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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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4,160
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4.3
pDev:
17.67%
 
 
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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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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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Photo of rypkr
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, piney, quite malty, creamy and overall balanced. I don't ride the ipa D wagon as I prefer apa's or dipa's but this I would buy again.

Very much reminds me of lagunitas brown shugga at 7% as opposed to 10%.

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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 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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