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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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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.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -2.1%
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 +0.7%
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 rallison
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.5%
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 Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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 glass_house
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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 WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Murchmac
4/5  rDev -7%
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 LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of GoGators
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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 tewaris
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7% ABV
45 IBUs
OG 1.065
22 oz. with no dates into a Bell's tulip. Thanks BulbMan!

Yellow golden hue and brilliance, with a medium off white head. Good retention, some lacing. A very fruity aroma of mangoes and pineapples. And signature Alpine weediness. Good aroma, fo-sho.

Slightly fruity and sweet at the beginnings with a crisp, dry and bitter finish. Drinks easy and very refreshing with good carbonation and medium body. Man, if this came by easy and had half the alcohol, I'll purchase it by the case. Lacking bitterness, or at least not as bitter as want. Also evidenced by the IBUs on this one. Overall, a very good beer, bordering greatness but higher in alcohol that I'd prefer.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp orange color with a thin white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving some small white foam spots.

Smell has aromas of orange, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, with some floral undertones.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, orange zest, grapefruit with a just as prominent pine-y bitterness. Strong caremly but not super sweet tasting malt backbone provides a nice balance. Lots of piney bitterness throughout with a dry sappy finish.

Feel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Sweetness coats the mouth as you drink it. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle initially for just a moment.

Overall a fine example of a classic west coast IPA. Great beer that is a must try at least once, although you'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 12/5

Clear golden orange body. Thick bone white head measuring 3 fingers tall. Absurdly thick lacing left clinging to the glass as the head recedes. Overall retention is respectable

This is one juicy IPA, perhaps the juiciest. Huge grapefruit bomb. Tangerine guava and maybe some slight peach aromas meander about in the nose. Lingering dry hop aroma is quite evident. Really nothing but hops in the nose.

Balance is achieved, though not in a traditional sense. There is absolutely no balance between the malt and the hops, the hops obliterate any malt presence which may be there. The hop flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and the intense citrus flavor. The flavor is straight up juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple with bit of apricot, tangerine and mango. Slight pine and pith can be noted but are easily overwhelmed.

Medium bodied IPA with carbonation slightly higher than I would expect though it is appropriate. Very smooth texture, oily and resinous film left on the tongue just in case you forgot exactly how hoppy this beer was.

Very good beer, I love nearly everything about it. My one gripe is the lack of a malt presence. By the end of the bottle the citrusy hops became too much and bordered on cloying. A slight pale malt flavor would have evened things out remarkably well. I had to score drinkability down because of this. Awesome beer, would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of jpro
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip... Pours light gold / orange, with a thin, white head that leaves no lace. Smell is citrusy / lemony and slightly piney. Taste is clean and snappy - light cracker malt with orange rind, tangerine and lightly resinous hops. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but enhances drinkability - doesn't seem like a 7% beer. Overall, a delicious beer - epitome of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Ouch, lots of Lysol. Was hoping to like this better than Pure Hoppiness, but it is definitely worse. Aroma is a bit Funky behind the Lysol. Taste has a stale and sour element to it. Not Good.

Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Alpine has started bottling their brews in earnest. Easily one of the best producers of pale ales in the country. Duet pours dark golden with one-finger of foam capping it. In a true display of delicious hop oils, the head does not go anywhere at all and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma is of course delightfully hoppy with an exceptional level of fruit in it. There is pine to it, and grapefruit, but they are both so light and fruity. It is a bit tropical, but it actually reminds me of other fruits for once, maybe even strawberries or nectarines to lighten up some grassiness. Great aroma.

The flavor is quite grassy, with a smooth pine flavor and some grapefruit for good measure. They balance out quite nicely, making for an intensely hopped flavor that avoids bitterness for huge levels of aroma. Quite well done. Medium thickness with a medium/high level of carbonation that is not yet prickly. Pretty much spot on feel. Highly drinkable. This brew has been available on tap before and it indeed lends itself perfectly to having a couple of pints.

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Photo of timtim
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with decent head and lace. Nose is grapefruity grapefruit with grapefruit on top of a touch of tropical fruits and a touch of malty goodness. Taste is harmony for sure. Great showcase of two lovely hops. Bitter grapefruit is the lead role, and it reminds me how amazing it is that these flavors come from hops and barley. Doesn't seem out of balance. Medium light body that finishes a little oily. Looks like a lot of other reviewers find it thin, but I think it is quite nice. Very very nice ipa from alpine.

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Photo of -Rick
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: a brownish orange with a decent amount of white head
S: pine, caramel, resin like hops. Some sweet fruits
T: extremely malty. None of the fruits smells come out in the taste. quite bitter
F: a bit thick, slightly carbonated. Leaves a bitter lingering taste in the mouth
O: not super impressed with this beer. Had heard real good things

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Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rbald42. Much appreciated, been wanting to try an Alpine IPA for quite a while now!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 1" of white head forms, which has awesome retention and lacing. Solid looking IPA.

Smell: Smells of some citrus (mainly bitter grapefruit), and some dank hops. Nothing too crazy, but very nice.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit initially. Hops are slightly piney, but mostly just dank. Simcoe is detected. Pretty hoppy, but there is a nice balance between initial fruitiness and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, high carbonation, very smooth and drinks very nicely for an IPA. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Very good, clean flavors with no alcohol tinge. Wasn't completely wowed, but found it to be very nice.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad I live near San Diego where I can get Alpine brews.

Pours a perfect golden clear color with red hues. Very nice frothy head providing sticky lace all the way down.

Aroma is awesome. Not as aromatic as others but still awesome. Lots of citrus and pine.

Taste is awesome. One of the best IPA's out there. I taste some more Nelson hops like their Nelson IPA. But also some cascades and such. Very tasty

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I think it should be but not much of a problem.

Overall an awesome beer that everyone should try. Trade for it if you have to.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raul finds himself in glorious ecstasy. It may be called "Duet," but Raul is enjoying this bad boy solo, in his garden, and listening to the fountain as it blissfuly drips in peace.

A few days back, Raul went to the joint, the spot, the honey hole - Alpine (because he could). And ohhh goody gumdrops is Raul sure glad he did!

Like Cary Grant entering a train tunnel with Eva Marie Saint, this thing pops! A beautiful darkish, orange haze is met by textures and flavor that would make a water-boarding seem like a day at Wild Rivers just to get to one. At first that initial zap! wasn't there, but Raul was quickly rest assured when he realized that this was a single. And just like Raul himself, Duet is single, sexi, and ready to mingle.

Hop on this! Hop on this good!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 tmbgnicu
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler- tasted a bit like Pliny Light. Beautiful hop presence up front, sort of falls off the table after initial hop bite. Clean and dangerously drinkable.

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