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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,771 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 796
Gots: 145 | FT: 12
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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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-22-2012 22:59:35 | More by TXhomebrewer
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-14-2011 15:28:32 | More by sbricker
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 06:54:31 | More by silentjay
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antoines15

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-25-2014 20:55:41 | More by antoines15
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-30-2013 04:12:57 | More by facesnorth
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Boilermaker88

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle like the one in the picture. Glassware used was an imperial pint glass. Clear golden color; aggressive carbonation, topped with a burgeoning pillowy white head that left a good account of its drinker's progress after each quaff.

Aroma is strong of grapefruit and, to a lesser degree, other citrus notes. Also a good dose of pine some tropical fruits and malty notes.

Wow, this one packs on the grapefruit taste; one of the most potent grapefruit laden beers I've had in quite a while. The pine resins and hops oils definitely push the slightly bready, nutty malt bill off to go sit in the nosebleed section.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and tingly on the palate.

If you're a hophead like I am, this is the beer for you. Very West Coast in flavor and aroma and quite drinkable. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:34:38 | More by Boilermaker88
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 18:53:36 | More by ritzkiss
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InfernoBoss

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

09-17-2012 03:43:58 | More by InfernoBoss
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spark3148857

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-01-2014 05:18:04 | More by spark3148857
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2014 02:56:36 | More by PA-Michigander
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:55:24 | More by zrab11
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-25-2012 15:18:57 | More by carteravebrew
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 45F.

Pours clear amber with a one-finger white head that leaves some spots of lacing and recedes to a wispy foamy cap.

Aroma is some pine, citrus rind, grapefruit/orange, some pineapple, a bit of tropical fruit, decent amount of caramel malt. Good strength.

Flavor is resinous hops, some citrus, good pine, a bit of tropical fruit, sizeable caramel malt backbone in the middle, mild sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, some alcohol at the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, very oily, somewhat sticky, mild to moderate carbonation.

I dunno if this is a little old or what, but kind of let down on this one. For as much praise as Duet receives, I’ve just got a little above-average IPA here.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:53:28 | More by elgiacomo
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alpine Duet pours a crystal clear orange, with plentiful tangerine highlights. The white foam that serves as a crown to the beer draws itself up to about three fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both solid, bu neither one is impressive at all. The nose is a good blend of pineapple/mango tropical fruit flavors and a big of citrusy grapefruit. Amarillo is definitely in the lead here, and the Simcoe hops, which I don't always get along with, manage to play a nice supporting role. The flavor has just a bit of malty caramel sweetness up front to keep things intereting. There's a solid bit of bitterness mid palate, which segues into the grapefruit aspect of the hop flavor profile. There's a big wave of tropical fruit next, before a subtle orange flavor sneak in on the close. The mouthfeel is solid, dry bodied and with a bubbly carbonation. Duet is a very good IPA, and it speaks volumes to Alpine's prodigious talent at brewing hoppy beers that this is only my third favorite such beer from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 05:38:34 | More by axeman9182
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-23-2013 18:05:02 | More by PHBoiler
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-06-2013 18:16:17 | More by meathookjones
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

04-10-2014 14:24:50 | More by AdamP
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-05-2013 01:41:42 | More by virinow
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joepais

Maine

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

Big thanks to errantnight for hooking me up with this. Bottle spit among friends produced a big fluffy white head that laces out great. The body of the brew was a cloudy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was great I liked how you could smell the Amarillo hops over the Simcoe which to me was a great accomplishment. This brew had a really great hop nose to it. The flavors were nice, not to one dimensional as one would expect from a west coast IPA, but somewhat more balanced than I was expecting. It was light and crisp in the mouth and drank extremely well.

Hint ..I would gladly drink this one again

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 17:14:51 | More by joepais
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

03-15-2014 11:26:52 | More by Gotti311
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cestlavie

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

10-15-2012 03:56:23 | More by cestlavie
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IndyDad

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-01-2013 15:04:09 | More by IndyDad
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Evan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-08-2014 20:34:11 | More by Evan
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thampel09

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-24-2013 02:31:10 | More by thampel09
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a big fizzy, frothy, bright white head. Good lace and retention.

S: So floral and juicy. Huge resiny hops. Like freshly bloomed flowers. Pretty sticky and pungent. Some pine and freshly cut wood. Every aspect of a hop you want to taste in an IPA. So well-rounded.

T: Even more amazing than the nose which I didn't think would be possible. So fragrant and floral. Fruity, juicy, citrusy, woody, resiny, piney. Everything! A delicate but full-flavored IPA that has so much to love about it. Unbelievable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation with a perfect amount of dryness and perfect body and feel. Top notch. Amazing bouquet of flavors explode on the palate and leave a very pleasant taste.

O: Not much I can say other than I was blown away. I knew how great this beer was going in and I knew Alpine is one of the best when it comes to IPA's but this was a dream. So incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 00:11:41 | More by Gatch
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.