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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 865
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%
Wants: 68
Gots: 156 | 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 BigIrishman

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light ruby color, very clear with a staying fluffy white head.

Smell: This beer really screams of summit hops. There is a piny blast up front with a musky rankness in the background. Pretty sweet smell overall, although not a huge malt presence.

Taste: A musky blanket of pine needles mostly maybe a slight citrus touch, with a bit of that strange rankness playing around the tongue as the beer washes down. Gives me a slight reminder of walking past the those kids with the long hair playing guitars in a tree on a college campus. There is a bit of bitterness in there, but the strange flavor really overpowers the tongue. I'm not really feeling the huge blast of summit hops here, they definitely need something to balance them out.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light body with a big stickiness that really coats the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a bit of a one trick pony. The weird flavors really prevent this beer from being too drinkable. A beer you should try, but probably won't return to.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 23:57:52 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of wagenvolks


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a Duvel tulip...wow, already over 200 reviews for this beer!

Pours a crystal clear, straw-golden body with a minimal head of eggshell white bubbles. Lots of carbonation rising up from the laser etching. Good retention on what little head sticks around, and some nice lacing too. Yep, onions are definitely coming through in the aroma, taking the form of wild ramps. Thanks, Summit! Hints of honeydew and other fruity melons in the background with a touch of pinyness. Semi-sweet, boozy vanilla & butterscotch notes from the malts and alcohol.

The hops lay the smack down on the palate, and it's a beautiful, bitter burn as the alcohol kicks in. Raw, leafy Summit hops add a very flavorful balance to all the IBU's, with pine resin and wild herbs. The malts taste sweet and pale with a spicy rye kick, but ultimately get overshadowed by the hoppy onslaught. The booze takes hold mid-palate, and grips the tastebuds with a breathy ethanol note until the 10% ABV warms the stomach. One of the longest-lingering aftertastes in recent memory, and I like it. Mouthfeel is deceptively light and drinkable, but you can tell this is a big beer all the while. I guess the uppity carbonation level helps lighten the load. All in all, a fantastic IIPA from Oskar Blues. I was a bit skeptical of the all-Summit hop schedule and hefty price-tag, but this is well worth the asking price. Yum!

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 22:05:45 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a bit darker than straw colored. It had a decent head and tons of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy up front with floral and citrus to follow. The taste is much the same where the hops are killer up front, a little too strong in my opinion.

This isn't especially easy to drink, but still enjoyable for sure.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 04:33:25 | More by VWBuggirl
Photo of lackenhauser


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat hazy gold at first but clears somewhat to a medium golden color. Quite the resiny and piney tree sap aroma. Just a huge hop blast upfront. Deep resiny and piney flavors. A ton of sweetness in the finish with a mild spicy bite. Long lasting hop flavors. Huge body-fairly heavy, quite viscous. A hell of a DIPA-thoroughly enjoyable on all levels. Will revisit this again and again.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 02:12:50 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a finger of creamy off white head. Decent retention leaving some lice lace. Color is a glowing golden orange. Very appealing dipa.

Aroma: Whoever said this beer smells like onions is correct. The hops give off a distinguishable onion flavor. Some floral hops with some bready malts.

Taste: Whoa, the taste is pretty awkwad. It tastes like so many weird flavors that are not normally in an ipa and I can't really determine. The onions show, but not as much. Such an odd flavor. More floral hops. Grassy and weedy, however. Some bready malts and alcohol show.

Mouthfeel: Mainly creamy with a touch of bitterness. Medium to full bodied for the style. A decent amount of carbonation. End sticky, hoppy, and dry.

Overall, this was an odd dipa. Nothing I really enjoyed too much. It had some interesting flavors with it and showed too much of its alcohol. Glad I only have one can to get through.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 00:38:12 | More by mothman
Photo of CampusCrew


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big pine and some citus, smells like a very strong IPA.

taste: not as complex as I expected from oskar, but a very good piney dipa

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: let down witht he hype, but still a great DIPA

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 21:48:12 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of DousedInStout


3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"This one tastes like the cow got into a bunch of onions"...er, I mean brewer. I LOVE Oskar Blues' offerings, with Ten Fidy being in my top 10 faves of all time, so I was extremely excited to try this one out. Unfortunately, it let me down in a big way.

