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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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986 Ratings
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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 70
Gots: 59 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007)
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Photo of FrognutUnl


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Pours a hazy golden-amber with about 1 cm head, but only after wrestling with more wax than one finds at candle stick maker's shop.

Smells hoppy with a slight amount of citrus/pineapple in the back.

Taste is at first full on hops, bet eventually gives way to malty citrus... and hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is about what I expected for a DIPA, moderately thin.

Overall very drinkable, one of the better beers I have had from Southern Tier so far.

04-10-2008 02:19:04 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of blakesell


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from the 22oz over waxed bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- It should be noted that the wax is thick as all hell. It was a real battle getting that cap off. I recommend a serrated blade and extreme caution. Beer pours clear with a touch of chill haze. Golden with more foam than a Belgian. Four fingers plus. Head is tinted slightly green.

Smell- Hoppy as all get out. Hard to get past all the hops. Grainy husky malt is hiding in there, a bit grassy and crisp in the hop character. Pine and grapefruit all up in there as well.

Taste- Very hoppy. Every hop listed on the bottle is detectable. Bitter, piney, citrusy, floral, the whole nine. Malt isn't quite balanced as much as all those hops. Clearly one hopped up double IPA.

Mouthfeel- Bitter, lightly medicinal, perhaps preservative aspects from the hops. Astringent, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Drinkability- Despite all my nay saying, the beer is still quite drinkable and I may blend my won with separate bottles of Hoppe and Unearthy.

04-08-2008 19:18:30 | More by blakesell
Photo of JDV


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%

Huge thanks to The_Epeeist for the bottle!
Pours a nice slightly hazed, but mostly clear orangish amber with a lasting nice white head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is tropical fruitiness, peaches, mango, oranges, and sweet and hoppy. Taste is somewhat sweet for a DIPA with nice flavors of peach and mango with a touch of piney hops behind that which provide a really nice balancing bitterness. Really tasty, and nice body and carbonation too. This is a fantastic double IPA and is incredibly drinkable!

04-06-2008 19:07:57 | More by JDV
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Hazy golden-bronze, off-white head, great retention & lace.

S: Nectarine, grapefruit citrus, slight pine, American pale malt.

T: The hops are overwhelming with flavours of nectarine, pine & citrus. Pleasant cotton candy fruityness, hint of toffee, assertive bitterness, warming alcohol. (Somewhere between 4 & 4.5).

M: Moderate to full body with plenty of hop acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for something this big & bold.

04-06-2008 00:42:30 | More by Derek
Photo of Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Bomber purchased at Joe Canals in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ.

A- Tall foamy white head dissipated slowly. Cloudy yellow/amber colored body. A lot of carboantion rising in the glass. No lacing.

S- Mostly hoppy smell. Pine and grapefruit. Possibly some hidden malt, slight honey aroma.

T- Bitter. All earthy hops in the taste. Grassy, hints of tobacco. Definite alcohol presence. Does have a bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium to full body. Lively and tingly from the carbonation.

D- Split the bomber with a friend and I was able to enjoy it. I don't think I could drink this beer in quanity due the alcohol presence and bitter aftertaste.

04-05-2008 23:52:34 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a bomber (50% Hoppe and 50% Unearthly) purchased for $8.99 at Whole Foods in Columbus. The bottle had gold wax on the cap, a marketing gimick which hooks me almost every time.

The beer is golden colored with a thick frothy foam of a head, just a little haze but mostly clear. The smell was exceptional, hops of every type, from sweet/sour citrus and grapefruit to burning pine needles. A significant malt base was evident as well. The taste was near-perfect in my opinion. This was one of the best beers I've had in recent memory. The different hops varieties complemented each other well, and although this beer was first order hopped, there were second-order malts which gave a little balance to the equation. Outstanding beer, go for it if you see it.

04-05-2008 20:03:23 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Bighuge


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

The wax sealing on this bottle looks classy, but takes way too much time and effort to get off. I literally broke my favorite bottle opener on this bitch trying to get it open. I'm just glad I made it through without a trip to the ER.

