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

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2,702 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,702
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 112
Gots: 229 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 02-24-2006)
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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

jwc215, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, May 20, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

smcolw, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

oriolesfan4, May 23, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark pumpkin skin orange, with a medium lightly off-white head, with good head retention and well above average lacing, I expect this in a Double IPA.

S: Strong off-pine smell, cedar bark, light grapefruit juice.

T: Strong hoppy bitterness, raw pine and bitter melon. Bit of a sweet orange flavour in the middle mixed with an alcoholic bite. Finish has a lot of tropical fruit character and dries out the tongue.

M: Very full-bodied, medium alcohol presence for this style, very dry, resiny.

D: I liked this beer, but it's not one that completely knocked my socks off. Still, it's a great balanced DIPA, glad I tried it finally.

Halcyondays, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Gavage, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

GClarkage, Jul 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

InspectorBob, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

drewone, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden orange color with a thick foamy white head that settles into a lasting lacng. Aroma is dominated by earthy and citrus hops with hints of malt, pine and citus fruit. Very smooth drinking with a strong hoppy presence that lasts throughout. Hints of grapefruit and alcohol with a nice malty backbone. Excellent!.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
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4/5  rDev -2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a small off-white head. Tiny bubbles pump up to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the sides.
Smell is of orange blasted hops with suagary candy, caramel, mild biscuit notes...actually somewhat of an addictive aroma.
Taste is of the same aromatics swirling around the palate nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with orange candy sweetness.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

stakem, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier now export (or get sent by some roundabout way) to Australia, but I'm loathe to try/review IPAs that aren't fresh. Call me a wanker if you will. Anyway, a trip to NY seemed like a good opportunity to check this out.

Pours a heavy burnished golden-bronze colour, with a head that forms slowly and languidly, but which is suitably fine and solid when it arrives. Lacing is minimal, but splodges stay around when the glass is tilted. The body is probably its most impressive feature, being as though it is thick, syrupy and heavy.

Nose is lovely and fresh, with big green hoppy characters coming off like crushed vegetation and savoury fruits. There's a big sweetness to it as well, obviously from the massive amounts of malts, but it complements the hop characters. Nice.

Taste is a bit more brash and unvarnished. Here, the hops form a biting centrepiece which the smooth running malt cushions violently. Lovely peppery vegetative characters throughout, that would be obscene if not for the softening effect of the body and the malt sweetness. It's like being punched by a marshmallow.

Very nicely balanced throughout, as a result, and the extra body and booze is well-placed, and is used to excellent effect.

A lovely Imperial IPA. It makes everything bigger, but doesn't forget the balance and subtlety that is required as well. Great work.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  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

Billolick, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

tempest, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear copper with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Nose is well balanced but not very aramoatic, more aroma hops could have helped out but I did get some booze and citrus

T: Caramel upfront, citrus, good amount of bittering and pretty good hop presense, finish with a booze kick

M: Slick, sweet, medium body and boozy

D: A step above average but at 10 ABV it kept me from going the extra step to Good.

barleywinefiend, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, and my favorite beer from Southern Tier so far. I really wish this brewery success. Their beers are all quite good, readily available in the markets they serve, and a good value. Somebody there knows what they are doing. On to the beer.

Pours amber with a short head that fades to a very thin cap. Some slight lacing. I'm not too worried about thin heads in an 11% double IPA, though. Smells of honeyed malt with a good dose of citrusy and floral hops- delicate and flower-like. Well balanced with the ample malt there in a supporting role for the very fresh smelling hops. The taste is absolutely beautiful. A very slightly floral sweetness begins the flavor parade, which then gently merges into a complex citrusy and floral hop bitterness with a nice touch of pine on the finish. These hop flavors become more herbal as the beer warms and opens up. This is one fresh tasting beer!. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and quite soft. Amazingly integrated and drinks well below the 11% abv. Deliciously drinkable despite the high alcohol. Like many great beers, this is complex and changes a good bit in the glass. The substantial malt balances the complex hop flavors well while preserving the purity of the hops. Beautifully clean and vibrant.

Georgiabeer, Jan 24, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. If you haven't been, get there.

A: The DIPA is golden, clear with a radiant glow. The head neared one half of a finger on pour and lingered gamely for most of the glass.

S: The ale's hop aroma is oily and boozy. Very strong with a near blinding bitterness. Alcohol is present, near the forefront of each smell.

T: Unearthly is the proper descriptor for this ale. It's hop profile is big and bold, throwing off both pine and citrus aromas. Caramel malts don't really do much to the flavor. The hops are a little to muddled for my liking.

M: The hop bitterness is all that you'll notice, coating the tastebuds with an oily bite.

D: I was planning to have two pints with dinner but couldn't choke all of this down. The hops and booze conspired against me.

akorsak, May 16, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden-caramel color with a bubbly white head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head last as a thin foam for the full beer.

S- This beer has a sweet malty smell with a light toasted note and a big green spicy hop nose.

T- This beer has big bitty green hops with a pineapple weed pungency and a slight earthyness. There is a spicy flavor to the hops at the finish. The smooth green bitterness lingers for a moment after each finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a smooth finish.

D- This beer is a nice big IPA with some nice, no citrus, hops flavors and some good support from the sweet malt.

rhoadsrage, Sep 17, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%

ejimhof, Mar 23, 2013
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,702 ratings.