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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of mactrail


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

Spicy is the word for this stuff. Remarkable hop flavor-- as opposed to just hop bitterness. At the same time it's quite sweet, even a little sticky. Quite malty, but sharp and prickly with the hops. An unusual sort of beer, however you might categorize it.

Attractive amber in the Petrus tulip with appropriate foam. Nicely carbonated on the tongue. An intriguing hoppy beer that stays away from the typical DIPA territory, but yields a bold flavor. Big fruitiness of dried pineapple and something like lychees? Starts spicy and ends spicy. Quite luscious and creamy. The list of hops and hop back and dry hops on the label makes you blink, but it's a sensational hop flavor and aroma.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Washington DC.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:16:33 | More by mactrail
Photo of BostonHops


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

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent bright amber tone - almost orange - yielding a frothy finger of beige head. middling retention but plentiful sticky lacing. nice presentation, though not especially remarkable.

nose is packed with an aromatic bouquet of hops, notably citrus and pine with a touch of malt in the background. nice, but similar to the appearance it doesn't set itself apart in a very competitive style. flavor follows the aroma almost to a T. piney, citrusy, maybe a floral note or two, balanced with some malt characters. hoppy bitterness in the finish. tasty. not mind-blowing, but tasty. 10.5% ABV well-hidden.

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with slightly above average carbonation. personally i prefer unearthly, but this is good too. definitely worth a try.

originally reviewed: 02-04-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:26:39 | More by BostonHops
Photo of MoreThanWine


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

Poured a 1.5" velvet custard head. Gorgeous glowing hazy raw sienna yellow body. It smells nicely of piney hops, raisin, and malt. The taste although simpler than the smell is a powerhouse of minty IPA hops. The body is creamy. There's a long hoppy finish, and although the higher alcohol is apparent it blends well with the flavors. This is a nice, classy, but bold product.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:00:21 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a growler poured into a pint glass.

A-clean golden-orange color with a touch of amber highlight, one-plus finger head that gently fades to a thin film,good lacing and carbonation.

S-a mild but easily noticed citrus hop aroma at first. I pick up some sweetnees behind the alcohol. The malts and grains are backround at most to me, but it all works in balance.

T-It's a good thing that I know it's a 9.0% abv because this is flavorful and smooth. The malts and barley come out with some roastiness and sweet caramel. The citrus hop taste finishes it off nicely.

M- very silky smooth full body. Excellent carbonation [props to the growler station at my local shop]. It is lively and tangy, not bitter. Great flavor from first sip through finish.

O- This blend works for me. I may have tempered my rating numbers because this is just my second go-round with this brew. I'm sold. I really like how the aroma does not overpower, especially the hops. Lots of balance - all around.

Serving type: growler

05-15-2012 02:01:20 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of AleWatcher


3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from the Disc Golf #2 BIF.
Bomber into my Innis & Gunn tulip.

So this a blend of a pale ale and an ipa... Seems like an unnecessary mix to create... It also seems that the "strong ale" designation is inappropriate. I'd call this more of an east coast DIPA.

Bright sunny orange color with a light amber hint and golden highlights. Creamy yellowish head of 1.5 fingers settled after 2 or 3 sips to become a thin soapy film with a fluffy collar around the edges. Weak lacing-- just some light spotty clumps (I'm now reminded of the small print during a birth control advertisement).

Smells overly sweet-- but it's odd sweetness, like not malty sweetness, but a real genuine sugar kind... Like diluted aspects of honey, molasses, and table sugar rolled into one. Some citrus and pine notes sneak through as well.
The flavor is very sweet-- sugary sweet with some sweet bready and caramel malts and something that reminds me of tangerines rolled in sugar. Some bitterness on the back end is just not enough to cut through the sweetness... Perhaps the word 'cloying' could be appropriate.

Feels sugary and syrupy with loads of residual sugar left coating my teeth. Little oily. Medium body. Ample carbonation.

Overall-- meh. This is really a beer that shouldn't be. There's no reason for it. It's a blend of two readily available beers that really don't demand blending. I reckon using oak-aged unearthly would help. It's odd though, but I actually really like Hoppe, but the addition of Unearthly ruins it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 18:40:20 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of divineaudio


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a wine glass.

a - pours a murky amber shade with a finger thick, off white head. retention is good, calming slowly to a film. leaves thick, leggy lacing in the glass.

s - toasted malt with toffee. sugary and grassy.

t - nice, sweet toffee malt character. quite bready. light wheat crispness, faint berry, faint orange citrus, faint grassy hops. light bitterness in the finish.

m - lighter side of medium with with the right amount of carbonation. clean and crisp.

o - enjoyable and very drinkable. a very nice blend of the two, though i was expecting more hop character. a good springtime beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 18:23:32 | More by divineaudio
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

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

I went for the Gemini to pair with some fancy dining of Cheesecake Factory. The hoppiness in the beer is suppose to go with their version of Indian food. I'd say that it was a good call.

