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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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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 JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Throx brew market in Winchester. Outstanding lacing grabbed the glass, aroma strong on pineapple was strong, excellent. Taste is slightly more muted than aroma and the pine comes out more. Some bitter, lingers slightly but not unpleasant. Overall outstanding.

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

A - Golden yellow color, very clear, can see through it nicely. Big puffy head that left some nice lacing on the sides for a very good looking beer.

S - Pine and floral hope profile with a bit of citrus.

T - Nice grapefruit hits you up front but quickly fades with a moral floral and grassy flavor. Malty backbone shines through nicely, adding some sweetness.

M - Light and carbonated, smooth to drink.

D - Highly drinkable, could do this all day and enjoy it.

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Photo of Rampage1
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beers pours a beautiful golden color with a slight bit of haze. The head is bright white that quickly dissipates.

Smell: I love the smell just wish it was a little stronger. I smell alot of tangerine,pineapple and a little bit of orange rind. It has plenty of great tropical smells to it that says--CITRUS!

Taste: Where it is a tad light in smell it makes up for in taste. This stuff tastes like pure bliss -- tropical -tropical. It has a great tangerine taste to it along with orange and a little mango for good measure. Once it warms up a little more it i get a little biscuit flavor to it. It is slightly bitter but really smooth on the back on the back of the tongue and pretty dry on the finish. Love it!

Mouthfeel: It has a perfect amount of carbonation and delivers those tropical flavors perfectly.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day --every day. I have been drinking hopslam alot in the past week and i actually can say i prefer this more than this years hopslam. I have had hopslam from the beginning 6 years ago and this years although good i think i like this session worthy beer much better and look forward to the case of bottles i bought. Can't wait to try the Pure Hoppiness I got along with the Duet.

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

Pours hazy yellow a brilliant kiss form orange. Pours out like light you can see it in my photo. Thin white head that wants to hang on. Nose is explosive with tropical. Crisp honey dew melon. Herbal hop that has a woody backing. Orange blossom honey.

Perfect mouthfeeel . The eptiome of lightness. Crisp lightly sweet, bubbly beer. The catty spice from the simcoe takes this one to the finish and doesn't back down. Impressive tailored bitterness. At the very swallow the woody earthy hop. Bitter, drying. it seems to evaporate after all this fireworks of flavor.

Well worth the seven dollars and change for the bomber. Drinks like hops juice with all the succulence of the hops. a light orangey citrus in the background. Hop nectar. They leave a light pepper on the tongue as it lingers dank and fruity. I'll have more.

Stunning.

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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 tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another day another wonderful brew added to the taps at Downtown Johnny Brown's San Diego.

A: Pours a nice orange hue with a nice solid white head. Good retention with nice sheet lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful hop filled aroma. Lots of citrus with notes of floral hops. Slightly bready, mostly hoppy.

T: Rather tropical in taste. Lots of mango and tangerine. Bitter grapefruit, floral hops and a touch of grass. Bready biscuit hops try to keep up, but it is a lost cause. More Alpine hop goodness in a glass.

M: Medium in body, crisp and smooth. Would kill for it on a hot Florida summer afternoon.

D: Yep, give me a keg and I am set for awhile.

I will miss Downtown Johnny Browns. What a place to drink.

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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 jstigen
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange color. Pour from Green Flash bomber had two fingers of foamy head, of which a thin layer lingers producing lots of lacing. Dank smell with some tropical fruit aroma. Very nice flavor, with smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA that I would recommend.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange. Very thin white cap and not much lacing down the glass.

A pungent blast of citrus, tropical, and earthy hops.

Initial, biting bitterness, followed by tropical and pungent citrus hops, and a decent backing of sweet, toasty malts. A complete IPA and a joy to drink.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Not much aftertaste. Incredibly enjoyable.

A fantastic, super-hoppy IPA. I just wish there was more of this to stock up on.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash bottle.

a: a slightly hazy light caramel orange color that catches the light nicely. pours 1 finger white head, but that fades to a thin film on top

s: ripe pineapple, mango, peach, strawberry, some caramel malt sweetness. super, super juicy smelling. it makes your mouth water

t: big sweetness upfront. over-ripe mango, apricot, and caramel malt. something floral as well. thats followed by a grapefruit bitterness towards the back of the tongue. its not a bitterness that punches you, but rather it fades into the bitterness quite nicely. not quite as tropical or juicy as the nose was though

m: medium mouthfeel, with an almost syrup-like presence. feels like its almost starting to venture into IIPA territory with the mouthfeel

o: on the sweeter side for sure. i wish it had a bit more tropical notes in the sweetness, it almost is starting to feel like a IIPA. that said, this is a very well harmonized beer. sweet, then bitter, but smooth. A worthy IPA, and definitely worth your time

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear orange with a one-finger creamy white. The head fades fast leaving a light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is orange, grapefruit, piney hops, and a sweet malty backbone. The finish has a nice lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a damn fine IPA that definetly lived up to the hype.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big tropical/citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a good malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Tons of big hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer courtesy of Florida9- thanks Kirk!

