Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
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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:
Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

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.
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Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had 2 Alpine brews thus far, PH and Nelson.. Time for the trifecta here...

Pours a pale golden with one of the more impressive heads I've ever seen on an IPA... This things foams like Duvel.... Gentle pour produces a 4 inch head and a steady vibrant stream of bubbles from the SA Perfect Pint...

Citrusy and spicy hops dominate here... Not overpowering or pungent or anything but very nice... Light toasted malts are present as well... Perhaps a little yeastiness as well...

Definitely hoppy but I was hoping for a touch more here... The hops are tasty but there's not a strong enough presence for me. Spicy and herbal... The brew is overcarbonated for my tastes and I wish that would have been toned down and I might have enjoyed this one more... It was distracting...

Not bad overall but I wasn't as big of a fan of this one as some others have been... A nice beer I guess... (888 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> Golden color. Slightly hazy. Very still.

Smell> Yeasty, followed by a mix of hops and honey. Nice addition.. pineapple was suggested by another taster. Wow pineapple.

Taste>Nice and strong, but it really lacks the complexity of other American IPAs. However, it's still sublimely clean.

Mouf>decent. Slightly more tingle.

Drink>good (362 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with 2fastcars the other night. This bottle has been waiting to be consumed for the last 6 months or so. I think it started to fade a bit...

A- Golden straw color. Pure white head that foams like crazy. Extensive lacing all over the glass.

S- Smells of Simcoe hops, and sweet malt. I also get some lemony/citrus smells.

T- Nice light IPA, with some hints of lemon and spice. The hops had faded quite a bit, but are still very well balanced.

M- A litle light even for the style. I expected this to be a bit bigger, especially compared to the other Alpine beers I've had.

Might try to keep and eye out for a fresher bottle of this, but not my favorite Alpine beer (682 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissapates. Nice collar. Floral and malty notes in the aroma. Citrus as well. More malt forward in the taste than I would expected but the back end really has a nice hop bite. Very crisp. Pretty tasty IPA. (266 characters)

Photo of duluoz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks just as nice and clean as every other Alpine beer. A light, golden orange color.

S - Beautiful floral, foresty, and citrus hops aroma -- I couldn't stop inhaling it. The pine and pineapple notes scream West Coast style IPA.

T - Big hops as expected and a bit of bready spice on the front end, but the back end fails to impress. Not much there.

M - Not bad but a little watery... doesn't hold up like other Alpine brews.

D - The thin quality adds to the drinkability, though it detracts elsewhere. As good as almost anything I can think of for a hot summer day, which is impressive at 6.75%.

Great beer, but somehow not top-shelf by Alpine's standards. Their fault for setting the bar so damned high. (714 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gracious gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The appearance of this beer was awesome. The beer appeared a clear, light yellow hue. There was a gargantuan head with incredible staying power and bountiful lacing.

S: The aroma was not as big as I would like. The scents I detected were pine, floral and citrus, though these were more subtle than I expected.

T: Duet IPA tastes excellent. More bold flavors emerge than the aroma would suggest. The Amarillo and Simcoe hops do indeed perform a lovely duet. The beer is hop forward, the way it should be.

M: Really smooth and easy to drink, with only a light, pleasant bitterness in the finish.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I anxiously look forward to having it again. (726 characters)

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance is of a mild copper like color with a two inch white frothy head. Great head retention that subsides very slowly and leaves a small island of foam on the edges of the glass. Soapy scattered lacing is left clinging all over the sides of my glass.

Citrus smells dominate the aroma with pineapple being the main fruit along with mandarin oranges and grapefruit. Caramel and slight biscuit like malts can be detected behind the citrus smell.

Upfront taste of citrus flavors show up with tangerines leading way into a piny bitterness. Midway grapefruit shows up with a touch of caramel and slight biscuit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation

Good IPA and one I would recommend to try (749 characters)

Photo of ridglens
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to Hayesez for our spontaneous IPA tasting....

