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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,311
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 35
Gots: 263 | 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 brewme
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, very impressed. Got a 6-pack of cans for about twelve dollars at my favorite proper-beer store. Have always liked Hop Notch / Nosh, except when the cashier tried to ring it is as "Unita", so I thought I would give this a shot. I generally don't like to go above 8%, but this was not too boozy, and reminded me of one of my favorite DIPAs - Space Cake. Very yummy, would try again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 11/06/15. Poured into a stem glass.

Comes in a hazy orange with chunks of floating sediment and big creamy off white head that leaves some lacing.
Grapefruit, mango, peach, apricot, and pineapple on the nose. Not super strong, but floral and fruity.
Bold and juicy flavors. Tons of apricot, accompanied by red grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. The malt is heavy caramel and toast but takes a backseat to the hops. The aftertaste is grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Nicely bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is great. Thick, juicy, and creamy with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, this is a real solid DIPA. I can imagine this being messy when old, but right now, still fairly fresh, it's delicious. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark honey orange with an off white creamy head, not much retention head lasted about 3 minutes, lots of lacing, no carbonation.

A: Lots of pine and resin on the nose, some lemon peel, more piney than it is citrusy, pretty straightforward aromas, smells pretty big.

T: First impression, very malt forward and syrupy, pine and resin up front then lots of sweet malt notes, finishes with a slightly grapefruit forward bitterness, not as piney and resiny as the nose would indicate, a little boozy.

M: Medium, dry, semi-citrus peel finish.

O: Love the aroma but the taste is very malt forward, I was hoping for more hop presence on the flavor, if you like malt forward IIPAs then this is your beer, but I prefer my IIPAs with more hop presence and balanced with malt, probably won't pick this beer up again. Great nose, not as good taste, and a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really enjoyed Uinta's Hop Nosh so when I saw this DIPA I had to grab it. Love the "best by" date on the bottle.

Appearance - cloudy/unfiltered dark copper with a finger of foamy, off white head. Web-like lacing.

Aroma - you really get the toasty malt, but with a subtle citrus background.

Taste - perfect mixture of citrusy/spicy/herbal hops and biscuity sweet malt. Powerful!

Mouthfeel - exactly what a DIPA should be; a little oily, but not overly so.

Drinkability - a great representation of the DIPA style. Uinta strikes again in terms of solid examples of popular beers. Too bad the brewery is 2000 miles away. Thanks Uinta!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light amber with a smallish head. The aromas of pine, citrus, mango, and marijuana rise of the beer. The flavor leads with fruity hop flavors, followed by a pine taste which builds into a strong aftertaste. There is also a sweet caramel malt flavor present, but it is well balanced out by the hops. The mouthfeel is reasonably thick. Overall this is a very nice and bracingly bitter double IPA, not too sweet, with a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: sunset orange and amber with a delicate lacing that recedes to the edges of the glass. When poured aggressively it leaves a beautiful off-white head that stays around to the very last drop.
S: upfront there is some rasin/dried fruit notes reminiscent of a good trippel, hops are present but more on the funky/dank side of town, even notes of chocolate towards the end. definitely an unusual but pleasant suprise from an IPA

T: Notes of sweet grapes and dried strawberry lead off and give way to some unctious hoppiness. Finishes malty and with a pleasnt warming booziness that I so love in DIPA's

M: smooth, silky and dangerously drinkable. Feels like a big beer, but drinks easy.

O: Definitely a detour, but I'd say it's more of a scenic route. This beer shows the versatility of different styles of hops. Most are familiar with the refreshing citrus notes found in many IPA's. This brew offers more of the earthy/pine/funk side of hops. Would love to know the varities used here. I can see how some people would be put off by this style of IPA as it is malty and atypical, but I enjoyed the diversity of flavor and unique hop blend.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really can't understand the average reviews. This in my opinion is a decent DIPA. It is a bit malty on the backbone, but the hop profile balances the equation. This reminds me in taste to that of a strong black IPA with the malts, which may explain the average reviews. Pick it up and try, it's delicious.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had out of the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Cool compass detail on the bottle. Pours amber, clear, with a small head that doesn't leave lacing. Balanced aroma of malts and pine hops. Taste is weighing more towards malty. It's got some caramel and dark fruits, middle is a touch of pine and earth from the hops. Finishes a hair boozy, bitter, and dry. Body is too heavy. Overall a decent DIPA, but I'm getting tired of these malt bombs.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks great, 9.5% ABV, not real high in ABV but alcohol taste is up front with lasting burn. Too boozy and syrupy, I'll stick to lower ABV IPAs from now on.

