Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

2,162 Ratings
Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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

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Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with red highlights around the edges. Mocha colored head of creamy foam that fell off to a rocky cap and clinging lace. Nose is understated and a graceful blending of chocolate and piney hops. The fruit was there but not as prominent as it could have been. Chocolate was strong but not bitter on the nose, looks and smells like candy. Spice character is very faint and the malt opens up with the chocolate as it warms and some caramel and sugar. Taste is round and roasted. Hops are bitter but not aggressive. Drinks dry and doesn’t have a lot of aftertaste. Pine needles and a touch of cocoa on the back palate. Finishes with a bitterness that stops just short of harsh. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a little unbalanced as the roasted malt left a little sour like coffee that had sat in the pot too long. The alcohol really came through as this warmed and left a little burn going down. It was more carbonated than it looked. This was a vigorous imperial black ipa that really gets your attention.

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Photo of bpasquini
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of garuda
3.02/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nearly black body, ruby highlights at the edges. Off-white head has great retention and lacing. Not sure how the style could look much better.

S/T - Roasty and dry like a stout. Hops add little to the taste, maybe some pine needles in there. Taste dominated by the roasted, burnt black malts. Finishes with assertive bitterness, but the burnt/roasted flavors linger with hop taste nearly non existent.

M - Voluminous full body, smooth, yet prickly. Abv well hidden.

O - Maybe I just don't get the style, I don't know. I figure it should have much more in the way of hop flavor if it has the IPA badge on it, and not just flavorless bitterness. Way too roasty, little hop character (other than bitterness). Even if the hops were more present, the flavor combination of roasted malt and pine/citrus hops just isn't going to work for me. Not gettin' this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mikem0487
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH off centered ale glass.

A-Black body with a nice foamy two fingered width pale brown head. Nice lacing on the glass ware as I drink it.

S-Roasted chocolate notes with hints of vanilla give way to a piney and citrus nose. This smell is great. Nothing is over powering and the hops blend beautifully with the chocolate roast notes.

T-The taste is more on the maltier side than the nose would perceive it to be. Velvety chocolate upfront with the resinous hop citrus flavors filling in between the finish which is a roasted slightly astringent taste.

M-A smooth medium/high body. On the dry side to the finish.

O-I have been looking for a great Black IPA and this one is it. The aroma and flavor are what you are looking for with this style. The hop and malt bill balance each other out very well and works perfectly in the smell/taste of the beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Omnium
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice black brown, good one finger caramel color head, and some nice thick lacing
S - Really awesome aroma here, Fresh floral hops a little citrus, and some rich biscuit malt. Toasted grains and a nice nutty hint as well.
T - This has a really nice chocolate and nutty flavor thats right up front and rides out for a while that gets hit with some nice earthy hops mid way. Though I wish I had more hops in the flavor.
M - Creamy and smooth, just perfect.
O - Probably the best thing Uinta brews for sure. Great Black IPA

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.59. I think this is the first beer I’ve had that has been brewed with hemp seed, and it’s from Utah of all places! Best by May 9, 2013, according to the label. I think anything labeled “Imperial” should be okay a couple of weeks after the best-by date, but I wish I’d had the time to get to this earlier.

Poured a dark, cola-like color that showed lots of red when held up to light. Big, creamy, beige colored head that left lots of lace.

Piney hops and dark malt greet the nose, and it seems like they are well balanced, with the hops a little more forward (as any beer that has been labeled “IPA” should be), but with a heftier contribution from the malts (like many an Imperial IPA, black or otherwise).

Caramelish malts and bitter, piney hops hit the palate with about equal fervor, with a coffeeish note then kicking in before the hops signal the end of the taste with a big, dry smack.

Medium bodied, with a creamy yet resiny mouthfeel.

This is a pretty tasty example of a Black Imperial IPA. The hops and malts are balanced well and complement one another. No sign of the high alcohol content, so beware! I would definitely buy this again.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,162 ratings.
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