Gemini - Sixpoint Brewery

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 64
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.11%
Wants: 30
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2006

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in NYC.

A - This beer pours a golden amber color. It has a little more than a finger of white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of maltiness and a good hop presence. There are also some aromas of caramel, toffee, fruit and some citrus.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with marly sweetness, and then a nice big piney citrus hop flavor comes through. There are also some slight caramel, fruit, toffee, and citrus flavors that come through. The finish leaves some lingering citrus and hop bitterness behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some nice caramel sweetness in the background, and a nice amount of citrusy hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

O - This has good drinkability. It has awesome flavor and is hard to put down, even with the high ABV. Overall, i think this is a really good beer, and a good representation of the style. I really enjoyed this beer, and I recommend checking it out. There is a nice citrus flavor and a good hop presence. I would buy it again. (1,271 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper with a small amount of head that had little retention but left some lacing. Combination of floral and sweet in the nose. Light malty profile with some hop bitterness on the finish. The hoppyness is present for sure, but not enough for a DIPA. There is a faint alcohol twang at the very end of this offering. (320 characters)

Photo of EllisDee33
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sorry, I use to collect wine for years in the 80's...but now I am into I.P.A.s & D.I.P.A.s. I don't have a great nose...but like the judge said about pornography..."I can't describe it but I know it is when I see it"...Well, I know a good D.I.P.A. when I taste it, and this is one of 'em! High alcohol, but you really can't taste it. Hoppy, but not too bitter. Overall, just a GREAT Double...enjoy! (398 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, grassy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some fruity sweetness and caramel sweetness comes in. There’s also a touch of alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, there are better options for a 2IPA but it’s still a decent beer. (802 characters)

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

Gemini has a dull-golden colored body with a slight haze to it. The off-white head is frothy and soapy looking, and a good amount of lacing stays behind.

Lots of hops in the nose, with citrus and a good bit of pine. Only a hint of lightly sweet malt comes through.

The hops come through right away, bringing a nice, resinous pine flavor, and a variety of citrus. Lots of orange and some nice grapefruit flavors. A little bit of a grassy flavor comes through also. With the hops comes a moderate amount of bitterness. The malt base is exactly how I like it in my IPAs and IIPAs: understated and pale. Lightly sweet with mostly bready flavors. Just enough of a backbone. There isn't really any booze to this one, and goes down easy for a IIPA.

The body is a little bit thinner than I would think, with pretty creamy carbonation.

Sixpoint is a well-made IIPA with a nice malt character to it. I'm pretty shocked that the ABV is over 10%, because this one is smooth and easy-drinking with almost no trace of warmth or alcohol in it. (1,032 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Awesome appearance, nice cloudy orange, about 2 fingers of nice head at the top, that sticks to the glass after each sip leaving a nice lacing.

S - Lots of hops upfront, pineapple and grapefruit, and a bit of sweetness from something I cant pinpoint.

T - Great hops all around, a perfect blend of floral, and sweet fruits, Nice alcohol at the tail end.

M - Low carbonation, Medium mouthfeel, a perfect balance

O - Great DIPA, first beer from sixpoint and I loved it, perfect blend and great flavor! (506 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, into a standard pint at J. Ryan’s in Syracuse, NY

Appearance (3.5): Thin film of off-white foam, leaving a ring on edge; could use more lacing, since I personally prefer a really bombastic head on my DIPAs but this is fine for on-tap. The body is bright gold with a slight haze, a plus in my book.

Smell (4.0): Hop profile comes through first with a bright orange and pineapple notes. Malts provide some moderate sweetness in the nose; overall, very nice. I like piney notes in this style, but this fits the bill, too.

