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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 81
Gots: 236 | 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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Photo of malloyca
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden in color with about a 1/2" head that dissipated soon after pouring. The clarity revealed fewer bubbles than expected, which also disappeared quickly. A very potent aroma of citrus, pine, floral and alcohol wafted up from the glass/can soon after pouring. There are flavors of orange and other citrus fruits, with a prickly mouthfeel followed by the warmth of 10% a.b.v. This is not a mouth-puckering IPA that just resonates with dry, resiny hops. It's much lighter in body and brings citrus flavors. After letting it warm up a bit more on an 85 degree evening, it showed a creamier texture and some baked bread flavors. This would be a great food beer--Thai comes to mind.

Photo of klikger
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass

A - Beautiful golden-orange hue; the head is small and there's a decent amount of lacing

S - Grapefruit and woody malt with a touch of peach

T - Very bitter from the second it touches the tongue, Gubna is an impressive blend of piny and citrusy hops. A small amount of honey and woody earth appears before being obliterated by the cat urine finish and an impressively lasting aftertaste. As it warms, this sweetness grows, but it's still heartily outmatched by the delightfully bitter end.

M - Crisp, abrasive, and refreshing.

D - Hops should be a fixture in your nightly dreams before attempting to down more than one of these. If this is true, and it is of me, this stuff is very drinkable.

After having alleged DIPA Double Crooked Tree last night, this hop bomb was just what the doctor ordered. Apparently a polarizing beer, Gubna is right up my alley. Keep on doing what you're doing, Oskar Blues!

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the nice cans sent to me by StormKing47.

A- Nothing impressive about the appearance. Average sized head with some typical IPA stickage. The beer is a deep gold.

S- The smell is nuts. Sometimes I dont know if its good or just plain strange. Its very strong. It stings the nose and makes your eyes water. Hefty notes of dried onion powder, potato peals, citrus, pine and pollen.

T- The dunkel malts show up here for sure. There is a little bit of that meat tenderizer as I like to describe it that is found in black IPAs. There is more oniony stuff and flower pollen.

M- Slick mouthfeel with average carbonation.

D- This is kind of a strange beer. Im glad I got to try it and see what all the fuss is about.

Photo of BTPete
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The hotly debated can makes it to Albany! Thank you to Westmere for cutting me a deal on 1 can because more than 1 would have broken the bank ;)

A: Nice coppery clear body. A pretty vigorous pour creates a head that dissipates away leaving just thousands of bubbles in the glass.

S: Really strong hop profile that consists of citrus, pine, and weed.

T: Has a sweet but bitter taste that is relatively balanced to me, probably by the amount of malts needed to boost this one so high. Could also be that by the time the can got to upstate NY, its been a short while. Bitter at the end leaving a sticky weedy finish in your mouth.

M: medium bodied, I found it to be smooth up front with a pretty bitter ending.

D: Not the greatest but good. Not terribly drinkable due to ABV and PRICE!! I'm pretty sure those things are correlated though.

Photo of Shaw
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Excited to see this at my local Total Wine. At $4.49 a can, I hope it's good.

Pours a light copper in color with a thick foamy head.

Big earthy hoppy aromas that remind me of smelling hop pellets on homebrewing day.

It's hoppy, bitter and alcoholic, with a big hop/alcohol burn at the end. The smokiness of the hops is kept somewhat under control by the high alcohol level. This is a fiery beer that's hitting me hard. It actually gave me a headache.

Smooth and slick body, but what else would you expect from a 10 percent beer?

Overall a decent double IPA. It's a bit too expensive for regular drinking, but at this strength, it's really for a special occasion. Be warned: One can is more than enough, unless you want to suffer the consequences.

Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 4-8-10 poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear light orange with a white pillowy head.

Big smell of pineapple, and citrus. Smells delicious.

Taste is not clear. Sort definitely full of hops, but not like I thought. Pretty biscuity. Not bad, but not as good as the smell.

mouthfeel is pretty good, and drinkability is good.

Kind of a let down on the taste. Smell is great.

Photo of nrbw23
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright orange color with a white head. Head doesn't have too much retention and left a pretty solid amount of lacing.

S- Something kind of odd about this one. Quite a bit of malts coming through from bready, grainy and oatmeal. A bit of spices here as well. Citrus hops mainly grapefruit and orange. Different here for sure.

T- Tastes of bread notes, biscuits, and oats at first. Then the hops come in and dominant the flavour. Hop flavours grapefruit, oranges, black pepper, and a bit tobacco. Just seems like something is off in this brew. Very different.

M- Fuller side of medium and right on in carbonaiton.

D- I guess I'll say its ok to drink. Something about this one didn't totally turn me on. I'd probably try this one again if I have the chance but I think there are better ones out there.

