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Gemini - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 03-07-2014)
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Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of sevreng
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
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
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.06/5  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.

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Gemini from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.