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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 575
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rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
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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:
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 lordofstarside
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, no dates

Pours a clear vibrant golden orange with a finger of foam. High carbonation coming form everywhere, good lacing and really good retention on the foam. Looks pretty good

Smell is of earthy citrus hops, strong notes of grapefruit backed up with some pine and mandarin. A bitter sweet malt with notes of caramel and bread finish in the back with a little bit of alcohol

Taste is pretty close with the aroma, strong earthy mandarin and grapefruit with some floral and pine notes. Caramel malt that is a bit less sweet than average, finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel is pretty bitter moderate body, leaves a very dry stinging finish. By far my favorite feel from an ipa

Overall a great beer I'll need to trade for again someday. Super jealous of San Diego (791 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. (390 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this bottle in a trade.

Pours into my pint glass with a good head and dark amber appearance. Huge west coast IPA/citrus hops smell & taste. A good amount of bitterness with a hint of pine. Nice mouthfeel. Drinkable for a hop head. A text book example of the style. Recommended.

Cheers. (316 characters)

Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice foamy finger thick head. Light golden color. Darker than Nelson but not by much.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, other tropical smells and some floral smells. Oh simcoe and amarillo hops. a match made in heaven.

T: Lots of citrus. Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass. Yum. So hoppy good. Just enough malt backbone to make sure its not over the top hopbomb. lt has a nice dry finish too.

M: Nice carbonation which rolls off the tongue. Right amount of thickness/thiness from an IPA like this as well

D: A very enjoyable citrus IPA. Really drinkable considering its a 7%. I like Odell's IPA and Sculpin a scosche more but I enjoyed it more than Nelson. Definitely will have again, hopefully on tap. Both are amazing IPAs from such a small brewery. I hope that they increase production and produce 6 packs in the future. (837 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.

Drink>good (362 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dannyhipps. Poured into a tulip 01/20/10.

Beautiful clean golden amber body. Forms a medium sized off white head that is fairly well retained and leaves some nice lacing as it starts to thin out.

Aroma is of dry and bitter, fruity and floral hops. Really demands attention, just leaps from the glass as soon as you pour. Malt profile is fairly subdued but is present enough to keep things anchored.

Biscuity and faintly sweet malts are slightly more noticeable on the flavor but hops are the still the top name on the marquee. Flowery and citrus goodness continues while a very dry almost pungent bitterness is large on the aftertaste. The hop profile is very nice, complex without getting muddy or distracting. It could just be the ridiculously fresh bottle but I'm getting the same leafy, green, almost oily, notes I associate with a wet hop brew.

Fairly light in body and finely carbonated. I say it often but I love beers in this ABV range, it often leads to bigger flavored but pleasantly drinkable beers like this one.

I find myself thanking the beer deities once again for the fact I have a regular Alpine hookup. Straightforward but far from one-note, highly recommended if you can find it. (1,229 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle from barfdiggs; thanks Ward!

Pours a golden straw color with about two inches of bubbly, white head with a frothy appearance to the superior surface. Monstrous quantities of wet, gob-like lacing is left in it's wake. This is how an IPA should look. It smells of honey, grapefruit, piney hops, lemon, some orange, and a bit of straw. Great nose! The taste certainly keeps up with this already tremendous brew, consisting of piney hops in the front, lemon, orange, and some grapefruit citrus in the middle, and a bit of honey and caramel in the rear. Very well done. The mouth is superior; a bit of a bitter finish, but an otherwise smooth, velvety texture from perfect carbonation. The finish is flawless, not leaving a sticky film in my mouth or frantically searching for my next glass of water; just a very content palatal sensation. A phenomenal IPA that I will actively search for again. (906 characters)

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Hitachino Nest glass.

A-Pours a perfect golden hue. Not too dark, just right. Lacing is nice. With each sip I'm reminded just how much I've swallowed. Nice bubbles.

S-Smells like Armarillo hops. I love that smell. Grassy, apricot, slightly sweet from the malt.

T-This beer is uber refreshing. So light and crisp despite being 7%. So well balanced. Alpine knows their stuff. The dryhopping leaves a pleasant bitterness floating on my tongue. It's hard to describe but it's what makes me truly love this beer.

M-Carbonation is almost perfect on this one. The beer feels so light and refreshing. It's perfect on a hot day as today.

O-Alpine makes such wonderfully balanced IPA's, this one is no different. I feel like Duet does a great job of showcasing how great the Simcoe and Amarillo hops can taste. This is easily in my top ten IPA's. Seek it out. (876 characters)

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying an Alpine Beer and I must say that the bar has been raised!

Pours medium amber with a thick, fluffy head. The lace just sticks to the glass and refuses to let go. Just beautiful.

Intensely fresh hop aroma. By far one of the best aromas from an IPA I have ever smelled. Tropical fruits (papayas and mangoes come to mind) with pine and grapefruit on deck.

Tastes of sweet tropical fruit and some pine, basically mimicking the nose, with no harshness and no lingering bitterness. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the beer very balanced but not to detract from the hop flavors; delicious.

