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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 76
Gots: 226 | 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 BeerAndBourbon
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Canned 5-04-10.

A. Pours an orangish amber with a creamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving ample residual lacing.

S. Citrus hops, caramel, pine, sweet malt background.

T. Strong citrus and pine hops with sweet caramel malt.

M. Medium to thick body with small bubble creamy carbonation that helps lift the bitterness of the tongue.

D. Very balanced for an Imperial IPA. The 10% is very well hidden under the hops and malt.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a clear, light golden amber. Decent amount of head. Disappointing retention and lacing.

The aroma is something else, with some kind of hops delivering prickly pine, and cactus. Clean and herbal...almost like cilantro and parsley and green onion and industrial cleaner and...weed. Very unusual. Some grapefruit lingers beneath all the odd leafy herbal aromas.

The taste is like rosemary and French onion soup and baked cabbage. Bitter and then some. This is...so...what is this? A mishmash of fresh leafy herbs come to the fore backed by a creamy malt sweetness. Very spicy alcohol bite. Out of curiosity I went to Oskar Blues website and if this is indeed brewed with one variety of hop, then please give me a list of every beer brewed with summit hops so I never have to make my mouth this sad again. I'm so not a fan.

Mouthfeel is full, but the bitterness just makes me thirsty.

I love everything else I have had from Oskar Blues ergo what the fuck? And I really wanted to like this.

Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to try this one for quite some time, and I'm not disappointed. Pours a pretty clear, light amber/orange color with very minimal head. The nose is dripping with pine. There's also an orange citrus scent mixed with some sweet malts. The pine smacks you right in the face then the citrus comes in. It's more pronounced than in the nose. Heavy with grapefruit, then fading to oranges. Leaves a pretty bitter finish. I'm looking for the wild onion or garlic taste, but all I can discern is a hint on the aftertaste. Perhaps contrived, it is there lingering in the background. As you get through this, the hops mellow out and sweet caramel malts become more and more prevalent. Nice slightly syrupy viscosity and relatively low carbonation. Alcohol is quite absent in the taste...though I can feel a light tingle on the lips. I really enjoyed this and look forward to more of them in the future.

Photo of adam42381
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 ounce can into a Chimay goblet. Bottom of can reads:
Canned On
05-14-10 @ 13:59
Vote For Pedro

Appearance: Pours a medium caramel/orange with a 1-2 finger off-white creamy head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Both sweet and bitter hops are obvious. Pine and grapefruit with floral notes. Very slight hint of onion.

Taste: Floral sweetness up front followed by pine and onions in the middle. Not a good thing, in my opinion. At the finish is a bitter hop explosion like I've never encountered. It is pure lemon rind and grapefruit but it is cranked up about three notches above anything else I've tried. It is a bit overpowering for my tastes. The aftertaste is typical bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth

Drinkability: Low drinkability due to the overwhelming bitterness and lack of approachable flavor combinations.

Overall: I really wanted to enjoy this one because I typically like what Oskar Blues puts out but I just didn't. The bitterness and flavors do not compliment each other well at all. I'm a hophead and love high IBU beer but the bitterness doesn't work for me on this one.

Photo of Jeffo
1.35/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A great extra from begbeerdrinker in our recent trade. Thanks for hooking me up with this ever polarizing brew!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking white head with good retention. Perfectly clear amber orange or gamboge in color with zero carbonation evident. Head quickly fades to a wisp. Only a slight ring remains leaving no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Wafts of onions and soap, with some hints of garlic thrown in for good measure. Solid aromas of window spray and industrial floor cleaner. Acid perhaps. I'm scared to drink this.

TASTE: Fears confirmed. Everything from the nose, but splattered all over my face. A soupy array of onions, garlic, and various varieties of soap thrown into the boil. Big flavors of industrial cleaners and an array of hair styling products. This is how I imagine acid wash jeans from the mid-80s would taste. Bitter, acidic, industrial strength aftertaste just won't die. I choked down four gulps of this, cringing and hitting my ears after every one, before passing it off to Drain. How do people drink whole cans of this? Do they drink it on purpose? My dad was sure to get in on the action before Drain.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Plenty creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes crisp. Unfortunately the palate was strong enough to help showcase the "flavors."

OVERALL: This was awesome! I love me some polarizing brews, and this is probably the top choice in the country in that respect. Everyone should have a chance to try this. Colorado folk, make it your duty to send a can of this out as an extra in every trade. The rest of the world should have a chance to experience what I just have. In the end, they will thank you. I want to give a huge thanks to belgbeerdrinker for giving me the chance to give this bad boy a try. Cheers!

Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden and hazy hue with a thick billowing consistant head--great retention and lacing

S: Citrus, grapefruit, onion and garlic sit on top of a sweet grainy quality--I actually find the spicy onion nodes to work well with the aromas

T: Wonderful spicy and pungent hop characteristics; citrus, pine, and onion; Know your onion! The sweet, candied alcoholy quality of most DIPAs is suppressed; the alcohol is actually very well masked

F: Great mouth feel; perfect carbonation

D: A really drinkable and delicious DIPA; I don't understand the criticism--this is a great beer!

Photo of hughesm4
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a can into a pint glass.
a-Dark brown in the center of the beer with a golden color around the edge of the glass.
s-Very strong and hoppy upfront with a sweet after smell.
t-Strong, singular hop taste with a mild malt taste trailing.
m/d-medium body and bland for an ipa. There is no bitter aftertaste and there is more malt than I expected.

Photo of simpliciter
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - a bit of a dirty brown. it should remain in its can. :)
s - a noseful of pine, but in a very good way.
t - intensely bitter at the front with an entire forest, from pine needles to earth
m - huge! sticky! but perfectly balanced to the power hop action.
d - at 10%ABV, dangerously so...

...revolutionizing canned beer. huzzah!

Photo of ectomorph
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange and dark gold body with a nice half inch egg shell head. Solid sheet of lace sticks to the glass.

S - Pineapple, green apple, and what can only be described as "marijuana grow room smell" with a faint sweetness of malt in the back.

T - Pine resin, grapefruit, bubblegum, wet grass hop GREATNESS. There is a slight solvency to the alcohol here, but at 10% that is understandable. The bitterness lasts from front to back, but clears instantly at the finish leaving my mouth puckered for more.

M - Big bodied, but not rich. Good carbonation with the alcohol warming the back of the throat and everything else behind it.

D - For a mouth ripper of an IIPA, this is actually enjoyable with many spicy Mexican dishes as well as seafood.

Photo of wedgie9
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted from can purchased at Discount Liquors. Pours clear orange with a medium white head that slowly recedes to heavy lace. Nose is super intense hops citrus with some sweeter fruits and malt. Flavor is dominated by pineapple with some citrus and brown sugar malt, but there is something salty, briny, and weird about this. It reminds me slightly of pre-packaged lunch meat, not very enjoyable. Body is medium and oily with average carbonation and a long bitter and pineapple finish. The alcohol is very well integrated, but there is something off about this as well.

Photo of jIsh
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, full beer in a can. The best way I can describe it is simple:

Hop Syrup

Oskar Blues makes the best canned beers around my parts. I recently brought a 4-pack (of GUBNA) into the backcountry and chilled them in a high country Rocky Mountain stream. I believe that this is the way they were meant to be enjoyed.

Balanced (yet hard-hitting) bitterness with subtle amber tones highlight this full-bodied imperial IPA and it is quite fantastic.

Also quite enjoyable to have on the slopes.

Photo of letsgopens
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my absolute favorites when I'm looking for an big, indulgent hop bomb! Pours orange amber with thick golden highlights. The dense, pearl head holds its ground but once fades, leaves some substantial chunks of lace.

Rich, piney and resinous aroma. An explosion of sticky, hoppy goodness in the nostrils. Sharp citrus and bright herbal tones along with peppery greens. Some understated honey drizzled muffin and a hint of booze.

Again, a big hoppy smack in the chops. Thick and lush. Resinous and sticky as the nose suggested. Pine and floral herbs. Fresh, green juiciness with citrus and tropical fruit. Tangerine and ripe pineapple. Strong, lingering bitterness. The biscuity malt sweetness seems like a flash in the pan at first but upon closer consideration it becomes more relevant that initially detected. It manages to provide some substantial balance, and after warming a bit, releases a nice buttery, honey note.

Bright and crisp up front with an obviously assertive bitterness and carbonation level. Sizable body and definitely a warm, big beer to be sure. Scary high in the drinkability department! Spoken like a true hop head; I could down quite a few of these jewels. The booze doesn't show up like its 10%, especially not at serving temp. Moral of the story: if you drink fast enough, you're in trouble.

Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in one of our many recent trips across the border to Wisconsin. Have been waiting patiently for the singling of the brew; the steep price tag was a touch alarming.

Pours on the orange side of the IIPA spectrum with actively racing carbonation. The smell temporarily numbs my olfactory factories, forcing me to put the glass down & breathe deeply for a few minutes before trying again. Nope, no good. Hops. Great!

GUBNA wakes up the palate with a bitter, biting does of red onions, bringing tears to my eyes. Rye bread comes hard on its heels, & only then do the hops put in an appearance, more bitterness evens out this wild event. Strangely, although I don't dig onions, this is pretty good stuff & the alcohol is hidden like a good geocache. Once one gets over the freakishness.

Good brew. Stands out as startlingly unique among IIPAs, whether intended or not. That flavor profile...wow.

