Duet - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 560
Hads: 2,908
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 MLDucky
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Version. From the Duets I've had in the past, the hop element did not shine through as much. Plenty of Amarillo (in the nose), light pine (in the nose). Taste, faint pine, almost muted, but heavily bitter. I was a bit taken back by the bitterness on this one. I love bitter, but balanced, I didn't find the balance in this one. (344 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Gingerman NYC poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a translucent amber with thin off white head that sits high in the snifter, them settles to a thin layer. Some lacing. Nothing special about the appearance.

S: Light citrus, some pine and a lot of fresh cut grass. Phenomenal.

T: Sweet and juicy fruit notes up front with honeydew melon, red delicious apple, and orange. Finishes more bitter with notes of grapefruit, grass and some earthy tea flavors.

M: Extremely smooth. Moderately carbonated. Moderate hop bite. Perfection.

D: The flavors meld so perfectly creating an even, smooth and insanely drinkable beer. Huge flavor, great nose, perfect body. (671 characters)

Photo of BerkshireGuerrilla
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is easily a 9/10. The aroma is amazing, very west coast IPA. Tropical juiciness hits your pallet at first taste and stays! Crushable for sure. If ever in Western MA go to Moes in Lee, MA. (192 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A pint glass from Hooley's La Mesa. Restaurant pour, so I had to let it sit a bit. Deep gold with really no head, but I didn't get to control the pour, so... Aroma suggested some floral and maybe tropical, but really only a suggestion. A bit concerning considering Alpine's reputation. Concern gave way to delight upon sipping. The floral exploded, the tropical crept in underneath. A baguette malt (more than biscuit but not bready) balanced this beautifully. Um, this is seriously top 5 IPA. I am a shameless hop head, but this really sets a high bar for standard IPA (not DIPA or IIPA).

Native San Diegan, not clear why I am so late to the Alpine party, but looking very forward to increased distro with the Green Flash co-op. (730 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. consumed from a spiegelau ipa glass within 1 hr of pour.

A: Dark, tarnished orange with a solid one finger beige cream head of solid retention state. Quick paced spacious effervesce fills the vessel. Nice skirt lacing on the way down in the vessel.

S: A wiff of fruitiness, dried apple, spicy sweet floral notes, with a followup of fresh grassiness that was exceptionally smooth and polished with a low to moderate rate of awareness. Sweet and perfumy.

T: Flavor was sweetly, lightly dry toasted french bread, sweet floral hops, and lightly toasted apple skin and cinnamon spicing. Spicy floral hop finish. Hints of grassy-pine adds just the right amount of accent while still maintaining a excellent sense of balance with the other components.

M: Lightly creamy, exceptionally smooth maltiness, softly carbonated, perfect harmony with a lightly dry finish.

O: Overall an exceptionally clean and polished drinking experience with an strong harmony and balance of malts and hops that makes this highly drinkable, and a flavorful beer. Crisply brewed, great drinkability, great hopping that isn't your typical west coast variety, but a beautifully orchestrated collection of spicy hop florals and fruit that begs for more drinking. Checking out their other examples it seems Alpine is no slouch in the IPA department and seems to be hitting it out of the park with nearly every example. Can't wait to try them all.
Beutiful balance and example of a cleanly brewed beer that showcases what true craftsmenship is all about. (1,539 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We knock the top off of a bomber, pouring equally into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows up a shiny sunflower yellow coloring, and holds a slowly-dissipating one and a half finger tall head the color of eggshells. Lacing is chunky, spreading out in a honeycomb pattern. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be immensely active. The first thing to hit you in the nose, and it hits hard, is the big evergreen pine quality of the Simcoe hops. Fruity citrics of the Amarillos seep through some cracks as it warms, blending with notes of pale, pilsner, and softer amber grain, biscuity sweetness of raw barley, honey sugars, tonic water, strawberry jam, spiced booziness, plastic wrap, pear fruitiness, tangerine peel zestiness, mild bubblegum juiciness, papier-mâché glue, milk thistle, coiny yeastiness, pickle brine, and fruity herbal and chamomile tea leaves. As advertised, you taste a big west-coast IPA, comprised of bitterly sticky and sappy piney hoppiness, dried pine cones, green acorns, softer balancing hoppiness of citrics and dryer herbals, ethanol bite, lactic acidity, pale and pils grain, astringent detergent soapiness, mineral and clay water, toasted pumpkin seeds, black pepper, mossy musk, and gentle but syrupy fruitiness of pineapple. The aftertaste retains this bitterness for a while, blending dusty biscuity grain with lingering, stalking piney hop bitters. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with lighter cream and froth. The mouth is left seriously dried of tannins, with a bit of an accompanying puck. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks seriously, and it drinks well.

