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:
4,215
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
Wants:
819
Gots:
840
For Trade:
18
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 851 | Ratings: 4,215
Photo of Nugganooch
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this brew many a time at great establishments like O'Briens and PizzaPort. It is nice to finally track down some bottles and give it a review.

A: Pours a perfect looking clear straw pale ale with some dull copperness to it. Head is an amazing fluffy 2 fingers and as white as the snowy Alpine caps on the label. Some clingy intermittent lacing.

S: Perfuming with citrus and pine oils. I get whiffs of grapefruit rinds and sweet pineapples. Really lovely.

T: Tastes of deliciousness. A nice hoppy pine and grapefruit profile up front. Vibrant with candied citrus and tangerine. Melds into this subtle caramel and bready malt note. Well bittered - peppery but not over the top. ABV's barely even make an appearance. Fantastic IPA.

M: Sticky on the lips and tongue but very light in body with a creamy texture. Finish is crisp and prickley that dries out the palate a bit.

D: Super hoppy and light in body makes for quite the sessionable IPA. A great showcase of hops here that still has the malt to back it up.

Drink Alpine or go to bed. I love it! Let's just say if you have Duet in stock or on tap I am buying. Top 5 IPA list for now..although that is a revolving list.
Snoogens!

 1,200 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful hazy, golden-yellow with a big fizzy, frothy, bright white head. Good lace and retention.

S: So floral and juicy. Huge resiny hops. Like freshly bloomed flowers. Pretty sticky and pungent. Some pine and freshly cut wood. Every aspect of a hop you want to taste in an IPA. So well-rounded.

T: Even more amazing than the nose which I didn't think would be possible. So fragrant and floral. Fruity, juicy, citrusy, woody, resiny, piney. Everything! A delicate but full-flavored IPA that has so much to love about it. Unbelievable.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation with a perfect amount of dryness and perfect body and feel. Top notch. Amazing bouquet of flavors explode on the palate and leave a very pleasant taste.

O: Not much I can say other than I was blown away. I knew how great this beer was going in and I knew Alpine is one of the best when it comes to IPA's but this was a dream. So incredible.

 918 characters

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this one from BA mohaghandi as an extra in a recent trade. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can find on the bottle to indicate when it was bottled or by when it should be enjoyed. Poured into the Speigelau IPA-specific glass.

Appearance - Poured with standard aggressiveness, which yields a creamy two-finger eggshell colored head consisting of mostly small, densely-packed bubbles. Retention is quite good, with the head never completely receding, instead settling as a half-finger buffer atop the body. That body is a slightly hazy blend of brassy amber and saturated carrot orange, with the darker hue residing in the bulbous part of the glass, and the lighter hue in the ridged base. There is sticky, sparse lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the liquid down, but doesn't quite reach the level of full on rings.

Smell - Wonderfully fragrant notes of tropical fruit--mostly mango--alongside more pungent aromas of tangerine and citrus zest. To be honest, it's the impression of more the sweeter side of the citrus spectrum, with not much in the way of grapefruit or pith. Maybe some blood orange as well? There is a nice bready malt base under the tropical-citrus explosion, but it stays out of the way.

Taste - A lot of the same characteristics as the smell, with mango, passionfruit and tangerine leading the way, but now some interesting bitterness comes in by way of red grapefruit and papaya. The grain base is there, but again is content to sit backstage, ensuring that nothing goes wrong while the deliciously fruity hops dance out on stage in full spotlight. Very easily consumed and drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a refreshingly juicy aspect to the feel.

Overall, just an excellent IPA. And as I'm aware it's made with Simcoe and Amarillo, I can't help but think to myself that perhaps Amarillo is my favorite hop of all. It seems to be present in many of my favorite beers. This one is no different. Too bad I can't get Alpine in my neck of the woods, or online, for that matter. Not that I'm saying anything that hasn't been said about this beer, but if you see it, and you like IPAs, get it. End of story.

 2,214 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 ClavisAurea
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: bottle is tall and thin branded both with Green Flash and Alpine logos. Beer pours a well carbonated golden yellow with a nice 1 finger white head. Very clear and classic West Coast IPA looking.

Nose: piney, citrus, grapefruit, a little malty sweetness, orange peel

Taste: bitter and delicious, piney, citrus, oranges, some sweetness, enough body to balance the delicious beer.

Overall: one of the best IPAs I've ever had, my first from Alpine. I'm glad Green Flash is distributing their beers not. Maybe I'll see some of their barleywines this winter.

 606 characters

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to weeheavySD for the growler!

A: Fairly tame golden copper color with a clean complexity. Just a few bubbles meander up to the top. Head is medium sized with a decent creaminess to it, a basic whipped butter color.

S: Vibrant green grapefruit zest, lemon essence, distant pine forest wavering on a subtle breeze, strawberry fields, watermelon and crystallized mango. Exceptional aroma.

