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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
865
Ratings:
4,287
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
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Photo of avalon07
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, and lots of hops.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, some citrus (orange and lemon), a hint of malt, light tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, pineapple), and a little bit of pine as well. An incredibly fruity flavor that's very well balanced. Hoppy, but also fruity. Quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Alpine's specialty is IPAs, and Duet is an example of this. Well made and drinkable all around.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at McMenamin's 23rd Ave Bottle Shop. Happy to see on draft as I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time, it's readily available in bottles but for me IPAs are always a must on draft.

I know this beer is highly though of but has lost some of it's "world class" reputation, but I'd say shes delicious. Very good dry hops, Amarillo and Simcoe really showcased here. Piney, peppery and dry.

A beer with an average rating of 4.31 underrated? I think so, at least a bit.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Iron Abbey yesterday.
I thought it was very good.
Look had a clear amber color with a medium tall beige head.
The aroma was excellent very hoppy and suggesting it was was dry hopped
though i don't know.
In the aroma I got mostly piney notes.
The taste was up to par with the nose but seem to fade into malty bitterness at the emd.
Clean finish.
A very good beer I'm glad made it to the area.

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Photo of beergoot
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Honey amber in color; thick, sticky, white head; thick, foamy rings of lacing down the glass. Heady floral and strawberry aroma. Bold hop bitterness with a mild cereal grain malt backbone. Medium-heavy body; slightly coarse and ticklish on the palate; gentle sweetness yet finishes dry.

A very, very fine IPA with an outstanding aroma and excellent all-around flavor and balance. The taste delivers a juicy, orange-like sweetness before the intense hop bitterness kicks in with a nearly tart, grapefruit-like quality. Most satisfying...

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Photo of JustinCider
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this over the summer on tap along with Nelson, but didn't review. This time from a bottle.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a foamy white head that leaves some generous lacing.

S: Aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, pine sap and sweet malt on the nose.

T: Orange leads the flavor parade followed by the sweetness from the malt and some piney notes on the end. Long lasting pleasant, mildly bitter finish.

M: Full and smooth

O: A great pairing of two of my favorite hops. Not quite as good as it was on tap, but still very impressive. I will buy more of this if I can find it and share with others. A must try for hopheads. "

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a massive foamy white head on top. There is a bunch of floating particles in this as well. The smell of the beer has a big hoppy fruit aroma. Some sweet pineapple and peach aromas make this beer really nice. The taste of the beer has a slight pine flavor with more fruit flavors like peach and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely balanced and gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Spent some time searching for this in Southern CA last month and ended up walking into a bottle shop in central Illinois to see it sitting on the shelf, go figure. Still a little mixed emotions about the Green Flash acquisition, but I'm glad to be able to try this. Best by 3-17-16. Lots of pine and citrus with a sweet caramel malty back and moderately bitter finish. Very tasty and I hope that I'm able to get my hands on Alpine stuff more often now. Prost!

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Photo of jstigen
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange color. Pour from Green Flash bomber had two fingers of foamy head, of which a thin layer lingers producing lots of lacing. Dank smell with some tropical fruit aroma. Very nice flavor, with smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is an enjoyable IPA that I would recommend.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange. Very thin white cap and not much lacing down the glass.

A pungent blast of citrus, tropical, and earthy hops.

Initial, biting bitterness, followed by tropical and pungent citrus hops, and a decent backing of sweet, toasty malts. A complete IPA and a joy to drink.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Not much aftertaste. Incredibly enjoyable.

A fantastic, super-hoppy IPA. I just wish there was more of this to stock up on.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Green Flash bottle.

a: a slightly hazy light caramel orange color that catches the light nicely. pours 1 finger white head, but that fades to a thin film on top

s: ripe pineapple, mango, peach, strawberry, some caramel malt sweetness. super, super juicy smelling. it makes your mouth water

t: big sweetness upfront. over-ripe mango, apricot, and caramel malt. something floral as well. thats followed by a grapefruit bitterness towards the back of the tongue. its not a bitterness that punches you, but rather it fades into the bitterness quite nicely. not quite as tropical or juicy as the nose was though

m: medium mouthfeel, with an almost syrup-like presence. feels like its almost starting to venture into IIPA territory with the mouthfeel

o: on the sweeter side for sure. i wish it had a bit more tropical notes in the sweetness, it almost is starting to feel like a IIPA. that said, this is a very well harmonized beer. sweet, then bitter, but smooth. A worthy IPA, and definitely worth your time

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear orange with a one-finger creamy white. The head fades fast leaving a light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is orange, grapefruit, piney hops, and a sweet malty backbone. The finish has a nice lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a damn fine IPA that definetly lived up to the hype.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big tropical/citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a good malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Tons of big hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer courtesy of Florida9- thanks Kirk!

