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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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678 Reviews
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Reviews: 678
Hads: 3,410
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 852
Gots: 506 | 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 popery
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Holy crap, this is good. This beer pours a light golden amber with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma hit me the instant I uncapped the bottle. This is not a shy beer. It smells like a truckload of tangerine rinds and pine needles were mixed with fairy dust and dumped in a meadow of flowers. A big whiff of this beer is like aromatherapy for a hophead. As Ninkasi doubtlessly intended, this IPA is all about showcasing the hops. The flavor is light and dry with lots of hop bitterness, but there's just enough malt sweetness to keep it from paint thinner territory. The mouthfeel is oily with hop residue but just a bit thin. However, I think that I'm only noticing that because the hops are so big that my palate is assuming it's in DIPA territory. For a dry 7% abv beer, Alpine probably couldn't do any better in this regard. This is a phenomenal beer. I can't wait to try the rest of the Alpine bottles that I bought.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce into a nonic

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin head that remains throughout.

Smells hoppy and incredibly floral.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a nice peppery zest and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation.

Overall is an amazing IPA I would try again and again.

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Photo of senglish7
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Had this on tap at Avenue Pub in NOLA. Was excited to try some Alpine offerings, but this one took the cake. Probably the best aroma that I have ever noticed on a beer before. I could sniff on that all day. Taste was very smooth and balanced. Piney, slight malt. Loved it!

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler with a couple of friends while visiting SD this past week...which was awesome by the way! Anyways, we went back to the condo the very same night and polished it right off. Thanks for a great weekend guys!

A: A darker golden hue with a very fluffy and off-white head that was pretty immense. The lacing along the side of my tulip was impressive as well.

S: The initial smell hits your nose with tons of citrus-like hops...similar to a tangerine, orange, and mango mix. The more vegetative and piney aroma seems to hit later on, along with some diacetyl properties.

T: The malt body is light during the initial stages, but becomes sweeter and fruitier (grapefruit perhaps) as it sits on the palate. There is also mild back end bitterness and hop flavor that adds a nice touch to this beer.

M: Slightly dry, light body, and decent carbonation.

D: I've tried this beer a few times now...and the more and more I drink...the more and more I fall in love with it. I prefer the Nelson over this one, but this probably the most drinkable Alpine beer out there.

Overall: Saw this on tap at Toronado SD last night and found myself ordering this over Pliny the Elder, Expo Hoppiness, Blind Pig and so on. Hope that explains how I feel about this beer. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Joeynocturnum
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

LongBeach thanks for the hook up. First Alpine brew well worth the wait and lived up to the hype.

A- Poured one finger head, plus some amazing lacing that remained on the tulip start to finish.

S- Pine and Floral aroma filled my nose as soon as I popped the top, very strong and inviting.

T- Do not know how anyone could not like hops after drinking this beer.

M- Too Smooth, great carbonation.

D- I am debating cracking the Exponential Hopiness I have in the fridge. Good Stuff and I hope they make their way to Philly at some point.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from a growler purchased at Alpine and I also had a glass on tap at O'Brien's the day before. Bright orange color with a white head that really laced the glass. The smell was a little pine but mostly bright fresh citrus fruit, excellent. The flavor was like nectarines and oranges, so juicy and hoppy, fantastic. This beer really impressed the hell out of me and I hope I can get my hands on a couple bottles if they release them.

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Photo of clayfu
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just an incredible beer. Perfection and balance define the palate. Has the right amount of hops, right amount of malt, and it has a silky smooth drink down the palate. There's a bit on the front palate and the concentration of flavor is so appealing and long Not sure what else you can ask from a west coast IPA.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A BIG thank you to Rish in Californa for this beast of a beer.

Appearance: Pours a great looking hazy golden color, definitely unfiltered with a nice creamy head of foam.

Smell: The smell is very strong citrus, very forward and up front. I love it

Taste: So much flavor, so many levels in this beer, it is awesome and quite refreshing also. It has an awesome sweet, bitter, and piney taste. Nice bitterness but is not overpowering just perfect

Mouthfeel: Couldn't really ask for anything more, nice and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall just a great beer, one of my favorite IPAs I'm upset I can't get this here in Chicago. I was so impressed with Duet it's wonderful

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Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily a 9/10. The aroma is amazing, very west coast IPA. Tropical juiciness hits your pallet at first taste and stays! Crushable for sure. If ever in Western MA go to Moes in Lee, MA.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A pint glass from Hooley's La Mesa. Restaurant pour, so I had to let it sit a bit. Deep gold with really no head, but I didn't get to control the pour, so... Aroma suggested some floral and maybe tropical, but really only a suggestion. A bit concerning considering Alpine's reputation. Concern gave way to delight upon sipping. The floral exploded, the tropical crept in underneath. A baguette malt (more than biscuit but not bready) balanced this beautifully. Um, this is seriously top 5 IPA. I am a shameless hop head, but this really sets a high bar for standard IPA (not DIPA or IIPA).

