Duende
Creature Comforts

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From:
Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #51
ABV:
8%
Score:
97
Ranked #628
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
49
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 21, 2022
Added:
Nov 18, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  13
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: Duende is a hazy marigold in appearance with fluffy white foam. This beer is elegant for a Double IPA which leads to surprisingly easy drinkability. First impressions are a bright almost citrusy pine note that quickly switches gears to huge fruit notes: orange, grapefruit, apricot, and tangerine. There’s a consistent fruit flesh flavor to the beer that adds a wonderful complexity to the bright citrus notes as the overtones dance around the fleshy notes, supporting without ever getting in the way. As the flavor finishes there’s subtle earth and berry notes that come through and the beer finishes with a perfectly balanced bitterness that rounds out the alcohol sweetness and immediately invites you to take another sip.
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Arrives slightly hazy with a one finger head forming above the golden liquid

Smell: Tropical tones of papaya, guava and peach; somewhat dank with some citrus pith

Taste: Papaya, guava and peach forward with hints of melon; citrus pith emerges, in the middle, bringing moderately dank and bitter flavors to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Well-crafted and nicely balanced
Feb 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by WLS4190 from Georgia

Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by donspublic from Texas

4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from can into tulip, good 2+ finger cream colored head, good retention and great lacing. Bright hazy golden in the glass. Citrus, pine and some hop astringency on the nose. Taste is sweet malt, candied orange, pineapple, pine and some dank notes in the middle. This beer is past its due date (gift from a friend who doesn't check dates) but it is still drinking good. Where in the beginning I was getting more dankness/ripe pineapple, it mellows out as it warms. Finishes on the dry side with a good grapefruit pith bitterness on the finish. Nice beer, would like to try this when it is a little fresher. The rest of this 4 pack has moved to the front of my beer fridge
Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by MagicJeff from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Beautiful body. Golden straw with a nice off-white head retained throughout drinking. Spider lacing throughout glass as I consume. Some hazy sentiment at the base of the glass.
Smell: Candied oranges. Pineapple. Peaches. Slightest aspirin-y floral, grassy, piney notes.
Taste:Nectarine and navel orange notes. Kind of a dryer finish like a orange juice mimosa. Grapefruit pith, tannin-like finish. Very complex.
Feel: For me, the Dryer finish makes this not as quaffable as some other people are saying. And I definitely get a slight alcoholic burn on the back end. I would love to have this paired with food at a good restaurant to see what the chef/beverage director came up with.
Overall: Most excellent offering from CC. I think this will be one of their most popular offerings going forward. Accessible to people who might be hesitant to a hazy IPA but also complex at the same time. Great beer.
May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Newtobeet345 from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Overall before I rate it. The flavors are the most pronounced of any beer I’ve had in my short time. I collect wine, drink this is like a $50 bottle.

L-hazy yellow
S- apricot, grapefruit and orange come bursting through
T-same as scent but a slight sweetness on the finish to complement the fruit. At 8% you could get drunk quite easily
F-just a good feel, nice carbonation
O- a really nice beer for someone who likes a fruit forward beer
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was a bit like orange sherbet.

Taste - The profile had a pleasant bitterness with a nice orange undertone. There was a creaminess that brought to mind sherbet. The finish became progressively more bitter after the initial sweetness.

Mouthfeel - The body had was viscosity and low level carbonation.

Overall - Creature Comforts makes great IPAs.
Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Presents a well-hazed look, softened orange-yellow tone with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Guava and pineapple, sliced scallions and peppered citrus, gooseberry and muscadine all atop the usual raw grain component.

Taste: Smooth, creamy raw graininess with the tropical and citrus vibes from the aroma as well as the mild onion, spiciness, stone fruit and berries. Slight pinch of bitterness. Tangy acidity. Juicy and herbal as it picks up some raw graininess into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Cushiony mouthfeel but also exhibits good effervescence.

Overall: Pretty solid.
Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pint can - dated 04/02/20 - poured into a squat flared pint at 38°F.

Big thanks to Mark for this one!

