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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,459 Ratings
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Ratings: 1459
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%


Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005)
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber with not a lot of head. The color would allude to a good amount of maltiness. Very nice.

Smells fantastic. Huge hop prescience. Not very bitter. There is pineapple, mango, orange, and a little pine/grass scent. Clean and balanced.

Balanced is the name of the game with this guy. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is huge for an ipa. Pineapple, orange, brown sugar, and a little of those earthy notes here. The flavor is huge. I can't believe this isn't a double ipa. Super drinkable. Some bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel reminds me a lot of HF. The creaminess factor is present, but the hazy glow is gone which, for whatever reason, really affects my perception of the MF. Regardless, this beer is very well-exicuted. Amazing example of a big IPA.

Amazing ipa. It's no Susan, but one of the best for sure. Thanks for the gift, LaChupacabra! You're an awesome BA!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 03:50:02 | More by lunarbrew
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really? One of the premier IPA brewers in the country and no bottle date? Mega-fail. This is somewhat fresh as far as I know.

A: A clear gold pour. Big effervescent light tan head (more off-white than anything). Head fades slowly with great retention. Moderate little specks of lacing left behind.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Big, juicy hops. Tropical fruit and citrus mainly. Sticky sweet oranges, pineapples, tangerines. Wonderful crisp and juicy aroma. A bit of sugary caramel backs it up. Really nice aroma.

T: Okay, maybe I misread the aroma. Huge hop wave up front but it's pine and resin and lots of it. Big biting hops. Malt is very mild and bready. Bitter from start to finish but an extra big wave of bitterness in the finish. Long lingering piney, resin, almost sappy hop flavors between sips. Get brief hits of citrus here and there but the simcoe stands out by itself mostly. Quite dry. By long lingering I mean LONG lingering, you can still taste the drying hops for several minutes after each sip.

M: Nice smooth medium body. Very crisp and dry to accentuate all the hops (or is it vice-versa?)

O: Damn. Really nice IPA, one of the best. Big bitter and drying hop character from beginning to end. Complex and strong hop flavor and aroma. Just enough malt to be noticeable but does not detract. A proper west coast IPA from a master brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 04:42:36 | More by Dope
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light golden and coppery ale that looks perfectly alive with carbonation. One finger head of smooth white foam that fades relatively quickly.

Delicate floral aroma with a hint of citrus or tropical hops (tough to determine), and a light bready malt background.

Immediate dry hops on the tongue and palate, followed by a wave of hop flavors: I thought sweet citrus at first, with a major following of floral and clove honey, all mixed with a subtle malt backbone. That big first blast may be pine. Each sip is very complex, and seems to deliver a slightly different taste.

Bright and refreshing, with a medium malt body. Sprightly and alive; light sting.

This is a very tasty, complex, hop-forward, and refreshing IPA. Oh, and its appearance is lovely. Just enough malts to smooth out the experience.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 21:07:34 | More by Roguer
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isheltoe

California

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drunk a lot of IPA's and even had Pliny the Elder which is considered a top of the line IPA. This IPA was among the best I've ever had; I can honestly say it may be the best. I was traveling in CA and stopped at Stearn's Liquor mart and picked up a bottle of this. This is one of the smoothest IPA's I've ever had, yet bitter and a outstanding IPA... if you ever get a chance to get a hold of this IPA I'd advise you to buy it. Only issue with it is that I live in Kentucky and this stuff is made in CA... I need to find a way to get a hold of this stuff here locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:42:09 | More by isheltoe
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange color with a huge, creamy-looking white head.
S: Sweet, fruity aromas dominate. Huge notes of citrus, pineapple, peaches, and a bit of honey.
T: This is delicious. Not extremely bitter, just super well-balanced. Lots of big, tropical fruits dominate. Juicy mango, tangerines and peaches followed by grapefruit bitterness and honey-like sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: A bit too much carbonation, but this is one super drinkable and delicious beer. Would love to have more of this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 20:36:59 | More by standardcherry
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jeff1973

California

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:03:23 | More by jeff1973
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 11:24:03 | More by tectactoe
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date visible (WHY???)

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Duet appears a lightly hazed, bright golden orange in the glass (perhaps one shade lighter than Pure Hopiness), with a rough pour generating a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in some great looking lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, it has been far too long since I had a sweet fruity IPA! The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness, with Amarillo clearly taking the lead. Notes include: Fresh orange juice, tangerine, mango, pineapple, a little red grapefruit, some leafy notes and just a hint of honey malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious IPA. A big juicy tropical fruit character dominates the initial flavour, with notes of sweet orange, tangerine and mango. These notes are soon joined by red grapefruit, some dank leafy notes and the faintest hint of honey malt. Grapefruit pith as well as a solid bitterness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Duet is a fantastic IPA, it is bursting with flavour, but remains ridiculously drinkable. I would kill to have a keg of this stuff over the summer!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 09:09:18 | More by Thehuntmaster
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy light gold straw color with a nice finger of near white head, good lacing and retention

S - Unpleasantly airy, grapefruit citrus bomb with some grainy/bread aromas

T - big delicious trooical grapefruit mango hops from beinning to end, aafteraste is juicy

M - Drinkable decently carbonated kind of airy which hurts but nice aftertaste slightly bitter but light and very palatable.

