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

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3,077 Ratings
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Ranking:
#2,428
Reviews:
1,225
Ratings:
3,077
pDev:
11.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,077 |  Reviews: 1,225
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Poured into a tulip, as the bottle advised.

A: Copper with bright orange accents. An eggshell white head which laced around the glass nicely and seemed overall pretty tight. It looks like a quality double IPA from the get go.

S: While there is a bit of alcohol and sweet malt, the main player here is the hops. It plays mostly around that piny/earthy set with a little bit of orange.

T: Really balanced overall. It opens with that complex, almost messy array of hop flavours that something like Stone's Double Bastard does. It has hints of citrus and there is some almost vanilla taste coming in. It has a little sour going on too as an accent. It cleans up in the finish with is all earthy-piny-resinous hoppy goodness and a rich, deep bitter. Overall though, a bit messy.

M: Creamy. I always feel that the higher alcohol in a DIPA ought to be there to cut the almost stick feeling that can sometimes develop from the hops. In this case it does so very well.

O: This is a really nice example of the complex, dryer style of double IPA's. It's not the aroma hopped, citrus, tropical fruit west coast style, but an equally complex and tasty offering. I'd go out of my way to drink it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Yeoman9459
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass out of a 650mL bottle.

Appearance - really good looking ipa, amber colour, bright white head, turns in to a nice layer on the beer. The head bounces back no problem.

Smell - not an overpowering smell, pine comes through with a bit of caramel. No alcohol coming through on the nose.

Taste - follows the nose fairly well, quite balanced, a bit of alcohol coming through but not in a bad way, pretty warming. Kind of an earthy quality to it.

Mouthfeel - great amount of carbonation on the tongue, closer to medium mouth feel. Not as much bitterness as I thought there would be.

Overall - excellent beer by Southern Tier of course, not unreal but I would give this a couple more shots.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

Served out of a 22 oz into a UK pint glass.
Appearance- dark yellow, medium carbonation, some lacing.
Smell- pleasant floral notes, hints of citrus and pine notes come through.
Taste-floral hop notes and pine shine through with a pleasant citrus, very earthy taste, hence the name, wonderfully balanced, not overpowering, very drinkable for an imperial ipa, you do not taste the alcohol at all.
Mouthfeel-very pleasant.
Overall- a great beer for those of us who love Imperial IPA's and a great beer for those looking to get into I IPA's as it is incredibly well balanced and not overpowering.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Poured into a large Brooklyn Brewery snifter from a bottle perhaps two months in the fridge.

I have had this one several times before, and like many in the Southern Tier lineup this one is very good. It doesn't quite hold with the Plinys and DFH 120s of the world, but it's still exceptional. On par with DFH 90 or better.

The smell is nice without being overpowering. Pine comes through in a good way. The color is nothing short of beautiful; a nice amber. It leaves only a thin head after pouring, with some lacing.

Upon the first sip, the hops are very forward, but without being so heavy as to make it undrinkable. The taste is consistent from the front to back without much loss in hoppiness, and it lingers just the right amount of time -- not too short, not too long. The taste of pine is there and the feel is just a bit sticky. Very pleasant.

This has been one of the better beers from NY and from Southern Tier. Most of the time I go with their stouts, but I've been pretty happy with un-earthly. Would drink again when accessible (which is pretty much always -- I live in DC).

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BBP
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a dark hop amber with decent head and retention. Nice lacing as well.

The aroma is filled with hop resin and caramel. It was nice, but a bit lacking in regards any specific hop flavors.

The taste is some heavy pine and then some more pine and resin. Caramel supports the flavor but doesn't dominate like in many DIPAs. The follow through is nice and a bit above par.

The body is medium in fullness and medium in weight. It's considerably smooth. The finish is mildly dry and sticky.

Overall, this was a good DIPA from southern tier. On the other hand, it seemed a bit plain compared to many of the double IPAs out there. It was no doubt good, but it shines more through the balance than through the intensity or ability to stand out.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a hazed bronze/copper colour. thin light tan head with accompaning slim lace. malty aroma...brown sugar, toffee and caramel. spicy hops are subdued, and i can detect a whiff of alcohol. flavour profile is malt forward with a good deal of spicy bitterness and boozy punch. the problem is since there are freshness dates on these ST bombers, i don't know how old this bottle is and the nuances i'm getting from this beer is that's it's definitley past it's prime. wet cardboard and apparent oxidation are prevalent, but i'll do my best to pick out some accentuating characteristics. besides the muddled sweet maltiness, a beer with an agressive hopping schedule should have a much more vibrant hop profile and all i get is some spiciness and bitterness. no real hop flavour to be had. full bodied but it has a slick and slippery mouthfeel. drinkability suffers becasue in my opinion this is not what i should be tasting.

overall this is a disappointment because it's obviously old or bad in some way. i'll try to get another review done with a fresher bottle.

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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of billowing slightly rich khaki colored head comprised of medium and large sized bubbles... Modest at best retention gives way to a thick full rich creamy lacing and thick collar... The color is a warm slightly glowing amber color... A mix of moderate and sluggish paced carbonation... Looks slightly thick and viscous in the glass... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass after each sip...

S - Much more subdued than expected, but still rather pleasant... Fresh earthy whole flower hops... Slightly resiny... Some faint floral notes as well... The complexity of the hop is undeniable (chinook, cascade, styrian golding, and centential all added at various times using various methods)... A little bit of malt lies beneath the surface in the form of bread dough and very light caramel... Flour...

T - Good complexity... The hops will a bit subdued overall come in varying waves that make for wonderful complexity... Earthy... Floral... A bit citrusy... Crackers... Some very faint candied sugars... Each sip reveals a new layer of complexity... Rather quite unique and tasty...

M - Medium to full bodied... Lightly carbonated... Dense and slightly thick... A bit sticky... Sleek and sophisticated... Very smooth... Different from most other American Double / Imperial IPAs that I've had (in a good way)...

D - A very nice offering from Southern Tier... Much better than average, but not quite at head of the class for the style... Good hop complexity and excellent mouthfeel are the stars...

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,077 ratings
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