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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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2,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,535
Reviews: 894
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 86
Gots: 244 | FT: 2
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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

Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish (10 percent ABV, 100+ IBUs).
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Ratings: 2,535 | Reviews: 894
Photo of cpolking
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark honey to light copper in color, slightly cloudy, with a short head that is nevertheless thick and foamy, although it does then rapidly dissipate. The aroma is of massive hops, more tropical fruit than citrus, although both are present and a touch of pine. The taste follows the aroma, definite tropical fruit, some pineapple, some melon, some citrus, a bit of pine, very hop forward, but sitting atop a very sturdy foundation of unobtrusive malt. For 10% there is not overt alcohol in the flavor, but it can be detected in the nose as the beer is in the mouth. This actually drinks refreshingly light and flavorful for its high alcohol. This is a superb Imperial IPA.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Can into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours deep gold with orange highlights, murky, with a finger-and-a-half off-white cap on top that settles into a thin, soapy cap on top. Excellent lacing as the head recedes.

Nose is huge on the grapefruit notes, massively rindy, with some dank piny notes rounding out the sweet citrus, hinting at onion. Definite caramel notes showing through as it warms.

Taste, however, is just crazy. Intensely pungent, the grapefruit is there, wrapped in a massive, dank, umami notes of onion, even some garlic towards the finish. How weird. The grapefruity caramel sweetness clashes horribly against it; caramel-covered grapefruit and onion salad is totally bizarre. Not undrinkable, not even explicitly bad - just so weird, that combination of flavors.

Ok, maybe bad isn't an unfair description.

Mouthfeel is excellent, sticky and oily, soft but prickly carbonation is spot on. Probably the best part of the beer.

Drinkability is really hurt by the fact that, honestly, no beer should taste like onions. They just shouldn't. And this from someone who loves rauchbiers that taste incredibly like sausages.

Photo of jneiswender
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a can into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-light gold body and an off white head

S-grain and floral smell, assertive

T-tangerine, light grain and pine


D-lighter taste than other double/imperials out there. What it may loose in style points it gains in taste. I would drink this again.

Photo of BDJake
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DIPA in a can? Why not? Let's give it a shot...

A- poured a clear golden amber with two fingers of white head that had excellent retention and lacing

S- floral, somewhat spicy blend of hops in front of a sickly sweet maltiness; less metallic notes than i expected here

T- although there was slightly more metallic taste on my tongue than what hit the nose, it was still tolerable. i was still met with an overload of piney, floral hops and a hint of onion/garlic (possibly from the rye malt) that highlighted the sweet malt backbone, but with less citrus than many dipa's

M- big-bodied, chewy, with a lingering bitter aftertaste- not too much booze, but the carbonation faded quickly

D- decent, but on the low end of DIPA's, and not one i would drink everyday- but now I know that good hoppy beers are possible out of a can

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this little IIPA sat staring until I could justify squashing my cash on the counter to pick up a beer that had such mixed reviews. That said, it seems to be worth it in some ways.

Coloration is darker than most IPAs, a nice copper/red, full, cloudy like Stone's.

Smells like pine and citrusy hops. Some malt sweetness sneaks in.

Tastes like it smells, hiho, delicious, full, distinct pine hop characteristic...not getting this much spoke of garlic flavor. The malt backbone comes through with a sweet, sweet, sweet mouth feel, making this a one-a-night kind of beer for me.

Not one of the much hated boozy messes of the beer world. The alcohol is well hidden.

It's hearty, sweet, hoppy. I do say we have a good beer. Worth plunking down the cash for? Not likely again at these prices...especially with Ten Fidy hangin' next to it.

Photo of oregone
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be one of the handful on here that vouch for this elixir. Try it. Uniqueness goes a long ways amongst a only midly differentiated (largely) playing field of IPAS and DIPAS.
Pours amber (fat tire..) with solid medium bubbles and head leaving a pronounced lacing across the surface. Smells of earthy hops, reeeaaally earthy, like pasture, hay, some onion and/or garlic, etc. Not at all unpleasant, but definitly gets points for pronounced and distinctive originality! Tastes very rich. Mouthfilling and the hops aren't in the least abrasive. Flavorful and characterful. Smooth on the palate, with no lingering astringency for a potent DIPA, down remarkably well, but in the end, this is a 2x12oz and I think I'd move on to something else. In the end, I think that speeks to its originality and the fact that you lose that after a bit. Try it though, it is solid bubbles.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gubna Imperial IPA, Oskar Blues Brewery LLC, Colorado, USA

Hazy, pale peach appearance, slim white head.

