Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,133
Ranked #3,692
4.09 | pDev: 11.49%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the depths of the reefer have seen fit to give up some of their (potentially) dead! I have had a number of bottles in the upstairs (mostly food) reefer for a while. I suddenly feel inspired to pull them out & see what's what. Come with me on a magic reefer ride!

From the Bottle: "23 Plato[,] 2-row Pale Malt[,] Cara-Pils Malt[,] Red Wheat[,] Kettle Hops: Chinook & Cascade[,] Hop Back: Styrian Golding[,] Dry Hopped: Cascade, Centennial & Chinook"; "At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration."; "An Uninhibited Infusion of Hops"; "We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer's craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer's fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely."

I started out by Pop!ping the cap & beginning a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was pleasantly surprised by a pseudo-cascade that looked like a layered parfait at one point before becoming two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled dank as all get-out with an emerging caramel malt sweetness. 8=O This held up MUCH better than expected! Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & heavy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. I allowed it to roll around in my mouth to warm. It tasted like a caramel candy dipped or rolled in minty dank! I got the flavors of old skool (late-'70s/early-80's) frop with an earthiness that just would not stop. The hops seemed intertwined with the caramel malt, making it tough to decide where one ended & the other began & vice versa. Taking a deep breath, I was transported back to my best friend's parent's living room, watching game shows & getting really baked after school. Man, them's was the days! Finish was cool, dry & just a far out scene, man. This is the kinda thing that you either dig or you don't, dig? YMMV, baby.

Dec 07, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange copper pour. Cloudy with nice head. Floral aroma. Bright and citrusy flavor. A little soapy. Smooth for an imperial. One of the better ones I've had lately.

Feb 10, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: floral for a moment, then ripe pineapple;

T: floral is dominant from start to finish; pineapple pops in and out - always in the background; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: good, but not especially interesting;

Jan 15, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 2/10/13: Pours a clear vibrant copper producing slightly more than a single finger of off-white, short-lived head that leaves a hint of frothy lace. Aroma is fronted by grapefruit, other citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness backed by sweet caramel and a thin hint of black pepper. Taste is heavenly grapefruit hoppy with a caramel malt backbone that is superbly balanced. The malty sweetness and tropical fruit intensify as the brew warms and the finish becomes very peppery. Low end alcohol presence in either the nose or mouth until the brew has warmed considerably. In the final analysis after a second pint the brew is balanced but is perhaps more malty than hoppy. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, and quite lively for its low-moderate carbonation.

Jan 06, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I regularly drink world class juice bombs, so when i get offered this beer i have to give it ratings to my palate.
Very good and effervescent, not as feuity and floral in smell amd taste as i would like.

Sep 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly golden looking amber color and leaves the same colored body with a slim white one finger head that dies drastically pretty much within several seconds, well before I was able to snap a picture, some light stringy looking lacing tries to cling but slides for the most part. The aroma has a slight pine, but also resinous hops combined nicely with some earthy hops, pretty well done in my opinion. The taste has a sticky sweet pine running all over my taste buds, sticky pine-like aftertaste, slightly dry but somewhat bitter yet sweet finish. Its fairly easy on the palate but still at the same time, slightly not. Carbonation seems to be very well done. Overall, the best thing about this is how it rolls over the mouth and tongue. Solid!

Jun 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden amber pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Caramel, grains, and a pine forest. Lots of resin... mild citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel hops and sweetness up front give way to an aggressive pine and citrus hop profile. Grapefruit, evergreen boughs, and floral character. Christmas spices and coriander. Mouthfeel is sticky and full... chewy and oily. Finish is bittersweet and leaves me looking forward to the next swig.

O: A big malt forward yet bitter DIPA from Southern Tier, and the best of their IPA's I think I've had to date. Really enjoyed this brew.

Jun 19, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Poured into a snifter. Clear copper, a thin white head with a few rings of lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruit and floral notes. Mild fresh baked bread aroma.

Taste - Dried mango, caramel sweetness, small hint of pine, floral, a little kick off alcohol on the finish.

Feel - Borderline full bodied, oily and slick. Coats the palate well. Luxurious.

Overall - A Good Imperial IPA. Puts a hop craving at ease.

Mar 28, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip bottled on 1/30/17. Pours a very attractive amber with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves beautiful webs of lace.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, onion, some canabis, bubblegum, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, tangerine, onion, dank marijuana, bubblegum, garlic, pine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty close to large, sticky and coats your entire mouth, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and drinks easy enough if you love bold hop bombs and yes I do.

