Muskoka Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,304
Ranked #24,314
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Muskoka Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
Notes: In the spirit of scenic routes, back roads and uncharted waters, Muskoka Detour is a refreshingly adventurous beer for those who prefer to stray from the everyday. Dry-hopped and brewed as a sessionable IPA, it delivers a rewarding tropical aroma and a taste less travelled. A low ABV to enjoy all day long.

38 IBU
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale straw yellow, slightly hazy. One finger fluffy white head, which gives way slowly.
Smell: Delicate pine forest.
Taste: Smooth, lightly hopped. Green grass with a touch of straw. Delicate with a bit of sweetness on the end.
Feel: Light
Inoffensive and quaffable. This is a decent session IPA, there are better ones out there for sure. This is a good gateway beer for your Molson Canadian drinking high school buddy. Solid B

May 13, 2020
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Sneaky_Pete from Canada (AB)

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best ISA in Canada, something we’re really lacking. I’m a total hop head, but it surprises me that Canadians don’t regularly want a sessionable beer with a great hop profile (as most new breweries seem unwilling to make one of these), maybe I am a light weight, but after a few 6.5-7+% IPAs I need to ease off on the throttle.

I’m also an absolute sucker for El Dorado hops so anything containing them is usually a win in my books, I just love the natural topical sweetness they bring to the hop bouquet. Then throw some Citra in on finishing and a balance of Sorachi Ace and you have a winning combinations for me.. But don’t worry it has more than enough pine notes to balance out all those tropical, citrus flavours.

I know people only give 5 Stars to Barrel Aged Limited Run Beers on here, but it gets 5 Stars from me because it’s really good at being a highly drinkable ISA and nothing more or less.

Mar 30, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the biggest fan of IPA because they can be too hoppy, bitter and even heavy. This one is nice and light. Pale, straw, clear gold color (looks like a cloudy Pilsner) with decent head. Aroma and flavour are dominated by cereal, hop and tropical fruit and citrus (grapefruit). Bitterness and carbonation are both mild with a crisp finish. Definitely a beer made for summer/spring. It's -15 here today.

Feb 15, 2020
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Growlah from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muskoka classifies this as an India Session Ale. Accordingly, this comes across as a lighter IPA in terms of hoppiness, fragrance, texture and alcohol content. Lighter than, say, a Founders All Day IPA as a reference point. Still, very clean taste and drinkable.

Jul 07, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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

Poured from 350 ml cans, which are difficult to find in Canada (at least at the LCBO). Purchased at Sobey's. It' s a decently flavorful session beer. Mild, but tasty fruit/hop/bitterness. In fact, I enjoyed a couple from a four pack.

Nov 20, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For me I would consider this a gateway into IPAs. Not as much taste as the IPAs I'm into drinking now, but just starting out I liked this beer as one with some decent flavour but not too much hop or bitterness.

Feb 25, 2018
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stcules from Italy

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Greenish yellow, lightly veiled. Scarce foam, not too beautiful.
In the nose strong note of hop, piney, resinous, green and fresh.
The taste run out quickly, maybe a bit too much. Pleasant bitterness, not too strong, with citrus hints in the end, and some peppery notes, too.
Session IPA, so, easy to drink, with a light body.

Feb 14, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a 1cm head that collapses quickly to a thin scum of foam that leaves light lacing. Aroma light grapefruit, some pine. Flavour dominated by hops. There is a light and indistinct background sweetness. Not much length here, or complexity.

Oct 02, 2017
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Adsfadsfaids from Canada (ON)

1.63/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml can purchased from the LCBO, Poured into a Belgian glass. Best before date of 10/17/17. Consumed 8/22/17.

A: Hazy golden. No head despite aggressive pour.
S: Grapefruit, pine.
T: Hop forward. No malt flavour whatsoever.
M: Medium viscosity. Light carbonation.
O: A weak sauce, one note, hop tea. The hop flavour is on point, but I shouldn't have to tell the fine lads at Muskoka (of all people!) how to balance a beer.

Aug 23, 2017
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Traymond from New York

4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Sorta straw like, not as dark as many IPAs. A little opaque. Looks nice in a glass. Decent head that lingers.

S: Not particularly memorable. A little fruity if anything. Not super appealing.

T: This beer's finish is ridiculously crisp and it the hops come out while drinking and at the end, and in a super pleasant way. Not super huge of flavor neccessarily (when compared to other IPAs), but super super well balanced. Sorta tastes like IPA light but they really nail it. Super nice and inviting pine.

F: Great carbonation, super refreshing, makes me want to drink several more.

O: Highly recommend this to anyone. Maybe people who like really strong IPA flavors will not be so inclined, however.

Jul 20, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I bought a sample pack whilst in Hamilton for my son's hockey tournament. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel and pine. The taste is nicely balanced with citrus peel and pine presence. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Dec 30, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can 473 mL to 12 ounce glass
Appearance: Clear, light amber, small of white foam that quickly disappears
Aroma: slight hoppy roam
Taste: low bitterness
Feel: lively carbonation but lacks follow through, abrupt finish
Overall: good beer, can be repeat, but not something to look forward to
Drank: August 17, 2016

Aug 19, 2016
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rawoods from Canada (ON)

1/5  rDev -74%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

tried a 6 pack of detour with friends, not good. Smelt like pine wood chips and tasted the same. Never again. Beer is supposed to taste like beer, like muskoka cream ale not like a sawed pine tree.

