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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We knock the top off of a bomber, pouring equally into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows up a shiny sunflower yellow coloring, and holds a slowly-dissipating one and a half finger tall head the color of eggshells. Lacing is chunky, spreading out in a honeycomb pattern. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be immensely active. The first thing to hit you in the nose, and it hits hard, is the big evergreen pine quality of the Simcoe hops. Fruity citrics of the Amarillos seep through some cracks as it warms, blending with notes of pale, pilsner, and softer amber grain, biscuity sweetness of raw barley, honey sugars, tonic water, strawberry jam, spiced booziness, plastic wrap, pear fruitiness, tangerine peel zestiness, mild bubblegum juiciness, papier-mâché glue, milk thistle, coiny yeastiness, pickle brine, and fruity herbal and chamomile tea leaves. As advertised, you taste a big west-coast IPA, comprised of bitterly sticky and sappy piney hoppiness, dried pine cones, green acorns, softer balancing hoppiness of citrics and dryer herbals, ethanol bite, lactic acidity, pale and pils grain, astringent detergent soapiness, mineral and clay water, toasted pumpkin seeds, black pepper, mossy musk, and gentle but syrupy fruitiness of pineapple. The aftertaste retains this bitterness for a while, blending dusty biscuity grain with lingering, stalking piney hop bitters. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with lighter cream and froth. The mouth is left seriously dried of tannins, with a bit of an accompanying puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks seriously, and it drinks well.

Overall, this was a really fun beer to review. There is so much going on between these two hop varietals, and it is great to see them paired up here. They come from essentially opposites sides of the hop wheel, so to speak, with the Simcoes being highly piney and earthy, while the Amarillos are lighter, sweeter, and more citric. The “lighter” aspect of the latter really hits home here, as they are greatly overshadowed by the piney dominance of the Simcoes. This is most apparent though the flavoring, the bitterness of which becomes ingrained within your taste buds and palate. The aroma shows this same preference, but there is greater unity. None of this is to the beer’s detriment, but rather just interesting discussions points between the two of us. As with Nelson, this is a great beer, and showcases some of the more serious, refined, and mature products coming off of the west coast.

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Photo of HoppyVidal1
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about the mouth feel and the finish that just keeps going and going think energizer bunny! Just had it on tap at Hopyard in Pleasanton Ca terrific spot and throughly enjoying it! Cheers!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding IPA that I was stunned to find at my local MA beer store. The partnership with Green Flash bearing fruit! Nice aroma of citrus and pine accompanies the copper hued body with a thick head. Tropical fruit notes balanced by a strong bitterness that ends crisp and dry. Nothing too juicy but definitely an IPA that that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks Tim for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the crowler chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is golden amber visibly carbonated with 2finger head with fine bead and lace sticks on the glass in a weblike pattern. The aroma is slightly floral with tropical smell that is citrus with juicy and fruity quality with slightly sweet malt aroma supporting the hops. The feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation and sweetness with semi-tangy and resinous juicy texture of hops with light alcohol influence and mostly dry finish.

The flavor of tangy/tropical hops give a juicy quality with light pine-like accent and mild grapefruit pith in the taste which is bitter but not extremely intense to the point it is not enjoyable. The malt flavor contributes a sweetness to contrast the bitterness of the high alpha hops as it warms with some alcohol apparent adding the perception of spice. This is a great IPA, I would not expect anything less from Alpine based on other beers I have enjoyed by them -worthy of the high ratings.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick, frothy two-finger milk white head and extensive lacing. It smells of pine needles, grapefruit, and floral hops, with a whiff of orange. The orange really comes through in the taste, followed by grapefruit, pine, and more malt than I expected. It finishes pretty bitter and dank. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of only 7% it is very drinkable. Overall, it is an excellent IPA. I really like the orange presence. I would definitely drink Duet again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Another long awaited "Want" cut into the bedpost. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a soft head. Mild lacing. Aroma is deep and resiny. West Coast all up in this nose. Amarill and Simcoe pull zero punches. Pine, grass, grapefruit, and some other fruit/hop elements. Malt? We don't need no malt here. The flavor hits my tongue and detonates. Heavy bursts of that pine and fruit I found in the nose. Earth hops. Some tropical fruits as well. A barely-noticeable sweet and neutral malt cloak. This feels and tastes like a big Double IPA. 7% feels and tastes like 10% but without the added alcohol. A West Coast uppercut of bitterness floors my palate. Lingering, long, formiddable bitterness. Has a fuller body. Is beer was quite a good time. Alpine in Massachusetts is a good thing for this dude.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into two tulips.

