Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

394 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 394
Hads: 1,958
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 110
Gots: 352 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 394 | Hads: 1,958
Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black, deep brown producing a huge 2+ finger, mocha, somewhat lasting head that leaves webby sheets of lace. Aroma dark malt, Hershey\'s & semisweet chocolate, toffee & faint smoke forward backed by citrus & pine hops. Taste dry & astringent, bitter chocolate, burnt, bitter coffee, phenolic, resinous hops. Finish is a continuation of the drying & astringent bitterness that intensifies & lingers long into the aftertaste. (444 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with an inch of tan foam and there's some nice lacing.

Very hop forward smell of grapefruit but has a sweetish side to it.

A very bitter first sip of grapefruit and grass, not getting any roasted malt at all but perhaps the slight sweet note or 2 could be chocolate. Hard for me to tell.

Medium body and carbo.

Best by June 12 and I reckon it would be fine even after that. My bottle, I bought at least a month ago.

Bottom line, this is super hoppy and super tasty. The abv is hidden well too. Worthy of repurchases. (546 characters)

Photo of maxson924
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In my experience, it's much better on tap than bottled. The tap version would be a solid .5 higher, but the bottled version needs to be accounted for, too. Even when bottled, it's not bad at all, but rather just... unremarkable to me. In both versions, the 9.2% ABV is definitely something you can taste, though that's not necessarily good or bad. (347 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red. Smells of pine spice, roast malts and coffee. Taste is dominated by pine resin and roasted malts. Pine resin and roast malt aftertaste with a little chocolate. Very tasty but I was expecting a little more flavor diversity especially considering it is a black IPA. (287 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by 5/24/15.
Beautiful tan head over the clear, black liquid looks so wonderful. Great lacing on the glass too! The smell has a clean roasted barley character with a massive floral, piney hop bouquet. Taste is superior to most black ales with a chocolatey and porter like roastedness coming through the many layers of fresh hops. This beer was pleasing sip after sip! Great clean, fresh taste! Must have again! (416 characters)

Photo of Vlaminck
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased one bottle from total wine and more. I typically like black IPA's and brew my one once in a while as a nice change in pace to traditional. Although this delivered nice malty back bone, good hoppiness, nice feel I found a weird presence of a metallic like taste. Made the spot between my cheek and ear twinge. I want to like this beer but its just OK for me. Then I realized, im drinking 20 days past best buy date. Ill blame the wife for rushing me through the bottle shop and force her to drink it and crack open a fresher beer for now. But I will definitely wish to try this one again only fresher. Will update then (627 characters)

Photo of brother_rebus
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

if you have a clean pallet, you can taste the slightest hint of hemp by 5/6 way through the beer. Beat nose of any dark IPA ive had. Probably best dark IPA ive had. (164 characters)

Photo of GFM
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better black IPAs I've tried. Hoppier than most and the hop flavor holds out longer in this beer than it does in many of its peers. Midway through, however, I feel like I'm having a porter, not an IPA. (8.0) (218 characters)

Photo of tcstation
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A new favorite beer. Brilliantly blends malty sweetness with hop bitterness. Initial tastes are of chocolate and caramel but finished strong with a large dose of traditional IPA hops but enough of the malts remain to keep it balanced. (234 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a healthy head of khaki froth. Aroma smells of robust grapefruit with some toffee and dark chocolate. Gorgeous tracts of lacing envelope the glass and simply won’t go away.

The taste is dominated by grapefruit pith, and it’s going to take a good deal of warming and habituation to unearth much else. Substantial warming unveils some roasted malt in the finish, but brings with it a twinge of warming alcohol that makes the bitterness more caustic. Medium body and smooth, tingly mouthfeel serve their purpose here.

Overall, this is a fairly one-dimensional black IPA that leaves me disappointed. I’m usually more optimistic about black IPAs delivering a little more malty complexity than their traditional counterparts, but this was about as straightforwardly bitter as they come. Not bad for what it is, but not something I’d pursue again.

