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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,489 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 79
Gots: 233 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of Kromes
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear, light golden color with a thick, dense off-white colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like some oily, skunky buds. That's about it.

T: Tastes like some oily, skunky buds. There is some malt sweetness in there, but this beer is dominated by an intense herbal, citrus and pine hop flavor and bitterness with some alcohol flavor and warmth.

M: Heavy, oily feel. Not alot of carbonation which helps with the drinkability

D: The beer is ok, not too drinkable, but it's not awful. A bit too extreme for my tastes, it started out ok, but I found it sort of hard to choke down a whole can of this.

Photo of coachdonovan
2.54/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

so many wild reviews about this beer, both good and bad. this is the most anticipation i've had in quite some time to try a new beer. had this on tap at Julian's in Providence, 5/13/10. 10oz pour into a tulip starts out with a one inch head. partly cloudy, sort of a dark gold- no... brass. i'm going with brass as the color.

this was served too cold straight from the tap, so i can't be the best judge of the aroma. it was pretty mellowed from the temperature; i got no garlic, but none of the pleasant IPA hop/floral aroma either. flavor: "this one tastes like the IPA got into an onion patch." the high ABV isn't terribly overwhelming, but the aftertaste is anything but clean. the more this warmed up, the less i liked it. that makes me think it would have been worse if it hadn't started out too cold. just seems totally out of whack, so i was pretty psyched that my sample was $6 glass instead of a $15+ four-pack.

Photo of FishGetter
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass, golden tangerine hues shine out like rays of sunshine. Slight hayzy apperance with thin head that fails to hold on.
Aroma possible the worst thing about this brew. Surprising garlic, green onion, and chive aromas. Somewhat rubber aromas too. Some malt sweetness but smells more like a kitchen than a brew. Most unique aroma on any brew.
Sweet mango, pear, and orange peel zest warms tastebuds up. Slightly spicy. Just as one identifys orange zest, drink morfs into a garlic, chive combo. By far the most unusual flavor profiles, but it works. Some toasted grain can be detected too. Alchol shakes things up with a boozie finish.
A mostly medium mouthfeel. Hop resins sticky and clingy at finish. Alchol leaves slight burn in mouth.
Unusual? YES! But it works. Great job by the guys at Oskar Blues. Drink is far outside the box but quite enjoyable. Gubna's a winner!

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can to oversized wine glass. Batch #0 02 25A 2 BA. Canned on 3/15/10 at 09:44. Consumed within 1 month of canning.

A: One and a half finger creamy pearl colored head. Long lasting. The body is ambery-orange, with medium saturation and 70% transparency. Active streamers line the edge of the glass and contribute to the thick, chunky collar that remains from the dissipated head. Excellent lacing sticks in a contiguous smattering.

S &T: Malts come through on the nose in huge proportions. Multi-grain bread, oatmeal and slow baked cookies. But the hops are heavy enough to overpower the malts: Wild grass and onion. GUBNA receives a 3 in the aroma department mainly because my opinion changed so many times throughout my review, scoring as low as a 1 and as high as a 5. (I took the average of the high and low scores but understand this: the aroma is ANYTHING BUT average.) Some of the better aromas include dried fruits of banana, peach and pineapple, fresh starfruit, plus lightly caramelized vidalia onion. The aromas I didn't prefer were phenolic: tylenol, rubber, super strength adhesive (rubber cement) and latex balloon. The taste manages to bring the better qualities to the forefront, where as the controversial elements were more prominent on the nose.

M: Medium full body with a creamy texture. The carbonation is average if not a little too soft. Finishes semi chalky and bitter. Lightly sweet and slightly sour.

D: The drinkability of GUBNA suffers in my opinion since the brew does not improve with increased temperature. The once-hidden ABV is now all too apparent in the nose, on the palate and even in the mouthfeel. Drinks much better at colder temperatures, not so much a flavor issue as much as alcoholic warmth/heat.

I love single hop performances. And Oskar Blues definitely knew what they were doing with this one. Lot of love, lots of hate, but more importantly, lots of discussion. This brew was a success.

