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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 593
Hads: 3,087
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 883
Gots: 413 | FT: 15
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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 MikeBuff
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass.

A- really no head to speak of probably because it was poured a little too cold. Some good lacing on the top, beer has a nice golden color.

S- Fairly mild on the nose, again probably because of the tempature. The hop aromma shines through in the best sort of way. Not over powering but just enough to invite you for more.

T- Its a very citrus but calms down quicky. It imparts a little spice right before the hit of malt comes through. At 45 ibu's this is really enjoyable my tounge is not torched and I could have a few of these.

M- I would like just a tad more on the mouth feel but it works well with the hoppiness of this beer.

Overall, ive become a huge fan of alpine, any time someone goes anywhere where they can grab some for my I toss them some money and say grab whatever they have.

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Photo of jimbus
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grilledsquid for this bomber, poured into a tulip.

A: glowing, golden orange color with an big, frothy head. phenomenal, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S: man, these alpine IPAs have completely raised the bar on my standard for IPAs in the nose department...pineapple, mango...if they made a sugar coated, candy hop, this is what it would smell like.

T: sweet and bitter up front, with silky grapefruit. the amarillo and simcoe hops are a perfect tag team. The hops hang around on the back side with a dry finish...the malt is there but covered up just right.

M: smooth and clean, with a bit of tingle from the carb

D: Who wants to send me some more Alpine IPAs?

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a thin white head that shows good retention.

S: Some fresh pine hops. I don't know why, but only Alpine beers seem to have this wonderful pine hop smell. Along with the hops are some tropical notes and a bit of funk as the beer warms.

T: It's not as "big" as some of Alpine's other IPAs, but this is really good. Nice pine hop flavors along with a biscuity maly backbone. The hops don't leave a lasting aftertaste and the result is you feel like you could drink this one forever.

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Photo of snpub540
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bombers today and had to drink them almost instantly. Poured a hazy amber and copper hue into my Duvel tulip. Finger tall white head had some very nice hang time and left some clingy lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Mostly grapefruit, with some citrus and floral notes rounded out by some pine. A nicely enticing aroma.

Taste is almost a mirror of the nose with grapefruit and floral flavors being the most dominate. Very balanced IPA. Has a refreshingly bitter and dry finish.

Drinkability is great. Alcohol isn't a factor at all and the fact that the hop flavors aren't harsh made it an easy drinker. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and its a very crisp beer. Great for a summer day.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with friends; mine in a Foothills pint glass. Major props to Mauerhan for the ri-donk-ulous trade.

Near-perfect appearance for the style, with a clear golden-copper body that sports an active carbonation level. A thick cap of off-white head recedes, but never fully subsides as it dots the inside of the glass with spackles of lacing. Great West-Coast aroma with bubblegum and cotton candy sweetness balancing foresty, pungent Simcoe hops. Orange peel and caramel in the background.

Lots of piny, citrusy hop flavors in this one. Bitterness is slightly subdued, and the malty backbone adds sweetness, but not much flavor. Grass, grapefruit, and tangerine peel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, with a watery consistency and low carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness, but not much of a bite. Still, this is a very good IPA, but I expected a bit more after falling in love with Alpine's Nelson Rye IPA...

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Photo of Trappissed
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I've had this beer and this first time seemed more fresh than this. It reminds of Pliny or Sculpin in the fact that if its not perfectly fresh, its a different beer altogether. This is substantially bitter in a good way. Floral and hoppy.

I agree with a previous reviewer who said this tasted like honey and nectar. I believe that is what a little age has done to transform this. I can't really remember the exact differences with this compared to the fresher version, but the former had more citrus and less bitterness. Still enjoyable, just make sure yours is fresh.

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Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light golden and coppery ale that looks perfectly alive with carbonation. One finger head of smooth white foam that fades relatively quickly.

Delicate floral aroma with a hint of citrus or tropical hops (tough to determine), and a light bready malt background.

Immediate dry hops on the tongue and palate, followed by a wave of hop flavors: I thought sweet citrus at first, with a major following of floral and clove honey, all mixed with a subtle malt backbone. That big first blast may be pine. Each sip is very complex, and seems to deliver a slightly different taste.

Bright and refreshing, with a medium malt body. Sprightly and alive; light sting.

This is a very tasty, complex, hop-forward, and refreshing IPA. Oh, and its appearance is lovely. Just enough malts to smooth out the experience.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

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Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Pineapple and melon aromas dominate with a little grapefruit and spicy herbal notes following.

T: A bit of citrus here as well, though pine and earthy flavors dominate without being overly bitter. Some spicy herbal hop flavors come through as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. Tropical on the nose and earthy on the palate, this is a pretty unique IPA.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11 - thanks to the provider.

A: Clear straw body with a thin white head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty darn average.

S: Hop-forward, fruity to the extreme. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely.

T: Clean fruity hops and bitterness. Nothing but what I expect, and that's cool. Very tasty indeed.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Solid IPA. I can't wait to try more Alpine beers.


