Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale)
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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 zeff80
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Washed out honey colored with a bright white two-finger head of tightly bubbled, yet lumpy foam that lingers long.

Bright and inviting aroma of citrusy hops, full of tangerine and grapefruit and lemon.

Great balance of nearly every possible hop flavor -- starts off somewhat muted with a good honeyed malt balance, quickly coming over the top of the malt with orange, tangerine, flowers, then piney bitters. A grapefuit rind bite lingers. Tons of bright and delicious hops, but a good malt backbone rides along.

Even and smooth mouthfeel, very full and rich.

Highly tasty, highly drinkable.

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

Picked this up at Whole Foods on a whim (because I'm a Gemini). Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - One-finger of eggshell white foam that dissipates quite slowly and leaves all-encompassing lacing. Mostly transparent golden-amber color with lots of bubbles rising lazily to the top. I would have liked more head volume, but the retention and lacing were great.

S - I could smell the hops as soon as I popped the cap. Really fresh smell, with lots of citrus flavors - largely grapefruit and moro orange - and tons of pine-y goodness. There's some malt sweetness way in the back. Yummy.

T - Woah - lots of hop bitterness here, but with elements of sweet citrus persistent throughout. The taste isn't overly dynamic, as it stays very similar as it passes through the mouth, but it's delicious and nicely balanced. It tastes as good as it smells, which is all I could really ask for here.

M - This is a little too thin for a 10.5% brew, and the carbonation is a little heavy with a nice tingle on my upper lip. Otherwise it's really smooth. Slight resinous feeling afterwards.

D - At 10.5% it's too big for more than one bomber (or maybe even for one bomber). The carbonation also gets quite bloaty after 22oz. Otherwise it hides the high ABV very well and it's pretty easy to drink.

This was a pleasant surprise. I'm glad I got to try a fresh one of these, as it brought out the best qualities of the brew. Definitely something to share, however - unless you're trying to get trashed.

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Photo of midaszero
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden orange body with a small amount of light tan head and a little bit of lacing

S - Lots of hops and grapefruit up front. Some sweet and fruity notes in the back

T - There are hops ... I want to say there is grapefruit as well but can't fully tell. There is a lot going on in the taste. It isn't bitter but I can't say I like or enjoy the taste at all.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - I just can't drink this. The taste is very off putting. I might have gotten a bad bottle

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Photo of JordanChabot
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I have attempted to process an actual beer experience into anything but an abstract thought that exists only to disappear with the bottom of a bottle. But, still, I am going to attempt a larger more in depth description to what this fine brew has to offer. Southern Tier has kicked off my year with this amazing blending of two beers! Alright, all freestyling aside, here is what you can expect from Gemini.

I have once heard the astrological description of a "Gemini" to be "bright, quick, and the life of the party". Just so happens Ms. Cleo might have actually been right on this one. The beer pours a nice amber color with a bright white head that settles slowly and nicely. The lacing is so prominent that one might not realize the head has subsided when admiring the beer from afar (which I do not recommend...get one in front of you!)
The aroma is rich with a bouquet of hops, (6 different hops to be exact) lemon spice, and citrus peel. The alcohol seems to be totally masked by this resinous beast. This comes with a surprise seeing how even the heaviest hopped ales with an abv% this high tend to act only as an air freshener, barely hiding the unpleasant alcohol sting. But, we haven't tasted this yet have we..?
First touch to the tongue brings a nice sweetness and incredibly balanced blend of hop varieties. This isn't a mere clumsy I.P.A. stuffed with every hop within reach, but a nice experience of aroma hops, bittering hops, and backing hops that play very nicely off one another. Grapefruit and pine dominate the palate followed by a sticky resinous finish that dissipates right before it overstays its welcome. The carbonation is nice and light so that the bitterness of the hops doesn't combine to rip your mouth apart. Again, balance is the key with this Imperial ale. For all the work these artistically combined hops can't do for each other, white wheat and cara-pils malt step in and play a very important balancing role behind the scenes, while keeping the body light and refreshing.
I would pair this fine ale with some spicy barbecue, sharp and/or smelly cheeses, and/or some grilled meat or salmon. It is recommended, as with many Imperial Ales, to be served in a tulip glass at cellar temperature (around 42-45 F), but a wine glass would probably do.
So, Southern Tier does it yet again. It's getting unfair. But, the better beer gets, the better it is going to get. Let's hope the competition gets a hold of one of these and gets inspired. Because, you know, when that happens... We all win!
Happy new Beer!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has the gold wax pad lock and silk screened logo.

