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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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1,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 87
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 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
Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a deep black with a frothy tanned head resting on top. Slowly fades into clouds of film with a thick collar around the glass, patchy and spotty lacing left behind.

Pungent hop bite in the nose, piny and resiny with some citric tones. Dark roasted malt and soft sweetness, light touch of alcohol.

Smack of bitterness up front, driven by pine and resin soaked hops. Dry and aggressive, but tempered a bit by some citrus tones with orange and grapefruit, touches of pith as well. Roasted malts, light touches of chocolate and nuts, soft sweetness. Plenty of pine hops towards the finish with a bite of alcohol.

Medium body, decent carbonation, a bit rough on the palate though, lingering and dry. I find black IPAs to be very hit or miss, but I was into this one. Definitely more on the aggressive side, which is typically how I like it.

xnicknj, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of iheartIPA
4.5/5  rDev +9%

I've heard this one compared favorably to Sublimely Self Righteous. Being a big fan of Stone's black ale, I just had to try this one. And I am glad I did....

Its been 10 minutes or so since I poured this beer and the head is showing no signs of leaving any time soon. This lovely pillow hovers over an inviting dark ale. Any light that is able to permeate the glass reveals that this liquid isn't black, so much as it's the deepest of reds. A dark mahogany? Whatever it is, it's pretty. The lacing is also impressive.

The scent is part sweet (cocoa/roasted malt) and part earthy (pine). There's a hint of alcohol, but not nearly enough to disturb the cocoa/pine harmony. I'm hoping the tongue finds this Black IPA to be as balanced as the nose does.

The ale glides down the tongue like oil. So slick, but finishes with a slight fizz on the roof of the mouth. Yeah, this ale is super hoppy. As a fan of the Ruinations and SN Torpedos of the world, I find this to be right up my alley. That being said; the evergreen hop is well countered with dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Again, a terrific balance. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of beers.

I love this beer. This my fourth Black IPA that I've tried. It takes the cake for sure.

iheartIPA, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Very dark brown opaque color, with a creamy dark tan head.

S: Smells very hoppy and bitter which gives way to a roasty stout like aroma.

T: Bitter hops up front, almost overpowering, but in a good hop loving way. The hops recede into chocolaty roasted malt flavors. It is balanced, but intense in every way. Alcohol is hidden well, just a little warmth to tell it's there.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, good carbonation. Just not a sessionable one.

O: This beer was intense, but it is definitely the best black ipa i've had thus far.

ReelBigwigFish, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Pours a very very dark brown. Almost black, but not quite. 2 finger mocha colored head. Plenty of sticky lacing throughout.

S- Initially somewhat bittersweet and malty. Followed by a slightly hoppy and piney finish.

T- Follows the nose, but a little bit more bitter hops aftertaste. First Black IPA. A unique taste, as it looks like a porter or a stout, but no chocolate or coffee for my taste buds. Certainly no where near the sweet taste of most stouts and porters that I have tried.

M- Slick, oily, silky. Decent carbonation. Taste or feel does not hit ABV for me.

O- Again, my first Black IPA, certainly will not be the last. I like it a lot.

capeannbass36, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle, bottled on 4/26/11, served in a pint glass, shared with a friend and passed to the left as it should be.

Big 2-3 inch head with a frothy top that sits above a root beer float like head body. Leaves behind a decent amount of lacing, nothing too great. Black body with light brown edges, coffee-like appearance.

Nose is mostly roasted malt but has a distinct, and very nice, hoppy smell, a bit of pine mainly, slight alcohol presence. Taste is really enjoyable as well. At 9.2 % the alcohol is certainly present but the other flavors cover is nicely. Strong coffee presence, chocolate and roast malt notes surrounded by a great hop blast of resiny, juicy, piney hops. I’d like to think that I can taste the hemp seeds but I’m probably imagining it. Full mouthfeel, completely tongue coating that made tasting my next beer impossible but very enjoyable nonetheless. Carbonation is pretty close to perfect as well, medium to high, small bubbles good creaminess. Drinkability is as good as it can be with a big this big and flavorful but it would be tough to roll more than two.

This is my first review of a black IPA and although it was very good Sublimely Self-Righteous still holds the title, in my opinion.

LSUPT, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of JebediahScooter
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Growler poured into tulips (have had the bottle as well) with friends. Nearly opaque black with a decently fluffy khaki head, good retention, and adequate lacing.

Big resinous, piney, floral hops dominate the nose along with a touch of graininess underneath it all. Smells nice.

The hops follow on the first sip with the cousin plant in the mix somewhere. Nice roasty malts underlying with a lingering sweetness that balances things nicely. A touch of chocolate and some citrus in there, too. The hops are the main act, but the malts play an excellent second fiddle here. The alcohol is definitely present but not extreme. We all thought it tasted excellent.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick and rich, somewhere between an IPA and a porter.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and will pick up some more next time i see it. This is on par with Sublimely Self-Righteous, perhaps better. A lot of the black IPAs I've tried seem to be little more than heavily hopped porters, but this one is definitely crafted a lot more deliberately.

