Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company
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Reviews by asabreed:
4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
12 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.
Appearance: I need to start realizing that most Black IPAs are not, in fact, opaque like a RIS. That said, this looks really nice in the glass, with a very dark amber color throughout the body, and a nice chocolate-covered-cherry colored head that sticks around in nice sheets above the top of the body.
Smell: A nice sense of hemp and oily hops, more on the citrus and bitter grapefruit side of things, with some nice mild chocolate, berries, and a good sense of not-overpowering char that mingles with and lingers in the background.
Taste: Very nicely hopped to be sure, with some bright citrus coming through, almost into mild sweetness territory, to grapefruit-ring bitterness, to lingering char and mild chocolate and berries. It's interesting how with each sip there's a layer of flavors to take in, and that's what a good Black IPA can do that I've noticed. If it's on, complexity and nuance -- along with strength in most cases -- keep surprising you changing, and if it's off, it can become a complete mess. I feel like this may be one of the hardest styles to get right, and that makes sense.
Mouthfeel: Not as heavy-bodied as I'd first assumed it would be, as there's a nice creaminess that balances the medium body, and nothing feels too cloying or syrupy in the least.
Drinkability: This is a palate-wrecker of a brew, and one to take on, most likely, at the end of a sampling, or as the last pint at a bar. Though this isn't my favorite style, Uinta's doing a lot of great things here, and this is the kind I'd go back to: complex, nuanced, and strong. A good balance that, if done right, can be a kind of weird but very pleasurable experience for the palate, and I'm looking forward to trying more across the board in the future.
08-24-2012 01:38:15 | More by asabreed
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 1,568 ratings.