Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,057
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well this makes it the 10th review and propells it into the BA 100. A hop bomb, a complex hoppy melange. Cloudy grapefruit colour with some creamy head. This is really nice on tap, I would think on cask as well. A half pint was satisfying, for a full point I must have food. Hophead delight.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPAs, like many other beer fanatics, is my personal favorite beer category. I have tried many of Southern Tier's IPA selections and I feel that their combined Gemini is one of their better brews. The hop flavoring is neither overwhelming nor too subtle. Easy to drink, appropriate IPA coloring. Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cool beer, a blend of a couple of unfiltered hop bombs from southern tier. the label is reflective now like headlights, annoyingly bright, but the beer inside is a little more subtle in appearance, pouring a hazy redish bronze color with a fluffy khaki head. the aroma is strongly hoppy, resinous and very woody, like its been aged on oak or maple staves. the hop profile is a little piney, but it retains a lot of the citrus notes from the unearthly too. its heavy and dense in flavor and feel, a big beer to say the least. sappy and bitter in the finish. a lot of body on this one, but not a ton of bubbles. i think the spent yeast almost becomes a distraction here, and a little further refinement would make this better, but that said, its a hop lovers beer, the blend works well, but i personally like the complexities of the unearthly better as a standalone. still, at about 8 bucks a bomber this beer is worth the price every time.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gemini is a really nice blend of the lovely Unearthly and the mediocore (in my opinion) Hoppe. The blend of the two give off a nice semi hazed golden color with a strong creamy looking head on it. The smell of the two beers together make a really nice combo here. The fresh lively aroma of the Hoppe with the strong citrusy pine of the Unearthly collide for a wonderful nosefull of aromas. The taste is very good as well. The hops mellow ballance the medicinal flavors of the Hoppe leaving a much better aftertaste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side in this one. Overall it's a good blend of both, equally balanced on all levels. It's really worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrus hops in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness and flavors of citrus from the hops; the finish has a moderate amount of bitterness. Overall, the taste is well balanced and the hops are not overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: Considering its strength, this beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sat on this beer for several weeks before sharing with a fellow BA after a homebrew session. Also, thanks to Steve for bringing this beer back from Cincinnait.

The beer pours with a bright and clear golden color, active carbonation that releases a froathy 1" head that holds firm while lacing on the way down. A good look.

Nicely balanced aromas of citrusy hops with undertones of pineapple, pine, and general tropical fruits. A shadow of malts ride closely behind with a light caramel undertow. Not overly complex; just simple and elegant.

Flavors take the balance up a knotch. Extremely pleaseant and vibrant taste of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit; and then the herbal and floral notes ride along with a perfumy note that comes in late. Very well attenuated malts give the background taste of caramel but without the sweetness associated with candies. Outstanding hop flavor without unnecessary bite or bitterness.

For me the textures are what made the beer for me. The maltiness deliveres a cracker-like crispness with a dry and pleasant snap. Hops and alcohol provide a light dryness that accentuate the malts well. Hop bitterness do their part without becomming overbearing or bitter for bitterness' sake. Shows nice restraint.

Outstanding IPA that belongs in the mix with Pliney the Elder and Racer 10.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, obtained in a trade with Roke87. Cheers! This Lion is digging some Twins action!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden apricot hue, with two fingers of foamy, rocky, bubbly ecru head, which leaves some nice raised chain link lace around the glass as it eventually settles. It smells of big citrus hops right off the bat, which are quickly subsumed by a heavily sauced fruity caramel malt, spicy and leafy hops loitering in the background. The taste is a moderated devil's dance between the sticky bread/ caramel/toffee malt, and bitter aged citrus hops. Underlying all is a lurking booze warming - no edge, just threat. The carbonation is low but not neutered, the body a solid medium weight, surprisingly smooth, with a subtle hoppy creaminess (can't think of a better descriptor). It finishes sweet and bready, yet still zippy from the increasingly forest-ish hops, and let's not forget that menacing via its innocuousness alcohol heat.

Imperial is this beer, verily - so much so, that I'm getting definite barleywine shivers from drinking it. As balanced as these kind of things can be - two gustatory behemoths teetering on the edge of consensus (and my oblivion - really, the booze is barely noticeable - WTF?). A near-great offering. And, now for a cleansing cheapshot after all that lovey-dovey stuff: I can't believe this came from the infamous LCBO's shelves.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange, sharp clarity. Sticky foam that leaves intricate webs of lace in a crown formation. Retention is good. The lacing is really something, don't tell takesomeadvice.

