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 mulder1010
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a near honey color, very thick. Got a nice reverse cascading head with this. Head settled at just under half a finger. Light brown colored head. Very aggressive swirling got nice head retention. Looks thick and no visible carbonation.

S-- Candied pine, grapefruit, and orange. Lots of Carmel in this. Rosewater and peach as well. A lot in this and at times I think more barleywine than I do DIPA.

T-- Sweet as heck. Lots of Carmel, candied orange and rose. Alcohol is quite obvious.

M-- Thick and syrupy. Tastes and feels like butterscotch. There is some pine feel but not a lot. Heavy feel but more carbonation that what I expected. Alcohol is there in pretty bg way.

D-- Slow sipper. Plain and simple. Alcohol is very apparent the more you go deeper in this. A little too syrupy for my taste. Could use more pine and grapefruit to offset the malt. Not bad at all but a little too over the top.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into an imperial pilsner glass.

A: Rich, golden caramel in color with faint wisps of residual bottle yeast swirling though the clouded brew. A bulbous, three-finger head of white foam formed and retained nicely, leaving behind nice, webby lacing.

S: Warm, sweet and smoky smelling, with a tobacco leaf and coal aroma to go with those lush pine and citrus fruity resins.

T: Huge doses of sweet, roasted caramel malt at first, with a liquor-like blend of smoky and fruity ale bitter sweetness. Slightly chewy, fruity malts come together with a pretty hot and heavy blend of rich pine and citrus hops with a slick, resinous oil that coats the tongue. More than a one-dimensional hop attack, entering the realm of barleywine-like complexity and that of a barrel aged liquor.

M: Full, slightly syrupy mouthfeel that becomes more viscous and complex as the brew warms.

D: A very enjoyable and true sipper at 10% ABV, Unearthly is a DIPA for the hophead who likes a lot of complexity in terms of a malt profile as well. Pairs well with sweets and fruit, you'd probably find a really sharp cheese to have it with as well. Fine to sip and drinkable enough to put back a solo bomber with ease. A warming experience best suited for a brandy snifter, wrapped in front of a fire on a chilly fall night.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

$6 @ Gulu Gulu, Salem MA.

"Unearthly vacuum devouring the hourglass now empty, it's time to say goodbye." - The Black Dahlia Murder

Clear orange marmalade color. Thin, never say die head throws lace all the way down my glass.

Citrus hop syrup aroma. Doesn't explode with resins as I'd like but it's a sweet hop nectar just the same. Taste is the same citrus syrup. Pretty balanced actually. Mouthfeel is the star here. It's plush, velvety...is nice.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a rusty copper hue with a slight haze and a fleeting 2 finger head that left decent sheets of lace.

S-Nutty caramel malt,floral and piney hops and a boozey sweetness.Big malt on the nose makes me wonder if this is more Barleywine than IIPA.

T-Big,brown sugar malt with perfumey,floral hop notes,candied grapefruit and grainy booze.More Barleywine than Avery's Hog Heaven in my opinion.

M-Full bodied with moderate hop bitterness and an innate malty/boozey sweetness.

D-At 10%,not ridiculously hot but still boozey enough to make you take notice.Not a bad Barleywine but not what I look for in a IIPA.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper color with a good white head and a bit of staying power. Some nice white lacing. Nose is strong pine, citrus, and earthy hops with a bit of caramel in the back. The flavor is a bit less hoppy but adds a strong amount of bitterness along with a bit of caramel and bread. Nice feel with good carbonation and hop bitterness levels. Much better than the oak-aged version and a really nice DIPA.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear Amber with a white head.

S: Malty sweet. Earthy hops.

T: Malty sweet with a grassy earthy hop character and a decent hop bitterness that didn't overwhelm.

MF: on the lighter side. moderate carbonation.

D: although the ABV is masked very well in the beer, I give it a low rating because this beer gave me a hangover for whatever reason. The night before I drank this beer I drank Stone's Old Guardian and was perfectly fine. It may just be me though. I bought this beer for $3 a 22oz. not a bad price.

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to StormKing47.

A: Pours a tangerine-amber with a couple fingers of frothy off-white head that slowly faded into leaving a network of thick, chunky lace.
S: Tangerine and citrus hop smell with perfumey floral notes, and a touch of pineapple and papaya as well. I pick up hints of spearmint as well, especially right after the pour.
T: Fruity like the nose with flavors of both citrus and sweet exotic fruits. A touch of crackery toasted malt balances out the finish. Finish is sweet and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with notes of mint.
M: Smooth mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. Not too oily or greasy feeling. Medium-full body. Not a trace of the 11%.
D: Yet another delicious DIPA from a great brewery. Very balanced and clean with nice fruity flavors. Alcohol is ridiculously well masked. Time to eat some bread and try the oak-aged version, see my next review. Thanks again Josh for this great beer!

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into tulip. From notes. Awesome extra from Dreadnaught33, thanks John!

A - Deep amber to reddish. One finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. nice lacing.

