Thursday, April 15, 2010

Unearthly Imperial India Pale Ale

Your taxes are due today. If that caught you off guard, you are really screwed, especially you people that subscribe by email and are reading this on 4/16! Speaking of taxes, President Obama will be in town tonight, spending part of his time at the home of Gloria Estefan for a DNC fundraiser. Warning: stay the hell away from anywhere the President is going as they are going to shut down major roads everywhere! That is unless you have 30 Grand laying around, at which point you can get yourself on the guest list. BTW, if any of you readers do have that kind of money at your disposal, we should talk!

Speaking of President Obama and taxes, tonight I'm drinking Unearthly, an imperial IPA brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. Big 22 bottle has a nice bright green label, I guess they are growing hops. According to the label, "vigorously hopped beer is [Southern Tier's] standard and inspiration". This beer is their "most aggressive offering yet". Serve at 42 degrees F. I put it in the freezer for a few minutes just so I had a couple of extra below-42 minutes to read the label. The pressure!

Big caramel aroma with very faint floral and spicy aspects, too. Flavors start similarly, with lots of caramel, very malty. Not hoppy at all! Pine tar and a little spicy black pepper come next. Sweet and sticky, with a background fruity apple, watermelon and apple flavor trio. This was a mostly sweet beer, with no hops presence, but the 11% alcohol came in and cut up that sweetness just enough (while at the same time providing a warming sensation) to slightly balance a mostly unbalanced beer. (Re-read that a few times to figure out what the hell I'm talking about). The flavors were very nice, although I personally would have preferred an offering that was hoppier and more refreshing, a little less syrupy and oily chewy. Check it out if it's still on your store's shelves!

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4 comments:

Hannah said...

I really dig Unearthly, but was surprised the first time I had it because I would've expected more hops character.

One of my favorites from Southern Tier is Gemini, which is a blend of Unearthly and Hoppe. It's so well balanced; the aroma of peaches and flavorful caramel malt marries well with the punch of hops.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Hannah.

This was a good beer, very flavorful. Personally, I prefer Gemini, though.

Talk to you soon. Thank you for being a regular!

Michael Jurewicz said...

Yeah it definitely is different. I personally got a lot of like bubble gum sweetness in it. I did really enjoy it too. Fresh Beer has just got in the Oak Aged Unearthly and I'm looking forward to that. Nate at thankheavenforbeer.com has told me that is his favorite DIPA of all time. So I definitely need to check it out.

Beer Drinker said...

Awesome, I'll have to grab a bottle of that when I see it.