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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)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,219 | Ratings: 3,049
Photo of corby112
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
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!.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this (along with other dipa's) at a East VS. West Dipa Head to Head Showdown I hosted on 8/27/13

Round 5 East Unearthly West RuinTEN

Wow.... this bastard is hot.... and hot.... god damn... but I absolutely love it... nothing for me that's "undrinkable" but enough to call it a sipper. This was now round 5 and I'm sure this beer put me over the edge... for me personally stone was cleaner and a hell of a lot smoother... but they were both malty but unearthly was a nice big malt bomb so to speak.. good hop profile in both but this came down to a split decision for me and the maltyness and that super hot burn left me with unearthly being the victor. I'm gonna buy another and sit on this bad boy a while....

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Photo of NickRivers
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Pours a vivid gold, kinda hop hazy, with tons of soapy off white head. Smells a lot of orange and pineapple, with hops and alcohol at the end.

T&M - Starts off sticky and sweet, lots of pineapple and citrus, gets crisper and crisper, nice hop transition towards the end with some slight alcohol notes on the finish of this wonderful medium bodied beer, how is this 9.5%?

O - Get yourself a designated driver, this stuff is dangerously good.

I've had this stuff in the fridge for 2 weeks and its a shame I didn't open it sooner. Its a magnificent beer, and dare I say it, competes with 90 Minute. Its unbelievable how deceptive this is, they should have named it "Really Hot Transvestite." Enough with the kid, go buy this stuff now, its unbelievable and really gets me thinking about the Brewery and its Oak Aged Unearthly. I gave the mouthfeel a 4.5 cause my first sip told me the malt was too much, don't let it do the same to you its very well balanced. Can't wait to get my hands on some of the highly anticipated Pumking. Enjoy this responsibly, and stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another complex, big beer from Southern Tier

a- thick, cloudy amber color in appearance. slight small head quickly dissipated to a nice, lingering ring

s- hop forward smell with sweet, yeasty notes

t- sweet citrus right off the top, some caramel earthy malts, followed by a hop wash that leaves a lingering burn. the sweetness sticks on my lips

m- GOOD. this is a big beer with complex flavoring and high abv that cannot be detected in the mouthfeel. low to medium carbonation, hop burn that leaves a oily coating but overall a dry and very drinkable beer

o- an excellent beer, highly recommended for lovers of this style.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottled poured into IPA glass and nice frothy head reduced down to a slight top layer offering up some minimal lacing as well. Pine and caramel are abundant in the aroma. Flavor is of pepper, some pine and the caramel malt sweetness is really working here for me. Very smooth to drink with just a moderate bite on the palate. Dated 5/01/14 and enjoyed 6/22/14. May not be fresh for and IPA but this was fantastic! In closing, never had seen or heard of this brew but always not really sure what to think of Southern Tier beers. Either I love them or they are just okay, for me alone. Unearthly is quite awesome. Glad I picked this one up; which I did just because it was an Imperial IPA and it did not disappoint!

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Photo of aaronh
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper body with golden highlights. This beer almost glows. It's topped by a thick long-lasting head that has a nice yellow-cream color. Aroma is great, with nice hop florals and a hint of citrus and pine touched by malty alcohol sweetness. The flavor is also fabulous, with a restrained bitterness. The flavor focuses more on actual hop flavor than just over-the-top smack you in the kisser IBUs. Great tangerine, pineapple, and pine rosin flavors that are very well balanced with the malt profile. This beer also does not seem to be 11% ABV; it's very well crafted. Mouthfeel is solid, without the thickness of most big beers. Drinkability is fantastic. I've gotta get some more of this beer.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - very clear, light brown/amber color

S - smells equally of hops and malts. nice combination

T - what is unique about this imperial IPA is that it has more of a focus on malts than most other imperial ipas. This is what i like about it. As you first taste it you can taste much sweetness, the sugary malts come out to play. After that you taste the hops and sense some bitterness. It is at that moment that you get reminded that it is an imperial IPA. You can definitely sense an alcohol presence but it is not overpowering.

M - medium carbonation, somewhat creamy

O - this....is....so...AMAZING

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flaried tulip glass from a sixtel from my draft system,tapped 3 days ago. Decided to review this one for my disciple status a great beer to get some beer in the mug with.

A hazy glowing reddish/orange color with a tall dense,creamy head with execellent retention leaving cottage cheese like chunks. Rings of sticky lace going down the glass with constiant streams of tiny bubbles tightly knitted together streaming from the center of the glass

A great strong hop aroma very citrusy,lots of grapefruit,pine,minty,perfumy,resiny. Clean,complex and very enticing makes you savor for a taste.

