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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Reviews: 1,221 | Ratings: 3,059
Photo of mcowgill
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a great clear amberish color with nice creamy head that lasts awhile.

S - Citrus hoppy aroma but also very present malt aroma as well. It doesn't have an intense hoppy aroma. I was surprised by this.

T - This is a very well balanced tasty brew. The oily hops are huge but the malt is there balancing it all out.

M - Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, and smooth.

D - This is one very drinkable beer considering the ABV and the fact that it's a huge IPA.

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Photo of soup35
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

Luminous copper color with a pretty normal looking head.

Strong hop aroma with a bit of spicy-peppery hints.

This aggressive DIPA has a musky floral intense hop taste. It has small hints of dried flowers at the back of tongue. A complex, strong, powerful beer with a strong hoppy finish.

Southern Tier did a great job on this DIPA…probably my favorite Southern Tier beer.

If you are into your IPAs and DIPAs, you will definitely like this beer.

The bottle lists the ABV, platos, IBUs, and malts and hops…AND even the temperature and glass type to serve this delicious liquid. It’s the beer that keeps on giving!

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Photo of KeefD
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow, this beer packs a real punch! Good head for the high alcohol content and left decent lacing down the glass. Huge hoppy aroma and flavors up front with hints of citrus, pine, sweet, bready malts, candied fruits. Delicious taste throughout. One of the best tasting DIPA's out there. It was quite carbonated but the body of this brew is thick and syrupy that coated the mouth. Super smooth, great flavor. Nice brew!!

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Photo of shigg85
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Bulldog in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy bronze brew with a thick crepe-looking head. Amazing rich bitter hops with a sweetness of miso paste and sweet caramel malts. Aroma matches following the hop side more closely. The lacing slides down the glass and glitters like a fireworks shower explosion. Sweetness of miso and caramel peanuts remains in the aftertaste with a bit of excess gas. Overall, an amazing strong IPA with its 125 IBUs that will lead me to more Southern Tiers. Easily one of my favorite IPAs ever.

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Photo of nortmand
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-red with a big frothy white head.

Huge, juicy sweet grapefruit nose. Simply astoundingly beautiful.

Front end hop loaded, with huge sweet resinous grapefruit flavors. Very nice raisin like caramel maltiness. Soft, balanced bitterness. Perfect, but for a reasonably strong alcohol burn.

Medium bodied with a soft, supple carbonation. Very nicely balanced DIPA, but a bit heavy on the alcohol character.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish color. Fair size head, decent retention, good amounts of lacing mark the glass.

The nose is bursting with hops, citrus, orange, tropical fruits. All the good stuff.

An abundance of hops hit the palate. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, the malts balances everything nicely. A very highly drinkable DIPA. The alcohol is completely undetectable to me. This is an amazing brew glad to have had the opportunity to buy a couple.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber bought in Boston (thanks Nick!), brought back home to NJ, then brought to upstate NY to share with friends. About 500 miles later, this beer was finally consumed and it received rave reviews from all that tried it.

Orange colored with a sticky white head. Good head retention. The aroma is full of citrus and floral notes. Very inviting. The taste says it all though. Maybe the best tasting DIPA I've ever had and certainly one of the most balanced as far as hops and malt go. Are the hops over the top? Of course, it's part of the style, but the malts provide the sweet backdrop that ties it all together. Something that I feel is missing from some DIPAs like Stone Ruination or Victory Hop Wallop, but makes DFH 90 Min the great beer that it is. But back to the Unearthly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both terrific. 11%?!?! I wouldn't have guessed it. The alcohol is slightly noticable but does not burn your mouth in any way as some of the over the top beers in this style can do.

This is a big beer, but with lots of balance that makes it a very enjoyable sipper. Something I will seek out again and maybe even stock up on. A must try if it's available to you.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, poured in a goblet.

A - clear, light copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a coating, leaving spotty lacing.

