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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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86
very good

2,366 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 70
Gots: 191 | 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:
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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Photo of GPHarris
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan and fluffy head into a snifter that left very sticky lace and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright light amber color.
s - citrus with some herbal earth tones and an underlying medicinal aroma for lack of a better term.
t - syrupy sweet hops that were mostly floral. hints of an unknown chalkiness with some harsh spices and a hint of alcohol burn.
m - medium thickness.
d - it's not horrible by any means but i'm a little disappointed as i usually love everything that oskar blues brews and this isn't up to par. many dipas i prefer over this one.

GPHarris, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Can into a 12 oz tulip. A few years ago, I never thought I'd see a canned DIPA. The beer is golden, pale and nicely carbonated with solid head retention for a 10% beast.

It's got a rather fruity aroma, tropical in character, reminiscent of pineapple and peach. There's a good bit of sweetness to it as well, though the malt blends harmoniously with the hops, creating a scent that brings to mind fresh ripe fruit. As it warms, there's an unmistakable spicy garlic and onion character to it, though it's far from unpleasant.

Summit hops lend their mark to the palate; there's a distinct onion-like quality to this beer, but it's matched by pineapple and sweet papaya. This is very tropical, spicy, decidedly sweet, though not terribly viscous given the high ABV. Rye is evident, melding with the hops to create a pronounced spiciness not dissimilar to fresh rye bread with garlic spread. The finish has a firm bitterness which borders on, but never quite reaches, astringency. It's quite juicy, never really reaching the dryness of a West Coast IPA, but also lacking a heavy malt profile, with a hop bitterness that's intensely resiny, like sucking on pine sap. Unique, enjoyable, though not necessarily remarkable. It's worth a try.

largadeer, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

this is really world class beer. An I woulda even given it better cept fo the grapefruit thang. Served with a nice off white head and good lace. Color is a clear 18k gold amber. Aroma is major hops with good malt and a little fruit. Interesting thing about this beer is although it has the grapefruit thing going on, it's tempered by a reduction of acid and a slight boost of sugar. Makes it chewier, less coy, and a much better brew all around. Great body and finish- in fact, perfect for the style. Finish is quite rich and so only a slow sipper. Not a session.

drpimento, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

12 oz can. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet almost vegetal malts with an earthy stinkiness from the hops that is a touch metallic.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with the same stinkiness (it is the smell personified) from the hops. There's a lot of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, this beer is pretty strange. When I first had it on tap, it was much different and better. The hops were much fruitier and more resiny without the weird stinky earth notes (also described by people I'm with as "catty" and "armpit"). The last time I was there (Longmont location), it tasted the same on tap as it has in the bottles. I can only guess that there's a difference in batches, and I've heard that Summit hops can be unusual and hit or miss. It's very strange but I still kinda like it.

Beaver13, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear medium yellow color with a white head. The aroma is orange and pine hops at first, with some resiny and catty hops showing up as well. The flavor is similar but the catty hops are much more dominant. The bitterness is about medium and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice DIPA, but at the price this sells for, I wouldn't buy it again.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of boralyl
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A - bout an inch of sticky white head accumulates when poured into an over-sized wine glass. Head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing. The beer is clear and light amber in color.

S - The nose isn't as strong as I would hav expected. I can make out a bit of orange and citrus and something else that is hard to describe, but it's not sweet or fruity.

M - Medium-full in body with good carbonation. It has a somewhat creamy feel, before hops oils coat the mouth.

T - Orange hits first followed by some caramel malt and then some citrus flavors. It finishes with some tropical flavors and a nice bitterness that lingers. The 10% alcohol is hidden pretty well, as I can only make out small portions of it.

My first DIPA in a can, and I enjoy it. I had Obliteration VI a few months ago so an imperial IPA using only Summit hops isn't new to me, although I'm not quite sold on Summit hops for a single hop ale, but it could work in combination with others. Still this is a fine brew, and I'd certainly pick it up again.

boralyl, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Genghis22
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

A - Pours an incredibly clear golden yellow. Nice two fingers of foamy off white head.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and grassy hop esthers. Grass and dandelion. A different twist that's for sure.

T - Much sweeter than I ever would have thought. Lots of sweet citrus, with notes of strawberry and banana (think s&b now n' laters). All the taste completely drops off and the hop bitterness comes in shortly after. The aftertaste is more fruity sweetness.

M - Medium, oily body with low to moderate carbonation. A tad under carbornated if you ask me. Finishes very crisp and dry.