T: Starts off with that “Alpine” buttery hop sensation that massages the tongue with its smooth texture. There’s a little bit of yellow apple, green melon, clover honey and a whole lotta star fruit. You know that flavor that hits the tip of your tongue when you bite into a plum? I get a lot of that as well as iced tea and marjoram. The flavor sort of falls short after this point and doesn’t get any more complex. The flavor lingers for a while and is quite nice but finishes right about here

M: Medium body and soft

D: Seriously quaffable and easy to drink. The growler really didn’t stand a chance. It wasn’t the most complex beer but it has a really nice flavor with long lingering flavor.

 1,109 characters

Photo of Blakaeris
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is rich orange and grapefruit, along with a good bit of piney hop.

Taste is grainy toasted malt with hints of brown sugar. Then the pleasantly fruity hop quality steps in. Finishes relatively sweet with only a mild piney hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Overall a pretty tasty IPA. Plenty of dry hopping to create a fantastic nose.

 471 characters

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alpine just knows how to make juicy IPAs. This one had lots of nice piney qualities balanced well with floral notes from the hops. I really liked the overal hop profile and felt the bitterness was held in check very well.

 221 characters

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold in color; light in carbonation; very thin white head that leaves lazy lacing.
Smell - I pick up a blend of pine and citrus; very nice, but not outstanding as I hoped it would be.
Taste - makes up for the nose; great hop flavors of citrus, pine and some grass; delicious!
Feel - hop bomb, yet relaxed enough not to blow your head off!
Overall - this was one that I've waited for some time for; a bit disappointed, because I was expecting much more...that being said, this is a well crafted, hop forward IPA that I would no doubt have again!

 590 characters

Photo of younger35
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew this morning from Masterski. The description on the back of the bottle has me pumped. Full of Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Badass. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light yellowish orange with a massive three finger bright white head that is brilliantly fluffy. A perfect one finger cap and collar is left the entire brew along the thickest ring like lacing ever.
Smell- Super mild nose as it's a bit florally and ever so slightly fruity. Rose hips and lilac dominate (not sure if that's the right word since nothing really 'dominates') but a bit of orange zest and lemon peel are noticeable. Something spicy in there as well. I'd swear some rye was used.
Taste- Very light and almost delicate (first word that comes into my mind). The hops are lightly fruity with a very delicate grapefruit and grab apple features. The bitterness is so lightly fruity and nicely balanced. As it warms the orange peel and lilac really show and more of the floral side comes out. I get an ever so slight grainy sweetness in the finish but for the most part this is hop central. Balanced, fruity, hop central.
Mouthfeel- Considering the delicacy of the beer, the mouthfeel easily holds its own. They didn't get skimpy and kept this thing helfy. Low carbonation adds for a nice oily, creamy feel.
Drinkability- Brilliant. So light and easy drinking and everything an IPA should be. I wouldn't say it's the greatest beer I've ever had, but it's possibly the easiest drinking IPA I've ever had. Awesome brew, thanks Alex!

 1,550 characters

Photo of match1112
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 696 characters

Photo of Wer34truh
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, yet fairly dark golden color with a small head.

Smells intensively of citrus-laden hops. There is also some exotic fruit in the nose, pineapple comes to mind.

Taste is surprisingly subtle for a West Coast IPA. Mouthfeel is light, and quite juicy. Taste is defined by citra, pineapple, some slight malt. A lot of general sweetness as well.

This is a very enjoyable IPA, but I wouldn't call it great. But I would definitely down a lot of these if they were distributed around here.

 500 characters

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Green Flash made, best by 12 May 2016. Seriously, can we get a bottling date??

A: Poured into an IPA glass to a clear and bright gold topped by two fingers of dense and slightly rocky head that leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of juicy citrus with some notes of grapefruit and a little pine. Slight malt sweetness on the nose as well.
T: Taste is juicy citrusy hops with some grapefruit, a little pineapple and some pine resin. Slight toasty malt note adds some balance and the swallow is more oily hop notes with pine and grapefruit rind leading the charge
M: Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with perfect carbonation and a nice oily finish from the hops.
O: This is a great beer with some fantastic flavors and complexity. This his all the right boxes as a West Coast IPA. Definitely one to grab if you see it.

 831 characters

Photo of fox227
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say that I opened this bomber with great anticipation. I'm lucky enough to live near a bottle shop that carries this beer, but even then securing one isn't exactly easy.

Appearance: darkish (for a pale) golden color, some head, but barely any retention, but good lacing, and rather high carbonation.

Smell: citrus and hops predominate, this is the kind of beer that should be made into a candle. It's so good smelling.

Taste: Now we get to the important stuff. This here is an IPA and shows off that West Coast style to perfection. A hop-bomb hits your palate at the beginning, with lots of citrus and floral notes, and then there's some caramel peeking through at the end to offer some semblance of balance. Who am I kidding, IPAs don't need to offer balance, it's like the cherry on the sundae, here.

