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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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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Reviews: 852 | Ratings: 4,221
Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brassy and amber looking color, semi clear, and with a modest bubbly cap; it soon disapates and leaves a thin ring and lacing.
Plump and juicy aroma filled with tropical fruit goodness such as pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There is also the citrus tones of grapefruit pith. Furthermore, the resiny dankness and scent of pine hops abound; lovely to whiff on.
I love how it feels on the tongue and mouth in general. It's light on it's toes, crisp and clean at first. The grapefruit pith then coats the mouth with juicy goodness. Soon enough however, the palate dries and the sharp pine and dankness of the hops fill the mouth with spicy and herbal goodness and leave a bitterness that lingers and that is moderately high but not overpowering.
A lovely and succulent IPA! I downed it in no time. One of the best there is!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this right now to celebrate New Beer Sunday. Being 40 minutes from Treehouse I worry about trying other IPA's as I have grown to learn they usually leave me wishing I'd just had a TH offering.

Duet is good! Not TH obviously but I'd have no problem drinking this beer on a semi regular basis!

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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 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 tempest
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great balance of juicy and floral, spicy hops. It's a classic West Coast IPA, clean, dry, and light bodied. I also get a bit of melon and cracked pepper and maybe a hint of toasty malt in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pours crystal clear golden orange with white to yellow bubbly head, smells like candied orange peel, dank resinous hop candy, mild onions, taste follow the once with candied orange and a smack of bitter pine with mild onion bite, this beer is medium tonight with excellent bright carbonation, A dazzling west-coast hop boomer and the first time I have encountered the onion taste in a beer, and I love onions!

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/light honey/golden syrup colour. Moderate carbonation. No lacing, not much head either.

Very piney scent, with some spicy/citrusy character, very clean; not much in the way of yeast or malt aroma.

Solid hopping, bitterness is noticeable and not at all as smooth relative to other IPAs I've recently enjoyed. A bit of a tannic/green tea flavour just before the finish.

Halfway through the glass, bitterness is less pleasant. Reminiscent of eating a higher alpha acid hop pellet out of the mylar bag, nice at first and flavourful, but eventually over the top.

The bottle may have been exposed to high temperatures for a brief period (shipped by a friend), but given this experience, I'm not overly impressed. Will try to have this on draft someday, though I'm not eager to buy a bottle of this anytime soon. On the other hand, maybe it was different prior to the Green Flash takeover?

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a caramel brown with a finger of off white head.

S - Fruity, piney, resin, grapefruit rind, citrus notes.

T - Aggressively hopped - citrus, pine, juicy, and fruity notes take center stage. Balanced by a caramel malt base, bu finishes bone dry and bitter.

O - Really solid in your face IPA that is a palate wrecker in a good way.

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Photo of professorchow
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent bitter but balanced IPA. Stands up really well to drinking multiple times--not all that flashy in any one way, but so well made it never gets boring.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BALANCED. Medium/light bodied IPA with hints of mango and pineapple on the nose. Wouldn't call this a citrus forward beer though because it is balanced well with the hops and malty flavors. I have had more exciting pale ales but none this put together. Master craftsmanship.

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Photo of avalon07
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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 do_ob
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Medium golden in color with 1 finger of white, bubbly foam. Nose is a little weak, but notes of sweet fruit, moderate hops, and a good balance of malt. Taste is lots of sweet fruit - pineapple, watermelon, mango, citrus, and orange. Very tasty. Very little hop bitterness. Good malt balance on the back end.

This beer is mild. Not that 7% is really considered a 'big' beer these days, but I would have thought this would've had a little more bite to it. Not that any of this is bad. This beer is very well crafted, and masterfully balanced. Not sure I'd say it's worth the rave (or the price) but it is pretty good.

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Photo of Stooven
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack purchased cold at Woodman's, Kenosha, WI. So, if you're buying this in the Midwest and worried about effects of travel, fear not. The hops are strong with this one.

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Photo of IronLover
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with an orange hue and a light haze. Poured with a short, bright, creamy white foam with good retention. Medium high, ripe pineapple and tropical fruit aromas with medium malt aromas and a light bready note at the end. Medium bodied with a rich, creamy feel and soft, medium light carbonation. Pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high ripe pineapple and tropical fruit flavors up front followed by light spicy hop flavors and medium hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty flavor beneath. Finished semi-dryly with a light bready maly flavor that quickly transitions to a mellow bitter hoppy aftertaste. Smooth, flavorful, mellow, very easy drinking ipa.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with three inches of fluffy, beige head that leaves a little lacing.

