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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 2,983
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 879
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 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 maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skuter for sending me both long-sought Alpine brews, Nelson & Duet, in a recent swap of fine beers. Split with the wife while the hops are still kicking vigorously.

Pours Gaskin Lake clear, golden, it's practically a sun unto itself, no sediment whatsoever. Carbonation is moderate to the eye. Smell is lovely hops, again in moderation, with a warm south wind from the Tropics.

The first sip of Duet brings out the extreme oiliness of the hops vs. a distinct taste impression, 99 out of 100 for slick, slippery, & sticky. Then comes the actual taste of the hops, again tropical, almost fruity edge on top, then comes the citrus, pine, & a bitterness at the end that's a pleasant cleaning up.

This is a creative gem. An IPA that starts out mellow with it's sandals off, then creeps up, & the bitterness at the end is a welcome cap to the flavors that come before it. This is what brewers can do with hops that doesn't involve 400 lbs. per barrel. The balance is beautiful. I can't even detect whateve malt is in here, but the hops aren't running wild. I could drink this all night & well into the morning. I'm gulping vs. sipping, which is what I do when I'm reviewing a beer that's both tasty & easy to down.

Excellent! If this one were readily available, I'd seek this out as a Furious alternative on days I wasn't feeling quite so aggressive. Lovely & a masterful creation. Great example of the style. (1,420 characters)

Photo of popery
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Holy crap, this is good. This beer pours a light golden amber with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma hit me the instant I uncapped the bottle. This is not a shy beer. It smells like a truckload of tangerine rinds and pine needles were mixed with fairy dust and dumped in a meadow of flowers. A big whiff of this beer is like aromatherapy for a hophead. As Ninkasi doubtlessly intended, this IPA is all about showcasing the hops. The flavor is light and dry with lots of hop bitterness, but there's just enough malt sweetness to keep it from paint thinner territory. The mouthfeel is oily with hop residue but just a bit thin. However, I think that I'm only noticing that because the hops are so big that my palate is assuming it's in DIPA territory. For a dry 7% abv beer, Alpine probably couldn't do any better in this regard. This is a phenomenal beer. I can't wait to try the rest of the Alpine bottles that I bought. (953 characters)

Photo of abrand
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Credit to JesseTheHutt for this wonderful Cali IPA.

22 ounce bomber poured into a SN tumbler. The Duet pours a bright golden orange color with a bubbly white head and lots of bubbles rising from the base of the glass. Very good clarity through the pour and solid lacing. Aromas are dominated with floral and hoppy scents. Also hints of grapefruit and pines. Quaff is fairly sweet with plenty of citrus fruits. A nice malty caramel taste comes forth with the warming of the brew. And of course, hops finish off the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter with a full body. Drinkability is great. Another great example of west coast hops. Thanks again Jesse. (664 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on the visit to san diego, we drove out to alpine to sample the wares. except my partner in crime passed himself out in the back of the van. left alone to trudge on, i put forth my best effort. a light orangey hue, spewing forth grapefruit and mango goodness with a slight bit of malt. a nice bitter, touch of sweetness and plenty of citrus fruit. pretty tasty, nothing to go too wild over, but enjoyable nonetheless. perhaps the sours from earlier in the day were still vengeful, but i would think my excitement from the 45 minute drive would overcompensate for any of that. at any rate, i shall try a bottle in the future or perhaps find it at sd beer week if everything goes right. (684 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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

Mouthfeel is smooth with fast moving carbonation making this brew immensely drinkable. This is just a damn good IPA that I would be buying many bombers of if it was available locally. If you have access to this consider yourself lucky! (810 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to javib458 for sending this in a trade. Poured into my RR tulip glass from a 22 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep golden-amber hue with a two-finger thick off-white head that takes eons to settle. The head is frothy, and has the consistency of that of a Trippel. Head retention is awesome, and lacing is at it's peak.

S: The aroma screams West Coast. Citrusy, with hints of mango and pineapple, along with grassy, floral notes. Bready malt and a hint of caramel are present in the backround.

T: A bit more balanced than the smell. All of the fruity and floral hop aromas are there. Citrus, a bit of pine, and other tropical flavors are balanced out with a good amount of caramel, dough, and some honey-like flavors. Finish is dry and very clean.

