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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

401 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 401
Hads: 1,982
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 110
Gots: 366 | 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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Reviews: 401 | Hads: 1,982
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Chicago trip. Pours black with generous foam, resulting in 3/4" offwhite topping on a black body. Roasty aroma. The hemp lends it a little "roap" and dryness, otherwise a black ipa all the way, just a higher abv route getting there. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. (287 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/26/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops with some roasted malt and cocoa powder aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and spicy herbal hops up front with dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors coming in with the aftertaste. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good black ale with some nice hop and roasty flavors. (643 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white head on a hazy dark brown body with nice lacing.

S: brown sugar, nice earthy and grapefruit hops, roasted malts.

T: nice strong hop presence with earthy, herbal, citrus hops with a nice backbone of roasted malts. Its a little hop heavy but I think we all want strong hops in our DIPA with the smoothness of roasted malts in the background for balance.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finally a good black IPA. So many arent hoppy, some are just IPAs and you arent sure how it is a "black IPA". Perhaps you need an imperial IPA to create the right balance. Whatever the formula, this one has characteristics of both. (664 characters)

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very nice representation of the style and hides its alcohol quite well. (653 characters)

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

imperial black ipa with hemp seeds. this is a really unique brew. pours a nice dark brown smooth looking color with a very excited tan head on top that stays for awhile, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. the nose is not hops right away, but a complex combination of malts, chocolate and toast come up first, and maybe even some oats or something. there is a gentle sweetness too, followed by a growing bitterness. the whole thing culminates in a powerfully delicious brew. notes of coffee and burnt bagel at the end with the bitter hops, and a scarily well hidden alcohol potency that makes a 4 pack tough to get through without being dickered. velvet gentle mouthfeel, just enough bubbles for it to not be heavy, full body but not weighty at all. overall a sensational beer, one of the best ive had from uinta. (814 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out a coffee brown color topped by three fingers of a relatively pale tan head; a few strands of lace appear as the head descends

Smell: Burnt chocolate, pinesap and hemp

Taste: Big clash of flavors right off the bat, with the burnt and ashy chocolate clashing with the piney hops; the hemp appears at mid-palate, but the yin and yang of this beer fight each other long after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had this beer a number of times and I struggle with it each time; while it has its merits, the flavors just don't blend together very well so I find the beer quite unbalanced (657 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a tan head on top. The lacing was decent along with the retention. The smell of the beer gave of some hoppy notes along with a good amount of coffee/chocolate aromas. The taste of the beer was well balanced with the bitterness and the rich roasted sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer was slightly creamy, had a light carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink it again. I wasn't able to really find what Hemp Seed tastes like though from it. (515 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the dedicated attention to both IPA and porter, Dubhe surpasses the the limits of both styles with imperial strength and the unique addition of hemp seed for a spicy, herbal and botanical nuance.

Dubhe starts off with porter-like tendencies. Burnt molasses wraps around heavy toast, cocoa and strong coffee. Even as aromas suggest vibrant citrus and tropical fruit, its porter flavor but heightened intensity says otherwise to the early taste.

Developing dryness leaves way for hop dominance to grow- shedding its red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango character over the middle palate. Ribbons of earthy resins play out like pine, herbal grasses and pepper sneak in before finish.

Its late charge slathers on a malty-dry taste and texture, fueled by toast char, deeply resinous bittering and acute peppercorn. Even as more herbaceous flavors suggest cannabis- these seem more hop-derived while something akin to rye pangs away lightly on the palate.

The common flaw in "black" IPA is that they usually result in a hoppy porter and resemble American IPA in no way. However, the imperialized porter supports in Dubhe gives this dark beer a roundness that's even still commanded by hops. (1,202 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opaque dark chocolate brown body topped by an off-white foam. Nose is loaded with resinous pine, grapefruit, and a touch of char, but largely hop forward. Bitter and dry palate, burnt toast and dark chocolate, grapefruit rind and sharp pine. Dry and bitter finish, slightly ashy. Fermentation profile is clean and alcohol is well hidden, albeit beneath some fairly unpleasant flavor. Nothing I'd care to revisit here, the black IPA trend needs to go away. (455 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Boise, ID. earlier this summer.

