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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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975 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 27
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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 Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich DIPA, feeling fresh and long.

Presentation: 750 ml corked brown bottle. Front label with a fair illustration of a trekker about to take the detour that names the brew, It is nice but maybe the least memorable of the local artists commissions for these bottles. Side narrative goes over main description, tasting, and pairing notes. Neck leaflet offers a narrative about the quality of the Crooked Line, serving recommendation, and brewery ethos. Shows bottling date (04/07/11), and Alc. by Vol. (9.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber pour, rich frothy head with fair retention and surface memory, accompanied with fair splashes of lacing.

S - Nose is nice but a bit tamed, resinous, citric with a sweet malty sense.

T - Taste expands the nose with dexterity and a rich hoppy sweetness resinous pine, pineapple. Caramel and malt in the structured undercurrent providing a nice balance.

M - Medium to medium/full body, medium carbonation, smooth sense riding a small sticky lingering touch woven with the bitterness.

O - Good DIPA, a bit short on the aroma but flavor and consistency delivers very nicely.

Notes: Although I like quite a bit what Uinta is doing with the Crooked Line, I did not have high expectations for this one. But despite the bad reputation, and on this relatively fresh take, this feels like a quality DIPA, maybe not the one I would pick up often given others sitting next to it, but this is quite good.

Daniellobo, May 25, 2011
Photo of Rizalini
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a clear amber color, with a very foamy 2 finger light orange head. Leaves some great lacing as the head slowly fades.

S - Has a great floral, citrusy aroma. Grapefruit, and lemon zest are what I'm picking up.

T - Not as bitter as the smell would lead on to, but still a good, dry hop taste. There are some slight toasty/bready notes in the taste as well.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, and great carbonation. No sign that this one is 9.5% either. Very easy to drink.

O - I personally prefer my DIPAs to be a little more bitter, but that's my only complaint about this beer.

Rizalini, May 19, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a two-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp caramel malts with lighter pale malts lingering in the background. Also present are solid amounts of light citrus hops with hints of floral and lemon rind aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as well-integrated. Equal parts pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of citrus hops. Midway through the sip the citrus hops lighten with the addition of earthy and lighter citrus – read lemon – flavors. The hops and pale malt flavors carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this wasn’t a classic DIPA hop bomb that so many are used to, but I found it to be a well done and refreshing beer. Well worth a shot.

glid02, May 16, 2011
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 16 April 2011
Glass: 26fl oz snifter
Type: 750ml, corked and caged
Bottled: 19 July 2010

Poured gently, producing a frothy 'permanent' 2-finger dark beige head, with a decent film head once the head is drunk, deep slightly runny lacing, clear crimson color.

Admittedly, this is a bit old for a 2XIPA, but I'll rate fairly. Aroma smells like a decently hopped barleywine on a backbone of sweet pale malts. Slight floral character is present, but certainly not in taste...

Taste is surprisingly packed with bitter hops, although any pine/citrus/floral character is not present, but the sweet malts still make this an extremely drinkable beer to sip.

Mouthfeel is bitter yet malty sweet on the palate, like a refined barleywine. Still very good, but would love to try this fresh.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/amber color. Poured a 3 finger pillowy off-white with head good retention; clinging as it receded. Decanted lightly. Lots of stick lace.

S: Slightly sweet caramel of Crystal malt. Prominent citrus and pine dominate the nose after the first taste.

T: Big, bready malt transitions to resiny floral and citrus hops. Sharply bitter with a little resiny hop flavor lingering. Balances more than most DIPA's.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth initially, then resiny hops up to sharp bitter that modifies to somewhat dry.

D: Disguises the alcohol well, but limits its sessionability. Good look, smell and flavor with more balance than expected.

Haybeerman, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

397th review on BA
bottle to tulip
750 C/C Bottled 3/10/11

App- A nice wood varnish with a down fading brown to amber orange in color. The huge three finger head stuck around for a bit and then left some good cling.

Smell- Huge caramel citrus notes. Nice sweet malt and a lit piney if taking a big whiff.

