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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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92
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1,348 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1348
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%


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

109 IBU

(Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011)
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body appears black, but when backlit it's brown with mahogany/crimson hues on the edges. Small (half-finger) khaki-colored head rests on top. Leaves nice lace with each sip.

S: The nose I like for an American Black Ale - roasty malt and juicy hops. Both are evident and both are fairly pronounced.

T: Dry roasted barley malt and charcoal up front, followed by a nice juicy citrusy hop flavor. Finishes with char/charcoal and ash. Quite dry, with a water-sucking, lingering dry hoppy bitterness - think bitter, chewed-up pine needles. Heat from the ABV noted in the belly.

M: Medium-plus in heft; carbonation is modest, making it slightly creamy and even slick at times.

O: Good stuff. I like it really roasty like this. Very close to being exactly what I look for in an American Black Ale, though I have to say the claimed 109 IBUs really make this a palate-shredder. Tempted to lower the score here to 4.0 based on drinkability concerns, but I think I'll leave it at 4.5 for an "overall" positive impression.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:45:30 | More by Kendo
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A: yes, it's pretty damn dark... sandy-tan colored, dense, creamy foam - excellent retention, at first - the foam appears as if it was just thrown into the glass... cobwebby drapes of lace

S: pine, grapefruit, mint chocolate.... strong underlying coffee-ish roast aromas... overall, moderately vibrant stuff... bit of a hot pepper spice and clean, yet soft booze emanating later on

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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