Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 1,283
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 33
Gots: 244 | FT: 2
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Utah, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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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 davidsumner
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preamble - This is a 5 across the board for me. It's a grail beer for me along with Stone's IPA.

Poor - Nice frothy poor developing a good three finger head. Color is a perfect clear amber and the lacing is sticky.

Nose - Tropical fruit.

Taste - Tropical fruit, Very well balanced, nice sweet malt backbone; with a delicious cascade/centennial citrus/tropical fruit hop taste. For the ABV this is an awesome DIPA. It tastes like a 7 abv beer. The ethanol is completely masked and the mouthfeel is light; not heavy or syrupy. This isn't an overboard DIPA.

An awesome beer. (579 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers of this style that I’ve ever had and, coincidently, from this brewery, another earth shaking beer. Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, cream colored head, that very slowly settles down, and some lace. Color is a crystal clear dark amber. Aroma is hops, malt, caramel, spice, yeast. Flavor is an incredibley well balance of bitter, sweet, & tang. Body is spot on: mouth filling and perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor and extremely drinkable (479 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought the Large Bottle at Whole Foods. The package was the reason I bought it on impulse at WFs. I could not resist the bottle with a cork, for a Double IPA. I was not disappointed and found it worthy of mention.

Appearance: it has a cloudy copper color, and for that is the only real disappointment for me in this beer. It's off white foam head does not set off the color of the beer. Sorry the visual was less then stellar. But the lacing was along the whole glass was great.

Smell: Citrus on the side of orange or tangerine, and alcohol come out.

Taste: Big citrusy hit up front, with a stung dry finish.
It hits your mouth, and lingers, a longing dry feel that makes you want to drink some more. This left my mouth dehydrated and I Got some water so I would not drink this great Double IPA to quickly.

It is big on alcohol as you get in some Barley Wines, but without the sweetness you can get in some high alcohol beers. But this beer has only a hint of malt sweetness.

MouthFeel:A dry and astringent bitterness.

Overall: I tasty member of the Double IPA list! I would be a repeat buyer, and would recommend it to others to try. (1,141 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First and foremost, this is not an American DIPA. This is clearly a Belgian IPA. I'll explain as I go.

Pours up fairly transparent mahogany in color with a huge frothing Belgian style head. The dome is ivory in color. Tons of lacing on the glass (similar Belgian characteristic). Aroma is big pungent banana yeast esters (similar to a traditional Belgian strain), citrus hops, a hint of vanilla even. Taste is easy amber malts dominating the scene, very American breed of hops kicking around all over. The subtle yeasty backdrop is masking the alcohol flavor (similar to Belgian styles). Clean finish (Belgiany), very crispy yet smooth carbo.

I am a big fan of Belgian IPA's although I drink them about once a year. As soon as I looked at the head and smelled this, I knew right away it was the not-so-popular Belgian style IPA that I adore. Any hoot, if someone has factual evidence this is not a Belgian style IPA I will surely retract any previous statements and admit my pallet and senses need working on. Otherwise I stick by my word. Oh, and very solid brew btw. I love Uinta (1,085 characters)

Photo of FlakyBiscuit
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even with a gentle pour, this beer produced a beautiful inch of off white head. Soft citrus and piney aroma, the beer has a very wonderful balance of hops and malt. I would say a citrusy and vanilla prominence to the taste. I enjoy double/imperial ipa's and would say this is one of the best ones I have had. Very drinkable for 9.5 abv. A thick mouthfeel but very tasty and would go well with a host of spicy foods or a bold steak. The lacing is beautiful. This seems to go in contrast with other reviewers but i really enjoy this beer. I would say give it a shot if you can find it. (583 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Older 750ml bottle served in a Leffe glass at slightly warmer than fridge temps. Label says it was bottled on 07/2013 so I'm trying it at a little over a year old.

Appearance: reddish golden hue with a frothy head. Beautiful lace along the top of the glass where the head has sank down to the level of the liquid.

Nose: Rich chocolate and malt (smells like DME used in home brewing), slight hop aroma, heavy on the malts.

Taste: Smooth and rich mouthfeel that coats the entire palate. The overwhelming amount of malts shine through, very minor hop bitterness but enough to balance out the malts. Can't discern the alcohol initially even though it is at 9.5%.

Finish: Lingering with that excellent malt. Still coats the mouth and stays with you. Warming alcoholic finish.

It's too bad Uinta moved the Detour DIPA to a 12oz bottle. A beer of this magnitude needs to be in a 750ml version. I'm going to see if can find some more of these and age them a bit (I know, heresy to age such a hop forward beer. 120 Minute IPA does exceptionally well with age) (1,055 characters)

Photo of Dogstickfetch
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this much more than Hop Nosh. For having a higher ABV and being a dIPA, this is much more balanced. Alcohol is hidden well. High carbonation, medium mouthfeel, earthy, grassy, but extremely drinkable. I don't typically like dIPAs but this is awesome. (258 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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 (822 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best before July 5th 2014.

