Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Duet | Alpine Beer Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
851 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
DuetDuet
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by SteveO1231 on 12-31-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
851
Ratings:
4,219
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
17.67%
 
 
Wants:
819
Gots:
841
For Trade:
18
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 851 | Ratings: 4,219
Photo of Jwale73
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 22oz. bottle served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a honey-gold with a dense, half-inch, bright white head. Excellent head retention with some spotty lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose was sweet grapefruit all the way. Taste consistent with nose - sweet to start, some bitterness in the mix, but incredibly balanced. Mouthfeel was light-medium and very lively. An exceptional IPA that approaches a DIPA in flavor profile without the big abv. Another top notch IPA from Alpine.

 520 characters

Photo of Trappissed
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second time I've had this beer and this first time seemed more fresh than this. It reminds of Pliny or Sculpin in the fact that if its not perfectly fresh, its a different beer altogether. This is substantially bitter in a good way. Floral and hoppy.

I agree with a previous reviewer who said this tasted like honey and nectar. I believe that is what a little age has done to transform this. I can't really remember the exact differences with this compared to the fresher version, but the former had more citrus and less bitterness. Still enjoyable, just make sure yours is fresh.

 594 characters

Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Simcoe and Amarillo are arguably my two favorite hops so expectations are high for this one.

A-Pours an easy golden color...a small whisp of white head on top...really rims the glass nicely as you get deeper in

S-Incredible aroma....sweet tropical fruits...pineapples, mangos, papaya all dusted in powdered sugar...also interestingly enough I get some strawberries, along with the juicy citus notes of mandarin oranges, tangerines, and sweet grapefruit....awesome aroma...It is not an immense aroma but it is the scents are fantastic...also in there is some toasted maltiness...

T-Tough to match the aroma but the taste is pretty close....bitterness is secondary....hop flavors are in the front...a lot of the tropical fruits and citrus but with a real nice toasted malt backbone.

M-Just about perfect for an IPA...body borders on pale ale territory which makes this highly drinkable...nice lingering bitterness on the long finish but not particularly dry..

D-I was expecting a lot and got a lot...top quality IPA..perhaps the only knock would be the less than sturdy body which does feel a little watered down at times as I drink more and more of this. really takes on more of a pale ale persona....None the less I love this beer and would like to have many more.

 1,269 characters

Photo of MisterClean
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at south bay drugs.

A - Poured copper with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated fast and left no lacing.

S - Roasted honey, nectar esters, citrus, and light bittering hops.

T - Roasted honey, nectar esters and bittering hops. Where did the citrus go? The roasted honey could have been tannic.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced. Finishes rather dry for a standard IPA.

D - Not bad. A good quaff, definitely not top 100. The tannic flavor killed the citrusy hops.

 481 characters

Photo of TexIndy
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery during my San Diego trip last week. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but since got at the brewery it's gotta be fresh and well handled. It was a slightly hazy golden color with some floaters in it. Lots of carb streams and great lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly settled into a foam.

The aroma was excellent. The Duet in here is Amarillo and Simcoe hops "in harmony" and they blended amazingly. Very pleasant floral hops, grapefruit and pine. A real joy to sniff over and over. The taste followed the aroma and again was outstanding. Starts out with a little malt and then the hops kick in and build to a bitter finish. Dry finish as well. I really liked the hop mix and the touch of malt keeps it from being overly bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is solid with slightly creamy texture. Dry finish as noted. Carb was too high and tinkled the tongue right as the hops were cresting so drowned them out a bit.

Overall, an excellent AIPA that I most highly recommend. Worthy of the hype and praise. During my trip, I got to try a sample on tap at the brewery and then several more pints on-tap at the bars. On-tap is slightly better but the bottle is still excellent. They are an amazing brewery and can't wait to try the rest I brought home. Rotation: not avail here but I have a source who lives in SD so this will become a regular shipment. At about $4 for 22oz's you can't beat the enjoyment to price ratio.

 1,478 characters

Photo of mikey711
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: bright yellow with a slight tinit of gold. Soapy white head that was only about half an inch thick. There is minimal lace and average carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: Pleasant, but light floral and citrus hops. Wish that is was a bit stronger in terms of smell.

