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

1,262 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 33
Gots: 229 | 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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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with bright clarity. A fat creamy head of light colored khaki foam that clings to the glass and leaves lots of lace. Nose is bright with orange and a pine. A bit of sugar to draw you in. A faint touch of earthy herbal that comes forward shyly as this warms. Candied orange peel. Taste is terrific. That orange is the bright and sweet. The hops give out a slight oniony flavor but I am very sensitive to that. Smooth and supple mouthfeel. This one glides across the palate. The bitterness peaks at the back end and the earthy herbal qualities resound for a time in the dry finish. The malt in this one comes forward almost slyly to reveal a light dry biscuit, tempting brown sugar and a light caramel. Pine stays light on the palate and a bit of grapefruit tartness shows up late int he drink. This has a graceful and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear deep bronse with a great sticky two finger white head that left two solid rings of lace as it settled slowly,poured with a great clarity.Nice grassy and citric tones in the nose,not in your face but well done,a bit of leather as well.Like alot of DIPA's I find it a little sweet but the hops give a good shot of herb and grapefruit,the alcohol sweetness hinders the drinkability a little.Its a pretty good DIPA and reasonably priced,I would get again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a thick, hazy, brownish-orange in color with a good head.

Smell - The hop profile is rich and complex with a nice, bitter tangerine but the malts are overly biscuity for the style.

Taste - The hops are a little less pronounced at the taste but again the malts are huge and full of English-style biscuits.

Mouthfeel - This is a huge, full-bodied DIPA with good carbonation and a strong bitter finish in spite of the sweet malt balance.

Drinkability - It's basically the opposite of a session beer but if you like big beers give this a try.

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

Had on tap at the Malted Barley in RI.

A: This poured a slightly hazy copper with some off-white head.

S: It smelled like sweet tangerine and grapefruit and mango, with honey malt and a bit of pineapple and bready yeast.

T: It tasted like apricot and grapefruit, with some pineapple and honey malt and floral hops. It had a super mellow bitter and wet aftertaste.

M: It was oily with a little carbonation.

D: This had a great scent and good taste, even though it wasn't bold or complex. The body was good, and the alcohol was very well hidden, so it was super easy to drink. Not quite a top tier IPA, but not bad.

Photo of brownbeer
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mmm...Polygamist beer. I thought Utah had a 4% law but oh well.

An amber-hued brew with a nice head on it's shoulders. Hints of pine and grapefruit with a chewy malt aroma dance and frolicing in my nose brain. This one is packing some heat. The taste is much like the nose but add some sharp alcohol notes.

Pretty good for Utah beer but not something I would pay money for.

Photo of steelerguy
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely cloudy, very dark for an American DIPA, low carbonation, small head that fades quickly.

S - Lots of hop and malt on the nose, tons of citrus hop, toffee malt, smells more like a barely wine to me than a DIPA.

T - I'll start by staying this does not taste bad, but not shockingly the smell translates to the taste...and it tastes more like a barely wine. There is a lot of hop throughout, again mostly citrus but some pine also. Tons of caramel malt and I think some Munich too as there is a good biscuit like backbone. Finishes with a strong hop bitterness balanced by a lot of caramel and dextrin malts. Alcohol twange does hit you right at the end. This is Crooked alright, because it really tastes like a blend of an IPA and a barely wine.

M - Full bodied and the low carbonation accentuates this, the alcohol warming at the end helps get you ready for another sip.

D - This is an interesting beer, but one that I don't think I need to have again...in fact I would have liked to share the 750ml bottle I had. Makes me want to try their Crooked Line barely wine just to see what it is like...maybe like a DIPA???

Photo of SanDNigel
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked Bottle
A- Dark gold-honey-amber with creamy off white head
S- Heavy caramelly malt body, with a note of hops
T- Not your average DIPA but delicious. A crispness that seems almost impossible
M- Very nice small bubbles make it much drier (nice!) than any DIPA I've ever had
O- Great beer and worth the extra $1-2 you would spend per volume of other DIPA's. Would buy it again and would recommend it

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an amber color with a medium-sized white head. It had the prettiest lace I have ever seen.

Aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste was mostly grapefruit and orange. A bit of caramel.

Hoppy, but not too aggressive.

Nice beer. I'm glad this brewery arrived in Maine.

Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, bottled on 3/30/10. Pours a clear light amber with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral and soapy, fruity (melon), piney hops with a little stinkiness (summit?). It's pretty subdued though.

The flavor is sweet malts with some melon and soapiness. It has a pretty big grassy bitterness with some pepper and stinkiness. There's a huge amount of harsh bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lower carbonation and almost watery.

Overall, I just couldn't get into it. A little reminiscent of Gubna (summit hops?), but not as well done. The soapiness was a little weird too. And it wasn't really well balanced with the abrasive bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 5/25/11

Pours a nice rich shade of almond amber, under a rather large med. tan head, that stays, leaving all kinds of froth, sheeting and loads of lacing.

Nose has just a hint of hops and more caramel malts.

Tasty and enjoyable ale. Less hoppy then expected for a "DIPA", waves of maple malts seem to carry the load here. Smooth and heady stuff. But lacking the hope bite of the stars of the style. Nicely crafted and worth a try if this stuff is distributed to you neck of the woods.

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 ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for sharing Nathan!

Dark and clear auburn and orange with a small off-white head. Leaves little lacing down the glass. Looks thin and oily.

Powerfully alcoholic aroma, sweet toffee and caramel, and then more alcohol, unfortunately. There's a hint of pine and citrus lurking in the background. I'm having trouble putting it it to my lips. I don't want to.

Toffee and caramel sweetness, some faint pine hop presence, and lots of warm, stinging, and unpleasant alcohol.

Medium bodied, though a touch oily.

Too hot.

Photo of far333
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear honey colored with an orangey beige low head that settles out to a low cap. Low aroma of bready malt and floral hops. Rich and intense flavor, but not what I'd call pleasing. It's acrid and medicinal, the hops are rough and hard-edged, without much depth of flavor. Mouthfeel is full with some tingle, but overall this is a poor example of the style. Drank two weeks before the "best by" date, so apparently it doesn't get too much fresher?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a customary copper and amber color, mild 1/2" head on it, no lacing or retention to speak of. Aroma was largely grassy, alcohol and bitterness.

Taste, more of the herbal component, bitterness, alcohol warmth, a smattering of hops. Lots of crystal malt. Herbal component drifts into pine aftertaste, which was appreciable given the way the bitterness and hay mouthfeel wasn't really moving in the right direction for me.

Would probably raise the score a little bit if this was in a 4/6 pack, but given that its about $10 for a 750, it really doesn't have the quality level worthy of such a price.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of 8/15/14 it looks great in the glass, pours a deep ruby caramelized malt hue with beige khaki light head, forms fine even lacing around the sides of my chalice.

Aroma...smells like a barleywine with big earthy dank pine resin, much like a Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. Big caramel malts, alcohol is evident, but that pine resin and pine needles comes forth in every smell.

Flavor huge malt driven backbone, earthy dank American hops, pine needle provides the lingering bitterness upfront this is the maltiest double IPA I've ever come across stylistically for me this is a barleywine...and it drinks like a barleywine booze hits the palate just as hard as the malt train driving the show.

Mouthfeel has cloying butterscotch/caramelized sugars that end in the brashest of all big IPAs/Barleywines I've ever had so harsh on the palate. This glass should be in the shape of a sledgehammer so I can bludgeon myself with it, when I'm done with the beer. Carbonation barely carries the beer on the palate with each sip which adds to the cloying qualities of this big ass brash DIPA.

Overall, why can Hop Knosh be so damn good and refreshing and their DIPA feel like it's trying to steal my soul? That my friends is the question of the day!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle consumed on a sailboat in San Diego harbor.

Clear orange amber with a good head.

Medium body with a smooth, semi-creamy feel.

Very hoppy yet attractive aroma.

Sufficient malt load to tame the bitterness of the hops in the finish and aftertaste.

O: Adequately bold but drinkable and civilized DIPA

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp caramel malts with lighter pale malts lingering in the background. Also present are solid amounts of light citrus hops with hints of floral and lemon rind aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. Equal parts pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip the citrus hops lighten with the addition of earthy and lighter citrus – read lemon – flavors. The hops and pale malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn’t a classic DIPA hop bomb that so many are used to, but I found it to be a well done and refreshing beer. Well worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for bringing this out at our tasting.

