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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,457 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,457
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 76
Gots: 219 | 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 caddybuyer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

A-Hazy peach amber with a huge creamy eggshell head that won't quit.

S-Pungent graprfruit rind and orange zest citrus and pine hops accent the strong sweet caramel malt backbone.

T-IBU's aplenty here, as the hops attack the palate in the front, middle and very astringent finish of this beer. Unfortunately the nose is a bit better than the somewhat harsh and unbalanced flavor of this brew. Strong onion flavor hits mid palate, as does an overstated alcohol note. I have had this before and remember it tasting a bit better,

M-Medium full, oily and resin filled with balanced carbonation.

D-Oskar Blues makes some fine beer, and this one has the makings of a great one, but it is just too hot and bitter to be enjoyed as anything but an occasional sipper. At $15 a 4 pack, it also is not a great value.

caddybuyer, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Brez07
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into a snifter. Had this a few months ago and just now am getting around to reviewing it. Canned on 3/15/10

A: Light orange pour with the slightest bit of white head. Scant lacing

S: Hops are the first thing I smell, but somethings off. Not a type that I am familiar with. Smells a little grassy, but also like scallions/onions. Wasn't bad at first, but was a little off putting as I continued to drink

T: Again, a funky hop that my palate just doesn't seem to get. The scallion/onion flavor is present. It's not a big taste, but once I knew it was there, it was all I could think about

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation, dry finish. Not much bitterness

D: This beer was ok at first, but I struggled to drink it after a while and almost didn't finish it. At the price I paid ($5/can), I can't see myself buying this one again

Brez07, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear yellow/orange hue with 1 finger thick off white head. Some carbonation rising.

S - Smells mostly of citrus hops. I don't smell any alcohol. Some malts come through, smells like a typical DIPA.

T - Taste is still citrus hops, slight alcohol taste. I'm getting a faint onion taste, but that's because I'm looking for it, not as pronounced as everyone seems to make it out to be. It's a complex taste with some unique flavors, but they don't clash. The malt base comes through more, toning down the hops quite a bit.

M - Medium bodied, sticky feeling that coats your mouth. Finish is slight alcohol burn with very bitter hops.

D - Very good drinkability for the ABV. Alcohol is noticeable but not detrimental. Overall, I liked it, wouldn't be my regular choice, but it was good.

GarrettMD, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of fear025
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells like a skunky grapefruit. There's a small garlic or onion smell in the aroma.

Appearance:Gold in color, very clear, and has very good head retention.

Taste:This beer is heavy on the malt and the hops. On the foretaste I get wild onion. This changes through the aftertaste to become more hoppy. This beer has an interesting savory flavor.

Mouthfeel:Nice carbonation. Medium thick body. A little bit harsh.

Drinkability:A slightly challenging beer to drink, but if you like DIPAs you will be well rewarded with a unique complex beer.

fear025, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear bronze color with a healthy khaki head. Leaves some creamy lacing. Aroma is bright and atypical. Pink grapefruit abounds but there's something else, kinda like orange juice or that tropical orange/mango/pineapple juice. I can see why people might call this beer garlicky. There's no explicit garlic taste, but there's a similar spiciness to the hops in addition to the expected citrus aspect. Besides that, there's a pronounced caramel maltiness midpalate that's a bit too heavy for me. Gives it that syrupy maple-syrup-on-grapefruit character. Definitely more in the west coast barleywine vein. No alcohol in the taste but there's an obvious warmth in the chest after each sip. Bitterness is firm but not really up to double IPA standards. Syrupy body with lowish carbonation. A little sugary to be particularly drinkable. This is a perfectly decent beer, and maybe a bit underrated.

illidurit, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of BeTheBall
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank in a 10 oz. snifter from TPH taps. One finger head, golden semi-clear color, some lacing. Smelled piny and grassy, lots of hops, not much else. Tasted same, huge hops with grapefruit and pine taste, some sweetness attempts to tame the hops, but fails. Mouthfeel was good, but nothing special. I gave drinkability a 3.0 only due to the 10% ABV, which can pack a wallop.

BeTheBall, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of pitasoup
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours clear golden yellow with tremendous foamy head. not much lacing, just a bit of residual foam

S: sticky sweet malts and caramel, followed faintly by pine and earthy hops - cascade and amarillo like, but not exactly.

T: sweet malts and a touch of rye quickly comes through, then is overwhelmed by hop bitterness - there is a lingering taste of grapefruit.

M: this has a smooth body and is less carbonated than expected, perhaps a lot of it was lost during the pour. It finishes slightly astringent and certainly soapy. also finishes rather warm - the 10% is apparent.

