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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 744
Hads: 3,740
Avg: 4.31
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 838
Gots: 613 | 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 RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raul finds himself in glorious ecstasy. It may be called "Duet," but Raul is enjoying this bad boy solo, in his garden, and listening to the fountain as it blissfuly drips in peace.

A few days back, Raul went to the joint, the spot, the honey hole - Alpine (because he could). And ohhh goody gumdrops is Raul sure glad he did!

Like Cary Grant entering a train tunnel with Eva Marie Saint, this thing pops! A beautiful darkish, orange haze is met by textures and flavor that would make a water-boarding seem like a day at Wild Rivers just to get to one. At first that initial zap! wasn't there, but Raul was quickly rest assured when he realized that this was a single. And just like Raul himself, Duet is single, sexi, and ready to mingle.

Hop on this! Hop on this good!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a medium orange with a fluffy white head. Nose is floral, bright, and juicy. Hopes express themselves as pine with light light citrus elements. Bright and expressive mouth, more tropical fruits than citrus, light pine needles, floral. Nose is amazing on this. Soft. Not highly bitter, which I like, with some nice sugar interplay there. White grapefruit that doesn't become abrasive at all, mangoes, wonderful combination there. This is a pretty elite IPA, but if I must nitpick there's an odd discordant flavor that hangs around on the back palate, as an odd bitterness. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Steve, thank you very much!

Has a sunny-yellow clear color, with a small, froth head.

Sweet, tropical aromas of papaya, orange and a note of lime. Malt shines through in a biscuity, sweeter way, underlining the rich fruitiness perfectly.

Tastes of ripe orange, wrapped up by sweet, slightly honeyed malts. Has a well fitting, slightly bubbly carbonation, drinks exremely smooth. The tropical fruits, orange and lime, get enforced by a slick, long staying dry bitterness, maintaining its rich juicy character. The brews pure fruitiness gets well supported by heavy, bready malts, which let stand out its sunny, sweeter qualities. This gets countered in the finish, when the hops get a dry, lemony punch to them, still in balance with the malts, but certainly quite bitter, while at the same time bing easy drinkable. Ends with a huge load of enriching bitter hops, which remain on the palate for a long while, with a distinct fruitiness still being noteable.

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Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Hendry
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Thecherryman for making this Alpine bomber a reality, and a super fresh sample at that. Distribution is limited on Alpine, so getting a hold of these despite the 2012 increase in production is a chore unless you live in Southern Cali.

Pours halfway between a clear and cloudy off orange hue with a 1 finger soapy white head that lasts a few minutes, lacing is adequate.

The nose is very juicy in a tropical sense yet there is a distinct malt bill in there that prevents it from being an all out hop bomb. Pineapple,nectarine, and lime tones invite the first sip.
While Duet is a hop forward IPA, there is a terrific balance of bready malts in there with the tropical fruit juciness that just works, plain and simple.

Flavors are matched by the inviting nose: the Amarillo and simcoe hops are well chosen and put forth delicious flavors that are complex and multidimensional. Carbonation is lively and well suited for the style, sort of a medium body that is somewhat sticky and oily.

The aftertaste is pleasant, never bitter or boozy, and lets you know the hop selection was well thought out. Very highly recommended, Duet proves to be tough to acquire given their lack of distribution as are other Alpine offerings.This is a world class IPA I would be glad to drink again, and I am looking forward to the arrival of more Alpine varieties to taste and review.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and in bottle. Review is from a bottle.
A- Pours a dark brunt orange center with golden edges, creamy sticky head.
S-The smell is heavenly, a sweetness in the smell that is almost candy like in combination with citrus hops.
T-Fantastic, citrus up front with a slight sweetness. Like a grapefuit sprinkled with sugar and orange juice.
M- Little sticky in the mouth with a lasting taste that lingers.
O- Everything I have come to expect from Alpine. On point. Highly recomended.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date visible (WHY???)

