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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: 68
Gots: 59 | 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 scruffwhor


4.13/5  rDev +1%

Very deep orange, with light, slow bubbling.The beer looks a little syrupy. Makes me wonder if the beers thickness is what is slwing the bubbles down. Lots of lacing on my fluted glass, the aftemath of a nice wo finger head. Get hints of orange, flowers, and even hints of wood. The taste is a little sweet amidst the orange bitterness. The start is bitter flowers and sloy moves to orange zest and mlaty sweetness. Very concenrated fruits. Pretty thick plate. covers th tste buds very well. Lingers long and leavs a soothing feeling on the palate. Great sipping beer. Can't really taste the wheat in this beer though.

02-06-2008 05:07:34 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%

From what I learned from the guys at Gary's in Madison, Southern Tier's Gemini is a 50/50 combination of the brewery's Hoppe and their Unearthly IPA... the mixture is totally outstanding... a wonderful, interwoven conglomeration of intricate, thick, rich, sweet, and bitter flavors...Pours a hazy, copper-colored, orange hue with a minimal frothy head... Aroma is amazing... full of fresh hops, pine, and ginger... Taste was above and beyond, and perhaps one of the best American beers I have ever sampled... wonderfully rich, thick, and creamy, with strong bread and butter flavors... honey-like, caramel, vanilla taste lingers on the tongue for a long time - proving the extreme flavor and richness associated with this remarkable brew... intense hoppiness is tempered by an uncanny sweetness of citrus, lime, pine, and butter- notes... you can forget about noticing the hefty 10.5% ABV... no alcohol detected here, just extra-rich, ultra-thick flavors... This is one of my new, all-time favorites brews - a winner from Southern Tier... this one is a must-try... Definitely recommended... As a side note, the wax-taped bottle top is a pain in the ass to open and required a couple of minutes using a bottle opener and a scissor...

02-03-2008 22:22:16 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

A lightly vigorous pour produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is brilliantly clear and is a reddish copper color as it sits on the table, when held up to the light it shows a bright copper color (almost the most perfectly copper color I have ever seen in a beer). If the head lacing had been more substantial this would have been a visually perfect beer. The aroma is quite satisfyingly hoppy; notes of lychee, touches of pineapple, apricot, candied grapefruit, tangelo, orange zest provide a pleasant mix of tropical fruit and citrus notes. Underneath the dominant hop fruit character is a solid, though only supporting, malt character of biscuit malt and there is also something a bit like rancid cheese. The rancid cheese note is most likely hops & luckily it is only noticeable if you really start to dig around in the nose. All in all this has a really nice, fruity-hop focused nose to it.

Thick and viscous as it hits my tongue, this is certainly approaching Barleywine levels in its thickness, though I would not quite write it off at this point. The hop character is substantial and helps to keep this near easy drinking. The simple malt character helps this along as well as it definitely does not show a heavy handed use of crystal malts. What malt is here serves as a vehicle to provide grain-sweetness that accentuates the ample hop derived fruit flavors, with perhaps a touch of a toasty grain edge towards the finish. Warming alcohol notes in the finish speak to the 10+ alcohol percentage of this brew. Ok, lets speak to the hop character (after all this is by far and away the most dominant player here). Flavors of tropical fruit (lychee and a mix of pineapple / peach) as well as notes of candied grapefruit, honey-laden orange zest and vibrant tangelo are all quite noticeable. Both the smooth super fruit character of these items, as well as the slightly sharper essential-oil components are noticeable. Despite the ample hop character this beer is not overly bitter, there is a solid, though it is perceived as light in the grand scheme of this beer, bitterness towards the end, but overall this has a really smooth hop profile. Harsh, green, astringent hop notes are quite minimal and even the typical aggressive pine flavors are held to just a small contribution in the finish.

A very tasty beer, it is perhaps a bit too thick and chewy for my preferences in a Double IPA, but it definitely captures the vibrant hop character that is required quite well. For the hop head this beer is certainly a perfect fix, and at 10.5% it actually gets more drinkable as the night wears on (but that is mostly because the alcohol makes me that much more careless).

02-01-2008 02:08:25 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BMoney575


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Sampled on 1-30-08

Pours a foamy, slightly cloudy gold, with great retention and huge lacing.

Smell is all super-fruity hops, lots of citrus and a grassy, resiny quality near the end.

Taste is right down the middle. Half Hoppe, and half Unearthly. Some of both, kind of undecided. Thin and flavorful, but lots of hops.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin and fizzy for my tastes.

Drinkability is good, with the considerable abv in mind.

Overall, just like what it sounds. Kind of fun, and worth a try.

01-31-2008 01:19:38 | More by BMoney575
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

hazy orange, fluffy white head...

