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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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272 Reviews
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Reviews: 272
Hads: 1,333
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 37
Gots: 287 | 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 jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

6 months of age on this bottle but the hop presence is huge on the nose. I believe the liquor store I got it from has kept it refrigerated so that should've kept it somewhat fresh. Brilliantly clear amber color will a huge sticky off white head. Sticky webbing. Big malt nose, lots of raisin oddly enough but lots of pine and grapefruit as well. Spicy earthy hops as well. Some subtle alcohol on the nose as well.

A very spicy and malty DIPA. Tons of pine and earthy spice with lots of caramel and pale malt. Some detectable alcohol. Flavors are blended into one concise sip which is odd for a DIPA this size but impressive. Carbonation is there but low. Mouthfeel is syrupy. This bottle has a big of age on it but it's been kept cold, the problem with a beer like this is it's price tag. Uinta makes great big beers but this one is forced to sit because of its high cost. Despite being kept cold i'm sure the flavor is affected a bit. None the less tastes like a big double English IPA with tons of flavorless malts and subtle hops. Kind of a trick show from whats supposed to be such a big beer.

First dissapointing brew from Uinta.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a tad bit of white head that recedes quickly without too much lacing. Nose is...booze. Then, booze. The hops are really faint. There is a tiny bit of citrus in the background as well as some grain, but this is mostly a hot mess. The bitterness and the alcohol really do not combine well. I would not recommend this beer.

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Photo of NoHipTee
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gonna call this one a swing and a miss.

The appearance started with a good forthy pour that had plent of lacing and settled to a pleasing head.

Smell was hoppy and a hint of sweetness.

Taste was a large languishing let down. The hops were smothered in a grity musky alcohol burn that nearly extinguished an drinkability.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated but the alcohol nearly feels like an additive at this point.

Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.44/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Was very disappointed to not get a refund on this beer, as it seemed oxidized and old (from being experienced with DIPA's as I am). I was assured thats how it tastes, so I am forced to review it the way it was.

A: Dark orange to amber in color, ring of head with nice sticky lacing.

S: Some muted hops mostly dominated by tutti fruit malt and dark fruits, screams oxidized to me, almost like a young barleywine. Some grassy hop notes on top, but the bready sweet sticky fruit dominates..

T: Egh, even worse than the smell. Some alcohol sweetness or heat, a little citrus that is blown away by all the sickly sweet fruity stuff. raisin, prune, just seems dead and wrong for the style.

M: Medium, tons of heat.

D: Huge disappointment. Wish I got a refund but didnt get it. didn't finish my glass, couldn't.

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Photo of portia99
2.47/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle (bottled 3/30/10) received for volunteering at the ACBF in Boston. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - After getting off the ridiculously difficult to remove cork...pours a mostly clear, deep orangey amber color with three fingers of dnese creamy tan head (love this Duvel glass!!!) with excellent staying power. Head seems to last forever (not sure this is even ever going to fade, no less disappear) with endless plumes of carbonation bubbles pluming up from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful!

S - Very heavy caramel aroma mixed with citrusy and green hop aromas and straight sugary barley malt...think hopped Goya. I was sitting in a brewpub the other day during a brew session and this strongly reminds me of the aromas there and in my own kitchen during a homebrew session. Extremely malty aromas mixed with fresh hops - smells wort-like! As good as this smells "in process" it gives me a bit of worry about being under-attenuated and overly malty for the style. We will see.

T - Well, I have to say the flavor is quite a bit like the aroma. This is a bit tough for me. Sweetness is quite cloying, caramel is overpowering. Hops are definitely fresh, green, grassy and a bit herbal. This tastes like the samples I take from the brew kettle or the primary fermenter before pitching yeast to grab an OG number. Again, as enjoyable as that is during the brewing process (lets me know the finish beer will be good "after" it ferments), this is too much for me in a finished beer. I'm gonna call this one sickly sweet and be done with it.

M - This is thick, sugary sweet and syrupy in feel. This really is so much like unfermented wort...I just can't get by this sensation.

D - I had heard good things about this one, but I am really just not getting it...this one isn't for me. This is the '09 Dark Lord of DIPA's to me. It is so sickly sweet and underattenuated, I really can't get thru this bottle. I always feel bad about drainpouring beer, but I just can't help this one. I had such high expectations from the appearance, but it all went downhill from there...really an exercise in extremes - as Pete Sampras would say..."This one - she is a pitching wedge. She looks good from 150 yards away, but on closer inspection, she just doesn't hold up."

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Photo of ehammond1
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of nc41
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looked good, smells nice then I took a sip. Really a disappointment, really too sweet, too viscous, not enough of a bitter snap, strange finish and after taste. A really poor example of a DIPA IMO, really nothing to like or recommend with this brew. Hiding this behind a cork and cage is window dressing on a very below average DIPA. Where it counts it's a Yuck.

