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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 81
Gots: 236 | 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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pop the tab on this guy and pour a brew the color of Valencia oranges. There is a short-lived head of white bubbles, leaving spotty lacing as it quickly disappeared. What is left is a white ring around the edges of the glass. The beer holds a serious haze, but no real sediment is noted. Carbonation appears oddly absent. The aroma splits between caramel and paler malts. There is a clean hop presence, of lemony citrus. Hefty notes of fruit are also noted, of peach and tangerine. To finish things off there is a helping of bitter booze, with both fusel and synthetic vibes. As we sip, the beginning offers piney hops and a surprisingly clean malt. Booze creeps in, even from the start, with strength and bitterness. Through the middle the hops are even more present, with grassiness and citrus as the primary driving flavors. There is also a medicinal phenolic character, not unlike a cherry cough syrup. The end is with more robust malts, cinnamon spice, and lemony citrus of hops, as in the nose. The aftertaste breathes of orange fruit sweetness, alcohol, grain, citric hops, and a drying strawberry sweetness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. With each sip comes a slick smoothness of hops, bringing a twinge of drying to the mouth. Despite this, there is a nice coat, and good cream to each slurp. The abv is getting up there, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh, varying hops throughout the taste. The mouthfeel also struck a nice balance, with a hoppy dryness, but a thicker coat to cool the palate. This beer is decent for the style, but the generous inclusions of alcohol, at times, seemed to detract from the potential of the beer’s flavoring.

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

A - Very nice appearance with a nice head (1/2 or so) and orange color.

S - Wonderful aroma. Very floral and very hoppy with a cirtus smell. I liked the smell best about this beer.

T - Nice taste, but not my favorite IIPA. I liked the taste for sure, but expected a little more based on the reviews.

M - Very dry and hoppy.

O - Would definitely have again, and obviously strong at 10%

Photo of dpasotti
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt weird selecting "can" as the serving type, as I don't think I've ever done that before. Gubna's best trait is its appearance. Slightly hazy, beautiful golden orange color with a smallish not-quite-white head. Lacing is decent, but nothing crazy. The nose has a very clean soap-like character and tons of pungent tropical fruit. There's also a resiny/herbal character that is not as over-the-top piney like Simcoe, but has more of a lighter, fresher aroma.

The flavor follows closely, but opens up a bit more. Pineapple and mango are dominant and give an impression of a bit of sweetness. Not much to be said about the malt other than what it lends to the excellent shade of orange. Really not a whole lot of citrus either. At first the hop character was really interesting, but it seemed to lose complexity after while.

The body and carbonation are both mid-level, which lends a nice solid backbone. Bitterness is assertive, but not over the top for a DIPA. Overall the hop character is not as harsh as I expected for an all-Summit IPA, but does have a sharp quality. It's an interesting hop, but I think it would be better as an accent to something with a lot of citrus flavor, rather than the showcase in a hop-forward beer. I would buy this again though, as it is an interesting and unique hop-bomb.

Photo of stercomm
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can

A - Dark honey colored, very slight haziness, 3 finger thick frothy white head.

S - Carmel, some grapefruit, slight toffee, a biscuity scent.

T - Very sweet and malty with a hoppy backbone, getting toffee, some grapefruit.

M - Sweet and a bit thick

D - Okay, not one of my favorites, a bit too sweet for me

Photo of haywire77
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can dated 6/28/11 into an over sized wine glass.

Brew poured a cloudy honey orange with about 1/2" of pearly white head that faded very quickly leaving a soapy ring with lots of lace.

Smells like bakery sweet cake with a citrus zest icing. A little pepper and pine resin following the initial scent. Awesome bouquet. If this beer tastes half as good as it smells, we are in business!

Wow, I almost have to chew this beer! Very sweet out of the gate with only a decent hop bite in the middle and a nice warming alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Nice hop profile, not too bitter and not too sweet. This is actually a very balanced DIPA with no one flavor really standing above the other. I love it.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, almost a meal in a can. It's so thick, you can almost blow soap bubbles after you swallow. Coats the entire mouth and makes you want to take another drink to rinse the film out...

Overall I really enjoyed this one from Oskar Blues, much more than their Dale's Pale Ale. It is as solid of a DIPA as I have had, and from a can even!

