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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: 592 | Ratings: 1,056
Photo of Hautacam
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
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

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Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of chefboy812
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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


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Photo of williamherbert
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.


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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My fourth and final sampling from Pizza Plant was a great finish. Gemini is a fantastic DIPA, strong and complex. Its body is a light-medium golden, topped with two fingers of white froth. The smell is very good and the taste is better, laying out lots of hops but plenty of fruit, especially orange and lemon. The taste is outstanding, nothing short. Even with the high ABV, this is easy to drink, a real credit to the good folks at Southern Tier. Gemini is certainly the best beer I've had from Southern Tier, though I've not had a bad one from them. A can't miss.

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Photo of pershan
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a very clear amber color with virtually no head into a pint glass. There was a very strong, piney hop aroma - awesome. The taste was an explosion of fresh hop flavor and long-lasting hop bitterness - one of the best IIPAs I've ever had. The fairly decent carbonation level lead to a slightly tingly mouthfeel (or maybe that was the hops). Good lacing down the glass. A great effort - very drinkable - can't believe it is 10.5% ABV - didn't have any alcoholic undertones that were readily noticable.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whew....I finally made it. I was beginning to think I might have to break out the power tools to get this one open. Enough wax on this one to make Yankee Candle Co. jealous. Moving on...

This one pours a pretty clear golden-orange color. A two finger off-white head quickly rose up and had good staying power. Thick, sticky lace works it's way down the glass. Lookin' good.

The aroma reminds me of a citrus grove smack in the middle of a pine forest. Oh, and the little old lady that lives on the edge of the forest is making a homemade batch of caramel. This one smells pretty damn good, too. Just going by the looks and the smell, I would pick this one up on any corner I could find it.

The flavor is right up there, too. Pine up front, then comes the citrus. Sweet caramel at the finish helps to balance it out. The sweetness could be taken down a notch, but it isn't cloying or overpowering.

Nice slick medium body. Good carbonation. This one is another winner from the boys at ST. Keep 'em coming.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce (650 ml) bottle, wax sealed. It takes a little while to remove the wax, the bottle is sealed up pretty good. It pours a golden orange color with a half-inch white head. Head retention is low, lacing is good. Aroma is mainly pine and citrusy hops, it smells like grapefruit, pine, lemon peel, and some caramel malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, however there's also some spicy hops noticable. Very nice taste, it's very hoppy but it's not over the top. Mouthfeel/body is creamy and oily. It leaves a nice coating, and the carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good. It's smooth and just goes down very easy. Overall I think it's a great beer, hopefully they'll make this a regular brew of theirs.

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

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold. Very little head, but some lacing sticks on the way down. Nose seems almost like it is being restrained. I am sure that is the blend in action. Very noticeable citric tones with a floral edge. Flavor is extremely smooth. I mean, damn. Come on now. Extremely smooth. Masterfully concocted. Feel is smooth on liquid and even though the carbonation seems a touch low, it is still smooth on the tongue. Yet another amazing brew in the Imperial Series by Southern Tier. Bow down.

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Photo of bosco7
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool artwork on bottle with wax covered cap that is more than a bitch to remove.

Pours a pale orange color with a thin head. Head retention is not great.

Pineapple, mango, pine needles, orange, booze, yellow grapefruit, and strawberries in the nose. Very juicy, similar to Kill Ugly Radio by Lagunitas.

Starts with sweet caramel and orange juice. Mango, pine, grapefruit, and medicinal flavors in the middle. Finish is bitter and boozy.

Oily mouthfeel.

The booze flavors leave the tongue restless after a while. This DIPA is good, although my expectations were a little high. I would have like there to be cleaner and less boozy flavors. Still good if you are willing to pay more than 10 bucks a bottle.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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