Southern Tier Unearthly

Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Unearthly Imperial IPA

Appearance
Poured from a bomber into a standard US pint glass. Dark golden or light amber in color with a half-finger of spongy head. Good lacing on the glass.

Smell
You get a ton of grains and malts on the nose. It smells very sweet, but only a trace amount of hops on the nose along with a little citrus. Reminds me more of a barleywine than an IPA.

Taste
The hops come through though they’re more stringent on the back of the tongue; mainly bittering hops shining through, nothing floral about this beer. It’s almost sticky sweet, with maltiness taking the back seat to the massive sweetness in this beer. No citrus to speak of in the flavor, despite the nose.

Mouthfeel
This is one thick, sticky beer going down, though leaves your mouth dry at the end.

Drinkability
I’m a big beer freak, so this one went down easy for me, though I can see others having trouble with this one. It’s almost like drinking light syrup.

Overall
I think it’s pretty good. It’s definitely not a regular every-day beer, but good for occasional enjoyment. It’s very unbalanced; hops just aren’t there in the nose or in the taste up front, but come back to grab you after you swallow. A slightly acidic flavor afterward, this beer is sweet and sticky up front. A very heavy beer.

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