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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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680 Reviews
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Reviews: 680
Hads: 3,415
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 852
Gots: 505 | FT: 19
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 ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

GF bottling (grumble). Hopefully a re-review if ever GF gets their stuff down.

Pours honey with an island and spotty lacing.

Orange, light pine, a syrupy sweetness. Subtle yet compelling.

Summer grass, sticky pine with a tinge of sweetness which helps balance.

Lively carbonation and a lightness to the mouthfeel.


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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and almost clear orange-honey with a very nice head. The grapefruit aroma hits me first, along with other citrus peel, followed by a small hint of pineapple, and then a grassy aroma. The flavor leans more heavily toward this grassy earthy flavor first, with the refreshing citrus more apparent on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, infact there is a pleasantly small amount of astringency right on the end that dried out the swallow. Overall a really solid west coast style IPA, maybe not as dry as I would prefer, but very good.

(From the newly distributed green flash bottles)

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Brassy with orange hues. Creamy white head retains well. Thin and stocky webs of lacing.

S: Intense noted of tangerine juice and zested grapefruit. Pomelo. Earth and pine notes. Sweet caramel and toast malt base. Excellent.

T: Ruby red grapefruit in a big way. Might as well have bitten into one. Pithy. Oranges. Passion fruit. Hops start to exhibit earthy and piney flavors too. Sturdy caramel malt base provides a solid anchor while still letting the hops lead. Overall bitterness is quite high and really clamps down. Bitter grapefruit hop finish.

M: Staunch medium body. Full, round, and silky. Even a bit chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Fantastic. This is an IPA built to withstand the test of time. A true west coast classic that will never go out of style.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very happy to finally see this in northern California. picked up a bottle at nugget in Vacaville. pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head for the style. decent hop aroma, but overall very clean and enticing brew.

the drink is a hop bomb. classic socal style... a very crisp dry drink with a massive hop bite. citrus up front and a little sticky pine resin on the back end.

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Photo of Mdog
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice bright grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Yum! Very good sweetness followed by grapefruit. Not bitter, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Wow, I was really impressed by this beer. I had it on tap several months back in AZ but was not very impressed. This bottle (now in MN) was pretty awesome, to the point I feel like getting another bomber or two despite trying to avoid bomber packaging. Just a great mix of sweet and hoppy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Ballyhoo, thy name is Alpine in Chicagoland. I've heard plenty of rumblings about this stuff for years, and some more have come through now than bottles have hit the Midwest. Diving in, it pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild pineapple, lemon pith, pine resin, light grapefruit zest, and a touch of honey-dripped biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the fruits and pine shining against a slightly unequal biscuit backdrop. Not bad at all, kids. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a damn fine IPA, one more than worthy of its status on this site. Get some!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber color with off-white head. Citrus, pine, and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, smooth. Finishes with a piney citrusy note.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Duet is a highly drinkable and well-balanced American IPA. Great clarity and rustiy orange hue set the nose and palate up for crisp, floral, and citrusy experience. The malt dances nicely with its Amarillo and Simcoe hop profile. I need to discover the story behind the label.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't really impressed with this. Hop aroma was weak, got some pine and grassy notes, no citrus or fruit though (it was a fresh keg), and the taste was very bitter. It wasn't overpoweringly bitter, but i was not as pleasant to drink as nelson. I guess i had high standards for this beer, it's still better than most IPA's out there though.

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Photo of cfalls
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - copper, not much haze, thin head laces the glass

S - mild aroma of dank, onion, citrus, malt

T - malt sweetness, not very bitter, floral, grapefruit

F - medium-high carbonation, a little syrupy, but finishes dry

O - Nice IPA. I think I like their session IPA, Hoppy Birthday, better. This one's a little heavy on the crystal malts for me.

(I had this right after MBC Lunch, so I may change my rating after I have a chance to rate it on a clean palate.)

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Photo of Lobina
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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 cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 3/2016:
Pours a fairly clear orange once the chill haze fade. Head builds up nicely with a little vigor in my pour, then sits and waits for you to get rid of it. White and fluffy, lacing is fairly decent as the beer is consumed.

The nose I thought initially was a little malty, but by the time I started analyzing it for review, it was more citrus rind (the ever popular grapefruit, mainly), citrus zest (orange mostly), a very light grain sweetness, as well as perhaps an apple-like note.

The taste starts with a little bit of a vacuum - I get the beer, but it strangely doesn't present a taste to grab onto right away. Then the flavors rush in... first a honey sweetness, then that pulp fruit note, and finally (but fairly quickly) the citrus notes that mimic the nose hit to transition me to the end. The end stays a little sweet while also gaining an undertow of pithy bitterness that ends up lightly piney - muted like a 3-month old car freshener.

