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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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680 Reviews
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Reviews: 680
Hads: 3,415
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 852
Gots: 505 | FT: 19
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 Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that Alpine was offering this fine IPA and had to go get it. Me and 3 empty growlers in tow made the short trek this weekend and it is always worth it when I come home with a beer this good.

A: Golden/amber/orange pour that sits below a nice off-white single finger head layer. This fades quickly to a patchy remnant of what it was only 30 second ago.
S: Sweet pine hops, with familiar citrus notes. Noticeable grapefruit and juicy orange peel aromas.
T: The pine notes and citrus translate to flavor. While distinguishable, the flavors are not overwhelming and provide one of a kind, assertive IPA profile.
M: Flowing and smooth. Flavor is apparent, but not overbearing. This beer holds a lot of flavor with how smooth and flowing it is.
D: Duet is an amazing west coast IPA. I'm happy to have access to it when it is brewed. A testament to its drinkability is how I am sitting here finishing the whole growler without hesitation.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip at #bottlecherwednesdays with Vito at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Crazy tall off-white head head, on a clear golden beer. Aroma is as advertised: grapefruit, mango, pineapple goodness from the hops plus a little caramel malt hint. Taste is in line with the smell with some earthy tones and nice bready underpinnings. High carbonation, medium bodied, thin texture, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a pint glass/ Consumed fresh

P: Dull copper with a 1 inch head of pearly white soapy foam on top. Showed decent retention before it formed a thin film of bubbles on the surface, leaving some spotty lace behind in its wake.

A: Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and lots of floral come catapulting out of the glass, while very soft caramel malts are there underneath. Nothing mind-blowing here, but the aroma features a potent blast of everything I like in my west-coast IPA's.

T: Starts more balanced than expected with a toasted biscuity malt that emanates lots of caramel sweetness while the hops showcase their exotic citrus fruit characteristics on top that make me think of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons. Then, the malt seems to almost drop out completely as the flavor turns increasingly bitter and progressively piney on the back end. Finishes with a long, dry aftertaste that hangs on for a while. Can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet resinous, while being dry and smooth with a little creaminess from the good amount of Co2.

Notes: This is a really good IPA that drinks so easily I wish it were available in 6 pack form. Doesn't feature as much complexity in the citrus department as I usually look for in top-notch IPA's, as the bitter pine seems to take over on the back end. But all in all, this is another fine choice in the diverse selection of west-coast IPA's within easy disposal. Recommended

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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 3/2016:
Pours a fairly clear orange once the chill haze fade. Head builds up nicely with a little vigor in my pour, then sits and waits for you to get rid of it. White and fluffy, lacing is fairly decent as the beer is consumed.

The nose I thought initially was a little malty, but by the time I started analyzing it for review, it was more citrus rind (the ever popular grapefruit, mainly), citrus zest (orange mostly), a very light grain sweetness, as well as perhaps an apple-like note.

The taste starts with a little bit of a vacuum - I get the beer, but it strangely doesn't present a taste to grab onto right away. Then the flavors rush in... first a honey sweetness, then that pulp fruit note, and finally (but fairly quickly) the citrus notes that mimic the nose hit to transition me to the end. The end stays a little sweet while also gaining an undertow of pithy bitterness that ends up lightly piney - muted like a 3-month old car freshener.

Beer is fairly smooth, and could perhaps use a little bit more carbonation. The lack of accent from the tiny bubbles make the beer smoother, which is nice, but equally negated by a more watery feel - sorta balancing each other out. Body is actually medium-light towards medium. Lightly coating on the palate.

A very nice beer. I think I might like Nelson better. This has a light maltiness to it throughout, one that goes quickly from being the initial main note to a bit player as the bitterness sets in. It definitely ends up taking a back seat by the end, but never really seems to leave my palate.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phinally in Philly!!! On tap at TRIA Tap Room. A lot smoother than the Hoppy Birthday. Much more balanced and less bitter. A great IPA, but I like hops and high IBU, so I went back to the Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12oz. goblet at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo.

L- Light amber, good clarity, small white head.

S- Citrus, little tropical, tiny amount of alcohol.

T- More citrus with some light floral, medium bitterness.

F- Medium, nice easy drinking single IPA.

O- A really great single IPA with a great aroma but didn't carry over to the flavor as much as I'd hoped. Still really look forward to seeing this and other Alpine stuff in my area come the fall.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer a pours a dark gold with a slight orange tint. The head is about 2 fingers of white head, creamy, and soapy and gone in about 3 minutes leaving soapy head. The lacing is good, but nothing compared to Nelson.

The aroma is very light, the tiniest bit of grapefruit and an even smaller amount of hops at the end.

The taste is very nice and complex with a lot of different flavors. The start is sweet with a little citrus the middle is a tiny soapy and the end brings a nice big, yet drinkable, bitter hop finish. There is also a little pine at the end.