Taste- This was all malt for me. It's was still a very decent beer, not slamming it too much but wasn't sure why it wasn't more balanced with a hop kick to measure out the malts.

Mouth- The taste is a bit off on this one a bit grainy and creamy. This was also a medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Drink- It's okay. I was hoping this was a hidden gem of a DIPA but just too much malt and not enough hop to balance out for me.

FosterJM, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with a big frothy beige head that shows superb lacing as it meanders down to a thick cap.

Aroma is a combination of light citrus with pineapple and lemon zest and a healthy dose of floral pine hops. There is also a lightly spicy character and more than a touch of caramel malts.

The taste is a little lighter on citrus than the nose and really amps up the spiciness with some herbal hops and alcohol lending additional burn on the palate. There is a biscuity malt backbone with a dry, boozy finish.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and pretty hot given the less than 10% ABV.

The look and smell of this one are nice but the taste leaves me wanting a bit more of the citrus hops that the aroma promised.

gford217, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a C+C 750ml bottle dated 3/10/11 into my Chouffe N'Ice goblet. Big fluffy white head and little bubbles going through an amber body. Looks really good. The head retains pretty well and laces pretty nicely. Lots of lemony hops on the nose. Lightly spicy. A good amount of caramely malt and a big whiff of alcohol. Too much alcohol. Tasted pretty good cold, but as it warms up, it gets pretty thin and bitter. A non defined sweetness, but a decent citrus/spicy hops taste. More like a thin barleywine to me. Very creamy with little bubbles on the mouth. Not a bad beer, but not overwhelmingly good either.

WestValleyIPA, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Big citrus and floral hop character. Carmel aromas as the beer opens up. Boozy.

Appearance: Crystal clear brick red pour with an off-white cap. Good head retention.

Flavor: More pine, lemon zest, and citrus flavors. Balance is firmly hoppy. Caramel malt notes provide a counter point.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Oily and warm on the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A nice, big, Double IPA. Bordering on sweet but enough hop flavor and bitterness to keep it in check. Surprised how drinkable it was given the ABV and hop load. Nicely done.

mattcrill, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Detour Double IPA.

When poured, this brew settles a translucent orangish amber. There is a ton of fluffy white head floating atop that dissipates slowly, leaving little lacing.

The nose offers an array of fruits including peach, apricot, and grapefruit. There is some pine resin and a light booze burn wrapping it up.

The taste is nice. A meld of fruit characteristics and biscuity malt lead the way, followed by a bitter end. The sweet malts contribute nicely to the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and then finishes crisply carbonated and bitter. Lightly carbonated.

Overall, this DIPA can run with a lot of the other greats out there but doesn't go beyond the "beaten path" with originality.

ChugginOil, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Bottled on 2/10/11.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a huge, very light tan, rocky head. Big chunky lacing.

Aromas of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, some sweet malt in the backbone.

Flavors of a not quite bracing bitterness, with orange, tangerine, grapefruit hops, big malt backing it up. Finish is medium, with grapefruit zest and sweet malt meeting up in the fade.

Mouthfeel is big, sticky malt, with a mouth coating bitterness that isn't quite puckering.

Overall, very good DIPA, not overly aggressive or tongue scorching. The kind of DIPA you can drink several glasses of and have palate fatigue.

JamnesCameron, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. the cork took some convincing to come out. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass. no freshness information on the bottle, but this brewery hasnt been in the state long enough for freshness to become an issue.

A- this one pours a translucent light copper colored body with a finger and a half of cream colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind a sticky wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i pick up on in the nose is hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit. a lesser amount of orange zest. after that i get some sweet caramel malts which try to add some balance here.

T- the taste starts out with caramel malts which adds a sweetness to this. then it moves directly to the hops. lots of resiny pine and grapefruit rind. some orange zest/tangerine can be picked up also. a little bit of alcohol is detectable.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. nicely carbonated. nicely bitter and somewhat dry. slight to moderate warming from the alcohol.

