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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: 121
Gots: 254 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. It was a clear amber color with a small head. Wonderful aroma: hop resin, pine, something sweet like honey. Flavor's great too. Hops up front, a subtle pine taste. The sweetness in the taste seemed to be more fruity. A substantial beer, one to sip and savor.

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

Thanks to khiasmus for a chance to taste this beer!

It poured out a clear dark amber color with very active looking bubbles - it looks heavily carbonated. It has a small beige head with very large bubbles. The smell is mostly lemon rind and some pine. There is also some noble hop floral smells and a bit of a caramelly scent.

The taste is very well balanced. There is an initial caramel sweetness that quickly fades to a hop bitterness with a lightly dry finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full but exceptionally smooth. This is a very easy to drink double IPA. It's hard to beleive the ABV on this beer.

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

Picked this up the other day, and couldn't wait to try it.

22oz poured into wine glass.

pours a deep amber red color, with a head that sticks around for a long time. Smell is very hoppy and citrus. I smell pine as well. Taste is really where this takes off. I was expecting a hop bomb followed by a bitter mouth feel. I experienced the delicious hops, but the backbone is a malty finish that leaves the feeling in your mouth wanting more. Drank this with spicy cheese and french bread. Sipped on this baby all evening. Highly recommended.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great orange color to this beer. Sizeable head when poured. Spilled a bit and it feels like a sticky mess. Big ole hop aroma-resiny and piney. A huge blast of malt and hops in the flavor. A real tongue stripper of hop bitterness. Syrupy sweet, malt body to it. Just a great balance between the two. Extremely citrus like. Great body. No trace of 11% here. A very agressive, hoppy beer and done damn well. Along the lines of Moylans Hopsickle. A great blast of hops, malt and beer all around.

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

The Unearthly Double IPA pours an expected but nice red, amber orange color into a Stone RIS snifter. With a moderately aggressive pour, the head settles down to a solid creamy top. The smell is all hops - citrus, piney, it really smells like fresh fresh American hops. (The bottle reads that it is brewed with chinook and cascade in the kettle, styrian goldings in the hopback (I guess not all American hops), and the 3 C's for dry hop). The taste is incredible. It's way more balanced than I expected at 11%. Warming ethanol makes way to malt quickly kicked in the mouth by a huge dose of the hops. Delicious. Medium to heavy body, a little viscous. High rating for drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden. I definitely recommend this brew.

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this at Capone's the other day. My first chance to try a beer from this brewery.

The beer pours an orange, gold color, without much head, but very decent lacing. What head there is sticks around and coats the inside of the glass. On the nose one gets a goodly amount of citrus from the hops, but also considerable malty sweetness. No DIPA from the NW would ever smell like this (which of course it isn't). On the palate one can sense immediately that this is a very big beer. There is an initial blast of hops, but that is quickly overtaken by an even bigger blast of sweet malt. In addition to the citrus flavors from the hops, I get cherry cough drop, amaretto and sweet melon. The beer has an impressive mouthfeel and is quite warming from the high abv. The beer finishes with a hint of harsh bitterness at the end, something I get all too frequently from DIPA's with this amount of sweetness and abv.

This is a good DIPA, but I can't say it's anything special. In fact, it reminds me very much of the Stoudt DIPA, but is even sweeter and less drinkable. With so much sweetness and so much alcohol, I'm not sure I'll be able to drink an entire bomber of this stuff. Just not my style I guess.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/gold, head that goes down fairly quick. S: Right from opening the bottle the hops are prevalent, and when poured into the glass it also has a rich smell of lemon squares, pine trees, biscuits, tropical fruit. T: I'm really impressed, for all the hops and the 11% abv I was expecting something much less subtle. Don't get me wrong, it's aggressively saturated with hops, but beyond that the flavors are nice and gentle. Nicely sweet, a bitter finish with some fruitiness remaining. M: Thick and chewy, moderate carbonation. D: The high alcohol content is very hard to detect, and there's a great balance in flavor. Nothing to go nuts over, but a nice, clean double IPA.

