Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

2,168 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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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown with a nice off white head that laces very nicely. Smell of hops, smoke, earthy. Taste starts with a fresh hop bite that opens to some chocolate, smoke, dark chocolate, but finishes again with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is extremely balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/21/12. Thank you Uinta.

Presently, this is the #25 ranked Black IPA here on BA.

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured blacker than most stouts on the market, with a large, 1.5 finger head with rather large bubbles.

S: Ahhh... Sweet smell of pineapple upfront, infused with some dark malt. Pretty much all the usual tropical assorted cast of characters are represented here, along with a dark stamp.

T: The taste upfront was definitely created by the tropical components, but the bitterness (which was substantial), was definitely the work of the darker elements. Overall, the char won out. Pretty awesome.

M: I'm easy to please in this category, but oh well: Ever the slightest prickle carbonation-wise, nothing sugary here, RIDICULOUS lacing, and lots and lots of char.

O: This is one style that is really starting to grow on me. I used to absolutely hate it, but in this instance, Uinta really nailed it. Kudos!

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz to a snifter, enjoy by 2/25 date

First thing that stands out is the compass on the bottle along with some nice bottle art. I wish more breweries were creative like this. Anyway, it pours black with a dark red/purple transparency when held up to the light and suspended yeast is visible. Aside from that, good amount of foam and great lacing

Smells of toasted hops, caramel malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol. Everything comes together well yet somehow I feel it's all a bit muted. There's a lot going on here but even in a snifter it's not a very pungent aroma

Tastes pretty good, consistent with the smell. Toasty hops, black coffee, dark chocolate, and sweet caramel malts come together and deliver a pretty strong punch.

The mouth feel is thick and full bodied leaving a nice dry creamy finish. Incredibly bitter with and smooth, this is pretty easy to drink

Overall this beer reminds me why black ipas are one of my favorite styles. The only thing I don't think would improve with more freshness with this beer is the color which is close to being a solid black, but might clear up my other problems, which were visible yeast and a weak smell. Were this available to me regularly I'd get it frequently

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance... dark. very dark. reminiscent of a porter or a stout.

smell... coffee. malts. toasty aroma. a little earthy. hoppy.

taste... sweet at the front. it's a good start which makes a total 180 into a strong burnt toasty bitterness at the back end which lingers in the mouth for at least a few seconds after your sip. definitely not a clean finish. the bitterness linger in the mouth a lot longer than anything else.

mouthfeel... it's a bit on the lighter side, but not loo light. there is some lingering residue on the tongue.

overall... i really like hoppy beers, but this seems to be lacking something that I can't put my finger on. Generally, i prefer hoppy beers with a smooth clean finish, but this is definitely not the case here. i could live without this beer.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Love the politics behind this beer and its company. Poured into a tumbler. Good color, dark with a light coffee head and lacing. This is a great one and done beer, at 9.2 abv, one beer and I'm usually feeling like it is much higher than 9.2. The taste is distinct from other black IPAs. Has to be the hemp.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler to a pint glass on a cold night in a warm basement.

Black (of course) with thin head a minimal lacing. Low on carbonation but the growler had been open a few days before thus review.

Earthy aroma. I am not very accurate with smells but this beer has an interesting aroma, very unique.

OK, I will admit that after a discussion with the proprietor at the local growler store, Blind Murphy's, I was told that the name pronounced "doobie" comes from being brewed from hemp. So now I taste rope in the brew. Perhaps that is the smell and stringent after bite. Whatever, this is an interesting beer with an unusual taste.

This is my second growler and a nice change of pace. A good winter time brew and I appreciate the name if this is true about being brewed with a bit of the doobie.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,168 ratings.
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