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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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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
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: 1,853 | Reviews: 384
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, tan head and messy lacing.
Smell: funky and hoppy. Deep malt and resin I assume from the hemp seed.
Taste: faithfull to the nose but a mere shadow. A bitter finish
Overall: earth, wind, and beer. Very cool. Hemp seed makes an interesting addition.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: barely less black than an imperial stout, foamy beige head

S: roasted barley chocolate, some citrus, bright hops

T: well-played: some sweetness up front, of cocoa roasted malt; but then nice bitter dry espresso and pine, citrus rind

M: creamy, nice bite from hops and espresso flavors; a great finish

O: I'm on and off with American black ales - never sure what I'll like, but this was a winner - perfectly melds the citrus pine hoppiness of a DIPA with the bitter espresso dryness of an American black 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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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 04/16/12.

Appearance: Pours out a matte black body with a lightly foamy, lightly hued beige head.

Smell: A fist-a-cuff tussle of malt notes and hop notes: charred bread crusts, heavy resins, bitter chocolate squares, citric-scented lemon pith, and roasted barley.

Taste: Bitter chocolate coated roast with some slight ashtray qualities. Low sweetness that's altogether brief. Hard-handed resins, powdered pith, discarded lawn weeds, and coagulated, gloopy pine resins. High bitterness. Roasted, highly bitter finish with the angry-looking bitterness slowly riding out like a senior citizen cruisin' at twenty under the speed limit in the fast lane.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Though the hemp seed is an appreciated added ingredient, it's, for me, completely lost amidst the hard roastiness and heavy hoppiness. It's black, it's high on the alcohol scale, and it's bitter -- that's IN these days, right?

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white head on a hazy dark brown body with nice lacing.

S: brown sugar, nice earthy and grapefruit hops, roasted malts.

T: nice strong hop presence with earthy, herbal, citrus hops with a nice backbone of roasted malts. Its a little hop heavy but I think we all want strong hops in our DIPA with the smoothness of roasted malts in the background for balance.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finally a good black IPA. So many arent hoppy, some are just IPAs and you arent sure how it is a "black IPA". Perhaps you need an imperial IPA to create the right balance. Whatever the formula, this one has characteristics of both.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Chicago trip. Pours black with generous foam, resulting in 3/4" offwhite topping on a black body. Roasty aroma. The hemp lends it a little "roap" and dryness, otherwise a black ipa all the way, just a higher abv route getting there. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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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'.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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