*I qualify the above with the fact that this beer is brewed with hemp seed, so the entire experience may have been a hallucination on my part :-) . (1,027 characters)

Photo of Doc_78
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark amber color. Initially chocolate, hemp and roasted malts smell. Tastes much like it smells; the chocolate and roasted malts flavors does a great job masking the the eventual hoppy bitterness. This is a nice representation of the style. The flavors mask the ABV quite well. (293 characters)

Photo of Beglane
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Possibly the best representation of a Imperial black IPA. Start smooth finishes bitter. Wow, Although I'm new to reviewing I'm not new to the style. Best sampled on a cold night there's beer And then there's Beer.
It probably helps that it's only three weeks old, But nonetheless I am so impressed! (299 characters)

Photo of JohnIrving
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from Utah L-store. Pours black with 1-2 finger off white head. Aroma of hops and chocolate. Bit of anise/licorice. Taste is complex. Layers of roasted malt with a bitter hop finish. Medium body and mouthfeel. Highly recommended. A shelf beer that is better than most premium special releases. (305 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tap at Lazy Dog Macon. Aroma of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste of roasted malts, licorice, and chocolate. Bitter hops aftertaste. Very good and flavorful (164 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass, the beer is a dark almost black color with a 1 " tan head. Sipping leaves intersting patterns of lacing on the sides of the glass. Head retention is fairly good in that even to the last 1/4 or so of the beer there is a thick ring of foam around the glass and the liquid is mostly covered with a thin patch of foam.

The smell of the beer changes over the as the beer warms and eventually takes on a nice dark chocolate aroma with undertones of some hops in the background.

The flavors of the beer illustrate the importance of giving the beer time to warm to a comfortable drinking temperature. At first the taste is bitter with a burnt malt character and no hops detectable. As the beer warms the beer becomes more dark chocolate with some hop flavors to balance it.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the finish of the beer tapers off nicely from dark bitterness to light dryness.

While I've enjoyed this beer it is definitely a one a night beer and while I could drink more of them in the future I'm increasingly finding that my tastes are shifting from high ABV intensely flavored beers towards more subtle beers where the hops and malt play together nicely with some sweetness, some earthy bitterness, and a nice dryness at the end that invites another sip. (1,298 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.5] Poured into a standard pint. Formed a nice creamy 1 1/2 finger tan head. Looks black in the glass but there are ruby hues when held up to the light. Looks quite nice in the glass. When drinking it leaves lots of nice lacing on the glass. The bottle clearly lists a best by date 11/19/14. The ABV is listed clearly at 9.2%. These guys know how to label a beer that is a big plus.

S: [3.75] Caramel. Dark Fruits. Piney hops.

T: [4.00] Much more chocolate than I expected. Really nice on the front with chocolate. There is a spicy quality to the hops (not bitter - spicy). There is a slight nip of bitter on the finish but not jarring. I am also getting some earthy tones in the midpalate. The earthy tones are more pronounced as it warms up. This beer is more complex than others I've had recently.

M: [3.75] Smooth and full bodied. There is a slight dry feeling due to the bitter - but nothing to unsettling.

O: [4.00] I really like this beer. The appearance, smell and tastes are all hitting. There is a slight sense of alcohol - but not bad for a 9.2% ABV. I don't think this is a beer that I would drink more than 1-2 of in a sitting. Also I liked the flavors a bit more when it was colder. The warmth brought out a bit more of the earthy and bitter tones (and subdued the chocolate). (1,323 characters)

Photo of Robert_Ray
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Picked up this little 12 oz bottle at Total Wine last night. I did not know what to expect from this brewery in Salt Lake City Utah, but I like Imperial IPA's a lot and always willing to take the gamble. Jackpot! Pours rich and creamy into a tulip glass. A nice slim head and very rich lacing stays until the the last drop. This is a somewhat boozy, total black beer. It starts out malty sweet with chocolate and coffee overtones, but quickly surrenders to the Hops and 109 IBU's at the finish. This is a very complex beer. Not the best BLACK IPA that I have ever had, but definitely in my top 5. I am now going to include Uinta Brewing Company on my search list when looking for something unique to share with my friends. (722 characters)

Photo of samwello
5/5  rDev +22.2%

This beer reminds me of Myrcenary Double IPA , by Odell Brewing Co. These two are tied for first place . They both have an awesome robust flavor and a wonderful aftertaste . Great sipping beers . Unita's Hopnosh is a close second ...... (242 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance (4.25/5): Amazing black/very dark brown with an extremely long-last 2.5-3 finger tan head. Wow. Impressive!

Smell (4.5/5): Excellent nose of grapefruit, pine, and dark chocolate and coffee undertones. I like that this is clearly VERY hop-forward and does not seem to be leaning to the roast side of the Black IPA spectrum.

