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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 575
Hads: 2,989
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 881
Gots: 387 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

A West Coast IPA that features Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony," giving a light, floral aroma. Duet is nicely bitter with the perfect amount of malt concealed behind the hoppy goodness. Immensely drinkable, amazingly light on its feet.
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Reviews: 575 | Hads: 2,989
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)

Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of the fabled Alpine (I'm on the East Coast). What a delicious, clean tasting IPA. Love the Simcoe/Amarillo hop combination which supplied a slightly greater citrus experience than pine (assuming more Amarillo), and a super-clean, dry finish. Overall outstanding beer, and experience. (296 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A completely solid and very well made ipa. To find something worth complaining about in this beer would be a sure sign of snobbery. I like it a lot . . . Glad it's now available to me. Nothing really exceptional stands out in the taste department that makes me want to buy it every time I see it but it is very well crafted. (324 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12oz. goblet at Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo.

L- Light amber, good clarity, small white head.

S- Citrus, little tropical, tiny amount of alcohol.

T- More citrus with some light floral, medium bitterness.

F- Medium, nice easy drinking single IPA.

O- A really great single IPA with a great aroma but didn't carry over to the flavor as much as I'd hoped. Still really look forward to seeing this and other Alpine stuff in my area come the fall. (465 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1+ finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pith along with some orange citrus. Some dank greens and resinous pine. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
There is a beautiful balance between the Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very classic west coast taste with added juiciness. I'm not as blown away with this as I expected but it is a very good IPA. (743 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Iron Abbey yesterday.
I thought it was very good.
Look had a clear amber color with a medium tall beige head.
The aroma was excellent very hoppy and suggesting it was was dry hopped
though i don't know.
In the aroma I got mostly piney notes.
The taste was up to par with the nose but seem to fade into malty bitterness at the emd.
Clean finish.
A very good beer I'm glad made it to the area. (408 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear orange with a one-finger creamy white. The head fades fast leaving a light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is orange, grapefruit, piney hops, and a sweet malty backbone. The finish has a nice lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a damn fine IPA that definetly lived up to the hype. (431 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler- tasted a bit like Pliny Light. Beautiful hop presence up front, sort of falls off the table after initial hop bite. Clean and dangerously drinkable. (177 characters)

Photo of HoppyVidal1
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all about the mouth feel and the finish that just keeps going and going think energizer bunny! Just had it on tap at Hopyard in Pleasanton Ca terrific spot and throughly enjoying it! Cheers! (203 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refreshingly light but packed (and I mean packed) with hop flavor. Bitterness is there but hides with the malts behind the massive hops flavor and aroma. Fruity, floral, danky, cat pissy goodness. Lots of pineapple and citrus dipped herbs and flowers. Tastes like the sticky hop cones are still floating in the beer. This was shipped to me from across the country, but must be super fresh. I'm a believer in the west coast IPAs and this is no exception. Cant wait to see this stuff in Ohio. (490 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Phinally in Philly!!! On tap at TRIA Tap Room. A lot smoother than the Hoppy Birthday. Much more balanced and less bitter. A great IPA, but I like hops and high IBU, so I went back to the Hoppy Birthday. (204 characters)

Photo of TheStBernard
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was wildly underwhelmed by Alpine's first offering to make it on tap to the Pittsburgh area. Don't get me wrong- it was fine and drinkable, but it didn't blow my mind like I wanted it to. I'm going to give this a second shot when it gets a wider east coast release in the fall. (281 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, no lacing left behind

S- fresh fruity and Kraft hop aroma with notes of passion fruit, pineapple, orange, mint leaf and fresh grass. Clean underlying malt

T- fruity hop flavor up front with notes of red berries, citrus, pineapple, fresh cut grass & mint. Underlying malt provides a showcase for the hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- another solid Alpine IPA (575 characters)

Photo of stafford2
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted draft at Capone's near Philly and then in San Diego (Not even close - you have to have this on the west coast). Best single IPA I've ever tasted. Seriously - Epic. (170 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill @ Market District

Appearance: Clear, rich golden color with a one finger off white head

Smell: citrus orange pith, melons, pine, cat piss, slight onion. Fairly complex aromas

Taste: A ton of that orange pith upfront, pine oil midpalate and into the finish. An undertone of sweet malts throughout. One of the tastiest burps in a beer iv had. A very condensed, piney hop oil presence

Mouthfeel; Medium body, quite full for the style; Very oily and slick on the tongue, goes down fine. Moderately bitter finish

Overall: I find this a good but quite overrated IPA. If you like that citrus pith/rind, piney hop oil character than this is the one for you. However, i would prefer more grapefruit/tropical notes. I do appreciate how full bodied it is for 7% abv, and that oily mouthfeel is just wicked. My burps even have a concentrated hop taste, which i find more enjoyable than the initial sip, oddly enough. Even though it doesn't live up to the 98 that BA gives it, I still think its very good and would rate it 93 give or take. For comparison, this reminded me of Racer 5 with the great malt backbone but not quite enough juicy hops to push it to the next level. I'd grab my local Fat Heads Head Hunter over this any day of the week (1,254 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks Tim for sharing this with me -enjoyed from the crowler chilled in an IPA glass.

