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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1463
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%


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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oline73

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a good size layer of head that remains along with some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Sweet apricot shows up along with the grain.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness along with some pine notes. I'm picking up some malt backbone along with a hint of apricot. The finish is made up of a mild bitterness and is a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good west coast IPA. I would say that the taste of the finish is the weak point of this beer, but it's still fantastic. Definitely want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:07:43 | More by oline73
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argock

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) in a Shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Beautiful golden amber with short cap of off-white head that leaves thick slabs of lace.

S: Delicious floral and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango mixed with a touch of citrus. The malt backing is mildly sweet with a hint of crystal.

T: A easy drinking IPA that you could drink many pints of if you are not careful. The floral and fruitiness of the aroma carries through nicely and there is big mango, pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit - very lush in the flavor department. There is not a ton of bitterness in this beer. The malt is straightforward pale maltiness with some light caramel from the crystal. A great IPA to sit around and enjoy several of with friends.

M: Despite the lush flavor profile, this is a medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish which gives it a very light feel overall. The carbonation is midrange but maybe a bit more active than most.

O: Duet is a great IPA that I was thrilled to get to try on tap. I tried to back to back with Nelson and actually liked Nelson a bit more for its raw hoppiness and increased bitterness and complexity. But if I knew I was going to sit down for several hours or an entire evening and both were available, I might have one Nelson and then go with Duet for the rest of the night as it is such a flavorful, dry, easygoing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 02:50:27 | More by argock
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billab914

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained in a a shipment from South bay Drugs poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber with a nice foamy white head. Very nice lacing as I drank this beer.

Aroma has some citrus and bitterness but the sweet malt is very present in the nose as well.

The taste is surprising in that I'm getting less of the in your face grapefruit and bitterness I expected from a west coast IPA. I'm getting a little citrus and a decent amount of bitterness but more of a fruit, maybe some cherry and apple flavors going on. More sweetness then I expected as well.

Overall this was an OK beer, not my top west coast IPA but good and different. I drank a High Tide Fresh hop IPA before this and that one was in my opinion much better and I would order that one again easily over this one. The hops in this one just didn't compare. Knowing South Bay didn't get these in too long ago I can't imagine it was an old bottle, but it almost tasted like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:09:23 | More by billab914
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cosmicevan

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ehammond1 for hooking up the alpine! Notes from 8/29.

a - transparent yellow with thin fizzy head that was gone almost instantly.

s - soft citric hop bouquet. fruit medley some grapefruit. crisp.

t - nice bitter blast of citrus and orange. some tangerine and grapefruit. mellow and easy drinking ipa.

m - good carbonation. smooth and even. subtle bitterness.

o - overall, hell of an IPA. alpine doesn't disappoint again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:46:18 | More by cosmicevan
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flexabull

California

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's in SD. Was pleasantly surprised to see this one on the beer list.

Pours a bright crystal clear gold color with a nice head.

Aromas are of hard candies, quite floral, with peaches and citrus notes.

Taste is of light cream and sweet candied malts. Hops are nice and very flavorful, but not overpowering the rest of the beer. Finish has a light pine, peach, and citrus hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability is off the chats. What a great IPA, lots of great flavors, but not too heavy at all. I could knock down quite a few of these in one sitting...

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 04:36:10 | More by flexabull
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illidurit

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 08:00:49 | More by illidurit
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scottfrie

California

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up one of these.

A: Pours a lemony amber with a large (but less than billowing) off-white oily head that slowly receded into leaving a latticework of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose on this is just a glorious bouquet of juicy honey soaked grapefruit and tangerines with piney undertones. The hops are just amazingly fresh and sweet smelling. Wonderful!
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop punch. A touch of caramely malt sweetness comes through to round out the fruity hops, and there is a hint of tobacco in the finish. Aftertaste is leafy and bitter.
M: Full bodied for an IPA with a slick and lightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent and carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: A very juicy flavored IPA. This one packs more flavor than some DIPAs I've had. I could drink this all day long. Another amazing beer from a great brewery!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 21:10:37 | More by scottfrie
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duet's mostly clear copper body has a few particles floating around. The off-white head is small and soapy. The retention isn't great, but some nice lacing does stay behind.

