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Duet IPA - Alpine Beer Company

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Duet IPADuet IPA

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.92%
Wants: 841
Gots: 202 | FT: 17
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 mmulebarn
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of dense white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops mix very well together to create a nice hop aroma. Bready malts and a touch of caramel help balance the hops.

T: Hop flavor is quite strong, floral hops are now strongest with an underlying citrus flavor that goes very well with a dry, yet slightly bready malt base. I really enjoy how the floral hops mix with citrus. There is a sweetness to help balance, but the beer remains fairly dry. Bitterness is kept fairly low.

M: Medium thickness with low, creamy carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. The floral hops are quite nice and an underlying citrus flavor goes well with a low bitterness and moderate sweetness.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with some nice white head. Looks fairly solid for an ipa. Smells buttery... There is something off about this beer. The smell isnt horrible but there is something truly weird going on here .the buttery smells carry through onto the palette. Tastes buttery with some hops as well. I can see where the hop profile would be pretty desireably if not for the weird buttery flavors overwhelming everything. The mouthfeel is solid but the off-flavors make it not very drinkable

EDIT: had another bottle. Muuuch better. Scores have been boosted to reflect this.

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper, 2" heavy white head with good splotchy lacing.

S- Sweet malts, light citrus and spicy hops.

T- Light honey malt, some citrus but more spicy/pine hops.

M- Light bodied but not thin. Amazingly drinkable for 7%, this would be a great 6 pack Ipa.

O- Very good IPA. Well balanced honey malts and hops.

Photo of number1bum
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mymrnngjckt has shared a bottle of this on two separate occasions and both times I've been very impressed.

Pours a slightly hazed tangerine orange color with a nice off-white head. Lots of carbonation results in pretty good retention.

Smell is bursting with juicy hop goodness. Tons of grapefruit, pineapple, sweet oranges, some pine. Very juicy nose, so fresh and aromatic.

The taste is also full of juicy hop flavor. This beer really showcases the citrus and tropical fruit qualities of the hop varieties they chose. Grapefruit and pineapple dominate, with a bit of lemon, orange and grass as well. There is just a hint of sweetness here but it doesn't need much because this is not an overly bitter IPA.

Mouthfeel is a very crisp medium body. Good, active carbonation in this one. Doesn't have the slickness or creaminess of some IPAs, but the lighter feel and crispness makes for a very drinkable brew.

As I said earlier both times I have had this I've been very impressed. Just so much juicy hop character. I'd be very glad to have this with regularity.

Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a solid pour you get about a finger of just off white foam, majority medium to larger bubbles with below average retention, runs down to the surface quickly, the lacing sticks in random splotches more than streaks. The liquid has a zinc orange metallic look to it, much closer to yellow than any red, no cloudiness, a few trace bubbles here or there, consistent down to the glass bottom. Hop-driven nose of pretzel dough, salt, pine cone, herbaceous matter and earth, gets right up in there and starts scrubbing, plenty of brawn in the grapefruit to blood orange scents too, not a lot of fruit, mixed white pit fruit, thin dusting of cocoa powder accounts for the presence of malts. Close to full-bodied with a noticeably firm mouth feel, the carbonation has the grit of semi-fine sandpaper, persistent from mouth entry through finish. The tangy white grapefruit, orange, lemon citrus zings your tongue alongside the pine, iron flecks, pepper and salt bits. Were the total experience more “wet” the peach, nectarine, apple fruit might appear more tropical. Cocoa, mocha accents dry themselves, offers some yeast to multigrain bread dough. About as “chewy” as a regular IPA can get, not really an easy sipper but deserves attention for achieving personality.

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Damian
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 fl. oz bottle
Served in a pint glass
Acquired in a trade with fumner

Wow, this label is pretty crazy. What the heck does a church have to do with this beer? Also, the "Drink Alpine ale or go to bed!" quote on the back is pretty random, but pretty funny. In any case, the beer poured an amazingly clear, brassy color with a frothy, bright white, one-finger head that left spotty drips of lacing along the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy and complex. Peach, apricot and grapefruit notes were instantly recognizable. (Peach flavored candy came to mind.) Tropical fruits (mango and pineapple) were noticeable as well. Somewhat floral. The crystal malts took a back seat to the hops, yet they provided a pleasant sweetness. A hint of butterscotch came through as the beer warmed. The hops also seemed to intensify with time. This is an IPA in its finest form.

