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 LennyOvies
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clean golden body, fluffy white head with good retention. Leaves a thin crown throughout the entire beer.
S- Grassy hops, bread and a well packed citrus punch. Not complex.
T- Tangerine, lime, orange rind, floral hops, well balanced.
F- Medium, light.
O- Very good and solid IPA, well executed, nothing special about it. Very easy drink despite the ABV.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, inch head
Ripe mango, pine, hops, very fresh smelling, apricot, lime
Pine resin, mango, syrup, pine, hops
A little abrasive and a little syrupy
A little bitter but all around a good ipa

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Photo of blackstars
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden milky color. Strong hoppy smell. Good carbonation. Strong hoppy bitterness, a little bit of woodsy pine, but not overpowering. Well balanced, hint of fruit in the taste. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass.
Nice amber IPA color and well carbonated.
Great, well balanced IPA between the malt and hops, and I was getting a hint of tea on the finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, everything is tasting good for me today. I guess I'm lucky. Some days it is not this good.

It is medium yellow with not much head and a good hoppy malty aroma. The taste is quite well balanced. It feels like just a bit more malts than the small boys of this style - that balance makes this good. There are all kinds of hops working on me from this. Wonderfully bitter.

This Alpine came a long way to my kitchen. It travelled well. Highly recommended for a strong, well balanced AIPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company "Duet"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 16 AUG 16" on 28 MARCH 16
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was initially disappointed with the aroma of "Duet" compared to Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" because it isn't as bold, but it's really quite charming in it's own way. It's soft, fruity, and floral with just a hint of fresh pine in the background - and actually quite unique, I can't recall ever having sampled a beer with a similar aroma.

Moving on to the flavor I was impressed by how balanced and accessible it was, and actually questioned it as an IPA - but again I was wrong, it actually has 7.0% ABV! That's impressive for a beer that's so drinkable. Part of that is at least due in part to the body which is medium-light, and a fine-bubbled just-slightly-less than standard carbonation leaves it delicately bristling and then smooth.

Of course the fruitiness and floral components found in the aroma carry over, and therefore it remains unique. I find apples, mango, soft red berries, and roses. It's perfectly balanced, subtly nuanced, and just so smooth and supple that I think I'd be afraid to keep too much of this on-hand lest I find myself going overboard every night!

Remarkable! This is an IPA that challenged my notion of what an IPA is, and then answered with another vision of what an IPA can be. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: light golden bronze, you can see pretty well through it when held up to light.

Smell: fruit+hops is excellent. Extremely pleasant aroma. I smelled grapefruit, grape, passionfruit, grass, pine tree, earthy. To me, an excellent combination of hops and fruit.

Taste: Apple, grape, grapefruit, pear, silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation, very swish-able. Chewy toffee caramel. Feels like I could chew this beer like a caramel toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall: Truly an excellent, world-class IPA. Tastes like a 6% - 7%, nice and sippable. Really glad I tried this.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour looked nice, with a pale golden colored body, sporting some chill haze, and topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was that of clean, West Coast hops, evoking grapefruit and hay. The taste was very clean as well, with the citric hop acids dominating up front, followed by some pineapple and melon in the finish. There was sweetness from the malts to put up a losing fight against the hops. The body was creamy and delicate, and the mouthfeel was exquisite. This is an outstanding example of why this style appeals to so many. What's not to love?

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a DIPA in an IPA's title. Very sweet and thick. That being said...

L - Look of the beer is a sunset orange with a nice two - three finger head on the pour.

S - Smell is dry hoppy and sweet.

T - Thick - sweet - honey, some pine. Mostly sweet.

F - for the tick taste it seemed smooth in mouthfeel. Not like the sweet Stones that drink heavy. The hit is right in the middle of the tongue for me.

O. - an excellent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Ouch, lots of Lysol. Was hoping to like this better than Pure Hoppiness, but it is definitely worse. Aroma is a bit Funky behind the Lysol. Taste has a stale and sour element to it. Not Good.

Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of Chris585
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crisp and clear with nice lively carbonation. This was the Alpine Beer rather than the green flash version. Amarillo and simcoe lovely! Prickly pear juice and nice dry finish. Floral notes are there but the juicy bitter taste is strong and pungent. Extremely well crafted and just as good as I remember on draft at the brewery. No alcohol at all. Pine on the finish, mango peach and pear with a little lemon zest on the tongue. Great stuff. Now I realize why when it hit Indiana a few weeks ago, it was sold out in a few days

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

12 oz bottle best buy July 13 2016 into a tulip. Pours slight orange color with feint haze and generous fluffy head. Smell is big bold hops, pine, grapefruit, peach. Taste is more on the piney end here with some 'pithy' citrus flavor that wraps up rather clean with slight bitter finish. Mouth is smooth, in fact the carbonation is slightly underwhelming, making this feel a bit heavier than the abv.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has earthy, piney hops with some grapefruit. Taste starts with piney hops and citrus fruits, quite balanced. Finishes bitter with grapefruit flavor. Body and carbonation are medium. Really well made, classic west coat style IPA.

