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

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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 126
Gots: 275 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first Southern Tier beer but I have many more to try from my latest beer run.

I poured this one into a Duvel glass. The head developed a little slow as the beer was chilled to the prescribed 42 degrees. I let it warm a bit. I think with 11 percent ABV this beer is better at 50 or so. This beer as amazing clarity and looks great.

The aroma is of sweet hops but it's hard to determine one hop from another since this has 4 varieties to serve as aroma, taste, and bitterness. The smell unlike most IPA's makes the beer seem extremely approachable for even the non-Hophead (although I am one).

The first taste proves the above statement to be misleading as an all out war is waged with Hops being the only weapons. The flavors of this one are special. This beer has the ability to seem extremely unbalanced up front but the malt then takes over and the hops linger as a pleasant memory in the back of the throat. The deep roastiness of the malt soothes the hop-burnt tastebuds.

The mouthfeel is like velvet. This beer has the texture of an RIS. Very Very Viscous! I almost had to chew this one. That through me off a bit. I would imagine that is due to the 11% ABV. I loved the flavor but texturally it was a bit much.

Drinkability suffered for me because I knew I was not in any position to drink another one of these. I will say this beer was extremely smooth and extremely easy to move through. I would not however seek another in my beer stash to put down tonight. Great brew!

Photo of claytri
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light copper with a white head. The aroma was pretty much straightforward malt and hops. The taste started with malt and a bit of berry, which was then enveloped by the hops. The feel is medium and dry. Pretty impressive, a good deal of hops, but it is blended in well and gives you more than just bitter, count me in as a new fan.

Photo of mrandolph
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer smells of citrus and malt, is surprisingly sweet for an IIPA/Double IPA/ Imperial IPA. The middle is sweet and smooth, medium body and a nice layer of tiny bubbles to carbonate. The beer has a nice golden/amber color, especially visible in the recommended tulip wine glass. The body and head retention are medium-low. The finish was good, somewhat dry with lingering hops. Overall an excellent beer, though it was less hoppy than I remembered. It paired nicely with some homemade pesto.

Photo of AMoceri7
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant surprise.

A: Golden, not Golden Pissner color. GOLD. Looks great, minimal head as the lacing adds great texture throughout.

S: Screaming malt and hops. If I didnt see the labeling on this I would have easily thought it was Averys Hog Heaven Barleywine. Which is...incredible.

T: Hop intensity and malt are obvious. Caramel sweetness seems to be a tad bit more intense than other DIPAs Ive had but none the less great. Almost no alcohol noticeable at all. The hops kick hard. There are at least 4 hop types it says are in it so its hard to pick out much of the flavor the hops administer. Pine hop flavor pushes at the finish, grapefruit and the obvious peach are all accompanied but lightly roasted amber malts. Some spice (ginger/cinnamon bark) maybe but that could just be the hops. Cant say its all that balanced, the sweetness of the malt is far from complimenting. All the flavors sort of jump out.

M: Very very close to being balanced and complimenting but it runs short. Very syrupy and thick, mmmhmm. Carbonation is a tad high.

D: Not bad, the buzz comes quick and slows you down, might make you sick after a while.

Overall: Very impressed, I liked this a lot. Would probably buy again. Not much else to say about it. Wish it was a 4 or a 6.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-delivered from the U.S. to Vienna (thanks, Jeff and Chris!), the bomber looks just like the picture. It pours a clear deep copper hue under a short-lived light beige one finger head that manages to generate some very impressive lace before fading to film and collar. The nose is a wonderful bouquet of citrus and flower, strong on the grapefruit but not ignoring the carnation, either. The mouth is slightly sticky and quite prickly, evidence of significant carbonation. The taste is all hops, predominantly citrus again. but with a significant espresso bitter hiding underneath. The citrus fades on the swallow, leaving the dry espresso bitter to dominate the finish and aftertaste, achingly urging another swig. There's plenty of alcohol here, which does not try to hide its influence. This is a bold and uncompromising drink, not for the faint of heart. Yum!

