Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)
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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
New version now sold in 12 oz bottles.

Added by BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,057 |  Reviews: 591
Photo of sourdream
1/5  rDev -75.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

Photo of JohnG1975
2/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.32/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Arrives a hazy, grapefruit color with a finger high head of nearly white foam. Retention is not a strong suit as it was an island and ring in under a minute. Decent lacing left behind.
Smell is hops, IPA-like hops with a light citrus note and button else.
Taste is exactly what you mlwould expect from an Imperial IPA, hoppy all over with very faint malt and some citrus.
Nearly full-bodied with tangy effervescence up front, focused on the tip of the tongue. Warming after the swallow and leaving a slight coating behind.
Overall, a good brew but either the style or the label is wrong customer this ain't no strong ale. If this were an IPA or Imp. IPA, I'd give it 4-4.5 across the board.

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.48/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip, then small wine glass.

A: Color is a dark orange, bordering on a hazy brown. Thin off-white head died off quickly, leaving some splotch lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Some odd earthy hop flavors with a strong presence of wet dog. Not really digging this.

T: Some citrus hops up front, but nothing that big. Caramel, sweet malts quickly take over as well as a continued musty taste characterized as 'wet dog' from the smell. Finish is odd, a flavor I can't place. Plus some definite bitterness. Not that great.

M: Medium to heavy body with decent carbonation.

D: Not enjoyable at all. It was first poured into a tulip glass and I thought that perhaps it wasn't quite clean. So I poured a fresh taste into a confirmed clean class and it didn't help much. Bottle was purchased fresh, but perhaps this was a bad batch? This was not up to ST quality and not good. It was drain poured, which I don't often do for an $8 beer.

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Photo of MeisterSmudge
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of aglose45
2.6/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Secret Santa 09, thanks Kyle!

A: Pours a golden brown color with a nice tiny, tight bubbled, off-white head.

S: The nose is atypical for the style. It starts off with lemon smell, then more than a belgian wit style, yeasty aroma. Following this is a dry malt note.

T: A quick hit of lemon, orange and grass hop flavor before a more belgiany malt presence takes over. Not what I expected. Not what I prefer.

M: Light bodied, with a minimal amount of hop resin left behind.

D: This beer is too sweet and wheaty for me. One will definitely be enough...

...maybe I had an older bottle...

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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Purchased a re-heee-ally old bottle of this (about 2.5 years old) at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY, because it was on sale. Bad choice.

Pours a hazy dark orange, with a half inch head, and no lacing, really.

Smells like Honeycomb cereal dipped in alcohol, with a little bit of grapefruit.

The hops on this are basically gone, and it's turned into a syrupy sweet mess of a barleywine. Some slight grapefruit flavors remain, but they are washed away by the cloying honey flavors left behind. This was a huge mistake.

Medium bodied, not that drinkable. Syrupy mouthfeel.

I'm obviously not having this at it's peak, so take this review with a grain of salt if you're reading this.

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Photo of Bobby12many
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy orange amber glow with a light smattering of fluffy head. Thin and consistent lacing rings my glass.

S - Grapefruit and melon with a bready backbone. Hints of yeast and dank mustiness.

T - Zesty hops up front with a yeasty and somewhat musty finish. There is a slight 'funk' to this beer that I cant put my finger on which really brings it down. I cant help but associate the flavor with a dank moldy cellar. Once the dank nastiness fades away, the alcohol lingers and makes it hard for me to enjoy. Really let down by this beer, as I had high hopes for it.

M - Well carbonated and lively with a dry sticky feel. On par with other great beers of the style.

D - I had to really push to finish a bomber of this stuff. The alcohol was not over bearing, although it was not well hidden. It was the off musty flavors I was picking up that really ruined it for me. Maybe I just had a bad bottle.... but wont be dropping the $7+ anytime soon to find out.

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Photo of midaszero
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden orange body with a small amount of light tan head and a little bit of lacing

S - Lots of hops and grapefruit up front. Some sweet and fruity notes in the back

T - There are hops ... I want to say there is grapefruit as well but can't fully tell. There is a lot going on in the taste. It isn't bitter but I can't say I like or enjoy the taste at all.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - I just can't drink this. The taste is very off putting. I might have gotten a bad bottle

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Photo of beertunes
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color with just the thinnest head, slightly off-white, with no retention or lacing.

The aroma was citrus hop forward, with a bit of malt at the back. The overwhelming taste was alcohol. After that there were citrus and pine hops and a bit of malt sweetness. At the end was another kick of alcohol.

The body was typical for the style. Drinkability was low, the alcohol dominated the whole profile of this beer, and a 22 was a chore to finish. Overall, there better examples of the style out there. Try this one out of curiosity only.

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Photo of plfahey
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium to deep gold in color, slight haze, moderate white head with decent retention and some light lacing.

