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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%

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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 Slatetank


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's -served chilled in a pils glass.

The color is amber bordering on copper, the clarity is good and the retention is very good with a sheet of lace sticking as the head retains well, the bead is fine. The smell is more like fruit than most imperial Ipa's I have had, sweet and slightly alcoholic in nose, but fruit with a very tropical quality-like Hawaiian punch, I am serious- it has a lot of pineapple odor. The feel is good, but starts bitter and moves into a sweet realm in the middle with resinous quality and finishes spicy with some residual sweetness and light alcohol element, but not off putting.

The flavor is good, but it seems to be bitter enough to shift toward the hops, but the malt presence in the taste gives the impression of balance -a nice fruity flavor from the hops, more citrus as it warms,but also more bitter and the taste of alcohol and spice comes forward too. There is a nice tropical element in this that seems outweighed by the caramel malt slightly which is unfortunate. I prefere a more dry Imperial IPA, but for this style I think this beer is very good. I consider it very drinkable considering the high 9.5% abv which is mostly hidden in the full malt and generous hop dosing in the flavor

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 17:03:41 | More by Slatetank
Photo of rustymoore


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

A: pours a golden amber into a snifter...moderate head with some lacing throughout
S: smells like fresh fruits such as apricot and fresh hop aromas
T: tastes sweet, slight alcohol twinge, with a great strong hop bite, dried fruits come thru as well
M: very spicy and acidic on the tongue
O: overall an excellent strong beer to enjoy when u r feeling bold. This isn't a beer to play around with

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:41:07 | More by rustymoore
Photo of JLeege


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft - Into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a clear light copper color, with a nice bubbly 2 finger white head, decent retention, a little lace left behind.

Smell- Has a very earthy hop presence, notes of resinous pine and a little citrus. Some caramel malt as well. great aroma.

Taste-Floral throughout, Pine resin, light citrus, mostly pineapple/grapefruit. With a medium malt backbone. A little booze on the finish. The taste covers nearly the entire hop spectrum, and works pretty well overall.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall- It is a palate wrecker, but it tastes pretty damn good. I would end your drinking session with this one, because you won't be tasting all that much after this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 04:38:08 | More by JLeege
Photo of fastsrt

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce pour

A: clear,amber, white head half Way through there is lace coating the glass.

S: hoppy, citrus, malt

T: balanced, hoppy, malty, pineapple, booze

M: prickly carbonation, finishes Sticky

D: it is a boozy ipa, I like it, it's fresh and has alot of character.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 21:59:30 | More by fastsrt
Photo of thain709


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a clear copper body...a lot of carbonation bubbles racing to the top...a small, off white head settles into a thin, spotty cap...decent lacing

S - The nose is well balanced but not very big...the malts are sweet and the hops are sweet and citrusy...a little alcohol burn

T - There is an initial caramel sweetness up front...the hops peak in the middle...they provide another sweetness with a blast of citrus...there's a balanced in the middle of the beer...the finish is piney hops with a hot, bitter finish

M - Medium bodied...creamy, oily, bitter

D - UnEarthly had a nice balance to it but I prefer my DIPAs with more hop presence...the tap provided a nice mouthfeel that was oily and creamy and coated the palate and left you wanting another sip...on the downside the 10% showed up a little too much

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 18:11:38 | More by thain709
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Local Option in a tulip.

Appearance: This pours a transparent amber color with bits of haze in the middle of the glass. A full, creamy, off-white head forms upon pouring. This head retains nicely and leaves an impressive sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell: Tons of spicy pine and spruce hops. Some lighter grapefruit hops, caramel malt, and some light pineapple, tangerine, spice, and alcohol in the background.

Taste: It starts sweet with caramel malt interacting well with juicy pineapple and tangerine. The tropical fruit flavors are very forward here. As the bitterness grows, spicy pine and spruce take over, with a touch of grapefruit, all the while keeping a balanced sweetness. It finishes moderately bitter and fairly sweet. Fairly balanced overall with tons of spicy notes, despite the big ABV and truckload of hops that were included.