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Gary's in Madison, NJ. Burnt orange pour with a small but never ending head. HUGE hop aroma and a wonderful citrus and caramel flavor. One of the top 5 beers I had on my vacation on the east coast, and I am very happy to have learned fairly recently that I can pick up some Southern Tier if I'm willing to venture to Washington.

Photo of psunate
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Minimal amount of white head that dissipated quickly on a nice, red-orange tinged body. This DIPA, unlike some others, is pretty pure as I can cleary see my hand on the other side of the glass.

Can definitely smell the hops but not nearly as much as some other hop-bomb DIPA's.

Hoppy citrus flavors up front, orange and grapefruit, that quickly turn to a malty sweetness. Almost candy like sweetness at the end.

The drinkability is excellent for a beer listed at 11% ABV. Overall, it seems that this DIPA, in attempt to avoid being unbalanced on the hop side of the equation, leans towards the malt backbone that dominates quickly into tasting. Not my favorite DIPA due to this, but still a delicious beer. Would be a good DIPA to introduce someone new to the style with.

Photo of OlRasputin989
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: 1 finger foam head sits atop a very hazy, mystifying, glowing orange ale. The head gently fades leaving lacing a couple of centimeters above the beer.

S: Sweet delicate aroma that tickles the nose hairs: probably a combo of the high ABV and IBUs. Hard to describe. Is that orange peel?

T: Such a great maltiness. This is a beer that leaves my tastebuds stunned as well. But I'm still getting some orange peel and the bitterness makes me think of grapefruits without the sourness.

M: For 152 IBUs, I was suprised my mouth wasn't left bitter and dry. The heavyness of the malts encourages you too sip what your tastebuds tell you to repeatedly enjoy

Overall, exceptional I2pa. This beer is currently one of my favorites of this style. All around a spectacular beer.

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

Southern Tier Un*Earthly is a mostly clear amber ale with a small, foamy, yellowish head. The lacing is outstanding and the head has good retention. Fresh, herbal hops are in the nose: pine, grapefruit, but also a wooden spiciness and a sharp, fruity note from the malt. It smells very fresh. It's on the heavy side of medium-bodied. It's soft, smooth and a little sludgy. It's a touch sweet and a touch like iced tea. It's insanely bitter but it's not jarring. It has an almost berry quality-- the flavor grows less sweet and more resiny and by the end it's almost soapy. It is, after all, hella bitter. This is a bold and inspiring IPA. A bit stuntish, but pretty reasonable.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

Photo of kzoobrew
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and yellow orange color, white head maybe one finger. Decent retention, decent lacing.

Big hops aroma. Piny and lemon citrusy hop smells. Over all a sweet aroma.

Bitter hop bite, not overwhelming however. Sweet malt back with citric hops flavor. Pleasant flavor but not overly complex.

Mouthfeel is slightly above medium. Drinks rather smooth, finishes semi dry.

The beer is drinkable. The alcohol is definitely there but not in your face. Better to drink cold does get a little soapy warm.

While I am enjoying this brew, I can't see myself running out to get another. I would consider picking this up again but just not at the top of my list.

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

was looking for a hop bomb. Tried this a couple times.

Too thick. ST is trying too hard. Yes, it has hops. Yes, it's bitter. I'm sure the IBUs are up there.

But it doesn't satisfy. And it's too heavy. Too syrupy/malty. There are IPAs with more flavor, more zest, more crispness, more satisfaction, more thirst quenching ability out there.

Find those.

Photo of Vendetta
3.12/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
September 6, 2008

Super heavy hops in the aroma. Small fizzy head, super hoppy, a little flat carbonation wise. Tastes of soap as well. Enjoyable but it seems that 2IPAs are either hit or miss with me, this isn't one of the better ones that I've had.

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

Picked this up for $6.99 at Binny's in the South Loop.

I like some humorous copy on a beer label but when it is all marketing and tells you nothing about the beer, I always feel like the label doesn't come directly from the brewers. Anyhow, I digress.

A: I could have done with pouring more vigorously. Slightly creamy yellow, fine frothy half a finger head. Medium hazy amber that becomes yellow gold toward the bottom. Nice lacing.

