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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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680 Reviews
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Reviews: 680
Hads: 3,415
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 852
Gots: 505 | FT: 19
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 joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Binny's - Bolingbrook, IL

Duet is a pale beverine. It's dark golden, tarnished perhaps, with soft orange highlights. Streams of carbonation rise from every surface of the glass through the minimal haze. The foam is bulbous, perfectly white, and dense. It rises to three fingers on the pour and looks like whip cream atop the body. There's more foam than there is glass. Duet is purty!

The nose is chock full of both tropical notes and citrus. The tropical notes are tough to pick out specifically but what comes to mind is a big fruit salad of papaya, mango, and star fruit combined with grapefruit zest and orange segments. Yeah, it really does smell that good. Crystal malt brings a touch of sweetness, but it's soft, with a touch of clean booze on the back. Bueno.

Big, ripe tropical fruit comes across first and foremost in the flavor as well. It's a little more muddled than on the nose but it's still delectable. Citrus comes across more as orange oil and pith with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. A softly sweet biscuity maltiness adds just enough balance to keep it drinkable. A quick flash of sugar cookie hits on the swallow before peppery booze dries it up. Nice.

The body sits a touch below moderate with an active, but small bubbled, carbonation that brings with it a plush mouthfeel. The bitterness is there and grows with each sip but never surpasses moderate and that clean booze I mentioned above, it dries out the finish like a champ. The dryness helps accentuate the bitter. Me likey.

Duet has always been a great beer. Just about everything Alpine touches turns to gold. Duet is citric, bright and tropical with a drinkability nearly off the charts. This is good beer, go get some.

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

Bottle into pint glass. Big fluffy tan head and a light golden brown orange color. Smells like citrus and hops. Tastes much the same but pine and bitterness dominate. Good but I'm not a huge fan of piney hop bombs. This may not be fresh. Would like to try on draft. Just above average to me.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

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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 jwc215
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle:

Pours orange amber. A thin white head lasts and leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of robust juicy fruit and floral/piney notes.

The taste is of orange/tangerine with spicy floral hop goodness. It is rounded out by a firm malt backbone.

It could be chewier/fuller, but I'm far from complaining.

A wonderful hop-forward, yet balanced floral-strong delight. Hop goodness in a bottle! My first from this brewery - looking forward to more!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep copper orange color. a two finger or so tan head forms and sticks around for a while. leaves behind a strong and frothy lacing along the entire height of the glass. good strong clarity and good brightness.

Smell: hops, some citrus, some pine and resin, lighter tropical fruits. crystal malt sweetness. and some toasted grains.

Taste: opens with hops, mostly pine, earth and resin. malts are fairly strong and ranging from a strong and sweet crystal malts to toasted grains. more hops come in at the end mostly some citrus but some light tropical fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. moderate bitterness and linger. slightly refreshing.

Overall: a nice ipa but nothing too out of the ordinary. not quite the malt character that I look for and could use a bit more hop character and/or less crystal malt character.

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Photo of Stew
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - To be honest, I'm not sure looks can be rated really. Seriously, unless its a stout that looks like an IPA or a session beer that's as dark as a Porter...who am I or anyone for that matter to say what any beer should look like as long as its in the ball park of what it says it is. After all, there are black IPA's. However, I give this beer a 3 because for one, I poured the entire beer pretty aggressively before I saw any head and when head finally appeared, it was about maybe a nickel thick which faded as quick as it appeared (within about 5 seconds).
Smell - You can imagine most of the aroma comes from the head and since there wasn't much of one, there wasn't much of a smell.
Taste - Got to admit, for a beer with not much of a smell and no head, it definitely taste like it has potential. I get a lot of orange and orange peel citrus flavors, not so much grapefruit like some are saying. I think a lot of people are confusing grapefruit notes with the citrus from orange peels, limes (maybe) and the bitterness from hopes (definitely not getting much grape fruit though). Of course this could be due to flatness and the loss of carbonation due too poor bottling which I believe is the case with my beer since some are saying they had 1-2 inches of head. This would explain the lack of smell and head. Again the beer has a good flavor.
Feel - Flat and low in carbonation (enough said). Would like to get a hold of one that's bottle better.
Overall - I didn't rate this one as low as I should have simply because I can tell it has potential and don't too much judge a beer based on bottling issues. So I'm open for a 2nd attempt and will update my rating if I have a better experience.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier Pumking glass from a 32oz growler. The color is a cloudy orangish brown. I get some hoppiness and a little pine on the nose, the taste is pretty balanced I think between the hop and malt. Overall a good beer, but some people are saying theirs is clear and mine is cloudy which makes me think mines not as good as it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white creamy head, head disappeared after about 5 minutes, good amount of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel, citrus, some pine and resin, sweet malts on the backend, alcohol is not noticeable, smells pretty good.

T: First impression, big hit of grapefruit, citrus peel, citrus bitterness in the middle, balanced touch of malts, finishes dry with grapefruit peel flavor reemerging and lingering at the end.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry, grapefruit peel finish.

O: Duet is a very drinkable, balanced IPA, nothing overwhelms in the flavors, another great IPA from Alpine, would definitely buy this more often, especially if available in six-packs.

