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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

1,848 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 106
Gots: 279 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,848 | Reviews: 382
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from reduced head. It is a pitch black color with no clarity but bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass. More lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Smoke, ash, chocolate, toasted malts, and molasses.

Taste: Tangerine and grapefruit, ash, smoke, roasted, chocolate, and toasted malts. Nice bitterness in the end too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, creamy, roasty, medium to full bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty awesome black ale and the alcohol is merely noticeable. Porter, stout, nope. It's a delicious black ale.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coffee color, clear when held up to the light, with minimal head.
--Label is nicely done evoking the classic images of the west. The color is very appealing, however this is in the eye of the beholder. The bottle itself is imprinted like a compass which is very cool.

S: Smells like a classic IPA, nice floral sweetness

T: Initial hops followed by a mild roast malt. Occasionally I get a "bottled" taste afterward, which is more likely due age/poor transport rather than the beer itself.

M: Slight residue lingers after finishing, which I like

O: Nicely done black IPA. Very similar to others I have had (21st amendment).

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Franklin's Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville, MD, unknown bottling date (best by 03/12/2014) poured into a Northern Brewer pint glass, drank on 10/16/13 over an hour.

A: 2/3 - dark-brown-to-black coloration, no clarity (cannot see through), white rocky head lingers through consumption, moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12- picking up some grassy hemp (and maybe Cascade) notes admixed with roasted, coffee ground malts

T: 16/20 - moderate bitterness on the front of the tongue; in the middle of the mouth, there are again grassy flavors that dominate but also picking up roasty, caramel-ish and dark chocolate flavors; on the back end, the roasted malt character predominate; taste very little alcohol (probably masked by all the other flavors); nice and dry aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, 9.2% is present but does not dominate; higher carbonation than other American black IPAs/CDAs on the market from my recollection

O: 8/10 - I was hoping for something in the class of Firestone Walker's Wookie Jack, and, even though this is a good black IPAs/CDAs, it's not in that class; I don't really like the grassy aroma/flavor likely imparted by the hemp but, if you smoke weed, you'll probably dig this more than me; however, it's one of the better examples of the style but just not world-class enough for such a high BA rating

TOTAL = 40/50

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerNinja85
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a black imperial IPA brewed with hemp seed so the interest factor goes up by a whole lot. The beer is dark with a strong hop taste. This beer would rate up there with the best of any black IPA I have ever tried. I also thought that the name was creative! The ABV on this beer is 9.20% which is up there but it does not deter from the taste of this beer at all.

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3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in a tumbler. Pours a dark, coffee black with a good amount of foam. Not much aroma. Taste is dark, roasty, and bitter. It is described as being brewed with hemp seed, but I'm not sure what that contributes as I don't know what hemp seed tastes like. Overall, it is quite complex but still drinkable even with the high ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tall ale glass.

A: solid black; very good carbonation, decent head
S: very inviting dose of chocolate, dark roast, and deep-seated hops (the first element to disappear in the nose)
T: aggressive black IPA; not very sweet; bitter; dark-roast malt; chocolate, espresso, tobacco; strong hop profile matches the booze and malt; yeast not discernible

This is the best Uinta I've had; it also fares very well as a black IPA. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is amazing. It's a mix of roasted malt, wood, grapefruit, lemon and something I can't place.
The taste starts with smooth roasted malt, a little bitter-sweet, then moderate to heavy pine bitterness to finish. A great profile.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
Outstanding.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
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