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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1459
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%


Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005)
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durrrr

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed recently on tap at Alpine. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance is a clear golden/amber yellow with a 1 finger head that fades quickly to a coating.

The nose is amazing. You get great citrus, grapefruit, sweet malt, and a hint of pine.

The beer tates so fresh bursting with hop flavors right away. Leads with the citrus and grapefruit hops with just the right amount of sweet bready/biscuity malt for balance. Alcohol well concealed. It is unbelievably clean, crisp and refreshing while still delivering a world class hop experience. The Simcoe and Amarillo blend is mastered here.

Medium to light body for a 7% IPA with medium carbonation. The beer is scary drinkable. The flavor profile and overall experience reminds me a bit of PTE. For me, this beer on tap or fresh in bottle, is one of my all time favorite IPA's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 23:52:05 | More by durrrr
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duluoz

California

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks just as nice and clean as every other Alpine beer. A light, golden orange color.

S - Beautiful floral, foresty, and citrus hops aroma -- I couldn't stop inhaling it. The pine and pineapple notes scream West Coast style IPA.

T - Big hops as expected and a bit of bready spice on the front end, but the back end fails to impress. Not much there.

M - Not bad but a little watery... doesn't hold up like other Alpine brews.

D - The thin quality adds to the drinkability, though it detracts elsewhere. As good as almost anything I can think of for a hot summer day, which is impressive at 6.75%.

Great beer, but somehow not top-shelf by Alpine's standards. Their fault for setting the bar so damned high.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 08:13:54 | More by duluoz
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HopMasterFlex

California

3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The duet is a decent alpine ipa. They have so many that it is hard to say which is best, this is not the best but it isn't the worst. Popes a deep golden color with a white head. It has a sweet piney smell with hints if yellow fruits. The taste is pIne hops with a sweet caramel edge. Malt backbone to this one and it is pleasant to drink. All in all it is very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 08:56:15 | More by HopMasterFlex
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codynevels

California

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased May 10, 2011 from the Alpine Beer Company Brewery
Consumed May 12, 2011

Bottled poured into a SA perfect pint.

This beer pours a clear brilliant orange with a slightly off-white head that foams to just under a fingers width and fades quickly. The head leaves little lacing throughout, but remains in a thin layer sitting on the beer. Here is where this beer really shines. The smell is a strong citrus. Grapefruit mostly, with orange as well. Fantastic smelling beer. After the initial smell, which to me, is unmistakably citrus grapefruit, there is a strong piney hop presence as well. What allows this beer to stay balanced in the nose is a slight sweet maltiness. The first taste again is a ton of grapefruit, however the piney hops show through more, and this beer finishes with bitter hops, kept in balance again by a slightly sweet maltiness. The taste of this beer really shows what hops can do in the right hands. Dominated by hops, but balanced at the same time. This beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. It goes down really nicely, I could put these back all day.

Overall there are not enough good things to be said about this beer, in my opinion. Definitely the best single IPA that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 08:09:27 | More by codynevels
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SirBentham

California

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- A nice golden, orange color
Smell- Clean Floral and citrus notes.
Taste- One of the most balanced IPAs you can find. perfect amount of hops, citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall- This one of the better IPAs out there in my opinion. I prefer it over the Pure Hoppiness and Nelson.
This is a smoother, more balanced IPA. Maybe not the best for people that prefer heavy double or triple IPAs. This is one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 21:47:54 | More by SirBentham
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celeriac

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try some Alpine IPA's for a while, thanks to NorcalGrowler for hooking this up. I wasn't totally sold on Nelson, so let's see about this one.

Pours an absolutely brilliant light golden with a small white cap that very quickly subsides. The fresh, resinous hop aroma is immediately apparent. The nose brings big hits of citrus and pineapple, as well as some more pungent green notes. Only had Pliny a couple of times but this seems equally pungent, and like it has some similarities (from the Simcoe I think).

