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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,413 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,413
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 72
Gots: 206 | 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:
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).

(Beer added by: natelocc787 on 01-15-2010)
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Photo of Fatehunter
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden colored, but not totally transparent. White two inch head that has no chance of dissipating. It looks like the perfect pint.

S - Citrus, as expected, though light on the grapefruit as sweeter citrus come through: mandarin. Different from most IPAs I have tried, but good.

T - The taste is weird... watered down salt water tasting. After that odd beginning, citrus followed by hint of malt.

M - Light and soft bodied, moderate carbonation.

D - The taste was a real let down after the excellent appearance and smell. I will have to try another to see if this was just my can or more prevalent. As tasted I would not normally try another.

Fatehunter, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color, slight haze, tall off-white head with fine bead, some decent lacing, and moderate retention.

Aroma-Sweet, fruity hop aromas (pineapple) with some lemony citrus. Background green, spicy hop notes. Some bready malt and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavor-Some nice toasty, bready malt supports some pretty intense hop bitterness and moderate hop flavors of pine and resin. Sweet, tropical fruit flavors in the mid palate. Finish is decidedly bitter, with low alcohol notes and a long lingering resiny hop flavor and a bit of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, medium high carbonation, moderate alcoholic warmth. A little bit tongue stripping with the bitterness.

I'm not overly impressed by this one, though they do manage to do a pretty good job of keeping the alcohol hidden. I would say something like "damn though, this is good for a DIPA in a can!" except that Surly makes a much better one.

plfahey, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of prg1976
1.45/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Can dated 1-19-11 so it may be beyond its acceptable shelf life...

Pours a clear amber-ish color, not much head.

Smells like sweet onions...the onions that grow in your yard, not the ones you eat.

Awful, nasty sweet onion-y taste. WTF, are they for real with this?

Took 2 sips to make sure I wasn't imagining the truly terrible taste, then down the drain it went.

Maybe someday, if I can't find anything else, I'll pick up a fresher can of this to confirm or refute the awful-ness. Wow, not good.

prg1976, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is not too many out there beers that I enjoy but this one is has it. It manages to be crazy like hell and control itself. Big hops with big malt with big taste. Worth the price, though I nearly crapped myself when I saw the price for 4 12 oz. I'm sure I'll get this again sometime. Perhaps when I get a job.

claytong, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out slight cloudy with a yellow/brown tint.
Some bubbles and lacing.
Smell is hoppy and malty. A strong caramel aroma is here too. Some alcohol here but not anywhere near a 10%er.
Alcohol is hid here as well. Mellow malts and dark bitterness combine with a sweet sugar finish.
Mouthfeel is very sticky and the palate craves another sip. Oskar Blues knows their stuff on these IPA's. And out of a can no doubt.
Drinkability is exceptional for such a hight abv beer.

peabody, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of FoamyMustache
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out of the can dated 02/11/11 a rich polished copper color with a gorgeous 3 finger head that lasted until the last drop leaving beautiful lacing with every sip.

S - This is what I want every beer to smell like. Powerful notes of pineapple, mango, and cedar. A thick smell that resonated in my nose throughout the beer.

T - Initially blasted with those same citrus notes I picked up early. The beautiful sweet pineapple taste is followed by the more pine/cedar hops and finishes like cream soda. At 10% I was searching for a hint of alcohol, but got none...nothing...nada. The entire taste has a strong malt backbone contributing to the creaminess and perfect balance of this brew.

M - Still get the crisp refreshing feel one would expect from an imperial ipa, but also an awesome full-bodied creaminess that I wasn't expecting. Just the right amount of carbonation compliments the flavors perfectly.

D - I did not want to put this beer down...so smooth and drinkable. At 10% abv this beer is downright dangerous.

Oskar Blues has never let me down. This was my first time trying this beer and it ranks among my favorites. I was lucky enough to get a very fresh can, and I believe this is key in tasting this beer.

FoamyMustache, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of RichScherle
1.55/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - rich and attractive amber with viscous character

S - eesh. very strange. very solvent like aroma - like nail polish remover, spray paint, or something equally unpleasant. An odd hop aroma too - like metal and garlic.

