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

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

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Ratings: 2399
Reviews: 1163
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of Gatch


4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber in color with a bubbly pillowy white head. The nose is unique and complex. You get the pungent, fruity hops and the barrel. The barrel really comes out in the flavor. You really get the oaky, woody, buttery aspects of the barrel. Smooth and sweet. The qualities of an Imperial IPA really shine and the barrel adds nice complexities. Doesn't overpower or overshadow the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:27:21 | More by Gatch
Photo of dar482

New York

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a beautiful deep rich ruby/orange color that is clear.

The aroma is great. Big juicy pine and grapefruit and sweet honey and malt.

The flavor follows, with the pine, citrus, floral notes, but the sweetness does really stand out. It reminds me almost of Nugget Nectar because of the crystal malt sweetness, but this does it with so much better of a mouthfeel and complete flavor. The hoppiness is quite leafy green and.

It's so darn drinkable because of the decent malt bill along with the clean flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2013 22:51:19 | More by dar482
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear medium golden brown with two fingers of khaki colored head. Very fluffy head with excellent lacing.

S - Floral hops, pine.

T - Hops are prominent, but good malty backbone. Caramel malt.

M - Fluffy, medium body, moderate astringency.

O - Very good IPA. High ABV not noticeable. Paired nicely with graham cracker ice cream.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 15:45:54 | More by thlayli87
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: 12 oz bottle. Clear copper in color with a soapy white head that has decent retention. Leaves behind webbed lacing down the pint glass.

SMELL: Pungent hops, sweet toffee malts and alcohol. A bit tropical, earthy, woodsy like note emerges later. A blend of hops is throwing all the senses for a loop.

TASTE: Big time citrus and semi tropical hops glancing across a sweet malt body. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon and herb all play along. Alcohol is pretty well disguised and just drifts in the background. Resinous and hoppy, finishing somewhat earthy. As expected, has enough bitterness to more or less balance the huge malt bill.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, clean, and smooth. Drinks easily and effortlessly, deceptive for a beer boasting nearly 10% abv.

OVERALL: A really good brew in its own right, unearthly also has an oak aged counterpart. This version drinks much easier and has cleaner flavors. A great, readily available American Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:49:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Sweet aroma, loads of caramel malt but also soft tropical fruit, peach and biscuity malt.
Very malty flavours too, lots of sweet clean malt. Some of the fruit transfers through. Pretty bitter in the finish but the malt wins out. A fair bit of booze shows.
Could use more carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2013 01:49:52 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Roman5150


4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: darker amber with a huge white head

smell: piney, citrus, grapefruit, apple, earthy hops, lemon

taste: malty, earthy hops, bitterness is short lasting, end is a refreshing balanced malty, hoppy double ipa. It

mouthfeel: not too carbonated

overall: A maltier, less hoppsy version of an Imperial IPA. Make no mistake this thing is loaded with hops, but is not a hop bomb on the level of Ruination, Palate Wrecker, or Hopslam, etc.. With that said, it's very drinkable and the malt level is well matched to the hoppiness, very smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 01:00:58 | More by Roman5150
Photo of ForesterMatt


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Nice clear dark copper color, less than an inch of head settling quickly

Great hop dominated aroma with citrus notes and sweet malt

Robust flavor on the sweet side with plenty of hop. I life iipa's on the sweet side, but this was near my limit. You can taste the alcohol but it's not too strong.

Pleasant mount feel. Not too carbonated. Nice and warm in the belly!

Overall a great offering and a 22 was just right.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 05:04:38 | More by ForesterMatt
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: clear, deep amber color, thinly veiled head
S: full nose, very nice oak-aged qualities dominate on juicy malt
T: well-balanced and extremely enjoyable beer, not overpowering with hops but definitely there, oak makes it creamier, EtOH not that noticeable
M: creamy, full, nice oak qualities

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:46:57 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Clear dark red-orange, a beautiful color. Moderate fizzy off-white head that sticks for a bit. Smells of flowers and citrus, absolutely delicious. Taste is smooth, blossoming into citrusy hoppy bitterness, and just before you think it's done, it smooths back out into sweetness. Very drinkable, alcohol only noticeable in the beginning. Mouthfeel is full, but clean. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 03:35:18 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of mjc3151


4.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - very clear, light brown/amber color

S - smells equally of hops and malts. nice combination

T - what is unique about this imperial IPA is that it has more of a focus on malts than most other imperial ipas. This is what i like about it. As you first taste it you can taste much sweetness, the sugary malts come out to play. After that you taste the hops and sense some bitterness. It is at that moment that you get reminded that it is an imperial IPA. You can definitely sense an alcohol presence but it is not overpowering.