S - great aromas, piney hops, malt, and some alcohol, sweet smelling brew.

T - excellent taste, hops are there but not overpowering, instead the hops are balanced out with the sweetness of malt(s). Hint of alcohol taste as the brew warms up but hey, it is 11% abv.

M - light/medium bodied, mild carbonation, smooth, sweet, very nice.

D - 11% abv is pretty much hidden in taste, this brew goes down way too easy, so be careful with it.

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Photo of Vincenzo839
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was really amazing. I originally had it in a 22oz. bottle and was extremely impressed, but then got a keg for my home kegerator and it is even better. For starters let's start with the alcohol. It is almost not noticeable until you have 3 pints, and you are finding it difficult to think clearly.

The taste is nothing short of spectacular. Strong, leafy hop flavors almost overpower my senses. A slightly fruity bitterness explodes from the start and lasts until the end of each pint. Toasty malt underlies the massive hop assault. A juicy bitterness and tonnes of hop aroma make for a never ending finish. Another pleasant suprise is the lack of head that comes out with every pint, maximum of 1 finger.

All in all I say that this beer is remarkable. I am anxiously waiting for the local store to get the Iniquity, Big Red and new Farmers Tan. I need to add them all to my kegerator ASAP.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler serving minutes from the tap.

Pours clear, an interesting ruby orange color with a loose off white head that fades fairly quickly. Little observable effervescence. A good amount of lacing.

The smell is quite aggressive. A big sweet malty nose of orange pineapple citrus hops.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is primarily very sweet and creamy also. The hop texture is balanced and the carbonation complements the character.

The flavor is as sweet as the smell. A huge sweet malty experience with a unique and significant pine-orange citrus flavor. The entire thing lingers appropriately.

An 11%-Sleeper that i find very easy to drink. Find this and consume mass quantities!

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer itself is a amber orange color. With very little head to speak of. What there was is gone immediately.
S: oh lots of sweetness on the nose. Oh that deliscious candied apricot hops smell that I love so much. Just a touch of malt sweetness as well.
T:Sweet candied apricots right away. But there is also a tad bit of a floral hoppiness that really sticks on the back pallet. Not only that, but some dry piney hops as well.
M: Big fat round bubbles for a full mouthfeel. It makes you think it is syrupy, but its more full than that.
D:Man I love this DIPA baby. It is friggin great.

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Photo of boralyl
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served in a chalice glass. Pours 2 fingers off sticky, off-white head. It laces everything it touches and has a pretty good retention. The beer is a dark amber, almost looking red in some light. This beer just looks tempting.

S - There are definitely some hops in the nose, but not quite as powerful as one would expect from a beer like this. Sweet malts and citrus take the spotlight. Undeniably inviting.

M - A medium to full bodied beer with a fairly creamy and smooth feel to it.

T - The hops are very apparent on the taste buds at first with pine and citrus flavors showing up. Then comes a masterful balance of sweet malts eventually fading into some more piny hops. The aftertaste is a combination of bitter and sweet. The high alcohol content is very well hidden in the taste but it can be felt going down.

A great DIPA. Not your traditional hop bomb flavored bitter beer that I have come accustom too. Instead it's a great balance of malts/hops that creates a unique "unearthly" taste.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-clear, reddish/amber color with a magnificent, off-white, creamy head that retains wonderfully. Great lacing leaves my glassware beautifully decorated as well. Nice!!!

Aroma is of huge citrusy hops, with a strong sweet malty backbone. Lots of grassy notes are present as well, including hop spiciness, candy, and wonderful floral hoppy notes. No alcohol detected in the nose at all, even though this brew clocks in at 11.0% abv. Outstanding.

Taste is just phenomenal. Spicy and huge piney hops up front with an amazing malty flavored backbone. Grassy, earthy, and ending semi-dry but not astringent. From the smell, you would think this beer would be a bit on the sweet side even though it isn't. Ridiculously smooth and balanced. Alcohol @ 11.0 is hardly detected!!