Taste (5.0): Hops come through immediately as floral shifting to herbal, with citrus undercurrent—very nice! Lightly toasted pale malt is in back, supporting the hop profile. The slightly toasty malts complement the hops very well, actually. It’s got a long, bitter citrus finish—lemon all the way! A bit biscuity, and the yeast note feels German, if that’s possible. AWESOME! No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very nice carb, uneven and long-lasting mix of prickliness and soft creaminess; dry finish, well above average. Very nice, actually.

Overall (4.5): Great, really enjoy this. Great hops, great American DIPA. This needs to see much more of the world, and if this ever comes out in cans I’m buying lots of it. Lots and lots of it. Sixpoint, you really brewed a winner here! (1,344 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a new sixpoint brew that I will quickly jump on

A- pours a hazy orange look that looks almost hefe like. There is not too much going on in the foamy head department. Lacing still lingers on the glass's edges andgives the brew a DIPA look that I expect. A touch of west coast look

S- spot on... piney resin on cue with the necessary grapefruit theme to have a steady DIPA. Bitterness surrounds the aforementioned themes to round out what I love... A DIPA that has all the necessary attribues of some east coast fellas making a west coast DIPA

T- bitterness participating as grapefruit all over. The hop bill is right to my liking

M- layers of flavor coate the palate. Very juicy

O- I am gonna say this now.... CAN THIS IMMEDIATELTY! Sixpoint like to use their interpretation of a style. IMO this is how they produce such winning beers. They are beginning to become a major player on the east coast (901 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying in from Brooklyn,I missed it there, fortunately caught up with it on tap at Cole’s. Spot on DIPA, hits the bulleye with big hops and tasty stuff with orange citrus,apricot and peach notes. Great hop aroma. Light lace. High alcohol well hidden. (252 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber with very little white head that goes away quickly.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with citrus hops. Mild for the style.

Taste: Better than the smell. Sweet with very bitter citrus hops from the start of each sip all the way through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice DIPA. Balanced with a really pleasant hop profile. I would have another. (494 characters)

Photo of socon67
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A - Pours orange\amber with a thick foam that quickly disappates. Lacing is excellent.

S - Strong scent of pine. There is a slight smell of citrus. Would have liked a little more of that.

T - Has a pronounced hoppy front, as is the calssic "hop bomb" of many good DIPA's. The complimentary flavors of citrus are more noticeable in the taste than in the aroma.

M - About the smoothest DIPA I can recall. Clearly to me its defining quality. For such a big IPA in hoppiness and ABV it is very, smooth, light, and quite drinkable. Went perfectly with my Chinese food.

O - Gotta love Sixpoint. I'd add this to their list of very good beers. (664 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in an 11 oz snifter. Hazy, orange/yellow color with a nice, frothy one finger head that dissipates very slowly leaving a complex web of lace all along the glass.
Aroma is oh so hoppy. Fruity, citrusy, piney, floral hops with faint hints of malt.
Just like the aroma, this is a complete hop-assault taste-wise.
This was a fresh keg and it was evident in the taste. The hops blast as soon as the liquid touches the tongue. Not for the faint of hops. The quintessential 'hop-heads' dream beer.
Definitely worth a try. Highly recommended. (553 characters)

Photo of duluoz
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Against the Grain in NYC.

A -- Bright golden orange color, good head with decent retention and lacing.

S -- Huge piney hops, with a bit of citrus. But pine dominates in a really impressive way, as with the nose on the Pliny's and some Alpine IPA's, for instance.

T -- Amazing. A blast of pine up front -- one of those rare IPA's that's like drinking an enchanted forest. Some citrus (as with the nose) in the form of bitter orange peel. A touch of sweetness in the middle, but never too much... and then a very dry finish with a hint of grain and cracker. Almost no sign of the big ABV, which is quite a feat at 10.6%.

M -- Nearly perfect -- a bit resiny and oily but not overly slick nor overly thick. Pretty much exactly how a big IPA should feel.

This was a surprising find. I'm guessing from past reviews that Sixpoint has tweaked this recipe (or even overhauled it). If so, they can go ahead and stop right now, because this beer would comfortably fit right into the IPA lineups at Russian River, Alpine, Pizza Port... all the west coast IPA giants.

