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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Detour Double India Pale Ale
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637 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%

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:
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

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 05-30-2010)
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Photo of drpimento


4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 00:24:10 | More by drpimento
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a real surprise when I put this beer on our tap line at my bar.

Surprising in the sense "where in the world has this beer been?" Out of Salt Lake City, Utah, really. With the low alcohol that had been the norm for Utah and then this beer comes in 9.50% ABV. WOW.

It smells great, taste great, has a great mouthfeel and by far the most unusual beer we've had up. We sell a 12 ounce pour for $6.00 and my customers love it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 00:53:46 | More by crispy620
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4.7/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 05:01:37 | More by xmorgan
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4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:25:10 | More by FlakyBiscuit
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District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 02:19:29 | More by Chaney
Photo of DaveHack


4.4/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:10:40 | More by DaveHack
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4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:17:34 | More by JosiahS
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:13:27 | More by Amalak
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 08:46:37 | More by tilopud_rye
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:05:22 | More by jimmy82063
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 04:16:47 | More by jwinship83
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 02:18:57 | More by jonB
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4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 05:38:35 | More by scotorum
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to check this one out for a while now. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Hilton water glass, sorry I didn't plan ahead. Poured nicely with a 1/4 inch head, smells floral, not like Lagunitas, more like a Sweetwater. As far as taste goes, it goes down smooth, the alcohol doesn't over burden the taste. Overall it has a good smooth taste, pretty good for a DIPA, looking for more beers from this brewery. Cheers,

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 00:19:36 | More by csbinva
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New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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


Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 19:52:34 | More by Bierman9
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:38:52 | More by puboflyons
Photo of NEhophead


4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; caged & corked. Poured in an oversized wine glass.

Bottled on 03.30.2010.

Deep copper with a considerable amount of clarity. Frothy, pillowy white head that pastes the rim of the wine glass with a thick layer of lace.

Bright citrus and tropical fruit aromas: pear, pineapple, peach, and honeydew that seems to be bathed in rum. The base aroma is an oddly dark, toasted malt with a hint of diacetyl.

Semi-sweet, matured tropical fruit with lingering notes of honey. The alcohol character is complex, mingling between the tropical fruit, intense pine, and sharp bitterness. The hop profile is intense creating a slick, yet fresh finish. Some alcohol heat along with a mouthful of piney hops in the aftertaste.

Practically full bodied; thick, almost creamy, yet the alcohol character and hop intensity adds a slickness.

A big, flavorful Double IPA. A very nice introduction to Uinta. Can't wait to try more of their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:51:55 | More by NEhophead
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with strong burst of piney hops that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:36:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer has a red to amber coloring with yellow orange foam.

Smell: Floral with pine.

Taste: Nice spice and toasted wood. Pine. Light flowers.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I would have expected from a double IPA but not necessarily in a bad way. Medium-full mouthfeel with a long finish.

Overall: I love the spice and heat. The flowers and pine are not nearly as strong in the taste as they are in the nose. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:25:29 | More by Jree261
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle hiding in the cooler at my local shop.

A- Bright orange and copper color with big amount of white head.

S- Awesome! Alot of citrus and grass notes picked up. mostly grapefruit and pine for me.

T- Big hop punch up front with some malt in the back. Oily hop taste lingers a little

M- Slick and bitter the way i like it.

O- very soild DIPA. I have tried only one other beer from this brewery so will have to find others as this was a great find for only 7.99 for a 750ml

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 17:16:02 | More by dankster
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love doubles...its one of my favorite styles.
And this is a "good" double...The smell was incredible, i got alot of pinapple and the hops were very nice.

But overall it didnt match up to the smell...it left me wanting more suprisingly...more hops. It was still a very good beer and at 9.50 the alcohol was prominent, all the way up to the warming.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:05:44 | More by FLOglida
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples, with Best Before date of 5/31/14. Pours a beautiful copper crimson color, perfectly clear, with a nice big and fluffy off white head. Aroma of sweet and bitter grapefruits, lots of caramel malts, lots and grassy hops, very nice. The flavor is a medium bitter, super dank and resinous grapefruit, pine, and caramel combination. Hops keep this somewhat light and airy despite the dank resinous feel, and it goes down pretty easy. Clean finish, slightly dry, with a lasting bitter on the end. Medium low carbonation. Overall I like this one, and am now impressed by Uinta after this and Hop Notch. What a nice everyday double IPA!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:46:43 | More by BMMillsy
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Reddish orange in color, moderate internal carbonation, pours a small light brown head, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, strong elements of citrus and orange peel, some very mild herbal and floral notes, rounded out by a touch of alcohol

T: Quite similar to the nose, perfectly balanced sweet and bitter elements, heavy citrus peel and some coriander, extremely mild alcohol, flavorful

M: With such powerful flavor and alcohol content, very easy to drink, certainly lingering, though, and highly drying, still not uncharacteristic

O: A sturdy IPA overall, great flavor, nice look, and a respectable fragrance, definitely a dryer, but worth a try without a doubt

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:10:01 | More by MatthewWilde
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a nice beer. Usually, the double IPA beers present themselves as, 'here's the mouth puckering hops and burning alcohol...enjoy'. But this one is well balanced.

Pours an orangey/pine brown color. Lighter than expected. Head is huge and foamy. Could be more dense and rockier, but impressive.

Aroma is hops forward. Dry and piney, with citrus and orange floating around. The malt gives some sweetness and bread-like aromas.

Yeah, it's a DIPA for sure. The flavors are still hops-forward. Citrus at first with a little twinge, then some pine and earth. This is built upon the quick-bread taste and some light toasted biscuit. Well balanced among the hops and between the hops and malt. ABV isn't very noticeable.

Finish is dry and quick. All that flavor just goes away with crispness, making me want to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 20:07:55 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 17:02:58 | More by glid02
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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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