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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Photo of Kriztofuhr
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
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. Tame fresh baked bread aroma.

Taste - Dried mango, caramel sweetness, small hint of pine, 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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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)

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of Raidersox
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.6/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of pinyin
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at uno,Hamilton. Yellow Orange color. Head is off white, and looks creamy and lasting. Aroma is light, grass, straw,. Taste is yummy. Not at all typical IPA tastes. Woody and hoppy, but Very smooth. Amazing considering the abv. In my top 3 IPA’s.
Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius "This One Time At Band Camp"
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from Albertsons. First sip, and I'm already impressed. Orange amber body with thick fluffy head. Piney hop aroma, slightly astringent. Taste is pure hop, but exceedingly smooth. Alcohol heat kicks in on the way down the pipe. Beautiful all the way around, delicious, excellent brew.

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Photo of martinfletwood
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy with the taste of Unearthly. Have yet to have anything disappointing from Southern Tier. Top notch brewery. Very nice blend of the 4 hops. Slight, smooth peppery flavor. Give it a try.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot going on here. Pour is copper with minimal foam and lacing. Taste has orange citrus and a hint of lime zing combined with some booziness. This leads to a sweet malty finish. I got an 8oz pour - any more and I'm afraid this would get syrupy. Overall worth a taste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a touch below average and not much lacing is left.

3.5 S: Piney and citrusy hops. Lots of orange with some lime underneath. Clover honey, caramel, earth, and biscuit malts.

4.0 T: The taste is grander than the nose. Sugary with candied oranges, potent lime, and some lemon too. Caramel, honey, moderate bitterness. Again biscuit malts.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess to it. Potent bitter aftertaste.

3.75 D: Southern Tier has an awesome big beer lineup and this fits in well. Solid all around.

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Photo of zinklesmesh
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big, heavy beer. Big malt and lots of alcohol. Bitter, earthy hops are present (it's an IPA, so duh), but they're almost drowned out by a thick, syrupy malt body. It has some sweetness to it. It doesn't taste too boozy, but the alcohol taste is definitely there. It's impressively drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV. Overall, quite tasty. It feels like you're getting into something otherworldly as soon as you crack the bottle open.

Not a beer you can just pound back. Drinking one of these is kind of an event.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, no bottle date

A- pours a bright amber-orange color with a one finger creamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top, no lacing left behind

S- plenty of fruity hop aroma up front with notes of red berries and citrus, underlying doughy malt and alcohol

T- fruity citrus hops up front with notes of orange zest & grass, complimented by some red berry fruitiness. The back-half consists of a sweet, slightly bready malt, & finishes with more fruit on the linger

M- medium body with moderate low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a balanced DIPA? Usually this term falls flat of expectations but this one actually seems to work well, providing plenty of fruity hops, but remaining quite drinkable for 9.5%

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