Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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 brew3crew
1.99/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-hazy yellow with white lacing around edges
S-smells a lot like butter. Like the kind you woukd put on popcorn. Good on popcorn. Bad with beer
T-Hard to really describe. Very buttery. Hops appear for a second but are gone even faster.
M-moderate body with slight carbonation. Goes down smooth
D-like putting your nose at a movie theatre snack stank and drinking a beer. Novelty for the nose, not for the mouth.

What the hell happened to this bottle? Someone please send me another!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Crystal clear light orange in appearance

S: slightly bready with lots of fruit tangerines, and some stone fruits

T: This beer chases a fantastic hoppy juicy taste but it fades quickly and becomes a tad malty leading me to believe this beer might be slightly old. Still very nice taste this is my kind of IPA fruity.

M: has a nice carbonation bite not sticky or cloying on the tongue pretty light and clean

O: Alpine is the real deal first beer by them and although I suspect it's slightly odd it's still pretty fantastic. I was surprised it had simcoe hops I would have guessed. New Zealand hops like Nelson. Regardless it's a great IPA look for it.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/5/15 DE

Pour dark orange with pretty decent head. Nothing too impressive but if you like darker side ipas then you'll love it.

The smell is a little sweet with nice passion fruitiness.

The taste is great. And the feel is great. Is say it's a heavier hopped beer that doesn't really fit the piney west coast mold. For me that's great. I like citrus and smooth. Which this kicks ass for the feel and the fruity hop taste.

Overall, love this beer. I've had a few alpines and all so far have been top of the game. This one might be one of their best.

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

First taste of the fabled Alpine (I'm on the East Coast). What a delicious, clean tasting IPA. Love the Simcoe/Amarillo hop combination which supplied a slightly greater citrus experience than pine (assuming more Amarillo), and a super-clean, dry finish. Overall outstanding beer, and experience.

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Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed my first Alpine Duet with a buddy from out of town that's also on this BeerQuest to drink BeerAdvocate's Top100 US Beers from this past August. I know... good luck.

The appearance of Duet IPA is a light straw and hazy gold with tons and tons of head even on a slow pour. That head brings out a truly beautiful floral aroma with citrus and malty sweetness coming through too. But the bulk is floral, "like a California hillside."

It tastes light and sweet, keeping a hops bitter character as well, and remaining bright. In the middle there's more sweet, and it finishes bitter and clean. Very subdued. The medium body and carbonation keep it solid, it's well-composed, and around 7.0% this is dangerously light in the mouth. Extremely easy to drink.

Me gusta.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden-amber with a solid 1 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is very perfumey and potpourri-like. Very fresh and clean notes of grass, pine needle and mild citrus along with a mild, hidden malt character.

Flavor is very nice and fresh as well with extremely good balance. Again nice pine and citrus hops in perfect harmony with a sugary, candy-like malt character and finish.

Mouth is light bodied. Very fresh and crisp with nice med-high carb. that is perfect for this beer.

Overall a near perfect IPA IMO. Lovely character, flavor and balance. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotten via trade from dabecassis. Mad props to him for providing me a few excellent CA goodies I can't get here in PA.

A: A medium golden color that is fairly clear. A one finger white fluffy head rises atop with almost no lasting glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral tones and some sugar sweetness.

S: Fruity? Holy cow. Hoppy smells of citrus that include grapefruit and some tangerine coupled with some pineapple, mango and some peach. Some herbal tones slide in also. The sweetness comes with a sugary side that is actually very velvety smooth, maybe a touch of vanilla. Finish is back to the fruity hoppy tones but remain smooth and silky. Not overly bitter, but there is bitterness on the finish. Wow, this is one damn great IPA. So elegant.

M: Creamy, smooth, fairly full, a slight trace of alcohol and some slight bitterness. Clean.

D: High, wow really nice drinking beer.

What a great, great west coast IPA. The simcoe and amarillo combine for a real fruity floral experience that I have not ever tasted in an IPA before. Wish we got this in PA.

Update 1/16/2010. Just had my second bottle of this and it is quickly moving up my charts of the best IPAs on the planet. This beer is so damn good my head is spinning. So elegant, hoppy, fruity, drinkable and just so damn delicious. Wow, I'm blown away. What a beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap before but brought this growler home a few days ago right from the Alpine Brewery's tap.

A- light golden and super clear. Bright white foamy head.

S- Pretty mild but hoppy. Amarillo + Simcoe so it's got sort of a citrusy aspect from the Simcoe and a sweetness from the Amarillo.

