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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

641 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 641
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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TheBigJohnson

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A smooth, cloudy deep amber color with a foamy head, and immediate scent of a toasty caramel with hints of fruity sweetness-- grapefruit, orange. The head recedes into a thin carbonation layer.

First sip is met with great toasty flavor, not overpowering, and finishes dry and delicious because of it. Mouthfeel is very malty, but well-balanced and overall flavor is above average when it comes to a DIPA. The dry finish is met with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, chocolate, and resin.

Overall, a visually-appealing, great-tasting musky DIPA that is easy to drink given its relatively high ABV. Malt and roasted characters, although delicious, dominate hop flavors, which is unique for DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:27:40 | More by TheBigJohnson
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:08:47 | More by superspak
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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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SanDNigel

California

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked Bottle
A- Dark gold-honey-amber with creamy off white head
S- Heavy caramelly malt body, with a note of hops
T- Not your average DIPA but delicious. A crispness that seems almost impossible
M- Very nice small bubbles make it much drier (nice!) than any DIPA I've ever had
O- Great beer and worth the extra $1-2 you would spend per volume of other DIPA's. Would buy it again and would recommend it

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 20:32:53 | More by SanDNigel
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labattblueribbon

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

poured from corked wine-shaped bomber to glass. solid, solid DIPA. if you're looking for balance between malt and hops this is for you. alcohol is hidden remarkable well for 9.5. but for me the star of the show is the mouthfeel, velvety-silky smooth as best from any beer i can remember to be honest. although i prefer more hops this is a great DIPA, and reasonable for the 8$. similar to No Apologies by Blue Point but is better in all aspects. also crazy lacing all the way down, head stayed to the end. some chocolate notes were the most prevalent at the beginning and end. Overall solid representation of the style, would consider getting again in the fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 04:02:05 | More by labattblueribbon
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patpbr

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a snifter with a copper amber color and a thick head and nice lacing.
S - pine, citrus, resin and caramel.
T - Unlike the scent the taste is more on the malt side and sweet. Also Orange, pine and earthy. The bitterness is present throughout.
M - Medium body and moderate carbination. Dry bitter finish.
O - A good double, but its not near the top in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:19:33 | More by patpbr
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drrone

Utah

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 7/4/13, into a Descutes Teku

A- It is a nice bright clear amber straw color. It liberated 2 inches of light beige head that faded slowly, but left little lacing.

S- The nose is light, not as strong as I would have thought. Definitely hops, resin, pine and citrus notes.

T - For me the taste is way better than the nose. Very nice hops, with light citrus highlights and a touch of caramel?

M- Easy to drink considering the ABV. Light with mild carbonation and the alcohol is there, but well balanced.

O - Really a very good DIPA. It has good a good hop profile and gives you that hop dose without being overbearing. The citrus is very nice. I tried this at 3 weeks, I had it at 10 days and should have tried it then, but I was in no way disappointed. Well done. I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:53:21 | More by drrone
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srandycarter

California

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear orange nice near white head, lots of cling.

S - Hops are there, but I also get something akin to dish soap and mildew combined. Hard to explain but diminishes the overall.

T - Nice big malt, orangy bitter flavor, very resiny.

M - Medium body, good carb, good balance.

D - Drinkable enough. The aftertaste is a little overpowering. Share this .750 with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 03:50:38 | More by srandycarter
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Uinta Brewing Company - Detour Double India Pale Ale, poured into a Lawson's Tulip.

Look - Pours a mostly clear amber with a ruby hue. Bubbly and rambunctious carbonation with a soapy head that dissipates at a medium pace but leaves tons of glorious lacing.

Smell - Bready and malty with dank citrus and resiny hops. Mouth watering but bready as hell for sure.

Taste - Rich, full flavored malt blast with a resiny hop overtone. Finishes hella bitter, this one.

Mouthfeel - Rests hyper bitter and sticky from the malt. Medium-bodied. Booziness from the malt is apparent but not overly so. Decent drinkability.

Overall - Solid brew. BIG. Malt is balls to the walls but the hops are also a blaster. Worth a shot for hop heads for sure, but the malt may be overkill for those looking for a straight-up hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 15:55:38 | More by JMScowcroft
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a thick, hazy, brownish-orange in color with a good head.

Smell - The hop profile is rich and complex with a nice, bitter tangerine but the malts are overly biscuity for the style.

