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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 tectactoe
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow off white head. Great lacing.

Aroma: Excellent blend of medium+ tropical/citrus hop character and neutral grains.

Flavor: Tropical fruit sprinkled with weed and citrus zest. Touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of bitterness.

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Photo of rye726
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a sandy brown with shades of orange. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has floral and citrusy hops, caramel and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the bitter hops and candy malts.

Light to medium body has a crisp, yet soft carbonation. Nice resiny finish.

Another great IPA from Cali.

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Photo of McStagger
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with Green Flash label across the neck. Best by 4/7/16. Poured into a nonic.

A: Pale orange. Good clarity. Two fingers of slightly off white head. Mild carbonation, with a couple small streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Excellent retention with excellent lacing.

S: Big orange. Pith and peel. Some malt sweetness in the nose as well. Kaffir lime, small amounts of tropical fruitiness and a lingering slightly sweet cereal.

T: Big orange characteristic up front. Again with the mild lime rind. The malt sweetness picks up mid palate and leads to a sort of vanillin "creamsickle" effect on the tongue. Finish picks up lime rind with a touch of floral bitterness. Clean on the end, with an undertone of lime rind and floral that picks up towards the end as the creamsickle subsides.

M: Carbonation is light in the mouthfeel. I've noticed this in both of the hoppy Alpine offerings I've had. Low carbonation in the glass as well as low carbonation "feel" on the tongue. While the carbonation is subdued, the mouthfeel is supremely balanced in the malts. This beer is amongst the most medium bodied light characteristic IPA's I've had. While not quite to refreshing in its dryness, it nonetheless quenches after every flavorful sip.

O: The hype is real. While I like the overall flavors of Nelson more, this one is a more complete experience. Damn fine beer. Definitely among the best.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a golden orange with a slight and I mean slight haze. About a half inch off-white, fluffy head sat atop the beer.

Aroma - Floral hops take center stage with a touch of citrus fruits and malt in the back.

Taste - Solid combination of floral hops, citrus fruits and malts.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation. Light to medium body. Not overly bitter either.

Overall - Very similar to the Beachwood Amalgamator I had last night. Both great brews.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer got lucky and at my local the guy was putting on the shelf
deep orange color at the top that fades to a lighter orange at the bottom
white head stays till the end s carmel orange pine in a good way
t pretty much as smells good carbination
F good full body
o this good worth drinking lots of

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Cantina, right across the street from BU.

Nice, hazy IPA pour--large head, ample particulate matter. Call me a weirdo, but I like drinking beers that have little bits floating in them.

Smells sharp and spritely, with giant citrus hops and a chewy, yeasty back end.

Tastes super flavorful without any of the attendant heaviness found in most larger IPAs. Orange and grapefruit hops start things off, sliding into a more balanced middle and ending with a quite nice bready yeast.

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Photo of pumptrick
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured hard into reidel snifter. Nice head and lacing straw yellow. Smell was a little dusty and some citrus. Taste was deffinitely grapefruit. Mouthfeel was good, lots of carbonation. Will drink more of these. Found this a wades wines in westlake. cheers

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Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: bright yellow with a slight tinit of gold. Soapy white head that was only about half an inch thick. There is minimal lace and average carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Pleasant, but light floral and citrus hops. Wish that is was a bit stronger in terms of smell.

T: A burst of grapefruit and tangerine hit initially before transitioning into more of a pine taste. Very rich flavor and no soapiness which I have found to be present in some other alpine brews have tried recently.

M: Light but full bodied. Nothing harsh and the hops dont leave any overly powerful tones.

D: This is nearly the perfect session beer. I feel like I could drink this one through the day no problem and definitely the best alpine beer I have tried.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to smokepot23

pours light copper and yellow, nice inch high fluffy white head. quite clear. great lacing.

huge amarillo here, tons of sweet citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, orange. no malts here son, this is hops, son.

again, tons of amarillo, huge grapefruit. lots of tangerine and pineapple kick in. a nice light grassy earthy flavor lingers in and out. light bitterness, very light malt presence. this is perfect.

nice and light, mild carbonation. goes down far too easy.

this is one of the best west coast IPA's i have had. nothing is overpowering, tons of complexity, but in such an easy way. alpine has always left me kind of, bleh, but this is just perfect,

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Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head slowly fizzles away, with lasting lace. Aroma is all about the citrus.

Taste is moderate sweetness to start, which is quickly overpowered by citrus hoppiness in the middle, and cruises through the close with pine and ample but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Excellent brew, and shows how we can have plenty of hops character and flavor, yet keep the bitterness under control. Bitter is nice, but bitter for bitter's sake gets old. None of that here.

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ALANO for hooking me up with this awesome extra. Now I have another Cali IPA to lust after.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with some very nice fluffy head that retained nicely and left a trail of lace .

The aroma is pure hops. Lots of citrus and pine but the nose is all hops and it is great.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of white grapefruit and pine but with this amazing balance that comes from the malt, cant quite explain it but it is as satisfying as any west coast hop bomb but not as abrasive. Refreshing and has a very nice clean finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied and the carbonation level is perfect.

This beer is extremely drinkable for a hoppy IPA, the balance and finish is exceptional. This was easily the most refreshing IPA I have ever had. I am glad I got to try this super fresh and it the top of its game. Top notch IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this brew many a time at great establishments like O'Briens and PizzaPort. It is nice to finally track down some bottles and give it a review.

A: Pours a perfect looking clear straw pale ale with some dull copperness to it. Head is an amazing fluffy 2 fingers and as white as the snowy Alpine caps on the label. Some clingy intermittent lacing.

S: Perfuming with citrus and pine oils. I get whiffs of grapefruit rinds and sweet pineapples. Really lovely.

T: Tastes of deliciousness. A nice hoppy pine and grapefruit profile up front. Vibrant with candied citrus and tangerine. Melds into this subtle caramel and bready malt note. Well bittered - peppery but not over the top. ABV's barely even make an appearance. Fantastic IPA.

M: Sticky on the lips and tongue but very light in body with a creamy texture. Finish is crisp and prickley that dries out the palate a bit.

D: Super hoppy and light in body makes for quite the sessionable IPA. A great showcase of hops here that still has the malt to back it up.

Drink Alpine or go to bed. I love it! Let's just say if you have Duet in stock or on tap I am buying. Top 5 IPA list for now..although that is a revolving list.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and almost clear orange-honey with a very nice head. The grapefruit aroma hits me first, along with other citrus peel, followed by a small hint of pineapple, and then a grassy aroma. The flavor leans more heavily toward this grassy earthy flavor first, with the refreshing citrus more apparent on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, infact there is a pleasantly small amount of astringency right on the end that dried out the swallow. Overall a really solid west coast style IPA, maybe not as dry as I would prefer, but very good.

(From the newly distributed green flash bottles)

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Photo of LevitatedEep
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Nice frothy head but not flying out of the glass like other reviews...nice reddish orange color....head has large bubbles mmmm.

S - Wow this is a nice hoppy pine forest bomb....smells great.

T - Apricots upfront.. kinda mellow at 1st sip, then blossoms into a semi bitter hop monster that keeps expanding..

M - Smooth and kind of salty, great carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty good could I session this...another great IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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 +3%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.