D - Mehh. If this was $1.00 to $1.75 per can instead of $4.00 per can, I would pick it up again. There are so many DIPAs readily available for me, this will not be a repeat. Too sweet and WAY too fruity. It is surprisingly smooth, for 10%abv. I did not detect much, if any alcohol.

Genghis22, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

Seeing the mixed reviews of this beer,I was almost hesitent to buyit,but alas I did.Poured into a tulip glass a clear bronze with a fluffy one finger white head that never really fades completely.Hmm the hop aromas are a bit different,there is a resinous quality,but like a few others have stated there is a "meaty" quality to it wich is odd,also I pick up some leather wich I normally wouldnt find in a DIPA.wow the flavors are very odd,the Summit hop gives off an odd flavor,its gotta green leafiness to it and a weird kind of fruitiness as well,its a bit prickly and not fun to drink really.Hmm this is different in a not so good kinda way.

oberon, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to SeaBass for the share.

A: Pours a pale golden yellow with a nice tall foamy cap. Good retention with some spotty lace.

S: Bold hop aromas, very grassy with citrus notes as well.

T: Biscuit malt, grassy green herbal hops. Fresh citrus and loads of resinous pine. Light alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Good, loads of hops, more IPA like than DIPA.

tpd975, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

served with a Kitchen Sink at WF Fair Lakes after a nice hike in Shenandoah

a: deep golden in color, light head with average retention

s: dank, wet, dripping hops - distinctly cannabic, loads of mashed and partially fermented tropicals on a thick, sweet caramel malt body - lighter without many toasted notes, dig it

m: thick, almost syrupy body, carbonation light to medium

t: heavy and sweet, the lightly caramelized malt body blends with loads of stank, resinous hops, nice bitter finish, loads of overripe tropical fruits, great

d: really nice dipa, thick but readily drinkable

old scores: 4/4.5/4.5/4/4

2014: 3/17 can consumed 3/21 - 4 days old! Lovely dank weed nose. Sweet citrus and honeyed hop juice spread across nose and palate. Quite bitter, but enjoyably so. At it's juiciest and most pungent best on the nose, vivid and alive. Resinous. Floral tropical fruits - really packs it all in. Alcohol keeps contained. Very nice.

blackie, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Had my first can of GUBNA and coudln't immediately recall how different it tasted from Gordon. So I decided to do backtoback reviews on here to keep my palate straight. 12 oz can poured into a tall glass

A - A surprisingly clear, pale orange (similar to the equally Colorado-y Odell IPA). Nothing wrong with a clear beer, I just expected a darker/denser shade given the 10%abv. Not much in the way of head (could be the pour), and the only lacing is tiny streaks near the top of the glass.
S - Summit hops all the way. However, while I've found summit hops can actually be offensively pungent if not properly countered, and the aroma here is nothing short of enticing; the sweet, biscuity malt in the background not only balances the nose but offers enticement of its own.
T - Spicy rye grains start off the taste and do more to increase the sharp potency of the hops than quell it. The finish is all pungent, summit hops, but the aftertaste has a bit of the rye malt flare.
M - It's a bit sticky and parching for my taste.
D - On top of that, the spicy rye malt makes a sip of water in between gos far from a bad idea. I would never have guessed, that it was 10%, it's hidden incredibly well, and hinted nowhere in the nose, taste, or even body (as I mentioned earlier). Still, it's catching up to me, and one might be enough.

This beer is definitely all it sets out to be - an assertive hop blast, well balanced by spicy, independently assertive malts. Still, it's a bit much (and a bit high in alcohol) to try and session.

vdoz3, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz can poured into a nonic. 10% ABV, no date, "Allow myself to introduce m-myself." on the bottom of the can.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for hooking me up with a can of this!

A - The tall pour is totally quiet and even produces some short-lived cascading. A two-finger cream head has great retention and leaves thick rings of lace. The color is a beautiful clear gold color with minimal carbonation rising.

S - Absolutely massive aromatic hop aroma full of pungent grapefruit citrus and pine, citrus, and herbal resin. Despite the massive hop slap to the face, it does it with more of a soft glove approach. A bold malt backing really pushes up behind. Lots of caramel and Vienna malt sweetness. The balance is awesome. If flavor follows this it should be an impressive DIPA.

