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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 611
Hads: 3,133
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 880
Gots: 432 | 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 aquazr1
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber, almost clear, with a one finger white head, As the head dissipates there is a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The first thing that hits the nose is citrus. It's delightful smell that only hints at the taste to come. There are also hints of pine in the background.

T - The taste is well balanced with only a hint of the alcohol. The variety of citrus notes are at the forefront with only a slight bitterness. There is a nice amount of malt also.

M - A medium bodied beer with a light malt feel.

An excellent IPA. This would be a regular with me if I was able to get it on a regular basis.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium body white fluffy head, light tinge of golden orange, hazy

S: tropical fruit, ripe mango, light pine undertone, well balanced

T: creamy with a bitter bite, fades towards finish. Some pine

F: creamy and bitter, smooth mid mouth, not super dry finish

O: overall outstanding IPA, well balanced, packs a punch, bis also delicate

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In true "west-coast" style, Alpine's duet claims a true taste of the vernacular with a dry caramel backbone that's completely dominated by grassy and fruity bitterness.

The beer pours a mainly bright golden amber hue that's only kept from brilliance because of its dry-hopped haze. As its cottony white head billows above, its persistent honeycomb pattern lasts until the final sip and laces the glass strongly with intricate and concentric character at every drink.

Boastfully aromatic, its perfume of citrus and herb rests on red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple and apricot early and then fresch-cut grass, chive and a back note of cannabis. all this transpires on an armature of thin caramel, graham cracker and fructose-type of tangy sweetness.

Its taste greets the early palate with that wafer thing honey and caramel melange with a light pep of gingersnap beneath. But once the fruit-flavors start, there's no turning back. Juicy, vibrant and fully ripened, the citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character is mouthwatering and highly refreshing. As the hops trend bitter and earthen, the fruit pulp turns to pith and peel while reeling in the grassy, herbaceous and resinous flavors that grip the gullet with bitterness and bite.

While juicy and creamy to start, the beer makes quick work of its structure and nose-dives into a dry-malt scaffold that supports the clean and piquant bittering. Its effortless finish lingers on with citrus and leaf as its slim warmth goes largely unnoticed.

Duet is a beautiful waltz of Simcoe and Amarillo hop variants- each complementing the deficiencies of the other to near perfection. With just enough sweetness in support, the hops dance on the tongue with delight.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle and what a huge hit of hops this is. West coast all the way. Grapefruit all the way accompanied by guess what pine. Is it better than all the other west coast up as I'll let you be the judge.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle in New Belgium globe

A-Golden copper and clear. Big off-white head good retention and lacing.

S-Earthiness, pine and caramel upfront. Vague grapefruit and citrus. Was expecting an explosion of aroma, but not quite.

T-Caramel malt upfront. Sturdy bitterness that follows throughout, some piney notes, light citrus and sweetness that fades into a dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice minor sweetness upfront but drys up at the end, love my IPA’s dry.

O-Overall nicely refreshing. Was looking for a more assertive hop flavor and aroma, but all in all an easy to drink and refreshing beer.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle in a trade.

Pours into my pint glass with a good head and dark amber appearance. Huge west coast IPA/citrus hops smell & taste. A good amount of bitterness with a hint of pine. Nice mouthfeel. Drinkable for a hop head. A text book example of the style. Recommended.


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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm this is one tasty, clean IPA. Good combination of floral and citrus goodness with a hint of dank Hoppyness.

Overall this a great beer that is hop forward with a bite if bitterness but leaves the palate pretty dry so you're ready for another sip.

I would say if you like simcoe or Amarillo hops you'll like this. Or if you just like hoppy clean IPAs with just a bite if bitterness you'll dig this.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Crystal clear light orange in appearance

S: slightly bready with lots of fruit tangerines, and some stone fruits

T: This beer chases a fantastic hoppy juicy taste but it fades quickly and becomes a tad malty leading me to believe this beer might be slightly old. Still very nice taste this is my kind of IPA fruity.

M: has a nice carbonation bite not sticky or cloying on the tongue pretty light and clean

O: Alpine is the real deal first beer by them and although I suspect it's slightly odd it's still pretty fantastic. I was surprised it had simcoe hops I would have guessed. New Zealand hops like Nelson. Regardless it's a great IPA look for it.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a freshly filled growler into a nonic glass. Pours a deep golden orange color with a rich head. Decent retention is followed by sheet lacing with each sip.

Piney hop notes were picked up before I even finished filling the glass. Orange citrus scents were present as well. A nice balance on the hop front.

