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Detour Double India Pale Ale - Uinta Brewing Company

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 27
Gots: 109 | 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 d4114
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange, slightly hazy. small off white head.

Floral hops with citrus following behind. Strong malt characters and the alcohol comes through quite a bit.

Floral hops come out first but the caramely malt completely balance it all out, nothing takes over the beer. For how strong I could smell the alcohol its just barley of the back of the tongue.

Medium body; Nice light creaminess and really smooth. Not too heavy but lets you know its there. Really nice feel.

Pretty good IPA; The smell wasn't bad but let me down a little but the taste and feel of this really brought it back up.

d4114, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of silver7447
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-- Golden chestnut colored body, with ample head (2.5 fingers width) and intense lacing.

S-- I detect citrus notes, with a hint of peach. The hoppiness of this beer is evident by its smell.

T-- For hopheads, this beer is a match made in heaven. Otherwise, you may find the hops a bit overpowering and should approach with caution. The hops linger for minutes after the initial sip. Citrus and fruit notes (possibly peach?) are present and add to its crispness.

M-- The large head makes the beer taste smoother than it otherwise would be. It is very oily, both from the abundant hops and citrus. Carbonation is bold and lingering without leaving you with a flatness towards the end of the glass as many other beers do

Overall-- I really enjoyed this beer but it is best enjoyed with the understanding that it sacrifices balance for its overwhelming hoppiness.

silver7447, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 750 mL brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Bottled on 5/25/11. This beer was brilliantly clear golden honey with tiny, active carbonation. The head was creamy and dense and left clingy foam in the glass.

The smell was intensely floral and citrusy. Oranges!

The taste was sweet in the beginning and became increasingly bitter. Sweet syrupy grains and brash fruity bitterness. Alcohol was present. Pretty balanced, but intense, in the end. Finishes dry. Not one of my favorite DIPAs but I'm glad I tried it.

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy in body. Adequate carbonation.

Cresant, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of NorCalYeti
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

taste- caramel, alcohol, brown sugar, sweet hops. despite everything, there seemed to be a decent hop/malt balance in the drink

color- orange copper

clarity- clear

smell- brown sugar, fresh hops, spice

body- medium weight body and medium length dry finish

appearance- spotty white bubbly head and lacing, faint carbonation from the bottom of the glass

overall impression- strikes me that the beer is a little tired...maybe on the shelf a little long...missing the hop bite and bright flavor profile

notes and comments- label says bottled on 2/11. cork really hard to remove. little to no audible carbonation when opened. a bit let down for the style and the price

beer spy- ashland or, june 2011, 750mL

glassware: tulip

NorCalYeti, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a deep amber with a medium white head, very good retention, spots of lace.

S: Some green herbs, brush, hay, with notes melon rind.

T: Strong crystal malt flavours, with a hint of toast. Hops are heavy with a lot of mint and citrus rind. Lemon in there as well. Barley-wine like.

M: Full-bodied, frothy, pretty smooth for it's heft. Oil and hop resins abound in a long fulfilling aftertaste.

O: Very much on the border of Double IPA/Barleywine. The hop flavour is powerful, this is not anywhere near West Coast, if that's your style, you'll enjoy this.

Halcyondays, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle poured into a snifter

Reddish cooper color with large off white foam head.

Citrus and malty smell. Almost smells like a barleywine

Taste is smooth with a slight hint of bitterness on the finish.

This DIPA leaned more towards the barleywine style than the DIPA style. Don't know if this was hops fade or meant to be. Still a very enjoyable beer.

jsulko, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks about right: crisp, crackling, bone-white head with good staying power, and a reddish coppery color. Sticky lace forming as the liquid slowly empties outta the glass and down my throat.

Aroma has what you gotta love about double IPAs at their best: full-on citrus rind and juicy citrus fruit flesh; an equally big dose of pine resin; and this one is very West Coast in its aromatic vibe. Big, unapologetic, but quality. Not an over-the-top novelty.

Okay, Detour doesn't mess around. It's almost bracingly bitter, but this style doesn't claim subtlety as its greatest feature. Pine resin/oils and citrus rind pucker are the spotlight, while pineapple and tangerine give a little bit of a cooler, more accessible flavor to the beer. Honey sweetness adds another nice layer of flavor. A flash of caramel malt comes up for air and keeps things from tilting too far one way or the other. The alcohol is actually pretty well restrained, and good thing, as the bitterness of the taste veers headlong into the equally piquant and pucker-y finish.

