Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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pDev: 7.62%
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Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 beagle75
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Light amber in color, with 1.5 fingers of white foam head that diminishes to a residue after a few minutes. Light lacing remains.

S: An onslaught of flowers and fruit. The smell does not remind of hops, or even of beer, but of some ambrosial substance.

T: Primarily light, acidic fruit (unripe apple, lime) with little complexity other than increasing bitterness in the finish. There is slight alcohol heat present--while unexpected in a beer of this style, it isn't really aggressive enough to detract from the enjoyment.

M: Minimal carbonation makes this beer feel slightly heavy and syrupy, which is outside the ideal range for the style.

D: This beer is a pleasure to drink, constrained only by the fact that, after repeated tastes, it seems a bit one-note. Any comparison to Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is both appropriate and well-deserved. (889 characters)

Photo of tjkinate
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this little west coast brewery!

A: 2 fingered white foamy head that displays great retention and lacing atop this completely transparent golden bodied brew.

S: A bit subtle, sweet candied malts are at the forefront and are followed by floral citrus notes.

T: Toffee flavors are nice, but more sweet than I usually look for in the style. The hops make a return and really help balance the beer on its way out with tropical fruits and citrus flavors.

M: Well carbonate leaving a crisp feeling following each tasting.

O: Another great entry from one of my favorite breweries. (584 characters)

Photo of t420o
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Soft pour produced a large 2-1/2 finger head that after a while receded to a 1-1/2 finger head that stayed around almost the whole time. Nice frothy off white head. Beer is a hazy golden-yellow in color.

S- Pineapple, grapefruit, white pepper, orangezest, slight hint of alcohol

T- Some really tasty tropical fruits. Guava, kiwi, orange, orange zest, hints of grapefruit, all balanced by a nice malt backbone.

M- Much too carbonated. Strangely high carbonated. Weight is about right but I cannot get past the level of carbonation here.

O- A very good tasting beer. The tropical fruit hop taste is very refreshing. On a sad not I spilled about 10 oz of the 22 oz on the ground because I placed the beer on an uneven surface. Needless to say I felt pretty stupid and bad about it because that was the last Duet at the store near my house. (845 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little less than an inch fall white head. Body is a bright light orange, very clear. Lots of effervescence. Good lacing.

Bright piney citrus here in the whiffs.

Floral hops, very refreshing. Nice malt backbone, drink ability is high.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation blends well with this beer.

Pretty good Ipa here, very drinkable. Hats off to Alpine. Thanks kawilliam82. (373 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Exceedingly clear gold in color. Forms a small white head that reduces to a rocky surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus: grapefruit and orange with a little pine in the mix as well.

T: Dry, grainy, malt base. Primarily citrus, grapefruit with lighter notes of pine and a little hop spiciness. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Very clean.

D: A quality, easy drinking IPA, though, nothing that would warrant putting this one into the top tier either. (513 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Streetcar Bistro in Portland, OR on June 26. I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed given all the high ratings. I was super excited to try this, but my opinion may have been affected by the fact that I had this back to back with Hoppy Birthday, which I absolutely loved. Compared to HB or any of a number of the top hop-forward IPAs out there, it comes up short. But standing on its own, it's still a very solid overall offering from Alpine.

*Edit Note* Many of you already know about the issues with Green Flash producing Alpine's beers for distribution and the quality control issues. But if you don't, it's worth noting that I was obviously drinking GF's version of Duet (though they nailed the Hoppy Birthday I also had from this same bar). (773 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden copper and clear. Big off-white head good retention and lacing.

S: Earthiness, pine and caramel upfront. Vague grapefruit and citrus. Was expecting an explosion of aroma, but not quite.

T: Caramel malt upfront. Sturdy bitterness that follows throughout, some piney notes, light citrus and sweetness that fades into a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice minor sweetness upfront but drys up at the end, love my IPA's dry.

O: Overall nicely refreshing. Was looking for a more assertive hop flavor and aroma, but all in all an easy to drink and refreshing beer. (588 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel colour, transparent, with a beige head. Nice lace! Aroma of tropical fruits, floral hops, and a backing malt background, sweet and caramel-y. Medium to high bittering, sweet fruits, flowers, and hints of pine resins, in front of a sweet rich malt background, equally as alluring. It's full bodied, somewhat rich and creamy.

