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Alpine Duet, Nelson, Pure hoppiness which is best and why?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mhksuccess, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Well I was down at Alpine last weekend and had couple samples of each and realize now that without a doubt my favorite in order and why
    1. Duet the hops are just fantastic like a party going in my mouth could drink consistently and be happy
    2. Nelson there is just something to be said about the nelson hops just the taste is so good not as overpower hoppy as duet but a close second
    3. Pure hoppiness although this beer is definitely good it just paled in comparison to the other two and had to give it a distant third place
    ALL in all the beers sampled at Alpine point to return for sure plus the food wasnt bad either and you have to love the santa claus style little hippie artsy community lol
  2. Duet, because it just is, man.
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  3. j47paco

    j47paco Savant (375) California Dec 19, 2010

    PH = Awesome
    Duet = Awesomer!
    Nelson = Awesomest!!
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  4. Duet is it
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  5. YaKnowBrady

    YaKnowBrady Initiate (0) New Jersey Jul 23, 2010


    Alpine homers doe.... Dunno about them.
  6. Brew33

    Brew33 Advocate (655) Ohio Oct 24, 2007

    I really thought I'd be in the minority by saying Duet.
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  7. Haven't had Duet yet. But my local joint got in a case of Nelson last night (one per customer) and I was fortunate to get one (albeit at $10). How much is a bomber down at the brewery?
  8. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Added some Duck Dynasty updates.

    Also, I'm confident they would never attempt any other beer in a fermenting tank that once contained brett yeast. At least I damn well hope they don't.
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  9. Nelson is one of my all-time favorite beers, it's so easy drinking and citrusy, yet incredibly flavorful. The other two are nothing to sneeze at though.
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  10. For me it's:

    1. Duet
    2. Pure Hoppiness
    3. Nelson

    I was expecting to love Nelson but was a bit disappointed in it. Still a great beer but I think it's reputation had been built up to the point where I was expecting more. Duet and Pure Hoppiness on the other hand were incredible. Pure west coast in-you-face hop goodness.
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  11. OTB

    OTB Savant (380) California Sep 2, 2011

    $ 5.99
  12. Darklight

    Darklight Savant (295) Pennsylvania Jun 27, 2006

    Have to agree with everything you said here. Absolutely love Nelson.
  13. I am going to go with this order:
    1.) Nelson
    2.) Duet
    3.) Pure hoppiness

    I havent tried any of the three but I don't think that should stop me from voicing my opinion.
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  14. I'm saving my bottle of Nelson for Saturday when the Kings raise their Stanley Cup banner.
  15. yes they are 5.99 plus tax come to almost $7
  16. That's a pretty big mark up.
  17. not so bad at KEG N BOTTLE in santa barbara they have DUET for 16.99 plus tax
    and it probably been sitting on shelf for who knows how long at least a year so not good anymore
    for the amount you have to drive to save a couple dollars it is worth paying that premium
  18. kevanb

    kevanb Advocate (690) Illinois Apr 4, 2011

    Pure Hoppiness

    That's my order, but they are all fantastic
  19. Im hoping for a bottle of nelson and duet in the near future for hooking up someone with heady and kiwi rising.
  20. FosterJM

    FosterJM Champion (845) California Nov 16, 2009

    I have had all 3 and that is the correct order. Well done.

  21. Why? If it's sanitized it's fine. I ferment brett beers and clean beers in the same plastic better bottles and buckets. Never once had a cross contamination.
  22. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    Nelson, because there's just nothing else like it. Although I think Kiwi Rising came pretty close.
  23. blguillen

    blguillen Savant (300) California Apr 19, 2011

    Can I throw Expoential Hoppiness into my list too? I love me some Alpine beers. Fresh and bomb! :cool:
  24. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Send me some brews! I would be happy to play the role of quality analyst. ;)
  25. If you're gonna compare a Hanzo sword, you compare it to every other sword ever made... that wasn't made by Hattori Hanzo.
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  26. you could but then you would have to throw in Hoppy Birthday
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  27. My order:
    1. Nelson
    2. Bad Boy
    3. Keene Idea
    4. Hoppy Birthday
    5. DuHop
    6. Ugly
    7. Duet
    8. Exponential Hoppiness
    9. O'Brien's
    10. Pure Hoppiness
    11. Tuatara
    Pretty much every other brewery's flagship IPA.
  28. blguillen

    blguillen Savant (300) California Apr 19, 2011

    lol, oh yeah! :D
  29. 1. Nelson
    2. Ugly
    3. Duet
    4. Pure
    5. Expo

    I will buy any of those every time I see them except Expo, not much of a fan of that one.
  30. DJButters

    DJButters Savant (310) California Jun 23, 2010

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  31. To play devil's advocate (because in general I agree style categories should be respected), Hoppy Birthday has the body, flavor, and aroma of an IPA. In fact I would take it over almost any IPA in the world. The only thing that really makes it a pale ale is its alcohol content--I think there should be more than a single defining characteristic of any style.
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  32. Duet->Nelson->PH imo
  33. patkorn

    patkorn Aficionado (220) California Aug 30, 2007

    Dude you just didnt call the city of Alpine a 'hippie artsy community' did you? First and probably last time I will hear that.
  34. jrnyc

    jrnyc Advocate (700) New York Mar 21, 2010

  35. This is my order!
  36. The answer is whatever Brett says it is.
  37. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Aye! Three cheers...for Brett! I heard he's on his way there now actually to do some research. And perhaps order a sandwich, I DUNNO!
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  38. A rueben?
  39. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Patiently waiting for match1112's answers though, to be truthful. :rolleyes: