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 avalon07
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, and lots of hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, some citrus (orange and lemon), a hint of malt, light tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, pineapple), and a little bit of pine as well. An incredibly fruity flavor that's very well balanced. Hoppy, but also fruity. Quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Alpine's specialty is IPAs, and Duet is an example of this. Well made and drinkable all around.

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Photo of do_ob
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden in color with 1 finger of white, bubbly foam. Nose is a little weak, but notes of sweet fruit, moderate hops, and a good balance of malt. Taste is lots of sweet fruit - pineapple, watermelon, mango, citrus, and orange. Very tasty. Very little hop bitterness. Good malt balance on the back end.

This beer is mild. Not that 7% is really considered a 'big' beer these days, but I would have thought this would've had a little more bite to it. Not that any of this is bad. This beer is very well crafted, and masterfully balanced. Not sure I'd say it's worth the rave (or the price) but it is pretty good.

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

Six-pack purchased cold at Woodman's, Kenosha, WI. So, if you're buying this in the Midwest and worried about effects of travel, fear not. The hops are strong with this one.

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

Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a light haze. Poured with a short, bright, creamy white foam with good retention. Medium high, ripe pineapple and tropical fruit aromas with medium malt aromas and a light bready note at the end. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy feel and soft, medium light carbonation. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high ripe pineapple and tropical fruit flavors up front followed by light spicy hop flavors and medium hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty flavor beneath. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready maly flavor that quickly transitions to a mellow bitter hoppy aftertaste. Smooth, flavorful, mellow, very easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with three inches of fluffy, beige head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some citrus and pine aromas with some malt coming through. It smells old.

The taste is extremely bitter. It is not what I remember from having it on draft. I fear that I got duped into buying an old bottle.

Medium to light mouthfeel

The clown at the bottle shop told me they got this beer in within the last two weeks. I should have went with my gut and passed. It is an old bottle. I will revisit this one.

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

Very solid beer. Classic IPA aroma's and flavors. Would drink a 6 pack of this any day. Although it would prefer Hoppy Birthday. Beautiful spotty lacing though.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light golden color with white cap which diminishes rather quickly as does the lacing.

A clean aroma of pine, citrus and slightly earthy hops. Little malt apparent.

Flavor is hop forward but mild. Malt is present in the body but doesn't stand out, or even much make it's presence known for that matter. Hops start, follow through and finish with the pine more present in the aftertaste.

Texture is medium.

Overall a solid IPA without any major flaws that I can spot. Nothing really outstanding either, rather middle of the pack performance.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap: poured into a shaker pint, color is gold, head was bright white, not much lingering.

Aroma is grapefruit rind, citrus, lemon; then some lighter earthier notes, a bit subdued.

Taste comes through full, fresh and hoppy with a nice clean pale malt backbone. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit prominent. Malt is clean, not over sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and dry, quite good.

Overall, a beer that does not present big but comes through in the finish - great flavor and presence.

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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 gandres
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
A: light amber, hazy, small tan foam, minimal lacing
A: malty, grainy aroma, hoppy when drinking
Taste: bitter, but balance
Palate: medium carbonation, long follow through, bitter tart and sweet aftertaste
Overall: excellent IPA, repeat and look for
Drank: 8/16/2016 5:30 pm

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Best by date is 7/28/16 for what it's worth.

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-orange color. Very small, foamy, white head with minimal retention.

Strong aromas of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine accompanied by milder piney hop notes.

Taste mimics aromas well with notes of citrus, orange rind, and piney hops.

Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

Overall, a good IPA. Nice citrus and fruity flavors accompanied by just enough bitter hoppiness. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Would like to try this one fresher.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Office in Summit. I was really looking forward to trying this beer after having read the great reviews about it, and it didn't disappoint. A smooth, well-balanced, easily drinkable IPA bursting with strong nuances of hops, pines, grapefruit, citrus, and lemon zest. Recommended highly.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 08 SEP 16
A - hazy deep golden body capped with a foamy ivory head
S - zesty citrus and pine with some caramel malt and grain
T - bitter pine, pungent grapefruit zest, orange zest, caramel malt and toasty grain; immensely bitter with a pleasant malt backbone
M - medium body, nice carbonation, resinous and finishes bitter with pine lingering
O - as I began to review this beer, I was thinking it was going to fall short of expectations, but as I drank more, it got better and better. The piney hop resins stuck to the palate allowing bitterness to build, yet the malt backbone held up nicely. This is both a duet of hops and a duet of great harmony between hops and malt.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Beer is a nice apricot color. It forms a full finger of white head with medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%) it has a best by date (07/28/2016).

S: [3.00] Musty hop scent. Like decent hops that got wet and then left for a while.

T: [3.50] Orange is the predominant flavor. I got a lot of orange up front and then again on the finish - but more as a orange rind flavor.

M: [3.25] Body is medium with light carbonation.

O: [3.25] This went past the best by 3 days ago. So it is older - but it should still hold up. It does seem to have a faded flavor. The malts are no where to be found. This is a bit of a "meh" beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a favorite west coast IPA. Up there with Stone, Green Flash, etc. Try 24.

A: Pours with a fluffy 1 finger head with ample, ciderish sediment along with a brassy, honey colored body, and lasting lace.

S: Abundant hops to start, then pine, mixed lots of citrus and must. Earthy, vivid.

T: Starts with fresh wet hop and follows into pine hop resins. Complex juicy citric, tangerine fruits, and dancing into peppery bitterness and more Juicy and grassy hops. A veggie blend. Not much malt.

F: Good feel, light syrup, with decent carbonation.

O: Feels bright and tingly. Finishes clean as well. Try 24.

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Photo of rypkr
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, piney, quite malty, creamy and overall balanced. I don't ride the ipa D wagon as I prefer apa's or dipa's but this I would buy again.

Very much reminds me of lagunitas brown shugga at 7% as opposed to 10%.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not super into West Coast IPAs, but there is something about this one that is special.
L: Clear, dark yellow/orange in color, carbonation looks cool as hell. Head was originally about 1 finger and has excellent retention. Tons of lace.
S: Relatively light aroma, sweet malt, somewhat reminds me of brown sugar and honey. Hops are more on the floral side on the nose. Sweet orange as well, maybe a touch of melon in there too
T: Very well balanced, definite sweetness that is not overdone. Very clean. Finishes with a sharp bitterness but it is restrained perfectly. A bit of orange and grapefruit pith as well.
F: Some astringency, more creamy than it is crisp, as the carbonation is soft.
O: Really surprised by this beer, very glad i had it, and would absolutely recommend.

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Photo of SSS
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Kept this on in the bottle...hotel beers!
S-Mostly Simcoe on the nose, with Amarillo orange following up
M-Higher end carbonation, a resinous finish on the mouthfeel
T-Illusion is sweetness upfront with a smooth piney bitter finish
O-This is a wonderfully balanced IPA

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4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

maybe it was the timing, weather, date, time , location or ambiance, whatever..but a very well made smooth IPA.... I still prefer another comparable brand (SN)... but this is (was?) well done. Duet is now one of the few brewed bottles that reside in the bars refrigerator!!! Well done
Be seeing you

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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours do you see golden in color with a very light beige head standing at about 2 inches. The nose is a little more paint and then I was expecting with a bit of citrus rind on the smell. Flavor is pure west coast IPA with tons of juicy citrus. The flavor profile is crisp and orange with a hint of citrus rind. Very flavorful IPA with very little malt to get in the way.

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Photo of akolb
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fruity and mellow. Orange, apricot, and a hint of cannabis. Taste follows suit: bright and fruity with a nice bitter bite. Malts are pretty subdued, just a hint of cracker. Bitterness and a little heat make a pleasing aftertaste. This is not as citrus-focused as your average west coast IPA, but is a wonderful diversion.

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Photo of hman43
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours golden with slight haze. It has a moderate off white head with visible lace.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus and apricot.

Taste: There are flavors of citrus, apricot and low, light caramel.

Feel: It has a medium body. The bitter finish is moderate and lasts long into the finish.

Overall, it is an easy drinking IPA with a good bitter finish without being harsh.

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Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp orange color with a thin white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving some small white foam spots.

Smell has aromas of orange, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, with some floral undertones.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, orange zest, grapefruit with a just as prominent pine-y bitterness. Strong caremly but not super sweet tasting malt backbone provides a nice balance. Lots of piney bitterness throughout with a dry sappy finish.

Feel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Sweetness coats the mouth as you drink it. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle initially for just a moment.

Overall a fine example of a classic west coast IPA. Great beer that is a must try at least once, although you'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of nobodywonder
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew.

got it as part of the green flash 24 pk at costco

Although a west coast IPA, it is not a hop bomb and intense. The two hops simcoe and amarillo make for a more subtle, mellow and floral ipa

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out with some orange and mild amber color notes, white head 1/2". Really good notes of tropical fruit, sage, pine consistently given from Amarillo hops and Simcoe to a lesser extent.

Almost always consistent, a hop head dream, nice fruit forward hop notes without grating bitterness, a malt body that is toasted, not overly thick crystal malt caramel overload and mouthfeel fatigue.

Cool its now in a 6 pack, 12 oz bottles after the Green Flash purchase, any drop off in quality is offset by the better format and wider availability.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,306 ratings.
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