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

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865
Ratings:
4,290
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing left behind

S- fresh fruity and Kraft hop aroma with notes of passion fruit, pineapple, orange, mint leaf and fresh grass. Clean underlying malt

T- fruity hop flavor up front with notes of red berries, citrus, pineapple, fresh cut grass & mint. Underlying malt provides a showcase for the hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- another solid Alpine IPA

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Photo of stafford2
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted draft at Capone's near Philly and then in San Diego (Not even close - you have to have this on the west coast). Best single IPA I've ever tasted. Seriously - Epic.

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Photo of Bone53
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill @ Market District

Appearance: Clear, rich golden color with a one finger off white head

Smell: citrus orange pith, melons, pine, cat piss, slight onion. Fairly complex aromas

Taste: A ton of that orange pith upfront, pine oil and catpiss midpalate and into the finish. An undertone of sweet malts throughout. One of the tastiest burps in a beer iv had. A very condensed, piney hop oil presence

Mouthfeel; Medium body, quite full for the style; Very oily and slick on the tongue, goes down fine. Moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is a great IPA. If you like that citrus pith/rind, piney hop oil character than this is the one for you. However, i would prefer more grapefruit/tropical notes. I do appreciate how full bodied it is for 7% abv, and that oily mouthfeel is just wicked. My burps even have a concentrated hop taste, which i find more enjoyable than the initial sip, oddly enough. This is one of the better regular IPAs iv had

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Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks Tim for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the crowler chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is golden amber visibly carbonated with 2finger head with fine bead and lace sticks on the glass in a weblike pattern. The aroma is slightly floral with tropical smell that is citrus with juicy and fruity quality with slightly sweet malt aroma supporting the hops. The feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation and sweetness with semi-tangy and resinous juicy texture of hops with light alcohol influence and mostly dry finish.

The flavor of tangy/tropical hops give a juicy quality with light pine-like accent and mild grapefruit pith in the taste which is bitter but not extremely intense to the point it is not enjoyable. The malt flavor contributes a sweetness to contrast the bitterness of the high alpha hops as it warms with some alcohol apparent adding the perception of spice. This is a great IPA, I would not expect anything less from Alpine based on other beers I have enjoyed by them -worthy of the high ratings.

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Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated best by 5/12/2016 into snifter.

A: Clear golden yellow with 2 finger fluffy white head. Lasting retention and leaving some nice lacing.

S: Floral hops with a some nice citrus - grapefruit, peach, and mango. Pine and grassy notes in the back.

T: Lightly sweet cracker malts with bright citrus. Grapefruit, oranges, and mango. Plenty of hops without being overly bitter.

M: Medium body and average carbonation.

O: Outstanding IPA. If I can find it fresh, it will be a regular purchase for me.

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

An easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Alpine. Pretty dry and bitter on finish, and yes, a bit more tropical fruit in the mouth would be nice, but this is a very solid IPA from the folks at Alpine. Glad to see this on a fairly regular basis around town now (in Eugene and PDX).

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Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Pineapple and melon aromas dominate with a little grapefruit and spicy herbal notes following.

T: A bit of citrus here as well, though pine and earthy flavors dominate without being overly bitter. Some spicy herbal hop flavors come through as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. Tropical on the nose and earthy on the palate, this is a pretty unique IPA.

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Photo of philbe311
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two fingers worth of lush creamy orange creamsicle colored frothy head... Really good retention... The color is a rich warm copper... A moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises sporadically throughout... An outstanding hop forward nose... Fresh whole cone hops... Floral with a touch of earthiness... Slightly pungent... Minimal malt base... The aroma was a perfect indicator of what was to materialize on the palate... A hop lovers dream... The Simcoe presence is undeniable and delectable... The malt base is subtle but adds a slight it of depth... The mouthfeel is outstanding... Medium bodied... Sleek... Well balanced... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... Rather sophisticated, especially for the style... I've wanted to try this beer for ages and finally had the opportunity.... It didn't disappoint in any category... Quite the opposite, it exceeded my lofty hopes... Hides the ABV well... Near perfect in all categories... I really wish this one were available with regularity in my area...

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Photo of CayseyW
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I typically hate when people like to point out when a beer doesn't live up to the hype, but in this instance I think it's appropriate to say. My first experience with Duet was in trade, and I wondered if it's banality was a freshness issue. However, subsequent FRESH tastings have yielded similar results.

Don't get me wrong, this a good to very good beer, however I think there are a lot of IPAs that are much better that don't receive nearly as much fanfare.

