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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 822
Gots: 159 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005)
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Photo of rand
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%

From bottle to pint glass

Pours an orange-apricot, slightly opaque, nice pillowy 1-inch head. Fair amount of lacing trails as I gently stir, which also releases a nice bouquet of citrus and sweetbread notes. Grapefruit, orange and a splash of something tropical, perhaps papaya. Freshly baked honey bread lingers in the background.

The citrus tones hit your palate first, but they're accompanied by leafy, bitter notes that aren't detected in the nose. Ample hops have an earthy tea edge, which blend nicely with strong notes of honey and bready malts. Malt-backbone is really prominent, approaching a DIPA, which nicely masks the alcohol. The bitter aspects really stand out toward the end of the sip, along with a slight tinge of tropical fruit suggesting mango. Hints of passion fruit as well. With all of the flavors dancing on the palate, the beer finishes surprising dry and clean.

Duet has a smooth, oily slick mouthfeel - viscous for a single IPA. A lot of the characteristics of this beer approach a DIPA, except perhaps the ABV. Great balanced flavor makes this really easy to throw back. But then again, it's Alpine, you expect them to be this good.

rand, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

Gotten via trade from dabecassis. Mad props to him for providing me a few excellent CA goodies I can't get here in PA.

A: A medium golden color that is fairly clear. A one finger white fluffy head rises atop with almost no lasting glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops coupled with some floral tones and some sugar sweetness.

S: Fruity? Holy cow. Hoppy smells of citrus that include grapefruit and some tangerine coupled with some pineapple, mango and some peach. Some herbal tones slide in also. The sweetness comes with a sugary side that is actually very velvety smooth, maybe a touch of vanilla. Finish is back to the fruity hoppy tones but remain smooth and silky. Not overly bitter, but there is bitterness on the finish. Wow, this is one damn great IPA. So elegant.

M: Creamy, smooth, fairly full, a slight trace of alcohol and some slight bitterness. Clean.

D: High, wow really nice drinking beer.

What a great, great west coast IPA. The simcoe and amarillo combine for a real fruity floral experience that I have not ever tasted in an IPA before. Wish we got this in PA.

Update 1/16/2010. Just had my second bottle of this and it is quickly moving up my charts of the best IPAs on the planet. This beer is so damn good my head is spinning. So elegant, hoppy, fruity, drinkable and just so damn delicious. Wow, I'm blown away. What a beer.

Kadonny, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of chaz01
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%

22 ounce bottle courtesy of a trade with great trader mobz24. Thanks Rich!

A: Pretty clear golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves some lacing as it settles.

S: I pick lot's of fresh pineapple notes, with a little bit of piney and citrusy grapefruit.

T: Lots of tropical fruit flavors -- pineapple and mango -- with some citrusy grapefruit hops as well with a bit of a pleasant grassy resin flavor.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink, smooth and delicious. I liked some of the other Alpine IPA's a little better, but this was solid as well, and for $8, I'd be drinking it all the time if it were available in the midwest.

chaz01, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to Tieman for this bottle. Haven't had an Alpine in almost a year.

A - Beautiful pale amber with steady carbonation. Small head disappears quickly after pouring.

S - Alcohol heat first, though it melds brilliantly with citrusy hops. Tropical fruit follows giving me the impression of cotton candy.

T - Big citrus first with tropical fruit in the finish. With all the alcohol on the nose, I expected more heat, but it's really negligible here. Just enough to assure you that it is a bigger IPA. I get just a nip of grassy resin in the finish, which adds to the pleasant dryness of the beer. Incredibly complex hop flavor. Absolutely magnificent.

M- Very light on the palate. Dry like no IPA east of the Mississippi is.

D - Infinitely quaffable. I could have 4 and not notice until I stood up.

Overall - One of my favorite IPAs. Such a beautiful beer. Cheers!

SummitVA, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of afksports
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

I enjoyed my first Alpine Duet with a buddy from out of town that's also on this BeerQuest to drink BeerAdvocate's Top100 US Beers from this past August. I know... good luck.

The appearance of Duet IPA is a light straw and hazy gold with tons and tons of head even on a slow pour. That head brings out a truly beautiful floral aroma with citrus and malty sweetness coming through too. But the bulk is floral, "like a California hillside."

It tastes light and sweet, keeping a hops bitter character as well, and remaining bright. In the middle there's more sweet, and it finishes bitter and clean. Very subdued. The medium body and carbonation keep it solid, it's well-composed, and around 7.0% this is dangerously light in the mouth. Extremely easy to drink.

Me gusta.

afksports, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of RodneyX
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer pours a golden color with a white head that had medium level retention and left some lacing. There is a big grapefruit hop explosion off the nose and the hops explode in your mouth as well. It's got lost of hops but is quite sweet with some piney bitter finish. Good carbonation in a medium bodied beer that is really easy to get down. I would like some more of this.

RodneyX, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of StormKing47
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Enjoyed with some friends before the holiday break and it went like this...

A- A very nice and light golden color with an pale yellow hue. A little on the hazy side, but mostly clear which is just like I like them to be. Has a nice thick, fluffy white head. Looks ready to drink immediately. A steady stream of carb keeps the head nice and fluffy and ready to go.

