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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: 81 | 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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Ratings: 1,022 | Reviews: 589
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.

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.

Photo of bassmantin
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

M-Very creamy with moderate carbonation.

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

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


Photo of meatyard
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of baggio
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Oliver Twist in Stockholm.

A: Orange / Golden with a thick creamy head.

S: Hops, pine, grapefruit, exotic fruits.

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

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

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

Photo of Bierguy5
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful unfiltered DIPA. Body is a bright translucent-very cloudy amber that pours with a large foamy white head. Head fades to one finger and has perfect retention from there. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The nose is a hop-lovers heaven. There is a wonderful balance between, earthy, grassy, herbal, floral, and citrus hops. The only thing missing in the nose is the piny hops. Subtle caramel and pale malts in the background.

T- Bold hoppy flavor upfront. The citrus hops from Hoppe fight for dominance with the earthy/grassy hops from Unearthly. All with a nice caramel and pale malt backbone. The finish is a blast of floral hop flavor along with the other flavors already mentioned. Unfortunately, Not much of the good initial flavor lingers, just a strong hop bitterness that lasts on and on.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a nice smooth, oily body that one would expect from this style. Well done.

D- This is a good DIPA. It looks great, smells great, has a great mouthfeel, and the ABV is very well hidden. The only problem I had with this brew is that I don't really like Hoppe all that much in the first place. The combination of Hoppe/Unearthly is much better than the original Hoppe, but not as good as Unearthly. This was a good brew-another creative well-done beer by Southern Tier.

Photo of lifebeer
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from new england beverage company:

a. pours a nice murky straw color with hits of amber, a finger-finger 1/2 of frothy white head, some nice tiered lacing

s. nice hop aroma, simcoe, citrusy

t. malty-bread nicely balanced with hops, bitterness remains on tongue, but not long enough to be unpleasant

m. would do better with a little more body, about medium

d. easy to drink, nice hop and malt balance

overall more body would have made this brew better, reminds me of Bear Republic Racer 5 with a little less body and not quite as fresh

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

Appears a glowing orange vibrant body slight hazed appearance with a large off white foaming head large bubles rise to the top this is an amazing looking brew. The head forms creamy and thick with large bands of even lacing forming between gallant sips of this adventurous brew. Aroma contains pungent grapefruit and alcohol intertwined with sugary malts that billow between syrup and fructose. An amazing experiment of the blending of two beers however next time I request an iron clad wax seal with a beer that I actually have an interest in cellaring not just their hoppy beers. Bring on Jah-va in this format or Choklat, or Oat either one would benefit from some age but these hoppy beauties that ST/BC try to bottle age are generously hopped brews that really take away their aging aspects. Piney wood age hops with citric acid coating are delicious by all means but they're definitely not meant for aging. The blend of Hoppe's bodacious rough and raw hop character with the well engaged Unearthly brew bring great comparisons about the contrast of these two types of ales. Drinkiability is amazing mouthfeel is untamed and wild but will have the biggest craft brewer salivating in their gums, what an unlikely harmony of outrageously good brews and what we've come to accept.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Welp, ol joe1510 sent this bad boy to me via trade, thanks!

First off, I have NEVER had a wax top that was gorilla glue instead of wax - took me 15 minutes to get 'er open.

Oh, the beer was classis DIPA, citrus hops everywhere, juicy smacking drinker. Woody, resinous, and full of pine hops - tasty treat indeed. No hint of any alcohol, this is sliding easily on the deck in the 70 degrees. ANY chance you get to try Southern Tier, jump on it.

Photo of ccrida
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint (this is an imperial IPA, no?), Gemini is a lightly hazed pale copper with a fairly large, bone colored head that leaves rocky hunks of foam.

Smell is very hoppy, an amalgamation of flowers, citrus and pine that really comes together nicely. Wow.

