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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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4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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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 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 ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours murky golden, with hints of orange. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a perfect juxtaposition of grapefruit with lemon honey. These two hops sang harmoniously in the nose.

Flavor was a slight sweet honey up front with a huge hop flavor, and then a slight balanced bitter finish. This is a straight up IPA at its best.

Felt some slight fizziness on the tongue, but it worked perfectly for the style. Mild astringency, but again, it worked for me.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had and shows that you don't need to be a huge hop bomb to make a fantastic beer. Wish I had access to Alpine more regularly.

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Photo of nodder
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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 FickleBeast
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella Chalice. Best by 04 Jul 16 on bottle.

Pours a clear orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma immediately fills the room - full of Amarillo hops. Lemony, grassy, grapefruit... yum.

Flavor is intensely hoppy, without being too bitter. Finishes quite smooth actually. Thin bodied. This beer is all about hop flavor. Citrus, grapefruit, pine all show themselves in the complex flavor profile.

This is an IPA done amazingly well. So much flavor, and oh so drinkable. Worthy of the high reviews. Just wish it wasn't 14.99/6 pack.

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Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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 PSU_Mike
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Big golden straw color with a solid two finger head that lingers. Lots of carbonation.

S - Dankness, grapefruit, a little citrusy, not a heck of a lot of malt in the background. Very hop forward.

T - Hops! Grapefruit forward with some dankness. A touch of citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Crushable.

P - Prickly with a nice bitterness without being overdone. Active carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish.

O - Much better than Nelson imo. The taste and mouth on it are pretty spot on for a DIPA. It's quite dry without much malt presence.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a slightly off-white & rocky head, which leaves good lacing.

Smell: Light aroma but very nice with grapefruit, pine, and some malts.

Taste: Good flavor with bitter grapefruit hops and a hint of pine, but it also has a very good balance with some nice toasted malts. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, with quite mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink since it is nicely balanced, no alcohol in taste.

A very solid and nicely balanced IPA. Very enjoyable; too bad it is so pricey in the bottle.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass. Clear dark-golden color with a frothy white head. Good retention. Aromas of pine, earth, orange and grapefruit. I tasted the Simcoe notes first- earthy and piney- followed by floral and cirtus tones. A big malt backbone but not sweet. Well-balanced and thoroughly enjoyable. Clean finish.

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

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold with two fingers of stiff eggshell head. Clarity is good, as is lacing. First impression: on the thin side?

Smell -- Orange marmalade, pineapple, pine resin, butted bead.

Taste -- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes are present, but milder than in the nose. Hop bittering is moderate evoking fesh pine and cut grass. Malts are very dry and conjure up bread crusts. The buttery diacetyl component from the aroma is present in the flavor, which I personally find to be pleasant in small doses. Finish is pine, faint menthol, and buttered bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with just enough carbonation to be smooth without being creamy. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Not a hop bomb, nor any other. Just a well-crafted, pitch-perfect IPA. This is an ideal warm weather IPA: crisp, a bit dry, and a bit lighter in body. If these were distributed near me, I'd drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Murrhey
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head. Low retention rate and no lacing. Pale golden color with high clarity.

S- Heavy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pine and other light smells. Several kinds of hops detected.

T- Hop-forward, bitter and citrusy. West coast IPA for sure.

M- Thicker feel for an IPA, smooth.

O- I found it to be a slightly above average West Coast IPA.

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Photo of Hendry
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Thecherryman for making this Alpine bomber a reality, and a super fresh sample at that. Distribution is limited on Alpine, so getting a hold of these despite the 2012 increase in production is a chore unless you live in Southern Cali.

Pours halfway between a clear and cloudy off orange hue with a 1 finger soapy white head that lasts a few minutes, lacing is adequate.

The nose is very juicy in a tropical sense yet there is a distinct malt bill in there that prevents it from being an all out hop bomb. Pineapple,nectarine, and lime tones invite the first sip.
While Duet is a hop forward IPA, there is a terrific balance of bready malts in there with the tropical fruit juciness that just works, plain and simple.

Flavors are matched by the inviting nose: the Amarillo and simcoe hops are well chosen and put forth delicious flavors that are complex and multidimensional. Carbonation is lively and well suited for the style, sort of a medium body that is somewhat sticky and oily.

