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Southern Tier Gemini (2007-2013)

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RATINGS: 971   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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“blended hoppe & unearthly” High in the winter sky, two parallel stick figures are visible & known as “the twins,” or the constellation Gemini. The astronauts of the 1960s flew as teams of two in a program named after the celestial pairing. At Southern Tier, we have our own fraternal twins, Hoppe & Unearthly. Blended together & placed in this vessel, the mission of our Gemini is to travel high & take passengers on a journey far into the heavens. 10.5% abv • 5.8ºL * 22° Plato
2-row pale malt, malted white wheat, cara-pils malt, red wheat. Kettle hops: columbus, chinook, cascade; aroma hops: amarillo; hop back: styrian goldings; dry hops: amarillo, cascade, centenial, chinook & columbus.

2012 vintage 9% abv


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Floral hops mostly in the nose. Light golden color with a thin head. Very light palate for an imperial IPA. Light floral hop flavor with a gentle sweetness behind it. Not bad--but what a waste of Unearthly.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2008
The wax on this bottle is a big pain in the ass. I had to cut some of the wax off just so I could pry it off. Poured thick copper color with a small bubbly white head that didn’t last. Aroma of hops and pine. Big hoppy flavor with some citrus. Some sweet malt trying to mellow out the hops. Very thick dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2008
22oz bottle from swoopjones. The hardened gold wax top was truly annoying. Bright, semiclear copper pour with a thinner than expected white head leaving little lacing. Slightly catty on the nose. Pine, grapefruit, wet leaves, toffee and cannabis round out the nose. Initially quite astringent and bitter on the tongue. It definitely gets more rounded as the beer opens. Bitter citrus zest, soap, perfume, oily pine, bready malt. Interesting. Fairly rich and creamy. The hops dance lively across the entire palate but there is enough malt to balance. Finishes with a lasting zesty hoppiness. As per the the Southern Tier take on beer, most unique.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
22oz wax top bottle. pours slightly hazy golden with creamy white head. nose has a huge grapefruit hop aroma with some musty (un)earthy caramel notes. flavor comes off initially a bit buttery, some balanced PNW hops of grapefruit and pine come in and a sweet caramely malt backbone takes you home. alcohol is well hidden. body is light-med. light and easy drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2524) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2008
STUPID ASS WAX TOP, why would they put this on a hoppy beer? One question, they blended two beers but are both unfiltered or just the Hoppe part? To me it looks like just the Hoppe is only a slightly hazy orange with the smallest head. It’s all hops an no malt but it comes out nice actually. Grapefruit dominates with orange and lemon highlights. It’s very dry, which is also nice and has a good medium bitterness at the end of the flavor. Lighted bodied and easy drinking with a long lingering grapefruit skins aftertaste.
22oz bomber, Rodenbach GC tulip glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Wax topped bomber which took a good 20 minutes to open! Pours a transparent orangy-gold with a fantastic pure white head. Ideal lacing that extends all the way down the glass...I took a picture of my La Chouffe tulip! I should let you know that I had this with a nice thick slice of homemade Apricot bread (I did not know there would be so much apricot mixed in!). Aromas of grapefruit, orange, and apricot hops. Bready malts and alcohol also come forward in the nose. Taste is fantastic and a citrus hop paradise. Orange, grapefruit, a splash of lemon, and apricot each take a shot at your taste buds. Caramel and candy malt dominate mid palate with an Unearthly like finish. Perfectly blended with a nice amount of sweetness and bitterness throughout. Medium bodied, and this bomber goes down quickly. Southern Tier is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Tap - I liked the idea of this blend - unearthy is too sweet, hoppe is a bit on the dry side (and a little too easy to drink for something so strong), but both are hoppy as hell - a combination of the two can be nothing but good, right? - well, mostly - the overwhelming sweetness of the unearthy is pretty much gone, and the palate-smacking bitterness remains, with all its dry citrus glory - however, the lighter body of the hoppe has kind of thinned out, and the subtleties of that beer are drowned out by the unearthy’s brashness - just imagine a lighter-bodied unearthy - still a hophead’s treat, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bomber. Poured a light orange with a small indistinctive head and moderate lacing. Orange aroma, with a bit of pine. Flavor is middle of the road DIPA, with a drying bitterness rather than resin hoppiness. Finishes full, very good beer.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cheap (4205) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Don’t look at my numbers on this one, let me say up front it is a good example of the style. On tap at the Bocktown. No particular aroma but if I search hard enough I think I can detect some orange blossom perfume. However, it may be the dish washing liquid. Slight head on an otherwise ubiquitous colored pale yellow american lager appearance. Mouth coating bitter oily syrup with hand soap flavors that just will not vacate my palate. Heavy rubber, bitter thick hops. Long lasting chewing on moldy grapefruit rind flavors. Rather rude and insulting to my delicate taste buds. Overall, would never buy. Way too much for my lager loving palate. Terrible, just terrible lasting acrid linger. Exactly what I think DPA is, brutal to the last sip. Go get it hop lovers, I’ll not stop you.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Pours an orange color with some bubbles and a small foamy head that quickly turns into a ring. Smells sour and like hops but the hops are not fruity they are dry. Taste is dry and hoppy with some sugar and maybe a bit of fruit? Pretty great DIPA that hides its 10.5% very well.


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