Photo of ehammond1
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Deep orange to amber with a thick, nearly white head. Lines, splotches, and dots of lacing mess the glass.

Aroma is a combination of grapefruit and earth. There's a bit of toffee and caramel and a touch of musty vegetable aroma as well.

Relatively high bitterness, grapefruit, and earth/dirt flavors combine. The alcohol is present throughout, though this is a fairly big DIPA at 10% ABV.

Medium to thick bodied.

An above average DIPA, though I think using only Summit hops doesn't make for the best DIPA.

Photo of sdmvd6
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straw-colored with a couple of fingers of white head leaving moderate lacing

S - Very earthy, floral hops hit in the nose followed by oranges, mangoes, and tangerines.

T - Very nice, bright citrus and tropical fruits immediately come to mind followed quickly by bitterness. This sits atop a fair amount of breadiness finishing bitter with a touch of aspirin chalkiness, and peppery alcohol.

M - This is a moderately carbonated, medium-bodied beer that you can really chew on. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol that moves to a very dry finish. Extremely satisfying for the style.

O - I had heard mixed reviews about GUBNA, but I was sold from the first sip. The hop selection balances the malt extremely well, and the dry finish begs for another drink.

Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of dank earthiness, grapefruit, pine, biscuit, light carmel and light orange zest. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. flavors of pine resin, dank earthiness, grapefruit, biscuit and light orange zest with a smooth dry lingering dank bitter finish.

Photo of hiku7
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This a big over-the-top imperial IPA. The truckload of malt and hops are precariously balanced over a high-alcohol precipice. It all works, but just barely, and not better than many others in this category.

It pours a translucent orange. There was no head to speak of and very little lacing.

Smell starts out fresh pine needles, but that quickly fades to a strong sweet orange citrus followed by alcohol and sweet crystal malt. The citrus smell is hop derived, and not from the yeast. No esters to speak of. As it warmed, the hops took on a catty smell I could have done without.

Taste is moderately strong hop bitterness throughout with a lingering tree-bark woodiness. Caramel malt counterbalances the hops. The finish is slightly sweet but has a kind of chalky dryness from the hops too.

The beer is medium-full bodied, with slight alcohol burning coming through. A bit slick from hop oils and sweet syrupy feel in the finish. Carbonation is moderate.

I like every other Oskar Blues beer I've had quite a lot. This one was decent, but not a standout in its class.

Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloud, hazy yellow with an orange hue and 1/2" of soapy head with great retention. Faint citrus and floral notes in the nose. Bready, biscuity malt with earthy, floral hops. (The combination of malt and hops does give a hint of onions so I see what others dislike.) The high ABV is noticeable but does not detract from the flavor or drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, it's a solid beer. It doesn't have the bitterness I'd like in a DIPA, but the malt character is solid and the hops are present and noticeable. Drinks easy too.

Photo of jtd1969
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for a 10%er. I really enjoyed the cloudy light golden autumn color when I poured it. A sweet plum to smell most definitely. A great starter, but an exceptional closer. Hops through out with a glaring mouthful of malt... However, it is deliciously done! A must for all Imperial IPA fans! A treat to the palate, while a beautiful stress reliever after a long day! Won't need many of these after work... Excellent brew OB!!

Photo of deepchills
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12oz can into my tulip glass. About a half finger of head that was in no hurry to go anywhere. The head slowly broke down but left those chunky bits surrounding the larger bubbles telling me that hoppy greatness may lie within.

I could smell fruit before bringing the glass to my face. I think I note some plum in the nose, and maybe some orange with some light hops.

This beer is very easy to drink, a full heavy feel.

What I perceived as plum in the nose is clearly malt on my pallet. There may be some plum in there, but the malt is delicious, sticky sweet with caramel flavor. Lots of fruit, the plum, citrus, mostly orange, more fruits that I can't figure out. The 100 IBUs are brilliantly balanced, though I can imagine some hop heads thinking they don't stand out enough against the amazing malts.

This is my favorite of Oskar Blues offerings, just nipping their other malty giant Old Chub.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow and some orange in there, some sediments, small head and lace.

S - Citrus hops, alcohol some pine but mainly alcohol and hops.

T - Taste is rich citrus hops (some melon, pineapple,) Alcohol, hop bitterness is down on the grapefruit side and up on other things like alcohol bitterness/citrus hops. Not too malty at all.

