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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 745
Hads: 3,742
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 838
Gots: 613 | 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 crashdavisinoh
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in NOOB BIF 5 from ExplosivoSR...thank you, sir. Really enjoyed this beer...I am just getting into exploring the world of IPA/DIPAs and was excited to try one from a west coast brewery that I had not heard of (beer and brewery).

A-Golden/Light Copper....orangish...just as a fine IPA should

S-great smell...loads of citrus

T-very good...citrus, malts, hops...all over. As others have noted...you get the citrus and progress through the other flavors...quite enjoyable.

M-Medium all around...very drinkable

O-I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this IPA...I found it to be complex in its entireity yet simple in its parts. I would love to have it again sometime.

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

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts peaking out from the background.

T - Starts off with some building citrus and pine hops that taste super fresh. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the bitterness and pine hop flavor both get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and hops and bitterness that linger for a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and dry from the heavy hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely hop-forward but there is enough other flavors to provide some balance. The hop profile is really nice from start to finish.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A nice clear golden body witha big white head. Slightly carbinated. Tons of stickage and lace.

S - Tons of big bold citrus hops in the front and slight tones of pine and resine on the back end. There is an obvious malt note there as well.

T & M & D - A very crisp and fresh IPA with a medium body, great carbination and a clean finish. Very very solid. The flavor consists of a great citrus profile right off the bat and then the introduction of some earthen pine in the middle. A pretty good malt pressence as well.

O - An extremely solid IPA - Alpine has not disappointed yet. They know the style and they execute well on this one!


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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange. Very thin white cap and not much lacing down the glass.

A pungent blast of citrus, tropical, and earthy hops.

Initial, biting bitterness, followed by tropical and pungent citrus hops, and a decent backing of sweet, toasty malts. A complete IPA and a joy to drink.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Not much aftertaste. Incredibly enjoyable.

A fantastic, super-hoppy IPA. I just wish there was more of this to stock up on.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle from barfdiggs; thanks Ward!

Pours a golden straw color with about two inches of bubbly, white head with a frothy appearance to the superior surface. Monstrous quantities of wet, gob-like lacing is left in it's wake. This is how an IPA should look. It smells of honey, grapefruit, piney hops, lemon, some orange, and a bit of straw. Great nose! The taste certainly keeps up with this already tremendous brew, consisting of piney hops in the front, lemon, orange, and some grapefruit citrus in the middle, and a bit of honey and caramel in the rear. Very well done. The mouth is superior; a bit of a bitter finish, but an otherwise smooth, velvety texture from perfect carbonation. The finish is flawless, not leaving a sticky film in my mouth or frantically searching for my next glass of water; just a very content palatal sensation. A phenomenal IPA that I will actively search for again.

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

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: golden yellow with no and head in sight

Smell: The beer has a funky hop scent to it reminds of me dandelions and citrus fruits. Not a big fan

Taste: I am not a fan of the way the two hops meld together in this beer, it almost seems like they are working against each other. The great balance between the hops and malt make this beer drinkable but I am not a big fan of the flavor. Also has hints of orange zest lemon and caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation levels and goes down crisp and clean

Overall: I dont want to beat a dead horse here but like I said earlier I am not a fan of this here IPA. I did not care at all for the flavor profile or the smell of the beer the two things I am most interested in when drink a beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter. No bottle date, but assuming pretty fresh.

A: Fairly clear orange color, nice fluffy white head, two fingers with aggressive mid glass pour, nice carbonation, head stays around, mild lacing

S: Piney and floral notes on the nose, grapefruits, peach, but also woodsy

T: Might be a little old, but still delicious, very smooth hop flavor, great balance with mild malts, crisp hop bite but nothing overpowering,

M: Light to medium bodied brew, coats without being cloying, smooth

O: Another great Apline brew, starting to think THEY make the best line of IPAs on the plan

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last one: that’s right, this is the last beer I got from my first long-distance trade. And believe me, this double-hopped IPA has been staring me in the face every time I’ve opened the fridge since the package arrived. I finally cracked, and now it’s the end for my first bit of loot from California; maybe I kept one in the fridge just to keep the memory alive, but I just can’t wait any longer. It’s time for some hoppy love from the boys out of Alpine.

Thanks again, dmsohyea! Alpine is a brewery that I’ve been looking to get some samples of for the longest time.

A: What a really, really gorgeous brew. One of the best shines I’ve ever seen on an IPA (and that’s saying something), which totally enhances the brilliantly deep, golden color of the body. The head is very foamy and just a hair darker than pure white; the retention is alright, but the main event is the lacing. Strands of thin bubbles extend all the way around the glass, extending to bigger pockets of foam. Doesn’t get any better than this.

S: Man those hops smell great! Gargantuan floral notes explode as some caramel malts roll out underneath. As time goes on, bigger piney tones start to take over the hops for an added dimension of kick. A deeper spice comes from the bottom of the nose, also bringing some peppery tones to the mix. The hops are as delightful as ever, and the sugary parts aren’t too sweet; so far, so good.

T: A big, warming sensation is what I get from my first sip; is it the alcohol? It’s only 7.5%. Whatever it is, I like it. The first actual taste, though, is clean, crisp malt. It's that light sugar like the one you find in a shortbread cookie - that's, at least, the most apparent feeling I get. They’re obviously not the main attraction here, though, as the hops come in right after. They burst with juicy refreshment, popping off with even more crisps in the palate. Flowery and bitter, without a whole lot of earthiness; alas, that’s not what Simcoe and Amarillo hops are known for. No worries; the palate remains a spectacular testament to the drinkability of bitter IPA’s when they’re done well. The aftertaste is, of course, dry; this time, bordering on astringency. Lightly medicinal, it hits a yeasty barnyard taste that wasn’t apparent in the front of the palate. A surprisingly easy-drinking hop-bomb.