T - Gubna produces a very interesting flavor that comes more from the nose but isn't noticeable until the first sip. Lots of resin and pine but not a lot of the grapefruit citrus. A hint of plastic-like resin could be the "off" thing I'm picking up here. Mild mango hides in the background of this beer. The malts are just as strong as the nose reveals. Lots of caramel and Vienna in there. An alcohol flavor slowly creeps up in the finish too.

M - Medium-full bodied and supple with a smooth texture from a lower level of carbonation. The feel is round with a small alcohol warming sensation on the finish. The finish is also much less bitter than I expected. The sweetness balances very well.

D - I'm torn between giving drinkability a 3.5 and 4 as it could potentially be drinkable for the percent and the flavor but right now I'm not feeling it as much as I was at the beginning. Another great beer in a can though!

BeerFMAndy, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Fluffy, thick pillow like head, just off white in color, starts sticking right away, settles but keeps a good body, the beer is crystal clear and orange/golden-amber in color, bright

S: Bright hops, not killer strong, but a very pleasant aroma, a juiciness is there, resiny hops, and that caramel malt quality that I love in IIPA's

T: Same hop quality as aroma, starts with that juicy rein quality but fades into more intense hops, piney hops come in big, then almost a pepper like spice quality, ends wit ha lingering hop sting

M: Very smooth acutally, the sting only really comes at the end, has a definite chewy quality, not too dry though

D: Good for a 10%-er

Notes: This beer is delicious just like every otehr Oskar Blues beer I've had. I like Gordon better overall, but this is an awesome IIPA. Even at the price I will be buying more of this.

dpodratsky3, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Had this on-tap at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC for about $5

A: Pours a viscous transparent light copper/gold color. The head was fluffy, very sticky, and retained pretty well.

S: Wow, REALLY sweet tropical fruit notes from the hops (mango, pineapple). Also, very earthy and resinous at the same time. Pretty intense nose; overall very sweet, bitter, and hoppy. The malts are present and balance nicely.

T: A little intense for me, but good nonetheless. Very sweet and syrupy. Hops are intense, more earthy and resinous than tropical fruity. Malts are heavy and balance decently. Lots of citrus, pine, caramel, and alcohol. Reminiscent of 120min; intense, large bitter bite, and pretty syrupy/almost too sweet

MF/D: Viscous as hell, syrupy feel. Lingering honey/sugary finish

Not too bad at all...a little intense and syrupy, but the nose is really awesome. Alcohol is very intense, and even extreme when fully decanted. It is unrefined and maybe seems a little sloppy, but serious potential.

scottyshades, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +1%

A nitrogenated pint glass, served at Al's of Hampden.

A: The DIPA ia a lighter copper orange, sa few yellow hues thrown in for good measure. The nitro hasn't added much to the head, which is generally unremarkable.

S: The nose is piney, pretty damned strong, even if it isn't the most nuanced aroma. The oils are rich but can't hide the alcohol. More fruits of paradise emerge as the ale warms: pineapple is dominant.

T: The booze stands out more in the taste, as opposed to the nose. That's difficult to imagine because the nose is pretty hot. Lurking behind the booze is a formidable hop presence, focused on citrus with enough pine in the mix to keep things interesting. Pineapple and orange, oily and resiny, overwhelm a caramel malt base. Pine adds a twist of flavor but ultimately yields back to the citrus. Quite a bit of heat underlying the ale, makes finishing difficult.

M: The mouthfeel is a tense combination of booze and hops. Mostly the hops win out (good); but occasionally the booze takes control (not so good).

D: The nitrogen really didn't add much to the ale. If anything, it made the ale more palatable by reducing the sharpness of carbonation. A good DIPA but I've not no problem curling up with a can of Dale's.

akorsak, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

L: Pours a nice clear yellow orange color with a tall and thick white colored head that leaves a lot of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, huge hop aromas, a hint of grape-fruitiness along with other citrus aromas as well as some earthy notes at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of a nice sweet roasted and toasted malt foundation with a big citrus and earth hop flavor coming next. There is a huge grapefruit flavor at the end which is pretty enticing.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, a little heavier bodied than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this one melded the flavors together really well and it wasn't as big feeling as it is, nice masking of the alcohol and mixing of the flavors.

erosier, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

eyes...
pours with a minimal less than one finger head that retreats rather quickly, apparent legs from the ABV are visible, light burnt orange tone, rather the plain jane I might refrain...

nose...
mild pine, subdued, some sweetness from the malt, no detection of the alcohol. for a DIPA a bit too subdued imo.

taste etc...
mild bitterness, the hops fade quickly but leave a nice little after taste for a few minutes, this is medium bodied with not much in the way of carbonation, a little more assertive as it warms. No real notice of the 10% here, wayyy too easy to drink, not sure if that is a good thing in this particular case. This lacks the juiciness of most DIPAs... is it bad ? No, I can't say it is a "bad" beer but price vs style vs ?... err, bad for this category, let's leave it at that.

verdict?
not worth the moola, incredibly drinkable for the style but lacks the flavor punch of many others which can be had at better prices. heck, Gordon trumps this by a mile.

