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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 237 | 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 SteveO1231
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can with a maroon. Pours a light amber, bright. Super thin bright white head. Huge aroma of Columbus, pretty much dominates the scene. Bready, some sweetness like honey nut cheerios. Medium to full bodied, syrupy slick. Lots of honey sweetness up front that rides into a lush hoppiness. The hop oils stick to to the palate, earthy, herbal and pungent. I was expecting more bitterness but there's enough to balance the sweetness. the brew is quite refreshing. I like this one.


Photo of whatthehull
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A hazy, oily orngeish, amber color. Virtually no head, what head it did have was white and some minimal lacing

S - Oak aged alcohol up front, some very nice floral, citrus notes with huge notes of pure sugar on the cane and an almost root (carrot, potato and etc.) smell

T - You can tell this beer is %10.0 abv, it punches you in the face right up front. Then the citrus notes, some serious lemon lime action. The oak and super floral soapy hops come in a linger for a bit. maybe some onion?

M - Actually surprisingly light for the amount of smell and taste that come through on this beer. It gives a nice fluffy coating that sheds pretty quick

D - This one is actually pretty nice to drink, unless you dislike overly malty sweet IPA's. If this is the case, don't drink GUBNA

Final thought - This brew and brewery, are really starting to impress me. Even at $15.00 for 4 cans, I could do this beer at least once a month

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

A - A Thick, vibrant orange haze provides a solid base for the head, which unfortunately wastes this support by emerging as disappointingly thin. The retention which and ephemeral. In it's defence a good residual film of carbonation survives, and some decent lacing barely nudges the overall appearance back into the 4.0.

S - Complexity is present and pleasant, although depth is somewhat lacking. Soft yellow fruits - mango and papaya - hang most conspicuously, with some honeydew melon and pineapple in the background. Freshness comes in the form of grassy notes from the hops, and the malts also contribute a sweetness that blends with citric notes to contribute a subtle aroma of cold lemon pie.

T - The mellow lemon pie continues on the forepalate, and the transition to the mid sees the developing lime notes aggravate the intensity. The soft yellow fruits are present in the background, but the hops start politely making their way to the front in with gentlemanly determination. Their resinous quality is suppressed at first, but as they transcend into the finish, their true pine-sap colors reveal themselves exponentially over the course of several minutes given the opportunity.

M - Relatively gentle carbonation allows the weight of that hazy orange body to bear itself down upon your palate. Although the hops lend a clean, fresh impression, the malts definitely make Gubna a mouthy, chewy affair. In a way, the chewiness works with the slight gasoline burn on the finish, and I also appreciate the substance it brings to the brew; but ultimately, it results in a imbalance that seems confused in its objective.

D&O - Let's get one thing straight: It aint a bad brew. I could happily quaff this stuff on a random daytime drinking binge, and it would certainly expedite my objective. However, for a more cognizant session, it's difficult to ignore the frustrating disparity between subtlety and brashness. All in all: good, but not that good.

(NB. Mouthfeel received a 4, and S a 3.5 purely to average the scores out - 3.75 is a fairer rating for both)

Photo of HipHop5
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great red copper intense murky color. Small one finger head that disappears very quickly leaving very low lacing on the tulipe sniffer glass used here.
Some good citrus and ,mango hop smell but the 10% alcohol come to strong for my taste.
light bitterness at the front with medium to heavy body. Extremely low carbonation. Thick and sweet Malt bill is prominent here but the hop bitterness after taste keeps everything some what more balanced .
Syrupy and oily comes to mind when you leave i in mouth before swallowing. Not extremely in love wit this one but has some good foundations and great potential.

Photo of nramsburg
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can picked up at Ryan and Casey's.
Small head, and fairly clear amber body. As outlined, a citrus aroma (I don't get the grapefruit they suggest; more tart orange), but with a bit of honey coming through as well. Smooth, and fairly clean body -- especially given the heat on this bad boy. Crisp finish. One of my favorite IPAs around in either can or bottle.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I have to say about Gubna is that this is a really good brew in a can! Its very rare for me to endulge in canned beer, but this one is amazing! First oof, you will notice the citrusy hops flavor, blended with a sweetness of citrus aroma. The beer pours a unique orange color. The beer is smooth for a high ABV pale. The can states 10.0% ABV and I believe it. This is a pleasant surprise from Oskar Blues. Give it a try if you happen to stumble across it.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

Poured a murky medium orange with an average sized frothy head that lasted throughout and had excellent lacing.The aroma was of grain malts, a sweet yeast and a strong note of citrus hops. It tasted bitter-sweet from the onset and shifted slightly to a bitter-sour hoppy flavor with a hint of grapefriut at the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice and tasty Imperial IPA with the alcohol tinge hidden well in the complexity of flavors.

