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Muskoka Detour - Muskoka Brewery

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141 Ratings
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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 thehyperduck:
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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 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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