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

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
BA SCORE
84.7%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 3,075 ratings
Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 02-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,334
Reviews:
1,225
Ratings:
3,075
Liked:
2,603
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
475
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,075 |  Reviews: 1,225
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to JasonA for this one!

Pours an effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Resiny hops & breadyness

T: Piney hops, pineapples, & tangerine up front. Leafy hops hit the front of the tongue as this warms, along with a bit of toffee, tropical fruits & biscuitty malt. Finishes with nice pine resin & some caramel & nice fruittyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with low carbonation& super balance

Drinks great for the style & ABV, nice DIPA!

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

Nice rocky, cream-colored head. Great sticky lace on the glass sides. Orange amber in color with moderate cloudiness.

Rich, oily alcohol warmth in the smell. Strong fresh hop. Light malt presence.

This is stunningly well- balanced Double IPA. I am used to the hop completely dominating the flavor profile. Not here--there's a solid malt base without the typical high-alcohol oil. Still, the hop is potent making for a powerfully flavorful brew. The body is rich like light cream and the carbonation is slightly low.

This is one of my favorite styles. And now this is one of my favorites within that style.

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Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an amber body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Beyond a bit of toasty caramel is a prominently hoppy aroma of pine, grapefruit, and fresh mint leaves.

Taste: Toffee sweetness struggles to support some heavy-handed hop flavors of resiny pine, lush grapefruit, and, as with the scent, more mint, along with other herbaceous hints. You can almost hear the toffee's knees buckling from carrying the weight of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Oily, sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: While not a beer to cause my brain to explode from its greatness, its still pretty decent.

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

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Pours an almost clear copper/orange color with a one finger white head that dissipated rather quickly. Very sticky lacing formed around the glass.

S: Not as hoppy as expected, there is some apple and grapefruit as well as some caramel and bready malt.

T: A little bit of citrus fruit upfront, mostly grapefruit, with a bit of apple as well. Heavier malt backbone than I was expecting, some caramel and bread. Slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess, and pretty smooth. No harshness at all.

O: Pretty good, but nothing out of this world. Not sure on how old the bottle is, since this one is pre-dating. Glad to see ST popping a date on their bottles now.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Polished bronze-like orange. Not quite brown enough to be titian, nor red enough to be terra cotta. Whatever color it is, this is a beautiful shade for a DIPA. The large head is a masterpiece, as expected. Heavily creamy to start, it melts into a milkshake-like puddle atop the beer and deposits a respectable amount of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

The nose isn't quite as hop resin explosive as I had hoped, but it's still damn good. UIIPA has a classic DIPA aroma of brown sugared grapefruit, thanks to a hop bill that includes Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Styrian Goldings. Great hops, each and every one.

Believe it or not, this sucker is balanced for the style. Since the impressive silk-screened label states that the beer contains 'an uninhibited infusion of hops' and has a stratospheric 153 IBUs, I can only conclude that the brewers include a few fields worth of barley in each batch. The malt is dark honey sweet and lays down a rock-ribbed foundation that any amount of hops would have a hard time overwhelming.

The flavor is akin to liquified brown sugar and caramel-coated white grapefruit and orange sections. This is delicious beer that I'll try not to penalize for falling a fraction short of my preferred DIPA profile of dazzlingly bright citric top notes that threaten to scrub the top few layers off the tongue. Unearthly is one of those versions that edges into the gray zone between DIPA and barleywine, while staying firmly on the side of the former.

As a rule, I don't drink DIPAs out of a fluted glass, as the label recommends, but this is one case where that might not be such a bad idea. This is a supremely civilized, sippable beer that would look and taste great out of such a vessel. Even though I've never had the pleasure of meeting them, I like the folks at Southern Tier because they brew some of the best beer on the planet. That won't stop me from calling them out on the stated ABV. All kidding aside, this is one of the most perfectly masked 11%'ers in the history of beer.

When I take the time to reflect on the mouthfeel, which I've been doing off and on since the very first sip, the words that enter my mind are plush, lush, crushed velvety, buttery and heavily silky smooth. If this beer was a car, it'd be a Rolls Royce (and if it was a liquor, it'd be a well-aged, single barrel bourbon). I don't remember a DIPA with a mouthfeel any more full or any more impressive than this.

