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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,389
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 854
Gots: 500 | FT: 18
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 yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks womencantsail.

The beer is a clear bright golden glow with a thick slightly off white head supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Lots of thin streaks of lacing as well. The aroma is the highlight of this, exploding with sweet tropical and citrus fruits, particularly pineapple was my first thought. Flavor follows the nose with an initially sweet citric and tropic hop flavor but though out the body and into the finish the malt backbone and a slight graininess start to balance out the sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with soft carbonation, resulting in a not particularly clean or crisp taste and finish. The finish almost tastes watery at times. Overall reminds me of Sculpin and has the aroma and flavor of an exceptional IPA, but the body leaves something to be desired for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white head and lace. Light aroma of west coast hops. Flavor very nice and mellow of citrus, pine and melon. Bitterness is mild, balancing and agreeable. A nice IPA that drinks more like a simple pale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks got to Grant for obtaining this growler. Thanks! I really enjoyed this one! I generally really like Alpine's brews, and this one is no exception, in fact I thought this was fantastic. Pours a dark golden with a medium head that is pure white and leaves some great lacing. Not bad from a growler. The smell is a clean burst of pine- like walking into a pine forest after a spring rain. There is just enough clean, sweet, honeyed malt to balance the beautiful pine aromas. Perfect for me in the flavor department. Beautifully balanced with a blast of sweet pine and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is clean, sweet, and slightly spicy. Classic beer, really, really drinkable- I could drink these all night. Wonderful! I also really like the way that Alpine's IPAs and doubles each display a different hop note/mix- they don't at all taste the same. Great brewery!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my buddy ArthurPendragon. Consumed on 10/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a transparent and vibrant golden with a one finger fizzy white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose is of orange, grapefruit, and a little pine. The floral hop presence is strong, and the malt is light and crackery.

The flavor opens up with pine and bitter grapefruit. It's quite resiny, and the malt provides a crackery foundation. It makes its presence known without imparting any real sweetness. Bitterness is at an upper medium level. The finish is dry, light, and crisp, with lingering pine/grapefruit bitterness.

Upper light bodied with a dry and sticky mouthfeel. As I noted with the bottle of Nelson that I tried earlier tonight, carbonation could be kicked up a notch. It's at a pretty low level for an IPA and not as carbonated as the draft incarnation. Great stuff. A light and flavorful IPA, though I definitely prefer the draft version to this bottled batch.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duet harmoniously entwines golden and orange tones, their highlights spill out and diffuse across the table. Though of only modest foaminess the lacing expands like a marching army, conquering all corners of the glass. The patterns imprinted are intricate enough to pass for some kind of abstract modern art.

When reviewing Alpine beers I find it hard to sit still. Few breweries are capable of getting a hophead so excited. This one does not disappoint - its bouquet is enveloped in citrus pith and dripping with bitter resins. There's an air of tropical fruits but also a little bit of dankness, like a forest after a heavy rain.

That leafy flavour develops further on the palate, especially as the mandarin and grapefruit notes fade and that earthy, herbal aftertaste sets in. It's not particularly intense by IPA standards but will likely intimidate most mainstream drinkers. Welcome to the jungle, baby. This is what the style is all about.

To that end, one won't taste any alcohol but, considering this is 7% and drinks arguably much easier than it should at that strength, maybe watch for it later. Those that don't mind a few IBUs will probably want to session this - I thought there was a hole in my glass the liquid emptied out of it so fast.

Let's be honest: it's not like there's any shortage of IPAs in Southern California. Heck, one doesn't even have to leave San Diego to find many of the world's best. The regional standard is high. To earn and maintain a reputation like Alpine has really, really says something about them...

When it comes to hops, Alpine is the real deal. As with Exponential Hoppiness, Hoppy Birthday, Pure Hoppiness, Duet is as good as everyone says it is. Believe the ratings online and know that if you want to truly taste the pinnacle of California IPAs then that stuff from Alpine are must-try.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 John_M
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Alpine. Pretty dry and bitter on finish, and yes, a bit more tropical fruit in the mouth would be nice, but this is a very solid IPA from the folks at Alpine. Glad to see this on a fairly regular basis around town now (in Eugene and PDX).

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little less than an inch fall white head. Body is a bright light orange, very clear. Lots of effervescence. Good lacing.

Bright piney citrus here in the whiffs.

Floral hops, very refreshing. Nice malt backbone, drink ability is high.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation blends well with this beer.

Pretty good Ipa here, very drinkable. Hats off to Alpine. Thanks kawilliam82.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber color with a decent sized frothy white head.

Smells of big juicy hops--orange, peach, maybe some lemon and lime, even banana. Mmm.