M: For a standard American IPA, this beer has the viscosity and texture of a Double. It's silky, yet vigorous mouthfeel lend this beer something I have not had in many beers of the same style.

D: Smooth, yet chewy at the same time, This beer is a beast of it's own kind. I find it to be very balanced, big in flavor, yet at a point where it can be easily enjoyed in numbers. I have got to find more of this. (1,161 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a big fluffy white head that laces out great. The body of the brew was a cloudy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was great I liked how you could smell the Amarillo hops over the Simcoe which to me was a great accomplishment. This brew had a really great hop nose to it. The flavors were nice, not to one dimensional as one would expect from a west coast IPA, but somewhat more balanced than I was expecting. It was light and crisp in the mouth and drank extremely well.

Hint ..I would gladly drink this one again (606 characters)

Photo of MikeBuff
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass.

A- really no head to speak of probably because it was poured a little too cold. Some good lacing on the top, beer has a nice golden color.

S- Fairly mild on the nose, again probably because of the tempature. The hop aromma shines through in the best sort of way. Not over powering but just enough to invite you for more.

T- Its a very citrus but calms down quicky. It imparts a little spice right before the hit of malt comes through. At 45 ibu's this is really enjoyable my tounge is not torched and I could have a few of these.

M- I would like just a tad more on the mouth feel but it works well with the hoppiness of this beer.

Overall, ive become a huge fan of alpine, any time someone goes anywhere where they can grab some for my I toss them some money and say grab whatever they have. (838 characters)

Photo of cbros
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours a medium to light yellow color. There is a nice head retention with a pretty white three finger head. There is also a lot of carbonation activity after the pour. Overall a decent looking beer.

S- The smell coming from this beer is your run of the mill hoppy West Coast IPA. I am picking up a strong citrusy presence and little else. This a good smelling beer.

T- As with the other Alpine beer I have had the taste is where the beer really sets itself apart. This beer starts off relatively mild then finishes with a nice hoppy character. It isn't overpowering in anyway, rather it is a nice well balanced IPA that isn't too bitter but still has a nice hoppy flavor. A very good tasting beer that I would love to drink in numerous quantities.

I recieved this beer as part of my Secret Santa haul and I am very happy to finally mark this Want off my list. Like I stated above this is a very good tasting beer and I would love having this again. Thanks Matt! (1,007 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade, courtesy of WeeObese.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a frothy 1.5 finger white head that as decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting cap.

Sweet citrus hop aroma that is slightly earthy with a faint grahamcrakery malt presence. Hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango and pineapple accompany the dank oily resinous hop presence. Slightly piny giving it a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. There's also a sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

Slightly chewy, resinous medium body with a lot of dry earthy hop bitterness up front along with some tropical and citrus fruit flavor all slightly balanced by a subtle malt backbone.
Very earthy up front with a lot of dry pine bitterness which lingers throughout into a very dry finish. The citrus character from the aroma is there but very less prominent than I expected or hoped for. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit along with some pineapple notes. Subtle malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. There's also some strong sweet alcohol evident mid palate and the high ABv is not very well masked. Overall this beer is a bit to dry and bitter for my liking with too strong of an alcohol presence and not enough balance. The balance that I speak of is not a lack of malt, just a lack of the flavors blending with each other. Not nearly enough citrus, sweet flavor for my taste. Decent but a bit overhyped. (1,530 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Beverages 4 Less, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: I'm reviewing this one on the heels of the delicious Nelson, and though I could pretty much just copy/paste my description of its appearance here, I won't. To recap: the color is a little lighter than I anticipated, a crystalline auriferous tangerine, replete with large, mercurial bubbles, racing towards one finger of pearly ivory head with great retention and crisp, chunky lacing. To be fair, there are differences: the shade of this one is a little darker than Nelson (a plus), the carbonation a little less excited and, subsequently, the head a little less massive (+), though the lacing is also a little less rocky, perhaps a result of the protein content of the constituent hops (-). Nonetheless, quite an auspicious beginning, particularly as the drink begins and those gorgeous aging rings of hop protein residue begin to form. Glorious.

