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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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Reviews: 399
Hads: 1,976
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 111
Gots: 363 | 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: 399 | Hads: 1,976
Photo of wedge
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of DavyTheFatboy
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilfered pint glass

Pours a shade darker than morning coffee with far more opacity. Thin, quickly dissapating head. Spidery, persistent lacing.

Smells mostly like cocoa powder with just a hint of citrus-y hops. Definitely intriguing!

Starts sharp with roasty malts and more cocoa. The hemp comes next and the hops quickly follow with a sharpness that keeps the malts (which are more present than I had expected) from taking over. Talk about balance! Ends with another round of the same flavors, in the same order, but good lord does this beer stretch out. Mile-long finish. At the exhale, I get red meat gristle. Three-plus minutes since my last sip and I feel like I brushed my teeth with this beer. This is a pretty high ABV beer but the makers have done a fantastic job of integrating it and you won't know it until the glass is gone. Definitely one to share with good friends.

Full-bodied. Nice, tiny bubbles brush against your tongue instead of tickling it.

Overall, a fantastic excursion from the ordinary. At over $10 for a 4-pack it's not for everyday drinking but I will be bringing this to the next poker game. (1,159 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottled 6/11 Nearly black pour, brown around the edge. Nice layer of creamy looking off white head.

Aroma, heavy piney resin. Some anise and much lighter citrus.

Taste, Resiny hops up front. Roast malt and light black licorice. Finishes with some herbal hops, cocoa, then some fairly heavy coffee grounds. Lingers well. Pretty interesting.

Solid medium body, almost creamy. Just a little warming. Drinks pretty well. Solid from Uinta. (444 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/26/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops with some roasted malt and cocoa powder aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and spicy herbal hops up front with dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors coming in with the aftertaste. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good black ale with some nice hop and roasty flavors. (643 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with an illegible "bottled on" date. This was part of Amanti Vino's October collection for the Beer of the Month program, and it was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Uinta Dubhe pours a nearly solid black. When properly backlit, the very edge of the beer lightens to mahogany. There's a full three fingers of caramel head that just sits there for a minute before beginning it's slow decline, and it leaves more than enough lacing against the inside of the glass. The nose quickly indicates that this is a black IPA that takes some flavor from dark malts, as opposed to just color, as there are definitely notes of coffee and chocolate present in the aroma. The hops show themselves as well, citrus and earthy. A mild coffee and chocolate maltiness leads of each sip. The mid palate bitterness is way too mild. It doesn't effectively knock back the malty opening, and the sweetness dampens the opening of the hoppy back end (citrus and earth in a fairly even blend). The body has a littel bit of heft to it, which in and of itself is just fine, but that ends up overwhelming a carbonation level that's just totally inadequate. Dubhe isn't a bad beer, but the lck of bitterness and dull carbonation make it not nearly as crisp as most IPAs, black or otherwise. (1,277 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown in hue, nearly black as it is almost fully opaque. The cream white head is small and dissapates down to a thin sheet on top with decent lacing. The smell is big on grapefruit and pine, with some smoked malts in there as well. A faint spiciness is evident as well, possibly the hemp seed?

Big flavors in this one, for sure. Pine and grapefruit hops hit the palate in the back but are the most immediate taste. Ensuing is a toasty malt and faint spiciness that was evident in the aroma as well. The bitterness from the hops is superb, and easily the most resembling of an IPA I've ever had in a so called "black IPA". There's a lingering resinous bitterness that is left after the taste that actually coaxes you into taking another sip. The alcohol taste is subdued, but certainly there as it is felt in the head and a slight acidic feeling in the throat. The toasted malts have a great affect on the way this beer feels. They add a strong backbone, stronger than the bready malts of many other big IPAs. The spiciness adds a very nice crisp and tingly character, giving the mouthfeel a large boost. The alcohol comes out a little more as it warms up, but never becomes too much. It finishes a little gritty, but that only helps along the spiciness and malt character.

