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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 3,749
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 837
Gots: 621 | FT: 22
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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 coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery April 6 (yes it was a very Good Friday!) pours a clear medium amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is thick resin grapefruit, pineapple, and bready malt. Taste is a nice subtle blend of all sorts of fruits - grapefruit, peaches, apples, lemons, etc nicely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light carbonation which is a good thing considering the flavor subtleties, with dry finish. Overall is high quality IPA from a high quality brewery.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the hook-up.

Bright orange color with very fine carbonation that produces only a very small head, even with an aggressive pour.

Mild citrus and biscuit aroma - inviting and complex but not substantial. The taste however has layers and layers to wade through - papaya and other tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, with just the right malty backbone to provide balance but not detract from the hops.

Elegant mouthfeel as is typical of Alpine IPA's - refined and pretty. Overall this is an awesome IPA - one I would be glad to have regular access to. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SirBentham
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- A nice golden, orange color
Smell- Clean Floral and citrus notes.
Taste- One of the most balanced IPAs you can find. perfect amount of hops, citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall- This one of the better IPAs out there in my opinion. I prefer it over the Pure Hoppiness and Nelson.
This is a smoother, more balanced IPA. Maybe not the best for people that prefer heavy double or triple IPAs. This is one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.91/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not my thing. Not hating on Alpine or Green Flash here, as I've only tried the Green Flash version. Aroma is aiiiiite. Taste is extremely bitter and unbalanced. Definitely did not do it for me. Second time I've DP'd this. Both different batches I would assume, based on their enjoy by dates.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DearthVader coming through again with this 22oz beauty as well as the Stone IPA glass from whence it was consumed.
3+ finger head settles gradually to a nice eighth inch of tight creamy off-white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Throughout the drink the lacing clings tightly to the glass and doesn't go anywhere. A nice clear deep straw/golden yellow with a miniscule amount of sediment.
Great smell to this one, not too strong but still very nice, with the Simcoe dominating. Also has scents of grapefruit citrus and a hint of pine.
Taste goes along with the smell. A large amount of Simcoe, strong grapefruit citrus as well as mango, pine but only slight malt taste and no trace of alcohol.
Medium-high carbonation with the tiny bubbles gently moving across the palate as I drink this one.
Overall this was a very good beer and I have to say that my long anticipated first Alpine brew did not disappoint. The only criticism that I could offer is that I might have liked a bit more Amarillo or maybe some darker malts to add a bit more complexity but that’s just my personal preference.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a nice bright white head that 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 PZBREW
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to p erfect. Little sweet and it wasn't to bitter. Smells like fresh hops and tastes like it to. Really soft mouthfeel and nice taste that stays. Really good.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick, fluffy, white head. Light orange body.

Nose is sharp and crisp pine encrusted citrus. Just a smell sensation.

Flavor is top notch. I mean it. There are few better. This is kind of like Pliny juice light. A blend of super light, but still slightly sweet malt, with a hop blast that strips the enamel off your teeth without ever going overboard.

Mouthfeel is tart, tangy, low carb, stripping.

Overall is tops, just a truly great beer.

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Photo of McStagger
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with Green Flash label across the neck. Best by 4/7/16. Poured into a nonic.

A: Pale orange. Good clarity. Two fingers of slightly off white head. Mild carbonation, with a couple small streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Excellent retention with excellent lacing.

S: Big orange. Pith and peel. Some malt sweetness in the nose as well. Kaffir lime, small amounts of tropical fruitiness and a lingering slightly sweet cereal.

T: Big orange characteristic up front. Again with the mild lime rind. The malt sweetness picks up mid palate and leads to a sort of vanillin "creamsickle" effect on the tongue. Finish picks up lime rind with a touch of floral bitterness. Clean on the end, with an undertone of lime rind and floral that picks up towards the end as the creamsickle subsides.

M: Carbonation is light in the mouthfeel. I've noticed this in both of the hoppy Alpine offerings I've had. Low carbonation in the glass as well as low carbonation "feel" on the tongue. While the carbonation is subdued, the mouthfeel is supremely balanced in the malts. This beer is amongst the most medium bodied light characteristic IPA's I've had. While not quite to refreshing in its dryness, it nonetheless quenches after every flavorful sip.

O: The hype is real. While I like the overall flavors of Nelson more, this one is a more complete experience. Damn fine beer. Definitely among the best.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this one at the same time as pure hoppiness. another outstanding beer from these guys. one of the best ipa's from California i've had. great taste.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint bottle. Pours clear bright orange-copper, two finger fluffy head in a few minutes, scattered lace. Mild aroma of flower, pine, ripe plum. Taste is caramel malty sweet up front, met by floral and grassy bitterness, a little pine and grapefruit as well. Finishes dry, flowery bitterness lasts awhile. Clean medium mouthfeel, semi-slick. Excellent IPA, love those Amarillo hops.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick finger of white head.
S - Aroma is a little citrus, a little piney.
T - Different. Muted grapefruit on the front end, very light on malt in the middle, resiny and a little bitter on the finish. Not nearly as bitter as I expected.
M - I will call this light bodied without sacrificing flavor.
O - Very happy with this one. Very balanced, easy drinking. My first beer from Alpine and I like it.

