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 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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Photo of Tpsauer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of atone315
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange/copper color to it. It has a nice off white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney, earthy and citrusy hops with some toffee and caramel notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice hop character giving out a piney, earthy, citrusy and maybe slight tropical hop flavour with some caramelly malts mixed in.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel. Nice lingering bitterness too.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good solid flavors and aromas.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bpowers315
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AndrewRoecker
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Stocean1
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a one finger head on an aggresive pour, patchy lacing, amber burnt orange colour

Big malt scent with some caramel, pine resin, dark fruit

Taste follows the nose with plum, grapefruit, papaya, caramel, mineral note, some ethanol in the finish

Full bodied with some carbonation, nicely bitter throughout, oily quality, belly warming booze is welcome

Best from Southern Tier for me so far, a complex brew that can be sipped for an hour

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Photo of jsh5771
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of schoolboy
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This currently is one of my favorite brews in the world so I really wanted to try it on tap. It tastes the same, I think.

It is a sublime brew. A perfect blend of hops, malt, yeast and more hops. It smells amazing. I want to rub it all over me.

It looks nearly perfect. The head lasts a long time and leaves a lovely lace. It is clear and the perfect IPA color.

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Photo of rappmann
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into duvel tulip. No bottle date.

A - orange/amber. An aggressive pour yields 1.5 fingers of white head, which receeds quickly and leaves a nice rings of medium white bubbles around the ring of the glass.

S - Slight floral and piney hops with a huge amount of burnt caramel malts shining through.

T - The hops are much more pronounced than in the nose, and the malt isn't as prevalent. It's definitely balanced. Bitter all the way to the end.

M - Perfect for this style, medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation.

O - A really good DIPA but at $9/bomber, I don't know how frequently I will seek this out.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle. It has a nice bright orange color body with very little head that layed down to a nice thin lace. The smell is of citrus and floral hops. The taste has a nice hop flavor that pops when it hits your taste buds. It has a nice bitter finish to it. The mouth feel is great and overall a darn good ipa.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Pat316
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ceraphin
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that quickly faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors of caramel malts are more apparent and also contribute some notes of sweetness. There is a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has a good balance between the flavors of malts and hops and hides its alcohol very well from the taste. All in all, it’s a solid double IPA.

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Photo of ShadyJay
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Thingus
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live tasting bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a gorgeous, perfectly clear amber orange with two fingers of lush straw colored head. Retention is good, and after a couple minutes there is still a decent blanket coating the top of the beer. Lacing is good with sticky clumps of head clinging to the glass.

Smell; aroma is dominated by a mellow orange aroma with notes of tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango... Hints of honey as well.

Taste; starts right off with orange, and includes good tropical fruit notes, pineapple, and mango... Hints of honey interweave with a lingering floral flavor in the finish..

Mouthfeel; is on the full side of medium bodied, sticky and hangs around for a minute or two.

Overall; I really, truly enjoy this beer... I wish it was more readily available (I'd like to thank MicroFanatic for these!!) and I could definitely drink this a couple times a week and not get tired of it.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Beerme09
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of piakiev
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a us pint

A- Crystal clear golden-bronze, with a thick off white head that lasts for some time

S- slightly hoppy, with no malt to speak of, very muted

T- starts off sweet and spicy, tasting slightly like honey. The taste travels down the sides of my tongue becoming pleasantly bitter and a little spicier, and ends at the back of the tongue with only a nice bitterness.
There is a lot of hop flavor and bitterness but it is not overpowering.

M- bitterness travels through out my entire mouth leaving a pleasant yet slightly dry sensation.

O- I like it, not overly bitter but a nice hop flavor. Not nearly as much aroma or hop flavor as I would have expected from an iipa. Way too expensive for a single 22oz bottle of beer, even though I like it there are plenty of iipas that are much cheaper that are just as good, worth a try but I probably won't get it again because of the price.

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Photo of robieobie1
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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