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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: 994
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 67
Gots: 65 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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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.

PDXHops, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful unfiltered amber with a good head and good retention.

smell is sweet subtle malty with slight hops. alcoholic.

taste is smooth. starts out malty and alcoholic and finishes bitter and hoppy. very interesting as there is a lot going on here.

mouth is very carbonated, thick and syrupy.

overall I did enjoy this beer. I finished the entire bomber myself and was pleased to have more than just a glass. I don't think I will be going back to this one too often but is was an interesting beer.

mryuk, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold into an American shaker with a finger of head.

S: pale malt and deep citrus hops.

T: the same as the nose only more of a resiny hops quality. A little alcohol heat on the back.

MF: full bodied and warm, good carbonation. Awesome bitterness.

D: simply a great IIPA I will be picking up when I can find it.

nickthetick, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, deep golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Pine hops and strong, bready malt as well as intense toffee. Some fruity notes of pineapple and red apple.

T - Sweet, creamy malt up front with pineapple and pear notes. Some pine flavored hops come out in the middle along with a bit of guava. The beer finishes with more fruity hop flavor as well as some malt vanilla notes and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very nice, much more drinkable than unearthly by itself but with a very complex, fruity hop profile. The malt character is unsurprisingly strong and sweet, but it never quite overwhelms the palate and works well with the fruity hops. It finishes with a distinctive guava flavor that could be either hops or yeast. I'm really impressed by this blend and how much of an improvement it is over the base beer.

nickfl, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of mlazzaro
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To my knowledge Gemini is a blend between the Unearthly IPA and the Hoppe. I'm pretty sure I enjoy both of those beers more unblended.

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Very low head retention. Smells like a wheat-barleywine. Strongly aroma of alcohol and piney hops. Taste slightly sour.... I really remember drinking this beer without sour notes to the flavor. Very bitter, super hoppy. I feel like it could be better or I currently have a bad example of it. Definitely not my favorite from Southern Tier. Good brewing company though.

mlazzaro, Feb 23, 2011
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a big fluffy off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Fruity, juicy hops
Taste-Big doses of sweet malt and piney, juicy hops. Pretty well balanced and complex, with a lot of flavor going on. 10.5ABV very well-hidden.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy orange red with about a finger of off-white head that quickly recedes into a ring with little lacing.

S: some sweet caramel malt up front followed by a blast of bitter citrus hops--mostly grapefruit and rind.

T: very strong malt pressence up front followed by lots of resiny pine hops. Finish is both sticky sweet and bitter.

M: medium-thick body and carbonation--sweet enough that it coats your tongue.

D: alcohol is well hidden and the hops are nice, but this beer is just too sweet to be a great DIPA.

Overall, better than either of the Unearthly beers, but still just too sweet.

n2185, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't find any dating on the bottle. But, I recall all the bottles from last year being gone, and based on the new release this year, I expect this is pretty fresh.

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Hazy yellow body with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some stringy lacing along the glass.

Aroma is of sweet citrus and floral hops. Some malty notes in the background.

The flavors follow the aroma. Some tangy citrus and sweet malt in the balance. The hop bitterness is in the background and gives a little contrast.

Easy to drink, and a little more sweet than I remember from last year. All in all, an excellent DIPA.

FanofHefe, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Kakaraht
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light hazy yellow with little to no head, but good lacing.

S: More malt than I expected, with a caramel brown sugar like quality. The hops have a deep resonating aroma that is floral and citrusy.

T: Heavy malt and citrus flavor. The bitterness from the hops is hidden by the heavy caramel flavor of the malt. There is a dark fruity quality to the hop's in this beer that gos well with the high ABV.

M: Heavy body, medium carbonation, with warm deep smooth character.

D: Extremely decent brew. Surpassed my expectations.

Kakaraht, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Ale and Witch

A - The brew looks nothing like a DIPA; it is nearly BMC yellow, and given the style, it may as well be. It has some fizzy white froth and a tad of lace, but notsomuch. Basically, it looks like an average golden-yellow beer, or like a lager.

S - The nose is candy-like, unsurprisingly given the brewery. Gemini has a 'SweetTarts' or 'Smarties' element in the aroma as well as some essence of lime pith. The aroma is not tremendously intense, which suits me fine in this case.

T - The lime pith is higher in the mix, in terms of flavor. The malt is very light, and seems like it might as well be Sprite (not really, but the exaggeration is still apt). The most remarkable thing about this beer, because it tastes prettygoodnotgreat, is that you would have no idea it had any cojones at all. But it is 10.5, in stealth mode. They should call this sh Ninja.

M - Thin. How is that good-or-better, you ask? Well, DIPAs that are too viscous straddle Barleywine territory, and in the case of this flavor profile, the light body is very enhancing to the whole experience.