Photo of eternaljester81
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

After reading the wildly varying reviews, I had to get my hands on a can of this polarizing brew. With a bit of apprehension, I popped the top and poured semi-aggressively into a New Belgium snifter.

A - Cloudy/murky orange, with a white, quickly dissipating head. Ends with some wispy lace.

S - Musky mildew mixed with over-ripe citrus and wet hay. The smell is rather mild.

T - Very balanced, but huge, and follows the nose. Citrus gives way to a moderate bitterness, while the Summit hops lend that a unique earthiness. Best described as an East Coast IPA with a West Coast DIPA malt base.

M - Medium thick, oily and slick.

D - The huge flavors make this a sipper beer, and the high ABV certainly doesn't help. One is very enjoyable, but any more would be a bit much.

I'm very happy to say that I fall on the pro-GUBNA side of the fence (mostly since I spent the money to get a can). If this was available around me, it would have a pretty regular spot in my beer fridge.

Photo of bs870621345
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a honey/orange color with a half inch of white head. Leaves lacing don the glass. Very clear beer.

Smells of citrus hops and pine. A nice malt backbone of caramel to balance.

Tastes primarily of caramel and citrus. Very similar to DFH 90 minute ipa. Very much on the malt and citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, but with low carbonation. Very sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability is average. It gets cloying by the end of the can.

Its a good beer, would like to see more hops

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a nice amber with one inch thick head that fades slow and has nice lacing.

S- A bouquet of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, hints of lemon and pineapple, resiny pine and a muted earthy toasted bread in the back.

T- Citrus, grapefruit and pine with a caramel backbone. Rich and complex with a touch of booze. Lingering hoppy finish with some bitterness.

M- Crisp, refreshing, and slightly oily;

D- Very refreshing and complex. Too easy to drink. Slight oily finish.

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

12oz. can into snifter

A: Amber with a big, sticky head.

S: Citrus -- tangerine, grapefruit, some sweetness, and something resiny that doesn't quite smell like pine.

T/M: Fairly balanced, considering the style. Strong malt backbone gives sweetness and body, though the hop profile is appropriately aggressive. Grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish, along with a resiny, not-quite-pine flavor.

D: I like balanced DIPAs, so I find this dangerously drinkable. Hardcore hopheads might disagree.

Photo of chaz410
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can I got at the common market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep amber body with yellow tints and froathy white head.
Smells of thick sauteed onions and tangerines. Some caramel and thick syrupy fruit as well. There's some garlic essence to the smell as well..
Taste of sweet tangerine with hints of grapefruit. Very bitter with pine notes, citrus flavors and some very earthy undertones.
It's not very "drinkable" as it has a high alcohol flavor and lots of burnm

Photo of HopeinHop
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a translucent bronze color with little head into my hefeweizen glass. Leaves that nice sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: I get a kind of dank band-aid bouquet, expecting something a bit more citrus-like. Not necessarily bad, but I like the smells of grapefruit and pine in IPAs.

Taste: There's this tangy bitterness from the hops. Taste is not citrus-like, but not as heavy on bandaid as the smell was. Sweet and boozy from the amount of fermentables needed for a 10%er.

M: The hop oils remain on the back of my tongue. The sweetness doesn't stick around.

D:I like Double IPAs so maybe two but they are pretty boozy and rich. I wouldn't session even though I love this style.

Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on January 28, 2011. It pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thin head. The powerful aroma could be felt two feet away with its hoppy hoppiness and grapefruit citrusy sensation. The texture is smooth and medium. The hops do a nice job covering up the 10% ABV with a muted breadlike flavor mixed in.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Marked "Canned on 09-17-10 Yup, It's legal"

A- Pours a bright pure yellow color with a big, foamy, tan head of coarse soapy bubbles. Copious lace. Bubbles fight to rise up slowly within the thick, oily brew like bubbles inside a lava lamp.

