Alpine Duet, Nelson, Pure hoppiness which is best and why?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by mhksuccess, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Jul 4, 2008

    I lol'd.
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  2. LoulaBrewing

    LoulaBrewing Jan 29, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Duet it my fav of the three cuz it's jus so dang tasty!
  3. luwak

    luwak Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    Duet blew me away...Hoppiness is great but Duet > PH imo
    Never got to try nelson : (
  4. drperry11

    drperry11 Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    Hold on for the final verdict ladies and gentlemen.
    Brett is cumming
  5. Hamburgers

    Hamburgers Jan 3, 2013 California

    Nelson. It's just so pretty to look at not to mention it's got the tropical fruit and ctrus notes that make an IPA taste amazing.
  6. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Feb 25, 2009 New York

    I cannot pick a best one just because I had them as part of one of my very first trades, maybe 2 years ago. I gave all three a '5' in my hads.
  7. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
    Beer Trader

    Totally agree Matt. Nelson is #1.
  8. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California


    For now this is still the king. BUT, Duet seems to be getting better and better each batch and is quickly becoming a's really becoming a toss up for me.

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  9. chicano4craft

    chicano4craft Apr 18, 2009 Colorado

    2)Pure Hoppiness

    Really can't go wrong with any of them. Bad Boy was pretty nice too.
  10. BeerBodisafa

    BeerBodisafa Mar 12, 2010 California

  11. jgluck

    jgluck Apr 19, 2012 California

    I'll throw my hat in the ring for Duet. Bought two bottles of Duet and two bottles of Nelson for $9.00 each (plus 8.75% sales tax) from Buzz Wine Beer Shop back in December. Duet was in their refrigerated section and Nelson was still in the cold, unopened case, right off the truck. Shared a bottle of each with a couple friends the next day and Duet was the unanimous winner - it was more fragrant, lively, and even more attractive. For what it's worth, I'm also a big fan of rye. Really though, both were excellent.
  12. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    Duet is amazing. Nelson is great. I could use some Hoppiness.
  13. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California


    Everyone that has been waiting......

    The correct answer is Nelson, I don't even have to say way.
  14. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    I am going for Hoppiness after I finish my Nelson, I like that change in direction between the two.

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  15. BeerThursdays

    BeerThursdays Feb 28, 2010 Delaware
    Beer Trader

    Nelson because Nelson.
  16. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Duet > Pure Hoppiness > Nelson. Why? Because that is the order of taste according to my palate.
  17. teamwiggum

    teamwiggum Nov 30, 2008 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    ISO:any or all of these!!
  18. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Mar 1, 2009 California

    Phuck all you mentioned and have their Bad Boy. Thread/
  19. elgiacomo

    elgiacomo Jun 28, 2007 Georgia

    I guess I'm in a very small minority here, but I enjoyed Pure Hoppiness the most of the three. Nelson was very good, Duet a bit of a let-down.
  20. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    I'll bite..

    1. Nelson
    2. Expo
    3. Bad Boy
    4. Duet
    5. Pure

    The only one I didn't drink within two weeks of brewing is Expo.
  21. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    For me it's
  22. iadler

    iadler Aug 12, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Gotta say Duet was my favorite. Just a really well balanced IPA. Not a really big fan of Nelson, thought there was a strange garlic/onion flavor possibly due to the nelson sauvin hops.

    In more important news, when the hell are they going to bottle Bad Boy and Hoppy Birthday?! Those two are freakin' tasty.
  23. bennetj17

    bennetj17 Oct 30, 2005 Arizona
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Nelson is best but it's shelf life is the most finite. If it's super fresh than it's better than the rest. So drinkable. Duet is a close second. PH is always a classic but is not as interesting as the other two. You can't go wrong with any of them.
  24. Palesmith

    Palesmith Mar 6, 2010 California

    I was there last Saturday. Had a quick lunch with a Duet, then grabbed some 22's and filled up my two growlers with Duet & Nelson.

    I agree with The OP's order:
    1. Duet
    2. Neslon
    3. Pure Hoppiness

    Just my preference, but you really can't go wrong with any of these fine beers!
  25. sukwonee

    sukwonee Dec 13, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Do you really have to ask?

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