Southern Tier Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
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Ranked #4,103
4.09 | pDev: 11.25%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Notes: UnEarthly is a manifestation of the brewers’ craft – skillfully balancing the forces of nature to produce a transcendent liquid. Encounter supernatural aromas created by a massive dry-hop and five hop varieties that waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate UnEarthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe.

Malts: 2-row, Munich white wheat, Caramel 60
Hops: Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Cascade, Columbus
75 IBU
Reviews: 1,241 | Ratings: 3,117 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange glow liquid with a slightly yellow, frothy, tall head. Sticky foam finger lace hangs on the glass.
Smell and Taste: HOPPY Earthy dankness. Slight citrus sweetness.
Feel: One easy to drink DIPA. Well balanced viscosity and carbonation.
Overall: Excellent! I’d like to see this one listed at my favorite restaurants.

Aug 27, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, BESTBY 06/09/21, LKW 20343 141250; purchased cold 4-pack... poured into a fat tulip)

L: amber liquid with ultra-fine speckled haze; off-white, glossy, mousse sponge of foam... thin, jagged collar holds, but a rather impressive broad web of lace

S: aromas not terribly potent; green grass, toothpaste, vinyl pool liner, lightly-spice gum drop... later, it's faintly boozy hemp-y granola

T: rainbow fruit variety, swirling layers of candy resins, bit of a pungent, pine tincture in the finish... second sip reveals a 'pithy' tropical fruit (mango?) rind, earthy... subtle nutty, crackery malt settled on the floor... Simcoe is having a time with another hop; white grape?... the flavors keep shifting, developing, enticing; bitterness and oils building

F: plush, resinous nectar... quiet and silky smooth from the start, with a robust warmth that begins roaring at first sip... the bitterness and booze massage a flushed sting into the palate

O: can't recall ever having this, or rather, not getting it because it was always past its prime (date) by the time I had a curious craving... I'll certainly enjoy the other bottles; definitely different than most IPAs I've tried as of late (1773)

Jun 02, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11.0%, 23 degrees Plato. Made with 2-row pale malt, cara-pils malt and red wheat. Kettle hops are Chinook and Cascade, dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook. Orange to amber colour, big off-white head. Aroma of resinous American hops, also hints of stale orange marmalade. The medium sweet flavour is intensely hoppy throughout, bordering on "too much", piney and resinous notes. Some notes of old orange marmalade and caramel too. Not for the faint of heart.

May 01, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber appearance with a small beige head and good lacing. Citrus/floral hop aroma. Piney, moderately spiced taste, with grapefruit and other citrus flavors playing a dominant role. Mild, low-keyed maltiness. Bitter, full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Long lasting finish with a pronounced alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Apr 25, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 6/9/21, so well inside the wire here.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Clear yellow/amber body with good carbonation. Bright white head persists in excellent form throughout, impressive considering the abv. Leaves layers of lacing.

Spicy, peppery aroma from the dry hopping.

On tasting, spicy, slightly dry, hoppy. The abv is nigh on undetectable. Makes the mouth water.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish dry, peppery, with a hint of sweetness here and there.

Overall, this beer has been on my wish list for some time, and it did not disappoint. Happy to have another three in the fridge. Great beer.

Apr 23, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a 1 inch white head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of pine, grapefruit, mango, papaya.

Taste is spruce, grapefruit, mango, orange, spicy, earthy, resinous. Perfect bitterness.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Outstanding! One of the best DIPA's

Apr 16, 2021
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ohoove from Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Im done with NEIPAS for awhile , going back to the grass roots of the craft beer movement and this is as good as you re going to get ( at least whats available on CT ) . This is a flat out GREAT , old school DIPA... GO GET THIS !

Apr 08, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light, honey amber body; thick, lively carbonation; dense and rocky head, white and frothy; sticky sheets of foam coat the glass. Rich, malty aroma infuse with a touch of fruity esters; earthy. Rich, malty flavor; dull sugary sweetness; earthy, spicy hop presence and bitterness; peppery. Heavy body; big residual sugar presence; moderately prickly on the palate; underlying heavy sweetness yet finishes dry.

Bottle dating information: BESTBY 06/08/21 LKW 20342 091913 (I'm guessing bottled early December 2020). This is a big IPA, somewhat heavy in the sweetness while highlighting a massive hop presence. Perhaps a tad too heavy with the residual sugars, but still quite intriguing.

