Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery
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Reviews by biegaman:
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2014 22:40:07 | More by biegaman
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
On the nose, I’m getting some grapefruit, watermelon, a bit of citrus, and maybe even a hint of bubble gum. On the palate some sweet fruits, and some of that grapefruit/watermelon combo. It’s all a tad light though. My thought is Muskoka is making this as a kinder, gentler, friendlier Mad Tom, as a sort of gateway beer to those who are curious about craft beers, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge off the deep end. Very quaffable, but won’t replace the heavy hitter IPA’s in my fridge
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 17:56:48 | More by BeerWatcher
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into stemmed glass, colour is a light golden, slightly cloudy, with a pretty solid white lacing and film.
S - a firm grapefruit citrus, rindy, with a firm bready maltiness, gooseberry, lemon, full of C hops and quite a firm hopiness. A hint of a sourness that might have come from bittering with Citra? Mostly this is grapefruit and florals.
T - Starts with grapefruit, juicy and tart, as more berry notes fill out, blueberry, currents, some slick tart bitterness to it. Underpinned by a mostly pale maltiness. Get some raspberry and lemons, full of citrus flavour and a floral overtone as well, you can feel more of the lightness in the body as the crispness fades out but the bitterness and hop profile work well in good balance to satisfy while refreshing.
M - A good tart bitter crispness to it, quite refreshing, towards the midpoint the malt starts to fall away as you get the indication of the lower abv, then you have a nice lingering sticky hop bitterness. As a session pale or IPA, this really satisfies on the flavour front while being light and sessionable. Carbonation is moderate and balanced.
Quite solid PA for sessioning, especially if you want something with a bit more of a C hop character. My only point against was the collapse of the malt profile and the hops could have been a bit more dynamic, but it works as a flavourful session for summer.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 23:40:17 | More by mick303
Muskoka Detour from Muskoka Brewery
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