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: 1,035
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 74
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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Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last year, but wasn't reviewing beers....

Pours a clear golden-orange color, big foamy white head fades slowly, and leaves epic sheets of lacing on the glass....seriously, there's only a few clear spots on the glass right now. Smell is an all-out hop war!! Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, and nary a trace of's there, but it's in the back seat. Taste is exactly what you'd expect based on the nose, huge piney hop presence, and equally massive grapefruit/citrus notes....this is a hop lover's dream. The mouthfeel seems the slightest bit thin for the style, and makes this feel/drink more like an IPA, which in turn does wonders for the drinkability. My glass is emptying much faster than I'd like, and I'll be stocking up on this one!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How much as does Southern Tier damn!This new beauty poured into an imperial pint glass a clear sort of burnt orange with a little copper/bronze tint a fluffy extremely sticky craterous white head that left broken lace as it settled into a creamy-like top.Fresh vibrant hop aromas big pine and lemon pith along with grapefruit rind wich is what you come to expect for a good version of the style a hefty caramel sweetness lingers as well.This is not a full on frontal assault on the palate yet a steady unwavering wave of hop goodness,quite resiny and citrus lemon,grapefruit etc....A big sweet caramel malt presence stands up well to the hops and really comes thru big in the finish making it ALMOST balanced but doesnt quite make it.I held out for a little while on this and Choklat but you can bet I will be visiting this one alot this winter,wow.

Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a hazy orange in color with plenty of floaties and a nice, white, lacing head.

Smell – The assortment of hops provides a nice complexity to the nose. There’s a nice pine and wintergreen here along with a floral finish and a bit of sweetish malt.

Taste – The malt base is big here which it needs to be to balance out these massive hops. This isn’t one of those “hops stupid” beers with hop overkill. They are complex as evidenced by the ingredient listing on the side of the bottle but also heroically balanced with a big malt bite. The malt flavor is lightly caramelized and loaded with sugars.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full in the body with appropriately modest carbonation and a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is about as easy-drinking as a DIPA can be and is insanely smooth for a 10+ ABV brew. This really is one of my favorite breweries and again this effort does not disappoint.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Major backlog of reviews to get to here... this one is from 3-8-11.

Gemini pours a pretty golden-orange with a one-finger cream head into a large snifter. The head recedes quickly, but leaves nice clumps on the beer. The carbonation rushes fast and furious through the body. The lacing is also good- sticky and blobular.

The smell contains a big, sweet, malty presence of caramel and is confronted by a resiny, bitter citric hop profile. The hops really jump out when i swirl the glass. Smells of grass, leaves, and herbs also waft out of the glass. I also detect a little alcoholic heat in my nose.

A big caramel sweetness kicks off the taste, followed by a counterbalancing hop presence, which doesn't quite measure up to the malt. I derive a little bitterness from the flavor, but just enough to keep the sweet malts from overpowering my palate. the hop flavor speaks of white pine, sweet citrus, and a little resin. A small amount of bitter grapefruit sits on my tongue after the sip is through.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a sting on all of my palate from the alcohol and hops. The beer is a little chewy, especially at the end of the sip. I like the feel- I just wish the hops dried out my mouth a little more at the end.

Overall, I always feel like the Southern Tier imperial IPAs are too sweet. I'm not sure if this is a freshness issue or that's just how they're crafted. Whatever the reason, Gemini is just a tad too sweet for my taste.

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 brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber with a thick head and very attractive lacing. Nice looking beer.

Bursts with hop aromas both tropical and floral with a note of yeast also appearing.

Balanced isn't the right word for how dangerously drinkable this beer is. Floral/fruity hops with an unbreakable malt backbone. Notes of orange flowers and pine with no real off flavors to speak of.

Blending these two beers was a brilliant idea, which made for a better experience than they could individually provide.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. The gold "wax" on here is incredibly hard to get off. Yeah it looks nice, but I could really do without it. The beer pours into my glass a bright golden orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Great clarity. Aromas start with a mix of pale and pils malts with some sweetness and a touch of caramel. Big, bold hops with resinous citric and pine. Tropical fruit with herbal green bud accents. Nice.

