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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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1,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 282 | 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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Ratings: 1,854 | Reviews: 384
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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a one finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Aroma is absolutely glorious. A huge shot of pine and a little citrus blends wonderfully with cocoa and roast undertones. Really a great smelling ABA.

Lots of pine along with pineapple and grapefruit on the taste. There is a quick shot of alcohol followed by heavily roasted malt. A little bit of dark chocolate and coffee follows along with bitterness seemingly from the roasted malt. Bitterness is very high as to be expected with 109 ibu's. Mouthfeel is very slick and oily and a little bit light.

Overall, this an amazing ABA. Probably the best one I have ever had. The alcohol is barely present and the roasted character shines through remarkably. Something I will have to pick up again whenever I can find it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body appears black, but when backlit it's brown with mahogany/crimson hues on the edges. Small (half-finger) khaki-colored head rests on top. Leaves nice lace with each sip.

S: The nose I like for an American Black Ale - roasty malt and juicy hops. Both are evident and both are fairly pronounced.

T: Dry roasted barley malt and charcoal up front, followed by a nice juicy citrusy hop flavor. Finishes with char/charcoal and ash. Quite dry, with a water-sucking, lingering dry hoppy bitterness - think bitter, chewed-up pine needles. Heat from the ABV noted in the belly.

M: Medium-plus in heft; carbonation is modest, making it slightly creamy and even slick at times.

O: Good stuff. I like it really roasty like this. Very close to being exactly what I look for in an American Black Ale, though I have to say the claimed 109 IBUs really make this a palate-shredder. Tempted to lower the score here to 4.0 based on drinkability concerns, but I think I'll leave it at 4.5 for an "overall" positive impression.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Pungent, green hops with a background note of coffee.

T - Pine hops and dark caramel up front. Some roasted notes in the middle with a mocha character and more green pine. Finishes with coffee, modately strong bitterness and a lingering note of char.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - pretty well done, the hop character is nice with a pine character that works well with the roast. The malt character is, if anything too roasty, which is the opposite of the problem most black ipa seem to suffer from.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mastic hotel cup.

A. Nice 1+ finger head tan head sits above a robust black body. Somewhat transparent on the pour but black in the glass. Beer is slightly lively with some visable carbonation. Nice lacing rings left after the head goes down.

S. Roasted dark malts, earthy hops. Not too overwhelming but smells nice

T. Roasty dark malts, bitter coffee, piney hops.finish is a big bitter bite with a piney linger. Tastes like black coffee dumped into a bag of weed.

M. Medium to thicker feel with a lower carbonation. Finish is slightly syrupy.

O. Nice ABA. I like t how you can actually taste the pronounced roast unlike many ABAs that are to hop centric.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: I need to start realizing that most Black IPAs are not, in fact, opaque like a RIS. That said, this looks really nice in the glass, with a very dark amber color throughout the body, and a nice chocolate-covered-cherry colored head that sticks around in nice sheets above the top of the body.

Smell: A nice sense of hemp and oily hops, more on the citrus and bitter grapefruit side of things, with some nice mild chocolate, berries, and a good sense of not-overpowering char that mingles with and lingers in the background.

Taste: Very nicely hopped to be sure, with some bright citrus coming through, almost into mild sweetness territory, to grapefruit-ring bitterness, to lingering char and mild chocolate and berries. It's interesting how with each sip there's a layer of flavors to take in, and that's what a good Black IPA can do that I've noticed. If it's on, complexity and nuance -- along with strength in most cases -- keep surprising you changing, and if it's off, it can become a complete mess. I feel like this may be one of the hardest styles to get right, and that makes sense.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy-bodied as I'd first assumed it would be, as there's a nice creaminess that balances the medium body, and nothing feels too cloying or syrupy in the least.

Drinkability: This is a palate-wrecker of a brew, and one to take on, most likely, at the end of a sampling, or as the last pint at a bar. Though this isn't my favorite style, Uinta's doing a lot of great things here, and this is the kind I'd go back to: complex, nuanced, and strong. A good balance that, if done right, can be a kind of weird but very pleasurable experience for the palate, and I'm looking forward to trying more across the board in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a lighter roast and some pine hops. In the taste, a small hop and a small caramel like roast. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop and caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. Nice roast and big pine hops, hides the alcohol, and pleasant.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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