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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: 1,015
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 70
Gots: 73 | 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:
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 yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Gemini is a slightly hazy, light amber ale. The white head is small and dense with oily bubbles. It fades to a leathery film that picks up whenever the glass is moved. It has a strong, fully hopped-out aroma of orange and pine. It smells like fresh-squeezed orange juice and a Christmas tree. The malt smells pretty sweet under it all. It's full bodied and smooth and fuzzy in the mouth. The finish is crisp. It tastes slightly sweet. The juicy and bitter hops seem very fresh and strong. The flavor is intense but well balanced. There is a very... outdoors... flavor. There is a touch of sour at the end and a long, piny aftertaste. It has such a great hop base of the 3 Cs and then the Amarillo tweaking out the aroma. Excellently crafted! Also: It took me about ten minutes to get through that wax.
(rated May 22, 2008)

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

Reviewed on 6/5/08. Bottle. Not sure what was up with the wax/plastic, as no other ST beers (as far as I know) have this...anyway. Pours a light clear amber with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of piney hops and grapefruit. Initial flavor of sharp hops, not super malty. But gradually, the beer becomes quite flavorful. Less bitter hops than I'd expect for a DIPA, but this is a plus for me. The sweetness of the malt comes out as the beer warms, along with a bready flavor. This beer is very drinkable, mellow, and quite light for a beer that is 10.5%! Awesome!
7/4/8/5/16 (4.0/5)

Photo of mikereaser
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper color with a layer of bubbles that left plenty of lacing down the glass

S - Citrus and floral hoppy smell

T - citrus and piney hoppy flavor followed by some maltiness

M/D - very drinkable and great tasting. Very easy to drink which can be a bad thing at this ABV. My only complaint is that it might be just a bit too sweet.

Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice cream colored froathy head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Not quite as hoppy of a smell that I expected but still is pretty nice overall. A good mixture of floral, citrusy hops and caramelized malts.

T- An excellent balance of hops and malts. Nothing really dominants this brew and alcohol is barely noticable.

M- Creamy and sticky. Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink and a pretty cool beer since its two excellent beers mixed into one.

Photo of deereless
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Quite cloudy and the color of peach juice, spots of sticky head, instant foam over from the bottle even though quite cold - 4.00, S: Extremely hearty aromas, loads of heavy malts with a matching load of hops - very nicely balanced, piney variety of hops - 4.50, T: This beer tastes like what I envision a hop juice concentrate tasting like, lots of bready malts, even more piney hops, quite a bite on the tail of this beer, quite citric as well - 4.25, M: A creamy and heavy mouthfeel, thin on the carbonation - 4.00, D: A very pleasing double IPA, loads of everything, one I would go to again - 4.50

Photo of sinistrsam
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a golden color with a medium white head and plenty of bubbles throughout.
Heavy on the hops, citrusy and piney with almost a roasted malt or brown sugar or molasses smell. Interesting.
The taste was plenty of citrusy hops but balanced well with a smooth and sweet malt.
Although there was plenty of carbonation, this plus the hops led to a less bitter or biting feel than I was expecting, and once again I think ST has done a great job with balance, largely due to the difitive malt presence.
Overall, a great blend of two great beers makes another great beer. Excellent overall.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quick review into my notebook.

A- Waxed top. Gold and transparent--touch of orange highlighting the color. Head is 1/8" and comprised of inconsistant bubble patterns.

S- Citrus, pineapple, rose petals, and honey

T- Sweet and rich, not too bitter, surprisingly refreshing. Definitely a blend of Hoppe and Unearthly and a great idea to blend the two. It combines the best of both worlds.

M- Medium and clean; nicely carbonated.

D- More drinkable than the other 2 mentioned. A pleasure to enjoy.

Photo of JeffV
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great beer.

It is a pumpkin color in the glass.

In the mouth it is refreshing and light.

In the nose it is piny and reminiscent of Belgian Whites.

The taste is hoppy (floral, grapefruity, piny) but still has some sweet maltiness to it. It is not overpowering like many IIPAs. The 10.5% ABV is not overpowering but does allow the beer to finish crisply.

Capable of Session drinking or single sipping. Fantastic.

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

A - Rust orange, definitely not a clear IPA. Has a tiny cotton like head that leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - Hints of citrus followed by delicious malts.

T- Tastes tremendous! Big citrus and a bit of a piney hop taste followed by a nice maltiness. Overall, more bitter than I would have imagined. The citrus hops definitely stand out. A very tremendous and traditional IPA taste.

M - Coats the tongue nicely and leaves a nice tingling feeling in the mouth.

D - Due to the alcohol percentage and the ease of drinking, this beer could hit you in a hurry if you drink a bit too much.

I'll definitely be purchasing this one again! Much better than a serving of either the hoppe or the unearthly. The combination of the two is the way to go.

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

Appearance: 22oz Gold Wax Dipped Bomber looks very classy. Beer pours an iridescent yellow orange with a nice 1.5 finger foam head. A good amount of head retention and an excellent amount of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass in thick billowing pillows.

