Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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 thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 13 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-blonde colour, topped with one half-finger of frothy, relatively short-lived white head. It soon settles into a soapy collar with a few scattered strands of lacing left stuck to the glass. The aroma is very citrus-heavy, with notes of pink grapefruit, orange and lemon figuring in strongly, in addition to tropical fruits and peach. Not much malt presence on the nose.

Thankfully, that is not the case as far as flavour goes - there is a mild pale malt & caramel sweetness that stands briefly as a bulwark against the tide of citrusy, tropical fruit hop notes that dominate the tail end of the profile. Grapefruit is still a big one, with mango, pineapple and orange also contributing. Bitter, dry finish with a touch of lemony pith; quite noticeable but not lingering on the palate long. Light-bodied, with appropriately spritzy carbonation for a light, hoppy pale ale. They aren't kidding when they call this sessionable - in fact I'd say it's probably the most sessionable thing in the brewery's entire portfolio.

Final Grade: 3.95, a solid B+. Muskoka Detour is a high-quality light pale ale and it is likely to provide some stiff competition for Naughty Neighbour, which is the only other product in this market I can really think of that fills a comparable niche. Detour's light, sessionable nature makes the six-pack a natural format choice, but I hope to see this one canned at some point so I can drink it on the regular without committing to a half-dozen.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of patre_tim
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully, slightly cloudy, one finger head.
Smells, citrus and pine.
I didn't get the pineapple others mentioned. For me the predominant taste was pine...loved it.
The mouth feel was almost as good as the taste.
Great offering from Muskoka. A light beer (4.3 abv) with great flavour.

Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, faint pine, bready malts and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus and grapefruit (very tropical), light grassy/piney bitterness, bready malts and sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Jeff82
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent, crisp beer.

Look: A dark brown pour with a medium-thick foam (going off memory)

Smell: An instant fruity aroma consisting of pineapple, and possibly mangoes.

Taste: Delivers the pineapple but also LYCHEE is very apparent to me. Not too strong on the hops but it still delivers a signature IPA bitterness. As mentioned above, it is a medium-dark brown so the colour perfectly matches the intensity. I find that a lot of the craft beers I have had in the past have correlating bitterness and colour. Anyways, a pleasant 4.75/5 for me on taste.

This has become one of my favourite beers, as I can enjoy it winter or summer.

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent complexe taste! Nice Smell, but in mouth, its a tornado of a good taste!

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap while at milestone's yesterday for dinner. Served cold into a Muskoka pint glass.

Appearance- bright yellow straw coloured, with a finger of sparkling white head and ok retention time. The beer is a bit cloudy, not being opaque but not transparent. Some lively carbonation rushes to the top of the glass. Sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell- light floral aroma with some mild grassy aspects. The nose is not potent but very welcoming. Some mild citrus presents itself with lemon being the most prominent suspect.

Taste - pretty much like the nose, some light floral flavours and a modest amount of citrus. Hops shine through as being clean but not too refined or processed. Mild buttery grain throughout.

Mouthfeel - crisp and clean, well carbonated. Moderately dry finish.

Overall - as just an american pale ale, it holds it's own, but as a lighter beer option for something session able in the summer, this fits the bill really nicely. Highly recommended, especially if you're having more than a couple.

Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Bright citrus hops off the top, hints of cotton candy and caramel on the finish.

T - The hop profile is less intense than the nose, but nicely present with floral hop notes, mild citrus rind and buttery caramel that linger on the palette. A nice bitterness settles with some candied sugar and some tart lemon notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly dry.

O - Branded as a session IPA, and certainly lives up to its name. This brew boasts loads of flavour, a nice hop profile and a low ABV making it an easy go-to brew. This is definitely at the top of my session brews, and I'll be stocking my fridge. A welcome addition to the Ontario craft market.

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a light gold colour with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Citrus hops, passion fruit, tropical fruit aromas, bready malts, caramel.