The color is golden amber visibly carbonated with 2finger head with fine bead and lace sticks on the glass in a weblike pattern. The aroma is slightly floral with tropical smell that is citrus with juicy and fruity quality with slightly sweet malt aroma supporting the hops. The feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation and sweetness with semi-tangy and resinous juicy texture of hops with light alcohol influence and mostly dry finish.

The flavor of tangy/tropical hops give a juicy quality with light pine-like accent and mild grapefruit pith in the taste which is bitter but not extremely intense to the point it is not enjoyable. The malt flavor contributes a sweetness to contrast the bitterness of the high alpha hops as it warms with some alcohol apparent adding the perception of spice. This is a great IPA, I would not expect anything less from Alpine based on other beers I have enjoyed by them -worthy of the high ratings. (1,027 characters)

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

An easy to enjoy and appreciate IPA from Alpine. Pretty dry and bitter on finish, and yes, a bit more tropical fruit in the mouth would be nice, but this is a very solid IPA from the folks at Alpine. Glad to see this on a fairly regular basis around town now (in Eugene and PDX). (281 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Pineapple and melon aromas dominate with a little grapefruit and spicy herbal notes following.

T: A bit of citrus here as well, though pine and earthy flavors dominate without being overly bitter. Some spicy herbal hop flavors come through as well.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this IPA is very easy to drink.

O: A good IPA, overall. Tropical on the nose and earthy on the palate, this is a pretty unique IPA. (550 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Two fingers worth of lush creamy orange creamsicle colored frothy head... Really good retention... The color is a rich warm copper... A moderate bit of carbonation some of which clings to the glass and some of which rises sporadically throughout... An outstanding hop forward nose... Fresh whole cone hops... Floral with a touch of earthiness... Slightly pungent... Minimal malt base... The aroma was a perfect indicator of what was to materialize on the palate... A hop lovers dream... The Simcoe presence is undeniable and delectable... The malt base is subtle but adds a slight it of depth... The mouthfeel is outstanding... Medium bodied... Sleek... Well balanced... Even and consistent... Limited carbonation... Rather sophisticated, especially for the style... I've wanted to try this beer for ages and finally had the opportunity.... It didn't disappoint in any category... Quite the opposite, it exceeded my lofty hopes... Hides the ABV well... Near perfect in all categories... I really wish this one were available with regularity in my area... (1,079 characters)

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

I've been on a hop kick, which is not usual for me. In the last month I've been able to land a bunch of rare IPA / DIPA stuff for Upstate New York, and a lot of the standards have been really fresh. This Duet is freakin great for a single IPA. I'm just gonna give you some comparable ales that I've had in the last four weeks in MY rank order. I don't differentiate between single versus imperial ( Pliny at 8% is hardly a giant)

Great: Pliny, Duet, Lupulin River all > 95%
Super good: Chillwave, Fresh Squeezed, Kancamagus Honey Bear DIPA ( try to find that one if you can, it's not even listed on this site) 95-93%
Very good: The Kind ( local!!), Sucks, Hop Stoopid, Hop Hunter, Grapefruit Sculpin 93-90%
Ok: Dirt Wolf ( sorry Victory, but Hop Wallop was better IMHO)

What I'm trying to say is:Wow it's been a hoppy month, and Duet into a growler today was a fantastic occurrence that definitely stood out among exemplars. It's got all the show and all the go, the real dank dew. This is the first Alpine I've ever seen. I'm hunting for Nelson now (1,057 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is heavenly! Top five ipas I've ever had and possibly the best smelling one yet. Pure melons. Taste is melon, orange rind, tropical fruits and a nice dose of Piney bitterness. It has a dankness to its finish that's just amazing. Top top ipa and a must try for sure. (276 characters)

Photo of Ianizzle
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Only had on tap but truly one of the best IPA's yet. Clean. Crisp. Well balanced. Very well balanced. Great combination of hops and not over powered by malt. My favorite beer at the moment and currently looking for bottles if anyone wants to trade! (248 characters)

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