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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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 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%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 9$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit flavours mixed with apricot and pineapple. It ends with a hoppy and malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall - Definitely a great beer that has some of the qualities found in the west coast DIPA's. While it's not as sweet as some of the other Southern Tier beers, it's still pretty sugary and I don't think I could drink any more than 650ml. It also packs quite the punch at nearly 10% alcohol. While it is a very good beer, the bottle size and price will prevent me from stocking up.

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Photo of Rosco234
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of peensteen
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper/amber colour, one finger of white head, some lace left. Smell is hoppy, loaded with citrus, pineapple and mango, pine as well, malt is tucked away but still present, certainly smells like a hop bomb. Taste has a little more malt than the nose would tell you, lots of hops, quite bitter throughout, citrus, grapefruit, light sweetness, some pine, pineapple in the finish. Medium carbonation, med-full body, fairly oily, quite a nice feel for a DIPA. Quite satisfying and something that I could revisit again but for nearly $10 a bomber it wont be all that often.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich amber, caramel color on the clear brew with a big frothy head and thick webs of lacing all down the sides of the glass. Appearance is really top notch.

S - Potent grapefruit and pine resin. A caramel sweetness is present. Peppery alcohol, especially as it warms. It is a little abrasive on the nose, increasingly so as it warms. The initial whiffs while inside the bottle were delightful, but the more exposed it gets the worse it becomes.

T - A bit of citrus pith, but mostly a sweetness that lingers through the finish. There is a touch of anise, A bit of a peppery alcohol flavor. Aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with The Nice, but not great.

M - Smooth and very thick to the point of being gummy. In spite of the gumminess it does an okay job at being refreshing, but the lump of gum in my throat is trying to thwart that at every turn.

D - It is pretty good. As far as double IPAs go, it is just okay. It is never bad, but the taste is just wanting. In the future, I'll be sure the have the vastly superior 2X IPA from southern tier for a fraction of the price.

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Photo of George
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of toca
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice copper colored beer with a wonderful head. Carbonation bubbles noticeable

S- Not much to the nose, perhaps some sweet, citrus notes.

T- sweet citrus and pine. No bitter notes detected. Hoppiness blends nicely with the beers sweetness.

M- Very smooth with a medium body and touches of syrup that I find enjoyable. Refreshing finish.

O- This is a very good beer. Not over the top hoppy and easy to drink. This one will be on my drink again list.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Conestoga LCBO. No freshness date on this - not sure where this came from, but I'm happy to see it all the same!

Poured into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy amber-peach in colour, with a half inch of head that recedes into a thick ring. Some icicles of lacing.

Nose is biscuit, citrussy hops, orange, mango, a bit of earthy quality as well, and a slight booze wafting in the background.

Took me a few sips to get this brew figured out. The malt profile in this is quite something, almost overpowers the hops with its malty, biscuity goodness. I'm starting to find this to be characteristic of ST brews. Another example of where the line between DIPA and American Barleywine blurs, in my opinion. The hops are there, of course, and are more fruity than tart and juicy. The malt gives the fruit flavor an almost 'candied' quality - very intriguing. Finishes earthy, as per the name.

Full bodied, mild carbonation. Sweet - the earthy hop bitterness does not linger.

Interesting DIPA - I have to say I'm digging it, and I might pick up another bottle just to age. Packs a quiet wallop. As I'm finding, the maltiness of a DIPA such as this tends to overtake the hops that my tastebuds were expecting. So, if I'm in the mood for a DIPA or Barleywine, this brew would probably satisfy both urges sufficiently. Price tag is typical for ST in Ontario.

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Photo of nicholas527
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of heebes
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a good bone white fluffly head, leaves a little lacing. Nose is sweet citrus, bready malt base, floral. Taste is decent, good hop profile, citrus and grapefruit notes, certainly malt is dominant but remains mostly balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, wet and satisfying.
Overall, a good double IPA - not a hop bomb, just a well balanced DIPA with a malt backbone and hop bitterness on the sip.

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Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of bigox420
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Ted
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of billybrew21
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Digimaika2
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Apple-cider/copper colour with a thin head that quickly recedes to a ring. Very good lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit pulp, bold bread-like malt, floral elements, and a lingering earthy musky aroma. Alcohol detectable but decently hidden. Aroma is heavy and agreeable, and suggests large quantities of hops and malt.

T: Similar to aroma, with a strong biscuit malt backbone, bitter floral and citrus hop elements, toffee, and a healthy fungi earthyness. Smooth and mellow. Very good.

M: Medium bodied with a low-medium carbonation. Thick, oily, sticky, and plenty of resins. Quite a bitterness to this, yet finishes with a sweet kick.

D: Very delicious double IPA offering that is big on both malts and hops. Will be picking up more of this.

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, date of birth unknown because of a smudged out stamp, poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazed gold (tons of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, and I'm not sure thats normal) with a quickly receding off white head.

S: Interesting, lots of toffee and floral hop notes, giving the impression of an English Ale...earthiness, citrus notes, hints of alcohol, vanilla and spices...the nose doesn't really scream 'DIPA'.

T: Smooth, sweeter malt presence and a high dose of bitterness; caramel, toffee, fruitiness, alcohol burn, floral notes, faint citrus.

MF: Medium to light mouthfeel, good bitterness and dryness.

O: I think this is a pretty old bottle from the amount of sediment and sugary malts coming through. Lots of English Strong Ale/Barleywine characters. Decent.

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Photo of mmmIPAs
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of fubofnic
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of brewedbehaviour
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious that I hadn't reviewed this yet, but this reappeared in the LCBO system so I thought I'd revisit. 650ml bottle lacking a bottling date, poured into a tulip.

Darker orange body that is perfectly clear, offwhite head of great density and lacing that's sticky and webbed as heck. Nose has some flesh citrus notes with a good dose of pine and resinous hop notes. Really sweet and sugary malt notes - perhaps 'over'-balanced in terms of malt character, a tad much for what I'd prefer in a DIPA, but not bad by any stretch. Taste has more flesh citrus, pine, honeydew melon and some sweet sugary cookie/biscuity malts with a lot of sweetness to it. Alcohol is meshed in with this. Full bodied for the style, and carbonation remains low and smooth; harder to finish as it warms due to the sweetness however. Filling and easily destructive of sobriety, but I don't think I enjoyed this much as I have previously. Perhaps bottle freshness was the culprit.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is an orange-caramel colour. A nice white head on top, moderate size. Good retention, good lacing.

Smell is full of c-hop scents. Citrus fruit, particularly grapefruit and lemon. Caramel malt is noticeable as well.

Taste is nice. Moderately bitter, grapefruit, lemon, orange. Caramel malt in the background, a nice contrast.

Moderate carbonation, full bodied. A bit oily.

Overall, really quite a nice DIPA. The malt component plays a nice role. Good stuff!

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