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Photo of Philousa
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orangeish gold color with metallic shine in the light. Good amount of head and great clarity. Decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. Aroma is resnious and piney. Lots of grapefruit - very acidic and citrusy. Hinting towards a thick mouthfeel, Double IPA style. Malt is lacking, or hidden. I get more of a true pale malt backbone instead of an IPA. Nearly sweet, but bitter definitely comes through right away in the taste. A bit grassy, but mostly nectar flowery flavor. Some orange citrus fades to the hop flavor. The hop bitterness takes over but is mild. Balanced feel, maybe a little on the watery side. Dry finish.

Some of the above comes across as disappointment, but it's really surprise. I'm surprised at how mild this tastes. It tastes more like a slightly bitter Pale Ale, but smells like a Double IPA. The aroma is great, and the flavor is very palatable. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Danmullens1
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like the acquisition of Alpine by Green Flash is going to be good for distro. And business. First time finding this beauty in Wisconsin. Love the hop bill—Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorites. Gorgeous beer with an inviting aroma and awesome flavor. I will be looking for more of this beer.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Extol
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light copper in color. Smell - hoppy citrus smell. Perhaps rinds. Taste - citrus rind on intake but on breathing out it is like Two Hearted. Nice. Overall - this is good. I'd drink again.

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Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger had that slowly and unwillingly retreats back to its home. Lacing is thick and provides excellent coverage.

S: Man. Just a full nose of citrus-first hop followed by the sting of weed resin brought by the hammer that only west coast hops are known to bring. Extremely full nose with big boy malts to back up the big boy hops.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the hops are blended a bit better and the malt doesn't skip a beat. This is a wonderfully blended beer with every single ingredient playing its part humbly yet at the top of its class creating a world class orchestra of flavors. Absolutely delicious IPA.

M: Not too heavy a la your big boy double IPAs but most definitely not thin - even a little. This has perfect carbonation and such a crisp finish for an IPA. Brings the hop oils with it making me pucker and reach for another sip.

O: Beautiful IPA. Really, one of the best balanced I've ever had in this style. Alpine and Kern River are probably some of the least heralded brewers in the country. Bra-effing-vo.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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 whatthehull
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 750 ml bottle (March 2016 drink by)

A - A semi-translucent gold copper, half finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - Dank, sweet malts, dry grains, crisp water, cracker yeast, huge pine, pineapple, peach, mango, fresh cut flowers, rich soil, slight booze, citrus, green earth and grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit, pine, pretty dank, very dry grains, sweet yet dry malts, rose, pineapple, cracker yeast, citrus rinds, huge hop with a nice malty backbone.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium minus carbonation and a huge hop to sweet malt finish

D/O - Refreshing, delightful, fantastic on the eyes, nose and mouth. Just a hugely hopped IPA with a perfect malt finish to balance her out. Duet indeed. No need to way, enjoy fresh, often and with savory foods and salty sweet deserts. Spring, Summer yet Fall and winter will do! Well done!

Final thoughts - The ABV at 7% is pretty nice, if you were to raise it the sweetness would overtake the hop and become more of an over the top instead of well hopped IPA. Around $7-8 per 750 ml makes it less of a daily drinker but a fantastic end of week wind down ale. Alpine, this one is a nugget of joy!

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Photo of domtronzero
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear golden orange with a long lasting white head. Lots of lacing. Very enticing.

S - Piny, citrusy hops front and foremost. Raw grassy hop notes. Slight bready malts.

F/M - Moderate bready sweet malt flavors. Huge hop flavors: citrus (grapefruit, tangerine), piny and a little resinous, but above all very fruity. Medium high hop bitterness. Very clean, dry finish. Not stringent at all. Medium body, crisp and clean. Moderately high carbonation.

D - Excellent. Clean, bitter, hoppy. Not balanced, but raw, outstanding hoppiness in a glass. Absolutely outstanding!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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 jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA goes from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Not sure if I got this bottle from domtronzero or irishgurl4 but either way. Thanks to two excellent Californians

A - Hazy orange-golden glowing body with a nice fluffy white head on top

S - Mmmm.... nice big tropical hop notes hit my nose. Mingles with a bit of citrus and a nice sweetness. This is a beautiful smelling IPA. About as good as it gets without getting into DIPA category.

T - Well balanced. A bit more on the citrusy side than tropical. A bit of a citrusy bitterness gives way to some pine in the finish but the malt makes itself known all the way through. It tastes good but nowhere near what the aroma promised

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty solid well balanced IPA. However the aroma on this one had me ready to proclaim a new IPA favorite. The taste fell a bit short but it's still a solid beer. I'm certainly glad to have tried this one and wouldn't mind drinking more of it. Though I don't think I'd go nuts seeking it out.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive, crystal clear, pale gold. Soft, white, bubbly but sparse head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is phenomenal. Citrus and pine, dankness, little bit of biscuity cracker, and just a touch of onion. The taste is crisp and bright, but much more mellow than the smell. Pine and grass, some bitter citrus, very clean with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Feel is medium and resiny with just the right amount of carbonation. Really like this beer, but with a slightly more pronounced flavor profile it would be a favorite.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin wispy cap with nice lacing.

Aroma - redolent of citrus and flower petals.

Taste - spicy bitter hoppiness balanced wonderfully by a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - a very well crafted ale that is worth the trouble tracking down!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.