Detour Double India Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,008
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,224
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
1,605
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Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  410
SCORE
86
Very Good
Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Detour blazes the trail for fresh and bold Double IPAs. Four varieties of hops combine to step up the flavor profile. A hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character.

74 IBU
Reviews: 335 | Ratings: 1,605 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz pull-tab can acquired as part of a sixer at a beer store in New Orleans, LA via Drizly. Canned 01/06/20.

"Double IPA." 9.5% ABV. 96.0 IBU. 19,0 SRM. Some online sources that are not Uinta's official site suggest the following: "Hops: Bravo, Citra, Simcoe. Malts: Munich, C-40"

Served cold.

Caramel. Yogurt (suggestive of Simcoe). Munich malts, sure. Faint alcohol warmth. Bitter orange/orange rind. Subdued pine.

I don't love the hop profile, and it's a bit too warm alcohol-wise as well as too full-bodied and heavy on the palate. Caramel malts are emphasized more than the hops and their concomitant bitterness, leading to a beer that while not egregiously imbalanced fails to showcase hop varietals instead of malts - at least to the extent that an Imperial IPA needs to.

Drinkable but far from great...I hoped for better from Uinta but its pricing isn't awful. I can't imagine ever wanting to pick this up over a widely distributed, cheaper, and better expression of the style like Lagunitas Sucks, let alone superior regional and seasonal stabs at the style.

I guess I'm glad this is available in a market like Utah's where higher alcohol craft beers are less ubiquitous, but it won't impress those familiar with the modern imperial IPA. I don't see any potential here and don't think the recipe can be tweaked to save it.

Underwhelming.

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

Mar 18, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours red orange with a fluffy white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops. Tastes of nice citrus and floral hops and nice malt backbone. Beer is full bodied yet smooth and has good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 15, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big pour reveals caramel color and thick, drippy lacing once the head retreats. The nose is heavy with pine and grapefruit and caramel malt.

The texture is thick and coating. A big, abrasive bite and aftertaste reveal a basic simplicity: There are some caramel notes but this is basically a hop bomb. A bit boring, but fine for those who seek the hop.

Sep 01, 2019
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drjamyma from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not up to date on the beer scene, I don't know what the good beers are out there. I got this beer originally for my father because he has a travel trailer like the one on the label. Of course I had to try one or three, and I'll be damned if it wasn't some of the best beer I had in a while. I pick up this beer on the regular, very good, wish I could find it on tap in Boston.

Jul 29, 2019
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BaniJet from Indiana

4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer looks great, it goes down great and kicks a little punch. It is smooth and a little fruity and nutty. I loved it and buy it whenever i can. Love it

May 25, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

"Best before 3/2/16"; drank 12/27/15 @ the Yarchives.

See-through ruby red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE eggshell head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Honey, stale grapefruit & stale ganja notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Stale grapefruit & stale ganja flavors up front; mild trash water notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Flat out gross.

Mar 04, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades fairly fast to leave some trace lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with a good showing of pine. Along with these smells comes some notes of a grassy and a slightly caramel and tropical aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with bready and caramel malt flavor that has a little bit of sweeter fruit mixed within. Right from the start the pine and citrus hop are evident, with both getting slightly stronger as the taste moves forward. The citrus outweighs the pine, but overall there is a nice balance between the two. A bit more sweetness of an orange and light brown sugar come to the tongue at the end, and with a hint of an herbal hop working its way to the tongue, one is left with a nicely hopped, semi-malty, but still easy drinking taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was slightly thicker to moderate in chewiness and thickness with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. Overall fairly nice for the hop, malt, and abv of the brew as it helped keep it a flavorful slow sipper.
Overall – A rather fun double overall. For the style it is rather balanced in malt and hop and makes for a nice brew to just sit back, relax, and sip.

Jan 23, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Detour Double India Pale Ale brewed by Uinta Brewing Company, with an ABV of 9.50% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz can into a pint beer glass a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. Really digging the deep golden color almost a slight copper look to it. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with lots of strong IPA notes, not saying that is a bad thing. You first pick up on the hop bitterness. Then it mixed with lots of earthy grains and malts. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with hop bitterness , but a slight sweetness in the taste as well . Then there is a nice amount of earthy grains and malts tgat mixes well with the hop bitterness. The body of Detour Double India Pale Ale is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. It is hard to pick up on the 9.50% AN ABV in the IPA, it just goes down that smooth. The mouth feel is Hoppy,Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Detour Double India Pale Ale a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Uinta Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American IPA.