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Photo of charliedvrs
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into my tulip glass.

A - Very good looking beer. Pours a deep, clear amber with two fingers and change of fluffy white head. Head slowly dissapates staying for almost the whole glass and leaving a nice lace.

S - Bottle says there are four types of hops used for this beer. They give off a very piney smell with a bit of citrus as well. You can definitely smell the alcohol starting to poke through the hop aroma.

T - The malts hit you first, and seem to follow along with the amber coloring but quickly fades out. Then the pine hops take over in a big way. The best word I can think to describe them is sharp. The biggest downfall I found was the inability of the hops to cover the alcohol. The hops and alcohol seem to just combine to form an overly sweet and biting beer, without the pleasant bitterness of most DIPAs.

M - Pretty light for the style, leaves your mouth feeling very dry.

D - I was pretty dissapointed with this one considering how much I've enjoyed Uinta's other offerings - Detour just seemed really unbalanced. Drinkability for me was low and I found myself glad I had someone to split the 750ml bottle with.

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Photo of far333
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled on: 11/22/11. Like their Labyrinth, the cork was a total nightmare to get out. It took three grown, presumably healthy people and the cork eventually ripped down the middle requiring a corkscrew to excavate the remnants.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, dark golden-amber body with a fully foaming, off-white head. Heavy lace on the way down.

Smell: A sweetish scent of caramelized sugars over toasty, bready malts with noted citric, woodsy, green grassy hop notes and some fusel wafts. Not entirely appealing, to be honest.

Taste: Sugary caramel with plenty of toasty, bready malts. Splash of liquor singes the tongue early on. Pinch of freshly swept sawdust. Heavy, heady hop flavors of citrus pith, resin-damp wood chips, and sun-dried grasses (and noxious, lawn-spoiling weeds). Medium-high bitterness. It remains a bit boozy (okay, more than a bit) through to the end (and beyond). Bitter, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a DIPA, so it's a big beer, but it's too brash and the rough booziness tires me out quickly. Make a detour around Double Detour and pick up something else, something better.

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt tan/brown, cloudy with a minimal 1/8 inch head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine. lemon, a little funky note along with caramel malts at the finish.

Taste - First sip brings in a odd malt profile that soon gets crushed by bitter hops and alcohol. Very sweet, almost to the point of sickening. Pineapple, grapefruit and tropical flavors are picked up after the initial blast of malts. Very warm alcohol at the finish along with a crushing amount of hop bitterness.

Motuhfeel - Unreal blast of caramel malts crushes the tongue. Bitter hops and alcohol come in and nail the palate. Aftertaste is bitter, and alcohol warm.

Overall - Ehh, this isn't very good. Way overboard on sweet malts, and the alcohol is not needed either. Nothing id recommend or want again, that simple.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer is orange and clear with a big head of small and medium bubbles. Head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and carbonation is moderate to low. Off to a good start.

The aroma is sweet first and hoppy second. Overall pretty weak in the nose.

Beer is super syrupy sweet and the bitterness is late and weak or overshadowed by the sweet. Pretty earthy / sulfury in the midpalate of this beer. Not very good.

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Photo of Gavage
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a short 1/4" head.

Smell: loads of tart citrus and floral bitterness is mildly enjoyable.

Taste: caramel, loads of pine, biting grapefruit and lemon, ripe fruit sweetness, and alcohol create a bit of an unbalanced DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer is slow to drink as it is a bit unbalanced and overtly harsh.

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that hangs around for quite a while, leaving a few strands behind

Smell: Very leafy and piney, with undertones of caramel

Taste: A load of malty sweetness on the front end, with a boozy caramel wallop; by mid-palate, however, the leafy hop flavors arrive, bringing an aggressive bitterness that hangs around, after the swallow, and well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, boozy warmth descends down the gullet and warms the belly

Overall: Well, this beer certainly blazes a new trail but I can't say it's one I wish to follow; the hop profile is harsh and bitter, more than flavorful and the malts are so big and boozy; the flavor elements struggle to come together, but I am not going to wait around to see if they do - there are too many better DIPAs out there to spend more time on this

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Photo of loren01
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours orange color smallish head no lacing
S: Strong caramel/brown sugary and toffee scents, not getting much in the way of hop scent at all
T: Very sweet, caramelly. Slight earthy hoppiness at the end. ETOH is not well hidden at all
M: Medium to full bodied beer, finished dry
O: I expected more out of this beer, way to sweet not much in the way of hops. Seems to me more like a barleywine or Old ale or something of that sort not a Imperial IPA. Don't be distracted by the fancy bottle/cork/cage its whats inside the bottle that matters.