A- After getting through the lock that is the wax the golden goodness. The typical DIPA head forms atop the golden beer.

S- Ruby red grapefruit, spruce, and gin. A slight caramel smell as well.

T- Great refreshing hops. There is a good deal of sweetness, a subtle of spice and earthyness. I want to say the spice is more blood orange in flavor then anything else, but it is very unusual and very tasty. This is very well balanced, not overly hopped and well blended.

M- Feels good, not overly carbonated, yet still very easy feeling.

D- Extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice amber/copper color. About a 2 inch thick white foamy head - head retention is quite good. As the head fades it leaves nice sticky lacing on the side. Smell is of hops and sweet malts, some orange and possibly pine. Taste at first is slightly muted with a bit of muted sweet malts at first, but then gives way to a burst of hops. There is a great kick of bitter hops and little to no aftertaste to it. Carbonation is apparent, visually more carbonated than I like my beer however - mouthfeel wise it was not overpowering. The biggest surprise for me was how dry the finish on this beer was - I rather liked it. Overall, a nice beer by Southern Tier.

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Photo of tburkhart
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that gave its life during a Southern Tier with BA raznug and myself.

Pours a golden with a very minute haze. Very nice carbonation rising from the depths of the glass.

Smells of hops.

Tastes was quite complex as it is very well balanced. Couldn't place any exact flavors at first, but then the hops started to shine through.

Mouth fell was good.

Drinkability was OK.

We actually drank this in between the Hoppe and Unearthly since it is a 50/50 blend of those two. It worked out nicely.

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A= This ale poured a beautiful hazy pale golden hue, with a 3/4 inch creamy white head that never dropped. There was a sizable amount of carbonation release throughout. Huge amounts of sheet lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas of biscuity caramel malt, citrusy hops, and a fantastic yeasty character that had to be from the Hoppe beer in this blend. Very little alcohol despite the ABV.

T= Flavor started off sweet and citrusy, with the bakery malts and the fruity hops and esters playing well off of each other. Hop bitterness was solid but not overwhelming. Alcohol flavors didn't come out until the very end, where the finish was dry and led into a beautiful yeasty-spicy alcohol aftertaste.

MF= Medium body, fairly crisp carbonation feel.

D= This is a great beer. I love both Hoppe and Unearthly and I daresay this blend of those two is better than each of the parts. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV!!!

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Photo of KeefD
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect golden orange color with a large, bubbly, white head that settled rather quickly and left some good lacing. Big, piney, resiny hop aroma, some grapefruit and just a touch of sweetness. Flavor is fantastic! Juicy, citrus-laden, pinetree sappy, orange peel-like, sweet delicious hops roll over the tongue and leave it screaming for more. I was surprised at the honey-like malt sweetness in this beer, which makes it remarkably well balanced and provides a solid backbone for the hops to work their magic. But make no mistake, this is a hop bomb in every sense of the word. The bitterness is not as harsh as expected. It's surprising smooth and has a low enough carbonation level to not bring any sort of bite. It's dangerously drinkable, but the the high ABV catches up with you eventually. I believe this is a relatively fresh bottle as it has retained every ounce of it hoppiness. This is one fine brew, and I dare say that might even be better than Unearthly on it's own.

Edit: I poured the second half of the bottle into the glass after it had warmed up a bit on the counter. Not only do the hops shine even more, but the sediment mixed into the glass brings a whole other level of complexity. This is tasty stuff!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 6fl. oz bottle served in a tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a half inch loose, off-white head that quickly dissipated leaving a band around the perimeter and a cluster of sudsy bubbles in the center. Incredibly sweet and malty nose with notes of grapefruit forming the backdrop. Taste consistent with nose, but less sweet than anticipated with a well-balanced hops bittering and a mild astringency towards the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly effervescent, with a slightly oily consistency on the tongue. A great DIPA, but nothing beats Unearthly. Another excellent big beer offering from ST.

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

This beer pours a cloudy reddish-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, pine resin, and floral hints. The taste is big and bold. There is a lot of pine up front, with a nice lingering grapefruity finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a mighty fine DIPA that is better than the sum of its two parts. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of BWH3
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer looks like an early evening of a hot summer day. The color is a very mellow golden with a hint of red (likely from the red wheat) like the start of a midwestern sunset before it erupts into a blazing inferno. The carbonation like the wind is almost nonexistent. The ½ inch which head is fluffy and clingy like the humidity of the summer and it slides down the sides after each sip leaving a trail of head behind. A small amount haze is detected as if you are looking into the distant haze of the summer horizon. 4.5 (Could be a touch deeper and richer in appearance.)

