Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,836
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
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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 glid02
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of beagle75
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When in California, drink as the Californians do...and I've been doing just that, and here's yet another highly-rated Cali IPA that I can't get in the East. Label says 7%, btw...

Pours a par-for-the-course rusty orange color with a bone-white head that simmers down to a thin layer after a few minutes. Leaves little slashes of lace too.

Intensely aromatic aroma, not harsh or insane, just a beautifully balanced blend of the best that hops has to offer--light pine, juicy and sweet citrus, slightly herbal too (like, cannabis). What makes this an especially comforting smell is the milky/creamy sweetness, adding some additional vibe to an already bright, extremely attractive smell.

Well, the flavor couldn't possibly have lived up to the aroma, but it's still very good. Leans a little bit grassy/bitter, and also has a mint thing coming into the mix. The citrus is more tart than sweet (lots of orange here), and the creamy/milky vibe I got in the nose isn't here on the tongue. Quite drying too, lending a grassy, astringent earthiness to the finish.

Feels a little bit thin, and with a softer carbonation, it doesn't quite have punch or presence along the lines of the flavor or the amazing aroma, but with just a little bit of stick, it works well enough I suppose.

Great stuff. Was a little let down with the texture, but otherwise this is a quintessential West Coast-style IPA.

Photo of wedgie9
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bomber bottle. Pours clear amber with a thick pearl white head that fades to lace. Nose is caramel malt with grapefruit, slightly dusty, hops bitterness. The palate is very similar. Caramel malt, grapefruit, some lemongrass, lemon pith bitterness comes through on back of palate. The carbonation is fairly light, and the body is medium, but I love the somewhat coating feeling that I am getting. The finish is long and bitter and slightly nutty. Overall, this is a great IPA, it is super balanced and easy to enjoy, and I am really enjoying it.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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!

Photo of WOTO97
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bright golden straw color with nominal lacing and head retention

S: crisp lemon-citrus nose with very nice balanced pine notes in the background

T: great mellow hopiness that accompanies big citrus fruit while not overpowering, nice thick bite on the finish

M: very clean with slight stickiness that leaves just enough pleasant hop finish (crisp and clean)

D: GREAT! refreshing with amazing hop balance

Photo of squaremile
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great golden orange, some pine and citrus on the nose. Taste is more of the same with a very good balance between the bitterness and the caramel malt flavors. Mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style, as it warms it has a bit more orange and lemon zest on the tongue. A very well balanced and flavorful IIPA.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle in a trade.

Pours into my pint glass with a good head and dark amber appearance. Huge west coast IPA/citrus hops smell & taste. A good amount of bitterness with a hint of pine. Nice mouthfeel. Drinkable for a hop head. A text book example of the style. Recommended.

Cheers.

Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of mobz24 into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a golden amber with a 2-finger head with decent retention. Lacing was nice and present throughout. Nose grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts underneath. Taste was initially citrus (esp. grapefruit), then sweet caramel malts and a mildly bitter, peppery finish. Brew was medium bodied with a an oily mouthfeel. This is good! Again, as wiith other Alpine brews I've tried, the balance is right on. This has a little more going on than several, although I would still give Nelson the edge for my personal preference. Still, this is a great IPA and another reason maybe I am living in the wrong place.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a pillowy white head.

S: Lots of citrusy hops, a great aroma.

T: Lots of citrusy hops, a faint does of pine. Some floral elements as well.

M: Light carbonation, light, refreshing and delicious.

D: A very good IPA. Alpine sure can churn them out.

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Go this from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent honey color with3+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & lemon, fades a bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus pineyness, slight breadyness & a touch of leafy hops & dryness hiding behind a ton of grapefruit up front. Puckery & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus hints of apricot & honey malt, plus much herbal hop bitterness. Finishes slightly warming with herbal & grapefruitty bitterness, plus honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt

MF: Slight creamyness, medium bodied, great balance &a touch of warming booze on the fringes

Highly drinkable, flirts briefly with EIPA in some respects, then the grapefruit lurches it back. This grew on me as it warmed, would love to get this on cask or draft....

