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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 754
Hads: 3,770
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 840
Gots: 632 | 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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at Lake and Irving. L: Pours copper gold with a light haze under a 1” clingy cream colored foam cap that persists through the entire drink.

S: Herbal aromas laced with citrus, pine and a hint of mint. Light malt in the background.

T: A good balance of herbal citrus pine resin and melon on a moderate malt backbone.

F: Medium body and carbonation.

O: This is new in town and very welcome. My son-in-law and I finished off the keg.

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

Duet is a crystal-clear deep gold beer with a large (albeit brief-lived) slightly pebbly ivory head that leaves good bands and caverns of lacing. The aroma is medium-big: a very nice blend of grapefruit, sweet/spicy florals and more subdued citrus and pine notes, with a hint of alcohol riding atop everything. Up front, the palate is bitter pineapple with hints of citrus; by mid-palate, the citrus notes have attained a greater presence and a slight IPA soapiness has emerged. Bitterness builds to a style-moderate level; a significant bready malt character provides some balance. The finish is dry and clean, showing just a flash of cedar, followed by the onset of a moderate grassy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and nicely peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. This is a solid IPA. (22 oz bottle, 153 days before best-by)

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

A - Clear gold body with a huge white head left thick tight rings.
S - Citrus, mango, and pine. A great hop combo.
T - Follows the nose. A little more pronounced on the pine resin. Balanced nicely by the light malt.
M - Medium-light body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - An excellent brew. Very happy that Alpine is now in MA. A little pricey, but well worth it. Seek this one out.

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Photo of JustinCider
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this over the summer on tap along with Nelson, but didn't review. This time from a bottle.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a foamy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

S: Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pine sap and sweet malt on the nose.

T: Orange leads the flavor parade followed by the sweetness from the malt and some piney notes on the end. Long lasting pleasant, mildly bitter finish.

M: Full and smooth

O: A great pairing of two of my favorite hops. Not quite as good as it was on tap, but still very impressive. I will buy more of this if I can find it and share with others. A must try for hopheads. "

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Photo of exposd
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid offering from Alpine Brewing out of California. Very drinkable!! Beautiful color and head/lacing as well as aroma but the taste doesn't deliver the same flavor that you get in the scent. Lots of pine and heavy citrus (mango & oranges). I had to try this beer because I've tasted their session Hoppy Birthday and it quickly became my favorites in the IPA category. This one falls in comparison to their others in my personal opinions, while this brew is just not as unique or exciting. This beer is a typical West Coast IPA, and don't get me wrong it's a very enjoyable beer but just doesn't sit at the same level as Hopoy Birthday and Nelson which are both much more one of a kind flavor.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsener

Clear golden orange, constant stream of mini carbonation, white foamy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine , citrus, tangerine, musky

Citrus hop bite on first sip, lingering bitterness on the roof of the mouth,

Sudsy, crisp,

Good beer

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Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright golden color. Big, dense, white head made up of very fine bubbles. Visible carbonation. Mondo lacing. Handsome!

Smell - Big pine needle hop nose.

Taste - Grapefruit hop taste. A slightly acidic flavor. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the background but balanced it is not.

Mouth - Crisp. Fizzy.

Overall - A nice, west coast hop bomb. Similar to Stone's IPA or Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA. Not unique but very tasty all the same!

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Photo of Lisa78
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical west coast IPA. Plenty of bitterness but not much flavor profile. Wish it tasted like it smells. Nice to see this in distribution out east but would rather drink some of the better local brews.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright, golden orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a mostly barren surface and a thin ring around the edge. Not much for lacing, save a spot or two around the glass.

Smell - Hoppy aroma consisting of orange, pineapple, grapefruit and mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavors that hit on strong orange and grapefruit, with lesser notes of mild pineapple. Moderate mango comes in mid-taste, delivering a soothing, juicy hop character. Malts are hidden, lending a generic sweetness to help accentuate the hops while lending a touch of balance. The finish is juicy with a bit of bitter citrus pith lingering in the distance.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate, lightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth delivery with a crisp, dry finish. Stupid drinkable.

Overall - This is a hell of an IPA. Utterly delicious, with a smooth, approachable drinkability. I'm glad Alpine has Green Flash to back them now. It's given me an avenue to try their beers, and their hoppy offerings are nothing shy of great thus far!