A somewhat filling IPA, but quite great! (382 characters)

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet IPA

A: hazy orange with a bright character, lots of carbonation with a seraphim white head that provides some lacing.

S: There is an abundant orange character with mandarin and lemon in the nose. Clearly, citrus is the main event with this beer. lots Of orange and engroSsing citrus, the hop balance must have been a lengthy trial and error to get the pineapple and grapefruit notes without overdoing the alpha acids. This beer would not be out of place with Pliny and Sculpin in its exceptional character.

T: The nose is a prelude to the huge citrus profile, lots of juicy grapfruit, some white grape, but mostly orange and lemon. Very refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and has a clean, quick finish. No huge amount of grassiness is left lingering and I feel that this is exactly how a single IPA should impart its goodness. The citrus notes drop juicy carpet bombs from the sweet to bitter zones and leaves you wanting more.

D: The drinkability is exceptional and if not for its frustrating distribution schedule, I would have this beer go toe to toe with Sculpin on a regular basis. The price is not prohibitive either making this beer welcome in any fridge. I could put away bomber after bomber of this without regard for the days activities. Snow mobiliing? That's fine, have an alpine. Building a home for impovershed central americans? Keep that Duet on your toolbelt.

Narrative: No one thought that Ray Chalmers, simple citrus farmer would make it all the way to the Juice Olympics. They mocked his blood orange and mandarin fusion, blaked at his grapefruit/kiwi hybrid and informed him that tangelo had not place in the world of serious Citrusites. "AND THE WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL IS:" Ray's hands shook with fatigue, dripping with citric acid on his nail beds. How many seeds had he sewn? How many fruits were bisected? He would wipe his brow if not for the stinging juice covering his forearms. "THE WINNER IS RAY RAY RAY" He startled "RAY! RAY! RAY! Get back on the valencia line, these oranges aren't gonna pack themselves and I don't have the time for you and your lazy day dreaming!" Sure, the Del Monte fruit packing line was not Juice Olympics, but who would want to win a fictional event like that ANYWAY? (2,246 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden with a slight haze. 1 finger white head that settles in quickly. Great legs on the lacing.

S- Bright citrus and tropical notes. I love the smell of Amarillo and simcoe. Recently did a homebrew with this combo and love it. Slightly tart.

T- Hop forward gets things started, but the balance comes about at just the right time. A bit sweet at times. Lots of mango and grapefruit.

M- About as good as it gets here. Clean, crisp, refreshing IPA. Not much alcohol noticed. Mid body with a nice, prickly dry finish.

O- Very solid. Maybe prefer a bit more than Nelson. Bottom line tho, this brewery knows its way around the hop (640 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, Calfiornia. Reviewed live. Acquired at the brewery. Expectations are high given its current ratings. I've had this before on-draught and loved it. 7% ABV confirmed. I'm a big Alpine fan.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty vibrant, but predictable for the style.

Sm: Nice floral hop aroma with hints of hop bitterness. Evocative grapefruit citrus esters. Lovely pale malts. Clean and fragrant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. It's refreshing and subtle. Very pleasant. Nectary character. Hints of hop oil.

T: Brilliantly floral and nectary, with divine grapefruit character. Citrusy and luscious. Clean and refreshing. Delightful pale malts build the light foundation, which allows the hops prominence without intruding. Very subtly executed, with incredible balance for an IPA. Light oily character. A bit creamy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Quite complex for an IPA. Hop bitterness is nowhere to be found. Really an incredible taste. I'm amazed by the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. Near perfect carbonation. Dryness and coarseness comes through on the climax to coax out the flavours. It's not as oily as many IPAs. Good thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable. I like it and I'd definitely get it again, preferably on draught. Well priced at Alpine. An incredible IPA that I'd definitely recommend to friends. Amongst the best beers in the style, for sure. Very refreshing. I could down this all night.

Would pair nicely with spicy food.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh. I had an older bottle of this from Wally's Wine and it had dropped off considerably.

A- (2,071 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Nice the Alc is "only" 6.75%. Not as aromatic as I thought it might be. A bit more IIPA feel, big rich body. Pine hops, nice drinkability. Has more weight to it than other IPA's. Richness and a nice finish. Though the richness adds to heavyness which 1 pint of this was plenty. Nice and fresh at Toro SD today. (322 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours stunningly clear copper hue. Very small half finger of white head from a smooth pour. Tiny wisps of lacing on the glass with below average retention for the style.

