Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,834
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
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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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Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Thanks to BungleTrpg for including as an extra in a recent trade. I have only had Nelson, previously, from Alpine. Psyched to try Duet as Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops to use in homebrewing (disclosure: I'm a terrible home brewer).

Drank from a CBC Teku Glass. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow...nice big white bubbly head. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is pure Amarillo hops...if I had to guess I would say they used a bazillion pounds of Amarillo for dry-hopping per barrel. Citrus on citrus on citrus. Reminded me a little bit of Victory Hop Ranch.

The beer tastes as good as it smells. Really crisp and clean. Not overly bitter. Nice dry finish, but not one that leaves you asking for a glass of water.

Really tasty beer...need more Alpine in my life.

Photo of tectactoe
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

Photo of SteveB24
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable, well balanced, suoer smooth. Follows the classic west coast IPA mold but does it uncommonly well.

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

High expectations of Alpine again. A solid beer but I don't get the hype.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-drenched Sunkist orange with lemon peel highlights. Fine streams of bubbles disappear into the underside of a two finger cap that is darker than ivory and lighter than sandstone. The foam is crazy sticky and is blanketing the glass with some of the finest lace that I've seen in quite some time.

The aroma earns a perfect score because each sniff results in a glorious blast of two of my favorites, Simcoe and Amarillo. Pineapple and pink grapefruit and orange and mango... oh my! This is pure hop juice in the finest sense of the phrase. Malt is not missed.

According to the label, Duet is so named because the two hops are 'in harmony'. One large gulp tells me that Alpine hit the American IPA target in the exact center of the bull's eye. This offering is perfectly situated between the brewery's APA (Alpine Ale) and their DIPA (Pure Hoppiness).

One minor quibble is that more malt would have given the hops a more sturdy launching pad. Their bitter yin would have been even more impressive with a slightly sweeter yang for contrast. As a result, this brew is more of a big APA than a small DIPA, if one chooses to compare it to the styles on either side.

The orange color means that something darker than pale malt is present. There may be a hint of toasted malt, but it's barely perceptible. The flavor profile is dominated by two of the finest American hops in existence. Flavors mirror aromas, pretty much, and Amarillo is marginally more aggressive. That's too bad because I would have preferred the opposite.

The mouthfeel takes a hit because of the shortage of malt sugars. This is the place where the beer feels most like an APA. It's smooth and is nicely carbonated, but any amount of viscosity and/or silky creaminess would have been welcome.

Alpine Duet is pretty close to an ideal IPA from my perspective. It would most likely get there with 50% more pale malt, 25% more hops and a higher Simcoe to Amarillo ratio. Anyone who lives in ABC's distribution area is extremely fortunate. Two thumbs up.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

Photo of nohead02
3.64/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love some of Alpine's ales more than life itself, but I was disappointed in this one. It has a nice floral bouquet, but it lacked body and sufficient flavor to really wow me. Very little complexity. Maybe I was hoping for too much since the pub I was in had just run out of pure hoppiness and the barmaid said this would be a reasonable substitute. There really are very few substitutes for pure hoppiness.

Photo of xVERITAS
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an outstanding IPA and beer in general. The hoppy bitterness is elegant rather than harsh. It pours a bright golden orange. Smells a lot like citrus, a little fruity almost, and like some grade A hop goodness.

Tastes fantastic. Reminds me a lot of some other IPAs (Blanking on which ones), but it has something to it that has to be experienced first hand, that blows other IPAs out of the water. Alpine delivering a great product here.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bomber pours into my glass a wonderful peach color with amazing clarity and a half inch of creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Enticing. Aroma is all hops! Tropical fruit, grapefruit, green hop resins, floral accents and a bit of spiciness. Really shows off the Simcoe and Amarillo. Mellow caramel sweetness in the background.

First sip brings all hops upfront. Citric, tropical, herbaceous with green leafy resins. A bit floral with a mellow underlying sweetness from crisp light malts. Flows down with a bitter kick and lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fast moving carbonation making this brew immensely drinkable. This is just a damn good IPA that I would be buying many bombers of if it was available locally. If you have access to this consider yourself lucky!

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a bit of orange and one finger of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good head persistence.

S - Aroma is largely floral and citrus. Not much else in the aroma, but what is there is wonderful.

T - Similar to the smell, a lot if citrus, mostly grapefruit and grapefruit zest, with a lot of florals as well. Not a hop bomb by any means, but nice hop bitterness complemented with a nice biscuitt malt. Very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Some lingering bitterness.

O - Initially I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't more of a hop bomb, but it is such a tasty, easy drinking IPA that it rapidly becomes clear that this is a great beer. Drinkability is off the charts.

