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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Reviews: 846 | Ratings: 4,196
Photo of markcp
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear copper in color; floral, spicy hops on the nose; taste features a prominent sweet malt base with floral, spicy, slightly resinous hop notes; great medium body; bitterness doesn't really linger.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the Red Cow into a pint glass

a: fairly clear apricot gold, 1 finger head, minimal lacing
s: a little muted (which surprised me) but a little orange/pineapple citrus and some herbal flowery notes
t: suprisingly balanced: starts with some smooth malty biscuit and honey, then the hops enter in (with a good balance between the citrus and the flowery herbal flavors), and linger with some decent bitterness to go with the citrusy hops. A little juicy, but everything is kind of in check.
m: very well done -- carbonation is spot on, dries out a little at the end, while also coating your mouth with hop oils.

this didn't have the pop of Nelson or Hoppy Birthday (and I'd love to have the chance to try these at the brewery without the Green Flash influence) but...it is still quite good.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/5/15 DE

Pour dark orange with pretty decent head. Nothing too impressive but if you like darker side ipas then you'll love it.

The smell is a little sweet with nice passion fruitiness.

The taste is great. And the feel is great. Is say it's a heavier hopped beer that doesn't really fit the piney west coast mold. For me that's great. I like citrus and smooth. Which this kicks ass for the feel and the fruity hop taste.

Overall, love this beer. I've had a few alpines and all so far have been top of the game. This one might be one of their best.

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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a white head. The head fades fast, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It also has a slight citrus aroma.

This beer has a very grassy flavor. It reminds me of when I cut the grass. When the grass is fresh cut and a little moist. It sounds lame, but every time I drink it, I get a picture in my mind of mowing the lawn.

This refreshing beer goes down smooth, leaving a grassy taste, and a grassy memory. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes great. I doubt I would ever get tired of it.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium body white fluffy head, light tinge of golden orange, hazy

S: tropical fruit, ripe mango, light pine undertone, well balanced

T: creamy with a bitter bite, fades towards finish. Some pine

F: creamy and bitter, smooth mid mouth, not super dry finish

O: overall outstanding IPA, well balanced, packs a punch, bis also delicate

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsener

Clear golden orange, constant stream of mini carbonation, white foamy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine , citrus, tangerine, musky

Citrus hop bite on first sip, lingering bitterness on the roof of the mouth,

Sudsy, crisp,

Good beer

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Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotten via trade from dabecassis. Mad props to him for providing me a few excellent CA goodies I can't get here in PA.

A: A medium golden color that is fairly clear. A one finger white fluffy head rises atop with almost no lasting glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral tones and some sugar sweetness.

S: Fruity? Holy cow. Hoppy smells of citrus that include grapefruit and some tangerine coupled with some pineapple, mango and some peach. Some herbal tones slide in also. The sweetness comes with a sugary side that is actually very velvety smooth, maybe a touch of vanilla. Finish is back to the fruity hoppy tones but remain smooth and silky. Not overly bitter, but there is bitterness on the finish. Wow, this is one damn great IPA. So elegant.

M: Creamy, smooth, fairly full, a slight trace of alcohol and some slight bitterness. Clean.

D: High, wow really nice drinking beer.

What a great, great west coast IPA. The simcoe and amarillo combine for a real fruity floral experience that I have not ever tasted in an IPA before. Wish we got this in PA.

Update 1/16/2010. Just had my second bottle of this and it is quickly moving up my charts of the best IPAs on the planet. This beer is so damn good my head is spinning. So elegant, hoppy, fruity, drinkable and just so damn delicious. Wow, I'm blown away. What a beer.

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Photo of brew3crew
1.99/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-hazy yellow with white lacing around edges
S-smells a lot like butter. Like the kind you woukd put on popcorn. Good on popcorn. Bad with beer
T-Hard to really describe. Very buttery. Hops appear for a second but are gone even faster.
M-moderate body with slight carbonation. Goes down smooth
D-like putting your nose at a movie theatre snack stank and drinking a beer. Novelty for the nose, not for the mouth.

What the hell happened to this bottle? Someone please send me another!

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Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.
A= Lighter side of amber and clear. Head is white, some lacing.
S= Citrus, pine, some sweet malts comes through.
T= Citrus, grapefruit, orange, zest. Pine and resinous flavors as well. Moderate bitterness.
M= Medium body with a crisp feel.
O= Definitely an above average IPA. Great flavor balance.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

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Photo of tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden color with a thick lacing white head
S: interesting, I get some citrus rind, but I also get a hint of mint
T: outstanding, citrus predominates, I get some mango and melon
F: great mouthfeel
O: one of my favorites

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of the fabled Alpine (I'm on the East Coast). What a delicious, clean tasting IPA. Love the Simcoe/Amarillo hop combination which supplied a slightly greater citrus experience than pine (assuming more Amarillo), and a super-clean, dry finish. Overall outstanding beer, and experience.

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Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed my first Alpine Duet with a buddy from out of town that's also on this BeerQuest to drink BeerAdvocate's Top100 US Beers from this past August. I know... good luck.