Duet has an aroma that is just packed with hops, with floral and grassy notes and a hint of citrus zest. The label says that the hops are simcoe and amarillo, and the simcoe is definitely noticeable. Just a bit of malt is in the background.

After my first sip of Duet I realize that I didn't even notice any malt. First a big, resinous pine sap flavor comes through, and the flavor is almost sticky it tastes so much like pine. The piquant citrus flavors are almost juice-like, and the follow the pine immediately. The finish is a bit spicy, floral and bitter. Although the bitterness is somewhere between moderate and substantial, the hop flavors are much more powerful than the bitterness. On subsequent sips, I notice a lightly toasted, sweet malt backbone, but I really had to look for it.

The beer is definitely oily across my tongue. The carbonation is fairly high, giving a big-bodied feel to the beer.

Wow. Of the three excellent Alpine IPAs that I tried, this is my favorite. Hops, hops, and more hops without being extremely bitter or overdone. Alpine makes some great hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:49:23 | More by Hojaminbag
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer courtesy of Florida9- thanks Kirk!

A: pours deep clear gold, sticky white head forms, leaves good lacing, decent retention

S: bouquet of floral notes, grapefruit rind, a touch of honey, and some piney bitterness in there as well

T: refreshing fruity esters up front, notes of tropical fruits including mango and guava, very juicy mid palate with a bitter crisp finish

MF: medium to high carbonation, light refreshing body

O: this is an excellent and well balanced IPA. I would recommend anyone who is into West Coast IPAs to give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 05:09:12 | More by homebrew311
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Overlord

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shockingly good IPA from Alpine. I'd never heard of Duet, but will look for it in the future. Shame I had to drive, so just one for me.

Pours a golden orange with a large white foam head. Smells like sweet citrus with some floral notes.

The taste is far more complex, with some tropical, mango-ish along with sweet malt undercurrents mixed with the more typical biting grapefruit. Not much pine here. Very well balanced, delicious.

Could drink this all day. Nice to see some SoCal breweries still carbonate their beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 21:25:12 | More by Overlord
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another alpine bottle shared by ritzkiss. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours pale orange with a touch of haze, but mostly clear. the big fluffy white head drops fairly fast and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit. bit of pine. orange and tangerine. white bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

taste is nice. powdery hops. grapefruit and orange. bit of pine. white bread and cracker. alcohol. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. solid malt and hop presence. i can't say i was blown away by it, but it's definitely good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 18:59:38 | More by grub
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prototypic

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JessetheHut for sending me these Alpine beers. Much appreciated.

Duet pours a gold color. It's mostly clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light behind it. The head is absolutely enormous. It's off-white in color and stands over four fingers tall. It dissipates very slowly and is a little annoying in that respect. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends....very slowly. Good looking beer, but this is one of those rare occasions where less head would be good. Actually, I'm not sure I'll every say such a thing again.

The nose is extremely impressive. Duet is loaded with hops. I discovered that once I started pouring. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge, though a healthy amount of floral notes follow. Hops are obviously the focal point and really shine. There are some malts lingering in the background. They add a light sweet smell and very subtle toasted aroma. I'm not complaining. I prefer big time hops in IPAs and this one smells like it's very consistent with personal preferences. Alcohol is blended well. Excellent marks here.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Did I mention that this thing supercharged with hops? It's sweet and a little citrus fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit are the strongest flavors. Some floral notes are present, but they're not quite as strong as the citrus elements. It has a bitter bite that really delivers. The malt base works well for me. It adds a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up any caramel or toffee flavors. It is a little toasty, but the malts overall are secondary. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. My bottle indicates the abv is 7%, but it's well hidden. It finishes bitter and dry.

Duet has a light-medium body. It honestly feels a little light. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy for it to really have a smooth feel. It's not bad, but it could be better. Drinkability is very high. I love Duet's flavor and could easily take down another bomber if I had it. It's not too scary at 7% and goes down so easy.

Alpine certainly has a knack for making impressive IPAs. They're at the forefront on the west coast. Actually, they're at the forefront...period. Duet really is a well-rounded IPA that delivers. It would benefit a little from a thicker body and a little less carbonation, but those are small gripes. Duet truly is excellent. Seek out a bottle. It's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:31:45 | More by prototypic
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nickd717

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap, reviewing from notes from a couple weeks ago.

