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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 harrymel
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra!
Poured to a NB globe.

A: Pours a lovely golden ale with excellent clarity and a 1-2 finger head of fine white bubbling. This dissipate to leave a moderate sheet of the same. Lacing is insane for this beer.

S: This is an IPA?!?! The nose is super sweet. The malt owns the beer. Othewise, the hops add citrus, resin, lightly floral hints. The nose is so beautiful.

T: Lightly bittered, again malty. the beer has an almost... coconut rum flavor. Plenty of vanilla tones, wood tones. This is exceptional. Goddamn beautiful.

M: Medium with spritely carbonation. Leaves the mouth not slick, but salivating.

D: I am not sure I can get enough of this beer. It is absolutely delicious. Not a typical West Coast by any means - too sweet. However, you should try this.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge Alpine fane and when O'Brien's was pouring a new IPA from Alpine I had to stop by for a pint.

Pours a bright amber color, my pint had not head but little bubbles of lacing.

Smells great, like fresh citrus hops like most Alpine brews.

Very nice malt smweetness swiftly followed by a citrus bitter smack in the mouth. The bitterness fades quickley and reduces to a very smooth finish that makes me want to take another sip.

Very good brew, big hoppiness, goes down smooth, not sure of ABV but I'm sure it will come back to haunt me.

Cheers!

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice surprise finding this on tap at Tapwerks!

Poured a room-brightening light orange with a sticky tan froth.

Smell is big on the citrus hops and light fruits of course. What else would I have come for?

Super smooth all the way with grapefruit tagging alongside orange, slight floral notes, spice and peel in the finish.

Cake-like goodness for the most part and sits on the lighter side of medium.

Goes down fast as a flash (no pun intended) but is not so quickly forgotten.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy standard amber in color with a lightly tanned 2 inch thick head. lacing is present, but not plentiful.

Earthy aromas of fresh cut grass are noticeable first, balanced with tropical fruit of mango and orange.

Very fruit forward with mango and oranges. Finishes with both a caramel sweetness and a piney bitterness. Well balanced.

Creamy and dry with a medium body. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of gameface23
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is phenomenal: a semi-hazy orange hue topped with a fluffy, steamed-milk quality head that laces the shit out of the glass.

S: No surprise here: the simcoe/amarillo blend really shows itself. There's also a honey sweetness.

T: Alpine really has IPA's locked down. The flavor is a wonderful balance of tropical fruit and pine hops and malt sweetness. The finish is smooth as could be. It's refreshing and hoppy, but definitely not over-bitter.

M: Nice for an IPA

D: Another great one from Alpine.

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Photo of jwc215
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.bottle:

Pours orange amber. A thin white head lasts and leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of robust juicy fruit and floral/piney notes.

The taste is of orange/tangerine with spicy floral hop goodness. It is rounded out by a firm malt backbone.

It could be chewier/fuller, but I'm far from complaining.

A wonderful hop-forward, yet balanced floral-strong delight. Hop goodness in a bottle! My first from this brewery - looking forward to more!

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Photo of drned
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I walk into my local pub and the barkeep who knows my preferences asks if I want a duet. I haven't had a chance to look at the board listing for 40 taps, but I trust Shane and say ok. Taken by surprise. Resinous with hops is a good description. Exceptional feel with good balance. Wish they would keep it on regular.

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Photo of hopsdoit
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in a 16 at Flying Saucer Austin


Appearance: Clear Amber, minimal lace
Smell: Citriusy Pinecone
Taste:Pine,Citrus, grapefruit, orange,
Mouth: Body was medium
Overall Great Duet of Simcoe and Amarilo

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

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Photo of Pabs311
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours a orange-straw color with an impressively foamy, pillowy eggshell head that seems to take forever to die down. it leaves some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. there is also a good amount of carbonation to this beer.

S- floral, citrus hops make up a good protion of the aroma on this beer. there is also a sweet, honey maltiness that shares a good protion of the nose. some tropical fruit tones can also be picked up in the nose.

T- similar to the nose, with the hops taking more of a presence than in the nose. same floral, citrus, tropical fruit character. and then there is that sweet honey maltiness again. finishes dry with a little bitter kick to it.

M/D- medium bodied, good strong carbonation. overall pleasing beer. no alcohol picked up throughout the experince.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle with "Best By" dating of 28 July 16

Pours lightly hazed, lighter amber under a large and lasting off white froth. Stays and stays and leaves nice looking fine sheeting

Full fresh hop nose. Fruity floral goodness

Aggresive IPA, resin fueled hops, emitting tropical flourishes, orange, lime, pineapple. Densly flavorful.well worth a try and happy to see this fine stuff available locally

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Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JessetheHut for sending me these Alpine beers. Much appreciated.

