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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,471 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,471
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 76
Gots: 221 | 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 flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear orange color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, resiny tangerines, and pine needles. Smells great!

Taste is resiny and sweet. Creamy, caramel maltiness up front. It's full and quite sweet. The finish is a little warm from the alcohol, with a resiny citrus hop bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and very full. Smooth as well.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is flavorful and tasty DIPA. It's a little sweet too me, but not bad, still a solid brew.

I think this will be a bit of a love / hate type of beer. I'm not firmly in the love camp, but I'm close to there.

Photo of BamaViper1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

The Gubna pours a transluscent, light golden yellow as it forms a 1/4 inch white head. The head dissipates forming a soap-bubble ring around the edge of the glass. There is nice lacing.

This beer has the distinct aroma of pungent fresh hops. Lots and lots of pungent hops. There are hints of grapefruit citrus and grass as well. There isn't much of a detectable malty balance until the very end, but it is excessively brief.

The Gubna is very hop-forward. After the initial tasteof beautiful hops, alcohol dominates the palatte. The beer's 10% ABV stands up, front and center. There are complimentary grapefruit tartness and grassy bitterness, and the finish is long and bitter. There is very little malt presence.

The bee has a medium body with good carbonation. Again the alcohol is very present.

As far as drinkability, there's nothing wrong with a super-hoppy double IPA. I'm a hop-head. But the alcohol is almost too present, which makes me want to drink it then move on. Overall, i do like this beer a lot... And, blasphemously, I'm thinking of cellaring it a bit to see how it changes. I know the hop presence will fade, which sucks, but so will the alcohol a bit. I'm curious to see what will be left. We'll see. Anyway, I still think this is a great effort from Oskar Blues.

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say, craft beer out of a can is still a bit of a novelty for me. A bit murky and looking for all the world like unfiltered apricot juice. Big punch of raw sugar sweetness up front, veering toward syrupy. Hops follow with a blunt forcefullness that attempts to conceal the raw edge of the alcohol, but does not quite make it. Not bad, but heavy-handed.

Photo of mltobin
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a 12 ounce can at 99 Bottles in Norwalk CT.

Appearance is a cloudy golden color with a decent head for an IIPA, but not as tall as some. Smell is hoppy, some malts, and a small amount of floral scents. The taste includes a large amount of hops, which dominate the taste. Some basic malt and sweetness is also there. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, bitter finish. GUBNA is a boozy hop bomb that is fairly one dimensional as other reviewers have previously mentioned. It is an above average beer, but nothing worth going out of your way for IMHO.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color, with a white head.
Malt, caramel, and some bread and butter combined with some dank hops create an orange, biscuity aroma.
The taste is sweet with a hint of malt up front that rolls into a pungent, citrus hop twang. Very delicious. Complex hop flavors of earthy, bitter orange, some metallic, grass and even some herbal and mango notes.
It is a bit boozy towards the end of the 12 oz. can, which is mostly notable as it warms. Keep it cold and you'll never notice.
This beer is great. Delivers in every big way. Hops, booze, malt, flavor, and backs it all up with a fine balance.

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into large tulip glass. review from notes.

Immediately generates an appealing auburn color with hues of copper and orange. With a slick white head that fades fairly quickly, the beer leaves a sticky lacing all over the glass while drinking.

The nose is highly distinct and pronounced, with notes of very bitter hops and light fruitiness. Potent pine and grapefruit permeate the nostrils.

The front end is slightly coy before the outrageous amount of Summit hops begin to attack the taste buds. A unique bitterness slashes through everything else, followed by some lighter malt backbone and sweetness. Finishes hoppy and dry with booze warmth.

Medium bodied, dry and sticky feel - this beer can really wear out the palate fast, and the alcohol is a little potent as well. A slower drinker, and fun for hopheads looking to bash their tongue into submission, but I can see why some don't like this.

