Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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95
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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:
4,363
Reviews:
877
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
816
Gots:
895
For Trade:
16
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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Binny's - Bolingbrook, IL

Duet is a pale beverine. It's dark golden, tarnished perhaps, with soft orange highlights. Streams of carbonation rise from every surface of the glass through the minimal haze. The foam is bulbous, perfectly white, and dense. It rises to three fingers on the pour and looks like whip cream atop the body. There's more foam than there is glass. Duet is purty!

The nose is chock full of both tropical notes and citrus. The tropical notes are tough to pick out specifically but what comes to mind is a big fruit salad of papaya, mango, and star fruit combined with grapefruit zest and orange segments. Yeah, it really does smell that good. Crystal malt brings a touch of sweetness, but it's soft, with a touch of clean booze on the back. Bueno.

Big, ripe tropical fruit comes across first and foremost in the flavor as well. It's a little more muddled than on the nose but it's still delectable. Citrus comes across more as orange oil and pith with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. A softly sweet biscuity maltiness adds just enough balance to keep it drinkable. A quick flash of sugar cookie hits on the swallow before peppery booze dries it up. Nice.

The body sits a touch below moderate with an active, but small bubbled, carbonation that brings with it a plush mouthfeel. The bitterness is there and grows with each sip but never surpasses moderate and that clean booze I mentioned above, it dries out the finish like a champ. The dryness helps accentuate the bitter. Me likey.

Duet has always been a great beer. Just about everything Alpine touches turns to gold. Duet is citric, bright and tropical with a drinkability nearly off the charts. This is good beer, go get some.

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

Bottle into pint glass. Big fluffy tan head and a light golden brown orange color. Smells like citrus and hops. Tastes much the same but pine and bitterness dominate. Good but I'm not a huge fan of piney hop bombs. This may not be fresh. Would like to try on draft. Just above average to me.

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

Photo of DahWag
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Waveoff
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Techichi
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClePaul
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy light-amber color with a generous-sized white head that slowly faded. A good looking IPA.

Smell: Piney and mild floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste:The pine and mild floral aromas carry over to the taste. The pine notes are the dominant feature in the taste profile with some mild loral notes coming in towards the end. The beer finishes on a mild bitter note that is more slanted to the juicy side than the dry side.

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. nice mouth-feel for an IPA.

Overall: I was hoping to find a Nelson when I came across this one but though Nelson is my favorite Alpine offering this was a tasty alternative. Alpine does IPAs right.

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Photo of od_sf
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dtm426
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mscott58
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jcattey
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 jwc215
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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 SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep copper orange color. a two finger or so tan head forms and sticks around for a while. leaves behind a strong and frothy lacing along the entire height of the glass. good strong clarity and good brightness.

Smell: hops, some citrus, some pine and resin, lighter tropical fruits. crystal malt sweetness. and some toasted grains.

Taste: opens with hops, mostly pine, earth and resin. malts are fairly strong and ranging from a strong and sweet crystal malts to toasted grains. more hops come in at the end mostly some citrus but some light tropical fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. moderate bitterness and linger. slightly refreshing.

Overall: a nice ipa but nothing too out of the ordinary. not quite the malt character that I look for and could use a bit more hop character and/or less crystal malt character.

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Photo of macpfb03
3.24/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Crispy21
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stew
3.31/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - To be honest, I'm not sure looks can be rated really. Seriously, unless its a stout that looks like an IPA or a session beer that's as dark as a Porter...who am I or anyone for that matter to say what any beer should look like as long as its in the ball park of what it says it is. After all, there are black IPA's. However, I give this beer a 3 because for one, I poured the entire beer pretty aggressively before I saw any head and when head finally appeared, it was about maybe a nickel thick which faded as quick as it appeared (within about 5 seconds).
Smell - You can imagine most of the aroma comes from the head and since there wasn't much of one, there wasn't much of a smell.
Taste - Got to admit, for a beer with not much of a smell and no head, it definitely taste like it has potential. I get a lot of orange and orange peel citrus flavors, not so much grapefruit like some are saying. I think a lot of people are confusing grapefruit notes with the citrus from orange peels, limes (maybe) and the bitterness from hopes (definitely not getting much grape fruit though). Of course this could be due to flatness and the loss of carbonation due too poor bottling which I believe is the case with my beer since some are saying they had 1-2 inches of head. This would explain the lack of smell and head. Again the beer has a good flavor.
Feel - Flat and low in carbonation (enough said). Would like to get a hold of one that's bottle better.
Overall - I didn't rate this one as low as I should have simply because I can tell it has potential and don't too much judge a beer based on bottling issues. So I'm open for a 2nd attempt and will update my rating if I have a better experience.

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

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