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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,773 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,773
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 798
Gots: 146 | FT: 12
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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mctizzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-08-2014 06:03:56 | More by mctizzz
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2012 18:35:07 | More by Soneast
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-09-2013 13:00:40 | More by zekeman17
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-14-2014 22:35:20 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.

Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:44:50 | More by paco1029384756
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

11-29-2013 17:45:33 | More by vinny21bal
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

06-21-2014 18:44:52 | More by Phillyz
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random846

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-05-2014 05:14:16 | More by random846
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%

04-10-2014 02:40:38 | More by mportnoy
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/31/13

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bottle

Appearance: Golden copper with a slight chill haze - pours with a fluffy white head, fades quickly to a small cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Somewhere between absurd and mind-shattering - honestly, this smells like some kind of tropical fruit juice - explosive tropical notes, including pineapple, mango, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - straight-up hoppy resins and aromas, like sniffing a fresh packet of hop pellets - some light, pale, and caramel malts in the back - extremely clean

Taste: Hoppy, in an extreme way, yet not aggressively hoppy - absurd amounts of melon, pineapple, and tangerine - extremely fruity and juicy, yet not sweet - medium level of bitterness, spot-on for the style - some pale and caramel malts in the background, not particularly notable - very clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, adequate carbonation, could be a tad more crisp

Overall: Unrelentlessly awesome

This is one of the finest IPAs I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It figures that it's so hard to get. This was American Craft Beer 2013 pre-fest beer #1. And honestly, it may have been better than anything I actually sampled at ACBF. Curse you, Alpine!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 16:04:02 | More by angrybabboon
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.

Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.

Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:33:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-01-2012 07:48:05 | More by avaldivia
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-02-2012 03:25:25 | More by Hugonaut13
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.

Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.

Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.

If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 04:10:07 | More by chugalug06
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype! This mutha is fo RE-al.

Poured from 22 oz bomber acquired via trade into chilled pint glass. Beautiful light orange color, nice fluffy 1-inch white head, and lots of tiny bubbles with ample sticky lacing throughout. The nose is a gorgeous mango/grapefruit/papaya olfactory orgasm. And the flavors on the palate, while less fruity/floral than the nose, do not disappoint. To the contrary, piney resin and grapefruit notes lend a mellow balance to the solidly structured hop profile, with virtually zero alcohol burn evident. The mouthfeel is as full and chewy as an IPA can get, while the finish is long, smooth, lasting, and complex.

Really love this beotch. Will come back to her lair often!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:34:28 | More by JohnParadee
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at small tasting session.

A: Hazy Golden Wheat color with a small ring of head with swirls of bubbles in the middle.

S: Piney, Citrus Hops up front, also some nice Bready Malts to counter balance. Awesome IPA aroma.

T: Hops up front (from the aroma), really nice sweetness also. A Malt center to the taste leads to a bitter dry finish at the back of the palate. Grapefruit and Pine are dominant flavors, from the Simcoe and Amarillo hops the beer is based on. Great balance, excellent flavor.

M: Medium bodied, and delightfully creamier than I would have guessed, though still well carbonated. Excellent.

D: Very Great IPA, up there with the greats in the single IPA realm for me. Wish I could get this whenever I wanted to, but hey it makes having these really special too.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 13:51:44 | More by Dreadnaught33
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PopnLoads

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-19-2012 21:50:21 | More by PopnLoads
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.5%

09-16-2013 12:27:29 | More by rowingbrewer
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mjtiernan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2011 05:31:53 | More by mjtiernan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 04:10:40 | More by craytonic
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

03-30-2014 15:33:04 | More by jkball01
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rawfish

California

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:48:41 | More by rawfish
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jjayjaye

New York

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra pale golden color that first appears effervescent but is actually laced with suspended micro-particulate. The collar is better that a full finger deep loose foamy and off white and in nature. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind each mouthful. The smell has a really nice balance of floral citrus-pine perfume and sweet maltiness. The flavor presence wanders around some and in the end is suggestive of that same piny element. I am really enjoying this beer. However, the body abandons the experience IMO. It's as if the bottom drops out. I'm half way through the glass and now notice that those unique little floaters have settled to the bottom and don't quite cover the half dollar bottom of this most recent shapely Ithaca receptacle. Very drinkable; it feels so light that it surprises me to find that there is 6.7% ABV. This one has a whole lot to consider. Many thanks going out to radshoesbro for this opportunity!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 00:11:52 | More by jjayjaye
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pwoods

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pretty average coppery amber with decent clarity. An assertive pour gets about a fingers worth of dense, creamy white head that holds nicely. Decent lacing.

S: A very nice marriage of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops, which just go fantastically together. Loads of sharp grapefruit and pine with plenty of cat piss to go around. A bit of sweet biscuity malt comes from the back and tries to balance a bit.

T/M: Great bitterness level, assertive to the edge but never falls over. More of the fantastic Simcoe/Amarillo blend going. The malts are bigger in the taste but don't get in the way. Some sweetness and more of the biscuity, light bready flavor. Body is medium to medium full with smooth carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves nice lasting bitterness. I do get a bit of metallic flavor at times, usually on the back end. A bit off but doesn't really hurt the beer... just a bit confusing.

D: Fantastic IPA. Simcoe and Amarillo is just a classic American pairing and I never get tired of the two. ABV is reasonable and the brew doesn't want you to stop drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 04:56:17 | More by pwoods
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MattXT

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-04-2014 02:44:40 | More by MattXT
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,773 ratings.