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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a long lasting 2" head. The head also has some huge bubbles in it. Few slow rising carbonation bubbles are spotted. Nice lacing.

Smell: pine, grapefruit, and honey are easily picked up by the nose.

Taste: nice strong malt profile with a balanced piney bitterness. Tart grapefruit and sweet oranges are noticeable on the citrus front, and alcohol is definitely noticeable but not intrusive to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: crisp and very dry from start to finish. Long bitter aftertaste that feels like it is glued to your tongue. Heavy bodied.

Drinkability: a superb DIPA that is easy drinking and flavorful. The high alcohol levels knock this down a notch, but this is one great beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of malthegal thanx again mallory

A: poured a nice caramel hue into my tulip with a half finger of head which had some good sticky lacing.

S: nice sweet malts up front with candy notes and slight faint hops. after a couple whiffs I also get a little caramel in it as well.

T: nice piney caramel flavor but it seems to me that it's more malty than it is hoppy, I got slight bitterness at the back end of a sip. As it sits it starts to get more bitter.

M: meduim body with very little carbonation.

D: I think if it was fresh it would probably have more of a hoppy punch. I was hoping for a hop bomb but I guess we only have them on the west coast.

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

Thanks to BAs ampzilla and NutBrown.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, a nice creamy one-finger tan head, lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, hoppy, citrusy, and a nice touch of pines and caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, with a nice touch of sweetness, a nice touch of grapefruit, slight piney flavor. There's a nice bitter/dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, the sight of this brew is very encouraging when poured, awesome color. Highly recommended. Glad I have a extra bottle (ampzilla).

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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Curious that I hadn't reviewed this yet, but this reappeared in the LCBO system so I thought I'd revisit. 650ml bottle lacking a bottling date, poured into a tulip.

Darker orange body that is perfectly clear, offwhite head of great density and lacing that's sticky and webbed as heck. Nose has some flesh citrus notes with a good dose of pine and resinous hop notes. Really sweet and sugary malt notes - perhaps 'over'-balanced in terms of malt character, a tad much for what I'd prefer in a DIPA, but not bad by any stretch. Taste has more flesh citrus, pine, honeydew melon and some sweet sugary cookie/biscuity malts with a lot of sweetness to it. Alcohol is meshed in with this. Full bodied for the style, and carbonation remains low and smooth; harder to finish as it warms due to the sweetness however. Filling and easily destructive of sobriety, but I don't think I enjoyed this much as I have previously. Perhaps bottle freshness was the culprit.

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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know where those 153 IBUs are hidding, but this is still a pretty awesome big beer. Overall the taste and aroma were surprisingly sweet. Smelled almost medicinal with a bit of spicey hops coming through. Candy-like malt flavor mixed with citrus hops made up a flavor that came off a little creamy, probably from the red wheat. Maybe the most drinkable DIPA I've had, no hint of the 11% as the beer warms.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Amber with a finger of fluffy cream coloured head.

S - Bitter hops up front - grapefruit, tangerine and some pine. A nice sweet caramel malt nose in the background balances it out. A superb nose!

T - Very bitter up front with grapefruit and pine. Some sweet malts in the background, but not enough to balance out the extreme bitterness that completely dominated the palate and lingers in the finish. I normally love hop bombs but there was something missing with this one. The bitterness was too pronounced without the flavour profile to mellow it out. A letdown after the excellent nose.

M - Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

D - A decent DIPA but not a memorable one. Would not buy this again.

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt bill that boasts of pale and carapils malts along with a wonderful hop aroma. It's intensely bitter, but equally stong in malts giving it a warm and balanced scent. The taste is great as well. It has a rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and satisfying. The hops are true all the way through and add a kick ass bitter bite which helps hide the elevated abv.. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer that is quite drinkable even with an 11% abv.. It's just another fine offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a large off-white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops. The flavor is citrus hops with some pine in there as well. There is a nice bready malt backbone. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have now had Unearthly, Hoppe and Gemini and liked Gemini the best of all of them, even though it is a 50-50 blend of the other two.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: 12 oz bottle. Clear copper in color with a soapy white head that has decent retention. Leaves behind webbed lacing down the pint glass.