I get some citrus and pine aromas with some malt coming through. It smells old.

The taste is extremely bitter. It is not what I remember from having it on draft. I fear that I got duped into buying an old bottle.

Medium to light mouthfeel

The clown at the bottle shop told me they got this beer in within the last two weeks. I should have went with my gut and passed. It is an old bottle. I will revisit this one.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer. Classic IPA aroma's and flavors. Would drink a 6 pack of this any day. Although it would prefer Hoppy Birthday. Beautiful spotty lacing though.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light golden color with white cap which diminishes rather quickly as does the lacing.

A clean aroma of pine, citrus and slightly earthy hops. Little malt apparent.

Flavor is hop forward but mild. Malt is present in the body but doesn't stand out, or even much make it's presence known for that matter. Hops start, follow through and finish with the pine more present in the aftertaste.

Texture is medium.

Overall a solid IPA without any major flaws that I can spot. Nothing really outstanding either, rather middle of the pack performance.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap: poured into a shaker pint, color is gold, head was bright white, not much lingering.

Aroma is grapefruit rind, citrus, lemon; then some lighter earthier notes, a bit subdued.

Taste comes through full, fresh and hoppy with a nice clean pale malt backbone. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit prominent. Malt is clean, not over sweet.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and dry, quite good.

Overall, a beer that does not present big but comes through in the finish - great flavor and presence.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of gandres
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
A: light amber, hazy, small tan foam, minimal lacing
A: malty, grainy aroma, hoppy when drinking
Taste: bitter, but balance
Palate: medium carbonation, long follow through, bitter tart and sweet aftertaste
Overall: excellent IPA, repeat and look for
Drank: 8/16/2016 5:30 pm

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Best by date is 7/28/16 for what it's worth.

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-orange color. Very small, foamy, white head with minimal retention.

Strong aromas of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine accompanied by milder piney hop notes.

Taste mimics aromas well with notes of citrus, orange rind, and piney hops.

Light-medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

Overall, a good IPA. Nice citrus and fruity flavors accompanied by just enough bitter hoppiness. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Would like to try this one fresher.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Office in Summit. I was really looking forward to trying this beer after having read the great reviews about it, and it didn't disappoint. A smooth, well-balanced, easily drinkable IPA bursting with strong nuances of hops, pines, grapefruit, citrus, and lemon zest. Recommended highly.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 08 SEP 16
A - hazy deep golden body capped with a foamy ivory head
S - zesty citrus and pine with some caramel malt and grain
T - bitter pine, pungent grapefruit zest, orange zest, caramel malt and toasty grain; immensely bitter with a pleasant malt backbone
M - medium body, nice carbonation, resinous and finishes bitter with pine lingering
O - as I began to review this beer, I was thinking it was going to fall short of expectations, but as I drank more, it got better and better. The piney hop resins stuck to the palate allowing bitterness to build, yet the malt backbone held up nicely. This is both a duet of hops and a duet of great harmony between hops and malt.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] Beer is a nice apricot color. It forms a full finger of white head with medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (7.0%) it has a best by date (07/28/2016).

S: [3.00] Musty hop scent. Like decent hops that got wet and then left for a while.

T: [3.50] Orange is the predominant flavor. I got a lot of orange up front and then again on the finish - but more as a orange rind flavor.

M: [3.25] Body is medium with light carbonation.

O: [3.25] This went past the best by 3 days ago. So it is older - but it should still hold up. It does seem to have a faded flavor. The malts are no where to be found. This is a bit of a "meh" beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a favorite west coast IPA. Up there with Stone, Green Flash, etc. Try 24.

A: Pours with a fluffy 1 finger head with ample, ciderish sediment along with a brassy, honey colored body, and lasting lace.

S: Abundant hops to start, then pine, mixed lots of citrus and must. Earthy, vivid.

T: Starts with fresh wet hop and follows into pine hop resins. Complex juicy citric, tangerine fruits, and dancing into peppery bitterness and more Juicy and grassy hops. A veggie blend. Not much malt.

F: Good feel, light syrup, with decent carbonation.

O: Feels bright and tingly. Finishes clean as well. Try 24.

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