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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Reviews: 819 | Ratings: 4,093
Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp orange color with a thin white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving some small white foam spots.

Smell has aromas of orange, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, with some floral undertones.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, orange zest, grapefruit with a just as prominent pine-y bitterness. Strong caremly but not super sweet tasting malt backbone provides a nice balance. Lots of piney bitterness throughout with a dry sappy finish.

Feel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Sweetness coats the mouth as you drink it. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle initially for just a moment.

Overall a fine example of a classic west coast IPA. Great beer that is a must try at least once, although you'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of nobodywonder
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew.

got it as part of the green flash 24 pk at costco

Although a west coast IPA, it is not a hop bomb and intense. The two hops simcoe and amarillo make for a more subtle, mellow and floral ipa

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out with some orange and mild amber color notes, white head 1/2". Really good notes of tropical fruit, sage, pine consistently given from Amarillo hops and Simcoe to a lesser extent.

Almost always consistent, a hop head dream, nice fruit forward hop notes without grating bitterness, a malt body that is toasted, not overly thick crystal malt caramel overload and mouthfeel fatigue.

Cool its now in a 6 pack, 12 oz bottles after the Green Flash purchase, any drop off in quality is offset by the better format and wider availability.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just another great beer by Alpine Beer Company. Don't expect the hop explosion that Pure Hoppiness brings, obviously. Balanced and more than drinkable, this is going into my rotation.

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Photo of tronester
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of mango, peach, and some evergreen. Taste begins dry with a hint of apricot, followed by some mango, then a hint of water cracker, and a huge finale of grapefruit rind, pine and a hint of tobacco. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of leantom
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Second Alpine beer. Here's hoping that it's as good as Hoppy Birthday. Here goes:

A: Slightly hazy orange. Very translucent, however. Good body carbonation, but the head and lacing leave something to be desired.

S: Oranges, lemon peel, grapefruit and pine (lots of these), and sweet caramel malt. Very good.

T: Follows the nose; great balance of malt and hops, as the name implies. Very robust.

F: Great. Nice and smooth. Little heavy, though.

O: A good beer. Will have again. More flavorful that hoppy birthday, but I still prefer the other more given its much higher drinkability

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Photo of KABC
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big West Coast IPA flavor, this one has hops all the way through. Smell, taste and the bitter mouthfeel. Loving hops is a must with this brew. Taste lingers long after sip. A must for IPA lovers, this is a strong but solid west coast IPA.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with medium head and some residual lacing. Nose is very light compared to expectations. Just a little citrus fruit and pine, but not what you would expect given the scores others have given. Taste has a little more to it. Initial light fruit sweetness followed by a rush of bitterness and pine. Not entirely well balanced. Overall, I liked the beer, but I'm seriously wondering what beer I'm drinking compared to the beer that's got a 4.3 average score here.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yet fairly dark golden color with a small head.

Smells intensively of citrus-laden hops. There is also some exotic fruit in the nose, pineapple comes to mind.

Taste is surprisingly subtle for a West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is light, and quite juicy. Taste is defined by citra, pineapple, some slight malt. A lot of general sweetness as well.

This is a very enjoyable IPA, but I wouldn't call it great. But I would definitely down a lot of these if they were distributed around here.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-04-31 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on-tap

A - Fairly-clear olden-orange with 1/2-finger head and mild lace.

S - Pineapple, pine, papaya, orange, hop bud. Very nice.

T - Pineapple, orange flesh and zest, biscuit, light caramel, pine, moderately bitter finish. Nicely balanced.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, thick and prickly. Good feel.

O - Very flavorful. My favorite of the Green Flash / Alpine brews. Will have this again.

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Photo of jas0n02
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Top notch IPA. Exceptional smooth weather on draft or from a bomber. Very drinkable IPA. Pine and citrus flavors with just the right amount of bitterness.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy standard amber in color with a lightly tanned 2 inch thick head. lacing is present, but not plentiful.

Earthy aromas of fresh cut grass are noticeable first, balanced with tropical fruit of mango and orange.

Very fruit forward with mango and oranges. Finishes with both a caramel sweetness and a piney bitterness. Well balanced.

Creamy and dry with a medium body. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent ipa. Hoppy and yet still balanced. I'm very happy with all the diffrent hop flavors in this. Piney, citrus, and fruit flavors and aromas. Overall a very good representation of a west coast ipa.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Great stuff. Pop the cap and you smell the hops. So fruity, a little pine for bitterness. So easy to drink. Went way too fast. Will seek out more and look for it a little fresher.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, orange-yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pine and big tropical fruit, mango, orange, and lemon. Light toasted malt and cracker give the beer balance. Slightly bitter, but nicely balanced. Real treat of an IPA. I could do several of these.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle shape with an great label. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - golden amber with a frothy white pillow of a head that settles to a cloudy ring of lace leaving good stick.

