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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 745
Hads: 3,744
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
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Gots: 615 | FT: 22
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 akorsak
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to choprite for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The ale is a golden yellow-orange hue, rather brilliant in the right light. A thick head, over 2.5 fingers on first pours, laces in fluffy patches all around the upper 40% of the glass.

S: The nose is an oily explosion of hops, piney and citrusy. The aromas are intensely focused, with grapefruit and pine needles. Caramel malts and floral sweetness also make cameos.

T: The ale is malt-forward, showcasing the sweet grain base up front. There is a sweet hop bitterness running right behind the malts though that reminds me that this is an IPA. The second sip, thankfully, throws out a stronger hop presence. The oily bitterness packs a punch with black pepper and tropical fruits settling in. The fruit doesn't linger, passing quickly, although the general pine and citrus does stick around. A peppy finish, pleasantly bitter, has left me with a wry smile on my face.

M: The IPA is a heavy hitter, loaded with citrus and pine. The malts hit a high note early on before fading into the morass of hops. A very nice drink.

D: More, please. I love an IPA that kicks my tastebuds in the teeth. This one does it with panache. Now, who's gonna send me a bottle of Nelson?

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Photo of iadler
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber courtesy of DearthVader. Thanks again Brian for the surprise box!

A- Pours a clear gold that has a one inch head. Leaves a small amount of lacing with a bit of sediment that sits at the bottom of the glass.

S- Peaches, apricots and pineapple followed by some citrus notes as well as floral hops and pine. Incredible aroma.

T- Some tropical and citrus notes upfront with peach, mango, lemon peel, mandarine, pineapple and pine. Floral hops are present as well. Finishes with some biscuit malt.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation that's slightly oily and sticky. Finishes dry, bitter and with a slight booziness. Very drinkable.

O- Another great offering from Alpine. This was a little more balanced than the Pure Hoppiness. Alpine continues to impress me with their IPA's and I look forward to trying more of their brews in the future.

Thanks again Brian!

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Photo of mechamifune
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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 WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color, thin white head that recedes over a couple minutes, good lacing.

S- Very, very fruits, loads of orange aroma that's just absolutely amazing, also some pine resin and dank hops.

T- Extremely earthy hops, some dankness, solid pine bitterness with citrus, but lots of earthy, dank, slightly herbal notes. Malt is light and bready, adds a touch of caramel sweetness.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a slightly dry finish.

O- Another amazing IPA from Alpine, it's really flavorful and very easy to drink, excellent stuff.

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Photo of hayesez
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a couple of BAs after a night of fishing - tough to beat a day on the boat in the squelching heat, followed closely by some fine IPAs! Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending this one...if it is nearly as good as the Pure Hoppiness, we are in for a helluva treat tonight!

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter. A very nice golden amber beer that glistens in the sunlight and produces a most impressive eggshell cap. Tons of sticky lace is left throughout the glass.

There certainly is a lot of stuff going on in this one. While not quite as impressive as the Pure Hoppiness I had a few nights ago, this one still falls in the "exceptional" category. Lots of sweet fruit, grapefruit and definite orange. Some others are certainly in there, but I can't quite distinguish them. This one smells amazing.

The taste of the Duet is completely dominated by grapefruit: Very sweet pink grapefruit. It actually conjures up thoughts of straight grapefruit juice. I can confidently say that I have never had a beer that has this much grapefruit flavor. I can also say with conviction, that I have never used the word "grapefruit" so often in such a short time. Orange peel, orange, and some sweet pineapple are in there as well, although a bit overshadowed. Would have liked to have them a bit more balanced with the grapefruit. Very crisp, clean, and a nice dry finish. Not nearly as malty as I anticipated and feels just a bit thinner than I would like.

Certainly drinkable, I must admit that I am quite impressed with the two Alpine beers I have tried so far. This one leans a bit too far toward the grapefruit, but is still damn impressive. I've received all of the Alpine's as extras...this is why you have to love this aspect (the tradition of adding "extras") of Beer Advocate. This is probably a beer that I would not have sought out, but thanks to Ryan's generosity, I'm on the wagon. Cheers!

Consumed : 8/4/2010

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold with two fingers of stiff eggshell head. Clarity is good, as is lacing. First impression: on the thin side?

Smell -- Orange marmalade, pineapple, pine resin, butted bead.

