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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,390
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 854
Gots: 501 | 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 jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. Big thanks to airfoil for this one. No visible bottle date (picked up from the brewery less then 2 weeks ago). 2nd time having this.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden slightly brownish orange with about a finger of fluffy slightly bubbly head that has about average retention. Nice carbonation.

S- Floral citrus hops, honey, a little bit of grapefruit/lemon citrus mixed with some light sweet malts. Lightly sweet and definitely a little bit above average aroma strength.

T- Lemony citrus hops balanced with sweet lightly sugary malts with a hint of honey, finishes with a hint of bitterness and a smooth malt presence. Everything is very well balanced between the hops and malts.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, goes down easily, smooth.

O- This was definitely a nice IPA that is a little bit different then the typical East Coast IPAs that I'm used to having. It wasn't overly citrusy or hoppy but had a nice lemon hop presence that balanced very well with the sweet malts that provided a smooth very enjoyable IPA. I would definitely recommend trying this and I would love to have it again.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington VA. Post Green Flash.

Solid solid ipa. More on the citrusy side of the IPA spectrum. Nose was a little weak. Very enjoyable, drinkable.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Alpine. Pretty dry and bitter on finish, and yes, a bit more tropical fruit in the mouth would be nice, but this is a very solid IPA from the folks at Alpine. Glad to see this on a fairly regular basis around town now (in Eugene and PDX).

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: bottle is tall and thin branded both with Green Flash and Alpine logos. Beer pours a well carbonated golden yellow with a nice 1 finger white head. Very clear and classic West Coast IPA looking.

Nose: piney, citrus, grapefruit, a little malty sweetness, orange peel

Taste: bitter and delicious, piney, citrus, oranges, some sweetness, enough body to balance the delicious beer.

Overall: one of the best IPAs I've ever had, my first from Alpine. I'm glad Green Flash is distributing their beers not. Maybe I'll see some of their barleywines this winter.

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Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thanks to FreightTrain

IT pours a deep copper, almost amber, slightly dark ,but nice clarity, beautiful 1 inch head that's dense and sticky. Moderate lacing, decent retention. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and mango upfront. I think the simcoes dominate the smell. Notes of floral resins, and grassy, piney hops are nice, and the juicy fruit comes through as well. Also, as it warms, a nice distinct, raw graininess comes up as well. The taste is interesting. It starts out bitter, then the pine and grass come in, with a nice sweet finish, with the melon and orange notes coming in. As it warms, I think the Amarillo start to dominate the taste - with heavy orange and grass notes - flavors that I think are very prominent in the Amarillo hops. You start to taste the alcohol too, but mostly it just lends a nice pleasant burn to the drink. The malts also start to peek their head out as it warms, and you end up with this very bready, sweet, bitter orange peel kind of taste for the last leg of the drink. A good tasting IPA. I think that the taste of the alcohol is all to prominent in this though - perhaps if it were subdued, this could go to the next level. The body is nice and medium, fairly full with malt, with a good sticky resinous feeling. The carbonation is mild, and lends a slight sting. I would say overall, at about 45-50F, this beer is absolutely amazing, as the grassiness starts to subside, the grain starts to come forward a bit, and the fruity hop flavor dominates. A very nice beer that I really enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of oceanman
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic bronze color with medium head. Pine cone, grass on top of floral, light citrus, with faint caramel sweetness peeking through. Creamy mouthfeel nicely balances the almost spicy hop bitterness. Pleasantly lingering bittersweet finish - not at all harsh.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeheavySD for the growler!

A: Fairly tame golden copper color with a clean complexity. Just a few bubbles meander up to the top. Head is medium sized with a decent creaminess to it, a basic whipped butter color.

S: Vibrant green grapefruit zest, lemon essence, distant pine forest wavering on a subtle breeze, strawberry fields, watermelon and crystallized mango. Exceptional aroma.

T: Starts off with that “Alpine” buttery hop sensation that massages the tongue with its smooth texture. There’s a little bit of yellow apple, green melon, clover honey and a whole lotta star fruit. You know that flavor that hits the tip of your tongue when you bite into a plum? I get a lot of that as well as iced tea and marjoram. The flavor sort of falls short after this point and doesn’t get any more complex. The flavor lingers for a while and is quite nice but finishes right about here

M: Medium body and soft

D: Seriously quaffable and easy to drink. The growler really didn’t stand a chance. It wasn’t the most complex beer but it has a really nice flavor with long lingering flavor.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint jar at LD's Beer Run, Jackson, MS

A: A clear amber with an off-white half finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, mangoes, citrus heaven.

T: So freakin' smooth. Grapefruit and West Coast hops slide in for a nearly bitterless taste. Grapefruit, mango and oranges sooth the tongue with citrus love.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: One of the better IPA's around. Sip and be awed.

