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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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1,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 91
Gots: 187 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

TravisD, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

twelveinches, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of ahq514
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Hopcat tulip.

Pours black with an off-white, finger sized head. Appears to have low to medium carbonation.

Aroma dominated by hops. Mostly citrus, pine, and floral hops. Dry, roasty grains are there but definitely take a backseat to the hops. Great lacing all around.

Starts out with some bitterness along with the combination of hop flavors as outlined in the aroma. Some of the chocolate and iced coffee comes from the roasted grains next which balances out the bitterness quite well. Some of the other abas I've had have the hops and roasted malt working against each other, but in the Dubhe, they complement each other quite well.

A little bit heavier than medium body, fairly low carbonation. Good drinkability for almost 9.2%.

After taking in the aroma, I wasn't sure I would enjoy this more so than other abas I've had. The hops were overly dominant and I thought it wouldn't have enough malt to stand up to the hops. Upon tasting it though, it proved me wrong. A great black ale overall.

ahq514, Apr 03, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cola brown and garnet color mix. Nice tan head that recedes to a thin ring after a few sips. OK lace stickage.

Roasted orange peel. Roasted malt, cofee. Bitter overall from both the hops and the roasted malts I think.

Bitter roasted malts and lots of hops make for a complex hop bomb. Coffee meets citric peels. With a little alcoholic warmth on the finish. A good, bitter sipper.

The dry, yet smooth palate. Helps lubricate the palate for a long slow sip of bitter pleasure.

scruffwhor, Apr 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

pdxbeerdrinker, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kspongeworthy, Mar 31, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So my first beer from Uinta is an Imperial Black IPA/American Black Ale and I was really excited.

It pours a nice dark color, not pitch black but very dark and has a nice brown head.

The aroma is full of roasted hops, some caramel and of course malt. The taste is very similar; right away there is the roasted hops and in the middle some caramel and to end it all with some malt and a nice hop bitterness.

This hides the strong alcohol very well and it's light-medium bodied which would make for a great dark summer beer.

It was very enjoyable, but it kinda felt like something was missing too. I'm not sure what, but I would like to pick this up again.

JohnnyMc, Mar 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle:

Appearance - Wow, poured a 4-finger cascading mocha colored head. Color is a deep transparent mahogany red. I'm getting fantastic lacing right off the first sip.

Smell - Moist grapefruit and orange peel, roasted grains/malts, freshly brewed tea, and some green & floral hop notes, really nice!

Taste - Oh this is really good - starts with semi-sweet grapefruit and orange zest, plum skin, big moist green, floral and spicy hops, some light coriander and pepper, and a touch of anise and black licorice. Long into the finish are juicy green hop flavors with bitter citrus and pine, and a touch of dark unsweetened tea. There is a wonderful sweetness like tart ripe plum and ruby red grapefruit that just falls off at the finish, a very nice pleasant transition. The alcohol will begins to appear as this beer warms above 55 degrees, but not offensively - otherwise it is nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel - This is just over medium, as the flavors are big, juicy and mouthcoating, but not thick - a bit syrupy maybe, but very smooth. Carb is somewhat low, leaving nice edges here and there, but not enough to scrub the palate - but it is enough to finish the transition to some bitterness that nears puckering.

Overall - What a fantastic beer, I am contemplative after every sip. There is so much depth and complexity here, but so completely well balanced. I would not recommend having weaker styles after one of these, as it will dominate your palate - but in a most wonderful way. My favorite style is a nice DIPA, and this has some nice similarities. Hop lovers take note, this is a must try!

blackcompg, Mar 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

DerwinWentworth, Mar 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

czmate, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

teleman, Mar 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

dmorgan310, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

musicsherlock, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 25, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2/11.

12 oz bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Dubhe is a dark brown color with good clarity and thick head. It has great retention and lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops and just a hint of roast from the malts.

Flavor is definitely double-IPA hoppy but with a bold enough malt bill to stand up to it. Citrus like orange and grapefruit, roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a very good black ale. Probably second to Odell Mountain Standard but both are worth a try if you have them in your area.

GilGarp, Mar 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bluckbeyes, Mar 23, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with brown around the edges when held up to light and a massive 2 finger creamy tan head faded very slowly and looked like a pillow as it went down, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, toasted grains, coffee, herbs, biscuit, caramel, piney hops, and burnt toast and/or charcoal. A great combo of sweet hops and roasted malts with a very mild whiff of alcohol; nice balance that matches the look of this brew.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, herbs, tea leaf, roasted grains, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, cocoa powder, mild spices like coriander and pepper, and more oily hops kick in before the bitter roasted finish.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and creamy, with very mild carbonation, a heavy body that is a little chewy, and real easy flow to it like a stout, but with a bitter finish that leaves a hoppy and roasted malt flavors lingering.

This was a great black ale/black IPA that was perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable; it also hides the ABV very well and goes down easy. I will seek this out again and highly recommend trying it.

6/25/2014-had it on tap and it looked amazing, smelled of roasted malt, coffee and citrus hops, and tasted of fresh citrus and floral hops mixed with cocoa powder, burnt coffee, brown sugar, charcoal and toffee. Damn tasty black IPA that had perfect mix of hops and malts along with perfect balance.

CHickman, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

donquixote, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, rich cola brown with almost a finger of thick, orange-tan head.

Smell. Sweet grapefruit, some toasty malts, a little papaya. Smells good.

Taste. Toasty malts, pine sap and grapefruits, coffee and molasses. Lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer to satisfy your hop craving.

Rutager, Mar 19, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brewers Haven Boise ID. Served in a pint nonic.

A: Dark black with transparent red hues visible, fairly good lace from a tannish head.

S: Very hoppy, earthy, herbal, resinous, pretty pithy with plenty of grapefruit zest...hints of roasted malt but its mostly oily hop leaf.

T: Follows the nose...lots of oily and piny hop notes overwhelm the roasted malt and coffee notes...herbal leafy hop notes evolve into spicy citrus, orange and grapefruit rind.

MF: Fairly dry, oily and bitter, medium light body, with a touch of alcohol.

O: Aggressive Black IPA but really enjoyable.

Scotchboy, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

chasmandocharles, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

DonFrap, Mar 17, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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