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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2/5  rDev -50.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber purchased from Wine Gallery in Brookline in March '06 pourned into a St. Bernardus glass.

I am so sold on Southern Tier beers, it's not even funny. I tried and thoroughy enjoyed their IPA and the Java Stout, but this is better than either of those. What makes it incredible is the fact that it is a whopping 150 IBUs (it says it right on the side...props to the brewers for providing all the numerical info right on the side of their bottles) and is balanced with a piney sweetness, but is not syrupy in the least. This beer is of the quality of DFH 90 min, but bigger. I loved the cascade hop dominated taste, because it was so balanced. I could truly drink this beer all night (scary thought).

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce pour

A: clear,amber, white head half Way through there is lace coating the glass.

S: hoppy, citrus, malt

T: balanced, hoppy, malty, pineapple, booze

M: prickly carbonation, finishes Sticky

D: it is a boozy ipa, I like it, it's fresh and has alot of character.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- copper, thick and sticky with a nice slightly tan head.

S- grassy green pine

T- smooth maltyness and then piney with slight honey and grapefruits. Not as much hop bite as excpected. Nice balance.

M- very nice, significantly thick and sticky like an Imperial IPA should be. Nice finish. Sits on pallet well.

D- very very drinkable for a big 11% IPA. well done.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern tier unearthly ipa 9.5% abv

A There are dark amber hues with good carbonation and lacing, I assume. Please note that I drank this out of a bomber on a new jersey train so consider this entire review inherently flawed.

S There is a very herbal smell coming from the gaping bottle opening, again not a lot to comment due to north jersey laws and open container restrictions but the bouquet made its presence known to the front and side aisles. Hop bomb undetected by the TSA.

T There are very bold chinook and cascade notes that are more on the herbal earthy side than the bittering citrusy side. It reminds me of Dugana, if Dugana was all into doing 4H and riding horses. It is very drying but satisfying at the same time, like that show Damages with Glenn Close.
D This is very drinkable for the style with good heat on the palate and a big bite on the maltiness, but then again I drilled this like arctic circle oil in short order. So apparently, it goes down smoothely with little objection.

M This beer again is a little too chewy and malty for my tastes. Very whole milk character but if it had those hop notes with no underbody it would be like a size 0 girl with D breast implants, offcentered and unbalanced. A solid beer overall but mediocre for the ambitious style. I would buy it again, BUT I WOULDN’T BE EXCITED ABOUT IT.

Narrative: Daisy Michaels decided at age 15 that she had enough of the Deliverance church services that she had attended for years. Sure, for a child, people wretching and rolling in the aisles had a note of noble bitterness to it. However, after years and years of this behavior, the sad rancor in the room was just an overriding malaise. “ALL OF YOU CAEIUFH WREGHHHH BERRR!!!!” Daisy sighed as she held down a middle aged woman down with an outstretched blanket as she expelled her demons. “Wreghhhbleghhh-” to her right, the local librarian gagged and spit into a paper sack. Sure, it wasn’t the AVERAGE triumph of good over evil, but in the end it was still a type of grassy purity that came from a solid agrarian community.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -10.6%

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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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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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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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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,078 ratings
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