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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 865
Gots: 209 | FT: 18
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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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/31/13

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bottle

Appearance: Golden copper with a slight chill haze - pours with a fluffy white head, fades quickly to a small cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Somewhere between absurd and mind-shattering - honestly, this smells like some kind of tropical fruit juice - explosive tropical notes, including pineapple, mango, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - straight-up hoppy resins and aromas, like sniffing a fresh packet of hop pellets - some light, pale, and caramel malts in the back - extremely clean

Taste: Hoppy, in an extreme way, yet not aggressively hoppy - absurd amounts of melon, pineapple, and tangerine - extremely fruity and juicy, yet not sweet - medium level of bitterness, spot-on for the style - some pale and caramel malts in the background, not particularly notable - very clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, adequate carbonation, could be a tad more crisp

Overall: Unrelentlessly awesome

This is one of the finest IPAs I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It figures that it's so hard to get. This was American Craft Beer 2013 pre-fest beer #1. And honestly, it may have been better than anything I actually sampled at ACBF. Curse you, Alpine!

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Nunya
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TexIndy
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. There’s 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t stand a chance. It wasn’t the most complex beer but it has a really nice flavor with long lingering flavor.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the beer produces a creamy, foamy white head. A golden body with blonde hues radiates below with an occasional gas bubble. This beer has good clarity. 4.25

Delicious fruity notes, berry and pineapple, hit the nose first. Then some resin and pined up hops, which precede smooth caramel malt. 4.3

sThere's quite a blend of hop flavors going on here and it's tasty as all hell. Fruity notes of guava and berries, some pine, and a big dose of floral and earthy hops. 4.3

This beer is smooth as all hell, bitter through out, with a rush of carbonation at mid-palate. There's a slight spiciness and a light quality to this beer that are spectacular. 4.5

Alright, this beer is damn good. It's indisputable. Smooth like a pale ale with DIPA flavor and body. 4.35

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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.