O - Good flavor hut a bit airy, maybe a bad bottle? could probably be amazing in the right circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:58:17 | More by MacQ32
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big tropical/citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a good malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Tons of big hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:50:12 | More by superspak
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful golden/copper pour with 3 fingers of bright white fluffy head giving off ridiculous amounts of lacing while slowly dissipating.. lots of visible carbonation. a really pretty looking beer. the aroma of hops is blowing my mind right now. from a foot or so away i get a huge hit of simcoe, the closer to the nose it gets, i get a nice piney/grapefruity scent.. lots of sweetness/caramel. the flavor is simcoe up front, totally. the second i put the glass down after the first sip, i start tasting sweet malt and start getting floral hop notes and light refreshing grapefruit like citrus. a very nice refreshing ipa and quite honestly very mellow on bitterness for the aromatic hop bomb it is! a lovely beer all around, really happy i got to taste some alpine brews finally. the mouthfeel on this is MADE for summer. highly carbonated, medium body.. refreshing, but not lacking on flavor one bit. this is a damn great ipa.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 00:32:55 | More by facundoCNB
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 16:04:02 | More by angrybabboon
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for picking this up while visiting CA. Poured 22oz bottle into teku glass.

A - Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a thin half finder head. Not sure why there isn't more carbonation? Almost no ring remains after head is gone. Some lacing present.

S - Smell of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical notes. Floral and sweet bready malts are present.

T - Not quite on par with the aroma. Good floral, tropical and citrus flavors from the Amarillo hops. This has a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to even it out. It is not a big hoppy IPA by any means, which I like. Bitterness is minimal on the finish compared to others.

M - Carbonation is lacking in this bottle (age?). Light to medium body that is somewhat slick and oily.

O - I had higher hopes for this and I think age was an issue with this bottle (no date) after reading the other reviews. I can imagine what this is like fresh, but I didn't get that experience. It still was a great beer, but not world class. Would definitely like to try it fresh some day.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 21:44:50 | More by Ri0
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company - Duet IPA

Got this one thanks to a trade.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy orange to copper to amber with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is grapefruit citrus and a hint of bready malt, but the hops take center stage.

Taste - Big grapefruit citrus punch that gently fades into floral and leaves a slight sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Rests sour citrus and very dry. Great drinkability. It's actually a bit of a gulper from the dry element. Light and crisp. Slight stomach warmer.

Overall - This is one of those times where one dimensional is a compliment. Grapefruit citrus blast, no bull.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 16:41:08 | More by JMScowcroft
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JohnG190

New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin wispy cap with nice lacing.

Aroma - redolent of citrus and flower petals.

Taste - spicy bitter hoppiness balanced wonderfully by a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - a very well crafted ale that is worth the trouble tracking down!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:23:54 | More by JohnG190
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold/light copper color. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to a tiny wispy cap with a small collar. Splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and a slight spiciness. Loaded with tropical fruit. Solid malt backbone pushes some biscuit notes along with a slight caramel malt sweetness. Deeply floral, like.crazy flower petals. Almost perfume. Almost cotton candy in the back. Light pale maltiness as well.

Taste: A crazy blend of Amarillo spiciness coupled with a solid bready and sweet malt backbone. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Slight biscuit finish. Some lingering bitter pine needle. Oily with some hints of ruby red grapefruit. Some slight candied malt sweetness as well. Very mellow and balanced, like seriously. Some grassy notes. Crazy floral.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish to light body. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: We can sing the hits.

Another stellar Alpine beer. A damn drinkable IPA with enough west coast flair. So very drinkable and balanced. Winning.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 17:50:44 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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EliotRosewater

California

4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into glass. Purchased direct from the brewery about 2 weeks prior to opening bottle.

A - Amber, golden hue. Very little head that quickly dissipates.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops. Beautiful.

T - Great malt to hop balance. Not overly bitter, but just enough to provide balance. Grapefruit up front with some herbal notes.

M - Not a ton of carbonation but just enough to do the trick. Otherwise, good mouthfeel.

O - One of the best IPA's I've ever had. I has this the day I picked up from the brewery and it was even better. Within a two week timeframe, the hop character subsided just a tad but this is still a killer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:09:07 | More by EliotRosewater
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a big fizzy, frothy, bright white head. Good lace and retention.

S: So floral and juicy. Huge resiny hops. Like freshly bloomed flowers. Pretty sticky and pungent. Some pine and freshly cut wood. Every aspect of a hop you want to taste in an IPA. So well-rounded.

T: Even more amazing than the nose which I didn't think would be possible. So fragrant and floral. Fruity, juicy, citrusy, woody, resiny, piney. Everything! A delicate but full-flavored IPA that has so much to love about it. Unbelievable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation with a perfect amount of dryness and perfect body and feel. Top notch. Amazing bouquet of flavors explode on the palate and leave a very pleasant taste.