JebediahScooter, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

A: pours black with a half-inch of light tan head that leaves a fine lace as the beer goes down.

S: strong hops, piney and citrusy, and a slight sweetness and roasted smell

T: Strong hop bite throughout, roasted flavor follows the first hit of intense hops. Well balanced beer for sure.

M: good carbonation, a little thick, though expected since it is a black IPA.

O: good beer, love the hops and the bitter. Both the sweetness and hops balance well together.

abgba121, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at British beer Company.

Poured into a tulip. Pitch black with khaki colored head. Aroma was grassy and piney hops. A little citrus note and some charcoal. Smelled of its 9% ABV…in a good way.

Taste was full bodied with pretty heavy weight on the tongue. Strong resiny hops take hold, earthy, bitter, and bright. Brightness is quickly put in check by a significant malt body that reminds me of brownie batter. A little note of smoke comes through, and in the end this finishes bittersweet. Carbonation was fitting…crisper than one might think.

Overall the different elements of this brew are holding onto each other for dear life, without ever letting go. I dig it, and I envisioned having this by a campfire. I hope to make that come true some day.

jbertsch, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured into a New Belgium Globe from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a deep ruby in the light and quite black indeed. A half inch of toffee foam persists moderately.

Nose of hops initially upon cracking the bottle, though more of roasted barley after the pour. Bit like a porter yet with a light al cohol sense to it. Pleasant though subdued nose, with a remote Belgian character.

Flavor is somewhat creamy with chocolate and roast. Smooth for a beer of its strength, slightly sweet and with a bit of light smoke. Hint of cherry with a lingering flavor of sweet roasted barley.

Smooth and with a light bitterness, this may be Imperial and it may be Black. But an IPA it is not in my view. A decent brew nonetheless.

HalfFull, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Glibber
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

Exagerated pour yielded a huge head of mocha colored foam that permanently laced the glass. Dark Mahogany with a slight red tint. Smells of bread and plum/prune. Coffee beans, yeast, slightly bitter at the end. Not too hoppy, and the alcohol is not overpowering. Interesting beer, reminds me more of an Russian Imperial Stout.

Glibber, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Lots of blanketing lace despite a rather modest head. Dark ruby brown where the light does shine through. Appears to be clear.

Earthy, harsher hop smells

Smooth beginning to the taste, then the black patent malts show up. After that is the alcohol warmth. The swallow is more of the burnt malts with a light hop in the background. Comes across as an Imperial Stout and less as an IIPA, although the body is thinner than an I.S.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

A- Pours a dark color with a nice creamy 2 finger head

S- Has some hop aroma up front with some strong roasted malts

T- Has a decent hop up front then has some roasted smokey flavors in the middle and finishs with a crisp feel

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was exspecting more from this. After reading all the good reviews and having a nice Local black Ipa the day before this one was very drinkable but not much flavor really. Kinda bland and just ok. Will not search out again.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Fitting name for this black, oily, sticky-smelling hemp seed-infused Black Ale—or, as they call it, an Imperial Black IPA. By far one of the most epic heads; the black color of this brew is inviting, too. Thick resin of citric hop and hemp in the nose, a bit piney with mild chicory and cocoa powder from the malt, and ripe fruit from the alcohol. Pungent hop smack tackles the palate hard, sticky resin with evergreen and mixed citric flavors. Malt sweetness and the blackness behind it break through just enough to keep the beer in balance. Alcohol is a bit amped up, but not hot. Hop and hemp flavors stay for a while during a semi-roasted bittersweet finish. Wow, a lot to take in. But in the end, this ale works, as all flavors meld well together.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Might be the first Double Black IPA I have tried, maybe had one at Alchemist, don't remember. Either way, interesting in giving this a shot. Bottled 05/27/11, fresh.

A- Pitch black into my pint glass. A big mocha colored head forms and retains very well, looks like cream on top of the beer. Rings of lace form with each sip.

S- Big citrus (orange, lemon) notes are noticeable right away from the hops. Besides that I get earthy, pine hints and the roast malt.

T- The big difference here is a very noticeable roast cocoa and dark malt presence. The flavor is also much more earthy, pine and floral. Acrid roast bitterness.

MF- Creamy, nice silky feel to a nice thick bodied ale. Have to mention the roast and hop bitterness combining in the finish.

A good beer which brings an interesting flavor to the table. Maybe a bit less roast and the hops would shine through a bit nicer.

cbutova, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

12 ounce bottle, the label tells the consumer (me) that this was "Bottled on 05/27/11"

Pours near black, with some dark ruby highlights on the edges. Frothy mocha head, large and lovely, stays at the one inch level, slowly going to a thicker film, collar, sheeting, copious lacing, the works.

Chocolate infused nose, with some earthy hop notes.

