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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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Reviews: 1,197
Hads: 2,913
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 134
Gots: 357 | FT: 2
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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

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Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,197 | Hads: 2,913
Photo of slagle9480
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-colored appearance, with a decent amount of head that lasted for a while.

S: This had a citrus-y and piney type aroma that smelled amazing as I approached my first sip. In fact, I even pulled the glass away hoping to experience it again (it worked!).

T: I can see how this beer has received such great reviews. It's flavorful and not too strong. (Especially for an 11.00%ABV.) The hops are awesome. Gotta love Cascade hops.

M: This beer jumps right out at you. Kind of gave me a prickle on my tongue until its bitterness settled in. All in all, no unpleasant surprises here.

D: With its stronger ABV, and at-times-overwhelmingly piney/citrusy taste, I could only drink a couple. The suggestion of serving it at 42F was dead-on though. Great ice-cold brew.

My brother-in-law picked it up at a local store in Jamestown, NY. (837 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys just got distribution in Virginia, and oh boy, thank the booze gods for our opportunity to quaff Southern Tiers masterful brews. Unearthly is a hella good IIPA. Let's start with that. Why? Let's continue. Out of bomber (nice silkscreen label, by the way) and into an awaiting glass of proper proportions. Marvelous honeyed hue with bountiful puffy head. Mmmmm, resinous lacing soon follows. Aroma is a little muted, but definitely leans on the "sticky" side as far as bouquet goes. Flavor is where it is at. Certainly this is a sweeter interpretation, but that is not a fault. Amazingly smooth with rich, plump malt just swirling beneath a foil of juniper, grapefruit, tree sap alpha acids. And drinkablility? Whooo-eeee! This sucka's not unlike a Lay's potato chip. Unfortunately, at 11%, more than a bomber or two (honestly I could do three) and words get a little gummy in your mouth. End result- thank you Southern Tier for giving me one more thing to blame for doing stupid things at a party. (1,008 characters)

Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a nonic pint glass. The beer pours a deep, inviting gold. There are cascading ribbons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Good.

This tastes pretty much like it smells. Mild astringincy and high alcohol (barely) dectectable amidst the mericiless barrage of herbal hoppiness. Brutally dry hopped (have they found some way to just dissovle the whole plant into this?) After a few sips, my palate is dead. This is my last beer of the night. Good.

A tall glass of "fuck you" from a bottle. Furthermore, at 11% and 650 mls, this is like drinking a whole bottle of wine. A new session brew? Good. (636 characters)

Photo of jmacdaddy2008
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mad Mex. Poured in a snifter because of the high alcohol. Really enjoyed this palate killer.

Appearance was copper w/ eg shell head lot of lacing left around the glass I drank this big beer slowly.

Strong hoppy smell reminded me of fresh cut grass. Alcohol smell present but not over whelming. Some fruits and spices are brought out as it warms.

Has a bold taste of hops and fruit. Raw hop flavor really stands out in a good way.

Overall, Let this one sit in the glass and warm up to bring out the aromas. Big beer with big taste, drink this one at the end of the night. (593 characters)

Photo of PapillonJohn
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a bottle at Giant Eagle on 8/1/2011

Appearance: Very rich golden, amber color. Poured a very subtle head, not too much to write home about. Almost no signs of carbonation besides a few sticky bubbles on side of my glass.

Smell: Very fruity hops. Sort of reminds me of Strawbelly jelly or candy... A bit of alcohol sneaks in after the sweet, caramel malts and fruity hop scent.

Taste: Intense sweet caramel-like taste with a moderate sour, soapy hoppiness shining through. Not as hoppy as I expected or would like to have with a IIPA. The alcohol snaps in quickly towards the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: A little to thick for an IIPA, I believe. Moderately carbonated and only a bit sticky. I thought this offering was a bit too "thick feeling for a IIPA.

Overall: I was hoping for something a bit more hopped up but I am satisfied with this brew. Not something I will seek out again but I think I can recommend it to a few people who prefer a sweeter offering rather than a bitter hop bomb.

Coming in at 11% this is something you need to sip to enjoy, no downing like the town drunk on this one. (1,122 characters)

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

Poured from tap at Chappy's Tap Room in Moraine, OH. Brown amber color with a nice 2 finger head. The hoppy smell was very nice. The taste was dirty like grass or pine hops with some liquorish or toffee on the malt side. It seemed a bit unbalanced with the hops much more prevelant than the malts. It had a very nice lacing and overall was a very nice beer. (357 characters)

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

I got this in a trade from orcasteve! Thanks!!!!

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass with a slightly aggressive pour.

a- About 1 inch head formed. The beer is a dark copper and is very clear. The head is an off white. Carbonation is not visibly evident.

s- Nice floral hops, with an earthy hoppy smell in there too... I am getting hints of citrus from the hops too. Roasted barely scents are evident as well, giving a biscuity hint.

t- Wow! What a wonderful balance of aggressive hops and smooth roasted barley. The hops are strong- The malt background balances the hops. The alcohol is eveident, but not overpowering. Very nice.

m- Medium to full body lets you know that you have a serious brew in your glass! Carbonation is felt.

d- great beer, but being 11% this is one brew that I have to pace myself on. Its a very nice treat. (846 characters)

Photo of cschepers
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear caramelly orange.. almost the color of fresh motor oil (not the used stuff). Beautiful carbonation bubbles rise through the glass. Small off-whitish head.

