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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,365 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,365
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 MeadGuyfromMD
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Cloudy, gold color with tiny particles noticable. Off white head starts thick and remains mostly in tact til the end. Good lacing.

S - very hoppy, some citrus notes, but mostly I smell pine and a hint of sweetness. Maybe caramel.

T - Hops hit you up front, with piny notes to follow. There is a decent balance of malt, but the hops are dominant and there is a bit of astringency at the back of my tongue as I finish my sip.

M - A bit thick for an IPA, but for a DIPA about right. Appropriate level of carbonation, finishes a tad dry and astringent.

D - Pretty tasty brew, but between the 10% ABV and the mild astringency on the finish, I think I will stick with one.

MeadGuyfromMD, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +5%

Nose is highly hoppy - floral, citric, pine. Very clean-smelling. Quite nice.

Pours clear dark yellow with moderate head. Looks good.

Flavor follows the nose with a nice malt base, a jab of alcohol, and a good bit of fruit. Tastes tropical. Quite bitter. Slightly hot alcohol. Tastes good. Feels nice. Good drinkability.

An appropriately hoppy Imperial IPA. Good job OB.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of rfabian
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a tumbler it produces a modest head and good lacing. The appearance is light amber and clear. The aroma is of strong citrus hops. The taste is dominated by the hops, a very strong citrus and grassy flavor. After a few quaffs my hop taste-buds stop screeching enough to detect a mild malt sweetness. The finish is clean and bitter with a medium body and significant alcoholic warmth.

This is pushing the envelope on hops. It tastes like they made a hop mash and threw in the lawn clippings for good measure.

This is a well made ale that the hop-heads are gonna love. For me it's a bit much, even as one who loves the hopped up brews.

rfabian, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

GUBNA sounds more like the name of a jellybean monster from a kids TV show. But for the beer drinker, a controversal DIPA. Which way will I lean? On to the beer:

Pours nicely into my chalice. This is a tint darker than orange, with a smooth, creamy head on top, albeit a little "low". Retention is mediocre, for the style. The aroma: well, there is some hop juice to smell, but also some spice...cilantro? Or maybe powdered onion. It certainly is different from the intense hoppiness one would expect.

This is going to be tough to grade. It's a little better than Gordon, and that's because I wasn't a fan of Gordon. But it's still not that great. The hops seems to hide under a blanket though. There are some amounts of resin and grapefruit, a little mlat sweetness, and yes, that famous onion flavor. Give your palate some time to adjust to your palate and you'll find this to be more appealing. The alcohol is warming, a little solvent, but is inserted well into the beer.

GUBNA doesn't grab my senses like other DIPA's, but its laid-back is a change from business as usual. Personally, for the money, I'd go for the hundreds of lower ABV beers on the market if I wanted a "laid back " beer, and I'd stick with Dale's Pale Ale in the Oskar Blues portfolio if I wanted a hoppy treat.

DoubleJ, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

12 oz. can tried 22 May 2010.

Served in a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Super large thick parchment colored head. Well carbonated. Clear golden orange color. Hop aroma is strongly of resin, moldering hay, sweet, with a touch of what can only be described as BO. Flavor is strong and can be charitably described as interesting. From aged paremsan to caramelized onions to onion rings. Sweet, mildly bitter finish. Ethanol seems less than 10%. Medium body. Odd, not bad but not good either.

Not likely to get again.

htomsirveaux, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

12 oz can at cellar temp poured into a bulb glass. canned on 5-4-2010 "the real cousin it"

pours a golden orange color, has some good clarity. big thick frothy 3 finger head that settled to a nice layer of foam. some nice sticky lace, and great retention.

the smell is kind of off putting. its very spicy and vegetable like. is hoppy, thats for sure, put its a whole different kind of aroma. very onion like. lots of strong fusil alcohol, exspecially as it warms. a little resiny pine as well.

