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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Photo of brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Pours a very clean, golden color. Very thin white head, with little retention.

S: A sharp bitter citrus aroma. Lemon and grapefruit mainly. A piney sharpness from the hops.

T: Really nice bitter hop flavor. Resinous and sharp. The bitterness dominates, with just a little bit of citrus to cut it. Nice!

M: Fairly light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A slightly oily texture with a dry finish.

O: This beer has all my favorite aspects of an IPA. Bitter, crisp, with a dry finish. I could drink this one over and over.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz (best by 3/17/2016) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery straw color w/ a sudsy bright white head, some nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is bright grapefruit rind and alpha acids. Clean dry pale malt gives it a slight sweetness. Pretty much a standard SoCal IPA all the way.

Taste is likewise citrusy and juicy hops layered over neutral pale malt. Nice acidic bitterness on the finish. Similar to offerings from Ballast Point or Stone, not surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, semi-dry.

Overall a really nice American IPA, typical of the style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with an orange tinge and a finger of white frothy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells wonderfully of citrus hops. Touches of tropical fruit and just the slightest malt presence.

Starts off with a bright citrus flavor. Rounds into a bitter piney resin finish. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

My favorite of the Alpine regular IPA's, but still prefer Hoppy Birthday. I very much enjoy this beer given the chance.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This is a very fresh bottle, and as far as I know is within one week of bottling based on what my store retailer told me. I will say that I do believe them since this is not the first Duet I have tried, but is definitely the best I experience I have had with this beer.

A – Pours an incredibly clear dark yellow with a huge, thick two finger eggshell color head. Excellent retention. As the head recedes it leaves some awesome lacing.

S – The last time I had this beer I hated it. It smelled like buttered popcorn, like a popcorn jelly belly. This is not that at all. Very prominent Simcoe giving way to a very dank, floral, piney/grassy and citrus forward hop presence followed by a very lightly hidden maltiness.

T – Very nice and crisp and fresh tasting with a very good hop bitterness up front followed by citrus and pine resin. There is a nice malt presence as well. Very well balanced with a decent sweetness which is blended well with the crisp and dry hop bite.

M – Pretty dry with a medium body and medium carbonation. This is a very well balanced beer.

O – Thank god I like this beer, because I was starting to worry that something was wrong with my palate based on what other say. What I now realize is that the previous attempts to enjoy this beer were with old examples, I hope. This experience is a very good one, one that I hope to repeat again, often. This is a very well-crafted IPA utilizing two of my favorite hop varieties. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chicago Bears pint glass. Huge thanks to Brett for hooking me up with my first dose of Alpine!

A - Pours a brilliant translucent yellow orange with two fingers worth of pale white head. No noticeable cloudiness or chunks of anything. If a beer could look crisp, this is how it would look. Retention is very nice as well, with about half a finger's worth of head remaining more than ten minutes after pouring.

S - Piney hops with a strong citrus background. Lemon and orange are the dominant fruits, with the hop pine and bitterness becoming a mere background note behind the citrus fruits.

T - Starts with a crisp pine note, as one would expect from the nose, which is followed quickly by strong orange peel and lemon. Finish is somewhat bitter, but not to the point where it dries your mouth out. Really an excellent all around beer. Almost get a cider like quality in it as it warms.

M - Very pleasant in the mouth. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but not terribly so. As I mentioned in the taste, does not dry the mouth out like some IPAs. Gives the feeling of having just bitten into a juicy orange.

O - Overall an excellent beer. One that I'm looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to nonic pint glass on 10/16/11
*From notes

-- An epic thanks goes out to SirRuss for the West Coast love --

A: Unfiltered 14k golden in color. A good pour = a sticky 1.5 finger head. Crazy retention, it sticks around from start to finish. Massive, thick gobs of lacing surround the interior of the glass.

S: Ahhh...this smells like the Left Coast. Juicy. Hoppy. Extraordinary.

T: Über juicy, yet it's not IN YOUR FACE extreme. It's laid back and easy going. The balance here is masterful. It's exceptionally drinkable. The beer's a bit bitter, yet there's a golden kiss of malt to level it off. Wonderful stuff.

