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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 80
Gots: 236 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: natelocc787 on 01-15-2010

Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).
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Photo of stephens101
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a motherfucking beast of a beer. I've had my share of Imperial IPA's, but this one knocks me for a loop. All violent and sensual like a bar brawl in a cheap strip club.

Huge oily hops. They're almost meaty. I think I could eat this beer if I poured it on a plate. Fry it right up and pour some goddamn ketchup on it.

This mofo is all over the place. Copper in color. It's Metal Machine Music meets Troutmask Replica. Dissonant, abstract and satisfying, but has to grow on ya' for a while. The residual lace looks like Jackson Pollock got blind drunk and thought he only had a palate of tan.

Sweet malts down low, and I gotta keep in mind to sip this slowly, very slowly. The alcohol heat is piercing like your first whiskey drunk. I want to go for a midnight drive with Iggy and search and destroy this fucker so it will all end.

Fuck it. I keep drinking and find time heals all wounds. Grapefruit instead of sausage for breakfast. Can we have some aspirin and a slice of beer bread for dinner? Hell, I forgot lunch!

A post-modern beer for folks who like it down and dirty but understand the confused paradox of taste vs. snobbery. Smash that $150 bottle of wine upside some pricks head and pop a Gubna open and drink it straight from the can.

Photo of rjhaupt
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A calm looking beer. The strong head bubbles like the top of a pancake ready to be flipped. The body of the beer has the tiniest lines of carbonation lazily heading upwards through the murky golden liquid.

S - Just a single solid nose-blast of hops. No more, no less and 'tis glorious.

T - Be ready for this one or it will end your tastebuds. It comes riding a horse of hops to kick you in teeth with flavors rich and sweet, once your teeth are demolished the flavor train will then go on to compress the sides of your tongue with the bitter citrus of righteousness. If you think the assault is over it is a mere repreive until the final thrust to back of your mouth. You thought swallowing would end the attack? You were wrong. The aftertaste of dry, crisp justice pervades every square inch of the inside of your mouth while the 10% ABV volatizes it way up your unsuspecting sinuses into your nasal cavity. Eventually you'll be gasping for air just to end the ectasy, unless you're a masochist for pleasure and decide to venture another sip.

M - It's a mouthfeel without end, boasting the longest aftertaste of any beer in recent memory, and I'm fine with that because I don't want it to end and it just feels like I'm absoultely getting my money's worth.

D - This is one of my favorite beers around, in one of my favorite styles, and it comes in a can so it stays just as fresh as can be. WIN.

Photo of nlmartin
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served from the can and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is a light copper coloration. The head is white and quickly resolves to a thin sheen on the beers surface. Streaks of foam mark this beer passage from the glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is caramel supporting a floral hops and a bit of pine.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is pine bitterness giving way to caramel and snapping right back into pine. No trace of 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel / Drinkabiltiy: The body of the beer is medium and the hops are a bit resinous. Not a sign of alcohol in the mouthfeel. This beer is a very strong and drinkable beer. Looking forward to my remaining cans.

Photo of wspscott
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass
date = 5/14/10 "Vote for Pedro"

A: Pale golden color, very hazy with a thin white head, lots of lace. Not a pretty beer.
S: Somewhat muted nose, hints of floral hops and some caramel sweetness. I wonder if the aroma has dissipated in the 4 months since canning. I would like/expect more aroma in an IIPA.
T: Lots of bittering hops, but not super bitter. Lots more flavor hops than I would have expected from the nose, some definite floral hops along with lots of pine. Some caramel sweetness makes this a smooth beer. I would like more hops character, it seems like there is a little too much malt here, but not completely inappropriate for the style.
M: Every Ocsar Blues beer has the same mouthfeel, very round, almost creamy, not a lot of carbonation. I really like this in Dale's and Gordon, but here it seems like a little much, a little too "round". A higher carbonation level would be a good thing here.
D: I am shocked how much alcohol Oscar Blues can hide in their beers. There is no hint of alcohol, much less 10%, if someone asked me, I would have guessed 6% based on the residual sugars and obvious amount of hops. This is a good beer, but not great. I would much rather have a Gordon than this, but I can't quite put my finger on why that is the case. Regardless, that is probably an unfair comparison. Worth trying, but not the best in the style. Still it is nice to have this in a can, an excellent choice for a campfire.

