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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: 1,022
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 78 | 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:
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 Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. The gold "wax" on here is incredibly hard to get off. Yeah it looks nice, but I could really do without it. The beer pours into my glass a bright golden orange with a half inch of bubbly white head on top. Great clarity. Aromas start with a mix of pale and pils malts with some sweetness and a touch of caramel. Big, bold hops with resinous citric and pine. Tropical fruit with herbal green bud accents. Nice.

First sip brings a solid pale malt upfront that ushers in a sweet, caramel accented flavor. It doesn't take long for the hops to gain hold. Citric, resinous, oily hop flavors with pine and a touch of herbal floral flavor as well. Big bitterness flows in and makes the mouth pucker as it flows down. Good mix and a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Good malt body here, goes down smooth. Really enjoyable brew and the alcohol is well hidden as well. If you still have this, drink it now, don't wait any longer!!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been holding this 22 oz. bottle for a few months, waiting for a good reason to open it. Well, today is July 16th, it's a gorgeous afternoon in the 70's and that seems like reason enough... Poured from a well-chilled bottle to the Sam Adams Chalice of Awesomeness..

Another appealing label design by Southern Tier. Kudos for making me work to open this one; the epic struggle to extract the cap from the waxen death-grip was won, finally by me. Challenge aside, I like the glittery golden seal...can you say 'bass boat'?

A: Beautiful pour, a hazed copper-golden with a 2-finger mound of rocky, near-white froth. Good, reasonably vigorous carbonation. Pretty clinging lace in loose-knit stripes.

S: Excellent aroma - big on the juicy Amarillo hops. But plenty of other hops are in here, too: a look at the label reveals Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, plus Styrian Golding. When you have that many varieties you could have a confused mess...or you could have this. A bold, complex aroma that circles around and around with flowers and herbs, fruits and spices, pine and grass. Wow. Pair this with a fairly pronounced graininess (first whiff had a notable 'Grape Nuts' wort aroma).

T: I didn't realize that this was a 50/50 blend of to other Southern Tier beers until a closer bottle inspection: unfiltered Hoppe + Unearthly (NOW I get the name 'Gemini'...). This can't help but be good, as those are two excellent beers.

The result is bready and full of clover honey, toffee sweetness and then a load of hops - maybe a little past their prime but only slightly. The flavors bounce from leafy green herbs, to mint and sage, to orange and grapefruit pulp, then zesty rind, then caramel, then pine, then toasted wheat, then peppery spice, then... It's complex, it's flavorful - it's a fine blend of two excellent beers.

M: Borderline heavy, borderline full - there's a bit of fizzy carbonated tingle then a lovely mellowness. Maybe it WAS a good idea to cellar this a while... A slight grainy coating and a lasting grassy/herbal bittering at the very back of the tongue.

D: About as drinkable as you could ask a 10.5% giant...er, set of twins(?) to be. Luscious flavor and feel, fantastic aroma...an outstanding beer I hope to have again. Rumor has it that Southern Tier may be coming soon to the Northwest; if that's true, I'm stocking up on this excellent DIPA. Highly recommended.

Thanks, todd1, for sending this one.

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

Thanks to ncvbc for this potent potable. I decided to bust off the wax seal way before I drank it to avoid frustration. It came of easily with a spork.

Pours with a nice looking head that clears to the side with little lacing left. This was very clear for being unfiltered. Looked at times like a hefe, DIPA, and amber. This beer is like Cameron Diaz, cute, but not hot.

Whoever smelt it dealt it. This beer dealt silent but violent notes of citrus, pine, sugars, malt, and bready seabiscuits.

If Old Milwaukee tastes as good as its name, so doesnt gemini. Never had unearthly, but had the hoppe, liked it. Sweet malts give way to a balanced hop citrus and sweet pine recession on the tongue. This beer doesnt get all Rowdy Roddy Pipper on your ass, more like Leapin Lanny Poffo.

