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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 829
Gots: 164 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 1,895 | Reviews: 491 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

TheFightfan1, May 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

mmulebarn, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded by Armand, bomber shared with cbutova.

Pours super pale orange, white head looks great for a while, eventually remains as a bubbly cap leaving decent lacing. Dusty sediment.

Pretty great hoppy scent although it does fade with some time. Fresh citrus, floral and earthy hops.

Taste-wise, grapefruit takes over for the citrus, not much citrus to be found unlike the nose. Big floral hops along with a heap of earthy/piny hop oils. Light toasty/caramel malt.

Light mouthfeel but not watery. Medium carbonation, quite bitter, malt doesn't contribute much.

Good stuff, I liked it better than Pure Hoppiness.

Chico1985, Apr 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

facesnorth, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Light amber in color, with 1.5 fingers of white foam head that diminishes to a residue after a few minutes. Light lacing remains.

S: An onslaught of flowers and fruit. The smell does not remind of hops, or even of beer, but of some ambrosial substance.

T: Primarily light, acidic fruit (unripe apple, lime) with little complexity other than increasing bitterness in the finish. There is slight alcohol heat present--while unexpected in a beer of this style, it isn't really aggressive enough to detract from the enjoyment.

M: Minimal carbonation makes this beer feel slightly heavy and syrupy, which is outside the ideal range for the style.

D: This beer is a pleasure to drink, constrained only by the fact that, after repeated tastes, it seems a bit one-note. Any comparison to Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is both appropriate and well-deserved.

beagle75, May 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

ralphw56, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

draheim, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

dwagner003, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

DovaliHops, Aug 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

EyePeeAyBryan, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

mportnoy, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mctizzz, May 08, 2014
Photo of callmemickey
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of cuda7051. Poured into a large tulip.

A: Dark golden-orange body. Crystal clear with a nice stream of carbonation releasing straight out of the center. Large creamy white head that slowly receded while leaving a respectable amount of lacing down the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: The rich citric aroma was detectable the second i unscrewed the cap of the growler. In the glass, assertive tangerine, orange, mango, and nectarine aromas dominate over the background of a slightly resinous pine hop note.

T: Disappointing! Compare to the nose that is :) I knew it would be hard to live up to the exceptional nose, and the taste is certainly superb, but not the equal of the nose. Sweet citric hops like those described in the nose are present and ride atop a soft malt background. Not as assertive as the nose though. Clean bitterness in the back end.

M: Soft, light-medium bodied. Good, consistent carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.

D: An exceptional IPA right up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Masala Mama and Furious as the tops in the category. This is an easy drinking brew that does not skimp on flavor and aroma.

callmemickey, Sep 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

sirsteve42, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

PA-Michigander, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Hugonaut13, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. , on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $5.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers (when I got it) of white head. A perfect amount of lacing on the side all the way down and good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tons of delicious bitter hops right up front. Got grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange peel.

Tasted tons of hops like the smell. Citrus grapefruit was leading the way, but also got tastes of pine, resin, floral, tropical and mango.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a fantastic IPA, probably the best one I’ve ever had. Absolutely loved it.

BucannonXC5, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

nrs207, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

pisano, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mc4z, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

masterofsparks, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Gotti311, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Jas45678, May 04, 2014
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.