Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 564
Hads: 2,924
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
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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 FiremanChris
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden honey color. Light haze with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves spotty lacing on the glass with each sip. Just a beautiful looking beer. Aroma is citrus forward. Super citrus- grapefruit, tangerine, some tropical fruitiness, mild pine and grain. Taste follows the nose with a wonderful citrus burst and a piney, mildly bitter finish. Malt bill is very minimal and really highlights the hops although it detracts from the mouthfeel a bit. A little lighter bodied than I would prefer for an IPA, which makes it feel like you could drink it all day, and sometimes I do. Overall this is a world class IPA and one of my favorites. (644 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Light herbs and floral hops on the nose I sense a bit of chives, tangerines, caramel, grapefruit, watermelon and bitter lemon rinds. The front is floral with an herbaceous hops. The middle palate is caramel before it ends with a grapefruit bitterness and resiny pine. The feel is almost sessionable as it holds almost no astringency. (334 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the beer produces a creamy, foamy white head. A golden body with blonde hues radiates below with an occasional gas bubble. This beer has good clarity. 4.25

Delicious fruity notes, berry and pineapple, hit the nose first. Then some resin and pined up hops, which precede smooth caramel malt. 4.3

sThere's quite a blend of hop flavors going on here and it's tasty as all hell. Fruity notes of guava and berries, some pine, and a big dose of floral and earthy hops. 4.3

This beer is smooth as all hell, bitter through out, with a rush of carbonation at mid-palate. There's a slight spiciness and a light quality to this beer that are spectacular. 4.5

Alright, this beer is damn good. It's indisputable. Smooth like a pale ale with DIPA flavor and body. 4.35 (791 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicious!

I’m glad to say that this, my first taste of an Alpine beer, lived up to the hype.

It pours a golden-tan with exceptional clarity. I get a great citrus aroma and some light piney notes. There’s a lively citrus flavor and a light bittering on it. I enjoyed this repeatedly when I found it on tap. An all around well done IPA that hits all the right notes. (372 characters)

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours more of a gold color but when resting in the glass it is gold with a slight orange hue, leaves a frothy head that takes awhile to vanish, leaves some nice lacing on the glass as well

S: A perfect balance of pine, tropical fruits, grapefruit, slightly sweet malts, and a hint of bitterness, fantastic smell to this brew.

T: Up front you get a lovely greeting of pine sand grapefruit mixed, then it transitions to those lovely tropical fruits, and finishes with a perfectly balanced mix along with the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is so well balanced and flavorful, it is absolutely outstanding!

M: Superb mouthfeel, so light crisp and refreshing, leaves your mouth a little dry which leaves you begging for more! So drinkable as well!

O: This beer is phenomenal! Get your hands on it! (811 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured this 22 oz, undated bottle into a Spiegelau glass. The body was crystal clear and copper in color. The head was white and foamy, it left speckles of lace.

The smell was so vivid! Citrus and wet hay. Peppery. Dried pineapples. A little sweaty. Lime peel. Leafy, organic hops. yum.

The taste was of citrus and pine. Green, grassy, fresh hops. Slightly sweet with an aspirin-like bitterness. Stone fruit flavors in the middle with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Classic.

The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate. (543 characters)

Photo of clayfu
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just an incredible beer. Perfection and balance define the palate. Has the right amount of hops, right amount of malt, and it has a silky smooth drink down the palate. There's a bit on the front palate and the concentration of flavor is so appealing and long Not sure what else you can ask from a west coast IPA. (312 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright sun yellow with a slight orange hue about it, an inviting IPA for sure.

Smells of citrus, melon, and hop deliciousness.

Huge wave of cantaloupe at first sip, with other tropical notes namely grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava.

Mouthfeel is hoppy and tropical, very refreshing and perfect balance.

Overall I enjoy Alpine Nelson more, but still a fantastic IPA and I only have one other Alpine brew notched into my belt to compare it too so take that with a grain of salt. (482 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour (no date)...