Aroma: Duet's nose is a little tamer than Nelson's, which is saying something given the latter's understated and subtle complexity. Citrus is fairly large and predominant, very tart and juicy, and more at the top end of the spectrum - that is, lemon and orange. There's some dry, almost festively aromatic pine - like a big ol' dried Frasier fir -

Taste: Duet's dare I say risky choice of pairing Amarillo with Simcoe produces most of its interesting results here. These two are rarely featured on their own or even predominantly in IPAs - indeed, I remember the novelty of Weyerbacher's Double Simcoe and its self-touted experimental nature when it first came out - so this is quite a treat. I've also likened the notes one can achieve from Amarillo as the closest thing you can get to dry hopping without actually dry hopping, and this beer is no different: the Amarillo addition provides a nice earthy, grassy, leafy kick, slightly piney, amplifying these elements of the Simcoe (in which they're also present but feature less prominently). The Simcoe hop has always come across as sort of a C-hop conglomeration on steroids to me, hitting about every note you could want or need out of hops, though always a little inauthentically, in my mind - pine, citrus, herbal notes, floral overtones, and leafy and grassy bits and pieces all wrapped up in a minty, bubblegum package. Its upon consideration of the Simcoe addition that the apropos nature of the name of this beer becomes evident. The Simcoe both augments the Amarillo's woody, herbal, and grassy nature and also backs it up where it lacks, providing pure, zesty lemon notes, thick ruby red grapefruit, spicy, cleansing mint, thyme, basil, juniper berries, and a moderately amped up level of bitterness. All this over a biscuity, slightly caramelized, moderately sweet backbone. Duet is tasty.

Mouthfeel: A body approximately on par with Nelson - that is, of a moderate thickness - but with more residual sugars than Nelson by far, to make for a slightly stickier mouth. The carbonation is still large, rampant, crisp, but the sugars tame the impact, making this one creamy, smooth, and even rather than sharp or crisp, a contribution that probably works well with the hop profile here (with a heavier emphasis on citrus and a downplaying of spicy herbal notes).

Drinkability: A different beast entirely than Nelson, though truly another beautiful showcase for some beautiful hops. On the minus side, I've never really been a huge fan of the Simcoe hop, even though I think it's better done here than it usually is - I've always found it a little inauthentic, I might even use the word "gimmicky," as if it's been specially engineered or bred to provide everything one might want in a hop but just comes across as trying too hard. The notes are also a little less familiar than the Nelson Sauvin notes, and thus there's a little less of a "wow" effect as I drink. On the plus side, however, the manner in which this pairing is accomplished is marvelous - the way in which they play off one another, playing off each others' strengths, helping make up for each others' weaknesses (or, more appropriately, gaps) - and very well done.

Alpine knows their hops, and they let this knowledge shine through - none of their IPAs are too bitter, they're more often dry than not, and they don't need to be too alcoholic to accomplish their goal. This is a sign of confidence, and that confidence is well earned. (4,391 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy and golden peach and orange blend with about a finger of crisp snow white semi-persistent head. The carbonation bubbles are medium sized but bountiful and quickly flow up in many streams to the top of the glass. A sheet of fine lacing, made up of medium size bubbles, is persistently sticking to the side of the glass and shows no sign of movement. Consistent, pretty, and nice.

Smell: The smell is of floral hops, with fruity sweetness as well as a bit of slight spice and honey mixed in. there are some fruit notes in the background as well--banana and juicy oranges in particular stand out to me, which actually blends very nicely with the clove spice. Pine notes are big in the nose of this one, too. As it warms, tropical fruits become increasingly present in the nose. The banana is still there, but I also get a very strong passion fruit out of it.

Taste: The taste on this one is hugely complex. Citrus (lemon and orange peels) and pine hops are probably the most dominant notes, but there are so many others that run just underneath the surface. Juicy oranges are present again (I know I mentioned citrus already but I feel that this merits a second mention just for the amount of JUICE that is in the taste of this, as opposed to the drier, more rind-like taste that comes across more dominantly in the hop notes) as are the bananas and passion fruit carrying over from the nose. I say that there's heavy citrus in this one, and while that's true, I should make it clear that it's the lighter side of the spectrum of citrus--there's not really any hint of a grapefruit bitterness, which is interesting considering the amount of piney hops present (I've found that the two usually go hand in hand somewhat). There's even a slight malty note mixed into the taste on this one. Also present are herbs--particularly thyme and a bit of peppermint.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, delicious, light bodied, and near perfect. The carbonation bubbles are tiny, and move in such a way to convey a slight spiciness, moving the complexities of the taste to the palate, getting their job done, and disappearing. The aftertaste comes across, at times, as if its barely there, and at other times tastes of heavy pine--this is wonderfully done.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable indeed--it's not as light as the nelson (which I just finished reviewing prior to this one) but it's wonderfully complex, which makes it a very interesting brew to drink. Combined with the wonderful mouthfeel, I find myself looking forward to each sip--though they are sips rather than gulps. Pairs quite nicely with some extra sharp cheddar. (2,626 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured from a 22oz bottle into my SA Perfect Pint with a copper, golden color. Over an inch of white, chunky looking head that is slowly dissipating leaving some great looking lacing on the sides of my glass.

