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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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Reviews: 1,208
Hads: 2,990
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 140
Gots: 412 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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 techfed87
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looks like a very full bodied IPA. The oak aging should give it more of a character than regular Imp. IPA's.

Pours an appropriate head for an IPA, giving off a strong floral scent to it.

Taste is of a strong bodied IPA, but not much more to it than that. That is to say, it holds its own as an Imp. IPA, but as a special one-of-a-kind bottle, it just doesn't shine like a bomber of something special could.

As an Imperial IPA, it works very well. However, I'd expect more from a beer of its statue other than an overly high ABV level. Hops can only carry a beer so far, and it seems like this doesn't add much to the genre. Whatever flavor that is added by the oak barrels is lost in the over-hoppiness of the beer. It seems an Imp IPA that has lost sight on what it supposed to accent it. Still, it's a very nice IPA to take in, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a tulip.

Rusty amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and decent clarity.

Fruity Pebbles, pine, lemon and caramel.

Fruity Pebbles, lemon pith and pine needles. Notes of grapefruit and orange zest. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee.

Medium bodied, slick and sticky.

It's a decent DIPA. Pretty heavy on the maltiness. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of match1112
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy copper body, three fingers of thick creamy white head. excellent retention and lacing. smell is mainly bready malts and sugar, hops are hiding in the background. taste is really sweet and sugary. strong caramel malt presence. hops are in the background again. mouthfeel is medium body, decent carbonation, oily and a long bitter finish. there is no date or dust on the bottle and the guy at the store said they just got them in. however this is far from a top dipa in my opinion. i'll try this again in the future and hope it's better.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful bright orange. Nice clarity. Lightly off-white head with excellent retention and nice lace.

S - Sweet, with an unexpected heaviness to the nose. Woodsy hop, cookie dough, wet vegetation, and an edge of cilantro. Hint of booze.

T - Thick and malty. Honey, green wood, herbal bitterness, over brewed black tea, orange rind, and molasses.

M - Heavy and semi-syrupy, with low carbonation.

O - The dense profile feels heavy and a shade syrupy, and cuts down on the drinkability. Nice backend.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep amber color with a massive head, 2-3cm, that stays around and leaves a bit of lacing. Just what I'd like to see. The smell is kind of subtle for a DIPA. A bit of an Earthy, herbal smell, with a bit of a crisp floral note, filled with hop resin, but the smells are subdued. The taste is pretty nice. There's a big hit of bitterness, and some good sweetness to balance it out. The hop flavor is very resinousy, with a bit of sweet citrus taste, no peel. A tiny bit of fruitiness from the hops with a big peachy burn from the alcohol. A little less alcohol is really all I'd like to see. Something about the taste really reminds me of a bag of pungent, resinousy hops. The mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the alcohol burn kind of turns my mouth off, but really the resinous feeling is one that I've come to love. It might not be a favorite of others, but I find that it enhanced the mouthfeel here. But I really enjoyed making my way through this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who is exploring IPAs, and is probably my favorite of the Southern Tier Imperial IPAs.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark orange amber with an average size white head, that quickly fades leaving behind a small white cap of foam and sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas begin with a small bit of citrus, but much more of a piney hop presence. There is a slightly sweet, grainy and honey maltiess that trys to poke out but the earthy and piney hops overtake it.

The tastes begin with that sweet honey maltiness but the pine and citrus immediately join the show and punch you in the tongue. Oodles and oodles of herbaceous, piney, earthy and citrus hops. Really too overpowering and the bitterness overtakes all malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is palate wreckingly bitter and a bit of alcohol pops out to dry it out even more as it warms.

Overall this is not my style DIPA. I prefer ones with a more balanced hop profile. Maybe I also just don't like all these extremely herbal/floral hops in such a great amount. Either way, I will pass on this going forward.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Poured a medium amber hue with a small off-white head. Smell of citrus zest and fresh hops. Taste starts out with a caramel coated biscuity-ness, but is soon overtaken by a good dose of fresh hops, lemon zest, and a bit of grapefruit essence, with a subtle minty quality. Decently balanced with neither aspect fully taking complete control for any extended bit of time. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, though nothing really above average.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with nice full 1/2 inch foamy cap.

S: Hops, Hops, Hops, did I mention there is a hoppy floral scent.

T: Big citrus and grapefruit hop flavor.

M: Medium to full body flavor with nice lacing.

D: Very drinkable went well with meatloaf.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you very much trxxpaxxs/Tom for this beer, the Southern Tier flute/goblet glass, and all of the other wonderful goodies he sent to me in the NOOB BIF 5!

