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

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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2,660 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,660
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 212 | FT: 3
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 hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark burnt orange with a nice cream colored head that fades rapidly. Smells of pine trees, big piney hops, but also a big malty sweetness. Bitterness envelopes the tongue as soon as it hits your mouth, there is definitely a strong malt bill in this, it is evident in the mouthfeel and in the smell and taste, but the hops dominate in the taste. A little alcohol warmth/burn towards the finish of the taste, letting you know this beer is big. Some thick and syrupiness maltiness in the mouthfeel that finishes dry and bitter. A big thanks to bjohnson for scoring this great dipa for me.

hoppymeal, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double deucer bottle pours with a clear coppery amber hue topped with a settled khaki ring full of rising bubbles.

Scents are powerful with hoppy swee aroma wafting across to my nose from the table. A bubblegum and fruity hop aroma with a touch of Spree candy in the nose.

First swigs: Huge hop blast that reminds me of a Stone IPA or a FFF Alpha King. A shmorgasborg of hops in the kettle, hopback and dry hopping really shine. A Juicy Fruit gum and sweetness are killer here. Some lemony zest hops are poking around with a firey grapefruit peel to perk your pucker.

Feel is bone dry and sizzle sand rough. Instant bone dry aftertaste instantly results.

Last swigs: Almost reminds me of Avery Ten or Eleven. Tons of varied hops. I am digging it. 11% ABV is undetectable. Cascade really runs the hops show but the Chinook and Centenial manage to show up. This is darn near a barley wine but ya won't catch this idiot complaining.

Beer is good. Happy 2IPA-slash-barleywine beering.

blitheringidiot, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Polished bronze-like orange. Not quite brown enough to be titian, nor red enough to be terra cotta. Whatever color it is, this is a beautiful shade for a DIPA. The large head is a masterpiece, as expected. Heavily creamy to start, it melts into a milkshake-like puddle atop the beer and deposits a respectable amount of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

The nose isn't quite as hop resin explosive as I had hoped, but it's still damn good. UIIPA has a classic DIPA aroma of brown sugared grapefruit, thanks to a hop bill that includes Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Styrian Goldings. Great hops, each and every one.

Believe it or not, this sucker is balanced for the style. Since the impressive silk-screened label states that the beer contains 'an uninhibited infusion of hops' and has a stratospheric 153 IBUs, I can only conclude that the brewers include a few fields worth of barley in each batch. The malt is dark honey sweet and lays down a rock-ribbed foundation that any amount of hops would have a hard time overwhelming.

The flavor is akin to liquified brown sugar and caramel-coated white grapefruit and orange sections. This is delicious beer that I'll try not to penalize for falling a fraction short of my preferred DIPA profile of dazzlingly bright citric top notes that threaten to scrub the top few layers off the tongue. Unearthly is one of those versions that edges into the gray zone between DIPA and barleywine, while staying firmly on the side of the former.

As a rule, I don't drink DIPAs out of a fluted glass, as the label recommends, but this is one case where that might not be such a bad idea. This is a supremely civilized, sippable beer that would look and taste great out of such a vessel. Even though I've never had the pleasure of meeting them, I like the folks at Southern Tier because they brew some of the best beer on the planet. That won't stop me from calling them out on the stated ABV. All kidding aside, this is one of the most perfectly masked 11%'ers in the history of beer.

When I take the time to reflect on the mouthfeel, which I've been doing off and on since the very first sip, the words that enter my mind are plush, lush, crushed velvety, buttery and heavily silky smooth. If this beer was a car, it'd be a Rolls Royce (and if it was a liquor, it'd be a well-aged, single barrel bourbon). I don't remember a DIPA with a mouthfeel any more full or any more impressive than this.

Unearthly (adj.): concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul. Southern Tier's foray into the world of DIPAs with Unearthly Imperial IPA is an unqualified success. Although it may not 'wow' me the way some versions do, it's definitely a beer that is long on spirit and soul. It's worth getting to know over the course of a slowly sipped bomber. A big thank you to Calico for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, May 29, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle inspection: 11% ABV, 23 Plato, 153 IBU's, 7.5 Lovibond
2-row pale malt, cara-pils malt, red wheat
Kettle hops: chinook and cascade
Hop back: styrian golding
Dry hopped: Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook
Serve in a fluted glass at 42 deg. F

Dang that's a label!!! A++ to Southern Tier for that one!

