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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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399 Reviews

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Reviews: 399
Hads: 1,974
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 111
Gots: 361 | 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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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)

Photo of tmm313
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pretty much pitch black in the glass. Poured a nice, sticky, creamy 2 finger head. Good lacing.

S- Smells amazing. Big tropical fruit and floral up front. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, pine and slight roast when you dig in.

T- Sweet citrus and tropical fruit over caramel and roasted malts. Finish is huge roasted malt, char, pine, and light bitter chocolate.

M- Medium body. Oily and resinous. Good carbonation.

O- If my memory serves me correctly, this beer tasted almost identical to Wookey Jack. The aromas were heavenly, but the taste ended far too burned and bitter for my palate. Huge flavors, nice complexity, just not my style. (656 characters)

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

Best before 09/19/14. So I assume probably brewed mid March. Two months old?

A: Pours a very dark brown, close to black. Tall, fluffy light light brown head. Good head retention. Decent lacing too.

S: Interesting aroma. It smells a lot like brown sugar initially. Mild hoppiness, pine I'd say. Then a sort of chalky chocolate that makes me think roasted malt. Interesting aroma that is not at all what I was expecting given the IBUs. I get some mild tropical fruit when it's fully warmed up.

T: Well, a lot hoppier than the aroma would betray. There is some sweet tropical fruit (almost like candied pineapple or something) but there is also a huge spicy pine flavor in there too (citra?). Mixing in almost equally as strong is a nice sweet milk chocolate. Makes for a very interesting combination. Spicy pine is strongest in the middle where it nearly stands alone. Then the big bitter hit on the back end that is barely tempered with the nice roasted malt chocolately goodness. Finish is quite bitter, spicy and piney. Long, long lasting bitter and spicy aftertaste.

M: Nice medium body. Very bitter and spicy, especially on the back end. Lingers in the mouth forever.

O: Very interesting black IPA. The aroma was pretty standard but the flavor is full of hop character. This would be almost unbearably bitter and hoppy if not for the strong roasted malt. As-is, it is extremely strong and bitter (and I love big bigger IPAs). It would just be over the top, instead it is just extremely strong :) (1,503 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Sweden in July 2014, best before August 2014.
Stored in my beercellar for almost a year now.

Beatiful black beer with a three finger high, fluffy, beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Roasted malt, coffee grain, chocolate, dried fruit, grass and plum.
Taste: Pine, red fruit, resin, hops, dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso and dark bread.
Full body with a complex texture. A great balance between sweetness and bitterness. A great aftertaste!

This beer has matured beatiful! So good! Still very much of a fresh hoppy feeling and beatiful body. So glad I have a few bottles left! (624 characters)

Photo of BriantheBeerGeek
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before 5-27-14, 12 oz. bottle. Thanks to Aaron for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, almost black with some cola highlights on the edges.

Aroma: Wow, upfront aroma of pine sap, hemp, dark brown sugar, dank molasses-like hops.

Taste: Big bitter floral, pine at the front of the tongue, roasty with some cocoa and mild coffee. Middle of the mouth; some brown sugary sweetness tries to take over. Hemp oil presence, but big citrusy hops dominate, though well balanced. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Big and oily. moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: A big, bitter imperial black ale. Lingering bitterness. The hemp seeds set this black "IPA" apart from the rest. Well done Uinta. (708 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz short neck

A) Pours with a finger thick head. Slight off-white in color. Settles quickly to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Nearly opaque body, deep mahogany / ruby in color.
S) Roasted grains. Spruce.
T) Spicy - hints of black pepper and spruce. Some citrus rind notes. Subtle caramel malt notes. Finishes with a potent hop bite.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Alcohol warmth.
O) A good imperial black IPA. I'd have another. (431 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights at the edges and a huge bubbly tan head that persists forever. Aromas of earthy pine dominate with bits of caramel and chocolate in supporting roles. The flavor is rich chocolate and caramel malt with lots of earthy pine and citrus hop flavor. Moderate to high level of hop bitterness. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this brew. It's just at is expiration date which I didn't notice at the store, but its still drinking really well. I'd like to revisit this with a fresher bottle as this one has lots of porter like qualities to it at this time. (679 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(best before 07/10/14 - purchased cold - poured into a balloon)

A: yes, it's pretty damn dark... sandy-tan colored, dense, creamy foam - excellent retention, at first - the foam appears as if it was just thrown into the glass... cobwebby drapes of lace

S: pine, grapefruit, mint chocolate.... strong underlying coffee-ish roast aromas... overall, moderately vibrant stuff... bit of a hot pepper spice and clean, yet soft booze emanating later on

T: bittersweet coffee, solid showing of mid-range crystal during the first half of the sip... menthol/mint and semi-sweet dark chocolate on the back end... sort of a vibrant, phenolic thread throughout matched with the aggressive, but not quite biting, piney hop bitterness... citrus highlights brought out by alcohol evaporating on the palate

M: glassy smooth and clean with a bit of a thin-syrupy middle.... comforting (again, menthol) warmth rising up the back of the throat, through the nostrils.... excellent balance of fullish viscosity and penetrating heat (via alc.).... ultimately fairly dry

O: definitely a hopped-out stout - how could you argue?.... love the mint chocolate element... not too much different than the lion's share of black ales, but all the flavors are potent and matched... easy sell (1,262 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of northwestern hops and is actually fairly minty. Chocolate and patent malt with a spicy carrot smell to it. Slight savory scent of sauteed onion.

