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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,390
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 854
Gots: 501 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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 Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Neffbeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with really good clarity. There is a hint of amber when held up to the light. A strong pour into a tulip yielded a strong two finger head with ample retention. The lacing was just as impressive coating the sides of the glass in sticky foam.

S: No mistaking the nose on this one, hops are abundant and full of citrus and pine aroma. As I keep sticking my face in the glass, the hop aroma is so potent that it almost smells sweet. Amazingly the malt is not lost as hints of biscuity goodness and caramel waft from the glass (kind of reminds me of pound cake).

T: Tangerines and orange rinds come blasting out of the gate. It is really jammy and fruity in a good way. The simcoe hops are not to be out done as grapefruit and pine cones wash over mid palate. There is a strong grassy/herbal flavor on the back of the tongue as it finishes bone dry.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Another great IPA from Alpine. Each one has been unique and impressive in their own way. Duet, in my opinion, was a very successful take on a dual hop beer. In the end it exhibited much more complexity and depth of flavor than I thought it would.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 4/9/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Golden amber color; slight haziness. 1/4th inch cap of foam wasn't easily had. The foam didn't last, just a bunch of loose bubbles. Some specs of lace cling to the glass.

Good, clean aroma. Tropical hops are in no short supply. Grapefruit rind, pineapple (which is more appreciable whilst cold), tangerine and orange peel. Spot of juiciness and a little hint of pine resin. The one downside is that the hops don't punch hard. Not too malty - slightly toasty with some sugar cookie.

If the Amarillo takes the aroma, the Simcoe figures in more prominently in terms of taste. This is reflected in the flavors being not quite as clean as the aroma. Tastes fine, just a little denser. Grapefruit, a citric pithy/peely blend and some pine. Very dry. Reasonable bitterness but not overly so. Toasted malts and a hint of dry bread.

Medium-light body; it has an almost wispy feel. A mild slickness precedes a finely gritty finish. Enjoyably low carbonation. Dry finish with residual hops and bread.

I can dig it. Not excellent but I would like to revisit (perhaps on tap someday). I could go for more of a spicy kick. Regardless, worth a shot.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DearthVader coming through again with this 22oz beauty as well as the Stone IPA glass from whence it was consumed.
3+ finger head settles gradually to a nice eighth inch of tight creamy off-white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Throughout the drink the lacing clings tightly to the glass and doesn't go anywhere. A nice clear deep straw/golden yellow with a miniscule amount of sediment.
Great smell to this one, not too strong but still very nice, with the Simcoe dominating. Also has scents of grapefruit citrus and a hint of pine.
Taste goes along with the smell. A large amount of Simcoe, strong grapefruit citrus as well as mango, pine but only slight malt taste and no trace of alcohol.
Medium-high carbonation with the tiny bubbles gently moving across the palate as I drink this one.
Overall this was a very good beer and I have to say that my long anticipated first Alpine brew did not disappoint. The only criticism that I could offer is that I might have liked a bit more Amarillo or maybe some darker malts to add a bit more complexity but that’s just my personal preference.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.26/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of DearthVader, straight from the West Coast, thanks for the chance to try this, Brian!

A: Crystal clear, golden sunny yellow body with a rather creamy white head. Nice retention cap throughout and some splotchy lacing is left behind.

S: Unfortunately this nose to me is terribly weak and lacking in both complexity and showcasing... of anything! Watery grains laid a sub-par base for this beer, backed only by very faint citrus hop notes. As it warmed, some pine and more earthy hops come forward but overall, a poor show of flavors.

T: Rice water, sweet corn-esque malt base, resiny and sticky hops coat the palate (the one saving grace of the taste). To me, this flavor profile seems to stray very very far from that "West Coast" IPA profile - this is more earthy and sappy. It's odd - something has to be off. This can't be how this beer should be, can it?

M: Extremely thin, almost watery though nice carbonation.

It was great to finally try something from Alpine, but I'm not sure what was going on here. Maybe I need to revisit another bottle at another time, but right now - this seemed to be very weak, (almost) flavorless and off.

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Photo of fox227
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say that I opened this bomber with great anticipation. I'm lucky enough to live near a bottle shop that carries this beer, but even then securing one isn't exactly easy.

Appearance: darkish (for a pale) golden color, some head, but barely any retention, but good lacing, and rather high carbonation.

Smell: citrus and hops predominate, this is the kind of beer that should be made into a candle. It's so good smelling.

Taste: Now we get to the important stuff. This here is an IPA and shows off that West Coast style to perfection. A hop-bomb hits your palate at the beginning, with lots of citrus and floral notes, and then there's some caramel peeking through at the end to offer some semblance of balance. Who am I kidding, IPAs don't need to offer balance, it's like the cherry on the sundae, here.

Mouthfeel: lots of hops, but not harsh at all. The carbonation tickles my tongue, and then finishes dry.

Overall: as far as hard to get WCIPAs go, I'd say I prefer this over a Sculpin, and at a dollar less, is one of the few IPA bombers I'd consider over-paying for again and again.

