Monday, June 27, 2011

Southern Tier - Gemini

9.1% ABV

"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."

The Pour

A hazy vibrant orange. Carbonation streaming off the sides of the glass. Generous two fingers of slightly off white head; fluffy and cloud-like in appearance with small bubbles.


You can smell this beer from two feet away. Wonderful floral notes, some orange peel, citrus and spice. A nice malt undertone. Some hints of sweet toffee. There is definitely tangerine present as well.


The tangerine flavour comes forward but is gently washed away with a slight alcohol taste and burn. Some breadiness towards the sides of the tongue. Definitely a spiced raisin rum tone. Overall gentle carbonation and velvety smooth.

Overall Impression

I'm not sure if I had huge expectations going into this, but while a solid beer and it is very good, it is just not outstanding. Well balanced and complex, just not spectacular. For me, the aroma definitely steals the show. I would rate this a "B+". While I've have worse Imperial IPA's and I definitely have had better.


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