Photo of hawks10
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into my Bell's pint glass...

Pours a golden straw yellow with nice clarity. Two fingers of soft white head forms and quickly dissipates leaving a bit of lacing and haze on top of the drink...

Beautiful hop bouquet...floral and piny at first with a ton of tropical fruit hoppiness following closely behind...pineapple, grapefruit, mango...delicious...

Juicy fruity hoppy deliciousness up front, turns somewhat earthy and drying, but maintains a thick, oily resinous tropical hop flavor. Piny and drying, bitter in the finish...

Medium bodied but sticky like a heavier beer, good carbonation. Nice and very pleasant on the palette...

Great, easy drinking, full flavored beer...no more to say...

Photo of billshmeinke
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

So basically the head on this is sexy as hell. It goes a finger above the rim of the glass. Three finger rocky white head. Very clear, dark golden with hues of reddish amber in color. This head is not going anywhere. Frothy as hell, and the lacing is ridiculous.

The smell is delicious. Tropical fruits all the way. I get pineapple, mango, and some grapefruit. Sweet honey malts.

The taste is bitter resin, dankness, and tropical fruits that take a back seat. There is a sort of hop mustiness (?), maybe an intense floral hop taste. I don't know how to explain it, but the hops take over the flavor of this and they are big and bold. The Simcoe hops are pretty dominating.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, medium bodied, and well carbonated with a real nice hop bite at the end.

Drinkability is real nice too.

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow color, very clear, can see through it nicely. Big puffy head that left some nice lacing on the sides for a very good looking beer.

S - Pine and floral hope profile with a bit of citrus.

T - Nice grapefruit hits you up front but quickly fades with a moral floral and grassy flavor. Malty backbone shines through nicely, adding some sweetness.

M - Light and carbonated, smooth to drink.

D - Highly drinkable, could do this all day and enjoy it.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thanks to FreightTrain

IT pours a deep copper, almost amber, slightly dark ,but nice clarity, beautiful 1 inch head that's dense and sticky. Moderate lacing, decent retention. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and mango upfront. I think the simcoes dominate the smell. Notes of floral resins, and grassy, piney hops are nice, and the juicy fruit comes through as well. Also, as it warms, a nice distinct, raw graininess comes up as well. The taste is interesting. It starts out bitter, then the pine and grass come in, with a nice sweet finish, with the melon and orange notes coming in. As it warms, I think the Amarillo start to dominate the taste - with heavy orange and grass notes - flavors that I think are very prominent in the Amarillo hops. You start to taste the alcohol too, but mostly it just lends a nice pleasant burn to the drink. The malts also start to peek their head out as it warms, and you end up with this very bready, sweet, bitter orange peel kind of taste for the last leg of the drink. A good tasting IPA. I think that the taste of the alcohol is all to prominent in this though - perhaps if it were subdued, this could go to the next level. The body is nice and medium, fairly full with malt, with a good sticky resinous feeling. The carbonation is mild, and lends a slight sting. I would say overall, at about 45-50F, this beer is absolutely amazing, as the grassiness starts to subside, the grain starts to come forward a bit, and the fruity hop flavor dominates. A very nice beer that I really enjoyed drinking.

Photo of yourefragile
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks womencantsail.

The beer is a clear bright golden glow with a thick slightly off white head supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Lots of thin streaks of lacing as well. The aroma is the highlight of this, exploding with sweet tropical and citrus fruits, particularly pineapple was my first thought. Flavor follows the nose with an initially sweet citric and tropic hop flavor but though out the body and into the finish the malt backbone and a slight graininess start to balance out the sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with soft carbonation, resulting in a not particularly clean or crisp taste and finish. The finish almost tastes watery at times. Overall reminds me of Sculpin and has the aroma and flavor of an exceptional IPA, but the body leaves something to be desired for me.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of Joeynocturnum
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

LongBeach thanks for the hook up. First Alpine brew well worth the wait and lived up to the hype.

