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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
852
Ratings:
4,221
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
17.67%
 
 
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Photo of Spider889
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Took a rough pour to produce a small white head. Excellent clarity, the color of polished brass (think brand new trumpet). Left spotty lace.

Smells of amarillo alright. Nice tropical sweetness. Some bitter grapefruit and orange rind as well. There's also a sweet alcohol bite that I tend to get from beers that use honey as a fermentable. I'm not positive that's used here, but it smells similar (in the same vein as Hopslam).

Lots of pine in the taste. Also some dandelion grassiness, dried hay, with crisp and clean pilsner malts beneath.

Medium carbonation. Crisp. Clean. Not overly dry. The bitterness doesn't linger as long as it does in many IPA's.

Overall: I like this, but Columbus, OH has better imo.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 650-mL bottle at the brewery and drank a week or so later, 8/22/11, from a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy light orange with nice finger of cream colored head.

N: Pine, orange, and a slight hint of sweet onion.

T/M: Earthy floral bitterness hits first. An accompanying light malt flavor offsets this with just the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is oily, with a light to medium body.

This is an excellent beer with a interesting hop profile; very unique. It is crisp and clean and quite delicious.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapates. Nice collar. Floral and malty notes in the aroma. Citrus as well. More malt forward in the taste than I would expected but the back end really has a nice hop bite. Very crisp. Pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (the only thing at my disposal).

A – Pours a rather mundane golden orange with a small white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

S – The nose is amazing balanced with a huge citrus/grapefruit up front, a bouquet of floral hops and a nice malt backbone to keep everything in check.

T – Again, it is all about balance with this beer. This is, no doubt, a hop forward beer but the malt bill really helps bring everything together. The initial grapefruit and tangerine citrus hit you first, followed by a pleasant piney hop profile that brings a moderate bitterness with it. After this all the malty, slightly sweetness rushes in to add a sense of stability to the beer.

M – Moderately carbonated with a thicker mouthfeel than I had
anticipated. Sticky and almost slightly chewy on the palate.

O – It was a fairly long drive into the middle of nowhere to get to Alpine, and the guy there was a bit of a dick, but this beer seems to make it worth it. A solid brew by a company new to me – this is the first from them I have had and now have my expectations set high.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Floral with strong tropical notes. Lots of ripe melon with hints of pineapple. Sticky grapefruit in the mix as well. Malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of hop flavor, but it's not that bitter. Pretty juicy. Watermelon is there. Regular melon as well. More grapefruit. A touch of fresh grass and pine needles. Solid malts backbone, but the hops once again still shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Clean and not aggressive. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nice IPA. Not exactly mindblowing, but it's still very good.

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Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark gold. Tropical, dank aroma of tangerine, lime, and even pineapple. Taste is spot on. I normally like Simcoe but find it a bit too heavy by itself, whereas Amarillo is not my preferred hop -- but they pull them both together, in harmony, with the optimal amount of malt. Feels a little light...then again, that could make it easy to down a couple of these.

A vast improvement over Nelson.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1+ finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pith along with some orange citrus. Some dank greens and resinous pine. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
There is a beautiful balance between the Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very classic west coast taste with added juiciness. I'm not as blown away with this as I expected but it is a very good IPA.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, embossed with the Green Flash logo.

Golden amber pour. Half finger of tight knit bubbles in a frothy white head.

Aroma was surprisingly faint. Some citrus and candy-like notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Smooth drinking. More citrus, pineapple, cotton candy, slightly chewy, faintly bitter. Again, for an IPA, the hop is surprisingly lacking. It was smooth and drinkable but the hops were lost. Bottle had a best by March 17 - 2016, I'm not sure where that placed production on this (September 17 - 2015?).

Overall, it was not a bad beer but it just lacked the hop profile that we've come to expect from so many good IPA's that are available today.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.

Drink>good

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Photo of Dan_K
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash sourced bottle (brewed by Green Flash?)

Golden colored brew that is quintessential west coast IPA. Carbonation is 2 fingers and sticks around. Crisp and clean, bright citrus and hoppy floral bitterness. An easy drinking IPA with lots of flavor and aroma. Well balanced and very drinkable, would probably give Pliney a run for their money in a blind test.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, orange-yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pine and big tropical fruit, mango, orange, and lemon. Light toasted malt and cracker give the beer balance. Slightly bitter, but nicely balanced. Real treat of an IPA. I could do several of these.

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

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7%

Light herbs and floral hops on the nose I sense a bit of chives, tangerines, caramel, grapefruit, watermelon and bitter lemon rinds. The front is floral with an herbaceous hops. The middle palate is caramel before it ends with a grapefruit bitterness and resiny pine. The feel is almost sessionable as it holds almost no astringency.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -7%
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 gopens44
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific light cream colored head and lacing, copper color and crystal clear.

Nose is mostly grassy, a little lemony, dandelion and slightly musty.

Taste carries that mustiness up front until immediately replaced with dandelion that is stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Finish leaves a massive bitter that clings a little more than average in my opinion.

Feels a little slick and medium bodied.

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

Had a bunch of alpine beers on tap, glad I finally got to get some bottles of it.

Again, had a couple weeks back so forget, wish I could just click a button saying I had it instead of reviewing because if you need to read my review to see if you want to try Alpine beers, you're crazy.

This is a solid, hoppy, semi malty bready tasty IPA. Any time you have a chance to get any Alpine beer, get it.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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

First taste of the fabled Alpine (I'm on the East Coast). What a delicious, clean tasting IPA. Love the Simcoe/Amarillo hop combination which supplied a slightly greater citrus experience than pine (assuming more Amarillo), and a super-clean, dry finish. Overall outstanding beer, and experience.

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

The beer comes in a peach to orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits and light malt. The taste follows with tropical fruits, light malt, and low bitterness. It's a balanced IPA with a good hop profile.

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Photo of Cisco619
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Golden honey hue with a hint of orange/red. 1 finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing.

S: First notes are of mango & grapefruit, a touch of hops & a nice malt sweetness that balances the nose.

T: Follows the nose. Predominantly grapefruit with a tropical fruit finish. Not overly bitter, balanced out with a slight malt/tropical fruit sweetness.

M: Light mouth feel with an after note of hop oils that hits just slightly on the finish.

O: Good overall package, nothing exceptional or mind blowing, but a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: golden-Amber in body, with a pure white head. Lots of retention and stickiness in the head, with rings of lacing throughout. Body is totally translucent, with no turbidity or haze visible.

Aroma: lemony and grassy at first, followed by a punch of bitterness and piney scent. There's also a touch of cracker present, giving it a bit of a Belgian IPA-style aroma between the hops and the light malt aroma.

Taste: begins citrusy, grassy, and fresh, presumably from the Amarillo hops, and packs a solid foundation of malt. This beer is definitely well-balanced, and the scales are probably tipped just ever so slightly in the flavor of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of sprucy, piney flavor, (Simcoe!).

Feel: sticky and bitter on the finish, with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very well-crafted IPA. Felt light and drinkable, like a "Session IPA," but packed lots of hoppy goodness. On the pricier side for a 12oz bottle, but it was very good, and in all likelihood I'll drink it again.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -7%
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 ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an overehelming amount of hops on this one, more of a medicinal flavor with a bit of astringent kick. Most of the bitterness comes on the back end but it is pretty well balanced. Very slick oily mouthfeel, quite resinous.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,221 ratings.
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