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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: 1,022
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Well this makes it the 10th review and propells it into the BA 100. A hop bomb, a complex hoppy melange. Cloudy grapefruit colour with some creamy head. This is really nice on tap, I would think on cask as well. A half pint was satisfying, for a full point I must have food. Hophead delight.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pour brings a fairly-dark brew for the style; too dark. This is an unfortunate preview of a beer that has too much crystal malt. Thin off-white head produces an average amount of lacing. The nose contains some floral and citrus notes as well as a bit of sugary malt. Booze there as well. The taste has some hop flavor without too much bitterness. Too sweet. Feel is overly sweet and has a bit too much booze. Feel is too full and lacking in bitterness. Not my favorite.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness and flavors of citrus from the hops; the finish has a moderate amount of bitterness. Overall, the taste is well balanced and the hops are not overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: Considering its strength, this beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPAs, like many other beer fanatics, is my personal favorite beer category. I have tried many of Southern Tier's IPA selections and I feel that their combined Gemini is one of their better brews. The hop flavoring is neither overwhelming nor too subtle. Easy to drink, appropriate IPA coloring. Will definitely purchase again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sat on this beer for several weeks before sharing with a fellow BA after a homebrew session. Also, thanks to Steve for bringing this beer back from Cincinnait.

The beer pours with a bright and clear golden color, active carbonation that releases a froathy 1" head that holds firm while lacing on the way down. A good look.

Nicely balanced aromas of citrusy hops with undertones of pineapple, pine, and general tropical fruits. A shadow of malts ride closely behind with a light caramel undertow. Not overly complex; just simple and elegant.

Flavors take the balance up a knotch. Extremely pleaseant and vibrant taste of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit; and then the herbal and floral notes ride along with a perfumy note that comes in late. Very well attenuated malts give the background taste of caramel but without the sweetness associated with candies. Outstanding hop flavor without unnecessary bite or bitterness.

For me the textures are what made the beer for me. The maltiness deliveres a cracker-like crispness with a dry and pleasant snap. Hops and alcohol provide a light dryness that accentuate the malts well. Hop bitterness do their part without becomming overbearing or bitter for bitterness' sake. Shows nice restraint.

Outstanding IPA that belongs in the mix with Pliney the Elder and Racer 10.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryprtic: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is quite intense but enjoyable nonetheless. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with huge dose of dry and bitter hops with some lovely floral notes. Very well balance between the different hops varieties with a low key sweet malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. I have to admit to being surprised by this one and this brewer is really impressing me.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Southern Tier needs a wax dipping lesson. Never in my life have I had a more difficult time getting a beer open. The gold wax is hard and brittle and is bonded to the bottle with what feels like Super Glue. It took me a good 10 minutes of chipping and swearing, chipping and swearing. I'm lucky that I still have all my fingers.

Glowing kumquat with a fine yeasty haze that wasn't present in either of the beers that make up Gemini. It's a tremendous color when backlit. The lemon chiffon colored crown looks even more spectacular. It's thick, rich, creamy and sticky. It's also depositing an impressive amount of sea foam lace as it slowly starts to shrink.

The nose is everything that I like about beer of this style. It's nicely citrus fruity, featuring white grapefruit, lemon and orange. It's nigh on impossible to go wrong with a hop bill that reads like a list of my favorites: Columbus and Amarillo from Hoppe... Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Styrian Goldings from Unearthly. By the way, Gemini (Imperial IPA) is a 50:50 mixture of those two beers.

I was excited to learn that this beer is actually *unfiltered* Hoppe and Unearthly. Hoppe's biggest problem is that it's filtered, which almost certainly removes some of the hop flavor. And, therefore, some of the character. My memory of the component beers has probably been blurred by time, but first impressions are that Gemini is at least as good as Unearthly and is better than (filtered) Hoppe.

The malt backbone is as huge as expected, with only a hint of something darker than pale. Must be the red wheat. The rest of the malts include pale, malted white wheat and Cara-Pils. Both 'H' and 'UnE' are sweet, so it's no surprise that 'G' is sweet as well. I wish the brewers could find some way to cut down on the malt sugars. A lower ABV? Better yet, how about adding twice the hops and overwhelming the sugars with alpha acids?

The flavor profile includes candied citrus fruits primarily. Again, white grapefruit, lemon and tangerine/orange. I would have thought that so many hop varieties would have resulted in more complex hop flavor. All that malt must be gumming things up a little. Gemini hides its alcohol as well as the beers that comprise it. That is, very well.

Shouldn't the mouthfeel on a beer that is an equal mixture of a beer that scored 4.0 and a beer that scored 5.0 be 4.5? The world isn't that neat and tidy because this mouthfeel is merely good. Maybe a variation in carbonation is responsible.

Unlike Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale and Hoppin' Frog Bodacious Black & Tan (both of which were unequal mixtures), I'm not sure that Gemini is a worthwhile undertaking. I'd like to see Southern Tier concentrate their efforts on the original beers and forget about this one. My humble suggestions would be stop filtering Hoppe, to cut back on the ABV of both, to cut down on the malt sweetness of both, and to hop both more aggressively. Thanks to prototypic for the bomber.

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gemini is a really nice blend of the lovely Unearthly and the mediocore (in my opinion) Hoppe. The blend of the two give off a nice semi hazed golden color with a strong creamy looking head on it. The smell of the two beers together make a really nice combo here. The fresh lively aroma of the Hoppe with the strong citrusy pine of the Unearthly collide for a wonderful nosefull of aromas. The taste is very good as well. The hops mellow ballance the medicinal flavors of the Hoppe leaving a much better aftertaste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side in this one. Overall it's a good blend of both, equally balanced on all levels. It's really worth trying.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gemini...Where to begin...First off I had been searching for this one for a good long while. I tried to find it when I was up in Ohio, but to no avail. It seemed to have alluded me, until I was finally able to acquire one in a BIF. I threw it in the fridge and there it sat ever since, waiting for me to come and try it. Last night I decided to pop it open and give it a whirl with dinner, and I was glad that I did. On a side though, I find the best way to get through the was is to use an old fashioned can opener, just the right amount of sharpness to cut right through it.

Appearance - The pour was nice with a rich golden amber color being presented to me right away. There was some haze and cloudiness to it, but to be honest, I was surprised by how clear it was for being unfiltered. There was a nice three finger high head of white foam that capped the top of it, this had some nice retention and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a one inch high, cratered, and rocky looking crown that lasted until the end. Nice sticky web like lace throughout the glass. Some decent carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass throughout. Very solid look for a big IPA.

Smell - The aroma surprisingly well balanced, with a good bit of malt welcoming me as well as a barrage of citrus hops right off the top. Nice bready and sugary tones were out first, but then quickly replaced by a piney hop sensation, which itself was replaced in turn by a slightly more acidic grapefruit like aroma. Very floral, I was really liking what I was seeing here. Really no hint of the alcohol in here at all, and to be honest, the aroma itself was quite a bit lighter then what I would have made it out to be.

Taste - The flavor as well was very well balanced. Again a biscuit like, bready malt flavor was the first thing I noticed but this was washed away by the floral hops almost all at once. Nice rich pine flavors coming into play, but nothing really becoming detrimental to my palate here, this was remarkably well blended. Nice orange like hints working through with hints of grass and grain all around them. A strong finish capped it off with more then adequate drying and a sticky pine like flavor that lasted well into the net sip. Again there was no hint of the alcohol in here at all.

Mouthfeel - Very nice feel on this one. One of the thicker big IPA's I have had, it avoided becoming overly done and syrup like by keeping a nice carbonation profile kicking. Nice fine bubbles making it seem a touch lighter then it was. A bit oily with the resin, but in a good way, I was very impressed with how this one went don.

Drinkability - This was absolutely amazingly drinkable, especially for the ABV. I could not have imagined this one being any more smooth. I was putting this one down way to fast, in fact I almost felt like I could have had another by the time I was done. Really very nice and quite well done.

Overall this was not really what I was expecting going into it, but to be honest I was more then pleasantly surprised. It had a nice overall profile, but was ridiculously smooth and well balanced. I would not hesitate to buy one of these if Southern Tier ever gets off there butt and distributes around here!

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is orange in color with plentiful haze and a small white head.

S: The aroma is sweet. Very sweet. Lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar to this one. There are some stale, citrus hops as well as peaches and a hint of vanilla. Perhaps some sweet bread, too.

T: As with the aroma, lots of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. The hop flavor is fairly mild and consists primarily of sweet, tropical fruits and a little bit of citrus. There are some hints of peaches and toasted bread.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation just on the low end of medium.

O: Just overly sweet and not what I look for in my IPAs.

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.

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 kick...hot 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 ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a creamy, sudsy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Mild caramel maltiness. Some spiciness.

Taste: Spicy, candied pineapple and grapefruit flavor woefully backed by a middling malt presence. Moderate bitterness. Slightly acidic. Dry, sharply bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I'd reach for other Double IPA's before this one, it's still a nice beer.

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, obtained in a trade with Roke87. Cheers! This Lion is digging some Twins action!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden apricot hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, bubbly ecru head, which leaves some nice raised chain link lace around the glass as it eventually settles. It smells of big citrus hops right off the bat, which are quickly subsumed by a heavily sauced fruity caramel malt, spicy and leafy hops loitering in the background. The taste is a moderated devil's dance between the sticky bread/ caramel/toffee malt, and bitter aged citrus hops. Underlying all is a lurking booze warming - no edge, just threat. The carbonation is low but not neutered, the body a solid medium weight, surprisingly smooth, with a subtle hoppy creaminess (can't think of a better descriptor). It finishes sweet and bready, yet still zippy from the increasingly forest-ish hops, and let's not forget that menacing via its innocuousness alcohol heat.

Imperial is this beer, verily - so much so, that I'm getting definite barleywine shivers from drinking it. As balanced as these kind of things can be - two gustatory behemoths teetering on the edge of consensus (and my oblivion - really, the booze is barely noticeable - WTF?). A near-great offering. And, now for a cleansing cheapshot after all that lovey-dovey stuff: I can't believe this came from the infamous LCBO's shelves.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity. Sticky foam that leaves intricate webs of lace in a crown formation. Retention is good. The lacing is really something, don't tell takesomeadvice.

Candied orange peel, heavy citrus, relatively sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Dank with plenty of resiny citrus notes.

Moderately bitter, citrus forward, a touch sweet and resiny. Lightly herbaceous with a malty backbone present. Dry resiny finsh that extends the citrus elements well into the aftertaste. Full bodied, lightly sweet at first, becoming dry in the end.

Really enjoyable, Gemini reminds me of trying Unearthly for the first time. Hard to say what the blend really accomplishes without trying them all side by side though.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.