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Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Muskoka Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tbeckett on 02-10-2014

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Reviews by biegaman:
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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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Eastshoreboy
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Tilly
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!

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of beersnewb
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of jcubz
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesforbeer
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.

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Photo of JahTurbo
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stugotzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of deakin
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JFMArtin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Danielr26
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony81212
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops and light cereal notes is enjoyable enough. Taste is also a good mix between some light cereal notes with some citrusy hoppy notes and light bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nicely brewed and refreshing but fell a little bit short on hops flavours.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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Muskoka Detour from Muskoka Brewery
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