Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

394 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 394
Hads: 1,958
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 110
Gots: 350 | 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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Photo of samwello
5/5  rDev +22.2%

This beer reminds me of Myrcenary Double IPA , by Odell Brewing Co. These two are tied for first place . They both have an awesome robust flavor and a wonderful aftertaste . Great sipping beers . Unita's Hopnosh is a close second ...... (242 characters)

Photo of flydudehsv
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz 4 pack. Pours a pitch black with a quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is of roasted malt with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is a nice balance between the roasted caramel and chocolate malts with a good hop bitterness. Average imperial abv that is surprisingly easy to drink and finishes clean. Overall this is a very nice representation of a black IPA. (360 characters)

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA comes from my home state of Utah, and what drew me to Uinta to begin with. When I first tried it, I was overwhelmed with bitterness, but I decided to retry it. I am glad that I did.

Keep note throughout, I poured it out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very creamy looking head to it. Very carbonated look to it and looks very flavorful and tantalizing even.

Smell: On first smell, detection of orange or orange peel comes to mind. Second smell, I detected orange and a slight chocolate scent.

Taste: Make no mistake, it is a very hoppy IPA. Let this one sit in your mouth for a bit and you can taste a definite orange flavor on the first few drinks. Later though, in the middle of the beer, I start to taste the chocolate undertone along with a very subtle roasted coffee flavor, which is very pleasant. Toward the end, it is back to the straight up orange-chocolate undertone flavor it started with.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel here is a balance of smooth and rough. The hoppiness brings rough bitterness, yet there is a pleasant smoothness after the initial hoppiness of the beer.

Overall: Overall, I think this is a very excellent beer. Will be picking up again in the future. As for being a drink-straight or drink-with-food beer, I feel it could go either way. If drinking with food, I recommend that heavy meat (pork), starchy foods and salad dressings such as Bleu Cheese be paired with it. It is also a heavy beer at that, leaving you feeling full after drinking it or pairing food and drinking.

Final score: 4.75/5.0 (1,581 characters)

Photo of BrewerMike
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It's bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It's definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it's an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.

I will definitely buy this beer again. Amazing job on this one! (577 characters)

Photo of mikekeastie
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark, and beautiful. Nice Head!!

Smell -Rich malted toffee, cocoa, and citrus, lusting!!

Taste- Balanced fresh hop characters, with imperial malt flavors, rich and pungent like a deadhead after a morning dew, shakedown, St. Stephen triple encore!!

Mouth- Feels Right!!

Overall fantastic showing!! I will definitely Pick up more of this. I hope this becomes a regular offering at my local packy. I could definitely put this in the regular rotation (464 characters)

Photo of QueSonHops
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hell with all of you over analyzing beer yuppies, this actions is the goods!!! It's like an imperial stout got together with a double ipa, did meth and went on a 10 hr. love making marathon. Balanced yet aggressive with equally distinct flavors. Amazing as it warms, sweet yet hoppy. Not overly muted taste. THE GOODS! ORALE! (325 characters)

Photo of HopHog87
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really try hard to review beers without seeing what other people say about them so that my review is objective. I don't want to have ratings sway my vote. But I stumbled across this beer by chance because the vendor had placed a "Beer Advocate Rating of 99" or something along those lines and I really liked Cascadian Dark Ales (CDA's from here on) so I thought it must be good. What an understatement. This one is perfect. It's the only beer I've given a perfect overall rating yet, not that it means anything to each reader because, as we all well agree, beer preference is mostly subjective.

From a fresh bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance- Two fingers of tan head. The beer is black with some ruby hints around the edge when held to the light. It really looks perfect in a pint glass although many may prefer such a hefty beer in a tulip or even snifter. There is a sever lacing throughout the entire drink.

