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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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1,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 91
Gots: 187 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

IPx, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

y2korey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 25 days ago. I call that fresh.

Pour is very opaque black, just a thin collar around the edges of this one.(after the glass gets near the bottom browning happens, so it's not totally opaque)
Holy cow, the aroma is chocolate and a massive amount of citrus and pine. By far the strongest Black IPA aroma wise i have had.
The flavors are so intense. A huge level of roasted malts must have been used, it is dry and roasty, with Citrus and a Resinous Dankness.

This is a style i have never been a big fan of, but this one is probably my favorite example of the style so far. Well Done Uinta.

ChadQuest, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

hyoung41, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of BrewerMike
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I think this is what a black IPA should taste like. It's bitter, piney, resiny, chocolatey, smokey, and roasty. It is extremely complex and big. It's definitely a bigger IPA than most, hence the imperial label. As this beer warms, the roasted, chocolate notes come through even more, which is fine with me! Given that it's an imperial IPA, my only slight complaint is that I could have tolerated even more hops on the nose. The hop aroma did not blow me away, but it was definitely very nice.

I will definitely buy this beer again. Amazing job on this one!

BrewerMike, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of muletrane
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a deep black colour with only a little bit of light shining through the edges. 2 fingers of dense ivory head and lots of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet with some very faint hop presence.

T: Sweet malts up front with big piney hops in the finish. Lots of lingering bitterness as well.

M: Light carbonation with a moderate body. Slick feel overall and slightly watery.

Overall I enjoyed the beer. I like the big piney flavor here and the beer looks very nice as well. Everything else about this beer is slightly lacking though.

muletrane, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

AApparel, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerDanM, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mrpibb1206, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of crossovert
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/10/11. I am not a huge fan of this style but am always trying new stuff. I didn't pick this out for myself but was given it.

It pours nearly a pitch black with a real microfoamy tan head.

The smell works. It has a huge sweetness but also a nice bit of hops and a noticeable bit of chocolatey roasty hops.

The flavor isn't anything to behold. It bitterweet but with a lot of both. The chocolate bread flavor just doesn't mesh with the hops. I like the bitterness and the mouthfeel but this recipe seems un-thought-out.

crossovert, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost inky dark brown with a wondeful light chocolate head.

S: Aroma of some burnt roast and a hint of cocoa with a sharp herbal piney hop character, a touch of lemon peel.

T: Flavor starts sweet with some cocoa and roast, quickly picking up the sharp piney bitterness, resiny and herbal. FInishes slightly bitter with some lingering citric and cocoa notes. Medium to medium full body.

M: Not overly bitter, rather smooth with a touch of alcohol finish. I’d love to see them increase the mouthfeel a tad to make it a bit chewier.

seanwhite, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark translucent brown color with amber edging. There is a couple fingers worth of loose, off-white head. The lace is filled with bubbles and is sprayed across the glass.

The nose has a floral bouquet full of citrus hop and some pine. Underneath is a bit of biscuit-like malt.

The taste very bitter and has a nice twist on it. The malt offers an almost cocoa like taste right before the hop assault takes place. The citrus and pine hop offerings come through full force and bring a nice bitter taste to the table.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a creamy texture with it. However, it is quite drinkable as the abv is well hidden and it isn't too heavy.

Overall, another great brew from the State of Utah. This is a very nice black ipa.

ChugginOil, Nov 23, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/22/11

A- Dark chestnut, almost black in low lighting, with a reddish-brown glow around the edges. Billowy cappuccino-colored head that dissipates to a blanket, leaving patchy lacing behind.

N- Tons of lemon-lime citrus in the nose, with hints of grapefruit zest and flowers. Also some herbal, minty notes in there. Piney, resinous undertones blend perfectly with the citrus. Smooth roasted malt and toasted nuts provide a solid foundation for all those hops. I'm also getting some milk chocolate after pouring a second time. The nose is so complex, having a range of elements from light to dark, yet everything blends together to create a single unique aroma.

