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

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2,759 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 116
Gots: 250 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of rkuhnel
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks for Andy in NY for trading me this great beer. This poured in to my Duvel glass a very clear copper color with a nice solid and long lasting head that left great lacing on the glass. This was at 42 degrees as recommended on the bottle. Nose was very strong with lots of citrus, pine, and some fruit. Very rich and almost slick mouthfeel. Flavor is powerful and full of solid flavors that tend toward ripe fruits. Long bitter finish. This is a complex beer which might not please everyone but I like this kinds of brew. The alcohol is present but at 11 percent what can you expect. This is not the same as Pliny the Elder which I had a bottle of the night before, but in its own way is almost as good. Thanks Andy for a simply superb beer.

rkuhnel, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light orange with a thin white head. The aroma is loaded with hops but balanced with some malty sweetness. It has a full body with solid bitterness to balance out the imperial maltiness. It finishes well and leaves you wanting more. Overall, a very good beer.

explosivebeer, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of lpayette
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another ST brew in my quest to try their full line up. How many beers do they have anyway? And how many are amazing like this one? It seems they all are

The appearance is pretty average as far as double IPAs go. Nice clarity, decent head, but not much lacing and retention. Can't complain about it though.

Smell is straight up hop bomb with an emphasis on cascade. Deeper whiffs reveal layers of sweet almost honey-like malt.

Taste- The taste is well... unearthly. You would never guess this was 11%. Maybe 8 or 9, but not 11. I could see this being off the charts if there was a slight vanilla/oak taste to it. It's actually got a decent malt and hop balance.

I can't say anything bad about the mouthfeel and this is yet another outstandingly drinkable beer from Southern Tier. My only question is when can we expect to see distribution in VT? We're not too far away!

lpayette, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deer copper orange with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel malt and pine. Oily at 1st hen there is a big hop bite and a dry finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Very good imperial. This is a complex beer which might not please everyone but I like this kinds of brew.

kmeves, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy light bronze color with a one finger off-white head. Decente retention and lacing. Looks like a good DIPA but not great.

S - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruits from the nice mix of c-hops. Aroma is not as strong as many DIPA's, but it smells darn good. Hints of alcohol underneath.

T - Nice brown sugar sweetness initially before being overcome by candied grapefruit and pineapple tastes. An excellent job of balancing while still giving a nice hop kick. Finishes with a mild bitterness and dark sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

M/D - Medium to full bodied beer that coats your mouth in brown sugar sweetness. The bitterness is strong but doesnt knock you out keeping this beer very drinkable. An exceppetn DIPA.

ckeegan04, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper golden hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissolves into a thin lace. Aroma is nice and hoppy as one can expect. Initial is one of ALCOHOL! Wow, some bitterness and creamy flavors including vanilla flavors and pine notes. Alcohol warmness dominates. Not the best IPA but one hell of a wallop. Recommended.


jkdrummer, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amber to golden color, with a two finger thick head, cream in color; dissolving away slowly, leaving a white lacing down the glass. A floral fragrance at the start, with a touch of grass and pine in the scent. There is a hint of malty sweetness at the end. The comes out out the start of the taste, then the hop onslaught begins. The hops bring on the flavors of pine, blending to a strong grapefruit and earthy flavors. A light to watery feel at the front, but it quickly gains weight to become a much more heavier feel. A strong Imperial IPA, with an incredible aroma, an intense flavor, that is never overwhelming. Throw this at some hot wings, some really hot wings, or some spicy pad thai.

cameraman, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of trbergman
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz pour on draft at the GCB in Providence.

Appearance - Copper, with a white head that quickly reduced to a fine lace.

Smell - Tons of hops! Grapefruit, pine, and pineapple.

Taste - Bitter up front with sweet maltiness in the middle. Caramel, maybe a little toast. A real hop bomb with plenty of grapefruit and pine flavors.

Mouthfeel - Chewy, medium body. It's ok, nothing really special for a DIPA.