S: Bliss. A pine and floral fragrance explosion. Deep and robust. The citrus aroma is there but underneath. The aroma never gets old. It is smooth and well blended. 4.5

T: I am less impressed by the taste than the aroma. The necessary DIPA twins of hop flavor and bitterness are not as bold fragrant or complex. Again the pine, floral and mint flavors are more accentuated than the citrus hop flavors, which is surprising given the blend of hops presented. 3.5

M: Amazingly still with above average head retention and viscosity. The wheat malts make for a lighter weight than most other DIPAs while retaining that sticky viscosity. 4.0

D: Exceptionally well balanced and blended. Would be found very drinkable by non IPA enthusiasts. However, if you are looking for insane and brutal bitterness this is not your beer. If you want an exceptionally aromatic and smooth drinking experience this is an excellent choice. 4.0

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A-Nice deep amber very nice color almost a red hue on it with direct light, nice fluffy head and laces all the way down the glass

S-Strong grassy hops, good pine note as well as some strong bitter citrus. If you take a big smell on it you can ditect a small amount of sweeter citrus as well

T-Oh Man this stuff is good and extremly unique it has all the qualtities of a traditional double IPA with the strong hop presence and great bitter grapefruity finish but the amazing part is right in the middle where a sweetness comes out.

M-Good medium body and very complex

D-I wish I could have a bottle of this on hand for whenever the mood hits me. Extremely good beer

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

Beautiful honey color, clear with a nice big creamy head

Freash honey hops nose...more sweet than dry

Fresh hops with some tropical mango flavor and honey (yes, again) overtones. Quite yummy. Very well balanced...not too sweet and not too dry. Top notch stuff.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to treyrab for busting this one out a tasting. We both saw this one on our trip to Oaktree last November. I passed it up not thinking it would age well, granted it had been brewed 6 months ago at this time.

Getting the cap off this one required some serious work. Bottle caps beware! Eventually I was able to remove it with a chainsaw and a small kitchen knife.

Poured into a 10 oz tasting snifter. Oh my, this one glows quite nicely in the light. A hazy golden orange with no head, this looks very much like a barleywine. I am really interested in seeing how this one is aged, and would love to try this brand spanking fresh new.

The smell is full of caramel and aged citrus hops. Very full and creamy. White grapes are present and provide a bubbly sweet scent.

The taste is very good. Still has some spicy citrus to it, alluding to some nice smoother lemon. Great dose of caramel that is always very pleasing. Very refreshing for an aged IIPA. Very smooth and very nice flavors without overwhelming complexity.

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

Lable newly redisigned with a glossier silver and green thing, still with the astronaut.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized tulip.
2 fingers of bubbly white head. A chill hazed copper orange in color. Nice thin straks of lace lft behind with a thin cap of retention.

Aroma is super sweet and citrussy with pine and grapefruity hops and loads of doughy bready aroma. Caramel rolls and a spice kick with a cinnemon accent.

Starting out and finishing sweet. Carbonation is present with a mellow smooth creamyness. Somthing in there reminds me od a cactus jelly, I've had it a few times before and its very much a citrussy cactus jelly spread.
Lots of spicie piney hops and well balanced sweetness.
Through the swallow becoming more and more bitter with a tangy hop linger.
No alcahol warming in the aroma, but just a bit of warming in the pallete.

This is quite good, the spice kick was unexpected but welcome.
Nice yeasty bready notes and great amounts of hops in aroma and taste.

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Photo of beernut
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a semi-dark orange/copper color with a decent head, good lacing throughout. Has a nice piney, citrus hop aroma. Taste is a bold hop flavor with grapefruit. Has a slight bitter aftertaste, very crisp on the palate. Can't really taste the high abv, this beer could be dangerous.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gemini review

This review is gonna be a difficult one. I just watched the Stillers earn their 7th trip to the Super Bowl; I stopped of for a 120 IPA on the way home and had a few brews before dinner. Needless to say that my mind is wandering at this point. I heard a lot of really good things about this beer. I popped the top and poured about 8 or 9 ounces into my crystal snifter, and prepared for the best that Southern Tier had to offer. Now in the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that I have had both "Hoppe" and "Unearthly" which this is a 50/50 unfiltered blend of, and needless to say I loved both of those beers. The Gemini poured with a nice head, fluffy and white, that all but for a foamy ring around the inside of the glass, disappeared. The aroma was sweet and hoppy. There were a lot of nice citrus notes, which were equally balanced by a sweet citrus taste. The hops were pronounced but not over powering, equalized well with a smooth malty background. Of all of the Southern Tier beers I've had, this is probably the most enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it, and will definitely be stocking up on it.

