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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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BA SCORE
98
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2,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 868
Gots: 210 | FT: 18
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 rawfish
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours stunningly clear copper hue. Very small half finger of white head from a smooth pour. Tiny wisps of lacing on the glass with below average retention for the style.

Full wholesome bready malt with a touch of sweetness cloaked with a steady orange citrus and pine hop aroma. Pretty standard stuff here for a west coast ipa. Nice and attractive but certainly not different.

Malt lightens up considerably here to provide less of the bread to almost a delicate wafer flavor. Pine, sandalwood and floral hops, very uplifting. After the drink there is a distinct bitterness that dries and vanishes nicely along with some alcohol.

Light on it's feet, this one floats like a butterfly w/o the sting from the bee. Carbonation is there but compliments the drinkability as does the body. Bitterness and alcohol all but disappear from the palate leaving you ready for the next draw. It can't get any better than this.

This ipa grows on you the more you drink it. A finesse fighter with perfect balance and feel. Doesn't throw hoppy haymakers but draws you in until you submit. Alpine really knows how to craft a hoppy beer, meticulous and expertly built.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another awesome extra by callmecoon. This is a long time want.

Appearance
Nice clear appearance that seems to be Alpine's calling card. The color is a nice honey gold. A small clingy white head adorns the top of the beer.

Smell
A little buttery, like biscuits. The biscuity, buttery malt base is really what I noticed first. This is a very floral take on an IPA. Honeysuckle and orange blossom, it smells citrusy, but more like the flowers that grow on citrus trees. Lemon-lime is also a strong element. The Amarillo hops are playing a big role here.

Taste
The biscuity malts do translate into the taste. Its still very good though. Hops are very green, leafy and floral. Sturdy yet delicate notes of honeysuckle. There is a nice bitterness that holds of until the finish.

Mouthfeel
A slicker feel that dries up on the finish. Lingering bitterness and that doughy malt hang around into the aftertaste.

Overall
Really good, but perhaps not as good as I had hoped.

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%

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 bump8628
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, glowing gold with a firm stand of white foam that lays down rings of lace.

Mmmm...just outstanding from aroma to finish with floral citrus tones, aggressive pine, and background notes of wild flowers, herbs, freshly cut grass. The hops are bright and juicy, clean and crisp, bitter but not harsh. The malt is minimal and only serves as a canvas for the Humulus Lupulus. Nice and dry on the back end letting the hops shine even more.

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. The hops are aggressive, bold, and omnipresent, but polite in the sense that they never become harsh or biting. Simply fantastic.

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nrs207
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.

A - Golden brown and crystal clear. Big frothy white head that settle to a pillowy one finger cap. Spotty lacing left all over the glass.

S - Very strong tropical hop aroma. Faint biscuity malt backing. Hops are certainly the center of this one. Pineapple is the primary fruit that comes through in the nose but I alos pick up a little mango and a light candy sweetness.

T - Candied pineaplle and other assorted tropical notes. Light biscuity malt backing. Very hop forward without being a tongue buckling hop punch. Finishes with a clean sweetness.

M/D - A touch on the light side and little too much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking a good IPA but just a touch off the mark from great.

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ralerwen
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops mix very well together to create a nice hop aroma. Bready malts and a touch of caramel help balance the hops.

T: Hop flavor is quite strong, floral hops are now strongest with an underlying citrus flavor that goes very well with a dry, yet slightly bready malt base. I really enjoy how the floral hops mix with citrus. There is a sweetness to help balance, but the beer remains fairly dry. Bitterness is kept fairly low.

M: Medium thickness with low, creamy carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. The floral hops are quite nice and an underlying citrus flavor goes well with a low bitterness and moderate sweetness.

