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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,863 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,863
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

The last one: that’s right, this is the last beer I got from my first long-distance trade. And believe me, this double-hopped IPA has been staring me in the face every time I’ve opened the fridge since the package arrived. I finally cracked, and now it’s the end for my first bit of loot from California; maybe I kept one in the fridge just to keep the memory alive, but I just can’t wait any longer. It’s time for some hoppy love from the boys out of Alpine.

Thanks again, dmsohyea! Alpine is a brewery that I’ve been looking to get some samples of for the longest time.

A: What a really, really gorgeous brew. One of the best shines I’ve ever seen on an IPA (and that’s saying something), which totally enhances the brilliantly deep, golden color of the body. The head is very foamy and just a hair darker than pure white; the retention is alright, but the main event is the lacing. Strands of thin bubbles extend all the way around the glass, extending to bigger pockets of foam. Doesn’t get any better than this.

S: Man those hops smell great! Gargantuan floral notes explode as some caramel malts roll out underneath. As time goes on, bigger piney tones start to take over the hops for an added dimension of kick. A deeper spice comes from the bottom of the nose, also bringing some peppery tones to the mix. The hops are as delightful as ever, and the sugary parts aren’t too sweet; so far, so good.

T: A big, warming sensation is what I get from my first sip; is it the alcohol? It’s only 7.5%. Whatever it is, I like it. The first actual taste, though, is clean, crisp malt. It's that light sugar like the one you find in a shortbread cookie - that's, at least, the most apparent feeling I get. They’re obviously not the main attraction here, though, as the hops come in right after. They burst with juicy refreshment, popping off with even more crisps in the palate. Flowery and bitter, without a whole lot of earthiness; alas, that’s not what Simcoe and Amarillo hops are known for. No worries; the palate remains a spectacular testament to the drinkability of bitter IPA’s when they’re done well. The aftertaste is, of course, dry; this time, bordering on astringency. Lightly medicinal, it hits a yeasty barnyard taste that wasn’t apparent in the front of the palate. A surprisingly easy-drinking hop-bomb.

M: Relatively bubbly for the style. Chewy is what I’d describe first and foremost, though. It’s certainly puckering on the palate, and it leaves you smacking your tongue with the added thickness of the feel.

O: I’ve seen a lot of beers described as a “Hophead’s Dream” or something along those lines. This beer takes that prize without so much as a breath of self-proclaimed hop mastery. It’s great. Classy brewery, classy beer. A very drinkable, very admirable brew.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of vande
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%

A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.

S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma

T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.

M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.

O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.

Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!

vande, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

LambicPentameter, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of VonZipper
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

VonZipper, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.

S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.

T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.

M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.

D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of IndyDad
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

IndyDad, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -9.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a clear dandelion color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit and some grassy hops.

Tastes of the tropical fruits upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead with pineapple and mango notes that blend with some pine and grass with a moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with skme light bread notes and some sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite good and is definitely worth trying out.

ocelot2500, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -9.5%

jmccraney, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

spark3148857, May 01, 2014
Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

antoines15, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%

22oz from a trade, thanks augustgarage! Always there to oblige my hop cravings...

A- Gold, a snowpeaked head that isn't going anywhere. Beer color is actually pretty much a dull gold, but the head is ivory white.

S- Smelled the hops from a mile away. Floral, citrus, no bitter or pine hops, mild mild grapefruit. Smells like Pliny, actually. Ah, west coast IPAs. Mild pale malt is there, adding to the awesome bouquet. Wow.

T- Follows the nose. Bitter, though, more bitter than I would have thought. Still, the orange peel, flowers (lilac?!) and other assorted hop awesomeness comes in right behind it. The malt is nowhere to be found, but that's fine with me... I'm here for the hops!

M- Crisp, clean, with a flavor that explodes in your mouth. Perhaps it seems like I'm gushing over this beer, but I am really digging it.

D- High. If I could, I'd drink a growler of it. Awesome beer, A great flavor profile and a smooth drinkability makes this a no-brainer for anyone looking for some hops. Very enjoyable.

EDIT- I have gotten a bunch of bottles of this since my first review. I am in love with this beer. One of the best from the West, no doubt about it.

ShogoKawada, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Nolen12
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Nolen12, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

SFLpunk, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -9.5%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Chingringo, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

SPRichard, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

InfernoBoss, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Beerbuddy21, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

PHBoiler, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

cfrances33, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Pours a golden orange with a slight and I mean slight haze. About a half inch off-white, fluffy head sat atop the beer.

Aroma - Floral hops take center stage with a touch of citrus fruits and malt in the back.

Taste - Solid combination of floral hops, citrus fruits and malts.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth with light carbonation. Light to medium body. Not overly bitter either.

Overall - Very similar to the Beachwood Amalgamator I had last night. Both great brews.

ChrisL24481, Mar 26, 2014
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.