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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 70
Gots: 191 | 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 ithacabaron
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours blonde with lovely tangerine highlights around the edges. Head is there, then it's gone. Would have liked to see a bit more retention.

Aroma is a bit blunter and flatter than I'd like - there's no finesse. That being said, there are some nice notes of papaya, cantaloupe, and bitter pith, and the impression is of a bright flavor palate.

Taste is a direct shot of satsuma juice, with a ripping bitterness on the back end. Unfortunately, the flavor of booze is heavy on the palate here, and it washes out a lot of the more promising flavors.

Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit low. With a beer that has such a heavy flavor, I would have hoped for a texture that was a little bit lighter on its feet.

Drinkability is fairly poor. The heavy alcohol flavor makes one of these more than enough. I hate to criticize about the tangible ABV, as a high booze level is part of the style; that being said, it could have been integrated better.

All in all, not a bad brew, and worth a try. I wouldn't be averse to another can at some point, and I'd love to try it fresh on tap.

ithacabaron, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of mcann2pu
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Appearance: pours into pint glass with a sort of hazy amber color, minimal head, minimal patchy lacing left behind on the glass,

Smell: first on the nose is a very resin-y hop, the sweet smell of some malt weakly follows up the hops to round out the smell,

Taste: very hoppy brew, a little boozy and there is some balance provided by the malt, but still the delicious hop taste is there from start to finish and lingers on the tongue for a bit even after you finished the glass, giving you that last drop a little extra life,

Mouthfeel: alright, light-medium bodied beer, maybe could have benefited from some additional carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a 10% 100 IBU brew.

mcann2pu, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of PCmofo
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

When you first pour a Gubna you will immediately notice the intense cascade aroma. Being from upstate NY I am a big fan of cascade aroma and flavor. It had a nice crisp clear golden amber color in the glass. I poured it in a Ommegang goblet style glass. This really released the aroma.

This beer has great hop flavor at the expense of drinkability. At 10% ABV their is a reason they come in 4 packs. This was a good beer to try and have one of... but now that I have I dont think I will again. I really like Oskar Blues beers, and this is definitely one to try, but its a bit too intense to be drinkable.

I tried Gubna on two separate occasions, purchased from two different locations. The first time it was carbed ok. The second time it went flat quickly and has a bit of a alcohol aftertaste after warming up in my glass a bit.

PCmofo, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

poured from a 12oz can into a tulip:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful almost clear honey orange color with a big fluffy off white head that leaves sick lacing.

Smell: Smells like funions, burnt garlic, stewed onions and a touch of resiny pine. Gross smell, but really has a big dose of those summit hops. no boozy aroma at all so smell gets a good score despit the armpit aroma.

Taste: really has a nice touch of sweetness that balances out the bitter hops. still getting that onion gross armpit flavor now on the palate. has a dry finish that leaves an oily residue of onions. on the positive side, its balanced and really hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: This has a really creamy texture that is appealing. low carbonated but consistent through the session.

Drinkability; If you can get past the onions and garlic and farty armpits then you can drink this. high abv but made well enough be smooth. would love to try on tap and fresh.

Augustiner719, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

On tap at the B

A - Orangey yellow body with lots of nice lacing

S - Hops and a bit of an alcoholic sweetness ring through

T - Hops are abundant but well balanced with an alcoholic sweetness

M - Nicely carbonated, alcohol rings through, bitter sweetness

D - Went down very smoothly. I could definitely feel the sting of the alcohol which was the only downside.

DNICE555, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Appearance: A clear golden-amber body capped by two fingers of fluffy off-white head that fade slowly and leave excellent lacing. One of the lightest Double IPAs I've seen.

Aroma: Lots of citrusy, tropical fruit-like, piney, resinous, and oniony hops over a big, sweet, and somewhat grainy malt body. As this is hopped exclusively with Summit hops, the onion notes are not unexpected.

Flavor: There's a lot going on here. Up front, the hops are decently bitter and retain the same profile of tropical fruit, grapefruit, resinous pine, and onion. The onion flavor sticks out a little, but is not necessarily unwelcome. Underneath, there's a big biscuity malt backbone with a hint of rye keeping everything balanced. There's spicy alcohol throughout, though it never oversteps its bounds. The whole profile is just a little muddled and never quite comes together. Citrus, onions, rye, and booze make up the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Heat from the booze is present throughout.

Drinkability: This drinks faster than the high alcohol content and flavor intensity would suggest, so watch out.

Verdict: Gubna is surely a very different Double IPA; from the appearance as it pours out of the can to the aftertaste it leaves in the mouth. The buzz with this beer is that it's a love-it-or-hate it brew, but I'm just sort of indifferent.

