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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 601
Hads: 3,105
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 883
Gots: 421 | FT: 16
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.
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Photo of hayesez
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a couple of BAs after a night of fishing - tough to beat a day on the boat in the squelching heat, followed closely by some fine IPAs! Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending this one...if it is nearly as good as the Pure Hoppiness, we are in for a helluva treat tonight!

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter. A very nice golden amber beer that glistens in the sunlight and produces a most impressive eggshell cap. Tons of sticky lace is left throughout the glass.

There certainly is a lot of stuff going on in this one. While not quite as impressive as the Pure Hoppiness I had a few nights ago, this one still falls in the "exceptional" category. Lots of sweet fruit, grapefruit and definite orange. Some others are certainly in there, but I can't quite distinguish them. This one smells amazing.

The taste of the Duet is completely dominated by grapefruit: Very sweet pink grapefruit. It actually conjures up thoughts of straight grapefruit juice. I can confidently say that I have never had a beer that has this much grapefruit flavor. I can also say with conviction, that I have never used the word "grapefruit" so often in such a short time. Orange peel, orange, and some sweet pineapple are in there as well, although a bit overshadowed. Would have liked to have them a bit more balanced with the grapefruit. Very crisp, clean, and a nice dry finish. Not nearly as malty as I anticipated and feels just a bit thinner than I would like.

Certainly drinkable, I must admit that I am quite impressed with the two Alpine beers I have tried so far. This one leans a bit too far toward the grapefruit, but is still damn impressive. I've received all of the Alpine's as extras...this is why you have to love this aspect (the tradition of adding "extras") of Beer Advocate. This is probably a beer that I would not have sought out, but thanks to Ryan's generosity, I'm on the wagon. Cheers!

Consumed : 8/4/2010

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a nice, transparent golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells heavily of piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some other sweet fruits.

t - Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. I thought it was a very easy to drink IPA with some nice pine and citrus to it. There was no bitterness to it. Would like to try again.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold with two fingers of stiff eggshell head. Clarity is good, as is lacing. First impression: on the thin side?

Smell -- Orange marmalade, pineapple, pine resin, butted bead.

Taste -- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes are present, but milder than in the nose. Hop bittering is moderate evoking fesh pine and cut grass. Malts are very dry and conjure up bread crusts. The buttery diacetyl component from the aroma is present in the flavor, which I personally find to be pleasant in small doses. Finish is pine, faint menthol, and buttered bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with just enough carbonation to be smooth without being creamy. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Not a hop bomb, nor any other. Just a well-crafted, pitch-perfect IPA. This is an ideal warm weather IPA: crisp, a bit dry, and a bit lighter in body. If these were distributed near me, I'd drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ALANO for hooking me up with this awesome extra. Now I have another Cali IPA to lust after.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with some very nice fluffy head that retained nicely and left a trail of lace .

The aroma is pure hops. Lots of citrus and pine but the nose is all hops and it is great.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of white grapefruit and pine but with this amazing balance that comes from the malt, cant quite explain it but it is as satisfying as any west coast hop bomb but not as abrasive. Refreshing and has a very nice clean finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied and the carbonation level is perfect.

This beer is extremely drinkable for a hoppy IPA, the balance and finish is exceptional. This was easily the most refreshing IPA I have ever had. I am glad I got to try this super fresh and it the top of its game. Top notch IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round #1 of my journey into Alpine IPA goodness was very enjoyable with a Nelson. Round #2 is Duet with Pure to follow. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear golden yellow color. Unlike the Nelson, no issues with carbonation here. Two fingers of 3/4 frothy and 1/4 creamy hybrid off-white head. Retention could be better, but a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: This smells just about exactly like Nelson, except for differences in the hop contributions. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, grassy, slightly pungent. I love these hops, they might be my favorite two.

4.5 T: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Taste follows the nose. First the malts. Pretty simple here. Neutral malt taste with touches of sweetness. Hops are again grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange, mango, grass, pungence, and a moderate bitterness. Very nice here.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Could be much creamier. This isn't the greatest aspect of this beer.

4.0 D: Another great beer. This is definitely better than the Nelson in terms of taste, but the mouthfeel could use a little work. Otherwise, very drinkable.

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Photo of hu5om
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to AndrewK for the Cali goodies!
a-golden bronze, pretty clear, white pillowy head. dense leaving nice lacing
s-bitter orange, grapefruit, light pine
t-spicy! the grapefruit and pine are back with a bit of barnyard funk. strange. lemony too. pretty balanced overall.
m-a gentle tingle, medium body. still, can't get past that funk. weird
d-good not great. i prefer nelson for sure but this is pretty good. that little funky taste was the turning point for me. it distracted from the other good notes, maybe i got a goofy bottle.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice clean golden/copper hue with a solid creamy head that dissipates within a few sips leaving solid lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Sweet and grassy, floral and spicy with some citrus/grapefruit essence in there too. The smell is real nice, but not as strong as I anticipated.

