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

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2,759 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 116
Gots: 250 | 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 rayjay
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very floral IPA, with a ton of citrusy, tangerine and dried apricot hops on the nose. Fairly thick and noticable malt body; probably a bit of carmel malts in here. Dark sediment lingers at the bottom of the bottle. Recommended a bit cool; as it warms the viscosity becomes more apparent and the carbonation fades from lively to non-existant. Huge, sticky hoppy kick, and a big chewy malt base. 153 IBUs don't really dominate or overpower as one might expect, but do provide a great hoppy contrast to the malts, and do a great job in the process. Bitterness is somehow restrained. Mildly bitter aftertaste. East coast yeast and malt profile. Recommended, but not the best in its class. Cheers.

rayjay, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a clear, dark copper color. One and a half finger, foamy head had rather short retention and left light lacing.

Smell: Very strong piney hops and citrusy grapefruit are the main features. Orange and mango scents are also noticeable. Decent malt presence, but nothing compared to the hops.

Taste: This is one sweet beer. Citrus and grapefruit flavors make a nice combo of sweetness and bitterness. Hops are strong and provide a very bitter kick. There are some malty notes that are noticeable, but they don't really balance it out much. It's very bitter. Alcohol is mildy noticeable as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and goes down rather easily for such a big beer. At 11%, drinkability is limited. As far as taste goes, I'd like two or three. But, I'd be in bad shape if that were the case. It's a litlle limited due to its strength. Overall, this is an impressive beer. Definitely recommended.

prototypic, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poired a deep dark orange amber with a nice average size white head, Very quick fade left behind adecent film ontop and a really awesome lace. Very gooey and thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice clean smell and hop character here, Not too much of a citrus profile, more of a piney tone..Nice slightly grain back trying to poke out and balances it very nicely not letting the hop character overtake it. Very lean and sweet.

M & T - First impression was whoa. Very very sweet, logs of sugar in here. Extremely smooth, but with a slight tingling from the alcohol, and a tiny burn on the lips, but it faded away nicely as it warmed up. Bigtime hop bomb kool aid with sugar type of taste. This was a damn strong brew!

D - Overall very nice with lots of alcohol, which can hurt the drinkability somewhat, but overall this was very nice and definatly my type of brew. Would love to try one again, as I really thought this was a fine ale.

mikesgroove, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, ruby with some orange hues. Very interesting color for a DIPA. 1/2" white head with moderate retention.
Smells kind of barleywinish. Very sweet with many fruity aromas. More tropical than citrus or piney. Think mango.
WOWWWW!!! This is one hellva beer. Huge hoppiness. piney,citrus,tropical. Huge sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel. The most deceptive 11% beer I've ever had. Man this is fantastic. This beer has it all. Nice hop profile, big malty sweetness, hidden booze.
For such a big beer in complexity, flavor and alcohol, the mouthfeel is silky smooth. It is mind boggling how this beer so big in flavor and go down so easy.
It's a sipping beer that's hard to sip.
Thank you Florida Gators for the beer.
Thank you jasonm and TheManiacalOne for sending it.

wcudwight, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of davec004
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As far as I can remember this was my intro to the DIPA style. And, I was impressed.

A: A deep golden brown color with a touch of red tint to it I think. A thick head (about three fingers) with a good amount of bubbles slowly rising to the foamy head.

S: HOPS!! That's all I have to say about the smell.

T: The hops right away of course, but there was also a sweet flavor that tried to sneak in there that was quickly overcome by the bitterness of the hops again on the back of my tongue and roof of my mouth.

M: Tingles throughout the mouth and even sneaking up into the nostrils. Thicker than I would have thought, but not in a negative way. Each sip definitely packs a mouthful.

D: Definitely drinkable. The hops are not too overwhelming and the thickness is a nice surprise followed up with a general warming of the belly.

Overall a good beer. I wasn't sure at first, but with each sip it honestly got better. I have to say that I am a fan of the DIPA.

davec004, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.00ABV DIPA, hello moto! Pure orange in hue with a rocky off-white head that maintains massive patchy lacing; huge head retention going on here. The nose is sweet caramelized sugar, juicy hops and then some. An avalanche of hops from the first sips--pick em--I detect at the least Chinook, Cascade and fresh Centennial hops! A sweet and tainted palate of bourbon-isk liquor with hops lingering in the throat area, a more than welcome warming affect. Warming reveals one remarkable beverage--tastings of grapefruit, bubble gum and loads of orange juice masked beneath the hops; at 153 IBUs, what do you expect. This is a gem, one worth seeking. Repeat and repeat--sip, sip and sip. Savor and enjoy this mammoth DIPA!