Photo of danielharper
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very hazy orange body with a thick white foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of soapscum. Smells strongly of citrus, mostly oranges, with a very strong hop bite. Some bready malt background. Very complex nose.

Flavor is much like the nose, strong citrus character with a persistent hoppiness. Very sweet and fruity on the back-end, with a dry and hoppy aftertaste. Lots of bready malt and even hints of yeast. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, with moderate carbonation and heavy hops (obviously).

This is a very nice DIPA, much more complex than anticipated, and a very well-balanced example of the style. Enough hops to satisfy even the most dedicated hophead, but with a lot of sweetness and malt to balance it out. One of the better DIPAs I've had lately, if not ever.

Photo of adkirkish
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Initial waffs of this brew smell of a strange combination of garlic and floral hops. Malt smells like biscuit. No esther presence

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head, good lacing.

F: There is alot of earthy hop flavor upfront that balances well with the malt presence, but the on the back end of tasting leaves me with a garlic presence.

M: This beer is relatively creamy and great carbonation. Probably the best characteristic of this beer to me.

O: Overall I did not like this beer. It has great character: the initial hop aroma and taste, but the aftertaste of garlic severely detracts from the overall enjoyment for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what an aroma! A paler yellow appearance, very clear, carbonation is a little less than expected. Aroma is very wet hoppish, that Summit feel, I think the garlic/onion claims must be some weird genetic tongue issue, because I hate onions but love this beer, and taste nothing even approaching anything resembling an onion.

Taste is exquisite, so easy to drink, I can't believe its 10%. Big hop aroma, very pale malt, not balanced, as it shouldn't be. Nothing lingers on the palate, mouthfeel finishes so clean. Would normally dink this some points on drinkability for the price issue (4 pack $15), but it drinks so easily, and is so damn good, it won't suffer much in the ratings. Love this beer. Had so many good canned ipas lately, Modus, Furious and now Gubna, the holy trinity! Had to downgrade it a little because it becomes so syrupy and rough when it gets just a little bit older.

100 IBU and 10% ABV? You'd never know it, so drinkable. The real bothersome thing about this beer is that its almost always between 100-200 days old when you look at the date stamp.

Photo of goldbot
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can, reviewed on 25 April 2010, from notes.

Pours clear, coppery-orange with medium white head. Good head retention with plenty of lacing on the glass.

Intense, herbal hop aroma. Pepper, spice, pine, grassy and vegetal. Very complex profile. I see how people can get garlic or onion aromas from this, but to me it just a planty aroma that works pretty well. Not much malt that I can detect.

Spicy and peppery hop flavors. Some pine and a touch of citrus. Very planty and floral. Subtle malt sweetness - a touch of caramel and breadiness.

Full, creamy mouthfeel with biting bitterness. Low carbonation - could have had more I think.

A complex, challenging palate to this one. A definite change of pace compared to others in the style. I'm not convinced that summit is the best hops for a single hop IIPA though. It is supposed to have a citrus profile from what I've read but I barely got more than a hint of that in here. Pleasant, but a bit over the top.

Photo of korguy123
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear copper hue. Fluffy 2 finger off white head. Great lacing

S- Oranges, grapefruit, pine, pineapple and cane sugar.

T- Orange, pine, sweet pineapple at first. Hits the back of your tongue... wait??!! whats going on??!! is that *smack smack* onions? Yup, it sure is. It just kind of sneaks up on your palate. I don't think it is too off-putting just needs a little getting used to.

M- Sweet, sticky, feels a little heavy for an IIPA but not too bad

D- While the 10% abv does not stand out at all. The onion taste appears more predominant as it warms further. I think one of these is going to be enough.

Wow this is a strange brew. Definitely can scratch this one off my list. This beer is best described by the word that crowns the top of this can "disestablishmentarian" An opponent of an established order. This beer is big time out of the box!

Photo of cokes
1.47/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Paler than I expected, generally clear golden hued with a thick crop of stained white froth.
The nose hints at mango and pineapple, with a coarser, lightly spicy breadiness. This is all torn to pieces by the obnoxious, oniony, garlicky hop vegetal bitterness.
All's well at first in the mouth, with a static, bready, almost nutty maltiness. Some pepper up front as well. It migrates into mango and orange fruitiness, then the awful hop hammer hits. Cloves and cloves of garlic. Distilled onion skins with their exponential spicy, rancid bitterness. A groping and invasive body odor rankness akin to over-ripened Limburger cheese. Bitterness continues to grow, like a mouthful of chewed aspirin. The low-moderate amount of boozy heat actually provides a reprieve. But the offensiveness lives long post swallow, searing garlic, onion, and Limburger into the palate irreversibly.
Structurally, it's built as it should be: a fullish body fed by a trickling carbonation. The requisite plush, coarse and thick, yet seems more determined by the horrid flavor rather than the body itself. The structure is not the problem here. Everything else is.
The ten ounce pour was a task upon itself. This easily ranks as the worst IIPA I've had. Unspeakably terrible. You'd have to pay me to drink this again.

