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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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683 Reviews
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Reviews: 683
Hads: 3,424
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 851
Gots: 508 | FT: 20
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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Photo of pmccallum86
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden color with an amber hue. Head is very thick and bubbly leaving significant lacing as it dissipates down the glass.

Smell is amazing, great hoppy aromas, some pine, grapefruit and grassiness.

Taste is primarily of hops with a smooth creamy malt backbone. Big Hops. Grapefruit, pine, pear and banana come through. Very interesting flavor, somewhat similar to Alpine's Nelson but a little more hoppy. The malt is very present in the finish, very sweet almost caramel like.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability is superb, very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of TomChiari777
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Appears crystal golden and transparent.
Aroma: Piny hop aroma with some sweet malt. Would like more citrus (I get a little orange) or even more pine.
Taste: Fruit rine and pine. A little sweet malt. A good, balanced example of the west coast style.
Feel: Medium to medium-low body.
Overall, a great example of the west coast style and definitely balanaced as others have pointed out. Better than Pliny.

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Photo of Mdog
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, good head.

Smell: Very nice bright grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Yum! Very good sweetness followed by grapefruit. Not bitter, smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Wow, I was really impressed by this beer. I had it on tap several months back in AZ but was not very impressed. This bottle (now in MN) was pretty awesome, to the point I feel like getting another bomber or two despite trying to avoid bomber packaging. Just a great mix of sweet and hoppy.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to Sandstone for picking this up. He assured me that he left it in bright sunlight and warm temperatures. Thanks man.

Poured into my end 0))) tulip.

A: Pours a very hazy amber body with orange highlights. The head is 2.5 fingers of fluffy off-white head with outstanding retention; it just won't die. Die damn you! I want to drink! Sticky curtains of lace down the glass.

S: It's like smelling a citrus bouquet... Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, mango. So wonderful.

T: Big hoppy bitterness. Wonderful citrus flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Malt is restrained; I have a hard time picking any of it out, but I'd hesitantly call it biscuity and toasty. The beer is quite dry.

M: Bitter, slightly oily body with a dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation (I'm guessing this helps keep off the sticky oils in the aftertaste). A pretty clean flavor despite the initially big bitterness up front.

D: Good lord, Alpine makes some great IPAs.

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Photo of kevanb
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duet pours a really nice clean copper color, very golden, hues of light amber and orange with a small, finger high white soapy head on top. The head has moderate retention but leaves behind great lacing. The aroma is very potent, lots of tropical fruit with a zest citrus backbone of grapefruit and lemon, sticky pine with some faint cereal grain, the hops are in full force and balanced quite well. The flavors really bring it all together, grapefruit, lemon, lots of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, really nice juiciness. A big burst of bitter, sticky pine and earthy resinous hops come through behind the bright fruit flavors than trail off with some light malt sweetness at the finish. The body is great, very juicy, big and thick, coats the mouth well with a very dry finish.

Verdict: Just as good as I remember it to be, it really is one of the premier West Coast IPAs. The balance of flavors is superb, truly celebrating hops in all their glory. Alpine has proven again and again that hoppy beers are their forte and this is no exception, a masterclass.

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Photo of awalk1227
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/22/10 Received in a trade from Rock4sc96!

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Hazy straw and bright yellow, my favorite color for an IPA, personally. Huge off-white head that leaves sticky lacing the whole way down.

S: Huge, bitter hops. Simcoe city, baby. Fruit in the nose, and the slightest hint of a toasty malt (but this is West Coast, yo)

T: Full malts in the mouth at the very start, then fruit: grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Then some bitterness on the tongue, and then more fruit! In my opinion, this is how an IPA (of the West Coast variety, I reckon) should taste. No alcohol whatsoever

F: Smooth and medium, just right. Makes my mouth water after every sip.

D: I need another bomber, now.

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Photo of antott0523
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of philbe311
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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...

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Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Wow, this label is pretty crazy. What the heck does a church have to do with this beer? Also, the "Drink Alpine ale or go to bed!" quote on the back is pretty random, but pretty funny. In any case, the beer poured an amazingly clear, brassy color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that left spotty drips of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy and complex. Peach, apricot and grapefruit notes were instantly recognizable. (Peach flavored candy came to mind.) Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were noticeable as well. Somewhat floral. The crystal malts took a back seat to the hops, yet they provided a pleasant sweetness. A hint of butterscotch came through as the beer warmed. The hops also seemed to intensify with time. This is an IPA in its finest form.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the aroma. Sweet-ish caramel malts were noticeable up front before the hops kicked in. Citrus fruit notes (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) dominated the hop profile. Peach and apricot flavors appeared as well. The finish was piney and oily. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Crisp, clean, bitter and somewhat dry but not overly astringent. This beer had just enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from being harsh.

