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

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
3,075 Ratings
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 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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Photo of IPAescotch
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber hue, hazy. Small head, little retention, light lacing. Large bubbles signify carbonation.

S: Biscuity and grassy. A little floral and complex, bouquet style.

T: Earthy, almost dirty. None too bitter for an ipa. Fruity aftertaste.

M: Thin and carbonated

D: Hides abv well, kind of harsh to sip.

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Photo of BillHaverchuck
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into an opaque dark orange with nice foam stack on top
very nice earthy smell to it, a hop and malt hurricane
tastes very earthly malted with a bite of hops towards the end
goes down well, yet not really the easiest beer to drink

very good stuff here

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Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split. served in standard pint glasses.

A - deep gold in color, moderate amount of haze. half an inch of slightly creamy, off-white foam...solid lacing left behind.

S - sweet biscuity malt, lightly toasted nuts. hops shine through as fruity...pineapple and bitter grapefruit. alcohol present at the end.

T - heavy on the tropical fruits before massive malts...caramel, toffee, honey and biscuits dive in. alcohol strikes at the end, pushing this one towards barleywine territory.

M - medium to thickish body, amplified by an increasingly sweet malt profile. light carbonation, yet lightly tingly. works well with everything going on here.

D - solid, but maybe a few points off because this is more suited towards hoppy barleywine lovers than those of a good, hoppy DIPA. noticeable alcohol and a thick body hurt drinkability of this otherwise solid, but not great brew.

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

Draft pour at bar yields a minimal head but one that stays and stays, fueled by an endless supply of slow carbonation. Light cherry reddish/dark orange color with good clarity. Nose of strong pine and citrus hops, though surprisingly no hint of alcohol despite ~10% ABV. Nose smells very crisp and clean. In the mouth, it's surprisingly well balanced between tongue-numbing hops and firmly anchoring malts. Nice alcohol and hops bite at the end reminds me that I'm drinking a DIPA. Only slightly boozy; again, high ABV is extremely well masked. Mouth is quite pleasing with a good chewy semi-viscous character. Drinkability is also very good; 10% ABV is well masked and the hops assault is balanced against the malt.

Overall: A very good DIPA and a new go-to brew for me when I'm in the mood for the style.

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

reviewed from notes on brew day, poured into a tulip glass

A- cloudy bronze color, 1 finger of head, diminshes quickly, lots of lacing.

S- loads of pineapple with carmel malt.

T- pineapple with a hint of pine, carmel background, nice hop bite at the end.

M- medium body, low carbonation, and a little creamy.

D- great beer, I bought this on a reccomendation from the staff at Hogans Deli in Bangor and I am glad for it!

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden-amber in color with a small, slowly dissipating off-white head that leaves behind no lace.

Smell: Sweet tea and biscuity malt with fruity, citrusy, and slightly floral hops.

Taste: Begins toasty and bitter, with slight buttery sweetness. Finishes intensely bitter and slightly citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation at the beginning that rounds out, finishing very dry on the palate.

Drinkability: This is a nice, intensely hoppy beer. Not the greatest one out there, but still quite good. This should satisfy even the most hardcore hopheads.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while back and loved it, re-visiting for a review. Bomber into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a chazy amber-orange, creamy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Top turns to a thick ring and cap, leaves some lacing.

Caramel malt/butterscotch scent. Butterscotch? Oh yeah, this was in Gemini!

Taste is very malt-centric, bitter bitter malt. Hops seem to be the backbone of this beer. Caramel, pine, resin, grapefruit, some pineapple. Tiny bit of booze but stays hidden quite well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for 11%, makes the bitterness all the more powerful. Definitely a bitter malt bomb. Not quite as good as I remember but good. A bomber is a bit much.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle - Mostly because there's lots of info on it: A bit of blabla, alc vol, plato, grain bill, kettle hops, hop back, dry hopping hops, glassware, storing and serving temp. Thanks southern tier, really appreciate it.

A-Cloudy gold. Very soft, mushy looking dirty white head. Lots of lacing. Head stays until the end.

S- Sweet white wine like a Samos backed with a creamy butterscotch. Yeast as it warms. Lots of alcohol.

T- Malt centric. Dark fruit from the malt holds your attention but mostly if you're very used to very hop focused IIPAs. There still some grassiness in the back, the finish and after-taste. Bitter of course, but pretty tame if you consider the IIPA spectrum.

M- Not crisp, not dry. Medium carbonation. Syrupy and almost liqueur-like.

D- Okay. I drank the whole bottle in very little time but you could almost serve this like a grappa and sip. Bottle was out of the fridge for 15 minutes - maybe colder would be better.

Good product/beer. Won't buy it again unless I find it on tap. If you see it and feel tempted, go for it.

