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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 609
Hads: 3,128
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 882
Gots: 431 | FT: 16
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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 stakem
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

From a bomber with no freshness indication into a DFH goblet. This brew appears a fairly clear color of light golden orange with slightly more than a finger of fluffy offwhite head. When held to the light this brew has the appearance of being quite clear but there are some large particles stuck in suspension moving around from the movement of the constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface in support of the creamy head. As the head recedes, it leaves a webbing of lacework about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with hop characteristics. It smells sweet and juicy with fruit like oranges and a minty herbal characteristic with a light amount of earthy cattiness. The smell provides some toasty caramel malt sweetness and a tingle of alcohol warmth. This is a very pleasant smelling brew and quite enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is modestly bitter with both an earthy and catty hop flavor. There is a rindy bitterness somewhat spicy yet tastes like orange rind mixed with grapefruit. The finish includes clingy bitterness coupled with a toasted grain flavor that is lasting but doesnt provide any contrasting sweetness. There is a well represented warmth from the 7% abv included.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest, lively level of carbonation. A pleasant experience and well rounded ipa. The 7% abv hits hard in this brew, it provides a spicy, lightly burning fusel incorporation to the flavor and a solid amount of warmth all the way down the throat. For an IPA that only includes 2 hop varieties, this brew is deep and complex with hop flavoring and aromas. It is a testament to brewers that you don't have to go crazy with ridiculously complex variations of multiple hops to produce a deeply complex and enjoyable layering of flavors and aromas. Well done, of the 3 ipas offerings from Alpine I have had, all of them are stellar.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a thin white head that shows good retention.

S: Some fresh pine hops. I don't know why, but only Alpine beers seem to have this wonderful pine hop smell. Along with the hops are some tropical notes and a bit of funk as the beer warms.

T: It's not as "big" as some of Alpine's other IPAs, but this is really good. Nice pine hop flavors along with a biscuity maly backbone. The hops don't leave a lasting aftertaste and the result is you feel like you could drink this one forever.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to walows for the extra! Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into a dimpled mug. Pours a bright orange color along with a nice creamy head that quickly dissipates, good lacing that lasts throughout the session. Moderate malt and hop aromas of light bread and caramel, flowers, spruce, grapefruit, orange, light yeast, and perhaps a background note of sour milk on the last pour. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and lightly astringent and dry finish. The combination of the two hops (Simcoe and Amarillo) bring out some excellent aromas that give Duet a great name! This went very well with my sausage and mushroom pizza.

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Photo of azdback
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Bright yellow, orange. Very clear. Head is two fingers and bright white. Very sticky looking and pitted nicely. The lace

Major pine hops. Smells like Christmas time. MMM!! A bit of orange pith. Check back with you when this one warms. I gotta try it!! Okay I am back... this has warmed a bit and now the pine has all but dissipated. Still hoppy but maybe more on the citrus side.

Definitely different than the smell. It has become a bit complex. The hops are there but different. The pine resin is kinda gone and has been replaced with the citrus taste of a yellow grapefruit. A bit of sweetness from a tangerine or an orange. The malt has shown it's card and is holding it's own. A bit sweet and now that it has warmed it matches the smell.

The mouth is well above average for the style. Full to the end, well carbonated and crisp. Refreshing!!

Overall I REALLY, REALLY liked this one. I have had Pure Hoppiness and Exponential, it is very obvious this is the little brother to those two. Everyone needs to find a trading partner in California and get some!!!

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear dark gold with a fluffy white head that lasts leaving moderate lacing.

N- Light aroma of toasted grains, resin, flowers, and grapefruit rind with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Nice crisp biscuity malt supports a firm piney, resinous bitterness with floral accents. The malt character tastes like you're chewing on fresh toasted grains. Juicy citrus, pine resin, flowers, and fresh biscuity grain hold steady to the finish and linger into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a semidry, sticky finish.

D- Overall, an incredibly well-balanced brew that satisfies with every sip, but never satiates. I definitely need to drink this more often.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with an immense 4 inch head that settles into a plateau of foam. I had to pour this beer and wait for the head to settle a few times before I got a decent glass. Thick globs of lattice lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh citrus zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of citrus zest, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a slight touch of honey. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation on this beer. A bit coating in the mouth. Overall, a very good IPA and a solid offering from Alpine.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HotD tulip on 3/23/11

Pours a clear golden color whit 2 fingers of head that dissipates into fine white lacing covering about half the glass.

Smells of lots of citrus, floral, and grass hop notes with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste is much the same lots of hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I taste the grassy earth hops the most.

