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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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BA SCORE
98
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1,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 823
Gots: 160 | 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 ritzkiss
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber sent from hophead84 - a god among men indeed.

Pours a light golden orange with lovely head building up, nice retention and prodigious lacing down the glass.

Juicy floral and citrus hops bounce out of the glass, loads of grapefruit and hints of resiny pine - a hint of the caramel is there to balance it out. Very fresh, fruity and floral - best part of the beer.

The beer is more subdued in the flavor aspect and struggles to differentiate itself from a number of fine West Coast versions that are quite similar and equally well made. A light caramel body is bullied by grapefruit and an oily pine resin, hints of floral and tropical fruits, a medium bitterness that makes this drinkable no doubt. A fine example but in my notes I put "not worthy" of the Top 100 list, so many similarly well made hop bombs.

Slightly overcarbonated but not as much as it's Nelson brother - I'm sure some of this will get sorted out in the newer bottle releases. A fine, drinkable IPA, just not the best.

ritzkiss, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this one.

22oz bottle pours a bright golden amber color with a 1/2 inch of head. Lots of lacing. Hoppy aroma with a mix of floral and citrus hops. The taste is sweet floral bitterness with some light citrus notes. Fair amount of toasty malts. More flowery hops at the finish with some citrus peel. Some grassy notes as well. Medium bodied. Overall, this is a really good IPA.

PicoPapa, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ehammond1 for hooking up the alpine! Notes from 8/29.

a - transparent yellow with thin fizzy head that was gone almost instantly.

s - soft citric hop bouquet. fruit medley some grapefruit. crisp.

t - nice bitter blast of citrus and orange. some tangerine and grapefruit. mellow and easy drinking ipa.

m - good carbonation. smooth and even. subtle bitterness.

o - overall, hell of an IPA. alpine doesn't disappoint again.

cosmicevan, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking pour mainly because of the thick pillowy white head of 3 fingers. Nice retention with thick retention. Clear orangish gold obviously filtered.

Damn fine aromas. Citrusy and tropical with mango, lemon zest, star fruit, papaya, bready malts, toffee, and other fruit esters.

Light easy drinking, not overly complex with a good malt presence with moderate sweetness. Toffee rich bready with some cereal grain. Mango and papaya are the two main fruit components with some floral flavors on the finish. Light and quaffable.

mcallister, Jul 07, 2010
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 illidurit
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold color with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is tropical fruit salad with pineapples, oranges, honeydew, and grapefruit. Almost perfumey with citrus oils. Flavor is light unobtrusive malt overlaid with citric hops. Nice solid bitterness on the back of the palate. Hoppy and drinkable, an always welcome combination.

illidurit, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

Urbancaver, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained thanks to FreightTrain

IT pours a deep copper, almost amber, slightly dark ,but nice clarity, beautiful 1 inch head that's dense and sticky. Moderate lacing, decent retention. The smell is grapefruit, pine, and mango upfront. I think the simcoes dominate the smell. Notes of floral resins, and grassy, piney hops are nice, and the juicy fruit comes through as well. Also, as it warms, a nice distinct, raw graininess comes up as well. The taste is interesting. It starts out bitter, then the pine and grass come in, with a nice sweet finish, with the melon and orange notes coming in. As it warms, I think the Amarillo start to dominate the taste - with heavy orange and grass notes - flavors that I think are very prominent in the Amarillo hops. You start to taste the alcohol too, but mostly it just lends a nice pleasant burn to the drink. The malts also start to peek their head out as it warms, and you end up with this very bready, sweet, bitter orange peel kind of taste for the last leg of the drink. A good tasting IPA. I think that the taste of the alcohol is all to prominent in this though - perhaps if it were subdued, this could go to the next level. The body is nice and medium, fairly full with malt, with a good sticky resinous feeling. The carbonation is mild, and lends a slight sting. I would say overall, at about 45-50F, this beer is absolutely amazing, as the grassiness starts to subside, the grain starts to come forward a bit, and the fruity hop flavor dominates. A very nice beer that I really enjoyed drinking.

taylorhamrick, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeheavySD for the growler!

A: Fairly tame golden copper color with a clean complexity. Just a few bubbles meander up to the top. Head is medium sized with a decent creaminess to it, a basic whipped butter color.

S: Vibrant green grapefruit zest, lemon essence, distant pine forest wavering on a subtle breeze, strawberry fields, watermelon and crystallized mango. Exceptional aroma.

