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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Photo of kindacold
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass. Pours a light amber color with a small, quickly-dissipating head.

I smell some great, sweet, hop aroma. There's a hint of cinnamon in the odor.

Taking a deep sip, I feel a pleasant tingling as the carbonation dances on my tongue, releasing little bursts of hops. These are not just bitter though. There are so many mixed sweet and biting flavors that it is hard to differentiate them all. I can tell a general sweetness and spiciness with a mild bitter overtone and a lingering hop aftertaste.

The hops definitely coat your tongue. Your mouth feels slightly sticky, but full of great flavor.

I drank a bottle and it felt to be just about the right amount. I don't think I'd open a second at one sitting.

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

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours clear amber with tons of lacing racing up to a big white head.

S - Hops on multiple levels - floral grapefruit, citrus, pine, resin, with sweet, sugary malt backing.

T - Well, I wouldn't call it balanced, but I don't think that's a bad thing - that's not what an IPA is going for, but it does have a lot of sweetness backing up the bitter, floral, citrusy, hops. Really delicious.

M - Viscous, sticky IPA, with a nice, fluffy, velvety feel.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1pt. 6 oz bottle. I slavishly follow instructions on the bottle and pour contents into a large, fluted glass.

A- Vibrant clear amber appearance. Ample off white head, which fades slowly into thin cap. Heavy lacing.

S- Sweet citrus and pine hops notes mingle with a subtle dried-apricot odor.

T- Fairly sharp earthy and citrus hops hit first, mingling with slightly biting alcohol flavors. Citrus feel to the hops gradually cedes to a more pine resin flavor sensation. Big malt sweetness works hard to balance, and eventually succeeds in overwhelming the substantially bitter hopiness.

M- Carbonation is fairly high, and slightly biting crispness. Slightly syrupy and oily. Alcohol is felt, but without substantial warming.

D- Reasonably drinkable for its 11% ABV, though the sweet flavors and body don't come off quite well enough for me to want more than what is in front of me.

Future outlook: This was an OK drink of beer, but not really what I'm looking for when I get a DIPA.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep amber color with a massive head, 2-3cm, that stays around and leaves a bit of lacing. Just what I'd like to see. The smell is kind of subtle for a DIPA. A bit of an Earthy, herbal smell, with a bit of a crisp floral note, filled with hop resin, but the smells are subdued. The taste is pretty nice. There's a big hit of bitterness, and some good sweetness to balance it out. The hop flavor is very resinousy, with a bit of sweet citrus taste, no peel. A tiny bit of fruitiness from the hops with a big peachy burn from the alcohol. A little less alcohol is really all I'd like to see. Something about the taste really reminds me of a bag of pungent, resinousy hops. The mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the alcohol burn kind of turns my mouth off, but really the resinous feeling is one that I've come to love. It might not be a favorite of others, but I find that it enhanced the mouthfeel here. But I really enjoyed making my way through this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who is exploring IPAs, and is probably my favorite of the Southern Tier Imperial IPAs.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright and clear orange with a foamy white head, three fingers, that never leaves and produces some very good lacing down the glass. Aroma citrus and hops but with a noticeable sweetness. Very well balanced despite being very hoppy, brew is syrupy but not too thick, sweet citrus notes and grapefruit give way to a restrained, but floral and citrusy bitterness.

Need to put out an APB for the alcohol, which is nowhere to be found; one of the easiest drinking DIPAs, especially given its strength, very smooth.

A top-tier DIPA here, glad to have it on the menu.

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

Unearthly pours up with ample carbonation that creates a short-lived tannish-white head that adorns the bright orangish amber-copper body. The aroma is zesty with citrus fruits (blood orange, tangerine, white grapefruit) followed by some floral spiciness. An earthy (pine nuts, tall grass, evergreen) component along with some intagibles add to the overall complexity. Alcoholic warmth noted. The big maltiness is eventually brought under control by a balanced bitterness that defines the bittersweet, toasty finish. This medium-full bodied DIPA borderlines on a "stock ale" IMO so far as style, but nontheless provides the tastebuds with unsurpassed quality. Unearthly creates an "Out of this World" drinking experience for hop worshippers. Here's to an uninhibited infusion of hops.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.25.