Ego, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

4 pack from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, $14.

A: Pale gold in color, stark white head, fairly clear with just a hint of turbidity. Not much head retention, and a few big spots of lacing. Overall a decent looking beer.

S: A very dank "herbal" quality overwhelms the aroma of this beer, some soil like notes as well, a few malty smells as well, but for the most part this is dominated by the hops.

T: Not as incredibly hoppy upfront as the nose would lead on, there's a fair amount of citrus and pine up front from the hops, but it kinda falls flat on its face after that and leads into a fairly strong bitterness. Not much in the middle really. Meh...comes up quite a bit short.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, and fairly warm booze, quite dry as well. Spot on for the style.

D: Meh...I expected a lot more, and am a little let down. I don't think a second can would e enjoyable. Overall not a bad DIPA though, it just lacks some of the substance thait a Pliny, or even a DuganA has. Really reminds me of my most recent homebrew. The summit hop is a decent one, but I don't think it is appropriate for use as a single hop. Applaud the effort, but not overly impressed.

pokesbeerdude, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

I grabbed a can of this at State Line the other day.

The pour is gorgeous, light orange with a dense off-white head with excellent retention. Clarity could be better, and lacing is a little disappointing but really, I'm not complaining.

The nose is solid. Pineapple hop character is present quite big and fruity with grapefruit and some orange. Strangely, I don't get the onion/garlic character that I've gotten from the only other all-Summit beer I've had, and that could be a result of my drinking this after a meal. The rye spiciness is quite low, almost unnoticeable, really. Solid stuff. As it warms up, though, the onion character really grows, reminding me of a raw vidalia onion

The palate opens with plenty of pineapple hop character, both biting, juicy and fruity. I can't remember the last beer I had that was this pineapple-like. Sweetness is moderate with some candied pineapple and sugar, I can't say that I can taste either the dark munich or the rye in this. Simultaneously sweet and moderately drying on the finish with plenty of pineapple and citrus hop character, there's some resin as well. I quite like the balance between the bittering and flavor hops. Carbonation is moderate and quite incredibly smooth. Pretty darned drinkable, I'd say. Again, as it warms up, some onion is noticeable.

Drinking this after a moderately spicy Indian meal, the onion and garlic character of this hop are hidden quite well. I'll have to try this on a clean palate to see what I think.

DefenCorps, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +5%

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at Yankee Spirits in Swansea, MA. Canned on date is 3-15-10 so a month old. I had it fairly warm.

A - Golden with a great clarity but very little head.

S - Citrusy hops with some tropical fruit and a touch of honey.

T - Rich and flavorful with a malt sweetness, a moderate bitterness and a burst of citrusy flavor. I really didn't even feel the 10% alcohol.

M - A mild creaminess with a nice low carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink with some nice flavor but I'm not sure it's worth the $14.99 I paid for it ($16+ with tax).

GJ40, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of caresville
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

before i review this starting with this appearance i just want to note that when i cracked this can (which is less than a month old) it let off one of the most distinct middle of the pine tree forest smells i have ever smelled. i felt like i was breathing in fumes from freshly cut trees on a windy day.

a- piss yellow with a little white top, not much lacing and tons of carbonation

s- ^^see top of review^^

t&m- what in the world is going on with this beer. soggy peatmoss and pine sol all over my mouth. over the top with the pine trees, tree bark, hay and straw taste here. absolutely no hints of fruits and way too many hops and varieties of malts. this things almost starts to tatse like maple syrup and molasses half way through it.

d- from the first sip i knew i was going to struggle to put this one down but i mean this was rough. ill give a round of applause for oskar blues for trying something different here but i think its a failure in my eyes. way too malty and sweet, tons of hops, NO FRUIT taste or smell what so ever and just way too foresty. maybe i just like my ipa's hoppy and fruit not like im trying to survive in the woods by eating the needles of a tree...

caresville, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of hops1337
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Hmm, after hearing a bunch of mixed opinions about this beer i was dying to try one and see what all the fuss was about.

