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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 744
Hads: 3,741
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 838
Gots: 613 | FT: 21
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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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 Nachojon
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at McMenamin's 23rd Ave Bottle Shop. Happy to see on draft as I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time, it's readily available in bottles but for me IPAs are always a must on draft.

I know this beer is highly though of but has lost some of it's "world class" reputation, but I'd say shes delicious. Very good dry hops, Amarillo and Simcoe really showcased here. Piney, peppery and dry.

A beer with an average rating of 4.31 underrated? I think so, at least a bit.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by date July 04, 2016. My third beer from Alpine Beer Company, acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange IPA body. One finger of frothy white head. Some okay sticky spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated, looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Wonderful hop presence

T - Beautiful, fruity, floral. A perfect pairing of hop florals and golden honeyed malts.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carb.

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Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip... Pours light gold / orange, with a thin, white head that leaves no lace. Smell is citrusy / lemony and slightly piney. Taste is clean and snappy - light cracker malt with orange rind, tangerine and lightly resinous hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but enhances drinkability - doesn't seem like a 7% beer. Overall, a delicious beer - epitome of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: golden-Amber in body, with a pure white head. Lots of retention and stickiness in the head, with rings of lacing throughout. Body is totally translucent, with no turbidity or haze visible.

Aroma: lemony and grassy at first, followed by a punch of bitterness and piney scent. There's also a touch of cracker present, giving it a bit of a Belgian IPA-style aroma between the hops and the light malt aroma.

Taste: begins citrusy, grassy, and fresh, presumably from the Amarillo hops, and packs a solid foundation of malt. This beer is definitely well-balanced, and the scales are probably tipped just ever so slightly in the flavor of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of sprucy, piney flavor, (Simcoe!).

Feel: sticky and bitter on the finish, with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very well-crafted IPA. Felt light and drinkable, like a "Session IPA," but packed lots of hoppy goodness. On the pricier side for a 12oz bottle, but it was very good, and in all likelihood I'll drink it again.

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Photo of tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden color with a thick lacing white head
S: interesting, I get some citrus rind, but I also get a hint of mint
T: outstanding, citrus predominates, I get some mango and melon
F: great mouthfeel
O: one of my favorites

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear copper color good white head sticks around for a bit really good lacing.

Smell - Very juicy citrus notes some grapefruit very sweet smell little piney as well.

Taste - First thing I get is some orange and sweet citrus flavors followed by some grapefruit awesome taste.

Feel - Lighter body great carbonation very smooth.

Overall an excellent IPA that I will have many more times.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good, easily obtainable (at least here in Colorado) India Pale Ale. I'd agree wholeheartedly with the descriptor: 'the perfect amount of malt hidden behind the hoppy goodness.' Just a really balanced beer that drinks lighter than 7.0 percent.

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Photo of gc4hokies
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden tangerine color. Great body on this beer. Two of my favorite hops, Simcoe and Amarillo. Very expensive but worth it. One of my favorites.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella Chalice. Best by 04 Jul 16 on bottle.

Pours a clear orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma immediately fills the room - full of Amarillo hops. Lemony, grassy, grapefruit... yum.

Flavor is intensely hoppy, without being too bitter. Finishes quite smooth actually. Thin bodied. This beer is all about hop flavor. Citrus, grapefruit, pine all show themselves in the complex flavor profile.

This is an IPA done amazingly well. So much flavor, and oh so drinkable. Worthy of the high reviews. Just wish it wasn't 14.99/6 pack.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Throx brew market in Winchester. Outstanding lacing grabbed the glass, aroma strong on pineapple was strong, excellent. Taste is slightly more muted than aroma and the pine comes out more. Some bitter, lingers slightly but not unpleasant. Overall outstanding.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden amber with a solid head.

smell is sweet, lots of fruit. smells juicy.

taste is very bitter with lots of sweetness. pretty good taste, definitely my new favorite Alpine beer.

overall this is pretty good, a damn tasty and bitter IPA.

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Photo of MacPhergus
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear, a little on the amber side of pale, off-white head drops fairly quickly. Aroma is strong and pleasant, taste dominated by smooth floral/pine with a hint of dry maltiness. Body/feel is right at where it should be for a 7 ABV, easy to grab a second.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

GF bottled
Look - Slightly hazy, golden yellow type color.
Smell - Citrus, pine, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits maybe
Taste - Simcoe dominates the palate on this one. Pine, pine needles, dank, cat piss, grapefruit

Overall - Good but disappointed with this one. Would love to try Alpine's version though.

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Photo of gr0g
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Orangey-amber with a couple fingers of foam. Streaky, mottled lacing. Aroma is both fruity/citrusy and dank/piney, with an emphasis on the former. Grapefruit and tangerine rind. A bit of fresh pine needles. Very aromatic and pleasant. Simcoe and Amarillo really work well together, and I'd imagine this would smell otherworldly when super-fresh.

Quite dry for a 7% IPA, and this allows the hop character to be in the limelight. Plenty bitter with lots of citrus pith. Definitely a west coast IPA, though my preference would be for a bit more sweetness. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. If you're a hophead, it's hard to stop at just one. You'll be very tempted to come back for seconds, thirds, and so on.

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Photo of Jpeach70
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear yellow with medium head.

Smell - Smells strong of citrus floral hops.

