Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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.

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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 mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jesse for getting me this growler. I have searched long and hard for this one and I am thrilled to finally be able to throw this one down. I drank this growler throughout the day while messing around in the yard. Served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks Tim for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the crowler chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is golden amber visibly carbonated with 2finger head with fine bead and lace sticks on the glass in a weblike pattern. The aroma is slightly floral with tropical smell that is citrus with juicy and fruity quality with slightly sweet malt aroma supporting the hops. The feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation and sweetness with semi-tangy and resinous juicy texture of hops with light alcohol influence and mostly dry finish.

The flavor of tangy/tropical hops give a juicy quality with light pine-like accent and mild grapefruit pith in the taste which is bitter but not extremely intense to the point it is not enjoyable. The malt flavor contributes a sweetness to contrast the bitterness of the high alpha hops as it warms with some alcohol apparent adding the perception of spice. This is a great IPA, I would not expect anything less from Alpine based on other beers I have enjoyed by them -worthy of the high ratings.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Go this from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent honey color with3+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & lemon, fades a bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus pineyness, slight breadyness & a touch of leafy hops & dryness hiding behind a ton of grapefruit up front. Puckery & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus hints of apricot & honey malt, plus much herbal hop bitterness. Finishes slightly warming with herbal & grapefruitty bitterness, plus honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt

MF: Slight creamyness, medium bodied, great balance &a touch of warming booze on the fringes

Highly drinkable, flirts briefly with EIPA in some respects, then the grapefruit lurches it back. This grew on me as it warmed, would love to get this on cask or draft....

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow + orange highlights with a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with a hint of caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV quite well. Really nice hop aromas and flavors without an aggressive bitterness. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Ballyhoo, thy name is Alpine in Chicagoland. I've heard plenty of rumblings about this stuff for years, and some more have come through now than bottles have hit the Midwest. Diving in, it pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild pineapple, lemon pith, pine resin, light grapefruit zest, and a touch of honey-dripped biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the fruits and pine shining against a slightly unequal biscuit backdrop. Not bad at all, kids. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a damn fine IPA, one more than worthy of its status on this site. Get some!

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Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updated scores after my recent trip to the brewery where I had it on draft.*
*My old Review is below.*

Bottle courtesy of nickd717. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks again Nick!

A - Pours golden yellow, with amber orange hues, with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt. The hops are still pretty strong but they are fading quick, glad I drank it now.

T - Plenty of sticky pine resin up front mixes well with the slightly dulled citric hops. Hints of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruits, and a light chewiness toward the end. Finish is a mix of caramel malt and lingering hop bitterness. While this one is a tiny bit past its prime it is still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

O - A little old but still quite enjoyable. I hope to have this one on-tap at the source some day. Maybe my next trip to SoCal??

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger off-white head. The head didn't last very long, dissolving down to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Incredibly fragrant. Tons of piney hops coming through, more than any beer I have had recently. There is also some lighter citrus fruits - pineapple and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: A really nice combination of citrus and pine with the pine being dominate on the flavor profile again. Almost like sucking on a pine cone, that intense, but not overly bitter at all. Balanced quite nicely with some caramel and bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth with a slightly sticky finish.

O: Another impressive beer from Alpine. Amazingly drinkable with a great, intense flavor profile. More please!

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Clear. Good ring lace. Little head.

Mild flowery hop aroma. A bit black pepper.

Earthy, old ale start (not sweet) but then a strong bitter, black pepper-like hop completely takes over. Good body for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Not as complex as I was hoping given the BA score but still a solid IPA.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained in a a shipment from South bay Drugs poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head. Very nice lacing as I drank this beer.

Aroma has some citrus and bitterness but the sweet malt is very present in the nose as well.

The taste is surprising in that I'm getting less of the in your face grapefruit and bitterness I expected from a west coast IPA. I'm getting a little citrus and a decent amount of bitterness but more of a fruit, maybe some cherry and apple flavors going on. More sweetness then I expected as well.

Overall this was an OK beer, not my top west coast IPA but good and different. I drank a High Tide Fresh hop IPA before this and that one was in my opinion much better and I would order that one again easily over this one. The hops in this one just didn't compare. Knowing South Bay didn't get these in too long ago I can't imagine it was an old bottle, but it almost tasted like it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a nice, transparent golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells heavily of piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some other sweet fruits.

t - Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. I thought it was a very easy to drink IPA with some nice pine and citrus to it. There was no bitterness to it. Would like to try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gracious gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The appearance of this beer was awesome. The beer appeared a clear, light yellow hue. There was a gargantuan head with incredible staying power and bountiful lacing.