Photo of Damian
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Wow, this label is pretty crazy. What the heck does a church have to do with this beer? Also, the "Drink Alpine ale or go to bed!" quote on the back is pretty random, but pretty funny. In any case, the beer poured an amazingly clear, brassy color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that left spotty drips of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy and complex. Peach, apricot and grapefruit notes were instantly recognizable. (Peach flavored candy came to mind.) Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were noticeable as well. Somewhat floral. The crystal malts took a back seat to the hops, yet they provided a pleasant sweetness. A hint of butterscotch came through as the beer warmed. The hops also seemed to intensify with time. This is an IPA in its finest form.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the aroma. Sweet-ish caramel malts were noticeable up front before the hops kicked in. Citrus fruit notes (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) dominated the hop profile. Peach and apricot flavors appeared as well. The finish was piney and oily. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Crisp, clean, bitter and somewhat dry but not overly astringent. This beer had just enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from being harsh.

The mouthfeel was quite creamy and smooth. A crisp, lively carbonation made the liquid feel light and fluffy on my palate. My only complaint was that the body seemed a touch thin for a beer of this magnitude.

Duet is liquid crack for hop heads. Packed with a menagerie of hop-derived flavors yet shockingly balanced, this beer is all too quaffable. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was remarkably well hidden. I can only imagine how good this must be on-tap.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of farrago
3.67/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a solid pour you get about a finger of just off white foam, majority medium to larger bubbles with below average retention, runs down to the surface quickly, the lacing sticks in random splotches more than streaks. The liquid has a zinc orange metallic look to it, much closer to yellow than any red, no cloudiness, a few trace bubbles here or there, consistent down to the glass bottom. Hop-driven nose of pretzel dough, salt, pine cone, herbaceous matter and earth, gets right up in there and starts scrubbing, plenty of brawn in the grapefruit to blood orange scents too, not a lot of fruit, mixed white pit fruit, thin dusting of cocoa powder accounts for the presence of malts. Close to full-bodied with a noticeably firm mouth feel, the carbonation has the grit of semi-fine sandpaper, persistent from mouth entry through finish. The tangy white grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus zings your tongue alongside the pine, iron flecks, pepper and salt bits. Were the total experience more “wet” the peach, nectarine, apple fruit might appear more tropical. Cocoa, mocha accents dry themselves, offers some yeast to multigrain bread dough. About as “chewy” as a regular IPA can get, not really an easy sipper but deserves attention for achieving personality.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper, 2" heavy white head with good splotchy lacing.

S- Sweet malts, light citrus and spicy hops.

T- Light honey malt, some citrus but more spicy/pine hops.

M- Light bodied but not thin. Amazingly drinkable for 7%, this would be a great 6 pack Ipa.

O- Very good IPA. Well balanced honey malts and hops.

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of number1bum
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mymrnngjckt has shared a bottle of this on two separate occasions and both times I've been very impressed.

Pours a slightly hazed tangerine orange color with a nice off-white head. Lots of carbonation results in pretty good retention.

Smell is bursting with juicy hop goodness. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet oranges, some pine. Very juicy nose, so fresh and aromatic.

The taste is also full of juicy hop flavor. This beer really showcases the citrus and tropical fruit qualities of the hop varieties they chose. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with a bit of lemon, orange and grass as well. There is just a hint of sweetness here but it doesn't need much because this is not an overly bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is a very crisp medium body. Good, active carbonation in this one. Doesn't have the slickness or creaminess of some IPAs, but the lighter feel and crispness makes for a very drinkable brew.

As I said earlier both times I have had this I've been very impressed. Just so much juicy hop character. I'd be very glad to have this with regularity.

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of aquazr1
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber, almost clear, with a one finger white head, As the head dissipates there is a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The first thing that hits the nose is citrus. It's delightful smell that only hints at the taste to come. There are also hints of pine in the background.

T - The taste is well balanced with only a hint of the alcohol. The variety of citrus notes are at the forefront with only a slight bitterness. There is a nice amount of malt also.

M - A medium bodied beer with a light malt feel.

An excellent IPA. This would be a regular with me if I was able to get it on a regular basis.

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.