A: Brilliant heavy orange-amber with impressive 2- finger apricot-off-white head with good retention and above-average lacing for a high ABV DIPA.

S: Delectable earthy, leafy hops dominate the nose with a healthy but overwhelmed dose of caramel malts keep it from smelling too grassy.

T: Attention-getting for its raw herbal earthiness which I enjoy but less-so than a broader palette of hops flavors. The maltload on this beer must be astronomical. The alcohol, which is substantial, is very well-hidden. If you are a lover of earthy, sharp hops-dominated flavor, this is one to try.

M: Exceptional coating with low carbonation and a very balanced aftertaste.

D: A very good Southern Tier offering although I like their regular IPA as much and Hoppe a little more for its brightness. Unearthly is hefty stuff with unmatched sharp earthiness that is unique but not exactly my cup of tea.

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

Bottle into goblet. Really like this one. Mom is just learning to like IPA's, but kind of a natural reviewer, took one sniff and said "it smells floral and fruity," as if she had been drinking IPA's forever....Poured clear, bronze/orange/golden , fluffy white head that hung around and eventually fell to film and ring, and left good lacing. SMELL is floral and citrus hop blending, as mom noted, with rich malty backbone. Well balanced and blended, complex, smooth, inviting, has long legs. TASTE the malty sweetness, floral and citrus hops, with medium bitterness ascending through the middle, and then lingering a bit. Quite smooth and mostly balanced. FEEL the medium carbonation, medium full body, thick texture, and dry bitter finish. Some warming also. OVERALL a great beer. Drinks really easy for such a big one, but is way too tasty to take more than sips. Savor it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft in a 16 oz. pint glass. Golden, one finger off-white head with no noticeable carbonation. Slightly citrus hoppy nose. Nice balance with some alcohol in the finish. Medium mouth feel.

Very drinkable IPA, hoppy but not over the top. Drinks more like an AIPA rather than a DIPA. Nice bouquet to the hops, very aromatic. If this is really 11 ABV, damn, I'll have another.

Second Drinking (9/25/09)
13 oz pour in tulip shaped glass at the Sunset Grill, Boston. Golden amber and slightly hazy with a short lived head and no signs of carbonation. Strong aroma of pine and fruit. Extremely well balanced flavor considering the IBUs. Honey sweetness along with strong resinous hops. My tounge crys "Uncle" as the hops take over through the middle and finish. Medium bodied. I am too exhausted to notice the finish. Thank you sir, may I have another.

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

Thanks Iconoklaztor.

Pours a hazy golden orange. Almost no head. What little white froth there is quickly settles down to a thin crust. No real bubbling either. Mouthfeel is a oily, resiny, chewy substance.

Smells like sweet citrus and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pine. Yum.

The taste is way more complex than the aroma. Some tropical notes are introduced, maybe mandarin oranges or pineapple, and there's plenty of both pink and white grapefruit with a splash of bittering pine. It's the freshness that takes you back: nice popping flavors. There's a nice lingering mint/piney bitterness on the palate. Huge balancing malt base.

Just an all-around very good brew.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, polished copper color with a one-finger cap that fades to a thin rimming of foam. Monstrous lacing from this one.

S: Grapefruit with a kiss of honey. Subtle notes of caramel and apricot. A whiff of alcohol vapors.

T: Bitterly hopped, yet supported by a massive malt bill. Opens sweet with brown sugared grapefruit and syrupy notes of caramel. Buttery warmth and a scratch of graininess announce the middle, as bitter bites of hopping round out the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel and a resinous chew that coats the palate.

D: An uninhibited infusion of hops, indeed. High ABV makes Unearthly an evening sipper.

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Photo of biker30x
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Pours into a pint a bright golden orange with only a little haze. A sticky head of dense off-white foam laces the glass throughout. The nose of intense citrus and floral hops rises pleasantly. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a viscous pine resin punch ably supported by a malty sweetness and grapefruit citrus structure. The alcohol is obviously present in a warm backing roll. It lingers long, leaving a spicy, oily, pine forest misted in a fog of citrus. As the mouth becomes familiar with the onslaught of hopspice, the backing sweetness of toasted malt becomes more apparent and hints of flowers suggest themselves. Tastes WAY too good and goes down WAY WAY too easy to weigh in at 11% abv. Afterwards, all that alcohol still numbs the mind less than one would think. This is what DIPAs ought to taste like.