The aftertaste is pleasant, never bitter or boozy, and lets you know the hop selection was well thought out. Very highly recommended, Duet proves to be tough to acquire given their lack of distribution as are other Alpine offerings.This is a world class IPA I would be glad to drink again, and I am looking forward to the arrival of more Alpine varieties to taste and review.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle to nonic. Golden color. I've never used this term for an IPA, but I can't get it out of my mind--- sweat finish. But that's in a good way.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated fast and left no lacing.

S - Roasted honey, nectar esters, citrus, and light bittering hops.

T - Roasted honey, nectar esters and bittering hops. Where did the citrus go? The roasted honey could have been tannic.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Finishes rather dry for a standard IPA.

D - Not bad. A good quaff, definitely not top 100. The tannic flavor killed the citrusy hops.

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

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
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 danieelol
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a filtered yellow with nice, well retained head and resilient lacing. Nose is a pine bomb. Definitely falls into the pine/spicy genre of IPAs, rather than the fruity. Definitely some malt hanging around in the back. There is also some melon lurking. Really luscious on the whole and a great experience to put one's nose in the glass.

Taste again, is pine, light malt, fading into melon.

Fairly light in body, not all that resinous, though it is quite bitter, evoking lemon pith.

Nice, well executed classic style IPA.

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Photo of rand
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass

Pours an orange-apricot, slightly opaque, nice pillowy 1-inch head. Fair amount of lacing trails as I gently stir, which also releases a nice bouquet of citrus and sweetbread notes. Grapefruit, orange and a splash of something tropical, perhaps papaya. Freshly baked honey bread lingers in the background.

The citrus tones hit your palate first, but they're accompanied by leafy, bitter notes that aren't detected in the nose. Ample hops have an earthy tea edge, which blend nicely with strong notes of honey and bready malts. Malt-backbone is really prominent, approaching a DIPA, which nicely masks the alcohol. The bitter aspects really stand out toward the end of the sip, along with a slight tinge of tropical fruit suggesting mango. Hints of passion fruit as well. With all of the flavors dancing on the palate, the beer finishes surprising dry and clean.

Duet has a smooth, oily slick mouthfeel - viscous for a single IPA. A lot of the characteristics of this beer approach a DIPA, except perhaps the ABV. Great balanced flavor makes this really easy to throw back. But then again, it's Alpine, you expect them to be this good.

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

Clear copper in color; floral, spicy hops on the nose; taste features a prominent sweet malt base with floral, spicy, slightly resinous hop notes; great medium body; bitterness doesn't really linger.

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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 OStrungT
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a white head. The head fades fast, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a grassy hop aroma. It also has a slight citrus aroma.

This beer has a very grassy flavor. It reminds me of when I cut the grass. When the grass is fresh cut and a little moist. It sounds lame, but every time I drink it, I get a picture in my mind of mowing the lawn.

This refreshing beer goes down smooth, leaving a grassy taste, and a grassy memory. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes great. I doubt I would ever get tired of it.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white creamy head, head disappeared after about 5 minutes, good amount of carbonation, lots of lacing.

A: Grapefruit peel, citrus, some pine and resin, sweet malts on the backend, alcohol is not noticeable, smells pretty good.

T: First impression, big hit of grapefruit, citrus peel, citrus bitterness in the middle, balanced touch of malts, finishes dry with grapefruit peel flavor reemerging and lingering at the end.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry, grapefruit peel finish.

O: Duet is a very drinkable, balanced IPA, nothing overwhelms in the flavors, another great IPA from Alpine, would definitely buy this more often, especially if available in six-packs.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

9/5/15 DE

Pour dark orange with pretty decent head. Nothing too impressive but if you like darker side ipas then you'll love it.

The smell is a little sweet with nice passion fruitiness.

The taste is great. And the feel is great. Is say it's a heavier hopped beer that doesn't really fit the piney west coast mold. For me that's great. I like citrus and smooth. Which this kicks ass for the feel and the fruity hop taste.

Overall, love this beer. I've had a few alpines and all so far have been top of the game. This one might be one of their best.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden color. Has a light hoppy aroma with a citrusy backbone. Flavor is mild citrus hops that quickly smooths to a lightly sweet finish. Leaves a very light bitter citrus hop aftertaste. A little bit light overall for my liking but still very good

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