Smooth and slick, with just a little stick. Gets close to syrupy, but holds back, which is a good thing. The taste is big enough, might be overkill had this thing been too thick or otherwise texturally unwieldy.

Very enjoyable, if you dig a mad blast of hops from time to time. Just barely balances itself, never totally falling over the edge into ridiculousness. Detour doesn't try and cater to the tongue ripper crowd, but it's still dangerous if hops are not your thing.

Metalmonk, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste - Very hoppy... It's in your face! However, I feel like there's no complexity to the flavors in the beer. I'd have to say there's nothing particularly exciting, and it simply has what you'd expect out of a typical IPA.

Mouthfeel- very watery, more easy to drink, but if you like more thicker beers, then it's not for you...

Overall, this beer isn't awful, but it's not anything memorable that will make me want to have it again next time. Anyone that loves IPA or Double IPAs might enjoy this, but there are a lot more interesting Double IPAs out there for you to choose from.

2xHops, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Bottled On: 5/25/11

Pours a nice rich shade of almond amber, under a rather large med. tan head, that stays, leaving all kinds of froth, sheeting and loads of lacing.

Nose has just a hint of hops and more caramel malts.

Tasty and enjoyable ale. Less hoppy then expected for a "DIPA", waves of maple malts seem to carry the load here. Smooth and heady stuff. But lacking the hope bite of the stars of the style. Nicely crafted and worth a try if this stuff is distributed to you neck of the woods.

Billolick, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 5/25/11

This beer is art in a glass!!! Deep copper color, no haze.

The smell is fantastic! Smells like a pine forest after a cool rain. Smells so very 'fresh'

The taste is very crisp, with a bit of the hop oil taste I love. There is a slight bit of alcohol, but very little for a 9.5% beer.

I'm feeling a nice medium body; it isn't chewy, but not thin either....feels just right. Descent lacing left behind.

Overall, this is a damn fine beer. At $8.50 for a 750, I think it is a great deal. I will give extra props for a cleary marked bottled on date. I'm totally diggin' this brew!

DaveHack, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Damn, this is a beaut. Clear orange copper regal even. Huge fluffy head that recedes leaving lots of messy lacing.
smell: grapefruit mixed with less sour citrus.
taste: Kind of subdued for an Imperial. A bitter finish not balanced enough with malt imo.
overall: not one to seek out for me. I'll grab a few more Southern Tier Unearthly's.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the 2010 ACBF, it was the first time I had tried anything from the Crooked lineup that Uinta has. I gave the IIPA a try because I figured it'd be strong enough to taste over everything else I had that day. The beer poured from a bottle was a golden color with a big foamy head. The lacing was decent. The smell was hoppy but not overly impressive. The taste was even less impressive, perhaps it's the hops they used but it just wasn't that big on the flavor end. The mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied. Overall it was a little disappointing.

Knapp85, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$7.99 bomber from Oak Tree.

Bottled 4/8/11. Corked and caged 750.

I feel corked and caged is a bit over the top for an double ipa. Quads, Imperial Stouts, and special anniversaries maybe.

Bold, crystal clear amber body (maybe too clear,expected a little chill haze), topped by four fingers of billowing white froth. Plenty of lacing.

Nose starts off piney, but quickly switches to citrus, apricots backed by oranges. Enjoyable, but could use a bit more power (call Tim Taylor).

Big malty foundation coats the tongue. Juicy fruit fights to overcome all that malt, and barely does. Good hop bite at the swallow, with a bit of alcohol burn hot on its tail. Belly warmth overshadows the lingering hops in the aftertaste.

Suitable medium mouthfeel. Somewhat chewy.

Overall, an okay DIPA, but not exceptional. Too well balanced for the style, the hops need the spotlight more.

RonfromJersey, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Ripe tropical fruit, dark orange citrus, and lesser pine foliage fill the nose entirely. Some heavy caramel and spicy mint emerge after sustained study. No alcohol detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with boldly savory herbaceous hop aromatics and restrained acidity. Hop flavors turn more piney and take on a spicy edge as spirituous caramel moves to the fore. Malt then passes through an aromatic, husky--almost woody--phase. Bitterness is fairly intense, but also astringent, in the finish. Vapors of pineapple and grapefruit peel linger. No alcohol detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly sticky and warming on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: A fine DIPA whose sharp and unpolished flavors cannot measure up to the divine smell. Still, the palate is kept busy by this fairly extreme contribution from Uinta. Best when shared, so that its potential for palate fatigue is spread thin enough not to be realized, and enjoyed unaccompanied by other flavors that would probably only take away from its qualities.

beagle75, May 29, 2011
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
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.