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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 744
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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.
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Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JessetheHut for sending me these Alpine beers. Much appreciated.

Duet pours a gold color. It's mostly clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light behind it. The head is absolutely enormous. It's off-white in color and stands over four fingers tall. It dissipates very slowly and is a little annoying in that respect. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends....very slowly. Good looking beer, but this is one of those rare occasions where less head would be good. Actually, I'm not sure I'll every say such a thing again.

The nose is extremely impressive. Duet is loaded with hops. I discovered that once I started pouring. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge, though a healthy amount of floral notes follow. Hops are obviously the focal point and really shine. There are some malts lingering in the background. They add a light sweet smell and very subtle toasted aroma. I'm not complaining. I prefer big time hops in IPAs and this one smells like it's very consistent with personal preferences. Alcohol is blended well. Excellent marks here.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Did I mention that this thing supercharged with hops? It's sweet and a little citrus fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit are the strongest flavors. Some floral notes are present, but they're not quite as strong as the citrus elements. It has a bitter bite that really delivers. The malt base works well for me. It adds a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up any caramel or toffee flavors. It is a little toasty, but the malts overall are secondary. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. My bottle indicates the abv is 7%, but it's well hidden. It finishes bitter and dry.

Duet has a light-medium body. It honestly feels a little light. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy for it to really have a smooth feel. It's not bad, but it could be better. Drinkability is very high. I love Duet's flavor and could easily take down another bomber if I had it. It's not too scary at 7% and goes down so easy.

Alpine certainly has a knack for making impressive IPAs. They're at the forefront on the west coast. Actually, they're at the forefront...period. Duet really is a well-rounded IPA that delivers. It would benefit a little from a thicker body and a little less carbonation, but those are small gripes. Duet truly is excellent. Seek out a bottle. It's worth it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap, reviewing from notes from a couple weeks ago.

A - Clear golden-copper color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is lots of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness and a little sweet malt. Definitely a west coaster.

T - A touch of sweet bready malt, then loads of fresh piney and citrusy hops. Some pineapple and orange notes. Really tasty and hop-forward.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and refreshing palate.

D - Very high. Overall this is another awesome IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of spicelab
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Stoneman78
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Clear medium-dark orange hue, minimal white head, minimal lacing
S- Huge nose of pine hops and resin, grass and floral tones, slight citrus
T- Very hop-forward, pungent pine resin dominates the palate (like chewing pine needles.... in a good way), opens up to some sweetness but finishes dry
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation
D- Super piney IPA, hops overwhelm the malts-in-hiding but the balance is there, can sense the underlying alcohol presence but its not overwhelming, unique and complex IPA definitely worth checking out (if you can find it)

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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 srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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 brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Way too much head forms, in fact the pour was all foam, at first, with the clear golden liquid taking its good old time to develop; still the stickage is impressive and that foamy lace is copious

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit, with a floral cast as well; plenty of tangerine, pineapple mango and grapefruit elements

Taste: The malt provides the perfect canvas upon which the bitter hops do their thing, with all of the aromatic elements noted on the nose appearing on the tastebuds both before and after the swallow; there is a bit of biscuity flavor underneath but this is otherwise all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit overcarbonated

Drinkability: Despite the overcarbonation, this is still right up there among the top flight examples of the west coast IPA style

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Photo of gr0g
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Orangey-amber with a couple fingers of foam. Streaky, mottled lacing. Aroma is both fruity/citrusy and dank/piney, with an emphasis on the former. Grapefruit and tangerine rind. A bit of fresh pine needles. Very aromatic and pleasant. Simcoe and Amarillo really work well together, and I'd imagine this would smell otherworldly when super-fresh.

Quite dry for a 7% IPA, and this allows the hop character to be in the limelight. Plenty bitter with lots of citrus pith. Definitely a west coast IPA, though my preference would be for a bit more sweetness. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. If you're a hophead, it's hard to stop at just one. You'll be very tempted to come back for seconds, thirds, and so on.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a nice bright white head that leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malt, peach, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dankness. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and a little bitter. Overall this is a fantastic IPA, would love to find more.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Big golden straw color with a solid two finger head that lingers. Lots of carbonation.

S - Dankness, grapefruit, a little citrusy, not a heck of a lot of malt in the background. Very hop forward.