S - Very floral, citrus, pineapple with a bit of nuttiness in the background.

T - Pineapple, bitter hops with some strong candied sugar sweetness as the backbone.

M - Sticky sweet, medium body with lots of malt.

D - Mid-drinkability, the large bitterness and sweetness kind of fight each other for control and that affects the end product a bit. However, this beer is very good and I would love to have more!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unearthly pours a clear copper color with a small, creamy white head on top. A couple of streams of bubbles rise slowly to the top.

The aroma is softer than expected. There's some sweet malt mixed with piney and citrus hops. A touch of bready yeast is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth, slightly chewy with a mild carbonated zap on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins malty with notes of caramel and pale malt. In the middle some pine and orange citrus hops move in. It finishes bitter with a touch of peppery spice. Once gone the caramel malt and pine hop notes linger on the palate.

For 10% abv this beer is quite drinkable. It wasn't the hop monster I was expecting, but is very well balanced. Still, I don't think I could have more than one at a time. I'd need a ride home otherwise.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent. Paid $8.69 at Capital Market. Shared with my son.

A-Poured a clear, medium, golden-amber hue with a two finger bone white, frothy head with nice retention and gorgeous, sticky lacing. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma was disappointingly lacking. Slight citrus and piney hops with biscuit like malts. With all the Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops used, I expected to be blown away. May not be fresh enough. Bottling dating would remove the doubt.

T-Taste was a little tame as well. Fortunately Unearthly doesn't resemble a barleywine as many of the > 10% DIPAs do, but the taste is bitter from the hops without much other flavor, and there is a little too much malt sweetness for the style.

M-Very smooth for such a big beer at 11% ABV (per label). Alcohol is nicely masked.

D-This was probably the best DIPA >= 10% ABV I have had and it comes closer to the DIPA style than the others I have reviewed. A bit pricey, but I wish Southern Tier used bottle dating. I would be very interested in trying this again if I knew it was very fresh.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a snifter, nearly two fingers of head, slight haze warm chesnut coloring.

s- warm biscuit, strong, some pine, light citrus.

t- this is a strong one, sappy pine, earthy hops come through, some huff and burn here as well, i wish the alcohol was a bit more hidden.

m- medium, coating, slick.

d- not the best, the alcohol isn't well hidden here. i was a bit disappointed here.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Servign type: 22 oz. bottle

glassware: Didn't have a flute, but used a large snifter glass to bring out the aroma.

Appearance: The beer has a reddish-amber look in the glass. Slight head when poured in the glass.

Smell: Sweet, malty, and a hint of pineapple. There is also a slight resin and floral aroma from all of the different hpps in the beer

Mouthfeel: full, smooth, and goes down well. It is a very big beer too.

Taste: delicious, sweet and malty.

Drinkability: It is a very drinkable beer and gets better toward the end of the glass.

Overall, I like this beer a lot whether enjoyed by myself on the porch with friends or shared with friends for a special occasion. I would recommend this beer for an IPA/Double IPA fan.

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

From the bomber into a fluted glass results in a quickly receding white head that laces nicely as the level drops.
Floral hops with sweetness of pineapple hits the nose in an understated way, not much pine.
Taste is a dichotomy sweet malt up front and center followed by a bread then a hop bitter wallop kind of a two dimensional experience.
I can see why some folks laud on this DIPA's balance, but I prefer the pallet wrecking hop bomb of other DIPA's .
A very good beer, but at 11% ABV I would like more hops cause you sure aren't going to drink a lot of this, might as well ruin the tastebuds with one.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful, slightly hazy golden brown with a thick and foamy white head that sets up a little tent and maybe a fold out chair with a hibachi and cooks some hot dogs. also some damn good lacing.

Holy shit it smells like delicious candied pineapple.

Holy shit it TASTES LIKE DELICIOUS CANDIED PINEAPPLE!!! It also has a slightly piney bitter finish.

creamy and smooth with just a dash of dryness in the finish.

a bit filling, but delicious.

If southern tier was a woman I would totally get rejected after propositioning her.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dingy gold in color,very clear with a smaller short lived head.
S: sweet scent with a carmel touch to it- nice
T: Outstanding~ well balanced smooth malty taste with semi bitter hops equaling it all out
M: very pleasant for an 11% brew all was good!
D: a real easy pounder,wish it came in 6ers!

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Photo of 3m3rson
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite double IPA. Hands down. It's like a dark and stormy but diffused with sunshine.

Southern Tier is putting out some really great beers. Those living in the Northeast that think they are missing out on all the top tier Indy/Chi/Mich and Cali brews, put your brakes on. These guys are for real.

Ahhh.. this is good.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a deuce-deuce into a half-liter tapered glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy caramel/amber color, two-fingered head recedes somewhat quickly leaving heavy lacing on the glass. Final millimeter of head is strong and does not dissipate at all. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell: Lots of caramel in the nose, massive amounts of floral hops and a prune-like alcohol afterburn. Definitely enticing.

