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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 744
Hads: 3,740
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
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Gots: 612 | FT: 21
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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 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.

Cheers!

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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.
Snoogens!

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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.

Cheers,
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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Photo of Neffbeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with really good clarity. There is a hint of amber when held up to the light. A strong pour into a tulip yielded a strong two finger head with ample retention. The lacing was just as impressive coating the sides of the glass in sticky foam.

S: No mistaking the nose on this one, hops are abundant and full of citrus and pine aroma. As I keep sticking my face in the glass, the hop aroma is so potent that it almost smells sweet. Amazingly the malt is not lost as hints of biscuity goodness and caramel waft from the glass (kind of reminds me of pound cake).

T: Tangerines and orange rinds come blasting out of the gate. It is really jammy and fruity in a good way. The simcoe hops are not to be out done as grapefruit and pine cones wash over mid palate. There is a strong grassy/herbal flavor on the back of the tongue as it finishes bone dry.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Another great IPA from Alpine. Each one has been unique and impressive in their own way. Duet, in my opinion, was a very successful take on a dual hop beer. In the end it exhibited much more complexity and depth of flavor than I thought it would.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 4/9/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Golden amber color; slight haziness. 1/4th inch cap of foam wasn't easily had. The foam didn't last, just a bunch of loose bubbles. Some specs of lace cling to the glass.

Good, clean aroma. Tropical hops are in no short supply. Grapefruit rind, pineapple (which is more appreciable whilst cold), tangerine and orange peel. Spot of juiciness and a little hint of pine resin. The one downside is that the hops don't punch hard. Not too malty - slightly toasty with some sugar cookie.

If the Amarillo takes the aroma, the Simcoe figures in more prominently in terms of taste. This is reflected in the flavors being not quite as clean as the aroma. Tastes fine, just a little denser. Grapefruit, a citric pithy/peely blend and some pine. Very dry. Reasonable bitterness but not overly so. Toasted malts and a hint of dry bread.

Medium-light body; it has an almost wispy feel. A mild slickness precedes a finely gritty finish. Enjoyably low carbonation. Dry finish with residual hops and bread.

I can dig it. Not excellent but I would like to revisit (perhaps on tap someday). I could go for more of a spicy kick. Regardless, worth a shot.

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

DearthVader coming through again with this 22oz beauty as well as the Stone IPA glass from whence it was consumed.
3+ finger head settles gradually to a nice eighth inch of tight creamy off-white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Throughout the drink the lacing clings tightly to the glass and doesn't go anywhere. A nice clear deep straw/golden yellow with a miniscule amount of sediment.
Great smell to this one, not too strong but still very nice, with the Simcoe dominating. Also has scents of grapefruit citrus and a hint of pine.
Taste goes along with the smell. A large amount of Simcoe, strong grapefruit citrus as well as mango, pine but only slight malt taste and no trace of alcohol.
Medium-high carbonation with the tiny bubbles gently moving across the palate as I drink this one.
Overall this was a very good beer and I have to say that my long anticipated first Alpine brew did not disappoint. The only criticism that I could offer is that I might have liked a bit more Amarillo or maybe some darker malts to add a bit more complexity but that’s just my personal preference.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of DearthVader, straight from the West Coast, thanks for the chance to try this, Brian!

A: Crystal clear, golden sunny yellow body with a rather creamy white head. Nice retention cap throughout and some splotchy lacing is left behind.

S: Unfortunately this nose to me is terribly weak and lacking in both complexity and showcasing... of anything! Watery grains laid a sub-par base for this beer, backed only by very faint citrus hop notes. As it warmed, some pine and more earthy hops come forward but overall, a poor show of flavors.

T: Rice water, sweet corn-esque malt base, resiny and sticky hops coat the palate (the one saving grace of the taste). To me, this flavor profile seems to stray very very far from that "West Coast" IPA profile - this is more earthy and sappy. It's odd - something has to be off. This can't be how this beer should be, can it?

M: Extremely thin, almost watery though nice carbonation.

It was great to finally try something from Alpine, but I'm not sure what was going on here. Maybe I need to revisit another bottle at another time, but right now - this seemed to be very weak, (almost) flavorless and off.

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Photo of fox227
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say that I opened this bomber with great anticipation. I'm lucky enough to live near a bottle shop that carries this beer, but even then securing one isn't exactly easy.

Appearance: darkish (for a pale) golden color, some head, but barely any retention, but good lacing, and rather high carbonation.

Smell: citrus and hops predominate, this is the kind of beer that should be made into a candle. It's so good smelling.

Taste: Now we get to the important stuff. This here is an IPA and shows off that West Coast style to perfection. A hop-bomb hits your palate at the beginning, with lots of citrus and floral notes, and then there's some caramel peeking through at the end to offer some semblance of balance. Who am I kidding, IPAs don't need to offer balance, it's like the cherry on the sundae, here.

Mouthfeel: lots of hops, but not harsh at all. The carbonation tickles my tongue, and then finishes dry.

Overall: as far as hard to get WCIPAs go, I'd say I prefer this over a Sculpin, and at a dollar less, is one of the few IPA bombers I'd consider over-paying for again and again.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.