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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

640 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 199
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Hazy grapefruit coloured body, pleasant enough aroma. Average mouthfeel. A good hopping and malting, nicely balanced for the style so that my palate is not shredded. A lot of alcohol, is it necessary? Nice drinkability. Long finish. Fresh bottle from Shop Right.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:24:00 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/17/12.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is obviously old but has still held up quite well and seems to have become something like a sweet American style barleywine at this point.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 03:18:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very deep and hazy amber color, with some notable sediment evident in the bottom of the glass.

hard bitter pine hops. Nothing at all in the balance here, this one was just all about the IBU and ABV apparently, well at least upon the nose that is.. A total tongue eraser would be a good way to put it. Tons of ABV from the first sip, very harsh and a really all too noticeable presence there. The hops were not overly flavorful, but rather a mixture which just seemed to try to batter you more then anything else. A really just a massive quantity of bitterness and abv. Nothing else really to say as far as that.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:31:08 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:40:04 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, warm, and bitter- Uinta devises a larger-than-life IPA that re-routs the common smoothness of IPA onto a path that's somewhat barleywine-like.

Deep amber hues and golden highlights illuminate the beer, even through its unfiltered hoppy cloud- giving the beer a honey-like appearance. Firmly headed at first, the beer releases an ivory white foam that caps the beer with a dense froth. But the head collapses back into the beer nearly half way through the session and leaving minimal lace behind.

Citrus and pine lead the way, but a supportive back note of caramel gives the beer's aroma a mild semblance of balance. Apparent alcohols offer a fruity, spicy tinge that I'm used to seeing in barleywines.

Malty sweetness greets the early palate, just before the hops settle in. White grapefruit peels, orange pith, and pine resins balance at first but then begin to overshadow the malts at the middle. But as the balancing sweetness recedes, the hops grip the throat with mild grassy-harsh bitterness. This also leads the way to allow for strong acetone alcohols to taste somewhat of cough syrups in finish.

Medium-full textures are due to early sweet sensations and embedded carbonation. But just as the hop bitterness sets in, so do mild astringency, spicy alcohol bite, and slight fusal roughness. A fruity and hot finish lingers deep into finish for an appealing yet unsettled aftertaste.

Detour is a tasty imperial IPA with somewhat one-dimensional hop bitterness, sweet off-balance, and alcohols that get a little out of control- all these insinuate a lean toward barleywine status, if ever so slightly.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:41:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:03:33 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:57:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a clear deep bronse with a great sticky two finger white head that left two solid rings of lace as it settled slowly,poured with a great clarity.Nice grassy and citric tones in the nose,not in your face but well done,a bit of leather as well.Like alot of DIPA's I find it a little sweet but the hops give a good shot of herb and grapefruit,the alcohol sweetness hinders the drinkability a little.Its a pretty good DIPA and reasonably priced,I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:36:34 | More by oberon
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thorpe429 for trying to help me knock off a fairly challenging state. Bottled May 19th, 2010. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of creamy off-white foam that settles to a chunky cap, leaving behind some splotchy lacing. Slightly hazed golden body.

S - Big burnt malt backbone. Hops seem faded, and what's present isn't super-interesting - the bottles lists four varieties, and I can only really pick out some Cascade soapiness and orange, as well as some indistinct floral notes.

T - The taste is actually a bit nicer, with some sugary citrus flavors. There's also some nice bitterness in the finish that is quite satisfying.

M - Low soft carbonation, medium-full body that suits the 9.5%. Nice slick texture, and a dry resiny finish. Well-hidden alcohol.

D - Split a 750ml with a buddy, and that was pretty easy to finish. Unfortunately, it was just kind of "meh" - I suspect it would be a bit better when fresh, but not by that much.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 16:25:07 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with strong burst of piney hops that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid 2IPA worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:36:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/27/10

Pours an amber/ice tea color with 3 fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Cakeyness, woody & herbal hops, fusel boozeyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, toffee sweetness up front, plus some boozeyness. Woody hops, a touch of boozey vanilla merge as this warms, plus some rich pineyness, this is really starting to open up! Finishes doughy with, a nice piney hop smack & a touch of orange peel& grapefruit. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & good balance, nice warming notes

Drinks nicely, but the boozeyness does grab ya after a while. Would love to get a fresher bottle for comparison purposes, not sure if it would better, but I'm sure it would be different

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:56:53 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 19:06:46 | More by drabmuh
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the 2010 ACBF, it was the first time I had tried anything from the Crooked lineup that Uinta has. I gave the IIPA a try because I figured it'd be strong enough to taste over everything else I had that day. The beer poured from a bottle was a golden color with a big foamy head. The lacing was decent. The smell was hoppy but not overly impressive. The taste was even less impressive, perhaps it's the hops they used but it just wasn't that big on the flavor end. The mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied. Overall it was a little disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:12:52 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #68 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a very malty double ipa. What hop tones are there are salty and earthy and not very interesting. Overall, it seems rather muddled and undefined. And there is a boozy tone to it that seems a bit much. The verdict on this one: so-so.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 04:21:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:45:23 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large four-finger plus head, slowly settles leaving chunky lace along the way. Orange-amber color. Clear.