M - medium carbonation, somewhat creamy

O - this....is....so...AMAZING

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 22:44:00 | More by mjc3151
Photo of rangerred


2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing considering the strength of this beer.

The aroma is quite weak with hints of overripe orange and tangerine. Some mango and pineapple sneaking through but it is very light.

The hop flavor is quite weak as well. Some tropical fruit with moderate floral and pine notes. Just a touch of bread but hops completely dominate. Bitterness is on the light side and has a hard time rising above the overwhelming sweetness. The sweetness gets to be a bit on the cloying side after awhile making this a little hard to finish.

Overall, this is really a sweet, sticky mess. I can't stand sweet IIPA's so this one is not a favorite of mine. So many other better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:38:36 | More by rangerred
Photo of acevenom


3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours clear, dark copper with a finger length white head. The initial pour yields lots of tiny bubbles in the glass. Lots of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There is some maltiness in the aroma that is sweet and bready. I get some floral hop notes along with some grassiness maybe a bit of mild fruit. This is a very malt forward IPA without a lot of hop bitterness on the back end. There is some bitterness present. I get some fruitiness that reminds me of peach as well. The body is full and moderately carbonated. The finish is slightly dry. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 04:03:01 | More by acevenom
Photo of MDDMD


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-deep orange amber, color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-sweet malt, orange, lemon, slightly herbal

T-big sweet malt flavor, lemon, pine, herbal, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly viscous mouthfeel

O-too sweet for my taste and not enough hop character, like this less than the Oaked

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 16:14:56 | More by MDDMD
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into glass

A - Clear copper color that pours a small off white head. leaves moderate lacing

S - Strange smell, malty and an over-the-top sweet/floral, does not smell like any beer ive had

T - Sickly sweet. Tastes mostly like overly ripe (or perhaps rotted) fruit. Also has a large caramel malt presense.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Sweetness leaves a coating on your mouth

O - Extremely dissapointed. I am a big fan of Southern Tier's IPA and 2XIPA. This is one of the most unpleasant beers I have ever drank. The extreme sweetness hides the ABV, at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:49:55 | More by JG-90
Photo of GPHarris


3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white fluffy head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright amber color.
s - piney hops.
t - nicely balanced with pine and floral hops against a caramel backbone. the hops seem somewhat dull though (bottle date was late february so it's fresh) and had a slight peppery finish.
m - medium.
o - reminds me of oskar blues gubna and i'm not a huge fan of that beer either. worth trying but doesn't stand up to my favorite DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 15:14:10 | More by GPHarris
Photo of mpedara429


2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

A: A deep amber color that is mostly clear. Two fingers of off white head. Rings of lacing around the glass.

S: A mild smell of dank pine, and bread. Catching subtle tones of booze and fruit in there.

T: Herbal and boozy with hints of fruit and pine.

M: Medium and smooth/creamy body. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: I'm not sold on this one. The hop profile is extremely weak. It feels as if they brewed a double batch worth of malt with a single batch worth of hops to make this beer. Not at all what I would expect from an IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:55:00 | More by mpedara429
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Price Chopper in Albany, NY.

Pours a murky/hazy dirty orange color, one inch head, lots of globs of lacing down the glass.

Smells include sweet caramel malt, citrus fruit, and earthy hop tones.

The tastes is similar. A sweet, malt-forward IPA that actually works- you get a lot of malt sweetness that tastes like caramel and honey, plus a pile driver attack of hops. The hop flavor and smell definitely is reminiscent of the ganja, with some fruity orange, pineapple, and grapefruit tones as well.

Medium bodied, pretty thick. A bit syrupy, but finishes dry to the amount of hops. Low carbonation.

A great DIPA that straddles the hoppy barleywine/malty DIPA line. I don't usually like beers that do that, but this one works because the alcohol usually noticeable in those line-straddling beers aren't present.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:26:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of rodlavers


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 12oz. bottle, DOB 01/11/13, into a snifter. Not much of a head, but what's there is white, with some bits of chunky lacing on the glass that slowly drips down the side. Deep ruby red coloring, almost glowing, with some dark/burnt tangerine as well. Super clear, very unique appearance for a IIPA, in my experience.

Smell is OK. It does not smell particularly hoppy, per se, but rather I notice some organic onion odor, almost like a burp, if that's possible; I've smelled nothing like it before. Well, I actually take that back. Founders Devil Dancer is oddly similar, I suppose. I guess with Unearthly, I get some serious malt character blended with a variety of hops (admittedly do not know the standard for IIPA style, but this works).

Taste is similar (minus the burp), but better. It's sweeter to the taste, more hop-forward, and overall more complex than the aromas. I get pine resin mixed with an OK bitterness and malt on the end.

Feel is smooth up front, but gives way to a drier, more bitter, finish. Definitely resinous.