S: Like smelling hop resin - pretty intense. Big fresh fruity hops. Pine forest with lemon and tangerine. Some sweet maltiness in the background. The alcohol is there for sure but doesn't dominate.

T: On first taste it fills the mouth with a nice caramel maltiness and goes into a surprisingly sweet and lemony hop profile. Big hop but not big aggressive bite. Some sourness in the aftertaste. When it settled, it didn't do it for me in quite the same way. The fruit became more tart and the hop bite developed a big pine bite. When it warmed up, it became too soapy for me.

M: Feels like a nice medium body. Slick and smooth. Carbonation is low.

D: An impressive beer but the mix and focus was just not right for my personal taste. It goes down real easy. The trouble is that it is 11 ABV! An evening on this stuff would be a short evening indeed.

Photo of gestalt162
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. brown bottle...

A: Golden amber body, 1/2 finger thick lemon cream colored dense foamy head. Fairly clear in complexion, little in the way of carbonation. Head doesn't stick around for long, and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Hops: A little piney, a bit of citrus fruit and pineapple. Smells a touch earthy (as the name would suggest). Some yeast in the nose. Decent waft of alcohol.

T: The hops hit first, a strong, uninhibited, dry-clay-like earthiness, and solid pine flavor. Flavorful, but not terribly bitter. Followed up with a kiss of sweetness, and finishes with with the hoppy flavors it began with, along with a little bit of alcohol. Alcohol leaves a little bit of a burn in the back of the mouth. Again not that bitter.

MF: Oh-so-thick, and smooth. This beer's got body.

D: I remember this tasting significantly better when I had it on draft awhile back, good enough to make this a solid A beer. If you can find it on draft near you, go for it. That said, this is still a decent DIPA. If you want a try a beer with some definite earthiness to it (usually hard to find), look no further than unearthly. Nice earthy/piney flavor, would have liked more bitterness. Alcohol is there, and lets you know it.

Photo of froghop
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear bright orange with a medium size off-white bubbly head that has great staying power, good lacing.

smell is of hops, caramel, citrus, and a earthiness.

taste is smooth, light grapefruit, caramel, citrus, well balanced hops and malt, somewhat sweet, ends bitter but not overpowering, the 11% alcohol is not apparent at all.

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

purchased at brown jug.

Pours a nice ambery orange clear color, copper almost, a bit lighter. A nice fluffy white head retains ok, and leaves decent lacing.

Nose is hopalicious, but there is a significant malt presence in the nose. Some pine, grapefruit, perfume, candy sugar, spice.

Taste follows, A big malt presence provides a very rock candy like backbone that jumps out first, hop bitterness slowly rises throught the taste, as do the hop flavors. Alot of piney hops in here, odd, I would think there to be a significant amount more grapefruit in here with the hops that start with C festival. You can tell there is some high alpha acid action in here, but the malt profile is just a bit too strong. The hop profile only gets better as the taste goes on, into the finish, and there is candy sugar and hop bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just about right for the abv, could use a tiny touch more carbonation. Slick on the palate, but a nice dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability is frightening on this one, as the 11% abv does not exactly make its presece known. A very easy drinking borderline triple IPA.

Overall, this is a good wintery IPA, and is a great example of the heavier end of the spectrum of DIPA, but it is just missing that something that makes it great. I think it is slightly unbalanced on the side of the malts, but this is defenitely a hop driven beast. I think this would be a good one to introduce someone to how big an IPA can be, without laying a real prize on them. A good beer, but just cant quite keep up with the hop 15s, gluttonys, and vortex brews out there. All in all, an enjoyable brew.

Photo of Douglas14
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it's Southern Tier, so I expected nothing but n in-your-face, over-the-top hop bomb that will be full bodied and have an etremely large malt bill also...and it does.

it pours a dark-golden color with a slightly off-white head that resides too quickly. The smell is intensely of hops and malt...maybe a little too balanced...what I mean is that, it is a little too syrupy. I know that balance is key for IPAs and DIPAs, I like the malt to take a back seat to the hops. Nevertheless, the aroma is this beer's best quality. The taste is similar. Many of the same balance and aroma characteristics. It has a super full body and a nice lingering bitterness.