Chewy, full bodied and highly carbonated. In summary, an extremely enjoyable beer but the excessive carbonation makes the drinkability just shy of a 5. (772 characters)

Photo of gameface23
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The appearance is phenomenal: a semi-hazy orange hue topped with a fluffy, steamed-milk quality head that laces the shit out of the glass.

S: No surprise here: the simcoe/amarillo blend really shows itself. There's also a honey sweetness.

T: Alpine really has IPA's locked down. The flavor is a wonderful balance of tropical fruit and pine hops and malt sweetness. The finish is smooth as could be. It's refreshing and hoppy, but definitely not over-bitter.

M: Nice for an IPA

D: Another great one from Alpine. (517 characters)

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A BIG thank you to Rish in Californa for this beast of a beer.

Appearance: Pours a great looking hazy golden color, definitely unfiltered with a nice creamy head of foam.

Smell: The smell is very strong citrus, very forward and up front. I love it

Taste: So much flavor, so many levels in this beer, it is awesome and quite refreshing also. It has an awesome sweet, bitter, and piney taste. Nice bitterness but is not overpowering just perfect

Mouthfeel: Couldn't really ask for anything more, nice and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall just a great beer, one of my favorite IPAs I'm upset I can't get this here in Chicago. I was so impressed with Duet it's wonderful (676 characters)

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is heavenly! Top five ipas I've ever had and possibly the best smelling one yet. Pure melons. Taste is melon, orange rind, tropical fruits and a nice dose of Piney bitterness. It has a dankness to its finish that's just amazing. Top top ipa and a must try for sure. (276 characters)

Photo of aval89
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a golden orange.. clear body.. got a 2 finger off-white head..

S: signature cat piss aroma from the simcoe!! Some floral hops as well & some citrus/pine.. the malt bill is hard to pass up.. smelled like a freshly baked carrot cake with vanilla frosting..

T: distinct sweet orange flavor.. most likely from the amarillo hops.. some fresh pine flavors also pull through.. some more of that carrot cake/vanilla flavors.. very strange to me, but it blends so well.. finish is medium bitterness with a lemony/mild grapefruit taste..

Note: as beer sits in mouth, you get a skunky taste (cat piss like).

Mf: quite crisp.. just a bit off of creamy range.. not too heavy in the mouth..

O: very complex for being 7% abv.. very impressed again with Alpine. (759 characters)

Photo of cbros
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a mug.

A- Pours a medium to light yellow color. There is a nice head retention with a pretty white three finger head. There is also a lot of carbonation activity after the pour. Overall a decent looking beer.

S- The smell coming from this beer is your run of the mill hoppy West Coast IPA. I am picking up a strong citrusy presence and little else. This a good smelling beer.

T- As with the other Alpine beer I have had the taste is where the beer really sets itself apart. This beer starts off relatively mild then finishes with a nice hoppy character. It isn't overpowering in anyway, rather it is a nice well balanced IPA that isn't too bitter but still has a nice hoppy flavor. A very good tasting beer that I would love to drink in numerous quantities.

I recieved this beer as part of my Secret Santa haul and I am very happy to finally mark this Want off my list. Like I stated above this is a very good tasting beer and I would love having this again. Thanks Matt! (1,007 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at Alpine during SD Beer Week.

Sort of a middle hue of orange as far as IPAs go, seems to kind of glow with some chill haze. Bright white head tops it off and the bubbles are medium sized. Very nice lacing.

Smelling a lot of pine and citrus notes, somewhat of a marijuana dank character to it as well. Smells like being in a forest.

Pretty damn resiny, tree sap and pine, some citrus in the back, and bitter grapefruit. Some bready malts are underneath, cracker-esque in nature. Really awesome flavor here straight from the source, fresh as hell.

Feels really good too, medium carbonation with a good zingy-ness and nice viscosity.

Overall this is a contender for best West Coast IPA out there. It's pretty much on par with Sculpin for me, though the flavor is more pine-like and less complex. There's a little bit of alcohol presence in the swallow but it's well incorporated. Great stuff. (921 characters)

Photo of juhl31
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks toronado SD on alpine night!

-good light colored yellowy gold. very clean. poured with a medium tall head that stays faint throughout

-big pine hop on the nose that lasts top to bottom. some hints of citrus as well

-bitterness from the hops comes in through the front and the back end. there is a good malt presence start to finish despite the strong hop taste

-good enough mouthfeel. some carb bite and a decent IPA body

-my favorite of the alpine IPA's...although i have not had expo yet (501 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice head and medium lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. To much citrus for my liking.

Taste – Grapefruit, mango, and some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, lightly creamy.

Drinkability – Pretty good, but a touch too much citrus. (318 characters)

Photo of Cavery
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml shared with Klym in an afternoon session.

Poured into generic snifter.

A: Very fancy looking honey with egg shell soap sud foams. The head rose to about 2 fingers, and left beautiful sticky cobweb lacing. Definitely one of those cosmetic brews, a looker that you would see in the hand of a master brewer for a picturesque representation of his/her craft. Most importantly, the look makes you thirsty.

S: Leathery sun dried orange rinds and sweet sugary lemons. A bit of an herbal hop that blends with the lemon to make you believe that this beer probably cures something. A familiar spiciness akin to coriander, there's a real orange on orange theme in the glass. Fresh washed garden greens come through with a most comfortable summer salad hop linger.

