Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
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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 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)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first Alpine beer

A - golden orange color with an 1/8" head and a lacing that slides and sticks to random portions of the glass. A good amount of carbonation flows upward through the hazy glass slow enough to count the bubbles from a single stream.

S - Loads if grapefruit up front, followed by a good amount of peach, tangerine and even banana. Hints of pine and other tropical fruits linger.

T - The taste echoes its aroma above. Pine and grapefruit are the major components of the flavor followed with malty sweetness, pineapple, and floral hop bitterness.

M - very smooth with a remarkable, lingering finish. Light carbonation and mouth coating.

O - Very balanced! It displays everything an IPA should be. This company is just getting started! I will look forward to all of their releases. (805 characters)

Photo of arfenhouse
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper with white head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Floral hops and peach upfront. Pineapple, oranges, and pine needles. A bit of sweet malt in the background.

T: Peach, pine, and tangerine. A small spicy hop in the middle. Ends with a small malt sweetness. Pine and tangerine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Could use some more dryness.

O: Reminds me of Sculpin sans dryness. Very good single IPA. (441 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raul finds himself in glorious ecstasy. It may be called "Duet," but Raul is enjoying this bad boy solo, in his garden, and listening to the fountain as it blissfuly drips in peace.

A few days back, Raul went to the joint, the spot, the honey hole - Alpine (because he could). And ohhh goody gumdrops is Raul sure glad he did!

Like Cary Grant entering a train tunnel with Eva Marie Saint, this thing pops! A beautiful darkish, orange haze is met by textures and flavor that would make a water-boarding seem like a day at Wild Rivers just to get to one. At first that initial zap! wasn't there, but Raul was quickly rest assured when he realized that this was a single. And just like Raul himself, Duet is single, sexi, and ready to mingle.

Hop on this! Hop on this good! (774 characters)

Photo of edproctor
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a nice golden hue with a fingers worth of white creamy head.
S- fresh, juicy tangerines, ripe peaches, grapefruit zest, mango, and a nice light bready sweetness.
T- mimics smell, some pineapple in there too. Lots of fruit up front, followed immediately by that hoppy bitter punch in the palette.
M- medium bodied. Coats the tongue as it goes down, leaving a nice hop film over the palette.
O- this is a great beer! Everything I want from an ipa. Smooth, nicely balanced, and very enjoyable. (500 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, floral, hints of orange and slight sweetness

T-pineapple, grapefruit, malt, slightly sweet, floral, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very nice IPA with a good range of flavors, in spite of the "duet", I prefer Nelson (360 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. My first beer from Alpine. Tasted 20 March 2013.

Pours a very clear orange. A gentle pour to leave the yeast in the bottle, doesn't produce much head at all. What's there is white. Decent lacing.

Smell is great citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Big grapefruit, more on the sweet side than the tart. Juicy and full, nicely sweet beneath the hops. All together, it's smooth, well-rounded, and cohesive.

Taste is full of positive flavors, nothing off. Lately I've had a lot of IPAs where the most noticeable characteristics are negative, so even neutral would have made me happy. But there are lots of good things in here. Picks up where the smell left off, pleasantly but delicately sweet, like just the right amount of honey. A little tropical fruit layered on top, with just a soft twang of grapefruit rind bitter in the back. Balanced, leaning to malty, but with enough hops that I don't forget what it is.

Feel is exactly what it should be. Medium-bodied, just the right amount of stick, keeping the flavors around just as long as I want them to. Carbonation is spot-on as well. Tough to get much better.

This is a top-notch IPA. Balanced, a bit more malty than hoppy as IPAs go. But the malts and the hops are both excellent. And it's got enough fruity hops that I certainly can't complain about calling it an IPA. (1,363 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium amber color with a decent sized frothy white head.

Smells of big juicy hops--orange, peach, maybe some lemon and lime, even banana. Mmm.

Taste has more pine and bitterness, less sweetness and fruit, still a lot of citrus and peach. Some spice, some floral notes, mainly citrus.

Mouthfeel has very nice carbonation, pretty good feel overall. Very easy to drink.

Great IPA. 8.6/10 (397 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a massive foamy white head on top. There is a bunch of floating particles in this as well. The smell of the beer has a big hoppy fruit aroma. Some sweet pineapple and peach aromas make this beer really nice. The taste of the beer has a slight pine flavor with more fruit flavors like peach and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely balanced and gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA. Really enjoyed this. (472 characters)

Photo of SirBentham
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- A nice golden, orange color
Smell- Clean Floral and citrus notes.
Taste- One of the most balanced IPAs you can find. perfect amount of hops, citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall- This one of the better IPAs out there in my opinion. I prefer it over the Pure Hoppiness and Nelson.
This is a smoother, more balanced IPA. Maybe not the best for people that prefer heavy double or triple IPAs. This is one of my absolute favorites.

Serving type: bottle (504 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another nice IPA offering from Alpine, but I'm not 100% sold on this one. At first look and sniff, I thought Duet would be my runaway favorite. It poured beautifully, had a nice color and head, wonderful floral and citrus aromas; unfortunately though, I didn't find it exceptionally balanced, and the resiny finish lingered on my tongue for longer than I prefer. (362 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to queens1130 for including this in along with my last box of Bruery RS stuff!

Beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. It's got a really aromatic aroma that has both big floral and citrus notes with a light biscuity malt aroma backing it up. The flavor here is really excellent both the floral and citrus aspects of the nose come through very nice into the flavor, and the malt backbone is just enough to balance the flavor, but very minimal. It's got a little bit of sweetness up front and then has a nice bitter (but not too bitter) hoppy finish. This beer is exceptionally easy drinking! Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a really nice carbonation and something almost sticky about it - impressive. Overall, this is a damn good IPA from Alpine and one of the best single IPAs out there right now. It had been a while since I'd had it last and I'd forgotten just how good it was. (916 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head that barely leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lots of floral notes, some citrus. So much hops, but never seems overpowering.

T-Floral and citrus hops. Ends with a nice bitterness. Some toast/buiscit notes. Balance is amazing. The hops flavors are never overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, hop resins and nicely carbonated.

O-What an IPA. One of the best out. Not as good as Sculpin but still out of this world. (449 characters)

Photo of marysparks18
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: clear, lightly golden yellow, bits of patchy lacing, minimal head

S: citrusy grapefruit, yeasty

T: smooth, hoppy, malty, taste some alcohol, very drinkable

M: medium, velvety smooth, pretty carbonated

Great after a workout! Refreshing, goes great with any meal. (269 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.