Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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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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4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of snaotheus
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
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 punkrkr27
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small, loose, white head. The aroma has a touch of honey sweetness upfront with pungent cattyness, bubblegum and tree fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, cat pee, oily pine and a lasting bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Creamy, medium-full body with moderate carbonation and some astringency.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces almost a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a murky, copper tinged, amber color that shows a fairly hazed (though I can see the lettering on the other side of my glass if I hold it up just right) pale amber tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank smelling; it is quite thick with hop aromatics that leans towards hemp oil, a slight garlic-chive note and cheesy pine needles that are all backed by a bright fruit notes of lychee and tangelo zest. The herbal character is definitely dominant, with the fruit playing a supporting role and nothing of the malt being noticeable at this point. If you really dig into the aroma the hops take on a woody and pepper like character; and the woody character really seems to be accentuated as the beer warms up. Really though this just reminds me of sticking my head into a bag of fresh "hemp" buds.

A touch of sweetness up front is accentuated more from the hop fruit character than sweet malt, but both play a part. The beer dries out as it rolls across my tongue and there is a herbaceous hop character that lingers with notes of pine, piquant hemp oil, very woody pepper and just a green hop quality. This is not aggressively bitter (especially considering how hoppy this beer is overall), though there is a fairly gripping bitterness to this beer that is accentuated a bit by a light carbonic bite from the low-medium level of carbonation here. Some touches of garlic chive and cheesy dank hops adds a definite edge to this IPA. The fruit character is perhaps a touch more subdued than it was in the nose, but does contribute flavors of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit zest and bright Curacao orange peel; the last three get accentuated in the finish as the beer lingers on the palate. Some soft, cracker like grain character comes out towards the finish of each sip as the beer warms up, but the malt definitely plays a secondary, supporting role here. This beer is pretty light and quaffable, especially for its strength and this is exactly what I like to see in an IPA

I wonder if this still only has Simcoe and Amarillo hops in it, this tastes awfully dank and herbal for those two hops alone, or perhaps the crop they used was fairly different from what I am used to. Definitely a hop lovers IPA, my personal preference wishes that more of the bright fruit character from the Amarillo hops came through, but this certainly serves up a needed hop fix right quickly.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the Red Cow into a pint glass

a: fairly clear apricot gold, 1 finger head, minimal lacing
s: a little muted (which surprised me) but a little orange/pineapple citrus and some herbal flowery notes
t: suprisingly balanced: starts with some smooth malty biscuit and honey, then the hops enter in (with a good balance between the citrus and the flowery herbal flavors), and linger with some decent bitterness to go with the citrusy hops. A little juicy, but everything is kind of in check.
m: very well done -- carbonation is spot on, dries out a little at the end, while also coating your mouth with hop oils.

this didn't have the pop of Nelson or Hoppy Birthday (and I'd love to have the chance to try these at the brewery without the Green Flash influence) but...it is still quite good.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw gold color with a frothy white head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lemon peel, floral hops and some resin and malt in the background. Good aroma but could be stronger.

T: Some Piney and resin, floral and earthy hops, a medium bitterness a good tasting beer.

F: Light body and medium carbonation

O: A good beer but there are IPAs I enjoy more.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark orange with white legs. 3.75
Dank, herbal leaf, juicy orange skin and specks of mango. 4
Thin cracker grain, a piney sting, evergreen, bit of pineapple and some pith. 4
Lemon finish and dry bitter leave.
Light, crisp, slight oil. 3.75

Amarillo and Simcoe

Not superfresh (just over 3 months) which might explain the sharpness; aroma is faded a bit. Pine more than citrus, but the hops are there. Lean and drinkable but not up to expectations. 4

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Photo of Spider889
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens tulip. Took a rough pour to produce a small white head. Excellent clarity, the color of polished brass (think brand new trumpet). Left spotty lace.

Smells of amarillo alright. Nice tropical sweetness. Some bitter grapefruit and orange rind as well. There's also a sweet alcohol bite that I tend to get from beers that use honey as a fermentable. I'm not positive that's used here, but it smells similar (in the same vein as Hopslam).

Lots of pine in the taste. Also some dandelion grassiness, dried hay, with crisp and clean pilsner malts beneath.

Medium carbonation. Crisp. Clean. Not overly dry. The bitterness doesn't linger as long as it does in many IPA's.

Overall: I like this, but Columbus, OH has better imo.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 650-mL bottle at the brewery and drank a week or so later, 8/22/11, from a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy light orange with nice finger of cream colored head.

