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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of azdback
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Bright yellow, orange. Very clear. Head is two fingers and bright white. Very sticky looking and pitted nicely. The lace

Major pine hops. Smells like Christmas time. MMM!! A bit of orange pith. Check back with you when this one warms. I gotta try it!! Okay I am back... this has warmed a bit and now the pine has all but dissipated. Still hoppy but maybe more on the citrus side.

Definitely different than the smell. It has become a bit complex. The hops are there but different. The pine resin is kinda gone and has been replaced with the citrus taste of a yellow grapefruit. A bit of sweetness from a tangerine or an orange. The malt has shown it's card and is holding it's own. A bit sweet and now that it has warmed it matches the smell.

The mouth is well above average for the style. Full to the end, well carbonated and crisp. Refreshing!!

Overall I REALLY, REALLY liked this one. I have had Pure Hoppiness and Exponential, it is very obvious this is the little brother to those two. Everyone needs to find a trading partner in California and get some!!!

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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 Wer34truh
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yet fairly dark golden color with a small head.

Smells intensively of citrus-laden hops. There is also some exotic fruit in the nose, pineapple comes to mind.

Taste is surprisingly subtle for a West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is light, and quite juicy. Taste is defined by citra, pineapple, some slight malt. A lot of general sweetness as well.

This is a very enjoyable IPA, but I wouldn't call it great. But I would definitely down a lot of these if they were distributed around here.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz from a trade, thanks augustgarage! Always there to oblige my hop cravings...

A- Gold, a snowpeaked head that isn't going anywhere. Beer color is actually pretty much a dull gold, but the head is ivory white.

S- Smelled the hops from a mile away. Floral, citrus, no bitter or pine hops, mild mild grapefruit. Smells like Pliny, actually. Ah, west coast IPAs. Mild pale malt is there, adding to the awesome bouquet. Wow.

T- Follows the nose. Bitter, though, more bitter than I would have thought. Still, the orange peel, flowers (lilac?!) and other assorted hop awesomeness comes in right behind it. The malt is nowhere to be found, but that's fine with me... I'm here for the hops!

M- Crisp, clean, with a flavor that explodes in your mouth. Perhaps it seems like I'm gushing over this beer, but I am really digging it.

D- High. If I could, I'd drink a growler of it. Awesome beer, A great flavor profile and a smooth drinkability makes this a no-brainer for anyone looking for some hops. Very enjoyable.

EDIT- I have gotten a bunch of bottles of this since my first review. I am in love with this beer. One of the best from the West, no doubt about it.

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Photo of nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Nice clear golden orange with a finger and a half of bubbly off white foam. The head dissipated to the surface within minutes, leaving a lot of nice lacing that clings to the edge of the glass, and a mix of small and medium bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some light carbonation visible in the beer.

Nose is dank and earthy, grassy and floral hops, wet pine needles, some light sweet citrus in tangerines, light biscuit malts. Not too pungent though.

Follows the nose exactly. Very dank and earthy, grassy and floral from the hops used. Some malt sweetness helps balance the bitterness on the tongue, and then finishing with a light floral hops on the back of the tongue.

Light bodied and decently carbonated makes the beer very refreshing. Little to no aftertaste on the tongue, very clean finish that only leaves a bit of floral aroma in your mouth. Very easy to drink, an IPA I don't mind finish a bomber of as it doesn't just blast your tongue with dryness.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.74/5  rDev -13%
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 MLDucky
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Version. From the Duets I've had in the past, the hop element did not shine through as much. Plenty of Amarillo (in the nose), light pine (in the nose). Taste, faint pine, almost muted, but heavily bitter. I was a bit taken back by the bitterness on this one. I love bitter, but balanced, I didn't find the balance in this one.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bomber a perfectly clear orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head with lots of nice lacing left behind.
The aroma is tropical fruit, candied fruit and floral with, perhaps, a touch of sweet biscuits.
Taste of pine and herbs hit my palate first with orange juice, mango and grapefruit following. Some pleasant herbal notes and a slightly bitter finish follow. Lovely balancing malt body as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty fine.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

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Photo of Bonis
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refreshingly light but packed (and I mean packed) with hop flavor. Bitterness is there but hides with the malts behind the massive hops flavor and aroma. Fruity, floral, danky, cat pissy goodness. Lots of pineapple and citrus dipped herbs and flowers. Tastes like the sticky hop cones are still floating in the beer. This was shipped to me from across the country, but must be super fresh. I'm a believer in the west coast IPAs and this is no exception. Cant wait to see this stuff in Ohio.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a great, fresh, citrus resin aroma. Big juicy citrus taste with a nice piney resin at the end. Moderately astringent aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, a great beer from Alpine. My second

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stigs
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split, served in standard pint glasses

A - pours with an incredible amount of rich, creamy, frothy white foam, takes forever to settle and leaves large patches of spotty lacing. slightly hazy and light orange in color.

S - citrus heavy again, with some lemon rind, squeezed oranges, and grapefruit zest. very tropical, some light caramel malts are barely noticeable.

