Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPADubhe Imperial Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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
Reviews:
423
Ratings:
2,123
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
23.96%
 
 
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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown body with a thin tan head that just leaves bubbles.

S- Hops come through a lot, with just a hint of roasted malt. Smells close to a malty IPA.

T- A porter up front, with IPA hops and then a roasted malt finish. Very good mix of dark malta and hops.

M- Frothy, full bodied ale.

O- Excellent black IPA. Extremely hoppy dark ale.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the finance for finding this one. One of my favorite styles. Form a sweet looking 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Bottled on 5/23/12

Pours a proper super deep brown, almost black, but when held to light some reddish tones come through the whole glass and reveal nice clarity. Produced a two-finger, light khaki head that displayed decent retention and really solid lacing.

Super balanced in the nose. Exactly what I look for in a Black IPA. Tons of American hops lend pine and citrus notes, blend with tons of deep/roasted malt. A decent whiff of alcohol lets you know this one means business.

Follows the nose in it's sheer balance. Hop flavors come in first with a nice American blend of dank pine and tropical fruit. Caramel and toffee malts with hints of cocoa and coffee meet the hops quickly in the middle. Some resinous hop bitterness and clean alcohol bring up the finish.

On the heavier side of medium. Adequate carbonation helps lighten. Finishes dry and properly bitter. Highly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall this a very tasty and exceedingly well balanced Black IPA, and one of the better "Imperial" versions of the style. Complex in flavor and drinkable for the ABV. This beer reminds me why I love this style. Recommended to any fan of the style or any BA looking to get into the gray area that is the American Black Ale. Cheers!

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

Bottle from Binny's in Champaign, IL
Bottled on 3/6/12
Poured into a tulip glass

Dubhe is a very good black IPA, featuring some very delicious concentrations of hops and a subdued, but palatable, dark malt backdrop. I would appreciate a bit more of the roasted and chocolate flavors being noticeable along with the hops, but the imbalance is enjoyable, too. Definitely one to pick up if seen again.

Pours a 2cm head of tan bubbles, small and densely packed, with fairly good retention. Eventually, the head declines to a thin cap atop the body, leaving generous amounts of lacing in its wake. Body is an opaque dark brown to black, with carbonation just visible rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of grapefruit and a bit of wet bark on top of rich caramel, some roasted, and some chocolate malts. Generally very nice, manages to hide the ethanol well. Good, but not mind-blowing.

Taste opens with grapefruit-like hop bitterness on top of roasted and chocolate-like malts, the grapefruit gradually progressing to a general citrus flavor. Mid-palate brings in some pine resin along with the grapefruit bitterness, and a restrained, smooth roasted malt backdrop. Back of palate maintains bitterness, expresses a bit of ethanol, and finds a resurgence of general citrus flavors. Aftertaste of lingering bitterness, pine resin, subtle roasted malt, and a bit of ethanol.

Beer is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate, but very "soft" carbonation, creating an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Ethanol is rather prevalent, from mid-palate through the aftertaste, in the nostrils and throat, in the form of heat and slight burning. Nothing over-the-top, and well hidden for a 9.2% beer, but it still detracts somewhat from experiencing the other flavors, scents, and feel of the beer. Finish is dry, with a slight stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH signature glass. Bottle dated 3/14/12 so this one is 3 months out.

A - Pours nearly black with an impressively dense cream colored head that lasts as long as the beer beneath it. Shows complete lacing.

S - Roasty malts on the forefront, almond, char, vanilla, and minimal pine hops. The hops have mostly faded from the aroma, unless they were never there. Nevertheless, smells like a good porter.

T - Follows the nose closely with a collection of malts, roasted, toasted, and caramel. Some hops on the finish and in the aftertaste of the pine variety. No noticeable alcohol. The scales tip towards the malts in this case but it works.

M - Light carbonation and a medium-thick feel. Goes down smooth and drinks easily. The carbonation is comparable to cask and makes for a velvety smooth profile.

O - Just the second Uinta brew I have had, but so far I am impressed. At three months old, the hops were not as prominent as I assume they intended (119 IBU?). However, the malt flavors carried this one and made for a brilliantly balanced beer. I look forward to trying a fresher one, but this was very good.

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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black but dark walnut when held to the light. Descent sized brown falls to scum with some good lace.

Aroma is wonderful big hoppy nose pine, citrus nose maybe some hemp presence blended in. Some light malt notes underneath the big hops coco and light licorice notes.

