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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden hay-like color with about a two-finger head.

Tons of pine and citrus in the nose. Ahhhh California! Orange peel and floral hints throughout.

Nice and crisp with all those lovely hops biting the tongue. A faint malt backbone is present to compliment the citrus.

Light carbonation, but as with all Alpine beers, it so drinkable that it should be a crime. Just a refreshing, hoppy delicacy I wish I had access to all year round.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no bottling date on the bottle (22 ounce). Beer is heady and aggressive. Carbonation moderate to high and steady. After a careful pour I got about 6 ounces into my glass, the head took up the rest. White tiny bubbles giving way to larger bubbles at the top, looks like soap. Beer is light amber in color and mostly clear. There is a slight haze to it. There is aton of lacing as the head falls away from the glass.

This beer does not lack in the aroma department. The strong head and steady carbonation fill the immediate area surrounding the glass with the smell of pine. There is a hard to define sweetness about the smell as well. A very inviting IPA aroma.

I've been slowly adding more beer to the glass as the head disappears, its almost time to drink. Strong bitterness and a slight aftertaste of more pine based hop flavor. There is some funk in the midpalate of the beer so a slight deduction. Body of the beer is medium, its not as if you are chewing the hops down its less forced than that. Overall the drinkability is good and I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Pours a golden straw/hay color with about a finger width of cloud-lie/chunky head. The lacing is phenomenal!

S - Fantastic! Rivals that of PtE!. Pine and grapefruit up front with a very sweet malt finish.

T - There is very little biterness to it, just a bit on the back end, but the malts are very prevalent, and very sweet for an IPA. There are some light glass and floral notes; this is fantastic!

M - Light carboantion with a medium body. It's very appropriate for the style.

D - I'm only a few sips in and I wish I had a 2nd bomber to drink. This stuff is great.

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Photo of craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

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Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Wow, this label is pretty crazy. What the heck does a church have to do with this beer? Also, the "Drink Alpine ale or go to bed!" quote on the back is pretty random, but pretty funny. In any case, the beer poured an amazingly clear, brassy color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that left spotty drips of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy and complex. Peach, apricot and grapefruit notes were instantly recognizable. (Peach flavored candy came to mind.) Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were noticeable as well. Somewhat floral. The crystal malts took a back seat to the hops, yet they provided a pleasant sweetness. A hint of butterscotch came through as the beer warmed. The hops also seemed to intensify with time. This is an IPA in its finest form.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the aroma. Sweet-ish caramel malts were noticeable up front before the hops kicked in. Citrus fruit notes (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) dominated the hop profile. Peach and apricot flavors appeared as well. The finish was piney and oily. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Crisp, clean, bitter and somewhat dry but not overly astringent. This beer had just enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from being harsh.

The mouthfeel was quite creamy and smooth. A crisp, lively carbonation made the liquid feel light and fluffy on my palate. My only complaint was that the body seemed a touch thin for a beer of this magnitude.

Duet is liquid crack for hop heads. Packed with a menagerie of hop-derived flavors yet shockingly balanced, this beer is all too quaffable. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was remarkably well hidden. I can only imagine how good this must be on-tap.

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Photo of younger35
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew this morning from Masterski. The description on the back of the bottle has me pumped. Full of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Badass. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a massive three finger bright white head that is brilliantly fluffy. A perfect one finger cap and collar is left the entire brew along the thickest ring like lacing ever.
Smell- Super mild nose as it's a bit florally and ever so slightly fruity. Rose hips and lilac dominate (not sure if that's the right word since nothing really 'dominates') but a bit of orange zest and lemon peel are noticeable. Something spicy in there as well. I'd swear some rye was used.
Taste- Very light and almost delicate (first word that comes into my mind). The hops are lightly fruity with a very delicate grapefruit and grab apple features. The bitterness is so lightly fruity and nicely balanced. As it warms the orange peel and lilac really show and more of the floral side comes out. I get an ever so slight grainy sweetness in the finish but for the most part this is hop central. Balanced, fruity, hop central.
Mouthfeel- Considering the delicacy of the beer, the mouthfeel easily holds its own. They didn't get skimpy and kept this thing helfy. Low carbonation adds for a nice oily, creamy feel.
Drinkability- Brilliant. So light and easy drinking and everything an IPA should be. I wouldn't say it's the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's possibly the easiest drinking IPA I've ever had. Awesome brew, thanks Alex!

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber obtained from Red Carpet Wine this afternoon. Very, very fresh. And the head certainly agrees -- it's huge, pillowy, fluffy, and absolutely beautiful. Leaves an enormous amount of lacing behind, and it's very, very sticky. Great start to the beer.

