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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,744 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 780
Gots: 142 | FT: 11
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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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle courtesy of nickd717. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks again Nick!

A - Pours golden yellow, with amber orange hues, with a thick pillow of two finger tall white head leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, pine resin, and sweet caramel malt. The hops are still pretty strong but they are fading quick, glad I drank it now.

T - Plenty of sticky pine resin up front mixes well with the slightly dulled citric hops. Hints of sweet caramel malt, dulled tropical fruits, and a light chewiness toward the end. Finish is a mix of caramel malt and lingering hop bitterness. While this one is a tiny bit past its prime it is still very nice.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with plenty of lingering sweet malt and hop bitterness in the finish.

O - A little old but still quite enjoyable. I hope to have this one on-tap at the source some day. Maybe my next trip to SoCal??

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 22:40:35 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-20-2013 20:02:15 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the trade on this one.

From a bomber with no freshness indication into a DFH goblet. This brew appears a fairly clear color of light golden orange with slightly more than a finger of fluffy offwhite head. When held to the light this brew has the appearance of being quite clear but there are some large particles stuck in suspension moving around from the movement of the constant stream of bubbles rising to the surface in support of the creamy head. As the head recedes, it leaves a webbing of lacework about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with hop characteristics. It smells sweet and juicy with fruit like oranges and a minty herbal characteristic with a light amount of earthy cattiness. The smell provides some toasty caramel malt sweetness and a tingle of alcohol warmth. This is a very pleasant smelling brew and quite enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is modestly bitter with both an earthy and catty hop flavor. There is a rindy bitterness somewhat spicy yet tastes like orange rind mixed with grapefruit. The finish includes clingy bitterness coupled with a toasted grain flavor that is lasting but doesnt provide any contrasting sweetness. There is a well represented warmth from the 7% abv included.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest, lively level of carbonation. A pleasant experience and well rounded ipa. The 7% abv hits hard in this brew, it provides a spicy, lightly burning fusel incorporation to the flavor and a solid amount of warmth all the way down the throat. For an IPA that only includes 2 hop varieties, this brew is deep and complex with hop flavoring and aromas. It is a testament to brewers that you don't have to go crazy with ridiculously complex variations of multiple hops to produce a deeply complex and enjoyable layering of flavors and aromas. Well done, of the 3 ipas offerings from Alpine I have had, all of them are stellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 00:26:12 | More by stakem
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Thanks got to Grant for obtaining this growler. Thanks! I really enjoyed this one! I generally really like Alpine's brews, and this one is no exception, in fact I thought this was fantastic. Pours a dark golden with a medium head that is pure white and leaves some great lacing. Not bad from a growler. The smell is a clean burst of pine- like walking into a pine forest after a spring rain. There is just enough clean, sweet, honeyed malt to balance the beautiful pine aromas. Perfect for me in the flavor department. Beautifully balanced with a blast of sweet pine and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is clean, sweet, and slightly spicy. Classic beer, really, really drinkable- I could drink these all night. Wonderful! I also really like the way that Alpine's IPAs and doubles each display a different hop note/mix- they don't at all taste the same. Great brewery!

Serving type: growler

08-29-2010 19:37:20 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-19-2014 01:42:03 | More by DoubleJ
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-11-2013 09:27:28 | More by zestar
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-10-2013 04:58:42 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Huge thanks to czoch75 for this one! I owe you big time!

Poured into Bud American Ale glass.

Pours 1 finger of slight off white heat. Great retention leaving some nice lace rings/walls. Very bright white tough. Color is a clear orange hued gold. Color is a little light, but it's all good.

Aroma: Mmmm this is nice and hoppy. The orange citrus is fantastic here. Has lemon citrus as well and things are looking good. The hops are floral and fresh. I can honestly say that this is by far the best smelling IPA I have ever smelt. Simply incredible. I hope the taste is as good as the smell.

Taste: Yep, this stuff is pretty good. The citrus characteristics, orange, lemon, grapefruit, are all so fresh. It is really great. The floral hops are also very fresh and bright. Simcoe hops always seem to make an IPA taste great and this is no exception. Has a biscuity malt profile that balances things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bitter, but in a very good way. It is so smooth and refreshing as well. Medium bodied with a great level of carbonation for the style. Ends only slightly dry, not sticky, which is awesome for an ipa.

Overall, this ranks up there with the top ipas in the world to me. It is fresh and the citrus flavors are amazing. I really am enjoying this one and will have no problem finishing this bomber. This was a well deserved treat after studying all evening.

Thanks a million Clint!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 03:55:30 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Justin!

Poured into a imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Head slowly fizzles away, with lasting lace. Aroma is all about the citrus.

Taste is moderate sweetness to start, which is quickly overpowered by citrus hoppiness in the middle, and cruises through the close with pine and ample but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Excellent brew, and shows how we can have plenty of hops character and flavor, yet keep the bitterness under control. Bitter is nice, but bitter for bitter's sake gets old. None of that here.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:32:14 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-17-2013 10:43:17 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-11-2013 02:45:03 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gracious gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The appearance of this beer was awesome. The beer appeared a clear, light yellow hue. There was a gargantuan head with incredible staying power and bountiful lacing.

