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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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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 256 | 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 jokemon
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BigCheese
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

exactly 1 month old.

A: Just off black with redish hue. Thin cardboard colored head. Some minor lacing.

S: A nice mix of pineapple citrusy hops and chocolate coffee roasted malts. Pungent, fresh.

T: More coffee and maltiness initially than nose lends. Then a wave of pineapple, mango and grapefruit hoppiness. Then some caramel and coca. Lots of chocolate and honey notes in lingering taste some piney hops as well. Suprisingly not that bitter for 100+ IBUs. As it warms hop flavors and bitterness is more pronounced.

M: ABV well integrated. Low/med carbonation, typical for style. Pretty drinkable for what it is. A tad thin/watery in mouthfeel for style. Soft though.

O: I would consider this a highly hopped robust porter as opposed to Black IPA but whatever. Really digging this though, nothing overwhelms, and it seems like a carefully crafted flavor profile as opposed to "kitchen sink" like some of these Black IPAs. Highly reccomended for Porter, IPA or RIS fans.

Photo of davblo
1/5  rDev -75.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mscudder
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle poured into a schooner.

A - A strong dark brown with a large off-tan head. Nice variation in the size of all the bubbles with a fair amount of retention.

S - Hops, floral notes, sweet honey, coffee and a touch of booze. Sounds like it would be a poor arrangement of aromas, but I find it quite nice.

T - Starts with a complex dark roasted flavor with hints of coffee and transforms into a bitter infused malt-sweetness finish. The end almost tastes as if there is some coconut, which is my only real complain here. Certainly a nice experience for such complexity.

M - Medium bodied with a large amount of bitterness and sweet malts which suppress one another. I have yet to find a black IPA that I really loved, but this is not bad.

O - Another unique and complex brew from Uinta. I prefer the Hop Notch but this is a fine alternative for someone seeking a complex, dark IPA.

Photo of kwa357
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

32oz growler from Moondog Growlers (Marietta, GA). 7.49. Served in an oversized snifter. 

Pours cola-brown, allowing light through the edges with two fingers dense tan head. Plenty of clingy lacing. 

Smells as I expect- smokey malts and earthy hops. 

Nice blend of the big hops and complex malts. Piney and citrusy with plenty of toasty malt backing. Complex enough to almost completely difuse the 9.2% abv. 

Heavy creamy coating feel with a nice balancing cabonation. Lingering smokey hoppy bitter aftertaste. 

Certainly one of the better in the style. A big, well balanced beer that's worth a try for fans of the style. 

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way to go Uinta for putting a bottled on date. This batch was bottled on 7-3-12 only 23 days ago. I got the bottles in a four pack from the brewery for 10 dollars.

Appearance: Held up to a light, this beer is dark brown but clear in my goblet. The pour resulted in a tan head that took a little while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Hops and malts! The hops component is a bit piney, earthy and maybe a little floral.

Taste: This beer is hard to describe. The malts are roasted in a way to have a bittersweet flavor with a hint of toasted coconut on the finish. The hops are a mixture of what was noted in the smell. Nice pine, earthy, and dank hops flavors. The alcohol is slightly noticeable at 9.2 ABV, but I don't think that I would want to age this to mellow out, as the hops flavors would be muted. I am not sure I can sense the hemp seed other than an overall sort of "herbal" note to the taste. The malts are roasted, kind of a coffee flavor. I didn't get a sense that this was a 109 IBU beer. They don't over-power it at all.

Mouthfeel: I have said other beers coat the mouth with flavor in some of my other ratings, this one takes it to a new level. The finish is very drawn out. The bittersweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops linger without being a bother. These are flavors that I want to stick around for a long time. The body is thick and velvety while the carbonation is just enough to balance.

Overall: This is a really complex beer, and a nice interpretation of the CDA style. The flavor goes on and on. I can only recommend this for the adventurous sort as the flavors are really intense. Those that can handle it will be rewarded. I also suggest trying it fresh.

Photo of catboy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black with Dr. Pepper highlights. Creamy khaki head with great retention and lace.

S - Nice nose. Floral with a dark honey sweetness and a soft booze. Touch of coffee roast.

T - Dark roast and hot booze give way to a burning bitterness that dominates the center and finish. Black roast coffee pulls through on the backend with a deep roast malt sweetness.

M - Medium body.

O - Aggressively bitter, even for hop heads. Nice roast coffee character.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy off-whitte head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate wifh a touch of grassiness.

Tastes of deep malt notes complimented by a hoppy finish. Malts lead off with a dark chocolate and espresso note. Minor notes of brown sugar molasses are also present. Ends with a hoppy finish with grass, citrus, and pine coming through. Moderately bitter but this beer is fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a balanced version if a black IPA, but is another good beer from Uinta.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.