Beer Review: ALPINE DUET

Beer Review: ALPINE DUET

The Alpine Duet pours into the glass with a clear, bright gold hue, forming a rich, white head that boasts commendable retention and lacing. Visually, it appears flawless, maintaining the beer’s aesthetic appeal despite changes in packaging over time.


Taking a detour from expectations, the aroma of Alpine Duet reveals a maltier profile than anticipated. Notes of thick honey, Hawaiian bread rolls, fresh grist, and a touch of herbal elements like chamomile and mint present themselves. While slightly peculiar, these nuances don’t raise significant concerns.


The flavor profile initiates with a subtle alcoholic bite, gradually mellowing into starfruit notes accompanied by softer undertones of vanilla cake and buttercream frosting. Mild bitterness prevails, balanced by hints of sweetness. Despite a listed IBU of 45, relatively low for the style, the beer manages to strike a harmonious balance, steering clear of the aggressive bitterness associated with dominant market IPAs.


Characterized by a slightly salty and buoyant quality, the mouthfeel contributes to a soft body, deviating from the prevalent trend of intensely bitter, nutty, and heavy-bodied IPAs. Towards the mid-palate and finish, a touch of chalkiness and dryness emerges, hinting at potential aging effects. While not harsh or astringent, it raises questions about the bottle’s freshness.


The larger batch, Green Flash-brewed iteration of Alpine Duet successfully captures the essence of the original recipe, though it falls short, particularly in the aroma department. The absence of a bottling date, coupled with a vague best before date, raises concerns about freshness. Despite these considerations, the beer remains highly enjoyable, delivering a refreshing experience akin to that expected from an APA or Session IPA. Even if not at peak freshness, Alpine Duet manages to retain its appeal and offers a satisfying drinking experience.