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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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,221 | Ratings: 3,059
Photo of errantnight
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe1510... thank you!

A very pretty rich golden color with a single finger, creamy head with attractive and lasting lacing. Purdy.

Citrus forward hop bomb aroma... bring it on. A bit of banana and balsamic onions.

Taste is a rolling wallop of sweetness, with a distinctly aspirine bitterness. Balance is nice, and it finishes dry enough. A bit boozy with some fusels sneaking through.

Mouth is pretty spot on, medium-full and rich, with a lifting carbonation.

Pretty to look at, and despite some notes, lacking in offensiveness... I prefer the Hoppe to this, and in a way, it reminds me of the Back Burner. A nice start, and perfectly adequate (probably better local and fresh), but in need of refinement.

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

pours a hazy golden orange color from 22 oz. bomber with 1/2 inch head an a nice ring..smell is typical dipa ..hops grapefruit grass malts..taste is the same its not outstanding but good its a creamy piney hop forward dipa with an ok malt background however there are way to many dipas and ipas for me to buy and this one does not stand out ...this one again its not one ill reach for but one to try.. so recommended only if you have not tried it

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, fruity sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Taste of fruity sweetness, some caramel, trace of bitterness, a bit boozy and a sticky finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, a nice kick back and relax beer. Becomes a bit boozy as it warms. Could enjoy this as an occasional change of pace beer.

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

Shared a bottle with BA raznug during a recent Southern Tier tasting we had while brewing.

Pours a dark golden with slight head.

Smells slightly grassy. I expected more out of a Imp. IPA.

Tastes malty. Hops are there as slight undertones. They definitely take a backseat.

Mouth feel and drink ability are both OK.

I was really looking forward to this one, but was slightly disappointed.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Burnished golde-orange. Milk haze. Bubbly white head settles after a bit. Spotty lacing.

S: Herbal and earthy. 'Dank' sort of cannabis sweetness. Passion fruit and some vague exotic fruits. Whiff of alcohol. Vague esters. Candy she'll malt sweetness. Caramel.

T: Dank and sweet cannabis hop flavors. Hint of passion fruit. Hops go earthy and herbal toward the middle. Moderate bitterness. Some grainy and toasty flavors before the sweeter candy shell and caramel malt flavors set in. Alcohol is apparent but not hot. Mildly bitter cannabis hop flavor and malt sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Slight syrupy texture. Some mild gripping hop astringency. Prickling carbonation.

O: No date code anywhere on the bottle. I suspect this one might be over the hill. Hop character is flat, malt sweetness is too dominant and the syrupy texture is a little off-putting. I'll have to re-visit this sometime.

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

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $6.49. First time I'd seen it there. No freshness date. According to the label, I'm supposed to serve this at exactly 42 degrees Fahrenheit. So, if at 41 or 43 degrees, the effect is ruined?

Poured a dark honey color, with a decent-sized, white head that hung around for a while. Rings of foam left on the sides of my glass.

Grapefruit and pine from the hops are what first greeted my nose. Gradually a caramel maltiness also became evident. There's a slight, musty odor way in the background that makes me wish there was a freshness date.

Starts out piney, but is almost immediately matched with a subordinate (but still evident) sweet maltiness. The malts actually seem slightly overdone, but not to an unpleasant degree. Dry, medicinal hop taste at the swallow. This tasted like it was perhaps not as fresh as it could have been.

Medium bodied, with a coating mouthfeel that nevertheless seemed slightly too watery for the style.

A decent DIPA, but not an essential one in my book. It goes down surprisingly easy for it's abv, but I think the hops could stand out more, or at least the maltiness could be dialed down some. Southern Tier is one of those breweries I've been hearing of for a long time, so I guess I was expecting more when I finally got to try one of their beers. Perhaps it's been around for a while (though not at where I bought it, where it's a recent arrival).Not bad, but I can drink better DIPAs around here, like the locally brewed Alpha Dog.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I must say, I like this more than the oak aged rendition. Much smoother although, this STILL tastes oaky. Poured with a minimal head. Very sweet, malty taste. Lots of caramel. Finishes a bit sweet. Decent enough beer, but won't likely revisit. Give it a try.

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Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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

Pours hazy copper with a very dense head. Aroma is soapy and sweet, with a nice hop sting. The flavor is strong and sweet, with a powerful blast of brown sugar and some limey hops. The bitterness comes in low and inside, like a sneaky citrus punch. The alcohol is sharp and strong, like vodka. The mouthfeel is slick and thick.

