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

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Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 112
Gots: 230 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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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
4/5  rDev -2%

SLUGLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
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
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

wtfdic, Aug 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

confusedidols, Aug 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jacobdensford, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a orange/amber color with a one finger white head. The head faded fast to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet and citrus hop aroma. The citrus is mainly grapefruit in nature with the sweet being of a caramel aroma. Mixed with these are other hop aromas of a earthy and piney nature.

Taste – The taste begins with some caramel sweetness and a good dose of bread and a citrus hop flavor. As the taste moves on the bready flavor grows stronger and is joined by more hops of a earthy and pine nature. Toward the end the earthy flavors overwhelm the citrus. With this larger earthy taste comes a nice oaky flavor which in the end creates a woody taste that is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is slightly higher than average in thickness with a carbonation level that is rather moderate. It is rather fitting for the brew’s oaky and hoppy flavors; allowing all the tastes to sit on the tongue and be experienced, but yet giving just enough carbonation to give an invigorating mouthfeel.

Overall – A tasty more earthy and woody flavored IPA. A nice one to try.

Darkmagus82, Aug 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

buffcityx, Aug 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

johnyb, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

dvanhandel, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

erha2, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

lvoutlawjlh, Aug 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

cubsfanjace, Aug 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Hoppy_McSudds, Aug 13, 2012
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,704 ratings.