Taste: Killer. In a good way. Sweetness at first, probably caramel malt. An almost buttery flavor holds the brew together. This is followed closely behind by a fist-full of very flowery hop action. Only a touch of bitterness, which is surprising; it's a welcome twist on a classic idea.

Mouthfeel: Heavily tingly at first, a lot of bite to this brew. Carbonation is great here. It mellows out very, very slowly, challenging you to find every flavor you can in the taste. Works well for this brew.

Drinkability: If it didn't cost me an hour's pay for one double-deuce bottle, I'd probably drink it every day. Scratch that...if I got seven extra hours a week, I'd probably drink it every day. :-) Very good. I will come back to this one in the future.

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Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber red pour into a snifter. Froth 2-finger head with thin retention. Excellent lace.

Nose is very earthy. Lots of malt here with a floral hop backing. Slightly understated.

Thick creamy taste. An incredible amount of malt body here. Deep rich hop profile with slight herbal feel. More flowery though. No e hop burn in the finish without overpowering.

Excellent sipper.

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Photo of GJ40
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Copper with great clarity and a small beige head. Very attractive.

S - Very piney with notes of grass, peat and oak.

T - Very piney with intense hop oils and a firm kick of alcohol. This beer is very rich; too rich in fact. I love IPAs & DIPAs but this one seems too focused on packing a punch and not enough on delivering good flavor.

M - Oily and thick with a nice low carbonation.

D - Not one for me. After struggling through the first half, I poured it. This one's proof that bigger isn't always better.

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

appearance: Handsome bronze with a substantial, creamy tan head.
smell: Ummm...caramel malty with tropical citrus.
taste: Oh man....muscled up with a hop attack that creeps up politely and backed by an equally strong malt profile. De-lish.
mouthfeel: Full and creamy.
drinkability: Very nice brew. On the fence about a higher rating here. Went with a "mere" good due solely to richness.
Southern Tier just came to Columbus thanks to Chris at Boo's. This is my 2nd and if the rest is comparable to this and Mokah the brewery gives Founders a run for it's money.

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Photo of WJVII
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks BA bud Cdkrenz. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass this brew has a nice orange amber color with a thick white 2 finger head with an aggressive pour. The head settles into a nice thin cap leaving sticky delicious lacing down the glass. The brews aroma is full of pine needles with nice clove and nutty notes. The taste is not over powering. There is a very strong hop start with a slight butterscotch middle and a mild bitter finish with some brown sugar and caramel malt balance. This brew is not the POW hop flavor I expected. It is balanced, sweet and spicy. Very good brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy gold, other than the lack of head, the appearance is exactly perfect for a double IPA

S-a bit of citrusy hops, actually not very strong, smells more like a regular IPA tho it does smell like its strong in ABV

T-wow the taste is much less subtle than the smell. its not that there is a big blast of hops, but more this beer hits you with a good amount of hops that are of extreme quality. this beer is a testament to the fact that better ingredients make a better overall taste. there is a very pleasant caramel after-taste. there is a bitterness to it, but to my satisfaction its not as bitter as most imperial IPAs

M-lightly carbonated, creamy, very thick.

D-comes in a very big bottle for such a high ABV, this bottle is meant for sharing! As the beer disappears, the taste actually stays quite well, if it weren't for the high alcohol content, i'd be able to drink this all night long!

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This's been sitting on the shelf a while, so I was expecting some of the aromaticity to disappear, but that's not the case at all. Anyways...

A: Good color. A transparent, ruddy red-orange. One finger of initial, pearly head dissipated almost immediately. Still, there's decent carbonation going on here.

S: A sweet, malty mess with some solid hopping. I love ST for their ingredient listing--really helps educate. From the nose, it's nicely hopped--perhaps a bit too complex. A bit floral, a bit citrus-y, but still very nice. Just a touch of alcoholic fire.

T: Not as overwhelmingly bitter as I expected. A bit of caramel and raisin, a balanced bitter finish. The booze level and the sweetness are cut nicely by the hopping.

M: This has a good resinous feel, a combo of high alcohol and hop-backing/dry-hopping--the feeling your fingers get when you rub a hop cone between them. Carbonation's about right, could maybe use a bit more.

D: Not bad, for an 11% ABV beer. Not a bitter bomb for the style, which may turn some hopheads off. Perhaps a bit too sweet, if anything.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper color with nice full 1/2 inch foamy cap.

S: Hops, Hops, Hops, did I mention there is a hoppy floral scent.

T: Big citrus and grapefruit hop flavor.

M: Medium to full body flavor with nice lacing.

D: Very drinkable went well with meatloaf.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My review was written from Unearthly that I had on tap. I have also had this beer many times in bottle. It is one of my favorite beers. Poured into a plastic solo cup, bright copper orange color with a very sticky, huge head. Strong scents of pine, citrus fruits like grapefruit, some pineapple. The flavors follow the scent profile, sticky hops, pine flavors. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple fruitiness. This beer coats your tongue so each sip is more punishing with the hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Very drinkable and it will catch up to you because the alcohol is well hidden.

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