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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 3,761
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 839
Gots: 631 | FT: 22
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty clear light golden amber color with a fluffy offwhite head. Head has really good retention, and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops jumping out at me. A ton of tropical fruits, which is followed up by a good amount of pine. A nice back bone of caramel malt sweetness.

T- This is a great brew for sure. Has a nice amount of bitterness but nothing over the top. A great balance between the hops and malts. Very nice hop flavours coming out in this one.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the higher side of medium in carbonation.

O- Totally awesome brew. Very stellar and highly recommended.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my New Belgium snifter.

Duet is a deep golden color with three fingers of rocky white foam on top. Head recedes leaving a thin coaster and decent lacing. The nose is big citrus notes. Grapefruit, mango and mandarin oranges present themselves. Pale malt hovers in the background and a bit of pine can be detected as well. Taste is an explosion of fruity, citrus hops backed by sugar cookie malt. Pine enters mid palate with a medium level of hoppy bitterness. Finish is dry with a mild, lingering bitterness. Feel is medium wih a great level of carbonation making this very easy drinking and refreshing. Overall Alpine hits another one out of the park with this one! A well balanced, refreshing, super drinkable IPA that showcases flavors of citrus and pine in the west coast style. Recommended.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV
45 IBUs
OG 1.065
22 oz. with no dates into a Bell's tulip. Thanks BulbMan!

Yellow golden hue and brilliance, with a medium off white head. Good retention, some lacing. A very fruity aroma of mangoes and pineapples. And signature Alpine weediness. Good aroma, fo-sho.

Slightly fruity and sweet at the beginnings with a crisp, dry and bitter finish. Drinks easy and very refreshing with good carbonation and medium body. Man, if this came by easy and had half the alcohol, I'll purchase it by the case. Lacking bitterness, or at least not as bitter as want. Also evidenced by the IBUs on this one. Overall, a very good beer, bordering greatness but higher in alcohol that I'd prefer.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of iadler
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy of DearthVader. Thanks again Brian for the surprise box!

A- Pours a clear gold that has a one inch head. Leaves a small amount of lacing with a bit of sediment that sits at the bottom of the glass.

S- Peaches, apricots and pineapple followed by some citrus notes as well as floral hops and pine. Incredible aroma.

T- Some tropical and citrus notes upfront with peach, mango, lemon peel, mandarine, pineapple and pine. Floral hops are present as well. Finishes with some biscuit malt.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation that's slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry, bitter and with a slight booziness. Very drinkable.

O- Another great offering from Alpine. This was a little more balanced than the Pure Hoppiness. Alpine continues to impress me with their IPA's and I look forward to trying more of their brews in the future.

Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Spider889
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Took a rough pour to produce a small white head. Excellent clarity, the color of polished brass (think brand new trumpet). Left spotty lace.

Smells of amarillo alright. Nice tropical sweetness. Some bitter grapefruit and orange rind as well. There's also a sweet alcohol bite that I tend to get from beers that use honey as a fermentable. I'm not positive that's used here, but it smells similar (in the same vein as Hopslam).

Lots of pine in the taste. Also some dandelion grassiness, dried hay, with crisp and clean pilsner malts beneath.

Medium carbonation. Crisp. Clean. Not overly dry. The bitterness doesn't linger as long as it does in many IPA's.

Overall: I like this, but Columbus, OH has better imo.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/7/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with big fluffy off-white head with great retention that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by fruity hops, both citrus and tropical with some pale malt barely coming through all of the hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness up front with pungent hop flavors coming in behind the bitterness. Finishes with sweet malt and citrus hops.

M: Smooth, juicy, slight resinous medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good IPA, a bit on the bitter side yet pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV.

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Photo of soze47
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes taken on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour from a flight of four.

Beautiful orange and golden in color with a very sticky head. The nose and flavors on this beer make this perhaps my favorite IPAs for my personal taste. Much more malt than I expected, but in a good way that helps draw out hop flavors without bitterness initially. Citrus zest and flower petals on the nose that carry over into the initial burst of flavor. As the flavors evolve, bitterness progresses to great heights, especially on the linger. That bitterness is important as it starts off sweet and could be a bit too much.

Really well crafted, complex beer. It has a light-side of medium body, which helps this guy be really drinkable. My dream is to one day have this beer available to me fresh, constantly.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, golden copper color but poor head retention. Slight clinging lace, but it's spotty at best. Aroma is a familiar Amarillo simcoe blend. Flowery and fruity, grapefruit, some pineapple, citrus very nice and refreshing, it just doesn't blast you with aroma though. Very fruity ipa. Flavor balances bitter and malty. Nice flavorful hop blast right off the bat, juicy, fruity in the middle and then a wave of buttering hops. Clean yeast profile. Nice weight on the palate. I'll be trading for this again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with an off-white head. A good mix of small and large bublles are present. Mild retention and good lacing.

