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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: 2401
Reviews: 1164
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of trill


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored this 22oz bottle in a trade with BanditBrewingCo.

Pours an extremely clear copper color, with a sizeable white head of very small bubbles. Aroma is a truckload of Cascade hops, like smelling a handful of pellets on brew day. There's a heavy note of sweet citrus (oranges, mostly), and a pungent grassiness as well. In the taste, the hops are more peppery/earthy/vegetal; aside from the slight caramel flavor, this beer is very dry in the mouth. For a big IPA, the malt is very impressive, as it plays a supporting role while still being very interesting in its own right. The red wheat definitely comes through with a sharp tartness in the finish. The alcohol level in this beer is near-invisible, and if I didn't know any better, I'd guess it was maybe 7%ABV. This beer definitely sets itself apart in a very crowded category.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 21:58:44 | More by trill
Photo of Dotcubed


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I think I purchased in Jungle Jims in Ohio.
Think it may be 3 yrs old?! The paint is coming off the bottle.

Heavy body, gentle pour. Surprised to see a respectable head. Dark, creamy. But not stable. Carbonation enough to make a pudding top.

Potent. Bitter, smooth, burnt thing. Stunning.
Mouth watering. Dry and warming.
Long lasting bitter flavors. Natural mouth numbing.

Hard drink, great flavors, but challenging to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:40:13 | More by Dotcubed
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge pineapple and grapefruit nose. Beautiful floral hop aroma. Pours a hazy orange/straw color with a nice and sticky 2 finger head.

Spicy and breadfruit up front, lots of tropical fruit tastes in the middle. Big and juicy and smooth in body. Slightly bitter finish, doesn't blend with the juiciness but instead cuts in near the end. Its not a bad thing though and only adds another layer of flavor.

Stands out amongst the crowd when it comes to dipas probably a different hop selection then the usual, less citrus but a ton more tropical fruit, its fantastic.

Unearthly indeed!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:24:04 | More by jtierney89
Photo of kmo1030


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear coppery amber, with a thin not quite white head.
not as hoppy of an aroma as you might expect. relatively subtle orangey citrus and earthy pine with a substantial amount of malty caramel. it got an almost pineapple caramel cookie like quality to it. gonna go with 4.0 here, it falls somewhere in between 4.0 and 4.5, but i'm looking for a little more here.
now the taste... this is what i'm talking about. lots of juicy hops, with orange marmalade, pine needle, and maybe a little pineapple flavor. excellently balanced with lots of rich caramel malts and at times the almost cake or cookie like quality from the nose. good lord it's delicious. well hidden abv too.
fairly full bodied with smooth mellow carbonation. finds a way to not not be syrupy at all. exhalation of citrusy bitterness after i swallow. perfect.
very good drinkability for a double IPA or any beer for that matter, the bomber is almost gone and it seems like i just started. a rock solid example of the style, and a near perfect beer. this one definitely achieves excellence.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:17:56 | More by kmo1030
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, ruby with some orange hues. Very interesting color for a DIPA. 1/2" white head with moderate retention.
Smells kind of barleywinish. Very sweet with many fruity aromas. More tropical than citrus or piney. Think mango.
WOWWWW!!! This is one hellva beer. Huge hoppiness. piney,citrus,tropical. Huge sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel. The most deceptive 11% beer I've ever had. Man this is fantastic. This beer has it all. Nice hop profile, big malty sweetness, hidden booze.
For such a big beer in complexity, flavor and alcohol, the mouthfeel is silky smooth. It is mind boggling how this beer so big in flavor and go down so easy.
It's a sipping beer that's hard to sip.
Thank you Florida Gators for the beer.
Thank you jasonm and TheManiacalOne for sending it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 02:54:17 | More by wcudwight
Photo of vicsju1991


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ox bomber poured into pint glass
A - deep orangey amber, with nice two finger white head
S - wonderful sweet and bitter citrus
T - really nice bitter citrus finish, sweet citrusy beginnig, earthy texture, amazing
M - creamy and heavy
O - absolutely amazind double ipa

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:50:55 | More by vicsju1991
Photo of hustlesworth


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- awesome hazy unfiltered looking apricot orange. This one looks beautiful in the tall, gracefully shaped stone levitation silver rimmed tulip. The foam is remarkable. It has the color and texture of whipped butter (like if you put cream in a jar and shake it) and the lace is just shoooo all over the place all drippy and sticky and whatnot. Haven't seen anything finer and this review is bound to be full of extraterrestrial and supernatural metaphors.

