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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring with a tall, chunky, foamy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of rich pine tassel and moss, with a tart and sweet grapefruit note cutting through. Smells almost candy sweet. Great aromatics. Flavors are citrus forward, heavy on grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest, with a backbone of piney, grassy, bitter and resinous hops notes. Smooth and slick in mouth, but light, with a citrus and sugary sweet blend for the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly dry, with a good pine and grapefruit linger afterwards. Very easy to drink, and amazingly balanced and tasty.

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

Had on draft at McMenamin's 23rd Ave Bottle Shop. Happy to see on draft as I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time, it's readily available in bottles but for me IPAs are always a must on draft.

I know this beer is highly though of but has lost some of it's "world class" reputation, but I'd say shes delicious. Very good dry hops, Amarillo and Simcoe really showcased here. Piney, peppery and dry.

A beer with an average rating of 4.31 underrated? I think so, at least a bit.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Iron Abbey yesterday.
I thought it was very good.
Look had a clear amber color with a medium tall beige head.
The aroma was excellent very hoppy and suggesting it was was dry hopped
though i don't know.
In the aroma I got mostly piney notes.
The taste was up to par with the nose but seem to fade into malty bitterness at the emd.
Clean finish.
A very good beer I'm glad made it to the area.

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

Honey amber in color; thick, sticky, white head; thick, foamy rings of lacing down the glass. Heady floral and strawberry aroma. Bold hop bitterness with a mild cereal grain malt backbone. Medium-heavy body; slightly coarse and ticklish on the palate; gentle sweetness yet finishes dry.

A very, very fine IPA with an outstanding aroma and excellent all-around flavor and balance. The taste delivers a juicy, orange-like sweetness before the intense hop bitterness kicks in with a nearly tart, grapefruit-like quality. Most satisfying...

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

Had this over the summer on tap along with Nelson, but didn't review. This time from a bottle.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a foamy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

S: Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pine sap and sweet malt on the nose.

T: Orange leads the flavor parade followed by the sweetness from the malt and some piney notes on the end. Long lasting pleasant, mildly bitter finish.

M: Full and smooth

O: A great pairing of two of my favorite hops. Not quite as good as it was on tap, but still very impressive. I will buy more of this if I can find it and share with others. A must try for hopheads. "

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a massive foamy white head on top. There is a bunch of floating particles in this as well. The smell of the beer has a big hoppy fruit aroma. Some sweet pineapple and peach aromas make this beer really nice. The taste of the beer has a slight pine flavor with more fruit flavors like peach and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely balanced and gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA. Really enjoyed this.

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

Spent some time searching for this in Southern CA last month and ended up walking into a bottle shop in central Illinois to see it sitting on the shelf, go figure. Still a little mixed emotions about the Green Flash acquisition, but I'm glad to be able to try this. Best by 3-17-16. Lots of pine and citrus with a sweet caramel malty back and moderately bitter finish. Very tasty and I hope that I'm able to get my hands on Alpine stuff more often now. Prost!

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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 bashiba
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden yellow a touch cloudy with a nice light sticky white head.

The smell is very nice, classic simcoe, big citrus and fresh green hops with a bit of pine.

The flavor is very fresh hopped, nice green and citrus flavors, light bit of biscuity malt comes through as well. Clean, and surprisingly not bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and resiny.

Very nice, a great hoppy IPA without emphasizing bitterness.

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

a - pours a golden amber color, smallish ivory head with retention around the edges and decent lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - bright orange and tangerine rind aroma, decent amount of biscuity malt as well, not much alcohol evident on the nose

t - citrusy and malty sweetness up front which quickly evolves into a strong orange and lemon bitterness, good deal of biscuity maltiness on the tail end of the mid-palate and into the finish, citrus bitterness comes back in on the finish, not much in terms of alcohol presence

m - medium-to-light bodied, lower-carbonation than most IPAs, pretty drying on the palate, not much alcohol warming

d - this is a pretty big single IPA, but rather drinkable all the same, complex enough to keep things interesting, enough sweetness to lend some body to the bitterness (but not too much, this is a SD IPA)

Yet another great IPA out of the San Diego area. I'm curious to see how this compares side-by-side with Sculpin.

