Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 89 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

New version now sold in 12 oz bottles.
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Ratings: 1,031 | Reviews: 594
Photo of Critter1594
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: who cares. It is under hopped if it isn't cloudy. This one is cloudy.
Smell: hops
Taste: dirty with hops
Feel: appropriate

Great beer

Photo of Jadjunk
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"At Southern Tier, we have our own fraternal twins, Hoppe & Unearthly. Blended together & placed in this vessel, the mission of our Gemini is to travel high & take passengers on a journey far into the heavens!" Brewed in the style of a blended Strong Ale. Available previously in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Currently retired in the format.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Southern Tier tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy ecru white head over a moderately hazy medium amber body with light carbonation. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Caramel malt syrups with a soft graininess and a moderate sweetness, and a dated but piney and spicy hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Potency is mild. 3

(Taste) The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma, although a touch less harsh than feared. Caramel syrups and pale malts with some exposed graininess, light dated hop oils with little hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. finishes on a note of lingering caramel malts and spicy, piney hops. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, oily, residual and medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a modest frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet and grainy over bitter. Alcohol presence is medium and there are no notable off characters. 3.25

(Overall) I realized following this review that Gemini hasn't been packaged in 22 oz. bottles for quite some time, perhaps several years, although this bottle, amongst other interesting Southern Tier ales recently appeared at my local shop, perhaps the efforts of a distributor or store attempting to clear old stock. Although I was trying to be as generous as possible with my scoring, the beer was in its current state not very pleasing. I'm looking forward to reviewing this beer fresh, as it seems to be more hop prominent, and I'm almost certain it would be considerably better when fresh, although I have not yet seen Gemini in any packaging outside of the 22 oz. bottle locally, it is still prominently featured in select stores, so be cautious as you shop. 3.25

Southern Tier Brewing Company's
Imperial Gemini Blended Unfiltered Ale
3.18/5.00

Photo of 50marathons
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent blend and balance. For those who thought the Unearthly was too malty and the 2XIPA was too hoppy this is the perfect blend.

Photo of William-Wade
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good overall beer. Like a lot

Photo of munnster76
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost too strong...yet still good. Hides the alcohol fairly nicely. Definitely better than Unearthly by Southern Tier.

Photo of Miket13
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma of pine
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to 1 cm frothy layer
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to medium bubbles; stalactites
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins with resin and becomes malty; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a dark gold with a very nice head. A nice hopped aroma with both citrus and floral aroma, which are strong in both the first taste and on the finish. Even though it is much more a sit and sip beer than a session beer, the high ABV does not overwhelm the flavor. I've not had either of the two beers blended here, but they must be pretty good if mixing them gets you this.

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

Appearance: Nice amber brown color, good head with a little lacing

Smell: Citrus and other fruits

Taste: Nice citrus and fruity hops, some caramel toffee malts, some bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation

Overall: A pretty good brew of a hybrid style. Something unique from ST, like most of their brews in large format bottles (though I had it on tap).

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

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 1 finger head that receded quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass; minimal lacing;

S: pine, grapefruit, and pineapple

T: pine up front; grapefruit and pineapple in mid-palate with a little tartness; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderately carbonated; crisp;

O: really enjoyable;

Photo of Greywulfken
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold/pale amber ale - clear - topped with a full head of off-white foam; modest lace trails

S: muted aromas of citrus and tropical fruits; some caramel-esque sweetness

T: got some pine resin and grapefruit, toffee-sweet, earthy; not too bitter - rather moderate

M: decent carbonation, slick and smooth, medium weight, bittering close

O: decent, but didn't really catch my attention - seems like this "American strong ale" genre is rather amorphous - never know what you're gonna get - this had some DIPA characteristics, but was a little thinner in body, and even with all the hops involved, wasn't overpoweringly hoppy. An enjoyable ale, but lacking the allure to bring me back for another. Seeing as how my review is below the average, this may simply be a case of a style that, while broad, isn't (typically) to my particular tastes.

Saw two entries for this ale - hope I chose the right one.

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/24/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of juicy citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.0 A: Clear light orange color. One finger of frothy/creamy white head. Retention is lacking, but a half finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Floral hoppiness with elements of cat piss and herbalness. Malts are subdued, but pleasant. Grainy with caramel notes.

3.75 T: The taste in this isn't all that impressive, but it does drink so easy that that doesn't matter. Again floral hoppiness foremost. Some herbalness, cat piss, and woodiness. Grainy malts with caramel and a touch of breadiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Overall a very pleasant brew. Quite pleased with this.

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dark golden beer with an off-white head made of mix of mostly compact and some soapy bubbles.

Strong citrus and pineapple smelling hops aroma with a light caramel malt aroma and light alcohol aroma.

Tropical fruit and citrus hops flavors dominate along with a strong hops bitterness. There is a medium-light malt sweetness. The alcohol flavors a subtle and lightly sweet when cold but far more pronounced and boozy when warm.