Aroma-Not at all what I expected-grainy, crackery malt in the forefront, with light herbal and tropical fruit and citrus hop notes. Whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Crackery, grainy malt flavors, with moderately low, piney, resiny, and pineapple hop flavors. Hop bitterness is moderate at best, finish is semi-sweet, cereal grainy, and a touch alcoholic.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

Not at all what I was expecting-I was hoping that a blend of two great beers would show the best characteristics of each-instead, I found Gemini to be rather bland and uninspired.

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Photo of musicforairports
2.91/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Cloudy amber, fluffy head, lacing lasts a while.

Smells like sweet, syrupy pine and tropical fruit, as well as some alcohol.

Taste is sweet malt, sweet pine and floral hop flavors and alcohol. Flavors are pretty dense and thick.

Thick on the mouth, sticky and creamy. Not one you could pound down.

Definitely a boozy and sweet DIPA, if that's your thing. I'd take the crisp, clean hop flavors of 2XIPA over this any day.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.97/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is my 500th review! I had originally wanted to pull out something a little more "rare," but this bottle is cold and I'm in the mood for some hops.

I'll give it the snifter treatment, choosing the biggest I have. Modest pour results in a lazy foam that wants to settle, but is easily roused with a swirl or two. Bright apricot-colored body.

I usually like to talk of taste following aroma, but in this case, the aroma is following the appearance. Smells like apricot nectar and sweet shortbread, with some nail polish remover entering into the equation at times. Oregano and a more herbal aroma as it warms further, along with lavender and other florals. This has a complex, varied aroma.

On the palate, it's bitter peach pit giving way to a general weedy bitterness - and I don't mean weed as the term relates to cannabis, but rather the weeds you'd find growing in a vacant lot. It's a dirty, unhinged, mildly unpleasant alcoholic bitterness similar to what I pulled from Unearthly. Similar to that beer, the main problem I have with this is that it seems to be bitterness for the sake of bitterness. I'm not finding a lot of interesting flavor nuance, and warming isn't helping much.

It has a coarse, palate-scraping feel I find typical of my least favorite double IPAs.

Whether it's the particular hop profile, or the overwrought alcohol, I continue to have trouble with the big Southern Tier IPAs. I still think these beers are 1-2 percentage points in ABV too high.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.99/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru orange with a massive frothy head that doesn't leave crazy amounts of lacing, but is to be commended for its excellent retention.

The booziness in the nose is smoothed out by a wave of sweet malts and gentle citrus notes. It certainly doesn't smell outrageously hoppy, but it's pleasant.

An odd beer to figure out. It's fairly bitter up front, but by the time the finish rolls around it has a very soft, delicate feel. Fairly, but more candied fruit than zest or fresh juice. It's flavorul, but lacking the rawness of a memorable DIPA. An oddly clean finish, with booze, light toasted notes and hints of orange zest lingering. No resin, no grit, nothing really to keep you from chugging the stuff. Tasty, but way too tame for the style. Further evidence that excessive ABV seems to be kryptonite for DIPAs.

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Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of ShadyJay
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pour brings a fairly-dark brew for the style; too dark. This is an unfortunate preview of a beer that has too much crystal malt. Thin off-white head produces an average amount of lacing. The nose contains some floral and citrus notes as well as a bit of sugary malt. Booze there as well. The taste has some hop flavor without too much bitterness. Too sweet. Feel is overly sweet and has a bit too much booze. Feel is too full and lacking in bitterness. Not my favorite.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last "Tasting Tuesday" for my buddy'll be missed.

A: Amy suggests it looks like her urine...which scares me a bit, but it does have that dark golden color...the beer that is. A beautiful one to two finger head that seems to hold it's own for quite some time, while the lacing acts like the incompetent little brother and takes a back seat to it's frothy sibling.

S: A slight chalky aroma...not sure what it is. The hop presence is easily detectable, but the malt profile seems to take the lead: not the freshest bottle would be my guess.

T: Has very nice and balanced taste...the Columbus hops seem to dominate the hop-profile. This brew also has a sweet zip at the end, as does the alcohol.

M: I hate to say it, but I think more carbonation could have helped this beer out. The flavor sits on the tongue nicely...and the bitterness is never over the top.

D: A worthy beer...thats about it; nothing too special...slightly disappointing in fact, especially since I love Southern Tier.

Overall: A whatever beer for me. Cheers!

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Photo of rudzud
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Typical IIPA look. Took a hard pour to get a nice two finger head.

S - Disappointed in the smell here. Not getting much hoppy aroma. No pines or citrus here. Lots of malt though.

T - Not diggin this. Really Expecting a "hop bomb" like others have described but this is much, much more malty that I expected or would like. Not getting any hops really. Just a one note malt.

M - Heavy and syrupy. Again, disappointment.

D - The only thing this has going for it is how nicely it masks the 10.5%. I love Southern Tier brews but this one...not sure if its a bad bottle or what. Just huge disappointment.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,057 ratings