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Duet appears a lightly hazed, bright golden orange in the glass (perhaps one shade lighter than Pure Hopiness), with a rough pour generating a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in some great looking lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, it has been far too long since I had a sweet fruity IPA! The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness, with Amarillo clearly taking the lead. Notes include: Fresh orange juice, tangerine, mango, pineapple, a little red grapefruit, some leafy notes and just a hint of honey malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious IPA. A big juicy tropical fruit character dominates the initial flavour, with notes of sweet orange, tangerine and mango. These notes are soon joined by red grapefruit, some dank leafy notes and the faintest hint of honey malt. Grapefruit pith as well as a solid bitterness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Duet is a fantastic IPA, it is bursting with flavour, but remains ridiculously drinkable. I would kill to have a keg of this stuff over the summer!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phinally in Philly!!! On tap at TRIA Tap Room. A lot smoother than the Hoppy Birthday. Much more balanced and less bitter. A great IPA, but I like hops and high IBU, so I went back to the Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus and tropical notes, a little pine, a bit of dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big citrus and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, some pine, a little dankness, and just the right amount of caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very happy to get my hands on this one. 2 of my favorite hops working together beautifully.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours more of a gold color but when resting in the glass it is gold with a slight orange hue, leaves a frothy head that takes awhile to vanish, leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well

S: A perfect balance of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly sweet malts, and a hint of bitterness, fantastic smell to this brew.

T: Up front you get a lovely greeting of pine sand grapefruit mixed, then it transitions to those lovely tropical fruits, and finishes with a perfectly balanced mix along with the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is so well balanced and flavorful, it is absolutely outstanding!

M: Superb mouthfeel, so light crisp and refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you begging for more! So drinkable as well!

O: This beer is phenomenal! Get your hands on it!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a pillowy white head.

S: Lots of citrusy hops, a great aroma.

T: Lots of citrusy hops, a faint does of pine. Some floral elements as well.

M: Light carbonation, light, refreshing and delicious.

D: A very good IPA. Alpine sure can churn them out.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo and simcoe, what could possibly go wrong. The answer is nothing. This is a great beer. Brilliant clarity, really attractive to look at the bright gold nectar in your glass. Floral at first, then the pine resin kicks in big time. Quite bitter actually, but its appropriate for a beer of this construction.

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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 Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Neffbeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with really good clarity. There is a hint of amber when held up to the light. A strong pour into a tulip yielded a strong two finger head with ample retention. The lacing was just as impressive coating the sides of the glass in sticky foam.

S: No mistaking the nose on this one, hops are abundant and full of citrus and pine aroma. As I keep sticking my face in the glass, the hop aroma is so potent that it almost smells sweet. Amazingly the malt is not lost as hints of biscuity goodness and caramel waft from the glass (kind of reminds me of pound cake).

T: Tangerines and orange rinds come blasting out of the gate. It is really jammy and fruity in a good way. The simcoe hops are not to be out done as grapefruit and pine cones wash over mid palate. There is a strong grassy/herbal flavor on the back of the tongue as it finishes bone dry.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Another great IPA from Alpine. Each one has been unique and impressive in their own way. Duet, in my opinion, was a very successful take on a dual hop beer. In the end it exhibited much more complexity and depth of flavor than I thought it would.

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Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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 mjl21
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 7%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber that has a nice golden hue to it. It has a one finger off white head that collapses to a nice bubbly layer. Leaves some nice lace in between sips.

S-Awesome juicy citrus hop nose. Deserves to be included in the upper tier of West Coast IPAs. It oozes mango, orange, lemon, and pineapple. It has some pine from the Simcoe, but the citrus is a lot more pungent. The malt is kept well in the background.

T-Like the nose, tons of juicy citrus hop flavor abounds. The Amarillo imparts lots of orange and mango. Midway through each sip the Simcoe imparts a really nice resiny pine flavor. As it goes down it has some nice lemon zest. There is a little bit of toasted malt that imparts a gentle bit of sweetness and does its job of letting the hops remain upfront. It finishes with a nice level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and it has a fizzy carbonation level.