S- A barrage of mango, tangerine, citrus and grapefruit which are very pleasant and causing me to drool a little bit. I love the simple and clean aromas this one presents and have never been let down by an alpine beer that's fresh. A little warming and I sense a very light malty sweetness. A very nicely balanced aroma.

T- Simply an amazing combination of citrus, grapefruit, sweet tangerines, light apricots and delicious mango. An unbelievable combination of citrus hops with almost no piney bitterness to speak of. I taste almost no sweetness within either. This one has been balanced in the hops from start to finish. Love the tropical fruit delight that I have had the opportunity to consume.

M- A very slight tingle from the carb, but otherwise sticky, coating and exceptionally smooth. Love every sip of this one from the beginning to end.

D- God damn straight it's dangerously well crafted and the sweet succulent hops make this one a delicacy and it's readily available for those of you looking for it. Seek it out and enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

Another exemplary offering from an up and coming IPA heavy line up from Alpine.

StormKing47, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Aroma:Smells amazing. Tons of grapefruit and sweet cotton candy in the aroma. There is peaches and nectarines in there as well.

Appearance:Golden in color with off-white head. Head could be thicker and have more retention though.

Taste:Amazing grapefruit flavor on the foretaste. This fades a little on the midtaste, and morphs into peaches and nectarines. There is a pleasantly sweet undertone the whole way through. The aftertaste showcases the hop bitterness, with less of the fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium thick body. Good carbonation. Mild hop astringency on the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, full of great west coast hop aromas and flavors. It's easy drinking, and quite delightful.

fear025, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Review input from notes. Enjoyed 12/5

Clear golden orange body. Thick bone white head measuring 3 fingers tall. Absurdly thick lacing left clinging to the glass as the head recedes. Overall retention is respectable

This is one juicy IPA, perhaps the juiciest. Huge grapefruit bomb. Tangerine guava and maybe some slight peach aromas meander about in the nose. Lingering dry hop aroma is quite evident. Really nothing but hops in the nose.

Balance is achieved, though not in a traditional sense. There is absolutely no balance between the malt and the hops, the hops obliterate any malt presence which may be there. The hop flavor is well balanced between the bitterness and the intense citrus flavor. The flavor is straight up juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple with bit of apricot, tangerine and mango. Slight pine and pith can be noted but are easily overwhelmed.

Medium bodied IPA with carbonation slightly higher than I would expect though it is appropriate. Very smooth texture, oily and resinous film left on the tongue just in case you forgot exactly how hoppy this beer was.

Very good beer, I love nearly everything about it. My one gripe is the lack of a malt presence. By the end of the bottle the citrusy hops became too much and bordered on cloying. A slight pale malt flavor would have evened things out remarkably well. I had to score drinkability down because of this. Awesome beer, would not hesitate to pick up again.

kzoobrew, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Thanks to mrmiles for sending 2 of these!

A: Pours a hop-hazed bright amber/orange color with a big fluffy head. Retention is really really nice in the snifter.

S: Candied pineapple/mango/tangerine, light apricot, a nice citrus bite, and what seems to be a firm but light malt base.

T: Awesome tropical fruit, orchard fruit, citrus twang, solid bitterness, and well balanced malts. Served this beer at a buffet party at my house with a bunch of wine drinkers/macro lovers and it was a HUGE hit.

MF/D: Medium body, smooth/slightly prickly carbonation, lingering bitter and tropical fruit finish

Notes: Damn, Alpine makes my kind of IPAs. Really easy drinker for IPA fans, and a really nice showcase of tropical fruit/citrus flavors and aromas. Highly recommended!

scottyshades, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

Pours a crystal orange amber with a large, pillowy and firm pure white head.

Nose is all perfumed fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium to full bodied, although the carbonation is a bit to assertively "fizzy" for my liking and is quite off-putting for me.

Flavors are layered and complex. Lots of burnt toast and bitter coffee; big bitter pine and resin. Front palate is lots of oranges and citrus that goes to bitter pine and grapefruit oil.

Finish is long lasting bitter pine and lime.

Some will surely like this one for its nice flavor profiles. Unfortunately, this is one of the few brews I've tasted where the mouthfeel simply ruined it for me.

GRG1313, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces almost a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a murky, copper tinged, amber color that shows a fairly hazed (though I can see the lettering on the other side of my glass if I hold it up just right) pale amber tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank smelling; it is quite thick with hop aromatics that leans towards hemp oil, a slight garlic-chive note and cheesy pine needles that are all backed by a bright fruit notes of lychee and tangelo zest. The herbal character is definitely dominant, with the fruit playing a supporting role and nothing of the malt being noticeable at this point. If you really dig into the aroma the hops take on a woody and pepper like character; and the woody character really seems to be accentuated as the beer warms up. Really though this just reminds me of sticking my head into a bag of fresh "hemp" buds.