Full wholesome bready malt with a touch of sweetness cloaked with a steady orange citrus and pine hop aroma. Pretty standard stuff here for a west coast ipa. Nice and attractive but certainly not different.

Malt lightens up considerably here to provide less of the bread to almost a delicate wafer flavor. Pine, sandalwood and floral hops, very uplifting. After the drink there is a distinct bitterness that dries and vanishes nicely along with some alcohol.

Light on it's feet, this one floats like a butterfly w/o the sting from the bee. Carbonation is there but compliments the drinkability as does the body. Bitterness and alcohol all but disappear from the palate leaving you ready for the next draw. It can't get any better than this.

This ipa grows on you the more you drink it. A finesse fighter with perfect balance and feel. Doesn't throw hoppy haymakers but draws you in until you submit. Alpine really knows how to craft a hoppy beer, meticulous and expertly built. (1,152 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rbald42. Much appreciated, been wanting to try an Alpine IPA for quite a while now!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 1" of white head forms, which has awesome retention and lacing. Solid looking IPA.

Smell: Smells of some citrus (mainly bitter grapefruit), and some dank hops. Nothing too crazy, but very nice.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit initially. Hops are slightly piney, but mostly just dank. Simcoe is detected. Pretty hoppy, but there is a nice balance between initial fruitiness and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, high carbonation, very smooth and drinks very nicely for an IPA. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Very good, clean flavors with no alcohol tinge. Wasn't completely wowed, but found it to be very nice. (801 characters)

Photo of marysparks18
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear, lightly golden yellow, bits of patchy lacing, minimal head

S: citrusy grapefruit, yeasty

T: smooth, hoppy, malty, taste some alcohol, very drinkable

M: medium, velvety smooth, pretty carbonated

Great after a workout! Refreshing, goes great with any meal. (269 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, golden copper color but poor head retention. Slight clinging lace, but it's spotty at best. Aroma is a familiar Amarillo simcoe blend. Flowery and fruity, grapefruit, some pineapple, citrus very nice and refreshing, it just doesn't blast you with aroma though. Very fruity ipa. Flavor balances bitter and malty. Nice flavorful hop blast right off the bat, juicy, fruity in the middle and then a wave of buttering hops. Clean yeast profile. Nice weight on the palate. I'll be trading for this again. (517 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company. Alpine and Kern are quickly emerging as Russian River's biggest threat to steal their crown as the top producer of west coast IPA's.
Score: 90

I received this beer as part of a trade in early January 2012 courtesy of BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSours (thanks for the hookup!). No freshness or bottling date, which is always a dangerous proposition for IPA's. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden honey color that falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, but closer to translucent. There is some flaky sediment floating around, but not nearly as much as there was with the Alpine Nelson. Two-plus fingers of off-white soapy head at pour gradually and penultimately settles into a thin foggy layer atop the glass for awhile, ultimately settling into a thin ring around the glass. Excellent lacing (oily and frothy), excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tons of bright tropical citrus aromas here. This beer is quite odorous; I could smell it very clearly while pouring it. Fresh apricot, grapefruit, pineapple juice, and mango dominates the complex and slightly floral citrus element of the aroma. Behind the citrus is earthy "dark" pine tree smell and "sticky" pine sap resin. A little spice is mixed in there too. This one really gets my olfactory system running. 5/5

Taste: Very malty and oily hops flavor. Much maltier and more balanced than expected given the nose. Perhaps at nearly 50 days old, this one is past it's freshness prime. That would certainly explain the lack of hoppiness and bright citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, this beer is still tasty and refreshing (unlike some of the other, older IPA's that I have had). Malty orange juice, creamy pineapple, earthy pine, and mellow hoppy bitterness. Finishes and lingers with a moderately bitter "fresh pine" and flat orange citrus flavor that reminds me of a super mellow Heady Topper type flavor. The finish/linger is really interesting, but maybe I am over-thinking this one. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very smooth and super oily mouthfeel. Mellow bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid tasting and excellent smelling single IPA. I will have to try and get my hands on another bottle and drink it fresher once my cellar dwindles down. I really should have consumed this one a month ago when I had the Half Acre Daly Double.

