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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

1,763 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 97
Gots: 226 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with just hints of a ruby colored. Head is a solid two fingers but it's quickly receding to only one finger. Tan in color with a really fluffy top. Lacing looks pretty good. Hard to see much else as far as action. Would have like to see both a bigger head and better retention.

S: The first thing I get is a grassy, earthy hop leaf aroma. Some citrus but what I'm really getting is that huge pine aroma. The darker chocolate/rich caramel. Smells inviting!

T: I know a lot of people that really don't care for this beer and I'm solidly not in that crowd. I get a lot of that hop pine but I pick up some of that citrus too. But I get some nice malt depth of chocolate, caramel and even some dark fruitiness. Even some more burnt flavors from the darker roast.

M: Medium, slick body with medium carbonation.

O: I wouldn't say that the beer is balanced but it is good. I like the bold hops, bitterness and the rich malt flavor. I need to drink sublimely self-righteous again and to review it to see how it holds up.

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

On tap at Slater's 50/50 in San Diego. Pours a dark black with adequate head and lacing. Aroma is a nice oily, piney, roasted malty, sensory boost. Taste is a little more hoppy than most I've had from this style, with pine and citrus dominating the roasted coffee and subtle cocoa malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit boozy and warming. Liked this one - would have it again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark brown with minimal clarity, short brown head, significant lacing

S: nose features deep and rich pine, a touch of earthiness, along with resin and a little roast, waves of caramel and molasses peak through at the end

T: things start off with a bit of malty sweetness along with a bit of roast, the bitterness then starts and becomes more intense on the finish. The finish also features some boozy heat.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: Pretty decent brew. Its a little on the hot and bitter side, but good overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

A solid black-brown colored DIPA with a decent chocolatey-tan head that settles to a respectae foam cap with a nice chunky lace in retreat. The aroma is quite evident and brings deep earthy malt with tropical fruit and citrus hop highlights. Woodsy and herbal and a bit of licorice. This gets the digestive juices going, very edible. The taste buds pick up on near peaty earthiness with more of a hint of chocolate-licorice and the hops take on more of the herbal/seaweed side for a pungent, somewhat swamp-funk. It mostly comes down to a herbal-grassy sort of hop bite that is somewhat mellowed by the root beer malt. It takes a little getting used to the flavors but they settle down and it’s definitely a goody. It’s a medium-plus bodied brew with modest carbonation for a satiny smooth feel. Very enjoyable!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JohnnyMc
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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!

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.