This beer pours a clear, near-black 'colour', with reddish highlights when presented to backlightlng, and three fat fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, white leaves a spectrum of hearty pocked lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of strong grapefruit citrus hops, a bit of pine oil, and lightly roasted caramel malt. The taste is still-strong grapefruit-laden citrus hops, and roasted malt, represented by bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes, as well as some very sedate, but noticeable all the same, alcohol. Not sure where the proclaimed hemp seeds come in. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth but for some latent hop meddling (those damned kids!). It finishes accordingly - the astringent hops not letting the still prevalent roasted malt claim any such teetering supremacy - bitterness still reigns in the guise of bitter piney, earth hops.

Wow, a pretty darn punchy Black IPA, I would say. Everything kind of comes back to that point, the roasted malt, the booze (which is very well integrated), and the big boy IPA hop craziness. Nice to see this kind of hedonism from the center of Mormonia. (1,222 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/10/11. Served in a small footed goblet.

Frosty ring of sheeted lace that collars the edges of the glass. Jet black up top, dark mahogany glint in the meniscus. Surface is finely textured and creamy, with a cluster of larger bubbles to one side.

Lightly sweet and roasty chocolate and black malt, resiny floral and pine hops, woody with a slightly dank, cheesy edge.

Dark unsweetened chocolate, bitter and resiny, leafy greens, pine, underlying toasty malt sweetness that tempers the bitterness a little. Very smooth and supple feel, lightly sticky on the lips, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden, sipping is easy. The full flavors encourage slow savoring. This is a really nice Black IPA, it's very cohesive with equally vibrant hop greenery and deep roasted malt complexity. Will look for more of this before it's gone. (846 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 04/16/12.

Appearance: Pours out a matte black body with a lightly foamy, lightly hued beige head.

Smell: A fist-a-cuff tussle of malt notes and hop notes: charred bread crusts, heavy resins, bitter chocolate squares, citric-scented lemon pith, and roasted barley.

Taste: Bitter chocolate coated roast with some slight ashtray qualities. Low sweetness that's altogether brief. Hard-handed resins, powdered pith, discarded lawn weeds, and coagulated, gloopy pine resins. High bitterness. Roasted, highly bitter finish with the angry-looking bitterness slowly riding out like a senior citizen cruisin' at twenty under the speed limit in the fast lane.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Though the hemp seed is an appreciated added ingredient, it's, for me, completely lost amidst the hard roastiness and heavy hoppiness. It's black, it's high on the alcohol scale, and it's bitter -- that's IN these days, right? (1,013 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Pungent, green hops with a background note of coffee.

T - Pine hops and dark caramel up front. Some roasted notes in the middle with a mocha character and more green pine. Finishes with coffee, modately strong bitterness and a lingering note of char.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - pretty well done, the hop character is nice with a pine character that works well with the roast. The malt character is, if anything too roasty, which is the opposite of the problem most black ipa seem to suffer from. (692 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a creamy ½ finger that slathers the sides of the glass with a thick and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, and herbal feeling in the nose, which is layered on top of some fresh and zesty smelling grapefruit and a touch of peppery spice. Coffee and chocolate lay along the back but it's the hops that really sit at the forefront of this and are emboldened a bit by some spicy alcohol presence as well.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma, with a fresh bitter blast of grapefruit and pine that sticks to the tongue with a resinous dryness. Roast and chocolate glide along the back, with the chocolate in particular helping balance this with a bit of a sweet gooey feel. Those fresh hop flavors really control this though, with a pithy bitterness and resins really coming out with some assertiveness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lays some crispness down directly on the tongue but the majority of the feel is more of a smooth creaminess that spreads out on the edges. Despite the high alcohol, the warmth here is mostly kept in check, although it really does help intensify those hops on the tongue at times.

This one of the better takes on the Black IPA style that I’ve had in a while, with those fresh hops right at the front and center (this was a pretty fresh bottle and it showed), while those darker malts sitting along the back and compliment them, just as they should be. If they would dial the ABV back a bit, this may well could be one of the best that I’ve had. I really enjoyed it. (1,656 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks kinda thick as it pours down the side of the glass, forming a nice 1 finger fluffy head that fades very slowly with some lacing as it eventually does, very dark cola brown colored beer with some ruby light coming through all over.

Nose has some hops right out, earthy and piney hops, and an earthy weird seed like vegetative almost aroma that I believe is the hemp seed. Malts are a plenty, dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate malt, and some bready reddish malts.

