Gemini - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 12
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BB1313 on 03-07-2014

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Reviews by BB1313:
Photo of BB1313
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

** This is a completely different beer from the original Gemini blend..

Bottled on 2/24/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with a fluffy white head that eventually fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are pretty malty. Lots of bread. Lots of fresh grass. Some grapefruit and lemon too. The aromas seem subtle and definitely not in your face. The flavors have an earthy bitterness to it. They nailed the hop bitterness, but the hop flavors seem to take a backseat. More fresh cut grass. Some fresh pine needles too. There's a subtle kiss of resin. Some caramel. I might be picking up some rye too, because it's slightly spicy. Maybe some black pepper in the mix. Mouthfeel is nice and it's full-bodied; creamy and fluffy. Smooth stuff.

I'm not too crazy about this now like I used to be. It does have alot of traditional pale ale qualities mixed with some ESB qualities. To me, this is what a "Imperial Pale Ale" can be. It's well crafted, but the flavors don't get me overly excited.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into fluted snifter; clear amber orange with a nice fluffy off-white head that sticks around. Leaves a bit of fine lacing as it descends slowly.
Smells like a simple pale ale...clear caramel malt with grassy, lightly crisp citrus hops and pine resin.
Tastes like a pale ale combined with a strong ale; sticky caramel malt, with a pang of alcohol and some grassy crisp citrus rind hops.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, although a bit sticky.
Overall, another winner from ST. They're excellent at creating light-tasting but strong beers, and this "imperial pale ale" style is neat.

Photo of sevreng
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased 6/07/14 from Atlas Bottle Works in Pittsburgh, PA poured into tulip.

A - Bright, orange gold color, minimal head pouring out of the bottle dissipating quickly. Underwhelming

S - Grapefruit front and center softened by caramel from the malt

T - Rich malts balanced by citrus from the hops, dries out yet doesn't go overboard on the bitter and finishes sweeter than I anticipated from the 'super hopped ale' indicated on the label. Hops on finish become more pronounced as I continue. Very nice

M - Creamy and full bodied with medium carbonation

O - Fantastic American Strong. Much more pleasant than double IPAs that leave your mouth a sandbox. A couple more steps and it would basically be a barley wine but this beer is very drinkable

Photo of StuporJew
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured with standard vigor into a tulip glass.

A - pours a clear sparkling gold, with little to no head. Carbonation is visible but not abundant.

S - Grassy hops, hints of onion, and not much else. A touch a malt surfaces from the loads of booze that it throws as it warms.

T - More pine and grassy hops, with a nod in the direction of pineapple and mango. Booze is quite apparent as well. Okay, but not great.

M - Tingly carbonation, that doesn't do much for this (IMHO) mediocre beer. It pushes the light hops across your palate, and isn't too soapy, so I guess it has that going for it.

O - I fail to see what the allure of this beer is, other than lack of accessibility. I mean, $22 for a six-pack? REALLY??? The most pedestrian of IPA offerings have more going on than this, at a fraction of the price! If you're a "ticker" as the saying goes, and you can buy a single to try, do so. Don't be suckered in by the "super hopped" claim on the packaging, or the fact that it really IS THIS EXPENSIVE. I just didn't get it.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 02/24/14.

A: Pours a clear amber with minimal white head on top. Average amount of visible carbonation visible in the body. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Get quite a bitter aroma on this brew with a blend of hop qualities. A mix of citrus hop, pine and earthiness. Mild malting in the background, focus is certainly on the hops.

T: As anticipated this is one bitter beer. Lots of hop flavors come across with just a slight malt backing. Mostly a citrusy fruit tone to the hop profile. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M: Medium to full body with somewhat low carbonation. For the amount of hops in this one it finishes fairly clean.

Overall this beer has good flavor and a strong kick, although I feel it falls just a bit short of its potential. Especially at this price point.

Photo of glass_house
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed Belgian tulip

Pours a crystal clear, light honey-gold with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a solid cap and thick patches of lacing. Smell is quite intriguing. A little citrusy, a little funky, a little floral, and a little biscuity.

Light-medium-bodied with less carbonation than expected, given the amount of head retention. Just slightly viscous, which I like. The flavors pick up the intrigue where the aroma left off. Grapefruit and orange peel with faint bitter grassy pine and a dry, peppery spice. Grainy malt backbone is not quite sweet, but offers some balance. A bit more spice and alcohol warmth come through on the finish. The individual flavors are rather subtle, but this is a beer that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

This was an interesting one. There were scents and flavors I couldn't quite put my finger on. Maybe a bit of mint in there? To be honest, halfway through I wasn't sure how much I liked it. By the end I was wishing I had put more than one in my mixed 6-pack. Overall I highly recommend it and I will be circling back to this one soon.