BeanBone, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

Thank you Dan (mdfb79) for this trade!

Light copper in color. A vigorous pour yielded a big, while pillowy head. Laces beautifully.

Lots of pine, citrus, and earthy hops, like sticking your nose into a handful of hop leaves. It's intoxicating!

Taste is still very woodsy and floral, with a hint more of citrus. There is a little bit of warming alcohol at the tail end for an added kick. This is very excellent.

On the heavier end of medium bodied. It's very smooth, slightly crisp and very drinkable as a whole.

EgadBananas, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Clear gold with a dense, off-white head that sticks down the glass.

S- Mix of pineapple, pine and grapefruit.

T- Very strong hop flavor (citrus/pine with a lot of pithy and resiny qualities along with an onion-like pungency); bready pale malts underneath are slightly noticeable and a touch of alcohol is also there.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- This one was a sipper and still a little hard for me to get through. The exclusive use of summit hops is a little overpowering for me; definitely an interesting idea though.

TommyW, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Xul
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%

A: Pours a perfectly translucent goldenrod with some orange highlights, cappped by a frothy one finger white head. Retention is poor to moderate and some light lace is left down the glass.

S: Piney and earthy hops up front, followed by a large pork and onion presence. It's not as repulsively dominant as I've heard some people say but it's...just not very good. No other aromas detectable.

T: The pork and onion notes are pretty well hidden - piney hops up front followed by some earthy and floral notes. Opens up into a big caramel sweetness in the middle of the tongue, finishing mostly sweet with some piney hops coming back in to provide a touch of balance.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, chewy and syrupy...far too heavy on the tongue.

D: The best thing I can say about this beer is that it isn't as bad as I was fearing...it tastes alright but the smell wears on you and the mouthfeel is pretty far from what it should be.

Xul, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass form a can, as pictured. Printed on the bottom of can; CANNED WITH CARE
04-19-10 @14:33

A: Slightly hazy golden orange. Nice 1-1/2 finger white head that disipates quickly, but leaves nice heavy lacing.

S: Nice slightly piney, hempy smell. Excellent sweet, citrus scent too.

T&M: Medium to full bodied. Heavy hops and enough malts to offset the bitterness. Citrus, pine, and slight weedish taste.

This stuff is just as good in a can as it was fresh. Absolutely amazing! Very relaxing and pleasant tasting brew. Probably one of the BEST I've ever had in the DIPA category. The can has a more balanced carbonation and lacing over the growler. These DIPA's have different tastes, but are absolutely perfect when manufactured with quality as this one is.

cdizinno, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +5%

A: Poured a clear orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus, as in plenty of grapefruit. Pine too.

T: Pineapple mainly, pine there with some hop oils leaving it sordove slick. Light booze sting

M: A nice crispness on the end, not much hop bite on the end either

D: Once is enough in a sitting but if I saw it again I would def go for it

barleywinefiend, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of liquidcraft
2.17/5  rDev -43%

Split it with some friends who like to split beer. Smells herbal and earthy, dirty yellow color. Not expecting a bright flavor out of it. And damn sure didn't get it. No hops, mostly stir fried veggies, predominantly yellow bell peppers. Within three sips its gone from bad to worse. This beer saw the benchmark for an Imperial IPA, ran the other way and tripped leaving it stranded in a realm of disgust. Its not the worst beer I've had but in terms of expectation for a style and respect for experimentation this has turned out a mess. If you're going to sell this, categorize it differently or something. QC may have just botched this batch. This beer is undesirable in every way.

liquidcraft, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of 7ways
1.35/5  rDev -64.6%

Here's the sequence: Pour, admire, swirl, sniff, raise an eyebrow, three more sniffs, scrunch up face, swirl, sip, swish , small swallow, spray rest on nearest wall, "ghaaahh, fuck!!!". Repeat until intolerable.

Smelled and tasted like the dirtiest, dankest, most poisonous marijuanamphetamine sauteed with leeks, tree detritus, and those big bright oranges that look like awesome but taste like awful. Mouthfeel: Creepy. Have you ever licked the end of a battery? Also quite resinous, like tacky Pine Sol. God it was so sticky, and almost chunky or grainy. I felt like I was going to start spitting out pieces of it. Aroma of cat piss for good measure I guess, but maybe a little more; like street cats were frequenting a disused mens room in an abandoned Mexican restaurant.
I'm trying to be as colorful as I can because words cannot describe the bizarre sensations this beer caused in me. That grainy quality combined with everything else... all I could picture the whole time was a litter box, it was like a bad dream.