Overall this is just a fantastic, complex beer. I've never been big on black IPAs but they don't all taste this good. That's two I've had from Uinta, and I am impressed so far. (1,463 characters)

Photo of mikechance
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 12 oz. bottle on July 27, 2011

A --- Thick foamy head with very dark almost stout like blackness

S --- Malts and earth scents with a hint of something strange at the end, kind of dough and yeast but off

T --- Caramel, lots of great malts, licorice, and something sweet maybe brown sugar. It also has a very strong alcohol presence --- whiskey.

M --- Full-bodied, nice carbonation, and smooth

O – Not as hoppy (in smell and taste) as other Black IPA, but very nice on a cold night if you need one or two strong but special beers. I would love to try it on tap! The score would have been higher but I'm not sure how often I need to drink this beer.

I live in Northern California and this is the first time I have had access to Uinta beer. I can’t wait to try more! (781 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled September 22nd 2011. Flipside of bottle cap says, Earth, Wind and Beer, kind of neat.

An incredibly large and creamy head that is toffee light and coffee colored, with tiny foamed bubbled appearance. Body color gives off a dark walnut black/brown with dark chestnut hues along the edges. The beer forms nearly like a great stout on tap, it looks very impressive. Some nice lacing rings too along the glass.

Nose is very different, kind of strange. Malt, but not quite sour but some sort of weird bitter sense and not a typical hop bitter. It's sort of jarring (is it cause of the hemp seed??). It's kind of bizarre and interesting but it doesn't make me feel real appreciative of it. After some time there is a sense of grapefruit but it is very small.

Taste brings much better luck. Malt chocolate and solid lime like soft astringent hop bitter in the palate. Good stout like coating malt and soft roast with just enough wetness to stay in the IPA territory. Hop slight chew as well tastes great.

Overall a real strange smelling beer, but makes up for it considerably in appearance and taste. It's like a good mix of hoppy IPA and stout like roast and chocolate all together, but considerably hop forward. (1,266 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, to replace the bottle I gave away to @headlessclown.

Pours a really deep dark brown, that doesn't manage to give the illusion that it's actually black. Head is a wonderfully thick and creamy ochre-brown, however, and leaves sheets of coral-like lacing down the glass. It manages to persist as half a centimetre of froth almost to the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is so fine that when tilted it almost looks like powder on the inside of the glass. Oh, I so want it to be slightly darker—it would almost be perfect then. Screw it, I'll give it a 5 anyway.

Nose is rich and luscious which makes for a potent combination. Big sweet dark malt characters come through along with an almost spicy kick from the hops. It's a fresh, organic, slightly herbal character and it melds really nicely with the sweet roasted characters. It's also overlaid with hints of wood and vanilla. Overall, phenomenal nose. Let's face it.

Taste is similarly good, with a big, rich smoothness throughout and a light peppering on the back from the clinging, oily hops. Very decent bitterness that makes it hard to distinguish between roastiness and hop character—a great sign in an IBA; a sign that the two sides of the beer have melded and synergised. It's smooth, rich, but bursting with flavour. Gorgeous beer.

This is an absolutely cracking brew. Rich and smooth, but bright and crisp as well. Truly this is a hallmark of the style. I'm shocked I gave away my first bottle. (1,515 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at TJ's

DUBHE pours into the glass a dark brown color with some black in there as well, a mix of the two leaning towards black. A nice loose bubbled dark tan foam rose up and retreated after some minutes, okay retention, weak lacing. Off the bat, this does not smell like a IPA, black ale is a good term for this beer. Smells grainy roasty with some small storm king like hop scents with a touch of the 9.2% coming out. This comes off like a hoppy porter with some tropics of a IPA without exibiting the bitterness of one. Feel is a nice healthy medium with a nice carb but goes down smooth and not bitter. Im glad I got this on happy hour the because this is not a good example of a black IPA, whatever that is. (720 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 7oz tasting snifter.

Appearance: dark black with a bubbly white head about finger thick that fades relatively quick, but leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: Dark roasted barley from the beginning. A unique hop smell that gives way to a bitter chocolate hint.

Tastes: a lot more hops in the taste compared to what comes through the nose. they are very well balanced with the roasted barley and very little earth taste from the hemp, but its subtle.

