Sonny and Cher, Jesus and Mary, Kanye and his ego… some of the most famous duets I can think of in 10 seconds. Then, there is Alpine… a brewery from sunny Southern California with their version of a duet appropriately called, Duet. I’m thinking that they came to this name after using only Amarillo and Simcoe hops in a pairing more perfect than Batman and Robin. Let’s crack it open and run them numbers…
Appearance: Golden and light in color and scantly transparent. Had a white head that left some lace on the glass as I drank.
Smell: Another tropical IPA: citrus, grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple, some sweetness, and piney hops.
Taste: Piney hops at the beginning with the subtleties of the citrus coming out. The biggest citrus note from this beer is without question grapefruit as it is both tangy, yet acidic. Mid-palate is when the the sweetness from the malt asserts itself into the brew and acts as a fire extinguisher to the bitterness of the hops. The finish that I’m getting from this duet is grapefruit rind – it’s very dry and hits the sides of your tongue like a bulls-eye.
Mouthfeel is not light nor heavy, but leans towards the thicker/syrupy side for an IPA. Not nearly as noticeable as Hop 15 or Apex, but still present. The thicker mouthfeel may be blamed on its 7% ABV, as this brew creeps it’s way into DIPA range. The alcohol could be identified from the brew, especially as I emptied the bottle into my glass, which was a little disappointing, but not a deal breaker. Carbonation was fine and the beer was quite drinkable given its ABV and aggressive taste.
Overall: A nice beer by Alpine and my first of this brewery. I’ll give it an A. It reminds me very much of Lunch by Maine Beer Co. since it as the same ABV and uses the same hop variety. Nicely done, and certainly a harmonious duet.