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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 1,771
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 798
Gots: 145 | FT: 12
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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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kawilliams81

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:54:21 | More by kawilliams81
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:52:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
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vande

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:42:10 | More by vande
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oceanman

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 01:09:57 | More by oceanman
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d0ggnate

California

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.

Serving type: growler

11-17-2008 03:25:11 | More by d0ggnate
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 19:18:29 | More by inlimbo77
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AlexFields

Tennessee

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

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:34:43 | More by AlexFields
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argock

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's (San Diego, CA) in a Shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Beautiful golden amber with short cap of off-white head that leaves thick slabs of lace.

S: Delicious floral and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango mixed with a touch of citrus. The malt backing is mildly sweet with a hint of crystal.

T: A easy drinking IPA that you could drink many pints of if you are not careful. The floral and fruitiness of the aroma carries through nicely and there is big mango, pineapple, lemon, and passion fruit - very lush in the flavor department. There is not a ton of bitterness in this beer. The malt is straightforward pale maltiness with some light caramel from the crystal. A great IPA to sit around and enjoy several of with friends.

M: Despite the lush flavor profile, this is a medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish which gives it a very light feel overall. The carbonation is midrange but maybe a bit more active than most.

O: Duet is a great IPA that I was thrilled to get to try on tap. I tried to back to back with Nelson and actually liked Nelson a bit more for its raw hoppiness and increased bitterness and complexity. But if I knew I was going to sit down for several hours or an entire evening and both were available, I might have one Nelson and then go with Duet for the rest of the night as it is such a flavorful, dry, easygoing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 02:50:27 | More by argock
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jeff1973

California

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:03:23 | More by jeff1973
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 22:04:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-13-2014 12:59:20 | More by Schlais
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-19-2014 15:12:31 | More by NWer
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Sam_Gladieux

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-23-2014 16:22:34 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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Beerswag

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-21-2014 02:50:09 | More by Beerswag
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Mora2000

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours light orange with a huge white head. Very carbonated from the looks of things. The main aroma is piney hops. The flavor has a good amount of bitterness and pine flavor, but that is quickly washed off the tongue by the high, prickly carbonation. The huge amount of carbonation makes the beer taste slightly watery and takes away from the overall experience. That is my only complaint about the beer. With lower carbonation, I think I would have enjoyed it as much as good as Nelson or Pure Hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 19:09:47 | More by Mora2000
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MNMike

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-27-2014 03:10:15 | More by MNMike
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MicroBeerMan1980

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-10-2014 21:58:20 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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virinow

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-05-2013 01:41:42 | More by virinow
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 04:15:37 | More by bpfrush
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CRon_T

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-01-2014 18:42:36 | More by CRon_T
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Ddilo

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-25-2014 17:04:03 | More by Ddilo
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-19-2014 01:21:46 | More by jtladner
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2013 20:11:44 | More by SPRichard
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-12-2013 01:48:27 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-18-2013 20:19:44 | More by jpbebeau
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.