Duende
Creature Comforts

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #103
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,081
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 5.86%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
76
From:
Creature Comforts
 
Georgia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  22
Gots
  10
SCORE
95
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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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Reviews by rajendra82:
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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
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Roguer from Georgia

4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale, lemon yellow brew. Fluffy snow white head; good production, fair retention. Brew is hazily translucent.

Super peppery and herbal nose: oregano, orange, mint, and grapefruit. Papaya and peach lurk behind. Juicy; lush.

Sweet and juicy, balanced with lovely herbal notes. Mint, parsley, and oregano combine with mango, orange, lemon, and peach.

Super easy to drink; wet, lip smacking finish; lively but creamy.

Incredibly balanced and wonderfully crafted. The best blend of herbal and juice notes I think I've found yet.

Sep 24, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can stamped 9/6/17

It is a slightly orange gold that is just foggy enough to not see through. The bright white soapy cap disappeared pretty quickly on both pours.

It smells like a Mosaic and/or Simcoe hopped beer. Lots of musty/earthy aroma with tropical fruit rind. On the warmer end, I get a lot of pineapple flavor. When colder, more orange and peach is noticeable. There is a sweeter, passion fruit like berry, and melon/cantelope. A bit of spicy bite with some sweet malts and lingering melon rind flavor. There is a little bitter piney resin, but it's more sweet than bitter.

One of the best parts about this excellent beer is the body. It drinks like an 8% beer or under. Very easy to fly through 16oz.

Sep 23, 2017
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 26, 2019
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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GarrettBoots from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 21, 2019
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shivtim from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 08, 2019
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jacobk1997 from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 20, 2019
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 19, 2019
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sarpedon52 from Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 30, 2019
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Bum4ever from California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 08, 2019
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 04, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 29, 2020
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2beerdogs from California

3.87/5  rDev -12.8%
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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jopezu from Georgia

5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a murky gold with a medium head that hangs around for a bit. lots of sediment. nose; grapefruit zest, tangerine, cantaloupe/honeydew, & citrus hops. taste; white toast malt, grapefruit, mango, orange, citrus pith, light pine, light seed bitters, very slight onion (mosaic hops) & citrus hops (citra/simcoe). medium carbonation & mouthfeel, slightly oily. absolutely nails the citrus fruit bouquet & hop balance. this has got to be an alternate recipe to their other double ipa, cosmik debris; both are fantastic! quintessential "fruity" ipa. pours a murky gold with a medium head that hangs around for a bit. lots of sediment. nose; grapefruit zest, tangerine, cantaloupe/honeydew, & citrus hops. taste; white toast malt, grapefruit, mango, orange, citrus pith, light pine, light seed bitters, very slight onion (mosaic hops) & citrus hops (citra/simcoe). medium carbonation & mouthfeel, slightly oily. absolutely nails the citrus fruit bouquet & hop balance. this has got to be an alternate recipe to their other double ipa, cosmik debris; both are fantastic! quintessential "fruity" ipa.

Jun 03, 2017
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DioS from Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2017
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 28, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev -7%
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
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 01, 2017
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Beer21 from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 06, 2018
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 01, 2017
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had from can 9/29/19

This is my second (re)review. This late summer early fall 2019 edition of Duende is outstanding. This is hands down the best hazy ipa brewed in GA- and yes that includes the stuff Wild Leap is doing.

Feb 04, 2018
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 16, 2018
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ADTaber from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 04, 2017
Duende from Creature Comforts
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 76 ratings