Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

429 Reviews
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

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Photo of unclekeith
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle within "best by" in an IPA glass

L: 2 finger head the color a coffee stain, slow to dissipate, tiny bubbles - like a nitro
S: Dank hops and dark malt - nothing bright about this - earthy, pine resin
T: Definitely a dark beer, more hop resin, roasted malt
F: A tad thin - not really an issue,
O: The resinous, piney hops complement the roasted malt nicely - pleasantly surprised. I lived in UT for 8 years - my experience was low ABV for the sake of low ABV or high ABV for the sake of high ABV. This is one of the few that actually crafts a well balanced beer and lets the ABV fall where it may. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MFMB
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate color. Earthy resinous hoppy smell. Taste of burnt toasted malt and pine. Maybe some slight grapefruit but very minimal to my palate. Obviously the toasty malt profile is pushed to the front of this brew. Good feel and a awesome looking bottle and label. Even bought the wife a dubhe tank top on my visit to Uinta.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head and a slight head.
The aroma is citrus and herbal with roasted notes of chocolate and coffee.
For me, the taste is led by big roasty notes with some underlying pine and dankness, a bit of citus, then a lingering dark chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium smooth.
Overall, really tasty. I'll likely drink it again.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of fresh citrus and earth with breast malts throughout. The slightest hint of alcohol in the nose. Thick light tan head levels to about a mm. Black in color.

Taste it for yourself. Malt and citrus/bitterness blend together impressively

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a large snifter. "Best Before" date is 12/12/15. I assume that's December 12 2015, not December 15 2012.

Pours black with a small head. Head fades into a ring fairly quickly, with a few clumpy islands. Medium-small amount of carbonation. Smell is mild, roasty, slight yeast, some pine.

Taste is cloying resinous bitterness, herbal/coriander finish, long slow bitter aftertaste. A couple more sips lets a little tropical brightness come out, but masked pretty heavily by that herbal bitterness. Odd -- but tasty.

Mouthfeel is almost oily, a little resinous. Overall, pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown with lots of carbonation. A 2-finger foamy tan head leaves spotted lacing. (poured from the bottle) but went away in a few minutes.

Smell: Very interesting. I'm guessing the hemp is the wildcard. Citrusy, hop and hint of coffee as would be expected in a black IPA.

Taste: chocolate, citrus flavors, some pine, hemp and a hint of coffee. It has a long, dry finish.

Feel: Full body with a complex texture. A great balance between sweetness and bitterness. A great aftertaste!

Overall: Interesting mix with and structure with the level of IBU's above a 100. Not having hemp in my beer before I would say that is a wildcard in both the taste and smell (not my favorite), but I enjoyed the beer, Probably won't be on my buy again list after this 4-pack, but it could grow on me. Call me old school in my love for a Founders Breakfast Stout or an AleSmith IPA.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with a decent head that mostly disappears before long. Smells beautiful, just what you would expect a black IPA to smell like. Bitter, floral and fragrant but also rich and malty and hint sweet. Taste is equally well-balanced. Not too bitter, not citrusy at all. Just a pleasant but strong piney flavor that mixes with roasted malts and fills your mouth with flavor. You can taste the booze in this one but it works well to enunciate, rather than distract from, the core flavors and has enough carbonation so it's not too thick or syrupy. Really great stuff.

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Photo of basildog
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium pour yielded a dark copper colored beer with just over one finger of sparkling fluffy white head. Very modest carbonation is made up for by great retention and a swath of lacing just plastered to the glass.

Smell - Big and boozy, plenty of hops, with a decadent caramel booziness with floral notes and roasted grain in the background.

Taste - Quite sweet, not quite cloying due to lots of malt, tastes like caramel with some floral hops up front too and the roasty grain in behind. Very tasty and well put together. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, despite 90 IBU's. Some heat arises as the alcohol content finally makes itself known. On the maltier side of DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sticky and the flavors cling to your mouth and lips. Carbonation is slight and the body is very full.

Overall - An excellently crafted DIPA.

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Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights and a low light brown head that settles out quickly. Aroma of citrus and pine, low toasty malt notes.

Good hop flavor, fairly matches the nose, but is bright and prominent right upfront. Deep, dark roasty malt emerges big and pushes up through the hops. Very roasty, actually too roasty, bordering on ashey, where it starts to compete with the hops rather than complementing. Feels out of balance, the hops have more potential to be showcased but get overpowered by the roast.

Full and even mouthfeel, finishes tingly, no influences to flavor or mouthfeel from the ABV. Good beer, but it pushes the limit between black ale and American stout.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark brown to black color with a nice big tan head that stays around a while. Mild aroma of roasted malts and pine hops with a little dark fruit. Flavor is deep and full. A lot of roasted, chocolate malt. A moderate pine bitterness and a little fruit and coffee. A smooth and heavy mouthful with no lingering bitterness or alcohol. Everything is well balanced and compliments each other. A really good beer.