S- this one has the ideal nose to suit my standard for a DIPA. It's got that stellar marshmallow toffee wonderbong, baby!!!! Run through goldings in the hop back? Whaaaat?!?! Usually can't go wrong with 3 of the C's IMO and the nose is full of unexpected creamy fruits and berries like melon and strawberry with undertones of sweet pipe tobacco, vanilla, cedar, mushroom and cured hardwood. When cold, the hops really only come through in a lemony orange dish soap kinda way but as the beer warms just a bit watch out.. Grapefruit, peach, pear, mango, passion fruit, tropical outer space madness-- but not at all harsh and nostril ripping. Fermented tartness like full sour dills with a coriander spice note add another sprightly layer to what is already an amazing aroma.

T- so as my beard nears the lip of the glass and my lips protrude toward it, I begin to feel some apprehension, as if this beer will be so hoppy that it will slaughter me, leave me on the floor twitching in ghastly agony, aware of my former existence but unable to return to it. So I take a small sip and feel the sting. Just a precursor, I say to myself, just like licking the cut half of a scotch bonnet just to see what you're in for. Then a full and hearty draught. This is actually quite tame! And balanced! And, at first maybe even a little too sweet! My dog, laying at my feet raises her almond eyes to me and then adjusts her position into a big curled up ball, as if a cold wind had suddenly blown through the dining room. The beer is sweet. Very sweet and woodsy and burboun barrelish. Toffee and cashew brittle. Caramel and obnoxious fun. Very fresh barley malt with a tart fermented edge, same as the aroma with subtle hints of caraway and the creamy light nuttiness of pinoli with brown sugar and faint sweetened peanut butter. Then sha-BAM, POW, WAP! Hi, I'm the hop poltergeist and I'm here to f#%k your shit up. Spiraling into another dimension, I try to grasp the concept of, and ultimately put into words, how the hops transform the cloying sweetness into a balance that the scales of Themis would struggle to achieve. I, however can tell you who the perpetrator is: chinook. His astringent bitterness long outlasts the sugary malt and the wonderful tropical pineapple grapefruit orange like mango 'fruity' hops and rasps away any sweetness that is brave enough to linger. Hell, there's even hints of motor oil. But there IS NOT any trace of alcohol.

MF- this other struggle happens in the feel. There's a slickness, an oily alpha acid tongue roughening numbing bitterness altogether with sugary somethings and cheek drying alcohol. No burn in the chest, no sense of sipping a cocktail, only the buzzing of your body and the awareness in your mind that you've damn near written a novel to review a beer. Lip stickiness I can feel my mustache and beard hairs sticking together. I feel proud.

D- overall, southern tier is my new favorite American brewery, at least for its imperial series. I'm embarrassed at how many times I've passed them by. Unearthly, mokah, java, creme brulee, and pumking all deserve a plot of land on the moon. Or mars, whichever we get to first. The play of sweet on bitter here astounds me. Like I don't know whether to 5 it or not. BUT-- if there's question, it must not be the one. Damn close though.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:17:56 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of mattcrill


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle inspection: 11% ABV, 23 Plato, 153 IBU's, 7.5 Lovibond
2-row pale malt, cara-pils malt, red wheat
Kettle hops: chinook and cascade
Hop back: styrian golding
Dry hopped: Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook
Serve in a fluted glass at 42 deg. F

Dang that's a label!!! A++ to Southern Tier for that one!

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hop resins, a touch of malt sweetness, flowery hop notes as well.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy burnt orange that fades to golden edging. A soapy, sudsy off-white head develops.

Flavor: Flowery hops, honey, a touch of carmelly sweetness, and a bit of alcohol dryness to finish. This is a full on hop assault! The palate bounces between pine, grapefruit rind, flowery notes, and hop bitterness. The alcohol is dangerously hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, slightly chewy, with a dry finish.

