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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: 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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851
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Avg:
4.3
pDev:
17.67%
 
 
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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Clear. Good ring lace. Little head.

Mild flowery hop aroma. A bit black pepper.

Earthy, old ale start (not sweet) but then a strong bitter, black pepper-like hop completely takes over. Good body for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Not as complex as I was hoping given the BA score but still a solid IPA.

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

22oz bottle poured into tulip at #bottlecherwednesdays with Vito at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Crazy tall off-white head head, on a clear golden beer. Aroma is as advertised: grapefruit, mango, pineapple goodness from the hops plus a little caramel malt hint. Taste is in line with the smell with some earthy tones and nice bready underpinnings. High carbonation, medium bodied, thin texture, dry bitter finish.

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Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark gold. Tropical, dank aroma of tangerine, lime, and even pineapple. Taste is spot on. I normally like Simcoe but find it a bit too heavy by itself, whereas Amarillo is not my preferred hop -- but they pull them both together, in harmony, with the optimal amount of malt. Feels a little light...then again, that could make it easy to down a couple of these.

A vast improvement over Nelson.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin white head. Not many bubbles or lacing. Smell is mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste follows the nose. Bright fruity notes with some pine and just the right amount of bitterness. Maybe a little oniony too. Sweet malts complement the fruity hops really well. Really clean finish. Mouthfeel is spot on. Really easy drinking and super low IBU for an IPA. Overall one of my favorites, edged out just a bit by Nelson. Just a really great, clean IPA.

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Steve, thank you very much!

Has a sunny-yellow clear color, with a small, froth head.

Sweet, tropical aromas of papaya, orange and a note of lime. Malt shines through in a biscuity, sweeter way, underlining the rich fruitiness perfectly.

Tastes of ripe orange, wrapped up by sweet, slightly honeyed malts. Has a well fitting, slightly bubbly carbonation, drinks exremely smooth. The tropical fruits, orange and lime, get enforced by a slick, long staying dry bitterness, maintaining its rich juicy character. The brews pure fruitiness gets well supported by heavy, bready malts, which let stand out its sunny, sweeter qualities. This gets countered in the finish, when the hops get a dry, lemony punch to them, still in balance with the malts, but certainly quite bitter, while at the same time bing easy drinkable. Ends with a huge load of enriching bitter hops, which remain on the palate for a long while, with a distinct fruitiness still being noteable.

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Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Thanks to BungleTrpg for including as an extra in a recent trade. I have only had Nelson, previously, from Alpine. Psyched to try Duet as Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops to use in homebrewing (disclosure: I'm a terrible home brewer).

Drank from a CBC Teku Glass. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow...nice big white bubbly head. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is pure Amarillo hops...if I had to guess I would say they used a bazillion pounds of Amarillo for dry-hopping per barrel. Citrus on citrus on citrus. Reminded me a little bit of Victory Hop Ranch.

The beer tastes as good as it smells. Really crisp and clean. Not overly bitter. Nice dry finish, but not one that leaves you asking for a glass of water.

Really tasty beer...need more Alpine in my life.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed on Jan. 5, 2013

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. , on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $5.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers (when I got it) of white head. A perfect amount of lacing on the side all the way down and good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tons of delicious bitter hops right up front. Got grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange peel.

Tasted tons of hops like the smell. Citrus grapefruit was leading the way, but also got tastes of pine, resin, floral, tropical and mango.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a fantastic IPA, probably the best one I’ve ever had. Absolutely loved it.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through); initially frothy white head settled into a 1/2 finger head with a thin film and islands; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - mild-to-moderate pine and citrus aroma; mild-to-moderate bready/biscuity aroma and some alcohol; no diacetyl, slight DMS

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that is followed by a balance of hop - peach, tangerine and pine - and malt character; malts continue to play on the back of the tongue; finishes dry with some warming alcohol notes

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; good drinkability

O: 8/10 - very good West Coast IPA that hits all the high points - citrus, pine, background malts and dry - with an interesting peach character that I wasn't expecting from the advertised hop profile (Simcoe & Amarillo); I drank another Simcoe & Amarillo WC IPA, Kern River "Just Outstanding" IPA, and would give that the slight nod because I found the hop aroma and flavors more intense, but they're definitely similar beers; Duet is not a 96 for me but I'd readily recommend

TOTAL - 38/50

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Crystal clear light orange in appearance

S: slightly bready with lots of fruit tangerines, and some stone fruits

T: This beer chases a fantastic hoppy juicy taste but it fades quickly and becomes a tad malty leading me to believe this beer might be slightly old. Still very nice taste this is my kind of IPA fruity.

M: has a nice carbonation bite not sticky or cloying on the tongue pretty light and clean

O: Alpine is the real deal first beer by them and although I suspect it's slightly odd it's still pretty fantastic. I was surprised it had simcoe hops I would have guessed. New Zealand hops like Nelson. Regardless it's a great IPA look for it.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

On tap into pint glass.

A- Light orange cloudiness, a good 1 inch of frothy, white head. Decent carbonation and lacing.

S- Fruit and floral in a big way. Wheat and honey combine with a touch of pine, but they all take a huge backseat to the citrus smells.

T- Holds true to the nose, deliciously balanced fruits and grain, no bitterness or bite. Notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, all followed by a small grass and malt presence. Very light and smooth.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Very smooth tasting with a loftiness that makes it dangerously easy to consume. Light bodied for an IPA in a really good way.