Smooth, soft, subtle and tasty, with the 9.2% way in the back ground, creamy chocolate all through this one, drying herbal and again earthy hops in the rear to add the balance, bite and intrigue. Quality dark/black DIPA...well worth giving this one a try....

Billolick, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of clegolfski
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance - Super dark with a nice head

Smell - citrus chocolate

Taste- wow this is really good, i was a bit skeptical but there is so much flavor in it. very distinct flavors too

Mouth- lite but rewarding

Think the imperialization is what the black IPA needed. It really was unlike anything that I ve had before. Between Outblack and this im a new convert to black IPA

Serving type: bottle

clegolfski, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Schreibeers
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottled on 4/26/11. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark black (that is no surprise). Pours with a very small tan head that dissipates quickly. some nice lacing down the glass.

S: Hoppier than I expected... Smells like a double IPA with some toasty malt backdrop. I also get some biscuit and chocolate notes. I guess I expected a little more chocolate/coffee malts, but the very hoppy smell is enjoyable.

T: A little more of what I expected with the smell. I pick up the strong chocolate malts at first that are very well matched by the hoppy bitterness. The beer lingers into a bitter aftertaste. Definitely, improves as it warms. I have not been a huge fan of the black IPAs b/c they didn't seem to be well balanced, but this is a great tasting beer. Exactly what I would want from a dark hoppy beer.

M: Nothing to special here. This beer coats your mouth with all of the hoppiness... feels alot like a double IPA at times. Very little carbonation.

O: Until now, I was not really sold on the "black IPA" trend we seem to be seeing in many American craft brewers. I am very happy with this beer. Overall definitely worth the try, especially if you like the style.

Schreibeers, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%

Picked up from Julio's. Really like black IPA's and figured to give this one a go. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Really, really solid appearance here. Easily the best part of this beer. A dark, rich oily pour with a creamy two finger mocha head that left sticky side lacing and never truely goes away. Just slumps down a bit.

S - Typical black IPA notes here, some good bitter hop aromas and very light malt. Really not strong enough for me in the roasted malt/chocolate category that one wants with a black IPA.

T - Similar to the nose here. Good hop flavours (bitter citrus rinds/pine) but not nearly enough roasted malt and chocolate.

M - Nice and creamy with just enough carbontion to help it from being syrupy or heavy.

O - Overall, this isnt a bad black IPA. The appearance is great, but thats pretty much it. Everything else is fairly standard. This needs more of that chocolate roasty malt quality that one expected with a black IPA.

rudzud, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a stemmed glass a near jet black except for some ruby tinge when held in some light,a blooming light mocha colored head atop.Big roast in the nose along with some raw earthiness,the piney hops are there but a little subdued.The hops are much bigger on the palate,resiny and citrusy along with dark bread and coffee roast.A real good black ale but the alcohol sweetness does creep a little so its not something I could drink alot of.

oberon, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

pours pitch black with a huge mocha colored head that sticks around for a while and laces like a champ.

good amount of roasted and chocolate maltiness on top of some piney and slightly spicy hops.

burnt malt flavors hit first and are a bit acrid with some hops behind that. tobacco leaf and some chocolate hit the palate and mix about as well as oil and water. it finishes with a decent mix of bitter and sweet with a touch of roast.

medium bodied with a soft carbonation, but its oily from start to finish with a long lingering aftertaste.

overall, its not bad, but not great. I'm not sure what the hemp seed did for this beer, but it didn't make this beer become overly unique. I'd drink it again, but there are many others I'd choose before this one.

silentjay, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottled on 5/27/11

Aggressive pour produces an inch long poofy light tan head with a dark brown body leaving thick lacing down the glass. Great retention. With enough light I can see through the body, which has red tints.

Scent is hoppy. A bit of chocolate, fresh roasted coffee but only for a moment. Smells like a hoppy stout.

At first tastes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee dominate, then there's a bitter hoppy close. Tastes like a cross of a bitter ipa and an imperial stout. Warming alcohol presence. Citrus appears at times as well, occasionally lime? Don't really taste that too often.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Medium body.

I've been waiting for a beer like this. Good interpretation of style. Made me want a Zoe....

Sensaray, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a dark orangey-brown but sits nearly black in the glass. Tan head takes a while to develop through the thick liquid but it puffs up to a solid three fingers before melting away to leave thick fine-bubbled lacing. First impression is that this smells like a hoppy barleywine. Lots of grapefruity hops and a toasty caramel maltiness. As it warms, more chocolate comes through, but this is a hoppy beast, even at three months old. Flavor has some smooth dark-but-not-super-dark chocolate and pineapple hops to go with a very bitter finish. Ashy tobacco notes recall cheap cigars and there's a big fusel presence. The label says the malts "align" with the hops but I find the flavor profile to be discordant. Palate is nice and silky while the beer is cool, but some warmth thins it out and shows more alcohol. Couldn't finish the 12 oz bottle.

illidurit, Jun 10, 2011
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.