7ways, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Not much head off the pour, and seconds later the thin head has fizzled down to a dense, white halo. Clear, golden body displays excellent clarity and moderate carbonation. Cobweb-like lacing follows the beer all the way down.

Smell: Resinous, woody, and even meaty hops stand out immediately. Buttered wholegrain toast quickly follows and plays a substantial role. Unfortunately, Pine Sol also makes its way onto the scene, and it only becomes stronger as the beer warms. Tart lemon and phenols round it out.

Taste: All those summit hops produce a flavor that's resinous, peppery, and woody. However, this IIPA isn't just about the earthy flavors; I also get juicy peach and tangerine, along with a touch of honey. At this point Gubna finishes dry, mildly alcoholic, somewhat bitter, and citric (with a little Pine Sol again). The grainy backbone is pretty easy to find, but this is most definitely a hop-centric IIPA, and a very interesting one at that.

Mouthfeel: Gooey, resinous, sticky, and lasting. Medium in both body and carbonation. Sweet, tangy, bitter, and dry. The word 'boisterous' comes to mind as I swish this about. I dig.

Drinkability: Maybe a bit past its prime (I believe Gubna was brewed back in the early spring), but still quite good. Not sure if I'll be purchasing it again, but I certainly enjoyed the experience. Worth a try.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

I allowed some time before having this one again. The first go 'round was on tap and was "odd" to me. How will this compare....?

Pours nice. Burnt orange/brownish acorn with a nice, thick, rocky white head. A bit creamy. Lacing is sticky. Nice
There's that odd aroma again. Not sure, seems a bit more citrusy this time, and more booze. A muddy pine-needle-ness to it. Tree sap or something.
Tastes like a pine forward beer where the pine has lost some strength. Malt doesn't come to the rescue much. Boozey and a bit resin. Citrus is dying a slow death.
A nice dryness and the abv adds some heat. Unbalanced for sure. Not the most drinkable.

Mebuzzard, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz can into a St. Bernardus glass

Pours reddish golden, clear, almost no head, and what little head there is fades quickly. No visible carbonation. Smell is powerfully hoppy -- lots of grapefruit.

Taste is pleasantly bitter, dominated by hops with more hops in the background. Grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel is moderately light, slightly sticky. Not a pounder, more of a sipper. Nice.

snaotheus, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of fairdinkum2
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Let me start by saying I have been ruined for life by Bell's Hop Slam - possibly the best IPA I've ever tasted. As a result, all other IPA's have been found wanting.
Oskar Blues Gubne comes a close second.
Pours a deep golden color with slight haziness and a generous head.
Grapefruit, citrus and piney resin smell. Citrus, pine and orange peel flavors. Actually creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced hoppiness. Yum.

fairdinkum2, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

A respectable looking beer that's light rust in color with a soft white foam on top. It pours out of the can smoothly and you can smell the hops as soon as it the lid is breached. Why don't more breweries can beer?

The hop nose is strong but not the best out there. The hops start to smell like they belong in the citrus family but there is a mustiness to them that I find displeasurable. It's past the point of grassy and has hints of vegetable badness.

The taste is deceiving. It starts out ok but doesn't stick with it. My tongue goes from happy IPA land to WTF in seconds. The initial hop kick is fantastic but it fades fast to a cocktail onion taste. Great if you like gibsons but horrible for beer. This one is way off the mark and a drain pour. I can't even get through a whole glass.

If you can get past the taste this is a decent beer. The mouthfeel has all the warmth and pinch that a IIPA should have. The bitterness raws up my teeth and has everything I'm looking for in a beer. I just can't get over the poor flavor. It is so good everywhere else but in the flavor department. What happened? Pass on this one, even if it's free.

jbphoto88, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Glass - Pint

A - Clear copper/orange color with a 1-2 finger head, retention wasn't great. Lite Co2 can be seen, no lacing.

S - Potent citrus rind, grapefruit and resinous pine & sap. A bit floral with alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as it warms. Some subtle bready notes underneath.

T - Very very resinous, it's got a strong grapefruit/orange peel flavor. There's definitely some alcohol burn, more so when warmed. A bit of a lemon citrus note in the middle that cuts through the resinous flavors, it finishes with only a touch of malt in the way of mild toasty notes, it's hardly noticeable until it's warmed though. Surprisingly it's not sugary or overly sweet.

M - Moderately crisp with just slight slickness. Around medium bodied.