To make this an actual review:
L: Very clean and clear copper body. Moderate head thickness that leaves very little lacing behind.
S: Sugary malts aromas that offer hints of candied apple (not a description I've used before).
T: Pretty generic flavor profile with piney notes, a bit of citrus and a good helping of malt.
F: Balance is pretty nice, although it develops a lot of stickiness as you get into it. Very nice carb and no booziness.
O: Again, I'm not trying to hate on this beer, but I am really puzzled why this one is so well loved. It's a very solid offering but ultimately I find it boring.

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Photo of Jjski
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been on a hop kick, which is not usual for me. In the last month I've been able to land a bunch of rare IPA / DIPA stuff for Upstate New York, and a lot of the standards have been really fresh. This Duet is freakin great for a single IPA. I'm just gonna give you some comparable ales that I've had in the last four weeks in MY rank order. I don't differentiate between single versus imperial ( Pliny at 8% is hardly a giant)

Great: Pliny, Duet, Lupulin River all > 95%
Super good: Chillwave, Fresh Squeezed, Kancamagus Honey Bear DIPA ( try to find that one if you can, it's not even listed on this site) 95-93%
Very good: The Kind ( local!!), Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Hop Hunter, Grapefruit Sculpin 93-90%
Ok: Dirt Wolf ( sorry Victory, but Hop Wallop was better IMHO)

What I'm trying to say is:Wow it's been a hoppy month, and Duet into a growler today was a fantastic occurrence that definitely stood out among exemplars. It's got all the show and all the go, the real dank dew. This is the first Alpine I've ever seen. I'm hunting for Nelson now

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is heavenly! Top five ipas I've ever had and possibly the best smelling one yet. Pure melons. Taste is melon, orange rind, tropical fruits and a nice dose of Piney bitterness. It has a dankness to its finish that's just amazing. Top top ipa and a must try for sure.... have recently had the green flash brewed version and it is still very good but not the same beer as the alpine version. Can't change my rating because the first time on had this beer it was life changing.

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Photo of Ianizzle
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Only had on tap but truly one of the best IPA's yet. Clean. Crisp. Well balanced. Very well balanced. Great combination of hops and not over powered by malt. My favorite beer at the moment and currently looking for bottles if anyone wants to trade!

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Photo of CHickman
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had Alpine Duet on tap at Croxley's Ales in Smithtown, NY last night and it poured clear gold color with a small off white head that faded kind of quickly for an IPA and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, graham cracker, grains and light piney hops. For a West Coast IPA it's very mellow and malty, not the hop bomb I expected from this renowned San Diego brewery but it was a very well balanced beer in all regards. Smelled a little better than it tasted.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, almost creamy, with mild carbonation and a medium body that was mildly bitter. It was decent, but after having Hoppy Birthday a few weeks back this was a little bit of a disappointment. I would certainly have it again but it did not stand out among IPA's from San Diego. I will need to try this again since the overall BA score is so high and there is a chance the tap line could have effected the brew.

2/20/2016: Had a bottle and it's quite malty with biscuit and cracker to balance the floral hops and citrus hops. Caramel, brown sugar and graham cracker come in the second wave, making this more enjoyable than the first time I had it on tap. I raised the taste rating to a '4'.

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine brews are new to my town, and I was anxious to try them. Of the three I tried at the release party, this was favorite. A quite nice IPA, and one I'll enjoy again.

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Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep orangey hued light honied amber color. There is an off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of bright and freshly squeezed orange juice, there is a little bit of a floral pineapple and citrusy aroma as well.

T — Tastes quite bitter and fresh, notes of crisp bitter hops and a nice sweet malt backbone to balance everything out.

M — Medium bodied, nice balance of sweet and dry, very drinkable.

O — Fantastic overall, very nice balance there is a great depth of flavor and sweetness.

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Photo of ELS
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I was looking forward to having this beer as well as other Alpine Beers on tap while visiting California. Had this beer in Los Angeles and was surprised how much it dissapointed me in the aroma and taste department. The floral and grassy notes were too flowery in a Sauvingon Blanc kind of way and irritatingly grassy. The taste was more astringent than bitter to my palette. I thought that maybe it was a bad keg or wasn't fresh so I had it again at Toronado and it was exactly the same. I guess I'm missing something about this IPA because I'm one of the few that doesn't particularly like it.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper/amber clear ale like all west coast IPAs, 1 inch white fluffy head with sticky ringed lacing on the glass.