A medium bodied beer with a moderate alcohol warmth. It has a moderate creamy mouthfeel with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

A solidly bitter DIPA with a flavorful blend of hops that give is strong citrus and tropical fruit character.

Photo of LuckyElm
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A Beautiful light golden amber pour out of the bottle.

S Nice hop base. Gradation from dark to light floral citrus.

T Hoppy, but not overwhelming in depth. Lacking balance of sweetness and bitterness. Needs another more prominent hop note to give a better all around balance. Seems like a beer that would be awesome at the brewery.

M Exactly what you should be expecting from a 9.0%.

O I don't feel like this beer is worth the rating and the pricetag. Its a good beer out of the bottle, but nothing that I would go out of my way to acquire again. Southern Tier's 2XIPA is a better beer for value.

Photo of berkshire413
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Appearance is golden honey and very nicly carbonated.

S. smell was very hoppy and you can pick up the alcohol pretty easily. some sweetnes and honey with a hint of caramel

T. Taste - the money maker on this beer. this is such an enjoyable experience. super citrusy and tangy up front. some pineapple and clementine/blood orange. the citrus hangs on throughout next comes the banging malt its like creamy cotton candy and the alcohol starts to make his appearance as well. then the hops drys everything out and makes all the troubles go a way. such a complex beast, the hops combination is very similar to his cousin in the pumpking.

M Mouthfeel is very heavy resiny and nice carbonation. these beer is a beast and it all works well together, it gives all the pine and citrus a boldness and alows the hops to linger for a while.

O overall this beer rocks i absolutely love it. i love how southerntier pairs their different hops together, they do a wonderful job here with maintaining balance all the way through the kalaidascope of flavors.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650ml bomber with no visible BB date. ABV is stated as 10.5%. Purchased ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I have a slight suspicion that I've overlooked this one for too long (at least 18 months). Described on the label as a blend of unfiltered Hoppe and Unearthly - 50% each.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (twice). Bottle conditioned, though the yeast is firmly stuck to the base of the bottle. A clear coppery-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of pine resin, weed, faint roasted malt, herbs, mild sherry, earthy yeast and a twinge of cardboard. Mildly oxidised, with a warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a spicy bitter finish. Notes of caramel, grain, toasted malt, pine resin, dank weed, herbs, mild sherry, faint brown sugar, earthy yeast and a hint of cardboard. Sweet, oxidised and boozy; vaguely reminiscent of fortified wine. A strident, piny bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth and tingly, with decent carbonation and a lovely, velvety body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of pine resin, caramel and sherry.

A bit past it's sell-by date but still in decent condition. Drinks more like a hoppy barleywine than an imperial IPA, though none the worse for that. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour possess a blend of rich caramel malt, piny hops and booze. Mild oxidation adds a touch of sherry to its character. The body is smooth and silky - nicely judged relative to the ABV. A well-crafted brew; if it weren't out of production then I would recommend it.

Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found one random bottle sitting in the back of a local package store. Assuming the owner had a few and decided to sell a couple? Wasn't there the day before. I had not heard of this beer before seeing it today, and was surprised to see I just stumbled upon a single retired beer. Anyhow, was willing to pay $7 for this since I love southern tier, especially the two beers that they blended for this collaboration. Not sure how old this is because there is no date on the bottle.

A: Very murky, hazy orange. Solid head as the beer is poured but fades to as light lacing around the glace. Carbonation is barely visible because the beer is so hazy. Interesting.

S: Not sure if this is because this beer has been aged or just how it smells, but I immediately get a strong whiff of alcohol. Afterwards, the citrus and pine aromas come in. Maybe a little caramel malt on the end. Hard to pin point since it is so faint.

T: Sweet malt immediately consumed by a juicy citrus hop blast. This is followed up with strong pine, grass and earthy flavors. The pine flavor lingers as the warmth of the alcohol hits. Nicely balanced, but a slight lack of carbonation leads to the alcohol overtaking your taste buds at the end.

M: Medium bodied; lightly carbonated. Probably has something to do with the age of this beer.

O: A nice offering from Southern Tier. Unfortunately, it is no longer available. I'm glad to have tried it, and recommend to anyone who comes across this to try it.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 01/27/2012.

A: Pours a hazy orangish golden with a dense mostly white head. Can see some visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hop profile is still very evident. An earthy blend with a hint of mustiness. Can tell its a tad aged and faded.

T: Has held up well over the last year which I'm sure can be attributed to the high abv and strong hopping. Flavor reflects this heavy dose of hop with a nice bitterness. Floral hoppiness. Really tastes like its all blended together real nicely by now.

M: Low carbonation, full creamy body that goes down smooth. ABV is fairly well hidden. Finish is a bit sticky from the hops.

Overall interesting to see how this one aged over the last 20 months. Hops held up better than I would of thought. Mouthfeel is improved.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Purchased a re-heee-ally old bottle of this (about 2.5 years old) at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY, because it was on sale. Bad choice.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a half inch head, and no lacing, really.

