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: 1,018
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 70
Gots: 75 | 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: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

New version now sold in 12 oz bottles.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of eat
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alcohol listed on the bottle at 10.5% but tested and re-labelled by the LCBO at 9.1%. The bottle is undated but I can only imagine it's at least a couple months old after sitting around in LCBO warehouses while officials hem and haw over its chemical analysis before it can be safely released to the sensitive and sheltered Ontario population. I might have died after drinking this had I thought it was 10.5% ABV instead of the accurate 9.1%. Gee, thanks LCBO!

The body is hazy and a golden-amber colour, topped with a sparse covering of loosely-bubbled off-white head. Some lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. Cool shiny silver and green label.

Huge nose full of tropical fruit: pineapple, guava, tangerine, passion fruit, pear. This stuff really smells like a tropical fruit salad.

Not as much of the awesome tropical stuff in the nose shows up in the mouth, where the hops end up tasting more of pine along with equal traces of tropical fruit, grapefruit pith and cat piss. A slightly floral element shows through as well. I'm tasting the faintest hint of something strange off in the background as well; salty minerals or smoky roast or something. Just enough to wonder if it's really there. It's definitely a hop-forward brew but it's backed by an appropriate amount of light candy-sweet malt. The finish is moderately drying, leaving some earthy pine behind.

I wouldn't say the feel is anything special. Medium body with low carbonation. Not a standout but it doesn't detract either.

So far in my experience with these Southern Tier bombers, I'd prefer to be splitting them with someone (especially at these prices, drinkability aside). Though not the best I've had, this is a well-made and fairly drinkable double IPA. At almost $10 for 650ml I'm not sure I'll be picking up any more of this. Worth a try though.

Photo of MattyV
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange copper with big dense creamy off-white head.
Nose is full of citrus (orange) and piney hops with a light hint of grains.
Lots of resinous, piney bitterness. Noticeable caramel sweetness and bready malt character that is present but pales in comparison to the hops. Slightly boozy.
Moderate carbonation, slightly oily mouthfeel that comes off feeling a bit thin.
Not my favourite DIPA but a decent representation of the style. A pricey bomber so not sure I'll be seeking out too many more, but was an enjoyable experience nonetheless. I'd be interested in sampling the various parts that comes together to create this one.

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

Poured in to Duvel snifter.

A - Medium yellow/orange colour; translucent. One finger of foamy cream colourd head that left some good lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts and citrus dominate the nose. Some bitterness is evident as well, but it is not significant.

T - Sweet caramel malts are the predominant flavour. Some bitterness evident as well but the citrus that was evident in the nose is barely noticeable. The finish is sweet and clean.

M - Medium body with a slight chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - I really enjoyed this one. Smooth and easy to drink. I expected more hops, but it was very good nonetheless.

Photo of uno99
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For some reason this bottle from the LCBO has a sticker over-top of the %10.5 abv saying it is %9.1

$9/650ml. Served at about 50 degrees into a Stella glass.

A: A very crisp amber color with a one finger head that does not bless the glass with any lacing.

S: Certainly very hoppy. Almost smells like pine sol or something. Quite a bit of malt too which are neccisary to make such a high strength beer (whatever the real ABV is).

T: This is a huge hop bomb for sure. I'm not really a fan of such unbalanced beers usually, but I can tell this is well done.
Drinkability for me is low.

M: Quite thick. sticky as well. carbonation is high. lots of burps. A little astringent on the edges of the palate.

Overall: not something I'd seek out again since I'm not a hophead, but I suppose this is done to style, its just not as good and drinkable as other DIPA's I've had.

Photo of vfgccp
3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Scotch / almond color. Beautiful head with great lace.

S - Hay, touch of booze. Fairly one note.

T - Prominent booze. Light brown sugar and white bread. This bottle is likely past its prime as there's very little hop character to speak of.

M - Light, somewhat watery. Tingly carbonation / booze. Finishes a touch sweet.

D - Big booze, but otherwise nice.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gemini poured a nice copper color with an ivory head, about one finger thick with small bubbles

Smell: the smell had a pleasant earthy hop aroma with a twinge of yeast.

