Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
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4,363 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
4,363
Reviews:
877
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
816
Gots:
895
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of davet100
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice surprise finding this on tap at Tapwerks!

Poured a room-brightening light orange with a sticky tan froth.

Smell is big on the citrus hops and light fruits of course. What else would I have come for?

Super smooth all the way with grapefruit tagging alongside orange, slight floral notes, spice and peel in the finish.

Cake-like goodness for the most part and sits on the lighter side of medium.

Goes down fast as a flash (no pun intended) but is not so quickly forgotten.

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Photo of WKyle
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BeerTailor
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaverCS
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a hazy peach color with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing on glass.

Aroma is of beautiful tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and a touch pineapple. I also get some pine notes and grapefruit. A touch bit standard, but overall pretty nice.

Taste is a little more unbalanced than I was expecting. It is a lot more bitter and dry than I was led to believe based on the nose. It is nice and citrusy with a rather creamy mouthfeel nearing the midway point, but the bitterness pokes it's head through too early and dominates the rest of the sip and aftertaste. It's not counteracted or reduced by any malts or spice; it's just pure astringent bitterness. Unsweetened grapefruit juice and its bitter pith also find their way in to finish the taste on this beer.

Overall, I would love to compare this to the real Alpine brewed beer. I have a feeling a large difference would be detected. This one is just out of balance. I see it pairing with something rather spicy or fried. Maybe fried calamari with a spicy aioli. It gets a 83.5/100.

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Photo of Beernarzty
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very few beers stand out such as this one does. Loved every sip.

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Photo of kmos27
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gaddabble
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of steve8robin
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pine notes, grapefruit pith, resin, and tangerine in aroma. Floral hops lend sweetness.

Flavor is fairly fruit dominant, with grapefruit at the forefront, becoming resiny bitter in the finish. Notes of pine linger in the aftertaste. It's a bit more bitter than I'd prefer. Not the most complex, but solid.

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Photo of BKotch
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cambam23
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jshusc
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of phizzle
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one a lot more than Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of Goblue19972001
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the Albertson’s in Kennewick, WA, for $7.99. This is the first time I’ve come across beers from the California Alpine. According to the label it is best by March 17, 2016. Hmm. Just noticed it’s in a Green Flash bottle. I guess they want everyone to know they bought Alpine.

Poured into my Jones Radiator mug, it’s a semi-clear, orangey shade of amber, with a thick, beige colored head that fell unevenly and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Big citrusy and floral hop aroma. Smells like it’s going to be a thick, resiny take on the style.

Oh, yeah. This is a big, bitter and grapefruity tasting IPA. There’s some piney notes, but they’re way in the back compared to the bitter citrus fruit flavors. Malts? What malts? Beyond keeping the hoppiness from being overbearing to the point of undrinkability, they really aren’t much of a factor. Dry and surprisingly crisp finish to this.

Prickly and oily mouthfeel.

This beer packs a lot of bitter, citrusy flavor. This is definitely something that will appeal to hopheads and probably be hated by people who don’t like hoppy beers. I dig it, but I think a bomber of it is enough for now. Not sure I’d want to session this, but I’m pretty sure I’ll drink it again.

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

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

Photo of GaToWyo
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,363 ratings.
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