T - this was disappointing. Very solventy taste - like rubbing alcohol mixed with paint thinner. Doesn't taste natural - very odd. Hops only seem to add to the oily and phenolic taste. I will say - this is a totally unique brew but its unique in its awfulness.

M - a parade of chemical tastes makes the thick viscous texture unappealing.

D - no can do. not for me. And this beer was very expensive which adds to the let down

RichScherle, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of seeswo
2.2/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an amber orange with a finger of head. Looks fine. Smells of citrus and maybe a bit of medicinal hops? Doesn't smell all that great. Uh oh...tastes like hops, citrus, garlic and onions. Like, big onion garlic. Ugh...this is gross. One of the worst IIPA tastes I have ever had. Mouthfeel is fine, drinkability is nil as this beer tastes horrible. I perused the reviews and I am so confused. I can only assume that some people don't taste the flavors I am tasting. Maybe it is like cilantro, where some people taste soap and some don't. Anyway...I like you OB, but this is not a good beer.

seeswo, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Franz4
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice creamy off-white head sits atop a nice golden-copper body. Head started at 4 fingers and fades gradually, leaving lacing as it settles.

S- grassy, pineapple, and peaches are there with some pine presence as well. Very complex in the nose as several flavors come and go very quickly.

T- very subdued and mellow, citrus flavors--sweet grapefruit slices, peaches are noticeable here as well...slight minty flavor on the back end, very complex. There's another sweet, candylike flavor here that I can't quite place. At this point I have a strong suspicion and I need to go check the can...

As I expected... canned on 5/24/10, nearly 10 months ago, I picked this up last weekend, note to self, again, to check dates, <facepalm>

M- very smooth and enjoyable, almost creamy, light carbonation.

D- With the caveat that I'd like to review this fresh, this was still a good beer, even if I'm not getting it as OB would intend for me to have it. The sweet flavor (citrus flavored chocolate, almost) would really keep me from having more than 1 of these, along with the ABV.

Franz4, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of celticfutblclub
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass

A -orangey yellow, opaque with a 1/4 inch head that slowly recedes.

S - hops and pine, spices, citrus

T - hops pine alcohol spices and malts.

M - good carbonation nice feel

D - i can drink this no prob but would hold of from there.

overall oskar blues did a pretty good job with this beer it is just personally not one of my favorite styles.

celticfutblclub, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 04/2010, drank 3/2011.

Aroma is a piney hop with earthy herb smells and a hefty caramel/sourdough malt.

Taste is more like a Belgian pale ale than a standard American double/imperial in its herbal and spice notes. The pine hops are subtle and come through with some floral hops as well. But the effect of the hops is more of a bitter wash on the caramel and toffee malts rather than the prominent taste.

birderbeerer, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of beveritt
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is paint on design typical of Oskar Blues, this time in a reddish brown. Brewed in 11/10.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to a thin cap of foam, lacing behind decent lacing as I drink. The beer itself is medium yellow, perfectly clear, and shows minimal activity. No sediment remains in the can.

Smell: Spicy hops upfront with strong aromas of pine resin. Notes of pineapple and bubblegum.

Taste: Piney hops upfront assault the taste-buds. This spiciness lasts throughout each sip and lingers well after the liquid is gone. Solid undertone of biscuity caramel malt provides the necessary balance to this hop blast.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Picked up a few of these on a recent trip south. Not available here, but if they were I might seek them out again. Definitely enjoyable.

beveritt, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only drawback for me is the price! I bought this from Central Market here in Austin, and I imagine they overcharge people for everything, though.

Now, the beer looked so good when I poured it into the glass. There's a really beautiful cloudy amber hue, and the foam bubbles up just right. It doesn't seem to be overly carbonated.

Smell? It smells like an IPA!

Taste? The beer pack a punch, and sometimes if you drink it slowly, you can taste the alcohol seeping through. It's hoppy, and it's somewhat similar to Dogfish's 90 Minute IPA. I could be wrong, but that could be another excuse for me to taste 90 Minute IPA again.