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

Nice Gold to medium Amber color
Smell is earthy and musty.
Taste is earthy, and hot with fusel alcohols,
Extremely bitter. this beer's bitterness clings on through to the end.
Medium bodied, dank beer.
This is an okay beer, not the greatest IPA, and certainly not the worst. In this world of beer were IPA's are seeminlgy ubiquitiuos this one chimes in as average

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

Appearance: Pours an amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Beyond a bit of toasty caramel is a prominently hoppy aroma of pine, grapefruit, and fresh mint leaves.

Taste: Toffee sweetness struggles to support some heavy-handed hop flavors of resiny pine, lush grapefruit, and, as with the scent, more mint, along with other herbaceous hints. You can almost hear the toffee's knees buckling from carrying the weight of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Oily, sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While not a beer to cause my brain to explode from its greatness, its still pretty decent.

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Photo of vobr0002
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- orange amber color. Thin white head. Slightly hazy

S- malty sweet smell with some floral aroma and citrus notes, caramel too.

T- it is a thicker sweeter beer. Caramel notes with the hops hitting you later. Not as bitter as I was expecting or nearly as hop forward most iipa's. But the hops are definately there.

M- thick full mouth feel. Lower amount of carbonation.

O- its a decent beer but its very sweet and malty for an iipa. I am not a very big fan of that.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Let me start off by saying I'm a huge West Coast IPA fan. Being from San Diego, I've always preferred the more piney IPAs. I've heard a lot of good things about Unearthly, so when I saw it at Wegmans in Syracuse, NY I decided to give it a try. Looks like your standard IPA. Golden copper. Smells very boozy and sweet. No sense of hops in there at all. Taste is really sweet and boozy as well. Hops play such a small role in this beer. I'm wondering if I got an old bottle or something. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but overall not bad. This beer is just way too sweet and malty for me. It doesn't even really taste like an IPA. Probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of techfed87
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looks like a very full bodied IPA. The oak aging should give it more of a character than regular Imp. IPA's.

Pours an appropriate head for an IPA, giving off a strong floral scent to it.

Taste is of a strong bodied IPA, but not much more to it than that. That is to say, it holds its own as an Imp. IPA, but as a special one-of-a-kind bottle, it just doesn't shine like a bomber of something special could.

As an Imperial IPA, it works very well. However, I'd expect more from a beer of its statue other than an overly high ABV level. Hops can only carry a beer so far, and it seems like this doesn't add much to the genre. Whatever flavor that is added by the oak barrels is lost in the over-hoppiness of the beer. It seems an Imp IPA that has lost sight on what it supposed to accent it. Still, it's a very nice IPA to take in, but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into a tulip.

Rusty amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and decent clarity.

Fruity Pebbles, pine, lemon and caramel.

Fruity Pebbles, lemon pith and pine needles. Notes of grapefruit and orange zest. Rich caramel malts with notes of toffee.

Medium bodied, slick and sticky.

It's a decent DIPA. Pretty heavy on the maltiness. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of match1112
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy copper body, three fingers of thick creamy white head. excellent retention and lacing. smell is mainly bready malts and sugar, hops are hiding in the background. taste is really sweet and sugary. strong caramel malt presence. hops are in the background again. mouthfeel is medium body, decent carbonation, oily and a long bitter finish. there is no date or dust on the bottle and the guy at the store said they just got them in. however this is far from a top dipa in my opinion. i'll try this again in the future and hope it's better.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful bright orange. Nice clarity. Lightly off-white head with excellent retention and nice lace.

S - Sweet, with an unexpected heaviness to the nose. Woodsy hop, cookie dough, wet vegetation, and an edge of cilantro. Hint of booze.

T - Thick and malty. Honey, green wood, herbal bitterness, over brewed black tea, orange rind, and molasses.

M - Heavy and semi-syrupy, with low carbonation.