The taste was nearly as impressive as the aroma. Sweet-ish caramel malts were noticeable up front before the hops kicked in. Citrus fruit notes (tangerine, orange and grapefruit) dominated the hop profile. Peach and apricot flavors appeared as well. The finish was piney and oily. Grapefruit zest came through strong. Crisp, clean, bitter and somewhat dry but not overly astringent. This beer had just enough of a malt presence to keep the hops from being harsh.

The mouthfeel was quite creamy and smooth. A crisp, lively carbonation made the liquid feel light and fluffy on my palate. My only complaint was that the body seemed a touch thin for a beer of this magnitude.

Duet is liquid crack for hop heads. Packed with a menagerie of hop-derived flavors yet shockingly balanced, this beer is all too quaffable. Furthermore, the 7% ABV was remarkably well hidden. I can only imagine how good this must be on-tap.

Photo of rawfish
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours stunningly clear copper hue. Very small half finger of white head from a smooth pour. Tiny wisps of lacing on the glass with below average retention for the style.

Full wholesome bready malt with a touch of sweetness cloaked with a steady orange citrus and pine hop aroma. Pretty standard stuff here for a west coast ipa. Nice and attractive but certainly not different.

Malt lightens up considerably here to provide less of the bread to almost a delicate wafer flavor. Pine, sandalwood and floral hops, very uplifting. After the drink there is a distinct bitterness that dries and vanishes nicely along with some alcohol.

Light on it's feet, this one floats like a butterfly w/o the sting from the bee. Carbonation is there but compliments the drinkability as does the body. Bitterness and alcohol all but disappear from the palate leaving you ready for the next draw. It can't get any better than this.

This ipa grows on you the more you drink it. A finesse fighter with perfect balance and feel. Doesn't throw hoppy haymakers but draws you in until you submit. Alpine really knows how to craft a hoppy beer, meticulous and expertly built.

Photo of dkw0063
3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of FrankHammer
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ralerwen
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beagle75
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

A: Light amber in color, with 1.5 fingers of white foam head that diminishes to a residue after a few minutes. Light lacing remains.

S: An onslaught of flowers and fruit. The smell does not remind of hops, or even of beer, but of some ambrosial substance.

T: Primarily light, acidic fruit (unripe apple, lime) with little complexity other than increasing bitterness in the finish. There is slight alcohol heat present--while unexpected in a beer of this style, it isn't really aggressive enough to detract from the enjoyment.

M: Minimal carbonation makes this beer feel slightly heavy and syrupy, which is outside the ideal range for the style.

D: This beer is a pleasure to drink, constrained only by the fact that, after repeated tastes, it seems a bit one-note. Any comparison to Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA is both appropriate and well-deserved.

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

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is OUTSTANDING! Lovely tropical and piney hop notes with some nice citrus hints. The hoppiness in the nose is just so distinct with a hint of burnt malt. Taste just explodes with clean and fresh hop flavors with a solid malt backbone. Not enough to make this any short of an amazing west-coast style IPA, but just enough to know it's there. The tropical fruits really come out in the Simcoe and Amarillo hops used. Finishes with bittering hops and melon flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...creamy yet refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is awesome. Very tasty and drinkable with no detection of 7% ABV. Alpine just knows how to make IPAs, that's all there is to it.

Photo of starrdogg
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.

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.

Photo of Soneast
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of callmemickey
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of cuda7051. Poured into a large tulip.

A: Dark golden-orange body. Crystal clear with a nice stream of carbonation releasing straight out of the center. Large creamy white head that slowly receded while leaving a respectable amount of lacing down the sides of the glass after each sip.

S: The rich citric aroma was detectable the second i unscrewed the cap of the growler. In the glass, assertive tangerine, orange, mango, and nectarine aromas dominate over the background of a slightly resinous pine hop note.

T: Disappointing! Compare to the nose that is :) I knew it would be hard to live up to the exceptional nose, and the taste is certainly superb, but not the equal of the nose. Sweet citric hops like those described in the nose are present and ride atop a soft malt background. Not as assertive as the nose though. Clean bitterness in the back end.

M: Soft, light-medium bodied. Good, consistent carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.

D: An exceptional IPA right up there with Sculpin, Blind Pig, AleSmith IPA, Masala Mama and Furious as the tops in the category. This is an easy drinking brew that does not skimp on flavor and aroma.

Duet IPA from Alpine Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.