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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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 BigBry
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a cold, snowy day - perfect for catching up on some reviews from my notes.

22 oz bottle, served in a pint glass. Good looking metallic green label, with the constellation, and astronaut whose air line is connected to a pair of hop cones.
"High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as "the twins," or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two in a program named after the celestial pairing. 50% Unfiltered Hoppe + 50% Unfiltered Unearthly.
At Southern Tier, we have our own fraternal twins, Hoppe & Unearthly. Blended together & placed in this vessel, the mission of our Gemini is to travel high & take passengers on a journey far into the heavens!"

Slightly cloudy (but to be expected as it is unfiltered), poured slowly to keep the majority of the sediment in the bottle. Copper color with a white, fluffy head. Good retentention, especially for a high alcohol brew, nice looking lace lines.
Smell is all hops, citrus, pink grapefruit, none of the 9% alcohol burns the nose.
Taste is great, be expecting a hop bomb. Bitter hops from start to finish. Just what a hop-head ordered.
Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, good level of carbonation.
Overall, A very enjoyable brew. shared with friends, but I could have had the whole bomber to myself.

Note to Self: Ranked #27 American Strong Ale when I tried it.

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Photo of rand
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 650 mL bomber to pint glass

A: Light copper-tan in color, slightly opaque, the beer yields a frothy 1-inch head that almost never recedes and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is ripe citrus fruit, bread and booze. A yeasty, crackery quality provides a nice backdrop for the bold bouquet. I can't think of a brew that smells more like straight-up 'beer'.

T: Notes of bitter pine and booze are noticed first. Orange rind and an astringent, earthy hop essence rub against sweet caramelly malts. A woody tone accentuates the alcohol, giving the brew a cask-strength appeal. With all of the bold flavors, the finish is relatively short, nicely balanced between bitter and sweet.

M: Chewy, oily, rich. The full-bodied complexion is almost sticky, but ample carbonation keeps the palate clean between sips.

Another satisfying sipper from ST. I didn't get the pleasure of trying Hoppe, doesn't look like I'm going to, but by comparing this to Unearthly I have an idea of what it tasted like. Damn I like this brewery.

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Photo of tviz33
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pour in to a pint glass

A- Pours a light orange amber color under a slowly-receding two finger off white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles seen rising and pretty decent sticky lacing.

S- A big whiff brings in a ton of hops and citrus notes. Smells a little sweet. Really makes me want to sip it!

T- Wow.. there's a lot of flavor in this one. A big hop presence, but perhaps not enough to counteract the odd sweetness that comes through. I can't quite put my finger on individual flavors here, but it's different, and in this case, different isn't bad.

M- Medium-bodied, starting slick and oily, abruptly switching to a thinner, tingly, dry finish.

O- This is a good change of pace for me, something to really get you thinking. Although I would take an Unearthly over this in most cases, I won't hesitate to revisit this in the future.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy, soapy, white head that leaves some ample lace on the glass as it recedes.

Aromas begin with tropical and citrus fruits. Resinous grapfruit and pine emerge as well with some spicy alcohol as it warms. Also a mild caramel maltiness comes out as well.

The tastes begin with spicy, candied pineapple and grapefruit flavor. The sweet toasted bready and mild caramel maltiness comes in to balance the resinous bitterness of the hops. Honey maltiness and spicy alcohol also emerge to help battle the ample hop bill.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Dry, sharply bitter finish.

Overall this IPA is a bit too resinous hop forward for my liking; probably too much Chinook and Columbus hops which if used too much in abundance create that minty, extra acidic hop flavor that I am not a fan of. Fine for some, not for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden, mostly clear, with a big fluffy white head. Smells of very strong bitter citrus, pine, more grapefruit, dankness, and plenty of lemon peel. Flavor is a huge beautiful sweet citrus, with a bitterness on the tongue, and a sweet pale malt backbone going down. This is very drinkable for the abv and the taste is right on. Medium high carbonation, and super slick mouthfeel. Sucked this down quickly, and might be my favorite of the Southern Tier beers. Hoping they bring this back.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington beer glass.

Appearance: Slight hazy light amber color with light bubbles on the body, head is off white with an orange tint rising to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Hops, malty scent I can't complain but I wish it was a little more potent.

Taste: Tastes strong, not heavy on al;cohol but strong in flavor packing a punch with its complex taste. Has a little everything most beer drinkers would like, it is a slight sweet but comes off raw with it malt taste.

Mouth: Definitely medium to heavy, very very smooth but it's great flavor is just a tease in your mouth on how it comes and goes.

Overall: Might be your "American Strong Ale" tastes more like a Imperial IPA but maybe this one is just a hybrid? Regardless very good brew. Salud!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and orange/tan with about a finger of head and decent lacing.

Fruity and hoppy, plenty of maltiness too, plenty of citrus, and a little spiciness.

Body is medium and lightly carbonated, with a bit of alcohol presence and a bitter finish.

It's good but I don't think it's fantastic. I like the unearthly better by itself.

