Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 847
Gots: 202 | FT: 17
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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:
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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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's. Pint glass.

Pours a clear, light golden color with a cap of nice white foam; minimal lacing and so-so retention. The smell is a flowery aroma, and as it warms, a dose of sweet caramel malt, blood orange, and milder citrus. The taste is beautiful flowery and pine on the back end, and again sweetish red orange and caramel malt. This tastes amazing. Medium body, and the light carbonation is spot on. Overall, an exceedingly drinkable and delicious IPA; it would be hard to improve on this.

Photo of zeledonia
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. My first beer from Alpine. Tasted 20 March 2013.

Pours a very clear orange. A gentle pour to leave the yeast in the bottle, doesn't produce much head at all. What's there is white. Decent lacing.

Smell is great citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Big grapefruit, more on the sweet side than the tart. Juicy and full, nicely sweet beneath the hops. All together, it's smooth, well-rounded, and cohesive.

Taste is full of positive flavors, nothing off. Lately I've had a lot of IPAs where the most noticeable characteristics are negative, so even neutral would have made me happy. But there are lots of good things in here. Picks up where the smell left off, pleasantly but delicately sweet, like just the right amount of honey. A little tropical fruit layered on top, with just a soft twang of grapefruit rind bitter in the back. Balanced, leaning to malty, but with enough hops that I don't forget what it is.

Feel is exactly what it should be. Medium-bodied, just the right amount of stick, keeping the flavors around just as long as I want them to. Carbonation is spot-on as well. Tough to get much better.

This is a top-notch IPA. Balanced, a bit more malty than hoppy as IPAs go. But the malts and the hops are both excellent. And it's got enough fruity hops that I certainly can't complain about calling it an IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Cresant
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Crystal clear gamboge body topped by two incredibly dense fingers of magnolia merengue. Perpetual retention. Thick creamy lacing and oily legs.

Pure aromatics - orange blossoms, orangesicle, tangerine, honey and evergreen with a clean faint malt presence as well. The perfect balance between Simcoe and Amarillo.

The orange flavors explode on the palate and are joined by a slight tropical note (though not as forward as Sculpin) akin to pineapple and passion fruit. The pine notes are subtle and earthy, combining well with a slightly toast note which leads to a pleasantly crisp and dry finish.

Not quite medium-bodied; soft, almost pillow-like mouthfeel, with high carbonation; astringency expertly reigned in.

Alpine has really raised the bar with their IPAs - this is no exception.

Photo of kristougher
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful golden/copper pour with 3 fingers of bright white fluffy head giving off ridiculous amounts of lacing while slowly dissipating.. lots of visible carbonation. a really pretty looking beer. the aroma of hops is blowing my mind right now. from a foot or so away i get a huge hit of simcoe, the closer to the nose it gets, i get a nice piney/grapefruity scent.. lots of sweetness/caramel. the flavor is simcoe up front, totally. the second i put the glass down after the first sip, i start tasting sweet malt and start getting floral hop notes and light refreshing grapefruit like citrus. a very nice refreshing ipa and quite honestly very mellow on bitterness for the aromatic hop bomb it is! a lovely beer all around, really happy i got to taste some alpine brews finally. the mouthfeel on this is MADE for summer. highly carbonated, medium body.. refreshing, but not lacking on flavor one bit. this is a damn great ipa.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold with an orange tinge and a finger of white frothy head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells wonderfully of citrus hops. Touches of tropical fruit and just the slightest malt presence.

Starts off with a bright citrus flavor. Rounds into a bitter piney resin finish. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation.

My favorite of the Alpine regular IPA's, but still prefer Hoppy Birthday. I very much enjoy this beer given the chance.

Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ulcers are bad. Beer is good.

Light, straw body; plenty of handsome white head up top. Surprisingly bready aroma with a kiss of sweet malts before the piney hops take the reins. I suspect there were fruity notes to this aroma too, though ~2 weeks after bottling they are gone.

Crisp, smooth taste. Bready, very dry, grassy, hoppy, bitterness is under control. Pretty well balanced for a Single IPA.

Photo of zekeman17
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Lucnifter
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of codynevels
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased May 10, 2011 from the Alpine Beer Company Brewery
Consumed May 12, 2011

Bottled poured into a SA perfect pint.

This beer pours a clear brilliant orange with a slightly off-white head that foams to just under a fingers width and fades quickly. The head leaves little lacing throughout, but remains in a thin layer sitting on the beer. Here is where this beer really shines. The smell is a strong citrus. Grapefruit mostly, with orange as well. Fantastic smelling beer. After the initial smell, which to me, is unmistakably citrus grapefruit, there is a strong piney hop presence as well. What allows this beer to stay balanced in the nose is a slight sweet maltiness. The first taste again is a ton of grapefruit, however the piney hops show through more, and this beer finishes with bitter hops, kept in balance again by a slightly sweet maltiness. The taste of this beer really shows what hops can do in the right hands. Dominated by hops, but balanced at the same time. This beer is medium bodied with medium carbonation. It goes down really nicely, I could put these back all day.

Overall there are not enough good things to be said about this beer, in my opinion. Definitely the best single IPA that I have tried.

Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev -10%
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.

Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.