M: Relatively bubbly for the style. Chewy is what I’d describe first and foremost, though. It’s certainly puckering on the palate, and it leaves you smacking your tongue with the added thickness of the feel.

O: I’ve seen a lot of beers described as a “Hophead’s Dream” or something along those lines. This beer takes that prize without so much as a breath of self-proclaimed hop mastery. It’s great. Classy brewery, classy beer. A very drinkable, very admirable brew.

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Photo of jale
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jesse for this.

A: Pours a hazy light golden with a huge off white head that last quite long.

S: Nice floral hop aroma and just a hint of malt.

T: Very brief sweetness followed by some lemon tartness. Very mild floral hop bitterness gives way to a hint of malt. Finish is mild floral hop bitterness and lemony and grapefruit tartness

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: Very nice IPA

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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego on 7/5/11

A - Poured a medium yellow with some abmer throughout and and half finger of white head.

S - A sharp bitterness up front with pronounced grapefruit, tangerine and mango notes along with some pine. Malt sweetness is barely detectable. Definitely a west coast IPA. A very robust and inviting nose.

T - Strong flavours of grapefruit, orange rind, mango and pine. Not much sweetness at all. Very bitter overall but not overwhelmingly so. A fantastic IPA.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Lots of hop oils/resin detectable.

O - An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of Cavery
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym in an afternoon session.

Poured into generic snifter.

A: Very fancy looking honey with egg shell soap sud foams. The head rose to about 2 fingers, and left beautiful sticky cobweb lacing. Definitely one of those cosmetic brews, a looker that you would see in the hand of a master brewer for a picturesque representation of his/her craft. Most importantly, the look makes you thirsty.

S: Leathery sun dried orange rinds and sweet sugary lemons. A bit of an herbal hop that blends with the lemon to make you believe that this beer probably cures something. A familiar spiciness akin to coriander, there's a real orange on orange theme in the glass. Fresh washed garden greens come through with a most comfortable summer salad hop linger.

T: First taste is filled with a refined mellow citrus sweetness, and followed by peppery arugula. A soft minty hop augments the rustic orange and lemon flavors. Floral citrus notes take you to the orchards, where the orange blossoms are infused with sticky honeys from the legs of bees. A real medicinal-tea drinking experience where everything is so in check that you'd never refuse this medicine. Creamy honey smoothness that's surrounded by orchards of lemons of oranges.

M: Very soft medium-light body that sparsely releases bubbles in the mouth. The carbonation is rose pedal soft, and dissipates into a coating of herbal honeys. The ingredients really hang in the mouth with thin coats of citrus nectar. I don't even have a sore throat, but if I did -- it would feel better. Very comforting to have in the mouth, hard one to explain. It spreads the ingredients allover the mouth, and is medicine for the soul.

O: This is a tricky one to do. The flavors are all so familiar (if not even a bit cliche), but they are just so well done. Many beers taste like sun kissed citrus, but few connote the depth of sun drying and natural honeys. The flavors are soft, and this never approaches being a juice bomb. However, the balance is really something to behold. Not only is this balanced, but the point at which all the elements intersect is the land of magic. This one could be overlooked because of the familiar flavors, but this is a rare treat. Furthermore, the sessionability of this brew is beyond reason. This one is addictive, and will disappear from your glass while you try to figure out its more subtle notes.

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

Poured into an alesmith snifter. Shared with Cavery.

A: So pretty on the pour I almost don't want to drink it. A very lively head that comes up but doesn't cross much past 1 finger with a deep, but mostly clear golden body and plenty of carbonation running amok inside.

S: A puree of various citrus rinds, a little banana, tons of pine, tree leaves and bark, just a deep and viscerally satisfying whiff of mother nature at her finest. Fantastic smell.

T: My first sips were remarkably bitter, as I think the beer was a little too cold. As it warmed up it was full of piney qualities, lots of citrus-- especially orange rind. There is a very ephemeral complexity in the taste that is hard to pin down. Again, very natural, extremely refreshing and quite delicious. Sometimes bitterness seems to hit harder than others, though, and it can even start to concern you about whether or not it's going into a meidicinal nastiness zone.

M: Like all alpine IPAs, this is damned refreshing. Excited carbonation, crisp feel to everything and the viscosity causes it to basically splash across your mouth, which with the delicious flavors makes it feel like getting splashed with water on a hot day. When the bitter notes hit they can sometimes almost pain the top of the mouth and throat, but otherwise the experience of this beer is very balanced.

O: I've had duet a few times now and the first couple of times I was convinced it might very well be the best beer ever made. I've had a lot of IPAs/DIPAs since then, and I'll still say that Duet is probably the best single IPA I've ever had, though it's likely tied with Nelson. This beer is delicious, but I'm no longer so sure it deserves to be very near or on top of things like Kern 5th or Pliny. Regardless, easily one of the top 5 IPAs/DIPAs I've had. This beer is amazingly refreshing, enamoring, and delicious. A delight to drink and a tragedy to finish- you must try it!

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Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +3.2%
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 +3.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +3.2%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.