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Photo of TH28
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. BB date of 4/27/15. Appearance: Deep brown/ black and opaque, with minimal khaki colored foam head. Aroma: Citrussy and resinous hop notes, with light roasted malt. Taste: Starts with sweet citrus and resin hop flavors, then gives way to sharp bitterness and layers of chocolate and roast. Mouthfeel: Moderate to high with some viscosity, and a light carbonation. Alcohol warmth barely noticeable. Finish: Finishes bitter and with roast and chocolate malt flavors lingering. Overall: Wonderfully balanced between the intense hopping and chocolate/roasted malt flavors. Unique in that the citrusy hop flavors are what you notice, with the roastiness not showing up until the back end. Well done.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 10/13/15:

Pours dark brown. A foamy tan head leaves spotted lacing.

The smell is of dark chocolate, pine, some citrus, pumpernickel and a hint of coffee.

The taste is of dark chocolate, pine, some pineapple, hemp and a hint of coffee. It has a long, dry finish. Alcohol is very well-covered.

Hits full-bodied. Creamy/smooth.

A very nicely made American Black Ale to say the least. Quite a bit of complexity with a nice touch of hemp seed. I especially like how the roasted notes don't clash with the bitterness of the hops. A wonderful brew!

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic porter! Hop bitterness, with light coffee, chocolate, and malts. Pours a very dark brown almost black color, one finger head, and a very nice looking bottle. Give this one a try

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Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice blend of hops and sweet malt.
Appearance- A great looking brew. ours black with a small brown head. I really looks good.
Taste- Big flavor of hops and caramel. I then note some fruit and malt in the end.
Palate- This is a heavy bodied beer with mild carbonation. It has a dry finish.
Overall- A really good example of an American Black Ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is impressive with a head that lingers for the life of the beer. The smell is an IPA/porter mix. The taste is sweet - lacking in IPA happiness. still, all in all, it is a very good porter ipa.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack at my local Stein's Liquor. The best by date states it's good for over a month. Poured right from the fridge into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

L: Pours a coffee black with a very healthy three-finger tan head that sticks around for a good long while and leaves profuse lacing on the glass. At the edges where the light shines through, healthy carbonation is visible.

S: Nice pine hops notes play over a sturdy roasted and caramel malt backbone. There's a touch of citrus and stone fruit in there, as well as some definite hop funkiness, which could also be attributable to the hemp seed addition. Nice nose.

T: Some sweet caramel malt flavor at the very front, with an immediate introduction of piney, resinous hop flavor that carries through the rest of the way. The middle has a smoothness that accentuates more of the roasted malt profile, as well as a touch of the fruitier side of the hops. Just the slightest suggestion of clear alcohol in the middle and into the back--this one masks that 9.2% ABV very well. The back end has more of the malts and a good deal of hop bitter, resinous and a bit funky/earthy. This one leaves a solid bitter hop aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied but a bit on the watery side, which isn't at all a detraction because I feel it keeps it within this style. Smooth and more flat than the amount of visible carbonation suggested. Decidedly bitter at the close.

O: This one is a winner. I enjoyed this one a good deal more than Hop Nosh, and I rank it right up there with New Glarus' Black Top as one of the best hoppy black ales I've encountered. This one is definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never seen a head grow after pouring quite as much as this one did. Big full tan head. Very dark brown body, quite clear with some reddish highlights.
Nice spicy hop aroma mixed with a clear dark malt character. Good solid aroma. Hints of fruit.
When is this not a stout? Anyway, Clear roast with some malt drying on the finish, also some sweetness from malt too. All this intermingled with spicy hop flavors with the bitterness kicking in mid-stream and growing somewhat through the long finish where it mixes nicely with the soft drying.
Moderate body and fully but smoothly carbonated.
This is well mixed and a better than average blending of flavors. Very solid.

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Photo of dd43
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly not a huge fan of black IPA style beers but this one makes its mark and brings something a little different to the table.

Very interesting striations in the color palatte, its much more complex than what you typically find in a black/brown stout. Haziness and carbonation, plus the easily resuscitated head, adds to the complexity.

Aromas are a mix of toasted malts, molasses/licorice, the piney signature of abundant IPA hops, and both a dark and ripe citrus fruit note. The toasted character expresses itself more as the beer warms. Unlike true dark ales in the porter family I recommend drinking this just above fridge temperature.

Massively bitter finish, and a slight alcohol note upon exhaling. Its 9.2% abv is mostly hidden except for this feature. While highly drinkable I feel like having several of these would build into too strong of a toasted/oakey/fumey crescendo. At any rate, anyonne with a hankering for or curiosity about black IPAs should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty taste. Virtually no fruit or coffee notes, but no detection of alcohol. I've had better black IPA's. This one was quite drinkable but too bitter. A big plus was no detection of the high abv. Can get you in danger due to its quafability. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jp32
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has a unique, hazy dark brown wood-stain color that almost seems to have some greyish tones. Nice color. Nice head retention. Lacings throughout.