Fat citric nose, pithy grapefruit rind, orange and lemon...fresh, vibrant, super-hoppy, lovely...

Uniquely flavored, very...shall we say, "grabby"...grips the palate and drops a payload of hoppitude.
Lots of lush, flavorful malt, feelin' the wheat in this...

Beautiful stuff...clean, sweet, zesty, hoppy...

very nice.

01-30-2008 06:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

22 Oz. bomber, comes with a brittle "wax" covering of the cap, but w/o freshness info. Pours slightly hazy, slightly golden moderate amber. Nice light tan head, showing retentive powers and leaving plenty of fine lacing. Nose is floral and of citrus. Very easy drinking for a 10% DIPA, hops are a bit tame here, balance is the deal and I'm not sure if that makes me happy. Delicious and obviously well crafted. A wonderful creation in brewing. Just don't expect an overwhelming hop experience. Southern Tier is putting out fine beer after fine beer. Go N.Y. State!

01-27-2008 23:48:14 | More by Billolick
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev -2.2%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear apricot body with a sticky snow white head that is a bit bubble but last for a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh of the vine green floral hops has a slight perfumed sweetness to it that hints at malt but is not really distinct.

T- The taste of big green grapefruit zest hops has a faint earthy quality to it. There is a honey malt sweetness that has a light rubber taste to it and a fusel alcohol note at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol heat at the finish.

D- This beer has a nice hop profile but the alcohol is a bit to sharp and the malty qualities from the Hoppe just don't support the hops, making it a bit one sided. Especially for the fancy wax that I had to wrestle with to open the bottle.

01-27-2008 03:05:32 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very hoppy nose that's blended with a solid malt base of pale and light crystal malts. The hops really speak to you. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor with just a hint of crystal malt sweetness. It's light and easy drinking with a warm alcohol kick in the finish. It's quite bitter up front and resinates through to the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a gem of a beer. It's beautiful to look at and tastes just as good. The hops really make this beer; a tremendous drinker.

01-26-2008 00:34:34 | More by WesWes
Photo of ArrogantB


3.68/5  rDev -10%

Ok, first off the wax/plastic is terrible! It is extremely hard to remove and what is the point of waxing an IPA? Nice orange color, smells sorta hoppy and then has a nice hoppy taste that turns grainy quick. This was a decent beer but not worth the $9 price tag I hear it carries. Part of the problem may have been that I drank a hopslam right before this beer.

01-25-2008 16:25:45 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of geexploitation


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours the color of beaten gold, with a firm, substantial yellow cream head that fades to a collar and some nice lace. Initial pour is clear, the second is opaque with sediment. The aroma is bursting with citrusy, somewhat resiny American hops -- loads of orange blossoms, a bit of mint, and some halfway balancing grahamy barley wine sweet malts. On the palate, Gemini is, of course, significantly bitter, but the acidity of the hops is very well balanced with the malts (for the style) and the alcohol is very well hidden (minus a slight assertion of it at the very, very end). The hop flavors are particularly significant in the back half. Mouthfeel is rich with malts and carbonation, with scratchy but contained hop oils and alcohol. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall, this is an excellent double IPA -- everything in the house is in order. Hops are robust but refined, malts balance things well, the flavor qualities of each element are excellent and play well together. Wonderful.

01-25-2008 04:14:56 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Kegatron


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

22oz wax (but more like plastic) topped bottle into a Duvel tuplip.

Pours a murky golden orange with a finger width of brite-white head that retains in a nice foamy layer with great lacing. The aroma seems a little subdued at first but eventually opens up more. Lots of fresh smelling floral hops, pine, and citrus notes with some malt sweetness back behind it.

The taste is powerful with mostly zesty citrus notes but a sticky, piney hop presence isn't far behind. This is all fairly well balanced by a backbone of sweet, yet spicy malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick feel with that 10% ABV being dangerously hidden.

Overall this wasn't a bad blend (and still very drinkable version) of two of Southern Tiers hoppier efforts, with the Hoppe seeming to smooth down some of the Unearthly's intensity to find a decent medium ground between the two. Good.

01-24-2008 17:57:32 | More by Kegatron
Photo of bjoyce12


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Southern Tier comes through once more. I always rate highly beers that are accurately described by their labels, and Gemini is a spot-on name for this brew. This is an excellent blending of Hoppe and UnEarthly. Quite a good idea. The hops taste and aroma come through from the Hoppe, but are balanced nicely by the UnEarthly without being overwhelmed. Congrats to ST again.

01-24-2008 15:28:26 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%

Perhaps my favorite beer from Southern Tier?

Cloudy amber. Thick head of frothy off-white. Very, very good retention. Excellent lacing.