Radiant organge. Hefty sized off white head. Lace is quite bountiful and sticky. For all the great hops they throw into this one (especially at the end using a hop back and dry hops), this one doesn't smell as powerful as I'd like. Hopslam smells a lot better than this. Yet this one uses amarillo, cascade, centennial, columbus and chinook for dry hops. Maybe not enough of each?? Anyway, I get some nice citrus with tangerine and pineapple there. Also some orange marmalade. But again. Too timid for the style. Flavor is a bit more enjoyable than the nose. Pretty crass bitterness, which I like just as much as the refined ones for this style. Tropical nuances with mango, grapefruit and pineapple. All more bitter than sweet. Alcohol presence adds a "spiked punch" feel to it, though that characteristic is not over the top. Malt base is there more in "body and feel" than in actual flavor. What I do get is a little caramel feel to it. Just a bit of a toffeeish maltiness as well. All in all though, everything works together pretty nicely and boldly.

And I'll tell you what. If this was offered to me while eating some fried snapper topped with a fiery tamarind-based sauce, I wouldn't turn it down.

04-02-2008 04:31:30 | More by Bighuge
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

22oz. bottle

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is all citrus hops with a nice, distinct grapefruit aroma. A bit of caramel malt peeks through as it warms.

Sweet & citrusy hops upfront with a nice grapefruit taste. Plenty of IBUs, but not overly aggressive. A bit more of the malt base comes through than it does in the smell. Finishes slightly sweet .

Full body, ample carbonation.

Overall, quite a nice DIPA. Although, not much of a surprise as I have had and do also enjoy the two beers that comprise this one.

03-28-2008 01:44:37 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Beer Thirty Tasting

Fortunately, I was prepared for this one before I took the first sip. As a matter of fact, I was so tired of being prepared that I took a big gulp. Don't do that. Sip this one. This beer is all over the place. It is like hophophop wallop maltcaramelcitrus hophop malt hop slam upside your head. After this beer corrects your brain, it goes down easy. Sure - every so often it seemed like something was kicking me from behind my left eye. But there are worse things to get use to.

Mouthfeel? There is no mouthfeel. There is no mouth...I have no mouth but...

Drinkability is high. Very high. That can be a dangerous thing. As a matter of fact, I could see someone thinking the hint of citrus meant this was just as good as juice with breakfast. Dangerous.

Overall, I have to give this one pretty decent marks for what it is and the goal. How long before the twitchwink twitchwink goes away?

03-27-2008 05:05:57 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of Wasatch


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is hops, slight malt, very nice tones of citrus and pines, with some caramel. The taste is very hoppy, slight malts, with some very nice tones of citrus/pines, and caramel. Medium body, a nice balanced brew. Very drinkable, this is a keeper.

03-27-2008 01:51:33 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Tilley4


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Big thanks to foxman for throwing this one in per our trade..

Glowing golden honeylike appearance with a big frothy white head...

Aroma of citrusy hops balanced with a little bit of malt sweetness...really smells nice...

Wow, this is much more balanced than I was expecting. Loads of citrus hops with a big malt backbone and a nice long bitter finish... What a great brew..

I enjoyed the hell out of this bottle and at 10% it will spank that ass if you aint careful. I'm happy as hell with this brew..

03-26-2008 14:18:40 | More by Tilley4
Photo of mully


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%

Poured with a crisp white head that fades to an 1/8th of an inch and hangs around leaving a little lace. Hazy Orange gold
Malt sweetness, a lttle carmel, some citrus scents blend together slightly medicinal hop aroma
Aniseptic medicinal hops, at times the hops blend together well with the malt sweetness, but over all they do not work well together.
mouth feel is good, crisp no problems here very smooth
Not as good as southern tiers other beers that I have had a little disapointing

EDIT: poured second half of the bottle and it is very diffrent, much more balanced and less antiseptic

03-24-2008 04:13:10 | More by mully
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1%

22 oz. bomber with a very classy golden wax seal. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a rich golden orange color. Somewhere between honey and orange marmalade. One finger of rapidly vanishing off-white head, and a few large bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Kind of musky, actually, which I thought was weird. Also, citrus, pine resin, sweet malts, and faint alcoholic spiciness.

T: Opens with mango, pine trees, flowers, mid-palate biscuity malts and a bitter finish. Alcohol is not in evidence.

M: Creamy, silky smooth, good weight.

D: This does not drink like a 10.5% ABV beer.I could get into trouble, except for the bitter finish. Very drinkable for the style.

