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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

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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4.3
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Photo of exposd
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid offering from Alpine Brewing out of California. Very drinkable!! Beautiful color and head/lacing as well as aroma but the taste doesn't deliver the same flavor that you get in the scent. Lots of pine and heavy citrus (mango & oranges). I had to try this beer because I've tasted their session Hoppy Birthday and it quickly became my favorites in the IPA category. This one falls in comparison to their others in my personal opinions, while this brew is just not as unique or exciting. This beer is a typical West Coast IPA, and don't get me wrong it's a very enjoyable beer but just doesn't sit at the same level as Hopoy Birthday and Nelson which are both much more one of a kind flavor.

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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 T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bomber poured into shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright golden color. Big, dense, white head made up of very fine bubbles. Visible carbonation. Mondo lacing. Handsome!

Smell - Big pine needle hop nose.

Taste - Grapefruit hop taste. A slightly acidic flavor. There is a touch of malt sweetness in the background but balanced it is not.

Mouth - Crisp. Fizzy.

Overall - A nice, west coast hop bomb. Similar to Stone's IPA or Bear Republic's Racer 5 IPA. Not unique but very tasty all the same!

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Photo of Lisa78
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical west coast IPA. Plenty of bitterness but not much flavor profile. Wish it tasted like it smells. Nice to see this in distribution out east but would rather drink some of the better local brews.

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

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright, golden orange in color with an off-white, half finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a mostly barren surface and a thin ring around the edge. Not much for lacing, save a spot or two around the glass.

Smell - Hoppy aroma consisting of orange, pineapple, grapefruit and mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavors that hit on strong orange and grapefruit, with lesser notes of mild pineapple. Moderate mango comes in mid-taste, delivering a soothing, juicy hop character. Malts are hidden, lending a generic sweetness to help accentuate the hops while lending a touch of balance. The finish is juicy with a bit of bitter citrus pith lingering in the distance.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate, lightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth delivery with a crisp, dry finish. Stupid drinkable.

Overall - This is a hell of an IPA. Utterly delicious, with a smooth, approachable drinkability. I'm glad Alpine has Green Flash to back them now. It's given me an avenue to try their beers, and their hoppy offerings are nothing shy of great thus far!

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Photo of jstigen
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange color. Pour from Green Flash bomber had two fingers of foamy head, of which a thin layer lingers producing lots of lacing. Dank smell with some tropical fruit aroma. Very nice flavor, with smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA that I would recommend.

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Photo of OmahaKF
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is heavy citrus - orange, hint of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), and dankness.

The taste is an exact match to the smell.

Great representation of a west coast IPA with just a bit more juiciness.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine hybrid glass from a 750 ml bottle (March 2016 drink by)

A - A semi-translucent gold copper, half finger white head and a bit of lacing

S - Dank, sweet malts, dry grains, crisp water, cracker yeast, huge pine, pineapple, peach, mango, fresh cut flowers, rich soil, slight booze, citrus, green earth and grapefruit.

T - Grapefruit, pine, pretty dank, very dry grains, sweet yet dry malts, rose, pineapple, cracker yeast, citrus rinds, huge hop with a nice malty backbone.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium minus carbonation and a huge hop to sweet malt finish

D/O - Refreshing, delightful, fantastic on the eyes, nose and mouth. Just a hugely hopped IPA with a perfect malt finish to balance her out. Duet indeed. No need to way, enjoy fresh, often and with savory foods and salty sweet deserts. Spring, Summer yet Fall and winter will do! Well done!

Final thoughts - The ABV at 7% is pretty nice, if you were to raise it the sweetness would overtake the hop and become more of an over the top instead of well hopped IPA. Around $7-8 per 750 ml makes it less of a daily drinker but a fantastic end of week wind down ale. Alpine, this one is a nugget of joy!

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash bottle dated "Best By April 20, 2016".

Pours a clear, amber orange color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. The head is gone immediately and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, however very light and subdued. I get some faint grapefruit and freshly mowed grass on the back end. Lightly floral.

The flavor, like the nose, is relatively light and doesn't really pop as much as expected. Some tropical citrus notes, with a lot of piney bitterness on the back end.

The mouth is medium bodied with light carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip.

Overall, a good yet slightly disappointing IPA. I have not had the non-Green Flash version, but this is definitely not what I expected given the hype. There is a very good flavor profile here, but it's just far too subdued to be noteworthy.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at high 5's. Delicious ipa. Pours very clear has a nice sized head. The smell is a little week on it. Flavor is very crisp and juicy.But is lacking some of the hop depth/ bite.

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Photo of Strike00
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a light amber. An off-white head that lasts a while.
S: Smells of piney hops with a touch of citrus. Smell is not strong but it might be because of the shaker pint.
T: Taste follows the nose. A piney IPA with a nice grapefruit taste in the background. Bitter finish but not too much.
F: Medium bodied that could use a touch more carbonation in my opinion.

