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Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 575
Hads: 2,987
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
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Gots: 387 | 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 ThisWangsChung
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MANY thanks to TasterMike for this one! 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber color. The head is a one finger white shade that's relatively soapy, yet consistent and dense. Retention is quite solid, and so is the lacing left behind.

S: Oh yeah, that's the stuff. This brings the hops in a fantastic manner - it doesn't bring any significant biting pine notes, rather it's mostly stuff like melon, mango, and grapefruit. The bready malts come through enough...and I do mean 'enough'. Which is to say it's quite faint, but not nonexistent.

T: Oh yeah, that's the-- wait, I wrote that down already. Nevermind, this just works brilliantly. The first few sips have a decent malt backbone sandwiched by a fruity opening and a mildly bitter finish. Right after the swallow, it's very reminiscent of fruit juice. People who say that an IPA can't/shouldn't be balanced need to try this - the hop flavor, the bitterness, and the malt backbone are in perfect harmony with one another. If this uses crystal malt - and I think I can taste hints of its toffee qualities buried in here - I may have to drop my petty grudge towards it, because this beer is fantastic.

M: I don't really notice the low carbonation or medium body too much - it's so dry (in all the right ways) that it still goes down with superb ease. Malt sweetness builds very slightly on the aftertaste, but it's not bothersome by any means.

O: Holy frig, this is like Sculpin on steroids. Ergo, it's now in my top 5 list for IPAs. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to move to San Diego just so I can consume this like water. (1,616 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold, hazy, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit and juicy citrus hops, with milder resin, melon and grapefruit rind aromas. Just a hint of biscuit malts underneath.

T: Tropical fruits and melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, a touch of resin and spicy hops, all over top of a sweet biscuit malty backbone. The hops hit up front, fade into the malt, then a nice hop bitterness shows up that lasts after the swallow - but not overly bitter at all.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation is fairly low.

O: This is really tasty, very well-done. The lack of enough carbonation sensation hurts the overall impression. But it still tastes very good. Recommended for sure. (891 characters)

Photo of xVERITAS
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an outstanding IPA and beer in general. The hoppy bitterness is elegant rather than harsh. It pours a bright golden orange. Smells a lot like citrus, a little fruity almost, and like some grade A hop goodness.

Tastes fantastic. Reminds me a lot of some other IPAs (Blanking on which ones), but it has something to it that has to be experienced first hand, that blows other IPAs out of the water. Alpine delivering a great product here. (441 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into a Speigelau tulip

Pours a golden copper clear body with a big off-white head of medium sized bubbles with good retention and lacing.

Smell is very piney, earthy, and floral. Small amounts of citrus notes with grapefruit and lemon being predominant. Some honeysuckle. Nice aroma.

Taste is very west coast, with a piney bitterness to the hops up front, more sweet than I would have expected though, some floral and citrus notes rounding out the taste with a dry finish and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied, well carbonated, actually a great feel to this.

Overall, a really refreshing beer, the highlight being how easy-drinking it is. Definitely one of the smoothest IPAs I can remember. Some of the hop flavor may have fallen off since the bottling, and I'd like to try this fresh one day, but still highly enjoyed and definitely recommended. (900 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden amber, almost clear, with a one finger white head, As the head dissipates there is a nice amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The first thing that hits the nose is citrus. It's delightful smell that only hints at the taste to come. There are also hints of pine in the background.

T - The taste is well balanced with only a hint of the alcohol. The variety of citrus notes are at the forefront with only a slight bitterness. There is a nice amount of malt also.

M - A medium bodied beer with a light malt feel.

An excellent IPA. This would be a regular with me if I was able to get it on a regular basis. (672 characters)

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

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

Photo of lunarbrew
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours clear amber with not a lot of head. The color would allude to a good amount of maltiness. Very nice.

Smells fantastic. Huge hop prescience. Not very bitter. There is pineapple, mango, orange, and a little pine/grass scent. Clean and balanced.

