Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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BA SCORE
97
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2,827 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 881
Gots: 347 | FT: 16
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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Photo of TheBrewo
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We knock the top off of a bomber, pouring equally into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows up a shiny sunflower yellow coloring, and holds a slowly-dissipating one and a half finger tall head the color of eggshells. Lacing is chunky, spreading out in a honeycomb pattern. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be immensely active. The first thing to hit you in the nose, and it hits hard, is the big evergreen pine quality of the Simcoe hops. Fruity citrics of the Amarillos seep through some cracks as it warms, blending with notes of pale, pilsner, and softer amber grain, biscuity sweetness of raw barley, honey sugars, tonic water, strawberry jam, spiced booziness, plastic wrap, pear fruitiness, tangerine peel zestiness, mild bubblegum juiciness, papier-mâché glue, milk thistle, coiny yeastiness, pickle brine, and fruity herbal and chamomile tea leaves. As advertised, you taste a big west-coast IPA, comprised of bitterly sticky and sappy piney hoppiness, dried pine cones, green acorns, softer balancing hoppiness of citrics and dryer herbals, ethanol bite, lactic acidity, pale and pils grain, astringent detergent soapiness, mineral and clay water, toasted pumpkin seeds, black pepper, mossy musk, and gentle but syrupy fruitiness of pineapple. The aftertaste retains this bitterness for a while, blending dusty biscuity grain with lingering, stalking piney hop bitters. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with lighter cream and froth. The mouth is left seriously dried of tannins, with a bit of an accompanying puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks seriously, and it drinks well.

Overall, this was a really fun beer to review. There is so much going on between these two hop varietals, and it is great to see them paired up here. They come from essentially opposites sides of the hop wheel, so to speak, with the Simcoes being highly piney and earthy, while the Amarillos are lighter, sweeter, and more citric. The “lighter” aspect of the latter really hits home here, as they are greatly overshadowed by the piney dominance of the Simcoes. This is most apparent though the flavoring, the bitterness of which becomes ingrained within your taste buds and palate. The aroma shows this same preference, but there is greater unity. None of this is to the beer’s detriment, but rather just interesting discussions points between the two of us. As with Nelson, this is a great beer, and showcases some of the more serious, refined, and mature products coming off of the west coast.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with two finger head and left lace patches down the glass. Citric, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the aroma and the beer's taste profile is the same as a light, clean body that has citric, earthy hops that balance with sweet notes (malts and possible sweet fruit flavors) for a mild but very enjoyable IPA that hides the ABV.

Photo of Tpain518
3.42/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

dont trade for it. if u live on the east coast. just grab a lunch

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Another long awaited "Want" cut into the bedpost. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a soft head. Mild lacing. Aroma is deep and resiny. West Coast all up in this nose. Amarill and Simcoe pull zero punches. Pine, grass, grapefruit, and some other fruit/hop elements. Malt? We don't need no malt here. The flavor hits my tongue and detonates. Heavy bursts of that pine and fruit I found in the nose. Earth hops. Some tropical fruits as well. A barely-noticeable sweet and neutral malt cloak. This feels and tastes like a big Double IPA. 7% feels and tastes like 10% but without the added alcohol. A West Coast uppercut of bitterness floors my palate. Lingering, long, formiddable bitterness. Has a fuller body. Is beer was quite a good time. Alpine in Massachusetts is a good thing for this dude.

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Clear. Good ring lace. Little head.

Mild flowery hop aroma. A bit black pepper.

Old start but then a strong bitter, black pepper-like hop completely takes over. Good body for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Not as comex as I was hoping given the BA score but still a solid IPA.

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.62/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

By far the worst Alpine beer that I've tried.

Photo of cshafer7
3.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Average. Unlike their other offerings, this one leaves a lot to be desired. The hops don't jump out like the other beers.

