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

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2,789 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,789
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 123
Gots: 264 | 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 NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this beer packs a real punch! Good head for the high alcohol content and left decent lacing down the glass. Huge hoppy aroma and flavors up front with hints of citrus, pine, sweet, bready malts, candied fruits. Delicious taste throughout. One of the best tasting DIPA's out there. It was quite carbonated but the body of this brew is thick and syrupy that coated the mouth. Super smooth, great flavor. Nice brew!!

Photo of hyland24
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one with nasty15108. Poured this one from a bomber into a mouthwash sized plastic cup(not the ideal situation for a tasting but it sure was good). Poured clear reddish brown with a decent off white head. As far as the lacing goes, plastic makes it a little tough to judge. The smell was huge filling the car as soon as it was opened(thats right I said the car). Big time piney spice smell that faded into what could best be described as old cheese although strangely not in a bad way. Delicious hop explosion right off the first sip followed by a slightly soapy taste(again not in a bad way) finishing up with a very mild smooth alcohol warmth. Definite hop oil mouthfeel coating the mouth and leaving that hopspice all over the tongue Very well balanced and unassuming for an 11% ABV. Glad I tasted this one with a buddy because a few of the smells and flavors I couldn't place came too while drinking and giving our opinions. Definitely give this one a shot.

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

Poured from a 22oz Brown bomber.

A: Poured a deep golden, with a slight haze. 2 finger deep fluffy white head. Thick laceing on the glass. The head sticks around and never really goes away

S: Smell is primarily of hops, some citrus and sweetness. It is very aromatic and delicious smelling.

T: First off its sweet, then the hops surge forward, hints of pine. The sweatness sticks around and really balances the high amount of hops present.
Theres is somthing nutty, or oaky in the taste as well. Minimal alcahol warming, which is crazy at 11% abv. Its hiding in here somwhere.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a medium carbonation.

D: This is up there with my top ten favorites. I will buy this again, however not as frequently as I'd like. It was a bit spendy at $7.00
I've brewed my own double IPA and that was not cheap to do, so its a justifiable price to pay.

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Hyland22. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with an off-white foam head and ample lacing throughout.

S - Piney with hints of citrus and hops. I also detected a slight hint of aged cheese and alcohol in the finish.

T - A nice hoppy/pine flavor up front followed by a slightly dry soapy (but not in a bad way) finish.

MF&D - Full bodied and slightly syrupy. It left a nice oily hop mouth feel. Definitly does not feel like 11% ABV. I recommend trying this one.

Photo of HopDerek
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with about an inch of foamy eggshell colored head, nice lasting retention leaves some good sticky lacing. Smells of caramel, honey, biscuit, pine, citrus, and floral hops. Tastes of grapefruit and peppermint up front with a nice solid caramel and biscuity malt backbone and a good spruce finish with alcohol warmth. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth, sticky, sweet, and bitter with noticeable alcohol that comes out more as the beer warms up and becomes medicinal. A solid and flavorful DIPA, but the high alcohol content and how strongly it comes out makes this a beer I wouldn't want very often, and would definitely have to split it with someone.

Photo of phisig137
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost perfect... deep rich amber color is crystal clear, with a two finger head. Great retention for the ABV, and leaves tons of delicate intricate lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S- Loads of those deliciously American "C" hops, mainly citrus and pine components. This is another one of those beers that I would wear as cologne if it were socially acceptable to walk around smelling of beer all day. Top notch IPA aroma.

F- Incredibly well balanced and well made. Solid citrusy hop flavor from front to back, with points of caramel malt shining through in the middle. Complex hop profile makes this a bit more interesting than other IIPA's that seem one sided in their hop usage. Finish is firmly bitter, but very smooth overall, without being harshly or metallic in any way. Excellent balance where the hops definitely take front stage, but don't destroy the palate. The label lists what is used in the kettle, hop back, and dry hop, which is always appreciated. I'd venture a guess that the majority of those kettle hops are added towards the end. I'm not a professional by any means, in fact I'd consider myself a sub-par homebrewer although I have turned out some great beers. That being said, if I had to make a guess at this one, I'd say that it is mostly a late hopped beer, due to the incredible smooth bitterness and hop profile. Very nice overall.