It looked all carbonated and it is. But nice finsih, clean, resiny like a good DIPA, has that shot of alcohol going down your throat, the only time you taste or smell it.

When the Gemini's moon is in the seventh house, and hoppe aligns with unearthly, then taste will guide the DIPA's, and beer will rule the stars.

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

Bomber courtesy of hogtown harry- pours a pale golden hue. Good head and lacing. Nose- earthy smelling with some fruits. Taste- pale malts are really present. Hop flavour is a mix of pine and some tropical fruits. Might be past its prime as I really love Unearthly and Hoppe on their own. The mix is like a poor sequel. More malt flavour than expected. Carbonation is medium and drinkability is good. Very little hotness present given high abv.

Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jkane101 poured into a tulip. Took a crowbar to get through the gold wax on this guy.

A: Pours a bright golden amber with a big, dense head that lingers as a thin bubbly head for the duration. Lacing is very good.

S: Aroma is a big blast of citrus hops up front, namely grapefruit and oranges. This is on top of the big bready malt backbone with caramel and biscuits in the nose. Despite the huge hop profile, the malt really shows up in the aroma.

T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the first hop taste I got was more on the pine resin side of things. This is followed by the big caramel malt backbone before the citrus and pine come back in to finish off the taste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some serious carbonation and sticky with pine hops lending to a slight bitterness throughout.

D: I've had quite a few Southern Tier brews and this might be at the top of the list as I really enjoyed the balance of hops and malts. Dangerously drinkable - I would seek this one out.

Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool 22 oz. bomber bottle that has a silk screened label of an astronaut floating around a blueish green backdrop. Above the astronaut is the constellation Gemini. They call this beer Gemini because Gemini is also known as "the twins." In the Southern Tier world they have two fraternal twins, "Hoppe" and "Unearthly." So they went ahead and combined the two and called the beer "Gemini." That's basically the story on the label. Beside this story is the beer's specifications and all the ingredients that went into this beer. Like almost every other Southern Tier bottle, they only thing missing is some sort of bottling date. You can't miss this bottle because there is gold colored wax over the cap. Good luck on trying to get to the cap itself! It will take alot of time.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Southern Tier beer into a "Maudite" Snifter. what came out of the bottle was a cloudy and bright golden orange colored beer. I reason it's so cloudy is because you can see all the hop particles floating around in this beer. On top of this golden liquid was a fluffy 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had really good retention that left behind a ton of white foamy rings along the sides and just a decent amount of white streaks of lace around the glass.

Smell: For a beer that's suppose to be really hoppy, the aroma wasn't too hoppy. I believe the hops were at medium strength because the large dose of sugar probably calmed them down. The aroma was sweet with sweet juicy citrus fruits, pine needles, a hint of toasted malts, a nice sized citrus hop punch, and plenty of candy sugar at the end. It started off with the citrus fruits, but somehow it ended with candy sugar. I get it now. The citrus fruits and the pine was the "Unearthly" and the large dose of candy sugar was the "Hoppe."

Taste: While the aroma strated off with the citrus fruits, the taste goes directly into the dried citrus hops and the pine needles. The taste wasn't messing around. Right off the bat it wanted to show you how hoppy this beer was going to be. Behind the initial hop explosion was grapefruit, a hint of sweet toffee, a splash of toasted malts, and citrus fruits. The taste didn't want you to get use to the second part of the beer, so after the malts and citrus fruits, the taste ended with more bitter and dry citrus hops and pine needles. Just like in the aroma, I was expecting the "Hoppe" to come in and shower the taste with its candy sweetness, but it was the "Unearthly" that said no to the sweetness and kicked the candy sweetness out of the taste.

Mouthfeel: "Gemini" is a full bodied Double IPA that had a strong full flavored aftertaste of bitter and dried citrus hops, dried citrus fruits, pine needles, and a hint of sweet caramel at the end. There had to be some sweetness and the caramel is the only thing the "Unearthly" let out of the bag. This hoppy aftertaste will stick around for a long time on your tongue. It will take alot of water to get rid of it.

