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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

1,616 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 86
Gots: 164 | FT: 2
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, to replace the bottle I gave away to @headlessclown.

Pours a really deep dark brown, that doesn't manage to give the illusion that it's actually black. Head is a wonderfully thick and creamy ochre-brown, however, and leaves sheets of coral-like lacing down the glass. It manages to persist as half a centimetre of froth almost to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is so fine that when tilted it almost looks like powder on the inside of the glass. Oh, I so want it to be slightly darker—it would almost be perfect then. Screw it, I'll give it a 5 anyway.

Nose is rich and luscious which makes for a potent combination. Big sweet dark malt characters come through along with an almost spicy kick from the hops. It's a fresh, organic, slightly herbal character and it melds really nicely with the sweet roasted characters. It's also overlaid with hints of wood and vanilla. Overall, phenomenal nose. Let's face it.

Taste is similarly good, with a big, rich smoothness throughout and a light peppering on the back from the clinging, oily hops. Very decent bitterness that makes it hard to distinguish between roastiness and hop character—a great sign in an IBA; a sign that the two sides of the beer have melded and synergised. It's smooth, rich, but bursting with flavour. Gorgeous beer.

This is an absolutely cracking brew. Rich and smooth, but bright and crisp as well. Truly this is a hallmark of the style. I'm shocked I gave away my first bottle.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%

On Tap at TJ's

DUBHE pours into the glass a dark brown color with some black in there as well, a mix of the two leaning towards black. A nice loose bubbled dark tan foam rose up and retreated after some minutes, okay retention, weak lacing. Off the bat, this does not smell like a IPA, black ale is a good term for this beer. Smells grainy roasty with some small storm king like hop scents with a touch of the 9.2% coming out. This comes off like a hoppy porter with some tropics of a IPA without exibiting the bitterness of one. Feel is a nice healthy medium with a nice carb but goes down smooth and not bitter. Im glad I got this on happy hour the because this is not a good example of a black IPA, whatever that is.

BARFLYB, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of kennylopez
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 7oz tasting snifter.

Appearance: dark black with a bubbly white head about finger thick that fades relatively quick, but leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: Dark roasted barley from the beginning. A unique hop smell that gives way to a bitter chocolate hint.

Tastes: a lot more hops in the taste compared to what comes through the nose. they are very well balanced with the roasted barley and very little earth taste from the hemp, but its subtle.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation that has a great roasted chocolate aftertaste that leaves a nice sticky feeling from the well hopped brew. lite burn from the 9.2% but very enjoyable.

Overall: a nice Black IPA. I knew I would not be disappointed picking up a four pack, but I am disappointed I did not pick up more. I will hunt for it if I have to, Great Job by Uinta again!

kennylopez, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of regspeir
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Had this in a snifter at TJ's. Poured red-black with a smallish mocha head which dissipated to a coating. Lacing was ample and marked every sip. Nose was citrus, some sweetness of caramel and some roasted coffee. Taste was grapefruit, pine, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium, dry and creamy with a strong bitterness in the finish. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style. Some booziness but pleasant. This is a very nice black ipa that I will go back to again.

regspeir, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to VegasBeerMan for this one:

A: Pours a super dark brown. I would almost say black, but when held to the light I can see the deep browns in this beer. Pours with a huge mocha head that fades to a simple ring atop the beer. The lacing is massive, even as it drinks.

S: I get huge hops up front with sweet chocolate malts behind it. It starts off mango and citrus, with a deep roasty, almost caramel scent, after.

T: Starts quick with sweet chocolate, but the bitter hop experience mixes quickly. The blend continues from start to finish. Perfectly balanced. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Full bodied beer that starts off warm, syrupy, and coating. but it finishes dry with long lingering hoppy aftertastes.

O: I like this beer and would love to have it again, but their are a few other Black IPAs that I'd prefer over this beer.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Had this on draft during Philly Beer Week, and enjoyed, but this review is from a 12oz bottle poured into Stone IPA glass. Purdy.

Thick, thick tan head that fades VERY slowly down to a lasting 1cm head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing. Best looking beer I've seen in this category.

Resiny northwestern hops and charred malts take a dual role in leading things off in the Aroma. Solid caramel and dark chocolate sweetness bring up the rear, but are prominent. Good peanut butter quality as it warms, too. It doesn't get much more inviting.

