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

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Ratings: 2,659
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 108
Gots: 211 | FT: 3
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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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jpd7374, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

claspada, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kevgod, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

patburke36, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler served into a Southern Tier tulip.

A - Pours a dark amber with 2 fingers of dense off-white head. Pretty nice lacing left at the top.

S - Sweet cereal grain, doughy bread, candied orange and grapefruit citrus, cotton candy, floral alcohol.

T - Sweet bready malt, caramel, grapefruit syrup. The hops start coming through in sweet citrus flavor and bitterness doesn't come until the end. Sweet pine resin comes out as it warms. Finishes sweet and semi bitter.

M - Thick body, chewy syrupy feel, sweet.

This is a sweet tooth DIPA. The thicker mouthfeel doesn't help for said sweetness but it's never to the point of cloying. It doesn't always have to be mouth numbing bitter every time and this fits the other side of the spectrum. The hops are there but they can't fight the heavy handed sweetness. That being said it works for the "BarleyWine meets DIPA Cleche". Their regular IPA on tap was my favorite beer from this brewery.

StaveHooks, Sep 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

sethmcconkey, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

comfortablynirm, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

maristfan, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

GaryMarkle84, Sep 03, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unearthy begins as an exciting burnished orange amber color which is quite deep in tone.
There is very little in way of carbonation and the foamy cap fairs no better. The foamy head is light and thin with some clinging lace at the edge.

Aroma was mostly sweet caramel malts and alcohol.
Hops are absent as far as I can tell. Perhaps I have a stale beer. You would think that an imperial IPA would have considerable hop wallop both in aroma and taste.

Taste is finds sweet toffee malts and warming alcohol. Very light hop flavor.
Drinks fairly smooth and is quite dry and bitter lingering deep into the aftertaste,
I would of liked to have seen more hops but it's possible this is stale and out of date.

micromaniac129, Sep 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

JimGlonke, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

hlatimer266, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of jdp11284
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite tasty. Hazy copper coloration. Smells of brandy and caramel. Taste is complex with some oak-like notes with a boozy finish (which I don't mind at 11%). Has enough hops for me, but I could see hop-heads being slightly underwhelmed. Overall, a tasty, unique take on IIPAs.

jdp11284, Sep 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

William123, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

JNW, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

SLUGLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe. No bottle dating but it’s part of a recently released Super Pack so I have reason to believe that it’s quite fresh.

A: Poured silky smooth. A white, 1 1/2 finger head sits on top of a very clear reddish brown body. Head settles to a decent cap that provides a nice creaminess to every sip. Decent lacing and alcohol legs throughout. It's a great looking beer.

S: Just tons of sweet bready malt, pineapple and citrus. Also some earthy vegetal components. I’m more familiar with the oak-aged version of this, so I almost can’t help associate this aroma with some wood notes as well.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet...and what isn’t sweet is tongue-assaulting bitterness and alcohol. As I mentioned when describing the aroma, there’s something earthy about this that is putting me off. Quite a bit of alcohol burn shows up mid-palate and drives on through to the finish.

M: Body is between medium and full and the texture is somewhat oily. Carb is fine for the style. Drinkability is relatively low. This is a big DIPA, but the mouthfeel is not what I prefer and the alcohol isn’t hidden very well.

O: I love most of Southern Tier’s beers, but this is not my cup of tea. The best DIPAs showcase hops, complement with malt and sneak in some alcohol. This is mostly malt and alcohol. I’m glad I waited until this was available in 12oz bottles because 22oz of this would be way more than I would want in an evening. Just too cloying, alcoholic and ...I don’t know...just not for me.

mjtiernan, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Kunstman, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

bostonryan, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

PoolFishGolf, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BigTrubble, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

gniv, Aug 23, 2012
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,659 ratings.