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Gemini - Sixpoint Brewery

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 27
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-25-2006)
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

thesarahfuller, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

CP20, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of EllisDee33
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

EllisDee33, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of duluoz
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

duluoz, Aug 19, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%

mnewsom, Sep 13, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

fmccormi, Oct 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

david18, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

alalvarez75, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

kirbmeist, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Paul68, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of thedoubler55
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

thedoubler55, Oct 26, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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

lovindahops, Oct 01, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at Barcade last Saturday night after the Met game. It was their only cask and I've been meaning to try more Six Point when in the area so I went straight for a pint of this (only $4 before 8, good deal).

Poured a cloudy medium golden copper brownish and unremarkable head. Nose was hoppy and yeasty.

Thick, bold, hoppy taste with earth tones and a surprising breadiness. Very robust and malty for an IPA but the dry and bitter flavors were present as well. There is a hint of alcohol in the finish but overall it is remarkably hidden for a brew of this potency. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly cloying.

Terrific example of the style and also at masking heavy alcohol tones which sometimes puts me off big beers. Highly recommended if you can find it.

daliandragon, Jul 28, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

CaptDavyJones, Sep 03, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Todd, Jan 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bierdabbler, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

CHickman, Jul 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JTomczak, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

TripelMark, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

bentonquest, Mar 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

mrchrisray, Mar 14, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

socon67, Sep 04, 2011
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4.22/5  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.

JizackFH, Feb 10, 2012
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Gemini from Sixpoint Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.