Taste: the taste up front was smooth with slight caramel notes and a bread taste. The back of the tongue picked up some hops during the sip and it finishe with a distinct hop character true to the earthy aroma.

Mouthfeel: a smooth mouthfeel, not thick or thin, a nice balance and very drinkable

Overall: over all this beer is worth a try if you come across it. A nice combination of tastes, but I felt it fell short of standing out in the crowd

Photo of Ralphus
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice looking orange amber color with a very soft soapy head. It recedes leaving a good deal of lacing down the side of the glass. Small marks are lost for head retention.

The smell is a softened hop mix of pine and citrus fruit. V. Good.

The taste has a nice solid malt back bone which I like and then transitions into a mix of pine and citrus fruit hops. A lightly bitter after taste finishes things off. There is some nice complexity here too in the fruit and the hops. Alcohol is present but not in the way. All in all a very good taste.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and slightly sticky. Just the way I happen to like my IIPAs. I'm not sure I would change anything to be honest.

Overall - its very solid beer and one I'll be keeping my eye out for.

Photo of Mit
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-pours a cloudy golden amber colour. Decent head.

s-Piney citrus. Slight malt in the backdrop.

t-very thick, sweetish, hoppy, with the alcohol hangin around in the background. Hops present a citrusy flavour malty sweetness seem to over power the hops somewhat IMO.

m-thick but it's 9% so....very becoming

o-solid beer...expensive for a bottle but well worth it.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For something that purports to be a blend of unfiltered beers, it's a surprisingly not overly clear amber orange topped by a thick frothy sticky white head.

The aroma is mangoes and pineapple and tangerine and rich caramel malt. Very tropical. VERY nice.

The taste is very rich and chewy, somewhat boozy, a wonderful interplay of bold malt flavors--caramel and toffee and toast--and complex, oily hop bitterness. It's herbal, flowery, grapefruit and piney, like a c-hops/continental hop hybrid, and it really works. Bitter and yet balanced toward the malt side of things, as these things go. Alcohol is present and gets hot and spicy after a while.

It's a great beer but not really what I look for in a DIPA and is almost more of an American strong ale or Barley wine. Or something. Not my ideal DIPA, let's just say.

Very chewy with lots of hop bitterness.

It tastes an awful lot like a variation of a lot of their other hoppy offerings rather than something with a personality of its own, other than the huge alcohol presence. It's like a heavy version of the 2XIPA, or a really amped up version of their IPA, and to be honest while I do like this, I prefer the drinkability of the latter.

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Given that it's a blend of two unfiltered beers, it comes as no surprise that Gemini looks unfiltered. Indeed, its complexion is cloudy, despite some rather warm orange highlighting, and scarcely the shadow of a finger can be seen through the other side. Its head is swollen like a catcher's mitt and leaves lacing with holes the size of power outlets.

Get out the noise makers and bikinis, it feels like carnival time! This aroma is tropical and brings with it a party. There should be a warning on the label: If any beer is likely to spontaneously produce loud music and hot, scantly clad women, this has the edge on Bud or Miller Lite, that's for sure. Juicy pineapple, pink grapefruit and lush orange abound.

It tastes like its booze-soak maltiness is steeped in candied orange and grapefruit rinds, pickled pine needles, zesty edible flowers and a marvelous lemon meringue. Really, this has basically all the known hoppy flavours, simply take your choice. Chances are it's in there. And, chances are, you'll need a power-sander to get the taste off your tongue.

But despite those many bitter flavours, sweetness does register and the beer's malty spine holds up just fine, even in the face of a crushing 9 plus notches of alcohol. In fact, the malts can coat the palate with a 'wet bread'-like sensation. It is buried, however, beneath a mouthwash-like mintiness and the lingering resins and greasiness of hop oils.

Gemini is a solid DIPA - a no brainer considering the two beers that go into it are solid - but it's really no greater than its sums. Part of me wishes Southern Tier would focus energy on an entirely new beer, and part of me wishes this beer was made available year round in 24ers. Either way, this purchase put a big, happy hop-eating grin on my face.

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle.
Part of the Spring Seasonals at the LC.