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hop resins, a touch of malt sweetness, flowery hop notes as well.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy burnt orange that fades to golden edging. A soapy, sudsy off-white head develops.

Flavor: Flowery hops, honey, a touch of carmelly sweetness, and a bit of alcohol dryness to finish. This is a full on hop assault! The palate bounces between pine, grapefruit rind, flowery notes, and hop bitterness. The alcohol is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, slightly chewy, with a dry finish.

Overall impression: This is one terrific brew! Hop-heads take heed...this is good stuff. Southern Tier continues to impress me. World Class in my book.

mattcrill, May 28, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear orange-red with incredibly long-lasting off white lacing.

Clean and big aroma of floral and citric hops, light earthy malt tones and a hint of anise.

Taste pushes floral hops in a big way, but with medium-low bitterness and absolutely no indication of the 11% abv this weighs in at. Sweet and crisp finish with a bit of orange zest kicking in. A very juicy mouthfeel keeps begging another sip much like Southern Tier's standard IPA.

If I ever move back to Buffalo, access to nectars such as this from S.T. will be a non-trivial deciding factor.

shirfan, May 21, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange and clear, this was topped by a thick eggshell coloured head. Superb retention and clumpy lacing was left behind right down to the bottom of the glass. Intense pine aroma with orange and grapefruit taking a bit of a back seat. Alcohol was very faint. Solid sweetness up front that became milder later on, with a solid, balanced bitterness. Some caramel and mostly piney hops. Alcohol appeared in the end and lingered in the finish (along with hops and bitterness). Full body, low carbonation and slightly sticky. A well-balanced combination of hops, malt and alcohol.

DrJay, May 20, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite possibly the best looking DIPA I have seen. Big time head, strong lacing, deep amber with a bit of dusted garnet. A Rembrandt.

Taste and smell and all that fun stuff are of hops. This is a beer that knows what it does well, and doesnt hide it. It does hops well. Totally overwhelming, yet completely balanced (yes, i recognize the contradiction).

Quite thick for the style, which i actually think worked out quite nicely. Highly drinkable - all around, a great beer,

Lnedrive14, May 19, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a fellow BA london101 at D's Sixpack, where it was sampled at nearly cellar temperature...next time we'll start it a bit cooler and let it warm up. Either way I love Southern Tier and I may be a bit biased here but let's review. As we pour it appears a nice vibrant copper amber colore with a full tan off white cream head leaves even bars of lacing with each sip. Aromatics hit you in the face with big floral and citrus hop combo grapefruit and green raw hops flood the senses along with a woody charred tone and big malty caramel tones with alcohol letting it's presence especially near cellar temp. Flavor profile is big with upfront bitterness more fresh hop juice flavor candied with the sweet caramelized sugary malt layers with a bitey herbal citrus hop character it all flows nicely together. Intense and aggressive hop profile can't wait to sample again there's layers of flavors yet remains somewhat balanced, weird? Mouthfeel is big bodied creamy textured oily with hop resins for certain even but sturdy carbonation to back up the high gravity. Drinkability is money, another quality hopped up creation from upstate NY thanks to Phinn and Matt especially the one that is still there I can't remember at this time, good stuff great double IPA.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2006
Photo of tonytuffnuts
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a wonderful beer! Amber body with a thick, frothy three-finger head.

Just a tremendous hoppy scent. Smell of alcohol sneaks through the curtain of shy malts and floral hops.

A smooth balanced taste, I can tell that it's dry-hopped. I taste the cascade, but there's definately a couple other hops in there (a muted floral taste and the other more citrusy). I spent an entire glassfull dissecting the malt. Although the hop dynamic is so perfect, I think the malt makes this beer. It 's complicated and rich, but doesn't outweigh the alcohol or the hops. Earthy malt entrance and sweet malt exit, it yields to the hops, which remain in your mouth and nose as if you just walked through a cloud of hop dust.

Smooth and oily mouthfeel. Uninhibiting, almost unnoticable carbonation. I normally complain that the hoppiest of IPAs leave undersirable tastes in my mouth for hours after. I welcome the aftertaste!

Just be careful of the 11% ABV. Other than that, I want to try this big bodied beer the next time on on a walk in the woods. Great with cheese and crackers or BBQ (hot dogs/hamburg).

tonytuffnuts, May 16, 2006
Photo of ridedammit
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A and I went to Cambridge Common with some friend from Florida and sampled this on tap. Due to the higher alcohol we were served in a 10oz serving glass, which was fine since it does have a a bit of a kick.