More hops on the taste buds initially with some moderate malts participating. Finish is lingering and brings back hints of orange peel. Offers a nice medium body and a well balanced carbonation, which remains quite constant through the finish. Very drinkable for an IPA; ABV is kept in check as are malts, present and accounted for but not rich and cloying. Hop bitterness remains low as well. Nice balance, nice beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

This is my 1000th beer. Had it on tap at Coin Op in San Diego. Nice and hoppy, but not overly. Good bitterness. Really balanced with the hops. Great hop nose. Glad this was my 1000th check in. Alpine is one of the best small breweries out there.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold c-thru color. It looks super refreshing. It has a very thick white head that's sits on top.

Smell - smells like a pine tree forest. Tons of mesmerizing hops with some citrus sweetness.

Taste - wow! Truly a great ipa. Sweet hops throughout with some citrius smoothness to balance it all out. Its finish super crisp with a tiny hint of hops in the aftertaste. I have taken this beer for granted.

Mouthfeel - super crisp and easy to drink. No strong lingering hop taste in the aftertaste. It's super smooth and best enjoyed fresh.

Overall - A fantastic beer, perfect for a hot summer day. This beer is the definition of summer for sure.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at Alpine during SD Beer Week.

Sort of a middle hue of orange as far as IPAs go, seems to kind of glow with some chill haze. Bright white head tops it off and the bubbles are medium sized. Very nice lacing.

Smelling a lot of pine and citrus notes, somewhat of a marijuana dank character to it as well. Smells like being in a forest.

Pretty damn resiny, tree sap and pine, some citrus in the back, and bitter grapefruit. Some bready malts are underneath, cracker-esque in nature. Really awesome flavor here straight from the source, fresh as hell.

Feels really good too, medium carbonation with a good zingy-ness and nice viscosity.

Overall this is a contender for best West Coast IPA out there. It's pretty much on par with Sculpin for me, though the flavor is more pine-like and less complex. There's a little bit of alcohol presence in the swallow but it's well incorporated. Great stuff.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Dark gold, nearly clear beer with a fluffy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

Heavily aromatic; big citrus and dank, resinous pine. Orange fruitiness. Noticeable sweetness and a pungent bitter punch.

Citrus, pine, strong bitterness abounds. Lots of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Just a touch of sweetness and a subtle underlying maltiness playing a supporting role to the wonderfully fresh hop flavors.

Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, feels smooth, creamy, and rounded. Crisp finish as well. Top notch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this beer, it was a snow day and I had nothing to do. After drinking some rather awful beers today, I need something good, and Andy delivers. Thanks, bud!

Crystal clear light yellow, surprisingly light in color. A dense white head is present, with nice lacing. Gorgeous stuff. The nose is beautiful. Sharp and pungent with plenty of pine and a clean fruity bitterness; grapefruit and orange rind being quite noticeable. Non-existent malt sweetness as expected from Alpine. A little dank and herbal, this smells excellent.
The palate opens with a prominent bitterness, clean and zesty with grapefruit and pineapple. The hop bill leans towards Amarillo, reminding me of the Stone IPA in certain ways. Hilariously dry, there's no real malt character to speak of. This is all about the hops with the balance leaning more towards the bitterness than any other Alpine beer I've had. Still, this is quite extremely flavorful. Moderately resiny on the finish, this is yet another winner in the Alpine pantheon.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap into pint glass.

A- Light orange cloudiness, a good 1 inch of frothy, white head. Decent carbonation and lacing.

S- Fruit and floral in a big way. Wheat and honey combine with a touch of pine, but they all take a huge backseat to the citrus smells.

T- Holds true to the nose, deliciously balanced fruits and grain, no bitterness or bite. Notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, all followed by a small grass and malt presence. Very light and smooth.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Very smooth tasting with a loftiness that makes it dangerously easy to consume. Light bodied for an IPA in a really good way.

O- Alpine has yet to let me down. This is another one of the best IPAs out there. I can't say enough good things about this company. Duet has juicy and refreshing character that appeals to the hop lover.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.

S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.

T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.

M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.

D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really? One of the premier IPA brewers in the country and no bottle date? Mega-fail. This is somewhat fresh as far as I know.

A: A clear gold pour. Big effervescent light tan head (more off-white than anything). Head fades slowly with great retention. Moderate little specks of lacing left behind.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Big, juicy hops. Tropical fruit and citrus mainly. Sticky sweet oranges, pineapples, tangerines. Wonderful crisp and juicy aroma. A bit of sugary caramel backs it up. Really nice aroma.