GeoffRizzo, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of YankChef
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz.bomber poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: hazy amber with peach hues. fluffy white head that just clings to the glass.

Smell: WOW strong pine with a lot of peach, apricot and rose water. You can almost taste the hops with just a quick whiff

Taste: the 150+ IBU's don't come across anywhere as bitter as i thought they would. This beer is still quite hoppy however. Hops clearly dominate the malt although still quite well balanced. A stone fruit sweetness is very prevelant. Flavors of apple, apricot and leche.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and the alcohol is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is one of the best DIPA's out there, if not the best (that i have had anyway). One of the best American beers in general. Even if you are not much of a hop head seek this one out, drink it and enjoy this is beauty in a bottle.

YankChef, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About 1 1/2" thick off white head on a crystal clear amber body with orange hues.
S- Huge hops and big backing of malt hit the nose first. A blend of citrus, grapefruit, and pine hops are what really make it through. Hint of alcohol in there also.
T- Huge flavor just slams the tongue. A blast of a bunch of hops, malts, and alcohol. The hops have a citrus and pine flavor to them and leave a nice size bitterness on the afterward. The sweet caramel malt comes through also and adds a nice balance to the brew. Alcohol tickles the tongue and warms back of throat a bit. At 11% though this is expected.
M-Full body with medium carbonation.
D- This is one huge DIPA. When I first cracked it I didn't know it was 11% so that kind of caught me off guard. It is a really good beer but is very sweet. I don't know how people can say the Burton Baton is to sweet but then drink this?

BlindPig, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaried tulip glass from a sixtel from my draft system,tapped 3 days ago. Decided to review this one for my disciple status a great beer to get some beer in the mug with.

A hazy glowing reddish/orange color with a tall dense,creamy head with execellent retention leaving cottage cheese like chunks. Rings of sticky lace going down the glass with constiant streams of tiny bubbles tightly knitted together streaming from the center of the glass

A great strong hop aroma very citrusy,lots of grapefruit,pine,minty,perfumy,resiny. Clean,complex and very enticing makes you savor for a taste.

Lots of good grapefruity taste,piney the hop rush is followed by a calm clean feeling followed by a burnt toffee/carmell taste.Some juicy bozziness just enough to make you respect the 11%. Amazing balance finishes with a clean grapefruity/citrus rind bite and some sugary syrupyness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, sticky,resinious, puckering to say the least.
The drinkability is amazing,hard to belive a beer this strong could go down this easy. This is a must try double or imperial IPA what every you want to call it this beer is the shit! Drink with caution.

jcdiflorio, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a golden amber color ale with a medium foamy head with slightly below average retention. Aroma of bitter and citrus is dominating as expected but is well balance with some sweet caramel malt. Taste is also a nice mix between citrusy bitter malt with a nice backing of caramel malt. Body had an oily texture and was about medium full with some low carbonation. Very good take on the style but probably still notch down from my personal favourite such as Dreadnaught and Smuttynose Big A IPA.

Phyl21ca, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of mobud
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Dark straw color with lite carbonation and not alot of head remaining. Slightly cloudy, but still bright.

S- Not the strong amount of hops that I expected, but still strong enough to catch my attention.

T- This is a big hopbomb out of NY. Boozy underneath with a hoppy top that just keeps giving back. After several sips, I found it more hop than booze, so I rolled thru the rest of the glass.

M- Smooth. Hops character becomes more pronounced as the sampling continues.

D- While I love hopbombs, this one has something different that I missed - the big hops smell. I enjoyed the chance to try this beer and may try it again, but I think there are other out there that give both your taste and smell that hop explosion.

mobud, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

EDIT - 05/08/08: Incredibly, I rated this one almost exactly the same a year later. Quick notes just being that the nose has some citrus and caramel to go along with the malt, and the flavor is crazy full and dry hoppy as shit. Very mild malt character, but the hops never overwhelm. A really tasty beer, and the price tag isn't too bad either ($7 for a bomber).

Right off the bat, this beer was incredible. Amazing. Now review...poured a 22 oz bottle into pilsener glass. Pours a nice yellow-straw color, not perfectly clear, with a half-finger of head. Smell is fairly mild, surprisingly, good hoppiness but not really out of control. Taste is another story. Fantastic mix of fruits and sweet caramel malts, with a huge blast of unique hops as well. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Feel is medium to full bodied, thick, syrupy, and one that definitely coats your mouth. Excellent aftertaste - a good one to end the night. Really a fantastic beer, with an outstanding flavor. Loses a little for drinkability in terms the high alcohol content, but overall absolutely great.

soupyman10, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of sstackho
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

220z bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, medium straw colour with very little carbonation or head. Aroma is hoppy, but doesn't seem to be as strong as some of the best of the style. But the taste is very, very nice. Very full taste, chock full of hops and well-rounded. A good balance of bitter and floral hops, just the way I like it. This one is a treat, although I rated it slightly below the Stone Ruination.

sstackho, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well... it's time to start digging into the B'Day 07.0 stash, I will hit the IPA's first, try to drink them while fresh. This beauty is courtesy of drseamus. Thanks!

