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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 822
Gots: 159 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +13.1%

bsuedekum, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more.

ZAP, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had.

RoyalT, Aug 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Axnjxn, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Little less than an inch fall white head. Body is a bright light orange, very clear. Lots of effervescence. Good lacing.

Bright piney citrus here in the whiffs.

Floral hops, very refreshing. Nice malt backbone, drink ability is high.

Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation blends well with this beer.

Pretty good Ipa here, very drinkable. Hats off to Alpine. Thanks kawilliam82.

Duff27, May 03, 2012
Photo of gford217
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear amber with a solid soapy white head that lasted a longer than I expected for a growler pour and left decent lacing.

The aroma just about knocked me over when I opened the growler. Big, thick, resinous pine hops just jump out of the glass with a hint of bready malts in the background. As it warms a little, the Amarillo hops really start to join the party with oranges and grapefruits mostly.

The taste is dominated by the sweet tropical citrus up front with pineapple, oranges and grapefruits. The malt backbone is there but hardly noticeable as the finish brings the pine hops back to leave a resinous bitterness that builds up after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty sticky with hops that tingle the palate.

I really liked this beer as it has tons of hops and plenty of bitterness but remains extraordinarily drinkable...like, "I could drink the whole growler" drinkable. A great beer.

gford217, May 03, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -2%

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

Gobzilla, Oct 10, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Lare453, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev -5%

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

illidurit, Dec 16, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Sunny Day
Liars club
drinking beer and eating shrubs

Lovely golden fluffy head
whitish top that smells like bread

super hoppy
super clean
when I say IPA, alpines knows what I mean

Drinkability is freakishly high
finish is clean
with a faint hop cry

francisweizen, Sep 21, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -4.5%

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

Jwale73, Nov 02, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

aasher, Feb 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

KevinGordon, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of popery
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle, home. Holy crap, this is good. This beer pours a light golden amber with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma hit me the instant I uncapped the bottle. This is not a shy beer. It smells like a truckload of tangerine rinds and pine needles were mixed with fairy dust and dumped in a meadow of flowers. A big whiff of this beer is like aromatherapy for a hophead. As Ninkasi doubtlessly intended, this IPA is all about showcasing the hops. The flavor is light and dry with lots of hop bitterness, but there's just enough malt sweetness to keep it from paint thinner territory. The mouthfeel is oily with hop residue but just a bit thin. However, I think that I'm only noticing that because the hops are so big that my palate is assuming it's in DIPA territory. For a dry 7% abv beer, Alpine probably couldn't do any better in this regard. This is a phenomenal beer. I can't wait to try the rest of the Alpine bottles that I bought.

popery, Mar 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

IPAchris, Oct 22, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -12.2%

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Shane for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear bronze color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Good lacing too.

(S)- A bright and fresh citrus profile. Pineapple, lime, lemon, and even some grapefruit. Subtle pine, but otherwise just a bright citrus zest of a profile.

(T)- A bit backwards to the smell. More woody pine in the taste. Not as bright of a citrus profile than the smell was either, but it is still there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too, though clearly not as vibrant, crisp, or fresh as the smell was.

(D)- Definitely an above average IPA, though it was a bit of a letdown when the smell was so great, but the rest of the beer failed in comparison. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

sweemzander, Apr 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA.

tectactoe, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

whartontallboy, Dec 19, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11 - thanks to the provider.

A: Clear straw body with a thin white head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty darn average.

S: Hop-forward, fruity to the extreme. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely.

T: Clean fruity hops and bitterness. Nothing but what I expect, and that's cool. Very tasty indeed.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Solid IPA. I can't wait to try more Alpine beers.

Cheers!

woosterbill, May 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

This was poured from a growler purchased at Alpine and I also had a glass on tap at O'Brien's the day before. Bright orange color with a white head that really laced the glass. The smell was a little pine but mostly bright fresh citrus fruit, excellent. The flavor was like nectarines and oranges, so juicy and hoppy, fantastic. This beer really impressed the hell out of me and I hope I can get my hands on a couple bottles if they release them.

ArrogantB, Sep 21, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Received as an extra from ikaika122. Awesome. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear light copper hue with a one finger creamy white head that faded to leave some thin lacing and light retention.

S - Nice aromas of light tropical mango/pineapple, with light citrus notes. there is a light bready aroma as well as candied malts.

T - Ah...to get back to balanced IPAs. I've almost forgotten what thats like. Great harmony of light tropical hops and super faint pine (light alcohol too) along with sweet malts. Not overly sweet though. Excellent balance.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome, lighter carbonation but not boozy. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from a brewery I've been dieing to sample from. Been a long time since I had a "balanced" IPA, very solid offering.

rudzud, Sep 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, May 17, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -2%

41st review on BA
Bottle to mug

App- Shimmery orange with gold and yellow highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that is off white and just fades away so gingerly leaving little pillows of foam. Lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- It's a flower basket in a glass. Nice hoppy aroma fills the nose.

Taste- I think the flavors are pretty on point with this one. Its get a nice bitter flavor o the finish but the hops aren't overbearing for having the Simcoe and Amarillo working well together.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a slight carbonation. Leaves a great oily taste on the palate.

Drink- I liked this a lot. A nice sessionable IPA that would work well in a six pack for me.

FosterJM, Nov 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

BGsWo22, Jan 30, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to Skuter for sending me both long-sought Alpine brews, Nelson & Duet, in a recent swap of fine beers. Split with the wife while the hops are still kicking vigorously.

Pours Gaskin Lake clear, golden, it's practically a sun unto itself, no sediment whatsoever. Carbonation is moderate to the eye. Smell is lovely hops, again in moderation, with a warm south wind from the Tropics.

The first sip of Duet brings out the extreme oiliness of the hops vs. a distinct taste impression, 99 out of 100 for slick, slippery, & sticky. Then comes the actual taste of the hops, again tropical, almost fruity edge on top, then comes the citrus, pine, & a bitterness at the end that's a pleasant cleaning up.

This is a creative gem. An IPA that starts out mellow with it's sandals off, then creeps up, & the bitterness at the end is a welcome cap to the flavors that come before it. This is what brewers can do with hops that doesn't involve 400 lbs. per barrel. The balance is beautiful. I can't even detect whateve malt is in here, but the hops aren't running wild. I could drink this all night & well into the morning. I'm gulping vs. sipping, which is what I do when I'm reviewing a beer that's both tasty & easy to down.

Excellent! If this one were readily available, I'd seek this out as a Furious alternative on days I wasn't feeling quite so aggressive. Lovely & a masterful creation. Great example of the style.

maximum12, Mar 18, 2010
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.