GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,724 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 95
Gots: 323 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

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 cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/15, so 3 months old:
Pours clear light golden, fluffy white head, nice coverage, retention, lacing.
Nose is citrusy, orange in nature, but actually a hint of rotten orange in there, strangely. Also a slight note of cardboard, as maybe the age is starting to show. Now, I am mentioning the bad notes, but the nose isn't bad, actually is fine.

Taste has held up quite well. Lots of tropical fruit flavor in my initial sips. More analysis still has tropical fruits at the forefront (mango, pineapple, guava, even some coconut), but some grapefruit joins in later, and I also get some strawberry. Little rough pine wiody notes hit the edges of my tongue later in the taste.

Little bit of age showed through, but I'm being picky there. I enjoyed this quite well as is and now want to find some a bit younger to see how good it can be.

Photo of changdulla
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I swear this has a barrel aged quality to it.

Photo of Fitwitchik
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from can into a pint glass golden yellow with a whitish head. aroma is oranges bitter yet sweet. flavor is bitter malty. slightness of rye to the palate. juicy orange off the map. blended well above the average.

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper body with two finger head and lace patches down glass. Aroma is comprised mostly of bitter citric hops and grains. Smooth, butter oily hops with bitter citric hops and hits of medicinal sweetness and grapefruit. Interesting dipa with hidden booze and is good but slightly off balance.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues Gubna has a thick, foamy, off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold appearance, bubble streams, and moderate lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, white bread, sugar, and mildly-piney hop resin. Taste is of an odd-and off-putting coconut, white bread, sugar, and strong, but not harsh, bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Oskar Blues Gubna finishes dry and surprisingly easy drinking. The alcohol is not picked up in the flavor, unless it is that odd coconut thing, but the drinker will feel the alcohol, about half-way through the can. I also notice the rye component, as I drank it down.

RJT

Photo of gonzo000
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer is most interesting. The color is a beautiful orange, but the head is a bit watery and dissipates quickly to a .25 inch soda like foam. The smell is all white grapes and malt. The taste misses the mark for me. I would not revisit this beer and were it not for the 10.0 ABV, I might drain pour this. Elements are all there, but the taste is not good. The alcohol is not hidden in any way shape or form. It dominates the back end and ruins the feel.

Photo of John_Caldwell
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Based upon March 2015 North Carolina plant product, from draft and from can: The change in Gubna's hop and malt profile made in the March 2015 shipment makes no sense to me. I have been a Gubna devotee for a few years now, and have regarded the beer as a favorite both in the glass and in the cooking skillet. The current recipe shows none of the traits I prized so highly in the past, and on discussing my observation with an Oskar Blues representative at a promotional dinner, I was told the new addition of rye is probably the culprit. I was also told that the canned product may age well, and since I own a full case, I'm hoping so. Truthfully, I'm really disappointed, as Gubna has been such a staple in our home until this year.

The Oskar Blues employee speaking at the promotional dinner we attended implied that the recipe is not necessarily set for the entire 2015 production, meaning that there could be some adjustments made even yet this year. While I'm sure we'll buy another Gubna case in March 2016, I doubt we'd continue beyond next year if the appeal matches this year's production.

Photo of DaverCS
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 3/6/15, consumed on 5/30/15.

Aroma is almost exactly like a can of pineapple. It has that slightly off sour-sweetness paired with the traditional pineapple aroma.

Taste is very tropical. No one fruit pulls through though. I do get peach, pineapple, mango, and a green grape juice. The beer is bitter and slightly thick, but the alcohol is actually more present to me than anything. Not just a warmth but also a pungent bite.

Overall the beer is a strange match up. It is good, but the alcohol hit definitely brings the beer down in quality. I would say it is not worth the money. It would pair well with Jamaican jerk chicken and a green papaya-pineapple salad. It gets a 84/100.

