1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

973 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 973
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 67
Gots: 50 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 973 | Reviews: 585 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Delaware

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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

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.

http://jbojangles.blogspot.com/2008/01/beer-of-moment-southern-tier-gemini.html

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:24:36 | More by williamherbert
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

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

Mother of god was this wax seal hard to get off!!!! :-)

This beer poured a very lightly opaque orange body with a white head.

Nose had a strong resin hop and black pepper citrus smell. Very mild cooked vegetables. It's distinctly different for a DIPA as it focuses a bit more on the black pepper note. Interesting.

Taste is full boded with a potpourri of citrus and earth tastes. Citrus peel, start anise, black pepper, green pepper, mild pine needles, bubble gum and a natural bubble gum type taste. There's a mild woody note. Bitterness at first is nicely balanced, but as it warms it really starts to overwhelm.

Resin DIPA mixed with potpourri. It's different, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 16:31:28 | More by taez555
Photo of david131
david131

California

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear and golden with some streams of rising carbonation. A creamy white head forms and leaves excellent lacing.

S- Citrusy, a little funky, with a wonderful malt backing. Very fragrant.

T- Carmely, citrusy, a little alcohol. A little too clean and maybe a little metallic.

M- Too clean and metallic for such a serious beer. I wish this had a little more body to it.

D- Good, but not as impressive as the wax dipped cap would lead you to believe.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:34:43 | More by david131
Photo of hellcatsjg
hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Cloudy golden beer with a two finger head that settles to a nice layer of foam that sticks around for the whole glass. Decent amount of lacing as you go. Good looking brew.

Smell: You get a sweet and hoppy aroma that, while citrusy and piney, does not do justice to the great flavor of this beer.

Taste: Great, complex flavor here. You start off with a nice malty caramel flavor at the beginning of the sip. This is quickly joined by a sweet cirus hop flavor. Towards the end of the sip the piney hops make their appearance and joins the other flavors that are still hovering about. Finish is piney yet sweet and malty. Very good flavor and great complexity.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and very smooth. Nice sweet hoppy flavor coats the mouth and leaves a very pleasant taste behind that finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. Very hoppy while also being sweet and malty at the same time. The 10% may limit how much you could drink, but if you have the chance to get your hands on this, don't miss it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:46:41 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of ncvbc
ncvbc

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost crystal clear golden amber. Thin white head after a pretty aggressive pour. Lower carbonation. Smell is a citrus hops showcase. Grapefruit and orange mainly with a little sappy pine. Some good malt backbone but not so much as I remember in the Unearthly. Taste is again great citrus hops. Fresh and juicy. Again a little malt to back that up but it's dominately hopped. Mouthfeel is close to full, somewhat oily but not tingly. A little more carbonation would have helped this greatly. Still, quite drinkable in my book. I would never guess it's as big as it is.

Thanks to shaebs99 for the trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:38:48 | More by ncvbc
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wax-capped bomber purchased at State Line just before Christmas. I am nursing a minor gash on my finger as a result of a knife and wax-removal techniques.

A: For an unfiltered IPA, this one is pretty clear with only a stream of carbonation upsetting the view. The ale is a copper-orange color topped with a thin white band of head that has not laced.

S: The nose is a melange of citrus and pine hops, thick and resiny. Despite all the action, the pine notes manage to make the most noise.

T: It's almost as if someone took a handful of hops and squeezed them nice 'n tight with the resulting liquid being bottled and sold as beer. Citrus fruits lead the way in terms of hoppiness. They are bitter throughout, coating the tastebuds with resiny goodness. Pine flavors add a tree-like element to the equation, matching but not overtaking the citrus. While the hops are noteworthy, this beast is surprisingly well balanced with a firm caramel and biscuit.

M: The beer is at once a bitter hop bomb and a well-balanced IPA. The hops are so lively and sharp that you can't help but enjoy it.

D: The abv over 10% is a real negative but the flavors are intense and the bitterness never takes things too far. I'm gonna need to get a few more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 22:03:27 | More by akorsak
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

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

22oz bomber, $5.99 at star, consumed during rivers vs colts

bar none, the most difficult bottle to open ever. the gold wax was more like gold superglue

appearance: once i chiseled the golden wax off the top of the bottle with a variety of tools, i poured this into a la chouffe tulip. the body of gemini is a glowing golden orange with a big wave of white head, sticky lace left behind

smell: very floral hop profile dominated by juicy grapefruit and lots of other citrus aromas

taste: definitely a one dimensional hop showcase here, pungent grapefruit, orange peel, clove and other spice, lemon, tangerine, light malt structure, nice and tasty

mouthfeel: very low bitterness, pungent and sweet, lightly syrupy

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 21:10:54 | More by dirtylou
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mcallister for this extra.

pours clear light orange with decent fluffy head that dissipates over about 4 minutes. Smells of piney west coast hops and a little english hop funk with some spice smell. The taste is very smooth mostly american citrus and pine hop flavors, light in the beginning and progressing through the taste. some great unique subtle spice in here and smooth finish with citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is good and just the right thickness, creamy (for an IPA that is) And a little sweetness remains on the lips, but not alot. Drinkability is very high, and the abv is incredibly well masked. I asked my experienced BA buddy to guess the abv blind and he said 6 maybe 7. Great brew from southern tier, would be awesome on a warm summer evening at the cabin. The wax is however sent straight from satans underworld. It is like hardened plastic and a bitch to get off. thanks again to mcallister for sending this awesome beer my way!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 08:23:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of BeerBelcher
BeerBelcher

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An awful lot of Southern Tier beers have come into my life lately. They are mostly excellent, and this one is especially so.

