Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
bomber into 2011 SAVOR. no bottled on date that i can see. brought back from the source.
A: bright, rich blond body. white head. tiny bubbles cling to the edge. head retention isnt great, nor is the lacing.
S: rich american hop aromas. cantaloupe. lime. sweet. vanilla beans.
T: starts fruity. but softly, not over the top citrus flavors or anything like that. more of a peach flavor. maybe some pears as well, but a soft peach would be the best way i could describe it. hardly any bitterness.
M: carb is a bit mellow in my opinion. wouldnt hate a bit more. the body is hardly medium. almost light. just so drinkable.
D: the best part. this stuff lacks so much in the bitterness component and just blasts with fruity hop flavor. totally refreshing and super drinkable.
12-21-2012 01:18:09 | More by Jimmys
3.83/5 rDev -13.3%
I've had 2 Alpine brews thus far, PH and Nelson.. Time for the trifecta here...
Pours a pale golden with one of the more impressive heads I've ever seen on an IPA... This things foams like Duvel.... Gentle pour produces a 4 inch head and a steady vibrant stream of bubbles from the SA Perfect Pint...
Citrusy and spicy hops dominate here... Not overpowering or pungent or anything but very nice... Light toasted malts are present as well... Perhaps a little yeastiness as well...
Definitely hoppy but I was hoping for a touch more here... The hops are tasty but there's not a strong enough presence for me. Spicy and herbal... The brew is overcarbonated for my tastes and I wish that would have been toned down and I might have enjoyed this one more... It was distracting...
Not bad overall but I wasn't as big of a fan of this one as some others have been... A nice beer I guess...
08-29-2010 19:20:08 | More by Tilley4
4.58/5 rDev +3.6%
Picked up at the brewery during my San Diego trip last week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but since got at the brewery it's gotta be fresh and well handled. It was a slightly hazy golden color with some floaters in it. Lots of carb streams and great lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a foam.
The aroma was excellent. The Duet in here is Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony" and they blended amazingly. Very pleasant floral hops, grapefruit and pine. A real joy to sniff over and over. The taste followed the aroma and again was outstanding. Starts out with a little malt and then the hops kick in and build to a bitter finish. Dry finish as well. I really liked the hop mix and the touch of malt keeps it from being overly bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is solid with slightly creamy texture. Dry finish as noted. Carb was too high and tinkled the tongue right as the hops were cresting so drowned them out a bit.
Overall, an excellent AIPA that I most highly recommend. Worthy of the hype and praise. During my trip, I got to try a sample on tap at the brewery and then several more pints on-tap at the bars. On-tap is slightly better but the bottle is still excellent. They are an amazing brewery and can't wait to try the rest I brought home. Rotation: not avail here but I have a source who lives in SD so this will become a regular shipment. At about $4 for 22oz's you can't beat the enjoyment to price ratio.
10-29-2009 02:07:01 | More by TexIndy
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. , on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $5.50 (I think)
Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers (when I got it) of white head. A perfect amount of lacing on the side all the way down and good retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled tons of delicious bitter hops right up front. Got grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange peel.
Tasted tons of hops like the smell. Citrus grapefruit was leading the way, but also got tastes of pine, resin, floral, tropical and mango.
Light-to-medium body. Oily-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Just a fantastic IPA, probably the best one I’ve ever had. Absolutely loved it.
01-06-2013 23:47:37 | More by BucannonXC5
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
Believe the hype! This mutha is fo RE-al.
Poured from 22 oz bomber acquired via trade into chilled pint glass. Beautiful light orange color, nice fluffy 1-inch white head, and lots of tiny bubbles with ample sticky lacing throughout. The nose is a gorgeous mango/grapefruit/papaya olfactory orgasm. And the flavors on the palate, while less fruity/floral than the nose, do not disappoint. To the contrary, piney resin and grapefruit notes lend a mellow balance to the solidly structured hop profile, with virtually zero alcohol burn evident. The mouthfeel is as full and chewy as an IPA can get, while the finish is long, smooth, lasting, and complex.
Really love this beotch. Will come back to her lair often!
02-20-2014 04:34:28 | More by JohnParadee
4.2/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to weeheavySD for the growler!
A: Fairly tame golden copper color with a clean complexity. Just a few bubbles meander up to the top. Head is medium sized with a decent creaminess to it, a basic whipped butter color.
S: Vibrant green grapefruit zest, lemon essence, distant pine forest wavering on a subtle breeze, strawberry fields, watermelon and crystallized mango. Exceptional aroma.
T: Starts off with that Alpine buttery hop sensation that massages the tongue with its smooth texture. Theres a little bit of yellow apple, green melon, clover honey and a whole lotta star fruit. You know that flavor that hits the tip of your tongue when you bite into a plum? I get a lot of that as well as iced tea and marjoram. The flavor sort of falls short after this point and doesnt get any more complex. The flavor lingers for a while and is quite nice but finishes right about here
M: Medium body and soft
D: Seriously quaffable and easy to drink. The growler really didnt stand a chance. It wasnt the most complex beer but it has a really nice flavor with long lingering flavor.
06-09-2007 19:35:14 | More by Westsidethreat
4.25/5 rDev -3.8%
Glowing orange-gold and hazy body with a dense white contrasting head. Lacing is minimal.
Huge hop aroma of orange and grapefruit. It also has aromatic floral notes of lilac. I even picked up a few whiffs of pomegranate, though I have I idea where that's coming from.
It has a strong fresh grapefruit flavor with the floral notes to a lesser extent. Decent caramel backbone.
Mouthfeel is fresh and clean with spot on carbonation.
It's a fantastic IPA worth seeking out.
11-16-2012 01:36:21 | More by Vonerichs
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +0.7%
Huge thanks to queens1130 for including this in along with my last box of Bruery RS stuff!
Beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. It's got a really aromatic aroma that has both big floral and citrus notes with a light biscuity malt aroma backing it up. The flavor here is really excellent both the floral and citrus aspects of the nose come through very nice into the flavor, and the malt backbone is just enough to balance the flavor, but very minimal. It's got a little bit of sweetness up front and then has a nice bitter (but not too bitter) hoppy finish. This beer is exceptionally easy drinking! Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a really nice carbonation and something almost sticky about it - impressive. Overall, this is a damn good IPA from Alpine and one of the best single IPAs out there right now. It had been a while since I'd had it last and I'd forgotten just how good it was.
01-27-2013 00:26:55 | More by starrdogg
4.83/5 rDev +9.3%
So another instant favorite from Alpine!
Super clear light yellow with slight amber color.
The smell is AMAZING. Sweet tangerine with lots of citrus notes.
The taste isnt as sweet at the smell but is still a great sweetness to bitterness ratio. Bitter at first with a smooth very sweet finish. Slightly dry but not as much as a lot of IPA's
12-23-2010 04:24:04 | More by Eriktheipaman
3.8/5 rDev -14%
Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.
Aroma is rich orange and grapefruit, along with a good bit of piney hop.
Taste is grainy toasted malt with hints of brown sugar. Then the pleasantly fruity hop quality steps in. Finishes relatively sweet with only a mild piney hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hop oil slickness.
Overall a pretty tasty IPA. Plenty of dry hopping to create a fantastic nose.
01-16-2012 23:20:35 | More by Blakaeris
4.2/5 rDev -5%
Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.
22oz bottle pours a bright golden amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma with a mix of floral and citrus hops. The taste is sweet floral bitterness with some light citrus notes. Fair amount of toasty malts. More flowery hops at the finish with some citrus peel. Some grassy notes as well. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a really good IPA.
03-29-2014 00:48:30 | More by PicoPapa
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
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