Mouthfeel: lots of hops, but not harsh at all. The carbonation tickles my tongue, and then finishes dry.

Overall: as far as hard to get WCIPAs go, I'd say I prefer this over a Sculpin, and at a dollar less, is one of the few IPA bombers I'd consider over-paying for again and again.

 1,101 characters

Photo of sukwonee
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden yellowish brown color with 2 finger fluffy head, lots of lacing.

S: Smells like grapefruit, pine-y hops, floral aroma.

T: Surprisingly maltier than I expected. Quite bitter, but you can taste the malt. Citrous, Grapefruit, pine, finishes slightly bitter (but not too bitter).

M: Medium thickness, good amount of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this one, but it wasn't anything mind blowing. I much much prefer Nelson over this one.

 448 characters

Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into pint tumbler. This IPA was overly sweet and rather disappointing, in view of the build-up for this and the rest of its beers upon Alpine's arrival in Mississippi.

 187 characters

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Alpine Beer Company - Duet IPA

Got this one thanks to a trade.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy orange to copper to amber with a small foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is grapefruit citrus and a hint of bready malt, but the hops take center stage.

Taste - Big grapefruit citrus punch that gently fades into floral and leaves a slight sweet bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Rests sour citrus and very dry. Great drinkability. It's actually a bit of a gulper from the dry element. Light and crisp. Slight stomach warmer.

Overall - This is one of those times where one dimensional is a compliment. Grapefruit citrus blast, no bull.

 665 characters

Photo of chugalug06
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full, four-finger head on top of clear orange brew. Head has great retention and lacing, decent legs too.

Light, crisp, orange, red apple, apricot, coriander.

Smooth, crisp, wet, complex bitterness. Carbonation light and provides a pillowy smooth foam on-top of the strong flavors of orange, apricot, guava, and mild pine. Nice drawn-out sweetness. Very punctual flavors. Not heavy on pine, very reliant on other strong flavors.

If I had one word to describe this brew, it would be smooth. This brew rocks, highly drinkable. No date on the bottle, but I can tell the hops have faded and have fallen apart a bit. It's still nice and crisp, just not as strong as I had at GABF. Definitely recommended. I'd love to re-review as fresh as possible.

 749 characters

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear orange with a one-finger creamy white. The head fades fast leaving a light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and floral hops.

T - The flavor is orange, grapefruit, piney hops, and a sweet malty backbone. The finish has a nice lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a damn fine IPA that definetly lived up to the hype.

 431 characters

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
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?

 1,044 characters

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold body with a huge white head left thick tight rings.
S - Citrus, mango, and pine. A great hop combo.
T - Follows the nose. A little more pronounced on the pine resin. Balanced nicely by the light malt.
M - Medium-light body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - An excellent brew. Very happy that Alpine is now in MA. A little pricey, but well worth it. Seek this one out.

 387 characters

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice bright gold color with a 1 finger white head

S- has the aroma of pineapple and mangos. also has some earthy almost grass like aroma to it.

T- The beginning is a nice grassy citrus flavor with the middle adding a lot of hop bitterness and it ending with a nice carmel biscuit flavor.

M-Medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a good IPA. Nothings super special about it. I would def drink it again but wouldn't seek it out. Very good ipa but just very 1 dimensional and nothing that sets it apart. Still very good.

 547 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bomber a perfectly clear orange-gold with a dense and creamy white head with lots of nice lacing left behind.
The aroma is tropical fruit, candied fruit and floral with, perhaps, a touch of sweet biscuits.
Taste of pine and herbs hit my palate first with orange juice, mango and grapefruit following. Some pleasant herbal notes and a slightly bitter finish follow. Lovely balancing malt body as well.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Pretty fine.

 449 characters

Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. HUGE thanks to javib458 for throwing this fresh bottle into a trade. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Poured a nice golden-orange color that is slightly hazy. Bubbles are scraming up from the bottom of the glass. A nice white, 1.5 finger thick head forms and retains very well.

S - Grassy, floral hops with some piney notes all up front. Grapefruits, pineapple, orange and mango all right in your face. Some biscuit malts in the background

T - Really follows the nose quite well except the malt backbone stands out much sweeter than the nose. The hops are really juicy and the malt backbone nice and buttery.

M - Medium bodied with a nice effervescence from the carbonation. Slightly dry and resinous at times.

O - REALLY outstanding beer. Flavors are all great and really stand out as a great American IPA. A must try for the hop heads out there.

 912 characters

Photo of craytonic
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Iridescent orange, much less head than I expected, same goes for the lacing.

Smell: Malt, citrus, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango. Perhaps I got an older bottle, but the hops are a bit more subdued than I expected.

Taste: Very clean, similar to the aroma, but a bit lacking, lots of pine and pine resin

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Similar to two hearted, etc.

Definitely a notch below pure hoppiness in my humble opinion. Needs a "bottled on" date.

 495 characters

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 4,215 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 Fest® 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