Duet | Alpine Beer Company

DuetDuet
BA SCORE
4.34/5
4,381 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
Ranking:
#371
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
4,381
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
818
Gots:
900
Trade:
16
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Amb3do
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robrio89
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white head. Smells of pine, citrus, hops, and some malt. Tastes of bitter hops, light sweet malt, grapefruit and orange zest, and pine. Medium resinous body with medium carbonation. Overall a very good standard IPA.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.41/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metacog42
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent head from tap with a golden hue and almost see through look. Nice tropical fruit scent from this brew. I'm loving this beer so far. The flavor is like unsweetened grapefruit with a slight malt base. This has that "close to cat wiz flavor" with the fruity and bitter aspects combining for a deep flavor with the malt. I said close, but it actually holds together well and is quite tasty. Well carbonated. Good beer.

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Photo of Cboom12
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of briancathy
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My, does this seem overrated. It's perfectly fine IPA, but I'm not sure what others see to make this stand that much above the rest. Also, paying a premium price for this makes it even worse.
Now, that's not saying this isn't good, it is. Pleasing mix of fruit, flower, pine and herbs in the aroma. More golden and mostly clear. Has an aqueous look to it. Smallish white head leaves in pretty short order.
Nice complexity to the flavor. Robust hop flavors, again with the mix of fruit, flowers, pine and herbs but not matching the aroma. There is also a pleasing streak of hop flavors that really lay on the tongue and delay the presentation of the bitterness, which is strong but not over the top. The mix of the two stick around for a good long time in the finish.
Appropriate feel, at moderate and a little bumped up carbonation.
I think the complexity of flavors makes this separate from others, esp, with only 2 hop types. And the mix works well.
I did buy a 6-pack and this is the third one. It is better than the first two - which were really quite average. But with this one it touches on what others rave on.

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Photo of wmcgar01
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UWDAWG
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.
Look- golden, clear, good head retention, medium lacing.
Smell- citrusy, slightly piney, slightly dank.
Taste- From the smell I would have thought citrus would be the primary taste, but it was secondary to a piney blast. Very smooth, well balanced, slightly boozy on finish.
Feel- great consistency.
Overall- delicious beer, another home run from Alpine.

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

Photo of MicahRodriguez
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cedar, Pine and Grapefruit

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Photo of Lambdon
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turtlespeed76
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hreb
3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall 22oz long neck 22oz dated best by 28AUG17. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours medium gold brass, not quite clear, with a nice thick white head. Aroma is both piny and floral. Assertive pine sap bitterness on the tongue, with a very neutral malt backbone. Balanced and surprisingly well described on the label as a "single" IPA, when considering both the name "Duet" and the 7.0% ABV. In addition to the great balance of flavor, fine carbonation gives it a really good mouthfeel. Just a hint of oily hop resin in the aftertaste.

Well done. Could become a go-to IPA if it were more widely available here.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMC73
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Segelstrom
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,381 ratings
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