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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 Viggo
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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 sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a pint glass/ Consumed fresh

P: Dull copper with a 1 inch head of pearly white soapy foam on top. Showed decent retention before it formed a thin film of bubbles on the surface, leaving some spotty lace behind in its wake.

A: Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and lots of floral come catapulting out of the glass, while very soft caramel malts are there underneath. Nothing mind-blowing here, but the aroma features a potent blast of everything I like in my west-coast IPA's.

T: Starts more balanced than expected with a toasted biscuity malt that emanates lots of caramel sweetness while the hops showcase their exotic citrus fruit characteristics on top that make me think of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons. Then, the malt seems to almost drop out completely as the flavor turns increasingly bitter and progressively piney on the back end. Finishes with a long, dry aftertaste that hangs on for a while. Can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet resinous, while being dry and smooth with a little creaminess from the good amount of Co2.

Notes: This is a really good IPA that drinks so easily I wish it were available in 6 pack form. Doesn't feature as much complexity in the citrus department as I usually look for in top-notch IPA's, as the bitter pine seems to take over on the back end. But all in all, this is another fine choice in the diverse selection of west-coast IPA's within easy disposal. Recommended

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Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Popkas
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with nearly 2 fingers of head that lingers and finally leaves a very nice lace.

S: Tons of grapefruit and hops. Impressive and really looking forward to tasting it!

T: Interesting. Get very little that I can define upfront - very plain after the nose. Bitter pine and grapefruit at the end salvages it nicely.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Very enjoyable. Only wish that we could get this on the east coast.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer a pours a dark gold with a slight orange tint. The head is about 2 fingers of white head, creamy, and soapy and gone in about 3 minutes leaving soapy head. The lacing is good, but nothing compared to Nelson.

The aroma is very light, the tiniest bit of grapefruit and an even smaller amount of hops at the end.

The taste is very nice and complex with a lot of different flavors. The start is sweet with a little citrus the middle is a tiny soapy and the end brings a nice big, yet drinkable, bitter hop finish. There is also a little pine at the end.

The feel is nice and this is highly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty damn fine IPA, to me, much more superior than the Nelson.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

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Photo of Lothore
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a thick, frothy 2 finger head. A perfect example of the style.

S- Smells grapefruity, citrus, earthy notes with buttery diacteyl undertones.

T- Very buttery, possibly infected. Citrus and light fruits break through but can't make up for the butter.

M- Medium carbonation, medium viscosity.

D- It was a great beer to look at but the buttery notes ruined it. I'd be willing to rerate to see if it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours light orange with a huge white head. Very carbonated from the looks of things. The main aroma is piney hops. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness and pine flavor, but that is quickly washed off the tongue by the high, prickly carbonation. The huge amount of carbonation makes the beer taste slightly watery and takes away from the overall experience. That is my only complaint about the beer. With lower carbonation, I think I would have enjoyed it as much as good as Nelson or Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. Golden body with a light brass core. Lacing is sticky and has a long life.

Plenty of hops. The nose is stronger than the final result. Orange, earthy and a bit on the raw side. Finishes on the sweet end for my taste but overall its excellent.

Notes: After taking down 3 alpine brews in the past couple weeks I've found another reliable brewery to purchase from. Everything I've sampled has been at the very least solid and at the best stunning. Don't hesitate to purchase.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from a trade, thanks augustgarage! Always there to oblige my hop cravings...

A- Gold, a snowpeaked head that isn't going anywhere. Beer color is actually pretty much a dull gold, but the head is ivory white.

S- Smelled the hops from a mile away. Floral, citrus, no bitter or pine hops, mild mild grapefruit. Smells like Pliny, actually. Ah, west coast IPAs. Mild pale malt is there, adding to the awesome bouquet. Wow.

T- Follows the nose. Bitter, though, more bitter than I would have thought. Still, the orange peel, flowers (lilac?!) and other assorted hop awesomeness comes in right behind it. The malt is nowhere to be found, but that's fine with me... I'm here for the hops!

M- Crisp, clean, with a flavor that explodes in your mouth. Perhaps it seems like I'm gushing over this beer, but I am really digging it.

D- High. If I could, I'd drink a growler of it. Awesome beer, A great flavor profile and a smooth drinkability makes this a no-brainer for anyone looking for some hops. Very enjoyable.