T: Okay, maybe I misread the aroma. Huge hop wave up front but it's pine and resin and lots of it. Big biting hops. Malt is very mild and bready. Bitter from start to finish but an extra big wave of bitterness in the finish. Long lingering piney, resin, almost sappy hop flavors between sips. Get brief hits of citrus here and there but the simcoe stands out by itself mostly. Quite dry. By long lingering I mean LONG lingering, you can still taste the drying hops for several minutes after each sip.

M: Nice smooth medium body. Very crisp and dry to accentuate all the hops (or is it vice-versa?)

O: Damn. Really nice IPA, one of the best. Big bitter and drying hop character from beginning to end. Complex and strong hop flavor and aroma. Just enough malt to be noticeable but does not detract. A proper west coast IPA from a master brewer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.

Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

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Photo of aficionado
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kyle2k10! Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Probably the closest reminder of Pliny the Elder that I can think of.

Clear golden orange body. Steady high carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Nice lacing. One finger thick white head.

Pine and grapefruit! Simcoe and Amarillo? Simple and straightforward. Some caramel malt presence, but overall a dry beer with floral notes. Great bitterness. Not entirely tame yet not completely harsh... in between. Light to moderate body with a smoother mouthfeel.

I like Duet better than Pure Hoppiness. It's less bitter, but more cohesive flavorwise. Very potent and dank with the hops, but it doesn't get tiresome on the palate. Easy to drink if you love IPAs.

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Photo of Tele
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 4.5 Clear, golden yellow with a pretty large, off white head

S: 4.5 Lots of hops. Dank, grass, pine, citrus, and some earthy aromas.

T: 4.5 Very little sweetness. Mostly just hops and similar characteristics as the nose. A bit of bitterness at the end.

M: 4.5 Really smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is just right and the little bit of dryness at the end goes well with the slight bitterness, making you want more.

O:4.5 Great IPA. Amazing how much flavor there is for a single IPA. Has a lot of the same flavors, aromas, and balance as DIPAs (enjoy by, Pliny, etc.), but it's lighter, less malty, and easier to drink.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for this bottle. Haven't had an Alpine in almost a year.

A - Beautiful pale amber with steady carbonation. Small head disappears quickly after pouring.

S - Alcohol heat first, though it melds brilliantly with citrusy hops. Tropical fruit follows giving me the impression of cotton candy.

T - Big citrus first with tropical fruit in the finish. With all the alcohol on the nose, I expected more heat, but it's really negligible here. Just enough to assure you that it is a bigger IPA. I get just a nip of grassy resin in the finish, which adds to the pleasant dryness of the beer. Incredibly complex hop flavor. Absolutely magnificent.

M- Very light on the palate. Dry like no IPA east of the Mississippi is.

D - Infinitely quaffable. I could have 4 and not notice until I stood up.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs. Such a beautiful beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very frothy off white one finger head, very clear, excellent carbonation, golden yellow color, almost champagne look to it. Sticky lacing.
S- Wow, amazing aroma, west coast hops, tropical fruits in the aroma, very citrusy and piney, grapefruit, peaches, hints of malt I am really looking forward to trying this.
T- Very refreshing, carbonation is apparent, slight malt backbone, wonderful citrus and grapefruit taste, very nice bite that I love in quality IPA’s.
M- Medium mouth feel, high carbonation
O- This is another amazing IPA coming out of Alpine Beer Company, truly refreshing, reminds me of PTE but not as smooth. An amazing smaller brother to EH and Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunny Day
Liars club
drinking beer and eating shrubs

Lovely golden fluffy head
whitish top that smells like bread

super hoppy
super clean
when I say IPA, alpines knows what I mean

Drinkability is freakishly high
finish is clean
with a faint hop cry

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Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to BungleTrpg for including as an extra in a recent trade. I have only had Nelson, previously, from Alpine. Psyched to try Duet as Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops to use in homebrewing (disclosure: I'm a terrible home brewer).

Drank from a CBC Teku Glass. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow...nice big white bubbly head. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is pure Amarillo hops...if I had to guess I would say they used a bazillion pounds of Amarillo for dry-hopping per barrel. Citrus on citrus on citrus. Reminded me a little bit of Victory Hop Ranch.

The beer tastes as good as it smells. Really crisp and clean. Not overly bitter. Nice dry finish, but not one that leaves you asking for a glass of water.

Really tasty beer...need more Alpine in my life.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.