Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 1,280
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 33
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
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Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 05-30-2010

Detour blazes the trail for fresh and bold Double IPAs. Four varieties of hops combine to step up the flavor profile. A hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character.

74 IBU
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Reviews: 257 | Hads: 1,280
Photo of dredmahawkus
3/5  rDev -19.6%

I dont think I like Unita.....I had a hop nosh and it was pretty bad...it was so bitter I couldnt get it down! Then I had a couple more hop nosh and and they werent that bad...but still pretty bitter.

Now I have detour and the first one out of the 4 pack gave me that same way too weird bitter earth almost skunkd taste again that my first hop nosh gave me.....I actually didnt even know they were both unita till after my first sip I said WHOOOAAA I know that nasty taste! lol
I have had like 80 different IPAs this year....and Unita is the only one that makes me not want to drink anymore!

I finished off my hop nosh making it my 4th beer of the night.....you know the stage where everything taste like a salad after 3 9%ers!

Still though even with that bitter weird taste its still ok....and much better after you already had a few in you!

I am drinking another right now....and it tastes soapy! thats it soap! flowery soap. (936 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with bright clarity. A fat creamy head of light colored khaki foam that clings to the glass and leaves lots of lace. Nose is bright with orange and a pine. A bit of sugar to draw you in. A faint touch of earthy herbal that comes forward shyly as this warms. Candied orange peel. Taste is terrific. That orange is the bright and sweet. The hops give out a slight oniony flavor but I am very sensitive to that. Smooth and supple mouthfeel. This one glides across the palate. The bitterness peaks at the back end and the earthy herbal qualities resound for a time in the dry finish. The malt in this one comes forward almost slyly to reveal a light dry biscuit, tempting brown sugar and a light caramel. Pine stays light on the palate and a bit of grapefruit tartness shows up late int he drink. This has a graceful and medium mouthfeel. (858 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 12/7/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - sunset orange, and a beautiful carbonation show in a glass! Thick, foamy white head that leaves decent lacing.
Smell - floral and earthy hops, blended with sweet candy malt notes.
Taste - very flavorful blend of tangy, earthy hops and sweet malts!
Feel - medium body with just the right amount of alcohol present; finishes nice and bitter, a somewhat subtle hop bomb!
Overall - this one has legs; a more formidable nose and this is would be a top notch brew! (546 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Slight hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose and flavor is piney hops and caramel that is nearly balanced. Light hoppy aftertaste. Best by 8/15/14 but still tastes like a DIPA on 10/6/14. $3.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (364 characters)

Photo of Smitt
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Hoppy Soapy Smell. Poor Clarity. Poured nicely with right amount of carbonation. Sticky hop flavor. Bitter with not much lively flavor. Alcohol is high and competes for the flavor. The high alcohol does not compliment the beer. I love this brewery. Least favorite from Unita and I love a good DIPA that's done well. (315 characters)

Photo of T-34-85
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Good Double IPA with a significant malt presence and moderately sweet. Doesn't stand out in any particular way as a DIPA, but does a very good job of masking or balancing out the very high percent ABV (9.5%). (209 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Older 750ml bottle served in a Leffe glass at slightly warmer than fridge temps. Label says it was bottled on 07/2013 so I'm trying it at a little over a year old.

Appearance: reddish golden hue with a frothy head. Beautiful lace along the top of the glass where the head has sank down to the level of the liquid.

Nose: Rich chocolate and malt (smells like DME used in home brewing), slight hop aroma, heavy on the malts.

Taste: Smooth and rich mouthfeel that coats the entire palate. The overwhelming amount of malts shine through, very minor hop bitterness but enough to balance out the malts. Can't discern the alcohol initially even though it is at 9.5%.

Finish: Lingering with that excellent malt. Still coats the mouth and stays with you. Warming alcoholic finish.

It's too bad Uinta moved the Detour DIPA to a 12oz bottle. A beer of this magnitude needs to be in a 750ml version. I'm going to see if can find some more of these and age them a bit (I know, heresy to age such a hop forward beer. 120 Minute IPA does exceptionally well with age) (1,055 characters)

Photo of far333
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear honey colored with an orangey beige low head that settles out to a low cap. Low aroma of bready malt and floral hops. Rich and intense flavor, but not what I'd call pleasing. It's acrid and medicinal, the hops are rough and hard-edged, without much depth of flavor. Mouthfeel is full with some tingle, but overall this is a poor example of the style. Drank two weeks before the "best by" date, so apparently it doesn't get too much fresher? (446 characters)

Photo of tngolfer
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Today's date - 8/5/14
Best by date - 10/23/14

Bought this during a trip to Utah. Purchased a single 12 oz bottle from a beer/liquor/wine store in Logan.

