Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #864
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,292
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 11.49%
Reviews:
1,229
Ratings:
3,092
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
91
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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, with traces of carbonation rising to a soapy ecru froth, which is not too big since I poured it into a fluted glass as per the bottle's instruction. Aroma is piney, piney, piney! Subsequent sniffs reveal a sugary candied citrus peel scent, but man is this one about the hops and nothing else! The taste, fortunately, does not follow the nose. I say fortunately, because that aroma led me to expect something obscenely over-the-top pine juice phenomenon. Instead I get a much more subdued and subtle citrusy pine flavor with a sweet caramel malt follow-through. I do think there are some reasonable limits as to the outrageousness of the hops in a DIPA, and hence, I believe that a certain "balance" is feasible and appropriate to expect. Southern Tier achieves such balance with Unearthly. As it warms, more malt emerges, and the flavors become rounder, softer, and fuller. Something of a mineral twinge at the finish. Hop bitterness lingers. Lacing is webby, but head retention is minimal -- 11% abv will do that to a beer, I suppose. Medium bodied and juicy. Not my favorite DIPA -- meaning there are others I'd pick up instead on a more regular basis --, but this is absolutely stunning as a foray into "Big Beer" territory.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's intensely bitter, but equally stong in malts giving it a warm and balanced scent. The taste is great as well. It has a rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and satisfying. The hops are true all the way through and add a kick ass bitter bite which helps hide the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer that is quite drinkable even with an 11% abv.. It's just another fine offering from Southern Tier.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out dark amber in color with a tall cream colored head that laces well.
The aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle. It is a strong piney hop aroma that accompanies this DIPA’s flavor quite well.
The flavor as you would guess based on the aroma is dominated by piney hops and has a slight citrus hop presence as well. There is also an underlying grain characteristic which balances out the hop assault to some degree. Although the alcohol content is rather high, there is only a slight warming as it goes down. Southern Tier did a wonderful job of masking the high alcohol levels.
The mouth feel of this brew is medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall, this is a great double IPA. One of the better hop bombs that I have had.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Deep, crystal clear filtered amber. The head rises to 2/3" or so before settling to a steady layer leaving intricate lace. Hop notes immediately pull you in for an intense piney and perfumey assault on the senses. A sturdy multi-grain character balances with some bready notes in the nose. Floral and perfumey hops once again are predominate in the taste followed by piney and citrus elements. The caramel sweetness lent to the brew by the hefty grains is countered nicely by a reassuring warming by the alcohol. This brew is quite comfortable subbing for a fine cognac with it's intense aromatics and warming effect. I'm kickin back like the ladies man Leon Phelps with this bad boy. But there it goes again petitioning me to drink again...and again...I of course oblige, possessing little restraint. The body however welcomes consumption in this manner as it is moderate/medium sans the syrupy thick mouthfeel of other similar brews. It seems to shift at will from satisfying big ass sippin' IIPA, to a very drinkable but potent brew concealing the 11% abv quite well. Cheers to Southern Tier for a fine brew.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3092 ratings