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Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 crashdavisinoh
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in NOOB BIF 5 from ExplosivoSR...thank you, sir. Really enjoyed this beer...I am just getting into exploring the world of IPA/DIPAs and was excited to try one from a west coast brewery that I had not heard of (beer and brewery).

A-Golden/Light Copper....orangish...just as a fine IPA should

S-great smell...loads of citrus

T-very good...citrus, malts, hops...all over. As others have noted...you get the citrus and progress through the other flavors...quite enjoyable.

M-Medium all around...very drinkable

O-I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this IPA...I found it to be complex in its entireity yet simple in its parts. I would love to have it again sometime.

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

41st review on BA
Bottle to mug

App- Shimmery orange with gold and yellow highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that is off white and just fades away so gingerly leaving little pillows of foam. Lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- It's a flower basket in a glass. Nice hoppy aroma fills the nose.

Taste- I think the flavors are pretty on point with this one. Its get a nice bitter flavor o the finish but the hops aren't overbearing for having the Simcoe and Amarillo working well together.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a slight carbonation. Leaves a great oily taste on the palate.

Drink- I liked this a lot. A nice sessionable IPA that would work well in a six pack for me.

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

750 mL bottle, pint glass.

Appearance - I thought this beer was lighter in color than a typical IPA. I am used to seeing a distinct orange hue, but this beer was more of a burnt yellow. Good, fluffy foam with tiny bubbles that provided a constant film the entire time. Low-medium lacing.

Smell - Sim-coe sim-coe sim-coe! Grapefruit dominates the smell, though it is well done and overwhelming. Small pine notes as well. Good, though nothing too crazy.

Taste - And ladies and gents, I think I just found my favorite value beer. Found it to be rather piney in the front, and then there seems to be a dip in the bitterness, that gives way to a few malt notes in the middle. Then, just as smoothly, it ramps back up to the sweet-citrus that carries through into probably one of the most lasting aftertastes I have ever had in an IPA.

Mouth Feel - I think this beer might be SLIGHTLY overcarbonated. I get a carbonation sting right off the bat, but it is not bad. Otherwise very light on the palate and finishes very, very smooth.

Drinkability - I would drink this beer all day long. Reasonable ABV and a wonderful complexity would keep me coming back for more. This is one beer I am going to make an effort to try on tap.

Overall, this is a friggen damn good IPA. Not so sure I would rate it as high as many people seem to, but it certainly was a treat. Classic 1-2 punch of simcoe and amarillo, I think I would really like to blind taste-test this and Sculpin. Right now I would say I prefer Sculpin, but it would be interesting to try them back-to-back.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of Pure Hoppiness here and I just realized that I've never opened the bottle of Duet that I got in a trade. Well, can't waste any more time as I have a homebrew that needs bottles.

Pours a nice golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Sharp. Clear. What more could a chap ask for?

The duo of Amarillo & Simcoe don't fail to impress here. Amazing. Very hoppy, despite the age.

Ditto. A shitload of Amarillo and Simcoe to please the hop lover. I certainly am pleased, sir. In fact, I don't understand how I could let this sit for so long.

Lingering hops and buttery malt in the side corner pocket. The 8-Ball obviously went in because this is drinkable as fuck.

Another excellent IPA to mark off. I've got to get me some more beer from the Alpine Brewing Co.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy and golden peach and orange blend with about a finger of crisp snow white semi-persistent head. The carbonation bubbles are medium sized but bountiful and quickly flow up in many streams to the top of the glass. A sheet of fine lacing, made up of medium size bubbles, is persistently sticking to the side of the glass and shows no sign of movement. Consistent, pretty, and nice.

Smell: The smell is of floral hops, with fruity sweetness as well as a bit of slight spice and honey mixed in. there are some fruit notes in the background as well--banana and juicy oranges in particular stand out to me, which actually blends very nicely with the clove spice. Pine notes are big in the nose of this one, too. As it warms, tropical fruits become increasingly present in the nose. The banana is still there, but I also get a very strong passion fruit out of it.