T: First taste is filled with a refined mellow citrus sweetness, and followed by peppery arugula. A soft minty hop augments the rustic orange and lemon flavors. Floral citrus notes take you to the orchards, where the orange blossoms are infused with sticky honeys from the legs of bees. A real medicinal-tea drinking experience where everything is so in check that you'd never refuse this medicine. Creamy honey smoothness that's surrounded by orchards of lemons of oranges.

M: Very soft medium-light body that sparsely releases bubbles in the mouth. The carbonation is rose pedal soft, and dissipates into a coating of herbal honeys. The ingredients really hang in the mouth with thin coats of citrus nectar. I don't even have a sore throat, but if I did -- it would feel better. Very comforting to have in the mouth, hard one to explain. It spreads the ingredients allover the mouth, and is medicine for the soul.

O: This is a tricky one to do. The flavors are all so familiar (if not even a bit cliche), but they are just so well done. Many beers taste like sun kissed citrus, but few connote the depth of sun drying and natural honeys. The flavors are soft, and this never approaches being a juice bomb. However, the balance is really something to behold. Not only is this balanced, but the point at which all the elements intersect is the land of magic. This one could be overlooked because of the familiar flavors, but this is a rare treat. Furthermore, the sessionability of this brew is beyond reason. This one is addictive, and will disappear from your glass while you try to figure out its more subtle notes. (2,386 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip with some slight white lacing and head. Pours a more or less golden color, a slight haziness, though not as much as nelson (which i had immediately before this one).
Carbonation is pretty evident.

Smell is a peachy/piney blast, very very pleasant.... not a whole lot of malt evident in the smell or the taste for that matter.

Smell has a lot in common with nelson, though not quite as distinct to me... the floral character is evident throughtout.

Taste is outstanding, in line with the best west coast ipa's i've had, just pure hoppy goodness that does not subside for the entire glass.

Mouthfeel is very crisp with a slight sense of resin (not nearly as much as expo hop or pure hop).... not as much of the "bite" as nelson. Overall in line with what you would think of for a good west coast ipa in terms of the mouthfeel and, in turn, the drinkability.

Would certainly be one of my go to's if I lived in the area. (943 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Smells amazing. Tons of grapefruit and sweet cotton candy in the aroma. There is peaches and nectarines in there as well.

Appearance:Golden in color with off-white head. Head could be thicker and have more retention though.

Taste:Amazing grapefruit flavor on the foretaste. This fades a little on the midtaste, and morphs into peaches and nectarines. There is a pleasantly sweet undertone the whole way through. The aftertaste showcases the hop bitterness, with less of the fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium thick body. Good carbonation. Mild hop astringency on the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, full of great west coast hop aromas and flavors. It's easy drinking, and quite delightful. (723 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber $7 from local liquor store

Look: Crystal clear bronze with a really aggressive white head.

Smell: Woah! Huge grapefruit and citrus hops completely envelops the nose!

Taste: Citrus bomb! Huge grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon, and clementine notes leasd to a really nice earthy hop mellow that rounds out with a nice malt backbone. Citrus hops linger throughout and long after each sip! A bit like biting into marmalade on toast!

Mouthfeel: At first it's wet and quenching but that quickly dries out like a nice champagne. the 7% ABV is undetectable! Perfect body!

Overall: Wow. Heard great things about this one and boy did it live up. Every aspect really works together. From the citrus hop bomb to the malt balancing act to the superb dry finish that allows the hops to shine through again. In a market filled with IPA's this one is something special. Get it. (885 characters)

Photo of tpgraham
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Petrol in Houston, served in a standard 16 oz. pint glass. I was really excited to finally try an Alpine offering but was let down. The IPA seemed pretty standard to me and did not pack the hop punch that I would have expected from such hype. Will try again when available to confirm my thoughts. (306 characters)

Photo of daveytheformer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce into a nonic

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin head that remains throughout.

Smells hoppy and incredibly floral.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a nice peppery zest and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation.

Overall is an amazing IPA I would try again and again. (319 characters)

Photo of chaz01
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle courtesy of a trade with great trader mobz24. Thanks Rich!

A: Pretty clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves some lacing as it settles.

S: I pick lot's of fresh pineapple notes, with a little bit of piney and citrusy grapefruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple and mango -- with some citrusy grapefruit hops as well with a bit of a pleasant grassy resin flavor.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and delicious. I liked some of the other Alpine IPA's a little better, but this was solid as well, and for $8, I'd be drinking it all the time if it were available in the midwest. (665 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of mobz24 into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a golden amber with a 2-finger head with decent retention. Lacing was nice and present throughout. Nose grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts underneath. Taste was initially citrus (esp. grapefruit), then sweet caramel malts and a mildly bitter, peppery finish. Brew was medium bodied with a an oily mouthfeel. This is good! Again, as wiith other Alpine brews I've tried, the balance is right on. This has a little more going on than several, although I would still give Nelson the edge for my personal preference. Still, this is a great IPA and another reason maybe I am living in the wrong place. (655 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
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