Duet pours a gold color. It's mostly clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light behind it. The head is absolutely enormous. It's off-white in color and stands over four fingers tall. It dissipates very slowly and is a little annoying in that respect. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends....very slowly. Good looking beer, but this is one of those rare occasions where less head would be good. Actually, I'm not sure I'll every say such a thing again.

The nose is extremely impressive. Duet is loaded with hops. I discovered that once I started pouring. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge, though a healthy amount of floral notes follow. Hops are obviously the focal point and really shine. There are some malts lingering in the background. They add a light sweet smell and very subtle toasted aroma. I'm not complaining. I prefer big time hops in IPAs and this one smells like it's very consistent with personal preferences. Alcohol is blended well. Excellent marks here.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Did I mention that this thing supercharged with hops? It's sweet and a little citrus fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit are the strongest flavors. Some floral notes are present, but they're not quite as strong as the citrus elements. It has a bitter bite that really delivers. The malt base works well for me. It adds a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up any caramel or toffee flavors. It is a little toasty, but the malts overall are secondary. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. My bottle indicates the abv is 7%, but it's well hidden. It finishes bitter and dry.

Duet has a light-medium body. It honestly feels a little light. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy for it to really have a smooth feel. It's not bad, but it could be better. Drinkability is very high. I love Duet's flavor and could easily take down another bomber if I had it. It's not too scary at 7% and goes down so easy.

Alpine certainly has a knack for making impressive IPAs. They're at the forefront on the west coast. Actually, they're at the forefront...period. Duet really is a well-rounded IPA that delivers. It would benefit a little from a thicker body and a little less carbonation, but those are small gripes. Duet truly is excellent. Seek out a bottle. It's worth it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap, reviewing from notes from a couple weeks ago.

A - Clear golden-copper color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is lots of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness and a little sweet malt. Definitely a west coaster.

T - A touch of sweet bready malt, then loads of fresh piney and citrusy hops. Some pineapple and orange notes. Really tasty and hop-forward.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and refreshing palate.

D - Very high. Overall this is another awesome IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of spicelab
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN.

Near translucent golden honey, uncharacteristically light for an IPA, with a large porous white head that drops over a few minutes with some snail-trail lacing and a slightly raised ring. Quite a fast bead.

Dank and zesty aromas of sweaty grapefruit, candied tangerine, rockmelon, green waste and pineapple sharpened by snappy, floral tones. Very smart.

Similar tropical goodness receives a spicy, herbal twist before transitioning seamlessly into a dry, spearminty bitterness. Classy.

Light but zingy carbonation feeds the medium bitterness nicely, which coats the palate while being anything but harsh. Awesome.

Running out of superlatives for this brewery. Another IPA that pretty well epitomises skilful brewing and execution. Works on every level.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Clear medium-dark orange hue, minimal white head, minimal lacing
S- Huge nose of pine hops and resin, grass and floral tones, slight citrus
T- Very hop-forward, pungent pine resin dominates the palate (like chewing pine needles.... in a good way), opens up to some sweetness but finishes dry
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation
D- Super piney IPA, hops overwhelm the malts-in-hiding but the balance is there, can sense the underlying alcohol presence but its not overwhelming, unique and complex IPA definitely worth checking out (if you can find it)

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an oversized wine glass. Golden body with a light brass core. Lacing is sticky and has a long life.

Plenty of hops. The nose is stronger than the final result. Orange, earthy and a bit on the raw side. Finishes on the sweet end for my taste but overall its excellent.

Notes: After taking down 3 alpine brews in the past couple weeks I've found another reliable brewery to purchase from. Everything I've sampled has been at the very least solid and at the best stunning. Don't hesitate to purchase.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Finally in the bottle. Pours not very pretty brown tinted honey. Some light almost white head, lots of cling lace.

S - HOPPINESS GALORE. Almost an ouch. LOL.

T - Lighter than expected, nice malt center, overwhelmed by the hops. Duet hops are perfect for this beer.

M - Creamy, balanced, carbed...all good.

D - Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of gr0g
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Orangey-amber with a couple fingers of foam. Streaky, mottled lacing. Aroma is both fruity/citrusy and dank/piney, with an emphasis on the former. Grapefruit and tangerine rind. A bit of fresh pine needles. Very aromatic and pleasant. Simcoe and Amarillo really work well together, and I'd imagine this would smell otherworldly when super-fresh.