Pours a thick, pretty head that later turns into a creamy island of foam that sticks around for most of the experience.Pours a pretty clear, lighter orange with my favorite observation of the night: right after the pour, there were "bubbles coming up and chunks of goodness going down". exactly as described, it was a really pretty beer. the smell absolutely got my psyched for this one, exactly my taste in these types of beers, super fresh and floral citrus hops. smells soo crisp and fresh i can't wait! grapefruit and orange zest, with just i tiny bit of fresh pine coming through. great smell! my notes say the taste is "just less" than the smell. a great combination of grapefruit and orangey bitter hops, very fresh and crisp. a little sweetness from a malty balance, but definitely not the focus of this great beer. feels in the mouth pretty good, the carbonation complements the taste to lend additional smoothness, just a hair light i think. this is pretty hoppy, but as far as drinkability is concerned, this one BEGGED to be drank!

Great beer, my (i think both of our) clear favorite of the night. (1,172 characters)

Photo of hayesez
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a couple of BAs after a night of fishing - tough to beat a day on the boat in the squelching heat, followed closely by some fine IPAs! Thanks to Kaiser81 for sending this one...if it is nearly as good as the Pure Hoppiness, we are in for a helluva treat tonight!

Poured into my Portsmouth snifter. A very nice golden amber beer that glistens in the sunlight and produces a most impressive eggshell cap. Tons of sticky lace is left throughout the glass.

There certainly is a lot of stuff going on in this one. While not quite as impressive as the Pure Hoppiness I had a few nights ago, this one still falls in the "exceptional" category. Lots of sweet fruit, grapefruit and definite orange. Some others are certainly in there, but I can't quite distinguish them. This one smells amazing.

The taste of the Duet is completely dominated by grapefruit: Very sweet pink grapefruit. It actually conjures up thoughts of straight grapefruit juice. I can confidently say that I have never had a beer that has this much grapefruit flavor. I can also say with conviction, that I have never used the word "grapefruit" so often in such a short time. Orange peel, orange, and some sweet pineapple are in there as well, although a bit overshadowed. Would have liked to have them a bit more balanced with the grapefruit. Very crisp, clean, and a nice dry finish. Not nearly as malty as I anticipated and feels just a bit thinner than I would like.

Certainly drinkable, I must admit that I am quite impressed with the two Alpine beers I have tried so far. This one leans a bit too far toward the grapefruit, but is still damn impressive. I've received all of the Alpine's as extras...this is why you have to love this aspect (the tradition of adding "extras") of Beer Advocate. This is probably a beer that I would not have sought out, but thanks to Ryan's generosity, I'm on the wagon. Cheers!

Consumed : 8/4/2010 (1,912 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a nice, transparent golden color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing.

s - Smells heavily of piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, and some other sweet fruits.

t - Tastes of piney hops, citrus hops, and smooth fruity malts.

m - Light to medium body and light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - I enjoyed this one a lot. I thought it was a very easy to drink IPA with some nice pine and citrus to it. There was no bitterness to it. Would like to try again. (574 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright gold with two fingers of stiff eggshell head. Clarity is good, as is lacing. First impression: on the thin side?

Smell -- Orange marmalade, pineapple, pine resin, butted bead.

Taste -- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes are present, but milder than in the nose. Hop bittering is moderate evoking fesh pine and cut grass. Malts are very dry and conjure up bread crusts. The buttery diacetyl component from the aroma is present in the flavor, which I personally find to be pleasant in small doses. Finish is pine, faint menthol, and buttered bread crust.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with just enough carbonation to be smooth without being creamy. Crisp.

Drinkability -- Not a hop bomb, nor any other. Just a well-crafted, pitch-perfect IPA. This is an ideal warm weather IPA: crisp, a bit dry, and a bit lighter in body. If these were distributed near me, I'd drink this on a regular basis. (933 characters)

Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ALANO for hooking me up with this awesome extra. Now I have another Cali IPA to lust after.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper color with some very nice fluffy head that retained nicely and left a trail of lace .