Overall this is a beer that surprised me I has never reviewed, but you see it fresh very rare in my parts. Very nice and old school DIPA, very pleased.

Mar 02, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper, white foam layer on top, supported by bubbles. Mostly malt nose, clean. Heavy syrupy malot flavor. Thick, resin based mouthfeel. Astringency. Slight pucker at the finish. Sweet and bitter.

Dec 25, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty cross between, light copper and amber with an orange hue. Moderate sudsy head retains well and leaves lacing.
The nose is caramel malt forward along with plump and juicy citrus and tropical fruit.
As with the aroma, the caramel malt sweetness seems to dominate. Medium to full, plump, chewy, and almost syrupy but in a good way. Mid palate the hops become more prominent. They dry up the palate a bit and add a moderate bitterness that is just right. The hops flavors are of citrus and pine resin. Not a hop bomb and neither a malt bomb. A great balance.
Is this available in 12oz bottles? (I had it in a bomber) If so, I need to get some more because it is delicious.

Oct 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dark yellow and gold appearance, deft head at 2/5". Aroma gave off the usual suspect of citrus, but even some caramel as well.

Taste is good, its very bitter, and there is a massive hop bill for it. Pine, tangerine, pepper. Another one of those beers that was at the forefront of double ipas to be bottled, especially for its region. Its strong and that crystal malt helps hide its big abv.

Aug 25, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated DOB 03/01/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is some citrus bitterness up front, well balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel - a little syrupy for the style, but not objectionable at all. Quite smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is in keeping with the citrus/malt profile. Very drinkable.

Jun 25, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle.
Deep amber body topped by an exceptional off-white head.
Mild, balanced and easy drinking for style ... Not quite like an APA, however, as the bitterness and hop flavor builds with tasting.
Medium body and carbonation.

Jun 11, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle served fairly cold into an Upper Canada Brewing pint glass. Purchased while visiting in the US. Bottled March 1, 2016.

Appearance - clear and coppery coloured beer, poured and impressive finger and change of white head, nearly overflowing the glass. The head is fluffy and soft looking with impressive retention.

Smell - lots of hop presence, some citrus, some malt. Flowery, before some grapefruit, mandarin orange and lime come into play. A little pine too upon repeated sniffs.

Taste - mild bitterness, with some piney flavours as well and peppery flavours as advertised. A little lemon and lime with some sweetness as well. Reminiscent of half mandarin oranges and honeydew melon. Subtleties of caramel too. Complex and quite flavourful.

Mouthfeel - smooth with moderate body. Moderately high carbonation and drying finish. Good feel especially with the flavor profiles. Body is syrupy just a touch at the end.

Overall - Unearthly is a winner, a well constructed, flavourful but unique DIPA, with its sweet melon and pine resin flavours and aromas combined with some peppery aspects as a point of differentiation. Certainly worth a try and worth it's fairly hefty price tag.

May 25, 2016
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fscottkey from New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] Sunset orange color. Forms a small 1/2 finger of offwhite head. The bottle lists the ABV (9.5%) and the date of birth (01/18/16).

S: [3.75] Lots of pine resin. Bread, crackers and biscuit.

T: [4.00] Peppery hop character up front. Scone type malt in the middle (dry and bit on the cloying side). Finishes with tart apple flavor.

M: [3.75] This is full bodied. Good carbonation. I am picking up a little heat from the 9.5% alcohol. The finish is tart and dry (the whole beer is dry).

O: [3.75] This beer is good. Not a straight hop bomb. It has malt backbone and some fruitiness on the finish. It has big mouthfeel and a decent nose. All around this is a solid beer. Next time I will drink it fresher (this is about 100 days old)

May 10, 2016
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a little flat. deep copper rust body, clean, .25 in head
Smooth sweet caramel malt base. Tingling rich overripe citrus, mango, passionfruit, some spice. Smells awesome
Apricot, peach syrup, mango, grapefruit, pine, very sweet. but the hops are there, a little bitter and one-note
A little syrupy and flat. maybe because its a 9.5% imperial, maybe because it was bottled almost 3 months ago
A great beer. Hop presence is a little sharp and uncomplex, doesn't concord with the rest of the flavors

Apr 10, 2016
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Raidersox from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This came as part of a Southern Tier Super Pack (4 bottles each of 2XIPA, Gemini and Unearthly). Bottled on 12/31/15, 7:59 AM (they worked on New Years Eve?). Chilled in fridge to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes at room temp then poured into a large, stemmed wineglass.

