Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by Birdmarg741:
4.4/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a bottle into an IPA glass.
A: Pours a deep mahogany brown; near black. Forms a thick head that curdles away as it settles. Sets down chunkier than most IPAs I've seen. Foamy and bubbly
S: Smells like a perfect balance of sweet earthiness and forest. Hints of dark chocolate and earth lay under a green sweetness. Beautiful.
T: Stronger taste than smell. Dark full flavor of mildly bitter and earthy grain, with cacao notes that very subtly play with the tongue; dancing with the hop bitterness in a not so standard way that is quite enjoyable. The hemp (which I could not detect all that much in the smell) is mildly present in the taste- giving it the earthy flavor that is distinctive in my mind from many other beers - especially those with this same porteresque base flavor palate.
M: A bit heavy, but completely enjoyable. Mildly sweet and bitter at once, in an impressively balanced way that makes you want to just hold the sip in your mouth for eternity. In comparison to some other strong IPAs, the mouthfeel is bold but not overwhelmingly so- this beer doesn't try to destroy your mouth. For its ABV, this is a dangerously drinkable beer.
O: This is an extremely enjoyable imperial black IPA. In all aspects, this beer is pleasing, balanced, simple, and still interesting. I really have zero complaints. Must try!!
07-24-2013 00:03:16 | More by Birdmarg741
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
06-21-2011 11:45:20 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-23-2012 22:18:16 | More by ExtraStout
4.22/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-29-2011 01:28:42 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.73/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
02-24-2012 21:40:51 | More by NWer
2.3/5 rDev -44.3%
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.
06-02-2011 03:40:02 | More by Beaver13
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
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!
10-16-2011 00:49:17 | More by mikechance
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
12 ounce bottle, the label tells the consumer (me) that this was "Bottled on 05/27/11"
Pours near black, with some dark ruby highlights on the edges. Frothy mocha head, large and lovely, stays at the one inch level, slowly going to a thicker film, collar, sheeting, copious lacing, the works.
Chocolate infused nose, with some earthy hop notes.
Smooth, soft, subtle and tasty, with the 9.2% way in the back ground, creamy chocolate all through this one, drying herbal and again earthy hops in the rear to add the balance, bite and intrigue. Quality dark/black DIPA...well worth giving this one a try....
06-24-2011 03:14:09 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: big pine hops and chocolate
Taste: cocoa, chocolate, and big pine hops at the end
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone
Overall: A nice and piney black ale. The aftertaste is a bit different/odd but that is the only thing holding this one back...and even that is not enough to offset the rest of this great tasting beer. A solid beer that I will get again.
02-08-2012 14:59:40 | More by tigg924
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.