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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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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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Photo of crossovert
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with hints of orange and a foamy white head.

The smell is unique for an IPA I think and I really enjoy it. There is a lot of tropical fruit, specifically papaya, which I hate the taste of but love the smell of. It has this deep vinous characteristic with white grapes. This smell goes perfectly with the warm weather outside.

The flavor is just refreshing and thirst-quenching. Tons of green grapes in the flavor along with tropical fruit hints with pineapple and passion fruit, and an assload of citrus. I love these two hops, just love em. There isn't too much acidity though which lends it to being even more spectacular. The malt backing is subtle and the bitterness is medium.

I have had single hop brews of both of these varieties, but put them together and you get this absolute beast.

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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 silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

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Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company. Alpine and Kern are quickly emerging as Russian River's biggest threat to steal their crown as the top producer of west coast IPA's.
Score: 90

I received this beer as part of a trade in early January 2012 courtesy of BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSours (thanks for the hookup!). No freshness or bottling date, which is always a dangerous proposition for IPA's. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden honey color that falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, but closer to translucent. There is some flaky sediment floating around, but not nearly as much as there was with the Alpine Nelson. Two-plus fingers of off-white soapy head at pour gradually and penultimately settles into a thin foggy layer atop the glass for awhile, ultimately settling into a thin ring around the glass. Excellent lacing (oily and frothy), excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tons of bright tropical citrus aromas here. This beer is quite odorous; I could smell it very clearly while pouring it. Fresh apricot, grapefruit, pineapple juice, and mango dominates the complex and slightly floral citrus element of the aroma. Behind the citrus is earthy "dark" pine tree smell and "sticky" pine sap resin. A little spice is mixed in there too. This one really gets my olfactory system running. 5/5

Taste: Very malty and oily hops flavor. Much maltier and more balanced than expected given the nose. Perhaps at nearly 50 days old, this one is past it's freshness prime. That would certainly explain the lack of hoppiness and bright citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, this beer is still tasty and refreshing (unlike some of the other, older IPA's that I have had). Malty orange juice, creamy pineapple, earthy pine, and mellow hoppy bitterness. Finishes and lingers with a moderately bitter "fresh pine" and flat orange citrus flavor that reminds me of a super mellow Heady Topper type flavor. The finish/linger is really interesting, but maybe I am over-thinking this one. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very smooth and super oily mouthfeel. Mellow bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid tasting and excellent smelling single IPA. I will have to try and get my hands on another bottle and drink it fresher once my cellar dwindles down. I really should have consumed this one a month ago when I had the Half Acre Daly Double.

Recommendation: A much more balanced IPA than most, with a robust IIPA-like aroma. Unless you are completely averse to hops, seek this one out.

Pairings: Steak served with caramelized onions.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

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Photo of OTB
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my haul last week at Alpine. Super fresh having just been bottled. Pours a beautiful yellow orange with a nice one inch thick pale white thick head that clings to my glass leaving intricate lacing as I sip down. The nose is a tropical fruit salad in a glass, mango and pineapple and lemon lead the way before being chased down by the super intensity of the Simcoe and Amarillo hop explosion, just amazing nose. Flavors of tangerine, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel attack the tongue with a balancing act from the malt to deliver an amazingly balanced brew. The mouth is crisp, refreshing and lively from the perfect carbonation, it begs to be gulped, but don't, nurturing this brew brings out a plethora of Flavors and complexities for those who sip. I am an unabashed Alpine head and am in San Diego on a weekly basis on business so I am fortunate to drop in for lunch and refills and get to try a lot of Alpine beer. This along with Nelson, Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness are world class ales that I hope all BA folks get a chance to drink at least once.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the hook-up.

Bright orange color with very fine carbonation that produces only a very small head, even with an aggressive pour.

Mild citrus and biscuit aroma - inviting and complex but not substantial. The taste however has layers and layers to wade through - papaya and other tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, with just the right malty backbone to provide balance but not detract from the hops.

Elegant mouthfeel as is typical of Alpine IPA's - refined and pretty. Overall this is an awesome IPA - one I would be glad to have regular access to. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear light light orange with a long ass lingering froth dome. Poured from a bomber

S: Gorgeous citrus notes that are crisp and cunning like a JCVD spinning jump kick. 

T: A wonderfully deep complex hopped up IPA that works so damn well. Oh man its really just so damn good. Badass citrus notes of lemon with a light vanilla tone on the back end.

M: Not extremely dry like other IPA's I've had but this one just seems to full perfectly drinkable.

O: An amazing IPA like all the others from their lineup. A must have. 

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Photo of tobelerone
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Dark gold, nearly clear beer with a fluffy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

Heavily aromatic; big citrus and dank, resinous pine. Orange fruitiness. Noticeable sweetness and a pungent bitter punch.

Citrus, pine, strong bitterness abounds. Lots of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. Just a touch of sweetness and a subtle underlying maltiness playing a supporting role to the wonderfully fresh hop flavors.

Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, feels smooth, creamy, and rounded. Crisp finish as well. Top notch.

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Photo of pperrecone
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice bright golden yellow.

smells of dank pine followed by nice tropical citrus fruit.

Taste is super on point dank pine and lots of tropical fruit. nice balance of hop bitterness and malt. defiantly a west coast IPA. not just a bitter over hopped beer but a nice complexity of hop layers of flavor. Pat knows hops and how to use them.

Body is nice and dry.

Overall this is one the best IPA out their. Thank God I live in SD so I can drink this year around.

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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 Blakaeris
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is rich orange and grapefruit, along with a good bit of piney hop.

Taste is grainy toasted malt with hints of brown sugar. Then the pleasantly fruity hop quality steps in. Finishes relatively sweet with only a mild piney hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Overall a pretty tasty IPA. Plenty of dry hopping to create a fantastic nose.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this little west coast brewery!