T: A burst of grapefruit and tangerine hit initially before transitioning into more of a pine taste. Very rich flavor and no soapiness which I have found to be present in some other alpine brews have tried recently.

M: Light but full bodied. Nothing harsh and the hops dont leave any overly powerful tones.

D: This is nearly the perfect session beer. I feel like I could drink this one through the day no problem and definitely the best alpine beer I have tried.

 737 characters

Photo of sholland119
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this great extra from goodspeed94. Thanks, Jon.

A-Clear coppery amber, a little bit of quickly dissipating white head and no lacing.

S-Hot diggity! Fresh, clean, pure citrus. Tangerine, grapefruit and orange. Absolutely awesome!

T-Where did all that malt come from? I mean, it looks malty but the hops are so dominant on the nose that I expected the hoppiness to be brighter in the taste. This is nicely malty and earthy with only hints of the citrus in the finish. Nice but not quite up to the nose.

M-Medium bodied and crisp, nicely bitter.

D-Really tasty with a slightly high ABV for the style. Still, I would be very happy to have another.

HV

 656 characters

Photo of jjayjaye
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ultra pale golden color that first appears effervescent but is actually laced with suspended micro-particulate. The collar is better that a full finger deep loose foamy and off white and in nature. A nice amount of Belgian lacing left behind each mouthful. The smell has a really nice balance of floral citrus-pine perfume and sweet maltiness. The flavor presence wanders around some and in the end is suggestive of that same piny element. I am really enjoying this beer. However, the body abandons the experience IMO. It's as if the bottom drops out. I'm half way through the glass and now notice that those unique little floaters have settled to the bottom and don't quite cover the half dollar bottom of this most recent shapely Ithaca receptacle. Very drinkable; it feels so light that it surprises me to find that there is 6.7% ABV. This one has a whole lot to consider. Many thanks going out to radshoesbro for this opportunity!!!

 945 characters

Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a golden amber color, smallish ivory head with retention around the edges and decent lacing, pretty clear on the first pour

s - bright orange and tangerine rind aroma, decent amount of biscuity malt as well, not much alcohol evident on the nose

t - citrusy and malty sweetness up front which quickly evolves into a strong orange and lemon bitterness, good deal of biscuity maltiness on the tail end of the mid-palate and into the finish, citrus bitterness comes back in on the finish, not much in terms of alcohol presence

m - medium-to-light bodied, lower-carbonation than most IPAs, pretty drying on the palate, not much alcohol warming

d - this is a pretty big single IPA, but rather drinkable all the same, complex enough to keep things interesting, enough sweetness to lend some body to the bitterness (but not too much, this is a SD IPA)

Yet another great IPA out of the San Diego area. I'm curious to see how this compares side-by-side with Sculpin.

 971 characters

Photo of ckeegan04
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.

A - Golden brown and crystal clear. Big frothy white head that settle to a pillowy one finger cap. Spotty lacing left all over the glass.

S - Very strong tropical hop aroma. Faint biscuity malt backing. Hops are certainly the center of this one. Pineapple is the primary fruit that comes through in the nose but I alos pick up a little mango and a light candy sweetness.

T - Candied pineaplle and other assorted tropical notes. Light biscuity malt backing. Very hop forward without being a tongue buckling hop punch. Finishes with a clean sweetness.

M/D - A touch on the light side and little too much carbonation. Overall a very easy drinking a good IPA but just a touch off the mark from great.

 739 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Finally in the bottle. Pours not very pretty brown tinted honey. Some light almost white head, lots of cling lace.

S - HOPPINESS GALORE. Almost an ouch. LOL.

T - Lighter than expected, nice malt center, overwhelmed by the hops. Duet hops are perfect for this beer.

M - Creamy, balanced, carbed...all good.

D - Extremely drinkable.

 338 characters

Photo of Bitterbill
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

This is the centerpiece around which Topher and I built our trade. Here's to some good drinking, I'm hoping...

"Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!". Ok. How's about putting some bottled on or at least best by dates on your bottles! ;^)

It pours a clear gold ingot colour, or gold coin, or whatever gold you may have stashed away or are wearing. They don't get much more gold looking than this one. Nice 1" head of foam with some good lacing, this is one beautiful looking IPA.