Overall impression: This is one terrific brew! Hop-heads take heed...this is good stuff. Southern Tier continues to impress me. World Class in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 18:01:08 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber bought in Boston (thanks Nick!), brought back home to NJ, then brought to upstate NY to share with friends. About 500 miles later, this beer was finally consumed and it received rave reviews from all that tried it.

Orange colored with a sticky white head. Good head retention. The aroma is full of citrus and floral notes. Very inviting. The taste says it all though. Maybe the best tasting DIPA I've ever had and certainly one of the most balanced as far as hops and malt go. Are the hops over the top? Of course, it's part of the style, but the malts provide the sweet backdrop that ties it all together. Something that I feel is missing from some DIPAs like Stone Ruination or Victory Hop Wallop, but makes DFH 90 Min the great beer that it is. But back to the Unearthly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific. 11%?!?! I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is slightly noticable but does not burn your mouth in any way as some of the over the top beers in this style can do.

This is a big beer, but with lots of balance that makes it a very enjoyable sipper. Something I will seek out again and maybe even stock up on. A must try if it's available to you.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 01:32:33 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, poured in a goblet.

A - clear, light copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a coating, leaving spotty lacing.

S - great aromas, piney hops, malt, and some alcohol, sweet smelling brew.

T - excellent taste, hops are there but not overpowering, instead the hops are balanced out with the sweetness of malt(s). Hint of alcohol taste as the brew warms up but hey, it is 11% abv.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation, smooth, sweet, very nice.

D - 11% abv is pretty much hidden in taste, this brew goes down way too easy, so be careful with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 21:48:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler serving minutes from the tap.

Pours clear, an interesting ruby orange color with a loose off white head that fades fairly quickly. Little observable effervescence. A good amount of lacing.

The smell is quite aggressive. A big sweet malty nose of orange pineapple citrus hops.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is primarily very sweet and creamy also. The hop texture is balanced and the carbonation complements the character.

The flavor is as sweet as the smell. A huge sweet malty experience with a unique and significant pine-orange citrus flavor. The entire thing lingers appropriately.

An 11%-Sleeper that i find very easy to drink. Find this and consume mass quantities!

Serving type: growler

07-03-2007 20:43:10 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish color. Fair size head, decent retention, good amounts of lacing mark the glass.

The nose is bursting with hops, citrus, orange, tropical fruits. All the good stuff.

An abundance of hops hit the palate. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, the malts balances everything nicely. A very highly drinkable DIPA. The alcohol is completely undetectable to me. This is an amazing brew glad to have had the opportunity to buy a couple.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 05:55:49 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Scoobydank


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer itself is a amber orange color. With very little head to speak of. What there was is gone immediately.
S: oh lots of sweetness on the nose. Oh that deliscious candied apricot hops smell that I love so much. Just a touch of malt sweetness as well.
T:Sweet candied apricots right away. But there is also a tad bit of a floral hoppiness that really sticks on the back pallet. Not only that, but some dry piney hops as well.
M: Big fat round bubbles for a full mouthfeel. It makes you think it is syrupy, but its more full than that.
D:Man I love this DIPA baby. It is friggin great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 18:38:53 | More by Scoobydank
Photo of KeefD


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this beer packs a real punch! Good head for the high alcohol content and left decent lacing down the glass. Huge hoppy aroma and flavors up front with hints of citrus, pine, sweet, bready malts, candied fruits. Delicious taste throughout. One of the best tasting DIPA's out there. It was quite carbonated but the body of this brew is thick and syrupy that coated the mouth. Super smooth, great flavor. Nice brew!!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 11:48:13 | More by KeefD
Photo of boralyl


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served in a chalice glass. Pours 2 fingers off sticky, off-white head. It laces everything it touches and has a pretty good retention. The beer is a dark amber, almost looking red in some light. This beer just looks tempting.

S - There are definitely some hops in the nose, but not quite as powerful as one would expect from a beer like this. Sweet malts and citrus take the spotlight. Undeniably inviting.