Appearance is not as great as other Southern Tier beers I've had lately. Appearance is a straw color which is transparent but hazy. There is a ton of very fluffy, sturdy, and appealing head on this beer. Aroma is fantastic; light and very citrus-y balanced with some maltiness. Flavor is also fantastic, balanced but highly hopped, citrus-y, and sweet. There is also some nice piney-ness. I thought it was great. Mouthfeel is appropriately a bit thick and sticky.

I really enjoyed this beer. In fact, I thought it was fantastic. I got this 22oz bomber at 3 Cellars.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 19:11:51 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of number1bum
number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a vibrant orange amber color, somewhat hazy, with about an inch of off-white head. Head recedes to a thin lace but does leave a good amount of stick.

Smell is very juicy citrus, mandarin orange especially and maybe a bit of grapefruit. It's pretty one dimensional in its hoppiness, and has some pine and earthiness too.

Taste also has big juicy hop flavors, along with substantial hop bitterness. Citrusy hops dominate, again with some pine and earthiness mixed in. There is some malt sweetness there but it doesn't quite stand up to the hops. Alcohol is apparent with a bit of a burn through the finish.

Mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and very oily and creamy on the palate.

I had this on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, as well, and I think it was better on tap. A damn fine beer, but the flavors seemed to pop more on tap. Still, another winner here from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:28:29 | More by number1bum
Photo of flexabull
flexabull

California

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of todd1, thanks again!

Pours a slightly cloudy, and bright gold color with a nice fluffy head.

Aromas are of predominantly grapefruit, with some sweet candy, and bitter pine.

Taste is dry, tart, crisp and hop dominant. Beer has a mineral, grapefruit hop bitterness. Slightly sweet, with a kind of sour note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Full and thick in the mouth, with nice carbonation.

Nice DIPA. Not earth shattering, but still tasty and worth a try. Beer lacks some balance, and could be a bit more "clean" tasting... the flavors just seem to be a bit mashed together.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 23:53:57 | More by flexabull
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold waxed 22 oz bomber, picked up in Buffalo. Wax was a real pain in the ass to get off!

Pours a clear amber, nice thick white head forms, as it drops leaves some pretty epic lacing, settles to a nice layer, great retention. Smell is basically what I figured it would be, a cross between the pine and grapefruit of Unearthly and the orange and tangerine of Hoppe, sweet caramel, bread and alcohol round it out. Taste is neat, pine, grapefruit, oranges, caramel, significant alcohol, not hidden at all, tangerine in the finish, balanced bitterness and more spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, almost cloying, low carbonation, lots of warmth going down. Looks great, smells good, but the alcohol takes too much of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:41:41 | More by Viggo
Photo of pwoods
pwoods

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. brown bomber, dipped in golden plastic(?). Purchased at Belmont Party Supply. Didn't notice a date but this is fresh.

A: Pours a nice golden copper with good visibility. A big, strong, tight eggshell head forms and have nice retention. Very nice lacing throughout.

S: Very juicy citrus resins. Earthy floral scents with a tad bit of piny bite. All about the hops here and I absolutely love it.

T/M: Again, very juicy citrus resin hops with a natural fruit sweetness. The dab of pine zing is there, too. Bitterness is strong enough but not cloying. A nice sweet malt comes in to delicately balance the hops out. Body is a bit light for what I'd normally like but it fits the brew just right. I had to check the ABV... 10.5%?!?! Are you kidding me? The alcohol is hidden extremely well.. a faint splash of phenols in the hops/pine bite and some mellow alcohol in the bitter dry, lasting finish.

D: This shit could get dangerous. I will have no problem finishing this bomber and will without a doubt get more.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:34:23 | More by pwoods
Photo of John_M
John_M

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Max's. The beer pours a bright pale orange color with good head retention and lacing. There is lots of orange citrus on the nose, and this beer smells like a monstrously big IPA (which is a good thing). On the palate the beer initially tastes very good. There is lots of mandarin orange citrus, interlaced with mouthpuckering bitterness... but then there is a blast of sweet malt and over the top abv. coming on strong. The finish is pure poison and is nearly nauseating. The mouthfeel is good and the beer is pretty long and smooth, but the abv. is all too noticeable and, coupled with the sweet malt, almost makes me want to gag.

Enough is enough. I'm through with DIPA's from Southern Tier. I love the regular IPA (I paired it against the Hop Hog and SN Celebration ale and it blew both out of the water IMO), but their DIPA's are a whole nuther kettle of fish. High alcohol alone does not a great beer make.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2008 00:55:03 | More by John_M
Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 973 ratings.