Pours a deep amber color with rocky white head. The aroma is sweet and citrusy, with some slight medicinal phenolics. The biggest shock is in the taste - big, mouth-coating malt sweetness followed by vidalia onions from the Summit hops. A little spice and pine as well, and definitely some heat from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is dense, and overbearing. I really can't get past the taste of onions and malty sweetness.

I know some people are really digging this beer, but I think Oskar Blues could've benefitted from diversifying their hops and toning down the residual sugar from the malt bill.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 06:02:04 | More by DousedInStout
Photo of errantnight


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into my trusty Spiegelau tulip. Quite nice, a slightly hazed golden barely orange-tinged hue with superior retention but only moderate lacing.

Hyped, divisive, etc. Not the first 100% Summit hop brew I've tasted. That would be Bison's from their Single Hop Series. And this has the advantage of a superior malt bill and process. Which makes me like this far more than I expected.

Aromas definitely push an orange/tangerine-centric agenda with a heeping backing of sweet onion. I don't know if it's the amazing sharp cheddar and tomato confit grilled cheese sandwich I'm eating it with, or the tomato bisque I'm dipping the sandwich in, but the aromatic notes aren't really putting me off right now.

Excellent mid-palate sweetness that's grainy and complex. Finishes with a tongue scraping bitterness that hits right down the middle only in the aftertaste does a little linger in the cheeks. Note: 100 IBUs! Not as bitter as beers with fewer. The nature of the hops... matters. No alcohol burn whatsoever. 10% my ass. Literally, this will put you on it.

Mouthfeel is really excellent. Nice deceptively light body. Excellent carbonation lift.

I'm... thinking this is alright. I really don't think Summit works entirely on its own, but this highlights some of its strengths pretty well. It adds depth to the hop flavors with its intriguing complexities, pleasing mid-palate bitterness. I don't personally find it so awe-inspiring or worthy of some the aggressive derision that pops up around it. But... I get why some do.

I would heartily recommend pairing this particular beer with food. I hold no illusion that I would want a pint of this coming in on a warm spring afternoon (they're warm here in SoCal). But it worked amazingly well with the meal I paired it with.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 05:39:36 | More by errantnight
Photo of cjgator3


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can

A- Pours an clear copper/amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is dominated by a lot of citrus and pine hop aromas.

T- The taste like the aroma is nothing short of a hop bomb. There is some fruitiness from the malt up front with the hops quickly kicking in and lingering around well into the finish. There is also a lot of warmth from the high ABV. A little too boozy in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carboantion.

D- Overall, this is a big hop dominated DIPA that packs a lot of hops. Don't know if I'd want more than one can though, that would be palate overload for me.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 05:32:44 | More by cjgator3
Photo of jjanega08


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice bright orange color with a good looking two finger head that is a sort of off white color colored head. Some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= smells like a lot of skunky marajuana. Nice green smell to it. Sort of a little cat piss smell to it but nothing oniony like I've heard.

T= The taste is a little more oniony than the smell led on to believe. The weed smell is turned into some of the most dirty nasty ditch weed I've ever tasted. The taste isn't nearly as plesant as many IPAs I've had. Sort of different in the taste.

M= Good for an IPA. Nice and smooth. Good mouth on this one. This may be the best part of it.

D= Decent brew. When you get use to the onion taste it's decent. There are a lot of better IIPAs that are at a more reasonable price point. Decent beer though.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 04:30:00 | More by jjanega08
Photo of WolfmanK

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Rich golden but clear.

Smell: Overpoweringly Citrus specifically grapefruit, it smells of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Taste: Very bitter upfront strong grapefruit flavor, but then gets milder and smoother with a fairly clean finish.

mouthfeel: Good, nothing especially wonderful or bad about the mouthfeel.

drinkability: There is a great smooth mellow taste to this once the bitter first bite washes away. Very drinkable, but the 10% ABV makes it dangerous to drink this too quickly. :)

Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 02:07:18 | More by WolfmanK
Photo of jonesy613

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear leaving minimal head (maybe my can pouring skills are not so good). What little appears sticks around and provides light lacing.

Smell is odd, not necessarily bad odd, just different. I must have seen another review that said "meaty" because that's all I can think of to describe it. Not as piney or floral as I thought I might sense. NOTE: after seeking out descriptions of Summit I'm going to go with the occasionally noted onion/garlic smell... onion powder.

Resiny, dank, yet crispy hop forwardness that shifts pretty quickly to the back of the tongue and throat.