The aroma is pure hops. Lots of citrus and pine but the nose is all hops and it is great.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of white grapefruit and pine but with this amazing balance that comes from the malt, cant quite explain it but it is as satisfying as any west coast hop bomb but not as abrasive. Refreshing and has a very nice clean finish.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, medium bodied and the carbonation level is perfect.

This beer is extremely drinkable for a hoppy IPA, the balance and finish is exceptional. This was easily the most refreshing IPA I have ever had. I am glad I got to try this super fresh and it the top of its game. Top notch IPA. (891 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This poured a nice brownish-orange in color with a white head that rose up nicely and left some good lacing.

Smell - The hops here are very raw and fresh. The site says Simcoe and Amarillo but I swear this is a monster and nothing like other beers I've had using just one or both of these hops. The pine is all over the place almost completely drowning out the orangish aromas that you'd expect from the hop combination. Also, in the truest sense of the style, there is little malt to the nose.

Taste - Again, this is pure to the style. The malt is very much in the background of this flavor profile. The hops are incredibly fresh, almost like it's dry-hopped, and offer just enough orange sweetness to smooth out the raw edge to this beer.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied IPA is incredibly smooth considering the massive hop flavors and is just slightly dry.

Drinkability - The lack of a giant dry finish keeps this IPA going down like water. This is easily one of the smoothest most drinkable "big hop" IPAs that I've ever had. (1,045 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Round #1 of my journey into Alpine IPA goodness was very enjoyable with a Nelson. Round #2 is Duet with Pure to follow. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Nearly clear golden yellow color. Unlike the Nelson, no issues with carbonation here. Two fingers of 3/4 frothy and 1/4 creamy hybrid off-white head. Retention could be better, but a decent amount of lacing.

4.5 S: This smells just about exactly like Nelson, except for differences in the hop contributions. Grapefruit, pineapple, mango, grassy, slightly pungent. I love these hops, they might be my favorite two.

4.5 T: This is the definition of a West Coast IPA. Taste follows the nose. First the malts. Pretty simple here. Neutral malt taste with touches of sweetness. Hops are again grapefruit, pine, pineapple, orange, mango, grass, pungence, and a moderate bitterness. Very nice here.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Moderate carbonation. Could be much creamier. This isn't the greatest aspect of this beer.

4.0 D: Another great beer. This is definitely better than the Nelson in terms of taste, but the mouthfeel could use a little work. Otherwise, very drinkable. (1,117 characters)

Photo of hu5om
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to AndrewK for the Cali goodies!
a-golden bronze, pretty clear, white pillowy head. dense leaving nice lacing
s-bitter orange, grapefruit, light pine
t-spicy! the grapefruit and pine are back with a bit of barnyard funk. strange. lemony too. pretty balanced overall.
m-a gentle tingle, medium body. still, can't get past that funk. weird
d-good not great. i prefer nelson for sure but this is pretty good. that little funky taste was the turning point for me. it distracted from the other good notes, maybe i got a goofy bottle. (535 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice clean golden/copper hue with a solid creamy head that dissipates within a few sips leaving solid lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Sweet and grassy, floral and spicy with some citrus/grapefruit essence in there too. The smell is real nice, but not as strong as I anticipated.

T: Clean, spicy hopiness that is balanced perfectly with a malty finish. Super crisp and very clean; honestly one of the best IPA's So-Cal has to offer - the quality is top notch.

M: Creamy and medium bodied with mild carbonation that really lends to the creaminess of this brew.

D: Real easy to drink - the prevalent hop is balanced perfectly with a sweet malty finish.