S- Colossal, bright, penetrating aroma of Fir bud resin and the vivid, striking, concentrated essence of grapefruit. A vigorous swirl gives up a unique note (Ian at Harvest Fine Wine says bleu cheese!)

T- Massive, thick, sweet malt and concentrated grapefruit flavor carpet-bomb the palate. If you could make grapefruit and conifer resin into a concentrated syrup, here it is. A sweet malt attack, then huge grapefruit & conifer take the middle and end. Long, lingering finish of all elements.

M, D- Viscous mouthfeel and medium+ body. An epic battle of bitter, oily astringency vs. syrupy sweet maltiness. The hops actually provide structure, rather than just a bitter addition. Ethanol was apparent on the finish.

Photo of Derranged
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Duvel tulip. Can read on the bottom: Canned on 3/22/10, I drank it on 1/23/11.

This beer pours cloudy amber/orange in color with a thick white head and thick white lacing on the glass.

The smell is strong, but not like your average DIPA. While the expected hops and floral aromas are present, malts dominate.

The taste is good. Once again, sweet malts dominate with a strong lingering bitter after taste. There is some faint hops and citrus there, but overall it is a malt bomb. It tastes a little like a barley wine. Not what I would expect from a DIPA, but I WAS expecting this because I read the reviews before drinking this. It tasted absolutely nothing like garlic, onion or any other kind of vegetable like other reviewers have mentioned.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation but pretty thick.

I'll likely finish the four pack but I can't picture drinking too much of this stuff as the abv is so high.

I like this beer. I was skeptical about it after reading the reviews, and it was over priced, but its still a good beer. I would drink it again if I can find a better price for it.

Medium carbonation

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from 08/25/2010:

12 oz can at 45 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a luscious golden-orange color with a fluffy finger of off-white head that holds and laces well.

S: Caramelized onions and malts, grapefruit, melon, and a heavy dose of piney hops.

T: Citrus, resiny hops, caramel, chocolate, and some smoke.

M: It has a thick and syrupy body with a sticky finish.

D: The onion notes weren't as overbearing to me as it was to other people but it was certainly there. This is just a bit off.

Photo of iwantsomerocks
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this many times...now to review it.

A- Cloudy amber, minimal head that dissapates pretty fast. Looks delicious.

S- Strong whiffs of pine and grapefruit, but sweet fruits come through subtly. Exactly what I look for in an Imperial IPA.

T- Very hoppy up front, hints of grapefruit. Not a real strong alcohol feel, but noticeable if you search for it. Very well hidden for a 10%abv beer. The hoppiness stays with you even after the swallow, but isn't overbearing. The alcohol warms your soul, but the taste of alcohol isn't there.

D- In my opinion, this beer has great drinkability. Other people have given this beer poor reviews in this department, but I think that these people don't drink Imperial IPAs, or don't like them very much. If you're an avid IPA fan like me, you could drink this all night.

Comments: I don't normally buy this beer, but everytime I get a mix-a-six, it's pretty common in the rotation...it's usually an all-out brawl between the Gubna and Gordon..Gordon wins most of the time though. Still, this beers deserves attention. It's quite nice.

UPDATE (9/11/12): I have no idea why I once liked this beer. Perhaps my palette has changed drastically since then, or I've gained more of an appreciation for this style, but I'm not liking this beer very much anymore. I'm getting a distinct onion-y flavor, and I'm not digging it. Meh.

Photo of PhageLab
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Amber colored brew with a bronze hue. Big fluffy head, great retention, nice lace.

S - Odd candy like sweetness. Hops are noticeable as well, but I was not expecting the overpowering sweetness. Almost reminds me of DFH 120.

T - Well balanced contrary to what I was expecting. Big hop flavor with a strong backbone, little boozy.

M - Full bodied, thick and creamy with a dry, sharp finish. Nice carbonation level.

D - Despite the strange smell and abv, it is quite drinkable. Probably won't knock your socks off, but definitely worth trying.

Photo of Beerme5
1.76/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Serving Type: 12oz can from John's Marketplace in Portland, OR

Appearance: very cloudy, good head volume, typical American Double/Imperial IPA

Smell: Extremely hoppy, arguably overpowering.

Taste: The only thing that shined brighter than the hops on this particular beer was the alcohol volume. Tasted strongly of pine, citrus, but finished with something fierce. Can't really describe it, but ultimately wasn't a very well-balanced brew in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: In typical Oskar Blues fashion, very smooth.