Overall, this was a really fun beer to review. There is so much going on between these two hop varietals, and it is great to see them paired up here. They come from essentially opposites sides of the hop wheel, so to speak, with the Simcoes being highly piney and earthy, while the Amarillos are lighter, sweeter, and more citric. The “lighter” aspect of the latter really hits home here, as they are greatly overshadowed by the piney dominance of the Simcoes. This is most apparent though the flavoring, the bitterness of which becomes ingrained within your taste buds and palate. The aroma shows this same preference, but there is greater unity. None of this is to the beer’s detriment, but rather just interesting discussions points between the two of us. As with Nelson, this is a great beer, and showcases some of the more serious, refined, and mature products coming off of the west coast. (2,610 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with two finger head and left lace patches down the glass. Citric, herbal hop aroma with some sweet malts in the aroma and the beer's taste profile is the same as a light, clean body that has citric, earthy hops that balance with sweet notes (malts and possible sweet fruit flavors) for a mild but very enjoyable IPA that hides the ABV. (365 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light clear amber, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit, orange, lots of grass and pine, and a small smidgen of sweet malt.

I get grapefruit zest, orange zest, grapefruit rind, bitter pine resin, sweet grain and malt, and a good amount of perfume. This is moderately bitter, not exceedingly so, with a small amount lingering after each sip.

This is medium bodied, with a really crisp and sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another great IPA from Alpine. Really well crafted, really easy drinking, and just really tasty. (634 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Another long awaited "Want" cut into the bedpost. Pours a slightly hazy, dark orange color with a soft head. Mild lacing. Aroma is deep and resiny. West Coast all up in this nose. Amarill and Simcoe pull zero punches. Pine, grass, grapefruit, and some other fruit/hop elements. Malt? We don't need no malt here. The flavor hits my tongue and detonates. Heavy bursts of that pine and fruit I found in the nose. Earth hops. Some tropical fruits as well. A barely-noticeable sweet and neutral malt cloak. This feels and tastes like a big Double IPA. 7% feels and tastes like 10% but without the added alcohol. A West Coast uppercut of bitterness floors my palate. Lingering, long, formiddable bitterness. Has a fuller body. Is beer was quite a good time. Alpine in Massachusetts is a good thing for this dude. (814 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Gold to amber color. Clear. Good ring lace. Little head.

Mild flowery hop aroma. A bit black pepper.

Old start but then a strong bitter, black pepper-like hop completely takes over. Good body for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Not as comex as I was hoping given the BA score but still a solid IPA. (306 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip at #bottlecherwednesdays with Vito at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Crazy tall off-white head head, on a clear golden beer. Aroma is as advertised: grapefruit, mango, pineapple goodness from the hops plus a little caramel malt hint. Taste is in line with the smell with some earthy tones and nice bready underpinnings. High carbonation, medium bodied, thin texture, dry bitter finish. (413 characters)

Photo of hikanteki
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark gold. Tropical, dank aroma of tangerine, lime, and even pineapple. Taste is spot on. I normally like Simcoe but find it a bit too heavy by itself, whereas Amarillo is not my preferred hop -- but they pull them both together, in harmony, with the optimal amount of malt. Feels a little light...then again, that could make it easy to down a couple of these.

A vast improvement over Nelson. (408 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light gold with a thin white head. Not many bubbles or lacing. Smell is mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste follows the nose. Bright fruity notes with some pine and just the right amount of bitterness. Maybe a little oniony too. Sweet malts complement the fruity hops really well. Really clean finish. Mouthfeel is spot on. Really easy drinking and super low IBU for an IPA. Overall one of my favorites, edged out just a bit by Nelson. Just a really great, clean IPA. (484 characters)

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

Bottle from Steve, thank you very much!

Has a sunny-yellow clear color, with a small, froth head.

Sweet, tropical aromas of papaya, orange and a note of lime. Malt shines through in a biscuity, sweeter way, underlining the rich fruitiness perfectly.

Tastes of ripe orange, wrapped up by sweet, slightly honeyed malts. Has a well fitting, slightly bubbly carbonation, drinks exremely smooth. The tropical fruits, orange and lime, get enforced by a slick, long staying dry bitterness, maintaining its rich juicy character. The brews pure fruitiness gets well supported by heavy, bready malts, which let stand out its sunny, sweeter qualities. This gets countered in the finish, when the hops get a dry, lemony punch to them, still in balance with the malts, but certainly quite bitter, while at the same time bing easy drinkable. Ends with a huge load of enriching bitter hops, which remain on the palate for a long while, with a distinct fruitiness still being noteable. (972 characters)

Photo of Pawoto
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to BungleTrpg for including as an extra in a recent trade. I have only had Nelson, previously, from Alpine. Psyched to try Duet as Simcoe and Amarillo are two of my favorite hops to use in homebrewing (disclosure: I'm a terrible home brewer).

Drank from a CBC Teku Glass. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow...nice big white bubbly head. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is pure Amarillo hops...if I had to guess I would say they used a bazillion pounds of Amarillo for dry-hopping per barrel. Citrus on citrus on citrus. Reminded me a little bit of Victory Hop Ranch.

