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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,959 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,959
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 828
Gots: 180 | FT: 16
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 KickInTheChalice
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?

KickInTheChalice, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -9.5%

avaldivia, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of dfillius
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour into pint glass yields 1/3 finger white head with good retention. More head though please. Crystal clear and golden. Pretty. On the very light side of IPAs. Minus points for that.
S: Tangerine, mango - Man Candy all the way! Some earthiness belowdecks is a nice accent. Maybe some savory garlic too. Some apple cidery esters too that tingle a bit but are not boozy.
T: Well balanced, clean crisp malt up front. Good gentle but substantial hop bitterness. Savory side and piney side of hops are stronger. Dances on the edge of APA and AIPA. So tasty. The only strike against it is that it seems more like an APA in balance. Too bad for semantics.
M: Very smooth, balanced, full-flavored. Dare I say perfect? Crisp but round.
O: Delicious and very drinkable for 7%. Smooth. I'd drink a lot of this if I lived in San Diego. I'll definitely buy again and have a second. Sarah likes this one a lot!

dfillius, May 28, 2012
Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Nichols33, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 antoines15
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

antoines15, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 LakerLeith
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

LakerLeith, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -9.5%

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

VonZipper, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev -9.5%

rowingbrewer, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 craytonic
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.

craytonic, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of IndyDad
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

IndyDad, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of jjayjaye
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!!!

jjayjaye, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of pwoods
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.

pwoods, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Chingringo, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of BeerThursdays
4/5  rDev -9.5%

BeerThursdays, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

millelacsmark, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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

InfernoBoss, Sep 17, 2012
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,959 ratings.