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C12 oz. can from West Richland WA Beer & Wine poured into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass.

Clear deep gold body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. A bit less than a full finger of small bubble white head, with fairly significant lacing running down the side of glass. Malt forward in the nose, caramel and breadiness nicely balanced, with spicy hops leading to a sharp bitter finish. Taste is sweet up front, almost sugary, not so much citrusy or melons, more like cane sugar, with a full-mouth feel and bitter finish, but not too sharp, the sweetness cuts into the hop presence. I don't think pounding these back is a good idea at this ABV, and it's a bit too sugary sweet for my liking, but this does taste good and is most certainly worth giving a try. Recommended.

Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is all DIPA goodness. I get orange citrus, wet earth, pine and almost a candy aroma. Flavors replicate the nose, with the orange candy dominating the flavor profile, but with enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to balance that sweetness very nicely. The cask conditioning works well for this DIPA, and leads to a soft, slight creamy, very long and bitter finish. Despite the fairly sweet aspect of the flavor profile, the cask conditioning tones it down just enough to keep the alcohol from getting out of hand, and ultimatley enhancing this beer's drinkability. You can still tell the alcohol is up there a bit, but it's not the cloying malt bomb that the draft version seems to be.

Might be tempted to order this one from time to time, despite the sweetness and 10% abv.

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

My coworker told me I had to try this IIPA and since I've enjoyed everything else OB has offered, I thought it would be a no-brainer. Wow, what a shock! It smells like a ripe grapefruit and whets the tastebuds with the typical IIPA aromas. Let's taste it! What??? Onions and garlic! Wild! Grapefruit, hoppy spice, and a savory onion/garlic follow-through. Nothing like it. I would recommend enjoying this IIPA with a tasty burger and an order of frings... Awesome combination.

Photo of vdread
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

GUBNA Imperial IPA pours a clear vibrant golden color with a thin off white head.

smell is initially very sweet, with strong hop notes of citrus, like tangerine or grapefruit. i can get subtle notes of the 'fried onion' smell/taste that i have read, but it's mostly fruity.

taste is much of the same, with a very strong citrus hop bite and mango followed by the armpit-sweat like onion taste of the summit hops. im personally a fan of summit hops, though, so it's all good. there is a good amount of bitterness, though it's subtle, and not at all harsh. there is a strong malty sweetness that almost competes with the mango hops and creates a very strange 'sour' beer.

mouthfeel is good. remarkably sippable for a 10% beer.

while i love summit hops, the GUBNA isn't my favorite, and at the same price as TEN-FIDY, it's really not worth it for me to keep buying these. definitely props to OB for what they're doing, though.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gubna has a clear, golden body with a small white head that only leaves one or two spots of lacing behind.

Gubna has an intensely hoppy nose that is loaded with grapefruit and other citrus notes and a big dose of resin. Bitterness is also noticeable, at least to the point where it can be in an aroma.

I had no expectations going into trying Gubna except for the fact that I don't like Gordon very much. Luckily, I think Gubna is pretty good and very interesting; definitely a better beer than Gordon (at least for my tastes). Gubna starts out with a ton of hops. Loads of grapefruit and other citrus coupled with a fairly intense bitterness that lashes the tongue. A good bit of resin is in there also, with just a touch of grassy hops. Despite all of the hops, Gubna still manages to have a good bit of light, sweet malt to provide some balance. I would guess the malt is pale with some malted rye mixed in. Regardless of exactly what kind of malt it is, it provides a bit of balance, but the hops still rule the beer. The finish has a blast of bitterness and a bit of alcohol warmth. I have to say that there is a slightly off flavor lurking in here also; the beer would be much better without it.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily, but overall the prickly carbonation and body that is on the light side make Gubna almost refreshing.

Gubna is a pretty unique IIPA. I really loved the hop bitterness, but the malt bill was a bit strange for me. I would say Gubna is worth a try, but at the price Oskar Blues cans command around here, I would leave Gubna on the shelf and grab a different IIPA, or perhaps a 4 pack of Ten Fidy instead.

Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a SA pint

A - Pours an extremely clear, moderate to dark golden color. Light to little bubbling. Head however, is very strong, pearly white. Well retained at 2mm - good lacing.

S - Extremely strong, floral, earthy hops. Reminds me of when I open a fresh packet of hops on brew day. Very grapefruit like as well, which makes it almost seem acidic.

T - All hops. Only a light hint of sweetness, then immediately dominated by all those grassy hop notes. Gets slightly more bitter mid-stream - but surprisingly for all the hop aromas this beer still hold a latent sweetness. Almost like it was hit with tons of late additions. Finishes with a very interesting, although I'm not sure appealing, creamy thick chewy orange note which has prickly notes tied to it.

