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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Detour Double India Pale Ale
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646 Ratings
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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%

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 crispy620


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
Photo of dalahodson


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
Photo of 57md


3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark copper with half a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind on the glass. The nose is both piney and hoppy. The upfront flavor is a solid blend of malt and hops. The finish is not nearly as hoppy as top flight IPAs, but this still remains a solid effort. There is a touch of alcohol on the finish as well, but it is nothing terribly unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 04:09:41 | More by 57md
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Detour Double India Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: Ontap into a snifter. Pours a dark ruby color, with a slight off white head and some lace work. Appears a bit dark for the style, almost resembling a barleywine.

SMELL: Sweet fruits, herbs, citrus and pine all are apparent in the nose. Smells a bit sweeter than expected for a double IPA.

TASTE: Ale yeast fruityness starts things out with dark fruits and a faint prune note, followed by some piney notes and small grapefruit. Mostly fruity and sweet, mildly bitter if at all, but does go down easy. Another strong suit of this brew is the relatively low alcohol presence. Sweet fruits with a notion of hop make up most of the flavor, and while not offensive, is not really to style.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied feel, smooth, almost creamy and easy to drink. Medium carbonation level and velvety smooth. Easy drinking for a beer of such strength.

OVERALL: A solid, though uninspired double IPA. If this was labeled a barleywine it would have scored higher, but as is, it is still a good choice as a strong ale. This is being sold in corked and caged bottles, and honestly, for the price, it could really be alot better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 21:37:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of thecheapies


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red/amber color with an immovable cap.

Caramel, overripe pineapple, and lime. A bit strange in aroma.

Carrying over from a rye-like spiciness that I was picking up in the nose; there's plenty of softly ripe fruits, toffee malts, and booze. Stinging in bitterness, sweetness, and strength. Ok, but not impressive.

Sweet medium to burly. A little sticky. A bit too boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 03:50:23 | More by thecheapies
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ gulu gulu cafe in Salem ma serves in a pt glass.

A: served with about half a finger of lightly tanned head that dissapates quickly leaving a good amount of sticky lacing. The color of the body is a rather translucent caramel
Amber and you can see tiny carbonation bubbles running up the glass.

S: not to much going on for aroma here I'm a little dissapointed, I get some sticky caramel and earthy hop notes, it doesn't smell bad but the aroma is on the weak side...

T: deep caramel with a pretty good blast of citrusy and piney hops, the is a good amount of the resinousness here rounded out with a very sticky sweetness, wish the sweetness was toned back a touch personally... But not a bad tasting brew

M: medium to almost heavy bodied sticky and resinous, that alcohol is also deffinatly prevelant here... A sipper, on the almost syrupy side.

O: not a bad dipa but not a great one either, I don't see myself in a big hurry o grab another one of these, but if one was offered to me I would not decline it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 23:53:57 | More by PeterIngemi
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a tulip at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on May 27, 2012. Less than a finger of head once I got it. Color was honey amber, a bit hazy. Caramel white bubbly lacing on the top that had great retention throughout the pour.

Smelled fresh citrus hops up front, mainly lemon and tangerine. Also some caramel notes and a bit like Sprite. Reminded me of a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a bit.

Got citrus hops - tangerine and apricot. Tasted a bit like the Rogue Dead Guy Ale that I just mentioned. Caramel and orange peel as well.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

An OK beer overall, but I was hoping for a bit more after really enjoying their Hop Notch IPA awhile back.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 07:29:44 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of HopHead84


2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 23:32:48 | More by HopHead84
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District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:39:12 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of AndrewNations


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this DIPA on draft at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. This one of the few kegs that made it east from Utah.

A: The color was about what I would expect from a typical ipa. Nice and bright orange with a decent creamy but thin head.

S: I loved the noise on this one. Lots of great floral hop. This is one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever had. I'm guessing it had to do with the freshness but this literally smelled like pellet hops I use for home brewing. Maybe Amarillo, don't quote me on that,

T: Obviously very hoppy and a bit sweet. The abv is masked well but come to think of it everything is masked well as the hop overpowers everything. I get a bit of sweet malt on the finish.

M: Nothing crazy here. Maybe a bit on the thick side but consistent with the style.

D: The abv is masked fairly well its still there and doesn't make this one sessionable. Also given the sweetness and the pallet destroying hops I would only be interested in one or two of these in one sitting.

Overall: This is a great DIPA and Im glad I got a chance to have it fresh and on draft. Utah ? Who knew...

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 13:03:20 | More by AndrewNations
Photo of dar482

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a crystal clear light ruby and dark reddish amber.

The aroma has huge overly sweet citrus and tropical pineapple, orange, peaches, dried apricot and mango along with a big resinous pine. Some green piney dankness. Some sweet bready malt.

In the front, again those hugely sweet tropical pineapple, mango, peaches, orange peel. A huge sugary sweetness with a bready malt backbone. A very clean experience. There’s a medium amount of alcohol in the back. With not much bitterness other than some spicy pine and green leaf qualities.

This beer drinks extremely clean despite the sweetness behind this beer. It reminds me of Enjoy By and a lower ABV Hi-Res. A highly underrated brew. Check this out!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 02:50:31 | More by dar482
Photo of kjfinnerty


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
Photo of GratefulHop


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
Photo of ISmith87


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
Photo of gillagorilla


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
Photo of mpedara429


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
Photo of ThisWangsChung


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
Photo of BMMillsy


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
Photo of 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
Photo of BB1313


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
Photo of kcrosson492


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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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
Photo of babaracas


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
Photo of scotorum


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
Photo of 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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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.