Detour Double India Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Beaver13 on 05-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,505
Reviews:
306
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
375
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy grapefruit coloured body, pleasant enough aroma. Average mouthfeel. A good hopping and malting, nicely balanced for the style so that my palate is not shredded. A lot of alcohol, is it necessary? Nice drinkability. Long finish. Fresh bottle from Shop Right.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/17/12.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is obviously old but has still held up quite well and seems to have become something like a sweet American style barleywine at this point.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big beer from uninta. pours a really radiant amber color with a lasting white head. smells really fresh, sweet nectar of hops, even a bit oily in that direction. sturdy caramel malt backbone on this monster. flavor is totally different than the smell. its all pine forest in the hops, pungent, earthy, and memorable. there is a bit of sweetness at the end, and a few of these could be a serious hangover if you let it be. good feel, bubbly and just over medium on the body. stands up well to big food. overall not a standout big ipa, but a very good local product in the salt lake area. the alcohol isnt as well hidden as it might be, but well balanced in general, and the pine profile is awesome, like being out in the woods. good gear here

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the 2010 ACBF, it was the first time I had tried anything from the Crooked lineup that Uinta has. I gave the IIPA a try because I figured it'd be strong enough to taste over everything else I had that day. The beer poured from a bottle was a golden color with a big foamy head. The lacing was decent. The smell was hoppy but not overly impressive. The taste was even less impressive, perhaps it's the hops they used but it just wasn't that big on the flavor end. The mouthfeel was alright, medium bodied. Overall it was a little disappointing.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and the hops also contribute a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers into the finish along with notes of pine. Notes of caramel malts and slight hints of alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA packs in some punch and is rather drinkable considering the strength because it manages to mask most of its alcohol and isn't overly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, warm, and bitter- Uinta devises a larger-than-life IPA that re-routs the common smoothness of IPA onto a path that's somewhat barleywine-like.

Deep amber hues and golden highlights illuminate the beer, even through its unfiltered hoppy cloud- giving the beer a honey-like appearance. Firmly headed at first, the beer releases an ivory white foam that caps the beer with a dense froth. But the head collapses back into the beer nearly half way through the session and leaving minimal lace behind.

Citrus and pine lead the way, but a supportive back note of caramel gives the beer's aroma a mild semblance of balance. Apparent alcohols offer a fruity, spicy tinge that I'm used to seeing in barleywines.

Malty sweetness greets the early palate, just before the hops settle in. White grapefruit peels, orange pith, and pine resins balance at first but then begin to overshadow the malts at the middle. But as the balancing sweetness recedes, the hops grip the throat with mild grassy-harsh bitterness. This also leads the way to allow for strong acetone alcohols to taste somewhat of cough syrups in finish.

Medium-full textures are due to early sweet sensations and embedded carbonation. But just as the hop bitterness sets in, so do mild astringency, spicy alcohol bite, and slight fusal roughness. A fruity and hot finish lingers deep into finish for an appealing yet unsettled aftertaste.

Detour is a tasty imperial IPA with somewhat one-dimensional hop bitterness, sweet off-balance, and alcohols that get a little out of control- all these insinuate a lean toward barleywine status, if ever so slightly.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz squat bottle, from the Yoke's grocery across from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho last week.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky land-bridge lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, bready caramel malt, sharp pine needles and oily resin, muddled tropical fruit (pineapple and kiwi, I think), a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and well-perfumed hop bitters. The taste is bready, crackery caramel malt, more biscuity toffee sweetness, a still heady piney, leafy and herbal green-ass bitterness, subtle tart citrus flesh notes, and a not so surprising phalanx of floral boozy esters.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their alternating fizzy and frothy natures, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and not really all that smooth, as both hop and alcohol come a rappin' at the cellar door. It finishes off-dry, sure, but in a teetering balance of malt, hop, and not quite astringent booze.

A sort of wild (in the general, non-craft beer sense) version of a DIPA, all the players signed up and ready to play, but hey, it seems that the coach has forgotten the playbook, or something. Very little here appears capable of working well together with others, and thus seem to get by only on their individual good looks and sass. Is that the lesson we should be taking away from here?

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very nice head that hangs around for quite a while, leaving a few strands behind

Smell: Very leafy and piney, with undertones of caramel

Taste: A load of malty sweetness on the front end, with a boozy caramel wallop; by mid-palate, however, the leafy hop flavors arrive, bringing an aggressive bitterness that hangs around, after the swallow, and well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, boozy warmth descends down the gullet and warms the belly

Overall: Well, this beer certainly blazes a new trail but I can't say it's one I wish to follow; the hop profile is harsh and bitter, more than flavorful and the malts are so big and boozy; the flavor elements struggle to come together, but I am not going to wait around to see if they do - there are too many better DIPAs out there to spend more time on this

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, orange rind, lemon zest, caramel, raisin, pine, floral, grass, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced citrus/pine hops with caramel/toasted malts; and solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, caramel, raisin, pine resin, floral, grass, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance of citrus/pine hops with caramel/toasted malts; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good DIPA style. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and quite smooth to sip on. The age pretty much put it into a barelywine profile in the taste and aromas; but it was still a nicely enjoyable offering as it stands.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.28/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a tad bit of white head that recedes quickly without too much lacing. Nose is...booze. Then, booze. The hops are really faint. There is a tiny bit of citrus in the background as well as some grain, but this is mostly a hot mess. The bitterness and the alcohol really do not combine well. I would not recommend this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,505 ratings.
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