Alpine Beer Co. was founded in California in 1999 by contracting with Alesmith Brewing Co. for its award-winning McIlhenney’s Irish Red.
In 2002, the family owned and operated brewing operation opened for its own in tiny Alpine, Calif. and eventually increased production to 1,500 barrels a year, enough to keep Californians happy, but no where near enough to distribute its awesome brews outside of the state. This all changed in November 2014, when a “handshake” agreement was forged with Green Flash Brewing. Production would more than double to over 3,000 barrels, and using Green Flash’s capital and brewing facilities, the awesomely hoppy Duet, Nelson and Hoppy Birthday would now be bottled in Green Flash bottles, and distributed all the way to the east coast.
Duet, an American pale ale, is described in release notes as;
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
With an unusually long best buy date of March 17, 2016, this beer pours a clear golden-orange with 2 fingers of fizzy, very carbonated head and leaves broken white rings of lacing clinging hard to the inside of the glass.
Aroma hits me hard with fresh orange juice, mango, stone fruits, grapefruit and freshly mowed grass. Taste has many of the same attributes with flavors of orange, nectarines, grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine needles and hay. The aroma stays and does not dissipate and is enjoyed throughout the entire drinking process and the malt does just as stated, remains in the background to give this beer a great balance throughout the warming period.
Carbonation is lively and bitterness is just enough that the beer remains enjoyable until the end, leaving a refreshing, tingly feel in the mouth and hiding any presence of the 7 percent ABV.