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Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tbeckett on 02-10-2014

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listed as an APA here although the brewery describes things differently, with the unfiltered aspect getting some emphasis. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a solid four inches of white frothy head. Aroma is decidedly bright and citrusy, with some co-occuring green spicy resins and little in the way of malt. Tastes similarly citric and juicy, with a buttered bread malt backbone doing precious little to hold back ample navel orange and lemon juice, gooseberry, green grapes, and pine. Highly carbonated yet smooth on the mouth, finishing with a dry sour tang and a little mineral oil. The pine and woody notes get a bit stronger after the first bottle. This is a session IPA, straight-up, albeit perhaps a hair more bold and a lot more juicy than other examples I've tried. Certainly a "detour" from Muskoka's other brews where the sweet malts get more play.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is nice, gentle IPA. There is just enough piney hop flavour to help you remember what you are tackling. The taste is lovely - fruity, light and very easy to drink. I could see this disappearing in a big hurry on a warm summer day.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Not off the chart but an excellent citrusy beer. Apricot undertones. Not much in the hops department , but a nice refreshing beer. At 4.3 ABV amn all day drinker!

Photo of djcreepshow
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. Following on Phillips' Bottle Rocket ISA, Muskoka has apparently created a sessionable IPA, at 4.3% ABV.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with one measly finger of weak, but still tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some random bubbling cauldron lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sweet orange, grapefruit, and pineapple flesh, a further muddled tropical fruitiness, subtle neutered pine needles, a somewhat thin bready caramel malt, lemon drops, and a barely dry leafy earthiness. The taste is an even more blended and mashed citrus/tropical fruitiness, a now rather noticeable dank pine character, crackery pale malt, a hint of caramel/toffee to add to the swelling sweetness quotient, soft hard water mineral notes, and a plain leafy, weedy bittering hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly light and innocuous, the body on the far lee side of medium weight, and generically smooth, a wee clamminess worming itself it in as the beer warms. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness waning heavily, the dulled crackery malt holding fast, and the leafy, earthy hops thinking about appealing for a promotion.

If this is an APA, doesn't that just make APAs 'sessionable' IPAs? The brewery claims it to be an IPA, and I find that I agree with them - lots of well-rounded hoppiness, an understated malt backbone, just with the ABV of an English bitter. From what I remember, this turns out to be very similar in bearing to Bottle Rocket, in most respects - Phillips just did a better job of branding.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beersnewb
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and refreshing taste. Love the drinkable hop flavors that anyone can enjoy.

Photo of yesforbeer
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at possibly it's freshest point. The hops were so aromatic they were jumping out of the glass. Exotic fruit aroma that I can't put my finger on. Drinks like one of the best pale ales I've had. Gorgeous hop structure, medium bodied. Nice and earthy as well.

Photo of JahTurbo
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stugotzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of JFMArtin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Danielr26
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony81212
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single 355ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well but pours next to no head that is done in a few seconds. Nice gold color

S- Very good. Hops abound.

T- Ok. Light on the hops. I understand this is a low alcohol beer so that is why I scored this beer higher here than if it were a regular IPA

M- Pretty good. Light and bubbly

O- Pretty good but will not really buy again

Food Pairing

This nice light IPA went well with... coconut chicken curry


Photo of Adamthornton13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours hazy straw colour with a white fluffy head.

Nose has citrus, grass, some spice.

Taste follows nose but with some underlying pineapple.

Nice and refreshing. It is very fruity with little to no bitterness.

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ssmack
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight hazy unfiltered. Light hoeny colour. Quarter inch of head that quickly went to a slick and then a ring. Waves of carbonation. Left spots of lacing.

Sharp citrus aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and mano. Great.

More pine than citrus in the taste. One dimensional. Not complex. Earthy flintly bitterness.

Medium dry feel.

I miss the malt and more complex hops mix. But this is a great sessionable (4.3%) IPA.

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Muskoka Detour from Muskoka Brewery
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