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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 609
Hads: 3,128
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 882
Gots: 431 | FT: 16
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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 BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of ryno09
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Eggshell white one finger soapy head, hazy golden orange color. Doesn't stick around long but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet at first with tropical fruits - dried mango comes to mind - and grapefruit. Some floral and earthy pine notes then appear. Very complex nose that changes as the beer warms.

Taste - Very soft, mellow mouthfeel. Unlike most IPAs I've had, I don't get much right away - just a bit of grapefruit fruitiness. You get a little sweetness, like a honey malt mid tongue that is over run by the hops at the back of the tongue that have more of the piney, earth bitterness. The malt does hang in there with more of a cracker, toast like dryness. Temperature really seems to have an effect on this beer. When colder, you get more of a grapefruit like bitterness in the finish but as it warms there's more a piney, resin-like bitterness.

A highly drinkable beer that is complex on the nose and smooth on the tongue with a pleasant bitter finish. On its own, the taste doesn't live up to the nose but it pairs very well with spicy foods. I'd prefer the citrus/fruity side of the beer so I'd recommend drinking this one as cold as possible or with food.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.41/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting that included Nelson, Duet, and Pure Hoppiness. Nelson was my least favorite and Pure Hoppiness was my favorite - an incredible beer.

A - Duet has a bright yellow color with a tiny bit of haziness. As a fellow BA pointed out, this beer looks like a glass of pee. Poor head retention with somewhat decent lacing.

S - Pleasant smell - lemon soapiness, and piney hops.

T - Piney hops is about all I get here. A little bit of citrus hops and a little bit of malt, but not enough balance in my opinion.

M - Just so-so. Pretty thin.

D - The thinness of this beer makes it quite drinkable. The only limitation to the drinkability is the painful intensity of the pine hops that overwhelm any other flavors in the beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Alpine IPA thanks to imperialbeachbrw. It is good to have a few to compare their offerings.

A: Pours with a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with brilliant clarity and lighter toasty orange honey colored beer.

N: Nice hops to start, a little pine, lots of citrus and fruit, some fresh musty resinous aromas, lots of nice fresh hops. This really smells fresh. A slight earthy bite to the musty almost wet hop aroma. A slight golden malt aroma but very light in the background. A little orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in the mix.

T: Starts lighter in the mouth, with very little malt. Mostly this is hops presented. Lots of fresh wet hop tastes too with some pine hop resins. Again more fruits, orange and tangerine. A niece strong bitterness is starting to bit my tongue as it goes. Juicy hops as well, with some light grassy hop flavors too. SLightly watery though as the malts are nowhere to be found.

M: Lighter than expected and slightly watery, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry, with more bitterness attacking with the dryness together to form another 1-2 punch. THe bitterness is not overwhelming though, very tolerable. More musty fresh hop flavors, with more pine dominating the hops. Some fruits and citrus, little tangerine still. I get some mouth smacking pine in the back of the tongue too, long after the swallow. Finishes very clean as well.

A nice west coast style IPA again, lots of nice fresh hops, and tasty. Just lacking a little in the body and malt department for my tastes at least, but def worthy.

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

22oz bomber split, served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with an incredible amount of rich, creamy, frothy white foam, takes forever to settle and leaves large patches of spotty lacing. slightly hazy and light orange in color.

S - citrus heavy again, with some lemon rind, squeezed oranges, and grapefruit zest. very tropical, some light caramel malts are barely noticeable.

T - very nice, smooth, and balanced - yet hop heavy. sweet candied tropical fruits, and floral hops. light malts hide underneath yet provide a great balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation a little on the light side but the beer goes down easily, refreshing and oily. lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D - quite drinkable, has the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA but a great balance of sweet hops and light malts. went down quite easy.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours murky golden, with hints of orange. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a perfect juxtaposition of grapefruit with lemon honey. These two hops sang harmoniously in the nose.

Flavor was a slight sweet honey up front with a huge hop flavor, and then a slight balanced bitter finish. This is a straight up IPA at its best.

Felt some slight fizziness on the tongue, but it worked perfectly for the style. Mild astringency, but again, it worked for me.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had and shows that you don't need to be a huge hop bomb to make a fantastic beer. Wish I had access to Alpine more regularly.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last time I had this beer, it was a snow day and I had nothing to do. After drinking some rather awful beers today, I need something good, and Andy delivers. Thanks, bud!

