Dubhe Imperial Black IPA : Uinta Brewing Company : IPA
I’ve been looking forward to drinking Uinta again, perhaps in fondness to last year’s visit to Utah, but more likely in pleasant memories of this beer in the bottle. I’ve also been looking forward to returning to The Pony Bar, about as close a place in NYC to Portland’s Belmont Station. And I’ve been looking forward to meeting up with my friends John and Al, particularly since Al owes me a couple of beers from fantasy football. But most of all, I’ve been wanting to hear the story of my friend Neeta’s engagement.
All these things come nicely together in one evening. When I arrive, Al’s already on to the Wyld Pale Ale–round enough, but not strong enough to overcome a watery feel–and John is finishing his Monkshine–which thins too much away from being a Belgian to toss it into that category: it needs to be rethought by Uinta.
It’s nice to have your friends weed out the selections for you. (I can’t trust Neeta for this, however, because as she bubbles about her happiness, she is sipping wine.) I order the Dubhe Imperial Black IPA: it does not disappoint. Served thick and dark in a short glass, there’s a touch of black cherry. A floating bitterness oscillates through the tasting, alternating against that just enough dark malts and intense alcohol.