The smell is substantial, but it isn't overwhelming. The citrus goes well with the curry and shrimp.

This is a very easy to drink unfiltered beer. I enjoyed having this bottle tonight. It also worked well after walking nine holes.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 01:11:39 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of challenja


4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured On Tap at Fireworks in Courthouse, VA.

A: Light amber orange, very shiny copper tone with sticky thin lacing that coats the glass.
S: Sugary grape fields and Mediterranean Dates. Lilies and sweet orange peel. Sugary malt bread.
T: This a unique blend for a strong ale that is both sweet, fruity, and inviting with a nice ruby red grapefruit advice and nice centennial hops that linger well on the palate. Nice warm pizza dough with slight molasses sap.
M: Nice medium carbonation that adds a nice thickness and bready nature to the malt. NIce froth splashed between the teeth with a really nice mellowing summertime low 50 IBU finish.
O: A really good middle ground beer to share with your friends while watching a Sci-Fi flick or sword swinging kick ass period piece like Game of Thrones or The Borgias. Another winner for S.T

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 19:18:16 | More by challenja
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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

Poured a nice slightly hazy honey gold, and produced a creamy white one and a half finger head.left nice lacing on the glass.
The smell is fruit like citrus, orange , pineapple and lots of honey.
The taste is strong honey flavors up front, but immediately met by fruity hops, which bring an immediate balance to the beer. Some more earthy hop flavors mingle with malt flavors at the end, producing a really great aftertaste.
Very interesting and drinkable beer. I am glad I picked this one up.!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 03:15:34 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of barczar


3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep copter color with an ivory one finger solid head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is heavily caramel malt, with a bit of floral hop and pine. Undertones of grapefruit pith surface secondarily, and lemon comes to play late in the game.

Bitter citrus pith dominates the initial sip. Muted grapefruit and tangerine offer a bit of respite. The caramel, bready backbone carries the hop flavor without being as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Fresh cut grass becomes evident as it warms.

Body is moderately heavy, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and there's a fairly dry, bitter finish. Alcohol warmth is felt in the belly.

Overall, a pretty even-keeled beer, considering the style. Wish the hops were more complex. Not my favorite for the stylebut a great beer. Like it much better as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2012 01:58:48 | More by barczar
Photo of NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY.

A: "Creamsicle" beer with bright orange (if hazy) body and white head that held its own.
S: Fruity, piney hops pretty much punch you in the nose.
T: Absolutely delicious. A bit hoppy and fruity but effortlessly balanced. It was my first beer of the night, and I couldn't taste the alcohol, despite the ABV. Came off a bit tart on the finish, or else it would have been a 5.0.
M: Smooth and silky. Again, I was expecting to feel the alcohol but didn't.
O: I can't think of a beer this strong that is this delicious and this drinkable. Fantastic brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 07:02:06 | More by NedShakeshaft
Photo of PorterLambic


2.3/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Arrives a hazy, grapefruit color with a finger high head of nearly white foam. Retention is not a strong suit as it was an island and ring in under a minute. Decent lacing left behind.
Smell is hops, IPA-like hops with a light citrus note and button else.
Taste is exactly what you mlwould expect from an Imperial IPA, hoppy all over with very faint malt and some citrus.
Nearly full-bodied with tangy effervescence up front, focused on the tip of the tongue. Warming after the swallow and leaving a slight coating behind.
Overall, a good brew but either the style or the label is wrong customer this ain't no strong ale. If this were an IPA or Imp. IPA, I'd give it 4-4.5 across the board.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 23:30:29 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, honey-gold coloring with a light, low profile, fluffy white head that quickly settles into a filmy, sparse coating. Aromas of roasted grain, slight booze, honey, and a slight spicing. The nose is subtle, but it smells good. Flavors are more heavily spiced, with an oregano and pepper blending that keeps the profiles a bit sharp and toasty. Roasted grains and tangy honey make up the backbone, and there is a slight resiny hopping at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is tangy and spiced, with a touch of booze and toasty overall feel. Clean finish, with a slight linger to the toastiness and spice. Good brew, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:27:45 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with only minor trails of carbonation. The head is nice like you'd expect, a two finger light cream color with great lacing, but only middling retention.

