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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,572
Reviews: 554
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 881
Gots: 298 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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.
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Ratings: 2,572 | Reviews: 554
Photo of philbe311
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two fingers worth of lush creamy orange creamsicle colored frothy head... Really good retention... The color is a rich warm copper... A moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises sporadically throughout... An outstanding hop forward nose... Fresh whole cone hops... Floral with a touch of earthiness... Slightly pungent... Minimal malt base... The aroma was a perfect indicator of what was to materialize on the palate... A hop lovers dream... The Simcoe presence is undeniable and delectable... The malt base is subtle but adds a slight it of depth... The mouthfeel is outstanding... Medium bodied... Sleek... Well balanced... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... Rather sophisticated, especially for the style... I've wanted to try this beer for ages and finally had the opportunity.... It didn't disappoint in any category... Quite the opposite, it exceeded my lofty hopes... Hides the ABV well... Near perfect in all categories... I really wish this one were available with regularity in my area...

Photo of Jjski
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been on a hop kick, which is not usual for me. In the last month I've been able to land a bunch of rare IPA / DIPA stuff for Upstate New York, and a lot of the standards have been really fresh. This Duet is freakin great for a single IPA. I'm just gonna give you some comparable ales that I've had in the last four weeks in MY rank order. I don't differentiate between single versus imperial ( Pliny at 8% is hardly a giant)

Great: Pliny, Duet, Lupulin River all > 95%
Super good: Chillwave, Fresh Squeezed, Kancamagus Honey Bear DIPA ( try to find that one if you can, it's not even listed on this site) 95-93%
Very good: The Kind ( local!!), Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Hop Hunter, Grapefruit Sculpin 93-90%
Ok: Dirt Wolf ( sorry Victory, but Hop Wallop was better IMHO)

What I'm trying to say is:Wow it's been a hoppy month, and Duet into a growler today was a fantastic occurrence that definitely stood out among exemplars. It's got all the show and all the go, the real dank dew. This is the first Alpine I've ever seen. I'm hunting for Nelson now

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is heavenly! Top five ipas I've ever had and possibly the best smelling one yet. Pure melons. Taste is melon, orange rind, tropical fruits and a nice dose of Piney bitterness. It has a dankness to its finish that's just amazing. Top top ipa and a must try for sure.

Photo of Ianizzle
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Only had on tap but truly one of the best IPA's yet. Clean. Crisp. Well balanced. Very well balanced. Great combination of hops and not over powered by malt. My favorite beer at the moment and currently looking for bottles if anyone wants to trade!

Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had Alpine Duet on tap at Croxley's Ales in Smithtown, NY last night and it poured clear gold color with a small off white head that faded kind of quickly for an IPA and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of grapefruit, lemon zest, citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, graham cracker, grains and light piney hops. For a West Coast IPA it's very mellow and malty, not the hop bomb I expected from this renowned San Diego brewery but it was a very well balanced beer in all regards. Smelled a little better than it tasted.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, almost creamy, with mild carbonation and a medium body that was mildly bitter. It was decent, but after having Hoppy Birthday a few weeks back this was a little bit if a disappointment. I would certainly have it again but it did not stand out among IPA's from San Diego. I will need to try this again since the overall BA score is so high and there is a chance the tap line could have effected the brew.

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thumbs up all the way up to the sky

Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alpine brews are new to my town, and I was anxious to try them. Of the three I tried at the release party, this was favorite. A quite nice IPA, and one I'll enjoy again.

Photo of Ian_Wedergren
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My lord Alpine is knocking it out of the park with their IPA's .. can't wait to go to San Diego to visit them ..

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite IPAs… This one knocks it out of the park every time!!!!

Photo of ELS
3.21/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I was looking forward to having this beer as well as other Alpine Beers on tap while visiting California. Had this beer in Los Angeles and was surprised how much it dissapointed me in the aroma and taste department. The floral and grassy notes were too flowery in a Sauvingon Blanc kind of way and irritatingly grassy. The taste was more astringent than bitter to my palette. I thought that maybe it was a bad keg or wasn't fresh so I had it again at Toronado and it was exactly the same. I guess I'm missing something about this IPA because I'm one of the few that doesn't particularly like it.

Photo of HopDeezy
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper/amber clear ale like all west coast IPAs, 1 inch white fluffy head with sticky ringed lacing on the glass.

S - All citrus and pine blended seamlessly. Very nice.

T - Piney with very complex citrus fruits. Similar citrus profile to Sculpin but with more pine on the palate.

M - robust hoppy west coast feel.

O - great example of the West Coast IPA and I do like this better than Sculpin. Can hold its own with most IPAs I've tried. Great beer.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yay for Green Flash brewing Alpine and getting it out here. Let's jump into it.

Clear orange gold body and white head with great retention. Has good looks.