Beer is fairly smooth, and could perhaps use a little bit more carbonation. The lack of accent from the tiny bubbles make the beer smoother, which is nice, but equally negated by a more watery feel - sorta balancing each other out. Body is actually medium-light towards medium. Lightly coating on the palate.

A very nice beer. I think I might like Nelson better. This has a light maltiness to it throughout, one that goes quickly from being the initial main note to a bit player as the bitterness sets in. It definitely ends up taking a back seat by the end, but never really seems to leave my palate.

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Photo of LAp
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into 2 12oz snifters. Pours a straw-honey yellow, with a half-finger of white head, leaving some lacing - just the faintest touch of haze. Nose is equal parts light citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) and hops. On the palate, the grapefruit disappears and is replaced with mandarin orange. There's a pervasive hoppy dryness too, that lends an almost tangy note to the citrus, yielding notes of kumquat. The mouthfeel is very dry, and of intermediate thickness. Overall, and outstanding IPA. In true fashion of a child of the modern beer renaissance, I find it hard not to rate those IPAs highest which taste most like they should be DIPAs. This beer however, finds a more nuanced middle ground, and stands, for me, as an excellent example of why the balanced complexity of more restrained IPAs can easily match their bigger DIPA cousins.

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Photo of thorkelson
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - poured into trillium tulip as a dull orange with a medium white head.
S - wonderful but not overwhelming citrus aroma - tropical, earthy, grapefruit
T - quite interesting IPA! wasn't expecting the taste that happened in the back of the pallet. the nose is mainly dry with hints of fir tree almost a bit of spice and continues to the back of the pallet. initially quite dry and earthy, but finishes with a nice hit of citrus and warm malt.
F - zippy carbonation - not overly carbonated but works well for this beer - doesn't quite sting but doesn't lay easy on the tongue

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Photo of McStagger
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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 timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange/amber color, one-inch fluffy head that quickly faded to a quarter inch, minimal lacing. Great big fruity and flowery aroma. Big tropical and citrus flavors, lots of mango! Medium bodied, kinda slick oily moiuthfeel, very nice. Overall, quite tasty, I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into pint tumbler. This IPA was overly sweet and rather disappointing, in view of the build-up for this and the rest of its beers upon Alpine's arrival in Mississippi.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from colonial spirits.
Deep clear light golden color with a frothy bubbly white head that shows great retention. Earthy citrus oniony resinous pine with hints of bready maltiness. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Nice IPA.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber earlier this week that was enjoy by dated 4/something/16. It was a GF bottle, poured a fairly clear, dark yellow/light orange color with a huge foamy head. The smell of the hops was a thing of beauty from the bottle, yet the taste I found to be rather muted and unexciting comparatively. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Not sure of the ins and outs of the GF/Alpine thing but everything I have had from either thus far have been very hit or miss. Not overly impressed.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 9/18/15: On tap at Good Beer in NYC

Color is a slightly hazy gold with a medium white head. Great lacing. Smell is citrus fruit and herbal hops. I can pick up a bit of the garlic smell from the Simcoe. Taste is similar - lots of citrus fruit, some dank and resinous hops and a bit of a sweet caramel backbone. Body and carbonation are medium. It's really good!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Really nice looking hazy yellow-orange with a white head.

Smell: Really nice citrus and dank from the Simcoe hops. Piney as well. This was the best part of this beer.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, orange, dank grass, etc. The dankness and fruit from the Simcoe really goes well together with the sweetness of the Amarillo hops. Malt backbone is there just enough to notice it.

Feel: Medium/light body. Low alcohol taste. Balanced.

Overall: A top-notch IPA. I had the Green Flash version and I thought it was great. I am sure its even better from the source.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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 flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. I like it.

Smell: rich and piney hop aroma with a dose of grapefruit. This is a classic West Coast IPA aroma; I dig it.

Taste: big and rich piney, earthy, grapefruity hops. The underlying malt is also rather on the sweet side, which just adds to the "bigness" of this beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bit of a rocky carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a really, really nice beer. It is a classic flavor profile, very well executed. I am glad we can get Alpine up here in Washington now.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some resin and some caramel/crystal malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with resiny piney hops and some fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a nice IPA. I remember it being better on tap.

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Photo of jphipps83
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a pint glass

L - light copper color with about 1.5 fingers of head and nice lacing

S - simcoes shine through on initial smell. I knew it was going to be a solid beer

T - well balanced, and you know it's a west coast IPA immediately. Nicely bitter, really good taste.

F - what an IPA should feel like, nothing over or under what you should expect.

Very, very good. Excited to try this on tap when I get back down to San Diego.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.