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

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
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84.7%
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4.07 w/ 3,075 ratings
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 02-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,326
Reviews:
1,225
Ratings:
3,075
Liked:
2,603
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.55%
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0
 
 
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148
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Ratings: 3,075 |  Reviews: 1,225
Photo of Genuine
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clean pint glass.

A - The pour resulted in a very nice, 2 finger white head, that had some pretty impressive retention which then lead to beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

S - I noted a lot of citrus and pine in this one. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a nice surprise.

T - I could hardly pick up the alcohol at all. I didn't believe it at first when I looked at the bottle's 11% alc. rating. Unbelievable. This one went down smooth, without any traces of alcohol. I'm happy to say that ST has nailed it with this one.

M - I also really liked the mouthfeel of this one on my palette. Just the right amount of carbonation to bring out the citrus notes.

Drinkability - an astounding "very much so!"

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Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with a dense off-white head.

Lots and lots of grapefruit in the nose. This is a citrus explosion with hints of floral.

Wow! This is very drinkable for the alcohol percent. I can hardly tell that this is 11%. Finishes quite dry but with loads of pine. Velvety soft and so smooth.

This packs a punch but has a great malt backbone. Lots of hops but that is to be expected. Quite a beer.

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

A - This beer poured a dark golden orange color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - Tha aromas produced by this bad boy were a mix of plenty of hops, each one adding its unigue characteristic to the beer, along with some good caramelized malts

T - The taste of this beer was really good for a DIPA, it started with a good sweet, brown sugar maltiness that is quickly overwhelmed by by a mix of fruity hops (grapefruit, orange, and lemon) and resiny pine profile as well

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this beer, it was a good example of a DIPA (and from the East Coast), I would not mind having this one again

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Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Summit multi-purpose glass.

Appearance: Bright, slightly hazy, orange with very thick bubbly yellow head and spiderweb-like lacing.

Smell: Major Cascade hops with evident citrus and grapefruit. Some slightly sweet toasted malt as well. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste: Major hop oil profile. The citrus and grapefruit is in full force with some toasted and caramel malts. Equal parts sweet and bitter with neither going overboard; this is actually quite well balanced. The alcohol is not all that well hidden, but at 11%, maybe that is to be expected. Almost a Barleywine, but not quite malty enough.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium to full body. Very warming and oily. Not nearly as smooth or dry as I would expect from a DIPA of this magnitude.

Drinkability: Very powerful DIPA that is a nice sipper, but I honestly expected more, whether bitterness or smoothness or dryness or a true taste explosion. It certainly doesn't need more alcohol, as I am mostly left with boozy hop oil; of course, that is still quite tasty.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly vigorous pour into a pint glass reveals a clear, orangish amber liquid with tons of bubbles and a solid two-finger head of loosely packed larger bubbles. The head dissipates slowly leaving glorious off white lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops bitterness. This beer puckers my nose, and I haven't even tried it yet. Some hints of pineapple and grapefruit as well. Sweeter than I imagined, but the pine and juniper definitely are the leading vote getters in this beer.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me is the balance and the well-roundedness of this beer. The taste begins bitter with pine hitting the tongue up front. The sweetness of the pineapple soothes the middle of the tongue, and the malts round out the back-end for a very complete taste profile.

Mouthfeel: This beer couldn't be stickier, unless it was congealed syrup. The bitterness on the front is balanced by the maltiness in the rear.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, but the 11% ABV is definitely there to remind you to drink this one slowly. This is a great Sunday afternoon beer, and one that will continue to have a place in the beer cellar around here.

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Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice solid amber with a somewhat soapy head. Good lacing and a touch of haze in the glass. Not much activity visible.

Smell is sweetly tropical in its fruitiness. Pineapple and mango mostly. A good strong dose of pine and citrus with pine being the bigger part. Underneath is a firm caramel malt backbone. Yum.

Taste surprisingly smooth. Maybe it is the huge malt structure that gives such balance to aggressive hopping or the types of hops themselves. Either way this is a great east coast DIPA. Hops are dry and grapefruity in the finish but start out piney and fragrant as the beer hits the tongue. Big caramel malt flows along bringing a wonderful dance partner to the hop waltz. More mango and pineapple here. Then the full citrus tinged drying in the finish. Hop oil coats the mouth giving an astringency and leaving a touch of mint. Alcohol is phantom like and never really show itself much.

The feel while full and velvety is lighter than I expected and finely carbonated. A touch of light cream on top of each swallow. This one pours across the tongue deliciously.

