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Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tbeckett on 02-10-2014)
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Reviews by biegaman:
Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muskoka Detour - a supposedly "sessionable IPA" - looks suited to long summer days of copious cottage-country consumption. This refreshing look is brought about by a fair golden body that does an excellent job at catching and brightly reflecting the light. The beer's relatively meek 4.3% frame is apparently burly enough to support a sturdy head as well as invoke a good deal of haze.

The aroma has enough hoppiness to make virtually any citrus fruit seem conceivable. Many tropical fruits too. It's full of smells you simply don't find in cold-weather climates (save maybe for the produce section at the grocery store). I can tell you how much I enjoy this bouquet but someone from southeast Asia or Australia would be better able to describe its components.

Taking my best shot at it I'd say the flavour profile consists of (but is not limited to): mango, passionfruit, dragonfruit, lime, mandarin, and who knows what other kinds of exotic fruits. Thanks to the wonders of dry-hopping these citric and tropical notes are paraded in the aroma but require a little more searching for on the palate; that process doesn't ruffle the malts. They add a crunchy, toasty breadiness.

Detour can taste both bitter and biscuity-sweet, often on the same sip, and the way they often entwine on the aftertaste it's hard to say which came first. Though at a level most manageable, the mouthfeel still sports that brand of bitterness that is citric and pithy (like grapefruit skin) as well as leafy and herbal (like steamed spinach and tree bark). The malts, as noted, add a toasty 'crunch' and hints of toffee.

When Muskoka released Mad Tom (and consequently Twice as Mad Tom) I wrote that the Ontario market was overdue for an aggressive, West-Coast inspired, hop-forward IPA. A similar thought crossed my mind when first trying Detour - there was a lack of a solid, overtly hoppy lower-strength offering. Well, no longer. This is a great maximum hoppiness/minimal alcohol option for those looking for one.

biegaman, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

cam477, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

andrewdanks, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

Tilly, Nov 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

MJ63, Feb 15, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Sammy, Feb 20, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

yesforbeer, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Stugotzo, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

RandyFlameThrower, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JFMArtin, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

anthony81212, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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


DaveBar, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Adamthornton13, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ThinkAgain, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dipso123, Apr 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

CurtisD, Sep 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DaveR514, Nov 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DamageCase76, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden unfiltered with lots of white particles, 1 finger of white head, no carbonation.

S: Fruity with pine needles, canned peaches, canned pineapple, floral roses, onion.

T: Canned peaches, pineapple juice, a little spruce, little bitterness. Slight butter note.

M: Medium light body, little carbonation, dry finish.

O: A great dry beer. Drank in Uxbridge, bought in Markham, May 30, 2014.

patre_tim, May 31, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +20.5%

headlessparrot, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a fair amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, apricots

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and caramel mixed with a good dose of hops. There is also some grapefruits and some apricots.

Overall - Seems a lot like the Nicklebrook Naughty Neighbour APA to me. Good stuff nonetheless, light-ish yet flavourful.

spinrsx, Feb 23, 2014
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Muskoka Detour from Muskoka Brewery
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