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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing

s: Floral and citrus leaning to the former.

t: Floral and pine resin with intensity and white grape notes over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness fades quickly on the dry finish. Grassy notes develop later.

m; Medium with surprisingly good body and excellent carbonation tingle.

o: An attention-grabbing DIPA thanks to relatively complex and enjoyable flavors. Smooths out rather quickly to a fine drinkability for a seven percent ABV. A nice sipper.

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Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice surprise finding this on tap at Tapwerks!

Poured a room-brightening light orange with a sticky tan froth.

Smell is big on the citrus hops and light fruits of course. What else would I have come for?

Super smooth all the way with grapefruit tagging alongside orange, slight floral notes, spice and peel in the finish.

Cake-like goodness for the most part and sits on the lighter side of medium.

Goes down fast as a flash (no pun intended) but is not so quickly forgotten.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

***Green Flash Version***

Pours a hazy peach color with 1 finger of quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing on glass.

Aroma is of beautiful tropical fruits: mango, papaya, and a touch pineapple. I also get some pine notes and grapefruit. A touch bit standard, but overall pretty nice.

Taste is a little more unbalanced than I was expecting. It is a lot more bitter and dry than I was led to believe based on the nose. It is nice and citrusy with a rather creamy mouthfeel nearing the midway point, but the bitterness pokes it's head through too early and dominates the rest of the sip and aftertaste. It's not counteracted or reduced by any malts or spice; it's just pure astringent bitterness. Unsweetened grapefruit juice and its bitter pith also find their way in to finish the taste on this beer.

Overall, I would love to compare this to the real Alpine brewed beer. I have a feeling a large difference would be detected. This one is just out of balance. I see it pairing with something rather spicy or fried. Maybe fried calamari with a spicy aioli. It gets a 83.5/100.

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big pine notes, grapefruit pith, resin, and tangerine in aroma. Floral hops lend sweetness.

Flavor is fairly fruit dominant, with grapefruit at the forefront, becoming resiny bitter in the finish. Notes of pine linger in the aftertaste. It's a bit more bitter than I'd prefer. Not the most complex, but solid.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the Albertson’s in Kennewick, WA, for $7.99. This is the first time I’ve come across beers from the California Alpine. According to the label it is best by March 17, 2016. Hmm. Just noticed it’s in a Green Flash bottle. I guess they want everyone to know they bought Alpine.

Poured into my Jones Radiator mug, it’s a semi-clear, orangey shade of amber, with a thick, beige colored head that fell unevenly and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Big citrusy and floral hop aroma. Smells like it’s going to be a thick, resiny take on the style.

Oh, yeah. This is a big, bitter and grapefruity tasting IPA. There’s some piney notes, but they’re way in the back compared to the bitter citrus fruit flavors. Malts? What malts? Beyond keeping the hoppiness from being overbearing to the point of undrinkability, they really aren’t much of a factor. Dry and surprisingly crisp finish to this.

Prickly and oily mouthfeel.

This beer packs a lot of bitter, citrusy flavor. This is definitely something that will appeal to hopheads and probably be hated by people who don’t like hoppy beers. I dig it, but I think a bomber of it is enough for now. Not sure I’d want to session this, but I’m pretty sure I’ll drink it again.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was expecting this to be fairly good and it exceeded expectations. Once again, the feel on this beer is like a DIPA which I love. (Same as Nelson) This had a bright nose with floral and some juicy hop aromas. The taste was very good with sharp bitter hop flavors perfectly blended with the malt profile. Overall, very well done. If this was priced more favorably I would buy it all the time.

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Photo of RJB66
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer for me but not as outstanding as it's rating. I would have another but I will not seek it out like I did to get it in the first place. I'm still interested in trying more from Alpine.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A symphony of hops! The Amarillo and Simcoe work so well together and the aroma is so incredibly light and floral. So easily drinkable it's difficult to take your time with it. I am happy that Alpine has finally come to Chicago!

