Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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4.44/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance - Pours a golden orange with a slight and I mean slight haze. About a half inch off-white, fluffy head sat atop the beer.
Aroma - Floral hops take center stage with a touch of citrus fruits and malt in the back.
Taste - Solid combination of floral hops, citrus fruits and malts.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation. Light to medium body. Not overly bitter either.
Overall - Very similar to the Beachwood Amalgamator I had last night. Both great brews.
03-26-2014 23:19:45 | More by ChrisL24481
4.49/5 rDev +1.6%
In true "west-coast" style, Alpine's duet claims a true taste of the vernacular with a dry caramel backbone that's completely dominated by grassy and fruity bitterness.
The beer pours a mainly bright golden amber hue that's only kept from brilliance because of its dry-hopped haze. As its cottony white head billows above, its persistent honeycomb pattern lasts until the final sip and laces the glass strongly with intricate and concentric character at every drink.
Boastfully aromatic, its perfume of citrus and herb rests on red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple and apricot early and then fresch-cut grass, chive and a back note of cannabis. all this transpires on an armature of thin caramel, graham cracker and fructose-type of tangy sweetness.
Its taste greets the early palate with that wafer thing honey and caramel melange with a light pep of gingersnap beneath. But once the fruit-flavors start, there's no turning back. Juicy, vibrant and fully ripened, the citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character is mouthwatering and highly refreshing. As the hops trend bitter and earthen, the fruit pulp turns to pith and peel while reeling in the grassy, herbaceous and resinous flavors that grip the gullet with bitterness and bite.
While juicy and creamy to start, the beer makes quick work of its structure and nose-dives into a dry-malt scaffold that supports the clean and piquant bittering. Its effortless finish lingers on with citrus and leaf as its slim warmth goes largely unnoticed.
Duet is a beautiful waltz of Simcoe and Amarillo hop variants- each complementing the deficiencies of the other to near perfection. With just enough sweetness in support, the hops dance on the tongue with delight.
03-26-2014 16:50:50 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +0.2%
My thanks to my amazing friend JohnParadee for this bottle.
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours clear golden amber, light head the dissipates quickly.
The aromas are amazing, unique even. Floral, grassy, hoppy and citrus fruit. The grassy notes were blowing my mind.
Flavor is a text book delicious west coast IPA with hops and malt in perfect balance, while still letting the citrus notes of the hops shine.
Mouthfeel was perfect, so inviting to drink delicious sip after sip.
No wonder Shaun Hill loves Alpine beer so much. This may be the best west coast IPA I've ever had.
03-25-2014 20:25:22 | More by BoldRulerVT
4.29/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle in a trade with saru96. This is my first Alpine beer, and I've been anticipating this day for some time. Since this isn't a high-gravity beer, I think I'll drink this solo. Get it? Cause Duet... Here we go. Poured from bomber into a standard snifter.
A- Pour does not yield much of a head. A thin white head dissipates quite quickly, leaving some lacing. Dark straw color for this beer. Slight haze, though pretty translucent. Somewhat spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.
S- Pretty standard for a West Coast IPA. Unquestionable citrus aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass. Some faint grassy, piney aromas play into the mix as well. What I'm struck by is the balance here. Makes me excited for it to hit my palate.
T- The balance on the nose is followed well on the flavor, only a little less robust. Nothing in your face, just some mild hop bitterness harmonizing wonderfully with the same grapefruit and orange flavors, with a kiss of sweetness from the malt. Very crisp, clean flavors that are wonderfully refreshing.
M- Decent amount of carbonation with a light, crisp mouthfeel. This one could very easily be sessionable. No hint of the alcohol, just hops and citrus flavors coating the palate. The bitterness lingers, too, which is always enjoyable.
O- Quite a melody this one sings. Balance is they key here as all the flavors and aromas sing their melodies and harmonies with delicate precision. This is a really enjoyable beer, and I'm really glad I got my hands on two. Now, to finish off this bottle. Cheers!
03-22-2014 02:40:22 | More by jbwimer
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
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