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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 602
Hads: 3,112
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 882
Gots: 422 | FT: 16
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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 JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a medium orange with a fluffy white head. Nose is floral, bright, and juicy. Hopes express themselves as pine with light light citrus elements. Bright and expressive mouth, more tropical fruits than citrus, light pine needles, floral. Nose is amazing on this. Soft. Not highly bitter, which I like, with some nice sugar interplay there. White grapefruit that doesn't become abrasive at all, mangoes, wonderful combination there. This is a pretty elite IPA, but if I must nitpick there's an odd discordant flavor that hangs around on the back palate, as an odd bitterness. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with two fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, zest, and a little pineapple. I could smell this from a distance. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells, with grapefruit, oranges, zest, and some pineapple. Very little malt, which is no problem. A nice, pleasantly bitter IPA. Not harsh, just very nice.

Bitter, finishes dry, nicely carbonated. The hops have a somewhat oily feel to them. Too bad this is not available in Minnesota, because I could get used to drinking this on a regular basis. Thankfully South Bay Drugs ships.

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Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Schmaltzy
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank tonight with Pure Hoppiness and Nelson, I thought this was the winner.

A- Golden straw golden color with a 1 finger head and light lacing left on my glass.

S- The Amarillo and Simcoe hops are just awesome, loads of grapefruit citrus and loads of sweeter tropical fruit and a hint of lemongrass... Just a great scent, a true west coast IPA for Hopheads, I love my hops. Not much malt which is great for me, pretty much a perfect IPA.

T- Loads of citrus hops with tropical highlights, slight malty backbone but the citrus and sweet tropical fruit dominate and lead to a delicious dry finish.

M- Light body, refreshing, easily drinkable IPA with loads of flavors and scents... Hopheads dream beer.

D- Very easy to drink and absolutely no trace of alcohol, awesome job Alpine I enjoyed this more than Pure Hoppines...

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Way too much head forms, in fact the pour was all foam, at first, with the clear golden liquid taking its good old time to develop; still the stickage is impressive and that foamy lace is copious

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit, with a floral cast as well; plenty of tangerine, pineapple mango and grapefruit elements

Taste: The malt provides the perfect canvas upon which the bitter hops do their thing, with all of the aromatic elements noted on the nose appearing on the tastebuds both before and after the swallow; there is a bit of biscuity flavor underneath but this is otherwise all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit overcarbonated

Drinkability: Despite the overcarbonation, this is still right up there among the top flight examples of the west coast IPA style

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
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 domtronzero
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden orange with a long lasting white head. Lots of lacing. Very enticing.

S - Piny, citrusy hops front and foremost. Raw grassy hop notes. Slight bready malts.

F/M - Moderate bready sweet malt flavors. Huge hop flavors: citrus (grapefruit, tangerine), piny and a little resinous, but above all very fruity. Medium high hop bitterness. Very clean, dry finish. Not stringent at all. Medium body, crisp and clean. Moderately high carbonation.

D - Excellent. Clean, bitter, hoppy. Not balanced, but raw, outstanding hoppiness in a glass. Absolutely outstanding!

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a slightly off-white & rocky head, which leaves good lacing.

Smell: Light aroma but very nice with grapefruit, pine, and some malts.

Taste: Good flavor with bitter grapefruit hops and a hint of pine, but it also has a very good balance with some nice toasted malts. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, with quite mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink since it is nicely balanced, no alcohol in taste.

A very solid and nicely balanced IPA. Very enjoyable; too bad it is so pricey in the bottle.

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Photo of mechamifune
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with some slight white lacing and head. Pours a more or less golden color, a slight haziness, though not as much as nelson (which i had immediately before this one).
Carbonation is pretty evident.

Smell is a peachy/piney blast, very very pleasant.... not a whole lot of malt evident in the smell or the taste for that matter.

Smell has a lot in common with nelson, though not quite as distinct to me... the floral character is evident throughtout.

Taste is outstanding, in line with the best west coast ipa's i've had, just pure hoppy goodness that does not subside for the entire glass.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a slight sense of resin (not nearly as much as expo hop or pure hop).... not as much of the "bite" as nelson. Overall in line with what you would think of for a good west coast ipa in terms of the mouthfeel and, in turn, the drinkability.

