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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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680 Reviews
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Reviews: 680
Hads: 3,415
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 852
Gots: 505 | FT: 19
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 ExplosivoSR
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold in body, with a tight, thick head and excellent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pineapple, slight sticky pine, lemon and grass.

T - Follows the nose. Immediately smacked in the mouth with citrus, I'm picking up a hint of pepper as well. Hoppy as hell...

M - Medium/full body and very good carbonation. Nice and crisp.

O - This is probably my favorite singe IPA. Hoppy as all hell, and a light crisp finish is perfect for a hot day.

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

A- Pours an orangey bronze color. Very bright appearance with good sticky lacing on the glass. Looks like a great IPA

S- Hops with a light citrus note on the back end. Lots of hop bitterness jumps out of glass. Great nose.

T- Grapefruit, lemon citrus, and bitter, dry finish. Cleans out nicely for something with a big flavor.

M- Nice medium body, good carbonation, and nice finish for a big IPA.

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

Thanks again to Jeff for the trade.

Pours golden with a white head of slightly less than one finger. Thick lacing.

Smells citrusy (grapefruit), floral, and piney. I get the name right off the bat..the Amarillo and Simcoe make a nice duet together.

Taste follows nicely with citrus and the pine hits later. Just enough malt to keep it from being "too" hoppy. But make no mistake...this is a very hoppy beer. A pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit on the low side.

Overall a great example of a hoppy West Coast IPA. If they really only used the two hop varieties, which I'm assuming they did from the description on the bottle, then they couldn't possibly have utilized them any better. Well done Alpine! On future trips to the Left Coast, I will look for more of your beers. I also have a bottle of Nelson on hand...can't wait to try it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly translucent shade of orange with a one finger white head that sticks around FOREVER. Love the retention there

S- I'm being assaulted with grapefruit and orange, and it's fantastic

T- it starts off a little sweet and juicy, and ends bitter and piney. Pretty solid

M- the body is solid, and bordering on syrupy...but it goes down shockingly easily

O- pretty solid brew, liked it more than the Nelson I had yesterday

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

THanks Cam

A - Clear golden body, nice white head. Great look.

S - Pine, simcoe?, citrus, pungentness. Overall a pretty good nose.

T - A great tasting beer. Great hop profile, nice bitterness, tropical fruits.

M - dry, smooth, decent body.

O (D) - a super solid IPA. not the diacetyl bomb it was last time i tried this.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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 +2.3%
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 -7.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -8.1%
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 -6.7%
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 +8.1%
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 -5.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -5.6%
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 -4.2%
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%
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 -5.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -8.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.9%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.