Drinkability: Overall, it's another hoppy winner from Southern Tier! I could smell the "Hoppe," but it was mostly the "Unearthly" that I tasted. It's another one of those once in a while hoppy beers. Could I drink it again? I certainly would! This beer is worth the effort you put trying to peel the gold wax off the cap.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, not a fan of this bottle. It's just a really hard one to open because of the sealing. Granted it looks cool, but it's a bit tough. I mangled the cap and cracked the lip of the bottle opening mine.

A - Clear orange with a big rocky head and amazing lace.

S - Minty pine and grapefruit, tangerines, pungent flowers.

T - Big, bitter, hoppy and boozy. Really nice balance between the alcohol and hops. Fruit seems limited to apples, and provides a lightening note overall. Finish is very bitter and long lasting - very grapefruit pith.

M - Not too heavy, but with a solid body and oiliness.

D - For a big beer, very drinkable. Excellent balance in a DIPA.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle toa pint glass the liquid is a drsk amber with very good carbonation. The head is very nice, 3 fingers light tan and leaves lots of lace.

The smell is good lots of hops but had to nail down because of the blend. Earthy notes as well as some good citrus and pine.

The taste follows, lots of hops yet a nice malt for good balance. A very nice blend.

The mouthfeel is good, really a solid brew, Great carbonation and a good thick body.

The drinkability is very good, really worth a try. Prosit, MK

Photo of Phenom
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. wax topped, painted bottle.

A: Clear, golden color. Not much head.

S: The bottle describes the numerous hop varieties and methods of getting them in the beer, and it shows in the aroma. Very hoppy, lime, grapefruit, maybe even some mint. Nice.

T: More hoppy goodness, especially grapefruit and other citrus zest. Bitter, flavorful, delicious. For a 10.5%abv beer, alcohol is barely noticeable other than some fruity esters. Enough malt to stand up to the hops, but hops are the highlight.

M: Syrupy and biting at the same time. Very bitter, it actually leaves the mouth tingling. I like it, but it probably kills the palate.

D: Dangerous. I really like the beer and could easily drink several in spite of the strength. As it warms turns into more of a sipper.

I was not a huge fan of Unearthly (too much alcohol taste) and thought Hoppe was good but not great. I like Gemini a lot better than either. The sum is greater than the parts! A great imperial IPA.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Southern Tier beer to date, and there have been many good beers from then. I really wish all of theeir beers were more obtainable for me. Poured golden with a nice head, but nothing special to look at, although nice. The aroma is heady with deep citrus smells, mano and spice- like beeer perfume. The taste just explodes with citrus and mano flavors from the hops that seagues into a deep creaminess and then a nice spicy bitter hop finish, all unobtrusively supported by firm, slightly sweet malt. A beautiful double IPA that I would drink all the time if it were local.

Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In agreement with the other reviewers, I nearly killed myself getting this one open. Eventually used a knife and broke a bottle opener in half, but we're finally at the goods. Looks really good...surprisingly light copper color with a solid head that leaves nice spotty lacing. Great nose. Strong on grapefruit bitterness balanced almost perfectly with caramel malt. Flavor's delicious as well. Some chalky hops come through right off the bat, mostly floral and quite smooth. Lots of breadiness and some cookies in there as well. A mix of citrus fruitiness shows up later on. Almost no alcohol flavors, which is impressive given the ABV. Given that, it's highly drinkable, with a nice medium body (although that 10% could knock you on your ass quickly). Man, I could throw back a bunch of these, and probably get in lot of trouble for it.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing first, lets lose the golden wax. I fought the wax and the wax won.

Hazy orange body, with some scattered carbonation streams. One finger of milk white froth. Good lacing evident early on.

Aggressive and enticing aroma of pine and citrus - plenty of orange, grapefruit, and apricot.

Nice sweet malt base sprays across the tongue. Juicy fruit engulfs everything. Big bitter bite, but balanced! Everything is big - this from NT state or Texas ? Piney, fruity, bitter, and sweet - its all here.