Prickly pine aromatics, with a serving of lemon and lime, grapefruit, bright, citrus-y hop madness. Juuust right!

Taste: All that and more. Thinnish body, tons of bitterness on top. Hop attack smears the top of the mouth, slides to the back, trickles down. Fierce hop flavor never fails, not for a minute, just ...narrows a bit, after the initial salvo.
Lemon rind and grapefruit squirt step on the palate with every sip. Fine finish, medium length, stays juicy and hoppy, and keeps you grabbing for another.

Took me long enough to try out this acclaimed IPA, didn't it, and now I know for a fact that it belongs in the top rank of Imperials. Good on you, Gubna.

Photo of WryneckStudio
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful IIPA! Although I only rated the mouth feel and the appearance at 4.0, I can't say enough about the aroma and taste of this canned elixir! With intense notes of wet and juicy hops that are reminiscent of mowing lawns on a hot summer day, the nose is at first overwhelmed and then transported to a floral paradise. As it warms, the GUBNA mellows and expands with some hints of earthy bitters, pale malts and citrus. Unlike many Imperial IPA's, the GUBNA is refreshingly drinkable and does not blow out the palate even though the hop profile is so intense.

Photo of phattysbox
2.77/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a Deschutes pint glass

Pours a bright orange color and the body appears quite hazy. Pours rather viscous thick and is a sign of things to come. The haze most likely a result of dryhopping the brew.

Smell: a wonderul mix floral citrus notes with tangerine dominating. Some sweetness backs up the hop aroma lending a more resinous quality. Dank. Earthy. I do not get any onions or garlic from the summit hops.

Taste: huge letdown for me here. Upfront sticky sweetness from the malts pulls through and masks what could be a good bittering profile. Caramel, candy-coated apples with some wayward bitterness thrown in. The sweetness is so cloying for me and is indicative of an underattenuated beer. DIPAs should have a dryness and crispness that make the hops pop. Doesn't happen here. Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes full bodied.

Overall the hop aroma was great bur I was disappointed in the taste. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable in the belly but the sweetness drive down the drinkability for me. Couldnt finish the can.

Glad to try but I'll pass the next time

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On cask at Rustico - Alexandria.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head and good amount of lacing. The nose brings quite a bit of pine and really dank hops. The taste is the same with the dankness really taking over and dominating other flavors. No ham in this version. The feel is really nice and quite bitter. Dry finish. Drinks quite well, especially in this format.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a hazy medium orangey color ale with a nice thick frothy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus is quite intense. Taste is totally dominated by the hops with really heavy notes of pine and resin with some citrus undertones also coming through. Malt backbone is also noticeable thought taste is overwhelmed by hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol was showing. Very interesting though piney hops is maybe a bit too heavy.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a big foamy white head. Lacing.

Big pine nose with some smooth malty notes.

Big piney hop bite, then a kick of alcohol, then nice malty notes, some sweet boiled grain, bitter husk, and the hops come back for a lingering mouth-coating finish. Great.

Mouth coating, and much lighter bodied than expected. Good carbonation.

Overall, very good. Easy to drink, even at 10%. Pricey, but worthy.

Photo of hopstradamus
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Bright and golden with a thick, creamy head that leaves a delicate lace as it fades away. It is also a little hazy.

S. Bold, fruity, and floral hop aromas completely dominate the smell of this beer along with hints of bubble gum and pine. A small hint of pale malt creeps out from under the hops but it is almost an understatement.

T. Resinous pine taste with a tar-like aftertaste. There is a malt sweetness sandwiched between floral hop aroma and an astringent hop bitterness.

M. Medium to light-bodied, with strong carbonation. It is smooth despite a definite hop bite.

D. I had high hopes for this one, and although it didn't quite meet my expectations, it was not a total disappointment. The 10% alcohol is well-hidden, and overall it was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. There's a touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but there are several other in the style that I would choose first.

