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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

Detour Double India Pale Ale
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638 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%

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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Photo of AgentMunky


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 11 June 2012.

A: Half a finger of head. Transparent yellow-brown. Shiny.

S: Smells great! Deep, citrusy-fruity with a tinge of bitter hops and definite sweetish malts.

T: Erm. Not necessarily my cuppa tea. Astringently bitter and alcoholic without being interesting. American hops are citrusy and bitter without being convincing.

M: Slightly better than mediocre.

O: Actually, it sort of grows on me, but I'm still not sure I'd recommend it. Still, would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 08:24:31 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an amber color with a medium-sized white head. It had the prettiest lace I have ever seen.

Aroma of citrus and sweet malt.

Taste was mostly grapefruit and orange. A bit of caramel.

Hoppy, but not too aggressive.

Nice beer. I'm glad this brewery arrived in Maine.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:08:43 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 04:21:58 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Strongarm81

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. A beautiful light cherry look. A good two to three inches of head which quickly receeds, yet leaves a foaM.m behind.

S. A very sweet, nutty smell. Refined, not overpowering.

T. Initially a fair amount of hopiness, with a medium body. A bit of a tart, barley wine taste.

M. Little hoppy after taste for a double IPA. A definite hint of alcohol, similar to barley wine.

O. Easy to drink, good bang for buck. A good beer to start the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 21:23:10 | More by Strongarm81
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, some mellow orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry orange citrus and a a little boozy. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hop and alcohol presence in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops, which are good, and a small alcohol presence, which makes it a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 11:23:12 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of FlakyBiscuit


4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even with a gentle pour, this beer produced a beautiful inch of off white head. Soft citrus and piney aroma, the beer has a very wonderful balance of hops and malt. I would say a citrusy and vanilla prominence to the taste. I enjoy double/imperial ipa's and would say this is one of the best ones I have had. Very drinkable for 9.5 abv. A thick mouthfeel but very tasty and would go well with a host of spicy foods or a bold steak. The lacing is beautiful. This seems to go in contrast with other reviewers but i really enjoy this beer. I would say give it a shot if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:25:10 | More by FlakyBiscuit
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whipped up head with more craters than dimples, easily over three fingers during the initial pour, loosely knit enough to settle down into an even thick coating across the surface, the lacing is ultra-sticky and remains in full sheets rather than thinner streaks. The liquid is a noticeably dark copper to amber color, stays transparent this notwithstanding, only the tiniest smattering of bubbles visible. The nose is thick and pungent, even if not the longest lasting, coconut custard, pine sap, candied orange peels, floral musk as well as sharper peppery and grassy notes, curiously the apricot, peach, pineapple fruit seems to get lost in the mix while in no way weak, ends with an earthy and close to peaty flourish. Full-bodied, verges on a foamy attack, only the herbal bite and overall bitterness slices away the foam to prevent suffocation by down pillow. The pepperiness takes it up a notch, more pith in the lemon to grapefruit citrus. By the mid-palate vanilla, coconut and caramel accents salve some wounds. Gets a little creamier as it opens into the apricot, peach, nectarine, fig fruits. Not very biscuity, some darker grains present. Mouth texture is sticky and resinous. Not aggressive per se, however, nothing to just pop and pour without some prep work first.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:37:19 | More by farrago
Photo of 57md


3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark copper with half a finger of head. The head dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing behind on the glass. The nose is both piney and hoppy. The upfront flavor is a solid blend of malt and hops. The finish is not nearly as hoppy as top flight IPAs, but this still remains a solid effort. There is a touch of alcohol on the finish as well, but it is nothing terribly unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 04:09:41 | More by 57md
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Detour Double India Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.50 %

LOOK: Ontap into a snifter. Pours a dark ruby color, with a slight off white head and some lace work. Appears a bit dark for the style, almost resembling a barleywine.

SMELL: Sweet fruits, herbs, citrus and pine all are apparent in the nose. Smells a bit sweeter than expected for a double IPA.

TASTE: Ale yeast fruityness starts things out with dark fruits and a faint prune note, followed by some piney notes and small grapefruit. Mostly fruity and sweet, mildly bitter if at all, but does go down easy. Another strong suit of this brew is the relatively low alcohol presence. Sweet fruits with a notion of hop make up most of the flavor, and while not offensive, is not really to style.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied feel, smooth, almost creamy and easy to drink. Medium carbonation level and velvety smooth. Easy drinking for a beer of such strength.

OVERALL: A solid, though uninspired double IPA. If this was labeled a barleywine it would have scored higher, but as is, it is still a good choice as a strong ale. This is being sold in corked and caged bottles, and honestly, for the price, it could really be alot better.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 21:37:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of thecheapies


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

Dark red/amber color with an immovable cap.

Caramel, overripe pineapple, and lime. A bit strange in aroma.

Carrying over from a rye-like spiciness that I was picking up in the nose; there's plenty of softly ripe fruits, toffee malts, and booze. Stinging in bitterness, sweetness, and strength. Ok, but not impressive.

