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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 575
Hads: 2,996
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 880
Gots: 389 | FT: 15
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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 beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my resident drinking buddy beerFMAndy for bringing this one back from Cali.

Poured into my tulip the beer is an amber golden hue. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma has an initial hop blast. Lots of citrus and pine. Then it fades to a sweet buttery aroma. Almost sugar cookie like. Strange yet good.

The flavor is super citrusy. Oranges are the most dominant. Hints of lemon and mango along with just a dash of sweet malt.

Medium body. Slightly creamy with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity IPA. Glad I got to try it. (648 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep orangey hued light honied amber color. There is an off-white colored head that forms and leaves behind great lacing.

S — Smells of bright and freshly squeezed orange juice, there is a little bit of a floral pineapple and citrusy aroma as well.

T — Tastes quite bitter and fresh, notes of crisp bitter hops and a nice sweet malt backbone to balance everything out.

M — Medium bodied, nice balance of sweet and dry, very drinkable.

O — Fantastic overall, very nice balance there is a great depth of flavor and sweetness. (564 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. (390 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber. (848 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Lightly hazy amber, thin sheet halfway down the glass. Smell is floral, citrus peel. Taste: resiny and orange throughout, bit rindy, substantial sugary pale backing, a little stone fruit. Body has heft with fluffy feel into lingering hoppy drying finish. Very nice (272 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Engine 15 in JAX, Florida.
Very fruity with low bitterness for style and flavor, Moderate complexity.

O. perhaos the best IP i've had in months. (157 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dandelion color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the tropical fruits upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead with pineapple and mango notes that blend with some pine and grass with a moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with skme light bread notes and some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is definitely worth trying out. (506 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice foamy finger thick head. Light golden color. Darker than Nelson but not by much.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, other tropical smells and some floral smells. Oh simcoe and amarillo hops. a match made in heaven.

T: Lots of citrus. Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass. Yum. So hoppy good. Just enough malt backbone to make sure its not over the top hopbomb. lt has a nice dry finish too.

M: Nice carbonation which rolls off the tongue. Right amount of thickness/thiness from an IPA like this as well

D: A very enjoyable citrus IPA. Really drinkable considering its a 7%. I like Odell's IPA and Sculpin a scosche more but I enjoyed it more than Nelson. Definitely will have again, hopefully on tap. Both are amazing IPAs from such a small brewery. I hope that they increase production and produce 6 packs in the future. (837 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ugly light copper color with a gigantic 4 fingers of head that engulfs my tulip glass and leaves a trail of webby lacing as it recedes.

Smell is unmistakable West Coast IPA. Nice and pungent citrus and pine mixture.

The taste is more middle of the road for an IPA from this coast in my opinion. Of course, the middle of the road is still good. A good amount of biscuity malts and bitterness accompany some light pine resin and floral hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation, some of it a bit stinging. Drinkability is high in terms of volume of beer simply due to the balance nature of the flavor profile, but since I am a one and done type drinker in this style I would probably reach for something else instead. Still, a very good beer that deserves props for being balanced. (797 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Loads of citrus and piney hops...

T - Starts with a good hop bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerines, and floral all in the mix. Finishes with good amount of pine, and some more hop bitterness...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Another delicious IPA from Alpine. Personally like Nelson over this one, but this is still a steller brew, and something I will be drinking again in the future...

Cheers... (618 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded by Armand, bomber shared with cbutova.

Pours super pale orange, white head looks great for a while, eventually remains as a bubbly cap leaving decent lacing. Dusty sediment.

Pretty great hoppy scent although it does fade with some time. Fresh citrus, floral and earthy hops.

Taste-wise, grapefruit takes over for the citrus, not much citrus to be found unlike the nose. Big floral hops along with a heap of earthy/piny hop oils. Light toasty/caramel malt.

Light mouthfeel but not watery. Medium carbonation, quite bitter, malt doesn't contribute much.

Good stuff, I liked it better than Pure Hoppiness. (614 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Updated scores after my recent trip to the brewery where I had it on draft.*
*My old Review is below.*

Bottle courtesy of nickd717. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks again Nick!

A - Pours golden yellow, with amber orange hues, with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt. The hops are still pretty strong but they are fading quick, glad I drank it now.

T - Plenty of sticky pine resin up front mixes well with the slightly dulled citric hops. Hints of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruits, and a light chewiness toward the end. Finish is a mix of caramel malt and lingering hop bitterness. While this one is a tiny bit past its prime it is still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

O - A little old but still quite enjoyable. I hope to have this one on-tap at the source some day. Maybe my next trip to SoCal?? (1,062 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm always interested in a new Alpine offering.

Appearance - A nice light copper with two inches of white, fairly stiff head. Laces well.

Smell - Nice and light. Plenty of apricots and tropical fruits. Pleasantly hoppy. A slighty biscuity note.

Taste - Follows the smell. Tons of nice tropical fruits. Very light with a grassy note to finish. There is a real astringency that is unpleasant on the aftertaste. It just dries out the mouth. It goes from great to very good.

Mouthfeel - Nice and light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good, but that aftertaste is tough.

This is a very good beer. It was almost great, but it finishes so dry that I'm having a little trouble with it. (692 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here. (855 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing left behind

S- fresh fruity and Kraft hop aroma with notes of passion fruit, pineapple, orange, mint leaf and fresh grass. Clean underlying malt

T- fruity hop flavor up front with notes of red berries, citrus, pineapple, fresh cut grass & mint. Underlying malt provides a showcase for the hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- another solid Alpine IPA (575 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another nice IPA offering from Alpine, but I'm not 100% sold on this one. At first look and sniff, I thought Duet would be my runaway favorite. It poured beautifully, had a nice color and head, wonderful floral and citrus aromas; unfortunately though, I didn't find it exceptionally balanced, and the resiny finish lingered on my tongue for longer than I prefer. (362 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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 -5.3%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -6%
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)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.