Stunning hop nose. Piney. Citrus fruity. Red fruit fruity. Chalky. Caramelish.

In the mouth it's medium-full and surprisingly smooth.

The flavor is bold and bright. I'm not sure what the blend of Southern Tier beers is - and I really couldn't care less - but this baby rocks! Malt and citrus appear just up-front with a bit of fruitiness (may be yeasty fruitiness, hoppy fruitiness, or a combination), immediately followed by piney-ness, and then some more honeyish and grain malt character as grassy hops and a solid bitterness rise at the mid-point. Some minor alcohol can be detected, but that's kind of expected; and the bitterness is brisk but not over-done.

Overall, it's a pretty well-balanced and well-rounded drinkable Imperial IPA. Enjoyable!

01-23-2008 04:13:05 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1%

Pours a glowing orange haze with a sticky smallish head that musters up patches of thick lace clinging to the glass. The first sniff reveals grapfruit, pine sap and tropical fruit. A biscuity maltyness shows over time. The taste is as hoppy as you would expect. Orange and lemon hops mix with peach, mango and other intriguing hop flavors. The malt profile is lighter than in UnEarthly and, surprisingly for a lower ABV beer, booze is much more prominent, adding a slightly soapy, medicinal feel. The mouthfeel is medium and softly carbonated. The finish is long and bitter, with some heat from the alcohol.

This is a very decent DIPA. Scads of hop flavor to please almost any hophead. The alcohol twang is disguised better in both UnEarthly and Hoppe though.

01-23-2008 02:57:11 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of mobud


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle into tulip glass.

A- Hazy, dark yellow. Lite head that hang thru the sample.

S- Great combo of the pine and the grapefuit hop notes of a good DIPA. The malty sweetness is also very strong, but not overbearing.

T- The malty sweetness is there, but the hops are king in this beer. The alcohol element becomes more noticable as the sampling continues.

M- Medium with the light syrup feel.

D- Great to try, but not high in the rotation because of the high ABV. ST has been on a roll with their big beers and this keeps the streak going.

01-23-2008 00:46:39 | More by mobud
Photo of sacfly


4/5  rDev -2.2%

22oz. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin head of off white bubbles. Aroma is of pine sap and spruce with a hint of candy sugar. First sip confirms the pine. Medium to full body with a light syrup feel. Bitterness lingers on the tongue well into the aftertaste. Nice presentation- wax covered cap, silk screen label, and taste is very good. Not great for the price, but very good.

01-23-2008 00:33:17 | More by sacfly
Photo of tpd975


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Another brew from the one and only BeerTruth.

A: Pours a nice creamy hazy orange color with a big bubbly head. Ample carbonation and tons of spider webbed lacing.

S: Holy smokes this one has power. As soon as I popped the cap I was overtaken by the aroma of orange. As I poured it into the glass oily pine sap stood out. Once in the glass this one is a complex mixture of citrus and pine. It smells more like something you would use to clean the kitchen counter than a beer, but in a good way.

T: Complex flavors as well. I realize this is a mixture of two beers that I think very highly of so I was not sure if the sum would be as good as the original parts. Well I have to say it is. Nice flavors coming rushing at you as soon as it crosses the tongue. Sweetened Orange, Orange, and more orange right up front. As the orange fades away I catch touches of pineapple. A grapefruit bitterness comes thru next only to be taken over in the finish by big bold oily resinous pine sap.

M: Nice and full bodied, very thick and filling brew.

D: Pretty drinkable for a DIPA.

Overall: I had heard mixed reviews on this one, and I am glad to have tried it myself. The orange flavors in this beer makes it very unique. I have tasted orange notes before but nothing on this level. It's very flavorful and the aromas are some of the best I have noted in a beer. It's another great beer from ST who in my eyes at this point can do no wrong.

Thanks again Adam, God am I glad I have you as a BA buddy. Keep sending them ST beers my way.

01-22-2008 18:01:02 | More by tpd975
Photo of HopDerek


3.53/5  rDev -13.7%

Pours a somewhat hazy amber with off-white head and good lacing. Smells of oranges, grapefruit, and slight pine, with some cereal hints, especially as it warms. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, spices, and sweet malt. Maltiness kicks up as the beer warms. Medium in body with good carbonation, hides alcohol fairly well. This is another Southern Tier beer that confuses me, lots of grapefruit flavors, sort of like Two-Hearted, but with more malt sweetness, and not very typical for any type of Imperial IPA. I would much rather have the two beers used to make this one. Plus it's a major hindrance getting that wretched wax off.