M - Thick and creamy. Grabs the tongue. Carbonation is not well detected - seems on the flatter side. Sticks to the tongue like glue - both from bitterness and the creamy texture.

D - This is a one and done beer for me. Not a bad thing. Incredibly strong hops overwhelms the senses. ABV is very potent. Not filling at all.

I think I prefer Gordon just a little more since it comes out a bit more dry. This beer feels intentionally under attenuated.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a slightly off-white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine, perfume and a background of pale malt graininess.

The taste is of pine/resin with some perfumy notes. Pale malty sweetness has a hint of a late caramel touch. Some alcohol shows in the aftertaste, but is well-incorporated in the smoothness. Not too bitter or sweet. Finishes slightly abrupt in the first few sips, but hangs in there as it progresses.

It is creamy, slightly chewy and smooth, with a body that hits full.

Normally, I would prefer a more citrusy character, but I enjoyed this. It is "dangerously" drinkable... Different, but well-balanced and very smooth for the abv, with an interesting aroma and taste. Get a can!

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy toasted straw color with a small creamy off-white head that left some clingy lace. The aroma is pleasant, not a strong hop aroma but solid. There is a very fresh, buddy hop aroma, which I like. It is like I am smelling a bag of fresh hops or weed. The taste is of a pale malt a touch of sour from the rye, not overly sweet which is nice, a bit bready. The hop profile has some grapefruit and tropical fruit notes, there is some grass and pepper as well. The feel is of a huge malt body, very heavy on the palate but not overly sweet. There is good hop flavor with no ridiculous bitterness. There is a bit of an odd creamy texture to the beer due to the malt presence. Amazing that this beer is 100 IBU's with the bitterness so well hidden It is also amazing that with such a heavy malt body that this brew is not that sweet. An interesting DIPA. Definitely big pale malt presence and hoppy flavor. I didn't get huge bitterness or sweetness which is nice. The feel is a bit odd and the ABV is there so it limits the drinkability.

Photo of Zaplt
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - slightly hazy palish golden orange - light white head little lacing

smell - grapefruit, tart, sweetness?, bready malts, some floral character, *honey

taste - strange hop character - tart, reminds me of hay???, definitely hints of a grapefruity citrus character. alcohol isn't too hot - not bad for 10. A mixture of other hops would be nice, the character is overwhelming because I'm not used to it. bready malt is balanced well.

overall - balanced beer, enjoyable but the hop was slightly strange. Would drink again but would not search it out.

Photo of TexIndy
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. Canned date of 4/15/10 on bottom of can. Was a darker gold color with lots of carbonation. It had a good sized white head that slowly settled into a foam cap fed by the carb. Excellent sheeting that slowly slides back into the glass with a few sticky spots.

The aroma is unique that's for sure. This is probably the sixth one I've had over the past several weeks and I still can't decide if I like it or not. It has an odd aroma that dominates that I agree with other reviewers smells like grilled onions. Some spice from the rye and sweet from some sort of fruit (mango and/or grapefruit). Giving it a 3.5 as an average as sometimes I really like the aroma and others times I really don't. The taste has the same issue. Really good and hoppy but then again has the odd taste element in it that really distracts at times. More of the hop comes thru though to help hide the other taste so a little better score than the aroma. Mouthfeel is chewy with a slight hop oil element to it. Good for the style.

Overall, an interesting beer that keeps me on my toes. Loved it the first couple times then really didn't like then middle of the road then liking again. Really have to be in a certain mood for this one it seems. Recommend at least a single can if you can just to try something very unique. Available here in TX in limited quantities so got several 4 paks. Rotation - got several in the fridge to last me for a bit then probably done with it unless I really fall in love with it. At $17/4pk, it's too pricey to be on the fence about. [O;O]

Photo of kbnooshay
2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a straw golden color with a short lived fizzy off white head. Aroma is of marijuana. Taste is of onions and marijuana. Is this the summit hops or is it something else? They taste like weed and onions? Bitterness is pretty high. Feel is slick and tingly. Not drinkable because of the onion.

What the hell happened with this one?

I now have vidalia onion breath.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale orange color with a haze and a thick head that sticks all over the glass. The bubbles float slowly through the beer.

S- Loads of fruity smells all wrapped up in a sweet, potent aroma that reminds me of jelly.

T- The flavor is sharp and sweet and pretty confusing if you're not a hop head. The more hops the better in my opinion, but the huge mix of hops in here is hard to get perfect. Tasty, but could definitely use some work before competing with Oskar Blues Gordan IPA

M- Thick body with creamy carbonation. MMmmm

D- Quite drinkable despite the outrageous flavor. The texture really helps.

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.