Color is more amber that pale-alish, and the taste is quite matly sweet, but not
overwhelmingly so. Nice hoppy balance so that you are never getting too
much acid or malt. The nose has a hint of the citrusy hop, but does not
come across as a big IPA. The sweetness makes this a nice dessert type of beer
and it finished off the evening better than a piece of pie.

ridedammit, May 15, 2006
Photo of swhitt
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had it in a pint glass, served from 650ml bottle. Nice and red with a small but noticable head. Deliciously hoppy from the start with a slight (very slight) syrupy flavor. Very bitter, but in a good way. I wish I had a couple more to drink right now, but the store's closed.

swhitt, May 11, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Unearthly Imperial IPA arrives in an awesome silkscreened bomber, my eyes catch that this is dry hopped with cascade, centenial and chinook..oh yeah, bring it on! Pours from the bottle a wonderful reddish orange huge with exquisite clarity. A nice cap of off white head tops it off in fine style. Aromas hit with dank citric and fresh sap dripping piney hop goodness. Overflowing lupulin oils drench an underlying caramelly dough maltiness. Green, earthy and herbal are all words that also come to mind. Just the aroma I look for in a DIPA.

First sip brings a dense maltiness that brings to mind caramel covered hop cones. Citrusy and piney hop oils rush across the palate bringing a good dose of bitterness with them on the way down. A bit doughy/biscuity with an overall earthy, herbal element to it. Finishes with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Hoppy burps ensue, this is a darn tasty imperial IPA with a touch of spiciness and well hidden alcohol...well done!

Mouthfeel is rather big and chewy...this one really makes itself known with each sip. Mellower on the carbonation side, which is nice. I really enjoy the flavor here, but the 11% abv hinders the drinkability a bit for me, as this bomber is gonna get me plenty buzzed. Overall, a wonderfully hoppy brew that still maintains a sturdy malt backbone...this is a DIPA I hope to have the chance to come back to again sometime and another winner for Souther Tier. Thanks warriorsoul!

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2006
Photo of PenguinBeerFan
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bottle. 153 IBU's, 11%. Not for the faint of heart. This is a beer that demands respect with a hop laden hammer.

A- Pours orange red with big bubbly head. On the dark side of IPA's.

S- Grapefruit and pine, but very surprised at how much sweet malt comes through.

T- WAY smoother than the 153 IBU's suggests. Strong malt up front, heavy hops in the middle, and fades to malty sweetness on the swallow. A double IPA that non-hop heads can enjoy. A little alcohol burn, but not as much as you would expect from 11%.

M- Sticky, full. Standard heavy ale.

D- Very, very smooth for a double IPA. 11% is not evident in taste, but after one bottle I could feel it in my brain. Best to enjoy in moderation.

PenguinBeerFan, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Holy hops!! What a beer this is. Grassy smell and taste, grapefruit galore. Only problem is, too much alcohol. A person can only drink a couple of these, if they are in a 12 oz. bottle, cause it waxes you!!! But it has nice malt character on the front end, followed by some outrageous hops. Great divide IPA is probably the closest to this terrific beer. Highly recommended, just don't drink too many.

bigdeuce, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a glowing brown in color and very clear with a good, reputable head.

Smell – The big, citrus hops did this bouquet proud. They didn’t run away with the nose though, as this ale has a wonderful malty base and a good sense of alcohol.

Taste – The malts are huge at the taste, and the alcohol lightens up a bit making this a nicely balanced brew. The citrus hops are large and in charge. This is a flavor explosion.

Mouthfeel – This is a solid medium-bodied with a slick, almost greasy mouthfeel. It’s interesting, because the hops are huge but it’s not brutally bitter.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking bigger beer that was the life of the party.

Comments – Thanks to BeerGuy for donating this monster bomber to skyhand’s Broken Fridge party.

RoyalT, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of ej285701
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle bought at Whole Foods in Columbus for $6.99.

Pours out a redish/yellowish/orangish color with about a half inch off-white head into a goblet. Tiny bubbles dancing around. Looks very inviting.

Smells of delicious hops, sweet caramel malts, and a hint of alcohol poking through. The hops are very citrusy, with oranges being the most dominant.