Very nice to see these on Canadian shelves. Even if it's temporary. Pours a semi hazy golden with a large off white foamy head. Nice lacing follows the beer down the tulip. Nose is brilliant citrus hops. Taste is similiar, lots of grapefruit and citrus flavours in the blend. Slight malt profile to balance it all. Bitterness up front though doesn't linger. Medium bodied mouthfeel. This is a tasty easy drinking beer, although the abv is felt early over the first pour of the bomber. Seemingly expensive too. Enjoyable at any rate and certainly earns a revist.

Photo of musicforairports
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Cloudy amber, fluffy head, lacing lasts a while.

Smells like sweet, syrupy pine and tropical fruit, as well as some alcohol.

Taste is sweet malt, sweet pine and floral hop flavors and alcohol. Flavors are pretty dense and thick.

Thick on the mouth, sticky and creamy. Not one you could pound down.

Definitely a boozy and sweet DIPA, if that's your thing. I'd take the crisp, clean hop flavors of 2XIPA over this any day.

Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours an unfiltered orangish amber color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt with a lot of citrus from the hops. I can also pick up on some other fruity notes as well such as pineapple and mango. Very nice aroma.

T- The taste is sweet malt up front with a good amount of fruitiness and a nice lingering bitterness from the citrusy hops in the finish. The taste is on he sweeter side, but the hops do a good job balancing out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Gemini is a very tasty beer that I'm glad I got to try. It is a little on the sweeter side, so if only prefer the drier IPAs this one may not be for you. Recommended!

Photo of thedoubler55
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice golden honey color, leaves a nice sheet of lacing over the top and a bit of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S - Very fruity smell up front, strong scent of hops as well. A bit of flower sweetness at the tail end.

T - A great taste, kind of bitter up front but very pleasant, hints of pears and citrus.

M - Mid carbonation, smooth and silky.

D - Great DIPA, will have one every time I can get my hands on it. Southern Tier never lets me down!

Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear amber colour, with an almost iridescent orange/red hue. Less aroma than I'd expected from Southern Tier, but a complex, multi-leveled and well balanced flavour profile. Caramelized malt sweetness followed by a pleasant mild bitterness. The bottle lists a 9.1% ABV, but the alcohol is frighteningly well hidden in a finishing warmth with no hint of burn. Overall an enjoyably well blended beer.

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

650 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber with two and a half fingers of thick white head. Excellent retention and loads of sticky lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruit, caramel, pine.

T: This is deliciously bitter with a lot of pine flavour; it has a fairly sweet malt backbone but is much more balanced than Unearthly.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full with a nice level of fairly fine carbonation.

D: Drinkability is high. I still think I prefer the light and clean character of 2XIPA over this but this is very good.

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Orange body with an OK head.

S: Herbal with some grapefruit.

T: Heavy bitterness. Strong herbal notes. A noticeable amount of citrus. Malt also makes its presence felt. It all comes together and seems almost meaty.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky.

D: I have a strong preference for hops that favor citrus rather than herbal notes. Still, this is pretty decent. I enjoyed the component beers, and I enjoy this as well.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You know your wife really cares when she brings home a bottle of gemini.

A - Huge eggshell head of three inches made up of large bubbles shown through the pint but foamy at the surface. Very nice head with great stamina. The body is a ripe burnt-orange with alot of rising carbonation. I'm at a loss as to how this beer could look any better.

S - piney and citrus aromas are there but they are faint.

T - Hoppy hoppy joy joy! This is a wallop of hops comin' right at ya. Pine and leafy hops made for each other by the citrus flavors that meld them together.

M - Coarse throughout but not as sticky as I would like from an imperial ipa.

~ This is a tasty beverage that has the looks of a grade a beverage. I would certainly suggest this friends.

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

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange, 2 fingers of tight white lace, fluffy lace on the glass. Smells are of pine, citrus, grapefruit, big pineapple scent comes through with some time, slight malt and a nice hop presence. Taste is big with hops, pine, slightly thick malt, citrus and a nice firm bitter finish. Nice mouthfeel, good oily feel, medium weight, not to heavy and a good understated carbonation. Great blend, very drinkable, ABV is well hidden and has a great balance.

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

Pours a light amber with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation is visible.

Citrus is present in the nose, but not as strongly as in some IPAs. Rather than the sweetness of citrus, the nose is rather bitter. A bready, malty smell is present.