T: Starts off with that “Alpine” buttery hop sensation that massages the tongue with its smooth texture. There’s a little bit of yellow apple, green melon, clover honey and a whole lotta star fruit. You know that flavor that hits the tip of your tongue when you bite into a plum? I get a lot of that as well as iced tea and marjoram. The flavor sort of falls short after this point and doesn’t get any more complex. The flavor lingers for a while and is quite nice but finishes right about here

M: Medium body and soft

D: Seriously quaffable and easy to drink. The growler really didn’t stand a chance. It wasn’t the most complex beer but it has a really nice flavor with long lingering flavor.

Westsidethreat, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to Socalbeerlover. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Alpine Duet pours a crystal clear orange, with plentiful tangerine highlights. The white foam that serves as a crown to the beer draws itself up to about three fingers in height. Head retention and lacing are both solid, bu neither one is impressive at all. The nose is a good blend of pineapple/mango tropical fruit flavors and a big of citrusy grapefruit. Amarillo is definitely in the lead here, and the Simcoe hops, which I don't always get along with, manage to play a nice supporting role. The flavor has just a bit of malty caramel sweetness up front to keep things intereting. There's a solid bit of bitterness mid palate, which segues into the grapefruit aspect of the hop flavor profile. There's a big wave of tropical fruit next, before a subtle orange flavor sneak in on the close. The mouthfeel is solid, dry bodied and with a bubbly carbonation. Duet is a very good IPA, and it speaks volumes to Alpine's prodigious talent at brewing hoppy beers that this is only my third favorite such beer from them.

axeman9182, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. into a pint glass/ Consumed fresh

P: Dull copper with a 1 inch head of pearly white soapy foam on top. Showed decent retention before it formed a thin film of bubbles on the surface, leaving some spotty lace behind in its wake.

A: Big hop aromas of citrus, pine, and lots of floral come catapulting out of the glass, while very soft caramel malts are there underneath. Nothing mind-blowing here, but the aroma features a potent blast of everything I like in my west-coast IPA's.

T: Starts more balanced than expected with a toasted biscuity malt that emanates lots of caramel sweetness while the hops showcase their exotic citrus fruit characteristics on top that make me think of grapefruit, pineapple, and melons. Then, the malt seems to almost drop out completely as the flavor turns increasingly bitter and progressively piney on the back end. Finishes with a long, dry aftertaste that hangs on for a while. Can't quite pull the trigger on the next highest flavor score, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp yet resinous, while being dry and smooth with a little creaminess from the good amount of Co2.

Notes: This is a really good IPA that drinks so easily I wish it were available in 6 pack form. Doesn't feature as much complexity in the citrus department as I usually look for in top-notch IPA's, as the bitter pine seems to take over on the back end. But all in all, this is another fine choice in the diverse selection of west-coast IPA's within easy disposal. Recommended

sweetbrew82, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of ratedz
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Thanks Chris!

Pours a hazy light amber with a fluffy, two-finger tall off-white head. A lot of oily lacing are left on the sides of the glass as the head subsides.

The nose on this one is very strong. Some pineapple, orange zest, and grapefruit along with some floral and piney notes. If this tastes as good as it smells, I'm in for a sweet, citrusy treat.

The taste is, unfortunately, not as juicy as the nose might suggest. I was expecting a citrus hop bomb, but got a much more balanced beer. The citrus notes are there, but not in dominating form that the nose implied. The first thing I noticed was the malt backbone before the hops took over.

Mouth feel is smooth and slightly oily. Light carbonation. Drinkability is high since this isn't excessively bitter or overly sweet. A solid IPA.

ratedz, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bomber pours into my glass a wonderful peach color with amazing clarity and a half inch of creamy white head that leaves some spotty lacing. Enticing. Aroma is all hops! Tropical fruit, grapefruit, green hop resins, floral accents and a bit of spiciness. Really shows off the Simcoe and Amarillo. Mellow caramel sweetness in the background.

First sip brings all hops upfront. Citric, tropical, herbaceous with green leafy resins. A bit floral with a mellow underlying sweetness from crisp light malts. Flows down with a bitter kick and lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth with fast moving carbonation making this brew immensely drinkable. This is just a damn good IPA that I would be buying many bombers of if it was available locally. If you have access to this consider yourself lucky!

orbitalr0x, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with an orange tinge and a finger of white frothy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells wonderfully of citrus hops. Touches of tropical fruit and just the slightest malt presence.

