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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 575
Hads: 2,986
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 880
Gots: 386 | 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 MisSigsFan
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin white head. Not many bubbles or lacing. Smell is mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste follows the nose. Bright fruity notes with some pine and just the right amount of bitterness. Maybe a little oniony too. Sweet malts complement the fruity hops really well. Really clean finish. Mouthfeel is spot on. Really easy drinking and super low IBU for an IPA. Overall one of my favorites, edged out just a bit by Nelson. Just a really great, clean IPA. (484 characters)

Photo of castry01
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass at Wild Tomato in Sister Bay, WI.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden hue with a slight orange tinge, finger head which dissipates rather quickly leaving little behind but the beautiful golden nectar beneath.

Aroma: The weakest part of this brew, I just want more. It's not in any way offensive, there is a nice hop presence and a tad bit of citrus but I want to be more taken, more seduced by the citrus and the pine elements of this west-coast.

Taste: This is where Duet really shines. Fantastic balance, the pine sings in perfect harmony with the citrus, neither is overwhelming but both are definitely there, easing their way across your palate. Flavorful, but not abrasive, with a softer finish than most west-coast IPA's, begging you to come back for another sip. A sessionable IPA, as drinkable as it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Fantastic mouthfeel on this one. Silky smooth and light on the tongue due to a medium, drying carbonation.

Overall: Exemplary west-coast IPA. I sometimes struggle with this style as I feel they often come off far too abrasive and piney, Duet gets it right, balancing the pine perfectly with a fresh hit of citrus and subtle malt backbone. (1,203 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Tons of grapefruit and sweet cotton candy in the aroma. There is peaches and nectarines in there as well.

Appearance:Golden in color with off-white head. Head could be thicker and have more retention though.

Taste:Amazing grapefruit flavor on the foretaste. This fades a little on the midtaste, and morphs into peaches and nectarines. There is a pleasantly sweet undertone the whole way through. The aftertaste showcases the hop bitterness, with less of the fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium thick body. Good carbonation. Mild hop astringency on the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, full of great west coast hop aromas and flavors. It's easy drinking, and quite delightful. (723 characters)

Photo of dmsohyea
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

3/2/11 - poured from 22oz bomber into a Stone IPA glass. I've also previously sampled this beer at O'brian's.

A: Pours light orange with one finger thick white head. Head retention and lacing are fantastic with this pour and glass. Sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Outstanding, with fresh Simcoe hops, pine, citrus, and faint malt in the background. Comparable to Pliny, which in my opinion, is the best smelling beer out there.

T: Again, exceptional. Strong hops and grapefruit up front, with a dry bittersweet finish. Nice mix of bittering and aromatic hops with moderate malt profile. I'm not sure if someone poured a Pliny and this beer next to each other that I could tell much difference. One major difference is a slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M: Is thin to moderate with medium high carbonation. A little watery at times.

D: Not sure how many of these I could finish. This bomber won't be an issue, though. Great work, Alpine. (957 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - a slightly hazed golden. Ample lace all around, achieving almost complete coverage.

Aroma - huge grapefruit bouquet. Some pine works its way in upon setup, but the grapefruit maintains throughout.

Taste - malts are crackery, slightly biscuity but mostly cracker. The hops move is easily, naturally, without too much kick or bite or assertion. Citrusy, more grapefruit with a side of pine. So welcome, and after a second they have taken over the palate smoothly and cleanly. A touch of bud scrapage on the swallow. A fine combo does Amarillo and Simcoe make. The swallow and finish are pleasant, drying, and a steady wind-down of flavor.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, carbonation keeps that in check by providing some moderate crispness and lightening things a bit.

Drinkability - an all-purpose IPA that delivers excellent flavor and sessionability. Thanks to a fine BA out west whose name escapes me until I find my trade list! (944 characters)

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at O'Briens, and I'll be going back for more of this one, for sure. Watch for this one to rise up the top 100 as it becomes more available.

Appearance: Amber color with whitish head and decent lacing, nothing too defining compared to other IPAs similar ABV and hoppiness. Just delicious looking, but then again IPAs in general really just get me excited for beer.

