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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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412 Reviews

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 2,057
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 24.21%
Wants: 115
Gots: 424 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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: 412 | Hads: 2,057
Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Deep dark brown mixed with chocolate color with 1 finger head and good lacing. Really hoppy but balanced considering 100+ IBU. Nice roasted malt notes provide the balance with cocoa nibs and dark chocolate.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, fresh.

Look: Pours a dark amber, with lots of light brown head (mostly tiny bubbles), that lasts (with nice lacing in the glass).

Smell: Malts, sweetness, perhaps a hint of dark fruits.

Taste: strong malts and hops, with an interesting something on the finish, which may be a spicy heat.

Feel: Medium, reasonably smooth.

Overall: An enjoyable double IPA that is a little different than the pack considering the spicy finish. I love the bottle label artfully depicting a sunset in the desert Southwest.

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Photo of lwillitz
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - shallow layer of medium tan foam over an opaque body of deep brown with visible sediment suspended throughout

S - coffee, hint of chocolate, dark fruits, wood

T - roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, bone-dry piney finish

M - smooth medium/full body, high carbonation

O - Dubhe is a very enjoyable black ale. It's a touch lighter in body than I expected, but that's not really a drawback. Very nice brew all around.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to light black in color with minimal light seeping through. There's a good inch and a quarter of thick beige foam resting on top. Light lacing. The aroma is comprised of bitter piney hops and deep, forbidding malt. The taste is a blend of sweet resinous piney hops and sharply bitter dark malt. The mouth is sticky, chewy, and bone dry.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark to murky brown

S: some sweet dark fruits..lots of resinous hops

T: hoppy with some almost chocolate notes

F: crisp bite

O: pretty good. could use more balance though.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft.

L: Black, but with a shade of translucence, and a light tan foamy head.

S: Pine, slight wood, some chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, smooth hoppiness, light caramel. No unpleasant acridness.

F: Slightly chewy, and lighter-bodied for the style and ABV.

O: An excellent offering in this style. Cannot sense the 9.2% ABV.

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Photo of L0ne
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep, dark brown with significant light penetration around the edges. Pillowy tan head lingers and leaves big sheets of lacing.

Tons of roasty, toasty malt. Some caramel malts emerge and add a layer of sweetness and complexity. Fragrant, piney hops add yet another layer, without overwhelming anything else. Everything comes together really well.

Mouthfeel is smooth but not very full. Significant carbonation livens and lightens everything up. No noticeable alcohol.

Awesome black ipa!

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rick toasted, dark roasted malts with a big piney kick in the mouth wallop of resinous hops. Good stuff. Pours a deep dark brown almost black and leaves a pillowy lingering head with tons of lacing. Moderate to heavy bodied with plenty of carbonation. 6 pack worthy and makes me regret only buying one as a sampler.

Best before: 8/19/15
I'm going to have find a fresher one and see if the hops are even more intense on top of the already massive malt and pine flavors.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle within "best by" in an IPA glass

L: 2 finger head the color a coffee stain, slow to dissipate, tiny bubbles - like a nitro
S: Dank hops and dark malt - nothing bright about this - earthy, pine resin
T: Definitely a dark beer, more hop resin, roasted malt
F: A tad thin - not really an issue,
O: The resinous, piney hops complement the roasted malt nicely - pleasantly surprised. I lived in UT for 8 years - my experience was low ABV for the sake of low ABV or high ABV for the sake of high ABV. This is one of the few that actually crafts a well balanced beer and lets the ABV fall where it may. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate color. Earthy resinous hoppy smell. Taste of burnt toasted malt and pine. Maybe some slight grapefruit but very minimal to my palate. Obviously the toasty malt profile is pushed to the front of this brew. Good feel and a awesome looking bottle and label. Even bought the wife a dubhe tank top on my visit to Uinta.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head and a slight head.
The aroma is citrus and herbal with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee.
For me, the taste is led by big roasty notes with some underlying pine and dankness, a bit of citus, then a lingering dark chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth.
Overall, really tasty. I'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of fresh citrus and earth with breast malts throughout. The slightest hint of alcohol in the nose. Thick light tan head levels to about a mm. Black in color.

Taste it for yourself. Malt and citrus/bitterness blend together impressively

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a large snifter. "Best Before" date is 12/12/15. I assume that's December 12 2015, not December 15 2012.

Pours black with a small head. Head fades into a ring fairly quickly, with a few clumpy islands. Medium-small amount of carbonation. Smell is mild, roasty, slight yeast, some pine.

Taste is cloying resinous bitterness, herbal/coriander finish, long slow bitter aftertaste. A couple more sips lets a little tropical brightness come out, but masked pretty heavily by that herbal bitterness. Odd -- but tasty.

Mouthfeel is almost oily, a little resinous. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown with lots of carbonation. A 2-finger foamy tan head leaves spotted lacing. (poured from the bottle) but went away in a few minutes.

Smell: Very interesting. I'm guessing the hemp is the wildcard. Citrusy, hop and hint of coffee as would be expected in a black IPA.

Taste: chocolate, citrus flavors, some pine, hemp and a hint of coffee. It has a long, dry finish.

Feel: Full body with a complex texture. A great balance between sweetness and bitterness. A great aftertaste!