First sip brings a solid pale malt upfront that ushers in a sweet, caramel accented flavor. It doesn't take long for the hops to gain hold. Citric, resinous, oily hop flavors with pine and a touch of herbal floral flavor as well. Big bitterness flows in and makes the mouth pucker as it flows down. Good mix and a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Good malt body here, goes down smooth. Really enjoyable brew and the alcohol is well hidden as well. If you still have this, drink it now, don't wait any longer!!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my mistake was the beer before this one was Oak Aged Unearthly and, while this was a good beer, it didn't compare well with the one before it.
In a snifter it was a hazy orange color with a small white head.
Mostly floral aroma, some citrus, and some spice.
Pine taste, a little grapefruit and coriander. All with a good malt background.
Chewy and filling. I almost didn't want dinner after drinking this.

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

This beer was very good, but as far as DIPA's go I have to say it was very standard. Maybe I drink a lot of good ipa's but I did not see any reason to write home about this guy. In comparison with most of the west coast DIPAs i have had, this falls a hair short. I have a bomber of the other southern tier DIPA which i hope will leave me more excited.

Photo of marvin213
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's light and straw-colored. A thick head, 2+ inches and an escape threat, settles slowly to a film. It's on the browner side of yellow, but still fully translucent. I think I'd prefer a better tan. This is my first Southern Tier production, and I'm cautiously optimistic.

The aroma is solid. I learn from the bottle that it's the amarillo hops. I like them. Maybe it's because of thoughts assoicated with the look of this beverage, but I detect straw and perhaps even hay (if there's a difference). That connotes barn, but (fortunately) I detect no other such smells. It's a simple yet solid nose.

As I try to distinguish what all's involved in the taste, I forget about the 10.5% alcohol presence. It really doesn't taste that strong. Appropriately, it tastes like a blend. I'm prolly a little backwards in reviewing this blend before I even try either of its original components, but I feel like I'd have to like the both of them. I taste the pale malt (a taste I ordinarily shun), but I guess it's the quantity and variety of the hops that put it in its proper place--the subtle background. That pale malt might be what helps make this beer taste so relatively light. As I look at the rest of what the label tells me comprises this beverage, I wonder if the wheats (particularly the white wheat) contribute to this effect. I'm sorry to say that I can't distinguish all the different hops that collectively make this beer what it is. Lots of hops, but I don't feel like it's a hop bomb...but it is a DIPA. I've seen in other reviews where people commonly comment if and when the alcohol presence is disguised. This is the first time I've felt like that is a noteworthy component of my drinking experience. I think this beer is a simple good, but I respect its double-digit ABV so well hidden that I'd blindly deem this beverage a regular IPA (at most). It actually impresses me.

The mouthfeel is light, but good. The aftertaste is a little malty--there are two different malts in this beer. I'm now wondering if I'm thinking this beer is more complex simply because the label provides its individual components. Do all DIPAs have this kind of list? All the different hops? Still, there's not a lot to it. I keep debating which side of "good" to rate the mouthfeel but, like the smell, it's a simple good.

As usual, I find drinkability more difficult to judge than it probably should be. It's an easy-drinking DIPA. In my experience, I think the alcohol content is more subtle in this one than in any other I've been fortunate enough to enjoy. That makes for easy drinking, buy you better be careful--like GZA so poignantly noted, "you gotta read the label."

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been highly anticipating for this and Choklat to be available so imagine my enthusiasm when I saw them on the shelf at the local store. I started out by cutting my thumb open while trying to get the damn off the cap. So In my anticipation, I had to tend to my wound and take another stab (pun intended) at getting this sucker open.

Pours a semi cloudy bright amber color with a nice sized head that retains very well, leaving copious amounts of lacing behind with each sip of this brew. I had to take the paper towel of my finger to pour this baby, dripping blood all over my desktop. Good times...Giving this first encounter with this beer all the more effect. lol
The aroma is of mucho hops. Piney, resinous hops galore. The smell reminds me of Stone's 10th Anniversary IPA. Citrusy hops and a grapefruit presence poking its way through as well. Sweet malts.
Flavor is right along the same lines. Big hop bomb as expected. Tons of pine rounded out by a solid sweet malt backbone. Citrusy, grapefruits, even a tad tropical. Alcohol is nearly non-evident @ 10.5% abv. A tremendous feat. The hoppiness attacks the palate with a death grip. Resiny, oily hops stay with you long after each sip.
The hop oils coat your mouth with every sip. Carbonation is pretty mild with a somewhat dry finish.
This is a delicious beer from Southern Tier as usual. Extremely drinkable and will catch up to you if not careful. Im going to have to do a vertical tasting with this and Unearthly soon.

