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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 600
Hads: 3,099
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 885
Gots: 416 | FT: 16
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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 MarkIntihar
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chicago Bears pint glass. Huge thanks to Brett for hooking me up with my first dose of Alpine!

A - Pours a brilliant translucent yellow orange with two fingers worth of pale white head. No noticeable cloudiness or chunks of anything. If a beer could look crisp, this is how it would look. Retention is very nice as well, with about half a finger's worth of head remaining more than ten minutes after pouring.

S - Piney hops with a strong citrus background. Lemon and orange are the dominant fruits, with the hop pine and bitterness becoming a mere background note behind the citrus fruits.

T - Starts with a crisp pine note, as one would expect from the nose, which is followed quickly by strong orange peel and lemon. Finish is somewhat bitter, but not to the point where it dries your mouth out. Really an excellent all around beer. Almost get a cider like quality in it as it warms.

M - Very pleasant in the mouth. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but not terribly so. As I mentioned in the taste, does not dry the mouth out like some IPAs. Gives the feeling of having just bitten into a juicy orange.

O - Overall an excellent beer. One that I'm looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an alesmith snifter. Shared with Cavery.

A: So pretty on the pour I almost don't want to drink it. A very lively head that comes up but doesn't cross much past 1 finger with a deep, but mostly clear golden body and plenty of carbonation running amok inside.

S: A puree of various citrus rinds, a little banana, tons of pine, tree leaves and bark, just a deep and viscerally satisfying whiff of mother nature at her finest. Fantastic smell.

T: My first sips were remarkably bitter, as I think the beer was a little too cold. As it warmed up it was full of piney qualities, lots of citrus-- especially orange rind. There is a very ephemeral complexity in the taste that is hard to pin down. Again, very natural, extremely refreshing and quite delicious. Sometimes bitterness seems to hit harder than others, though, and it can even start to concern you about whether or not it's going into a meidicinal nastiness zone.

M: Like all alpine IPAs, this is damned refreshing. Excited carbonation, crisp feel to everything and the viscosity causes it to basically splash across your mouth, which with the delicious flavors makes it feel like getting splashed with water on a hot day. When the bitter notes hit they can sometimes almost pain the top of the mouth and throat, but otherwise the experience of this beer is very balanced.

O: I've had duet a few times now and the first couple of times I was convinced it might very well be the best beer ever made. I've had a lot of IPAs/DIPAs since then, and I'll still say that Duet is probably the best single IPA I've ever had, though it's likely tied with Nelson. This beer is delicious, but I'm no longer so sure it deserves to be very near or on top of things like Kern 5th or Pliny. Regardless, easily one of the top 5 IPAs/DIPAs I've had. This beer is amazingly refreshing, enamoring, and delicious. A delight to drink and a tragedy to finish- you must try it!

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Photo of match1112
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another alpine courtesy of ehammond1, thanks! you sure know how to pick em!

half inch of off white creamy head sits atop of a crystal clear bright copper body. head has good staying power and excellent spider web lacing making abilities. I can smell the floral presence in this beer several feet away. also hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange with a subtle caramel malt presence. taste is heavenly! more big bright citrus flavors. tastes just like it smells. has a med-lite mouthfeel. carbonation is right, bitterness is just right for me. overall i have nothing bad to say about this beer, but if i had to pick something i would say i can't. love it and you will too, now go get a bottle.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THanks Cam

A - Clear golden body, nice white head. Great look.

S - Pine, simcoe?, citrus, pungentness. Overall a pretty good nose.

T - A great tasting beer. Great hop profile, nice bitterness, tropical fruits.

M - dry, smooth, decent body.

O (D) - a super solid IPA. not the diacetyl bomb it was last time i tried this.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pretty clear light golden amber color with a fluffy offwhite head. Head has really good retention, and leaves some very nice layered lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops jumping out at me. A ton of tropical fruits, which is followed up by a good amount of pine. A nice back bone of caramel malt sweetness.

T- This is a great brew for sure. Has a nice amount of bitterness but nothing over the top. A great balance between the hops and malts. Very nice hop flavours coming out in this one.

M- Medium in body and a bit on the higher side of medium in carbonation.

O- Totally awesome brew. Very stellar and highly recommended.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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 arizcards
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Alpine Frontier Liquor store in late February for $4.99.

Beer poured orange with a nice solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is very pungent, grapefruit rind and tropical fruit stand out.

