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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw gold color with a frothy white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon peel, floral hops and some resin and malt in the background. Good aroma but could be stronger.

T: Some Piney and resin, floral and earthy hops, a medium bitterness a good tasting beer.

F: Light body and medium carbonation

O: A good beer but there are IPAs I enjoy more.

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Photo of JHouse11
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not the same since Green Flash. Very mediocre IPA. Has a generic IPA feel to it. The aroma isn't great, mild at best. It's a real shame. This was one of my favorite IPAs in the past. I keep hoping that GF will get it together and do this beer justice, but no, just no. Won't buy another GF Alpine beer. A real shame

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Photo of Davey-C
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2/22/16 from pint glass. Poured from 12 oz bottle stamped "best by 28 Jul 16". Aroma: initial aromas of moderate malt and light continental hops. Aroma reveals floral and hop resin notes which took the fore and malt aroma became subdued, which is appropriate to style. Light malty/hopy/estery fruity notes. Appearance: brilliantly clear. Copper color. Good head retention with 1/4" just off white head with rockey bubbles. Flavor: hop forward balance with moderately high bitterness - good for style. Malt flavors moderate - grainy and toasty. Heavy hop flavors - herbal and especially pronounced mid-palate. Finish is super dry. Aftertaste of light grainy malts. Clean American ale yeast profile. Mouthfeel: medium body. Moderate carbonation. Little to no alcohol warmth. No creaminess. Moderate hop astringency - not to style, but enjoyable. Overall: interesting herbal IPA! Not like many other IPA's I've had. Very easy to drink - easy to get yourself into trouble! Malt-hop balance is enjoyable and malts prop up hops well, fully supporting hop flavors. Would like more hop aromas - perhaps increase dry hopping or late hop additions. Would like to see hop astringency reduced - possibly substitute bittering hop varieties. 41/50.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with "Best By" dating of 28 July 16

Pours lightly hazed, lighter amber under a large and lasting off white froth. Stays and stays and leaves nice looking fine sheeting

Full fresh hop nose. Fruity floral goodness

Aggresive IPA, resin fueled hops, emitting tropical flourishes, orange, lime, pineapple. Densly flavorful.well worth a try and happy to see this fine stuff available locally

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Photo of tillmac62
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 7/13/16. Clear copper pour. Normal head volume, world class retention and outstanding lacing.

Quite outstanding nose of lemon, orange and grapefruit over a slightly sweet background of biscuit or honey malt. As it warms, a very subtle pine can be found underneath.

Heavy light body that is smooth in texture coupled with a light oiliness. World class carbonation with an effervescent burst in the middle and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. Hop flavored centered intensity is powerful, complexity average and perfectly balanced. The hop flavors of the nose remain in blended fashion with little separation, but can be discerned if you look for them. The middle brings a light medium bitterness that is in balance with rind and pine components. Bitterness is perfectly balanced by a light sweetness that is honey like in nature that really pops as the finish fades away. The finish is slightly dry and a mild bitterness lingers that shifts its balance towards rind at the end. A beautiful Duet indeed.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.97/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't know why I do it to myself, but I keep going back to GF brewed Alpine each time I see a new fresh batch. I keep hoping the Alpine IPAs I know and love show up. And each time I get so disappointed. Half of me didn't want to review this swill out of respect for a killer brewery--but hey: if you put your name on crap, that's on you.

And this is crap. From a 12 oz bottle, pours with a tiny head that immediately dissipates. Highly filtered, golden amber. Minimal hop aroma, despite being 5.5 months ahead of the best by date. So this is fresh. Minimal mouth coating hop resin. Sweet, like a poorly built pale ale. And all around just boring. This is not Alpine as Alpine should be.

This will be my last GF Alpine purchase.

Such a shame.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has both hoppy and malty notes. The body is light but the flavor is still rather malty. There is also a healthy dose of tropical fruits. The hoppiness on the finish is definitely there but it does not present itself in a huge way.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, brewed and bottled by Alpine(not green flash). Best by 6/9/16

Pours a darker gold, short head, which leaves a sparse ring. Decent amount of sediment in suspension.

Nose is cool blend of lemon, pine, apricot, and oranges. Some malt bill there as well.

Taste picks up most flavors from the nose. Citrusy and floral hop notes complimented with a bit of sugar cookie sweetness. The hops lend quite a bit of lemon flavor to the overall taste but there is a nice sweet balance. Kind of like lemon heads candy. Sugary lemon. More in the way of grapefruit and orange is there too. But the malts are like a conductor of the various hop notes here.

A bit astringent, puckering, but not overly so. Body is somewhat medium and carb is on the low end of medium. Some bitterness lingers but otherwise quite clean on the finish.

I never thought I'd have a chance to pick this up off the shelf, but green flash distro has made that possible. This is a true classic American IPA for sure. Balanced really well but in the end, the hops win out. I'll probably get this again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Best by July 2016.

A - Mainly clear gold with a two finger fluffy head. Decent lace retention, the head maintains throughout the glass.

S - Crackery grains, grapefruit and some lemon notes.

T - In line with the nose. Pine. There is a decent amount of bitterness, and some type of flavor I can't quite place, some type of herbal essence.

M - Thw carbonation is medium low, mouthfeel is light.

O - A well crafted IPA. Just starting to see Alpine here, so looking forward to trying some others. This one is good, but it is not quite as tasty as Nelson.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bomber a perfectly clear orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head with lots of nice lacing left behind.
The aroma is tropical fruit, candied fruit and floral with, perhaps, a touch of sweet biscuits.
Taste of pine and herbs hit my palate first with orange juice, mango and grapefruit following. Some pleasant herbal notes and a slightly bitter finish follow. Lovely balancing malt body as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty fine.