Taste is even more Wow. I have to admit when I first heard about this beer, I had very high expectations, as I love Unearthly. But then I just had hoppe for the first time before this, and wasn't overly impressed, but after the first couple sips of the Gemini, I quickly realized how great this is. This is definitely the best DIPA/IPA, I've ever had - I just can't believe how much I love this! The smooth, soft sweetness of the hop flavor is so perfectly delivered, pineapple and bubblegum, with a fresh snappy pine backbone, with very little indication of the ABV, lingering bitterness or other astringent flavors sometimes found in these bigger IPAs.

Mouthfeel is creamy, chewy and dry, yet fairly easy on the belly - enough precieved 'freshness' in the hops that the malt not too sweet or heavy.

Drinkability is super high do the remarkable taste and smoothness, expect for that sinking feeling of drinking your last precious drops of the nectar of the gods, knowing you probably won't be getting any more anytime soon...huge thanks to yetter!

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint

Had a bitch of a time getting into the wax. I recommend taking a knife to one side, cutting straight in and then using a regular bottle opener to get in there and pop it.

Pours a golden orange with a pretty off-white head with great retention and nice lacing

Smells of wet, fresh piney, citrus hops. Slightly subdued, but you know they are there. A nice sweet toasted malt backbone, nicely balanced.

Tastes much like the smell with a nice grapefruit citrus palate.

A nice, slightly chewy hop feel. Feels big and bold but finishes nice and smooth.

Actually drinks really well. The hops can slow you down, but a good drink overall.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier- Gemini

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Beautiful cloudy copper with a thick messy head.
S- Sweet malt and sticky pine hops.
T- Thick syrupy malt with a mild pine hop flavor. Subtle fruit notes come through like prune and raisin.
M- Silky smooth and quite mild for a 10.5% alc beer, well hidden!!

Overall- Very mild for the high alc. Otherwise tasty and a good beer on tap.

Photo of manleyphoto
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I want to start off by saying that I really like Southern Tier beers. just about everything I've had from them has been if not really enjoyable, than at least damn pleasant.

I hate to admit it but I'm not feeling this beer.

It pours a hazy amber orange with an off white sticky head that oozes hop aroma. The beer is damn striking in the glass and I though that I would be in for a treat... not so much.
I find the malt backbone to be really laking and the hops to bit a bit biting and aggressive, even for an imperial IPA. The hops are missing the delicious juicy citrus and pine that I long for, particularly from S.T. beers.

I bought a wax topped 22 ounce bottle, that I assumed i could take down in one shot, but I have to admit it was a bit of a struggle for me to finish this beer. Apparently Gemini is a blend of S.T.'s other IPA's Hoppe and Un-earthly, bot of which I find infinitely more successful than this.

I don't hate this beer, and I would probably drink it again, but as far as S.T. beers go I would just assume have an un-earthly any day, over this one.

i really do love Southern Tier beers though, and I look forward to some more great drinkers in the future.

Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orangey gold colored, with a moderate white head, that laces a bit.
the aroma gives you sweet flowery grapefruit, asprin, some wheat/bread characteristics and light caramel. some light melon aromas actually come out with warmth. generally the aroma somewhat subdued actually... basically it smells more like hoppe than the unearthly.
the taste has a bright crisp bitterness, that sets the tone of the rest of the flavors. it seems to be lacking the grapefruit from the aroma though going a more herbal grassy direction hop-wise. sweetness peaks at mid palate, with caramel, honey, a little graininess, wheat characteristics again, and some toasted wheat bread. it's sweet, but in a satisfying, crisp, un-heavy kind of way. it's unique in that sense in maintains an almost quenching quality even at 10.5%.
a slick full-medium body, with delicate and moderately active carbonation makes it fairly easy drinking.
overall good drinkability, the wheat characteristics really help out this beer, creating a quite drinkable beer for what it is.

Photo of
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy, light gold in color. Medium to full, creamy, off-white head. Some legs, decent lacing.

Grapefruit and flowery aromas, backed up with some wheat bread.

Taste was grapefruit predominantly, and all about the hops. Surprisingly, I found little to no alcohol in the taste. Touch of sweet as we went along, maybe some sugar on the grapefruit?