Photo of Toasty
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely glad to have this on the East Coast

Photo of aquazr1
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber, almost clear, with a one finger white head, As the head dissipates there is a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The first thing that hits the nose is citrus. It's delightful smell that only hints at the taste to come. There are also hints of pine in the background.

T - The taste is well balanced with only a hint of the alcohol. The variety of citrus notes are at the forefront with only a slight bitterness. There is a nice amount of malt also.

M - A medium bodied beer with a light malt feel.

An excellent IPA. This would be a regular with me if I was able to get it on a regular basis.

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours light orange with a huge white head. Very carbonated from the looks of things. The main aroma is piney hops. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness and pine flavor, but that is quickly washed off the tongue by the high, prickly carbonation. The huge amount of carbonation makes the beer taste slightly watery and takes away from the overall experience. That is my only complaint about the beer. With lower carbonation, I think I would have enjoyed it as much as good as Nelson or Pure Hoppiness.

Photo of JCWeaze
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice carbonation and beautiful look. Incredible citrus nose. Oranges. Big time. Grapefruit a galore on the tongue. Nice malts for an IPA but not too much. The hops are incredible - very smooth almost honey like with an easy citrus back end. Just like a juicy sweet grapefruit - not too bitter. 

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle in a trade.

Pours into my pint glass with a good head and dark amber appearance. Huge west coast IPA/citrus hops smell & taste. A good amount of bitterness with a hint of pine. Nice mouthfeel. Drinkable for a hop head. A text book example of the style. Recommended.

Cheers.

Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap at Pizza Port, Carlsbad. Clear yellow pour with a average-sized white head. Perfumy hops with grass and pine. Smooth hop-and-malt balance that takes nothing away from the bite. More resin than grapefruit, but the citrus is definietly noticeable. Thick, but not as syrupy as other borderline IIPA/IPA's. Very good.

Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange. Very thin white cap and not much lacing down the glass.

A pungent blast of citrus, tropical, and earthy hops.

Initial, biting bitterness, followed by tropical and pungent citrus hops, and a decent backing of sweet, toasty malts. A complete IPA and a joy to drink.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Not much aftertaste. Incredibly enjoyable.

A fantastic, super-hoppy IPA. I just wish there was more of this to stock up on.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A completely solid and very well made ipa. To find something worth complaining about in this beer would be a sure sign of snobbery. I like it a lot . . . Glad it's now available to me. Nothing really exceptional stands out in the taste department that makes me want to buy it every time I see it but it is very well crafted.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach orange body with a large white head appears a beautifully with layers of lacing between sips. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and leafy earth and floral aspects, a fruity zesty grapefruit tone with hints of rolling malts. Flavor of duet highlights Amarillo and Simcoe hops battling it out, juicy malt sweetness adds on a nice flavor mix with the super hoppy West Coast IPA tones. Grapefruit, herbal mint, floral tones on the palate. only on the west coast good a grop of people adjust to hoppy delicious beer like this. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick hop oils caue this to guide across the palate, medium bodied soft even carbonation. Drinkability overall is rock solid another awesome west coast experience as far as IPAs go, these malts blend nicely a touch of knowing diacetyl actually works once in awhile it doesn't taste bad at all in this case.

Photo of rudylaw
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden hay-like color with about a two-finger head.

Tons of pine and citrus in the nose. Ahhhh California! Orange peel and floral hints throughout.

Nice and crisp with all those lovely hops biting the tongue. A faint malt backbone is present to compliment the citrus.

Light carbonation, but as with all Alpine beers, it so drinkable that it should be a crime. Just a refreshing, hoppy delicacy I wish I had access to all year round.

Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of ressletr
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer. 1st of all the smell is that of pine and citrus, I know, I know everyone has heard that about this beer. But quite strange, yesterday I smelled pine, today I smell orange citrus. Sort of smells as if you put a package of simcoe hops with oranges. Yeah, how silly that's the smell of the hops used in the making.
Taste, well yesterday, I have to be totally honest. I bought 2 growlers of this, yesterday I was willing to give the second one away saying that I really didn't care for it. Today, well I guess my taste buds were on vacation because today when I taste it, it tastes like a orange, but not nearly as strong.
The look, well I hear the range for IPAs ranging from a light hue of yellow to a dark hue of yellow. Well this is a light hue, and then a drop of red and yellow food die. There you go.
Mouthfeel is that of drinking a tropicana, a little bit towards the light side of orange juice, but hey, isn't this suppose to be a beer anyway. One could drink these all day, without being hit to hard on the alcohol side of this.
Really the alcohol has not come through at all. Even if you look for it. Your really couldn't tell how much alcohol is in this, than you can an orange juice. WTF, orange juice doesn't have alcohol in it. Well true but you sure can't tell from this one either.
This is a excellent IPA.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,834 ratings.