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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 573
Hads: 2,983
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 879
Gots: 386 | FT: 15
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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 xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to raoulduke37

Poured a clearer golden color with some copper hues. A thick, fluffy head peeks out over the top of the glass and retains a solid layer over the beer. Plenty of ringed, patchy lacing as well.

Nice whiff of juicy hops, fruit sweetness, and doughy, almost buttery malt notes.

Super juicy bitter hops up front with blood orange and apricot. Citrusy zest and a small touch of rind. Sweetness peeks through towards the middle, followed by doughy caramel malts and a faint suggestion of butter. Finishes with another wave of hop bitterness and a subtle alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy, decent carbonation, somewhat dry as well. Near invisible alcohol, solid flavor, and definitely something I'd drink again. I should have no problem finishing off the rest of this bomber. (848 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. 7% ABV, no date.

A - Duet pours completely crystal clear and golden yellow with an off-white head that billows up to then sink slowly. Wispy, clumpy lace clings to the whole glass. Very sexy.

S - The hops in this one are pretty interesting. I can't say I can put my finger on it but it's floral and lightly fruity in nature with a plastic resin aroma. Sort of like when you would open a new action figure. Toasted caramel malts back the hops up nicely and leave room for a pineapple mango scent.

T - The flavor heads more towards a typical tasting IPA as it showcases bright, floral hops with a low fruitiness attached to it. Sweet caramel malts balance the hops very well. The plastic resin doesn't come through in the flavor which is good too.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a nice mild bitterness that lingers on the finish, Duet has a good texture to it.

D - It's a good IPA that has a great level of drinkability for what it is. I like the lingering bitterness to it that doesn't have a super-strong kick. (1,076 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After enjoying Alpine's Nelson so much, I was overjoyed to be able to finally try this one. It pours a hazy orange color with some goldenrod highlights around the shimmering edges. The cloudy, white head settles nicely and sits on top of the brew looking chunky and fat, leaving behind some good clumps of lacing on the glass. Very nice unfiltered look; great for an IPA.

Duet's namesake is beautifully displayed in the aroma, as you can pick out the big contributions from the hop duet right away. Big-time nectarines, mangoes, pineapple, with mild undertones of citrus, likely from the Amarillo, with the wet, dank, pungent and piney side from the Simcoe. They form a beautifully harmonious union with the tropical explosion versus the raw, dank hoppage. A tropic palooza in the middle of an oily, hemp jungle.

Leading off is a strong dose of pine; why hello there, Simcoe! There's also a seemingly larger bout of tropical fruits right out of the gate; mangoes, orange, a touch of peach maybe. The taste, just like the aroma, exhibits great synergy by having perfectly even amounts of each hop - you've got the weedy, danky, hop oils thrashing the left side of your tongue while the tropical-fest of mangoes and papaya tears up the right side.

There's a pretty brash and bitter finish, more bitter in the finish than Nelson, and I'm going to guess that much of the finishing bitterness here is from Simcoe. There's a slight maltiness somewhere between toasted bread and caramel that never gets overly sweet, something that often ruins heavily hopped beers. Alpine knows what they're doing, though, and doesn't beat around the bush - Duet was meant to showcase the hops, and it does just that.

Duet is super crisp and drinkable, and I think it's carbonated a little better than Nelson and feels a little more lively on the palate (this could also be noted from the superior head formation and retention as compared to Nelson). It's not quite as sticky or resinous on the palate, rather it's kind of cutting at a rolling boil on my tongue and it really helps the hops shine.

Wow, another fantastic IPA from Alpine. Beautiful West Coast hops in a bottle; great balance of weedy pines and tropical fruit. This one's not quite as "juicy" as Nelson, and I think I prefer it slightly less, but that's like saying I couldn't go to Harvard and "settled" for Yale. Drinking beers like this make me sad I can't readily get them in the Midwest, because this is another truly fantastic and drinkable IPA. (2,499 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Another long awaited "Want" cut into the bedpost. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a soft head. Mild lacing. Aroma is deep and resiny. West Coast all up in this nose. Amarill and Simcoe pull zero punches. Pine, grass, grapefruit, and some other fruit/hop elements. Malt? We don't need no malt here. The flavor hits my tongue and detonates. Heavy bursts of that pine and fruit I found in the nose. Earth hops. Some tropical fruits as well. A barely-noticeable sweet and neutral malt cloak. This feels and tastes like a big Double IPA. 7% feels and tastes like 10% but without the added alcohol. A West Coast uppercut of bitterness floors my palate. Lingering, long, formiddable bitterness. Has a fuller body. Is beer was quite a good time. Alpine in Massachusetts is a good thing for this dude. (814 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine. (520 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a thick creamy white head and robust sticky lace.

