Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 847
Gots: 202 | FT: 17
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with an immense 4 inch head that settles into a plateau of foam. I had to pour this beer and wait for the head to settle a few times before I got a decent glass. Thick globs of lattice lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh citrus zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of citrus zest, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a slight touch of honey. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation on this beer. A bit coating in the mouth. Overall, a very good IPA and a solid offering from Alpine.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

A: Golden copper with a nice white head.

S: Lots and lots of tropical and citrus hops going on with a little bit of pine.

T: Wow, much like the nose with plenty of hops in this thing. While I don't think that this is quite as good as O'Brien's IPA from Alpine, this simply solidifies the fact that Alpine is right up with Town Hall, Bell's, and Russian River as the best damn place to get an IPA from.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Superb. I absolutely loved this one. Had at the same time as Nelson Rye and this one was definitely better. (Also had Exponential Hoppiness at O'Brien's that evening, and this one was definitely better in my book.)

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal orange amber with a large, pillowy and firm pure white head.

Nose is all perfumed fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium to full bodied, although the carbonation is a bit to assertively "fizzy" for my liking and is quite off-putting for me.

Flavors are layered and complex. Lots of burnt toast and bitter coffee; big bitter pine and resin. Front palate is lots of oranges and citrus that goes to bitter pine and grapefruit oil.

Finish is long lasting bitter pine and lime.

Some will surely like this one for its nice flavor profiles. Unfortunately, this is one of the few brews I've tasted where the mouthfeel simply ruined it for me.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Way too much head forms, in fact the pour was all foam, at first, with the clear golden liquid taking its good old time to develop; still the stickage is impressive and that foamy lace is copious

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit, with a floral cast as well; plenty of tangerine, pineapple mango and grapefruit elements

Taste: The malt provides the perfect canvas upon which the bitter hops do their thing, with all of the aromatic elements noted on the nose appearing on the tastebuds both before and after the swallow; there is a bit of biscuity flavor underneath but this is otherwise all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit overcarbonated

Drinkability: Despite the overcarbonation, this is still right up there among the top flight examples of the west coast IPA style

Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In true "west-coast" style, Alpine's duet claims a true taste of the vernacular with a dry caramel backbone that's completely dominated by grassy and fruity bitterness.

The beer pours a mainly bright golden amber hue that's only kept from brilliance because of its dry-hopped haze. As its cottony white head billows above, its persistent honeycomb pattern lasts until the final sip and laces the glass strongly with intricate and concentric character at every drink.

Boastfully aromatic, its perfume of citrus and herb rests on red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple and apricot early and then fresch-cut grass, chive and a back note of cannabis. all this transpires on an armature of thin caramel, graham cracker and fructose-type of tangy sweetness.

Its taste greets the early palate with that wafer thing honey and caramel melange with a light pep of gingersnap beneath. But once the fruit-flavors start, there's no turning back. Juicy, vibrant and fully ripened, the citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character is mouthwatering and highly refreshing. As the hops trend bitter and earthen, the fruit pulp turns to pith and peel while reeling in the grassy, herbaceous and resinous flavors that grip the gullet with bitterness and bite.

While juicy and creamy to start, the beer makes quick work of its structure and nose-dives into a dry-malt scaffold that supports the clean and piquant bittering. Its effortless finish lingers on with citrus and leaf as its slim warmth goes largely unnoticed.

Duet is a beautiful waltz of Simcoe and Amarillo hop variants- each complementing the deficiencies of the other to near perfection. With just enough sweetness in support, the hops dance on the tongue with delight.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun-drenched Sunkist orange with lemon peel highlights. Fine streams of bubbles disappear into the underside of a two finger cap that is darker than ivory and lighter than sandstone. The foam is crazy sticky and is blanketing the glass with some of the finest lace that I've seen in quite some time.

The aroma earns a perfect score because each sniff results in a glorious blast of two of my favorites, Simcoe and Amarillo. Pineapple and pink grapefruit and orange and mango... oh my! This is pure hop juice in the finest sense of the phrase. Malt is not missed.

