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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: 1,208
Hads: 2,988
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 140
Gots: 412 | FT: 2
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very intense hops & citrus aroma. There’s really much else to say about the smell except that it was excellent.

T: Very well-balanced blend of hops, citrus and caramelized malt. The hops flavor is certainly the most prevalent as you would expect, but it allows the fruit and malt in as a compliment rather than competing for dominance. The hops remain in a pleasant after-taste.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, excellent finish.

D: This one is very tasty and light for a 2IPA. This is now one of my favorites. Once you start drinking it, you’ll find it hard to switch to anything else.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Poured a medium amber hue with a small off-white head. Smell of citrus zest and fresh hops. Taste starts out with a caramel coated biscuity-ness, but is soon overtaken by a good dose of fresh hops, lemon zest, and a bit of grapefruit essence, with a subtle minty quality. Decently balanced with neither aspect fully taking complete control for any extended bit of time. Medium mouthfeel, and quite drinkable, though nothing really above average.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to JasonA for this one!

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Resiny hops & breadyness

T: Piney hops, pineapples, & tangerine up front. Leafy hops hit the front of the tongue as this warms, along with a bit of toffee, tropical fruits & biscuitty malt. Finishes with nice pine resin & some caramel & nice fruittyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with low carbonation& super balance

Drinks great for the style & ABV, nice DIPA!

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours crystal clear bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grass earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt balance; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, orange zest/rind, lemon zest, light mango, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/tropical hops with moderate malt flavors; and a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA! All around great complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged copper with a creme head. Resin nose with firm pine tones. Flavor is definitely for the hop heads. Thick and well balanced piney hops. Feel is balanced and good. Very drinkable. But keep in mind that you better love the hops if you are going to dance with this one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rocky, cream-colored head. Great sticky lace on the glass sides. Orange amber in color with moderate cloudiness.

Rich, oily alcohol warmth in the smell. Strong fresh hop. Light malt presence.

This is stunningly well- balanced Double IPA. I am used to the hop completely dominating the flavor profile. Not here--there's a solid malt base without the typical high-alcohol oil. Still, the hop is potent making for a powerfully flavorful brew. The body is rich like light cream and the carbonation is slightly low.

This is one of my favorite styles. And now this is one of my favorites within that style.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber/orange color with about an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, sweet malts, and maybe some piney hops.

t - First taste that jumped out at me was sweet caramel malts. Also some citrus hops in the taste.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice smooth malts and citrus hops combine for a very pleasant mixture. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a fellow BA london101 at D's Sixpack, where it was sampled at nearly cellar temperature...next time we'll start it a bit cooler and let it warm up. Either way I love Southern Tier and I may be a bit biased here but let's review. As we pour it appears a nice vibrant copper amber colore with a full tan off white cream head leaves even bars of lacing with each sip. Aromatics hit you in the face with big floral and citrus hop combo grapefruit and green raw hops flood the senses along with a woody charred tone and big malty caramel tones with alcohol letting it's presence especially near cellar temp. Flavor profile is big with upfront bitterness more fresh hop juice flavor candied with the sweet caramelized sugary malt layers with a bitey herbal citrus hop character it all flows nicely together. Intense and aggressive hop profile can't wait to sample again there's layers of flavors yet remains somewhat balanced, weird? Mouthfeel is big bodied creamy textured oily with hop resins for certain even but sturdy carbonation to back up the high gravity. Drinkability is money, another quality hopped up creation from upstate NY thanks to Phinn and Matt especially the one that is still there I can't remember at this time, good stuff great double IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some light aromas of caramel malts with some stronger presence of both citrus and floral hops. There is some light bitterness in the smell.

T: This beer has a nice sweet caramel malt base that is balanced nicely with the citrus and floral hops. The hops have an almost orange blossom characteristic. Moderate amounts of bitterness that linger slightly but is not too aggressive.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a little dryness in the finish.

O: I find this DIPA to be a good example of the style and to be quite approachable with a not too aggressive hoppiness. There is a nice balance in the flavor. This beer is pretty easy to drink and quite enjoyable, might be a little strong to be sessionable but certainly one I would enjoy again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours an almost clear copper/orange color with a one finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Very sticky lacing formed around the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as expected, there is some apple and grapefruit as well as some caramel and bready malt.

T: A little bit of citrus fruit upfront, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of apple as well. Heavier malt backbone than I was expecting, some caramel and bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess, and pretty smooth. No harshness at all.

O: Pretty good, but nothing out of this world. Not sure on how old the bottle is, since this one is pre-dating. Glad to see ST popping a date on their bottles now.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Darlk orange, dusky, husky, unfiltered look in this, with a solid creamy off-white cap to it...much carbonation, many bubbles.