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

A deuce deuce poured into my Flying Fish tulip glass. Pours a beautiful amber color, leaving about 3/4 inch head which slowly dissipated. Leaves two fingers lacing at the top.

The first inhale gets you a wonderful floral hop aroma, which is followed by a lovely malt, citrus and pine aromas.

The taste...well, the hops come out and bite you in a very good way. The hop flavor is bold but not overbearing, with a very sweet follow up. The sweetness reminds me of a caramel, or butterscotch, that is phenomenal.

Mouthfeel is smooth. It starts out strong, but finishes gently and smooth, it just doesnt seem like this beer is 11% abv.

For as strong as this beer is, it's very easy to drink, in a 11% kind of way.

Photo of madmanjf
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I initially had this on tap down in NYC, but now have it regularly in bottles.

This beer packs a whallop. Coming in at 11%, you'd be surprised how smooth and deceiving it can be.

Clear, hops and malts well-balanced, this imperial IPA is a gem.

I find it similar to English style IPAs.

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

Pours a magnificent polished copper-amber, with a good inch of white foam that falls to coat the surface of the beer, while leaving some lacing. The head sticks around forever, while the smell overflows from my glass….

…and socks my nose with a one-two punch of fresh pine and citrus hops! The aroma in this beer is nothing short of sublime, a perfect blend of juicy grapefruit and rich toasted grains dripping with sugar and spruce notes. Even at 11%, the alcohol is subdued (somehow) and the luscious hops spring out of the glass, lively and vibrant. This is one of the best smelling DIPAs I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink. I can’t adequately describe it; you’ve just got to drink it for yourself.

The flavor doesn’t disappoint either, Unearthly is a superb example of the double IPA style. It’s bitter and strong, and the hops are certainly the star of the show, but it’s extremely well balanced with lots of sweet malt that is neither cloying nor syrupy. The sweetness isn’t enough to stop you from drinking a lot of this, nor does it leave much of a calling card via aftertaste. One gets the impression that this beer was crafted over many batches, till the brewers were perfectly happy with the result.

The carbonation is flawless, and the mouthfeel is smooth without being syrupy or sticky. Unearthly is warming, it really hits my throat on the way down. Finishes damp and juicy with lots of grapefruit / citrus notes and a toasty brown sugar flavor that teases. The hop-sweet honey aftertaste finish is long and warm and comforting. I want some more!

It’s been a while since I’ve had an Unearthly, but thanks to Khiasmus. I’ve been able to try this again. I’d forgotten just how good this beer is. Massive respect to Southern Tier, achieving something like this isn’t simple, nor is it common. If you like trying Double IPAs, this should be near the top of your list. Unearthly is fantastic.

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

the thick, bushy, sudsy head subsides, leaving evidence of its empire on the side of the glass. the color of the beer is a nice copper

the hop aroma is complex and lush. some of the malts do shine through, but the hops have the spotlight.

bitterness is high (of course it is) and so is the big amarillo flavor. the malts provide a good backbone and even contribute some complexity despite rampant hoppage

it's tough to give something like this full credit since balance is not even on the horizon. however, i suppose balance isn't really in this style's definition

Photo of hero27
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber.

11% abv & 153 ibus....uhm, yikes.

Burnt, clear amber color...sticky lace sitting on top. Carbonation seems to struggle to get to the surface.

Bold hop aromas of grapefruit, oranges, and fresh pine needles. The citrus comes through as well as any DIPA out there, and really makes this beer stand out from the crowd.

and the taste...ok, now i see what all the hype is about...this is fantastic. Grapefruit & citrus lead the charge, with a heavy caramel malt backing them up. Dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinhook...God bless them. You can taste the fresh hops, but the bitterness manages to come across without making the beer too rough to handle. Slightly syrupy, but very creamy and smooth all the way down.

Mouthfeel is perfect. It somehow carries this beastly brew to each tastebud while staying crisp & ultra smooth.

Almost a perfectly constructed Imperial IPA in my book, and a new favorite of mine. Right up there with Dreadnaught.

Got one bottle from wcudwight & one from MrBURTON55 (and I'm not sure which one I'm drinking, I'm just damn glad I've got another one left!) Thanks to you both!

