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

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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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

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Ratings:
3,070
Reviews:
1,223
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
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148
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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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4.5/5  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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Photo of philbe311
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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bryehn
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden-amber colour with a slight chill haze and a relatively small white head that gets retained as a collar, without leaving much lace behind.

Deep and complex aroma. I get sweet caramel, a lemony citrus, cherry and pine accented by floral and peppery notes. There is a hint of diacetyl and it really takes on a boozy tone near the end of a glass.

The taste is pretty intense and quite bitter. Grains, caramel, citrus, pepper and berry collide and then fade at different points on the tongue.

Full-bodied with a low carbonation, but the ber has a yeasty pop on the tongue before giving way to a nice, oily sensation. The finish is dry and the aftertaste peppery.

Excellent example of the style, I hope to see it in my area again. Very smooth and drinkable, but also assertive. Great effort from Southern Tier.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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