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

great beer got lucky and at my local the guy was putting on the shelf
deep orange color at the top that fades to a lighter orange at the bottom
white head stays till the end s carmel orange pine in a good way
t pretty much as smells good carbination
F good full body
o this good worth drinking lots of

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked clear and darker orange with a nice white head that left spotty lacing on the glass. It smells like citrus, mango and pine with a sweet malt aroma. The taste is the same as the smell with the taste of orange and mango most prominent. The malty sweetness gives way to a nice bitterness that intensifies after the beer is swallowed. The bitterness is pine and grapefruit pith. This is a really nice, balanced beer that I cannot wait to be distributed widely now that Green Flash is involved.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding IPA that I was stunned to find at my local MA beer store. The partnership with Green Flash bearing fruit! Nice aroma of citrus and pine accompanies the copper hued body with a thick head. Tropical fruit notes balanced by a strong bitterness that ends crisp and dry. Nothing too juicy but definitely an IPA that that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

GF bottling (grumble). Hopefully a re-review if ever GF gets their stuff down.

Pours honey with an island and spotty lacing.

Orange, light pine, a syrupy sweetness. Subtle yet compelling.

Summer grass, sticky pine with a tinge of sweetness which helps balance.

Lively carbonation and a lightness to the mouthfeel.


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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and almost clear orange-honey with a very nice head. The grapefruit aroma hits me first, along with other citrus peel, followed by a small hint of pineapple, and then a grassy aroma. The flavor leans more heavily toward this grassy earthy flavor first, with the refreshing citrus more apparent on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, infact there is a pleasantly small amount of astringency right on the end that dried out the swallow. Overall a really solid west coast style IPA, maybe not as dry as I would prefer, but very good.

(From the newly distributed green flash bottles)

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Brassy with orange hues. Creamy white head retains well. Thin and stocky webs of lacing.

S: Intense noted of tangerine juice and zested grapefruit. Pomelo. Earth and pine notes. Sweet caramel and toast malt base. Excellent.

T: Ruby red grapefruit in a big way. Might as well have bitten into one. Pithy. Oranges. Passion fruit. Hops start to exhibit earthy and piney flavors too. Sturdy caramel malt base provides a solid anchor while still letting the hops lead. Overall bitterness is quite high and really clamps down. Bitter grapefruit hop finish.

M: Staunch medium body. Full, round, and silky. Even a bit chewy. Fine-bubbled carbonation.

O: Fantastic. This is an IPA built to withstand the test of time. A true west coast classic that will never go out of style.

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Photo of colforbin73
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very happy to finally see this in northern California. picked up a bottle at nugget in Vacaville. pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head for the style. decent hop aroma, but overall very clean and enticing brew.

the drink is a hop bomb. classic socal style... a very crisp dry drink with a massive hop bite. citrus up front and a little sticky pine resin on the back end.

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Photo of Mdog
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice bright grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Yum! Very good sweetness followed by grapefruit. Not bitter, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Wow, I was really impressed by this beer. I had it on tap several months back in AZ but was not very impressed. This bottle (now in MN) was pretty awesome, to the point I feel like getting another bomber or two despite trying to avoid bomber packaging. Just a great mix of sweet and hoppy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Ballyhoo, thy name is Alpine in Chicagoland. I've heard plenty of rumblings about this stuff for years, and some more have come through now than bottles have hit the Midwest. Diving in, it pours a clear amber-gold topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises mild pineapple, lemon pith, pine resin, light grapefruit zest, and a touch of honey-dripped biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the fruits and pine shining against a slightly unequal biscuit backdrop. Not bad at all, kids. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a damn fine IPA, one more than worthy of its status on this site. Get some!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber color with off-white head. Citrus, pine, and some light floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, smooth. Finishes with a piney citrusy note.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Duet is a highly drinkable and well-balanced American IPA. Great clarity and rustiy orange hue set the nose and palate up for crisp, floral, and citrusy experience. The malt dances nicely with its Amarillo and Simcoe hop profile. I need to discover the story behind the label.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't really impressed with this. Hop aroma was weak, got some pine and grassy notes, no citrus or fruit though (it was a fresh keg), and the taste was very bitter. It wasn't overpoweringly bitter, but i was not as pleasant to drink as nelson. I guess i had high standards for this beer, it's still better than most IPA's out there though.