Taste is wow bitter hop resins bite the tongue right away then the malt sneaks in for a bit. Chocolate roast with hints of dark fruit but a lingering licorice note says through out to the finish. Some alcohol spiciness shows up in the finish but blends well. Nice bitter brew lots of resins floating around maybe even hemp resin.

Mouthfeel is only little above medium with some lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall a nice hoppy black IPA very well done, not sure if hemp is noticed as hops smell like nice kind bud anyway but very enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, tan head and messy lacing.
Smell: funky and hoppy. Deep malt and resin I assume from the hemp seed.
Taste: faithfull to the nose but a mere shadow. A bitter finish
Overall: earth, wind, and beer. Very cool. Hemp seed makes an interesting addition.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: barely less black than an imperial stout, foamy beige head

S: roasted barley chocolate, some citrus, bright hops

T: well-played: some sweetness up front, of cocoa roasted malt; but then nice bitter dry espresso and pine, citrus rind

M: creamy, nice bite from hops and espresso flavors; a great finish

O: I'm on and off with American black ales - never sure what I'll like, but this was a winner - perfectly melds the citrus pine hoppiness of a DIPA with the bitter espresso dryness of an American black ale

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.59 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Bottled 04/16/12.

Appearance: Pours out a matte black body with a lightly foamy, lightly hued beige head.

Smell: A fist-a-cuff tussle of malt notes and hop notes: charred bread crusts, heavy resins, bitter chocolate squares, citric-scented lemon pith, and roasted barley.

Taste: Bitter chocolate coated roast with some slight ashtray qualities. Low sweetness that's altogether brief. Hard-handed resins, powdered pith, discarded lawn weeds, and coagulated, gloopy pine resins. High bitterness. Roasted, highly bitter finish with the angry-looking bitterness slowly riding out like a senior citizen cruisin' at twenty under the speed limit in the fast lane.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Though the hemp seed is an appreciated added ingredient, it's, for me, completely lost amidst the hard roastiness and heavy hoppiness. It's black, it's high on the alcohol scale, and it's bitter -- that's IN these days, right?

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger off white head on a hazy dark brown body with nice lacing.

S: brown sugar, nice earthy and grapefruit hops, roasted malts.

T: nice strong hop presence with earthy, herbal, citrus hops with a nice backbone of roasted malts. Its a little hop heavy but I think we all want strong hops in our DIPA with the smoothness of roasted malts in the background for balance.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Finally a good black IPA. So many arent hoppy, some are just IPAs and you arent sure how it is a "black IPA". Perhaps you need an imperial IPA to create the right balance. Whatever the formula, this one has characteristics of both.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh from Chicago trip. Pours black with generous foam, resulting in 3/4" offwhite topping on a black body. Roasty aroma. The hemp lends it a little "roap" and dryness, otherwise a black ipa all the way, just a higher abv route getting there. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for 2.49$

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate/coffee, grapefruit, hops, pineapple/apricot/strawberry

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with coffee/chocolate and hops. There is also a grapefruit flavour and a bit of a pineapple/apricot/strawberry fruity sweetness. (I can't put my finger on exactly what it is) I can also taste the booze a little bit. It ends with a pretty hoppy and malty aftertaste with lots of lingering bitterness.

Overall - The strawberry(?) fruit note doesn't work all that well with the other black ipa flavours for me. It's still a fantastic beer, I just expected more due to how much I enjoyed their 'Hop Notch'.

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

A dark amber in to my glass capped by an off white head.nose is piney, toasty, and chocolate. Taste is intense bitterness of pine, citrus, and earth with in a caramel, chocolate, and toasty back bone. Wish it were a bit more balanced. This beer epitomizes the notion of a sipper. I would say it was enjoyable but would seek something else if I were looking for a sipper.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black as midnight with a thin head that leaves just a touch of lacing down the glass. The nose is malt forward with tones of alcohol and some hops although they are not the headliner. The flavor starts with malt, moves to a little heat from the alcohol with a nice balanced bitterness. After the bitterness subsides you get a great nutty/coffee flavor, really nice. You can tell that this was well brewed and precisely attenuated, the mouthfeel is just rich enough without being sweet and syrupy-eee. Overall a very enjoyable balanced entry into the black ipa or cascadian dark ale series... whatever you want to call it. Cheers!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a fluffy, light, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are subtle, with a slight chocolate and floral hops presence. Flavors are dark and dynamic, with a roasted chocolate and coffee backbone carrying the wet, resiny hops presence. The citrus highlights are there, but overpowered by the dark and roasty characteristics. Smooth bodied with a enough carbonation to avoid overpowering. The aftertaste is hoppy and roasted, both balanced to remain smooth. Slight sweet and hoppy finish, with a bitterness that draws you back in to drink more. At 9.2%, this is far too easy to drink.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ActonBrewer for this one. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Bottled on 4/11/12 according to label.

