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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 827
Gots: 179 | FT: 16
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 oline73
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a good size layer of head that remains along with some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Sweet apricot shows up along with the grain.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness along with some pine notes. I'm picking up some malt backbone along with a hint of apricot. The finish is made up of a mild bitterness and is a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good west coast IPA. I would say that the taste of the finish is the weak point of this beer, but it's still fantastic. Definitely want to have again.

oline73, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Cisco619
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass.

A: Golden honey hue with a hint of orange/red. 1 finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing.

S: First notes are of mango & grapefruit, a touch of hops & a nice malt sweetness that balances the nose.

T: Follows the nose. Predominantly grapefruit with a tropical fruit finish. Not overly bitter, balanced out with a slight malt/tropical fruit sweetness.

M: Light mouth feel with an after note of hop oils that hits just slightly on the finish.

O: Good overall package, nothing exceptional or mind blowing, but a good interpretation of the style.

Cisco619, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Rbald42. Much appreciated, been wanting to try an Alpine IPA for quite a while now!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with quite a bit of carbonation. About 1" of white head forms, which has awesome retention and lacing. Solid looking IPA.

Smell: Smells of some citrus (mainly bitter grapefruit), and some dank hops. Nothing too crazy, but very nice.

Taste: Citrus and grapefruit initially. Hops are slightly piney, but mostly just dank. Simcoe is detected. Pretty hoppy, but there is a nice balance between initial fruitiness and hops.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied, high carbonation, very smooth and drinks very nicely for an IPA. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Very good, clean flavors with no alcohol tinge. Wasn't completely wowed, but found it to be very nice.

zhanson88, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper, 2" heavy white head with good splotchy lacing.

S- Sweet malts, light citrus and spicy hops.

T- Light honey malt, some citrus but more spicy/pine hops.

M- Light bodied but not thin. Amazingly drinkable for 7%, this would be a great 6 pack Ipa.

O- Very good IPA. Well balanced honey malts and hops.

kawilliams81, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of treyrab
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This solidifies that Alpine makes some of the best IPAs in the world. I've been wanting to try this for a while now after I had both Pure and Exponential Hoppiness. Here goes...

A: The bottle cracks with a nice, robust pop. Poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange copper with a gorgeous white head. The sticky hop resin allows the head to stick around and last quite some time. Not much in terms of lacing though.

S: As soon as I started pouring I could smell the juicy citrus hops, and my nose was at least two feet away. An amazing cornucopia of grapefruit, orange, papaya, pineapple, and mango. A true tropical fruit basket. There are some crystal malt backings, but not much.

T: Similar to the smell, this is all tropical citrus fruits. Not as complex as the nose, but it is still quite amazing. So many different tropical fruits, without being overly bitter to drown them out.

Overall, awesome. Just awesome.

treyrab, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of schwaeh
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber sent to me from HeavyTaste, my first Alpine beer.

A: Pours a honey orange color with a large dense white head. The head fades into a nice cap. Really good lacing.

S: I could smell this from quite far away after I popped the cap. Pine, juicy orange, and grapefruit are strong. A little bit of spice ties in with the malts that are attempting to balance this out. A touch of honey seems to be there as well, this is reminiscent of Hopslam.

T: Well this is actually quite balanced. This isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Sweet malt stands nearly toe to toe with the grapefruit and pine. Flavors of pineapple, rindy orange, melon, and honey are all here. I just keep tasting more fruit with every drink. Pine stands in the background which allows it to add some more depth but not kill the experience.

M: Overall it feels somewhat thin but when all said and done the mouthfeel is great. The hops make this pretty oily. Carbonation seems spot on.

O: This was different than I expected but I really got to appreciate it after a few sips. This is really well brewed showing that they arent just trying to make the most extreme IPA, rather a refined well executed one. The flavor hangs around without feeling like you scraped your tastebuds off. This is dangerously drinkable.

schwaeh, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Humulus85
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jimmy2282, the Surly will be coming soon.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my trusty nonic. Produced a very nice two-finger, off-white head, that dissipated slowly and left some very nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. It's a pretty, honey-gold color; clear and a tad lighter than expected.

Smell is very, very nice. Bunches of fruity hops hit you right away, but there are some subtle grassy notes and an overall sweetness that just screams "Drink Me". This may well be the best smelling beer I've come across.