The bottle lists the hops as follows:
"Kettle hops: Columbus, Chinook and Cascade
Aroma: Amarillo
Hop back: Styrian Golding
Dry hops: Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus"

While this this is truly an impressive assortment of hops, I wish that they had favored a "less is more" approach. Having a total of six different hop varieties (four of which were added not only during the boil, but also as dry hops) makes for a very busy beer. It had the potential to be remarkably complex, but I find that there is too much going on. In terms of how the individual hops are present, I didn't smell as much Amarillo as I would've liked, and the Cascade was there in fuller force than I thought it should've been.

A solid beer, and definitely worth a try for any hopheads out there, but I can't help but feeling that the best part was the bottle itself.

03-23-2008 06:37:41 | More by Boppar
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Split a bomber.

A: Cloudy copper color. One finger of white head with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Grapefruit dominates. Some earth tones as well. This is a hop monster.

T: The hops are so dominant there is almost a salty taste. Grapefruit is in there as well as some other citrus notes.

M: Nice med body with a creamy tone.

D: Too much hops with little balance. This is perfect for an unabashed hophead. Not even balance for my liking.

03-21-2008 01:06:45 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of bbothen


3.15/5  rDev -23%

22oz poured into snifter after taking 20 minutes to remove the wax over the cap.

A - Orangish amber color with small 1 finger head.

S - Crisp citrusy hops.

T - Hops rule the roost here. Not overly hoppy to me. One of the least hoppy tasting DIPAs I've had. Seems well balanced.

M - Crisp & clean. Almost wish it wasn't as such.

D - Very easy for %10.5 DIPA.

Solid offering for sure, but didn't hit the mark for me. Maybe it was so well made & balanced that the usual flavors I look for in a DIPA weren't there..who knows.

03-21-2008 00:39:46 | More by bbothen
Photo of Kadonny


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Sampled on tap at Capones beer event along with 3 other ST beers. I was in ST heaven.

A: Poured into a sample glass. A deep golden orange color with a nice off white little head.

S: Hops with some malt and fruit sweetness, but hops dominate. Cleary you can pick up the Unearthly smell in this beer.

T: Hops right up front with citrus grapefruit. The sweet malty flavor creeps in with flavors of fresh fruit but still the hops flavor backs up the entire tasting experience. It is much sweeter than a normal DIPA which tells you it is not a run of the mill DIPA.

M: The alcohol is pretty well hidden for as high as it is. No real alcohol burn and the mouthfeel is medium with some oil and resin. Impressive but not something that you can quaff, by a longshot.

D: Not bad, but I couldn't have more than one of these at at time. Very enjoyable, but only in limited quantities.

Overall another great beer by Southern Tier. I'm not a huge tripel guy, but this beer is more IPA than tripel.

03-20-2008 20:18:10 | More by Kadonny
Photo of bassmantin


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a very beautiful glowing golden amber into a chalice. The head is bright white with a very fine consistency.

This beer is a combination of the Unearthly and Southern Tier's Belgian Trippel.

Smell is dominated by the hops, very nice citrus taste, great hop work. I had the Unearthly last night, so that's all I can think of. I suppose there is a little bit of Belgian sweetness in there, which is fairly pleasant, but if you hadn't told me this was a combo, I would have just thought it was an ipa. Still a great beer, though.

03-18-2008 02:57:33 | More by bassmantin
Photo of sholland119


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass once I fought my way through the wax seal. I am sure there is an easier way but I settled for scraping away enough wax at the base of the cap to get an opener at it. # of fingers before equaled # of fingers after so good enough.

A-A hazy orange color with a creamy head and very nice lacing.

S-Very well balanced mix of citrusy hops, some pineapple notes and a nice caramel malt.

T-Very tasty. Moderately sweet with nice hop notes in the finish. Surprisingly, not particularly bitter, especially for the style. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-Very creamy with moderate carbonation.

D-Very smooth and drinkable though high ABV so look out!

A blend of the Southern Tier Unearthly and Hoppe, I believe, and a very tasty one. I have never had Hoppe but Unearthly on tap is awesome. Ranks at the top of ST beers with the Chokolat imperial stout.


03-17-2008 15:48:11 | More by sholland119
Photo of meatyard


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Appearance is a hazy, golden orange with a nice tight, white head that leaves good lacing.
The smell is a very aromatic mix of pineapple, citrus and a little malt.
The taste is not as strong as the smell where the hops are concerned but it does start with a nice bitter bite. After that there is the citrus and the malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is medium.
This is an easy drinking IIPA with well hidden alcohol.