Smell - An overwhelming smell of citrus and sweeter passion fruit (such as ripe mango, orange, a hint of pineapple) is on the forefront. Reminds me of The Oracle's nose. You don't get a whole lot of pine/hops attacking you, however, they are definitely there just subdued. Accordingly, there is a bit of a sweeter smell to this than other D/IPA's I've had it would appear.

Taste - Just as it smells, a huge burst of citrus invades the palate. However, there is a dominate ripe orange flavor. With many other D/IPA's, they have a "peel" taste (meaning they taste like a fruit but the bitter peel of it instead of the ripe center). This is not the case. There is a great ripe citrus orange taste which gives way to more of the tropical fruit notes. However, amazingly, this flavor is not overpowering. All throughout there is a hint of bitter hops which balances the more malty ripe citrus taste. At the end, it leaves just a hint of a bitter taste which honestly leaves you wanting more so you can have that great orange citrus taste again.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, and decent carbonation. If you swish your tongue around when you have a bit of the beer in your mouth, you can taste the hop oil ever so slightly running over your tongue.

Drinkability - Extremely so. A very enjoyable beer that has utter amazing taste. Up until a month or two ago I had never had nor heard of Alpine. My local beer store recommended I get Pure Hoppiness and Nelson (I enjoyed Nelson over PH). Both beers were very good and I went back and picked up two more by them. Sadly they are out of Nelson or else I would have picked up another one. Overall, a very great beer. (1,885 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. I'll be darned if this doesn't stay rich, just absolutely coating the sides of the glass with thick soapy lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and spicy, with robust citrus flavors and touch of herbal dankness to it. Man, the citrus really comes alive here in the nose, with notes of mango, grapefruit and juicy peaches. Some underlying silky toasted grains give this some firmness in the nose.

The taste is deeply spicy with a sticky resinous bitterness. A blast of bitter grapefruit juice and some softer feeling tropical fruitiness offer up a touch of balance, as do the malts, which have a toasted and grainy texture to them. Spice, pine, and dryness just slather the tongue and linger for a good long while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant feeling mellow creaminess to the carbonation that really hides the ABV here nicely. This has just a most excellent feel to it.

Another well done West Coast IPA here from Alpine, with a well balanced and powerful profile. My only gripe with this is the same that I had with Nelson in the bottle. Just a lack of presence in the taste that this had on draft and that same "off" feel. I'm wondering now if maybe their beers don't translate the best to bottles? Anyway, I wouldn't pass on a bottle, as this still a damn tasty brew. (1,399 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 7%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a clear amber that has a nice golden hue to it. It has a one finger off white head that collapses to a nice bubbly layer. Leaves some nice lace in between sips.

S-Awesome juicy citrus hop nose. Deserves to be included in the upper tier of West Coast IPAs. It oozes mango, orange, lemon, and pineapple. It has some pine from the Simcoe, but the citrus is a lot more pungent. The malt is kept well in the background.

T-Like the nose, tons of juicy citrus hop flavor abounds. The Amarillo imparts lots of orange and mango. Midway through each sip the Simcoe imparts a really nice resiny pine flavor. As it goes down it has some nice lemon zest. There is a little bit of toasted malt that imparts a gentle bit of sweetness and does its job of letting the hops remain upfront. It finishes with a nice level of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and it has a fizzy carbonation level.

D-Just an awesome IPA. Would love to have regular access to this one.

One of the best IPAs on the market. Really hope Alpine will expand their distribution to us folks up north. A must try if you like hops. (1,171 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mymrnngjckt has shared a bottle of this on two separate occasions and both times I've been very impressed.