Would certainly be one of my go to's if I lived in the area.

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Photo of UnDeadly
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, pint glass.

Appearance - I thought this beer was lighter in color than a typical IPA. I am used to seeing a distinct orange hue, but this beer was more of a burnt yellow. Good, fluffy foam with tiny bubbles that provided a constant film the entire time. Low-medium lacing.

Smell - Sim-coe sim-coe sim-coe! Grapefruit dominates the smell, though it is well done and overwhelming. Small pine notes as well. Good, though nothing too crazy.

Taste - And ladies and gents, I think I just found my favorite value beer. Found it to be rather piney in the front, and then there seems to be a dip in the bitterness, that gives way to a few malt notes in the middle. Then, just as smoothly, it ramps back up to the sweet-citrus that carries through into probably one of the most lasting aftertastes I have ever had in an IPA.

Mouth Feel - I think this beer might be SLIGHTLY overcarbonated. I get a carbonation sting right off the bat, but it is not bad. Otherwise very light on the palate and finishes very, very smooth.

Drinkability - I would drink this beer all day long. Reasonable ABV and a wonderful complexity would keep me coming back for more. This is one beer I am going to make an effort to try on tap.

Overall, this is a friggen damn good IPA. Not so sure I would rate it as high as many people seem to, but it certainly was a treat. Classic 1-2 punch of simcoe and amarillo, I think I would really like to blind taste-test this and Sculpin. Right now I would say I prefer Sculpin, but it would be interesting to try them back-to-back.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from sideswipe in one of our several amazing trades! I'm glad to have John as a friend and trading partner. Thanks bud.

Reviewed from notes (in my ongoing effort to get caught up on my reviews!)

poured into a pint and shared with a few other Ba's at a small get together.

Beer pours a nice golden color. Really very nice looking. 2 finger white head subsides into a frothy cap composed of a mix-n-match of different sized bubbles.

The smell gives a little malt notes then some Amarillo hops-- grapefruit, pineapple, and perhaps a touch of pine? Lots of nice flavor and a minimal bitterness. Very nice and pleasurable beer.

Feel is spot-on. A hair lighter than medium with plenty of carbonation. This feels smooth and lush with a vibrant and bouncy feeling.

This beer is superbly drinkable. I could drink the hell out of this! Super high drinkabilty.

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Photo of gameface23
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is phenomenal: a semi-hazy orange hue topped with a fluffy, steamed-milk quality head that laces the shit out of the glass.

S: No surprise here: the simcoe/amarillo blend really shows itself. There's also a honey sweetness.

T: Alpine really has IPA's locked down. The flavor is a wonderful balance of tropical fruit and pine hops and malt sweetness. The finish is smooth as could be. It's refreshing and hoppy, but definitely not over-bitter.

M: Nice for an IPA

D: Another great one from Alpine.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this gem. Patrick is a great trader and great guy...

The head is like a nice light whipped topping. Egg shell in color with decent retention.. The beer is a very light amber or a light brass color. Maybe at the intersection of the two. A small amount of light carbonation rises to the surface. Wonderful sheets of lacing remain in the glass reminding you how great the beer was.

Aroma is unreal. So floral & perfume like. Bursting with juicy hops and screaming fresh.. I smelled the beer for several minutes before even tasting it.. Lots of fresh citrus peel.

No surprise why Alpine IPA's are so highly sought after. This is delicious. Wish I had a Sculpin to taste next to this. It's right up there in my book. The light malt flavor really is in a strange balance with the assertive hop flavors. Slight malt, cracker flavor. What's interesting about the hop profile is that it's as floral and herbaceous as it is bitter. It almost finishes smooth if that makes any sense. Definitely bitter on the finish, but not overpowering at all. Just wonderful.

Very light in your mouth with a medium/light body.. Just a light prickle of carbonation.

Drinkability?? Um YES. I have to consciously slow down to make sure I savor the entire bottle. I could quite possible quaff the whole thing before maximizing the experience. Next up tomorrow... Nelson.