Jun 21, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

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

Pours transparent golden in color. Good visible carbonation. Light bodied, tasty, and refreshing, with enough hop flavor to keep it interesting. It reminded me a lot of the Brew Kettle's White Rajah, a beer I get quite often in the States.

Jun 21, 2016
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CanadianBeerBlogger from Canada (MB)

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a can of Detour given to me by the district rep while I was reviewing Lake of the Woods Brewery's offerings at the pub in Kenora.

Appearance: Poured a nice clear golden colour with 2 fingers of white frothy head. Excellent retention along with some nice and mild streaming carbonation.

Nose: Fruity up front coupled with some nice and mild grass hops and some hints of pine up front. The fruit presence on the nose is actually quite bold here, which what I thought was the presence of some pineapple along with some other stone fruits.

Taste: Flavour delivers much in the same way the aroma does. Beautiful fruit and nice hop presence up front, followed by some pine. Ends with a nice and easy bitter that doesn't blast the other flavours off your palate.

This is a nice beer, both from a aroma and flavour perspective. I've found that some similar beers are really over the top hops, or over the top with other flavours, be it fruit or malt presence, which kind of destroys your palate for the benefit of enjoying additional points as the beer warms a bit. This one balances them all out and creates a nice balance in an IPA.

May 30, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 5/24/2016 at Kelsey’s Roadhouse in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus with a lot of lemon, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong lemony citrus flavor up front. Then a strong floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to pound down for a while.

May 25, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the LCBO when I was back last summer.

From a bottle into a snifter
Dry hopped session IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, foamy, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. Clear gamboge orange in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of pineapple, melon and passion fruit. Some light caramel malt and hints of bubble gum. Really nice and becomes even bolder as it warms.

TASTE: Passion fruit, melon and sweet caramel up front. A bit of tequila flavor too, oddly enough, but it works great. Almost reminds me of Desperados, but in a good way. Plenty flavorful at least. Lingering finish of caramel malt, melon, light tequila and some grassy hop bitterness. Nice stuff and very forthcoming.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, a little light, goes down smooth and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: This is a surprisingly good low ABV hop-forward beer. Perhaps the best in its class. Lots of good character and a fun twist of tequila flavors that work really well. This one surprised me and I would gladly drink it in mass quantities on a warm occasion. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Dec 09, 2015
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable for a session beer. Lots of hop smell and taste.....very enjoyable, especially on a hot, summer's day. I would recommend this for sure and especially so in the King can

Sep 12, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention. Aroma of citrusy hops and light cereal notes is enjoyable enough. Taste is also a good mix between some light cereal notes with some citrusy hoppy notes and light bitter notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nicely brewed and refreshing but fell a little bit short on hops flavours.

Jul 15, 2015
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Pavlovian_Programming from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The legends are true. A light beer with flavour, that is enjoyable. Few thought it was possible, but Muskoka has delivered. Undoubtedly hoppy, but not in the Ontario-craft-brewer-dick-measuring-contest-that's-basically-turning-IPAs-into-turpentine way, this is a nice, light refreshing beer that I've continued going back to despite the lower alcohol content. Not to disparage light beers, but they don't have a great track record. This one is, however, absolutely fantastic.

Jul 01, 2015
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Jeff82 from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

May 28, 2015
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that produced some lace and decent retention. The body is a cloudy brass color that has ample carbonation. There seems to be quite a bit of very fine particulate in the body. It's really fine, like finer then sand.

Smell: A healthy balance of piney hops backed by grapefruit notes. There are hints of earth and bready malt in this one. The hops are very well balanced and don't appear out of control.

Taste: Starts with a restrained bitter grapefruit hop note accented by bready malt. The malt continues in the backbone as the piney hops and I think even a slight blueberry note take over ending with the malt disappearing for a brief earthy kick.

Mouthfeel: I really like that this beer is consistently hoppy. That the hops are level throughout the beer as the different varieties pass off to each other seamlessly and never wallop you. I also like that there is no oily note, and only the barest lingering of mild hops and bready malt in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Medium bodied with controlled carbonation, but more importantly very well balanced. Also despite some heavy hoping, doesn't come across as excessively dry. Low ABV makes it's very sessionable.

FInal Thoughts: This is probably one of the best IPAs I've ever had, a good reason for that while I wouldn't say it's subdued by IPA standards, the Hops are spread out evenly and well balanced throughout the entire beer. This is a solid beer if you are looking to get away from Lager and have a brief hop detour ironically. However, if you are a hop head, you might want to Stick to Mad Tom or Double Mad Tom instead of this one. I am thankfully not, and I'd happy drink a six pack of this at the cottage. Two thumbs up on this one.

Mar 15, 2015
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Edit: Over the course of a few years and a lot of six packs, Detour has become my go-to beer when I want something light, yet flavourful. Incredibly delicious brew.

Feb 07, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jan 25, 2015
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ssmack from Canada (ON)

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jan 05, 2015
Detour from Muskoka Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 241 ratings