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:
4,288
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
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Photo of alpinebryant
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very light in color American IPA, small head of microbubbles. Completely transparent.

S: Aromas of grapefruit, pale malt, lemon, dried hay

T: Light grapefruit flavors, some pine hops, a cloying bitterness as an aftertaste. Light lemon notes and white pepper also on the finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, Medium to light body as well.

O: As a world class American IPA, maybe I was expecting more. These were never in CT until recently, so now that I have had it, I suppose I am slightly less impressed than I may have been 6 years ago when it was being ranked among the better IPAs out there. I suppose the hop tastes have changed a bit as brewers have gained better access to better hops as well. Also appreciated Nelson more than this one as I suppose most people might?

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Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade, courtesy of WeeObese.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a frothy 1.5 finger white head that as decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting cap.

Sweet citrus hop aroma that is slightly earthy with a faint grahamcrakery malt presence. Hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango and pineapple accompany the dank oily resinous hop presence. Slightly piny giving it a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. There's also a sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

Slightly chewy, resinous medium body with a lot of dry earthy hop bitterness up front along with some tropical and citrus fruit flavor all slightly balanced by a subtle malt backbone.
Very earthy up front with a lot of dry pine bitterness which lingers throughout into a very dry finish. The citrus character from the aroma is there but very less prominent than I expected or hoped for. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit along with some pineapple notes. Subtle malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. There's also some strong sweet alcohol evident mid palate and the high ABv is not very well masked. Overall this beer is a bit to dry and bitter for my liking with too strong of an alcohol presence and not enough balance. The balance that I speak of is not a lack of malt, just a lack of the flavors blending with each other. Not nearly enough citrus, sweet flavor for my taste. Decent but a bit overhyped.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (thanks brainthebrewer!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours pale yellow/gold, completely clear. A finger and half of white head, moderate sized bubbles, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Smells like a fresh bag of hops. Slightly dank herbal, pine, floral notes, a little citrus (orange, light mango/pineapple), hint of grainy toasted malts and caramel.

T: Akin to the nose, though the floral and herbal notes come in stronger than expect while the citrus is well in the background. Big bitterness right up front. Very light toasted malt body with just a touch of sweetness. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lots of pine.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, touch of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: A good IPA, though the hop character isn't my favorite and I'd prefer more malt (not necessarily sweetness) and more clean and crisp.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light orange with nice head and retention. I get a lot of fresh cut grass, peach, resinous hops. Good, but not great. Nelson is better. Clean, crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of hu5om
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to AndrewK for the Cali goodies!
a-golden bronze, pretty clear, white pillowy head. dense leaving nice lacing
s-bitter orange, grapefruit, light pine
t-spicy! the grapefruit and pine are back with a bit of barnyard funk. strange. lemony too. pretty balanced overall.
m-a gentle tingle, medium body. still, can't get past that funk. weird
d-good not great. i prefer nelson for sure but this is pretty good. that little funky taste was the turning point for me. it distracted from the other good notes, maybe i got a goofy bottle.

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Photo of craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained in a a shipment from South bay Drugs poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head. Very nice lacing as I drank this beer.

Aroma has some citrus and bitterness but the sweet malt is very present in the nose as well.

The taste is surprising in that I'm getting less of the in your face grapefruit and bitterness I expected from a west coast IPA. I'm getting a little citrus and a decent amount of bitterness but more of a fruit, maybe some cherry and apple flavors going on. More sweetness then I expected as well.

Overall this was an OK beer, not my top west coast IPA but good and different. I drank a High Tide Fresh hop IPA before this and that one was in my opinion much better and I would order that one again easily over this one. The hops in this one just didn't compare. Knowing South Bay didn't get these in too long ago I can't imagine it was an old bottle, but it almost tasted like it.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into pint tumbler. This IPA was overly sweet and rather disappointing, in view of the build-up for this and the rest of its beers upon Alpine's arrival in Mississippi.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very competant IPA. I was expecting more, but was not blown away. Don't get me wrong, I liked this beer, but it is not going on one of my "best of" lists anytime soon. There are too many good IPA's that do something great, and this beer does not have that special something.

The oblyi redeeming quality is that it is available in 6 packs, but even so, I would purchase Founders Centennial Ale over this one any day.

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Photo of donnyowens
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

has the feel of a DIPA but not the punch. hops are a little soft, almost nuanced. just drank a hoppy birthday which as a punch to the face so that could be the reason. will have to see how green flash handles after a few batches as this first out of the gate doesn't live up to the hype.

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Photo of TheStBernard
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was wildly underwhelmed by Alpine's first offering to make it on tap to the Pittsburgh area. Don't get me wrong- it was fine and drinkable, but it didn't blow my mind like I wanted it to. I'm going to give this a second shot when it gets a wider east coast release in the fall.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another alpine bottle shared by ritzkiss. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours pale orange with a touch of haze, but mostly clear. the big fluffy white head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit. bit of pine. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

taste is nice. powdery hops. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. alcohol. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. solid malt and hop presence. i can't say i was blown away by it, but it's definitely good stuff!

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Photo of IPA1978
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold to copper in color with good head. Smells of tangerines, tropical fruit and some earthy pine notes. Taste follows nose but pine is a bit more predominant with a touch of sour apple, malt is bready and carmel/toasty and a touch of diacetyl. Good medium with velvety carbonation. Good beer overall but malt flavors slighty clash with the hops.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated on 10/21/15 with the Green Flash version of Duet (Alpine version listed below with original rating numbers).

A - Amber gold pour with a soapy white lacing ring and very light ring.

S - Spicy tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya) with some chalky hop pellet aroma - hop forward and the malt is subdued.