Taste has more pine and bitterness, less sweetness and fruit, still a lot of citrus and peach. Some spice, some floral notes, mainly citrus.

Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation, pretty good feel overall. Very easy to drink.

Great IPA. 8.6/10

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

A: Poured a clear yellowish orange color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap, a good amont of bubbles and light sticky lacing

S: Pine needles and a citrus bouquet on the nose, very smooth and prominent all at once. Citrus notes lean toward some lemon zest, orange peel witha hint at pineapple and light grapefruit

T: Starts with a crisp pine note followed quickly by strong orange peel and lemon. The finish is lightly bitter, a little slick but still rather clean and smooth. Very balanced with a nice malt backing, perhapslight caramel, went down way to easy.

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated, some sweetness with loads of citrus and pine lingering on the palate

O: Probably one the nicest Single IPAs I have ever had.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Poured from a Green Flash embossed bottle. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops with a light dankness, grapefruit and a hint of light stone fruit.Flavor is citrus and piney hops, mildly dank, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit, subdued but sturdy caramel malt. Finishes with lingering, lightly resinous grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nicely balanced, hoppy IPA with an emphasis on the herbal flavors of the hops as well as good assertive bitterness. Pleasant mixed fruit flavors from the hop combination. A quite nice IPA. I'm not a big fan of Green Flash's hop flavors usually, but they did a nice job on this one. I've never tried the Alpine brewed version, but this is great. Matches surprisingly well to its brewery description: balanced with malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness.

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

Thanks to choprite for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The ale is a golden yellow-orange hue, rather brilliant in the right light. A thick head, over 2.5 fingers on first pours, laces in fluffy patches all around the upper 40% of the glass.

S: The nose is an oily explosion of hops, piney and citrusy. The aromas are intensely focused, with grapefruit and pine needles. Caramel malts and floral sweetness also make cameos.

T: The ale is malt-forward, showcasing the sweet grain base up front. There is a sweet hop bitterness running right behind the malts though that reminds me that this is an IPA. The second sip, thankfully, throws out a stronger hop presence. The oily bitterness packs a punch with black pepper and tropical fruits settling in. The fruit doesn't linger, passing quickly, although the general pine and citrus does stick around. A peppy finish, pleasantly bitter, has left me with a wry smile on my face.

M: The IPA is a heavy hitter, loaded with citrus and pine. The malts hit a high note early on before fading into the morass of hops. A very nice drink.

D: More, please. I love an IPA that kicks my tastebuds in the teeth. This one does it with panache. Now, who's gonna send me a bottle of Nelson?

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. I like it.

Smell: rich and piney hop aroma with a dose of grapefruit. This is a classic West Coast IPA aroma; I dig it.

Taste: big and rich piney, earthy, grapefruity hops. The underlying malt is also rather on the sweet side, which just adds to the "bigness" of this beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bit of a rocky carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a really, really nice beer. It is a classic flavor profile, very well executed. I am glad we can get Alpine up here in Washington now.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Dark gold, nearly clear beer with a fluffy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

Heavily aromatic; big citrus and dank, resinous pine. Orange fruitiness. Noticeable sweetness and a pungent bitter punch.

Citrus, pine, strong bitterness abounds. Lots of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Just a touch of sweetness and a subtle underlying maltiness playing a supporting role to the wonderfully fresh hop flavors.

Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, feels smooth, creamy, and rounded. Crisp finish as well. Top notch.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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 corby112
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade, courtesy of WeeObese.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a frothy 1.5 finger white head that as decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting cap.

Sweet citrus hop aroma that is slightly earthy with a faint grahamcrakery malt presence. Hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango and pineapple accompany the dank oily resinous hop presence. Slightly piny giving it a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. There's also a sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

Slightly chewy, resinous medium body with a lot of dry earthy hop bitterness up front along with some tropical and citrus fruit flavor all slightly balanced by a subtle malt backbone.
Very earthy up front with a lot of dry pine bitterness which lingers throughout into a very dry finish. The citrus character from the aroma is there but very less prominent than I expected or hoped for. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit along with some pineapple notes. Subtle malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. There's also some strong sweet alcohol evident mid palate and the high ABv is not very well masked. Overall this beer is a bit to dry and bitter for my liking with too strong of an alcohol presence and not enough balance. The balance that I speak of is not a lack of malt, just a lack of the flavors blending with each other. Not nearly enough citrus, sweet flavor for my taste. Decent but a bit overhyped.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. consumed from a spiegelau ipa glass within 1 hr of pour.

A: Dark, tarnished orange with a solid one finger beige cream head of solid retention state. Quick paced spacious effervesce fills the vessel. Nice skirt lacing on the way down in the vessel.