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Photo of claminat420
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy amber color with a off white head with a slightly orange tint to it. medium to heavy lacing.

S- sweet malt like a light caramel mixed with some citrusy hops. smells like an ipa should!

T- bitter bomb and me likes!!! just how it smells but with a slight pineapple fruity taste.

M- medium/heavy bodied. good carbonation.

D- i wish i grabbed two 22's.

Overall- this is one true imperial ipa. i wanted to rate this one with a fresh bottle. that's the negative thing i could say about this beer. i bought 2 22's down the road and both were flat and they sucked. so if you ever grab this and it's fresh it's truely worth the gamble.

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Photo of strangebrew52
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a good two fingers of creamy head and lots of lacing. Hops smell of grapefruit, pine and pineapple and then a hint of sweet malts. Nice mellow hop bite up front with a nice citrus flavor. The sweet malts come through and complement the hops nicely and for 11% the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Full bodied mouthfeel with very light carbonation, very smooth. Good DIPA that I would definitely have again. You can put down the entire bomber easily yourself or share with friends.

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Photo of STEG
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold amber appearance. Smell has caramel burnt sugar and pine. Taste is like caramel pine needles garnished with orange zest some more deeper citrusy flavors towards the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Drinkability takes a hit due to he alcohol content and palate destruction.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first glass pours a clear dark amber colour with a decent amount of head. The second glass poured a hazy amber. Tastes of bitter hops with a very malty background. Goes done incredibly smooth for 10%. I'm not kidding either, no hint of the alc% at all. Very enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copperish color. Decent head that melts to thick creamy lace.

Smell-HOPS,HOPS, HOPS. It's an imperial dipa. Citrus also.

Taste is very good. Very good mix of hops with the malt and wheat. Not overly bitter for the style, either. Alcohol is also very well hidden. Very drinkable. Definitely would get this one again. One of the best Imperial DIPAs I've tried, yet.

Paired @ breakfast with turkey bacon egg scramble and cantilope.
Surprisingly good all together.

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Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something about this beer just sits really well with me. 10%? Really? Could never tell. A fine looking beer, perhaps a shade paler than others of it's ilk but looks tasty and the ample head laced nicely. A really well balanced "text-book" nose of upfront hops that are starting to fade (travelled a fair distance-can't be helped) and sweet malt. Funnily enough, I think the fading of the hops has actually brought it down to the perfect balance. Maybe fresh the hops might be too much. Don't know. Still, this is a damn fine beer and probably my favourite from these guys so far..

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a finger of fluffy cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - grapefruit, tangerine and some pine. A nice sweet caramel malt nose in the background balances it out. A superb nose!

T - Very bitter up front with grapefruit and pine. Some sweet malts in the background, but not enough to balance out the extreme bitterness that completely dominated the palate and lingers in the finish. I normally love hop bombs but there was something missing with this one. The bitterness was too pronounced without the flavour profile to mellow it out. A letdown after the excellent nose.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

D - A decent DIPA but not a memorable one. Would not buy this again.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unearthly pours a rather terrestrial color of burnished orange-brown, a hint of redness makes for a unique appearance. The head is a tight slurry, and leaves some very nice lacing. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit, with a lot of C hopping. Not quite resinous, but definitely sticky and zesty.

The flavor is lead by the hops, but relatively well-balanced in the final equation. On the hop end there's grapefruit and orange, virtually dripping with juicy bitterness. For the malt, there's melted buttery caramel and toasted slabs of honey.

The alcohol is shockingly well-masked here - it reminds me of a barleywine-lite in flavor, but certainly not in ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Body is medium-full for style, and this is just about perfect on the way down. Bitter finish isn't bracing, but flavorful.

Unearthly is one hell of a beer. Fantastic. If I could access this beer regularly, my life would be better.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mattolesh for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a clear copper color into my SA Perfect Pint with about a finger of slight tan head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves good lacing.

Smell - Sweet, tropical citrus notes permeate the first sniff I take. Pineapple, apricot, some mango perhaps. Sweet malts, and just a hint of piney hops.

Taste - A heavy sweet malt (read caramel) character is immediately apparent. There is definitely tropical citrus notes, and just a hint of hop bitterness. After a few sips there is quite a bit of oak flavor that I notice. While I do enjoy the tropical notes, there is such heavy sweetness here...almost a nougat flavor? that I can't thoroughly enjoy this. I need at least a hint more of hops/piney/bitterness. This is just way too sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, relatively syrupy, low carbonation.

Drinkability - For how high ABV this is, it is actually quite drinkable. However, as stated, it is a bit too sweet for me. Still glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of berley31
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-, off-white head that has fairly good lasting power, before settling to 1/4-finger. Body is a dark copper color, and hazy.

