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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,787 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 123
Gots: 264 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange hue with a nice head and lots of carbonation present.

S- Smell is surprisingly sweet and malty with hops lying in the background waiting to attack.

T- Very Sweet and malty with a big hop presence but very little hop bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable for 11 percent, I would have thought the alcohol was somewhere around 7.

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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. clear burnt orange/amber color with a nice off-white head with a very nice retention rate and mild lacing.

S: I can smell the hops from two feet away. massive aromas of citrus and earthy hops. some sweet malts providing an excellent backdrop.

T: wow! so well-balanced for an imperial IPA...very earthy? some pine, spruce, and big citrus hops. great rich malts.

M: big and bold, with a huge body. mild carbonation and extremely well balanced.

D: Amazing. Well worth a try, and repeat, over and over.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost perfect... deep rich amber color is crystal clear, with a two finger head. Great retention for the ABV, and leaves tons of delicate intricate lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S- Loads of those deliciously American "C" hops, mainly citrus and pine components. This is another one of those beers that I would wear as cologne if it were socially acceptable to walk around smelling of beer all day. Top notch IPA aroma.

F- Incredibly well balanced and well made. Solid citrusy hop flavor from front to back, with points of caramel malt shining through in the middle. Complex hop profile makes this a bit more interesting than other IIPA's that seem one sided in their hop usage. Finish is firmly bitter, but very smooth overall, without being harshly or metallic in any way. Excellent balance where the hops definitely take front stage, but don't destroy the palate. The label lists what is used in the kettle, hop back, and dry hop, which is always appreciated. I'd venture a guess that the majority of those kettle hops are added towards the end. I'm not a professional by any means, in fact I'd consider myself a sub-par homebrewer although I have turned out some great beers. That being said, if I had to make a guess at this one, I'd say that it is mostly a late hopped beer, due to the incredible smooth bitterness and hop profile. Very nice overall.

M- Creamy and smooth, with slightly below average carbonation, leading to a lingering hop flavor well after your last sip.

D- Dangerously high. This hides the whopping 11% quite well. If you don't pay attention, this bomber can disappear very quickly.

Overall, this is one outrageously good and well balanced IIPA. Quite possibly one of the best I've ever had. Any fan of the style should definitely seek this one out. I'd happily buy this again for the $6.80 that I paid for it. I had a very hard time not giving this a five on more than a single category. This is damn near perfect, and I think it would be absolutely amazing on cask. Either way, this makes me very happy that Southern Tier is now available in Virginia. I will be buying more of their stuff. Very highly recommended!!!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear orange-red with incredibly long-lasting off white lacing.

Clean and big aroma of floral and citric hops, light earthy malt tones and a hint of anise.

Taste pushes floral hops in a big way, but with medium-low bitterness and absolutely no indication of the 11% abv this weighs in at. Sweet and crisp finish with a bit of orange zest kicking in. A very juicy mouthfeel keeps begging another sip much like Southern Tier's standard IPA.

If I ever move back to Buffalo, access to nectars such as this from S.T. will be a non-trivial deciding factor.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold clear body with a thin head and bits of lacing here and there.

Big piny hops up front in the aroma but there's also a nice breadiness from the malt fighting for some recognition.

Huge hop flavor of course; but the malt lends a nice nondescript sweetness to the blend. Just a hair of alcohol shows up when it warms slightly.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation. A little sticky from the hops and surprisingly not very drying. Not a bad thing, just a bit off.

The amazing thing about this beer is its ability to hide a whopping ABV. I got nothing of it in the aroma and very little in the taste. A great display of craftsmanship.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,787 ratings.