S: Typical DIPA (I have no idea why this is classified as a strong ale, aside from it being a blend of two ales), with a good blend of grapefruit, mango, apricot, and pine notes with just a touch of sweet caramel malt. It's not as strong as I'd like it to be, though.

T: Definitely on the malty side of things, with only subtle, accumulating pine flavors on the finish. I can also notice the usage of wheat in the malt bill, especially around the middle, with the Amarillo hops helping impart a sweetness to it. I will say, there's a bit more butterscotch flavor than I want, but I can't complain either way - though it might be too sweet for some. Letting it warm up will allow a bit of booze to come through, but it doesn't even come close to destroying its drinkability.

M: Fairly thick and resiny, with a bit of drying astringency on the back end. The dryness allows some of the (admittedly lacking) hoppy character to shine through an otherwise sweet and malty DIPA. Nicely carbonated with a lingering finish.

O: Great stuff, but it's minor flaws (the buttery diacetyl notes and slight lack of balance via the maltiness) keep it from being a bona fide world beater. Even still, it's highly recommended, especially for those who like malty DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 22:00:53 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of shand


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Honestly, I'm not sure why I bought this. I'm not the biggest fan of Unearthly, I find it way too sweet. Yet, here I am, buying a beer that's 50% Unearthly. Maybe the shiny label did me in. Maybe the spaceman got to me, since I've been playing way too much Kerbal Space Program recently. Damn you, shiny spaceman.

Anyway, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a tiny head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, with a decent amount of sweet malts in the back. The taste is quite good. I can see why they called it Gemini, it has a bit of duality to it, almost a tug of war between the citrus hops and the piney hops, with the sweet malts trying to hop in every once in a while. There's a distinct middle section where the piney hops start to win out, accompanied by a little bit of a fizzling on the tongue. Probably not intended, but it's a cool little trick! Sweetness is mostly kept in check through the process, only peeking it's head out occasionally.

The mouthfeel is very "fizzly," it seems fairly smooth at first but fizzes in the back of your mouth. It works. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, it's a good and interesting sort of DIPA, not sure if I'd have it again but it really is quite novel.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:11:32 | More by shand
Photo of PerHops


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

s- some hop aromas, a little pine, citrus, spice. Some malt aromas as well, bisquity.

t- more intense citrus than i expected from the nose, but a really interesting balance with quite a bit of complexity to it. Feel like I'm picking up new flavors with each sip. Very well balanced, maybe a tiny bit more than i like, but barely.

m- Good mouthfeel, nothing to complain about.

o- good beer. can't say i've had a blended ipa before, at least that i'm aware of.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:42:52 | More by PerHops
Photo of Infamous7100


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an orange to copper hue with a nice finger to finger and a half tan colored head.
S: intriguing. Very malty, notes of biscuit and caramel. Inklings of citrus and pine are there as well. Nice balance.
T: very sweet at the jump as the malts overwhelm the pallet, however the sweetness transitions to notes of grapefruit and pines and some bitterness. A nice dichotomy as you get both ends of the spectrum.
M: creamy, velvety and oh so smooth. A nice dry finish and a great aftertaste.
O: pricey, rare and well worth it. Not as sweet as a barley wine and not packed full of hops like a dipa. This brew takes the extremes of each, throws them together and finds a tremendous balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:36:41 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of adkrogue

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt Orange body with a nice cream colored head. Head hung on for a about 60 sec then began to dissipate. Really tight lacing.
S: Hoppy. Sweet. Apricots. Slight citrus. Big Alcohol
T: Pretty damn delicious. Hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Malts are strong too but again nothing overpowers here. This is a dangerous brew. Alcohol big on the finish. Pretty big beer.
M: Medium body but very velvety for an IPA blend. Very smooth.
Overall, this is a REALLY good beer. We are living in the golden era of brew. Glorious.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 01:53:34 | More by adkrogue
Photo of beachfirebrews


4.78/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile and found it on tap this weekend. Southern Tier's Unearthly is one of my favorite IIPAs, but I wasn't sure what the addition of Hoppe would do to Unearthly's wonderfulness. I was blown away. Hoppe is a good beer, but somehow it exemplifies the excellent qualities of Unearthly. One of the top Imperials I've ever had. Yet again, another great beer out of Southern Tier!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 03:54:28 | More by beachfirebrews
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pored into a snifter

A- Pours slightly hazy orange with a half finger of head that dissapates fairly quick.
S- A good hop wallop up front, very piney yet earthy, some astringency. Nice caramel but this is dominated by pine which I love.
T- Huge pine up front and the taste is followed up by an incredibly smooth caramel malt profile. The hops have more character then the modest bitterness leads to believe. The hops are somewhat astringent but these hops are straight out of a pine tree.
M- No alcohol taste and the warming feeling is very slight. Not a whole lot of carbonation but its really not needed. Average amount of bitterness and a relatively clean aftertaste.
O- This is a surprise for me, having tried unearthly and not been blown away im glad to have tried this. I love piney hops and this beer really excels in that category. Long live unfiltered ales. Cant wait for next years gemeni.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 05:04:32 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of argock


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Burnished hazy amber with relatively fluffy light-beige 1-2 finger head with decent retention and a few spots of lace.

