Detour from Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario is a light, orange-tinted golden colour and pours with a soapy white head that has good retention, hanging around as a tight collar and film throughout your glass while leaving an ample amount of lace behind. This American pale ale has strong tropical fruit aromas of mango, pineapple and passion fruit over a fairly light base of caramel and toasted grain with subtle notes of lemon, pine and gypsum.
The taste of Detour is most definitely hop forward. Bitter citrus bites at the first sip, but is backed up by a surprisingly hearty and earthy grain flavour that remains throughout the finish. Along the way I found notes of caramel, red cherry, peach and green grape before a pithy aftertaste took over the back of my tongue. The ale is medium bodied and suitably carbonated, leading to a lively feeling on the tongue before its mild oiliness eases the beer down.
Detour is packaged in a sleeve that uses two tan tones to depict a map of the area around Bracebridge and uses a teal wordmark that reminds me of the nameplate on an automobile from the early 1960s. There is a description of the beer on the side, as well as a small chart that details its characteristics and IBU. I didn’t find freshness dating on any of the 12 bottles that I purchased, though they were from the first retail run and I expect this to be remedied quickly.
Detour is a very well-executed session-style pale ale that is sure to be a favorite of many during the summer months. I would tone down the dry hopping bill just a wee bit, as it gets to be a touch unbalanced for my taste after a few bottles. I found that this ale did particularly well with battered cod and buttered popcorn. I’d also try it with mildly spicy fare and grill friendly foods such as hamburgers or sausages.
You can currently find Detour in bottles at many LCBO and The Beer Store locations in Ontario and there are rumblings of a tallboy can release in the future.
Type: American Pale Ale
Region: Ontario, Bracebridge
Brewery: Muskoka Brewery
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.3%