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:
859
Ratings:
4,253
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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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 afksports
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +1.4%
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 +2.1%
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 Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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 glass_house
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint

Pours a deep medium gold. Slightly hazy with two fingers of fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is a robust bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus and pine.

Taste is dominated by pine resin, as the fruit takes a backseat. Very bitter throughout with a clean dry finish. Not quite as complex as the nose implied, but excellent nonetheless. On the light side of medium-bodied with crisp lively carbonation.

Top notch IPA, especially when craving something on the more bitter side.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
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 amano_h
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +0.2%
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 ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden amber with a solid head.

smell is sweet, lots of fruit. smells juicy.

taste is very bitter with lots of sweetness. pretty good taste, definitely my new favorite Alpine beer. a bitter IPA but that is fine. the malt is clean and lets the hoppiness shine through.

overall this is pretty good, a damn tasty and bitter IPA.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange with standard sudsy, soapy head
nose is intense -- candied oranges, candied lemons, apricot?, some floral sharpness
taste is a different can of worms -- floral bitterness and dryness tries to meld with the aforementioned candied citrus, the nose and first half of the taste are so fruity and sweet, yet the sharpness of the dry, floral finish is practically dominant. I have to say that the overall taste is sharply floral yet confused by the intense fruity sweetness of the first whiff.
Body is palpable right in the middle, as there is no dropoff throughout the quaff -- it could want to be "thick" but the dryness of the finish kicks that notion to the curb.
Carb is notably above average, as the easy-sweet nose is totally forgotten by the time you finish each nearly-fizzy florally bitter sip.
I find this ale notable for it's unique candied-citrus nose. I also find it amazing that the full taste and finish are so opposite of that. There's no cloudy-cloying fruit-blandness here, even though the nose suggests all of that ---- what jumps out, and remains, is a sharply floral-finishing medium-bodied beer that just leaves a reminder of some orange-y sweetness behind in its wake. To my taste, it's kind of the converse of Sculpin, which smells a light floral pine with hints of citrus, yet tastes with a kick of honey-pineapple that wasn't there in the nose ....... good stuff, I certainly bow down to the complexity here, yet the effect is moderately off-putting for my particular palate.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12oz. goblet at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo.

L- Light amber, good clarity, small white head.

S- Citrus, little tropical, tiny amount of alcohol.

T- More citrus with some light floral, medium bitterness.

F- Medium, nice easy drinking single IPA.

O- A really great single IPA with a great aroma but didn't carry over to the flavor as much as I'd hoped. Still really look forward to seeing this and other Alpine stuff in my area come the fall.

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Photo of Lunch
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. Victory HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a rusty gold color with a huge billowing three finger head of an off-white rocky foam with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine with a floral layer as well as a bit of pine to add some bitterness. The malt backbone is a beautifully soft semi-sweet biscuit that add great depth and uniqueness to this American IPA.

M: light to medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.75% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this was an exceptional and quite unique American IPA that contains one of the most interesting and appetizing biscuity malt characters that i have tried. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

An excellent IPA. Nice, clean and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon are the predominant hop flavors. Touches of toffee in the malt. A very good, focused, West Coast style IPA.

Highly recommended. This was a standout for me at the fair. Wouldn't have minded having a full pint of this one. Hope to see it at one of the SD bars in the near future.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Deep amber with golden tones and a slight sheen. One finger rocky finger head sits on top throughout the beer and leaves a ton of lacing. Really nice looking IPA

S - What a great nose. There are big scents of mango and pineapple intertwined with slight hint of pine. Very fragrant as well.

T - Malty and pineapple sweetness are the first flavors. There is a slight hint of grapefruit in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the finish. Flavors are much subtler than the nose would let on.