Just be extra careful when removing the coat of wax or you could very well end up with a hefty gash in your finger like me. Ha! Prost!

edit: At the end of the bottle with all the sediment, the beer takes on a more heavier body and mouthfeel...naturally. I'm burping up hops, yummy.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz. bomber, comes with a brittle "wax" covering of the cap, but w/o freshness info. Pours slightly hazy, slightly golden moderate amber. Nice light tan head, showing retentive powers and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Nose is floral and of citrus. Very easy drinking for a 10% DIPA, hops are a bit tame here, balance is the deal and I'm not sure if that makes me happy. Delicious and obviously well crafted. A wonderful creation in brewing. Just don't expect an overwhelming hop experience. Southern Tier is putting out fine beer after fine beer. Go N.Y. State!

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy, orange-gold in color, moderate carbonation, 1/2 inch head

Smell: bread, pine, and citrusy hops

Taste: citrus hops dominate, with some piney hops and a malty bready taste in the back.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-low carbonation, slightly bitter

Drinkability: This is a super smooth beer where the hops are present but not as overpowering as I would expect them to be. I can feel both the Hoppe and Unearthly come together. A sipper and a must for hop heads.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very hoppy with oranges, mangos, apricots and pineapples. The flavor is very fruity and features all of the fruits that were in the aroma plus some grapefruit. There is a medium amount of bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A great DIPA.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 750mL bottle from a Waterloo LCBO. I'm on a bit of an IPA kick lately, so this release seemed to fit with the trend. I've been happy thus far with Southern Tier's imperial series that's made it up to Ontario, although their flavors and alcohol content usually make them better beers to share.

Poured into a nonic. A pale amber hue, which leaves behind about an inch of fluffy head. A good deal of lacing is left behind, and the head survives quite nicely. Looks on the spot.

Nose is resin and citrus hops, tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, lychee) and bready malts. Smells divine.

Takes a few sips for me to really see where southern tier was going with this, but when I did I enjoyed it. A boozy, fruity hopbomb to be sure, but I think the pale ale created a nice malty backing. Indeed, this is quite malty and surprisingly sweet. Finishes with a nice little citrus hop kick.

Big flavor and alcohol make this a slow sipper to be sure. Creamy, thin bodied.

Pretty interesting brew here. I think the hops got a bit overrun here, as the malts and tropical fruit flavors gave the brew a nearly cloying level of sweetness. Still, enjoyable nevertheless and worth a try. At 10 bucks a bottle though, I doubt more than one bottle of this will make its way into my fridge this year.

Photo of Swedes21
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a light copper that is fairly clear. there is a good amount of carbonation occurring as well. the head is a nice soft white, some good volume and real good lacing. as well, some nice lasting power.

Smell - really nice tasting beer, some good hops surrounded by malts. there is a nice hint of pine with some good spices. i can also pick up a slight hint of caramel as it warmed.

Taste - i found the maltiness came through a lot with a not a strong focus on pine/hops. the hops are present, faint but you can taste them. I did not taste much of the caramel either.

Mouthfeel - found there was a little more malts coming through on this beer. there was a slight metallic flavour added, which probably came from the alcohol.

Overall - this is a real decent beer and i was pretty impressed, i could make this a solid session beer if needed and would buy again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz imperial glass.

Pours a rich cloudy amber with a small light brown thin head with a nice amount of lacing. Nose is lightly sweet and malty with a nice hop note but it's fairly faint.