Incidentally, my buddy ordered a Maharaja, and we agreed that the Gemini was clearly a better, cleaner, more elegant beer. (1,193 characters)

Photo of gskitt
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from whole foods. Pours a pale yellow. Has a decent head, doesn't last long, recedes quickly. The scent is not overpowering some hops, some citrus, not much else. Taste is not overpowering and in fact a bit bland. However, for some reason I liked it. Incredible drinkability, juicy mouthfeel, very refreshing. This I might consider buying again. Gemini might be a good gateway beer for the uncraft conscious. Overall, drinkable beer and enjoyable. (454 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Big Z Beverage; pours a cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger foamy/bubbly off white head that faded very slowly leaving great lacing coating the glass. This brew leaves fantastic lacing, and after each pour the lacing kept sticking like the Christmas white foam that you spray on windows - crazy ass lacing that was really thick.

Smells of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, mango or pineapple, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices that I can't make out due to the hop dominance; this is all hops in the nose, and quite potent. I found it really enjoyable.

Tastes of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, light lemon zest, pineapple, piney hops, flowers, floral hops, sweet malt, brown sugar, grass, hay and other earthy tones like wheat, coriander, light cinnamon and spices like pepper and cumin or allspice; some minor alcohol heat like rum or just the massive oily hop presence that leaves a resinous flavor. The back end of the swallow is sweet and malty, with some toasted grains and more spices coming through; the finish is like a pine cone or tree bark with some oily hop sweetness. There is some bite to this beer, which is just fine with me.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and oily slick, which is surprising to me for a DIPA with this much heat; it has a medium body, light to average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that's on the dry side, leaving a sweet, bordering cloying sweet taste coating the tongue, which has a crisp citrus pucker.

It's hoppy, it's malty, it's spicy and it's got heat, but it's quite tasty and surprisingly drinkable. A very enjoyable beer that went down easier than expected due to the ABV; this is definitely worth checking out. Brooklyn in the house! (1,765 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Horseshoe Pub

Fizzy creamy 1/2 finger head fades slowly with lacing, semi hazy orange reddish honey colored.

Nose brings a rich sweet malt at first, big malty base, and some chewy earthy slight citrus hops, mostly bittering hops im assuming,

Taste is rich, big malts mostly sweet pale malts, touch of warming booze and some almost syrupy sweetness, quite bitter, earthy chewy hops, light citrus, tangerine and other fruits, light marmalade or candy flavor, finishes sweet and bitter, again pretty bitter, lingering syrupy sweet candy malts and chewy hops.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, good carb, some warming booze, sticky finish.

Overall not bad, very bitter but not a ton of hop flavor, sweet perhaps too much but its needed to balance the booze and heavy bitterness, and the syrupy feel with sticky finish is a bit iffy. (844 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Man, this looks great in a glass. A wonderful hazy orange pour with a huge fluffy two finger head that just doesnt quit. Big, sticky side lacing too. Picture perfect.

S - Nice hoppy pine resin. No malts really to speak of just straight forward hops.

T - Sweet, slightly malty that leads the way to nice oily piney hops. Just malt and pine notes, thats it.

M - Low carbonation, which I expect with this style. Does have a crisp, dry, bitter finish.

