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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 108
Gots: 316 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011

Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU
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Ratings: 1,908 | Reviews: 403
Photo of Beertsipper
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty taste. Virtually no fruit or coffee notes, but no detection of alcohol. I've had better black IPA's. This one was quite drinkable but too bitter. A big plus was no detection of the high abv. Can get you in danger due to its quafability. Very refreshing.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a unique, hazy dark brown wood-stain color that almost seems to have some greyish tones. Nice color. Nice head retention. Lacings throughout.

Mildly resiny hop aroma.

The flavor is pure bliss. Strong hop profile paired with toasted, dark, nearly burnt malts. This is really nicely done. I think I'm growing a crush on this brewery.

Photo of hopphead31415
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dubhe by Uinta Brewing has brewed an amazing Imperial Black IPA with Hemp Seeds. I hadn’t ever tried Uinta before, but I am instantly a new avid fan of this variety.

Look: This beer pours a tuxedo black body with a thin head. The opacity is reminiscent of a Guiness, but with hues of amber brown shining through dimly in the right light. If you look through the side obliquely under a bright light you will see layers of color separating out of the darkness: yellow, golden amber, then a deeper orange hue which then gives way to the profound blackness of the rest of the beer.

Smell: The smell is amazing. I get a fruity sweetness and a toasted Oaky maltiness. I also get hints of aromas that are common in West Coast style IPAs.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Before I describe it let me just say that this has 109 IBUs which is the most I’ve ever been exposed to, but it definitely drinks like a more modest 70 IBUs. If you clear your palate first, you can tell it has 100+ IBUs, but you need to pay attention. It also has a whopping 9.2% ABV, but it is so smooth and refreshing that it drinks like a 7% ABV so watch out. Now the fun part, the taste is so dynamic and robust that it is unlike anything I have tried before. And as an Imperial Black IPA it is arguably the king of its own class. I get an amazing wave of toasted oak, caramel, cocoa leaves, mango, pineapple, piney hops, perhaps raisin, chocolate, coriander, and a great resinous coating at the end. It is amazing to drink something that looks like an Imperial Stout, but tastes like a Double IPA. The carbonation is silky and subtle so as to not interrupt the many flavors that this beer packs. Most of the flavors are subtle and intermingle in an explosive dance on your tongue so pay attention. You’ll definitely want to pour this beauty.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a silky mouthfeel that gently caresses your tongue and mouth. It has the perfect amount of subtle carbonation to let the flavors run wild.

Overall: I would say, overall, that this beer is amazing. It has an excellent aroma, flavor, and dynamic timing of all its attributes. And since it is one of the absolute best of its class, I can say that this belongs at the top of the ‘Must Try’ list for any and every avid beer drinker. Be sure to serve chilled and poured into a worthy class. And don’t forget that this variety is packed full of protein from the Hemp Seeds. Cheers!

Photo of Gabmen1290
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best Darker pale ale Beers! Dark beer yet so Hoppy. .will for sure be buyin this Quad again! !

CHEERS!!

Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite a dark color. Smell was rather clean and neutral. Taste was hoppy just like you'd want from your ipa w Chocolate notes. Most memorable black ipa that I've tasted thus far... I most definitely would recommend this to a friend.

Photo of DMACH
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black color hides the AVB very well .insane amount of hops but balanced out with malt. Went perfectly with S'mores around the camp fire

Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I like it. A good cross between an ipa and stout. A little dry though, and a tad boozy.

Photo of Ry-Dog
1.91/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Great head and lace. Smells of chocolate and bitter coffee. Taste is okay to start, interesting, then extremely bitter and dry. Not my taste.

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark brown under a clingy 3” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: grassy hops, citrus, light roast.
T: Chocolate, light roast, dark caramel and a hard to identify fruit lurking behing the malt flavors. Dark chocolate dry bitter finish.
F: Very creamy. Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a big, well executed black imperial IPA. The 109 IBU of hops combined with the dark malts come across more as dark bitter chocolate than hops.

Photo of Richard-Scott
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly smooth for IBUs and ABV. Bottle poured. Dark brown almost black. Head a little disappointing. I'd take more home!