the taste is a little more appealing than the aroma. the spicy vegetable onion flavors are the main player again. spicy, piney, and resiny hops too. a touch of a sweet caramel malt and spicy rye malt really struggle to balance things. has a very spicy peppery like burn on the back end thats very similar to a lot of chile beers. finishs with lingering bitterness and spiciness on the tongue. not the best mouthfeel in the world, really thick big body, somewhat boozy. kind of astringent. and really burns the mouth and throat.

one and done. took me awhile to finish even a 4 pack of this. i remeber the first one or 2 i had when i bought them a week or 2 ago where somewhat better than this last one. and there only a month old, so freshness may really be an issue. oskar blues makes great beers, but this, surprisingly is not one of them, i had kind of high hopes for this one, there was a lot of hype, but plain out dont like it. gordon is a way better ipa.

dogfishandi, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. This is my first craft beer from a can. Orange-yellow pour with almost no head and minimal lacing. Really big, unique nose! Orange jello, and something else I can't quite put my finger on. Taste is also very unique. Not like any Imperial IPA I've had before. I'm tasting the orange jello for sure and some citrus and alcohol, but there's a wierd faint onion taste also. It's slightly syrupy in the mothfeel but not bad. Fairly drinkable for a 10% beer. I'm still not sure if the wierd, smell and taste is pleasing or not. Definitely unique.

beerdrifter, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.43/5  rDev -10%

The body is a clear golden yellow with a large amount of white fluffy head. The lacing is spotty.

This has a nice hop-forward aroma of citus and herbal hops. There is a light sweetness and it's all followed by an astringent alcohol.

I'll pretty much echo what a lot of reviews have said before me... good hop flavor up front, but bad fusel burn at the end. The hops are sweet citrus, a little pine, and herbal. The alcoholic burn at the end is waaay too much.

The mouthfeel is... yuck. When it first sits on my palate it's sticky and pretty much fine, but after the swallow there's a burn that extends down into the throat and it lingers until I take the next sip... then starts all over again when I swallow. I can see this is where the "onion" flavor in some previous reviews may be coming from.

I can't make up my mind on drinkability, so I'm going to go with "average." The first taste is good and leaves me wanting to drink more, but that aftertaste and mouthfeel makes me ask "why?" I definitely won't be seeking this one out again. In my opinion Gordon is a far better hoppy offering from OB.

Vonerichs, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Reviewed from dictated notes during my "Clean out my cellar weekend." Thanks to JJFoodie for this one.

Pours a very nice orange color. Very clear and bright. Huge white head -- 2 or 3 fingers. Giant thick rings of lacing, like the rings around Saturn. Looks terrific.

Not much malt-- just big resiny piney hops with some grassy and floral notes... almost a hint of citrus, but not quite. Very big smell and flavor... really bitter... An underlying sweetness from the malts gets cut by the bright hop profile. I know "bright" isn't really a taste describing word, but that is how this beer tastes. It tastes bright. Tastes fresh like a summer day.

Good level of carbonation. A bit prickly feeling with enough carbonation to smooth itself down.

A very excellent DIPA from a can.

AleWatcher, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

I drank this from a 12oz can into my Rochefort glass....The beer pours a medium gold with hints of orange. Not much head at all, white and gone in a couple seconds...The aroma is light but extremely acidic, pine and metal underlaced by some grapefruit to start. Very sharp bitterness but only briefly...The taste is malty to start but almost too sweet not any acidity to balance. There is tons of light piney hops, its ok nothing special. Very alcoholic. The beer is pretty watery ok to drink.

jrallen34, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Even though its definitely an A+ all 5s brew, I have rate it differently to avoid the Black Tuesday like uproar.

Pours a hazy golend yellow color with big poof of soapy head. Scent is of bitter piney, earthy and slightly floral and citrusy hops with a sweet malt backbone. Taste is bitter, soapy and very aggressive - the hops are prominant and the mal doesnt come through to the end. Medium bodied, over carbonated, lingering bitter aftertaste. Just overly harsh and soapy.

Yep... this beer is the next best thing to PtY and god.

rfgetz, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy glden yellowish orange color with pale golden yellow hues and a one finger frothy, soapy white head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chinks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly pungent earthy hop aroma with a very prominent citrus charater as well as some pale malt. Earthy pine notes with hints of soil along with hnts of grapefruit, orange peel and lactic cream.

