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

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Ratings: 2,808
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 126
Gots: 276 | 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 tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heavily blurred orange cast with a bold and bright glow to its body. Medium paced bubbling sprouts through the middle as it keeps a firm capping of pinky height foam of off-white, starchyness. Very thick cob webbed/ink blotchy lacing sticks across the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is oily and pungently raw, yet mild and ghostly with an alluring cleanness that seeps tropical fruity sweetness. Toasty grapefruit rinds that are raw and crunchy make up most of the nose with notes to pine, dark pineapple, orange marmalade, and some hoppy leafyness.

Aroma merely sets the mood for the taste as this is quite big with hoppy oiled heat and has a lengthy tone of toasty, fruitified hoppyness. Tough and tortured toasty grapefruit front thats oily and heated right from the firt sip. Middle and finish stays dry and piney with semi resinous qualities breathing in and out with a small tug of citric fruits as its oily heat fills every corpuscle of the mouth while toasty little tinges grab more pine and texture as it mellows off like a fine scotch with woody notes and more warmth.

This sucker has some heat to it, all in a good way, very lasting and warming with lots of lengthy tone and oily toastyness. Makes for a nice mix of textured oils and hoppy grit as its fuller medium body is all about filling you up quickly with a hoppyness that makes a home on your palate quicker then you can say Imperial India Pale Ale...

This stuff grabs hold right away and you begin to realize it'll take awhile to get through the bomber. A great sipper and showcase of the style with a toasty side that holds its own.

Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a brown 22oz bomber bottle into my Gulden Draak snifter. Cool screened label bottle which notes all nine ingredients!

A= This brew poured a DEEP orange color, bordering on the color of dark copper. The clarity was very high and carbonation was relatively low. With an aggressive pour I was able to coax out a 3/4 inch of dusty off-white head. The head quickly reduced to just a skim w/decent lacing down the glass.

S= The aromas of this beer were full of alcohol, sweet malts, and piney hops (in that order).

T= This brew tasted of pale and caramel malts, wheat, and slight notes of sour citrus, cloying honey sweetness, and hop resins. For an Imperial IPA, the hops were surprisingly balanced (they're there, but they're not the first thing that bowls you over).

MF= Just on the heavy side of medium bodied. Low carbonation makes this one roll right down, despite the huge abv.

D= For an IPA with barleywine strength, this is a dangerously drinkable beer. I would have liked the alcohol aromas toned down a bit and the hop aromas amped up a bit, but this is still an outstanding beer that I will certainly have again!

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

Enjoying this on a 90 degree day.

It pours a golden orange... beautiful! Nice, fluffy head that reduces to a rim, always present. Lots of sticky lacing.

I smell fresh bread and orange peel and I taste citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel is thin but very smooth. The drinkability is very high for a DIPA. Goes perfect with trip-digit weather!

Southern Tier just never lets up. This is right up there with Ruination for me.

Photo of RixBeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber orange with a thin creamy head. slow moving carbonation.

This beer is a deliciously complex in aroma. Grapefruit, Pineapple, Mango, Lime, Lemon, Orange [zest] and a huge smack of Pine.

I expected more from the smell than the taste allows. It's a bit thin for the aroma. Very Very Large (not huge) taste of grapefruit and citrus. Some must pine in the after taste.

Nice mouthfeel. Lots of glue like stickiness from the piny hops on the roof of the mouth. Smooth flavor and a grapefruit and citrus aftertaste.

For such a high ABV this beer is incredibly drinkable. Nuff said! Drink up and enjoy this one on a hot day, on a cold day, on any day!

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice gold color , with a little haze, nice off-white head.

S- Somewhat piny and citrusy, plenty of hop aroma.

T- The malt really comes through to balance the hop flavor, a little toasty malt is nice, dry hop finish.

M- Mid to full bodied, not much carbonation, really coats the tongue.

D- A very good beer, just have to watch the alcohol content.

Photo of EWSchulenburg
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle No dating that I could find.

Pours a clear dark gold, with a nice big dirty white head that slowly melts into a quarter inch foam with some lacing sticking to the glass.

Big hoppy aroma with sweetness present as well.

Very sweet malt taste, honeyish, followed nicely by a strong piney, tingly, grapefruit bitterness. Not much alcohol burn. Super balance!!

Big smooth feel. Can't wait for my next sip.

Excellent beer! Can't beleive it is 11%, but I do enjoy the kick! One of my favs!

Photo of timbro81
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear copper with a good fluffy head. Fed by good carbonation. Smells of pungent pine and grapefruit. Foam settles to a nice little head. Slight malt candy sweetness similar to Avery's Maharaji (goosebumps) Silky mouth feel. Really well balanced, good caramel malts back up the onslaught of the hops that were previously mentioned. Great finish, tongue tingling hops. Hides the 11% very well. Highly recommended.

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

A: Pours a nice amber color with orange highlights. Mostly clear, possibly a little chill haze. A small amount of head forms, but dissipates rather quickly. There is very nice lacing left on the glass.