S - Very grassy and piney.

T - Mild pine.

D - A bit bitter up front, but turns very creamy in the finish.

O - Anoter winner from Alpine.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet IPA

A: hazy orange with a bright character, lots of carbonation with a seraphim white head that provides some lacing.

S: There is an abundant orange character with mandarin and lemon in the nose. Clearly, citrus is the main event with this beer. lots Of orange and engroSsing citrus, the hop balance must have been a lengthy trial and error to get the pineapple and grapefruit notes without overdoing the alpha acids. This beer would not be out of place with Pliny and Sculpin in its exceptional character.

T: The nose is a prelude to the huge citrus profile, lots of juicy grapfruit, some white grape, but mostly orange and lemon. Very refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and has a clean, quick finish. No huge amount of grassiness is left lingering and I feel that this is exactly how a single IPA should impart its goodness. The citrus notes drop juicy carpet bombs from the sweet to bitter zones and leaves you wanting more.

D: The drinkability is exceptional and if not for its frustrating distribution schedule, I would have this beer go toe to toe with Sculpin on a regular basis. The price is not prohibitive either making this beer welcome in any fridge. I could put away bomber after bomber of this without regard for the days activities. Snow mobiliing? That's fine, have an alpine. Building a home for impovershed central americans? Keep that Duet on your toolbelt.

Narrative: No one thought that Ray Chalmers, simple citrus farmer would make it all the way to the Juice Olympics. They mocked his blood orange and mandarin fusion, blaked at his grapefruit/kiwi hybrid and informed him that tangelo had not place in the world of serious Citrusites. "AND THE WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL IS:" Ray's hands shook with fatigue, dripping with citric acid on his nail beds. How many seeds had he sewn? How many fruits were bisected? He would wipe his brow if not for the stinging juice covering his forearms. "THE WINNER IS RAY RAY RAY" He startled "RAY! RAY! RAY! Get back on the valencia line, these oranges aren't gonna pack themselves and I don't have the time for you and your lazy day dreaming!" Sure, the Del Monte fruit packing line was not Juice Olympics, but who would want to win a fictional event like that ANYWAY?

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11 - thanks to the provider.

A: Clear straw body with a thin white head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty darn average.

S: Hop-forward, fruity to the extreme. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely.

T: Clean fruity hops and bitterness. Nothing but what I expect, and that's cool. Very tasty indeed.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Solid IPA. I can't wait to try more Alpine beers.


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Photo of Nugganooch
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this brew many a time at great establishments like O'Briens and PizzaPort. It is nice to finally track down some bottles and give it a review.

A: Pours a perfect looking clear straw pale ale with some dull copperness to it. Head is an amazing fluffy 2 fingers and as white as the snowy Alpine caps on the label. Some clingy intermittent lacing.

S: Perfuming with citrus and pine oils. I get whiffs of grapefruit rinds and sweet pineapples. Really lovely.

T: Tastes of deliciousness. A nice hoppy pine and grapefruit profile up front. Vibrant with candied citrus and tangerine. Melds into this subtle caramel and bready malt note. Well bittered - peppery but not over the top. ABV's barely even make an appearance. Fantastic IPA.

M: Sticky on the lips and tongue but very light in body with a creamy texture. Finish is crisp and prickley that dries out the palate a bit.

D: Super hoppy and light in body makes for quite the sessionable IPA. A great showcase of hops here that still has the malt to back it up.

Drink Alpine or go to bed. I love it! Let's just say if you have Duet in stock or on tap I am buying. Top 5 IPA list for now..although that is a revolving list.

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Photo of t420o
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Soft pour produced a large 2-1/2 finger head that after a while receded to a 1-1/2 finger head that stayed around almost the whole time. Nice frothy off white head. Beer is a hazy golden-yellow in color.

S- Pineapple, grapefruit, white pepper, orangezest, slight hint of alcohol

T- Some really tasty tropical fruits. Guava, kiwi, orange, orange zest, hints of grapefruit, all balanced by a nice malt backbone.

M- Much too carbonated. Strangely high carbonated. Weight is about right but I cannot get past the level of carbonation here.

O- A very good tasting beer. The tropical fruit hop taste is very refreshing. On a sad not I spilled about 10 oz of the 22 oz on the ground because I placed the beer on an uneven surface. Needless to say I felt pretty stupid and bad about it because that was the last Duet at the store near my house.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold c-thru color. It looks super refreshing. It has a very thick white head that's sits on top.

