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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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1,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 83
Gots: 150 | 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:
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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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from their 12oz bottle:

Appearance - Wow, poured a 4-finger cascading mocha colored head. Color is a deep transparent mahogany red. I'm getting fantastic lacing right off the first sip.

Smell - Moist grapefruit and orange peel, roasted grains/malts, freshly brewed tea, and some green & floral hop notes, really nice!

Taste - Oh this is really good - starts with semi-sweet grapefruit and orange zest, plum skin, big moist green, floral and spicy hops, some light coriander and pepper, and a touch of anise and black licorice. Long into the finish are juicy green hop flavors with bitter citrus and pine, and a touch of dark unsweetened tea. There is a wonderful sweetness like tart ripe plum and ruby red grapefruit that just falls off at the finish, a very nice pleasant transition. The alcohol will begins to appear as this beer warms above 55 degrees, but not offensively - otherwise it is nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel - This is just over medium, as the flavors are big, juicy and mouthcoating, but not thick - a bit syrupy maybe, but very smooth. Carb is somewhat low, leaving nice edges here and there, but not enough to scrub the palate - but it is enough to finish the transition to some bitterness that nears puckering.

Overall - What a fantastic beer, I am contemplative after every sip. There is so much depth and complexity here, but so completely well balanced. I would not recommend having weaker styles after one of these, as it will dominate your palate - but in a most wonderful way. My favorite style is a nice DIPA, and this has some nice similarities. Hop lovers take note, this is a must try!

03-28-2012 04:04:52 | More by blackcompg
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-26-2012 23:13:57 | More by DerwinWentworth
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

03-26-2012 15:55:59 | More by czmate
Photo of teleman

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-26-2012 15:13:25 | More by teleman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-25-2012 20:17:36 | More by dmorgan310
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-25-2012 18:43:01 | More by musicsherlock
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-25-2012 05:03:42 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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4.13/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 12/2/11.

12 oz bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Dubhe is a dark brown color with good clarity and thick head. It has great retention and lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops and just a hint of roast from the malts.

Flavor is definitely double-IPA hoppy but with a bold enough malt bill to stand up to it. Citrus like orange and grapefruit, roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a very good black ale. Probably second to Odell Mountain Standard but both are worth a try if you have them in your area.

03-24-2012 02:23:56 | More by GilGarp
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-23-2012 08:03:36 | More by bluckbeyes
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours black with brown around the edges when held up to light and a massive 2 finger creamy tan head faded very slowly and looked like a pillow as it went down, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, toasted grains, coffee, herbs, biscuit, caramel, piney hops, and burnt toast and/or charcoal. A great combo of sweet hops and roasted malts with a very mild whiff of alcohol; nice balance that matches the look of this brew.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, herbs, tea leaf, roasted grains, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, cocoa powder, mild spices like coriander and pepper, and more oily hops kick in before the bitter roasted finish.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and creamy, with very mild carbonation, a heavy body that is a little chewy, and real easy flow to it like a stout, but with a bitter finish that leaves a hoppy and roasted malt flavors lingering.

This was a great black ale/black IPA that was perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable; it also hides the ABV very well and goes down easy. I will seek this out again and highly recommend trying it.

6/25/2014-had it on tap and it looked amazing, smelled of roasted malt, coffee and citrus hops, and tasted of fresh citrus and floral hops mixed with cocoa powder, burnt coffee, brown sugar, charcoal and toffee. Damn tasty black IPA that had perfect mix of hops and malts along with perfect balance.

03-22-2012 03:11:01 | More by CHickman
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-21-2012 21:27:49 | More by donquixote
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-20-2012 00:50:03 | More by illini4x4
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance. Pours a deep, rich cola brown with almost a finger of thick, orange-tan head.

Smell. Sweet grapefruit, some toasty malts, a little papaya. Smells good.

Taste. Toasty malts, pine sap and grapefruits, coffee and molasses. Lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer to satisfy your hop craving.

03-19-2012 19:36:01 | More by Rutager
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

On-tap @ Brewers Haven Boise ID. Served in a pint nonic.

A: Dark black with transparent red hues visible, fairly good lace from a tannish head.

S: Very hoppy, earthy, herbal, resinous, pretty pithy with plenty of grapefruit zest...hints of roasted malt but its mostly oily hop leaf.

T: Follows the nose...lots of oily and piny hop notes overwhelm the roasted malt and coffee notes...herbal leafy hop notes evolve into spicy citrus, orange and grapefruit rind.

MF: Fairly dry, oily and bitter, medium light body, with a touch of alcohol.

O: Aggressive Black IPA but really enjoyable.

03-19-2012 18:21:32 | More by Scotchboy
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-18-2012 00:51:20 | More by chasmandocharles
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

03-17-2012 01:13:04 | More by DonFrap
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

03-16-2012 17:59:52 | More by sgoro
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-16-2012 04:27:03 | More by johnnyboy76
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

03-16-2012 02:12:25 | More by Pat
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

Deep brown color with garnet hues and from what I can tell, pretty good clarity. Light tan head with a very pungent nose of earthy and citric hops along with huge malt bill of licorice and dark berry jam.

Kind of low in carbonation. Aggressive hop bitterness. The taste is a bit more subtle than the nose and not as all over the place as expected (but still a little all over the place) Big sweet roasted malt flavor up front with a touch of wood or smoke, something I can't quite put my finger on. Notes of dark chocolate and caramel on the sides of the tongue where the hop presence begins to make itself known with resinous piney and citric flavors (and a touch of grape fruit) Dark fruit and licorice make their presence known somewhere along the way with a touch of alcohol.

The big full body of the beer is necessary to contain all the complexities within it. Quite a tongue slapper. Some of the flavors play off eachother in a unique way while others are just bizarre. Not exactly a layered taste experience but not a well blended one either. Overall good and incredibly unique but not something I'd buy again. This one space visit was strange enough.

03-11-2012 03:34:42 | More by jtierney89
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-11-2012 03:34:06 | More by AmIeviL
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-09-2012 20:41:00 | More by swimbikerundrink
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

Black ale brewed with hemp seeds eh? Must be the best they make from the reviews.

A - Pours a very dark brown, clear in color with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Like their other beers it smells moderately hoppy, citrus and apricot come to mind. With mild sweet malts and chocolate malts are apparent.

T - Amazingly balanced you get the hoppy of citrus then pine, quickly to sweet chocolate malts and the finish is a twang of piney goodness that doesn't seem to sticky for too long. Only beer I can remember close to this is Stone's Black IPA and this one is more enjoyable/less roasty.

M - Medium bodied but drinks pretty light. Only the ABV is noticeable later.

Overall I would totally consider it again but it's one of those "Halftime beverage" beers so I will have to pick up a few when they have another free shipping offer.

03-09-2012 04:35:54 | More by DrDemento456
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

03-09-2012 03:28:41 | More by metter98
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-08-2012 12:05:56 | More by jeanphony
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.