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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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BA SCORE
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994 Ratings
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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 ZAP
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The fucking wax on this bottle was incredible...do they not want you to be able to open it? Countries guard weapons grade plutonium with less security than the wax used to keep me away from this beer.

Eventually I got to the holy grail and I can see why it is so protected. This is one of the best beers I have ever tried.

Excellent DIPA with the full range of tropical and sweet
fruit flavors and aromas....papaya...mango....pineapple...peaches...mandarin oranges...a lot of peach flavor...malt backing is almost a caramel breadiness...wow this is good...flavors blend perfectly...

A big beer but drinks like a regular IPA...not particularly bitter but this is a hugely flavorful beer that really hits the mark.

I've been drinking a lo of hopslam and this is comparable if not better...I'd love to do a blind taster of them...whatever the case this is one of the best beers I have tried...scores will not reflect that as the nose is not a 5.0 and the lighter body brings the mouthfeel down but i can tell you this...this is a beer I would buy anytime I see it...

ZAP, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clear golden yellow with foamy beige head.

Pleasant aroma of pineapple, peach, sourdough bread, and honey.

Tastes of sweet malts, sourdough bread, grapefruit, and honey. Finish delivers a nice taste of caramel and slight bitterness. The 10.5% alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, warming to the tongue, and moderately carbonated.

This IIPA from Southern Tier is nothing short of excellent. A joy to drink and a must try.

Monkeyknife, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a bright honeyed gold. Plentiful foam, white and sticky, leaves almost a solid film on the glass.

Aroma - very heavy on the mango and pineapple, a hint of booziness peeking through.

Taste - sweet chewy malts up front, making a quick appearing before giving way to the hop show. Sweet citrus, very juicy with mango flavor. There is a faint medicinal quality that usually tends to strengthen and overrun the palate on some DIPAs. That thankfully does not happen here. Pine flavors strengthen on the swallow, along with grapferuit. Finishes fruity, a definite citrus bite, dry, warm. Every mouthful just keeps delivering a full range of flavors.

Mouthfeel - heavy, just short of syrupy, the carbonation makes for a prickly sensation as the beer scrapes the palate clean of all non-beer molecules.

Drinkability - had I tried this sooner, I likely would have returned to get more before it was gone. An excellent DIPA.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice looking brew. Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north. Amber with more coppry highlights in its slightly hazy body. Nice and tight 2 finger off white head, nice, tight, and very solid retention, sticky clumpy gobs of lace already cling to the glass. Slightly active in terms of carbonation.

Peach, papaya and pineapple give a nice tropical fruit aroma to this brew. Pale bready malts, some caramel, and a whisp of musty yeast also present. Smells pretty damn good. Has me looking forward to getting into my bottle of Unearthly to see how it compares.

The big fruity aroma almost carries over into the tasting,although is more subdued as the bready malt with touches of honey and caramel sweetness takes hold. Some woodiness with touches of pine resin and a mild floral quality also present.

Some alcohol heat appears, but is somewhat mellow and is certainly not surprising for a 10.5% brew. Slightly creamy in feel, adds another dimension to this medium bodied brew other than hop flavour + bitterness.

A must try for hop heads. This sample slightly favours bitterness versus hop flavour, it would be nice to see born on dates, as i imagine a very fresh sample might have the balance tiled the other way. Pretty drinkable all things considered, and a solid beer all around that holds up well to most if not any IIPA. Would gladly drink again if i come across it.

demcorhip, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wax-top bottle:

Pours deep gold with a one-finger head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of lemony citrus and grapefruit with strong floral notes.

The taste is of a quick flash of sweetness immediately followed by bitterness. A wheat tang comes through. Lemony. It has a hoppy character with some wheat and biscuit backing it up. Peppery and sweet in the finish.

It is pretty chewy in the fuller side of medium-bodied.

A sipper though it begs to be a bit more. As much as I love the hop billing and the beers that were combined - as much as I like this one about as much as the Hoppe, and like Unearthy a bit more.

jwc215, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's cloudy and a toasted golden color. Head is foamy white and a thick two and a half fingers deep. Head receded very slowly and left sticky sheets of lace on the glass.

Smell: Very pungent citrus grapefruit aroma initially smacks the nose. A little pineapple, pear, and orange add to the sweet smell. Caramel-toffee malts are secondary, but are a component you can't ignore. They come on strong. Hops are strong, piney, and absolutely delicious smelling. But, they don't overwhelm. It's a little uncharacteristic of the style in that regard.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrus flavors blend with caramel-toffee malts and give it a very sweet flavor. Grapefruit is strong and a little bitter. Hops are probably the most interesting element of this beer. They are piney and bitter. But, they are a little weak. Too weak for the style. It's actually a well balanced beer and lacks the bitter kick I really hoped for. It has a nice flavor to it, but it just lacks a little in the hop department. Alcohol is very well masked and is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, perhaps a little too light. Very well carbonated. It goes down smooth and easy. Too easy. Given the style and ABV, it really should not be as drinkable as it is. Nonetheless, I could easily tackle at least a couple of bombers.

Gemini is a very good beer. It could be improved by beefing up the hops. I expected a hop bomb and found a well balanced, smooth Imperial IPA. Not what I was expecting, but it's still very good and certainly worth checking out.

prototypic, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to beeronthebrain for this one!

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey with 3+ fingers of beige head. Out of this world head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & piney hops, caramel & toffee as this warms

T: Piney & citrussy hops, some caramel & loads of doughyness & toffee up front. Booze hotness (not a bunch, but a detractor), grapefruit & cakeyness as this warms. Finishes a bit grainy with plenty of lemony & grapefruit hops

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation & some detraction booze hotness

A good all-around DIPA that is a bit slow to drink, due to the heft & some hotness; Cheers Ken

Just glad I didn't have to break my oyster shucking gloves to open this. My wife was mildly amused at my wax removal efforts, none the less!

russpowell, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Ego
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
ohhh wax... actually wax = pain in the ass
after I pry king tut from his sarcophagus I am bitch slapped by a hop barrage.. but I'll get to that, craggy one finger of foam rests on top like a lily on a pond with a fat ole bullfrog on it, hazy dark golden hue with plenty o' bubbles rising up, definite tell tale legs from the higher ABV, a good looking beer but not stop traffic category

nose...
being that the bottle reads like a who's who of hops this should be nice... (and the dry hopping never hurts this category), surprisingly the malt is most detectable under the waves of hops, you get every level of hop from slightly earthy, to the brighter side and the amarillo twang last but not least, it smells like you could chew it... damn, very nice. not just hop-hiroshima

taste etc...
medium bodied and the carbonation is a complement, the lack of filtration kind of buffers the hops a touch (like in long trail's excellent unfiltered IPA), and it lends the brew a certain sweetness (almost honey like), the drinkability is scary compared to other DIPAs, much smoother than DFH 90 (not a dig but this is just much easier to drink). the bitterness is just right but the balance here is what steals the show.

verdict?
wax or no wax... worth seeking out, this one is peeking into the halls of greatness

Ego, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

FrognutUnl, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

blakesell, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Derek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jerzdevil1116, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TurdFurgison, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bighuge, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

LittleBreeze, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Wasatch, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

Tilley4, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of mully
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

mully, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Boppar
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Boppar, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

aerozeppl, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bbothen, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kadonny, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bassmantin, Mar 18, 2008
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.