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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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1,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,730
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 96
Gots: 209 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

coz, May 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 2.49$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, hops, pineapple/apricot/strawberry

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with coffee/chocolate and hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and a bit of a pineapple/apricot/strawberry fruity sweetness. (I can't put my finger on exactly what it is) I can also taste the booze a little bit. It ends with a pretty hoppy and malty aftertaste with lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall - The strawberry(?) fruit note doesn't work all that well with the other black ipa flavours for me. It's still a fantastic beer, I just expected more due to how much I enjoyed their 'Hop Notch'.

spinrsx, May 28, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber in to my glass capped by an off white head.nose is piney, toasty, and chocolate. Taste is intense bitterness of pine, citrus, and earth with in a caramel, chocolate, and toasty back bone. Wish it were a bit more balanced. This beer epitomizes the notion of a sipper. I would say it was enjoyable but would seek something else if I were looking for a sipper.

WoodBrew, May 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black as midnight with a thin head that leaves just a touch of lacing down the glass. The nose is malt forward with tones of alcohol and some hops although they are not the headliner. The flavor starts with malt, moves to a little heat from the alcohol with a nice balanced bitterness. After the bitterness subsides you get a great nutty/coffee flavor, really nice. You can tell that this was well brewed and precisely attenuated, the mouthfeel is just rich enough without being sweet and syrupy-eee. Overall a very enjoyable balanced entry into the black ipa or cascadian dark ale series... whatever you want to call it. Cheers!

Johnnyfacelift, May 26, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a fluffy, light, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are subtle, with a slight chocolate and floral hops presence. Flavors are dark and dynamic, with a roasted chocolate and coffee backbone carrying the wet, resiny hops presence. The citrus highlights are there, but overpowered by the dark and roasty characteristics. Smooth bodied with a enough carbonation to avoid overpowering. The aftertaste is hoppy and roasted, both balanced to remain smooth. Slight sweet and hoppy finish, with a bitterness that draws you back in to drink more. At 9.2%, this is far too easy to drink.

GarthDanielson, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

nichcollins, May 24, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 4/11/12 according to label.

A: Dark dark dark brown. Only at the bottom of the glass does enough light come through to not be truly black. Not much visible carbonation if any. A two-finger, tan head forms and lingers somewhat.

S: Citrus & pine resin hop aroma. I don't get much roasted malt here at all. There is a hint of dark fruitiness to it also.

T: The first sip, I get nearly no hop flavor at all - just hammered by a deep coffee malt with an almost burnt taste. As it sits for a few moments, the next sips much more grapefruit hops up front, then roasted coffee malts, citrus rind & pine resin bitterness. A bit of chocolate in the malts as it warms a bit, some hints of raisins.

M: Nice & heavy, carbonated and yet smooth. Hides the significant ABV very well. Exactly the mouthfeel that a "Black IPA" should have, in my opinion. Moderate hang, with a mix of hop & malt cacao bitterness but the overall impression is a relatively sweet beer.

O: I'm a bit perplexed by my initial impression and the subsequent changes. Still, for the majority of the beer this is an enjoyable, quality example of a style that's rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

macrosmatic, May 24, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours super black, opaque, shuns the sunlight. Decent off-white head on top hangs around for a few.

Dank, resin hop aroma dominates up front while a sweet malt base gives it legs and leverages it. The complex resin scent plays a sticky melody on top of the malt.

Thick, malty sweetness slides in around the edges of my palate as a firm, piney bitterness takes center stage. More spicy pine from the hop flavor sticks to the roof of my mouth. Eventually a mild acrid roastiness starts to clean up the stage, ushering the sticky hops and sweet malt out the door.

Good body with an amazingly clean balance. The toned down roasted grains really make an excellent cleaning crew for this dank, sticky brew.

Far less roasty than I expected from a Black IPA. Other than the color I was impressed with how deftly the roasted grains were used just to clean up the edges of what could have been a sticky sweet aftertaste. Instead the mild acrid bitterness from the roast picks up where the hops and malt leave off and refreshes the palate at the end of each sip.

Overall a very impressive dank-style IPA, reminds me of Resin or Dale's Deviant. Not quite as sticky but the dry clean finish is very welcome.

neophilus, May 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

SickNukes, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

El_Zilcho, May 21, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz “compass bottle” into a tulip glass. Picked up as a single at Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte.

A: Black; light tan head leaves fat rings of lace; opaque.

S: Pine resin; grapefruit pith; hempy hops; sweet malts.

