Duet | Alpine Beer Company

DuetDuet
BA SCORE
4.34/5
4,381 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
Ranking:
#371
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
4,381
pDev:
7.83%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
818
Gots:
900
Trade:
16
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JamesStreet
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Reagan1984
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special Thanks to Jctribe25 for providing this gem. Patrick is a great trader and great guy...

The head is like a nice light whipped topping. Egg shell in color with decent retention.. The beer is a very light amber or a light brass color. Maybe at the intersection of the two. A small amount of light carbonation rises to the surface. Wonderful sheets of lacing remain in the glass reminding you how great the beer was.

Aroma is unreal. So floral & perfume like. Bursting with juicy hops and screaming fresh.. I smelled the beer for several minutes before even tasting it.. Lots of fresh citrus peel.

No surprise why Alpine IPA's are so highly sought after. This is delicious. Wish I had a Sculpin to taste next to this. It's right up there in my book. The light malt flavor really is in a strange balance with the assertive hop flavors. Slight malt, cracker flavor. What's interesting about the hop profile is that it's as floral and herbaceous as it is bitter. It almost finishes smooth if that makes any sense. Definitely bitter on the finish, but not overpowering at all. Just wonderful.

Very light in your mouth with a medium/light body.. Just a light prickle of carbonation.

Drinkability?? Um YES. I have to consciously slow down to make sure I savor the entire bottle. I could quite possible quaff the whole thing before maximizing the experience. Next up tomorrow... Nelson.

Great IPA. Right up my alley

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Photo of zonker17
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a deep gold, hazy, with a half-finger of white head that fades quickly. Moderate level of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit and juicy citrus hops, with milder resin, melon and grapefruit rind aromas. Just a hint of biscuit malts underneath.

T: Tropical fruits and melon, orange and grapefruit citrus, a touch of resin and spicy hops, all over top of a sweet biscuit malty backbone. The hops hit up front, fade into the malt, then a nice hop bitterness shows up that lasts after the swallow - but not overly bitter at all.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation is fairly low.

O: This is really tasty, very well-done. The lack of enough carbonation sensation hurts the overall impression. But it still tastes very good. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of prototypic
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JessetheHut for sending me these Alpine beers. Much appreciated.

Duet pours a gold color. It's mostly clear and has a slight orange tint with a little light behind it. The head is absolutely enormous. It's off-white in color and stands over four fingers tall. It dissipates very slowly and is a little annoying in that respect. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends....very slowly. Good looking beer, but this is one of those rare occasions where less head would be good. Actually, I'm not sure I'll every say such a thing again.

The nose is extremely impressive. Duet is loaded with hops. I discovered that once I started pouring. Citrus pineapple and grapefruit lead the charge, though a healthy amount of floral notes follow. Hops are obviously the focal point and really shine. There are some malts lingering in the background. They add a light sweet smell and very subtle toasted aroma. I'm not complaining. I prefer big time hops in IPAs and this one smells like it's very consistent with personal preferences. Alcohol is blended well. Excellent marks here.

The flavor is every bit as impressive. Did I mention that this thing supercharged with hops? It's sweet and a little citrus fruity. Pineapple and grapefruit are the strongest flavors. Some floral notes are present, but they're not quite as strong as the citrus elements. It has a bitter bite that really delivers. The malt base works well for me. It adds a little sweetness, but I'm not picking up any caramel or toffee flavors. It is a little toasty, but the malts overall are secondary. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. My bottle indicates the abv is 7%, but it's well hidden. It finishes bitter and dry.

Duet has a light-medium body. It honestly feels a little light. Carbonation is also a little too buzzy for it to really have a smooth feel. It's not bad, but it could be better. Drinkability is very high. I love Duet's flavor and could easily take down another bomber if I had it. It's not too scary at 7% and goes down so easy.

