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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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1,790 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 100
Gots: 244 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear deep brown with a two finger head that has very fine bubbles and is a little lighter than milk chocolate in color, head lingers very nicely and leaves a ton of lacing
S: nicely hop forward and has a nice maltiness in the back
T: citrus hops in the forefront, they linger nicely through the whole taste but in the middle there is a nice deep layer of maltiness that kicks in and brings some solid balance, the maltiness has a bit of a spice note and a slight bite at the end from the alcohol
M: smooth, its thin but also has a bit of a motor oil like consistency which is contradictory but i dont know how else to describe it, a bit strong on the carbonation tingle, slight alcohol burn
O: a nice double black IPA and my first for the style, i found it to be a bit strong on the carbonation and the alcohol was slightly unmasked but overall it was good

Photo of dachp
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of 57md
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is black with at least a finger of tan head, some of which lingered for a reasonable amount of time and left nice lacing as the beer went down. The blend of licorice and hops make for a unique nose. Roasted malt and hops co-exist in an excellent combination. Spicy bitterness on the finish lasts and lasts on the tongue.

Perhaps my only critique of this offering is that the harshness of the alcohol on the finish was a bit overdone.

Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, khaki colored head. Black body with some hints of ruby. Slightly transparent. Good lacing.

Aroma was definitely hoppy. Citrusy and floral with some notes of grapefruit. Light maltiness. Mild sweetness.

Flavor had pretty upfront hop flavor of citrus, pine and mild grassy-ness. Through the body there was a light sweetness to back up the bitterness in the finish. Mild roasty flavor. Some light biscuity flavors. Finish was bitter that lingers for a short while. Notes of greapfruit, pine and floral hops. No signs of ABV.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Dry finish.

Overall it was very good. Nice amount of strong bitterness but a mild sweetness that complemented the flavor.

Photo of jondeelee
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dubhe opens with the kind of powerhouse nose that lets you know this is a serious IPA: huge grapefruit rind and pine sap notes dominate, joined by a heavy, earthy vinous/dandelion stem backing, the hop aromas so massive that the beer smells more like concentrated hop oil than beer. Other aromas are comparatively difficult to detect against this onslaught, but a good measure of syrupy sugars (orange liqueur, apricot, berry), as well as brown sugars and French baguette still manage to break through. As a whole, the nose is enticing, but certainly lets the drinker know that if they don't like hops, they should perhaps consider a tamer brew.

On the tongue, the beer starts off with the kind of hop blast that would be expected from the nose: massive grapefruit rind and pine notes, as well as the earthy dandelion stems, translate almost directly. Not-so-subtle hints of a rye-like peppery spice are also present, assisting the hops in burning the tongue and soft palate. Perhaps these latter notes are from the hemp seed, though never having eaten raw hemp seed, I'm guessing. What I do know is that the hop and grain notes blend perfectly here, with orange liqueur and brown sugar and toasted wheat crust moving nicely into a peppery, grainy, licorice-tinted spice, then into a beautifully-balanced 109 IBU hop blast. Even the high 9.2% ABV is well hidden in this flavor profile. The aftertaste is more of the same, with a growing emphasis on the hops as the sugars die off, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is a syrupy medium, carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, this is fantastic beer, and should be on any hop head's must try list. Perhaps more brewers should consider using hemp seed, because this beer is so well blended that the massive IBUs come across cleanly, even if a little bite-y. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim even though I'm not a fan of black IPA's. $9 for a four pack and it was bottled 12/22/11 so it was about seven weeks old at the point I drank it. Dark black color which is no surprise, decent head. Smells slightly hoppy, roasted malt, not bad at all. I like it already. Taste is oily citrus, kind of sweet, not bad and exactly what I like from a strong black IPA. Overall, I'll buy this again once in a while.

Photo of Jeb37
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Unita Brewing Company.
Score: 91

12 oz bottle served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass on 02/25/12 at Square Bar & Grill in Chicago while waiting for a table at my favorite restaurant in the city -- Kuma's Corner. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Totally opaque, pitch black color. No light from my iPhone set to 100% brightness and using the flashlight application cuts through this beer at all. Served with a half finger or so of creamy tan head that settles into a ring around glass and clump of bubbly tan head in the center. Oily lacing and above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Piney hops, lemon and chocolate malt. A little candied citrus, grapefruit and sticky pine sap. There is a sweet and sugary malt aroma in the background as well. The aroma is very DIPA-forward without much "black" ale characteristics save for the interesting chocolate malt twist. 4/5

Taste: The taste largely follows the nose, and is similarly DIPA-forward. Sharp lemon citrus, grapefruit and piney hops upfront. The hops have a fresh and moderately "mulchy"/earthy characteristic to them too. Subtle chocolate malt on the midpalate. Palate perking all spice and pepper on midpalate. There is a sugary "citrus candy" backbone to this brew. Lingering piney bitterness in the finish. This brew is pretty hop-forward. The 9.2% ABV is completely hidden. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium high carbonation. Oily and creamy mouthfeel. Bitter and slightly cotton-mouthy finish. 4/5

Overall: Easily my favorite black IPA to date. The bar tender who recommended I try this got an extra tip for making a super solid suggestion.

Recommendation: If you do not like IPA's you can skip this one, but hop heads should seek this brew out.

Cost: $6 for a 12 oz bottle at the bar.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, faint mahogany highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Grapefruit nose, flavor is grapefruit hops, lingering bitter aftertaste, the high ABV is hidden. Bottled Jan 2012, $3.45 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of NWer
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep dark almost black into a tulip glass. Abundant four finger head.
Very interestingly smooth mouthfeel and taste. Alcohol and apparent hop feel well hidden and sort of sneaks up on you.
An exceptional representative of the style.
Who'd a thunk? I never was able to pull the trigger on a beer from Utah before. Utah and beer? Unthinkable!
A gift of this beer made me a believer.
Never again will I travel to Utah and assume I will be beer-deprived.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.