O- Alpine has yet to let me down. This is another one of the best IPAs out there. I can't say enough good things about this company. Duet has juicy and refreshing character that appeals to the hop lover.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This is my 1000th beer. Had it on tap at Coin Op in San Diego. Nice and hoppy, but not overly. Good bitterness. Really balanced with the hops. Great hop nose. Glad this was my 1000th check in. Alpine is one of the best small breweries out there.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7%

Light herbs and floral hops on the nose I sense a bit of chives, tangerines, caramel, grapefruit, watermelon and bitter lemon rinds. The front is floral with an herbaceous hops. The middle palate is caramel before it ends with a grapefruit bitterness and resiny pine. The feel is almost sessionable as it holds almost no astringency.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the beer produces a creamy, foamy white head. A golden body with blonde hues radiates below with an occasional gas bubble. This beer has good clarity. 4.25

Delicious fruity notes, berry and pineapple, hit the nose first. Then some resin and pined up hops, which precede smooth caramel malt. 4.3

sThere's quite a blend of hop flavors going on here and it's tasty as all hell. Fruity notes of guava and berries, some pine, and a big dose of floral and earthy hops. 4.3

This beer is smooth as all hell, bitter through out, with a rush of carbonation at mid-palate. There's a slight spiciness and a light quality to this beer that are spectacular. 4.5

Alright, this beer is damn good. It's indisputable. Smooth like a pale ale with DIPA flavor and body. 4.35

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Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious!

I’m glad to say that this, my first taste of an Alpine beer, lived up to the hype.

It pours a golden-tan with exceptional clarity. I get a great citrus aroma and some light piney notes. There’s a lively citrus flavor and a light bittering on it. I enjoyed this repeatedly when I found it on tap. An all around well done IPA that hits all the right notes.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours more of a gold color but when resting in the glass it is gold with a slight orange hue, leaves a frothy head that takes awhile to vanish, leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well

S: A perfect balance of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly sweet malts, and a hint of bitterness, fantastic smell to this brew.

T: Up front you get a lovely greeting of pine sand grapefruit mixed, then it transitions to those lovely tropical fruits, and finishes with a perfectly balanced mix along with the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is so well balanced and flavorful, it is absolutely outstanding!

M: Superb mouthfeel, so light crisp and refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you begging for more! So drinkable as well!

O: This beer is phenomenal! Get your hands on it!

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Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 22 oz, undated bottle into a Spiegelau glass. The body was crystal clear and copper in color. The head was white and foamy, it left speckles of lace.

The smell was so vivid! Citrus and wet hay. Peppery. Dried pineapples. A little sweaty. Lime peel. Leafy, organic hops. yum.

The taste was of citrus and pine. Green, grassy, fresh hops. Slightly sweet with an aspirin-like bitterness. Stone fruit flavors in the middle with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Classic.

The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate.

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Photo of clayfu
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just an incredible beer. Perfection and balance define the palate. Has the right amount of hops, right amount of malt, and it has a silky smooth drink down the palate. There's a bit on the front palate and the concentration of flavor is so appealing and long Not sure what else you can ask from a west coast IPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright sun yellow with a slight orange hue about it, an inviting IPA for sure.

Smells of citrus, melon, and hop deliciousness.

Huge wave of cantaloupe at first sip, with other tropical notes namely grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava.

Mouthfeel is hoppy and tropical, very refreshing and perfect balance.

Overall I enjoy Alpine Nelson more, but still a fantastic IPA and I only have one other Alpine brew notched into my belt to compare it too so take that with a grain of salt.

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Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour (no date)...

A - Typical medium orange color with a very good lace retention all over the glass

S - Dank, piney, fresh cut grass. Some melon flavors come through but are mostly in the background

T - More dankness, floral notes, very bitter grapefruit, strong hop presence, biting

M - Light to medium feel, mild carbonation, bitter on the palate

O - A wonderful IPA. Amarillo and simcoe are not my favorite hops but I can still recognize a very good IPA and this is it. While I do not think it's world class, it's definitely a hop heads dream. I would also like to see a bottle date. This borders on the greatness line and would love to have access to it on a daily basis.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one-inch thick white head which has good retention and yields splotchy lace.

N: Fantastic citrusy grapefruit and tangerine along with mango tropical notes. Fruity and floral springtime with some herbal and faint lemon note.

T: Piney and catty with some herbal and oniony notes. Malts add some bready/biscuity balance.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: A very solid IPA here. Would have every day, if that were possible.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden with a slight haze. 1 finger white head that settles in quickly. Great legs on the lacing.

S- Bright citrus and tropical notes. I love the smell of Amarillo and simcoe. Recently did a homebrew with this combo and love it. Slightly tart.

T- Hop forward gets things started, but the balance comes about at just the right time. A bit sweet at times. Lots of mango and grapefruit.

M- About as good as it gets here. Clean, crisp, refreshing IPA. Not much alcohol noticed. Mid body with a nice, prickly dry finish.

O- Very solid. Maybe prefer a bit more than Nelson. Bottom line tho, this brewery knows its way around the hop

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

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation.

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

A: 4.5 Clear, golden yellow with a pretty large, off white head

S: 4.5 Lots of hops. Dank, grass, pine, citrus, and some earthy aromas.

T: 4.5 Very little sweetness. Mostly just hops and similar characteristics as the nose. A bit of bitterness at the end.

M: 4.5 Really smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is just right and the little bit of dryness at the end goes well with the slight bitterness, making you want more.

O:4.5 Great IPA. Amazing how much flavor there is for a single IPA. Has a lot of the same flavors, aromas, and balance as DIPAs (enjoy by, Pliny, etc.), but it's lighter, less malty, and easier to drink.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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