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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 ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stawn for sending this my way. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Imperial nonic pint glass. The ale appears a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a huge inch plus of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves quite a lace in its wake. A very nice looking pour, can't wait to dig in. The nose and flavors consist of caramel malt, tangerines, floral, orange, pine, white grapefruit, grass, spicy citrus mint, peach skin, ripe tropical fruits, toffee. Just about the right amount of bitterness with no alcohol heat to speak of. Adequately carbonated with a clean medium body. Simply delicious stuff and very fresh right now. By all means, get your hands on a few bombers if you can.

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

I'm always interested in a new Alpine offering.

Appearance - A nice light copper with two inches of white, fairly stiff head. Laces well.

Smell - Nice and light. Plenty of apricots and tropical fruits. Pleasantly hoppy. A slighty biscuity note.

Taste - Follows the smell. Tons of nice tropical fruits. Very light with a grassy note to finish. There is a real astringency that is unpleasant on the aftertaste. It just dries out the mouth. It goes from great to very good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good, but that aftertaste is tough.

This is a very good beer. It was almost great, but it finishes so dry that I'm having a little trouble with it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.

Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

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Photo of MGL
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this gem in a trade with stawn. Thanks Chris! Poured a 22 oz bomber into a oversized Pinot wine glass. Pours a golden caramel with minimal lacing and a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. I put my nose to this beer and this is exactly what I like about west coast ipa's rich citrus. This ipa uses a mixture of simcoe and amarillo hops, yummy. This baby tastes exactly how it smelss citrus pronounced with wonderfull grapefruit bitterness. This beer goes down very easily, too bad this is not readily available on the east coast.

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Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kbm on this and several bruery and alpine brews.

Smell: Piney, bitter, soap.

App: deep orange w/very foamy head w/lacing.

Taste: Watery, but not totally thin. Hops come in at the end w/the piney soap taste. No alcohol presence.

Mouth: Average to thin.

Drink: Considering it's supposed to be a great west coast ipa, poor.

Overall: I hate to disagree w/so many, but I've had almost all the highest rated ipa's in the world. This tastes green or soapy. It reminds me of an american pale ale homebrew I did once and thought I screwed up. Would not buy again. It's ok, just not good.

(Edit: Had on tap at Woodshop tasting, no soap taste but still not very impressive. Will raise scores a bit.)

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

22oz bottle from a shipment recieved today.

Pours clear copper with a gold hue and a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface for the duration as well as plenty of smeared lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of floral, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Peaches, tangerines, and Spruce resin. Lush with fresh fruit and a light spicyness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. A slight chew with hoppy gription.

A smooth punch of bitterness leads off the palate quickly followed by grapefruit pith, tangerine seeds, pine cambium, and hop resins. Hints of cedar bark, peach fuzz, pears, and melons follow through. A ripe, plump malt base adds balance but the beer is all hop-forward.

Finishes with a lingering, spicy bitterness, ripe fruit, light malt, and warming alcohol.

What a great IPA, like California sunshine in a glass.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of mattwjones
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: like light colored honey, white head with a slight haze.

S: the smell on this one is less intense than its sister beer - Nelson, but still very floral and citrusy

T: beautiful up-front hoppiness with subtle background malt flavor apricot, citrus and some other distinct flavor that I can not pin down at this moment.

M: good carbonation and light viscosity make this right at home in the mouth

D: very drinkable. there is sufficient bitterness that will satisfy most hop heads, but it might be a good transition beer from the bitterness of Sam Adams Lager or Sierra Nevada to the craftier hoppiness levels.

Overall, a great beer, but I will probably not be buying this one very often since Nelson is usually available now, and I think that Nelson has all of the good things that Duet has and more.

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Photo of kbm
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start this review by noting that if the appearance category included label consideration, my score would be significantly lower. I kinda get the Bavarian-esque cartoons that grace all the Alpine bottle, but the inexplicable picture of the circa 1960s suburban church on the front of the Duet bottle leaves me a little annoyed. Don't get me wrong. I don't have problem with the church theme. I just don't get it. Trinity, yes. Duet, no. Anyhoo, the beer more than makes up for any aesthetics lacking in the package.

Appearance: Pours dull copper with a generous almond head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: The smell of Duet gives any IPA a run for it's money. Hoppy with amazing sweet tropical overtones. It smells like freshly cut tropical fruits. I could smell this beer all day long.

Taste: This is a delicious IPA. Not as bitter as a double IPA but definitely stronger than your run of the mill IPA. The initial taste delivers all that the smell promises, tropical and delicious. The tropical-ness of the flavor gives way to a pleasant bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Subdued carbonation without any of the oiliness that plagues other IPAs.

