Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,227 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 33
Gots: 202 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 05-30-2010

Detour blazes the trail for fresh and bold Double IPAs. Four varieties of hops combine to step up the flavor profile. A hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character.

74 IBU
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Ratings: 1,227 | Reviews: 264
Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! If you are a hop lover and want a refreshingly unique and new beer experience, then Uinta Brewing is for you, specifically their Double IPA called Detour. It has a whopping 9.5% ABV and a respectable 74 IBUs. This beer focuses on dynamic flavor and plenty of variety instead of palate wrecking hoppiness—which is fine, but this is a nice change to the DIPA class.

Look: This pours a thin head if poured gently and a medium head if poured vigorously. I got a nice thin head on mine that was more of a silky coating than an actual head, but I did that on purpose. The color is an orange gold with light hues of yellow in the right light. It is very clear and crisp and you can see columns of tiny delicate bubbles rising to the top incessantly.

Smell: This beer has an amazing variety of smell and taste. I smell brown sugar malts laced with toasted oak, pine, nut, spices, and a zingy zazziness that floats delicately above these aromas.

Taste: The flavor is excellent and with stunning timing between the various aspects. I get a mild flavor of brown sugar malts which lend their sweetness (but not too much) and toasty cracker which takes its time to melt into waves of fruits and spices; coriander, black pepper, mango, clementine, piney hops, grassy notes to follow, cola, bread pudding, noticeably delightful yeast, and even raisin. There is a long lingering bitterness on the tongue that makes you almost forget the contrasting sweetness found at the beginning. This is a great timing between the flavors that makes each sip memorable. The alcohol is noticeable the entire time which gives a nice cut to the sweetness and it complements the bitterness. Even still I wouldn’t say that the hops are over the top and I would go so far as to say this is reminiscent of an English-style barley wine.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an extremely smooth mouthfeel that gives way to effervescent carbonation that tickles the tongue and gives way to the bite of the alcohol and bitterness; a great orchestra!

Overall: I love this beer and even though I usually go for the more strongly hopped Doubles, I’d say that the unique flavors found in this beer make it a must try for any beer advocate and especially those hop heads out there. Be sure to serve very cold and poured into a worthy glass. Cheers!

Photo of mlrbuendia
4.66/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the greatest Utah has to offer b

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive hop aroma. Mix of pine and tropical fruits. Certainly has some booze and spicy notes, but digging this

Photo of hopper10two
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Super aromatic and flavorful double IPA

Photo of Peter1977
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Just not what I had expected from unita

Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well composed DIPA, Looks good in the glass. Amber. The Aroma is like Citrus, Pine, very floral, Tutti Frutti.... First sip. mhhhh , I like the creamy taste, very fruity. Good Carbonation, harmonious finish. Very well balanced. Good one.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours brilliant amber under a persistent 2” dirty white foam collar that grips the side of the glass
S: Citrus, fresh cut wood, traces of mint, perfume, floral.
T: Fruit, biscuit, lightly sweet, traces of anise and cola, long lingering bitter aftertastes.
M: Big creamy body just short of chewy, slight astringency on the finish, finely bubbled soft carbonation.
O: A big, well balanced double IPA.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Uinta Detour Double IPA, from the Crooked Line Series. 9.5% ALC by VOL. Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Do I count this as a Chicago beer, even though it's from Utah? We haven't had Uinta in MN in quite some time, not since they started this series. Let's say yes.
Some gobbledygook on the label, which I'll recite to you later.

Nice, bright crimson, coloring, prodigious head, full and flowering, soon drifting down, looking good.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal-y, slightly spicy, with plenty of malt aromas, along with fruity esters. Not the usual one we expect from a double IPA, not the typical pine and citrus stuff. More of an English IPA/double IPA. now, to drink!

Taste: Malt forward, this one. More earthiness, some fruit, more apple, cherry. Rich, slightly sweet, and the booze is kicking in. Hops are tingling, slightly higher bitterness…but not enough hops in this one. I'm getting the feel of an English barley-wine, more than anything else. Higher alcohol, major malt, big hops, but not really standing over the others.

Let's check out that gobbledygook: "Detour blazes the trail for fresh and bold double IPAs. Four varieties of hops combine to step up the flavor profile. A hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character. Venture to pair with other spirited flavors such as those found in spicy ethnic foods."

If I were writing a spoof, I'd write that last sentence. Holy crap that's some terrible gobbledygook!
It's a double IPA, in a sense, sure. Double up an English IPA, with more malt than hops, and you've got a barley-wine. As that, it's okay.

Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color almost like maple syrup. Good head retention with a lot of lacing. Crisp hoppy taste, with definite signs of grapefruit, kind of earthy. Finishes dry and with hints of sour citrus. Can taste a good amount of the 9.5 ABV. A very good brew, but not elite in my book.

Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish/amber brew, darker than most DIPAs.

Surprisingly bitter and fruity. A little syrupy on the mouthfeel, but otherwise carrying plenty of pine, citrus, and a touch of tropical fruit.

An excellent overall DIPA. I'm surprised by the relatively low rating, because I think this really stands out as very, very good.

Photo of MisterGone
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep hazy copper with a khaki head which holds nicely. The aroma is of piney, resinous hops with a little alcohol pop in the nose. Flavor starts with the pine and resin hop profile, but this dealt some solid competition from a bit of a boozy taste. A hint of lemon at the back, with that last alcohol blast. The profiles of this beer are promising, but the high ABV is unmasked and as such makes this a little harder to drink for my delicate palate (such a wimp...).

Photo of stickydankhop
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a bitter grapefruit taste to me. Has a faint grapefruit and honey aroma. Yes I would drink again. No I would not go out of my way to find

Photo of JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coppery amber liquid with a off white foam that disappears rapidly. Sticky lace. Smells of ripe oranges and citrus groves. Flavor: orange marmalade, earthy, lightly spicy and herbal. Medium bitterness. Caramelly malt body is substantial. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes lightly bitter, orange pith, with an alcohol presence.

Photo of JamesMN
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freebie from my local beer store. Best before 5/29/15.

Appearance: Caramel/orange and hazy as hell. About of finger of off-white froth.

Aroma: Overripe orange. Some caramel.

Taste: Pretty much par for the course when it comes to double IPAs that aren't designated West or East coast. A big caramel malt body stacked to the roof with orange citrusy hop flavor and medium earthy bitterness. The 9.5% ABV is not present in the flavor but is provides a ton of malt presence. Not sure what the IBUs are but I'd put them at about 80 as its not a palate wrecker. Sweet finish of caramel malt and moderate earthy bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Upper medium in body with average carbonation for the style and slightly below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Really just an average DIPA all around. Basic earthy bitterness paired with orange citrus hop flavor and a big caramel malt backbone. Newbies to the style may appreciate the flavor but it just isn't breaking any new ground. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A lovely clear deep copper colored body holds up a cream colored head. Head recession is minimal as a thick film is leftover. Thick bands of lacing remain.

Aroma: Juicy, piny, and herbal. A touch of spiciness on the back end.

Taste: An almost syrupy-sweet malt bill is at the core of this beer. Hops bring the flavor of herbal spices, pine, and cedar. The ABV emerges with a little heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: A beautiful looking beer with great aroma, but a bit syrupy and lacking some needed fruitiness in the taste. Still very solid.

Photo of buckslayer50
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a big fan, may revisit though as the date to drink by was three days ago

Photo of InkedinRi
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very malty beer. Was hoping it was really hop forward kinda disappointed.

Photo of beertunes
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice beer, but pretty typical for the style. Slight bit of cardboardy oxidation.

Photo of HooRy9er
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm into these big IPA's

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very resiny, grassy, dank aroma with big citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Fairly balanced between the contrasting genres. Biscuity malt is subtle.

Flavor reveals more malt support, slightly sweet, which counters the initial sharp muddled citrus that leads into resiny bitterness at the finish. Notes of pine emerge in the aftertaste.

Hops certainly dominate and run the gamut of variety, albeit lacking in my beloved tropical fruit notes. Nice malt presence, though, which supports well. The finish is just very astringent.

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Quite tasty.... hoppy and citrusy with just a pinch of lingering bitterness... very crisp and easy to drink... never would know it's 9.5%
A fine west coast dipa for sure

Photo of kbcrawford90
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Creamy head. Pine, orange nose. Piney,hoppy, orange, earthy taste with a little bit of a boozey finish.

Photo of bluehende
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decent all round IPA. Nothing great nothing wrong

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque straw colored with a clumping off-white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Strong floral and piney hops.

Taste: Strong bitterness up front, then sharply runs into slightly sweet malt, wheat, never quite stands up to the hops. Hops linger in the aftertaste for a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Good strong IPA, not for the faint of tongue.

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the LA Live Yard House.
Slightly hazy, yellow gold with a tight white head. Good retention, nice looking lace lines.
Fresh hop aromas, grapefruit, citrus, all hops.
I thought it was quite well balanced, with enough malt to keep it from being too bitter and harsh. Citrus peel, some pine, herbal or leafy hop finish.
Solid mouth feel and body. Very drinkable despite high alcohol and bitterness.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.