Nose- Northwest, American hops. Wonderful. I am not so trained on picking up specific aromas but there is some undeniable spicy smell that I liken to cinnamon. Perhaps that's the "hemp seeds" it says it's brewed with. Pleasant malty smell present. You get a bit of that dark, unhusked malt but it's very subtle and certainly doesn't make the beer aroma dark. Spritely and effervescent is more accurate.

Taste- Very, very pleasant. The bitterness (not sure of IBU's off hand) is not that noticeable as you might think considering it's an "Imperial" or "double" CDA. Lots of malt but they are balanced well with those resinous hops. Warm and sweet...noticeable alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is heavier than your normal IPA/CDA, almost chewy. As it warms up, it gets surprisingly more bitter for me.

Overall- This is such a great CDA (sorry, but I call 'em CDA's). It's very dark, yet aromatic as can be with that enormous amount of hops. It's sweet yet balanced. Maybe not as dry as some others but it is still my favorite Black IPA/CDA by far. It really can't get better and this beer has a serious punch. For me on this review I was one and done. (2,076 characters)

Photo of tcstation
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A new favorite beer. Brilliantly blends malty sweetness with hop bitterness. Initial tastes are of chocolate and caramel but finished strong with a large dose of traditional IPA hops but enough of the malts remain to keep it balanced. (234 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice blend of hops and sweet malt.
Appearance- A great looking brew. ours black with a small brown head. I really looks good.
Taste- Big flavor of hops and caramel. I then note some fruit and malt in the end.
Palate- This is a heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. It has a dry finish.
Overall- A really good example of an American Black Ale. Highly recommended. (430 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Possibly the best representation of a Imperial black IPA. Start smooth finishes bitter. Wow, Although I'm new to reviewing I'm not new to the style. Best sampled on a cold night there's beer And then there's Beer.
It probably helps that it's only three weeks old, But nonetheless I am so impressed! (299 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours out in a dark black, midnight color with some ruby color coming through in the light with a tan huge rocky head. Beautiful stuff!

The aroma is just wonderful of sweet grapefruit, very citrusy, a bit of pine, and then some wonderful coffee and roasted malt in the back.

The flavor is really interesting. It hits you with a juicy juicy hop profile. Mango, pineapple, peaches, tons of grapefruit, but then gets you with some coffee and roasted malt towards the end. The finish is a strong grapefruit peel flavor. It cleans up very easily and makes this beer very drinkable, despite the ABV.

It's very much an extremely well made DIPA along with some big robust stout/porter character. No hint of alcohol and super drinkable.

This is a gem! (751 characters)

Photo of NWer
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. (467 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured out of a stubby 12 oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. This beer pours a very dark brown color with deep ruby amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly tan head that is about 1 index finger thick when first poured that eventually settles to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a nice layer of lots of swirls of foam sitting on the beer's surface. Lots of lacing too. Has a nice roasted, almost chocolate, malt aroma along with a nice earthy, piney hops. Taste is an excellent mix of some roasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate followed by earthy, piney hop bitterness. The malt profile is certainly more sweet than all other beers I have had of this style, and it works really well here. Has a crisp, mainly smooth and frothy and creamy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a bit of a lactic like quality with the mouthfeel. This beer sort of reminds be of drinking a milkshake. Very drinkable for a 9.2% ABV beer, dangerously drinkable in fact. This beer is amazing! To quote my good friend Passow "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep."

Eric (1,182 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 5/24/15.
Beautiful tan head over the clear, black liquid looks so wonderful. Great lacing on the glass too! The smell has a clean roasted barley character with a massive floral, piney hop bouquet. Taste is superior to most black ales with a chocolatey and porter like roastedness coming through the many layers of fresh hops. This beer was pleasing sip after sip! Great clean, fresh taste! Must have again! (416 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft during Philly Beer Week, and enjoyed, but this review is from a 12oz bottle poured into Stone IPA glass. Purdy.

Thick, thick tan head that fades VERY slowly down to a lasting 1cm head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing. Best looking beer I've seen in this category.

