Duet | Alpine Beer Company

860 Reviews

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by August 2016, so I may not be completely fair on this here.

The body is hazy orange-honey colored, with a towering head of 3 fingers, leaving TONS of good lace behind. Some hop sediment floating.

Lots of caramel and old hop aromas, so yeah this isn't starting off too great. Light pine behind that.

Flavor is better regardless of the old hop. Citrus, melon, pine. The spoiled hop does rest on the palate heavily at the end though.

Feel is thick and creamy, ever so slightly resinous. Very good here.

Overall, if I can get my hands on a fresh sample I may revise this review. I can't help but think that what I've got in my glass is totally unfair for me to diss on. I upped everything by a quarter point over my impressions to make up for it.

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Photo of Todd
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden with a foamy head and sticky lace.

Soft nose of orange, pine and breadiness.

Light-bodied, but there's a slight chew and smoothness to the feel. Carbonation is crisp upfront. Quite hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Malt profile is bready, sort of doughy even, with a touch of sweetness, but overall very dry. Hop profile folds layers of juicy orange, ripe melon flesh, pine resin, spice and cedar on the palate. Finish is dry, herbal, ashy and lingers.

Duet is a solid example of what a West Coast IPA was over a decade ago, what's followed and how nice it is to come back to one that's not overly assertive. It's all about balance, drinkability and hop flavor.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark orange, clear. Well carbonated with a small to medium sized head.
Aroma:Fruity, I get a pungent smell of gushers which is pleasant.
Flavor:Not much fruit, bubblegum, mint, and dark grape. Slight bitterness, great example of West Coast style IPA.
Mouth feel:On the thinner side, but plenty of flavor up front, finishes real smooth with no real after taste.
Overall: Great representation of a West Coast Style IPA. The mint taste is not off putting just wish there was more of an after taste. It's a real treat to get this beer under a month old in Boston. I love it.

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Photo of DallasK
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and light golden in color with a head that stays around. No lacing. Smell is a blend of hops and tropical fruit. Taste is hopforward, dank and resiny. Less carbonation than one might assume. Solid brew.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. The pour is pale gold, fairly clear, and sports about 2 fingers of fine white foam with good retention. The nose gives lemon zest, orange rind, a little bit of sweet toasted malt.

Medium-light body with a delicate feel and a balanced flavor that is dry throughout. Very light cracker-like graininess up front, then sharp hop flavors that are restrained and supported by malty flavors of toast and honey. Some pine and cedar and a little bit of lemon. The hop flavors seem undecided. Do I want to be resiny and piney or do I want to be citrusy? While the hops argue, the malt just lingers around. The finish is lemon and honey and rather short-lived.

I kind of knew what I was getting into when I bought this beer. I believe it has been around for a while and is not a "modern IPA". Nevertheless, this does not represent what I think a West coast IPA is. With the toasted malt character and subdued hop profile, it drinks more like a classic English IPA. It's a good beer, but it is very over-priced at $14 per six-pack. I'm not buying this again, nor can I recommend it. Still, I know this brewery is capable of pushing the proverbial envelope and I wouldn't hesitate to try more of their offerings.

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Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Slight piney fruity aroma. Crisp nicely bitter hops jump out with a sweet malt follow-up. then more hops on the tail end. Balanced taste but more to the hop side. Moderate body and carbonation.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hop nose, flavor follows with piney hops balanced with caramel hops. $3.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy and amber looking color, semi clear, and with a modest bubbly cap; it soon disapates and leaves a thin ring and lacing.
Plump and juicy aroma filled with tropical fruit goodness such as pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There is also the citrus tones of grapefruit pith. Furthermore, the resiny dankness and scent of pine hops abound; lovely to whiff on.
I love how it feels on the tongue and mouth in general. It's light on it's toes, crisp and clean at first. The grapefruit pith then coats the mouth with juicy goodness. Soon enough however, the palate dries and the sharp pine and dankness of the hops fill the mouth with spicy and herbal goodness and leave a bitterness that lingers and that is moderately high but not overpowering.
A lovely and succulent IPA! I downed it in no time. One of the best there is!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this right now to celebrate New Beer Sunday. Being 40 minutes from Treehouse I worry about trying other IPA's as I have grown to learn they usually leave me wishing I'd just had a TH offering.

Duet is good! Not TH obviously but I'd have no problem drinking this beer on a semi regular basis!

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a sixer at home and now on tap at Friday's. Prefer smell on tap everything else better from bottle. Well balanced IPA, nice hoppy residue that is there to stay but also a good bit of the fruity aroma to make it enjoyable along the palate.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass. First beer I have tried from Alpine. Solid copper color with unimpressive head. Smelt crisp if that is possible. Also tasted crisp not overly hoppy. A solid IPA but not what I was expecting. High drinkibility as it had more of a pilsner than IPA feel. Just OK

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Photo of tempest
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of juicy and floral, spicy hops. It's a classic West Coast IPA, clean, dry, and light bodied. I also get a bit of melon and cracked pepper and maybe a hint of toasty malt in the aftertaste.

