Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A soon-to-be favorite, if it's already not. This single IPA boasts pine, citrus, and cedar notes from Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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Reviews:
860
Ratings:
4,270
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of hopsdoit
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in a 16 at Flying Saucer Austin


Appearance: Clear Amber, minimal lace
Smell: Citriusy Pinecone
Taste:Pine,Citrus, grapefruit, orange,
Mouth: Body was medium
Overall Great Duet of Simcoe and Amarilo

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Pabs311
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours a orange-straw color with an impressively foamy, pillowy eggshell head that seems to take forever to die down. it leaves some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. there is also a good amount of carbonation to this beer.

S- floral, citrus hops make up a good protion of the aroma on this beer. there is also a sweet, honey maltiness that shares a good protion of the nose. some tropical fruit tones can also be picked up in the nose.

T- similar to the nose, with the hops taking more of a presence than in the nose. same floral, citrus, tropical fruit character. and then there is that sweet honey maltiness again. finishes dry with a little bitter kick to it.

M/D- medium bodied, good strong carbonation. overall pleasing beer. no alcohol picked up throughout the experince.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the beer produces a creamy, foamy white head. A golden body with blonde hues radiates below with an occasional gas bubble. This beer has good clarity. 4.25

Delicious fruity notes, berry and pineapple, hit the nose first. Then some resin and pined up hops, which precede smooth caramel malt. 4.3

sThere's quite a blend of hop flavors going on here and it's tasty as all hell. Fruity notes of guava and berries, some pine, and a big dose of floral and earthy hops. 4.3

This beer is smooth as all hell, bitter through out, with a rush of carbonation at mid-palate. There's a slight spiciness and a light quality to this beer that are spectacular. 4.5

Alright, this beer is damn good. It's indisputable. Smooth like a pale ale with DIPA flavor and body. 4.35

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright, golden orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a mostly barren surface and a thin ring around the edge. Not much for lacing, save a spot or two around the glass.

Smell - Hoppy aroma consisting of orange, pineapple, grapefruit and mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavors that hit on strong orange and grapefruit, with lesser notes of mild pineapple. Moderate mango comes in mid-taste, delivering a soothing, juicy hop character. Malts are hidden, lending a generic sweetness to help accentuate the hops while lending a touch of balance. The finish is juicy with a bit of bitter citrus pith lingering in the distance.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate, lightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth delivery with a crisp, dry finish. Stupid drinkable.

Overall - This is a hell of an IPA. Utterly delicious, with a smooth, approachable drinkability. I'm glad Alpine has Green Flash to back them now. It's given me an avenue to try their beers, and their hoppy offerings are nothing shy of great thus far!

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated best by 5/12/2016 into snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with 2 finger fluffy white head. Lasting retention and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Floral hops with a some nice citrus - grapefruit, peach, and mango. Pine and grassy notes in the back.

T: Lightly sweet cracker malts with bright citrus. Grapefruit, oranges, and mango. Plenty of hops without being overly bitter.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: Outstanding IPA. If I can find it fresh, it will be a regular purchase for me.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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 vacax
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Alpine has started bottling their brews in earnest. Easily one of the best producers of pale ales in the country. Duet pours dark golden with one-finger of foam capping it. In a true display of delicious hop oils, the head does not go anywhere at all and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma is of course delightfully hoppy with an exceptional level of fruit in it. There is pine to it, and grapefruit, but they are both so light and fruity. It is a bit tropical, but it actually reminds me of other fruits for once, maybe even strawberries or nectarines to lighten up some grassiness. Great aroma.

The flavor is quite grassy, with a smooth pine flavor and some grapefruit for good measure. They balance out quite nicely, making for an intensely hopped flavor that avoids bitterness for huge levels of aroma. Quite well done. Medium thickness with a medium/high level of carbonation that is not yet prickly. Pretty much spot on feel. Highly drinkable. This brew has been available on tap before and it indeed lends itself perfectly to having a couple of pints.

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Photo of SSS
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Kept this on in the bottle...hotel beers!
S-Mostly Simcoe on the nose, with Amarillo orange following up
M-Higher end carbonation, a resinous finish on the mouthfeel
T-Illusion is sweetness upfront with a smooth piney bitter finish
O-This is a wonderfully balanced IPA

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like the acquisition of Alpine by Green Flash is going to be good for distro. And business. First time finding this beauty in Wisconsin. Love the hop bill—Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorites. Gorgeous beer with an inviting aroma and awesome flavor. I will be looking for more of this beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with an off-white head. A good mix of small and large bublles are present. Mild retention and good lacing.

S - Very grassy and piney.

T - Mild pine.

D - A bit bitter up front, but turns very creamy in the finish.

O - Anoter winner from Alpine.

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Photo of DudMan
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper orange color w a 2 finger head and nice lacing. Smells fruity w citrus hops. Nice balance of mango, grapefruit and slight malty finish. Smooth. Very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of harrymel
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra!
Poured to a NB globe.

A: Pours a lovely golden ale with excellent clarity and a 1-2 finger head of fine white bubbling. This dissipate to leave a moderate sheet of the same. Lacing is insane for this beer.

S: This is an IPA?!?! The nose is super sweet. The malt owns the beer. Othewise, the hops add citrus, resin, lightly floral hints. The nose is so beautiful.

T: Lightly bittered, again malty. the beer has an almost... coconut rum flavor. Plenty of vanilla tones, wood tones. This is exceptional. Goddamn beautiful.

