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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 593
Hads: 3,087
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 883
Gots: 413 | FT: 15
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 Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -3.2%
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 -16.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -2.1%
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 +3.5%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold to light copper with a finger of white surrounding the rim and the vast majority of the top. Excellent clarity. Moderate lacing. I'm really reaching to smell much other than a light piney hop aroma. The taste is very original with a fantastic blend of floral and piney hops. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and I'm left with a light hop burn.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a nice bright white head thay leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malt, peach, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dankness. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and a little bitter. Overall this is a fantastic IPA, would love to find more.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a hazy orange with a healthy finger of white head. The aroma is citrus, some tropical and a bit of malt. Taste is similar to the nose. There's some orange and a bit of grapefruit. There's quite a lot of bitterness on the back end. Medium mouth and it's fairly dry. This is a solid IPA.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy.
S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops.
T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity.
M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor.
O - Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found.

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Photo of WonderfulBeth
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange, amber color with a nice creamy fluffy white head, lots of lacing, not much head retention, cloudy, some carbonation.

A: Sweet malts come through really strong, fresh pine needles, grapefruit, citrus rind, not getting any alcohol on the nose.

T: Piney, citrus rinds, bitterness, sweet malts at the end on a dry finish, tastes great.

M: Medium mouthfeel, dry finish.

O: I really liked this, citrus bitterness reminded me of fresh grapefruit rind, citrusy bitterness is prevalent, I picked up a strong malt presence, but really leans towards the bitter side than maltier side. This beer is definitely worthy of another purchase.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus and tropical notes, a little pine, a bit of dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big citrus and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, some pine, a little dankness, and just the right amount of caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very happy to get my hands on this one. 2 of my favorite hops working together beautifully.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Original west coast ipa color
Floral bouquet with citrus all over, beautiful aromatics
Orange zest followed by hop bitterness. Well balanced
Falls a little behind nelson, great brew

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Photo of drned
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I walk into my local pub and the barkeep who knows my preferences asks if I want a duet. I haven't had a chance to look at the board listing for 40 taps, but I trust Shane and say ok. Taken by surprise. Resinous with hops is a good description. Exceptional feel with good balance. Wish they would keep it on regular.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an overehelming amount of hops on this one, more of a medicinal flavor with a bit of astringent kick. Most of the bitterness comes on the back end but it is pretty well balanced. Very slick oily mouthfeel, quite resinous.

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Photo of basildog
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours slightly hazy but nice golden color. Beautiful floral aroma with nice head and creamy lace. Smooth first witch is full of hop flavor but no rough bitterness. A clean crisp back finish. Love this beer and it's been around. Just discovered it. Highly recommend.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/5/15 DE

Pour dark orange with pretty decent head. Nothing too impressive but if you like darker side ipas then you'll love it.

The smell is a little sweet with nice passion fruitiness.

The taste is great. And the feel is great. Is say it's a heavier hopped beer that doesn't really fit the piney west coast mold. For me that's great. I like citrus and smooth. Which this kicks ass for the feel and the fruity hop taste.

Overall, love this beer. I've had a few alpines and all so far have been top of the game. This one might be one of their best.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howler fill at Keyport Liquor in Superior Wisconsin. Nice golden colour finger of head with some sporadic lacing. Loads of citrus, bubble gum, sweet cedar and earthy pine. Same as the nose, loads of bitter citrus rind, earthy cedar and a lingering bitterness. A tasty IPA, solid rendition and super stoked to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of flskydiver
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at beer 30 in San Marco. Jax,FL
Look: Golden body with some floaties. Head was fluffy white and stuck around for a while leaving a thin lacing down the glass.
Smell: Very nice! Funky, earthy, dank and resinous cut grass mixed with mango and apricot. It leans more on the dank side than the tropical which is fine by me.
Taste: Sweet,citrusy, and slightly bready upfront with an instant hop burst that lasts the whole way down. Very tasty beer.
Feel: Smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels just right.
Overall: A very well crafted brew and I am glad Jacksonville is starting to get Alpine stuff. If the beer snobbery is true and "this isn't anywhere near what it is like from the bottle" then I'll have to search out a trade partner because this was almost world class.

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Photo of Budlum
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Sandalwood
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden to dark orange color, with a thin white head. There is a lot of carbonation and quite a bit of lacing. The odor is tropical fruits, orange, apricot, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, floral, slight honey, slightly resin, slightly grassy. The taste is citrus, grapefruit, malty, herbal, pineapple, bread like, slightly herbal, bitter through out.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that slowly fades.

Smell: citrus and some pine are mellow on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, some pine, mango, and a nice bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness arriving later.

Overall: a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Well balanced.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into the SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Comples and pure with some stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and hints of citrus and pine
T: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, and a bit of earth
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Definitely a solid IPA. For being a CA beer this isn't the usual west-coast style but is complex, tasty and recommended

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Photo of castry01
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden hue with a slight orange tinge, finger head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little behind but the beautiful golden nectar beneath.

Aroma: The weakest part of this brew, I just want more. It's not in any way offensive, there is a nice hop presence and a tad bit of citrus but I want to be more taken, more seduced by the citrus and the pine elements of this west-coast.

Taste: This is where Duet really shines. Fantastic balance, the pine sings in perfect harmony with the citrus, neither is overwhelming but both are definitely there, easing their way across your palate. Flavorful, but not abrasive, with a softer finish than most west-coast IPA's, begging you to come back for another sip. A sessionable IPA, as drinkable as it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic mouthfeel on this one. Silky smooth and light on the tongue due to a medium, drying carbonation.

Overall: Exemplary west-coast IPA. I sometimes struggle with this style as I feel they often come off far too abrasive and piney, Duet gets it right, balancing the pine perfectly with a fresh hit of citrus and subtle malt backbone.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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