Taste starts rich and creamy, with some darker malts, caramel, plenty of crystal malts, hints of chocolate malt and other darker malts, and bready reddish malt. That is quickly overpowered by the hops, earthy spicy hops with plenty of pine. Also comes teh bitter seed earthy kinda icky tasting hemp seed that I'm not a huge fan of. It also gets juicy with what wants to be tropical fruit and citrus but seems more like a bad almost putrid blend of orange and grapefruit juice, with chocolate milk or something. It has a weird flavor I'm not a huge fan of and the blending of them just makes it even worse. The finish is quite bitter, with lingering earthy spicy hops, pine, light citrus and some sticky malts but dry. It eventually gets astringent as well, both from the hops and seeds I think, astringent and very bitter on the back of the tongue and even throat.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, with hints of warming booze.

Overall not bad but too many different flavors that don't mesh well at all. The hemp seeds are weird on their own, and the piney hops as well as citrus and want to be grapefruit hops curdle the creamy dark malt almost porter like background that don't blend nearly as well as other ABAs. then theres the super bitter astringent finish... (1,740 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness followed by bitter-sweet flavors of dark chocolate and black coffee. There’s a hearty roasted malt character and a touch of an alcohol sting but not much of a balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first. (788 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in the wine glass. Big spicy hoppy aroma is intriguing.

This starts out with a promising malty and roasted flavor, but turns rapidly into a dark searing offensive. Plenty of hops-- actually a vast amount of hops. That wouldn't be so disturbing except for the dank, dirty flavor. Something like charred rubber and rusty water. A real adventure in aggressive brewing, but I find it thoroughly undrinkable. Shame to waste the alcohol.

From the 12 oz bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House. (514 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse served chilled in a tulip allowed to gradually reach cellar temp as I sipped.

The color is deep brown bordering on black w/ thin tan ring w/ tiny beads and spots of lace collect. The smell has light pine and dark cocoa powder with gentle citrus accents and subtle coffee roastiness in the aroma. The feel is semi-bitter and roasted with moderate carbonation and smooth bitterness overall with mild sweetness and low alcohol impact.

This has a very pleasant pine flavor right off from the hops which cooperates well with the mild roastiness and subtle cocoa like element with a mild caramel body and light citrus element in the hop flavor with subtle coffee nuttiness and semi sweet finish with the hops pretty constant throughout. Overall a very quality Imperial IPA with a little black malt flavor - a great beer for it has a lot of flavor and lots of hops with a nice mild sweetness to balance and relatively low alcohol on the palate for the strength. (996 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #36 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Oh, the infamous Dubhe. How I have waited for our paths to cross.

This strikes me as the quintessential black ale. It doesn't get really boisterous and loud in its personality, but it is definitely delivering. Consistent flavor. Carries the tones I expect for the style. Has that after effect of hoppy tones with the robust black ale body attached to it.

Well, I can see why people talk this beer up. It's nice to see beers that really go all the way out and exceed all others, but it's also nice to see beers that can match style parameters without having to be showy or out there to prove a point. I can definitely suggest this one. (675 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up, in NC, can't believe I haven't reviewed this... BBD of 2/10/13

Pours mahogany with ruby highlights & 2+ fingers of tan head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Tangerine peel & lemons & pine sap

T: Tangerine, pine & grapefruit & woody bitterness up front, roasty malt as well. Roasty & bitter as this warms along with grapefruit peel& just hint of dark fruittyness. Finishes roasty & hoppy wth much grapefruit

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, skews hoppy, but well within style. A touch of boozeyness

A nice example of the style , that hides its ABV very well, another winner from Uinita! (637 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lots of blanketing lace despite a rather modest head. Dark ruby brown where the light does shine through. Appears to be clear.

Earthy, harsher hop smells

Smooth beginning to the taste, then the black patent malts show up. After that is the alcohol warmth. The swallow is more of the burnt malts with a light hop in the background. Comes across as an Imperial Stout and less as an IIPA, although the body is thinner than an I.S. (429 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/14/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange rind, herbal, floral, roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very inviting and hoppy. Taste of pine, grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, floral, char, grass, citrus rind, and piny spiciness. Nice amount of piny bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, char, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with pine and citrus hop flavors; long resinous hop finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. Very nice hop flavor profile with a good balance of roasted malt. Very enjoyable offering. (1,109 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2%
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! (749 characters)

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! (555 characters)

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.