Starts out savory with a chocolate and some sort of meat taste to it. Medium bitter for the style. Tastes earthy with a slight bitter chocolate flavor. Distinct hop flavors are absent in the taste except a strong tea flavor. Mostly though this is earthy in taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a pretty decent beer for the style. (562 characters)

Photo of HopHog87
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really try hard to review beers without seeing what other people say about them so that my review is objective. I don't want to have ratings sway my vote. But I stumbled across this beer by chance because the vendor had placed a "Beer Advocate Rating of 99" or something along those lines and I really liked Cascadian Dark Ales (CDA's from here on) so I thought it must be good. What an understatement. This one is perfect. It's the only beer I've given a perfect overall rating yet, not that it means anything to each reader because, as we all well agree, beer preference is mostly subjective.

From a fresh bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance- Two fingers of tan head. The beer is black with some ruby hints around the edge when held to the light. It really looks perfect in a pint glass although many may prefer such a hefty beer in a tulip or even snifter. There is a sever lacing throughout the entire drink.

Nose- Northwest, American hops. Wonderful. I am not so trained on picking up specific aromas but there is some undeniable spicy smell that I liken to cinnamon. Perhaps that's the "hemp seeds" it says it's brewed with. Pleasant malty smell present. You get a bit of that dark, unhusked malt but it's very subtle and certainly doesn't make the beer aroma dark. Spritely and effervescent is more accurate.

Taste- Very, very pleasant. The bitterness (not sure of IBU's off hand) is not that noticeable as you might think considering it's an "Imperial" or "double" CDA. Lots of malt but they are balanced well with those resinous hops. Warm and sweet...noticeable alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is heavier than your normal IPA/CDA, almost chewy. As it warms up, it gets surprisingly more bitter for me.

Overall- This is such a great CDA (sorry, but I call 'em CDA's). It's very dark, yet aromatic as can be with that enormous amount of hops. It's sweet yet balanced. Maybe not as dry as some others but it is still my favorite Black IPA/CDA by far. It really can't get better and this beer has a serious punch. For me on this review I was one and done. (2,076 characters)

Photo of TheosTheories
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark brown with red highlights shinning through, small amount of very light light brown head that doesn't last.

S- I'm getting pretty much all DIPA. Pine and citrus. Sweet sugary malt in the back that you get in those DIPA, a hint of that roasted malt when I swirl it around.

T- yup that's great. Nice hop profile of citrus orange and pine and resin that is balanced nicely by a nice roasted malt in the end. I'm getting more roast in the taste.

M- nice and creamy and alittle chewy and full

O- overall what a black IPA, or in this case "DIPA", should taste like, nice layers of complexity and they just nailed the style. (631 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thin, creamy beige head quickly diminishes above an opaque black beer.

Lightly toasted malt is joined by strong hop aromas of pine resin and orange.

Moderate bitterness, given the style, is highlighted by a light malt and strong hop flavors from a pint glass. A long, tingling finish.

This is a full bodied, smooth IPA with light carbonation. A dry finish with light metallic notes and moderate alcohol.

This beer would probably suit a calm environment with light conversation. This is one of those beers to be enjoyed only occasionally. (543 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear dark brown with thick very dense light brown head... settles slowly leaving rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: lots of pine, some herbal and spicy pops, beneath is ripe plum and notes of dark bread, dark chocolate, anise. Taste: loads of pine, a little hot, sugary dark fruit, citrus peel, notes of anise(-ish) and chocolate towards the finish. Full bodied, very creamy and luxurious feel that slowly fades out into a hop drenched finish. Very enjoyable. Best by 7/28/14. (500 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights all around the glass. The thin head is like frothed, whipped milk. The smell is very much like a cross between imperial stout and IPA. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts along with piney hops. Taste leans a lot more towards imperial stout. This actually reminds me of yeti a lot, but with a slightly higher hit of hops. Hop bitterness isn't overbearing. Mild acidity in the finish. Lots of roast in the body. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not overly heavy. Delicious. (531 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with two finger head and lace patches. A nice blended aroma of citric, piney hops and roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. I found this beer to be what I prefer for a "Black IPA" as the body is thick, almost chewey, has a strong malt base with roasted malts and some sweet chocolate yet the balance is great b/c of a very strong bitter citric hop presence that gives off hoppy goodness on each sip and leads to a crisp and filling finish. (466 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is dark brown, near black; head is tan and lingers really well, with some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is malty, light roast, and then bitter hoppy, fresh hops, floral and citrus; malt is really nice in the nose, great roast presence and bitterness.