Photo of jimbob25
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malt sweetness with tropical fruit notes. It begs for some hard cheese to go along side. Very interesting and different brew.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome, so much better than i remember it being when i first moved out here, and i have heard from multiple sources that it has gotten a face lift recently, a tweak to the hop bill, and maybe that accounts for the changes, but they are all positive here. this beer is just delicious, i think the best regular release from these guys by head and shoulders. its hazy pale yellow in color, looking unsuspicious in the glass, under a full inch of slowly fading white foam. it smells like canned pineapple juice, straight up, with perhaps a floral hop hint, but the juiciness of this is insane. very little malt character in the nose or even in the taste, so this is just a juicy hop explosion, and its a unique one. there maybe some citra or mosaic or something, but the dosing and the timing and the blend is what makes this as awesome as it is. its got so much pineapple in the finish i really cant taste anything else, and it goes for miles. i dont miss the grain really, and i could drink these like 5% abv beers, as there is no trace of its alcohol strength. i could really get into trouble with these. this seems like the most well crafted beer these guys do, like a lot of thought and refinement went into it, and it gives me some restored faith in a brewery who was on the edges of irrelevant to my beer geekiest side. this beer is incredible, one of the best big ipas our state has to offer. if you wrote it off awhile ago like i did, you owe it to yourself to give it a second chance. im going to keep this one stocked for awhile.

Photo of CraigP83
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow, huge head. Nose is pineapple and other tropical fruits almost like a fruity island drink. Taste is boozy coconut water, again tropical, very unique. Has heavy ethanol presence. Good hop bitterness

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright and clean golden orange with a nice finger of straight white lacing foam.

Tons of citrus fruit in the aroma, some light but sweet caramel notes, and some light spice notes.

Orange and grapefruit zest right up front, spicy rye, toasted biscuity malts, and some light caramel-like sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus and spice.

Overall, while I thought this brew was good, the price tag is a little high.

Photo of nizzle8287
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Last can I had of this was the summer of 2014 and it was delicious. It appears they have changed the recipe in a positive way, perhaps lending an even more delicious and perfected recipe.

Poured into my mug at around 55 degrees, the first thing I noticed is that this beer is filtered... The old Gubna I believe was unfiltered. Nice and thick almost white head dwindled down to a half finger head with bubbles still coming up to retain the half finger. This beer is clear and very light orange in color.

Smell is amazing and smacks me in the face with complex hop characteristics... I get pine, light citrus, dank sweetness, malts are there, but the hops overpower.

Tastes exactly what a DIPA should taste like. Definitely high IBUs coming out in this one with dank citrus hop bitterness. Less pine in the taste than in the smell. Seems to coat my mouth with an even layer of hop bitterness that lingers for several minutes. Less rye presence than what I remember from the old Gubna, but still a bit on the spicy side.

Alcohol presence is definitely here, but more pleasant in this new version than before. Medium-high carbonation that makes it sparkle in the mouth...

Overall this one goes straight to the dome. I'm half a beer in and holy cow I just want more! This re-formulation has very much shifted it into the typical world-class DIPA category in my honest opinion. The new hop regiment plus the filtering (which i could have done without) Really makes the presentation much different than what I remember about the old formula. Old formula for me was a 90, this one is a 98. Great job Oskar Blues!!!

Photo of 2020Sound
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, strong almost bourbon element. Stings the nostrils in the most elegant and pleasing way. Highly recommended.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one is relatively fresh as it was canned on 04/02/15. I had been wanting to try this one for awhile but at $15 a four pack I hadn't pulled the trigger till now.

Strong pour gets me three fingers of off white head that is big an fluffy. The head has solid retention. Body is best described as brilliant orange. Very vibrant in color. Nose is of a very strong citrus consistency. It represents the rind, pulp and juice very well. Flavor is of muted citrus and resin based tree sap. It is very thick on the mouthfeel. Reminds me of a mixture of orange and grapefruit pulp. Overall not bad but it really doesn't hold serve to what the nose promised.

Photo of Beer_Loving_Brandon
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an odd (in a good way) beer.

Look? Unknown. I drank it out of the can like the peasant that I am. Cans are fine with me and the can art is okay I guess.

Smell? I can't figure out what the hell it smells like. Pineapple half the time, but the other half it smells like contents unknown.

Taste? Tastes great. Not even a hint of the relatively high ABV. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected either. Certainly not a palate wrecker. The slightest hint of pineapple is present. This is a cryptic beer.

Overall, great. Buy it where you see it. Says it is an imperial IPA, but I have a hard time placing it there...or anywhere.

Feel? Very smooth - light beer smooth.

Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a snifter. Pours a semi-hazy copper color with about 1/2 a finger of white foam. Sweet, floral notes on the nose along with strong grapefruit and citrus. Underlaying pine creeps in there somehow. Big bitterness up front on the taste follwed by bittersweet fruit and pine. Medium-light weight and pretty smooth mouthfeel. Finishes watery with leftover bitterness and pine resin.

Pretty darn good. I'd say at an 86 rating, this one is a hair underrated. If you're a fan of big, hoppy IIPAs, give this one a try. I'd prefer a little more citrus and fruit on the taste to balance it out, but it's still darn good.

Photo of BethanyB
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: a hazy orange Amber, with a bubbly off-white head.

Smell: at first whiff, this surprising scent resembles blueberry muffins and bubblegum, happily corrupted by a shot of whiskey.

Taste: the blueberry and biscuit is still there, but is countered by a healthy hop bitterness. The resinous hop flavor goes well with the spicy rye malt, but the presumably unplanned berry flavor doesn't feel at home.

Mouthfeel: distinctly creamy, with no more than a mild amount of carbonation. A bit thick for the style--a lighter body would be a more appropriate accompanist for the fruit and spice.

Overall: an Oskar experiment with unexpected results; I doubt the team was going for blueberry muffins. Though it's not bad at all, it's somewhat strange fruit, and just one taste test is enough for me.

Photo of Panda_Brew
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues - Gubna
'Ello Gubna! This beer kicks ass, that's pretty much it.
Even opening the can releases a stone fruit, sappy, citrusy fragrance.
A: Frothy creamy beige head with a crystal clear toasted gold body and tiny bubbles rising up in mini streams.
S: Those sappy citrus and stone fruit notes are right up front with a hint to tropical oakiness - which is really cool.
T: Magical. . . it's simply, yet complexly, great. It's so clean with the hops as sweet as candy, the oak adds a whole layer to substitute the missing malts. Tropical hops, pine hops, stone fruit hops, candy hops, dank hops, citrus hops, all are present in this chief - all well represented and working together to kick so much ass that it's time to look for a new pair of boots.
M: Super clean with a medium carbonation which works with the medium/thick body to make it dance. The booziness and hop tang leave a nice tingle while performing a self palate cleanse to get ready for the next swig.
O: One of my favorite IPA's: not overly bitter, but hoppy as all - the focus is all on hops in this, the malts are non existent, but to keep it from being boring the oak grants the contrast needed to keep it from being another boring gimmick where hops are just dumped with out regard (not the cool, reckless abandon lack of regard. . . walking into traffic with out looking kind of cavalier). Awesome job guys, 96

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a dark kind of ugly reddish-brown color with a thin head that quickly collapses into nothingness under influence of the high ABV.

Smell: The malts are so big in this one, the hop notes are almost subdued underneath an oppressive cloying sweetness.

Taste: Huge, sweet, caramelly malt notes and some aggressive citrus and piney hops to go on top. Finishes medium-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Massive.

Overall: A decent beer, but one I wouldn't grab all too often. Much sweeter malt profile than other DIPAs.

Photo of HopHunter19
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemony, citrusy, slightly peppery coming from the hops. There's also nice spiciness from the rye malt. Good beer, price is a little high though.

Photo of jancona
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste - floral hops, a hint of orange candy and molasses. Not even a hint of the 10% abv - other than the fact that I just peed myself.

Photo of hophugger
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amazing royal gold color with 2 fingers of head with miniscule bubbles and thick, all over the glass lacing clinging for as long as possible. Aroma is of orange cream, pineapple, mango, pineapple and hop resin. Taste is large and in charge with flavors of cream, orange, papaya, pineapple, sweet malts and a bold hit of hop bitterness. This beer is full-flavored and for the high abv(10.00), it stays hidden more than I would have expected. This beer has an amazing balance and the aftertaste is lighter than expected, but still there to remind you of the great brew that you just drank !!

Photo of Bones10
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The taste hit me just where I needed it to. High hops, low malts and balance between the two. I loved it. Great beer for my taste!
Cheers!

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

[3/12/15 can]

Smells like dank pineapple with a slight hint of alcohol. This is going to be good.

It tastes like... everything. There's lots of pineapple here, with peach, lemongrass, and a general tropical fruit flavor throughout. There's no sign of the alcohol content (i.e. cloying sweetness or over-the-top heat). Pleasantly surprised, since I expected a can full of onions. Definitely a memorable brew that I can't help but gulp down.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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