S-lots of tropical fruits in the nose of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peels. a light malt backbone, sticky sweet malts with caramel and a touch of dough and a light pine in the end.

T-the taste has a fair bit of tropical fruit, adds more grapefruit and the bitterness of it reducing the orange peel and tangerine but those are still present. sticky doughy malts and caramel are underneath with a little bit more pine presence in the back and a lightly bitter finish.

M-nice light body, highly carbonated and prickly on the back of the throat. rather juicy and wet throughout and somewhat dry.

D-this is a rather drinkable IPA with a nice light bitterness and strong balance. Enough doughy malts and sticky caramel to balance an assertively hopped beer. There is a lack of subtly and an aggression in the flavors that make it slightly flabby but still very good stuff. (970 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more. (1,269 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of popery
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Holy crap, this is good. This beer pours a light golden amber with a nice white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma hit me the instant I uncapped the bottle. This is not a shy beer. It smells like a truckload of tangerine rinds and pine needles were mixed with fairy dust and dumped in a meadow of flowers. A big whiff of this beer is like aromatherapy for a hophead. As Ninkasi doubtlessly intended, this IPA is all about showcasing the hops. The flavor is light and dry with lots of hop bitterness, but there's just enough malt sweetness to keep it from paint thinner territory. The mouthfeel is oily with hop residue but just a bit thin. However, I think that I'm only noticing that because the hops are so big that my palate is assuming it's in DIPA territory. For a dry 7% abv beer, Alpine probably couldn't do any better in this regard. This is a phenomenal beer. I can't wait to try the rest of the Alpine bottles that I bought. (953 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty. (634 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow color, very clear, can see through it nicely. Big puffy head that left some nice lacing on the sides for a very good looking beer.

S - Pine and floral hope profile with a bit of citrus.

T - Nice grapefruit hits you up front but quickly fades with a moral floral and grassy flavor. Malty backbone shines through nicely, adding some sweetness.

M - Light and carbonated, smooth to drink.

D - Highly drinkable, could do this all day and enjoy it. (464 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to evilc for this awesome extra! thanks chris!

poured into cascade tulip.

Appearance: clear and glowing soft golden bodied beer. 1 finger of thick white head. Not much lacing to speak of and drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Fruity, citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. Orange rinds, lemons, and peaches. Tropical fruits. Hint of resinous pine. I dont think this beer is brewed with rye, but I get a rye like spiciness in the nose.

Taste: Hop profile is mild to moderately bitter. Peaches, orange rinds and grapefruit notes upfront. A hint of fruity, grassy, tropical fruits, and floral notes in the middle of the beer. Just like in the nose I get a hinting of rye spiciness...yet again I dont think that any rye is used to brew this beer. The finish is full of pine, lemon and grapefruit rind. The finish seems to linger on for a long time and never becomes overbearingly bitter.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is really drinkable IPA. The ABV is not really apparent even at 7%. It honestly reminds me of an APA. The beer is really bright and refreshing. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: The thing I love about this beer is that most IPA's beat you over the head with brutal bitterness. This beer has just the right amount of bitterness and big hop flavors without overdoing it. You can easily drink a whole bomber of this beer yourself. Really great complexity from this hop profile. This beer is like hop candy. I am a believer that Alpine has some seriously legendary hoppy beers. Duet is no exception to the statement. (1,604 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle. (502 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Skuter for sending me both long-sought Alpine brews, Nelson & Duet, in a recent swap of fine beers. Split with the wife while the hops are still kicking vigorously.

Pours Gaskin Lake clear, golden, it's practically a sun unto itself, no sediment whatsoever. Carbonation is moderate to the eye. Smell is lovely hops, again in moderation, with a warm south wind from the Tropics.

The first sip of Duet brings out the extreme oiliness of the hops vs. a distinct taste impression, 99 out of 100 for slick, slippery, & sticky. Then comes the actual taste of the hops, again tropical, almost fruity edge on top, then comes the citrus, pine, & a bitterness at the end that's a pleasant cleaning up.

This is a creative gem. An IPA that starts out mellow with it's sandals off, then creeps up, & the bitterness at the end is a welcome cap to the flavors that come before it. This is what brewers can do with hops that doesn't involve 400 lbs. per barrel. The balance is beautiful. I can't even detect whateve malt is in here, but the hops aren't running wild. I could drink this all night & well into the morning. I'm gulping vs. sipping, which is what I do when I'm reviewing a beer that's both tasty & easy to down.