Mouthfeel: Half smooth, half grainy, but with very creamy carbonation. Medium to full body and very sticky. As I progress through the glass, the bitterness builds and peels the tongue a little bit.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable brew, right in my wheelhouse ABV and in terms of flavor. For some reason a ton of pine hops always puts a ceiling on how much I will like it, but I would definitely go back to this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 18:00:39 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of bishopdc0


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with head which dissipates to the side of the glass

Malt and a hop fruitiness not overwhelming but compliments well

The taste of hop fruitiness overall, it is paired well with the pale malts. It is sweet and finishes floral with a slight citrus hop

The mouth is very smooth and little carbonation and has a slight alcohol dry finish

For a double IPA this is very easy to drink, not heavy malt body but full of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 19:39:53 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of JTahoe


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA candy... balanced sweet and bitter with fairly rich impression. pine and spruce mingled with tangerine on the nose with a whiff of charred sugar. mellow pine laced with tropical fruit and subtle lemon and super mellow grapefruit.. thick yet prickly mouth feel. nice drink. great effort.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 00:02:34 | More by JTahoe
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Unearthly served on a standard pint at mighty Max's on B'more, MD.

Appearance: Deep amber color, like a brick-layered rowhouse in Fell's Point. Decent one-finger head, thin lacing but good retention.

Smell: Orange-peel sorbet, a citrus overload followed by controlled hoppiness. Some sweetness and spice too, like a rustic homemade shortbread with melted vanilla ice-cream all over.

Taste: Honey, grapefruit, booze. Floral end, like a drinkable botanical garden.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor but low carbonation. Not too sticky or resiny, as I would expect from a huge DIPA like this. Well balanced.

Drinkability: Pretty nice. Alcohol is well hidden, not too boozy even when warm. Chuggable despite the high ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 03:32:56 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of grittybrews


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a bit of eggshell head. Aroma dominated by sweet caramel, pine, and a hint of citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel with a nice resinous component. Powerful dose of sweet, biscuity caramel malt up front followed by wonderfully balanced hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Slight boozy warm on the finish, but the high ABV is otherwise undetectable. Not overly cloying and extremely drinkable for such a big IIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 03:40:00 | More by grittybrews
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

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

Amber red pour into a snifter. Froth 2-finger head with thin retention. Excellent lace.

Nose is very earthy. Lots of malt here with a floral hop backing. Slightly understated.

Thick creamy taste. An incredible amount of malt body here. Deep rich hop profile with slight herbal feel. More flowery though. No e hop burn in the finish without overpowering.

Excellent sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 00:13:49 | More by beer2day
Photo of mtnbikerpa


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

My review was written from Unearthly that I had on tap. I have also had this beer many times in bottle. It is one of my favorite beers. Poured into a plastic solo cup, bright copper orange color with a very sticky, huge head. Strong scents of pine, citrus fruits like grapefruit, some pineapple. The flavors follow the scent profile, sticky hops, pine flavors. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple fruitiness. This beer coats your tongue so each sip is more punishing with the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Very drinkable and it will catch up to you because the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2010 00:22:04 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of jettjon


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour at bar yields a minimal head but one that stays and stays, fueled by an endless supply of slow carbonation. Light cherry reddish/dark orange color with good clarity. Nose of strong pine and citrus hops, though surprisingly no hint of alcohol despite ~10% ABV. Nose smells very crisp and clean. In the mouth, it's surprisingly well balanced between tongue-numbing hops and firmly anchoring malts. Nice alcohol and hops bite at the end reminds me that I'm drinking a DIPA. Only slightly boozy; again, high ABV is extremely well masked. Mouth is quite pleasing with a good chewy semi-viscous character. Drinkability is also very good; 10% ABV is well masked and the hops assault is balanced against the malt.

Overall: A very good DIPA and a new go-to brew for me when I'm in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 22:43:17 | More by jettjon
Photo of STEG

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold amber appearance. Smell has caramel burnt sugar and pine. Taste is like caramel pine needles garnished with orange zest some more deeper citrusy flavors towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Drinkability takes a hit due to he alcohol content and palate destruction.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 22:53:51 | More by STEG
Photo of scottyshades


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tryst in Delray Beach for $2 during happy hour

A: Pours an amber orange with a massive creamy and fluffy head. Retention is excellent, but not quite as good as the bottled version

S: Caramel malts, brown sugar, and tons of earthy, fruity, bitter, and floral hops. This is one of the few beers that actually smells bitter

T: Solid bitter sweet bite. Hops are floral and resinous. Malts give caramel, toffee, and a sweet underlying base. The draught version has more honey and sweetness than I remember, and the hops have a similar bite.

