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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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1,876 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,876
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 826
Gots: 160 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from radshoesbro so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice combination of piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste very well-balanced. There are sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, a strong but not over-powering hop bitterness and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. They all complement each other well and no one flavor seems to dominate, although the hops bitterness gains a little bit of strength as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty and refreshing, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better IPA's that I've had and an excellent beer overall.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly fogged amber gold. Nose is pine resin sticky-ness. Flavor is just smooth. Damn smooth. Obviously wet hopped. Pine tones but a nutty edge to it as well. Some caramel is there also. Feel is slick and smooth. Good carbonation. A damn fine IPA. A stellar and masterfully brewed beer. Just damn good.

Brewandbbq hooks it up again on this one. Big pile o' thanks man.

RblWthACoz, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

nickfl, May 04, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of slightly off-white foamy head. I'll be darned if this doesn't stay rich, just absolutely coating the sides of the glass with thick soapy lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral, and spicy, with robust citrus flavors and touch of herbal dankness to it. Man, the citrus really comes alive here in the nose, with notes of mango, grapefruit and juicy peaches. Some underlying silky toasted grains give this some firmness in the nose.

The taste is deeply spicy with a sticky resinous bitterness. A blast of bitter grapefruit juice and some softer feeling tropical fruitiness offer up a touch of balance, as do the malts, which have a toasted and grainy texture to them. Spice, pine, and dryness just slather the tongue and linger for a good long while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant feeling mellow creaminess to the carbonation that really hides the ABV here nicely. This has just a most excellent feel to it.

Another well done West Coast IPA here from Alpine, with a well balanced and powerful profile. My only gripe with this is the same that I had with Nelson in the bottle. Just a lack of presence in the taste that this had on draft and that same "off" feel. I'm wondering now if maybe their beers don't translate the best to bottles? Anyway, I wouldn't pass on a bottle, as this still a damn tasty brew.

Kegatron, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Go this from Errantnight, cheers Derek!

Pours an effervescent honey color with3+ fingers of cream colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit & lemon, fades a bit as this warms

T: Follows the nose, plus pineyness, slight breadyness & a touch of leafy hops & dryness hiding behind a ton of grapefruit up front. Puckery & woody hops dominate as this warms, plus hints of apricot & honey malt, plus much herbal hop bitterness. Finishes slightly warming with herbal & grapefruitty bitterness, plus honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt

MF: Slight creamyness, medium bodied, great balance &a touch of warming booze on the fringes

Highly drinkable, flirts briefly with EIPA in some respects, then the grapefruit lurches it back. This grew on me as it warmed, would love to get this on cask or draft....

russpowell, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing this growler with me - and by extension big props to JesseTheHutt. Served in a Piece pint glass.

A - Huge (I ran out of fingers) pillowy orange-white foam with great retention and some spotty lacing. Transparent golden yellow color with a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. I would have liked a little bit more in the way of lacing and maybe a bit more richness to the color, but otherwise it's a superb-looking brew.

S - Huge citrus smell with tons of tangerine citrus, a hint of tropical fruit, and then some pine and dank earthiness. You can actually get a pretty good sense of the "duet" of amarillo and simcoe working in tandem. There's also a nice mild toffee backbone in there.

T - The taste is more on the earthy side with more in the way of dankness, herbs, and pine resin. The citrus and tropical notes are still there, they just don't seem to enjoy the driver's seat in the same way they did in the smell. Again, there's a hint of toffee malt that keeps things from getting out of control. Very mild residual bitterness, too.

M - Soft, smooth, a touch too thin for my liking though (I'm hesitant to use the term watery). Moderate carbonation that hits mid-tongue. There's a tiny bit of residual stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. This is the weakest element of this brew for me, as it doesn't quite have enough meat to it to match up with the terrific taste & smell and the medium ABV.

D - My criticisms of the mouthfeel actually contribute to the incredible drinkability of this brew. It's like chugging hop-flavored water. Absolutely the quickest drinking single IPA I've ever tasted - dangerous stuff.

MasterSki, May 02, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. There is no bottling date on the bottle (22 ounce). Beer is heady and aggressive. Carbonation moderate to high and steady. After a careful pour I got about 6 ounces into my glass, the head took up the rest. White tiny bubbles giving way to larger bubbles at the top, looks like soap. Beer is light amber in color and mostly clear. There is a slight haze to it. There is aton of lacing as the head falls away from the glass.

This beer does not lack in the aroma department. The strong head and steady carbonation fill the immediate area surrounding the glass with the smell of pine. There is a hard to define sweetness about the smell as well. A very inviting IPA aroma.

I've been slowly adding more beer to the glass as the head disappears, its almost time to drink. Strong bitterness and a slight aftertaste of more pine based hop flavor. There is some funk in the midpalate of the beer so a slight deduction. Body of the beer is medium, its not as if you are chewing the hops down its less forced than that. Overall the drinkability is good and I think this is an excellent example of an American IPA.

drabmuh, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Alpine IPA thanks to imperialbeachbrw. It is good to have a few to compare their offerings.

A: Pours with a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with brilliant clarity and lighter toasty orange honey colored beer.

N: Nice hops to start, a little pine, lots of citrus and fruit, some fresh musty resinous aromas, lots of nice fresh hops. This really smells fresh. A slight earthy bite to the musty almost wet hop aroma. A slight golden malt aroma but very light in the background. A little orange, grapefruit, and tangerine in the mix.

T: Starts lighter in the mouth, with very little malt. Mostly this is hops presented. Lots of fresh wet hop tastes too with some pine hop resins. Again more fruits, orange and tangerine. A niece strong bitterness is starting to bit my tongue as it goes. Juicy hops as well, with some light grassy hop flavors too. SLightly watery though as the malts are nowhere to be found.

M: Lighter than expected and slightly watery, with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry, with more bitterness attacking with the dryness together to form another 1-2 punch. THe bitterness is not overwhelming though, very tolerable. More musty fresh hop flavors, with more pine dominating the hops. Some fruits and citrus, little tangerine still. I get some mouth smacking pine in the back of the tongue too, long after the swallow. Finishes very clean as well.

A nice west coast style IPA again, lots of nice fresh hops, and tasty. Just lacking a little in the body and malt department for my tastes at least, but def worthy.

jlindros, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a good size layer of head that remains along with some lacing.

Smell: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Sweet apricot shows up along with the grain.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness along with some pine notes. I'm picking up some malt backbone along with a hint of apricot. The finish is made up of a mild bitterness and is a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Another very good west coast IPA. I would say that the taste of the finish is the weak point of this beer, but it's still fantastic. Definitely want to have again.

oline73, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

mactrail, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces almost a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through this beer. The beer is a murky, copper tinged, amber color that shows a fairly hazed (though I can see the lettering on the other side of my glass if I hold it up just right) pale amber tinged, copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely dank smelling; it is quite thick with hop aromatics that leans towards hemp oil, a slight garlic-chive note and cheesy pine needles that are all backed by a bright fruit notes of lychee and tangelo zest. The herbal character is definitely dominant, with the fruit playing a supporting role and nothing of the malt being noticeable at this point. If you really dig into the aroma the hops take on a woody and pepper like character; and the woody character really seems to be accentuated as the beer warms up. Really though this just reminds me of sticking my head into a bag of fresh "hemp" buds.

A touch of sweetness up front is accentuated more from the hop fruit character than sweet malt, but both play a part. The beer dries out as it rolls across my tongue and there is a herbaceous hop character that lingers with notes of pine, piquant hemp oil, very woody pepper and just a green hop quality. This is not aggressively bitter (especially considering how hoppy this beer is overall), though there is a fairly gripping bitterness to this beer that is accentuated a bit by a light carbonic bite from the low-medium level of carbonation here. Some touches of garlic chive and cheesy dank hops adds a definite edge to this IPA. The fruit character is perhaps a touch more subdued than it was in the nose, but does contribute flavors of lychee, tangelo, grapefruit zest and bright Curacao orange peel; the last three get accentuated in the finish as the beer lingers on the palate. Some soft, cracker like grain character comes out towards the finish of each sip as the beer warms up, but the malt definitely plays a secondary, supporting role here. This beer is pretty light and quaffable, especially for its strength and this is exactly what I like to see in an IPA

I wonder if this still only has Simcoe and Amarillo hops in it, this tastes awfully dank and herbal for those two hops alone, or perhaps the crop they used was fairly different from what I am used to. Definitely a hop lovers IPA, my personal preference wishes that more of the bright fruit character from the Amarillo hops came through, but this certainly serves up a needed hop fix right quickly.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Blue Palms,

A: Pours golden with a nice white head, some lace.