Alpine certainly has a knack for making impressive IPAs. They're at the forefront on the west coast. Actually, they're at the forefront...period. Duet really is a well-rounded IPA that delivers. It would benefit a little from a thicker body and a little less carbonation, but those are small gripes. Duet truly is excellent. Seek out a bottle. It's worth it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by date July 04, 2016. My third beer from Alpine Beer Company, acquired a single bottle at the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a beautiful golden orange IPA body. One finger of frothy white head. Some okay sticky spotty lacing. Appears aptly carbonated, looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral. Wonderful hop presence

T - Beautiful, fruity, floral. A perfect pairing of hop florals and golden honeyed malts.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, & easy-drinking. Medium-light bodied with excellent carb.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My, does this seem overrated. It's perfectly fine IPA, but I'm not sure what others see to make this stand that much above the rest. Also, paying a premium price for this makes it even worse.
Now, that's not saying this isn't good, it is. Pleasing mix of fruit, flower, pine and herbs in the aroma. More golden and mostly clear. Has an aqueous look to it. Smallish white head leaves in pretty short order.
Nice complexity to the flavor. Robust hop flavors, again with the mix of fruit, flowers, pine and herbs but not matching the aroma. There is also a pleasing streak of hop flavors that really lay on the tongue and delay the presentation of the bitterness, which is strong but not over the top. The mix of the two stick around for a good long time in the finish.
Appropriate feel, at moderate and a little bumped up carbonation.
I think the complexity of flavors makes this separate from others, esp, with only 2 hop types. And the mix works well.
I did buy a 6-pack and this is the third one. It is better than the first two - which were really quite average. But with this one it touches on what others rave on.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vermilcj
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satchboogie
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (thanks brainthebrewer!) poured into a pint glass

A: Pours pale yellow/gold, completely clear. A finger and half of white head, moderate sized bubbles, decent retention, good lacing.

S: Smells like a fresh bag of hops. Slightly dank herbal, pine, floral notes, a little citrus (orange, light mango/pineapple), hint of grainy toasted malts and caramel.

T: Akin to the nose, though the floral and herbal notes come in stronger than expect while the citrus is well in the background. Big bitterness right up front. Very light toasted malt body with just a touch of sweetness. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lots of pine.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, touch of alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: A good IPA, though the hop character isn't my favorite and I'd prefer more malt (not necessarily sweetness) and more clean and crisp.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled at DLD '11 - thanks to the provider.

A: Clear straw body with a thin white head. Ok retention and lacing. Pretty darn average.

S: Hop-forward, fruity to the extreme. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Lovely.

T: Clean fruity hops and bitterness. Nothing but what I expect, and that's cool. Very tasty indeed.

M: Smooth, soft medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice.

O: Solid IPA. I can't wait to try more Alpine beers.

Cheers!

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Photo of dleiner
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz growler purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.
Poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Appearance
Golden with 1+ finger of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Orange zest, grapefruit, pine, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Grapefruit juice and pith along with some orange citrus. Some dank greens and resinous pine. Light honey and candy sugar maltiness. Finishes with orange zest, pine needles, and touches of onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, juicy, and semi-dry with a medium bitterness.

Overall
There is a beautiful balance between the Amarillo and Simcoe hops. Very classic west coast taste with added juiciness. I'm not as blown away with this as I expected but it is a very good IPA.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden color with a thin white head that shows good retention.

S: Some fresh pine hops. I don't know why, but only Alpine beers seem to have this wonderful pine hop smell. Along with the hops are some tropical notes and a bit of funk as the beer warms.

T: It's not as "big" as some of Alpine's other IPAs, but this is really good. Nice pine hop flavors along with a biscuity maly backbone. The hops don't leave a lasting aftertaste and the result is you feel like you could drink this one forever.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeMans
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shoegueuze
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours nicely, and it comes off sweeter, oranger in appearance, and way more floral than Nelson. A good ipa but Nelson reigns supreme over this one.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Duet from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 4,381 ratings
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