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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
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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 alcstradamus
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to Sandstone for picking this up. He assured me that he left it in bright sunlight and warm temperatures. Thanks man.

Poured into my end 0))) tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy amber body with orange highlights. The head is 2.5 fingers of fluffy off-white head with outstanding retention; it just won't die. Die damn you! I want to drink! Sticky curtains of lace down the glass.

S: It's like smelling a citrus bouquet... Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango. So wonderful.

T: Big hoppy bitterness. Wonderful citrus flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Malt is restrained; I have a hard time picking any of it out, but I'd hesitantly call it biscuity and toasty. The beer is quite dry.

M: Bitter, slightly oily body with a dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation (I'm guessing this helps keep off the sticky oils in the aftertaste). A pretty clean flavor despite the initially big bitterness up front.

D: Good lord, Alpine makes some great IPAs.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Crystal clear gamboge body topped by two incredibly dense fingers of magnolia merengue. Perpetual retention. Thick creamy lacing and oily legs.

Pure aromatics - orange blossoms, orangesicle, tangerine, honey and evergreen with a clean faint malt presence as well. The perfect balance between Simcoe and Amarillo.

The orange flavors explode on the palate and are joined by a slight tropical note (though not as forward as Sculpin) akin to pineapple and passion fruit. The pine notes are subtle and earthy, combining well with a slightly toast note which leads to a pleasantly crisp and dry finish.

Not quite medium-bodied; soft, almost pillow-like mouthfeel, with high carbonation; astringency expertly reigned in.

Alpine has really raised the bar with their IPAs - this is no exception.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from radshoesbro so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice combination of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste very well-balanced. There are sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hop bitterness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. They all complement each other well and no one flavor seems to dominate, although the hops bitterness gains a little bit of strength as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and refreshing, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better IPA's that I've had and an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another alpine bottle shared by ritzkiss. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours pale orange with a touch of haze, but mostly clear. the big fluffy white head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit. bit of pine. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

taste is nice. powdery hops. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. alcohol. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. solid malt and hop presence. i can't say i was blown away by it, but it's definitely good stuff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one!

Pours a clear orange/amber, a bit of gold in the edges, very thick white head forms, drops some chunky lace on the glass as it settles down to a meidum ring, looks nice.

Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, lots of fruit, some orange and tangerine, a bit of biscuit, very fresh and hoppy, malts take a backseat, slight herbal character.

Taste is similar, lots of grapefruit and pine, apricots and tangerine, orange peel, lightly malt in the middle, a touch of caramel and biscuit, big hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, a little too high like the Nelson although not as much. A pretty damn solid IPA, no Pure Hoppiness for me but excellent stuff. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a pint glass/ Consumed fresh

P: Dull copper with a 1 inch head of pearly white soapy foam on top. Showed decent retention before it formed a thin film of bubbles on the surface, leaving some spotty lace behind in its wake.

A: Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and lots of floral come catapulting out of the glass, while very soft caramel malts are there underneath. Nothing mind-blowing here, but the aroma features a potent blast of everything I like in my west-coast IPA's.

T: Starts more balanced than expected with a toasted biscuity malt that emanates lots of caramel sweetness while the hops showcase their exotic citrus fruit characteristics on top that make me think of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons. Then, the malt seems to almost drop out completely as the flavor turns increasingly bitter and progressively piney on the back end. Finishes with a long, dry aftertaste that hangs on for a while. Can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet resinous, while being dry and smooth with a little creaminess from the good amount of Co2.

Notes: This is a really good IPA that drinks so easily I wish it were available in 6 pack form. Doesn't feature as much complexity in the citrus department as I usually look for in top-notch IPA's, as the bitter pine seems to take over on the back end. But all in all, this is another fine choice in the diverse selection of west-coast IPA's within easy disposal. Recommended

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Photo of akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The ale is a golden yellow-orange hue, rather brilliant in the right light. A thick head, over 2.5 fingers on first pours, laces in fluffy patches all around the upper 40% of the glass.