Fresh quality IPA that is just a cut above most others of the same style. (803 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Lone Hill in Glendora?? or east of LA. This is a great beer, not to be a rude rude in any way but this is a simple IPA, but very well made. These guys have the over the top DIPA's, but it's great when they can bring it back to the basics and make a solid West Coast IPA that you can drink for days. This may be one of the most balanced IPA's i've had in the last few years, nothing over the tops on hops, nothing to boozy at 6+%. very highly recommended. (472 characters)

Photo of snpub540
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bombers today and had to drink them almost instantly. Poured a hazy amber and copper hue into my Duvel tulip. Finger tall white head had some very nice hang time and left some clingy lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Mostly grapefruit, with some citrus and floral notes rounded out by some pine. A nicely enticing aroma.

Taste is almost a mirror of the nose with grapefruit and floral flavors being the most dominate. Very balanced IPA. Has a refreshingly bitter and dry finish.

Drinkability is great. Alcohol isn't a factor at all and the fact that the hop flavors aren't harsh made it an easy drinker. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and its a very crisp beer. Great for a summer day. (693 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Crazeguy for sending me this great beer! One of my new favorite single IPA's!!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass.

A: Clear amber color with a think white head from an aggressive pour. Left a nice lacing.

S:Grapefruit, lemon, and floral hop aromas. All the smells I like!!

T:The taste is similar to the smell and has a balance I find very appealing.

M:Medium carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: Alcohol is hidden well and I find this to be a quite refreshing beer! Highly drinkable! (515 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego.

Pours a clear light copper orange with a start white head, excellent lacing after a few sips. Very nice IPA.

S: hoppy man, this smells like opening a bag of hops, strong resinous citrus and pine, that's about all you get in the nose. Not that that is really an issue. Smells damn good.

T: follows the nose nicely, assertively hoppy. Like enamel peelingly hoppy. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit, not quite so piney. There's a little bit of a malt flavor, but the hops are the shining star on this one.

M: Spot on, everything is exactly right, nice bitterness that is crippling my tongue, and enough dryness to beg for another sip. Decent carbonation.

D: Too easy, it won't be hard to have a few more of these tonight. Excellent, excellent beer. (817 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Huge hop aroma, powerful bitterness.

I was just tasting the Kern River "Just Outstanding IPA" which features the same hops-- Simcoe and Amarillo. This one has a gigantic aroma to catch your attention, but the same trail off into the bitter abyss. Of the two, I prefer the Alpine Duet for its fruitier character, but both are strictly for the IPA fiend.

An education in these hop varieties. Drinkable with steak and potatoes, but a tough quaff by itself. (455 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, good amber to orange appearance, small head, small lacing. Pungent tropical citrus aroma with some desert pine thrown in.

Taste was excellent, should please any hophead, especially those who like the new hop varieties and big dry hopping. Balanced enough for a hophead (meaning it isn't, but in a good way).
Immense hop amount never fades to the end. Yum. $8 a bomber, a little pricey, but otherwise, the drinkability soars. (438 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my resident drinking buddy beerFMAndy for bringing this one back from Cali.

Poured into my tulip the beer is an amber golden hue. Two fingers of off white head fade slowly leaving lots of sticky lace. A nice cap settles on top of the beer.

The aroma has an initial hop blast. Lots of citrus and pine. Then it fades to a sweet buttery aroma. Almost sugar cookie like. Strange yet good.

The flavor is super citrusy. Oranges are the most dominant. Hints of lemon and mango along with just a dash of sweet malt.

Medium body. Slightly creamy with a dry finish. Average carbonation.

Overall a nice fruity IPA. Glad I got to try it. (648 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a blind tasting involving Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, and Duet. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a snifter.

A: pours a yellow color, with a 1 finger white head. Sub-par head retention, moderate lacing.

S: Lots of pine. Actually, it's a very intense and one-dimensional pine experience without much else in the smell.

T: Just as with the smell, a ton of pine and not much else.

M: Too thin for my liking. Nice level of carbonation.

D: Overall just your run of the mill IPA, nothing about it made me think "wow this is special, unique, or great" Not that it's terrible, but Duet is by far my least favorite of the Alpine IPAs at our tasting. I really don't think this deserves to be anywhere close to the top 100. (744 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.