A - Typical medium orange color with a very good lace retention all over the glass

S - Dank, piney, fresh cut grass. Some melon flavors come through but are mostly in the background

T - More dankness, floral notes, very bitter grapefruit, strong hop presence, biting

M - Light to medium feel, mild carbonation, bitter on the palate

O - A wonderful IPA. Amarillo and simcoe are not my favorite hops but I can still recognize a very good IPA and this is it. While I do not think it's world class, it's definitely a hop heads dream. I would also like to see a bottle date. This borders on the greatness line and would love to have access to it on a daily basis. (688 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a one-inch thick white head which has good retention and yields splotchy lace.

N: Fantastic citrusy grapefruit and tangerine along with mango tropical notes. Fruity and floral springtime with some herbal and faint lemon note.

T: Piney and catty with some herbal and oniony notes. Malts add some bready/biscuity balance.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter finish.

O: A very solid IPA here. Would have every day, if that were possible. (515 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden with a slight haze. 1 finger white head that settles in quickly. Great legs on the lacing.

S- Bright citrus and tropical notes. I love the smell of Amarillo and simcoe. Recently did a homebrew with this combo and love it. Slightly tart.

T- Hop forward gets things started, but the balance comes about at just the right time. A bit sweet at times. Lots of mango and grapefruit.

M- About as good as it gets here. Clean, crisp, refreshing IPA. Not much alcohol noticed. Mid body with a nice, prickly dry finish.

O- Very solid. Maybe prefer a bit more than Nelson. Bottom line tho, this brewery knows its way around the hop (640 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (2,214 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler. Pours a clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Aroma is dank with a bit of pine as well as a hint of orange and some caramel. The taste is dry and dank. There's a bit of pine as well as a hint of grapefruit and some caramel. The finish is dry with quite a bit of bitterness. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. (390 characters)

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

A: 4.5 Clear, golden yellow with a pretty large, off white head

S: 4.5 Lots of hops. Dank, grass, pine, citrus, and some earthy aromas.

T: 4.5 Very little sweetness. Mostly just hops and similar characteristics as the nose. A bit of bitterness at the end.

M: 4.5 Really smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is just right and the little bit of dryness at the end goes well with the slight bitterness, making you want more.

O:4.5 Great IPA. Amazing how much flavor there is for a single IPA. Has a lot of the same flavors, aromas, and balance as DIPAs (enjoy by, Pliny, etc.), but it's lighter, less malty, and easier to drink. (633 characters)

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

Mmmmm this is one tasty, clean IPA. Good combination of floral and citrus goodness with a hint of dank Hoppyness.

Overall this a great beer that is hop forward with a bite if bitterness but leaves the palate pretty dry so you're ready for another sip.

I would say if you like simcoe or Amarillo hops you'll like this. Or if you just like hoppy clean IPAs with just a bite if bitterness you'll dig this. (405 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the bottle share that sprung up at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours light yellowish gold with a fluffy white head on top. Aroma of huge pineapple, grapefruit, other citrus notes, lemon peel, sweet honey from the malts. Awesome. The flavor is even better. Huge pineapple sweetness up front followed by bitter pine and grapefruit, some grass, and big lingering citrus notes throughout the palate. Super light bodied, easy going, and medium plus carbonation. I wish I could have this every day. (506 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ale Arsenal in a DFH IPA glass.

Two fingers of thick head with lots of effervescence. Clear gold.

Smells like a pine forest. More lush and fresh than astringent. Aromatic and ensorcelling.

Smoother and less hoppy than anticipated. Round and balanced. Malty with a deceptively strong undercurrent of earthy spicy hops. Gentle finish.

Smooth and unremarkable.

A good beer, but perhaps shy of a great one. I've not had the greatest luck with spline kegs; will look for a bottle. (502 characters)

Photo of vitALEity
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - clear golden-amber with 2" of thick white head. Leaves 1/4inch and sticky lacing.

S - Floral, resiny pine.