Candied orange peel, heavy citrus, relatively sweet. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Dank with plenty of resiny citrus notes.

Moderately bitter, citrus forward, a touch sweet and resiny. Lightly herbaceous with a malty backbone present. Dry resiny finsh that extends the citrus elements well into the aftertaste. Full bodied, lightly sweet at first, becoming dry in the end.

Really enjoyable, Gemini reminds me of trying Unearthly for the first time. Hard to say what the blend really accomplishes without trying them all side by side though.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kryprtic: Poured a hazy light orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of floral and bitter hops is quite intense but enjoyable nonetheless. Taste is a mix between some citrus hops with huge dose of dry and bitter hops with some lovely floral notes. Very well balance between the different hops varieties with a low key sweet malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. I have to admit to being surprised by this one and this brewer is really impressing me.

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Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orange amber color with a golden hue. There is a half finger of off white head that leaves some mild lacing and a ring around the pour.

Smell: I'm getting some citrus peel hops up front along with some juicy citrus fruit notes. In the background I'm getting some malt sweetness and mild alcohol.

Taste: The hops are the star here, but there is a lot more going on as well. Juicy citrus peel hops up front, but there is plenty of malt sweetness to back things up. I'm getting some spice notes with alcohol and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer had a body that's just on the syrupy side of medium. There is aggressive carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: Definitely reminds me of a double IPA with a ton of malt backing it up. The flavors blended very well, I'm a fan.

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Photo of zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat hazy, orange/copper color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of a good deal of pine and citrus. Some grassy aromas with a little caramel malt.

T - It tasted of sweet malt with an orange peel flavor. It had a very understated hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a very tasty beer, but it definitely needs to be sipped slowly over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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 mothman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Glove Glass.

Pours a fluffy one finger head, good retention and great lace rings. Color is a hazy orange copper.

The aroma is of citrus and heavy floral hops. I had my buddy take a sniff and he said cherries, but I corrected him and then he noticed the floral aroma.

Taste is of heavy floral hops. WOW! I haven't had an IIPA like this in awhile. There is also the grapefruit citrus and at the very end I tasted a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel is super bitter, wow its hard to keep the hops from exploding. The beer ends very clean, which was a pleasant surprise. The carbonation level was decent as well.

Overall, this has been one of my favorite IIPAs. It definitely is near Hopslam. I will have this one again and I do recommend it.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/24/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of juicy citrus hop and moderate malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity of juicy citrus hops and moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, deep golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Pine hops and strong, bready malt as well as intense toffee. Some fruity notes of pineapple and red apple.

T - Sweet, creamy malt up front with pineapple and pear notes. Some pine flavored hops come out in the middle along with a bit of guava. The beer finishes with more fruity hop flavor as well as some malt vanilla notes and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very nice, much more drinkable than unearthly by itself but with a very complex, fruity hop profile. The malt character is unsurprisingly strong and sweet, but it never quite overwhelms the palate and works well with the fruity hops. It finishes with a distinctive guava flavor that could be either hops or yeast. I'm really impressed by this blend and how much of an improvement it is over the base beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

How much as does Southern Tier damn!This new beauty poured into an imperial pint glass a clear sort of burnt orange with a little copper/bronze tint a fluffy extremely sticky craterous white head that left broken lace as it settled into a creamy-like top.Fresh vibrant hop aromas big pine and lemon pith along with grapefruit rind wich is what you come to expect for a good version of the style a hefty caramel sweetness lingers as well.This is not a full on frontal assault on the palate yet a steady unwavering wave of hop goodness,quite resiny and citrus lemon,grapefruit etc....A big sweet caramel malt presence stands up well to the hops and really comes thru big in the finish making it ALMOST balanced but doesnt quite make it.I held out for a little while on this and Choklat but you can bet I will be visiting this one alot this winter,wow.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness which is then quickly balanced by sweet flavors of citrus & caramel. The malt character is hearty but not overly heavy. The 10.50% ABV is well-masked. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, Unearthly is one of the best 5 beers I've ever had and Hoppe was pretty good, so it stands to reason that I would really enjoy this beer and I did. This is an excellent high-gravity hop bomb to drink for a long time until the ABV catches up with you.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Mugs, Brooklyn, NY

Not too strong-tasting for an imperial, well-balanced, overall pretty good. Poured a slightly cloudy golden amber with a thick eggshell head that retained well. Nice mix of hops in the nose: pine, citrus, tropical, leafy. Malty base, but definitely conquered by citrus hops, piney, grassy, and a tad bitter. Just less than medium bodied, and very quaffable overall.