Photo of MattR2014
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had out of bottle. It's good, very good I had clown shoes hoppy feet 2.0 before this beer tonight so that one was better

Photo of hophead723
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up at a good grocery store, a fresh four pack for $8.99. I loved the sound of this one especially with the hemp seeds, seemed very original. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: This beer wears a tuxedo of dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. The light reveals hues of faint mahogany around the edges, but it is fleeting and mysterious. Leaves excellent and sturdy lacing no doubt from the protein content achieved from the hemp seeds.

Smell: Very complex aroma consisting of chocolate, fruity hops, brown sugar, caramel, and faint pine. It's the smell of a great stout and a great IPA all at once.

Taste: Bursting with tropical fruit flavors from the hops with resounding and strong roasted malt characteristics. The hops are juicy in nature and deliver tantalizing flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and pine. The malts give way to caramel, tobacco, black tea, and chocolate. It genuinely is like an amazing IPA and stout all at once, with the weight of the body hiding the alcohol perfectly. This strong beast drinks like a 6% but is a whopping 9.2%. Extremely satisfying and delicious.

Feel: The mouthfeel is almost nitro smooth, but with plenty of carbonation. There is indeed a lingering bitterness from the awesome hopping, but also a coating of chocolaty goodness at the end. The head is uber smooth and envelops the upper lip in a cloud-like softness with each happy return to the rim of the glass.

Overall: This beer is perfect and satisfying. It fulfills expectations from both Imperial IPAs and stouts, which is no easy task. The hemp seeds no doubt contribute to this beer's exceptional execution and prevailing superiority. One of the best beers I have ever drank.

Photo of aratcliffe
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what happens when you pack in the IBUs. I don't think it works as well as it could without that dark roasty-ness and perhaps a tweaking of the hop slate.

Photo of Cooper
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite black IPA. A bit on the rich side.

Photo of BeerEsquire
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color character is on point. Very chocolatey, earthy tones and a bit dirty if you will on the palate. Hop bitterness wins out in the end.

Photo of Svingjo
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The malt really balances this beer out

Photo of largadeer
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opaque dark chocolate brown body topped by an off-white foam. Nose is loaded with resinous pine, grapefruit, and a touch of char, but largely hop forward. Bitter and dry palate, burnt toast and dark chocolate, grapefruit rind and sharp pine. Dry and bitter finish, slightly ashy. Fermentation profile is clean and alcohol is well hidden, albeit beneath some fairly unpleasant flavor. Nothing I'd care to revisit here, the black IPA trend needs to go away.

Photo of kerry4porters
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice color nothing special in this beer.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had some great black ipa's this however was not one of them drinks ok but one and done for me

Photo of amorpork
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, brown pour edged with a little tannish foam. Not a heavy head nor super hoppy smell as you'd expect with a double so I think that brings down its score a bit. The smell is a bit loamy and damp with some spicy grapefruit on top. And what a fantastic flavor (which is what matters, right?) Very different profile than others on the head, the smell, and look which may be chalked up to the hemp seeds, but I don't care. Fun beer...Will drink again and again. Then sleep and drink some more.

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, color. One inch head, of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight floral hops, strong piney hops, resin, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, caramel malt, and strong wood. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong wood, piney hops, resin, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, strong aroma, strong body, decent blend (alcohol and wood dominate), and average mouth feel.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge hops with bitter chocolate and roasted malt notes. Like a thin hoppy stout. Big beer, but if there was any drawbacks I got a slight tinny flavor initially.

Photo of Jwburns75
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by early August, poured into snifter. Dark dark color, three finger head, strong lacing. I am a big fan of black IPAs and this is a fine representation of the style. Very solid brew, we'll balanced and would have again.

Photo of drpimento
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding! Appearance is a huge foamy, thick, light tan long lasting head, with plenty of lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is fresh hops with a bit of a doobie character, roast malt, Flavor's somewhat similar to nose, plus quite dry (except in finish - then a hint of sweet comes out), very bitter, some tang. Body is good though the extreme bitter coupled with alcohol warmth yields a strange tingle, while still being oddly smooth. Big beer.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown with medium brown accents; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with citrus and some pine behind it;

T: deeply roasted grains up front; chocolate comes in quickly; citrus is added at mid-palate; all three are still there at the finish; moderate bitterness doesn't kick in until after the swallow;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: Really nice black IPA:

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.