Flavor has some pine needle bite throughout, but layered oh so nicely with milk-to-bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter quality comes through as well. Slight roastiness, but not overdone. Damn, this is fine.

Mouthfeel is plenty dry. Just enough carbonation to break through the ABV, and make it almost unnoticeable.

Overall, this may be my favorite American Black Ale to date. Really well done!

BeerImmediately, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of meeekyh
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%

Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy!
That being said here is a black IPA with an ABV at 9.2%. I have been enjoying black IPA so this should be a treat.

The bottle is not exciting but a rather boring 12 oz brown bottle with an apparent jumble of red letters spelling out the name Dubhe, apparently a star. The ale is deep, deep brown as just the slightest bit of light penetrates the edge of the tumbler I employ for tasting. The lacing from the hefty head is deep tan, as was the froth itself.

Smells are vegetable and deep malts with a deep noble hop undertone. Taste is bitter and tart with coco and lime peel the impressions I get. I am not sure I can get anything specific from the hemp seed but then again how would I know?

Mouthfeel is big with low carbonation and there is a definite lingering bitterness and a bit of a dryness to the finish.

This beer is as advertised. I like the big hops and the black malts and the way they come together to make a balanced giant of a beer. There is little noticeable alcohol in the tasting experience though the effects are soon felt as 9.2% is rather astoundingly high for an ABV from anything this drinkable. You've been warned.

Slainte.

meeekyh, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured cola black into a schooner glass with a finger of light khaki head. Slightly roasty aroma dominated by grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

Generous carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pine up front followed by hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness, roasty coffee, and a lingering finish of bitter pine.

Strong and flavorful with a nice boozy warmth. Very solid overall.

grittybrews, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz shorter bottle, dated 6/23/11 on the label.

appears very dark brown, almost black, 1/2" khaki colored head. decent lacing. huge hoppy aroma, earthy, piney. a bit "dank", but pleasant.

taste is a nice balance of toasty malt and hops. strong flavors, but not overwhelming, not bitter. no hint of the higher ABV. body is sticky, on the thicker side. medium carbonation.

overall, a great beer

jmdrpi, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

A - pours a completely opaque inky black. 3 fingers worth of thick tan foam on top. fantastic retention. spotty lacing.

S - A dank, dark, and complex aroma. lots of hop character ranging from earthy and resinous, to budding flowers, and wisps of citrus. hints of smoke, dark chocolate and ripe cherry round out the aroma.

T - A touch of sweetness (alcohol?) on the front along with roasty coffee flavors along with hints of chicory. Some earthy hop character in the middle with some hints of fruit esters. long bright citrusy bitterness in the finish.

M - oily slick texture, with a soft bubbly carbonation.

O - A complex beer with a lot of interesting aromas and flavors. Well worth checking out.

Teleweizen2, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Boise, ID. earlier this summer.

This beer pours a clear, near-black 'colour', with reddish highlights when presented to backlightlng, and three fat fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, white leaves a spectrum of hearty pocked lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of strong grapefruit citrus hops, a bit of pine oil, and lightly roasted caramel malt. The taste is still-strong grapefruit-laden citrus hops, and roasted malt, represented by bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes, as well as some very sedate, but noticeable all the same, alcohol. Not sure where the proclaimed hemp seeds come in. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth but for some latent hop meddling (those damned kids!). It finishes accordingly - the astringent hops not letting the still prevalent roasted malt claim any such teetering supremacy - bitterness still reigns in the guise of bitter piney, earth hops.

Wow, a pretty darn punchy Black IPA, I would say. Everything kind of comes back to that point, the roasted malt, the booze (which is very well integrated), and the big boy IPA hop craziness. Nice to see this kind of hedonism from the center of Mormonia.

biboergosum, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a chalky black color with some red highlights, thin cap of greyish brown head, nice sticky lacing. Scent is near balanced between piney hops and roasted grain, with either being too powerful on the nose. Taste follows suit, again balanced between the hops and the roast. Bitter pine resin and heavy roasted grains mix and mingle to create a smooth and balanced flavor profile. Notes of citrus, cocoa, coffee and earth present in some form, light fruityness on back end. Dry, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. One of the better and more highly drinkable Black IPAs on the market.

rfgetz, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Look: Black and totally opaque with a brown ring on the bottom and a beautiful 1 inch tan head and great retention with a nice lace circle

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with piney hops in wonderful balance

Taste: This is hands down one of the most perfectly balanced black IPA's you will find. The chocolate malt and pine hop flavors work perfectly together. The finish carries a wonderful roasted coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: This is in my top 3 black IPA's I have had. Just a wonderful beer and highly recommended

DarthKostrizer, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pitch black, a very nice two inch sticky light tan head. Smell is pine, carmel, and some breadyness. Taste all that, with a slight roastyness. Plenty of carbonation and body. Wish I had it a little younger, it was bottled on 6/23/11. I am sure the hops were a little more pronounced two months ago, but a winner either way.