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Photo of mactrail
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spicy is the word for this stuff. Remarkable hop flavor-- as opposed to just hop bitterness. At the same time it's quite sweet, even a little sticky. Quite malty, but sharp and prickly with the hops. An unusual sort of beer, however you might categorize it.

Attractive amber in the Petrus tulip with appropriate foam. Nicely carbonated on the tongue. An intriguing hoppy beer that stays away from the typical DIPA territory, but yields a bold flavor. Big fruitiness of dried pineapple and something like lychees? Starts spicy and ends spicy. Quite luscious and creamy. The list of hops and hop back and dry hops on the label makes you blink, but it's a sensational hop flavor and aroma.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased in Washington DC.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden body with a creamy, sudsy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of tropical and citrus fruits. Mild caramel maltiness. Some spiciness.

Taste: Spicy, candied pineapple and grapefruit flavor woefully backed by a middling malt presence. Moderate bitterness. Slightly acidic. Dry, sharply bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I'd reach for other Double IPA's before this one, it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier needs a wax dipping lesson. Never in my life have I had a more difficult time getting a beer open. The gold wax is hard and brittle and is bonded to the bottle with what feels like Super Glue. It took me a good 10 minutes of chipping and swearing, chipping and swearing. I'm lucky that I still have all my fingers.

Glowing kumquat with a fine yeasty haze that wasn't present in either of the beers that make up Gemini. It's a tremendous color when backlit. The lemon chiffon colored crown looks even more spectacular. It's thick, rich, creamy and sticky. It's also depositing an impressive amount of sea foam lace as it slowly starts to shrink.

The nose is everything that I like about beer of this style. It's nicely citrus fruity, featuring white grapefruit, lemon and orange. It's nigh on impossible to go wrong with a hop bill that reads like a list of my favorites: Columbus and Amarillo from Hoppe... Chinook, Centennial, Cascade and Styrian Goldings from Unearthly. By the way, Gemini (Imperial IPA) is a 50:50 mixture of those two beers.

I was excited to learn that this beer is actually *unfiltered* Hoppe and Unearthly. Hoppe's biggest problem is that it's filtered, which almost certainly removes some of the hop flavor. And, therefore, some of the character. My memory of the component beers has probably been blurred by time, but first impressions are that Gemini is at least as good as Unearthly and is better than (filtered) Hoppe.

The malt backbone is as huge as expected, with only a hint of something darker than pale. Must be the red wheat. The rest of the malts include pale, malted white wheat and Cara-Pils. Both 'H' and 'UnE' are sweet, so it's no surprise that 'G' is sweet as well. I wish the brewers could find some way to cut down on the malt sugars. A lower ABV? Better yet, how about adding twice the hops and overwhelming the sugars with alpha acids?

The flavor profile includes candied citrus fruits primarily. Again, white grapefruit, lemon and tangerine/orange. I would have thought that so many hop varieties would have resulted in more complex hop flavor. All that malt must be gumming things up a little. Gemini hides its alcohol as well as the beers that comprise it. That is, very well.

Shouldn't the mouthfeel on a beer that is an equal mixture of a beer that scored 4.0 and a beer that scored 5.0 be 4.5? The world isn't that neat and tidy because this mouthfeel is merely good. Maybe a variation in carbonation is responsible.

Unlike Avery Collaboration Not Litigation Ale and Hoppin' Frog Bodacious Black & Tan (both of which were unequal mixtures), I'm not sure that Gemini is a worthwhile undertaking. I'd like to see Southern Tier concentrate their efforts on the original beers and forget about this one. My humble suggestions would be stop filtering Hoppe, to cut back on the ABV of both, to cut down on the malt sweetness of both, and to hop both more aggressively. Thanks to prototypic for the bomber.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +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!

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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