S: The hop nose is very complex. There are hints of citrus, tropical fruit and even a bit of pine. There is a sweet note coming from the malt as well. The only drawback is that the aroms could be a bit stronger.

T: Sweet malt notes come through first with caramel, toast and hnoey. The hops soon show up and shoulder their way through with piney bitterness. There is only a very slight alcohol burn late in the swallow.

M: Thick and clingy, almost as rich as some imperial stouts. There is enough malt presence to keep the hops from coating the tongue... definitely a plus.

D: It's a very good DIPA/IIPA, but not something you could drink any other way than slowly sipping. Some high gravity beers can sneak up on you ... not this one.

Photo of iuhophead87
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a real dark gold almost orange. Even when trying to pour head not much in the glass.

S- There is an overpowering citrus hop aroma at first, but hints of pine can be detected after the hops aroma fades.

T- I thought I would be overpowered by hops because of the smell, but the beer had a rather caramel flavor at first. The hops and alcohol flavor is obviously there and stays longer than the caramel flavor, but it is a pretty balanced beer considering it is a DIPA.

M- Smooth and not as syrupy as I expected.

D- An excellent beer but couldn't handle more than two. The taste is great, but the 11% ABV could get me in a lot of trouble. I would start the night/day of with one of these but switch to something less "heavy" after the first.

I really enjoy Southern Tier and wish I could get t in my area.

Serving Type- Bottle

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a pint (from notes)

A - Yellow/gold, light/transparent pour.

S - Not sure what to call it, sort of a scaled down IPA smell but enjoyable.

T - A polished, surprisingly complex taste for an IPA. Hoppy, yes, but smooth and flavorful. A bit on the sweet side. Lightly floral taste which I found unique, not sure it's the best fit for this beer.

M/D - An unusual IPA. Delicate taste, not sure that's the best for the style. On the sweeter side. Guess this is my way of saying that I enjoyed the creativity within this beer but it loses something in these qualities.

Photo of vtfan77
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep gold with a lot of active carbonation but without much head or lacing.

S- Loads of citrusy hops, and a lot of sweet malt to back them up. Alcohol is also quite prominent. The overall impression is of sweet, overripe fruit... and I mean that in the best way possible.

T- This is definitely an assault on the tastebuds. Sweet upfront with a nice honey caramel flavor, but turning quickly to bitter hop oils and alcohol. The hops nearly overwhelm, demonstrating that balance was an afterthought here and leaving no doubt as to the style of the beer. The malt profile actually seems pretty solid, but there is no way it can stand up to the hops. The finish is of hop bitterness and alcohol with a touch of sweetness from the generous (but not generous enough) malt profile.

M- Nice medium-full body with a good carbonation bite that keeps it from getting too syrupy.

D- I think one is enough here. There are several reasons why I wouldn't want another, not the least of which is the fact that I probably wouldn't be able to taste it.

Nice beer if you happen to like having your tastebuds temporarily destroyed. Being the IPA-lover (and therefore masochist) that I am, I actually do like it. This isn't a beer that I'd have every day, but then again, what Double IPA is? This beer is over-the-top in almost every way, exactly like a good Double IPA should be. For that I applaud it. I will definitely be revisiting it at some point in the future when I need a serious hop fix. Recommended, but only for lovers of the style.

Photo of evanackerman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beer pours nice coppery orange color with a small head, had to pour pretty hard to get a decent head, could be a problem with my glass. very nice appearance.

aroma is of pine and bread, very nice, a pleasant anticipation of the taste that is to come.

taste is primarily piney and citrusy hops, but there is a solid malt backbone as well, alcohol is not perceptible in taste, only in warmth in the throat. very nice flavor profile for a DIPA, not overwhelming like some.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin.

overall, an excellent example of the style, one of my favorite DIPA's, definitely worth trying.

Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer pours a deep, inviting gold. There are cascading ribbons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good.

This tastes pretty much like it smells. Mild astringincy and high alcohol (barely) dectectable amidst the mericiless barrage of herbal hoppiness. Brutally dry hopped (have they found some way to just dissovle the whole plant into this?) After a few sips, my palate is dead. This is my last beer of the night. Good.

A tall glass of "fuck you" from a bottle. Furthermore, at 11% and 650 mls, this is like drinking a whole bottle of wine. A new session brew? Good.

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

Clear copper/red with finger thick head that laces down.

Aroma is of fruity and floral hops, but I wanted more of a sticky punch. Taste is Great. Hops are front, center, and side. This is a hop bomb that can compete with the bigger, more notorious IIPA out there. Alcohol is noticible, not in the taste, but in the warmth and after effects.

A great beer for hop heads. I will be getting more of this. Very simple, no frills IIPA with good punch.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint

An orange amber with ruby red highlights and lots of carbonation. A tight, bone white, one finger head has a serious amount of staying power and sticky lacing all the way down.

A perfectly controlled aroma of candied tropical fruit (grapefruit, pineapple, mango), sweet toasted malt, and booze. A different nose than I expected. The dark fruit and booze almost gives it a really big and thick personality, maybe I should tread lightly....