M: I'd like a bit more body. It's a slight bit thin, and it lacks the kind of carbonation and texture to really make this portion of the beer a standout.

O: I love Alpine. Literally. Having just visited their brewery outside of San Diego, I can honestly say that it holds a special place in my beer-filled heart. And like all of their beers I've had the pleasure of quaffing, Duet is simply beautiful. This is a one of the best AIPA's around, and something I hope all of you BA's get a chance to encounter firsthand. It's amazing what a few good folks can do with water, grains, hops and yeast.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alpine Duet pours a crystal clear orange, with plentiful tangerine highlights. The white foam that serves as a crown to the beer draws itself up to about three fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both solid, bu neither one is impressive at all. The nose is a good blend of pineapple/mango tropical fruit flavors and a big of citrusy grapefruit. Amarillo is definitely in the lead here, and the Simcoe hops, which I don't always get along with, manage to play a nice supporting role. The flavor has just a bit of malty caramel sweetness up front to keep things intereting. There's a solid bit of bitterness mid palate, which segues into the grapefruit aspect of the hop flavor profile. There's a big wave of tropical fruit next, before a subtle orange flavor sneak in on the close. The mouthfeel is solid, dry bodied and with a bubbly carbonation. Duet is a very good IPA, and it speaks volumes to Alpine's prodigious talent at brewing hoppy beers that this is only my third favorite such beer from them.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Loads of citrus and piney hops...

T - Starts with a good hop bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerines, and floral all in the mix. Finishes with good amount of pine, and some more hop bitterness...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Another delicious IPA from Alpine. Personally like Nelson over this one, but this is still a steller brew, and something I will be drinking again in the future...

Cheers...

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Photo of readbaron
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant, beautiful golden orange with two fingers of white foam that fades quickly, but leaves sticky fingers of head on the glass. Like liquid sunset in a glass.

Smell is exceptional - citrus - orange and grapefruit - a bit of mango. Occasional whiffs of caramel malt, but this is nearly all hops. Fruity delicious hops.

Taste follows the nose - pure delicious hops dominate the palate. A blend of citrus - juicy orange, slightly bitter grapefruit, and a bit of mango round out the palate. Finishes bitter with a bit of toasted malt.

Feel is good - crisp, on the light side of medium bodied. Well carbonated, but sharp, and not as creamy as would be ideal.

Overall - lovely IPA. One of my favorites.

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

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

NO date on bottle

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with 1 finger of bright white head that's built by tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Splotchy lacing

S- Citrus and floral hops with a good amount of pine and grass notes. Definitely some tropical fruit notes come off of the beer but nothing crazy all on top of a nice bready malt base.

T- Just like the aroma but so much better. Floral hops with a strong grassy pine flavor that's combined with tropical mango and pineapple. After it goes down your left with nice sweet caramel from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden-amber with a solid 1 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is very perfumey and potpourri-like. Very fresh and clean notes of grass, pine needle and mild citrus along with a mild, hidden malt character.

Flavor is very nice and fresh as well with extremely good balance. Again nice pine and citrus hops in perfect harmony with a sugary, candy-like malt character and finish.

Mouth is light bodied. Very fresh and crisp with nice med-high carb. that is perfect for this beer.

Overall a near perfect IPA IMO. Lovely character, flavor and balance. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of warbird07
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must thank Liutenantsour for this fantastic extra...poured into my oversized snifter...

This beer pours a golden orange, nice sized head, lacing..looks the part...

The smell in awesome...fruity flora citrus hop aroma, clean...very enticing...

Taste is great..clean balanced hops..amarillo and simcoe...nice and piney and orange up front..followed by a nice sudtle bitterness...nice finish...

Mouthfell is pleasing..light, no stickyness..perfect for the style..

I would drink this beer all the time if it was available to me...a fantastic example of the style..

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Photo of brian44556
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a ST 2xIPA glass. No date on the bottle. Received as an extra from sixofsigmas.

