Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company
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4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.
Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.
Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.
Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.
11-08-2009 23:44:50 | More by paco1029384756
4.46/5 rDev +0.9%
Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.
Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.
Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.
If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.
02-14-2014 04:10:07 | More by chugalug06
3.93/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.
Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.
Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.
Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.
Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?
11-24-2010 06:33:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into a snifter at small tasting session.
A: Hazy Golden Wheat color with a small ring of head with swirls of bubbles in the middle.
S: Piney, Citrus Hops up front, also some nice Bready Malts to counter balance. Awesome IPA aroma.
T: Hops up front (from the aroma), really nice sweetness also. A Malt center to the taste leads to a bitter dry finish at the back of the palate. Grapefruit and Pine are dominant flavors, from the Simcoe and Amarillo hops the beer is based on. Great balance, excellent flavor.
M: Medium bodied, and delightfully creamier than I would have guessed, though still well carbonated. Excellent.
D: Very Great IPA, up there with the greats in the single IPA realm for me. Wish I could get this whenever I wanted to, but hey it makes having these really special too.
10-10-2010 13:51:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a nice clean golden/copper hue with a solid creamy head that dissipates within a few sips leaving solid lacing in my glass from start to finish.
S: Sweet and grassy, floral and spicy with some citrus/grapefruit essence in there too. The smell is real nice, but not as strong as I anticipated.
T: Clean, spicy hopiness that is balanced perfectly with a malty finish. Super crisp and very clean; honestly one of the best IPA's So-Cal has to offer - the quality is top notch.
M: Creamy and medium bodied with mild carbonation that really lends to the creaminess of this brew.
D: Real easy to drink - the prevalent hop is balanced perfectly with a sweet malty finish.
Fresh quality IPA that is just a cut above most others of the same style.
07-27-2010 04:12:15 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.63/5 rDev +4.8%
Aggressive pour into pint glass yields 1/3 finger white head with good retention. More head though please. Crystal clear and golden. Pretty. On the very light side of IPAs. Minus points for that.
S: Tangerine, mango - Man Candy all the way! Some earthiness belowdecks is a nice accent. Maybe some savory garlic too. Some apple cidery esters too that tingle a bit but are not boozy.
T: Well balanced, clean crisp malt up front. Good gentle but substantial hop bitterness. Savory side and piney side of hops are stronger. Dances on the edge of APA and AIPA. So tasty. The only strike against it is that it seems more like an APA in balance. Too bad for semantics.
M: Very smooth, balanced, full-flavored. Dare I say perfect? Crisp but round.
O: Delicious and very drinkable for 7%. Smooth. I'd drink a lot of this if I lived in San Diego. I'll definitely buy again and have a second. Sarah likes this one a lot!
05-28-2012 18:44:33 | More by dfillius
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev -15.6%
Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.
Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.
Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin
Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.
Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.
Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.
11-23-2009 04:10:40 | More by craytonic
4.15/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours an ultra pale golden color that first appears effervescent but is actually laced with suspended micro-particulate. The collar is better that a full finger deep loose foamy and off white and in nature. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind each mouthful. The smell has a really nice balance of floral citrus-pine perfume and sweet maltiness. The flavor presence wanders around some and in the end is suggestive of that same piny element. I am really enjoying this beer. However, the body abandons the experience IMO. It's as if the bottom drops out. I'm half way through the glass and now notice that those unique little floaters have settled to the bottom and don't quite cover the half dollar bottom of this most recent shapely Ithaca receptacle. Very drinkable; it feels so light that it surprises me to find that there is 6.7% ABV. This one has a whole lot to consider. Many thanks going out to radshoesbro for this opportunity!!!
10-22-2009 00:11:52 | More by jjayjaye
4.58/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.
22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a pretty average coppery amber with decent clarity. An assertive pour gets about a fingers worth of dense, creamy white head that holds nicely. Decent lacing.
S: A very nice marriage of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which just go fantastically together. Loads of sharp grapefruit and pine with plenty of cat piss to go around. A bit of sweet biscuity malt comes from the back and tries to balance a bit.
T/M: Great bitterness level, assertive to the edge but never falls over. More of the fantastic Simcoe/Amarillo blend going. The malts are bigger in the taste but don't get in the way. Some sweetness and more of the biscuity, light bready flavor. Body is medium to medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves nice lasting bitterness. I do get a bit of metallic flavor at times, usually on the back end. A bit off but doesn't really hurt the beer... just a bit confusing.
D: Fantastic IPA. Simcoe and Amarillo is just a classic American pairing and I never get tired of the two. ABV is reasonable and the brew doesn't want you to stop drinking it.
12-17-2009 04:56:17 | More by pwoods
4.47/5 rDev +1.1%
The last one: that’s right, this is the last beer I got from my first long-distance trade. And believe me, this double-hopped IPA has been staring me in the face every time I’ve opened the fridge since the package arrived. I finally cracked, and now it’s the end for my first bit of loot from California; maybe I kept one in the fridge just to keep the memory alive, but I just can’t wait any longer. It’s time for some hoppy love from the boys out of Alpine.
Thanks again, dmsohyea! Alpine is a brewery that I’ve been looking to get some samples of for the longest time.
A: What a really, really gorgeous brew. One of the best shines I’ve ever seen on an IPA (and that’s saying something), which totally enhances the brilliantly deep, golden color of the body. The head is very foamy and just a hair darker than pure white; the retention is alright, but the main event is the lacing. Strands of thin bubbles extend all the way around the glass, extending to bigger pockets of foam. Doesn’t get any better than this.
S: Man those hops smell great! Gargantuan floral notes explode as some caramel malts roll out underneath. As time goes on, bigger piney tones start to take over the hops for an added dimension of kick. A deeper spice comes from the bottom of the nose, also bringing some peppery tones to the mix. The hops are as delightful as ever, and the sugary parts aren’t too sweet; so far, so good.
T: A big, warming sensation is what I get from my first sip; is it the alcohol? It’s only 7.5%. Whatever it is, I like it. The first actual taste, though, is clean, crisp malt. It's that light sugar like the one you find in a shortbread cookie - that's, at least, the most apparent feeling I get. They’re obviously not the main attraction here, though, as the hops come in right after. They burst with juicy refreshment, popping off with even more crisps in the palate. Flowery and bitter, without a whole lot of earthiness; alas, that’s not what Simcoe and Amarillo hops are known for. No worries; the palate remains a spectacular testament to the drinkability of bitter IPA’s when they’re done well. The aftertaste is, of course, dry; this time, bordering on astringency. Lightly medicinal, it hits a yeasty barnyard taste that wasn’t apparent in the front of the palate. A surprisingly easy-drinking hop-bomb.
M: Relatively bubbly for the style. Chewy is what I’d describe first and foremost, though. It’s certainly puckering on the palate, and it leaves you smacking your tongue with the added thickness of the feel.
O: I’ve seen a lot of beers described as a “Hophead’s Dream” or something along those lines. This beer takes that prize without so much as a breath of self-proclaimed hop mastery. It’s great. Classy brewery, classy beer. A very drinkable, very admirable brew.
07-27-2011 05:44:18 | More by BarryMFBurton
4.24/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-10-2014 22:04:51 | More by LambicPentameter
4.22/5 rDev -4.5%
A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.
S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma
T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.
M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.
O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.
Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!
03-25-2011 02:42:10 | More by vande
4.5/5 rDev +1.8%
Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.
Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.
S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.
T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.
M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.
D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer.
07-17-2010 02:47:28 | More by pokesbeerdude
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
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