Chewy medium body that is very hop forward with a strong earthy pine hop presence that lingers throughout into a long, bone dry finish. Pale malt backbone provides very subtle balanced but this beer is all about the hops. Slightly soily with a nice sweet citrus fruit presence. Lots of mango, grapefruit, orange peel and pineapple. Sweet alcohol provides a bit of heat and warmth in the chest. Well balanced and complex but just a touch too soily and dry. Pretty good. I'm not sure why there is so much hate towards this one.

corby112, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

The brewery calls this a 'hop grenade in a can' - while it certainly lights up the glass with eruptive orange highlights, its head is a complete dud. Its golden complexion is plenty vibrant, despite the slight haze, but I've no doubt that it would have looked more becoming if only the fuse for the frothy white foam had properly detonated.

The aroma can be conveniently summed up as follows: tangerines with bad body odour. This has its fair share of citrus but it's all very dank and clammy. A lot of people have likened the aroma of Summit hops to onions but the closest thing to that I smell is a sugary, caramelized onion kind of scent coming from the malts, not the hops.

It makes more of a 'stank' than it does a bouquet and that is partly because there is such an exposure of raw alcohol. And that nail polish remover-like musk is only compounded in the taste - 10% alcohol seems a modest estimate. For a beer that has no shortage of distinguishing features, the alcohol still manages to be perhaps its most prominent.

Along with the solventy, tongue-blistering heat of the alcohol, each sip brings to the palate a breadth of both hoppiness and maltiness. Lightly-biscuity, considerably toasted malts impart a fair serving of caramelized sweetness... that is promptly torn down by razor sharp alpha acids and more of the dank tangerines and clammy citrus.

'Pungent' is a fair word to use; 'flavourful' is a matter of opinion. The brewery boasts that the beer contains only three malts and one variety of hop; although complexity of character can arise from simple elements, it didn't in this case. The rye and dark malts are heroically underwhelming and the bitterness is unpleasantly acrid.

GUBNA carries itself with that John Wayne attitude - it epitomizes all the rugged, brazen, larger-than-life ideals of an American icon. That being said, it's no surprise that such a burly and obnoxious 10% beer has polarized people the way this one has. You ask me, as far as the ideal American DIPA: this GUBNA isn't the right man for the job.

biegaman, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Pahn
3.58/5  rDev -6%

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour down the middle of the glass yields a one inch, foamy white head that dissipates steadily leaving some lacing rings. Pours a translucent yellow. Leaves occasional islands of lacing.

Smell: Predominantly citrus, along with some mild herbal notes, some grape, and a little onion. The big citrus smells quite good.

Taste: My first reaction was "!?" This is bold and savory, tasting primarily of onions and weed. There's a hint of orange at the end. Not much malt until very deep in the glass, when some toasted flavors come out at the end. 100 IBUs overstates the actual detectable bitterness in the beer, but it has a decent amount of bitterness.

Another tough to grade beer. The hops in this DIPA are big and showcased. The beer delivers the full flavor of the ingredients. At the same time, it doesn't taste great, and it's certainly not very refreshing. I bet it would be awesome to cook with.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Pretty delicate actually; I like it a lot.

Drinkability: While the alcohol is well-masked and the feel is great, this is not the flavor I want from an IPA.

It's a very hot day, and I would have loved some (D)IPA refreshment. The smell said: that is what I will give you. The taste said: wouldn't it be funny to make beer out of green onion and marijuana?

I have to admit, this beer is enjoyable if only because it's making me laugh. Also, despite the strange flavor, it's a truly well-made DIPA. Great feel, strong hops flavor, smells good, looks good. Still, if 100% Summit hops in a well-made IPA yields onions and weed, I vote that you put some different hops in the beer.

Pahn, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Canned 4/30/10

A: Nice, clear gold. Forms a large white head that reduces down to a rocky surface coating and a large ring around the edge. Copious lacing.