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Photo of Ego
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

holy head batman! jeez, I didn't shake this thing up before the pour ... but I would stand accused from the look of this thing, three full fingers of head dominate the glass (like dennis rodman on a good night), big white soapy head, slightly burnt orange hue with moderate carbonation meandering toward the massive white cap. this is going to take a few minutes to settle...
(a few minutes pass by)...
the head finally settles down enough to approach this beer. It settles in to about 1/2 a finger of creamy thick goodness.. damn good looking beer.

herbal west coast hops, some pine, a hope menagerie, some honey notes underneath the massive hop blanket, the nose is really fresh and juicy, this definitely is making sweet hop love to the nostrils, quite close to DFH 90min imo.

taste etc...
lacks body, kind of sweet up front in a weird way, the alcohol comes into the mix as well, definitely immediately heats up the gully, this pretty much just winds up bitter with abv punch... no backbone to hold up the hops.

let down, this looks great but man the body just can't hold up all the hops. this is a bitter bomb and nothing else, and really becomes rather unenjoyable

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Photo of HopHead84
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


On tap at The Beer Company before the Symphony X and Iced Earth concert.

A: Yellow gold with stunning clarity and a mountain of a white sea foam head. Excellent retention and lots of lacing.

S: Floral and aromatic with soft orange and tangerine. Malt is balancing caramel and bread.

T: Alcoholic up front (this doesn't subside) with a lightly spicy floral aspect. Caramel and bread overshadow feeble orange notes. There's notable astringency in the boozy finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Despite their claim, Uinta isn't blazing any trails with this beer. Perhaps if your world consists of Utah. Solid aroma and subpar flavor.

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Photo of B-J-B
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Certainly couldn't taste the alcohol in this one - mostly because of the sandpaper astringency that apparently comes with merciless infusions of alpha acid. Not my favorite example of this style by any stretch, though I'm a big fan of other Uinta beers.

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Photo of JamesMN
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Freebie from my local beer store. Best before 5/29/15.

Appearance: Caramel/orange and hazy as hell. About of finger of off-white froth.

Aroma: Overripe orange. Some caramel.

Taste: Pretty much par for the course when it comes to double IPAs that aren't designated West or East coast. A big caramel malt body stacked to the roof with orange citrusy hop flavor and medium earthy bitterness. The 9.5% ABV is not present in the flavor but is provides a ton of malt presence. Not sure what the IBUs are but I'd put them at about 80 as its not a palate wrecker. Sweet finish of caramel malt and moderate earthy bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Upper medium in body with average carbonation for the style and slightly below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Really just an average DIPA all around. Basic earthy bitterness paired with orange citrus hop flavor and a big caramel malt backbone. Newbies to the style may appreciate the flavor but it just isn't breaking any new ground. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of Smitt
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Hoppy Soapy Smell. Poor Clarity. Poured nicely with right amount of carbonation. Sticky hop flavor. Bitter with not much lively flavor. Alcohol is high and competes for the flavor. The high alcohol does not compliment the beer. I love this brewery. Least favorite from Unita and I love a good DIPA that's done well.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3/5  rDev -20.2%

I dont think I like Unita.....I had a hop nosh and it was pretty bad...it was so bitter I couldnt get it down! Then I had a couple more hop nosh and and they werent that bad...but still pretty bitter.

Now I have detour and the first one out of the 4 pack gave me that same way too weird bitter earth almost skunkd taste again that my first hop nosh gave me.....I actually didnt even know they were both unita till after my first sip I said WHOOOAAA I know that nasty taste! lol
I have had like 80 different IPAs this year....and Unita is the only one that makes me not want to drink anymore!

I finished off my hop nosh making it my 4th beer of the night.....you know the stage where everything taste like a salad after 3 9%ers!

Still though even with that bitter weird taste its still ok....and much better after you already had a few in you!

I am drinking another right now....and it tastes soapy! thats it soap! flowery soap.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awesome foam and lacing that sticks to the sides of my glass like small bits of tan bread dough. Great copper Ipa color and great bubbling to boot.

Super grass and orange peel, earthen hops with enough toasted, biscuit malts to keep the hops from overpowering the nostrils.

The taste has the right, fresh orange peel bitterness, but there's also a sharp metallic twang that kills a chunk of the malts possible impact on the flavor. All I get are watered down, but super toasted biscuits.

The palate is sharp and zesty, but also noticeably tinny and bloody. Not overwhelming so as not being able to enjoy the beer, but more than enough.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a golden orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white ca[

S: Floral and citrus notes, grains

T: Floral notes, caramel, hints of citrus

M: Seemed pretty thin, not much body or hop feel to this beer, instead I got the 9.5ABV

D: Average IIPA. Not bad for the price but no need to cork and cage this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
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!!!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.