T - very nice, smooth, and balanced - yet hop heavy. sweet candied tropical fruits, and floral hops. light malts hide underneath yet provide a great balance.

M - medium bodied, carbonation a little on the light side but the beer goes down easily, refreshing and oily. lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste.

D - quite drinkable, has the hop bitterness of a West Coast IPA but a great balance of sweet hops and light malts. went down quite easy.

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Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

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Photo of rypkr
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, piney, quite malty, creamy and overall balanced. I don't ride the ipa D wagon as I prefer apa's or dipa's but this I would buy again.

Very much reminds me of lagunitas brown shugga at 7% as opposed to 10%.

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Photo of SABERG
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and bright medium golden in color. The body of the beer almost glows in the glass. A decent sized, two finger head forms and retains very well, lacing very well as well. Lots of carbonation that is continuously rising.

S- Moderate to strong hops up front on the nose, with the amarillo and simcoe showing off their strong floral and pine notes. The scent has just a touch of the malts in the base of the beer to counter the hops bitterness and balance the scent overall.

T- Starts off with the punch of the hops, but they are somewhat subdued when compared to the scent. The bitterness ramps up a bit form the initial taste towards the middle of the drink and moves towards a more pine-forward flavor. At the back end of the drink, the hops turn more resin-y before the malts of the beer kick in and balance with the slightest touch of sweetness. Lingering flavor is a mild bitterness of the hops.

M- This beer hits the tongue with a decent punch of carbonation and a fairly thick body rolling across the tongue. The drink is very smooth as it goes down and there is no noticeable alcohol content. In summary, this beer drinks as an IPA should.

Overall, if you are looking for the quintessential west coast IPA that both displays a good dose of hops and a decent amount of balance, this could be your prescription. It is easy to drink and pretty bitter without being off putting or one dimensional. I like this beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy foamy cap.

Aroma is some pine, citrus rind, grapefruit/orange, some pineapple, a bit of tropical fruit, decent amount of caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, some citrus, good pine, a bit of tropical fruit, sizeable caramel malt backbone in the middle, mild sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, some alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, very oily, somewhat sticky, mild to moderate carbonation.

I dunno if this is a little old or what, but kind of let down on this one. For as much praise as Duet receives, I’ve just got a little above-average IPA here.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alpine Duet pours a crystal clear orange, with plentiful tangerine highlights. The white foam that serves as a crown to the beer draws itself up to about three fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both solid, bu neither one is impressive at all. The nose is a good blend of pineapple/mango tropical fruit flavors and a big of citrusy grapefruit. Amarillo is definitely in the lead here, and the Simcoe hops, which I don't always get along with, manage to play a nice supporting role. The flavor has just a bit of malty caramel sweetness up front to keep things intereting. There's a solid bit of bitterness mid palate, which segues into the grapefruit aspect of the hop flavor profile. There's a big wave of tropical fruit next, before a subtle orange flavor sneak in on the close. The mouthfeel is solid, dry bodied and with a bubbly carbonation. Duet is a very good IPA, and it speaks volumes to Alpine's prodigious talent at brewing hoppy beers that this is only my third favorite such beer from them.

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Photo of joepais
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a big fluffy white head that laces out great. The body of the brew was a cloudy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was great I liked how you could smell the Amarillo hops over the Simcoe which to me was a great accomplishment. This brew had a really great hop nose to it. The flavors were nice, not to one dimensional as one would expect from a west coast IPA, but somewhat more balanced than I was expecting. It was light and crisp in the mouth and drank extremely well.

Hint ..I would gladly drink this one again

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Photo of PVMT
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Saratoga City Tavern 3/31/15. As close as perfect as you can get to the West Coast style IPA. I can't wait for this to get regular NY distro.

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Photo of DudMan
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper orange color w a 2 finger head and nice lacing. Smells fruity w citrus hops. Nice balance of mango, grapefruit and slight malty finish. Smooth. Very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by 09 JUN 16.

Pale amber color and mostly clear with a very slight haze. Large, persistent, creamy, white head sits on top and doesn't move for about 2-3 mins. Nice looking beer, unfortunately that was as good as it got.

Aroma is very mild. Searching hard, I could pick up floral hops with orange and peach/apricot. Light caramel malt.

Those exact aromas carry over into the flavor. Finish is dry but the flavors are dull and don't really "pop" at all.

Medium bodied and a bit of a thin texture. Lively carbonated with a slight warming sensation.

This one just isn't doing it for me. Very lackluster and missing those bold, citric, herbal qualities that make IPAs so great. Freshness freaks will claim that since this was not super fresh it has lost its luster. I say it's 3 months before the best by date so quality shouldn't be an issue.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange color with a huge, creamy-looking white head.
S: Sweet, fruity aromas dominate. Huge notes of citrus, pineapple, peaches, and a bit of honey.
T: This is delicious. Not extremely bitter, just super well-balanced. Lots of big, tropical fruits dominate. Juicy mango, tangerines and peaches followed by grapefruit bitterness and honey-like sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: A bit too much carbonation, but this is one super drinkable and delicious beer. Would love to have more of this all the time.

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