D: This is not as drinkable as many other DIPA's I've had. It finishes hot and is overwhelmed by one dimensional hop taste. It would be much better with a slightly lower abv, perhaps 8ish? and a stronger aroma. This is tasty enough for me to finish the glass, but I won't be coming back to it during this session.

pitasoup, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

how interesting to have a imperial IPA in a can... makes one think. a proper nose that has some inconsistencies in the palate that give the malt quality a plastic finish... a tad lighter in color. and weak in malt backbone. this actually came out to be not thick and warm but thin and sharp. finish of soap, corn syrup, and eggplant bitter. lean at best and not something that would keep long enough to have in a can. but then again a beer style that is intolerant to small fails. this is a lob sided beer.

rtepiak, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade. Poured from a 12oz. can (canned 4/15/10) into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a glowing orange with a soapy dense head. Aroma consists mosty of the summit hops which I can sense oranges and dark malts. Taste is very interesting. Can definity taste the orange flavors from the summit but then the sweet malty backbone is all over the place. Haven't really tasted a malt combination like this before in a DIPA, kinda different but I like it. Full bodied mouthfeel that leaves a filmy layar on the palate. Overall feeling is this would be a good change of pace DIPA from the rest of the group, very different and unique.

ballz50401, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of brdc
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, thanks to stoutsnipas.

Poured from a can into a sampling glass, in a comparison with other IPAS and DIPAS.
The appearance is light copper, with an average off white head, good retention. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is a bit too alcoholic, but also shows a variety of fruits, citric and tropical, with some candy, and a few grassy notes.
Medium bodied, the alcohol shows a bit too much on the palate, sometimes limiting the appreciation of the citric hoppiness, well balanced by some candy sweetness.
Good, not great.

brdc, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of arizcards
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Magnum's on the 4th of July for $4.79. Canned on 5-14-10.

Beer poured orange with a two finger head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is citrus hops but not as pungent as expected from a big beer. Taste is big malts balanced pretty well by citrus hops with a funky onion finish that is a big detraction. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty decent carbonation. Drinkability is average, big alcohol warming with the first sips which is expected but the funky onion aftertaste was not. Glad i tried but it is a bit pricey to seek out again.

arizcards, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a snifter. Thanks for bringing this back from Camp, Paulie. This can was around 6 months old when sampled.

Orange with some brown, and a white head. Good retention and lace. Clear as can be when the dregs are avoided with a skillful pour.

Weird smell - there's some citrus and pine, but also green onions and some duck liver. That damn Summit hop, man, wow is it identifiable.

Taste is certainly polarizing. I like the flavors but not in my DIPA please. Rye gives a spicy kick. The onion flavors from the Summit is insane, really, this is like a patty melt w/o the burger. Just a strange beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Really quite decent, carb makes it feel lively. Overall, this is decent - something I would have again. But certainly not a typical beer, more of a novelty for hop heads who also like onions.

jampics2, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of IinPA
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was turned on to this today as I am an incurable IPA slut and am always looking for something surprising in a new IPA. Absolutely, this is an uncommon IPA. You may think me mad but, it makes me think of mother's Sunday Pot Roast. The sweetness of the carrots, the bite of the onions, all with a beefy back-beat. Its a fascinating, if not entirely successful, brew. I will drink it again, it is eminently palatable and uniquely complex. To top it off, its in a can! How retro!

IinPA, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gubna is a hazy golden ale with a soft, dense white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a huge, hoppy aroma with lots of pine and flowers. It smells sweet with a touch of berry. It's full bodied and very smooth with a clean finish. It's pretty sweet and pretty bitter. It's well balanced with lots of hop flavor. It's mostly resiny pine with echoes of Red Zinger tea. The aftertaste is resiny and bitter. It goes down real easy for 10% ABV.

yesyouam, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass, amberish gold type color with a head that left some decent lacing.

strong grassy and citrusy aroma.

big grassy and citrus hop flavor up front, finishes really sweet. overall not really that bitter. i feel like they just dumped a bunch of summit hops in at 30 and so on.

really thick, overall somewhat drinkable.overall worth trying if you're into imperial ipa's/summit hops.

wyattshotmaker, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mostly clear appearance. There is a substantial head and good lacing. Unfortunately, this is the best aspect of this beer. The aroma is comprised mostly of big hops, followed by a sturdy malt presence. The taste is full of sticky and sweet hops, which becomes cloying after only a few ounces. This beer just lacks the craftsmanship that makes a 10% DIPA enjoyable. There are some nice things going on here, but there's a harshness to the beer that I find distracting. This, coupled with the sticky sweetness, significantly affects my overall enjoyment of this brew. Although my review is somewhat harsh, this wasn't a terrible beer. However, there are so many amazing IPAs and DIPAs out there, I won't be returning to this one anytime soon.

Huhzubendah, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of ithacabaron
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 23, 2010
Photo of PCmofo
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,457 ratings.