Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

261 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 261
Hads: 1,293
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 5.61%
Wants: 34
Gots: 253 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 261 | Hads: 1,293
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  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. (262 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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 Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -39%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +7%
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 (741 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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 (884 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,618 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz squat bottle, from the Yoke's grocery across from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho last week.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, sharp pine needles and oily resin, muddled tropical fruit (pineapple and kiwi, I think), a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and well-perfumed hop bitters. The taste is bready, crackery caramel malt, more biscuity toffee sweetness, a still heady piney, leafy and herbal green-ass bitterness, subtle tart citrus flesh notes, and a not so surprising phalanx of floral boozy esters.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their alternating fizzy and frothy natures, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and not really all that smooth, as both hop and alcohol come a rappin' at the cellar door. It finishes off-dry, sure, but in a teetering balance of malt, hop, and not quite astringent booze.

A sort of wild (in the general, non-craft beer sense) version of a DIPA, all the players signed up and ready to play, but hey, it seems that the coach has forgotten the playbook, or something. Very little here appears capable of working well together with others, and thus seem to get by only on their individual good looks and sass. Is that the lesson we should be taking away from here? (1,463 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear dark amberish with a solid 1-finger thick light tan head which fades to the rim and leaves spots of lace.

N: Tropical and citrus fruits, sweetish caramel malts.

T: Caramel malts, sweetness, mild citrus and some tropical fruit.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter, ABV noted in the finish.

O: Fairly respectable offering. Enjoyed. (403 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant in Linglestown, poured chilled from a 750 into a tulip.

The color is deep copper with an almost ruby hue with thick cream of 2 fingers or more with fine bead and lace sticks well. The smell is very fruity up front with lots of piney woody hop aromas when swirled with a hint of alcohol ester and light sweet malt aroma. The feel is very bitter and gassy with sharp bitterness and slightly astringent feel with light sweetness and subtle acidic and warming texture of alcohol with spicy almost abrasive finish.

The taste is full of resinous piney hop flavor with sharp bitter hop tastes covering some of the malt sweetness yet you know it is there based on the fullness on the palate it is also obscured slightly by the alcohol which makes the bitterness of the hops seem harsher than it needs to be, but a relatively dry finish leaves the mouth ready for the next pummeling on the palate with hops which don't seem to let up. Overall this is a drinkable beer, but I would probably have shared this rather than enjoyed this bruiser by myself if I had known what I was getting into. I recommend chilling this well, perhaps some of the issue was I only gave it 1/2 hour in the icebox rather than a full hour the heavy bottle could have used. I would pair this with a nice pepper steak or some chili to augment the hops with some complimentary spice perhaps. (1,384 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review 3/28/15 fresher bottle. Way better nose & flavor, tons of mango & pineapple

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 (822 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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!!! (1,256 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, caramel, raisin, pine, floral, grass, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced citrus/pine hops with caramel/toasted malts; and solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, caramel, raisin, pine resin, floral, grass, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance of citrus/pine hops with caramel/toasted malts; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA style. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. The age pretty much put it into a barelywine profile in the taste and aromas; but it was still a nicely enjoyable offering as it stands. (1,478 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle consumed on a sailboat in San Diego harbor.

Clear orange amber with a good head.

Medium body with a smooth, semi-creamy feel.

Very hoppy yet attractive aroma.

Sufficient malt load to tame the bitterness of the hops in the finish and aftertaste.

O: Adequately bold but drinkable and civilized DIPA (317 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.