Resiny northwestern hops and charred malts take a dual role in leading things off in the Aroma. Solid caramel and dark chocolate sweetness bring up the rear, but are prominent. Good peanut butter quality as it warms, too. It doesn't get much more inviting.

Flavor has some pine needle bite throughout, but layered oh so nicely with milk-to-bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter quality comes through as well. Slight roastiness, but not overdone. Damn, this is fine.

Mouthfeel is plenty dry. Just enough carbonation to break through the ABV, and make it almost unnoticeable.

Overall, this may be my favorite American Black Ale to date. Really well done! (951 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,842 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dubhe by Uinta Brewing has brewed an amazing Imperial Black IPA with Hemp Seeds. I hadn’t ever tried Uinta before, but I am instantly a new avid fan of this variety.

Look: This beer pours a tuxedo black body with a thin head. The opacity is reminiscent of a Guiness, but with hues of amber brown shining through dimly in the right light. If you look through the side obliquely under a bright light you will see layers of color separating out of the darkness: yellow, golden amber, then a deeper orange hue which then gives way to the profound blackness of the rest of the beer.

Smell: The smell is amazing. I get a fruity sweetness and a toasted Oaky maltiness. I also get hints of aromas that are common in West Coast style IPAs.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Before I describe it let me just say that this has 109 IBUs which is the most I’ve ever been exposed to, but it definitely drinks like a more modest 70 IBUs. If you clear your palate first, you can tell it has 100+ IBUs, but you need to pay attention. It also has a whopping 9.2% ABV, but it is so smooth and refreshing that it drinks like a 7% ABV so watch out. Now the fun part, the taste is so dynamic and robust that it is unlike anything I have tried before. And as an Imperial Black IPA it is arguably the king of its own class. I get an amazing wave of toasted oak, caramel, cocoa leaves, mango, pineapple, piney hops, perhaps raisin, chocolate, coriander, and a great resinous coating at the end. It is amazing to drink something that looks like an Imperial Stout, but tastes like a Double IPA. The carbonation is silky and subtle so as to not interrupt the many flavors that this beer packs. Most of the flavors are subtle and intermingle in an explosive dance on your tongue so pay attention. You’ll definitely want to pour this beauty.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a silky mouthfeel that gently caresses your tongue and mouth. It has the perfect amount of subtle carbonation to let the flavors run wild.

Overall: I would say, overall, that this beer is amazing. It has an excellent aroma, flavor, and dynamic timing of all its attributes. And since it is one of the absolute best of its class, I can say that this belongs at the top of the ‘Must Try’ list for any and every avid beer drinker. Be sure to serve chilled and poured into a worthy class. And don’t forget that this variety is packed full of protein from the Hemp Seeds. Cheers! (2,428 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up at a good grocery store, a fresh four pack for $8.99. I loved the sound of this one especially with the hemp seeds, seemed very original. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: This beer wears a tuxedo of dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. The light reveals hues of faint mahogany around the edges, but it is fleeting and mysterious. Leaves excellent and sturdy lacing no doubt from the protein content achieved from the hemp seeds.

Smell: Very complex aroma consisting of chocolate, fruity hops, brown sugar, caramel, and faint pine. It's the smell of a great stout and a great IPA all at once.

Taste: Bursting with tropical fruit flavors from the hops with resounding and strong roasted malt characteristics. The hops are juicy in nature and deliver tantalizing flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and pine. The malts give way to caramel, tobacco, black tea, and chocolate. It genuinely is like an amazing IPA and stout all at once, with the weight of the body hiding the alcohol perfectly. This strong beast drinks like a 6% but is a whopping 9.2%. Extremely satisfying and delicious.

Feel: The mouthfeel is almost nitro smooth, but with plenty of carbonation. There is indeed a lingering bitterness from the awesome hopping, but also a coating of chocolaty goodness at the end. The head is uber smooth and envelops the upper lip in a cloud-like softness with each happy return to the rim of the glass.