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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 kylesobrien
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/light honey/golden syrup colour. Moderate carbonation. No lacing, not much head either.

Very piney scent, with some spicy/citrusy character, very clean; not much in the way of yeast or malt aroma.

Solid hopping, bitterness is noticeable and not at all as smooth relative to other IPAs I've recently enjoyed. A bit of a tannic/green tea flavour just before the finish.

Halfway through the glass, bitterness is less pleasant. Reminiscent of eating a higher alpha acid hop pellet out of the mylar bag, nice at first and flavourful, but eventually over the top.

The bottle may have been exposed to high temperatures for a brief period (shipped by a friend), but given this experience, I'm not overly impressed. Will try to have this on draft someday, though I'm not eager to buy a bottle of this anytime soon. On the other hand, maybe it was different prior to the Green Flash takeover?

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a caramel brown with a finger of off white head.

S - Fruity, piney, resin, grapefruit rind, citrus notes.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, pine, juicy, and fruity notes take center stage. Balanced by a caramel malt base, bu finishes bone dry and bitter.

O - Really solid in your face IPA that is a palate wrecker in a good way.

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Photo of professorchow
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent bitter but balanced IPA. Stands up really well to drinking multiple times--not all that flashy in any one way, but so well made it never gets boring.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BALANCED. Medium/light bodied IPA with hints of mango and pineapple on the nose. Wouldn't call this a citrus forward beer though because it is balanced well with the hops and malty flavors. I have had more exciting pale ales but none this put together. Master craftsmanship.

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Photo of avalon07
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, and lots of hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, some citrus (orange and lemon), a hint of malt, light tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, pineapple), and a little bit of pine as well. An incredibly fruity flavor that's very well balanced. Hoppy, but also fruity. Quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Alpine's specialty is IPAs, and Duet is an example of this. Well made and drinkable all around.

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Photo of do_ob
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden in color with 1 finger of white, bubbly foam. Nose is a little weak, but notes of sweet fruit, moderate hops, and a good balance of malt. Taste is lots of sweet fruit - pineapple, watermelon, mango, citrus, and orange. Very tasty. Very little hop bitterness. Good malt balance on the back end.

This beer is mild. Not that 7% is really considered a 'big' beer these days, but I would have thought this would've had a little more bite to it. Not that any of this is bad. This beer is very well crafted, and masterfully balanced. Not sure I'd say it's worth the rave (or the price) but it is pretty good.

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Photo of Stooven
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack purchased cold at Woodman's, Kenosha, WI. So, if you're buying this in the Midwest and worried about effects of travel, fear not. The hops are strong with this one.

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Photo of IronLover
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a light haze. Poured with a short, bright, creamy white foam with good retention. Medium high, ripe pineapple and tropical fruit aromas with medium malt aromas and a light bready note at the end. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy feel and soft, medium light carbonation. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high ripe pineapple and tropical fruit flavors up front followed by light spicy hop flavors and medium hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty flavor beneath. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready maly flavor that quickly transitions to a mellow bitter hoppy aftertaste. Smooth, flavorful, mellow, very easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with three inches of fluffy, beige head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some citrus and pine aromas with some malt coming through. It smells old.

The taste is extremely bitter. It is not what I remember from having it on draft. I fear that I got duped into buying an old bottle.

Medium to light mouthfeel

The clown at the bottle shop told me they got this beer in within the last two weeks. I should have went with my gut and passed. It is an old bottle. I will revisit this one.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer. Classic IPA aroma's and flavors. Would drink a 6 pack of this any day. Although it would prefer Hoppy Birthday. Beautiful spotty lacing though.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light golden color with white cap which diminishes rather quickly as does the lacing.

A clean aroma of pine, citrus and slightly earthy hops. Little malt apparent.

Flavor is hop forward but mild. Malt is present in the body but doesn't stand out, or even much make it's presence known for that matter. Hops start, follow through and finish with the pine more present in the aftertaste.

Texture is medium.

Overall a solid IPA without any major flaws that I can spot. Nothing really outstanding either, rather middle of the pack performance.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap: poured into a shaker pint, color is gold, head was bright white, not much lingering.

Aroma is grapefruit rind, citrus, lemon; then some lighter earthier notes, a bit subdued.

Taste comes through full, fresh and hoppy with a nice clean pale malt backbone. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit prominent. Malt is clean, not over sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and dry, quite good.

Overall, a beer that does not present big but comes through in the finish - great flavor and presence.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,268 ratings.
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