Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Reviews: 804 | Ratings: 4,005
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle shape with an great label. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - golden amber with a frothy white pillow of a head that settles to a cloudy ring of lace leaving good stick.

S - bright hop profile with tropical, floral and citrus notes. Hints of ripe strawberry and candied malt. Absolute brilliant smelling.

T - perfectly balanced hop notes with tropical and citrus blending like the wonderful duet they are. Floral hop character as this warms while the candied sugar malt adds enough sweetness makes you want more.

M - excellent thickness and texture that has superb drinkability. A tasty bitterness only adds to its complexity with its unbelievable Gushing flavor.

O - I had Duet a few years ago on a trip to California, and boy am I glad to see it finally reach my home. This is a world class ipa that is the same as the first time I experienced it. The craft beer world is changing and growing bigger, but as long as these world beaterm recipes stay the same we will continue to fill our glass with sheer quality like Duet. Duet is one hell of an ipa and stacks up to anything I've ever had. Perfection in a bottle. As the bottle says.. Drink Alpine Ale or go to bed!

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very satisfying IPA. Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Golden amber color, clear, with vibrant floral and citrus aromas hitting me before the first sip. The caramel malt is also in the smell. Orange, grapefruit, apricot, and tropical fruit come thru in the taste, balance well with the malt to smooth out the hoppy bitterness, so we'll done. Juicy mouthfeel, with a bit of hops bite in the finish. Recommended.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - typical crystal clear amber, golden beer with nice white head that leaves good lacing
S - lots of pine and grapefruit, slight strawberry, very classic west coast iPa
T- also lots of grapefruit, pine, very bitter, clean drinking with a solid bitterness that lingers once you're finished
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste pine and grapefruit bitterness
O- very standard, clean drinking west coast ipa, nothing insane, but exactly what it's supposed to be

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Photo of beergoot
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey amber in color; thick, sticky, white head; thick, foamy rings of lacing down the glass. Heady floral and strawberry aroma. Bold hop bitterness with a mild cereal grain malt backbone. Medium-heavy body; slightly coarse and ticklish on the palate; gentle sweetness yet finishes dry.

A very, very fine IPA with an outstanding aroma and excellent all-around flavor and balance. The taste delivers a juicy, orange-like sweetness before the intense hop bitterness kicks in with a nearly tart, grapefruit-like quality. Most satisfying...

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Photo of anon
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden hue, small head, light lace. Light and earthy scents, hops, pine, grass and malt. Picking up simcoe over the amarillo, providing a nice juicy, floral and tropical fruity taste. Pineapple, orange peel, grass, candied malt, slight tobacco undertones. Not too complex, but the finish is what made this one for me. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Smooth, soft carbonation, extremely clean finish with light lingering bitterness.

Does well with a slight warming to bring out the malt presence. Overall I quite enjoyed this one and would five it another go.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional IPA. The 2 hop varieties showcased really work well together but are not overpowering like so many other IPAs these days. This beer achieves that rare balance of highlighting the hops without just being a bitter hop bomb. In other words you can drink more than one and not completely wreck your palate. Definitely one of my new faves. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very competant IPA. I was expecting more, but was not blown away. Don't get me wrong, I liked this beer, but it is not going on one of my "best of" lists anytime soon. There are too many good IPA's that do something great, and this beer does not have that special something.

The oblyi redeeming quality is that it is available in 6 packs, but even so, I would purchase Founders Centennial Ale over this one any day.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an IPA I'll spend a few extra dollars to get. While (in my area) this is similarly priced to Sculpin, and while I think I prefer Sculpin to this over all, I would happily get this again. Hop profile is strong and juicy. Some have said that there's nothing that stands out about this beer, but I would argue that the quality of brewing in this beer stands out.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated best by aug 16/16

appears clear golden with a thin white head.

nose is quite faint, almost nonexistant. light floral and pine with a touch of malt.

drinks pretty nice, good combination of sweetish malt and pine. mouthfeel is on point. overall a nice beer that fails to stand out in any way.