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Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Mildly hazy orange / yellow / copper color with a decent head and density to it, and a lot sticking to the glass and retaining by the end. A lot of carbonation, even with subsequent pours, also finding its way toward the top.

Smell: Slick and wet piney hops at the outset, along with some diacetyl and biscuit/bready aromas. Very good, but it never reaches the transcendence that it shows the initial potential for.

Taste: Certainly not for the beginning drinker, but one thing is this has is balance, with the malt backbone -- though not as evident as it maybe should be as far as tasting goes -- doing its thing to let the hops dominate while also being balanced and flavorful and wild and achieving that buttery balance between the Hoppe, and the crazy hoppiness of the Unearthly. Somehow it's done really well. I'm not getting as much complexity and depth as I thought I would as far as picking out multiple things, but the quality and balance (as if I haven't said that enough) is beyond evident and admirable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied, as expected, with a sleek carbonation, never feeling bubbly, but never feeling like it's not enough, and just gaining enough fullness to be balanced and let the flavors do their thing.

Drinkability: Despite the high ABV, I find this insanely and watch-yourself-for-real drinkable. Balanced alcohol and tons of flavor can sometimes equal hard to deal with, in a good way, and this is one of them. Big beer or not, this thing's hard to deny. I'm still for the Unearthly, I think, over the combo with Hoppe, but I really dig this brew and find it hard to out down.

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Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy amber with a small, off white head of fluff that never fades away. Scattered speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex hops. Huge citrus, pine, grapefruit, toasted biscuit, caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Balanced biscuit, caramel, fruity yeast, and citrusy grapefruit with pine.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, extremely well balalnced, with a smooth finish. Great carbonation.
Wow...I opened this one thinking that I had it before. I was thinking of Unearthly IPA, which I thought was just ok. This one was a really nice beer that I couldn't get enough of.

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Photo of mangledorf
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler of this from the Whole Foods Bowery, and I'm enjoying my second glass. Pours a golden copper slightly hazy. Solid light head with strong hoppy aromas.
Tastes as good as it smells. A good kick but not overwhelming, the hops don't detract from the complex flavor this beer packs.
Perhaps too exciting for some not used to stronger, hoppier ales but a great IPA to try.

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Photo of trbergman
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Gorgeous copper body with one finger of luxurious orange-tinted white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee malts, oily, resiny hop aromas of grapefruit and pine.

T - Big and sticky. Sweet caramel malt with a soft twang from Hoppe's wheat. Plenty of resiny pine and citrus rind flavor from the hops, as well as some pineapple and mint. Plenty of hop bitterness, too, but still very much in balance with the malt. Definitely a great example of the East Coast DIPA style. Long, balanced finish.

M - Coating, viscous, soft and creamy.

D - One hell of a beer. It would be great if this were available year-round - I guess I'll just have to buy Hoppe and Unearthly and blend them myself.

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Photo of ATPete
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Pours a brilliant rusty orange color with a small soapy head, good clarity and little rising carbonation. Big fruity nose, grapefruit, orange skin, fresh grassy cannabis, oily, sticky resinous pine and small whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts hit the tongue first, followed by a huge waft of bright fruity hops, bitter, but with a great balancing sweetness from the malts. Mouth watering after every sip, mild alcohol heat initially but as the bottle lessens it seems to be tasting more and more boozy. The fresh plant-like hop aftertaste is more than pleasant and lingers on and on between sips. Big bodied beer here, definitely on the heavier side of medium, coating but not cloying with low carbonation. Damn drinkable for being 10.5%. Big hoppy mf'er... winner.

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Photo of sacullen
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice copper color with good head and great lacing.

S: Mostly grassy/hoppy with some citrus underneath. I'm not quite over a cold so I don't know if I was missing something else.

T: Pine. Lots of pine. Overpowering pine. No heat from the alcohol. Again, the cold I'm coming off from might have masked other flavors, but all I could taste was pine.

M: Slightly oily and keeps the pine taste in your mouth. Surprisingly light bitterness in the finish.

D: Don't think I would have two in a row, but I would be willing to have one once in a while.

The overwhelming pine taste isn't quite my style. I seem to prefer a little more balance and this didn't do it for me with its one-note flavor.

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Gemini (Imperial Blended Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 1,057 ratings
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