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a foamy white head. Lots of hop oils in the aroma, very fresh. Taste is very bitter with an underlying honey-like sweetness; very strong but still hiding some of its alcohol. Finishes nice and hoppy. This is a lot better than Oskar Blues' Gordon, the brewery's other DIPA. This one is a lot better balanced, though still dominated by the hops. Hop heads should seek out this brew.

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

Very hazy brownish-amber beer with a decent, very frothy head. The nose is oddly underwhelming, with a generic hoppy aroma with nondescript malt. High bitterness, but hop flavor is also lacking. Malt is sweet and sticky.

A rare non-hit from Oskar Blues... there's just no character to this. It's not a bad beer, but there's nothing to distinguish it from the pack.

Photo of clarkm04
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canned: 3/15/10
Consumed: 9/26/10

Apperance- A cloudy deep yellow color. Vey little head retention. Has some lattice on the glass.

Smell- Very different for a imperial IPA. Most double IPAs have a healthy bonquet of hops that dominants the smell profile. Gubna has a lighter smell and kind of weird. I get onions in the smell profile and a slightly unappealing smell.

Taste- Very conflicting smell. I drank a fresh one on tap at Osker Blues and really enjoyed it but not tonight. The flavors seem to conflict with each other. The beer just seems to be a mess all around. It's difficult for me to even describe the taste but the flavors are all over the map. Again, I really enjoyed the taste at Osker Blues so maybe the slightly older can did it. Granted, this summer is a distant memory and I had a beer or two before tackling Gubna but though the taste is not bad it's messy and poor.

Mouthfeel- Decent for a DIPA.

Drinkability- Low which is common among DIPA. The ABV and flavor profile just knocks it out.

Overall- I wrote a lot about the overall in the taste column. I was fairly impressed in June when I had this beer on tap at Osker Blues in Longmont but would not recommend the beer I'm drinking tonight. It's a unique beer and definitely different than any other DIPA but just not outstanding especially when you consider the price on this beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected, under control balance with malt sweetness, high IBU but still nicely drinkable for the style. Carbonation right there. Deep yellow coloured body with off-white head. Hop aroma. Lemon and orange and grapefruit citrus rind and fruit.

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

Pours from can with a huge, foamy white head. Nice amber color. Fresh, florally scent. First sip has a sweet almost malty flavor. The floraliness comes thru big time in the taste. A biting bitterness in the aftertaste. A dry flowery flavor lingers on your tongue. Like all IPAs, not for everyone.

All the while, big time lacing sticks all over the glass. This brewery certainly has changed my opinion of canned beer every since I had a Dale's years ago.

Strong. High alcohol. Not a session drink. But a quality IPA.

Photo of Lesbrad
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very strong IPA. At 10% you better come up with a little more rounding and balancing than Oskar Blues has done with is beer. That being said, they are a great brewery and this is a pretty good beer, I was just hoping for a great one.
It's hoppy alright and stands up well in the Hop Stoopid/Hop Monster category but short of Pliny the younger and Hop 15 - way short.

a light copper with a cream head of loose bubbles.

s strong citrus and light fruitness

t hop spiciness and fruity flowery malts blend and then seperate at the end leaving just the hops.

m heavy on the tongue and bubbly all the way.

d a little sticky and a touch prickly but overall, goes down pretty easy for such a huge beer.

Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I enjoyed this one a lot more than other folks, by the look of it. This was just a big, resiny double-IPA. Big hop presence. I guess I'm getting some of that onion folks are referencing, but it didn't jump out at me and I didn't think it was much of an issue. Enjoyed it, although it was so big and hoppy that I couldn't put back too many of these in a night.

Photo of Mooch273
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Little to no head retention, lighter hue than expected with bright clarity.

A: Piney, floral and grassy; not much citrus or fruit detected.

T: Tastes like it smells; strong grass and pine upfront with a prevalent booziness dominating the aftertaste. Slight hint of dried apricot.

M: Despite light, clear appearance, this is a viscous beer, yet still smooth due to light carbonation.

D: Don't let the little can fool you. This is a big beer with bite. Strong booziness would keep me from wanting more than a couple. Portability makes this a great tailgate/beach/movie theater companion. I'd prefer Exponential Hoppiness.