The mouthfeel was quite creamy and smooth. A crisp, lively carbonation made the liquid feel light and fluffy on my palate. My only complaint was that the body seemed a touch thin for a beer of this magnitude.

Duet is liquid crack for hop heads. Packed with a menagerie of hop-derived flavors yet shockingly balanced, this beer is all too quaffable. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was remarkably well hidden. I can only imagine how good this must be on-tap.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a mug. Thanks, mikesgroove!

Golden/orange color. Gentle pour yields a smallish white head. Nice rings of lacing on the glass.

This could possibly be my absolute favorite aroma. Bright citrus in the nose...grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine...this beer even smells drinkable, if that's possible.

Flavor follows. Delicious, juicy citric hop flavor. Tons of great hop flavor without any kind of harsh bitterness. Just a really pleasant drinker, all the way through. There's a great touch of pine/resin in the finish. As soon as I put the glass down, I'm reaching for it again.

Lighter body than I expected. Appropriately carbonated. Slick, oily texture. Very refreshing IPA. One of the best I've had. Good call, Mike.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a cap of nice white foam; minimal lacing and so-so retention. The smell is a flowery aroma, and as it warms, a dose of sweet caramel malt, blood orange, and milder citrus. The taste is beautiful flowery and pine on the back end, and again sweetish red orange and caramel malt. This tastes amazing. Medium body, and the light carbonation is spot on. Overall, an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA; it would be hard to improve on this.

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Photo of ressletr
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of aglose45
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Stawn for this bomber in a recent trade!

A: Poured a clear, light-golden brown, with a mountainous white head that lasted awhile. The lacing left on the walls of my glass was nice and thick!

S: The smell is of tangerines! Following that is some pineapple, then and other tropical citrus notes. The malt aroma doesn't make much of a presence here, but I'm happy about that.

T: The initial hop flavor is tangerines. I have never had a beer that had this much tangerine flavor, this is mind blowing. There are also other tropical fruit hop flavors in there, mainly grapefruit, but the rest are hard to differentiate from each other. There is also a moderate amount of bitterness, which is pleasant, and not harsh. The malt backbone seems to be one of a biscuity type, but every once in awhile I'll get a sweetness that peeks through. That sweetness could be some caramel or some fruity esters coming to the front. 4.75/5 - Adjusted the appearance up to 5/5 to offset.

M: This beer is very smooth, has some good hop resin, and also has a good carbonation level to it.

D: Phenominal beer! The use of Simcoe and Amarillo hops in this beer really makes me not wait to brew my IPA with these two hop varieties. This is definitely a beer that I will seek out again, but thankfully, for now, I still have one more bomber left!

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a big fizzy, frothy, bright white head. Good lace and retention.

S: So floral and juicy. Huge resiny hops. Like freshly bloomed flowers. Pretty sticky and pungent. Some pine and freshly cut wood. Every aspect of a hop you want to taste in an IPA. So well-rounded.

T: Even more amazing than the nose which I didn't think would be possible. So fragrant and floral. Fruity, juicy, citrusy, woody, resiny, piney. Everything! A delicate but full-flavored IPA that has so much to love about it. Unbelievable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation with a perfect amount of dryness and perfect body and feel. Top notch. Amazing bouquet of flavors explode on the palate and leave a very pleasant taste.

O: Not much I can say other than I was blown away. I knew how great this beer was going in and I knew Alpine is one of the best when it comes to IPA's but this was a dream. So incredible.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of tropical fruit and pine. Big upfront presence of citrus hops with a scent of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, pineapple, apricot, and melon. Dank hints of pine resin and grass along with some floral hop hints. Malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and dank hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront taste of ripe citrus fruit with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, lemon, apricot, and melon. Good notes of pine resin along with some grassy and floral hops. Backing malt notes of caramel, cracker, grains, and yeast. A really good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly oily. Pretty drying.

Overall: A really great West Coast IPA. Big juicy and dank hop presence with a nice light malt presence. One of the better in it's style.

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and citrus hops with good amounts of herbal hop aromas lurking in the background. The pale malt does not but serve as a backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops gain a bit of a bitter edge as they turn mildly herbal, then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this very well may have been my favorite beer I had while visiting SD, a list that includes a lot of highly-regarded beers. A superb IPA and one that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Toronado in San Diego on 7/5/11

A - Poured a medium yellow with some abmer throughout and and half finger of white head.