Native San Diegan, not clear why I am so late to the Alpine party, but looking very forward to increased distro with the Green Flash co-op.

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Photo of pschul4
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this right after my Nelson. Again ehammond1 is the fucking man and anytime you see him give him a highfive for me please.

A- Pours a medium orange/yellow with a 3/4 inch head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Really nice floral notes here, slight pine/citrus hoppiness and some pale malts. Really solid

T- Wow this really blew me away. The floral notes perfectly translate to the taste and the other minor players in the nose (citrus/pine) come through much stronger and it all blends together PERFECTLY

M- Just like Nelson it's super smooth, love what Alpine does with their Mouthfeels

O- Holy crap Eric you have spoiled me terribly. Ever IPA Alpine makes is to die for. Might move out there just for the whalesbro

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Photo of brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Pours a very clean, golden color. Very thin white head, with little retention.

S: A sharp bitter citrus aroma. Lemon and grapefruit mainly. A piney sharpness from the hops.

T: Really nice bitter hop flavor. Resinous and sharp. The bitterness dominates, with just a little bit of citrus to cut it. Nice!

M: Fairly light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A slightly oily texture with a dry finish.

O: This beer has all my favorite aspects of an IPA. Bitter, crisp, with a dry finish. I could drink this one over and over.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a typical but gorgeous golden, orange and straw yellow color. There is a nice thin white head with dense bubbles that are tiny tiny and recedes quickly.

S - Delicious sweet tangerine and grapefruit and even some papaya and pineapple sweetness form the hops. Very fresh hop citrus aroma. Fresh baked bread malt backbone with nice grassy and grainy backbone. Delicious aroma. Close to perfect.

T & M - Starts off with delicious hop citrus flavor with some nice grainy and bready malt that balances it perfectly. Flavors of pineapple and some slight grapefruit sweetness and citrus character. The middle has a very nice strong and delicious malt backbone that leads way to a delicious dry bitter hop finish. Nice crisp and clean flavors in a very light-medium body. Great carbonation.

D - Almost perfect drinkability. Very approachable but delicious IPA. Alpine does it again not as good as Pure Hoppiness but very close.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at small tasting session.

A: Hazy Golden Wheat color with a small ring of head with swirls of bubbles in the middle.

S: Piney, Citrus Hops up front, also some nice Bready Malts to counter balance. Awesome IPA aroma.

T: Hops up front (from the aroma), really nice sweetness also. A Malt center to the taste leads to a bitter dry finish at the back of the palate. Grapefruit and Pine are dominant flavors, from the Simcoe and Amarillo hops the beer is based on. Great balance, excellent flavor.

M: Medium bodied, and delightfully creamier than I would have guessed, though still well carbonated. Excellent.

D: Very Great IPA, up there with the greats in the single IPA realm for me. Wish I could get this whenever I wanted to, but hey it makes having these really special too.

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Photo of basildog
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy but nice golden color. Beautiful floral aroma with nice head and creamy lace. Smooth first witch is full of hop flavor but no rough bitterness. A clean crisp back finish. Love this beer and it's been around. Just discovered it. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Jjski
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been on a hop kick, which is not usual for me. In the last month I've been able to land a bunch of rare IPA / DIPA stuff for Upstate New York, and a lot of the standards have been really fresh. This Duet is freakin great for a single IPA. I'm just gonna give you some comparable ales that I've had in the last four weeks in MY rank order. I don't differentiate between single versus imperial ( Pliny at 8% is hardly a giant)

Great: Pliny, Duet, Lupulin River all > 95%
Super good: Chillwave, Fresh Squeezed, Kancamagus Honey Bear DIPA ( try to find that one if you can, it's not even listed on this site) 95-93%
Very good: The Kind ( local!!), Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Hop Hunter, Grapefruit Sculpin 93-90%
Ok: Dirt Wolf ( sorry Victory, but Hop Wallop was better IMHO)

What I'm trying to say is:Wow it's been a hoppy month, and Duet into a growler today was a fantastic occurrence that definitely stood out among exemplars. It's got all the show and all the go, the real dank dew. This is the first Alpine I've ever seen. I'm hunting for Nelson now

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raul finds himself in glorious ecstasy. It may be called "Duet," but Raul is enjoying this bad boy solo, in his garden, and listening to the fountain as it blissfuly drips in peace.

