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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 callmemickey
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of cuda7051. Poured into a large tulip.

A: Dark golden-orange body. Crystal clear with a nice stream of carbonation releasing straight out of the center. Large creamy white head that slowly receded while leaving a respectable amount of lacing down the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: The rich citric aroma was detectable the second i unscrewed the cap of the growler. In the glass, assertive tangerine, orange, mango, and nectarine aromas dominate over the background of a slightly resinous pine hop note.

T: Disappointing! Compare to the nose that is :) I knew it would be hard to live up to the exceptional nose, and the taste is certainly superb, but not the equal of the nose. Sweet citric hops like those described in the nose are present and ride atop a soft malt background. Not as assertive as the nose though. Clean bitterness in the back end.

M: Soft, light-medium bodied. Good, consistent carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.

D: An exceptional IPA right up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Masala Mama and Furious as the tops in the category. This is an easy drinking brew that does not skimp on flavor and aroma.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at O'Briens, and I'll be going back for more of this one, for sure. Watch for this one to rise up the top 100 as it becomes more available.

Appearance: Amber color with whitish head and decent lacing, nothing too defining compared to other IPAs similar ABV and hoppiness. Just delicious looking, but then again IPAs in general really just get me excited for beer.

Smell: Wow, there are a lot of citrus notes here, with a touch of grassy, piny, floral notes in the background. I felt orange, mango, maybe even pineapple up front with a lot of enjoyable sweetness as well. Almost Sculpin-like in not being the traditional piny IPA style and not too malty either, but sweet, aromatic, citrusy hops.

Taste: Another winner. Citrus hops bust in, followed by the sweetness from the combined hoppiness and malt. The malt's presence is short-lived, however, much like other Alpine brews, yielding more to that scrumptious hop profile. Just yum. I want to brew an IPA like this to have year-round since they are just so aromatic and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Around average. Not too wet, but a little dank. Carbonated appropriately, but doesn't stand out too much on tap. I wish they bottled this.

Drinkability: Delicious. I will be back. And soon. I wish this was more widely available, but I will be having it again soon. Watch it rise up the board, it deserves it.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler with a couple of friends while visiting SD this past week...which was awesome by the way! Anyways, we went back to the condo the very same night and polished it right off. Thanks for a great weekend guys!

A: A darker golden hue with a very fluffy and off-white head that was pretty immense. The lacing along the side of my tulip was impressive as well.

S: The initial smell hits your nose with tons of citrus-like hops...similar to a tangerine, orange, and mango mix. The more vegetative and piney aroma seems to hit later on, along with some diacetyl properties.

T: The malt body is light during the initial stages, but becomes sweeter and fruitier (grapefruit perhaps) as it sits on the palate. There is also mild back end bitterness and hop flavor that adds a nice touch to this beer.

M: Slightly dry, light body, and decent carbonation.

D: I've tried this beer a few times now...and the more and more I drink...the more and more I fall in love with it. I prefer the Nelson over this one, but this probably the most drinkable Alpine beer out there.

Overall: Saw this on tap at Toronado SD last night and found myself ordering this over Pliny the Elder, Expo Hoppiness, Blind Pig and so on. Hope that explains how I feel about this beer. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

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Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Stone World Bistro in Escondido.

A - Golden with good clarity. A moderate white head that leaves behind plenty of thick foamy lacing.

S - Fantastic floral and fruity hop aromas.

T - Loads of floral and citrusy hop flavor with a mild malt contribution and a touch of bitterness. I wasn't a huge fan of the Pure Hoppiness or Exponential Hoppiness but I love this one.

M - Silky and smooth with a nice low carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Smooth, flavorful and quite memorable. This is an outstanding CA style IPA.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewery on release day, consumed the next day. Hazy gold-light orange with a sticky white head. Ripe apricot, sweet grapefruit and lots of tangy nectarine in the aroma. Like a tangy hop-fruit salad. Almost no malt in the flavor, just pure fruity and spicy hop flavor. More bitterness in the finish than Nelson, though still not strongly bitter. Medium-light body with a dry finish. More of a classic fruit hop profile than the grapey nelson, but very tasty. One of the most drinkable IPAs that I've ever had. Alpine is owning the IPA segment right now with a handful of amazing examples that all have their own flare.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Blue Palms,

A: Pours golden with a nice white head, some lace.

S: Fragant pine and cedar hops, tropical notes, robust.