M - Kinda smooth actually, lower carbonation with some smaller bubbles, but alcohol aftertaste mixed with bitter hop'ness. A Little hot in the throat.

O - Overall, this a a really good DIPA & worthy for hop heads. Weird being in a can, but I can deal.... Pretty hot going down... well it is 10% Alc though. Smooth stuff with a big kick. Thanks for the can Dave!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little surprised at the deviation on this beer. I personally think that this is a fantastic beer, and I love the very herbal hop profile. I guess if you don't toe the line with citrusy/piney hops, you won't please the California posses. Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. After many cans and plenty of this on tap, decided to review it. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells super piney and herbal, and fresh, fresh, fresh, with a nice orange rind finish. The taste is also fantastic, with more of that fantastic herbal quality with dill, a touch of chives, orange, and a bit of a yogurty tang. Nice spice and pepper finish from the hops, and enough sweet malt to support the huge, fresh tasting hop bouquet. Delicious.

Photo of lbower860
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this baby from the can into a snifter

Im obsessed with this beer. Its not one of the better reviewed DIPAs on this site and not even one of the better reviewed efforts from Oskar Blues. This being said i was in love with this beer for some reason from the first time i had it. As soon as the can was opened i was smacked in the face by an incredibly pungent piney and resiny aroma, with some hints of weed(?). An incredibly aromatic and unique smelling DIPA. The appearance is dark orange with a nice, fairly sticky head. The taste matches the aroma. Very piney and floral and. In my opinion the 10% abv is incredibly well masked, i could tear through a four pack of this.

Overall I love this beer. In my opinion its one of the most unique and tasty DIPAs on the market. The only beer that i could compare it to would be Founders Devil Dancer. But this is way better.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden with a very dense white head that leaves globs of sticky lacing.

Aroma is grainy, caramel malt and a floral citrus hop profile. Pineapple, melon, and mango make an appearance.

Taste is bready malt up front then an herbal, juniper medicinal aspect takes over. This brew has almost a menthol quality to it. Finishes with a mild astringency that mixes with the medicinal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Quite viscous for a DIPA.

Overall a very unusual beer that I can't decide if I like or not. I'm not generally a fan of medicinal flavors.

Photo of bashiba
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very cloudy dirty yellow color with a thick and creamy full off white head, nice lacing, good retention.

The smell is very vegetal and piney with a lingering bit of sweetness.

The Flavor is very strong with a bit of a medicinal hop quality and a big metallic flavor, very tinney and bitter. One dimensional flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick and resiny.

This was a bit of a let down, some strange off flavors.

Photo of Adrianized
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 06.06.11, poured into a snifter.

An aggressive pour brings a golden orange brew with bubbles coming up the sides, yielding a 1 finger thick white head.

On the nose is a nice balance of caramel malt and piney hops.  I get mostly earthy pine, but also bitter grapefruit citrus hops.

Up front is some malt but also a huge pine resin hoppiness.  I feel like this is what an evergreen tastes like.  There's some grapefruit in there too, but this is mostly pine.  It finishes quite bitter, again from hops.  Still, some milky caramel malt sneaks in there.

Mouth feel is full bodied, but somewhat flat considering the nice head.  Good for a DIPA.

Overall, this is a very good piney DIPA.  I'm giving it a good review, although I probably should have reviewed it a little fresher.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orange-copper with a quarter-inch head made up of homogeneous, tiny, white bubbles. Looks like a classic DIPA.

S: Very piney in the nose with a nice dose of citrusy hops. Orange is dominant in the citrus department.

T: This is OBs crowned jewel of hops, no matter what the G'Knighters say. A beautiful blend of grapefruit, orange, lemon and pine, this DIPA completely encaptures the style. A sweet buoquet of flavors up front leads to a wonderfully bitter finish and aftertaste. Outstanding.

M: Not a very highly carbonated beer, but sticky and resinous, as per the style. Very sweet, mouthcoating in a good way and easy to drink.

O: I honestly don't understand why Gordon/G'Knight gets so much more attention. I love G'Knight, but the Gubna is a near perfect example of an American DIPA.