Smell - smells like a pine tree forest. Tons of mesmerizing hops with some citrus sweetness.

Taste - wow! Truly a great ipa. Sweet hops throughout with some citrius smoothness to balance it all out. Its finish super crisp with a tiny hint of hops in the aftertaste. I have taken this beer for granted.

Mouthfeel - super crisp and easy to drink. No strong lingering hop taste in the aftertaste. It's super smooth and best enjoyed fresh.

Overall - A fantastic beer, perfect for a hot summer day. This beer is the definition of summer for sure.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (the only thing at my disposal).

A – Pours a rather mundane golden orange with a small white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

S – The nose is amazing balanced with a huge citrus/grapefruit up front, a bouquet of floral hops and a nice malt backbone to keep everything in check.

T – Again, it is all about balance with this beer. This is, no doubt, a hop forward beer but the malt bill really helps bring everything together. The initial grapefruit and tangerine citrus hit you first, followed by a pleasant piney hop profile that brings a moderate bitterness with it. After this all the malty, slightly sweetness rushes in to add a sense of stability to the beer.

M – Moderately carbonated with a thicker mouthfeel than I had
anticipated. Sticky and almost slightly chewy on the palate.

O – It was a fairly long drive into the middle of nowhere to get to Alpine, and the guy there was a bit of a dick, but this beer seems to make it worth it. A solid brew by a company new to me – this is the first from them I have had and now have my expectations set high.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger off-white head. The head didn't last very long, dissolving down to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Incredibly fragrant. Tons of piney hops coming through, more than any beer I have had recently. There is also some lighter citrus fruits - pineapple and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: A really nice combination of citrus and pine with the pine being dominate on the flavor profile again. Almost like sucking on a pine cone, that intense, but not overly bitter at all. Balanced quite nicely with some caramel and bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth with a slightly sticky finish.

O: Another impressive beer from Alpine. Amazingly drinkable with a great, intense flavor profile. More please!

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Photo of Rampage1
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beers pours a beautiful golden color with a slight bit of haze. The head is bright white that quickly dissipates.

Smell: I love the smell just wish it was a little stronger. I smell alot of tangerine,pineapple and a little bit of orange rind. It has plenty of great tropical smells to it that says--CITRUS!

Taste: Where it is a tad light in smell it makes up for in taste. This stuff tastes like pure bliss -- tropical -tropical. It has a great tangerine taste to it along with orange and a little mango for good measure. Once it warms up a little more it i get a little biscuit flavor to it. It is slightly bitter but really smooth on the back on the back of the tongue and pretty dry on the finish. Love it!

Mouthfeel: It has a perfect amount of carbonation and delivers those tropical flavors perfectly.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day --every day. I have been drinking hopslam alot in the past week and i actually can say i prefer this more than this years hopslam. I have had hopslam from the beginning 6 years ago and this years although good i think i like this session worthy beer much better and look forward to the case of bottles i bought. Can't wait to try the Pure Hoppiness I got along with the Duet.

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Photo of celeriac
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try some Alpine IPA's for a while, thanks to NorcalGrowler for hooking this up. I wasn't totally sold on Nelson, so let's see about this one.

Pours an absolutely brilliant light golden with a small white cap that very quickly subsides. The fresh, resinous hop aroma is immediately apparent. The nose brings big hits of citrus and pineapple, as well as some more pungent green notes. Only had Pliny a couple of times but this seems equally pungent, and like it has some similarities (from the Simcoe I think).

Flavor is very nice, with lots of fresh orange and pineapple--it's that sweet and fruity hop flavor. It's also quite crisp, with a bracing and noticeable bitterness and an nicely dry finish. Just a bit of sweet malt peaks out, nicely accenting the fruity hop character. Can't notice any yeast character at all -- super clean. Body is light and crisp with modest carbonation. Surprisingly not sticky for such a hop-laden beer. I'm torn - on the one hand a bit more body might add a nice fullness, but on the other hand I could drink pint after pint of this, which might not be true if it were fuller-bodied.

As I've sipped my way through a bomber I'm increasingly impressed by how easy it is to drink, given the intensity of the flavor. A very nice IPA indeed.

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Photo of seeswo
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a big cap of white head. Clear and clean and great looking. Big pine, orange and grapefruit in the nose with a touch of malt sweetness. Yum. In perfect harmony, the pine hops and the citrus come together with a touch of malt sweetness for balance. Really good hop flavor exceeds the actual hoppiness of the beer, making it almost a hybrid between an IPA and a DIPA. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs. Good carbonation and a medium-heavy body for the style (again, it's almost a DIPA). Overall, this is a great beer that I think is a must try for anyone who likes hoppy beers. Try Pliny/Blind Pig for the perfection of balace and hop flavor, but try a beer like Duet to see some of the other things that can be done with hops.

