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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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675 Reviews
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 3,389
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 854
Gots: 500 | 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 aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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 dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
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 auroracrisis
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a standard pint glass, have been reassured that this bottle is fresh.

Pours clear straw golden yellow with a ton of bubbles dancing to the top to form a one finger thick head. Tons and tons of bubbles, lasting head with thick, sudsy lacing.

A great balance between piney hop resin and fruity citrus on the nose. Showcases grass, pine, orange and lemon zest, and a hint of basil and oregano. A touch of pale malt sweetness shines through as the beer warms. Great bright aroma on this one.

Opens with bright, fresh piney hops but isn't as resiny as most. Moves into grass and lime zest, then into some pale malt sweetness. Still great but I think I prefer the aroma on this one.

Soft and crisp with a thin medium body. A touch of stickyness.

Pretty awesome balance between hop varieties. Duet is a very fitting name. Once again, Alpine proves to me why they are considered one of the best pale ale producers.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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 tonistruth
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- light orange (attractive) decent retent on a silky white head, foam lingers throughout

S- strong aroma of floral and citrus

T- hoppy but yet tastes well balanced & toasted malts can be found, grassy with a citrus rind finish and citric hop aftertaste

M- medium body featuring a delightful hop presence

D- amazing IPA (one of my favorites), damn enjoyable an drinkable, highly recommended

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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 MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't really impressed with this. Hop aroma was weak, got some pine and grassy notes, no citrus or fruit though (it was a fresh keg), and the taste was very bitter. It wasn't overpoweringly bitter, but i was not as pleasant to drink as nelson. I guess i had high standards for this beer, it's still better than most IPA's out there though.

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Photo of photomike
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty easily the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Very clear amber color with an explosive, billowy offwhite head with infinite retention and THICK lacing. So inviting.

The aroma is a seemingly even balance of simcoe and amarillo hops. Orangey and grapefruity with some of that earthy simcoe muskiness. A hint of biscuity malt comes through.

Taste is more of the same, but leaning towards the simcoe end of things. Piney, woody muskiness with all kinds of bitter citrus rind. The bitterness is stronger than I had initially expected, but the palate warms up quickly with this one. After a couple sips, it is clear that this is a well balanced IPA. Nicely biscuity malt flavors.

This finishes very cleanly, with some slight astringency from the bitterness. Slightly lighter in body than I'd like, with medium carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency does add up a bit.

Not QUITE worthy of its top 100 status, IMO, but a very nice IPA nonetheless. If I loved Simcoe, this would be my jam.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through); initially frothy white head settled into a 1/2 finger head with a thin film and islands; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - mild-to-moderate pine and citrus aroma; mild-to-moderate bready/biscuity aroma and some alcohol; no diacetyl, slight DMS

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that is followed by a balance of hop - peach, tangerine and pine - and malt character; malts continue to play on the back of the tongue; finishes dry with some warming alcohol notes

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; good drinkability

O: 8/10 - very good West Coast IPA that hits all the high points - citrus, pine, background malts and dry - with an interesting peach character that I wasn't expecting from the advertised hop profile (Simcoe & Amarillo); I drank another Simcoe & Amarillo WC IPA, Kern River "Just Outstanding" IPA, and would give that the slight nod because I found the hop aroma and flavors more intense, but they're definitely similar beers; Duet is not a 96 for me but I'd readily recommend

TOTAL - 38/50

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into glass. Purchased direct from the brewery about 2 weeks prior to opening bottle.

A - Amber, golden hue. Very little head that quickly dissipates.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops. Beautiful.

T - Great malt to hop balance. Not overly bitter, but just enough to provide balance. Grapefruit up front with some herbal notes.

M - Not a ton of carbonation but just enough to do the trick. Otherwise, good mouthfeel.

O - One of the best IPA's I've ever had. I has this the day I picked up from the brewery and it was even better. Within a two week timeframe, the hop character subsided just a tad but this is still a killer beer.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a mug. Thanks, mikesgroove!

Golden/orange color. Gentle pour yields a smallish white head. Nice rings of lacing on the glass.

This could possibly be my absolute favorite aroma. Bright citrus in the nose...grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine...this beer even smells drinkable, if that's possible.

Flavor follows. Delicious, juicy citric hop flavor. Tons of great hop flavor without any kind of harsh bitterness. Just a really pleasant drinker, all the way through. There's a great touch of pine/resin in the finish. As soon as I put the glass down, I'm reaching for it again.

Lighter body than I expected. Appropriately carbonated. Slick, oily texture. Very refreshing IPA. One of the best I've had. Good call, Mike.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very frothy off white one finger head, very clear, excellent carbonation, golden yellow color, almost champagne look to it. Sticky lacing.
S- Wow, amazing aroma, west coast hops, tropical fruits in the aroma, very citrusy and piney, grapefruit, peaches, hints of malt I am really looking forward to trying this.
T- Very refreshing, carbonation is apparent, slight malt backbone, wonderful citrus and grapefruit taste, very nice bite that I love in quality IPA’s.
M- Medium mouth feel, high carbonation
O- This is another amazing IPA coming out of Alpine Beer Company, truly refreshing, reminds me of PTE but not as smooth. An amazing smaller brother to EH and Pure Hoppiness.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 9/18/15: On tap at Good Beer in NYC

Color is a slightly hazy gold with a medium white head. Great lacing. Smell is citrus fruit and herbal hops. I can pick up a bit of the garlic smell from the Simcoe. Taste is similar - lots of citrus fruit, some dank and resinous hops and a bit of a sweet caramel backbone. Body and carbonation are medium. It's really good!

