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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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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4.3
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Photo of mhs413
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -25.6%
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 -7.9%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.7%
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 MACrist
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -12.8%
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 -6.5%
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 +0.9%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light in color American IPA, small head of microbubbles. Completely transparent.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, pale malt, lemon, dried hay

T: Light grapefruit flavors, some pine hops, a cloying bitterness as an aftertaste. Light lemon notes and white pepper also on the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, Medium to light body as well.

O: As a world class American IPA, maybe I was expecting more. These were never in CT until recently, so now that I have had it, I suppose I am slightly less impressed than I may have been 6 years ago when it was being ranked among the better IPAs out there. I suppose the hop tastes have changed a bit as brewers have gained better access to better hops as well. Also appreciated Nelson more than this one as I suppose most people might?

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely clear straw yellow with a nice fluffy white thumb's worth of head that lasts a few minutes before breaking and leaving a few islands of foam. Smell is amazing. Citrus and floral, and just really enjoyable. The taste carries through the nose, the Amarillo and Simcoe hops doing their job and delivering a nice citrus bitterness along with a nice floral essence. A nice maltiness gives this beer the one two punch that makes it worthy of its rave reviews. Feel is nice and light with a bit of a slickness to it, carbonation is medium.

What an incredibly drinkable beer. This is a beer I could drink all night long with pleasure. Overall this a great beer that shines.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw gold color with a frothy white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon peel, floral hops and some resin and malt in the background. Good aroma but could be stronger.

T: Some Piney and resin, floral and earthy hops, a medium bitterness a good tasting beer.

F: Light body and medium carbonation

O: A good beer but there are IPAs I enjoy more.

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Photo of JHouse11
2.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not the same since Green Flash. Very mediocre IPA. Has a generic IPA feel to it. The aroma isn't great, mild at best. It's a real shame. This was one of my favorite IPAs in the past. I keep hoping that GF will get it together and do this beer justice, but no, just no. Won't buy another GF Alpine beer. A real shame

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Photo of Davey-C
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2/22/16 from pint glass. Poured from 12 oz bottle stamped "best by 28 Jul 16". Aroma: initial aromas of moderate malt and light continental hops. Aroma reveals floral and hop resin notes which took the fore and malt aroma became subdued, which is appropriate to style. Light malty/hopy/estery fruity notes. Appearance: brilliantly clear. Copper color. Good head retention with 1/4" just off white head with rockey bubbles. Flavor: hop forward balance with moderately high bitterness - good for style. Malt flavors moderate - grainy and toasty. Heavy hop flavors - herbal and especially pronounced mid-palate. Finish is super dry. Aftertaste of light grainy malts. Clean American ale yeast profile. Mouthfeel: medium body. Moderate carbonation. Little to no alcohol warmth. No creaminess. Moderate hop astringency - not to style, but enjoyable. Overall: interesting herbal IPA! Not like many other IPA's I've had. Very easy to drink - easy to get yourself into trouble! Malt-hop balance is enjoyable and malts prop up hops well, fully supporting hop flavors. Would like more hop aromas - perhaps increase dry hopping or late hop additions. Would like to see hop astringency reduced - possibly substitute bittering hop varieties. 41/50.

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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 tillmac62
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 7/13/16. Clear copper pour. Normal head volume, world class retention and outstanding lacing.

Quite outstanding nose of lemon, orange and grapefruit over a slightly sweet background of biscuit or honey malt. As it warms, a very subtle pine can be found underneath.

Heavy light body that is smooth in texture coupled with a light oiliness. World class carbonation with an effervescent burst in the middle and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. Hop flavored centered intensity is powerful, complexity average and perfectly balanced. The hop flavors of the nose remain in blended fashion with little separation, but can be discerned if you look for them. The middle brings a light medium bitterness that is in balance with rind and pine components. Bitterness is perfectly balanced by a light sweetness that is honey like in nature that really pops as the finish fades away. The finish is slightly dry and a mild bitterness lingers that shifts its balance towards rind at the end. A beautiful Duet indeed.