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

A- Dark amber with a beautiful white head that is dense but has large bubbles as well. leaves a bit of lacing.

S- mmm. Deep malt and hops balanced, with some pine, some caramel, some fruit, banana esters, sugar, alcohol.

T- Malty and sweet, with a strong amount of hops to balance... almost perfectly balanced for an imperial IPA- both very malty and very hoppy. Like listening to music with all of the midrange frequency dropped to 0... and the bass and treble turned up to max. And since imperial means metal in beerspeak, this works perfectly.

M- Silky, smooth, long finish that eventually fades to dry.

D- Sigh. I could have a couple of bottles... but then would need a cab home and someone to cover my mouth so i didn't yell enough idiocy to get arrested.

Photo of wyllder
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep amber, with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Leaves lots of lacing as you go.

Nose is piney with some floral undertones.

First hit on the palate is moderately balanced, with piney hops edging out the malt. As you move towards aftertaste the malt backs off and leaves you with a mouth full of pine needles and just a hint of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and resinous.

Not bad, but not as complex as I had hoped. I'll definitely revisit and see if perhaps it was just my palate today.


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

22 oz bottle split with a friend and poured into pint glasses. The color was a nice orange with a small white head. The aroma was very reminiscent of tropical fruits. The taste was also heavy on tropical fruit like pineapple. This tasted a lot like Stone 10th. My friend also remarked that it was similar to Talon barleywine. This was a good DIPA but a little too sweet and sticky. I also understand it is not cheap so this would not be a daily drinker (especially given the ABV). I was glad to have the opportunity and thanks go out to Clockworkorange for the trade.

Photo of
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

Clear, amber color. Small, very small, ivory head. Lots of lacing and legs. The bottle tells me that it contains chinook, cascade, styrian golding, and centennial hops. 153 IBUs -- are ya kidding??

Lots of fruit in the smell, I mainly get peach and pineapple. Some pine and earthiness. Biscuit drenched in honey.

Upon tasting, DIPA - barleywine confusion results ! Sweet, kind of like artificial bananas, but gobs of hop action going on - seems like grapefruit predominates. Big malt backbone - caramel like. Grassy finish. Reminds me a bit of Stone 10 with some age on it.

Medium + body. Low carbonation - could be increased a bit IMO, just not sure if possible given ABV. Very "wet" for a DIPA. Alcohol, while not very noticeable in the taste, is less than subtle in the mouthfeel.

Pretty incredible - Gordon on steroids, Stone 10 with some age! A very malty DIPA. I like it, but prefer my DIPAs less sweet. Pretty easy to drink, but not going to be mistaken for a session beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Imperial IPA, I started to realize that alot of brewerys are going for the high octane IPA, but the Unearthly is balanced and would never guess that it is 11.7%. A great beer for the hop lover (153 IBU's). It does get a bit pricey for a pint, but having more than one of these might be a bad idea. Although, it is that good where 2 or three would be tasty, just a bad idea though.

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

Beautiful IIPA. Vibrant amber with fiery scarlet orange hues. Head is thick and full with exceptional retention. A sticky spotty lacing thickly coats the flute glass.

Piney thickly resinated hops first and foremost in the aroma. Then a slight spicy quality with floral aspects and a hidden citrus lie beneath. A bit of caramel malty ness helps tame the hop aromas somewhat.

Very nicely balanced and quite delicous. Again hops are the name of the game. Pine driven and supercharged. Prickly feel and a nice burn in the chest. However alcohol does not interfere at all. Lemon zest, pink grapefruit, and floral aspects help add complexity while a hint of malt helps keep the hops at bay. Mouth is full, prickly, refreshing and invigorating. Considering the alcohol this bad boy is easily drinkable until it catches up with you.

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

Thanks a bunch to iamthird36 for this one!

Yellow-orange-amber color with decent carbonation and head.

Amazing hop aroma of pine, citrus, resin and spicy hop notes. I was really impressed when I popped this open and took a whiff!

Taste is a nice, sweet malt followed by fruitiness, hop flavor and then a bitter, hoppy finish. Dry, but not harsh or sour.

Medium body. Very drinkable for the strength.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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