Nov 16, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2012-09-01] Pours copper with a tall tan head. Aroma is citrus and grass, spicy hops, a hint of malt. Taste citrusy hops with a bitter slightly boozy finish. Fine carbonation, nice mouth feel, just right for a DIPA.

Oct 03, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look is a dark and rich colored amber. Hoppy aroma that smells very good. Has a good malt backbone that I prefer. Taste's very satisfying for a DIPA lover like me. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel so this is an excellent brew. I'd like it to have a bit more sweetness but I'll buy this one again. Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 ounce aluminum can. Best Before:10/28/18H
#UNTHINKABLYDRINKABLE

Sep 29, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into IPA glass. Dared BB 1/24/18
Look is nice cloudy dark brown.orange. Nose is yeasty dank. Taste follows nose with malt and alcohol at end. Feel is medium. Overall good for west coast style ipa .

Sep 04, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a orange copper color. The head is khaki with excellent retention. There is a fair amount of lacing in scattered rings and splotches around the glass.

The nose is bitter orange with a nice sweet caramel malty back bone. Very well balanced.

You get a caramel sweetness upfront but this time around you get a piney bitterness through the middle. Finish is sweet with a bitterness that lingers in the back of the tongue and throat.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth. Carbonation is on the mediums side and does well lifting the mouthfeel a bit so as that it doesn't feel weighed down.

Aug 29, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.96/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Detour has a medium, white head, a somewhat clear, orange appearance, and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and hop oils. Taste is of strong bitterness. hop resins, and sugary, white bread. Mouthfeel is nearly heavy, and Detour finishes dry and sticky.

RJT

Jul 15, 2018
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jcaleb86 from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinks a lot smoother than a triple IPA I’d tried, which it IS, almost. Love the burn and the hops. Malt is behind only because of all the alcohol and hops. Big big good beer though.

Jun 26, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Uinta Brewing Company "Detour Double India Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "BEST BEFORE 09/04/18M #UNTHINKABLYDRINKABLE", sampled on 06/07/2018
$2.49 @ Whole Foods Market, South Street, Philaelphia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: A little bit darker than I thought it would be, very much a hazy deep copper that's starting to border on heading into russett brown. The head is a creamy finger-thick cap of yellowed off-white that's been holding quite well. The aroma is resinous, earthy, piney or spruce-like, and "dank" with some medium-dark caramel coming through as well. On to the flavor... you guessed it, as the aroma suggests. The hops appear first with the darkly caramelish malt rising from beneath as it crosses the middle of your mouth, and then asserts itself fully in the finish where the hops start to fade but the resolute bitterness rises. Some caramelish malt, spruce-like and herbal-spicy hops, and bitterness lingers. How strong is this beer? 9.5%!!! Yeah, I'm not finding that. There's some sense that there's strength there, as there should be, but the alcohol is otherwise very well hidden. Looking back the head has held up well and there's some very nice lacing left behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Overall it's a decent double IPA with an interesting hop character that's worth trying.
Review# 6,054

Jun 07, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark orange with some amber hues. It has a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has citrus and piney aromas. There are some grainy sweet elements with some caramel. It addition there are some tropical touches.

Taste: It has piney flavors with some tropical and stone fruits. It has grainy sweet elements with a bit of caramel. There are additional floral elements as well.

Feel: It has a moderately full body and a bit of slickness on the tongue. The bitterness levels are moderately high. It bitterness is pleasant with only a slight sharp tinge to it.

Overall, this is a hoppy beer that is enhanced by the malty elements.

May 20, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Best before 3/20/18. Opened on 1/23/18 " unthinkably drinkable"

Amber color with golden highlights. A high rising all white foam cap is impressive, settles in fast but leaves plenty of bubbly left over froth and lace.

A very sweet, caramel malty and sweet tropical red fruit style hoppy nose. Boozy heat tingle, lush fruits...very sweet but complex. Starwberry jam from the hops. Maple syrup from the malt.