Photo of mfunk9786
2.08/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this more. I love this brewery and what they do, but it seems as if this follows along with a disturbing "too thick, too sweet" trend. The appearance is nice enouugh, despite the fact that even a 'glug glug' pour results in very little head. It's orange and hazy and that's what counts. A nice hoppy aroma devolves into a too-sweet mess with an onion-y character that totally overwhelms the nice initial hop presence. Bizarre for the style, particularly because of the mouthfeel, which is as thick as the Old Chub and Ten Fidy but in this case, totally inappropriate for the style. As a result, the drinkability downright suffers. I barely wanted to finish this one. Sorry for the paragraph-style review, but I typed it on my mobile phone.

Photo of oakbluff
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

can sample- pours light orange with good clariy. Robust off white head and soapy lacing. Nose- syrupy sweet, pine and onion. Taste- thick resiny hops, sweet cookie dough malts. Finishes with a significant amount of booze hotness and asprin like dryness. Drinkability suffers from the hotness

Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, a sticks around for a minute. After the foam recedes, almost no lace is left.
S: Resiny pine aromas up front and center. Some citrus and a lingering grapefruit bitterness. A candy like sweetness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Big resiny pine, citrus, and grapefruit. There is a large candy like sweetness that lingers. Instead of the sweetness balancing out the big hop character, it just becomes cloying. A big alcohol punch as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Sticky, syrupy, and resinous. Plenty of alcohol and bitterness that makes for slow sipping.

The cloying sweetness and strong resiny bitterness work at odds here. The two characteristics don't work for me, and just kind of wear me out. Well worth a try, but a one and done for me.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 7/2/10

Poured from an aluminum can, it looks like a wheat beer, hazy and golden yellow. Not much head but some decent lacing.

The smell is malty and slightly wort like. Piney orange hops with a bit of celery can be detected. There isn't a whole lot going on in the nose but what it does have is not bad.

I get somewhat of a barleywine flavor which makes me wonder if this is an old can. The hop finish is mild, mostly pine with some orange and peach flavors.

Medium mouthfeel with a mild aftertaste.

This is very drinkable and does not seem like 10%. Solid but not awesome.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A light and bright orange-amber color. Head is small and rather frothy, doesn't stick around too long, and leaves minimal lacing for such an ostensibly hoppy beer.

S: Loads of intense grapefruit aromas with some sweet butter-cookie-like malt notes. The grapefruit notes are overwhelming initially but are short-lived within each waft, which is unusual.

T&M: Tongue lashing, highly-citric hop flavor initially that gives way to a slightly earthy and spicy malt flavor. Interesting, to say the least, and borderline abrasive. It manages to salvage a generally favorable flavor, but it's certainly not one of the better double IPAs I've tasted. Body is medium--on the lighter side for the style--with a fine-bubbled and tingly carbonation.

D: It's a fair beer, but tough to get through the whole can. I'll stick to my Gordon, thank you very much.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can, canned 5/04/10

A - Pours a light, somewhat hazy orange-yellow. Half an inch or so of a tight white head that dissipates to a thin layer with nice lacing

S - What a punch in the nose from the Summit hops. Fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit pulp joined by a sharp grapefruit pith

T&M - A summit hop bomb; grapefruit juice with pulp and rind come to mind. The somewhat acrid bitterness fades a bit as the drink sits; not sure if it's from warming up or from the hop assault on the palate. The malt profile is somewhat sweet and provides some balance. I think there is a lot going on here for just one hop. Medium bodied with a bit of slickness.

D - Probably about as drinkable as a 10% ABV hop bomb can be. I think I could do more then one...if I had another.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a tulip glass. The can has the abv listed as 10.0% and on the bottom of the can it has a "canned on" date of 05-04-10 @ 14:21.

Appearance: The body has a hazy golden orange color with visible carbonation. From the Aggressive pour I got a tall, creamy off white head that has great retention and makes lots of spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is full of strong musty and citrusy hops with a touch of earthy tobacco and grainy/bready malt.

Taste/Palate: I get a strong full bodied hit of hops up front and throughout on top of sturdy grainy/bready maltiness. Up front the hops hit me with citrusy grapefruit like notes which turn dank, musty, earthy, piney and resiny with a slight tobacco like note in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable and adds its own warm character to the mix. Hop bitterness hangs on the tongue deep into the finish.

Notes: Once again Oskar Blues does it the can and I love it!

Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

A: Murky golden body under a small white head. Pretty good lace and retention despite the small head.

S: Hoppy, obviously, pretty good balance of pine and citrus. Not a whole lot of malt backbone to be found, but hops aren't overwhelming on their own.

T: Again, big hops, candy like citrus and pine. Bitterness is big but not overwhelming. Some sweet malt tones help to balance the flavor hops.

M/D: Pretty full bodied, alcohol is hidden well. Drinkability is pretty good for me, this drinks like a smaller beer. Big hop heads I think may be let down a bit, but overall this is a solid beer.

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.

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

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.

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.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.