Taste is sweeter than normal from the strong malt backbone that balances out the lovely pine, grapefruit, and mango hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability is very good. This is a flavorful more balanced IPA that is on the sweeter side but not so much that it finishes very clean. This is a must try if you are an IPA fan. Another outstanding beer from Alpine!

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Photo of Ianizzle
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Only had on tap but truly one of the best IPA's yet. Clean. Crisp. Well balanced. Very well balanced. Great combination of hops and not over powered by malt. My favorite beer at the moment and currently looking for bottles if anyone wants to trade!

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Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to queens1130 for including this in along with my last box of Bruery RS stuff!

Beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. It's got a really aromatic aroma that has both big floral and citrus notes with a light biscuity malt aroma backing it up. The flavor here is really excellent both the floral and citrus aspects of the nose come through very nice into the flavor, and the malt backbone is just enough to balance the flavor, but very minimal. It's got a little bit of sweetness up front and then has a nice bitter (but not too bitter) hoppy finish. This beer is exceptionally easy drinking! Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a really nice carbonation and something almost sticky about it - impressive. Overall, this is a damn good IPA from Alpine and one of the best single IPAs out there right now. It had been a while since I'd had it last and I'd forgotten just how good it was.

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Photo of dmbsteve
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Jeff for the trade.

Pours golden with a white head of slightly less than one finger. Thick lacing.

Smells citrusy (grapefruit), floral, and piney. I get the name right off the bat..the Amarillo and Simcoe make a nice duet together.

Taste follows nicely with citrus and the pine hits later. Just enough malt to keep it from being "too" hoppy. But make no mistake...this is a very hoppy beer. A pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is a bit on the low side.

Overall a great example of a hoppy West Coast IPA. If they really only used the two hop varieties, which I'm assuming they did from the description on the bottle, then they couldn't possibly have utilized them any better. Well done Alpine! On future trips to the Left Coast, I will look for more of your beers. I also have a bottle of Nelson on hand...can't wait to try it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.

Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.

Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.

If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.

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Photo of DaveDay5
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Off white head with somewhat of an orange tint. Frothy.
S - Citrus, leaning more towards orange than grapefruit. Somewhat peachy with some herbal hops.
T - Brief caramel sweetness follow by a bitter hop middle. Orange and peaches come out immediately after the intense bitter hit. Bitter hops come back on the back end and disappear as the beer washes down. Interesting complexity.
M - Carbonation doesn't really seem to come out. Drying astringent finish. No real lingering feel or flavor.
O - Light but complex at the same time. Not a combination that is often found.

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Photo of arfenhouse
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral hops and peach upfront. Pineapple, oranges, and pine needles. A bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Peach, pine, and tangerine. A small spicy hop in the middle. Ends with a small malt sweetness. Pine and tangerine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Could use some more dryness.

O: Reminds me of Sculpin sans dryness. Very good single IPA.

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear middle amber that pours with a frothy 1.5 finger head. Bubbles float up throughout the glass and maintain a thin white film. Perfect looking IPA.

S - tiny tiny bit of citrus then a ton of grassy dank aroma with some piney finish. Very well integrated smell. It's darkness tastes great in that unexplainable way barnyard funk tastes good in a good sour.

T - piney hop resiny goodness. Again the favors are balanced and integrated perfectly. Taste is less dank or more piney than the nose.

M - smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and soft mouthfeel start to finish.

O - one of the best non citrusy IPA's I can recall. If you don't appreciate a piney dank IPA, and want you're tropical fruit, don't come here. Otherwise enjoy an outstanding beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

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Photo of berkey
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dannyhipps. Poured into a tulip 01/20/10.

Beautiful clean golden amber body. Forms a medium sized off white head that is fairly well retained and leaves some nice lacing as it starts to thin out.

Aroma is of dry and bitter, fruity and floral hops. Really demands attention, just leaps from the glass as soon as you pour. Malt profile is fairly subdued but is present enough to keep things anchored.

Biscuity and faintly sweet malts are slightly more noticeable on the flavor but hops are the still the top name on the marquee. Flowery and citrus goodness continues while a very dry almost pungent bitterness is large on the aftertaste. The hop profile is very nice, complex without getting muddy or distracting. It could just be the ridiculously fresh bottle but I'm getting the same leafy, green, almost oily, notes I associate with a wet hop brew.

Fairly light in body and finely carbonated. I say it often but I love beers in this ABV range, it often leads to bigger flavored but pleasantly drinkable beers like this one.

