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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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678 Reviews
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Reviews: 678
Hads: 3,411
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 852
Gots: 505 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with an off-white head. A good mix of small and large bublles are present. Mild retention and good lacing.

S - Very grassy and piney.

T - Mild pine.

D - A bit bitter up front, but turns very creamy in the finish.

O - Anoter winner from Alpine.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of Pure Hoppiness here and I just realized that I've never opened the bottle of Duet that I got in a trade. Well, can't waste any more time as I have a homebrew that needs bottles.

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Sharp. Clear. What more could a chap ask for?

The duo of Amarillo & Simcoe don't fail to impress here. Amazing. Very hoppy, despite the age.

Ditto. A shitload of Amarillo and Simcoe to please the hop lover. I certainly am pleased, sir. In fact, I don't understand how I could let this sit for so long.

Lingering hops and buttery malt in the side corner pocket. The 8-Ball obviously went in because this is drinkable as fuck.

Another excellent IPA to mark off. I've got to get me some more beer from the Alpine Brewing Co.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Shane for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear bronze color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Good lacing too.

(S)- A bright and fresh citrus profile. Pineapple, lime, lemon, and even some grapefruit. Subtle pine, but otherwise just a bright citrus zest of a profile.

(T)- A bit backwards to the smell. More woody pine in the taste. Not as bright of a citrus profile than the smell was either, but it is still there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too, though clearly not as vibrant, crisp, or fresh as the smell was.

(D)- Definitely an above average IPA, though it was a bit of a letdown when the smell was so great, but the rest of the beer failed in comparison. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, trade with beerman4. Clear copper color, a little chill haze. Really big foamy head, easily 4 fingers worth, and large weighty clumps of sticky bubbles sticking to the glass walls. All kinds of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, mango and other tropical aromas. Perfect pairing of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. This could be the perfect IPA. The flavor is dead on target, with the hops giving all their flavors in the fruity realm with just a little contribution towards bitterness. The use of pale malts with just enough caramel malt gives some sense of balance while allowing the hops to take center stage. Just thicker than water, with a lasting aftertaste and slightly oily mouthfeel.

Every IPA I've tried from Alpine has been top shelf. The Amarillo and simcoe hops in Duet make it my favorite from the family.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with two finger head and left lace patches down the glass. Citric, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the aroma and the beer's taste profile is the same as a light, clean body that has citric, earthy hops that balance with sweet notes (malts and possible sweet fruit flavors) for a mild but very enjoyable IPA that hides the ABV.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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 jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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 barczar
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pine notes, grapefruit pith, resin, and tangerine in aroma. Floral hops lend sweetness.

Flavor is fairly fruit dominant, with grapefruit at the forefront, becoming resiny bitter in the finish. Notes of pine linger in the aftertaste. It's a bit more bitter than I'd prefer. Not the most complex, but solid.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Another long awaited "Want" cut into the bedpost. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a soft head. Mild lacing. Aroma is deep and resiny. West Coast all up in this nose. Amarill and Simcoe pull zero punches. Pine, grass, grapefruit, and some other fruit/hop elements. Malt? We don't need no malt here. The flavor hits my tongue and detonates. Heavy bursts of that pine and fruit I found in the nose. Earth hops. Some tropical fruits as well. A barely-noticeable sweet and neutral malt cloak. This feels and tastes like a big Double IPA. 7% feels and tastes like 10% but without the added alcohol. A West Coast uppercut of bitterness floors my palate. Lingering, long, formiddable bitterness. Has a fuller body. Is beer was quite a good time. Alpine in Massachusetts is a good thing for this dude.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with minimal head

smell: lots of citrus hops, caramel malts,

taste: more citrus, with a balanced malt bill

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: I'm going to have to agree with the guy that reviewed this beer before me. And say we need more access to Alpine Beer. They really do know how to make a well balanced IPA.

the CPJ

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this beer, it was a snow day and I had nothing to do. After drinking some rather awful beers today, I need something good, and Andy delivers. Thanks, bud!