D- priced less than the heavier styles in the crooked line, this one comes across as a pretty decent bargain. i think i paid around $7.50 for this bottle. its something id like to pick up and try again. check this one out if you get the chance. so far im a fan of this brewery and this particular line.

jwinship83, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of csbinva
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to check this one out for a while now. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Hilton water glass, sorry I didn't plan ahead. Poured nicely with a 1/4 inch head, smells floral, not like Lagunitas, more like a Sweetwater. As far as taste goes, it goes down smooth, the alcohol doesn't over burden the taste. Overall it has a good smooth taste, pretty good for a DIPA, looking for more beers from this brewery. Cheers,

csbinva, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 1/26/11

A-cloudy orange with a nice white head and lacing
S-slight hop taste that is fading to malt
T-although the hops are fading in the nose, not much in the taste buds though! Pleasant piney hop bite and after taste.
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-very drinkable especially with the high abv.

brew3crew, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for bringing this out at our tasting.

A: Pours a hazy copper/red color, reminds me of what apple cider looks like. One finger head that dissolves quickly leaving a little bit of foam on top with decent lacing.

S: Mellow hops and a little bit of grass. There is a greater malt base than expected, mostly caramel and a little bit of biscuit.

T: More of the same, very mellow in terms of hops, with a caramel malt flavor. Has a little bit of bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Overall, it was decent. Would have liked a stronger hop presence.

mdaschaf, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel malts, hops

taste: hops, caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

drinkability: decent DIPA just not great. I would probably give it another try if given the opportunity.



THECPJ, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/27/10

Pours an amber/ice tea color with 3 fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Cakeyness, woody & herbal hops, fusel boozeyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, toffee sweetness up front, plus some boozeyness. Woody hops, a touch of boozey vanilla merge as this warms, plus some rich pineyness, this is really starting to open up! Finishes doughy with, a nice piney hop smack & a touch of orange peel& grapefruit. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Chewy, low carbonation & good balance, nice warming notes

Drinks nicely, but the boozeyness does grab ya after a while. Would love to get a fresher bottle for comparison purposes, not sure if it would better, but I'm sure it would be different

russpowell, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are a nice kick of citrus hops with lesser grassy hops in the background. Light pale/bready maltiness but nothing substantial; no caramel maltiness.
The taste is a large amount of bitter citrus hops blowing away almost all traces of malt flavor. Really a nice sticky IPA; I usually like my DIPAs to be more malty but this wan't over the top in bitterness so I still enjoyed it.
The smooth carbonation and mouthfeel is pleasant. Alcohol is undetectable and the stickiness is pleasant, but becomes overwhelming if attempting to finish the entire 750 ml. This is certainly a good yet simple DIPA, worth sampling, don't bend over backwards to procure.

claspada, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pop the cork and cage on this guy and pour a brew of apple cider-auburn. It initially holds a near white head of about a finger, but that quickly disappears to a covering of big bubbles congregating around the edges of the glass. Specks of lacing appear intermittently. There is a definite haze to the liquid, but no outright sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be low. As we sniff, the nose fills with grapefruity hops, caramel malts, and an unfiltered, herbal spice. It is very earthy. This is balanced by sweetness, of cooked honey, hints of molasses, and that sweet, fruity citrus. As we sip, subdued but soapy hops hit up front. There is a bittering, from the hops and, it seems, from an additional biting lemon character. Moving through the middle the hops carry through, but are cut here by malts and a fruity sweetness that disappears as quickly as it arrives. The finish, again, continues with hops. They are less bittering by this point, and the sweetness, too, shows a revival. This time it is more sugary than fruity, but to the same effect. The aftertaste shows more elements of the nose than of the taste. The hops here breathe more grapefruit than soap, but there is still that lemon citrus twang sifting through. The body is surprisingly on the lighter side, and the carbonation is low to medium. While the bubbles don't exactly punch the tongue the carbonation is felt in the stomach, leaving the drinker feeling a bit burpy. The feel to each sip is slick, with hops, but otherwise approaches light and watery. There is little coating, and the mouth is left on the drier side. The abv is within range and the beer drinks somewhere in the middle.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the hop presence in the aroma. From the first air of the bottle the hops were bright with grapefruit and inviting. The taste, however, was anticlimactic. For a double, especially with such a decent aroma, the main event should be the pop of the taste. To this we were a bit disappointed. There was also an "unfiltered" vibe about it, though we weren't able to find any information on the bottle alluding to this. It just seemed unfinished, and perhaps a little refinement could clean up the flavors on this one, making it more of a competitor.