This is a truly great tasting beer. Just like the smell, massive bouquet of fruity hops upfront. There's some dry, bitter hops in the middle, but there is this underlying sweetness to the beer that is just gorgeous.

Thicker than expected, but still great carbonation. It's relatively heavy for how silky smooth and easy to drink it is. I like it. It seems a lot of IPAs these days try to be light in the body, but Duet embraces the fullness in its body.

Overall this is a GREAT IPA and a very good beer. If I were to give some newbie an IPA, this would be it. I think that's because it's not as dry and bitter as some IPAs can be. This is a sweeter IPA. The hop profile is one of my favorites thus far. If Duet is a true representation of Simcoe and Amarillo hops, than those are varieties I will be on the look out for. Great brew. Cheers!

Humulus85, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Hitachino Nest glass.

A-Pours a perfect golden hue. Not too dark, just right. Lacing is nice. With each sip I'm reminded just how much I've swallowed. Nice bubbles.

S-Smells like Armarillo hops. I love that smell. Grassy, apricot, slightly sweet from the malt.

T-This beer is uber refreshing. So light and crisp despite being 7%. So well balanced. Alpine knows their stuff. The dryhopping leaves a pleasant bitterness floating on my tongue. It's hard to describe but it's what makes me truly love this beer.

M-Carbonation is almost perfect on this one. The beer feels so light and refreshing. It's perfect on a hot day as today.

O-Alpine makes such wonderfully balanced IPA's, this one is no different. I feel like Duet does a great job of showcasing how great the Simcoe and Amarillo hops can taste. This is easily in my top ten IPA's. Seek it out.

PlinyBeMiney, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of charliedvrs
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with two fluffy fingers of white head that left a nice sticky lacing. Nose is full of tropical and citrus scented hops - pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Moderate bitterness with tons of sweet, citrus, almost dank hop flavor. A light, sweet cracker type flavor comes through from the malt when you look for it. It really is all about the hops though, as the dominate the beginning, middle and end of each sip in a supremely pleasant way. No major ups and downs, just a nice solid bitterness and strong hop flavor all throughout. A low to moderate carbonation complements a slightly less than medium body with a nice sticky, dry finish. This beer drinks incredibly easily. If I lived closer this one would be a staple in the fridge. Thanks Dane!

charliedvrs, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ibbjamin
3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Perry's in Livermore, CA. I pour into a large snifter to review.

Yields about an inch tall head after I started pouring more aggressively towards the end. Head is rather dense, consistent of smaller bubbles, and white in color. Transparent and a sexy light glowing orange in color. Great lacing and a nice layer of retention remains atop the beer stretching the majority of the snifter inner rim.

Aroma is very fresh, slightly creamy and quite hop forward. Grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral, the hops are quite 'harmonized.'

Taste is very hop forward and rather bitter. I am surprised the pine resin does not show face more with the addition of simcoe hops used only in conjunction with Amarillo. Very hoppy which I like, but a seemingly one dimensional hop bouquet.

Medium bodied and light to medium carbonation levels. Finish is not as long as I would have expected with these bittering hops. Hints of oil from the hops.

Based on the recent recommendations I have heard on this brewery and them making a better IPA than Russian River, I was disapointed. I still seek something that can live up to PtE; I will have to try some of their other offerings. In its own right, it is good, but not in my top in class list.

ibbjamin, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a cap of nice white foam; minimal lacing and so-so retention. The smell is a flowery aroma, and as it warms, a dose of sweet caramel malt, blood orange, and milder citrus. The taste is beautiful flowery and pine on the back end, and again sweetish red orange and caramel malt. This tastes amazing. Medium body, and the light carbonation is spot on. Overall, an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA; it would be hard to improve on this.

pmarlowe, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Palesmith
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beautiful pale amber IPA into my trusty New Belgium globe. Only about a finger worth of head that dissapated rather quickly.

The nose is fresh and citrusy.

The taste is grapefruit with hints of tropical fruits like mango and pinapple. This is followed by a subtle grassy/earthyness. Very crisp and clean and a nice dry/bitter finish with a hint of fruity/juicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very light, dry and effervescent. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

One of my top three IPA's along with Just Outstanding and Sculpin.

Palesmith, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and in bottle. Review is from a bottle.
A- Pours a dark brunt orange center with golden edges, creamy sticky head.
S-The smell is heavenly, a sweetness in the smell that is almost candy like in combination with citrus hops.
T-Fantastic, citrus up front with a slight sweetness. Like a grapefuit sprinkled with sugar and orange juice.
M- Little sticky in the mouth with a lasting taste that lingers.
O- Everything I have come to expect from Alpine. On point. Highly recomended.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in NOOB BIF 5 from ExplosivoSR...thank you, sir. Really enjoyed this beer...I am just getting into exploring the world of IPA/DIPAs and was excited to try one from a west coast brewery that I had not heard of (beer and brewery).

A-Golden/Light Copper....orangish...just as a fine IPA should

S-great smell...loads of citrus

T-very good...citrus, malts, hops...all over. As others have noted...you get the citrus and progress through the other flavors...quite enjoyable.

M-Medium all around...very drinkable

O-I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this IPA...I found it to be complex in its entireity yet simple in its parts. I would love to have it again sometime.

crashdavisinoh, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

DovaliHops, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear copper-orange color with a finger plus of frothy off-white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of lots of citrus and pine hops. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts peaking out from the background.

T - Starts off with some building citrus and pine hops that taste super fresh. There is also just a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, the bitterness and pine hop flavor both get a bit stronger. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts and hops and bitterness that linger for a while.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and dry from the heavy hop flavor and bitterness.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely hop-forward but there is enough other flavors to provide some balance. The hop profile is really nice from start to finish.

ngeunit1, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - A nice clear golden body witha big white head. Slightly carbinated. Tons of stickage and lace.

S - Tons of big bold citrus hops in the front and slight tones of pine and resine on the back end. There is an obvious malt note there as well.

T & M & D - A very crisp and fresh IPA with a medium body, great carbination and a clean finish. Very very solid. The flavor consists of a great citrus profile right off the bat and then the introduction of some earthen pine in the middle. A pretty good malt pressence as well.

O - An extremely solid IPA - Alpine has not disappointed yet. They know the style and they execute well on this one!

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Toronado
San Diego, CA

Clear golden orange. Very thin white cap and not much lacing down the glass.

A pungent blast of citrus, tropical, and earthy hops.

Initial, biting bitterness, followed by tropical and pungent citrus hops, and a decent backing of sweet, toasty malts. A complete IPA and a joy to drink.

Medium bodied. Crisp. Not much aftertaste. Incredibly enjoyable.

A fantastic, super-hoppy IPA. I just wish there was more of this to stock up on.

ehammond1, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of eclipse54
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bottle from barfdiggs; thanks Ward!

Pours a golden straw color with about two inches of bubbly, white head with a frothy appearance to the superior surface. Monstrous quantities of wet, gob-like lacing is left in it's wake. This is how an IPA should look. It smells of honey, grapefruit, piney hops, lemon, some orange, and a bit of straw. Great nose! The taste certainly keeps up with this already tremendous brew, consisting of piney hops in the front, lemon, orange, and some grapefruit citrus in the middle, and a bit of honey and caramel in the rear. Very well done. The mouth is superior; a bit of a bitter finish, but an otherwise smooth, velvety texture from perfect carbonation. The finish is flawless, not leaving a sticky film in my mouth or frantically searching for my next glass of water; just a very content palatal sensation. A phenomenal IPA that I will actively search for again.

eclipse54, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this bonus! 22oz brown glass pry-top. No date to be found.

Pours a crystal clear pale orange with sudsy white head. Looks like a lager, frankly.

Nose is great though, big piney, grapefruit-y hops, a little saw dust or freshly hewn boards, some wild flowers and a bit of white pepper. Great nose.

Palate is light light light and crisp with some solid, refreshing hop bitterness. Pale malt, a little honey undertone and then big chewy flavor from the Simcoe and Amarillo.

Light, crisp and refreshing. A damn fine single IPA. Doesn't overreach, but also delivers on hop goodness. Nicely done.

SFLpunk, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: golden yellow with no and head in sight

Smell: The beer has a funky hop scent to it reminds of me dandelions and citrus fruits. Not a big fan

Taste: I am not a fan of the way the two hops meld together in this beer, it almost seems like they are working against each other. The great balance between the hops and malt make this beer drinkable but I am not a big fan of the flavor. Also has hints of orange zest lemon and caramel

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation levels and goes down crisp and clean

Overall: I dont want to beat a dead horse here but like I said earlier I am not a fan of this here IPA. I did not care at all for the flavor profile or the smell of the beer the two things I am most interested in when drink a beer.