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

Pours transparent orange with a thick white head and nice lacing. Aroma is citric and floral hops. Grapefruit is present up front. The palate is also a hop party, where the big flavors come out in the finish as hops are accustomed to doing. A nice smelling and tasting bouquet. Creamy, oily and resiny texture. A little sticky as well. It is truly hard to believe this beer is 11% abv. A fantastic IIPA, though short of elite. Amazingly balanced for the abv level, but a little short of the powerful hops aroma and taste I'm looking for in this densely populated style. Still, a great tasting beer.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's in Ohio. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a light copper color with a finger and a half thick frothy white head that dissipates down to a hazy covering with clumps of bubbles. The head leaves sheets of lacing all the way down.

S: A citrus hop aroma that is very pleasant. I didn't expect it, but there is a bit of malt aroma in the nose as well. A nice smell, but its nothing out of ordinary for the style.

T: The taste just like the nose is much more balanced than I expected. The caramel malt backbone provides a nice sweet initial flavor that is wiped away by a citrus hop punch. The finish is very clean, but you can taste a bit of resin if you lick the inside of your mouth. A very nice balanced IIPA. It has both a nice malt and hop kick.

M: The nice level of in mouth carbonation makes it creamy and smooth. It has a medium thickness. It is very very smooth for the style.

D: The balance, mouthfeel, and hidden ABV help to make this one almost too drinkable. I can not believe how easy it is to drink.

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Photo of roscoehnj
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier needs to up their game on quality control. Somebody put barleywine in the double IPA bottle. It has the malt forward nose of a barleywine, not to say that the hops don't make their citrusy presence known but they are the supporting player and not the star. Same with the taste - way too sweet and malty for a dipa. Now I thought it was a pretty good barleywine and had no problems making my way through the bomber. The 11% abv was pretty well hidden. But I like dipas better than baleywines generally and marking to labeled style this came up a bit short.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper colored beer with amazing floral hops. Orange /citrus aroma and the taste was sweet with subtle malts and spicy fruits. Alcohol is so well hidden. Hops and hops but all under control.
The feel was medium body,medium carbonation and only a slightly bitter taste.

Notes: Maybe it did not knock my socks off,but I found the balance and overall taste very pleasing. Yeah, maybe it was a tad sweet yet it did not fail to please my palate. I look forward to having this beer and I still did not find the need for a lengthy review.

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Photo of meatyard
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby/amber with a 3/4 inch off-white head that quickly fades to a very thin cover. Nice lacing.

The smell is not overly hoppy, a strong initial scent of citrus, but also has sugary sweet malt aroma. A balanced smell??

The taste is fairly balanced between citrus hops and very sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little syrupy.

Drinkability is fair, I didn't notice any alcohol but it's a little too sweet to drink much of this one.

Yep, this is the East Coast interpretation of a DIPA. It's much more balanced and lacks bitterness, good for some not for others, I prefer the ST Gemini over this nice beer.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Excited about this bottle that I received via trade.
A-Looking pretty good, golden beer with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.
S-Citrus and tropical fruit flavors, slight pine smell, sweet caramel malt
T-Very malt and fruit forward DIPA, some bread caramel flavors, slightly grain flavor, hop flavor not as prevelant at first but hit on the way back, citrus grapefruit presence there but has a backseat, alcohol flavors seem to sharpen the flavors rather than compliment them, Overly sweet, too much alcohol, and would have preferred more upfront hops
M-Good but not great, slightly grainy feel and alcohol flavor detracted, good carbonation tickle
D-Not a big fan of this one and didn't make it through the whole bottle. I find too much alcohol sweetness in Southern Tier beers that don't compliment the flavors underneath which are usually very good.

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

A: This beer poured a very clear golden color with a huge white fluffy head and nice lacing.

S: The aroma was fruity, hoppy and floral. Some esters were quite apparent.