TheBrewo, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Was very disappointed to not get a refund on this beer, as it seemed oxidized and old (from being experienced with DIPA's as I am). I was assured thats how it tastes, so I am forced to review it the way it was.

A: Dark orange to amber in color, ring of head with nice sticky lacing.

S: Some muted hops mostly dominated by tutti fruit malt and dark fruits, screams oxidized to me, almost like a young barleywine. Some grassy hop notes on top, but the bready sweet sticky fruit dominates..

T: Egh, even worse than the smell. Some alcohol sweetness or heat, a little citrus that is blown away by all the sickly sweet fruity stuff. raisin, prune, just seems dead and wrong for the style.

M: Medium, tons of heat.

D: Huge disappointment. Wish I got a refund but didnt get it. didn't finish my glass, couldn't.

Dreadnaught33, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Awesome foam and lacing that sticks to the sides of my glass like small bits of tan bread dough. Great copper Ipa color and great bubbling to boot.

Super grass and orange peel, earthen hops with enough toasted, biscuit malts to keep the hops from overpowering the nostrils.

The taste has the right, fresh orange peel bitterness, but there's also a sharp metallic twang that kills a chunk of the malts possible impact on the flavor. All I get are watered down, but super toasted biscuits.

The palate is sharp and zesty, but also noticeably tinny and bloody. Not overwhelming so as not being able to enjoy the beer, but more than enough.

scruffwhor, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nc41
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looked good, smells nice then I took a sip. Really a disappointment, really too sweet, too viscous, not enough of a bitter snap, strange finish and after taste. A really poor example of a DIPA IMO, really nothing to like or recommend with this brew. Hiding this behind a cork and cage is window dressing on a very below average DIPA. Where it counts it's a Yuck.

nc41, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of steelerguy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely cloudy, very dark for an American DIPA, low carbonation, small head that fades quickly.

S - Lots of hop and malt on the nose, tons of citrus hop, toffee malt, smells more like a barely wine to me than a DIPA.

T - I'll start by staying this does not taste bad, but not shockingly the smell translates to the taste...and it tastes more like a barely wine. There is a lot of hop throughout, again mostly citrus but some pine also. Tons of caramel malt and I think some Munich too as there is a good biscuit like backbone. Finishes with a strong hop bitterness balanced by a lot of caramel and dextrin malts. Alcohol twange does hit you right at the end. This is Crooked alright, because it really tastes like a blend of an IPA and a barely wine.

M - Full bodied and the low carbonation accentuates this, the alcohol warming at the end helps get you ready for another sip.

D - This is an interesting beer, but one that I don't think I need to have again...in fact I would have liked to share the 750ml bottle I had. Makes me want to try their Crooked Line barely wine just to see what it is like...maybe like a DIPA???

steelerguy, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of magnj
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - great looking off white head atop a deep copper, very clear body.

S - 3 months old but still a big earthy, tropical hop nose. Of course it's coupled with a big sticky sweet malt aroma as well.

T - up front tropical hops dominate. Flavorful but not terrible bitter. Age likely balanced this out a bit, Sweet caramel in the finish, slightly hot at times.

M/D - full body, very drinkable. Nice brew.

magnj, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of muttyd
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try something from this brewery for awhile now. 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 11/08/10.

Pour a a deep copper/amber body with a huge off-white head. Piney hops with a big malty sweet backbone dominate the nose. Flavor is definitely more malt forward (being almost 3 months old) but still has a big hop bite. Earthy, piney hops in the finish. Very sweet and sticky. Heavier body with a good amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this beer, but for the price, there are other IPAs out that that I prefer.

muttyd, Jan 30, 2011
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.