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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

412 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 412
Hads: 2,056
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 24.21%
Wants: 115
Gots: 423 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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: 412 | Hads: 2,056
Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly not a huge fan of black IPA style beers but this one makes its mark and brings something a little different to the table.

Very interesting striations in the color palatte, its much more complex than what you typically find in a black/brown stout. Haziness and carbonation, plus the easily resuscitated head, adds to the complexity.

Aromas are a mix of toasted malts, molasses/licorice, the piney signature of abundant IPA hops, and both a dark and ripe citrus fruit note. The toasted character expresses itself more as the beer warms. Unlike true dark ales in the porter family I recommend drinking this just above fridge temperature.

Massively bitter finish, and a slight alcohol note upon exhaling. Its 9.2% abv is mostly hidden except for this feature. While highly drinkable I feel like having several of these would build into too strong of a toasted/oakey/fumey crescendo. At any rate, anyonne with a hankering for or curiosity about black IPAs should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty taste. Virtually no fruit or coffee notes, but no detection of alcohol. I've had better black IPA's. This one was quite drinkable but too bitter. A big plus was no detection of the high abv. Can get you in danger due to its quafability. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a unique, hazy dark brown wood-stain color that almost seems to have some greyish tones. Nice color. Nice head retention. Lacings throughout.

Mildly resiny hop aroma.

The flavor is pure bliss. Strong hop profile paired with toasted, dark, nearly burnt malts. This is really nicely done. I think I'm growing a crush on this brewery.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dubhe by Uinta Brewing has brewed an amazing Imperial Black IPA with Hemp Seeds. I hadn’t ever tried Uinta before, but I am instantly a new avid fan of this variety.

Look: This beer pours a tuxedo black body with a thin head. The opacity is reminiscent of a Guiness, but with hues of amber brown shining through dimly in the right light. If you look through the side obliquely under a bright light you will see layers of color separating out of the darkness: yellow, golden amber, then a deeper orange hue which then gives way to the profound blackness of the rest of the beer.

Smell: The smell is amazing. I get a fruity sweetness and a toasted Oaky maltiness. I also get hints of aromas that are common in West Coast style IPAs.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Before I describe it let me just say that this has 109 IBUs which is the most I’ve ever been exposed to, but it definitely drinks like a more modest 70 IBUs. If you clear your palate first, you can tell it has 100+ IBUs, but you need to pay attention. It also has a whopping 9.2% ABV, but it is so smooth and refreshing that it drinks like a 7% ABV so watch out. Now the fun part, the taste is so dynamic and robust that it is unlike anything I have tried before. And as an Imperial Black IPA it is arguably the king of its own class. I get an amazing wave of toasted oak, caramel, cocoa leaves, mango, pineapple, piney hops, perhaps raisin, chocolate, coriander, and a great resinous coating at the end. It is amazing to drink something that looks like an Imperial Stout, but tastes like a Double IPA. The carbonation is silky and subtle so as to not interrupt the many flavors that this beer packs. Most of the flavors are subtle and intermingle in an explosive dance on your tongue so pay attention. You’ll definitely want to pour this beauty.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a silky mouthfeel that gently caresses your tongue and mouth. It has the perfect amount of subtle carbonation to let the flavors run wild.

Overall: I would say, overall, that this beer is amazing. It has an excellent aroma, flavor, and dynamic timing of all its attributes. And since it is one of the absolute best of its class, I can say that this belongs at the top of the ‘Must Try’ list for any and every avid beer drinker. Be sure to serve chilled and poured into a worthy class. And don’t forget that this variety is packed full of protein from the Hemp Seeds. Cheers!

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Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite a dark color. Smell was rather clean and neutral. Taste was hoppy just like you'd want from your ipa w Chocolate notes. Most memorable black ipa that I've tasted thus far... I most definitely would recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark brown under a clingy 3” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: grassy hops, citrus, light roast.
T: Chocolate, light roast, dark caramel and a hard to identify fruit lurking behing the malt flavors. Dark chocolate dry bitter finish.
F: Very creamy. Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a big, well executed black imperial IPA. The 109 IBU of hops combined with the dark malts come across more as dark bitter chocolate than hops.

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Photo of hophead723
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up at a good grocery store, a fresh four pack for $8.99. I loved the sound of this one especially with the hemp seeds, seemed very original. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: This beer wears a tuxedo of dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. The light reveals hues of faint mahogany around the edges, but it is fleeting and mysterious. Leaves excellent and sturdy lacing no doubt from the protein content achieved from the hemp seeds.