Taste: The taste on this one is hugely complex. Citrus (lemon and orange peels) and pine hops are probably the most dominant notes, but there are so many others that run just underneath the surface. Juicy oranges are present again (I know I mentioned citrus already but I feel that this merits a second mention just for the amount of JUICE that is in the taste of this, as opposed to the drier, more rind-like taste that comes across more dominantly in the hop notes) as are the bananas and passion fruit carrying over from the nose. I say that there's heavy citrus in this one, and while that's true, I should make it clear that it's the lighter side of the spectrum of citrus--there's not really any hint of a grapefruit bitterness, which is interesting considering the amount of piney hops present (I've found that the two usually go hand in hand somewhat). There's even a slight malty note mixed into the taste on this one. Also present are herbs--particularly thyme and a bit of peppermint.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, delicious, light bodied, and near perfect. The carbonation bubbles are tiny, and move in such a way to convey a slight spiciness, moving the complexities of the taste to the palate, getting their job done, and disappearing. The aftertaste comes across, at times, as if its barely there, and at other times tastes of heavy pine--this is wonderfully done.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable indeed--it's not as light as the nelson (which I just finished reviewing prior to this one) but it's wonderfully complex, which makes it a very interesting brew to drink. Combined with the wonderful mouthfeel, I find myself looking forward to each sip--though they are sips rather than gulps. Pairs quite nicely with some extra sharp cheddar.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive, crystal clear, pale gold. Soft, white, bubbly but sparse head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is phenomenal. Citrus and pine, dankness, little bit of biscuity cracker, and just a touch of onion. The taste is crisp and bright, but much more mellow than the smell. Pine and grass, some bitter citrus, very clean with just a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Feel is medium and resiny with just the right amount of carbonation. Really like this beer, but with a slightly more pronounced flavor profile it would be a favorite.

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

Received this in a trade. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no bottling date on the bottle (22 ounce). Beer is heady and aggressive. Carbonation moderate to high and steady. After a careful pour I got about 6 ounces into my glass, the head took up the rest. White tiny bubbles giving way to larger bubbles at the top, looks like soap. Beer is light amber in color and mostly clear. There is a slight haze to it. There is aton of lacing as the head falls away from the glass.

This beer does not lack in the aroma department. The strong head and steady carbonation fill the immediate area surrounding the glass with the smell of pine. There is a hard to define sweetness about the smell as well. A very inviting IPA aroma.

I've been slowly adding more beer to the glass as the head disappears, its almost time to drink. Strong bitterness and a slight aftertaste of more pine based hop flavor. There is some funk in the midpalate of the beer so a slight deduction. Body of the beer is medium, its not as if you are chewing the hops down its less forced than that. Overall the drinkability is good and I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA.

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Photo of treyrab
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 eppCOS
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent west coast IPA that "hides" its ABV content very well - drinks lighter than it is, like a graceful, stealthy Stone beer. Had it on tap at Fire & Hops in Santa Fe, NM. Up there in the top 10% of IPAs available on the market, just didn't have any extra 'character' that made it notable for me. Still a really good beer.

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Photo of Ed_0101
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent ipa. Hoppy and yet still balanced. I'm very happy with all the diffrent hop flavors in this. Piney, citrus, and fruit flavors and aromas. Overall a very good representation of a west coast ipa.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in a trade with saru96. This is my first Alpine beer, and I've been anticipating this day for some time. Since this isn't a high-gravity beer, I think I'll drink this solo. Get it? Cause Duet... Here we go. Poured from bomber into a standard snifter.

A- Pour does not yield much of a head. A thin white head dissipates quite quickly, leaving some lacing. Dark straw color for this beer. Slight haze, though pretty translucent. Somewhat spotty lacing on the glass as I drink.

S- Pretty standard for a West Coast IPA. Unquestionable citrus aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemongrass. Some faint grassy, piney aromas play into the mix as well. What I'm struck by is the balance here. Makes me excited for it to hit my palate.

T- The balance on the nose is followed well on the flavor, only a little less robust. Nothing in your face, just some mild hop bitterness harmonizing wonderfully with the same grapefruit and orange flavors, with a kiss of sweetness from the malt. Very crisp, clean flavors that are wonderfully refreshing.

M- Decent amount of carbonation with a light, crisp mouthfeel. This one could very easily be sessionable. No hint of the alcohol, just hops and citrus flavors coating the palate. The bitterness lingers, too, which is always enjoyable.

O- Quite a melody this one sings. Balance is they key here as all the flavors and aromas sing their melodies and harmonies with delicate precision. This is a really enjoyable beer, and I'm really glad I got my hands on two. Now, to finish off this bottle. Cheers!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.
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