Duet by Alpine Beer Company

Tasting: August 15, 2014
Style: IPA
Beer #: 583

© 2014 popsonhops

© 2014 popsonhops

Duet

A trio of ales from Alpine Beer Company arrived on my doorstep this past Friday. Honestly, I thought the cornerstone of my deal was for a beer from Alpine on my ISO list called Exponential Hoppiness (97 points on BA – Beer Advocate). However, in a case of mistaken identity (on my part) I hammered out a deal for a similarly named beer called Pure Hoppiness (also 97 points Beer Advocate). My trade partner bailed me out and included some “Alpine extras” including this bomber of Duet (98 points BA) and Pale Ale (82 points BA) as well as some other interesting local beers. Each of the Alpine trio came in a bomber-sized bottle so probably something I shouldn’t handle all at once so, I’ll have to break it up over the course of a few days.

At one time, Alpine Beer Company’s beers were contract brewed by California craft beer legend – Ale Smith. Tired of the commute, they opened the doors to their own brewery in Alpine, California in 2002. Twelve years later and their distribution remains limited to just the state of California. Duet is named for the harmonious balance of Simcoe and Amarillo hops used in this IPA. Label indicates 7.0% alcohol by volume. Also pictured on the label is a modern-looking church. A little research reveals that Alpine features landmarks from their hometown – Alpine. The church pictured is Alpine Community Church.

Has a similar profile to some of the classy IPAs I’ve had over the last few weeks. Big bright tropical fruits over citric bitterness ala orange/tangerine rind. Somewhat of a peppery finish. A bit thin and bit fizzy. Certainly an easy drinking IPA but I won’t go as far as the Beer Advocate community and I’ll put Duet at 92 points. Of course, I didn’t buy this beer and there is no indication of a bottling date.

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