The flavor harkens back to the monstrously malty and bitter hopped west coast DIPA's of the past. The beer geek gold has turned into the lighter, malt, pine and juicy hopped and hazy New England Ipa' these days. So it's interesting to grab one of the amber hued ipa's....a thick malty presence right off, caramel, smoked wood and booze! Then, right on time, the earthy, bitter, piney hops crush the palate with ibu's. Earthy, dry notes, boozy heat and then a very nice burnt caramel complexity to the hops.in that order.

The body texture of the liquid is crisp, dry and then malty, practically full bodied....then dry and boozy heat to finish. Classic.

Jan 24, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber gold color with white cap.

Fairly strong scent of sharp, piney hops. There's rich malt in the background but hops dominate.

Taste on entry is hop forward with malt trailing behind. The hops shine with sharp brilliance yet remain somehow restrained. At 97 IBU they could be stomping in like a herd of elephants but they don't, rather a solid but slowly cadenced march. Malt really can't compete with hops on this level yet they stand with a united front that shows they have stuff of their own. The 9.5 % doesn't present a trace of alcohol flavor which helps make this beer easily drinkable.

Full texture with a mouth filling profile. Not alot in the way of carbonation but it doesn't really need any.

Years ago one of my favorite restaurants featured a desert named 'Death by Chocolate' which was not much bigger than a large biscuit yet contained 2000 calories. That's what I was reminded of when first tasting this brew because it packs so much into this 12 oz can. These are not complex flavors but they are deep and heavy resulting in a strong brew with an easy drinking quality.

Jan 01, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy copper withh a nice off white, beige head with both good retention and side glass lace.
Aroma: A lot going on. I get citrus, especially grapefruit hops, caramel and stringent resin pine.
Taste: Malts enter creating good balance, creamy with sharp, drying hops.
Thick on the tongue. Bitter finish. Quite good.

Dec 28, 2017
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Mike_from_Conn from Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thick head, orange or amber color. Nice floral nose. Caramel and citrus tones. Well balanced. Not a bad IPA. I do not think this is 9.5% ABV though. I think it is much less. Maybe I am wrong, but it's weird that this does not hit me like a ton of bricks.

Dec 12, 2017
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Ltdsaint from North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured in a tulip. Color is a golden copper with a creamy head with a nice buttery lacing all around. Smells of spices, hops and maple. Taste is spicy with light hops and a strong mix of booze. Good brew for an autumn day.

Oct 25, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper orange color with a thick thin head with medium retention.
Nice aroma with notes of melon, pine, caramel, lychees, orange marmalade and lots of guava.
Flavor with notes of lychees, caramels, grapefruit, spices, guava juice, resin, pine and flowers. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels bitter, but not as its 96 IBUs given malts and fruity character of the hops.
Full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% is hidden within its malt base. Mild sticky feeling.
DIPA with unique character that delivers intensively the promised guava, pine and caramels. Sure, hop enough and within style, but a bit too malty for me.

Jul 16, 2017
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PlinyMeNow from California

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on draft in a tulip. Pour a pretty copper with a nice creamy head. It is smooth, strong, resinous, creamy. The hop profile is nice and balanced, containing citrus, orange and other fruit notes combined with pine resin and danker hops, though I'd have liked more of a punch. The sweet caramel malt kept insisting too much on its presence, however--a bit too much for me. Overall an enjoyable and balanced drink, but definitely not a hop fest and a bit to syrupy for me personally.

Jul 05, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a copper color with a solid head, the smell is brilliantly hoppy with alcohol also highly detectable but in a good way.
The taste is overwhelming and hoppy, this is the type of beer that haunts the dreams of non hopheads, extreme hoppy taste with ample but comparatively mild malt and lots of alcohol. This is one of my favorites

Jun 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark burnt orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Messy light lacing all over the place. The smell starts off with a sharp citrus to piney hops moving into subtle crisp spicy tones over a caramel malt backbone. Nicely balanced. The taste took in all of those flavors. Caramel malt seemed a bit more pronounced. Semi-dry sticky citrus / piney to sticky caramel malt aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth. Malts and spices balance to hit my tongue. Overall, this one seemed to be very well balanced. I’d have again.

Jun 18, 2017
Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1605 ratings