Mouthfeel: great carbonation that has a great roasted chocolate aftertaste that leaves a nice sticky feeling from the well hopped brew. lite burn from the 9.2% but very enjoyable.

Overall: a nice Black IPA. I knew I would not be disappointed picking up a four pack, but I am disappointed I did not pick up more. I will hunt for it if I have to, Great Job by Uinta again! (849 characters)

Photo of regspeir
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a snifter at TJ's. Poured red-black with a smallish mocha head which dissipated to a coating. Lacing was ample and marked every sip. Nose was citrus, some sweetness of caramel and some roasted coffee. Taste was grapefruit, pine, some dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium, dry and creamy with a strong bitterness in the finish. Carbonation seemed perfect for the style. Some booziness but pleasant. This is a very nice black ipa that I will go back to again. (500 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to VegasBeerMan for this one:

A: Pours a super dark brown. I would almost say black, but when held to the light I can see the deep browns in this beer. Pours with a huge mocha head that fades to a simple ring atop the beer. The lacing is massive, even as it drinks.

S: I get huge hops up front with sweet chocolate malts behind it. It starts off mango and citrus, with a deep roasty, almost caramel scent, after.

T: Starts quick with sweet chocolate, but the bitter hop experience mixes quickly. The blend continues from start to finish. Perfectly balanced. It finishes bitter and dry.

M: Full bodied beer that starts off warm, syrupy, and coating. but it finishes dry with long lingering hoppy aftertastes.

O: I like this beer and would love to have it again, but their are a few other Black IPAs that I'd prefer over this beer. (841 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft during Philly Beer Week, and enjoyed, but this review is from a 12oz bottle poured into Stone IPA glass. Purdy.

Thick, thick tan head that fades VERY slowly down to a lasting 1cm head over a deep brown body. Tons of lacing. Best looking beer I've seen in this category.

Resiny northwestern hops and charred malts take a dual role in leading things off in the Aroma. Solid caramel and dark chocolate sweetness bring up the rear, but are prominent. Good peanut butter quality as it warms, too. It doesn't get much more inviting.

Flavor has some pine needle bite throughout, but layered oh so nicely with milk-to-bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter quality comes through as well. Slight roastiness, but not overdone. Damn, this is fine.

Mouthfeel is plenty dry. Just enough carbonation to break through the ABV, and make it almost unnoticeable.

Overall, this may be my favorite American Black Ale to date. Really well done! (951 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy, Happy! Joy, Joy!
That being said here is a black IPA with an ABV at 9.2%. I have been enjoying black IPA so this should be a treat.

The bottle is not exciting but a rather boring 12 oz brown bottle with an apparent jumble of red letters spelling out the name Dubhe, apparently a star. The ale is deep, deep brown as just the slightest bit of light penetrates the edge of the tumbler I employ for tasting. The lacing from the hefty head is deep tan, as was the froth itself.

Smells are vegetable and deep malts with a deep noble hop undertone. Taste is bitter and tart with coco and lime peel the impressions I get. I am not sure I can get anything specific from the hemp seed but then again how would I know?

Mouthfeel is big with low carbonation and there is a definite lingering bitterness and a bit of a dryness to the finish.

This beer is as advertised. I like the big hops and the black malts and the way they come together to make a balanced giant of a beer. There is little noticeable alcohol in the tasting experience though the effects are soon felt as 9.2% is rather astoundingly high for an ABV from anything this drinkable. You've been warned.

Slainte. (1,178 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cola black into a schooner glass with a finger of light khaki head. Slightly roasty aroma dominated by grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

Generous carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. Grapefruit and pine up front followed by hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness, roasty coffee, and a lingering finish of bitter pine.

Strong and flavorful with a nice boozy warmth. Very solid overall. (400 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz shorter bottle, dated 6/23/11 on the label.

appears very dark brown, almost black, 1/2" khaki colored head. decent lacing. huge hoppy aroma, earthy, piney. a bit "dank", but pleasant.

taste is a nice balance of toasty malt and hops. strong flavors, but not overwhelming, not bitter. no hint of the higher ABV. body is sticky, on the thicker side. medium carbonation.

overall, a great beer (400 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a completely opaque inky black. 3 fingers worth of thick tan foam on top. fantastic retention. spotty lacing.

