Dubhe Imperial Black IPA | Uinta Brewing Company

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,159 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
Ratings:
2,159
Reviews:
430
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.76%
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
472
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,159 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of LAp
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed with this beer. Sampled in a 4-5oz tasting glass at a tasting event. Though I've been underwhelmed by the bulk of Uinta's beers, this one really hit the mark, and is one of the best entries in the style I've tried to date. The dark malt gives the brew notes of barley and a bitter component that merge well with the IPA-hop to yield a nuanced final product. A very well-executed beer.

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

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

(L) The color is dark cola but reddish on edges where light comes through. Khaki head and lacing.
(A) Smell is predominantly malt and raisins.
(T) Taste is bitter dark malt. More bitter than sweet. Sweetness comes from raisins and other dark fruits. Not getting much chocolate.
(F) Lighter and smoother than I was expecting for style and 9.2% ABV.

Personally, I found the raisin aroma and taste a little off-putting, but otherwise enjoyed.

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Photo of StoverB
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheDogHouse
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcole524
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petewheeler
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akolb
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trailrunner3
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhenehan7
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_B
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pgreer77
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown nearing black with burnt orange edges and a very large tan head leaving cobwebs of lacing.

Bright yet roasty aromas with wild mint and chives, and a touch of maple left on the rim.

A lot more roasted malt and coffee than I've experienced in other Black IPAs. While there is also some chocolate, spicy pine takes over most of the flavor, with a raisin and brown sugar finish.

Bittersweet for the most part, more bitter than sweet, with a fluid mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvice2280
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uinta Brewing Co. "Dubhe"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 06/28/16" on 04/25/16

Streaming review: I just noticed as I opened this that it's brewed with hemp seed. Interesting. I don't get it in the nose though. Mainly what I get is dark fruit and cocoa. Impressively dark in appearance. Black but with gleeming dark mahogany highlights when held to the light. Impressive head retention: dense, rocky tan. Roasty in the nose with pine and fruit. The taste follows with more caramel and nuttiness, soft chocolate and raisin notes, and a bit of coffee-like roastiness. (I've never been particularly impressed by beers from Uinta but I like this). Pine pops here and there, livening it a bit, along with a distinct grassiness. More chocolate comes out. It's solidly bitter, but not bold - or at least not harsh - and although the alcohol can be detected it mainly stays at the back of the stage. It finishes with caramel and dark fruit fading against rising notes of grass and pine, at which point it becomes very dry and the bitterness opens up completely (here it's bold). Back to the lacing - wow! it looks great with broken walls of solid patches that show thin rings within themselves... and the head remains, although a little thin to one side. Having not had a sip for some time I find it a bit ashy. The bitterness has subsided but the dull roastiness lives on. Perhaps I'm finding a little bit of the hemp seed there as well. Back to the flavor with another sip, my palate is refreshed and revived with dark fruit and toasty, caramelish, chocolatey and roasty malts. Then come the hops, grassy and piney, and once again into the dry, lingering finish. It's a simple cycle but there's a lot of complexity to it, and that keeps it interesting. Most importantly, however, despite it's strength and bitterness it never knocks you out. It can be intense, but I never felt I had to set it aside. Hmmm, that could be dangerous. How strong is it? 9.2%, ahhh, that's not bad. I think just the richness of the flavor would hold you back enough as you pause to enjoy it that you wouldn't go headlong. I could go for another though. And I wonder if I might go for a third beyond that if I had the opportunity. Pretty damned impressive. Black IPAs aren't a style that I normally go for but this one has caught my attention.

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Photo of pixote
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psdonnelly
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkonte
4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dubhe Imperial Black IPA from Uinta Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,159 ratings.
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