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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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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 7/7/12
*From notes

A: Brown ruby in hue. Cascading 2.25 finger mocha head. Good retention, lacing and collar follow.

S: Toasted malt. Lots of juicy hops as well.

T: On point. Certainly more IPA then Porter or roast forward. Lots of juicy hops overwhelm the palate from the get-go to late mid. This
moves back and then finishes chocolate roast-like.

M: Thick and big, yet drinkable and really quaffable. This gets big thumbs up for sure.

O: This might just be the best Cascadian Dark I've had. I love this beer, as it's much more hop forward then many in-style. I'd have this one tap, in the bottle, or drizzled into my mouth by a gorgeous (female) porn star. A delicious beer I'd ask for in my five-star suite.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a really nicely designed bottle poured into a snifter. beautiful deep ruby (under lighting) / black pour with 2 fingers of off white head give off a nice lacing throughout. smells of dirt, grassy hops, burnt caramel, cigarette ashes. bitter up front with an immediate sweet backbone - almost like a milk stout, a bit of bitterness from roasted grains/black malt. really tasty. the booze is a bit noticeable.
medium body with a slight creamyness, light carbonation, and heavy warmth from the abv.

overall this is a great beer. not very familiar with the style, i think i only had 21st amendment back in black and wasn't a fan so i've avoided them. this is definitely better than what i remember the back in black to be. anyway, i really am enjoying the warmth from this one, even though it's the hottest day of the summer - it rained and cooled off a bit ... this is kind of what this beer feels like.. a summer night that turned on you, for the better.

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent pine-citrus hop aroma rises from the rich mahogany body, oozing through a thick, creamy head. A faint black licorice scent is in there, too. Anise, toasted grains, and alcohol warmth play out in your mouth, with a sharp bitterness mingled with caramel rounding things out. Medium bodied, clean and smooth.

A good beer, yet a bit too strong in the overall bitterness and alcohol heat for me.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body with a thin tan head that just leaves bubbles.

S- Hops come through a lot, with just a hint of roasted malt. Smells close to a malty IPA.

T- A porter up front, with IPA hops and then a roasted malt finish. Very good mix of dark malta and hops.

M- Frothy, full bodied ale.

O- Excellent black IPA. Extremely hoppy dark ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Humulus85
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the finance for finding this one. One of my favorite styles. Form a sweet looking 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 5/23/12

Pours a proper super deep brown, almost black, but when held to light some reddish tones come through the whole glass and reveal nice clarity. Produced a two-finger, light khaki head that displayed decent retention and really solid lacing.

Super balanced in the nose. Exactly what I look for in a Black IPA. Tons of American hops lend pine and citrus notes, blend with tons of deep/roasted malt. A decent whiff of alcohol lets you know this one means business.

Follows the nose in it's sheer balance. Hop flavors come in first with a nice American blend of dank pine and tropical fruit. Caramel and toffee malts with hints of cocoa and coffee meet the hops quickly in the middle. Some resinous hop bitterness and clean alcohol bring up the finish.

On the heavier side of medium. Adequate carbonation helps lighten. Finishes dry and properly bitter. Highly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall this a very tasty and exceedingly well balanced Black IPA, and one of the better "Imperial" versions of the style. Complex in flavor and drinkable for the ABV. This beer reminds me why I love this style. Recommended to any fan of the style or any BA looking to get into the gray area that is the American Black Ale. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
Bottled on 3/6/12
Poured into a tulip glass

Dubhe is a very good black IPA, featuring some very delicious concentrations of hops and a subdued, but palatable, dark malt backdrop. I would appreciate a bit more of the roasted and chocolate flavors being noticeable along with the hops, but the imbalance is enjoyable, too. Definitely one to pick up if seen again.

Pours a 2cm head of tan bubbles, small and densely packed, with fairly good retention. Eventually, the head declines to a thin cap atop the body, leaving generous amounts of lacing in its wake. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, with carbonation just visible rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of grapefruit and a bit of wet bark on top of rich caramel, some roasted, and some chocolate malts. Generally very nice, manages to hide the ethanol well. Good, but not mind-blowing.

Taste opens with grapefruit-like hop bitterness on top of roasted and chocolate-like malts, the grapefruit gradually progressing to a general citrus flavor. Mid-palate brings in some pine resin along with the grapefruit bitterness, and a restrained, smooth roasted malt backdrop. Back of palate maintains bitterness, expresses a bit of ethanol, and finds a resurgence of general citrus flavors. Aftertaste of lingering bitterness, pine resin, subtle roasted malt, and a bit of ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate, but very "soft" carbonation, creating an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol is rather prevalent, from mid-palate through the aftertaste, in the nostrils and throat, in the form of heat and slight burning. Nothing over-the-top, and well hidden for a 9.2% beer, but it still detracts somewhat from experiencing the other flavors, scents, and feel of the beer. Finish is dry, with a slight stickiness across the palate.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Bottle dated 3/14/12 so this one is 3 months out.

A - Pours nearly black with an impressively dense cream colored head that lasts as long as the beer beneath it. Shows complete lacing.

S - Roasty malts on the forefront, almond, char, vanilla, and minimal pine hops. The hops have mostly faded from the aroma, unless they were never there. Nevertheless, smells like a good porter.

T - Follows the nose closely with a collection of malts, roasted, toasted, and caramel. Some hops on the finish and in the aftertaste of the pine variety. No noticeable alcohol. The scales tip towards the malts in this case but it works.

M - Light carbonation and a medium-thick feel. Goes down smooth and drinks easily. The carbonation is comparable to cask and makes for a velvety smooth profile.

O - Just the second Uinta brew I have had, but so far I am impressed. At three months old, the hops were not as prominent as I assume they intended (119 IBU?). However, the malt flavors carried this one and made for a brilliantly balanced beer. I look forward to trying a fresher one, but this was very good.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black but dark walnut when held to the light. Descent sized brown falls to scum with some good lace.

Aroma is wonderful big hoppy nose pine, citrus nose maybe some hemp presence blended in. Some light malt notes underneath the big hops coco and light licorice notes.

Taste is wow bitter hop resins bite the tongue right away then the malt sneaks in for a bit. Chocolate roast with hints of dark fruit but a lingering licorice note says through out to the finish. Some alcohol spiciness shows up in the finish but blends well. Nice bitter brew lots of resins floating around maybe even hemp resin.

Mouthfeel is only little above medium with some lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a nice hoppy black IPA very well done, not sure if hemp is noticed as hops smell like nice kind bud anyway but very enjoyable.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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