Balanced is the name of the game with this guy. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is huge for an ipa. Pineapple, orange, brown sugar, and a little of those earthy notes here. The flavor is huge. I can't believe this isn't a double ipa. Super drinkable. Some bitterness on the backend.

Mouthfeel reminds me a lot of HF. The creaminess factor is present, but the hazy glow is gone which, for whatever reason, really affects my perception of the MF. Regardless, this beer is very well-exicuted. Amazing example of a big IPA.

Amazing ipa. It's no Susan, but one of the best for sure. Thanks for the gift, LaChupacabra! You're an awesome BA! (893 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really? One of the premier IPA brewers in the country and no bottle date? Mega-fail. This is somewhat fresh as far as I know.

A: A clear gold pour. Big effervescent light tan head (more off-white than anything). Head fades slowly with great retention. Moderate little specks of lacing left behind.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Big, juicy hops. Tropical fruit and citrus mainly. Sticky sweet oranges, pineapples, tangerines. Wonderful crisp and juicy aroma. A bit of sugary caramel backs it up. Really nice aroma.

T: Okay, maybe I misread the aroma. Huge hop wave up front but it's pine and resin and lots of it. Big biting hops. Malt is very mild and bready. Bitter from start to finish but an extra big wave of bitterness in the finish. Long lingering piney, resin, almost sappy hop flavors between sips. Get brief hits of citrus here and there but the simcoe stands out by itself mostly. Quite dry. By long lingering I mean LONG lingering, you can still taste the drying hops for several minutes after each sip.

M: Nice smooth medium body. Very crisp and dry to accentuate all the hops (or is it vice-versa?)

O: Damn. Really nice IPA, one of the best. Big bitter and drying hop character from beginning to end. Complex and strong hop flavor and aroma. Just enough malt to be noticeable but does not detract. A proper west coast IPA from a master brewer. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light golden and coppery ale that looks perfectly alive with carbonation. One finger head of smooth white foam that fades relatively quickly.

Delicate floral aroma with a hint of citrus or tropical hops (tough to determine), and a light bready malt background.

Immediate dry hops on the tongue and palate, followed by a wave of hop flavors: I thought sweet citrus at first, with a major following of floral and clove honey, all mixed with a subtle malt backbone. That big first blast may be pine. Each sip is very complex, and seems to deliver a slightly different taste.

Bright and refreshing, with a medium malt body. Sprightly and alive; light sting.

This is a very tasty, complex, hop-forward, and refreshing IPA. Oh, and its appearance is lovely. Just enough malts to smooth out the experience.

Thanks to JayORear for the trade! (848 characters)

Photo of isheltoe
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have drunk a lot of IPA's and even had Pliny the Elder which is considered a top of the line IPA. This IPA was among the best I've ever had; I can honestly say it may be the best. I was traveling in CA and stopped at Stearn's Liquor mart and picked up a bottle of this. This is one of the smoothest IPA's I've ever had, yet bitter and a outstanding IPA... if you ever get a chance to get a hold of this IPA I'd advise you to buy it. Only issue with it is that I live in Kentucky and this stuff is made in CA... I need to find a way to get a hold of this stuff here locally. (575 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to ScottO!

A: Lightly hazy, golden orange color with a huge, creamy-looking white head.
S: Sweet, fruity aromas dominate. Huge notes of citrus, pineapple, peaches, and a bit of honey.
T: This is delicious. Not extremely bitter, just super well-balanced. Lots of big, tropical fruits dominate. Juicy mango, tangerines and peaches followed by grapefruit bitterness and honey-like sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.
O: A bit too much carbonation, but this is one super drinkable and delicious beer. Would love to have more of this all the time. (586 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter. (626 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 Thehuntmaster
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle 7,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date visible (WHY???)

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: Duet appears a lightly hazed, bright golden orange in the glass (perhaps one shade lighter than Pure Hopiness), with a rough pour generating a large white head. The head lasts fantastically well and coats the glass in some great looking lacing as it slowly recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, it has been far too long since I had a sweet fruity IPA! The nose is absolutely bursting with hoppy goodness, with Amarillo clearly taking the lead. Notes include: Fresh orange juice, tangerine, mango, pineapple, a little red grapefruit, some leafy notes and just a hint of honey malt.