01-22-2008 02:20:37 | More by HopDerek
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

It will settle on you. The first pour substantially clearer than the last. A light golden color with a timid orange hue. Better than a full finger lightly yellow tinted foam head emerges and fades to full sticky patterns of lacing at warmer temperatures. The smell, while citrus in nature, is aggressive, fruity light and sweetened like a lemon-pineapple Life Saver. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and sweet. The light fruit hop & malt flavors are complex, creamy and light. The 10.5% ABV is well integrated into the mouth, but is seriously REAL. A second sample should only be considered from an easy-chair. Another winner from Team Southern Tier!

01-21-2008 23:27:54 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Hautacam


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Be careful opening the plastic "wax" on this one...I think it's Kevlar or maybe the stuff the tiles on the Space Shuttle are made of.
Pours out clear amber..small off white head that doesn't last long.
Wow !!Smells about as good as a beer can smell !...like the way my kitchen smells when I homebrew a hop bomb....so fresh, so intense. Floral, herbal..piney.
A sweet malt serves as backdrop to an all out hop assault. I'm tasting pine , various citrus fruits, mint...resiny , oily, intense. Some hints of noble hops near the almost astringent finish. Minty, earthy aftertaste.
The body is full and oily.
The alcohol gets lost in the layers of hops.
A nice idea to blend two of ST good hoppy brews.

01-21-2008 01:35:13 | More by Hautacam
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.3/5  rDev -19.3%

A - this dichotomous IPA pours a light golden brown/dark yellow with a half finger of pure white head that laces swiftly and sticks to the side fo the glass

S - mmmm, a hop-heavenly aroma, all the hop aroma, piney, floral, and citrin/grapefruity, quite a fresh and crisp hop aroma

T - ummm...hoppy, too hoppy, no other balancing flavors with the exception of a mustiness, i am a bit repelled. so the glass sits for a while, 30 min, when i came back to it, it was a bit better, some sweetness comes out and mellows it a bit

M&D - despite its huge bitterness, its not hard to drink, it feels smooth on the palate, too bitter for me to have another, but its as it was intended

01-18-2008 15:55:20 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +1%

slightly hazy light amber (orangy goldish). big white head. great retention and lace. nose was caramelly malt goodness with tons of citrusy, lemony, pine beauty. taste was reverse almost from nose. hops were way up front lemon, orange rind and pine, with caramel in the middle. the bottle says red wheat, but the finish had a taste that reminded me of rye. creamy mouthfeel with a bitter finish. i could barely taste the booze, and that made the drinkability factor soar. good change of pace for a dipa. not your typical wcipa style that seems to rule right now. not my favorite, but above and beyond good. congratulations southern tier.

01-18-2008 02:56:37 | More by timtim
Photo of mjd83goblue


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

22 oz bomber w/ wax seal. 50/50 mix of Unearthly and Hoppe Tried both earlier this week, so excited for this.

Poured light orange and crystal clear with a nice fluffy head. Smell is strongly of citrus (mostly fresh grapefruit) and hops. A sweet sticky mouthfeel, with a huge hoppy punch. Finishes bitter with a touch of the abrasiveness that I thought Unearthly had. Mouthfeel suffers a little from some heat at the back of the throat.

Great tasting fresh DIPA. I know some reviews prefer one of the mother brews, but I think this is an example of one greater than its parts. The smoothness of the Hoppe helped cut down the Unearthly a tad, and the result was very tasty. Southern Tier is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

01-16-2008 05:47:00 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of chefboy812


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

poured into american pint.

bright hazy orange, with a beutiful glow. agressively poured it has a thich white head that turns gravely with time, but stick around.

big citrus with specific nods to lemon and orange oils and a interseting whiff of speeramint in there deep. the hops are fresh and grassy. nice intensity with only a light indication of alcohol.

this beer is a big bite of of grapefruit pith! s slight cake batter malt comes thru only to get smashed to smitherines by chewy hops that wring your tongue out like a washcloth. it hangs with a nice clean lemon and spice cling for a good minute.

I am pretty surprised that the alcohol doesn't heat up the flavors too much, since in the un-earthly was so warm and stingy.

real good chewy mouthfeel make this one a beer for the good list


01-15-2008 23:45:03 | More by chefboy812
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Looks incredibly clear, just slightly darker than your average B/M/C product. Head evaporates quickly, but leaves a nice ring of lace.

The smell is an incredible citrusy hop aroma. Sweet and refreshing. Complimentary pale malt aroma. Perfectly citrusy.

The taste is a more bitter hop than the smell, with some light pine characteristics. Less sweet than the aroma, but nice nonetheless. It's nicely bitter but with a sweeter accent. Very good; hoppy as hell but not "extreme."

Chewy and rough, but in a good way. Leaves a bouncy, bitter film. Substantial. Overall it's a superbly bitter -- but balanced -- beer. And the bitterness never forgets its sweet partner.


01-15-2008 01:24:36 | More by williamherbert
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.