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

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Ratings: 3,075 |  Reviews: 1,225
Photo of BB1313
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Nice beer to look at, it's bright golden w/ a nice white head and sticky lacing. Smells great w/ lots of fruity hops. I'm picking up a ton of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit. Lots of citrus and a slight amount of pine and resin. The taste matches, very bold! Wow, very bold and very sweet. This one's cloyingly sweet, but the flavors are so nice, it's ok. This one goes warm down the hatch, alcohol is very noticeable. Mouthfeel is rich, but sticky and resiny. The drinkability is what really hurts this beer for me. There's really no balance at all. One can argue it's just a boozy sweet mess, and I would agree, but the flavors and aromas are too good. Still, there's no ignoring the fact that the alcohol is very noticeable in the taste, plus the sweetness, I'd be lying if I said the drinkability isn't bad.. so it loses some points for that.

I love the flavor profile of Unearthly, I just wish it was more balanced. The flavors are enough to make this one a winner.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

IPA candy... balanced sweet and bitter with fairly rich impression. pine and spruce mingled with tangerine on the nose with a whiff of charred sugar. mellow pine laced with tropical fruit and subtle lemon and super mellow grapefruit.. thick yet prickly mouth feel. nice drink. great effort.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper. Good carbonation. Creamy thin head.

Sweet caramel malts, fruity hops (grapefruit,blood orange) A full zesty spice. The ABV is present but subdued.

The hops aroma carries over to the flavor. Resin/Pine bitterness. What makes it Unearthly is how the amount of hops is not overbearing. A glorious balance of sweet caramel malts, hops and ABV.

Thick and smooth. Great slow sipping beer.

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

Second experience with this one. No date, but as others have pointed out, a very informative bottle: 11.0 % ABV (not 10: fix that), 23 degrees plato, 2-row pale malt, cara-pils malt, red wheat, kettle hops: chinook & cascade, hop-back: syrian golding, dry hopped, cascade, centenial, & chinook. "serve in a fluted glass."

Sorry, Southern Tier: don't got no fluted glass. Poured instead into a standard pub pint, from which the Imperial IPA produces a thick, densely foamy orange creamsicle head (that looked like I could have shaved with it), with fair retention. Body a rusted deep copper (I know: copper doesn't rust, but it was almost like a red ale - and there IS that red wheat, for what that's worth), with good whisps of carbonation initially but completely still now - on my third pour from the 22 oz bomber. (But the IIPA is tasting better and better.)

Lovely hoppy fruity fragrance with undertones of malt. Balanced in the mouth - this doesn't taste like 11% ABV. Flavor runs through a kind of hops-malt-hops spectrum as it slides though, with a lingering, slightly bitter finish.

Nice foamy mouthful. Like this one a lot. Grandly drinkable, which means it's going to knock a lot of people on their asses - downing a bomber is very close to drinking a bottle of wine solo. On most nights, I'll be dozing off with a book on my lap.

Left a series of slender lace garters at half-inch sipping intervals. (Or is half inch closer to a gulp?) Pretty.

Loved this one for its balanced drinkability. And it's a good value in these parts at $5.00 or so for the bomber.

(Hey, Southern Tier! What's that Mogen David in the "Un*Earthly"?)

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased off the shelf at Top Foods in Bellevue. A surprise. I don't remember seeing Southern Tier anything available around here before but that could just be me. I'm not very observant sometimes. Just ask my wife.
So, reading the label :
"Kettle hops: chinook and cascade
Hop back: syrian golding
Dry hopped: cascade centennial & chinook"
Along with the 11% abv (not the 10% stated) I'm expecting some sort of hop bomb.
Nothing of the sort.
Very smooth. "Delicately balanced" as stated and enjoyable.
It deserves high marks for achieving its objective. If you want a hop bomb, look elsewhere. If you enjoy a very good hop forward beer that is totally drinkable, you've found it in un*earthly.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery orange with two fingers of white foamy head.

Smell: Resinous pine and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Similar to nose but more malty presence. Sweeter than expected. Becomes slightly cloying as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Nice. Medium bodied, creamy, with crisp edge to the carbonation.