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

12oz can into a snifter, from notes. Thanks to pdiddy3d
A: Bright orange, sunny body that is nontransparent. The head pours full, but settles to a fine line that shows it's rich white color. Lacing is left in layered lines on glass.
S: A crisp note of sharp musty hop, this is a true sensation of the many differences of hops. The intensity is medium for style, but the fumes show a strong presence.
T/M: As with many beers that have complex layers and levels of different qualities the reverse oder: after the beer is completely gone there is a dry, warming feeling. A rich and rolling mouthfeel is met with hoppy resin. The body of the hop bomb is a short blast of hops, but slowly backs down for after spice linger tastes. As the nose releases beer, there is a uplift of taste.
D: It CANnot get better than this. For the ABV. this one only shows when warming has had the last little bit.  This is a great all around iipa.           

Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Draft pour into an 8 oz. goblet at Whole Foods.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Abundant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense over-ripe tropical fruit alongside some relatively tame citrus. Overall impression is very sweet, with no alcohol detectable.

T: Begins with dry toasted malt that is soon joined by very spicy and floral hop aromatics. Between the prominent malt and spicy hops, an unexpected presence of umami is sensed, although sweetness does build as moderate bitterness arrives, making for a rounded finish. No alcohol is detectable in the flavor.

M: Moderate viscosity with light carbonation. This beer is sticky on the palate, but not excessively so, which fits the style well.

D: This beer is a huge double IPA whose origins and wide distribution may be serve as a more accessible stand-in for Russian River's elusive Pliny the Younger. While both beers are rich enough to earn the 'triple IPA' descriptor in certain company, Gubna strains the palate over time with its aggressive flavors. A closer, more appropriate comparison for this beer is Alpine's equally challenging Exponential Hoppiness.

Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a small head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is, well, quite the hop bomb. Really no malt balance to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is not so drinkable. Overall if you like overly hoppy beers, you will love this one. If you want some balance, look elsewhere.

Photo of Docer
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can at a local Whole Foods... $3.99 + tax. Better be good... lol.

- Lightly cloudy orange/yellow... creamy white finger of head... quickly down to a constant ring, and some slew.. looks like a beautiful west coast style IPA.

- Big pungent hops... I can see where some might say onion.. but more skunky pine, earthy, grassy... citrus, peppery... creamy caramel malt, sweet...

- Massive hops galore.. sweet caramel malts, iced-tea.. pine, big citrus, grassy.. peppery.. zingy... sweet.... a big mess of hops and sweet malt... quite good actually.

- Medium bodied, creamy... great carbonation... drying, sticky, parching...

- Overall this is surprisingly drinkable for how madly hopped it is... not too chewy or sticky... sweet while going down... massive hop aftertaste that some may not like. It's nice to have a can... but it's not one to session.. or even have more than a couple period.

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer is a beautiful citrus orange color and light white head. The head retention is decent but not great for an IPA.

The nose has a strong hoppy acidity with some definite heat and a little caramel and malt seeping through.

The flavor is a beautiful blend of caramel, malt and high alpha hops. While well malted and hoped there is still a bit of heat that seeps through.

The beer has a nice medium body with a smooth finish but very little carbonation however this is fairly typical in imperial style ales.

I could drink this IPA everyday. While I'm a huge Oregon fan, Colorado definitely knows beer and NW style IPA's to boot

Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, decent head.

Smells of fruity hops, slight peach smell.

Strong flavors. With imagination, I can taste: pine, orange rind, grapefruit, peach, buttered corn-on-the-cob, and onion. Sort of an alcoholic off-note (the onion and corn).

Viscous mouthfeel.

They went big on this, but not all the flavors line up with my tastes. I think I had the same complaint about their Pale Ale. Interesting, but not stellar.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a mixture of hops and sweet onions. In the taste, sweet onions, hops, and a sweet malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet onion like aftertaste. Big onion like flavor in the hops, but hides the alcohol.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into an imperial pint. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of green onions, garlic, hops, and malt. The flavor followed the nose with green onions, garlic, hops, and malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was quite an interesting IIPA for sure. It definitely had some odd flavors to it as compared to typical IIPA's I have had in the past. With that, I did quite enjoy this brew and will definitely be drinking more now that it is avaiable in my area again. A little more hop character would be great, but just a little bit. Definitely a must try for the experience.

Photo of 100floods
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a four-pack from the neighborhood BevMo (can't believe I just said that, hehe). Read enough about it, maybe even drank it when it first came to SF, but I sure as hell don't remember. This is can 3/4 and it's over due for a review.