A few days back, Raul went to the joint, the spot, the honey hole - Alpine (because he could). And ohhh goody gumdrops is Raul sure glad he did!

Like Cary Grant entering a train tunnel with Eva Marie Saint, this thing pops! A beautiful darkish, orange haze is met by textures and flavor that would make a water-boarding seem like a day at Wild Rivers just to get to one. At first that initial zap! wasn't there, but Raul was quickly rest assured when he realized that this was a single. And just like Raul himself, Duet is single, sexi, and ready to mingle.

Hop on this! Hop on this good!

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Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A tangerine colored body with brilliant clarity. The head is two fingers thick, frothy, lasting.

Smell: Resiny, floral hops dominate the aroma. Little bit of orange-like citrus, but largely floral. There's a light crackery malt profile, but it takes a back seat to the massive hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive hop flavor up front; floral, resiny, citrusy, faint touch of tropical fruit. Very dry. The malt foundation brings to mind crusty bread; it doesn't contribute anything in the way of complexity, serving more as a foundation for the impressive hop flavor. Light bodied, quite soft and easy to drink. Bittering hops are strong but pleasantly restrained, perfect for the body and ABV.

Notes: I shared this with a friend and he commented that it had an English ale character to it, only with massive American hops. That's a good way to describe it; it's distinctly different than the Blind Pig we followed it up with. Softer, lighter, perhaps not as crisp and crackery as most West Coast IPAs, strangely cask-like. Wonderful stuff in any case, nearly perfect for the style.

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Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 22 oz, undated bottle into a Spiegelau glass. The body was crystal clear and copper in color. The head was white and foamy, it left speckles of lace.

The smell was so vivid! Citrus and wet hay. Peppery. Dried pineapples. A little sweaty. Lime peel. Leafy, organic hops. yum.

The taste was of citrus and pine. Green, grassy, fresh hops. Slightly sweet with an aspirin-like bitterness. Stone fruit flavors in the middle with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Classic.

The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to p erfect. Little sweet and it wasn't to bitter. Smells like fresh hops and tastes like it to. Really soft mouthfeel and nice taste that stays. Really good.

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Photo of gatornation
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bomber pours a hazy peach sunset color with a staying beige head and nice clinging lacing on the glass..smell is topical with mango and pineapple its mixed with citrus and pine hops ....tasty malts are in the background..taste is superb Amarillo and simcoe hops together make for a tropical hop profile that is just delicious it also has pine and grapefruit resins..sweet caramel malts round out the hops..mouthfeel is perfect for the style it fills the taste buds with loads of hops but never bitter just smooth drinkable and delicious..this is west coast this is a delicious ipa..one of my favorites

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Photo of soze47
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes taken on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour from a flight of four.

Beautiful orange and golden in color with a very sticky head. The nose and flavors on this beer make this perhaps my favorite IPAs for my personal taste. Much more malt than I expected, but in a good way that helps draw out hop flavors without bitterness initially. Citrus zest and flower petals on the nose that carry over into the initial burst of flavor. As the flavors evolve, bitterness progresses to great heights, especially on the linger. That bitterness is important as it starts off sweet and could be a bit too much.

Really well crafted, complex beer. It has a light-side of medium body, which helps this guy be really drinkable. My dream is to one day have this beer available to me fresh, constantly.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin wispy cap with nice lacing.

Aroma - redolent of citrus and flower petals.

Taste - spicy bitter hoppiness balanced wonderfully by a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - a very well crafted ale that is worth the trouble tracking down!

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Photo of durrrr
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed recently on tap at Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a clear golden/amber yellow with a 1 finger head that fades quickly to a coating.

The nose is amazing. You get great citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt, and a hint of pine.

The beer tates so fresh bursting with hop flavors right away. Leads with the citrus and grapefruit hops with just the right amount of sweet bready/biscuity malt for balance. Alcohol well concealed. It is unbelievably clean, crisp and refreshing while still delivering a world class hop experience. The Simcoe and Amarillo blend is mastered here.

Medium to light body for a 7% IPA with medium carbonation. The beer is scary drinkable. The flavor profile and overall experience reminds me a bit of PTE. For me, this beer on tap or fresh in bottle, is one of my all time favorite IPA's.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a white head that had medium level retention and left some lacing. There is a big grapefruit hop explosion off the nose and the hops explode in your mouth as well. It's got lost of hops but is quite sweet with some piney bitter finish. Good carbonation in a medium bodied beer that is really easy to get down. I would like some more of this.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.