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 keanlacrosse
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stoutlover1978
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mit
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blonde amber, decent head.

Sweet malts at the front followed by the heavy hops. Very balanced beer as far as odour so far.

Again the sweetness is prominent but it's even more balanced than the initial smell would indicate. Tastes like a strong beer without hitting you in the face with alc.

Mouthfeel is good but def thicker as one would expect.

Great beer... Kinda pricey at nine bucks a bottle but I would buy it again for sure.

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Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Profchaos20
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ninjaberg
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of stafford2
2/5  rDev -50.9%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of CarpalTunnell
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kimbo33
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect American Double, bursting with hop aroma and flavor. Perfect carbonation helps this high alcohol beer go down smoothly. Wish I got more than 2 bottles when i stopped there! Taste is a perfecct balance of malt, hops, and booze. Love it and you should seek it out!

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

22oz. Bottle ---> Glass

Hazy dark orange with a thick white head and seafoam lacing.

Grapefruit sweetness in the nose balanced nicely by malts. Layers of hop complexity with resinous oil and fresh earthy pine upon cascade citrus. Aromas linger and stir around in the nose. Hop aroma is dank and moist.

Flavor is basically a hop bomb without the striking bitterness. This is truly an "infusion of hops" as the label indicates. Balance is present in taste too with pine/citrus hops dominating slightly. Caramelized malt, slight touch of burnt sugar beneath oily, prickly hop resin.

Very smooth and drinkable for an IIPA. Lots to enjoy here.

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Photo of MikeD1687
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of churchillea
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of haazer
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A golden beer with orange highlights. Carbonation evident, due to the filtered beer...Booo!! Ah it still looks good. Bubbly white head that leaves lots of lacing.

S- Very earthly hops(obviously). Grass, slight pine, big hop cone profile. Smells dirty.

T- Good bit of cantelope, honeydo, and sticky malt. This is a bitter bomb. No pine but I definitely get tree sap. The abv tries to rear it's ugly head but it's kept in check on the finish.

M- Medium bodied with mid level carbonation. Lip smacking and sticky.

O- I definitely dig this from Southern Tier. It's name definitely fits description, and will have this in the future. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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

Bomber in a Snifter

A- Clear orange with little off white head, Good visible carbonation.
S- Very hoppy as you may expect. Grapefruit and alcohol, rather astringent.
T- A good presence of alcohol but its not too much. Astringent hops, Good citrus like grapefruit and pineapple. A very light maltiness. pretty decent bitterness. Pretty fresh taste and feel.
M- Good and bitter. Light on the body flavor and heavy on the alcohol feel. Moderate to high carbonation.
O- This isnt my favorite Southern Tier IPA offering but its certainly a good one. Ive seen this all over the place and am just now getting around to it. I may have again in the future.

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Photo of sauger86
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.

A- Crystal clear copper pour with a soapy three finger egg shell head. Lacing is awesome.

S- Grapefruit, pine and mandarin oranges. There is a sweet malt backing. Very balanced.

T- Excellent bitter pine hops with slight citrus. Subtle candy sugar.

M- Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

O- This is the way an iipa should be.

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Photo of Cramerican
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

I picked up this bottle on Friday night, and I opened it on Sunday to pair with pizza. Nothing like matching hoppiness with spicyness.

Unearthly pours with amber coloring. I expected it to be a little lighter. There was a thin head that went down reasonably quickly. I didn’t get any lacing in my snifter style glass.

This beer smells great. I get a bunch of grapefruit and floral hoppiness. This is a very good smelling beer. I sniffed it many times over as I enjoy my way through the bomber.

The flavor is a step up from the aroma. I really enjoyed the grapefruit presence even more and there was some pure hop presence. This was a great experience to go through on a Sunday evening.

Unearthly is a very good hop-heavy double IPA. I appreciate being able to pick this up in the New Jersey area. This is a high end IPA with a good price tag.

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich golden/copper color with a ¼” white head that soon receded to a layer of foam and a ring around the glass with a bit of lacing left behind. Sipping left scattered lengths and bits of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a light, fresh mix of grapefruit and caramel with touches of orange.

Taste: The flavors include grapefruit zest blended with some sweetness of the malt, topped off with some candied orange zest. However, the overall impression is of a nice gentle bitterness that just cuts into the sweetness from the malt and prevents it from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium and begins with a mix of sweet caramel and grapefruit zest that tapers slowly away into a nicely dry bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The beer is a pleasure to sip in that it is never overly bitter nor overly sweet. So “balanced” is a good word for this beer. It is definitely a well made Imperial IPA and one well worth having again. My overall impression is of a memorable beer that stands out as an excellent example of the style and as having few if any flaws.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,074 ratings.
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