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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Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of kmeves
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deer copper orange with a thin white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel malt and pine. Oily at 1st hen there is a big hop bite and a dry finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Very good imperial. This is a complex beer which might not please everyone but I like this kinds of brew.

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Photo of claminat420
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy amber color with a off white head with a slightly orange tint to it. medium to heavy lacing.

S- sweet malt like a light caramel mixed with some citrusy hops. smells like an ipa should!

T- bitter bomb and me likes!!! just how it smells but with a slight pineapple fruity taste.

M- medium/heavy bodied. good carbonation.

D- i wish i grabbed two 22's.

Overall- this is one true imperial ipa. i wanted to rate this one with a fresh bottle. that's the negative thing i could say about this beer. i bought 2 22's down the road and both were flat and they sucked. so if you ever grab this and it's fresh it's truely worth the gamble.

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Photo of Eazy28
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wilmerkatie
3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of Prufrock
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a pilsner.

deep orange amber with an inch of thick off-white head that retains well and leaves tons of lace. tons of rising bubbles. nice-looking beer.

tons of fruity, gummi candy aromas. peaches, tangerines, grapefruits, and tropical fruits. sugary sweet malts as well.

amazingly drinkable given the alcohol and IBUs. nicely complex hop flavors with a medium-bodied, refreshingly drinkable mouthfeel. sugary caramel start, then finishes with a citrusy, fruity hoppiness. impressively balanced, and a great beer.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange red, with a silky head and a lot of lace.

Smell is up front and aggressive. Peppery at first, with a lot of fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is bittersweet at first, much more bitter and the hops are pronounced. Smooth, rich, and creamy is how I would characterize the malts. Juiciness towards the end with not much carbonation. Bitter all the way through but there's a sweetness at the end. Alcohol is present and warm, a bit spicy, but blends well. A fine brew.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from CharlesW in Week 2 Powerball. Thank you!

Pours a very clear orange color with a small creamy white head on it. It left patchy lacing on the walls of my pint glass. I get a good whiff of this as I pour it. Dominant scents include sticky pine, ripe citrus fruit, and subtle earthiness. I also get some lesser scents including bready malt and an underlying honey sweetness smell. The taste is of very sweet honey-like malt and bitter hops. There is a bit of a caramel undertone to this beer as well. The hops seem a bit subdued and do not have the quality on the palate as they do in the nose. The mouthfeel is medium and the alcohol is very well hidden. The drinkability did not hold well for me on this beer. It was very sweet and I suspect underattenuation on this beer. That would explain a nice body and mouthfeel and an overall sweet taste.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 650mL bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a one finger white head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing. There isn't a whole lot going on with the nose. Some light malt with a light lemon and grapefruit citrus. On the palate, this beer is much more exciting. On the front of the palate, it tastes dangerously hoppy, but that quickly fades to show a very balanced IPA. There are some biscuit flavors, with just a hint of sweetness. The back of the palate is dominated by citrus rind notes. The carbonation is average, with an oily and coating palate and a long lasting bitter finish. This beer is very good. With how balanced this beer is, I would have never guessed that the alcohol would be so high. I would love to drink this beer again.

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Photo of ewright
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with orange highlights. Mostly clear, possibly a little chill haze. A small amount of head forms, but dissipates rather quickly. There is very nice lacing left on the glass.

S: The hop nose is very complex. There are hints of citrus, tropical fruit and even a bit of pine. There is a sweet note coming from the malt as well. The only drawback is that the aroms could be a bit stronger.

T: Sweet malt notes come through first with caramel, toast and hnoey. The hops soon show up and shoulder their way through with piney bitterness. There is only a very slight alcohol burn late in the swallow.

M: Thick and clingy, almost as rich as some imperial stouts. There is enough malt presence to keep the hops from coating the tongue... definitely a plus.

D: It's a very good DIPA/IIPA, but not something you could drink any other way than slowly sipping. Some high gravity beers can sneak up on you ... not this one.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is the stuff! - i bought this on the blind when a turco's supermarket started carrying craft beers - they've (turco's) since expanded their space but apparently haven't re-upped the southern tier line , except for the seasonals - i got another distributor to add it to their already existing st line -
i really like the hop kick from this brew - at first it was overpowering hop-bitterness - now it's mind-blowing hop bitterness! incredible stuff!

