Duo | North Loop Brew Co

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North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 105
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Wash myself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Poured a lighter copper color. Aroma has plenty of hoppiness. West Coast style citrus hops along with tropical fruit hops, too. Some malty sweetness on the nose. Flavor is pine and citrus upfront. Then I get a pretty attractive tropical fruit hop medley. Caramel malt and some breadiness. Alcohol too. Finishes bitter. I enjoyed this beer. Not a stalwart but well done.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Frequently purchase this at Four firkins and also drink at the brewery.
L: Pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a 2” white foam collar with a very fine bead.
S: Very clean with citrusy hops, fresh mown grass and malt.
T: Citrus, clean malty sweetness some moderate to moderately low fruit in the background. Complex layered hop flavors supported by a moderately high malt backbone and tempered by big alcohol. Long lingering bitter finish.
F: Just above medium body and just below medium carbonation. The alcohol is clean and not harsh – does not burn or bite.
O: This intensely hoppy and strong beer is a delight to drink.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Four Firkins in Minneapolis. Bottled just about three months ago. Poured right from my fridge into a pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear slightly ruddy amber with about an inch of off-white head that falls fairly quickly but persists as a film that leaves decent cling. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: This one has a pleasing bouquet marked by citrus and apricot. The caramel malt underbelly shows though a bit, along with some more subtle floral and grassy hop notes.

T: The front has some nice caramel malt notes with a nice bit of tartness from the citrus hops and some nice apricot notes. The middle transitions easily into some brighter citrus rind and apricot while retaining the character of the malts. Some herbal/earthy notes also emerge. The back end sees the hops come to a head, finishing with some nice citrus rind bitter. This is a DIPA that hides its alcohol very well--it's smooth, well-balanced, and flavorful.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied with just a bit of a watery quality. Smooth, a bit creamy, and bitter in turns. Again, this is a very drinkable brew for the kind of ABV it's packing.

O: I enjoyed this one from Lucid quite a bit. It doesn't have huge, eye-opening hop flavors, but it's very smooth and balanced and dangerously easy to drink. I definitely recommend seeking this out, and I'll be snatching up some more whenever I get the chance.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lucid Duo Double IPA. 9% ABV. Lucid Brewing, Minnetonka, MN.

"DUO is a double hopped sledgehammer. Sky high IBUs hammer your palate and break down your beer boundaries with each face-slapping sip. Great beer from the North that is far from Minnesota Nice!"

Clear, amber-hued, big, lasting, creamy white head, leaving lace.

Aroma: bitter and slightly sweet, resin-y, pine and citrus. Honey and grapefruit.

Taste: Astringent and bitter at first, the way all good double IPAs should be. Slightly abrasive, good amount of grit on the palate, just short of aspirin-y. Bitterness subsides just a touch, and the fruit rises and shines. Lot of hoppitude happening. Gets more mellow in the mouth, smoother and tastier. I like this one.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had a pint of this at the recent Lucid hosted AHA rally. I'll be the first one to admit that I didn't take good notes on this one since I was socializing and having a great time, but thought I would still give my impressions here for completeness.

Aroma: Powerful citrus and some tropical fruit aroma wafting off of this. I could actually smell it before it was handed to me! Some sweetness from malt present as well (once I got it closer to my nose.)

Appearance: Deep gold to nearly orange in color with excellent clarity. Head was off white, and faded fairly fast.

Flavor: As expected from the aroma, I got strong citrus (orange and a hint of lemon) in the initial flavor. I got a fair amount of sweet after the hop punch. As with many of the Lucid beers I found the finish to be somewhat astringent and difficult to get over.

Overall: A good double IPA but not one of my favorites. The astringent end ruins it for me, but this is still a strong beer from Lucid. I'd like to try it again under more controlled circumstances and see if my thoughts vary.

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Photo of Hop_Cinema
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Michigan and had the pleasure of having first dibs on Hopslam. Now I live about 2 miles from Surly, so I am no stranger to a good IPA (or Double IPA.) Lucid Duo has a very west coast taste and is on par with Surly Wet. Very hoppy. In fact, it tastes nearly identical to Wet for a fraction of the price. Excellent bang for your buck. 9% ABV, 4 pack runs about 12 bucks. Can't go wrong with this one.

At my local store this stuff is right next to the Surly, and deserves its place there on the top shelf in the cooler. This is not a beer you would want to have warm.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.30.13
Thanks L!

A - Pours a dark orange with a smal fine light tan head with great retention.

S - Nice pine and sweet citrus.

T - Pine, bitter orange and malty.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body for an IPA.

O - Bitter and heavy ipa, looks terrible.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apricot colored liquid topped with a quarter inch of tawny foam that laces. Smells of tropical elements and citrus. Pineapple, papaya, mango, oranges. Very inviting. Taste is crisp melon, unripe papaya, orange pith, green apple, biscuit caramel malt. The pungent flavors are complex enough that they clash a little bit and are not quite as delicious as the nose hinted at. Moderately bitter. Medium body. Strong carbonation. Finishes a bit sour and bitter. Overall decent could use some fine tuning of the hop flavors.

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Photo of Mdog
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed 4/6/2014:

A: Clear amber, big head.

S: Piney, vegetal, dank.

T: Still balanced, definitely more bitter when fresh. Less oranges but still citrusy.

O: Worth a try but the only rating I moved up was the smell.

Appearance: Cloudy orange, good head.

Smell: Oranges, maybe a bit of cardboard.

Taste: Sweet malt base, moderate orange flavor, not particularly bitter. Interesting taste profile.