The beer tastes as good as it smells. Really crisp and clean. Not overly bitter. Nice dry finish, but not one that leaves you asking for a glass of water.

Really tasty beer...need more Alpine in my life. (794 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%

Originally ratings on Jan. 6, 2013: 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 | 4.50 - 4.50 (100/A+)
New ratings (with new precise ratings) on Dec. 6, 2014: 4.50 | 4.63 | 4.63 | 4.50 | 4.63 - 4.61 (100/A+)

Type: Draft
Glass: 12-oz. pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, Calif. , on Jan. 5, 2013
Price: $5.50 (I think)
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber color with two fingers (when I got it) of white head. A perfect amount of lacing on the side all the way down and good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled tons of delicious bitter hops right up front. Got grapefruit, lemon, tangerine and orange peel.

Tasted tons of hops like the smell. Citrus grapefruit was leading the way, but also got tastes of pine, resin, floral, tropical and mango.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

Just a fantastic IPA, probably the best one I’ve ever had. Absolutely loved it. (916 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into an IPA glass at fridge temp. I've attempted to put the hype out of my head.

Look: strikingly clear golden orange. Medium carb activity, but no head.

Smell: bouquet of tropical fruits—kiwi, tangerine, pineapple. I got some grassy/piny notes initially, but they disappeared quickly. Smells cloyingly sweet.

Taste: much less sweet than anticipated, thankfully! Piney, bitter, tropical fruits, confectioner's sugar, grass, caramel, bready malt... a bonanza of flavors, but well-balanced and delicious. Still a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

Feel: this is the weak spot of this beer for me. Maybe this is a bad bottle somehow, but seems pretty flat. Honestly, the feel does nothing to help the beer, and a fair bit to detract from it. Put the mouthfeel of a MBC pale on this sucker and it would be heaven.

Overall: this is a really tasty beer, but probably not the tastiest I've had. Combined with the lackluster mouthfeel, and I'd say this is a rung below some of the best IPAs out there now. Still darn good. (1,025 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased from CraftCity.com, unknown brewing/packaging date, poured into my The Lost Abbey teku glass and drank over an hour

A: 3/3 - golden-orange coloration; low clarity (cannot read or see through); initially frothy white head settled into a 1/2 finger head with a thin film and islands; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - mild-to-moderate pine and citrus aroma; mild-to-moderate bready/biscuity aroma and some alcohol; no diacetyl, slight DMS

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that is followed by a balance of hop - peach, tangerine and pine - and malt character; malts continue to play on the back of the tongue; finishes dry with some warming alcohol notes

M: 4/5 - moderate body (with hop oils and alcohol); moderate carbonation; good drinkability

O: 8/10 - very good West Coast IPA that hits all the high points - citrus, pine, background malts and dry - with an interesting peach character that I wasn't expecting from the advertised hop profile (Simcoe & Amarillo); I drank another Simcoe & Amarillo WC IPA, Kern River "Just Outstanding" IPA, and would give that the slight nod because I found the hop aroma and flavors more intense, but they're definitely similar beers; Duet is not a 96 for me but I'd readily recommend

TOTAL - 38/50 (1,299 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Crystal clear light orange in appearance

S: slightly bready with lots of fruit tangerines, and some stone fruits

T: This beer chases a fantastic hoppy juicy taste but it fades quickly and becomes a tad malty leading me to believe this beer might be slightly old. Still very nice taste this is my kind of IPA fruity.

M: has a nice carbonation bite not sticky or cloying on the tongue pretty light and clean

O: Alpine is the real deal first beer by them and although I suspect it's slightly odd it's still pretty fantastic. I was surprised it had simcoe hops I would have guessed. New Zealand hops like Nelson. Regardless it's a great IPA look for it. (659 characters)

Photo of EveningCordial
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap into pint glass.

A- Light orange cloudiness, a good 1 inch of frothy, white head. Decent carbonation and lacing.

S- Fruit and floral in a big way. Wheat and honey combine with a touch of pine, but they all take a huge backseat to the citrus smells.

T- Holds true to the nose, deliciously balanced fruits and grain, no bitterness or bite. Notes of grapefruit, mango, orange peel, all followed by a small grass and malt presence. Very light and smooth.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Very smooth tasting with a loftiness that makes it dangerously easy to consume. Light bodied for an IPA in a really good way.

O- Alpine has yet to let me down. This is another one of the best IPAs out there. I can't say enough good things about this company. Duet has juicy and refreshing character that appeals to the hop lover. (838 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

This is my 1000th beer. Had it on tap at Coin Op in San Diego. Nice and hoppy, but not overly. Good bitterness. Really balanced with the hops. Great hop nose. Glad this was my 1000th check in. Alpine is one of the best small breweries out there. (252 characters)

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)

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.