Taste is more flavorful than the smell lets on. Huge orange-flavored hops right up front, as well as a caramely sweetness from the malts. Very balanced, and very little alcohol is detected in the taste. Very impressive for 11%. This kind of reminds me of Big Foot except for more citrusy hops.

Light to medium carbonation and full-bodied for a double IPA. Vey smooth going down.

Probably the most drinkable 11% beer I've ever had. Very dangerous. You don't notice the alcohol until it hits you. At $6.99 a bottle I would probably be satisfied drinking two Big Foots instead of this, but still one of the better double IPA's out there.

ej285701, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of jakester
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Bottle says to drink it at 42F, but I think I was probably @ 48 or so. It also tells you which hops were used, and when. Three different hops in the hopback? Wow!

Pours a bright dark amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with no real lacing. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is wonderful juicy mangoes and grapefruit, over-ripe oranges, dark cherries, dark caramel, maybe some pine needles, and just a hint of alcohol. Smells rich and luxurious.

Flavor is a burst of caramelized tropical fruits like grapefruit, mangoes and ripe papaya, followed by a fairly intense measure of bitterness. The malts, however, balance this out nicely, with notes of caramel candy and light brown sugar. There is also some kind of pine or spruce flavor in there as well. Residual sugar is pretty high. Aftertaste is bitterness, citrus, and warmth from alcohol.

Mouthfeel is pleasingly thick and sticky, with a certain oiliness from hops. My lips are sticking to the rim of the glass! Carbonation is low to medium. Great burps! Finish is sticky, slick, and warm.

This certainly isn't a beer for all day pounding, but as DIPA's go, this one is right there. Great hop character, enough malt backbone for balance, and a good alcohol kick, which, let's face it, is part of the DIPA thing. Overall, a very nice job, and a good representation of the style. And at 11%, it will hurt you quick!

jakester, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of OldSock
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 22 oz silk-screen bomber from The Wine Gallery. Hopefully this will be better than the Jav-ah I tried last week. Darker than I was expecting red-amber color, clear with lots of bubbles. At cellar temp this pours with a two finger eggshell-white head that lasts and lasts leavings a solid wall of lacing.

Smell – Huge pine and orange nose emanates from the bottle upon opening the bottle, it only intensifies as I pour. Slight caramel aroma plays in the background. Not sure if my nose just got used to it, but after awhile I lost my ability to smell much coming from the glass.

Taste – Solid bitterness, but with enough malt to balance it out. The hops are big and juicy, but not over the top allowing some caramel malt character to slip by as well. The bottle mentions Styrian Goldings, but the citrus and pine of the American hops really is the primary flavor here. While the body is ample, the beer is not overly sweet or cloying as some huge IPAs can be. Despite the 11% alcohol, I never detected even a hint of it.

Mouthfeel – Medium body for the style, with medium carbonation, just what it should be.

Drinkability & Notes – Great beer, more like a double red along the lines of Nugget Nectar than a traditional double IPA, did I really just say traditional DIPA? The malt character is much more evident than is standard for the style, but the hops are still huge, fresh and clean. By far the best beer I've had from Southern Tier, time to grab a couple more bottles of this.

OldSock, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bomber from Downtown W&S...
Pours clear...dark amber in color with a full finger and a half of thick, off-white head...settles in nicely and leaves some sticky lacing.
Not overwhelming in the nose at first whiff, but fruity hops dominate...mangos mainly and some carmelized malt.
The taste is where this one takes off...hitting me quite similar to OB's Gordon...berry flavor and a hefty dose of malt to balance out this whopper of a double. The alcohol heat is there as it warms, but not enough to have me shy away from consuming this bomber effortlessly.
Thick mouthfeel with just a touch too much carbonation IMO.
Always enjoyed ST's brews and with the Jah-VA Stout and now this on the shelves in MA...life is good.
Well done...

warriorsoul, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with a white, rocky head that falls quick.
No lace residue at all, with two strands of carbonation.
Large, juicy, hoppy nose.
Loads of crushed citrus fruits, candied grapes, powdered orange segments, and spruce tips steeped in cherry juice.
Fresh and bursting with tangerines, pineapple, and mild alcohol notes.
Nose finishes sweetish, sticky, with a light malt profile.
Slick and crispish in the body, gummy and a bit syrupy.
Bitterness and hop juice lead off the pallet, with citrus fruits and mild malt.
Gernerous amounts of ripe fruit and hop sap linger, with oranges, grapefruit, peach skins, and apricots.
Finishes warming and peppery, with a lingering zesty bitterness.
Richly hopped and well balanced, bitterness is firm- but not overbearing, which adds to the drinkability.
A fresh, unfiltered pint on tap would be stellar.

