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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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DuetDuet
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#375
Reviews:
886
Ratings:
4,403
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
821
Gots:
907
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 4,403 |  Reviews: 886
Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
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 SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big tropical/citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a good malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Tons of big hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A tangerine colored body with brilliant clarity. The head is two fingers thick, frothy, lasting.

Smell: Resiny, floral hops dominate the aroma. Little bit of orange-like citrus, but largely floral. There's a light crackery malt profile, but it takes a back seat to the massive hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive hop flavor up front; floral, resiny, citrusy, faint touch of tropical fruit. Very dry. The malt foundation brings to mind crusty bread; it doesn't contribute anything in the way of complexity, serving more as a foundation for the impressive hop flavor. Light bodied, quite soft and easy to drink. Bittering hops are strong but pleasantly restrained, perfect for the body and ABV.

Notes: I shared this with a friend and he commented that it had an English ale character to it, only with massive American hops. That's a good way to describe it; it's distinctly different than the Blind Pig we followed it up with. Softer, lighter, perhaps not as crisp and crackery as most West Coast IPAs, strangely cask-like. Wonderful stuff in any case, nearly perfect for the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to czoch75 for this one! I owe you big time!

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours 1 finger of slight off white heat. Great retention leaving some nice lace rings/walls. Very bright white tough. Color is a clear orange hued gold. Color is a little light, but it's all good.

Aroma: Mmmm this is nice and hoppy. The orange citrus is fantastic here. Has lemon citrus as well and things are looking good. The hops are floral and fresh. I can honestly say that this is by far the best smelling IPA I have ever smelt. Simply incredible. I hope the taste is as good as the smell.

Taste: Yep, this stuff is pretty good. The citrus characteristics, orange, lemon, grapefruit, are all so fresh. It is really great. The floral hops are also very fresh and bright. Simcoe hops always seem to make an IPA taste great and this is no exception. Has a biscuity malt profile that balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but in a very good way. It is so smooth and refreshing as well. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends only slightly dry, not sticky, which is awesome for an ipa.

Overall, this ranks up there with the top ipas in the world to me. It is fresh and the citrus flavors are amazing. I really am enjoying this one and will have no problem finishing this bomber. This was a well deserved treat after studying all evening.

Thanks a million Clint!

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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 dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow + orange highlights with a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with a hint of caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV quite well. Really nice hop aromas and flavors without an aggressive bitterness. Definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Engine 15 in JAX, Florida.
Very fruity with low bitterness for style and flavor, Moderate complexity.

O. perhaos the best IP i've had in months.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Alpine IPA thanks to imperialbeachbrw. It is good to have a few to compare their offerings.

A: Pours with a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with brilliant clarity and lighter toasty orange honey colored beer.

N: Nice hops to start, a little pine, lots of citrus and fruit, some fresh musty resinous aromas, lots of nice fresh hops. This really smells fresh. A slight earthy bite to the musty almost wet hop aroma. A slight golden malt aroma but very light in the background. A little orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in the mix.

T: Starts lighter in the mouth, with very little malt. Mostly this is hops presented. Lots of fresh wet hop tastes too with some pine hop resins. Again more fruits, orange and tangerine. A niece strong bitterness is starting to bit my tongue as it goes. Juicy hops as well, with some light grassy hop flavors too. SLightly watery though as the malts are nowhere to be found.

M: Lighter than expected and slightly watery, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry, with more bitterness attacking with the dryness together to form another 1-2 punch. THe bitterness is not overwhelming though, very tolerable. More musty fresh hop flavors, with more pine dominating the hops. Some fruits and citrus, little tangerine still. I get some mouth smacking pine in the back of the tongue too, long after the swallow. Finishes very clean as well.

A nice west coast style IPA again, lots of nice fresh hops, and tasty. Just lacking a little in the body and malt department for my tastes at least, but def worthy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from radshoesbro so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice combination of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste very well-balanced. There are sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hop bitterness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. They all complement each other well and no one flavor seems to dominate, although the hops bitterness gains a little bit of strength as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and refreshing, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better IPA's that I've had and an excellent beer overall.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oberon
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into an impy nonic a clear a clear honey-like color with a tight formed half finger frothy white head atop.Tangerine,overripe pineapple,and leafy hops over top of a sugary malt base.Great hop complexity on the palate,tangerine,orange,pineapple,and slight grassiness,a sugary slightly doughy malt base is there thru the finish.A great hop complexity to this IPA,as good as advertised.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

A: Golden copper with a nice white head.

S: Lots and lots of tropical and citrus hops going on with a little bit of pine.

T: Wow, much like the nose with plenty of hops in this thing. While I don't think that this is quite as good as O'Brien's IPA from Alpine, this simply solidifies the fact that Alpine is right up with Town Hall, Bell's, and Russian River as the best damn place to get an IPA from.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Superb. I absolutely loved this one. Had at the same time as Nelson Rye and this one was definitely better. (Also had Exponential Hoppiness at O'Brien's that evening, and this one was definitely better in my book.)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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 dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Huge hop aroma, powerful bitterness.

I was just tasting the Kern River "Just Outstanding IPA" which features the same hops-- Simcoe and Amarillo. This one has a gigantic aroma to catch your attention, but the same trail off into the bitter abyss. Of the two, I prefer the Alpine Duet for its fruitier character, but both are strictly for the IPA fiend.

An education in these hop varieties. Drinkable with steak and potatoes, but a tough quaff by itself.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained in a a shipment from South bay Drugs poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head. Very nice lacing as I drank this beer.

Aroma has some citrus and bitterness but the sweet malt is very present in the nose as well.

The taste is surprising in that I'm getting less of the in your face grapefruit and bitterness I expected from a west coast IPA. I'm getting a little citrus and a decent amount of bitterness but more of a fruit, maybe some cherry and apple flavors going on. More sweetness then I expected as well.

Overall this was an OK beer, not my top west coast IPA but good and different. I drank a High Tide Fresh hop IPA before this and that one was in my opinion much better and I would order that one again easily over this one. The hops in this one just didn't compare. Knowing South Bay didn't get these in too long ago I can't imagine it was an old bottle, but it almost tasted like it.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,403 ratings
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