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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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4.12/5
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2,171 Ratings
Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops.

109 IBU

Added by TheFlern on 03-10-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,793
Reviews:
435
Ratings:
2,171
pDev:
10.44%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
130
Gots:
480
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,171 |  Reviews: 435
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Chicago trip. Pours black with generous foam, resulting in 3/4" offwhite topping on a black body. Roasty aroma. The hemp lends it a little "roap" and dryness, otherwise a black ipa all the way, just a higher abv route getting there. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white head on a hazy dark brown body with nice lacing.

S: brown sugar, nice earthy and grapefruit hops, roasted malts.

T: nice strong hop presence with earthy, herbal, citrus hops with a nice backbone of roasted malts. Its a little hop heavy but I think we all want strong hops in our DIPA with the smoothness of roasted malts in the background for balance.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finally a good black IPA. So many arent hoppy, some are just IPAs and you arent sure how it is a "black IPA". Perhaps you need an imperial IPA to create the right balance. Whatever the formula, this one has characteristics of both.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/26/11.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of herbal and citrus zest hops with some roasted malt and cocoa powder aromas as the beer warms. Taste is of citrus zest and spicy herbal hops up front with dark roasted malt and cocoa flavors coming in with the aftertaste. A mild hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good black ale with some nice hop and roasty flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

imperial black ipa with hemp seeds. this is a really unique brew. pours a nice dark brown smooth looking color with a very excited tan head on top that stays for awhile, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. the nose is not hops right away, but a complex combination of malts, chocolate and toast come up first, and maybe even some oats or something. there is a gentle sweetness too, followed by a growing bitterness that is quite robust by the end. the whole thing culminates in a powerfully delicious brew. notes of coffee and burnt bagel at the end with the bitter hops, and a scarily well hidden alcohol potency that makes a 4 pack tough to get through without being dickered. velvet gentle mouthfeel, just enough bubbles for it to not be heavy, full body but not weighty at all. overall a sensational beer, piney and intensely flavored, wintery but something i would happily drink all year, and definitely one of the best beers ive had from uinta. not enough good black ipa in the world, and for this to be regularly available ad affordable is an added bonus. great stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a tan head on top. The lacing was decent along with the retention. The smell of the beer gave of some hoppy notes along with a good amount of coffee/chocolate aromas. The taste of the beer was well balanced with the bitterness and the rich roasted sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer was slightly creamy, had a light carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good. I would drink it again. I wasn't able to really find what Hemp Seed tastes like though from it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving small patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of citrusy hops and dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very nice representation of the style and hides its alcohol quite well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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 biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from a grocery in Boise, ID. earlier this summer.

This beer pours a clear, near-black 'colour', with reddish highlights when presented to backlightlng, and three fat fingers of chunky, foamy off-white head, white leaves a spectrum of hearty pocked lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of strong grapefruit citrus hops, a bit of pine oil, and lightly roasted caramel malt. The taste is still-strong grapefruit-laden citrus hops, and roasted malt, represented by bitter chocolate and mild coffee notes, as well as some very sedate, but noticeable all the same, alcohol. Not sure where the proclaimed hemp seeds come in. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth but for some latent hop meddling (those damned kids!). It finishes accordingly - the astringent hops not letting the still prevalent roasted malt claim any such teetering supremacy - bitterness still reigns in the guise of bitter piney, earth hops.

Wow, a pretty darn punchy Black IPA, I would say. Everything kind of comes back to that point, the roasted malt, the booze (which is very well integrated), and the big boy IPA hop craziness. Nice to see this kind of hedonism from the center of Mormonia.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 11/10/11. Served in a small footed goblet.

Frosty ring of sheeted lace that collars the edges of the glass. Jet black up top, dark mahogany glint in the meniscus. Surface is finely textured and creamy, with a cluster of larger bubbles to one side.

Lightly sweet and roasty chocolate and black malt, resiny floral and pine hops, woody with a slightly dank, cheesy edge.

Dark unsweetened chocolate, bitter and resiny, leafy greens, pine, underlying toasty malt sweetness that tempers the bitterness a little. Very smooth and supple feel, lightly sticky on the lips, medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden, sipping is easy. The full flavors encourage slow savoring. This is a really nice Black IPA, it's very cohesive with equally vibrant hop greenery and deep roasted malt complexity. Will look for more of this before it's gone.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours out a coffee brown color topped by three fingers of a relatively pale tan head; a few strands of lace appear as the head descends

Smell: Burnt chocolate, pinesap and hemp

Taste: Big clash of flavors right off the bat, with the burnt and ashy chocolate clashing with the piney hops; the hemp appears at mid-palate, but the yin and yang of this beer fight each other long after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had this beer a number of times and I struggle with it each time; while it has its merits, the flavors just don't blend together very well so I find the beer quite unbalanced

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of LXIXME
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Opaque dark chocolate brown body topped by an off-white foam. Nose is loaded with resinous pine, grapefruit, and a touch of char, but largely hop forward. Bitter and dry palate, burnt toast and dark chocolate, grapefruit rind and sharp pine. Dry and bitter finish, slightly ashy. Fermentation profile is clean and alcohol is well hidden, albeit beneath some fairly unpleasant flavor. Nothing I'd care to revisit here, the black IPA trend needs to go away.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/14/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange rind, herbal, floral, roasted malt, chocolate, grass, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance; very inviting and hoppy. Taste of pine, grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal, floral, char, grass, citrus rind, and piny spiciness. Nice amount of piny bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, char, pine, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Nice balance of roasted malt flavors with pine and citrus hop flavors; long resinous hop finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. Very nice hop flavor profile with a good balance of roasted malt. Very enjoyable offering.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,171 ratings
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