Smell: Lots of hops (citrus, floral, pine) meet with a spicy yeast. A very refined nose (although I am sampling this Imperial IPA a few months after I acquired it so it could be refined due to the age of the bottle) that I am enjoying very much.

Taste: Lots of candied orange in the flavor and sweetness from the pale malt combine with a wheat quality. Some hop bitterness in the finish but still a pretty clean finish. I'm surprised that the spicyness I found in the nose hasn't come through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Can't quite figure what is off here but there is room for improvement on the mouthfeel of this brew.

Overall this is a decent Imperial IPA but nothing amazing by any stretch of the imagination.

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

A light haze to the bright orange colored brew. Huge eggshell colored head held above an inch for a few minutes. Tiny streams of carbonation bubbles meander to the top. Lace in circles is thick evenly around.

Hops floral aromas hit the nose hard and try not to let go. Mainly a huge citric base to the hops note, but a very light pine backing and a light malt aroma.

Gritty malt and hops blend up front. Tastes of citric fruits were a balance between tangerines, lemons, and limes. A bit to much of a gritty flavor.

Nice thickness which has flavors clinging to all surfaces. Carbonation is a bit subdued.

A nice brew. Great with a burger and fries. Cheers to Southern Tier for blending two great beers to make one that stands with it's parents. Try it fresh.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clean, orangish brown in color. Thin off-white head with excellent lacing.

S - Citursy hop nose dominates. Lots of grapefruit with hints of lemon zest and even some apricot mixed in. No real trace of malts in there.

T - A candy sweetness initially with some citrusy notes coming in. Not quite the hop blast I was expecting but still very tasty. Some orange and grapefruit taste.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light carbonation. The bitterness is not overwhelming and it is surprsingly easy drinking given the 10.5%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After enlisting the help of the RAF, the RCMP, a few locksmiths, cat burglars and MacGyver, I was finally able to cut through the &*(%ing Kevlar wax to open one of these things and pour it into my trusty aromatics-enhancing Reidel Cabernet/Bordeaux glass...

Reveals a golden honey body with a huge 3-finger head that's quite soapy and dissipates with adequate lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Great citrus here from some nice floral hops. A large caramel-vanilla malt layer complements nicely. Disjointed, yes...but huge and enjoyable. There's a lot going on here...

Up front the vanilla is profound with nice creaminess. Subsequently, the huge floral hop presence settles in. Again, this is like a bench-clearing brawl on the palate but it's quite enjoyable.

Let's just say the mouthfeel has a whole lot of variation. Not synergy, not Beautiful Chemistry, but energy and activity. Quite eclectic when considering the vanilla carmael malt, floral, slightly citrusy hops and the vigorous, enjoyable finish (not necessarily long, but action-packed).

Quite enjoyable of an offering, this one. Lack of synergy precludes supreme drinkability but this is a fun one and relatively easy to drink. The first one of these I tried to open I broke the top and was so %!$$ed I didn't try another for a year, so memo to ST...do something about that wax!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness which is then quickly balanced by sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is hearty but not overly heavy. The 10.50% ABV is well-masked. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, Unearthly is one of the best 5 beers I've ever had and Hoppe was pretty good, so it stands to reason that I would really enjoy this beer and I did. This is an excellent high-gravity hop bomb to drink for a long time until the ABV catches up with you.

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

I really hate the hard wax top. Annoying at best, dangerous at its worse.

A - Light Raw apple cider with a cottony white head that dissipates to a bubbly ring and lots of clingy lace.

S - IPA written all over it. Definite pronounced bready malt presence wrapped in citrus.

T - Beautiful. Malty, caramelly spicy goodness. Hops kick in mid range and the balance works. Alcohol evident but somewhat masked, considering the abv. Floral notes at finish.

M - Solid medium weight, great coating and carb.

D - This one could sneak up on you, it's so easy to drink.

Photo of Morphoenix
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large Delirium Tremens snifter. Beautiful appearance with a creamy-looking, lightly beige head and a nice copper body with amber tinges. Very nice aroma with a floral and piney hop scent. The look and smell reminded me of Stone Ruination IPA, but the comparison ended there. Where Ruination is an absolute hop onslaught, Gemini takes the quiet road and offers a more muted hop flavor that's more in balance with the other ingredients. That isn't to say that the hop flavors are not very apparent, because they are, but they don't absolutely dominate the flavor profile, allowing for some nice maltiness to make itself known. The beer has a medium feel with good carbonation, but not enough to make it prickly. Superior drinkability, I had no trouble downing the entire bomber and I was definitely sad when it was done.

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

First off, I almost downgraded this one for the difficult to remove wax top. Turns out it was worth the effort. Pours a semi clear copper with a smallish white head and little lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, toffee and peach. Flavor is initially quite astringent and bitter on the tongue but gets more rounded as it sits on the tongue. Bitter citrus zest, pine, bready malt and fruity. Interesting. Fairly rich and creamy texture. Medium bodied.