SMELL: Pungent hops, sweet toffee malts and alcohol. A bit tropical, earthy, woodsy like note emerges later. A blend of hops is throwing all the senses for a loop.

TASTE: Big time citrus and semi tropical hops glancing across a sweet malt body. Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon and herb all play along. Alcohol is pretty well disguised and just drifts in the background. Resinous and hoppy, finishing somewhat earthy. As expected, has enough bitterness to more or less balance the huge malt bill.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, clean, and smooth. Drinks easily and effortlessly, deceptive for a beer boasting nearly 10% abv.

OVERALL: A really good brew in its own right, unearthly also has an oak aged counterpart. This version drinks much easier and has cleaner flavors. A great, readily available American Double IPA.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a beautiful deep rich ruby/orange color that is clear.

The aroma is great. Big juicy pine and grapefruit and sweet honey and malt.

The flavor follows, with the pine, citrus, floral notes, but the sweetness does really stand out. It reminds me almost of Nugget Nectar because of the crystal malt sweetness, but this does it with so much better of a mouthfeel and complete flavor. The hoppiness is quite leafy green and.

It's so darn drinkable because of the decent malt bill along with the clean flavors.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, and my favorite beer from Southern Tier so far. I really wish this brewery success. Their beers are all quite good, readily available in the markets they serve, and a good value. Somebody there knows what they are doing. On to the beer.

Pours amber with a short head that fades to a very thin cap. Some slight lacing. I'm not too worried about thin heads in an 11% double IPA, though. Smells of honeyed malt with a good dose of citrusy and floral hops- delicate and flower-like. Well balanced with the ample malt there in a supporting role for the very fresh smelling hops. The taste is absolutely beautiful. A very slightly floral sweetness begins the flavor parade, which then gently merges into a complex citrusy and floral hop bitterness with a nice touch of pine on the finish. These hop flavors become more herbal as the beer warms and opens up. This is one fresh tasting beer!. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and quite soft. Amazingly integrated and drinks well below the 11% abv. Deliciously drinkable despite the high alcohol. Like many great beers, this is complex and changes a good bit in the glass. The substantial malt balances the complex hop flavors well while preserving the purity of the hops. Beautifully clean and vibrant.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.1/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On Tap at TJ'S EVERYDAY in Paoli, PA.

Unearthly boasts a persimmon orange with some dark golden spots around the edges. A nice amount of loose melted sugar colored foam uptop that left after some time, minor sticks on the glass.

Smell is very off putting for me. There is some underlining citrus and earthy appeal, yet Unearthly smells like Elmers Glue. Enamel stripping type stuff, chemicals. Super sweet smelling as well with candi.

Trying to get past the smell, this has some nice heady hop qualitys bringing slight mango and other citrus, tropic like. Im sure it could be better if it was not for the super sweet malt profile that comes with alot of ST offerings for me. Are they trying to kill people?

Feel is a strong medium with a syrup consistency, it's not all that easy to get down the hatch. The carb is low enough to hardly be noticed. Alcohol coats the mouth. This is not looking good.

I had this once when I was first getting into IPA's/DIPA's years ago and I was indifferent on it then, going towards the MEH pile. Now after having it again years later, this is in the FUCK NO pile.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a bit of haze and several fingers of frothy, orange-tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: rich aroma of lightly citrusy and earthy hops, with a malty sweetness to back them up. I like it.

Taste: rich and sweetish caramel malt flavor provides the canvas for a delicious composition of hops. Citrusy, smooth, a little bit earthy and a tiny bit funky, but overall just a luscious, fresh hop flavor. Great!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a decent carbonation. I feel like it is not as creamy as it could be, though.

Overall: this is a damn fine DIPA which I would gladly have again.

