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Imperial Gemini

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
Lakewood, NY

Style: Imperial/Double IPA
ABV: 10.5%

Franz’s Rating:
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So I ring in 2008 a little late with my first review. I have been waiting for that one beer on the shelf to just scream, “Drink me!” I have been to the local store and nothing caught my eye. On the way to work the other day I decided to try a liquor store that I don’t normally go to. It was here that I saw the light. There has been one beer reviewed from Southern Tier on this web site with high regard. The beer I found on the shelf was a combination of the beer that was reviewed, Un*Earthly Imperial IPA, and Unfiltered Hoppe. I haven’t had the pleasure to taste any of these beers but I am glad I found this one.

Imperial Gemini comes in a 22-ounce bottle and is priced nicely considering the amount of beer and the cost of ingredients that must have been used to make this. I’ll have to admit I felt a little silly trying to get the melted gold plastic casing off the bottle. I finally went to the toolbox and pulled out the pliers to get this off. Five minutes later, with plastic gold shards all over the countertop, I was able to pour this drink into my glass. First sniff, HOLY SHIT. I am a homebrewer and have had the chance to work with whole hops in brewing. I have never ever had a beer that tasted and smelled like fresh hops. This is the cat’s ass for somebody like me. I relish the aroma of fresh hops. I don’t know what they did to get this characteristic into the beer, but a big HELL YEAH is in order. The color of this beer is light, almost resembling what a pale ale would look like, but this is no pale ale by any means. The bottle states that this behemoth has an alcohol content of 10.5 percent ABV. So my guess is that the alcoholic characteristic usually associated with high gravity brews is nicely covered by the hop flavor. All other imperial IPAs I have tasted have had WAY too much malt flavor and astringency associated with high alcohol content.

I guess I could sum this up as the “most hoppiest,” and best tasting beer I have ever had. My other Beer Dork colleagues might disagree, but this is what I know and what I cherish out of a hop monster. By the way, Nigel, the movie is Nothing But Trouble and I will take my bet when the Packers play next week on Sunday.

Go Pack Go

Reviewed by Franz Mueller on January 15, 2008.
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