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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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 barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 glid02
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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 cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 THECPJ
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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 ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
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 rodbeermunch
4.43/5  rDev +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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Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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 xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick creamy white head and robust sticky lace.

S-lots of tropical fruits in the nose of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. a light malt backbone, sticky sweet malts with caramel and a touch of dough and a light pine in the end.

T-the taste has a fair bit of tropical fruit, adds more grapefruit and the bitterness of it reducing the orange peel and tangerine but those are still present. sticky doughy malts and caramel are underneath with a little bit more pine presence in the back and a lightly bitter finish.

M-nice light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the back of the throat. rather juicy and wet throughout and somewhat dry.

D-this is a rather drinkable IPA with a nice light bitterness and strong balance. Enough doughy malts and sticky caramel to balance an assertively hopped beer. There is a lack of subtly and an aggression in the flavors that make it slightly flabby but still very good stuff.

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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 papat444
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by April 07, 2016.

Juicy peaches at first, bitterness after the sip. Found it to be a bit tame though. Flavorful but lacks some punch in my opinion.

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

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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 rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 BMMillsy
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a bit of orange and one finger of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good head persistence.

S - Aroma is largely floral and citrus. Not much else in the aroma, but what is there is wonderful.

T - Similar to the smell, a lot if citrus, mostly grapefruit and grapefruit zest, with a lot of florals as well. Not a hop bomb by any means, but nice hop bitterness complemented with a nice biscuitt malt. Very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Some lingering bitterness.

O - Initially I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't more of a hop bomb, but it is such a tasty, easy drinking IPA that it rapidly becomes clear that this is a great beer. Drinkability is off the charts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It tasted like fresh grapefruit, with some pineapple and papaya and dank herbal hops and sweet honey malt.
T: It tasted like bitter grapefruit and herbal hops, with some sweet pineapple and papaya and honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a solid IPA, with delicious scent and taste. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was easy to drink. One of the better IPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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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