Nose is pretty dreamy. Big hops, citrus -- nothing extravagant, just a very, very pleasant aroma from an IPA. One of my favorite things ever.

Massively identifiable hops from Alpine. Very enjoyable, and quaffable, too. Lacking over-the-top bitterness of its San Diego IPA brethren. Pine is more subdued than in other brews.

Immediately my taste buds complain this tastes JUST like Nelson and Alpine Ale. Unfortunately, this beer gets lost in Alpine's lineup. It's certainly a solid beer, but does it really stand out from the rest of their beers? Not in my book.

Not very carbonated with a moderate mouthfeel. This stuff, at 6.75%, is insanely drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained in a a shipment from South bay Drugs poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head. Very nice lacing as I drank this beer.

Aroma has some citrus and bitterness but the sweet malt is very present in the nose as well.

The taste is surprising in that I'm getting less of the in your face grapefruit and bitterness I expected from a west coast IPA. I'm getting a little citrus and a decent amount of bitterness but more of a fruit, maybe some cherry and apple flavors going on. More sweetness then I expected as well.

Overall this was an OK beer, not my top west coast IPA but good and different. I drank a High Tide Fresh hop IPA before this and that one was in my opinion much better and I would order that one again easily over this one. The hops in this one just didn't compare. Knowing South Bay didn't get these in too long ago I can't imagine it was an old bottle, but it almost tasted like it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-drenched Sunkist orange with lemon peel highlights. Fine streams of bubbles disappear into the underside of a two finger cap that is darker than ivory and lighter than sandstone. The foam is crazy sticky and is blanketing the glass with some of the finest lace that I've seen in quite some time.

The aroma earns a perfect score because each sniff results in a glorious blast of two of my favorites, Simcoe and Amarillo. Pineapple and pink grapefruit and orange and mango... oh my! This is pure hop juice in the finest sense of the phrase. Malt is not missed.

According to the label, Duet is so named because the two hops are 'in harmony'. One large gulp tells me that Alpine hit the American IPA target in the exact center of the bull's eye. This offering is perfectly situated between the brewery's APA (Alpine Ale) and their DIPA (Pure Hoppiness).

One minor quibble is that more malt would have given the hops a more sturdy launching pad. Their bitter yin would have been even more impressive with a slightly sweeter yang for contrast. As a result, this brew is more of a big APA than a small DIPA, if one chooses to compare it to the styles on either side.

The orange color means that something darker than pale malt is present. There may be a hint of toasted malt, but it's barely perceptible. The flavor profile is dominated by two of the finest American hops in existence. Flavors mirror aromas, pretty much, and Amarillo is marginally more aggressive. That's too bad because I would have preferred the opposite.

The mouthfeel takes a hit because of the shortage of malt sugars. This is the place where the beer feels most like an APA. It's smooth and is nicely carbonated, but any amount of viscosity and/or silky creaminess would have been welcome.

Alpine Duet is pretty close to an ideal IPA from my perspective. It would most likely get there with 50% more pale malt, 25% more hops and a higher Simcoe to Amarillo ratio. Anyone who lives in ABC's distribution area is extremely fortunate. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to czoch75 for this one! I owe you big time!

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours 1 finger of slight off white heat. Great retention leaving some nice lace rings/walls. Very bright white tough. Color is a clear orange hued gold. Color is a little light, but it's all good.

Aroma: Mmmm this is nice and hoppy. The orange citrus is fantastic here. Has lemon citrus as well and things are looking good. The hops are floral and fresh. I can honestly say that this is by far the best smelling IPA I have ever smelt. Simply incredible. I hope the taste is as good as the smell.

Taste: Yep, this stuff is pretty good. The citrus characteristics, orange, lemon, grapefruit, are all so fresh. It is really great. The floral hops are also very fresh and bright. Simcoe hops always seem to make an IPA taste great and this is no exception. Has a biscuity malt profile that balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but in a very good way. It is so smooth and refreshing as well. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends only slightly dry, not sticky, which is awesome for an ipa.

Overall, this ranks up there with the top ipas in the world to me. It is fresh and the citrus flavors are amazing. I really am enjoying this one and will have no problem finishing this bomber. This was a well deserved treat after studying all evening.

Thanks a million Clint!

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Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Alpine has started bottling their brews in earnest. Easily one of the best producers of pale ales in the country. Duet pours dark golden with one-finger of foam capping it. In a true display of delicious hop oils, the head does not go anywhere at all and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma is of course delightfully hoppy with an exceptional level of fruit in it. There is pine to it, and grapefruit, but they are both so light and fruity. It is a bit tropical, but it actually reminds me of other fruits for once, maybe even strawberries or nectarines to lighten up some grassiness. Great aroma.