Taking a few whiffs and the hops are fragrant as all hell. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit and some pine dominate in a big and fresh way and in between, I can sense some malt sweetness that doesn't really balance out the smell at all but it's nice that it is there.

Sip....sip...sip...yep, the hops are big in the taste as well, grapefruit and some mango with a little bit of pine, all representing but....the malt shines a lot more here than what it did nosebud wise. Some caramel malt sweetness takes the "sharpness" off just the right amount that I like in a hoppy IPA and that always sits very well with me. In fact, the more I sip, the more I notice the malt but I guess that's because I'm "looking" for it. lol. Anywho, this super fresh brew is tasting amazingly good.

A very nice medium, smooth, mouthfeel with lightish carbonation, it would be easy to say the hell with it and gulp the sucker down but that is not my modus operandi.

Drinkability? It's entered as 6.75%abv, my bottle says 7.0%abv but whichever it is, and I'm leaning towards the 7(because my bottle says so...maybe a change from version tap vs version bottle?), this is highly drinkable! Alpine brewing did a great job here and Mauerhan did a great job sending this one my way. More BAs need to try this!

 1,806 characters

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up by my buddy ArthurPendragon. Consumed on 10/11/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears a transparent and vibrant golden with a one finger fizzy white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose is of orange, grapefruit, and a little pine. The floral hop presence is strong, and the malt is light and crackery.

The flavor opens up with pine and bitter grapefruit. It's quite resiny, and the malt provides a crackery foundation. It makes its presence known without imparting any real sweetness. Bitterness is at an upper medium level. The finish is dry, light, and crisp, with lingering pine/grapefruit bitterness.

Upper light bodied with a dry and sticky mouthfeel. As I noted with the bottle of Nelson that I tried earlier tonight, carbonation could be kicked up a notch. It's at a pretty low level for an IPA and not as carbonated as the draft incarnation. Great stuff. A light and flavorful IPA, though I definitely prefer the draft version to this bottled batch.

 1,003 characters

Photo of nickd717
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap, reviewing from notes from a couple weeks ago.

A - Clear golden-copper color with a substantial white head.

S - Aroma is lots of piney, citrusy hoppy goodness and a little sweet malt. Definitely a west coaster.

T - A touch of sweet bready malt, then loads of fresh piney and citrusy hops. Some pineapple and orange notes. Really tasty and hop-forward.

M - Medium-bodied with a crisp and refreshing palate.

D - Very high. Overall this is another awesome IPA from Alpine.

 492 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at O'Brien's in San Diego in August 2009.

A: Golden copper with a nice white head.

S: Lots and lots of tropical and citrus hops going on with a little bit of pine.

T: Wow, much like the nose with plenty of hops in this thing. While I don't think that this is quite as good as O'Brien's IPA from Alpine, this simply solidifies the fact that Alpine is right up with Town Hall, Bell's, and Russian River as the best damn place to get an IPA from.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Superb. I absolutely loved this one. Had at the same time as Nelson Rye and this one was definitely better. (Also had Exponential Hoppiness at O'Brien's that evening, and this one was definitely better in my book.)

 735 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from a growler purchased at Alpine and I also had a glass on tap at O'Brien's the day before. Bright orange color with a white head that really laced the glass. The smell was a little pine but mostly bright fresh citrus fruit, excellent. The flavor was like nectarines and oranges, so juicy and hoppy, fantastic. This beer really impressed the hell out of me and I hope I can get my hands on a couple bottles if they release them.

 446 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunny Day
Liars club
drinking beer and eating shrubs

Lovely golden fluffy head
whitish top that smells like bread

super hoppy
super clean
when I say IPA, alpines knows what I mean

Drinkability is freakishly high
finish is clean
with a faint hop cry

 251 characters

Photo of callmemickey
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

 1,161 characters

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at O'Briens, and I'll be going back for more of this one, for sure. Watch for this one to rise up the top 100 as it becomes more available.

Appearance: Amber color with whitish head and decent lacing, nothing too defining compared to other IPAs similar ABV and hoppiness. Just delicious looking, but then again IPAs in general really just get me excited for beer.

Smell: Wow, there are a lot of citrus notes here, with a touch of grassy, piny, floral notes in the background. I felt orange, mango, maybe even pineapple up front with a lot of enjoyable sweetness as well. Almost Sculpin-like in not being the traditional piny IPA style and not too malty either, but sweet, aromatic, citrusy hops.