Mouthfeel- It lingers in your mouth, and that's the hops. It's not thick nor too runny.

Drinkability? It's good as long you already have food in your stomach before you drink it. It packs a punch, so it's probably not a good idea to bring to the tubing outing you might want to plan for (This is for you Austinites) this spring or summer. You'll be out cold fast!

2xHops, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light copper. A frothy 1.5 finger white head hardly moves and finally creates a thin solid head of tight bubbles. Excellent horizontal lacing at the top and bottom.

S - Candy oranges, mango, pineapple, star fruit, strawberries, sweet malt, yeast, pine resin, lemon grass, sticky caramel, slight alcohol.

T - Bigtime hop flavor! Pungent pineapple, mango, melon, over-ripened tangerine, sugar coated lemon rind. A butterscotch malt comes in and mellows everything out. Finishes out sweet and bitter.

M - Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, a bit chewy at times.

A fantastically juicy hoppy Imperial! What more could you ask for? This thing is bursting with fruit flavor!!!! This sugary malt, bitter citrus, glorious tropical beer is almost perfect. It could use more bitterness, but other than that it is a fantastic DIPA!

StaveHooks, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of ILikeBeer13
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a frosted pint glass. Kicked back and watched a movie...decided to jot down a review.

A - cloudy orange, lively carbonation, nice head that dissipates quickly. No noticeable lacing as others have seen -- could it be the glass?

S - Citrus and hops...Nice!!

T - Smooth, balanced, even tasting. No surprises. Nothing sharp, but very full...finished with a malt touch.

M - Smooth, bordering on chewy...but not really. Not overpowering, lingers a bit.

D -- Thank you sir may I have another...and call me a cab!

ILikeBeer13, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can into a nonic. Yet another beer procured for me by the great enabler, aka, beveritt.

A- Hazy golden. ~1 finger of white head, which fades quickly to a thin cap, leaving loads of lacing.

S- Herbaceous and piny hopiness with a touch of citrus. Solid malty sweetness follows.

T- Very herbaceous and spicy. A solidly resinous bitter finish, which eventually starts to seem like it is infused with the hotly debated "onion/garlic" notes...but doesn't come across as off-putting. Malty notes also begin to emerge more prominently as consumed, and helps to balance the bitter notes.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation, and a fairly full feel. Very good.

D- Decent. It's interesting, but a bit intense. Probably wouldn't want to have more than one of these.

Future outlook: Interesting beer. Glad to have tried, but probably don't need to seek out again.

DoctorDog, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Ralphus
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A canned DIPA.. I love it. The sticker price of $16.99 a 4-pack is a hard to digest but given it's 10% and less than $5 a beer it's not too bad.

Pours an attractive cloudy orange color. The beaming white head is rich and thick but dissipates to a blanket. Lots of lacing is left behind. V. good.

Smell is also good. Citrus fruits and malt. A touch more complexity would be nice.

The taste is a bursting of citrus hops over top of a malt back drop. Its very well done. My only criticism is that its lacking complexity. The alcohol is extremely well hidden and it ends with a nice bitter finish which keeps you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft and silky smooth but with a crisp hoppy and carbonation bite.

Drinkability, for a beer of this strength, is through the roof.

Overall, one hell of a beer.

Ralphus, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz can served in an oversized wineglass.
canned on: 04/23/10

disclaimer: stupidly, didn't check for the "cannned on" date until i was sitting at the table and the thing was poured. mea culpa. with that in mind....

pours a hazy dull gold tone with 1/2" to an inch beige/off-white head. OK retention given the strength of the beer; decent lacing.

despite the lapsed time since canning i get a big hoppy bouquet of citrus and floral/herbal with a malty backbone. a bit - a bit - of onion and a touch of booze.

flavor follows with a noticeable dropoff in the hops department (unsurprising). and while the resulting flavor profile is more malt-forward, it's not bad. the remaining hoppiness is citric and floral, and there's a touch of honey evident. as it warms though it takes on an unpleasant characteristic that i can't quite pin down but find... hmm... bad.

