Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,823
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
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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 Eriktheipaman
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So another instant favorite from Alpine!

Super clear light yellow with slight amber color.

The smell is AMAZING. Sweet tangerine with lots of citrus notes.

The taste isnt as sweet at the smell but is still a great sweetness to bitterness ratio. Bitter at first with a smooth very sweet finish. Slightly dry but not as much as a lot of IPA's

Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mulder1010. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with good retention. Slightly cloudy tangerine orange with some carbonation evident. Slowly fades to a healthy wisp and clings to the sides. Slight wisp and ring remain, leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose on this one. Pale malts, some butter and butterscotch notes, with honeydew melon and apricots. Very different, but very enticing as well. Reminds me of a cross between an IPA and an English ESB.

TASTE: Pale malts, some citrus, and apricot up front, with some honeydew melon as well. Some buttery notes, butterscotch through the middle, into a piney and bitter finish. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is full of sweet melon and bitter, piney hops. Good flavors and bold enough for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate and somewhat oily, goes down nice and finishes surprisingly dry on the palate. Full and creamy enough, but a little too dry of a finish.

OVERALL: A really enjoyable and flavorful IPA. Very unique as well; it had some definite English EBS characteristics that worked well with the IPA base. A slightly oilier finish would have helped the palate somewhat, but this was still a very enjoyable beer I'd gladly have again. Cheers Mulder1010.

Photo of pumptrick
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured hard into reidel snifter. Nice head and lacing straw yellow. Smell was a little dusty and some citrus. Taste was deffinitely grapefruit. Mouthfeel was good, lots of carbonation. Will drink more of these. Found this a wades wines in westlake. cheers

Photo of LevitatedEep
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A - Nice frothy head but not flying out of the glass like other reviews...nice reddish orange color....head has large bubbles mmmm.

S - Wow this is a nice hoppy pine forest bomb....smells great.

T - Apricots upfront.. kinda mellow at 1st sip, then blossoms into a semi bitter hop monster that keeps expanding..

M - Smooth and kind of salty, great carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty good could I session this...another great IPA from Alpine.

Photo of Trueant1
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sits orange in the glass with a very thin white head. Clear with carbonation.
Very clean smelling Ipa. Floral hops with a nice balance of sugars in the smells.
APRICOTS! Apricot and pineapple flavors explode on your pallet. Peaches and alcoholic flavors in the background. Bitter hophead kick! Very very nice ipa!
Moutfeel is oily and slick.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of 2ndloveofmylife
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome!! If you are a "Hop Head"? You will Love this beer. Hops plus more hops plus another dosage of hops!! Glorious hop flavor and Glorious aroma! Did I mention awesome hoppiness galore? This an A+ IPA no doubt baby! It reminds me of Sculpin from Ballast.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Duet is a slightly hazy, mostly translucent golden color with an absolutely monster head, to the point of annoyance. Even with a careful pour, I still have to wait a few minutes for the head to go down to finish the pour. Obviously good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Amarillo and Simcoe hops - juicy grapefruit, sticky pine, and some floral notes to round out the aroma.

Taste: Not much malt here, just some pale malt to get started. Hop flavors quickly overwhelm everything else. Bitter pine flavors dominate, with citrus and floral notes playing second fiddle. Finishes firmly bitter, with a dash of astringency and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and very crisply carbonated. On the light side of medium body, and it drinks even lighter.

Drinkability: I really like the more balanced IPAs with more malt, so that would be my main criticism. Also, can they try to keep the head in the glass?

Photo of juhl31
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks toronado SD on alpine night!

-good light colored yellowy gold. very clean. poured with a medium tall head that stays faint throughout

-big pine hop on the nose that lasts top to bottom. some hints of citrus as well

-bitterness from the hops comes in through the front and the back end. there is a good malt presence start to finish despite the strong hop taste

-good enough mouthfeel. some carb bite and a decent IPA body

-my favorite of the alpine IPA's...although i have not had expo yet

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber shared with capra12. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger powdery white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear grapefruit with an orange tint. Lacing is thick and layered with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is floral, citrus, cane sugar, and cream. Slight resin character in the back. Smell is overall very enticing and aromatic.

T: Opens grapefruit, peach, and other citrus fruits. Sweet right at the front. Resin hop bitterness in the back lingers and then comes to the forefront towards the middle. Piney and even slightly tart. Finishes sticky and slightly dry with a bitter lingering aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very highly carbonated. Lively and coarse in the mouth with a drying finish. Rough around the edges. Aftertaste lingers.

D: A very hop forward brew, this is a great representation of a west coast IPA even though its not my personal favorite. Robust bitter taste with a clean, crisp feel. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for an enamel-peeler!

Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

41st review on BA
Bottle to mug

App- Shimmery orange with gold and yellow highlights. Gigantic 3 finger head that is off white and just fades away so gingerly leaving little pillows of foam. Lacing was quite nice as well.

Smell- It's a flower basket in a glass. Nice hoppy aroma fills the nose.

Taste- I think the flavors are pretty on point with this one. Its get a nice bitter flavor o the finish but the hops aren't overbearing for having the Simcoe and Amarillo working well together.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a slight carbonation. Leaves a great oily taste on the palate.

Drink- I liked this a lot. A nice sessionable IPA that would work well in a six pack for me.

Photo of awalk1227
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/22/10 Received in a trade from Rock4sc96!

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Hazy straw and bright yellow, my favorite color for an IPA, personally. Huge off-white head that leaves sticky lacing the whole way down.

S: Huge, bitter hops. Simcoe city, baby. Fruit in the nose, and the slightest hint of a toasty malt (but this is West Coast, yo)

T: Full malts in the mouth at the very start, then fruit: grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Then some bitterness on the tongue, and then more fruit! In my opinion, this is how an IPA (of the West Coast variety, I reckon) should taste. No alcohol whatsoever

F: Smooth and medium, just right. Makes my mouth water after every sip.

D: I need another bomber, now.

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to sleepyhead for sending me up one of these.

A: Pours a lemony amber with a large (but less than billowing) off-white oily head that slowly receded into leaving a latticework of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: The nose on this is just a glorious bouquet of juicy honey soaked grapefruit and tangerines with piney undertones. The hops are just amazingly fresh and sweet smelling. Wonderful!
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus hop punch. A touch of caramely malt sweetness comes through to round out the fruity hops, and there is a hint of tobacco in the finish. Aftertaste is leafy and bitter.
M: Full bodied for an IPA with a slick and lightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol is nonexistent and carbonation is soft and smooth.
D: A very juicy flavored IPA. This one packs more flavor than some DIPAs I've had. I could drink this all day long. Another amazing beer from a great brewery!

Photo of nniicckkww
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grapefruit aroma and taste. Excellent. Nice and dry with aggressive floral hops. Clearer than i expected for such a hoppy brew. Not much in regards to bitterness, but the hop flavor is ever present. My wife really enjoyed it as well!

I'm very happy with this beer as a representative of west coast IPA. Excessively drinkable. 22oz. bomber and could have had one or two more!

Photo of jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA goes from a bomber into my Duvel tulip. Not sure if I got this bottle from domtronzero or irishgurl4 but either way. Thanks to two excellent Californians

A - Hazy orange-golden glowing body with a nice fluffy white head on top

S - Mmmm.... nice big tropical hop notes hit my nose. Mingles with a bit of citrus and a nice sweetness. This is a beautiful smelling IPA. About as good as it gets without getting into DIPA category.

T - Well balanced. A bit more on the citrusy side than tropical. A bit of a citrusy bitterness gives way to some pine in the finish but the malt makes itself known all the way through. It tastes good but nowhere near what the aroma promised

M - Medium bodied, pretty smooth with a low amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty solid well balanced IPA. However the aroma on this one had me ready to proclaim a new IPA favorite. The taste fell a bit short but it's still a solid beer. I'm certainly glad to have tried this one and wouldn't mind drinking more of it. Though I don't think I'd go nuts seeking it out.

Photo of gatornation
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a bomber pours a hazy peach sunset color with a staying beige head and nice clinging lacing on the glass..smell is topical with mango and pineapple its mixed with citrus and pine hops ....tasty malts are in the background..taste is superb Amarillo and simcoe hops together make for a tropical hop profile that is just delicious it also has pine and grapefruit resins..sweet caramel malts round out the hops..mouthfeel is perfect for the style it fills the taste buds with loads of hops but never bitter just smooth drinkable and delicious..this is west coast this is a delicious ipa..one of my favorites

Photo of jimbus
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grilledsquid for this bomber, poured into a tulip.

A: glowing, golden orange color with an big, frothy head. phenomenal, thick lacing all the way down the glass.

S: man, these alpine IPAs have completely raised the bar on my standard for IPAs in the nose department...pineapple, mango...if they made a sugar coated, candy hop, this is what it would smell like.

T: sweet and bitter up front, with silky grapefruit. the amarillo and simcoe hops are a perfect tag team. The hops hang around on the back side with a dry finish...the malt is there but covered up just right.

M: smooth and clean, with a bit of tingle from the carb

D: Who wants to send me some more Alpine IPAs?

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach orange body with a large white head appears a beautifully with layers of lacing between sips. Aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and leafy earth and floral aspects, a fruity zesty grapefruit tone with hints of rolling malts. Flavor of duet highlights Amarillo and Simcoe hops battling it out, juicy malt sweetness adds on a nice flavor mix with the super hoppy West Coast IPA tones. Grapefruit, herbal mint, floral tones on the palate. only on the west coast good a grop of people adjust to hoppy delicious beer like this. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick hop oils caue this to guide across the palate, medium bodied soft even carbonation. Drinkability overall is rock solid another awesome west coast experience as far as IPAs go, these malts blend nicely a touch of knowing diacetyl actually works once in awhile it doesn't taste bad at all in this case.