MF - Very light in the body, yet not watery. Has just enough there to keep it from being too thin. The light body goes well with the flavors and makes it easy to keep drinking this one

O - A nice beer from Alpine that, while solid, I wished tasted as good as it smeled. The beer thrives on its balance and subtlety and not from strong, in your face flavors

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Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head on top of a golden clear body. Aroma is really fruity, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango. A bit sweet, but fruity sweet not caramel sweet. Lots of citrus, tropics, similarly sweet to the aroma. Nice bitterness that balances a bit of the fruityness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Unremarkable. Ok carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to javib458 for sending this in a trade. Poured into my RR tulip glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep golden-amber hue with a two-finger thick off-white head that takes eons to settle. The head is frothy, and has the consistency of that of a Trippel. Head retention is awesome, and lacing is at it's peak.

S: The aroma screams West Coast. Citrusy, with hints of mango and pineapple, along with grassy, floral notes. Bready malt and a hint of caramel are present in the backround.

T: A bit more balanced than the smell. All of the fruity and floral hop aromas are there. Citrus, a bit of pine, and other tropical flavors are balanced out with a good amount of caramel, dough, and some honey-like flavors. Finish is dry and very clean.

M: For a standard American IPA, this beer has the viscosity and texture of a Double. It's silky, yet vigorous mouthfeel lend this beer something I have not had in many beers of the same style.

D: Smooth, yet chewy at the same time, This beer is a beast of it's own kind. I find it to be very balanced, big in flavor, yet at a point where it can be easily enjoyed in numbers. I have got to find more of this.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Really nice looking hazy yellow-orange with a white head.

Smell: Really nice citrus and dank from the Simcoe hops. Piney as well. This was the best part of this beer.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, orange, dank grass, etc. The dankness and fruit from the Simcoe really goes well together with the sweetness of the Amarillo hops. Malt backbone is there just enough to notice it.

Feel: Medium/light body. Low alcohol taste. Balanced.

Overall: A top-notch IPA. I had the Green Flash version and I thought it was great. I am sure its even better from the source.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: golden-Amber in body, with a pure white head. Lots of retention and stickiness in the head, with rings of lacing throughout. Body is totally translucent, with no turbidity or haze visible.

Aroma: lemony and grassy at first, followed by a punch of bitterness and piney scent. There's also a touch of cracker present, giving it a bit of a Belgian IPA-style aroma between the hops and the light malt aroma.

Taste: begins citrusy, grassy, and fresh, presumably from the Amarillo hops, and packs a solid foundation of malt. This beer is definitely well-balanced, and the scales are probably tipped just ever so slightly in the flavor of hops. Finishes with a bitter blast of sprucy, piney flavor, (Simcoe!).

Feel: sticky and bitter on the finish, with a light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a very well-crafted IPA. Felt light and drinkable, like a "Session IPA," but packed lots of hoppy goodness. On the pricier side for a 12oz bottle, but it was very good, and in all likelihood I'll drink it again.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bunch of alpine beers on tap, glad I finally got to get some bottles of it.

Again, had a couple weeks back so forget, wish I could just click a button saying I had it instead of reviewing because if you need to read my review to see if you want to try Alpine beers, you're crazy.

This is a solid, hoppy, semi malty bready tasty IPA. Any time you have a chance to get any Alpine beer, get it.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange color with a thick finger of white head.
S - Aroma is a little citrus, a little piney.
T - Different. Muted grapefruit on the front end, very light on malt in the middle, resiny and a little bitter on the finish. Not nearly as bitter as I expected.
M - I will call this light bodied without sacrificing flavor.
O - Very happy with this one. Very balanced, easy drinking. My first beer from Alpine and I like it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from The Best Damn Bottle Shop in San Diego. Pulled from the back from their latest deliver. Served in a pint glass four days after purchase.

Golden, clear, lots of carbonation. The head is a white, fluffy, medium long lived, and leaves lots of lace in its wake. Aroma is predominately grapefruit, then caramel, finally a bit of grassiness. Despite the visible carbonation, the feel is on the soft side with a tongue coating medium-heavy body. The front is a bit salty with the middle through finish a crescendo of moderately citrus flavored hops and caramel malt. Leans a tad toward the dry side.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,253 ratings.
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