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Photo of ratedz
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Thanks Chris!

Pours a hazy light amber with a fluffy, two-finger tall off-white head. A lot of oily lacing are left on the sides of the glass as the head subsides.

The nose on this one is very strong. Some pineapple, orange zest, and grapefruit along with some floral and piney notes. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a sweet, citrusy treat.

The taste is, unfortunately, not as juicy as the nose might suggest. I was expecting a citrus hop bomb, but got a much more balanced beer. The citrus notes are there, but not in dominating form that the nose implied. The first thing I noticed was the malt backbone before the hops took over.

Mouth feel is smooth and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Drinkability is high since this isn't excessively bitter or overly sweet. A solid IPA.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bomber pours into my glass a wonderful peach color with amazing clarity and a half inch of creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Enticing. Aroma is all hops! Tropical fruit, grapefruit, green hop resins, floral accents and a bit of spiciness. Really shows off the Simcoe and Amarillo. Mellow caramel sweetness in the background.

First sip brings all hops upfront. Citric, tropical, herbaceous with green leafy resins. A bit floral with a mellow underlying sweetness from crisp light malts. Flows down with a bitter kick and lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fast moving carbonation making this brew immensely drinkable. This is just a damn good IPA that I would be buying many bombers of if it was available locally. If you have access to this consider yourself lucky!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. consumed from a spiegelau ipa glass within 1 hr of pour.

A: Dark, tarnished orange with a solid one finger beige cream head of solid retention state. Quick paced spacious effervesce fills the vessel. Nice skirt lacing on the way down in the vessel.

S: A wiff of fruitiness, dried apple, spicy sweet floral notes, with a followup of fresh grassiness that was exceptionally smooth and polished with a low to moderate rate of awareness. Sweet and perfumy.

T: Flavor was sweetly, lightly dry toasted french bread, sweet floral hops, and lightly toasted apple skin and cinnamon spicing. Spicy floral hop finish. Hints of grassy-pine adds just the right amount of accent while still maintaining a excellent sense of balance with the other components.

M: Lightly creamy, exceptionally smooth maltiness, softly carbonated, perfect harmony with a lightly dry finish.

O: Overall an exceptionally clean and polished drinking experience with an strong harmony and balance of malts and hops that makes this highly drinkable, and a flavorful beer. Crisply brewed, great drinkability, great hopping that isn't your typical west coast variety, but a beautifully orchestrated collection of spicy hop florals and fruit that begs for more drinking. Checking out their other examples it seems Alpine is no slouch in the IPA department and seems to be hitting it out of the park with nearly every example. Can't wait to try them all.
Beutiful balance and example of a cleanly brewed beer that showcases what true craftsmenship is all about.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber color with a decent sized frothy white head.

Smells of big juicy hops--orange, peach, maybe some lemon and lime, even banana. Mmm.

Taste has more pine and bitterness, less sweetness and fruit, still a lot of citrus and peach. Some spice, some floral notes, mainly citrus.

Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation, pretty good feel overall. Very easy to drink.

Great IPA. 8.6/10

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing

s: Floral and citrus leaning to the former.

t: Floral and pine resin with intensity and white grape notes over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness fades quickly on the dry finish. Grassy notes develop later.

m; Medium with surprisingly good body and excellent carbonation tingle.

o: An attention-grabbing DIPA thanks to relatively complex and enjoyable flavors. Smooths out rather quickly to a fine drinkability for a seven percent ABV. A nice sipper.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Beverages 4 Less, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: I'm reviewing this one on the heels of the delicious Nelson, and though I could pretty much just copy/paste my description of its appearance here, I won't. To recap: the color is a little lighter than I anticipated, a crystalline auriferous tangerine, replete with large, mercurial bubbles, racing towards one finger of pearly ivory head with great retention and crisp, chunky lacing. To be fair, there are differences: the shade of this one is a little darker than Nelson (a plus), the carbonation a little less excited and, subsequently, the head a little less massive (+), though the lacing is also a little less rocky, perhaps a result of the protein content of the constituent hops (-). Nonetheless, quite an auspicious beginning, particularly as the drink begins and those gorgeous aging rings of hop protein residue begin to form. Glorious.