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

Reviewed from notes...summer 2010

12oz can poured into a Perfect Pint glass. A huge, 3 fingers of buttery foam formed on top of a hazy, honey gold body. The bubbles stuck around, leaving trails on the glass walls.

The nose is a 50/50 mixture of sweet caramel malts and piney resin. The backbone is a sweet, honey like aroma.

The malts hit your palate first. They turn bitter as the hops com through in the middle. A woody, booziness takes over at the finish, warming your throat.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side of medium, clingy with moderate carbonation.

This is tasty and somewhat complex, but pretty darn hot. Worth trying for sure, but not as drinkable as the top offerings in this style.

Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- a vigorous pour into a stone levitation tulip resulted in about an inch of dense creamy off-white foam with a yellowish tint. the hazy body of this beer is a vibrant golden orange when held up to the light, and a less illuminant banana peel yellow up against the computer screen. for such big abv, the head holds nicely and it settles with hundreds of little pits and pinholes but leaves barely a speck of lace.

S- absolutely huge hoppy aroma. grapefruit, orange,mango, passion fruit and lime with a touch of pine sap. subtle meatiness and some motor oil like aromas float out with the tart citrus. something herbaceous is in there too, overlaying some sweetness from the malt. showcasing the summit hop works very well here.

T- 100 IBUs... sure it's not 120? as this beer sits on the palate for about a second, the hop blitz begins. blistering bitterness brings grapefruit, orange, pine, and passion fruit flavors right up through the sinuses and out the eyes. malt does little to stand in the way of this onslaught. toasty... slightly. sweet, yes, and thank goodness it is because that's the only thing holding the leash on this mongrel. i think i can perceive a minor rye spiciness, but if i didn't already know it was there, i wouldn't have ever guessed. as my palate becomes accustomed to the bitterness, damp wood and petroleum stuff reveals itself in a solvent, chemical, oddly savory sort of way. like pork cooked over charcoal with lighter fluid.into the finish, as bitterness fades, woodsy earthy malt character can finally push through and i seem to get a bit a tartness from the rye and toasty dark munich stands out. resinous hop flavor lingers on and on and nearly wears out its welcome. there's no evidence of alcohol. none. only hops. and apple juice.

MF- full, creamy juicy, plush, incredible. in this anagram, body:bitterness as bleu cheese:hot wings. it somehow softens the blow of this consensual discomfort, providing a pillow of relief to something so sharp and prodding. you know what's going to happen when you order those rocket fire hot wings and you know that the creamy dressing will be there to comfort you. the luscious body of this brew does the same. carbonation is nitro-tight and soft spoken. slick alcohol keeps its rolling. or is it the hop oil? feels like a ball of oil rolling on an ocean of my saliva. transcendental.

D- smells great, high point is the feel here, drinkability is borderline "WTF". 2/3 of the can and a buzz is sneaking up and i'm starting to not make sense. the promise of intense bitterness has been fulfilled although i think that other better DIPAs use a blend of hops for a reason. showcasing one is nice, very nice, and it's a good way to pick out and commit to memory a strain's qualities (especially when used in this quantity!), but there's flaws in all varietals, no hop is perfect, and i think that with the foundation this beer has, perhaps a summit/simcoe/amarillo would be in order...

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My initial reaction was why such a low rating. We shall see

a- light orange with a white head that quickly disapates

S- nice and fruity. Invites me in for more

t- follows the nose. Nice fruity hops and insanely drinkable for what it is

M-medium body and smooth

O- good. Im torn. I feel like this beer is on the edge of something better, but it isn't quite there...

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Oskar Blues tap room

A- light color, slight white head

S- smell of full leaf hops, lovely smell

T- hoppy, yet the Summit hops that they use aren't my favorite as far as flavor goes

M- nice consistency. Smooth without too much carbonation, nice aftertaste

O- good IPA, but much different then most of its style

Photo of KMcG
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter style glass 

A: golden, copper color, thin head that sticks to the glass in broken Lacey blobs, no bubbles emanating from within . 

S: hoppy although not the strong herbal fruity smell of other DIPAs.  it has a citrus (maybe lemon) hint and woody (cedar) scent.  

T: Sweet and then a peppery bitter flavor. 

D: this is ok DIPA. It has some interesting hard to describe flavor and doesnt pack the finish of other DIPAs. 

Photo of jondeelee
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.