“This is the Right Place,”

uinta---detour-ipaDetour (Crooked Series): Uinta Brewing Company: Double IPA

exclaimed Brigham Young, after a long road trip from Nauvoo. Illinois, when he first saw the Salt Lake Valley. If it had been available back then and not against his religion, I suspect that the Mormon leader could have capped his achievement by kicking back with a nice cold Detour. I shared this extraordinary Utah brew with my wife and my friends John and Lori after a long drive over the Brooklyn Bridge and deep into the heart of Park Slope. “Strong, but exceptionally well-rounded,” commented John. “Starts out with a quick kick and big, but follows nicely creaminess of pine and herb. Refreshing…”

But perhaps not overly complex. Still this comes from Utah, although the only place you can buy it there is in a heavily-guarded liquor store. I had the flagship brew from Uinta (Cutthroat Ale) while on a trip through the state this summer; it was adequate for the territory, but the Detour suggests potential for the beehive state.

And the label art too for Uinta’s beers are pretty cool, which brings me to my newest link addition, a site dedicated quite nicely to the art of beer. Sometimes you have to stop and savory the label, before, in the concluding observation of Brigham, it is time to “drive on.”

Rating: 84%

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