Smell: Wow, there are a lot of citrus notes here, with a touch of grassy, piny, floral notes in the background. I felt orange, mango, maybe even pineapple up front with a lot of enjoyable sweetness as well. Almost Sculpin-like in not being the traditional piny IPA style and not too malty either, but sweet, aromatic, citrusy hops.

Taste: Another winner. Citrus hops bust in, followed by the sweetness from the combined hoppiness and malt. The malt's presence is short-lived, however, much like other Alpine brews, yielding more to that scrumptious hop profile. Just yum. I want to brew an IPA like this to have year-round since they are just so aromatic and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Around average. Not too wet, but a little dank. Carbonated appropriately, but doesn't stand out too much on tap. I wish they bottled this.

Drinkability: Delicious. I will be back. And soon. I wish this was more widely available, but I will be having it again soon. Watch it rise up the board, it deserves it. (1,362 characters)

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a foamy white head. Aroma is of grapefruit and grass mostly.

Flavor is full of citrus. There is tangerine and grapefruit. The hops are also floral. There is a light, bready sweetness hidden in the background. There is a nice bitterness here. This is a pretty light IPA in body but not flavor. Its incredibly easy drinking, especially at 7%, which is completely unnoticed. (412 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the bottle share that sprung up at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours light yellowish gold with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of huge pineapple, grapefruit, other citrus notes, lemon peel, sweet honey from the malts. Awesome. The flavor is even better. Huge pineapple sweetness up front followed by bitter pine and grapefruit, some grass, and big lingering citrus notes throughout the palate. Super light bodied, easy going, and medium plus carbonation. I wish I could have this every day. (506 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotten via trade from dabecassis. Mad props to him for providing me a few excellent CA goodies I can't get here in PA.

A: A medium golden color that is fairly clear. A one finger white fluffy head rises atop with almost no lasting glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral tones and some sugar sweetness.

S: Fruity? Holy cow. Hoppy smells of citrus that include grapefruit and some tangerine coupled with some pineapple, mango and some peach. Some herbal tones slide in also. The sweetness comes with a sugary side that is actually very velvety smooth, maybe a touch of vanilla. Finish is back to the fruity hoppy tones but remain smooth and silky. Not overly bitter, but there is bitterness on the finish. Wow, this is one damn great IPA. So elegant.

M: Creamy, smooth, fairly full, a slight trace of alcohol and some slight bitterness. Clean.

D: High, wow really nice drinking beer.

What a great, great west coast IPA. The simcoe and amarillo combine for a real fruity floral experience that I have not ever tasted in an IPA before. Wish we got this in PA.

Update 1/16/2010. Just had my second bottle of this and it is quickly moving up my charts of the best IPAs on the planet. This beer is so damn good my head is spinning. So elegant, hoppy, fruity, drinkable and just so damn delicious. Wow, I'm blown away. What a beer. (1,345 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed my first Alpine Duet with a buddy from out of town that's also on this BeerQuest to drink BeerAdvocate's Top100 US Beers from this past August. I know... good luck.

The appearance of Duet IPA is a light straw and hazy gold with tons and tons of head even on a slow pour. That head brings out a truly beautiful floral aroma with citrus and malty sweetness coming through too. But the bulk is floral, "like a California hillside."

It tastes light and sweet, keeping a hops bitter character as well, and remaining bright. In the middle there's more sweet, and it finishes bitter and clean. Very subdued. The medium body and carbonation keep it solid, it's well-composed, and around 7.0% this is dangerously light in the mouth. Extremely easy to drink.

Me gusta. (771 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10/31/10 Sample:

A:4.5
S:5.0
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

The nose has a beautiful fruity toffee note that I haven't picked up on in previous samplings. The taste is the same as usual and the mouthfeel is the same. I love how dry this beer is.

11/29/09 Sample:
A:4.5
S:4.5
T:4.0
M:4.5
D:5.0

22oz bomber received in a trade with BevmoIan thanks!

Appearance: pours a honey gold with trails of orange and a massive off white crown. The crown is frothy and billowly in a cool whip type way.