Crystal clear light yellow, surprisingly light in color. A dense white head is present, with nice lacing. Gorgeous stuff. The nose is beautiful. Sharp and pungent with plenty of pine and a clean fruity bitterness; grapefruit and orange rind being quite noticeable. Non-existent malt sweetness as expected from Alpine. A little dank and herbal, this smells excellent.
The palate opens with a prominent bitterness, clean and zesty with grapefruit and pineapple. The hop bill leans towards Amarillo, reminding me of the Stone IPA in certain ways. Hilariously dry, there's no real malt character to speak of. This is all about the hops with the balance leaning more towards the bitterness than any other Alpine beer I've had. Still, this is quite extremely flavorful. Moderately resiny on the finish, this is yet another winner in the Alpine pantheon.

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Photo of bump8628
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, glowing gold with a firm stand of white foam that lays down rings of lace.

Mmmm...just outstanding from aroma to finish with floral citrus tones, aggressive pine, and background notes of wild flowers, herbs, freshly cut grass. The hops are bright and juicy, clean and crisp, bitter but not harsh. The malt is minimal and only serves as a canvas for the Humulus Lupulus. Nice and dry on the back end letting the hops shine even more.

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. The hops are aggressive, bold, and omnipresent, but polite in the sense that they never become harsh or biting. Simply fantastic.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at Alpine during SD Beer Week.

Sort of a middle hue of orange as far as IPAs go, seems to kind of glow with some chill haze. Bright white head tops it off and the bubbles are medium sized. Very nice lacing.

Smelling a lot of pine and citrus notes, somewhat of a marijuana dank character to it as well. Smells like being in a forest.

Pretty damn resiny, tree sap and pine, some citrus in the back, and bitter grapefruit. Some bready malts are underneath, cracker-esque in nature. Really awesome flavor here straight from the source, fresh as hell.

Feels really good too, medium carbonation with a good zingy-ness and nice viscosity.

Overall this is a contender for best West Coast IPA out there. It's pretty much on par with Sculpin for me, though the flavor is more pine-like and less complex. There's a little bit of alcohol presence in the swallow but it's well incorporated. Great stuff.

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

Bottle courtesy of youbrewidrink into a FFF English pint glass..

Pours a clear medium orange color with a nice fluffy two finger head. Good retention as well as lacing. Looks pretty good.

Aroma is a mixture of lemony, citrus, and floral aromas. It's not overpowering where it's jumping out at you, but a bit tame where you have to search a bit for them. Definitely get a bit of the dankness from the Amarillo. Get a slight synthetic smell which I've come across with other beers before, most recently from a homebrew. It's only there on the first pour and is devoid of it in the second half of the bottle.

The taste reveals much of the same flavors as the nose along with a crisp bitterness. Nicely balanced I'd say. The hops are however a bit muted as in the nose. Malt plays a supporting role to keep the hops in check. I definitely got that same synthetic feeling as in the nose. It wasn't in the way much and fortunately mostly reared it's head upon burping.

The mouthfeel has great carbonation. The body is a tad watery but not a bad thing. I think it helps the drinkability because it's not too heavy and isn't weighing you down.
It's a good beer and I'd love to try it on tap from the source as I'm sure it's loads better. Definitely a solid IPA worth trying.

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

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small, loose, white head. The aroma has a touch of honey sweetness upfront with pungent cattyness, bubblegum and tree fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, cat pee, oily pine and a lasting bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Creamy, medium-full body with moderate carbonation and some astringency.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and citrus hops with good amounts of herbal hop aromas lurking in the background. The pale malt does not but serve as a backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops gain a bit of a bitter edge as they turn mildly herbal, then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this very well may have been my favorite beer I had while visiting SD, a list that includes a lot of highly-regarded beers. A superb IPA and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of beagle75
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Light amber in color, with 1.5 fingers of white foam head that diminishes to a residue after a few minutes. Light lacing remains.

S: An onslaught of flowers and fruit. The smell does not remind of hops, or even of beer, but of some ambrosial substance.

T: Primarily light, acidic fruit (unripe apple, lime) with little complexity other than increasing bitterness in the finish. There is slight alcohol heat present--while unexpected in a beer of this style, it isn't really aggressive enough to detract from the enjoyment.

M: Minimal carbonation makes this beer feel slightly heavy and syrupy, which is outside the ideal range for the style.

D: This beer is a pleasure to drink, constrained only by the fact that, after repeated tastes, it seems a bit one-note. Any comparison to Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is both appropriate and well-deserved.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When in California, drink as the Californians do...and I've been doing just that, and here's yet another highly-rated Cali IPA that I can't get in the East. Label says 7%, btw...

