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

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2,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 122
Gots: 254 | 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 maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of naterock
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

color is a coppery orange hue. little head but sticky and steady.

Smells or sweet hops. I've never smelld hops like this. The smell blends with the malt so well. I like the piney smells.

Tastes of a nicely balanced hop-malt blend. undescribed hop blend. not very bitter but sweet and balanced.

Medium body nice balance, definitely one of the top Imperial IPAs around. WOW undescribable.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Very clean clear copper 1 finger head laces well but no real stick.

S-Unique more of a sweetness to it than normal IPA most noteablely fig, hops with a small pine note.

T&M-nice sweet front very smooth and clean middle with a nice bitter IPA finish, most IPA notes come through in the finish, complex and very well balanced.

D-Very easy to drink almost would say someone could take this one on thats note a big IPA fan, or starting out with them.

Photo of bonbini26
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful dark copper colour, crystal clear with a very nice head for a such a high alcohol brew

S: Citrus hops blast and alcohol

T: Hops hit the tongue first with a nice fruity flavour. hop bitterness follows with a lot of alcohol warmth

M: soft and smooth, medium body with just enough carbonation to bring out all the flavours

D: No doubt this beer packs a wallop, and with the 11% alcohol def a sipping a beer. with that said i like my Imperial IPAs to be a little easier drinking than this one. It reminded me more of a barley wine than an imperial IPA

Photo of Hokies
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden orange shade with heavy carbonation and a nice two inch head that lasts and leaves quite a lace on the side of the glass.

S: A strong malt backbone with a good amount of citrus and piney hops.

T: I am excited to try this one. Nice malt taste to start then the sticky piney hops take over and as the beer warms the malt becomes more present. Their is also a strong grapefruit bitterness presence at the end that leads to a nice aftertaste. This is a very balanced DIPA with a strong malt presence but it does take away from the crisp bite from the hops.

M: Oily and creamy very nice and not a strong alcohol bite.

D: For such a high abv. this is quite drinkable.

Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper in color, bright and perfectly clear. Head retention is great for an 11% beer, leaving plenty of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, floral hops over a substantial malt backbone. You can tell from the first whiff that this is going to be heavy stuff.

Taste & mouthfeel: And heavy it is. Oily hops, an enormous malt backbone and stratospheric ABV make for an extremely heavy DIPA - this stuff is downright syrupy. There's quite a bit of fresh hop flavor here, but the malt base is right up there with it, creating a pleasant bittersweet flavor that leans toward the bitter in the finish. Not my preferred style of DIPA, but not bad.

Notes: Received from Dyan in a recent trade; thanks!

Photo of mike24
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark copper colour, crystal clear with a decent head

S: Dominating hop aromas coming from this one, just a huge blast

T: Hops hit the tongue first with a nice fruity flavour. hop bitterness follows with a bit of alcohol warmth, surprisingly mild in terms of alcohol considering it's 11% actually. Toasted grains come in with a sweetness that lingers and blends with a bitter hop finish. Beautiful balance on display here, not too bitter and not too sweet, just huge flavours working together.

M: soft and smooth, medium body with just enough carbonation to bring out all the flavours

D: No doubt this beer packs a wallop, and it'll almost certainly tire out my taste buds. not much use switching to another beer afterwards either since next to this it'll taste like water.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. clear burnt orange/amber color with a nice off-white head with a very nice retention rate and mild lacing.

S: I can smell the hops from two feet away. massive aromas of citrus and earthy hops. some sweet malts providing an excellent backdrop.

T: wow! so well-balanced for an imperial IPA...very earthy? some pine, spruce, and big citrus hops. great rich malts.

M: big and bold, with a huge body. mild carbonation and extremely well balanced.

D: Amazing. Well worth a try, and repeat, over and over.

Photo of mrbosworth
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unearthly has a deep straw color, and is very clear. The head is thick, frothy and stays at two fingers deep for a nice duration. Not too much aroma, but you can detect a sweet, double ipa smell through the cloudy yellow foam. Deep malty feel, and hoppy notes, but mostly malt. 11% is there, but is nicely covered by complex malt character. A great imperial IPA, but could deal with being a bit more crisp, but how refreshing should something teetering above 10% be really? Great beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark pumpkin skin orange, with a medium lightly off-white head, with good head retention and well above average lacing, I expect this in a Double IPA.

