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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Ale brewed with Hemp seed.

Introducing the newest addition to Uinta Brewing Company’s lineup, Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee), an Imperial Black IPA.

Dubhe was named after Utah’s Centennial Star, a star classified as a Red Giant. Dubhe, the star, appears orange in color, and is found at the top end of the big dipper’s spoon. The name “Dubhe” continues Uinta’s tradition of celebrating the great state of Utah, however, “Dubhe” is a fitting name for more than that reason: this beer is as black as the night sky and is brewed with an astronomical amount of hops.

Dubhe is comprised of five hop varieties, a hop profile bold enough to shine through the roasted, dark malt character of this beer. A citrusy hop aroma, achieved by dry hopping with a proprietary blend of extreme Northwest hops, balanced with notes of mild dark chocolate and a hint of sweet licorice. Smooth from start to finish, Dubhe’s layered flavor profile emerges with rich and rounded toasted malt flavors, and is followed by a lively hop bitterness. At over 5 pounds of hops per barrel, Dubhe is the most hop-laden beer Uinta has ever produced. This shinning new addition is brewed with hemp seed (A play on the name, perhaps?), and has a far-out ABV of 9.2%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NordicV (1390) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2012
Mörk, nästan svart öl med ett kraftfullt ljusbrunt skum som lämnar gott om skumgardiner. Doften är dels rostade toner, rostat kaffe, rostat bröd, dels citrus från humlen. I smaken kommer det rostade och chokladen först, sen tar en grapefruktbeska över. För egen del tycker jag att beskan går lite för mycket åt "det vita under skalet". En bra mörk öl i grunden och när bäskan lägger sig lite hade den kunnat få ett högre betyg. De 9,2% märks inte alls.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottled on 05/23/12. Nose is roasty, lightly grainy, milk chocolate and a big bouquet of hops. Dark copper pour with a soapy-rocky tan head. Very intense flavor, full bodied and relatively smooth, strong bitterness but it’s somewhat hidden under the mash-up of everything else, roast and strong but indistinct hops with booze to quickly warm the throat and chest. Some astringency and faint tar, light toast and dark chocolate, and a major web of confusion where hops and roast strive for Olfactory White.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeKeller (913) - Kemi, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Systembolaget. Almost opaque dark reddish brown colour with bubbly, long staying beige head. Roasted malts and full load of hops in the aroma. Taste is licorice, malts a bit vanilla and a lot of hops. Oily mouthfeel, good balance. Quality brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RyanK (258) - Rhode Island, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark brown, penetrable to light with a small brown foam head. Smells of yeast, earthy hops and citrus. The most powerful flavor of this brew is the roasted malt, common in black IPA’s. While drinking the hops and earthy flavor come though more, and the citrus elements come at you before the finish. I’m a fan of black IPA’s but because this beer doesn’t have a dry finish and the taste of the malt is a bit off, it mostly leaves a bad burnt taste in your mouth. Heavy mouth-feel, plenty of carbonation and the alcohol is not prominent, actually rather sessionable. Not very good for its style but not terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2230) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark brown with a hit of red. Aroma is citrus pine, chocolate, well balanced. Taste is chocolate up front with hops in the background, going from a fruity hop character into a bitter one. Very smooth (hemp?) and easy drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8777) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2012
12 fl oz bottle at Haket, on December 13, 2012.
Bottled 07/12/12
Black color, cocoa colored head. Sweet, herbal, hoppy, onions, wild forest mushroom scent. Sweet, herbal, mineral, roasted, autumn forest with moss and mushrooms, minty taste. Plenty of warming alcohol. Strikes me as rather odd this beer. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
I had not read the info that it was brewed with hemp seed at the time of rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 Interesting beer. Smooth finish but with the punch of an IPA. Another trip to the store. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pandafisk (15) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
Wonderful mouthfeeling, a great hoppy taste with coffe and chocolate, awsome bitterness in the end. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2060) - - DEC 14, 2012
Black with little head. Aroma is centennial hops. Taste adds citrus, rye and licorice. Nice gentle carb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Very dark ruby brown with a fine khaki head that recedes quickly. Hops contribute citrus and grapefruit to the aroma while the unique malt bill gives off chocolate, toffee, and breadcrust. The roasted malt flavors blend well with the bitterness from NW hops; chocolate, light roast, burnt bread, piney. The roasty tanins and bitter hop profile lend a very dry, tannic finish. A well done black IPA. It’s rich and complex, but at 9.2% it’s not something to drink more than one of.

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