Mildly resiny hop aroma.

The flavor is pure bliss. Strong hop profile paired with toasted, dark, nearly burnt malts. This is really nicely done. I think I'm growing a crush on this brewery.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dubhe by Uinta Brewing has brewed an amazing Imperial Black IPA with Hemp Seeds. I hadn’t ever tried Uinta before, but I am instantly a new avid fan of this variety.

Look: This beer pours a tuxedo black body with a thin head. The opacity is reminiscent of a Guiness, but with hues of amber brown shining through dimly in the right light. If you look through the side obliquely under a bright light you will see layers of color separating out of the darkness: yellow, golden amber, then a deeper orange hue which then gives way to the profound blackness of the rest of the beer.

Smell: The smell is amazing. I get a fruity sweetness and a toasted Oaky maltiness. I also get hints of aromas that are common in West Coast style IPAs.

Taste: The taste is amazing. Before I describe it let me just say that this has 109 IBUs which is the most I’ve ever been exposed to, but it definitely drinks like a more modest 70 IBUs. If you clear your palate first, you can tell it has 100+ IBUs, but you need to pay attention. It also has a whopping 9.2% ABV, but it is so smooth and refreshing that it drinks like a 7% ABV so watch out. Now the fun part, the taste is so dynamic and robust that it is unlike anything I have tried before. And as an Imperial Black IPA it is arguably the king of its own class. I get an amazing wave of toasted oak, caramel, cocoa leaves, mango, pineapple, piney hops, perhaps raisin, chocolate, coriander, and a great resinous coating at the end. It is amazing to drink something that looks like an Imperial Stout, but tastes like a Double IPA. The carbonation is silky and subtle so as to not interrupt the many flavors that this beer packs. Most of the flavors are subtle and intermingle in an explosive dance on your tongue so pay attention. You’ll definitely want to pour this beauty.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a silky mouthfeel that gently caresses your tongue and mouth. It has the perfect amount of subtle carbonation to let the flavors run wild.

Overall: I would say, overall, that this beer is amazing. It has an excellent aroma, flavor, and dynamic timing of all its attributes. And since it is one of the absolute best of its class, I can say that this belongs at the top of the ‘Must Try’ list for any and every avid beer drinker. Be sure to serve chilled and poured into a worthy class. And don’t forget that this variety is packed full of protein from the Hemp Seeds. Cheers!

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Photo of BlazinPhoenixLeopardLexy
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Quite a dark color. Smell was rather clean and neutral. Taste was hoppy just like you'd want from your ipa w Chocolate notes. Most memorable black ipa that I've tasted thus far... I most definitely would recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours brilliant dark brown under a clingy 3” tan foam collar with a very fine bead. S: grassy hops, citrus, light roast.
T: Chocolate, light roast, dark caramel and a hard to identify fruit lurking behing the malt flavors. Dark chocolate dry bitter finish.
F: Very creamy. Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a big, well executed black imperial IPA. The 109 IBU of hops combined with the dark malts come across more as dark bitter chocolate than hops.

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Photo of hophead723
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this one up at a good grocery store, a fresh four pack for $8.99. I loved the sound of this one especially with the hemp seeds, seemed very original. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: This beer wears a tuxedo of dark brown, almost black body with a tan head. The light reveals hues of faint mahogany around the edges, but it is fleeting and mysterious. Leaves excellent and sturdy lacing no doubt from the protein content achieved from the hemp seeds.

Smell: Very complex aroma consisting of chocolate, fruity hops, brown sugar, caramel, and faint pine. It's the smell of a great stout and a great IPA all at once.

Taste: Bursting with tropical fruit flavors from the hops with resounding and strong roasted malt characteristics. The hops are juicy in nature and deliver tantalizing flavors of tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, and pine. The malts give way to caramel, tobacco, black tea, and chocolate. It genuinely is like an amazing IPA and stout all at once, with the weight of the body hiding the alcohol perfectly. This strong beast drinks like a 6% but is a whopping 9.2%. Extremely satisfying and delicious.

Feel: The mouthfeel is almost nitro smooth, but with plenty of carbonation. There is indeed a lingering bitterness from the awesome hopping, but also a coating of chocolaty goodness at the end. The head is uber smooth and envelops the upper lip in a cloud-like softness with each happy return to the rim of the glass.

Overall: This beer is perfect and satisfying. It fulfills expectations from both Imperial IPAs and stouts, which is no easy task. The hemp seeds no doubt contribute to this beer's exceptional execution and prevailing superiority. One of the best beers I have ever drank.

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Photo of aratcliffe
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what happens when you pack in the IBUs. I don't think it works as well as it could without that dark roasty-ness and perhaps a tweaking of the hop slate.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,156 ratings.
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