D-Just an awesome IPA. Would love to have regular access to this one.

One of the best IPAs on the market. Really hope Alpine will expand their distribution to us folks up north. A must try if you like hops.

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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a Speigelau tulip

Pours a golden copper clear body with a big off-white head of medium sized bubbles with good retention and lacing.

Smell is very piney, earthy, and floral. Small amounts of citrus notes with grapefruit and lemon being predominant. Some honeysuckle. Nice aroma.

Taste is very west coast, with a piney bitterness to the hops up front, more sweet than I would have expected though, some floral and citrus notes rounding out the taste with a dry finish and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated, actually a great feel to this.

Overall, a really refreshing beer, the highlight being how easy-drinking it is. Definitely one of the smoothest IPAs I can remember. Some of the hop flavor may have fallen off since the bottling, and I'd like to try this fresh one day, but still highly enjoyed and definitely recommended.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsener

Clear golden orange, constant stream of mini carbonation, white foamy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine , citrus, tangerine, musky

Citrus hop bite on first sip, lingering bitterness on the roof of the mouth,

Sudsy, crisp,

Good beer

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Photo of Lothore
2.91/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a sunset orange hue with a thick, frothy 2 finger head. A perfect example of the style.

S- Smells grapefruity, citrus, earthy notes with buttery diacteyl undertones.

T- Very buttery, possibly infected. Citrus and light fruits break through but can't make up for the butter.

M- Medium carbonation, medium viscosity.

D- It was a great beer to look at but the buttery notes ruined it. I'd be willing to rerate to see if it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of soze47
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes taken on my trip to Alpine in late May, 2011. 4.5 oz. pour from a flight of four.

Beautiful orange and golden in color with a very sticky head. The nose and flavors on this beer make this perhaps my favorite IPAs for my personal taste. Much more malt than I expected, but in a good way that helps draw out hop flavors without bitterness initially. Citrus zest and flower petals on the nose that carry over into the initial burst of flavor. As the flavors evolve, bitterness progresses to great heights, especially on the linger. That bitterness is important as it starts off sweet and could be a bit too much.

Really well crafted, complex beer. It has a light-side of medium body, which helps this guy be really drinkable. My dream is to one day have this beer available to me fresh, constantly.

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Photo of treyrab
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This solidifies that Alpine makes some of the best IPAs in the world. I've been wanting to try this for a while now after I had both Pure and Exponential Hoppiness. Here goes...

A: The bottle cracks with a nice, robust pop. Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange copper with a gorgeous white head. The sticky hop resin allows the head to stick around and last quite some time. Not much in terms of lacing though.

S: As soon as I started pouring I could smell the juicy citrus hops, and my nose was at least two feet away. An amazing cornucopia of grapefruit, orange, papaya, pineapple, and mango. A true tropical fruit basket. There are some crystal malt backings, but not much.

T: Similar to the smell, this is all tropical citrus fruits. Not as complex as the nose, but it is still quite amazing. So many different tropical fruits, without being overly bitter to drown them out.

Overall, awesome. Just awesome.

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Photo of pschul4
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this right after my Nelson. Again ehammond1 is the fucking man and anytime you see him give him a highfive for me please.

A- Pours a medium orange/yellow with a 3/4 inch head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- Really nice floral notes here, slight pine/citrus hoppiness and some pale malts. Really solid

T- Wow this really blew me away. The floral notes perfectly translate to the taste and the other minor players in the nose (citrus/pine) come through much stronger and it all blends together PERFECTLY

M- Just like Nelson it's super smooth, love what Alpine does with their Mouthfeels

O- Holy crap Eric you have spoiled me terribly. Ever IPA Alpine makes is to die for. Might move out there just for the whalesbro

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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.