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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,389
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 854
Gots: 500 | FT: 18
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 DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Brassy with orange hues. Creamy white head retains well. Thin and stocky webs of lacing.

S: Intense noted of tangerine juice and zested grapefruit. Pomelo. Earth and pine notes. Sweet caramel and toast malt base. Excellent.

T: Ruby red grapefruit in a big way. Might as well have bitten into one. Pithy. Oranges. Passion fruit. Hops start to exhibit earthy and piney flavors too. Sturdy caramel malt base provides a solid anchor while still letting the hops lead. Overall bitterness is quite high and really clamps down. Bitter grapefruit hop finish.

M: Staunch medium body. Full, round, and silky. Even a bit chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Fantastic. This is an IPA built to withstand the test of time. A true west coast classic that will never go out of style.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.

Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.

Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.

If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy.
S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops.
T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity.
M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor.
O - Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral hops and peach upfront. Pineapple, oranges, and pine needles. A bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Peach, pine, and tangerine. A small spicy hop in the middle. Ends with a small malt sweetness. Pine and tangerine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Could use some more dryness.

O: Reminds me of Sculpin sans dryness. Very good single IPA.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear middle amber that pours with a frothy 1.5 finger head. Bubbles float up throughout the glass and maintain a thin white film. Perfect looking IPA.

S - tiny tiny bit of citrus then a ton of grassy dank aroma with some piney finish. Very well integrated smell. It's darkness tastes great in that unexplainable way barnyard funk tastes good in a good sour.

T - piney hop resiny goodness. Again the favors are balanced and integrated perfectly. Taste is less dank or more piney than the nose.

M - smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and soft mouthfeel start to finish.

O - one of the best non citrusy IPA's I can recall. If you don't appreciate a piney dank IPA, and want you're tropical fruit, don't come here. Otherwise enjoy an outstanding beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

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Photo of berkey
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dannyhipps. Poured into a tulip 01/20/10.

Beautiful clean golden amber body. Forms a medium sized off white head that is fairly well retained and leaves some nice lacing as it starts to thin out.

Aroma is of dry and bitter, fruity and floral hops. Really demands attention, just leaps from the glass as soon as you pour. Malt profile is fairly subdued but is present enough to keep things anchored.

Biscuity and faintly sweet malts are slightly more noticeable on the flavor but hops are the still the top name on the marquee. Flowery and citrus goodness continues while a very dry almost pungent bitterness is large on the aftertaste. The hop profile is very nice, complex without getting muddy or distracting. It could just be the ridiculously fresh bottle but I'm getting the same leafy, green, almost oily, notes I associate with a wet hop brew.

Fairly light in body and finely carbonated. I say it often but I love beers in this ABV range, it often leads to bigger flavored but pleasantly drinkable beers like this one.

I find myself thanking the beer deities once again for the fact I have a regular Alpine hookup. Straightforward but far from one-note, highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head that barely leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of floral notes, some citrus. So much hops, but never seems overpowering.

T-Floral and citrus hops. Ends with a nice bitterness. Some toast/buiscit notes. Balance is amazing. The hops flavors are never overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-What an IPA. One of the best out. Not as good as Sculpin but still out of this world.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

NO date on bottle

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with 1 finger of bright white head that's built by tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Splotchy lacing

S- Citrus and floral hops with a good amount of pine and grass notes. Definitely some tropical fruit notes come off of the beer but nothing crazy all on top of a nice bready malt base.

T- Just like the aroma but so much better. Floral hops with a strong grassy pine flavor that's combined with tropical mango and pineapple. After it goes down your left with nice sweet caramel from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly translucent shade of orange with a one finger white head that sticks around FOREVER. Love the retention there

S- I'm being assaulted with grapefruit and orange, and it's fantastic

T- it starts off a little sweet and juicy, and ends bitter and piney. Pretty solid

M- the body is solid, and bordering on syrupy...but it goes down shockingly easily

O- pretty solid brew, liked it more than the Nelson I had yesterday

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Photo of ridglens
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to Hayesez for our spontaneous IPA tasting....

