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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 950
Hads: 2,835
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 392 | FT: 2
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: natelocc787 on 01-15-2010

Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).
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Photo of TLWalsh
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with persistent white head. Noticeable fruity and piney aroma, very nice but fades quickly. Has a citrus based maltiness, very fruity and lush on the tongue. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves a pleasant boozy buzz.

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Photo of princessbay710
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dated 10 months ago, didnt realize in store. The look is a thick cloudy honey, with alright lacing. First impressions on the smell is that it has a slight barbecue tinge. First sip is overwhelming with an after-thought that makes you think you'd almost prefer it cooked into a barbecue sauce. I can't exactly pin point what the flavors are but there's a lot of it. Very strong, pungent beer. Our 4 pack is either too old or this ones not for me, or both.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can that was canned on 3/30/15. Had I known it was almost 10 months old, probably wouldn't have made the purchase. That being said, it still looked beautiful and golden with a long lingering, bright head and sticky dank lacing. I had one that had become really malty due to the age in the 4 pack but this one takes the cake as one of the best beers I've ever had. Smell is citrus, zest, and dank. Some malt in there too. Taste it leaves is very balanced and bright. Tropical tones usher in what is literally a pineapple refreshing nectar, but tied together with a (in my opinion) muted malty bitterness. I love higher ABV IPAs, Imperial IPAs, double IPAs, etc though. The feel on this one is locked in like many others but it is really light bodied and way more graceful. Its a world class beer and gets you a clean craft buzz in no time. I likes it a lot! It is bright, every facet works together flawlessly... there is citrus and fruit that welcomes one back time afer time. This beer is incredible when aged well, one of the others in the sixpack was just an averagely good beer. But this one is my favorite beers I think I've tried.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/12/15 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
$ 3.82/12 oz can ($ 0.311/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Aroma of fruit and pine, fades
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing good – very torn curtains and frothy partial rings
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor – moderately bitter with some fruitiness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought by mistake -meant to grab G'Knight. I do enjoy dipa's though, so no worries. This pours a deep gold with white cling. Aroma is tropical fruits and apricot. Flavor has a dankness and citrus to add to the tropical fruit notes. Not bad, but this is viscous stuff, and the lingering aftertaste is both bitter and dank. Really well-masked alcohol though.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Butterscotch colored imperial with a nice off white lasting head and lacing.
Canned on 03/06/15 and enjoyed on 11/08/15.
Browned apricots aroma? is that a thing? comes across nicely in the taste along with some dryer hops.
Leaves a dryish light butterscotch aftertaste.
Wasn't expecting this but quite enjoyed it none the less.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Firestone glass.Smell is a strong Grapefruit.Surprisingly mild taste for a 10.0 ipa but not one of the better IPA`s i`ve had.Don`t think i would buy this again.I bought this on the strength of 10/50 being so good but this is not close to as good of beer as that one is.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty beer, deep orange, pale head.

Smells okay. Apricots for sure. Some kind of off-grain, as well, hard to place.

Nice taste, lots of apricots, pretty hops, well integrated. Pure, clean. A little sweet.

Stunningly good mouthfeel. Very rich. Beautiful carbonation.

Finish is filled with happiness. Ties the whole thing together into much more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of mfroelich
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice lacing, clear hop notes with a nice light malt finish. The body is light enough that it drinks easy and leaves a great bitter after taste with slight oak notes. Simply a great beer for the level of alcohol that leaves quite a lovely taste in the mouth

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned from 5 months ago so it tasted sweet and malty. First time trying it so I'd be interested in scoring some fresh cans for basis of comparison's sake. Even at 5 months, pretty tasty beer for a malt bomb.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This looked amazing in the glass with a slight hop haze.As it warms gets crystal clear.lacing like MA foker.Smells like grapefruit hopped onion super dank nasty Gubna is yah hook up!holler! If ya hear me!Gubna is your big bad booty daddy of imperial IPA's.Genetic freak!

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Photo of scbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed by this one. Too thick for a DIPA - almost more of an American strong ale. Malty, some dankness, onion, some bitter grapefruit hidden in the background.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a three finger high, white head. Lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: A lot of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, orange marmelade, honey, ripe apple, caramel malt and citrus.
Taste: Marmelade, orange zest, grapefruit, citrus, resin, caramel malt, grass and some honey.
Body: Full body, Medium carbonated. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Great texture.
Over all a great DIPA! A little bit overpriced in Sweden though... 50 SEK (6 USD) - There is a lot of great DIPA:s for less money. 3.75 USD at @TotalWine in Florida - a little more reasonable but on the other hand, only 2.50 USD for Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA...

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orangish-yellow pour with little visible carbonation. Great kudos to the towering, sticky white head.
Smells like all pineapple. To me that's good, but this is sweet on the nose, and tropical like pineapple fruit. Almost like I'm sniffing an open can of juice from Dole.
Tastes full-flavored of tropical hops and sweet cakey malts. Very sweet, with a bitter, tingly punch of hoppage for the big ipa fan. Quite sweet though, and I wish it were less so.
Feels a bit thin for what I expect a DIPA of this strength to be. Low carbonation, smooth, just lacking more rich characters I prefer when sipping.
This one should polarize hop heads. I recall not liking it at all years ago when new to craft beers in general. Now I like it a little more, but it's still not a favorite.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a voluminous head of white froth. Gorgeous bouquet smells of sweet tropical fruits--mango, pineapple, and passion fruit, as well as a touch of bread and honey. Every IPA should smell like this. Thick gobs of foam cling to the glass as the head recedes.

