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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 glid02
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and citrus hops with good amounts of herbal hop aromas lurking in the background. The pale malt does not but serve as a backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops gain a bit of a bitter edge as they turn mildly herbal, then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this very well may have been my favorite beer I had while visiting SD, a list that includes a lot of highly-regarded beers. A superb IPA and one that's well worth a shot.

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

A big thanks to Jesse for getting me this growler. I have searched long and hard for this one and I am thrilled to finally be able to throw this one down. I drank this growler throughout the day while messing around in the yard. Served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of zac16125
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 1 week ago

A big thanks to harink for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with just under 1 fingers width of bright white head that quickly dissipates down. Looks like a pilsner, so it loses points. Leaves tons of lacing though to win those points back.

S: Huge aroma. Tropical fruit sweetness with pineapple and mango, juniper and dank resinous pine, hints of lemon zest and orange rind. Hints of the sweet malt backbone. This is very well balanced, with a lot going on for a single IPA. Smells delicious.

T: Like the nose, there is a great balance of flavors. Sweet malt, juniper and pine, pineapple. Its dank, resinous, sweet and citrusy all at once. Faint piney bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip. Packed with flavor, yet so well balanced. Just excellent.

M/D: Very smooth and creamy for an IPA, coats the palate nicely. Medium body, perfect carbonation. Drinkability is great. Impressive mouthfeel for the style.

O: Overall, what a fantastic brew. Certainly one of, it not THE best single IPA Ive ever had. Seek this out, a must try. Very glad I got to try this and can't wait to try to Nelson thats sitting in my fridge.

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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 bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A symphony of hops! The Amarillo and Simcoe work so well together and the aroma is so incredibly light and floral. So easily drinkable it's difficult to take your time with it. I am happy that Alpine has finally come to Chicago!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jimmy2282, the Surly will be coming soon.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my trusty nonic. Produced a very nice two-finger, off-white head, that dissipated slowly and left some very nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. It's a pretty, honey-gold color; clear and a tad lighter than expected.

Smell is very, very nice. Bunches of fruity hops hit you right away, but there are some subtle grassy notes and an overall sweetness that just screams "Drink Me". This may well be the best smelling beer I've come across.

This is a truly great tasting beer. Just like the smell, massive bouquet of fruity hops upfront. There's some dry, bitter hops in the middle, but there is this underlying sweetness to the beer that is just gorgeous.

Thicker than expected, but still great carbonation. It's relatively heavy for how silky smooth and easy to drink it is. I like it. It seems a lot of IPAs these days try to be light in the body, but Duet embraces the fullness in its body.

Overall this is a GREAT IPA and a very good beer. If I were to give some newbie an IPA, this would be it. I think that's because it's not as dry and bitter as some IPAs can be. This is a sweeter IPA. The hop profile is one of my favorites thus far. If Duet is a true representation of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, than those are varieties I will be on the look out for. Great brew. Cheers!

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

Finally got around to trying an Alpine Beer and I must say that the bar has been raised!

Pours medium amber with a thick, fluffy head. The lace just sticks to the glass and refuses to let go. Just beautiful.

Intensely fresh hop aroma. By far one of the best aromas from an IPA I have ever smelled. Tropical fruits (papayas and mangoes come to mind) with pine and grapefruit on deck.

Tastes of sweet tropical fruit and some pine, basically mimicking the nose, with no harshness and no lingering bitterness. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the beer very balanced but not to detract from the hop flavors; delicious.

Chewy, full bodied and highly carbonated. In summary, an extremely enjoyable beer but the excessive carbonation makes the drinkability just shy of a 5.

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

Growler courtesy of cuda7051. Poured into a large tulip.

A: Dark golden-orange body. Crystal clear with a nice stream of carbonation releasing straight out of the center. Large creamy white head that slowly receded while leaving a respectable amount of lacing down the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: The rich citric aroma was detectable the second i unscrewed the cap of the growler. In the glass, assertive tangerine, orange, mango, and nectarine aromas dominate over the background of a slightly resinous pine hop note.