Taste: Another winner. Citrus hops bust in, followed by the sweetness from the combined hoppiness and malt. The malt's presence is short-lived, however, much like other Alpine brews, yielding more to that scrumptious hop profile. Just yum. I want to brew an IPA like this to have year-round since they are just so aromatic and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Around average. Not too wet, but a little dank. Carbonated appropriately, but doesn't stand out too much on tap. I wish they bottled this.

Drinkability: Delicious. I will be back. And soon. I wish this was more widely available, but I will be having it again soon. Watch it rise up the board, it deserves it.

 1,362 characters

Photo of OlieIPA
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler with a couple of friends while visiting SD this past week...which was awesome by the way! Anyways, we went back to the condo the very same night and polished it right off. Thanks for a great weekend guys!

A: A darker golden hue with a very fluffy and off-white head that was pretty immense. The lacing along the side of my tulip was impressive as well.

S: The initial smell hits your nose with tons of citrus-like hops...similar to a tangerine, orange, and mango mix. The more vegetative and piney aroma seems to hit later on, along with some diacetyl properties.

T: The malt body is light during the initial stages, but becomes sweeter and fruitier (grapefruit perhaps) as it sits on the palate. There is also mild back end bitterness and hop flavor that adds a nice touch to this beer.

M: Slightly dry, light body, and decent carbonation.

D: I've tried this beer a few times now...and the more and more I drink...the more and more I fall in love with it. I prefer the Nelson over this one, but this probably the most drinkable Alpine beer out there.

Overall: Saw this on tap at Toronado SD last night and found myself ordering this over Pliny the Elder, Expo Hoppiness, Blind Pig and so on. Hope that explains how I feel about this beer. A must try. Cheers!

 1,286 characters

Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port

A: A very interesting yellow golden color with a white head.

S: Lots of sweet citrus, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of pine.

T: Very similar to the nose. Tons of citrus and floral hop flavors, and a good balance of maltiness. A pleasant bitterness on the finish.

M: A bit sticky and sweet, low carbonation, medium bodied.

D: Great balance of flavors and aromas. I would drink this one again if I got the chance.

 437 characters

Photo of GJ40
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on tap at the Stone World Bistro in Escondido.

A - Golden with good clarity. A moderate white head that leaves behind plenty of thick foamy lacing.

S - Fantastic floral and fruity hop aromas.

T - Loads of floral and citrusy hop flavor with a mild malt contribution and a touch of bitterness. I wasn't a huge fan of the Pure Hoppiness or Exponential Hoppiness but I love this one.

M - Silky and smooth with a nice low carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Smooth, flavorful and quite memorable. This is an outstanding CA style IPA.

 543 characters

Photo of bulletrain76
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler from the brewery on release day, consumed the next day. Hazy gold-light orange with a sticky white head. Ripe apricot, sweet grapefruit and lots of tangy nectarine in the aroma. Like a tangy hop-fruit salad. Almost no malt in the flavor, just pure fruity and spicy hop flavor. More bitterness in the finish than Nelson, though still not strongly bitter. Medium-light body with a dry finish. More of a classic fruit hop profile than the grapey nelson, but very tasty. One of the most drinkable IPAs that I've ever had. Alpine is owning the IPA segment right now with a handful of amazing examples that all have their own flare.

 634 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 645 characters

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of JessetheHutt shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a light clear amber with a solid soapy white head that lasted a longer than I expected for a growler pour and left decent lacing.

The aroma just about knocked me over when I opened the growler. Big, thick, resinous pine hops just jump out of the glass with a hint of bready malts in the background. As it warms a little, the Amarillo hops really start to join the party with oranges and grapefruits mostly.

The taste is dominated by the sweet tropical citrus up front with pineapple, oranges and grapefruits. The malt backbone is there but hardly noticeable as the finish brings the pine hops back to leave a resinous bitterness that builds up after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty sticky with hops that tingle the palate.

I really liked this beer as it has tons of hops and plenty of bitterness but remains extraordinarily drinkable...like, "I could drink the whole growler" drinkable. A great beer.

 1,015 characters

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe