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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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1,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 88
Gots: 168 | 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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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Unita Brewing Company.
Score: 91

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.

jegross2, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

jk3, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdhilt, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of NWer
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NWer, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +9%

ShemRahBoo, Feb 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Askchucky, Feb 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

savagepm, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Durb777
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Durb777, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mebuzzard, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jewellrunner, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.1%

mdillon86, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of smokejr
4/5  rDev -3.1%

smokejr, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

LiquidAmber, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

cycoduck, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

CSQ1111, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown-black with some mahogany hues when held to the light. Nice fluffy head that sticks around for awhile, and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass. Aromas are floral hops and roasted malts with some hemp - but I feel it's my head playing tricks on me because I know it's in there. Tastes are nice and full with a rich complexity of roasted malt, loads of pungent pine and grapefruity hops, with some notes of baker's chocolate, and hemp with a hint of white pepper. Mouth-feel is full-bodied, creamy and smooth with an oily and astringent finish. Overall, I'm very impressed with this Uinta offering. I haven't been to thrilled with some of their other stuff I've tried and was ready give up on them, but this is a definite must-try!

barnzy78, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

jwat, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My latest serving, on tap at taphouse grill in wayne nj
Have previously had bottled beer

The winner here is the taste and aromas
The hemp seed infusion brings in an amazing bridge between the dark ripe fruits and malts to the high front end hops at 107 IBU

remarkable finish this beer is better on tap than I remember the bottle to be. Gooey resin like presence of sweet and tart combined There is a competition between the chocolate bittersweet and the hop citrus. that is at the same time piney a lingering finish

muskiesman, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

InfernoBoss, Feb 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Pours a really dark red, just enough color to see through. The scent has a bit of malt and some liquor. For having a liquor scent this is a really smooth drink. Creamy texture. Something you could sip on, but at the ABV it's at, it'll sneak up and kill you. Recommended for anyone that can get one.

billyzoom666, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

FalconA, Feb 03, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.