S - A dank, dark, and complex aroma. lots of hop character ranging from earthy and resinous, to budding flowers, and wisps of citrus. hints of smoke, dark chocolate and ripe cherry round out the aroma.

T - A touch of sweetness (alcohol?) on the front along with roasty coffee flavors along with hints of chicory. Some earthy hop character in the middle with some hints of fruit esters. long bright citrusy bitterness in the finish.

M - oily slick texture, with a soft bubbly carbonation.

O - A complex beer with a lot of interesting aromas and flavors. Well worth checking out. (704 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Boise, ID. earlier this summer.

This beer pours a clear, near-black 'colour', with reddish highlights when presented to backlightlng, and three fat fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, white leaves a spectrum of hearty pocked lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of strong grapefruit citrus hops, a bit of pine oil, and lightly roasted caramel malt. The taste is still-strong grapefruit-laden citrus hops, and roasted malt, represented by bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes, as well as some very sedate, but noticeable all the same, alcohol. Not sure where the proclaimed hemp seeds come in. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth but for some latent hop meddling (those damned kids!). It finishes accordingly - the astringent hops not letting the still prevalent roasted malt claim any such teetering supremacy - bitterness still reigns in the guise of bitter piney, earth hops.

Wow, a pretty darn punchy Black IPA, I would say. Everything kind of comes back to that point, the roasted malt, the booze (which is very well integrated), and the big boy IPA hop craziness. Nice to see this kind of hedonism from the center of Mormonia. (1,222 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chalky black color with some red highlights, thin cap of greyish brown head, nice sticky lacing. Scent is near balanced between piney hops and roasted grain, with either being too powerful on the nose. Taste follows suit, again balanced between the hops and the roast. Bitter pine resin and heavy roasted grains mix and mingle to create a smooth and balanced flavor profile. Notes of citrus, cocoa, coffee and earth present in some form, light fruityness on back end. Dry, perfect carbonation, medium bodied. One of the better and more highly drinkable Black IPAs on the market. (586 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black and totally opaque with a brown ring on the bottom and a beautiful 1 inch tan head and great retention with a nice lace circle

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with piney hops in wonderful balance

Taste: This is hands down one of the most perfectly balanced black IPA's you will find. The chocolate malt and pine hop flavors work perfectly together. The finish carries a wonderful roasted coffee note

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and slightly dry

Overall: This is in my top 3 black IPA's I have had. Just a wonderful beer and highly recommended (583 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pitch black, a very nice two inch sticky light tan head. Smell is pine, carmel, and some breadyness. Taste all that, with a slight roastyness. Plenty of carbonation and body. Wish I had it a little younger, it was bottled on 6/23/11. I am sure the hops were a little more pronounced two months ago, but a winner either way. (348 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a deep, dark black with a thin lacing of head. Piny, citrusy, earthy hop aromas in the nose along with roasted, toasty, bready malts. Up front this beer offers roasted malts with bready, biscuity notes and a hint of chocolate. The hop character is piny, earthy and bold; the hops offer a really bold finish to this one. Mouthfeel is full bodied, warm, and smooth.

This beer is amazing. Very little in the way of flaws. For hop heads this is a must. Probably one of the best black IPAs out there. (532 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Near black in color with a thin espresso/chocolate milk colored head. Lots of messy lacing left down the glass. Gorgeous.

Very mild aroma. There's some light roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, and a somewhat faint, earthy hop aroma. This is not an aromatic beer, and what's here is malt-forward.

The flavor is more successful than the aroma. A distinct hop bitterness and some pine hop flavor mix nicely with light roasted malt, some dark fruit, and chocolate. A very tasty, though simple, beer.

Medium to thick mouthfeel--very appropriate for the style.

A good, simple, well-balanced black IPA. (658 characters)

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.