Flavor is very nice, with lots of fresh orange and pineapple--it's that sweet and fruity hop flavor. It's also quite crisp, with a bracing and noticeable bitterness and an nicely dry finish. Just a bit of sweet malt peaks out, nicely accenting the fruity hop character. Can't notice any yeast character at all -- super clean. Body is light and crisp with modest carbonation. Surprisingly not sticky for such a hop-laden beer. I'm torn - on the one hand a bit more body might add a nice fullness, but on the other hand I could drink pint after pint of this, which might not be true if it were fuller-bodied.

As I've sipped my way through a bomber I'm increasingly impressed by how easy it is to drink, given the intensity of the flavor. A very nice IPA indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 00:38:16 | More by celeriac
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xVERITAS

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an outstanding IPA and beer in general. The hoppy bitterness is elegant rather than harsh. It pours a bright golden orange. Smells a lot like citrus, a little fruity almost, and like some grade A hop goodness.

Tastes fantastic. Reminds me a lot of some other IPAs (Blanking on which ones), but it has something to it that has to be experienced first hand, that blows other IPAs out of the water. Alpine delivering a great product here.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 18:30:14 | More by xVERITAS
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MikeBuff

California

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a pint glass.

A- really no head to speak of probably because it was poured a little too cold. Some good lacing on the top, beer has a nice golden color.

S- Fairly mild on the nose, again probably because of the tempature. The hop aromma shines through in the best sort of way. Not over powering but just enough to invite you for more.

T- Its a very citrus but calms down quicky. It imparts a little spice right before the hit of malt comes through. At 45 ibu's this is really enjoyable my tounge is not torched and I could have a few of these.

M- I would like just a tad more on the mouth feel but it works well with the hoppiness of this beer.

Overall, ive become a huge fan of alpine, any time someone goes anywhere where they can grab some for my I toss them some money and say grab whatever they have.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 06:51:15 | More by MikeBuff
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2ndloveofmylife

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome!! If you are a "Hop Head"? You will Love this beer. Hops plus more hops plus another dosage of hops!! Glorious hop flavor and Glorious aroma! Did I mention awesome hoppiness galore? This an A+ IPA no doubt baby! It reminds me of Sculpin from Ballast.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:44:59 | More by 2ndloveofmylife
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Palesmith

California

4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beautiful pale amber IPA into my trusty New Belgium globe. Only about a finger worth of head that dissapated rather quickly.

The nose is fresh and citrusy.

The taste is grapefruit with hints of tropical fruits like mango and pinapple. This is followed by a subtle grassy/earthyness. Very crisp and clean and a nice dry/bitter finish with a hint of fruity/juicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light, dry and effervescent. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

One of my top three IPA's along with Just Outstanding and Sculpin.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 04:08:12 | More by Palesmith
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Drunk_And_Sarcastic

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle.

A - Clear light yellow to orange.

S - Grassy and floral hops. Lots of citrus. Some sweeter bready malts.

T - Starts with some amazing orange and grapefruit flavors from the hops. This fades to a lingering pine and resin taste. The middle has a nice amount of sweet malts, incredibly balanced.

M - Maybe a tad on the thinner side for an IPA. Still has some oily and sticky characteristics.

O - This an amazing IPA. Alpine are the masters of creating amazing IPAs. I would like to do a side-by-side comparison of Duet and Blind Pig as I feel they share a lot of similar qualities. Overall, this is a world class IPA that is easily in my top 10.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:06:33 | More by Drunk_And_Sarcastic
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pperrecone

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice bright golden yellow.

smells of dank pine followed by nice tropical citrus fruit.

Taste is super on point dank pine and lots of tropical fruit. nice balance of hop bitterness and malt. defiantly a west coast IPA. not just a bitter over hopped beer but a nice complexity of hop layers of flavor. Pat knows hops and how to use them.

Body is nice and dry.