S: I thought the alcohol got in the way of the aroma somewhat and blunted the oak of Unearthly and the awesome Columbus/Amarillo punch of Hoppe. It still retains those characteristics with a firm light caramel malt component but they seem muddled comparatively.

T: The flavor is good, but again I like both of the base beers more on their own than in combination in this brew. The citrus and earthy hoppiness is cut with some of the oak, but I think the hoppiness is less in this combination than in Hoppe or Unearthly for that matter. The malt body is well done and not too sweet.

M: Very layering feel, I think the unfiltered nature helps this somewhat. The carbonation is definitely light and the body at least medium.

O: I am glad I tried this, but I am going to stick with the original base beers in the future. Nothing really wrong with Gemini, I just think Hoppe and Unearthly are better on their own.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:45:58 | More by argock
Photo of Jimmys


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into short stemmed tulip. cant find any bottled-on date, but i got this from the 2012 release.

A: orange slightly hazy body. thick white head sticks around and leaves some really sticky lacing. (4.5)
S: super floral. rose water. bubblegum. a sticky cascade-like aroma. oatmeal. (4.5)
T: sweet bubblegum. lots of oatmeal works its way in with a zesty pine flavor. super tasty and refreshing hop presence. lingering bitterness. limes. (4)
M: average carbonation on a medium/full bodied brew. (3.5)
D: great blend. really the best of 2 IPA’s makes this a tasty drinking brew. (4)

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:36:07 | More by Jimmys
Photo of TexIndy


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a Duvel tulip. Store had sticker date of Jan '12 and it just arrived when my buddy got it so it's fresh. It was a hazy orange amber color with good carb streams. It had a good sized head that settled into a central foam cap and good collar. Decent lacing but not much sticking.

The aroma was good and featured a very rich sweet aroma from tropical fruits, caramel and brown sugar mixed with floral and piney hops. Good but wish the hops were a little more in the mix. The taste follows the aroma with a good initial sweet dosage that is then complimented with the hops. Ends with a sweet taste and again wish the hops were more of the story. I love the 2 base beers used in this blend but something about the mix is just a bit off for me. Still very good but not the home run I hoped for. Full mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and sweet aftertaste.

Overall, see above for details but while good it wasn't great for me. As such, I'd probably hunt down Unearthly instead of getting another of these. Not avail in TX (rumor that coming soon though) so had buddy ship from Chicago. Rotation - see above. [N;O]

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:28:51 | More by TexIndy
Photo of tvazteca


4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For starters, the label, whether inspired by Alan Bean or not, the label is excellent. Label art doesn't matter, I know, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
It pours a lovely head and leaves a nice sticky residue on the sides. The smell of hops is overriding in the smell, but the slight malts are there as well.
The taste is a perfect balance of beautiful malts and hops. The hops have a nice bitterness to them, but not overcooked to destroy the flavor. The malts back the beer but the hops are what speak get me. It's a very nice malt and hop mix. And it drinks so easily.
I love this beer. It drinks so smoothly despite the 9%. I can't even taste the 9, just a perfect taste of hops that gets carried down with sweet smooth malts. So good. I'd drink this every day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:37:37 | More by tvazteca
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Pours a hazy orange hue with a big off white head which is dissipating before my eyes.

Nose is big on toffee, and fruit jam, both bright and dark. Definitely different. Drinks like a much brighter old ale. Toffee up front rounded out by caramel sweetness on the sides of the mouth which compliments the burnt coconut and jammy flavors on the back end. Hop bitterness is oddly somewhere else. Who knows where to find it. Balance is brought on by the flavor combinations and alcohol.

The fight between bitter sweet is ever dominant in this brew making for quite an interesting sip. The flavors push and pull on the tongue but in a very good way. It's like a candy store, a fresh fruit bowl, a bakery, and a coffee shop all wrapped up in one.

Despite the layers and layers of flavor, the beer is simple enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:18:13 | More by jtierney89
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.