Sweet medium to burly. A little sticky. A bit too boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 03:50:23 | More by thecheapies
Photo of PeterIngemi


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

On tap @ gulu gulu cafe in Salem ma serves in a pt glass.

A: served with about half a finger of lightly tanned head that dissapates quickly leaving a good amount of sticky lacing. The color of the body is a rather translucent caramel
Amber and you can see tiny carbonation bubbles running up the glass.

S: not to much going on for aroma here I'm a little dissapointed, I get some sticky caramel and earthy hop notes, it doesn't smell bad but the aroma is on the weak side...

T: deep caramel with a pretty good blast of citrusy and piney hops, the is a good amount of the resinousness here rounded out with a very sticky sweetness, wish the sweetness was toned back a touch personally... But not a bad tasting brew

M: medium to almost heavy bodied sticky and resinous, that alcohol is also deffinatly prevelant here... A sipper, on the almost syrupy side.

O: not a bad dipa but not a great one either, I don't see myself in a big hurry o grab another one of these, but if one was offered to me I would not decline it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2012 23:53:57 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of colforbin73


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a well rounded beer, not a hop showcase but not too malty either. and you will not notice the 9.5abv.... this is a good drinkin IIPA.

pours a nice maple amber, reminds me of SN -- small head, but this brew sticks to the glass. mostly malts and piney hops in the nose, not a powerful aroma.

the taste is great. up front hop bite, oily sumptuous texture.... a malt forward brew but the hopping is right on. more of an apples and pears IIPA -- not a West Coast style brew... this beer is rich mix of flavors.

would buy again. UINTA is proving a very reliable brew house.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:28:10 | More by colforbin73
Photo of tilopud_rye

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer isnt an example of what to exPect out of a DIPA but it is a great take on the style that I'm glad a friend pulled off the shelf. This was bottled 3 23 12 so I had it just short of 4 months old. Smell reveals that this is very strong in hops and sweets. It reminds me of a hop liquor truffle with toffee and caramel. Taste starts with a great bite from the carbonation and hop combination- a little nit of that citrusy hop. Then it becomes smooth with influences of raisin and toffee like sweetness. Swallows dry and creamy. This is a very flavorful and hefty beer. Would like to Have this again. Suggest to serve with company.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 08:46:37 | More by tilopud_rye
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Clear light amber color. First pour yielded a sizeable head. A couple pours later I got three fingers of creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and plenty of glass covering lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is clearly a hoppy barleywine type DIPA. Big fruitiness including peach, plum, raisins, and figs. Tons of caramel and some toffee as well. Booze is detectable, but held in check. Hops are mainly flowery and herbal, but there is some citrus as well. Good blend of rich malts and hops.

4.0 T: This tastes a lot like DFH's 90 Minute. Rich caramel with some toffee, big fruitiness featuring those listed in the nose and emphasising plum and figs. Moderate bitterness, but on the higher end of the spectrum. Big neutral malt sweetness, but not too sweet. Lightly boozy.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Big creaminess which is a must for this approach to a DIPA.

4.0 D: I wish I had looked at the reviews before opening this. This beer is a two man job. Anyway, it's a solid malty DIPA. Good balance between malts and hops and not too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 20:55:48 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of MatthewWilde


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Reddish orange in color, moderate internal carbonation, pours a small light brown head, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, strong elements of citrus and orange peel, some very mild herbal and floral notes, rounded out by a touch of alcohol

T: Quite similar to the nose, perfectly balanced sweet and bitter elements, heavy citrus peel and some coriander, extremely mild alcohol, flavorful

M: With such powerful flavor and alcohol content, very easy to drink, certainly lingering, though, and highly drying, still not uncharacteristic

O: A sturdy IPA overall, great flavor, nice look, and a respectable fragrance, definitely a dryer, but worth a try without a doubt

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 02:10:01 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a tulip at Sublime Ale House in San Marcos, Calif., on May 27, 2012. Less than a finger of head once I got it. Color was honey amber, a bit hazy. Caramel white bubbly lacing on the top that had great retention throughout the pour.

Smelled fresh citrus hops up front, mainly lemon and tangerine. Also some caramel notes and a bit like Sprite. Reminded me of a Rogue Dead Guy Ale a bit.

Got citrus hops - tangerine and apricot. Tasted a bit like the Rogue Dead Guy Ale that I just mentioned. Caramel and orange peel as well.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

An OK beer overall, but I was hoping for a bit more after really enjoying their Hop Notch IPA awhile back.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 07:29:44 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

6 months of age on this bottle but the hop presence is huge on the nose. I believe the liquor store I got it from has kept it refrigerated so that should've kept it somewhat fresh. Brilliantly clear amber color will a huge sticky off white head. Sticky webbing. Big malt nose, lots of raisin oddly enough but lots of pine and grapefruit as well. Spicy earthy hops as well. Some subtle alcohol on the nose as well.