M- Creamy and smooth, with slightly below average carbonation, leading to a lingering hop flavor well after your last sip.

D- Dangerously high. This hides the whopping 11% quite well. If you don't pay attention, this bomber can disappear very quickly.

Overall, this is one outrageously good and well balanced IIPA. Quite possibly one of the best I've ever had. Any fan of the style should definitely seek this one out. I'd happily buy this again for the $6.80 that I paid for it. I had a very hard time not giving this a five on more than a single category. This is damn near perfect, and I think it would be absolutely amazing on cask. Either way, this makes me very happy that Southern Tier is now available in Virginia. I will be buying more of their stuff. Very highly recommended!!!

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a clear amber with 1-2 fingers of creamy off-white head that retains superbly and leaves big, sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is big floral hops, a ton of citrus character, and the smell of beefy oats.

The taste is thick mix of tingling hop bitterness, fresh citrus notes, and a chewy malt backbone that evens things out. The finish is definitely more sweet than bitter and ends sticky and warm. The mouthfeel is large and in charge with a touch of alcohol heft to the body that combines with the sweetness to give things a slightly medicinal feel towards the end.

This is a good effort from Southern Tier but I can't help but wonder what this would be like with the heat turned down a little more? I dug the aroma and flavor profile but medicinal tasting DIPAs just aren't my thing and it definitely hurt the drinkibility some what for me.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a lovely tangerine/orange color into my glass. A strong, creamy white head rests atop this monster brew. It doesn't really look like a double IPA as it appears so light and inviting. The aroma is furthermore inviting w/ a blast of fruity hops. Tangerine, lemon, orange, pine, and mango come to mind with my first smell. There is a great sweetness that follows. The flavor is exactly what the aroma advertised...a hop orgy. Beautiful fruitiness and citrusy tang. There is a strong malt presence as well. The hops and malts are both strong, but I think the malts won the battle in this taste test. The mouthfeel is thick and full, just the way it should be with a beer this big.

Overall a very nice IIPA. Not the best in the world, but definitely memorable. I'd pick it up again.

Photo of errantnight
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe1510... thank you!

A very pretty rich golden color with a single finger, creamy head with attractive and lasting lacing. Purdy.

Citrus forward hop bomb aroma... bring it on. A bit of banana and balsamic onions.

Taste is a rolling wallop of sweetness, with a distinctly aspirine bitterness. Balance is nice, and it finishes dry enough. A bit boozy with some fusels sneaking through.

Mouth is pretty spot on, medium-full and rich, with a lifting carbonation.

Pretty to look at, and despite some notes, lacking in offensiveness... I prefer the Hoppe to this, and in a way, it reminds me of the Back Burner. A nice start, and perfectly adequate (probably better local and fresh), but in need of refinement.

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

This poured a clear, dark amber with off-white head. It smelled like a mix of potent floral and pine hops, with no noticeable malt. It tasted somewhat similar to Hoppe but with more powerful orange hops, still with the same caramel malt, well balanced but not very complex. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty and full flavored beer, but was fairly basic (certainly not as unique as Hoppe).

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mad Mex. Poured in a snifter because of the high alcohol. Really enjoyed this palate killer.

Appearance was copper w/ eg shell head lot of lacing left around the glass I drank this big beer slowly.

Strong hoppy smell reminded me of fresh cut grass. Alcohol smell present but not over whelming. Some fruits and spices are brought out as it warms.

Has a bold taste of hops and fruit. Raw hop flavor really stands out in a good way.

Overall, Let this one sit in the glass and warm up to bring out the aromas. Big beer with big taste, drink this one at the end of the night.

