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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,440
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 881
Gots: 273 | FT: 16
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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thanks to evilc for this awesome extra! thanks chris!

poured into cascade tulip.

Appearance: clear and glowing soft golden bodied beer. 1 finger of thick white head. Not much lacing to speak of and drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. Orange rinds, lemons, and peaches. Tropical fruits. Hint of resinous pine. I dont think this beer is brewed with rye, but I get a rye like spiciness in the nose.

Taste: Hop profile is mild to moderately bitter. Peaches, orange rinds and grapefruit notes upfront. A hint of fruity, grassy, tropical fruits, and floral notes in the middle of the beer. Just like in the nose I get a hinting of rye spiciness...yet again I dont think that any rye is used to brew this beer. The finish is full of pine, lemon and grapefruit rind. The finish seems to linger on for a long time and never becomes overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really drinkable IPA. The ABV is not really apparent even at 7%. It honestly reminds me of an APA. The beer is really bright and refreshing. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: The thing I love about this beer is that most IPA's beat you over the head with brutal bitterness. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness and big hop flavors without overdoing it. You can easily drink a whole bomber of this beer yourself. Really great complexity from this hop profile. This beer is like hop candy. I am a believer that Alpine has some seriously legendary hoppy beers. Duet is no exception to the statement.

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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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no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 1 week ago

A big thanks to harink for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with just under 1 fingers width of bright white head that quickly dissipates down. Looks like a pilsner, so it loses points. Leaves tons of lacing though to win those points back.

S: Huge aroma. Tropical fruit sweetness with pineapple and mango, juniper and dank resinous pine, hints of lemon zest and orange rind. Hints of the sweet malt backbone. This is very well balanced, with a lot going on for a single IPA. Smells delicious.

T: Like the nose, there is a great balance of flavors. Sweet malt, juniper and pine, pineapple. Its dank, resinous, sweet and citrusy all at once. Faint piney bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip. Packed with flavor, yet so well balanced. Just excellent.

M/D: Very smooth and creamy for an IPA, coats the palate nicely. Medium body, perfect carbonation. Drinkability is great. Impressive mouthfeel for the style.

O: Overall, what a fantastic brew. Certainly one of, it not THE best single IPA Ive ever had. Seek this out, a must try. Very glad I got to try this and can't wait to try to Nelson thats sitting in my fridge.

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22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy foamy cap.

Aroma is some pine, citrus rind, grapefruit/orange, some pineapple, a bit of tropical fruit, decent amount of caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, some citrus, good pine, a bit of tropical fruit, sizeable caramel malt backbone in the middle, mild sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, some alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, very oily, somewhat sticky, mild to moderate carbonation.

I dunno if this is a little old or what, but kind of let down on this one. For as much praise as Duet receives, I’ve just got a little above-average IPA here.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,440 ratings.