The flavor is quite grassy, with a smooth pine flavor and some grapefruit for good measure. They balance out quite nicely, making for an intensely hopped flavor that avoids bitterness for huge levels of aroma. Quite well done. Medium thickness with a medium/high level of carbonation that is not yet prickly. Pretty much spot on feel. Highly drinkable. This brew has been available on tap before and it indeed lends itself perfectly to having a couple of pints.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jay for sharing this west coast IPA.

Poured into a Goose tasting glass/mini nonic. Golden orange, a tiny bit of suspended sediment that looked to be hop particles. Plenty of sticky lace coating the glass, with a lasting degree of retention. Sticky, resiny, leafy hops in the nose. Citrus blast hits you nicely on the first whiff.

Rich flavor with sweet caramel, earthy Simcoe, vegetal hop bitterness, maybe a 7/10 on the bitterness scale. Plenty of citrus, bitter orange peel and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied, with a slightly viscous feel. One bomber is easy to finish. This is a solid example of a West Coast IPA...

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stawn for sending this my way. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Imperial nonic pint glass. The ale appears a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a huge inch plus of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves quite a lace in its wake. A very nice looking pour, can't wait to dig in. The nose and flavors consist of caramel malt, tangerines, floral, orange, pine, white grapefruit, grass, spicy citrus mint, peach skin, ripe tropical fruits, toffee. Just about the right amount of bitterness with no alcohol heat to speak of. Adequately carbonated with a clean medium body. Simply delicious stuff and very fresh right now. By all means, get your hands on a few bombers if you can.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always interested in a new Alpine offering.

Appearance - A nice light copper with two inches of white, fairly stiff head. Laces well.

Smell - Nice and light. Plenty of apricots and tropical fruits. Pleasantly hoppy. A slighty biscuity note.

Taste - Follows the smell. Tons of nice tropical fruits. Very light with a grassy note to finish. There is a real astringency that is unpleasant on the aftertaste. It just dries out the mouth. It goes from great to very good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good, but that aftertaste is tough.

This is a very good beer. It was almost great, but it finishes so dry that I'm having a little trouble with it.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.

Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

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Photo of MGL
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this gem in a trade with stawn. Thanks Chris! Poured a 22 oz bomber into a oversized Pinot wine glass. Pours a golden caramel with minimal lacing and a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. I put my nose to this beer and this is exactly what I like about west coast ipa's rich citrus. This ipa uses a mixture of simcoe and amarillo hops, yummy. This baby tastes exactly how it smelss citrus pronounced with wonderfull grapefruit bitterness. This beer goes down very easily, too bad this is not readily available on the east coast.

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Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kbm on this and several bruery and alpine brews.

Smell: Piney, bitter, soap.

App: deep orange w/very foamy head w/lacing.

Taste: Watery, but not totally thin. Hops come in at the end w/the piney soap taste. No alcohol presence.

Mouth: Average to thin.

Drink: Considering it's supposed to be a great west coast ipa, poor.

Overall: I hate to disagree w/so many, but I've had almost all the highest rated ipa's in the world. This tastes green or soapy. It reminds me of an american pale ale homebrew I did once and thought I screwed up. Would not buy again. It's ok, just not good.

(Edit: Had on tap at Woodshop tasting, no soap taste but still not very impressive. Will raise scores a bit.)

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

22oz bottle from a shipment recieved today.

Pours clear copper with a gold hue and a half inch head of white. A partial skim coat on the surface for the duration as well as plenty of smeared lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of floral, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Peaches, tangerines, and Spruce resin. Lush with fresh fruit and a light spicyness.

Medium bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. A slight chew with hoppy gription.

A smooth punch of bitterness leads off the palate quickly followed by grapefruit pith, tangerine seeds, pine cambium, and hop resins. Hints of cedar bark, peach fuzz, pears, and melons follow through. A ripe, plump malt base adds balance but the beer is all hop-forward.

Finishes with a lingering, spicy bitterness, ripe fruit, light malt, and warming alcohol.

What a great IPA, like California sunshine in a glass.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale copper. Dusty looking cap of ivory white foam. Lace is quite substantial and intricate. Aroma is tropical, grassy and resiny. Flavor is a lot of citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, nectarine. Good hop flavor. A little grassiness and some pine resin. Bitterness is very clean. Underneath all the hop character is a solid enough toffeeish malt base. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a flavorful, easy drinker. Great IPA overall.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: like light colored honey, white head with a slight haze.

S: the smell on this one is less intense than its sister beer - Nelson, but still very floral and citrusy

T: beautiful up-front hoppiness with subtle background malt flavor apricot, citrus and some other distinct flavor that I can not pin down at this moment.

