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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 2,983
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 879
Gots: 386 | FT: 15
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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 sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a pint glass/ Consumed fresh

P: Dull copper with a 1 inch head of pearly white soapy foam on top. Showed decent retention before it formed a thin film of bubbles on the surface, leaving some spotty lace behind in its wake.

A: Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and lots of floral come catapulting out of the glass, while very soft caramel malts are there underneath. Nothing mind-blowing here, but the aroma features a potent blast of everything I like in my west-coast IPA's.

T: Starts more balanced than expected with a toasted biscuity malt that emanates lots of caramel sweetness while the hops showcase their exotic citrus fruit characteristics on top that make me think of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons. Then, the malt seems to almost drop out completely as the flavor turns increasingly bitter and progressively piney on the back end. Finishes with a long, dry aftertaste that hangs on for a while. Can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet resinous, while being dry and smooth with a little creaminess from the good amount of Co2.

Notes: This is a really good IPA that drinks so easily I wish it were available in 6 pack form. Doesn't feature as much complexity in the citrus department as I usually look for in top-notch IPA's, as the bitter pine seems to take over on the back end. But all in all, this is another fine choice in the diverse selection of west-coast IPA's within easy disposal. Recommended (1,490 characters)

Photo of arusso13
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to MaltMilkshake for the bottle. 22oz. bomber poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A: Deep golden color with a quickly fading white head.

S: A mostly citrus/fruit juice smell upfront, with notes of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Annnd there's the fruit juice. Mango, pineapple, and even some green apple shining through with the usual citrus flavors. Nice malty notes on the backbone. Not overly hoppy, but an almost perfect balance between the hops and malts.

M: Medium-bodied, lower carbonation.

O: One of the better IPAs I have come across. Like previously stated, the amazing balance between the hops and the malts makes Duet stand out. My first beer from Alpine, but definitely going to seek this one out again. Can't wait to open the Pure Hoppiness I have in my fridge... (797 characters)

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

Again, thanks to Hayesez for our spontaneous IPA tasting....

Pours a thick, pretty head that later turns into a creamy island of foam that sticks around for most of the experience.Pours a pretty clear, lighter orange with my favorite observation of the night: right after the pour, there were "bubbles coming up and chunks of goodness going down". exactly as described, it was a really pretty beer. the smell absolutely got my psyched for this one, exactly my taste in these types of beers, super fresh and floral citrus hops. smells soo crisp and fresh i can't wait! grapefruit and orange zest, with just i tiny bit of fresh pine coming through. great smell! my notes say the taste is "just less" than the smell. a great combination of grapefruit and orangey bitter hops, very fresh and crisp. a little sweetness from a malty balance, but definitely not the focus of this great beer. feels in the mouth pretty good, the carbonation complements the taste to lend additional smoothness, just a hair light i think. this is pretty hoppy, but as far as drinkability is concerned, this one BEGGED to be drank!

Great beer, my (i think both of our) clear favorite of the night. (1,172 characters)

Photo of wedgie9
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted from bomber bottle. Pours clear amber with a thick pearl white head that fades to lace. Nose is caramel malt with grapefruit, slightly dusty, hops bitterness. The palate is very similar. Caramel malt, grapefruit, some lemongrass, lemon pith bitterness comes through on back of palate. The carbonation is fairly light, and the body is medium, but I love the somewhat coating feeling that I am getting. The finish is long and bitter and slightly nutty. Overall, this is a great IPA, it is super balanced and easy to enjoy, and I am really enjoying it. (556 characters)

Photo of stafford2
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted draft at Capone's near Philly and then in San Diego (Not even close - you have to have this on the west coast). Best single IPA I've ever tasted. Seriously - Epic. (170 characters)

Photo of schwaeh
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sent to me from HeavyTaste, my first Alpine beer.

A: Pours a honey orange color with a large dense white head. The head fades into a nice cap. Really good lacing.

S: I could smell this from quite far away after I popped the cap. Pine, juicy orange, and grapefruit are strong. A little bit of spice ties in with the malts that are attempting to balance this out. A touch of honey seems to be there as well, this is reminiscent of Hopslam.

