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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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2,141 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 865
Gots: 209 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin white head. Low retention rate and no lacing. Pale golden color with high clarity.

S- Heavy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, pine and other light smells. Several kinds of hops detected.

T- Hop-forward, bitter and citrusy. West coast IPA for sure.

M- Thicker feel for an IPA, smooth.

O- I found it to be a slightly above average West Coast IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for tossing this one in.

Pours a light golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head. Boom, the aroma is all over the place. Some definite grapefruit and tropical fruits up front with just a touch of pine behind it. I was expecting more pine from the simcoe hops but this one is very well balanced. The fruitiness really opens up on the nose as the beer warms up, I start to get some peaches and apricots after a while. The taste is more of the same with tons of oily citrus fruits balanced with just enough malt for a dry bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall a great westcoast IPA, everything I have had from Alpine has been top notch and this one is no different.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops mix very well together to create a nice hop aroma. Bready malts and a touch of caramel help balance the hops.

T: Hop flavor is quite strong, floral hops are now strongest with an underlying citrus flavor that goes very well with a dry, yet slightly bready malt base. I really enjoy how the floral hops mix with citrus. There is a sweetness to help balance, but the beer remains fairly dry. Bitterness is kept fairly low.

M: Medium thickness with low, creamy carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. The floral hops are quite nice and an underlying citrus flavor goes well with a low bitterness and moderate sweetness.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of crossovert
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

It pours a deep gold with hints of orange and a foamy white head.

The smell is unique for an IPA I think and I really enjoy it. There is a lot of tropical fruit, specifically papaya, which I hate the taste of but love the smell of. It has this deep vinous characteristic with white grapes. This smell goes perfectly with the warm weather outside.

The flavor is just refreshing and thirst-quenching. Tons of green grapes in the flavor along with tropical fruit hints with pineapple and passion fruit, and an assload of citrus. I love these two hops, just love em. There isn't too much acidity though which lends it to being even more spectacular. The malt backing is subtle and the bitterness is medium.

I have had single hop brews of both of these varieties, but put them together and you get this absolute beast.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN.

Near translucent golden honey, uncharacteristically light for an IPA, with a large porous white head that drops over a few minutes with some snail-trail lacing and a slightly raised ring. Quite a fast bead.

Dank and zesty aromas of sweaty grapefruit, candied tangerine, rockmelon, green waste and pineapple sharpened by snappy, floral tones. Very smart.

Similar tropical goodness receives a spicy, herbal twist before transitioning seamlessly into a dry, spearminty bitterness. Classy.

Light but zingy carbonation feeds the medium bitterness nicely, which coats the palate while being anything but harsh. Awesome.

Running out of superlatives for this brewery. Another IPA that pretty well epitomises skilful brewing and execution. Works on every level.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of silentjay
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a glowing copper with a slight hop haze and a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very well.

very hoppy aroma with plenty of peppery spice and a floral characteristic balanced with the bitter citrus and pine. a slight malt sweetness lies behind that, but barely makes its presence known in the aroma.

definite simcoe flavor of grapefruit mixed with pine. behind that comes a bit of an herbal/spicy/floral flavor. a good dose of bitterness arises and some tropical fruit flavors mix with the malts to contrast with some sweetness. a pretty diverse array of flavors.

medium bodied with some prickly carbonation and a touch of resin left behind with a slightly astringent aftertaste left behind on the palate.

I enjoyed it. Not as much as I had hoped, but a beer I would definitely drink regularly if available around here.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jegross2
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company. Alpine and Kern are quickly emerging as Russian River's biggest threat to steal their crown as the top producer of west coast IPA's.
Score: 90

I received this beer as part of a trade in early January 2012 courtesy of BeerAdvocate user LieutenantSours (thanks for the hookup!). No freshness or bottling date, which is always a dangerous proposition for IPA's. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden honey color that falls somewhere between translucent and transparent, but closer to translucent. There is some flaky sediment floating around, but not nearly as much as there was with the Alpine Nelson. Two-plus fingers of off-white soapy head at pour gradually and penultimately settles into a thin foggy layer atop the glass for awhile, ultimately settling into a thin ring around the glass. Excellent lacing (oily and frothy), excellent retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Tons of bright tropical citrus aromas here. This beer is quite odorous; I could smell it very clearly while pouring it. Fresh apricot, grapefruit, pineapple juice, and mango dominates the complex and slightly floral citrus element of the aroma. Behind the citrus is earthy "dark" pine tree smell and "sticky" pine sap resin. A little spice is mixed in there too. This one really gets my olfactory system running. 5/5

Taste: Very malty and oily hops flavor. Much maltier and more balanced than expected given the nose. Perhaps at nearly 50 days old, this one is past it's freshness prime. That would certainly explain the lack of hoppiness and bright citrus on the palate. Nonetheless, this beer is still tasty and refreshing (unlike some of the other, older IPA's that I have had). Malty orange juice, creamy pineapple, earthy pine, and mellow hoppy bitterness. Finishes and lingers with a moderately bitter "fresh pine" and flat orange citrus flavor that reminds me of a super mellow Heady Topper type flavor. The finish/linger is really interesting, but maybe I am over-thinking this one. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Very smooth and super oily mouthfeel. Mellow bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid tasting and excellent smelling single IPA. I will have to try and get my hands on another bottle and drink it fresher once my cellar dwindles down. I really should have consumed this one a month ago when I had the Half Acre Daly Double.

Recommendation: A much more balanced IPA than most, with a robust IIPA-like aroma. Unless you are completely averse to hops, seek this one out.

Pairings: Steak served with caramelized onions.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my haul last week at Alpine. Super fresh having just been bottled. Pours a beautiful yellow orange with a nice one inch thick pale white thick head that clings to my glass leaving intricate lacing as I sip down. The nose is a tropical fruit salad in a glass, mango and pineapple and lemon lead the way before being chased down by the super intensity of the Simcoe and Amarillo hop explosion, just amazing nose. Flavors of tangerine, mango, grapefruit and lemon peel attack the tongue with a balancing act from the malt to deliver an amazingly balanced brew. The mouth is crisp, refreshing and lively from the perfect carbonation, it begs to be gulped, but don't, nurturing this brew brings out a plethora of Flavors and complexities for those who sip. I am an unabashed Alpine head and am in San Diego on a weekly basis on business so I am fortunate to drop in for lunch and refills and get to try a lot of Alpine beer. This along with Nelson, Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness are world class ales that I hope all BA folks get a chance to drink at least once.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.