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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 durrrr
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed recently on tap at Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a clear golden/amber yellow with a 1 finger head that fades quickly to a coating.

The nose is amazing. You get great citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt, and a hint of pine.

The beer tates so fresh bursting with hop flavors right away. Leads with the citrus and grapefruit hops with just the right amount of sweet bready/biscuity malt for balance. Alcohol well concealed. It is unbelievably clean, crisp and refreshing while still delivering a world class hop experience. The Simcoe and Amarillo blend is mastered here.

Medium to light body for a 7% IPA with medium carbonation. The beer is scary drinkable. The flavor profile and overall experience reminds me a bit of PTE. For me, this beer on tap or fresh in bottle, is one of my all time favorite IPA's.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick, fluffy, white head. Light orange body.

Nose is sharp and crisp pine encrusted citrus. Just a smell sensation.

Flavor is top notch. I mean it. There are few better. This is kind of like Pliny juice light. A blend of super light, but still slightly sweet malt, with a hop blast that strips the enamel off your teeth without ever going overboard.

Mouthfeel is tart, tangy, low carb, stripping.

Overall is tops, just a truly great beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color, thin white head that recedes over a couple minutes, good lacing.

S- Very, very fruits, loads of orange aroma that's just absolutely amazing, also some pine resin and dank hops.

T- Extremely earthy hops, some dankness, solid pine bitterness with citrus, but lots of earthy, dank, slightly herbal notes. Malt is light and bready, adds a touch of caramel sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a slightly dry finish.

O- Another amazing IPA from Alpine, it's really flavorful and very easy to drink, excellent stuff.

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

Served on-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) in a Shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Beautiful golden amber with short cap of off-white head that leaves thick slabs of lace.

S: Delicious floral and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango mixed with a touch of citrus. The malt backing is mildly sweet with a hint of crystal.

T: A easy drinking IPA that you could drink many pints of if you are not careful. The floral and fruitiness of the aroma carries through nicely and there is big mango, pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit - very lush in the flavor department. There is not a ton of bitterness in this beer. The malt is straightforward pale maltiness with some light caramel from the crystal. A great IPA to sit around and enjoy several of with friends.

M: Despite the lush flavor profile, this is a medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish which gives it a very light feel overall. The carbonation is midrange but maybe a bit more active than most.

O: Duet is a great IPA that I was thrilled to get to try on tap. I tried to back to back with Nelson and actually liked Nelson a bit more for its raw hoppiness and increased bitterness and complexity. But if I knew I was going to sit down for several hours or an entire evening and both were available, I might have one Nelson and then go with Duet for the rest of the night as it is such a flavorful, dry, easygoing beer.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice head and medium lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. To much citrus for my liking.

Taste – Grapefruit, mango, and some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, lightly creamy.

Drinkability – Pretty good, but a touch too much citrus.

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

Poured an orangeish gold color with metallic shine in the light. Good amount of head and great clarity. Decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. Aroma is resnious and piney. Lots of grapefruit - very acidic and citrusy. Hinting towards a thick mouthfeel, Double IPA style. Malt is lacking, or hidden. I get more of a true pale malt backbone instead of an IPA. Nearly sweet, but bitter definitely comes through right away in the taste. A bit grassy, but mostly nectar flowery flavor. Some orange citrus fades to the hop flavor. The hop bitterness takes over but is mild. Balanced feel, maybe a little on the watery side. Dry finish.

Some of the above comes across as disappointment, but it's really surprise. I'm surprised at how mild this tastes. It tastes more like a slightly bitter Pale Ale, but smells like a Double IPA. The aroma is great, and the flavor is very palatable. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dandelion color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the tropical fruits upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead with pineapple and mango notes that blend with some pine and grass with a moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with skme light bread notes and some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellowish brown color with 2 finger fluffy head, lots of lacing.

S: Smells like grapefruit, pine-y hops, floral aroma.

T: Surprisingly maltier than I expected. Quite bitter, but you can taste the malt. Citrous, Grapefruit, pine, finishes slightly bitter (but not too bitter).

M: Medium thickness, good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't anything mind blowing. I much much prefer Nelson over this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, Calfiornia. Reviewed live. Acquired at the brewery. Expectations are high given its current ratings. I've had this before on-draught and loved it. 7% ABV confirmed. I'm a big Alpine fan.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty vibrant, but predictable for the style.

Sm: Nice floral hop aroma with hints of hop bitterness. Evocative grapefruit citrus esters. Lovely pale malts. Clean and fragrant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. It's refreshing and subtle. Very pleasant. Nectary character. Hints of hop oil.