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Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy golden-orangey with only a wisp of whitish film on top.

S: Really good citrusy nose: oranges, orange peel and grapefruit. Quite pleasant, and more in line with the "old school" West Coast IPAs that tended to be more about citrus and pine rather than the tropical fruit salads you get these days. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose, with a honey-malt type malt foundation followed up by juicy citrus - again, both oranges and sweeter grapefruit. Even at the finish there's still a nice malt-hop balance, though ultimately there's a lingering hop bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation produces a decent "bite" to it - this one is not slick or syrupy.

O: Very good. Alpine beers only started to make it to my area relatively recently; glad to get a chance to drink this classic-type West Coast-style American IPA. The sixer wasn't cheap ($13.99 I think), but that's less than I pay for Sculpin and only a buck more than Stone IPA, and I tend to think this beer is pretty close to that league of San Diego IPAs. . . .

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick, frothy two-finger milk white head and extensive lacing. It smells of pine needles, grapefruit, and floral hops, with a whiff of orange. The orange really comes through in the taste, followed by grapefruit, pine, and more malt than I expected. It finishes pretty bitter and dank. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of only 7% it is very drinkable. Overall, it is an excellent IPA. I really like the orange presence. I would definitely drink Duet again.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle to nonic. Golden color. I've never used this term for an IPA, but I can't get it out of my mind--- sweat finish. But that's in a good way.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy Orange/Amber. Foam holds well. Fast-rising bubbles.

S - Pine

T - Pine with aggressive bitterness. Mild alcohol presence.

M - Medium thickness, some carbonation, short finish.

O - Pretty decent for an IPA.

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Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a ring. No lacing. I like the lighter color for IPAs.

The aroma is quite juicy. Beautiful citrus notes. Zesty grapefruit dominates with some light herbal and pine notes. Perhaps a touch of orange. Very bright and inviting.

Much more orange is present in the taste and it hits right away. There is still noticeable grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. The piney bitterness is stronger. I like how it transitions from a sweet orange to a piney bitterness.

Light feel with softish carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but finishes dry and bitter. A bit aspirin like.

A very nice IPA. Very bright aroma. The beer starts sweet and floral and finishes kind of dank. I like the lightness of the malt as it showcases the hops.

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Photo of zshaft
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours with minimal head into snifter glass. clear pour. no haze whatsoever. nice looking brew! smells good w some pine, light fruit. maybe some floral scents. not overpowering. taste is very clean w mid palate floral giving way to some nice peach mango. followed by some sweet malt that does not take away from the hops. bitterness ends. dry finish. overall this beer is great. not overpowering but each sip leaves me wanting more. everything ive had from alpine is world class.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 oz bottle best by May 23 2016.

Could smell the hoppy aroma as soon as I opened as soon as cracked open the bottle.

Has a golden color and about a thumb worth of head.

This was my first experience with Alpine Beer Company and the Amarillo hops of the Duet. I was impressed! I can see seeking out this beer again in the future.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - pretty clear golden color with slight head and a slight skim on top with slight lacing.
smell - grassy piney citrus scent with a slight malt backbone
taste - more malts in the taste then in the smell which gives it a good balance with the piney citrus bitter hop taste.
feel - medium body with slightly more that normal carbonation
overall - pretty good ipa but I don't think it's worth 8.99 for a bomber.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I see any beer rated at 96 I expect to get my socks blown off. Although a good IPA, this is not one of my favorites. I found the body to be a little light and just not enough hopiness to meet my taste preference.
With that said, I can see why others may really love this beer. I tend to like super hoppy brews and more of a mouthful of flavor than this beer offers. But don't get me wrong, it's very good. It's just not quite the "world class" brew that I was expecting.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at McMenamin's 23rd Ave Bottle Shop. Happy to see on draft as I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time, it's readily available in bottles but for me IPAs are always a must on draft.

I know this beer is highly though of but has lost some of it's "world class" reputation, but I'd say shes delicious. Very good dry hops, Amarillo and Simcoe really showcased here. Piney, peppery and dry.

A beer with an average rating of 4.31 underrated? I think so, at least a bit.

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

12 oz. bottle, best by date July 04, 2016. My third beer from Alpine Beer Company, acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange IPA body. One finger of frothy white head. Some okay sticky spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated, looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Wonderful hop presence

T - Beautiful, fruity, floral. A perfect pairing of hop florals and golden honeyed malts.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carb.

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Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip... Pours light gold / orange, with a thin, white head that leaves no lace. Smell is citrusy / lemony and slightly piney. Taste is clean and snappy - light cracker malt with orange rind, tangerine and lightly resinous hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but enhances drinkability - doesn't seem like a 7% beer. Overall, a delicious beer - epitome of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev -7%
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 tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden color with a thick lacing white head
S: interesting, I get some citrus rind, but I also get a hint of mint
T: outstanding, citrus predominates, I get some mango and melon
F: great mouthfeel
O: one of my favorites

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very clear copper color good white head sticks around for a bit really good lacing.

Smell - Very juicy citrus notes some grapefruit very sweet smell little piney as well.

Taste - First thing I get is some orange and sweet citrus flavors followed by some grapefruit awesome taste.

Feel - Lighter body great carbonation very smooth.

Overall an excellent IPA that I will have many more times.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.