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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 746
Hads: 3,750
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 836
Gots: 623 | 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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Reviews: 746 | Hads: 3,750
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a ring of lace around the glass

S: Lots of citrus and pine up front, with some floral notes in there as well. Malt is lightly bready with some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus and pine notes, followed by some sweet bready malts and the floral notes. Bitterness kicks in with the malt and lingers into the finish. Finishes with some floral notes and the bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sharp

O: A very solid IPA that is quite easy to drink and nicely balanced. Just enough perceived bitterness as well. Certainly worth trying out

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Clear dark-golden color with a frothy white head. Good retention. Aromas of pine, earth, orange and grapefruit. I tasted the Simcoe notes first- earthy and piney- followed by floral and cirtus tones. A big malt backbone but not sweet. Well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. Clean finish.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a mix of copper and banana glow in a glass. Nothing special; nothing unique. It's on par. The head is minimal, and it offers sparse lacing during your enjoyment. It smells of compost, rustic wood engravings, citrus, and dying grapefruit. Taste is pretty good, as the reflex from the nose offers a quaint balance belied by the notorious Alpine malt backbone. GF or not, they got this characteristic down to a science. Hoppy Birthday and Nelson feature the same baseline flavor profile. The feel is acidic, crisp, and it lingers for the proper duration. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of puck1225
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear yellow color with a thin head and nice lacing. Very citrusy smell. The taste is citrus fruit, especially grapefruit. Pleasant bitterness and piney after taste. This is Avery good IPA. Goes well with pizza!

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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 ksimons
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-a clear light orange color with a fingers worth of white head that leaves a layer of lacing around the top

S-smell is very nice, caramel, citrus, and tropical fruits

T-taste is similar to the smell, citrus, tropical fruits, light caramel, and a piney hop bitterness in the finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a very good IPA, nice amount of hops and tropical fruits, highly recommended

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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 thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally clear light bronze color with three fingers of lasting white head. Grapefruit, orange and pine on the nose. Bitter up front in the taste, and lighter on the backside, with grapefruit rind lingering in the aftertaste. Not much malt to speak of. Light bodied. Not bad, but unlike some of their others, I don't find Duet worth the high price point.

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