Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
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:
815
Gots:
894
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,363 |  Reviews: 877
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by August 2016, so I may not be completely fair on this here.

The body is hazy orange-honey colored, with a towering head of 3 fingers, leaving TONS of good lace behind. Some hop sediment floating.

Lots of caramel and old hop aromas, so yeah this isn't starting off too great. Light pine behind that.

Flavor is better regardless of the old hop. Citrus, melon, pine. The spoiled hop does rest on the palate heavily at the end though.

Feel is thick and creamy, ever so slightly resinous. Very good here.

Overall, if I can get my hands on a fresh sample I may revise this review. I can't help but think that what I've got in my glass is totally unfair for me to diss on. I upped everything by a quarter point over my impressions to make up for it.

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

Photo of cueball52
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Userme59
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 98green
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moheban
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.19/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markhobbs1
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Will65
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Todd
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden with a foamy head and sticky lace.

Soft nose of orange, pine and breadiness.

Light-bodied, but there's a slight chew and smoothness to the feel. Carbonation is crisp upfront. Quite hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Malt profile is bready, sort of doughy even, with a touch of sweetness, but overall very dry. Hop profile folds layers of juicy orange, ripe melon flesh, pine resin, spice and cedar on the palate. Finish is dry, herbal, ashy and lingers.

Duet is a solid example of what a West Coast IPA was over a decade ago, what's followed and how nice it is to come back to one that's not overly assertive. It's all about balance, drinkability and hop flavor.

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Photo of DrunkenMonk
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Celtics76
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phineasco
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark orange, clear. Well carbonated with a small to medium sized head.
Aroma:Fruity, I get a pungent smell of gushers which is pleasant.
Flavor:Not much fruit, bubblegum, mint, and dark grape. Slight bitterness, great example of West Coast style IPA.
Mouth feel:On the thinner side, but plenty of flavor up front, finishes real smooth with no real after taste.
Overall: Great representation of a West Coast Style IPA. The mint taste is not off putting just wish there was more of an after taste. It's a real treat to get this beer under a month old in Boston. I love it.

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Photo of Nhmp105
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Clear and light golden in color with a head that stays around. No lacing. Smell is a blend of hops and tropical fruit. Taste is hopforward, dank and resiny. Less carbonation than one might assume. Solid brew.

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Photo of matthewrdale
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chillin
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwuenschell
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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