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Photo of jwjon1
2.97/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't know why I do it to myself, but I keep going back to GF brewed Alpine each time I see a new fresh batch. I keep hoping the Alpine IPAs I know and love show up. And each time I get so disappointed. Half of me didn't want to review this swill out of respect for a killer brewery--but hey: if you put your name on crap, that's on you.

And this is crap. From a 12 oz bottle, pours with a tiny head that immediately dissipates. Highly filtered, golden amber. Minimal hop aroma, despite being 5.5 months ahead of the best by date. So this is fresh. Minimal mouth coating hop resin. Sweet, like a poorly built pale ale. And all around just boring. This is not Alpine as Alpine should be.

This will be my last GF Alpine purchase.

Such a shame.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has both hoppy and malty notes. The body is light but the flavor is still rather malty. There is also a healthy dose of tropical fruits. The hoppiness on the finish is definitely there but it does not present itself in a huge way.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, brewed and bottled by Alpine(not green flash). Best by 6/9/16

Pours a darker gold, short head, which leaves a sparse ring. Decent amount of sediment in suspension.

Nose is cool blend of lemon, pine, apricot, and oranges. Some malt bill there as well.

Taste picks up most flavors from the nose. Citrusy and floral hop notes complimented with a bit of sugar cookie sweetness. The hops lend quite a bit of lemon flavor to the overall taste but there is a nice sweet balance. Kind of like lemon heads candy. Sugary lemon. More in the way of grapefruit and orange is there too. But the malts are like a conductor of the various hop notes here.

A bit astringent, puckering, but not overly so. Body is somewhat medium and carb is on the low end of medium. Some bitterness lingers but otherwise quite clean on the finish.

I never thought I'd have a chance to pick this up off the shelf, but green flash distro has made that possible. This is a true classic American IPA for sure. Balanced really well but in the end, the hops win out. I'll probably get this again.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Best by July 2016.

A - Mainly clear gold with a two finger fluffy head. Decent lace retention, the head maintains throughout the glass.

S - Crackery grains, grapefruit and some lemon notes.

T - In line with the nose. Pine. There is a decent amount of bitterness, and some type of flavor I can't quite place, some type of herbal essence.

M - Thw carbonation is medium low, mouthfeel is light.

O - A well crafted IPA. Just starting to see Alpine here, so looking forward to trying some others. This one is good, but it is not quite as tasty as Nelson.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bomber a perfectly clear orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head with lots of nice lacing left behind.
The aroma is tropical fruit, candied fruit and floral with, perhaps, a touch of sweet biscuits.
Taste of pine and herbs hit my palate first with orange juice, mango and grapefruit following. Some pleasant herbal notes and a slightly bitter finish follow. Lovely balancing malt body as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty fine.

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Photo of Kendo
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is slightly hazy golden-orangey with only a wisp of whitish film on top.

S: Really good citrusy nose: oranges, orange peel and grapefruit. Quite pleasant, and more in line with the "old school" West Coast IPAs that tended to be more about citrus and pine rather than the tropical fruit salads you get these days. Very nice.

T: Follows the nose, with a honey-malt type malt foundation followed up by juicy citrus - again, both oranges and sweeter grapefruit. Even at the finish there's still a nice malt-hop balance, though ultimately there's a lingering hop bitterness on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Call it medium in heft. Carbonation produces a decent "bite" to it - this one is not slick or syrupy.

O: Very good. Alpine beers only started to make it to my area relatively recently; glad to get a chance to drink this classic-type West Coast-style American IPA. The sixer wasn't cheap ($13.99 I think), but that's less than I pay for Sculpin and only a buck more than Stone IPA, and I tend to think this beer is pretty close to that league of San Diego IPAs. . . .

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a hazy golden yellow with a thick, frothy two-finger milk white head and extensive lacing. It smells of pine needles, grapefruit, and floral hops, with a whiff of orange. The orange really comes through in the taste, followed by grapefruit, pine, and more malt than I expected. It finishes pretty bitter and dank. This ale is medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of only 7% it is very drinkable. Overall, it is an excellent IPA. I really like the orange presence. I would definitely drink Duet again.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle to nonic. Golden color. I've never used this term for an IPA, but I can't get it out of my mind--- sweat finish. But that's in a good way.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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