Mouthfeel is rich and velvety with moderate carbonation. Great feel for an Impy IPA.

Judging based solely on flavor, I could drink this baby all damn day. It is that good...no, GREAT. Throw in the alcohol factor, and I would have to say one bomber is enough. Tolerance allowing though, this is just smooth as silk and ultra-balanced. A magnificent Imperial IPA, Triple IPA even, that is probably my second favorite, right behind Yulesmith. Which is a feat in itself. Hats off to Southern Tier for brewing one of the best beers in the entire world.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge pineapple and grapefruit nose. Beautiful floral hop aroma. Pours a hazy orange/straw color with a nice and sticky 2 finger head.

Spicy and breadfruit up front, lots of tropical fruit tastes in the middle. Big and juicy and smooth in body. Slightly bitter finish, doesn't blend with the juiciness but instead cuts in near the end. Its not a bad thing though and only adds another layer of flavor.

Stands out amongst the crowd when it comes to dipas probably a different hop selection then the usual, less citrus but a ton more tropical fruit, its fantastic.

Unearthly indeed!

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ox bomber poured into pint glass
A - deep orangey amber, with nice two finger white head
S - wonderful sweet and bitter citrus
T - really nice bitter citrus finish, sweet citrusy beginnig, earthy texture, amazing
M - creamy and heavy
O - absolutely amazind double ipa

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Photo of trill
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scored this 22oz bottle in a trade with BanditBrewingCo.

Pours an extremely clear copper color, with a sizeable white head of very small bubbles. Aroma is a truckload of Cascade hops, like smelling a handful of pellets on brew day. There's a heavy note of sweet citrus (oranges, mostly), and a pungent grassiness as well. In the taste, the hops are more peppery/earthy/vegetal; aside from the slight caramel flavor, this beer is very dry in the mouth. For a big IPA, the malt is very impressive, as it plays a supporting role while still being very interesting in its own right. The red wheat definitely comes through with a sharp tartness in the finish. The alcohol level in this beer is near-invisible, and if I didn't know any better, I'd guess it was maybe 7%ABV. This beer definitely sets itself apart in a very crowded category.

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Photo of beckje01
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Honey gold color with some activity

S- Really hoppy nose with some caramel notes in the way back.

T- Good hops but not so over the top as to be off putting, just enough to push the envelope.

M- Good thickness and nice activity.

D- Very drinkable, a very fun beer to drink, you'll never taste the 11%

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Photo of GregHarold
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an interesting beer. It starts out bitter but settles into a counterbalance of malty sweetness. That sweetness is not as dominate in the flavor profile as Southern Tier's Gemini, but it is more pronounced than in their standard-bearer: 2XIPA (all available for together for sampling in the "Super Pack.)...it falls somewhere in between, a nicely balanced imperial. It's light on the palate but filling. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of oberon
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a great rich clear bronze witha very well retained 1/2 finger head with a fine bead just a pleasure to look at I have to say.The aromas are quite citric alot grapefruit in there maybe a note of apricot over top of caramel malt a whif of alcohol shows thru more so as it warms.This is not an in your face DIPA although the hops do pack a good punch not to mention alot of complexities citrus and piney cascades and chinooks really show themselves I even get a little earthiness as it warms saying all that there is a big enough of juicy lightly sweet caramel malt backbone to almost hold up against the hop onslaught.Wow amazed at this beer the alcohol is so well hidden you would have no idea how big it was and the hops take the show,"an unhibited infusion of hops" per bottle that sums it up,kick ass!

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

Great amber color. Like good jewelry. Medium head that sticks around the whole time. Small amount of lacing that stays put until I pour more into the snifter.

Cascade hops are prevalent, but there are some more in there. I’ll read the bottle in a minute. Fruity, citrus, hoppy, and sweet. My wife says apricots.

