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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Detour Double India Pale Ale
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BA SCORE
85
very good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 631
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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kjfinnerty

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy gold, 1 1/2 fingers off white head. Good lacing.

S - Piney, spicy hops. Strong malt backbone. Light caramel.

T - Citrus hops, malty sweetness, spice, heavy bitterness. A little bit boozy.

M - Thick mouthfeel. Coats the palate. Medium carb,

O - A solid double IPA. A little on the heavy side at 9.5%. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden.
Enjoyable, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:07:05 | More by kjfinnerty
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GratefulHop

Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little malt in the nose.
Taste: Strong hops up front. Very piney and resinous. Fairly well balanced with the malts without being too sweet.
Long lasting pine resin finish with a little sweetness.
Overall true to their regular 'Hop Notch" IPA, but with beefed up characteristics.
Bought as 4 pack for~$10; potential repeat buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 22:02:27 | More by GratefulHop
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ISmith87

Arizona

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 4 - copper amber clear color with a white head that leaves good lacing
S 3.75 - lots of pine with a aired breast malt background. Pretty fresh smelling though.
T 3.75 - pine, pineapple. Lots of breast malt.
M 3.75 - grainy, coarse. Alc covered. Aftertaste bready with some pine.
O 3.75 - its ok. One time buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 03:03:21 | More by ISmith87
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A mostly clear copper body with only a wisp of a head with a collar and ok lacing.

S: Interesting subdued citrus with a mainline of malts. Some decent fruity esters in there.

T: Odd taste with a lot of pine. Slightly sticky on the backend, with a weird kind of burn in the back of the throat (this must be from the beer because I had only had some pretzels, a homemade sour cream dip and this beer). Lots of alcohol in here, but not in the hot/burning sense, but mostly in the flavor and esters. You get a lot of it in the body. There is like a cinnamon or cardamom on the backend. Mostly malts and sweet at that.

M: Coarse and oily, but a pretty thin body overall.

O: I bought this because I thought it was a limited release and not a year round one. I realize my confusion came from the fact that it used to be in a 750.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 05:20:08 | More by gillagorilla
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured out a copper color with a yellowish tan head. Three plus fingers of head. Great retention and lacing that draped all the way down the sides.

S: Big time citrus and pineapple scents. Pine in the start that fades away. Also catching some biscuit and booze.

T: A lot of boozy pineapple and bitter hops. Hops are of the earthy variety. Grapefruit.

M: Medium body and carb. Slightly warming from the booziness. The bitterness is scathing.

O: Not great. After tastes of booze and bitterness are off putting. Otherwise, this had great potential.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:28:23 | More by mpedara429
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head starts at two fingers high (the color is off-white) and slowly recedes to a thin film, leaving some very nice lacing down the glass. Retention is very good.

S: At first, my nose is slightly pricked by herbaceous notes. After a while, I really notice the Mosaic hops in this. While a bit mild here, they bring decent notes of apricot, blueberry, mango, and sweet onion. Caramel and honey malt notes are prevalent throughout. No real wowing moments, but it gets the job done.

T: Maltier than what the nose promised, unfortunately. There's a gentle kiss of flowery, fruity Mosaic hops throughout, but is otherwise dominated by large amounts of caramel and toffee. One of my friends described this as tasting like an imperial amber - and he's dead on. It really isn't a bad imperial amber (it's no Nugget Nectar, but what is?!), it just needs more hops to count as a proper DIPA. If it weren't for the upsurge of finishing bitterness, this would be really damn mediocre.

M: The tongue is slightly pricked by malt astringency. For such a malty, sweet DIPA, it's pretty drinkable without being boozy. Residual sugars gradually build up on the palate, creating a full body and excess sweetness after 2/3rds of the bottle. Well carbonated, though.

O: For such a malty DIPA, it's not a total chore to drink. Still, this needs more hop presence, plain and simple. This one is especially disappointing considering these guys also make Dubhe and Hop Nosh.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 21:32:11 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BMMillsy

Florida

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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Act25

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid DIPA from a solid brewer than never seems to get to 4, but is consistently thoughtful, original, fresh, and enjoyable.

A: Deep amber, honey like, cloudy. Sticky white head but not much lace.

S: Caramel dominant, the most caramel beer I have tasted, in a good way, followed by citrus and pine. Then fruity, spicy tingly finish as in perhaps a barley wine

T: Follows smell. Malty caramel sweetness starts, then hops emerge, with grapefruit peels, orange pith, and pine resins. Finishes nicely with an almost wine-like, honey finish.

MF: Medium-full match the sweetness, and there's plenty of bitter tingle in the long pleasant finish leaves you in a great place.