T: Well this is actually quite balanced. This isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Sweet malt stands nearly toe to toe with the grapefruit and pine. Flavors of pineapple, rindy orange, melon, and honey are all here. I just keep tasting more fruit with every drink. Pine stands in the background which allows it to add some more depth but not kill the experience.

M: Overall it feels somewhat thin but when all said and done the mouthfeel is great. The hops make this pretty oily. Carbonation seems spot on.

O: This was different than I expected but I really got to appreciate it after a few sips. This is really well brewed showing that they arent just trying to make the most extreme IPA, rather a refined well executed one. The flavor hangs around without feeling like you scraped your tastebuds off. This is dangerously drinkable. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good. (365 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with 2fastcars the other night. This bottle has been waiting to be consumed for the last 6 months or so. I think it started to fade a bit...

A- Golden straw color. Pure white head that foams like crazy. Extensive lacing all over the glass.

S- Smells of Simcoe hops, and sweet malt. I also get some lemony/citrus smells.

T- Nice light IPA, with some hints of lemon and spice. The hops had faded quite a bit, but are still very well balanced.

M- A litle light even for the style. I expected this to be a bit bigger, especially compared to the other Alpine beers I've had.

Might try to keep and eye out for a fresher bottle of this, but not my favorite Alpine beer (682 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jimmy2282, the Surly will be coming soon.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my trusty nonic. Produced a very nice two-finger, off-white head, that dissipated slowly and left some very nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. It's a pretty, honey-gold color; clear and a tad lighter than expected.

Smell is very, very nice. Bunches of fruity hops hit you right away, but there are some subtle grassy notes and an overall sweetness that just screams "Drink Me". This may well be the best smelling beer I've come across.

This is a truly great tasting beer. Just like the smell, massive bouquet of fruity hops upfront. There's some dry, bitter hops in the middle, but there is this underlying sweetness to the beer that is just gorgeous.

Thicker than expected, but still great carbonation. It's relatively heavy for how silky smooth and easy to drink it is. I like it. It seems a lot of IPAs these days try to be light in the body, but Duet embraces the fullness in its body.

Overall this is a GREAT IPA and a very good beer. If I were to give some newbie an IPA, this would be it. I think that's because it's not as dry and bitter as some IPAs can be. This is a sweeter IPA. The hop profile is one of my favorites thus far. If Duet is a true representation of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, than those are varieties I will be on the look out for. Great brew. Cheers! (1,374 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral hops and peach upfront. Pineapple, oranges, and pine needles. A bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Peach, pine, and tangerine. A small spicy hop in the middle. Ends with a small malt sweetness. Pine and tangerine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Could use some more dryness.

O: Reminds me of Sculpin sans dryness. Very good single IPA. (441 characters)

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

Thanks Kyle2k10! Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Probably the closest reminder of Pliny the Elder that I can think of.

Clear golden orange body. Steady high carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Nice lacing. One finger thick white head.

Pine and grapefruit! Simcoe and Amarillo? Simple and straightforward. Some caramel malt presence, but overall a dry beer with floral notes. Great bitterness. Not entirely tame yet not completely harsh... in between. Light to moderate body with a smoother mouthfeel.

I like Duet better than Pure Hoppiness. It's less bitter, but more cohesive flavorwise. Very potent and dank with the hops, but it doesn't get tiresome on the palate. Easy to drink if you love IPAs. (701 characters)

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

A- Pours an orangey bronze color. Very bright appearance with good sticky lacing on the glass. Looks like a great IPA

S- Hops with a light citrus note on the back end. Lots of hop bitterness jumps out of glass. Great nose.

T- Grapefruit, lemon citrus, and bitter, dry finish. Cleans out nicely for something with a big flavor.

M- Nice medium body, good carbonation, and nice finish for a big IPA. (399 characters)

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank tonight with Pure Hoppiness and Nelson, I thought this was the winner.

A- Golden straw golden color with a 1 finger head and light lacing left on my glass.

S- The Amarillo and Simcoe hops are just awesome, loads of grapefruit citrus and loads of sweeter tropical fruit and a hint of lemongrass... Just a great scent, a true west coast IPA for Hopheads, I love my hops. Not much malt which is great for me, pretty much a perfect IPA.

T- Loads of citrus hops with tropical highlights, slight malty backbone but the citrus and sweet tropical fruit dominate and lead to a delicious dry finish.