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. Small white head with minimal lacing. Nice honey orange color.

Smell was definitely dank, like musty Jamaican or Costa Rican outdoor marijuana with an awesome hoppy undertone. I really liked this smell even though everyone might not. I did not get pork or fish or onion or any other crazy odor that some other people have experienced.

Taste was just awesome to me, almost no alcohol flavor. Just smooth pine hops and well balanced malts. When i found out it was 10% i almost couldn't believe it! This is the best tasting beer from OB so far in my book and with a little more consistency i think it could easily break the top 50.

Mouthfeel was good and drinkabilty was excellent. Not much more i can say about that.

Overall a great DIPA that could defiantly hold its on with the big boys if the consistency issues get ironed out.

Edit: Had this a few more times since then and i definitly see where the bad comments come from. The last one i had tasted like onion creek skunk weed from norcal. Not very good in a beer can. I just think they have some serious consistancy issues that they need to iron out and this will be a great beer.

hops1337, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Canned on 4/8/10 so exactly a week ago (the OB distributor came through for once), and pours an amberish golden color, with a thick beige head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing. The smell is immediately impressive as you can smell this sucker from a mile away, with big piney, citrusy, fruity, and floral hop notes, along with some caramel, rye, biscuit, fruity esters, and a little alcohol...truly amazing aroma here. The flavor is not quite as impressive as the aroma, with a huge hops blast upfront (consisting of citrus and pineapple, and a little pine resin and grass character), along with some bread dough and caramel, fruity ale esters, and a wallop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich but not syrupy, and drinkability is decent despite the massive bitterness. Really enjoyed this one, though the aroma made a promise that the flavor couldn't deliver upon. Very nice beer from OB, easily my favorite of their lineup.

silver0rlead, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of jslot38
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

Never been a big fan of Oskar Blues, so I went into this one a little hesitant, but its a DIPA in can... you can't resist that.

App: Body is a cloudy tawny light orange, a little chill haze. Head is a solid top covering, just a shade darker than white (eggshell white on a Cadillac?).

Smell: Light nose of hops, not as pungent as I expected. Biscuit background, cereal malts. Very faint orange peel.

Taste: My problem with OB Gordon has been that the malt profile dominates where I expect a citrus or pine hop to come in. I feel like Gubna struggles with this too. The malt profile overpowers the hops. The initial flavor of grass and citrus that you get quickly fades. The grain has a lot of caramel and biscuit to it.

Mouthfeel: What I do like about this beer is that it is not abrassive on the tongue as some DIPA's can be. Nice body feel.

Drinkability: The 10% is covered well, but as with all DIPA's its a test of will.

This is a good offering, but not one I'd pay the price for often. Love the cans though.

jslot38, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

12oz. can served into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass

Pours a cloudy, orange-tinted sunshine-yellow with not very much white head at all - almost one full finger in size after aggressive agitation. Lacing is kind of soapy overall while gripping the glass pretty tightly when you gently tilt and rotate the glass.

Lots of orange and medicinal hop aromas first off. Well, not quite typically orange. More like, I don't know, Orangina brand fruit beverage? There is a decided scallion (green onion) aroma. It isn't as bewilderingly strong as other reviewers have found it. Its more a curiosity, a byproduct of GUBNA being brewed exclusively with Summit hops, than a major player in the aroma. I'm not getting much malt at all from this in the nose.

What a weird tasting beer. The dominant flavors are: 1.) Scallion, 2.) Medicinal astringency and 3.) Sugary malt. There is a kiss of orange on the back end. I was expecting a whole lot more citrus, frankly. Once the orange comes and goes the aftertaste is all medicinal and peppery. This is the grassiest IIPA that I think I've ever had. It is unique, that's for sure; I'm scoring it perhaps higher than I ought to just because of how unique it is. GUBNA's problem is that it just isn't enjoyable.

GUBNA is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, which I always appreciate in IIPA's. There isn't enough carbonation for me; I'd like to see more bubbles to break up the scallion/grass flavors. Drinkability suffers because of the insane, unenjoyable flavor profile that this beer has.

So I've got three more cans left... I think that they might be destined to be trade extras. This is worth trying once. Drinking a scallion & grass & malt-that-tastes-like-the-honey-biscuits-from-Church's-Chicken flavored beer is sort of fun for half a glass. I should have bought a 4-pack of Gordon instead.

Reaper16, Apr 16, 2010
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.