T: Piney hoppiness; some burnt caramel malt; pretty nice... there’s quite a bite, but not crazy (especially for 100+ IBUs).

M: Near full with a high carbo... good combo.

O: A really nice black IPA; satisfying; hoppy yet out of balance; interesting with the hemp; and the label art is pretty cool.

jpro, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

emaciated, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

AndreaAle, May 20, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky red; Hellish glint at the edge. Head is lovely - dense, frothy beige foam leaving a sticky cradle on the side. Could be more generous, but otherwise looks cracking.

Smells intriguing. Lots of dark and boozey notes, with pleasant espresso character, some hint of dark wood, chocolate and some peppery spice. A slight umami aroma too, slight seafood character and some resinous hop on the back. Very, very interesting, but it's not the most instantly appealing aroma.

Taste is mostly roastly [sic] [it's a pun]. Dark but sweet with unsweetened chocolate, some espresso notes with leather, oak and some tobacco. Gets some lighter, more resinous notes late, but still bitter in spite of the fact that the hops elevate it from its dark pit of roasty. Yeah, maybe finishes a little too spicy, with a coriander-esque hang at the back. Pleasant, though, and very intriguing.

Quite full, fairly smooth. Tastes like it might be boozey, and yet doesn't quite feel it.

Not an everyday drinker, but lots of intrigue and quite pleasant. Could see beers like this acting as gateways for people who already like beer but not dark beer.

laituegonflable, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Goldfishman, May 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

poppyjohn, May 18, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 6, 2012.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, beige head with dense lace but light retention. Hops are first to appear in the nose, citrus, clementine and some pine with a big cocoa and dark chocolate base. Says this was made with hemp seeds, and some herbal/seedy notes are present as well. Pine, berries and some tropical notes in terms of hopping with some dark fruits, chocolate, roast and a bitter piney/herbal finish. Medium full feel, sticky and bitter with a low carb. Sweeter than some Black IPAs, but fairly tasty.

liamt07, May 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

clickyourfingers, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

mmmmbeer, May 15, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 16, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours dark brown with red highlights under light with a two finger creamy light brown head that leaves nice rings of sticky, drippy lacing. Purty.

Aroma starts off hoppy, mostly citrus, some floral and pine as well. Then the dark malts start to come through with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, toffee nuts, and maybe a bit of anise and weed. Very good strength.

Flavor is really nice. Good amount of citrus and resinous hops and the dark malt come through really nice. A lot of chocolate and caramel notes, some coffee, toffee, molasses, black licorice. A touch of sweetness in the middle, finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol is there but integrated well for over 9%.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, good carbonation.

Really tasty Black IPA. Tons of flavor and balances the hops and dark malts very well. One of the best I’ve had in the style.

elgiacomo, May 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into crystal chalice. Mothers day beer.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head, good retention, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Quite hoppy with chocolate,pine, and smokey notes.

Taste: Very fresh tasting and crisp with the hops and then a thicker feel and taste of chocolate and pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Uinta did a good job on this with the excellent color and great balance. It's just like an earthy stout mixed with a well balance strong IPA. It's up there with Stone's sublimely self righteous.

julian89, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Consumed thoughtfully and slow, as it should be.

A-Pure black, red, dark orange when held to the light. Creamy tan head, creamy lace, and a little bubbly. Great head.

S-The nose was oak barrel, hops, black coffee, and slight mocha. Possibly some burnt barley. I sensed a little honey on the nose. Balanced smells.

T-Full bodied, a little sweet going in, the aftertaste was bitter with a strong alcohol flavor, but not overpowering. Overall, comfortable warming effects from the alcohol. I could sense a little grassy undertones. The strongest tastes were oak,burnt barley, smoked black coffee, and smoked hops.

M-Carbonation was perfect: a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Overall, this beer was excellent. It's great to see Utah brewers trying new things. The hemp seeds provided a nice touch. It is nice to see the crazy Utah theocratic lawmakers allow brewers to make proper ABV beer that can only be sold in state run stores (pain in the booty when visiting). Unfortunately, any beer above 4 % ABV is only available in a state run liquor store. You can buy beer in supermarkets at 4% and below only. If you ever go to Utah (I seldomly do), find out where the liquor stores are and buy a pack of Dubhe! It goes well with beef and nacho chips,w/salsa, and spicy guacamole. I recommend this ale. Cheers!

Jsteez, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

PaulMc, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

JxExM, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

cowboy83, May 11, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,730 ratings.