Overall this is one the best IPA out their. Thank God I live in SD so I can drink this year around.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2012 06:57:46 | More by pperrecone
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arusso13

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:23:18 | More by arusso13
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WadeBridgman

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:21:29 | More by WadeBridgman
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COYS1984


4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours translucent honey-golden orange with minimal head that dissipates rapidly. Nose is full of hoppy fruitiness - grapefruit, peach, etc. I want a car air freshener with this scent. Flavor is spot on in terms of the nose. The citrus elements yield to a floral pinkness which is lovely. Little bit of alcohol on the back end which helps to keep the sweetness down. Not an off flavor to be found. Only nitpicking issue found which keeps this from being a perfect IPA is in the mouthfeel - perhaps a bit on the light side. Overall a fantastic West Coast IPA that vies for archetypal status in regards to this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:18:32 | More by COYS1984
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ozzman54

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Received Duet and Nelson recently and after trying both I was very impressed with Duet. Quickly became one of my favorite beers and has been seeking out more already. Appearance is a lighter golden clean beer. Smell was very fruity and citrusy. Little bits of mango and pineapple come through as well as some grapefruit but the big smell is orange. Taste was similar to the smell. Lots of orange citrus flavor shines. Tasted like someone dropped an orange in my glass. Mouthfeel was smooth and perfectly carbonated. Very good drinkable beer that had me asking for another bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 21:01:05 | More by ozzman54
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MGL

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this gem in a trade with stawn. Thanks Chris! Poured a 22 oz bomber into a oversized Pinot wine glass. Pours a golden caramel with minimal lacing and a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. I put my nose to this beer and this is exactly what I like about west coast ipa's rich citrus. This ipa uses a mixture of simcoe and amarillo hops, yummy. This baby tastes exactly how it smelss citrus pronounced with wonderfull grapefruit bitterness. This beer goes down very easily, too bad this is not readily available on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:57:15 | More by MGL
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GoGators

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:38:04 | More by GoGators
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marysparks18

California

4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear, lightly golden yellow, bits of patchy lacing, minimal head

S: citrusy grapefruit, yeasty

T: smooth, hoppy, malty, taste some alcohol, very drinkable

M: medium, velvety smooth, pretty carbonated

Great after a workout! Refreshing, goes great with any meal.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 03:34:57 | More by marysparks18
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oliphant

California

4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Duet is the perfect west coast style IPA. Light in body, beautiful floral / citrus aroma, clean taste with just enough bitter overtone.

It is a real shame that Alpine's small production prevents more people from trying this fantastic beer. Hopefully they will bottle it at some point so that it will get at least the distribution that Pure Hoppiness does.

If you are in the area, be sure to stop by the brewery and pick up a growler or three.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2007 17:15:38 | More by oliphant
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01Ryan10

California

4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a stemless wine glass.

This is a fantastic IPA! The citrus really comes out in the smell on this beer. There is a small hint of pine, but the grapefruit is intense. It has the standard golen color with 2 finger head, but the lacing is exceptionally nice and sticks around longer than usual.

Overall, this is a very crisp and refreshing beer. I could easily make this a session beer, and it's so unbelievably balanced. This beer is getting Pliny status from me. Not sure which one I'd choose over the other on any given day.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 17:22:38 | More by 01Ryan10
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isheltoe

California

5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drunk a lot of IPA's and even had Pliny the Elder which is considered a top of the line IPA. This IPA was among the best I've ever had; I can honestly say it may be the best. I was traveling in CA and stopped at Stearn's Liquor mart and picked up a bottle of this. This is one of the smoothest IPA's I've ever had, yet bitter and a outstanding IPA... if you ever get a chance to get a hold of this IPA I'd advise you to buy it. Only issue with it is that I live in Kentucky and this stuff is made in CA... I need to find a way to get a hold of this stuff here locally.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 03:42:09 | More by isheltoe
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Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.