Taste - Mildly bitter citrus hops, passion fruit and citrus peel, along with bready caramel-like malts. Bitterness is fairly mild from start to finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Quality tropical fruit and citrus fruit aromas/flavours that make this brew very sessionable. I would like to see more hops presence, as they are dialed down in the taste.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 355 mL Bottle

A- Deep gold and hazy (unfiltered). 1/2 finger head that works down to a thin layer.

S- Lots of Citrus (grapefruit/lemon) and pine aromas. Very similar to Muskoka's Mad Tom IPA.

T- Similar to the aroma but very light and airy. Light citrus notes with even less pine. Just enough to let you know that this is a flavourful IPA... just a lighter version.

M- Impressive body for a 4.3% ABV brew. Not watery in the least. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O- If you are ever feeling like an IPA but don't want the typical 6+% ABV, go for a Detour. This brew provides all of the great characters that a full strength IPA provides but in a lighter package with a low ABV. I definitely recommend this one.

Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/9/14

A 3.75 bright golden yellow, lots of fine sediment being moved around by a few streams of tiny bubbles, a finger of short lived foam leaves a few patches of random lace

S 4 lots of citrus, lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, some pineapple, a little spruce, some sweet grains in the background, with some floral almost perfume notes

T 4 much like the nose, lots of citrus a little spruce, just a hint of spice, more rind then the nose

M 3.75 lighter bodied, mild bitter bite, bubbles are there to soften things up, the finest grit left behind, pineapple lingers on the finish

O 3.75 It is what it claims, its a light IPA and I could drink a few of these without getting board or tipping over

respectable ISA, a little late in the Summer beer drinking season to discover it but I'll have my eye out next Spring

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"enjoy before 06 mar 15", consumed on january 11, 2015

a: hazy golden light orange, two fingers of fast-dissipating almost-white head

s: mango, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon, ripe orange, pine

t: mirrors the nose. tropical-fruity in front, giving way to pine notes. slight crackery malts and floral touches come mid-palate. mild hop bitterness at the end

m: light-bodied but far from watery. medium carbonation

o: i greatly prefer standard >6% abv IPAs with more malt but that's not the point of these kinds of beers. this one is good stuff though

Photo of BillT916
1.61/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Don't take this detour, it's just bad beer disguised as an American IPA. Horrible taste, could not finish half a pint.

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ghisty
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a beautiful fogged yellow nice clean head. perfect carb.
obviously unfiltered. but light colored

the hops really come thru, grapefruits, cascades, no orange peel,
which is a nice change, honey notes under the fruity citrus grapefruit hops.
not resiny. a really awesome nose.

surprisingly not as bitter as id have expected by the hoppy nose,
has complex almost grainey tones but in a light way, really enjoyable.
nice short flavour. its somewhat dry on the exit and leaves a hoppy tone.
but isnt ever offensive.

feels like a wheat beer, and tastes more like an IPA, but less bitter.
great mouth feel. simple and refreshing. ABV is nonexistant in both
the mouth and taste.. nonexistant because its only 4.3. and thats the
only negative thing I can say about this beer.

took a risk getting this as id never heard of it, very very glad I did,
the crisp sharpness of the carb and the unfiltered hoppy flavour,
overall this beer is one of my new favorites, I've been looking for something
like this and struggled to find similar styles. definatly will be buying again.
and if you can find it , its worth the slightly elevated price point.

Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at The Corner in Orleans. From notes.

A - Poured mildly hazy and golden. Two fingers of soapy white head on top with mild carbonation coming up. Awesome lace drapes and a film of retention.

S - Zippy citrus, lemon, grapefruit.

T - Crackery malt, more of the same citrus components as the aroma with lemon and grapefruit. A bit soapy.

M - Mild bitterness, light to medium body and OK carbonation.

O/D - A nice little 'session IPA'. Different in character than Naughty Neighbour, which is the only real comparison we have in this market. It's good to see that Ontario brewers are taking steps towards this style. While they could have gone a little more aggressive on the hop profile, it stayed light and pleasant. Seemed less a 'session IPA' than an APA. Regardless of all that, it was pleasant. I very rarely have 2 pints of something when there are other new things to try, maybe that speaks to the drinkability.

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