Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,818
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
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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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.04/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a clear golden orange color with a nice head and medium lacing.

Smell – Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. To much citrus for my liking.

Taste – Grapefruit, mango, and some hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Good carbonation, lightly creamy.

Drinkability – Pretty good, but a touch too much citrus.

Photo of JGam115
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber, laced white foam. Effervescent grapefruit, passion fruit, a little guava. Lighter body but burst of fruit. Very refreshing

Photo of BergBeer
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz. Bomber $7 from local liquor store

Look: Crystal clear bronze with a really aggressive white head.

Smell: Woah! Huge grapefruit and citrus hops completely envelops the nose!

Taste: Citrus bomb! Huge grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon, and clementine notes leasd to a really nice earthy hop mellow that rounds out with a nice malt backbone. Citrus hops linger throughout and long after each sip! A bit like biting into marmalade on toast!

Mouthfeel: At first it's wet and quenching but that quickly dries out like a nice champagne. the 7% ABV is undetectable! Perfect body!

Overall: Wow. Heard great things about this one and boy did it live up. Every aspect really works together. From the citrus hop bomb to the malt balancing act to the superb dry finish that allows the hops to shine through again. In a market filled with IPA's this one is something special. Get it.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce into a nonic

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin head that remains throughout.

Smells hoppy and incredibly floral.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a nice peppery zest and a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light with a decent carbonation.

Overall is an amazing IPA I would try again and again.

Photo of chaz01
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle courtesy of a trade with great trader mobz24. Thanks Rich!

A: Pretty clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves some lacing as it settles.

S: I pick lot's of fresh pineapple notes, with a little bit of piney and citrusy grapefruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple and mango -- with some citrusy grapefruit hops as well with a bit of a pleasant grassy resin flavor.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and delicious. I liked some of the other Alpine IPA's a little better, but this was solid as well, and for $8, I'd be drinking it all the time if it were available in the midwest.

Photo of regspeir
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of mobz24 into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a golden amber with a 2-finger head with decent retention. Lacing was nice and present throughout. Nose grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts underneath. Taste was initially citrus (esp. grapefruit), then sweet caramel malts and a mildly bitter, peppery finish. Brew was medium bodied with a an oily mouthfeel. This is good! Again, as wiith other Alpine brews I've tried, the balance is right on. This has a little more going on than several, although I would still give Nelson the edge for my personal preference. Still, this is a great IPA and another reason maybe I am living in the wrong place.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Alpine Duet IPA

A: hazy orange with a bright character, lots of carbonation with a seraphim white head that provides some lacing.

S: There is an abundant orange character with mandarin and lemon in the nose. Clearly, citrus is the main event with this beer. lots Of orange and engroSsing citrus, the hop balance must have been a lengthy trial and error to get the pineapple and grapefruit notes without overdoing the alpha acids. This beer would not be out of place with Pliny and Sculpin in its exceptional character.

T: The nose is a prelude to the huge citrus profile, lots of juicy grapfruit, some white grape, but mostly orange and lemon. Very refreshing.

M: The mouthfeel is thin and has a clean, quick finish. No huge amount of grassiness is left lingering and I feel that this is exactly how a single IPA should impart its goodness. The citrus notes drop juicy carpet bombs from the sweet to bitter zones and leaves you wanting more.

D: The drinkability is exceptional and if not for its frustrating distribution schedule, I would have this beer go toe to toe with Sculpin on a regular basis. The price is not prohibitive either making this beer welcome in any fridge. I could put away bomber after bomber of this without regard for the days activities. Snow mobiliing? That's fine, have an alpine. Building a home for impovershed central americans? Keep that Duet on your toolbelt.

Narrative: No one thought that Ray Chalmers, simple citrus farmer would make it all the way to the Juice Olympics. They mocked his blood orange and mandarin fusion, blaked at his grapefruit/kiwi hybrid and informed him that tangelo had not place in the world of serious Citrusites. "AND THE WINNER OF THE GOLD MEDAL IS:" Ray's hands shook with fatigue, dripping with citric acid on his nail beds. How many seeds had he sewn? How many fruits were bisected? He would wipe his brow if not for the stinging juice covering his forearms. "THE WINNER IS RAY RAY RAY" He startled "RAY! RAY! RAY! Get back on the valencia line, these oranges aren't gonna pack themselves and I don't have the time for you and your lazy day dreaming!" Sure, the Del Monte fruit packing line was not Juice Olympics, but who would want to win a fictional event like that ANYWAY?

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of ridglens
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of schwaeh
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of arusso13
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
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

Photo of beerrat
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not bad for IPA not a fan of IPA. Give me a stout or a lager.

Photo of Humulus85
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of arfenhouse
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of aficionado
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Kshock
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
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.)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,818 ratings.