S: The nose is an oily explosion of hops, piney and citrusy. The aromas are intensely focused, with grapefruit and pine needles. Caramel malts and floral sweetness also make cameos.

T: The ale is malt-forward, showcasing the sweet grain base up front. There is a sweet hop bitterness running right behind the malts though that reminds me that this is an IPA. The second sip, thankfully, throws out a stronger hop presence. The oily bitterness packs a punch with black pepper and tropical fruits settling in. The fruit doesn't linger, passing quickly, although the general pine and citrus does stick around. A peppy finish, pleasantly bitter, has left me with a wry smile on my face.

M: The IPA is a heavy hitter, loaded with citrus and pine. The malts hit a high note early on before fading into the morass of hops. A very nice drink.

D: More, please. I love an IPA that kicks my tastebuds in the teeth. This one does it with panache. Now, who's gonna send me a bottle of Nelson?

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Photo of Popkas
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with nearly 2 fingers of head that lingers and finally leaves a very nice lace.

S: Tons of grapefruit and hops. Impressive and really looking forward to tasting it!

T: Interesting. Get very little that I can define upfront - very plain after the nose. Bitter pine and grapefruit at the end salvages it nicely.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Very enjoyable. Only wish that we could get this on the east coast.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

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Photo of Lothore
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a thick, frothy 2 finger head. A perfect example of the style.

S- Smells grapefruity, citrus, earthy notes with buttery diacteyl undertones.

T- Very buttery, possibly infected. Citrus and light fruits break through but can't make up for the butter.

M- Medium carbonation, medium viscosity.

D- It was a great beer to look at but the buttery notes ruined it. I'd be willing to rerate to see if it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours light orange with a huge white head. Very carbonated from the looks of things. The main aroma is piney hops. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness and pine flavor, but that is quickly washed off the tongue by the high, prickly carbonation. The huge amount of carbonation makes the beer taste slightly watery and takes away from the overall experience. That is my only complaint about the beer. With lower carbonation, I think I would have enjoyed it as much as good as Nelson or Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ShogoKawada
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from a trade, thanks augustgarage! Always there to oblige my hop cravings...

A- Gold, a snowpeaked head that isn't going anywhere. Beer color is actually pretty much a dull gold, but the head is ivory white.

S- Smelled the hops from a mile away. Floral, citrus, no bitter or pine hops, mild mild grapefruit. Smells like Pliny, actually. Ah, west coast IPAs. Mild pale malt is there, adding to the awesome bouquet. Wow.

T- Follows the nose. Bitter, though, more bitter than I would have thought. Still, the orange peel, flowers (lilac?!) and other assorted hop awesomeness comes in right behind it. The malt is nowhere to be found, but that's fine with me... I'm here for the hops!

M- Crisp, clean, with a flavor that explodes in your mouth. Perhaps it seems like I'm gushing over this beer, but I am really digging it.

D- High. If I could, I'd drink a growler of it. Awesome beer, A great flavor profile and a smooth drinkability makes this a no-brainer for anyone looking for some hops. Very enjoyable.

EDIT- I have gotten a bunch of bottles of this since my first review. I am in love with this beer. One of the best from the West, no doubt about it.

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Photo of photomike
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty easily the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Very clear amber color with an explosive, billowy offwhite head with infinite retention and THICK lacing. So inviting.

The aroma is a seemingly even balance of simcoe and amarillo hops. Orangey and grapefruity with some of that earthy simcoe muskiness. A hint of biscuity malt comes through.

Taste is more of the same, but leaning towards the simcoe end of things. Piney, woody muskiness with all kinds of bitter citrus rind. The bitterness is stronger than I had initially expected, but the palate warms up quickly with this one. After a couple sips, it is clear that this is a well balanced IPA. Nicely biscuity malt flavors.

This finishes very cleanly, with some slight astringency from the bitterness. Slightly lighter in body than I'd like, with medium carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency does add up a bit.