Mouthfeel is nice light to medium weight not a lot of bite and just a little hops resin to finish it off leaving a nice resin feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is very solid. ABV is moderate and there isn't any alcohol taste that comes through so I could really dig having this one around more often. I will look for this on again.

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Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.

S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma

T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.

M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.

O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.

Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!

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Photo of Kelly88
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my bruery tulip.

A- a yellowish gold hue with a huge fluffy white head. Fingers of lace hold onto the sides. Head is holding nicely, more than a cap. Very nice.

S- wow! Huge grapefruit with some resiny hop cones. A subtle breadiness is there as well. Very strong aromas.

T- sweet bitter hops of grapefruit mixed with dank hops That end end with more bitter bite. Malts are involved to sweeten up up the intense Bitter.

M- very creamy. Tingling carbonation keeps it from being overbearing. This is very light and tasty. Probably the creamiest ipa I have had.

Overall this is a great ipa. So tasty and it is really great. Smell is crazy good. The taste is a very balanced bitter bomb, if that is possible. My first beer from Alpine and it is a great one

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Poured a nice golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. Bubbles are scraming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice white, 1.5 finger thick head forms and retains very well.

S - Grassy, floral hops with some piney notes all up front. Grapefruits, pineapple, orange and mango all right in your face. Some biscuit malts in the background

T - Really follows the nose quite well except the malt backbone stands out much sweeter than the nose. The hops are really juicy and the malt backbone nice and buttery.

M - Medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation. Slightly dry and resinous at times.

O - REALLY outstanding beer. Flavors are all great and really stand out as a great American IPA. A must try for the hop heads out there.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange with two fingers of head that quickly leaves. The nose has toffee with hints of tropical fruit and pine. The taste hints of pineapple and coconut with a bitter backbone of grapefruit and orange rindw, well balanced by mildly sweet malts. The fruit is quickly swept away by a refreshing bitterness that lingers nicely. A wonderful example of an IPA that is a notch below my all time favorite sculpin. A must try and if i could get more i would drink it often. Purchased at citybeer in SF.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bunch of alpine beers on tap, glad I finally got to get some bottles of it.

Again, had a couple weeks back so forget, wish I could just click a button saying I had it instead of reviewing because if you need to read my review to see if you want to try Alpine beers, you're crazy.

This is a solid, hoppy, semi malty bready tasty IPA. Any time you have a chance to get any Alpine beer, get it.

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Photo of arizcards
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Alpine Frontier Liquor store in late February for $4.99.

Beer poured orange with a nice solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very pungent, grapefruit rind and tropical fruit stand out.

Taste is sweeter than normal from the strong malt backbone that balances out the lovely pine, grapefruit, and mango hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This is a flavorful more balanced IPA that is on the sweeter side but not so much that it finishes very clean. This is a must try if you are an IPA fan. Another outstanding beer from Alpine!

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Photo of dmsohyea
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

3/2/11 - poured from 22oz bomber into a Stone IPA glass. I've also previously sampled this beer at O'brian's.

A: Pours light orange with one finger thick white head. Head retention and lacing are fantastic with this pour and glass. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Outstanding, with fresh Simcoe hops, pine, citrus, and faint malt in the background. Comparable to Pliny, which in my opinion, is the best smelling beer out there.

T: Again, exceptional. Strong hops and grapefruit up front, with a dry bittersweet finish. Nice mix of bittering and aromatic hops with moderate malt profile. I'm not sure if someone poured a Pliny and this beer next to each other that I could tell much difference. One major difference is a slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M: Is thin to moderate with medium high carbonation. A little watery at times.

D: Not sure how many of these I could finish. This bomber won't be an issue, though. Great work, Alpine.

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Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Nice clear golden orange with a finger and a half of bubbly off white foam. The head dissipated to the surface within minutes, leaving a lot of nice lacing that clings to the edge of the glass, and a mix of small and medium bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some light carbonation visible in the beer.

Nose is dank and earthy, grassy and floral hops, wet pine needles, some light sweet citrus in tangerines, light biscuit malts. Not too pungent though.

Follows the nose exactly. Very dank and earthy, grassy and floral from the hops used. Some malt sweetness helps balance the bitterness on the tongue, and then finishing with a light floral hops on the back of the tongue.

Light bodied and decently carbonated makes the beer very refreshing. Little to no aftertaste on the tongue, very clean finish that only leaves a bit of floral aroma in your mouth. Very easy to drink, an IPA I don't mind finish a bomber of as it doesn't just blast your tongue with dryness.

