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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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rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


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

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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:56:26 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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oberon

North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 22:32:51 | More by oberon
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 16:54:54 | More by Sycodrummer
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shroompod

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Started drinking this cold out of 22oz bomber , will drink slow to let it warm.

Appearance is light orange. Head quickly disapates.Very clear beer.

I could be mistaken , but thiers hops in this beer! Smell is dominated by the hops with some fruity citrus smells coming through.

Taste is very balanced with the high hop content. Almost has the taste of a sweetened grapefruit drink.

Moutfeel is somewhat thick, as it shoul be.

Drinkabilty of this beer is exceptional.I want to drink my other one even though it'll wreck me for the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 00:39:17 | More by shroompod
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bignick

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber purchased from Wine Gallery in Brookline in March '06 pourned into a St. Bernardus glass.

I am so sold on Southern Tier beers, it's not even funny. I tried and thoroughy enjoyed their IPA and the Java Stout, but this is better than either of those. What makes it incredible is the fact that it is a whopping 150 IBUs (it says it right on the side...props to the brewers for providing all the numerical info right on the side of their bottles) and is balanced with a piney sweetness, but is not syrupy in the least. This beer is of the quality of DFH 90 min, but bigger. I loved the cascade hop dominated taste, because it was so balanced. I could truly drink this beer all night (scary thought).

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 05:22:17 | More by bignick
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dem

New York

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance
Great amber color. Like good jewelry. Medium head that sticks around the whole time. Small amount of lacing that stays put until I pour more into the snifter.

smell
Cascade hops are prevalent, but there are some more in there. I’ll read the bottle in a minute. Fruity, citrus, hoppy, and sweet. My wife says apricots.

taste
Sweet malt and hop bitterness intertwine. Very buttery finish. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Wow these are good hops. This one isn’t about the quantity of the hops, but the quality. It’s just plain NICE.

mouthfeel
Just right. Thick enough to know there’s lots of goodness packed in there, but not syrupy at all.

drinkability
I like my big beers. This one packs a perfect punch without being too aggressive. I thought there would be more alcohol burn, but it’s hidden beneath all the tastes. Let’s just say it’s got all the flavor without all the “Arrogance”. (A.B. is another favorite)

comments
Southern Tier has a good thing going with their new series. It’s just smart marketing in my opinion. The 22oz bottles make for a good sit down session at home. I LOVE that they list the specific hops, malts and grains they use. Now that I’m a home brewer, I can actually visualize what went into the beer I am drinking. It’ll also come in handy when I try to make a clone of this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 00:55:12 | More by dem
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity... Elaborate ingredient list on the bottle, along with tons of silk-screened art and words and what-have-you. Ink quality could be better (some running), but the effort is very nice.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear deep copper brew. Head lasts well for the style, and lacing is prevalent. Aroma is fruity hops, with some pine underneath, not as intense as I had expected. Flavor makes up for the any lack in the nose, hops are front and center. Lupalin slam in the teeth, then mellows down a bit and you can feel the malt and alcohol warming everything it touches. Mouthfeel is impressive for something so hoppy, and drinkability works as well. Nice job with one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 21:43:54 | More by ppoitras
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bkett01

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start this by re-affirming what the bottle clearly states. The smell and taste verify that this one is brewed with an uninhibited infusion of hops. It poured a nice rich amber color with a healthy head. Piney hops dominate the enticing aroma, which I almost gave a 5 in the smell category. Easily one of the best smelling brews I've ever been able to try, which can surely be attributed to the level of dry-hopping going into this one which the bottle claims is from cascades, centennials, & chinooks.

Taste is of...suprise!...HOPS! Starts with a mild bitterness courtesy of the chinook and cascades that is lifted by the decent amount of carbonation. Tough to detect the malt here, but I'm sure it's there helping to balance this one out. For 11%abv, amazingly you cannot detect the alcohol, which brings up the drinkability considerably. This is easily the best double IPA I've ever had, and will give me a great scale to judge others by. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 01:51:53 | More by bkett01
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from Bauer Wine. $5.99. Thanks Nick!

