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Duet | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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 Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap before but brought this growler home a few days ago right from the Alpine Brewery's tap.

A- light golden and super clear. Bright white foamy head.

S- Pretty mild but hoppy. Amarillo + Simcoe so it's got sort of a citrusy aspect from the Simcoe and a sweetness from the Amarillo.

T- very light in bitterness but lots of hop flavor (as described above) on a light body. Really more of a hop sweetness

Very good IPA that is more 1 dimensional on the hops

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THanks Cam

A - Clear golden body, nice white head. Great look.

S - Pine, simcoe?, citrus, pungentness. Overall a pretty good nose.

T - A great tasting beer. Great hop profile, nice bitterness, tropical fruits.

M - dry, smooth, decent body.

O (D) - a super solid IPA. not the diacetyl bomb it was last time i tried this.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pilsener

Clear golden orange, constant stream of mini carbonation, white foamy one finger foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of pine , citrus, tangerine, musky

Citrus hop bite on first sip, lingering bitterness on the roof of the mouth,

Sudsy, crisp,

Good beer

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Photo of mschrei
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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 dd43
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amarillo and simcoe, what could possibly go wrong. The answer is nothing. This is a great beer. Brilliant clarity, really attractive to look at the bright gold nectar in your glass. Floral at first, then the pine resin kicks in big time. Quite bitter actually, but its appropriate for a beer of this construction.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear orange with standard sudsy, soapy head
nose is intense -- candied oranges, candied lemons, apricot?, some floral sharpness
taste is a different can of worms -- floral bitterness and dryness tries to meld with the aforementioned candied citrus, the nose and first half of the taste are so fruity and sweet, yet the sharpness of the dry, floral finish is practically dominant. I have to say that the overall taste is sharply floral yet confused by the intense fruity sweetness of the first whiff.
Body is palpable right in the middle, as there is no dropoff throughout the quaff -- it could want to be "thick" but the dryness of the finish kicks that notion to the curb.
Carb is notably above average, as the easy-sweet nose is totally forgotten by the time you finish each nearly-fizzy florally bitter sip.
I find this ale notable for it's unique candied-citrus nose. I also find it amazing that the full taste and finish are so opposite of that. There's no cloudy-cloying fruit-blandness here, even though the nose suggests all of that ---- what jumps out, and remains, is a sharply floral-finishing medium-bodied beer that just leaves a reminder of some orange-y sweetness behind in its wake. To my taste, it's kind of the converse of Sculpin, which smells a light floral pine with hints of citrus, yet tastes with a kick of honey-pineapple that wasn't there in the nose ....... good stuff, I certainly bow down to the complexity here, yet the effect is moderately off-putting for my particular palate.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrmiles for sending 2 of these!

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright amber/orange color with a big fluffy head. Retention is really really nice in the snifter.

S: Candied pineapple/mango/tangerine, light apricot, a nice citrus bite, and what seems to be a firm but light malt base.

T: Awesome tropical fruit, orchard fruit, citrus twang, solid bitterness, and well balanced malts. Served this beer at a buffet party at my house with a bunch of wine drinkers/macro lovers and it was a HUGE hit.

MF/D: Medium body, smooth/slightly prickly carbonation, lingering bitter and tropical fruit finish

Notes: Damn, Alpine makes my kind of IPAs. Really easy drinker for IPA fans, and a really nice showcase of tropical fruit/citrus flavors and aromas. Highly recommended!

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade from thegonzz (Thanks man!) into my 20oz. Victory HopDevil nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a rusty gold color with a huge billowing three finger head of an off-white rocky foam with great retention and lacing.

S: Nice scent of citrus and bitter hops combined with a very biscuity malt wrapped in a layer of floral hops and pine resin.

T: The hops hit the palate first containing flavors of citrus and pine with a floral layer as well as a bit of pine to add some bitterness. The malt backbone is a beautifully soft semi-sweet biscuit that add great depth and uniqueness to this American IPA.

M: light to medium-bodied with creamy moderate carbonation and no trace whatsoever of the 6.75% abv.