Pours a bright and slightly cloudy orange color. This looks just like what in my mind I think a DIPA should.

Aromas are bright and citrus like. Nice, but it lacks a bit of a punch.

Taste, whoa... this is a very bright, crisp and dry beer. The hops are really there, but instead of knocking your palate out of whack, they provide a very nice citrus, slightly bitter, and a very lively and bright quality. Balance is very well done, this beer finishes with a nice creamy full and sweet malt finish.

Mouthfeel is good for a DIPA. I personally like a bit more thickness, but that's just me.

This is very drinkable for a 11% ABV, 153 IBU bomb. Southern Tier has nailed this one down pretty well. My only critiques, are I like a bit more of a hop nose, and a touch more thickness. But that being said, this is still an excellent DIPA. Probably my 2nd fave from East of Mississippi just nudging out Dreadnaught. Hop Slam is still #1. But this is a close second.

flexabull, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of HogTown Harry- can’t say enough good things about that beer swilling dude This is a kick ass beer. Plain and simple. My apologies to Fisherman34 for not saving this bottle to taste- its been a long week and I was in desparate need of hops. Sorry man Poured into a normal pint glass. Quite clear beer- usual IPA color with good head. Aroma is top shelf - a wave of amarillo hops hit me Sweet sweet amarillo hops. This may be the best aroma I’ve ever had the pleasure. Simply outstanding. My taste buds are watering at this point so time to dig in. Taste does not dissapoint. Hops assault my mouth, but in a very good way. Not astringent at all. The bittering hops are there don’t get me wrong, but the bitter holds its ground for just the right amount of time and then gives way to a malty sweetness and the aroma hops. If I had to fault this beer, it is on the sweet side, but given the 11%, not a surprise. Not overly sweet, I thought played well with the hops. The centennial and amarillo dry hopping is a nice touch and blend together wonderfully. This beer is all about the hops and hits the mark. Outstanding!

oakbluff, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Michigan Brewing Company pint glass.
Poured a dark, ruby-brown color with only a slight head.
Beer looks very inviting from the appearance.
Smell is some slight hops. Not incredibly intense.
Taste is where this beer really shines. Very good hop taste and presence. Very bitter hops up front, buy very smooth on the mouth.
Mouthfeel is smooth, but not quite as refreshing as I like.
The label states that this beer is 11%, but it is nowhere to be found in either the taste or being felt.
A very good beer from Southern Tier. I'm still madly in love with their Jah-Va stout, but this is a nice change of pace.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this for a while, finally got a bottle from jjayejaye, thanks...

Pours a nice clear copper color with some carbonation bubbles rising to the surface to support an eighth inch of offwhite head. Nice tight lacing left on the glass too.

Aroma is sweet and hop laden. Lots of caramel and candy sugar, a little sweet bubble gum and cotton candy. Floral and citrus hops dominate, tangerine and orange peels.

Pretty nice flavor with a lot of stuff going on, fairly balanced overall. A solid caramel backbone works underneath a lot of different hops flavors. Has a grapefruity edge and some bitter citrus pith flavors. Some floral hints work well with the caramel malts, but the finish has a nice bitter edge and a touch of pine sap to round it out. Good stuff. Alcoholic edge though.

Pretty thick mouthfeel, a bit oily. Carbonation levels are right on. Coats the mouth like sticky syrup, which for me hurts the drinkability a bit.

Good drinkability overall, a bit too sweet for me to have much more than this bomber. I like a drier, more resin-like DIPA personally. Its good stuff though and worth a try.

blitz134, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seems part of some east coast/ west coast hip-hop throw down. Take all the puns out of that as you like.
Unearthly Imperial IPA represents the east coast, yo.
Appearance wise, I can't ask for anything more from a double IPA. Beautiful clear copper color; I could watch tv through this pour if I so chose. Ample offwhite head that leaves lacing for days... or definitely will if I don't wash my glass right after I'm done.
Even when cold, vibrant citrus hop scents tackle the nostrils. Layers of scent develop as the brew warms; good quality marijuana comes to mind.
Flavors are juicy, fruity hop fluid. A hop bomb, yes, but with plenty of other flavors that tango on the tongue. Fresh pine, citrus oil blends, citrus juice blends; maybe even some Tropicana Orange-Strawberry-Banana juice.
Next to Great Divide's Hercules this is my favorite double IPA. I've yet to try the super upper class of the west coast IIPA's, but until then this will my standard.