Pours a light yellow with a two finger head that sits on top of the 16oz line on the glass. As the head crawls back into the beer a thick ring of lace coats the sides of the glass. Smell mellow citrus hops and bread from the malts. Taste is very malty with a bitter back bone that stings the tongue a bit. This has a great crisp finish and is an easy drinker. Perfect levels of carbonation. Overall a great IPA and a great combo of hops used in this beer. It is a shame Alpine isn't readily available here.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this Alpine IPA which touts its combination of my two favorite hops: Simcoe and Amarillo.

Bomber poured in SA glass--thanks to domtronzero for making the extra effort to grab this from the brewery.

Pale-orange elixir, thick, tight bubbles, copious lacing. Clear brew with lasting head.

Nice, but not overpowering citrus and hop pine. A bit of sweet caramel. Not what I expected.

Hoppy for sure, with bitter grapefruit, pine, oranges, some earth overtones and pepper. A bit of alcohol at the backend. Plenty of carbonation, medium body, and smooth, bitter aftertaste.

Good brew. I am a bit disappointed considering the hops, but would recommend Duet to hopheads everywhere to draw their own conclusions.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated on 10/21/15 with the Green Flash version of Duet (Alpine version listed below with original rating numbers).

A - Amber gold pour with a soapy white lacing ring and very light ring.

S - Spicy tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya) with some chalky hop pellet aroma - hop forward and the malt is subdued.

T - Spicy tropical fruit rind with light caramel malt poking through at the very end with a lingering piney grapefruit finish. After awhile, there's a detectable sugary sweetness that builds.

M - Turns the mouth a little bit to cotton, full medium body, prickly carbonation, semi-dry.

O - This isn't the same Alpine I remember when drinking taps and bottles at/from Alpine Brewing.
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Once again, a big thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this beer.

A - 4 - Pours a bright dark gold color with thin white lacing around the top and moderate tight bubbled carbonation.

S - 4.5 - Mangos with a massive amount of overripe pineapple, pungent tropical fruit, and mild earthly grass like texture in the nose with nice citrus rind.

T - 4 - Grassy, lemons, and pineapple with some grapefruit mixed in. This beer is pretty much one dimensional with big hop bitterness and minimal malt character. What small amount of malt there is comes through as a biscuity caramel, and in very small amounts. Finish is moderately lingering, but yet crisp and tangy.

M - 4 - Leaves the mouth with a coating of acidic lemon pepper grass and medium bodied.

O - 4.5 - Despite my comment on being one dimensional, this is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duet pours a really nice clean copper color, very golden, hues of light amber and orange with a small, finger high white soapy head on top. The head has moderate retention but leaves behind great lacing. The aroma is very potent, lots of tropical fruit with a zest citrus backbone of grapefruit and lemon, sticky pine with some faint cereal grain, the hops are in full force and balanced quite well. The flavors really bring it all together, grapefruit, lemon, lots of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, really nice juiciness. A big burst of bitter, sticky pine and earthy resinous hops come through behind the bright fruit flavors than trail off with some light malt sweetness at the finish. The body is great, very juicy, big and thick, coats the mouth well with a very dry finish.

Verdict: Just as good as I remember it to be, it really is one of the premier West Coast IPAs. The balance of flavors is superb, truly celebrating hops in all their glory. Alpine has proven again and again that hoppy beers are their forte and this is no exception, a masterclass.

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Photo of aficionado
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kyle2k10! Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Probably the closest reminder of Pliny the Elder that I can think of.

Clear golden orange body. Steady high carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Nice lacing. One finger thick white head.

Pine and grapefruit! Simcoe and Amarillo? Simple and straightforward. Some caramel malt presence, but overall a dry beer with floral notes. Great bitterness. Not entirely tame yet not completely harsh... in between. Light to moderate body with a smoother mouthfeel.

I like Duet better than Pure Hoppiness. It's less bitter, but more cohesive flavorwise. Very potent and dank with the hops, but it doesn't get tiresome on the palate. Easy to drink if you love IPAs.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (thanks brainthebrewer!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours pale yellow/gold, completely clear. A finger and half of white head, moderate sized bubbles, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Smells like a fresh bag of hops. Slightly dank herbal, pine, floral notes, a little citrus (orange, light mango/pineapple), hint of grainy toasted malts and caramel.