Taste - The hops are a little less pronounced at the taste but again the malts are huge and full of English-style biscuits.

Mouthfeel - This is a huge, full-bodied DIPA with good carbonation and a strong bitter finish in spite of the sweet malt balance.

Drinkability - It's basically the opposite of a session beer but if you like big beers give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:52:04 | More by RoyalT
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle dated 02/27/13. Sampled on May 26, 2013

The pour is a handsome amber-bronze with a long-lasting off-white foamy head. Great clarity.

The nose presents itself with floral, earthy hops but not in an overpowering way. The malt and yeast characters are lower on the totem pole but at the same time can be noticed vaguely.

The body is medium to bold.

This grows during the session starting out a little mild for a Double IPA with upfront sweetness in the wink of an eye followed by moderate hopped bitterness that lingers. But as I make my way through the 750 ml. bottle the hoppy character becomes the more predominant flavor. The alcohol is well-integrated and I didn't feel that 9.5% ABV until it was all done and in my head.

It is a Double IPA I could enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:38:52 | More by puboflyons
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snaotheus

Washington

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter. "Bottled on" 04/10/13, drank on 25 May 2013.

Pours reddish, clear, huge head, fades halfway quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. Smell is rich, piney, grapefruit rind.

Taste is bitter, lots of grapefruit bitterness, and some other bitterness that might possibly be described as oniony or garlicky. Slightly caramelly sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but still surprisingly dry. Overall, this is pretty good, and lives up to the name of "double IPA". Not the best...but good.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:01:29 | More by snaotheus
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up this 750ml offering (bottled27FEB13) today at Ayotte's for $7.99... Weather sucks today, so I detoured inside to try this...

Uncaged and decorked, some was poured into a small tulip for examination and enjoyment. It's a deep, clear, orangey-bronze color. Carbo is scant and scattered. The topping was frothy and fluffy, a touch off-white, and about 3/4" thick while slowly ebbing. Lacing left behind is quite nice and sticky. The aroma is easily detected from about a foot away, and up close it gets real resiny. Has some citrus rind and a bit of piney action, too. Body is solidly medium-plus and the liquid glides easily across the tongue.

It has a little sweetness as it hits the palate, akin to some tasty apricot marmalade spread on a bit of malty toast. Then it's hop time, as the piney, resiny, pithy lupes take over. There's a lot of hoppage here, with pineapple and grapefruit mixing together, but it's quite well balanced with the fruity sweetness. It is dry in the finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth is detectable. All in all, I'm liking it, and $7.99 isn't toooo bad these days... Prosit!!

4.26/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1566

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 19:52:34 | More by Bierman9
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled On 04/10/13

A: Pours a copper color with a towering 3 fingers of head that eventually settles down to a thin cap. Leaves some nice, thick lacing

S: Plenty of resiny and piney hops, with an almost tea-like note as well. Also get some lightly spicy malts. Alcohol comes through slightly

T: More balanced than the nose would suggest, with some sweet malts coming thorough right along with the hops. Neither really takes front stage, and mellow each other out. Malts are sweet and lightly spicy and the hops are earthy, piney, and grassy. Finishes bitter with a light alcohol kick

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely one of the more balanced DIPAs out there, with a big malt presence to go along with the hops. The bitterness eventually wins out over the sweetness, and the alcohol has a looming presence throughout. Definitely for those who like a well-balanced IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:48:23 | More by BEERMILER12
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:05:03 | More by Slatetank
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midnitesun11

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep golden orange, almost amber like in color. Had a really appealing one finger, off white, fluffy head. No visible carbonation bubbles and left a pleasing lace trail.

Smells of piney hops and fresh citrus maybe orange?

Tastes of sweet caramel at first with a subtle citrus flavor. Has a spiciness to it and a nice big hoppy taste which is really pleasent on the tastebuds and isn't too overpowering.

Leaves a slight bitterness in the finish and has a bit of a thick mouthfeel with a slight stickiness that coats the whole mouth.

Overall really surprised and impressed with this beer. A bit high in alcohol so it's definitely a sipper! Would absolutely drink this again!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:27:07 | More by midnitesun11
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. wine type bottle corked and caged.

Pours a clear orange amber color with a wispy honey colored had that remains persistently.

Smell is reminiscent of Myrcenary with a sharp piney note.

