Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

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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868
Ratings:
4,309
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, reviewed from notes.

A- Uber light gold hue with a fluffy white head that gains a nice size. Frothy cloud and ring and tons of thick lace.

S- Nice blast of hops lending good tropical fruit, pine adn citrus notes, very nice peach. Slight weed even. Caramel malt and bread as well.

T- Big pine feel but the citrus and tropical fruit juice still hold up quite nicely. A good caramel malt backbone adn some sweetness. A bit of floral.

MF- Lighter end body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Pretty big crisp bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a nice balanced and crisp hop blast that drinks quite easily.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale copper. Dusty looking cap of ivory white foam. Lace is quite substantial and intricate. Aroma is tropical, grassy and resiny. Flavor is a lot of citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, nectarine. Good hop flavor. A little grassiness and some pine resin. Bitterness is very clean. Underneath all the hop character is a solid enough toffeeish malt base. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a flavorful, easy drinker. Great IPA overall.

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Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour (no date)...

A - Typical medium orange color with a very good lace retention all over the glass

S - Dank, piney, fresh cut grass. Some melon flavors come through but are mostly in the background

T - More dankness, floral notes, very bitter grapefruit, strong hop presence, biting

M - Light to medium feel, mild carbonation, bitter on the palate

O - A wonderful IPA. Amarillo and simcoe are not my favorite hops but I can still recognize a very good IPA and this is it. While I do not think it's world class, it's definitely a hop heads dream. I would also like to see a bottle date. This borders on the greatness line and would love to have access to it on a daily basis.

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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 Viggo
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one!

Pours a clear orange/amber, a bit of gold in the edges, very thick white head forms, drops some chunky lace on the glass as it settles down to a meidum ring, looks nice.

Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, lots of fruit, some orange and tangerine, a bit of biscuit, very fresh and hoppy, malts take a backseat, slight herbal character.

Taste is similar, lots of grapefruit and pine, apricots and tangerine, orange peel, lightly malt in the middle, a touch of caramel and biscuit, big hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, a little too high like the Nelson although not as much. A pretty damn solid IPA, no Pure Hoppiness for me but excellent stuff. Thanks Eric!

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Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skuter for sending me both long-sought Alpine brews, Nelson & Duet, in a recent swap of fine beers. Split with the wife while the hops are still kicking vigorously.

Pours Gaskin Lake clear, golden, it's practically a sun unto itself, no sediment whatsoever. Carbonation is moderate to the eye. Smell is lovely hops, again in moderation, with a warm south wind from the Tropics.

The first sip of Duet brings out the extreme oiliness of the hops vs. a distinct taste impression, 99 out of 100 for slick, slippery, & sticky. Then comes the actual taste of the hops, again tropical, almost fruity edge on top, then comes the citrus, pine, & a bitterness at the end that's a pleasant cleaning up.

This is a creative gem. An IPA that starts out mellow with it's sandals off, then creeps up, & the bitterness at the end is a welcome cap to the flavors that come before it. This is what brewers can do with hops that doesn't involve 400 lbs. per barrel. The balance is beautiful. I can't even detect whateve malt is in here, but the hops aren't running wild. I could drink this all night & well into the morning. I'm gulping vs. sipping, which is what I do when I'm reviewing a beer that's both tasty & easy to down.

Excellent! If this one were readily available, I'd seek this out as a Furious alternative on days I wasn't feeling quite so aggressive. Lovely & a masterful creation. Great example of the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.17.11

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with an off-white head. A good mix of small and large bublles are present. Mild retention and good lacing.

S - Very grassy and piney.

T - Mild pine.

D - A bit bitter up front, but turns very creamy in the finish.

O - Anoter winner from Alpine.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars.

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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 jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer a pours a dark gold with a slight orange tint. The head is about 2 fingers of white head, creamy, and soapy and gone in about 3 minutes leaving soapy head. The lacing is good, but nothing compared to Nelson.

The aroma is very light, the tiniest bit of grapefruit and an even smaller amount of hops at the end.

The taste is very nice and complex with a lot of different flavors. The start is sweet with a little citrus the middle is a tiny soapy and the end brings a nice big, yet drinkable, bitter hop finish. There is also a little pine at the end.

The feel is nice and this is highly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty damn fine IPA, to me, much more superior than the Nelson.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, trade with beerman4. Clear copper color, a little chill haze. Really big foamy head, easily 4 fingers worth, and large weighty clumps of sticky bubbles sticking to the glass walls. All kinds of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, mango and other tropical aromas. Perfect pairing of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. This could be the perfect IPA. The flavor is dead on target, with the hops giving all their flavors in the fruity realm with just a little contribution towards bitterness. The use of pale malts with just enough caramel malt gives some sense of balance while allowing the hops to take center stage. Just thicker than water, with a lasting aftertaste and slightly oily mouthfeel.