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

This beer has two clear stand-out features: a toasty, glossy coppered shine and a fuzzy, pulpous head. The beer's colourful body may distort clarity but it does not disallow it; the complexion, seemingly light's best friend, bounces and shimmers. The foam, which is plastered to the glass as much as the beer, is tremendously broad in its scope.

With Double IPAs, you might as well just throw things like "balance" and "easy drinkability" right out the window. The name of the game is hops and Southern Tier plays it arguably better than anyone. The aroma is piquant, it's a booze and resin soaked fire ball of fresh green lupullin, toast and honey, citrus rinds, tree sap and festered tropical fruits.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth for a beer calculated out to be a palate-shattering 153 bittering units and a whooping 11% alcohol by volume. It is so smooth, in fact, that these bombers, their herculean stats notwithstanding, disappear at the pace of a bottle half their size, a beer half their strength. And it's one offering I can never tired of.

The flavour doubles as both an endurance test and a game for the palate: can you handle a whole bottle of such an intense, flavourful beer and, if so, how many flavours can you name? I've had plenty of training and practice at this and to date I can list caramel dipped pine needles, toasted biscuits, exotic fruits and their rinds and shots of lychee liqueur.

The pineapple, peach, mango and grapefruit flavours are all greatly appreciated, but it's that taste (and smell) of lychee liqueur that really stands out to my palate. There isn't so much flavour that the alcohol can't be noticed, but there is enough to ignore it. The malts are both sugary-sweet and crisply toasted; the mouthfeel, as result, is firm and chewy.

Having to chose a favourite DIPA is hard; having to chose my favourite Southern Tier hop-bomb is even harder! Un*Earthly, fantastic as it is, has stiff competition with Hoppe, 2XIPA, Big Red, Backburner, Iniquity, Pumking to name just the heavy hitters (nevermind the IPA, Hop Sun or Harvest Ale!) Ya, this brewery knows hops, they do hops well.

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Photo of John_M
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this at Capone's the other day. My first chance to try a beer from this brewery.

The beer pours an orange, gold color, without much head, but very decent lacing. What head there is sticks around and coats the inside of the glass. On the nose one gets a goodly amount of citrus from the hops, but also considerable malty sweetness. No DIPA from the NW would ever smell like this (which of course it isn't). On the palate one can sense immediately that this is a very big beer. There is an initial blast of hops, but that is quickly overtaken by an even bigger blast of sweet malt. In addition to the citrus flavors from the hops, I get cherry cough drop, amaretto and sweet melon. The beer has an impressive mouthfeel and is quite warming from the high abv. The beer finishes with a hint of harsh bitterness at the end, something I get all too frequently from DIPA's with this amount of sweetness and abv.

This is a good DIPA, but I can't say it's anything special. In fact, it reminds me very much of the Stoudt DIPA, but is even sweeter and less drinkable. With so much sweetness and so much alcohol, I'm not sure I'll be able to drink an entire bomber of this stuff. Just not my style I guess.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 15, 2014.

I am surprised that I have not reviewed this beer until now.

Attractive medium amber pour with a modest off-white head that eventually fizzles down. Keen clarity.

Earthy hops and smooth malts are on the nose. Thus is meant to be hopped up and it does not disappoint as far as that is concerned.

Medium to full body.

The flavor has all those robust hoppy elements that one really expects from this type of beer. It deserves the accolades and praise it gets.

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

Sampled through the efforts of Secret Halloween '07 BIF and jaxon53.

Chill hazed deep amber colored ale the color of tarnished copper. Good off-white colored head with a distinct yellowish tinge.

The smell is mostly strong pine and woody hops. Quite sweet smelling with one of the strongest pineapple aroma I have ever smelled in a beer. Lots of hops and aromas of pine and pineapple, orange, limoncello, tea, oak and menthol.

The taste starts out sweet and fruity with a pineapple and tea flavor. Interesting this tastes more fruity than hoppy and compares very well with top of the line IIPAs. Pine and grapefruit hop flavors are very much tamed to allow the fruit and tea flavors to come out fully in this beer. Peach and pineapple are the strongest fruit flavors but not the only ones.

