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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 881
Gots: 274 | 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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Ratings: 2,444 | Reviews: 537
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4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one-inch thick white head which has good retention and yields splotchy lace.

N: Fantastic citrusy grapefruit and tangerine along with mango tropical notes. Fruity and floral springtime with some herbal and faint lemon note.

T: Piney and catty with some herbal and oniony notes. Malts add some bready/biscuity balance.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: A very solid IPA here. Would have every day, if that were possible.

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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden with a slight haze. 1 finger white head that settles in quickly. Great legs on the lacing.

S- Bright citrus and tropical notes. I love the smell of Amarillo and simcoe. Recently did a homebrew with this combo and love it. Slightly tart.

T- Hop forward gets things started, but the balance comes about at just the right time. A bit sweet at times. Lots of mango and grapefruit.

M- About as good as it gets here. Clean, crisp, refreshing IPA. Not much alcohol noticed. Mid body with a nice, prickly dry finish.

O- Very solid. Maybe prefer a bit more than Nelson. Bottom line tho, this brewery knows its way around the hop

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

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4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,444 ratings.