Photo of Toasty
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely glad to have this on the East Coast

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

Somehow not as flavorful as Hoppy Birthday which was the winner for me

Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip at #bottlecherwednesdays with Vito at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Crazy tall off-white head head, on a clear golden beer. Aroma is as advertised: grapefruit, mango, pineapple goodness from the hops plus a little caramel malt hint. Taste is in line with the smell with some earthy tones and nice bready underpinnings. High carbonation, medium bodied, thin texture, dry bitter finish.

Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark gold. Tropical, dank aroma of tangerine, lime, and even pineapple. Taste is spot on. I normally like Simcoe but find it a bit too heavy by itself, whereas Amarillo is not my preferred hop -- but they pull them both together, in harmony, with the optimal amount of malt. Feels a little light...then again, that could make it easy to down a couple of these.

A vast improvement over Nelson.

Photo of SteveB24
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable, well balanced, suoer smooth. Follows the classic west coast IPA mold but does it uncommonly well.

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | 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.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice balanced IPA, but nothing outstanding here.

Photo of Dynobolt
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! Sipping it straight out of my growler! Wow... Today is going to be a good day!

Photo of aleigator
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Steve, thank you very much!

Has a sunny-yellow clear color, with a small, froth head.

Sweet, tropical aromas of papaya, orange and a note of lime. Malt shines through in a biscuity, sweeter way, underlining the rich fruitiness perfectly.

Tastes of ripe orange, wrapped up by sweet, slightly honeyed malts. Has a well fitting, slightly bubbly carbonation, drinks exremely smooth. The tropical fruits, orange and lime, get enforced by a slick, long staying dry bitterness, maintaining its rich juicy character. The brews pure fruitiness gets well supported by heavy, bready malts, which let stand out its sunny, sweeter qualities. This gets countered in the finish, when the hops get a dry, lemony punch to them, still in balance with the malts, but certainly quite bitter, while at the same time bing easy drinkable. Ends with a huge load of enriching bitter hops, which remain on the palate for a long while, with a distinct fruitiness still being noteable.

Photo of jooler
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good. I just had this after pure hoppiness. I like pure hoppiness better. i also like blind pig better.

Photo of JGam115
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber, laced white foam. Effervescent grapefruit, passion fruit, a little guava. Lighter body but burst of fruit. Very refreshing

Photo of 2dogbrew
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

High expectations of Alpine again. A solid beer but I don't get the hype.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.34/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A nice IPA, a little too malty for me, and overall not especially exciting... Not even close to the magnitude of Nelson!

Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Thanks to BungleTrpg for including as an extra in a recent trade. I have only had Nelson, previously, from Alpine. Psyched to try Duet as Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops to use in homebrewing (disclosure: I'm a terrible home brewer).

Drank from a CBC Teku Glass. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow...nice big white bubbly head. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is pure Amarillo hops...if I had to guess I would say they used a bazillion pounds of Amarillo for dry-hopping per barrel. Citrus on citrus on citrus. Reminded me a little bit of Victory Hop Ranch.

The beer tastes as good as it smells. Really crisp and clean. Not overly bitter. Nice dry finish, but not one that leaves you asking for a glass of water.

Really tasty beer...need more Alpine in my life.

Photo of 49ers
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Very good IPA a smooth pour with bitter hop aroma. Solid drinking and pretty good finish.

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.61/5  rDev +5%

Originally ratings on Jan. 6, 2013: 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 - 4.50 (100/A+)
New ratings (with new precise ratings) on Dec. 6, 2014: 4.50 | 4.63 | 4.63 | 4.50 | 4.63 - 4.61 (100/A+)

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. , on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $5.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers (when I got it) of white head. A perfect amount of lacing on the side all the way down and good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tons of delicious bitter hops right up front. Got grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange peel.

Tasted tons of hops like the smell. Citrus grapefruit was leading the way, but also got tastes of pine, resin, floral, tropical and mango.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a fantastic IPA, probably the best one I’ve ever had. Absolutely loved it.

Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good.

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,827 ratings.