Appearance - Golden amber color with incredible clarity. 2 finger white head that lasts and lasts. When it finally dies down, the surface is coated with foam that sticks to the side of the glass. It looks perfect.

Smell - Totally overwhelmed by citrus hops. Orange hops with some pine in the background. There's a sweetness that isn't caramel at all. It's a hop sweetness. Mmmm.

Taste - Citrus hops again. Some grapefruit, but mostly orange and some pine. It's the slightest bit sweet, but it doesn't taste like hop sweetness. It's hard to place. The malt just barely comes through as a bit nutty. That's really my only complaint. It could have just a bit more malt backbone, but just a bit! It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation makes it feel a bit creamy. It could use a bit more body, but that follows along with my complaint about the malt. Just a bit more and this would be a perfect IPA.

Overall - It's fantastic. It's like Hopslam, but a better hop presence and it's not overly alcoholic. If I had my way and there was just a bit more malt to it, it would be about 8% instead of 7%. At 7%, it's so drinkable it's scary. I hope I can get another bottle of this.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very happy to finally see this in northern California. picked up a bottle at nugget in Vacaville. pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head for the style. decent hop aroma, but overall very clean and enticing brew.

the drink is a hop bomb. classic socal style... a very crisp dry drink with a massive hop bite. citrus up front and a little sticky pine resin on the back end.

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

A: Hazy, golden orange in color with a thin head that dissipated fairly rapidly.
S: Pine, very tropical, grapefruit and pineapple.
T: Similar to nose, slight grapefruit like bitterness, tropical notes galore.
M: Medium carbonation, slight dry/bitter finish.
O: Another really good IPA. Reminded me of Firestone Walker's "Union Jack".

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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 younger35
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew this morning from Masterski. The description on the back of the bottle has me pumped. Full of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Badass. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a massive three finger bright white head that is brilliantly fluffy. A perfect one finger cap and collar is left the entire brew along the thickest ring like lacing ever.
Smell- Super mild nose as it's a bit florally and ever so slightly fruity. Rose hips and lilac dominate (not sure if that's the right word since nothing really 'dominates') but a bit of orange zest and lemon peel are noticeable. Something spicy in there as well. I'd swear some rye was used.
Taste- Very light and almost delicate (first word that comes into my mind). The hops are lightly fruity with a very delicate grapefruit and grab apple features. The bitterness is so lightly fruity and nicely balanced. As it warms the orange peel and lilac really show and more of the floral side comes out. I get an ever so slight grainy sweetness in the finish but for the most part this is hop central. Balanced, fruity, hop central.
Mouthfeel- Considering the delicacy of the beer, the mouthfeel easily holds its own. They didn't get skimpy and kept this thing helfy. Low carbonation adds for a nice oily, creamy feel.
Drinkability- Brilliant. So light and easy drinking and everything an IPA should be. I wouldn't say it's the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's possibly the easiest drinking IPA I've ever had. Awesome brew, thanks Alex!

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap a few separate times, but this review is from the bottle; 6 pack, from what I assume has to be Green Flash. Color, medium straw with a relatively small head, yet lively carbonation, much more clear than I remember. Smells of fresh, dank hops; citrus, mango, pineapple, slight onion, papaya. Very slight malt presence. Taste is as follows. Hoppiness is all flavor/aroma and comes across smoothly (as I've noticed with all Alpine offerings). Crackery malt rings clearly in the background; almost feels disconnected from the hops in a good way. Maybe they treat the water differently from other SD breweries? Feels infinitely drinkable, super refreshing.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DearthVader coming through again with this 22oz beauty as well as the Stone IPA glass from whence it was consumed.
3+ finger head settles gradually to a nice eighth inch of tight creamy off-white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Throughout the drink the lacing clings tightly to the glass and doesn't go anywhere. A nice clear deep straw/golden yellow with a miniscule amount of sediment.
Great smell to this one, not too strong but still very nice, with the Simcoe dominating. Also has scents of grapefruit citrus and a hint of pine.
Taste goes along with the smell. A large amount of Simcoe, strong grapefruit citrus as well as mango, pine but only slight malt taste and no trace of alcohol.
Medium-high carbonation with the tiny bubbles gently moving across the palate as I drink this one.
Overall this was a very good beer and I have to say that my long anticipated first Alpine brew did not disappoint. The only criticism that I could offer is that I might have liked a bit more Amarillo or maybe some darker malts to add a bit more complexity but that’s just my personal preference.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange-gold and hazy body with a dense white contrasting head. Lacing is minimal.