Taste is hoppy and bitter, mouthfeel is full and rich. It's sweet and malty very east coast. It's quite tasty with a light spicy note and a caramel finish.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle a little above fridge temp, split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a hazy, murky dark orange with a one finger of white creamy, retentive head. lots of spotty lace on the glass.

a decently balanced aroma. citrus, and a little pine and spicy hops. sweet caramel and a slight bready malt.

again, a nice balance. citrus and pine, slightly floral and spicy. not a huge amount of bitterness, but its there. lots of bready malt, with a bit of caramel. a very enjoyable taste.

medium to heavy in body. good carbonation for the style.

this drinks really good for the abv. the 10.5% is almost not even noticable, hardly any warming effects.

overall: a really nice beer that i recommend everyone try, but i really wish ST put a freshness date on there bottles. i have no idea if this is fresh or half a year old.

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 far333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Washed out honey colored with a bright white two-finger head of tightly bubbled, yet lumpy foam that lingers long.

Bright and inviting aroma of citrusy hops, full of tangerine and grapefruit and lemon.

Great balance of nearly every possible hop flavor -- starts off somewhat muted with a good honeyed malt balance, quickly coming over the top of the malt with orange, tangerine, flowers, then piney bitters. A grapefuit rind bite lingers. Tons of bright and delicious hops, but a good malt backbone rides along.

Even and smooth mouthfeel, very full and rich.

Highly tasty, highly drinkable.

Photo of Morphoenix
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large Delirium Tremens snifter. Beautiful appearance with a creamy-looking, lightly beige head and a nice copper body with amber tinges. Very nice aroma with a floral and piney hop scent. The look and smell reminded me of Stone Ruination IPA, but the comparison ended there. Where Ruination is an absolute hop onslaught, Gemini takes the quiet road and offers a more muted hop flavor that's more in balance with the other ingredients. That isn't to say that the hop flavors are not very apparent, because they are, but they don't absolutely dominate the flavor profile, allowing for some nice maltiness to make itself known. The beer has a medium feel with good carbonation, but not enough to make it prickly. Superior drinkability, I had no trouble downing the entire bomber and I was definitely sad when it was done.

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

Well, I got a bottle of the other IPA they make still sitting, gonna rock that bottle probably Christmas night.

Anyhoo, drank this at a Nevada Wolfpack tailgate this fall, so damn delicious. Poured like an imperial ipa should look. Orange, bright, decent one finger head. Smelled like a piney forest, but the damn taste, nothing west coast got anything on you guys, this is my favorite east coast beer as of yet. So resinous piney grapefruit massive dry hop bomb. Thank you. Mouthfeel, perfect, just doesn't lose anything, very drinkable, I had a hard time letting anyone else have any of this stuff. Love it.

EDIT: Got a bottle that was less than perfection, still very nice, but . . .

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

Appears a glowing orange vibrant body slight hazed appearance with a large off white foaming head large bubles rise to the top this is an amazing looking brew. The head forms creamy and thick with large bands of even lacing forming between gallant sips of this adventurous brew. Aroma contains pungent grapefruit and alcohol intertwined with sugary malts that billow between syrup and fructose. An amazing experiment of the blending of two beers however next time I request an iron clad wax seal with a beer that I actually have an interest in cellaring not just their hoppy beers. Bring on Jah-va in this format or Choklat, or Oat either one would benefit from some age but these hoppy beauties that ST/BC try to bottle age are generously hopped brews that really take away their aging aspects. Piney wood age hops with citric acid coating are delicious by all means but they're definitely not meant for aging. The blend of Hoppe's bodacious rough and raw hop character with the well engaged Unearthly brew bring great comparisons about the contrast of these two types of ales. Drinkiability is amazing mouthfeel is untamed and wild but will have the biggest craft brewer salivating in their gums, what an unlikely harmony of outrageously good brews and what we've come to accept.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-amber with about 1 cm head, but only after wrestling with more wax than one finds at candle stick maker's shop.

Smells hoppy with a slight amount of citrus/pineapple in the back.

Taste is at first full on hops, bet eventually gives way to malty citrus... and hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is about what I expected for a DIPA, moderately thin.

Overall very drinkable, one of the better beers I have had from Southern Tier so far.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust yet muted hops - citrus and floral mostly with hints of pine. Serving a strong second fiddle are pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy pale malt flavors kick things off and after reading the label I can detect hints of wheat twang. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of citrus, pine, and mildly spicy hop flavors. The hop flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer surprised me and I liked it better than its parts. The balance is very well done and this is worth a shot.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.