Rise & Pine Hoppy Dark Ale
Uinta Brewing Company

Rise & Pine Hoppy Dark AleRise & Pine Hoppy Dark Ale
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Style:
American Black Ale
Ranked #97
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,581
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
179
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Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Rise & Pine Hoppy Dark AleRise & Pine Hoppy Dark Ale
Notes: Juniper and piney hops build the framework for this bold dark ale. With its assertive bitterness and sweet malt finish, this beer stands tall above the rest.
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not the first great hoppy dark one these guys have made, but another good one, nice to see something new from unita, i feel like its been a long while since i have had the pleasure. this has some juniper in it, a nice woodsy northwestern hop complexion, and is darker than brown but not quite black in the glass under a frothy and lasting khaki head. looks more active in the glass than see styles normally do. the nose is robust here, some fresh cut pine, very festive, and a light gin note from the juniper, highly botanical and fresh and green, a neat juxtaposition to the darker, heavier malts. some light smoke, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee character to the grain, a hint of brown sugar sweetness in the middle too, but lots of hops, approaching the ipa level and there is some definite bitterness most of the way through it. i like the freshness of the hops, super wintery complexion, and i like the bitterness pushing through the heavier malt base. dry cocoa and just a touch of sweet at the end, nice carbonation, this drinks sturdy but not so much so that i wouldnt want two or three or four of them. nice beer for this time of year, cool marriage of the juniper and the hops!

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Photo of iguanodon
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours dark red / brown, almost opaque, thin brown head. Aroma is malt, pine, juniper, a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, pine, caramel, chocolate. The pine is just right, not overwhelming. An excellent black IPA, one of Uinta’s better offerings.

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Photo of MoMaMe
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, coffee color with a good amount of head that lingers
Smell: molasses, coffee, hints of bitersweet chocolate, malt and juniper. Fragrance is medium intensity and not overbearing.
Taste: Bright, bitter, coffee flavor with a sticky molasses at the same time. Reminiscent of a coffee stout but with an IPA kick. On the palate, the pine is first, then followed by the coffee and molasses, and a bitterness lingers on the palate for a while and seems to get more bitter as the moments wear on (but in a good way). Flavors get more complex as it warms up... almost mossy/peat character... perhaps it's the juniper coming out.
Feel: Good carbonation.. pretty smooth.

Overall, I admit, I picked up this beer because of the name. I thought the name was cute and Unita beers tend to be pretty good, so why not? It's different than other beers I've tried before... kind of like a hybrid of a coffee stout and a very bitter IPA. Overall, the beer is pleasant. It's probably one that I would try again if someone had it at a party, but wouldn't go out look for or buy it again. That being said, it's definitely worth a try. This beer is tasty and unique, just not my cup of tea, I mean, "beer".

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves some thin lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a hint of smoke, spicy resinous pine, light citrus and fruity notes, and toffee sweetness.

T: Nice and piney, a little juniper, roasted malt, black coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, earthy, a touch of citrus, tangerine and grapefruit, a hint of passion fruit, and some toffee sweetness.

M: A bit on the Fuller side of medium body, somewhat lively carbonation, yet also slightly creamy.

O: I'm a sucker for a good black IPA, so I'm really enjoying this one.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a two finger brown head. Head retention is superb and leaves rings of sticky lacing.

Smells like Christmas. Smells very piney with a firm malt sweetness balancing it out. Getting hints of chocolate as well and if I'm not mistaken I am in fact picking up faint juniper.

Lightly roasted sweet malts out the gate with a strong pine bitterness quickly making an appearance. Its lingers on with a molasses sweetness to the end. No juniper this time around. I'm guessing they added them in for the aroma more so.

The mouthfeel full bodied and silky smooth. Carbonation is light leaning towards for of an effervescent feel adding a lightness.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Thick, medium tan head that lasts a while.

Smells roast malt, caramel, Pine and Light fruitiness.