Drinkability: More please. A bigger bottle this time.

This is an outstanding IPA. Although it's certainly worth the $6 price tag, I would buy much more if it was $4 a bottle.

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Photo of portia99
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a clear, light golden color with a thick creamy white head, 2 fingers high with very good retention and holds its shape incredibly well. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

S - Tons of thick, resiny pine and freshly peeled grapefruit. Really citrusy and fresh smelling. Not grabbing much malt in the nose, but in this case, it isn't a complaint at all. This is the freshest, most grapefruity aroma I've experienced in a beer. Fantastic!

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Grapefruit is even amplified a bit. This tastes like freshly peeled grapefruit that is eaten like an orange. I could drink this for breakfast. Also a good amount of pine that rounds out the hop profile and just the right amount of malty sweetness to take the edge off of the bitterness and smooth out the flavor. This is really good!

M - Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but has a nice slick, slightly oily feel on the tongue. Carbonation is fine and quite prickly on the tongue. Resiny hops sit on the tongue and hang around well after the swallow. Very good.

D - I have a new favorite IPA. Just when I was convinced that the Alesmith IPA couldn't be beat, this one does it for me. Amazing, fresh citrusy taste propels this one. 7% alcohol isn't really low, but is manageable. I would be very happy having a couple of these/staying with it all night.

Seek this one out. If you love IPA's you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) and Shane (HopHead84) for the joint venture in getting me a few Alpine beers. I owe both of you guys! Poured from 22oz bomber into Surly Imperial Nonic.

A - Pours a orange/rust color that's mirky with 1.5 fingers worth of off-white colored head. There's some good lacing left along the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top as well.

S - A nice hoppy profile mixed with notes of orange peels, lemon citrus, tangerines, and some malty sweetness. A solid-smelling IPA, if I've ever seen one. Right up there with my favorites.

T - Nice bitter notes up front but nothing too overpowering here, which is what I prefer in an IPA. Not much sweetness, just a straight shot of bitter/citrus hoppyness going on here. This IPA doesn't try to be flashy, it's just straight-up solid/good.

M - Light to medium bodied with some fizzy carbonation on each sip. The carbonation adds more of a body on this and keeps it from being too light. For me, it's just right. An oily finish on the end.

D - A solid IPA if I've ever had one. Alpine is the "hop master" of the West Coast, in my opinion. When I went and visited the brewery, Pat was kind enough to take me on a full-blown tour of his place. All the beers I sampled were excellent, but Duet might be my favorite.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with friends; mine in a Foothills pint glass. Major props to Mauerhan for the ri-donk-ulous trade.

Near-perfect appearance for the style, with a clear golden-copper body that sports an active carbonation level. A thick cap of off-white head recedes, but never fully subsides as it dots the inside of the glass with spackles of lacing. Great West-Coast aroma with bubblegum and cotton candy sweetness balancing foresty, pungent Simcoe hops. Orange peel and caramel in the background.

Lots of piny, citrusy hop flavors in this one. Bitterness is slightly subdued, and the malty backbone adds sweetness, but not much flavor. Grass, grapefruit, and tangerine peel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, with a watery consistency and low carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness, but not much of a bite. Still, this is a very good IPA, but I expected a bit more after falling in love with Alpine's Nelson Rye IPA...

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I've had this beer and this first time seemed more fresh than this. It reminds of Pliny or Sculpin in the fact that if its not perfectly fresh, its a different beer altogether. This is substantially bitter in a good way. Floral and hoppy.

I agree with a previous reviewer who said this tasted like honey and nectar. I believe that is what a little age has done to transform this. I can't really remember the exact differences with this compared to the fresher version, but the former had more citrus and less bitterness. Still enjoyable, just make sure yours is fresh.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated fast and left no lacing.

S - Roasted honey, nectar esters, citrus, and light bittering hops.

T - Roasted honey, nectar esters and bittering hops. Where did the citrus go? The roasted honey could have been tannic.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Finishes rather dry for a standard IPA.

D - Not bad. A good quaff, definitely not top 100. The tannic flavor killed the citrusy hops.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during my San Diego trip last week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but since got at the brewery it's gotta be fresh and well handled. It was a slightly hazy golden color with some floaters in it. Lots of carb streams and great lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a foam.