Drinkability is a strong suit so watch out. The high abv was not evident until after I finished my glass. It also has a quenching quality when cold that can have you almost guzzling this stuff.

Just superb. A heavyweight beer that goes down like a session ale. One to keep around for special times.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle:

A- Pours a nice clear golden amber almost orange color. Alright 1 finger eggshell white head that dies rather quickly leaving some good lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a pretty good looking beer that I could stare at all day. But to hell with that I would rather drink it.

S- I am hit with a tropical fruit (pineapple mostly) upfront with some citrus (orange and grapefruit) hops along with a very pronounced piney aroma. This gives way to a sweeter carmal malt backbone which balances this beer nicely. Nothing over the top but...well...I almost expected a little more in this beer.

T- This is a good tasting DIPA but drinks more like a IPA. Nothing over the top with the flavors which is almost a shame. Taste upfront is big mango taste along with a sweet malt. IT's super sweet upfront with the middle leaning toward a citrus hops being rammed into a bitter piney taste in the backdrop along with a distinct alcohol taste. Starts off going good but kind of has a trainwreck like mess in the tail end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this beer and helps push everything quickly through the mouth. Left sweet malts and bitter hops on the palate. Alcohol taste is faint in the aftertaste. Left a small hop resin on the tounge.

D- This is almost a trainwreck of a beer. It's not the right style in my opinion. It's not a terrible beer but it's kind of thrown in together and see what comes out. Would have had a little higher rating if it was well...labeled as just an IPA. Will try again later when I feel up to it.

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Photo of atremains
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color with a huge head that retains throughout the journey. Moderate lacing and carbonation. Smell is pine hops to the max, caramel, alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is hoppy as hell, which is a delicious thing. As it warms up it gets a little sweeter and the booze starts to come out. The finish is an all encompassing bitterness, take it or leave it. Personally I enjoy the bitterness, but drinking more than maybe 2 glasses of this may prove difficult. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and doesn't really stack up with the rest of its attributes.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-reddish amber color with a one - two finger head that leaves medium lacing on my glass, beautiful color on this one, nice and clear. Smells of pine hops and some malts that turns into raisins and a bit of alcohol with hops, good smell here. Tastes extremely bitter with citrus and piney hops, also get the raisins in here, some alcohol shines through, malts which contribute some sweetness, a tiny bit too much alcohol taste here for me. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with pretty high alcohol warming that leaves a piney/raisiny aftertaste, not my favorite after taste. Drinkability is decent here, alcohol and raisiny taste will overcome the hops for me after a while, this is definitely for you if you love bitterness though, glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of mjl21
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade...thanks Tom. 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 11%.

A-Pours a clear amber with some pinkish tones that are reminiscent of a rose. There are lots of bubbles that cling to the side and rise from the bottom. There is not that much of a head; it is more like a foamy ring with some slick, but the constant carbonation keeps it afloat throughout. Leaves some nice lace.

S-There is some definite caramel malt that gives it a pretty strong level of sweetness. I also get bubblegum, tropical fruit, and mint. As it warms it becomes a little more floral and earthy.

T-It is very thick and reminds me of a mango flavored cough syrup. The caramel malt that was apparent on the nose is also apparent in each sip, resulting in a sugary taste. The booze is evident in the back of the mouth. I wrote in my notes that it was like alcohol soaked hops. I do get some bitter grapefruit in between sips and some pine comes through after it has been in the glass for awhile.

M-Thick, syrupy, sugary, and sticky. The everlasting head does give it some smoothness.

D-Way too thick for my palate.

This one was too thick and boozy for me. There are just so many good WC IPAs that I would have to give this one a pass. I would give it another shot fresh from the tap.

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

This beer pours a clear medium orange amber, with a huge dense, creamy white head, which leaves spotty lace as it melts away. Big grapefruit and pine hops aroma up front, followed by a seemingly subdued caramel maltiness. The taste is caramel malt, orange and pine hops, and some warming alcohol. The bubbles are mild, the body is slick, filmy, and sticky, and it finishes totally in line - off-dry, malty and hoppy.

A typically big Yankee DIPA, both in volume, and in flavour.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

You gotta like raisins for this one, folks. Don't understand why others on here aren't noting that.

This poured a solid-looking, clear amber with a white, shiny, one-finger head.

The fruity-tart hops aroma is immediate...followed by fairly strong raisins. An aroma of malts is not overshadowed, though.