T: Akin to the nose, though the floral and herbal notes come in stronger than expect while the citrus is well in the background. Big bitterness right up front. Very light toasted malt body with just a touch of sweetness. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lots of pine.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, touch of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: A good IPA, though the hop character isn't my favorite and I'd prefer more malt (not necessarily sweetness) and more clean and crisp.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a good size layer of head that remains along with some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Sweet apricot shows up along with the grain.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness along with some pine notes. I'm picking up some malt backbone along with a hint of apricot. The finish is made up of a mild bitterness and is a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good west coast IPA. I would say that the taste of the finish is the weak point of this beer, but it's still fantastic. Definitely want to have again.

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Photo of Cisco619
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Golden honey hue with a hint of orange/red. 1 finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing.

S: First notes are of mango & grapefruit, a touch of hops & a nice malt sweetness that balances the nose.

T: Follows the nose. Predominantly grapefruit with a tropical fruit finish. Not overly bitter, balanced out with a slight malt/tropical fruit sweetness.

M: Light mouth feel with an after note of hop oils that hits just slightly on the finish.

O: Good overall package, nothing exceptional or mind blowing, but a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rbald42. Much appreciated, been wanting to try an Alpine IPA for quite a while now!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 1" of white head forms, which has awesome retention and lacing. Solid looking IPA.

Smell: Smells of some citrus (mainly bitter grapefruit), and some dank hops. Nothing too crazy, but very nice.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit initially. Hops are slightly piney, but mostly just dank. Simcoe is detected. Pretty hoppy, but there is a nice balance between initial fruitiness and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, high carbonation, very smooth and drinks very nicely for an IPA. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Very good, clean flavors with no alcohol tinge. Wasn't completely wowed, but found it to be very nice.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper, 2" heavy white head with good splotchy lacing.

S- Sweet malts, light citrus and spicy hops.

T- Light honey malt, some citrus but more spicy/pine hops.

M- Light bodied but not thin. Amazingly drinkable for 7%, this would be a great 6 pack Ipa.

O- Very good IPA. Well balanced honey malts and hops.

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Photo of treyrab
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This solidifies that Alpine makes some of the best IPAs in the world. I've been wanting to try this for a while now after I had both Pure and Exponential Hoppiness. Here goes...

A: The bottle cracks with a nice, robust pop. Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange copper with a gorgeous white head. The sticky hop resin allows the head to stick around and last quite some time. Not much in terms of lacing though.

S: As soon as I started pouring I could smell the juicy citrus hops, and my nose was at least two feet away. An amazing cornucopia of grapefruit, orange, papaya, pineapple, and mango. A true tropical fruit basket. There are some crystal malt backings, but not much.

T: Similar to the smell, this is all tropical citrus fruits. Not as complex as the nose, but it is still quite amazing. So many different tropical fruits, without being overly bitter to drown them out.

Overall, awesome. Just awesome.

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Photo of schwaeh
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sent to me from HeavyTaste, my first Alpine beer.

A: Pours a honey orange color with a large dense white head. The head fades into a nice cap. Really good lacing.

S: I could smell this from quite far away after I popped the cap. Pine, juicy orange, and grapefruit are strong. A little bit of spice ties in with the malts that are attempting to balance this out. A touch of honey seems to be there as well, this is reminiscent of Hopslam.

T: Well this is actually quite balanced. This isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Sweet malt stands nearly toe to toe with the grapefruit and pine. Flavors of pineapple, rindy orange, melon, and honey are all here. I just keep tasting more fruit with every drink. Pine stands in the background which allows it to add some more depth but not kill the experience.

M: Overall it feels somewhat thin but when all said and done the mouthfeel is great. The hops make this pretty oily. Carbonation seems spot on.

O: This was different than I expected but I really got to appreciate it after a few sips. This is really well brewed showing that they arent just trying to make the most extreme IPA, rather a refined well executed one. The flavor hangs around without feeling like you scraped your tastebuds off. This is dangerously drinkable.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.