T: Clean, spicy hopiness that is balanced perfectly with a malty finish. Super crisp and very clean; honestly one of the best IPA's So-Cal has to offer - the quality is top notch.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with mild carbonation that really lends to the creaminess of this brew.

D: Real easy to drink - the prevalent hop is balanced perfectly with a sweet malty finish.

Fresh quality IPA that is just a cut above most others of the same style.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Lone Hill in Glendora?? or east of LA. This is a great beer, not to be a rude rude in any way but this is a simple IPA, but very well made. These guys have the over the top DIPA's, but it's great when they can bring it back to the basics and make a solid West Coast IPA that you can drink for days. This may be one of the most balanced IPA's i've had in the last few years, nothing over the tops on hops, nothing to boozy at 6+%. very highly recommended.

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Photo of snpub540
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bombers today and had to drink them almost instantly. Poured a hazy amber and copper hue into my Duvel tulip. Finger tall white head had some very nice hang time and left some clingy lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Mostly grapefruit, with some citrus and floral notes rounded out by some pine. A nicely enticing aroma.

Taste is almost a mirror of the nose with grapefruit and floral flavors being the most dominate. Very balanced IPA. Has a refreshingly bitter and dry finish.

Drinkability is great. Alcohol isn't a factor at all and the fact that the hop flavors aren't harsh made it an easy drinker. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and its a very crisp beer. Great for a summer day.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Crazeguy for sending me this great beer! One of my new favorite single IPA's!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Clear amber color with a think white head from an aggressive pour. Left a nice lacing.

S:Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hop aromas. All the smells I like!!

T:The taste is similar to the smell and has a balance I find very appealing.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol is hidden well and I find this to be a quite refreshing beer! Highly drinkable!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.

S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.

T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.

M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.

D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Huge hop aroma, powerful bitterness.

I was just tasting the Kern River "Just Outstanding IPA" which features the same hops-- Simcoe and Amarillo. This one has a gigantic aroma to catch your attention, but the same trail off into the bitter abyss. Of the two, I prefer the Alpine Duet for its fruitier character, but both are strictly for the IPA fiend.

An education in these hop varieties. Drinkable with steak and potatoes, but a tough quaff by itself.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my resident drinking buddy beerFMAndy for bringing this one back from Cali.

Poured into my tulip the beer is an amber golden hue. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma has an initial hop blast. Lots of citrus and pine. Then it fades to a sweet buttery aroma. Almost sugar cookie like. Strange yet good.

The flavor is super citrusy. Oranges are the most dominant. Hints of lemon and mango along with just a dash of sweet malt.

Medium body. Slightly creamy with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking pour mainly because of the thick pillowy white head of 3 fingers. Nice retention with thick retention. Clear orangish gold obviously filtered.

Damn fine aromas. Citrusy and tropical with mango, lemon zest, star fruit, papaya, bready malts, toffee, and other fruit esters.

Light easy drinking, not overly complex with a good malt presence with moderate sweetness. Toffee rich bready with some cereal grain. Mango and papaya are the two main fruit components with some floral flavors on the finish. Light and quaffable.

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Photo of glazeman
3.28/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting involving Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, and Duet. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

A: pours a yellow color, with a 1 finger white head. Sub-par head retention, moderate lacing.

S: Lots of pine. Actually, it's a very intense and one-dimensional pine experience without much else in the smell.

T: Just as with the smell, a ton of pine and not much else.

M: Too thin for my liking. Nice level of carbonation.

D: Overall just your run of the mill IPA, nothing about it made me think "wow this is special, unique, or great" Not that it's terrible, but Duet is by far my least favorite of the Alpine IPAs at our tasting. I really don't think this deserves to be anywhere close to the top 100.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of ryno09
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Eggshell white one finger soapy head, hazy golden orange color. Doesn't stick around long but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet at first with tropical fruits - dried mango comes to mind - and grapefruit. Some floral and earthy pine notes then appear. Very complex nose that changes as the beer warms.

Taste - Very soft, mellow mouthfeel. Unlike most IPAs I've had, I don't get much right away - just a bit of grapefruit fruitiness. You get a little sweetness, like a honey malt mid tongue that is over run by the hops at the back of the tongue that have more of the piney, earth bitterness. The malt does hang in there with more of a cracker, toast like dryness. Temperature really seems to have an effect on this beer. When colder, you get more of a grapefruit like bitterness in the finish but as it warms there's more a piney, resin-like bitterness.