Aroma is a delirious mess, a mix of tropical fruits, citrus, pineapple, mango, orange, lime, ...in the coconut, call the doctor, wake him up, he say, DOC-Tor, ain't there nothing I can make, to relieve this bellyache...
Taste: strip the palate clean and make ready for this hop avalanche...or volcanic explosion, or whatever fits your geographical preference, it's a landslide of hoppiness on the palate, a blitz of fruity, citric flavors, blistering pine and pineapple, with greater grapefruit and pithy lemon zest...
Full bodied, with a immense presence on the palate which grabs the tongue and begs it to stay, and this overbearing eminence implores us to consider other aspects, such as...
11% abv???
153 IBUS???
a bunch of other crazy statistics???
what an incredible brew!!! really tests the water for the depths of hops and bitterness, yet staying utterly delicious! Yum meets yum, and then again, yum!
Nie job, So.Tier, very nice job. Just goes to show how many superiorly talented brewers there are, all over the U.S., waiting to show off their amazing abilities.
I always liked Southern Tier, now I have a greater respect...

thanks to Ed from Philly, the DArkOne, for securing my sample.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted glass, as recommended on bottle:

Pours a vibrant amber with a thin head that lasts. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is citric, piney, floral, resiny. Some tobacco leafiness in the back. Caramel, with a touch of honey underneath.

The taste is of chewy hops from the start - citrus/grapefruit with resiny pine. Floral and tobacco leaf notes weave in and out. Resin grows as it warns. This is a hop monster, and yet it has a caramelish malty backing that lends a firm support and gives it quite a bit of balance, while allowing the hops to give a smack-down on the palate. Alcohol amazingly masked, though some warmth shows up in the aftertaste. Resiny finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, it has a great texture - very coating and smooth.

This is one hell-of-a DIPA! Incredible smoothness and drinkability for the style/abv. 153 IBU's show through with a great hop profile, yet with some balance to it. A must-try for hop fans!

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Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with more than a finger of yellow stained head. Nice bit of lacing all around the glassware. Nose is a blend of hop spices and citrus minorly resembling orange zest. Little bit of alcohol bite in the backend along with malty mixture in the aroma as well. Taste is a well mixed blend of hop bitterness that is a little herby/earthy, solid amount of malt sweetness and a bit of the alcohol edge that is warming in the finish. Medium feel with low carb.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a goblet. Beer is orange, dark orange, with a thin white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is tiny bubbles that slowly (really slowly) rise through the beer to the diffuse and broken head on the top. This makes the beer seem thick, I've never seen carbonation rise that slowly. Beer is clear despite being served cold. The bottle recommends 42 degree F. I'm close to that.

Beer smells strong of malt and a lot of hops, smells like a classic DIPA. I detect no alcohol despite the 11 % ABV on the bottle.

Beer is quite sweet with a lot of front palate character. The hops are relatively understated in the first try, no solvents or alcohol flavors to be found. No aftertaste but there is a creeping bitterness at the back of the mouth. Second drink, a lot of sweetness, more mid palate sweet hops, some pine and citrus notes now. Drinkability high especially for the style and the ABV. Mouthfeel is good but I would have liked more connectivity in the mid-palate, something to marry the bitterness in the back with all that malt sweetness up front. A good DIPA.

Time for the Oak Aged one.

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Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Pours a havy bright orange color with a white foam that quickly disappears.

Aroma is citrusy and floral with some sweetness. Taste is citrusy but also very sweet and caramely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good.

I've had this beer many times and I really enjoy it. This is one of my favorite East Coast DIPA's that I get whenever I see it released. Probably not as good as the best of the west coast ones but still very good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a quarter inch of head, and little retention. The nose is very malty with a citrus hops aroma and slight alcohol esters. Taste is rich malts with piny, floral hops. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Medium bodied with nice alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one. A little malty, but it helps balance the hops and alcohol. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-11/08- Received from BA member Talisker as part of a trade.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Nice silk screened label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep orange in color. Somewhat clouded with tiny sediment particles. About a 1/2 inch white semi-creamy head and leaves light lace spotting behind.

Smell- Wonderful nose of sweet caramel malt and orange scented hops. One of the most outgoing scents I have seen since Dreadnaught. Great!

Taste- Starts out phenomonal, but gets a little cloying as it warms and really turns sugary sweet. Orange starts out as a fresh hop flavor, but kinda tastes like orange cough syrup by the time the beer is finished. Caramel is fairly extreme adding to the extreme sweetness. If this has been a 12oz bottle I might have rated it a 5. Hops are overpowered by the sweet nature of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Sticky sweet, lower carbonation level with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bomber is tough to do, unless you have a real sweet tooth. It's very good and quite different from many extreme abv DIPA's. Keep it in the fridge if you can't fit the entire bottle in a glass.