Look: Hazy copper color with 1/2" off white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving a ring of foam and nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit, dank floral hints

Taste: Grapefruit, orange peel, pine resin early then sweet and slightly metallic later. Hops are very dominant.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied, silky

Overall: Extremely good Imperial IPA. Even though the hops are the star here, there is a solid malt backbone, very well balanced. Despite the 9.5% ABV it doesn't come off as boozy tasting but a couple of these will test my limit.

Mar 20, 2016
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it all a pint and 6 oz bottle without a clear date into a big mug. Hazy orange, unfiltered look, almost opaque. Smell is alcohol, grain, some hops - kind of smells like an Arrogant Bastard. Taste is sort of similar too except with the obvious addition of a little more pine and citrus rind resins. Pretty strong at first, but as the beer opens up the flavor becomes one with your pallet. Slides that 9.5% alcohol in with ease. Easy drinker, lots of pine notes, a little sour finish. A great beer for sure, $10 is a little much but you are guaranteed to get pretty drunk drinking even one.

Mar 05, 2016
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kevINSIGHT from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has the strong hops aroma and taste of an Imperial IPA, just like the label says. It pours a light copper with a very slight haziness. Strong hops aroma, but not sweet citrus or evergreen, just hops. The taste is strong and distinct, but not as smooth as a more grapefruit IPA, just strong. If you like a strong IPA that knocks you on your ass, Unearthly will do it, but I've had more pleasure with Soul Style, Hop Hunter, Kind Ryed, or Chinookie.

Feb 23, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Label says DOB: 01/08/16.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Vegetal hop aroma with some cereal malt grain sweetness. The two clash a bit.

T- Unlike the aroma, the flavor is nicely balanced with a solid bitterness to go with the grassy, herbal, earthy hop flavor. Very sturdy malt backbone lends just enough sweetness. The alcohol is also concealed quite well. Also a bit spicy.

M- Sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Doesn't look or smell like much, but the flavors are all there. While there are other better double IPAs on the market these days, Southern Tier still holds a special place in my heart.

Feb 11, 2016
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice!!!! I have been much more impressed with this brewer's big bottles compared to the choices available in six packs. This is really great. Heavy malt and carmel to my untrained buds. ABV very well disguised. Top notch. Well done Southern Tier, well done.

Jan 30, 2016
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musicsherlock from New York

3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Born on date of 9/29/15
Reviewed 1/29/16

Clear, orange, translucent with an almost pure white billowy head, fades to an off white film within a few minutes.

Smells grassy

Tastes similar grass, pine tar, Simcoe (not my favorite hop), onions. Malt finish

Creamy, coats the tongue. Good carbonation

Plenty of other DIPAs with a fruity profile that suits my palette better.

Jan 29, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is a complex mix of pine, fruit, caramel/mild sweetness and hop resin. The flavor is grapefruit, caramel malts, hop resin, mild sweetness and a mix of spicy, bitter and slight alcohol finish.

Dec 17, 2015
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pinyin from New York

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier does really well with their Imperial Ale's, and Unearthly is yet another top tier industry dominant release from this brewery.

DOB 11/3/2015 6:21am (yes this info is actually printed right on the front the bottle label, take notice competitors).

Served in a tulip chalice at 38F.

Very appealing copper orange coloring with a really clarified translucence. Minimal lacing, but plenty of carb, dependant upon your pour.

Nose aroma is somewhat hoppy, pine, resin, clean fermentation scents abound.

Taste is really well balanced. I get a perfect balance of sweet malts, 2 row grain malts and hop blend. No ingredient outweighs the other. Very smooth and drinkable for the abv%. I mean these ales are dangerous because you can put them away quickly without tasting any alcohol.

This ale tastes like a perfectly balanced piney, bready, sweet dipa. I put in the same category as Victory Dirtwolf, Great Lakes Chillwave and Stone Enjoy By. For a bottled DIPA it's up there with the best of them that are nationally distributed. Just a really cleanly crafted ale with high end fermentables and yeast.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, and again ,these are dangerous because they go down very smoothly and you won't taste any alcohol.

I still like Stone Enjoy By better than Unearthly, mainly because it has a more tropical fruit hop profile and stronger malt presence, and seems to pack more flavor than Unearthly, but Unearthly is a top tier bottled DIPA and I would definitely purchase again, dependant upon bottling date.

Very solid effort from Southern Tier.

Dec 14, 2015
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3092 ratings