Pours a thick, pretty head that later turns into a creamy island of foam that sticks around for most of the experience.Pours a pretty clear, lighter orange with my favorite observation of the night: right after the pour, there were "bubbles coming up and chunks of goodness going down". exactly as described, it was a really pretty beer. the smell absolutely got my psyched for this one, exactly my taste in these types of beers, super fresh and floral citrus hops. smells soo crisp and fresh i can't wait! grapefruit and orange zest, with just i tiny bit of fresh pine coming through. great smell! my notes say the taste is "just less" than the smell. a great combination of grapefruit and orangey bitter hops, very fresh and crisp. a little sweetness from a malty balance, but definitely not the focus of this great beer. feels in the mouth pretty good, the carbonation complements the taste to lend additional smoothness, just a hair light i think. this is pretty hoppy, but as far as drinkability is concerned, this one BEGGED to be drank!

Great beer, my (i think both of our) clear favorite of the night.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep, orange hued copper with a thin white head that left spotty lacing.

S-In the red corner the pine resin scent of Simcoe! In the blue corner the citrus zest scent of Amarillo! Lets get ready to rumble!

T-Bam! A massive right hook to my palate with the duel attack of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Then comes in a bit of caramel malt sweetness to make sure I am OK!

M-Medium-light bodied a a bit on the thin side...this one is all about the hops so damn the malt support....give me more hops!

D-A hop head I am and this is a hop heads brew. Simcoe and Amarillo...how can you go wrong? Alpine didn't with this one that's for sure!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up one of these.

A: Pours a lemony amber with a large (but less than billowing) off-white oily head that slowly receded into leaving a latticework of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose on this is just a glorious bouquet of juicy honey soaked grapefruit and tangerines with piney undertones. The hops are just amazingly fresh and sweet smelling. Wonderful!
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop punch. A touch of caramely malt sweetness comes through to round out the fruity hops, and there is a hint of tobacco in the finish. Aftertaste is leafy and bitter.
M: Full bodied for an IPA with a slick and lightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent and carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: A very juicy flavored IPA. This one packs more flavor than some DIPAs I've had. I could drink this all day long. Another amazing beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger had that slowly and unwillingly retreats back to its home. Lacing is thick and provides excellent coverage.

S: Man. Just a full nose of citrus-first hop followed by the sting of weed resin brought by the hammer that only west coast hops are known to bring. Extremely full nose with big boy malts to back up the big boy hops.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the hops are blended a bit better and the malt doesn't skip a beat. This is a wonderfully blended beer with every single ingredient playing its part humbly yet at the top of its class creating a world class orchestra of flavors. Absolutely delicious IPA.

M: Not too heavy a la your big boy double IPAs but most definitely not thin - even a little. This has perfect carbonation and such a crisp finish for an IPA. Brings the hop oils with it making me pucker and reach for another sip.

O: Beautiful IPA. Really, one of the best balanced I've ever had in this style. Alpine and Kern River are probably some of the least heralded brewers in the country. Bra-effing-vo.

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Photo of ExplosivoSR
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold in body, with a tight, thick head and excellent retention and lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit and pineapple, slight sticky pine, lemon and grass.

T - Follows the nose. Immediately smacked in the mouth with citrus, I'm picking up a hint of pepper as well. Hoppy as hell...

M - Medium/full body and very good carbonation. Nice and crisp.

O - This is probably my favorite singe IPA. Hoppy as all hell, and a light crisp finish is perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howler fill at Keyport Liquor in Superior Wisconsin. Nice golden colour finger of head with some sporadic lacing. Loads of citrus, bubble gum, sweet cedar and earthy pine. Same as the nose, loads of bitter citrus rind, earthy cedar and a lingering bitterness. A tasty IPA, solid rendition and super stoked to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of cbros
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours a medium to light yellow color. There is a nice head retention with a pretty white three finger head. There is also a lot of carbonation activity after the pour. Overall a decent looking beer.