Taste: As the nose suggested, this is one delicious IPA. A big juicy tropical fruit character dominates the initial flavour, with notes of sweet orange, tangerine and mango. These notes are soon joined by red grapefruit, some dank leafy notes and the faintest hint of honey malt. Grapefruit pith as well as a solid bitterness are present in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium-high level of carbonation.

Overall: Duet is a fantastic IPA, it is bursting with flavour, but remains ridiculously drinkable. I would kill to have a keg of this stuff over the summer! (1,308 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a cloudy light gold straw color with a nice finger of near white head, good lacing and retention

S - Unpleasantly airy, grapefruit citrus bomb with some grainy/bread aromas

T - big delicious trooical grapefruit mango hops from beinning to end, aafteraste is juicy

M - Drinkable decently carbonated kind of airy which hurts but nice aftertaste slightly bitter but light and very palatable.

O - Good flavor hut a bit airy, maybe a bad bottle? could probably be amazing in the right circumstances. (509 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,349 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful golden/copper pour with 3 fingers of bright white fluffy head giving off ridiculous amounts of lacing while slowly dissipating.. lots of visible carbonation. a really pretty looking beer. the aroma of hops is blowing my mind right now. from a foot or so away i get a huge hit of simcoe, the closer to the nose it gets, i get a nice piney/grapefruity scent.. lots of sweetness/caramel. the flavor is simcoe up front, totally. the second i put the glass down after the first sip, i start tasting sweet malt and start getting floral hop notes and light refreshing grapefruit like citrus. a very nice refreshing ipa and quite honestly very mellow on bitterness for the aromatic hop bomb it is! a lovely beer all around, really happy i got to taste some alpine brews finally. the mouthfeel on this is MADE for summer. highly carbonated, medium body.. refreshing, but not lacking on flavor one bit. this is a damn great ipa. (930 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/31/13

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bottle

Appearance: Golden copper with a slight chill haze - pours with a fluffy white head, fades quickly to a small cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Somewhere between absurd and mind-shattering - honestly, this smells like some kind of tropical fruit juice - explosive tropical notes, including pineapple, mango, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - straight-up hoppy resins and aromas, like sniffing a fresh packet of hop pellets - some light, pale, and caramel malts in the back - extremely clean

Taste: Hoppy, in an extreme way, yet not aggressively hoppy - absurd amounts of melon, pineapple, and tangerine - extremely fruity and juicy, yet not sweet - medium level of bitterness, spot-on for the style - some pale and caramel malts in the background, not particularly notable - very clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, adequate carbonation, could be a tad more crisp

Overall: Unrelentlessly awesome

This is one of the finest IPAs I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It figures that it's so hard to get. This was American Craft Beer 2013 pre-fest beer #1. And honestly, it may have been better than anything I actually sampled at ACBF. Curse you, Alpine! (1,274 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for picking this up while visiting CA. Poured 22oz bottle into teku glass.

A - Pours a cloudy copper/orange with a thin half finder head. Not sure why there isn't more carbonation? Almost no ring remains after head is gone. Some lacing present.

S - Smell of citrus, grapefruit, and tropical notes. Floral and sweet bready malts are present.

T - Not quite on par with the aroma. Good floral, tropical and citrus flavors from the Amarillo hops. This has a nice sweet and bready malt backbone to even it out. It is not a big hoppy IPA by any means, which I like. Bitterness is minimal on the finish compared to others.

M - Carbonation is lacking in this bottle (age?). Light to medium body that is somewhat slick and oily.

O - I had higher hopes for this and I think age was an issue with this bottle (no date) after reading the other reviews. I can imagine what this is like fresh, but I didn't get that experience. It still was a great beer, but not world class. Would definitely like to try it fresh some day. (1,033 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company - Duet IPA

Got this one thanks to a trade.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy orange to copper to amber with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is grapefruit citrus and a hint of bready malt, but the hops take center stage.