SawDog505, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a deep, dark black with a thin lacing of head. Piny, citrusy, earthy hop aromas in the nose along with roasted, toasty, bready malts. Up front this beer offers roasted malts with bready, biscuity notes and a hint of chocolate. The hop character is piny, earthy and bold; the hops offer a really bold finish to this one. Mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and smooth.

This beer is amazing. Very little in the way of flaws. For hop heads this is a must. Probably one of the best black IPAs out there.

tdm168, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Near black in color with a thin espresso/chocolate milk colored head. Lots of messy lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Very mild aroma. There's some light roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, and a somewhat faint, earthy hop aroma. This is not an aromatic beer, and what's here is malt-forward.

The flavor is more successful than the aroma. A distinct hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor mix nicely with light roasted malt, some dark fruit, and chocolate. A very tasty, though simple, beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel--very appropriate for the style.

A good, simple, well-balanced black IPA.

ehammond1, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of KidsDoc
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz bottled enjoyed tonight during a visit to Asheboro, NC (taking the 7 month old to the NC Zoo tomorrow)

Solid pour, dark brown, cola-like with tan/espresso soft head that didn't care to stick around long but clings with great lacing.

Aroma is so rich for a black IPA. I've found others have a muted smell, but this is equally huge pine hops, very earthy as well as a toasted, bready malt scent and an edge of sweetness.

Taste is very hop forward and builds from start to finish with a long lingering bitterness. The malt give a light chocolate balance that fights for position but ultimately is drowned out by full flavored earthy pine. During the middle part of drinking this beer I found it to be too hot with the ABV but thankfully it mellowed out after just a couple of sips.

Mouthfeel is definitely full and has a nice smooth middle followed by a dry, sticky finish. Maybe a touch excess carbonation

A very good beer. The 9.2% is no doubt in there - tasted and felt. For hop lovers that are enjoying this black/cascadian IPA movement, this is a must try.

KidsDoc, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of broken22
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Pouring this bad boy out and its a nice dark brown color. An average sized light cream colored head forms. The head dies down to a drinkable level quickly and never really leaves. The beer smells great. The hops are really fragrant but at the same time I can smell the malt coming though. Based on the smell I was expecting a strong bite from the hops. The flavor is very nice. The hops and the malt smells blend very well in the flavor. The beer has a very nice bitterness to it that seems to change through the sip. What I mean by this is that from when the beer first hits your lips then gets swallowed the bitterness changes. It even kind of lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a kick ass beer. I like hops and I like dark beer and this blends them really nice. I really didn't know what to expect with this beer. I was hoping for good but was cautious of anyone seeming to use hemp as a selling point. I always feel brewers that use marijuana leaves on the packaging are hoping for a certain demographic to just by their beer based on that fact alone, feeling that making an actual quality beer is not important. This thankfully was not the case.

broken22, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Naugros
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

Reviewed from notes taken last night at The Cloverleaf Tavern.

Definitely dark, almost black, with a mocha head which is not really thick but really retains at about 1/4".

I was told by the server that people told him that if you closed your eyes you wouldn't know this was a black IPA from the smell or the taste because it's so hoppy. Whoever he was listening to need to get their sensory organs checked. In smell and taste you could easily guess this was a black IPA.

At first sniff you get molasses strongly, approaching a soy aroma. And yes, a whole ton of hops pitching a lot of pine your way. The two aromas are so strong that neither overwhelm as they balance each other out. The flavor follows along with the smell with the pine turning to pine tar. I usually don't like this but the molasses sweetness of the roasted malts really work well with this type of hop profile. So well crafted.

I had to recheck the beer list for the ABV and was shocked to see it was over 9%! This drinks more like a 6% beer. Oh so dangerous.