T - Hops! Grapefruit forward with some dankness. A touch of citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Crushable.

P - Prickly with a nice bitterness without being overdone. Active carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish.

O - Much better than Nelson imo. The taste and mouth on it are pretty spot on for a DIPA. It's quite dry without much malt presence.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach orange body with a large white head appears a beautifully with layers of lacing between sips. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and leafy earth and floral aspects, a fruity zesty grapefruit tone with hints of rolling malts. Flavor of duet highlights Amarillo and Simcoe hops battling it out, juicy malt sweetness adds on a nice flavor mix with the super hoppy West Coast IPA tones. Grapefruit, herbal mint, floral tones on the palate. only on the west coast good a grop of people adjust to hoppy delicious beer like this. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick hop oils caue this to guide across the palate, medium bodied soft even carbonation. Drinkability overall is rock solid another awesome west coast experience as far as IPAs go, these malts blend nicely a touch of knowing diacetyl actually works once in awhile it doesn't taste bad at all in this case.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange/amber color, one-inch fluffy head that quickly faded to a quarter inch, minimal lacing. Great big fruity and flowery aroma. Big tropical and citrus flavors, lots of mango! Medium bodied, kinda slick oily moiuthfeel, very nice. Overall, quite tasty, I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Chcshammonde
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was expecting this to be fairly good and it exceeded expectations. Once again, the feel on this beer is like a DIPA which I love. (Same as Nelson) This had a bright nose with floral and some juicy hop aromas. The taste was very good with sharp bitter hop flavors perfectly blended with the malt profile. Overall, very well done. If this was priced more favorably I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

From a bomber with no freshness indication into a DFH goblet. This brew appears a fairly clear color of light golden orange with slightly more than a finger of fluffy offwhite head. When held to the light this brew has the appearance of being quite clear but there are some large particles stuck in suspension moving around from the movement of the constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface in support of the creamy head. As the head recedes, it leaves a webbing of lacework about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with hop characteristics. It smells sweet and juicy with fruit like oranges and a minty herbal characteristic with a light amount of earthy cattiness. The smell provides some toasty caramel malt sweetness and a tingle of alcohol warmth. This is a very pleasant smelling brew and quite enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is modestly bitter with both an earthy and catty hop flavor. There is a rindy bitterness somewhat spicy yet tastes like orange rind mixed with grapefruit. The finish includes clingy bitterness coupled with a toasted grain flavor that is lasting but doesnt provide any contrasting sweetness. There is a well represented warmth from the 7% abv included.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest, lively level of carbonation. A pleasant experience and well rounded ipa. The 7% abv hits hard in this brew, it provides a spicy, lightly burning fusel incorporation to the flavor and a solid amount of warmth all the way down the throat. For an IPA that only includes 2 hop varieties, this brew is deep and complex with hop flavoring and aromas. It is a testament to brewers that you don't have to go crazy with ridiculously complex variations of multiple hops to produce a deeply complex and enjoyable layering of flavors and aromas. Well done, of the 3 ipas offerings from Alpine I have had, all of them are stellar.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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 tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is of a mild copper like color with a two inch white frothy head. Great head retention that subsides very slowly and leaves a small island of foam on the edges of the glass. Soapy scattered lacing is left clinging all over the sides of my glass.

Citrus smells dominate the aroma with pineapple being the main fruit along with mandarin oranges and grapefruit. Caramel and slight biscuit like malts can be detected behind the citrus smell.

Upfront taste of citrus flavors show up with tangerines leading way into a piny bitterness. Midway grapefruit shows up with a touch of caramel and slight biscuit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation

Good IPA and one I would recommend to try

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
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 WOTO97
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright golden straw color with nominal lacing and head retention

S: crisp lemon-citrus nose with very nice balanced pine notes in the background

T: great mellow hopiness that accompanies big citrus fruit while not overpowering, nice thick bite on the finish

M: very clean with slight stickiness that leaves just enough pleasant hop finish (crisp and clean)

D: GREAT! refreshing with amazing hop balance

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked clear and darker orange with a nice white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. It smells like citrus, mango and pine with a sweet malt aroma. The taste is the same as the smell with the taste of orange and mango most prominent. The malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness that intensifies after the beer is swallowed. The bitterness is pine and grapefruit pith. This is a really nice, balanced beer that I cannot wait to be distributed widely now that Green Flash is involved.

