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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,399
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 855
Gots: 501 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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 fear025
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Tons of grapefruit and sweet cotton candy in the aroma. There is peaches and nectarines in there as well.

Appearance:Golden in color with off-white head. Head could be thicker and have more retention though.

Taste:Amazing grapefruit flavor on the foretaste. This fades a little on the midtaste, and morphs into peaches and nectarines. There is a pleasantly sweet undertone the whole way through. The aftertaste showcases the hop bitterness, with less of the fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium thick body. Good carbonation. Mild hop astringency on the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, full of great west coast hop aromas and flavors. It's easy drinking, and quite delightful.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 12/5

Clear golden orange body. Thick bone white head measuring 3 fingers tall. Absurdly thick lacing left clinging to the glass as the head recedes. Overall retention is respectable

This is one juicy IPA, perhaps the juiciest. Huge grapefruit bomb. Tangerine guava and maybe some slight peach aromas meander about in the nose. Lingering dry hop aroma is quite evident. Really nothing but hops in the nose.

Balance is achieved, though not in a traditional sense. There is absolutely no balance between the malt and the hops, the hops obliterate any malt presence which may be there. The hop flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and the intense citrus flavor. The flavor is straight up juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple with bit of apricot, tangerine and mango. Slight pine and pith can be noted but are easily overwhelmed.

Medium bodied IPA with carbonation slightly higher than I would expect though it is appropriate. Very smooth texture, oily and resinous film left on the tongue just in case you forgot exactly how hoppy this beer was.

Very good beer, I love nearly everything about it. My one gripe is the lack of a malt presence. By the end of the bottle the citrusy hops became too much and bordered on cloying. A slight pale malt flavor would have evened things out remarkably well. I had to score drinkability down because of this. Awesome beer, would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrmiles for sending 2 of these!

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright amber/orange color with a big fluffy head. Retention is really really nice in the snifter.

S: Candied pineapple/mango/tangerine, light apricot, a nice citrus bite, and what seems to be a firm but light malt base.

T: Awesome tropical fruit, orchard fruit, citrus twang, solid bitterness, and well balanced malts. Served this beer at a buffet party at my house with a bunch of wine drinkers/macro lovers and it was a HUGE hit.

MF/D: Medium body, smooth/slightly prickly carbonation, lingering bitter and tropical fruit finish

Notes: Damn, Alpine makes my kind of IPAs. Really easy drinker for IPA fans, and a really nice showcase of tropical fruit/citrus flavors and aromas. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal orange amber with a large, pillowy and firm pure white head.

Nose is all perfumed fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium to full bodied, although the carbonation is a bit to assertively "fizzy" for my liking and is quite off-putting for me.

Flavors are layered and complex. Lots of burnt toast and bitter coffee; big bitter pine and resin. Front palate is lots of oranges and citrus that goes to bitter pine and grapefruit oil.

Finish is long lasting bitter pine and lime.

Some will surely like this one for its nice flavor profiles. Unfortunately, this is one of the few brews I've tasted where the mouthfeel simply ruined it for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces almost a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a murky, copper tinged, amber color that shows a fairly hazed (though I can see the lettering on the other side of my glass if I hold it up just right) pale amber tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank smelling; it is quite thick with hop aromatics that leans towards hemp oil, a slight garlic-chive note and cheesy pine needles that are all backed by a bright fruit notes of lychee and tangelo zest. The herbal character is definitely dominant, with the fruit playing a supporting role and nothing of the malt being noticeable at this point. If you really dig into the aroma the hops take on a woody and pepper like character; and the woody character really seems to be accentuated as the beer warms up. Really though this just reminds me of sticking my head into a bag of fresh "hemp" buds.

A touch of sweetness up front is accentuated more from the hop fruit character than sweet malt, but both play a part. The beer dries out as it rolls across my tongue and there is a herbaceous hop character that lingers with notes of pine, piquant hemp oil, very woody pepper and just a green hop quality. This is not aggressively bitter (especially considering how hoppy this beer is overall), though there is a fairly gripping bitterness to this beer that is accentuated a bit by a light carbonic bite from the low-medium level of carbonation here. Some touches of garlic chive and cheesy dank hops adds a definite edge to this IPA. The fruit character is perhaps a touch more subdued than it was in the nose, but does contribute flavors of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit zest and bright Curacao orange peel; the last three get accentuated in the finish as the beer lingers on the palate. Some soft, cracker like grain character comes out towards the finish of each sip as the beer warms up, but the malt definitely plays a secondary, supporting role here. This beer is pretty light and quaffable, especially for its strength and this is exactly what I like to see in an IPA

I wonder if this still only has Simcoe and Amarillo hops in it, this tastes awfully dank and herbal for those two hops alone, or perhaps the crop they used was fairly different from what I am used to. Definitely a hop lovers IPA, my personal preference wishes that more of the bright fruit character from the Amarillo hops came through, but this certainly serves up a needed hop fix right quickly.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So another instant favorite from Alpine!

