Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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4.55/5 rDev +2.9%
Beer pours clear amber with not a lot of head. The color would allude to a good amount of maltiness. Very nice.
Smells fantastic. Huge hop prescience. Not very bitter. There is pineapple, mango, orange, and a little pine/grass scent. Clean and balanced.
Balanced is the name of the game with this guy. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is huge for an ipa. Pineapple, orange, brown sugar, and a little of those earthy notes here. The flavor is huge. I can't believe this isn't a double ipa. Super drinkable. Some bitterness on the backend.
Mouthfeel reminds me a lot of HF. The creaminess factor is present, but the hazy glow is gone which, for whatever reason, really affects my perception of the MF. Regardless, this beer is very well-exicuted. Amazing example of a big IPA.
Amazing ipa. It's no Susan, but one of the best for sure. Thanks for the gift, LaChupacabra! You're an awesome BA!
09-22-2013 03:50:02 | More by lunarbrew
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Really? One of the premier IPA brewers in the country and no bottle date? Mega-fail. This is somewhat fresh as far as I know.
A: A clear gold pour. Big effervescent light tan head (more off-white than anything). Head fades slowly with great retention. Moderate little specks of lacing left behind.
S: Ohhhh yeah. Big, juicy hops. Tropical fruit and citrus mainly. Sticky sweet oranges, pineapples, tangerines. Wonderful crisp and juicy aroma. A bit of sugary caramel backs it up. Really nice aroma.
T: Okay, maybe I misread the aroma. Huge hop wave up front but it's pine and resin and lots of it. Big biting hops. Malt is very mild and bready. Bitter from start to finish but an extra big wave of bitterness in the finish. Long lingering piney, resin, almost sappy hop flavors between sips. Get brief hits of citrus here and there but the simcoe stands out by itself mostly. Quite dry. By long lingering I mean LONG lingering, you can still taste the drying hops for several minutes after each sip.
M: Nice smooth medium body. Very crisp and dry to accentuate all the hops (or is it vice-versa?)
O: Damn. Really nice IPA, one of the best. Big bitter and drying hop character from beginning to end. Complex and strong hop flavor and aroma. Just enough malt to be noticeable but does not detract. A proper west coast IPA from a master brewer.
09-17-2013 04:42:36 | More by Dope
4.16/5 rDev -5.9%
Beautiful light golden and coppery ale that looks perfectly alive with carbonation. One finger head of smooth white foam that fades relatively quickly.
Delicate floral aroma with a hint of citrus or tropical hops (tough to determine), and a light bready malt background.
Immediate dry hops on the tongue and palate, followed by a wave of hop flavors: I thought sweet citrus at first, with a major following of floral and clove honey, all mixed with a subtle malt backbone. That big first blast may be pine. Each sip is very complex, and seems to deliver a slightly different taste.
Bright and refreshing, with a medium malt body. Sprightly and alive; light sting.
This is a very tasty, complex, hop-forward, and refreshing IPA. Oh, and its appearance is lovely. Just enough malts to smooth out the experience.
Thanks to JayORear for the trade!
09-14-2013 21:07:34 | More by Roguer
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.