The appearance of Duet IPA is a light straw and hazy gold with tons and tons of head even on a slow pour. That head brings out a truly beautiful floral aroma with citrus and malty sweetness coming through too. But the bulk is floral, "like a California hillside."

It tastes light and sweet, keeping a hops bitter character as well, and remaining bright. In the middle there's more sweet, and it finishes bitter and clean. Very subdued. The medium body and carbonation keep it solid, it's well-composed, and around 7.0% this is dangerously light in the mouth. Extremely easy to drink.

Me gusta.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden-amber with a solid 1 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is very perfumey and potpourri-like. Very fresh and clean notes of grass, pine needle and mild citrus along with a mild, hidden malt character.

Flavor is very nice and fresh as well with extremely good balance. Again nice pine and citrus hops in perfect harmony with a sugary, candy-like malt character and finish.

Mouth is light bodied. Very fresh and crisp with nice med-high carb. that is perfect for this beer.

Overall a near perfect IPA IMO. Lovely character, flavor and balance. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy standard amber in color with a lightly tanned 2 inch thick head. lacing is present, but not plentiful.

Earthy aromas of fresh cut grass are noticeable first, balanced with tropical fruit of mango and orange.

Very fruit forward with mango and oranges. Finishes with both a caramel sweetness and a piney bitterness. Well balanced.

Creamy and dry with a medium body. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear orange/amber color, one-inch fluffy head that quickly faded to a quarter inch, minimal lacing. Great big fruity and flowery aroma. Big tropical and citrus flavors, lots of mango! Medium bodied, kinda slick oily moiuthfeel, very nice. Overall, quite tasty, I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phinally in Philly!!! On tap at TRIA Tap Room. A lot smoother than the Hoppy Birthday. Much more balanced and less bitter. A great IPA, but I like hops and high IBU, so I went back to the Hoppy Birthday.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

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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 ajm5108
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an overehelming amount of hops on this one, more of a medicinal flavor with a bit of astringent kick. Most of the bitterness comes on the back end but it is pretty well balanced. Very slick oily mouthfeel, quite resinous.

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Photo of amano_h
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A huge wave of tropical fruits, grapefruit, bright orange citrus, sweet mandarins and whole pine cones explode out of the bottle the moment the yoke holding the magnanimous amount of flavors purgatoriously sealed in the glass chamber is released. Notes of peppery earthy notes follow suit, accentuated by some grainy notes from the malt -- there's a nice mellow hint of caramel which kind of ties all the free-roaming secondary characteristics together.

Bitter grapefruit rinds, sweet tangerines, juicy melons, and resinous pine form the extreme hop-derived flavor quadfecta. Whereas all are equally ostentatious and a joy to receive on the tongue, the grapefruit and the pine imbue the longest lasting impressions on the palate. There's a slight peppery floral accent on the back end of the bitter, but in most part the same grain and caramel from the nose balance out what would otherwise be an unforgiving amount of astringent bitterness, repriming the palate for another sip, after another, after yet another...

The mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy, serving as a perfect complement to the brew's medium body; pleasant, tongue-tickling carbonation with a dry grapefruit rind finish. Yeah, the whole New England IPA style is great and everything, but given a choice between grabbing six of these back home or having to trade a leg and/or an arm for just a couple cans of the aforementioned, I'd take these without looking back.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap before but brought this growler home a few days ago right from the Alpine Brewery's tap.

A- light golden and super clear. Bright white foamy head.

S- Pretty mild but hoppy. Amarillo + Simcoe so it's got sort of a citrusy aspect from the Simcoe and a sweetness from the Amarillo.

T- very light in bitterness but lots of hop flavor (as described above) on a light body. Really more of a hop sweetness

Very good IPA that is more 1 dimensional on the hops

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Photo of scottyshades
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrmiles for sending 2 of these!

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright amber/orange color with a big fluffy head. Retention is really really nice in the snifter.

S: Candied pineapple/mango/tangerine, light apricot, a nice citrus bite, and what seems to be a firm but light malt base.

T: Awesome tropical fruit, orchard fruit, citrus twang, solid bitterness, and well balanced malts. Served this beer at a buffet party at my house with a bunch of wine drinkers/macro lovers and it was a HUGE hit.

MF/D: Medium body, smooth/slightly prickly carbonation, lingering bitter and tropical fruit finish

Notes: Damn, Alpine makes my kind of IPAs. Really easy drinker for IPA fans, and a really nice showcase of tropical fruit/citrus flavors and aromas. Highly recommended!

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

THanks Cam

A - Clear golden body, nice white head. Great look.

S - Pine, simcoe?, citrus, pungentness. Overall a pretty good nose.

T - A great tasting beer. Great hop profile, nice bitterness, tropical fruits.

M - dry, smooth, decent body.

O (D) - a super solid IPA. not the diacetyl bomb it was last time i tried this.

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Photo of dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo and simcoe, what could possibly go wrong. The answer is nothing. This is a great beer. Brilliant clarity, really attractive to look at the bright gold nectar in your glass. Floral at first, then the pine resin kicks in big time. Quite bitter actually, but its appropriate for a beer of this construction.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,196 ratings.
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