Excellent! If this one were readily available, I'd seek this out as a Furious alternative on days I wasn't feeling quite so aggressive. Lovely & a masterful creation. Great example of the style. (1,420 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from a growler purchased at Alpine and I also had a glass on tap at O'Brien's the day before. Bright orange color with a white head that really laced the glass. The smell was a little pine but mostly bright fresh citrus fruit, excellent. The flavor was like nectarines and oranges, so juicy and hoppy, fantastic. This beer really impressed the hell out of me and I hope I can get my hands on a couple bottles if they release them. (446 characters)

Photo of JohnParadee
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype! This mutha is fo RE-al.

Poured from 22 oz bomber acquired via trade into chilled pint glass. Beautiful light orange color, nice fluffy 1-inch white head, and lots of tiny bubbles with ample sticky lacing throughout. The nose is a gorgeous mango/grapefruit/papaya olfactory orgasm. And the flavors on the palate, while less fruity/floral than the nose, do not disappoint. To the contrary, piney resin and grapefruit notes lend a mellow balance to the solidly structured hop profile, with virtually zero alcohol burn evident. The mouthfeel is as full and chewy as an IPA can get, while the finish is long, smooth, lasting, and complex.

Really love this beotch. Will come back to her lair often! (712 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had. (1,045 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Crazeguy for sending me this great beer! One of my new favorite single IPA's!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Clear amber color with a think white head from an aggressive pour. Left a nice lacing.

S:Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hop aromas. All the smells I like!!

T:The taste is similar to the smell and has a balance I find very appealing.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol is hidden well and I find this to be a quite refreshing beer! Highly drinkable! (515 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Cantina, right across the street from BU.

Nice, hazy IPA pour--large head, ample particulate matter. Call me a weirdo, but I like drinking beers that have little bits floating in them.

Smells sharp and spritely, with giant citrus hops and a chewy, yeasty back end.

Tastes super flavorful without any of the attendant heaviness found in most larger IPAs. Orange and grapefruit hops start things off, sliding into a more balanced middle and ending with a quite nice bready yeast. (499 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear amber with a solid soapy white head that lasted a longer than I expected for a growler pour and left decent lacing.

The aroma just about knocked me over when I opened the growler. Big, thick, resinous pine hops just jump out of the glass with a hint of bready malts in the background. As it warms a little, the Amarillo hops really start to join the party with oranges and grapefruits mostly.

The taste is dominated by the sweet tropical citrus up front with pineapple, oranges and grapefruits. The malt backbone is there but hardly noticeable as the finish brings the pine hops back to leave a resinous bitterness that builds up after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty sticky with hops that tingle the palate.

I really liked this beer as it has tons of hops and plenty of bitterness but remains extraordinarily drinkable...like, "I could drink the whole growler" drinkable. A great beer. (1,015 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (338 characters)

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

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a bit of orange and one finger of white head. Nice lacing and pretty good head persistence.

S - Aroma is largely floral and citrus. Not much else in the aroma, but what is there is wonderful.

T - Similar to the smell, a lot if citrus, mostly grapefruit and grapefruit zest, with a lot of florals as well. Not a hop bomb by any means, but nice hop bitterness complemented with a nice biscuitt malt. Very well balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and creamy. Some lingering bitterness.

O - Initially I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't more of a hop bomb, but it is such a tasty, easy drinking IPA that it rapidly becomes clear that this is a great beer. Drinkability is off the charts. (742 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a very familiar IPA color. Golden orange, a bit hazy, a small white head with a good amount of lacing.

The aroma reminds me a bit of Jai Alai. Tropical fruits, tons of orange, sweet orange peel, tangerine. Some pineapple, peach, and papaya. A very good smelling beer.

The flavor is where this beer explodes. There’s this stiff punch of pineapple and grapefruit essence. Tangerine and sweet citrus fruit are in there in the front and then onto the Simcoe. This beer is not sweet as it simply has the essence of the hops with a bready backbone to move the beer along. The finish again moves more into some grapefruit and some pine as it warms. Not a very bitter beer at all, but very clean and dry.

The beer is gorgeously clean and easy drinking. Quite a light body on this as it drinks down so easy, yet has tons of hop flavor. Easily one of the best IPAs out there. It’s not a mind blowing beer exactly, but it’s so well constructed and so refreshing. I would love to have this every day. (1,016 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.