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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

1,543 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,543
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 80
Gots: 136 | 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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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer with red highlights and a very short head. This one ended up being a lot more enjoyable than it appeared on the pour. The aroma is hoppy, with a roasted malt quality. Cereal and bread-crust, malt, grapefruit and pine cones. Nice. There's not as much alcohol in the aroma as I expected, given the ABV. The taste, however, has a serious kick. Lots of bitterness, booze, and highly roasted/burnt flavors. Warming. The beer is substantial, and has a massively intense back-taste. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:14:09 | More by Suds
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

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

A-dark brown color with a light tan head and decent lacing

S-roasted malt and some sweetness and bitter hints

T-caramel and malts flavors predominate with some pine and nice hop bitterness

F-mredium body with moderate carbonation, some creaminess to the body

O-an interesting black IPA with nice balance

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:04:40 | More by MDDMD
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djbreezy

Washington

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

on-tap at Saraveza in Portland

Appearance - dark, no transparency, tan head

Smell - floral hops balanced by some chocolate malts

Taste - toasty malts with a nice floral hop bitterness

Mouthfeel - full body, well carbonated, dry finish

Overall - great flavor profile, big brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 20:42:52 | More by djbreezy
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Looks kinda thick as it pours down the side of the glass, forming a nice 1 finger fluffy head that fades very slowly with some lacing as it eventually does, very dark cola brown colored beer with some ruby light coming through all over.

Nose has some hops right out, earthy and piney hops, and an earthy weird seed like vegetative almost aroma that I believe is the hemp seed. Malts are a plenty, dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate malt, and some bready reddish malts.

Taste starts rich and creamy, with some darker malts, caramel, plenty of crystal malts, hints of chocolate malt and other darker malts, and bready reddish malt. That is quickly overpowered by the hops, earthy spicy hops with plenty of pine. Also comes teh bitter seed earthy kinda icky tasting hemp seed that I'm not a huge fan of. It also gets juicy with what wants to be tropical fruit and citrus but seems more like a bad almost putrid blend of orange and grapefruit juice, with chocolate milk or something. It has a weird flavor I'm not a huge fan of and the blending of them just makes it even worse. The finish is quite bitter, with lingering earthy spicy hops, pine, light citrus and some sticky malts but dry. It eventually gets astringent as well, both from the hops and seeds I think, astringent and very bitter on the back of the tongue and even throat.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, with hints of warming booze.

Overall not bad but too many different flavors that don't mesh well at all. The hemp seeds are weird on their own, and the piney hops as well as citrus and want to be grapefruit hops curdle the creamy dark malt almost porter like background that don't blend nearly as well as other ABAs. then theres the super bitter astringent finish...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:16:02 | More by jlindros
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/10/11. Served in a small footed goblet.

Frosty ring of sheeted lace that collars the edges of the glass. Jet black up top, dark mahogany glint in the meniscus. Surface is finely textured and creamy, with a cluster of larger bubbles to one side.

Lightly sweet and roasty chocolate and black malt, resiny floral and pine hops, woody with a slightly dank, cheesy edge.

Dark unsweetened chocolate, bitter and resiny, leafy greens, pine, underlying toasty malt sweetness that tempers the bitterness a little. Very smooth and supple feel, lightly sticky on the lips, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden, sipping is easy. The full flavors encourage slow savoring. This is a really nice Black IPA, it's very cohesive with equally vibrant hop greenery and deep roasted malt complexity. Will look for more of this before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:49:04 | More by emerge077
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Grebdioz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-27-2011 11:56:05 | More by Grebdioz
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alamode

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-26-2011 16:16:26 | More by alamode
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DaveONan

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-23-2011 02:00:42 | More by DaveONan
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in tulip glass. Pours a mostly opaque, dark brown color with a decent, light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is dark, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, citrus and resiny hops. Flavor is roasted malts, spicy (almost like a rye malt spicy), resiny and citrus (grapefruit) hops, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, and bitter. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:19:14 | More by mtstatebeer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a creamy ½ finger that slathers the sides of the glass with a thick and sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, and herbal feeling in the nose, which is layered on top of some fresh and zesty smelling grapefruit and a touch of peppery spice. Coffee and chocolate lay along the back but it's the hops that really sit at the forefront of this and are emboldened a bit by some spicy alcohol presence as well.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma, with a fresh bitter blast of grapefruit and pine that sticks to the tongue with a resinous dryness. Roast and chocolate glide along the back, with the chocolate in particular helping balance this with a bit of a sweet gooey feel. Those fresh hop flavors really control this though, with a pithy bitterness and resins really coming out with some assertiveness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and lays some crispness down directly on the tongue but the majority of the feel is more of a smooth creaminess that spreads out on the edges. Despite the high alcohol, the warmth here is mostly kept in check, although it really does help intensify those hops on the tongue at times.

This one of the better takes on the Black IPA style that I’ve had in a while, with those fresh hops right at the front and center (this was a pretty fresh bottle and it showed), while those darker malts sitting along the back and compliment them, just as they should be. If they would dial the ABV back a bit, this may well could be one of the best that I’ve had. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 18:09:11 | More by Kegatron
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-20-2011 21:06:27 | More by laymansbeerfan
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GrizzlyBrew

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, dark brown. Hard to explain, but really dark brown without getting any black tones makes sense (I know it doesn't). Beer seems bright although not much light passing through. Nice tan head comprised of small bubbles, but faded to thin film rather quickly.

S - ooohhh... Pacific Northwest hops - citrus, spice, damp earth. A roastiness creeps up, but is indiscernible as far as coffee or chocolate. I think I'm smelling some really high crystal malt.

T - now the mocha comes through. Nice and dry, but certainly not thin. The hops have actually seemed to fade in just a few minutes (this may just be my newly established awareness of the coffee character that is pretty killer). I want more aroma hops, but probably would not like the clash with the roast as much as I think I would. The bitterness may be slightly harsh and I could feel the tannins on my tongue after the first sip. This is more of a hoppy dark ale than a dark IPA...

M - Fairly big, uplifted by mod-high carbonation (maybe too high). The tannins are a bit of a turn off.

O - A good beer, but as mentioned in the taste critique, slightly less roast character and more hops would align more closely with my definition of Imperial Black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 00:13:07 | More by GrizzlyBrew
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kaseydad

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black liquid with a frothy beige head and slight lacing. Barleywine anyone? Totally has the aroma and whiffs of a barleywine with some dark malts in the mix. Slight candy, figs and wood also abundent. The taste is very nice. Smokey taste with some hearty roasted malts, some leather and a nice coffee bean/espresso swallow and aftertaste. The hoppiness is there if you need it. Pretty chewy mouthfeel. Overall I was again impressed with another Uinta brew. I had no clue about this brewery until a little over a year ago but I am a fan. Good stuff here. And it has hemp seed. +1.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:37:26 | More by kaseydad
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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
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.