Starts off with a bright citrus flavor. Rounds into a bitter piney resin finish. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

My favorite of the Alpine regular IPA's, but still prefer Hoppy Birthday. I very much enjoy this beer given the chance.

jmarsh123, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing this, reviewed from notes.

A- Uber light gold hue with a fluffy white head that gains a nice size. Frothy cloud and ring and tons of thick lace.

S- Nice blast of hops lending good tropical fruit, pine adn citrus notes, very nice peach. Slight weed even. Caramel malt and bread as well.

T- Big pine feel but the citrus and tropical fruit juice still hold up quite nicely. A good caramel malt backbone adn some sweetness. A bit of floral.

MF- Lighter end body with high carbonation stinging the palate. Pretty big crisp bitterness in the finish.

Definitely a nice balanced and crisp hop blast that drinks quite easily.

cbutova, Apr 17, 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 Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

Jwale73, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this in this years secret santa. I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass, deep orange pour with a very big white head, some lacing. Lots of fresh pine and citrus on the nose. The beer is piney and has notes of grapefruit, and tropical fruit. It finishes with a light lingering bitterness. The body is medium, above average carbonation. A very good IPA, lived up to the hype.

bonkers, Jan 01, 2012
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 PittBeerGirl
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to scribe594 for hooking me up with this-had a small sample of 4 month old expo(at the gratitude release) that was awesome now I am super excited to try their IPA line-up. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Nearly transparent medium, shiny amber colored body. Pours an approximately 2 finger foamy white head-eventually fades to 1/2 finger and has perfect retention from there. Traces of lacing left all the way down the glass and bubbles steadily rising to the top. Beautiful.

S-Nose is dominated by big, juicy citrus hops-with a big oily bittersweet impression-like a pink grapefruit with sugar sprinkled on it. A hint of herbal malts and caramel malt can be detected as well.

T-Good but not as fantastic as the nose lets on. Up front is a blast of hoppy flavor consisting of citrus with herbal hop overtones and a moderate sweet malt backbone. Some herbal hop bitterness and a touch of pine come through for the finish-which is good but not as big as I expected. What lingers is a long lasting light to moderate citrus rind, pine, and herbal hop bitterness. The bitterness really isn't intense or cloying.

M- Light body with moderate carbonation. Not thin or watery but definitely is light on hop oils in the body.

D- The body is light and nearly quaffable without being thin, the smell is tremendous, and the taste is very good. My vote is that this is a very drinkable IPA. Its not a one-sided hoppy mess-but it showcases the hops very well with a minimal malt backbone. Not as aggressive as some other west coast IPAs I have had-but a very good IPA overall. Looking forward to trying other alpine brews.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of vande
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden color...bubbles still floating to the top as its been sitting in my pint for a few minutes now. No head left, but a light lacing along the glass.

S: Light. Fruit ~ some grapefruit, citrusy aroma

T: Way too easy to drink. Bitter on the back, but a very pleasant drop of hops in the mouth.

M: Smooth, some carbonation going on tingling on the way down.

O: A nice IPA. Could definitely make this an everyday type of beer if it came to Illinois.

Thanks Imagese for the hook up on this one!

vande, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of oceanman
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rustic bronze color with medium head. Pine cone, grass on top of floral, light citrus, with faint caramel sweetness peeking through. Creamy mouthfeel nicely balances the almost spicy hop bitterness. Pleasantly lingering bittersweet finish - not at all harsh.

oceanman, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of d0ggnate
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I saw that Alpine was offering this fine IPA and had to go get it. Me and 3 empty growlers in tow made the short trek this weekend and it is always worth it when I come home with a beer this good.

A: Golden/amber/orange pour that sits below a nice off-white single finger head layer. This fades quickly to a patchy remnant of what it was only 30 second ago.
S: Sweet pine hops, with familiar citrus notes. Noticeable grapefruit and juicy orange peel aromas.
T: The pine notes and citrus translate to flavor. While distinguishable, the flavors are not overwhelming and provide one of a kind, assertive IPA profile.
M: Flowing and smooth. Flavor is apparent, but not overbearing. This beer holds a lot of flavor with how smooth and flowing it is.
D: Duet is an amazing west coast IPA. I'm happy to have access to it when it is brewed. A testament to its drinkability is how I am sitting here finishing the whole growler without hesitation.

d0ggnate, Nov 17, 2008
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 AlexFields
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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

AlexFields, Mar 15, 2013
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,865 ratings.