This is just another example of a superbly well-crafted beer from Uinta. They are rising up the ranks on my list of favorite breweries.

Naugros, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a snifter.

5.0 A: Black color. Nearly three fingers of creamy, tan head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing. Well done here.

4.5 S: Well they certainly put some hops in this. This smells more like a regular DIPA with the black part being subtle. Floral, piney, citrusy, and even a bit herbal. The malts below give a hint of coffee and an even smaller hint of chocolate.

3.5 T: Like usual, the hops and the dark malts butt heads. Roastiness lends a bitterness that is exacerbated by the bittering hops. The roastiness itself is in fisticuffs with the pine and citrus notes though this beer puts them together slightly better than most. Herbalness is out of place all together. Chocolate hits on the tail end.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and a pleasant creaminess. Bitter, roasty aftertaste is a bit off-putting though.

3.0 D: Despite my efforts, I've only found one black IPA that integrates the roast and the hops well. This isn't it, unfortunately. Flavors fighting each other is too dangerous for this to continue.

DavoleBomb, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of OneUp
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

A- Dark brown/black with finger froth at top

S- Dark chocolate, pungent hop and hemp, roasted malt, hint of pine, coffee and citrus

T- Hops kick right away with chocolate and roasted malt sweetness, light coffee, hemp and a hint of black licorice and citrus at the end which compliments the beer and balances the alcohol

M- Medium body, slick, light carbonation, hoppy

O- One of the best I've had! Really savored this beer and I look forward to enjoying another soon.

OneUp, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

I love this beer.

I don't know if I'd call it an Imperial... but it sounds cooler that way I guess :)

It's black, for sure. And an IPA, no doubt.

The addition of hemp helps it stand out from the crowd. I can't honestly say I pick up the hemp strongly... but I think I can sense it. It blends well with the hops, and maybe lingers a bit in the aftertaste. And that's a good thing, this beer has a long, lingering, and really pleasant aftertaste.

It's pretty to look at. The head wasn't too huge, but certainly there.

I've been surveying many of the Black IPAs lately, and this is the first one that moved me to do a review. It was really good, and had a character that was a bit different from the rest. I haven't had many Uinta beers (any?), so I look forward to trying more, and see if there's a similar character at all.

I enjoyed this beer with various chocalates, and some red licorice. The licorice probably wasn't the best pairing... but I like licorice.

I also like the name of this beer, named for a star in Ursa Major, cool! And I also like that it was available in a 4-pack, because I rarely want to commit to a 6-pack, and sometimes a single just isn't enough to give the full impression the beer deserves. But now that I'm 3/4 the way through the 4-pack, I think I've got the idea. Well done!

HighCarbDiet, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Black with about an inch of off-white head which stuck around for about a quarter of the glass. Aroma is a ton of dark chocolate that seems slightly burnt. Some piney hops floating in the back but nothing standing out. Flavor is a milky dark chocolate at first but transitions quickly to a bitter chocolate backed by a earthy dry finish.The middle gave way to some sweeter, dark flavors with some smokey tobacco. I like how the aroma was misleading to the hop character.

DrinkingDrake, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a decent foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring. No lace. Hmm.

Interesting nose out of the bottle -- hemp? You get the pine and resin of hops and the dark roasted malt.

Big hops in the mouth up front. Piney and bitter. Clears a touch to include a bitter charred malt. A little tart edge, some astringency, charcoal, leading to a pure bitter finish. It isn't a style issue, it just...lacks good balance. Big hop and bitter, but pushed behind is the malt. I don't taste the alcohol at all.

Medium body, ok carbonation.

I'm ok with this one, but it is another example where I'm getting increasingly critical of how this style is made. This black imperial IPA is well made but over the top in hop application. I liked it but I also know I'd be reluctant to reach for #2 right away.

OtherShoe2, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Dark black pour with just a hint of red. Dense two-finger head atop the dark chocolate liquid. Great retention and light lace.

Nose is light smoked bacon with faint hop esters. Much more understated than expected.

Very creamy initial impression. Lots of body for the style, with light roast malt, light coffee, and a big roast finish. Hops are starting to kick in now with citrusy sweetness in the finish. Really compliments the dark malts well. Feel the alcohol more than really taste it.

Not bad, not great, but worth a try.

beer2day, Aug 04, 2011
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