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Photo of harrymel
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra!
Poured to a NB globe.

A: Pours a lovely golden ale with excellent clarity and a 1-2 finger head of fine white bubbling. This dissipate to leave a moderate sheet of the same. Lacing is insane for this beer.

S: This is an IPA?!?! The nose is super sweet. The malt owns the beer. Othewise, the hops add citrus, resin, lightly floral hints. The nose is so beautiful.

T: Lightly bittered, again malty. the beer has an almost... coconut rum flavor. Plenty of vanilla tones, wood tones. This is exceptional. Goddamn beautiful.

M: Medium with spritely carbonation. Leaves the mouth not slick, but salivating.

D: I am not sure I can get enough of this beer. It is absolutely delicious. Not a typical West Coast by any means - too sweet. However, you should try this.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to take this wonderful Cali IPA.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, about 2 fingers of light white frothy head that hangs around forever! Almost transparent clean orange color. Nice retention, a little lacing on the glass. Smell- huge pine, bitter citrus, terpentine? Love it! Big aromas have me very excited about this beer. Taste- the pine needle flavor instantly greets me, along with a nice bittersweet malt finish. There is a lot going on here, and I can taste a duality of hops types playing here. Love the creativity. Mouthfeel- this has a creamy silky mouthfeel. Drinkability- I am instantly depressed that I can't drink this anytime I want.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for this one.

Well, dammit. This beer looks fantastic. Orange side of golden, clear with a big white, fluffy head. It turned rocky in the middle; a floating island of foam. Niiice.

Aroma is hops forward. Orange, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit rind. Some off-biscuit in the background.

Taste is almost a perfect APA except I get some earthiness in the hops. The citrus and tropical flavors are backed-up by some butteriness and more of an EPA flavor. Too bad, because it takes the crisp bite out of the other hops. Not sure if this bottle was tainted, I drank it 1 day after receiving it via in-person trade. Still, though, it's quite good.

Drank it fairly quick, but as it warmed the butteriness became more evident.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100
A big thanks to Jolijuli23 for this incredible extra! Very generous!

The beer pours a hazy yellowy gold color with medium white foam cap. The head recedes to a thin ring atop the beer with substantial lacing still adhering to the glass.

The smell is quite strong with a big citrus hop nose. Notes of stone fruit abound here with slight hints of lavender and floral honey.

The taste shows off a tremendous hop bill with citric floral notes balanced against a slight sweetness to start, giving way to clean uber-citrus bitter finish. The pungent dry finish literally makes me want to take another drink each time. Lovely stuff!

The mouthfeel is great for this beer. Medium-high carbonation but with a luscious creaminess from the adequate body.

Drinkability is great, as you could easily enjoy 2 or more pints of this without a problem. Clean, bitter finish contributes to this attribute.

This is a great rendition of IPA. Hopheads must seek this out!

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Exceedingly clear gold in color. Forms a small white head that reduces to a rocky surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus: grapefruit and orange with a little pine in the mix as well.

T: Dry, grainy, malt base. Primarily citrus, grapefruit with lighter notes of pine and a little hop spiciness. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Very clean.

D: A quality, easy drinking IPA, though, nothing that would warrant putting this one into the top tier either.

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Photo of HopMasterFlex
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The duet is a decent alpine ipa. They have so many that it is hard to say which is best, this is not the best but it isn't the worst. Popes a deep golden color with a white head. It has a sweet piney smell with hints if yellow fruits. The taste is pIne hops with a sweet caramel edge. Malt backbone to this one and it is pleasant to drink. All in all it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

Pours a nice deeper yellow with white head. Smell of citric fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon zest). There is a bit of spiciness but I can't put my finger on it. Taste about the same, with the fruitiness on the forefront, grapefruit, tangerine, orange. There is some bready maltiness to it but it is weak. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly over carbonated. I think the thinness of the mouth detracted from the overall complexity of the beer. Easy enough to drink, just a touch uninteresting.

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Photo of brew3crew
1.99/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-hazy yellow with white lacing around edges
S-smells a lot like butter. Like the kind you woukd put on popcorn. Good on popcorn. Bad with beer
T-Hard to really describe. Very buttery. Hops appear for a second but are gone even faster.
M-moderate body with slight carbonation. Goes down smooth
D-like putting your nose at a movie theatre snack stank and drinking a beer. Novelty for the nose, not for the mouth.

What the hell happened to this bottle? Someone please send me another!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.