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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Photo of woodske1
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most beers with this much Alcohol taste like it. You really don't taste the 10%+ ABV in this one. You could actually drink 2 or 3 of these and get hammered before you know what even hit you. The smell is a bit off...not a good hop aroma.

I would reccomend this one with a meal. I had it with BBQ'd chicken and that was a nice pairing.

I'm also a fan of the bottle...pretty cool design.

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Photo of shark90576
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange amber color with a nice, sticky head.

Aroma was loaded with citrus hops. Traces of grapefruit were also noticeable.

Taste is beautiful and bitter with loads of citrus and floral hops with a ton of grapefruit flavor right off the bat; mixed in are some orange/tangerine flavors as well. This taste is balanced off real well after the subtle malt which kicks in at the end giving a nice finish.

Mouthfeel was very nice and smooth. Alcohol is not very noticeable, especially with an ABV of 10.5% . This will definitely sneak up on you.

This is a very good IIPA and my favorite beer from Southern Tier. They continue to impress me with every beer I try from them.

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Photo of Celt44
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light translucent amber. Nice foamy head and lacing that lasts throughout.

Aroma is bursting with floral hops and citrus - grapefruits with a sweet lemony tinge. Malts present.

Taste is a beautiful combo of both great ales - a perfect balance if you ask me. The bitterness of the hops is softened with the slight malt of the pale ale.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, and perfect. A slight bite of alcohol present...nice.

Overall a superior beer. My new favorite from Southern Tier - although every time I try a new one from them it becomes my favorite from them. Oh well...what next?

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, unfiltered, orangish-amber color with a thick white head that leaves lots of sticky lace on the glass. Loads of fresh citrus in the aroma.

Lots of bitter, citrusy hops hit the pallate right off of the bat, with lots of grapefruit in there. Just a bit of malt is in there to provide a touch of sweetness but not well balanced by any stretch of the imagination. Finish is bitter and slightly dry. 10.5% is very well hidden. A good IIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I knew this was due to rotate into the tap list at RFD here in DC and made more than a few pitstops there in anticipation.

Creamy white head, fairly thick cap and ring top a pleasantly light, clear copper orange brew. Good retention, of course, given the bevy of hops. Great, sticky lacing.

I caught whiffs of citrus from a foot away, as the bartender still had it in her hand, yet to give it to me. Slight grapefruit, but lots of orange and tangerine. Some hay-like spiciness. Sweet, white-bread dough for malts, but the story here is obviously the hops.

Citrus evidences itself towards the end of the taste, but overall a more piney profile than anticipated (not a bad thing). The finish is exceptionally - but not unpleasantly - mouth-puckering with its bitterness. Sticky resin coats the palate. Grassy spice, probably some alcohol kick too, accentuated by by the slight but continuous carbonation prickliness. There is some malt sweetness to balance things a bit. Simple syrup, dough.

A heavy and heady brew, thick and chewy. Restrained, light carbonation, it works pretty well with the flavor and body. You can taste some alcohol, but 10.50ABV? I would say "No way!" it is so well hidden. A very nice DIPA.

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Photo of klewis
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a modest, foamy head. Light lacing.

S: A very complex aroma with pine, floral and grassy notes, and citrus. Very nice.

T: Full of flavor and superbly balanced (for a DIPA). Complex hop flavors of all varieties with a smooth toffee-like malt character.

M: Full-bodied and very thick. Moderate carbonation with a crisp and dry texture.

D: I'm usually reluctant to drop $9 on a bomber, but this is well worth it. Go get some.

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Photo of eyncognito
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice two-fingered head, darkish orange with some cloudiness. Good head retention and okay lacing. Smells slightly citric-oranges, zest, big pine resins, and a hint of skunky cannabis. Good nose, pleasant and inviting.

Taste follows through on the nose. Mild citric flavors-orange and big time oily pine flavors, slightly floral and kinda dank. Nice sweet caramel malt in the mid-palate balances this out, neither too sweet or dry. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Southern Tier is very hit or miss for me. This is definitely an improvement over the Unearthly which seemed too oily for my taste. A solid DIPA, easily put down a bomber and would try again.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Typical DIPA here but has a very nice yellow two finger head on it. Averaging lacing down the side of the glass, too.

S - The hops are obviously up front, and I'm not sure what type of hops they use but it has a very citrus aroma to it also. It not a very pungent aroma or very strong but it is still very nice.