Overall: I like Lucid's IPA so kept an eye out for their DIPA, finally saw it here on the east side. I think this bottle may be a little old. The flavor was an interesting orange but that could have been from some fading hops. Hopefully I can try a fresher bottle next year and re-review.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sharp and juicy hop forward aroma with nice bitter hints of citrus and earthy hops. Bold and ripe upfront scent of hops with floral, earthy, and grassy hints. Scent of dank pine resin. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. Background presence of pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. Slight hints of honey like sweetness. Very hop forward. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: As good as the aroma hints at, a ripe and juicy hop forward taste with big notes of citrus and earthy grass. Floral and herbal hop notes with a spicy taste of pine resin. Grassy hop notes. Big juicy citrus presence with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, apricot, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Subtle bready pale malt backing with some notes of cracker, grains, sweet caramel, and yeast. The hops dominate with a nice bitterness. A very good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the higher end of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Very juicy and oily. Bitter and drying. Alcohol is masked fairly well by the big hops.

Overall: A pretty solid imperial IPA. Good in your face earthy and citrus hops.

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Photo of jhawth
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Pours a rich orange-ish amber with a finger-and-a-half head. Good retention.

Smell: Oh man, I like this. Lots of citrus right away, grapefruit dominates. Some pine notes follow, but this is mostly fruity.

Taste: Mostly follows the nose, but fruit flavors are more muted and pine notes are more noticeable. Tons of bitterness, even through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly light for the style, light carbonation, creamy feel.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. Solid DIPA from the Lucid folks. I would have this again.

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Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Dark orange-copper body. Clean and clear. Finger of moderately dense, off-white head. Tropical fruit malts and hops on the nose. Honeydew melon, pineapple, mandarin orange, and juicy citrus as well. Nice.

Tropical fruit up front. Malty, sugary sweetness fills in, as hoppy bitterness builds. Lots of tropical fruits (pineapple, mandarin orange, and fruit cocktail). Some citrus and pine toward the finish. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Mostly just juicy fruit hop flavors. Delicious. Lingering fruit and citrus. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Nicely done.

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Photo of hardy008
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange with 1/2 finger white head, which fades fairly quickly. The aroma has tangerines, grapefruit, melon, citrus zest, and pine. Has a earthy, musty smell to it.

The taste is more bitter than sweet with citrus zest, white grapefruit, pine, and some earthy, musty flavors. There is not much malt for balance. I can also taste the alcohol, which is not hidden very well.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a lingering, bitter aftertaste. This is an average beer. Not sure I would seek this out again.

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Photo of mjryan
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This whole appearance rating makes me chuckle. Um, it appears as though there is beer in my glass, haha. Anyway. Lucid, a brewery whose offerings I enjoy for the most part. Like much of their lineup, Düo is a hop focused beer. A big ol IPA to be exact. Lucid has a certain knack for bestowing their beer with great hop flavour. Dyno, Foto and Düo all display a really nice, juicy hoppiness. In Düo we are presented with a really nice DIPA. The aroma is very pleasant, candied mango or something. Sweet and tropical. Enticing. Tastes really good. Hoppy as hell throughout. As it should be. A saturated hop character I would say. Sweet, tannic, tropical, bitter. Yum. Actually, the sweetness is a bit much for my liking, but, I say that about almost every DIPA I drink. Hard to make such a damn big beer without a bit o malt sweetness no? Picky picky. Truly a fine a beer. Despite what the 1% say, Lucid is a hell of a brewery that makes great beer, Düo is no exception.

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Photo of ThreeKingdoms
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 6/14/13
poured from 12oz bottle into pint. This is my first taste of any Lucid beer.
L: Amber color, about 1 finger of head. some lacing along edges.
S: unmistakable grapefruit aroma, along with a little bit of lemon
T: more citrus and grapefruit, some pineyness, and a slight sweetness from malt to balance. finishes with a dry hop bitterness.
F: Medium bodied, good carbonation, but perhaps a little watery (to be overly picky). very drinkable.
O: Not quite what I was expecting, but definitely enough going on to keep me interested. It's solid, and local for me! 3.75 overall, but 4 for me because it's local.

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Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, pale amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Wonderful hoppy aromas loft off this beer. Citrus, melon, and a little dankness. Full on hop assault. Alcohol clocks in at 9% ABV but is not detected in the aroma.

Dry malt adds little to the flavor, in fact this is one of those rare instances where I think a beer is too dry. A little sweetness would of been welcomed. What we do get is a lot of hop flavor. More than bitterness but actual great flavor. Finishes bitter with citrus flavor. Alcohol is tasted as well as warmth in the finish.

Solid body with nice carbonation. Not the most pleasant texture because of the bitterness and extreme dryness.

The best DIPA Lucid has brewed to date. I actually prefer this to the 2013 Steel Toe Size 11.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass.

A Transparent amber. Half inch head. Thin lace follows down the glass.

S Big flowery aroma. Cut grass, dandelion, orange peel.

M Light. A little sticky and fizzy.

T Just like the aroma. Citrus up front. This is heavy. Bitter hoppy aftertaste. Not unbalanced. There is some malts and sweetness here.

O Really nice IPA. I have not been a big fan of Lucid's other offerings but this one is a winner.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lucid's new double IPA, served in a 10oz goblet

Look is amber-orange with a small white sudsy head. Smell is light and faraway, but good. Tropical fruit, green apple, lemon, lime, some grain, and malted barley. taste is a blast of dank pine and tropical fruit.

best iteration of their iipa yet

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Duo from North Loop Brew Co
3.94 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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