Duet | Alpine Beer Company

868 Reviews

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Photo of SaltofOH
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 06JUL17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange gold with one finger of bubbly white head that retains fairly well. A few bubbles here and there but pretty low visible carbonation. Little lacing.

S: hoppy. Bright floral citrus. Lemon peel. Crisp. Grassy. Resinous. Smells like Thunderlips, Mystic Mama, and every other super hoppy beer on the market right now. Fortunately, it does NOT smell like cat pee.

T: full on hoppy arrival. Much like the nose, floral resin, turning to a dry white bread middle, then bitter lemon peel and floral - gentian? Lingering lemon peel finish like Turkish lemon tea. Okay, living up to the hype here.

M: crisp as all get out. Bone dry and lighter side of midweight. Frankly a little undercarbonated, but because it is not slick at all and a little lighter bodied I don't really miss it. Very clean finish with some lingering lemon, but missing enough aftertaste to make you crave another sip.

O: this is a full-on new age hop bomb with only 45 IBU. Is that a paradox? Perhaps, but I am all the better for it. I can see why this is so popular, though it is very similar to the above-mentioned local beers which I can get fresher. Also, the brewery uses best by dating rather than bottled on dating, so I really have no idea how old it is. A great beer, no doubt about it; but it has been imitated so many time over that it lacks originality anymore.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought On-Line

22 oz. Bomber
Best By: 24JUL17

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, slight malt note, pretty nice citrus, slight pine note. The taste is really nice, hoppy, some maltyness, very nice citrus, slight pine. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a really tasty brew.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, spicy hops, resin, alcohol, hint of pine, earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with a high carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of spicy hops, piney hops, hint of citrus hops, strong resin, slight alcohol, slights sweet malt, and earthiness. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity, but average appearance and too carbonated.

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Photo of hiphops
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

clear copper medium head.
pine orange and malt
taste pithy little malt sweetness but nowhere near as malty as the aroma would lead one to believe
feels thin and crispy a little harsh
decent not great

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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 IPA1978
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to copper in color with good head. Smells of tangerines, tropical fruit and some earthy pine notes. Taste follows nose but pine is a bit more predominant with a touch of sour apple, malt is bready and carmel/toasty and a touch of diacetyl. Good medium with velvety carbonation. Good beer overall but malt flavors slighty clash with the hops.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by August 2016, so I may not be completely fair on this here.

The body is hazy orange-honey colored, with a towering head of 3 fingers, leaving TONS of good lace behind. Some hop sediment floating.

Lots of caramel and old hop aromas, so yeah this isn't starting off too great. Light pine behind that.

Flavor is better regardless of the old hop. Citrus, melon, pine. The spoiled hop does rest on the palate heavily at the end though.

Feel is thick and creamy, ever so slightly resinous. Very good here.

Overall, if I can get my hands on a fresh sample I may revise this review. I can't help but think that what I've got in my glass is totally unfair for me to diss on. I upped everything by a quarter point over my impressions to make up for it.

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Photo of Todd
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden with a foamy head and sticky lace.

Soft nose of orange, pine and breadiness.

Light-bodied, but there's a slight chew and smoothness to the feel. Carbonation is crisp upfront. Quite hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Malt profile is bready, sort of doughy even, with a touch of sweetness, but overall very dry. Hop profile folds layers of juicy orange, ripe melon flesh, pine resin, spice and cedar on the palate. Finish is dry, herbal, ashy and lingers.

Duet is a solid example of what a West Coast IPA was over a decade ago, what's followed and how nice it is to come back to one that's not overly assertive. It's all about balance, drinkability and hop flavor.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark orange, clear. Well carbonated with a small to medium sized head.
Aroma:Fruity, I get a pungent smell of gushers which is pleasant.
Flavor:Not much fruit, bubblegum, mint, and dark grape. Slight bitterness, great example of West Coast style IPA.
Mouth feel:On the thinner side, but plenty of flavor up front, finishes real smooth with no real after taste.
Overall: Great representation of a West Coast Style IPA. The mint taste is not off putting just wish there was more of an after taste. It's a real treat to get this beer under a month old in Boston. I love it.