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Photo of coldriver
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at the brewery April 6 (yes it was a very Good Friday!) pours a clear medium amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is thick resin grapefruit, pineapple, and bready malt. Taste is a nice subtle blend of all sorts of fruits - grapefruit, peaches, apples, lemons, etc nicely balanced by the malt. Mouthfeel is fairly light carbonation which is a good thing considering the flavor subtleties, with dry finish. Overall is high quality IPA from a high quality brewery.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the hook-up.

Bright orange color with very fine carbonation that produces only a very small head, even with an aggressive pour.

Mild citrus and biscuit aroma - inviting and complex but not substantial. The taste however has layers and layers to wade through - papaya and other tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, with just the right malty backbone to provide balance but not detract from the hops.

Elegant mouthfeel as is typical of Alpine IPA's - refined and pretty. Overall this is an awesome IPA - one I would be glad to have regular access to. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Really nice looking hazy yellow-orange with a white head.

Smell: Really nice citrus and dank from the Simcoe hops. Piney as well. This was the best part of this beer.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, orange, dank grass, etc. The dankness and fruit from the Simcoe really goes well together with the sweetness of the Amarillo hops. Malt backbone is there just enough to notice it.

Feel: Medium/light body. Low alcohol taste. Balanced.

Overall: A top-notch IPA. I had the Green Flash version and I thought it was great. I am sure its even better from the source.

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Photo of -Rick
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: a brownish orange with a decent amount of white head
S: pine, caramel, resin like hops. Some sweet fruits
T: extremely malty. None of the fruits smells come out in the taste. quite bitter
F: a bit thick, slightly carbonated. Leaves a bitter lingering taste in the mouth
O: not super impressed with this beer. Had heard real good things

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Photo of LSUPT
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DearthVader coming through again with this 22oz beauty as well as the Stone IPA glass from whence it was consumed.
3+ finger head settles gradually to a nice eighth inch of tight creamy off-white head leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind. Throughout the drink the lacing clings tightly to the glass and doesn't go anywhere. A nice clear deep straw/golden yellow with a miniscule amount of sediment.
Great smell to this one, not too strong but still very nice, with the Simcoe dominating. Also has scents of grapefruit citrus and a hint of pine.
Taste goes along with the smell. A large amount of Simcoe, strong grapefruit citrus as well as mango, pine but only slight malt taste and no trace of alcohol.
Medium-high carbonation with the tiny bubbles gently moving across the palate as I drink this one.
Overall this was a very good beer and I have to say that my long anticipated first Alpine brew did not disappoint. The only criticism that I could offer is that I might have liked a bit more Amarillo or maybe some darker malts to add a bit more complexity but that’s just my personal preference.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick, fluffy, white head. Light orange body.

Nose is sharp and crisp pine encrusted citrus. Just a smell sensation.

Flavor is top notch. I mean it. There are few better. This is kind of like Pliny juice light. A blend of super light, but still slightly sweet malt, with a hop blast that strips the enamel off your teeth without ever going overboard.

Mouthfeel is tart, tangy, low carb, stripping.

Overall is tops, just a truly great beer.

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Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington VA. Post Green Flash.

Solid solid ipa. More on the citrusy side of the IPA spectrum. Nose was a little weak. Very enjoyable, drinkable.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler- tasted a bit like Pliny Light. Beautiful hop presence up front, sort of falls off the table after initial hop bite. Clean and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of SirBentham
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- A nice golden, orange color
Smell- Clean Floral and citrus notes.
Taste- One of the most balanced IPAs you can find. perfect amount of hops, citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall- This one of the better IPAs out there in my opinion. I prefer it over the Pure Hoppiness and Nelson.
This is a smoother, more balanced IPA. Maybe not the best for people that prefer heavy double or triple IPAs. This is one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the Red Cow into a pint glass

a: fairly clear apricot gold, 1 finger head, minimal lacing
s: a little muted (which surprised me) but a little orange/pineapple citrus and some herbal flowery notes
t: suprisingly balanced: starts with some smooth malty biscuit and honey, then the hops enter in (with a good balance between the citrus and the flowery herbal flavors), and linger with some decent bitterness to go with the citrusy hops. A little juicy, but everything is kind of in check.
m: very well done -- carbonation is spot on, dries out a little at the end, while also coating your mouth with hop oils.

this didn't have the pop of Nelson or Hoppy Birthday (and I'd love to have the chance to try these at the brewery without the Green Flash influence) but...it is still quite good.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to p erfect. Little sweet and it wasn't to bitter. Smells like fresh hops and tastes like it to. Really soft mouthfeel and nice taste that stays. Really good.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.