Drinkability: Stronger ABV although the profile is standard fare, thus easy enough to drink but won't stand out in a crowd.

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

Pretty copper color with good clarity and a light head and lacing.

Modest aroma of citrus and malt. The flavors of the hops and malt are well integrated and balanced. Bitterness and alchohol are well hidden (dangerously well hidden for a 10% brew).

Mouthfeel is juicy with just the right amount of carbonation to lighten a big beer.

This is a well constructed double IPA, well worth seeking out.

Bottle is of unknown age. (no dating on the bottles from Southern Tier). I would definitely review this again if I knew it were a fresh bottle. I can imagine a fresher bottle might have more hop character and be really quite awesome.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orangey tint to this one, about a 1 finger off white head that leaves slight lacing around the glass as the head disappears

S- Strong smell of citrus hops, pine and honey also pleasant smell to the nose

T-Not to bitter, gets better with every sip, lots of strong citrusy hops, as well as taste of honey and peaches, also great balance of malts incorporated

M- Creamy, slight carbonation

D- I believe this is a great session beer! Lovely aromas and taste would definitely enjoy again.

22oz poured into pint glass
Carbonation may have been due to being an older bottle.

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

This is one of my favorites.

(A) A nice hazy golden color that matches the style very well. Surprising head retention for how high the ABV is at 10% Mild lacing was left on the glass.

(S) A very nice hoppy and bitter smell. Mild malt aroma lingers in the finish. In my opinion almost a perfect aroma for an imperal IPA.

(T) The taste is overly hoppy and bitter. Some malt and other semi-sweet flavors surprised my palate. Great full bodied flavor!

(M) A great mild mouth feel. Was not to heavy and made the drinkability much much better.

(D) Drinkability on this one was great. The only negitive I found was a slight after taste (which is normal for any Imperial IPA). Alcohol is high so be careful not to over indulge. CHEERS!

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Photo of stevecee2003
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer in a bomber bottle was a gift. I hadn't seen it before, so who knows where my buddy got it from. Oh, I know.. from Beer Heaven. Wow(!) what a beer.

It poured in a cross between bronze and orange. With a very nice head. Later offering a nice crusty lace. Lace is always a sign of a good (great) beer.

One smell says it all. Fantastic. What IS this concoction my beer buddy has wrought upon me? A nice combination of many hops and a brown sugar smell.

With all the hops there is a distinct bitter taste, yet that is tempered by a nice malt flavor that somehow balances it all out. As one reviewer already wrote, "with so many hops they must have added several fields worth of barley to balance it all out." Because it is great tasting.

The mouthfeel was good but not great. So much bite can twist your buds around a bit.

Drinkability is good. The hold-back is that it is SO intense who can drink more than one bottle? It's not like grabbing for another Natty Lite or something like that, after all. In fact you need another lighter beer as a sort of chaser. All of which is fine and good.

Overall: a great find. If I can just find where my buddy found it!

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

A: very nice, amber-brown

S: Citrusy, but mild aroma

T: a little too malty

M: nice, medium body

D: ok drinkability, don't think I could have more at the end of the 650ml bottle

Conclusion: decent imperial pa but there are certainly better examples out there

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Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy copper with a medium creamy head , small bubbles, thin film of creamy swirls of retention, sea foam lacing.

S- Agressive hops up front. Pine, sweet caramel and hints of wheat.

T- Strong hp forward with a sweet malty middle, caramel tones. sweeter than expected. High alcohol undetectable.

M- Creamy with a nice hop bite and hoppy finish.

D- Very drinkable. Hopps smell more aggressive than taste. Sweet cookie middle, nicely balanced and very well hidden alcohol. You should sip, but flavor wise I could drink it very fast. high in alcohol so take it slow anyway.

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

This beer pours a copper color with a white head. The aroma smells of citrus hops, and a faint hint of caramel malt. There is a caramel sweetness, but overall you get more of the citrus hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall this is a drinkable beer, the 10% alcohol is very well masked with the hop flavor, bitterness and aroma.

