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Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA by PJ Schultz
Many thanks to Rob for allowing me to guest review on the blog this
week! I'm not as experienced at these reviews as he is, but I am an
alco--, I mean an avid beer drinker, so I hope I'm credentialed for
this. Since I have a few new brews I've been looking forward to trying
out, now was the perfect time to get to it.
Uinta ("Earth, Wind, and Beer") is a brewery that has not quite made
its way into my regular rotation, despite a lot of their brews being
well-liked and highly rated. So, I never really think of them when
looking for new stuff. But when I went into my local shop, and asked
for ideas on some good new stock, the clerk pointed me in the
direction of Uinta's Dubhe Imperial Black IPA. She raved about it and
said it was a really great beer and was pretty popular. So, I gave it
a whirl. I picked up a 4-pack of 12s, for $9.40 + tax.
By Uinta's own explanation: "Named Utah's Centennial Star in 1996,
Dubhe (pronounced Doo-bee) illuminates the front of the big dipper
from 124 light years away. Dubhe, also known as Alpha Ursae Majoris,
is a red giant that appears orange in color and has a mass 4x that of
the sun." The bottle depicts a Utah mountainscape with a bright star,
and its description: "Ale brewed with hemp seed." Dubhe is a
year-round beer in their Classic line.
I chose to pour into a tulip, though Uinta recommends a standard pint
glass. It pours beautifully, a deep black, but with some ruby hints
when held to the light - which makes sense for a beer named after a
red/orange star. The head is great, foams to a pale tan and leaves
behind some moderate lacing. Aroma is an earthy, resin nose, with an
obvious toasted quality. Medium body, medium carbonation are just
I couldn't be happier with this brew. Whatever name you want to call
it, black IPAs/black ales are becoming more common these days. For
those skeptical of the genre (the name itself being an oxymoron),
definitely give this one a try. It's a great beer that anyone should
be happy with. I rank it up there with Stone's 15th Anniversary
Escondidian Black IPA as my favorites in the style.
[As reviewed: 12oz. bottle, "Bottled on 01/06/12," 9.2% ABV, 109 IBU, 110 SRM]