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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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1,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 99
Gots: 240 | 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 justinlaz
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: I need to start realizing that most Black IPAs are not, in fact, opaque like a RIS. That said, this looks really nice in the glass, with a very dark amber color throughout the body, and a nice chocolate-covered-cherry colored head that sticks around in nice sheets above the top of the body.

Smell: A nice sense of hemp and oily hops, more on the citrus and bitter grapefruit side of things, with some nice mild chocolate, berries, and a good sense of not-overpowering char that mingles with and lingers in the background.

Taste: Very nicely hopped to be sure, with some bright citrus coming through, almost into mild sweetness territory, to grapefruit-ring bitterness, to lingering char and mild chocolate and berries. It's interesting how with each sip there's a layer of flavors to take in, and that's what a good Black IPA can do that I've noticed. If it's on, complexity and nuance -- along with strength in most cases -- keep surprising you changing, and if it's off, it can become a complete mess. I feel like this may be one of the hardest styles to get right, and that makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy-bodied as I'd first assumed it would be, as there's a nice creaminess that balances the medium body, and nothing feels too cloying or syrupy in the least.

Drinkability: This is a palate-wrecker of a brew, and one to take on, most likely, at the end of a sampling, or as the last pint at a bar. Though this isn't my favorite style, Uinta's doing a lot of great things here, and this is the kind I'd go back to: complex, nuanced, and strong. A good balance that, if done right, can be a kind of weird but very pleasurable experience for the palate, and I'm looking forward to trying more across the board in the future.

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a lighter roast and some pine hops. In the taste, a small hop and a small caramel like roast. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice roast and big pine hops, hides the alcohol, and pleasant.

Photo of Fahz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kegmans
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ryko
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rhhjr
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of rodlavers
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hard from bottle into a Founders pint glass. Loads of light tan head with considerable lacing. Dark, dark brown, almost black coloring, with hints of deep red. From a distance, this would appear to be a stout. Look is fantastic. Smell is great too. Hints of smoke, but mostly I get sweet floral hops with some malt and maybe a bit of caramel. It smells nothing like it looks, I suppose overall smell is typical of an imperial IPA. Taste is similar -- like a smokey IIPA, and incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little bite and carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, I wish I had picked up more than one bottle.

Photo of Sara
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Tenente
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Chimarillo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JottaGibboo
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dubhe poured a deep black color, with a nice sized creamy tan head. Their was a nice strong smokey burnt floral aroma. The taste had strong bold hop flavors, with a strong smokey malty undertone, that finished bitter and dry. Nice strong flavors, and could drink a few of these easily. Overall a fantastic black ale.

Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times now, bouts time for a review.

Pours a dark red, some clarity when held to the light. Nice creamy tan head retains well.

Big fruity and piny hops in the scent - grapefruit, tropical, pineapple comes to mind. Nice chocolatey caramel backs it up with some roasted coffee there too.

Taste is great and a slight improvement over the scent. Hops are huge for a black IPA - lots of bright fruitiness that leans towards tropical and resiny pine (must be the hemp). The "blackness" is big as well, but sweeter than most for the style with milk chocolate and caramel. Light roastiness and bread.

Big mouthfeel that's kinda foamy. Big bitterness and some alcohol bite make this a bit of a sipper.

Overall this has been great every time I've had it, a standout for the style at a pretty good price. The hops are the showcase but good flavor all around.

Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer from Utah? Who knew!
Darker than cola in the glass, with minimal head. Pretty.

I get almost nothing on the nose. A little bit of faint booziness, but even that smells more fresh than strong. There's a little bit of roastiness as well.

I like this. There's the backbone of a good, balanced IPA, but immaculately blended with the darkk notes of a stout. Roastiness, bakers chocolate, and a little coffee lead off, finishing with a nice warm malt/hop IPA.

Smoothe, easily drinkable, if you don't mind the bitter hops on the end. If I look for it I can tell that there's a strong booze presence, but it's not readily apparent. Brewed with hemp seeds, huh?

Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass.

A: Pours a not-quite-black dark burgundy color. The head is a two finger light tan color with great texture and nice retention. A lot of thin, filmy lace is left on the glass, having that 'could almost pass for a black metal band's logo' vibe to it.

S: Surprisingly citrusy - I was expecting more of a floral/pine hop quality, but I really can't complain here. A decent amount of papaya, mango, and apricots form the main aspects of the aroma, with just a backing hint of roasted malt and chocolate. I also sense a little bit of marijuana, too.

T: Again, I really like how citrusy this is, but the black ale qualities are subtle, at best. An opening salvo of mango and papaya give way to a finish of light roast and hemp. The darker malts only serve to smooth out the hop profile without creating a clashing sensation problematic of a lot of black ales. Smoothly balanced with minimal to moderate bitterness and a building roasted aftertaste. Nothing hyper complex, but son of a bitch, this just works.

M: Silky smooth to start, before the hops create a coarseness after the midtaste. Hop oils build a resinous texture on the tongue without destroying the palate. Not easy to drink, due to the thicker body, but the finishing dryness and moderate carbonation makes this easy to sip.

O: I love DIPAs and I love stouts, but hybridize the two into a black ale and the results can be questionable at times (see: Stone SSR). This, on the other hand, is an example of the style done right. VERY well priced for what it is, and highly recommended. Even at three months old, this is damn good stuff.

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jokemon
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. It's strange I have drank man beers but never a black IPA.

I was surprised at how good it tasted. The hop presence is definitely there but it is balanced extremely well with the chocolaty blackness of this beer.

Overall I highly recommend trying this!

Photo of ridgeline23
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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