Great IPA. Right up my alley

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Photo of Pabs311
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours a orange-straw color with an impressively foamy, pillowy eggshell head that seems to take forever to die down. it leaves some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. there is also a good amount of carbonation to this beer.

S- floral, citrus hops make up a good protion of the aroma on this beer. there is also a sweet, honey maltiness that shares a good protion of the nose. some tropical fruit tones can also be picked up in the nose.

T- similar to the nose, with the hops taking more of a presence than in the nose. same floral, citrus, tropical fruit character. and then there is that sweet honey maltiness again. finishes dry with a little bitter kick to it.

M/D- medium bodied, good strong carbonation. overall pleasing beer. no alcohol picked up throughout the experince.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks got to Grant for obtaining this growler. Thanks! I really enjoyed this one! I generally really like Alpine's brews, and this one is no exception, in fact I thought this was fantastic. Pours a dark golden with a medium head that is pure white and leaves some great lacing. Not bad from a growler. The smell is a clean burst of pine- like walking into a pine forest after a spring rain. There is just enough clean, sweet, honeyed malt to balance the beautiful pine aromas. Perfect for me in the flavor department. Beautifully balanced with a blast of sweet pine and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is clean, sweet, and slightly spicy. Classic beer, really, really drinkable- I could drink these all night. Wonderful! I also really like the way that Alpine's IPAs and doubles each display a different hop note/mix- they don't at all taste the same. Great brewery!

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Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had 2 Alpine brews thus far, PH and Nelson.. Time for the trifecta here...

Pours a pale golden with one of the more impressive heads I've ever seen on an IPA... This things foams like Duvel.... Gentle pour produces a 4 inch head and a steady vibrant stream of bubbles from the SA Perfect Pint...

Citrusy and spicy hops dominate here... Not overpowering or pungent or anything but very nice... Light toasted malts are present as well... Perhaps a little yeastiness as well...

Definitely hoppy but I was hoping for a touch more here... The hops are tasty but there's not a strong enough presence for me. Spicy and herbal... The brew is overcarbonated for my tastes and I wish that would have been toned down and I might have enjoyed this one more... It was distracting...

Not bad overall but I wasn't as big of a fan of this one as some others have been... A nice beer I guess...

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.


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Photo of Gfunk720
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with 2fastcars the other night. This bottle has been waiting to be consumed for the last 6 months or so. I think it started to fade a bit...

A- Golden straw color. Pure white head that foams like crazy. Extensive lacing all over the glass.

S- Smells of Simcoe hops, and sweet malt. I also get some lemony/citrus smells.

T- Nice light IPA, with some hints of lemon and spice. The hops had faded quite a bit, but are still very well balanced.

M- A litle light even for the style. I expected this to be a bit bigger, especially compared to the other Alpine beers I've had.

Might try to keep and eye out for a fresher bottle of this, but not my favorite Alpine beer

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapates. Nice collar. Floral and malty notes in the aroma. Citrus as well. More malt forward in the taste than I would expected but the back end really has a nice hop bite. Very crisp. Pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of duluoz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gracious gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The appearance of this beer was awesome. The beer appeared a clear, light yellow hue. There was a gargantuan head with incredible staying power and bountiful lacing.

S: The aroma was not as big as I would like. The scents I detected were pine, floral and citrus, though these were more subtle than I expected.

T: Duet IPA tastes excellent. More bold flavors emerge than the aroma would suggest. The Amarillo and Simcoe hops do indeed perform a lovely duet. The beer is hop forward, the way it should be.

M: Really smooth and easy to drink, with only a light, pleasant bitterness in the finish.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I anxiously look forward to having it again.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is of a mild copper like color with a two inch white frothy head. Great head retention that subsides very slowly and leaves a small island of foam on the edges of the glass. Soapy scattered lacing is left clinging all over the sides of my glass.

Citrus smells dominate the aroma with pineapple being the main fruit along with mandarin oranges and grapefruit. Caramel and slight biscuit like malts can be detected behind the citrus smell.

Upfront taste of citrus flavors show up with tangerines leading way into a piny bitterness. Midway grapefruit shows up with a touch of caramel and slight biscuit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation

Good IPA and one I would recommend to try

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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