Pours a fully hazy pale orange hue, topped with over three fingers of dense, rocky, slightly off-white head with outstanding retention. Thick, tenacious rings of lacing are left circling the glass at the head slowly recedes.

Nose: A typical modern pale malt base sits beneath huge aromas of Citra and Mosaic hops, with just a kiss of Simcoe behind them. Notes of juicy ripe pineapple, guava, lychee, papaya, and kumquat form the foundation, with secondary notes of melon, mango, orange, grapefruit, peachy stone fruit, white grape, and a herbal grassiness. There's a whisper of some deeper, musty dank notes from the Simcoe, but it's mostly buried beneath the fruit, juicy aroma of the other varietals.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with big juicy melon and papaya notes, presumably from the fruitier side of Simcoe. There's some ripe pineapple notes, accompanied by a hint of hop acidity which really reaffirms it. Hoppy flavours of lychee, mango, guava, and plenty of citrus. The malt is slightly sweet, and towards the finish, reveals a little wheat bread note. The fruitiness of the hops subsides, allowing some pithiness to surface, along with some rind notes. A mild bitterness accompanies this, and then some Simcoe-driven peppery notes emerge, pairing up with that wheat bread and citrus pith, in a slow fading finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is medium-bodied with a soft, round fullness to it - primarily the smooth malty sweetness. It isn't heavy, fluffy, or particularly full, but there's definitely some softness. It remains relatively crisp for the ABV, but this is right at the gate of double IPA territory. Effervescence is zippy and lively, and helps keep this fairly crisp. A bit of stickiness, but it dries out fairly well.

Overall: This is a well-made New England-style IPA, and personally, it reminds me of several Bissell Brothers offerings - in terms of flavour. Now, I'm not a huge fan of dry/late hopped Simcoe. I've said that a million times. More often than not, Simcoe ruins a NEIPA for me. It's not too heavy here, but it definitely lends that earthy, musty, overripe character. Looking past that, I see no flaws with this beer, and I can't dock it for a hop i don't like. A little less sweetness would benefit it, but as it stands, it's a great IPA, and many people will fall in love with it.
Jun 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by EMH73 from New York

May 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look - poured into a craftmaster glass, Duende is a bright and vibrant yellow orange haze with translucency setting in around the edges of the glass. The head was ample with large fluffy CO2 clouds that settled into a thin and persistent foam cap.
Smell - Citrusy hops with a touch of alcohol astringency.
Taste - The flavor builds from a quick hit of bitterness and then fades into a juicy finish. Candied hops, orange, and nectarine provide a sweet balance to the initial bite.
Feel - The fluffy head was foreshadowing for a soft pillowy texture.
Overall - High quality haze with a very nice juicy finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.
May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by rajendra82 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Hazy, juice like pour, as is the norm for the style. The body was golden in color, and the head was two fingers thick. The smell was that of tropical fruits, such as pineapple and guava. The taste was heavy on pineapple. There was bit of white pepper in the finish. Alcohol was very well hidden. The finish was acidic and the feel very soft. Nicely done beer.
May 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by godawgs from Louisiana

Jan 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.74 by sarpedon52 from Georgia

Dec 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by shivtim from Georgia

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.3 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 28, 2019
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Reviewed by ThickNStout from Georgia

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 5.79. No canning date but these never last long on the shelves. Served in a Creature Comforts snifter. Enjoyed 10/22/19.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a tall cap of loose white froth. The head fades, leaving some light surface haze and a narrow, ghostly collar but no lacing.

Smells like citrus peel, seedy berries, pineapple, lemon, melon, blueberry and sweet biscuits.

A slightly aggressive yet pleasantly bitter grapefruit bite gives way to flavors of pineapple, mango, wet grass, some catsy danknesss, some wheat bread and a vague kiss of sweet booze. Deceptively tasty and dangerously easy to drink.

Fluffy, medium body with smooth carbonation. Mildly bitter aftertaste with notes of citrus, bread and melon rind.