Photo of ratedz
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a medium orange with a fluffy white head. Nose is floral, bright, and juicy. Hopes express themselves as pine with light light citrus elements. Bright and expressive mouth, more tropical fruits than citrus, light pine needles, floral. Nose is amazing on this. Soft. Not highly bitter, which I like, with some nice sugar interplay there. White grapefruit that doesn't become abrasive at all, mangoes, wonderful combination there. This is a pretty elite IPA, but if I must nitpick there's an odd discordant flavor that hangs around on the back palate, as an odd bitterness. Very nice stuff.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden ale with a sudsy head that leaves chunks of lacing on the glass.

Aromas of golden malt, some brown sugar, and mildly floral hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with floral and citrus notes, and finishes mildly bitter. Nicely balanced between malt and hops.

Body is light and carbonation is sufficient to give this a refreshing mouthfeel, and the head provides a frothy topping.

This is a well-balanced, floral hoppy ale that is light-bodied and quite refreshing. Eminently drinkable.

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with two fingers of white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, oranges, zest, and a little pineapple. I could smell this from a distance. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells, with grapefruit, oranges, zest, and some pineapple. Very little malt, which is no problem. A nice, pleasantly bitter IPA. Not harsh, just very nice.

Bitter, finishes dry, nicely carbonated. The hops have a somewhat oily feel to them. Too bad this is not available in Minnesota, because I could get used to drinking this on a regular basis. Thankfully South Bay Drugs ships.

Photo of gregshead
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice foamy finger thick head. Light golden color. Darker than Nelson but not by much.

S: Lots of citrus, grapefruit, other tropical smells and some floral smells. Oh simcoe and amarillo hops. a match made in heaven.

T: Lots of citrus. Tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, lemongrass. Yum. So hoppy good. Just enough malt backbone to make sure its not over the top hopbomb. lt has a nice dry finish too.

M: Nice carbonation which rolls off the tongue. Right amount of thickness/thiness from an IPA like this as well

D: A very enjoyable citrus IPA. Really drinkable considering its a 7%. I like Odell's IPA and Sculpin a scosche more but I enjoyed it more than Nelson. Definitely will have again, hopefully on tap. Both are amazing IPAs from such a small brewery. I hope that they increase production and produce 6 packs in the future.

Photo of Schmaltzy
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank tonight with Pure Hoppiness and Nelson, I thought this was the winner.

A- Golden straw golden color with a 1 finger head and light lacing left on my glass.

S- The Amarillo and Simcoe hops are just awesome, loads of grapefruit citrus and loads of sweeter tropical fruit and a hint of lemongrass... Just a great scent, a true west coast IPA for Hopheads, I love my hops. Not much malt which is great for me, pretty much a perfect IPA.

T- Loads of citrus hops with tropical highlights, slight malty backbone but the citrus and sweet tropical fruit dominate and lead to a delicious dry finish.

M- Light body, refreshing, easily drinkable IPA with loads of flavors and scents... Hopheads dream beer.

D- Very easy to drink and absolutely no trace of alcohol, awesome job Alpine I enjoyed this more than Pure Hoppines...

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter at small tasting session.

A: Hazy Golden Wheat color with a small ring of head with swirls of bubbles in the middle.

S: Piney, Citrus Hops up front, also some nice Bready Malts to counter balance. Awesome IPA aroma.

T: Hops up front (from the aroma), really nice sweetness also. A Malt center to the taste leads to a bitter dry finish at the back of the palate. Grapefruit and Pine are dominant flavors, from the Simcoe and Amarillo hops the beer is based on. Great balance, excellent flavor.

M: Medium bodied, and delightfully creamier than I would have guessed, though still well carbonated. Excellent.

D: Very Great IPA, up there with the greats in the single IPA realm for me. Wish I could get this whenever I wanted to, but hey it makes having these really special too.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the first thing that popped out to me on the aroma is a very inviting bouquet of tropical fruits but with floral hops,slight pine, and a good sweet malt presence which also had underlying booze notes.

T: very nice tropical fruit flavor hit the palate like the nose presented with piney hops and grapefruit accents that did help on the punchy bitter bite. It also seemed to have slight candied sugar and a touch of booze. There was a good sweet malt backbone to help on the balance as well.

M: the was medium on body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, bitter, sticky, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank very good with a decent hop profile and a very nice fruit flavor to accommodate the overall taste. Once again alpine comes through with a great west coast style IPA.

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,823 ratings.