Detour Double India Pale Ale | Uinta Brewing Company

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Detour Double India Pale AleDetour Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Photo of Jdiggity
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass
A: dark, caramel color. 1" light tan head, very even. Lacing clings to glass initially, little retention. Average
S: Aroma is crisp and floral, some citrus but light and there is a faint varnish, solvent-like aroma there as well
T: very much piney with some background of orange and then a lingering resiny, pine. Decent but not grabbing my attention or piquing my interest to find more depth.
M: Dry and astringent, but full in feel.. It leaves a syrupy feel in the back of the throat.
O: It's decent but I look for depth to the flavor of a DIPA. This one lacks multiple layers of flavor, very straight forward pine and some floral notes. Clean malt backbone. It's not a remarkable beer to me. Hopnosh is a better offering to me from Uinta.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drops an amber and copper colored liquid into the glass, half an inch of head whisps itself away without much going on in terms of retention leading to little to no lace. Aroma wasn't hoppy as much as it was bitter, grassy, boozy and caramel.

Taste brought on more bitterness, hot alccohol, and a good amount of C hops. Plenty of heavy crystal malt. Just kept getting a heavier mouthfeel from the use of so much crystal malt. Not worth $10 a pop when you can get 6 beers for the same price that are superior to this one.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean orange amber body with 1-2 finger khaki head
Really floral and bright citrus smell. Pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, a little spice, grass
Juicy citrus with sweet malt undercurrent. Mango, pineapple, pine
Little carbonation, medium body
Best new beer I've had in a while

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Photo of Marraybay
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden; white head.

Smell: Pine

Taste: A touch of upfront malt sweetness--not much--that transitions into
the expected citrus flavors, which are pretty large.

Feel: A bit prickly.

Overall: Pretty center-line DIPA: Nothing extraordinarily good or
bad here. Drinkable, albeit not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Jpeach70
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look- hazy dark orange, medium head that quickly fades to a thin lacing

Smell- sweet hops, mild citrus undertones

Taste- very sweet for a DIPA, malt kind of overtakes the hops in a not so pleasant way
hops kick in later with a nice pine finish

Mouthfeel- when i first poured it cold it was very thick and syrupy, as it heated it started to thin out a bit and became more pleasant to drink

Overall i would say it was good not great, not my favorite from Uinta but still a good choice if you feel like drinking something strong and full of malt.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rich amber with white creamy head. Sweet nose with some resin. More resin and a little too much sweetness in the taste; the bitterness combined with the malt is thick and sticks around a little too long. Overall a decent DIPA; gets more boozy as it warms. A little unbalanced with some nice hop flavors. Worth a try if you need a canned IPA.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours a nice moderately dark amber with a nice head. Taste is dangerously pleasant, hoppy but enjoyably so, and the taste follows! Quite a change from the days of the 90's where 3.2 ruled Utah!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark straw body.
The aroma is dank grapefruit and lemon.
The taste starts with lemon, grapefruit and pine bitterness, then a little malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol heat to finish.
The texture is thicker.
It's a flavorful and big IPA.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uinta brand Detour double IPA, is a great and refreshing take on the American Double/Imperial IPA. Its froth level is about medium on a scale of thin/medium/thick. The body is about 4/5 the way to medium on a similar scale. The smell is refreshing, and sort of not too spicy but sort of suggestive of the medium spiced fore taste of the beer. The beer's color is a translucent but not too transparent dark amber.

The flavor starts off with a sort of semi bready and satisfying taste that moves into the deeper bitterish spiced hoppy notes of a Double American/Imperial. The after taste doesn't focus too much on the hoppyness but sort of includes the whole for and after taste if one will.

Overall a really tasty and well balanced American Double/Imperial, that checks all the right boxes and is a great beer. The mix between flavors and sort of coaxing in the double hoppy flavor makes this a great stand out American Double perhaps semi reminiscent of Stoudt's Double IPA.

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Photo of brewme
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, very impressed. Got a 6-pack of cans for about twelve dollars at my favorite proper-beer store. Have always liked Hop Notch / Nosh, except when the cashier tried to ring it is as "Unita", so I thought I would give this a shot. I generally don't like to go above 8%, but this was not too boozy, and reminded me of one of my favorite DIPAs - Space Cake. Very yummy, would try again.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark honey orange with an off white creamy head, not much retention head lasted about 3 minutes, lots of lacing, no carbonation.

A: Lots of pine and resin on the nose, some lemon peel, more piney than it is citrusy, pretty straightforward aromas, smells pretty big.

T: First impression, very malt forward and syrupy, pine and resin up front then lots of sweet malt notes, finishes with a slightly grapefruit forward bitterness, not as piney and resiny as the nose would indicate, a little boozy.

M: Medium, dry, semi-citrus peel finish.

O: Love the aroma but the taste is very malt forward, I was hoping for more hop presence on the flavor, if you like malt forward IIPAs then this is your beer, but I prefer my IIPAs with more hop presence and balanced with malt, probably won't pick this beer up again. Great nose, not as good taste, and a decent mouthfeel.

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

I've really enjoyed Uinta's Hop Nosh so when I saw this DIPA I had to grab it. Love the "best by" date on the bottle.

Appearance - cloudy/unfiltered dark copper with a finger of foamy, off white head. Web-like lacing.

Aroma - you really get the toasty malt, but with a subtle citrus background.

Taste - perfect mixture of citrusy/spicy/herbal hops and biscuity sweet malt. Powerful!

Mouthfeel - exactly what a DIPA should be; a little oily, but not overly so.