Unearthly (adj.): concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul. Southern Tier's foray into the world of DIPAs with Unearthly Imperial IPA is an unqualified success. Although it may not 'wow' me the way some versions do, it's definitely a beer that is long on spirit and soul. It's worth getting to know over the course of a slowly sipped bomber. A big thank you to Calico for the bottle.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

A - Poired a deep dark orange amber with a nice average size white head, Very quick fade left behind adecent film ontop and a really awesome lace. Very gooey and thick on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice clean smell and hop character here, Not too much of a citrus profile, more of a piney tone..Nice slightly grain back trying to poke out and balances it very nicely not letting the hop character overtake it. Very lean and sweet.

M & T - First impression was whoa. Very very sweet, logs of sugar in here. Extremely smooth, but with a slight tingling from the alcohol, and a tiny burn on the lips, but it faded away nicely as it warmed up. Bigtime hop bomb kool aid with sugar type of taste. This was a damn strong brew!

D - Overall very nice with lots of alcohol, which can hurt the drinkability somewhat, but overall this was very nice and definatly my type of brew. Would love to try one again, as I really thought this was a fine ale.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's -served chilled in a pils glass.

The color is amber bordering on copper, the clarity is good and the retention is very good with a sheet of lace sticking as the head retains well, the bead is fine. The smell is more like fruit than most imperial Ipa's I have had, sweet and slightly alcoholic in nose, but fruit with a very tropical quality-like Hawaiian punch, I am serious- it has a lot of pineapple odor. The feel is good, but starts bitter and moves into a sweet realm in the middle with resinous quality and finishes spicy with some residual sweetness and light alcohol element, but not off putting.

The flavor is good, but it seems to be bitter enough to shift toward the hops, but the malt presence in the taste gives the impression of balance -a nice fruity flavor from the hops, more citrus as it warms,but also more bitter and the taste of alcohol and spice comes forward too. There is a nice tropical element in this that seems outweighed by the caramel malt slightly which is unfortunate. I prefere a more dry Imperial IPA, but for this style I think this beer is very good. I consider it very drinkable considering the high 9.5% abv which is mostly hidden in the full malt and generous hop dosing in the flavor

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/13/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber/orange color with about an inch of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, sweet malts, and maybe some piney hops.

t - First taste that jumped out at me was sweet caramel malts. Also some citrus hops in the taste.

m - Very smooth. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I enjoyed this beer a lot. Nice smooth malts and citrus hops combine for a very pleasant mixture. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear orange color with more than a finger of yellow stained head. Nice bit of lacing all around the glassware. Nose is a blend of hop spices and citrus minorly resembling orange zest. Little bit of alcohol bite in the backend along with malty mixture in the aroma as well. Taste is a well mixed blend of hop bitterness that is a little herby/earthy, solid amount of malt sweetness and a bit of the alcohol edge that is warming in the finish. Medium feel with low carb.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with a fellow BA london101 at D's Sixpack, where it was sampled at nearly cellar temperature...next time we'll start it a bit cooler and let it warm up. Either way I love Southern Tier and I may be a bit biased here but let's review. As we pour it appears a nice vibrant copper amber colore with a full tan off white cream head leaves even bars of lacing with each sip. Aromatics hit you in the face with big floral and citrus hop combo grapefruit and green raw hops flood the senses along with a woody charred tone and big malty caramel tones with alcohol letting it's presence especially near cellar temp. Flavor profile is big with upfront bitterness more fresh hop juice flavor candied with the sweet caramelized sugary malt layers with a bitey herbal citrus hop character it all flows nicely together. Intense and aggressive hop profile can't wait to sample again there's layers of flavors yet remains somewhat balanced, weird? Mouthfeel is big bodied creamy textured oily with hop resins for certain even but sturdy carbonation to back up the high gravity. Drinkability is money, another quality hopped up creation from upstate NY thanks to Phinn and Matt especially the one that is still there I can't remember at this time, good stuff great double IPA.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a quarter inch of head, and little retention. The nose is very malty with a citrus hops aroma and slight alcohol esters. Taste is rich malts with piny, floral hops. The alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms. Medium bodied with nice alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one. A little malty, but it helps balance the hops and alcohol. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Unearthly (Imperial India Pale Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.7% out of 100 with 3,075 ratings
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