M- Light body, refreshing, easily drinkable IPA with loads of flavors and scents... Hopheads dream beer.

D- Very easy to drink and absolutely no trace of alcohol, awesome job Alpine I enjoyed this more than Pure Hoppines... (825 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent amber with thin off white head that sits high in the snifter, them settles to a thin layer. Some lacing. Nothing special about the appearance.

S: Light citrus, some pine and a lot of fresh cut grass. Phenomenal.

T: Sweet and juicy fruit notes up front with honeydew melon, red delicious apple, and orange. Finishes more bitter with notes of grapefruit, grass and some earthy tea flavors.

M: Extremely smooth. Moderately carbonated. Moderate hop bite. Perfection.

D: The flavors meld so perfectly creating an even, smooth and insanely drinkable beer. Huge flavor, great nose, perfect body. (671 characters)

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in NOOB BIF 5 from ExplosivoSR...thank you, sir. Really enjoyed this beer...I am just getting into exploring the world of IPA/DIPAs and was excited to try one from a west coast brewery that I had not heard of (beer and brewery).

A-Golden/Light Copper....orangish...just as a fine IPA should

S-great smell...loads of citrus

T-very good...citrus, malts, hops...all over. As others have noted...you get the citrus and progress through the other flavors...quite enjoyable.

M-Medium all around...very drinkable

O-I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this IPA...I found it to be complex in its entireity yet simple in its parts. I would love to have it again sometime. (687 characters)

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

Thanks to Tieman for this bottle. Haven't had an Alpine in almost a year.

A - Beautiful pale amber with steady carbonation. Small head disappears quickly after pouring.

S - Alcohol heat first, though it melds brilliantly with citrusy hops. Tropical fruit follows giving me the impression of cotton candy.

T - Big citrus first with tropical fruit in the finish. With all the alcohol on the nose, I expected more heat, but it's really negligible here. Just enough to assure you that it is a bigger IPA. I get just a nip of grassy resin in the finish, which adds to the pleasant dryness of the beer. Incredibly complex hop flavor. Absolutely magnificent.

M- Very light on the palate. Dry like no IPA east of the Mississippi is.

D - Infinitely quaffable. I could have 4 and not notice until I stood up.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs. Such a beautiful beer. Cheers! (873 characters)

Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to kbm on this and several bruery and alpine brews.

Smell: Piney, bitter, soap.

App: deep orange w/very foamy head w/lacing.

Taste: Watery, but not totally thin. Hops come in at the end w/the piney soap taste. No alcohol presence.

Mouth: Average to thin.

Drink: Considering it's supposed to be a great west coast ipa, poor.

Overall: I hate to disagree w/so many, but I've had almost all the highest rated ipa's in the world. This tastes green or soapy. It reminds me of an american pale ale homebrew I did once and thought I screwed up. Would not buy again. It's ok, just not good.

(Edit: Had on tap at Woodshop tasting, no soap taste but still not very impressive. Will raise scores a bit.) (705 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small, loose, white head. The aroma has a touch of honey sweetness upfront with pungent cattyness, bubblegum and tree fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of bubblegum, grapefruit, cat pee, oily pine and a lasting bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Creamy, medium-full body with moderate carbonation and some astringency. (349 characters)

Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for tossing this one in.

Pours a light golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head. Boom, the aroma is all over the place. Some definite grapefruit and tropical fruits up front with just a touch of pine behind it. I was expecting more pine from the simcoe hops but this one is very well balanced. The fruitiness really opens up on the nose as the beer warms up, I start to get some peaches and apricots after a while. The taste is more of the same with tons of oily citrus fruits balanced with just enough malt for a dry bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a great westcoast IPA, everything I have had from Alpine has been top notch and this one is no different. (694 characters)

Photo of afausser
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy and golden peach and orange blend with about a finger of crisp snow white semi-persistent head. The carbonation bubbles are medium sized but bountiful and quickly flow up in many streams to the top of the glass. A sheet of fine lacing, made up of medium size bubbles, is persistently sticking to the side of the glass and shows no sign of movement. Consistent, pretty, and nice.