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

Out of the bomber, poured a crystal clear golden copper color with a finger of cream colored head. Not a great deal of retention. Lots of sweet caramel malts in the aroma, quite dominant really. You get hints of pine and sweet citrus with the slightest hint of booziness and dark fruit. It's really sweet tasting, but surprisingly, it works. The sweet malty backbone really stands out in the taste. Hops are almost secondary. There's a biscuity caramel malt followed by a very subdued apricot/citrus note. Thick and resiny feel that was very pleasing. The alcohol is almost undetectable. Super easy to drink despite the 11% listed ABV. Even though it was much more malt forward than I'd hoped, this beer is pretty solid.

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

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a luxurious copper tone with a solid finger-plus of a beige head. retention is so-so; lapses somewhat quickly into a thin cap, but then again this is a big beer. tremendous lacing.

aromatic nose promises hops en masse, but also accompanied by a malty backbone.

flavor follows and exceeds the aroma. active, rampant molecules of deliciousness flood the palate and persist through the finish. very hoppy - citrus with a few floral notes - yet rather balanced for a DIPA as the maltiness is a major player. ABV listed at 11%; could of fooled me... very solid brew, dare i say delicious.

medium-full bodied mouthfeel; rich and creamy... very nice. too much to drink a lot of, but one you'll definitely pick up again.

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Photo of rcusick
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle I picked up about 3 months ago (i know a shame to hold it this long, but i always struggle to make myself open the big bottles by myself) at a local megamart.

Poured with a great caramel color and a half inch of head, but that didn't last long

smell wasn't really a strong component on this beer for me, but i would chalk a lot of that to the on coming cold i have and my delay in opening.

Beer tastes great, strong hop flavor without being overly bitter which is a pleasant surprise from such an aggressively hopped beer. Hard to believe this is an 11% ABV (per the label) from tasting it.

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

Thanks Dan.

A: Coppery orange, fluffy white head. Some sticky lacing.

S: Sweet with citrus, caramel, some honey and alcohol.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweet with some bittering at the end. Has a nice malty character.

M: Thick and creamy. Maybe the highlight of the beer.

D: Extremely drinkable with the sweetness brilliantly masking the 11%ABV.

One of my first from Southern Tier and I really like everything I've tried so far. Have a couple of more from DIM that I'm anxious to open.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: pours an very nice golden color with a nice amount of foamy head that disipoates rapidly, leaves a slight amount of lacing

S: extremely hoppy scent with a nice citrusy note

T: incredibly deep with an overlapping hoppiness, very slight citrus undertones

D/M: smooth and yet really sharp on the pallet, depth of taste makes it really easy to drink

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

A- Cloudy amber in color with a fingers worth of white head. Thin lacing on this one.

S- Immediately smelling the hops here. Then following the hops comes a malty booze filled blast. The hops are grassy and a bit pine like in scent.

T- Great tasting hops up front with some biscuity and grassy flavors. A rich malt is then experienced followed by the 11% demon.

M- Pretty thick for a DIPA but that was pretty enjoyable. Pretty good balance between the hops, malt, and booze.

D- Dangerously smooth for a brew of such high potency. Reasonably priced too at $4.99. A pretty good find

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

22oz bottle

A - Served in snifter. Inch and a half of off white head. Orange/amber in color and clear.

S - The aroma is honey, orange, grapefruit, peach and alcohol.

T - Citrus and honey with intermittent tastes of alcohol. The caramel malt is pronounced. Finishes with mildly bitter grapefruit.

M - Almost syrupy. Silky smooth.

D - It is a bit hot. That's the only knock that I can give it. I love the mouth feel.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Look: deep amber color, looks syrupy, with a little redness, which is quite pleasing on the eye. It looks a little hazy and seriously carbonated at first. The head is a little on the thin side but it ends up retaining quite well and the foam ends up as a thin, eggshell layer ontop of the beer. It leaves a decent but not overwhelming amount of lace.