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's intensely bitter, but equally stong in malts giving it a warm and balanced scent. The taste is great as well. It has a rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and satisfying. The hops are true all the way through and add a kick ass bitter bite which helps hide the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer that is quite drinkable even with an 11% abv.. It's just another fine offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well based on some knowledge we are trying again here. This time this bottle I know is barely two weeks old thanks to my salesperson (you know who you are man!). Let's see how this goes now for a re-review, no excuses this time.

Appearance is not really different than the old review, other than the head seems to have more retention and clumpiness. Looks a tad better.

Nose is a muted strange baked apple crisp and dough. Kind of biscuits. Definitely not as sweet but still not very hoppy either. Kind of has that pie crust pumking angle a little bit too.
On the palate is very similar but finally a hop presence of bitter apple still mixing in with maple syrup/sugar. Feel is still kind of granular.

Overall much better experience slight malt sweetness not overpowering with a nicer hop presence to balance it out. However in comparison to other dipas this is still a bit too sweet and not as hoppy as I would like. Mild astringency.

Old review Sep 29 - 2011 --- [grade C+]

Poured from the bottle into a nonic tulip glass. No bottling date seems present anywhere.

A good sized and uniform caramel head off white somewhat, sits on a slightly cloudy amber yellow/orange. Not much visible carbonation and head falls slowly with some retention.

Nose is sweet malt and a sense of soft apple. Muted mushy apple fruit.

Taste is thick and cloyingly sweet. Thick syrupy malt and honey stickiness in the palate. Muted hop in the aftertaste of apple and kind of maple sugar. Extremely sweet tasting and thick in the palate. Hop presence on this is nearly non existent with some faint dryness perhaps in the finish.

This must be passed its prime and old. Not sure when this was bottled but I think this is from too long ago. Will have to somehow find a fresh one for a re-review. At least its drinkable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a large off-white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops. The flavor is citrus hops with some pine in there as well. There is a nice bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have now had Unearthly, Hoppe and Gemini and liked Gemini the best of all of them, even though it is a 50-50 blend of the other two.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, without freshness or vintage dating. This stunner pours a bright copper shade of amber, clear and glistening. Supports a long lasting, creamy tan head, and leaves thick, sticky and long lasting stringy lacing after a swirl.. Aroma is of goey, oily hops. Lots of grapefruit, and oily hop crunch in the flavor profile here. Full bodied and full flavor DIPA. Smooth and heady brew, alcohol clearly present, but its layered and dovetailed nicely into and within the layers of hops/malty base. Complex, strong, bold and highly recommended creation. Fine sipper/nightcapper

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Photo of Gavage
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a long lasting 2" head. The head also has some huge bubbles in it. Few slow rising carbonation bubbles are spotted. Nice lacing.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and honey are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: nice strong malt profile with a balanced piney bitterness. Tart grapefruit and sweet oranges are noticeable on the citrus front, and alcohol is definitely noticeable but not intrusive to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: crisp and very dry from start to finish. Long bitter aftertaste that feels like it is glued to your tongue. Heavy bodied.

Drinkability: a superb DIPA that is easy drinking and flavorful. The high alcohol levels knock this down a notch, but this is one great beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.1/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at TJ'S EVERYDAY in Paoli, PA.

Unearthly boasts a persimmon orange with some dark golden spots around the edges. A nice amount of loose melted sugar colored foam uptop that left after some time, minor sticks on the glass.

Smell is very off putting for me. There is some underlining citrus and earthy appeal, yet Unearthly smells like Elmers Glue. Enamel stripping type stuff, chemicals. Super sweet smelling as well with candi.

Trying to get past the smell, this has some nice heady hop qualitys bringing slight mango and other citrus, tropic like. Im sure it could be better if it was not for the super sweet malt profile that comes with alot of ST offerings for me. Are they trying to kill people?

Feel is a strong medium with a syrup consistency, it's not all that easy to get down the hatch. The carb is low enough to hardly be noticed. Alcohol coats the mouth. This is not looking good.

I had this once when I was first getting into IPA's/DIPA's years ago and I was indifferent on it then, going towards the MEH pile. Now after having it again years later, this is in the FUCK NO pile.

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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know where those 153 IBUs are hidding, but this is still a pretty awesome big beer. Overall the taste and aroma were surprisingly sweet. Smelled almost medicinal with a bit of spicey hops coming through. Candy-like malt flavor mixed with citrus hops made up a flavor that came off a little creamy, probably from the red wheat. Maybe the most drinkable DIPA I've had, no hint of the 11% as the beer warms.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,208 ratings.