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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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408 Reviews

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Reviews: 408
Hads: 2,008
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 110
Gots: 377 | FT: 3
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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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Very deep brown (near black) with a 1/2" inch creamy brown head. Lacing spatters around the glass.

S- Rich malty caramel, and lots of roast. Hop jumps in with a heavy pine character.

T- Coffee infused with pine needles. Very rich.

M- Pretty creamy, and a little sticky. Bitter dry finish.

O- This style is working its way up my ladder. This, I believe, is a great example of a Cascadian Dark.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Fitting name for this black, oily, sticky-smelling hemp seed-infused Black Ale—or, as they call it, an Imperial Black IPA. By far one of the most epic heads; the black color of this brew is inviting, too. Thick resin of citric hop and hemp in the nose, a bit piney with mild chicory and cocoa powder from the malt, and ripe fruit from the alcohol. Pungent hop smack tackles the palate hard, sticky resin with evergreen and mixed citric flavors. Malt sweetness and the blackness behind it break through just enough to keep the beer in balance. Alcohol is a bit amped up, but not hot. Hop and hemp flavors stay for a while during a semi-roasted bittersweet finish. Wow, a lot to take in. But in the end, this ale works, as all flavors meld well together.

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black, deep brown producing a huge 2+ finger, mocha, somewhat lasting head that leaves webby sheets of lace. Aroma dark malt, Hershey\'s & semisweet chocolate, toffee & faint smoke forward backed by citrus & pine hops. Taste dry & astringent, bitter chocolate, burnt, bitter coffee, phenolic, resinous hops. Finish is a continuation of the drying & astringent bitterness that intensifies & lingers long into the aftertaste.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of amorpork
4.09/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed glass a near jet black except for some ruby tinge when held in some light,a blooming light mocha colored head atop.Big roast in the nose along with some raw earthiness,the piney hops are there but a little subdued.The hops are much bigger on the palate,resiny and citrusy along with dark bread and coffee roast.A real good black ale but the alcohol sweetness does creep a little so its not something I could drink alot of.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way to go Uinta for putting a bottled on date. This batch was bottled on 7-3-12 only 23 days ago. I got the bottles in a four pack from the brewery for 10 dollars.

Appearance: Held up to a light, this beer is dark brown but clear in my goblet. The pour resulted in a tan head that took a little while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Hops and malts! The hops component is a bit piney, earthy and maybe a little floral.

Taste: This beer is hard to describe. The malts are roasted in a way to have a bittersweet flavor with a hint of toasted coconut on the finish. The hops are a mixture of what was noted in the smell. Nice pine, earthy, and dank hops flavors. The alcohol is slightly noticeable at 9.2 ABV, but I don't think that I would want to age this to mellow out, as the hops flavors would be muted. I am not sure I can sense the hemp seed other than an overall sort of "herbal" note to the taste. The malts are roasted, kind of a coffee flavor. I didn't get a sense that this was a 109 IBU beer. They don't over-power it at all.

Mouthfeel: I have said other beers coat the mouth with flavor in some of my other ratings, this one takes it to a new level. The finish is very drawn out. The bittersweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops linger without being a bother. These are flavors that I want to stick around for a long time. The body is thick and velvety while the carbonation is just enough to balance.

Overall: This is a really complex beer, and a nice interpretation of the CDA style. The flavor goes on and on. I can only recommend this for the adventurous sort as the flavors are really intense. Those that can handle it will be rewarded. I also suggest trying it fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep dark almost black into a tulip glass. Abundant four finger head.
Very interestingly smooth mouthfeel and taste. Alcohol and apparent hop feel well hidden and sort of sneaks up on you.
An exceptional representative of the style.
Who'd a thunk? I never was able to pull the trigger on a beer from Utah before. Utah and beer? Unthinkable!
A gift of this beer made me a believer.
Never again will I travel to Utah and assume I will be beer-deprived.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head and a slight head.
The aroma is citrus and herbal with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee.
For me, the taste is led by big roasty notes with some underlying pine and dankness, a bit of citus, then a lingering dark chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth.
Overall, really tasty. I'll likely drink it again.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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2.32/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, bottled on 4/26/11. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bitter roasted grains, some toffee, and some vegetal malts.

The flavor is a little sweet malt, black licorice and a lot of charred, burnt, roasted bitterness that makes the aftertaste a bit unpleasant. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's just not pleasant.It's almost all charred bitterness that just sits in your mouth.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 12 oz. bottle on July 27, 2011

A --- Thick foamy head with very dark almost stout like blackness

S --- Malts and earth scents with a hint of something strange at the end, kind of dough and yeast but off

T --- Caramel, lots of great malts, licorice, and something sweet maybe brown sugar. It also has a very strong alcohol presence --- whiskey.

M --- Full-bodied, nice carbonation, and smooth

O – Not as hoppy (in smell and taste) as other Black IPA, but very nice on a cold night if you need one or two strong but special beers. I would love to try it on tap! The score would have been higher but I'm not sure how often I need to drink this beer.

I live in Northern California and this is the first time I have had access to Uinta beer. I can’t wait to try more!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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