Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 1,281
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 33
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
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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 frozyn
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev +7%
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. (185 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (377 characters)

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 (854 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! If you are a hop lover and want a refreshingly unique and new beer experience, then Uinta Brewing is for you, specifically their Double IPA called Detour. It has a whopping 9.5% ABV and a respectable 74 IBUs. This beer focuses on dynamic flavor and plenty of variety instead of palate wrecking hoppiness—which is fine, but this is a nice change to the DIPA class.

Look: This pours a thin head if poured gently and a medium head if poured vigorously. I got a nice thin head on mine that was more of a silky coating than an actual head, but I did that on purpose. The color is an orange gold with light hues of yellow in the right light. It is very clear and crisp and you can see columns of tiny delicate bubbles rising to the top incessantly.

Smell: This beer has an amazing variety of smell and taste. I smell brown sugar malts laced with toasted oak, pine, nut, spices, and a zingy zazziness that floats delicately above these aromas.

Taste: The flavor is excellent and with stunning timing between the various aspects. I get a mild flavor of brown sugar malts which lend their sweetness (but not too much) and toasty cracker which takes its time to melt into waves of fruits and spices; coriander, black pepper, mango, clementine, piney hops, grassy notes to follow, cola, bread pudding, noticeably delightful yeast, and even raisin. There is a long lingering bitterness on the tongue that makes you almost forget the contrasting sweetness found at the beginning. This is a great timing between the flavors that makes each sip memorable. The alcohol is noticeable the entire time which gives a nice cut to the sweetness and it complements the bitterness. Even still I wouldn’t say that the hops are over the top and I would go so far as to say this is reminiscent of an English-style barley wine.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an extremely smooth mouthfeel that gives way to effervescent carbonation that tickles the tongue and gives way to the bite of the alcohol and bitterness; a great orchestra!

Overall: I love this beer and even though I usually go for the more strongly hopped Doubles, I’d say that the unique flavors found in this beer make it a must try for any beer advocate and especially those hop heads out there. Be sure to serve very cold and poured into a worthy glass. Cheers! (2,309 characters)

Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well composed DIPA, Looks good in the glass. Amber. The Aroma is like Citrus, Pine, very floral, Tutti Frutti.... First sip. mhhhh , I like the creamy taste, very fruity. Good Carbonation, harmonious finish. Very well balanced. Good one. (237 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of TBCE
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep hazy copper with a khaki head which holds nicely. The aroma is of piney, resinous hops with a little alcohol pop in the nose. Flavor starts with the pine and resin hop profile, but this dealt some solid competition from a bit of a boozy taste. A hint of lemon at the back, with that last alcohol blast. The profiles of this beer are promising, but the high ABV is unmasked and as such makes this a little harder to drink for my delicate palate (such a wimp...). (474 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coppery amber liquid with a off white foam that disappears rapidly. Sticky lace. Smells of ripe oranges and citrus groves. Flavor: orange marmalade, earthy, lightly spicy and herbal. Medium bitterness. Caramelly malt body is substantial. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes lightly bitter, orange pith, with an alcohol presence. (325 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A lovely clear deep copper colored body holds up a cream colored head. Head recession is minimal as a thick film is leftover. Thick bands of lacing remain.

Aroma: Juicy, piny, and herbal. A touch of spiciness on the back end.

Taste: An almost syrupy-sweet malt bill is at the core of this beer. Hops bring the flavor of herbal spices, pine, and cedar. The ABV emerges with a little heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick.

Overall: A beautiful looking beer with great aroma, but a bit syrupy and lacking some needed fruitiness in the taste. Still very solid. (602 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very resiny, grassy, dank aroma with big citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Fairly balanced between the contrasting genres. Biscuity malt is subtle.

Flavor reveals more malt support, slightly sweet, which counters the initial sharp muddled citrus that leads into resiny bitterness at the finish. Notes of pine emerge in the aftertaste.

Hops certainly dominate and run the gamut of variety, albeit lacking in my beloved tropical fruit notes. Nice malt presence, though, which supports well. The finish is just very astringent. (534 characters)

Photo of GlacierSapien
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Quite tasty.... hoppy and citrusy with just a pinch of lingering bitterness... very crisp and easy to drink... never would know it's 9.5%
A fine west coast dipa for sure (169 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque straw colored with a clumping off-white head that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Strong floral and piney hops.

Taste: Strong bitterness up front, then sharply runs into slightly sweet malt, wheat, never quite stands up to the hops. Hops linger in the aftertaste for a while.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Good strong IPA, not for the faint of tongue. (402 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the LA Live Yard House.
Slightly hazy, yellow gold with a tight white head. Good retention, nice looking lace lines.
Fresh hop aromas, grapefruit, citrus, all hops.
I thought it was quite well balanced, with enough malt to keep it from being too bitter and harsh. Citrus peel, some pine, herbal or leafy hop finish.
Solid mouth feel and body. Very drinkable despite high alcohol and bitterness. (405 characters)

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

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

Photo of Spikester
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

About three months past the best before date. Hazy amber orange with a modest head but decent amount of lace. Smell is bready malts with little hop aroma. Taste is bready sweet with a large bitter dank hop taste. There is some pine grapefruit and orange.in the hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just enough carbonation. Finish is dry pine needles and a bit of soap on the back of the tongue. I think this beer was stored room temperature and has suffered for it. Next time i will try to get something fresh. I will say the alcohol was pretty well hidden. (576 characters)

Photo of B-J-B
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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. (253 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A - I have to agree with others it looks like bile very hazy amber brown liquid not filtered in the slightest. Head is a 1/2 inch that seems to settles for a while.
S - Musty herbal hop water with mild gritty undertones. Really hope it's not as bitter as other said.
T - Herbal hops mend my palate with medicine like bitterness, mild grainy roughness, and a finish that fades out which surprisingly hides the high ABV. Not bad.
M - Not sure why most say its so bitter it does have an earthy hop bite but smooth hidden ABV. Medium bodied though and weird.

Overall I paid 4 bucks for this and feel cheated. Unita has been hit or miss their best beer being the exceptional Labyrinth Black Ale. I guess I should just stick to their malty dark beers and stouts... (759 characters)

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.