Overall: This beer is perfect and satisfying. It fulfills expectations from both Imperial IPAs and stouts, which is no easy task. The hemp seeds no doubt contribute to this beer's exceptional execution and prevailing superiority. One of the best beers I have ever drank. (1,718 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-aggressive pour yields almost two inch head and a show of cascading effervescence in a Guiness fashion. Pitch black and when held up to the light a moon glow of ruby hue. Head is fluffy in the style of a rootbeer float. One of the best lacings of any style brew I've had in a while.

Citrus hop aroma, some chocolate, roast and semi-sweet.

White grapefruit and piney hop ultra sensations. Sweet licorice, roast malt, chocolate brilliantly counterbalance bitterness. Finishes with a white grapefruit and black coffee breakfast feeling.

Slick-oily feel. Medium carbonation. Resinous bitterness and coffee through the nose. Dry with splendid alcohol warming.

I really love this ice-cold and it is super easy to put away. Love and appreciate the fact I can get this in 12 oz. bottle vs the 22 oz. bombers--thanks Uinta! Looking forward to pursuing the Uinta lineup. This is very impressionable in the same way when I had Zombie Dust for the first time. This brew is ridiculous! Two thumbs up!!! (999 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Way to go Uinta for putting a bottled on date. This batch was bottled on 5-27-11 only ten days ago. I got the bottles in a four pack from the brewery for 7 dollars and change.

Appearance: Held up to a light, this beer is dark brown but clear in my goblet. The pour resulted in an off white 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. The malts are roasted.

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.

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. (1,636 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a small snifter. Not quite jet black like a stout, but more like a porter with some red light around the edges.

Smell: Excellent combination of coffee and Northwest Cascade hops. Smell is brought together by molasses and/or toffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderately strong pine hop flavors start the experience. There is a strong background of coffee as well, but it's the subtle sweetness of caramel and molasses that pulls this together. Mouthfeel improves greatly with time and is very crisp and medium-bodied.

Overall Drinkability: I will not only be having this again, I will be seeking it out. So glad it's now on tap in the Chicago area. (663 characters)

Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. It was black with a tan head and tons of lacing. The nose was awesome- lots of hops and very malty. I loved the taste- very nice imperial IPA with loads of hops and a malty backbone. I was (pleasantly) surprised that a rauch taste didn't present itself. The mouthfeel was great- nice n thick with good carbonation. Not sure how a an Imperial Black IPA should be scored in terms of overall score, since it was my first, so I gave it a 4.5. Would I have it again? HELL YES! (513 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/22/11

A- Dark chestnut, almost black in low lighting, with a reddish-brown glow around the edges. Billowy cappuccino-colored head that dissipates to a blanket, leaving patchy lacing behind.

N- Tons of lemon-lime citrus in the nose, with hints of grapefruit zest and flowers. Also some herbal, minty notes in there. Piney, resinous undertones blend perfectly with the citrus. Smooth roasted malt and toasted nuts provide a solid foundation for all those hops. I'm also getting some milk chocolate after pouring a second time. The nose is so complex, having a range of elements from light to dark, yet everything blends together to create a single unique aroma.

T- Lightly sweet nutty malt with a hint of powdered cocoa and a fair amount of roast. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney bitterness that balances the sweetness and blends with the roastiness. Juicy citrus brightens up the palate while providing a note of citrus rind to the bitterness. There's a pronounced savory spiciness to this brew that I associate with the hemp seed, although that's just a guess. The beer dries out nicely in the middle for a long bitter finish with tons of spice, grass, herbs, pine, toasted nuts, lingering citrus, and some faint roast. A little heat on the back end, which feels appropriate given the boldness of the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky, with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D- Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. If you like black IPAs, this is a must-have. Unique, complex, full of character, and fun to drink. (1,581 characters)

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.