Crisp and hoppy in the way I'd expect a big IPA to be. Not too lingering or cloying in any way. I don't know that I'd have pegged it for 10%... it's warm with alcohol, but it doesn't knock you down. I get a little salty feel after pausing between sips.

Drinkability is high because it's not cloying and it's not a palate-wrecker. 10%, $15 4-pack, I don't know that it would be a beer I'd seek out again. I'll enjoy the other 3 however...

Serving type: can

04-29-2010 00:20:06 | More by jonesy613
Photo of MCfunkyJ


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good for a canned beer. I poured it into a glass but still its not something I will be on the hunt for priced at $18 for 4-pack of 12oz Cans.

Its surprisingly good but I rated it low because of the can and price vs what it actually is.

I might give it 5's across the board if it was in a bottle.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 13:12:58 | More by MCfunkyJ
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this to a recent tasting... Thanks a ton Jeremy..

Very clear yellow/orange .. nice head... good lacing..

Nose is amazingly fruity... citrus... melon.. pineapple... damn.. no pine!! Funky weed permeates the aroma.

Flavor has all the American hop aromas (again no pine) .. the fruitiness really slams into the deep herbal qualities.. some skunky onion adds to the hoppiness but the hoppiness really goes all over the place.... pale malts try to keep things together but sorta fail when it warms up.

Nice body and carbonation.... but this seemed like a shotgun blast of hops that never should be put on the same platform.... too much and they don't jive together....

Thanks again to Jeremy.. but I really want to try this again.. I doubt my above negatives are as bad as my review shows.


Serving type: can

04-28-2010 08:48:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of ZAP


1.48/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A-Light orange...cloudy....small white head

S-Big garlic aroma...fuck...I could ward off vampires with this shit. Thank you Summit hop...underneath all the garlic is a little light citrus but hard to distinquish

T-Catty....garlic...onion...don't like this at all. Maybe some light citrus but again hard to note.

M-Medium to full bodied...not much bitterness on the finish or the taste really.

D-I'm not fan of Surly Abrasive as I think that has similar characteristics as this one but this is much worse. Probably the worst tasting DIPA I have had. Will never buy again.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 04:28:16 | More by ZAP
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a stemmed glass.

The color has is orange with a bit of a haziness to it that does not make it completely clear through but I can see to the other side. The head is white and is about a finger or two thick with some nice lacing. Seems to be well carbonated as well.

The smell is a bit of orange peel at first. Some CO2 that comes in with that orange flavor and almost makes me cough. Some bitterness is present as well and does come out just a bit.

The taste is citrus but is pretty bitter right out front and just seems to get stronger as it washes over the back of the pallet. It has some bitter and spicy and is better when gulped a bit as opposed to taking small sips. Once past that strong bitterness there are few more flavor that do come out. Some slight green apple seem to be hiding in the background with some slight pair as well.

The feel is a little tough for the unprepared and can be really a shock if you are inexperienced with high bitter IPAs. This beer is well carbonated and a bit effervescent. IT is pretty drinkable once you are used to the bitterness and does down well. Some nice bitter aftertaste that stays for about five to ten seconds after each sip. A good bitter, Imperial IPA.

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 04:23:08 | More by Duhast500
Photo of beereality


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thank you goes out to Lloyd for thinking of me and picking this up while in Co. Beautiful hazy orange pour with a big fine white head, that leaves nice lacing. Sticky. Good. Pleasant fruity aroma, kind of earthy. Strong. Big citrus hop front with a nice malt back bone. I would compare this to a modus hoperandi if it came in an imperial style. Look out for this one, its one strong brew. It hits you from the start. I had three glasses from the growler in three hours and had to call it a night.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2010 01:53:04 | More by beereality
Photo of babaracas


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a disappointing thin white head, not much lace. Smell: earthy with some cantaloupe and mild tropical fruit. Taste: mild toffee sweetness, spicy, earthy, a little alcohol and a touch of pineapple aftertaste. Syrupy. Alcohol and earthy/spicy linger. This one was a lot better cool, as it warmed it got earthy and "green" tasting (Summit I assume).

Serving type: can

04-28-2010 00:32:40 | More by babaracas
Photo of Lazerlobe


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy light orange with fluffy head and beautiful lacing

S: Tangerine and pineapple

T: Flavor is stonger tangerine and unripe pineapple rind with some strong bitterness. Lots of hot booze here which you'd have to expect from a 10% DIPA.