Crystal clear light yellow, surprisingly light in color. A dense white head is present, with nice lacing. Gorgeous stuff. The nose is beautiful. Sharp and pungent with plenty of pine and a clean fruity bitterness; grapefruit and orange rind being quite noticeable. Non-existent malt sweetness as expected from Alpine. A little dank and herbal, this smells excellent.
The palate opens with a prominent bitterness, clean and zesty with grapefruit and pineapple. The hop bill leans towards Amarillo, reminding me of the Stone IPA in certain ways. Hilariously dry, there's no real malt character to speak of. This is all about the hops with the balance leaning more towards the bitterness than any other Alpine beer I've had. Still, this is quite extremely flavorful. Moderately resiny on the finish, this is yet another winner in the Alpine pantheon.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of dar482
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a very familiar IPA color. Golden orange, a bit hazy, a small white head with a good amount of lacing.

The aroma reminds me a bit of Jai Alai. Tropical fruits, tons of orange, sweet orange peel, tangerine. Some pineapple, peach, and papaya. A very good smelling beer.

The flavor is where this beer explodes. There’s this stiff punch of pineapple and grapefruit essence. Tangerine and sweet citrus fruit are in there in the front and then onto the Simcoe. This beer is not sweet as it simply has the essence of the hops with a bready backbone to move the beer along. The finish again moves more into some grapefruit and some pine as it warms. Not a very bitter beer at all, but very clean and dry.

The beer is gorgeously clean and easy drinking. Quite a light body on this as it drinks down so easy, yet has tons of hop flavor. Easily one of the best IPAs out there. It’s not a mind blowing beer exactly, but it’s so well constructed and so refreshing. I would love to have this every day.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick creamy white head and robust sticky lace.

S-lots of tropical fruits in the nose of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. a light malt backbone, sticky sweet malts with caramel and a touch of dough and a light pine in the end.

T-the taste has a fair bit of tropical fruit, adds more grapefruit and the bitterness of it reducing the orange peel and tangerine but those are still present. sticky doughy malts and caramel are underneath with a little bit more pine presence in the back and a lightly bitter finish.

M-nice light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the back of the throat. rather juicy and wet throughout and somewhat dry.

D-this is a rather drinkable IPA with a nice light bitterness and strong balance. Enough doughy malts and sticky caramel to balance an assertively hopped beer. There is a lack of subtly and an aggression in the flavors that make it slightly flabby but still very good stuff.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to evilc for this awesome extra! thanks chris!

poured into cascade tulip.

Appearance: clear and glowing soft golden bodied beer. 1 finger of thick white head. Not much lacing to speak of and drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. Orange rinds, lemons, and peaches. Tropical fruits. Hint of resinous pine. I dont think this beer is brewed with rye, but I get a rye like spiciness in the nose.

Taste: Hop profile is mild to moderately bitter. Peaches, orange rinds and grapefruit notes upfront. A hint of fruity, grassy, tropical fruits, and floral notes in the middle of the beer. Just like in the nose I get a hinting of rye spiciness...yet again I dont think that any rye is used to brew this beer. The finish is full of pine, lemon and grapefruit rind. The finish seems to linger on for a long time and never becomes overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really drinkable IPA. The ABV is not really apparent even at 7%. It honestly reminds me of an APA. The beer is really bright and refreshing. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: The thing I love about this beer is that most IPA's beat you over the head with brutal bitterness. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness and big hop flavors without overdoing it. You can easily drink a whole bomber of this beer yourself. Really great complexity from this hop profile. This beer is like hop candy. I am a believer that Alpine has some seriously legendary hoppy beers. Duet is no exception to the statement.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Crazeguy for sending me this great beer! One of my new favorite single IPA's!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Clear amber color with a think white head from an aggressive pour. Left a nice lacing.

S:Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hop aromas. All the smells I like!!

T:The taste is similar to the smell and has a balance I find very appealing.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol is hidden well and I find this to be a quite refreshing beer! Highly drinkable!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.