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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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1,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,623
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 88
Gots: 165 | FT: 2
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:
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU

(Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

JNW, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cspieth, Jun 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

bspain5, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

kennethkearns, Jun 07, 2012
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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.

kylehay2004, Jun 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

brentusaurus, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

chebode2, Jun 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

BeerNDoggerel, May 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mbabble, May 31, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Sammy, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

gbrill, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

aflies, May 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

tizride, May 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

cfinch2, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

coz, May 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 2.49$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, hops, pineapple/apricot/strawberry

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with coffee/chocolate and hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and a bit of a pineapple/apricot/strawberry fruity sweetness. (I can't put my finger on exactly what it is) I can also taste the booze a little bit. It ends with a pretty hoppy and malty aftertaste with lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall - The strawberry(?) fruit note doesn't work all that well with the other black ipa flavours for me. It's still a fantastic beer, I just expected more due to how much I enjoyed their 'Hop Notch'.

spinrsx, May 28, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

A dark amber in to my glass capped by an off white head.nose is piney, toasty, and chocolate. Taste is intense bitterness of pine, citrus, and earth with in a caramel, chocolate, and toasty back bone. Wish it were a bit more balanced. This beer epitomizes the notion of a sipper. I would say it was enjoyable but would seek something else if I were looking for a sipper.

WoodBrew, May 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer is black as midnight with a thin head that leaves just a touch of lacing down the glass. The nose is malt forward with tones of alcohol and some hops although they are not the headliner. The flavor starts with malt, moves to a little heat from the alcohol with a nice balanced bitterness. After the bitterness subsides you get a great nutty/coffee flavor, really nice. You can tell that this was well brewed and precisely attenuated, the mouthfeel is just rich enough without being sweet and syrupy-eee. Overall a very enjoyable balanced entry into the black ipa or cascadian dark ale series... whatever you want to call it. Cheers!

Johnnyfacelift, May 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a fluffy, light, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are subtle, with a slight chocolate and floral hops presence. Flavors are dark and dynamic, with a roasted chocolate and coffee backbone carrying the wet, resiny hops presence. The citrus highlights are there, but overpowered by the dark and roasty characteristics. Smooth bodied with a enough carbonation to avoid overpowering. The aftertaste is hoppy and roasted, both balanced to remain smooth. Slight sweet and hoppy finish, with a bitterness that draws you back in to drink more. At 9.2%, this is far too easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

nichcollins, May 24, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 4/11/12 according to label.

A: Dark dark dark brown. Only at the bottom of the glass does enough light come through to not be truly black. Not much visible carbonation if any. A two-finger, tan head forms and lingers somewhat.

S: Citrus & pine resin hop aroma. I don't get much roasted malt here at all. There is a hint of dark fruitiness to it also.

T: The first sip, I get nearly no hop flavor at all - just hammered by a deep coffee malt with an almost burnt taste. As it sits for a few moments, the next sips much more grapefruit hops up front, then roasted coffee malts, citrus rind & pine resin bitterness. A bit of chocolate in the malts as it warms a bit, some hints of raisins.

M: Nice & heavy, carbonated and yet smooth. Hides the significant ABV very well. Exactly the mouthfeel that a "Black IPA" should have, in my opinion. Moderate hang, with a mix of hop & malt cacao bitterness but the overall impression is a relatively sweet beer.

O: I'm a bit perplexed by my initial impression and the subsequent changes. Still, for the majority of the beer this is an enjoyable, quality example of a style that's rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

macrosmatic, May 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours super black, opaque, shuns the sunlight. Decent off-white head on top hangs around for a few.

Dank, resin hop aroma dominates up front while a sweet malt base gives it legs and leverages it. The complex resin scent plays a sticky melody on top of the malt.

Thick, malty sweetness slides in around the edges of my palate as a firm, piney bitterness takes center stage. More spicy pine from the hop flavor sticks to the roof of my mouth. Eventually a mild acrid roastiness starts to clean up the stage, ushering the sticky hops and sweet malt out the door.

Good body with an amazingly clean balance. The toned down roasted grains really make an excellent cleaning crew for this dank, sticky brew.

Far less roasty than I expected from a Black IPA. Other than the color I was impressed with how deftly the roasted grains were used just to clean up the edges of what could have been a sticky sweet aftertaste. Instead the mild acrid bitterness from the roast picks up where the hops and malt leave off and refreshes the palate at the end of each sip.

Overall a very impressive dank-style IPA, reminds me of Resin or Dale's Deviant. Not quite as sticky but the dry clean finish is very welcome.

neophilus, May 22, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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