I find myself thanking the beer deities once again for the fact I have a regular Alpine hookup. Straightforward but far from one-note, highly recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head that barely leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of floral notes, some citrus. So much hops, but never seems overpowering.

T-Floral and citrus hops. Ends with a nice bitterness. Some toast/buiscit notes. Balance is amazing. The hops flavors are never overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-What an IPA. One of the best out. Not as good as Sculpin but still out of this world.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

NO date on bottle

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with 1 finger of bright white head that's built by tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Splotchy lacing

S- Citrus and floral hops with a good amount of pine and grass notes. Definitely some tropical fruit notes come off of the beer but nothing crazy all on top of a nice bready malt base.

T- Just like the aroma but so much better. Floral hops with a strong grassy pine flavor that's combined with tropical mango and pineapple. After it goes down your left with nice sweet caramel from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.


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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a slightly translucent shade of orange with a one finger white head that sticks around FOREVER. Love the retention there

S- I'm being assaulted with grapefruit and orange, and it's fantastic

T- it starts off a little sweet and juicy, and ends bitter and piney. Pretty solid

M- the body is solid, and bordering on syrupy...but it goes down shockingly easily

O- pretty solid brew, liked it more than the Nelson I had yesterday

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Photo of ridglens
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to Hayesez for our spontaneous IPA tasting....

Pours a thick, pretty head that later turns into a creamy island of foam that sticks around for most of the experience.Pours a pretty clear, lighter orange with my favorite observation of the night: right after the pour, there were "bubbles coming up and chunks of goodness going down". exactly as described, it was a really pretty beer. the smell absolutely got my psyched for this one, exactly my taste in these types of beers, super fresh and floral citrus hops. smells soo crisp and fresh i can't wait! grapefruit and orange zest, with just i tiny bit of fresh pine coming through. great smell! my notes say the taste is "just less" than the smell. a great combination of grapefruit and orangey bitter hops, very fresh and crisp. a little sweetness from a malty balance, but definitely not the focus of this great beer. feels in the mouth pretty good, the carbonation complements the taste to lend additional smoothness, just a hair light i think. this is pretty hoppy, but as far as drinkability is concerned, this one BEGGED to be drank!

Great beer, my (i think both of our) clear favorite of the night.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep, orange hued copper with a thin white head that left spotty lacing.

S-In the red corner the pine resin scent of Simcoe! In the blue corner the citrus zest scent of Amarillo! Lets get ready to rumble!

T-Bam! A massive right hook to my palate with the duel attack of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Then comes in a bit of caramel malt sweetness to make sure I am OK!

M-Medium-light bodied a a bit on the thin side...this one is all about the hops so damn the malt support....give me more hops!

D-A hop head I am and this is a hop heads brew. Simcoe and Amarillo...how can you go wrong? Alpine didn't with this one that's for sure!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up one of these.

A: Pours a lemony amber with a large (but less than billowing) off-white oily head that slowly receded into leaving a latticework of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose on this is just a glorious bouquet of juicy honey soaked grapefruit and tangerines with piney undertones. The hops are just amazingly fresh and sweet smelling. Wonderful!
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop punch. A touch of caramely malt sweetness comes through to round out the fruity hops, and there is a hint of tobacco in the finish. Aftertaste is leafy and bitter.
M: Full bodied for an IPA with a slick and lightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent and carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: A very juicy flavored IPA. This one packs more flavor than some DIPAs I've had. I could drink this all day long. Another amazing beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of suspect
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Crystal clear light golden color. Aggressive pour leads to a two finger had that slowly and unwillingly retreats back to its home. Lacing is thick and provides excellent coverage.

S: Man. Just a full nose of citrus-first hop followed by the sting of weed resin brought by the hammer that only west coast hops are known to bring. Extremely full nose with big boy malts to back up the big boy hops.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the hops are blended a bit better and the malt doesn't skip a beat. This is a wonderfully blended beer with every single ingredient playing its part humbly yet at the top of its class creating a world class orchestra of flavors. Absolutely delicious IPA.

M: Not too heavy a la your big boy double IPAs but most definitely not thin - even a little. This has perfect carbonation and such a crisp finish for an IPA. Brings the hop oils with it making me pucker and reach for another sip.

O: Beautiful IPA. Really, one of the best balanced I've ever had in this style. Alpine and Kern River are probably some of the least heralded brewers in the country. Bra-effing-vo.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.