T: Brilliantly floral and nectary, with divine grapefruit character. Citrusy and luscious. Clean and refreshing. Delightful pale malts build the light foundation, which allows the hops prominence without intruding. Very subtly executed, with incredible balance for an IPA. Light oily character. A bit creamy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Quite complex for an IPA. Hop bitterness is nowhere to be found. Really an incredible taste. I'm amazed by the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. Near perfect carbonation. Dryness and coarseness comes through on the climax to coax out the flavours. It's not as oily as many IPAs. Good thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable. I like it and I'd definitely get it again, preferably on draught. Well priced at Alpine. An incredible IPA that I'd definitely recommend to friends. Amongst the best beers in the style, for sure. Very refreshing. I could down this all night.

Would pair nicely with spicy food.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh. I had an older bottle of this from Wally's Wine and it had dropped off considerably.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger had that slowly and unwillingly retreats back to its home. Lacing is thick and provides excellent coverage.

S: Man. Just a full nose of citrus-first hop followed by the sting of weed resin brought by the hammer that only west coast hops are known to bring. Extremely full nose with big boy malts to back up the big boy hops.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the hops are blended a bit better and the malt doesn't skip a beat. This is a wonderfully blended beer with every single ingredient playing its part humbly yet at the top of its class creating a world class orchestra of flavors. Absolutely delicious IPA.

M: Not too heavy a la your big boy double IPAs but most definitely not thin - even a little. This has perfect carbonation and such a crisp finish for an IPA. Brings the hop oils with it making me pucker and reach for another sip.

O: Beautiful IPA. Really, one of the best balanced I've ever had in this style. Alpine and Kern River are probably some of the least heralded brewers in the country. Bra-effing-vo.

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Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into pint glass yields 1/3 finger white head with good retention. More head though please. Crystal clear and golden. Pretty. On the very light side of IPAs. Minus points for that.
S: Tangerine, mango - Man Candy all the way! Some earthiness belowdecks is a nice accent. Maybe some savory garlic too. Some apple cidery esters too that tingle a bit but are not boozy.
T: Well balanced, clean crisp malt up front. Good gentle but substantial hop bitterness. Savory side and piney side of hops are stronger. Dances on the edge of APA and AIPA. So tasty. The only strike against it is that it seems more like an APA in balance. Too bad for semantics.
M: Very smooth, balanced, full-flavored. Dare I say perfect? Crisp but round.
O: Delicious and very drinkable for 7%. Smooth. I'd drink a lot of this if I lived in San Diego. I'll definitely buy again and have a second. Sarah likes this one a lot!

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Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head on top of a golden clear body. Aroma is really fruity, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango. A bit sweet, but fruity sweet not caramel sweet. Lots of citrus, tropics, similarly sweet to the aroma. Nice bitterness that balances a bit of the fruityness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Unremarkable. Ok carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery April 6 (yes it was a very Good Friday!) pours a clear medium amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is thick resin grapefruit, pineapple, and bready malt. Taste is a nice subtle blend of all sorts of fruits - grapefruit, peaches, apples, lemons, etc nicely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light carbonation which is a good thing considering the flavor subtleties, with dry finish. Overall is high quality IPA from a high quality brewery.

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Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours stunningly clear copper hue. Very small half finger of white head from a smooth pour. Tiny wisps of lacing on the glass with below average retention for the style.

Full wholesome bready malt with a touch of sweetness cloaked with a steady orange citrus and pine hop aroma. Pretty standard stuff here for a west coast ipa. Nice and attractive but certainly not different.

Malt lightens up considerably here to provide less of the bread to almost a delicate wafer flavor. Pine, sandalwood and floral hops, very uplifting. After the drink there is a distinct bitterness that dries and vanishes nicely along with some alcohol.

Light on it's feet, this one floats like a butterfly w/o the sting from the bee. Carbonation is there but compliments the drinkability as does the body. Bitterness and alcohol all but disappear from the palate leaving you ready for the next draw. It can't get any better than this.

This ipa grows on you the more you drink it. A finesse fighter with perfect balance and feel. Doesn't throw hoppy haymakers but draws you in until you submit. Alpine really knows how to craft a hoppy beer, meticulous and expertly built.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Shane for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear bronze color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Good lacing too.

(S)- A bright and fresh citrus profile. Pineapple, lime, lemon, and even some grapefruit. Subtle pine, but otherwise just a bright citrus zest of a profile.

(T)- A bit backwards to the smell. More woody pine in the taste. Not as bright of a citrus profile than the smell was either, but it is still there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too, though clearly not as vibrant, crisp, or fresh as the smell was.

(D)- Definitely an above average IPA, though it was a bit of a letdown when the smell was so great, but the rest of the beer failed in comparison. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head. Low retention rate and no lacing. Pale golden color with high clarity.