S: The aroma was not as big as I would like. The scents I detected were pine, floral and citrus, though these were more subtle than I expected.

T: Duet IPA tastes excellent. More bold flavors emerge than the aroma would suggest. The Amarillo and Simcoe hops do indeed perform a lovely duet. The beer is hop forward, the way it should be.

M: Really smooth and easy to drink, with only a light, pleasant bitterness in the finish.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I anxiously look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:53:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TopsecretWaffle. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but should be very fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, mango, pineapple, passion fruit, peach, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big tropical/citrus hop complexity with a moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, floral, grass, honey, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, pineapple, peach, floral, honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hops; with a good malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Tons of big hop complexity and a moderate malt balance; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 04:50:12 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

11-20-2011 04:01:06 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

07-23-2012 23:14:13 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-27-2012 01:39:20 | More by Gonzoillini
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, big thanks to ritzkiss for sharing this one!

Pours a clear orange/amber, a bit of gold in the edges, very thick white head forms, drops some chunky lace on the glass as it settles down to a meidum ring, looks nice.

Smell is nice, pine and grapefruit, lots of fruit, some orange and tangerine, a bit of biscuit, very fresh and hoppy, malts take a backseat, slight herbal character.

Taste is similar, lots of grapefruit and pine, apricots and tangerine, orange peel, lightly malt in the middle, a touch of caramel and biscuit, big hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, a little too high like the Nelson although not as much. A pretty damn solid IPA, no Pure Hoppiness for me but excellent stuff. Thanks Eric!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 18:18:18 | More by Viggo
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for this one.

Well, dammit. This beer looks fantastic. Orange side of golden, clear with a big white, fluffy head. It turned rocky in the middle; a floating island of foam. Niiice.

Aroma is hops forward. Orange, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit rind. Some off-biscuit in the background.

Taste is almost a perfect APA except I get some earthiness in the hops. The citrus and tropical flavors are backed-up by some butteriness and more of an EPA flavor. Too bad, because it takes the crisp bite out of the other hops. Not sure if this bottle was tainted, I drank it 1 day after receiving it via in-person trade. Still, though, it's quite good.

Drank it fairly quick, but as it warmed the butteriness became more evident.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 07:49:13 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the bottle the head forms nicely and simply. A nearly perfect three finger uniform white head is presented. Stuck, perfectly foamy tiny bubbles. Body color is a little simple but a nice clear brass gold, nice mix of rising carbonation small and some big. Cap is almost whipped up with retention, but doesn't make much lacing on the glass.

Real nice nose. Classic spicy grapefruit, mild sugars, hints of a little bit of pine needles. My tongue just hits the bubbles slightly and gives some great hop bitter.

Taste is unbelievably good. This is better than grapefruit. Giant and TIGHT prickly carbs on the palate open up with a huge grapefruit. Mango and tropical fruits come out, but much spicy character without a mushy feeling. Finish has a nice mellow mix of mild bitter but a wonderful sweet orange, a total sense of the perfect aromatic orange icing sugar, and oh god... it's chocolate orange! Where does this thing just get a hint of chocolate?!?!? (chocolate and orange is just a fav of mine). Whipped up texture, with hints of crisp carbonation, jesus this feels so unreal.

WOW, this one stupidly, exciting beer. I am really REALLY loving this thing in smell taste and feel. I have never seen this many exceptional qualities in one beer. I am speechless. 5 minutes... all GONE!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:01:56 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a clear orange with a one finger off-white head. The head didn't last very long, dissolving down to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Incredibly fragrant. Tons of piney hops coming through, more than any beer I have had recently. There is also some lighter citrus fruits - pineapple and a little bit of grapefruit.

T: A really nice combination of citrus and pine with the pine being dominate on the flavor profile again. Almost like sucking on a pine cone, that intense, but not overly bitter at all. Balanced quite nicely with some caramel and bready malts.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth with a slightly sticky finish.

O: Another impressive beer from Alpine. Amazingly drinkable with a great, intense flavor profile. More please!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 23:44:56 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale copper. Dusty looking cap of ivory white foam. Lace is quite substantial and intricate. Aroma is tropical, grassy and resiny. Flavor is a lot of citrus. Tangerine, orange, grapefruit, nectarine. Good hop flavor. A little grassiness and some pine resin. Bitterness is very clean. Underneath all the hop character is a solid enough toffeeish malt base. Medium-full bodied and moderately carbonated. This is a flavorful, easy drinker. Great IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 04:54:29 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 00:05:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-23-2013 05:23:26 | More by Kelp
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glid02

Georgia

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

On-tap at Toronado San Diego.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and citrus hops with good amounts of herbal hop aromas lurking in the background. The pale malt does not but serve as a backbone.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off before being quickly overtaken by large amounts of tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops gain a bit of a bitter edge as they turn mildly herbal, then carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this very well may have been my favorite beer I had while visiting SD, a list that includes a lot of highly-regarded beers. A superb IPA and one that's well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 19:10:49 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-21-2011 02:27:34 | More by PEIhop
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.