Deep reddish copper amber color for the body, and nearly crystal clear. Very good clarity, with a slight tan and thick two finger tall head, with a nice light faint tan brown to vanilla cream color. Lots of nice but not overly excessive rising slow carbonation in the middle.

Real wonderful nose, deep juice tropical notes of papaya, and lots of thick orange and tangerine sensing flavors. Hints slightly in some faint maple syrup sweetness too with the malt backbone but not overly, and a little bit of biscuity sense. Quite impressive.

Good bodied and thick, if hinting at hop syrup with sweet and bitter lingering pine. Palate fills quickly with fruit and tropic sweetness and is blown away with earth and pine finish. Bit of a battle going on here, but lots of oily and almost treacle sweetness. Feels almost whole cone big, and giant hop forward without a lot of boozy character.

Overall just a big hop bursting controlled blast and fun and good to drink. Nice one. (1,052 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 5/25/11

This beer is art in a glass!!! Deep copper color, no haze.

The smell is fantastic! Smells like a pine forest after a cool rain. Smells so very 'fresh'

The taste is very crisp, with a bit of the hop oil taste I love. There is a slight bit of alcohol, but very little for a 9.5% beer.

I'm feeling a nice medium body; it isn't chewy, but not thin either....feels just right. Descent lacing left behind.

Overall, this is a damn fine beer. At $8.50 for a 750, I think it is a great deal. I will give extra props for a cleary marked bottled on date. I'm totally diggin' this brew! (641 characters)

Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (237 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Clearish and a deep copper. A big tan foamy head with beautiful lacing. Slight bubbles.

S. Nice floral hoppy scent.

T. This is a nice appley taste with a floral undertone. There's a balanced bitter hoppy blend there. Very nice.

M. It has a bit of a sour taste at the end, but it is refreshing.

O. It's a nicely balanced IPA. This is on par with a 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die. (387 characters)

Photo of JosiahS
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glass: Tulip

Dark clear copper color with a generous 2-finger semi-creamy head, lots of small bubbles. initial alcohol on the nose but quickly morphs into a wide range of hop aromas, pine, orange, lemon. There's also a nice malt base to level the playing field a bit.

For 9% this beer hides it well. The texture is smooth, it goes down easy with low bitterness (strange knowing that the IBU is 75) and just a hint of heat on the backend. Rich toasted malt mixes perfectly with a plethora of dank and somewhat musky hop flavors. Very nice. (540 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one recommended to me by the beer buyer and my local Whole Foods store. He said it was highly regarded at SAVOR, one of the largest beer festivals in the DC area.

A: Really nice hazy amber color with about a 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipated.

S: Floral for sure, but quite a bit of sugar as well.

T: The sugar was definitely not in the taste though - Hooray! This is extremely well balanced. Very hoppy, with just the right amount of alcohol burn.

M: The bitterness doesn't linger, and the sweetness is kept in check!

D: ABV is hidden, but definitely there. The alcohol is used for the greater good!

Overall: This is one of the best DIPAs I've had in the last year. I will definitely get this one again! (725 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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! (2,309 characters)

Photo of tilopud_rye
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer isnt an example of what to exPect out of a DIPA but it is a great take on the style that I'm glad a friend pulled off the shelf. This was bottled 3 23 12 so I had it just short of 4 months old. Smell reveals that this is very strong in hops and sweets. It reminds me of a hop liquor truffle with toffee and caramel. Taste starts with a great bite from the carbonation and hop combination- a little nit of that citrusy hop. Then it becomes smooth with influences of raisin and toffee like sweetness. Swallows dry and creamy. This is a very flavorful and hefty beer. Would like to Have this again. Suggest to serve with company. (636 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up whilst in New York State.

A - Nice orange color...nice head, carbonation no issue.

S - Wow grapefruit and other citrus ready to go in for the dive!

T - Smooth, sharp and a very sweet finish.

D- All night long.

Very good beer, have had Uinta's barleywine before but not this series. Will have more coming. Well done. (335 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. the cork took some convincing to come out. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. no freshness information on the bottle, but this brewery hasnt been in the state long enough for freshness to become an issue.

A- this one pours a translucent light copper colored body with a finger and a half of cream colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind a sticky wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up on in the nose is hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. a lesser amount of orange zest. after that i get some sweet caramel malts which try to add some balance here.