Taste -- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes are present, but milder than in the nose. Hop bittering is moderate evoking fesh pine and cut grass. Malts are very dry and conjure up bread crusts. The buttery diacetyl component from the aroma is present in the flavor, which I personally find to be pleasant in small doses. Finish is pine, faint menthol, and buttered bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with just enough carbonation to be smooth without being creamy. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Not a hop bomb, nor any other. Just a well-crafted, pitch-perfect IPA. This is an ideal warm weather IPA: crisp, a bit dry, and a bit lighter in body. If these were distributed near me, I'd drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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 KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Poured a nice golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. Bubbles are scraming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice white, 1.5 finger thick head forms and retains very well.

S - Grassy, floral hops with some piney notes all up front. Grapefruits, pineapple, orange and mango all right in your face. Some biscuit malts in the background

T - Really follows the nose quite well except the malt backbone stands out much sweeter than the nose. The hops are really juicy and the malt backbone nice and buttery.

M - Medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation. Slightly dry and resinous at times.

O - REALLY outstanding beer. Flavors are all great and really stand out as a great American IPA. A must try for the hop heads out there.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange with two fingers of head that quickly leaves. The nose has toffee with hints of tropical fruit and pine. The taste hints of pineapple and coconut with a bitter backbone of grapefruit and orange rindw, well balanced by mildly sweet malts. The fruit is quickly swept away by a refreshing bitterness that lingers nicely. A wonderful example of an IPA that is a notch below my all time favorite sculpin. A must try and if i could get more i would drink it often. Purchased at citybeer in SF.

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Photo of Budlum
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a hazy golden golden body that is topped with a creamy white head that keeps gripping down the glass. Some of the unfiltered IPAs are a bit off-putting, but I seem to like this one. The nose is a wave of fresh hops presented by cut grass and grapefruit. Strong peppery hop flavors rush through the flavor profile with just the right mix of citrus and pine balanced with a sticky sweetness as the beer warms. The feel is lively and right on the style. I'm glad to see Alpine beers in Maryland and can't wait to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Sideswipe
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into my New Belgium snifter.

Duet is a deep golden color with three fingers of rocky white foam on top. Head recedes leaving a thin coaster and decent lacing. The nose is big citrus notes. Grapefruit, mango and mandarin oranges present themselves. Pale malt hovers in the background and a bit of pine can be detected as well. Taste is an explosion of fruity, citrus hops backed by sugar cookie malt. Pine enters mid palate with a medium level of hoppy bitterness. Finish is dry with a mild, lingering bitterness. Feel is medium wih a great level of carbonation making this very easy drinking and refreshing. Overall Alpine hits another one out of the park with this one! A well balanced, refreshing, super drinkable IPA that showcases flavors of citrus and pine in the west coast style. Recommended.

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Photo of number1bum
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mymrnngjckt has shared a bottle of this on two separate occasions and both times I've been very impressed.

Pours a slightly hazed tangerine orange color with a nice off-white head. Lots of carbonation results in pretty good retention.

Smell is bursting with juicy hop goodness. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet oranges, some pine. Very juicy nose, so fresh and aromatic.

The taste is also full of juicy hop flavor. This beer really showcases the citrus and tropical fruit qualities of the hop varieties they chose. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with a bit of lemon, orange and grass as well. There is just a hint of sweetness here but it doesn't need much because this is not an overly bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is a very crisp medium body. Good, active carbonation in this one. Doesn't have the slickness or creaminess of some IPAs, but the lighter feel and crispness makes for a very drinkable brew.

As I said earlier both times I have had this I've been very impressed. Just so much juicy hop character. I'd be very glad to have this with regularity.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my buddy ArthurPendragon. Consumed on 10/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a transparent and vibrant golden with a one finger fizzy white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose is of orange, grapefruit, and a little pine. The floral hop presence is strong, and the malt is light and crackery.

The flavor opens up with pine and bitter grapefruit. It's quite resiny, and the malt provides a crackery foundation. It makes its presence known without imparting any real sweetness. Bitterness is at an upper medium level. The finish is dry, light, and crisp, with lingering pine/grapefruit bitterness.

Upper light bodied with a dry and sticky mouthfeel. As I noted with the bottle of Nelson that I tried earlier tonight, carbonation could be kicked up a notch. It's at a pretty low level for an IPA and not as carbonated as the draft incarnation. Great stuff. A light and flavorful IPA, though I definitely prefer the draft version to this bottled batch.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him! This puppy has been on my wants for over a year.
Poured in to a pint glass
And celebrating my birfffday!