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Photo of celeriac
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try some Alpine IPA's for a while, thanks to NorcalGrowler for hooking this up. I wasn't totally sold on Nelson, so let's see about this one.

Pours an absolutely brilliant light golden with a small white cap that very quickly subsides. The fresh, resinous hop aroma is immediately apparent. The nose brings big hits of citrus and pineapple, as well as some more pungent green notes. Only had Pliny a couple of times but this seems equally pungent, and like it has some similarities (from the Simcoe I think).

Flavor is very nice, with lots of fresh orange and pineapple--it's that sweet and fruity hop flavor. It's also quite crisp, with a bracing and noticeable bitterness and an nicely dry finish. Just a bit of sweet malt peaks out, nicely accenting the fruity hop character. Can't notice any yeast character at all -- super clean. Body is light and crisp with modest carbonation. Surprisingly not sticky for such a hop-laden beer. I'm torn - on the one hand a bit more body might add a nice fullness, but on the other hand I could drink pint after pint of this, which might not be true if it were fuller-bodied.

As I've sipped my way through a bomber I'm increasingly impressed by how easy it is to drink, given the intensity of the flavor. A very nice IPA indeed.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold, hazy, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit and juicy citrus hops, with milder resin, melon and grapefruit rind aromas. Just a hint of biscuit malts underneath.

T: Tropical fruits and melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, a touch of resin and spicy hops, all over top of a sweet biscuit malty backbone. The hops hit up front, fade into the malt, then a nice hop bitterness shows up that lasts after the swallow - but not overly bitter at all.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation is fairly low.

O: This is really tasty, very well-done. The lack of enough carbonation sensation hurts the overall impression. But it still tastes very good. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks womencantsail.

The beer is a clear bright golden glow with a thick slightly off white head supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Lots of thin streaks of lacing as well. The aroma is the highlight of this, exploding with sweet tropical and citrus fruits, particularly pineapple was my first thought. Flavor follows the nose with an initially sweet citric and tropic hop flavor but though out the body and into the finish the malt backbone and a slight graininess start to balance out the sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with soft carbonation, resulting in a not particularly clean or crisp taste and finish. The finish almost tastes watery at times. Overall reminds me of Sculpin and has the aroma and flavor of an exceptional IPA, but the body leaves something to be desired for me.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible ipa, thanks to falling rock for somehow having these beers on tap! this is just insane, and incredibly highly anticipated by me for years, what a pleasant surprise to happen on these! this was the best of the three in my book, and by a mile, one of the best beers i have had this year, certainly on the hoppy side. paler than the others, but also the only one of the three with any haze to it. holds a half inch of white foam for an entire pint. the nose is great, i sweat i smelled nelson hops in here, but it must be some new expression of amarillo i am not familiar with, because this seems so much more southern hemisphere, tropical, and alive than anything coming from california. maybe some wheat malt in here too for body, it has a just short of creamy texture to it, very soft on the palate, but briskly carbonated as well, just how i like my ipa. the flavor is insane, the hops are awesome, and i could never guess simcoe and amarillo if i was quizzed on it, suggesting i either dont know as much as i give myself credit for knowing, or that this is done with some magic, some technique and process or even quality of ingredient that is entirely new to me, im hopping the latter, but am fine with either, as this beer makes everything seem okay. minimal bitterness to the finish, but there is something weird and uncommon in here too, and that is a crazy sweetness in the middle. sort of confectioners sugary, but almost like coconut in the raw, or even pineapple juice for a second, just a strange sweet that lingers long, but it tastes fantastic, and doesnt hurt this for me in the least, makes it even more distinct frankly. overall a world class ipa without a doubt, and really the only one of the three i had that is worthy of all this hype. hoppy birthday was good, but this one takes the cake (good pun!)

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Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a bit of orange and one finger of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good head persistence.

S - Aroma is largely floral and citrus. Not much else in the aroma, but what is there is wonderful.

T - Similar to the smell, a lot if citrus, mostly grapefruit and grapefruit zest, with a lot of florals as well. Not a hop bomb by any means, but nice hop bitterness complemented with a nice biscuitt malt. Very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Some lingering bitterness.

O - Initially I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't more of a hop bomb, but it is such a tasty, easy drinking IPA that it rapidly becomes clear that this is a great beer. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.