Medium to full body, mouth coating. Low carbonation, almost creamy in feel. Not dry. ABV burn comes on quick and hard.

I like it! Not as unbalanced as Hoppe, not as sweet as Unearthly. A great combination.

Photo of ski271
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA
A: Hazy, peach-ish amber with a medium-sized, fluffy, off-white, slowly diminishing head. Excellent lacing.
S: Very pungent hops. Citrus and pine with a decent malt backbone. Lightly buttery
T: Very easy drinking and... oh my this is good! Complex and big, but in a very lovely balanced way. LOTS of a juicy citrus flavor that I love.
M: Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation.
D: I thought maybe I was just getting too jaded as of late and no beers really wowed me in a long time. This one gave a warm & fuzzy feeling and put a big smile on my face. This one is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle each from Nutbrown and Joe1510 in trade...thanks Alan & Joe!

Hmmm..waxed over cap on this 22oz bottle that I found to be kind of a pain in the ass to open(Hey, I've dealt with Grand Teton waxed bottles)
but..it pours a clear light gold with at least a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks some but never less than about a 1/2" by the end of the session. Lots of lacing too!

The smell is *very* nice for the style and the way I almost expect from the style: equal portions of caramel malt & grapefruit hops.

The taste starts of a bit sweeter than I would have expected judging from how balanced the nose was but the hops are there all right, nice notes of grapefruit, some floral, a tiny bit of grass and it's still dominated by the sweetness from the malt. Maybe just a tad too sweet, even for me. The balance just isn't at the level I like for a DIPA but that's not saying that I'm not liking what I'm drinking. Confused yet? ;^)

The mouthfeel is really thick for me, the carbonation is on the medium-light side and the finish is slightly bitter. It's good stuff but finishing one bottle will do it for me as I'm starting the notice the abv though I don't notice it in the taste nor much during and after the swallow.

Bottom line: I think it's a really good DIPA that the only complaint I have for it is that it's just a *tad* bit too sweet. Not too much of a complaint, when I think about it.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I definitely need to find a way to conduct a proper taste test between this, Hoppe, and Unearthly. There's no way I'll make it through a twenty two ounce serving of each and have anything coherent to say by the time I am half way through.
That being said!
I found this to be a delicious double IPA.
The gold seal was annoying to deal with. I don't like any more obstacles between my beer and I than absolutely necessary.
The differences between this and its sibling double IPAs made by Southern Tier are subtle. The clearest differences seem to be in the textures. I believe this one to be the bubbliest of the three (perhaps being newly bottled with that added seal, well, sealing), and perhaps the most well balanced. This being a blend of those other two tasty brews makes sense as this shows a broader scope of citrus flavors, but each of those flavors being at a relative lower volume. Zests of lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit... all make guest appearances with no particular one taking a starring role. Well masked alcohol with underlying malt support makes this a short lived bottle of beer.
Wicked good stuff. I'd buy this again without hesitation.

Photo of seaoflament
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JW347 for this trade.

After nearly stabbing myself trying to cut off some of the wax/plastic top I found two indented holes which made it easier to take the cap off, note I said "easier" not "easy."

Very nice looking DIPA, a slightly dark golden color with over an inch of foam. Very good head retention as well.

The aroma is a combination of tropical fruits, slightly spicy, and a huge malt background. Lots of citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon and also some pineapple and hints of guava. As I mentioned earlier there is a big malt presence in this beer, toasted bread, I thought about cara-pils before reading the back label and I'm right, there is a nice presence there. I'm also picking up the red wheat. A few earthy aromas and slightly spicy coming from the dry hop addition.

Tastes bitterer than the aroma would lead you to believe. A nice crisp bitter bite upfront with some ripe citrus and earthy notes. Then the toasted bread flavor grabs hold in the middle of the sip and finishes dry and bitter with slight alcohol warmth. There's a slight grainy taste in the finish with a lingering dry wheat bread after-taste, which is not really going favorably with me.

Well carbonated, good mouth-feel, soft on the palate.

Meh, didn't really impress me.

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