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Photo of jstigen
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange color. Pour from Green Flash bomber had two fingers of foamy head, of which a thin layer lingers producing lots of lacing. Dank smell with some tropical fruit aroma. Very nice flavor, with smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA that I would recommend.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is heavy citrus - orange, hint of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), and dankness.

The taste is an exact match to the smell.

Great representation of a west coast IPA with just a bit more juiciness.

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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 ScaryEd
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash bottle dated "Best By April 20, 2016".

Pours a clear, amber orange color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. The head is gone immediately and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, however very light and subdued. I get some faint grapefruit and freshly mowed grass on the back end.

The flavor, like the nose, is very light and doesn't really pop. Some tropical citrus notes, with a lot of bitterness on the back end.

The mouth is medium bodied with light carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip.

Overall, a solid yet disappointing IPA. I have not had the non-Green Flash version, but this is definitely not what I expected given the hype. There is a very good flavor profile here, but it's just far too subdued to be noteworthy.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at high 5's. Delicious ipa. Pours very clear has a nice sized head. The smell is a little week on it. Flavor is very crisp and juicy.But is lacking some of the hop depth/ bite.

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Photo of Strike00
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a light amber. An off-white head that lasts a while.
S: Smells of piney hops with a touch of citrus. Smell is not strong but it might be because of the shaker pint.
T: Taste follows the nose. A piney IPA with a nice grapefruit taste in the background. Bitter finish but not too much.
F: Medium bodied that could use a touch more carbonation in my opinion.

O: Good, above average IPA. Maybe if I had a really fresh one I would put in the great category.

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Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by April 07, 2016.

Juicy peaches at first, bitterness after the sip. Found it to be a bit tame though. Flavorful but lacks some punch in my opinion.

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Photo of emyers
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into Founders snifter. Best by date April 20, 2016

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch white head which dissipates into lacing after about a minute.

Big floral presence in the aroma along with some grapefruit and pine. Hints of biscuit are the only malt presence.

Taste is similar to the nose but a bit milder. There is some tropical fruit along with the floral hops. Not much malt presence at all - this is a true west coast style IPA. Finish is mildly bitter with an extra dose of juicy hops. Excellent balance.

The mouthfeel on this is superb - medium body, moderately dry, and exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

Another great IPA from Alpine. The best quality of this beer is how drinkable it is - a 7% abv IPA that goes down like a 4-5% abv pilsner, yet packs a ton of hop flavor. Exceptional.

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Juicy and creamy. Bronze/golden brown. Healthy constant head, lacing out the ears covering the glass. Subtle plush hop nose with underlying bitterness. Super tasty, full bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Very good beer.

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

2015-11-28
22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By date on the label is 17 March 2016.

Pours very slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium beige head that fades slowly, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is somewhat mild, a little citrus, a little tropical fruit, a little pine.

Taste is grapefruit rind, straw. Again, surprisingly mild. Maybe I've been drinking too many DIPAs. More flavor comes out with more sips, though...start getting some of that tropical characteristic, which is nice. A little honeysuckle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very dry, a little resinous. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow + orange highlights with a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with a hint of caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV quite well. Really nice hop aromas and flavors without an aggressive bitterness. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of Tilly
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Hazy golden poor with a pure white head that turns into a great lace up and down the glass sand on the top of the beer.
A: Grapefruit, pine,
T: GRAPEFRUIT, resin, citrus, bitter.
M: Well balanced, medium bodies, near perfect bitterness.
O: This is a great new Cali style IPA, that probably deserves s higher number than I've given it.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it during thanksgiving break of 2015 that was purchased from the River Forest Whole Foods. The hops profiles are very potent and somewhat too overpowering for the occasional ipa consumer.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden amber with lively head. The nearly ever lasting froth is great. Stone fruit aromas with a subtle dankness. Clean and crisp in design, but a with an aroma/flavor first tech is rewarding in its richness. Quite quaffable.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo and simcoe, what could possibly go wrong. The answer is nothing. This is a great beer. Brilliant clarity, really attractive to look at the bright gold nectar in your glass. Floral at first, then the pine resin kicks in big time. Quite bitter actually, but its appropriate for a beer of this construction.

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

Alpine just knows how to make juicy IPAs. This one had lots of nice piney qualities balanced well with floral notes from the hops. I really liked the overal hop profile and felt the bitterness was held in check very well.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.