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: 1,036
Reviews: 594
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 74
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of PerHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of adkrogue
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of beachfirebrews
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  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)

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]

Photo of tvazteca
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
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.

Photo of Humulus85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 oz bottle into my darkness snifter. My first blended hoppy ale.

Poured a slightly hazy golden orange. A delicate one finger head dissipated rather quickly leaving a bit of sticky lacing behind.

Smell is fruity hops, with some floral touches. A decent amount of alcohol, and a nice sweet malt back.

Very hop forward  as expected. An interesting hop profile. It really hits all the major adjectives: tropical, citrusy, piny, earthy. It's a moderately bitter brew, but a very nice honey sweet malt backing keeps it in check. Alcohol is noticed in the finish.

Balanced for the style. Not to dry, not to sweet. Hop oils coat the mouth nicely without being too much.

Overall this is a tasty brew that is made a bit more interesting by it being a blend. The moderate dry/bitterness was welcome after a sweet tropical flavored season. Maybe a touch pricy at $9.00, but worth trying. Cheers!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a mini snifter. Coppery gold in color, nice head retention with soapy/sticky lacing. Aroma mainly citrus...papaya, mango, apricot. A parade of hops, delightfully drinkable. Nice malt presence but resting quietly in the background. Delicious and exactly what you would expect out of this blend.

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 cooler4life
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a fluffy two finger crème brulee head. Color is a woody orange light brown. Multiple streams of carbonation can be seen through the cloudy unfiltered fog. Lacing appears to be extreme.

S: Tart hoppy goodness. Complex with swirls of various hop essences, citrus, melted brown sugar with butter, and oak.

T: Caramel, toasted malt, brioche, grapefruit, lemon, and apricot. Leaves your palate with a twinge of a bitter alcoholic burn.

M: Thick and viscous with loads of micro bubbles that massage your mouth. What blew me away was the smoothness given the high ABV.

O: I was really impressed with the drinkability, smoothness, and complexity of this beer. Pick up a bottle and give it a try.

Photo of enzocc
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden and orangy color with a two-finger head. This is one of the laciest beers I've ever seen. Not clear at all, a perfect combination

S:Caramel malt, brown sugar, and wheat. Like a sweet bread!!! BEAUTIFUL

T: Sweet and a little spicy, thanks to the fruit flavors going around. Orange, Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, wheat,hops, a chocolatie ending with some tropical fruits like apricot..

M: Smoothy and dry and the ending.. good but not wonderful

O: This beers is BEAUTIFUL! HIGHLY on alcohol, stongs flavos going around. an excellent beer to drink eating a pizza or nuts while watching a game. Excellent beer by the Southern Tier!!!

Photo of jtd1969
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Great Imperial IPA!! Southern Tier really does a great job in the Blackwater series.
Deep Golden Orange pour. Excellent sticky lacing that I love.
The smell to me was really nothing spectacular, maybe I needed to let it breathe awhile... After dealing with crap, I wanted it NOW!! So, it was pleasant citrus-like.
The mouthful is a full, plentiful delight of malty fruity hoppy deliciousness.
It is bold and packs a punch, but it is a must try for any IPA drinker. The bomber(O'Course pints would be great too) is the way to go after a long day in the rat race.

Photo of TheSarge
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a tulip. Makes about two fingers of bright white head with only about an eight ounce pour. The body is orangish amber in color with lots of haze.

The aroma is perfumy and citrusy.

The taste is a little off. It's got the characteristics of the aroma along with honey and burnt cracker.

Mildly carbonated and smooth for an IPA. Overall not happy with this one.

Photo of jeffmart22
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow in color. Very hazy/cloudy. Pours a 2 finger frothy head that lingers. Great lacing. Very good looking beer.

S - Hoppy and slightly sweet tropical fruit like smell, maybe pineapple. Slight biscuit like smell. A little alcohol coming through, but that should be expected in a 10.5 abv. beer.

T - Sweeter than expected to start. Bitterness comes through in the middle of the tonge and lingers. Finishes hoppy and dry. Nice balance between hoppy and sweet.

M - Crisp with a thin to medium body feel

O - A good beer, but was expecting more. I think I'd rather just have an UnEarthy or Hoppe on there own.
Pick one up if you see it, but not one I'd seek out for trade.

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

Good sweet double IPA taste a-, this brew has a light amber color with a thin lacing on the glass. The beer has light sweet double IPA finish with a pleasant smooth after taste. This brew does not exibit a high abv smell but a light hint in the taste. Light flowery hoppy aroma.

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

Big thanks to adamdc for this extra.

A - Pours a dirty orangish blond color with one a half finger head.

S - Bready malts, citrus, pine, alcohol.

T - Follows the nose. Starts out with very bready malt base followed by sharp bitterness from the hops. Alcohol is apparent. Light caramel and toffee notes are in there as well as some pine and some citrus.

M - Medium to heavy with average carbonation.

O - Solid DIPA but not in that top tier for me. This one is a bit too sweet for me and the breadiness of the malts is a bit much. Prefer a more clean, crisp finish.

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 cbwufpack
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice carbonation and poured with about 1/2 inch head. Golden orange with some haziness from being unfiltered. Good mouthfeel but not too many levels of taste. Pretty "one note". I do believe the beer is very well balanced but for DIPA I know some people are just looking for a hops explosion.

Photo of HotHands
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy orange with a small-ish white head, leaving a frothy film on top..

S - Pine and citrus - grapefruit and orange. Some other fruit (berry?) notes as well, contributed by the unfiltered yeast. Would like more intense smell.

T - pine is certainly the prominent hop flavor here. Some tropical fruit flavors (grilled pineapple!) and maybe some earthy flavors as well. There is a fair amount of malt in here, contributing bread and caramel flavors, which is to be expected with 50% Unearthly in the mix (one of the maltiest DIPAs I've had).

M - starts off slick and finishes a bit dry, which is nice and refreshing.

Overall - it's quite drinkable for the ABV, which is nice - not really much of a hint of alcohol. It's certainly a fine beverage but needs more hop flavor and balance to break in to the elite DIPA category.

Side note - apparently I posted my review on the wrong Gemini beer, so thanks to Todd for setting me straight.

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.