EDIT- I have gotten a bunch of bottles of this since my first review. I am in love with this beer. One of the best from the West, no doubt about it.

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Photo of photomike
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty easily the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Very clear amber color with an explosive, billowy offwhite head with infinite retention and THICK lacing. So inviting.

The aroma is a seemingly even balance of simcoe and amarillo hops. Orangey and grapefruity with some of that earthy simcoe muskiness. A hint of biscuity malt comes through.

Taste is more of the same, but leaning towards the simcoe end of things. Piney, woody muskiness with all kinds of bitter citrus rind. The bitterness is stronger than I had initially expected, but the palate warms up quickly with this one. After a couple sips, it is clear that this is a well balanced IPA. Nicely biscuity malt flavors.

This finishes very cleanly, with some slight astringency from the bitterness. Slightly lighter in body than I'd like, with medium carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency does add up a bit.

Not QUITE worthy of its top 100 status, IMO, but a very nice IPA nonetheless. If I loved Simcoe, this would be my jam.

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Photo of pwoods
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty average coppery amber with decent clarity. An assertive pour gets about a fingers worth of dense, creamy white head that holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: A very nice marriage of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which just go fantastically together. Loads of sharp grapefruit and pine with plenty of cat piss to go around. A bit of sweet biscuity malt comes from the back and tries to balance a bit.

T/M: Great bitterness level, assertive to the edge but never falls over. More of the fantastic Simcoe/Amarillo blend going. The malts are bigger in the taste but don't get in the way. Some sweetness and more of the biscuity, light bready flavor. Body is medium to medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves nice lasting bitterness. I do get a bit of metallic flavor at times, usually on the back end. A bit off but doesn't really hurt the beer... just a bit confusing.

D: Fantastic IPA. Simcoe and Amarillo is just a classic American pairing and I never get tired of the two. ABV is reasonable and the brew doesn't want you to stop drinking it.

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Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

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Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. Victory HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a rusty gold color with a huge billowing three finger head of an off-white rocky foam with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine with a floral layer as well as a bit of pine to add some bitterness. The malt backbone is a beautifully soft semi-sweet biscuit that add great depth and uniqueness to this American IPA.

M: light to medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.75% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this was an exceptional and quite unique American IPA that contains one of the most interesting and appetizing biscuity malt characters that i have tried. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of oceanman
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic bronze color with medium head. Pine cone, grass on top of floral, light citrus, with faint caramel sweetness peeking through. Creamy mouthfeel nicely balances the almost spicy hop bitterness. Pleasantly lingering bittersweet finish - not at all harsh.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a sandy brown with shades of orange. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has floral and citrusy hops, caramel and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the bitter hops and candy malts.

Light to medium body has a crisp, yet soft carbonation. Nice resiny finish.

Another great IPA from Cali.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for trading me this bomber!

It only just arrived yesterday so when I go to open it, there's a bit of gushing. Pours a hazy pale copper color with thick rocky head. It sticks around a long time leaving chunky lace on the glass.

Aroma is pleasant with candied citrus fruits and grapefruit.

Flavor initially tastes a bit off. Grapefuit competing with oxidation? Going back to the smell, I can detect it in the nose too. A sharp astringent flavor and wet cardboard flavor make this totally disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with appropriate body but the off flavors ruin it. Drinkability is pretty pour as a result.

This is a shame. I can only hope that the Nelson and Sculpin will make up for it.

...an hour later... not as bad as it was at first. I'm not sure if it's mellowing out or I'm just getting used to it. Unfortunately, it's probably a bad bottle. If I get the chance, I'd like to try it again.

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Photo of koopa
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10/31/10 Sample:

A:4.5
S:5.0
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

The nose has a beautiful fruity toffee note that I haven't picked up on in previous samplings. The taste is the same as usual and the mouthfeel is the same. I love how dry this beer is.

11/29/09 Sample:
A:4.5
S:4.5
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: pours a honey gold with trails of orange and a massive off white crown. The crown is frothy and billowly in a cool whip type way.

Smell: Strong floral hops with lemon and notes over a nice biscuit malt. The floral component is truly fragrant and satisfying. Some pine resin in the background too but it's faint.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit citrus zing with a tasty biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body makes this brew come off crisp but the creamy head helps to counterbalance.

Drinkability: Quite the session IPA.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden hay-like color with about a two-finger head.