O - The dense profile feels heavy and a shade syrupy, and cuts down on the drinkability. Nice backend.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep amber color with a massive head, 2-3cm, that stays around and leaves a bit of lacing. Just what I'd like to see. The smell is kind of subtle for a DIPA. A bit of an Earthy, herbal smell, with a bit of a crisp floral note, filled with hop resin, but the smells are subdued. The taste is pretty nice. There's a big hit of bitterness, and some good sweetness to balance it out. The hop flavor is very resinousy, with a bit of sweet citrus taste, no peel. A tiny bit of fruitiness from the hops with a big peachy burn from the alcohol. A little less alcohol is really all I'd like to see. Something about the taste really reminds me of a bag of pungent, resinousy hops. The mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the alcohol burn kind of turns my mouth off, but really the resinous feeling is one that I've come to love. It might not be a favorite of others, but I find that it enhanced the mouthfeel here. But I really enjoyed making my way through this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who is exploring IPAs, and is probably my favorite of the Southern Tier Imperial IPAs.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark orange amber with an average size white head, that quickly fades leaving behind a small white cap of foam and sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

Aromas begin with a small bit of citrus, but much more of a piney hop presence. There is a slightly sweet, grainy and honey maltiess that trys to poke out but the earthy and piney hops overtake it.

The tastes begin with that sweet honey maltiness but the pine and citrus immediately join the show and punch you in the tongue. Oodles and oodles of herbaceous, piney, earthy and citrus hops. Really too overpowering and the bitterness overtakes all malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is palate wreckingly bitter and a bit of alcohol pops out to dry it out even more as it warms.

Overall this is not my style DIPA. I prefer ones with a more balanced hop profile. Maybe I also just don't like all these extremely herbal/floral hops in such a great amount. Either way, I will pass on this going forward.

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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 nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with nice full 1/2 inch foamy cap.

S: Hops, Hops, Hops, did I mention there is a hoppy floral scent.

T: Big citrus and grapefruit hop flavor.

M: Medium to full body flavor with nice lacing.

D: Very drinkable went well with meatloaf.

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

Thank you very much trxxpaxxs/Tom for this beer, the Southern Tier flute/goblet glass, and all of the other wonderful goodies he sent to me in the NOOB BIF 5!

Appearance - Gotta break in my new Southern Tier flute-ish glass right, so that's what I'm using for Unearthly. This beer pours a bright orange in color. The head is white in color, about 1 finger high and it diminishes but never really disappears. The lacing is moderate. Looks very nice in the flute glass!

Smell - Aroma is a nice mix of hops and malt, not just a pure hop or malt bomb. The hops at play here are floral, citrus, some grapefruit, notes that remind me of other sweet fruit (almost candy-like), and maybe a little pine. Other aspects here are malty notes (not quite biscuity), a pronounced sweetness (probably from the malt bill), and caramel. Nice smell. Smells like a very balanced DIPA.

Taste - This is a pretty malty DIPA. When I sip, I get notes of dry malt, some biscuit, and sweet caramel. Next I get some of those citrus and floral hops, along with grapefruit and some lighter bitterness from the hops. This is more malty than hoppy but it finds a nice balance. Not exactly what I prefer in DIPAs, but still a pretty well done beer.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is on the thicker side for a DIPA, but still has a moderate feel to it. There's a dry and almost soapy quality to this one. Not bad, just interesting. Consistency is creamy, carbonation is moderate, body is about medium-high, and the finish is about average length.

Overall - Definitely not a bad DIPA by any means. Not quite my favorite iteration of the style, but still pretty good. I'd say it's worth a try especially if you like maltier/balanced DIPAs. I could see myself drinking this one again, especially when I'm not in the mood for a hop bomb of a DIPA. Can't wait to try Oak Aged Unearthly. Thanks again Tom!

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Photo of munnster76
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too malty for my taste, probably meant to hide the acohol, not a fan or overly malty beers. Not impressive. Their 2XIPA is much better, but their IPA is their best.

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Photo of Number967
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, with the born on date rubbed off, into a pint glass. Appearance is hazy dark orange/amber. Smell is mostly biscuity malts, bready. Taste is even, sweet at first with a little bite bitterness at the end. Some alcohol in the aftertaste. The malt flavor and sweetness from the alcohol are more predominant here then in West Coast Imperials. IMO, not a bad beer but at $9.99 for a 22oz I prefer something a bit more hoppy.

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

Moderate head that settles to a ring and gives some spotty lace. Clear orange colour.

This brew is pretty two-dimensional. Big grapefruit hops in the nose and to taste. A lot of sweeteness up front from the malts and then bitter/dry grapefruit finish. Hits you twice without being subtle anywhere in between. Noticeable alcohol and almost a bit too sweet. Okay, but lacks subtlety.

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