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Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a solid pour you get about a finger of just off white foam, majority medium to larger bubbles with below average retention, runs down to the surface quickly, the lacing sticks in random splotches more than streaks. The liquid has a zinc orange metallic look to it, much closer to yellow than any red, no cloudiness, a few trace bubbles here or there, consistent down to the glass bottom. Hop-driven nose of pretzel dough, salt, pine cone, herbaceous matter and earth, gets right up in there and starts scrubbing, plenty of brawn in the grapefruit to blood orange scents too, not a lot of fruit, mixed white pit fruit, thin dusting of cocoa powder accounts for the presence of malts. Close to full-bodied with a noticeably firm mouth feel, the carbonation has the grit of semi-fine sandpaper, persistent from mouth entry through finish. The tangy white grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus zings your tongue alongside the pine, iron flecks, pepper and salt bits. Were the total experience more “wet” the peach, nectarine, apple fruit might appear more tropical. Cocoa, mocha accents dry themselves, offers some yeast to multigrain bread dough. About as “chewy” as a regular IPA can get, not really an easy sipper but deserves attention for achieving personality.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from The Best Damn Bottle Shop in San Diego. Pulled from the back from their latest deliver. Served in a pint glass four days after purchase.

Golden, clear, lots of carbonation. The head is a white, fluffy, medium long lived, and leaves lots of lace in its wake. Aroma is predominately grapefruit, then caramel, finally a bit of grassiness. Despite the visible carbonation, the feel is on the soft side with a tongue coating medium-heavy body. The front is a bit salty with the middle through finish a crescendo of moderately citrus flavored hops and caramel malt. Leans a tad toward the dry side.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very frothy off white one finger head, very clear, excellent carbonation, golden yellow color, almost champagne look to it. Sticky lacing.
S- Wow, amazing aroma, west coast hops, tropical fruits in the aroma, very citrusy and piney, grapefruit, peaches, hints of malt I am really looking forward to trying this.
T- Very refreshing, carbonation is apparent, slight malt backbone, wonderful citrus and grapefruit taste, very nice bite that I love in quality IPA’s.
M- Medium mouth feel, high carbonation
O- This is another amazing IPA coming out of Alpine Beer Company, truly refreshing, reminds me of PTE but not as smooth. An amazing smaller brother to EH and Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick creamy white head and robust sticky lace.

S-lots of tropical fruits in the nose of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. a light malt backbone, sticky sweet malts with caramel and a touch of dough and a light pine in the end.

T-the taste has a fair bit of tropical fruit, adds more grapefruit and the bitterness of it reducing the orange peel and tangerine but those are still present. sticky doughy malts and caramel are underneath with a little bit more pine presence in the back and a lightly bitter finish.

M-nice light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the back of the throat. rather juicy and wet throughout and somewhat dry.

D-this is a rather drinkable IPA with a nice light bitterness and strong balance. Enough doughy malts and sticky caramel to balance an assertively hopped beer. There is a lack of subtly and an aggression in the flavors that make it slightly flabby but still very good stuff.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer courtesy of Florida9- thanks Kirk!

A: pours deep clear gold, sticky white head forms, leaves good lacing, decent retention

S: bouquet of floral notes, grapefruit rind, a touch of honey, and some piney bitterness in there as well

T: refreshing fruity esters up front, notes of tropical fruits including mango and guava, very juicy mid palate with a bitter crisp finish

MF: medium to high carbonation, light refreshing body

O: this is an excellent and well balanced IPA. I would recommend anyone who is into West Coast IPAs to give this one a try.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce into a nonic

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin head that remains throughout.

Smells hoppy and incredibly floral.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a nice peppery zest and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation.

Overall is an amazing IPA I would try again and again.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic IPA appearance, amber body, good head, minimal retention.

Best nose on an IPA. Extremely fruity: peaches, apricots, citrus, even some green apple. The malt kicks in too.

Well balanced, great flavor that accentuates the malt and downplays the fruit. Perfect bitterness. Not super complex, at least not like the nose.

Good carbonation and medium body, again characteristic of all good IPAs.

Another winner from Alpine.

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

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, reviewed from notes.

A- Uber light gold hue with a fluffy white head that gains a nice size. Frothy cloud and ring and tons of thick lace.

S- Nice blast of hops lending good tropical fruit, pine adn citrus notes, very nice peach. Slight weed even. Caramel malt and bread as well.

T- Big pine feel but the citrus and tropical fruit juice still hold up quite nicely. A good caramel malt backbone adn some sweetness. A bit of floral.

MF- Lighter end body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Pretty big crisp bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a nice balanced and crisp hop blast that drinks quite easily.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded by Armand, bomber shared with cbutova.

Pours super pale orange, white head looks great for a while, eventually remains as a bubbly cap leaving decent lacing. Dusty sediment.

Pretty great hoppy scent although it does fade with some time. Fresh citrus, floral and earthy hops.

Taste-wise, grapefruit takes over for the citrus, not much citrus to be found unlike the nose. Big floral hops along with a heap of earthy/piny hop oils. Light toasty/caramel malt.

