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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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1,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,814
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 256 | 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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3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 6, 2012.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, beige head with dense lace but light retention. Hops are first to appear in the nose, citrus, clementine and some pine with a big cocoa and dark chocolate base. Says this was made with hemp seeds, and some herbal/seedy notes are present as well. Pine, berries and some tropical notes in terms of hopping with some dark fruits, chocolate, roast and a bitter piney/herbal finish. Medium full feel, sticky and bitter with a low carb. Sweeter than some Black IPAs, but fairly tasty.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 16, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours dark brown with red highlights under light with a two finger creamy light brown head that leaves nice rings of sticky, drippy lacing. Purty.

Aroma starts off hoppy, mostly citrus, some floral and pine as well. Then the dark malts start to come through with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, toffee nuts, and maybe a bit of anise and weed. Very good strength.

Flavor is really nice. Good amount of citrus and resinous hops and the dark malt come through really nice. A lot of chocolate and caramel notes, some coffee, toffee, molasses, black licorice. A touch of sweetness in the middle, finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol is there but integrated well for over 9%.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, good carbonation.

Really tasty Black IPA. Tons of flavor and balances the hops and dark malts very well. One of the best I’ve had in the style.

Photo of julian89
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into crystal chalice. Mothers day beer.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head, good retention, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Quite hoppy with chocolate,pine, and smokey notes.

Taste: Very fresh tasting and crisp with the hops and then a thicker feel and taste of chocolate and pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Uinta did a good job on this with the excellent color and great balance. It's just like an earthy stout mixed with a well balance strong IPA. It's up there with Stone's sublimely self righteous.

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

Poured into a snifter. Consumed thoughtfully and slow, as it should be.

A-Pure black, red, dark orange when held to the light. Creamy tan head, creamy lace, and a little bubbly. Great head.

S-The nose was oak barrel, hops, black coffee, and slight mocha. Possibly some burnt barley. I sensed a little honey on the nose. Balanced smells.

T-Full bodied, a little sweet going in, the aftertaste was bitter with a strong alcohol flavor, but not overpowering. Overall, comfortable warming effects from the alcohol. I could sense a little grassy undertones. The strongest tastes were oak,burnt barley, smoked black coffee, and smoked hops.

M-Carbonation was perfect: a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Overall, this beer was excellent. It's great to see Utah brewers trying new things. The hemp seeds provided a nice touch. It is nice to see the crazy Utah theocratic lawmakers allow brewers to make proper ABV beer that can only be sold in state run stores (pain in the booty when visiting). Unfortunately, any beer above 4 % ABV is only available in a state run liquor store. You can buy beer in supermarkets at 4% and below only. If you ever go to Utah (I seldomly do), find out where the liquor stores are and buy a pack of Dubhe! It goes well with beef and nacho chips,w/salsa, and spicy guacamole. I recommend this ale. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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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  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Appaachian Vintner in Asheville.

Pours a very dark and reddish mahogany. Clear with lovely red-orange highlights. The creamy tan head is durable and leaves a nearly complete coating on the glass.

S: more subtle than strong

T: complex, rich and long lasting. As much dark malt flavor as an imperial stout, with the hop load of an IPA -- both combined in a nicely balanced way that brings out the best of both contributors. The rich flavor evolves nicely over time, and ends with a long lasting aftertaste featuring hops and dark malt with hints of smoke, expresso,

M: creamy smooth; medium-full body. Can't see how to improve this"

O: a terrific black IPA; a style where brewers often flop IMO. I'll seek this out again in the future!

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown reddish. 1/4" tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Citrusy hops - Grapefruit. Some hints of roast and alcohol.

T - Hoppy bitterness with toastiness. Toasted bread, chocolate. Quite a bit of malt sweetness as well. The alcohol comes through fairly strongly (at 9.2% it should!). The sweetness can almost be cloying. This beer needs to be sipped.

M - Fairly thick. Carbonation is on the light side.

O - This was my first imperial black IPA and I can say I definitely appreciate the style. It's much more than (as some people say) just an imperial IPA with dark coloring. The toastiness adds a nice touch. I can see myself drinking this on a cool fall evening, although the sweetness makes me want to only have one. I personally would like a little thinner body.

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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 vkv822
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on 03/06/12

Pours near-black, with deep red highlights when held to the light. Has a quarter-inch thick light tan head.

Well balanced blend of big citric, resiny hops and roasty malt.

More big resiny and citric hop notes backed by roasted malt.

Medium body with low carbonation.

A well done American Black Ale, the hop character blends nicely into the malt notes.

Photo of raffy313
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, received through IP trade with crusian... Thanks Seth!

A clear dark brown appearance, with a dark tan one finger head that dissapates rather quickly, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Roasted malt aromas are the intial smells I get from this. Dark chocalate, sweet caramel and a bit of coffee aromas are also present. Then comes the citrusy hops that balance out the nose rather well. Nothing is too overpowering here.

Taste follow the nose quite well. Bitter, citrusy hop flavors are abit more upfront on the tongue, but again... the roasty, chocolaty malt presence balance everything out nicely. There's quite a nice alcohol bite in this beer, but nothing I'd consider overpowering.

A medium to full body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Very smooth, very drinkable going down, but make no doubt about it, this is a sipper.

Overall, this is my first ever Uinta offering, and after having my doubts being that I'm not a huge fan of this style, I rather enjoyed this beer alot, and would definately both have again and recommend.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Murrhey
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger tan off-white head. Longer retention for the relatively high ABV. Creamy and solid looking with ribbons of lacing. Very dark brown, mahogany colored.

S- Citrusy hops forward, caramel malts. Darker warm smell. Wish it were more complex. Maybe my nose is broken.

T- Powerful hops. Very bitter with a distinct chocolate flavor from the malts. Grapefruit, chocolate, earthy tones.

M- Light, almost lager like feel with a very dry finish.

O- Tasty, complex beer. Got a lot of things going for it. Will buy again, especially since I got it for like two dollars.

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,814 ratings.