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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 | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Reviews: 1,217 | Ratings: 3,039
Photo of yinzer
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle. Not aged.

appearance - Light for a Double IPA. Cooper. Normal head.

smell - Sweel carmel with pine late addition hops. Very nice.

taste - Starts malty with pine flavors. The malt holds in there and stays sweet with a mild bitter finish. Not a big IPA when it comes to bitterness but the flavor and aroma hops are there.

mouthfeel - Full with a hint of carbonation.

drinkability - I've always found Southern Tier's beers while not a great example of the style to be very drinkable. East Coast for sure, hides the alcohol very well at 11%. Another clean solid beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was a very light coppery red color. A frothy white inch and a quarter head took a few minutes to dissolve. An average looking carbonation rising. Big thick lacing clumps.

A very nice hops aroma. A strong blend of citrus briefly gives way to a flash of pine aroma before ending with a clearly lemon zest note. These great flavors area little weak, but perfectly balanced.

Nicely balanced taste. A bitter hops blend of pine taste and light citric acids. A lemony finish isn't overpowering but helps the other flavors to mellow on the tongue.

A nice carbonation burst as it hits the front of the tongue moves the tastes to the side of the mouth. Above average thickness clinks to cheeks.

The total is greater then the sum of the parts. Great beer with a sharp chedder cheese and crackers as a relaxing snack. A very fine offering that I plan on stocking up on every time it gets released.

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

This beer pours a crystal clear amber with the slightest touch of red rose. There’s not much head after a while, but he slightly yellow film left some nice lace at first.

Smells of apricots, peaches and doughnuts. There’s also some fresh baked pastry, honey and rolled oats. A little pine pops in and out bringing with it some touches of alcohol that become more prevalent when it warms.

The flavor starts with a hop sting that shocked me at first but my palate got used to it as I drank my way through the first pint. There’s a base of boozy sweet maple syrup and oatmeal. The wicked hops leave traces of cedar and pineapple. Mostly, I’m just getting a beautiful sting out of this. Finishes, well, dry and bitter with a little “just took a shot of vodka” residual alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tiny, easy going carbonation that is both thickening and playful. that was a nice surprise for an 11%’er.

This one’s not bad at all. It’s quite aggressive, a little bit boozy, but the bottom line is that it’s really quite good.

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

Picked up at Consumer Beverage in NY for $4.79 or something ridiculous.

Pours a clear copper, huge thick white head forms, some of the prettiest and most massive lace I've ever seen, great retention, this shit really sticks. Smell is huge, big hops and malt, sweet toffer, grains, pine and floral, big citrus, unbalanced in the greatest way. Taste is sweet up front, then attacks with crazy pine and floral hops, citrus grapefruit assault, , excellent balance between the hops, crazy but not crazy, clean bitterness in the finish, 153 IBU? Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied, low carbonation, sticky, 11%? This beer looks massive on paper, but the balance is so incredible, you could sip this all day. Sorry Michigan Brewing, this is what a DIPA should be like.

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

Had this on tap at Redbone's in Somerville MA. Lovely deep amber color with a 1/2 inch fine textured head. Incredibly fragrant, the hops just jump out at you. Taste is big citrusy hops with a slightly sweet malt backbone that never becomes cloying, Really a nicely balanced beer. The alcohol manages to hide pretty well behind the hoppy facade. I think my friend summed it up when he ordered one and took his first taste - wow!!

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Photo of Litterbean
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange red, with a silky head and a lot of lace.

Smell is up front and aggressive. Peppery at first, with a lot of fruitiness and citrus.

Taste is bittersweet at first, much more bitter and the hops are pronounced. Smooth, rich, and creamy is how I would characterize the malts. Juiciness towards the end with not much carbonation. Bitter all the way through but there's a sweetness at the end. Alcohol is present and warm, a bit spicy, but blends well. A fine brew.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle served in my Duvel tulip.
Pours a crystal clear brilliant amber with a dense creamy resinous head. The aroma is a fabulous balance of citrus and earthy hops and sweet malt. The flavor features a dump truck of hops. Damn. Very aggressively bitter. Citrus and earthy notes, just as the aroma. Sweet malts work through, as does the alcohol. At 11% the alcohol is apparent, but not doesn’t come off as hot. Slick over the tongue. A welcome beer in my glass any day.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany, beautiful head - creamy and thick, stays and laces. Smells fruity and nutty. Tangerine. A bit of alcohol makes its presence known, but not as much as expected for the whopping 11%. Flavor is prickly piney but candyish coaty on tongue to peanut skin vegetal bitter crescendo. Beautiful male, just will not vibe with these hops! I don't get it - how are these malt and hop flavors supposed to work together? Their bright sizzly fruit clashes with the sweet and toasty malt. So many beers try this combo, and it just doesn't work. Smooth feel, easy to drink, but bland yeast.

