Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,355 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:
4,355
Reviews:
876
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
813
Gots:
893
For Trade:
16
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,355 |  Reviews: 876
Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

This is my 1000th beer. Had it on tap at Coin Op in San Diego. Nice and hoppy, but not overly. Good bitterness. Really balanced with the hops. Great hop nose. Glad this was my 1000th check in. Alpine is one of the best small breweries out there.

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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 22Blue
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of malfunxion
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little less than an inch fall white head. Body is a bright light orange, very clear. Lots of effervescence. Good lacing.

Bright piney citrus here in the whiffs.

Floral hops, very refreshing. Nice malt backbone, drink ability is high.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation blends well with this beer.

Pretty good Ipa here, very drinkable. Hats off to Alpine. Thanks kawilliam82.

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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 Tone
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, spicy hops, resin, alcohol, hint of pine, earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a high carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, strong resin, slight alcohol, slights sweet malt, and earthiness. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity, but average appearance and too carbonated.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEER88
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sendbeer
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,355 ratings.
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