O - This is an okay DIPA. Somewhat one note though with the big pine resin flavors dominating the smell and taste. (619 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From previous reviews, it would appear this new batch has been edited a bit. I'd dare say for the best.
Orange with a sweet little head into the tulip. I close my eyes and am in a land of fruit and evergreens. A bit of pine, a dash of orange, a smattering of mango in the nose with a touch of sweetness. The flavor is fantastic, bitter but balanced with the malt. Appears from the previous reviews that quite a bit of the crystal has been taken out. Citrus, pine, and some tropical action. Doesn't drink like a double even. Tastes just like a strong IPA. I wonder if they've dialed down the ABV a bit because there is no indication of even 10%. A bit sticky.
Whatever they've done with this new batch, they've done it quite well. Very impressed with this offering. Plus, hey, they're brewing it themselves! (807 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Blind Tiger 08-05-09

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2 finger fluffy head, low carbonation.
S- Citrus notes, some caramel hints
T- Sweet and malty with some hops mixed, more a malty DIPA than hoppy one
M- Medium bodied, DIPA, a little on the boozy side.
D- This DIPA was a little too malty for me, I like my DIPA's with more hops, which this was lacking, a little too sweet for my liking. I prefer their Bengal Tiger IPA to this one. (444 characters)

Photo of DawnL
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.7% abv

First taste was of a shot of hops with alcohol integrated. The beer poured a deep amber. Head dissipates to lace pretty fast. The nose betrays deep citrus hops. The finish on the beer is hot alcohol.

I left the beer to sit for a while and noticed it started to break down and get funkier as it warmed.

I didn't find the beer particularly drinkable. It's too hot. Maybe with some age it would mellow nicely? (419 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/6/08. Growler. Pours a dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma of piney and citrusy hops, sweet citrusy malt. Flavor of lots of citrusy malt and bitter hops, light tropical fruits and melon rind. A little sweeter than I'd prefer but it's pretty well balanced. Very drinkable (the 10.6% is completely hidden). Another winner from Sixpoint.
7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5) (377 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sixpoint for the trade...
Appears a hazy amber with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar. Spottly lacing is left around the glass. Lots of sediment found it's way to the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, pine, orange, and brown sugar.
Taste is of sugary, piney, brown sugar, caramel, maple, and molasses. Very rich.
Mouthfeel is mediumb bodied, leaning towards caramel sweetness, though balanced with some citrusy hops. Some abv is noticeable but certainly not 10.6%. (509 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a growler of this yesterday with Artied2, on a kick-ass beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon out on the back deck....

Gemini poured a deep copper color, or more closely the color of orange marmalade. It's mostly clear, with just a smidge of haze within. Scattered bubbles rise lazily to the top, where they meet a thin, creamy, off-white head. Foam there is mostly a rim-job, and leaves some very nice lace-work behind. Nose emits a bit of toasty malt, along with a robust, citrussy hop aroma. Not overpowering, but pronounced nonetheless. Body is a very respectable medium-plus, with a fairly smooth feel on the rongue.

Flavor has a decent amount of malt for a DIPA, a bit toasty and bready at the same time. Bier is quite hoppy, though low on actual bitterness. It is citrussy but with a sweet lean to it, with a mix of grapefruit and some apricot. It's also a touch rindy at times, and has a lovely, long hoppy aftertaste. ABV is well hidden, imo, too. Really hit the spot; both Artied2 and I quite enjoyed Gemini.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sixpoint for the brew

Pours a dark golden amber color, some carbonation, not much of a head, and did not last long, no lacing at all. The nose is hoppy, malty, not much citrus going on, some caramel undertones. The taste is hoppy and malty (good balance), slight citrus, good caramel undertone. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice DIPA, wish I had a chance to try this fresher, highly recommended. (402 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope this is the correct beer. The menu simply said "Six Point Double IPA" and this is the only DIPA on here, so i will take those odds.

Had on cask.

Poured a dark brown/amber. Absolutely no head (insert bad joke here). Really rich smell, test mirrored accordingly. Incredibly robust, even for the style. I couldnt drink more than a bit at a time because I think it would have been too overwhelming. A hop-lovers dream. Not that balanced, but for some reason, i dont htink you will mind. It puts itself out there and says "here i am - take it or leave it."

A fine brew - not the best for the style. but certailny one worth drinking if you have the opportunity. (672 characters)

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Gemini from Sixpoint Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.