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Photo of erikm25
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bomber poured into fluted glass. A glowing balance of peached amber and flame thrower orange coloring. Sits crisp and translucent in the glass with deep golden hues. Head is massive, billowing, and creamy. Abundant off white lacing.

S: This is sharp on orangey citrus hops and floral aromas. The cascade and centennial hops are heavy in the nose. Nice scents of spicy pine and and sweet ice glazed flowers with coupling malt spine.

T: Incredibly well balanced. The hoppy taste is there but balanced against sugary pale malts. Alcohol is not even present which is amazing considering the percentage. Grapefruit sting and piney hops with a light sweet honey malt . Spruced peppering and earthy tang making it not only crisp but varied and complex.

M: Moderate body and with medium carbonation to help keep this long lasting. Rich with a nice oily mouth feel.

D: Southern Tier delivers. 11% that drinks like half that. I'll leave it to the bottle to sum this one up: "To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe."

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Photo of StoutFest
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of westyrun
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of VernonBaxter
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of beerded_drunk
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rasmon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cld253
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

great, 1 finger, solid beige head that sticks around for a while, leaving lots of lace and a thin layer on top till the end. Golden-copper in color, very clear, this should be good.. ..

Smells fruity cascades with depths of others I can't pick out without the help of the notes on the bottle. A sweet malty and faint biscuity yeast aroma prevail througout.

As is the case with smell and taste, huge hop hit up front, kind of harsh (prob. from the real high AA chinooks) but complexity of other hops somehow balances this out. If i didn't love a lot of hops, I wouldn't love this beer like I do. The malt adds a sweat, earthy, then that lingering biscuit taste. Like how I imagine I would like the hoppy trub at the bottom of a fermenter to taste.

Mouthfeel is viscous for the style, resiny deliciousness.

Drinks well and easy, . . wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before, but its been a while. I'll probably have the Oak Aged version tomorrow to compare the two.

A: Pours a clear, amber color. Nice fluffy head that leaves significant lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like earthy, grassy hops. Hints of caramel sweetness as well. Hops are there but not overpowering.

T: Get a strong grassy hop upfront, followed by caramel sweetness. Alcohol taste is present as well. Like I said, the main hop flavor is grassy and earthy, but there is a bit of citrus, maybe lemon, in there as well. The malt comes through just as much as the hops I think. Finish is pretty bitter with some alcohol burn.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy and cloying. Pretty good carbonation. Good overall.

D: This definetly isn't one to chug. Goes down pretty slow due to the bitterness and alcohol. Some cloying sweetness takes a while to leave the palate. A great sipping beer though, almost like a Hoppy Barleywine.

Overall, I think Southern Tier put forth a pretty solid effort. But, I think they were trying to go for a massive ABV IPA instead of a uber hoppy one. That being said, I would like to see Southern Tier to come out with a Imperial West Coast IPA, which is overloaded with hops and less on ABV and malt flavoring. Very good beer overall though.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buzzarooski
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chou
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of ThatCracker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JAFoley
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - crystal clear pale yellow body with three fingers of white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - big citrus and some malty sweetness

T - Solidly bitter citrus hops with a nice earthy malt underneath. Good bit of alcohol but not overly strong considering the abv.

M - Medium/light with moderate carbonation. A bit thin and watery as I find tends to be the case with Southern Tier.

O - This hits all my favorite features of a strong American IPA. It's very citrus and bitter, malts are low and earthy, and it has a high abv. However, I find everything from Southern Tier to be watery. The only reason I like this is that the flavors are strong enough to compensate for the weak body. The 2XIPA for example just doesn't have enough flavor to get passed the wateriness.
So I may buy this again, but it's a tough sell when I can pick up a Ruination or the Green Flash Imperial IPA, or even better, that Green Flash Green Bullet (and I have no idea why people are knocking the Green Bullet. Massively underrated IMO!)

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Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- brassy and clear. Slight head.

Aroma- very sweet with minimal hops on the nose.

Taste- a strong imperial IPA. Starts a little sweet then quickly moves to a full hoppy imperial with clear hop profile finishing nice with a dry lingering citrus and pine hoppiness.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 5/23/14.

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