T: Incredibly tasty and interesting, an amalgam of great hop character, from pine/wood to tropical fruit - pineapple and guava. More flavour than 90% of the DIPAs I've had, truly wonderous. I'm in Simcoe heaven rigt now.

M: Chewy and resiny with hops, but has a lightness and crispness about it on the palate which makes it very easy drinking.

D: One of the best IPAs I've ever had, a must try again if I ever see it on tap. This beer is beautiful, my new favourite IPA I think, just wish it was more available.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear amber with a solid soapy white head that lasted a longer than I expected for a growler pour and left decent lacing.

The aroma just about knocked me over when I opened the growler. Big, thick, resinous pine hops just jump out of the glass with a hint of bready malts in the background. As it warms a little, the Amarillo hops really start to join the party with oranges and grapefruits mostly.

The taste is dominated by the sweet tropical citrus up front with pineapple, oranges and grapefruits. The malt backbone is there but hardly noticeable as the finish brings the pine hops back to leave a resinous bitterness that builds up after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty sticky with hops that tingle the palate.

I really liked this beer as it has tons of hops and plenty of bitterness but remains extraordinarily drinkable...like, "I could drink the whole growler" drinkable. A great beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff.

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

Solid beer. Nice the Alc is "only" 6.75%. Not as aromatic as I thought it might be. A bit more IIPA feel, big rich body. Pine hops, nice drinkability. Has more weight to it than other IPA's. Richness and a nice finish. Though the richness adds to heavyness which 1 pint of this was plenty. Nice and fresh at Toro SD today.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jesse for getting me this growler. I have searched long and hard for this one and I am thrilled to finally be able to throw this one down. I drank this growler throughout the day while messing around in the yard. Served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of flexabull
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's in SD. Was pleasantly surprised to see this one on the beer list.

Pours a bright crystal clear gold color with a nice head.

Aromas are of hard candies, quite floral, with peaches and citrus notes.

Taste is of light cream and sweet candied malts. Hops are nice and very flavorful, but not overpowering the rest of the beer. Finish has a light pine, peach, and citrus hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability is off the chats. What a great IPA, lots of great flavors, but not too heavy at all. I could knock down quite a few of these in one sitting...

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Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another day another wonderful brew added to the taps at Downtown Johnny Brown's San Diego.

A: Pours a nice orange hue with a nice solid white head. Good retention with nice sheet lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wonderful hop filled aroma. Lots of citrus with notes of floral hops. Slightly bready, mostly hoppy.

T: Rather tropical in taste. Lots of mango and tangerine. Bitter grapefruit, floral hops and a touch of grass. Bready biscuit hops try to keep up, but it is a lost cause. More Alpine hop goodness in a glass.

M: Medium in body, crisp and smooth. Would kill for it on a hot Florida summer afternoon.

D: Yep, give me a keg and I am set for awhile.

I will miss Downtown Johnny Browns. What a place to drink.

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Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shockingly good IPA from Alpine. I'd never heard of Duet, but will look for it in the future. Shame I had to drive, so just one for me.

Pours a golden orange with a large white foam head. Smells like sweet citrus with some floral notes.

The taste is far more complex, with some tropical, mango-ish along with sweet malt undercurrents mixed with the more typical biting grapefruit. Not much pine here. Very well balanced, delicious.

Could drink this all day. Nice to see some SoCal breweries still carbonate their beers.

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

Appearance: A tangerine colored body with brilliant clarity. The head is two fingers thick, frothy, lasting.

Smell: Resiny, floral hops dominate the aroma. Little bit of orange-like citrus, but largely floral. There's a light crackery malt profile, but it takes a back seat to the massive hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive hop flavor up front; floral, resiny, citrusy, faint touch of tropical fruit. Very dry. The malt foundation brings to mind crusty bread; it doesn't contribute anything in the way of complexity, serving more as a foundation for the impressive hop flavor. Light bodied, quite soft and easy to drink. Bittering hops are strong but pleasantly restrained, perfect for the body and ABV.

Notes: I shared this with a friend and he commented that it had an English ale character to it, only with massive American hops. That's a good way to describe it; it's distinctly different than the Blind Pig we followed it up with. Softer, lighter, perhaps not as crisp and crackery as most West Coast IPAs, strangely cask-like. Wonderful stuff in any case, nearly perfect for the style.

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

Poured from a freshly filled growler into a nonic glass. Pours a deep golden orange color with a rich head. Decent retention is followed by sheet lacing with each sip.