Overall: Interesting mix with and structure with the level of IBU's above a 100. Not having hemp in my beer before I would say that is a wildcard in both the taste and smell (not my favorite), but I enjoyed the beer, Probably won't be on my buy again list after this 4-pack, but it could grow on me. Call me old school in my love for a Founders Breakfast Stout or an AleSmith IPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with a decent head that mostly disappears before long. Smells beautiful, just what you would expect a black IPA to smell like. Bitter, floral and fragrant but also rich and malty and hint sweet. Taste is equally well-balanced. Not too bitter, not citrusy at all. Just a pleasant but strong piney flavor that mixes with roasted malts and fills your mouth with flavor. You can taste the booze in this one but it works well to enunciate, rather than distract from, the core flavors and has enough carbonation so it's not too thick or syrupy. Really great stuff.

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Photo of basildog
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium pour yielded a dark copper colored beer with just over one finger of sparkling fluffy white head. Very modest carbonation is made up for by great retention and a swath of lacing just plastered to the glass.

Smell - Big and boozy, plenty of hops, with a decadent caramel booziness with floral notes and roasted grain in the background.

Taste - Quite sweet, not quite cloying due to lots of malt, tastes like caramel with some floral hops up front too and the roasty grain in behind. Very tasty and well put together. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, despite 90 IBU's. Some heat arises as the alcohol content finally makes itself known. On the maltier side of DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sticky and the flavors cling to your mouth and lips. Carbonation is slight and the body is very full.

Overall - An excellently crafted DIPA.

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Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a low light brown head that settles out quickly. Aroma of citrus and pine, low toasty malt notes.

Good hop flavor, fairly matches the nose, but is bright and prominent right upfront. Deep, dark roasty malt emerges big and pushes up through the hops. Very roasty, actually too roasty, bordering on ashey, where it starts to compete with the hops rather than complementing. Feels out of balance, the hops have more potential to be showcased but get overpowered by the roast.

Full and even mouthfeel, finishes tingly, no influences to flavor or mouthfeel from the ABV. Good beer, but it pushes the limit between black ale and American stout.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark brown to black color with a nice big tan head that stays around a while. Mild aroma of roasted malts and pine hops with a little dark fruit. Flavor is deep and full. A lot of roasted, chocolate malt. A moderate pine bitterness and a little fruit and coffee. A smooth and heavy mouthful with no lingering bitterness or alcohol. Everything is well balanced and compliments each other. A really good beer.

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Photo of TH28
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. BB date of 4/27/15. Appearance: Deep brown/ black and opaque, with minimal khaki colored foam head. Aroma: Citrussy and resinous hop notes, with light roasted malt. Taste: Starts with sweet citrus and resin hop flavors, then gives way to sharp bitterness and layers of chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel: Moderate to high with some viscosity, and a light carbonation. Alcohol warmth barely noticeable. Finish: Finishes bitter and with roast and chocolate malt flavors lingering. Overall: Wonderfully balanced between the intense hopping and chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Unique in that the citrusy hop flavors are what you notice, with the roastiness not showing up until the back end. Well done.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/13/15:

Pours dark brown. A foamy tan head leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark chocolate, pine, some citrus, pumpernickel and a hint of coffee.

The taste is of dark chocolate, pine, some pineapple, hemp and a hint of coffee. It has a long, dry finish. Alcohol is very well-covered.

Hits full-bodied. Creamy/smooth.

A very nicely made American Black Ale to say the least. Quite a bit of complexity with a nice touch of hemp seed. I especially like how the roasted notes don't clash with the bitterness of the hops. A wonderful brew!

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic porter! Hop bitterness, with light coffee, chocolate, and malts. Pours a very dark brown almost black color, one finger head, and a very nice looking bottle. Give this one a try

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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.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is impressive with a head that lingers for the life of the beer. The smell is an IPA/porter mix. The taste is sweet - lacking in IPA happiness. still, all in all, it is a very good porter ipa.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack at my local Stein's Liquor. The best by date states it's good for over a month. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a coffee black with a very healthy three-finger tan head that sticks around for a good long while and leaves profuse lacing on the glass. At the edges where the light shines through, healthy carbonation is visible.

S: Nice pine hops notes play over a sturdy roasted and caramel malt backbone. There's a touch of citrus and stone fruit in there, as well as some definite hop funkiness, which could also be attributable to the hemp seed addition. Nice nose.

T: Some sweet caramel malt flavor at the very front, with an immediate introduction of piney, resinous hop flavor that carries through the rest of the way. The middle has a smoothness that accentuates more of the roasted malt profile, as well as a touch of the fruitier side of the hops. Just the slightest suggestion of clear alcohol in the middle and into the back--this one masks that 9.2% ABV very well. The back end has more of the malts and a good deal of hop bitter, resinous and a bit funky/earthy. This one leaves a solid bitter hop aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied but a bit on the watery side, which isn't at all a detraction because I feel it keeps it within this style. Smooth and more flat than the amount of visible carbonation suggested. Decidedly bitter at the close.

O: This one is a winner. I enjoyed this one a good deal more than Hop Nosh, and I rank it right up there with New Glarus' Black Top as one of the best hoppy black ales I've encountered. This one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never seen a head grow after pouring quite as much as this one did. Big full tan head. Very dark brown body, quite clear with some reddish highlights.
Nice spicy hop aroma mixed with a clear dark malt character. Good solid aroma. Hints of fruit.
When is this not a stout? Anyway, Clear roast with some malt drying on the finish, also some sweetness from malt too. All this intermingled with spicy hop flavors with the bitterness kicking in mid-stream and growing somewhat through the long finish where it mixes nicely with the soft drying.
Moderate body and fully but smoothly carbonated.
This is well mixed and a better than average blending of flavors. Very solid.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.