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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 591
Hads: 3,077
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 881
Gots: 413 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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.
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Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful golden/copper pour with 3 fingers of bright white fluffy head giving off ridiculous amounts of lacing while slowly dissipating.. lots of visible carbonation. a really pretty looking beer. the aroma of hops is blowing my mind right now. from a foot or so away i get a huge hit of simcoe, the closer to the nose it gets, i get a nice piney/grapefruity scent.. lots of sweetness/caramel. the flavor is simcoe up front, totally. the second i put the glass down after the first sip, i start tasting sweet malt and start getting floral hop notes and light refreshing grapefruit like citrus. a very nice refreshing ipa and quite honestly very mellow on bitterness for the aromatic hop bomb it is! a lovely beer all around, really happy i got to taste some alpine brews finally. the mouthfeel on this is MADE for summer. highly carbonated, medium body.. refreshing, but not lacking on flavor one bit. this is a damn great ipa.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, floral, hints of orange and slight sweetness

T-pineapple, grapefruit, malt, slightly sweet, floral, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very nice IPA with a good range of flavors, in spite of the "duet", I prefer Nelson

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Photo of Jimmys
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

bomber into 2011 SAVOR. no bottled on date that i can see. brought back from the source.

A: bright, rich blond body. white head. tiny bubbles cling to the edge. head retention isnt great, nor is the lacing.

S: rich american hop aromas. cantaloupe. lime. sweet. vanilla beans.

T: starts fruity. but softly, not over the top citrus flavors or anything like that. more of a peach flavor. maybe some pears as well, but a soft peach would be the best way i could describe it. hardly any bitterness.

M: carb is a bit mellow in my opinion. wouldnt hate a bit more. the body is hardly medium. almost light. just so drinkable.

D: the best part. this stuff lacks so much in the bitterness component and just blasts with fruity hop flavor. totally refreshing and super drinkable.

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

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 12/5

Clear golden orange body. Thick bone white head measuring 3 fingers tall. Absurdly thick lacing left clinging to the glass as the head recedes. Overall retention is respectable

This is one juicy IPA, perhaps the juiciest. Huge grapefruit bomb. Tangerine guava and maybe some slight peach aromas meander about in the nose. Lingering dry hop aroma is quite evident. Really nothing but hops in the nose.

Balance is achieved, though not in a traditional sense. There is absolutely no balance between the malt and the hops, the hops obliterate any malt presence which may be there. The hop flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and the intense citrus flavor. The flavor is straight up juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple with bit of apricot, tangerine and mango. Slight pine and pith can be noted but are easily overwhelmed.

Medium bodied IPA with carbonation slightly higher than I would expect though it is appropriate. Very smooth texture, oily and resinous film left on the tongue just in case you forgot exactly how hoppy this beer was.

Very good beer, I love nearly everything about it. My one gripe is the lack of a malt presence. By the end of the bottle the citrusy hops became too much and bordered on cloying. A slight pale malt flavor would have evened things out remarkably well. I had to score drinkability down because of this. Awesome beer, would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour (no date)...

A - Typical medium orange color with a very good lace retention all over the glass

S - Dank, piney, fresh cut grass. Some melon flavors come through but are mostly in the background

T - More dankness, floral notes, very bitter grapefruit, strong hop presence, biting

M - Light to medium feel, mild carbonation, bitter on the palate

O - A wonderful IPA. Amarillo and simcoe are not my favorite hops but I can still recognize a very good IPA and this is it. While I do not think it's world class, it's definitely a hop heads dream. I would also like to see a bottle date. This borders on the greatness line and would love to have access to it on a daily basis.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours light orange with a huge white head. Very carbonated from the looks of things. The main aroma is piney hops. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness and pine flavor, but that is quickly washed off the tongue by the high, prickly carbonation. The huge amount of carbonation makes the beer taste slightly watery and takes away from the overall experience. That is my only complaint about the beer. With lower carbonation, I think I would have enjoyed it as much as good as Nelson or Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold to light copper with a finger of white surrounding the rim and the vast majority of the top. Excellent clarity. Moderate lacing. I'm really reaching to smell much other than a light piney hop aroma. The taste is very original with a fantastic blend of floral and piney hops. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and I'm left with a light hop burn.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, reviewed from notes.

A- Uber light gold hue with a fluffy white head that gains a nice size. Frothy cloud and ring and tons of thick lace.

S- Nice blast of hops lending good tropical fruit, pine adn citrus notes, very nice peach. Slight weed even. Caramel malt and bread as well.

T- Big pine feel but the citrus and tropical fruit juice still hold up quite nicely. A good caramel malt backbone adn some sweetness. A bit of floral.

MF- Lighter end body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Pretty big crisp bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a nice balanced and crisp hop blast that drinks quite easily.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours nicely, and it comes off sweeter, oranger in appearance, and way more floral than Nelson. A good ipa but Nelson reigns supreme over this one.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear orange with a one-finger creamy white. The head fades fast leaving a light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is orange, grapefruit, piney hops, and a sweet malty backbone. The finish has a nice lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a damn fine IPA that definetly lived up to the hype.

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

Another bottle from Alpine distributed to NorCal. Best by date: 17 MAR 16F15280.
Look: Airy head and amber.
Smell: Citrus and tropical.
Taste: Some pine but follows with tons of tropical flavors, pineapples and mangos.
Feel: Perfectly carbonated with small bit of bitterness at the end.
Overall: This is pretty close to when I get it on draft, Alpine or Green Flash.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold/light copper color. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to a tiny wispy cap with a small collar. Splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and a slight spiciness. Loaded with tropical fruit. Solid malt backbone pushes some biscuit notes along with a slight caramel malt sweetness. Deeply floral, like.crazy flower petals. Almost perfume. Almost cotton candy in the back. Light pale maltiness as well.