Appearance - Gotta break in my new Southern Tier flute-ish glass right, so that's what I'm using for Unearthly. This beer pours a bright orange in color. The head is white in color, about 1 finger high and it diminishes but never really disappears. The lacing is moderate. Looks very nice in the flute glass!

Smell - Aroma is a nice mix of hops and malt, not just a pure hop or malt bomb. The hops at play here are floral, citrus, some grapefruit, notes that remind me of other sweet fruit (almost candy-like), and maybe a little pine. Other aspects here are malty notes (not quite biscuity), a pronounced sweetness (probably from the malt bill), and caramel. Nice smell. Smells like a very balanced DIPA.

Taste - This is a pretty malty DIPA. When I sip, I get notes of dry malt, some biscuit, and sweet caramel. Next I get some of those citrus and floral hops, along with grapefruit and some lighter bitterness from the hops. This is more malty than hoppy but it finds a nice balance. Not exactly what I prefer in DIPAs, but still a pretty well done beer.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a DIPA, but still has a moderate feel to it. There's a dry and almost soapy quality to this one. Not bad, just interesting. Consistency is creamy, carbonation is moderate, body is about medium-high, and the finish is about average length.

Overall - Definitely not a bad DIPA by any means. Not quite my favorite iteration of the style, but still pretty good. I'd say it's worth a try especially if you like maltier/balanced DIPAs. I could see myself drinking this one again, especially when I'm not in the mood for a hop bomb of a DIPA. Can't wait to try Oak Aged Unearthly. Thanks again Tom!

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Photo of munnster76
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too malty for my taste, probably meant to hide the acohol, not a fan or overly malty beers. Not impressive. Their 2XIPA is much better, but their IPA is their best.

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Photo of Number967
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, with the born on date rubbed off, into a pint glass. Appearance is hazy dark orange/amber. Smell is mostly biscuity malts, bready. Taste is even, sweet at first with a little bite bitterness at the end. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. The malt flavor and sweetness from the alcohol are more predominant here then in West Coast Imperials. IMO, not a bad beer but at $9.99 for a 22oz I prefer something a bit more hoppy.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that settles to a ring and gives some spotty lace. Clear orange colour.

This brew is pretty two-dimensional. Big grapefruit hops in the nose and to taste. A lot of sweeteness up front from the malts and then bitter/dry grapefruit finish. Hits you twice without being subtle anywhere in between. Noticeable alcohol and almost a bit too sweet. Okay, but lacks subtlety.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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

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

Consumed 10/13/12

Appearance: Dark orange, with some red highlights - decent size white head, leaves some nice spots of lacing - very clear

Smell: Hoppy and malty - lots of citrus - not particularly distinct - oranges and grapefruits - sweet, oily pine - caramel and amber malts - very sweet, as unfortunately expected - leafy mint

Taste: Sweet and hoppy - somewhere between a DIPA and an imperial amber - sweetly malty with lots of caramel and amber malts - biscuits with powdered sugar - overripe oranges and sweet grapefruits - oily pine and mint - about as sweet as fruit punch, with about average bitterness, and some booze

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, a bit cloying but not awful

Overall: Good, better than I expected

Southern Tier has earned quite a reputation for making some really sugary beers. Personally, I think this works for some of their stouts. But I was dreading Unearthly. To my surprise, this is more pleasant that I remembered. Yes, it's overly sweet, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of ms11781
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DOB 01/04/2012 printed on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep amberish color, very close to red. A small off-white head develops and recedes fairly quickly. A thin cap is left with soap-like foam collecting in a ring around the glass. Decent lacing sticks to the glass.

The first impression of the nose is that it's pretty sweet. Caramel-like aromas are met with some nice citrus and pine hop notes. Though the nose is sweet overall the hops provide a nice balance to keep it from being overly sweet.

The taste is bigger than the nose. The flavor profile is roughly the same as the aromas that were in the nose is more assertive. The sweetness is still a huge, maybe the biggest, component. It's a candy-like sweetness, caramel and sugar playing a big part. The citrus hops are here but the piny hops are much bigger and offer a substantial bitter kick at the finish. Despite the bigger hop flavor the sweetness has the upper hand.

This beer has a bigger mouthfeel for most beers I've had that aren't imperial stouts or barleywines. It's definitely one of the bigger DIPAs I've had. A thick body and carbonation on the low end of medium produce a big, thick, oily and slick mouthfeel.