S - bright hop profile with tropical, floral and citrus notes. Hints of ripe strawberry and candied malt. Absolute brilliant smelling.

T - perfectly balanced hop notes with tropical and citrus blending like the wonderful duet they are. Floral hop character as this warms while the candied sugar malt adds enough sweetness makes you want more.

M - excellent thickness and texture that has superb drinkability. A tasty bitterness only adds to its complexity with its unbelievable Gushing flavor.

O - I had Duet a few years ago on a trip to California, and boy am I glad to see it finally reach my home. This is a world class ipa that is the same as the first time I experienced it. The craft beer world is changing and growing bigger, but as long as these world beaterm recipes stay the same we will continue to fill our glass with sheer quality like Duet. Duet is one hell of an ipa and stacks up to anything I've ever had. Perfection in a bottle. As the bottle says.. Drink Alpine Ale or go to bed!

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very satisfying IPA. Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Golden amber color, clear, with vibrant floral and citrus aromas hitting me before the first sip. The caramel malt is also in the smell. Orange, grapefruit, apricot, and tropical fruit come thru in the taste, balance well with the malt to smooth out the hoppy bitterness, so we'll done. Juicy mouthfeel, with a bit of hops bite in the finish. Recommended.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - typical crystal clear amber, golden beer with nice white head that leaves good lacing
S - lots of pine and grapefruit, slight strawberry, very classic west coast iPa
T- also lots of grapefruit, pine, very bitter, clean drinking with a solid bitterness that lingers once you're finished
M - light to medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste pine and grapefruit bitterness
O- very standard, clean drinking west coast ipa, nothing insane, but exactly what it's supposed to be

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Photo of beergoot
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey amber in color; thick, sticky, white head; thick, foamy rings of lacing down the glass. Heady floral and strawberry aroma. Bold hop bitterness with a mild cereal grain malt backbone. Medium-heavy body; slightly coarse and ticklish on the palate; gentle sweetness yet finishes dry.

A very, very fine IPA with an outstanding aroma and excellent all-around flavor and balance. The taste delivers a juicy, orange-like sweetness before the intense hop bitterness kicks in with a nearly tart, grapefruit-like quality. Most satisfying...

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Photo of anon
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden hue, small head, light lace. Light and earthy scents, hops, pine, grass and malt. Picking up simcoe over the amarillo, providing a nice juicy, floral and tropical fruity taste. Pineapple, orange peel, grass, candied malt, slight tobacco undertones. Not too complex, but the finish is what made this one for me. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Smooth, soft carbonation, extremely clean finish with light lingering bitterness.

Does well with a slight warming to bring out the malt presence. Overall I quite enjoyed this one and would five it another go.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional IPA. The 2 hop varieties showcased really work well together but are not overpowering like so many other IPAs these days. This beer achieves that rare balance of highlighting the hops without just being a bitter hop bomb. In other words you can drink more than one and not completely wreck your palate. Definitely one of my new faves. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very competant IPA. I was expecting more, but was not blown away. Don't get me wrong, I liked this beer, but it is not going on one of my "best of" lists anytime soon. There are too many good IPA's that do something great, and this beer does not have that special something.

The oblyi redeeming quality is that it is available in 6 packs, but even so, I would purchase Founders Centennial Ale over this one any day.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is an IPA I'll spend a few extra dollars to get. While (in my area) this is similarly priced to Sculpin, and while I think I prefer Sculpin to this over all, I would happily get this again. Hop profile is strong and juicy. Some have said that there's nothing that stands out about this beer, but I would argue that the quality of brewing in this beer stands out.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated best by aug 16/16

appears clear golden with a thin white head.

nose is quite faint, almost nonexistant. light floral and pine with a touch of malt.

drinks pretty nice, good combination of sweetish malt and pine. mouthfeel is on point. overall a nice beer that fails to stand out in any way.

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Photo of awayne56
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date:8/24/16

L:Yellowish -orange pour with a thick, creamy, bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing. Slight haze, but mostly clear. Becomes more cloudy as it warms.
S: citrus up front.
T: Pretty typical west coast IPA - Citrus flavors up front with pine on the finish.Decent malt balance - the malts stay in the background while keeping the hops from getting out of control.Overall, hops dominate up fron and on the finish.
F: Average mouthfeel. The finish is dry without leaving your mouth/throat so dry you feel thirsty. Slight alcohol burn underneath the tongue. Balanced carbonation.
O: A very good IPA; bright citrus flavors, hoppy with minimal malt interference. Very drinkable but not too light.

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