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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,489 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 79
Gots: 233 | 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 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.

Photo of robbrandes
1.77/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I was mildly surprised to see this in Southern Oregon, props to Ray's Market for continuing to expand their selection!

Live review -

Appearance - Poured to a minimal head, dissipated to thin film within seconds. Appealing tan~orange color, with a slight haze. So far so good.

Smell - Overpowering green onion, maybe even black pepperish smell??? No perceptible malt aroma. I'm worried...

Taste - As feared, the smell wasn't far off the taste - onions, black pepper, possibly some acidic twang?

Mouthfeel - Reasonably good. Carbonation comes off better in the mouth than it looked in the glass. Fairly light considering the 10%ABV.

Drinkability - borderline drainpour. I'm an unabashed hop-head, so I don't feel like I'm reacting to a 'big' beer.

Terribly disappointed, as Summits have become one of my new favorite hops. This may have suffered from age? Can was dated 6-29-10, so I'm at 6 months. I'd like to give the Gubna another shot, but it'll be a while.

Photo of Chaney
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured an EXTREMELY cloudy orange color, with a peppery, almost tornado-like dark center. The pillowy white head was about a finger thick and it withered away to a mere ring around the brew within a few seconds.

S: Sweet candy sugar, tons of orange citrus, and not much else. It sort of smelled like melted orange sherbet with alcohol.

T: A lot of people have expressed concern over a sort of onion-like taste with this brew. I certainly wouldn't describe it that way, but I see what they mean. It almost tasted like there was cooking or olive oil embedded in the citrus bomb. The finish was somewhat dry, but the salty notes on the aftertaste (ironically) hid that somewhat.

M: Sugary and mildly syrupy. The carbonation was there, but this brew truly lacked a "refreshing" fruit quality to give it some complexity. The carbonation was fine.

T: Very overpriced in my opinion... especially for a single-hopped DIPA. This is truly a polarizing brew for sure... but I personally didn't really care for it.

Photo of BigBlacke
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gubna pours a hazy caramel color with a half inch head that rapidly dissipates. Smells of sweet malt with some floral hops. Taste is a mess. Malty as hell with a huge alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is chewy with a lingering sweet aftertaste. I find drinkability to be low cause honestly, I dont think it tastes good. Gubna is the first disappointment I have had from Oskar Blues. This beer is one dimensional and a complete miss for me.

Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp orange with a thin khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and a hint of garlic. The taste is a nice amount of pine hops alongside a decent kick of burnt caramel malts, nicely balanced. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a nice dryness. This is a very enjoyable Double IPA, even better on-tap than from the can.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the nice things about living in southern Maine is that you can take advantage of beers appearing in New Hampshire that have yet to make their way into Maine. Oskar Blues, for example.
This was one of the IPAs I had on New Years Day while I was planted on my couch watching bowl games. A nice enough beer, not outstanding.
In a tulip glass the beer was copper colored with a white head that left a bit of lace.
An outdoors aroma, fresh. Sweet malt. A little bit of citrus.
The taste was pretty malt forward, a little peppery. Grapefruit and a touch of pine.
One of the more malty IPAs I have had. Alcohol was well-hidden.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with an off white head of fluff that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left aorund the glass.
Smell is of citrus, cut trees, pine sap, and cooked malted grain.
Taste is of the piney, resinous, citrus, with toasted, biscuity malt, and honey coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, with plenty of juicy carbonation. A touch of booziness found in the finish.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy tangerine. Heavy white soapy heading with some very intense lacing globs.

When this can was cracked I was attacked by hops. After the pour this was a dousy. Very sweet and fruity aroma's with a great green hop aroma.

At first sip I let it wonder. This is a big IIPA. Heavy smack of bitter hops on the tongue that dance and linger about. Then a nice rich sweet burst of a wine like flavor quickly put to rest by the warming alcohol.

A mid-full bodied beer with great carbonation.Heavy linger on the palate that sticks around for quite a while after this is gone.

Gubna is a different kind of IIPA not earth shatterign but not bad either.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/12/2010. Can of course. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, hop resins, grassy hops, and caramel malt. Flavor is pretty similar -- grassy hops, hop oils, pine, and citrus. Plenty hoppy and drinkable. I'm a fan!

Photo of merryjoulton
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OB makes a good beer. When you are looking for a quality beer with a strong and powerful hops presence, look no further than the cans that Oskar Blues puts out. I was very excited to see this release. I loved the Gordon so much and didn't think they could improve on it. This picks up just where Gordon left off. The nose and mouthfeel are much more refined, and the flavors are very well integrated. Will buy this again.

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

From notes. 12oz can purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and consumed on 12/9/10.

Poured a very hazy, orangey color, with a big, creamy, bubbly beige head. Said head took its time dropping, and left lots of lace.

Very grapefruity in the nose. Initially not much else. As it warms up, it becomes sweeter-scented, like strawberries.

Citrusy like grapefruit and sweet like strawberries in the taste as well. There's some hop bitterness, but not a lot. I don't get the usual malt flavors like bread, biscuits, or even a slight caramel flavor. Its all very fruity.

Medium bodied, with a slick, oily mouthfeel.

Drinkable in a 12oz dose, but I don't think I'd want much more. It's just too sweet. That, and 10% abv doesn't exactly make for a session beer.

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.