Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by JordanChabot:
4.78/5 rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
It's been a while since I have attempted to process an actual beer experience into anything but an abstract thought that exists only to disappear with the bottom of a bottle. But, still, I am going to attempt a larger more in depth description to what this fine brew has to offer. Southern Tier has kicked off my year with this amazing blending of two beers! Alright, all freestyling aside, here is what you can expect from Gemini.
I have once heard the astrological description of a "Gemini" to be "bright, quick, and the life of the party". Just so happens Ms. Cleo might have actually been right on this one. The beer pours a nice amber color with a bright white head that settles slowly and nicely. The lacing is so prominent that one might not realize the head has subsided when admiring the beer from afar (which I do not recommend...get one in front of you!)
The aroma is rich with a bouquet of hops, (6 different hops to be exact) lemon spice, and citrus peel. The alcohol seems to be totally masked by this resinous beast. This comes with a surprise seeing how even the heaviest hopped ales with an abv% this high tend to act only as an air freshener, barely hiding the unpleasant alcohol sting. But, we haven't tasted this yet have we..?
First touch to the tongue brings a nice sweetness and incredibly balanced blend of hop varieties. This isn't a mere clumsy I.P.A. stuffed with every hop within reach, but a nice experience of aroma hops, bittering hops, and backing hops that play very nicely off one another. Grapefruit and pine dominate the palate followed by a sticky resinous finish that dissipates right before it overstays its welcome. The carbonation is nice and light so that the bitterness of the hops doesn't combine to rip your mouth apart. Again, balance is the key with this Imperial ale. For all the work these artistically combined hops can't do for each other, white wheat and cara-pils malt step in and play a very important balancing role behind the scenes, while keeping the body light and refreshing.
I would pair this fine ale with some spicy barbecue, sharp and/or smelly cheeses, and/or some grilled meat or salmon. It is recommended, as with many Imperial Ales, to be served in a tulip glass at cellar temperature (around 42-45 F), but a wine glass would probably do.
So, Southern Tier does it yet again. It's getting unfair. But, the better beer gets, the better it is going to get. Let's hope the competition gets a hold of one of these and gets inspired. Because, you know, when that happens... We all win!
Happy new Beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2009 02:10:32 | More by JordanChabot
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The label tells it like it is. A cloudy light straw color with slightly floral and citrusy nose. The mouthfeel - for an imperial beer - is incredibly light and bubbly. The taste is biscuity with an understated but nicely balanced citrus quality. I don't taste any alcohol despite the 9% abv. This is a slightly unusual beer. Drinks like a light pale ale but has a much more complex and original flavor. This is a great summer beer but you'd have to be careful with its sneaky abv.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 23:57:44 | More by Qbdoo
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;
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2014 16:12:19 | More by HamdenHector
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2014 00:46:05 | More by Greywulfken
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.