Recommendation: A much more balanced IPA than most, with a robust IIPA-like aroma. Unless you are completely averse to hops, seek this one out.

Pairings: Steak served with caramelized onions.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,684 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA goes from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Not sure if I got this bottle from domtronzero or irishgurl4 but either way. Thanks to two excellent Californians

A - Hazy orange-golden glowing body with a nice fluffy white head on top

S - Mmmm.... nice big tropical hop notes hit my nose. Mingles with a bit of citrus and a nice sweetness. This is a beautiful smelling IPA. About as good as it gets without getting into DIPA category.

T - Well balanced. A bit more on the citrusy side than tropical. A bit of a citrusy bitterness gives way to some pine in the finish but the malt makes itself known all the way through. It tastes good but nowhere near what the aroma promised

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty solid well balanced IPA. However the aroma on this one had me ready to proclaim a new IPA favorite. The taste fell a bit short but it's still a solid beer. I'm certainly glad to have tried this one and wouldn't mind drinking more of it. Though I don't think I'd go nuts seeking it out. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy tangerine orange with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one. Pale malts, some butter and butterscotch notes, with honeydew melon and apricots. Very different, but very enticing as well. Reminds me of a cross between an IPA and an English ESB.

TASTE: Pale malts, some citrus, and apricot up front, with some honeydew melon as well. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is full of sweet melon and bitter, piney hops. Good flavors and bold enough for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate and somewhat oily, goes down nice and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish.

OVERALL: A really enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Very unique as well; it had some definite English EBS characteristics that worked well with the IPA base. A slightly oilier finish would have helped the palate somewhat, but this was still a very enjoyable beer I'd gladly have again. Cheers Mulder1010. (1,377 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with an immense 4 inch head that settles into a plateau of foam. I had to pour this beer and wait for the head to settle a few times before I got a decent glass. Thick globs of lattice lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh citrus zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of citrus zest, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a slight touch of honey. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation on this beer. A bit coating in the mouth. Overall, a very good IPA and a solid offering from Alpine. (568 characters)

Photo of photomike
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty easily the best looking IPA I've ever seen. Very clear amber color with an explosive, billowy offwhite head with infinite retention and THICK lacing. So inviting.

The aroma is a seemingly even balance of simcoe and amarillo hops. Orangey and grapefruity with some of that earthy simcoe muskiness. A hint of biscuity malt comes through.

Taste is more of the same, but leaning towards the simcoe end of things. Piney, woody muskiness with all kinds of bitter citrus rind. The bitterness is stronger than I had initially expected, but the palate warms up quickly with this one. After a couple sips, it is clear that this is a well balanced IPA. Nicely biscuity malt flavors.

This finishes very cleanly, with some slight astringency from the bitterness. Slightly lighter in body than I'd like, with medium carbonation.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency does add up a bit.

Not QUITE worthy of its top 100 status, IMO, but a very nice IPA nonetheless. If I loved Simcoe, this would be my jam. (1,004 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado in San Diego.

A - Slightly hazy orange-amber with a soapy white head that recedes to a slight haze and thin ring.
S - Tropical hop aromas of mandarin orange, pineapple, and grapefruit with a moderately sweet caramel backbone.
T - Very close to the nose, lot's of tropical hop flavors, with a moderate malt backbone and a lingering bitter finish.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium-full body and crisp carbonation.
O - Nice, tropical IPA, full-flavored and delicious. I'm beginning to think I'm really missing out, not having access to Alpine, they make some great beer. (593 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellowish brown color with 2 finger fluffy head, lots of lacing.

S: Smells like grapefruit, pine-y hops, floral aroma.

T: Surprisingly maltier than I expected. Quite bitter, but you can taste the malt. Citrous, Grapefruit, pine, finishes slightly bitter (but not too bitter).

M: Medium thickness, good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't anything mind blowing. I much much prefer Nelson over this one. (448 characters)

Photo of Popkas
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden orange with nearly 2 fingers of head that lingers and finally leaves a very nice lace.

S: Tons of grapefruit and hops. Impressive and really looking forward to tasting it!

T: Interesting. Get very little that I can define upfront - very plain after the nose. Bitter pine and grapefruit at the end salvages it nicely.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Very enjoyable. Only wish that we could get this on the east coast. (451 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.