Photo of EricTheRedd78
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Had out of a bottle at just below room temperature. Poured nice copper color, excellent hoppy, resiny aroma, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall this is a solid double IPA. However, what I'm missing is any sort of mind-blowing element that would lead a six-pack of this beer to cost $7+ above ever single other six-pack in the store. I live in central PA and bought it for $21.99 at a Wegmans. Pretty sure I've never paid that for a six-pack of anything. I honestly was compelled to buy it because I wanted to see why in the world it would cost so much. It did not live up to the financial hype. It's been a while since I've had the Southern Tier 2XIPA, but I honestly believe that this beer is pretty much that beer + an additional 1% ABV and an additional $9 per six-pack. All in all, very nice brew, but for the love of God definitely not worth the price. Save your money and get a 2XIPA. Skål!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden copper color, with a half inch head. Small streaks of lacing, nothing substantial.

Smells include resinous pine, honey, and grassy hops.

The taste is pretty similar, but slightly more complex, but with a lot more booze present. This mostly doesn't keep the alcohol hidden, a bit of a kick at end of each sip. Lots of resinous, sticky pine sap, some grapefruit, honey malt sweetness. Would classify this as more of a Double IPA than a strong ale, but it is certainly strong, so that's something.

The alcohol is present, keeping this is a sipper, or at least a deadly gulper. Crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A definite improvement over the original Gemini. Would get this again on tap, but probably won't buy a bottle again due to the alcohol kick that's somewhat unpleasant at times.

Photo of Growlerguzzler
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice golden hue

S- herbal, floral Mary Jane.

T - a hop tornado! Bitter grapefruit.

M- nicely carbonated, dry.

O- I liked it. Very herbal, almost cannabis like. The smell reminded me of my youth. Definitely worth a try. I'll likely drink again

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into my Ommegang chalice.

A: I'm not really impressed. Pours a clear gold with about 1/2" white head that sits down pretty quick. Retention is OK, lacing is nonexistent.

S: Hoppy! Lots of piney, grassy notes with some citrus in the background. I get some caramel sweetness, too.

T: DIPA-like sweetness right out of the gate. Lemon rind & crackery malt through the mid-palate. Oily, underwhelming hop bitterness is present throughout. There's sort of a musty grapish note in there somewhere. Lacks complexity & absolutely is not the hop-punch I was expecting.

M: Light & oily, a bit syrupy, low-ish carb. Odd characteristics given the flavor profile.

O: I don't know what to make of this quite yet. The mouthfeel is strange, the hop profile is strange. Just...strange.

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a pristine deep amber with an off-white frothy head, about three-fingers in stature after a normal pour. Head fades down quickly, but rests at about a 1/4" creamy head that retains well. Leaves entire sections of the glass covered in lace. Quite impressive!

S: Lots of sweet malts with a nice citrus aroma underneath. Reminiscent to lemonbread, but there's also a good deal of grapefruit. A bit of pine and grass can also be detected. A lot going on, but the aroma itself isn't strong. It takes some serious sniffing to detect just how complex it is.

T: Some orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit upfront, riding on top of a lot of caramel malt-like sweetness. The finish is a piney/grassy hop bitterness melded with a lot of boozy flavors. The flavors here are overall great, but the alcohol was not shrouded much and comes through quite strong in the lingering aftertaste.

M: This one is surprisingly light-medium bodied for a brew sitting at 9% ABV. A great, crisp carbonation and a sleek texture. This drinks easy... Almost too easy... Until you feel the booze warm your face after each sip.

O: I'll be honest, I really enjoyed this, but I'm not sure if I loved it. It looks good; it tastes good; it feels good... But, it's definitely not something I'd pay a whopping $18.50 per six-pack for. If you have an extra slot in your mix-six and this is available, it's worth the try, though.

Photo of atr2605
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a transparent copper color with a white head with nice retention
S-pine, lemon, floral, spicy
T-more of the same with a dank piney flavor dominating with a slightly sweet floral note in the background
M-medium bodied
O-A hoppy brew with a really unique profile. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jpd026
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it is a good beer

Photo of BradC
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear honey color, nice head with slight lacing.

Smells of piney, fruity hops, I get a little onion type smell.

Taste is up front hoppy, pine, melon, slight hint of the alcohol, not much malt here.

Light body, moderately carbonated makes it pretty easy to drik despite the 10% abv.

Overall, good DIPA, not great. Glad I tried it, but doubt I would go out of my way to find it again.

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really a "super hopped" ale. Smells like mango. Very smooth and enjoyable. Would not know it was 9% until you had a few.

Photo of lochef81
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was quite excited to see a new offering from one of my favorite breweries on the shelves in my favorite bottle shop. This strong ale pours a deep amber color with a small white head that leaves a nice film and lacing. The nose is very hoppy, like the best of west coast ipas. Lots of pine, citrus, and grass intermingle with a pleasant alcohol bite and caramel malt aroma. The mouthfeel is sticky and coating like the best of ipas. The flavor is very hop forward and reminiscent of some of the better offerings from Stone and Lagunitas. This is a very good beer but very bitter. The finish and lasting flavor is particularly bitter. If you don't like this profile, avoid this one. Otherwise, grab one and enjoy. Btw may merit a touch higher score if the price tag wasn't so steep.

Photo of justintcoons
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pale gold with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with medium-light carbonation.

