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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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1,727 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,727
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 96
Gots: 208 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Brushkanna, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rkcrozier, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a tan head on top. The lacing was decent along with the retention. The smell of the beer gave of some hoppy notes along with a good amount of coffee/chocolate aromas. The taste of the beer was well balanced with the bitterness and the rich roasted sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer was slightly creamy, had a light carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink it again. I wasn't able to really find what Hemp Seed tastes like though from it.

Knapp85, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of jjfancybeers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

jjfancybeers, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Lawnboy33, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of mrip
3/5  rDev -27.4%

mrip, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Listers, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week and looked forward to giving this a go on a cold winter's night. Sure enough, this lived up to my expectations, as the roasted and chocolate aspects of this beer meshed well with the hops that characterize a good ABA. This could have been too overpowering for the novice drinker but for the most part, everything worked well together and this was a wonderful offering that redefined the style.

This poured a dark brown with a strong roasted aroma. There was quite a bit of alcohol in the smell as well that was repeated in the taste. To my surprise, this had a strong "weed" smell and taste as well, but that didn't detract from the experience of this. There was also a strong dry feel to this beer as I needed just a hint of water at the end to wash it down, and a good hop and pumpernickel presence rounded out the mouthfeel of this beer. Weak this wasn't - neither in taste nor in body!

This took a while to down because it was so strong but this grew on my quickly. I love how this style has taken off and anyone looking for a good representation would not need to look any further than here. Boldness works with this brew and the outside clearly matches what's on the inside of the bottle: beautiful and certainly not to be missed.

JerzDevl2000, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

fergster75, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of busterthecat
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack for $11. Bottled date of 1/12/12. Served at 50 degrees into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a nice deep brown from the bottle and sits really in the glass. The liquid is a tad thinner then a stout. A nice thick foamy khaki head forms and lingers around for a bit. Good lacing.

S- Aroma is freshly cut sweet grapefruit and mix of citrus fruits. There is a slight touch of roasted and chocolate malts in the background. This a very hop forward aroma.

T- Starts of with bittersweet chocolate, roasted/ blackened malts and piney bitterness and smoothly transitions to a more citric hop forward profile. The hops and malt blend on this brew meld very well together.

M- Medium bodied for a beer of this size, but great for a Imperial Dark Ale. The bitterness is big, but not too intense and lingers around while drying out the palate.

O- This is another solid offering from Unita at a very affordable price. Very easy to drink. Try this one of you are into ABAs.

busterthecat, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

pperez38, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black color, this IEP have an inch of head in the appropriate glassware. The citrusy aroma was quite pontent, with definitive scents of grapefruit and a mild burnt/nutty type scent. The initial taste was biscuity, but that taste quickly melted into more potent tastes. Chocolate and citrus hops were dominant with a reasonably smooth mouthfeel. It was a little like one of those chocolate orange slice things, except the flavor of this IPA screams for your attention. Dark chocolate haunts the aftertaste with hints of the hops still hanging around. In this sense, the chocolately flavors overpowered the hops too much.

JohnnyHopps, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

oldvines, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

theempire, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mtparty37, Jan 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

danielp215, Jan 25, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 11/10/11) courtesy of a recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks again John! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Have to say that I really love the bottles and label art on these Uinta beers...cool compass points on the bottles, somewhat low key recycled? paper look labels, but interesting artwork...nice designs.

A - Pours a quite dark color that approaches black but is defintely a brown. Low, 1/4 finger of not quite white foam falls quickly but leaves a thin collar and light lacing on the glass.

S - Surprisingly more malty than I expected, definite caramel aromas, perhaps a bit of coffee, light citrus hoppiness. Actually smells a bit more barleywine-ish than black ale to me.

T - Citrusy hops, sharp bitterness, acrid and a bit burnt malt, light coffee...still picking up some caramelly sweetness, brown sugar and a firm hoppy bitterness too.

M - Medium body with a corresponding medium carbonation. Burnt toast like flavors end up taking over and create a finish that is largely made up of sharp and acrid bitterness, almost charcoaly...reminiscient of flatbread burnt on a charcoal grill.

O - Overall, decent example of a black ale...I tend not to be a huge fan of the style - burnt flavors interfere a bit too much with my American hop flavors! I would call this a well made, but fairly typical example of the style. If you enjoy black ales definitely give this one a chance.

portia99, Jan 25, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a murky dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, roasted malt, citrus hop, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, pine hop, and alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one was what one would expect from this style with a nice hoppiness and a nice roastiness on top of that. The flavor on this one was pretty nice and hoppy with a touch of alcohol on the followthrough. Worth trying if you get the chance or are a curious hop-head.

thagr81us, Jan 23, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

interesting beer. must be the hemp, like drinking a beer and smoking a joint at the same time, wait, now i can do both by just drinking a beer? what a concept.

pours black, good head, lace. not blown away by the smell, but this beer opens up with tasty, roast, black, and chocolate malts followed by a nice hoppy, earthy, very dank with biting bitterness. impressive, had 3 could have had another. very reasonable value $10 4 pak, would purchase again.

B33R501, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

rondufresne, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Totally by coincidence, my brother (who lives six states away), mentioned today on the phone that he had recently tried this and that it was awesome. As I had it in my fridge at that moment, it was certainly ironic, and encouraging. Pours jet black with an impressive tan head and lace. Nose primarily citric in nature, with toasted malts in the background.

Most "balanced" IPAs start with hops and finish with malt but this seems to be the opposite. The toasted and chocolate are first out of the box and the pine and grapefruit come in the finish and aftertaste. Considering this sucker clocks in at 9.2, it holds up quite well, which is a credit to the mouthfeel. My brother was right on. I could easily get into trouble with this beer, as it isn't harsh or withering, and is immensely smooth and sessionable for the octane.

daliandragon, Jan 23, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Duhbe BIPA
New Belgium globe

A: Pours a deep dark brown.  Finger of light tan head.  Loose bubbles.  Sheets of lacing.

S: Piney Amarillo hops on the nose I think. There are some dark roasted malts and chocolate.

T: You get some hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue.  Then you get those roast notes.  Some chocolate and coffee hints.

M: Medium bodied.

O: It's ok but there s better BIPAs out there. Odell Mountain Standard and Loose Cannon come to mind.

inlimbo77, Jan 22, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a black beer with a very thick rocky off white head that does have good head retention.

Aroma: Large amounts of citrus hop aroma that carry nice grapefruit and piney notes. Wisps of pear, peach, tropical fruits, and some caramel malts in the end.

Taste: Tropical fruits kiwi, peach, simple syrup, grapefruit, piney and a touch bready. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a great hop bite.

Notes: Very solid all the way through the fruitiness is well paired with the sweetness a nice drinkable beer. Cheers.

horshack7, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,727 ratings.