GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 2,482
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 76
Gots: 228 | 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:
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 jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gubna begins with the kind of aroma that is usually found in expensive citrusy soaps guaranteed to wake you up after the apocalypse. Massive grapefruit and pine flavors rise from the can, not so much gliding through the nose as whipsawing it. These are accompanied by notes of sour green apple, pineapple, and sour cherry.

On the tongue, the brew is intensely hoppy, and for several seconds the tongue is so overwhelmed by grapefruit and (mainly) pine that lesser flavors are quite literally undetectable. Even after the better part of a half-minute, the hops still dominate, and only slowly peel back to reveal hints of lesser citrus notes, including the aforementioned apple and sour cherry. And really, that's about all: this beer is just hops, hops, hops, even well into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while this is one of the more extraordinary and extraordinarily hoppy beers I've tasted, I can't recommend this to anyone who thinks something even as basic as, say, a Harpoon IPA is too bitter; doing so would be equivalent to finding someone who likes playing with rubber bands and suggesting they bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower. If you truly, and I mean *truly* love hops, this is your beer. If not, you will truly, *truly* hate it.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the third Oskar Blues beer I've had. I've been very impressed by all of them. My brother bought Gubna and let me try one.

The head took a bit to form but it grew thick and creamy-foamy. You know, I rarely pour beers from cans into a glass so I'm having to figure out how best to do it. I can make a perfect pour with my eyes closed from a bottle but from a can I'm still working on it. :P Anyway, the off-white head fizzes away slowly and has good retention. The beer is a murky amber color. You can't see clearly all the way through.

The smell of the Gubna is very unique. There's a strong peppery aroma that tingles the nose. Lemon and pineapple fruitiness. There's also a woody aroma like it's been aged in a barrel...but not oak. There's an underlying straw/grassy smell and of course a pine resin sweetness. Really interesting, especially the peppery smell.

Taste has some brown sugar sweetness. Like the smell it's got a peppery character that I could feel on the top of my tongue and roof of my mouth. I got actual peppery heat/spice. It's not too bitter but the citrus acidity and the pepperiness add bite and tang. The woodsy flavor is throughout. The 10% ABV adds some boozy burn.

Gubna is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It's syrupy up front but has a dry finish. Medium carbonation.

Gubna is very interesting. The pepper and woodsy smells and flavors are unique to it. I will say that it's not like other imperial IPAs I've had. It's unique but doesn't have that double punch of hops and sweet/fruity malts like the style usually brings out.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce can - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Canned On: 05-16-11.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, orange-gold body with a lofty, foamy, near white head with not much head retention, though a fair amount of wispy lacing.

Smell: Toasted grains, gnarled grapefruit pith tossed with a few drops of triple sec, and store-brand dried onion soup mix.

Taste: Lightly toasted grains with a reasonable amount of spicy rye malt taste. Sweetish hints of cookie and light caramel. Pithy grapefruit and wild Georgians ramps alongside plenty of hop bitterness and some moderate alcoholic heat to give the tongue a good sear. Splash of Bellini. Spicy, bitter, onion-hinting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a creamy, slightly sticky texture to it. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I've enjoyed most of the offerings I've tried from Oskar Blues, but this one, well, it just didn't do it for me. One and done for me.

Photo of Spider889
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased a single of this while in Florida.
Canned on 4/21/2011

The beer has a mild haze to it that cleared nicely; GUBNA is a muddled straw color with warmer orange hues. Tall white head that quickly receded to half the original size, and then that cap of foam sat patiently for several minutes while I began typing this review. There are limited dabs of lace here and there.

Wow is this potent. Big aroma here, folks. At first large doses of resinous pine waft across the room. Then I began to smell angel food cake. This beer smells quite sweet from a distance of several feet. Upon closer inspection the nose is very malty. Bready and sweet, sort of how moist cornbread can be. Though the hops continue to waft in and out, the malt seems to overpower most of the time. I continue to get sweetness, that I again am associating with baked goods - only now I'm detecting white cupcakes, complete with icing.

The taste leads with bitterness, but quickly the malt takes over just as in the aroma. At times the flavor reminds me of 90 minute IPA, essentially a malt forward IPA with some sweetness to it. But this isn't nearly so refined, nor half as enjoyable. The hop flavor is mute - largely powdery bitterness, though some earthy and grassy notes are there to be found.

Very dry, and also very hot. There's a long lasting residual warmth deep in the throat.

Overall: Hmm, this is mildly entertaining, but soon enough I am bored and annoyed by aspects of it. As a DIPA there are far too many superior examples out there. Despite all of the perceived heft 100 ibu's might have, the beer is exercising little of the might so many hops ought to impart.