A: Dark dark dark brown. Only at the bottom of the glass does enough light come through to not be truly black. Not much visible carbonation if any. A two-finger, tan head forms and lingers somewhat.

S: Citrus & pine resin hop aroma. I don't get much roasted malt here at all. There is a hint of dark fruitiness to it also.

T: The first sip, I get nearly no hop flavor at all - just hammered by a deep coffee malt with an almost burnt taste. As it sits for a few moments, the next sips much more grapefruit hops up front, then roasted coffee malts, citrus rind & pine resin bitterness. A bit of chocolate in the malts as it warms a bit, some hints of raisins.

M: Nice & heavy, carbonated and yet smooth. Hides the significant ABV very well. Exactly the mouthfeel that a "Black IPA" should have, in my opinion. Moderate hang, with a mix of hop & malt cacao bitterness but the overall impression is a relatively sweet beer.

O: I'm a bit perplexed by my initial impression and the subsequent changes. Still, for the majority of the beer this is an enjoyable, quality example of a style that's rapidly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of neophilus
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours super black, opaque, shuns the sunlight. Decent off-white head on top hangs around for a few.

Dank, resin hop aroma dominates up front while a sweet malt base gives it legs and leverages it. The complex resin scent plays a sticky melody on top of the malt.

Thick, malty sweetness slides in around the edges of my palate as a firm, piney bitterness takes center stage. More spicy pine from the hop flavor sticks to the roof of my mouth. Eventually a mild acrid roastiness starts to clean up the stage, ushering the sticky hops and sweet malt out the door.

Good body with an amazingly clean balance. The toned down roasted grains really make an excellent cleaning crew for this dank, sticky brew.

Far less roasty than I expected from a Black IPA. Other than the color I was impressed with how deftly the roasted grains were used just to clean up the edges of what could have been a sticky sweet aftertaste. Instead the mild acrid bitterness from the roast picks up where the hops and malt leave off and refreshes the palate at the end of each sip.

Overall a very impressive dank-style IPA, reminds me of Resin or Dale's Deviant. Not quite as sticky but the dry clean finish is very welcome.

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Photo of jpro
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz “compass bottle” into a tulip glass. Picked up as a single at Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte.

A: Black; light tan head leaves fat rings of lace; opaque.

S: Pine resin; grapefruit pith; hempy hops; sweet malts.

T: Piney hoppiness; some burnt caramel malt; pretty nice... there’s quite a bite, but not crazy (especially for 100+ IBUs).

M: Near full with a high carbo... good combo.

O: A really nice black IPA; satisfying; hoppy yet out of balance; interesting with the hemp; and the label art is pretty cool.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky red; Hellish glint at the edge. Head is lovely - dense, frothy beige foam leaving a sticky cradle on the side. Could be more generous, but otherwise looks cracking.

Smells intriguing. Lots of dark and boozey notes, with pleasant espresso character, some hint of dark wood, chocolate and some peppery spice. A slight umami aroma too, slight seafood character and some resinous hop on the back. Very, very interesting, but it's not the most instantly appealing aroma.

Taste is mostly roastly [sic] [it's a pun]. Dark but sweet with unsweetened chocolate, some espresso notes with leather, oak and some tobacco. Gets some lighter, more resinous notes late, but still bitter in spite of the fact that the hops elevate it from its dark pit of roasty. Yeah, maybe finishes a little too spicy, with a coriander-esque hang at the back. Pleasant, though, and very intriguing.

Quite full, fairly smooth. Tastes like it might be boozey, and yet doesn't quite feel it.

Not an everyday drinker, but lots of intrigue and quite pleasant. Could see beers like this acting as gateways for people who already like beer but not dark beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip. Bottled March 6, 2012.

