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

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Ratings: 2,718
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 114
Gots: 236 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/13/12

Appearance: Dark orange, with some red highlights - decent size white head, leaves some nice spots of lacing - very clear

Smell: Hoppy and malty - lots of citrus - not particularly distinct - oranges and grapefruits - sweet, oily pine - caramel and amber malts - very sweet, as unfortunately expected - leafy mint

Taste: Sweet and hoppy - somewhere between a DIPA and an imperial amber - sweetly malty with lots of caramel and amber malts - biscuits with powdered sugar - overripe oranges and sweet grapefruits - oily pine and mint - about as sweet as fruit punch, with about average bitterness, and some booze

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, nicely carbonated, a bit cloying but not awful

Overall: Good, better than I expected

Southern Tier has earned quite a reputation for making some really sugary beers. Personally, I think this works for some of their stouts. But I was dreading Unearthly. To my surprise, this is more pleasant that I remembered. Yes, it's overly sweet, but it's worth a try.

angrybabboon, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

sitarist, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

frogfan, Oct 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

AlexM, Oct 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

jopezu, Oct 11, 2012
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Mississippi, Oct 10, 2012
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Chiggins, Oct 09, 2012
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nikbullet, Oct 08, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a fluted glass

Color is a beautiful light amber/copper, with a nearly-white, fairly thick head. Disperses fairly quickly, but leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

Aroma is strongly hoppy - woody, citrusy, and beautiful. Slight alcohol aroma, but mostly hops, with a little bit of sweetness for balance.

Flavor is bitter, with huge hop flavor - pine and grapefruit are the strongest characteristics. Some good sweetness to attempt to balance, but that's not happening. There's a slight bit of alcohol flavor that comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel is full, with low to medium carbonation, and some alcohol warmth.

Overall, a great imperial IPA, and I hope to see it on tap somewhere soon.

diddly, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DOB:09/04/12 (one month old), 22 0z. bottle poured into a ST Tulip
A- Off-white 1.5 finger head forms,slightly cloudy, amber/reddish in color, some decent retention and little lacing
S- Caramel malts, pine and a little cherry and tropical citrus, aroma reminds me of GL Nosferatu with some pine added, alcohol as it warms
T- Nice caramel malt sweetness, a nice sharp bitterness, resinous pine, flavors linger in mouth
M- Full and creamy, coats the mouth, carbonation carmael sweetness and a lot of bitterness hit the tongue and linger nicely
O- A really nice IIPA, alot of balanced flavor with a sharp hoppy bite to it, I recomenend any IPA fan to try this one

BasterdInABasket, Oct 06, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper orange color with a good amount of haze and 1 finger of a bright white head some alcohol legs on the glass

S: leads with a very resinous earthy dank hop smell followed by lots of oak from the barrel although there was a fairly high abv there wasn't any smell of alcohol on the nose

T: bitter hop flavor up front followed by some vanilla and bourbon from the oak a very interesting take on an ipa and barely any alcohol on the taste

M: fairly heavy mouthfeel the bet coats the mouth well with a great finish

O: this was a great beer my first barrel aged ipa although ipa's are meant to be fresh the barrel aging and the dry hopping that would have to go along with it adds a great complexity which makes this an outstanding beer

smcnulty1981, Oct 02, 2012
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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,718 ratings.