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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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: 851 | Ratings: 4,219
Photo of anon
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden hue, small head, light lace. Light and earthy scents, hops, pine, grass and malt. Picking up simcoe over the amarillo, providing a nice juicy, floral and tropical fruity taste. Pineapple, orange peel, grass, candied malt, slight tobacco undertones. Not too complex, but the finish is what made this one for me. Very light bodied and easy to drink. Smooth, soft carbonation, extremely clean finish with light lingering bitterness.

Does well with a slight warming to bring out the malt presence. Overall I quite enjoyed this one and would five it another go.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional IPA. The 2 hop varieties showcased really work well together but are not overpowering like so many other IPAs these days. This beer achieves that rare balance of highlighting the hops without just being a bitter hop bomb. In other words you can drink more than one and not completely wreck your palate. Definitely one of my new faves. Highly recommended.

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

This is an IPA I'll spend a few extra dollars to get. While (in my area) this is similarly priced to Sculpin, and while I think I prefer Sculpin to this over all, I would happily get this again. Hop profile is strong and juicy. Some have said that there's nothing that stands out about this beer, but I would argue that the quality of brewing in this beer stands out.

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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 awayne56
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date:8/24/16

L:Yellowish -orange pour with a thick, creamy, bubbly off white head. Minimal lacing. Slight haze, but mostly clear. Becomes more cloudy as it warms.
S: citrus up front.
T: Pretty typical west coast IPA - Citrus flavors up front with pine on the finish.Decent malt balance - the malts stay in the background while keeping the hops from getting out of control.Overall, hops dominate up fron and on the finish.
F: Average mouthfeel. The finish is dry without leaving your mouth/throat so dry you feel thirsty. Slight alcohol burn underneath the tongue. Balanced carbonation.
O: A very good IPA; bright citrus flavors, hoppy with minimal malt interference. Very drinkable but not too light.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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 thatche2
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draught into a pint glass. Extremely drinkable and moderately juicy ipa with a nice hop profile. Notes of grapefruit, pine and pineapple. Nothing crazy but delicious.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin smear of white head across the top. It still leaves some small dribs and drabs of lacing. The aroma has good floral, citrus, and pine hops qualities, as does the taste. The taste is a little light but it still offers all the flavors of the aroma. The body is lighter but not thin with just a slight carbonation tingle.

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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 psycHOPathy
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, inch head
Ripe mango, pine, hops, very fresh smelling, apricot, lime
Pine resin, mango, syrup, pine, hops
A little abrasive and a little syrupy
A little bitter but all around a good ipa

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Photo of blackstars
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden milky color. Strong hoppy smell. Good carbonation. Strong hoppy bitterness, a little bit of woodsy pine, but not overpowering. Well balanced, hint of fruit in the taste. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a stemmed, tulip style glass.
Nice amber IPA color and well carbonated.
Great, well balanced IPA between the malt and hops, and I was getting a hint of tea on the finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, everything is tasting good for me today. I guess I'm lucky. Some days it is not this good.

It is medium yellow with not much head and a good hoppy malty aroma. The taste is quite well balanced. It feels like just a bit more malts than the small boys of this style - that balance makes this good. There are all kinds of hops working on me from this. Wonderfully bitter.

This Alpine came a long way to my kitchen. It travelled well. Highly recommended for a strong, well balanced AIPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, bready malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great IPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Alpine Beer Company "Duet"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 16 AUG 16" on 28 MARCH 16
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I was initially disappointed with the aroma of "Duet" compared to Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" because it isn't as bold, but it's really quite charming in it's own way. It's soft, fruity, and floral with just a hint of fresh pine in the background - and actually quite unique, I can't recall ever having sampled a beer with a similar aroma.

Moving on to the flavor I was impressed by how balanced and accessible it was, and actually questioned it as an IPA - but again I was wrong, it actually has 7.0% ABV! That's impressive for a beer that's so drinkable. Part of that is at least due in part to the body which is medium-light, and a fine-bubbled just-slightly-less than standard carbonation leaves it delicately bristling and then smooth.

