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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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1,626 Ratings

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

earlholman, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Laklimell, May 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

baybassboy, May 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

minnlau, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

tpauer, May 13, 2013
Photo of JG-90
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass gives a large coffee with cream colored head that is creamy in appearance. Head is a bit rocky with good retention. Leaves heavy lacing. Beer is almost pure black, with hints of brown and red in the light.

Smells of citrusy hops (mostly orange and grapefruit), some more earthy/floral hops, caramel and roasted malts, butter, chocolate, and just a whiff of hemp. Roasted malts are much more assertive in the taste than the nose.

Taste starts with citrusy and floral hops along with roasty malts, the roasty malts quickly overpower the hops then comes a strong chocolate taste (more than smell) along with a bit of hemp seed in the finish. Has a crisp, but very roasted finished. Has a medium body with a bit of a buttery/creamy feel, low carbonation. Black IPA's arent my favorite, but this one has a good name, and is a very good beer.

JG-90, May 12, 2013
Photo of fitzy84
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Sierra Grille. Drink was poured in a tulip glassware. Drink looked beautiful. Jet black with a brown, frothy head. The aromas were rich and malty, with a burnt cocoa mixed with citrus hints. Just loved smelling the drink from the glassware. Delicious drink with alcohol hints with creamy toffee and hops. Mouthfeel was great; helped the drink have a frappe-y, creamy texture with little carbonation. Overall, this was fantastic.

fitzy84, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

MrBuckHigh, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Juno_Malone, May 08, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Ale brewed with hemp seed". Dubhe Imperial Black IPA is brewed in the style of an American Black IPA with the unusual inclusion of hemp seed. Date on bottle is 12/30/12, although a few months in cool temperatures shouldn't have done this beer much harm.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy tan brown head with a light streaked lacing. Body color is a deep mahogany brown with highlights of crimson, very dark but glorious in light with ample carbonation. Retention is very nice. Appearance is overall fantastic. 4.75

(Smell) Malt body is medium roasted caramel, toasted oats and a soft bready malt character with moderate diacetyl for a buttery character. Hop aroma has a spicy herbal hop blend up front, a musty floral tone, a touch of vinegar. Not sure about hemp seeds, they might be smuggled somewhere in the mysterious hop blend for added depth. Potency is medium+. 3.75

(Taste) Up front is a roasty toasted malt character with a pinch of butter thickness joined by a bold herbal hop bouquet with a bold bitterness. The flavor follows through to finish with a mildly bitter chocolate malt and a moderate sweetness that finishes right on faintly dry. The flavor is starkly different from the aroma- much more roasty tones and chocolate than picked up on in the aroma. Most of the regular Black IPA candidates are still there, and the hemp isn't particularly glaring in the flavor, although a seed-like finish with big sips is a potential suggestion. Overall it's pretty enjoyable. I've had better Black IPAs, but this beer musters some complexity and depth of its own. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly creamy, slightly foamy texture with a mild carbonation presence. Finishes lightly dry with a touch of moist baking chocolate sweetness. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium. I enjoy the texture and carbonation of this beer. 4.25

(Overall) Not sure this beer deserves the hype it's received. I can't say I've had many Black IPAs that I've fallen head-over-heels in love with, but this one stands firm near the top of the pile. The complexity of this Black IPA is deep. Expect standard roasted and toasted character, mild baking chocolate notes and an herbal, spicy and earthy hop bouquet. It took a while for the hemp character to pan out, but it contributes more to a texture and sweetness than anything else. My biggest critique is a lack of residual sweetness. It's good to see a regularly available high gravity Black IPA option out there amongst the lighter ones. The alcohol makes this one heck of a creeper. Try this beer fresher for best character preservation. 4

Uinta Brewing Company's
DUBHE Imperial Black IPA

Jadjunk, May 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

mklisz, May 07, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: it's not quite exactly black, really more of a superior dark brown full of heavy bubbles rising to the surface creating an off white-tan head rising to about one finger's length. Looks sharp.

Smell: Smooth citrus skin, little light you can almost taste the hops through your nose just wushing it was a little more potent.

