Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,325 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:
4,325
Reviews:
870
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
808
Gots:
879
For Trade:
16
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Ratings: 4,325 |  Reviews: 870
Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, everything is tasting good for me today. I guess I'm lucky. Some days it is not this good.

It is medium yellow with not much head and a good hoppy malty aroma. The taste is quite well balanced. It feels like just a bit more malts than the small boys of this style - that balance makes this good. There are all kinds of hops working on me from this. Wonderfully bitter.

This Alpine came a long way to my kitchen. It travelled well. Highly recommended for a strong, well balanced AIPA.

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

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

Photo of YetiMaas
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of pajfuwen
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Matthew607
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kunk3780
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilMiller
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdilly
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,325 ratings.
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