medium-full bodied with average carbonation. OK, drinkability-wise. will definitely have to grab a fresh one and re-review with differences. as it stands now, it's a very mediocre beer.

perrymarcus, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a semi-translucent orange with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is hoppy. Smells of citrus, namely tangerine/orange, and floral. Picking up on some malts and also a bit of a stinky smell, but it's not very off-putting. Flavor is bitter with a lot of hop flavor. Some omore of the tangerine flavor. Not as much citrus as the aroma but more of a flowery taste. Bitter aftertaste. I can't decide how I feel about this beer. First off, I'm shocked that it has a ABV of 10%. The smell and taste are solid but there is something about them that I can't put my finger on that is a bit odd. Overall it's a decent Imperial IPA, but it is wildly over-priced.

PicoPapa, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz can into pilsener glass.

a - Very nice amber color with yellow top and nice lacing. Very typical of an IIPA and looks good to me!

b - Hops of course, on the citrus side but some floral notes present. Malty as well... second whiff, nicely malty!

t - Taste is delicious. I'm surprised at how well-rounded this beer is. Very neutral, very balanced hoppy, malty goodness.

m - Mouthfeel is chewier than Dales or Gordon (Gknight or whatever) but not super heavy. Nice splash on the tongue of tangyness before the sweet malt cleans it up.

d - It's way to drinkable to be 10% ABV and 100IBUs so be careful. Not boozy at all and goes down down balanced - not tart.

Oskar Blues continues to impress me. I don't know how their beers will keep over the long haul in the cans but from the cooler, they are damn good!!! With fishing season coming up here in PA and I'm predicting a potpourri of Oskar Blues beers on ice!

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of msfoster77
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is everything I expected it to be. It poured a clear golden yellow with a white head. The smell was all citrusy hops. This beer has great body and good carbonation. The taste started with sweet malts and then progressed to citrusy hops and ended peppery. This is a good solid beer and if you drink a whole four pack you will be feeling pretty good and full.

msfoster77, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of ism
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fruit nose, tangerine and grapefruit.

Clear orange body crowned with a dense 2-finger eggshell head. Good retention leaving sudsy lacing all the way down.

Thick and dense mouthfeel, smooth, with enjoyable carbonation.

The malt buoys the onslaught of alphas quite well, also hiding the alcohol. It's a balanced tangerine with a bit of orange peel. There's a muted grapefruit in the finish, so it's interesting to see this come out more like tangerine than a "grapefruit bomb".

It's a pretty big and dense beer so while delicious, remains single.

ism, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of LukeD23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour - Nice light orange with a white minimal head. slightly hazy

Aroma - Orange peel, and grapefruit and slight honey. subtle toast notes on the backend

Flavor - up front is spicy with hints of rosemary and peppercorns, rolls into an intensly citrus tangerine/grapefruit flavors. Firm bitterness lingers along with candied orange flavors. Crisp and refreshing, slight burn.

Mouthfeel - relatively light and crisp, finishes dry

Drinkablity - great for style, but a one and done beer.

LukeD23, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of hankbenzenberg
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous burnt orange color with awesome clarity and a nice full head. Medium-full to full bodied with adequate carbonation to carry this big beer and a nice lingering sweet, and bitter finish. The flavor followed the aroma pretty closely with a little more roundness. I got lots of sweet caramelized malts with a full punch of citrus and spice, almost a citrusy, caramelized spiced syrup. There is definitely a presence of alcohol and smoke too. This is a big, bold beer.

hankbenzenberg, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of birchstick
1.45/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A - pours a light yellow color with a decent head that dissipates quickly

S - huge hit of onions with hints of BO and some citrusy pine

T - starts off with grapefruit hops with caramel hops that is quickly pushed aside by tons of onion, garlic, and some rotten vegetable. Pretty horrible, in my opinion.

M - decent body, but I swallowed quickly as I wanted this taste to stop

D - this was the definition of a drain pour in my opinion. I could only stomach a couple drinks of this before it went down the drain.

birchstick, Feb 20, 2011
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,413 ratings.