N: Pine, orange, and a slight hint of sweet onion.

T/M: Earthy floral bitterness hits first. An accompanying light malt flavor offsets this with just the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is oily, with a light to medium body.

This is an excellent beer with a interesting hop profile; very unique. It is crisp and clean and quite delicious.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapates. Nice collar. Floral and malty notes in the aroma. Citrus as well. More malt forward in the taste than I would expected but the back end really has a nice hop bite. Very crisp. Pretty tasty IPA.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (the only thing at my disposal).

A – Pours a rather mundane golden orange with a small white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

S – The nose is amazing balanced with a huge citrus/grapefruit up front, a bouquet of floral hops and a nice malt backbone to keep everything in check.

T – Again, it is all about balance with this beer. This is, no doubt, a hop forward beer but the malt bill really helps bring everything together. The initial grapefruit and tangerine citrus hit you first, followed by a pleasant piney hop profile that brings a moderate bitterness with it. After this all the malty, slightly sweetness rushes in to add a sense of stability to the beer.

M – Moderately carbonated with a thicker mouthfeel than I had
anticipated. Sticky and almost slightly chewy on the palate.

O – It was a fairly long drive into the middle of nowhere to get to Alpine, and the guy there was a bit of a dick, but this beer seems to make it worth it. A solid brew by a company new to me – this is the first from them I have had and now have my expectations set high.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/17/16. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are very nice. Floral with strong tropical notes. Lots of ripe melon with hints of pineapple. Sticky grapefruit in the mix as well. Malts are there, but the hops shine. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of hop flavor, but it's not that bitter. Pretty juicy. Watermelon is there. Regular melon as well. More grapefruit. A touch of fresh grass and pine needles. Solid malts backbone, but the hops once again still shine. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Clean and not aggressive. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy drinking.

Nice IPA. Not exactly mindblowing, but it's still very good.

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Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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 justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1+ finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pith along with some orange citrus. Some dank greens and resinous pine. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
There is a beautiful balance between the Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very classic west coast taste with added juiciness. I'm not as blown away with this as I expected but it is a very good IPA.

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Photo of ChefMacAttack
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, embossed with the Green Flash logo.

Golden amber pour. Half finger of tight knit bubbles in a frothy white head.

Aroma was surprisingly faint. Some citrus and candy-like notes. Not particularly hoppy.

Smooth drinking. More citrus, pineapple, cotton candy, slightly chewy, faintly bitter. Again, for an IPA, the hop is surprisingly lacking. It was smooth and drinkable but the hops were lost. Bottle had a best by March 17 - 2016, I'm not sure where that placed production on this (September 17 - 2015?).

Overall, it was not a bad beer but it just lacked the hop profile that we've come to expect from so many good IPA's that are available today.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.

Drink>good

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Photo of Dan_K
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green Flash sourced bottle (brewed by Green Flash?)

Golden colored brew that is quintessential west coast IPA. Carbonation is 2 fingers and sticks around. Crisp and clean, bright citrus and hoppy floral bitterness. An easy drinking IPA with lots of flavor and aroma. Well balanced and very drinkable, would probably give Pliney a run for their money in a blind test.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, orange-yellow in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is pine and big tropical fruit, mango, orange, and lemon. Light toasted malt and cracker give the beer balance. Slightly bitter, but nicely balanced. Real treat of an IPA. I could do several of these.

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

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA featuring Simcoe and Amarillo hops brings lots of citrus and fruit, edged with earthy pine. Clean and sharp, with a decent malt backbone, medium-light feel and ample carbonation.

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

12 oz. bottle, best by date July 04, 2016. My third beer from Alpine Beer Company, acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange IPA body. One finger of frothy white head. Some okay sticky spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated, looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Wonderful hop presence

T - Beautiful, fruity, floral. A perfect pairing of hop florals and golden honeyed malts.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carb.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific light cream colored head and lacing, copper color and crystal clear.

Nose is mostly grassy, a little lemony, dandelion and slightly musty.

Taste carries that mustiness up front until immediately replaced with dandelion that is stronger on the tongue than in the nose. Finish leaves a massive bitter that clings a little more than average in my opinion.

Feels a little slick and medium bodied.

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

Had a bunch of alpine beers on tap, glad I finally got to get some bottles of it.

Again, had a couple weeks back so forget, wish I could just click a button saying I had it instead of reviewing because if you need to read my review to see if you want to try Alpine beers, you're crazy.

This is a solid, hoppy, semi malty bready tasty IPA. Any time you have a chance to get any Alpine beer, get it.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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