M: Little booze heat, good carbonation

D: Because of the high ABV, I could only do about 2 of these before I fall out of my chair. Still, a sessionable DIPA, though I think I want to underestimate this because it comes in a can.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 23:01:37 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of nickfl


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger head of just slightly off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden-orange body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An intense, pine and grapefruit hop aroma with notes of cedar and pineapple. Some sweet, caramel malt in the background as well.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front with a strong, bready character. The malt is quickly followed up with sharp hop flavors mirroring those of the aroma. Notes of cedar, basil, grapefruit and pine. Finishes with the hop flavors remaining strong but fading in diversity to just cedar and grapefruit along with strong bitterness and moderate toffee malts for balance. Lingering spicy, woody hops combine with the toffee in the aftertaste to create a woody, cedar like cured tobacco note.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice DIPA that delivers in the way one tends to expect from OB. The hop character is both complex (shockingly complex for a beer brewed with a single hop) and extremely pungent with a particularly spicy leaning. This hop intensity is mirrored in the flavor with strong notes of grapefruit and other, more subtle hop characteristics that combine well with the rich malt. This combination of malt and hops comes together particularly well in the finish and aftertaste, where it creates a woody tobacco character that highlights the moderately toasty notes of the malt. A nice new offering from Oscar Blues and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 07:06:54 | More by nickfl
Photo of SShelly


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with low head, little visible carb.

Aroma is dank and resinous, pine and citrus both in the mix.

Flavor is big burst of bitterness upfront with lots of hop flavor, a little warming in the mouth, major resin stickin in the mouth, not that pleasant after a while.

Finish is hoppy and resiny, not that thrilled with the aftertaste ofthis, really overwhelms he rest of the beer.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 03:54:58 | More by SShelly
Photo of ugaterrapin


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: a hazy golden beer flowed out of the can. A fingers worth of head settled out on top and left a fair amount of lacing when it receded.

S: This beer has an incredible danky hoppy aroma. There is a definite marijuana aroma in this beer and by no means is that a bad thing.

T: The taste is a little strange. There are some different flavors in this one. The main flavor is herbal grassy hops with emphasis on the grass. It is somewhat bitter on the finish, but not quite as potent as I was expecting. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant, but not too bad.

M: The mouthfeel is a little oily, but that is somewhat to be expecting since this is highly hopped.

D: Overall this a decent beer. When you factor in the price though this is a only buy once type of beer. I think one at a time is all I can due because it does have some funkiness going on.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 00:19:29 | More by ugaterrapin
Photo of Pencible


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nearly clear gold with some off-white head. It smelled like strong pine with some apricot and floral hops, plus light caramel malt. It tasted just about the same as it smelled, like pine with floral and apricot hops, and some caramel malt. It was thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had huge hops but was still somehow very well balanced, leading to a great scent and taste. It had great body also, and hid the alcohol all too well, so it was dangerously easy to drink. A wonderful double IPA that shows a mastery of extracting a ton of taste from a single hop. And while this is a gem when fresh, the malt backbone seemed strong enough to make it a very interesting candidate for aging.

Serving type: can

04-26-2010 17:31:58 | More by Pencible
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally do a review based on the A/S/T/M/D format, but in this apparently divisive and polarizing case a missive is in order:

Dearest BA,

WTF? This brew is delicious, and squarely positioned within the definition and norms of the style.

Could it be that there is a bad batch? Did it draw the ire of the cheapskate within? Have half of you lost your mind? Have half of us?



P.S. This bad boy is only 12 days old! Fresh as a can can be.

Serving type: can

04-25-2010 22:20:40 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. can served in my DT tulip. Poured a translucent golden orange with a creamy, 2.5 inch off-white head. Head eventially settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap that coalesces around the shoulders. Lots of lacing with excellent adherence on this brew. Nose starts off with citrus notes initially, but there seems to be a slightly herbal/medicinal quality that follows close behind, as well as perhaps a hint of something vegetal - garlic and/or onions? Taste consistent with nose - WTF - there is something a little off-putting about the taste for me. Another review cited a Funyuns taste. While it's been years since I've had a Funyun, there is definitely an overpowering oniony/garlicky character to this beer that comes out in the middle and peaks at the end as a not so subtle reminder of what you just tasted - all this on a very malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and syrupy viscous with an even carbonation level. All these factors, coupled with the price, makes Gubna a major swing and a miss for me. Very disappointing considering the quality of the other OB beers.

Serving type: can

04-25-2010 20:16:32 | More by Jwale73
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.