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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
865
Ratings:
4,288
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
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Photo of tillmac62
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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 ajm5108
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange color with a huge, creamy-looking white head.
S: Sweet, fruity aromas dominate. Huge notes of citrus, pineapple, peaches, and a bit of honey.
T: This is delicious. Not extremely bitter, just super well-balanced. Lots of big, tropical fruits dominate. Juicy mango, tangerines and peaches followed by grapefruit bitterness and honey-like sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: A bit too much carbonation, but this is one super drinkable and delicious beer. Would love to have more of this all the time.

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Photo of tronester
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of mango, peach, and some evergreen. Taste begins dry with a hint of apricot, followed by some mango, then a hint of water cracker, and a huge finale of grapefruit rind, pine and a hint of tobacco. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white creamy head, head disappeared after about 5 minutes, good amount of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel, citrus, some pine and resin, sweet malts on the backend, alcohol is not noticeable, smells pretty good.

T: First impression, big hit of grapefruit, citrus peel, citrus bitterness in the middle, balanced touch of malts, finishes dry with grapefruit peel flavor reemerging and lingering at the end.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry, grapefruit peel finish.

O: Duet is a very drinkable, balanced IPA, nothing overwhelms in the flavors, another great IPA from Alpine, would definitely buy this more often, especially if available in six-packs.

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Photo of tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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 FickleBeast
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella Chalice. Best by 04 Jul 16 on bottle.

Pours a clear orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma immediately fills the room - full of Amarillo hops. Lemony, grassy, grapefruit... yum.

Flavor is intensely hoppy, without being too bitter. Finishes quite smooth actually. Thin bodied. This beer is all about hop flavor. Citrus, grapefruit, pine all show themselves in the complex flavor profile.

This is an IPA done amazingly well. So much flavor, and oh so drinkable. Worthy of the high reviews. Just wish it wasn't 14.99/6 pack.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours murky golden, with hints of orange. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a perfect juxtaposition of grapefruit with lemon honey. These two hops sang harmoniously in the nose.

Flavor was a slight sweet honey up front with a huge hop flavor, and then a slight balanced bitter finish. This is a straight up IPA at its best.

Felt some slight fizziness on the tongue, but it worked perfectly for the style. Mild astringency, but again, it worked for me.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had and shows that you don't need to be a huge hop bomb to make a fantastic beer. Wish I had access to Alpine more regularly.

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Photo of rand
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

Pours an orange-apricot, slightly opaque, nice pillowy 1-inch head. Fair amount of lacing trails as I gently stir, which also releases a nice bouquet of citrus and sweetbread notes. Grapefruit, orange and a splash of something tropical, perhaps papaya. Freshly baked honey bread lingers in the background.

The citrus tones hit your palate first, but they're accompanied by leafy, bitter notes that aren't detected in the nose. Ample hops have an earthy tea edge, which blend nicely with strong notes of honey and bready malts. Malt-backbone is really prominent, approaching a DIPA, which nicely masks the alcohol. The bitter aspects really stand out toward the end of the sip, along with a slight tinge of tropical fruit suggesting mango. Hints of passion fruit as well. With all of the flavors dancing on the palate, the beer finishes surprising dry and clean.

Duet has a smooth, oily slick mouthfeel - viscous for a single IPA. A lot of the characteristics of this beer approach a DIPA, except perhaps the ABV. Great balanced flavor makes this really easy to throw back. But then again, it's Alpine, you expect them to be this good.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +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 Stevem68
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color. Has a light hoppy aroma with a citrusy backbone. Flavor is mild citrus hops that quickly smooths to a lightly sweet finish. Leaves a very light bitter citrus hop aftertaste. A little bit light overall for my liking but still very good

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a slightly off-white & rocky head, which leaves good lacing.

Smell: Light aroma but very nice with grapefruit, pine, and some malts.

Taste: Good flavor with bitter grapefruit hops and a hint of pine, but it also has a very good balance with some nice toasted malts. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, with quite mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink since it is nicely balanced, no alcohol in taste.

A very solid and nicely balanced IPA. Very enjoyable; too bad it is so pricey in the bottle.

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

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold with two fingers of stiff eggshell head. Clarity is good, as is lacing. First impression: on the thin side?

Smell -- Orange marmalade, pineapple, pine resin, butted bead.

Taste -- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes are present, but milder than in the nose. Hop bittering is moderate evoking fesh pine and cut grass. Malts are very dry and conjure up bread crusts. The buttery diacetyl component from the aroma is present in the flavor, which I personally find to be pleasant in small doses. Finish is pine, faint menthol, and buttered bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with just enough carbonation to be smooth without being creamy. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Not a hop bomb, nor any other. Just a well-crafted, pitch-perfect IPA. This is an ideal warm weather IPA: crisp, a bit dry, and a bit lighter in body. If these were distributed near me, I'd drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head. Low retention rate and no lacing. Pale golden color with high clarity.

S- Heavy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pine and other light smells. Several kinds of hops detected.

T- Hop-forward, bitter and citrusy. West coast IPA for sure.

M- Thicker feel for an IPA, smooth.

O- I found it to be a slightly above average West Coast IPA.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.32/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated fast and left no lacing.

S - Roasted honey, nectar esters, citrus, and light bittering hops.

T - Roasted honey, nectar esters and bittering hops. Where did the citrus go? The roasted honey could have been tannic.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Finishes rather dry for a standard IPA.

D - Not bad. A good quaff, definitely not top 100. The tannic flavor killed the citrusy hops.

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

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced.

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

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a filtered yellow with nice, well retained head and resilient lacing. Nose is a pine bomb. Definitely falls into the pine/spicy genre of IPAs, rather than the fruity. Definitely some malt hanging around in the back. There is also some melon lurking. Really luscious on the whole and a great experience to put one's nose in the glass.

Taste again, is pine, light malt, fading into melon.

Fairly light in body, not all that resinous, though it is quite bitter, evoking lemon pith.

Nice, well executed classic style IPA.

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Photo of markcp
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 OStrungT
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours crystal clear golden orange with white to yellow bubbly head, smells like candied orange peel, dank resinous hop candy, mild onions, taste follow the once with candied orange and a smack of bitter pine with mild onion bite, this beer is medium tonight with excellent bright carbonation, A dazzling west-coast hop boomer and the first time I have encountered the onion taste in a beer, and I love onions!

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,288 ratings.
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