Smells like Honeycomb cereal dipped in alcohol, with a little bit of grapefruit.

The hops on this are basically gone, and it's turned into a syrupy sweet mess of a barleywine. Some slight grapefruit flavors remain, but they are washed away by the cloying honey flavors left behind. This was a huge mistake.

Medium bodied, not that drinkable. Syrupy mouthfeel.

I'm obviously not having this at it's peak, so take this review with a grain of salt if you're reading this.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.26/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, bottled in jan 2012

pours a cloudy dark gold with an inch thick white head with nice lacing. Smell is a bit off, a tad bitter with a big amount of alcohol on the nose. Taste is reminiscent of a barley wine, without the fruits. i get a big alcohol flavor and bitterness, not too fond of this one. full bodied with medium carbonation, not too drinkable either.

overall not that good but, at 9%abv and for $3.99 im not too upset.

Photo of MacQ32
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I found out ST was discontinuing several of their good but oft overlooked brews, mainly by myself, I decided to scoop up a Oat and Mokah, and once reading that others favorite that was being discontinued was the Gemini decided I had to scoop one up for myself.

A - First pour is pretty much clear with a golden/amber color, with a nice finger of near white head. Retention is good, still a complete thin layer over the surface 20+ minutes later. Lacing is fantastic. (The second pour yielded similar results but with a much cloudier and therefore slightly lighter golden color)

S - Lots of citrusy bitterness, grapefruit, lemon, definitely a good bit of alcohol burn and some sweeter caramel flavors.

T - Wow lots of sweet, hoppy, alcohol burning, sugary sweet bitterness. Usually I get flavors in waves but this literally just all hit immediately on my first sip... and the following. Very good and very potent, citrusy goodness slowly begins to shine after the initial strength and my palate adjusted well after the first two sips

M - nearly full bodied, pretty thick, minimal carbonation. The bitterness keeps it pretty refreshing

O - Really strong, not one I would go to regularly but very good if I want a somewhat heavy hitter worthy of sipping.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I heard they discontinued this at Southern tier so when I saw a bottle (bottled on 2/12/12) I thought I better snatch it up and give it a go.

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a quite hazy orange color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave only a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Upon pouring the aroma is sweet and fruity with strong notes of an earthy and grassy smell. The sweet is comprised of some caramel with the fruity being of a tropical nature with aromas of mango, papaya and tangerine. Upon pouring the sweeter aromas are the most potent, but as the beer sits longer, the other aromas in the nose, the earthy hop and grassy smells of the brew get stronger and begin dominating more. These smells, when mixed with aromas of alcohol, give the brew a nice warming and earthy/grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins bready with some fruit flavors of orange and a light caramel sweetness. Upfront and mixed with these tastes is an initially light earthy hop taste. As the taste moves on the sweeter citrus fades while the earthy hop and bready tastes grow stronger and are joined by a grapefruit and grassy hop tastes. Toward the end, an alcohol flavor mingles with the hop and bready tastes to leave a quite pleasant hop blended resinous, bready, and boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to above average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is quite light. The thicker and smoother body is nice of the earthy and boozy flavors of the brew with the lower carbonation accentuating these even more.

Overall – This is one tasty and hop profile balanced (citrus, earthy and grassy) imperial. It has a strong boozy, bready and earthy taste making it a fantastic sipper. It is too bad they are discontinuing this. If you can find a bottle somewhere I say give it a go. It’s delicious.

Photo of schoolboy
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought I had bought this once before, but maybe not. It looks like a double/triple AIPA, and the initial taste is of a sweet one. It definitely has the AIPA look - yellow/orange. It has a little head.

The aroma is a little weaker than I would like, but it is interesting - some pungent hops plus malt and a bit of a boozy smell.

The taste is too sweet. It is other quite good, though. There is a lot going on, it is over the top malt and hoppy, etc. It is a nice edgy taste, but I wish I bought an unearthly. The aftertaste is also a bit too sweet, but with loads of alcohol taste too. It tastes stronger than it is!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool beer, a blend of a couple of unfiltered hop bombs from southern tier. the label is reflective now like headlights, annoyingly bright, but the beer inside is a little more subtle in appearance, pouring a hazy redish bronze color with a fluffy khaki head. the aroma is strongly hoppy, resinous and very woody, like its been aged on oak or maple staves. the hop profile is a little piney, but it retains a lot of the citrus notes from the unearthly too. its heavy and dense in flavor and feel, a big beer to say the least. sappy and bitter in the finish. a lot of body on this one, but not a ton of bubbles. i think the spent yeast almost becomes a distraction here, and a little further refinement would make this better, but that said, its a hop lovers beer, the blend works well, but i personally like the complexities of the unearthly better as a standalone. still, at about 8 bucks a bomber this beer is worth the price every time.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.