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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
This is my favorite style of beer and my first bottle of this year’s batch. Bottled on 5/23/12, so fairly fresh still, the hops seem a little chewier than last year. Hopefully I just got a bottle that was warmed accidentally. Crisp still with juniper and anise floral notes. Bitter bite floats above the soft roast malt with light caramel and chocolate, not too sweet. Judging from my experience with last year’s stash, this should age very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
A tiny beige sheet covers the close to black pour that is totally clear. Fairly green, resinous, citrusy hop profile dominates the aroma in which subtler dark chocolate and licorice notes manage to shine. Feeling rather dry, both torrefied and hoppy in mouth, which rhymes with a strong bitterness that cleanses the palate out. The burnt grain character feels a bit exotic, but surprisingly not all that thick for a 9%+ ale. A bit straightforward in fact and not particularly captivating in the hop department, but perhaps that is due to subpar freshness? I can’t tell as I see no date on the bottle, but it was bought two months ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Woah! Crazy hop bomb with HUGE malt backbone. Wow - everything is big here - even the alcohol presence. This is overkill in every way, but it doesn’t really feel undrinkable - more like something big to save for special occasions. I wonder if aging might improve the monster flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9667) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Tap at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Dark brown pour with a big frothy cream head. Aroma and taste of bright citrus hop and malty chocolate. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (2317) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Thin head dark. Light aroma. Strong bitter, but not a hops bitter. More like a grass bitter. Overall main theme is a burnt flavor. Not bad, but I wouldn’t be proud of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Pours black with a big fluffy off-tan head. Aroma is citrus, spicy, earthy, fruity, very crisp. Taste is surprisingly mild with a subtle bitter alcohol aftertaste. Bitter, juniper, hoppy citrus, dark chocolate, nutty, creamy, a touch of licorice. Really clean mouth feel. Some lacing. Interesting; not as malty as I like my beers of this style. I won’t be buying a 4-pack but I would definitely order one in a bar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (2142) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Dark. Very bitter, but balanced. Flowery. Hard wood. This is a very solid beer. Very bitter, but incredibly drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
A friend of mine made a hoppy imperial stout which was nice but a bit unbalanced. This beer bridged the gap between a chocolate malty sweet beer with the right amount of hoppy goodness. Strong citrus aroma. So many good flavors here. Have to admit I was a bit rocked when I had this so I’m going out to get more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4722) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2012
12Oz bottle. Sweet roast hop nose, roasty black body. Dry tart hop, roast malt. Heavy mix, alcohol warming. Tasty but odd style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9368) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
Draught @ Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas.
Pours black color with small head. Aroma of lemon, hops, mild malts and grass. Flavour of hops, malts, fruits and caramel. Nice.

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