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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: 407
Hads: 2,006
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 110
Gots: 378 | 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 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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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 ......

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.