1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

Not Rated.
Duet IPADuet IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,707 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 775
Gots: 136 | FT: 9
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)
View: Beers (45) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,707 | Reviews: 485 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of match1112


4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another alpine courtesy of ehammond1, thanks! you sure know how to pick em!

half inch of off white creamy head sits atop of a crystal clear bright copper body. head has good staying power and excellent spider web lacing making abilities. I can smell the floral presence in this beer several feet away. also hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange with a subtle caramel malt presence. taste is heavenly! more big bright citrus flavors. tastes just like it smells. has a med-lite mouthfeel. carbonation is right, bitterness is just right for me. overall i have nothing bad to say about this beer, but if i had to pick something i would say i can't. love it and you will too, now go get a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 13:17:17 | More by match1112
Photo of Paccamacca


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-01-2013 02:08:14 | More by Paccamacca
Photo of DustinSWB


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2014 21:14:03 | More by DustinSWB
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to KWMiles for the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a dark gold/light copper color. Head is small and bright-white. Drops to a tiny wispy cap with a small collar. Splotches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and a slight spiciness. Loaded with tropical fruit. Solid malt backbone pushes some biscuit notes along with a slight caramel malt sweetness. Deeply floral, like.crazy flower petals. Almost perfume. Almost cotton candy in the back. Light pale maltiness as well.

Taste: A crazy blend of Amarillo spiciness coupled with a solid bready and sweet malt backbone. A bit of caramelized malt sweetness. Slight biscuit finish. Some lingering bitter pine needle. Oily with some hints of ruby red grapefruit. Some slight candied malt sweetness as well. Very mellow and balanced, like seriously. Some grassy notes. Crazy floral.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish to light body. Moderate carbonation. Nice and clean. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: We can sing the hits.

Another stellar Alpine beer. A damn drinkable IPA with enough west coast flair. So very drinkable and balanced. Winning.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 17:50:44 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of leftoverburrito


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-09-2013 21:48:26 | More by leftoverburrito
Photo of pkalix


5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-16-2014 22:30:33 | More by pkalix
Photo of coldmeat23


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-12-2013 15:41:54 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-23-2014 18:05:53 | More by FUwolfpacker
Photo of zekeman17


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

06-09-2013 13:00:40 | More by zekeman17
Photo of starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to queens1130 for including this in along with my last box of Bruery RS stuff!

Beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. It's got a really aromatic aroma that has both big floral and citrus notes with a light biscuity malt aroma backing it up. The flavor here is really excellent both the floral and citrus aspects of the nose come through very nice into the flavor, and the malt backbone is just enough to balance the flavor, but very minimal. It's got a little bit of sweetness up front and then has a nice bitter (but not too bitter) hoppy finish. This beer is exceptionally easy drinking! Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a really nice carbonation and something almost sticky about it - impressive. Overall, this is a damn good IPA from Alpine and one of the best single IPAs out there right now. It had been a while since I'd had it last and I'd forgotten just how good it was.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:26:55 | More by starrdogg
Photo of paco1029384756


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to OlieIPA.

Pours a semi cloudy golden orange color with tow fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of bitter, earthy hops, a hint of caramel, and a light maltiness. Nice and hoppy, but not very bitter smelling, balanced well for a West Coast IPA.

Taste of bitter, grainy, earthy hops, grass, a bit of caramel and a faint maltiness. A very tasty and hops forward IPA without being too bitter.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with a nice bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:44:50 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of jeff1973


4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders pint glass. Got it at the brewery, not more than a week old.

A - Clear dark golden yellow, almost orange. Eggshell head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - Peaches, cut grass, a little cat piss. Can also smell so light bread.

T - Follows nose. Stewed peaches, light citrus, a little cat piss. Light bready character on finish. Finishes dry, but not bone dry. You can still taste a hint of the peaches afterword.

M - Medium, but on the light side. Good blend of creaminess and crispness. Carbonation is medium.

O - Great subtle IPA. Lots of good flavors w/o being overwhelming bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:03:23 | More by jeff1973
Photo of mc4z


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-11-2014 20:39:06 | More by mc4z
Photo of vinny21bal


3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

11-29-2013 17:45:33 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of Phillyz


4/5  rDev -9.5%

06-21-2014 18:44:52 | More by Phillyz
Photo of Soneast


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

12-23-2012 18:35:07 | More by Soneast
Photo of jwat


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

02-24-2014 13:10:50 | More by jwat
Photo of PicoPapa


4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:48:30 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of artoolemomo


4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-08-2013 21:50:42 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of ralphw56


4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-25-2014 19:53:52 | More by ralphw56
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 06:33:53 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/31/13

Big thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bottle

Appearance: Golden copper with a slight chill haze - pours with a fluffy white head, fades quickly to a small cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Somewhere between absurd and mind-shattering - honestly, this smells like some kind of tropical fruit juice - explosive tropical notes, including pineapple, mango, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit - straight-up hoppy resins and aromas, like sniffing a fresh packet of hop pellets - some light, pale, and caramel malts in the back - extremely clean

Taste: Hoppy, in an extreme way, yet not aggressively hoppy - absurd amounts of melon, pineapple, and tangerine - extremely fruity and juicy, yet not sweet - medium level of bitterness, spot-on for the style - some pale and caramel malts in the background, not particularly notable - very clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, adequate carbonation, could be a tad more crisp

Overall: Unrelentlessly awesome

This is one of the finest IPAs I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It figures that it's so hard to get. This was American Craft Beer 2013 pre-fest beer #1. And honestly, it may have been better than anything I actually sampled at ACBF. Curse you, Alpine!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 16:04:02 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of avaldivia


4/5  rDev -9.5%

02-01-2012 07:48:05 | More by avaldivia
Photo of mmulebarn


4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

01-04-2014 23:09:00 | More by mmulebarn
Photo of pisano


4/5  rDev -9.5%

05-08-2013 13:39:03 | More by pisano
Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.