ommegangpbr, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, white head that soon becomes a skinny ring. The beer is a rich medium-amber in color. Gorgeous color, but I would really like to see more head here.

smell: A nose of primarily evergreen hops with a floral touch dominate the sweet caramel malts and provide notes of passionfruit. Just the right touch of ethanol. Notes of cedar. Loads and loads of hops, and I like how it avoids being tealike. The malt is actually quite formidable, and carries the hops well on various fruity aromas (fig and cherry to name a couple). Even a touch of honey in there....wonderful aroma nearing a 5.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth, just below medium...and the body full for the style. I'd like to feel it a little more after the swallow, I think.

taste: Big green hops run over a solid candy malt backbone. A moderate-high bitterness does a great job of cleaning up the finish. That pretty much sums it up. I had the taste at 4.5 at first, but had to take it down a notch. It is really good, but it just lacks something in the follow through. I think the malt fades a little fast, for one.

drinkability: certainly easy, especially given the high ABV...should definately be consumed cool, not cold

the first beer sampled from my first BA Anny bomb...courtesy of BeerBeing

blackie, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy dark amber with gold hues around the outer edges of the glass. Off white head pours one finger thick and rapidly dissolves into a micro bubble ring around the edges of the glass. A slight lacing shows it's presence.

S: Floral hops. Citrus fruit. Biscut and malts. Alcohol.

T: Extremely sweet floral and citrus hops with a nice hop bite that tingles the tongue. Tropical fruit and apple sweetness muscles over the malt wave. A quick fresh baked bread or yeasty taste is taken over by a warming alcohol.

M: Syupry and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Very dry and warming finish.

D: This beer definitly leans on the hop side. A tad too sweet for my taste but a fine brew none the less. The flavors seem to meld together alittle better as the beer warms. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of GimpyCane
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting this brew for some time and found it in Cleveland. Boy this beer is excellent. Poured a clear amber hue with a 2 inch beige head that left a excellent amount of sticky lace on the glass. My lips were also smacking with a sticky and salty residue. Upon pouring, a blast of pine and grapefruit (chinook and cascade hops)hit my nose with a yeasty dough scent. Great caramel flavor beginning with a long grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Smooth, crisp with a medium body, soft cabonation somewhat syrupy and dry ending with a hint of alcohol made it perfect for a session. Overall, I could drink this brew all night. The aroma, taste, appearance and mouthfeel was a near perfect harmony. The bad thing is, I can not found it anywhere near me. Enjoy

GimpyCane, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very grapefruit color body with a ring around my wine glass.Sorta murky color.

Grapefruit hop smell and some floral hops.

Sweet,bitter hops but VERY bittering more so then sweet.The taste is very fruity.

Carbonation is very easy on this one and is very smooth for its type of beer.

I would have again for sure.I would love to have out of a tap for have Dry Hopped.But the hops are more then enough potent for me as of now.

MmmIPA, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber, but hard to see thru. This must be a thick as a brick brew. Massive pillow top of ivory goodness, the lace is sticking to the glass an 1/8 inch thick. Impressive.

A citrusly orange aroma swirls outa the Corsendork tulip (thanks Soloman420). And then, the sweet and sour floral sips really kicks in, this thing is covering all aspects of the tongue’s senses. The oil will leave a sticky sheen on the lips and gums – smack, smack, smack. Sharp and crisp as first, the oiliness does show up for a big finish. Oh, the 11% is no where to be found, it musta been a typo on the bottle.

Great, great brew that I’ve had the good fortune to sample as a result of <winning> super bowl o beer 2007 – and ol Mark, the TheManiacalOne, was kind enough to pay with.

Vancer, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear copper color with a white head that stayed put.

Aroma is a blend of sweet malt and big citrusy hops. Heavy grapefruit.

Taste is malty up front, then fading to a bitter hop and alcohol finish that warms you right up. This does not hide its 11% very well but that's OK with me.

This Imperial IPA has a nice mouthfeel, not too carbonated and fairly light bodied for its strength. One of the few beers in this style that my wife finds palatable and that's saying something. Compare to Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA which she will never touch again.

ZimZamZoom, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Drafting Room Best of 2006 night. Beer poured a red, amber color with a fairly thick white head. The aroma provides a good piney and citrus fragrence that is pleasing to the nose. The taste is similar with a nice big hop explosion on your taste buds, citrus and pine. There is a touch of malt on the backend and some real notes of the high abv. Medium body and a nice mouthfeel round out this beer so well.

ggaughan, Feb 26, 2007
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.