The raisin smell comes through the taste, mixed a tad with notes of dates, fig, and other bitter dark fruit. The malts come through with caramel characteristics.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp from the bitterness, and has a long, boozy, hoppy finish.

Drinkability is just OK. The aftertaste, for me, was harder to stomach than the 11% abv. Wasn't totally easy finishing the 650 ml bottle...maybe because I had other brews before this.

A half or full glass would make a decent apertif.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear tangerine/pumpkin shell hued brew with a huge fluffy, yet totally solid head that shows a remnant of the tangerine color of the brew but looks a little more eggshell or what a new bride would probably call "ivory" or "buttercream" while the groom says "Looks white to me." Abundant lace sticks beautifully to the glass, and head retention is outstanding. This is one hell of a sexy-lookin' beer! Five point 0.

S - The aroma is more subdued than I expected, but shows some nice flowery-garden and orange juice notes, along with some more exotic tropical flowers... not tropical fruit so much as tropical flowers. The kind of flora that would look completely out of place in an English garden but totally at home on the grounds of your all-inclusive resort in Mexico/Jamaica/Bahamas, or on the ear of a stunning Hawaiian wahine.

T - Sweet molasses, tangy/sweet mango, and buttery caramel cream. Like the nose, this is not "all up in your face" with "xtreme" hops like other DIPA brews that make the glorious hop the centerpiece of the table (not that I blame them or dislike those brews). Rather, this one is subtly caramel-y, buttery, sweet, perfumed, and completely relaxed in its vibe. For some reason, the whole Hawaii vibe is coming though in this beer. I've never been to Hawaii, but I've been to the Caribbean too many times (the flight to Hawaii from the midwest is prohibitive when booking vacations) and I imagine Hawaii to be like Caribbean, but with much more lush vegetation and I would imagine that that vegetation smells and tastes like this beer.

M - Full bodied and extremely sugar-laden. This is a sipper for desert or the wee hours of the evening, and its best enjoyed cool but not cold (and by that I mean a bit cooler than I normally drink my DIPA's... which would approach room temp). The attack is round and mellow, and the transition to the finish is a gentle curve of sweetness - to slightly less sweet.

D - A bit to sugary and heavy IMO. I could stand to see a bit more hoppage in this one, with a reduction in residual sugar. Not bad, but I probably won't be revisiting this one. And sorry about that Hawaii tangent... that's just the vibe I get.

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Photo of ATvics
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Victoria Gastro Pub.

A- Mild pale golden typical india pale ale color.

S- Ok nose of hops and citrus flavor. Not the backbone of this beer.

T- Woah, now were talkin. You're mouth explodes with grapefruity hopped up flavor. This lil bitch is jacked up on hops. Just what I was lookin for.

M- Perfect. Not too light and not too heavy. I could easily slam 4 or 5 of these down with no hesitation.

D- You know what you're walking into when you start sippin' on an imperial ipa. Some are just too much to take down to enjoy a second one, while others leave you confused as to why it's called a double/imperial ipa. The Unearthly in my opinion is the perfect balance of flavor, mouthfeel and drinkability to satisfy the everyday hophead. The only drawback is it's aroma. As Flavorful as it is I would expect a little more in the bouquet.

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

A - Dull golden with an eggshell head. Nice clarity.

S - Very strong malt bill on this one. A bit caramelly. Citrus hops are taking the back seat here.

T - It's really tough to decide which is the more predominant flavor. And they're not living in balance. The malt and hops seem to be battling it out. They say that there are no winners in war but obviously that's wrong. We are the winners.

M - Nice and thick. Good carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper color with a half finger's width head. The head dissipates down to a frothy ring leaving pretty nice lacing down the glass.

The smell is great, with a nice balance between hops and malt sweetness. The hops give a nice pine hint with a background of malt sweetness and a slight presence of alcohol

Taste is similar to the smell. There is a big earthy and sweet malt flavor up front with the hops following closely behind leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste that lingers on the palate. The alcohol taste builds with multiple sips but is definitely hidden well for 11%.

This a great DIPA, very well balanced with just the right mix of hop punch and big malt flavor.

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

On pour, the head had a nice mild gold tone and faded quickly. The beer itself was cloudy with a nice copper color.

The aroma was pleasant and the taste was pleasant for a DIPA but overall I felt nothing was distinctive compared to other I've had. There is a hint of ethanol, which for a beer with 11% alcohol, is not too surprising.

The texture/mouthfeel leaves me with the sensation of just having had some caramel.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: Pretty typical looking DIPA. Pale copper color with a quick fading white head. Lacing is nice.