D: Incredibly drinkable as the bitterness is kept at a minimum and the flavors are quite soft and delicate.

Overall this was an exceptional and quite unique American IPA that contains one of the most interesting and appetizing biscuity malt characters that i have tried. Thanks again Dan for supplying me with this. Recommended.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12oz. goblet at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo.

L- Light amber, good clarity, small white head.

S- Citrus, little tropical, tiny amount of alcohol.

T- More citrus with some light floral, medium bitterness.

F- Medium, nice easy drinking single IPA.

O- A really great single IPA with a great aroma but didn't carry over to the flavor as much as I'd hoped. Still really look forward to seeing this and other Alpine stuff in my area come the fall.

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

Phinally in Philly!!! On tap at TRIA Tap Room. A lot smoother than the Hoppy Birthday. Much more balanced and less bitter. A great IPA, but I like hops and high IBU, so I went back to the Hoppy Birthday.

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

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

An excellent IPA. Nice, clean and citrusy. Grapefruit and lemon are the predominant hop flavors. Touches of toffee in the malt. A very good, focused, West Coast style IPA.

Highly recommended. This was a standout for me at the fair. Wouldn't have minded having a full pint of this one. Hope to see it at one of the SD bars in the near future.

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Photo of gutbuster
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy standard amber in color with a lightly tanned 2 inch thick head. lacing is present, but not plentiful.

Earthy aromas of fresh cut grass are noticeable first, balanced with tropical fruit of mango and orange.

Very fruit forward with mango and oranges. Finishes with both a caramel sweetness and a piney bitterness. Well balanced.

Creamy and dry with a medium body. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Deep amber with golden tones and a slight sheen. One finger rocky finger head sits on top throughout the beer and leaves a ton of lacing. Really nice looking IPA

S - What a great nose. There are big scents of mango and pineapple intertwined with slight hint of pine. Very fragrant as well.

T - Malty and pineapple sweetness are the first flavors. There is a slight hint of grapefruit in the middle that leaves a slight bitterness in the finish. Flavors are much subtler than the nose would let on.

MF - Very light in the body, yet not watery. Has just enough there to keep it from being too thin. The light body goes well with the flavors and makes it easy to keep drinking this one

O - A nice beer from Alpine that, while solid, I wished tasted as good as it smeled. The beer thrives on its balance and subtlety and not from strong, in your face flavors

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Photo of Agold
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head on top of a golden clear body. Aroma is really fruity, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit, mango. A bit sweet, but fruity sweet not caramel sweet. Lots of citrus, tropics, similarly sweet to the aroma. Nice bitterness that balances a bit of the fruityness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice. Unremarkable. Ok carbonation. Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of tlema1
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: golden color with a thick lacing white head
S: interesting, I get some citrus rind, but I also get a hint of mint
T: outstanding, citrus predominates, I get some mango and melon
F: great mouthfeel
O: one of my favorites

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to javib458 for sending this in a trade. Poured into my RR tulip glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep golden-amber hue with a two-finger thick off-white head that takes eons to settle. The head is frothy, and has the consistency of that of a Trippel. Head retention is awesome, and lacing is at it's peak.

S: The aroma screams West Coast. Citrusy, with hints of mango and pineapple, along with grassy, floral notes. Bready malt and a hint of caramel are present in the backround.

T: A bit more balanced than the smell. All of the fruity and floral hop aromas are there. Citrus, a bit of pine, and other tropical flavors are balanced out with a good amount of caramel, dough, and some honey-like flavors. Finish is dry and very clean.

M: For a standard American IPA, this beer has the viscosity and texture of a Double. It's silky, yet vigorous mouthfeel lend this beer something I have not had in many beers of the same style.

D: Smooth, yet chewy at the same time, This beer is a beast of it's own kind. I find it to be very balanced, big in flavor, yet at a point where it can be easily enjoyed in numbers. I have got to find more of this.

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

Had a bunch of alpine beers on tap, glad I finally got to get some bottles of it.

Again, had a couple weeks back so forget, wish I could just click a button saying I had it instead of reviewing because if you need to read my review to see if you want to try Alpine beers, you're crazy.