T - For a DIPA I personally thought it could use a little more hop bite. I've has some IPA's that I feel have just as much hop mouthfeel as this DIPA. I will commend the very fresh, crisp, citrusy after taste on this beer though. The sweetness compliments the bitterness of the hops very nicely, so the taste comes full circle to me.

M/D - Has your average amount of carbonation for this style of beer and it's very light on the tongue. Like I said before I wish there was more of a hop bite at the beginning.

This is a very high quality beer that I would characterize as the little brother of HopSlam. Take away the honey flavor and a teeny bit of the hoppiness from big bro HopSlam and viola! you get Gemini....

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Photo of HopHeadLouie
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I had to describe this beer in one word it would be "clean". Remarkably clean and fresh taste with a buttery chardonnay finish makes this one hell of a drinkable 10 percenter! Hints of citrus intrigue without overwhelming the palette, while a very subtle bitterness on the buds make Gemini a very unique DIPA, certainly one of the most interesting ones I have ever had. Outstanding!

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Photo of cooncat
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a 2008 bomber, which looks different from the pictured brew (slightly). Decanted into a regular pint glass.

Since this was right out of the fridge, I had to do a vigorous pour to raise a nice head, and a very nice head it is. Foamy and creamy at the same time, alas, it is not particularly long lived. However, the lacing, my goodness .. the lacing is fantastic. Really a great looking brew.
Oh, almost forgot the color, which is sort of a tangerine orange.

The nose is pretty hefty with citrus hops, like grapefruit, orange and lemon zest .. perhaps some tangerine as well. Its beautiful in character, but not overwhelming. You can stick your nose fully into the glass and it won't clear your sinuses!

The taste .. wow! Did I mention Citrus hops? Yes, all those wonderful citrus hops that I love, tasting of grapefruit, lemon zest and tangerine. Try and inhale at the same time as you are sipping .. whoa! Can't get over the lacing ... almost a solid sheet on the glass. There is a background malty sweetness which keep the hops from blowing the top off your head. I don't find it overly sweet ... just too much hop character there to be cloying. Actually, pretty balanced .. for a hop bomb ;-) I've had both Un*Earthly and Hoppe, and this mixture of the two is very nice indeed. Kind of puts the best foot of each of those aforementioned beers to the front. Mouthfeel is medium full, much bigger than I expected (well, this is, after all, Southern Tier!). I'm trying to decide where the 10.5% ABV is, because I'm sure not tasting it. I'm not even getting any 'warmies' in the stomach. Beware of this beer ... enjoy it responsibly! While the drinkability is good (I could probably handle a couple bombers myself), I'm going to be 'responsible' and give it a tad lower score, because this is a beer which you should probably have just one, and be darn glad you had the chance to have it.

Southern Tier never fails to impress and satisfy. Gemini is a wonderful 50-50 mix of Hoppe & Un*Earthly, and you know what, I think I like it better than either of them. This is one to search out and try. Highly recommended.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of darknova306
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really foamy, starting with about three fingers worth of bright white head. The head receded slowly leaving thick, porous looking lacing on the sides.

Sitting back in my chair I can smell the sharp citrus aroma of the American hops. There seems to be a sweet, almost tangerine base to the aroma. There is a hint of malt character in the nose, but the dry hopping is too assertive for much to show through. This is definitely and IPA.

Light amber in color, almost like it was straw colored with a twinge of orange. Though the bottle states that it is unfiltered, the beer looks almost crystal clear. There is a small amount of haze, but it is barely noticeable.

Strong acidity on the front of the tongue from a higher carbonation level quickly gives way to a mild crystal sweetness. There is a wonderful hop flavor that spreads quickly across the tongue, but is much less sharp than the aroma would suggest. There is a strong, distinctive citrus flavor from the high alpha American hops with bitterness levels that are balanced just enough by a surprisingly robust malt base. The beer has a hint of a medicinal syrup-like quality that works perfectly with the hop choice. The hop flavors linger on the back of the tongue with only a small amount of bitterness.

Gemini has a thicker and heavier malt backbone than is suggested by its appearance and aroma. It is almost able to hide the 10.5%ABV. There is a mild chewy feeling left in the mouth after each sip which gets stronger as the sips continue.