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Photo of monkeybone7504
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good try at IPA but after drinking stone enjoy by.... carton boat and other big beers, the hops here seem very muted and not as pronounced. I was expecting a bigger punch, and for 11.00 a bottle I was let down.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangish copper pour with a lacy white head. Not that much in the aroma. A little bit of citrus. Lots of lime flavors, plain mouthfeel. A very alright IPA.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Twisted Elm Tavern, Elmwood Park, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mango and passionfruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be nearly as aggressive compared to many of the other West Coast IPAs that I've had, but the tropical fruit aromas and flavors imparted by the hops are very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Dan_K
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash sourced bottle (brewed by Green Flash?)

Golden colored brew that is quintessential west coast IPA. Carbonation is 2 fingers and sticks around. Crisp and clean, bright citrus and hoppy floral bitterness. An easy drinking IPA with lots of flavor and aroma. Well balanced and very drinkable, would probably give Pliney a run for their money in a blind test.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color. Has a light hoppy aroma with a citrusy backbone. Flavor is mild citrus hops that quickly smooths to a lightly sweet finish. Leaves a very light bitter citrus hop aftertaste. A little bit light overall for my liking but still very good

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and bright medium golden in color. The body of the beer almost glows in the glass. A decent sized, two finger head forms and retains very well, lacing very well as well. Lots of carbonation that is continuously rising.

S- Moderate to strong hops up front on the nose, with the amarillo and simcoe showing off their strong floral and pine notes. The scent has just a touch of the malts in the base of the beer to counter the hops bitterness and balance the scent overall.

T- Starts off with the punch of the hops, but they are somewhat subdued when compared to the scent. The bitterness ramps up a bit form the initial taste towards the middle of the drink and moves towards a more pine-forward flavor. At the back end of the drink, the hops turn more resin-y before the malts of the beer kick in and balance with the slightest touch of sweetness. Lingering flavor is a mild bitterness of the hops.

M- This beer hits the tongue with a decent punch of carbonation and a fairly thick body rolling across the tongue. The drink is very smooth as it goes down and there is no noticeable alcohol content. In summary, this beer drinks as an IPA should.

Overall, if you are looking for the quintessential west coast IPA that both displays a good dose of hops and a decent amount of balance, this could be your prescription. It is easy to drink and pretty bitter without being off putting or one dimensional. I like this beer.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into tulip glass:

Look: Beautiful orange/golden color with about a half inch of head with lacing present

Smell: Loads of hops and citrus along with some hints of grapefruit and pine

Taste: Hoppy deliciousness but malty as well to not make this beer overly bitter. Hints of grapefruit and pine also. Very tasty beverage that is going down very smooth.

Feel: Medium body

Overall: This is a mighty fine west coast IPA that just became available in Pittsburgh PA market not long ago. Hoppy but not overly bitter due to some malt backbone. Love the hints of grapefruit in this. This is my first beer ever from Alpine and it is worthy of every bit of its rating. Wish I had bought more than this one bomber. Also hoping to get my hands on some Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Floral with strong tropical notes. Lots of ripe melon with hints of pineapple. Sticky grapefruit in the mix as well. Malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of hop flavor, but it's not that bitter. Pretty juicy. Watermelon is there. Regular melon as well. More grapefruit. A touch of fresh grass and pine needles. Solid malts backbone, but the hops once again still shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Clean and not aggressive. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nice IPA. Not exactly mindblowing, but it's still very good.

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Photo of -Rick
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: a brownish orange with a decent amount of white head
S: pine, caramel, resin like hops. Some sweet fruits
T: extremely malty. None of the fruits smells come out in the taste. quite bitter
F: a bit thick, slightly carbonated. Leaves a bitter lingering taste in the mouth
O: not super impressed with this beer. Had heard real good things

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of tropical fruit and pine. Big upfront presence of citrus hops with a scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin and grass along with some floral hop hints. Malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and dank hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront taste of ripe citrus fruit with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, apricot, and melon. Good notes of pine resin along with some grassy and floral hops. Backing malt notes of caramel, cracker, grains, and yeast. A really good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily. Pretty drying.

Overall: A really great West Coast IPA. Big juicy and dank hop presence with a nice light malt presence. One of the better in it's style.

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Photo of nodder
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally get to try this beer and its worth the wait. Nice orange/amber in color with a quickly fading white head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit scents and taste. Bitter but smooth on the tongue. Pricey but something Ill still buy from time to time. Love it.

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

The beer comes in a peach to orange color. The aroma is tropical fruits and light malt. The taste follows with tropical fruits, light malt, and low bitterness. It's a balanced IPA with a good hop profile.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like the acquisition of Alpine by Green Flash is going to be good for distro. And business. First time finding this beauty in Wisconsin. Love the hop bill—Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorites. Gorgeous beer with an inviting aroma and awesome flavor. I will be looking for more of this beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spent some time searching for this in Southern CA last month and ended up walking into a bottle shop in central Illinois to see it sitting on the shelf, go figure. Still a little mixed emotions about the Green Flash acquisition, but I'm glad to be able to try this. Best by 3-17-16. Lots of pine and citrus with a sweet caramel malty back and moderately bitter finish. Very tasty and I hope that I'm able to get my hands on Alpine stuff more often now. Prost!

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Photo of frasergrove
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium body white fluffy head, light tinge of golden orange, hazy

S: tropical fruit, ripe mango, light pine undertone, well balanced

T: creamy with a bitter bite, fades towards finish. Some pine

F: creamy and bitter, smooth mid mouth, not super dry finish

O: overall outstanding IPA, well balanced, packs a punch, bis also delicate

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.