Smell: Strong floral hops with lemon and notes over a nice biscuit malt. The floral component is truly fragrant and satisfying. Some pine resin in the background too but it's faint.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit citrus zing with a tasty biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a medium body makes this brew come off crisp but the creamy head helps to counterbalance.

Drinkability: Quite the session IPA. (891 characters)

Photo of flskydiver
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at beer 30 in San Marco. Jax,FL
Look: Golden body with some floaties. Head was fluffy white and stuck around for a while leaving a thin lacing down the glass.
Smell: Very nice! Funky, earthy, dank and resinous cut grass mixed with mango and apricot. It leans more on the dank side than the tropical which is fine by me.
Taste: Sweet,citrusy, and slightly bready upfront with an instant hop burst that lasts the whole way down. Very tasty beer.
Feel: Smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels just right.
Overall: A very well crafted brew and I am glad Jacksonville is starting to get Alpine stuff. If the beer snobbery is true and "this isn't anywhere near what it is like from the bottle" then I'll have to search out a trade partner because this was almost world class. (801 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company - Duet IPA

Got this one thanks to a trade.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy orange to copper to amber with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is grapefruit citrus and a hint of bready malt, but the hops take center stage.

Taste - Big grapefruit citrus punch that gently fades into floral and leaves a slight sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Rests sour citrus and very dry. Great drinkability. It's actually a bit of a gulper from the dry element. Light and crisp. Slight stomach warmer.

Overall - This is one of those times where one dimensional is a compliment. Grapefruit citrus blast, no bull. (665 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Hitachino Nest glass.

A-Pours a perfect golden hue. Not too dark, just right. Lacing is nice. With each sip I'm reminded just how much I've swallowed. Nice bubbles.

S-Smells like Armarillo hops. I love that smell. Grassy, apricot, slightly sweet from the malt.

T-This beer is uber refreshing. So light and crisp despite being 7%. So well balanced. Alpine knows their stuff. The dryhopping leaves a pleasant bitterness floating on my tongue. It's hard to describe but it's what makes me truly love this beer.

M-Carbonation is almost perfect on this one. The beer feels so light and refreshing. It's perfect on a hot day as today.

O-Alpine makes such wonderfully balanced IPA's, this one is no different. I feel like Duet does a great job of showcasing how great the Simcoe and Amarillo hops can taste. This is easily in my top ten IPA's. Seek it out. (876 characters)

Photo of pperrecone
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice bright golden yellow.

smells of dank pine followed by nice tropical citrus fruit.

Taste is super on point dank pine and lots of tropical fruit. nice balance of hop bitterness and malt. defiantly a west coast IPA. not just a bitter over hopped beer but a nice complexity of hop layers of flavor. Pat knows hops and how to use them.

Body is nice and dry.

Overall this is one the best IPA out their. Thank God I live in SD so I can drink this year around. (470 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

This is the centerpiece around which Topher and I built our trade. Here's to some good drinking, I'm hoping...

"Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!". Ok. How's about putting some bottled on or at least best by dates on your bottles! ;^)

It pours a clear gold ingot colour, or gold coin, or whatever gold you may have stashed away or are wearing. They don't get much more gold looking than this one. Nice 1" head of foam with some good lacing, this is one beautiful looking IPA.

Taking a few whiffs and the hops are fragrant as all hell. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit and some pine dominate in a big and fresh way and in between, I can sense some malt sweetness that doesn't really balance out the smell at all but it's nice that it is there.

Sip....sip...sip...yep, the hops are big in the taste as well, grapefruit and some mango with a little bit of pine, all representing but....the malt shines a lot more here than what it did nosebud wise. Some caramel malt sweetness takes the "sharpness" off just the right amount that I like in a hoppy IPA and that always sits very well with me. In fact, the more I sip, the more I notice the malt but I guess that's because I'm "looking" for it. lol. Anywho, this super fresh brew is tasting amazingly good.

A very nice medium, smooth, mouthfeel with lightish carbonation, it would be easy to say the hell with it and gulp the sucker down but that is not my modus operandi.

