Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
860 Reviews
DuetDuet
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:
860
Ratings:
4,270
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.86/5  rDev -10%
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%
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%
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%
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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Photo of thorkelson
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - poured into trillium tulip as a dull orange with a medium white head.
S - wonderful but not overwhelming citrus aroma - tropical, earthy, grapefruit
T - quite interesting IPA! wasn't expecting the taste that happened in the back of the pallet. the nose is mainly dry with hints of fir tree almost a bit of spice and continues to the back of the pallet. initially quite dry and earthy, but finishes with a nice hit of citrus and warm malt.
F - zippy carbonation - not overly carbonated but works well for this beer - doesn't quite sting but doesn't lay easy on the tongue
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Photo of chaz01
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle courtesy of a trade with great trader mobz24. Thanks Rich!

A: Pretty clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves some lacing as it settles.

S: I pick lot's of fresh pineapple notes, with a little bit of piney and citrusy grapefruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple and mango -- with some citrusy grapefruit hops as well with a bit of a pleasant grassy resin flavor.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and delicious. I liked some of the other Alpine IPA's a little better, but this was solid as well, and for $8, I'd be drinking it all the time if it were available in the midwest.

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Photo of lovemesumipa
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I see any beer rated at 96 I expect to get my socks blown off. Although a good IPA, this is not one of my favorites. I found the body to be a little light and just not enough hopiness to meet my taste preference.
With that said, I can see why others may really love this beer. I tend to like super hoppy brews and more of a mouthful of flavor than this beer offers. But don't get me wrong, it's very good. It's just not quite the "world class" brew that I was expecting.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - Apricot colored, wonderfully clear, refined carbonation supports a thin cap.
S - Aged tangerine, orange zest and holly. A lite deciduous element.
T - Piney, dried pineapple, mango rings and hints of spruce. Nice malt base to keep things in order.
M - Medium in body, a bit slick on the palate, delightful finish.
O - Wonderfully crafted offering, the integration is complete, hops and malts dance the best dance in this
offering.
Cheers

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Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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 brystmar
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ulcers are bad. Beer is good.

Light, straw body; plenty of handsome white head up top. Surprisingly bready aroma with a kiss of sweet malts before the piney hops take the reins. I suspect there were fruity notes to this aroma too, though ~2 weeks after bottling they are gone.

Crisp, smooth taste. Bready, very dry, grassy, hoppy, bitterness is under control. Pretty well balanced for a Single IPA.

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Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kbm on this and several bruery and alpine brews.

Smell: Piney, bitter, soap.

App: deep orange w/very foamy head w/lacing.

Taste: Watery, but not totally thin. Hops come in at the end w/the piney soap taste. No alcohol presence.

Mouth: Average to thin.

Drink: Considering it's supposed to be a great west coast ipa, poor.

Overall: I hate to disagree w/so many, but I've had almost all the highest rated ipa's in the world. This tastes green or soapy. It reminds me of an american pale ale homebrew I did once and thought I screwed up. Would not buy again. It's ok, just not good.

(Edit: Had on tap at Woodshop tasting, no soap taste but still not very impressive. Will raise scores a bit.)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: my first whiff was pine first, followed by tropical fruit; subsequent whiffs were all pine;

T: pine for a moment, then herbal mixes in; pineapple comes in toward the end; the finish is all pineapple; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice; complex flavors;

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.

Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.

Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this Alpine IPA which touts its combination of my two favorite hops: Simcoe and Amarillo.

Bomber poured in SA glass--thanks to domtronzero for making the extra effort to grab this from the brewery.

Pale-orange elixir, thick, tight bubbles, copious lacing. Clear brew with lasting head.

Nice, but not overpowering citrus and hop pine. A bit of sweet caramel. Not what I expected.

Hoppy for sure, with bitter grapefruit, pine, oranges, some earth overtones and pepper. A bit of alcohol at the backend. Plenty of carbonation, medium body, and smooth, bitter aftertaste.

Good brew. I am a bit disappointed considering the hops, but would recommend Duet to hopheads everywhere to draw their own conclusions.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Shane for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear bronze color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Good lacing too.

