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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,395
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 blivingston1985
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden amber with lively head. The nearly ever lasting froth is great. Stone fruit aromas with a subtle dankness. Clean and crisp in design, but a with an aroma/flavor first tech is rewarding in its richness. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo and simcoe, what could possibly go wrong. The answer is nothing. This is a great beer. Brilliant clarity, really attractive to look at the bright gold nectar in your glass. Floral at first, then the pine resin kicks in big time. Quite bitter actually, but its appropriate for a beer of this construction.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine just knows how to make juicy IPAs. This one had lots of nice piney qualities balanced well with floral notes from the hops. I really liked the overal hop profile and felt the bitterness was held in check very well.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a thin, white head. A slight bitter hop smell. The taste is definition of balance between hop and malt. Extremely smooth offering and wonderful mouthfeel. Flowery taste resonates.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duet harmoniously entwines golden and orange tones, their highlights spill out and diffuse across the table. Though of only modest foaminess the lacing expands like a marching army, conquering all corners of the glass. The patterns imprinted are intricate enough to pass for some kind of abstract modern art.

When reviewing Alpine beers I find it hard to sit still. Few breweries are capable of getting a hophead so excited. This one does not disappoint - its bouquet is enveloped in citrus pith and dripping with bitter resins. There's an air of tropical fruits but also a little bit of dankness, like a forest after a heavy rain.

That leafy flavour develops further on the palate, especially as the mandarin and grapefruit notes fade and that earthy, herbal aftertaste sets in. It's not particularly intense by IPA standards but will likely intimidate most mainstream drinkers. Welcome to the jungle, baby. This is what the style is all about.

To that end, one won't taste any alcohol but, considering this is 7% and drinks arguably much easier than it should at that strength, maybe watch for it later. Those that don't mind a few IBUs will probably want to session this - I thought there was a hole in my glass the liquid emptied out of it so fast.

Let's be honest: it's not like there's any shortage of IPAs in Southern California. Heck, one doesn't even have to leave San Diego to find many of the world's best. The regional standard is high. To earn and maintain a reputation like Alpine has really, really says something about them...

When it comes to hops, Alpine is the real deal. As with Exponential Hoppiness, Hoppy Birthday, Pure Hoppiness, Duet is as good as everyone says it is. Believe the ratings online and know that if you want to truly taste the pinnacle of California IPAs then that stuff from Alpine are must-try.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A California classic. An outastanding IPA. When someone wants to know what a "west coast ipa" tastes like, this one is a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a great, fresh, citrus resin aroma. Big juicy citrus taste with a nice piney resin at the end. Moderately astringent aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a great beer from Alpine. My second

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Photo of utopiajane
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow a brilliant kiss form orange. Pours out like light you can see it in my photo. Thin white head that wants to hang on. Nose is explosive with tropical. Crisp honey dew melon. Herbal hop that has a woody backing. Orange blossom honey.

Perfect mouthfeeel . The eptiome of lightness. Crisp lightly sweet, bubbly beer. The catty spice from the simcoe takes this one to the finish and doesn't back down. Impressive tailored bitterness. At the very swallow the woody earthy hop. Bitter, drying. it seems to evaporate after all this fireworks of flavor.

Well worth the seven dollars and change for the bomber. Drinks like hops juice with all the succulence of the hops. a light orangey citrus in the background. Hop nectar. They leave a light pepper on the tongue as it lingers dank and fruity. I'll have more.


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Photo of GlassOfHops
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good but won't be buying another $7 bomber…Would love to see in reasonably priced 6 packs though.

Kind of reminds me of the sculpin effect. Delicious beer, but so many other great beers for a better price. Enjoyed trying it though.

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing

s: Floral and citrus leaning to the former.

t: Floral and pine resin with intensity and white grape notes over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness fades quickly on the dry finish. Grassy notes develop later.

m; Medium with surprisingly good body and excellent carbonation tingle.

o: An attention-grabbing DIPA thanks to relatively complex and enjoyable flavors. Smooths out rather quickly to a fine drinkability for a seven percent ABV. A nice sipper.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice surprise finding this on tap at Tapwerks!

Poured a room-brightening light orange with a sticky tan froth.

Smell is big on the citrus hops and light fruits of course. What else would I have come for?

Super smooth all the way with grapefruit tagging alongside orange, slight floral notes, spice and peel in the finish.

Cake-like goodness for the most part and sits on the lighter side of medium.

Goes down fast as a flash (no pun intended) but is not so quickly forgotten.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a hazy peach color with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing on glass.

Aroma is of beautiful tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and a touch pineapple. I also get some pine notes and grapefruit. A touch bit standard, but overall pretty nice.

Taste is a little more unbalanced than I was expecting. It is a lot more bitter and dry than I was led to believe based on the nose. It is nice and citrusy with a rather creamy mouthfeel nearing the midway point, but the bitterness pokes it's head through too early and dominates the rest of the sip and aftertaste. It's not counteracted or reduced by any malts or spice; it's just pure astringent bitterness. Unsweetened grapefruit juice and its bitter pith also find their way in to finish the taste on this beer.