Drinkability - A little too hoppy and alcoholic to drink more than one, maybe two.

trbergman, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of ommegoose
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I continue to work through my mission to try all of Southern Tier's big beers. They need to start dating their beers though.

Does a lot better with head retention than many other ST brews. Leaves rather thick and even sheets up the back half of the glass. Color is a clear golden orange. Well done.

I'm a little surprised to be hit with sweetness at first, like an earthy honey, followed by mint. The overt malty smell makes me wonder if this has some age on it, but I have no way to know. Some caramel malt. Less resinous hops than expected, but they're there. Usual C-hops.

This surely must pack a ton of IBUs. It's like the bitterness stings my entire tongue. That, and the 11%. I can't say it's especially well hidden. The hop profile doesn't strike me as citrusy or fruity all that much. Lots of leafy, herbal, grassy flavor. I get more mint leaf here than in other IIPAs or IPAs I've had. Some pine. Some bitter grapefruit rind. It took some time before I started to really experience a fruity blend of hop flavors, but even then, the heavy bitterness renders them unfamiliar. Malt profile is sufficient. Caramelly sweetness, enough to add some balance. Finishes with heavy dry bitterness and a long-lingering herbal flavor. Despite some features I don't like, it offers enough complexity and interesting flavors to enjoy.

This is just kind of hard on the tongue. Some richness. Not too slick.

Eh, I was expecting way more here. As it stands, this doesn't come close to Hoppe for me. I've got many more IIPAs to try before I come back to this one. If I know I'm getting it fresh, then maybe another try. Gets a few points for just being interesting, and worth examining again and again. It's boozy though, and probably one to split unless you have some time to spare. If I ever want something especially harsh and extreme, I know where to go.

ommegoose, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of phattysbox
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip glass. Bright orange/amber color and absolutely clear. Thick soapy 1 inch head that retains for at least 10 minutes then slowly retreats to a nice ring of lace. Incredible lacing for this brew - this is one nice looking beer.

Smells more of pine resin hop rather citrus/grapefruity. Maltiness also comes through the nose as well. Initial flash of oily piney hops produces a very nice bittering effect. The hop profile then melds smoothly with a malt background that is not too assertive. Nice caramel flavours poke through followed by a warming effect from the alcohol.

Excellently balanced DIPA in my opinion. Smooth and very drinkable.

phattysbox, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured orange/copper in color with a fairly aggressive 2 finger head. The head did settle back into the beer fairly quickly. There was a nice amount of lacing and little visible carbonation.

Aroma was strong, off hops and also big malty & slightly sweet.

Taste was nice. Big sweet and hoppy. You can detect a lot of flavor below the hop bitterness that was dark and fruity. Dark berries, dried fruits. Hop bitterness was present front to back. Did a nice job of masking the higher ABV.

Mouth feel was fairly bold and this was a big beer. Drinkability was quite nice.

A good solid DPA

Reagan1984, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall 650ml brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Faded green label showing a hop vine.
Copper red clear body with an orange tinted multibubbled head. Good retention and creamy lace.
Strong resin hoppy scent with a subtle caramel layer. Lots of rough spices, nuts, forest, tart cranberries and faint light white bread.
Excellent balance through the aftertaste, neither hops nor malts taking over but coexisting beautifully. Complex notes of nuts, sharp hops, caramel, light toffee, earth and spice.
Medium body, good coating, residual sugars.
Great drinkability, high alcohol kept in check quite well.


oelergud, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear pale/orange with a large 1 inch white head. Smells of glorious hops just adds to my tastebud's anticipation. This puppy smells so nice I just have to sniff it a while. First sip is haven with an "In your face" hop presence that begs and actually needs a huge malt backbone. The strong malts make this one quite a creamy treat. The super nice bitter finish is lovely. Well done.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of TonyT
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized wine glass...Bomber from the brewery (my bombers from the brewery are starting to run low)

A- A combination of Dark Gold, light brown with hints of red. Nice head, with amebic lacing that hangs. Bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

S- Great...Hop and citrus smells, with sweet malts...Smells like the Brewery.