Taste: A crazy blend of Amarillo spiciness coupled with a solid bready and sweet malt backbone. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Slight biscuit finish. Some lingering bitter pine needle. Oily with some hints of ruby red grapefruit. Some slight candied malt sweetness as well. Very mellow and balanced, like seriously. Some grassy notes. Crazy floral.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish to light body. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: We can sing the hits.

Another stellar Alpine beer. A damn drinkable IPA with enough west coast flair. So very drinkable and balanced. Winning.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from ikaika122. Awesome. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded to leave some thin lacing and light retention.

S - Nice aromas of light tropical mango/pineapple, with light citrus notes. there is a light bready aroma as well as candied malts.

T - Ah...to get back to balanced IPAs. I've almost forgotten what thats like. Great harmony of light tropical hops and super faint pine (light alcohol too) along with sweet malts. Not overly sweet though. Excellent balance.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome, lighter carbonation but not boozy. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from a brewery I've been dieing to sample from. Been a long time since I had a "balanced" IPA, very solid offering.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to scribe594 for hooking me up with this-had a small sample of 4 month old expo(at the gratitude release) that was awesome now I am super excited to try their IPA line-up. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Nearly transparent medium, shiny amber colored body. Pours an approximately 2 finger foamy white head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass and bubbles steadily rising to the top. Beautiful.

S-Nose is dominated by big, juicy citrus hops-with a big oily bittersweet impression-like a pink grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. A hint of herbal malts and caramel malt can be detected as well.

T-Good but not as fantastic as the nose lets on. Up front is a blast of hoppy flavor consisting of citrus with herbal hop overtones and a moderate sweet malt backbone. Some herbal hop bitterness and a touch of pine come through for the finish-which is good but not as big as I expected. What lingers is a long lasting light to moderate citrus rind, pine, and herbal hop bitterness. The bitterness really isn't intense or cloying.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation. Not thin or watery but definitely is light on hop oils in the body.

D- The body is light and nearly quaffable without being thin, the smell is tremendous, and the taste is very good. My vote is that this is a very drinkable IPA. Its not a one-sided hoppy mess-but it showcases the hops very well with a minimal malt backbone. Not as aggressive as some other west coast IPAs I have had-but a very good IPA overall. Looking forward to trying other alpine brews.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Big thanks to airfoil for this one. No visible bottle date (picked up from the brewery less then 2 weeks ago). 2nd time having this.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden slightly brownish orange with about a finger of fluffy slightly bubbly head that has about average retention. Nice carbonation.

S- Floral citrus hops, honey, a little bit of grapefruit/lemon citrus mixed with some light sweet malts. Lightly sweet and definitely a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Lemony citrus hops balanced with sweet lightly sugary malts with a hint of honey, finishes with a hint of bitterness and a smooth malt presence. Everything is very well balanced between the hops and malts.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, goes down easily, smooth.

O- This was definitely a nice IPA that is a little bit different then the typical East Coast IPAs that I'm used to having. It wasn't overly citrusy or hoppy but had a nice lemon hop presence that balanced very well with the sweet malts that provided a smooth very enjoyable IPA. I would definitely recommend trying this and I would love to have it again.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington VA. Post Green Flash.

Solid solid ipa. More on the citrusy side of the IPA spectrum. Nose was a little weak. Very enjoyable, drinkable.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter.

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

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

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

An easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Alpine. Pretty dry and bitter on finish, and yes, a bit more tropical fruit in the mouth would be nice, but this is a very solid IPA from the folks at Alpine. Glad to see this on a fairly regular basis around town now (in Eugene and PDX).

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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 taylorhamrick
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thanks to FreightTrain

IT pours a deep copper, almost amber, slightly dark ,but nice clarity, beautiful 1 inch head that's dense and sticky. Moderate lacing, decent retention. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and mango upfront. I think the simcoes dominate the smell. Notes of floral resins, and grassy, piney hops are nice, and the juicy fruit comes through as well. Also, as it warms, a nice distinct, raw graininess comes up as well. The taste is interesting. It starts out bitter, then the pine and grass come in, with a nice sweet finish, with the melon and orange notes coming in. As it warms, I think the Amarillo start to dominate the taste - with heavy orange and grass notes - flavors that I think are very prominent in the Amarillo hops. You start to taste the alcohol too, but mostly it just lends a nice pleasant burn to the drink. The malts also start to peek their head out as it warms, and you end up with this very bready, sweet, bitter orange peel kind of taste for the last leg of the drink. A good tasting IPA. I think that the taste of the alcohol is all to prominent in this though - perhaps if it were subdued, this could go to the next level. The body is nice and medium, fairly full with malt, with a good sticky resinous feeling. The carbonation is mild, and lends a slight sting. I would say overall, at about 45-50F, this beer is absolutely amazing, as the grassiness starts to subside, the grain starts to come forward a bit, and the fruity hop flavor dominates. A very nice beer that I really enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of oceanman
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic bronze color with medium head. Pine cone, grass on top of floral, light citrus, with faint caramel sweetness peeking through. Creamy mouthfeel nicely balances the almost spicy hop bitterness. Pleasantly lingering bittersweet finish - not at all harsh.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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