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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,542 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 88
Gots: 248 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,542 | Reviews: 895
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected, under control balance with malt sweetness, high IBU but still nicely drinkable for the style. Carbonation right there. Deep yellow coloured body with off-white head. Hop aroma. Lemon and orange and grapefruit citrus rind and fruit.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brew-Ligion in Murrieta, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is much better now that they have changed the recipe away from hops with onion and garlic notes.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden orange with a full thick and pillowy white head. Great looking.

Nose is all ripe pineapple rich sweet hop nose. Mouthfeel is rich, bold and big.

Flavors are rull of big, bold pine resin and grapefruit skin oil bitterness that is assertive and long lasting. There is a rich, citric underlying hit of sweetness and complexity with layers of flavors from a hit of malt to lemon pie filling to rich grapefruit, grapefruit skin and pine and pine resin.

Finish of big citrus oils and pine. This big hoppy beer can hold it's head up high with any of the complex and popular hop head brews.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Rustico - Alexandria.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head and good amount of lacing. The nose brings quite a bit of pine and really dank hops. The taste is the same with the dankness really taking over and dominating other flavors. No ham in this version. The feel is really nice and quite bitter. Dry finish. Drinks quite well, especially in this format.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color with a finger sized white head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the grassy and citrusy hop flavors dominate the taste and contribute a mild amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of caramel malts.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink given the alcohol content--it's apparent but well masked.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger thick foam, off white head, very nice retention and tons of lacing. cloudy golden body.

S: Perfect citrus aroma with pineapple dominating and some banana, orange notes. Light musty hops come through as well. I disagree with many of the other reviews here. They may just have had some no so fresh or poorly handled cans.

T: Flavor is excellent as well with the beer capturing the citrus aroma well. So many of these smell one way and taste another. The hops produce a nice pine note as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Highly drinkable for an IPA of this alcholol content. The booze is well hidden. This one is highly underrated in my opinion after reading other reviews. May question the freshness of your can perhaps.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a full, creamy head that leaves wisps of lace around the glass

Smell: Bready malt elements along with pithy citrus; I pick up the meaty onion elements as well

Taste: Bitter and pithy from the get-go, with increasing resinous astringency arriving by mid-palate; there is also a hefty malt bill of shortbread and caramel sweetness underneath; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers, adding the oniony element, though there is plenty of residual sugar on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Chalk me up on the side of those who like this brew; sure, it's a little different but that is a good thing to me

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gubna (can we even say that in any serious light?), is a solid Double IPA with a complex blend of citrus with also notes of onion, catty, and onion complexity.

The pour delivers a very clear deep golden, medium copper color. An initially formitable white head falls soon enough to a thin sheet but with good lacing. Where the clarity gets good marks, the head character lack somewhat.

Aromas of graham cracker sweet breads and spice proves very crisp and clean flavored while the hops provide the bulk of the flavors from early palate on. Heavy notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and pineapples are aggressively chased by earthy notes of onion, garlic, and nearly catty notes- some like to compare these Simcoe notes to canibus- fair enough. Still, the bitterness has the deciding factor of the beer; leading to a boldly and aggressively bitter finish. Only alcohlic paint thinner notes and alcoholic esters rival the bitterness late.

The moderate malty textures hold firm at first, but the beer's alcohols, bitterness, and minty quality causes a quick and fleeting finish. Nice but not the typical progression of great IPA's.

Gubna (I stil can't say that with a straight face), in the end is a graham cracker malted beer with earthy, citrus, and pungent hops. Alle leading to a alcoholic but muddled hoppy beer.

Thanks BrokenStv!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a hazy medium orangey color ale with a nice thick frothy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus is quite intense. Taste is totally dominated by the hops with really heavy notes of pine and resin with some citrus undertones also coming through. Malt backbone is also noticeable thought taste is overwhelmed by hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol was showing. Very interesting though piney hops is maybe a bit too heavy.

