Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Alpine Duet IPA

Alpine Beer Company is located in Alpine, CA and opened up shop in 2002. They have now expanded once already and opened a pub in their building as well. They have produced some awesome brews, including a nice list of amazing IPA's such as Pure Hoppiness, Nelson and the Duet I am drinking now. They have also brewed a lambic and a kriek along with other treats like barrel aged barleywines. Here are my thought on the Duet. A 7%ABV IPA that was brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Fresh bomber pours into my glass a wonderful peach color with amazing clarity and a half inch of creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Enticing. Aroma is all hops! Tropical fruit, grapefruit, green hop resins, floral accents and a bit of spiciness. Really shows off the Simcoe and Amarillo. Mellow caramel sweetness in the background.

First sip brings all hops upfront. Citric, tropical, herbaceous with green leafy resins. A bit floral with a mellow underlying sweetness from crisp light malts. Flows down with a bitter kick and lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fast moving carbonation making this brew immensely drinkable. This is just a damn good IPA that I would be buying many bombers of if it was available locally. If you have access to this consider yourself lucky!

Overall I would give this a rating of Great. Super drinkable stuff!

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