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

A: At first, and especially when the beer is cold, the primary aroma is rich citrus and grapefruit hop aroma. Letting the beer warm up, a deeper oragne-peel cooked in bread malt aroma will make itself present, accompanying the straight up hop presence. Light traces of alcohol burn the nose just enough to let you know this beer is 10% ABV.

A: Light diluted copper with a medium amount of chill haze, or more likely a haze from excessive hop additions. A thin white head forms along the sides of the glass, though not across the top of the entire beer. Alcohol presence aids in good lacing down the sides.

F: Sweet malt presence is surprisingly strong with this beer. There is almost the sense of under-attenuation here but thankfully there is enough hop bitterness and alcohol presence to balance things out. Bitterness comes out a moderate amount at the middle, but is more pronounced at the end. Alcohol warmth and bite are probably the most prominent, along with biscuit-malt sweetness.

M: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Prickly carbonation combine with hop bitterness to clean out a sticky-sweet malt from your palate. The finish is an equal balance of the hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

Overall: This is certainly the sweetest representation of a Double IPA I've tasted in memory. In a way it's overly sweet, as you drink the glass it becomes a bit too much as your palate adjusts. It's a delicious brew never the less and I recommend it, as it's a tasty interpretation on this sometimes over-the-top style. Easy drinking, warming and certainly packs an alcohol punch.

Photo of adrock7309
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wine glass to open up the nose.

Appearance = great color - bright tangerine orange with a thin white head. Dissipated quickly leaving a small bit of lacing.

Smell = This beer has strong citrusy grapefruit aroma with slight pine and fresh cut grass hints

Taste = Strong on the alchohol up front. The citrus fragrance takes over in the flavor as the resinous pine scents fade away

Mouthfeel = very full on the tounge with a nice bittering taking over on the way down but. Leaves your lips sticky after a few sips

Drinkability = Goes down very easily.

Photo of rustymoore
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orangish, light copper with a good head and some lacing throughout.

S: The hops are potent on the nose of this one along with pine and citrus.

T: Hops are stronger in the taste than in the nose. This beer really packs a punch upfront with spicy hops and a bitter finish. Alcohol taste is also fairly prevalent in the finish as well.

M: Spicy and acidic...almost too much so

D: Definitely something I would buy again but not on a regular basis.

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

Pours a hazy golden copper color with thick, frothy, light tan head. Head falls slow, average lace.

Nice full floral aroma with a pleasant spice.

Big hop taste. Very bitter yet there is a sweetness buried in there. Nice balance. End bitter and lingers.

Medium bodied in the mouth and rather smooth.

Nice brew, very much enjoyed.

Photo of GabrielM
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from shaebs99 in the Nice Cans II BIF - thanks again!
This is my first ever D/IIPA, poured into a snifter.

A - nice golden color with fluffy, sticky white head on top.

S - hops, hops, and more hops. Plus some lemon, a touch of alcohol, and fresh cut grass for some reason.

T - Awesome! By the smell of it I thought this brew would melt my tongue and face off with it's hop content, but I was completely wrong. Yes, there are plenty of hops, but they're balanced and smooth. A lot of citrus flavor as well, but it's refreshing and making me want for more summer days.

M - as stated above, a great balance of flavor. Add to that its great carbonation and we're almost at perfection.

D - extremely easy to drink, but dangerous at the same time. One can not ignore the 10% ABV.

Photo of hophead247
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear medium orange color with a small off white head that dissipates with a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma has slightly spicey hops, with notes of onion, garlic, lemongrass, black pepper, hint of grapefruit and caramel. Flavor is fairly hoppy, does have a bit of onion hint, with a touch of malt. Finish is fairly bitter but not overwhelming. A fairly decent crafted beer, and I can understand why some may not like this beer. All in all a beer I probably wont pick up again...

Photo of FanofHefe
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into Duvel tulip. Hazy honey-orange color with one-finger head dissipating quickly. Nice lacing.

The aroma is outstanding. Very sweet hops, pine, citrus. Inviting aroma.

Wow - tastes better than it smells. Goes down smoothly with a nice upfront hop sweetness and light bitter aftertaste. Not too much malt but enough for balance.

Except for the really high abv, this could be one to drink time and again. Very impressed!