Taste: The taste alone is crazy, incredibly robust and complexity drilling your palates with nothing but satisfaction. Heavy floral, deep grapefruit, plus a hop flavor bomb you will lust for. Quality straight and simple.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, heavy piney finish. You feel a slight bitter dark chocolate that hugs your cheeks. Paired with few pretzels this is a go.

Overall: This beer was bought on me being random on my last trip to Pennsylvania. Stayed in my fridge for about a week and absolutely awesome. I honestly think I found my favorite "black ipa". Thank you Uinta for making a classic. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aewachiw, May 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Huffaroma, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Chet_Watson, Apr 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Tim, Apr 30, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown that's not thick but too dark to see through, this beer develops a cocoa-colored head that's bubbly but tight and leaves good lacing that, for the most part, throws out some good legging as well.
The nose is a good mix of pine and roast. This one does well to avoid going to far in either direction and finds a good median between roasty malt and hoppy bitterness. The flavor is where the complexity comes out.
Pine, roast and cocoa sweetness meld exceptionally well on the tongue. Coming alongside are notes of chicory and a bit of citrus, complementing without negatively interfering. Roast never goes too ashy or astringent, nor does bitterness ever get too pithy or chalky. Some resin notes add to the powerful hops that, at 109 IBUs, are so well handled. Alcohol is just noticeable, very well masked at over 9%. This beer goes to show what the style can really do and be.
Not as thick or heavy as a stout but with a bit more body than a typical IPA, though it falls within the medium-bodied range, this beer drinks more to that end. It has a solid cripness and flows smoothly.

Brenden, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JoeBlevins, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

buzzy, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

troy138, Apr 28, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer brewed with hemp seed from Utah! Just that is worth a point or two, or a pint or two, or a pour or two. Makes me wonder if the brewers are just saying Eff You to the stereotypical Utahian. Yeah, I pretty sure that's what you call someone from Utah. This beer was so tempting sitting on the shelf, I had to give it try. Very cool labeling, "imperial black", hemp seed, 9.2% alcohol, its motto "earth, wind, and beer", who wouldn't want to give it a go? The beer pours a very dark golden brown, but if you can get light through it, its golden orange color is very appealing. Very very light aroma to the point I had to almost dip the tip of my nose in the beer to smell it. Not that I really care about the smell though so I in fact liked that fact. I also worked to pour the beer with a head but this beer does not foam. Virtually no head although again, I don't really care much for head (well, on my beer I don't)! One sip of this beer and it seems to figure out how to coat your mouth in a nice thin layer of yum! While I am not the world's biggest IPA fan, I really like this beer for its drinkability. Not an overwhelming bitterness, despite its 109 EBU rating. Has a hint of licorice and chocolate but with a strong grapefruity profile. Definitely worth another go, but next time with a steak and not chips and salsa!

faulkster4, Apr 27, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Ignited by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Brewed with renewable power Wind & Solar"; "Imperial Black IPA"; "Ale Brewed with Hemp Seed"

Let me be up front and state that I generally HATE this style! Keep yer chocolate, roasted malts the hell away from my precious hops! Why am I prefacing my review with a screed? Because it currently holds an "Exceptional" rating at a 4.13 average and I have a feeling that my rDev will be mighty red when all is said and done.

My pour was a little heavy-handed at first and I got some overflow as a result. Once things settled, I had two rocky fingers of dense, light-brown head with good retention. It looked like meringue sitting there, defying me to mess with it. Color was actually garnet-red, believe it or don't. Nice clarity, allowing for light penetration when held up to strong light. Nose was when thinngs began to head south for me. It was minty, but with an odd smokiness overpowering the mintiness. Mouthfeel was medium and while I have had some instances where this style put me in mind of Girl Scout Thin Mints, this was not one of them. Instead, the malt lent it a burnt bitterness rather than a chocolatiness. The hops were definitely minty, but they were losing the battle. Finish was smoky, burnt and simply not to my liking.

woodychandler, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Giantspace, Apr 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

svendaddy, Apr 27, 2013
Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.