Great beer...I effin love Souther Tier's over-the-top-ness...they remind me of an east coast Stone.

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

Reviewed on 4/19/08. Bottle. Pours a red/amber with thick white head. Aroma of floral hops. Initial taste is of floral and piney hops with a malt finish. Not too bitter. I didn't think the hops and malt blended very well together though, the malt tasted funny right after the initial hop burst. A good beer though. I'd have it again! 8/4/7/4/14

Update 9/10/08: Pours orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet, chewy malt, crackers, light bitter hops, and perhaps some stale urine. Flavor is quite malty, with some iced tea. Light citrusy fruits start to emerge as the beer warms. This reminds me a lot of Stone 10th. Pretty tasty, but the flavor is a little off. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Photo of corby112
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a lasting lacng. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with hints of malt, pine and citus fruit. Very smooth drinking with a strong hoppy presence that lasts throughout. Hints of grapefruit and alcohol with a nice malty backbone. Excellent!.

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

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Deeper gold color with orange highlights. Head is 1/4", sticky, and clingy leaving nice lacing.

S- Resinous hops; very oily. Honey malt, florals, cinnamon like spices, and citrus. Alcohol is deep and hidden in the back.

T- Very sweet up front, honey, light caramel, oranges. It is nice and bitter in middle from the hop addition, obviously earthy and finishes sweet.

M- Oily and middle of the road carbonation.

D- Stong, but balanced, and provides you with a nice hop fix.

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

This beer pours a pale transparent orange with a huge creamy head. It had good lacing and retention. It has a very nice citrus hop aroma with a nice sweet malt background. There is a good floral, citrus hop taste with sufficient bitterness. There are some sweet caramel, candy, toffee, and slightly fruity flavors in there as well. It has a cool medium bodied feel and is slightly creamy. This beer is fairly drinkable. Much more than you would think from a DIPA and it goes down very smoothly.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I have had from Southern Tier, poured into snifter

a: deep amber color, 1/4" head with decent retention

s: hops and citrus

t: well balnced malt and hops, hint of cirus and pine. I was kind of expecting more hop domination but this was surprisingly well balanced

m&d: medium to full bodied, slightly dry aftertaste, very drinkable despite the 11% ABV.

Worth a Try!!!


Photo of jdg204
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying my first few Southern Tier brews (Jahva and Pumking to a lesser extent), I jumped on the chance to try Unearthly. Loving the beer at Wegmans in the Lehigh Valley, they deserve a lot of credit for their selection.

A: Deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Intense hops & citrus aroma.

T: Very well-balanced blend of hops, citrus and caramelized malt. The BIG HOPS flavor is certainly the most prevalent as you would expect, but it allows the fruit and malt in as a compliment rather than competing for dominance. The hops remain in a pleasant after-taste.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, excellent finish.

D: Pretty jacked with my 3rd ST offering, these guys have got a great thing going and I'm a fan. Also, a great balanced brew for such a hoppy beast, a lot of credit is deserved for pulling that off. I forsee more ST brews in the near future!

Photo of beckje01
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey gold color with some activity

S- Really hoppy nose with some caramel notes in the way back.

T- Good hops but not so over the top as to be off putting, just enough to push the envelope.

M- Good thickness and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable, a very fun beer to drink, you'll never taste the 11%

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a medium size white head that fades fast. Smell is pretty mild for a Double IPA - mostly citrusy hops. Taste is more pronounced than the aroma - still citrus but balanced out by malts so it is not that bitter. There is absolutely no hint of the 11 percent abv. A very pleasant brew. Maybe not the hops blast I was expecting but a good tasting beer.

The combination of balanced taste and smooth, seemingly alcohol free mouthfeel would make this beer a lethal combination for those that didn't read the bottle. This beer goes down like a smooth IPA of about 5.5 percent abv. Drinkability is excellent. This one is a winner!!

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,802 ratings.