Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
Bottled on 3/6/12
Poured into a tulip glass
Dubhe is a very good black IPA, featuring some very delicious concentrations of hops and a subdued, but palatable, dark malt backdrop. I would appreciate a bit more of the roasted and chocolate flavors being noticeable along with the hops, but the imbalance is enjoyable, too. Definitely one to pick up if seen again.
Pours a 2cm head of tan bubbles, small and densely packed, with fairly good retention. Eventually, the head declines to a thin cap atop the body, leaving generous amounts of lacing in its wake. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, with carbonation just visible rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of grapefruit and a bit of wet bark on top of rich caramel, some roasted, and some chocolate malts. Generally very nice, manages to hide the ethanol well. Good, but not mind-blowing.
Taste opens with grapefruit-like hop bitterness on top of roasted and chocolate-like malts, the grapefruit gradually progressing to a general citrus flavor. Mid-palate brings in some pine resin along with the grapefruit bitterness, and a restrained, smooth roasted malt backdrop. Back of palate maintains bitterness, expresses a bit of ethanol, and finds a resurgence of general citrus flavors. Aftertaste of lingering bitterness, pine resin, subtle roasted malt, and a bit of ethanol.
Beer is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate, but very "soft" carbonation, creating an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol is rather prevalent, from mid-palate through the aftertaste, in the nostrils and throat, in the form of heat and slight burning. Nothing over-the-top, and well hidden for a 9.2% beer, but it still detracts somewhat from experiencing the other flavors, scents, and feel of the beer. Finish is dry, with a slight stickiness across the palate.
06-25-2012 22:55:47 | More by falloutsnow
3.93/5 rDev -4.8%
12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Bottle dated 3/14/12 so this one is 3 months out.
A - Pours nearly black with an impressively dense cream colored head that lasts as long as the beer beneath it. Shows complete lacing.
S - Roasty malts on the forefront, almond, char, vanilla, and minimal pine hops. The hops have mostly faded from the aroma, unless they were never there. Nevertheless, smells like a good porter.
T - Follows the nose closely with a collection of malts, roasted, toasted, and caramel. Some hops on the finish and in the aftertaste of the pine variety. No noticeable alcohol. The scales tip towards the malts in this case but it works.
M - Light carbonation and a medium-thick feel. Goes down smooth and drinks easily. The carbonation is comparable to cask and makes for a velvety smooth profile.
O - Just the second Uinta brew I have had, but so far I am impressed. At three months old, the hops were not as prominent as I assume they intended (119 IBU?). However, the malt flavors carried this one and made for a brilliantly balanced beer. I look forward to trying a fresher one, but this was very good.
06-25-2012 03:25:50 | More by NoLeafClover44
4.33/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours a black but dark walnut when held to the light. Descent sized brown falls to scum with some good lace.
Aroma is wonderful big hoppy nose pine, citrus nose maybe some hemp presence blended in. Some light malt notes underneath the big hops coco and light licorice notes.
Taste is wow bitter hop resins bite the tongue right away then the malt sneaks in for a bit. Chocolate roast with hints of dark fruit but a lingering licorice note says through out to the finish. Some alcohol spiciness shows up in the finish but blends well. Nice bitter brew lots of resins floating around maybe even hemp resin.
Mouthfeel is only little above medium with some lightly peppy carbonation.
Overall a nice hoppy black IPA very well done, not sure if hemp is noticed as hops smell like nice kind bud anyway but very enjoyable.
06-19-2012 01:42:45 | More by mntlover
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearance: dark brown, tan head and messy lacing.
Smell: funky and hoppy. Deep malt and resin I assume from the hemp seed.
Taste: faithfull to the nose but a mere shadow. A bitter finish
Overall: earth, wind, and beer. Very cool. Hemp seed makes an interesting addition.
06-12-2012 23:42:05 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.34/5 rDev +5.1%
A: barely less black than an imperial stout, foamy beige head
S: roasted barley chocolate, some citrus, bright hops
T: well-played: some sweetness up front, of cocoa roasted malt; but then nice bitter dry espresso and pine, citrus rind
M: creamy, nice bite from hops and espresso flavors; a great finish
O: I'm on and off with American black ales - never sure what I'll like, but this was a winner - perfectly melds the citrus pine hoppiness of a DIPA with the bitter espresso dryness of an American black ale
06-12-2012 23:26:20 | More by Greywulfken
3.25/5 rDev -21.3%
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?
06-11-2012 20:43:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-07-2012 21:30:12 | More by kylehay2004
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.