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Photo of mhs413
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend recommended this and I am so happy he did. What's great beer. I am partial to VT brews, but absolutely love this. Can't wait to try their double!

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 5000th beer on BA

This is really good. It didn't impress me on appearance or smell. Even the firs sip had me thinking this is a good IPA, but not great. Man, did it improve as it opened up and warmed up.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 09 JUN 16.

Pale amber color and mostly clear with a very slight haze. Large, persistent, creamy, white head sits on top and doesn't move for about 2-3 mins. Nice looking beer, unfortunately that was as good as it got.

Aroma is very mild. Searching hard, I could pick up floral hops with orange and peach/apricot. Light caramel malt.

Those exact aromas carry over into the flavor. Finish is dry but the flavors are dull and don't really "pop" at all.

Medium bodied and a bit of a thin texture. Lively carbonated with a slight warming sensation.

This one just isn't doing it for me. Very lackluster and missing those bold, citric, herbal qualities that make IPAs so great. Freshness freaks will claim that since this was not super fresh it has lost its luster. I say it's 3 months before the best by date so quality shouldn't be an issue.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange with white legs. 3.75
Dank, herbal leaf, juicy orange skin and specks of mango. 4
Thin cracker grain, a piney sting, evergreen, bit of pineapple and some pith. 4
Lemon finish and dry bitter leave.
Light, crisp, slight oil. 3.75

Amarillo and Simcoe

Not superfresh (just over 3 months) which might explain the sharpness; aroma is faded a bit. Pine more than citrus, but the hops are there. Lean and drinkable but not up to expectations. 4

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange with standard sudsy, soapy head
nose is intense -- candied oranges, candied lemons, apricot?, some floral sharpness
taste is a different can of worms -- floral bitterness and dryness tries to meld with the aforementioned candied citrus, the nose and first half of the taste are so fruity and sweet, yet the sharpness of the dry, floral finish is practically dominant. I have to say that the overall taste is sharply floral yet confused by the intense fruity sweetness of the first whiff.
Body is palpable right in the middle, as there is no dropoff throughout the quaff -- it could want to be "thick" but the dryness of the finish kicks that notion to the curb.
Carb is notably above average, as the easy-sweet nose is totally forgotten by the time you finish each nearly-fizzy florally bitter sip.
I find this ale notable for it's unique candied-citrus nose. I also find it amazing that the full taste and finish are so opposite of that. There's no cloudy-cloying fruit-blandness here, even though the nose suggests all of that ---- what jumps out, and remains, is a sharply floral-finishing medium-bodied beer that just leaves a reminder of some orange-y sweetness behind in its wake. To my taste, it's kind of the converse of Sculpin, which smells a light floral pine with hints of citrus, yet tastes with a kick of honey-pineapple that wasn't there in the nose ....... good stuff, I certainly bow down to the complexity here, yet the effect is moderately off-putting for my particular palate.

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

Have been looking forward to trying this brew for years. Just recently became available in my area, after Green Flash buyout. Does not let down, great smell & taste, more piney than most west-coast IPAs. Worth the $54 / case.

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Photo of matcris
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy amber/orange with 2 fingers of foamy white head that lingers a good while. Slight medium bubbles streaming up the glass. Thick lacing down the pint glass, nice!
AROMAL Big on pine, sweet malt , stone fruit, and some citrus.
TASTE: Just like aroma, except bigger! Big sweet caramel malt, nice big pine, and citrus/orange and stone fruits. Nice mild pleasant bitterness throughout the entire sip.
FEEL: Medium carbonation, full big body, slick and oily, very end of the finish is a little more dry.
OVERALL: To me, damn near perfect for what I want in an IPA, thus far. Big pine and some citrus, but a killer caramel malt, as well. Love it!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange with nice head and retention. I get a lot of fresh cut grass, peach, resinous hops. Good, but not great. Nelson is better. Clean, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of Tommo
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6oz from a bottle. This is a very nice, lower malt ipa with some great flavor, huge hop aroma and good overall hop character, low bitterness. However it is kind of sweet, and i dont like that, so not a huge fan

6 Pack format update

Tastes like stone ipa, or any other generic west coast ipa. Meh

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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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,309 ratings.
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