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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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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 105
Gots: 165 | FT: 3
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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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

11-10-2012 14:09:44 | More by ScaryEd
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maryd837

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-07-2012 07:16:18 | More by maryd837
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

02-18-2012 17:33:26 | More by chrispoint
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

06-02-2012 15:19:03 | More by TheBigBoy
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Vinylboy20

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

12-29-2013 05:18:27 | More by Vinylboy20
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BVukelich

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

03-31-2014 00:25:06 | More by BVukelich
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durlta

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

07-22-2012 23:32:36 | More by durlta
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

08-20-2012 14:35:19 | More by ajs4bd
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sdmvd6

Oklahoma

2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep orange with almost no head. What little there is disappears instantly and leaves behind no lacing.

S - Malt-forward. Caramel malt and that's mostly it. Some searching yields some tropical fruit hop presence but not much. Where's the hop-forward nose on this imperial IPA?

T - Same as the smell. Mostly malt from the beginning with some fruitiness from the hops. Hardly any bitterness is present. This beer doesn't taste bad, but I expect an imperial IPA to be a heck of a lot more bitter and hop-dominant.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol tinge in the finish. A little too much sweetness from the malt.

O - This is not a bad-tasting beer, but it is a poor representation of an imperial IPA IMO. The bitterness is very subtle for the style, and the hops are in way too good of balance with the malt. I don't drink an imperial IPA for perfect balance between malt and hops, I drink it for a pronounced hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:40:42 | More by sdmvd6
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brunop

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i really wanted to like this. everyone was always going on about it and all. so i was stoked when i got a bottle and chilled it good and got out my favorite glass and poured it.

what a let down. maybe i was too stoked. i don't know.

i was all set for a hop blast. wasn't happenin' at all. maybe i got a bad bottle, i don't know.

a great disappointment. hardly any hop flavor at all. and there was even a sweet undercurrent.

i may try their other beers, but i am skeptical.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 19:53:22 | More by brunop
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From bottle to pint glass, split with wife.

A) Golden, more of a "sandy-blonde" as Patrick Bateman would say

S) Smells hoppy, and slightly of oak (although I've had the oak-aged version, which was completely different than this)

T) Malt... booze... a hint of hops... not what I would expect from an IPA.

M) Nothing memorable.

O) Not bad, just doesn't taste like an IPA or double at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:20:36 | More by Jparkanzky
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alcstradamus

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A--Deep amber color with a finger of head using a standard pour into a pint glass, OK lacing left behind

S--Citrus and floral hops with a strong malty backbone. Grapefruit, apple peels, caramel, pears. Not a huge smell but still very good.

T--Piney hops, lots of maltiness, caramel, an odd sweet flavor that I can't identify, good bitterness levels. I'm not really too impressed with the taste here. That sweetness that I can't seem to identify is really distracting and takes away from the other flavors present.

M--Standard for a DIPA

D--A bomber of this was just too much. I could drink a pint for sure, but beyond that it becomes a chore.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 04:14:28 | More by alcstradamus
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spunionring


2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A fairly dark amber color.

Minimal head that settles quickly. Sips are almost completely flat, lacking carbonation.

Minimal smell.

A bit heavy on the malts for my tastes.

The hops are present, though not very heavy, and not nearly heavy enough to break through the overpowering malt flavor.

Not terrible... but I cant say I enjoyed it myself. Be prepared for the heavy maltiness and lack of carbonation. And definitely dont expect a powerful hop bitterness just because of the hop themed design on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:42:38 | More by spunionring
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed Unearthly many times before. This particular bomber hails from Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT, purchased in September for $6.99. Bottle claims alcohol at 11.0% ABV. No date or code observed. Served at 44F in a tulip at the same temperature.

A: A significant cake of yeast is noted at the bottom of the bottle. Brew is a mostly-clear reddish copper color with a moderate quantity of small carbo bubbles drifting upward. Heavy/ moderate pour generates only 1/2" of tan head that settles to a creamy layer. Difficult to get any significant head out of it.

S: Smell is thick with malts that have been slightly caramelized by a long boil, a thick and slightly scorched grainy sweetness. Not much hop noted.

T/M: Thick malt body and taste identical to the smell, semi-sweet, scorched, really dominates the experience. Some mild yeasty funk is also present. Hops are pretty subtle, very tame for the style; some bitter orange pith, grapefruit, mixed herb. Finish is pretty long with citrus rinds and alcohol fumes. Alcohol is present but fairly subtle for 11%.

D: This is pretty lackluster, I remember it being much better. Not at all crisp or hoppy like a DIPA should be. Not much different from any other mediocre DIPA. I'm guessing it's due to some combination of over-cooked batch and an old bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:36:22 | More by BeerNinja007
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

2.74/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

A: A deep amber color that is mostly clear. Two fingers of off white head. Rings of lacing around the glass.

S: A mild smell of dank pine, and bread. Catching subtle tones of booze and fruit in there.

T: Herbal and boozy with hints of fruit and pine.