O: Not much I can say other than I was blown away. I knew how great this beer was going in and I knew Alpine is one of the best when it comes to IPA's but this was a dream. So incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:11:41 | More by Gatch
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Hendry

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Thecherryman for making this Alpine bomber a reality, and a super fresh sample at that. Distribution is limited on Alpine, so getting a hold of these despite the 2012 increase in production is a chore unless you live in Southern Cali.

Pours halfway between a clear and cloudy off orange hue with a 1 finger soapy white head that lasts a few minutes, lacing is adequate.

The nose is very juicy in a tropical sense yet there is a distinct malt bill in there that prevents it from being an all out hop bomb. Pineapple,nectarine, and lime tones invite the first sip.
While Duet is a hop forward IPA, there is a terrific balance of bready malts in there with the tropical fruit juciness that just works, plain and simple.

Flavors are matched by the inviting nose: the Amarillo and simcoe hops are well chosen and put forth delicious flavors that are complex and multidimensional. Carbonation is lively and well suited for the style, sort of a medium body that is somewhat sticky and oily.

The aftertaste is pleasant, never bitter or boozy, and lets you know the hop selection was well thought out. Very highly recommended, Duet proves to be tough to acquire given their lack of distribution as are other Alpine offerings.This is a world class IPA I would be glad to drink again, and I am looking forward to the arrival of more Alpine varieties to taste and review.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 03:25:25 | More by Hendry
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Alpine beer

A - golden orange color with an 1/8" head and a lacing that slides and sticks to random portions of the glass. A good amount of carbonation flows upward through the hazy glass slow enough to count the bubbles from a single stream.

S - Loads if grapefruit up front, followed by a good amount of peach, tangerine and even banana. Hints of pine and other tropical fruits linger.

T - The taste echoes its aroma above. Pine and grapefruit are the major components of the flavor followed with malty sweetness, pineapple, and floral hop bitterness.

M - very smooth with a remarkable, lingering finish. Light carbonation and mouth coating.

O - Very balanced! It displays everything an IPA should be. This company is just getting started! I will look forward to all of their releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:43:26 | More by Cubatobaco
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arfenhouse

California

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral hops and peach upfront. Pineapple, oranges, and pine needles. A bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Peach, pine, and tangerine. A small spicy hop in the middle. Ends with a small malt sweetness. Pine and tangerine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Could use some more dryness.

O: Reminds me of Sculpin sans dryness. Very good single IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 07:23:44 | More by arfenhouse
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RaulMondesi

California

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raul finds himself in glorious ecstasy. It may be called "Duet," but Raul is enjoying this bad boy solo, in his garden, and listening to the fountain as it blissfuly drips in peace.

A few days back, Raul went to the joint, the spot, the honey hole - Alpine (because he could). And ohhh goody gumdrops is Raul sure glad he did!

Like Cary Grant entering a train tunnel with Eva Marie Saint, this thing pops! A beautiful darkish, orange haze is met by textures and flavor that would make a water-boarding seem like a day at Wild Rivers just to get to one. At first that initial zap! wasn't there, but Raul was quickly rest assured when he realized that this was a single. And just like Raul himself, Duet is single, sexi, and ready to mingle.

Hop on this! Hop on this good!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:59:10 | More by RaulMondesi
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edproctor

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a nice golden hue with a fingers worth of white creamy head.
S- fresh, juicy tangerines, ripe peaches, grapefruit zest, mango, and a nice light bready sweetness.
T- mimics smell, some pineapple in there too. Lots of fruit up front, followed immediately by that hoppy bitter punch in the palette.
M- medium bodied. Coats the tongue as it goes down, leaving a nice hop film over the palette.
O- this is a great beer! Everything I want from an ipa. Smooth, nicely balanced, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 09:04:57 | More by edproctor
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, floral, hints of orange and slight sweetness

T-pineapple, grapefruit, malt, slightly sweet, floral, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very nice IPA with a good range of flavors, in spite of the "duet", I prefer Nelson

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 13:12:03 | More by MDDMD
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. My first beer from Alpine. Tasted 20 March 2013.

Pours a very clear orange. A gentle pour to leave the yeast in the bottle, doesn't produce much head at all. What's there is white. Decent lacing.

Smell is great citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Big grapefruit, more on the sweet side than the tart. Juicy and full, nicely sweet beneath the hops. All together, it's smooth, well-rounded, and cohesive.

Taste is full of positive flavors, nothing off. Lately I've had a lot of IPAs where the most noticeable characteristics are negative, so even neutral would have made me happy. But there are lots of good things in here. Picks up where the smell left off, pleasantly but delicately sweet, like just the right amount of honey. A little tropical fruit layered on top, with just a soft twang of grapefruit rind bitter in the back. Balanced, leaning to malty, but with enough hops that I don't forget what it is.

Feel is exactly what it should be. Medium-bodied, just the right amount of stick, keeping the flavors around just as long as I want them to. Carbonation is spot-on as well. Tough to get much better.

This is a top-notch IPA. Balanced, a bit more malty than hoppy as IPAs go. But the malts and the hops are both excellent. And it's got enough fruity hops that I certainly can't complain about calling it an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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