Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)
1,057 Ratings
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 rarbring
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded orange, has a white head taht leaves little lacing. Some curtains.

The smell is toffee/malt, grape/hops, and some alcohol.

The taste starts with sweet caramel and brown sugar, some spirit like Drambuie, orange jam, and grapefruit peel.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a long dry feeling.

In all a well done, not too extreme DIPA.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy Darkish Amber sexy bot-tae topped with a good finger of dense oily head. Sticky lace.

Somewhat subdued nose. Nice spicy honey and coriander, subtle grass and red pepper hops.

Lovely medium body, dense with hop oils delivers a gorgeous honey malt body that is just dashed with peppery hops while cold. As it warms the bitterness comes through nicely. Green grass, mire capsicum, subtle pine notes. The alcohol is so well hidden. You'd guess maybe 7%, never 11. My girlfriend (English Bitter lover, new world IPA hater) loved this one. Southern Tier malt is what sets them apart IMHO.

All in all a solid Imperial IPA.

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

Pouring at cellar temp info a snifter this 3 year old bottle fizzes nicely when I pop the wax/rubber seal.
The beer pours a rich clear copper hue with fine fizzy eggshell white head that foams up 3 cm and fades to a thin surface layer leaving very tight lattice on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is still rich with hops even after several years in my cellar. I get pine sap and some rindy hops mixed with a bit of grass. I also get some caramel and a little biscuit. Fairly complex nose that is enticing to say the least.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The texture is a little sticky and the beer is generally easy to drink for 10.5% on the bottle.
The flavor is some sweet caramel for a second and maybe a little fruit like apricots, but rolls to some bitter hops with grass and pine sap dominant but also a little general astringency. Im surprised the hops havent completely faded at this point. The beer is amazingly easy to drink and that makes it a little dangerous. I do really enjoy the brew, and wish I sat on another bottle, wonder how different it is fresh?
I would recommend this to hophead and malty alike. It is simply a well crafted beer!

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

Props to my old man for saving me a bottle from the LCBO spring release.

A – Poured into a tulip, nice dark caramel colour, solid finger of soapy beige head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S – Syropy and sweet on the nose, caramel apple, and some earthy pine and cedar on the finish.

T – Sweet citrus hops off the top with dark caramel undertones which come alongside an earthy bitterness on the finish. Quite a tasty DIPA, with the higher ABV well hidden.

M – Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth, though comes across a bit syrupy and sticky at times. Surprisingly it doesn’t come across overly dry given the bitterness of it.

O – A fantastic example of the style and certainly worth the money. If only I had another bottle to take down.

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

22 oz chug into a snifter...pours pretty dark for a big IPA...plenty of head on it. Not as hoppy in the nose as I would like for this style, but clean with a strong malty backbone. Taste is not hugely bitter either but good malt complexity. I think this might be better labeled an imperial pale than a big IPA. Mouthfeel is clean and fine. Recommend trying it, not a bad beer by any means, but there are better huge IPAs out there.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy gold color with a fingers width of frothy off-white head. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: A very sweet caramel and hop aroma. Grapefruit and pine with a woody and slight oak-like quality.

T: Up front is sweet malt, with a bit of caramel toastiness, alcohol and and a muted, mellow hop and oak flavor. The finish is somewhat bitter.

M: Medium-heavy body with a dry finish.

O: You can pick out lots of flavors in this beer, none of which are bad. Recommend trying this one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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 TerryW
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good with a big head that settles down to about a quarter inch over a hazy amber coloured brew. Lots of spotty lace. A very nice looking beer.

Nose is grapefruit citrus with some sweetness from the malt. Taste-wise its a bit of a let down. It's a brutally sweet brew. The hops make a valiant effort, but are just overwhelmed. Too treacly and sweet. Very sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is masked by the sugar, but the buzz is still there. This drinks like a barleywine and I don't think will be to all tastes. If there wasn't so much sweetness to it, it might be a more interesting quaff. As it stands its too one-dimensional.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with a finger of white head that recedes into a halo.

S: This smells more like a barleywine than an IPA. Huge whiffs of caramel, brown sugar, candied fruit, toffee, and malt with just a hint of grassy hops.

T: Huge blast of sweet, caramel malt up front with the middle mellowing out into candied fruit in the middle, followed by slight hops in the aftertaste.

M: Sticky, well carbonated, nice mouthfeel, warms well.

O: This is quite an interesting "IPA". I know it's a blended ale, but it tastes like a hoppy barleywine. Still, this is a very tasty brew and I would buy again.

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Photo of Ommy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tiers 's Gemini has a great unfiltered golden brown color. The head forms easily, looks creamy and keeps well.

The beer has a nice sharp fragrance that excites the palate. It brings memories of being out in a garden to mind. With enough agitation a very curious ... sweet hop? come through. Very unlike anything I have smelled before.

