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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A soon-to-be favorite, if it's already not. This single IPA boasts pine, citrus, and cedar notes from Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#375
Reviews:
886
Ratings:
4,403
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
821
Gots:
907
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,403 |  Reviews: 886
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of adidaswp
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw gold color with a frothy white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon peel, floral hops and some resin and malt in the background. Good aroma but could be stronger.

T: Some Piney and resin, floral and earthy hops, a medium bitterness a good tasting beer.

F: Light body and medium carbonation

O: A good beer but there are IPAs I enjoy more.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange with white legs. 3.75
Dank, herbal leaf, juicy orange skin and specks of mango. 4
Thin cracker grain, a piney sting, evergreen, bit of pineapple and some pith. 4
Lemon finish and dry bitter leave.
Light, crisp, slight oil. 3.75

Amarillo and Simcoe

Not superfresh (just over 3 months) which might explain the sharpness; aroma is faded a bit. Pine more than citrus, but the hops are there. Lean and drinkable but not up to expectations. 4

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Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LADaveBN
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spider889
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeLava
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Floral with strong tropical notes. Lots of ripe melon with hints of pineapple. Sticky grapefruit in the mix as well. Malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of hop flavor, but it's not that bitter. Pretty juicy. Watermelon is there. Regular melon as well. More grapefruit. A touch of fresh grass and pine needles. Solid malts backbone, but the hops once again still shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Clean and not aggressive. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nice IPA. Not exactly mindblowing, but it's still very good.

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Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark gold. Tropical, dank aroma of tangerine, lime, and even pineapple. Taste is spot on. I normally like Simcoe but find it a bit too heavy by itself, whereas Amarillo is not my preferred hop -- but they pull them both together, in harmony, with the optimal amount of malt. Feels a little light...then again, that could make it easy to down a couple of these.

A vast improvement over Nelson.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1+ finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pith along with some orange citrus. Some dank greens and resinous pine. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
There is a beautiful balance between the Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very classic west coast taste with added juiciness. I'm not as blown away with this as I expected but it is a very good IPA.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, embossed with the Green Flash logo.

Golden amber pour. Half finger of tight knit bubbles in a frothy white head.

Aroma was surprisingly faint. Some citrus and candy-like notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Smooth drinking. More citrus, pineapple, cotton candy, slightly chewy, faintly bitter. Again, for an IPA, the hop is surprisingly lacking. It was smooth and drinkable but the hops were lost. Bottle had a best by March 17 - 2016, I'm not sure where that placed production on this (September 17 - 2015?).

Overall, it was not a bad beer but it just lacked the hop profile that we've come to expect from so many good IPA's that are available today.

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Photo of harryhops
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LostHighway
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of roast_90
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,403 ratings
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