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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.95%
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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 ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dandelion color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the tropical fruits upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead with pineapple and mango notes that blend with some pine and grass with a moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with skme light bread notes and some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is definitely worth trying out.

Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Loads of citrus and piney hops...

T - Starts with a good hop bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerines, and floral all in the mix. Finishes with good amount of pine, and some more hop bitterness...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Another delicious IPA from Alpine. Personally like Nelson over this one, but this is still a steller brew, and something I will be drinking again in the future...

Cheers...

Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded by Armand, bomber shared with cbutova.

Pours super pale orange, white head looks great for a while, eventually remains as a bubbly cap leaving decent lacing. Dusty sediment.

Pretty great hoppy scent although it does fade with some time. Fresh citrus, floral and earthy hops.

Taste-wise, grapefruit takes over for the citrus, not much citrus to be found unlike the nose. Big floral hops along with a heap of earthy/piny hop oils. Light toasty/caramel malt.

Light mouthfeel but not watery. Medium carbonation, quite bitter, malt doesn't contribute much.

Good stuff, I liked it better than Pure Hoppiness.

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updated scores after my recent trip to the brewery where I had it on draft.*
*My old Review is below.*

Bottle courtesy of nickd717. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks again Nick!

A - Pours golden yellow, with amber orange hues, with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt. The hops are still pretty strong but they are fading quick, glad I drank it now.

T - Plenty of sticky pine resin up front mixes well with the slightly dulled citric hops. Hints of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruits, and a light chewiness toward the end. Finish is a mix of caramel malt and lingering hop bitterness. While this one is a tiny bit past its prime it is still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

O - A little old but still quite enjoyable. I hope to have this one on-tap at the source some day. Maybe my next trip to SoCal??

Photo of KevBot89
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always interested in a new Alpine offering.

Appearance - A nice light copper with two inches of white, fairly stiff head. Laces well.

Smell - Nice and light. Plenty of apricots and tropical fruits. Pleasantly hoppy. A slighty biscuity note.

Taste - Follows the smell. Tons of nice tropical fruits. Very light with a grassy note to finish. There is a real astringency that is unpleasant on the aftertaste. It just dries out the mouth. It goes from great to very good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good, but that aftertaste is tough.

This is a very good beer. It was almost great, but it finishes so dry that I'm having a little trouble with it.

Photo of CTFalcon
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

Photo of Shaunbeerme10
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split, served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with an incredible amount of rich, creamy, frothy white foam, takes forever to settle and leaves large patches of spotty lacing. slightly hazy and light orange in color.

S - citrus heavy again, with some lemon rind, squeezed oranges, and grapefruit zest. very tropical, some light caramel malts are barely noticeable.

T - very nice, smooth, and balanced - yet hop heavy. sweet candied tropical fruits, and floral hops. light malts hide underneath yet provide a great balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation a little on the light side but the beer goes down easily, refreshing and oily. lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D - quite drinkable, has the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA but a great balance of sweet hops and light malts. went down quite easy.

Photo of hansgruber
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of youbrewidrink into a FFF English pint glass..

Pours a clear medium orange color with a nice fluffy two finger head. Good retention as well as lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is a mixture of lemony, citrus, and floral aromas. It's not overpowering where it's jumping out at you, but a bit tame where you have to search a bit for them. Definitely get a bit of the dankness from the Amarillo. Get a slight synthetic smell which I've come across with other beers before, most recently from a homebrew. It's only there on the first pour and is devoid of it in the second half of the bottle.

The taste reveals much of the same flavors as the nose along with a crisp bitterness. Nicely balanced I'd say. The hops are however a bit muted as in the nose. Malt plays a supporting role to keep the hops in check. I definitely got that same synthetic feeling as in the nose. It wasn't in the way much and fortunately mostly reared it's head upon burping.

The mouthfeel has great carbonation. The body is a tad watery but not a bad thing. I think it helps the drinkability because it's not too heavy and isn't weighing you down.
It's a good beer and I'd love to try it on tap from the source as I'm sure it's loads better. Definitely a solid IPA worth trying.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my resident drinking buddy beerFMAndy for bringing this one back from Cali.

Poured into my tulip the beer is an amber golden hue. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma has an initial hop blast. Lots of citrus and pine. Then it fades to a sweet buttery aroma. Almost sugar cookie like. Strange yet good.

The flavor is super citrusy. Oranges are the most dominant. Hints of lemon and mango along with just a dash of sweet malt.

Medium body. Slightly creamy with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity IPA. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber.

Photo of schinebd
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light golden and coppery ale that looks perfectly alive with carbonation. One finger head of smooth white foam that fades relatively quickly.

Delicate floral aroma with a hint of citrus or tropical hops (tough to determine), and a light bready malt background.

Immediate dry hops on the tongue and palate, followed by a wave of hop flavors: I thought sweet citrus at first, with a major following of floral and clove honey, all mixed with a subtle malt backbone. That big first blast may be pine. Each sip is very complex, and seems to deliver a slightly different taste.

Bright and refreshing, with a medium malt body. Sprightly and alive; light sting.

This is a very tasty, complex, hop-forward, and refreshing IPA. Oh, and its appearance is lovely. Just enough malts to smooth out the experience.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade!

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle.

Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11 - thanks to the provider.

A: Clear straw body with a thin white head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty darn average.

S: Hop-forward, fruity to the extreme. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely.

T: Clean fruity hops and bitterness. Nothing but what I expect, and that's cool. Very tasty indeed.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Solid IPA. I can't wait to try more Alpine beers.

Cheers!

Photo of danieelol
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a filtered yellow with nice, well retained head and resilient lacing. Nose is a pine bomb. Definitely falls into the pine/spicy genre of IPAs, rather than the fruity. Definitely some malt hanging around in the back. There is also some melon lurking. Really luscious on the whole and a great experience to put one's nose in the glass.

Taste again, is pine, light malt, fading into melon.

Fairly light in body, not all that resinous, though it is quite bitter, evoking lemon pith.

Nice, well executed classic style IPA.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Deep amber with golden tones and a slight sheen. One finger rocky finger head sits on top throughout the beer and leaves a ton of lacing. Really nice looking IPA

S - What a great nose. There are big scents of mango and pineapple intertwined with slight hint of pine. Very fragrant as well.

T - Malty and pineapple sweetness are the first flavors. There is a slight hint of grapefruit in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the finish. Flavors are much subtler than the nose would let on.

MF - Very light in the body, yet not watery. Has just enough there to keep it from being too thin. The light body goes well with the flavors and makes it easy to keep drinking this one

O - A nice beer from Alpine that, while solid, I wished tasted as good as it smeled. The beer thrives on its balance and subtlety and not from strong, in your face flavors

Photo of ajpowell5
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for picking this up while visiting CA. Poured 22oz bottle into teku glass.

A - Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a thin half finder head. Not sure why there isn't more carbonation? Almost no ring remains after head is gone. Some lacing present.

S - Smell of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical notes. Floral and sweet bready malts are present.

T - Not quite on par with the aroma. Good floral, tropical and citrus flavors from the Amarillo hops. This has a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to even it out. It is not a big hoppy IPA by any means, which I like. Bitterness is minimal on the finish compared to others.

M - Carbonation is lacking in this bottle (age?). Light to medium body that is somewhat slick and oily.

O - I had higher hopes for this and I think age was an issue with this bottle (no date) after reading the other reviews. I can imagine what this is like fresh, but I didn't get that experience. It still was a great beer, but not world class. Would definitely like to try it fresh some day.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,458 ratings.