Detour is a "detour" - not like other DIPA's more honey, more caramel, but yet plenty intense hops, results in a medicine, wine like beer, that I really ended up liking and want to share with friends. Intense. A sipper. Warming.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:14:28 | More by Act25
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BB1313

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Best before 7/5/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange with nice clarity; fluffy off white head that leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of fresh citrus. Lots of orange and grapefruit. Some pine along with some caramel malts in the background. The hop flavors really come through in the taste. There's also a very solid bitterness to this one. It's slightly sweet with a solid malt backbone, but the hops still clearly shine. More fresh grapefruit and orange zest. There's a solid earthiness to this one too. Some grass along with some pine resin. There's a slight warmth in the finish and it's slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with a very creamy and fluffy feel to it. The carbonation is moderate and it's very smooth. It's fun to drink.

This is a pretty solid DIPA. The aromas and flavors are good, but not exactly unique or mind blowing. It's an enjoyable beer though nonetheless. It's well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 20:05:46 | More by BB1313
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kcrosson492

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid India Pale Ale with a significance strength of flavor and hops. It has a nice copper hue with slight bubbling. Surprisingly smooth taste with enough hop on the palate to satisfy most ale connoisseurs. It is a phenomenal India Pale Ale from a relatively unknown (yet!) brewery!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:34:43 | More by kcrosson492
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh on my local shelves and Uinta always seems to fit what I am looking for. Easily worth trying in a mixed-six.

A- Poured from the 12oz compass bottle to an oversized tulip with an orange-red body. Head builds up to about a finger high with a frothy texture. Retention is pretty good as the foam falls to a creamy ring. Lacing forms some nice sheets at the top drizzling down to spottiness.

S- Pungent fresh hops are noted right when I cracked the bottle. Tropical and stone fruits shine with citrus and pine aromas as well. Pretty much just juicy hops for me in the smell but a tiny bit of malts and yeast in the backdrop.

T- The juicy side of the hops carry over nicely reminding me of mango, apricot and passion fruit but pine and citrus really pick up with resinous, orange and grapefruit notes. Some dankness comes with the hops that also bring a fair bitterness. Light cracked malts and sweetness but yeast overall is clean.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy overall texture as it is agitated. Carbonation at a medium-high level. Finishes with a substantial bitterness lingering with juicy hop flavors.

Seems to get better and better with each sip and the tropical juicy hop flavors never fade out as I find with other similar brews. Dangerously drinkable for 9.5% and something I will certainly visit again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:44:17 | More by cbutova
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crispy620

Florida

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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babaracas

Florida

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark orange with huge and dense offwhite colored head, settles very slowly to a big mound of meringue, leaving the glass lousy with peninsulas of lace. Smell: heavy caramel, candied citrus rind, whiff of sugared tropical fruit into melon with resin edges. Taste: huge toffee base, lots of pine and sugared grapefruit. Sweet and caramel heavy but enjoyable. Best by May 2014.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:13:37 | More by babaracas
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dalahodson

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Rusty Monk poured into a pint glass. Nice light copper color with a full cream head. Nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of citrus, pine cut grass. The mouth feel is nice and smooth. The taste is of citrus pine and cut grass with a nice malt on the back side. Very well balanced not overly hopped but still the most pronounce taste. Even at 9% this is a very drinkable brew, went well with my beef pot pie.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 16:06:38 | More by dalahodson
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scotorum

Massachusetts

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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BoardwalkBock

New York

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times in 750mL format. Walked into the store today to find it i 4 pack. Was stoked. Loved this beer the times I had it before. Let me tell you now, the recipe must have changed, because this beer is even better than the Detour in 750mL format!

A: Ruby red, grapefruit-ish. Transparent. Constant carbonation rising. Good head retention.

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, slight pine. Very nice. Good caramel malt backbone.

T: Heavy on the citrus. I don't mind! It is awesome. Malt compliments the huge hop profile and hides the alcohol (9.5%).

M: Heavier than most DIPA, which actually helps limit the intake of this delicious beer. Bitter, but not overly bitter.

O: Very good DIPA. Not mindblowing (but does every beer have to be minblowing?), but for $10/4pack@ 9.5 % abv, it is a great deal! Wonderful hop aroma and taste. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:24:12 | More by BoardwalkBock
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Dark copper in color, but nearly completely clear. Forms a half-finger of white foamy head that fades rapidly on top of average carbonation.

S: Grapefruit rind, pine resin, and a bit of melon and tropical fruit hops, with sweetness from the toasted malt.

T: Pine bitterness and sweet toffee toasted malts with moderate caramel character dominate then flavors. This has big bitterness without a lot of complimentary hop flavors. The bitterness lasts into the hang with some mild booziness.

M: Body is a bit on the heavy side for style, and alcohol presence is a little more than average. Moderate carbonation sensation.