S: Fragant pine and cedar hops, tropical notes, robust.

T: Incredibly tasty and interesting, an amalgam of great hop character, from pine/wood to tropical fruit - pineapple and guava. More flavour than 90% of the DIPAs I've had, truly wonderous. I'm in Simcoe heaven rigt now.

M: Chewy and resiny with hops, but has a lightness and crispness about it on the palate which makes it very easy drinking.

D: One of the best IPAs I've ever had, a must try again if I ever see it on tap. This beer is beautiful, my new favourite IPA I think, just wish it was more available.

Halcyondays, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

beernads, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, Calfiornia. Reviewed live. Acquired at the brewery. Expectations are high given its current ratings. I've had this before on-draught and loved it. 7% ABV confirmed. I'm a big Alpine fan.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and very good retention. Colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty vibrant, but predictable for the style.

Sm: Nice floral hop aroma with hints of hop bitterness. Evocative grapefruit citrus esters. Lovely pale malts. Clean and fragrant. A mild to moderate strength aroma. It's refreshing and subtle. Very pleasant. Nectary character. Hints of hop oil.

T: Brilliantly floral and nectary, with divine grapefruit character. Citrusy and luscious. Clean and refreshing. Delightful pale malts build the light foundation, which allows the hops prominence without intruding. Very subtly executed, with incredible balance for an IPA. Light oily character. A bit creamy. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Quite complex for an IPA. Hop bitterness is nowhere to be found. Really an incredible taste. I'm amazed by the balance.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. Near perfect carbonation. Dryness and coarseness comes through on the climax to coax out the flavours. It's not as oily as many IPAs. Good thickness. Feels custom-tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable. I like it and I'd definitely get it again, preferably on draught. Well priced at Alpine. An incredible IPA that I'd definitely recommend to friends. Amongst the best beers in the style, for sure. Very refreshing. I could down this all night.

Would pair nicely with spicy food.

A poor candidate for aging. Drink fresh. I had an older bottle of this from Wally's Wine and it had dropped off considerably.

A-

kojevergas, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle received in a recent trade, courtesy of WeeObese.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a frothy 1.5 finger white head that as decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting cap.

Sweet citrus hop aroma that is slightly earthy with a faint grahamcrakery malt presence. Hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango and pineapple accompany the dank oily resinous hop presence. Slightly piny giving it a touch of earthiness and a subtle malt backbone with hints of biscuit and graham cracker. There's also a sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

Slightly chewy, resinous medium body with a lot of dry earthy hop bitterness up front along with some tropical and citrus fruit flavor all slightly balanced by a subtle malt backbone.
Very earthy up front with a lot of dry pine bitterness which lingers throughout into a very dry finish. The citrus character from the aroma is there but very less prominent than I expected or hoped for. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit along with some pineapple notes. Subtle malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. There's also some strong sweet alcohol evident mid palate and the high ABv is not very well masked. Overall this beer is a bit to dry and bitter for my liking with too strong of an alcohol presence and not enough balance. The balance that I speak of is not a lack of malt, just a lack of the flavors blending with each other. Not nearly enough citrus, sweet flavor for my taste. Decent but a bit overhyped.

corby112, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks womencantsail.

The beer is a clear bright golden glow with a thick slightly off white head supported by a steady stream of tiny bubbles of carbonation. Lots of thin streaks of lacing as well. The aroma is the highlight of this, exploding with sweet tropical and citrus fruits, particularly pineapple was my first thought. Flavor follows the nose with an initially sweet citric and tropic hop flavor but though out the body and into the finish the malt backbone and a slight graininess start to balance out the sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thick, with soft carbonation, resulting in a not particularly clean or crisp taste and finish. The finish almost tastes watery at times. Overall reminds me of Sculpin and has the aroma and flavor of an exceptional IPA, but the body leaves something to be desired for me.

yourefragile, Apr 05, 2010
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.