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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860
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4,270
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
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Photo of PVMT
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Jacobob10
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
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 ShogoKawada
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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 CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lovely orange amber color with a nice bright white head that leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malt, peach, lemon, grapefruit, pine and dankness. Taste is the same. Feel is medium and a little bitter. Overall this is a fantastic IPA, would love to find more.

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Photo of FBarber
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp orange color with a thin white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving some small white foam spots.

Smell has aromas of orange, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, with some floral undertones.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, orange zest, grapefruit with a just as prominent pine-y bitterness. Strong caremly but not super sweet tasting malt backbone provides a nice balance. Lots of piney bitterness throughout with a dry sappy finish.

Feel is a bit heavy for an IPA. Sweetness coats the mouth as you drink it. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle initially for just a moment.

Overall a fine example of a classic west coast IPA. Great beer that is a must try at least once, although you'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
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 mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Juicy and creamy. Bronze/golden brown. Healthy constant head, lacing out the ears covering the glass. Subtle plush hop nose with underlying bitterness. Super tasty, full bodied. Crisp and refreshing. Very good beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -3.7%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 IronLover
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
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 nodder
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally get to try this beer and its worth the wait. Nice orange/amber in color with a quickly fading white head. Grapefruit and tropical fruit scents and taste. Bitter but smooth on the tongue. Pricey but something Ill still buy from time to time. Love it.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -19.1%
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 -2.8%
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 anon
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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 jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.
A= Lighter side of amber and clear. Head is white, some lacing.
S= Citrus, pine, some sweet malts comes through.
T= Citrus, grapefruit, orange, zest. Pine and resinous flavors as well. Moderate bitterness.
M= Medium body with a crisp feel.
O= Definitely an above average IPA. Great flavor balance.

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Photo of joepais
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the Red Cow into a pint glass

a: fairly clear apricot gold, 1 finger head, minimal lacing
s: a little muted (which surprised me) but a little orange/pineapple citrus and some herbal flowery notes
t: suprisingly balanced: starts with some smooth malty biscuit and honey, then the hops enter in (with a good balance between the citrus and the flowery herbal flavors), and linger with some decent bitterness to go with the citrusy hops. A little juicy, but everything is kind of in check.
m: very well done -- carbonation is spot on, dries out a little at the end, while also coating your mouth with hop oils.

this didn't have the pop of Nelson or Hoppy Birthday (and I'd love to have the chance to try these at the brewery without the Green Flash influence) but...it is still quite good.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces very well.

S: Bright citrus and tropical notes, a little pine, a bit of dankness, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Big citrus and tropical fruit, passion fruit, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, some pine, a little dankness, and just the right amount of caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very drinkable.

O: Very happy to get my hands on this one. 2 of my favorite hops working together beautifully.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 7/13/16. Clear copper pour. Normal head volume, world class retention and outstanding lacing.

Quite outstanding nose of lemon, orange and grapefruit over a slightly sweet background of biscuit or honey malt. As it warms, a very subtle pine can be found underneath.

Heavy light body that is smooth in texture coupled with a light oiliness. World class carbonation with an effervescent burst in the middle and a rollicking finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is borderline world class. Hop flavored centered intensity is powerful, complexity average and perfectly balanced. The hop flavors of the nose remain in blended fashion with little separation, but can be discerned if you look for them. The middle brings a light medium bitterness that is in balance with rind and pine components. Bitterness is perfectly balanced by a light sweetness that is honey like in nature that really pops as the finish fades away. The finish is slightly dry and a mild bitterness lingers that shifts its balance towards rind at the end. A beautiful Duet indeed.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of tronester
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin off-white head. Aromas of mango, peach, and some evergreen. Taste begins dry with a hint of apricot, followed by some mango, then a hint of water cracker, and a huge finale of grapefruit rind, pine and a hint of tobacco. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 4,270 ratings.
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