Taste roasted and charred malts, Pine, citrus peel, caramel and light chocolate. Finish is dry with a roasty and pine linger. Lighter medium body and creamy lower carbonation.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour, y’all creamy tan head that sticks around, like the lacing.
Smells sweet up front with lots of molasses, with earth/ lumber and a hint of chocolate.
Taste is some nice pine-like hops, and a bitterness that shares the malts/ molasses in a terrific balance. This really does shine in the malt department. The beer’s malts are sweet without being overly so, and still have the flavor you might find in a high quality, solidly malt-backboned DIPA, like DFH 90-min. (for example)...a tea-like, robust malt flavor. After some sipping some hints of vanilla even surface. Make no mistake, this IS dark.
Uinta nails what it sets out to do here.
Feels creamy and full with low carbonation. Very smooth. Even took some camping to a cabin in the pines. Had it before noon, and was just like its name suggested.

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Photo of FLima
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black color with a thick two finger caramel head with great retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of creamy coffee, pine, hay and tangerines.
Flavor with notes of juniper, roasted coffee beans, cola, cream, melon, tangerines, grapes, pine, cocoa, white pepper, gooseberry, lychees and stone fruit. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels lower than its 73 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is completely absent.
Superbly balanced and citrusy-piney Black IPA. Great complexity.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 4/24/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finer fairly dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and floral/grassy/roasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, mango, melon, lemon zest, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/floral/grassy/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and lightly chalky/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7.5%. Overall this is an awesome black IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/charred/drying finish, never overly aggressive. Great mix of juicy and dark/earthy hop complexity; nice balancing dark/roast/bready malt presence, but still feels like an IPA. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight piney hops, slight roasted malt, slight wood, slight spicy hops, and slight spruce. Fits the style of an American Black Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. There is an elevated hop bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, slight roasted malt, hint of wood, slight spicy hops, slight piney hops, hint of coffee, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of Raime
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the twelve ounce can. Liked to label. Only had one other outta unita so far and was rather underwhelmed so I'm hoping for the best.

Look - Coca cola with hints of garnet. Two finger near mocha head that leaves a fair bit of stick.

Smell - About as pine forward as you would expect. Some definite juniper showings.

Taste - Super juicy hoppyness beyond what I was expecting. Pine as expected with a nice cakey malt background. Juniper comes around though isn't overbearing and refreshes the mouth.

Feel - Between light and medium bodied with a low creamy factor as it sits. Swallows easy and crisp.

Overall - Pretty solid offering by Unita. Don't see many black ipa's much anymore. This one definitely gives me hope for trying more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with an impressive and thick head. I wasn't getting a ton on the aroma, but what I do get is hops and more hops. The taste is quite piney, as advertised. The juniper presence that's advertised is very subtle and comes in towards the end. I get a lot more of a dark, roasted malt presence that rounds out the hop forwardness. A well balanced and tasty beer. The alcohol is very well hidden, but I did notice just a little bit of a warming presence as I made my way through the can. Not something that blew me away, but a nice seasonal offering for a winter night.

Also props to Uinta for the artwork, it's one of my favorites!

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, some light malts in the background. Taste is piney, juniper, roasted malts are present but subdued. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, although the flavors aren't completely meshing together.

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Photo of sjrider
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a slight tan head and quite a bit of lacing. Not a whole lotta nose , faint pine is about it .Taste is roasty malt and pine, definitely a competent black IPA. I kind of like this , will revisit again.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dark beige head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing clinging to the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of juniper berries are present in the nose along with notes of pine and hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has strong flavors of roasted and charred malts, juniper berries, and piney hops, all of which linger deep into the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA has rather assertive flavors. I found that the juniper berries lend some complexities to the smell and taste and work well with the other ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can
Best Before: 05/08/2018

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger light tan head, which leaves some small islands and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some juniper, pine, slight citrus, licorice. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, juniper/pine, citrusy, licorice. Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty/interesting brew.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with an average beige head. Aroma of pine and malt. Taste is pine, malt, and some citrus. More of an IPA than anything else. Pretty good.

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Photo of Kayakguy
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into pilsner glass. Very dark with nice one inch head. Looks and smell good. Loved the taste and flavor of the hops with nice 7.5 abv hoppy finish. I will buy the dark ale again. A good example of Utah craft beer if you go to State Liquor store. So much better than the 4.0 session beers sold on tap or in grocery stores in Utah.

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Photo of Squire
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black color with red-gold highlights at the edges and good tan cap.

