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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,400
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 855
Gots: 502 | FT: 18
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 beergod1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -7.4%
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 +3%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.2%
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 +0.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +0.5%
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 -7.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -10.9%
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%
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 -53.9%
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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Photo of JToad
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved a bottle of this via mthomas84, for the BeerAdvocate2 fantasy football championship. Thanks Mitch!

Pours a clear copper, with a huge frothy offwhite head. Sticky lacing fills the top of the glass.

Citrus and pine right off the bat. Fantastic aroma. One of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had.

Sweet and hoppy, with a nice malt backbone to provide balance. Tangerine with a touch of lemongrass.

Very viscous and smoothe. This is damn near a DIPA, and a good one at that.

Dangerously delicious beer. California continues to amaze me with their IPA's. Each one is better then the next.

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Photo of rand
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

Pours an orange-apricot, slightly opaque, nice pillowy 1-inch head. Fair amount of lacing trails as I gently stir, which also releases a nice bouquet of citrus and sweetbread notes. Grapefruit, orange and a splash of something tropical, perhaps papaya. Freshly baked honey bread lingers in the background.

The citrus tones hit your palate first, but they're accompanied by leafy, bitter notes that aren't detected in the nose. Ample hops have an earthy tea edge, which blend nicely with strong notes of honey and bready malts. Malt-backbone is really prominent, approaching a DIPA, which nicely masks the alcohol. The bitter aspects really stand out toward the end of the sip, along with a slight tinge of tropical fruit suggesting mango. Hints of passion fruit as well. With all of the flavors dancing on the palate, the beer finishes surprising dry and clean.

Duet has a smooth, oily slick mouthfeel - viscous for a single IPA. A lot of the characteristics of this beer approach a DIPA, except perhaps the ABV. Great balanced flavor makes this really easy to throw back. But then again, it's Alpine, you expect them to be this good.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotten via trade from dabecassis. Mad props to him for providing me a few excellent CA goodies I can't get here in PA.

A: A medium golden color that is fairly clear. A one finger white fluffy head rises atop with almost no lasting glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral tones and some sugar sweetness.

S: Fruity? Holy cow. Hoppy smells of citrus that include grapefruit and some tangerine coupled with some pineapple, mango and some peach. Some herbal tones slide in also. The sweetness comes with a sugary side that is actually very velvety smooth, maybe a touch of vanilla. Finish is back to the fruity hoppy tones but remain smooth and silky. Not overly bitter, but there is bitterness on the finish. Wow, this is one damn great IPA. So elegant.

M: Creamy, smooth, fairly full, a slight trace of alcohol and some slight bitterness. Clean.

D: High, wow really nice drinking beer.

What a great, great west coast IPA. The simcoe and amarillo combine for a real fruity floral experience that I have not ever tasted in an IPA before. Wish we got this in PA.

Update 1/16/2010. Just had my second bottle of this and it is quickly moving up my charts of the best IPAs on the planet. This beer is so damn good my head is spinning. So elegant, hoppy, fruity, drinkable and just so damn delicious. Wow, I'm blown away. What a beer.

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Photo of chaz01
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle courtesy of a trade with great trader mobz24. Thanks Rich!

A: Pretty clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves some lacing as it settles.

S: I pick lot's of fresh pineapple notes, with a little bit of piney and citrusy grapefruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple and mango -- with some citrusy grapefruit hops as well with a bit of a pleasant grassy resin flavor.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and delicious. I liked some of the other Alpine IPA's a little better, but this was solid as well, and for $8, I'd be drinking it all the time if it were available in the midwest.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duet's mostly clear copper body has a few particles floating around. The off-white head is small and soapy. The retention isn't great, but some nice lacing does stay behind.

Duet has an aroma that is just packed with hops, with floral and grassy notes and a hint of citrus zest. The label says that the hops are simcoe and amarillo, and the simcoe is definitely noticeable. Just a bit of malt is in the background.

After my first sip of Duet I realize that I didn't even notice any malt. First a big, resinous pine sap flavor comes through, and the flavor is almost sticky it tastes so much like pine. The piquant citrus flavors are almost juice-like, and the follow the pine immediately. The finish is a bit spicy, floral and bitter. Although the bitterness is somewhere between moderate and substantial, the hop flavors are much more powerful than the bitterness. On subsequent sips, I notice a lightly toasted, sweet malt backbone, but I really had to look for it.

The beer is definitely oily across my tongue. The carbonation is fairly high, giving a big-bodied feel to the beer.

Wow. Of the three excellent Alpine IPAs that I tried, this is my favorite. Hops, hops, and more hops without being extremely bitter or overdone. Alpine makes some great hoppy beers.

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Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tieman for this bottle. Haven't had an Alpine in almost a year.

A - Beautiful pale amber with steady carbonation. Small head disappears quickly after pouring.

S - Alcohol heat first, though it melds brilliantly with citrusy hops. Tropical fruit follows giving me the impression of cotton candy.

T - Big citrus first with tropical fruit in the finish. With all the alcohol on the nose, I expected more heat, but it's really negligible here. Just enough to assure you that it is a bigger IPA. I get just a nip of grassy resin in the finish, which adds to the pleasant dryness of the beer. Incredibly complex hop flavor. Absolutely magnificent.

M- Very light on the palate. Dry like no IPA east of the Mississippi is.

D - Infinitely quaffable. I could have 4 and not notice until I stood up.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs. Such a beautiful beer. Cheers!

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Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed my first Alpine Duet with a buddy from out of town that's also on this BeerQuest to drink BeerAdvocate's Top100 US Beers from this past August. I know... good luck.

The appearance of Duet IPA is a light straw and hazy gold with tons and tons of head even on a slow pour. That head brings out a truly beautiful floral aroma with citrus and malty sweetness coming through too. But the bulk is floral, "like a California hillside."

It tastes light and sweet, keeping a hops bitter character as well, and remaining bright. In the middle there's more sweet, and it finishes bitter and clean. Very subdued. The medium body and carbonation keep it solid, it's well-composed, and around 7.0% this is dangerously light in the mouth. Extremely easy to drink.

Me gusta.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden color with a white head that had medium level retention and left some lacing. There is a big grapefruit hop explosion off the nose and the hops explode in your mouth as well. It's got lost of hops but is quite sweet with some piney bitter finish. Good carbonation in a medium bodied beer that is really easy to get down. I would like some more of this.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with some friends before the holiday break and it went like this...

A- A very nice and light golden color with an pale yellow hue. A little on the hazy side, but mostly clear which is just like I like them to be. Has a nice thick, fluffy white head. Looks ready to drink immediately. A steady stream of carb keeps the head nice and fluffy and ready to go.

S- A barrage of mango, tangerine, citrus and grapefruit which are very pleasant and causing me to drool a little bit. I love the simple and clean aromas this one presents and have never been let down by an alpine beer that's fresh. A little warming and I sense a very light malty sweetness. A very nicely balanced aroma.

T- Simply an amazing combination of citrus, grapefruit, sweet tangerines, light apricots and delicious mango. An unbelievable combination of citrus hops with almost no piney bitterness to speak of. I taste almost no sweetness within either. This one has been balanced in the hops from start to finish. Love the tropical fruit delight that I have had the opportunity to consume.

M- A very slight tingle from the carb, but otherwise sticky, coating and exceptionally smooth. Love every sip of this one from the beginning to end.

D- God damn straight it's dangerously well crafted and the sweet succulent hops make this one a delicacy and it's readily available for those of you looking for it. Seek it out and enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

Another exemplary offering from an up and coming IPA heavy line up from Alpine.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.