, not much sweetness good flavor, as it wrms more maly tones emerge

m-- a little oily mouth feel lingering after taste

d-- 1 bomber is not enough I like it/ not the most amazing beer, but it is good. the 11% is well hidden

03-07-2008 03:43:19 | More by mully
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GotHood

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Deep orange amber with minimal head that fades away quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Upfront hops, wonderful scent of pine and citrusyhops dominates the nose, but the sweet malt comes through.

T: Exceptionally well balanced, strong taste of hops up front, but sweet caramel and toasted malts balance out.

M: Smooth, creamy, sticky feel, and medium with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Very hard to believe it is 11%.

D: Great, one of the most well balanced DIPA's i have had. With the high alcohol would only be able to have one or two.

03-05-2008 04:39:52 | More by GotHood
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

A carbonated honey amber colored body has active bubbles on the body leading up to a rocky two finger light tan head. Leaves scattered lace as it slowly fades. Nose is blasting with citrus and woodsy piney hop character wraped up with a noticeable hot alchol presence. The first sip brings well balanced hops rolling over the tongue to create a creamy feel that is amazingly smooth. A high level of complexity is shown on the palate with nice malt balanced richness, and hop created sweetness. There is a steady bitter feel but it is welcomed and warm with just a touch of alchol which is amazing considering its 11% alchol. As I continue to drink I continue to love this beers balanced sweetness, richness and bitter feel. This is an awsome achievement of craft beer. Drinkability is of the chart for this level of alchol. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and full of desire. A very very good brew. Goes great with Danish blue cheese.

03-02-2008 19:25:29 | More by SPLITGRIN
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pacothrash

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from tap at Chappy's Tap Room in Moraine, OH. Brown amber color with a nice 2 finger head. The hoppy smell was very nice. The taste was dirty like grass or pine hops with some liquorish or toffee on the malt side. It seemed a bit unbalanced with the hops much more prevelant than the malts. It had a very nice lacing and overall was a very nice beer.

02-29-2008 19:17:05 | More by pacothrash
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

A-Pours amber orange with small dense head that quickly fades. No lacing.

S-I like hops, and I smell lots of hops. Also plenty of citrus, pine resin, toast, and spice.

T-Touch of sweet golden honey, citrus and toasted malt. The sweetness softens the hops, and the finish is clean. The nuanced sweetness and the bitter hops are a nice melange of opposites, and this stuff drinks smooth.

M-Excellent. I can't believe this stuff is 11%, and I'm starting to feel the initial effects. The texture and body are smooth yet bold.

D-Way to easy to drink. This brew is dangerously good.

02-26-2008 15:31:47 | More by BoitSansSoif
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srobertson59

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter:

A - Pours a crystal clear amber/orange with a very small head. Sheets of sticky lace form instantly.

S - Huge blast of citrusy hops to the point of smelling juicy! A small amount of dark fruit sweetness lingers after the hops.

T - Oh Wow! This has got to be one of the most balanced IIPAs that I've tasted. It's almost like listening to an exceptional sound recording where you can focus on whichever instrument you like, but the overall mix is never lost (sorry...being a musician, this makes sense to me). You can pick out every flavor point, but not be saturated by it.

M - Thinner than the flavor makes you think. Carbonation is only there to clean the tongue and never gets in the way.

D - This is right up there with my favorites. This is an extremely accessible IIPA since everything is so well blended. At an 11% ABV, this one can fool you. Alcohol is never detectable; even as the beer warms. Throw caution to the wind as this one could be over-imbedded easily!

Excellent IIPA. This one may overtake my 2nd place prize (currently given to Avery's Maharaja). I must have MORE!!!!

02-25-2008 00:02:54 | More by srobertson59
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steelcutoats

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

This was another take out from the Headkeeper. I tried the Southern Tier Pumking this past fall and fell in love with it, so I figured this Imperial IPA. was worth a shot. I grabbed my crystal snifter and favorite bottle opener with gusto. The beer poured with a wonderful inch thick head. The color was a beautiful deep golden, with a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma of hops and citrus hit me immediately as I took the initial breath. The taste was bitter for an IPA. but also very mellow. This beer boasts an 11% ABV but you wouldn't know it by the taste...it is very well hidden. This is a wonderful example of what an Imperial IPA should be.

02-23-2008 00:30:06 | More by steelcutoats
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a crisp orange with a frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is floral citrus hops with some fruity sweet malts. The taste is loads of bitter citrus hops with light caramel and sweet malts right behind for a decent balance. The beer is on the heavy side of medium and has the feel of a lower alcohol beer, this is one to be careful with.

02-22-2008 01:59:48 | More by atsprings
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to todd1 for this brew. He threw this in as an extra in a trade. Poured into a Corsendonk chalice. Beer was amber in color with a two finger head that was off-white. Excellent retention that left lacing all around the glass.

Aroma was citrus and pine hops, along with heavy malt.

Taste was heavy hops, balanced with a caramel, malt flavor. Surprisingly sweet.

Nice full, sticky mouthfeel. Long bitter finish and very sweet.

This was really well balanced. Especially considering it weighs in at 153 IBU's! Well worth seeking out.

02-21-2008 16:03:47 | More by drumrboy22
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Lupe

New York

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy off-white head. Great retention and sheets of lace are left along the sides of the glass.

Huge raw hop aroma hits you immediately - lots of pine and citrus. Honey and toasted bread kick in, becoming more balanced than initially expected. Faint alcohol lies in the background.

Hops, what else, are upfront - very dry, lots of pine, some juicy citrus - grapefruit, orange, and , and a load of spice. Solid malt sweetness of caramel candy come in to stand against the hop bitterness. Slightly cloying sweetness sets before a final jolt of hops return. The alcohol is so well hidden I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw it weighs in at 11% - just a very mild warming as it goes down.

Medium bodied, prickles and tingles the tongue with all the spicy hops. Creamy and a bit sticky. Unreal drinkability - I drained the bomber in no time, despite the sadistic hop assault. Not the best Double IPA, but damn good.

02-21-2008 02:59:17 | More by Lupe
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Floydster

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

22 ounce bomber acquired in a trade with todd1, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try a lot of the Southern Tier brews

Also split with my friend tonight, he is really going to have buy some beer soon, poured into my Duvel tulip glass again as well

A-Deep orange copper color, 1/2 inch frothy white head that did not settle for about three minutes, decent retention, not much lacing

S-Big malty aroma, loaf of bread, piney hoppiness, variety of citrus, different fruits like mango and apricot, and booze

T-Hoppy dry and piney taste at the beginning, some malt in the middle, then some grapefruit, followed by a bitter finish with some fresh tasting pine, balanced pretty well but still a little too sweet, malt overload, wish the hoppiness took more charge, still keeps a nice level of bitterness throughout the entire glass, citric acid, lots of booze in the finish once the beer warms, not bad overall

M-Very creamy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, also bitter at times, taste lingered for a little bit, could have used more carbonation

D-Probably could not drink a bomber of this by myself, strong at eleven percent, heavy as well, not exactly smooth or easy to drink

Better than Gemini in my opinion, which is half this brew and half Hoppe, not my favorite double IPA out there but still pretty good, a little on the sweet side with excess malt, would drink again if I ever crossed paths with it again, recommended

02-20-2008 09:00:24 | More by Floydster
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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