The feel is nice and this is highly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty damn fine IPA, to me, much more superior than the Nelson.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. I'll be darned if this doesn't stay rich, just absolutely coating the sides of the glass with thick soapy lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and spicy, with robust citrus flavors and touch of herbal dankness to it. Man, the citrus really comes alive here in the nose, with notes of mango, grapefruit and juicy peaches. Some underlying silky toasted grains give this some firmness in the nose.

The taste is deeply spicy with a sticky resinous bitterness. A blast of bitter grapefruit juice and some softer feeling tropical fruitiness offer up a touch of balance, as do the malts, which have a toasted and grainy texture to them. Spice, pine, and dryness just slather the tongue and linger for a good long while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant feeling mellow creaminess to the carbonation that really hides the ABV here nicely. This has just a most excellent feel to it.

Another well done West Coast IPA here from Alpine, with a well balanced and powerful profile. My only gripe with this is the same that I had with Nelson in the bottle. Just a lack of presence in the taste that this had on draft and that same "off" feel. I'm wondering now if maybe their beers don't translate the best to bottles? Anyway, I wouldn't pass on a bottle, as this still a damn tasty brew.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Poured from a Green Flash embossed bottle. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops with a light dankness, grapefruit and a hint of light stone fruit.Flavor is citrus and piney hops, mildly dank, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit, subdued but sturdy caramel malt. Finishes with lingering, lightly resinous grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nicely balanced, hoppy IPA with an emphasis on the herbal flavors of the hops as well as good assertive bitterness. Pleasant mixed fruit flavors from the hop combination. A quite nice IPA. I'm not a big fan of Green Flash's hop flavors usually, but they did a nice job on this one. I've never tried the Alpine brewed version, but this is great. Matches surprisingly well to its brewery description: balanced with malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

22oz bottle pours a bright golden amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma with a mix of floral and citrus hops. The taste is sweet floral bitterness with some light citrus notes. Fair amount of toasty malts. More flowery hops at the finish with some citrus peel. Some grassy notes as well. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a really good IPA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Alpine IPA thanks to imperialbeachbrw. It is good to have a few to compare their offerings.

A: Pours with a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with brilliant clarity and lighter toasty orange honey colored beer.

N: Nice hops to start, a little pine, lots of citrus and fruit, some fresh musty resinous aromas, lots of nice fresh hops. This really smells fresh. A slight earthy bite to the musty almost wet hop aroma. A slight golden malt aroma but very light in the background. A little orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in the mix.

T: Starts lighter in the mouth, with very little malt. Mostly this is hops presented. Lots of fresh wet hop tastes too with some pine hop resins. Again more fruits, orange and tangerine. A niece strong bitterness is starting to bit my tongue as it goes. Juicy hops as well, with some light grassy hop flavors too. SLightly watery though as the malts are nowhere to be found.

M: Lighter than expected and slightly watery, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry, with more bitterness attacking with the dryness together to form another 1-2 punch. THe bitterness is not overwhelming though, very tolerable. More musty fresh hop flavors, with more pine dominating the hops. Some fruits and citrus, little tangerine still. I get some mouth smacking pine in the back of the tongue too, long after the swallow. Finishes very clean as well.

A nice west coast style IPA again, lots of nice fresh hops, and tasty. Just lacking a little in the body and malt department for my tastes at least, but def worthy.

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Photo of duluoz
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks just as nice and clean as every other Alpine beer. A light, golden orange color.

S - Beautiful floral, foresty, and citrus hops aroma -- I couldn't stop inhaling it. The pine and pineapple notes scream West Coast style IPA.

T - Big hops as expected and a bit of bready spice on the front end, but the back end fails to impress. Not much there.

M - Not bad but a little watery... doesn't hold up like other Alpine brews.

D - The thin quality adds to the drinkability, though it detracts elsewhere. As good as almost anything I can think of for a hot summer day, which is impressive at 6.75%.

Great beer, but somehow not top-shelf by Alpine's standards. Their fault for setting the bar so damned high.

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Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A nice clear golden body witha big white head. Slightly carbinated. Tons of stickage and lace.

S - Tons of big bold citrus hops in the front and slight tones of pine and resine on the back end. There is an obvious malt note there as well.

T & M & D - A very crisp and fresh IPA with a medium body, great carbination and a clean finish. Very very solid. The flavor consists of a great citrus profile right off the bat and then the introduction of some earthen pine in the middle. A pretty good malt pressence as well.

O - An extremely solid IPA - Alpine has not disappointed yet. They know the style and they execute well on this one!


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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this in this years secret santa. I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, deep orange pour with a very big white head, some lacing. Lots of fresh pine and citrus on the nose. The beer is piney and has notes of grapefruit, and tropical fruit. It finishes with a light lingering bitterness. The body is medium, above average carbonation. A very good IPA, lived up to the hype.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper, 2" heavy white head with good splotchy lacing.