T- At first, the hops are smacking you in the face with nice bitterness. They start to calm down and balance out with the malts as you proceed. But the hop presence stays with you throughout. There are piney tastes. Undertones of the citrus taste come through. There is a lot of carbonation. The word Crisp keeps coming at me...very, even with the malts. Crisp...yeah.

M - Dry throughout. The bitterness first hits you (see T for this diatribe). Gets silkier and sticky as you go. The hops stay with you the entire taste - front to back. As with most good imperials, the malts take the ride from the middle to the end.

D - Really drinkable. But as I've stated with the other high ABVs, this one will not let you forget it's larger than the average bear.

This is a really good beer. If you like hops...Drink it.

TonyT, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice looking bomber poured into an oversized Ridel wine glass.
Aroma is clean and grassy and hop based. Surprisingly soft and mld. Touch of malt in background. A touch of a bite, but not quite there.
Glowing amber that looks like a sunset. Firm one inch creamy head. Rather heavy lacing.
Flavor holds only a touch of bitter sharpness (which partially defines a DIPA for me). A long lingering bitterness and hop flavor finishes the drink. Very well done blending of hop characteristics, but also hops with malt. Citrus sweetness of orange that seems to be from the malt. No hotness and mild alcohol flavors (but it's there in a sneaky way).
The feel is sorta' non-descript. Doesn't add or distract. Soft feel and mildly prickly carbonation. Moderately heavy feel.
Easily one of the most drinkable DIPA I've ever imbibed. Enough complexity to be interesting, but not overwhelmingly intense either. Nicely done.

garymuchow, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty clear gold, with great lacing and wonderful retention. White head of 2-fingers.

S: Great hops in a sticky brown sugar malt. Grapefruit flavors are all over this one.

T: Grapefruit, solid hops, very piney, aftertaste is a little metallic, which is a shame. Alcohol kicks in a little after swallowing, but I didn't taste it before, and it's not at all annoying even at 11% ABV! Still, the alcohol kills the bitterness a little, so I have to knock some points for that. Smokey sugary malt comes through after swallow.

M: Really creamy and smooth - coats the mouth like it should. Carbonation is slightly low. Pretty non-astringent - just a little.

D: Drinks wonderfully for the ABV - very warming and smooth going down. Will buy again.

ralree, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Rainintheface
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber with the slightest of haze. two finger white head with good retention and light carbonation. sticks nicely to the glass

S: subdued orange and clementine. lightly floral. some sweetness

T: deep orange. oily, resiny hops. great balance with the malt

M: full body. creamy. bitterness/swettness/bitterness....

D: great beer. i'll have again w/o doubt

Rainintheface, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of jeremy13586
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper color from a 22oz bottle in to a Delirium tulip. It had a nice, slightly off-white head that dissipated after a couple minutes of sitting to warm up, but left a very nice lacing. Sensed a nice, citrusy and piny aroma from the hops with a bit of sweetness and alcohol cutting through.

The taste is hard to put my finger on because it is quite complex. Many different things are going on taste-wise, but it is incredibly balanced. A nice maltiness is right at the beginning, with a resiny hop taste. The tongue is left warm by the alcohol. Very smooth and perfectly carbonated. This beer is very easy to drink and is a bit better on the colder side (filled the glass twice with the bottle). Totally one worth trying.

jeremy13586, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a DFH snifter... copper in color with minimal head and very little retention. A massive smell of bread & hops, hops, hops! All kind of hops in this one... hits about every part of the nose & mouth... very, very complex, yet a great balance. Viscous in the mouth with low carbonation. Not something you would want to drink all night... let me re-phrase that... you may "want" to, but it will kick your ass!

Basically... if you're a hop head... hunt this down. Excellent DIPA!


ckaufman, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to JasonA for this one!