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Photo of cfalls
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - copper, not much haze, thin head laces the glass

S - mild aroma of dank, onion, citrus, malt

T - malt sweetness, not very bitter, floral, grapefruit

F - medium-high carbonation, a little syrupy, but finishes dry

O - Nice IPA. I think I like their session IPA, Hoppy Birthday, better. This one's a little heavy on the crystal malts for me.

(I had this right after MBC Lunch, so I may change my rating after I have a chance to rate it on a clean palate.)

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Photo of Lobina
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber distributed by green flash. Into a chilled pint glass the look started hazy then cleared. Smell somewhat citrusy but not that hoppy. Taste was really clean and highly drinkable. An above average IPA for sure.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 3/2016:
Pours a fairly clear orange once the chill haze fade. Head builds up nicely with a little vigor in my pour, then sits and waits for you to get rid of it. White and fluffy, lacing is fairly decent as the beer is consumed.

The nose I thought initially was a little malty, but by the time I started analyzing it for review, it was more citrus rind (the ever popular grapefruit, mainly), citrus zest (orange mostly), a very light grain sweetness, as well as perhaps an apple-like note.

The taste starts with a little bit of a vacuum - I get the beer, but it strangely doesn't present a taste to grab onto right away. Then the flavors rush in... first a honey sweetness, then that pulp fruit note, and finally (but fairly quickly) the citrus notes that mimic the nose hit to transition me to the end. The end stays a little sweet while also gaining an undertow of pithy bitterness that ends up lightly piney - muted like a 3-month old car freshener.

Beer is fairly smooth, and could perhaps use a little bit more carbonation. The lack of accent from the tiny bubbles make the beer smoother, which is nice, but equally negated by a more watery feel - sorta balancing each other out. Body is actually medium-light towards medium. Lightly coating on the palate.

A very nice beer. I think I might like Nelson better. This has a light maltiness to it throughout, one that goes quickly from being the initial main note to a bit player as the bitterness sets in. It definitely ends up taking a back seat by the end, but never really seems to leave my palate.

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Photo of LAp
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into 2 12oz snifters. Pours a straw-honey yellow, with a half-finger of white head, leaving some lacing - just the faintest touch of haze. Nose is equal parts light citrus (orange peel, grapefruit) and hops. On the palate, the grapefruit disappears and is replaced with mandarin orange. There's a pervasive hoppy dryness too, that lends an almost tangy note to the citrus, yielding notes of kumquat. The mouthfeel is very dry, and of intermediate thickness. Overall, and outstanding IPA. In true fashion of a child of the modern beer renaissance, I find it hard not to rate those IPAs highest which taste most like they should be DIPAs. This beer however, finds a more nuanced middle ground, and stands, for me, as an excellent example of why the balanced complexity of more restrained IPAs can easily match their bigger DIPA cousins.

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Photo of thorkelson
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - poured into trillium tulip as a dull orange with a medium white head.
S - wonderful but not overwhelming citrus aroma - tropical, earthy, grapefruit
T - quite interesting IPA! wasn't expecting the taste that happened in the back of the pallet. the nose is mainly dry with hints of fir tree almost a bit of spice and continues to the back of the pallet. initially quite dry and earthy, but finishes with a nice hit of citrus and warm malt.
F - zippy carbonation - not overly carbonated but works well for this beer - doesn't quite sting but doesn't lay easy on the tongue

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.
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