Ahhhh, the taste is very impressive. I tend to shy away from IPAs from earlier experiences, but Southern Tier always seems to make their beer stand out. The beer is of course bitter and stings the palate, but it is balanced with a fresh taste that I am not quite sure I have tasted before in an IPA.

The mouthfeel is great, with a sting on the tip of the tongue while the rest glides smoothly past the back.

Overall I would say that this beer is typical of what I've come to expect from Southern Tier: Amazing.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a light copper that is fairly clear. there is a good amount of carbonation occurring as well. the head is a nice soft white, some good volume and real good lacing. as well, some nice lasting power.

Smell - really nice tasting beer, some good hops surrounded by malts. there is a nice hint of pine with some good spices. i can also pick up a slight hint of caramel as it warmed.

Taste - i found the maltiness came through a lot with a not a strong focus on pine/hops. the hops are present, faint but you can taste them. I did not taste much of the caramel either.

Mouthfeel - found there was a little more malts coming through on this beer. there was a slight metallic flavour added, which probably came from the alcohol.

Overall - this is a real decent beer and i was pretty impressed, i could make this a solid session beer if needed and would buy again.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 dfillius
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of creamy cream colored head with good retention. Slightly hazy amber copper color. Good lookin'.

S: Euro hop. Smells like a pilsner almost. Slight skunk? Slight citrus.

T: Sweet start with clean malt and fruity tones. Small alc. booze follows. Good bitterness, a tad too much caramel sweetness.

M: Sweet, full, slightly dry, bitter, restrained aspirin bite.

D: Good. I would order another pint, but won't buy again.

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Photo of cratez
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the 2010 Spring Beer Release.

Pours a hazed amber orange with two fingers of cream coloured foam, some bubbly carbonation in the body, and sheets of lacing on the pint glass. An attractive brew.

Smell is citrusy hop oils, caramel, pine sap, taffy, apricot, sugary and biscuity malts, orange rind, resiny hops, ethanol, doughy aromas, and candy apple. Very appetizing.

Taste is sweet caramel, burnt sugar, spicy, piney and fruity hops, slight earthiness, juicy, acidic and resinous bitterness with a mild alcoholic sting in the throat. Big flavours here but it's not as hop-forward as I would like, especially for a DIPA.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied, creamy carbonation upfront, smooth caramel texture through the middle (at times slick), boldly spicy and juicy bitterness transitions to a dry finish with more sweet malts and citrus on the cough.

Overall impression: I've been fortunate enough to sample all of Southern Tier's imperial IPAs and this one ranks in the middle of the pack for me, better than the Oak Aged Un*Earthly and 2xIPA, but not as bright and hoppy as regular Un*Earthly and Hoppe. That being said, I was elated to see this arrive in Ontario and I bought many bottles while it was available. Although Gemini doesn't stack up to some of its hoppier cousins, it's still an impressive and satisfying ale that I would gladly buy again.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice frothy head, lots of carbination with some lacing

S - pleasant grassy hops some fruit - sour bread

T - too much hops for me - overpowering really - intersting malt sweet - dry and a little bitter at the end - a little boozy

M - nice mouthfeel and body with decent carbonation but the hops makes it a little too bitter for me

O - glad I tried this one but for 9 bucks I will not go back to it - my first imperial and could be that it is not my style - expected more out of it really

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A – Brilliant amber. Clear with visible trails of carbonation. Thin white head. Good lacing.

S – Fresh squeezed orange and pineapple juice. Malt sweetness really emerges as it warms.

T – An strong bitterness up front, followed by a combination of herbal and piney hops with slight hints of citrus. The bitterness does not let up, but a sweetness from the malts does emerge and does an excellent job of countering the hops. The bitterness continues, coupled with a piney hop finish and a lingering boozy sweetness.

M – Moderate bodied and moderately carbonated. Sweet finish.

O – This beer is a strong (literally by the ABV) showing. From the blends of Hoppe and Unearthly I was expecting a sweet experience and was not disappointed. However, from the diverse hop bill, I was expecting a little more hop complexity. Instead I got a very bitter, sweet beer that was good, but not great. Again, this was a solid brew, but a well-crafted brew (not just a blend of two others) could probably be better.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Next stop on graduation journey TJ's. Poured into a 10oz. snifter. Poures a deep golden color with a beatiful looking fluffy white heading. A mess of lacing everywhere.

Smell is nothing more than a regular IIPA.Heavy citrus hops,both floral and earthy,even a bit of spicey hop character.Doughier malts are present in the nose.

Taste is well balanced. Not an overwhelming hoppy beer moreso do to the heavier malt billing presented.