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

Imperial IPA all the way, baby. My favorite style of beer just became more awesome. I love when I can continue to solidify my list of favorites with more proof that they're awesome. Gubna poured a clear pale orange, almost peachy color, with a thin eggshell head breaking into wispy lacing and thin patches. Sticking my nose into it, I came away with pine, a weedy marijuana/hemp, and a zesty bite of bold pink grapefruit. All together it was very bright, but dank, and I had a hard time finding anything sweet in it - hops all the way. Once in my mouth, the pine dominated my palate, closely followed by waves of lemon-rind hops, grass, orange peel, and pink grapefruit. By the end I had a thick, bitter aftertaste of dry pine on my tongue, regardless of the lighter mouthfeel. The carbonation added a nice spicy twang to all of the hops, almost rendering it "springy." I found that it reminded me of SanTan's Count Hopula with all of the pine and grapefruit running amok, which is in no way a bad thing as I find Count Hopula to be one of my favorite beers. If you need a way to wake up in the morning, skip your coffee and dip your tongue in this - note: I'm completely downplaying the punchy bitterness here.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent clean brass color. Off white two fingered head with ok retention.

S- I was supprised that the first thing I noticed in aroma was a leather like charateristic. Needless to say I was intreagued. Floral hops then take over with some apricot and necterine like esters. flows into some fresh cut grass and topsoil notes. Has a sweet maltiness that is reminiscent of a light molassas. Very good aroma with some nice variety

T- Enormously alcoholic and prickly on the start. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is an imperial IPA. Apricot, necterine and peach cottonmouth inducing hops kick your palates ass (don't bother drinking anything else besides hue IPAs for the rest of the night). Paradoxically it is extremely juicy at the same time. Although the juiciness quickly subsides. The malt is an afterthought but present enough to balance the extremes of the booze and hops. It makes you think of caramel chews and toasted biscuit. Boozey hop finish with some leathery notes that stick with you in the after taste like white on rice.

MF- Slick and slippery with some hop and booze love talons giving you that awesome prickly effect. Juicy in the beginning that almost instantly turns into a badass hoppy dry. light carbonation.

D- Warning: If ou are drinking this; ones mantra must be PACE YOURSELF.Delicious and complex but remember you want to be able to comprehend each sip. This is an all night beer at a marathon pace not a sprint.


Photo of parrottart045
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I won't get into the particulars of the flavor notes as plenty of other reviewers have done so already. I'll simply say that my overall experience with this beer was very satisfying. The second I popped the can the floral aroma hit my nose and I agree wholeheartedly with a blurb I read from Oskar Blues that "opening the can was like pulling the pin on a hop grenade."
Very drinkable, moreso than other "hoppy" IPA's on the market (i.e. ruination, hopsecutioner, hop3, etc). Although the price-point is a bit steep I will say that the difference is there and it's hard to not shell out the cash again and again for a truly unique IPA experience.

Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Considering the hype I've read on this beer I'm surpised at the current grade of this beer (B).
Dated " 4-30-10 at 8:38 the 'The Dememorater'".
Probably a month or two old for the freshest hop experience, but her goes. Poured into SN "tulip" (plenty of air space on this one).
Fairly tame aroma for style, but hold the rich hop oils experience with citrus (especially sweet type) and pine, and a noticeable malt backing for support.
Small but dense head that laces. Orangish/gold amber that's rather cloudy, but not so much to prevent the show of bubbles rising from the nucleation.
There is a really nice malt character in here. Sweet and fruity making the start of this drink really enjoyable. Malt is strong and prominent without excess. Hop oils are apparent, but fairly tame for style and a beer this big. Bitterness grows as beer airs out, but it's not unpleasant, in part due to the other flavors. The malt seems to make this beer more than the hops. Also pick up a toasty, nutty flavor too. For 10% where is the alcohol? Hops are never excessive, which I like.
Full rich and creamy body. Just enough carbonation to attend to it's presence, but no more. Rich enough to slow the drinking down, which is needed as this could go down quickly otherwise (the sweet fruit flavor ask for a return, repeatedly).
Drinks well for the size of beer. Fresh might be pretty darn nice.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into imperial pint.

Vigorous pour leaves behind a smallish bone-white head, minimal lacing. Body is clear butterscotch.

Smell is skunky and funky hops, sweet citrus and pine.