T - Spicy tropical fruit rind with light caramel malt poking through at the very end with a lingering piney grapefruit finish. After awhile, there's a detectable sugary sweetness that builds.

M - Turns the mouth a little bit to cotton, full medium body, prickly carbonation, semi-dry.

O - This isn't the same Alpine I remember when drinking taps and bottles at/from Alpine Brewing.
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Once again, a big thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this beer.

A - 4 - Pours a bright dark gold color with thin white lacing around the top and moderate tight bubbled carbonation.

S - 4.5 - Mangos with a massive amount of overripe pineapple, pungent tropical fruit, and mild earthly grass like texture in the nose with nice citrus rind.

T - 4 - Grassy, lemons, and pineapple with some grapefruit mixed in. This beer is pretty much one dimensional with big hop bitterness and minimal malt character. What small amount of malt there is comes through as a biscuity caramel, and in very small amounts. Finish is moderately lingering, but yet crisp and tangy.

M - 4 - Leaves the mouth with a coating of acidic lemon pepper grass and medium bodied.

O - 4.5 - Despite my comment on being one dimensional, this is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by April 07, 2016.

Juicy peaches at first, bitterness after the sip. Found it to be a bit tame though. Flavorful but lacks some punch in my opinion.

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Photo of Dukies222001
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass. First beer I have tried from Alpine. Solid copper color with unimpressive head. Smelt crisp if that is possible. Also tasted crisp not overly hoppy. A solid IPA but not what I was expecting. High drinkibility as it had more of a pilsner than IPA feel. Just OK

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from sideswipe in one of our several amazing trades! I'm glad to have John as a friend and trading partner. Thanks bud.

Reviewed from notes (in my ongoing effort to get caught up on my reviews!)

poured into a pint and shared with a few other Ba's at a small get together.

Beer pours a nice golden color. Really very nice looking. 2 finger white head subsides into a frothy cap composed of a mix-n-match of different sized bubbles.

The smell gives a little malt notes then some Amarillo hops-- grapefruit, pineapple, and perhaps a touch of pine? Lots of nice flavor and a minimal bitterness. Very nice and pleasurable beer.

Feel is spot-on. A hair lighter than medium with plenty of carbonation. This feels smooth and lush with a vibrant and bouncy feeling.

This beer is superbly drinkable. I could drink the hell out of this! Super high drinkabilty.

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Photo of thebeers
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Exceptionally clear light bronze color with three fingers of lasting white head. Grapefruit, orange and pine on the nose. Bitter up front in the taste, and lighter on the backside, with grapefruit rind lingering in the aftertaste. Not much malt to speak of. Light bodied. Not bad, but unlike some of their others, I don't find Duet worth the high price point.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had 2 Alpine brews thus far, PH and Nelson.. Time for the trifecta here...

Pours a pale golden with one of the more impressive heads I've ever seen on an IPA... This things foams like Duvel.... Gentle pour produces a 4 inch head and a steady vibrant stream of bubbles from the SA Perfect Pint...

Citrusy and spicy hops dominate here... Not overpowering or pungent or anything but very nice... Light toasted malts are present as well... Perhaps a little yeastiness as well...

Definitely hoppy but I was hoping for a touch more here... The hops are tasty but there's not a strong enough presence for me. Spicy and herbal... The brew is overcarbonated for my tastes and I wish that would have been toned down and I might have enjoyed this one more... It was distracting...

Not bad overall but I wasn't as big of a fan of this one as some others have been... A nice beer I guess...

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Green Flash bottle dated "Best By April 20, 2016".

Pours a clear, amber orange color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. The head is gone immediately and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is pleasant, however very light and subdued. I get some faint grapefruit and freshly mowed grass on the back end. Lightly floral.

The flavor, like the nose, is relatively light and doesn't really pop as much as expected. Some tropical citrus notes, with a lot of piney bitterness on the back end.

The mouth is medium bodied with light carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip.

Overall, a good yet slightly disappointing IPA. I have not had the non-Green Flash version, but this is definitely not what I expected given the hype. There is a very good flavor profile here, but it's just far too subdued to be noteworthy.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle dated best by aug 16/16

appears clear golden with a thin white head.

nose is quite faint, almost nonexistant. light floral and pine with a touch of malt.

drinks pretty nice, good combination of sweetish malt and pine. mouthfeel is on point. overall a nice beer that fails to stand out in any way.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Clean golden body, fluffy white head with good retention. Leaves a thin crown throughout the entire beer.
S- Grassy hops, bread and a well packed citrus punch. Not complex.
T- Tangerine, lime, orange rind, floral hops, well balanced.
F- Medium, light.
O- Very good and solid IPA, well executed, nothing special about it. Very easy drink despite the ABV.

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Photo of Jaypeajus
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a sixer at home and now on tap at Friday's. Prefer smell on tap everything else better from bottle. Well balanced IPA, nice hoppy residue that is there to stay but also a good bit of the fruity aroma to make it enjoyable along the palate.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is rich orange and grapefruit, along with a good bit of piney hop.

Taste is grainy toasted malt with hints of brown sugar. Then the pleasantly fruity hop quality steps in. Finishes relatively sweet with only a mild piney hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Overall a pretty tasty IPA. Plenty of dry hopping to create a fantastic nose.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with medium head and some residual lacing. Nose is very light compared to expectations. Just a little citrus fruit and pine, but not what you would expect given the scores others have given. Taste has a little more to it. Initial light fruit sweetness followed by a rush of bitterness and pine. Not entirely well balanced. Overall, I liked the beer, but I'm seriously wondering what beer I'm drinking compared to the beer that's got a 4.3 average score here.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,288 ratings.
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