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|Southern Tier Unearthly
This imperial IPA immediately opens with a nose of grapefruit and hints
of pine. The taste brings more pine, grass, floral notes, and citrusy hops in
a background of bread, caramel, and honey-malt. It finishes with a
somewhat sweet alcoholic thickness which is not surprising considering it
comes in at 11.2% ABV. Overall a solid, well made brew.
Overall rating: above average
First smells bring thoughts of champagne or a semi-dry white
wine. First sip brings subtle sweet grape flavors followed by
slightly tart green apple, gritty pear and sweet peach. A
spiciness hides in the background with a touch of sweet honey.
The finish leaves notes of bread and citrus. Mouthfeel is crisp
and refreshing, with punchy bright carbonation. Refreshing with
a well hidden 8.2% ABV kick.
Overall Rating - very good
Aromas of sweet malt with honey greet you
in the first pour. Leafy, somewhat herbal
flavors mix with a soft fruitiness in a lightly
sweet background. A grainy yeast character
appears at the finish with light notes of fruit,
strawberry and watery banana. It claims to
be a in the style of a Belgium Pale Ale but
falls far short of the best in that category.
Overall rating - average