Overall, this is an interesting example of one of my favorite styles. It's very good but not my favorite. Prefer the Oak Aged Unearthly. This is good and certainly worth a try, if only to experience something slightly different than the norm. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 02:57:06 | More by rodlavers
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 01/10/12 - so has aged longer than it should have - shame on me for not treating a DIPA of this caliber properly. Bomber pours a luminescent pumpkin orange colour - hazy but very visually appealing. Reasonable head and lacing that lingers down the glass.

Aroma has faded, leaving only stilted hops and caramelized malts. The flavour has held up much better, with the initial malted sweetness transitioning into a full hop bitterness - citrus and tropical fruits and a delightful puckering that lingers. The 9.5% ABV is very well hidden, with only a hint of warmth in the finish.

Definitely a well brewed DIPA and I wish I hadn't "cellared" it by mistake.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:04:43 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of oline73


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red amber with hardly any head. The nose is really sweet and malty with some fruit and hop notes. Smell isn't super impressive. There is more bitterness in the taste, but the sweetness overwhelms a bit. The bitterness just pops up in the finish. Notes of pine and mild citrus peel. The carbonation is sharp and tingly. Flavors could blend better.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:48:42 | More by oline73
Photo of tectactoe


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber, copper color, highly opaque with an off-white, two finger head. Decent lacing is left along the sides of the glass nearly all the way down. Aroma is heavy on hops, of course, of the spicy variety, resinous and piney, backed by some caramel, toasted malts. Mouth is big and heavy, kind of sticky and thick - hops up front with a nice spicy character, white pepper, coriander, grapefruit rinds, oil and resin, and light pine needles. Lemon and orange zest are abundant, as is the powerful alcohol character, think PineSol. Malts are used liberally and do a fine job of clashing and balancing the heavy hop bill. Caramel malts, light toffee, molasses, high sweetness, and a touch of some medicinal and metallic flavors. Carbonation is a little lower than I was expecting; thick, almost syrupy body.

Solid DIPA, reminds me a little bit of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe. Nice spicy hop profile and a good balance with plenty of caramel malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:30:40 | More by tectactoe
Photo of AC-Mivsek


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper with about a 1 inch white foamy head which dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a bit of lacing.

S- Smells very malty and sweet. There are some earthy notes as well, mossy-like.

T- Malts seem the over-ride the hops. It is less hoppy than I would have expected for an Imperial IPA. Quite sweet and caramely. A bit woodsy. Very interesting.

M- Consistency is on the thick side. Medium carbonation.

O- Overall this is a very good beer.It was nothing like I expected it to be, which is not a bad thing. I enjoy interesting brews and this is surely one of them. I would recommend trying this, although when it comes down to it I would probably take Southern Tier's 2XIPA over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:54:18 | More by AC-Mivsek
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle was part of the Southern Tier "SuperPack" variety case which included 2XIPA, Unearthly and Iniquity.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color. A fluffy, one-finger head on the initial pour that fades to a skim. Large amount of sticky lacing left after sampling.

S - A mix of pine, hops and malts. Smells a little on the sweet side.

T - A really smooth DIPA. The brew is well balanced between a piney, citrusy, pineapple (?) taste and the caramel-like sweetness of the malts. It's moderately hoppy and leaves a lingering bitterness after drinking. It's a thicker beer so it's not one you'll be downing several off. The ABV is well disguised but it does begin to poke through as the beer warms a bit.

M - Thicker consistency. Medium carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this DIPA quite a bit. Unlike others, I don't think it's overly sweet. It's a well crafted beer that I'd recommend to any IPA or DIPA lovers. Well done, Southern Tier!


Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 19:27:18 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bad boy in to a fluted pint and discovered some serious olfactory joy. The beer smells like fresh hops and sweet malt, with the latter coming through almost moreso upon consumption. Unearthly poured almost deep copper...practically redish but still retaining some shiny hues. The head was perfect...a solid one-inch of lacy goodness. The beer is balanced, complete, sweet and bitter...one of the best IPAs have tried 'new' in a long time. If you happen upon one of these, definitely pick it up. I can only imagine how good the oak-aged Unearthly is...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:19:07 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: amber colour; clear; egg white head, full and average length

Aroma: caramel malt, some citrus hops - orange; something earthy like a damp forest floor

Taste & Mouthfeel: heavy, sweet, caramel and molasses flavour coupled with a thick, syrupy body; finish lends some bitterness, but the malt weighs it out; slightly medicinal in the end - like a light version of Buckleys (pine or spruce); over time begins to grow more balanced on palate, but still too sweet

Overall: a woodsy syrup that would go well with savoury dessert; could be improved with more balance

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:59:45 | More by BGDrock
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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