Pungent Amarillo for sure on the nose with bright juicy orange. There is floral as well and some dankness from the Simcoe to build a nice aroma.

Lots of great hop flavor with medium bitterness. The malt makes a quick appearance with some breadiness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible ipa, thanks to falling rock for somehow having these beers on tap! this is just insane, and incredibly highly anticipated by me for years, what a pleasant surprise to happen on these! this was the best of the three in my book, and by a mile, one of the best beers i have had this year, certainly on the hoppy side. paler than the others, but also the only one of the three with any haze to it. holds a half inch of white foam for an entire pint. the nose is great, i sweat i smelled nelson hops in here, but it must be some new expression of amarillo i am not familiar with, because this seems so much more southern hemisphere, tropical, and alive than anything coming from california. maybe some wheat malt in here too for body, it has a just short of creamy texture to it, very soft on the palate, but briskly carbonated as well, just how i like my ipa. the flavor is insane, the hops are awesome, and i could never guess simcoe and amarillo if i was quizzed on it, suggesting i either dont know as much as i give myself credit for knowing, or that this is done with some magic, some technique and process or even quality of ingredient that is entirely new to me, im hopping the latter, but am fine with either, as this beer makes everything seem okay. minimal bitterness to the finish, but there is something weird and uncommon in here too, and that is a crazy sweetness in the middle. sort of confectioners sugary, but almost like coconut in the raw, or even pineapple juice for a second, just a strange sweet that lingers long, but it tastes fantastic, and doesnt hurt this for me in the least, makes it even more distinct frankly. overall a world class ipa without a doubt, and really the only one of the three i had that is worthy of all this hype. hoppy birthday was good, but this one takes the cake (good pun!)

Photo of PVMT
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Saratoga City Tavern 3/31/15.

Photo of Dwkasper
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, we'll balanced ipa. One of my all time favorites

Photo of BeerCannuck
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet tasting and rather simple. Expectations were not met and I think this beer is overrated.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with white head and lace. Light aroma of west coast hops. Flavor very nice and mellow of citrus, pine and melon. Bitterness is mild, balancing and agreeable. A nice IPA that drinks more like a simple pale.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium amber color. Nice mixture of hop notes. Starts grapefruit but ends with a nice lime and citrus note. Light sweet malt taste. Aroma is very good and hoppy with two hop notes. Overall, fantastic IPA.

Photo of hail_seitan
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A quintacential West Coast IPA. Perfect harmony between pine resin, citrus pith, green dankness, and robust honey malt.

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from the Alpine Pub. Served in a teku glass 3/13/2015. I had originally rated this a 4.00 years ago, but I figured I needed to revisit this beer with a proper review.

A- Clear caramel-copper body, two finger white head with nice foamy lacing and above average retention. Looks mildly soapy.

S- Surprisingly strong floral notes, hints of citrus and pine, mild pale malt sweetness evoking caramel. Very solid nose.

F- Sweet floral notes, more citrus than in the nose, and a good bit of grainy pale malt and caramel backing everything up. Mild floral notes on the finish which is more pine-forward than the nose would have you expect. Moderately bitter finish.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and appropriately dry for the style, easy to drink. Moderately bitter pine and floral finish.

O- Very good IPA in the west coast vein that isn't too overwhelming one way or another. Nice floral bite up front that is appropriately backed up by a sweeter malt and citrus backbone. It's not anywhere near Alpine's best beer (that's Nelson) but it's very solid.

Photo of JGLittle
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from Notes.
On Draft at Dirty Truth

Nice appearance and good floral nose. Great flavor. I think I prefer Nelson slightly more, but would be happy to have another pint of Duet.

Photo of MLR1013
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this last night on tap as a guest beer at the Amherst Brewing Company. I walked in and ordered it immediately. Awesome beer! Incredibly nuanced, juicy, and flavorful.

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Cantina, right across the street from BU.

Nice, hazy IPA pour--large head, ample particulate matter. Call me a weirdo, but I like drinking beers that have little bits floating in them.

Smells sharp and spritely, with giant citrus hops and a chewy, yeasty back end.

Tastes super flavorful without any of the attendant heaviness found in most larger IPAs. Orange and grapefruit hops start things off, sliding into a more balanced middle and ending with a quite nice bready yeast.

Photo of MLDucky
3.55/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of antott0523
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent amber with thin off white head that sits high in the snifter, them settles to a thin layer. Some lacing. Nothing special about the appearance.

S: Light citrus, some pine and a lot of fresh cut grass. Phenomenal.

T: Sweet and juicy fruit notes up front with honeydew melon, red delicious apple, and orange. Finishes more bitter with notes of grapefruit, grass and some earthy tea flavors.

M: Extremely smooth. Moderately carbonated. Moderate hop bite. Perfection.

D: The flavors meld so perfectly creating an even, smooth and insanely drinkable beer. Huge flavor, great nose, perfect body.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,572 ratings.