Duet | Alpine Beer Company

BA SCORE
95
world-class
4,325 Ratings
DuetDuet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A soon-to-be favorite, if it's already not. This single IPA boasts pine, citrus, and cedar notes from Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,325
Reviews:
870
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.93%
 
 
Wants:
808
Gots:
879
For Trade:
16
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely tremendous IPA. Full bitterness without the extreme hops and malt of a DIPA. Good amarillo orange flavours, and grapefruit. A bomber was a satisfying fill. Generous white head, above average mouthfeel. Good carbonation, balance.Thanks Augustgarage.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal orange amber with a large, pillowy and firm pure white head.

Nose is all perfumed fresh pineapple.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium to full bodied, although the carbonation is a bit to assertively "fizzy" for my liking and is quite off-putting for me.

Flavors are layered and complex. Lots of burnt toast and bitter coffee; big bitter pine and resin. Front palate is lots of oranges and citrus that goes to bitter pine and grapefruit oil.

Finish is long lasting bitter pine and lime.

Some will surely like this one for its nice flavor profiles. Unfortunately, this is one of the few brews I've tasted where the mouthfeel simply ruined it for me.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light yellow color with an immense 4 inch head that settles into a plateau of foam. I had to pour this beer and wait for the head to settle a few times before I got a decent glass. Thick globs of lattice lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of fresh citrus zest, tropical fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of citrus zest, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a slight touch of honey. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation on this beer. A bit coating in the mouth. Overall, a very good IPA and a solid offering from Alpine.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

incredible ipa, thanks to falling rock for somehow having these beers on tap! this is just insane, and incredibly highly anticipated by me for years, what a pleasant surprise to happen on these! this was the best of the three in my book, and by a mile, one of the best beers i have had this year, certainly on the hoppy side. paler than the others, but also the only one of the three with any haze to it. holds a half inch of white foam for an entire pint. the nose is great, i sweat i smelled nelson hops in here, but it must be some new expression of amarillo i am not familiar with, because this seems so much more southern hemisphere, tropical, and alive than anything coming from california. maybe some wheat malt in here too for body, it has a just short of creamy texture to it, very soft on the palate, but briskly carbonated as well, just how i like my ipa. the flavor is insane, the hops are awesome, and i could never guess simcoe and amarillo if i was quizzed on it, suggesting i either dont know as much as i give myself credit for knowing, or that this is done with some magic, some technique and process or even quality of ingredient that is entirely new to me, im hopping the latter, but am fine with either, as this beer makes everything seem okay. minimal bitterness to the finish, but there is something weird and uncommon in here too, and that is a crazy sweetness in the middle. sort of confectioners sugary, but almost like coconut in the raw, or even pineapple juice for a second, just a strange sweet that lingers long, but it tastes fantastic, and doesnt hurt this for me in the least, makes it even more distinct frankly. overall a world class ipa without a doubt, and really the only one of the three i had that is worthy of all this hype. hoppy birthday was good, but this one takes the cake (good pun!)

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a massive foamy white head on top. There is a bunch of floating particles in this as well. The smell of the beer has a big hoppy fruit aroma. Some sweet pineapple and peach aromas make this beer really nice. The taste of the beer has a slight pine flavor with more fruit flavors like peach and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely balanced and gently carbonated. Overall this is a very good IPA. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Twisted Elm Tavern, Elmwood Park, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mango and passionfruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of tropical fruits along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't seem to be nearly as aggressive compared to many of the other West Coast IPAs that I've had, but the tropical fruit aromas and flavors imparted by the hops are very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In true "west-coast" style, Alpine's duet claims a true taste of the vernacular with a dry caramel backbone that's completely dominated by grassy and fruity bitterness.

The beer pours a mainly bright golden amber hue that's only kept from brilliance because of its dry-hopped haze. As its cottony white head billows above, its persistent honeycomb pattern lasts until the final sip and laces the glass strongly with intricate and concentric character at every drink.

Boastfully aromatic, its perfume of citrus and herb rests on red grapefruit, mandarin, pineapple and apricot early and then fresch-cut grass, chive and a back note of cannabis. all this transpires on an armature of thin caramel, graham cracker and fructose-type of tangy sweetness.

Its taste greets the early palate with that wafer thing honey and caramel melange with a light pep of gingersnap beneath. But once the fruit-flavors start, there's no turning back. Juicy, vibrant and fully ripened, the citrusy, tropical and orchard fruit character is mouthwatering and highly refreshing. As the hops trend bitter and earthen, the fruit pulp turns to pith and peel while reeling in the grassy, herbaceous and resinous flavors that grip the gullet with bitterness and bite.

While juicy and creamy to start, the beer makes quick work of its structure and nose-dives into a dry-malt scaffold that supports the clean and piquant bittering. Its effortless finish lingers on with citrus and leaf as its slim warmth goes largely unnoticed.

Duet is a beautiful waltz of Simcoe and Amarillo hop variants- each complementing the deficiencies of the other to near perfection. With just enough sweetness in support, the hops dance on the tongue with delight.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kojevergas
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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-

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours hazy and amber with good stickage is impressive and some strands of lace

Smell: Citrus and tropical fruit, with a floral cast as well; plenty of tangerine, pineapple mango and grapefruit elements

Taste: The malt provides the perfect canvas upon which the bitter hops do their thing, with all of the aromatic elements noted on the nose appearing on the tastebuds both before and after the swallow; there is a bit of biscuity flavor underneath but this is otherwise all about the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the west coast IPA style

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jay for sharing this west coast IPA.

Poured into a Goose tasting glass/mini nonic. Golden orange, a tiny bit of suspended sediment that looked to be hop particles. Plenty of sticky lace coating the glass, with a lasting degree of retention. Sticky, resiny, leafy hops in the nose. Citrus blast hits you nicely on the first whiff.

Rich flavor with sweet caramel, earthy Simcoe, vegetal hop bitterness, maybe a 7/10 on the bitterness scale. Plenty of citrus, bitter orange peel and grapefruit pith. Medium bodied, with a slightly viscous feel. One bomber is easy to finish. This is a solid example of a West Coast IPA...

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a super large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of pure lupuline with floral notes of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is also dominated by some of the most delicate floral hops aromas I have encountered with fresh citrus notes. Malt base is dry and although discernable doesn’t take away any attention from the hops profile. Body is about average with good carbonation. Those guys are probably my favorite IPA brewers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A tangerine colored body with brilliant clarity. The head is two fingers thick, frothy, lasting.

Smell: Resiny, floral hops dominate the aroma. Little bit of orange-like citrus, but largely floral. There's a light crackery malt profile, but it takes a back seat to the massive hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Massive hop flavor up front; floral, resiny, citrusy, faint touch of tropical fruit. Very dry. The malt foundation brings to mind crusty bread; it doesn't contribute anything in the way of complexity, serving more as a foundation for the impressive hop flavor. Light bodied, quite soft and easy to drink. Bittering hops are strong but pleasantly restrained, perfect for the body and ABV.

Notes: I shared this with a friend and he commented that it had an English ale character to it, only with massive American hops. That's a good way to describe it; it's distinctly different than the Blind Pig we followed it up with. Softer, lighter, perhaps not as crisp and crackery as most West Coast IPAs, strangely cask-like. Wonderful stuff in any case, nearly perfect for the style.

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