Beer: Dubhe Imperial Black IPA
Brewery: Uinta Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Black IPA
Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Chalice glass
Drinking Establishment: Skinner’s Loft, Jersey City, NJ
Primary Consumer: Ally
Sight: Near-opaque pitch black with slight brown highlights. Tiny cream-colored head that disappears to a dusting. Decent lacing.
Smell: A musty, hoppy, metallic aroma.
Flavor: Tastes a little like a bitter porter (malts and bitter coffee). The aftertaste is bitterness and alcohol.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Named after a star that is part of the Big Dipper, the Dubhe (pronounced “doo-bee”) is an interesting take on an IPA. It’s kind of uncomfortable to drink–the bitterness really hits you and lingers–but it does mellow as it sits, and the coffee maltiness comes through, making it a bit more enjoyable. You do taste the alcohol in this Imperial.