T: Disappointing! Compare to the nose that is :) I knew it would be hard to live up to the exceptional nose, and the taste is certainly superb, but not the equal of the nose. Sweet citric hops like those described in the nose are present and ride atop a soft malt background. Not as assertive as the nose though. Clean bitterness in the back end.

M: Soft, light-medium bodied. Good, consistent carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.

D: An exceptional IPA right up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Masala Mama and Furious as the tops in the category. This is an easy drinking brew that does not skimp on flavor and aroma.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour looked nice, with a pale golden colored body, sporting some chill haze, and topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was that of clean, West Coast hops, evoking grapefruit and hay. The taste was very clean as well, with the citric hop acids dominating up front, followed by some pineapple and melon in the finish. There was sweetness from the malts to put up a losing fight against the hops. The body was creamy and delicate, and the mouthfeel was exquisite. This is an outstanding example of why this style appeals to so many. What's not to love?

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype! This mutha is fo RE-al.

Poured from 22 oz bomber acquired via trade into chilled pint glass. Beautiful light orange color, nice fluffy 1-inch white head, and lots of tiny bubbles with ample sticky lacing throughout. The nose is a gorgeous mango/grapefruit/papaya olfactory orgasm. And the flavors on the palate, while less fruity/floral than the nose, do not disappoint. To the contrary, piney resin and grapefruit notes lend a mellow balance to the solidly structured hop profile, with virtually zero alcohol burn evident. The mouthfeel is as full and chewy as an IPA can get, while the finish is long, smooth, lasting, and complex.

Really love this beotch. Will come back to her lair often!

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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 GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to errantnight for this from our trade!

A: Pours a cloudy, apple cider color with a creamy, 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Lots of suspended chunky sediment and tons of sticky lace. Gorgeous to look at.

S: This thing STINKS of hops! Very fragrant Amarillo hops. Tangerine and pineapple...kissed by pine.

T: See above. Earthy and floral hops, toasty malt, and fruity yeast.

M: Some sweetness and juicy smoothness that's met with dry and hoppy bitterness. Lovely.

D: Another stunner from Alpine! Their IPA's are so friggin' good, we need more!

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper/amber clear ale like all west coast IPAs, 1 inch white fluffy head with sticky ringed lacing on the glass.

S - All citrus and pine blended seamlessly. Very nice.

T - Piney with very complex citrus fruits. Similar citrus profile to Sculpin but with more pine on the palate.

M - robust hoppy west coast feel.

O - great example of the West Coast IPA and I do like this better than Sculpin. Can hold its own with most IPAs I've tried. Great beer.

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

On tap at O'Brien's in SD. Was pleasantly surprised to see this one on the beer list.

Pours a bright crystal clear gold color with a nice head.

Aromas are of hard candies, quite floral, with peaches and citrus notes.

Taste is of light cream and sweet candied malts. Hops are nice and very flavorful, but not overpowering the rest of the beer. Finish has a light pine, peach, and citrus hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability is off the chats. What a great IPA, lots of great flavors, but not too heavy at all. I could knock down quite a few of these in one sitting...

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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 GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Stone World Bistro in Escondido.

A - Golden with good clarity. A moderate white head that leaves behind plenty of thick foamy lacing.

S - Fantastic floral and fruity hop aromas.

T - Loads of floral and citrusy hop flavor with a mild malt contribution and a touch of bitterness. I wasn't a huge fan of the Pure Hoppiness or Exponential Hoppiness but I love this one.

M - Silky and smooth with a nice low carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Smooth, flavorful and quite memorable. This is an outstanding CA style IPA.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPA's- this one show cases all of the classic characteristics of a well-crafted IPA, and is so refreshing that despite the ABV, I would consider this one of my favorite session-ish beers.

L: light haze, mostly clear. pours light gold, with excellent foamy lace

S: Citrus and fruit up front. some feint herbal/ floral notes.

