Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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DuetDuet
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4.34/5
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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
Ranking:
#380
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
4,422
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
820
Gots:
919
Trade:
16
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,422 |  Reviews: 891
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

Photo of i080054
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jcallover34
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nace4
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tampalocal5577
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy and not too piney or malt forward. Very well done IPA!

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful hazy slightly orange golden with a short white head, not very frothy, not a whole lot of retention or lacing. This beer gives off a clean and bright citrusy, juicy aroma full of ripe orange, some grapefruit and lemon, tangerine and even mango. Not a lot of pine or dankness here. The pine comes into the taste considerably, in combination with the citrus and tropicals and moderately high bitterness. The piney aspect of the taste combines with a somewhat resinous aspect of the mouthfeel in an otherwise light-medium body. A long, dry and bitter finish follows.
This is a well crafted and extremely hop-forward beer. Many will enjoy the purity, brightness and crispness of it. It's extremely clean. Some may desire more balance from a stronger malt presence and heavier body.

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Photo of Justinprintz
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djl1983
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoponit
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,422 ratings