Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,353 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
4,353
Reviews:
876
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
813
Gots:
891
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,353 |  Reviews: 876
Photo of markhobbs1
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will65
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Todd
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden with a foamy head and sticky lace.

Soft nose of orange, pine and breadiness.

Light-bodied, but there's a slight chew and smoothness to the feel. Carbonation is crisp upfront. Quite hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Malt profile is bready, sort of doughy even, with a touch of sweetness, but overall very dry. Hop profile folds layers of juicy orange, ripe melon flesh, pine resin, spice and cedar on the palate. Finish is dry, herbal, ashy and lingers.

Duet is a solid example of what a West Coast IPA was over a decade ago, what's followed and how nice it is to come back to one that's not overly assertive. It's all about balance, drinkability and hop flavor.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Celtics76
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark orange, clear. Well carbonated with a small to medium sized head.
Aroma:Fruity, I get a pungent smell of gushers which is pleasant.
Flavor:Not much fruit, bubblegum, mint, and dark grape. Slight bitterness, great example of West Coast style IPA.
Mouth feel:On the thinner side, but plenty of flavor up front, finishes real smooth with no real after taste.
Overall: Great representation of a West Coast Style IPA. The mint taste is not off putting just wish there was more of an after taste. It's a real treat to get this beer under a month old in Boston. I love it.

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Photo of Nhmp105
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and light golden in color with a head that stays around. No lacing. Smell is a blend of hops and tropical fruit. Taste is hopforward, dank and resiny. Less carbonation than one might assume. Solid brew.

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Photo of matthewrdale
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwuenschell
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhall830
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aknalley
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cswkr02
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AzIpaGuy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is pale gold, fairly clear, and sports about 2 fingers of fine white foam with good retention. The nose gives lemon zest, orange rind, a little bit of sweet toasted malt.

Medium-light body with a delicate feel and a balanced flavor that is dry throughout. Very light cracker-like graininess up front, then sharp hop flavors that are restrained and supported by malty flavors of toast and honey. Some pine and cedar and a little bit of lemon. The hop flavors seem undecided. Do I want to be resiny and piney or do I want to be citrusy? While the hops argue, the malt just lingers around. The finish is lemon and honey and rather short-lived.

I kind of knew what I was getting into when I bought this beer. I believe it has been around for a while and is not a "modern IPA". Nevertheless, this does not represent what I think a West coast IPA is. With the toasted malt character and subdued hop profile, it drinks more like a classic English IPA. It's a good beer, but it is very over-priced at $14 per six-pack. I'm not buying this again, nor can I recommend it. Still, I know this brewery is capable of pushing the proverbial envelope and I wouldn't hesitate to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of ntanner83
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rswedlund
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PUbeer
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,353 ratings.
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