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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
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 nodder
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally get to try this beer and its worth the wait. Nice orange/amber in color with a quickly fading white head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit scents and taste. Bitter but smooth on the tongue. Pricey but something Ill still buy from time to time. Love it.

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Photo of anonymoose
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a peach to orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits and light malt. The taste follows with tropical fruits, light malt, and low bitterness. It's a balanced IPA with a good hop profile. I only wish that the bitterness and fruitiness were more profound.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like the acquisition of Alpine by Green Flash is going to be good for distro. And business. First time finding this beauty in Wisconsin. Love the hop bill—Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorites. Gorgeous beer with an inviting aroma and awesome flavor. I will be looking for more of this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spent some time searching for this in Southern CA last month and ended up walking into a bottle shop in central Illinois to see it sitting on the shelf, go figure. Still a little mixed emotions about the Green Flash acquisition, but I'm glad to be able to try this. Best by 3-17-16. Lots of pine and citrus with a sweet caramel malty back and moderately bitter finish. Very tasty and I hope that I'm able to get my hands on Alpine stuff more often now. Prost!

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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 John_Beeryman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this beer to celebrate becoming a Champion on Beer Advocate, and this is a champion of a beer. A beautiful golden amber color, thick tan head, intensely hoppy smelling, powerful, delicious bitterness.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle. Pours clear bright orange-copper, two finger fluffy head in a few minutes, scattered lace. Mild aroma of flower, pine, ripe plum. Taste is caramel malty sweet up front, met by floral and grassy bitterness, a little pine and grapefruit as well. Finishes dry, flowery bitterness lasts awhile. Clean medium mouthfeel, semi-slick. Excellent IPA, love those Amarillo hops.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific light cream colored head and lacing, copper color and crystal clear.

Nose is mostly grassy, a little lemony, dandelion and slightly musty.

Taste carries that mustiness up front until immediately replaced with dandelion that is stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Finish leaves a massive bitter that clings a little more than average in my opinion.

Feels a little slick and medium bodied.

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Photo of markcp
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color; floral, spicy hops on the nose; taste features a prominent sweet malt base with floral, spicy, slightly resinous hop notes; great medium body; bitterness doesn't really linger.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An absolutely delicious beer with a beautiful smell. Very floral and full of life through its single and Amarillo hops, with a light, crisp finish. Very very good!

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Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a clear a clear honey-like color with a tight formed half finger frothy white head atop.Tangerine,overripe pineapple,and leafy hops over top of a sugary malt base.Great hop complexity on the palate,tangerine,orange,pineapple,and slight grassiness,a sugary slightly doughy malt base is there thru the finish.A great hop complexity to this IPA,as good as advertised.

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Photo of Omnium
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip Glass
A - Mostly clear deep orange color with a two fingerr foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Dank with tropical notes of payapa and guava, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt.
T - Lots of dank hops, pine bite with tropical fruit flavor, lightly sweet caramel malt.
M - Kinda chewy and a tad soapy, but balanced bitterness.
O - Really good IPA, wish I could have had the original from Alpine, but at least I had it, worth getting.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: bottle is tall and thin branded both with Green Flash and Alpine logos. Beer pours a well carbonated golden yellow with a nice 1 finger white head. Very clear and classic West Coast IPA looking.

Nose: piney, citrus, grapefruit, a little malty sweetness, orange peel

Taste: bitter and delicious, piney, citrus, oranges, some sweetness, enough body to balance the delicious beer.

Overall: one of the best IPAs I've ever had, my first from Alpine. I'm glad Green Flash is distributing their beers not. Maybe I'll see some of their barleywines this winter.

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Photo of Extol
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light copper in color. Smell - hoppy citrus smell. Perhaps rinds. Taste - citrus rind on intake but on breathing out it is like Two Hearted. Nice. Overall - this is good. I'd drink again.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at the Golden Gate Taproom, in San Francisco

Very good looking golden pour. A little hazy. One-finger head. Lots of lacing throughout

The nose was very good. A bunch of different citrus fruits. Orange, mango, and grapefruit. Great pairing with piney/dank hops

The taste was great. All the citrus fruit were present. Really liked the dankness and piney attributes of the hops.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. First beer I have been able to enjoy from Alpine, and it definitely has me wanting more.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

out of a growler served in pint glass, look was a lighter amber poured a great head with lasting power, great lacing throughout, smell of floral and faint citrus, taste was balanced hops were approachable with a 40+ IBU, feel was absolutely clean and fresh, all this for a very balanced and approachable IPA, good for the person trying the style.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, embossed with the Green Flash logo.

Golden amber pour. Half finger of tight knit bubbles in a frothy white head.

Aroma was surprisingly faint. Some citrus and candy-like notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Smooth drinking. More citrus, pineapple, cotton candy, slightly chewy, faintly bitter. Again, for an IPA, the hop is surprisingly lacking. It was smooth and drinkable but the hops were lost. Bottle had a best by March 17 - 2016, I'm not sure where that placed production on this (September 17 - 2015?).

Overall, it was not a bad beer but it just lacked the hop profile that we've come to expect from so many good IPA's that are available today.

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It tasted like fresh grapefruit, with some pineapple and papaya and dank herbal hops and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and herbal hops, with some sweet pineapple and papaya and honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a solid IPA, with delicious scent and taste. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. One of the better IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Poured from a Green Flash embossed bottle. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, piney and citrus hops with a light dankness, grapefruit and a hint of light stone fruit.Flavor is citrus and piney hops, mildly dank, orange and grapefruit citrus, light tropical fruit, subdued but sturdy caramel malt. Finishes with lingering, lightly resinous grapefruit and piney hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nicely balanced, hoppy IPA with an emphasis on the herbal flavors of the hops as well as good assertive bitterness. Pleasant mixed fruit flavors from the hop combination. A quite nice IPA. I'm not a big fan of Green Flash's hop flavors usually, but they did a nice job on this one. I've never tried the Alpine brewed version, but this is great. Matches surprisingly well to its brewery description: balanced with malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dank grapefruit.
The taste has a building citrus bitterness that finished with a solid pine bitter bite.
The texture is crisp.
Pretty good.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Raw hop power all the way, just like every Alpine I've had so far. It actually tastes like a hop pellet was simply dropped into the beer at the last minute.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bottle from Alpine distributed to NorCal. Best by date: 17 MAR 16F15280.
Look: Airy head and amber.
Smell: Citrus and tropical.
Taste: Some pine but follows with tons of tropical flavors, pineapples and mangos.
Feel: Perfectly carbonated with small bit of bitterness at the end.
Overall: This is pretty close to when I get it on draft, Alpine or Green Flash.

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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 MHurley
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with a photo of Alpine Church underneath the Alpine beer co logo. Clear orange with white head of about a finger tip deep giving off the aromas of Pine, and citrus along with floral and hops in the air. Lacing is sticky. Love the taste of this west coast IPA that feels your mouth with a great hoppy flavor, piney. Amazing taste! Thank you Alpine beer co for never disappointing!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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