Juicy mouthfeel. Damn drinkable.

Another damn good big beer from Southern Tier.

Photo of techdiver
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50% Hoppe 50% Unearthly, what a combination. First off, I've got to remark, while opening this bottle I had visions of explaining in the ER how I managed to put a knife in my hand while opening another bottle of beer.

That said, a hazy golden copper brew with a modest head greets the eyes.

Hops are much more evident than in Hoppe, for obvious reasons.

The taste follows the 50/50, not as balanced as the Hoppe and not as extreme as the Unearthly.

Southern Tier continues to make some impressive brews that have become some of my favorites. Only improvement I can suggest here is to lose the gold stuff over the cap. It's an accident waiting to happen.

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

First off, these bombers are a bitch to get open. There isn't enough edge for a bottle opener to grip, and I had to actually pull out a lighter and burn some of the wax off to get the damn thing open. Nice presentation but...

Pour is dark orange with a moderate white head on top. Hoppy nose, floral hops. Citrus, bread also present. Depthy.

Flavour starts off exceptionally balanced, big bread, malts are present, but citrus and floral hops linger as well, strong, but kept in check much moreso than has been standard for the style. Sweet and sugary, particularly on the finish. A very different take, much more sessionable (in terms of flavour, not ABV) than the average big IPA. I dig it.

Mouthfeel, nice. Plenty of hop bitters, full and sticky. Drinkability, in terms of actually drinking quite solid, in terms of rebuy, modest to average. Southern Tier is reasonably priced, but in its range there are some monster beers in this style, while I like Gemini, it isn't edging out my local favourites, so I can only mark it good overall here.

The bottom line: if the idea of a big, yet balanced IPA appeals, then Gemini is a good brew to check out. Another winner by ST.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed their Unearthly and Hoppe so its only natural that I like this right? This is one pain in the ass high grade wax. Once the bottle if finally opened it pours with a nice white head, good retention and great lacing. Has a straw color.

Smells of fresh piny hops, citrus and more hops.

Once again the hops are in charge, I am not sure when this was bottled but this tastes great. Citrus, orange and malt.

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

Gemini...Where to begin...First off I had been searching for this one for a good long while. I tried to find it when I was up in Ohio, but to no avail. It seemed to have alluded me, until I was finally able to acquire one in a BIF. I threw it in the fridge and there it sat ever since, waiting for me to come and try it. Last night I decided to pop it open and give it a whirl with dinner, and I was glad that I did. On a side though, I find the best way to get through the was is to use an old fashioned can opener, just the right amount of sharpness to cut right through it.

Appearance - The pour was nice with a rich golden amber color being presented to me right away. There was some haze and cloudiness to it, but to be honest, I was surprised by how clear it was for being unfiltered. There was a nice three finger high head of white foam that capped the top of it, this had some nice retention and hung around for a good few minutes before settling back to a one inch high, cratered, and rocky looking crown that lasted until the end. Nice sticky web like lace throughout the glass. Some decent carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass throughout. Very solid look for a big IPA.

Smell - The aroma surprisingly well balanced, with a good bit of malt welcoming me as well as a barrage of citrus hops right off the top. Nice bready and sugary tones were out first, but then quickly replaced by a piney hop sensation, which itself was replaced in turn by a slightly more acidic grapefruit like aroma. Very floral, I was really liking what I was seeing here. Really no hint of the alcohol in here at all, and to be honest, the aroma itself was quite a bit lighter then what I would have made it out to be.

Taste - The flavor as well was very well balanced. Again a biscuit like, bready malt flavor was the first thing I noticed but this was washed away by the floral hops almost all at once. Nice rich pine flavors coming into play, but nothing really becoming detrimental to my palate here, this was remarkably well blended. Nice orange like hints working through with hints of grass and grain all around them. A strong finish capped it off with more then adequate drying and a sticky pine like flavor that lasted well into the net sip. Again there was no hint of the alcohol in here at all.

