Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 110
Gots: 338 | 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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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before 09/19/14. So I assume probably brewed mid March. Two months old?

A: Pours a very dark brown, close to black. Tall, fluffy light light brown head. Good head retention. Decent lacing too.

S: Interesting aroma. It smells a lot like brown sugar initially. Mild hoppiness, pine I'd say. Then a sort of chalky chocolate that makes me think roasted malt. Interesting aroma that is not at all what I was expecting given the IBUs. I get some mild tropical fruit when it's fully warmed up.

T: Well, a lot hoppier than the aroma would betray. There is some sweet tropical fruit (almost like candied pineapple or something) but there is also a huge spicy pine flavor in there too (citra?). Mixing in almost equally as strong is a nice sweet milk chocolate. Makes for a very interesting combination. Spicy pine is strongest in the middle where it nearly stands alone. Then the big bitter hit on the back end that is barely tempered with the nice roasted malt chocolately goodness. Finish is quite bitter, spicy and piney. Long, long lasting bitter and spicy aftertaste.

M: Nice medium body. Very bitter and spicy, especially on the back end. Lingers in the mouth forever.

O: Very interesting black IPA. The aroma was pretty standard but the flavor is full of hop character. This would be almost unbearably bitter and hoppy if not for the strong roasted malt. As-is, it is extremely strong and bitter (and I love big bigger IPAs). It would just be over the top, instead it is just extremely strong :)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

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:

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 oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of NWer
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.32/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

Photo of mikechance
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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!

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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....

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dubhe opens with the kind of powerhouse nose that lets you know this is a serious IPA: huge grapefruit rind and pine sap notes dominate, joined by a heavy, earthy vinous/dandelion stem backing, the hop aromas so massive that the beer smells more like concentrated hop oil than beer. Other aromas are comparatively difficult to detect against this onslaught, but a good measure of syrupy sugars (orange liqueur, apricot, berry), as well as brown sugars and French baguette still manage to break through. As a whole, the nose is enticing, but certainly lets the drinker know that if they don't like hops, they should perhaps consider a tamer brew.

On the tongue, the beer starts off with the kind of hop blast that would be expected from the nose: massive grapefruit rind and pine notes, as well as the earthy dandelion stems, translate almost directly. Not-so-subtle hints of a rye-like peppery spice are also present, assisting the hops in burning the tongue and soft palate. Perhaps these latter notes are from the hemp seed, though never having eaten raw hemp seed, I'm guessing. What I do know is that the hop and grain notes blend perfectly here, with orange liqueur and brown sugar and toasted wheat crust moving nicely into a peppery, grainy, licorice-tinted spice, then into a beautifully-balanced 109 IBU hop blast. Even the high 9.2% ABV is well hidden in this flavor profile. The aftertaste is more of the same, with a growing emphasis on the hops as the sugars die off, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is fantastic beer, and should be on any hop head's must try list. Perhaps more brewers should consider using hemp seed, because this beer is so well blended that the massive IBUs come across cleanly, even if a little bite-y. Well worth seeking out.

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

12 oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. Best before 12/1/13.

Pours nearly black, but shows some ruby, brown colors in the light. A huge, billowy light tan colored head from the pour, took a few tries to get the whole bottle in the glass. Shows great lacing and head retention.

A nice melding of hops and malts in the aroma, caramel, toasted, evergreen pine, a bit of mint, grapefruit citrus is there as well. Becomes just a bit warming as the beer itself warms but in no way boozey.

Very nice taste, again all the flavors meld together to make for a really tasty, smooth beer. Sticky caramel, lots of toasted and lightly roasted malts, evergreen pine, citrus, a bit floral, lots of resins. Maybe picking up a touch of that hemp seed in the finish, its hard to tell.

Great sticky, resiny mouthfeel, very bitter finish, only slightly warming, but full bodied for sure.

One of the better black IPAs I've had and its really a style I'm not super fond of, but I'd buy this again.

Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Near black in color with a thin espresso/chocolate milk colored head. Lots of messy lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Very mild aroma. There's some light roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, and a somewhat faint, earthy hop aroma. This is not an aromatic beer, and what's here is malt-forward.

The flavor is more successful than the aroma. A distinct hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor mix nicely with light roasted malt, some dark fruit, and chocolate. A very tasty, though simple, beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel--very appropriate for the style.

A good, simple, well-balanced black IPA.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simply put this is the best example of a black ipa

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass; pours jet black with a huge fluffy tan head that fades slowly leaving tons of rocky lacing. Smell is huge citrusey and piney hops with a strong malt backbone; some alcohol present in the nose too. Taste is a perfect blend of huge bitter piney hops and bittersweet chocolate malts, with a full body. A delicious black ale, one of my favorite styles; and I love it in an "imperial" version.