Dark brown with some ruby highlights, beige head with dense lace but light retention. Hops are first to appear in the nose, citrus, clementine and some pine with a big cocoa and dark chocolate base. Says this was made with hemp seeds, and some herbal/seedy notes are present as well. Pine, berries and some tropical notes in terms of hopping with some dark fruits, chocolate, roast and a bitter piney/herbal finish. Medium full feel, sticky and bitter with a low carb. Sweeter than some Black IPAs, but fairly tasty.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 16, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours dark brown with red highlights under light with a two finger creamy light brown head that leaves nice rings of sticky, drippy lacing. Purty.

Aroma starts off hoppy, mostly citrus, some floral and pine as well. Then the dark malts start to come through with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel, toffee nuts, and maybe a bit of anise and weed. Very good strength.

Flavor is really nice. Good amount of citrus and resinous hops and the dark malt come through really nice. A lot of chocolate and caramel notes, some coffee, toffee, molasses, black licorice. A touch of sweetness in the middle, finishes with a good amount of bitterness. Alcohol is there but integrated well for over 9%.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, good carbonation.

Really tasty Black IPA. Tons of flavor and balances the hops and dark malts very well. One of the best I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of julian89
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into crystal chalice. Mothers day beer.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a 1.5 inch tan head, good retention, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Quite hoppy with chocolate,pine, and smokey notes.

Taste: Very fresh tasting and crisp with the hops and then a thicker feel and taste of chocolate and pine.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Uinta did a good job on this with the excellent color and great balance. It's just like an earthy stout mixed with a well balance strong IPA. It's up there with Stone's sublimely self righteous.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Consumed thoughtfully and slow, as it should be.

A-Pure black, red, dark orange when held to the light. Creamy tan head, creamy lace, and a little bubbly. Great head.

S-The nose was oak barrel, hops, black coffee, and slight mocha. Possibly some burnt barley. I sensed a little honey on the nose. Balanced smells.

T-Full bodied, a little sweet going in, the aftertaste was bitter with a strong alcohol flavor, but not overpowering. Overall, comfortable warming effects from the alcohol. I could sense a little grassy undertones. The strongest tastes were oak,burnt barley, smoked black coffee, and smoked hops.

M-Carbonation was perfect: a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

Overall, this beer was excellent. It's great to see Utah brewers trying new things. The hemp seeds provided a nice touch. It is nice to see the crazy Utah theocratic lawmakers allow brewers to make proper ABV beer that can only be sold in state run stores (pain in the booty when visiting). Unfortunately, any beer above 4 % ABV is only available in a state run liquor store. You can buy beer in supermarkets at 4% and below only. If you ever go to Utah (I seldomly do), find out where the liquor stores are and buy a pack of Dubhe! It goes well with beef and nacho chips,w/salsa, and spicy guacamole. I recommend this ale. Cheers!

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Appaachian Vintner in Asheville.

Pours a very dark and reddish mahogany. Clear with lovely red-orange highlights. The creamy tan head is durable and leaves a nearly complete coating on the glass.

S: more subtle than strong

T: complex, rich and long lasting. As much dark malt flavor as an imperial stout, with the hop load of an IPA -- both combined in a nicely balanced way that brings out the best of both contributors. The rich flavor evolves nicely over time, and ends with a long lasting aftertaste featuring hops and dark malt with hints of smoke, expresso,

M: creamy smooth; medium-full body. Can't see how to improve this"

O: a terrific black IPA; a style where brewers often flop IMO. I'll seek this out again in the future!

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Photo of CrazyP
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown reddish. 1/4" tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Citrusy hops - Grapefruit. Some hints of roast and alcohol.

T - Hoppy bitterness with toastiness. Toasted bread, chocolate. Quite a bit of malt sweetness as well. The alcohol comes through fairly strongly (at 9.2% it should!). The sweetness can almost be cloying. This beer needs to be sipped.

M - Fairly thick. Carbonation is on the light side.

O - This was my first imperial black IPA and I can say I definitely appreciate the style. It's much more than (as some people say) just an imperial IPA with dark coloring. The toastiness adds a nice touch. I can see myself drinking this on a cool fall evening, although the sweetness makes me want to only have one. I personally would like a little thinner body.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on 03/06/12

Pours near-black, with deep red highlights when held to the light. Has a quarter-inch thick light tan head.

Well balanced blend of big citric, resiny hops and roasty malt.

More big resiny and citric hop notes backed by roasted malt.

Medium body with low carbonation.

A well done American Black Ale, the hop character blends nicely into the malt notes.

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Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.
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