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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 745
Hads: 3,743
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 838
Gots: 615 | FT: 21
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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 TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: golden-Amber in body, with a pure white head. Lots of retention and stickiness in the head, with rings of lacing throughout. Body is totally translucent, with no turbidity or haze visible.

Aroma: lemony and grassy at first, followed by a punch of bitterness and piney scent. There's also a touch of cracker present, giving it a bit of a Belgian IPA-style aroma between the hops and the light malt aroma.

Taste: begins citrusy, grassy, and fresh, presumably from the Amarillo hops, and packs a solid foundation of malt. This beer is definitely well-balanced, and the scales are probably tipped just ever so slightly in the flavor of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of sprucy, piney flavor, (Simcoe!).

Feel: sticky and bitter on the finish, with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very well-crafted IPA. Felt light and drinkable, like a "Session IPA," but packed lots of hoppy goodness. On the pricier side for a 12oz bottle, but it was very good, and in all likelihood I'll drink it again.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an overehelming amount of hops on this one, more of a medicinal flavor with a bit of astringent kick. Most of the bitterness comes on the back end but it is pretty well balanced. Very slick oily mouthfeel, quite resinous.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is bright orange side. Decent pillowy head, and nice lacing. Huge floral and pine aromas. This balances out in the flavor a bit with a nice malt profile. The hops are nice and subtle. but on the finish there is a citrusy bite with lots of grapefruit. The hops here do not overpower the beer and the balance with the malt is really nice to make this an incredibly approachable and drinkable IPA.
This and Pure Hoppiness are very good IPA's.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with two finger head and left lace patches down the glass. Citric, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the aroma and the beer's taste profile is the same as a light, clean body that has citric, earthy hops that balance with sweet notes (malts and possible sweet fruit flavors) for a mild but very enjoyable IPA that hides the ABV.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay for Green Flash brewing Alpine and getting it out here. Let's jump into it.

Clear orange gold body and white head with great retention. Has good looks.

Pungent Amarillo for sure on the nose with bright juicy orange. There is floral as well and some dankness from the Simcoe to build a nice aroma.

Lots of great hop flavor with medium bitterness. The malt makes a quick appearance with some breadiness.

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Photo of jdhende
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice golden orange

S: Citrus and spicy hops hit you upfront. The bottle states that Amarillo and Sincoe hops are used.

T: Similar to the smell has lots of citrusy flavors too it such as grapefruit and mango. Very hoppy which I enjoyed, but finished really bitter for my taste.

M: Really dry taste that lingers.

O: A nice beer which I was happy to get the chance to try. Very drinkable for the ABV just a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good, easily obtainable (at least here in Colorado) India Pale Ale. I'd agree wholeheartedly with the descriptor: 'the perfect amount of malt hidden behind the hoppy goodness.' Just a really balanced beer that drinks lighter than 7.0 percent.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber color with off-white head. Citrus, pine, and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, smooth. Finishes with a piney citrusy note.

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Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV
45 IBUs
OG 1.065
22 oz. with no dates into a Bell's tulip. Thanks BulbMan!

Yellow golden hue and brilliance, with a medium off white head. Good retention, some lacing. A very fruity aroma of mangoes and pineapples. And signature Alpine weediness. Good aroma, fo-sho.

Slightly fruity and sweet at the beginnings with a crisp, dry and bitter finish. Drinks easy and very refreshing with good carbonation and medium body. Man, if this came by easy and had half the alcohol, I'll purchase it by the case. Lacking bitterness, or at least not as bitter as want. Also evidenced by the IBUs on this one. Overall, a very good beer, bordering greatness but higher in alcohol that I'd prefer.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for this one.

Well, dammit. This beer looks fantastic. Orange side of golden, clear with a big white, fluffy head. It turned rocky in the middle; a floating island of foam. Niiice.

Aroma is hops forward. Orange, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit rind. Some off-biscuit in the background.

Taste is almost a perfect APA except I get some earthiness in the hops. The citrus and tropical flavors are backed-up by some butteriness and more of an EPA flavor. Too bad, because it takes the crisp bite out of the other hops. Not sure if this bottle was tainted, I drank it 1 day after receiving it via in-person trade. Still, though, it's quite good.

Drank it fairly quick, but as it warmed the butteriness became more evident.

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Photo of brian44556
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a ST 2xIPA glass. No date on the bottle. Received as an extra from sixofsigmas.

Pours a light yellow with a two finger head that sits on top of the 16oz line on the glass. As the head crawls back into the beer a thick ring of lace coats the sides of the glass. Smell mellow citrus hops and bread from the malts. Taste is very malty with a bitter back bone that stings the tongue a bit. This has a great crisp finish and is an easy drinker. Perfect levels of carbonation. Overall a great IPA and a great combo of hops used in this beer. It is a shame Alpine isn't readily available here.