Lots of good grapefruity taste,piney the hop rush is followed by a calm clean feeling followed by a burnt toffee/carmell taste.Some juicy bozziness just enough to make you respect the 11%. Amazing balance finishes with a clean grapefruity/citrus rind bite and some sugary syrupyness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, sticky,resinious, puckering to say the least.
The drinkability is amazing,hard to belive a beer this strong could go down this easy. This is a must try double or imperial IPA what every you want to call it this beer is the shit! Drink with caution.

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Photo of cjbinvt
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK - so this beer is kinda like a merger between the belgium style triple and a well hopped IPA. I tend to be a fan of the belgium styles, as well as IPA's, so this particular beer was a standout for me. In fact, it was the sole motivator for signing up on BeerAdvocate.

Hoppy Citrus aroma, light flavor, sudsy, very strong hops and not over sweet. Nice.

I have seen some comments about its drinkability - ok - so most belgium beers are too strong to be "drinkable". Your not going to sit back and knock off a sixer of these on a hot day - its just not that kind of beer. It is, however, a remarkable beer with few peers.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color an off white head dies to a moderate bubbly pool. Lots of nose activity with sweet floral hop notes in layers of dryness, citric acidity, and sour and some caramel malts and fruity esters. Right away you notice its wonderful balance. Roasted malts, caramel characters surrounded by extraordinarily tasty dry bitter hop characters. Alcohol is there but at eleven percent it does a great job of not making a dominant force. Fantastic mouthfeel that maintains crisp even carbonation to the end. Notes of toffee and buttery flavors get stronger as it warms. Again a tremendous hop addition and excellent balance makes this one a brew I will have to have again.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Demcorhip sent me this one for CanBIF4, thanks man!

At 11% avb, its only problem (or solution) is that 3 pints will most likely send me to the land of slurring oblivion...

Pour a medium orange with a frothy white head, laces wonderfully and head retention is unbeleivable for a high avb ale.

Aroma of hops, citrus, floral and fruity. Very much like hop wallop and alfa king. Also some malt sweetness as well.

A very DIPA flavor of raw hops, wet fresh stiky hops and a solid malt backbone. Very little hop astringency, a pure hop nectar.

Sickning good, I think I'll have 4 pints.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dingy gold in color,very clear with a smaller short lived head.
S: sweet scent with a carmel touch to it- nice
T: Outstanding~ well balanced smooth malty taste with semi bitter hops equaling it all out
M: very pleasant for an 11% brew all was good!
D: a real easy pounder,wish it came in 6ers!

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Photo of biker30x
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours into a pint a bright golden orange with only a little haze. A sticky head of dense off-white foam laces the glass throughout. The nose of intense citrus and floral hops rises pleasantly. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a viscous pine resin punch ably supported by a malty sweetness and grapefruit citrus structure. The alcohol is obviously present in a warm backing roll. It lingers long, leaving a spicy, oily, pine forest misted in a fog of citrus. As the mouth becomes familiar with the onslaught of hopspice, the backing sweetness of toasted malt becomes more apparent and hints of flowers suggest themselves. Tastes WAY too good and goes down WAY WAY too easy to weigh in at 11% abv. Afterwards, all that alcohol still numbs the mind less than one would think. This is what DIPAs ought to taste like.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bomer into a tulip glass the beer was a dark penny colored copper with one finger of pure white fluffy head. Lots of carbonation bubbles streamed up the glass and some spotty lacing throughout the sample.

The nose was hops and associated bitterness. Not a citrus bomb, but certainly some orange, grapefruit and soft fruit aromas. Nothing too bold in the nose, but a clean and fresh scent with hints of pine needles.

The taste, like the nose, is not a grapefruit hop explosion (which I found pleasently refreshing compared to some chock-full-o-hops DIPA's) Rather, an innitial bitterness grabs the tounge with a medium body and soft fruit flavors come thru. Certainly some orange, apricot, and tangerine. Alcohol is readily apparent but balanced and delivers a slight warming to balance the crispness of the beer. Some pine/hop bite in the finish and all a ound well blended and balanced flavors.

Medium body with a high degree of carbonation and a crispness to the finish.

Very enjoyable and drinkable. Beer flavors balance out superbly with the alcohol there to remind you of its "double-ness." Despite the high ABV very drinkable and enjoyable. I'll look for this again soon.

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Photo of srobertson59
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter:

A - Pours a crystal clear amber/orange with a very small head. Sheets of sticky lace form instantly.

S - Huge blast of citrusy hops to the point of smelling juicy! A small amount of dark fruit sweetness lingers after the hops.

T - Oh Wow! This has got to be one of the most balanced IIPAs that I've tasted. It's almost like listening to an exceptional sound recording where you can focus on whichever instrument you like, but the overall mix is never lost (sorry...being a musician, this makes sense to me). You can pick out every flavor point, but not be saturated by it.

M - Thinner than the flavor makes you think. Carbonation is only there to clean the tongue and never gets in the way.