Aroma is not as piney forward as I thought it would be, somewhat muted, like a conifer forest with a sharp, clean, light pine resin scent in the air. The supporting malt base is darkly toffeeish with hints of cocoa.

Taste on entry is malt forward with a roasted malt assertiveness that finds the border between richness and bitterness. Not as sweet as the scent implies, rather dry actually, with hops appearing like a hard lacquer finish on fine wood. I was surprised again by the hops which at 73 IBU I thought would be more dominate but they're not and that works out for the better because it's hard to get a balance between strongly roasted malt and strongly flavored hops. This beer does and does it well.

Full, creamy texture with balancing carbonation.

I much, much prefer this one warmed up to room temp where it opens up showing a complexity that is hidden when colder. When chilled the flavors are distinct but warmer they coalesce together and sing in harmony. I don't see this having food matching potential, it is strongly flavored enough to dominate, but as a stand alone drink it works right well.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Black, crowned with a creamy tan head that subsides after a few minutes, always leaving a thin film and ring. Splotches of lacing are left behind.

S: Tons of pine, like spruce tips, the juniper contributing to that. Deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter cacao, and black coffee. Burnt toast. Hints of grapefruit. Some bitter blueberry from the juniper as well.

T: A perfect balance between roasted malt and pine. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and cocoa powder clash with tons of pine and juniper. Hints of smoke, oak, and blackberry, as well as some bitter grapefruit peel. Hints of blueberry as well from the juniper. Finishes with moderate bitterness, flavors of pine, spice, juniper, and grapefruit residing for a while. Lightly dry as well.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, well-rounded, good smooth carbonation. Finishes lightly dry. Very drinkable.

O: A really great black IPA. One of the best I've had. Great beer!

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Photo of MFMB
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown to black. Huge frothy light brown head on heavy pour that stays forever. The nose is of extreme pine. Both gum and bark as well as a smokeyness and roasted maltyness to it. Taste of dark charred malts, fire pit ash, pine bark and gum. Huge roasted malt presence that is only overshadowed by pine and a lot of it. Spruce tips and juniper berries in there as well. Oddly enough you do get a bit of citrus rind as well. I suppose not odd at all given the hops used. A touch of malty sweetness as well to counteract the robust smoke and roast. Mouth feel is medium to full. Definitely has a bit of stickyness to it that I enjoy and that head and the lacing it leaves is a thing of beauty.

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Photo of huthuty
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with large head, slightly brown against the light
Smell is floral and piney, quite appetizing
Taste: Dense hop character with a sweet toasty malt character, covers up the alcohol well but it's something to get used to
Overall a solid seasonal from Uintah, something I could learn to love

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Photo of jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pine/juniper berries and big sugar/candy. The flavor is grapefruit, pine/juniper berries, dark malts, fruit and a bitter/spicy/slightly resin hop finish.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated "best before 04/24/18 'into pint glass. Pours a clear, dark cola color with a persistent tan head. Initial impression is a fairly equal balance of resinous hops and roasted malts. Not sweet at all - a lot like black coffee that's been in the pot too long. Mouthfeel is medium- thick and quite smooth; carbonation is medium. Finish is dry, bitter, earthy, and roasty. This is a very unusual beer - one that would pair well with sharp cheddar or salty ham. It wouldn't be my choice for a session beer, but it's actually quite enjoyable in moderation.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a dimpled mug. Best before 4/10/18.

Appearance: rich, dark-brown hue with what appears to be a fair amount of haze (in that I can't see through it). Head is a finger of frothy tan foam; quite good-looking.

Smell: earthy and piney with a pretty sweet malt component. There's a yeastiness as well, which comes across to me as a little messy, but overall not bad.

Taste: sweeter and more malt-forward than the aroma would suggest; it is both bitter and smooth, and is surprisingly well-balanced. Earthy, like the aroma, and the piney qualities of the flavor manage to be non-prickly. I think it's very successful.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and creaminess. The texture really adds to the perception of smoothness for this beer; I like it.

Overall: this is a very nice example of the style. It's a bit heavy in flavor and ABV for me to want to just quaff away, but other than that it's a good beer indeed.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 179 ratings