S - All citrus and pine blended seamlessly. Very nice.

T - Piney with very complex citrus fruits. Similar citrus profile to Sculpin but with more pine on the palate.

M - robust hoppy west coast feel.

O - great example of the West Coast IPA and I do like this better than Sculpin. Can hold its own with most IPAs I've tried. Great beer.

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

Yay for Green Flash brewing Alpine and getting it out here. Let's jump into it.

Clear orange gold body and white head with great retention. Has good looks.

Pungent Amarillo for sure on the nose with bright juicy orange. There is floral as well and some dankness from the Simcoe to build a nice aroma.

Lots of great hop flavor with medium bitterness. The malt makes a quick appearance with some breadiness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible ipa, thanks to falling rock for somehow having these beers on tap! this is just insane, and incredibly highly anticipated by me for years, what a pleasant surprise to happen on these! this was the best of the three in my book, and by a mile, one of the best beers i have had this year, certainly on the hoppy side. paler than the others, but also the only one of the three with any haze to it. holds a half inch of white foam for an entire pint. the nose is great, i sweat i smelled nelson hops in here, but it must be some new expression of amarillo i am not familiar with, because this seems so much more southern hemisphere, tropical, and alive than anything coming from california. maybe some wheat malt in here too for body, it has a just short of creamy texture to it, very soft on the palate, but briskly carbonated as well, just how i like my ipa. the flavor is insane, the hops are awesome, and i could never guess simcoe and amarillo if i was quizzed on it, suggesting i either dont know as much as i give myself credit for knowing, or that this is done with some magic, some technique and process or even quality of ingredient that is entirely new to me, im hopping the latter, but am fine with either, as this beer makes everything seem okay. minimal bitterness to the finish, but there is something weird and uncommon in here too, and that is a crazy sweetness in the middle. sort of confectioners sugary, but almost like coconut in the raw, or even pineapple juice for a second, just a strange sweet that lingers long, but it tastes fantastic, and doesnt hurt this for me in the least, makes it even more distinct frankly. overall a world class ipa without a doubt, and really the only one of the three i had that is worthy of all this hype. hoppy birthday was good, but this one takes the cake (good pun!)

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Photo of PVMT
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Saratoga City Tavern 3/31/15. As close as perfect as you can get to the West Coast style IPA. I can't wait for this to get regular NY distro.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPA's- this one show cases all of the classic characteristics of a well-crafted IPA, and is so refreshing that despite the ABV, I would consider this one of my favorite session-ish beers.

L: light haze, mostly clear. pours light gold, with excellent foamy lace

S: Citrus and fruit up front. some feint herbal/ floral notes.

T: citrus, light caramel which really balances things and keeps the hops in check. The bitterness is not overpowering which also really helps the balance. The flavor is hop forward, with floral, citrus notes.

F: light oily body, not overly malty. Clean and easy to drink/pound.

O: This one really is great and so balanced! I dont' know of a more flavorful, clean, bright IPA out there that can compete.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white head and lace. Light aroma of west coast hops. Flavor very nice and mellow of citrus, pine and melon. Bitterness is mild, balancing and agreeable. A nice IPA that drinks more like a simple pale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium amber color. Nice mixture of hop notes. Starts grapefruit but ends with a nice lime and citrus note. Light sweet malt taste. Aroma is very good and hoppy with two hop notes. Overall, fantastic IPA.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from the Alpine Pub. Served in a teku glass 3/13/2015. I had originally rated this a 4.00 years ago, but I figured I needed to revisit this beer with a proper review.

A- Clear caramel-copper body, two finger white head with nice foamy lacing and above average retention. Looks mildly soapy.

S- Surprisingly strong floral notes, hints of citrus and pine, mild pale malt sweetness evoking caramel. Very solid nose.

F- Sweet floral notes, more citrus than in the nose, and a good bit of grainy pale malt and caramel backing everything up. Mild floral notes on the finish which is more pine-forward than the nose would have you expect. Moderately bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and appropriately dry for the style, easy to drink. Moderately bitter pine and floral finish.

O- Very good IPA in the west coast vein that isn't too overwhelming one way or another. Nice floral bite up front that is appropriately backed up by a sweeter malt and citrus backbone. It's not anywhere near Alpine's best beer (that's Nelson) but it's very solid.

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

Review from Notes.
On Draft at Dirty Truth

Nice appearance and good floral nose. Great flavor. I think I prefer Nelson slightly more, but would be happy to have another pint of Duet.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,290 ratings.
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