The taste features a prominent herbal and floral bitterness. The sweetness is a blend of toasted bread, butterscotch, and white grapes that lends counterbalance without ever coming to the fore. I must say that the taste is quite cohesive and synergistic, with a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Medium body and carbonation lend a creamy mouthfeel that is suitable for the style.

Overall, this is an interesting and flavorful IPA that carries the banner for its style without being a caricature. Pine and grapefruit are supplanted by herbs and flowers, and the presentation is top flight. Another winning beer from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Extol
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - typical IIPA

Smell - butter smell with citrus

Taste - almost get no bitterness at all. Tons of citrus.

Overall - would get again for sure.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not even very fresh, 5 month old can, but delicious none the less. Honestly one of the nicest Imp IPAs ive had for a minute! (insert awesome ,style appropriate, commentz here). Can only imagine how good it is fresh from the tap at the brewery. I might have to make a pilgrimage... ;)

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - light Amber, very little head
S - not a whole lot, blend of malt, hops and alcohol
T - like it smells but even weaker, doesn't have the lingering hops aftertaste I expect
F - watery
O - I see a lot of people like Oskar Blues, but I haven't found a great one yet...

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an attractive beer: a large rocky white head sits atop a crystal-clear, sparkling deep gold body, leaving nice rafts and clouds of lacing in its wake. The nose is dominated by a beer-defining strong juicy pineapple that overshadows a nice blend of pine and some floral notes. On the palate, a moderate-for-the-style hoppy bitterness is layered with mild pineapple and citrus notes and a very notable astringent alcohol flavor, all over a bready, slightly-sweet malt foundation. The finish is fairly clean, followed by a clinging hoppy bitterness that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is thickish for the light-medium body, slightly creamy and prickly from the fizzy carbonation. (12 oz can, 117 days after pkg.)

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Photo of ChristopherProvost
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a 12 oz. beer mug.

Appearance: a hazy caramel color; thick frothy head with good retention. Gentle, even carbonation.

Smell: Grapefruit; resiny.

Taste: Bitter resin; malt; smoke; leather (?)

Mouthfeel: strong alcohol bite but clean tasting

Overall: I'm a big fan of Oskar Blues and generally like their offerings. However, this one set me back on my heels. Their can reads "Disestablishmentarian" and I think it's an apt phrase. I was pulled in by the relatively moderate look and smell of the beer, but when I took that first sip...WHOA! It was NOT what I expected. The smell and taste seem to be at odds with one another. Almost overwhelmingly bitter and boozy, with a resiny, smoky character, it's like a biker bar brawl in a glass. I felt like I got punched in the palate. The flavor seemed to mellow as the drink went on, but at 10% abv, that may have just been the alcohol numbing my senses. This is indeed an imperial IPA and the Gubna came to kick ass and take names.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one before it got warm lol. Like most bigger IPA's I've had that warm up it gets a bit much from the malt, then the harder punch of hops. Was really good to me in it's prime temp, balanced well and drinks easy. Maybe a smaller portion next time to get a more dialed in review but Gubna is definitely a good selection in my book.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Champagne's outside Detroit for $13.00 or so for a 4pk. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for many moons before film out. Nice dark gold color and filtered clear.

S- Lots of hops here. Cascade hops galore.

T- Next to no heat here for a 10% beer. Super hoppy backbone and the sugary malt pulls through. Nice hope bite from the cascade. Smooth overall and not super bitter or bittie.

M- Creamy good. Super sickly sweet.

O- Very good brew. Will enjoy with dinner. Good thing I got 4 instead of 1. Bottle shops have such a nice selection.

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with.... BBQ'd bison burgers. Nice and plain, no spices.


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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't know what it is about rye in the mash, I guess it just reminds me a little too much of rye forward bourbons and I don't totally love that expression in beer. Looks great in the glass, head was a finger which I can't companion about in a 10% DIPA. More citrus in the flavor than the aroma, pretty nice grapefruity bitterness from the hops. Worth having on draft, not sure I would pursue it from a package store.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very alcoholy! has some dark fruits but it so reminds me of tenfidy its like a IPA stout.....with Oskars signature dark taste. For me these are really hard to go down! but its not bad....if that makes any sense. This is a beer I dont mind taking a couple sips of but its hard to get a whole can down.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/12/2015 enjoyed 7/23/2015 in a tulip/snifter.

Look - Lighter than normal orange. Relatively clear. Thick ivory head but I over poured. Medium sized bubbles. Lacing retains until it is gone.

Smell - Grass. Malt. Caramel. Light citrus.

Taste - Dank. Hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and other citrus. Balanced well with pine and malt. One drink one comes out, the other the next. Spice.

Feel - Medium to heavy. Carbonated throughout. Alcohol burn but not overpowering.

Overall - I expected more of a Triple IPA for some reason which did not come through in the look but did in the taste. Good beer.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
85 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.