A: Pours a hazy copper/red color, reminds me of what apple cider looks like. One finger head that dissolves quickly leaving a little bit of foam on top with decent lacing.

S: Mellow hops and a little bit of grass. There is a greater malt base than expected, mostly caramel and a little bit of biscuit.

T: More of the same, very mellow in terms of hops, with a caramel malt flavor. Has a little bit of bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Overall, it was decent. Would have liked a stronger hop presence.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks about right: crisp, crackling, bone-white head with good staying power, and a reddish coppery color. Sticky lace forming as the liquid slowly empties outta the glass and down my throat.

Aroma has what you gotta love about double IPAs at their best: full-on citrus rind and juicy citrus fruit flesh; an equally big dose of pine resin; and this one is very West Coast in its aromatic vibe. Big, unapologetic, but quality. Not an over-the-top novelty.

Okay, Detour doesn't mess around. It's almost bracingly bitter, but this style doesn't claim subtlety as its greatest feature. Pine resin/oils and citrus rind pucker are the spotlight, while pineapple and tangerine give a little bit of a cooler, more accessible flavor to the beer. Honey sweetness adds another nice layer of flavor. A flash of caramel malt comes up for air and keeps things from tilting too far one way or the other. The alcohol is actually pretty well restrained, and good thing, as the bitterness of the taste veers headlong into the equally piquant and pucker-y finish.

Smooth and slick, with just a little stick. Gets close to syrupy, but holds back, which is a good thing. The taste is big enough, might be overkill had this thing been too thick or otherwise texturally unwieldy.

Very enjoyable, if you dig a mad blast of hops from time to time. Just barely balances itself, never totally falling over the edge into ridiculousness. Detour doesn't try and cater to the tongue ripper crowd, but it's still dangerous if hops are not your thing.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy grapefruit coloured body, pleasant enough aroma. Average mouthfeel. A good hopping and malting, nicely balanced for the style so that my palate is not shredded. A lot of alcohol, is it necessary? Nice drinkability. Long finish. Fresh bottle from Shop Right.

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 AndrewNations
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this DIPA on draft at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. This one of the few kegs that made it east from Utah.

A: The color was about what I would expect from a typical ipa. Nice and bright orange with a decent creamy but thin head.

S: I loved the noise on this one. Lots of great floral hop. This is one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever had. I'm guessing it had to do with the freshness but this literally smelled like pellet hops I use for home brewing. Maybe Amarillo, don't quote me on that,

T: Obviously very hoppy and a bit sweet. The abv is masked well but come to think of it everything is masked well as the hop overpowers everything. I get a bit of sweet malt on the finish.

M: Nothing crazy here. Maybe a bit on the thick side but consistent with the style.

D: The abv is masked fairly well its still there and doesn't make this one sessionable. Also given the sweetness and the pallet destroying hops I would only be interested in one or two of these in one sitting.

Overall: This is a great DIPA and Im glad I got a chance to have it fresh and on draft. Utah ? Who knew...

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review 3/28/15 fresher bottle. Way better nose & flavor, tons of mango & pineapple

Bottled 07/27/10

Pours an amber/ice tea color with 3 fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Cakeyness, woody & herbal hops, fusel boozeyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, toffee sweetness up front, plus some boozeyness. Woody hops, a touch of boozey vanilla merge as this warms, plus some rich pineyness, this is really starting to open up! Finishes doughy with, a nice piney hop smack & a touch of orange peel& grapefruit. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & good balance, nice warming notes

Drinks nicely, but the boozeyness does grab ya after a while. Would love to get a fresher bottle for comparison purposes, not sure if it would better, but I'm sure it would be different

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 WestValleyIPA
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a C+C 750ml bottle dated 3/10/11 into my Chouffe N'Ice goblet. Big fluffy white head and little bubbles going through an amber body. Looks really good. The head retains pretty well and laces pretty nicely. Lots of lemony hops on the nose. Lightly spicy. A good amount of caramely malt and a big whiff of alcohol. Too much alcohol. Tasted pretty good cold, but as it warms up, it gets pretty thin and bitter. A non defined sweetness, but a decent citrus/spicy hops taste. More like a thin barleywine to me. Very creamy with little bubbles on the mouth. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelmingly good either.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,262 ratings.