Pours a par-for-the-course rusty orange color with a bone-white head that simmers down to a thin layer after a few minutes. Leaves little slashes of lace too.

Intensely aromatic aroma, not harsh or insane, just a beautifully balanced blend of the best that hops has to offer--light pine, juicy and sweet citrus, slightly herbal too (like, cannabis). What makes this an especially comforting smell is the milky/creamy sweetness, adding some additional vibe to an already bright, extremely attractive smell.

Well, the flavor couldn't possibly have lived up to the aroma, but it's still very good. Leans a little bit grassy/bitter, and also has a mint thing coming into the mix. The citrus is more tart than sweet (lots of orange here), and the creamy/milky vibe I got in the nose isn't here on the tongue. Quite drying too, lending a grassy, astringent earthiness to the finish.

Feels a little bit thin, and with a softer carbonation, it doesn't quite have punch or presence along the lines of the flavor or the amazing aroma, but with just a little bit of stick, it works well enough I suppose.

Great stuff. Was a little let down with the texture, but otherwise this is a quintessential West Coast-style IPA.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bomber bottle. Pours clear amber with a thick pearl white head that fades to lace. Nose is caramel malt with grapefruit, slightly dusty, hops bitterness. The palate is very similar. Caramel malt, grapefruit, some lemongrass, lemon pith bitterness comes through on back of palate. The carbonation is fairly light, and the body is medium, but I love the somewhat coating feeling that I am getting. The finish is long and bitter and slightly nutty. Overall, this is a great IPA, it is super balanced and easy to enjoy, and I am really enjoying it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a slightly hazed golden. Ample lace all around, achieving almost complete coverage.

Aroma - huge grapefruit bouquet. Some pine works its way in upon setup, but the grapefruit maintains throughout.

Taste - malts are crackery, slightly biscuity but mostly cracker. The hops move is easily, naturally, without too much kick or bite or assertion. Citrusy, more grapefruit with a side of pine. So welcome, and after a second they have taken over the palate smoothly and cleanly. A touch of bud scrapage on the swallow. A fine combo does Amarillo and Simcoe make. The swallow and finish are pleasant, drying, and a steady wind-down of flavor.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, carbonation keeps that in check by providing some moderate crispness and lightening things a bit.

Drinkability - an all-purpose IPA that delivers excellent flavor and sessionability. Thanks to a fine BA out west whose name escapes me until I find my trade list!

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Photo of WOTO97
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright golden straw color with nominal lacing and head retention

S: crisp lemon-citrus nose with very nice balanced pine notes in the background

T: great mellow hopiness that accompanies big citrus fruit while not overpowering, nice thick bite on the finish

M: very clean with slight stickiness that leaves just enough pleasant hop finish (crisp and clean)

D: GREAT! refreshing with amazing hop balance

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Photo of squaremile
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great golden orange, some pine and citrus on the nose. Taste is more of the same with a very good balance between the bitterness and the caramel malt flavors. Mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style, as it warms it has a bit more orange and lemon zest on the tongue. A very well balanced and flavorful IIPA.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle in a trade.

Pours into my pint glass with a good head and dark amber appearance. Huge west coast IPA/citrus hops smell & taste. A good amount of bitterness with a hint of pine. Nice mouthfeel. Drinkable for a hop head. A text book example of the style. Recommended.


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Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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 russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Go this from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent honey color with3+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & lemon, fades a bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus pineyness, slight breadyness & a touch of leafy hops & dryness hiding behind a ton of grapefruit up front. Puckery & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus hints of apricot & honey malt, plus much herbal hop bitterness. Finishes slightly warming with herbal & grapefruitty bitterness, plus honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt

MF: Slight creamyness, medium bodied, great balance &a touch of warming booze on the fringes

Highly drinkable, flirts briefly with EIPA in some respects, then the grapefruit lurches it back. This grew on me as it warmed, would love to get this on cask or draft....

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Photo of hawks10
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Bell's pint glass...

Pours a golden straw yellow with nice clarity. Two fingers of soft white head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a bit of lacing and haze on top of the drink...

Beautiful hop bouquet...floral and piny at first with a ton of tropical fruit hoppiness following closely behind...pineapple, grapefruit, mango...delicious...

Juicy fruity hoppy deliciousness up front, turns somewhat earthy and drying, but maintains a thick, oily resinous tropical hop flavor. Piny and drying, bitter in the finish...

Medium bodied but sticky like a heavier beer, good carbonation. Nice and very pleasant on the palette...

Great, easy drinking, full flavored beer...no more to say...

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.