Friday, June 26, 2015

Uinta Detour Double IPA

Its a Friday afternoon in June, a great time to review an India Pale Ale. Not that I need much of an excuse to wrap my lips around some hoppy goodness. Today's review features Detour Double IPA made my Uinta Brewing Company. As this is my first Unita beer a little research is in order.

Uinta Brewing Company (Wiki) was founded in 1993 in Salt Lake City. They have an apparent interest in the environment as they became the first 100% wind powered company in Utah in 2001. In 2011 they also added solar panels. As with many small brewers their growth exploded in recent years. In 2014 they sold part of the company to a New York based equity firm in order to raise money and continue their expansion. But enough history. How about the beer?

Its good. Its damn good. I've been reviewing a butt-load of IPA's and Double IPA's recently as I thirstily explore my current favorite style. If I had a ranked list of favorites (which I don't), Detour Double was certainly rank high. Weighing in at 9.5% AVB and a very respectable 90 IBUs, this dark amber hued "Pale Ale" is big on aroma as well as flavor.

Aroma sniffed from the neck of a 12 oz bottle is big on citrus; orange and grapefruit as far as my over sized nose is concerned, with hints of alcohol. Moderate carbonation, massive hop flavor. I haven't had an opportunity to explore the ingredients list, or the finer details of the brewing/fermentation process for Detour Double yet, but the hop freshness is readily apparent, as it is with the fresh-hopped Celebration IPA put out yearly by Sierra Nevada, which happens to be one of my favorites.

As with the aroma, the flavor of Detour Double is big on citrus (tangerine anybody?) and a "grassyness" from the freshness of the hops, but somehow also manages to cram in some malt character. Beer reviewers (guilty!) tend to describe malt as sweet (which it certainly is - as the sugar source in brewing), however in the context of a hop-heavy beer it seems disingenuous to describe it as such. There is no such thing as a "sweet IPA." India Pale Ales are all about the bitter. As the dark-amber color of the beer would suggest, the grain-bill on this brew was obviously a bit darker than your standard Double IPA, but still, in IPA's the awesome power of hops conspire to obscure the fact that beer is mainly about grains and the sugar they produce. The point I've been getting to in a round-about way is that Uinta Brewing Company's Detour Double IPA accomplishes no small feat by piling on such a considerable amount of hoppiness without totally drowning out the grains. No bullshit!

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