Pours a slightly hazed tangerine orange color with a nice off-white head. Lots of carbonation results in pretty good retention.

Smell is bursting with juicy hop goodness. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet oranges, some pine. Very juicy nose, so fresh and aromatic.

The taste is also full of juicy hop flavor. This beer really showcases the citrus and tropical fruit qualities of the hop varieties they chose. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with a bit of lemon, orange and grass as well. There is just a hint of sweetness here but it doesn't need much because this is not an overly bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is a very crisp medium body. Good, active carbonation in this one. Doesn't have the slickness or creaminess of some IPAs, but the lighter feel and crispness makes for a very drinkable brew.

As I said earlier both times I have had this I've been very impressed. Just so much juicy hop character. I'd be very glad to have this with regularity. (1,063 characters)

Photo of aglose45
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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! (1,331 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, trade with beerman4. Clear copper color, a little chill haze. Really big foamy head, easily 4 fingers worth, and large weighty clumps of sticky bubbles sticking to the glass walls. All kinds of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, mango and other tropical aromas. Perfect pairing of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. This could be the perfect IPA. The flavor is dead on target, with the hops giving all their flavors in the fruity realm with just a little contribution towards bitterness. The use of pale malts with just enough caramel malt gives some sense of balance while allowing the hops to take center stage. Just thicker than water, with a lasting aftertaste and slightly oily mouthfeel.

Every IPA I've tried from Alpine has been top shelf. The Amarillo and simcoe hops in Duet make it my favorite from the family. (824 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JessetheHut for sending me these Alpine beers. Much appreciated.

Duet pours a gold color. It's mostly clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light behind it. The head is absolutely enormous. It's off-white in color and stands over four fingers tall. It dissipates very slowly and is a little annoying in that respect. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends....very slowly. Good looking beer, but this is one of those rare occasions where less head would be good. Actually, I'm not sure I'll every say such a thing again.

The nose is extremely impressive. Duet is loaded with hops. I discovered that once I started pouring. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge, though a healthy amount of floral notes follow. Hops are obviously the focal point and really shine. There are some malts lingering in the background. They add a light sweet smell and very subtle toasted aroma. I'm not complaining. I prefer big time hops in IPAs and this one smells like it's very consistent with personal preferences. Alcohol is blended well. Excellent marks here.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Did I mention that this thing supercharged with hops? It's sweet and a little citrus fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit are the strongest flavors. Some floral notes are present, but they're not quite as strong as the citrus elements. It has a bitter bite that really delivers. The malt base works well for me. It adds a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up any caramel or toffee flavors. It is a little toasty, but the malts overall are secondary. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. My bottle indicates the abv is 7%, but it's well hidden. It finishes bitter and dry.

Duet has a light-medium body. It honestly feels a little light. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy for it to really have a smooth feel. It's not bad, but it could be better. Drinkability is very high. I love Duet's flavor and could easily take down another bomber if I had it. It's not too scary at 7% and goes down so easy.

Alpine certainly has a knack for making impressive IPAs. They're at the forefront on the west coast. Actually, they're at the forefront...period. Duet really is a well-rounded IPA that delivers. It would benefit a little from a thicker body and a little less carbonation, but those are small gripes. Duet truly is excellent. Seek out a bottle. It's worth it. (2,396 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dannyhipps. Poured into a tulip 01/20/10.

Beautiful clean golden amber body. Forms a medium sized off white head that is fairly well retained and leaves some nice lacing as it starts to thin out.

Aroma is of dry and bitter, fruity and floral hops. Really demands attention, just leaps from the glass as soon as you pour. Malt profile is fairly subdued but is present enough to keep things anchored.

Biscuity and faintly sweet malts are slightly more noticeable on the flavor but hops are the still the top name on the marquee. Flowery and citrus goodness continues while a very dry almost pungent bitterness is large on the aftertaste. The hop profile is very nice, complex without getting muddy or distracting. It could just be the ridiculously fresh bottle but I'm getting the same leafy, green, almost oily, notes I associate with a wet hop brew.

Fairly light in body and finely carbonated. I say it often but I love beers in this ABV range, it often leads to bigger flavored but pleasantly drinkable beers like this one.

I find myself thanking the beer deities once again for the fact I have a regular Alpine hookup. Straightforward but far from one-note, highly recommended if you can find it. (1,229 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Arbitrator
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,018 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.