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 Jamier33
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of celticfutblclub
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ejl4
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange-ish amber color, cloudy with slow forming off white head

S - Sweet malt character, with light piney hops

T - Very balanced malt and hop flavor, with the cascade hops predominately in the taste, light bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth mouthfeel

O - A little bit too sweet for my liking, maybe this one finished a little high. Great balance, and hop flavor.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours an almost clear copper/orange color with a one finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Very sticky lacing formed around the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as expected, there is some apple and grapefruit as well as some caramel and bready malt.

T: A little bit of citrus fruit upfront, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of apple as well. Heavier malt backbone than I was expecting, some caramel and bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess, and pretty smooth. No harshness at all.

O: Pretty good, but nothing out of this world. Not sure on how old the bottle is, since this one is pre-dating. Glad to see ST popping a date on their bottles now.

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Photo of hmf05
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but hazy orange/gold with a one and a half finger off white creamy head. The aroma isn't jumping out at me. I get some cereal graininess, sweet malts, and light citrus and maybe mango. The taste is along the same lines as the smell, just more intense. Sweet malts hit you up front, the bitterness comes through in the middle and end, but the malty sweetness keeps it balanced the entire time. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall, much better than the other Southern Tier IPA offerings. I would have liked to see more bitterness as this is a pretty sweet DIPA. My main complaint with Southern Tier IPAs is that they all seem to be too sweet. I love balanced IPAs,but this one is a little more malty than it is bitter. The 9.5% is definitely noticeable, but not unpleasant. Good DIPA and one that I would recommend to those who like sweeter DIPAs.

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

919th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

I didn't find the bottle date....

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one. Long time want!

App- A bright semi- clear bright Orange with some yellow, gold highlights. A big fast receding off white two finger head. Good webbing and cling down the glass.

Smell- A bit of a mix of a lot of juice notes. Apple, Orange and grapefruit with a good damp and earthy note.

Taste- More of a damp vs bitter. Good bit of deep citrus with a semi-sweet creamy malt backbone. I've had the profile before but it's still very good. Opens with a touch of bitter and then moves to the citrus then the malts.

Mouth- A wet medium body with a medium bubbly carbonation level. A good bit of creaminess and deep citrus.

Drink- I can see why this has a lot of ratings. The balance between thick and creamy and a little bitter is quite nice. A good DIPA that is a bit more smooth than most but still hides the ABV well. Thanks again Matt!

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

Hard poured into a fluted glass. Amber colored with a white head. Light lacing on the glass. Head dissipates quickly. Citrus and pine smell with a sweetness I cant really describe. Tastes hoppy up front then transistions into a slight alcohol taste that is well balanced. Ends with a nice sweetness. Very nice mouthfeel, carbonated great with the right bitterness. Overall I'm very happy with the this beer. i bought it on a whim and I'm glad I did. It's the first time I have seen this here and I hope I can keep finding it. The ABV on my bottle was 11% so its a little different from the description on here.

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Photo of plowe70
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a foggy golden color with a modest head. Nice smell of hops. My first impression was that it was too sweet. When it hit my palette I thought "fruity" which is normally not something I like. Someone described the taste as medicine-like which fits initially but by the time I finished my first glass I was anxious for more. To this beer's credit it may have been the ABV that changed my tune but my grandfather always says accentuate your best qualities.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked this up because of the bottling dates. This one has a DOB of 09/13/11

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades quickly into a layer of bubbles. Leaves some pretty lacing even with the lack of head

S: First thing out of the gate are the hops. Nice and citrusy with pine and some earthy notes. Backed up by some malt, but the hops dominate the nose

T: Again, nice and hoppy. Citrus, pine, and earthy notes all come out. Towards the middle is the alcohol, but blended nicely. Some sweetness towards the end, but this is quickly rounded off by the bitterness of the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lacking hop oils, but I can't complain with the actual hoppiness that is present in the nose and taste

O: Wow. Definitely was expecting a sweeter version of 2XIPA or something, but instead got this. I like it. A lot. Especially at just over a month old. See what dating your bottles can do, ST? I'll definitely be buying more of this. And 2XIPA, while I'm at it. Back on track though, this is a great IIPA to sip on that is full of hoppy goodness without the usual sweetness of, say, the Black Water Series. Pick up a fresh bottle if you haven't yet! You won't regret it

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Photo of edfish
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 22 oz bottle for 6$.
Appearance: cloudy golden unfiltered look , poured a nice 3/4" head that faded to a thin layer.
Smell, not overpowering, you can smell the hops with a bit of bready sweetness.
Taste: very similar to their 2XIPA, the hops and malt character hit you both at the same time smooth and rich with a faint alchol taste finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: this is a mouth pleaser! rich flavorful and full , big beer taste.
Overall: another great S.T. brew if you like ST you will love this IPA.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a clear dark gold with a massive frothy head that dissipates very, very slowly and leaves clingees on the sides of the glass that look like freakin' snowdrifts. The nose is nowhere to be found with all that foam (guess that head is doin' its' job). After a while, you get faint IPA smells of pine and citrus.

The taste is good, but a bit too sweet. That malty backbone counters what I can only assume to be an unforgiving rush of hops. With that kind of sweetness and the ABV of this beer, it's flavor is almost like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA. Like barleywines (which I don't particularly care for) it was a bit medicine-tasting to suit my palate. I did like this one a bit more than the oak-aged version. I probably won't buy it again, but don't let that stop you. It could be just what you're looking for.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz'er. a smudged bottled on date, but what i can dicifer as 6/30/11.

A: bright orange. sizable reddish/white head that looks solid. already leaving some thick lacing as it dies a little, but still has good retention.