Overall, I would love to compare this to the real Alpine brewed beer. I have a feeling a large difference would be detected. This one is just out of balance. I see it pairing with something rather spicy or fried. Maybe fried calamari with a spicy aioli. It gets a 83.5/100.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pine notes, grapefruit pith, resin, and tangerine in aroma. Floral hops lend sweetness.

Flavor is fairly fruit dominant, with grapefruit at the forefront, becoming resiny bitter in the finish. Notes of pine linger in the aftertaste. It's a bit more bitter than I'd prefer. Not the most complex, but solid.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the Albertson’s in Kennewick, WA, for $7.99. This is the first time I’ve come across beers from the California Alpine. According to the label it is best by March 17, 2016. Hmm. Just noticed it’s in a Green Flash bottle. I guess they want everyone to know they bought Alpine.

Poured into my Jones Radiator mug, it’s a semi-clear, orangey shade of amber, with a thick, beige colored head that fell unevenly and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Big citrusy and floral hop aroma. Smells like it’s going to be a thick, resiny take on the style.

Oh, yeah. This is a big, bitter and grapefruity tasting IPA. There’s some piney notes, but they’re way in the back compared to the bitter citrus fruit flavors. Malts? What malts? Beyond keeping the hoppiness from being overbearing to the point of undrinkability, they really aren’t much of a factor. Dry and surprisingly crisp finish to this.

Prickly and oily mouthfeel.

This beer packs a lot of bitter, citrusy flavor. This is definitely something that will appeal to hopheads and probably be hated by people who don’t like hoppy beers. I dig it, but I think a bomber of it is enough for now. Not sure I’d want to session this, but I’m pretty sure I’ll drink it again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was expecting this to be fairly good and it exceeded expectations. Once again, the feel on this beer is like a DIPA which I love. (Same as Nelson) This had a bright nose with floral and some juicy hop aromas. The taste was very good with sharp bitter hop flavors perfectly blended with the malt profile. Overall, very well done. If this was priced more favorably I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of RJB66
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer for me but not as outstanding as it's rating. I would have another but I will not seek it out like I did to get it in the first place. I'm still interested in trying more from Alpine.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A symphony of hops! The Amarillo and Simcoe work so well together and the aroma is so incredibly light and floral. So easily drinkable it's difficult to take your time with it. I am happy that Alpine has finally come to Chicago!

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer got lucky and at my local the guy was putting on the shelf
deep orange color at the top that fades to a lighter orange at the bottom
white head stays till the end s carmel orange pine in a good way
t pretty much as smells good carbination
F good full body
o this good worth drinking lots of

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked clear and darker orange with a nice white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. It smells like citrus, mango and pine with a sweet malt aroma. The taste is the same as the smell with the taste of orange and mango most prominent. The malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness that intensifies after the beer is swallowed. The bitterness is pine and grapefruit pith. This is a really nice, balanced beer that I cannot wait to be distributed widely now that Green Flash is involved.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding IPA that I was stunned to find at my local MA beer store. The partnership with Green Flash bearing fruit! Nice aroma of citrus and pine accompanies the copper hued body with a thick head. Tropical fruit notes balanced by a strong bitterness that ends crisp and dry. Nothing too juicy but definitely an IPA that that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

GF bottling (grumble). Hopefully a re-review if ever GF gets their stuff down.

Pours honey with an island and spotty lacing.

Orange, light pine, a syrupy sweetness. Subtle yet compelling.

Summer grass, sticky pine with a tinge of sweetness which helps balance.

Lively carbonation and a lightness to the mouthfeel.


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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and almost clear orange-honey with a very nice head. The grapefruit aroma hits me first, along with other citrus peel, followed by a small hint of pineapple, and then a grassy aroma. The flavor leans more heavily toward this grassy earthy flavor first, with the refreshing citrus more apparent on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, infact there is a pleasantly small amount of astringency right on the end that dried out the swallow. Overall a really solid west coast style IPA, maybe not as dry as I would prefer, but very good.

(From the newly distributed green flash bottles)

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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 colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very happy to finally see this in northern California. picked up a bottle at nugget in Vacaville. pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head for the style. decent hop aroma, but overall very clean and enticing brew.

the drink is a hop bomb. classic socal style... a very crisp dry drink with a massive hop bite. citrus up front and a little sticky pine resin on the back end.

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Photo of Mdog
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice bright grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Yum! Very good sweetness followed by grapefruit. Not bitter, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Wow, I was really impressed by this beer. I had it on tap several months back in AZ but was not very impressed. This bottle (now in MN) was pretty awesome, to the point I feel like getting another bomber or two despite trying to avoid bomber packaging. Just a great mix of sweet and hoppy.

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