Duet | Alpine Beer Company

DuetDuet
BA SCORE
96.6%
Liked This Beer
4.34 w/ 4,371 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
Ranking:
#374
Reviews:
880
Ratings:
4,371
Liked:
4,224
Avg:
4.34/5
pDev:
7.83%
Alströms:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
818
Gots:
896
Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,371 |  Reviews: 880
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on October 18, 2015. Bottle labeled best by 17 Mar 16.

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Photo of 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with "Best By" dating of 28 July 16

Pours lightly hazed, lighter amber under a large and lasting off white froth. Stays and stays and leaves nice looking fine sheeting

Full fresh hop nose. Fruity floral goodness

Aggresive IPA, resin fueled hops, emitting tropical flourishes, orange, lime, pineapple. Densly flavorful.well worth a try and happy to see this fine stuff available locally

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Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Nose is pine resin sticky-ness. Flavor is just smooth. Damn smooth. Obviously wet hopped. Pine tones but a nutty edge to it as well. Some caramel is there also. Feel is slick and smooth. Good carbonation. A damn fine IPA. A stellar and masterfully brewed beer. Just damn good.

Brewandbbq hooks it up again on this one. Big pile o' thanks man.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle:

Pours orange amber. A thin white head lasts and leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of robust juicy fruit and floral/piney notes.

The taste is of orange/tangerine with spicy floral hop goodness. It is rounded out by a firm malt backbone.

It could be chewier/fuller, but I'm far from complaining.

A wonderful hop-forward, yet balanced floral-strong delight. Hop goodness in a bottle! My first from this brewery - looking forward to more!

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little less than an inch fall white head. Body is a bright light orange, very clear. Lots of effervescence. Good lacing.

Bright piney citrus here in the whiffs.

Floral hops, very refreshing. Nice malt backbone, drink ability is high.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation blends well with this beer.

Pretty good Ipa here, very drinkable. Hats off to Alpine. Thanks kawilliam82.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, spicy hops, resin, alcohol, hint of pine, earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a high carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, strong resin, slight alcohol, slights sweet malt, and earthiness. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity, but average appearance and too carbonated.

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Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy semi-burnt slightly transparent copper color. Messy lacing weaves around the glass. The smell had a sweet to bitter blend of dried citrus, dried floral, dried bitter pine with an ever so slight touch of caramel malts. The taste was basically the same with a nice slick bitter piney aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation hits well enough as an AIPA, with an ample amount of bitter harshness sticking to my tongue. Overall, aha, I found the good Alpine beer.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of BeerOps
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of liamt07
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 96.6% out of 100 with 4,371 ratings
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