D - Not the best brew I've ever had, but damn high on the drinkability scale, given ABV and style.

ktrillionaire, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of vapodge
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bomber poured into Duvel tulip

A - gorgeous pale golden, cloudy, sizable head, solid lacing

S - fruity funk of the Unearthly combined with the smell of fresh hops -- very similar nose, just hoppier

T - tangy, ripe fruit with hop bite following; warming alcohol; less of a malt presence than in Unearthly

M - super creamy and very smooth

D - love this beer -- more tart than the Unearthly which appeals to my hop sensibilities; a lot more substantial in body than your normal IPA

vapodge, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and hoppy with a firm undertone of citrus, more like sour orange than grapefruit and with just a hint of lime. It pours a bubbly, slightly hazy amber with a fairly thick pale tan head that doesn't stick around. Mouth-filling flavor is hoppy and woody with a fruity overtone that includes orange, pear and even a little grapefruit. There is very little bitterness and a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is rough and fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy and slightly fruity tingle behind.

Cyberkedi, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored and fairly clear. White head with descent retention and lots of lace layers.

Unstoppable hop aroma. Grapefruit and citric character invades my nostrils and inflicts a pleasant sting.

Hops dominate the flavor also with tons of citrus flavors, mainly lemon and grapefruit.
Eventually turns into a soapy hop flavor which is pretty well done. Malt is smooth and sits in background to keep the hop in check.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Slightly coarse texture and drying finish.

Good double IPA.

bnes09, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a snifter.

Body is a very nice orange with a slightly opaque quality. Real nice white creamy looking head as well, it has lots of staying power, and the drink has a ridiculous amount of lacing. Great looking beer.

Bouquet is good but kind of muted, faint hop with a sense of some pine, but very faint fruit.

Upon tasting there is a first sharp hop feel, but then a big sense of sweet orange juice finish upon swallowing. Hop feel lingers on the swallow, and compliments the orange with also a sense of apple juice thick quality. Seems like a very round profile, but the fruit feeling isn't sweet at all. Hardly any carbonation for feel either.

For such a high abv this is also very masked and easy drinking.

smakawhat, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- Deep hazed golden with a huge billowing cap of sticky lace. Fruity and hoppy nose has melon and stone fruit, with resiny pine and citrus peel. Very bitter with a huge floral hop presence, and a sweet and fruity dominance. I like the melon here a lot. Full bodied, almost syrupy, lengthy bitterness in the finish. Great!

mrmanning, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being a fan of most Southern Tier products, I gave the Gemini a try during Super Bowl XLV.

Poured a bright yellow color.

Smelled very hoppy. Very 'IPA'ey' with some strong scents of alcohol which sort of turned me off.

Taste is certainly not boring. Plenty of flavors, flowers and malt tastes.

Let it air a bit if you buy the bottle. Once it breathed the taste relaxed a lot.

devinoconnor, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of salvo
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gemini is a huge double IPA with rich grapefruit pith and rind in the nose and taste, lemon and tangerine skin more pronounced in the taste, over a just-malty-enough brew to balance, with a peppery burn finish. Laces and etches the glass at each sip.

This beer really puts Southern Tier in the top tier of brewers for me: enjoyed every sip of this big assertive beer at the Black Dog in Urbana, IL. Another beer that shines on tap.

salvo, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy golden orange with about one finger head.

S-Citrus hops

T-Well balanced. Starts with citrus floral flavors and end with some bitterness.

M-Very smooth for a DIPA and light.

D-Easy drinking, the well balanced flavors along with the smoothness make for a great drinking beer.

rlee1390, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
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.

perrymarcus, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Weeping Radish tasting glass. Slight head and decent lacing from this dark golden beer. Bottle says it is unfiltered but it looks pretty clear to me. Smells of hoppy good tings, very clean smelling almost soapy piney grapefruit hand cleaneresque. Maybe even a little rubbertree. Taste is wonderful and long awaited, with my recent purchases coming locally with British Pale ales, this comes back to what I want. Nice hoppy finish, slightly citrussy however the alcohol is somewhat prevalent. Mouthfeel is warming due to alcohol, light to medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Drinkability is only a 4.0 due to the high ABV, but I will be back for more-well worth the extra P&H... Also, goes nicely with a decent cigar! Cheers.

jhtipton, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a little lighter color than other DIPAs I have tried. Decent, sustaining head; wonderful lacing.

S: a little sweet, a little hoppy. Standard DIPA fare

T: Wow, this one is different. Little sweet at the front...sweeter at the middle...hop zing right before the finish, and some nice bitterness that prevails for a couple seconds. Do I dare say that it has some qualities that are very similar to Hopslam? I think I must! Very nice.

M/D: All positive here. Higher carbonation that most DIPAs I have tried gives it a lighter feel and makes drinking way too easy considering the ABV.

Another6Pack, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of grilli68
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with a Southern Tier brew. I got this beer just after it was tapped and I was very impressed. The description and ABV % had me a little hesitant but it tasted great. It was very drinkable for an Imperial IPA. I would definitely recommend this to IPA enthusiasts.

grilli68, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

dogfishandi, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of PSUDREW
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color. foamy bone-colored head.Some lacing
S: Grass and Pine. little bit of biscuit. Nice combo.
T: pretty bready up front, solid malt sweetness mixed with a biscuit. slowly transitions to a nice citrusy sweetness, with a slightly syrupy finish
M: not heavy, but the syrupy feel takes it down slightly
D: All in all, pretty high

PSUDREW, Jan 29, 2011
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.