Aroma: Duet's nose is a little tamer than Nelson's, which is saying something given the latter's understated and subtle complexity. Citrus is fairly large and predominant, very tart and juicy, and more at the top end of the spectrum - that is, lemon and orange. There's some dry, almost festively aromatic pine - like a big ol' dried Frasier fir -

Taste: Duet's dare I say risky choice of pairing Amarillo with Simcoe produces most of its interesting results here. These two are rarely featured on their own or even predominantly in IPAs - indeed, I remember the novelty of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe and its self-touted experimental nature when it first came out - so this is quite a treat. I've also likened the notes one can achieve from Amarillo as the closest thing you can get to dry hopping without actually dry hopping, and this beer is no different: the Amarillo addition provides a nice earthy, grassy, leafy kick, slightly piney, amplifying these elements of the Simcoe (in which they're also present but feature less prominently). The Simcoe hop has always come across as sort of a C-hop conglomeration on steroids to me, hitting about every note you could want or need out of hops, though always a little inauthentically, in my mind - pine, citrus, herbal notes, floral overtones, and leafy and grassy bits and pieces all wrapped up in a minty, bubblegum package. Its upon consideration of the Simcoe addition that the apropos nature of the name of this beer becomes evident. The Simcoe both augments the Amarillo's woody, herbal, and grassy nature and also backs it up where it lacks, providing pure, zesty lemon notes, thick ruby red grapefruit, spicy, cleansing mint, thyme, basil, juniper berries, and a moderately amped up level of bitterness. All this over a biscuity, slightly caramelized, moderately sweet backbone. Duet is tasty.

Mouthfeel: A body approximately on par with Nelson - that is, of a moderate thickness - but with more residual sugars than Nelson by far, to make for a slightly stickier mouth. The carbonation is still large, rampant, crisp, but the sugars tame the impact, making this one creamy, smooth, and even rather than sharp or crisp, a contribution that probably works well with the hop profile here (with a heavier emphasis on citrus and a downplaying of spicy herbal notes).

Drinkability: A different beast entirely than Nelson, though truly another beautiful showcase for some beautiful hops. On the minus side, I've never really been a huge fan of the Simcoe hop, even though I think it's better done here than it usually is - I've always found it a little inauthentic, I might even use the word "gimmicky," as if it's been specially engineered or bred to provide everything one might want in a hop but just comes across as trying too hard. The notes are also a little less familiar than the Nelson Sauvin notes, and thus there's a little less of a "wow" effect as I drink. On the plus side, however, the manner in which this pairing is accomplished is marvelous - the way in which they play off one another, playing off each others' strengths, helping make up for each others' weaknesses (or, more appropriately, gaps) - and very well done.

Alpine knows their hops, and they let this knowledge shine through - none of their IPAs are too bitter, they're more often dry than not, and they don't need to be too alcoholic to accomplish their goal. This is a sign of confidence, and that confidence is well earned.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy light-amber color with a generous-sized white head that slowly faded. A good looking IPA.

Smell: Piney and mild floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste:The pine and mild floral aromas carry over to the taste. The pine notes are the dominant feature in the taste profile with some mild loral notes coming in towards the end. The beer finishes on a mild bitter note that is more slanted to the juicy side than the dry side.

Mouth-feel: on the light side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. nice mouth-feel for an IPA.

Overall: I was hoping to find a Nelson when I came across this one but though Nelson is my favorite Alpine offering this was a tasty alternative. Alpine does IPAs right.

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

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

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

Very nice looking pour mainly because of the thick pillowy white head of 3 fingers. Nice retention with thick retention. Clear orangish gold obviously filtered.

Damn fine aromas. Citrusy and tropical with mango, lemon zest, star fruit, papaya, bready malts, toffee, and other fruit esters.

Light easy drinking, not overly complex with a good malt presence with moderate sweetness. Toffee rich bready with some cereal grain. Mango and papaya are the two main fruit components with some floral flavors on the finish. Light and quaffable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that Alpine was offering this fine IPA and had to go get it. Me and 3 empty growlers in tow made the short trek this weekend and it is always worth it when I come home with a beer this good.

A: Golden/amber/orange pour that sits below a nice off-white single finger head layer. This fades quickly to a patchy remnant of what it was only 30 second ago.
S: Sweet pine hops, with familiar citrus notes. Noticeable grapefruit and juicy orange peel aromas.
T: The pine notes and citrus translate to flavor. While distinguishable, the flavors are not overwhelming and provide one of a kind, assertive IPA profile.
M: Flowing and smooth. Flavor is apparent, but not overbearing. This beer holds a lot of flavor with how smooth and flowing it is.
D: Duet is an amazing west coast IPA. I'm happy to have access to it when it is brewed. A testament to its drinkability is how I am sitting here finishing the whole growler without hesitation.

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip at #bottlecherwednesdays with Vito at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Crazy tall off-white head head, on a clear golden beer. Aroma is as advertised: grapefruit, mango, pineapple goodness from the hops plus a little caramel malt hint. Taste is in line with the smell with some earthy tones and nice bready underpinnings. High carbonation, medium bodied, thin texture, dry bitter finish.

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