Photo of mnstorm99
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really excited about this one, but I should have known at 11% it would be a little too much for me.
Nice copper amber pour with a nice white smooth head that sticks well.
Beatiful aroma of pine and floral hops, nice aromatics coming from the malt also.
Taste at first is alchohol (sorry just an offputting flavor for me when it comes to beer). This is more of a barleywine than a IIPA, but I do detect some of the citrus notes from the hops as well as a decent malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is alchohol burn, but smooth once that is gone. For the price (same as Hoppe) there are better options IMO.

On to the ÜberSun

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. The color is copper or bronze with minimal head. Not much retention but lacing was good.

The smell is understated. Typical pine and citrus hop aroma with a little malt and alcohol in the background.

This is a more balanced DIPA than West Coast DIPAs. This has a bigger malt profile than most. Unfortunately the alcohol makes it presence known from the very beginning.

Medium body with low carbonation. The alcohol leaves a burning sensation on the tongue and down the throat.

A different take on the DIPA than the West Coast versions I am use to. The alcohol makes it a sipper and after I finished the bomber I was feeling the effects.

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

This nice IPA pours a clear amber and displays a big fluffy off-white head with chunky lacing throughout. The nose picks up pleanty of malt and pine hops, very enticing. The tongue enjoys plenty of sweet pine hops, an oily thick mouthfeel with oat malt flavor swimming all around. It brings a decent alcohol presence. It's smooth and reasonably strong but makes itself easy to drink none the less. Another Southern Tier success!

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a nice white head, fair retention, some nice lace clings to the glass. Aroma is strong of citrus and piney hops. Taste has a nice malty sweetness upfront eventually giving way to to some sharp citrusy hop bitterness. Medium to full mouthfeel, a touch lighter than some IIPAs. Definitely an easy drinker for 11% ABV. Very good IIPA. Glad to see Southern TGier in St. Louis. If all of there beers are this good I cant wait to try them.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Wheat appearance, quick fizzling head. Scent of hops, strong citrus, orange peel. Smooth citrus flavor, orange and lemon with a great balance of hops. Crisp mouth feel, bitterness rolls through the mouth and over the tongue.

Very good beer, very well balanced.

Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Nice two finger off white head. Plenty of lacing is sticking to the glass. Color is a very pretty dark golden copper. Clear with plenty of carbonation streamers.

Smell is a sweeter hops profile than many DIPAs. Still very citric and herbal. The malt creates a solid backbone and keeps everything balanced. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more present.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body. Mildly sticky on the palate and juicy in texture. A very nice sipper indeed!

Photo of Proteus93
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A warm, almost bronze pour, sporting an offwhite, foamy and sticky head.

S: Grapefruit and herbal hop aromas. A soft, malty backbone manages to peek through a little.

T: More malt presence on this one, with a touch of a caramel flavour on the front, followed by the herbal and citrus rind hops flavours paired with a slightly bready/biscuity note. A dash of spiciness on the finish is the only real hint of the ABV here.

M: A full, thick and rich body, finishing with a bit of a drying feel. Carbonation is pretty much perfect, and adds just the right element to the brew.

D: This one is a little 'stiffer' the Hoppe brand from the brewery, but it's still quite an easy drinker. The ABV starts to make itself known towards the end of the glass (esp. following the Hoppe). Sip the night away with it... quite a great way to spend the evening.

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

Poured into my Rapscallion snifter , where a nice white head appears .Beautiful tawny , rusty amber colored liquid . Head has reduced to loads of lacing on the glass . Aromas are pine and lemon . A wonderful smells , and as it warms a honey-like flavor comes through on the finish . Mouthfeel is sweet and this is a very drinkable tasty brew . At 11% this is not a boozy hop bomb . most of the time anything over 10% is a boozy , hot fire bomb which I do not enjoy . Powerful double IPA here which will be bought again during these warm summer months .

Let Go Red Sox .

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,789 ratings.