Hey now, this is great take on the style. Big grapefruit hop presence with other tropical fruits balanced on the low end by sweet pale malts and just enough booze to tell you to take it easy.

Medium bodied with a chewy hop mouthfeel and a good amount of alcohol warming.

This guy leaves a good amount of warmth behind, but for this hophead, he's right in my wheelhouse. Getting through 22oz was pretty easy.

Southern Tier just keeps impressing me more and more with their line.

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

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into a think cap of lacing. The aroma is of full of grapefruit, and pine resin with enough malt in the background to make it interesting. The taste is quite balanced. There is a lot of malt up front with a firm bitterness in the finish, and a lingering sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA that I would drink again.

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

Pours a nice deep amber almost orangish with about a finger or so head that lasts. the nose is that of grapefruit, maple, pine
this is a descent IPA with enough IBU's to tell its an ipa. the blend of hops and malt is pretty good, there is some bitterness on the back end. This is another good beer from southern tier.
I bought the bottle through archer liquors online. I would buy this again and I wished southern tier would make it to texas.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark amber/copper color with a bubbly, tan, one-finger head. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and hoppy. Also, some good citrus aroma and had a grassy smell.

T - It tasted of a smooth, subtle hop blend. A nice roasted malt flavor with a citrus kick.

M - It was fairly crisp and very smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Imperial IPA. I expected better, but it was still good.

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter just below RT

A- Amber golden crystal clear body, head slowly rose up to about a centimeter struggling to rise up. tight knit bubbles and a huge amount of lacing

S- Huge citrus and piney character all over, very solid hop head scents. pretty strongly grassy as well, grapefruit character on the finish

T- theres a huge hop bit from the get-go. solid malt backbone at the start to match. pretty damn good all around, same flavors from the nose. lots of all those american cascade type hops

M- pretty full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty damn sweet

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

Southern Tier- Unearthly

A- Nice golden orange with a huge billowy creamy biscuit head. Solid lacing down the glass.
S- Big pungent citrus hops and creamy buttery malt.
T- Sweet butterrum malt with big bitter grapefruit rind. Cheek hurting sweet fruits come through like raisin and orange as well.
M- Creamy and sweet up front with a good hoppy bitterness through the middle and finishing off sweet, sweet, sweet.

Overall- The sweetness makes this 1 a bit cloying but otherwise an excellent sipper!

Photo of bosco7
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tinged copper with a decent head on it.

Strawberry, grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel in the nose.

Starts with some sweet orange and plenty of malt flavors. Brown sugar? Grapefruit and pine towards the middle of the sip. Hops just barely outshine the malt profile. The finish is a quite bitter but doesn't get out of hand.

Mouthfeel is big even and viscous. Heavy handed ABV make this a bit harder to handle than some other DIPAs on the other end of the scale. That said this is a nice DIPA (or Barleywine?).

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served in a Duvel glass. Poured a clear gold with about a finger of white head. Big citrus hop aroma with a good amount of sweet malt. Plenty of hop bitterness but not a mouth puckering dryness. Nice malt backbone. Good balance makes it dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Solid beer.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of wolfsblood poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with dense one inch white head that shows very good retention and lacing throughout. This is a great looking beer.

S: Huge citrus hop aroma up front with big grapefruit and orange notes. There is also a big bready, sweet malt aroma to balance the hops along with the slightest alcohol burn.

T: Smooth sweet malt taste right up front which gives way to the big citrus hop taste of grapefruits, oranges and a bit of grassy notes.

M: Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky with fairly low carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable DIPA with a definite sweetness to balance the citrus hops. Highly recommended.

Photo of Goliath
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a gorgeous amber/copper color with a huge off white head sitting on top. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is nice. A nice hop profile showcasing sweet citrus notes. Most noteably is grapefruit backed by a light maltiness.

The taste is pretty good. A subdued hoppiness with light citrus flavors and some floral notes. It's rather bland for an ipa, not much bitterness or intense flavor. I pick up some metallic notes also. Actually, I'm kind of disappointed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently carbonated. It feels pretty good.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavors are easy to consume, but a bit of a bore for an IPA. I don't think I want to drink more than this bomber, probably not even the whole thing. Think I'll go find someone to share it with.

Photo of mynie
2.92/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sort of a limp pour. Not ugly, not by any means, but you can tell by looking at it that the carbonination is real low. Not much of a head, either.

Smells like a hop bomb. Big nodes of Chinook and Centennial against a very strong, syrupy malt. I don't mean to sound like a wuss or nothing (I enjoy some immensely hoppy beers) but blend comes off as overpowering without any especially enjoyable nodes. Maybe the malt is stronger in the taste, I dunno...

Nope. Tastes like a blend of giant hops as a very bizarrely bitter syrupy malt background. (The syrupyness is accentuated by the fact that the beer is very undercarbonated). The hops burn the tongue and are mostly just bitter--there's no pleasurable nodes here, no citrus, no fruit, no pine, no woodiness. Just fiery bitterness.

I dunno. I just don't like it.

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,808 ratings.