Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Uinta Detour Double IPA

Type: Double IPA
Origin: Salt Lake City, Utah
Price: $9.99 per 750 mL
ABV: 9.5%
NSP: 7.1

This is the second Uinta beer I've had off the Crooked Line, the other being the Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner.  While I had that one long ago, I do remember it being quite tasty.  I bought this one months ago and just found it at the back of the fridge (the bottle on date is 6/13/12).  The pour on this one is very cloudy, but it is the perfect golden orange color you want on a DIPA.  Still a decent amount of carbonation, so my inadvertent aging experiment seems to not have impacted the beer too much (although the cork was quite a bitch to get out...note to amateurs, don't store beer on its side, unless your fridge doesn't have adequate vertical clearance).  When I opened it, I was hit with some pleasant hop aromas, nothing out of the ordinary, but still nice.  After pouring, the smell is pure toasted malts.  The hops get quite overpowered by the malts, a characteristic that transfers over to the taste.  It is quite the malt bomb.  I can tell there are hops in there (probably my sixth, or even my seventh sense), but the malts are pulling a Kanye on Taylor Swift (shes the hops in this scenario).  This is such a departure from the DIPA's I normally have.  The beer is certainly not flawed (in fact its exceptionally crafted) , but I would prefer a bit more citrusy or floral hop character.  On the plus side, it is pretty easy to drink if you like more malt character.

I must further note that others on BA and ratebeer sense more hop aromas and flavors.  It could be my 7 month accidental aging leading to more subdued hop character.  Others have also noted its quite boozy, which I don't really agree with.  That one is probably due to me running a beer website.  Also, I think I recently saw this selling for $16 at either BevMo or Bine and Vine (I bought this at BevMo on October 20th...yes I save my receipts).  I could be completely wrong on this point.  At $10, try it if you are into maltier IPAs.  At $16, buy 2 Hoptologists instead and call it a day.

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