S: The aroma was not as big as I would like. The scents I detected were pine, floral and citrus, though these were more subtle than I expected.

T: Duet IPA tastes excellent. More bold flavors emerge than the aroma would suggest. The Amarillo and Simcoe hops do indeed perform a lovely duet. The beer is hop forward, the way it should be.

M: Really smooth and easy to drink, with only a light, pleasant bitterness in the finish.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I anxiously look forward to having it again.

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

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Nose is pine resin sticky-ness. Flavor is just smooth. Damn smooth. Obviously wet hopped. Pine tones but a nutty edge to it as well. Some caramel is there also. Feel is slick and smooth. Good carbonation. A damn fine IPA. A stellar and masterfully brewed beer. Just damn good.

Brewandbbq hooks it up again on this one. Big pile o' thanks man.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has earthy, piney hops with some grapefruit. Taste starts with piney hops and citrus fruits, quite balanced. Finishes bitter with grapefruit flavor. Body and carbonation are medium. Really well made, classic west coat style IPA.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two tulips.

Appearance - Golden amber color with incredible clarity. 2 finger white head that lasts and lasts. When it finally dies down, the surface is coated with foam that sticks to the side of the glass. It looks perfect.

Smell - Totally overwhelmed by citrus hops. Orange hops with some pine in the background. There's a sweetness that isn't caramel at all. It's a hop sweetness. Mmmm.

Taste - Citrus hops again. Some grapefruit, but mostly orange and some pine. It's the slightest bit sweet, but it doesn't taste like hop sweetness. It's hard to place. The malt just barely comes through as a bit nutty. That's really my only complaint. It could have just a bit more malt backbone, but just a bit! It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation makes it feel a bit creamy. It could use a bit more body, but that follows along with my complaint about the malt. Just a bit more and this would be a perfect IPA.

Overall - It's fantastic. It's like Hopslam, but a better hop presence and it's not overly alcoholic. If I had my way and there was just a bit more malt to it, it would be about 8% instead of 7%. At 7%, it's so drinkable it's scary. I hope I can get another bottle of this.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber color with a decent sized frothy white head.

Smells of big juicy hops--orange, peach, maybe some lemon and lime, even banana. Mmm.

Taste has more pine and bitterness, less sweetness and fruit, still a lot of citrus and peach. Some spice, some floral notes, mainly citrus.

Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation, pretty good feel overall. Very easy to drink.

Great IPA. 8.6/10

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Photo of jwc215
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle:

Pours orange amber. A thin white head lasts and leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of robust juicy fruit and floral/piney notes.

The taste is of orange/tangerine with spicy floral hop goodness. It is rounded out by a firm malt backbone.

It could be chewier/fuller, but I'm far from complaining.

A wonderful hop-forward, yet balanced floral-strong delight. Hop goodness in a bottle! My first from this brewery - looking forward to more!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Deep clear light golden color with a frothy bubbly white head that shows great retention. Earthy citrus oniony resinous pine with hints of bready maltiness. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Nice IPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle the head forms nicely and simply. A nearly perfect three finger uniform white head is presented. Stuck, perfectly foamy tiny bubbles. Body color is a little simple but a nice clear brass gold, nice mix of rising carbonation small and some big. Cap is almost whipped up with retention, but doesn't make much lacing on the glass.

Real nice nose. Classic spicy grapefruit, mild sugars, hints of a little bit of pine needles. My tongue just hits the bubbles slightly and gives some great hop bitter.

Taste is unbelievably good. This is better than grapefruit. Giant and TIGHT prickly carbs on the palate open up with a huge grapefruit. Mango and tropical fruits come out, but much spicy character without a mushy feeling. Finish has a nice mellow mix of mild bitter but a wonderful sweet orange, a total sense of the perfect aromatic orange icing sugar, and oh god... it's chocolate orange! Where does this thing just get a hint of chocolate?!?!? (chocolate and orange is just a fav of mine). Whipped up texture, with hints of crisp carbonation, jesus this feels so unreal.

WOW, this one stupidly, exciting beer. I am really REALLY loving this thing in smell taste and feel. I have never seen this many exceptional qualities in one beer. I am speechless. 5 minutes... all GONE!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with "Best By" dating of 28 July 16

Pours lightly hazed, lighter amber under a large and lasting off white froth. Stays and stays and leaves nice looking fine sheeting

Full fresh hop nose. Fruity floral goodness

Aggresive IPA, resin fueled hops, emitting tropical flourishes, orange, lime, pineapple. Densly flavorful.well worth a try and happy to see this fine stuff available locally

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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