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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865
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4,290
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of MLDucky
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Version. From the Duets I've had in the past, the hop element did not shine through as much. Plenty of Amarillo (in the nose), light pine (in the nose). Taste, faint pine, almost muted, but heavily bitter. I was a bit taken back by the bitterness on this one. I love bitter, but balanced, I didn't find the balance in this one.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a medium frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is fruity piney hops with some resin and some caramel/crystal malt.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt with resiny piney hops and some fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a nice IPA. I remember it being better on tap.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with three inches of fluffy, beige head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some citrus and pine aromas with some malt coming through. It smells old.

The taste is extremely bitter. It is not what I remember from having it on draft. I fear that I got duped into buying an old bottle.

Medium to light mouthfeel

The clown at the bottle shop told me they got this beer in within the last two weeks. I should have went with my gut and passed. It is an old bottle. I will revisit this one.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to walows for the extra! Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into a dimpled mug. Pours a bright orange color along with a nice creamy head that quickly dissipates, good lacing that lasts throughout the session. Moderate malt and hop aromas of light bread and caramel, flowers, spruce, grapefruit, orange, light yeast, and perhaps a background note of sour milk on the last pour. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and lightly astringent and dry finish. The combination of the two hops (Simcoe and Amarillo) bring out some excellent aromas that give Duet a great name! This went very well with my sausage and mushroom pizza.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orangish copper pour with a lacy white head. Not that much in the aroma. A little bit of citrus. Lots of lime flavors, plain mouthfeel. A very alright IPA.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seems a bit dated by the smell and taste but the best by date is May 2017. I hate breweries that don't bottle date. Glad I only picked up a single. I know I'm getting Alpine beers brewed by Green Flash, but this brewery seems WAY overrated.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber earlier this week that was enjoy by dated 4/something/16. It was a GF bottle, poured a fairly clear, dark yellow/light orange color with a huge foamy head. The smell of the hops was a thing of beauty from the bottle, yet the taste I found to be rather muted and unexciting comparatively. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Not sure of the ins and outs of the GF/Alpine thing but everything I have had from either thus far have been very hit or miss. Not overly impressed.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
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 tpgraham
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Petrol in Houston, served in a standard 16 oz. pint glass. I was really excited to finally try an Alpine offering but was let down. The IPA seemed pretty standard to me and did not pack the hop punch that I would have expected from such hype. Will try again when available to confirm my thoughts.

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Photo of nohead02
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love some of Alpine's ales more than life itself, but I was disappointed in this one. It has a nice floral bouquet, but it lacked body and sufficient flavor to really wow me. Very little complexity. Maybe I was hoping for too much since the pub I was in had just run out of pure hoppiness and the barmaid said this would be a reasonable substitute. There really are very few substitutes for pure hoppiness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is dank grapefruit.
The taste has a building citrus bitterness that finished with a solid pine bitter bite.
The texture is crisp.
Pretty good.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/light honey/golden syrup colour. Moderate carbonation. No lacing, not much head either.

Very piney scent, with some spicy/citrusy character, very clean; not much in the way of yeast or malt aroma.

Solid hopping, bitterness is noticeable and not at all as smooth relative to other IPAs I've recently enjoyed. A bit of a tannic/green tea flavour just before the finish.

Halfway through the glass, bitterness is less pleasant. Reminiscent of eating a higher alpha acid hop pellet out of the mylar bag, nice at first and flavourful, but eventually over the top.

The bottle may have been exposed to high temperatures for a brief period (shipped by a friend), but given this experience, I'm not overly impressed. Will try to have this on draft someday, though I'm not eager to buy a bottle of this anytime soon. On the other hand, maybe it was different prior to the Green Flash takeover?

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Photo of exposd
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid offering from Alpine Brewing out of California. Very drinkable!! Beautiful color and head/lacing as well as aroma but the taste doesn't deliver the same flavor that you get in the scent. Lots of pine and heavy citrus (mango & oranges). I had to try this beer because I've tasted their session Hoppy Birthday and it quickly became my favorites in the IPA category. This one falls in comparison to their others in my personal opinions, while this brew is just not as unique or exciting. This beer is a typical West Coast IPA, and don't get me wrong it's a very enjoyable beer but just doesn't sit at the same level as Hopoy Birthday and Nelson which are both much more one of a kind flavor.

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Photo of -Rick
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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 farrago
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a solid pour you get about a finger of just off white foam, majority medium to larger bubbles with below average retention, runs down to the surface quickly, the lacing sticks in random splotches more than streaks. The liquid has a zinc orange metallic look to it, much closer to yellow than any red, no cloudiness, a few trace bubbles here or there, consistent down to the glass bottom. Hop-driven nose of pretzel dough, salt, pine cone, herbaceous matter and earth, gets right up in there and starts scrubbing, plenty of brawn in the grapefruit to blood orange scents too, not a lot of fruit, mixed white pit fruit, thin dusting of cocoa powder accounts for the presence of malts. Close to full-bodied with a noticeably firm mouth feel, the carbonation has the grit of semi-fine sandpaper, persistent from mouth entry through finish. The tangy white grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus zings your tongue alongside the pine, iron flecks, pepper and salt bits. Were the total experience more “wet” the peach, nectarine, apple fruit might appear more tropical. Cocoa, mocha accents dry themselves, offers some yeast to multigrain bread dough. About as “chewy” as a regular IPA can get, not really an easy sipper but deserves attention for achieving personality.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on the visit to san diego, we drove out to alpine to sample the wares. except my partner in crime passed himself out in the back of the van. left alone to trudge on, i put forth my best effort. a light orangey hue, spewing forth grapefruit and mango goodness with a slight bit of malt. a nice bitter, touch of sweetness and plenty of citrus fruit. pretty tasty, nothing to go too wild over, but enjoyable nonetheless. perhaps the sours from earlier in the day were still vengeful, but i would think my excitement from the 45 minute drive would overcompensate for any of that. at any rate, i shall try a bottle in the future or perhaps find it at sd beer week if everything goes right.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