brewandbbq, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a small off-white head. Tiny bubbles pump up to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the sides.
Smell is of orange blasted hops with suagary candy, caramel, mild biscuit notes...actually somewhat of an addictive aroma.
Taste is of the same aromatics swirling around the palate nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with orange candy sweetness.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear coppery amber, with a thin not quite white head.
not as hoppy of an aroma as you might expect. relatively subtle orangey citrus and earthy pine with a substantial amount of malty caramel. it got an almost pineapple caramel cookie like quality to it. gonna go with 4.0 here, it falls somewhere in between 4.0 and 4.5, but i'm looking for a little more here.
now the taste... this is what i'm talking about. lots of juicy hops, with orange marmalade, pine needle, and maybe a little pineapple flavor. excellently balanced with lots of rich caramel malts and at times the almost cake or cookie like quality from the nose. good lord it's delicious. well hidden abv too.
fairly full bodied with smooth mellow carbonation. finds a way to not not be syrupy at all. exhalation of citrusy bitterness after i swallow. perfect.
very good drinkability for a double IPA or any beer for that matter, the bomber is almost gone and it seems like i just started. a rock solid example of the style, and a near perfect beer. this one definitely achieves excellence.

kmo1030, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this at Bauer Wines a few weeks ago, thanks Nick for the recommendation!

This hopfest pours a brassy orange color with an impenetrable head and a glass covering shield of lace. The nose is dominated by a confluence of too many fresh, juicy hop aromas to list. Ill try anyways, theres the prerequisite pine and grapefruit. Theres also herbal, melon, cedar, and earth notes. A morish malt profile hides in the background, yet is never relegated to invisibility.

The taste is nothing short of perfection. Bold, rich, leafy hop flavors almost overpower my senses. A grapefruity bitterness explodes from the start and lasts throughout. bubblegum and pineapple show in the middle. Toasty malt underlies the massive hop assault. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth, soft carbonation. A juicy bitterness and tonnes of hop aroma make for a never ending finish. Alcohol? it is almost not noticeable. I have tasted 6% beers with more alcohol presence. Remarkable.


This is the best DIPA I have tried so far (havent been that many yet unfortunately). I beer like this proves amply that DIPA is just as complex and nuanced a style as a Belgian Quad or a Russian Imperial Stout. They arent just about high hop levels.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great rich clear bronze witha very well retained 1/2 finger head with a fine bead just a pleasure to look at I have to say.The aromas are quite citric alot grapefruit in there maybe a note of apricot over top of caramel malt a whif of alcohol shows thru more so as it warms.This is not an in your face DIPA although the hops do pack a good punch not to mention alot of complexities citrus and piney cascades and chinooks really show themselves I even get a little earthiness as it warms saying all that there is a big enough of juicy lightly sweet caramel malt backbone to almost hold up against the hop onslaught.Wow amazed at this beer the alcohol is so well hidden you would have no idea how big it was and the hops take the show,"an unhibited infusion of hops" per bottle that sums it up,kick ass!

oberon, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomer into a tulip glass the beer was a dark penny colored copper with one finger of pure white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles streamed up the glass and some spotty lacing throughout the sample.

The nose was hops and associated bitterness. Not a citrus bomb, but certainly some orange, grapefruit and soft fruit aromas. Nothing too bold in the nose, but a clean and fresh scent with hints of pine needles.

The taste, like the nose, is not a grapefruit hop explosion (which I found pleasently refreshing compared to some chock-full-o-hops DIPA's) Rather, an innitial bitterness grabs the tounge with a medium body and soft fruit flavors come thru. Certainly some orange, apricot, and tangerine. Alcohol is readily apparent but balanced and delivers a slight warming to balance the crispness of the beer. Some pine/hop bite in the finish and all a ound well blended and balanced flavors.

Medium body with a high degree of carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. Beer flavors balance out superbly with the alcohol there to remind you of its "double-ness." Despite the high ABV very drinkable and enjoyable. I'll look for this again soon.

Sycodrummer, Apr 05, 2006
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,660 ratings.