Photo of bierguru
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - a very cloudy golden yellow pours a thick white creamy head retention is very good

s - the smell is of harsh hops and citrus however there is a light sweetness as well in the sniff

t -the taste is of mild sweet fruits and mostly of hops some malts and citrus the hops and citrus are very abrasive

m - the very abrasive flavors almost kill the your taste buds and limit the flow of flavors

o - worth trying but not one of the better 2xipa

Photo of shand
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip.

Gubna has always been an interesting beer in terms of public reception, it's really a love it or hate it kind of beer, which is bizarre for a big DIPA like this. It really comes down to the hopping - this is a huge single IPA when it comes down to it, it's all Summit hops. The appearance here is great, it's a nice hazy straw color crested with a huge head that retains and laces great. The aroma is absolutely awesome. The finest quality of Summit hops is their aroma, and this brew doesn't disappoint. It's got a huge nose: big, dank citrus (primarily grapefruit) and piney hops. The taste is quite good, it goes down sweet, with citrus and tropical fruits at first, with a sort of candied hops kind of feel. Then, some of the piney aspects make themselves known, but they're just a supporting role. It's a very bright brew, but with a big hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is great, it's full-bodied and coating, with a spot-on carbonation level. The drinkability? It's absolutely great, especially for the high ABV. Overall, Gubna is really a winner. It's just an outstanding DIPA, and I really can't see how someone who would like, say, Maharaja wouldn't like this. I know plenty of people say "onion" with it comes to this brew, but I don't get any. It's got to be a personal reaction thing with the Summit hops.

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz can in a Whole Foods in Whitebread, WA. Enjoyed in my new Fish pint glass in a splendid Central Oregon campsite.

This beer pours a cloudy muddled golden yellow colour, with tons of teeming, frothy, voluminous, foamy (you get the idea) eggshell white head, which settles slowly and steadily, eventually rendering a nice thick bike chain of lace around the glass. It smells of soft, almost bready, caramel, citrus rind, and pine hops. The taste is sweet caramel, and a strong musty, earthy, leafy hop character. The carbonation is on the low side, the body pretty full and smooth. It finishes with a rather underwhelming uptake of that weird mustiness.

Not really what I expected - the hops seem to be off - no clean, crisp citrus/pine effect here, just an earthy dullness that overrides the other universal attractive attributes - a good looker, that holds its booze very well. Which means, of course, no lasting desire to engage.

Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden colour with a smooth long lasting white head. Fair lacing.

Light tropical fruit, mango and pine aroma with a hint of something like garlic.

Big fruity flavour with lots of passion fruit and mango. There is a hint of onion but for me the Summit hops are really tasty. Very light malt.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Solid.

For me this is one of the best IIPAs I've had. The flavours are really good with some great tropical fruit notes and really light malt.

Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, canned on 5-16-11 on the bottom.

Poured a nice hazy orange color with a 2 finger white head which has good retention and leaves a nice lacing. This smells mostly of citrus and pine hops a little malt in the background. The feel is medium with expected carbonation, lots of hops coat the mouth. The taste is pretty good, there is an initial sweetness, maybe some orange, grapefruit and citrus followed by lots of a dual sweet / high bitterness on the way down. Overall a pretty good beer, I prefer a little less sweetness but that seems to happen a bunch with this style.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a thing cap of foam that lingers. The aroma is of rotten grapefruit and pine resin. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with a strong bitterness that masks some of the rotten fruit character. There is also a strong alcohol heat in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is an average beer at best. With so many DIPAs out there I cannot see myself revisiting this one.

Photo of cosmo4u
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at cable beverage 7/11/11 growler

Appearance: This beer pours a gorgeous burnt orange color with awesome clarity and a nice full head. The head receded to leave moderate spotty lacing and a thin layer of foam resting on the surface of the beer.
Smell: Spice and hops are the first aromas that I smelled followed by sweet malt, citrus and pine. There are a few unique aromas in this beer that I couldnt put my finger on
Taste: 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 in this beer as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full to full bodied with adequate carbonation to carry this big beer and a nice lingering sweet, and bitter finish.
Drinkability: This beer is more of a sipper than one for a session, but if you have the fortitude, this beer is good enough to drink a few.

Photo of ggilman
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can with a born on date of 4-11-11 poured into a tulip glass.

Thick foamy head (about 2 fingers worth) sits atop a light burnt orange ale. Sweet malt in the nose. The taste is dominated by caramel malts. Sweet and thick, syrupy. Bitterness comes through, pine sappy, grapefruity bitterness, without any real hop leaf presence. Medium bodied, with medium carbonation, provides a sharp alcohol sting in the back of the throat. Didn't really stand out, but I'd probably buy it again in a pinch.