MF/D: Full body, low carbonation, lingering honey finish, very sticky feel

Notes: a little more balanced on-tap, and definitely more drinkable

(mobile review)

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 20:29:29 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Seanibus


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper with a very dense head. Aroma is soapy and sweet, with a nice hop sting. The flavor is strong and sweet, with a powerful blast of brown sugar and some limey hops. The bitterness comes in low and inside, like a sneaky citrus punch. The alcohol is sharp and strong, like vodka. The mouthfeel is slick and thick.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 23:35:24 | More by Seanibus
Photo of DrDemento456


4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again the only way to enjoy ST around here is to find it cheap on tap. Paid 5.50 for a 10oz pour.
A - Light amber in color with an inch of stick white head.
S - Ow wow the glorious citrus and grapefruit hops tickle the nose with a malty backbone.
T - OMG was the best imperial IPA I ever had! This stuff would be a nightmare if you had a couple of bombers but it went down way too quick and for a big hoppy beer it was really balance. Loved every drop.
M - Dry but drinkable this brew was the perfect texture.
D - Must... have... more before the keg taps out I hope to have it again at Smoking Joe's but maybe I will drop 10-11 dollars on a bottle. It's that damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 19:28:07 | More by DrDemento456
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 chickenflea


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and Underground Bluz. Beer poured a deep orange with a ruby cast. It sported a bubbly small head.

The aroma is (predictably) citrusy but the smoky bar prevented much more delineation.

The taste was surprising. Heavy malts almost like a strong Belgian ale. Very complex flavor. Anise and raison being the most notable. Hop profile is deep and smoldering. It hangs from the back of your throat like a sleeping bat. Smoky and nasty.

Definitely an interesting brew. I am not giving it higher marks because the taste does not fit the style. It's too sweet.

Medium drinkability. This one cannot be rushed through. Thick texture. Long finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 21:18:35 | More by chickenflea
Photo of Solidarity1


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was on-tap, poured into a straight-sided 12 oz. glass.

A very nice Double IPA. The mouthfeel is a little thick for a beer of this style (though not out of whack). Overall the thicker mouthfeel and the lack of substantial carbonation make this beer seem heavy and viscous.

Beautiful hop aroma, with a pleasant biscuity malt background. The alcohol is apparent, though not overwhelming. It shows clear and dark golden through the glass, with sustained lace that clings to the sides of the glass.

A nice Double IPA. A small adjustment in the viscosity or carbonation levels would make this one a real winner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 02:43:08 | More by Solidarity1
Photo of glid02


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a clear and deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright hops - citrus and pine with decent amounts of floral notes. Backing up the hop aromas is slightly biscuit-y pale malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Surprisingly robust pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of hops. As with the smell citrus and pine contribute the most however there are hints of tropical fruit. The hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have more.

Overall I was much more impressed with this beer this time around - I feel as though the bottle I had may have been past its prime. Another solid beer from ST and well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 15:21:47 | More by glid02
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer on-tap at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan last night. It was a good-looking beer.. nice 2" cream head atop a reddish caramel body. The smell was of grain, hops, sugar, and spice - black pepper perhaps, with a touch of honey and grapefruit. The taste was a lot more bitter than I would have expected. I found it too bitter for my taste, although I consider myself a bit of a hop head. It was similar to Stone's IPA, but less balanced. I'd have it again, but it wasn't my favorite for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 17:44:20 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Chinon01


2.25/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Apperance is a lovely hazy deep copper-gold. Dense sustained foamy head. Spotty lacing. Nose is strong and unpleasant to me. Murky dark stewed fruits like prunes, raisins, mangos, apricots and some hops but generous to a fault. This is unrestrained deep malt flavor that rests on the tongue. Taste is similar with a really bad band aid phenolic taste to boot. Finish is ashy tasting and feeling also unpleasant. Mouthfeel is nice while drinkability is low due to taste and aroma. I did not enjoy this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 02:48:39 | More by Chinon01
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm a nice big beer. Thick, chewy malt body and intense hops explode on your pallet. I had no idea it was 10abv until afterwards, I would have guessed 8.5ish. Definitely well-balanced. I love the pine. For an ale of this size, it's definitely drinkable, even in the early afternoon :) I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 04:10:08 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of MikeGill

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

Deep redish orange with good clarity and a tight one finger head with sticky lacing.

Lots of fresh herbs on the nose with pine resine and buttery yeast aromas.

Huge carmel malt backbone. Slightly chewy texture. Medium bodied, although I consider this beer on the cusp of full. Very boozy, wish the alcohol was better intergrated. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly syrupy. Beyond full flavored - big time overripe melon, toasted malt and orange oil. There is a continuous onslaught of sweet and bitter. These elements seem to both complement and contrast so the end result is something quite round.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 20:26:42 | More by MikeGill
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,401 ratings.