The bitterness from the hops is readily apparent in the taste, balanced by noticeable sweetness from the malts at the outset. Some citrus comes along with the hops, but as with the smell, I find it to be fairly muted. There is not a great deal of sweetness, but more than I would have expected from the nose. A distinct aftertaste of pine. The alcohol is very well hidden. BA says this is 10.5%, though the sticker on the bottle (LCBO release) claims it is 9.1%- not sure what to make of the discrepancy. In any event, either are surprising.

As for feel, while this been appeared quite carbonated, I can feel almost none. I like low carbonation, but this almost feels dead. The beer is nicely medium bodied.

Very drinkable. Again, I am very surprised this beer is as strong as it is.

Photo of sprucetip
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Slightly hazy, golden/orange with modest white head that falls fast. Not much activity visible, and minimal lacing. Still, it looks pretty good.

Regretfully, not much in the nose, even after allowing more than ample time for warming before coming to this conclusion. A little booze, and faintly of floral and grapefruity hops. I don't even really catch the huge malty base. It may be old, but there is no way to tell since ST doesn't yet date their bottles.

Caramel malty sweet with some piny, floral and grapefruity hop flavor accompanying the moderate hop bitterness. The hop character, and especially the bitterness, develop gradually after being faint initially. Warming could have helped these elements emerge, or age could have hidden them? But I cut ST no slack since they don't give us any information as to when this was put in the bottle. The finish is mildly bitter.

Contrary to its looks, it feels well carbonated, even a little bit of a sting. The body is rich and full, with a pleasant texture and thick viscosity. It doesn't dry out much, and the finish is only mildly bitter.

In my mind's eye, I love the big malty Southern Tier DIPA's. But this is the second one in a row to be a bit underwhelming. It may be from age, as they were both from the same retailer, and did not have the bright hoppy character I recall. But, again, the brewery doesn't give us any information to determine the age. They should. I won't give up on these guys, unless they keep underperforming like this one.

Photo of plfahey
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium to deep gold in color, slight haze, moderate white head with decent retention and some light lacing.

Aroma-Not at all what I expected-grainy, crackery malt in the forefront, with light herbal and tropical fruit and citrus hop notes. Whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Crackery, grainy malt flavors, with moderately low, piney, resiny, and pineapple hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderate at best, finish is semi-sweet, cereal grainy, and a touch alcoholic.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Not at all what I was expecting-I was hoping that a blend of two great beers would show the best characteristics of each-instead, I found Gemini to be rather bland and uninspired.

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

A-Pours a slightly hazy gold/amber with an admirable white head that has good retention and leaves lace all the way down.

S-Pine and citrus with a slightly sweet maltiness. Smells very good. If the nose was a bit more prominent I'd be inclined to bump this up a half a point.

T-Citrus hops with hints of resin, slightly sweet malt backbone. The hops are dominant and the malt backbone acts as a nice complement to the hop profile and doesn't try to overwhelm. Hard to believe this is 10.5%, the alcohol is hidden very well and is not aggressive or noticeable. Nicely done.

M-Medium Body with a crisp carb bite. Dry and bitter finish.

D-This one went down very easily. Hard to believe a beer with an abv such as this goes down this smoothly and easily. A few bombers of this would be no problem at all if I would be able to stay lucid enough to do so.

I really liked this one and will certainly be picking this one up again. A very nice job from the fine folks at ST.

Photo of PDXHops
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru orange with a massive frothy head that doesn't leave crazy amounts of lacing, but is to be commended for its excellent retention.

The booziness in the nose is smoothed out by a wave of sweet malts and gentle citrus notes. It certainly doesn't smell outrageously hoppy, but it's pleasant.

An odd beer to figure out. It's fairly bitter up front, but by the time the finish rolls around it has a very soft, delicate feel. Fairly, but more candied fruit than zest or fresh juice. It's flavorul, but lacking the rawness of a memorable DIPA. An oddly clean finish, with booze, light toasted notes and hints of orange zest lingering. No resin, no grit, nothing really to keep you from chugging the stuff. Tasty, but way too tame for the style. Further evidence that excessive ABV seems to be kryptonite for DIPAs.

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.