M - A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly creamy and smooth feel to it.

T - The hops are very apparent on the taste buds at first with pine and citrus flavors showing up. Then comes a masterful balance of sweet malts eventually fading into some more piny hops. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter and sweet. The high alcohol content is very well hidden in the taste but it can be felt going down.

A great DIPA. Not your traditional hop bomb flavored bitter beer that I have come accustom too. Instead it's a great balance of malts/hops that creates a unique "unearthly" taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:06:00 | More by boralyl
Photo of Vincenzo839


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really amazing. I originally had it in a 22oz. bottle and was extremely impressed, but then got a keg for my home kegerator and it is even better. For starters let's start with the alcohol. It is almost not noticeable until you have 3 pints, and you are finding it difficult to think clearly.

The taste is nothing short of spectacular. Strong, leafy hop flavors almost overpower my senses. A slightly fruity bitterness explodes from the start and lasts until the end of each pint. Toasty malt underlies the massive hop assault. A juicy bitterness and tonnes of hop aroma make for a never ending finish. Another pleasant suprise is the lack of head that comes out with every pint, maximum of 1 finger.

All in all I say that this beer is remarkable. I am anxiously waiting for the local store to get the Iniquity, Big Red and new Farmers Tan. I need to add them all to my kegerator ASAP.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 21:11:50 | More by Vincenzo839
Photo of shigg85


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bulldog in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy bronze brew with a thick crepe-looking head. Amazing rich bitter hops with a sweetness of miso paste and sweet caramel malts. Aroma matches following the hop side more closely. The lacing slides down the glass and glitters like a fireworks shower explosion. Sweetness of miso and caramel peanuts remains in the aftertaste with a bit of excess gas. Overall, an amazing strong IPA with its 125 IBUs that will lead me to more Southern Tiers. Easily one of my favorite IPAs ever.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2012 00:49:00 | More by shigg85
Photo of mcowgill


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a great clear amberish color with nice creamy head that lasts awhile.

S - Citrus hoppy aroma but also very present malt aroma as well. It doesn't have an intense hoppy aroma. I was surprised by this.

T - This is a very well balanced tasty brew. The oily hops are huge but the malt is there balancing it all out.

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, and smooth.

D - This is one very drinkable beer considering the ABV and the fact that it's a huge IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 18:21:40 | More by mcowgill
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I just reviewed the bottled version. I swung by Fat Head's on my way out of town a couple of weeks back and it was available on tap. I had to try it again; I''m glad I did.

Poured into a fluted glass, the head was minimal so as to maximize the serving size but was still impressively thick and sticky. The smell was somewhat subdued as compared to the bottled variety, but still extremely floral and piney.

The Flavor was superior to the bottled version, showing more balance: while the hops were still massive, the malt was actually present. Mouthfeel was thinner and much more pleasant. The 12oz serving was just about a perfect size, as well. Very drinkable.

A very good beer in bottles became a great beer on tap. If you ever have a chance, do yourself a favor and get a glass. You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 03:17:28 | More by rabsten
Photo of soup35

New York

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

Luminous copper color with a pretty normal looking head.

Strong hop aroma with a bit of spicy-peppery hints.

This aggressive DIPA has a musky floral intense hop taste. It has small hints of dried flowers at the back of tongue. A complex, strong, powerful beer with a strong hoppy finish.

Southern Tier did a great job on this DIPA…probably my favorite Southern Tier beer.

If you are into your IPAs and DIPAs, you will definitely like this beer.

