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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: 2,549
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 106
Gots: 160 | 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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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

10-26-2012 23:47:27 | More by dubdrop
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leroybrown10

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-16-2013 21:10:53 | More by leroybrown10
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uziangis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

01-13-2012 02:38:51 | More by uziangis
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bbrown12

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2013 23:50:32 | More by bbrown12
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Luigi

North Carolina

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

served into a snifter glass. Pours out a cloudy amber/orange color
with a big foamy head. In my snifter the head reached two fingers. I am sure in a larger glass you could get more. After the fact, the head retention is good. Nice lacing around the glass and easily agitated.

The aroma is not as strong as I thought it would be. It is very balanced. The pungent aroma of citrus and pine from the dry hopping is there, but there is this soft wheat aroma. Combined with the sweetness of the alcohol this is a more tame DIPA.

The flavor is full of pine hops and that wonderful balance of wheat and alcohol.

Medium/light bodied and lightly carbonated. Be careful because they hide that 9.5% ABV very well.

Over all this is a solid American DIPA. I recommend picking up one and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:23:55 | More by Luigi
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dowen44

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-21-2011 17:50:03 | More by dowen44
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

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

650ml bottle

11.0% ABV

I tried this beer on October 5, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The aroma was very hoppy and perfumey with a hint of lemon and pine. The colour was a hazy orange with a thin head which lasted. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with high carbonation. The flavour was hops, some citrus tones, and the expected strong bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 05:03:18 | More by cyrenaica
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jemarent

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-01-2013 00:03:55 | More by jemarent
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

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

On-tap at Vintage, this imperial pours a mostly translucent orange amber with a pearl white head and sparse rising carbonation. Very nice walls of lace are left on the glass.

Hoppy and distinct, but still relatively mild on the nose for an imperial. That is not to say that it doesn't rate well in the aroma department, it’s just a bit more subtle than expected. Not too boisterous. Fruity citrus and fresh smelling hops.

Malty, sweet, and nicely hopped. Mouthwatering bitterness. Fruity as well: citrus and pine, a bit of apple. Leafy and refreshing. Retains a nice balance despite a large dose of hops. Very flavorful throughout.

Fairly heavy and just a bit syrupy to the palate. Moderate carbonation and a clean bitterness lighten up the finish. Very clean. I still can't believe this is 11% abv. There is a bit of warmth, but any harsh booze character is totally hidden. Very well crafted. Exactly what I've come to expect from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 17:59:56 | More by letsgopens
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark hop amber with decent head and retention. Nice lacing as well.

The aroma is filled with hop resin and caramel. It was nice, but a bit lacking in regards any specific hop flavors.

The taste is some heavy pine and then some more pine and resin. Caramel supports the flavor but doesn't dominate like in many DIPAs. The follow through is nice and a bit above par.

The body is medium in fullness and medium in weight. It's considerably smooth. The finish is mildly dry and sticky.

Overall, this was a good DIPA from southern tier. On the other hand, it seemed a bit plain compared to many of the double IPAs out there. It was no doubt good, but it shines more through the balance than through the intensity or ability to stand out.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 18:22:28 | More by BBP
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a yellow-orange color with a small white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus and earthy hops. Tasted of earthy hops, citrus (quite acidic) and a touch of sweet fruit/honey. VERY bitter.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Fairly one-dimensional and overall not great, but worth a try for the experience. I wouldn't get more than a sample simply because it is so dry and bitter...not very drinkable, and the style is not an excuse as I've had some very drinkable DIPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 15:15:25 | More by MsRif
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-13-2013 18:50:12 | More by 21Maestro8
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up by a friend from State Line Liquors. I've only recently started trying Southern Tier's beers, and I'd have to say I've been impressed so far. And now comes their most highly regarded brew.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear amber with a distinct reddish hue. The head is slightly off-white and one full finger high, and it seems to last thanks to the etching in the bottom of the glass. Giant spider webs of lace track the entire way down the glass.

SMELL: The aroma is stickily sweet of hops with huge amounts of citrus and floral notes. The resinous hops just seem to cut through everything else. A light caramel/vanilla note can be found, but I'm not sure if it's actually from the malt or just a crazy combination of hop resins.

TASTE: The hops aren't really overwhelming but it's more because there's a malty base to match it rather than a lack of hops. It's crazily sticky and resinous (as the smell indicated) with a big time citrus quality. The malt base is somewhat toasty and very sweet. Where are the 100+ IBUs?

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied and reasonably slick. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate.