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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 MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through); initially frothy white head settled into a 1/2 finger head with a thin film and islands; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - mild-to-moderate pine and citrus aroma; mild-to-moderate bready/biscuity aroma and some alcohol; no diacetyl, slight DMS

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that is followed by a balance of hop - peach, tangerine and pine - and malt character; malts continue to play on the back of the tongue; finishes dry with some warming alcohol notes

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; good drinkability

O: 8/10 - very good West Coast IPA that hits all the high points - citrus, pine, background malts and dry - with an interesting peach character that I wasn't expecting from the advertised hop profile (Simcoe & Amarillo); I drank another Simcoe & Amarillo WC IPA, Kern River "Just Outstanding" IPA, and would give that the slight nod because I found the hop aroma and flavors more intense, but they're definitely similar beers; Duet is not a 96 for me but I'd readily recommend

TOTAL - 38/50

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

On tap at Oak & Oar OKC. Pours a hazy orange with a healthy finger of white head. The aroma is citrus, some tropical and a bit of malt. Taste is similar to the nose. There's some orange and a bit of grapefruit. There's quite a lot of bitterness on the back end. Medium mouth and it's fairly dry. This is a solid IPA.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber shared with capra12. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit with an orange tint. Lacing is thick and layered with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is floral, citrus, cane sugar, and cream. Slight resin character in the back. Smell is overall very enticing and aromatic.

T: Opens grapefruit, peach, and other citrus fruits. Sweet right at the front. Resin hop bitterness in the back lingers and then comes to the forefront towards the middle. Piney and even slightly tart. Finishes sticky and slightly dry with a bitter lingering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth with a drying finish. Rough around the edges. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A very hop forward brew, this is a great representation of a west coast IPA even though its not my personal favorite. Robust bitter taste with a clean, crisp feel. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for an enamel-peeler!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. I like it.

Smell: rich and piney hop aroma with a dose of grapefruit. This is a classic West Coast IPA aroma; I dig it.

Taste: big and rich piney, earthy, grapefruity hops. The underlying malt is also rather on the sweet side, which just adds to the "bigness" of this beer. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bit of a rocky carbonation and a decent creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a really, really nice beer. It is a classic flavor profile, very well executed. I am glad we can get Alpine up here in Washington now.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick creamy white head and robust sticky lace.

S-lots of tropical fruits in the nose of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. a light malt backbone, sticky sweet malts with caramel and a touch of dough and a light pine in the end.

T-the taste has a fair bit of tropical fruit, adds more grapefruit and the bitterness of it reducing the orange peel and tangerine but those are still present. sticky doughy malts and caramel are underneath with a little bit more pine presence in the back and a lightly bitter finish.

M-nice light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the back of the throat. rather juicy and wet throughout and somewhat dry.

D-this is a rather drinkable IPA with a nice light bitterness and strong balance. Enough doughy malts and sticky caramel to balance an assertively hopped beer. There is a lack of subtly and an aggression in the flavors that make it slightly flabby but still very good stuff.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold in color; light in carbonation; very thin white head that leaves lazy lacing.
Smell - I pick up a blend of pine and citrus; very nice, but not outstanding as I hoped it would be.
Taste - makes up for the nose; great hop flavors of citrus, pine and some grass; delicious!
Feel - hop bomb, yet relaxed enough not to blow your head off!
Overall - this was one that I've waited for some time for; a bit disappointed, because I was expecting much more...that being said, this is a well crafted, hop forward IPA that I would no doubt have again!

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Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/7/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with big fluffy off-white head with great retention that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by fruity hops, both citrus and tropical with some pale malt barely coming through all of the hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness up front with pungent hop flavors coming in behind the bitterness. Finishes with sweet malt and citrus hops.

M: Smooth, juicy, slight resinous medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good IPA, a bit on the bitter side yet pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV.

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Photo of ryno09
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Eggshell white one finger soapy head, hazy golden orange color. Doesn't stick around long but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma - Very sweet at first with tropical fruits - dried mango comes to mind - and grapefruit. Some floral and earthy pine notes then appear. Very complex nose that changes as the beer warms.

Taste - Very soft, mellow mouthfeel. Unlike most IPAs I've had, I don't get much right away - just a bit of grapefruit fruitiness. You get a little sweetness, like a honey malt mid tongue that is over run by the hops at the back of the tongue that have more of the piney, earth bitterness. The malt does hang in there with more of a cracker, toast like dryness. Temperature really seems to have an effect on this beer. When colder, you get more of a grapefruit like bitterness in the finish but as it warms there's more a piney, resin-like bitterness.

A highly drinkable beer that is complex on the nose and smooth on the tongue with a pleasant bitter finish. On its own, the taste doesn't live up to the nose but it pairs very well with spicy foods. I'd prefer the citrus/fruity side of the beer so I'd recommend drinking this one as cold as possible or with food.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white head and lace. Light aroma of west coast hops. Flavor very nice and mellow of citrus, pine and melon. Bitterness is mild, balancing and agreeable. A nice IPA that drinks more like a simple pale.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice head and medium lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. To much citrus for my liking.

Taste – Grapefruit, mango, and some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, lightly creamy.

Drinkability – Pretty good, but a touch too much citrus.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange transparent body, with off white head and some lacing.

S - Strong floral note, along with sharp dank notes.

T - The taste is punchy bitterness, sharp and full of resin and lemon, pith and grapefruit, with a spicy middle and a relatively mild bitter close.

M - Some drying, but mild.

O - A nice, burly IPA that manages to land lightly on the tongue.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HotD tulip on 3/23/11

Pours a clear golden color whit 2 fingers of head that dissipates into fine white lacing covering about half the glass.

Smells of lots of citrus, floral, and grass hop notes with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste is much the same lots of hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I taste the grassy earth hops the most.

Mouthfeel is nice light to medium weight not a lot of bite and just a little hops resin to finish it off leaving a nice resin feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is very solid. ABV is moderate and there isn't any alcohol taste that comes through so I could really dig having this one around more often. I will look for this on again.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 745 ratings.