O: Good, above average IPA. Maybe if I had a really fresh one I would put in the great category.

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Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by April 07, 2016.

Juicy peaches at first, bitterness after the sip. Found it to be a bit tame though. Flavorful but lacks some punch in my opinion.

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Photo of emyers
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into Founders snifter. Best by date April 20, 2016

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch white head which dissipates into lacing after about a minute.

Big floral presence in the aroma along with some grapefruit and pine. Hints of biscuit are the only malt presence.

Taste is similar to the nose but a bit milder. There is some tropical fruit along with the floral hops. Not much malt presence at all - this is a true west coast style IPA. Finish is mildly bitter with an extra dose of juicy hops. Excellent balance.

The mouthfeel on this is superb - medium body, moderately dry, and exceptionally smooth and drinkable.

Another great IPA from Alpine. The best quality of this beer is how drinkable it is - a 7% abv IPA that goes down like a 4-5% abv pilsner, yet packs a ton of hop flavor. Exceptional.

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

Juicy and creamy. Bronze/golden brown. Healthy constant head, lacing out the ears covering the glass. Subtle plush hop nose with underlying bitterness. Super tasty, full bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Very good beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-11-28
22oz Green Flash bottle served in a large mug. Best By date on the label is 17 March 2016.

Pours very slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium beige head that fades slowly, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is somewhat mild, a little citrus, a little tropical fruit, a little pine.

Taste is grapefruit rind, straw. Again, surprisingly mild. Maybe I've been drinking too many DIPAs. More flavor comes out with more sips, though...start getting some of that tropical characteristic, which is nice. A little honeysuckle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very dry, a little resinous. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate golden yellow + orange highlights with a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a mottled medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of moderately sweet grainy malts with a hint of caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango, tropical/passionfruit, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very easy to drink, hiding the ABV quite well. Really nice hop aromas and flavors without an aggressive bitterness. Definitely one to grab again.

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

P: Hazy golden poor with a pure white head that turns into a great lace up and down the glass sand on the top of the beer.
A: Grapefruit, pine,
T: GRAPEFRUIT, resin, citrus, bitter.
M: Well balanced, medium bodies, near perfect bitterness.
O: This is a great new Cali style IPA, that probably deserves s higher number than I've given it.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it during thanksgiving break of 2015 that was purchased from the River Forest Whole Foods. The hops profiles are very potent and somewhat too overpowering for the occasional ipa consumer.

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Photo of blivingston1985
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden amber with lively head. The nearly ever lasting froth is great. Stone fruit aromas with a subtle dankness. Clean and crisp in design, but a with an aroma/flavor first tech is rewarding in its richness. Quite quaffable.

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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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine just knows how to make juicy IPAs. This one had lots of nice piney qualities balanced well with floral notes from the hops. I really liked the overal hop profile and felt the bitterness was held in check very well.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a thin, white head. A slight bitter hop smell. The taste is definition of balance between hop and malt. Extremely smooth offering and wonderful mouthfeel. Flowery taste resonates.

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Photo of biegaman
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Duet harmoniously entwines golden and orange tones, their highlights spill out and diffuse across the table. Though of only modest foaminess the lacing expands like a marching army, conquering all corners of the glass. The patterns imprinted are intricate enough to pass for some kind of abstract modern art.

When reviewing Alpine beers I find it hard to sit still. Few breweries are capable of getting a hophead so excited. This one does not disappoint - its bouquet is enveloped in citrus pith and dripping with bitter resins. There's an air of tropical fruits but also a little bit of dankness, like a forest after a heavy rain.

That leafy flavour develops further on the palate, especially as the mandarin and grapefruit notes fade and that earthy, herbal aftertaste sets in. It's not particularly intense by IPA standards but will likely intimidate most mainstream drinkers. Welcome to the jungle, baby. This is what the style is all about.

To that end, one won't taste any alcohol but, considering this is 7% and drinks arguably much easier than it should at that strength, maybe watch for it later. Those that don't mind a few IBUs will probably want to session this - I thought there was a hole in my glass the liquid emptied out of it so fast.

Let's be honest: it's not like there's any shortage of IPAs in Southern California. Heck, one doesn't even have to leave San Diego to find many of the world's best. The regional standard is high. To earn and maintain a reputation like Alpine has really, really says something about them...

When it comes to hops, Alpine is the real deal. As with Exponential Hoppiness, Hoppy Birthday, Pure Hoppiness, Duet is as good as everyone says it is. Believe the ratings online and know that if you want to truly taste the pinnacle of California IPAs then that stuff from Alpine are must-try.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A California classic. An outastanding IPA. When someone wants to know what a "west coast ipa" tastes like, this one is a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a great, fresh, citrus resin aroma. Big juicy citrus taste with a nice piney resin at the end. Moderately astringent aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a great beer from Alpine. My second

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
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