Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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95
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4,336 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:
4,336
Reviews:
874
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
810
Gots:
887
For Trade:
16
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Photo of cswkr02
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of let8it8grow
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is pale gold, fairly clear, and sports about 2 fingers of fine white foam with good retention. The nose gives lemon zest, orange rind, a little bit of sweet toasted malt.

Medium-light body with a delicate feel and a balanced flavor that is dry throughout. Very light cracker-like graininess up front, then sharp hop flavors that are restrained and supported by malty flavors of toast and honey. Some pine and cedar and a little bit of lemon. The hop flavors seem undecided. Do I want to be resiny and piney or do I want to be citrusy? While the hops argue, the malt just lingers around. The finish is lemon and honey and rather short-lived.

I kind of knew what I was getting into when I bought this beer. I believe it has been around for a while and is not a "modern IPA". Nevertheless, this does not represent what I think a West coast IPA is. With the toasted malt character and subdued hop profile, it drinks more like a classic English IPA. It's a good beer, but it is very over-priced at $14 per six-pack. I'm not buying this again, nor can I recommend it. Still, I know this brewery is capable of pushing the proverbial envelope and I wouldn't hesitate to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of ntanner83
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rswedlund
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PUbeer
4.91/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Great amber appearance. Very pleasance fruity hoppy aroma. They did a great job of blending the fruit taste with the hoppyness of the IPA. I think they have done a very nice job.

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Photo of Majestic
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Slight piney fruity aroma. Crisp nicely bitter hops jump out with a sweet malt follow-up. then more hops on the tail end. Balanced taste but more to the hop side. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose, flavor follows with piney hops balanced with caramel hops. $3.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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

Photo of tageury
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy and amber looking color, semi clear, and with a modest bubbly cap; it soon disapates and leaves a thin ring and lacing.
Plump and juicy aroma filled with tropical fruit goodness such as pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There is also the citrus tones of grapefruit pith. Furthermore, the resiny dankness and scent of pine hops abound; lovely to whiff on.
I love how it feels on the tongue and mouth in general. It's light on it's toes, crisp and clean at first. The grapefruit pith then coats the mouth with juicy goodness. Soon enough however, the palate dries and the sharp pine and dankness of the hops fill the mouth with spicy and herbal goodness and leave a bitterness that lingers and that is moderately high but not overpowering.
A lovely and succulent IPA! I downed it in no time. One of the best there is!

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is undoubtedly one of the best IPAs I have had. My SO liked it as well.

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Photo of Masio
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastie.

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

Photo of srfou
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of JLK7299
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this right now to celebrate New Beer Sunday. Being 40 minutes from Treehouse I worry about trying other IPA's as I have grown to learn they usually leave me wishing I'd just had a TH offering.

Duet is good! Not TH obviously but I'd have no problem drinking this beer on a semi regular basis!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,336 ratings.
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