A: Pours a dark copper color with reddish hues and a one finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving a froth film in the center. A little bit of lace.

S: Aromas of piney hops hit the nose hard and fast first, with a little citrus fruit that follows. Ever so slight maltyness in there too--seek it out because it hides.

T: Pine and floral notes at first, followed by a grapefruit, orangey flavor. Notes of bready malts in there also. Nice bite to it shows that the abv is high, but don't underestimate its kick. What a great tasting dipa!

M & D: Both are great. Slick in your mouth with an almost oily feel upfront that leaves pretty quickly. Carbonation at first but also fades fast leaving you with a nice floral aftertaste. Well balanced dipa. Not much bitterness to this one, but an awesome offering from Southern Tier--my favorite from them so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 00:00:09 | More by bjohnson
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, with traces of carbonation rising to a soapy ecru froth, which is not too big since I poured it into a fluted glass as per the bottle's instruction. Aroma is piney, piney, piney! Subsequent sniffs reveal a sugary candied citrus peel scent, but man is this one about the hops and nothing else! The taste, fortunately, does not follow the nose. I say fortunately, because that aroma led me to expect something obscenely over-the-top pine juice phenomenon. Instead I get a much more subdued and subtle citrusy pine flavor with a sweet caramel malt follow-through. I do think there are some reasonable limits as to the outrageousness of the hops in a DIPA, and hence, I believe that a certain "balance" is feasible and appropriate to expect. Southern Tier achieves such balance with Unearthly. As it warms, more malt emerges, and the flavors become rounder, softer, and fuller. Something of a mineral twinge at the finish. Hop bitterness lingers. Lacing is webby, but head retention is minimal -- 11% abv will do that to a beer, I suppose. Medium bodied and juicy. Not my favorite DIPA -- meaning there are others I'd pick up instead on a more regular basis --, but this is absolutely stunning as a foray into "Big Beer" territory.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 05:33:25 | More by orfeu
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WesWes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's intensely bitter, but equally stong in malts giving it a warm and balanced scent. The taste is great as well. It has a rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and satisfying. The hops are true all the way through and add a kick ass bitter bite which helps hide the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer that is quite drinkable even with an 11% abv.. It's just another fine offering from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 02:10:25 | More by WesWes
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Naes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out dark amber in color with a tall cream colored head that laces well.
The aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. It is a strong piney hop aroma that accompanies this DIPA’s flavor quite well.
The flavor as you would guess based on the aroma is dominated by piney hops and has a slight citrus hop presence as well. There is also an underlying grain characteristic which balances out the hop assault to some degree. Although the alcohol content is rather high, there is only a slight warming as it goes down. Southern Tier did a wonderful job of masking the high alcohol levels.
The mouth feel of this brew is medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a great double IPA. One of the better hop bombs that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 06:13:46 | More by Naes
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John

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Deep, crystal clear filtered amber. The head rises to 2/3" or so before settling to a steady layer leaving intricate lace. Hop notes immediately pull you in for an intense piney and perfumey assault on the senses. A sturdy multi-grain character balances with some bready notes in the nose. Floral and perfumey hops once again are predominate in the taste followed by piney and citrus elements. The caramel sweetness lent to the brew by the hefty grains is countered nicely by a reassuring warming by the alcohol. This brew is quite comfortable subbing for a fine cognac with it's intense aromatics and warming effect. I'm kickin back like the ladies man Leon Phelps with this bad boy. But there it goes again petitioning me to drink again...and again...I of course oblige, possessing little restraint. The body however welcomes consumption in this manner as it is moderate/medium sans the syrupy thick mouthfeel of other similar brews. It seems to shift at will from satisfying big ass sippin' IIPA, to a very drinkable but potent brew concealing the 11% abv quite well. Cheers to Southern Tier for a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:36:37 | More by John
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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