Taste - Much like the smell but amplified. Fresh citrus/floral hops. Light malt backbone. Finish is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This has got to be one of my favorite IPA's out there. Every time I buy it I am extremely impressed. I would compare it to Pliney the Elder. Definitely worth a buy if you like hops!

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap a few separate times, but this review is from the bottle; 6 pack, from what I assume has to be Green Flash. Color, medium straw with a relatively small head, yet lively carbonation, much more clear than I remember. Smells of fresh, dank hops; citrus, mango, pineapple, slight onion, papaya. Very slight malt presence. Taste is as follows. Hoppiness is all flavor/aroma and comes across smoothly (as I've noticed with all Alpine offerings). Crackery malt rings clearly in the background; almost feels disconnected from the hops in a good way. Maybe they treat the water differently from other SD breweries? Feels infinitely drinkable, super refreshing.

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Photo of DanJan
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard IPA glass. Great looking beer. About a finger of head with some really nice lacing. Beer is well carbonated and bubbles for a long time after pouring. Best by label says June 2016 but unsure how old it is. Smell is good, not great. Some bitter hoppiness, some citrus/tropical fruits, decent sweetness. Taste is similar. A good tasting IPA but maybe not up to expectation. Obviously fresher would be better but this is still a solid brew. Mouthfeel is light and prickly, doesn't coat the tongue too much and makes it easily drinkable. Overall something I would drink again but not sure if 17+ for a 6 pack is worth it. Cheers!

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

Green Flash bottle.

a: a slightly hazy light caramel orange color that catches the light nicely. pours 1 finger white head, but that fades to a thin film on top

s: ripe pineapple, mango, peach, strawberry, some caramel malt sweetness. super, super juicy smelling. it makes your mouth water

t: big sweetness upfront. over-ripe mango, apricot, and caramel malt. something floral as well. thats followed by a grapefruit bitterness towards the back of the tongue. its not a bitterness that punches you, but rather it fades into the bitterness quite nicely. not quite as tropical or juicy as the nose was though

m: medium mouthfeel, with an almost syrup-like presence. feels like its almost starting to venture into IIPA territory with the mouthfeel

o: on the sweeter side for sure. i wish it had a bit more tropical notes in the sweetness, it almost is starting to feel like a IIPA. that said, this is a very well harmonized beer. sweet, then bitter, but smooth. A worthy IPA, and definitely worth your time

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash made, best by 12 May 2016. Seriously, can we get a bottling date??

A: Poured into an IPA glass to a clear and bright gold topped by two fingers of dense and slightly rocky head that leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of juicy citrus with some notes of grapefruit and a little pine. Slight malt sweetness on the nose as well.
T: Taste is juicy citrusy hops with some grapefruit, a little pineapple and some pine resin. Slight toasty malt note adds some balance and the swallow is more oily hop notes with pine and grapefruit rind leading the charge
M: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with perfect carbonation and a nice oily finish from the hops.
O: This is a great beer with some fantastic flavors and complexity. This his all the right boxes as a West Coast IPA. Definitely one to grab if you see it.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- crystal clear bright ipa
Smell- no date on bottle, so age is ?. Smell is underwhelming, expected more.
Taste- good, but a little disappointed. Did not live up to hype
Mouthfeel- appropriate for the style
Overall- a good beer that unfortunately does not live up to hype.

To be fair, my beer was purchased in Albany, NY, so no idea how old it was.
and I am willing to bet that on tap, this beer would be better.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$ 8.00/22 oz bottle + $ 2.68 shipping = $ 0.483/oz from Blackwell’s Wines and Spirits, SF CA
Bomber BB 12 May 16 at 42 degrees into JK hand washed and dried snifter
Aroma of citrus
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing excellent – wide curtains with tiny to medium bubbles and some legs
Body light orange, clear
Flavor lightly citrus and slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange transparent body, with off white head and some lacing.

S - Strong floral note, along with sharp dank notes.

T - The taste is punchy bitterness, sharp and full of resin and lemon, pith and grapefruit, with a spicy middle and a relatively mild bitter close.

M - Some drying, but mild.

O - A nice, burly IPA that manages to land lightly on the tongue.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This accidentally became my 1,000th beer after I had it on tap and realized what number I was up to. Fortunately, it was not a bad one to celebrate with. Much like some of Alpine's other hoppy offerings, Duet has the classic look and feel of a west coast style IPA. Strong bitterness balanced by medium-range alcohol content and a sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-copper body, somewhat thin in appearance, with active bubbles and a great white sudsy head.
Smells like a perfumy bouquet of floral, citrus, fruity hops.
Tastes fruity and hoppy, earthy too. Pine. Complex. Mineral, clean dry finish with bitterness that lingers.
Feels crisp and medium-thin. Lower carbonation, but the peppery bite and sharp bitter finish work well enough for this style.
This is a terrific IPA with lots going on. Break out the aged cheddar.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz into a shaker pint

Pours a clear honey orange color. Smells of pungent hops, slight fruitiness, blossom honey, nectarine, citrus oil, slightly perfume like as well. Very nice. Taste reflects the smell perfectly. Initial floral taste leads into a citrus sweetness and bitterness, leading into an almost honey like sweetness. Citrusy bitterness lingers after the drink. Feel is lighter, slightly fluffy, while being amply carbonated. It compliments the flavor profile excellently. Overall, this is an excellent with great floral citrus aspects that make this an absolute delight to drink.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.