Of course the fruitiness and floral components found in the aroma carry over, and therefore it remains unique. I find apples, mango, soft red berries, and roses. It's perfectly balanced, subtly nuanced, and just so smooth and supple that I think I'd be afraid to keep too much of this on-hand lest I find myself going overboard every night!

Remarkable! This is an IPA that challenged my notion of what an IPA is, and then answered with another vision of what an IPA can be. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of FinestCityBeerGuy
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: light golden bronze, you can see pretty well through it when held up to light.

Smell: fruit+hops is excellent. Extremely pleasant aroma. I smelled grapefruit, grape, passionfruit, grass, pine tree, earthy. To me, an excellent combination of hops and fruit.

Taste: Apple, grape, grapefruit, pear, silky smooth. Pleasant carbonation, very swish-able. Chewy toffee caramel. Feels like I could chew this beer like a caramel toffee candy.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall: Truly an excellent, world-class IPA. Tastes like a 6% - 7%, nice and sippable. Really glad I tried this.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour looked nice, with a pale golden colored body, sporting some chill haze, and topped off by a one finger thick head. The aroma was that of clean, West Coast hops, evoking grapefruit and hay. The taste was very clean as well, with the citric hop acids dominating up front, followed by some pineapple and melon in the finish. There was sweetness from the malts to put up a losing fight against the hops. The body was creamy and delicate, and the mouthfeel was exquisite. This is an outstanding example of why this style appeals to so many. What's not to love?

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Photo of gonzo000
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is a DIPA in an IPA's title. Very sweet and thick. That being said...

L - Look of the beer is a sunset orange with a nice two - three finger head on the pour.

S - Smell is dry hoppy and sweet.

T - Thick - sweet - honey, some pine. Mostly sweet.

F - for the tick taste it seemed smooth in mouthfeel. Not like the sweet Stones that drink heavy. The hit is right in the middle of the tongue for me.

O. - an excellent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Ouch, lots of Lysol. Was hoping to like this better than Pure Hoppiness, but it is definitely worse. Aroma is a bit Funky behind the Lysol. Taste has a stale and sour element to it. Not Good.

Side by Side of 5 IPA's
1. Southern Tier UnEarthly
2. Ballast Point Sculpin
3. Evil Genius ""This One Time At Band Camp""
4. Alpine Pure Hoppiness
5. Alpine Duet
** "

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting. Pale golden pour with a thin white head. Smells of malt sugars, caramel and grapefruit. Well balanced taste, high carbonation, with notes of grapefruit and a grapefruit heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of Chris585
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crisp and clear with nice lively carbonation. This was the Alpine Beer rather than the green flash version. Amarillo and simcoe lovely! Prickly pear juice and nice dry finish. Floral notes are there but the juicy bitter taste is strong and pungent. Extremely well crafted and just as good as I remember on draft at the brewery. No alcohol at all. Pine on the finish, mango peach and pear with a little lemon zest on the tongue. Great stuff. Now I realize why when it hit Indiana a few weeks ago, it was sold out in a few days

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle best buy July 13 2016 into a tulip. Pours slight orange color with feint haze and generous fluffy head. Smell is big bold hops, pine, grapefruit, peach. Taste is more on the piney end here with some 'pithy' citrus flavor that wraps up rather clean with slight bitter finish. Mouth is smooth, in fact the carbonation is slightly underwhelming, making this feel a bit heavier than the abv.

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

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has earthy, piney hops with some grapefruit. Taste starts with piney hops and citrus fruits, quite balanced. Finishes bitter with grapefruit flavor. Body and carbonation are medium. Really well made, classic west coat style IPA.

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Photo of mhs413
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend recommended this and I am so happy he did. What's great beer. I am partial to VT brews, but absolutely love this. Can't wait to try their double!

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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