Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 560
Hads: 2,905
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
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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 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 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 Dustin_Sallitt
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is heavenly! Top five ipas I've ever had and possibly the best smelling one yet. Pure melons. Taste is melon, orange rind, tropical fruits and a nice dose of Piney bitterness. It has a dankness to its finish that's just amazing. Top top ipa and a must try for sure. (276 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 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)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Pours a golden straw/hay color with about a finger width of cloud-lie/chunky head. The lacing is phenomenal!

S - Fantastic! Rivals that of PtE!. Pine and grapefruit up front with a very sweet malt finish.

T - There is very little biterness to it, just a bit on the back end, but the malts are very prevalent, and very sweet for an IPA. There are some light glass and floral notes; this is fantastic!

M - Light carboantion with a medium body. It's very appropriate for the style.

D - I'm only a few sips in and I wish I had a 2nd bomber to drink. This stuff is great. (623 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear dark gold with a fluffy white head that lasts leaving moderate lacing.

N- Light aroma of toasted grains, resin, flowers, and grapefruit rind with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Nice crisp biscuity malt supports a firm piney, resinous bitterness with floral accents. The malt character tastes like you're chewing on fresh toasted grains. Juicy citrus, pine resin, flowers, and fresh biscuity grain hold steady to the finish and linger into the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light creamy mouthfeel with crisp carbonation and a semidry, sticky finish.

D- Overall, an incredibly well-balanced brew that satisfies with every sip, but never satiates. I definitely need to drink this more often. (686 characters)

Photo of Chizoad
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic IPA appearance, amber body, good head, minimal retention.

Best nose on an IPA. Extremely fruity: peaches, apricots, citrus, even some green apple. The malt kicks in too.

Well balanced, great flavor that accentuates the malt and downplays the fruit. Perfect bitterness. Not super complex, at least not like the nose.

Good carbonation and medium body, again characteristic of all good IPAs.

Another winner from Alpine. (428 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass (the only thing at my disposal).

A – Pours a rather mundane golden orange with a small white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves behind some minimal lacing.

S – The nose is amazing balanced with a huge citrus/grapefruit up front, a bouquet of floral hops and a nice malt backbone to keep everything in check.

T – Again, it is all about balance with this beer. This is, no doubt, a hop forward beer but the malt bill really helps bring everything together. The initial grapefruit and tangerine citrus hit you first, followed by a pleasant piney hop profile that brings a moderate bitterness with it. After this all the malty, slightly sweetness rushes in to add a sense of stability to the beer.

M – Moderately carbonated with a thicker mouthfeel than I had
anticipated. Sticky and almost slightly chewy on the palate.

O – It was a fairly long drive into the middle of nowhere to get to Alpine, and the guy there was a bit of a dick, but this beer seems to make it worth it. A solid brew by a company new to me – this is the first from them I have had and now have my expectations set high. (1,151 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold c-thru color. It looks super refreshing. It has a very thick white head that's sits on top.

Smell - smells like a pine tree forest. Tons of mesmerizing hops with some citrus sweetness.

Taste - wow! Truly a great ipa. Sweet hops throughout with some citrius smoothness to balance it all out. Its finish super crisp with a tiny hint of hops in the aftertaste. I have taken this beer for granted.

Mouthfeel - super crisp and easy to drink. No strong lingering hop taste in the aftertaste. It's super smooth and best enjoyed fresh.

Overall - A fantastic beer, perfect for a hot summer day. This beer is the definition of summer for sure. (653 characters)

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HotD tulip on 3/23/11

Pours a clear golden color whit 2 fingers of head that dissipates into fine white lacing covering about half the glass.

Smells of lots of citrus, floral, and grass hop notes with a sweet malt backbone.

Taste is much the same lots of hops with a nice balancing malt backbone. I taste the grassy earth hops the most.

Mouthfeel is nice light to medium weight not a lot of bite and just a little hops resin to finish it off leaving a nice resin feel in the mouth.

Drinkability is very solid. ABV is moderate and there isn't any alcohol taste that comes through so I could really dig having this one around more often. I will look for this on again. (704 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A nice clear golden body witha big white head. Slightly carbinated. Tons of stickage and lace.

S - Tons of big bold citrus hops in the front and slight tones of pine and resine on the back end. There is an obvious malt note there as well.

T & M & D - A very crisp and fresh IPA with a medium body, great carbination and a clean finish. Very very solid. The flavor consists of a great citrus profile right off the bat and then the introduction of some earthen pine in the middle. A pretty good malt pressence as well.

O - An extremely solid IPA - Alpine has not disappointed yet. They know the style and they execute well on this one!

-Cheers (690 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz courtesy of peteinSD. Then many other tap pints. Pours a clear light amber/orange with a super rocky, tan head that leaves lacing all over the place. Aroma is outstanding: dank West coast IPA with butterscotch, pineapple, orange juice, orange blossom, mango, lavender/hibiscus. Lots of floral hops. Taste is nicely balanced: super bitterness in the back of the tongue is put in check by butter and tropical fruits up front. Almost soapy, flower pedal, piney/sappy hops all over the place with lots of caramel and butterscotch to balance. This is world-class IPA without a doubt. One of my favorites. When it is fresh, it is unbeatable. (640 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Nice the Alc is "only" 6.75%. Not as aromatic as I thought it might be. A bit more IIPA feel, big rich body. Pine hops, nice drinkability. Has more weight to it than other IPA's. Richness and a nice finish. Though the richness adds to heavyness which 1 pint of this was plenty. Nice and fresh at Toro SD today. (322 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.