A - Poured into a hotel tumbler, 2 actually (one full, one half full). 1/2 finger head on the full glass, dissipated quickly. Enough carbonation to keep the top of the beer covered in a light layer of foam. Good lacing. Force-carbed and very clear.

S - For a double IPA there was surprisingly little aroma. The malt definitely does not let the hops shine.

T - Good mix of dank hops, citrus hops, and caramel malt. Should it be good mix for a double IPA? I think the hops should dominate. I taste this beer mostly on the back and sides of my tongue after swallowing. There isn't a lot of upfront punch from the hops.

M - For a 9.5% ABV beer, the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. That being said, the corners of my mouth are sticking together so the the FG must be kind of high.

I would buy this again. (962 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter. Vintage bottle, dated 05/22/13.

Appearance: A slight hazy amber body, It's hazy because of the pour which was pretty rough. Head almost two finger's length with your usual white color. Looks beautiful.

Smell:Bland citrus and yeast scent that is more potent as the brew warms up. Good but not something to roll head over heels for.

Taste: Complex and bitter. Grapefruit feel, a little sour that might feel a touch sweet. This might also be because of the age of the beer. Regardless very good.

Mouth: Medium to full bodied after-taste and very sticking.

Overall: Very good brew, wish I could bought more of these when I had the chance. If you see it and you love IPAs I can promise it will not disappoint you. Salud! (746 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark burnt tan/brown, cloudy with a minimal 1/8 inch head. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tangerine. lemon, a little funky note along with caramel malts at the finish.

Taste - First sip brings in a odd malt profile that soon gets crushed by bitter hops and alcohol. Very sweet, almost to the point of sickening. Pineapple, grapefruit and tropical flavors are picked up after the initial blast of malts. Very warm alcohol at the finish along with a crushing amount of hop bitterness.

Motuhfeel - Unreal blast of caramel malts crushes the tongue. Bitter hops and alcohol come in and nail the palate. Aftertaste is bitter, and alcohol warm.

Overall - Ehh, this isn't very good. Way overboard on sweet malts, and the alcohol is not needed either. Nothing id recommend or want again, that simple. (861 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -17.7%
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 chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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)

Photo of regspeir
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark golden orange from a 12-oz bottle with a healthy 2-finger, white head which dissipated quickly to a coating. Lacing was ample and lasting. Nose was pine, citrus and some floral notes. Taste was malty, biscuity with some citrus (pineapple, mango) and caramel. Aftertaste was dominated by resiny, woody bitterness. Carbonation wasn’t intense nor was there any overpowering stickiness. Some alcohol warming present but not overwhelming. I wouldn’t avoid this but won’t go searching either. (506 characters)

Photo of burkett
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong hop flavor masks any hint of the alcohol content. Subtle citrus tones with a caramel backbone that lingers a bit. Drank it straight from the bottle as I was without a good glass to pour it into so I can't really comment on the color or appearance. (259 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
Best before: 7/21/14

A: Pours a hazy, nearly opaque, copper color wth 1.5 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves tons of lacing.

S: Citrus, lots of malt, candied sugar like sweetness, subtle pine.

T: Piney, soapy hops, citrus rind. Big hop presence. Malt takes a backseat but provides a nice backbone to this beer. Tasty.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier side, ABV is very well masked, drinkability is average.

O: Good, not great. I would drink this again. Certainly worth a try. (570 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 2.5 finger pillowy head that receded over a few minutes; moderate lacing;

S: very aromatic; tropical fruit, a little floral; a touch of sharpness;

T: tropical fruit up front; combines with pine at mid-palate; mostly an earthy pine at the finish with a bit of tropical fruit in the background;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: nicely complex flavors; (433 characters)

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

Pours a red amber that's a bit hazy, minimal white head but it sticks around
Sweet caramel malt mixes with citrus grapefruit and light pine
Tastes follows nose with initial sip then leads to a building bitter showing some sweetness then returns the bitter mixing back w the sweet. You sense the alcohol. For how bitter it is the sweetness is equally strong
Mouthfeel is dry, medium
Overall a fair double ipa, but not quite up there (431 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear golden orange with a finger of foamy off white head, no lacing.
S - Really odd aroma, lightly skunky, big toasted caramel malt, over-ripe fruit, grass.
T - This started out with a ton of diacetyl, then warped into a malty mess, hops are buried in malt sweetness.
M - Chewy, but exists your palate decently.
O - This is just gross, I had to stop about half way through and pour it out, idk if it was the batch or what, but the overwhelming amount of malt in this makes this "IPA" a flop. (520 characters)

Photo of righthereisay
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not too impressed with this one. Had high hopes because I liked other Uinta beers.

