I’ve found the beer of summer 2014. It’s light, refreshing, decently hoppy, and it won’t have you falling asleep on the subway home at 11pm. The beer I am talking about is of course Muskoka Brewery’s “Detour”, a session IPA now available in six-packs at your local LCBO.
At first I was skeptical. Why would Muskoka want to produce a light IPA? They’re already the creators of Mad Tom, which I consider to be the staple IPA for Ontario. Hop-heads love it, as do some of the newer craft beer drinkers, and at 6.7% ABV it definitely helps you forget about your shitty day at work. So until I tried Detour, I didn’t really see a reason for it to be produced. Now I’m a believer.
At just 4.3% ABV and 30 IBU’s, Detour is truly the perfect beer for a hot summer day in the sun. When it gets hot and muggy, I don’t really feel the need for a heavy, high IBU beer that will only help the sun melt my face off. The lighter, yet still hop-forward experience of Detour is exactly what I look for. It gets this character from being dry hopped; the process of adding hops to the fermenting wort which contributes to the aroma more so than the flavour.
Light aroma’s of citrus, sweet caramel, and floral notes. On the palate are citrus hops which are carried through by the high carbonation. Finish is mildly bitter and refreshing.
If you are at all skeptical about lighter beers like I was, I highly encourage you to pick up a six-pack of Detour and give it a try. It will change the way you think about sessionable beers.