Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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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

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Reviews:
860
Ratings:
4,267
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of q33jeff
1.77/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

"**
03/26/2016
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 fox227
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say that I opened this bomber with great anticipation. I'm lucky enough to live near a bottle shop that carries this beer, but even then securing one isn't exactly easy.

Appearance: darkish (for a pale) golden color, some head, but barely any retention, but good lacing, and rather high carbonation.

Smell: citrus and hops predominate, this is the kind of beer that should be made into a candle. It's so good smelling.

Taste: Now we get to the important stuff. This here is an IPA and shows off that West Coast style to perfection. A hop-bomb hits your palate at the beginning, with lots of citrus and floral notes, and then there's some caramel peeking through at the end to offer some semblance of balance. Who am I kidding, IPAs don't need to offer balance, it's like the cherry on the sundae, here.

Mouthfeel: lots of hops, but not harsh at all. The carbonation tickles my tongue, and then finishes dry.

Overall: as far as hard to get WCIPAs go, I'd say I prefer this over a Sculpin, and at a dollar less, is one of the few IPA bombers I'd consider over-paying for again and again.

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Steve, thank you very much!

Has a sunny-yellow clear color, with a small, froth head.

Sweet, tropical aromas of papaya, orange and a note of lime. Malt shines through in a biscuity, sweeter way, underlining the rich fruitiness perfectly.

Tastes of ripe orange, wrapped up by sweet, slightly honeyed malts. Has a well fitting, slightly bubbly carbonation, drinks exremely smooth. The tropical fruits, orange and lime, get enforced by a slick, long staying dry bitterness, maintaining its rich juicy character. The brews pure fruitiness gets well supported by heavy, bready malts, which let stand out its sunny, sweeter qualities. This gets countered in the finish, when the hops get a dry, lemony punch to them, still in balance with the malts, but certainly quite bitter, while at the same time bing easy drinkable. Ends with a huge load of enriching bitter hops, which remain on the palate for a long while, with a distinct fruitiness still being noteable.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.

Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.

Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.

If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and almost clear orange-honey with a very nice head. The grapefruit aroma hits me first, along with other citrus peel, followed by a small hint of pineapple, and then a grassy aroma. The flavor leans more heavily toward this grassy earthy flavor first, with the refreshing citrus more apparent on the back end. The mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy, infact there is a pleasantly small amount of astringency right on the end that dried out the swallow. Overall a really solid west coast style IPA, maybe not as dry as I would prefer, but very good.

(From the newly distributed green flash bottles)

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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 ColdOneKev
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold body with a huge white head left thick tight rings.
S - Citrus, mango, and pine. A great hop combo.
T - Follows the nose. A little more pronounced on the pine resin. Balanced nicely by the light malt.
M - Medium-light body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - An excellent brew. Very happy that Alpine is now in MA. A little pricey, but well worth it. Seek this one out.

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Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

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Photo of rypkr
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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 nataku00
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -12.8%
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 KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Poured a nice golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. Bubbles are scraming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice white, 1.5 finger thick head forms and retains very well.

S - Grassy, floral hops with some piney notes all up front. Grapefruits, pineapple, orange and mango all right in your face. Some biscuit malts in the background

T - Really follows the nose quite well except the malt backbone stands out much sweeter than the nose. The hops are really juicy and the malt backbone nice and buttery.

M - Medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation. Slightly dry and resinous at times.

O - REALLY outstanding beer. Flavors are all great and really stand out as a great American IPA. A must try for the hop heads out there.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
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 craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

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Photo of Bonis
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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 jjayjaye
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra pale golden color that first appears effervescent but is actually laced with suspended micro-particulate. The collar is better that a full finger deep loose foamy and off white and in nature. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind each mouthful. The smell has a really nice balance of floral citrus-pine perfume and sweet maltiness. The flavor presence wanders around some and in the end is suggestive of that same piny element. I am really enjoying this beer. However, the body abandons the experience IMO. It's as if the bottom drops out. I'm half way through the glass and now notice that those unique little floaters have settled to the bottom and don't quite cover the half dollar bottom of this most recent shapely Ithaca receptacle. Very drinkable; it feels so light that it surprises me to find that there is 6.7% ABV. This one has a whole lot to consider. Many thanks going out to radshoesbro for this opportunity!!!

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Photo of pwoods
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty average coppery amber with decent clarity. An assertive pour gets about a fingers worth of dense, creamy white head that holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: A very nice marriage of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which just go fantastically together. Loads of sharp grapefruit and pine with plenty of cat piss to go around. A bit of sweet biscuity malt comes from the back and tries to balance a bit.

T/M: Great bitterness level, assertive to the edge but never falls over. More of the fantastic Simcoe/Amarillo blend going. The malts are bigger in the taste but don't get in the way. Some sweetness and more of the biscuity, light bready flavor. Body is medium to medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves nice lasting bitterness. I do get a bit of metallic flavor at times, usually on the back end. A bit off but doesn't really hurt the beer... just a bit confusing.

D: Fantastic IPA. Simcoe and Amarillo is just a classic American pairing and I never get tired of the two. ABV is reasonable and the brew doesn't want you to stop drinking it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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 frasergrove
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: medium body white fluffy head, light tinge of golden orange, hazy

S: tropical fruit, ripe mango, light pine undertone, well balanced

T: creamy with a bitter bite, fades towards finish. Some pine

F: creamy and bitter, smooth mid mouth, not super dry finish

O: overall outstanding IPA, well balanced, packs a punch, bis also delicate

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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 pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.

S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.

T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.

M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.

D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 azdback
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DudMan
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,267 ratings.
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