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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Uinta Brewing's Imperial take on the relatively new CDA style, poured a thick black into the glass, allowing no light to pass through the body or stick, ashy head.  The nose carried forward dark, roasted grain and a strong hop presence of citrus and pine.  

Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA opened with a bright and heated front before a silky milk chocolate pushed the heat to the back of the mouth (where the hops made their appearance).  A slight bitterness that hung in the background for most of the experience came through a bit stronger in the fade, but the bigness of the malt and the heat of nearly 10% alcohol kept it from becoming too prominent.

Oddly, for the big, rich flavors that were happening in Uinta Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, there was a strange hollowness the the experience.  There's nothing wrong with what pours out of the bottle, but I wish it had a bit more earthy complexity.  Whatever... it's only the second Imperial CDA I have tried and it is certainly worth revisiting at a later date!

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