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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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1,815 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 257 | FT: 1
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 JellyJacket
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DAllspaw
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a bar in Sweden, not knowing that I was ordering an American beer, but it was the most appealing style on the board.

Poured a very deep black with light mocha head, nice body to this beer. Smelled of more citrus and some dank hops, but not as strong as other black ales, perhaps this wasn't as fresh as could be.

The body on this beer was great, largely due to the increased abv no doubt, which made it an ideal beer to be enjoyed slowly. NIce bitterness, but again not as biting as I might expect from this style. Pleased overall, will seek out again.

Photo of Philousa
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an abysmal black, opaque against the light. Head is tan, a quarter finger that settles to nearly cover the top. Grassy, astringent, barkish, earthy hops. I get the feeling this is going to be brutally bitter in taste. Some sweet chocolate notes and slight caramel from the hops. Baker's chocolate and caramel malt start the flavor, yielding to bitter root, almost licorice. The hop bitterness is barkish, earthy, and is accompanied by strong alcohol presence. Beneath everything is some nectar or sweet honey from one of the hop varieties. Finish is balanced, leaving you with dark chocolate and licorice. Definitely a fan of this, but it is very strong, both in flavor and ABV. 

Photo of caseymv
2.26/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

everyone i know raves about it, as the name suggests, its brewed with hemp seed, and it tastes like they tried to cram every kind of flavor into the bottle. Sickly sweet and overly bitter,and it smells like old pineapple mixed with moldy hops, i really don't see how anyone can enjoy this hodgepodge of flavors.

Photo of GFD400
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before February 2013. Poured into a tulip. The color is dark brown, almost pitch black. There is a small sized medium tan head.

The aroma is full of chocolate with notes of aromatic bitter hops.

The bitterness comes through nicely in the flavor, but the flavor of the hops are tough to get through past the strong chocolate malt flavors. I get a little pine, and there is a great bitter oily hop finish.

This is full bodied, with a nice silky mouthfeel.

This is really tasty. I'm glad to have this available here in Maine.

Photo of barczar
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a lingering dense mocha half inch head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is heavily piney, grassy, and citrusy, with underlying notes of roast and chocolate.

Flavor reveals citrus at the base, which lasts throughout. Grapefruit and pith form the base for very dank and very resiny hops, which counter the roast malt character nicely. Upper notes of tropical citrus emerge later, alongside chocolate, leading into a slightly bitter finish.

Body is fairly full, with carbonation on the high side. There's a bit of hop astringency. Alcohol warmth comes in eventually.

Overall, one of the better black ipas I've had. The roast malt and hops play well together, with the hops taking center stage. Very interesting brew! Tried a year later, and the roast malt and chocolate stand out more, and citrus notes are tamer than I recall. Still a great beer.

Photo of bbreneman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of gritz147
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of EricLander
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting, well rated ale brewed with hemp seed. Drank this following a rather disappointing nut ale and once I cleared my palette I was pleasantly surprised by the hoppy, bitter punch this imperial black delivered.

Poured with a single finger head that took a good five minutes to dissipate. Deep, dark color barely allows light to penetrate through when held just inches from a strong bulb. At 9.2% ABV, this was a nice way to cap off my night trying a few new craft beers for the first time - but the alcohol wasn't prevalent or dominating. Considering the composition and strength, this is incredibly easy to drink.

Very strong piney hops dominate the aroma and which reminds me of many of my favorites beers. Overall this had a medium, drinkable body that didn't feel heavy at all. Certainly picked up on some toffee and coffee flavors up front before the strong bitter hops kicked in on the tail end taste.

This is an incredibly well balanced black IPA that I look forward to trying more often.

Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -51.6%

Photo of nUgZ
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pretty much black color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops, roasted malts, sweet coffee, and a slight alcohol aroma. Very inviting smell.

T: Sweet but bitter piney hops, roasted malts, and coffee are all present. I can't taste any alcohol at all, and with over 9% that could be dangerous. Extremely easy to drink.

M: Medium bodied with very nice carbonation.

O: What a great example of what a Black IPA should be. Very nice balance, easy to drink, and plenty of alcohol. I like it a lot!

Photo of cvm4
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black in color, doesn't seem overly thick. Creamy off tan two finger head. Great lacing.

S - Roasted malts, sweetened expresso and syrup/molasses.

T - Big notes of roasted malts & brown sugar. Piney hops cut the opening tastes to lead with a bitter finish.

M - Full body & medium carbonation.

O - A solid black DIPA that delivers. It's worth a buy.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with mahogany tones on the edges of the glass. Poured with a short beige foam that reduced to a nice cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent pine and citrus hop aromas with grainy dark roasted malt aromas beneath. Thick, oily feel up front that transitioned to a grainy, reisnous feel at the end. Pungent pine and citrus, mostly pine, that ride over dark roasted malts. The hop and dark malts ceate an intense but flavorful bitterness. Finishes cleanly with a dark roasted malt, roasted coffee and pine hop aftertaste.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep rich brown colored beer with plenty of coffee colored head. A good showing right out of the gate.

The nose is chock-full of brown sugar, toasted malts and generous hops. A great smelling brew that begs you to drink it

Sadly the taste slips slightly from the nose and appearance. The roasted grains and brown sugar dominate the taste like the nose but the hops fade into the background which is disappointing. To me the flavor edges more towards a stout or porter then blAck IPA.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a good dose of carbonation that is a nice contrast to the smooth sweet feel of the grains. Hops are present and nicely acidic but could always be more for my taste. A solid brew that's worth checking out.

Photo of magnusdave
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of eriktoyra
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black liquid into the glass. There are a lots of visible carbonation bubbles. The head is fudge colored and creamy. Nice lacings on the glass.

S: It smells of roasted malts, wet leather, dark bread and molasses. The hops are more spicy and floral than citrusy. I can also find some delicately hidden alchohol.

T: It tastes of roasted malts, dark bread and molasses with some spicy hops. The aftertaste is bitter and clean with some warming alcohol. The bitterness tasted like grapefruit peel.

M: The body is medium with medium strong carbonation. If feels very, very smooth and balanced.

O: I'm usually not very fond of this beer style but this one is an exception. A must try!

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of brbrocc
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Souleman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of jplopez21
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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