O: I don't think there's anything "bad" here, but it is an amalgamation of everything I don't prefer in my DIPAs - toffee and caramel malts, big alpha-bitter without balancing hop flavors. I'm glad to have Uinta distribute in FL, but I won't be drinking another of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:16:37 | More by macrosmatic
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dank203

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 01:22:04 | More by dank203
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StrictlyB

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncork the 750ml bottle and you immediately get a beautiful citrus smell. Poured with a 2 finger off white head that turned to a nice frothy foam, and left great lacing. Darker golden color with a bit of orange and not quite clear. Taste is strong with citrus, especially grapefruit, and hops, also with a very nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel crisp and creamy with strong carbonation. Impressive lack of taste of alcohol for 9.5%abv. Overall I would recommend, and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:37:33 | More by StrictlyB
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncorked this big bomber. Massive Carmel head, rich as a root beer float, lasted forever. Lacing clinging like thin carbon vines, sliding, tearing apart as they fall. Great clean aroma , malt swimming in 12 oz pool of Carmel. Taste is smooth with the subtle bite of a miniature poodle. At 9.5 ALC the alcohol is very well hidden in the sharp grapefruit overtones. Finishes the palette like a dry red wine, whispering balance with a quiet floral flame. Very good double IPA. Give me a bit more mystery, complexity, and this one could be at the top of the charts. Take the detour to a very good beer, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 02:03:31 | More by Goliveidaho
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MrBoz21

Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours with thick foamy head that settles like root beer float. Copper amber with 20% haze, sticky ring lacing.

Aroma: Big citrusy grapefruit hops, some biscuit and spice.

Taste: Malty up front and slides into smooth piney bitterness that fades in back of throat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly cloying.

Overall: Tasty ... balanced towards malt with hop backbone.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:29:29 | More by MrBoz21
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lordofstarside

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25oz to a snifter, bottle date is smudged, sometime in September

Pours a very dark and transparent gold with red and orangish hues. Two generous fingers of head sport a good retention rate, moderate/high carbonation stemming from the bottom of the glass, good lacing. Really good looking

Smells a bit malty, age may have got to this one. Strong caramel and bready malts that're a bit sweet. Hops are still around but not nearly as dominant, spicy pine and and citrus finished with a bit of alcohol

Taste is a bit more balanced, spicy earthy pine with a splash of citrus followed by a strong caramel malt. Finishes with a pretty heavy taste of alcohol. Everything sort of melts into each other

Feel is a heavy body for an ipa, medium bitterness with a dry finish. Drinks pretty warm, the booze is really present. I can finish my bottle, I won't want anymore than that

Overall not terrible, just a little heavy in the wrong places. Being at least four months old doesn't help either

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:48:19 | More by lordofstarside
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ricke49

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer provided an outstanding foamy, pillow-like head. The smell was oily hops and the taste and mouth feel was very oily as well. Could have used a bit of balance in my estimation. A decent DIPA, but a little over the top. Maybe a bit of time to let the hops cool it as little would be a good solution.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:43:51 | More by ricke49
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey glass on 3/28/13

Bottled on: 02/27/13

A) Clear. Surprising clear even. Dulled and faded tobacco; dark for a DIPA. Two finger head of loose foam drops to 1/4th inch and leaves delicate lace meanderings. Slow rising bubbles. Thicker lace farther down.

S) Spritzy, herbal hop aroma; it has a botanical gin quality to it. Sweet candy citrus fruit, quarts of hop oils, pine, tea leaves, sugary grapefruit, sweet cracker and hints of sugar cookies. Perfume-like.

T) Tastes every bit as oily as it smells; perhaps even more so. Dank oils and pine resin. The herbal components throw me though - it's a cross between candy fruits, perfume and aerosol spray. Bombastic amount of rolling, grainy malt. I don't think it is pilsner malt, but it does have a more neutral, clean aspect that I associate with pilsner malts in an IPA. The finish scrapes against bitterness which leaves me with the same feeling of brushing up against poison ivy after a stroll in the woods (editor's note: I have no idea what was going through my mind when I wrote that).

M) Full, slick body and feel. Carbonation is moderate when sparring with the size of the beer. Not terribly boozy.

D) It's like hiking on a different trail - some of the same pretty stuff you're used to seeing but with some new sights and smells (editor's note: This is why I don't review anymore; that description is ridiculous).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:22:12 | More by Ryan011235
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A top-notch DIPA that's both malty and rather bitter. It might be a bit simple, but it's still delicious. A dark golden brown color with a strong pine scent. Taste is bitter and sweet. Though I know a lot of hop heads don't like sweetness in their DIPAs, this is something I love. This beer reminds me a bit of Southern Tier Unearthly, which comes in for a lot of criticism as cloyingly sweet. This isn't quite as good as Unearthly, but if you like your DIPAs to be a bit like barleywines, this is a nice option.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:29:33 | More by Qbdoo
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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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