Smell is of grapefruit & lemon rind and caramel malt.

Taste is of heavy caramel malt, pine and orange hops, toffee, maybe some faint smoke or pine resin. Very little alcohol noticeable for an 11% abv beer. Some cedary hops stick around in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really thick and slick. Very nice and viscous.

Drinkability is as high as can be expected for this big a beer. Easy to sip, that seems to be about the right pace.

Really good DIPA, incredibly balanced. Very well done. (666 characters)

Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Clear honey color with a fluffy, sticky, pale orange head that doesn't dissipate and leaves a noticeable ring. Very nice lacing down the glass.

Assertive and complex mix of herbal, floral, and citrus with some sweet, biscuity malt thrown in.

Very strong on the citrus and herbal flavors, with noticeable warming from the alcohol. Surprisingly high residual sugars that become overwhelming (along with the alcohol) if it warms up too much.

Nice balance of thick creaminess with moderate carbonation that satisfies without overwhelming for the style.

The bottle recommends 42 F, which sounds cold, but I wouldn't recommend drinking it any warmer. DIPAs seem to each have a unique balance point, and this one is definitely a bit better on the cooler side. Regardless, this beer demands food accompaniment. Not for the faint of heart of the empty-stomached. (919 characters)

Photo of HisDorian
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My sniffer is a little plugged, and my throat is getting over a few days of serious coughing...nonetheless...It's time to get going again.

Poured from a bomber to a Guinness tulip.

Gorgeous orangey golden color. Thin head on top.

First smell is grapefruit. Looking forward to the hoppy goodness.

First taste...great flavor. Carmelly body with citrus notes, and a touch of mint in behind.

There's enough body in the mouth to make you feel like you're drinking a real beer, but thin enough to make it very drinkable.

Lacing seems to stand very well, even without a large head. As I drink the beer, you can see every layer where I stopped after a sip.

If I didn't read the label, I would never have guessed the 11% alcohol. It is hidden extremely well.

I really enjoy this beer, and will have it again. It's not a session beer by any means, which is why my drinkability score is lower. But for a single bomber (or pint), it's definitely top notch. (956 characters)

Photo of lennerja
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper amber color with a one finger head that dissipates to leave some nice lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.

S- I smell sweet malt and barley right up front with a slight bit of hops as well.

T- It is very sweet right away with some caramel malt notes. The sweetness fades to leave a strong hop bitterness.

M- It has a medium mouthfeel that slightly sticks to the mouth.

O- This beer has a lot of very nice strong flavors that balance out nicely and it looks great when poured too. (515 characters)

Photo of chefdejour
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden/light amber color with a thick head, creamy enough to eat with a spoon. Sticky resinous lacing.

S: Citrus, Pine, resinous hops, sweet caramel malts

T: Loads of sweet malt and massive hops. Very well balanced for something of this size.

M: Creamy yet sparkling with oily resin

D: one or two bombers and you're good - REAL good. This was amazing and a joy to drink. (387 characters)

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

Had it in a pint glass, served from 650ml bottle. Nice and red with a small but noticable head. Deliciously hoppy from the start with a slight (very slight) syrupy flavor. Very bitter, but in a good way. I wish I had a couple more to drink right now, but the store's closed. (274 characters)

Photo of travisd13
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a N.B. tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy burnt / copper orange with 1/2" off white head.

S- Aromas of citrus fruits...from the cascade hops? A sweet malt presents along with a hint of alcohol.

T- The 11% of this beer is very well hidden behind sweet malts and some hops. I'm wishing the hops had more of a presents.

M- Medium to thicker mouthfeel for a DIPA...also a little on the dryier side. Pretty sticky.

D- Pretty drinkable...for 11%! Not my fav for the style but still a very nice offering. (524 characters)

Photo of mike24
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark copper colour, crystal clear with a decent head

S: Dominating hop aromas coming from this one, just a huge blast

T: Hops hit the tongue first with a nice fruity flavour. hop bitterness follows with a bit of alcohol warmth, surprisingly mild in terms of alcohol considering it's 11% actually. Toasted grains come in with a sweetness that lingers and blends with a bitter hop finish. Beautiful balance on display here, not too bitter and not too sweet, just huge flavours working together.

M: soft and smooth, medium body with just enough carbonation to bring out all the flavours

D: No doubt this beer packs a wallop, and it'll almost certainly tire out my taste buds. not much use switching to another beer afterwards either since next to this it'll taste like water. (789 characters)

Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into an opaque dark orange with nice foam stack on top
very nice earthy smell to it, a hop and malt hurricane
tastes very earthly malted with a bite of hops towards the end
goes down well, yet not really the easiest beer to drink

very good stuff here (258 characters)

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

Poured into a large Brooklyn Brewery snifter from a bottle perhaps two months in the fridge.