Piney hop notes were picked up before I even finished filling the glass. Orange citrus scents were present as well. A nice balance on the hop front.

More hops on the taste buds initially with some moderate malts participating. Finish is lingering and brings back hints of orange peel. Offers a nice medium body and a well balanced carbonation, which remains quite constant through the finish. Very drinkable for an IPA; ABV is kept in check as are malts, present and accounted for but not rich and cloying. Hop bitterness remains low as well. Nice balance, nice beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Clear yellow pour with a average-sized white head. Perfumy hops with grass and pine. Smooth hop-and-malt balance that takes nothing away from the bite. More resin than grapefruit, but the citrus is definietly noticeable. Thick, but not as syrupy as other borderline IIPA/IPA's. Very good.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that Alpine was offering this fine IPA and had to go get it. Me and 3 empty growlers in tow made the short trek this weekend and it is always worth it when I come home with a beer this good.

A: Golden/amber/orange pour that sits below a nice off-white single finger head layer. This fades quickly to a patchy remnant of what it was only 30 second ago.
S: Sweet pine hops, with familiar citrus notes. Noticeable grapefruit and juicy orange peel aromas.
T: The pine notes and citrus translate to flavor. While distinguishable, the flavors are not overwhelming and provide one of a kind, assertive IPA profile.
M: Flowing and smooth. Flavor is apparent, but not overbearing. This beer holds a lot of flavor with how smooth and flowing it is.
D: Duet is an amazing west coast IPA. I'm happy to have access to it when it is brewed. A testament to its drinkability is how I am sitting here finishing the whole growler without hesitation.

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Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas citrus, floral, pine, oranges, and just all around hoppy. Aromas of Citrus, tangerines, pine (more than the aromas), and some caramel. Medium sweet and medium bitter balance.

Notes from 9/27/08

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Nose is pine resin sticky-ness. Flavor is just smooth. Damn smooth. Obviously wet hopped. Pine tones but a nutty edge to it as well. Some caramel is there also. Feel is slick and smooth. Good carbonation. A damn fine IPA. A stellar and masterfully brewed beer. Just damn good.

Brewandbbq hooks it up again on this one. Big pile o' thanks man.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-Deep, orange hued copper with a thin white head that left spotty lacing.

S-In the red corner the pine resin scent of Simcoe! In the blue corner the citrus zest scent of Amarillo! Lets get ready to rumble!

T-Bam! A massive right hook to my palate with the duel attack of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Then comes in a bit of caramel malt sweetness to make sure I am OK!

M-Medium-light bodied a a bit on the thin side...this one is all about the hops so damn the malt support....give me more hops!

D-A hop head I am and this is a hop heads brew. Simcoe and Amarillo...how can you go wrong? Alpine didn't with this one that's for sure!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap before but brought this growler home a few days ago right from the Alpine Brewery's tap.

A- light golden and super clear. Bright white foamy head.

S- Pretty mild but hoppy. Amarillo + Simcoe so it's got sort of a citrusy aspect from the Simcoe and a sweetness from the Amarillo.

T- very light in bitterness but lots of hop flavor (as described above) on a light body. Really more of a hop sweetness

Very good IPA that is more 1 dimensional on the hops

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Photo of tonistruth
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- light orange (attractive) decent retent on a silky white head, foam lingers throughout

S- strong aroma of floral and citrus

T- hoppy but yet tastes well balanced & toasted malts can be found, grassy with a citrus rind finish and citric hop aftertaste

M- medium body featuring a delightful hop presence

D- amazing IPA (one of my favorites), damn enjoyable an drinkable, highly recommended

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at O'Brien's
A- Clear medium-dark orange hue, minimal white head, minimal lacing
S- Huge nose of pine hops and resin, grass and floral tones, slight citrus
T- Very hop-forward, pungent pine resin dominates the palate (like chewing pine needles.... in a good way), opens up to some sweetness but finishes dry
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the mouth, moderate carbonation
D- Super piney IPA, hops overwhelm the malts-in-hiding but the balance is there, can sense the underlying alcohol presence but its not overwhelming, unique and complex IPA definitely worth checking out (if you can find it)

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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

An excellent IPA. Nice, clean and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon are the predominant hop flavors. Touches of toffee in the malt. A very good, focused, West Coast style IPA.

Highly recommended. This was a standout for me at the fair. Wouldn't have minded having a full pint of this one. Hope to see it at one of the SD bars in the near future.

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