Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA
BA SCORE
89.1%
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4.12 w/ 2,169 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:
#1,745
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
2,169
Liked:
1,932
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
10.44%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
477
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,169 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanKininger
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaskell33
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, enticing aroma of hops, light fruit, malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of some mild malt notes, a whole bunch of hops, some light (very light) coffee, dark fruit (a little bit of raisins), light chocolate, and some pine as well. Definitely a big, powerful flavor. It's incredibly well-rounded, complex, and forceful. Very hoppy, but never overly so.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, very easy to drink beer. One of the better ABAs I've tried.

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Photo of dcotom
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into goblet. Inky black with tons of spongy eggshell-white head, lots of sticky lacing. Aromas and flavors of roasty malt, cocoa, and espresso, with a little pine resin in the background. Nice bite of hop bitterness and alcohol burn on the finish. All the characteristics of a good imperial porter, with an added hop kick. Well done!

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Photo of biegaman
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dubhe has a phenomenal label depicting Utah's beautiful star spangled desert wilderness as well as the glowing Red Giant after which it is named. Indeed "black as the night sky", the beer is also capped with a foam that resembes the surface of the moon, craters and all. Squint closely and you may be able to make out a small constellation of subtle garnet highlights.

Biologically speaking, hops and marijuana are brothers from the same Cannabaceae mother. And in fact, many hop varietals actually do smell like marijuana - though none of the five types used in this recipe do. The bouquet has elements of tree resin and herbs (chive flowers especially) but, despite five pounds used per barrel, it's surprisingly the malt that dominates.

The palate is no different - medium-dark chocolate, coffee beans, sweet black licorice and even a bit of raisin monopolize the senses and certainly overshadow any delicate floral or fruity flavours. The bitterness is impressionable (as you'd expect from 100 IBU) but it's actually a gentle roastiness and vanilla-tinged bittersweet quality that define the mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I'm surprised something brewed with hemp would lean so far towards the malt - it's more Imperial Porter than Black IPA. Then again, let's be real: hemp is a grain just like barley or wheat. And, I'm sorry to be the "buzz kill" here, but the seeds themselves don't actually contain marijuana's active ingredient, THC (which isn't water soluble anyhow). So why use them?

The obvious answer is marketing but Uinta deserves more credit than that. Despite the comedically explicit name (Dubhe = "doo-bee" if you're yourself too half-baked to not have already figured that out), they barely advertise the hemp and formulated a recipe that suits what little nutty, earthy contribution it lends. It's not be the best example of a Black IPA but it's certainly a highly enjoyable beer in its own right. Recommended to those with and without the proper permit ;)

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Photo of BdM
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Briken
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nihilistic
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not nearly as bitter as one may assume, it is very lively across the tongue.

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Photo of benloho
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bjlynch83
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Black brew, beige head with nice lacing. Sharp bitterness form both the roast grains and hops. Hops dominate the aroma, and most of the taste. It’s hard to determine if this a black IPA or an imperial, but who cares. It’s really good!

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoMaMe
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's like a cross between a stout and an IPA.

This beer has rich favors of chocolate, and molasses - sweet, rich roasted malts with a strong bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

Look: dark brown, noticeable carbonation, small head
Smell: nutty and sweet
Taste: rich, mix of sweet and bitter, nutty, chocolate and molasses. Heavy on the malts
Feel: a bit of a spicy character
Overall: great beer. Definitely worth trying. Very unique.

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Photo of JPadilla
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MMOSNN
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - not quite black but very dark and dense with a creamy two-finger head. It also has some great lacing and impressive legs.
Smell - roasted malts, hop oil, slight coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.
Taste - chocolate and roasted malts hit first, hop oil forms a strong backbone and lingers in the aftertaste.
Feel - great carbonation, full body, smooth finish.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: What a beautiful label. I've always wanted to get a hold of this beer purely because of its label. A prime example of how packaging influences one's desire to purchase a product. So colorful, yet tactful, so American yet not necessarily patriotic, so aesthetically pleasant, it's just well-made all around. I know that Uinta just designed a new label for this beer (that looks however very, very similar to this one).

Appearance: Not so much black as dark brown/purple. Head disappears pretty much immediately but the lacing is nice.

Nose: Very malty. Can't detect any hops on the nose (this beer was consumed a month prior its best-by date). Smells a lot like a Scotch Ale.

Taste: Bitter/sweet but with primarily malty notes. Cannot detect the hops again (other than in the quinine-like bitterness - 109 IBUs!). Again, it tastes a lot like a very bitter Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. No detectable carbonation on the tongue. Quite syrupy.

Overall: Admittedly not my cup of tea. The bitterness is just harsh and the accompanying aromas don't match it well. Had trouble drinking it but then again I'm not one to usually enjoy "Imperial" anything. Judging by other reviews though it seems that people that dig this style are quite pleased with this beer.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 2,169 ratings
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