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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868
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4,306
Avg:
4.29
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7.93%
 
 
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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 MFMB
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light clear Amber. Smells of light floral and citrus. Taste of citrus. Grapefruit, light orange and lemon. Sight bit of pine that leads to a floral after taste. Nice bitter bite but it is not overdone and is balanced. Finishes crisp and clean. Light mouthfeel. Excellent IPA

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 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 hazedandconfused13
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a rather clear copper color with an ivory, foamy head. Only a slight haze, but I bet it's good since it's an Alpine.

S- I'm picking up on a resinous hoppy scent paired with pine and tropical fruits. Smells juicy.

T- Well, it's not as juicy as that Better Than Ezra song, but it's good. I'm getting a lot of dankness from it, which is something I treasure in an IPA. The initial bitterness of the hops is complimented by a new taste to palette through that of melon, and is then rounded out by the taste of pine and citrus rinds at the tail end.

F- Medium bodied and sticky, with a finish that is surprisingly not as dry as I had expected. I'm really digging the resin.

O- Alpine doesn't disappoint when it comes to IPAs, it's about as simple as that. Despite the fact that I prefer DIPAs, this was one of the better straight up IPAs that I have had.

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

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a big fluffy white head that laces out great. The body of the brew was a cloudy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was great I liked how you could smell the Amarillo hops over the Simcoe which to me was a great accomplishment. This brew had a really great hop nose to it. The flavors were nice, not to one dimensional as one would expect from a west coast IPA, but somewhat more balanced than I was expecting. It was light and crisp in the mouth and drank extremely well.

Hint ..I would gladly drink this one again

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Photo of sholland119
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this great extra from goodspeed94. Thanks, Jon.

A-Clear coppery amber, a little bit of quickly dissipating white head and no lacing.

S-Hot diggity! Fresh, clean, pure citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit and orange. Absolutely awesome!

T-Where did all that malt come from? I mean, it looks malty but the hops are so dominant on the nose that I expected the hoppiness to be brighter in the taste. This is nicely malty and earthy with only hints of the citrus in the finish. Nice but not quite up to the nose.

M-Medium bodied and crisp, nicely bitter.

D-Really tasty with a slightly high ABV for the style. Still, I would be very happy to have another.

HV

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

22oz bomber poured into 2 12oz snifters. Pours a straw-honey yellow, with a half-finger of white head, leaving some lacing - just the faintest touch of haze. Nose is equal parts light citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) and hops. On the palate, the grapefruit disappears and is replaced with mandarin orange. There's a pervasive hoppy dryness too, that lends an almost tangy note to the citrus, yielding notes of kumquat. The mouthfeel is very dry, and of intermediate thickness. Overall, and outstanding IPA. In true fashion of a child of the modern beer renaissance, I find it hard not to rate those IPAs highest which taste most like they should be DIPAs. This beer however, finds a more nuanced middle ground, and stands, for me, as an excellent example of why the balanced complexity of more restrained IPAs can easily match their bigger DIPA cousins.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy light gold straw color with a nice finger of near white head, good lacing and retention

S - Unpleasantly airy, grapefruit citrus bomb with some grainy/bread aromas

T - big delicious trooical grapefruit mango hops from beinning to end, aafteraste is juicy

M - Drinkable decently carbonated kind of airy which hurts but nice aftertaste slightly bitter but light and very palatable.

O - Good flavor hut a bit airy, maybe a bad bottle? could probably be amazing in the right circumstances.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 2/10/16. Pours a very attractive dark yellow with a 3 finger sticky white head that leaves little spots of lace behind.

Smell is pinapple, peach, fresh cut grass, passion fruit, and grapefruit.

Very tropical upfront, pinapple, peach, and passion fruit and a nice subtle hit of grapefruit and lemon in the balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is less than medium, perfect amount of life, not dry, and premium drinkability.

Overall this what I wanted it to be, I know many people say that it isn't nearly as good since Green Flash started brewing it, but I thought was really good.

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

Appearance - light copper in color. Smell - hoppy citrus smell. Perhaps rinds. Taste - citrus rind on intake but on breathing out it is like Two Hearted. Nice. Overall - this is good. I'd drink again.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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