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Photo of cvm4
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, but bright orangeish amber. Frothy 1 finger head.

S - Juicy citrus notes and a good amount of hops.

T - Very malty, lots of citrus peel and a little hop on the end.

M - On the lite side of medium body and medium/high carbonation. Not impressed here.

O - An interesting beer. Good flavor but kind of dull & the body is lacking.

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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 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 BostonHops
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent bright amber tone - almost orange - yielding a frothy finger of beige head. middling retention but plentiful sticky lacing. nice presentation, though not especially remarkable.

nose is packed with an aromatic bouquet of hops, notably citrus and pine with a touch of malt in the background. nice, but similar to the appearance it doesn't set itself apart in a very competitive style. flavor follows the aroma almost to a T. piney, citrusy, maybe a floral note or two, balanced with some malt characters. hoppy bitterness in the finish. tasty. not mind-blowing, but tasty. 10.5% ABV well-hidden.

medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with slightly above average carbonation. personally i prefer unearthly, but this is good too. definitely worth a try.

originally reviewed: 02-04-2011

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

Poured a 1.5" velvet custard head. Gorgeous glowing hazy raw sienna yellow body. It smells nicely of piney hops, raisin, and malt. The taste although simpler than the smell is a powerhouse of minty IPA hops. The body is creamy. There's a long hoppy finish, and although the higher alcohol is apparent it blends well with the flavors. This is a nice, classy, but bold product.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a growler poured into a pint glass.

A-clean golden-orange color with a touch of amber highlight, one-plus finger head that gently fades to a thin film,good lacing and carbonation.

S-a mild but easily noticed citrus hop aroma at first. I pick up some sweetnees behind the alcohol. The malts and grains are backround at most to me, but it all works in balance.

T-It's a good thing that I know it's a 9.0% abv because this is flavorful and smooth. The malts and barley come out with some roastiness and sweet caramel. The citrus hop taste finishes it off nicely.

M- very silky smooth full body. Excellent carbonation [props to the growler station at my local shop]. It is lively and tangy, not bitter. Great flavor from first sip through finish.

O- This blend works for me. I may have tempered my rating numbers because this is just my second go-round with this brew. I'm sold. I really like how the aroma does not overpower, especially the hops. Lots of balance - all around.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this from the Disc Golf #2 BIF.
Bomber into my Innis & Gunn tulip.

So this a blend of a pale ale and an ipa... Seems like an unnecessary mix to create... It also seems that the "strong ale" designation is inappropriate. I'd call this more of an east coast DIPA.

Bright sunny orange color with a light amber hint and golden highlights. Creamy yellowish head of 1.5 fingers settled after 2 or 3 sips to become a thin soapy film with a fluffy collar around the edges. Weak lacing-- just some light spotty clumps (I'm now reminded of the small print during a birth control advertisement).

Smells overly sweet-- but it's odd sweetness, like not malty sweetness, but a real genuine sugar kind... Like diluted aspects of honey, molasses, and table sugar rolled into one. Some citrus and pine notes sneak through as well.
The flavor is very sweet-- sugary sweet with some sweet bready and caramel malts and something that reminds me of tangerines rolled in sugar. Some bitterness on the back end is just not enough to cut through the sweetness... Perhaps the word 'cloying' could be appropriate.

Feels sugary and syrupy with loads of residual sugar left coating my teeth. Little oily. Medium body. Ample carbonation.

Overall-- meh. This is really a beer that shouldn't be. There's no reason for it. It's a blend of two readily available beers that really don't demand blending. I reckon using oak-aged unearthly would help. It's odd though, but I actually really like Hoppe, but the addition of Unearthly ruins it.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a wine glass.

a - pours a murky amber shade with a finger thick, off white head. retention is good, calming slowly to a film. leaves thick, leggy lacing in the glass.

s - toasted malt with toffee. sugary and grassy.

t - nice, sweet toffee malt character. quite bready. light wheat crispness, faint berry, faint orange citrus, faint grassy hops. light bitterness in the finish.

m - lighter side of medium with with the right amount of carbonation. clean and crisp.

o - enjoyable and very drinkable. a very nice blend of the two, though i was expecting more hop character. a good springtime beer.

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

I went for the Gemini to pair with some fancy dining of Cheesecake Factory. The hoppiness in the beer is suppose to go with their version of Indian food. I'd say that it was a good call.

The smell is substantial, but it isn't overwhelming. The citrus goes well with the curry and shrimp.

This is a very easy to drink unfiltered beer. I enjoyed having this bottle tonight. It also worked well after walking nine holes.

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Photo of challenja
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured On Tap at Fireworks in Courthouse, VA.

