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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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1,808 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,808
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 105
Gots: 256 | 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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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/2/11.

12 oz bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Dubhe is a dark brown color with good clarity and thick head. It has great retention and lacing.

Aroma is full of fresh citrusy hops and just a hint of roast from the malts.

Flavor is definitely double-IPA hoppy but with a bold enough malt bill to stand up to it. Citrus like orange and grapefruit, roasted malt with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a very good black ale. Probably second to Odell Mountain Standard but both are worth a try if you have them in your area.

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CHickman
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with brown around the edges when held up to light and a massive 2 finger creamy tan head faded very slowly and looked like a pillow as it went down, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – a great looking beer.

Smells of sweet citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, toasted grains, coffee, herbs, biscuit, caramel, piney hops, and burnt toast and/or charcoal. A great combo of sweet hops and roasted malts with a very mild whiff of alcohol; nice balance that matches the look of this brew.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, floral hops, herbs, tea leaf, roasted grains, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, pine cone/piney hops, cocoa powder, mild spices like coriander and pepper, and more oily hops kick in before the bitter roasted finish.

Mouthfeel is oily slick and creamy, with very mild carbonation, a heavy body that is a little chewy, and real easy flow to it like a stout, but with a bitter finish that leaves a hoppy and roasted malt flavors lingering.

This was a great black ale/black IPA that was perfectly balanced and extremely drinkable; it also hides the ABV very well and goes down easy. I will seek this out again and highly recommend trying it.

6/25/2014-had it on tap and it looked amazing, smelled of roasted malt, coffee and citrus hops, and tasted of fresh citrus and floral hops mixed with cocoa powder, burnt coffee, brown sugar, charcoal and toffee. Damn tasty black IPA that had perfect mix of hops and malts along with perfect balance.

Photo of donquixote
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, rich cola brown with almost a finger of thick, orange-tan head.

Smell. Sweet grapefruit, some toasty malts, a little papaya. Smells good.

Taste. Toasty malts, pine sap and grapefruits, coffee and molasses. Lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer to satisfy your hop craving.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Brewers Haven Boise ID. Served in a pint nonic.

A: Dark black with transparent red hues visible, fairly good lace from a tannish head.

S: Very hoppy, earthy, herbal, resinous, pretty pithy with plenty of grapefruit zest...hints of roasted malt but its mostly oily hop leaf.

T: Follows the nose...lots of oily and piny hop notes overwhelm the roasted malt and coffee notes...herbal leafy hop notes evolve into spicy citrus, orange and grapefruit rind.

MF: Fairly dry, oily and bitter, medium light body, with a touch of alcohol.

O: Aggressive Black IPA but really enjoyable.

Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Pat
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with garnet hues and from what I can tell, pretty good clarity. Light tan head with a very pungent nose of earthy and citric hops along with huge malt bill of licorice and dark berry jam.

Kind of low in carbonation. Aggressive hop bitterness. The taste is a bit more subtle than the nose and not as all over the place as expected (but still a little all over the place) Big sweet roasted malt flavor up front with a touch of wood or smoke, something I can't quite put my finger on. Notes of dark chocolate and caramel on the sides of the tongue where the hop presence begins to make itself known with resinous piney and citric flavors (and a touch of grape fruit) Dark fruit and licorice make their presence known somewhere along the way with a touch of alcohol.

The big full body of the beer is necessary to contain all the complexities within it. Quite a tongue slapper. Some of the flavors play off eachother in a unique way while others are just bizarre. Not exactly a layered taste experience but not a well blended one either. Overall good and incredibly unique but not something I'd buy again. This one space visit was strange enough.

Photo of AmIeviL
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of swimbikerundrink
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black ale brewed with hemp seeds eh? Must be the best they make from the reviews.

A - Pours a very dark brown, clear in color with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Like their other beers it smells moderately hoppy, citrus and apricot come to mind. With mild sweet malts and chocolate malts are apparent.

T - Amazingly balanced you get the hoppy of citrus then pine, quickly to sweet chocolate malts and the finish is a twang of piney goodness that doesn't seem to sticky for too long. Only beer I can remember close to this is Stone's Black IPA and this one is more enjoyable/less roasty.

M - Medium bodied but drinks pretty light. Only the ABV is noticeable later.

Overall I would totally consider it again but it's one of those "Halftime beverage" beers so I will have to pick up a few when they have another free shipping offer.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very nice representation of the style and hides its alcohol quite well.

Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of wo87810
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.

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,808 ratings.