DarthKostrizer, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle poured into Victory snifter. No bottle date, but assuming pretty fresh.

A: Fairly clear orange color, nice fluffy white head, two fingers with aggressive mid glass pour, nice carbonation, head stays around, mild lacing

S: Piney and floral notes on the nose, grapefruits, peach, but also woodsy

T: Might be a little old, but still delicious, very smooth hop flavor, great balance with mild malts, crisp hop bite but nothing overpowering,

M: Light to medium bodied brew, coats without being cloying, smooth

O: Another great Apline brew, starting to think THEY make the best line of IPAs on the plan

inlimbo77, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last one: that’s right, this is the last beer I got from my first long-distance trade. And believe me, this double-hopped IPA has been staring me in the face every time I’ve opened the fridge since the package arrived. I finally cracked, and now it’s the end for my first bit of loot from California; maybe I kept one in the fridge just to keep the memory alive, but I just can’t wait any longer. It’s time for some hoppy love from the boys out of Alpine.

Thanks again, dmsohyea! Alpine is a brewery that I’ve been looking to get some samples of for the longest time.

A: What a really, really gorgeous brew. One of the best shines I’ve ever seen on an IPA (and that’s saying something), which totally enhances the brilliantly deep, golden color of the body. The head is very foamy and just a hair darker than pure white; the retention is alright, but the main event is the lacing. Strands of thin bubbles extend all the way around the glass, extending to bigger pockets of foam. Doesn’t get any better than this.

S: Man those hops smell great! Gargantuan floral notes explode as some caramel malts roll out underneath. As time goes on, bigger piney tones start to take over the hops for an added dimension of kick. A deeper spice comes from the bottom of the nose, also bringing some peppery tones to the mix. The hops are as delightful as ever, and the sugary parts aren’t too sweet; so far, so good.

T: A big, warming sensation is what I get from my first sip; is it the alcohol? It’s only 7.5%. Whatever it is, I like it. The first actual taste, though, is clean, crisp malt. It's that light sugar like the one you find in a shortbread cookie - that's, at least, the most apparent feeling I get. They’re obviously not the main attraction here, though, as the hops come in right after. They burst with juicy refreshment, popping off with even more crisps in the palate. Flowery and bitter, without a whole lot of earthiness; alas, that’s not what Simcoe and Amarillo hops are known for. No worries; the palate remains a spectacular testament to the drinkability of bitter IPA’s when they’re done well. The aftertaste is, of course, dry; this time, bordering on astringency. Lightly medicinal, it hits a yeasty barnyard taste that wasn’t apparent in the front of the palate. A surprisingly easy-drinking hop-bomb.

M: Relatively bubbly for the style. Chewy is what I’d describe first and foremost, though. It’s certainly puckering on the palate, and it leaves you smacking your tongue with the added thickness of the feel.

O: I’ve seen a lot of beers described as a “Hophead’s Dream” or something along those lines. This beer takes that prize without so much as a breath of self-proclaimed hop mastery. It’s great. Classy brewery, classy beer. A very drinkable, very admirable brew.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of jale
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jesse for this.

A: Pours a hazy light golden with a huge off white head that last quite long.

S: Nice floral hop aroma and just a hint of malt.

T: Very brief sweetness followed by some lemon tartness. Very mild floral hop bitterness gives way to a hint of malt. Finish is mild floral hop bitterness and lemony and grapefruit tartness

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: Very nice IPA

jale, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of GoGators
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Cavery and Klym For this West Coast gem and many others.
Shared with Smosk, 22 oz. bomber, poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip glass. (Ya gotta love those pink elephants!!!)

A-Pours a beautiful golden orange in color with a minimal head that quickly dissipates.

S-Tropical & Citrus fruits and hops dominate. Definately tastting alot of grapefruit, tangerine orange, and some mango with just the right hint of floral notes. I could have sat there for 10 minutes with my nose in the glass, but many beers to get through on this night so I carry on.

T-Crisp and clean, again tropical and citrus fruits with a piney hop taste that is very refreshing. Loving it more with each sip.

M-Medium body, Crisp with moderate carbonation.

O- There is nothing about this beer i did not like. Much lighter and crisper than the East Coast IPA's I am used to. I actually drank this on the same night I had a Sculpin and it matched up well which is saying alot.

GoGators, Jul 25, 2011
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,958 ratings.