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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 1,294
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
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
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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 1,294
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)

Photo of Roser
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy (almost unfiltered), nice bone white head with great lacing, amber and copper hue.

S- Mango! Mango! Mango! Awesome nose! Pine and some grass too.

T- moderately bitter, amps up after swallowing and beyond. Excellent finish. Malty.

M- very very full. Drinks like a big boy. Not light at 9.5%, but feels like it should be 10 or above.

O- excellent! A keeper. Highly recommend.

Cheers all! (402 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at Founding Farmers DC on 5/10/14

A-Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange color with white quarter inch head ample lacing.

S-Has a floral and pine resin with a caramel/sweet fruit maltiness in the aroma.

T-Taste piney hops with some floral and sour citrus,a bit spicy in the midrange and raisin.caramel and sweet fruits in the back.

M-Mouthfeel has a slick and sticky palate,drier finish seemed well balanced with great carbonation.

O-Overall it’s a decent IPA maybe a little on the dry side but refreshing and very pleasant to drink. (553 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass.
Bronze in color. Transparent body.
S) Bold citrus with subtle peach and pine.
T) Orange, subtle grapefruit. Complementing buttery, caramel malts. Mellow linger hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium body. Fairly smooth. A bit syrupy.
O) A decent IPA. I'd drink another. (369 characters)

Photo of Rheaume17
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This DIPA poured a deep amber color with slight hints of orange. The beer is extremely clear. No cloudiness whatsoever. Thin white head. Smells a little boozy. Slight hints of tropical fruits. The taste was about the same. Nothing amazing in my opinion. The taste was a little boozy just like the smell. Slight tastes of papaya, mango. Nice little punch of bitterness at the end. Overall this is an OK DIPA. Nothing I would buy again. I am a hop head, but I look for nice piney, refreshing hop presence with nice bitterness. Unfortunately, this DIPA did not deliver for me. Some people might love it, but certainly not for me. (626 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Best before July 5th 2014.

Deep reddish copper amber color for the body, and nearly crystal clear. Very good clarity, with a slight tan and thick two finger tall head, with a nice light faint tan brown to vanilla cream color. Lots of nice but not overly excessive rising slow carbonation in the middle.

Real wonderful nose, deep juice tropical notes of papaya, and lots of thick orange and tangerine sensing flavors. Hints slightly in some faint maple syrup sweetness too with the malt backbone but not overly, and a little bit of biscuity sense. Quite impressive.

Good bodied and thick, if hinting at hop syrup with sweet and bitter lingering pine. Palate fills quickly with fruit and tropic sweetness and is blown away with earth and pine finish. Bit of a battle going on here, but lots of oily and almost treacle sweetness. Feels almost whole cone big, and giant hop forward without a lot of boozy character.

Overall just a big hop bursting controlled blast and fun and good to drink. Nice one. (1,052 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review as I already finished it.

A well balanced DIPA if that makes sense, got a great hop bite in smell and aroma, not mind shattering but it also wasnt super fresh. Had a smooth but sweet malt backbone, lots of caramel and honey. Pretty good value, well integrated ABV, glad I tried it, would love to have some fresh. (327 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark copper color with a sticky white head. Very dank smell. Dank tropical fruit taste with some Carmel malts. Medium lite body but creamy. Pretty good but not outstanding. (182 characters)

Photo of davidsumner
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preamble - This is a 5 across the board for me. It's a grail beer for me along with Stone's IPA.

Poor - Nice frothy poor developing a good three finger head. Color is a perfect clear amber and the lacing is sticky.

Nose - Tropical fruit.

Taste - Tropical fruit, Very well balanced, nice sweet malt backbone; with a delicious cascade/centennial citrus/tropical fruit hop taste. For the ABV this is an awesome DIPA. It tastes like a 7 abv beer. The ethanol is completely masked and the mouthfeel is light; not heavy or syrupy. This isn't an overboard DIPA.

An awesome beer. (579 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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! (718 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of GratefulHop
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,520 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (648 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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. (966 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (284 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,328 characters)

Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.