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Photo of awayne56
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date:8/24/16

L:Yellowish -orange pour with a thick, creamy, bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing. Slight haze, but mostly clear. Becomes more cloudy as it warms.
S: citrus up front.
T: Pretty typical west coast IPA - Citrus flavors up front with pine on the finish.Decent malt balance - the malts stay in the background while keeping the hops from getting out of control.Overall, hops dominate up fron and on the finish.
F: Average mouthfeel. The finish is dry without leaving your mouth/throat so dry you feel thirsty. Slight alcohol burn underneath the tongue. Balanced carbonation.
O: A very good IPA; bright citrus flavors, hoppy with minimal malt interference. Very drinkable but not too light.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: my first whiff was pine first, followed by tropical fruit; subsequent whiffs were all pine;

T: pine for a moment, then herbal mixes in; pineapple comes in toward the end; the finish is all pineapple; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice; complex flavors;

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Photo of thatche2
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draught into a pint glass. Extremely drinkable and moderately juicy ipa with a nice hop profile. Notes of grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Nothing crazy but delicious.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin smear of white head across the top. It still leaves some small dribs and drabs of lacing. The aroma has good floral, citrus, and pine hops qualities, as does the taste. The taste is a little light but it still offers all the flavors of the aroma. The body is lighter but not thin with just a slight carbonation tingle.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clean golden body, fluffy white head with good retention. Leaves a thin crown throughout the entire beer.
S- Grassy hops, bread and a well packed citrus punch. Not complex.
T- Tangerine, lime, orange rind, floral hops, well balanced.
F- Medium, light.
O- Very good and solid IPA, well executed, nothing special about it. Very easy drink despite the ABV.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, inch head
Ripe mango, pine, hops, very fresh smelling, apricot, lime
Pine resin, mango, syrup, pine, hops
A little abrasive and a little syrupy
A little bitter but all around a good ipa

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Photo of blackstars
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden milky color. Strong hoppy smell. Good carbonation. Strong hoppy bitterness, a little bit of woodsy pine, but not overpowering. Well balanced, hint of fruit in the taste. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass.
Nice amber IPA color and well carbonated.
Great, well balanced IPA between the malt and hops, and I was getting a hint of tea on the finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, everything is tasting good for me today. I guess I'm lucky. Some days it is not this good.

It is medium yellow with not much head and a good hoppy malty aroma. The taste is quite well balanced. It feels like just a bit more malts than the small boys of this style - that balance makes this good. There are all kinds of hops working on me from this. Wonderfully bitter.

This Alpine came a long way to my kitchen. It travelled well. Highly recommended for a strong, well balanced AIPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company "Duet"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 16 AUG 16" on 28 MARCH 16
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was initially disappointed with the aroma of "Duet" compared to Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" because it isn't as bold, but it's really quite charming in it's own way. It's soft, fruity, and floral with just a hint of fresh pine in the background - and actually quite unique, I can't recall ever having sampled a beer with a similar aroma.

Moving on to the flavor I was impressed by how balanced and accessible it was, and actually questioned it as an IPA - but again I was wrong, it actually has 7.0% ABV! That's impressive for a beer that's so drinkable. Part of that is at least due in part to the body which is medium-light, and a fine-bubbled just-slightly-less than standard carbonation leaves it delicately bristling and then smooth.

Of course the fruitiness and floral components found in the aroma carry over, and therefore it remains unique. I find apples, mango, soft red berries, and roses. It's perfectly balanced, subtly nuanced, and just so smooth and supple that I think I'd be afraid to keep too much of this on-hand lest I find myself going overboard every night!

Remarkable! This is an IPA that challenged my notion of what an IPA is, and then answered with another vision of what an IPA can be. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: light golden bronze, you can see pretty well through it when held up to light.

Smell: fruit+hops is excellent. Extremely pleasant aroma. I smelled grapefruit, grape, passionfruit, grass, pine tree, earthy. To me, an excellent combination of hops and fruit.

Taste: Apple, grape, grapefruit, pear, silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation, very swish-able. Chewy toffee caramel. Feels like I could chew this beer like a caramel toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall: Truly an excellent, world-class IPA. Tastes like a 6% - 7%, nice and sippable. Really glad I tried this.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour looked nice, with a pale golden colored body, sporting some chill haze, and topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was that of clean, West Coast hops, evoking grapefruit and hay. The taste was very clean as well, with the citric hop acids dominating up front, followed by some pineapple and melon in the finish. There was sweetness from the malts to put up a losing fight against the hops. The body was creamy and delicate, and the mouthfeel was exquisite. This is an outstanding example of why this style appeals to so many. What's not to love?

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a DIPA in an IPA's title. Very sweet and thick. That being said...

L - Look of the beer is a sunset orange with a nice two - three finger head on the pour.

S - Smell is dry hoppy and sweet.

T - Thick - sweet - honey, some pine. Mostly sweet.

F - for the tick taste it seemed smooth in mouthfeel. Not like the sweet Stones that drink heavy. The hit is right in the middle of the tongue for me.

O. - an excellent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

"**
03/26/2016
Ouch, lots of Lysol. Was hoping to like this better than Pure Hoppiness, but it is definitely worse. Aroma is a bit Funky behind the Lysol. Taste has a stale and sour element to it. Not Good.

Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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