Overall this is good, or even great in some ways, but the flavor clashes and it is missing any magic. Too clean just like an album that sounds too clear and polished. You need some grime, some pizzazzz, some funk. Pretty badass in malt and bitterness, but it needs at least a hint of yeast character.

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Photo of scooter231
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty beer, a light pinkish ruby, quite clear, with some head and a hint of lacing. Christmasy looking, if that makes any sense. Nose is hoppy, way way hoppy, with some sweet and earthy hops. Grassy, definitely grassy. Pungent. Hoppy, but nothing terribly exciting- not that that's bad... expected, I should say. Expected nose.

Taste is a bit more original, very flavorful, big taste, hoppy and quite earthy. There's a woodsy thing in here that's meaty and bold. It's almost a meal. Mouthfeel is simple and good. This brew is quite tasty. And for 11%- this is a sneaky, evil little bastard. Long live DIPAs.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color an off white head dies to a moderate bubbly pool. Lots of nose activity with sweet floral hop notes in layers of dryness, citric acidity, and sour and some caramel malts and fruity esters. Right away you notice its wonderful balance. Roasted malts, caramel characters surrounded by extraordinarily tasty dry bitter hop characters. Alcohol is there but at eleven percent it does a great job of not making a dominant force. Fantastic mouthfeel that maintains crisp even carbonation to the end. Notes of toffee and buttery flavors get stronger as it warms. Again a tremendous hop addition and excellent balance makes this one a brew I will have to have again.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish orange with a giant white foamy head. Nice lacing and head retention. The smell isn't as strong as I hoped,but you can make out some "bisquity" scents along with brown sugar, alcohol,and hops. The taste is very hoppy with a high alcohol content along with bitter hops, and brown sugar. A very good taste with the m/f being well balanced and all flavors mixing well. A very good beer from a brewery that's very underated.

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Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo hooked me up with this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice golden amber colour with a huge tan head. head drops slowly and leaves lots of rocky lace behind.

aroma is great. major hop attack. grapefruit and pine. nice malty sweetness behind the hops. alcohol hidden well.

taste is great. really nice pine and grapefruit hop flavour. resiny bitterness. bitterness is high, but works well. great bready and biscuity malt. caramel, but not overly sweet. wow. if i didn't know this was 11% i'd swear it wasn't above 8%. very well balanced.

mouthfeel is great. nice body, good carbonation level.

drinkability is dangerously good. as i said above, so well balanced you'd never know it is more than 7 or 8%abv. really great beer and a definite treat for the hopheads out there.

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

This is an outstanding beer. I have had it on tap on two occasions and it holds up well in a 22 ounce bomber. The ABV is well hidden with the hop/malt balance of this beer which reminds me a little of Devils Dancer. It has a strong nose of hops. A great brew.

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

I poured this one into my snifter. Clear amber with a redish hue. It left a small head which faded quickly but left some nice lace. The smell is intense. Big fruits and maltiness. Then come the hops, nice pungent piney and floral. This beer smells so good. The taste is also intense. Lots of hops and lots of malts to balance the brew, and a smooth alcohol finish with some bitterness to go home with.

There's a time and place for a beer like this, sip it slow through the night. This is some exceptional stuff.

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

Excellent beer...one finger of foam never fully disappears. Deep copper color and my-oh-my tons of hops. Especially noticeable floral aroma of cascade hops. Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel with loads of bittering hops. Amazingly, the 11% ABV is pretty successfully masked, that is, until you take that last sip! I'll definitely want to find another bottle of this!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, not at all the hop bomb I expected. Pours a very clear amber with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Smell is of mild citrus and caramel malts.
Taste is much the same but amped up. Citrus is the dominant hop note and it's very well done. Not over the top at all. Very nice caramel malt backbone backs up the hops very nicely.
Thick and sticky mouthfeel. Solid.
I could drink lots of this! Easy on the palate, very mild yet very pleasing to drink. I really like this one and will buy many more. Highly recommended.

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

It pours a crystal clear orange amber, carbonated with bubbles that rise viscously. A finger of off-white head dips soon to a frothy lunarscape. Beaded curtains of lacing drape the inside of the glass.

The aroma drives the sudden impact of a hop onslaught, breeding grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lemon, along with lightly floral pine and even something vaguely noble. Underneath is a network of toasted malt escorting caramel and a fair berry fruitiness. Present but subdued is a strain of alcohol, and the overall result is nothing short of mouthwatering.

Upon tasting, the malt actually impresses first, staging caramel and earthy berry, both sticky sweet. It's then that the hops slam into the palate, bombing with the citrus melange present in the aroma, wrapped around a still well-disguised ingot of warming alcohol. The grain revisits with a tart, wheaty feel before lemon and pine trade into a very potent but proportionate bitter finish. While complex, it's a balanced, blended, blissful hop-bomb bonanza.