This is a solid, hoppy, semi malty bready tasty IPA. Any time you have a chance to get any Alpine beer, get it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bomber purchased from The Best Damn Bottle Shop in San Diego. Pulled from the back from their latest deliver. Served in a pint glass four days after purchase.

Golden, clear, lots of carbonation. The head is a white, fluffy, medium long lived, and leaves lots of lace in its wake. Aroma is predominately grapefruit, then caramel, finally a bit of grassiness. Despite the visible carbonation, the feel is on the soft side with a tongue coating medium-heavy body. The front is a bit salty with the middle through finish a crescendo of moderately citrus flavored hops and caramel malt. Leans a tad toward the dry side.

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

7% ABV
45 IBUs
OG 1.065
22 oz. with no dates into a Bell's tulip. Thanks BulbMan!

Yellow golden hue and brilliance, with a medium off white head. Good retention, some lacing. A very fruity aroma of mangoes and pineapples. And signature Alpine weediness. Good aroma, fo-sho.

Slightly fruity and sweet at the beginnings with a crisp, dry and bitter finish. Drinks easy and very refreshing with good carbonation and medium body. Man, if this came by easy and had half the alcohol, I'll purchase it by the case. Lacking bitterness, or at least not as bitter as want. Also evidenced by the IBUs on this one. Overall, a very good beer, bordering greatness but higher in alcohol that I'd prefer.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 12/5

Clear golden orange body. Thick bone white head measuring 3 fingers tall. Absurdly thick lacing left clinging to the glass as the head recedes. Overall retention is respectable

This is one juicy IPA, perhaps the juiciest. Huge grapefruit bomb. Tangerine guava and maybe some slight peach aromas meander about in the nose. Lingering dry hop aroma is quite evident. Really nothing but hops in the nose.

Balance is achieved, though not in a traditional sense. There is absolutely no balance between the malt and the hops, the hops obliterate any malt presence which may be there. The hop flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and the intense citrus flavor. The flavor is straight up juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple with bit of apricot, tangerine and mango. Slight pine and pith can be noted but are easily overwhelmed.

Medium bodied IPA with carbonation slightly higher than I would expect though it is appropriate. Very smooth texture, oily and resinous film left on the tongue just in case you forgot exactly how hoppy this beer was.

Very good beer, I love nearly everything about it. My one gripe is the lack of a malt presence. By the end of the bottle the citrusy hops became too much and bordered on cloying. A slight pale malt flavor would have evened things out remarkably well. I had to score drinkability down because of this. Awesome beer, would not hesitate to pick up again.

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Photo of glass_house
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint

Pours a deep medium gold. Slightly hazy with two fingers of fluffy white head and plenty of sticky lacing. Smell is a robust bouquet of tropical fruits, citrus and pine.

Taste is dominated by pine resin, as the fruit takes a backseat. Very bitter throughout with a clean dry finish. Not quite as complex as the nose implied, but excellent nonetheless. On the light side of medium-bodied with crisp lively carbonation.

Top notch IPA, especially when craving something on the more bitter side.

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Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Alpine has started bottling their brews in earnest. Easily one of the best producers of pale ales in the country. Duet pours dark golden with one-finger of foam capping it. In a true display of delicious hop oils, the head does not go anywhere at all and leaves a huge amount of lacing.

The aroma is of course delightfully hoppy with an exceptional level of fruit in it. There is pine to it, and grapefruit, but they are both so light and fruity. It is a bit tropical, but it actually reminds me of other fruits for once, maybe even strawberries or nectarines to lighten up some grassiness. Great aroma.

The flavor is quite grassy, with a smooth pine flavor and some grapefruit for good measure. They balance out quite nicely, making for an intensely hopped flavor that avoids bitterness for huge levels of aroma. Quite well done. Medium thickness with a medium/high level of carbonation that is not yet prickly. Pretty much spot on feel. Highly drinkable. This brew has been available on tap before and it indeed lends itself perfectly to having a couple of pints.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.
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