S: Smells of hops and sweetness, also typical of a DIPA. Hint of ethanol. Nothing really in-your-face.

T: Taste is very sweet upon first sip. Piney hops balanced by sweet malts. Kind of earthy, ha! This is pretty much the standard DIPA in my opinion. Ethanol makes it's way through at the end.

M/D: Great body and goes down curiously smooth for an 11% ABV beer.

Definitely not a bad beer, and wasn't terribly expensive at $6.99 a bomber. Just don't expect anything over the top.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/amber with 1.5 fingers of sticky, dense head. No complaints.

The smell is a little bit weak, caramel sugary with fragrant hop oils. Very slight grassiness and a lingering bright grapefruit typical of the style. Just not very pungent or interesting.

Taste makes up for the lacklustre aroma, it packs a big flavour punch of grassy hops, and lots of caramel malt sweetness (maybe a bit too much on the sweet side!), warm alcohols and fresh citrus.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, not too oily but a little thin.

There is a large alcohol presence in this beer and it will zing you on the way down... the taste is refreshing, but it's not all that drinkable in the sense that you'd want to have glass after glass (such is the difficulty with a lot of big IPAs, I guess...). You'll certainly get through the bottle though!

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

pours a hazy golden orange color from 22 oz. bomber with 1/2 inch head an a nice ring..smell is typical dipa ..hops grapefruit grass malts..taste is the same its not outstanding but good its a creamy piney hop forward dipa with an ok malt background however there are way to many dipas and ipas for me to buy and this one does not stand out ...this one again its not one ill reach for but one to try.. so recommended only if you have not tried it

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed rich copper color with at least an inch of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves a moderate layer of lace on my glass as I sip my way to the bottom. Nose and flavor consist of resinous pine, a nice dose of caramelized malt, citrus such as lemon and orange, toasted bready grains, alcohol is quite noticeable. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. A bit too boozy for my tastes, but still a tasty DIPA.

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Photo of SeanfromShorts
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- Golden copper

S -- A bit sweet, a bit piny (Honestly, I have a stuffed up nose right now, so I can't be of great detail)

T -- Hits you before you have a chance to swallow. The alcohol is quite present, but for 11%, it's not bad. Smooth, real smooth.

M -- Not as light as some other IPA's I've had.

D -- For an Imperial IPA, not bad at all. Not one of my favorites, though.

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

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light sweet piney nose. Flavor follows the nose - sweet piney hops with mild bitter aftertaste. High ABV totally hidden. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of aewinte1
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- transparent copper-yellow. Thick 3 inch head comes from semi-vigorous pour
S- Hoppy as expected, but definitely not a hop bomb. Can almost smell the malt sweetness through the hops.
T- Very balanced. Very malty for a beer of DIPA. Alcohol is hardly detectable.
M- Thin, but somewhat oily. Carbonation and great malt/hop balance give this one a great mouthfeel.
D- Drinkability is dangerously good for a beer of this ABV. It would be possible to drink three 22 oz bombers, but probably not advisable.
Overall- A good beer. Definitely not a hop bomb. Somewhat comparable to left hand twisted sisters IPA because of the good balance and strong malt backbone.

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Photo of marvin213
3.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A lightly tanned, heady beer awaits my embrace. It's a light brown, copper color--like a penny from the 80s dulled from years of regular circulation. A solid surface of lacing marks the path of the foam's descent. This beverage certainly looks appealing.

The aroma from my glass isn't overly impressive. I was expecting a hop slam of sorts--not Hop Slam, but you know what I mean. I smell a balanced malt beverage. Hops are undoubtedly present, but absent is the distinct aroma of amarillo or simcoe. Instead, this particular hop combo just sort of blends the malts and wheat that comprise the beverage. It's odd because it's interesting without offering much character.

Southern Tier does a great job labeling specific ingredients, and I'd certainly be shy about calling out a caramel-type malt, but that's the taste that strikes me first. I similarly taste the red wheat. Where most (hoppy) beers have a malt backbone to counter the bittering hops, this one's got hops to counter the caramelized malts and the red wheat influences. I don't really want that from an IPA.

The hops taking a relative backseat hurts the mouthfeel. I fail to appreciate any textures the pale malt or wheat bring to the table. The caramalt sweetness is just okay, and--again--not really what I'm looking for from an IPA. My take on drinkability aligns with basically every other reaction to this beer--it's okay at best. For an $8.50 bomber, it simply doesn't cut it.

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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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