T- the taste starts out with caramel malts which adds a sweetness to this. then it moves directly to the hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit rind. some orange zest/tangerine can be picked up also. a little bit of alcohol is detectable.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. nicely carbonated. nicely bitter and somewhat dry. slight to moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- priced less than the heavier styles in the crooked line, this one comes across as a pretty decent bargain. i think i paid around $7.50 for this bottle. its something id like to pick up and try again. check this one out if you get the chance. so far im a fan of this brewery and this particular line. (1,311 characters)

Photo of frozyn
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a solid amber color, thick frothy barely-off-white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing all around.

S -- Lots of pine resin right up front. A sweetness comes in later. Every so often, I would get the telltale "cat piss" dank scent.

T -- The pine resin is definitely there, but it didn't smack me in the face like the scent. Sweet, bready maltiness comes in, balancing the hop attack you get right as you sip. There's a citrus undertone that matches well. I occasionally get alcohol at the end as I drink it down, but it's not a strong flavor.

F -- Medium, creamy, chewy body. Very smooth, nice carbonation level.

O -- I think this is really good. Had a best by date of 8/4/15, so already a few months into it's life. I like IPA's in both hop-bomb and malty-backbone form, and this falls into the latter category. At 9.5%, I think this is a great big IIPA and something I would gladly have again. (918 characters)

Photo of jonB
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice double IPA which showcases a great floral nose. It pours out auburn with a good head that fades and leaves a little lacing. It is lightly carbonated, but has a nice body. Hoppy, but not very dry at all. It actually has a good bit of sweetness in the finish- similar to other double IPAs I've come across. (311 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

pours relatively dark. reddish brown, maybe red orange in the light. good amt of head. aromas ; lemon pie, pepper, some caramel malt. taste; good balance of bitterness with caramel malt, some pepper and lemon. good balance, a little faded but still solid (254 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best Before 6/14/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House snifter.

a: Clear dark copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Pretty intense citrus and pine.

t: Smooth caramel malt overlaid with dank piney hop flavor and a powerful hop bite. Bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue. Mellows out later with some tasty citrus notes.

m: Mediun to heavy and very smooth.

o: A wonderful DIPA, dangerously easy drinking for 9.5 ABV,. Somewhat similar to Green Flash Palate Wrecker, which I have also rated very highly and which this, although a little inferior in hop bite, is almost an equal for taste, and has a more silky mouthfeel. Near perfect darker-malt DIPA in my book, although citrus-dominated ones with a lighter malt base are wonderful too. I will definitely want to take another Detour!

UPDATE 3/29/14: Had a second bottle tonight and it reconfirmed my previous review down the line, with the exception that there seemed to be more dankness (I used to call it vinegary) to this one, but it added to the flavor and was not objectionable. Perhaps I'm getting used to that element in some highly hopped beers, and enjoying it more; or it is just made more palatable by the malt base. (1,265 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle dated 02/27/13. Sampled on May 26, 2013

The pour is a handsome amber-bronze with a long-lasting off-white foamy head. Great clarity.

The nose presents itself with floral, earthy hops but not in an overpowering way. The malt and yeast characters are lower on the totem pole but at the same time can be noticed vaguely.

The body is medium to bold.

This grows during the session starting out a little mild for a Double IPA with upfront sweetness in the wink of an eye followed by moderate hopped bitterness that lingers. But as I make my way through the 750 ml. bottle the hoppy character becomes the more predominant flavor. The alcohol is well-integrated and I didn't feel that 9.5% ABV until it was all done and in my head.

It is a Double IPA I could enjoy again. (799 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this 750ml offering (bottled27FEB13) today at Ayotte's for $7.99... Weather sucks today, so I detoured inside to try this...

Uncaged and decorked, some was poured into a small tulip for examination and enjoyment. It's a deep, clear, orangey-bronze color. Carbo is scant and scattered. The topping was frothy and fluffy, a touch off-white, and about 3/4" thick while slowly ebbing. Lacing left behind is quite nice and sticky. The aroma is easily detected from about a foot away, and up close it gets real resiny. Has some citrus rind and a bit of piney action, too. Body is solidly medium-plus and the liquid glides easily across the tongue.

It has a little sweetness as it hits the palate, akin to some tasty apricot marmalade spread on a bit of malty toast. Then it's hop time, as the piney, resiny, pithy lupes take over. There's a lot of hoppage here, with pineapple and grapefruit mixing together, but it's quite well balanced with the fruity sweetness. It is dry in the finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth is detectable. All in all, I'm liking it, and $7.99 isn't toooo bad these days... Prosit!!

4.26/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 2.5 finger pillowy head that receded over a few minutes; moderate lacing;

S: very aromatic; tropical fruit, a little floral; a touch of sharpness;

T: tropical fruit up front; combines with pine at mid-palate; mostly an earthy pine at the finish with a bit of tropical fruit in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nicely complex flavors; (433 characters)

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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