The bottle lists the ABV, platos, IBUs, and malts and hops…AND even the temperature and glass type to serve this delicious liquid. It’s the beer that keeps on giving!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 13:38:29 | More by soup35
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Imperial IPA, I started to realize that alot of brewerys are going for the high octane IPA, but the Unearthly is balanced and would never guess that it is 11.7%. A great beer for the hop lover (153 IBU's). It does get a bit pricey for a pint, but having more than one of these might be a bad idea. Although, it is that good where 2 or three would be tasty, just a bad idea though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2007 21:39:01 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 ML bottle purchased for $5.99 from Gary's in Madison...
Heard that this was the ultimate IPA, so I was eager to give this one a shot...
Upon opening the bottle, I was greeted by a strong and sharp presence of powerful hops, so I figured this was going to be one hell of an Indian Pale Ale...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, deep-dark amber, golden hue with an impressive-sized foamy and frothy head which exhibited remarkable staying power before slowly dissipating and leaving an intense amount of lacing around the glass...
As mentioned before, a whirlwind of strong hops is definitely present, bursting to the point where you can actually smell the sweetness of the brew pouring through with rich caramel and vanilla nuances...
Top-notch, excellent taste... this beer certainly lives up to its hype and is one of the best American IPA's I have ever sampled, a rich, creamy, thick, and ultra-sweet sample tempered by a slight touch of hop bitterness and loaded with sugared-caramel flavors along with a hint of vanilla and honey...
Excellent creamy and rich mouthfeel, and one of the best factors of this beer include the fact that the hefty ABV is hardly noticeable behind an ultra-rich conglomeration of deep, thick, creamy flavors that burst through...
One of the best Southern Tier brews I've sampled... A must for all hop-heads and definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:44:26 | More by dsa7783
Photo of iuhophead87


4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a real dark gold almost orange. Even when trying to pour head not much in the glass.

S- There is an overpowering citrus hop aroma at first, but hints of pine can be detected after the hops aroma fades.

T- I thought I would be overpowered by hops because of the smell, but the beer had a rather caramel flavor at first. The hops and alcohol flavor is obviously there and stays longer than the caramel flavor, but it is a pretty balanced beer considering it is a DIPA.

M- Smooth and not as syrupy as I expected.

D- An excellent beer but couldn't handle more than two. The taste is great, but the 11% ABV could get me in a lot of trouble. I would start the night/day of with one of these but switch to something less "heavy" after the first.

I really enjoy Southern Tier and wish I could get t in my area.

Serving Type- Bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 02:12:07 | More by iuhophead87
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a fellow BA london101 at D's Sixpack, where it was sampled at nearly cellar temperature...next time we'll start it a bit cooler and let it warm up. Either way I love Southern Tier and I may be a bit biased here but let's review. As we pour it appears a nice vibrant copper amber colore with a full tan off white cream head leaves even bars of lacing with each sip. Aromatics hit you in the face with big floral and citrus hop combo grapefruit and green raw hops flood the senses along with a woody charred tone and big malty caramel tones with alcohol letting it's presence especially near cellar temp. Flavor profile is big with upfront bitterness more fresh hop juice flavor candied with the sweet caramelized sugary malt layers with a bitey herbal citrus hop character it all flows nicely together. Intense and aggressive hop profile can't wait to sample again there's layers of flavors yet remains somewhat balanced, weird? Mouthfeel is big bodied creamy textured oily with hop resins for certain even but sturdy carbonation to back up the high gravity. Drinkability is money, another quality hopped up creation from upstate NY thanks to Phinn and Matt especially the one that is still there I can't remember at this time, good stuff great double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 22:13:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, and my favorite beer from Southern Tier so far. I really wish this brewery success. Their beers are all quite good, readily available in the markets they serve, and a good value. Somebody there knows what they are doing. On to the beer.

Pours amber with a short head that fades to a very thin cap. Some slight lacing. I'm not too worried about thin heads in an 11% double IPA, though. Smells of honeyed malt with a good dose of citrusy and floral hops- delicate and flower-like. Well balanced with the ample malt there in a supporting role for the very fresh smelling hops. The taste is absolutely beautiful. A very slightly floral sweetness begins the flavor parade, which then gently merges into a complex citrusy and floral hop bitterness with a nice touch of pine on the finish. These hop flavors become more herbal as the beer warms and opens up. This is one fresh tasting beer!. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and quite soft. Amazingly integrated and drinks well below the 11% abv. Deliciously drinkable despite the high alcohol. Like many great beers, this is complex and changes a good bit in the glass. The substantial malt balances the complex hop flavors well while preserving the purity of the hops. Beautifully clean and vibrant.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 16:04:07 | More by Georgiabeer
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,401 ratings.