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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA
2,172 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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Ratings: 2,172 |  Reviews: 435
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a one half finger tan colored head. The head fades over a three minute time period to leave a moderate of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is very nice. It is a great combination of some darker, sweeter and hoppier smells. The darker aromas are of a roasted malt and strong chocolate smell and the sweet are a mix of tangerine and caramel with some candied sugar smells. The hop rounds out these sweeter and darker aromas well, with it being biggest of a citrus grapefruit with a nice blend of herbal and earthy hop mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and a lighter caramel and sweeter citrus taste. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors fade with some coffee coming to the tongue as well as some hoppy tastes of a grapefruit and earthy nature. These flavors take to the taste to its end where the citrus hop gets stronger in nature and is joined by some herbal tastes. Along with the hop flavors that come at the end so too does a semi-sweet chocolate flavor which in the end, when combined with the rest, leaves a bitter roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The creaminess and thickness of the brew is on the slightly lighter side for an imperial IPA with a carbonation level that is average for a normal brew, but a tad too high for an imperial. A lower carbonation level and a thicker body would likely have been nicer for the darker flavors and abv of the brew by really giving the hoppy tastes a chance to permeate the tongue.

Overall – The aroma of the beer and the flavors up to the very end of the taste were fantastic. The weaker mouthfeel and somewhat unbalanced end/aftertaste of the brew hinder it from being a truly great brew though. Regardless of this it is a tasty beer and well worth a try.

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4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in a small snifter. Not quite jet black like a stout, but more like a porter with some red light around the edges.

Smell: Excellent combination of coffee and Northwest Cascade hops. Smell is brought together by molasses and/or toffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Moderately strong pine hop flavors start the experience. There is a strong background of coffee as well, but it's the subtle sweetness of caramel and molasses that pulls this together. Mouthfeel improves greatly with time and is very crisp and medium-bodied.

Overall Drinkability: I will not only be having this again, I will be seeking it out. So glad it's now on tap in the Chicago area.

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
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 +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,172 ratings
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