Poured straight from the fridge into a wide mouth wine glass. It pours a very hazy gold hue with no head in sight. After a few swirls I dipped my nose into the glass and took the hugest whiff of thick, juicy, fruity hoppiness. I know the fruit aroma, but I can't quite identify it. It's very distinct and something I haven't smelled in a hoppy beer. It smells like and orange creamesicle shake.

First few sips are all earthy hops and some malt. The malt serves more as a means to help the texture. Not super carbonated and medium body ease the hop attack, but not take away from it. There ARE some malt notes, some vanilla/orange magic in there, but just barely through the hops.

I gotta put it brewery, they make a good DIPA. The malt doesn't interfere with the hops. It's balanced the way a DIPA should be: hops up front, malts playing the rhythm section.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gubna pours a crystal-clear copper color with a dense and billowy off-white head. The visible carbonation is assertive--rushing to the surface.

Hops pure and simple make up the aroma of the Gubna. Pure citrusy grapefruit with a "candied" quality subtly accented by contrasting malt sweetness.

The taste is big on the citrusy hops, but not overly bitter. The alcohol isn't so much sharp and biting as it is gently warming. The brew is extremely sweet with a near syrup-like taste and consistency. Slight roasted malt flavors.

The body is pretty thick, with a slick and resinous mouthfeel. Drinkability is good.

Photo of velosuds
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into clear pint glass. Canned on 5-24-10. Paid $2.69 for a single at University Market in Corvallis, OR.

A-Poured a medium orange-amber hue with a one plus finger bone white head that receded too quickly and left only modest lacing.

S-Too one dimensional for a DIPA, in my opinion. The Summit hops deliver a nice grapefruit aroma, but they lack the bouquet effect of being joined by other hop varieties.

T-This was too bitter, and would have been better if slightly sweeter. Evidently the malts chosen only provided for the high ABV, not the flavor profile. Again, too one dimensional. About the best thing to be said is the 10% ABV is masked extremely well. Just too bitter, nearly gave me heartburn.

M-Is about right for style, just difficult to appreciate due to the one dimensional quality of this brew.

D-Just not good enough to make me want another now, or at anytime. From other reviews, this appears to be a love it or hate it type beer. Not for me.

Photo of JamnesCameron
1.73/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a 4-pack on a recent trip to Denver out of curiosity. Hang on for a ride. I've drank 3 of them so far, hoping that it gets better.

Poured into a snifter. Beautiful clear, golden color with a white head, tiny tight bubbles that don't last long, but leave a whisp of foam on top. This is to be expected from a 10% brew and this is the best part of the experience, IMO.

The aromas hit you with a punch. There is supposed to be "grapefruit bomb" aspect to summit hops, which is the only hop in this brew. And it's dry hopped with it as well. I thought maybe mine was off a bit, but after a little research on the hop, yep, there is a definite onion/garlic aroma to it as well. Well, not really "as well," but it'll punch you in the face first, then let the citrusy components come through - grapefruit, tangerine, a little.

The sips are as bad as the aroma. I like hops with grapefruit aromas and flavors, but the onion/garlic just overpowers the citrus. And there is something else there, that I haven't been able to label, some call it weed/cannibis (wouldn't know that one), but others call it dirt, weedy, and resinousy (pine?). I'm typing this up from notes from the night before, and I can still taste the onion/garlic. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky. This is not a "dry" beer. But, again, this is to be expected from such a big, resinousy beer. A little grainy courseness, and astringency.

Drinkability is extremely low. I've got one more of the 4-pack left. I'm not sure if I want to try to choke down one more or use it in a BIF/trade for someone who loves DIPAs. Lots of A+'s on this one, God love you if you like it. But this one is not for me.

Photo of jjboesen
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first pint of "Gubna" Imperial IPA happened during a recent visit to the indomitable Max's Taphouse, situated in the quaint cobblestoned streets of Fells Point - in Baltimore. It was perfectly poured into a 10-ounce snifter; there existed at the initial pour, a thick and gummy froth that crowned a foreboding body of dark rust, one which was surprisingly semi-translucent.

My nose was overwhelmed by intense wafts of pine cone and cherry - was it really cherry? The palate became inundated by a heavy blanket of biscuity malt that possessed a finish that resembled something on the cusp of wet rye bread and brown sugar. I finished the "Gubna," set down the lace encrusted snifter and quietly remarked, "Now, it belongs to the ages." What a quaff!

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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