A- Poured one finger head, plus some amazing lacing that remained on the tulip start to finish.

S- Pine and Floral aroma filled my nose as soon as I popped the top, very strong and inviting.

T- Do not know how anyone could not like hops after drinking this beer.

M- Too Smooth, great carbonation.

D- I am debating cracking the Exponential Hopiness I have in the fridge. Good Stuff and I hope they make their way to Philly at some point.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So glad I live near San Diego where I can get Alpine brews.

Pours a perfect golden clear color with red hues. Very nice frothy head providing sticky lace all the way down.

Aroma is awesome. Not as aromatic as others but still awesome. Lots of citrus and pine.

Taste is awesome. One of the best IPA's out there. I taste some more Nelson hops like their Nelson IPA. But also some cascades and such. Very tasty

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I think it should be but not much of a problem.

Overall an awesome beer that everyone should try. Trade for it if you have to.

Photo of ffejherb
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my SD Connection for procuring a bomber of this for me. Shared with FooFaa and brewslut on 3/29/10.

A - Gritty but well-carbonated golden amber-toned body with billowy two-finger rocky head that retained well, leaving thick swatches of foam around the glass. A pile of yeast chunks gathered at the bottom of the glass.

S - Intense grapefruit character with slight butterscotch notes up front, followed by a more dry, herbal flair in the middle through the backend. Finishes with a fairly spicy hop bite amid a toasted grainy malt character and sweet caramel notes.

T - Opens with a huge smack of grapefruit hops balanced by sweet caramel malt and lightly toasted grains. Finishes with a bold citrus hop bite and a slight hint of pine.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is pretty dry with an assertive hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Man, Alpine sure hits the nail on the head with IPA... Pure Hoppiness, Exponential Hoppiness, Nelson... and now this. Duet is a tasty West Coast hop bomb that maintains a nice balance of aggressive citrusy hops and sweet malts.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to smokepot23

pours light copper and yellow, nice inch high fluffy white head. quite clear. great lacing.

huge amarillo here, tons of sweet citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, orange. no malts here son, this is hops, son.

again, tons of amarillo, huge grapefruit. lots of tangerine and pineapple kick in. a nice light grassy earthy flavor lingers in and out. light bitterness, very light malt presence. this is perfect.

nice and light, mild carbonation. goes down far too easy.

this is one of the best west coast IPA's i have had. nothing is overpowering, tons of complexity, but in such an easy way. alpine has always left me kind of, bleh, but this is just perfect,

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to scribe594 for hooking me up with this-had a small sample of 4 month old expo(at the gratitude release) that was awesome now I am super excited to try their IPA line-up. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Nearly transparent medium, shiny amber colored body. Pours an approximately 2 finger foamy white head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass and bubbles steadily rising to the top. Beautiful.

S-Nose is dominated by big, juicy citrus hops-with a big oily bittersweet impression-like a pink grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. A hint of herbal malts and caramel malt can be detected as well.

T-Good but not as fantastic as the nose lets on. Up front is a blast of hoppy flavor consisting of citrus with herbal hop overtones and a moderate sweet malt backbone. Some herbal hop bitterness and a touch of pine come through for the finish-which is good but not as big as I expected. What lingers is a long lasting light to moderate citrus rind, pine, and herbal hop bitterness. The bitterness really isn't intense or cloying.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation. Not thin or watery but definitely is light on hop oils in the body.

D- The body is light and nearly quaffable without being thin, the smell is tremendous, and the taste is very good. My vote is that this is a very drinkable IPA. Its not a one-sided hoppy mess-but it showcases the hops very well with a minimal malt backbone. Not as aggressive as some other west coast IPAs I have had-but a very good IPA overall. Looking forward to trying other alpine brews.

Photo of jcnd9803
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,836 ratings.