T- very light in bitterness but lots of hop flavor (as described above) on a light body. Really more of a hop sweetness

Very good IPA that is more 1 dimensional on the hops

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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 timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange/amber color, one-inch fluffy head that quickly faded to a quarter inch, minimal lacing. Great big fruity and flowery aroma. Big tropical and citrus flavors, lots of mango! Medium bodied, kinda slick oily moiuthfeel, very nice. Overall, quite tasty, I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. Victory HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a rusty gold color with a huge billowing three finger head of an off-white rocky foam with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine with a floral layer as well as a bit of pine to add some bitterness. The malt backbone is a beautifully soft semi-sweet biscuit that add great depth and uniqueness to this American IPA.

M: light to medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.75% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this was an exceptional and quite unique American IPA that contains one of the most interesting and appetizing biscuity malt characters that i have tried. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange with standard sudsy, soapy head
nose is intense -- candied oranges, candied lemons, apricot?, some floral sharpness
taste is a different can of worms -- floral bitterness and dryness tries to meld with the aforementioned candied citrus, the nose and first half of the taste are so fruity and sweet, yet the sharpness of the dry, floral finish is practically dominant. I have to say that the overall taste is sharply floral yet confused by the intense fruity sweetness of the first whiff.
Body is palpable right in the middle, as there is no dropoff throughout the quaff -- it could want to be "thick" but the dryness of the finish kicks that notion to the curb.
Carb is notably above average, as the easy-sweet nose is totally forgotten by the time you finish each nearly-fizzy florally bitter sip.
I find this ale notable for it's unique candied-citrus nose. I also find it amazing that the full taste and finish are so opposite of that. There's no cloudy-cloying fruit-blandness here, even though the nose suggests all of that ---- what jumps out, and remains, is a sharply floral-finishing medium-bodied beer that just leaves a reminder of some orange-y sweetness behind in its wake. To my taste, it's kind of the converse of Sculpin, which smells a light floral pine with hints of citrus, yet tastes with a kick of honey-pineapple that wasn't there in the nose ....... good stuff, I certainly bow down to the complexity here, yet the effect is moderately off-putting for my particular palate.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrmiles for sending 2 of these!

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright amber/orange color with a big fluffy head. Retention is really really nice in the snifter.

S: Candied pineapple/mango/tangerine, light apricot, a nice citrus bite, and what seems to be a firm but light malt base.

T: Awesome tropical fruit, orchard fruit, citrus twang, solid bitterness, and well balanced malts. Served this beer at a buffet party at my house with a bunch of wine drinkers/macro lovers and it was a HUGE hit.

MF/D: Medium body, smooth/slightly prickly carbonation, lingering bitter and tropical fruit finish

Notes: Damn, Alpine makes my kind of IPAs. Really easy drinker for IPA fans, and a really nice showcase of tropical fruit/citrus flavors and aromas. Highly recommended!

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

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

An excellent IPA. Nice, clean and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon are the predominant hop flavors. Touches of toffee in the malt. A very good, focused, West Coast style IPA.

Highly recommended. This was a standout for me at the fair. Wouldn't have minded having a full pint of this one. Hope to see it at one of the SD bars in the near future.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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 jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Deep amber with golden tones and a slight sheen. One finger rocky finger head sits on top throughout the beer and leaves a ton of lacing. Really nice looking IPA

S - What a great nose. There are big scents of mango and pineapple intertwined with slight hint of pine. Very fragrant as well.

T - Malty and pineapple sweetness are the first flavors. There is a slight hint of grapefruit in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the finish. Flavors are much subtler than the nose would let on.

MF - Very light in the body, yet not watery. Has just enough there to keep it from being too thin. The light body goes well with the flavors and makes it easy to keep drinking this one

O - A nice beer from Alpine that, while solid, I wished tasted as good as it smeled. The beer thrives on its balance and subtlety and not from strong, in your face flavors

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Hendry
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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 PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12oz. goblet at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo.

L- Light amber, good clarity, small white head.

S- Citrus, little tropical, tiny amount of alcohol.

T- More citrus with some light floral, medium bitterness.

F- Medium, nice easy drinking single IPA.

O- A really great single IPA with a great aroma but didn't carry over to the flavor as much as I'd hoped. Still really look forward to seeing this and other Alpine stuff in my area come the fall.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head on top of a golden clear body. Aroma is really fruity, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango. A bit sweet, but fruity sweet not caramel sweet. Lots of citrus, tropics, similarly sweet to the aroma. Nice bitterness that balances a bit of the fruityness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Unremarkable. Ok carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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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