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

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 02-24-2006

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Photo of gallagk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some very light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Some light aromas of caramel malts with some stronger presence of both citrus and floral hops. There is some light bitterness in the smell.

T: This beer has a nice sweet caramel malt base that is balanced nicely with the citrus and floral hops. The hops have an almost orange blossom characteristic. Moderate amounts of bitterness that linger slightly but is not too aggressive.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a little dryness in the finish.

O: I find this DIPA to be a good example of the style and to be quite approachable with a not too aggressive hoppiness. There is a nice balance in the flavor. This beer is pretty easy to drink and quite enjoyable, might be a little strong to be sessionable but certainly one I would enjoy again.

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Photo of biercycle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ryantho00
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into my Founders snifter. What a nice hazy orange and golden hue with a 2 finger that fades rapidly. The nose has a nice earthy and piney hop spice and some bitter sweetness from grapefruit and caramel, malty undertone. This has a slightly bitter front that feels like it wont balance well with the alcohol, but actually.finishes quite well. I did expect this to be a little more citrus/hop, but it is defonalty well done. I do get some sort of a confetti or vanilla oak flavor aftertaste that's quite pleasant, the alcohol is well masked at the end. This has an almost chewy piney tone throughout.

Overall, a nice imperial IPA from a creative brewer.


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Photo of amnesia85
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Got to try this last night-- a rarity out here in Colorado. Reminded me of Oskar Blues' Gubna. A hazy cloud of orange. Dank, hoppy aroma, which translates to one hell of a taste. Piney, complex hop profile. Starts off semi-bitter but goes down smooth and a hint of sweetness on the finish. Resinous and semi-sticky feeling in the mouth. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

This is a golden amber in low light. The nose has a golden ruby red kiss of grapefruit. There’s sweet citrus aromas as well as some hints of cherries around the edges. Not hoppy so much as fruity—very pronounced fresh fruit flavors come across more than any citrus or pine hops (although there is a little piney chew to give it another layer). I get the cherries, as well as some berry notes, and it has a sweet finish. For an imperial IPA it was a complete surprise. Dessert-PA, anyone?

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of rdruckenmiller
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brilliantly clear with a golden orange color; very low head that looks like wispy clouds on the surface; lack of head not unexpected based on ABV

Aroma: Bright, tropical hoppy note immediately in the nose; some citrus notes; very slight alcohol smell- appropriate for the style; biscuity background; no detectable esters or diacetyl

Flavor: Hop flavor dominates with tropical and citrus flavor. Notes of orange, papaya and pineapple. Low cereal-like maltiness in background. Clean fermentation. Slight alcohol flavor upon swallowing. No diacytle.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, medium body with lightly velvety texture. Lingering resiny bitterness on roof of mouth and across tongue. Would have liked if it were slightly drier.

Overall: Malt and fermentation characteristics play in the background and allow the hop characteristics to shine. Enjoyable and a very good example of the style, but not a world class example.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

realized I hadn't reviewed this and got it immediately.

The beer a clear amber with almost no head. Strong notes of sugar and a slight hoppiness. I would have preferred more aromatics in it's nose, but it's not bad to have a balanced IPA for once. The taste is a modest bitterness with intense sweetness and potent alcohol. There is little aftertaste aside from a sweet lingering alcohol bite. Overall, great beer for a great price and excellent availability.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, as the bottle advised.

A: Copper with bright orange accents. An eggshell white head which laced around the glass nicely and seemed overall pretty tight. It looks like a quality double IPA from the get go.

S: While there is a bit of alcohol and sweet malt, the main player here is the hops. It plays mostly around that piny/earthy set with a little bit of orange.

T: Really balanced overall. It opens with that complex, almost messy array of hop flavours that something like Stone's Double Bastard does. It has hints of citrus and there is some almost vanilla taste coming in. It has a little sour going on too as an accent. It cleans up in the finish with is all earthy-piny-resinous hoppy goodness and a rich, deep bitter. Overall though, a bit messy.

M: Creamy. I always feel that the higher alcohol in a DIPA ought to be there to cut the almost stick feeling that can sometimes develop from the hops. In this case it does so very well.

O: This is a really nice example of the complex, dryer style of double IPA's. It's not the aroma hopped, citrus, tropical fruit west coast style, but an equally complex and tasty offering. I'd go out of my way to drink it again.

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,074 ratings.
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