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

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2,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,186
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 126
Gots: 275 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Photo of trbergman
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ommegoose
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of phattysbox
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.


Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of TonyT
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of ralree
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Rainintheface
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of jeremy13586
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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!


Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of jordoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of corey0212
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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 .

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

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a solid sunset orange with great clarity. A finger of creamy foam leaves a thin blanket of lace behind.

Aroma - zesty pine and orange. Good intensity, nice and steady.

Taste - big caramel malts, followed by monstrous hops, bursting with orange and pine. Prickly on the tongue, alcohol smoothing things out on the swallow. Residual bitterness of grapefruit and background toasted grain.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, medium carbonation; let's the flavor through just right.

Drinkability - absolutely delicious.

Photo of SirEgbert
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Moderate pour yielded an inch of golden foam. Beer is moderately translucent and glows with a tawny, honey color. Cream head dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing. This is a very nice looking beer.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit citrus. Hint of spice (nutmeg or clove). Fresh, bready yeast.

Taste: Tart bright, grassy hops with a pucker of citrus. Bread. Earthy, grainy malts. Strong tea. Pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Bright and somewhat sharp, with moderate to low carbonation. Tapers into a creamy fullness. Slight astringent tingle lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: For the ABV, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. The alcohol makes very little appearance in the taste, save for a subtle warmth on the back end. I started out with this beer a bit cold, and it lacked much of the depth it showed as the temperature rose. The complex malt characteristics began to show through more as the beer got warmer. For the style, this is a great beer, although I think it would be interesting to see some heavier malt overtones brought into this beer. I think the hops could stand up to some toastier, sweeter, darker malts.

Photo of sholland119
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear honey amber with a thin white head and very little lacing.

Smell is big and bold with strong caramel malts and equally powerful citrus hops.

Taste is good but a bit out of balance. Malts take control of the flavor from the beginning and never give it up. Even the solid hop kick in the finish can't catch up.

Very oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

This beer is, to me, a bit fatiguing by the end. Tasty but too much of a good thing.

I much prefer the ST Gemini which tones down the crazy malitness with the ST Hoppe. This is good but one is almost too much.


Photo of trill
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored this 22oz bottle in a trade with BanditBrewingCo.

Pours an extremely clear copper color, with a sizeable white head of very small bubbles. Aroma is a truckload of Cascade hops, like smelling a handful of pellets on brew day. There's a heavy note of sweet citrus (oranges, mostly), and a pungent grassiness as well. In the taste, the hops are more peppery/earthy/vegetal; aside from the slight caramel flavor, this beer is very dry in the mouth. For a big IPA, the malt is very impressive, as it plays a supporting role while still being very interesting in its own right. The red wheat definitely comes through with a sharp tartness in the finish. The alcohol level in this beer is near-invisible, and if I didn't know any better, I'd guess it was maybe 7%ABV. This beer definitely sets itself apart in a very crowded category.

Photo of JMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful copper colored ale with 1 inch frothy head.

S: Pine, citrus and earthly hops. Huge hop aroma with a nice malt presence as well.

T: Pine, lemon, grassy and earthy hop oils. Some malt in there as well but the hops dominate.

M: Creamy, full bodied ale.

D: Excellent DIPA. Great flavor and goes down smooth, but the high ABV catches up to you quick. Another great beer from ST.

Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10oz. snifter at the Dilly Deli. Review from notes.

A: Great orangish, copper body, opaque. Short head on the pour, great lacing.

S: Big citrus, pine, and resin with thick sweet malts. Hops are massive.

T/M: Lots of bitterness. Hops are, again, massive; citrus, pine, resin, oils, delicious. Malts are thick, chewy, and sweet and really boost the body. A healthy dose of alcohol adds some complexity. Body is medium full with a thick and chewy malt side. Good carbonation does what it can to cut some of the malts. Dry and potent lasting finish.

D: A 10oz snifter is plenty. So damn good, though.

Photo of maddogruss
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a golden body with a small, white head with pretty poor retention but with some lacing along the side of the glass.

S: A nice mix of some bitter hops with some sweet, malt undertones. Nothing too overwhelming here.

T: A strong, earthy, bitter hop taste with some nice, malt undertones to provide a nice, complimentary backbone to the beer overall. Definitely a pretty solid brew with a nice, well-rounded taste.

M: Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but still fairly smooth. I was expecting a bit more carbonation and smoothness here.

D: Overall, a nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer a reputable DIPA. Despite the high alcohol level, the alcohol never makes itself noted in the taste, which is always a plus with the higher ABV beers. Definitely a pretty good beer overall and a nice representative of the DIPA style.

While this is only my second Southern Tier brew, they are quickly jumping to the forefront in my preferences. A nice brewery with some good offerings.

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