M: Medium and smooth/creamy body. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: I'm not sold on this one. The hop profile is extremely weak. It feels as if they brewed a double batch worth of malt with a single batch worth of hops to make this beer. Not at all what I would expect from an IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:55:00 | More by mpedara429
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cubsfanjace

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

08-13-2012 04:16:21 | More by cubsfanjace
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dreichus

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

09-24-2013 04:12:38 | More by dreichus
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

07-03-2013 02:25:07 | More by BigOldOaf
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Domvan

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

04-29-2014 02:32:22 | More by Domvan
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harrymel

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No bottle date.

A: pours a hazy amber ale with under a single finger of tan foam which falls slowly to a broken sheet of the same with tortuous billows. Ringed lace.

S: This smells like sweet malts and some piny hops. Not much else. I fear this beer sat on the shelves for quite some time. That being said, the base malts smells of caramel and caramelized sugar.

T: Tastes like a sweet American style Barley Wine. Not impressed as an IPA goes. The malts are sweet and toffee like with hints of oxidation which has developed the malt nicely.

M: A hare thin on the body and low on the carb with a small slickness on the finish.

O: Well, I wish I knew the bottle date on this beer. I know it's not particularly new (as I've heard they've gone through a label change), but nonetheless, I know their beers to be generally sweet. As a result, I'm stuck believing this is relatively along the lines they intended. As an IIPA, this is far from hopped enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 07:15:28 | More by harrymel
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

You gotta like raisins for this one, folks. Don't understand why others on here aren't noting that.

This poured a solid-looking, clear amber with a white, shiny, one-finger head.

The fruity-tart hops aroma is immediate...followed by fairly strong raisins. An aroma of malts is not overshadowed, though.

The raisin smell comes through the taste, mixed a tad with notes of dates, fig, and other bitter dark fruit. The malts come through with caramel characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp from the bitterness, and has a long, boozy, hoppy finish.

Drinkability is just OK. The aftertaste, for me, was harder to stomach than the 11% abv. Wasn't totally easy finishing the 650 ml bottle...maybe because I had other brews before this.

A half or full glass would make a decent apertif.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 15:44:24 | More by jbertsch
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mynie

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sort of a limp pour. Not ugly, not by any means, but you can tell by looking at it that the carbonination is real low. Not much of a head, either.

Smells like a hop bomb. Big nodes of Chinook and Centennial against a very strong, syrupy malt. I don't mean to sound like a wuss or nothing (I enjoy some immensely hoppy beers) but blend comes off as overpowering without any especially enjoyable nodes. Maybe the malt is stronger in the taste, I dunno...

Nope. Tastes like a blend of giant hops as a very bizarrely bitter syrupy malt background. (The syrupyness is accentuated by the fact that the beer is very undercarbonated). The hops burn the tongue and are mostly just bitter--there's no pleasurable nodes here, no citrus, no fruit, no pine, no woodiness. Just fiery bitterness.

I dunno. I just don't like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 16:18:40 | More by mynie
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charlesw

New York

2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting... I love their trip and it's one of their lowest rated beers whereas this one is rated much higher and, well, it just doesn't do it for me. My biggest complaint is the underattenuation - on the order of an English barleywine, you know? Other than that... I guess I'd like to see it a bit more bitter. I do have to say that blended with another beer this was freaking amazing. As it is... Not quite.

Again, months later. Tastes... Just not very interesting. You really don't notice the alcohol, FWIW. But... It's just not there. Way too light in color and flavor for me for a DIPA. It seems a lot like Loose Cannon - maybe I should try these side by side? Of course, if they are, indeed, at all similar I'd much rather have the Loose Cannon, of course. Getting the same flavor and intensity out of a beer for 4% less ABV is a feat, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 01:41:27 | More by charlesw
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into an IPA glass. No date. The body was a clear golden amber color with two fingers of camel colored head. The bottle suggests serving at 42F, I had it a little warmer (48-50F) and I wish I hadn't. I believe the alcohol overwhelmed the other aromas and flavors as it warmed.

Smell was malt and citrus. Sweet. Alcohol ramps up as it warmed.

Taste was also sweet, but bright in the beginning. The alcohol was well hidden at the beginning but blossomed as it warmed. Not a West Coast type of DIPA, more malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel was prickly on the tongue. The body was medium to full. I would like to try this one again, only served colder (I don't say that often!).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 15:20:20 | More by Cresant
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head. Really good head retention and lacing considering the strength of this beer.

The aroma is quite weak with hints of overripe orange and tangerine. Some mango and pineapple sneaking through but it is very light.

The hop flavor is quite weak as well. Some tropical fruit with moderate floral and pine notes. Just a touch of bread but hops completely dominate. Bitterness is on the light side and has a hard time rising above the overwhelming sweetness. The sweetness gets to be a bit on the cloying side after awhile making this a little hard to finish.

Overall, this is really a sweet, sticky mess. I can't stand sweet IIPA's so this one is not a favorite of mine. So many other better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 02:38:36 | More by rangerred
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,565 ratings.