Photo of dwren89
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark, dark brown with great clarity and garnet highlights, tan head

Aroma: roasty and malty but with bright citrus hop notes

Taste: citrusy hop finish and a very roasty malt drink. Slight sweetness that immediately gets extinguished by bitter hop finish. Much maltier than most Black IPAs

Mouthfeel: very full bodied and thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Definitely drinks like a stout. Medium-low carbonation

Overall: A well balanced beer that exhibits both strong maltiness and strong bitterness, but at different times during the drink.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Appaachian Vintner in Asheville.

Pours a very dark and reddish mahogany. Clear with lovely red-orange highlights. The creamy tan head is durable and leaves a nearly complete coating on the glass.

S: more subtle than strong

T: complex, rich and long lasting. As much dark malt flavor as an imperial stout, with the hop load of an IPA -- both combined in a nicely balanced way that brings out the best of both contributors. The rich flavor evolves nicely over time, and ends with a long lasting aftertaste featuring hops and dark malt with hints of smoke, expresso,

M: creamy smooth; medium-full body. Can't see how to improve this"

O: a terrific black IPA; a style where brewers often flop IMO. I'll seek this out again in the future!

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

Appearance (4.25/5): Amazing black/very dark brown with an extremely long-last 2.5-3 finger tan head. Wow. Impressive!

Smell (4.5/5): Excellent nose of grapefruit, pine, and dark chocolate and coffee undertones. I like that this is clearly VERY hop-forward and does not seem to be leaning to the roast side of the Black IPA spectrum.

Taste (4.75/5): Massive, massive, MASSIVE grapefruit notes from start to finish. The bitterness makes itself known as soon as you take your first sip, and it is QUITE sharp; it ebbs in the middle, and the beer opens up to more unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roast; in the end we’re back where we started–massive grapefruit bitterness. Not balanced at all, but that's not a problem in my mind.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): The mouthfeel is quite extraordinary–the hemp seed lends a nice oiliness to the beer that beefs up the body and makes this silky smooth to drink. What a great ingredient addition, and a very unexpected one at that. Spot-on medium carbonation. The beer is rich and quenching at the same time, though it’s a very big beer, so the drinkability isn’t so high.

Overall (4.50/5): This is easily one of the best Black IPAs on the market and the best one that I have had, beating the exceptional Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous out with the extraordinary mouthfeel. Way to go, Uinta. You have my attention.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pour a jet black body with a thick light tan head that sticks to the glass and leaves a meniscus of foam after each sip. There is a wall of microcarbonation trailing to the surface.

S- The shampoo floral hops aroma is full and wonderful with some dark woody hop notes in the finish.

T- The dark slightly pungent hops blend with a black roasted malt hint and some gentle hops and malt bitterness lingers softly in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The good blend of hops and roasted malt make this a pleasure to drink. Its even balance makes this not quite a stout and note quite an IPA but it has a perfect medium.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep rich brown colored beer with plenty of coffee colored head. A good showing right out of the gate.

The nose is chock-full of brown sugar, toasted malts and generous hops. A great smelling brew that begs you to drink it

Sadly the taste slips slightly from the nose and appearance. The roasted grains and brown sugar dominate the taste like the nose but the hops fade into the background which is disappointing. To me the flavor edges more towards a stout or porter then blAck IPA.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a good dose of carbonation that is a nice contrast to the smooth sweet feel of the grains. Hops are present and nicely acidic but could always be more for my taste. A solid brew that's worth checking out.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy, light bodied, wish it were richer to balance out some hops or maybe a touch boozier

Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown that's not thick but too dark to see through, this beer develops a cocoa-colored head that's bubbly but tight and leaves good lacing that, for the most part, throws out some good legging as well.
The nose is a good mix of pine and roast. This one does well to avoid going to far in either direction and finds a good median between roasty malt and hoppy bitterness. The flavor is where the complexity comes out.
Pine, roast and cocoa sweetness meld exceptionally well on the tongue. Coming alongside are notes of chicory and a bit of citrus, complementing without negatively interfering. Roast never goes too ashy or astringent, nor does bitterness ever get too pithy or chalky. Some resin notes add to the powerful hops that, at 109 IBUs, are so well handled. Alcohol is just noticeable, very well masked at over 9%. This beer goes to show what the style can really do and be.
Not as thick or heavy as a stout but with a bit more body than a typical IPA, though it falls within the medium-bodied range, this beer drinks more to that end. It has a solid cripness and flows smoothly.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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