A: pours deep clear gold, sticky white head forms, leaves good lacing, decent retention

S: bouquet of floral notes, grapefruit rind, a touch of honey, and some piney bitterness in there as well

T: refreshing fruity esters up front, notes of tropical fruits including mango and guava, very juicy mid palate with a bitter crisp finish

MF: medium to high carbonation, light refreshing body

O: this is an excellent and well balanced IPA. I would recommend anyone who is into West Coast IPAs to give this one a try.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

This is a very fresh bottle, and as far as I know is within one week of bottling based on what my store retailer told me. I will say that I do believe them since this is not the first Duet I have tried, but is definitely the best I experience I have had with this beer.

A – Pours an incredibly clear dark yellow with a huge, thick two finger eggshell color head. Excellent retention. As the head recedes it leaves some awesome lacing.

S – The last time I had this beer I hated it. It smelled like buttered popcorn, like a popcorn jelly belly. This is not that at all. Very prominent Simcoe giving way to a very dank, floral, piney/grassy and citrus forward hop presence followed by a very lightly hidden maltiness.

T – Very nice and crisp and fresh tasting with a very good hop bitterness up front followed by citrus and pine resin. There is a nice malt presence as well. Very well balanced with a decent sweetness which is blended well with the crisp and dry hop bite.

M – Pretty dry with a medium body and medium carbonation. This is a very well balanced beer.

O – Thank god I like this beer, because I was starting to worry that something was wrong with my palate based on what other say. What I now realize is that the previous attempts to enjoy this beer were with old examples, I hope. This experience is a very good one, one that I hope to repeat again, often. This is a very well-crafted IPA utilizing two of my favorite hop varieties. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

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Photo of JToad
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved a bottle of this via mthomas84, for the BeerAdvocate2 fantasy football championship. Thanks Mitch!

Pours a clear copper, with a huge frothy offwhite head. Sticky lacing fills the top of the glass.

Citrus and pine right off the bat. Fantastic aroma. One of the best smelling IPA's I've ever had.

Sweet and hoppy, with a nice malt backbone to provide balance. Tangerine with a touch of lemongrass.

Very viscous and smoothe. This is damn near a DIPA, and a good one at that.

Dangerously delicious beer. California continues to amaze me with their IPA's. Each one is better then the next.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts peaking out from the background.

T - Starts off with some building citrus and pine hops that taste super fresh. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the bitterness and pine hop flavor both get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and hops and bitterness that linger for a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and dry from the heavy hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely hop-forward but there is enough other flavors to provide some balance. The hop profile is really nice from start to finish.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at the Golden Gate Taproom, in San Francisco

Very good looking golden pour. A little hazy. One-finger head. Lots of lacing throughout

The nose was very good. A bunch of different citrus fruits. Orange, mango, and grapefruit. Great pairing with piney/dank hops

The taste was great. All the citrus fruit were present. Really liked the dankness and piney attributes of the hops.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

Overall, a great beer. First beer I have been able to enjoy from Alpine, and it definitely has me wanting more.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and in bottle. Review is from a bottle.
A- Pours a dark brunt orange center with golden edges, creamy sticky head.
S-The smell is heavenly, a sweetness in the smell that is almost candy like in combination with citrus hops.
T-Fantastic, citrus up front with a slight sweetness. Like a grapefuit sprinkled with sugar and orange juice.
M- Little sticky in the mouth with a lasting taste that lingers.
O- Everything I have come to expect from Alpine. On point. Highly recomended.

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Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with two fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, zest, and a little pineapple. I could smell this from a distance. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells, with grapefruit, oranges, zest, and some pineapple. Very little malt, which is no problem. A nice, pleasantly bitter IPA. Not harsh, just very nice.

Bitter, finishes dry, nicely carbonated. The hops have a somewhat oily feel to them. Too bad this is not available in Minnesota, because I could get used to drinking this on a regular basis. Thankfully South Bay Drugs ships.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with one finger of long lasting white head. Very fine bubble lacing.
Smell is oranges and honey.
Taste is piney citrus with lots of malt support. The bitterness is long lasting and leads to a dry finish. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and with just enough carbonation to make it highly drinkable. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of MFMB
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light clear Amber. Smells of light floral and citrus. Taste of citrus. Grapefruit, light orange and lemon. Sight bit of pine that leads to a floral after taste. Nice bitter bite but it is not overdone and is balanced. Finishes crisp and clean. Light mouthfeel. Excellent IPA

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,287 ratings.
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