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RATINGS: 798   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1430) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Pours an opaque, chocolately black with a cream/tan head. Big chocolate/malty aroma. There’s another component there that I can’t lock down that I assume is the hemp seed, but it’s very light an refreshing. Taste is very chocolately, coffee, smokey with a nice hop bite. The high ABV barely makes an appearance. There’s a little alcohol burn, but it’s mellowed by the malt. Definitely less of an IPA than many other black IPAs. More of a porter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a nice cream head and beautiful lacing. Smells gloriously hoppy with the hemp seed coming through. Wow this beer is delicious. It’s exceptionally hoppy with just enough dark notes creeping through to keep it grounded. Well carbonated and refreshing. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2012
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours very dark brown with a thick, lacy, beige head. Aroma of citrusy and piney hops, some roasted and caramel malts, and some dark fruits or spiciness or something. The hop and malt combo isn’t the best, but the beer is strong on both. Average to smooth texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dasquared (6) - USA - JUN 20, 2012 does not count
Surprisingly light aroma, with citrus and resin to accompany some malt as well. Appearance is dark brown with a thin is stable head and fair lacing. Taste is a solid, complex run from the light pine and citrus to the heavy roasted malts which stick maybe a bit longer than desired and overpower the other flavors after a couple of sips - by the end of the glass it is hard to get the lighter flavors back. Would drink again, but for me this would have to wait until late fall (Drinking in late spring/early summer)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1737) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2012
12 oz bottle from Douglas88. Pours black with a one finger beige head. Some stray lace here and there. Dark, roasted malt aroma with a good amount of grapefruit hop scents. Flavor is quite bitter balanced nicely with some chocolatey/toffee sweetness. Earthy as well. Moderate palate with a lingering bitter finish. Nice example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Solid nose of chocolate to subdue the hemp seeds, nice dry finish, uber hoppy. One of the best IIPA values out there. I remember when 90 minute IPA cost this much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Found this one bottled at Lundeens in St. Charles, Illinois. Deep, dark brown pour with a very malty, chocolatey nose. Potent chocolate malts and resiny hoppiness throughout. Alcoholic bite in the finish. Not bad. Good to see a Utah beer outside Utah. Now, can I get a hold of some Fry Sauce??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Rich, floral hops accompanied by a subtle coffee malt aroma rises from the glass. Pours a deep dark magenta color with a small foam top. Dark malty flavors of molasses, coffee, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Flavors balanced nicely, all topped off with a alcohol and bitter hop finish. Overall, a very interesting take on a Black IPA. Mostly malt based when it comes to the flavor yet, noticable hop and alcohol presence. I’d give this an A rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4648) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2012
This beer is insane. Very complex and hard to even begin rating. Aroma is malty and thick coffee smell. Pours dark and thick. Taste has a ton going on at once with crazy hops, sweet and bitter, fruity backbone too. Hard to explain but comes together nice. A must try ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
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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