S: Loads of pine and grapefruit waft from the can as I pour this beer into a tulip. Very aromatic.

T & M: Sweet pale malt on the front end moves to a light grapefruit and citrus bitterness with some floral notes, fades, then a punch to the face with fusel alcohol spice. Holy shit this one is hot; practically burns the inside of my mouth and the alcohol just sits there.

D: eh, not so sure about this. Flavor and aroma are pretty good, but the alcohol is overly aggressive and not at all well hidden. It's like I want to keep coming back for more, only to be punished for it.

Florida9, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.58/5  rDev -6%

12oz can served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy gold with less than a finger of white head. Piney hops in the aroma also a bit of a vegetal smell. More piney hops in the flavor with some malt sweetness. Medium bodied. Some onion flavors come through which are attributed to the hops. Drying finish. Pretty easy drinking at 10% but I wouldn't want a bunch of these.

The first time I tried a sample of this, the onion was overwhelming. I enjoyed the full serving much more, but I can see how people would be put off by the flavor.

homebrewhawk, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of Durge
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

Thanks to Ohoove for this highly unique offering. A nice clear amber color with a modest off-white head and good lacing coats the glass. The aroma is a unique rhubarb apple vinegar, odd skunky prune and olive wierdness. It finally hit me that it smells like pearled onions! Wow. I mean OW! Can't say I like it but it really makes me wonder WTF it could possible taste like (not this I hope). The flavor is an intense sweet potatoe turnip and floral perfume in a near full bodied brew. Tangy intense swampiness with a herbal hop bite. It's sort of bright with relatively fine, full carbonation, full bodied and viscous and hard to ignore. But I doubt I will ever buy more of this. Give them credit for a quality feel and a different sort of brew. But this might be a drain pour for some. Just not too delectable and certainly not a session beer.

Durge, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of rudylaw
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Canned a month ago, this pours a golden/orange color with a rocky white head.

Lots of grassy notes in the nose. Pine, orange peel... sort of like Orange Crush. Smells fairly over-the-top which is a good sign for a IIPA.

Very piney, grassy and huge pineapple notes. If I didn't know better, I would think this is a poor man's Oracle. There are some veggie aspects though... red salad onions to be precise. There is a bunch of sweetness to this too... hot, melted caramel comes to mind.

High carbonation in this yields a crisp, prickly mouthfeel. At 10% you can hardly pound this down, but as an IIPA, it's pretty much in line.

As much as this beer gets railed on, and justly so for it's ridiculous $16/4-pack price tag, this wasn't anywhere near as bad. Perhaps it's the fact that it's pretty fresh, or perhaps I'm an idiot... but I'm looking forward to finishing the pack.

rudylaw, May 31, 2010
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev +5%

A- A clear orange liquid with a craggy white head with decent retention. Leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pine, caramel, alcohol, and grapefruit. Aromatic and tempting.

T- Sweet caramel and pine. There is a bit of pineapple and fruitness at the tail end.

M- Lasting bitterness, but the sweetness comes back and keep this in check.

D- A sweet, but enjoyable take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden. Stands out, but doesn't blow me away.

david131, May 31, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
1.53/5  rDev -59.8%

Truly one of the worst craft brewed beers made out there.

Golden yellow, thin white head.

Floral and meaty smell. It does smell like pork.

Thick, meaty, hops way too bitter, boozy, sweet.

This is like a grain alcohol, hops, and pork slurry. Must be what pork soda is.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured out of the can this DIPA is a hazy copper orange color with a nice off-white head that has some pretty decent stick.

Smell is somewhat mild for the style however, there are definitely some citrus notes along with hops and malty undertones. Aroma is on the maltier side for a DIPA.

Taste has a big orange/citrus kick up front complimenting the hops nicely. Big maltly backbone backing it all up.

Mouthfeel is thick with a good low level carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these and wind up being in trouble.

Morey's Bottom Line: The boldest beer that this geek has had out of a can to date. An above average, yet not quite elite DIPA.

Morey, May 30, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet. Canned on 3/22/10.