Light mouthfeel but not watery. Medium carbonation, quite bitter, malt doesn't contribute much.

Good stuff, I liked it better than Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome extra by callmecoon. This is a long time want.

Nice clear appearance that seems to be Alpine's calling card. The color is a nice honey gold. A small clingy white head adorns the top of the beer.

A little buttery, like biscuits. The biscuity, buttery malt base is really what I noticed first. This is a very floral take on an IPA. Honeysuckle and orange blossom, it smells citrusy, but more like the flowers that grow on citrus trees. Lemon-lime is also a strong element. The Amarillo hops are playing a big role here.

The biscuity malts do translate into the taste. Its still very good though. Hops are very green, leafy and floral. Sturdy yet delicate notes of honeysuckle. There is a nice bitterness that holds of until the finish.

A slicker feel that dries up on the finish. Lingering bitterness and that doughy malt hang around into the aftertaste.

Really good, but perhaps not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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 notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a thin white head that shows good retention.

S: Some fresh pine hops. I don't know why, but only Alpine beers seem to have this wonderful pine hop smell. Along with the hops are some tropical notes and a bit of funk as the beer warms.

T: It's not as "big" as some of Alpine's other IPAs, but this is really good. Nice pine hop flavors along with a biscuity maly backbone. The hops don't leave a lasting aftertaste and the result is you feel like you could drink this one forever.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to walows for the extra! Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into a dimpled mug. Pours a bright orange color along with a nice creamy head that quickly dissipates, good lacing that lasts throughout the session. Moderate malt and hop aromas of light bread and caramel, flowers, spruce, grapefruit, orange, light yeast, and perhaps a background note of sour milk on the last pour. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and lightly astringent and dry finish. The combination of the two hops (Simcoe and Amarillo) bring out some excellent aromas that give Duet a great name! This went very well with my sausage and mushroom pizza.

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Photo of azdback
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Bright yellow, orange. Very clear. Head is two fingers and bright white. Very sticky looking and pitted nicely. The lace

Major pine hops. Smells like Christmas time. MMM!! A bit of orange pith. Check back with you when this one warms. I gotta try it!! Okay I am back... this has warmed a bit and now the pine has all but dissipated. Still hoppy but maybe more on the citrus side.

Definitely different than the smell. It has become a bit complex. The hops are there but different. The pine resin is kinda gone and has been replaced with the citrus taste of a yellow grapefruit. A bit of sweetness from a tangerine or an orange. The malt has shown it's card and is holding it's own. A bit sweet and now that it has warmed it matches the smell.

The mouth is well above average for the style. Full to the end, well carbonated and crisp. Refreshing!!

Overall I REALLY, REALLY liked this one. I have had Pure Hoppiness and Exponential, it is very obvious this is the little brother to those two. Everyone needs to find a trading partner in California and get some!!!

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear dark gold with a fluffy white head that lasts leaving moderate lacing.

N- Light aroma of toasted grains, resin, flowers, and grapefruit rind with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Nice crisp biscuity malt supports a firm piney, resinous bitterness with floral accents. The malt character tastes like you're chewing on fresh toasted grains. Juicy citrus, pine resin, flowers, and fresh biscuity grain hold steady to the finish and linger into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a semidry, sticky finish.

D- Overall, an incredibly well-balanced brew that satisfies with every sip, but never satiates. I definitely need to drink this more often.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with an immense 4 inch head that settles into a plateau of foam. I had to pour this beer and wait for the head to settle a few times before I got a decent glass. Thick globs of lattice lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh citrus zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of citrus zest, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a slight touch of honey. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation on this beer. A bit coating in the mouth. Overall, a very good IPA and a solid offering from Alpine.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HotD tulip on 3/23/11

Pours a clear golden color whit 2 fingers of head that dissipates into fine white lacing covering about half the glass.

Smells of lots of citrus, floral, and grass hop notes with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste is much the same lots of hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I taste the grassy earth hops the most.

Mouthfeel is nice light to medium weight not a lot of bite and just a little hops resin to finish it off leaving a nice resin feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is very solid. ABV is moderate and there isn't any alcohol taste that comes through so I could really dig having this one around more often. I will look for this on again.

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Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.

S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma

T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.

M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.

O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.

Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!

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Photo of Kelly88
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my bruery tulip.

A- a yellowish gold hue with a huge fluffy white head. Fingers of lace hold onto the sides. Head is holding nicely, more than a cap. Very nice.

S- wow! Huge grapefruit with some resiny hop cones. A subtle breadiness is there as well. Very strong aromas.

T- sweet bitter hops of grapefruit mixed with dank hops That end end with more bitter bite. Malts are involved to sweeten up up the intense Bitter.

M- very creamy. Tingling carbonation keeps it from being overbearing. This is very light and tasty. Probably the creamiest ipa I have had.

Overall this is a great ipa. So tasty and it is really great. Smell is crazy good. The taste is a very balanced bitter bomb, if that is possible. My first beer from Alpine and it is a great one

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.