A highly drinkable beer that is complex on the nose and smooth on the tongue with a pleasant bitter finish. On its own, the taste doesn't live up to the nose but it pairs very well with spicy foods. I'd prefer the citrus/fruity side of the beer so I'd recommend drinking this one as cold as possible or with food.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting that included Nelson, Duet, and Pure Hoppiness. Nelson was my least favorite and Pure Hoppiness was my favorite - an incredible beer.

A - Duet has a bright yellow color with a tiny bit of haziness. As a fellow BA pointed out, this beer looks like a glass of pee. Poor head retention with somewhat decent lacing.

S - Pleasant smell - lemon soapiness, and piney hops.

T - Piney hops is about all I get here. A little bit of citrus hops and a little bit of malt, but not enough balance in my opinion.

M - Just so-so. Pretty thin.

D - The thinness of this beer makes it quite drinkable. The only limitation to the drinkability is the painful intensity of the pine hops that overwhelm any other flavors in the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Alpine IPA thanks to imperialbeachbrw. It is good to have a few to compare their offerings.

A: Pours with a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with brilliant clarity and lighter toasty orange honey colored beer.

N: Nice hops to start, a little pine, lots of citrus and fruit, some fresh musty resinous aromas, lots of nice fresh hops. This really smells fresh. A slight earthy bite to the musty almost wet hop aroma. A slight golden malt aroma but very light in the background. A little orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in the mix.

T: Starts lighter in the mouth, with very little malt. Mostly this is hops presented. Lots of fresh wet hop tastes too with some pine hop resins. Again more fruits, orange and tangerine. A niece strong bitterness is starting to bit my tongue as it goes. Juicy hops as well, with some light grassy hop flavors too. SLightly watery though as the malts are nowhere to be found.

M: Lighter than expected and slightly watery, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry, with more bitterness attacking with the dryness together to form another 1-2 punch. THe bitterness is not overwhelming though, very tolerable. More musty fresh hop flavors, with more pine dominating the hops. Some fruits and citrus, little tangerine still. I get some mouth smacking pine in the back of the tongue too, long after the swallow. Finishes very clean as well.

A nice west coast style IPA again, lots of nice fresh hops, and tasty. Just lacking a little in the body and malt department for my tastes at least, but def worthy.

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Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split, served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with an incredible amount of rich, creamy, frothy white foam, takes forever to settle and leaves large patches of spotty lacing. slightly hazy and light orange in color.

S - citrus heavy again, with some lemon rind, squeezed oranges, and grapefruit zest. very tropical, some light caramel malts are barely noticeable.

T - very nice, smooth, and balanced - yet hop heavy. sweet candied tropical fruits, and floral hops. light malts hide underneath yet provide a great balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation a little on the light side but the beer goes down easily, refreshing and oily. lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D - quite drinkable, has the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA but a great balance of sweet hops and light malts. went down quite easy.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours murky golden, with hints of orange. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a perfect juxtaposition of grapefruit with lemon honey. These two hops sang harmoniously in the nose.

Flavor was a slight sweet honey up front with a huge hop flavor, and then a slight balanced bitter finish. This is a straight up IPA at its best.

Felt some slight fizziness on the tongue, but it worked perfectly for the style. Mild astringency, but again, it worked for me.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had and shows that you don't need to be a huge hop bomb to make a fantastic beer. Wish I had access to Alpine more regularly.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this beer, it was a snow day and I had nothing to do. After drinking some rather awful beers today, I need something good, and Andy delivers. Thanks, bud!

Crystal clear light yellow, surprisingly light in color. A dense white head is present, with nice lacing. Gorgeous stuff. The nose is beautiful. Sharp and pungent with plenty of pine and a clean fruity bitterness; grapefruit and orange rind being quite noticeable. Non-existent malt sweetness as expected from Alpine. A little dank and herbal, this smells excellent.
The palate opens with a prominent bitterness, clean and zesty with grapefruit and pineapple. The hop bill leans towards Amarillo, reminding me of the Stone IPA in certain ways. Hilariously dry, there's no real malt character to speak of. This is all about the hops with the balance leaning more towards the bitterness than any other Alpine beer I've had. Still, this is quite extremely flavorful. Moderately resiny on the finish, this is yet another winner in the Alpine pantheon.

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Photo of bump8628
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, glowing gold with a firm stand of white foam that lays down rings of lace.

Mmmm...just outstanding from aroma to finish with floral citrus tones, aggressive pine, and background notes of wild flowers, herbs, freshly cut grass. The hops are bright and juicy, clean and crisp, bitter but not harsh. The malt is minimal and only serves as a canvas for the Humulus Lupulus. Nice and dry on the back end letting the hops shine even more.

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. The hops are aggressive, bold, and omnipresent, but polite in the sense that they never become harsh or biting. Simply fantastic.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.