Apr 04, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at John Russell Brew Pub in Erie, PA. It poured a clear copper with white head that left some lace. The scent had sweet malt and subtle pine notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt base and good mix of pine and citrus flare. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Feb 27, 2021
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HalfFull from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter glass from a 12 oz. bottle, been a few years since I've seen this offering. Best by 6/9/2021. Well there remains 4 months to that date, in itself a long road for a DIPA.

Pour is clear and on the copper side of golden. Cap of off white foam lingers for a bit. Lots of citrus and and some floral on the nose along with some resinous notes, peppery spice with warming.

Taste brings a piney bitterness along with some caramel malt notes. Bit oily through the palate and some citrus and spice on the finish. No real clue as to the strength of the beer rises through the balance. Feel is full and masking as a result. Overall a solid brew. Warming brings out more character yet thickens the finish at the same time. No surprises there.

Feb 04, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best By 6/9/21 Let warm for 10 minutes , at 60F, before opening.

Clear medium orange with moderate eggshell-white head. Leaves a 3/8" ring and a little lacing.

Smell is candied orange rind, with hints of mild pine, toffee,caramel, floral , & grapefruit rind.

Taste is pine , green onion, dank, dried orange, caramel & honey on toasted grain, finishing with a touch of grapefruit rind. Moderate bitterness. Slight alcohol tang lingering after finish.

Feel is slick, moderately viscous , with light-medium very fine carbonation tingle, and a drying finish on the front 1/3 of the tongue. Slight alcohol warming & astringency at the back of the throat. Has the effect of balancing the sweeter/syrupy elements, so pleasant in its effect.

Overall, nicely balanced, and well-done. Not a knock-your-socks-off type, but an enjoyable , anytime beer. (If "anytime" can include a 9.5%abv knee-wobbler ;) )

Jan 20, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From wherever, a bottle of this stuff got emptied into a clear pint glass. The color is a bright, rich and semi-translucent reddish amber, which is entertaining little head or glass lacing. Not overwhelming, but the smell is good for an Imperial IPA. The taste is very pleasant, malty sweet abetted by alcohol up front, then dry hop finished, again with a little taste of alcohol, at the end. Best attribute, the delivery of 9.5% ABV in a subdued and refreshing brew. Other than that, it's unremarkable.

Jan 16, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the depths of the reefer have seen fit to give up some of their (potentially) dead! I have had a number of bottles in the upstairs (mostly food) reefer for a while. I suddenly feel inspired to pull them out & see what's what. Come with me on a magic reefer ride!

From the Bottle: "23 Plato[,] 2-row Pale Malt[,] Cara-Pils Malt[,] Red Wheat[,] Kettle Hops: Chinook & Cascade[,] Hop Back: Styrian Golding[,] Dry Hopped: Cascade, Centennial & Chinook"; "At the Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration."; "An Uninhibited Infusion of Hops"; "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."

I started out by Pop!ping the cap & beginning a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was pleasantly surprised by a pseudo-cascade that looked like a layered parfait at one point before becoming two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled dank as all get-out with an emerging caramel malt sweetness. 8=O This held up MUCH better than expected! Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & heavy, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. I allowed it to roll around in my mouth to warm. It tasted like a caramel candy dipped or rolled in minty dank! I got the flavors of old skool (late-'70s/early-80's) frop with an earthiness that just would not stop. The hops seemed intertwined with the caramel malt, making it tough to decide where one ended & the other began & vice versa. Taking a deep breath, I was transported back to my best friend's parent's living room, watching game shows & getting really baked after school. Man, them's was the days! Finish was cool, dry & just a far out scene, man. This is the kinda thing that you either dig or you don't, dig? YMMV, baby.

Dec 07, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange copper pour. Cloudy with nice head. Floral aroma. Bright and citrusy flavor. A little soapy. Smooth for an imperial. One of the better ones I've had lately.

Feb 10, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: floral for a moment, then ripe pineapple;

T: floral is dominant from start to finish; pineapple pops in and out - always in the background; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: good, but not especially interesting;

Jan 15, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 2/10/13: Pours a clear vibrant copper producing slightly more than a single finger of off-white, short-lived head that leaves a hint of frothy lace. Aroma is fronted by grapefruit, other citrus and tropical fruit hoppiness backed by sweet caramel and a thin hint of black pepper. Taste is heavenly grapefruit hoppy with a caramel malt backbone that is superbly balanced. The malty sweetness and tropical fruit intensify as the brew warms and the finish becomes very peppery. Low end alcohol presence in either the nose or mouth until the brew has warmed considerably. In the final analysis after a second pint the brew is balanced but is perhaps more malty than hoppy. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, and quite lively for its low-moderate carbonation.