Not QUITE worthy of its top 100 status, IMO, but a very nice IPA nonetheless. If I loved Simcoe, this would be my jam.

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Photo of pwoods
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty average coppery amber with decent clarity. An assertive pour gets about a fingers worth of dense, creamy white head that holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: A very nice marriage of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which just go fantastically together. Loads of sharp grapefruit and pine with plenty of cat piss to go around. A bit of sweet biscuity malt comes from the back and tries to balance a bit.

T/M: Great bitterness level, assertive to the edge but never falls over. More of the fantastic Simcoe/Amarillo blend going. The malts are bigger in the taste but don't get in the way. Some sweetness and more of the biscuity, light bready flavor. Body is medium to medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves nice lasting bitterness. I do get a bit of metallic flavor at times, usually on the back end. A bit off but doesn't really hurt the beer... just a bit confusing.

D: Fantastic IPA. Simcoe and Amarillo is just a classic American pairing and I never get tired of the two. ABV is reasonable and the brew doesn't want you to stop drinking it.

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Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

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Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. Victory HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a rusty gold color with a huge billowing three finger head of an off-white rocky foam with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine with a floral layer as well as a bit of pine to add some bitterness. The malt backbone is a beautifully soft semi-sweet biscuit that add great depth and uniqueness to this American IPA.

M: light to medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.75% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this was an exceptional and quite unique American IPA that contains one of the most interesting and appetizing biscuity malt characters that i have tried. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of oceanman
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic bronze color with medium head. Pine cone, grass on top of floral, light citrus, with faint caramel sweetness peeking through. Creamy mouthfeel nicely balances the almost spicy hop bitterness. Pleasantly lingering bittersweet finish - not at all harsh.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a sandy brown with shades of orange. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has floral and citrusy hops, caramel and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the bitter hops and candy malts.

Light to medium body has a crisp, yet soft carbonation. Nice resiny finish.

Another great IPA from Cali.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for trading me this bomber!

It only just arrived yesterday so when I go to open it, there's a bit of gushing. Pours a hazy pale copper color with thick rocky head. It sticks around a long time leaving chunky lace on the glass.

Aroma is pleasant with candied citrus fruits and grapefruit.

Flavor initially tastes a bit off. Grapefuit competing with oxidation? Going back to the smell, I can detect it in the nose too. A sharp astringent flavor and wet cardboard flavor make this totally disappointing.

Mouthfeel is medium in body with appropriate body but the off flavors ruin it. Drinkability is pretty pour as a result.

This is a shame. I can only hope that the Nelson and Sculpin will make up for it.

...an hour later... not as bad as it was at first. I'm not sure if it's mellowing out or I'm just getting used to it. Unfortunately, it's probably a bad bottle. If I get the chance, I'd like to try it again.

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Photo of koopa
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10/31/10 Sample:

A:4.5
S:5.0
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

The nose has a beautiful fruity toffee note that I haven't picked up on in previous samplings. The taste is the same as usual and the mouthfeel is the same. I love how dry this beer is.

11/29/09 Sample:
A:4.5
S:4.5
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: pours a honey gold with trails of orange and a massive off white crown. The crown is frothy and billowly in a cool whip type way.

Smell: Strong floral hops with lemon and notes over a nice biscuit malt. The floral component is truly fragrant and satisfying. Some pine resin in the background too but it's faint.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit citrus zing with a tasty biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body makes this brew come off crisp but the creamy head helps to counterbalance.

Drinkability: Quite the session IPA.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden hay-like color with about a two-finger head.

Tons of pine and citrus in the nose. Ahhhh California! Orange peel and floral hints throughout.

Nice and crisp with all those lovely hops biting the tongue. A faint malt backbone is present to compliment the citrus.

Light carbonation, but as with all Alpine beers, it so drinkable that it should be a crime. Just a refreshing, hoppy delicacy I wish I had access to all year round.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.
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