Sweet malt and hop bitterness intertwine. Very buttery finish. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Wow these are good hops. This one isn’t about the quantity of the hops, but the quality. It’s just plain NICE.

Just right. Thick enough to know there’s lots of goodness packed in there, but not syrupy at all.

I like my big beers. This one packs a perfect punch without being too aggressive. I thought there would be more alcohol burn, but it’s hidden beneath all the tastes. Let’s just say it’s got all the flavor without all the “Arrogance”. (A.B. is another favorite)

Southern Tier has a good thing going with their new series. It’s just smart marketing in my opinion. The 22oz bottles make for a good sit down session at home. I LOVE that they list the specific hops, malts and grains they use. Now that I’m a home brewer, I can actually visualize what went into the beer I am drinking. It’ll also come in handy when I try to make a clone of this one!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, ruby with some orange hues. Very interesting color for a DIPA. 1/2" white head with moderate retention.
Smells kind of barleywinish. Very sweet with many fruity aromas. More tropical than citrus or piney. Think mango.
WOWWWW!!! This is one hellva beer. Huge hoppiness. piney,citrus,tropical. Huge sweetness. Brown sugar, caramel. The most deceptive 11% beer I've ever had. Man this is fantastic. This beer has it all. Nice hop profile, big malty sweetness, hidden booze.
For such a big beer in complexity, flavor and alcohol, the mouthfeel is silky smooth. It is mind boggling how this beer so big in flavor and go down so easy.
It's a sipping beer that's hard to sip.
Thank you Florida Gators for the beer.
Thank you jasonm and TheManiacalOne for sending it.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear coppery amber, with a thin not quite white head.
not as hoppy of an aroma as you might expect. relatively subtle orangey citrus and earthy pine with a substantial amount of malty caramel. it got an almost pineapple caramel cookie like quality to it. gonna go with 4.0 here, it falls somewhere in between 4.0 and 4.5, but i'm looking for a little more here.
now the taste... this is what i'm talking about. lots of juicy hops, with orange marmalade, pine needle, and maybe a little pineapple flavor. excellently balanced with lots of rich caramel malts and at times the almost cake or cookie like quality from the nose. good lord it's delicious. well hidden abv too.
fairly full bodied with smooth mellow carbonation. finds a way to not not be syrupy at all. exhalation of citrusy bitterness after i swallow. perfect.
very good drinkability for a double IPA or any beer for that matter, the bomber is almost gone and it seems like i just started. a rock solid example of the style, and a near perfect beer. this one definitely achieves excellence.

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

Clear amber, but hard to see thru. This must be a thick as a brick brew. Massive pillow top of ivory goodness, the lace is sticking to the glass an 1/8 inch thick. Impressive.

A citrusly orange aroma swirls outa the Corsendork tulip (thanks Soloman420). And then, the sweet and sour floral sips really kicks in, this thing is covering all aspects of the tongue’s senses. The oil will leave a sticky sheen on the lips and gums – smack, smack, smack. Sharp and crisp as first, the oiliness does show up for a big finish. Oh, the 11% is no where to be found, it musta been a typo on the bottle.

Great, great brew that I’ve had the good fortune to sample as a result of <winning> super bowl o beer 2007 – and ol Mark, the TheManiacalOne, was kind enough to pay with.

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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 rkuhnel
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks for Andy in NY for trading me this great beer. This poured in to my Duvel glass a very clear copper color with a nice solid and long lasting head that left great lacing on the glass. This was at 42 degrees as recommended on the bottle. Nose was very strong with lots of citrus, pine, and some fruit. Very rich and almost slick mouthfeel. Flavor is powerful and full of solid flavors that tend toward ripe fruits. Long bitter finish. This is a complex beer which might not please everyone but I like this kinds of brew. The alcohol is present but at 11 percent what can you expect. This is not the same as Pliny the Elder which I had a bottle of the night before, but in its own way is almost as good. Thanks Andy for a simply superb beer.

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