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a two finger cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice malty caramel sweetness hints of bready yeast, loaded with dank tropical fruits covered with pine needles. Kind of in the middle here get malt backbone but loaded with hops also. Great nose for me anyway.

Taste is big on caramel malts with some bready notes thrown in for good measure. Hops are overripe fruits and pine resin hints of sticky tobacco, some earthiness that lingers with pine resin and booze notes in the finish. Big brew having before the best buy date but reminds me of some aged big IPA's. Overall pretty tasty brew but not quite normal more malty with can be good.

Mouthfeel is very big medium approaching full with some carbonation that only seems to pop in the middle.

Overall a pretty damn good beer, maybe not a great I2PA but a damn fine big full flavored beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz squat bottle, from the Yoke's grocery across from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho last week.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, sharp pine needles and oily resin, muddled tropical fruit (pineapple and kiwi, I think), a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and well-perfumed hop bitters. The taste is bready, crackery caramel malt, more biscuity toffee sweetness, a still heady piney, leafy and herbal green-ass bitterness, subtle tart citrus flesh notes, and a not so surprising phalanx of floral boozy esters.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their alternating fizzy and frothy natures, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and not really all that smooth, as both hop and alcohol come a rappin' at the cellar door. It finishes off-dry, sure, but in a teetering balance of malt, hop, and not quite astringent booze.

A sort of wild (in the general, non-craft beer sense) version of a DIPA, all the players signed up and ready to play, but hey, it seems that the coach has forgotten the playbook, or something. Very little here appears capable of working well together with others, and thus seem to get by only on their individual good looks and sass. Is that the lesson we should be taking away from here?

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer screamed deliciousness, but it just didn't live up to the expectations. It hides its boozy-ness greatly and the hop profile reminds me of southern tier 2xipa but the full body of it didn't do its justice

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Photo of frozyn
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.bottle - from a 4-pack:

Pours hazed orange amber . A foamy off-white head leave thin lacing down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, herbal/pine, leafy spicing with a restrained fruitiness (pineapple).

The taste is of caramel with citrus/pineapple, and pine. Firm malt backbone. A hint of alcohol warmth comes through as it progresses. Some black pepper and herbal (tea-like) spice in the bitter-ish finish. Tastes nice enough to give it the higher of the two scores I was considering giving it.

It is creamy. Slight alcohol shows, though not quite up to the 9.5%, and is well-integrated.

A nice DIPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear amber beer with a few fingers of tan head; some lace trailed behind

S: chewy fruits underscore resinous aromas both dank and dark

T: sweet and chewy, full of various fruit impressions and also a musky citrus and pine bitterness; moments of orange, moments of onion...

F: medium+ body, some chewiness in the malts, moderate carbonation, relatively smooth; almost coffee-like aftertaste

O: a decent DIPA, but nothing that I'd go back to.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The front has a nice tangy citrus of grapefruit and tangerines while holding a sweet honey and caramel malt back. It finishes just a bit bitter but the malt seems to temper that nicely.

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Photo of Mdog
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Danky, some citrus.

Taste: Starts with some sweetness, shifts to bitter citrus rind, but a nice toffee sweetness comes back in to give it a nice balance and body.

Overall: Uinta recently came into Minnesota, so I picked up a couple to try. Detour is a nicely made DIPA, more on the balanced side than super hoppy. Worth a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and the hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish along with notes of pine. Notes of caramel malts and slight hints of alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA packs in some punch and is rather drinkable considering the strength because it manages to mask most of its alcohol and isn't overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sticky hop heavy aroma with a distinct citrus/orange quality.
Cloudy amber of orange. Smallish head with slight lacing.
Nice heavy sticky feel with moderately low carbonation. The hops passed the excess barrier for me moving towards the hop resin flavor I don't favor. But there are good hop flavors in there too and enough pale malt to support them too.
About average overall and a notch below with the excess.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.