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Photo of danieelol
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a filtered yellow with nice, well retained head and resilient lacing. Nose is a pine bomb. Definitely falls into the pine/spicy genre of IPAs, rather than the fruity. Definitely some malt hanging around in the back. There is also some melon lurking. Really luscious on the whole and a great experience to put one's nose in the glass.

Taste again, is pine, light malt, fading into melon.

Fairly light in body, not all that resinous, though it is quite bitter, evoking lemon pith.

Nice, well executed classic style IPA.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

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Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split, served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with an incredible amount of rich, creamy, frothy white foam, takes forever to settle and leaves large patches of spotty lacing. slightly hazy and light orange in color.

S - citrus heavy again, with some lemon rind, squeezed oranges, and grapefruit zest. very tropical, some light caramel malts are barely noticeable.

T - very nice, smooth, and balanced - yet hop heavy. sweet candied tropical fruits, and floral hops. light malts hide underneath yet provide a great balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation a little on the light side but the beer goes down easily, refreshing and oily. lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D - quite drinkable, has the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA but a great balance of sweet hops and light malts. went down quite easy.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of youbrewidrink into a FFF English pint glass..

Pours a clear medium orange color with a nice fluffy two finger head. Good retention as well as lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is a mixture of lemony, citrus, and floral aromas. It's not overpowering where it's jumping out at you, but a bit tame where you have to search a bit for them. Definitely get a bit of the dankness from the Amarillo. Get a slight synthetic smell which I've come across with other beers before, most recently from a homebrew. It's only there on the first pour and is devoid of it in the second half of the bottle.

The taste reveals much of the same flavors as the nose along with a crisp bitterness. Nicely balanced I'd say. The hops are however a bit muted as in the nose. Malt plays a supporting role to keep the hops in check. I definitely got that same synthetic feeling as in the nose. It wasn't in the way much and fortunately mostly reared it's head upon burping.

The mouthfeel has great carbonation. The body is a tad watery but not a bad thing. I think it helps the drinkability because it's not too heavy and isn't weighing you down.
It's a good beer and I'd love to try it on tap from the source as I'm sure it's loads better. Definitely a solid IPA worth trying.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my resident drinking buddy beerFMAndy for bringing this one back from Cali.

Poured into my tulip the beer is an amber golden hue. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma has an initial hop blast. Lots of citrus and pine. Then it fades to a sweet buttery aroma. Almost sugar cookie like. Strange yet good.

The flavor is super citrusy. Oranges are the most dominant. Hints of lemon and mango along with just a dash of sweet malt.

Medium body. Slightly creamy with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep orangey hued light honied amber color. There is an off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of bright and freshly squeezed orange juice, there is a little bit of a floral pineapple and citrusy aroma as well.

T — Tastes quite bitter and fresh, notes of crisp bitter hops and a nice sweet malt backbone to balance everything out.

M — Medium bodied, nice balance of sweet and dry, very drinkable.

O — Fantastic overall, very nice balance there is a great depth of flavor and sweetness.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Lightly hazy amber, thin sheet halfway down the glass. Smell is floral, citrus peel. Taste: resiny and orange throughout, bit rindy, substantial sugary pale backing, a little stone fruit. Body has heft with fluffy feel into lingering hoppy drying finish. Very nice

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Engine 15 in JAX, Florida.
Very fruity with low bitterness for style and flavor, Moderate complexity.

O. perhaos the best IP i've had in months.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dandelion color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the tropical fruits upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead with pineapple and mango notes that blend with some pine and grass with a moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with skme light bread notes and some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is definitely worth trying out.

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Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice foamy finger thick head. Light golden color. Darker than Nelson but not by much.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, other tropical smells and some floral smells. Oh simcoe and amarillo hops. a match made in heaven.

T: Lots of citrus. Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass. Yum. So hoppy good. Just enough malt backbone to make sure its not over the top hopbomb. lt has a nice dry finish too.

M: Nice carbonation which rolls off the tongue. Right amount of thickness/thiness from an IPA like this as well

D: A very enjoyable citrus IPA. Really drinkable considering its a 7%. I like Odell's IPA and Sculpin a scosche more but I enjoyed it more than Nelson. Definitely will have again, hopefully on tap. Both are amazing IPAs from such a small brewery. I hope that they increase production and produce 6 packs in the future.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Loads of citrus and piney hops...

T - Starts with a good hop bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerines, and floral all in the mix. Finishes with good amount of pine, and some more hop bitterness...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Another delicious IPA from Alpine. Personally like Nelson over this one, but this is still a steller brew, and something I will be drinking again in the future...


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Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded by Armand, bomber shared with cbutova.

Pours super pale orange, white head looks great for a while, eventually remains as a bubbly cap leaving decent lacing. Dusty sediment.

Pretty great hoppy scent although it does fade with some time. Fresh citrus, floral and earthy hops.

Taste-wise, grapefruit takes over for the citrus, not much citrus to be found unlike the nose. Big floral hops along with a heap of earthy/piny hop oils. Light toasty/caramel malt.

Light mouthfeel but not watery. Medium carbonation, quite bitter, malt doesn't contribute much.

Good stuff, I liked it better than Pure Hoppiness.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.