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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 828
Gots: 182 | 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 comfortablynumb1
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

A - Pours a light honey with a one finger off white head. Head retention is not the best, but there is some lace to be had...

S - Loads of citrus and piney hops...

T - Starts with a good hop bitterness. Grapefruit, tangerines, and floral all in the mix. Finishes with good amount of pine, and some more hop bitterness...

M - Super smooth. Medium bodied with a below average amount of carbonation. Finishes dry...

O - Another delicious IPA from Alpine. Personally like Nelson over this one, but this is still a steller brew, and something I will be drinking again in the future...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant, beautiful golden orange with two fingers of white foam that fades quickly, but leaves sticky fingers of head on the glass. Like liquid sunset in a glass.

Smell is exceptional - citrus - orange and grapefruit - a bit of mango. Occasional whiffs of caramel malt, but this is nearly all hops. Fruity delicious hops.

Taste follows the nose - pure delicious hops dominate the palate. A blend of citrus - juicy orange, slightly bitter grapefruit, and a bit of mango round out the palate. Finishes bitter with a bit of toasted malt.

Feel is good - crisp, on the light side of medium bodied. Well carbonated, but sharp, and not as creamy as would be ideal.

Overall - lovely IPA. One of my favorites.

readbaron, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

NO date on bottle

A- Pours a nice golden honey orange with 1 finger of bright white head that's built by tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Splotchy lacing

S- Citrus and floral hops with a good amount of pine and grass notes. Definitely some tropical fruit notes come off of the beer but nothing crazy all on top of a nice bready malt base.

T- Just like the aroma but so much better. Floral hops with a strong grassy pine flavor that's combined with tropical mango and pineapple. After it goes down your left with nice sweet caramel from the malts.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

zrab11, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden-amber with a solid 1 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is very perfumey and potpourri-like. Very fresh and clean notes of grass, pine needle and mild citrus along with a mild, hidden malt character.

Flavor is very nice and fresh as well with extremely good balance. Again nice pine and citrus hops in perfect harmony with a sugary, candy-like malt character and finish.

Mouth is light bodied. Very fresh and crisp with nice med-high carb. that is perfect for this beer.

Overall a near perfect IPA IMO. Lovely character, flavor and balance. Another amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

MrVonzipper, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of warbird07
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Must thank Liutenantsour for this fantastic extra...poured into my oversized snifter...

This beer pours a golden orange, nice sized head, lacing..looks the part...

The smell in awesome...fruity flora citrus hop aroma, clean...very enticing...

Taste is great..clean balanced hops..amarillo and simcoe...nice and piney and orange up front..followed by a nice sudtle bitterness...nice finish...

Mouthfell is pleasing..light, no stickyness..perfect for the style..

I would drink this beer all the time if it was available to me...a fantastic example of the style..

warbird07, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of brian44556
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a ST 2xIPA glass. No date on the bottle. Received as an extra from sixofsigmas.

Pours a light yellow with a two finger head that sits on top of the 16oz line on the glass. As the head crawls back into the beer a thick ring of lace coats the sides of the glass. Smell mellow citrus hops and bread from the malts. Taste is very malty with a bitter back bone that stings the tongue a bit. This has a great crisp finish and is an easy drinker. Perfect levels of carbonation. Overall a great IPA and a great combo of hops used in this beer. It is a shame Alpine isn't readily available here.

brian44556, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this Alpine IPA which touts its combination of my two favorite hops: Simcoe and Amarillo.

Bomber poured in SA glass--thanks to domtronzero for making the extra effort to grab this from the brewery.

Pale-orange elixir, thick, tight bubbles, copious lacing. Clear brew with lasting head.

Nice, but not overpowering citrus and hop pine. A bit of sweet caramel. Not what I expected.

Hoppy for sure, with bitter grapefruit, pine, oranges, some earth overtones and pepper. A bit of alcohol at the backend. Plenty of carbonation, medium body, and smooth, bitter aftertaste.

Good brew. I am a bit disappointed considering the hops, but would recommend Duet to hopheads everywhere to draw their own conclusions.

CaptCleveland, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, a big thanks to Millerbuffoon for sharing this beer.

A - Pours a bright dark gold color with thin white lacing around the top and moderate tight bubbled carbonation.

S - Mangos with a massive amount of overripe pineapple, pungent tropical fruit, and mild earthly grass like texture in the nose with nice citrus rind.

T - Grassy, lemons, and pineapple with some grapefruit mixed in. This beer is pretty much one dimensional with big hop bitterness and minimal malt character. What small amount of malt there is comes through as a biscuity caramel, and in very small amounts. Finish is moderately lingering, but yet crisp and tangy.

M - Leaves the mouth with a coating of acidic lemon pepper grass and medium bodied.

O - Despite my comment on being one dimensional, this is an exceptional beer.

jzeilinger, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of kevanb
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duet pours a really nice clean copper color, very golden, hues of light amber and orange with a small, finger high white soapy head on top. The head has moderate retention but leaves behind great lacing. The aroma is very potent, lots of tropical fruit with a zest citrus backbone of grapefruit and lemon, sticky pine with some faint cereal grain, the hops are in full force and balanced quite well. The flavors really bring it all together, grapefruit, lemon, lots of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, really nice juiciness. A big burst of bitter, sticky pine and earthy resinous hops come through behind the bright fruit flavors than trail off with some light malt sweetness at the finish. The body is great, very juicy, big and thick, coats the mouth well with a very dry finish.

Verdict: Just as good as I remember it to be, it really is one of the premier West Coast IPAs. The balance of flavors is superb, truly celebrating hops in all their glory. Alpine has proven again and again that hoppy beers are their forte and this is no exception, a masterclass.

kevanb, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of aficionado
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kyle2k10! Served in a Duvel Tulip.

Probably the closest reminder of Pliny the Elder that I can think of.

Clear golden orange body. Steady high carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Nice lacing. One finger thick white head.

Pine and grapefruit! Simcoe and Amarillo? Simple and straightforward. Some caramel malt presence, but overall a dry beer with floral notes. Great bitterness. Not entirely tame yet not completely harsh... in between. Light to moderate body with a smoother mouthfeel.

I like Duet better than Pure Hoppiness. It's less bitter, but more cohesive flavorwise. Very potent and dank with the hops, but it doesn't get tiresome on the palate. Easy to drink if you love IPAs.

aficionado, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (thanks brainthebrewer!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours pale yellow/gold, completely clear. A finger and half of white head, moderate sized bubbles, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Smells like a fresh bag of hops. Slightly dank herbal, pine, floral notes, a little citrus (orange, light mango/pineapple), hint of grainy toasted malts and caramel.

T: Akin to the nose, though the floral and herbal notes come in stronger than expect while the citrus is well in the background. Big bitterness right up front. Very light toasted malt body with just a touch of sweetness. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lots of pine.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, touch of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: A good IPA, though the hop character isn't my favorite and I'd prefer more malt (not necessarily sweetness) and more clean and crisp.

Satchboogie, Sep 29, 2011
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
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.