M: Medium with spritely carbonation. Leaves the mouth not slick, but salivating.

D: I am not sure I can get enough of this beer. It is absolutely delicious. Not a typical West Coast by any means - too sweet. However, you should try this.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge Alpine fane and when O'Brien's was pouring a new IPA from Alpine I had to stop by for a pint.

Pours a bright amber color, my pint had not head but little bubbles of lacing.

Smells great, like fresh citrus hops like most Alpine brews.

Very nice malt smweetness swiftly followed by a citrus bitter smack in the mouth. The bitterness fades quickley and reduces to a very smooth finish that makes me want to take another sip.

Very good brew, big hoppiness, goes down smooth, not sure of ABV but I'm sure it will come back to haunt me.

Cheers!

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice surprise finding this on tap at Tapwerks!

Poured a room-brightening light orange with a sticky tan froth.

Smell is big on the citrus hops and light fruits of course. What else would I have come for?

Super smooth all the way with grapefruit tagging alongside orange, slight floral notes, spice and peel in the finish.

Cake-like goodness for the most part and sits on the lighter side of medium.

Goes down fast as a flash (no pun intended) but is not so quickly forgotten.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy standard amber in color with a lightly tanned 2 inch thick head. lacing is present, but not plentiful.

Earthy aromas of fresh cut grass are noticeable first, balanced with tropical fruit of mango and orange.

Very fruit forward with mango and oranges. Finishes with both a caramel sweetness and a piney bitterness. Well balanced.

Creamy and dry with a medium body. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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 lnashsig
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to AugustGarage for the chance to take this wonderful Cali IPA.

Poured into my Dfh snifter, about 2 fingers of light white frothy head that hangs around forever! Almost transparent clean orange color. Nice retention, a little lacing on the glass. Smell- huge pine, bitter citrus, terpentine? Love it! Big aromas have me very excited about this beer. Taste- the pine needle flavor instantly greets me, along with a nice bittersweet malt finish. There is a lot going on here, and I can taste a duality of hops types playing here. Love the creativity. Mouthfeel- this has a creamy silky mouthfeel. Drinkability- I am instantly depressed that I can't drink this anytime I want.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Go this from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent honey color with3+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & lemon, fades a bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus pineyness, slight breadyness & a touch of leafy hops & dryness hiding behind a ton of grapefruit up front. Puckery & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus hints of apricot & honey malt, plus much herbal hop bitterness. Finishes slightly warming with herbal & grapefruitty bitterness, plus honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt

MF: Slight creamyness, medium bodied, great balance &a touch of warming booze on the fringes

Highly drinkable, flirts briefly with EIPA in some respects, then the grapefruit lurches it back. This grew on me as it warmed, would love to get this on cask or draft....

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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Crazeguy for sending me this great beer! One of my new favorite single IPA's!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Clear amber color with a think white head from an aggressive pour. Left a nice lacing.

S:Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hop aromas. All the smells I like!!

T:The taste is similar to the smell and has a balance I find very appealing.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol is hidden well and I find this to be a quite refreshing beer! Highly drinkable!

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This accidentally became my 1,000th beer after I had it on tap and realized what number I was up to. Fortunately, it was not a bad one to celebrate with. Much like some of Alpine's other hoppy offerings, Duet has the classic look and feel of a west coast style IPA. Strong bitterness balanced by medium-range alcohol content and a sticky mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In true "west-coast" style, Alpine's duet claims a true taste of the vernacular with a dry caramel backbone that's completely dominated by grassy and fruity bitterness.

The beer pours a mainly bright golden amber hue that's only kept from brilliance because of its dry-hopped haze. As its cottony white head billows above, its persistent honeycomb pattern lasts until the final sip and laces the glass strongly with intricate and concentric character at every drink.

Boastfully aromatic, its perfume of citrus and herb rests on red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple and apricot early and then fresch-cut grass, chive and a back note of cannabis. all this transpires on an armature of thin caramel, graham cracker and fructose-type of tangy sweetness.

Its taste greets the early palate with that wafer thing honey and caramel melange with a light pep of gingersnap beneath. But once the fruit-flavors start, there's no turning back. Juicy, vibrant and fully ripened, the citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character is mouthwatering and highly refreshing. As the hops trend bitter and earthen, the fruit pulp turns to pith and peel while reeling in the grassy, herbaceous and resinous flavors that grip the gullet with bitterness and bite.

While juicy and creamy to start, the beer makes quick work of its structure and nose-dives into a dry-malt scaffold that supports the clean and piquant bittering. Its effortless finish lingers on with citrus and leaf as its slim warmth goes largely unnoticed.

Duet is a beautiful waltz of Simcoe and Amarillo hop variants- each complementing the deficiencies of the other to near perfection. With just enough sweetness in support, the hops dance on the tongue with delight.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear straw yellow with a nice fluffy white thumb's worth of head that lasts a few minutes before breaking and leaving a few islands of foam. Smell is amazing. Citrus and floral, and just really enjoyable. The taste carries through the nose, the Amarillo and Simcoe hops doing their job and delivering a nice citrus bitterness along with a nice floral essence. A nice maltiness gives this beer the one two punch that makes it worthy of its rave reviews. Feel is nice and light with a bit of a slickness to it, carbonation is medium.

What an incredibly drinkable beer. This is a beer I could drink all night long with pleasure. Overall this a great beer that shines.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,270 ratings.
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