A - Clear golden-copper color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is lots of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness and a little sweet malt. Definitely a west coaster.

T - A touch of sweet bready malt, then loads of fresh piney and citrusy hops. Some pineapple and orange notes. Really tasty and hop-forward.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and refreshing palate.

D - Very high. Overall this is another awesome IPA from Alpine.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 20:25:40 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks to Shane for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear bronze color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Good retention. Good lacing too.

(S)- A bright and fresh citrus profile. Pineapple, lime, lemon, and even some grapefruit. Subtle pine, but otherwise just a bright citrus zest of a profile.

(T)- A bit backwards to the smell. More woody pine in the taste. Not as bright of a citrus profile than the smell was either, but it is still there.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice balance too, though clearly not as vibrant, crisp, or fresh as the smell was.

(D)- Definitely an above average IPA, though it was a bit of a letdown when the smell was so great, but the rest of the beer failed in comparison. Nonetheless, a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:41:44 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this gem. Patrick is a great trader and great guy...

The head is like a nice light whipped topping. Egg shell in color with decent retention.. The beer is a very light amber or a light brass color. Maybe at the intersection of the two. A small amount of light carbonation rises to the surface. Wonderful sheets of lacing remain in the glass reminding you how great the beer was.

Aroma is unreal. So floral & perfume like. Bursting with juicy hops and screaming fresh.. I smelled the beer for several minutes before even tasting it.. Lots of fresh citrus peel.

No surprise why Alpine IPA's are so highly sought after. This is delicious. Wish I had a Sculpin to taste next to this. It's right up there in my book. The light malt flavor really is in a strange balance with the assertive hop flavors. Slight malt, cracker flavor. What's interesting about the hop profile is that it's as floral and herbaceous as it is bitter. It almost finishes smooth if that makes any sense. Definitely bitter on the finish, but not overpowering at all. Just wonderful.

Very light in your mouth with a medium/light body.. Just a light prickle of carbonation.

Drinkability?? Um YES. I have to consciously slow down to make sure I savor the entire bottle. I could quite possible quaff the whole thing before maximizing the experience. Next up tomorrow... Nelson.

Great IPA. Right up my alley

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 20:56:30 | More by Reagan1984
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, reviewed from notes.

A- Uber light gold hue with a fluffy white head that gains a nice size. Frothy cloud and ring and tons of thick lace.

S- Nice blast of hops lending good tropical fruit, pine adn citrus notes, very nice peach. Slight weed even. Caramel malt and bread as well.

T- Big pine feel but the citrus and tropical fruit juice still hold up quite nicely. A good caramel malt backbone adn some sweetness. A bit of floral.

MF- Lighter end body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Pretty big crisp bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a nice balanced and crisp hop blast that drinks quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:13:49 | More by cbutova
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harrymel

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jbtice0315 for this as an extra!
Poured to a NB globe.

A: Pours a lovely golden ale with excellent clarity and a 1-2 finger head of fine white bubbling. This dissipate to leave a moderate sheet of the same. Lacing is insane for this beer.

S: This is an IPA?!?! The nose is super sweet. The malt owns the beer. Othewise, the hops add citrus, resin, lightly floral hints. The nose is so beautiful.

T: Lightly bittered, again malty. the beer has an almost... coconut rum flavor. Plenty of vanilla tones, wood tones. This is exceptional. Goddamn beautiful.

M: Medium with spritely carbonation. Leaves the mouth not slick, but salivating.

D: I am not sure I can get enough of this beer. It is absolutely delicious. Not a typical West Coast by any means - too sweet. However, you should try this.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 10:25:35 | More by harrymel
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Exceedingly clear gold in color. Forms a small white head that reduces to a rocky surface coating. Good lacing.

S: Lots of citrus: grapefruit and orange with a little pine in the mix as well.

T: Dry, grainy, malt base. Primarily citrus, grapefruit with lighter notes of pine and a little hop spiciness. Mild to moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Very clean.