Smell: hoppy resinous flavor in the nose, with some caramel, red wheat aromas lurking in the background. This smells like an East Coast IPA through and through. Its very potent so I'm expecting this to be a bit like a punch in the mouth.

Taste: first off, this is thick as could be. The hops are grapefruity, some resin, some floral quality, with a serious malt back bone. There's caramel, brown sugar, and some honey. This is seriously strong.

Feel: this is one of the thickest IPAs I've ever had and its incredibly full bodied. That's definitely a good thing as far as I'm concerned. It gets more bitter when it warms up losing some of the malty sweetness that keeps it balanced when it starts out. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but it still feels like a 10% alcohol beer that hides the beer well. The mouthfeel might be the best part about this beer.

Drink: I wouldn't drink this all night but getting to the bottom is not a problem. Given the thickness and the 150+ IBUs on this fella its not surprising that its not going to be something you drink all night, but I feel that was the brewer's intent so I'm not gonna knock them points for this.

Overall, a very good beer from Southern Tier. Their Imperial series has produced some of the hands down best beers I've ever been fortunate enough to have and this lives up to the rest of them. I like this one a little more than the oaked version, also. I definitely recommend this one wholeheartedly. Cheers!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Unearthly served on a standard pint at mighty Max's on B'more, MD.

Appearance: Deep amber color, like a brick-layered rowhouse in Fell's Point. Decent one-finger head, thin lacing but good retention.

Smell: Orange-peel sorbet, a citrus overload followed by controlled hoppiness. Some sweetness and spice too, like a rustic homemade shortbread with melted vanilla ice-cream all over.

Taste: Honey, grapefruit, booze. Floral end, like a drinkable botanical garden.

Mouthfeel: Full body and flavor but low carbonation. Not too sticky or resiny, as I would expect from a huge DIPA like this. Well balanced.

Drinkability: Pretty nice. Alcohol is well hidden, not too boozy even when warm. Chuggable despite the high ABV.

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

From bomber to tulip glass

A: Pours an apricot-orange with tight, bubbly carbonation. This forms a 1-1/2 inch head in the tulip glass that has great retention. Most of the lacing slowly cascades down the glass.

S: Pineapple. Billows of pineapple. Alcohol is fairly distant given the ABV. Plenty of toffee malts form the nose's backdrop.

T: As you sip the beer, the yeast changes the hop's profile with more layers of citrus and tropical than noted in the nose. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple, maybe mango and orange as well. Though, the hops have plenty of bitterness to counter the fruity esters. Meanwhile, the beer is far from lacking in malt-backbone. Big, toffee-sweet bready malts round out the flavors, while the alcohol kicks in to spice things up. It should be noted, the alcohol is amazingly masked given the big 11%, but it's not completely hidden (nor should it be). It doesn't finish dry, but the lingering bitter and fruit is balanced and delicious.

M: Oily-slick and sticky, but surprisingly light in body given it's big character. This lighter-than-expected texture matches well with the brew's fruity tones.

D/N: I'm almost questioning the bottle's claim of 11%. Of course, I've only had half a glass - this beer was unique and delicious and easy to review - so my head hasn't had a chance to swim yet. We'll see. Whatever it is, it goes down easily for the style. Another Southern Tier triumph.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Pours a translucent amber color with a frothy thin head. Good amount of lacing. Piney hop aroma with some of that typical Southern Tier sweetness. Slightly floral. Taste is a nice mix of floral and piney hops. Malt flavors as well. The bottle says 11% Abv but it is not overly noticeable. Solid Imperial IPA entry. 2XIPA is better but Unearthly was first and should not be overlooked.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich orange-amber into a pint glass with a bit of eggshell head. Aroma dominated by sweet caramel, pine, and a hint of citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a full, chewy mouthfeel with a nice resinous component. Powerful dose of sweet, biscuity caramel malt up front followed by wonderfully balanced hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, and pine.

Slight boozy warm on the finish, but the high ABV is otherwise undetectable. Not overly cloying and extremely drinkable for such a big IIPA.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 3,075 ratings
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