Photo of jtingue
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a orangeish yellow, a bit hazy. A thin two finger head dissipates to about a half a finger in a few seconds. Decent lacing or alcohol legs.

Smell- Strong pineapple, very juicy and refreshing. A slight medicinal smell. Not much else, mainly dominated by the tropical fruits.

Taste- An initial malty sweetness is almost immediately dominated by a ton of bitterness. A little of the tropical fruit in there, with pineapple and mango. This is overshadowed by the bitterness all the way through. The finis is long with, once again, a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slight effervescent sting early on.

This beer is too one-dimensional for me. Strong flavors of bitterness overshadow the nicer, but more subtle, aspects of the beer. No depth or layers here.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago. I’ve been searching for this beer for quite a while.

Look: Poured a hazy dark yellow with a thick 3 ½” finger white head. Couldn’t pick up on the carbonation level due to the low clarity of the beer (may be chill haze).

Smell: Floral bite. Nice citrus hoppiness. Some sweet grapefruit. I’m afraid the huge head may have kept in most of the aroma on this one. That head was really hanging on.

Taste: The taste was extremely mild from what I was expecting since Oskar Blues is noted for their extremely pungent and bitter offerings. I picked up on some caramel at first, then a floral bite with a bitter sweet aftertaste. I think the thick creamy mouth feel really creates a mellow palate. Even the alcohol heat is incorporated extremely well into this brew.

This is real close to being a top 3 imperial IPA for me. Of course I’ve never been disappointed from anything I’ve had from Oskar Blues so far. I defiantly see why the price is a little high on this particular beer. For a higher ABV, this one is not boozy at all and is certainly balanced enough to be considered a ‘multi-purpose’ imperial (if that makes sense).

Photo of spdyfire83
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd review on BA
Can to New Belgium snifter
Canned: 5.31.2011

A: Burnt orange - slightly golden on the edges. Vigorous pour, but medium/small head which faded quickly.

S: Sweet citrus/floral hops with a hint of caramel. Pleasant to the nose.

T: Similar to smell, but more pronounced hop-character on the front end. Citrus and pine round-out by a slight hint of malt, but mostly bitter all throughout.

M: Full-bodied - thick, creamy, and smooth. Slow to move down the tongue, but good.

O: I've had better, but I've had worse. I enjoy this beer for what it is. Very tasty and refreshing. I'd like to try it on-draft and fresh to see if my thoughts are comparable. Simply put...enjoyable!

Plus, like all Oskar Blues' brews...easy to bring on hiking, camping and/or bike touring trips due to weight/size.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw-golden color from a 12 oz can, with ABV printed on the can.
Nice one finger foamy frothy head that slowly dissipates to a film.
Aroma was predominantly hoppy, with the floral hops making their presence felt from the minute the can was cracked open.
Hints of malt aroma coming through which are again taken over by the strong floral hops.
All hops in the flavor and taste too, and just the right amount of bitterness for my palate, and what I expect from a DIPA.
The alcohol does make it's presence felt by it's warming effect.
However, this is a very drinkable ale. This is bound to satisfy the proverbial 'hop-head' to the hilt.
One of the best DIPA's packaged in a can.
Definitely worth trying, especially by all hop-heads.

Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

607th Review on BA
Can to Snifter/Tulip Hybrid
Canned 3-18-11

App- A dark orange with a lot of yellow. A very quick to recede three finger head with a great big deal of nice of leg and lace.

Smell- Mixed and matched hops with malts and a bit of stale orange peel. Smells pretty good though.

Taste- The taste somewhat follows the nose than takes a huge dive. A gigantic malt bomb with only a touch of balance to it. Some citrus, some hops just more of it would be good.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. Leaves just a thick malt with no fruit or hops. Citrusy, piney, resin. Nothing

Drink- A welcome extra but just a tad old. Ill have to find a store that does single cans and try to find a MUCH fresher can of this. If this is how it is all the time, I probably wont come back.

Photo of alexkeil
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden to slightly orangish color with a white head that did not last very long. It appears to have some chill haze. The aroma is huge: grassy and citrusy american hops with some clean, sweet malt aroma. The taste starts with big hops, some perceived bitterness from hops and alcohol, and finishes with some sweetness. The bitterness really dances on your tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium with a slight alcohol warming. This is a drinkable Imperial which is an important quality of Imperial IPA's. It isn't nearly as complex as some but a clean, enjoyable, and well crafted beer.