[Edit: I have had Duet like 5 more times in the last year and it is a really good beer, but somewhat inconsistent. I have to knock it a bit because it is not always a 4.5 beer]

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Photo of codynevels
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased May 10, 2011 from the Alpine Beer Company Brewery
Consumed May 12, 2011

Bottled poured into a SA perfect pint.

This beer pours a clear brilliant orange with a slightly off-white head that foams to just under a fingers width and fades quickly. The head leaves little lacing throughout, but remains in a thin layer sitting on the beer. Here is where this beer really shines. The smell is a strong citrus. Grapefruit mostly, with orange as well. Fantastic smelling beer. After the initial smell, which to me, is unmistakably citrus grapefruit, there is a strong piney hop presence as well. What allows this beer to stay balanced in the nose is a slight sweet maltiness. The first taste again is a ton of grapefruit, however the piney hops show through more, and this beer finishes with bitter hops, kept in balance again by a slightly sweet maltiness. The taste of this beer really shows what hops can do in the right hands. Dominated by hops, but balanced at the same time. This beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. It goes down really nicely, I could put these back all day.

Overall there are not enough good things to be said about this beer, in my opinion. Definitely the best single IPA that I have tried.

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Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updated scores after my recent trip to the brewery where I had it on draft.*
*My old Review is below.*

Bottle courtesy of nickd717. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks again Nick!

A - Pours golden yellow, with amber orange hues, with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt. The hops are still pretty strong but they are fading quick, glad I drank it now.

T - Plenty of sticky pine resin up front mixes well with the slightly dulled citric hops. Hints of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruits, and a light chewiness toward the end. Finish is a mix of caramel malt and lingering hop bitterness. While this one is a tiny bit past its prime it is still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

O - A little old but still quite enjoyable. I hope to have this one on-tap at the source some day. Maybe my next trip to SoCal??

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with minimal head

smell: lots of citrus hops, caramel malts,

taste: more citrus, with a balanced malt bill

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: I'm going to have to agree with the guy that reviewed this beer before me. And say we need more access to Alpine Beer. They really do know how to make a well balanced IPA.

the CPJ

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Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Slightly hazy orange-amber with a soapy white head that recedes to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Tropical hop aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit with a moderately sweet caramel backbone.
T - Very close to the nose, lot's of tropical hop flavors, with a moderate malt backbone and a lingering bitter finish.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and crisp carbonation.
O - Nice, tropical IPA, full-flavored and delicious. I'm beginning to think I'm really missing out, not having access to Alpine, they make some great beer.

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Photo of aval89
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange.. clear body.. got a 2 finger off-white head..

S: signature cat piss aroma from the simcoe!! Some floral hops as well & some citrus/pine.. the malt bill is hard to pass up.. smelled like a freshly baked carrot cake with vanilla frosting..

T: distinct sweet orange flavor.. most likely from the amarillo hops.. some fresh pine flavors also pull through.. some more of that carrot cake/vanilla flavors.. very strange to me, but it blends so well.. finish is medium bitterness with a lemony/mild grapefruit taste..

Note: as beer sits in mouth, you get a skunky taste (cat piss like).

Mf: quite crisp.. just a bit off of creamy range.. not too heavy in the mouth..

O: very complex for being 7% abv.. very impressed again with Alpine.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two tulips.

Appearance - Golden amber color with incredible clarity. 2 finger white head that lasts and lasts. When it finally dies down, the surface is coated with foam that sticks to the side of the glass. It looks perfect.

Smell - Totally overwhelmed by citrus hops. Orange hops with some pine in the background. There's a sweetness that isn't caramel at all. It's a hop sweetness. Mmmm.

Taste - Citrus hops again. Some grapefruit, but mostly orange and some pine. It's the slightest bit sweet, but it doesn't taste like hop sweetness. It's hard to place. The malt just barely comes through as a bit nutty. That's really my only complaint. It could have just a bit more malt backbone, but just a bit! It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation makes it feel a bit creamy. It could use a bit more body, but that follows along with my complaint about the malt. Just a bit more and this would be a perfect IPA.

Overall - It's fantastic. It's like Hopslam, but a better hop presence and it's not overly alcoholic. If I had my way and there was just a bit more malt to it, it would be about 8% instead of 7%. At 7%, it's so drinkable it's scary. I hope I can get another bottle of this.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.