S- Heavy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pine and other light smells. Several kinds of hops detected.

T- Hop-forward, bitter and citrusy. West coast IPA for sure.

M- Thicker feel for an IPA, smooth.

O- I found it to be a slightly above average West Coast IPA.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for tossing this one in.

Pours a light golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head. Boom, the aroma is all over the place. Some definite grapefruit and tropical fruits up front with just a touch of pine behind it. I was expecting more pine from the simcoe hops but this one is very well balanced. The fruitiness really opens up on the nose as the beer warms up, I start to get some peaches and apricots after a while. The taste is more of the same with tons of oily citrus fruits balanced with just enough malt for a dry bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a great westcoast IPA, everything I have had from Alpine has been top notch and this one is no different.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops mix very well together to create a nice hop aroma. Bready malts and a touch of caramel help balance the hops.

T: Hop flavor is quite strong, floral hops are now strongest with an underlying citrus flavor that goes very well with a dry, yet slightly bready malt base. I really enjoy how the floral hops mix with citrus. There is a sweetness to help balance, but the beer remains fairly dry. Bitterness is kept fairly low.

M: Medium thickness with low, creamy carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. The floral hops are quite nice and an underlying citrus flavor goes well with a low bitterness and moderate sweetness.

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Photo of crossovert
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with hints of orange and a foamy white head.

The smell is unique for an IPA I think and I really enjoy it. There is a lot of tropical fruit, specifically papaya, which I hate the taste of but love the smell of. It has this deep vinous characteristic with white grapes. This smell goes perfectly with the warm weather outside.

The flavor is just refreshing and thirst-quenching. Tons of green grapes in the flavor along with tropical fruit hints with pineapple and passion fruit, and an assload of citrus. I love these two hops, just love em. There isn't too much acidity though which lends it to being even more spectacular. The malt backing is subtle and the bitterness is medium.

I have had single hop brews of both of these varieties, but put them together and you get this absolute beast.

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Photo of spicelab
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN.

Near translucent golden honey, uncharacteristically light for an IPA, with a large porous white head that drops over a few minutes with some snail-trail lacing and a slightly raised ring. Quite a fast bead.

Dank and zesty aromas of sweaty grapefruit, candied tangerine, rockmelon, green waste and pineapple sharpened by snappy, floral tones. Very smart.

Similar tropical goodness receives a spicy, herbal twist before transitioning seamlessly into a dry, spearminty bitterness. Classy.

Light but zingy carbonation feeds the medium bitterness nicely, which coats the palate while being anything but harsh. Awesome.

Running out of superlatives for this brewery. Another IPA that pretty well epitomises skilful brewing and execution. Works on every level.

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

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

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Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company. Alpine and Kern are quickly emerging as Russian River's biggest threat to steal their crown as the top producer of west coast IPA's.
Score: 90

I received this beer as part of a trade in early January 2012 courtesy of BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSours (thanks for the hookup!). No freshness or bottling date, which is always a dangerous proposition for IPA's. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden honey color that falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, but closer to translucent. There is some flaky sediment floating around, but not nearly as much as there was with the Alpine Nelson. Two-plus fingers of off-white soapy head at pour gradually and penultimately settles into a thin foggy layer atop the glass for awhile, ultimately settling into a thin ring around the glass. Excellent lacing (oily and frothy), excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tons of bright tropical citrus aromas here. This beer is quite odorous; I could smell it very clearly while pouring it. Fresh apricot, grapefruit, pineapple juice, and mango dominates the complex and slightly floral citrus element of the aroma. Behind the citrus is earthy "dark" pine tree smell and "sticky" pine sap resin. A little spice is mixed in there too. This one really gets my olfactory system running. 5/5

Taste: Very malty and oily hops flavor. Much maltier and more balanced than expected given the nose. Perhaps at nearly 50 days old, this one is past it's freshness prime. That would certainly explain the lack of hoppiness and bright citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, this beer is still tasty and refreshing (unlike some of the other, older IPA's that I have had). Malty orange juice, creamy pineapple, earthy pine, and mellow hoppy bitterness. Finishes and lingers with a moderately bitter "fresh pine" and flat orange citrus flavor that reminds me of a super mellow Heady Topper type flavor. The finish/linger is really interesting, but maybe I am over-thinking this one. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very smooth and super oily mouthfeel. Mellow bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid tasting and excellent smelling single IPA. I will have to try and get my hands on another bottle and drink it fresher once my cellar dwindles down. I really should have consumed this one a month ago when I had the Half Acre Daly Double.

Recommendation: A much more balanced IPA than most, with a robust IIPA-like aroma. Unless you are completely averse to hops, seek this one out.

Pairings: Steak served with caramelized onions.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.