T: citrus, light caramel which really balances things and keeps the hops in check. The bitterness is not overpowering which also really helps the balance. The flavor is hop forward, with floral, citrus notes.

F: light oily body, not overly malty. Clean and easy to drink/pound.

O: This one really is great and so balanced! I dont' know of a more flavorful, clean, bright IPA out there that can compete.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Original west coast ipa color
Floral bouquet with citrus all over, beautiful aromatics
Orange zest followed by hop bitterness. Well balanced
Falls a little behind nelson, great brew

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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/5/15 DE

Pour dark orange with pretty decent head. Nothing too impressive but if you like darker side ipas then you'll love it.

The smell is a little sweet with nice passion fruitiness.

The taste is great. And the feel is great. Is say it's a heavier hopped beer that doesn't really fit the piney west coast mold. For me that's great. I like citrus and smooth. Which this kicks ass for the feel and the fruity hop taste.

Overall, love this beer. I've had a few alpines and all so far have been top of the game. This one might be one of their best.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright sun yellow with a slight orange hue about it, an inviting IPA for sure.

Smells of citrus, melon, and hop deliciousness.

Huge wave of cantaloupe at first sip, with other tropical notes namely grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava.

Mouthfeel is hoppy and tropical, very refreshing and perfect balance.

Overall I enjoy Alpine Nelson more, but still a fantastic IPA and I only have one other Alpine brew notched into my belt to compare it too so take that with a grain of salt.

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

Enjoyed on NYE, poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Split with futureobrew.

Appeared a beautifully clear light orange/yellow color with a two finger paper white head.

Smell is phenomenal. Grapefruit, lemons, oranges, pine. Nice sugar/honey scents to back up the bitterness. Very fruity!

Taste is incredible. This is one of the most balanced "fruity" IPAs. Tastes like a fresh Florida grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is refreshing without being too thin. Alcohol is hidden. Bitter finish is backed by a nice malty sweetness.

Overall this is incredible, and I would take this over Pure Hoppiness any day. One of the best "single" IPAs I have ever had.

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

From bottle to pint glass

Pours an orange-apricot, slightly opaque, nice pillowy 1-inch head. Fair amount of lacing trails as I gently stir, which also releases a nice bouquet of citrus and sweetbread notes. Grapefruit, orange and a splash of something tropical, perhaps papaya. Freshly baked honey bread lingers in the background.

The citrus tones hit your palate first, but they're accompanied by leafy, bitter notes that aren't detected in the nose. Ample hops have an earthy tea edge, which blend nicely with strong notes of honey and bready malts. Malt-backbone is really prominent, approaching a DIPA, which nicely masks the alcohol. The bitter aspects really stand out toward the end of the sip, along with a slight tinge of tropical fruit suggesting mango. Hints of passion fruit as well. With all of the flavors dancing on the palate, the beer finishes surprising dry and clean.

Duet has a smooth, oily slick mouthfeel - viscous for a single IPA. A lot of the characteristics of this beer approach a DIPA, except perhaps the ABV. Great balanced flavor makes this really easy to throw back. But then again, it's Alpine, you expect them to be this good.

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

Drank tonight with Pure Hoppiness and Nelson, I thought this was the winner.

A- Golden straw golden color with a 1 finger head and light lacing left on my glass.

S- The Amarillo and Simcoe hops are just awesome, loads of grapefruit citrus and loads of sweeter tropical fruit and a hint of lemongrass... Just a great scent, a true west coast IPA for Hopheads, I love my hops. Not much malt which is great for me, pretty much a perfect IPA.

T- Loads of citrus hops with tropical highlights, slight malty backbone but the citrus and sweet tropical fruit dominate and lead to a delicious dry finish.

M- Light body, refreshing, easily drinkable IPA with loads of flavors and scents... Hopheads dream beer.

D- Very easy to drink and absolutely no trace of alcohol, awesome job Alpine I enjoyed this more than Pure Hoppines...

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.