S - A sharp bitterness up front with pronounced grapefruit, tangerine and mango notes along with some pine. Malt sweetness is barely detectable. Definitely a west coast IPA. A very robust and inviting nose.

T - Strong flavours of grapefruit, orange rind, mango and pine. Not much sweetness at all. Very bitter overall but not overwhelmingly so. A fantastic IPA.

M - Medium body with a good chew. Lots of hop oils/resin detectable.

O - An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jesse for getting me this growler. I have searched long and hard for this one and I am thrilled to finally be able to throw this one down. I drank this growler throughout the day while messing around in the yard. Served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

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Photo of zac16125
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date but picked up from the brewery less than 1 week ago

A big thanks to harink for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with just under 1 fingers width of bright white head that quickly dissipates down. Looks like a pilsner, so it loses points. Leaves tons of lacing though to win those points back.

S: Huge aroma. Tropical fruit sweetness with pineapple and mango, juniper and dank resinous pine, hints of lemon zest and orange rind. Hints of the sweet malt backbone. This is very well balanced, with a lot going on for a single IPA. Smells delicious.

T: Like the nose, there is a great balance of flavors. Sweet malt, juniper and pine, pineapple. Its dank, resinous, sweet and citrusy all at once. Faint piney bitterness lingers for a long time after each sip. Packed with flavor, yet so well balanced. Just excellent.

M/D: Very smooth and creamy for an IPA, coats the palate nicely. Medium body, perfect carbonation. Drinkability is great. Impressive mouthfeel for the style.

O: Overall, what a fantastic brew. Certainly one of, it not THE best single IPA Ive ever had. Seek this out, a must try. Very glad I got to try this and can't wait to try to Nelson thats sitting in my fridge.

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Photo of dfillius
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into pint glass yields 1/3 finger white head with good retention. More head though please. Crystal clear and golden. Pretty. On the very light side of IPAs. Minus points for that.
S: Tangerine, mango - Man Candy all the way! Some earthiness belowdecks is a nice accent. Maybe some savory garlic too. Some apple cidery esters too that tingle a bit but are not boozy.
T: Well balanced, clean crisp malt up front. Good gentle but substantial hop bitterness. Savory side and piney side of hops are stronger. Dances on the edge of APA and AIPA. So tasty. The only strike against it is that it seems more like an APA in balance. Too bad for semantics.
M: Very smooth, balanced, full-flavored. Dare I say perfect? Crisp but round.
O: Delicious and very drinkable for 7%. Smooth. I'd drink a lot of this if I lived in San Diego. I'll definitely buy again and have a second. Sarah likes this one a lot!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A symphony of hops! The Amarillo and Simcoe work so well together and the aroma is so incredibly light and floral. So easily drinkable it's difficult to take your time with it. I am happy that Alpine has finally come to Chicago!

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Photo of Humulus85
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jimmy2282, the Surly will be coming soon.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my trusty nonic. Produced a very nice two-finger, off-white head, that dissipated slowly and left some very nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. It's a pretty, honey-gold color; clear and a tad lighter than expected.

Smell is very, very nice. Bunches of fruity hops hit you right away, but there are some subtle grassy notes and an overall sweetness that just screams "Drink Me". This may well be the best smelling beer I've come across.

This is a truly great tasting beer. Just like the smell, massive bouquet of fruity hops upfront. There's some dry, bitter hops in the middle, but there is this underlying sweetness to the beer that is just gorgeous.

Thicker than expected, but still great carbonation. It's relatively heavy for how silky smooth and easy to drink it is. I like it. It seems a lot of IPAs these days try to be light in the body, but Duet embraces the fullness in its body.

Overall this is a GREAT IPA and a very good beer. If I were to give some newbie an IPA, this would be it. I think that's because it's not as dry and bitter as some IPAs can be. This is a sweeter IPA. The hop profile is one of my favorites thus far. If Duet is a true representation of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, than those are varieties I will be on the look out for. Great brew. Cheers!

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying an Alpine Beer and I must say that the bar has been raised!

Pours medium amber with a thick, fluffy head. The lace just sticks to the glass and refuses to let go. Just beautiful.

Intensely fresh hop aroma. By far one of the best aromas from an IPA I have ever smelled. Tropical fruits (papayas and mangoes come to mind) with pine and grapefruit on deck.

Tastes of sweet tropical fruit and some pine, basically mimicking the nose, with no harshness and no lingering bitterness. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the beer very balanced but not to detract from the hop flavors; delicious.

Chewy, full bodied and highly carbonated. In summary, an extremely enjoyable beer but the excessive carbonation makes the drinkability just shy of a 5.

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.