S- The smell coming from this beer is your run of the mill hoppy West Coast IPA. I am picking up a strong citrusy presence and little else. This a good smelling beer.

T- As with the other Alpine beer I have had the taste is where the beer really sets itself apart. This beer starts off relatively mild then finishes with a nice hoppy character. It isn't overpowering in anyway, rather it is a nice well balanced IPA that isn't too bitter but still has a nice hoppy flavor. A very good tasting beer that I would love to drink in numerous quantities.

I recieved this beer as part of my Secret Santa haul and I am very happy to finally mark this Want off my list. Like I stated above this is a very good tasting beer and I would love having this again. Thanks Matt!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duet's mostly clear copper body has a few particles floating around. The off-white head is small and soapy. The retention isn't great, but some nice lacing does stay behind.

Duet has an aroma that is just packed with hops, with floral and grassy notes and a hint of citrus zest. The label says that the hops are simcoe and amarillo, and the simcoe is definitely noticeable. Just a bit of malt is in the background.

After my first sip of Duet I realize that I didn't even notice any malt. First a big, resinous pine sap flavor comes through, and the flavor is almost sticky it tastes so much like pine. The piquant citrus flavors are almost juice-like, and the follow the pine immediately. The finish is a bit spicy, floral and bitter. Although the bitterness is somewhere between moderate and substantial, the hop flavors are much more powerful than the bitterness. On subsequent sips, I notice a lightly toasted, sweet malt backbone, but I really had to look for it.

The beer is definitely oily across my tongue. The carbonation is fairly high, giving a big-bodied feel to the beer.

Wow. Of the three excellent Alpine IPAs that I tried, this is my favorite. Hops, hops, and more hops without being extremely bitter or overdone. Alpine makes some great hoppy beers.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear class golden color with a quickly evaporating white head. Grapefruit nose that draws you in like a Siren. MF is wet and full and accentuates the overall experience of the beer. Grapefruit citrus yields to pine in the flavors that get balanced nearly perfectly by the grain. This is a stupendous IPA.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a shipment recieved today.

Pours clear copper with a gold hue and a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface for the duration as well as plenty of smeared lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of floral, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Peaches, tangerines, and Spruce resin. Lush with fresh fruit and a light spicyness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. A slight chew with hoppy gription.

A smooth punch of bitterness leads off the palate quickly followed by grapefruit pith, tangerine seeds, pine cambium, and hop resins. Hints of cedar bark, peach fuzz, pears, and melons follow through. A ripe, plump malt base adds balance but the beer is all hop-forward.

Finishes with a lingering, spicy bitterness, ripe fruit, light malt, and warming alcohol.

What a great IPA, like California sunshine in a glass.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a nice, transparent golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells heavily of piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some other sweet fruits.

t - Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. I thought it was a very easy to drink IPA with some nice pine and citrus to it. There was no bitterness to it. Would like to try again.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chuglife for this one.

22 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass

Duet poured a nice golden color with very little head. A very nice citrus hop nose, very classic west coast smell. Silky smooth mouthfeel, maybe a bit to thin IMHO, but very nice. Well balanced malt sweetness with hop bitterness. This is the second alpine beer I have had and it didn't disappoint. It's extremely easy drinking, and at 7% it's a devil in bottle, in a good way!!!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear yellowish orange color with good carbonation leaving a small white cap, a good amont of bubbles and light sticky lacing

S: Pine needles and a citrus bouquet on the nose, very smooth and prominent all at once. Citrus notes lean toward some lemon zest, orange peel witha hint at pineapple and light grapefruit

T: Starts with a crisp pine note followed quickly by strong orange peel and lemon. The finish is lightly bitter, a little slick but still rather clean and smooth. Very balanced with a nice malt backing, perhapslight caramel, went down way to easy.

M: Light to medium body, well carbonated, some sweetness with loads of citrus and pine lingering on the palate

O: Probably one the nicest Single IPAs I have ever had.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.