T - floral, dry, earthy, pine, some astringent grapefruit peel

M - very smooth, somewhat oily,, sticky, chewy, medium bodied

O - A very well executed yet simple IPA. Light body with a hint of malt and a nice but not overwhelming floral/pine hop presence. Easy to drink but nothing to write home about. (421 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear middle amber that pours with a frothy 1.5 finger head. Bubbles float up throughout the glass and maintain a thin white film. Perfect looking IPA.

S - tiny tiny bit of citrus then a ton of grassy dank aroma with some piney finish. Very well integrated smell. It's darkness tastes great in that unexplainable way barnyard funk tastes good in a good sour.

T - piney hop resiny goodness. Again the favors are balanced and integrated perfectly. Taste is less dank or more piney than the nose.

M - smooth, smooth, smooth. Creamy and soft mouthfeel start to finish.

O - one of the best non citrusy IPA's I can recall. If you don't appreciate a piney dank IPA, and want you're tropical fruit, don't come here. Otherwise enjoy an outstanding beer. (760 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With great thanks to Rohan.

Pours a filtered yellow with nice, well retained head and resilient lacing. Nose is a pine bomb. Definitely falls into the pine/spicy genre of IPAs, rather than the fruity. Definitely some malt hanging around in the back. There is also some melon lurking. Really luscious on the whole and a great experience to put one's nose in the glass.

Taste again, is pine, light malt, fading into melon.

Fairly light in body, not all that resinous, though it is quite bitter, evoking lemon pith.

Nice, well executed classic style IPA. (555 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into an IPA glass

A - Big golden straw color with a solid two finger head that lingers. Lots of carbonation.

S - Dankness, grapefruit, a little citrusy, not a heck of a lot of malt in the background. Very hop forward.

T - Hops! Grapefruit forward with some dankness. A touch of citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Crushable.

P - Prickly with a nice bitterness without being overdone. Active carbonation on the tongue. Dry finish.

O - Much better than Nelson imo. The taste and mouth on it are pretty spot on for a DIPA. It's quite dry without much malt presence. (604 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, no dates

Pours a clear vibrant golden orange with a finger of foam. High carbonation coming form everywhere, good lacing and really good retention on the foam. Looks pretty good

Smell is of earthy citrus hops, strong notes of grapefruit backed up with some pine and mandarin. A bitter sweet malt with notes of caramel and bread finish in the back with a little bit of alcohol

Taste is pretty close with the aroma, strong earthy mandarin and grapefruit with some floral and pine notes. Caramel malt that is a bit less sweet than average, finishes with a touch of alcohol

Feel is pretty bitter moderate body, leaves a very dry stinging finish. By far my favorite feel from an ipa

Overall a great beer I'll need to trade for again someday. Super jealous of San Diego (791 characters)

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A BIG thank you to Rish in Californa for this beast of a beer.

Appearance: Pours a great looking hazy golden color, definitely unfiltered with a nice creamy head of foam.

Smell: The smell is very strong citrus, very forward and up front. I love it

Taste: So much flavor, so many levels in this beer, it is awesome and quite refreshing also. It has an awesome sweet, bitter, and piney taste. Nice bitterness but is not overpowering just perfect

Mouthfeel: Couldn't really ask for anything more, nice and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall just a great beer, one of my favorite IPAs I'm upset I can't get this here in Chicago. I was so impressed with Duet it's wonderful (676 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 22oz bottle in New Belgium globe

A-Golden copper and clear. Big off-white head good retention and lacing.

S-Earthiness, pine and caramel upfront. Vague grapefruit and citrus. Was expecting an explosion of aroma, but not quite.

T-Caramel malt upfront. Sturdy bitterness that follows throughout, some piney notes, light citrus and sweetness that fades into a dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated. Nice minor sweetness upfront but drys up at the end, love my IPA’s dry.

O-Overall nicely refreshing. Was looking for a more assertive hop flavor and aroma, but all in all an easy to drink and refreshing beer. (629 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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. (405 characters)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.