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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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: 810 | Ratings: 4,044
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and in bottle. Review is from a bottle.
A- Pours a dark brunt orange center with golden edges, creamy sticky head.
S-The smell is heavenly, a sweetness in the smell that is almost candy like in combination with citrus hops.
T-Fantastic, citrus up front with a slight sweetness. Like a grapefuit sprinkled with sugar and orange juice.
M- Little sticky in the mouth with a lasting taste that lingers.
O- Everything I have come to expect from Alpine. On point. Highly recomended.

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Photo of -Rick
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: a brownish orange with a decent amount of white head
S: pine, caramel, resin like hops. Some sweet fruits
T: extremely malty. None of the fruits smells come out in the taste. quite bitter
F: a bit thick, slightly carbonated. Leaves a bitter lingering taste in the mouth
O: not super impressed with this beer. Had heard real good things

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date visible (WHY???)

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Duet appears a lightly hazed, bright golden orange in the glass (perhaps one shade lighter than Pure Hopiness), with a rough pour generating a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in some great looking lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, it has been far too long since I had a sweet fruity IPA! The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness, with Amarillo clearly taking the lead. Notes include: Fresh orange juice, tangerine, mango, pineapple, a little red grapefruit, some leafy notes and just a hint of honey malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious IPA. A big juicy tropical fruit character dominates the initial flavour, with notes of sweet orange, tangerine and mango. These notes are soon joined by red grapefruit, some dank leafy notes and the faintest hint of honey malt. Grapefruit pith as well as a solid bitterness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Duet is a fantastic IPA, it is bursting with flavour, but remains ridiculously drinkable. I would kill to have a keg of this stuff over the summer!

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Photo of tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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 frasergrove
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium body white fluffy head, light tinge of golden orange, hazy

S: tropical fruit, ripe mango, light pine undertone, well balanced

T: creamy with a bitter bite, fades towards finish. Some pine

F: creamy and bitter, smooth mid mouth, not super dry finish

O: overall outstanding IPA, well balanced, packs a punch, bis also delicate

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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 tmbgnicu
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler- tasted a bit like Pliny Light. Beautiful hop presence up front, sort of falls off the table after initial hop bite. Clean and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours more of a gold color but when resting in the glass it is gold with a slight orange hue, leaves a frothy head that takes awhile to vanish, leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well

S: A perfect balance of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly sweet malts, and a hint of bitterness, fantastic smell to this brew.

T: Up front you get a lovely greeting of pine sand grapefruit mixed, then it transitions to those lovely tropical fruits, and finishes with a perfectly balanced mix along with the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is so well balanced and flavorful, it is absolutely outstanding!

M: Superb mouthfeel, so light crisp and refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you begging for more! So drinkable as well!

O: This beer is phenomenal! Get your hands on it!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 beergod1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is bright orange side. Decent pillowy head, and nice lacing. Huge floral and pine aromas. This balances out in the flavor a bit with a nice malt profile. The hops are nice and subtle. but on the finish there is a citrusy bite with lots of grapefruit. The hops here do not overpower the beer and the balance with the malt is really nice to make this an incredibly approachable and drinkable IPA.
This and Pure Hoppiness are very good IPA's.

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

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with really good clarity. There is a hint of amber when held up to the light. A strong pour into a tulip yielded a strong two finger head with ample retention. The lacing was just as impressive coating the sides of the glass in sticky foam.

S: No mistaking the nose on this one, hops are abundant and full of citrus and pine aroma. As I keep sticking my face in the glass, the hop aroma is so potent that it almost smells sweet. Amazingly the malt is not lost as hints of biscuity goodness and caramel waft from the glass (kind of reminds me of pound cake).

T: Tangerines and orange rinds come blasting out of the gate. It is really jammy and fruity in a good way. The simcoe hops are not to be out done as grapefruit and pine cones wash over mid palate. There is a strong grassy/herbal flavor on the back of the tongue as it finishes bone dry.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Another great IPA from Alpine. Each one has been unique and impressive in their own way. Duet, in my opinion, was a very successful take on a dual hop beer. In the end it exhibited much more complexity and depth of flavor than I thought it would.

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Photo of soze47
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes taken on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour from a flight of four.

Beautiful orange and golden in color with a very sticky head. The nose and flavors on this beer make this perhaps my favorite IPAs for my personal taste. Much more malt than I expected, but in a good way that helps draw out hop flavors without bitterness initially. Citrus zest and flower petals on the nose that carry over into the initial burst of flavor. As the flavors evolve, bitterness progresses to great heights, especially on the linger. That bitterness is important as it starts off sweet and could be a bit too much.

Really well crafted, complex beer. It has a light-side of medium body, which helps this guy be really drinkable. My dream is to one day have this beer available to me fresh, constantly.

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Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: bright yellow with a slight tinit of gold. Soapy white head that was only about half an inch thick. There is minimal lace and average carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Pleasant, but light floral and citrus hops. Wish that is was a bit stronger in terms of smell.