Every IPA I've tried from Alpine has been top shelf. The Amarillo and simcoe hops in Duet make it my favorite from the family.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head that barely leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of floral notes, some citrus. So much hops, but never seems overpowering.

T-Floral and citrus hops. Ends with a nice bitterness. Some toast/buiscit notes. Balance is amazing. The hops flavors are never overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-What an IPA. One of the best out. Not as good as Sculpin but still out of this world.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ehammond1 for hooking up the alpine! Notes from 8/29.

a - transparent yellow with thin fizzy head that was gone almost instantly.

s - soft citric hop bouquet. fruit medley some grapefruit. crisp.

t - nice bitter blast of citrus and orange. some tangerine and grapefruit. mellow and easy drinking ipa.

m - good carbonation. smooth and even. subtle bitterness.

o - overall, hell of an IPA. alpine doesn't disappoint again.

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Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Pineapple and melon aromas dominate with a little grapefruit and spicy herbal notes following.

T: A bit of citrus here as well, though pine and earthy flavors dominate without being overly bitter. Some spicy herbal hop flavors come through as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. Tropical on the nose and earthy on the palate, this is a pretty unique IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and citrus hops with good amounts of herbal hop aromas lurking in the background. The pale malt does not but serve as a backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops gain a bit of a bitter edge as they turn mildly herbal, then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this very well may have been my favorite beer I had while visiting SD, a list that includes a lot of highly-regarded beers. A superb IPA and one that's well worth a shot.

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

Tried this at the bottle share that sprung up at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours light yellowish gold with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of huge pineapple, grapefruit, other citrus notes, lemon peel, sweet honey from the malts. Awesome. The flavor is even better. Huge pineapple sweetness up front followed by bitter pine and grapefruit, some grass, and big lingering citrus notes throughout the palate. Super light bodied, easy going, and medium plus carbonation. I wish I could have this every day.

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

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from a growler purchased at Alpine and I also had a glass on tap at O'Brien's the day before. Bright orange color with a white head that really laced the glass. The smell was a little pine but mostly bright fresh citrus fruit, excellent. The flavor was like nectarines and oranges, so juicy and hoppy, fantastic. This beer really impressed the hell out of me and I hope I can get my hands on a couple bottles if they release them.

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

On tap at Sunset Cantina, right across the street from BU.

Nice, hazy IPA pour--large head, ample particulate matter. Call me a weirdo, but I like drinking beers that have little bits floating in them.

Smells sharp and spritely, with giant citrus hops and a chewy, yeasty back end.

Tastes super flavorful without any of the attendant heaviness found in most larger IPAs. Orange and grapefruit hops start things off, sliding into a more balanced middle and ending with a quite nice bready yeast.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MANY thanks to TasterMike for this one! 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade that's relatively soapy, yet consistent and dense. Retention is quite solid, and so is the lacing left behind.

S: Oh yeah, that's the stuff. This brings the hops in a fantastic manner - it doesn't bring any significant biting pine notes, rather it's mostly stuff like melon, mango, and grapefruit. The bready malts come through enough...and I do mean 'enough'. Which is to say it's quite faint, but not nonexistent.

T: Oh yeah, that's the-- wait, I wrote that down already. Nevermind, this just works brilliantly. The first few sips have a decent malt backbone sandwiched by a fruity opening and a mildly bitter finish. Right after the swallow, it's very reminiscent of fruit juice. People who say that an IPA can't/shouldn't be balanced need to try this - the hop flavor, the bitterness, and the malt backbone are in perfect harmony with one another. If this uses crystal malt - and I think I can taste hints of its toffee qualities buried in here - I may have to drop my petty grudge towards it, because this beer is fantastic.

M: I don't really notice the low carbonation or medium body too much - it's so dry (in all the right ways) that it still goes down with superb ease. Malt sweetness builds very slightly on the aftertaste, but it's not bothersome by any means.

O: Holy frig, this is like Sculpin on steroids. Ergo, it's now in my top 5 list for IPAs. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to move to San Diego just so I can consume this like water.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow orange with minimal head

smell: lots of citrus hops, caramel malts,

taste: more citrus, with a balanced malt bill

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: I'm going to have to agree with the guy that reviewed this beer before me. And say we need more access to Alpine Beer. They really do know how to make a well balanced IPA.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Howler fill at Keyport Liquor in Superior Wisconsin. Nice golden colour finger of head with some sporadic lacing. Loads of citrus, bubble gum, sweet cedar and earthy pine. Same as the nose, loads of bitter citrus rind, earthy cedar and a lingering bitterness. A tasty IPA, solid rendition and super stoked to have had the chance to try it.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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