Huge hop aroma of orange and grapefruit. It also has aromatic floral notes of lilac. I even picked up a few whiffs of pomegranate, though I have I idea where that's coming from.

It has a strong fresh grapefruit flavor with the floral notes to a lesser extent. Decent caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel is fresh and clean with spot on carbonation.

It's a fantastic IPA worth seeking out.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with an orange tinge and a finger of white frothy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells wonderfully of citrus hops. Touches of tropical fruit and just the slightest malt presence.

Starts off with a bright citrus flavor. Rounds into a bitter piney resin finish. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

My favorite of the Alpine regular IPA's, but still prefer Hoppy Birthday. I very much enjoy this beer given the chance.

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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 RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus and tropical notes, a little pine, a bit of dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big citrus and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, some pine, a little dankness, and just the right amount of caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very happy to get my hands on this one. 2 of my favorite hops working together beautifully.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with some friends before the holiday break and it went like this...

A- A very nice and light golden color with an pale yellow hue. A little on the hazy side, but mostly clear which is just like I like them to be. Has a nice thick, fluffy white head. Looks ready to drink immediately. A steady stream of carb keeps the head nice and fluffy and ready to go.

S- A barrage of mango, tangerine, citrus and grapefruit which are very pleasant and causing me to drool a little bit. I love the simple and clean aromas this one presents and have never been let down by an alpine beer that's fresh. A little warming and I sense a very light malty sweetness. A very nicely balanced aroma.

T- Simply an amazing combination of citrus, grapefruit, sweet tangerines, light apricots and delicious mango. An unbelievable combination of citrus hops with almost no piney bitterness to speak of. I taste almost no sweetness within either. This one has been balanced in the hops from start to finish. Love the tropical fruit delight that I have had the opportunity to consume.

M- A very slight tingle from the carb, but otherwise sticky, coating and exceptionally smooth. Love every sip of this one from the beginning to end.

D- God damn straight it's dangerously well crafted and the sweet succulent hops make this one a delicacy and it's readily available for those of you looking for it. Seek it out and enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

Another exemplary offering from an up and coming IPA heavy line up from Alpine.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one-inch thick white head which has good retention and yields splotchy lace.

N: Fantastic citrusy grapefruit and tangerine along with mango tropical notes. Fruity and floral springtime with some herbal and faint lemon note.

T: Piney and catty with some herbal and oniony notes. Malts add some bready/biscuity balance.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: A very solid IPA here. Would have every day, if that were possible.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round #1 of my journey into Alpine IPA goodness was very enjoyable with a Nelson. Round #2 is Duet with Pure to follow. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear golden yellow color. Unlike the Nelson, no issues with carbonation here. Two fingers of 3/4 frothy and 1/4 creamy hybrid off-white head. Retention could be better, but a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: This smells just about exactly like Nelson, except for differences in the hop contributions. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, grassy, slightly pungent. I love these hops, they might be my favorite two.

4.5 T: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Taste follows the nose. First the malts. Pretty simple here. Neutral malt taste with touches of sweetness. Hops are again grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange, mango, grass, pungence, and a moderate bitterness. Very nice here.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Could be much creamier. This isn't the greatest aspect of this beer.

4.0 D: Another great beer. This is definitely better than the Nelson in terms of taste, but the mouthfeel could use a little work. Otherwise, very drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

A: Golden copper with a nice white head.

S: Lots and lots of tropical and citrus hops going on with a little bit of pine.

T: Wow, much like the nose with plenty of hops in this thing. While I don't think that this is quite as good as O'Brien's IPA from Alpine, this simply solidifies the fact that Alpine is right up with Town Hall, Bell's, and Russian River as the best damn place to get an IPA from.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Superb. I absolutely loved this one. Had at the same time as Nelson Rye and this one was definitely better. (Also had Exponential Hoppiness at O'Brien's that evening, and this one was definitely better in my book.)

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into the SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Comples and pure with some stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and hints of citrus and pine
T: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, and a bit of earth
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Definitely a solid IPA. For being a CA beer this isn't the usual west-coast style but is complex, tasty and recommended

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of citrus and pine up front, with some floral notes in there as well. Malt is lightly bready with some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine notes, followed by some sweet bready malts and the floral notes. Bitterness kicks in with the malt and lingers into the finish. Finishes with some floral notes and the bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sharp

O: A very solid IPA that is quite easy to drink and nicely balanced. Just enough perceived bitterness as well. Certainly worth trying out

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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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