T- Lightly sweet nutty malt with a hint of powdered cocoa and a fair amount of roast. Tons of herbal, grassy, piney bitterness that balances the sweetness and blends with the roastiness. Juicy citrus brightens up the palate while providing a note of citrus rind to the bitterness. There's a pronounced savory spiciness to this brew that I associate with the hemp seed, although that's just a guess. The beer dries out nicely in the middle for a long bitter finish with tons of spice, grass, herbs, pine, toasted nuts, lingering citrus, and some faint roast. A little heat on the back end, which feels appropriate given the boldness of the flavor profile.

M- Medium bodied, slightly slick and sticky, with moderate carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

D- Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with this beer. If you like black IPAs, this is a must-have. Unique, complex, full of character, and fun to drink.

KevinBrewer, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

ElectricWizkid, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

stonelis, Nov 21, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's an opaque black with a dark brown head and smells like pine and roast. Depth of earthy, nutty, and chicory flavor from the dark malt and then the citrus hops offer an amazing brightness and bitterness... it's all kind of hot, but comes together well, with a sticky but well-carbonated mouthfeel. Every flavor is in excess but somehow this is an awesome beer! Melds together amazingly.

lstokes, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BigMilkDan, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, compact and well balanced Black DIPA

Presentation: 12 oz brown custom shaped and capped bottle. Dark emerald paper label with the image of a sunset-stary night over the Uinta mountain range? Rest of the retro lay out offers astronomy touches with serving notes. Shows bottling date (09/22-11), and 10.4% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Black pour with deep dark brown edges. Nice creamy head towering away from the glass, good retention and surface memory, with rich lacing.

S - Resinous and herbal nose… rich resinous hops with a dash roasted notes.

T - Resinous and hoppy, herbal sense without being too assertive, roasted backbone…Hint of coffee, tiny touch of licorice… Nice and inviting bitterness.

M - Medium to medium/full body with soft carbonation rather smooth with a nice lingering sense in the finish.

D - Pretty compact and enticing. A very pleasing take at a Black DIPA.

Notes: Well worth the recommendation and the repeat if one is into this range. Not too complex or hefty, but in this case that might like the asset. It is very well balanced without loosing any of the expected assertiveness of the style. The hemp is there but very softy, blending well with the herbal hop range.

Daniellobo, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 9/22/11. 12 oz bottle pour into a long stemmed tulip.

A: this might actually be just a really dark brown instead of pitch black. brownish hints in the tight white head. retention isnt what it should be. however, good lacing.

S: this aroma really has some complexity. vanilla and sweet chocolate mixes with a piney hop aroma. i even get a little bit of smoky-ness that reminds me of bacon?

T: the roasted flavor is strong here. notes of dark chocolate and smoke as well as obvious bitterness from very roasted/black malts. as well as bitterness from a healthy hopping.

M: moderate fizzy carbonation on a full body.

D: good nose and flavors, but definitely a sipper. wouldnt exactly call this super drinkable considering i feel like this is more of a nightcap. overall worth grabbing if you can find it.

Jimmys, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty damn black under a lovely, soapy tan head that leaves behind abundant drippy lacing. Deep, dark malty aroma with pine and alcohol...sweet chocolate and light citrus. Coffee and chocolate upfront in the flavor, followed by a solid, resinous wall of hoppy bitterness. It's seeming hoppier with each sip; grapefruit and sticky pine along with some charred maltiness. Smooth, medium-full body with an oily slickness. I like it...this bottle is a few months old, so I'll likely get a super-fresh one (with the fancy new label) and see how it compares.

wedge, Nov 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eclipse54 for this want!

Pour is solid black. Head was a creamy light brown with super lacing. Aroma had tons of floral notes, crisp pine, roast and bits of chocolate. Taste was nicely bold, with plenty bitterness, pine and floral hop notes, but a much stronger "stout" characters: chocolate, roast, slight coffee. Body was full, and almost chewy.

EgadBananas, Nov 03, 2011
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.