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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: 414
Hads: 2,062
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 116
Gots: 425 | 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: 414 | Hads: 2,062
Photo of kaseydad
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black liquid with a frothy beige head and slight lacing. Barleywine anyone? Totally has the aroma and whiffs of a barleywine with some dark malts in the mix. Slight candy, figs and wood also abundent. The taste is very nice. Smokey taste with some hearty roasted malts, some leather and a nice coffee bean/espresso swallow and aftertaste. The hoppiness is there if you need it. Pretty chewy mouthfeel. Overall I was again impressed with another Uinta brew. I had no clue about this brewery until a little over a year ago but I am a fan. Good stuff here. And it has hemp seed. +1.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Imperial black ipa brewed with hemp seed. Bottled 6/23/11. Consumed 12-07-11.

A: Black at arms length, a very deep burgundy when backlighted. A frothy peanut shell colored head is a finger high, with a good stay of exectution. A good skim coating exists and forms a complete band around the glass with a good amount of coverage.

S: Fresh citrus, forest pine with the hops being only light to moderate in show but could be from the six month incubation period.Dry roasty chocolate rounds things out.

T: Roasty, fresh charred bitterness mixing with some dry pine and a smooth charred fade. Slight silty minerality fade coats the tongue. Nice level of hops, dry pine and smoked flowery citrus that is followed by a lingering roastiness mixing with some dry bitter bakers chocolate at closeout.

M: Medium full body, roasty with a lingering bitterness that stays on the tongue.

O: Overall roasty, hoppy with a nice finish. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revist: 27 Mar 15
Best Before: 07/19/15

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves a huge oil slick in the glass and some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is very malty with some very nice notes of chocolate, toffee, nice hop note. The taste is a nice blend of hops/malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, slight vanilla sweetness. Medium/Full body, ABV hidden pretty good, nice dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty brew.

Bottled: 11/10/11

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, licorice, slight toffee note, caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy, lots of licorice, and malts. Medium body, the finish is dry and bitter. This is an pretty tasty brew, one of Uinta's best.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the key here is balance. Its not overly roasted, and its not overly hopped. I can feel the wet hops and hemp seeds in there, hints marijuana and wet hops are laden in the taste. The hops are almost alpha acid extract smooth and slick, but nothing overpowering. light and refreshing.

it wont blow your mind away, but wont be a huge letdown.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to TheFlern for this one. bottled on 08/02/11.

poured cold, aggressively, and cola black from the bottle to a 12oz foothills pilsner with a 1/2 finger, relatively long lasting tan head

aroma of grassy hops and subtle hints of marijuana (likely from the hemp seed). interesting

still pretty hop forward for a four month old IPA. big hops forward followed by a roasted and almost burnt malt with hints of smoke.

medium bodied, big carbonation, bitter, but not seriously in your face.

overall a very interesting take on the style, bitter, yet a balanced after.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewerMike
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of muletrane
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  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.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.