After years of missing brewery-only releases I was pretty happy to find this one outside of the Creature Comforts facility. Duende doesn’t disappoint. It’s an enjoyable salad of Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe that I’d definitely pick up again.
Oct 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.49 by Georgiabeer from Georgia

Oct 19, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This beer has is smooth, with huge ripe citrus notes (sweet white grapefruit and tangerine). It's ABV is very approachable for a double IPA. It's feel is so appropriate for it's big citrus personality.
Oct 02, 2019
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Reviewed by jmc65267 from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had this beer at the brewery and man was it enjoyable ! The smell was the best part which enhances the other aspects of it. I would get it again given the opportunity.
Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Sep 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by GarrettBoots from Georgia

Sep 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.54 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Sep 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Sep 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Beer pours a yellowish orange color from the can that is typical with many of the style. Two fingers of head after a fairly typical pour. Small amount of head remained while drinking as well as some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The beer's aroma reminds me of a mango initially and predominantly. The overall smell of the beer is very reminiscent of tropical fruits. Along with mango notes there also seems to pineapple smell. Nice fruity notes all around.

T: The taste seems to follow the nose very closely. Getting a lot of the same sweet fruit flavors that I initially smelled. The beer also has a touch of dank pine taste that went unnoticed from the aroma. Overall, there seems to be a touch more going on with the actual taste than the nose in a positive way.

M: Mouthfeel on this is extremely full for the style. Not much in the way of a noticeable alcohol presence. The hop profile dominates both the nose and taste of this beer. Very smooth and easy drinker.

O: The taste of the beer is the high point here. There is just enough dank piney flavors at the back end to make the beer taste like straight juice. Mouthfeel is a nice plus here too; nice and full bodied beer. Nice example of the style and that slight earthy hint puts it over nicely.
Apr 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.39 by BeerDawgs from Georgia

Apr 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.66 by Samnem from Georgia

Apr 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia

Oct 09, 2018
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Reviewed by larryi86 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thank you JBowenGeorgia for this
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, melons, some tropical fruits, a little earthy/floral, somewhat dank, touch of sweet malts.

T- Citrus, melons, touch of tropical fruits, floral, pine, touch of sweet malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice DIPA and easy to drink, nicely balanced.
Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.32 by Beer21 from Florida

Oct 06, 2018
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Reviewed by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - massive, fluffy, bright white head atop a near-transparent yellow body.

S - earthy hops, dank, bubble gum, citrus.

T - so many flavors here. At first it’s earthy, but that’s overtaken by a classic grapefruit taste, along with some light tropical fruit. Dankness follows, as does a bubble gum sweetness. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - unusual, but I’m really digging the complex layers that this beer presents.
Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.3 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Sep 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Sep 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.99 by SouthernJuice from Georgia

Sep 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by lewith from South Carolina

Jul 10, 2018
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Rated by Paradox1000 from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Very tasty Double!!! Enjoyed at brewery on tap. Wanted to bring some home, but apparently sell out in 2 days when canned:
Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap, pours a mostly hazy yellow-gold. Smell has tons of tangerine, stone fruit, tropical fruit and some pine. Taste follows, very come and delicious. Feel is a little light for a double IPA, making it very drinkable. Top-notch beer.
Jul 02, 2018
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.87/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to JBowenGeorgia for the chance to try this one.
Bright, turbid, peach tinged yellow in hue. Got a live one here. Frothy white head bursts up three fingers in height. Foam is spreading out, bigger bubbles are starting to give way, and now after about a minute, collapses to a patchy layer of foam. Some cloudy patches cling with little lacing.
Smell is bouncing all over. Some bright citrus notes begin, sweet leaning orange blossom moves toward grapefruit, now some sage notes, hints of onion, grass, and some peach notes sneak in to be quickly whisked away by juniper berry note.
Taste is more of a gentle stroll through peach, orange, cantaloupe, an ever so slight hint of lemon zest, and as it finishes it comes back around to a slightly piney to grassy note and finally a bit of pithy grapefruit. None of it overwhelms.
Kinda slick, a little fluffy. Carbonation is visibly present but adds only a bit to the feel.
Overall, I probably anticipated more than I got. A fine DIPA for sure. I guess I was hoping for a little more of the taste to follow the nose. I'll try the second can in a few days, see if that changes anything.
Jun 20, 2018
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 83 ratings