Taste (4.75/5): Massive, massive, MASSIVE grapefruit notes from start to finish. The bitterness makes itself known as soon as you take your first sip, and it is QUITE sharp; it ebbs in the middle, and the beer opens up to more unsweetened dark chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roast; in the end we’re back where we started–massive grapefruit bitterness. Not balanced at all, but that's not a problem in my mind.

Mouthfeel (4.75/5): The mouthfeel is quite extraordinary–the hemp seed lends a nice oiliness to the beer that beefs up the body and makes this silky smooth to drink. What a great ingredient addition, and a very unexpected one at that. Spot-on medium carbonation. The beer is rich and quenching at the same time, though it’s a very big beer, so the drinkability isn’t so high.

Overall (4.50/5): This is easily one of the best Black IPAs on the market and the best one that I have had, beating the exceptional Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous out with the extraordinary mouthfeel. Way to go, Uinta. You have my attention. (1,381 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Every time I drink a black IPA I always wish I drank them more often.

Thick, Oily and delicious. Very strange initial taste. I like it though. Lots of alcohol in this beer but can't really taste it. Can't put my finger on the flavor but it is a great beer. Would drink again for sure.

Wife's Review: "Interesting. It's not bad." (She took more than one sip) (359 characters)

Photo of beerlust
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice. It's dark and has a really high IBU ,makes a good combination for me. Higher alcohol but does not taste it, quite smooth. Bought this in Cleveland somehow. Kind of reminds me of some Stone IPA product. Very good overall. Would buy it again if I see it- ever. (264 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours dark, oily brown, not much light passing through. Foams up a huge three finger high latte tan head that is made up of loose bubbles that coat the glass in large and loose webs of lacing.

A smack of robust roasted malt, coffee and bread with equally as profound citrus, pine and dank herbs from the hops. The background gets somewhat smokey and the earthiness of the herbal hops lingers.

Roasted malt with caramel and sticky sweetness with a slight coffee ground acidity. Hops are medium strength with a peak of yelow citrus followed by oily pine that sticks through the palate and lingers into the finish. After the drink there is a moderate bitterness with the sticky malt hanging on to couple with some alcohol and the oily pine resin.

Goes a bit flat after a while, better cold. Medium bodied with alcohol peeking through the malt curtains. Rather sticky and it takes a white for the bitterness to come though and being to dry the palate.

A good black IPA, peaks early with the aroma but can't quite follow up with such promise. Balanced malt and hops it just need more carbonation and a brighter hops to pop the way some others are able to do, (1,163 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark oily brown with a tan head and plenty of lace. Aroma has herbal hops, citrus and some roasted malt. In the taste, more unsweetened dark chocolate and coffee like malt flavor that has good hop balance. Some earthy bitters and dirty citrus round out the flavor. Full bodied and relatively smooth. Overall, you can't complain about a big balanced hoppy black ale. It does not suck at all. (398 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the dedicated attention to both IPA and porter, Dubhe surpasses the the limits of both styles with imperial strength and the unique addition of hemp seed for a spicy, herbal and botanical nuance.

Dubhe starts off with porter-like tendencies. Burnt molasses wraps around heavy toast, cocoa and strong coffee. Even as aromas suggest vibrant citrus and tropical fruit, its porter flavor but heightened intensity says otherwise to the early taste.

Developing dryness leaves way for hop dominance to grow- shedding its red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango character over the middle palate. Ribbons of earthy resins play out like pine, herbal grasses and pepper sneak in before finish.

Its late charge slathers on a malty-dry taste and texture, fueled by toast char, deeply resinous bittering and acute peppercorn. Even as more herbaceous flavors suggest cannabis- these seem more hop-derived while something akin to rye pangs away lightly on the palate.

The common flaw in "black" IPA is that they usually result in a hoppy porter and resemble American IPA in no way. However, the imperialized porter supports in Dubhe gives this dark beer a roundness that's even still commanded by hops. (1,202 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; color is a nearly black brown, with a hint of red in there. pours a very large amount of brown head that retains nicely.

smell; citrusy hops, the hemp is there, as well as earthy hop notes of grass and pine. includes malty notes of cocoa powder and dark fruits.

taste; the upfront flavors are earthy hops, with a hint of the citrus, fruity notes include plums and grapefruit, hints of chocolate and alcohol in the background.

mouthfeel; oily, full bodied, very filling, carbonation is light. the finish has a touch of dryness to it.

overall; i'm not a huge fan of the style, but this was a fine beer experience and probably the best black lager i've tried so far. (679 characters)

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.