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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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4.34/5
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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
Ranking:
#375
Reviews:
885
Ratings:
4,401
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
821
Gots:
907
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 4,401 |  Reviews: 885
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-04-31 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on-tap

A - Fairly-clear olden-orange with 1/2-finger head and mild lace.

S - Pineapple, pine, papaya, orange, hop bud. Very nice.

T - Pineapple, orange flesh and zest, biscuit, light caramel, pine, moderately bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, thick and prickly. Good feel.

O - Very flavorful. My favorite of the Green Flash / Alpine brews. Will have this again.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy tangerine orange with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one. Pale malts, some butter and butterscotch notes, with honeydew melon and apricots. Very different, but very enticing as well. Reminds me of a cross between an IPA and an English ESB.

TASTE: Pale malts, some citrus, and apricot up front, with some honeydew melon as well. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is full of sweet melon and bitter, piney hops. Good flavors and bold enough for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate and somewhat oily, goes down nice and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish.

OVERALL: A really enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Very unique as well; it had some definite English EBS characteristics that worked well with the IPA base. A slightly oilier finish would have helped the palate somewhat, but this was still a very enjoyable beer I'd gladly have again. Cheers Mulder1010.

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Photo of baklo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerBeast
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round #1 of my journey into Alpine IPA goodness was very enjoyable with a Nelson. Round #2 is Duet with Pure to follow. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear golden yellow color. Unlike the Nelson, no issues with carbonation here. Two fingers of 3/4 frothy and 1/4 creamy hybrid off-white head. Retention could be better, but a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: This smells just about exactly like Nelson, except for differences in the hop contributions. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, grassy, slightly pungent. I love these hops, they might be my favorite two.

4.5 T: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Taste follows the nose. First the malts. Pretty simple here. Neutral malt taste with touches of sweetness. Hops are again grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange, mango, grass, pungence, and a moderate bitterness. Very nice here.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Could be much creamier. This isn't the greatest aspect of this beer.

4.0 D: Another great beer. This is definitely better than the Nelson in terms of taste, but the mouthfeel could use a little work. Otherwise, very drinkable.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear amber with a solid soapy white head that lasted a longer than I expected for a growler pour and left decent lacing.

The aroma just about knocked me over when I opened the growler. Big, thick, resinous pine hops just jump out of the glass with a hint of bready malts in the background. As it warms a little, the Amarillo hops really start to join the party with oranges and grapefruits mostly.

The taste is dominated by the sweet tropical citrus up front with pineapple, oranges and grapefruits. The malt backbone is there but hardly noticeable as the finish brings the pine hops back to leave a resinous bitterness that builds up after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty sticky with hops that tingle the palate.

I really liked this beer as it has tons of hops and plenty of bitterness but remains extraordinarily drinkable...like, "I could drink the whole growler" drinkable. A great beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of socon67
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had Alpine Duet on tap at Croxley's Ales in Smithtown, NY last night and it poured clear gold color with a small off white head that faded kind of quickly for an IPA and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, graham cracker, grains and light piney hops. For a West Coast IPA it's very mellow and malty, not the hop bomb I expected from this renowned San Diego brewery but it was a very well balanced beer in all regards. Smelled a little better than it tasted.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, almost creamy, with mild carbonation and a medium body that was mildly bitter. It was decent, but after having Hoppy Birthday a few weeks back this was a little bit of a disappointment. I would certainly have it again but it did not stand out among IPA's from San Diego. I will need to try this again since the overall BA score is so high and there is a chance the tap line could have effected the brew.

2/20/2016: Had a bottle and it's quite malty with biscuit and cracker to balance the floral hops and citrus hops. Caramel, brown sugar and graham cracker come in the second wave, making this more enjoyable than the first time I had it on tap. I raised the taste rating to a '4'.

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Photo of Chucker17
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Hootie159
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

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Photo of birchstick
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,401 ratings
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