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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale

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279 Reviews
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Reviews: 279
Hads: 1,369
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 40
Gots: 307 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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: 279 | Hads: 1,369
Photo of Smitt
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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%).

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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)

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Photo of far333
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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?

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Photo of tngolfer
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.82/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
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!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of regspeir
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of burkett
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
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;

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Photo of Sensaray
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of Omnium
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of stumac
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
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

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of threeviews
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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)

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Roser
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.91/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Rheaume17
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.