1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,817 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 104
Gots: 257 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dubhe Imperial Black IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,817 | Reviews: 371 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of SirHefeweizen
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.

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jhb138
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SiflandOlly
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of de322
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Stinkepete2021
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bigoten13
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of harris4
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Chugger
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of TravisD
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ahq514
4.11/5  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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.