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Resiny hops & breadyness

T: Piney hops, pineapples, & tangerine up front. Leafy hops hit the front of the tongue as this warms, along with a bit of toffee, tropical fruits & biscuitty malt. Finishes with nice pine resin & some caramel & nice fruittyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with low carbonation& super balance

Drinks great for the style & ABV, nice DIPA!

russpowell, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of jordoo
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Nice shade of orange with a good sized white/yellow tinted fluffy head that left some good splotchy patches of lace. The hop mix comes out smelling mostly of pine and sweet tropical citrus fruit. There is also plenty of a very sweet almost sugary malt smell. Taste is even better that I expected after smelling. It has a very good hop pressance off the top with some serious pine, sweet grapefruit and candied orange flavors, still if anything this is super ballanced with a huge does of malt for a DIPA, luckily for me its a very sweet malt but distinctively not carmel much more like light molassas/brown sugar flavor. The mouth feel is very thick but also oily and creamy making an excellent over all impression passing through. Overall very nicely done but possibly a little to ballanced.

jordoo, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose on the beer is filled with cascade hops with some hints of citrus; a bit of caramel comes through as well. When the beer is poured I almost get a peachy hop character to it. The beer is poured with a decent finger head and a nice copper/orange colour. It also has a bit of carbonation. The flavours in the beer are very subtle because of the such strong alcohol and hop character, I get a bit of caramel, citrus, and some subtle piny flavours. There definitely is a huge bitterness that follows, but the beer isn't as overwhelming as I expected. The hops are very tasty though. Creamy with a bit of a bite from the carbonation, and pretty damn drinkable for a 11% beer.

swizzlenuts, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange color, big foamy off-white head slowly dissipates into a frothy layer on top of the beer, lots and lots of lacing. Tons of citrus aromas, big juicy grapefruit, plenty of piney hops, and a very sweet honey-like malt aroma. Much more pine in the taste, sticky-sweet maltiness, some gentle honey tastes. Oily mouthfeel, sticky, with some moderate (read:not overpowering) lingering bitterness....mouthfeel is exactly what I'd want out of an Imperial IPA. ABV creeps up on you, and certainly keeps this from being something you'd want to drink every night, but damn....this is another delicious Southern Tier brew.

Of note: The first time I tried this beer, I didn't like it at all. It's amazing what a year's worth of trying new beers and pushing your palate will do.

corey0212, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear ice tea color with two fingers of just off-white suds that cling to the side of the tulip glass.
The immediate smell hits your nose something fierce. This one is going to be good. Hoppy as all get out. The pine is in this one. Not as aromatic as the Dreadnaught but still a wonderful addition to the nostrils. Mellow and malty with sugars lurking in the back.
Whoa, taste is a bitter,very bitter flavor at first then a black feel to the back of the tounge then some semi sweetness followed by the alcohol burn. Not what I was expecting but still a great tasting beer.
MOuthfeel is oily and sticky like a double IPA should be. Great bitter aftertaste here. Not much sugar hanging around.
Drinkability is not so high here because of the 11% abv it's a bit too warm .

peabody, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz to tulip glass, pours a neat lighter peach shade with a tinge of red comes off coppery with light, creamy beige head fades down to lacing - very nice color and the alcohol makes it look thin and oily, looks great!

smells of sweet hops! pine, citrus, very nice malting, compliments well, alcohol burn, nice

tastes smoothly bitter, great hop blend, the centennials pop out very nice, good amount of carbonation, grapefruit peel, pine, heat is hidden excellently at cooler temperatures but pops out slick when warmed. caramely biscuit malts, hop resins hang around in the mouth, yum, a wonderful dipa well worthy of a drink.

mouthfeel is oily, bitter, creamy, slightly hot in the finish, very good - i wouldn't drink multiple bottles in a sitting, but i like variation :D

drxandy, Aug 23, 2008
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.