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

A hazy straw amber color with a fair white head and good lacing. The aroma is a bright piney hops and hints of malt and wheat. The flavor brings out citrus bitterness in a beautiful bodied brew. Some fair alcohol presence and a sharp finish. There is an odd smoke background mixed in with some sweet maltiness. Decent drinkability, solid feel. A quality brew for sure.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We enjoyed this beer after the Unearthly to see how it compared.

This beer had a 2 finger foamy head that was off white. Honey Amber in color with some visible carbonation. There was the slightest haze to the beer.

Aroma was very earthy, fruity and a tad musty.

First thing I noticed in the taste is that is seemed a touch dry compared to the Unearthly. Malt sweet up front with a big hop presence. Ripe fruits present. I notice that there was also a dry finish that was almost, but not really astringent.

Medium bodied mouth feel with a bog flavor.

I'm not sure this is an improvement over either the Hoppe or the Unearthly.

I think I'd stick with the Unearthly by itself. (Or the Hoppe)

Photo of Redwood21
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: the color is a very nice amber color somewhat hazy with a whiffy white head that is very sticky and delicious

S: semi floral but not too strong very pleasant not earth shattering

T: absolutely more floral than some, very herbaly and almost spicey, leaves a nice layer on the tongue with a touch of bitterness but nothing that hurts you. this is a good beer, though as the smell portends it is not earth shattering

i think this beer is very drinkable especially for 10.5% and its very good. i think its a solid entry in the category though not as distinguishable as others

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

Three and a half fingers worth of rocky fat off white head that leaves lots of scattered lace as if fades. Body is a syrupy honey orange gold. Nose is packed with orange marmalade, piney minerals and a nice sweet malt balance. The hops are very sappy as the hit they hit the tongue. They are lengthy and have a real piney, grassy feel. There is a dry almost pepper like powdery malt balance to the entire back half of the palate. Mouthfeel has a hint of spicy alchol and a very mild bitter thickness. Very nicely drinkable.

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

A - Pours copper with alot of orange as well. A careful pour gave up a head of over half inch. Retention is good with excellent sticky lacing.

S - Lots of fruit up front. Big aromas of orange and grapefruit. Some earthiness follows but mostly sticks with fruity notes. Some caramel and candied sugar show up but stay in a distant background. Little to no alcohol is present which is a surprise.

T - Nice smack of bitter and sour fruit from the get go. Grapefruit followed by some grapefruit. Other fruit starts to come in gradually - orange and mango. Earthy / pine flavors provide a nice follow up to the fruitiness. Malt flavors are stiff but don't really compete with the hops in any way. Some caramel and bread are present. Alcohol is present throuought but stays warm and soothing.

M - Medium to full bodied with great carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter and lets go after a few minutes. Smooth for the style.

D - Drinkability is very good. Goes down too easy for a 10.5 % brew. That makes this one dangerous. It is smooth and very pleasant on the palate. I would happily have another one of these. Reocommended.

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

hazy deep orange lightly hazy wheat color with a fuzzy creamy lid of lemon cream.

Really sweet malty citrus hoppy nose. Sweet, sweet orange and candied grapefruit with some heavy pale/caramel malts. Fresh pine as well.

Very sweet and heavy, smoothly, malty full body with a slick and creamy thick carb. Sweet flavors heavy malty caramel with maybe a bit of honey. Lots of sweet and bitter citrus, orange and candied grapefruit, with some bitter rind and fresh pine with a touch of spiciness.

Unfortunately I have not yet had the two that birthed this one, but this one . . . is damn good. Damn good.

Photo of tayner
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle with gold wax

golden yellow with tight white head that left alot of sticky lace

big floral lemony nose

up front punch of bitter floral/lemony/citrus hops. There is then an alcohol warming. There is a bit of background maltiness, but much more unbalanced than I expected from an East Coast IIPA. it was way more bitter and hoppy with only slight sweetness and bitterness that lingered. alcohol not as well hidden as I would have liked

Medium oily body, enough carbonation

Easy enough to drink but not balanced enough for me to seek out again.

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

Poured part of a bomber into a pint glass. A nice bright bronze color that is fairly clear. I got a good thick white head that held strong for minutes. Sticky lacing is now all over the glass. Off to a good start I would say.

The aroma is thick with caramel malt, bittersweet citrus, piney hops and even a touch of spice. I've had the two beers that make this one up, and this shows some of each in its aroma. Taste is bursting with the citrus and pine hoppy goodness. I get some of the sweet malt and a bit of caramel roastiness. The finish starts early with this DIPA, a peak of malty sweetness turns quickly to a bitter hop bite. This takes you to the end, with little hint of alcohol in this 10.5% beer. Wow. Hop bitterness lingers for some time and serves to remind you that this freaking beer rocks.

Big body, you can feel the viscosity of this beer in your mouth. Not at all filling though, as I will have no problem dusting this bomber.

An eminently drinkable DIPA. Recommended to try after the Unearthly and the Hoppe.

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,015 ratings.