This is a really good Imperial IPA. The malt backbone is a little less robust than I would like, but it was surprising given how it looks through the glass. This is a very tasty beer that is a blend of two of Southern Tier's other brews: Hoppe and Unearthly.

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

Pours a fairly clear orange coloring, some cloudiness but you can see through it. Nice head, average retention and lacing.

Smell and taste is citrus hops, some orange but mostly grapefruit. The aroma is strong and good. Nice hops bitterness in the taste (citrus all the way), enough malts to tame it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good (especially for hopheads).

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Photo of erikm25
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours subdued orange tint. Head was one finger but still quite fluffed. Nice retention. Lacing is left curling and sticking around the tulip glass. Not too hazy and not too clear. Light copper and gold hues orbiting throughout.

S: Fresh grapefruit citrus and some fragrant pine hops aromas. Solid orange and lemon zests that zap and zing around the inside of the nose. Pine, apple, and pineapple. A delicate floral and slightly spicy tinge to the aroma.

T: Despite having a phenomenal, Titan II rocket launched, citrus hops taste this was not too overwhelming. It still has some bitter bite but with a delicate balance. Citrus hops, fresh pine, and flowery tastes are highlighted. A warm and roasted malt atmosphere with some dry caramel sweetness. The hops and the spice finish help to keep any traces of alcohol in the taste well silenced.

M: Medium bodied with some good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and at $6.50 a bomber it is worth a try for hops fans. I think I need to sit this one down with its parents Hoppe and Unearthly. Just happened to stumble on this during some Saturday afternoon shopping and as usual Southern Tier ropes me in with their history of quality beers and cool bottles. Spaceman theme is pretty cool since he is floating around tethered to cannabis (I mean hops).

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Photo of WalterSobchak
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw color; one finger head settles slowly with thick lacing.
Smells of hops and pine...lots of hops.
Creamy with good carbonation. Nice hops flavor with a hint of sweet malt follow-up. Nicely balanced, great hops and not overly bitter.
This is a one of those IPAs that makes it tough to settle for a lesser quality beer but it's a bit pricey as a go to standard.

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Photo of lincoln44
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Appearance was hazy yellow. Mostly clear but the unfiltered portion is observable.

S: I smell both the citrus of American hops and the pleasant spice of noble hops. This is a nose filling beer, tons of hop aroma.

T: Hope you love hops. Reminds me of Bells Two Hearted with a major dosing of chinook and noble hops. Just a hint of malt sweetness but limited to allow the hops shine through. The 10.5% ET-OH is well balanced.

M: Appropriate carbonation but high amounts of hop oils slicking up the tongue.

D: I enjoyed the the 22 oz. but I probably keep it to one bomber per setting as it could easily become overwhelming.

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

When I read the blend information and sa that Unearthly was in there, I also thought why mess with a near perfect IPA...
Poured an amber color with a nice creamy head, decent staickage down the glass. Smelled like hops, grapefruit. Tasted of hops, but not as bitter as DIPA's normally are, perhaps the same way that Pliny tastes? Mouthfeel was good, bitterness up front a little, then again in the throat in the aftertaste. Drinkability was good; very tasty stuff.

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Photo of biker30x
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone else asked why release another perhaps lesser version of Unearthly. My only answer is, this stuff is good.

Poured into a pint a hazy straw-like orange with a tight persistent head. The nose was faint composed of bready citrus notes and a hint of pine. The first taste packs a buzz of hop spice and carbonation. This is followed by a warm blanket of malt, sweet burnt sugar and grapefruit citrus. The mouthfeel is satisfyingly full and a lingering burn of pine resin and warm alcohol is a welcome finish. The hop assault of Gemini is less than Unearthly and the overall package may be a touch more in balance. This makes Gemini go down with the ease of a session beer, but the ABV has the kick of a rocket.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear,golden amber with a small head and a thin lace.

The aroma is of floral hops and citrus.

The taste is piney, herbal hops abound and subtle malts in the background. Mildly bitter with fruit notes and a touch of caramel.

The feel is medium body,low carbonation with a creamy texture and a smooth finish.

Notes: Well masked abv and easy to drink. A pleasure to have.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle consumed within a week of the day it hit the shelves.

I really enjoy Unearthly on tap - not sure how this one's going to play out with me.

Pours unexpectedly clear given the emphasis on being unfiltered. Constrained (hop) aroma which extends to constrained hop flavor during consumption.

