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:
#421
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
4,442
pDev:
7.85%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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819
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923
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,442 |  Reviews: 896
Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My, does this seem overrated. It's perfectly fine IPA, but I'm not sure what others see to make this stand that much above the rest. Also, paying a premium price for this makes it even worse.
Now, that's not saying this isn't good, it is. Pleasing mix of fruit, flower, pine and herbs in the aroma. More golden and mostly clear. Has an aqueous look to it. Smallish white head leaves in pretty short order.
Nice complexity to the flavor. Robust hop flavors, again with the mix of fruit, flowers, pine and herbs but not matching the aroma. There is also a pleasing streak of hop flavors that really lay on the tongue and delay the presentation of the bitterness, which is strong but not over the top. The mix of the two stick around for a good long time in the finish.
Appropriate feel, at moderate and a little bumped up carbonation.
I think the complexity of flavors makes this separate from others, esp, with only 2 hop types. And the mix works well.
I did buy a 6-pack and this is the third one. It is better than the first two - which were really quite average. But with this one it touches on what others rave on.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold to light copper with a finger of white surrounding the rim and the vast majority of the top. Excellent clarity. Moderate lacing. I'm really reaching to smell much other than a light piney hop aroma. The taste is very original with a fantastic blend of floral and piney hops. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and I'm left with a light hop burn.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold, hazy, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit and juicy citrus hops, with milder resin, melon and grapefruit rind aromas. Just a hint of biscuit malts underneath.

T: Tropical fruits and melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, a touch of resin and spicy hops, all over top of a sweet biscuit malty backbone. The hops hit up front, fade into the malt, then a nice hop bitterness shows up that lasts after the swallow - but not overly bitter at all.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation is fairly low.

O: This is really tasty, very well-done. The lack of enough carbonation sensation hurts the overall impression. But it still tastes very good. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of birchstick
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liquorpig
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

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Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunny Day
Liars club
drinking beer and eating shrubs

Lovely golden fluffy head
whitish top that smells like bread

super hoppy
super clean
when I say IPA, alpines knows what I mean

Drinkability is freakishly high
finish is clean
with a faint hop cry

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Photo of avisong
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some resin and some caramel/crystal malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with resiny piney hops and some fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a nice IPA. I remember it being better on tap.

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Photo of suckaj
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this gem. Patrick is a great trader and great guy...

The head is like a nice light whipped topping. Egg shell in color with decent retention.. The beer is a very light amber or a light brass color. Maybe at the intersection of the two. A small amount of light carbonation rises to the surface. Wonderful sheets of lacing remain in the glass reminding you how great the beer was.

Aroma is unreal. So floral & perfume like. Bursting with juicy hops and screaming fresh.. I smelled the beer for several minutes before even tasting it.. Lots of fresh citrus peel.

No surprise why Alpine IPA's are so highly sought after. This is delicious. Wish I had a Sculpin to taste next to this. It's right up there in my book. The light malt flavor really is in a strange balance with the assertive hop flavors. Slight malt, cracker flavor. What's interesting about the hop profile is that it's as floral and herbaceous as it is bitter. It almost finishes smooth if that makes any sense. Definitely bitter on the finish, but not overpowering at all. Just wonderful.

Very light in your mouth with a medium/light body.. Just a light prickle of carbonation.

Drinkability?? Um YES. I have to consciously slow down to make sure I savor the entire bottle. I could quite possible quaff the whole thing before maximizing the experience. Next up tomorrow... Nelson.

Great IPA. Right up my alley

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Photo of user785335
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by date July 04, 2016. My third beer from Alpine Beer Company, acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange IPA body. One finger of frothy white head. Some okay sticky spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated, looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Wonderful hop presence

T - Beautiful, fruity, floral. A perfect pairing of hop florals and golden honeyed malts.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carb.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AMCimpi
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 4,442 ratings