Super clear light yellow with slight amber color.

The smell is AMAZING. Sweet tangerine with lots of citrus notes.

The taste isnt as sweet at the smell but is still a great sweetness to bitterness ratio. Bitter at first with a smooth very sweet finish. Slightly dry but not as much as a lot of IPA's

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Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy tangerine orange with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one. Pale malts, some butter and butterscotch notes, with honeydew melon and apricots. Very different, but very enticing as well. Reminds me of a cross between an IPA and an English ESB.

TASTE: Pale malts, some citrus, and apricot up front, with some honeydew melon as well. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is full of sweet melon and bitter, piney hops. Good flavors and bold enough for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate and somewhat oily, goes down nice and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish.

OVERALL: A really enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Very unique as well; it had some definite English EBS characteristics that worked well with the IPA base. A slightly oilier finish would have helped the palate somewhat, but this was still a very enjoyable beer I'd gladly have again. Cheers Mulder1010.

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Photo of pumptrick
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured hard into reidel snifter. Nice head and lacing straw yellow. Smell was a little dusty and some citrus. Taste was deffinitely grapefruit. Mouthfeel was good, lots of carbonation. Will drink more of these. Found this a wades wines in westlake. cheers

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Photo of LevitatedEep
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Nice frothy head but not flying out of the glass like other reviews...nice reddish orange color....head has large bubbles mmmm.

S - Wow this is a nice hoppy pine forest bomb....smells great.

T - Apricots upfront.. kinda mellow at 1st sip, then blossoms into a semi bitter hop monster that keeps expanding..

M - Smooth and kind of salty, great carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty good could I session this...another great IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of 2ndloveofmylife
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome!! If you are a "Hop Head"? You will Love this beer. Hops plus more hops plus another dosage of hops!! Glorious hop flavor and Glorious aroma! Did I mention awesome hoppiness galore? This an A+ IPA no doubt baby! It reminds me of Sculpin from Ballast.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.

Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.

Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?

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Photo of juhl31
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks toronado SD on alpine night!

-good light colored yellowy gold. very clean. poured with a medium tall head that stays faint throughout

-big pine hop on the nose that lasts top to bottom. some hints of citrus as well

-bitterness from the hops comes in through the front and the back end. there is a good malt presence start to finish despite the strong hop taste

-good enough mouthfeel. some carb bite and a decent IPA body

-my favorite of the alpine IPA's...although i have not had expo yet

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber shared with capra12. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit with an orange tint. Lacing is thick and layered with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is floral, citrus, cane sugar, and cream. Slight resin character in the back. Smell is overall very enticing and aromatic.

T: Opens grapefruit, peach, and other citrus fruits. Sweet right at the front. Resin hop bitterness in the back lingers and then comes to the forefront towards the middle. Piney and even slightly tart. Finishes sticky and slightly dry with a bitter lingering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth with a drying finish. Rough around the edges. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A very hop forward brew, this is a great representation of a west coast IPA even though its not my personal favorite. Robust bitter taste with a clean, crisp feel. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for an enamel-peeler!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

41st review on BA
Bottle to mug

App- Shimmery orange with gold and yellow highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that is off white and just fades away so gingerly leaving little pillows of foam. Lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- It's a flower basket in a glass. Nice hoppy aroma fills the nose.

Taste- I think the flavors are pretty on point with this one. Its get a nice bitter flavor o the finish but the hops aren't overbearing for having the Simcoe and Amarillo working well together.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a slight carbonation. Leaves a great oily taste on the palate.

Drink- I liked this a lot. A nice sessionable IPA that would work well in a six pack for me.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/22/10 Received in a trade from Rock4sc96!

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Hazy straw and bright yellow, my favorite color for an IPA, personally. Huge off-white head that leaves sticky lacing the whole way down.

S: Huge, bitter hops. Simcoe city, baby. Fruit in the nose, and the slightest hint of a toasty malt (but this is West Coast, yo)

T: Full malts in the mouth at the very start, then fruit: grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Then some bitterness on the tongue, and then more fruit! In my opinion, this is how an IPA (of the West Coast variety, I reckon) should taste. No alcohol whatsoever

F: Smooth and medium, just right. Makes my mouth water after every sip.

D: I need another bomber, now.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up one of these.