A: 2 fingered white foamy head that displays great retention and lacing atop this completely transparent golden bodied brew.

S: A bit subtle, sweet candied malts are at the forefront and are followed by floral citrus notes.

T: Toffee flavors are nice, but more sweet than I usually look for in the style. The hops make a return and really help balance the beer on its way out with tropical fruits and citrus flavors.

M: Well carbonate leaving a crisp feeling following each tasting.

O: Another great entry from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 650-mL bottle at the brewery and drank a week or so later, 8/22/11, from a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy light orange with nice finger of cream colored head.

N: Pine, orange, and a slight hint of sweet onion.

T/M: Earthy floral bitterness hits first. An accompanying light malt flavor offsets this with just the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is oily, with a light to medium body.

This is an excellent beer with a interesting hop profile; very unique. It is crisp and clean and quite delicious.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this in this years secret santa. I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, deep orange pour with a very big white head, some lacing. Lots of fresh pine and citrus on the nose. The beer is piney and has notes of grapefruit, and tropical fruit. It finishes with a light lingering bitterness. The body is medium, above average carbonation. A very good IPA, lived up to the hype.

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Photo of jdhende
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice golden orange

S: Citrus and spicy hops hit you upfront. The bottle states that Amarillo and Sincoe hops are used.

T: Similar to the smell has lots of citrusy flavors too it such as grapefruit and mango. Very hoppy which I enjoyed, but finished really bitter for my taste.

M: Really dry taste that lingers.

O: A nice beer which I was happy to get the chance to try. Very drinkable for the ABV just a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of Jayli
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from mthomas84 via SS '11 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him! This puppy has been on my wants for over a year.
Poured in to a pint glass
And celebrating my birfffday!

A: This beer pours a translucent gold color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaving minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is big grapefruit and pine with an undercurrent of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a lot of spicy pine notes. Mango, tangerine, and pineapple come in. And under current of caramel gives a sweetness throughout. Grassy notes come in before a big wave of grapefruit zest hits.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily and slick body.

O: Goes down easy, very tasty, not too filling, well hidden kick, very nice representation of style. I've been chomping at the bit to try some of these Alpine brews and was NOT disappointed!

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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 01Ryan10
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a stemless wine glass.

This is a fantastic IPA! The citrus really comes out in the smell on this beer. There is a small hint of pine, but the grapefruit is intense. It has the standard golen color with 2 finger head, but the lacing is exceptionally nice and sticks around longer than usual.

Overall, this is a very crisp and refreshing beer. I could easily make this a session beer, and it's so unbelievably balanced. This beer is getting Pliny status from me. Not sure which one I'd choose over the other on any given day.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle the head forms nicely and simply. A nearly perfect three finger uniform white head is presented. Stuck, perfectly foamy tiny bubbles. Body color is a little simple but a nice clear brass gold, nice mix of rising carbonation small and some big. Cap is almost whipped up with retention, but doesn't make much lacing on the glass.

Real nice nose. Classic spicy grapefruit, mild sugars, hints of a little bit of pine needles. My tongue just hits the bubbles slightly and gives some great hop bitter.

Taste is unbelievably good. This is better than grapefruit. Giant and TIGHT prickly carbs on the palate open up with a huge grapefruit. Mango and tropical fruits come out, but much spicy character without a mushy feeling. Finish has a nice mellow mix of mild bitter but a wonderful sweet orange, a total sense of the perfect aromatic orange icing sugar, and oh god... it's chocolate orange! Where does this thing just get a hint of chocolate?!?!? (chocolate and orange is just a fav of mine). Whipped up texture, with hints of crisp carbonation, jesus this feels so unreal.

WOW, this one stupidly, exciting beer. I am really REALLY loving this thing in smell taste and feel. I have never seen this many exceptional qualities in one beer. I am speechless. 5 minutes... all GONE!

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with decent head and lace. Nose is grapefruity grapefruit with grapefruit on top of a touch of tropical fruits and a touch of malty goodness. Taste is harmony for sure. Great showcase of two lovely hops. Bitter grapefruit is the lead role, and it reminds me how amazing it is that these flavors come from hops and barley. Doesn't seem out of balance. Medium light body that finishes a little oily. Looks like a lot of other reviewers find it thin, but I think it is quite nice. Very very nice ipa from alpine.

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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 brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Pours a very clean, golden color. Very thin white head, with little retention.

S: A sharp bitter citrus aroma. Lemon and grapefruit mainly. A piney sharpness from the hops.

T: Really nice bitter hop flavor. Resinous and sharp. The bitterness dominates, with just a little bit of citrus to cut it. Nice!

M: Fairly light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A slightly oily texture with a dry finish.

O: This beer has all my favorite aspects of an IPA. Bitter, crisp, with a dry finish. I could drink this one over and over.

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Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz (best by 3/17/2016) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery straw color w/ a sudsy bright white head, some nice patchy lacing.

Aroma is bright grapefruit rind and alpha acids. Clean dry pale malt gives it a slight sweetness. Pretty much a standard SoCal IPA all the way.

Taste is likewise citrusy and juicy hops layered over neutral pale malt. Nice acidic bitterness on the finish. Similar to offerings from Ballast Point or Stone, not surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, semi-dry.

Overall a really nice American IPA, typical of the style.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with an orange tinge and a finger of white frothy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells wonderfully of citrus hops. Touches of tropical fruit and just the slightest malt presence.

Starts off with a bright citrus flavor. Rounds into a bitter piney resin finish. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

My favorite of the Alpine regular IPA's, but still prefer Hoppy Birthday. I very much enjoy this beer given the chance.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.
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