A: Light amber orange, very shiny copper tone with sticky thin lacing that coats the glass.
S: Sugary grape fields and Mediterranean Dates. Lilies and sweet orange peel. Sugary malt bread.
T: This a unique blend for a strong ale that is both sweet, fruity, and inviting with a nice ruby red grapefruit advice and nice centennial hops that linger well on the palate. Nice warm pizza dough with slight molasses sap.
M: Nice medium carbonation that adds a nice thickness and bready nature to the malt. NIce froth splashed between the teeth with a really nice mellowing summertime low 50 IBU finish.
O: A really good middle ground beer to share with your friends while watching a Sci-Fi flick or sword swinging kick ass period piece like Game of Thrones or The Borgias. Another winner for S.T

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice slightly hazy honey gold, and produced a creamy white one and a half finger head.left nice lacing on the glass.
The smell is fruit like citrus, orange , pineapple and lots of honey.
The taste is strong honey flavors up front, but immediately met by fruity hops, which bring an immediate balance to the beer. Some more earthy hop flavors mingle with malt flavors at the end, producing a really great aftertaste.
Very interesting and drinkable beer. I am glad I picked this one up.!

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep copter color with an ivory one finger solid head that leaves thick lacing.

Aroma is heavily caramel malt, with a bit of floral hop and pine. Undertones of grapefruit pith surface secondarily, and lemon comes to play late in the game.

Bitter citrus pith dominates the initial sip. Muted grapefruit and tangerine offer a bit of respite. The caramel, bready backbone carries the hop flavor without being as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Fresh cut grass becomes evident as it warms.

Body is moderately heavy, with a moderate amount of carbonation, and there's a fairly dry, bitter finish. Alcohol warmth is felt in the belly.

Overall, a pretty even-keeled beer, considering the style. Wish the hops were more complex. Not my favorite for the stylebut a great beer. Like it much better as it warms.

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

On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY.

A: "Creamsicle" beer with bright orange (if hazy) body and white head that held its own.
S: Fruity, piney hops pretty much punch you in the nose.
T: Absolutely delicious. A bit hoppy and fruity but effortlessly balanced. It was my first beer of the night, and I couldn't taste the alcohol, despite the ABV. Came off a bit tart on the finish, or else it would have been a 5.0.
M: Smooth and silky. Again, I was expecting to feel the alcohol but didn't.
O: I can't think of a beer this strong that is this delicious and this drinkable. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.32/5  rDev -43.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, honey-gold coloring with a light, low profile, fluffy white head that quickly settles into a filmy, sparse coating. Aromas of roasted grain, slight booze, honey, and a slight spicing. The nose is subtle, but it smells good. Flavors are more heavily spiced, with an oregano and pepper blending that keeps the profiles a bit sharp and toasty. Roasted grains and tangy honey make up the backbone, and there is a slight resiny hopping at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is tangy and spiced, with a touch of booze and toasty overall feel. Clean finish, with a slight linger to the toastiness and spice. Good brew, and very easy to drink.

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

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with only minor trails of carbonation. The head is nice like you'd expect, a two finger light cream color with great lacing, but only middling retention.

S: Typical DIPA (I have no idea why this is classified as a strong ale, aside from it being a blend of two ales), with a good blend of grapefruit, mango, apricot, and pine notes with just a touch of sweet caramel malt. It's not as strong as I'd like it to be, though.

T: Definitely on the malty side of things, with only subtle, accumulating pine flavors on the finish. I can also notice the usage of wheat in the malt bill, especially around the middle, with the Amarillo hops helping impart a sweetness to it. I will say, there's a bit more butterscotch flavor than I want, but I can't complain either way - though it might be too sweet for some. Letting it warm up will allow a bit of booze to come through, but it doesn't even come close to destroying its drinkability.

M: Fairly thick and resiny, with a bit of drying astringency on the back end. The dryness allows some of the (admittedly lacking) hoppy character to shine through an otherwise sweet and malty DIPA. Nicely carbonated with a lingering finish.

O: Great stuff, but it's minor flaws (the buttery diacetyl notes and slight lack of balance via the maltiness) keep it from being a bona fide world beater. Even still, it's highly recommended, especially for those who like malty DIPAs.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Honestly, I'm not sure why I bought this. I'm not the biggest fan of Unearthly, I find it way too sweet. Yet, here I am, buying a beer that's 50% Unearthly. Maybe the shiny label did me in. Maybe the spaceman got to me, since I've been playing way too much Kerbal Space Program recently. Damn you, shiny spaceman.

Anyway, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a tiny head. The aroma is nice and hoppy, with a decent amount of sweet malts in the back. The taste is quite good. I can see why they called it Gemini, it has a bit of duality to it, almost a tug of war between the citrus hops and the piney hops, with the sweet malts trying to hop in every once in a while. There's a distinct middle section where the piney hops start to win out, accompanied by a little bit of a fizzling on the tongue. Probably not intended, but it's a cool little trick! Sweetness is mostly kept in check through the process, only peeking it's head out occasionally.

The mouthfeel is very "fizzly," it seems fairly smooth at first but fizzes in the back of your mouth. It works. The drinkability is quite good. Overall, it's a good and interesting sort of DIPA, not sure if I'd have it again but it really is quite novel.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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