T: This beer tastes of bitter HOPS! Floral, fruit and citrus notes were also detected. There is a hint of malty sweetness. This is a complex brew full of bold flavors that still remains balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is full and carbonated.

D: This is an excellent drinking Imperial IPA which showcases the hops without being overpowering.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a frothy 2 finger deep white head.

Aromas of sugar, tropical hop fruitiness, grapefruit, mango, honey, pine, spruce, goodness, slight breadiness.

Bitter citric hoppiness, sweet caramel, more tropical hop flavors. Very nicely balanced flavors. The hops are quite a bit more subdued than I would imagine in 150+ IBU IIPA. Not a bad thing, just expected this to be quite bitter.

Medium bodied, resiny, moderate carbonation, oily, lingering bitterness.

Nice drinkability. Not sessionable at 11%.
All around solid IIPA right here. Gladly have one again.

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Photo of dakid618
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a caramel color with a finger of light tan head. Excellent retention on glass. Smell is like oranges and grapefruit. Taste is very fruity for an IPA but still maintains the common citrus hop taste. Mouthfeel is slightly dry and invites me back for more. Goes down way too easy for 11% ABV. An excellent example of an Imperial IPA.

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

I'll start this review off saying that the bottle I had was aged 6 months before I drank it. I've had it on-tap and this bottle was completely different than what I had on-tap. With that said the aging seemed to have taken away some of the bitterness of this beer. The Red Wheat in the beer gives it the nice color. A nice light bronze color with a 1 to 1 1/2 finger head. Lacing is nice and sticks to the glass nicely. The beer is very sweet for an Imperial IPA. I don't know why people think it's a DIPA, but it's not. Smell I get a nice citrus (orangey) and floral hop aroma. For a high abv/ibu beer I get none of it, which I find good about this beer. The sweetness and the bitterness are very well balanced with the on-tap version I had. With this bottle the sweetness was well over the top. Over all this is one of the best IIPA's i've ever had. I wouldn't suggest aging this bottle, but if you can get it on-tap drink it up!

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

Pours clear auburn in color. Head is modest, dissipating quickly to a thin sheen.

Aroma is juicy citrus, and resinous piney hop. Fruity, with a sweet caramel malt base.

Taste is bready caramel malt. Surprisingly sweet brown sugar aspect. Citrus hops have a leafy green character. Finish is cleam with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Light and clean with a very slight hop oil residue.

The high ABV is very well hidden. Overall flavor is quite mild, hops are present but are not overpowering. Sweeter than you expect for a DIPA, but not in an obnoxious way.

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

Poured a deep copper with a thin yet sticky long lasting head.

The smell started big with full green fresh hops then mellowed to a nice sweet bubblegum and cotton candy like smell.

Has a big sweet toasted malt flavor, very nice hints of sourdough, bubblegum, alcohol, and molasses. The hop flavors build slowly with only a slight bittering at first but seem to compound upon each other as you drink it with a sticky juniper and mint leading to more and more bitterness as you go.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick or oily as I would have expected, with a medium body and a long warm and dry finish.

Pretty good overall, much sweeter than I would have anticipated with the hops being a less dominant force than most Double IPA's.

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

A - Nice bronze color, very clear, with a medium carbonation...very nice for this style. Pour into a chalice, small head, that faded to nothing pretty quick. A little surprised by that with the cara-pils they used.

S - Awesome smell, nice citrus and floral aromas with a little pine smell in there. Really pleasing smell.

T - Very good taste, no alcohol bite. Very nice citrus and floral hop flavors. Wasn't as bitter as I was expecting or would have liked, but I really like hops. Very balanced for a high IBU beer, not sure if I believe it is 135 as I have seen posted, but it does have a good malt backbone, so the balance my be fooling me.

M - It was good, not too dry, nice silky feel. About what I would expect in and Imperial IPA.

D - For such a high ABV beer I would say it is pretty drinkable. No problem with a 22 ounce bomber, but after that I am done. This is how I am with most high IBU beer, I love the assult on my senses for about 22-24 ounces worth of time, then it is time to relax.

Can't say I am blown away by this beer, but it is certainly very good and I am sure I will enjoy again in the future.

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