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Gubna, the appearance is pretty nice. It's a Golden copper color with a white head. The aroma is super piny, not much else really come out for me with this beer. The taste has a ton of pine in there too, some light citrus in the aftertaste bit not a whole lot else. I like the mouthfeel too, it's smooth and bitey like an Imperial IPA should be. Quite a damn good beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exactly midway betwen Kruggerand gold and Sunkist orange. The upper third of the glass is filled with a lovely looking chunk of eggshell colored creaminess that has a finely pitting and finely bubbly surface. Good glass coverage as well.

Brewing this beer with 100% Summit hops was not the way to go... but then Oskar Blues didn't ask my opinion. The white grapefruit rind quality of the nose is coupled with an odd (though not entirely unpleasant) musky-spiciness reminiscent of onions. Here's hoping it's cleaned up a little on the palate.

Great googly mooglies, Batman! It looks like GUBNA is a love-it-or-loathe-it kind of ale. I'm somewhere in the indifferent middle. The sheer amount of tongue swamping hoppiness is great, but the flavor combination of the chosen hop and the unconventional malt bill isn't coming together as well as it might have.

Either jettisoning the rye malt or using a more enjoyable hop (I can think of at least 8-10 candidates) would make this much better beer. The latter is a much better idea than the former. Grilled onions are tasty... but not as the focal point in an Imperial IPA. A single can is more than enough, thanks.

The mouthfeel is pretty much where it should be for the style. While bigger and stickier would be good too, that would probably extend flavor linger, which wouldn't be a good thing. Lightly stinging bubbles are both fine and dandy.

It's hard to believe that Oskar Blues sells a ton of this stuff. It's just too 'out there' with respect to flavor. These guys can some amazing ales, but this ain't one of them. If the suggestion box is open... impeach the GUBNA!

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

God these reviews are soo much lower then i thought they would be after trying this for the first time last night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consume on 06/25/2010.

The pour is a nice deep amber color with a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice head of white sitting on top for a good few moments. Aroma is deep an pungent pineapple and grapefruit. Very sweet an juicy, like the new 110k. Succulent hop flavors and rich juice like profile combine to forma thick, sweet, uber hoppy sensation that was simply stunning.

Nice light finish with long lingering flavor is superb. i plowed through this can in no time, simply an amazing beer, nees to get more credit.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a light amber color with a moderate white head and some streaks of lacing.

S: A strong fruity hop aroma with nice notes of grapefruit and pineapple. A fair amount of pine as well, along with some sweet caramel and perhaps a touch of alcohol.

T: The flavor is full of bitter grapefruit and pine followed by some tropical fruit sweetness. As with Gordon, there is also a fair malt component to the beer and maybe a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.

M: The body is medium with a full and tingly carbonation.

D: A good but not amazing DIPA, especially for the price. I really enjoy some of the Oskar Blues beers, but why buy a 12 oz can of Gubna for $4-5 when I can buy half a liter of Pliny the Elder for that much?

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can into a 12 oz tulip. A few years ago, I never thought I'd see a canned DIPA. The beer is golden, pale and nicely carbonated with solid head retention for a 10% beast.

It's got a rather fruity aroma, tropical in character, reminiscent of pineapple and peach. There's a good bit of sweetness to it as well, though the malt blends harmoniously with the hops, creating a scent that brings to mind fresh ripe fruit. As it warms, there's an unmistakable spicy garlic and onion character to it, though it's far from unpleasant.

Summit hops lend their mark to the palate; there's a distinct onion-like quality to this beer, but it's matched by pineapple and sweet papaya. This is very tropical, spicy, decidedly sweet, though not terribly viscous given the high ABV. Rye is evident, melding with the hops to create a pronounced spiciness not dissimilar to fresh rye bread with garlic spread. The finish has a firm bitterness which borders on, but never quite reaches, astringency. It's quite juicy, never really reaching the dryness of a West Coast IPA, but also lacking a heavy malt profile, with a hop bitterness that's intensely resiny, like sucking on pine sap. Unique, enjoyable, though not necessarily remarkable. It's worth a try.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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