Full bodied, it's syrupy, which combines with the oily hop resins to come across as tangible and chewy.

Sweet Jesus, the hops! And yet, the fact that there's a real balance speaks volumes to the arful crafting of this hoppy lupulin landslide. It's simply a gem of an enamel-eater. The ABV is plenty big, but slyly incorporated, so beware, my friends! So yes, it is drinkable, but make this the last beer you drink for the evening, because it lays happy waste to the 'buds. That's okay, because whatever world this one's from, I can finish on it quite contentedly. In fact, there's only a handful I'd choose over this fine offering.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Brown bottle with a green screen printed label listing ingredients and drinking instructions. Pours a light copper with quite a nice foamy off white head. Slow tiny bubbles, nice chunky lacing. Aroma is absolutely mouth watering, great blend of English and American hop varieties. Bitter sweet fresh hop oil aroma, citrus, floral, pine and a bit of spice, behind that complex hop aroma is a big hit of caramel, really smells wonderful. Full bodied with a syrupy texture. Very thick and caramel sweet, the hop bitterness is present until midway it is very complex, citrus, floral, pine, a little grassy, and really rides nicely into the finish which is a bit herbal and spicy. This beer is incredibly complex yet really very drinkable also despite it's incredibly high ABV. The alcohol volume can be felt as it warms my belly and my cheeks. About halfway through this bottle and I could feel it. The large English hop presence and high ABV makes this seem more like a barley wine that a IIPA, but does it really matter? It's delicious.


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Photo of cbl2
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/2/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 11.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy medium brown highlighted with orange, and topped by an inch of tight white head that settles slowly lacing the glass nicely.


Bursting with jammy grapefruit aroma, intensely focused and potent with a mildly sweet malt backbone.


153 IBU's according to the bottle, this is surprisingly well balanced, and not as hoppy as I was expecting. Nicely sweet with bitter grapefruit overtones. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and somehow the 11% ABV is entirely masked. This goes down easy, which is frightening, considering how potent this beer is.

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

Poured from a big bomber and felt the buzz before I was half done. This beer straddles the line between double IPA and barley wine, but stays more firmly attached to the DIPA side of the fence. Lots of grapefruit-like hops and a nice thick mouthfeel. Very good flavor which sticks in your mouth, it even burned out the flavor of onions from dinner. Recommended.

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Photo of BillyB
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright burnt orange to copper color with a bright, white, whispy, one fingered head.

Aromas are overwhelmingly hoppy! Citrusy, piney, grassy, earthy.

Flavors are hoptastic as well. Citrusy, piney, grassy, earthy and slight alcohol tastes with a very subtle taste of sweet malt.

153 IBU's with Chinook, cascade, styrian golding and continental hops. This beer is a hopheads dream come true!

Also a sweet, subtle taste of sweet, crisp cara pils malt and red wheat.

Crisp, bitter and incredibly smooth drinkability for a beer of 11% abv. Slight alcohol warmth, crisp carbonic bite and hopalicious hopnacity!

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: It has a very intense hops & citrus aroma. There’s really much else to say about the smell except that it was excellent.

T: Very well-balanced blend of hops, citrus and caramelized malt. The hops flavor is certainly the most prevalent as you would expect, but it allows the fruit and malt in as a compliment rather than competing for dominance. The hops remain in a pleasant after-taste.

M: Very crisp, very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, excellent finish.

D: This one is very tasty and light for a 2IPA. This is now one of my favorites. Once you start drinking it, you’ll find it hard to switch to anything else.

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

22 oz bomber -> imperial pint
no date

Pours rich shiney copper with a big thick head that fades to a fluffy light tan pillow. Sporadic spotted lace hangs down the glass. The initial extreme carbonation settles down to a slowly rising promenade of tiny bubbles.

Nose: Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with malted caramel tones.

Taste: Balanced and strong, smooth and full, sweet and bitter. The sweet fruity hop intro is subdued by a strong malt back which reluctantely gives way to a completely full and dominate hop aftertaste blast. Bitterness last in the mouth and leaves one gasping for some water. Wow. Not far from a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth silky and full. Impressive.

Only the brave would session this bad boy. One bomber usually can do the job. A smooth beer, but don't forget about the 11%.

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

Okay, I just reviewed the bottled version. I swung by Fat Head's on my way out of town a couple of weeks back and it was available on tap. I had to try it again; I''m glad I did.

Poured into a fluted glass, the head was minimal so as to maximize the serving size but was still impressively thick and sticky. The smell was somewhat subdued as compared to the bottled variety, but still extremely floral and piney.

The Flavor was superior to the bottled version, showing more balance: while the hops were still massive, the malt was actually present. Mouthfeel was thinner and much more pleasant. The 12oz serving was just about a perfect size, as well. Very drinkable.

A very good beer in bottles became a great beer on tap. If you ever have a chance, do yourself a favor and get a glass. You'll be glad you did.

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