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this 12oz can at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $3.59. Canned on 08-10-10. Served cold in a chilled tulip. I again instinctively reach for the bottle opener (heh).

This foggy light honey colored brew gives an appealing 1" of dense ivory foam. The smell has a ton of rich pineapple, pine, citrus rind, floral hop with a great honeyish semi-sweet backbone of supports it adequately. The taste follows from the smell with a big resiny hop like candied pineapple. A big dose of peppery alcohol gives it a strong spicy edge that's a little overboard and hinders drinkability. The feel is moderately thick, sparkling carbo, mostly dry. Alcohol overwhelms the hop in the finish and sticks around quite a while.

As it warms the alcohol really takes over, appearing in the smell and dominating the taste throughout. At first I was really impressed with this brew but then the alcohol came roaring out and ruined it. This would be a much better beer if they knocked it down to around 8%.

Photo of alexgash
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can.

Muted orange gold body. Clear, with a tall, thick, marshmallowy light beige head. Good lacing. Raw hop aromas on the nose, with notes of pine resin and cannabis. Buttery malts are there as well.

A brief taste of toasted malts up front gives way to sugary caramel and rummy fruit malts. Hops come on eventually with a strong herbal, cannabis, resinous flavor. Very funky and earthy. Bitterness is moderate, but there is some lasting cat pee metallic astringency. Warming. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Goes down pretty easy for its strength. Not bad, but I think I like Gordon more.

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

Canned May 2010; Sampled July 2010
Well I have been avoiding the Summit "goodness" that is this beer for quite some time. Finally, the other day there was a can staring at me from the aisles of Plaza Liquors and I finally succumbed. A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light amber color that shows an almost clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, kumquat peel and tangerine up front, but quickly picks up notes of pine, hemp oil and some garlic chive flower like notes. This is most definitely a dank smelling beer, and the garlic / green onion character is actually not too overwhelming in the nose. There is perhaps a touch of cracker and spicy grain character noticeable, but this is most definitely hop dominated. As the beer warms up a bit the alcohol can cause a bit of a burn to my nostrils. Definitely an enjoyable beer to smell if you like hops.

Soft, somewhat creamy feeling and only lightly carbonated. The beer has a lot of hop fruitiness to it up front with lots of bright citrus and tropical fruit like flavors; lychee, bright tangelo, kumquat and floral peach notes are all quite noticeable. Towards the middle of each sip a herbaceous character takes hold and it lingers on in to the amply bitter and almost harshly hoppy finish. Definite hemp oil, concentrated pine sap, and even a garlic chive like note in the finish all linger and morph into the long, lingering hop finish. The combination of the alcohol and the ample hops provides a touch of "burn" to my throat and esophagus. Again the grain plays a supporting role here but there does seem to be a hint of grain spiciness as well as some light biscuit like grain character, what is more noticeable is a not heavy handed, pale crystal malt caramel character that adds sweetness and accentuates the fruity aspects of the hops. This is a touch stronger in alcohol (with a touch of heat) and chewier in body than I prefer in a Double IPA, but I wouldn't quite call this a Barleywine.

Not nearly as bad as I had feared, you have to be in the mood for a dank, hoppy beer, but the garlic / chive character that comes along with Summit hops isn't too objectionable here.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Thick, 2 finger ecru head emerged with excellent lacing. Opaque and straw-brown in appearance.

Smell hits you right in the face. Lots of odors going on here, most notably the floral hop notes and pine resin. Also whiffs of wheat grass and barley. This is very earthy and rural-smelling.

The flavors also pack a wallop as the copious hops punch through the high abv backdrop. To be honest, this beer smells and tastes a little bit like Marijuana, or the resin at the end of a joint. Perhaps Oscar Blues is getting medicinal? All jokes aside this beer has strong pine-hop flavors with very resinous and floral aftertastes. The dry bitterness is mostly present on the swallow, and the 10% abv is definitely a taste factor.

The mouthfeel is syrupy but substantial. One can still taste the carbonation despite the high abv, though the afterfeel is a touch hollow and marked by tannins.

This is a one-and-done beer, mostly because of the high abv, but also because of the enormous punch packed into the flavors that can overwhelm the senses.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,535 ratings.