Taste is interesting. This beer is dominated by the hops, but its got a somewhat odd aftertaste. Others have said onion and I can see where they are coming from but I think that is that certain spicy/grainy flavor you get from rye. As the beer warms up, it certainly improves. When I took my first sip I found that flavor off putting, but now that I am down to my last few inches its rather tasty and dare I say refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, especially for an IIPA. Alcohol is well hidden.

Drinkability is damn good. Oskar Blues has done it again, another excellent brew in a can. Perhaps they can (get it?) do no wrong...

Photo of cpolking
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark honey to light copper in color, slightly cloudy, with a short head that is nevertheless thick and foamy, although it does then rapidly dissipate. The aroma is of massive hops, more tropical fruit than citrus, although both are present and a touch of pine. The taste follows the aroma, definite tropical fruit, some pineapple, some melon, some citrus, a bit of pine, very hop forward, but sitting atop a very sturdy foundation of unobtrusive malt. For 10% there is not overt alcohol in the flavor, but it can be detected in the nose as the beer is in the mouth. This actually drinks refreshingly light and flavorful for its high alcohol. This is a superb Imperial IPA.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Can into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours deep gold with orange highlights, murky, with a finger-and-a-half off-white cap on top that settles into a thin, soapy cap on top. Excellent lacing as the head recedes.

Nose is huge on the grapefruit notes, massively rindy, with some dank piny notes rounding out the sweet citrus, hinting at onion. Definite caramel notes showing through as it warms.

Taste, however, is just crazy. Intensely pungent, the grapefruit is there, wrapped in a massive, dank, umami notes of onion, even some garlic towards the finish. How weird. The grapefruity caramel sweetness clashes horribly against it; caramel-covered grapefruit and onion salad is totally bizarre. Not undrinkable, not even explicitly bad - just so weird, that combination of flavors.

Ok, maybe bad isn't an unfair description.

Mouthfeel is excellent, sticky and oily, soft but prickly carbonation is spot on. Probably the best part of the beer.

Drinkability is really hurt by the fact that, honestly, no beer should taste like onions. They just shouldn't. And this from someone who loves rauchbiers that taste incredibly like sausages.

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

Poured out of a can into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-light gold body and an off white head

S-grain and floral smell, assertive

T-tangerine, light grain and pine


D-lighter taste than other double/imperials out there. What it may loose in style points it gains in taste. I would drink this again.

Photo of BDJake
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DIPA in a can? Why not? Let's give it a shot...

A- poured a clear golden amber with two fingers of white head that had excellent retention and lacing

S- floral, somewhat spicy blend of hops in front of a sickly sweet maltiness; less metallic notes than i expected here

T- although there was slightly more metallic taste on my tongue than what hit the nose, it was still tolerable. i was still met with an overload of piney, floral hops and a hint of onion/garlic (possibly from the rye malt) that highlighted the sweet malt backbone, but with less citrus than many dipa's

M- big-bodied, chewy, with a lingering bitter aftertaste- not too much booze, but the carbonation faded quickly

D- decent, but on the low end of DIPA's, and not one i would drink everyday- but now I know that good hoppy beers are possible out of a can

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this little IIPA sat staring until I could justify squashing my cash on the counter to pick up a beer that had such mixed reviews. That said, it seems to be worth it in some ways.

Coloration is darker than most IPAs, a nice copper/red, full, cloudy like Stone's.

Smells like pine and citrusy hops. Some malt sweetness sneaks in.

Tastes like it smells, hiho, delicious, full, distinct pine hop characteristic...not getting this much spoke of garlic flavor. The malt backbone comes through with a sweet, sweet, sweet mouth feel, making this a one-a-night kind of beer for me.

Not one of the much hated boozy messes of the beer world. The alcohol is well hidden.

It's hearty, sweet, hoppy. I do say we have a good beer. Worth plunking down the cash for? Not likely again at these prices...especially with Ten Fidy hangin' next to it.

