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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Photo of JWrangler
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eggshell head with nice lacing. Color approaches a clear, rosy honey. The smell is invigorating; plenty hoppy but light, citrusy and sweet like some kind of beer flower. The taste delivers; filling, but not too heavy. Flavors contain the scents but add both sweetness and warming hop bitterness. My favorite IPA.

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Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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

Poured a slightly hazy copper color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. Couldn't find any freshness date.
One finger foamy head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is a beautiful blend of citrus/grapefruit and sweet caramel malts with a touch of sweet fruity esters, hints of butterscotch and alcohol. A very pleasant aroma to this DIPA.
Taste leans more towards the sweeter side too. There is a definite sweetness right upfront which stays almost to the finish where the hops add a touch of bitterness. This is probably one of few DIPA's which are sweeter and more malt-heavy. The lacing this DIPA leaves on the insides of the glass is another indicator, tons of lace.
The alcohol warmth can be felt right from the first sip, although it isn't overwhelming.
Very drinkable for such a big and high ABV ale.
Definitely worth a try and I would surely recommend it.

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Photo of ms11781
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DOB 01/04/2012 printed on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep amberish color, very close to red. A small off-white head develops and recedes fairly quickly. A thin cap is left with soap-like foam collecting in a ring around the glass. Decent lacing sticks to the glass.

The first impression of the nose is that it's pretty sweet. Caramel-like aromas are met with some nice citrus and pine hop notes. Though the nose is sweet overall the hops provide a nice balance to keep it from being overly sweet.

The taste is bigger than the nose. The flavor profile is roughly the same as the aromas that were in the nose is more assertive. The sweetness is still a huge, maybe the biggest, component. It's a candy-like sweetness, caramel and sugar playing a big part. The citrus hops are here but the piny hops are much bigger and offer a substantial bitter kick at the finish. Despite the bigger hop flavor the sweetness has the upper hand.

This beer has a bigger mouthfeel for most beers I've had that aren't imperial stouts or barleywines. It's definitely one of the bigger DIPAs I've had. A thick body and carbonation on the low end of medium produce a big, thick, oily and slick mouthfeel.

This is definitely a big DIPA, probably one of the biggest I've had. The problem for me is that, in addition to big hops, there is a big sweet characteristic to it as well. At times the sweetness is what dominates. It's definitely a good beer and can be a welcome change when looking for a hop fix with something else going on but it's not a top notch DIPA.

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Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of match1112
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy copper body, three fingers of thick creamy white head. excellent retention and lacing. smell is mainly bready malts and sugar, hops are hiding in the background. taste is really sweet and sugary. strong caramel malt presence. hops are in the background again. mouthfeel is medium body, decent carbonation, oily and a long bitter finish. there is no date or dust on the bottle and the guy at the store said they just got them in. however this is far from a top dipa in my opinion. i'll try this again in the future and hope it's better.

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Photo of vitters03
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Beer21
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kradberg
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with solid circumferential lacing on a clear golden with crimson hues body.

S: light citrus with a cinnamon note otherwise not much on the nose.

T: initially a bitter citrus flavor with a maple syrup like finish both in taste and mouthfeel. The hips are lighter than I was expecting. Candy like notes as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one is an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected and there is more of a molasses note than hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a bit of haze and several fingers of frothy, orange-tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich aroma of lightly citrusy and earthy hops, with a malty sweetness to back them up. I like it.

Taste: rich and sweetish caramel malt flavor provides the canvas for a delicious composition of hops. Citrusy, smooth, a little bit earthy and a tiny bit funky, but overall just a luscious, fresh hop flavor. Great!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a decent carbonation. I feel like it is not as creamy as it could be, though.

Overall: this is a damn fine DIPA which I would gladly have again.

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Photo of jnaustxdom
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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