Tons of pine and citrus in the nose. Ahhhh California! Orange peel and floral hints throughout.

Nice and crisp with all those lovely hops biting the tongue. A faint malt backbone is present to compliment the citrus.

Light carbonation, but as with all Alpine beers, it so drinkable that it should be a crime. Just a refreshing, hoppy delicacy I wish I had access to all year round.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no bottling date on the bottle (22 ounce). Beer is heady and aggressive. Carbonation moderate to high and steady. After a careful pour I got about 6 ounces into my glass, the head took up the rest. White tiny bubbles giving way to larger bubbles at the top, looks like soap. Beer is light amber in color and mostly clear. There is a slight haze to it. There is aton of lacing as the head falls away from the glass.

This beer does not lack in the aroma department. The strong head and steady carbonation fill the immediate area surrounding the glass with the smell of pine. There is a hard to define sweetness about the smell as well. A very inviting IPA aroma.

I've been slowly adding more beer to the glass as the head disappears, its almost time to drink. Strong bitterness and a slight aftertaste of more pine based hop flavor. There is some funk in the midpalate of the beer so a slight deduction. Body of the beer is medium, its not as if you are chewing the hops down its less forced than that. Overall the drinkability is good and I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Pours a golden straw/hay color with about a finger width of cloud-lie/chunky head. The lacing is phenomenal!

S - Fantastic! Rivals that of PtE!. Pine and grapefruit up front with a very sweet malt finish.

T - There is very little biterness to it, just a bit on the back end, but the malts are very prevalent, and very sweet for an IPA. There are some light glass and floral notes; this is fantastic!

M - Light carboantion with a medium body. It's very appropriate for the style.

D - I'm only a few sips in and I wish I had a 2nd bomber to drink. This stuff is great.

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Photo of craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

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Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Wow, this label is pretty crazy. What the heck does a church have to do with this beer? Also, the "Drink Alpine ale or go to bed!" quote on the back is pretty random, but pretty funny. In any case, the beer poured an amazingly clear, brassy color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that left spotty drips of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy and complex. Peach, apricot and grapefruit notes were instantly recognizable. (Peach flavored candy came to mind.) Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were noticeable as well. Somewhat floral. The crystal malts took a back seat to the hops, yet they provided a pleasant sweetness. A hint of butterscotch came through as the beer warmed. The hops also seemed to intensify with time. This is an IPA in its finest form.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the aroma. Sweet-ish caramel malts were noticeable up front before the hops kicked in. Citrus fruit notes (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) dominated the hop profile. Peach and apricot flavors appeared as well. The finish was piney and oily. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Crisp, clean, bitter and somewhat dry but not overly astringent. This beer had just enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from being harsh.

The mouthfeel was quite creamy and smooth. A crisp, lively carbonation made the liquid feel light and fluffy on my palate. My only complaint was that the body seemed a touch thin for a beer of this magnitude.

Duet is liquid crack for hop heads. Packed with a menagerie of hop-derived flavors yet shockingly balanced, this beer is all too quaffable. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was remarkably well hidden. I can only imagine how good this must be on-tap.

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Photo of younger35
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew this morning from Masterski. The description on the back of the bottle has me pumped. Full of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Badass. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a massive three finger bright white head that is brilliantly fluffy. A perfect one finger cap and collar is left the entire brew along the thickest ring like lacing ever.
Smell- Super mild nose as it's a bit florally and ever so slightly fruity. Rose hips and lilac dominate (not sure if that's the right word since nothing really 'dominates') but a bit of orange zest and lemon peel are noticeable. Something spicy in there as well. I'd swear some rye was used.
Taste- Very light and almost delicate (first word that comes into my mind). The hops are lightly fruity with a very delicate grapefruit and grab apple features. The bitterness is so lightly fruity and nicely balanced. As it warms the orange peel and lilac really show and more of the floral side comes out. I get an ever so slight grainy sweetness in the finish but for the most part this is hop central. Balanced, fruity, hop central.
Mouthfeel- Considering the delicacy of the beer, the mouthfeel easily holds its own. They didn't get skimpy and kept this thing helfy. Low carbonation adds for a nice oily, creamy feel.
Drinkability- Brilliant. So light and easy drinking and everything an IPA should be. I wouldn't say it's the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's possibly the easiest drinking IPA I've ever had. Awesome brew, thanks Alex!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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