Drinkability? It's entered as 6.75%abv, my bottle says 7.0%abv but whichever it is, and I'm leaning towards the 7(because my bottle says so...maybe a change from version tap vs version bottle?), this is highly drinkable! Alpine brewing did a great job here and Mauerhan did a great job sending this one my way. More BAs need to try this! (1,806 characters)

Photo of jcnd9803
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz from a trade. Thanks to mroberts1204 for recommending and supplying!

A- Perfect dark golden color with an awesome ivory colored head that just won't cease.

S- IMO, a perfect hop smell. Floral and grapefruit. Mild pale malt is there to add a touch of balance. The smell on this is awesome!

T- Amazingly, even though I smelled faint malt, it's absent from the taste. However, the hop profile comes across as balanced. Bitter, but not too bitter. Orange peel is what I'm getting.

M- Wow, I wasn't expecting this level of creaminess. This is a beautiful IPA.

D- Bottom line, I need to get more of this. I could drink this everyday! (641 characters)

Photo of ChrisPro
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at South Bay Drugs.

Pours murky golden, with hints of orange. Great bubbly white head.

Aroma was a perfect juxtaposition of grapefruit with lemon honey. These two hops sang harmoniously in the nose.

Flavor was a slight sweet honey up front with a huge hop flavor, and then a slight balanced bitter finish. This is a straight up IPA at its best.

Felt some slight fizziness on the tongue, but it worked perfectly for the style. Mild astringency, but again, it worked for me.

Overall, this was one of the best IPAs I've ever had and shows that you don't need to be a huge hop bomb to make a fantastic beer. Wish I had access to Alpine more regularly. (669 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler.

Poured a medium to deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas citrus, floral, pine, oranges, and just all around hoppy. Aromas of Citrus, tangerines, pine (more than the aromas), and some caramel. Medium sweet and medium bitter balance.

Notes from 9/27/08 (290 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic IPA appearance, amber body, good head, minimal retention.

Best nose on an IPA. Extremely fruity: peaches, apricots, citrus, even some green apple. The malt kicks in too.

Well balanced, great flavor that accentuates the malt and downplays the fruit. Perfect bitterness. Not super complex, at least not like the nose.

Good carbonation and medium body, again characteristic of all good IPAs.

Another winner from Alpine. (428 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear dark gold with a fluffy white head that lasts leaving moderate lacing.

N- Light aroma of toasted grains, resin, flowers, and grapefruit rind with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Nice crisp biscuity malt supports a firm piney, resinous bitterness with floral accents. The malt character tastes like you're chewing on fresh toasted grains. Juicy citrus, pine resin, flowers, and fresh biscuity grain hold steady to the finish and linger into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a semidry, sticky finish.

D- Overall, an incredibly well-balanced brew that satisfies with every sip, but never satiates. I definitely need to drink this more often. (686 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice clean golden/copper hue with a solid creamy head that dissipates within a few sips leaving solid lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Sweet and grassy, floral and spicy with some citrus/grapefruit essence in there too. The smell is real nice, but not as strong as I anticipated.

T: Clean, spicy hopiness that is balanced perfectly with a malty finish. Super crisp and very clean; honestly one of the best IPA's So-Cal has to offer - the quality is top notch.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with mild carbonation that really lends to the creaminess of this brew.

D: Real easy to drink - the prevalent hop is balanced perfectly with a sweet malty finish.

Fresh quality IPA that is just a cut above most others of the same style. (803 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff. (1,672 characters)

Photo of MGL
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this gem in a trade with stawn. Thanks Chris! Poured a 22 oz bomber into a oversized Pinot wine glass. Pours a golden caramel with minimal lacing and a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. I put my nose to this beer and this is exactly what I like about west coast ipa's rich citrus. This ipa uses a mixture of simcoe and amarillo hops, yummy. This baby tastes exactly how it smelss citrus pronounced with wonderfull grapefruit bitterness. This beer goes down very easily, too bad this is not readily available on the east coast. (541 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing nose on this beer! Ripe tropical fruits with honey. Yum. Pours a honey golden to light amber, with generous white head. On the palate the hop focus is center stage, with no real need to mention malt presence. Nice piney and grapefruity hop flavors with a dry, chalky bitterness that goes nicely into the finish. Fine example of an IPA. (343 characters)

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