While drinking, I continued to ask myself what's the purpose of this beer? Is there really a need for a step below Unearthly? Not in my book. Good across the board. Perhaps a different experience on tap.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Arrives a hazy, turgid sunset orange-bodied brew with a half-finger of good, solid white lacing. The retention on the head is admirable, lasting a good several minutes before slowly fading into a solid coating and a big foam collar and leaving thin, delicate sheets of lace.

Aroma: Heavy on the citrus, with tons of grapefruit and orange pulp bursting through. Mint, tobacco, generally spicy, piney, leafy hop notes, a few hints of grass, and lightly tart citrus comes through in the finish as well. Sweetness is subdued here, lightly roasted, but definitely takes a backseat to the hop onslaught.

Taste: Fresh and absolutely bursting with hops. Tastes perhaps fresher than even out of the bottle, with a definite emphasis on citrus notes - tons of orange zest, almost like freshly squeezed juice in places, a few lighter notes, a great deal of heavier grapefruit as well. Leafy, slightly spicy/piney, herbal hops constitute a bulk of the remainder. It's all wrapped up in a relatively lightly roasted malt body, though with tons of residual sweetness. Only knock is that I could have done with a little more bitterness, which - although what's here would normally be fine - I think the beer might benefit from a little more to counteract all the residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, with plenty of even and soft bubbles coming up through a relatively thick and syrupy body. Adopts that sort of plush though still sort of rough feel, foamy but frozen, which works well given the flavors and level of bitterness of this one.

Drinkability: Probably a little better on tap, in my opinion - it just tasted fresher, even though I have the slightest bit of a sniffle. The alcohol is definitely up there ever so slightly, even for the style, but what it lacks in ability to down more than one it makes up for in tastiness and well-roundedness. If this one were bittered just a little bit more and/or had the residual sugars cut a little, it would be a world class DIPA (and it may be already).

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Virtually clear (some light haze). Gold to amber color with some very fine bubbles floating upward. Great ring lace although the head was modest.

Clean and wonderful floral, fresh hop smell, reminiscent of pineapple. Absolutely inviting, not harsh. It is strong enough to mask any malt.

Super hoppy, this is certainly not a balanced beer. The malt is soft and dry. The high alcohol is muted by the spiciness of the flavor, but you know it's there in the mouthfeel (slightly oily). Otherwise, it's quite creamy. The aftertaste is all peppery hop. An excellent DIPA.

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Photo of kels
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split one of these with my brother tonight. Good thing, since I didn't realize 'til we were halfway in that it weighs in at over 10%.

Appearance: Looks great when poured into my tulip glass - bright golden yellow with a 2 finger white foamy head. Great retention on the head and good lacing throughout the drink. Carbonation bubbles run all through the clear liquid.

Smell: Smell is great, and to be expected. It has a big citrus/pine hop presence and some earthy notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is bright and even slightly creamy thanks to the good retention from the head and high carbonation. The taste is much like the smell, and the hops lean toward pine sap and an earthy wet taste. The malt shows up in the aftertaste and is slightly crunchy and sweet.

Drinkability: Pretty high despite the ABV. It goes down really smoothly and even the big hops are pretty well balanced.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours a very hazy gold- orange, with not much of a head at all.

Nose has got a lot of citrus in it - grapefruit and oranges with a nice resiny wang in there as well in there as well. Very clean.

Taste is dry resiny pine and some citrus on top of a rich, sweet toffee-and-biscuit malt body up front, with a long, dry, resiny finish that echoes of the rich body and piny hops that came before. Malt is almost English Barleywine-esque. Almost no booze, wonderfully hidden.

Palate is sticky, full bodied, very lightly carbonated.

Nice job hiding the alcohol, and pretty good balance as well.

Interesting beer, quite drinkable, and you get a good dose of both the English and the American sides of this beer as it warms.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 22 oz. It pours a golden orange color with a white head that leaves lacing down the entire glass. It has an excellent citrus smell to it. This is a great beer that is worth the money. I was running low on cash when I bought and was hoping that it didn't dissapoint me, and it didn't. I would recommend this to any IPA lover.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a cloudy orange/golden color. Not really much to look at.

S: The aroma is big on hops. The malt is noticeable and some citrus notes are present.

T: The taste has a mellow hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Quite well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is full, lush and creamy. This makes a good anchor for the hop profile.

D: Overall, I think that this is an excellent drinking DIPA.

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