Photo of oregone
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be one of the handful on here that vouch for this elixir. Try it. Uniqueness goes a long ways amongst a only midly differentiated (largely) playing field of IPAS and DIPAS.
Pours amber (fat tire..) with solid medium bubbles and head leaving a pronounced lacing across the surface. Smells of earthy hops, reeeaaally earthy, like pasture, hay, some onion and/or garlic, etc. Not at all unpleasant, but definitly gets points for pronounced and distinctive originality! Tastes very rich. Mouthfilling and the hops aren't in the least abrasive. Flavorful and characterful. Smooth on the palate, with no lingering astringency for a potent DIPA, down remarkably well, but in the end, this is a 2x12oz and I think I'd move on to something else. In the end, I think that speeks to its originality and the fact that you lose that after a bit. Try it though, it is solid bubbles.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gubna Imperial IPA, Oskar Blues Brewery LLC, Colorado, USA

Hazy, pale peach appearance, slim white head.

Prickly pine aromatics, with a serving of lemon and lime, grapefruit, bright, citrus-y hop madness. Juuust right!

Taste: All that and more. Thinnish body, tons of bitterness on top. Hop attack smears the top of the mouth, slides to the back, trickles down. Fierce hop flavor never fails, not for a minute, just ...narrows a bit, after the initial salvo.
Lemon rind and grapefruit squirt step on the palate with every sip. Fine finish, medium length, stays juicy and hoppy, and keeps you grabbing for another.

Took me long enough to try out this acclaimed IPA, didn't it, and now I know for a fact that it belongs in the top rank of Imperials. Good on you, Gubna.

Photo of WryneckStudio
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful IIPA! Although I only rated the mouth feel and the appearance at 4.0, I can't say enough about the aroma and taste of this canned elixir! With intense notes of wet and juicy hops that are reminiscent of mowing lawns on a hot summer day, the nose is at first overwhelmed and then transported to a floral paradise. As it warms, the GUBNA mellows and expands with some hints of earthy bitters, pale malts and citrus. Unlike many Imperial IPA's, the GUBNA is refreshingly drinkable and does not blow out the palate even though the hop profile is so intense.

Photo of phattysbox
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a Deschutes pint glass

Pours a bright orange color and the body appears quite hazy. Pours rather viscous thick and is a sign of things to come. The haze most likely a result of dryhopping the brew.

Smell: a wonderul mix floral citrus notes with tangerine dominating. Some sweetness backs up the hop aroma lending a more resinous quality. Dank. Earthy. I do not get any onions or garlic from the summit hops.

Taste: huge letdown for me here. Upfront sticky sweetness from the malts pulls through and masks what could be a good bittering profile. Caramel, candy-coated apples with some wayward bitterness thrown in. The sweetness is so cloying for me and is indicative of an underattenuated beer. DIPAs should have a dryness and crispness that make the hops pop. Doesn't happen here. Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes full bodied.

Overall the hop aroma was great bur I was disappointed in the taste. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable in the belly but the sweetness drive down the drinkability for me. Couldnt finish the can.

Glad to try but I'll pass the next time

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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 OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a big foamy white head. Lacing.

Big pine nose with some smooth malty notes.

Big piney hop bite, then a kick of alcohol, then nice malty notes, some sweet boiled grain, bitter husk, and the hops come back for a lingering mouth-coating finish. Great.

Mouth coating, and much lighter bodied than expected. Good carbonation.

Overall, very good. Easy to drink, even at 10%. Pricey, but worthy.

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

A. Bright and golden with a thick, creamy head that leaves a delicate lace as it fades away. It is also a little hazy.

S. Bold, fruity, and floral hop aromas completely dominate the smell of this beer along with hints of bubble gum and pine. A small hint of pale malt creeps out from under the hops but it is almost an understatement.

T. Resinous pine taste with a tar-like aftertaste. There is a malt sweetness sandwiched between floral hop aroma and an astringent hop bitterness.

M. Medium to light-bodied, with strong carbonation. It is smooth despite a definite hop bite.

D. I had high hopes for this one, and although it didn't quite meet my expectations, it was not a total disappointment. The 10% alcohol is well-hidden, and overall it was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but there are several other in the style that I would choose first.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,471 ratings.