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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 571
Hads: 2,977
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 879
Gots: 384 | 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 Gavage
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head that slowly fades.

Smell: citrus and some pine are mellow on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, some pine, mango, and a nice bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness arriving later.

Overall: a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Well balanced. (365 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into the SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Comples and pure with some stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and hints of citrus and pine
T: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, and a bit of earth
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Definitely a solid IPA. For being a CA beer this isn't the usual west-coast style but is complex, tasty and recommended (412 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 TomChiari777
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of oldn00b
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had yesterday at a beer fest (was on cask). Never had this on cask before and thought it was absolutely fantastic.

Pours hazy and a near brown.

Effectively no head (cask).

Amazing balance of hop ad malt here. Malt wasn't overpowering even though there was essentially no carbonation to add some bittering. Just a really great IPA. (338 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint jar at LD's Beer Run, Jackson, MS

A: A clear amber with an off-white half finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Decent lacing.

S: Pine, grapefruit, mangoes, citrus heaven.

T: So freakin' smooth. Grapefruit and West Coast hops slide in for a nearly bitterless taste. Grapefruit, mango and oranges sooth the tongue with citrus love.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: One of the better IPA's around. Sip and be awed. (483 characters)

Photo of SlothB77
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Lost Dog Cafe, Arlington VA. Post Green Flash.

Solid solid ipa. More on the citrusy side of the IPA spectrum. Nose was a little weak. Very enjoyable, drinkable. (177 characters)

Photo of PZBREW
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very close to p erfect. Little sweet and it wasn't to bitter. Smells like fresh hops and tastes like it to. Really soft mouthfeel and nice taste that stays. Really good. (169 characters)

Photo of donnyowens
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

has the feel of a DIPA but not the punch. hops are a little soft, almost nuanced. just drank a hoppy birthday which as a punch to the face so that could be the reason. will have to see how green flash handles after a few batches as this first out of the gate doesn't live up to the hype. (290 characters)

Photo of eppCOS
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent west coast IPA that "hides" its ABV content very well - drinks lighter than it is, like a graceful, stealthy Stone beer. Had it on tap at Fire & Hops in Santa Fe, NM. Up there in the top 10% of IPAs available on the market, just didn't have any extra 'character' that made it notable for me. Still a really good beer. (330 characters)

Photo of hopsdoit
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap in a 16 at Flying Saucer Austin


Appearance: Clear Amber, minimal lace
Smell: Citriusy Pinecone
Taste:Pine,Citrus, grapefruit, orange,
Mouth: Body was medium
Overall Great Duet of Simcoe and Amarilo (216 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at the Red Cow into a pint glass

a: fairly clear apricot gold, 1 finger head, minimal lacing
s: a little muted (which surprised me) but a little orange/pineapple citrus and some herbal flowery notes
t: suprisingly balanced: starts with some smooth malty biscuit and honey, then the hops enter in (with a good balance between the citrus and the flowery herbal flavors), and linger with some decent bitterness to go with the citrusy hops. A little juicy, but everything is kind of in check.
m: very well done -- carbonation is spot on, dries out a little at the end, while also coating your mouth with hop oils.

this didn't have the pop of Nelson or Hoppy Birthday (and I'd love to have the chance to try these at the brewery without the Green Flash influence) but...it is still quite good. (800 characters)

Photo of senglish7
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Had this on tap at Avenue Pub in NOLA. Was excited to try some Alpine offerings, but this one took the cake. Probably the best aroma that I have ever noticed on a beer before. I could sniff on that all day. Taste was very smooth and balanced. Piney, slight malt. Loved it! (277 characters)

Photo of tpgraham
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Petrol in Houston, served in a standard 16 oz. pint glass. I was really excited to finally try an Alpine offering but was let down. The IPA seemed pretty standard to me and did not pack the hop punch that I would have expected from such hype. Will try again when available to confirm my thoughts. (306 characters)

Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Streetcar Bistro in Portland, OR on June 26. I was a bit disappointed and underwhelmed given all the high ratings. I was super excited to try this, but my opinion may have been affected by the fact that I had this back to back with Hoppy Birthday, which I absolutely loved. Compared to HB or any of a number of the top hop-forward IPAs out there, it comes up short. But standing on its own, it's still a very solid overall offering from Alpine.

*Edit Note* Many of you already know about the issues with Green Flash producing Alpine's beers for distribution and the quality control issues. But if you don't, it's worth noting that I was obviously drinking GF's version of Duet (though they nailed the Hoppy Birthday I also had from this same bar). (773 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow off white head. Great lacing.

Aroma: Excellent blend of medium+ tropical/citrus hop character and neutral grains.

Flavor: Tropical fruit sprinkled with weed and citrus zest. Touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of bitterness. (278 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold in color; light in carbonation; very thin white head that leaves lazy lacing.
Smell - I pick up a blend of pine and citrus; very nice, but not outstanding as I hoped it would be.
Taste - makes up for the nose; great hop flavors of citrus, pine and some grass; delicious!
Feel - hop bomb, yet relaxed enough not to blow your head off!
Overall - this was one that I've waited for some time for; a bit disappointed, because I was expecting much more...that being said, this is a well crafted, hop forward IPA that I would no doubt have again! (590 characters)

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally, Alpine shows up in Cleveland. Been waiting patiently for them.

Duet is a nice looking beer. Decent head with average retention.

Smell is bitter hops and slightly sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is really thin and watery. It is kind of off putting.

Taste is good-not great. I will admit I was expecting more due to the reviews and buzz around Alpine's IPAs.

Overall I am disappointed. It is a good beer but I am hoping Nelson lives up to the high rating because this one does not. The mouthfeel killed this one for me. (522 characters)

Photo of Gambelli
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. No bottled on/enjoy by date. Pouring into a perfect pint glass yields a yellowish, fairly clear beer, with two fingers of foamy head. The nose presents a faint pineapple, barely perceptible pine aroma. Not hops bursting out like I would expect
from a highly rated IPA. Taste is more of the same. Light tropical fruits, some pine and floral notes, all fairly muted. Malt component is present, but leans more toward an American pale ale than an IPA. Mouthfeel consists of substantial bitterness, with little to minimal carbonation. Overall I was puzzled why this beer rates so high, as this is my second bottle in the past couple months with the same underwhelming experience. Perhaps (as some have suggested) this beer just doesn't keep fresh long. Must seek out a fresher sample, and re-review as necessary. A brewery run to so. cal may be in order. (864 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber with one finger of long lasting white head. Very fine bubble lacing.
Smell is oranges and honey.
Taste is piney citrus with lots of malt support. The bitterness is long lasting and leads to a dry finish. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and with just enough carbonation to make it highly drinkable. Excellent beer. (324 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT.
A= Lighter side of amber and clear. Head is white, some lacing.
S= Citrus, pine, some sweet malts comes through.
T= Citrus, grapefruit, orange, zest. Pine and resinous flavors as well. Moderate bitterness.
M= Medium body with a crisp feel.
O= Definitely an above average IPA. Great flavor balance. (354 characters)

Photo of JCWeaze
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice carbonation and beautiful look. Incredible citrus nose. Oranges. Big time. Grapefruit a galore on the tongue. Nice malts for an IPA but not too much. The hops are incredible - very smooth almost honey like with an easy citrus back end. Just like a juicy sweet grapefruit - not too bitter.  (296 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A solid west coast IPA without the lingering signature of the west coast bitter hops finish.

The Green Flash kegged version is not as good as the top notch New England IPA's. (175 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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