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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: 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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4.3
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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -12.3%
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 -11.9%
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 -11.9%
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 -11.9%
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 -11.6%
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 jzeilinger
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.9%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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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Photo of Gambelli
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. No bottled on/enjoy by date. Pouring into a perfect pint glass yields a yellowish, fairly clear beer, with two fingers of foamy head. The nose presents a faint pineapple, barely perceptible pine aroma. Not hops bursting out like I would expect
from a highly rated IPA. Taste is more of the same. Light tropical fruits, some pine and floral notes, all fairly muted. Malt component is present, but leans more toward an American pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel consists of substantial bitterness, with little to minimal carbonation. Overall I was puzzled why this beer rates so high, as this is my second bottle in the past couple months with the same underwhelming experience. Perhaps (as some have suggested) this beer just doesn't keep fresh long. Must seek out a fresher sample, and re-review as necessary. A brewery run to so. cal may be in order.

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Photo of HopMasterFlex
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The duet is a decent alpine ipa. They have so many that it is hard to say which is best, this is not the best but it isn't the worst. Popes a deep golden color with a white head. It has a sweet piney smell with hints if yellow fruits. The taste is pIne hops with a sweet caramel edge. Malt backbone to this one and it is pleasant to drink. All in all it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome extra by callmecoon. This is a long time want.

Appearance
Nice clear appearance that seems to be Alpine's calling card. The color is a nice honey gold. A small clingy white head adorns the top of the beer.

Smell
A little buttery, like biscuits. The biscuity, buttery malt base is really what I noticed first. This is a very floral take on an IPA. Honeysuckle and orange blossom, it smells citrusy, but more like the flowers that grow on citrus trees. Lemon-lime is also a strong element. The Amarillo hops are playing a big role here.

Taste
The biscuity malts do translate into the taste. Its still very good though. Hops are very green, leafy and floral. Sturdy yet delicate notes of honeysuckle. There is a nice bitterness that holds of until the finish.

Mouthfeel
A slicker feel that dries up on the finish. Lingering bitterness and that doughy malt hang around into the aftertaste.

Overall
Really good, but perhaps not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a mix of copper and banana glow in a glass. Nothing special; nothing unique. It's on par. The head is minimal, and it offers sparse lacing during your enjoyment. It smells of compost, rustic wood engravings, citrus, and dying grapefruit. Taste is pretty good, as the reflex from the nose offers a quaint balance belied by the notorious Alpine malt backbone. GF or not, they got this characteristic down to a science. Hoppy Birthday and Nelson feature the same baseline flavor profile. The feel is acidic, crisp, and it lingers for the proper duration. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of DanJan
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard IPA glass. Great looking beer. About a finger of head with some really nice lacing. Beer is well carbonated and bubbles for a long time after pouring. Best by label says June 2016 but unsure how old it is. Smell is good, not great. Some bitter hoppiness, some citrus/tropical fruits, decent sweetness. Taste is similar. A good tasting IPA but maybe not up to expectation. Obviously fresher would be better but this is still a solid brew. Mouthfeel is light and prickly, doesn't coat the tongue too much and makes it easily drinkable. Overall something I would drink again but not sure if 17+ for a 6 pack is worth it. Cheers!

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Photo of wedgie9
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bomber bottle. Pours clear amber with a thick pearl white head that fades to lace. Nose is caramel malt with grapefruit, slightly dusty, hops bitterness. The palate is very similar. Caramel malt, grapefruit, some lemongrass, lemon pith bitterness comes through on back of palate. The carbonation is fairly light, and the body is medium, but I love the somewhat coating feeling that I am getting. The finish is long and bitter and slightly nutty. Overall, this is a great IPA, it is super balanced and easy to enjoy, and I am really enjoying it.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally, Alpine shows up in Cleveland. Been waiting patiently for them.

Duet is a nice looking beer. Decent head with average retention.

Smell is bitter hops and slightly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is really thin and watery. It is kind of off putting.

Taste is good-not great. I will admit I was expecting more due to the reviews and buzz around Alpine's IPAs.

Overall I am disappointed. It is a good beer but I am hoping Nelson lives up to the high rating because this one does not. The mouthfeel killed this one for me.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,221 ratings.
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