D: A quality, easy drinking IPA, though, nothing that would warrant putting this one into the top tier either.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 03:30:50 | More by Florida9
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stawn for sending this my way. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my Imperial nonic pint glass. The ale appears a slightly hazed golden yellow color with a huge inch plus of fluffy sticky bone white foam. The head leaves quite a lace in its wake. A very nice looking pour, can't wait to dig in. The nose and flavors consist of caramel malt, tangerines, floral, orange, pine, white grapefruit, grass, spicy citrus mint, peach skin, ripe tropical fruits, toffee. Just about the right amount of bitterness with no alcohol heat to speak of. Adequately carbonated with a clean medium body. Simply delicious stuff and very fresh right now. By all means, get your hands on a few bombers if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:01:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy tangerine orange with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one. Pale malts, some butter and butterscotch notes, with honeydew melon and apricots. Very different, but very enticing as well. Reminds me of a cross between an IPA and an English ESB.

TASTE: Pale malts, some citrus, and apricot up front, with some honeydew melon as well. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is full of sweet melon and bitter, piney hops. Good flavors and bold enough for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate and somewhat oily, goes down nice and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish.

OVERALL: A really enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Very unique as well; it had some definite English EBS characteristics that worked well with the IPA base. A slightly oilier finish would have helped the palate somewhat, but this was still a very enjoyable beer I'd gladly have again. Cheers Mulder1010.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 13:35:47 | More by Jeffo
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rye726

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a sandy brown with shades of orange. Silky beige head has excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has floral and citrusy hops, caramel and sweet malts.

Taste is well balanced between the bitter hops and candy malts.

Light to medium body has a crisp, yet soft carbonation. Nice resiny finish.

Another great IPA from Cali.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 05:16:24 | More by rye726
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mcallister

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking pour mainly because of the thick pillowy white head of 3 fingers. Nice retention with thick retention. Clear orangish gold obviously filtered.

Damn fine aromas. Citrusy and tropical with mango, lemon zest, star fruit, papaya, bready malts, toffee, and other fruit esters.

Light easy drinking, not overly complex with a good malt presence with moderate sweetness. Toffee rich bready with some cereal grain. Mango and papaya are the two main fruit components with some floral flavors on the finish. Light and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:16:05 | More by mcallister
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) and Shane (HopHead84) for the joint venture in getting me a few Alpine beers. I owe both of you guys! Poured from 22oz bomber into Surly Imperial Nonic.

A - Pours a orange/rust color that's mirky with 1.5 fingers worth of off-white colored head. There's some good lacing left along the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top as well.

S - A nice hoppy profile mixed with notes of orange peels, lemon citrus, tangerines, and some malty sweetness. A solid-smelling IPA, if I've ever seen one. Right up there with my favorites.

T - Nice bitter notes up front but nothing too overpowering here, which is what I prefer in an IPA. Not much sweetness, just a straight shot of bitter/citrus hoppyness going on here. This IPA doesn't try to be flashy, it's just straight-up solid/good.

M - Light to medium bodied with some fizzy carbonation on each sip. The carbonation adds more of a body on this and keeps it from being too light. For me, it's just right. An oily finish on the end.

D - A solid IPA if I've ever had one. Alpine is the "hop master" of the West Coast, in my opinion. When I went and visited the brewery, Pat was kind enough to take me on a full-blown tour of his place. All the beers I sampled were excellent, but Duet might be my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 21:22:23 | More by Sean9689
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with friends; mine in a Foothills pint glass. Major props to Mauerhan for the ri-donk-ulous trade.

Near-perfect appearance for the style, with a clear golden-copper body that sports an active carbonation level. A thick cap of off-white head recedes, but never fully subsides as it dots the inside of the glass with spackles of lacing. Great West-Coast aroma with bubblegum and cotton candy sweetness balancing foresty, pungent Simcoe hops. Orange peel and caramel in the background.

Lots of piny, citrusy hop flavors in this one. Bitterness is slightly subdued, and the malty backbone adds sweetness, but not much flavor. Grass, grapefruit, and tangerine peel on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, with a watery consistency and low carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish with a lingering bitterness, but not much of a bite. Still, this is a very good IPA, but I expected a bit more after falling in love with Alpine's Nelson Rye IPA...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:16:00 | More by wagenvolks
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,463 ratings.