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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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very good

2,541 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,541
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour of the body is gorgeous with its core being a rich marmalade hue with a bright apricot orange surrounding it. Just under a finger's worth of creamy paper white head recedes rather quickly to a fine ring; something I expected with its 10% ABV. A few swirls coat the sides of the glass with tiny spots of lace and alcohol legs.

The nose oozes with fresh hoppy resins and oils. Syrupy grapefruit flesh is prominent but not the only thing present. I do pick up on the onion-like aroma many others have pointed out, and for me, this doesn't take away from the beer, at least in the aroma. It's not sharp and overly pronounced, instead, it's earthy and a touch musty, doing well at balancing out the thick syrupy sweet aspect of this beer. Mint comes to mind as well, just managing to poke through the thick grapefruit notes. Only a splash of alcohol is on the nose. A big and bold DIPA that I'm looking forward to drinking.

So thick, smooth, and viscous; the bitterness is impossible to get away from. The bitterness starts off slow, progressively getting bigger until it reaches a plateau a few seconds in where it extends far beyond the finish. Fresh and concentrated mint and pine are what come to mind when describing it. Syrupy, semi-sweet grapefruit encases an earthy character that sits in the middle, but it is only the earthiness that continues into the finish. Subtle notes of garlic and onion are infused into this part of the beer but I don't find them offensive. They're more unique than anything and mesh well with the minty character.

The taste of alcohol isn't there, it's the feel that gives the high ABV away, being incredibly creamy, viscous, and smooth. A lower than average level of carbonation accentuates this. Full bodied and well balanced. It's easy to drink but with its feel and high ABV, this is a sipper more than anything.

You sure do pick up on the 100 BUs in this and maybe it's because I'm a self proclaimed hop head that makes me not mind this at all. This is a big, syrupy, well crafted DIPA that I thoroughly enjoyed. Oscar Blues has yet to disappoint me.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on ubna6/28/11. Can you feel da Gubna?

A: Pours a peach colored orange, slightly hazy. Tons of frothy white head with good retention. After the head receeds, there's a film with lots of large bubbles and caked on lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: I realize that I'm reviewing an older canning so I'm not surprised that the hops attack is on the muted side. With that said, there's still a good citrusy hop smell mixed with caramel, pale malts. Just a slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Citrus, sticky resinous hops, peppery. Fairly big caramel malt backbone helps to balance things out.

M: Big, nearly chewy. Sticky.

O: I can see how this is a polarizing beer, but I like it. I wish I could've found a newer canning and will update my review. I can't recommend buying an entire 4 pack of this, but it's certainly worthy of a single purchase.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! It is a very unique Imperial IPA. It has a high level of grapefruit/citrus appeal, but also has a wonderful malt to balance that out. There's something about the taste of this beer that is hard to describe, yet leaves me wanting to keep drinking it. At 10% it isn't difficult to drink at all...darn it!

If you've never mixed this with a Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues, I would definitely suggest it. Mixing half-and-half makes the perfect IPA!

I have also had Gubna on tap at the Oskar Blues brewpub in Lyons, Colorado. It is so smooth-- two pints go down way too easy.

Cheers to the best Imperial IPA I've ever had!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a clear plastic cup.

Appearance - One finger offwhite head with good stick and retention.

Smell - Hoppy. Orange. Citrusy. Sweet. Balanced.

Taste - Very bitter. Smooth. Plenty of hop with decent complexity. slightly citrusy. Lime peel. Alcohol is relatively hidden.

Mouthfeel - Very frothy/creamy. Medium bodied. Plenty of hoppy bite.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit DIPA. No real off characters. Plenty challenging and decent complexity.

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Deep cloudy orange color. Slight head - gone in an instant. Crazy lacing on glass. High hopes...

Smells intense - piney, soapy, rye - definitely smell the alcohol

Strong rye and pine; almost orangey flavor. The flavor is instantaneous, and gone just as quick...leaving a malty thick aftertaste.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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