Quite dry for a 7% IPA, and this allows the hop character to be in the limelight. Plenty bitter with lots of citrus pith. Definitely a west coast IPA, though my preference would be for a bit more sweetness. Slick and smooth mouthfeel. If you're a hophead, it's hard to stop at just one. You'll be very tempted to come back for seconds, thirds, and so on.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a nice bright white head that leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malt, peach, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dankness. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and a little bitter. Overall this is a fantastic IPA, would love to find more.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Big golden straw color with a solid two finger head that lingers. Lots of carbonation.

S - Dankness, grapefruit, a little citrusy, not a heck of a lot of malt in the background. Very hop forward.

T - Hops! Grapefruit forward with some dankness. A touch of citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Crushable.

P - Prickly with a nice bitterness without being overdone. Active carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish.

O - Much better than Nelson imo. The taste and mouth on it are pretty spot on for a DIPA. It's quite dry without much malt presence.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach orange body with a large white head appears a beautifully with layers of lacing between sips. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and leafy earth and floral aspects, a fruity zesty grapefruit tone with hints of rolling malts. Flavor of duet highlights Amarillo and Simcoe hops battling it out, juicy malt sweetness adds on a nice flavor mix with the super hoppy West Coast IPA tones. Grapefruit, herbal mint, floral tones on the palate. only on the west coast good a grop of people adjust to hoppy delicious beer like this. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick hop oils caue this to guide across the palate, medium bodied soft even carbonation. Drinkability overall is rock solid another awesome west coast experience as far as IPAs go, these malts blend nicely a touch of knowing diacetyl actually works once in awhile it doesn't taste bad at all in this case.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange/amber color, one-inch fluffy head that quickly faded to a quarter inch, minimal lacing. Great big fruity and flowery aroma. Big tropical and citrus flavors, lots of mango! Medium bodied, kinda slick oily moiuthfeel, very nice. Overall, quite tasty, I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: like light colored honey, white head with a slight haze.

S: the smell on this one is less intense than its sister beer - Nelson, but still very floral and citrusy

T: beautiful up-front hoppiness with subtle background malt flavor apricot, citrus and some other distinct flavor that I can not pin down at this moment.

M: good carbonation and light viscosity make this right at home in the mouth

D: very drinkable. there is sufficient bitterness that will satisfy most hop heads, but it might be a good transition beer from the bitterness of Sam Adams Lager or Sierra Nevada to the craftier hoppiness levels.

Overall, a great beer, but I will probably not be buying this one very often since Nelson is usually available now, and I think that Nelson has all of the good things that Duet has and more.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was expecting this to be fairly good and it exceeded expectations. Once again, the feel on this beer is like a DIPA which I love. (Same as Nelson) This had a bright nose with floral and some juicy hop aromas. The taste was very good with sharp bitter hop flavors perfectly blended with the malt profile. Overall, very well done. If this was priced more favorably I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

From a bomber with no freshness indication into a DFH goblet. This brew appears a fairly clear color of light golden orange with slightly more than a finger of fluffy offwhite head. When held to the light this brew has the appearance of being quite clear but there are some large particles stuck in suspension moving around from the movement of the constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface in support of the creamy head. As the head recedes, it leaves a webbing of lacework about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with hop characteristics. It smells sweet and juicy with fruit like oranges and a minty herbal characteristic with a light amount of earthy cattiness. The smell provides some toasty caramel malt sweetness and a tingle of alcohol warmth. This is a very pleasant smelling brew and quite enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is modestly bitter with both an earthy and catty hop flavor. There is a rindy bitterness somewhat spicy yet tastes like orange rind mixed with grapefruit. The finish includes clingy bitterness coupled with a toasted grain flavor that is lasting but doesnt provide any contrasting sweetness. There is a well represented warmth from the 7% abv included.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest, lively level of carbonation. A pleasant experience and well rounded ipa. The 7% abv hits hard in this brew, it provides a spicy, lightly burning fusel incorporation to the flavor and a solid amount of warmth all the way down the throat. For an IPA that only includes 2 hop varieties, this brew is deep and complex with hop flavoring and aromas. It is a testament to brewers that you don't have to go crazy with ridiculously complex variations of multiple hops to produce a deeply complex and enjoyable layering of flavors and aromas. Well done, of the 3 ipas offerings from Alpine I have had, all of them are stellar.

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