Smell: Very complex aroma consisting of chocolate, fruity hops, brown sugar, caramel, and faint pine. It's the smell of a great stout and a great IPA all at once.

Taste: Bursting with tropical fruit flavors from the hops with resounding and strong roasted malt characteristics. The hops are juicy in nature and deliver tantalizing flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and pine. The malts give way to caramel, tobacco, black tea, and chocolate. It genuinely is like an amazing IPA and stout all at once, with the weight of the body hiding the alcohol perfectly. This strong beast drinks like a 6% but is a whopping 9.2%. Extremely satisfying and delicious.

Feel: The mouthfeel is almost nitro smooth, but with plenty of carbonation. There is indeed a lingering bitterness from the awesome hopping, but also a coating of chocolaty goodness at the end. The head is uber smooth and envelops the upper lip in a cloud-like softness with each happy return to the rim of the glass.

Overall: This beer is perfect and satisfying. It fulfills expectations from both Imperial IPAs and stouts, which is no easy task. The hemp seeds no doubt contribute to this beer's exceptional execution and prevailing superiority. One of the best beers I have ever drank.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what happens when you pack in the IBUs. I don't think it works as well as it could without that dark roasty-ness and perhaps a tweaking of the hop slate.

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Photo of largadeer
3.01/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opaque dark chocolate brown body topped by an off-white foam. Nose is loaded with resinous pine, grapefruit, and a touch of char, but largely hop forward. Bitter and dry palate, burnt toast and dark chocolate, grapefruit rind and sharp pine. Dry and bitter finish, slightly ashy. Fermentation profile is clean and alcohol is well hidden, albeit beneath some fairly unpleasant flavor. Nothing I'd care to revisit here, the black IPA trend needs to go away.

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Photo of amorpork
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, brown pour edged with a little tannish foam. Not a heavy head nor super hoppy smell as you'd expect with a double so I think that brings down its score a bit. The smell is a bit loamy and damp with some spicy grapefruit on top. And what a fantastic flavor (which is what matters, right?) Very different profile than others on the head, the smell, and look which may be chalked up to the hemp seeds, but I don't care. Fun beer...Will drink again and again. Then sleep and drink some more.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, color. One inch head, of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight floral hops, strong piney hops, resin, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, caramel malt, and strong wood. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, strong wood, piney hops, resin, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, strong aroma, strong body, decent blend (alcohol and wood dominate), and average mouth feel.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge hops with bitter chocolate and roasted malt notes. Like a thin hoppy stout. Big beer, but if there was any drawbacks I got a slight tinny flavor initially.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by early August, poured into snifter. Dark dark color, three finger head, strong lacing. I am a big fan of black IPAs and this is a fine representation of the style. Very solid brew, we'll balanced and would have again.

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Photo of drpimento
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding! Appearance is a huge foamy, thick, light tan long lasting head, with plenty of lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is fresh hops with a bit of a doobie character, roast malt, Flavor's somewhat similar to nose, plus quite dry (except in finish - then a hint of sweet comes out), very bitter, some tang. Body is good though the extreme bitter coupled with alcohol warmth yields a strange tingle, while still being oddly smooth. Big beer.

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

A: dark brown with medium brown accents; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with citrus and some pine behind it;

T: deeply roasted grains up front; chocolate comes in quickly; citrus is added at mid-palate; all three are still there at the finish; moderate bitterness doesn't kick in until after the swallow;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV well;

O: Really nice black IPA:

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark but not deep black with a solid, sustaining mocha head. The aroma starts with roasty coffee and toasted rye bread, followed by a strong dank pine resin odor. The flavor leads with nice astringent pine, followed by sweet roast malts, pumpernickel rye, and strong caramel. The mouthfeel is full but not too rich. Overall this an excellent black IPA, one that trikes the right tension between roasty malts and pungent hops.

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Photo of Savan
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Only thing I have to note is that i am usually not a fan of Black IPA but, you see a new beer in your liquor store (one made with hemp seed at that) you give it a whirl. Not at all what i expected from this, a rather approachable Black IPA. For all that is in it it is well rounded not a beer for everyday, however one i will take a second gander at.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

- very thick long lasting head light brown to a very opaque dark brown
- smell is a nice ipa smell but with roasted notes
- has a nice roasted sage flavor with some chocolate roasted malt taste and of course the none overbearing hops
-a little dry for a beer this dark but it doesn't take away from anything just liked the flavor and hoped it lingered a little longer
- Great beer from my home town, a great company and nailed it with this beer

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.