Drinkability - a great representation of the DIPA style. Uinta strikes again in terms of solid examples of popular beers. Too bad the brewery is 2000 miles away. Thanks Uinta!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a light amber with a smallish head. The aromas of pine, citrus, mango, and marijuana rise of the beer. The flavor leads with fruity hop flavors, followed by a pine taste which builds into a strong aftertaste. There is also a sweet caramel malt flavor present, but it is well balanced out by the hops. The mouthfeel is reasonably thick. Overall this is a very nice and bracingly bitter double IPA, not too sweet, with a strong aftertaste.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: sunset orange and amber with a delicate lacing that recedes to the edges of the glass. When poured aggressively it leaves a beautiful off-white head that stays around to the very last drop.
S: upfront there is some rasin/dried fruit notes reminiscent of a good trippel, hops are present but more on the funky/dank side of town, even notes of chocolate towards the end. definitely an unusual but pleasant suprise from an IPA

T: Notes of sweet grapes and dried strawberry lead off and give way to some unctious hoppiness. Finishes malty and with a pleasnt warming booziness that I so love in DIPA's

M: smooth, silky and dangerously drinkable. Feels like a big beer, but drinks easy.

O: Definitely a detour, but I'd say it's more of a scenic route. This beer shows the versatility of different styles of hops. Most are familiar with the refreshing citrus notes found in many IPA's. This brew offers more of the earthy/pine/funk side of hops. Would love to know the varities used here. I can see how some people would be put off by this style of IPA as it is malty and atypical, but I enjoyed the diversity of flavor and unique hop blend.

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Photo of Hopglow
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really can't understand the average reviews. This in my opinion is a decent DIPA. It is a bit malty on the backbone, but the hop profile balances the equation. This reminds me in taste to that of a strong black IPA with the malts, which may explain the average reviews. Pick it up and try, it's delicious.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had out of the 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Cool compass detail on the bottle. Pours amber, clear, with a small head that doesn't leave lacing. Balanced aroma of malts and pine hops. Taste is weighing more towards malty. It's got some caramel and dark fruits, middle is a touch of pine and earth from the hops. Finishes a hair boozy, bitter, and dry. Body is too heavy. Overall a decent DIPA, but I'm getting tired of these malt bombs.

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks great, 9.5% ABV, not real high in ABV but alcohol taste is up front with lasting burn. Too boozy and syrupy, I'll stick to lower ABV IPAs from now on.

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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a two finger cream colored head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice malty caramel sweetness hints of bready yeast, loaded with dank tropical fruits covered with pine needles. Kind of in the middle here get malt backbone but loaded with hops also. Great nose for me anyway.

Taste is big on caramel malts with some bready notes thrown in for good measure. Hops are overripe fruits and pine resin hints of sticky tobacco, some earthiness that lingers with pine resin and booze notes in the finish. Big brew having before the best buy date but reminds me of some aged big IPA's. Overall pretty tasty brew but not quite normal more malty with can be good.

Mouthfeel is very big medium approaching full with some carbonation that only seems to pop in the middle.

Overall a pretty damn good beer, maybe not a great I2PA but a damn fine big full flavored beer.

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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 TheBeerMaster1
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Everything about this beer screamed deliciousness, but it just didn't live up to the expectations. It hides its boozy-ness greatly and the hop profile reminds me of southern tier 2xipa but the full body of it didn't do its justice

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Photo of frozyn
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a solid amber color, thick frothy barely-off-white head that sticks around. Plenty of lacing all around.

S -- Lots of pine resin right up front. A sweetness comes in later. Every so often, I would get the telltale "cat piss" dank scent.

T -- The pine resin is definitely there, but it didn't smack me in the face like the scent. Sweet, bready maltiness comes in, balancing the hop attack you get right as you sip. There's a citrus undertone that matches well. I occasionally get alcohol at the end as I drink it down, but it's not a strong flavor.

F -- Medium, creamy, chewy body. Very smooth, nice carbonation level.

O -- I think this is really good. Had a best by date of 8/4/15, so already a few months into it's life. I like IPA's in both hop-bomb and malty-backbone form, and this falls into the latter category. At 9.5%, I think this is a great big IIPA and something I would gladly have again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.bottle - from a 4-pack:

Pours hazed orange amber . A foamy off-white head leave thin lacing down the glass.

The smell is of caramel, herbal/pine, leafy spicing with a restrained fruitiness (pineapple).

The taste is of caramel with citrus/pineapple, and pine. Firm malt backbone. A hint of alcohol warmth comes through as it progresses. Some black pepper and herbal (tea-like) spice in the bitter-ish finish. Tastes nice enough to give it the higher of the two scores I was considering giving it.

It is creamy. Slight alcohol shows, though not quite up to the 9.5%, and is well-integrated.

A nice DIPA.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: clear amber beer with a few fingers of tan head; some lace trailed behind

S: chewy fruits underscore resinous aromas both dank and dark

T: sweet and chewy, full of various fruit impressions and also a musky citrus and pine bitterness; moments of orange, moments of onion...

F: medium+ body, some chewiness in the malts, moderate carbonation, relatively smooth; almost coffee-like aftertaste

O: a decent DIPA, but nothing that I'd go back to.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The front has a nice tangy citrus of grapefruit and tangerines while holding a sweet honey and caramel malt back. It finishes just a bit bitter but the malt seems to temper that nicely.

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Photo of Mdog
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark amber, good head.

Smell: Danky, some citrus.

Taste: Starts with some sweetness, shifts to bitter citrus rind, but a nice toffee sweetness comes back in to give it a nice balance and body.

Overall: Uinta recently came into Minnesota, so I picked up a couple to try. Detour is a nicely made DIPA, more on the balanced side than super hoppy. Worth a try.

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Detour Double India Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company
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