Taste is very good, great malt balance between roast and sweeter malts, hops are fresh, floral, citrus and bitter to backup the size of this brew.

Mouthfeel is slightly sweeter than other black ipas, but because there's no noticeable alocohol esters this is expected, flavors sit on the tongue and linger well with some presence on the cheeks.

Overall, a great beer, near perfect roast/caramel balance in the nose and taste, but it seems to be malt heavy in the mouthfeel. Great tasting and would look for it again. (809 characters)

Photo of Metal_N_Brew
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA comes from my home state of Utah, and what drew me to Uinta to begin with. When I first tried it, I was overwhelmed with bitterness, but I decided to retry it. I am glad that I did.

Keep note throughout, I poured it out of a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a very creamy looking head to it. Very carbonated look to it and looks very flavorful and tantalizing even.

Smell: On first smell, detection of orange or orange peel comes to mind. Second smell, I detected orange and a slight chocolate scent.

Taste: Make no mistake, it is a very hoppy IPA. Let this one sit in your mouth for a bit and you can taste a definite orange flavor on the first few drinks. Later though, in the middle of the beer, I start to taste the chocolate undertone along with a very subtle roasted coffee flavor, which is very pleasant. Toward the end, it is back to the straight up orange-chocolate undertone flavor it started with.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel here is a balance of smooth and rough. The hoppiness brings rough bitterness, yet there is a pleasant smoothness after the initial hoppiness of the beer.

Overall: Overall, I think this is a very excellent beer. Will be picking up again in the future. As for being a drink-straight or drink-with-food beer, I feel it could go either way. If drinking with food, I recommend that heavy meat (pork), starchy foods and salad dressings such as Bleu Cheese be paired with it. It is also a heavy beer at that, leaving you feeling full after drinking it or pairing food and drinking.

Final score: 4.75/5.0 (1,581 characters)

Photo of GreenKrusty101
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, average tan head with some ciitrus and pine aroma fighting, but failing to dominate some significant , but smooth roast flavor. This one is bitter...not so much from the high-alpha hops present, but from the hemp seeds used, I imagine. I didn't want seeds in my weed 40 years ago...and I think this beer would be better without them here. A very satisfying beer, nevertheless. This brewery is the real deal.

Beautiful label and bottle detail. (478 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz brown bottle, Uinta shaped with a beautiful label. Showing the star system in which Dubhe is located as well as artwork of the Utah which sits under the enormous star. I absolutely love this brewery from their label art to their wind powered brewing methods. Just a truly fantastic brewery. Poured into a stemmed Port style glass.

A - rich black colored dark brown producing some hints of ruby near the edges. Reminds me a lot of traditional soda pop in color. Head poured large, light tan in color and lasted throughout leaving a massive ring of lace providing excellent thin stick but covered the entire glass. Pure Uinta style.

S - citrus hops with orange and faint lemon. Pine hops blend well with the caramel malt with a hint of roasted coffee and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit as it warms.

T - sweet caramel malt up front followed quickly by a splash of roasted coffee. Bittersweet chocolate pops up just before the citrus and pine like hops. Hemp seed. Finish in a balanced duet of bitter hops and coffee roast. Really a grand tasting ale.

M - medium bodied with a very nice feel. Thickness and texture are exactly as I'd expect from Uinta and only add to the smooth yet fairly complex style. Bitter but very well balanced. Enjoyable!

O - definitely one of the top 3 American Black IPA's I've had. Not sure it quite takes the top spot, but it has the quality to put it very close. This is a great Black IPA and one I will pick up again soon. (1,460 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - As the label suggests, it's black. A little red hue when held up to the light, nice 2 finger head brown head.

S - Very hop forward nose. Piney, citrus, floral. Not much malt character to speak of.

T - This is black? Taste is similar to the nose. No malt character to taste of. If blindfolded, I would think this was a DIPA. Not that that is a bad thing, this beer tastes excellent.

M - Very smooth. the 9.2 ABV is very well hidden. Carbonation is pristine. Drinks like a 6-7% IPA.

O - This is my first brew from Uinta. I do believe they've just recently added the bluegrass state to their dist. list. I'm glad they did. Not as much roasted malt flavor as other black ales I've had but a very tasty beer nonetheless. (767 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with red hues. A billowy brown head.

S- A somewhat subtle nose, A sharp pine, very herbal. Not so much of the malt but a very pleasant hoppy aroma.

T- The Malts hit first but are immediately subdued by a refreshing bitterness. The hops in this beer are very piney. There are herbal notes, onion, mint and parsley. A touch of citrus on the back end. The malt is consistent throughout, A subtle but well balanced roastyness to the hops. A lingering bitterness.

M- Surprisingly balanced and fairly easy to drink.

O- A very solid Black IPA and probably the best beer to come out of Utah. (603 characters)

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