Orange / brown color, looked nice, but smell just wasn't as expected...pine, some hops, but just not very good

Taste...just not my thing. More bitter than hoppy. Grapefruit, pine, no mouthfeel at all. Wasn't happy. Only good thing is I didn't taste the alcohol. (346 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer was poured into a tulip at Estelle's.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Citrus, caramel, bready malts, alcohol, floral, pungent, and a little booze.

Taste: Same as above with some grassy and bitter notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: A nice DIPA. I've enjoyed this a bunch of times and many more in the future. (565 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First and foremost, this is not an American DIPA. This is clearly a Belgian IPA. I'll explain as I go.

Pours up fairly transparent mahogany in color with a huge frothing Belgian style head. The dome is ivory in color. Tons of lacing on the glass (similar Belgian characteristic). Aroma is big pungent banana yeast esters (similar to a traditional Belgian strain), citrus hops, a hint of vanilla even. Taste is easy amber malts dominating the scene, very American breed of hops kicking around all over. The subtle yeasty backdrop is masking the alcohol flavor (similar to Belgian styles). Clean finish (Belgiany), very crispy yet smooth carbo.

I am a big fan of Belgian IPA's although I drink them about once a year. As soon as I looked at the head and smelled this, I knew right away it was the not-so-popular Belgian style IPA that I adore. Any hoot, if someone has factual evidence this is not a Belgian style IPA I will surely retract any previous statements and admit my pallet and senses need working on. Otherwise I stick by my word. Oh, and very solid brew btw. I love Uinta (1,085 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Best Before: 07/05/14

A- Pours a reddish amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sharp, grassy hop aroma with a solid malt backing. There's actually an herbal/spicy note in there that reminds me of something else I can't put my finger on.

T- Bitterness takes a firm grasp on the palate and stays. Not a whole lot of hop character along with the bitterness but the slightly sweet and borderline toasty malt provides balance in its own way.

M- Just as in the aroma, the hops are sharp but the alcohol presence is only moderate so it doesn't add to that sharpness too much. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Good for the ABV but not something I see myself buying again in the near future. (935 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Defiant branded snifter/globe

A- Pours a clear, dark orange/copper with a single finger worth of a soapy, white head. Although a bit darker than I like for a DIPA, it is very attractive. (4.0)

S- Although no particular aroma jumps from the glass, the complexity makes Detour completely outrageous! Pine resin, sweet citrus (orange/tangerine), tropical fruit (honeydew, pineapple) and hints of onion/ garlic are all represented equally...a pleasant balance between all aromas that makes it nothing more than solid West-Coast style DIPA. (4.0)

T- Pine/resinous bitterness at the front of the palate. As it transitions, there is a quick shot of tropical fruits (mostly pineapple) followed by a hint of malt sweetness. Detour then finishes with a dry and tacky quality which does nothing more than uphold the style with precision. (4.0)

M- The balance is quite exquisite. For the advertised 9.5% ABV, it is definitely a medium-full bodied brew. Carbonation is perfect and the palate is titivated at every angle. (4.5)

O- Although it doesn't jump out of glass with aroma, (and despite being almost 4-months since bottling), Detour fires on all cylinders. Although Ruination from Stone is an immediate comparison, Uinta's Detour is ultimately more complex and enjoyable. Additionally, the revision in recipe (12oz packaging) has elevated this beer to a new level. Kudos to Uinta who never rest on their laurels and continue to invent, adjust and produce amazing craft beers in a dizzying array of styles. (4.5) (1,529 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Malted Barley in RI.

A: This poured a slightly hazy copper with some off-white head.

S: It smelled like sweet tangerine and grapefruit and mango, with honey malt and a bit of pineapple and bready yeast.

T: It tasted like apricot and grapefruit, with some pineapple and honey malt and floral hops. It had a super mellow bitter and wet aftertaste.

M: It was oily with a little carbonation.

D: This had a great scent and good taste, even though it wasn't bold or complex. The body was good, and the alcohol was very well hidden, so it was super easy to drink. Not quite a top tier IPA, but not bad. (618 characters)

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