A: This beer pours a translucent gold color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaving minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big grapefruit and pine with an undercurrent of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a lot of spicy pine notes. Mango, tangerine, and pineapple come in. And under current of caramel gives a sweetness throughout. Grassy notes come in before a big wave of grapefruit zest hits.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily and slick body.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, very nice representation of style. I've been chomping at the bit to try some of these Alpine brews and was NOT disappointed!

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit aroma and taste. Excellent. Nice and dry with aggressive floral hops. Clearer than i expected for such a hoppy brew. Not much in regards to bitterness, but the hop flavor is ever present. My wife really enjoyed it as well!

I'm very happy with this beer as a representative of west coast IPA. Excessively drinkable. 22oz. bomber and could have had one or two more!

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Photo of juhl31
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks toronado SD on alpine night!

-good light colored yellowy gold. very clean. poured with a medium tall head that stays faint throughout

-big pine hop on the nose that lasts top to bottom. some hints of citrus as well

-bitterness from the hops comes in through the front and the back end. there is a good malt presence start to finish despite the strong hop taste

-good enough mouthfeel. some carb bite and a decent IPA body

-my favorite of the alpine IPA's...although i have not had expo yet

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a pillowy white head.

S: Lots of citrusy hops, a great aroma.

T: Lots of citrusy hops, a faint does of pine. Some floral elements as well.

M: Light carbonation, light, refreshing and delicious.

D: A very good IPA. Alpine sure can churn them out.

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Photo of coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery April 6 (yes it was a very Good Friday!) pours a clear medium amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is thick resin grapefruit, pineapple, and bready malt. Taste is a nice subtle blend of all sorts of fruits - grapefruit, peaches, apples, lemons, etc nicely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light carbonation which is a good thing considering the flavor subtleties, with dry finish. Overall is high quality IPA from a high quality brewery.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BoldRulerVT
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My thanks to my amazing friend JohnParadee for this bottle.
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours clear golden amber, light head the dissipates quickly.
The aromas are amazing, unique even. Floral, grassy, hoppy and citrus fruit. The grassy notes were blowing my mind.
Flavor is a text book delicious west coast IPA with hops and malt in perfect balance, while still letting the citrus notes of the hops shine.
Mouthfeel was perfect, so inviting to drink delicious sip after sip.
No wonder Shaun Hill loves Alpine beer so much. This may be the best west coast IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of mobz24 into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a golden amber with a 2-finger head with decent retention. Lacing was nice and present throughout. Nose grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts underneath. Taste was initially citrus (esp. grapefruit), then sweet caramel malts and a mildly bitter, peppery finish. Brew was medium bodied with a an oily mouthfeel. This is good! Again, as wiith other Alpine brews I've tried, the balance is right on. This has a little more going on than several, although I would still give Nelson the edge for my personal preference. Still, this is a great IPA and another reason maybe I am living in the wrong place.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale copper. Dusty looking cap of ivory white foam. Lace is quite substantial and intricate. Aroma is tropical, grassy and resiny. Flavor is a lot of citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, nectarine. Good hop flavor. A little grassiness and some pine resin. Bitterness is very clean. Underneath all the hop character is a solid enough toffeeish malt base. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a flavorful, easy drinker. Great IPA overall.

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Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey bronze color. Very bright appearance with good sticky lacing on the glass. Looks like a great IPA

S- Hops with a light citrus note on the back end. Lots of hop bitterness jumps out of glass. Great nose.

T- Grapefruit, lemon citrus, and bitter, dry finish. Cleans out nicely for something with a big flavor.

M- Nice medium body, good carbonation, and nice finish for a big IPA.

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Photo of Kelly88
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my bruery tulip.

A- a yellowish gold hue with a huge fluffy white head. Fingers of lace hold onto the sides. Head is holding nicely, more than a cap. Very nice.

S- wow! Huge grapefruit with some resiny hop cones. A subtle breadiness is there as well. Very strong aromas.

T- sweet bitter hops of grapefruit mixed with dank hops That end end with more bitter bite. Malts are involved to sweeten up up the intense Bitter.

M- very creamy. Tingling carbonation keeps it from being overbearing. This is very light and tasty. Probably the creamiest ipa I have had.

Overall this is a great ipa. So tasty and it is really great. Smell is crazy good. The taste is a very balanced bitter bomb, if that is possible. My first beer from Alpine and it is a great one

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.