According to the label, Duet is so named because the two hops are 'in harmony'. One large gulp tells me that Alpine hit the American IPA target in the exact center of the bull's eye. This offering is perfectly situated between the brewery's APA (Alpine Ale) and their DIPA (Pure Hoppiness).

One minor quibble is that more malt would have given the hops a more sturdy launching pad. Their bitter yin would have been even more impressive with a slightly sweeter yang for contrast. As a result, this brew is more of a big APA than a small DIPA, if one chooses to compare it to the styles on either side.

The orange color means that something darker than pale malt is present. There may be a hint of toasted malt, but it's barely perceptible. The flavor profile is dominated by two of the finest American hops in existence. Flavors mirror aromas, pretty much, and Amarillo is marginally more aggressive. That's too bad because I would have preferred the opposite.

The mouthfeel takes a hit because of the shortage of malt sugars. This is the place where the beer feels most like an APA. It's smooth and is nicely carbonated, but any amount of viscosity and/or silky creaminess would have been welcome.

Alpine Duet is pretty close to an ideal IPA from my perspective. It would most likely get there with 50% more pale malt, 25% more hops and a higher Simcoe to Amarillo ratio. Anyone who lives in ABC's distribution area is extremely fortunate. Two thumbs up.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Jesse for getting me this growler. I have searched long and hard for this one and I am thrilled to finally be able to throw this one down. I drank this growler throughout the day while messing around in the yard. Served cold and poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/26/2009.

The pour was very nice, with a copper tinted amber that was just soo damn clear it was rediculous. Light carbonation that continued to bubble to the surface throughout the session really added to the overall look. The aroma was light, clean, crisp and decidedly citrus led. Really very well done here. It had a nice and bright quality to it with really only pineapple and grapefruit leading the charge. As I took the first sip I was instantly refreshed. Such a clean IPA, not overally balanced, this was a light, drinkable, very hoppy IPA, just what I wanted. Started with a rush of pineapple and grapefruit that was balanced against a light bready flavor that popped up mid palate, before falling by the way side and leaving only a nice and dry, and very clean bitter finish. The feel was damn perfect, very carbonated, light and very refrshing made this something that I went through all too quickly.

Overall this was easily one of the most sessionable IPAs I have ever run across and really one of the best tasting. I am glad I got this and it was worth the wait.

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

Photo of Knapp85
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a massive foamy white head on top. There is a bunch of floating particles in this as well. The smell of the beer has a big hoppy fruit aroma. Some sweet pineapple and peach aromas make this beer really nice. The taste of the beer has a slight pine flavor with more fruit flavors like peach and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely balanced and gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A tangerine colored body with brilliant clarity. The head is two fingers thick, frothy, lasting.

Smell: Resiny, floral hops dominate the aroma. Little bit of orange-like citrus, but largely floral. There's a light crackery malt profile, but it takes a back seat to the massive hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive hop flavor up front; floral, resiny, citrusy, faint touch of tropical fruit. Very dry. The malt foundation brings to mind crusty bread; it doesn't contribute anything in the way of complexity, serving more as a foundation for the impressive hop flavor. Light bodied, quite soft and easy to drink. Bittering hops are strong but pleasantly restrained, perfect for the body and ABV.

Notes: I shared this with a friend and he commented that it had an English ale character to it, only with massive American hops. That's a good way to describe it; it's distinctly different than the Blind Pig we followed it up with. Softer, lighter, perhaps not as crisp and crackery as most West Coast IPAs, strangely cask-like. Wonderful stuff in any case, nearly perfect for the style.

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jay for sharing this west coast IPA.

Poured into a Goose tasting glass/mini nonic. Golden orange, a tiny bit of suspended sediment that looked to be hop particles. Plenty of sticky lace coating the glass, with a lasting degree of retention. Sticky, resiny, leafy hops in the nose. Citrus blast hits you nicely on the first whiff.

Rich flavor with sweet caramel, earthy Simcoe, vegetal hop bitterness, maybe a 7/10 on the bitterness scale. Plenty of citrus, bitter orange peel and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied, with a slightly viscous feel. One bomber is easy to finish. This is a solid example of a West Coast IPA...

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Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.