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Photo of DallasK
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and light golden in color with a head that stays around. No lacing. Smell is a blend of hops and tropical fruit. Taste is hopforward, dank and resiny. Less carbonation than one might assume. Solid brew.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is pale gold, fairly clear, and sports about 2 fingers of fine white foam with good retention. The nose gives lemon zest, orange rind, a little bit of sweet toasted malt.

Medium-light body with a delicate feel and a balanced flavor that is dry throughout. Very light cracker-like graininess up front, then sharp hop flavors that are restrained and supported by malty flavors of toast and honey. Some pine and cedar and a little bit of lemon. The hop flavors seem undecided. Do I want to be resiny and piney or do I want to be citrusy? While the hops argue, the malt just lingers around. The finish is lemon and honey and rather short-lived.

I kind of knew what I was getting into when I bought this beer. I believe it has been around for a while and is not a "modern IPA". Nevertheless, this does not represent what I think a West coast IPA is. With the toasted malt character and subdued hop profile, it drinks more like a classic English IPA. It's a good beer, but it is very over-priced at $14 per six-pack. I'm not buying this again, nor can I recommend it. Still, I know this brewery is capable of pushing the proverbial envelope and I wouldn't hesitate to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great amber appearance. Very pleasance fruity hoppy aroma. They did a great job of blending the fruit taste with the hoppyness of the IPA. I think they have done a very nice job.

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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 jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose, flavor follows with piney hops balanced with caramel hops. $3.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy and amber looking color, semi clear, and with a modest bubbly cap; it soon disapates and leaves a thin ring and lacing.
Plump and juicy aroma filled with tropical fruit goodness such as pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There is also the citrus tones of grapefruit pith. Furthermore, the resiny dankness and scent of pine hops abound; lovely to whiff on.
I love how it feels on the tongue and mouth in general. It's light on it's toes, crisp and clean at first. The grapefruit pith then coats the mouth with juicy goodness. Soon enough however, the palate dries and the sharp pine and dankness of the hops fill the mouth with spicy and herbal goodness and leave a bitterness that lingers and that is moderately high but not overpowering.
A lovely and succulent IPA! I downed it in no time. One of the best there is!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this right now to celebrate New Beer Sunday. Being 40 minutes from Treehouse I worry about trying other IPA's as I have grown to learn they usually leave me wishing I'd just had a TH offering.

Duet is good! Not TH obviously but I'd have no problem drinking this beer on a semi regular basis!

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a sixer at home and now on tap at Friday's. Prefer smell on tap everything else better from bottle. Well balanced IPA, nice hoppy residue that is there to stay but also a good bit of the fruity aroma to make it enjoyable along the palate.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass. First beer I have tried from Alpine. Solid copper color with unimpressive head. Smelt crisp if that is possible. Also tasted crisp not overly hoppy. A solid IPA but not what I was expecting. High drinkibility as it had more of a pilsner than IPA feel. Just OK

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of juicy and floral, spicy hops. It's a classic West Coast IPA, clean, dry, and light bodied. I also get a bit of melon and cracked pepper and maybe a hint of toasty malt in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours crystal clear golden orange with white to yellow bubbly head, smells like candied orange peel, dank resinous hop candy, mild onions, taste follow the once with candied orange and a smack of bitter pine with mild onion bite, this beer is medium tonight with excellent bright carbonation, A dazzling west-coast hop boomer and the first time I have encountered the onion taste in a beer, and I love onions!

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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 andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a caramel brown with a finger of off white head.

S - Fruity, piney, resin, grapefruit rind, citrus notes.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, pine, juicy, and fruity notes take center stage. Balanced by a caramel malt base, bu finishes bone dry and bitter.

O - Really solid in your face IPA that is a palate wrecker in a good way.

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Photo of professorchow
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent bitter but balanced IPA. Stands up really well to drinking multiple times--not all that flashy in any one way, but so well made it never gets boring.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BALANCED. Medium/light bodied IPA with hints of mango and pineapple on the nose. Wouldn't call this a citrus forward beer though because it is balanced well with the hops and malty flavors. I have had more exciting pale ales but none this put together. Master craftsmanship.

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