A bit thicker in the mouth then I like my IPA's but really not a bad thing.Beautiful carbonation which sting's the tongue repeatedly.

Not a bad offering here. A higher ABV IIPA and very well done. In no way a chore to sip.Very likeable.

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Photo of sjverla
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Hops: grass and straw. Light, crisp maltiness. Aeration from an aggressive secondary pour pumps up the sweetness. Slightly spicy. Nicely balanced.

Appearance: Off-white head didn't last too long, but the gold is solid and the lace is fine.

Taste: Very fruity, really sweet, but not cloying. The hops aren't immediately noticeable, but have a very nice mellowing presence. Well balanced, except for the alcohol which is hot in the sinuses and warm in the belly. The good kind of warm in the belly.

Overall: A fabulously big beer. Superbly balanced with massive flavor.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange with about 1 finger’s worth of off-white head. The heads slowly dissipates. Lacing is loose.

S: Citrus hops is the most dominate aroma. Mellower malts compliment the hops oh so well!!

T: Very hoppy!! Sweet Earthy malts that quickly give way to the bitterness of the citrus hops Very smooth taste.

M: A thick medium body brew. Lightly carbonated. Still goes down very smoothly like a very good DIPA should!!

O: Solid DIPA! This is a brew I will always pick up when it comes out! Can’t go wrong with this one!

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Photo of JizackFH
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clear Golden honey color. It has a big 3-finger slightly off-white head. The head has awesome retention, and it leaves a lot of nice lace behind.

S - It smells of caramel sweetness and citrusy hops. There are some nice tropical fruit scents here as well. Also. I am getting some scents of pine.

T - There is a nice caramel sweetness up front, along with a good amount of piney hops. There are fruit flavors, such as pineapple and grapefruit. It is nicely balanced. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness and some citrus.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy, and it has a bit of a creaminess to it. I found it to be quite refreshing, with each drink leaving me wanting another.

O - Overall, I thought this was a very enjoyable beer. It looks, smells, and tastes very good. It goes down easy, and is quite refreshing. I think this is a good any-weather beer. I recommend giving it a shot if you come across it.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amazingly ivory colored soapy and foamy head. This brew looks absolutely delightful! Surprisingly clear orange color with slight amber hues. Shaky lacing, quite spotty. 2nd glass was not so clear once yeast fell...

S - WOW. Rich, strong, and amazingly relaxed for a IIPA! Mild citrus and fruit scent with deep undertones of crystal and caramel malt.

T - Quite good, but not what the scent represents. Very smooth and not bitter at all. Great hop balance, with still a great hop presence! Very rich and delicate with wonderful flavor. Very striking flavor up front with a great aftertaste... Tastes like a trace of mint... The flavor mellows quite quickly. Very little trace of any alcohol bitterness. Much more fruity once yeast fell...

M - Medium/Light body for a IIPA. Very good feel, perfect carbonation. Great flavor balances very nicely for a smooth and easy drinker!

D - Great drinkability, difficult to set down. This one will go down quick!

A great brew in a great trade. Definitely recommended! Thank you Kevin for sharing!


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Photo of kindacold
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer smelled strongly of citrus, and I expected a hop overload. I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer gentle in every way.

Very light on the tongue, with a tiny bit of stickiness afterwards.

Shares the sweetness of Unearthly, but is more gentle.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Faint orange colour with two great fingers worth of fluffy, billowy foam head. Fantastic lacing. Head slowly collapses to leave several pockets of bubbly foam on the surface.

S: Piney hops are strong on the nose, but balanced well with a bready malt smell. Hints of orange and grapefruit are present but more subdued. Also picking up a faint smell of cloves and spices. Overall great complexity.

T: Hops and both bready & caramel malts upfront that are well balanced, if not leaning more to the sweet malty side. Faint taste of citrus and belgian-style spices. Warming alcohol is there in the finish but nicely hidden.

M: Oily, thick, and gritty which suites this one very nicely. Mildly carbonated.

D: Overall quite easy-to-drink despite the higher ABV. I find this offering by Southern Tier is not as purely sweet as their IPA, and also more complex with the varying malts. Will definitely be picking up more of this at the LCBO.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fantastic looking beer, brillant copper with burnt orange high lights thats well carbonated with a thick dense but fluffy white foam head. Good lacing through out. Hazy but also very clear too.
Aroma is mostly of sweet pale malts with a hop bouquet that is very sutle. Floral and earthy
bouquet come through.
There is an up front boozy taste followed by sweet sweet malts and hints of under performing hops. I'm not really tasting any hops here just some light bitterness.
This is an overly malty brew that really lacks any hop character either in taste or bitterness and there is, according to the label, a fairly large amount of hops used.
A thick slightly oily tasting brew with a boozy taste. Maybe I have an old bottle I don't know.

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