Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -3.1%
Reviewing the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Unita Brewing Company.
12 oz bottle served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass on 02/25/12 at Square Bar & Grill in Chicago while waiting for a table at my favorite restaurant in the city -- Kuma's Corner. Review is from iPhone notes.
Appearance: Totally opaque, pitch black color. No light from my iPhone set to 100% brightness and using the flashlight application cuts through this beer at all. Served with a half finger or so of creamy tan head that settles into a ring around glass and clump of bubbly tan head in the center. Oily lacing and above average retention. 4/5
Smell: Piney hops, lemon and chocolate malt. A little candied citrus, grapefruit and sticky pine sap. There is a sweet and sugary malt aroma in the background as well. The aroma is very DIPA-forward without much "black" ale characteristics save for the interesting chocolate malt twist. 4/5
Taste: The taste largely follows the nose, and is similarly DIPA-forward. Sharp lemon citrus, grapefruit and piney hops upfront. The hops have a fresh and moderately "mulchy"/earthy characteristic to them too. Subtle chocolate malt on the midpalate. Palate perking all spice and pepper on midpalate. There is a sugary "citrus candy" backbone to this brew. Lingering piney bitterness in the finish. This brew is pretty hop-forward. The 9.2% ABV is completely hidden. 4/5
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium high carbonation. Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly cotton-mouthy finish. 4/5
Overall: Easily my favorite black IPA to date. The bar tender who recommended I try this got an extra tip for making a super solid suggestion.
Recommendation: If you do not like IPA's you can skip this one, but hop heads should seek this brew out.
Cost: $6 for a 12 oz bottle at the bar.
02-26-2012 03:47:45 | More by jegross2
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, faint mahogany highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Grapefruit nose, flavor is grapefruit hops, lingering bitter aftertaste, the high ABV is hidden. Bottled Jan 2012, $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
02-24-2012 23:15:11 | More by jdhilt
4.73/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured a nice deep dark almost black into a tulip glass. Abundant four finger head.
Very interestingly smooth mouthfeel and taste. Alcohol and apparent hop feel well hidden and sort of sneaks up on you.
An exceptional representative of the style.
Who'd a thunk? I never was able to pull the trigger on a beer from Utah before. Utah and beer? Unthinkable!
A gift of this beer made me a believer.
Never again will I travel to Utah and assume I will be beer-deprived.
02-24-2012 21:40:51 | More by NWer
4/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
L - black with a off-white head that left a sheet of lacing.
S - a mix of citrusy hops and dark roast coffee.
T - the taste is much the same as the aroma with a dry bitter espresso coffee bitterness.
F - medium bodied it goes down smooth and easy.
O - a fine example of the style.
02-13-2012 12:42:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown appearing black with red highlights at the edges. One finger light tan head continually renewed by carbonation and nice lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, light malt with faint chocolate and roasted elements, smells good. Flavor is mellow dark malt, herbal and citrus hops, hint of chocolate, finishing quickly with a lingering hop bitterness with just a hint of earthiness, probably from the hemp seed. Medium body with a hint of creaminess. Dark malt body not as assertive as some black IPAs, but enough to balance the flavor and support the hops. A tasty, well made IPA
02-12-2012 04:53:25 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev -3.1%
Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: big pine hops and chocolate
Taste: cocoa, chocolate, and big pine hops at the end
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone
Overall: A nice and piney black ale. The aftertaste is a bit different/odd but that is the only thing holding this one back...and even that is not enough to offset the rest of this great tasting beer. A solid beer that I will get again.
02-08-2012 14:59:40 | More by tigg924
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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