Pours a nice deeper yellow with white head. Smell of citric fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon zest). There is a bit of spiciness but I can't put my finger on it. Taste about the same, with the fruitiness on the forefront, grapefruit, tangerine, orange. There is some bready maltiness to it but it is weak. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly over carbonated. I think the thinness of the mouth detracted from the overall complexity of the beer. Easy enough to drink, just a touch uninteresting.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Perry's in Livermore, CA. I pour into a large snifter to review.

Yields about an inch tall head after I started pouring more aggressively towards the end. Head is rather dense, consistent of smaller bubbles, and white in color. Transparent and a sexy light glowing orange in color. Great lacing and a nice layer of retention remains atop the beer stretching the majority of the snifter inner rim.

Aroma is very fresh, slightly creamy and quite hop forward. Grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral, the hops are quite 'harmonized.'

Taste is very hop forward and rather bitter. I am surprised the pine resin does not show face more with the addition of simcoe hops used only in conjunction with Amarillo. Very hoppy which I like, but a seemingly one dimensional hop bouquet.

Medium bodied and light to medium carbonation levels. Finish is not as long as I would have expected with these bittering hops. Hints of oil from the hops.

Based on the recent recommendations I have heard on this brewery and them making a better IPA than Russian River, I was disapointed. I still seek something that can live up to PtE; I will have to try some of their other offerings. In its own right, it is good, but not in my top in class list.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a deep copper orange color. a two finger or so tan head forms and sticks around for a while. leaves behind a strong and frothy lacing along the entire height of the glass. good strong clarity and good brightness.

Smell: hops, some citrus, some pine and resin, lighter tropical fruits. crystal malt sweetness. and some toasted grains.

Taste: opens with hops, mostly pine, earth and resin. malts are fairly strong and ranging from a strong and sweet crystal malts to toasted grains. more hops come in at the end mostly some citrus but some light tropical fruits as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. moderate bitterness and linger. slightly refreshing.

Overall: a nice ipa but nothing too out of the ordinary. not quite the malt character that I look for and could use a bit more hop character and/or less crystal malt character.

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Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Slight piney fruity aroma. Crisp nicely bitter hops jump out with a sweet malt follow-up. then more hops on the tail end. Balanced taste but more to the hop side. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light golden color with white cap which diminishes rather quickly as does the lacing.

A clean aroma of pine, citrus and slightly earthy hops. Little malt apparent.

Flavor is hop forward but mild. Malt is present in the body but doesn't stand out, or even much make it's presence known for that matter. Hops start, follow through and finish with the pine more present in the aftertaste.

Texture is medium.

Overall a solid IPA without any major flaws that I can spot. Nothing really outstanding either, rather middle of the pack performance.

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Photo of awayne56
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date:8/24/16

L:Yellowish -orange pour with a thick, creamy, bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing. Slight haze, but mostly clear. Becomes more cloudy as it warms.
S: citrus up front.
T: Pretty typical west coast IPA - Citrus flavors up front with pine on the finish.Decent malt balance - the malts stay in the background while keeping the hops from getting out of control.Overall, hops dominate up fron and on the finish.
F: Average mouthfeel. The finish is dry without leaving your mouth/throat so dry you feel thirsty. Slight alcohol burn underneath the tongue. Balanced carbonation.
O: A very good IPA; bright citrus flavors, hoppy with minimal malt interference. Very drinkable but not too light.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

GF bottling (grumble). Hopefully a re-review if ever GF gets their stuff down.

Pours honey with an island and spotty lacing.

Orange, light pine, a syrupy sweetness. Subtle yet compelling.

Summer grass, sticky pine with a tinge of sweetness which helps balance.

Lively carbonation and a lightness to the mouthfeel.

Good.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with 2fastcars the other night. This bottle has been waiting to be consumed for the last 6 months or so. I think it started to fade a bit...

A- Golden straw color. Pure white head that foams like crazy. Extensive lacing all over the glass.

S- Smells of Simcoe hops, and sweet malt. I also get some lemony/citrus smells.

T- Nice light IPA, with some hints of lemon and spice. The hops had faded quite a bit, but are still very well balanced.

M- A litle light even for the style. I expected this to be a bit bigger, especially compared to the other Alpine beers I've had.

Might try to keep and eye out for a fresher bottle of this, but not my favorite Alpine beer

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Huge hop aroma, powerful bitterness.

I was just tasting the Kern River "Just Outstanding IPA" which features the same hops-- Simcoe and Amarillo. This one has a gigantic aroma to catch your attention, but the same trail off into the bitter abyss. Of the two, I prefer the Alpine Duet for its fruitier character, but both are strictly for the IPA fiend.

An education in these hop varieties. Drinkable with steak and potatoes, but a tough quaff by itself.

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