Photo of hmph
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a can into a pint glass

A: a very light amber/orange with a hint of yellow on the edges, quick dissipating head with a bit of lacing

S: sweet, a more sweet smell than I'm used to with an IPA, but not in a bad way a bit of earthiness smell as well, not sure I would call it peat, but earthy for sure

T: Good, nice bitterness up front with a followup of the sweet malty, and a just a bit of creaminess in the middle to end, but the end note is definitely switches back to bitter

O: A good beer, interesting take on an Imperial IPA, really enjoyed it and like the complexity and mix of taste, malty but hard IPA as well, very good

This beer has officially made me a fan of Oskar Blues Brewery, really like this and their 'Old Chub' Schotch Ale.

Photo of scinerd3000
2.13/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into a traditional american pint glass.

A: Medium hard pour raised a small one finger head, with the beer a golden hay color. Very hazy- couldn't see through it. Head fizzled within 5 minutes to a slight ring clinging to the edge of the glass. That being said- lacing was excellent. Well carbonated

S: Not overly of hops. Ever so slightly floral with some phenolics and esters of fruit coming off. Very interesting...

T: Bitterness up front, hops profile is different and not nessesarily something i like. Very bitter on the back end with a lingering phenolic taste which goes into almost a medicinal burn. The taste at the end makes me not want to go back for another one... Light stone fruits, peaches, pears, sweet oranges, bitter lemons, pine trees, carmely sweetness. Aftertaste is still with me and not at all pleasing...Odd combination of flavors.

M: Good mouthfeel, medium body. The aftertaste is still lingering around my pallet...leaves a dry phenolilc/ester derived flavor. Well carbonated

O: Not a beer i would drink again. Like the design of the can though....

Photo of alf212
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not your typical IPA but very nice

Appearance is a dark amber with a lot of carbonation and decent head.

Smell is quite sweet, combo of fruits and cotton candy

Taste is a juicy hop profile with enought malt too. Kind of chewy and sticky mouthfeel really enjoyable and easy to drink. Lingering aftertaste of hop sweetness.

Interesting beer that provides great drinking and alcohol didn't show up.

Photo of 9InchNails
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On the bottom of the can it reads: Canned on 10-21-10 @ 17:07 HARRUMPH! HARRUMPH!

Not much of a head, slowly turning into a white film. A Hazy golden color body. Kind of boring looking for a Imperial IPA.

The smell isn't that appealing at all; it reminds me of some kind of cleaning agent. I'm not getting hops or much of anything but that weird aroma.

Big time sweet malt mixing with some hop bitterness. I'm thinking some slight citrus and piney hops. Alcohol presence is definitely noticeable. I can't really say I'm a fan of this Imperial IPA.

The body is the only thing that's good about this. It feels nice, medium body, light carbonation, slides right on down. Alcohol warmth is there as well.

Stay the hell away from this; for $13.25 for a four pack of twelve ounce cans, it should at least help me put a deposit down for another worthy beer after this mishap. Not a total bust but far from good. The price is outrageous for a mediocre beer. Maybe it was the older can that ruined the taste but I would think something like this would taste better with age.

Photo of Coplains
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time that I had this beer, first time was at the brewery. This time poured from a can.

Clear orange color with minimal head
Smells really piney with lots of hops
Relatively smooth mouthfeel that becomes dominated by hoppy bitterness.

Overall a very good double ipa. At 13.99 for a four pack not too expensive for really big beer.

Photo of nppeders
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

$4.99 for one can of this beer. Definitely not worth $4.99

appearance - Dark golden in color. Small head, not much lasting power. no lacing of note.

smell- The smell is mainly grapefruit, and caramel, and something else grassy, or gardeny. Wait now...did I just smell onion. That was weird...yeah..onion, or chive or whatever. What is that doing there. hum...citrus and onion.

taste- Taste is pretty sweet and caramel, a little mineral taste hits me, and then just really syrupy caramel and a honey like sweetness (honey, or honey malt?). Bitterness is strong and lasting.

mouthfeel - medium mouthfeel with low level of carbonation.

overall - pretty underwhelmed by this. I thought that this was there best offering other then 10-Fidy. Syrupy, minerally, and onion(?), and of course citrus hops. Just didn't work for me and definitely not worth the money.

Photo of UTCengOwl
2.28/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Well, this beer has convinced me to never used Summit hops for late hop additions... so thanks? Served in a Budweiser Signature Glass.

The beer looks good. Thin white head that has staying power. Nice golden, clear color. Looks damned tasty.

The nose is hoppy. Somewhat bitter and full of hop aroma. Unfortunately, the hop aroma is like a fruity green onion and chive spread. Different, but slightly repulsive. Wuld be excellent with another hop.

The taste is more of the same. Great bitterness and weight. Carried down by the hop flavor. I will never use late additions of Summit hops after tasting this thing. Wow.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.