A: pours deep clear gold, sticky white head forms, leaves good lacing, decent retention

S: bouquet of floral notes, grapefruit rind, a touch of honey, and some piney bitterness in there as well

T: refreshing fruity esters up front, notes of tropical fruits including mango and guava, very juicy mid palate with a bitter crisp finish

MF: medium to high carbonation, light refreshing body

O: this is an excellent and well balanced IPA. I would recommend anyone who is into West Coast IPAs to give this one a try.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This is a very fresh bottle, and as far as I know is within one week of bottling based on what my store retailer told me. I will say that I do believe them since this is not the first Duet I have tried, but is definitely the best I experience I have had with this beer.

A – Pours an incredibly clear dark yellow with a huge, thick two finger eggshell color head. Excellent retention. As the head recedes it leaves some awesome lacing.

S – The last time I had this beer I hated it. It smelled like buttered popcorn, like a popcorn jelly belly. This is not that at all. Very prominent Simcoe giving way to a very dank, floral, piney/grassy and citrus forward hop presence followed by a very lightly hidden maltiness.

T – Very nice and crisp and fresh tasting with a very good hop bitterness up front followed by citrus and pine resin. There is a nice malt presence as well. Very well balanced with a decent sweetness which is blended well with the crisp and dry hop bite.

M – Pretty dry with a medium body and medium carbonation. This is a very well balanced beer.

O – Thank god I like this beer, because I was starting to worry that something was wrong with my palate based on what other say. What I now realize is that the previous attempts to enjoy this beer were with old examples, I hope. This experience is a very good one, one that I hope to repeat again, often. This is a very well-crafted IPA utilizing two of my favorite hop varieties. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of JToad
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved a bottle of this via mthomas84, for the BeerAdvocate2 fantasy football championship. Thanks Mitch!

Pours a clear copper, with a huge frothy offwhite head. Sticky lacing fills the top of the glass.

Citrus and pine right off the bat. Fantastic aroma. One of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had.

Sweet and hoppy, with a nice malt backbone to provide balance. Tangerine with a touch of lemongrass.

Very viscous and smoothe. This is damn near a DIPA, and a good one at that.

Dangerously delicious beer. California continues to amaze me with their IPA's. Each one is better then the next.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts peaking out from the background.

T - Starts off with some building citrus and pine hops that taste super fresh. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the bitterness and pine hop flavor both get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and hops and bitterness that linger for a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and dry from the heavy hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely hop-forward but there is enough other flavors to provide some balance. The hop profile is really nice from start to finish.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at the Golden Gate Taproom, in San Francisco

Very good looking golden pour. A little hazy. One-finger head. Lots of lacing throughout

The nose was very good. A bunch of different citrus fruits. Orange, mango, and grapefruit. Great pairing with piney/dank hops

The taste was great. All the citrus fruit were present. Really liked the dankness and piney attributes of the hops.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. First beer I have been able to enjoy from Alpine, and it definitely has me wanting more.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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 hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with two fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, zest, and a little pineapple. I could smell this from a distance. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells, with grapefruit, oranges, zest, and some pineapple. Very little malt, which is no problem. A nice, pleasantly bitter IPA. Not harsh, just very nice.

Bitter, finishes dry, nicely carbonated. The hops have a somewhat oily feel to them. Too bad this is not available in Minnesota, because I could get used to drinking this on a regular basis. Thankfully South Bay Drugs ships.

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

Pours into an impy nonic a clear a clear honey-like color with a tight formed half finger frothy white head atop.Tangerine,overripe pineapple,and leafy hops over top of a sugary malt base.Great hop complexity on the palate,tangerine,orange,pineapple,and slight grassiness,a sugary slightly doughy malt base is there thru the finish.A great hop complexity to this IPA,as good as advertised.

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Photo of Lisa78
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical west coast IPA. Plenty of bitterness but not much flavor profile. Wish it tasted like it smells. Nice to see this in distribution out east but would rather drink some of the better local brews.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.
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