T: A burst of grapefruit and tangerine hit initially before transitioning into more of a pine taste. Very rich flavor and no soapiness which I have found to be present in some other alpine brews have tried recently.

M: Light but full bodied. Nothing harsh and the hops dont leave any overly powerful tones.

D: This is nearly the perfect session beer. I feel like I could drink this one through the day no problem and definitely the best alpine beer I have tried.

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Photo of mjl21
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 7%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber that has a nice golden hue to it. It has a one finger off white head that collapses to a nice bubbly layer. Leaves some nice lace in between sips.

S-Awesome juicy citrus hop nose. Deserves to be included in the upper tier of West Coast IPAs. It oozes mango, orange, lemon, and pineapple. It has some pine from the Simcoe, but the citrus is a lot more pungent. The malt is kept well in the background.

T-Like the nose, tons of juicy citrus hop flavor abounds. The Amarillo imparts lots of orange and mango. Midway through each sip the Simcoe imparts a really nice resiny pine flavor. As it goes down it has some nice lemon zest. There is a little bit of toasted malt that imparts a gentle bit of sweetness and does its job of letting the hops remain upfront. It finishes with a nice level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and it has a fizzy carbonation level.

D-Just an awesome IPA. Would love to have regular access to this one.

One of the best IPAs on the market. Really hope Alpine will expand their distribution to us folks up north. A must try if you like hops.

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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a Speigelau tulip

Pours a golden copper clear body with a big off-white head of medium sized bubbles with good retention and lacing.

Smell is very piney, earthy, and floral. Small amounts of citrus notes with grapefruit and lemon being predominant. Some honeysuckle. Nice aroma.

Taste is very west coast, with a piney bitterness to the hops up front, more sweet than I would have expected though, some floral and citrus notes rounding out the taste with a dry finish and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated, actually a great feel to this.

Overall, a really refreshing beer, the highlight being how easy-drinking it is. Definitely one of the smoothest IPAs I can remember. Some of the hop flavor may have fallen off since the bottling, and I'd like to try this fresh one day, but still highly enjoyed and definitely recommended.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7%
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 Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Best by July 2016.

A - Mainly clear gold with a two finger fluffy head. Decent lace retention, the head maintains throughout the glass.

S - Crackery grains, grapefruit and some lemon notes.

T - In line with the nose. Pine. There is a decent amount of bitterness, and some type of flavor I can't quite place, some type of herbal essence.

M - Thw carbonation is medium low, mouthfeel is light.

O - A well crafted IPA. Just starting to see Alpine here, so looking forward to trying some others. This one is good, but it is not quite as tasty as Nelson.

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Photo of Lothore
2.91/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a thick, frothy 2 finger head. A perfect example of the style.

S- Smells grapefruity, citrus, earthy notes with buttery diacteyl undertones.

T- Very buttery, possibly infected. Citrus and light fruits break through but can't make up for the butter.

M- Medium carbonation, medium viscosity.

D- It was a great beer to look at but the buttery notes ruined it. I'd be willing to rerate to see if it was a bad bottle.

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

This solidifies that Alpine makes some of the best IPAs in the world. I've been wanting to try this for a while now after I had both Pure and Exponential Hoppiness. Here goes...

A: The bottle cracks with a nice, robust pop. Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange copper with a gorgeous white head. The sticky hop resin allows the head to stick around and last quite some time. Not much in terms of lacing though.

S: As soon as I started pouring I could smell the juicy citrus hops, and my nose was at least two feet away. An amazing cornucopia of grapefruit, orange, papaya, pineapple, and mango. A true tropical fruit basket. There are some crystal malt backings, but not much.

T: Similar to the smell, this is all tropical citrus fruits. Not as complex as the nose, but it is still quite amazing. So many different tropical fruits, without being overly bitter to drown them out.

Overall, awesome. Just awesome.

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Photo of Lobina
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber distributed by green flash. Into a chilled pint glass the look started hazy then cleared. Smell somewhat citrusy but not that hoppy. Taste was really clean and highly drinkable. An above average IPA for sure.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington VA. Post Green Flash.

Solid solid ipa. More on the citrusy side of the IPA spectrum. Nose was a little weak. Very enjoyable, drinkable.

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Photo of pschul4
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this right after my Nelson. Again ehammond1 is the fucking man and anytime you see him give him a highfive for me please.

A- Pours a medium orange/yellow with a 3/4 inch head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Really nice floral notes here, slight pine/citrus hoppiness and some pale malts. Really solid

T- Wow this really blew me away. The floral notes perfectly translate to the taste and the other minor players in the nose (citrus/pine) come through much stronger and it all blends together PERFECTLY

M- Just like Nelson it's super smooth, love what Alpine does with their Mouthfeels

O- Holy crap Eric you have spoiled me terribly. Ever IPA Alpine makes is to die for. Might move out there just for the whalesbro

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Photo of gr0g
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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 neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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