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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 3,761
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 839
Gots: 631 | FT: 22
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 markcp
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper in color; floral, spicy hops on the nose; taste features a prominent sweet malt base with floral, spicy, slightly resinous hop notes; great medium body; bitterness doesn't really linger.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 OldManMetal
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Duet is a crystal-clear deep gold beer with a large (albeit brief-lived) slightly pebbly ivory head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing. The aroma is medium-big: a very nice blend of grapefruit, sweet/spicy florals and more subdued citrus and pine notes, with a hint of alcohol riding atop everything. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple with hints of citrus; by mid-palate, the citrus notes have attained a greater presence and a slight IPA soapiness has emerged. Bitterness builds to a style-moderate level; a significant bready malt character provides some balance. The finish is dry and clean, showing just a flash of cedar, followed by the onset of a moderate grassy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and nicely peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. This is a solid IPA. (22 oz bottle, 153 days before best-by)

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 KMachHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 zshaft
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with minimal head into snifter glass. clear pour. no haze whatsoever. nice looking brew! smells good w some pine, light fruit. maybe some floral scents. not overpowering. taste is very clean w mid palate floral giving way to some nice peach mango. followed by some sweet malt that does not take away from the hops. bitterness ends. dry finish. overall this beer is great. not overpowering but each sip leaves me wanting more. everything ive had from alpine is world class.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz (best by 3/17/2016) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery straw color w/ a sudsy bright white head, some nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is bright grapefruit rind and alpha acids. Clean dry pale malt gives it a slight sweetness. Pretty much a standard SoCal IPA all the way.

Taste is likewise citrusy and juicy hops layered over neutral pale malt. Nice acidic bitterness on the finish. Similar to offerings from Ballast Point or Stone, not surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, semi-dry.

Overall a really nice American IPA, typical of the style.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine just knows how to make juicy IPAs. This one had lots of nice piney qualities balanced well with floral notes from the hops. I really liked the overal hop profile and felt the bitterness was held in check very well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle. Pours clear bright orange-copper, two finger fluffy head in a few minutes, scattered lace. Mild aroma of flower, pine, ripe plum. Taste is caramel malty sweet up front, met by floral and grassy bitterness, a little pine and grapefruit as well. Finishes dry, flowery bitterness lasts awhile. Clean medium mouthfeel, semi-slick. Excellent IPA, love those Amarillo hops.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden yellow with clarity, 1 finger of head, and some sticky lace left on the glass

S - Pine hops, grapefruit, tangerine, oranges.

T - Citrus notes, tropical fruit, pine hops, hidden ABV

F - Medium body, heavy carbonation,

O - A tasty DIPA.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the Green Flash bottled and brewed version, best by June 2016
Look: The beer pours an amber color with white/off white head, not too many carbonation bubbles popping up. The beer is pretty translucent.

Smell: I got some earthiness, and some citrus, maybe orange, maybe passion fruit?

Taste: The citrus portion of the beer hits first and gets a bit more resinous in the middle and end of the beer.

Feel: The beer is fairly dry, and has a fair amount of bitterness. Very nice.

Overall: I like this offering more than the Hoppy Birthday. If you see a bottle i'd suggest giving it a shot.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with great clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, citrus, pine, toasted, biscuity, cracker, and caramel malts.

Taste: Pretty nice hop flavor with nice malt bill, light chewy, and light bitterness. Pretty crushable and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, lightly lightly bitterness, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied, slightly chewy, and crushable.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. So good that I grabbed a few more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow + orange highlights with a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with a hint of caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV quite well. Really nice hop aromas and flavors without an aggressive bitterness. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.