S: A wiff of fruitiness, dried apple, spicy sweet floral notes, with a followup of fresh grassiness that was exceptionally smooth and polished with a low to moderate rate of awareness. Sweet and perfumy.

T: Flavor was sweetly, lightly dry toasted french bread, sweet floral hops, and lightly toasted apple skin and cinnamon spicing. Spicy floral hop finish. Hints of grassy-pine adds just the right amount of accent while still maintaining a excellent sense of balance with the other components.

M: Lightly creamy, exceptionally smooth maltiness, softly carbonated, perfect harmony with a lightly dry finish.

O: Overall an exceptionally clean and polished drinking experience with an strong harmony and balance of malts and hops that makes this highly drinkable, and a flavorful beer. Crisply brewed, great drinkability, great hopping that isn't your typical west coast variety, but a beautifully orchestrated collection of spicy hop florals and fruit that begs for more drinking. Checking out their other examples it seems Alpine is no slouch in the IPA department and seems to be hitting it out of the park with nearly every example. Can't wait to try them all.
Beutiful balance and example of a cleanly brewed beer that showcases what true craftsmenship is all about.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head slowly fizzles away, with lasting lace. Aroma is all about the citrus.

Taste is moderate sweetness to start, which is quickly overpowered by citrus hoppiness in the middle, and cruises through the close with pine and ample but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Excellent brew, and shows how we can have plenty of hops character and flavor, yet keep the bitterness under control. Bitter is nice, but bitter for bitter's sake gets old. None of that here.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine brews are new to my town, and I was anxious to try them. Of the three I tried at the release party, this was favorite. A quite nice IPA, and one I'll enjoy again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

This is the centerpiece around which Topher and I built our trade. Here's to some good drinking, I'm hoping...

"Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!". Ok. How's about putting some bottled on or at least best by dates on your bottles! ;^)

It pours a clear gold ingot colour, or gold coin, or whatever gold you may have stashed away or are wearing. They don't get much more gold looking than this one. Nice 1" head of foam with some good lacing, this is one beautiful looking IPA.

Taking a few whiffs and the hops are fragrant as all hell. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit and some pine dominate in a big and fresh way and in between, I can sense some malt sweetness that doesn't really balance out the smell at all but it's nice that it is there.

Sip....sip...sip...yep, the hops are big in the taste as well, grapefruit and some mango with a little bit of pine, all representing but....the malt shines a lot more here than what it did nosebud wise. Some caramel malt sweetness takes the "sharpness" off just the right amount that I like in a hoppy IPA and that always sits very well with me. In fact, the more I sip, the more I notice the malt but I guess that's because I'm "looking" for it. lol. Anywho, this super fresh brew is tasting amazingly good.

A very nice medium, smooth, mouthfeel with lightish carbonation, it would be easy to say the hell with it and gulp the sucker down but that is not my modus operandi.

Drinkability? It's entered as 6.75%abv, my bottle says 7.0%abv but whichever it is, and I'm leaning towards the 7(because my bottle says so...maybe a change from version tap vs version bottle?), this is highly drinkable! Alpine brewing did a great job here and Mauerhan did a great job sending this one my way. More BAs need to try this!

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from ikaika122. Awesome. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded to leave some thin lacing and light retention.

S - Nice aromas of light tropical mango/pineapple, with light citrus notes. there is a light bready aroma as well as candied malts.

T - Ah...to get back to balanced IPAs. I've almost forgotten what thats like. Great harmony of light tropical hops and super faint pine (light alcohol too) along with sweet malts. Not overly sweet though. Excellent balance.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome, lighter carbonation but not boozy. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from a brewery I've been dieing to sample from. Been a long time since I had a "balanced" IPA, very solid offering.

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

22 oz bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one!

Pours a clear orange/amber, a bit of gold in the edges, very thick white head forms, drops some chunky lace on the glass as it settles down to a meidum ring, looks nice.

Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, lots of fruit, some orange and tangerine, a bit of biscuit, very fresh and hoppy, malts take a backseat, slight herbal character.

Taste is similar, lots of grapefruit and pine, apricots and tangerine, orange peel, lightly malt in the middle, a touch of caramel and biscuit, big hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, a little too high like the Nelson although not as much. A pretty damn solid IPA, no Pure Hoppiness for me but excellent stuff. Thanks Eric!

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

Hazed pale copper. Dusty looking cap of ivory white foam. Lace is quite substantial and intricate. Aroma is tropical, grassy and resiny. Flavor is a lot of citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, nectarine. Good hop flavor. A little grassiness and some pine resin. Bitterness is very clean. Underneath all the hop character is a solid enough toffeeish malt base. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a flavorful, easy drinker. Great IPA overall.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.