M: good carbonation and light viscosity make this right at home in the mouth

D: very drinkable. there is sufficient bitterness that will satisfy most hop heads, but it might be a good transition beer from the bitterness of Sam Adams Lager or Sierra Nevada to the craftier hoppiness levels.

Overall, a great beer, but I will probably not be buying this one very often since Nelson is usually available now, and I think that Nelson has all of the good things that Duet has and more.

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Photo of kbm
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start this review by noting that if the appearance category included label consideration, my score would be significantly lower. I kinda get the Bavarian-esque cartoons that grace all the Alpine bottle, but the inexplicable picture of the circa 1960s suburban church on the front of the Duet bottle leaves me a little annoyed. Don't get me wrong. I don't have problem with the church theme. I just don't get it. Trinity, yes. Duet, no. Anyhoo, the beer more than makes up for any aesthetics lacking in the package.

Appearance: Pours dull copper with a generous almond head. Great head retention and lacing.

Smell: The smell of Duet gives any IPA a run for it's money. Hoppy with amazing sweet tropical overtones. It smells like freshly cut tropical fruits. I could smell this beer all day long.

Taste: This is a delicious IPA. Not as bitter as a double IPA but definitely stronger than your run of the mill IPA. The initial taste delivers all that the smell promises, tropical and delicious. The tropical-ness of the flavor gives way to a pleasant bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Subdued carbonation without any of the oiliness that plagues other IPAs.

Drinkability: More please. A bigger bottle this time.

This is an outstanding IPA. Although it's certainly worth the $6 price tag, I would buy much more if it was $4 a bottle.

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Photo of portia99
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a clear, light golden color with a thick creamy white head, 2 fingers high with very good retention and holds its shape incredibly well. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Gorgeous IPA.

S - Tons of thick, resiny pine and freshly peeled grapefruit. Really citrusy and fresh smelling. Not grabbing much malt in the nose, but in this case, it isn't a complaint at all. This is the freshest, most grapefruity aroma I've experienced in a beer. Fantastic!

T - Taste mirrors the aroma. Grapefruit is even amplified a bit. This tastes like freshly peeled grapefruit that is eaten like an orange. I could drink this for breakfast. Also a good amount of pine that rounds out the hop profile and just the right amount of malty sweetness to take the edge off of the bitterness and smooth out the flavor. This is really good!

M - Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but has a nice slick, slightly oily feel on the tongue. Carbonation is fine and quite prickly on the tongue. Resiny hops sit on the tongue and hang around well after the swallow. Very good.

D - I have a new favorite IPA. Just when I was convinced that the Alesmith IPA couldn't be beat, this one does it for me. Amazing, fresh citrusy taste propels this one. 7% alcohol isn't really low, but is manageable. I would be very happy having a couple of these/staying with it all night.

Seek this one out. If you love IPA's you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) and Shane (HopHead84) for the joint venture in getting me a few Alpine beers. I owe both of you guys! Poured from 22oz bomber into Surly Imperial Nonic.

A - Pours a orange/rust color that's mirky with 1.5 fingers worth of off-white colored head. There's some good lacing left along the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top as well.

S - A nice hoppy profile mixed with notes of orange peels, lemon citrus, tangerines, and some malty sweetness. A solid-smelling IPA, if I've ever seen one. Right up there with my favorites.

T - Nice bitter notes up front but nothing too overpowering here, which is what I prefer in an IPA. Not much sweetness, just a straight shot of bitter/citrus hoppyness going on here. This IPA doesn't try to be flashy, it's just straight-up solid/good.

M - Light to medium bodied with some fizzy carbonation on each sip. The carbonation adds more of a body on this and keeps it from being too light. For me, it's just right. An oily finish on the end.

D - A solid IPA if I've ever had one. Alpine is the "hop master" of the West Coast, in my opinion. When I went and visited the brewery, Pat was kind enough to take me on a full-blown tour of his place. All the beers I sampled were excellent, but Duet might be my favorite.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with friends; mine in a Foothills pint glass. Major props to Mauerhan for the ri-donk-ulous trade.

Near-perfect appearance for the style, with a clear golden-copper body that sports an active carbonation level. A thick cap of off-white head recedes, but never fully subsides as it dots the inside of the glass with spackles of lacing. Great West-Coast aroma with bubblegum and cotton candy sweetness balancing foresty, pungent Simcoe hops. Orange peel and caramel in the background.

Lots of piny, citrusy hop flavors in this one. Bitterness is slightly subdued, and the malty backbone adds sweetness, but not much flavor. Grass, grapefruit, and tangerine peel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, with a watery consistency and low carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness, but not much of a bite. Still, this is a very good IPA, but I expected a bit more after falling in love with Alpine's Nelson Rye IPA...

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.