S: Strong off-pine smell, cedar bark, light grapefruit juice.

T: Strong hoppy bitterness, raw pine and bitter melon. Bit of a sweet orange flavour in the middle mixed with an alcoholic bite. Finish has a lot of tropical fruit character and dries out the tongue.

M: Very full-bodied, medium alcohol presence for this style, very dry, resiny.

D: I liked this beer, but it's not one that completely knocked my socks off. Still, it's a great balanced DIPA, glad I tried it finally.

Photo of jmmakare
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich copper tone and a full head that disappears quickly.

S: Hints of pine and citrus.

T: Definitely a top-notch IPA. It has a nice balance of malt and hops. It is an aggressively hopped brew but has a nice balance.

M: Full bodied, and no alcohol burn despite the high ABV.

D: Too much flavor and hoppiness to have a lot of, but one or two are really nice.

Photo of SUjunkie
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass

A-Copper color with a nice white head.

S-Hops and Malt. Great balance.

T-Hops come out, but Malt follows. Just a really great flavor.

M- Full body. No way you can tell this is 11% ABV.

D-Just a great beer. Very drinkable. Not an everyday beer, but a great balance of hops and malt.

Photo of rsawyer
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade from orcasteve! Thanks!!!!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass with a slightly aggressive pour.

a- About 1 inch head formed. The beer is a dark copper and is very clear. The head is an off white. Carbonation is not visibly evident.

s- Nice floral hops, with an earthy hoppy smell in there too... I am getting hints of citrus from the hops too. Roasted barely scents are evident as well, giving a biscuity hint.

t- Wow! What a wonderful balance of aggressive hops and smooth roasted barley. The hops are strong- The malt background balances the hops. The alcohol is eveident, but not overpowering. Very nice.

m- Medium to full body lets you know that you have a serious brew in your glass! Carbonation is felt.

d- great beer, but being 11% this is one brew that I have to pace myself on. Its a very nice treat.

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

This is a dark amber, thick honey color with a one-finger deep, thick and frothy head, dissipates really slow and plenty of sticky lacing to boot.

Smell's like honey-soaked pale malt, pungent fruitiness of ripe red berries and sweet caramel.

The flavor is a huge pine-tree resin and fruity hop bomb! citric acid and leafy hops make an acidic bite but a very sweet, honey-like current mellows all that out. The heat is hot, sure 11% is high, but it's the sharpness that makes this one a bit rough around the edges.

It's medium to full feel...full for an IPA and medium to full for a DIPA. The boozy alcohol males it feel sharp on the palate as well.

I found this one a bit hard to drink simply becuase of the sharp bitter hops and high boozy heat. The malt balance is nice though.

Photo of Lepley
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark brown with tan head and a lot of carbonation.

S: Smelled strongly of hops and a little sweet at the same time.

T: At first I loved this beer but by the end I have to say I was disappointed with this beer's flavor. At first it stated with good hoppy bitterness but by the time I finished it was slightly bitter and mostly sweet. I feel that it lacked the big hop flavor of other Imperial IPAs.

M: This beer was smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Overall I enjoyed it and would probably try it again.

Photo of hdofu
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey amber with a white sudsy lacing head head. Smell is heavy of smoke and hops. The taste is bitter but sweet making for a pleasant hoppy taste with a spicy finish. The mouthfeel is oily and thick, the alcohol becomes more noticeable the more you sip it. All and all it is very drinkable, no wonder it's one of the top ipas

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Shango Bistro. Clear amber with no head. The head must have faded by the time the pint arrived. Sweet, fruity aroma. Syrupy with a nutty flavor and some pine. 153 IBUs? I'm looking for some spicy hops somewhere but I'm having a hard time finding them. I think this would be a much better beer if they toned things down a bit.

Photo of epiinephriine
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit! Smell equals sterilization; pure hops! This beer is quite a bit like Stone's Ruination. However, unlike the Ruination, as hopy as this beer smells and tastes, It is certainly well balanced with a range of spices, and isn't offensive to any part of the pallet, including the back of the tongue; it is very even. This beer is good from sip one and thus has little room to get better as you drink; it doesn't "grow" on you. Watch-out scout, there's plenty of EtOH.

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

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, golden, orange with 2 cm off white foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is citrusy and floral hops. Initial flavor is sweet but short lived. Overwhelming hops dominate the flavor with a touch of spice on the backend, very dry. Aftertaste is long lived. Light carbonation, medium body, moderate to extensive lacing, and obvious presence of alcohol. Overall a very good beer and even better on tap.

Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-11/08- Received from BA member Talisker as part of a trade.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Nice silk screened label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep orange in color. Somewhat clouded with tiny sediment particles. About a 1/2 inch white semi-creamy head and leaves light lace spotting behind.

Smell- Wonderful nose of sweet caramel malt and orange scented hops. One of the most outgoing scents I have seen since Dreadnaught. Great!

Taste- Starts out phenomonal, but gets a little cloying as it warms and really turns sugary sweet. Orange starts out as a fresh hop flavor, but kinda tastes like orange cough syrup by the time the beer is finished. Caramel is fairly extreme adding to the extreme sweetness. If this has been a 12oz bottle I might have rated it a 5. Hops are overpowered by the sweet nature of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Sticky sweet, lower carbonation level with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bomber is tough to do, unless you have a real sweet tooth. It's very good and quite different from many extreme abv DIPA's. Keep it in the fridge if you can't fit the entire bottle in a glass.

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

A - Clear golden with thick froathy head. Has a beautiful shimmer.

Sm - Citrus heaven, apricots.

T - Awesome. Solid D IPA. Bracingly bitter. Great, complex hoppy taste.

M - Perfect! Dead on!

D - Way too drinkable for an 11 ABV beer! Seriously, one has to be careful!

Photo of stephens101
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been seriously looking forward to this one as it's my first Southern Tier brew, and I've heard good things about this brewery. Pours a hazy brownish orange with a thick one-finger light tan head that settles down fairly quickly and leaves a thin lacing all around the glass. Smells of big citrusy hops, caramel and orange peel. Tastes spicy and hoppy up front with some alcohol heat throughout. Toward the end is an essence of pine and malts. Carbonation is excellent. Mouth-feel is more toward the full bodied end of the spectrum than the middle. This is a tasty sipper and just one more of the many reasons that my love for hoppy beers keeps growing.

8/7/12 Update

A big fiz explosion ends with a thick, prominent tan head. Reddish orange in color with a yellow hue at the light. Has a subdued nose of candy, herbal and piny hops, a bit of earthiness, gum, tangerine and grapefruit. Tastes sweet (vanilla cake, bubblegum, caramel) and with a quick sour note followed by a slight hop finish. Medium bodied and creamy all the way through with a lingering, barely discernible alcohol heat. This is a truly unique DIPA that works to near perfection on so many levels.

Enjoying this one even more on the second go round.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh the Double IPA. This beer is a reminder of how far the limits of extreme beer can be stretched. Excellent job by Southern Tier on this one.

A- Burnt orange/brown/golden color with a decent sized head. Tons of spiderweb lacing on this one, coated the entire glass.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a zesty and earthy hop hint.

T- Lots going on here. I particularly enjoyed the natural essence of the citrusy/grassy hops combined with the bready and biscuity malty flavors. This was a little less hoppy than I expected, but it was still a damn hoppy beer.

M- Sticky thick and rich. This is how a double ipa should feel!

D- Amazingly scary that a beer with an 11.0 abv could be this drinkable. Spectacular.

Great beer and for a 5.99 price tag, how could you go wrong. Seek this one out.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pale golden a nice centimeter of good head retention, light visible carbonation nice sporadic lacing

light sweet fruity malts are well balanced against grassy,citrus zest

I really like the malty sweetness, so sweet and bready, theres a hint of toastiness right before the hops smack the back of your tongue with the same lemon zest and herbal flavors but also a hint of black pepper that lingers on the palate. Great balance!

medium heavy body medium light carbonation, just enough to make it pop, a nice oily feel as well that coats the mouth in astringence

"to underestimate unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe..." Badass stuff! So tasty, so well balanced and so dangerous. It's VERY easy to forget this stuff is 11 percent abv. I would say this beer is among peers when compared to Hopslam or Big A IPA. Great stuff.

Photo of almychristopher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice crystal clear golden color with a white head that recedes to a thin lace. the aroma is a beautiful arrangement of hops and fruit esters balanced out nicely over a background of malt. the taste follows suite with a nice bit of the malt up front and the fruity hoppy follow through with a good hop bite at the end. the mouthfeel is a little thinner than the other double ipa's I've had this afternoon, but still very nice with good bit of carbonation.

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.