Smell: The smell is of floral hops, with fruity sweetness as well as a bit of slight spice and honey mixed in. there are some fruit notes in the background as well--banana and juicy oranges in particular stand out to me, which actually blends very nicely with the clove spice. Pine notes are big in the nose of this one, too. As it warms, tropical fruits become increasingly present in the nose. The banana is still there, but I also get a very strong passion fruit out of it.

Taste: The taste on this one is hugely complex. Citrus (lemon and orange peels) and pine hops are probably the most dominant notes, but there are so many others that run just underneath the surface. Juicy oranges are present again (I know I mentioned citrus already but I feel that this merits a second mention just for the amount of JUICE that is in the taste of this, as opposed to the drier, more rind-like taste that comes across more dominantly in the hop notes) as are the bananas and passion fruit carrying over from the nose. I say that there's heavy citrus in this one, and while that's true, I should make it clear that it's the lighter side of the spectrum of citrus--there's not really any hint of a grapefruit bitterness, which is interesting considering the amount of piney hops present (I've found that the two usually go hand in hand somewhat). There's even a slight malty note mixed into the taste on this one. Also present are herbs--particularly thyme and a bit of peppermint.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, delicious, light bodied, and near perfect. The carbonation bubbles are tiny, and move in such a way to convey a slight spiciness, moving the complexities of the taste to the palate, getting their job done, and disappearing. The aftertaste comes across, at times, as if its barely there, and at other times tastes of heavy pine--this is wonderfully done.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable indeed--it's not as light as the nelson (which I just finished reviewing prior to this one) but it's wonderfully complex, which makes it a very interesting brew to drink. Combined with the wonderful mouthfeel, I find myself looking forward to each sip--though they are sips rather than gulps. Pairs quite nicely with some extra sharp cheddar. (2,626 characters)

Photo of ahalloin
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100
A big thanks to Jolijuli23 for this incredible extra! Very generous!

The beer pours a hazy yellowy gold color with medium white foam cap. The head recedes to a thin ring atop the beer with substantial lacing still adhering to the glass.

The smell is quite strong with a big citrus hop nose. Notes of stone fruit abound here with slight hints of lavender and floral honey.

The taste shows off a tremendous hop bill with citric floral notes balanced against a slight sweetness to start, giving way to clean uber-citrus bitter finish. The pungent dry finish literally makes me want to take another drink each time. Lovely stuff!

The mouthfeel is great for this beer. Medium-high carbonation but with a luscious creaminess from the adequate body.

Drinkability is great, as you could easily enjoy 2 or more pints of this without a problem. Clean, bitter finish contributes to this attribute.

This is a great rendition of IPA. Hopheads must seek this out! (968 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 650-mL bottle at the brewery and drank a week or so later, 8/22/11, from a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy light orange with nice finger of cream colored head.

N: Pine, orange, and a slight hint of sweet onion.

T/M: Earthy floral bitterness hits first. An accompanying light malt flavor offsets this with just the right amount of sweetness. The mouth feel is oily, with a light to medium body.

This is an excellent beer with a interesting hop profile; very unique. It is crisp and clean and quite delicious. (523 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great golden orange, some pine and citrus on the nose. Taste is more of the same with a very good balance between the bitterness and the caramel malt flavors. Mouthfeel is just about perfect for the style, as it warms it has a bit more orange and lemon zest on the tongue. A very well balanced and flavorful IIPA. (321 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Pours a very clean, golden color. Very thin white head, with little retention.

S: A sharp bitter citrus aroma. Lemon and grapefruit mainly. A piney sharpness from the hops.

T: Really nice bitter hop flavor. Resinous and sharp. The bitterness dominates, with just a little bit of citrus to cut it. Nice!

M: Fairly light bodied, with crisp carbonation. A slightly oily texture with a dry finish.

O: This beer has all my favorite aspects of an IPA. Bitter, crisp, with a dry finish. I could drink this one over and over. (556 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/7/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with big fluffy off-white head with great retention that leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

S: Aroma is dominated by fruity hops, both citrus and tropical with some pale malt barely coming through all of the hops.

T: Lots of hop bitterness up front with pungent hop flavors coming in behind the bitterness. Finishes with sweet malt and citrus hops.

M: Smooth, juicy, slight resinous medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Good IPA, a bit on the bitter side yet pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV. (642 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.