D - This is right up there with my favorites. This is an extremely accessible IIPA since everything is so well blended. At an 11% ABV, this one can fool you. Alcohol is never detectable; even as the beer warms. Throw caution to the wind as this one could be over-imbedded easily!

Excellent IIPA. This one may overtake my 2nd place prize (currently given to Avery's Maharaja). I must have MORE!!!!

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a lot of difference between the bottled and draft versions. Nice amount of head and good lacing. Aroma is typical of a DIPA. But he taste is out of this world. If you love DIPA’s like I do and haven’t tried this one do yourself a favor and get this. You WILL NOT be disappointed. This beer lives up to its hype.

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4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A carbonated honey amber colored body has active bubbles on the body leading up to a rocky two finger light tan head. Leaves scattered lace as it slowly fades. Nose is blasting with citrus and woodsy piney hop character wraped up with a noticeable hot alchol presence. The first sip brings well balanced hops rolling over the tongue to create a creamy feel that is amazingly smooth. A high level of complexity is shown on the palate with nice malt balanced richness, and hop created sweetness. There is a steady bitter feel but it is welcomed and warm with just a touch of alchol which is amazing considering its 11% alchol. As I continue to drink I continue to love this beers balanced sweetness, richness and bitter feel. This is an awsome achievement of craft beer. Drinkability is of the chart for this level of alchol. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and full of desire. A very very good brew. Goes great with Danish blue cheese.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Again the only way to enjoy ST around here is to find it cheap on tap. Paid 5.50 for a 10oz pour.
A - Light amber in color with an inch of stick white head.
S - Ow wow the glorious citrus and grapefruit hops tickle the nose with a malty backbone.
T - OMG was the best imperial IPA I ever had! This stuff would be a nightmare if you had a couple of bombers but it went down way too quick and for a big hoppy beer it was really balance. Loved every drop.
M - Dry but drinkable this brew was the perfect texture.
D - Must... have... more before the keg taps out I hope to have it again at Smoking Joe's but maybe I will drop 10-11 dollars on a bottle. It's that damn good.

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Photo of madmanjf
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I initially had this on tap down in NYC, but now have it regularly in bottles.

This beer packs a whallop. Coming in at 11%, you'd be surprised how smooth and deceiving it can be.

Clear, hops and malts well-balanced, this imperial IPA is a gem.

I find it similar to English style IPAs.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great orange color to this beer. Sizeable head when poured. Spilled a bit and it feels like a sticky mess. Big ole hop aroma-resiny and piney. A huge blast of malt and hops in the flavor. A real tongue stripper of hop bitterness. Syrupy sweet, malt body to it. Just a great balance between the two. Extremely citrus like. Great body. No trace of 11% here. A very agressive, hoppy beer and done damn well. Along the lines of Moylans Hopsickle. A great blast of hops, malt and beer all around.

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Photo of Wackyfoot
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber from Gary's in Madison, NJ. Burnt orange pour with a small but never ending head. HUGE hop aroma and a wonderful citrus and caramel flavor. One of the top 5 beers I had on my vacation on the east coast, and I am very happy to have learned fairly recently that I can pick up some Southern Tier if I'm willing to venture to Washington.

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Photo of Nicked
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can't say enough about this brew... great taste! Southern Tier really constructed this brew well. Can't believe it's 11% ABV with such a balanced taste. Alcohol is masked well. Would recommend highly! Mouthfeel was syrupy and refreshing. Finish is smooth... left me anticipating another sip!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear, medium copper with a two fingered light tan head. Head drops quickly, leaving a nice collar of foam and some lacing.

Aromas of big piney, citrusy hops. Oranges, pink grapefruit, smells like a Starburst orange candy. Some malty sweetness hangs out in the background.

Flavors of explosive hop bitterness, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, some pine and mint. Big caramel maltiness backs up the bitter punch. Finish is very long, with orange hop bitterness lingering long into what can only barely be called a fade. Begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy malt, mouthcoating hop bitterness. Carbonation is spot on. Some alcohol burn as it warms. Bitterness turns drying about halfway through the first glass.

Overall, this is an outstanding DIPA. Nothing too harsh or grassy. Very nice balance.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Got to try this last night-- a rarity out here in Colorado. Reminded me of Oskar Blues' Gubna. A hazy cloud of orange. Dank, hoppy aroma, which translates to one hell of a taste. Piney, complex hop profile. Starts off semi-bitter but goes down smooth and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Resinous and semi-sticky feeling in the mouth. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a solid sunset orange with great clarity. A finger of creamy foam leaves a thin blanket of lace behind.

Aroma - zesty pine and orange. Good intensity, nice and steady.

Taste - big caramel malts, followed by monstrous hops, bursting with orange and pine. Prickly on the tongue, alcohol smoothing things out on the swallow. Residual bitterness of grapefruit and background toasted grain.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, medium carbonation; let's the flavor through just right.

Drinkability - absolutely delicious.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,049 ratings.
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