DRINKABILITY: It's a bit rough being such a big beer, but the 11% ABV does not show at all. For the style, it's not too bad.

Well, I'm stunningly disappointed. I really hope I didn't get an old bottle, as there's no date markings on the bottle at all. I feel like this one deserves another chance, but frankly as this beer is now, I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 23:29:47 | More by jmalex
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-14-2011 16:16:17 | More by celticfutblclub
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Apple-cider/copper colour with a thin head that quickly recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit pulp, bold bread-like malt, floral elements, and a lingering earthy musky aroma. Alcohol detectable but decently hidden. Aroma is heavy and agreeable, and suggests large quantities of hops and malt.

T: Similar to aroma, with a strong biscuit malt backbone, bitter floral and citrus hop elements, toffee, and a healthy fungi earthyness. Smooth and mellow. Very good.

M: Medium bodied with a low-medium carbonation. Thick, oily, sticky, and plenty of resins. Quite a bitterness to this, yet finishes with a sweet kick.

D: Very delicious double IPA offering that is big on both malts and hops. Will be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:08:38 | More by Digimaika2
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tjsmith910

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.5%

06-26-2014 12:30:02 | More by tjsmith910
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

05-16-2013 21:30:34 | More by CanisMajor
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

Ahhh the Double IPA. This beer is a reminder of how far the limits of extreme beer can be stretched. Excellent job by Southern Tier on this one.

A- Burnt orange/brown/golden color with a decent sized head. Tons of spiderweb lacing on this one, coated the entire glass.

S- Smell was malty and sweet with a zesty and earthy hop hint.

T- Lots going on here. I particularly enjoyed the natural essence of the citrusy/grassy hops combined with the bready and biscuity malty flavors. This was a little less hoppy than I expected, but it was still a damn hoppy beer.

M- Sticky thick and rich. This is how a double ipa should feel!

D- Amazingly scary that a beer with an 11.0 abv could be this drinkable. Spectacular.

Great beer and for a 5.99 price tag, how could you go wrong. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 00:10:17 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

10-05-2013 11:35:28 | More by nyyfanatic213
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

11-22-2011 01:10:51 | More by Another6Pack
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suspect

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber to a Duvel tulip. Split with my brother-in-law. As always with Southern Tier - no freshness date.

A: Wonderful amber color, crystal clear. Aggressive pour leads to a fluffy slightly off-white head that sticks around for probably 5 minutes or more. Slowly fading head leads to strong lacing that coats with the color of wood glue.

S: Strangely malt forward - but in a good way because the floral hops that follow are that much more welcome. Citrus hops round out the nose.

T: Wonderfully complex. This isn't the oak-aged unearthly (which I wasn't all that much of a fan of) but it tastes like it was aged in some sort of wood barrel. Flower hops find their way to my palate the most followed by the malt flavor (I assume it's the two-row shining here). Alcohol is not present.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, sticky bitterness in my mouth. Excellent feel.

O: Really nice beer that as long as I can know it is fresh, I will be certain to be purchasing again. A really really nice representation of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:19:40 | More by suspect
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baggio

Sweden

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

Bottle@home

A: Golden amber with a small head and lots of lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, Candy, Citric notes, Caramel. Nice!

T: Citric notes (mainly grapefruit and orange, Tropical fruit (pineapple), Pine, Caramel.

M: Nice balance between hops and malt makes this brew very drinkable. Carbonation is a bit low.

This is a great DIPA that has a sh*tload of hops but an solid malt backbone to balance it out. Does an insane job of hiding the 11% ABV. I've not been very impressed by Southern Tiers products but this is good beer. Respect!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 21:39:03 | More by baggio
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-04-2011 18:10:02 | More by whallgren
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camartin27

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-19-2013 13:16:52 | More by camartin27
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

The body was a very light coppery red color. A frothy white inch and a quarter head took a few minutes to dissolve. An average looking carbonation rising. Big thick lacing clumps.

A very nice hops aroma. A strong blend of citrus briefly gives way to a flash of pine aroma before ending with a clearly lemon zest note. These great flavors area little weak, but perfectly balanced.

Nicely balanced taste. A bitter hops blend of pine taste and light citric acids. A lemony finish isn't overpowering but helps the other flavors to mellow on the tongue.

A nice carbonation burst as it hits the front of the tongue moves the tastes to the side of the mouth. Above average thickness clinks to cheeks.

The total is greater then the sum of the parts. Great beer with a sharp chedder cheese and crackers as a relaxing snack. A very fine offering that I plan on stocking up on every time it gets released.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 08:28:22 | More by RedChrome
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,549 ratings.