Taste - Big grapefruit citrus punch that gently fades into floral and leaves a slight sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Rests sour citrus and very dry. Great drinkability. It's actually a bit of a gulper from the dry element. Light and crisp. Slight stomach warmer.

Overall - This is one of those times where one dimensional is a compliment. Grapefruit citrus blast, no bull. (665 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Beautiful clear gold with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin wispy cap with nice lacing.

Aroma - redolent of citrus and flower petals.

Taste - spicy bitter hoppiness balanced wonderfully by a sweet malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall - a very well crafted ale that is worth the trouble tracking down! (384 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold/light copper color. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to a tiny wispy cap with a small collar. Splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and a slight spiciness. Loaded with tropical fruit. Solid malt backbone pushes some biscuit notes along with a slight caramel malt sweetness. Deeply floral, like.crazy flower petals. Almost perfume. Almost cotton candy in the back. Light pale maltiness as well.

Taste: A crazy blend of Amarillo spiciness coupled with a solid bready and sweet malt backbone. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Slight biscuit finish. Some lingering bitter pine needle. Oily with some hints of ruby red grapefruit. Some slight candied malt sweetness as well. Very mellow and balanced, like seriously. Some grassy notes. Crazy floral.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish to light body. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: We can sing the hits.

Another stellar Alpine beer. A damn drinkable IPA with enough west coast flair. So very drinkable and balanced. Winning. (1,105 characters)

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into glass. Purchased direct from the brewery about 2 weeks prior to opening bottle.

A - Amber, golden hue. Very little head that quickly dissipates.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops. Beautiful.

T - Great malt to hop balance. Not overly bitter, but just enough to provide balance. Grapefruit up front with some herbal notes.

M - Not a ton of carbonation but just enough to do the trick. Otherwise, good mouthfeel.

O - One of the best IPA's I've ever had. I has this the day I picked up from the brewery and it was even better. Within a two week timeframe, the hop character subsided just a tad but this is still a killer beer. (647 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a big fizzy, frothy, bright white head. Good lace and retention.

S: So floral and juicy. Huge resiny hops. Like freshly bloomed flowers. Pretty sticky and pungent. Some pine and freshly cut wood. Every aspect of a hop you want to taste in an IPA. So well-rounded.

T: Even more amazing than the nose which I didn't think would be possible. So fragrant and floral. Fruity, juicy, citrusy, woody, resiny, piney. Everything! A delicate but full-flavored IPA that has so much to love about it. Unbelievable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation with a perfect amount of dryness and perfect body and feel. Top notch. Amazing bouquet of flavors explode on the palate and leave a very pleasant taste.

O: Not much I can say other than I was blown away. I knew how great this beer was going in and I knew Alpine is one of the best when it comes to IPA's but this was a dream. So incredible. (918 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Thecherryman for making this Alpine bomber a reality, and a super fresh sample at that. Distribution is limited on Alpine, so getting a hold of these despite the 2012 increase in production is a chore unless you live in Southern Cali.

Pours halfway between a clear and cloudy off orange hue with a 1 finger soapy white head that lasts a few minutes, lacing is adequate.

The nose is very juicy in a tropical sense yet there is a distinct malt bill in there that prevents it from being an all out hop bomb. Pineapple,nectarine, and lime tones invite the first sip.
While Duet is a hop forward IPA, there is a terrific balance of bready malts in there with the tropical fruit juciness that just works, plain and simple.

Flavors are matched by the inviting nose: the Amarillo and simcoe hops are well chosen and put forth delicious flavors that are complex and multidimensional. Carbonation is lively and well suited for the style, sort of a medium body that is somewhat sticky and oily.

The aftertaste is pleasant, never bitter or boozy, and lets you know the hop selection was well thought out. Very highly recommended, Duet proves to be tough to acquire given their lack of distribution as are other Alpine offerings.This is a world class IPA I would be glad to drink again, and I am looking forward to the arrival of more Alpine varieties to taste and review. (1,373 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.