Mouthfeel - Very nice feel on this one. One of the thicker big IPA's I have had, it avoided becoming overly done and syrup like by keeping a nice carbonation profile kicking. Nice fine bubbles making it seem a touch lighter then it was. A bit oily with the resin, but in a good way, I was very impressed with how this one went don.

Drinkability - This was absolutely amazingly drinkable, especially for the ABV. I could not have imagined this one being any more smooth. I was putting this one down way to fast, in fact I almost felt like I could have had another by the time I was done. Really very nice and quite well done.

Overall this was not really what I was expecting going into it, but to be honest I was more then pleasantly surprised. It had a nice overall profile, but was ridiculously smooth and well balanced. I would not hesitate to buy one of these if Southern Tier ever gets off there butt and distributes around here!

Photo of BeerZack
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange honey, cloudy, with soft bubbly covering of foam.

Sweet malts jump out, tropical fruit, orange peel, some alcohol.

Sweet caramel malt with candied citrus peel bittering, slight floral impression. Another ST Imp IPA thats too malty and not hoppy enough for me, although it has the very nice tropical hop impression.

Smooth and soft with medium heavy feel. Drinkable, but disappointing.

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

Southern Tier needs a wax dipping lesson. Never in my life have I had a more difficult time getting a beer open. The gold wax is hard and brittle and is bonded to the bottle with what feels like Super Glue. It took me a good 10 minutes of chipping and swearing, chipping and swearing. I'm lucky that I still have all my fingers.

Glowing kumquat with a fine yeasty haze that wasn't present in either of the beers that make up Gemini. It's a tremendous color when backlit. The lemon chiffon colored crown looks even more spectacular. It's thick, rich, creamy and sticky. It's also depositing an impressive amount of sea foam lace as it slowly starts to shrink.

The nose is everything that I like about beer of this style. It's nicely citrus fruity, featuring white grapefruit, lemon and orange. It's nigh on impossible to go wrong with a hop bill that reads like a list of my favorites: Columbus and Amarillo from Hoppe... Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Styrian Goldings from Unearthly. By the way, Gemini (Imperial IPA) is a 50:50 mixture of those two beers.

I was excited to learn that this beer is actually *unfiltered* Hoppe and Unearthly. Hoppe's biggest problem is that it's filtered, which almost certainly removes some of the hop flavor. And, therefore, some of the character. My memory of the component beers has probably been blurred by time, but first impressions are that Gemini is at least as good as Unearthly and is better than (filtered) Hoppe.

The malt backbone is as huge as expected, with only a hint of something darker than pale. Must be the red wheat. The rest of the malts include pale, malted white wheat and Cara-Pils. Both 'H' and 'UnE' are sweet, so it's no surprise that 'G' is sweet as well. I wish the brewers could find some way to cut down on the malt sugars. A lower ABV? Better yet, how about adding twice the hops and overwhelming the sugars with alpha acids?

The flavor profile includes candied citrus fruits primarily. Again, white grapefruit, lemon and tangerine/orange. I would have thought that so many hop varieties would have resulted in more complex hop flavor. All that malt must be gumming things up a little. Gemini hides its alcohol as well as the beers that comprise it. That is, very well.

Shouldn't the mouthfeel on a beer that is an equal mixture of a beer that scored 4.0 and a beer that scored 5.0 be 4.5? The world isn't that neat and tidy because this mouthfeel is merely good. Maybe a variation in carbonation is responsible.

Unlike Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale and Hoppin' Frog Bodacious Black & Tan (both of which were unequal mixtures), I'm not sure that Gemini is a worthwhile undertaking. I'd like to see Southern Tier concentrate their efforts on the original beers and forget about this one. My humble suggestions would be stop filtering Hoppe, to cut back on the ABV of both, to cut down on the malt sweetness of both, and to hop both more aggressively. Thanks to prototypic for the bomber.

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.