S: a floral citrus from a distance, but it gets rather malty once i get down in it. oats and maybe a little wheatiness? ah yes, as i read the bottle i see there is some wheat in there. makes sense. wouldnt hate a little more hops, but i guess this isnt the freshest offering out there.

T: wow. thats hoppy. however, very well balanced with an ample malt presence. a bright and american hop bitterness throughout. not as cloying as i would expect from the abv. finish is super bubblegummy which makes me eager to revisit.

M: pretty subdued carbonation. wouldnt hate a little more fizz. full body for sure.

D: great show of balance here. however, i wouldnt hate a tad more showing from the hops here. mostly in the nose. im certainly being critical here, otherwise a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shrek086 for sending this one!

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a 1 inch fizzy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very much like a barleywine with malt, caramel, toffee, and lots of citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is also very much like a hoppy barleywine with malt, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a mild carbonation with a crisp yet smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that seems much more like a barleywine than a DIPA. I am pretty sure this was not intended but it's very good none the less.

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Photo of cvm4
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber color. Builds to a nice one finger head. The lacing is thin on the side of the glass

S - The flavors seem fairly muted for whatever reason. I pick up citrus/pineapple/grapefruit to a certain extent.

T - The taste sure doesn't let me down! I got sweet fruit flavors along with caramel. Then at the end is the nice hoppy characteristics. You can definitely taste the alcohol, it's not well hidden.

M - Very drinkable and it just coats your mouth. Somewhat "hot" due to the alcohol.

O - It's a good IIPA, but I just feel like it could be more balanced. The flavors meld really well but I could just see it being a little less sweeter with more hop characteristics and less boozy taste.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a small head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus, fruity sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Taste of fruity sweetness, some caramel, trace of bitterness, a bit boozy and a sticky finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a decent balance.

O: Easy drinker, a nice kick back and relax beer. Becomes a bit boozy as it warms. Could enjoy this as an occasional change of pace beer.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another complex, big beer from Southern Tier

a- thick, cloudy amber color in appearance. slight small head quickly dissipated to a nice, lingering ring

s- hop forward smell with sweet, yeasty notes

t- sweet citrus right off the top, some caramel earthy malts, followed by a hop wash that leaves a lingering burn. the sweetness sticks on my lips

m- GOOD. this is a big beer with complex flavoring and high abv that cannot be detected in the mouthfeel. low to medium carbonation, hop burn that leaves a oily coating but overall a dry and very drinkable beer

o- an excellent beer, highly recommended for lovers of this style.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from their bomber into my glass...

Appearance - Poured a finger of white head, color is a hazy orange/amber, golden hilites at the corners of the glass, thin webbed lacing coat the sides of the glass.

Smell - Pineapple, sweet citrus, slight carmel and cotton candy.

Taste - Whoa, starts out very sweet, hints of carmel, cotton candy and a touch butterscotch. The center is still quite sweet, carmelly citrus, and honestly more butterscotch. The sweetness givces way to ripe citrus which eventually dries a touch and ends up yellow grapefruit juice and some slight grassy hops. Alcohol comes on quite a bit in the finish, not enough hop profile to hide behind.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb, pretty smooth, very drinkable, gets a little hot in the finish.

Overall - It's good, and I like the flavors, and I like sweetness in a DIPA, but this one just isn't balanced as well as it could be. It is possible this bottle is a bit past it's prime, so I will definitely try another one soon. I wanted to like this more.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well based on some knowledge we are trying again here. This time this bottle I know is barely two weeks old thanks to my salesperson (you know who you are man!). Let's see how this goes now for a re-review, no excuses this time.

Appearance is not really different than the old review, other than the head seems to have more retention and clumpiness. Looks a tad better.

Nose is a muted strange baked apple crisp and dough. Kind of biscuits. Definitely not as sweet but still not very hoppy either. Kind of has that pie crust pumking angle a little bit too.
On the palate is very similar but finally a hop presence of bitter apple still mixing in with maple syrup/sugar. Feel is still kind of granular.

Overall much better experience slight malt sweetness not overpowering with a nicer hop presence to balance it out. However in comparison to other dipas this is still a bit too sweet and not as hoppy as I would like. Mild astringency.

Old review Sep 29 - 2011 --- [grade C+]

Poured from the bottle into a nonic tulip glass. No bottling date seems present anywhere.

A good sized and uniform caramel head off white somewhat, sits on a slightly cloudy amber yellow/orange. Not much visible carbonation and head falls slowly with some retention.

Nose is sweet malt and a sense of soft apple. Muted mushy apple fruit.

Taste is thick and cloyingly sweet. Thick syrupy malt and honey stickiness in the palate. Muted hop in the aftertaste of apple and kind of maple sugar. Extremely sweet tasting and thick in the palate. Hop presence on this is nearly non existent with some faint dryness perhaps in the finish.

This must be passed its prime and old. Not sure when this was bottled but I think this is from too long ago. Will have to somehow find a fresh one for a re-review. At least its drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper with a one finger white head that sticks pretty well.
S- The aroma is a touch sweet, but night quite as sugary as some in this style can be. There is a citrus hop aroma, kind of an orange zest character.
T- Initially it seemed sugary, but it's just a quick snap at first. The hoppiness picks up with a citrus, slightly floral, presence. There is a decent malt presence in this one, but it's not as sugary as some others. The alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming, in the finish.
M- Medium body, a bit of that sugaryness coats the tongue, and makes it not as dry as many IPAs. Smooth, low, carbonation.
O- A worthy IIPA. For 9.5 and the style, it drinks pretty easily. Definitely worth a try.

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