Every time I go back to the Midwest I make sure to try at least one new (to me) Southern Tier beer. The last time I was back I picked up a 22 oz. bottle of their Imperial IPA, Unearthly. Unearthly is another beer in Southern Tier’s Imperial line; this one is available year-round and has 9.5% ABV.
At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration. We continue a commitment to innovation with our most aggressive offering yet. Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.
Unearthly pours a beautiful golden orange hue. Bubbles invade the glass, floating up the middle and climbing up the sides. This congregation of carbonation creates a bubbly two-inch crown of foam atop the beer. Lacing leaves rings like a vines of hops.
I couldn’t help but smile when I dipped my nose beneath the rim of this glass. I detected hints of Goldfish crackers, piney hops, sea foam and butter. A big, nose for a big beer. As the beer mellows the hops start to dominate the nose, reminding you that this is a DIPA.
Thankfully some of those delectable flavors in the nose return in the taste. Floral hops flood the palette, before giving way to citrus-like sweetness, that transcends into a cracker backbone. The aftertaste reminds me of lemon drop candy and was quite unexpected from a beer of this style. Even though hops were present I was surprised that they weren’t more prominent (this is an imperial IPA).
Sometimes the mouthfeel of an IPA can make the experience that much more enjoyable. It’s medium-to-light with a definite hop juice presence. Drying and stickiness are both noticeable.
Southern Tier has done it again. Unearthly is an Imperial IPA that does a great job of standing out in one of the most crowded styles in the craft beer world. It’s nice to see a malty version of a DIPA, especially one that’s so tasty!
Overall: 8 out of 10
As an IMPERIAL IPA: 7.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Avery MAHARAJA, Great Divide HERCULES DIPA, Victory HOP WALLOP,