I have had this one several times before, and like many in the Southern Tier lineup this one is very good. It doesn't quite hold with the Plinys and DFH 120s of the world, but it's still exceptional. On par with DFH 90 or better.

The smell is nice without being overpowering. Pine comes through in a good way. The color is nothing short of beautiful; a nice amber. It leaves only a thin head after pouring, with some lacing.

Upon the first sip, the hops are very forward, but without being so heavy as to make it undrinkable. The taste is consistent from the front to back without much loss in hoppiness, and it lingers just the right amount of time -- not too short, not too long. The taste of pine is there and the feel is just a bit sticky. Very pleasant.

This has been one of the better beers from NY and from Southern Tier. Most of the time I go with their stouts, but I've been pretty happy with un-earthly. Would drink again when accessible (which is pretty much always -- I live in DC). (1,093 characters)

Photo of Madmax99
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge fan of IPA's and when I was at the bar the other night I was in wonder of this beer, not because it was an IPA (I had no Idea at the time), but by the tap head. When I tasted the beer, it was mildly hoppy. I was expecting more bitterness. I thought this beer was exceptionaly smooth for a higher alcohol beer. (321 characters)

Photo of casemw
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper color with white, foamy head and sticky lacing.

S-Hoppy, got to be cascade in the last few hop additions of this one.

T-Very malty/sweet with tons of hops. Hard to find the alcohol in this one.

M-Pretty smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

D-Only had about 5 oz, but very drinkable given the abv. 11%?! Wow. (323 characters)

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass out of a 650mL bottle.

Appearance - really good looking ipa, amber colour, bright white head, turns in to a nice layer on the beer. The head bounces back no problem.

Smell - not an overpowering smell, pine comes through with a bit of caramel. No alcohol coming through on the nose.

Taste - follows the nose fairly well, quite balanced, a bit of alcohol coming through but not in a bad way, pretty warming. Kind of an earthy quality to it.

Mouthfeel - great amount of carbonation on the tongue, closer to medium mouth feel. Not as much bitterness as I thought there would be.

Overall - excellent beer by Southern Tier of course, not unreal but I would give this a couple more shots. (712 characters)

Photo of rcusick
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle I picked up about 3 months ago (i know a shame to hold it this long, but i always struggle to make myself open the big bottles by myself) at a local megamart.

Poured with a great caramel color and a half inch of head, but that didn't last long

smell wasn't really a strong component on this beer for me, but i would chalk a lot of that to the on coming cold i have and my delay in opening.

Beer tastes great, strong hop flavor without being overly bitter which is a pleasant surprise from such an aggressively hopped beer. Hard to believe this is an 11% ABV (per the label) from tasting it. (605 characters)

Photo of mrbosworth
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unearthly has a deep straw color, and is very clear. The head is thick, frothy and stays at two fingers deep for a nice duration. Not too much aroma, but you can detect a sweet, double ipa smell through the cloudy yellow foam. Deep malty feel, and hoppy notes, but mostly malt. 11% is there, but is nicely covered by complex malt character. A great imperial IPA, but could deal with being a bit more crisp, but how refreshing should something teetering above 10% be really? Great beer. (485 characters)

Photo of noeldundas
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

deep burnt orange colour, with minimal off white head, good lacing though.

aroma is malty with a strong toffee note, biscuit-like toastiness, and herbaceous hop. not as hoppy as I would have thought, I imagine it's not as fresh as I or the brewer would like.

a juicy impressive hop flavour . it's quite drinkable for such a large hoppy beer, and not the slight bit cloying or overly sweet.

All in all, I'm disappointed. It's pretty clear that this particular bottle has lost it's hop character. Not the brewers fault though. (529 characters)

Photo of tobin999
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i have seen this and passed it up until today i needed some hops

A: nice gold nearing amber a little hazey no head

S: HOPS!! booze and malt sweetness almost nectarine aroma

T: nice ballance just bitter enough but maybe a tad to sweet for my taste after taste leaves some nice hop bite

M: fairly light and light carbonation

D: well the bomer didnt last to long. but the high alchol has me feeling quite nice (412 characters)

Photo of benyerd
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites.

(A) A nice hazy golden color that matches the style very well. Surprising head retention for how high the ABV is at 10% Mild lacing was left on the glass.

(S) A very nice hoppy and bitter smell. Mild malt aroma lingers in the finish. In my opinion almost a perfect aroma for an imperal IPA.

(T) The taste is overly hoppy and bitter. Some malt and other semi-sweet flavors surprised my palate. Great full bodied flavor!

(M) A great mild mouth feel. Was not to heavy and made the drinkability much much better.

(D) Drinkability on this one was great. The only negitive I found was a slight after taste (which is normal for any Imperial IPA). Alcohol is high so be careful not to over indulge. CHEERS! (733 characters)

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.