A- pours an amber/orange huge with nearly no head...the slight head disappears almost instantly. Disappointing.

S- despite being 2 months old, the hop aroma is still very strong. I'm getting a lot of...maybe oranges? Tangerines? I'm not used to this scent with an IPA, but its a nice change of pace.

T- its a very interesting taste...I don't think I've had anything quite like this before. There is a good bit of bitterness that comes with the hops, which are mostly of the same orange/tangerine flavor I got from the smell...there is also some grapefruit in there. I'm not really sure how I feel...its definitely a unique flavor, I'm not totally sure if its a good thing or not. Upon another sip, I got a burst of alcohol...thats disappointing.

M- there is a syrup quality to this that I don't like...kinda hard to get down.

D- I wouldn't call this very drinkable. The hops are strong, and the alcohol really starts to show through as you continue to drink. Also, that mouthfeel...ugh. Wouldn't buy again, and I'm starting to think Oskar Blues just isn't for me.

bigfnjoe, May 30, 2010
Photo of merlin48
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%

The can pours a hazy golden amber body with a small bone white head. Decent retention and some scattered lacing.

Aroma is sharp and pungent. I get a dose of wild onions underneath grassy, herbal, and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel has a unique acrid bitterness that is disconcerting. Otherwise, medium in body and carbonation.

Taste has a sharp and aggressive hop bitterness that is almost medicinal. A hint of malty caramel is just an afterthought and does little to balance. There is almost a raw ginger character that takes your breath. Finishes dry, earthy, and rough. Alcohol, at least, is concealed very nicely.

Hops here are rough and raw. This one comes off as unsophisticated and nearly undrinkable. An interesting effort from a brewery whose other products I greatly enjoy.

merlin48, May 30, 2010
Photo of jlapennas
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

Appearance: Great deep golden color with an orange hue. Nice head formation with great retention. Pretty much perfect looking DIPA to me.

Aroma: Right off the pour I got an intense orange/tangerine aroma similar to orange soda. This beer doesn't have the classic citrus of the lemon/grapefruit type. After sometime that disappeared and some onion and garlic aromas began to come out but they were not super intense. There is a little dankness as well. Overall, I like the aroma but it faded fairly quickly. Swirling didn't produce nearly the original intensity as the beer warmed up - which normally works for me.

Flavor: The flavor has much more of the onion/garlic and less orange fruitiness. The resin and hop bitterness is not as intense as you might expect for a beer like this. In fact, the beer seems to have a decent amount of smooth caramel like sweetness to it. What really jumps out though is the alcohol. This sucker really tastes like the 10% it says on the can. It's a clean alcohol but there's a lot of it...

Mouthfeel: Fairly high carbonation gives it a very crisp but full mouthfeel at first and negates some of the sweetness noted later. Definitely a slightly burning alcohol that impacts the drinkability.

Overall: As I drink this beer I'm can't help thinking that it seems like a really cool but ultimately unsuccessful single hop experiment. I really liked the orange character that I was getting at first in the aroma but I tasted too much onion/garlic to make the flavor really enjoyable. In the end, this is why you blend hops - to get a more balanced beer with a variety of flavors and aromas. I learned a lot about the character of Summit hops but I guess you have to be careful how you use them. I'd recommend trying it once to decide for yourself. It's certainly a well made beer but doesn't have the right balance and complexity for me to buy another.

jlapennas, May 29, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Thanks to beerwolf77 for letting me sample this beer.
12oz can poured into standard pint.

A-Pours a nice golden orange. A small half finger worth of head that dies down quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The big burst of hops turns into strong onion like many on here have said before. It is different but not in a bad way, unless you don't like onions. There also seems to be a small amount of grape juice hiding behind all that.

T- The onion smell that is so prevalent in the nose pretty much disappears. A mellow amount of hops and an underlying sweetness is all I can really pick out.

M- Medium bodied that has just the right amount of carbonation and is slightly dry on the finish.

D- If you can get over the aroma, it is a solid beer. If you can't get over it, you are going to have problems with this beer.

Wisconsinality, May 29, 2010
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,365 ratings.