Taste is very harsh bitterness. Piney with grapefruit pith and dry on the end. Lasting biterness and an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is full and oily with smooth effervescence.

Overall this is a bit too much despite my love of hops. I like west coast style like Double Jack but this DIPA did not meet that standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 02:29:48 | More by 312HopBomb
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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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GlassHalfFull

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber/red color with moderate cloudiness. Stocky foam with thick lacing

S - Even balance of floral and pine hopiness

T - Malty and dry. Touches of bubble gum but finishes rather flat, bitter and dry.

M - Thick and zingy. Heavy for a DIPA.

O - Drinkable but not something I seek out. Could use a little more balance and slightly less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 05:08:06 | More by GlassHalfFull
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Jree261

California

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This beer has a red to amber coloring with yellow orange foam.

Smell: Floral with pine.

Taste: Nice spice and toasted wood. Pine. Light flowers.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I would have expected from a double IPA but not necessarily in a bad way. Medium-full mouthfeel with a long finish.

Overall: I love the spice and heat. The flowers and pine are not nearly as strong in the taste as they are in the nose. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:25:29 | More by Jree261
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle...nice pop. Copper-red color with big head that lasts.
Aroma of dish water, citrus hops, alcohol.
Big, rich mouthfeel with significant carbonation.
Flavors of citrus hops, mango rind, tart grapefruit, dark cane sugar... slight pepper, cream of tartar, rum, pine, caramel. Big flavors with some significant astringency, alcohol and burnt sweetness with a somewhat dry finish. Not all the flavors I love in a double IPA but decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:46:16 | More by DenverLogan
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BourbonDork

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Great color of bronze orange with good carbonation. Moderate head and lacing.

Brought this bottle along to a BBQ and it was well received. Not very hop forward on the nose but a decent amount of citrus zest was present.

Mouthfeel was above average. Nice sweetness present on initial entry and a good balance between hop and malt with neither being very forward and virtually no bitterness on the finish. I think this was very pleasant and one I'd grab again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 12:36:27 | More by BourbonDork
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

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

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip, bottled 11/19/12

A - Pours a clear amber with red hues. Two finger fluffy light tan head that leaves some nice lacing. That's a fine looking beer.

S - Hops dominate the nose. Piney, resiny, some citrus. Notes of bread in the background.

T - Sweet malts upfront, a punch of pine and resin hops in the middle, medium bitterness. Finishes pretty dry for such a high abv. Also has a slight astringency in the flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied, light carbonation. Thick and definitely a sipper.

O - Good beer, not of the top DIPAs but I've had many worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 01:02:23 | More by Profchaos20
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep clear orange with a good thick cream colored head. Later pours out of the bomber result in a foamy skim. Nice lace and retention. Really pretty color.

Pine and resinous hop notes, some toasted malt.

Piney hops up front, leading to alcohol and some toasted malt. Boozy. Hop bitterness is thick on the palate. Malt is there, but never really develops. Some over-browned bead crust bitterness, very light fruit. An aggressive brew, but a little uneven. Dries out a bit in the end and is heavy bitter at the very end.

Medium to medium-full in body.

Very decent. Very hop forward (good), but needs a bit more malt development. That said, I'd still drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:25:36 | More by OtherShoe2
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

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

Today I had a Uinta Detour DIPA. It is my third bottle so I decided to review it. A 750ml bottled on 9/25/12 poured into my Stone Smoked Porter pint glass. $8.99 at Total Wine.

A. 5. Absolutely beautiful. Perfect hazy golden color with a huge slightly off white head. I had to pour it into my pint glass 3 times the head was so large on a medium pour.

S. 3.5. The malt and alcohol smell is so strong it's hard to detect it is an IPA. It smells relatively good and earthy, just not what I expected.

T. 3.5. More of the same. Nice malt taste with a pretty strong alcohol burn. You can definitely taste the hops and there is a great bitter sting on the sides of my tongue.

M. 4. Pretty darn nice. Medium bodied with a high presence of carbonation but it is definitely working for me. It leaves a dank hoppy aftertaste.

O. 3.5. A very nicely made beer. I have had 3 now and will almost definitely buy another. I enjoy Uinta beer and west coast hops and the cost per abv is right in my preferred area. While it is not ground breaking or even in my top 5 DIPAs, I definitely recommend trying it. Drink responsibly!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 01:16:41 | More by Ivegotmule
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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