A touch of sweetness up front is accentuated more from the hop fruit character than sweet malt, but both play a part. The beer dries out as it rolls across my tongue and there is a herbaceous hop character that lingers with notes of pine, piquant hemp oil, very woody pepper and just a green hop quality. This is not aggressively bitter (especially considering how hoppy this beer is overall), though there is a fairly gripping bitterness to this beer that is accentuated a bit by a light carbonic bite from the low-medium level of carbonation here. Some touches of garlic chive and cheesy dank hops adds a definite edge to this IPA. The fruit character is perhaps a touch more subdued than it was in the nose, but does contribute flavors of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit zest and bright Curacao orange peel; the last three get accentuated in the finish as the beer lingers on the palate. Some soft, cracker like grain character comes out towards the finish of each sip as the beer warms up, but the malt definitely plays a secondary, supporting role here. This beer is pretty light and quaffable, especially for its strength and this is exactly what I like to see in an IPA

I wonder if this still only has Simcoe and Amarillo hops in it, this tastes awfully dank and herbal for those two hops alone, or perhaps the crop they used was fairly different from what I am used to. Definitely a hop lovers IPA, my personal preference wishes that more of the bright fruit character from the Amarillo hops came through, but this certainly serves up a needed hop fix right quickly.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%

So another instant favorite from Alpine!

Super clear light yellow with slight amber color.

The smell is AMAZING. Sweet tangerine with lots of citrus notes.

The taste isnt as sweet at the smell but is still a great sweetness to bitterness ratio. Bitter at first with a smooth very sweet finish. Slightly dry but not as much as a lot of IPA's

Eriktheipaman, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Jeffo, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of pumptrick
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured hard into reidel snifter. Nice head and lacing straw yellow. Smell was a little dusty and some citrus. Taste was deffinitely grapefruit. Mouthfeel was good, lots of carbonation. Will drink more of these. Found this a wades wines in westlake. cheers

pumptrick, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of LevitatedEep
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

From a 22 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Nice frothy head but not flying out of the glass like other reviews...nice reddish orange color....head has large bubbles mmmm.

S - Wow this is a nice hoppy pine forest bomb....smells great.

T - Apricots upfront.. kinda mellow at 1st sip, then blossoms into a semi bitter hop monster that keeps expanding..

M - Smooth and kind of salty, great carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty good could I session this...another great IPA from Alpine.

LevitatedEep, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Trueant1
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good.

Trueant1, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of 2ndloveofmylife
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%

Awesome!! If you are a "Hop Head"? You will Love this beer. Hops plus more hops plus another dosage of hops!! Glorious hop flavor and Glorious aroma! Did I mention awesome hoppiness galore? This an A+ IPA no doubt baby! It reminds me of Sculpin from Ballast.

2ndloveofmylife, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.

Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.

Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?

KickInTheChalice, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of juhl31
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%

thanks toronado SD on alpine night!

-good light colored yellowy gold. very clean. poured with a medium tall head that stays faint throughout

-big pine hop on the nose that lasts top to bottom. some hints of citrus as well

-bitterness from the hops comes in through the front and the back end. there is a good malt presence start to finish despite the strong hop taste

-good enough mouthfeel. some carb bite and a decent IPA body

-my favorite of the alpine IPA's...although i have not had expo yet

juhl31, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%

22oz. bomber shared with capra12. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit with an orange tint. Lacing is thick and layered with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is floral, citrus, cane sugar, and cream. Slight resin character in the back. Smell is overall very enticing and aromatic.

T: Opens grapefruit, peach, and other citrus fruits. Sweet right at the front. Resin hop bitterness in the back lingers and then comes to the forefront towards the middle. Piney and even slightly tart. Finishes sticky and slightly dry with a bitter lingering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth with a drying finish. Rough around the edges. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A very hop forward brew, this is a great representation of a west coast IPA even though its not my personal favorite. Robust bitter taste with a clean, crisp feel. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for an enamel-peeler!

SpeedwayJim, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev -2%

41st review on BA
Bottle to mug

App- Shimmery orange with gold and yellow highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that is off white and just fades away so gingerly leaving little pillows of foam. Lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- It's a flower basket in a glass. Nice hoppy aroma fills the nose.

Taste- I think the flavors are pretty on point with this one. Its get a nice bitter flavor o the finish but the hops aren't overbearing for having the Simcoe and Amarillo working well together.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a slight carbonation. Leaves a great oily taste on the palate.

Drink- I liked this a lot. A nice sessionable IPA that would work well in a six pack for me.

FosterJM, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of awalk1227
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

Consumed 10/22/10 Received in a trade from Rock4sc96!

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Hazy straw and bright yellow, my favorite color for an IPA, personally. Huge off-white head that leaves sticky lacing the whole way down.

S: Huge, bitter hops. Simcoe city, baby. Fruit in the nose, and the slightest hint of a toasty malt (but this is West Coast, yo)

T: Full malts in the mouth at the very start, then fruit: grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Then some bitterness on the tongue, and then more fruit! In my opinion, this is how an IPA (of the West Coast variety, I reckon) should taste. No alcohol whatsoever

F: Smooth and medium, just right. Makes my mouth water after every sip.

D: I need another bomber, now.

awalk1227, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%

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!

scottfrie, Nov 04, 2010
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.