A: Pours a lemony amber with a large (but less than billowing) off-white oily head that slowly receded into leaving a latticework of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose on this is just a glorious bouquet of juicy honey soaked grapefruit and tangerines with piney undertones. The hops are just amazingly fresh and sweet smelling. Wonderful!
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop punch. A touch of caramely malt sweetness comes through to round out the fruity hops, and there is a hint of tobacco in the finish. Aftertaste is leafy and bitter.
M: Full bodied for an IPA with a slick and lightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent and carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: A very juicy flavored IPA. This one packs more flavor than some DIPAs I've had. I could drink this all day long. Another amazing beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit aroma and taste. Excellent. Nice and dry with aggressive floral hops. Clearer than i expected for such a hoppy brew. Not much in regards to bitterness, but the hop flavor is ever present. My wife really enjoyed it as well!

I'm very happy with this beer as a representative of west coast IPA. Excessively drinkable. 22oz. bomber and could have had one or two more!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA goes from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Not sure if I got this bottle from domtronzero or irishgurl4 but either way. Thanks to two excellent Californians

A - Hazy orange-golden glowing body with a nice fluffy white head on top

S - Mmmm.... nice big tropical hop notes hit my nose. Mingles with a bit of citrus and a nice sweetness. This is a beautiful smelling IPA. About as good as it gets without getting into DIPA category.

T - Well balanced. A bit more on the citrusy side than tropical. A bit of a citrusy bitterness gives way to some pine in the finish but the malt makes itself known all the way through. It tastes good but nowhere near what the aroma promised

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty solid well balanced IPA. However the aroma on this one had me ready to proclaim a new IPA favorite. The taste fell a bit short but it's still a solid beer. I'm certainly glad to have tried this one and wouldn't mind drinking more of it. Though I don't think I'd go nuts seeking it out.

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Photo of gatornation
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bomber pours a hazy peach sunset color with a staying beige head and nice clinging lacing on the glass..smell is topical with mango and pineapple its mixed with citrus and pine hops ....tasty malts are in the background..taste is superb Amarillo and simcoe hops together make for a tropical hop profile that is just delicious it also has pine and grapefruit resins..sweet caramel malts round out the hops..mouthfeel is perfect for the style it fills the taste buds with loads of hops but never bitter just smooth drinkable and delicious..this is west coast this is a delicious ipa..one of my favorites

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Photo of jimbus
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grilledsquid for this bomber, poured into a tulip.

A: glowing, golden orange color with an big, frothy head. phenomenal, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S: man, these alpine IPAs have completely raised the bar on my standard for IPAs in the nose department...pineapple, mango...if they made a sugar coated, candy hop, this is what it would smell like.

T: sweet and bitter up front, with silky grapefruit. the amarillo and simcoe hops are a perfect tag team. The hops hang around on the back side with a dry finish...the malt is there but covered up just right.

M: smooth and clean, with a bit of tingle from the carb

D: Who wants to send me some more Alpine IPAs?

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach orange body with a large white head appears a beautifully with layers of lacing between sips. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and leafy earth and floral aspects, a fruity zesty grapefruit tone with hints of rolling malts. Flavor of duet highlights Amarillo and Simcoe hops battling it out, juicy malt sweetness adds on a nice flavor mix with the super hoppy West Coast IPA tones. Grapefruit, herbal mint, floral tones on the palate. only on the west coast good a grop of people adjust to hoppy delicious beer like this. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick hop oils caue this to guide across the palate, medium bodied soft even carbonation. Drinkability overall is rock solid another awesome west coast experience as far as IPAs go, these malts blend nicely a touch of knowing diacetyl actually works once in awhile it doesn't taste bad at all in this case.

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Photo of ratedz
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Thanks Chris!

Pours a hazy light amber with a fluffy, two-finger tall off-white head. A lot of oily lacing are left on the sides of the glass as the head subsides.

The nose on this one is very strong. Some pineapple, orange zest, and grapefruit along with some floral and piney notes. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a sweet, citrusy treat.

The taste is, unfortunately, not as juicy as the nose might suggest. I was expecting a citrus hop bomb, but got a much more balanced beer. The citrus notes are there, but not in dominating form that the nose implied. The first thing I noticed was the malt backbone before the hops took over.

Mouth feel is smooth and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Drinkability is high since this isn't excessively bitter or overly sweet. A solid IPA.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a medium orange with a fluffy white head. Nose is floral, bright, and juicy. Hopes express themselves as pine with light light citrus elements. Bright and expressive mouth, more tropical fruits than citrus, light pine needles, floral. Nose is amazing on this. Soft. Not highly bitter, which I like, with some nice sugar interplay there. White grapefruit that doesn't become abrasive at all, mangoes, wonderful combination there. This is a pretty elite IPA, but if I must nitpick there's an odd discordant flavor that hangs around on the back palate, as an odd bitterness. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.