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Southern Tier Gemini (2007 - 2013)

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RATINGS: 965   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4795) - 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 (1508) - 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 (3971) - 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 (2230) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Aroma, earthy and piny hops, caramel. Flavor, caramel, pine, citrus and earthy notes, nice bitterness. Surprisingly good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Bomber. Pours a nice clear copper with a thin lasting white head initially- a bit of yeast cloudiness towards the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is very sharp and pungent with lots of weed, herbal and piney hops. Flavor is also skewed heavily towards hops- herbal and spicy with the usualy citrus hops. Nice harsh tacky bitterness which I like. Id say this is better than both the Unearthly and the Hoppe. Nice blend!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. Almost clear orange with a white frothy head. Nose is doughy grapefruit and orange. Moderate carb, juicy with some resin. Taste features tangerine, pink grapefruit and quinine. Lightly bitter bready finish. Not bad but not sure i’d chose this over an UnEarthly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle, thanks Hogtown Harry. Really nice hazy glowing dark yellow with some orange, big fluffy white head - long lasting. Aroma is fresh citrus (orange) hops with a touch of alcohol. Taste - very interesting - up front, very citrusy and quenching, middle to end some seriously bittern resiny hops kick in followed by an intense alcohol burn and hop linger. I think I like the first half little bit better, my ears are burning from the heat in this sucker in its finish! Ultimately a little over the top, but a very interesting beer and concept - these guys are my brewery of the year 2007 hands down.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2818) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2007
On tap at Bocktown. Nice huge IIPA. This is the kind I like...not too much hotness or syrupy malt; just a straight on hop assault (which is good from time to time). Aroma was all hops. Pour was a nice burnt orange with a 2 finger white head. Taste was very citrus and earthy hops with a slight sugary malt aftertaste. Very slight. Hides the alcohol well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a perfectly foamy white head. A quick swirl of the tulip reintroduced the head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass. The scent was very flowery and citursy with hops and some vanilla. Very nice mouthfeel with the hops biting hard in the end. Grapefruit, spice and some malt. A very soft and smooth mouthfeel and perfect finish. This beer was more than the sum of it’s parts, I had to rate this higher than the Hoppe and Un*Earthly.


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