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:
#419
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
4,442
pDev:
7.85%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of JohnnyQ
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is currently one of my favorite California IPAs. From the first pour, the smell wafts up and darn near makes me salivate thinking about the first sip. For an IPA this is crisp and clean, really nicely hopped, with hints of citrus and pine. The malt which I tend to dislike, is nicely covered by complex flavor. The lacing on the glass, and the finish which lingers perfectly without change makes this a great beer. I have done several blind tastings flights of California IPAs, and it is almost shocking how the Duet makes the following IPAs taste flat and boring (or how I imagine dishwater would taste). At 7% it is right at my sweet spot.

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Photo of peterpunk15
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: May 6, 2018... OCCASION: a good weekend comes to a close... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a golden body, clear as crystal with reasonable effervescence, and a soapy white head half a finger wide... a promising, clean-looking ale... I like the idea of paring two hops, and in this case, the simcoe's fruity pine and the amarillo's flowery citrus wed in a 50/50 bliss... the first sip is vibrant, lively, and abuzz at the teeth, while its weight anchors the experience as a nice nightcap should... surprisingly, as aromatic as the scent was, the finish is medium-bodied and suggestive of malty strength... if possible, dry, while also leaving a bitter finish better than its 45 IBUs would suggest... orange, lemon, pineapple, lavender, light spiciness, and an effective bitterness that encourages the next sip... a bit of toasted bread balances the profile, and at 7% ABV, strong but pleasant draw... seems like each Alpine offering is as good or better as the last... this one came courtesy of a break pack mix twelve, and lucky me... I would recommend this one and seek it out again, despite the proliferation of iPAs in this golden age of beer...

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Photo of IPAQuester
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dcbeers
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of FrancisM12
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nitty703
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Albertsons. Wow. I can see why this rates so highly. Bitter citrus, but not too bitter. Nice orange copper body, minimal head. Silky slippery body, piney citrus nose and flavor. Classic west coast IPA.

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Photo of grapeshops
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevotex
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrew8626
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: A slightly hazy yellow color, with a light white head.

S: Orange zest, tropical fruit, and grapefruit in the aroma, perhaps with a touch of honey.

T: Citrus up front, with tropical fruits, and a touch of resin in the back. Light honey in the finish with perhaps the telltale signature of simcoe, or one of it's variants.

M: Medium light, crisp, and fairly high carbonation.

O: Overall a prettty tasty brew, and while it is excellent, I don't think it quite deserves the high score it currently has.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Virby44
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of summitsix
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best beer ever purchased at Safeway.

L - Beautiful clear tangerine, medium lacing on the top
S - Citrusy pine
T - Very refreshing, nice hop punch balanced by malt backbone, sweet finish
F - Light body for big IPA
O - I recommend it, well balanced, hophead's delight

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Photo of Pav42
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KFvan
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Amber golden color with a thick thin head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Nice fresh aroma with notes of passion fruit, pine, yeast, lychees and orange juice.
Hoppy flavor with notes of pine, resin, slightly toasted malts, tea bags, oranges, lychees, spices, flowers, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapefruit and hints of dank versus earth. More complex than I expected. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Amazing they could do that with just 41 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% is well disguised.
Perfectly executed west coast American IPA. This felt green and fresh with perfect hop balance for the style. It is worth to try it or to consistently have in the fridge.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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