S- Sweet malts, light citrus and spicy hops.

T- Light honey malt, some citrus but more spicy/pine hops.

M- Light bodied but not thin. Amazingly drinkable for 7%, this would be a great 6 pack Ipa.

O- Very good IPA. Well balanced honey malts and hops.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) in a Shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Beautiful golden amber with short cap of off-white head that leaves thick slabs of lace.

S: Delicious floral and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango mixed with a touch of citrus. The malt backing is mildly sweet with a hint of crystal.

T: A easy drinking IPA that you could drink many pints of if you are not careful. The floral and fruitiness of the aroma carries through nicely and there is big mango, pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit - very lush in the flavor department. There is not a ton of bitterness in this beer. The malt is straightforward pale maltiness with some light caramel from the crystal. A great IPA to sit around and enjoy several of with friends.

M: Despite the lush flavor profile, this is a medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish which gives it a very light feel overall. The carbonation is midrange but maybe a bit more active than most.

O: Duet is a great IPA that I was thrilled to get to try on tap. I tried to back to back with Nelson and actually liked Nelson a bit more for its raw hoppiness and increased bitterness and complexity. But if I knew I was going to sit down for several hours or an entire evening and both were available, I might have one Nelson and then go with Duet for the rest of the night as it is such a flavorful, dry, easygoing beer.

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Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.

S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma

T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.

M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.

O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.

Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter. No bottle date, but assuming pretty fresh.

A: Fairly clear orange color, nice fluffy white head, two fingers with aggressive mid glass pour, nice carbonation, head stays around, mild lacing

S: Piney and floral notes on the nose, grapefruits, peach, but also woodsy

T: Might be a little old, but still delicious, very smooth hop flavor, great balance with mild malts, crisp hop bite but nothing overpowering,

M: Light to medium bodied brew, coats without being cloying, smooth

O: Another great Apline brew, starting to think THEY make the best line of IPAs on the plan

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.

A - Golden brown and crystal clear. Big frothy white head that settle to a pillowy one finger cap. Spotty lacing left all over the glass.

S - Very strong tropical hop aroma. Faint biscuity malt backing. Hops are certainly the center of this one. Pineapple is the primary fruit that comes through in the nose but I alos pick up a little mango and a light candy sweetness.

T - Candied pineaplle and other assorted tropical notes. Light biscuity malt backing. Very hop forward without being a tongue buckling hop punch. Finishes with a clean sweetness.

M/D - A touch on the light side and little too much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking a good IPA but just a touch off the mark from great.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jay for sharing this west coast IPA.

Poured into a Goose tasting glass/mini nonic. Golden orange, a tiny bit of suspended sediment that looked to be hop particles. Plenty of sticky lace coating the glass, with a lasting degree of retention. Sticky, resiny, leafy hops in the nose. Citrus blast hits you nicely on the first whiff.

Rich flavor with sweet caramel, earthy Simcoe, vegetal hop bitterness, maybe a 7/10 on the bitterness scale. Plenty of citrus, bitter orange peel and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied, with a slightly viscous feel. One bomber is easy to finish. This is a solid example of a West Coast IPA...

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Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Nice clear golden orange with a finger and a half of bubbly off white foam. The head dissipated to the surface within minutes, leaving a lot of nice lacing that clings to the edge of the glass, and a mix of small and medium bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some light carbonation visible in the beer.

Nose is dank and earthy, grassy and floral hops, wet pine needles, some light sweet citrus in tangerines, light biscuit malts. Not too pungent though.

Follows the nose exactly. Very dank and earthy, grassy and floral from the hops used. Some malt sweetness helps balance the bitterness on the tongue, and then finishing with a light floral hops on the back of the tongue.

Light bodied and decently carbonated makes the beer very refreshing. Little to no aftertaste on the tongue, very clean finish that only leaves a bit of floral aroma in your mouth. Very easy to drink, an IPA I don't mind finish a bomber of as it doesn't just blast your tongue with dryness.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a good size layer of head that remains along with some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Sweet apricot shows up along with the grain.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness along with some pine notes. I'm picking up some malt backbone along with a hint of apricot. The finish is made up of a mild bitterness and is a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good west coast IPA. I would say that the taste of the finish is the weak point of this beer, but it's still fantastic. Definitely want to have again.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass

L - light copper color with about 1.5 fingers of head and nice lacing

S - simcoes shine through on initial smell. I knew it was going to be a solid beer

T - well balanced, and you know it's a west coast IPA immediately. Nicely bitter, really good taste.

F - what an IPA should feel like, nothing over or under what you should expect.

Very, very good. Excited to try this on tap when I get back down to San Diego.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.