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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,530 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 79
Gots: 129 | 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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bbrochu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-14-2011 02:44:40 | More by bbrochu
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Imperial black ipa brewed with hemp seed. Bottled 6/23/11. Consumed 12-07-11.

A: Black at arms length, a very deep burgundy when backlighted. A frothy peanut shell colored head is a finger high, with a good stay of exectution. A good skim coating exists and forms a complete band around the glass with a good amount of coverage.

S: Fresh citrus, forest pine with the hops being only light to moderate in show but could be from the six month incubation period.Dry roasty chocolate rounds things out.

T: Roasty, fresh charred bitterness mixing with some dry pine and a smooth charred fade. Slight silty minerality fade coats the tongue. Nice level of hops, dry pine and smoked flowery citrus that is followed by a lingering roastiness mixing with some dry bitter bakers chocolate at closeout.

M: Medium full body, roasty with a lingering bitterness that stays on the tongue.

O: Overall roasty, hoppy with a nice finish. Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 23:13:56 | More by beerthulhu
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-12-2011 02:43:37 | More by jenray
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Wasatch

Utah

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 11/10/11

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, licorice, slight toffee note, caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy, lots of licorice, and malts. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. This is an pretty tasty brew, one of Uinta's best.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:19:39 | More by Wasatch
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Skylermandela

Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-10-2011 19:44:31 | More by Skylermandela
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TKHawn61

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-09-2011 23:03:05 | More by TKHawn61
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the key here is balance. Its not overly roasted, and its not overly hopped. I can feel the wet hops and hemp seeds in there, hints marijuana and wet hops are laden in the taste. The hops are almost alpha acid extract smooth and slick, but nothing overpowering. light and refreshing.

it wont blow your mind away, but wont be a huge letdown.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 20:45:32 | More by VncentLIFE
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TheFlern for this one. bottled on 08/02/11.

poured cold, aggressively, and cola black from the bottle to a 12oz foothills pilsner with a 1/2 finger, relatively long lasting tan head

aroma of grassy hops and subtle hints of marijuana (likely from the hemp seed). interesting

still pretty hop forward for a four month old IPA. big hops forward followed by a roasted and almost burnt malt with hints of smoke.

medium bodied, big carbonation, bitter, but not seriously in your face.

overall a very interesting take on the style, bitter, yet a balanced after.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 02:43:21 | More by robwestcott
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IPx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-07-2011 07:15:42 | More by IPx
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y2korey

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-06-2011 05:52:35 | More by y2korey
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 25 days ago. I call that fresh.

Pour is very opaque black, just a thin collar around the edges of this one.(after the glass gets near the bottom browning happens, so it's not totally opaque)
Holy cow, the aroma is chocolate and a massive amount of citrus and pine. By far the strongest Black IPA aroma wise i have had.
The flavors are so intense. A huge level of roasted malts must have been used, it is dry and roasty, with Citrus and a Resinous Dankness.

This is a style i have never been a big fan of, but this one is probably my favorite example of the style so far. Well Done Uinta.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 06:01:03 | More by ChadQuest
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hyoung41

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2011 00:11:22 | More by hyoung41
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BrewerMike

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It's bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It's definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it's an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.

I will definitely buy this beer again. Amazing job on this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:18:29 | More by BrewerMike
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muletrane

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a deep black colour with only a little bit of light shining through the edges. 2 fingers of dense ivory head and lots of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet with some very faint hop presence.

T: Sweet malts up front with big piney hops in the finish. Lots of lingering bitterness as well.

M: Light carbonation with a moderate body. Slick feel overall and slightly watery.

Overall I enjoyed the beer. I like the big piney flavor here and the beer looks very nice as well. Everything else about this beer is slightly lacking though.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2011 01:04:52 | More by muletrane
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AApparel

California

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-03-2011 21:07:40 | More by AApparel
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BeerDanM

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-03-2011 02:59:39 | More by BeerDanM
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mrpibb1206

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-02-2011 01:29:01 | More by mrpibb1206
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crossovert

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/10/11. I am not a huge fan of this style but am always trying new stuff. I didn't pick this out for myself but was given it.

It pours nearly a pitch black with a real microfoamy tan head.

The smell works. It has a huge sweetness but also a nice bit of hops and a noticeable bit of chocolatey roasty hops.

The flavor isn't anything to behold. It bitterweet but with a lot of both. The chocolate bread flavor just doesn't mesh with the hops. I like the bitterness and the mouthfeel but this recipe seems un-thought-out.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 23:46:51 | More by crossovert
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost inky dark brown with a wondeful light chocolate head.

S: Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel.

T: Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.

M: Not overly bitter, rather smooth with a touch of alcohol finish. I’d love to see them increase the mouthfeel a tad to make it a bit chewier.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 17:52:05 | More by seanwhite
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

Pours a very dark translucent brown color with amber edging. There is a couple fingers worth of loose, off-white head. The lace is filled with bubbles and is sprayed across the glass.

The nose has a floral bouquet full of citrus hop and some pine. Underneath is a bit of biscuit-like malt.

The taste very bitter and has a nice twist on it. The malt offers an almost cocoa like taste right before the hop assault takes place. The citrus and pine hop offerings come through full force and bring a nice bitter taste to the table.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture with it. However, it is quite drinkable as the abv is well hidden and it isn't too heavy.

Overall, another great brew from the State of Utah. This is a very nice black ipa.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:55:09 | More by ChugginOil
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KevinBrewer

California

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/22/11

A- Dark chestnut, almost black in low lighting, with a reddish-brown glow around the edges. Billowy cappuccino-colored head that dissipates to a blanket, leaving patchy lacing behind.

N- Tons of lemon-lime citrus in the nose, with hints of grapefruit zest and flowers. Also some herbal, minty notes in there. Piney, resinous undertones blend perfectly with the citrus. Smooth roasted malt and toasted nuts provide a solid foundation for all those hops. I'm also getting some milk chocolate after pouring a second time. The nose is so complex, having a range of elements from light to dark, yet everything blends together to create a single unique aroma.

T- Lightly sweet nutty malt with a hint of powdered cocoa and a fair amount of roast. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney bitterness that balances the sweetness and blends with the roastiness. Juicy citrus brightens up the palate while providing a note of citrus rind to the bitterness. There's a pronounced savory spiciness to this brew that I associate with the hemp seed, although that's just a guess. The beer dries out nicely in the middle for a long bitter finish with tons of spice, grass, herbs, pine, toasted nuts, lingering citrus, and some faint roast. A little heat on the back end, which feels appropriate given the boldness of the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky, with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D- Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. If you like black IPAs, this is a must-have. Unique, complex, full of character, and fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:02:49 | More by KevinBrewer
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ElectricWizkid

Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-21-2011 20:50:27 | More by ElectricWizkid
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stonelis

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-21-2011 13:29:32 | More by stonelis
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lstokes

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's an opaque black with a dark brown head and smells like pine and roast. Depth of earthy, nutty, and chicory flavor from the dark malt and then the citrus hops offer an amazing brightness and bitterness... it's all kind of hot, but comes together well, with a sticky but well-carbonated mouthfeel. Every flavor is in excess but somehow this is an awesome beer! Melds together amazingly.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:16:46 | More by lstokes
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-20-2011 03:26:46 | More by DoctorB2B
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.