Jan 06, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I regularly drink world class juice bombs, so when i get offered this beer i have to give it ratings to my palate.
Very good and effervescent, not as feuity and floral in smell amd taste as i would like.

Sep 02, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly golden looking amber color and leaves the same colored body with a slim white one finger head that dies drastically pretty much within several seconds, well before I was able to snap a picture, some light stringy looking lacing tries to cling but slides for the most part. The aroma has a slight pine, but also resinous hops combined nicely with some earthy hops, pretty well done in my opinion. The taste has a sticky sweet pine running all over my taste buds, sticky pine-like aftertaste, slightly dry but somewhat bitter yet sweet finish. Its fairly easy on the palate but still at the same time, slightly not. Carbonation seems to be very well done. Overall, the best thing about this is how it rolls over the mouth and tongue. Solid!

Jun 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden amber pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Caramel, grains, and a pine forest. Lots of resin... mild citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose. Caramel hops and sweetness up front give way to an aggressive pine and citrus hop profile. Grapefruit, evergreen boughs, and floral character. Christmas spices and coriander. Mouthfeel is sticky and full... chewy and oily. Finish is bittersweet and leaves me looking forward to the next swig.

O: A big malt forward yet bitter DIPA from Southern Tier, and the best of their IPA's I think I've had to date. Really enjoyed this brew.

Jun 19, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Poured into a snifter. Clear copper, a thin white head with a few rings of lacing.

Smell - Tropical fruit and floral notes. Mild fresh baked bread aroma.

Taste - Dried mango, caramel sweetness, small hint of pine, floral, a little kick off alcohol on the finish.

Feel - Borderline full bodied, oily and slick. Coats the palate well. Luxurious.

Overall - A Good Imperial IPA. Puts a hop craving at ease.

Mar 28, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz Troegs Snulip bottled on 1/30/17. Pours a very attractive amber with a 2 plus finger sticky white head that leaves beautiful webs of lace.

Smell is apricot, tangerine, onion, some canabis, bubblegum, pine, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows apricot, tangerine, onion, dank marijuana, bubblegum, garlic, pine, and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty close to large, sticky and coats your entire mouth, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and drinks easy enough if you love bold hop bombs and yes I do.

Overall this is a beer that surprised me I has never reviewed, but you see it fresh very rare in my parts. Very nice and old school DIPA, very pleased.

Mar 02, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper, white foam layer on top, supported by bubbles. Mostly malt nose, clean. Heavy syrupy malot flavor. Thick, resin based mouthfeel. Astringency. Slight pucker at the finish. Sweet and bitter.

Dec 25, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty cross between, light copper and amber with an orange hue. Moderate sudsy head retains well and leaves lacing.
The nose is caramel malt forward along with plump and juicy citrus and tropical fruit.
As with the aroma, the caramel malt sweetness seems to dominate. Medium to full, plump, chewy, and almost syrupy but in a good way. Mid palate the hops become more prominent. They dry up the palate a bit and add a moderate bitterness that is just right. The hops flavors are of citrus and pine resin. Not a hop bomb and neither a malt bomb. A great balance.
Is this available in 12oz bottles? (I had it in a bomber) If so, I need to get some more because it is delicious.

Oct 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dark yellow and gold appearance, deft head at 2/5". Aroma gave off the usual suspect of citrus, but even some caramel as well.

Taste is good, its very bitter, and there is a massive hop bill for it. Pine, tangerine, pepper. Another one of those beers that was at the forefront of double ipas to be bottled, especially for its region. Its strong and that crystal malt helps hide its big abv.

Aug 25, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated DOB 03/01/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with an eggshell-white head. Initial impression is some citrus bitterness up front, well balanced by caramel malt sweetness. Medium mouthfeel - a little syrupy for the style, but not objectionable at all. Quite smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is in keeping with the citrus/malt profile. Very drinkable.

Jun 25, 2016
UnEarthly from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 3117 ratings