Grapefruit, lemon zest, Fruity Pebbles, perfumey florals, and candy sugar.

Spicy, earthy, herbaceous hoppery! Grapefruit, lemon pith, and Fruity Pebbles. Pine needles soaked in sunlight and bright perfumey florals. Candy sugar and light notes of biscuit. Finishes easy with fruity esters and the aforementioned grapefruit / floral combo.

Full bodied, smooth, crisp, oily, and off-dry.

My guess is Columbus and Centennial and I'm a huge fan of Columbus.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Tropical fruits and earthy resinous pines.

T - Lots of bitter dank hops upfront. The hops fade into a nice flavor of tropical fruit and light malt backbone. Finish is a sweet and floral.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking especially at 9% ABV.

O - Good DIPA, but at $20/6 pack a bit pricey. Definetly worth trying as a single.

Photo of do_ob
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a light golden with lots of carbonation. 1 finger white head of foam initially. Quickly faded into a light lacing. Smells of spice, pine, citrus, grapefruit, and raisins. Light weight and a clean, crisp mouthfeel. Lots of pine and hops up front with a good bitterness. Noticable grapefruit and citrus. Some malt on the back end with a dry finish. I'm noticing more malt as it warms up.

Ratebeer calls this a IIPA, while it's listed on here as a Strong Ale. It certainly drinks like a IIPA, and has most of the standard characteristics. I'm not sure what to call it, other than tasty. This beer has a big presence. My bottle was a sample so there's no date, so I'm not sure how fresh this one is. Undeniably good, though.

Photo of Duhast500
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Rhode Island Brew fest tulip glass.

The color is dark orange/gold with a finger of foamy white head and just a tease of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bit citrus and also a touch of pine. There is just a faint orange and slight grapefruit aroma in the noise. The pine aroma comes in behind the fruit aroma but seems to be a bit muted.

The taste is piney at first with a spruce-like flavor that introduces this beer to your taste buds. There is a dry hop flavor there that leads into a juicy fruit flavor to counter balance the dryness that comes in the beginning. There is a tartness that stays throughout as a malty sweetness pops in the middle before some bitterness digs in just a bit at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied. There is a nice drinkable beer here that does down easy and has just a light aftertaste. There is a slight scratchy hop bitterness that makes and appearance immediately after the bitterness kicks at the end up dissipates quickly thereafter.

Photo of davidsumner
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour - Nice head on initial poor, dies down quickly - unfortunately not a lot of lacing but that's to be expected with such a high abv.

Look - Pretty darn good. Again not a lot of lacing, but very nice clear orange/red color. Very nice. Nice carbination - perfect actually.

Nose - Almost perfect. Not as strong as I would like, but I don't prefer over the top double IPA's. So the nose is very acceptable. Nice resin, pine, malty sweet. Herbal. Not too flowery. Really just straight up resin/pine. Just what I like.

Taste - Here's where this ale shines. The taste is perfect for my liking. Not over the top - even though some of the top rated beers (Pliny, Heady.. etc..) are excellent; they are a little too much for my palate. Gemini keeps things under control making it more like, just a delicious IPA. Which is what I've always preferred.

Overall - Delicious! My favorite beer to date. Thank you Southern Tier.

Photo of T-34-85
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon/tulip glass.

A: Very clear with a thin filmy head

S: Has a predominately piney presence with a nice dank tone as well in the aroma.

T: A relatively heavy bitterness with a well complimented level of malt sweetness. A very pleasant tasting beer.

M: A decent mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall: This is a really good beer, but not life-altering. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I think it is very good, and definitely worth a try if you're a IPA fan and hop head. This beer has a unique combination of hops that results in a unique smell/taste experience that is very enjoyable. Give it a try.

Photo of utopiajane
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant orange amber with pristine clarity and a frothy head of foam that lasted well and left rings of lace. Nose is orange. Just orange. Maybe a touch of grass as ti warms. How did they do that? Taste is light. If you are expecting the traditional southern tier malt, a bit of brown sugar on a soft bread . . . forget it. This malt is invisible. Light , fresh squeezed orange juice, a touch of caramel sweetness that seems to light to be believed. and a bit of hop herbal that is also tremendously light. The mouthfeel reminds me of Kern River Citra, it's that light. Divine lightness. And then it finishes without a trace of alcohol and a bit of orange sweetness at the back palate with a hint of caramel.

Holy COW! The price of this sixpack at $20 has put lots of people off. It was delicious. Darn delicious.

Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty complex variety of hops. on the aroma getting some apple, pear, citrus and then some fennel sage and coriander. taste has some citrus peel, spice, bitterness and floral undertones. its drinkable, doesn't coat the mouth like some of my favorite imperial IPAs but its complex

Photo of beerlust
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Yes. Yes. This is good beer. I'm a fan of Southern Tier anyway, but this is even better than most
of their high-alcohol ales. Strong mouthfuls of flavor, good taste and aftertaste. Outstanding.
Made for hop lovers. Also, I was shocked by the price (after I got home and looked!), but it turned
out to be worth the money.

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Gemini from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.