Mouthfeel is quite thick.

Incredibly easy to drink and dangerous too at 11%. A beer you would love to drink all day it is that good. This beer compares favorably with Dreadnaught and the two Pliny's and is right up there with those three beers. Highly recommended for all hopheads.

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

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark pumpkin skin orange, with a medium lightly off-white head, with good head retention and well above average lacing, I expect this in a Double IPA.

S: Strong off-pine smell, cedar bark, light grapefruit juice.

T: Strong hoppy bitterness, raw pine and bitter melon. Bit of a sweet orange flavour in the middle mixed with an alcoholic bite. Finish has a lot of tropical fruit character and dries out the tongue.

M: Very full-bodied, medium alcohol presence for this style, very dry, resiny.

D: I liked this beer, but it's not one that completely knocked my socks off. Still, it's a great balanced DIPA, glad I tried it finally.

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

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Huge piny hop aroma with some citrus rind, grass & spice; toffee, cotton-candy and hints of tropical fruit and bubblegum fruity esters.

T: Very piny hops, citrus rind, toffee, biscuity malt, grassy spice, assertive bitterness, alcohol is warming (but doesn't seem anywhere near 11%). There's some residual sugar, but it's blown away by the bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth with plenty of hop acidity & a dry, alcohol finish.

D: For a hop lover, it's incredibly drinkable for its strength.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copperesque body with a rocky foam head that died quickly. Intense hop smell that was expected hit me, along with some husky malts that are tucked in there. An intense hop taste but also a tad sweet from some caramel/honey and not just citric fruit from the hops but some sweet fruits as well (pineapple?). Without a doubt one of the smoothest and full-bodied DIPA's I've ever had, this went past the tongue without drying it out or killing my tastebuds. Only the ABV stops this from being a session beer (and I must note they hid that well).

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich copper/amber color with small amount of head on the top and no carbonation.

S - Graham cracker bread, spices, pine, and a malty booze presence. Could be stronger in this category.

T - Balanced quality throughout. Honey, graham crackery, spicey, toasted toffee, and there's a partial butterscotch nuance that's very unusual compared to other IPA's I've had. There's some citrus mixed in around midway through along with an alcohol effervesence. The mouth is left with a coating of orange and spicy graham cracker.

M - Silky smooth, sticky, thick, full bodied.

O - This is very unusual for an Imperial IPA which is why I like it so much. Not your typical Imperial/D-IPA, nice job, Southern Tier. I've had this beer so many times before but never reviewed it. Even more astonishing, over 900 reviews and a picture was finally submitted! That's very unusual.

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

650ml Bottle - from the lcbo for around 9$

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, apricot

Taste & Mouth - There is a lower than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some grapefruit flavours mixed with apricot and pineapple. It ends with a hoppy and malty sweet aftertaste with some lingering bitterness.

Overall - Definitely a great beer that has some of the qualities found in the west coast DIPA's. While it's not as sweet as some of the other Southern Tier beers, it's still pretty sugary and I don't think I could drink any more than 650ml. It also packs quite the punch at nearly 10% alcohol. While it is a very good beer, the bottle size and price will prevent me from stocking up.

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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 weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a glowing golden orange with a small off-white head. Tiny bubbles pump up to the top of the glass. Spotty lacing is left around the sides.
Smell is of orange blasted hops with suagary candy, caramel, mild biscuit notes...actually somewhat of an addictive aroma.
Taste is of the same aromatics swirling around the palate nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with orange candy sweetness.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a very slightly hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, grapefruit and an assortment of tropical fruits (citrus, pineapple) from the hops. Smells fantastic!

T- There is a nice malt backbone first and foremost creating a good amount of sweetness. Without a good dose of hops this one would be way too sweet. The hops definitely come through in a big way creating a lingering bitterness well into the finish. The alcohol creates quite a bit of heat in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I have waited to try Unearthly for a long time and the wait was well worth it. Overall, it is a solid DIPA that I will definitely be purchasing again. Recommended!

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Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 3,067 ratings.
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