Drinkability: Toughest part of this beer to review. The appearance and smell offset the actual taste. This is one helluva beer to stomach, but I highly recommend you at least try it. My hat is off to you if you're able to finish a can. It's the type of beer that's over the top in every way (amount of hops, IBUs, and high alcohol content), for better or for worse.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer, one finger white head that produces spotty lacing around my glass. The aroma is pungently hoppy, with wisps of onion and garlic. Grassy notes and herbaciousness are also very prominent. Tastes similar to nose, though the malt stand up well to the hop assault. Appropriate mouthfeel. Basically I would say I like this beer, but I feel Oskar Blues made some misques on their hop selection and schedual. One is enough for me.

Photo of larryi86
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can dated 4-19-2010 poured into a snifter

A- A golden copper color with a two finger white head.

S- I am get nice citrus and pine hops, but it is being over powered by a fresh cut grass/onion smell.

T- A lot like the smell. The hops are very nice a really come out up front, but the finish has a grassy/onion flavor that does not work for this beer.

M- Nice medium body, smooth.

D- The 10% ABV does effect the drinkability of this at all, in fact it is not noticeable at all. The grass and onion flavors are what hurt this beer. I know that I am reviewing an Imperial IPA that is over 9 months old and I really hope that the age of this beer is hurting the taste and smell. I am hope to review a fresh can soon. This beer feel like it should be better than it is. The front of the nose and the taste are truly good, it is just the finish that is not.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin bubbly white head, excellent lacing
is left hanging around on the glass

S:Big hops are coming thru first on the nose. Citrus, mango, and tropical hops make
themselves apparent with some sweet malt in the background as well.

T:A little sweetness come thru in the front and the middle before the same hops that
came thru in the nose take over the backend end of the mouth, hop flavor lingers around
on the palate

M:Body ended up being a little thinner than was expected, a little too watery. Mouthfeel
was left dry from the hops and lips sticky as well, alcohol made itself present on the back
of the throat when going down.

D:This ended up to be a pretty good drink, flavors were tasty but not as good as in the nose. Alcohol shows itself on the backend but pretty well hidden for being 10%, body
also could be a little heavier and not as watery. All in all even with the down sides I would
still drink this again

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a can to a pint glass.

Appearance is orangish amber hue. Typical Imperial look.

Smells of citrus,pine and floral. Certainly a hint of onions and garlic

Taste really is not far off from the smell. Grapefruit was upfront for me.

Mouthfeel was a tad under carbonated for me.

I had three,but it was because nothing else was readily available.

I wish I could be more in depth. I also wish I could recommend this. Very underwhelming for the style. Simply a poor performer. I love myself some Imperial goodness. This was a kick to the pocket book. Good ol Oskar Blues better step up the game. $17 for a four pack of canned under achievement is an embarrassment to humanity. Drop the price and up your product. A win win. If someone is letting you try it,all aboard. For your personal cash there are much better investments.

Photo of bamadog
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a package from scottyshades yesterday. Review is from notes taken on 1/7/2011 and poured from the can to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours the color of honey with a bit of lemon blended with it and it starts with a decent head of just over 2 fingers after a vigorous pour; head is off-white, and looks a little creamy; head slowly fades and leaves a lot of web-like sticky lacing behind;

Smell: Lots of hops, and they come across very raw, leafy and spicy; there appears to be a firm, malt backing

Taste: Much more malty than the smell would allude to, and while the hops are still very present and the prominent flavor, they're not necessarily over-powering like I was kind of expecting; the hops are just as the smell would indicate -- very raw and spicy, and they even have a bit of a burn to them like raw garlic would; there's also a bit of a lemony citric zest; the sweetness is underneath everything, but it's VERY sweet, almost saccharine or corn-syrup like, and I feel like that hurts this beer a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Body is of a medium weight and it comes across as a little syrupy and it's very sticky; the carbonation is present, but it comes as across as very smooth in the more viscous body; a relatively thick and sticky coating is left on the palate and it really holds the sweet and citric flavors into the aftertaste; the gums are left tingly from the carbonation that's present as well as the alcohol, and the belly is left warm as well from the nearly 10% ABV.

Drinkability: Not too bad overall and it's another solid offering from Oskar Blues; not sure it's something I would want on a regular basis due to the spiciness of it all, but it'd be worth having once in a while; the ABV and sheer weight would also hurt it's ability to be drank often.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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