The aroma was excellent. The Duet in here is Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony" and they blended amazingly. Very pleasant floral hops, grapefruit and pine. A real joy to sniff over and over. The taste followed the aroma and again was outstanding. Starts out with a little malt and then the hops kick in and build to a bitter finish. Dry finish as well. I really liked the hop mix and the touch of malt keeps it from being overly bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is solid with slightly creamy texture. Dry finish as noted. Carb was too high and tinkled the tongue right as the hops were cresting so drowned them out a bit.

Overall, an excellent AIPA that I most highly recommend. Worthy of the hype and praise. During my trip, I got to try a sample on tap at the brewery and then several more pints on-tap at the bars. On-tap is slightly better but the bottle is still excellent. They are an amazing brewery and can't wait to try the rest I brought home. Rotation: not avail here but I have a source who lives in SD so this will become a regular shipment. At about $4 for 22oz's you can't beat the enjoyment to price ratio.

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Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: bright yellow with a slight tinit of gold. Soapy white head that was only about half an inch thick. There is minimal lace and average carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Pleasant, but light floral and citrus hops. Wish that is was a bit stronger in terms of smell.

T: A burst of grapefruit and tangerine hit initially before transitioning into more of a pine taste. Very rich flavor and no soapiness which I have found to be present in some other alpine brews have tried recently.

M: Light but full bodied. Nothing harsh and the hops dont leave any overly powerful tones.

D: This is nearly the perfect session beer. I feel like I could drink this one through the day no problem and definitely the best alpine beer I have tried.

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Photo of sholland119
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this great extra from goodspeed94. Thanks, Jon.

A-Clear coppery amber, a little bit of quickly dissipating white head and no lacing.

S-Hot diggity! Fresh, clean, pure citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit and orange. Absolutely awesome!

T-Where did all that malt come from? I mean, it looks malty but the hops are so dominant on the nose that I expected the hoppiness to be brighter in the taste. This is nicely malty and earthy with only hints of the citrus in the finish. Nice but not quite up to the nose.

M-Medium bodied and crisp, nicely bitter.

D-Really tasty with a slightly high ABV for the style. Still, I would be very happy to have another.

HV

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra pale golden color that first appears effervescent but is actually laced with suspended micro-particulate. The collar is better that a full finger deep loose foamy and off white and in nature. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind each mouthful. The smell has a really nice balance of floral citrus-pine perfume and sweet maltiness. The flavor presence wanders around some and in the end is suggestive of that same piny element. I am really enjoying this beer. However, the body abandons the experience IMO. It's as if the bottom drops out. I'm half way through the glass and now notice that those unique little floaters have settled to the bottom and don't quite cover the half dollar bottom of this most recent shapely Ithaca receptacle. Very drinkable; it feels so light that it surprises me to find that there is 6.7% ABV. This one has a whole lot to consider. Many thanks going out to radshoesbro for this opportunity!!!

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

a - pours a golden amber color, smallish ivory head with retention around the edges and decent lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - bright orange and tangerine rind aroma, decent amount of biscuity malt as well, not much alcohol evident on the nose

t - citrusy and malty sweetness up front which quickly evolves into a strong orange and lemon bitterness, good deal of biscuity maltiness on the tail end of the mid-palate and into the finish, citrus bitterness comes back in on the finish, not much in terms of alcohol presence

m - medium-to-light bodied, lower-carbonation than most IPAs, pretty drying on the palate, not much alcohol warming

d - this is a pretty big single IPA, but rather drinkable all the same, complex enough to keep things interesting, enough sweetness to lend some body to the bitterness (but not too much, this is a SD IPA)

Yet another great IPA out of the San Diego area. I'm curious to see how this compares side-by-side with Sculpin.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.

A - Golden brown and crystal clear. Big frothy white head that settle to a pillowy one finger cap. Spotty lacing left all over the glass.

S - Very strong tropical hop aroma. Faint biscuity malt backing. Hops are certainly the center of this one. Pineapple is the primary fruit that comes through in the nose but I alos pick up a little mango and a light candy sweetness.

T - Candied pineaplle and other assorted tropical notes. Light biscuity malt backing. Very hop forward without being a tongue buckling hop punch. Finishes with a clean sweetness.

M/D - A touch on the light side and little too much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking a good IPA but just a touch off the mark from great.

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

A - Finally in the bottle. Pours not very pretty brown tinted honey. Some light almost white head, lots of cling lace.

S - HOPPINESS GALORE. Almost an ouch. LOL.

T - Lighter than expected, nice malt center, overwhelmed by the hops. Duet hops are perfect for this beer.

M - Creamy, balanced, carbed...all good.

D - Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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 HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.