S: Strong, fruity aroma... pineapple in particular sticks out the most.

T: For the ABV, this is a very smooth DIPA. The fruitiness (pineapple, again) starts off, followed by a very bitter and dry finish. However, the alcohol is barely detectable, and overall it's quite smooth and opens up even more as it warms.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly creamy, with average carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

D: Too easy-drinking for the ABV... be careful with this one! Quite enjoyable, especially for those who prefer fruitier DIPAs to earthy or piney.

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

On-tap at Tryst in Delray Beach for $2 during happy hour

A: Pours an amber orange with a massive creamy and fluffy head. Retention is excellent, but not quite as good as the bottled version

S: Caramel malts, brown sugar, and tons of earthy, fruity, bitter, and floral hops. This is one of the few beers that actually smells bitter

T: Solid bitter sweet bite. Hops are floral and resinous. Malts give caramel, toffee, and a sweet underlying base. The draught version has more honey and sweetness than I remember, and the hops have a similar bite.

MF/D: Full body, low carbonation, lingering honey finish, very sticky feel

Notes: a little more balanced on-tap, and definitely more drinkable

(mobile review)

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 2 finger foamy head. Color is dark orange. Good lacing. Good retention.

S. Piney hops, some hops. Caramel malt. Alcohol, some toffee. Maybe a little pineapple and grapefruit.

T. Taste is sweet malt. A little bit of hops. Not very bitter. Tastes as if the hops have mellowed significantly.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly sweet afterstaste.

D. Tastes like a weak barleywine. Not very hoppy. Hopefully better when it is more fresh. Not a DIPA that holds up very well.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color. The tall, orange-tinted head has a fairly dense whipped and frothy texture. Retention is very persistent, and a dense smattering of sticky lace adheres to the glass.

S: Some brown sugar and caramel pop up in the nose before being overwhelmed by hoppy aromas. Citrus character is foremost, with vibrant notes of grapefruit and orange juice. Lesser notes of pine, herbal spice, tropical fruit, and freshly cut grass. For 11% abv, I don't catch much more than a hint of alcohol.

T: A sturdy but unassuming malt presence up front. Some moderate caramel flavor, with some brown sugary and honeylike hints. Hop bitterness is firm and long-lasting. Hoppy flavors of pine resin, citrus (grapefruit and orange rind), and a biting herbal/spicy presence. A bit of alcoholic heat, but it's well-hidden for such a hefty brew.

M: Medium-full body. A bit oily/resiny. Carbonation is impressively soft, lending a smooth, appealing mouthfeel. A definite dryness into the finish.

D: A focused, well-rounded DIPA from Southern Tier. This shows some impressive craftsmanship, even though nothing exactly blows me away. I like that this manages to present so many different hop flavors while remaining coherent and enjoyable. How they managed to hide 11% abv is a mystery to me, but this is one drinkable beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has two clear stand-out features: a toasty, glossy coppered shine and a fuzzy, pulpous head. The beer's colourful body may distort clarity but it does not disallow it; the complexion, seemingly light's best friend, bounces and shimmers. The foam, which is plastered to the glass as much as the beer, is tremendously broad in its scope.

With Double IPAs, you might as well just throw things like "balance" and "easy drinkability" right out the window. The name of the game is hops and Southern Tier plays it arguably better than anyone. The aroma is piquant, it's a booze and resin soaked fire ball of fresh green lupullin, toast and honey, citrus rinds, tree sap and festered tropical fruits.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth for a beer calculated out to be a palate-shattering 153 bittering units and a whooping 11% alcohol by volume. It is so smooth, in fact, that these bombers, their herculean stats notwithstanding, disappear at the pace of a bottle half their size, a beer half their strength. And it's one offering I can never tired of.

The flavour doubles as both an endurance test and a game for the palate: can you handle a whole bottle of such an intense, flavourful beer and, if so, how many flavours can you name? I've had plenty of training and practice at this and to date I can list caramel dipped pine needles, toasted biscuits, exotic fruits and their rinds and shots of lychee liqueur.

The pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit flavours are all greatly appreciated, but it's that taste (and smell) of lychee liqueur that really stands out to my palate. There isn't so much flavour that the alcohol can't be noticed, but there is enough to ignore it. The malts are both sugary-sweet and crisply toasted; the mouthfeel, as result, is firm and chewy.

Having to chose a favourite DIPA is hard; having to chose my favourite Southern Tier hop-bomb is even harder! Un*Earthly, fantastic as it is, has stiff competition with Hoppe, 2XIPA, Big Red, Backburner, Iniquity, Pumking to name just the heavy hitters (nevermind the IPA, Hop Sun or Harvest Ale!) Ya, this brewery knows hops, they do hops well.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 3,075 ratings
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