This is definitely a big DIPA, probably one of the biggest I've had. The problem for me is that, in addition to big hops, there is a big sweet characteristic to it as well. At times the sweetness is what dominates. It's definitely a good beer and can be a welcome change when looking for a hop fix with something else going on but it's not a top notch DIPA.

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

given the scores, i thought i'd enjoy this more than i did. it looked great in the glass, copper in color with a very slight haze and no visible sediment. aroma was resiny citrus , honeyed sweet malt and tropical fruit. taste was big sweet malt with a lingering hop bitterness. some alcohol was evident in the nose and taste, which is a ding for me. mouthfeel was big-bodied and viscous with the carbonation struggling through this big beer. drinkability suffers a bit due to the heaviness of this one and the high abv.

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

RBSG09 bottle at the grand tasting. Pours a dark orangey gold color with a creamy white head. Sweet caramel aroma with grapefruit and a more resinous, piney hop note as well. Flavor is too sweet, lots of caramel and sugar, sweet hop notes, decent herbal piney finish, bitter finish. Not bad and certainly very hoppy but file this one under 'diabetes-causing' with the other ST beers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a finger of fluffy cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - grapefruit, tangerine and some pine. A nice sweet caramel malt nose in the background balances it out. A superb nose!

T - Very bitter up front with grapefruit and pine. Some sweet malts in the background, but not enough to balance out the extreme bitterness that completely dominated the palate and lingers in the finish. I normally love hop bombs but there was something missing with this one. The bitterness was too pronounced without the flavour profile to mellow it out. A letdown after the excellent nose.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

D - A decent DIPA but not a memorable one. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of cvm4
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color. Builds to a nice one finger head. The lacing is thin on the side of the glass

S - The flavors seem fairly muted for whatever reason. I pick up citrus/pineapple/grapefruit to a certain extent.

T - The taste sure doesn't let me down! I got sweet fruit flavors along with caramel. Then at the end is the nice hoppy characteristics. You can definitely taste the alcohol, it's not well hidden.

M - Very drinkable and it just coats your mouth. Somewhat "hot" due to the alcohol.

O - It's a good IIPA, but I just feel like it could be more balanced. The flavors meld really well but I could just see it being a little less sweeter with more hop characteristics and less boozy taste.

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Photo of do_ob
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a tulip. Pours a clear amber with about 1/2 a finger of bubbly, white foam on top. Sugary-sweet fruit and malt on the nose. Smells boozy and almost syrupy, with little traces of citrus here and there. Medium weight, and dense and syrupy on the mouthfeel. There's an artificial sweetness up front on the taste that attempts to mask the booziness of this beer, but doesn't quite cut it. Over-ripe oranges and apples, sweet malt, and alcohol are what I get on the taste. Finishes somewhat abrasive, and leaves a bittersweet residue behind to make up the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer didn't impress me at all. I found the taste to be too artificial, and it was incredibly syrupy and boozy.

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Light amber with a very slight haze. One finger head that fades pretty quick. Very little lacing.

Smell. Lemon, grapefruit and honey. All somewhat faint.

Taste. Orange, pineapple, yellow grapefruit and some pine needles. Some sweetness and booze and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Thick, syropy with medium-low carbonation and warming alcohol.

Drinkability. So-so drinker. Sweetness and booze presence hold this one back a little.

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Photo of TK5150
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orangey, amber color with an off-white head.

S- Smells of apricots, malt, grapefruit, orange and alcohol.

T- Tastes of apricots, lots of malty sweetness, biscuits, grapefruit and alcohol.

M- Full medium body.

D- Pretty good drinkability, but the alcohol hurts it.

Nontraditionally sweet for a DIPA, but a decent beer overall. I might drink this again if there's nothing else interesting around to drink.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice even, clear copper color with some moderate visible carbonation. Sticky, foamy head that won't go away.
Smells heavily of citrusy hops, lemon and some pine all well remaining somewhat sweet.
This beer is sweet. Syrupy herbal hops, pineapple and toffee on the forefront with some serious alcohol warmth in the aftertase. The hops are not nearly as prevalent as I would expect, but it is balanced. There is some pine bitterness in the finish, but where is the rash hoppiness of the DIPA?
Mouthfeel is thick and there is enough carbonation to cut through it.
I expected a hoppier brew here. Sweet smooth and could potentially get you in trouble at 11%.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of joejost
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a growler that was purchased 30 minutes prior to consumption.
Orange-red color kind of threw me. Smelled like, flowers, soap, pine, and slight malt. Taste was spicy, soap and hoppy with a severe alcohol presense. Drank two pints in a half hour, so it wasn't half bad. I'd still choose other DIPA's before I go back to UnEarthly.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.