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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA - Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,626 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 88
Gots: 168 | FT: 2
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:
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU

(Beer added by: TheFlern on 03-10-2011)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

djgustafson, Sep 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SocalKicks, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

lockewoodfin, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A: Midnight black with no light penetration, insanely sticky brownish white head leaving rings of malty goodness behind after each sip.

S: Burnt melons, bitter chocolate, freshly squeezed grapefruit, tropical grassy notes. Very earthy.

T: Burnt chocolate melds into a mellow tropical bitterness. Notes of bitter black coffee blend seamlessly with a prominent grassy hoppiness. Very well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly spritzy mouthfeel. Very impressively long tingly hoppy and malty aftertaste. Taste lingers for an impressively long time after swallowing. Makes you want to slow down and enjoy. There's no way this tastes like it's 9.2%; it's so smooth and easy to drink.

O: This is an absolutely fantastic example of a cascadian dark ale. The mouthfeel is phenomenal and each sip is an absolute pleasure. I personally can't tell if the hemp seeds are adding to the earthiness of the flavor, but regardless, it's nice to see some experimenting with hemp seeds. Highly recommended for those who are fans of dark and hoppy ales.

Lordquackingstic, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Hopheadhiker, Sep 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

timbobandit, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated "best by" 2/23/14, into a tulip.
Appearance - black, though a touch of light comes in if you look for it;very thick, foamy tan head; a wealth of lacing!
Smell - citrus and piney hops; dark, chocolate malts. Nose is balanced nicely!
Taste - balanced hops and chocolate malts; the 9.2% ABV is surprisingly well hidden!
Feel - a little heavier than some other black IPA's, but I like it! Hop bitterness on the finish!
Overall - very good high ABV black IPA; a bit heavy, somewhat syrupy, but well done. I'll come back to this on a cold day!

DenverHopHead, Sep 17, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Black except when viewed through to light, then a clear deep ruby. A two inch tan head slowly receded to very heavy surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Pretty strong citrus/pine.

t: Powerful hop bite over dark caramel/espresso flavors. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Later a dark roasted porter flavor comes out under the hops. An unusual and complex brew perhaps thanks to the hemp seed used to brew it (and no doubt the source of the name). Savorably sippable. Dark espresso-like aftertaste lingers.

m: Great body.

o: Wow! This beer means business! Makes a great nightcap. Hops tend to dominate, but not to the detriment of the flavors and aromas.

scotorum, Sep 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

georgiaboy8686, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

bruindre, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

McUbermensch, Sep 15, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. It was black with a tan head and tons of lacing. The nose was awesome- lots of hops and very malty. I loved the taste- very nice imperial IPA with loads of hops and a malty backbone. I was (pleasantly) surprised that a rauch taste didn't present itself. The mouthfeel was great- nice n thick with good carbonation. Not sure how a an Imperial Black IPA should be scored in terms of overall score, since it was my first, so I gave it a 4.5. Would I have it again? HELL YES!

BuzzLitebier, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

SFNC, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TheBierBoutique, Sep 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

EvanKnight, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

The_Feebler_Elf, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jryanj927, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Evarigan, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

abkayak, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Duncanster, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

TheLevi4000, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

JDJTEXAS, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

OptionParalysis, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Doogflaggat, Sep 04, 2013
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.