D - It's a sip & swirl brew, I could see myself enjoying a snifter after a long day but not anymore than that. One of the better DIPA's Ive had, and I definitely liked the fact that it isn't sugary or syrupy. I'm not big on the style but I might buy this one again sometime.

PintOHops, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with three billowy fingers of bright white head atop a sunset copper orange brew. Head settles slowly to some nice lace and a small cap.

S- big spicy hops and slightly sweet malts. Very herbal and vegetative.

T- well its interesting. The hop profile runs the gambit from fruity to piney to almost herbal garlicy veg. Toasted bready malts do a bit to balance out the single hop bill but it is the hops that win the battle. Long and interesting linger.

M- medium to full in body with a bit higher then mid carb.

D- well its a trip and a half but all in all I feel for a single hop beer a different hop might have done better. Not bad just super interesting.

oglmcdgl, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of rwf08
2.4/5  rDev -37%

12oz can in an Old Chub pint glass.

A: Nice thick foamy white head. Light amber color, close to straw but a little darker. Some nice wavy lacing on my glass.

S: Onions and old man armpit. Some old vegetable matter as well. Some sweetness from the malt in there too.

T: Starts good with a nice sweet light malty flavor. Grows into some warming alcohol in the mouth and throat. Ends with an onslaught of green onion daggers. And I just burped...worse than a mexican food burp.

M: Light, sticky, dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: It starts well and ends horribly. Not finishing this but glad I tried it. Now I know to stay away from 100% Summit hop beers.

rwf08, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

A - Light amber to almost gold in color with a good two fingers of head poured into a pint glass.

S - Smells of pine, citrus, hops, and a bit of malt.

T - This is a unique tasting Imperial IPA. Hops are there with not quite the bite I was hoping for. Nice bitterness to it, and yes like many of the reviews say there is an onion-like sensation in there as well. Think of all the great food pairings like pizza, pasta, Mexican food and the like!!!

M - Feel is nice and balanced, a little lighter than I would think again for an Imperial, but creamy, hoppy and delicious.

D - Scary easy to drink at 10% ABV, be careful!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

12 oz can purchased as a single 'cause I sure as hell was not going to spend 15 bucks on a four pack of DIPA, one of my least favorite styles. Pours a clear, deep gold color with a fluffy, tight-bubbled light beige head. Fades slowly to an excellent looking sheen. Having this side by side with Abrasive from Surly.

Smell is huge citrus with plenty of onion from the summit hops. Freshly ground pine needles with a mild hint of toasty and caramel malts.

Hops are sharp in the flavor and very onion-y, resinous like smoking a bowl of red onions out of a 3-footer. Nothing in the way of a malt backbone. Flavoring and bittering hops are in equilibrium and have a certain smoothness, but the varietal choice is totally not for me. Waaay too much onion for me, and I like onions...just not in my beer. I am glad I split even this one single can I bought, a 6 oz sample was plenty for me. Surly blows this out of the water, easily.

twiggamortis420, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of racer2k
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured the 12oz. can into a Deschutes Brewery tulip glass

A - Pours a bright orange color which is chill hazed. There is a small 1/2 finger head that goes away very quickly leaving very little lacing.

S - Strong aroma of the single variety of Summit hops used in this beer with overtones of pine, citrus, and tangerine in the smell. There is a distinct spicy onion and garlic aroma to this beer along with a waft of booze in this 10% ABV beer.

T - Aggressive hop forward taste of spicy Summit hops with a hint of malt and caramel as the beer warms. This is a dangerously smooth beer for 10% ABV

M - Sweet resiny fruity hops are what this beer is all about. There is a slight alcohol heat present toward the end of the sip but this is not very strong.

D - Very drinkable given the high 10% alcohol count that is masked quite well. This beer is best consumed as a sipping beer. Also I would suggest that you like onions and garlic before you try this beer. The Summit hops are very unique.
Excellent beer overall!

racer2k, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of klewis
2.33/5  rDev -38.8%

A: Pours a chill-hazed yellow with a short, slowly-rising head. Moderate lacing.

S: Light aroma with a carrot-like vegetal smell and a touch of honey.

T: To me, this seems only moderately hoppy, and much less so than most in the style. A strong, leafy vegetable taste with a bit of sting from the alcohol. One-dimensional with little going on. (Edit: after reading other reviews, I have to concur with the identification of a taste that I couldn't quite put my finger on: onion - blech!)

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. An unusual, gritty texture.

D: A rare disappointment from an outstanding brewery. I'm a big fan of Gordon, but this one falls short in its lack of character, literally "green" taste, and texture. Pass.

klewis, Jul 08, 2010
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.