This is a tasty beer that sips well and, while not a session beer, makes you feel like you could drink it as one.

03-16-2008 21:55:27 | More by meatyard
Photo of baggio


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tap at Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

A: Orange / Golden with a thick creamy head.

S: Hops, pine, grapefruit, exotic fruits.

T: Grapefruit, spices, sweet malt, wee bit of orange.

M: Smooth with nice bitterness and a sold malt backbone.

This is definitely a sipper...and a good one at that. Recommended for the hopheads :)

03-15-2008 10:20:02 | More by baggio
Photo of Bierguy5


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

22 oz. bottle, 10.5% ABV. Hazy golden color with a slight peach tint. Thick white fluffy head holds together for quite some time. Great patches of lace left on the glass.

What an assortment of hop aroma. Runs the gammet from citrusy, grassy, piney and resiny. Some tropical notes present as well. A bit perfumy also. Good lighter caramel base.

Strong lighter malt backbone. Good amount of sweetness, and a hint of caramel. Lots of hop flavors, without being overly bitter or one-sided. Lots of citrus, mango, pine resin, grass, and floral. Such hop complexity.

Well balanced for the assortment of hops. Good body and carbonation. Very enjoyable.

03-14-2008 03:08:38 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of mcallister


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

A beautiful pour. Amber type saturation and a thick creamy head that leaves sticky chunky lacing in the remaining path. Tiny bubbles really tiny and in the thousands race toward the foam topper.

Amazing aroma. Layers and layers of hop aromas. Floral perfumy esters lead into a citrusy grapefruit peach bomb. A thick acidity and malty depth really sustain that earthy, grassy, floral resiny aroma.

Lost a little of its hop luster in the mouth from the fresh bottles I had yet still amazingly complex and hoppy. Covers all the hop profiles. Citrusy, grassy acidic front and middle that moves into hints of earthy pine and a bready malt that balances. Finishes with a great floral finish. Great balance with nothing overwhelming.

Somewhat resiny and viscous on the mouthfeel. Full and well rounded. Just a great blend of beers by Southern Tier. Hope this one happens again, however being 50% Hoppe and 50% Un-earthly I suppose it it's not I could try my best:)

03-14-2008 02:01:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of ultralarry2006


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan head that has excellent retention, and it leaves webs of sticky lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - hops fill the nose, being very floral, with some citrus, as well as some pine, spices, and herbs. Some malt under all that, showing up as barley crackers and toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - hops, flood the tongue, with pine resiny bitterness. In the middle, the malt backbone struggles to assert itself, with barley crackers and toasty malt biscuits, and there are more hops with tastes of spices, herbs, and citrus. On the finish there is some medicinal alcohol.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, slick from the hop oils, and semi-dry at times from both the hops and the alcohol.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale, but its very high abv limits its sessionability.

03-10-2008 15:52:21 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a golden color with a slight haze to it. The head was a nice creamy off-white color that left very nice lacing on the glass. A nice juicy pineapple aroma, floral, very juicy. Where the smell was wonderful, the taste sort of lacks. The taste starts off with a tropical/pineapple hop flavor but is quickly mellowed out by the sweet honey malt, which kind of leave an almost sticky sweetness. Its not a cloying sugar bomb DIPA but I feel it doesn't quite highlight the hops enough. The feel is moderate with soft carbonation and finishes slightly slick and sticky due to the booze-ahol. A solid mid-tier DIPA, not over the top, and not what I consider a hop bomb. Another solid bomber series of Southern Tier.

03-08-2008 04:00:32 | More by Gmann
Photo of DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.83/5  rDev +18.1%

Gotta thank southerntier for this brew. Private stash was raided so I could have a little gander into the world of what is GEMINI!!! Pours a nice cloudy amber color with a delicious frothy head. Smell is superb Very Hoppy and sweet. Taste is amazing. I'm a big unearthly fan, and big hoppe fan, but this trumps them both. The combination of the two gave this the great pineapple taste from the hoppe and that great floral (piney) flavor unearthly brought. Truly a great DIPA. (Try unfiltering unearthly too. For me unfiltered is the way to go) Mouthfeel was slightly malty due to the unearthly, and crispy and refreshing like the hoppe. Drinkability is good as well, 10.5 abv, come on, that's nothing!! lol

03-07-2008 03:01:21 | More by DrinkinBuddy
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.