Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,362 Ratings
DuetDuet
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:
4,362
Reviews:
877
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
815
Gots:
893
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company "Duet"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 16 AUG 16" on 28 MARCH 16
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was initially disappointed with the aroma of "Duet" compared to Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" because it isn't as bold, but it's really quite charming in it's own way. It's soft, fruity, and floral with just a hint of fresh pine in the background - and actually quite unique, I can't recall ever having sampled a beer with a similar aroma.

Moving on to the flavor I was impressed by how balanced and accessible it was, and actually questioned it as an IPA - but again I was wrong, it actually has 7.0% ABV! That's impressive for a beer that's so drinkable. Part of that is at least due in part to the body which is medium-light, and a fine-bubbled just-slightly-less than standard carbonation leaves it delicately bristling and then smooth.

Of course the fruitiness and floral components found in the aroma carry over, and therefore it remains unique. I find apples, mango, soft red berries, and roses. It's perfectly balanced, subtly nuanced, and just so smooth and supple that I think I'd be afraid to keep too much of this on-hand lest I find myself going overboard every night!

Remarkable! This is an IPA that challenged my notion of what an IPA is, and then answered with another vision of what an IPA can be. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of Brams
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hanagan08
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: light golden bronze, you can see pretty well through it when held up to light.

Smell: fruit+hops is excellent. Extremely pleasant aroma. I smelled grapefruit, grape, passionfruit, grass, pine tree, earthy. To me, an excellent combination of hops and fruit.

Taste: Apple, grape, grapefruit, pear, silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation, very swish-able. Chewy toffee caramel. Feels like I could chew this beer like a caramel toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall: Truly an excellent, world-class IPA. Tastes like a 6% - 7%, nice and sippable. Really glad I tried this.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of allistermcg
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour looked nice, with a pale golden colored body, sporting some chill haze, and topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was that of clean, West Coast hops, evoking grapefruit and hay. The taste was very clean as well, with the citric hop acids dominating up front, followed by some pineapple and melon in the finish. There was sweetness from the malts to put up a losing fight against the hops. The body was creamy and delicate, and the mouthfeel was exquisite. This is an outstanding example of why this style appeals to so many. What's not to love?

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a DIPA in an IPA's title. Very sweet and thick. That being said...

L - Look of the beer is a sunset orange with a nice two - three finger head on the pour.

S - Smell is dry hoppy and sweet.

T - Thick - sweet - honey, some pine. Mostly sweet.

F - for the tick taste it seemed smooth in mouthfeel. Not like the sweet Stones that drink heavy. The hit is right in the middle of the tongue for me.

O. - an excellent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

**
03/26/2016
Ouch, lots of Lysol. Was hoping to like this better than Pure Hoppiness, but it is definitely worse. Aroma is a bit Funky behind the Lysol. Taste has a stale and sour element to it. Not Good.

Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
**

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

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmg480
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrMustard2012
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toadsmoto
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smb71481
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chris585
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crisp and clear with nice lively carbonation. This was the Alpine Beer rather than the green flash version. Amarillo and simcoe lovely! Prickly pear juice and nice dry finish. Floral notes are there but the juicy bitter taste is strong and pungent. Extremely well crafted and just as good as I remember on draft at the brewery. No alcohol at all. Pine on the finish, mango peach and pear with a little lemon zest on the tongue. Great stuff. Now I realize why when it hit Indiana a few weeks ago, it was sold out in a few days

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Photo of tregan_20
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of godawgs
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krice99
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,362 ratings.
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