A very spicy and malty DIPA. Tons of pine and earthy spice with lots of caramel and pale malt. Some detectable alcohol. Flavors are blended into one concise sip which is odd for a DIPA this size but impressive. Carbonation is there but low. Mouthfeel is syrupy. This bottle has a big of age on it but it's been kept cold, the problem with a beer like this is it's price tag. Uinta makes great big beers but this one is forced to sit because of its high cost. Despite being kept cold i'm sure the flavor is affected a bit. None the less tastes like a big double English IPA with tons of flavorless malts and subtle hops. Kind of a trick show from whats supposed to be such a big beer.

First dissapointing brew from Uinta.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:56:56 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Clearish and a deep copper. A big tan foamy head with beautiful lacing. Slight bubbles.

S. Nice floral hoppy scent.

T. This is a nice appley taste with a floral undertone. There's a balanced bitter hoppy blend there. Very nice.

M. It has a bit of a sour taste at the end, but it is refreshing.

O. It's a nicely balanced IPA. This is on par with a 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:13:27 | More by Amalak
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy honey-amber in color with a 1-finger off-white head. Leaves good lacing behind.

S: Sweeter stuff - caramelized sugar and brown sugar - with some grapefruity/citrusy hops. Touch of booze.

T: Follows the nose - caramel malt, toffee and brown sugar sweetness from the malt, then some piney and grapefruity hop bitterness - which never really fully overtakes the malt. Some alcohol warmth at the back end and down the gulley. Some spice, suggesting rye, is there too.

M: Medium-to-full in heft, slightly gritty creaminess. Carbonation isn't too sharp at all.

O: OK. Torn between 3.5 and 4.0 for the overall score. Gonna go with the 4, as this is a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:54:37 | More by Kendo
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:40:04 | More by brentk56
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, muddled, orange-amber coloring with a thick, dense, chunky, uneven, off-white head that coats the glass as it recedes into a lovely one inch topper. Aromas of resiny and bitter hops atop a layered malt backbone of pineapple, toffee, and buttery biscuit. Flavors are layered malt initially, with tropical fruits all over, including pineapple, mango, and citrus. Hops presence is subtle, with a slight bitter, peppered character and some resiny highlights. This is more of a malt bomb than it is hop heavy. Dynamic and tasty. The aftertaste is rich and caramel sweet, with some pepper and roast characters. Smooth, slightly bitter dry finish, with a roasty linger. Solid flavored beer with some ABV to back it up. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:48:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:31:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a 2 finger creamy off white head that faded very slowly and left excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down; a great looking beer with very impressive lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, grains, herbs, spices like pepper, cinnamon and allspice; very sweet and hoppy with a lot of complexity to it, this nose let the booze show as a warning that it's strong, but the nose was still fruity and hoppy enough to be inviting.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, floral hops, tea leaf, caramel, syrup, lightly toasted grains, biscuit, herbs, spices like pepper, cinnamon and allspice, pine cone/piney hops, coriander, and a sweet alcohol like rum; this brew does not hide the ABV well and tastes like the juicy hop oils were wrung straight into the glass from wet hops, so there is some heat and minor burn after each sip. Overall it's very tasty, very complex and fairly well balanced for a DIPA, but the ABV is always present.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with light zesty carbonation, a medium body and below average drinkability because of the ABV presence and burn; a very good beer overall that was quite hoppy and tasty, but the alcohol keeps this as a slow sipper and off just a tad to make this an outstanding DIPA. Real nice taste though so it's definitely worth trying out.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:39:28 | More by CHickman
Photo of PintOHops


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - An amber colored brew with a fairly high clarity. It produced a pretty massive 3-finger head on a gently pour. From what I can tell it only has moderate carbonation. I got a bit of spots left on my glass.

S - It's got a very bright and fresh aroma of grapefruit, herbal leafy like hops, pineapple, papaya. Wonderfully fruity with moderate sweetness and mild brown sugar.

T - Wow this is tasty stuff! I pick up alcohol and herbal leafy hop characteristics that quickly give way to a rather subdued (compared to the smell) pineapple, grapefruit and mid palate. More leafy hop characteristics come in at the finish, along with pronounced alcohol, soft caramel, big dryness, and a bitterness that sticks on the tongue a good while.

M - Smooth, viscous, mildly crisp and full bodied.

O - It does a good job at hiding that 9.5% ABV without being overly sweet and sickening. I really like the fruity and fresh aroma, the appearance was nice as well, and the flavors were good but I would only enjoy a glass in one sitting. Overall pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:25:46 | More by PintOHops
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4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

glass: Tulip

Dark clear copper color with a generous 2-finger semi-creamy head, lots of small bubbles. initial alcohol on the nose but quickly morphs into a wide range of hop aromas, pine, orange, lemon. There's also a nice malt base to level the playing field a bit.

For 9% this beer hides it well. The texture is smooth, it goes down easy with low bitterness (strange knowing that the IBU is 75) and just a hint of heat on the backend. Rich toasted malt mixes perfectly with a plethora of dank and somewhat musky hop flavors. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:17:34 | More by JosiahS
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.