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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,987 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 829
Gots: 183 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005)
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Photo of punkrkr27
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small, loose, white head. The aroma has a touch of honey sweetness upfront with pungent cattyness, bubblegum and tree fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, cat pee, oily pine and a lasting bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Creamy, medium-full body with moderate carbonation and some astringency.

punkrkr27, May 19, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.

Drink>good

1759Girl, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of ryno09
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Eggshell white one finger soapy head, hazy golden orange color. Doesn't stick around long but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet at first with tropical fruits - dried mango comes to mind - and grapefruit. Some floral and earthy pine notes then appear. Very complex nose that changes as the beer warms.

Taste - Very soft, mellow mouthfeel. Unlike most IPAs I've had, I don't get much right away - just a bit of grapefruit fruitiness. You get a little sweetness, like a honey malt mid tongue that is over run by the hops at the back of the tongue that have more of the piney, earth bitterness. The malt does hang in there with more of a cracker, toast like dryness. Temperature really seems to have an effect on this beer. When colder, you get more of a grapefruit like bitterness in the finish but as it warms there's more a piney, resin-like bitterness.

A highly drinkable beer that is complex on the nose and smooth on the tongue with a pleasant bitter finish. On its own, the taste doesn't live up to the nose but it pairs very well with spicy foods. I'd prefer the citrus/fruity side of the beer so I'd recommend drinking this one as cold as possible or with food.

ryno09, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Took a rough pour to produce a small white head. Excellent clarity, the color of polished brass (think brand new trumpet). Left spotty lace.

Smells of amarillo alright. Nice tropical sweetness. Some bitter grapefruit and orange rind as well. There's also a sweet alcohol bite that I tend to get from beers that use honey as a fermentable. I'm not positive that's used here, but it smells similar (in the same vein as Hopslam).

Lots of pine in the taste. Also some dandelion grassiness, dried hay, with crisp and clean pilsner malts beneath.

Medium carbonation. Crisp. Clean. Not overly dry. The bitterness doesn't linger as long as it does in many IPA's.

Overall: I like this, but Columbus, OH has better imo.

Spider889, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 650-mL bottle at the brewery and drank a week or so later, 8/22/11, from a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy light orange with nice finger of cream colored head.

N: Pine, orange, and a slight hint of sweet onion.

T/M: Earthy floral bitterness hits first. An accompanying light malt flavor offsets this with just the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is oily, with a light to medium body.

This is an excellent beer with a interesting hop profile; very unique. It is crisp and clean and quite delicious.

peacebone116, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapates. Nice collar. Floral and malty notes in the aroma. Citrus as well. More malt forward in the taste than I would expected but the back end really has a nice hop bite. Very crisp. Pretty tasty IPA.

kbutler1, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of mjn5036
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (the only thing at my disposal).

A – Pours a rather mundane golden orange with a small white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

S – The nose is amazing balanced with a huge citrus/grapefruit up front, a bouquet of floral hops and a nice malt backbone to keep everything in check.

T – Again, it is all about balance with this beer. This is, no doubt, a hop forward beer but the malt bill really helps bring everything together. The initial grapefruit and tangerine citrus hit you first, followed by a pleasant piney hop profile that brings a moderate bitterness with it. After this all the malty, slightly sweetness rushes in to add a sense of stability to the beer.

M – Moderately carbonated with a thicker mouthfeel than I had
anticipated. Sticky and almost slightly chewy on the palate.

O – It was a fairly long drive into the middle of nowhere to get to Alpine, and the guy there was a bit of a dick, but this beer seems to make it worth it. A solid brew by a company new to me – this is the first from them I have had and now have my expectations set high.

mjn5036, May 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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SanFranJake, May 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

tywhite, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

Sammy, May 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.