Generous grapefruit hop nose--very appealing. Notable alcohol smell. No real malt aroma.

The taste is as the smell: lots of grapefruit flavored hop bitterness and the swallow is very warming from the alcohol. Again, the malt disappears. Long aftertaste of peppery bitterness.

This is a big beer from the hop/alcohol perspective. Not complex enough to play with the top offerings in this category.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 20:54:47 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a deep amber with a medium white head, very good retention, spots of lace.

S: Some green herbs, brush, hay, with notes melon rind.

T: Strong crystal malt flavours, with a hint of toast. Hops are heavy with a lot of mint and citrus rind. Lemon in there as well. Barley-wine like.

M: Full-bodied, frothy, pretty smooth for it's heft. Oil and hop resins abound in a long fulfilling aftertaste.

O: Very much on the border of Double IPA/Barleywine. The hop flavour is powerful, this is not anywhere near West Coast, if that's your style, you'll enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:54:33 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking foamy orange amber in the tall Stella glass. Nicely carbonated with a spritzy mouthfeel. Very spicy, almost hot between the alcohol and the spiky hops. Appealing aromatic hop nose, smells like lots of Cascades. But very flowery and hoppy. Flavor is full of hops but not terrible bitter. Rich flavor, but a thinner body, more like a big Tripel. Foam lasts well. Very pleasing mouthful. Lacks complexity to me, but the spiciness just never quits. Definitely more of a sipping beer.

750 ml bottle from Boulevard Liquor in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:43:48 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

big beer from uninta. pours a really radiant amber color with a lasting white head. smells really fresh, sweet nectar of hops, even a bit oily in that direction. sturdy caramel malt backbone on this monster. flavor is totally different than the smell. its all pine forest in the hops, pungent, earthy, and memorable. there is a bit of sweetness at the end, and a few of these could be a serious hangover if you let it be. good feel, bubbly and just over medium on the body. stands up well to big food. overall not a standout big ipa, but a very good local product in the salt lake area. the alcohol isnt as well hidden as it might be, but well balanced in general, and the pine profile is awesome, like being out in the woods. good gear here

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:31:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:57:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a transparent orange color with no head.

s - Smells of citrus hops, floral hops,and pine hops.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, and a little bit of caramel malts. Very bitter up front and than the malts kick in.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent DIPA, but I thought maybe it was overhopped and too bitter. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:42:48 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

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

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 5/25/11

Pours a nice rich shade of almond amber, under a rather large med. tan head, that stays, leaving all kinds of froth, sheeting and loads of lacing.

Nose has just a hint of hops and more caramel malts.

Tasty and enjoyable ale. Less hoppy then expected for a "DIPA", waves of maple malts seem to carry the load here. Smooth and heady stuff. But lacking the hope bite of the stars of the style. Nicely crafted and worth a try if this stuff is distributed to you neck of the woods.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 20:03:55 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750 ML bottle.

Chill hazed orange colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and fruity and full of tropical fruit hop scent. Lots of pineapple and papaya with grapefruit. I can smell pine in here but it is really all tropical fruit.

Starts out sweet and tasting mostly like papaya. On the sweet side Tropical fruits are more subdued than the smell. Papaya and pineapple are the main flavors. Could be more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is OK, but could be more than it is. Not worth a second buy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:11:45 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Bottled On: 03/28/10
$6.95 ea.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden amber/copper color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy off-white head, with tons of nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some nice malt notes, slightly fruity, nice little citrus note, and some pine notes. The taste is sweet, bitter, hoppy, with some malts thrown in, nice little citrus hint, and some pineyness. Medium body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish. Very Drinkable, Uinta did a pretty good job with this one, cool looking lable. Glad to finally get my hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 23:47:14 | More by Wasatch
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a customary copper and amber color, mild 1/2" head on it, no lacing or retention to speak of. Aroma was largely grassy, alcohol and bitterness.

Taste, more of the herbal component, bitterness, alcohol warmth, a smattering of hops. Lots of crystal malt. Herbal component drifts into pine aftertaste, which was appreciable given the way the bitterness and hay mouthfeel wasn't really moving in the right direction for me.

Would probably raise the score a little bit if this was in a 4/6 pack, but given that its about $10 for a 750, it really doesn't have the quality level worthy of such a price.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 16:45:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.