(S)- A bright and fresh citrus profile. Pineapple, lime, lemon, and even some grapefruit. Subtle pine, but otherwise just a bright citrus zest of a profile.

(T)- A bit backwards to the smell. More woody pine in the taste. Not as bright of a citrus profile than the smell was either, but it is still there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too, though clearly not as vibrant, crisp, or fresh as the smell was.

(D)- Definitely an above average IPA, though it was a bit of a letdown when the smell was so great, but the rest of the beer failed in comparison. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Clear. Good ring lace. Little head.

Mild flowery hop aroma. A bit black pepper.

Earthy, old ale start (not sweet) but then a strong bitter, black pepper-like hop completely takes over. Good body for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Not as complex as I was hoping given the BA score but still a solid IPA.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber obtained from Red Carpet Wine this afternoon. Very, very fresh. And the head certainly agrees -- it's huge, pillowy, fluffy, and absolutely beautiful. Leaves an enormous amount of lacing behind, and it's very, very sticky. Great start to the beer.

Nose is pretty dreamy. Big hops, citrus -- nothing extravagant, just a very, very pleasant aroma from an IPA. One of my favorite things ever.

Massively identifiable hops from Alpine. Very enjoyable, and quaffable, too. Lacking over-the-top bitterness of its San Diego IPA brethren. Pine is more subdued than in other brews.

Immediately my taste buds complain this tastes JUST like Nelson and Alpine Ale. Unfortunately, this beer gets lost in Alpine's lineup. It's certainly a solid beer, but does it really stand out from the rest of their beers? Not in my book.

Not very carbonated with a moderate mouthfeel. This stuff, at 6.75%, is insanely drinkable.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Southern Tier Pumking glass from a 32oz growler. The color is a cloudy orangish brown. I get some hoppiness and a little pine on the nose, the taste is pretty balanced I think between the hop and malt. Overall a good beer, but some people are saying theirs is clear and mine is cloudy which makes me think mines not as good as it is supposed to be.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

GF bottled
Look - Slightly hazy, golden yellow type color.
Smell - Citrus, pine, grapefruit, hints of tropical fruits maybe
Taste - Simcoe dominates the palate on this one. Pine, pine needles, dank, cat piss, grapefruit

Overall - Good but disappointed with this one. Would love to try Alpine's version though.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A completely solid and very well made ipa. To find something worth complaining about in this beer would be a sure sign of snobbery. I like it a lot . . . Glad it's now available to me. Nothing really exceptional stands out in the taste department that makes me want to buy it every time I see it but it is very well crafted.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 4/9/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Golden amber color; slight haziness. 1/4th inch cap of foam wasn't easily had. The foam didn't last, just a bunch of loose bubbles. Some specs of lace cling to the glass.

Good, clean aroma. Tropical hops are in no short supply. Grapefruit rind, pineapple (which is more appreciable whilst cold), tangerine and orange peel. Spot of juiciness and a little hint of pine resin. The one downside is that the hops don't punch hard. Not too malty - slightly toasty with some sugar cookie.

If the Amarillo takes the aroma, the Simcoe figures in more prominently in terms of taste. This is reflected in the flavors being not quite as clean as the aroma. Tastes fine, just a little denser. Grapefruit, a citric pithy/peely blend and some pine. Very dry. Reasonable bitterness but not overly so. Toasted malts and a hint of dry bread.

Medium-light body; it has an almost wispy feel. A mild slickness precedes a finely gritty finish. Enjoyably low carbonation. Dry finish with residual hops and bread.

I can dig it. Not excellent but I would like to revisit (perhaps on tap someday). I could go for more of a spicy kick. Regardless, worth a shot.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i got this one at the same time as pure hoppiness. another outstanding beer from these guys. one of the best ipa's from California i've had. great taste.

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Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head on top of a golden clear body. Aroma is really fruity, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango. A bit sweet, but fruity sweet not caramel sweet. Lots of citrus, tropics, similarly sweet to the aroma. Nice bitterness that balances a bit of the fruityness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Unremarkable. Ok carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

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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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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