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

A: Poured a brilliant orange with a dull white head about a finger high and was short lived but left a generous amount of lacing. Visible carbonation displayed a light density of bubbles randomly rising at a moderate rate. So far only a moderate start visual wise, not much to go on.

S: The nose was interesting and a bit different from what I was expecting from a ipa with mixed results. A dried herbaceous scent comes though with tomato leaves and chives with light touches of dried orange peels. Light hints of dried grapefruit peels, onion grass and minced garlic also interject. The strength was light, a bit odd, but no less somewhat intriguing.

T: The flavor delivers dried tangerines along with some musky sage. Herbaceous notes with mint, dried wheat stalks, along with some dried lemon grass. The hopping wasn't as intense as I expected but increased for a finish to a medium helping. There seemed to be a bit of undefined fruitiness lying beneath with some grassy notes as well rounding things out but nothing that gave me any indication this was a double ipa.

M: The mouthful was fairly thick, viscose and oily in texture. A flat carbonation is experienced along with a warming of grapefruit peel and straw.

D: Drinkability was a bit odd, but somewhat intriguing enough to keep you guessing and puzzled as to its oddity. Not nearly as bad as some people made it out to be. A four pack is perfect for conversation and discussion among friends for this much talked about ipa. Worth the price for to experience the first time around, but the chance of repeatability is low as well not really a session or summer time quencher.

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

Canned 3/15/10

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy, orange-peach body with a thin white head on top. Some lacing.

A decent wave of hefty hops on the nose. Very earthy, leafy and bitter. Bready, doughy, crust and malt. Picking up a little bit of the onion aroma others had mentioned, but it is fairly light.

Fairly bitter hops on the tongue and pizza crust. Very interesting. Onion and black table top pepper come through a bit. Bready malts. The finish is fairly crisp and dry. Hop bitterness is prevalent throughout. Grassy and bready. Slight touch of alcohol, but almost unnoticeable.

Mouthfeel is thick with ample carbonation. Bitter and almost creamy at the same time.

Drinkability is a little above average for this beer. I like the hop bitterness, but the flavor is a little out there, which cuts down the drinkability. I'll finish my glass, but I won't spring for another too quickly.

Overall, this is a very interesting DIPA. I like that Oskar Blues is trying to branch out a bit with the style. I don't think I'll drink this too often, but it is definitely worth trying and a beer that I will probably try again in the future.

Photo of abuliarose
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep gold with some off-white head. Smells like meaty malts with hints of rosemary and oregano around a slightly metallic note. Ok smells.

Tastes very meaty, some cantaloupe, with some bitter citrus rind character and hints of zest. I have had very few savory beers to compare to these flavors, but it's kind of like drinking a full meal. Mouthfeel is creamy and a little chewy. Medium-bodied, with fine and mouth-expanding carbonation adding to the body. Decently drinkable.

Overall not one I would come back to again and again, but it was worth a try. Definitely one of the standout IPAs I've had.

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With all the outright hostility and notoriety surrounding this beer, it was a given that I had to grab some in WI over the weekend. Can says it was canned: 4/23/10

Into a Duvel tulip, cold from the fridge. A finger of dense white foam coats the glass with a sheet of lace as it falls. Bright orange, really nice clarity.

Aroma is unique, as it warms the resiny hops get really earthy and yes, notes of onion, leek, or chives. It's not for everybody I guess. It didn't overpower, and lent a unique twist to this DIPA.

Resiny feel, alcohol is perceptible, with a massive resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. Very "green"... it's a sticky hop forward beer to be sure. Long aftertaste of resiny hop goodness, even some grapefruit comes out. Some pale malt is there, comes out more as it warms, but obviously steamrolled by all the hops. Just shy of being syrupy, it's fairly drinkable, but sipping one at a time goes a long way.

Thanks to the guy at DLD who first poured me some in line... it piqued my interest for sure.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz can, cost me $3.79. Canned 03-29-10

I kind of crushed the can when I pulled the tab..not something I remember happening when I've opened other Oskar Blues cans.

It pours a medium gold colour with an impressive 2 finger head of foam. I'll check on lacing later.

The smell is all grapefruit. There's nothing else noticeable to me. Not a knock at all as the style does give a hint at what usually is expected from the smell. Personally, I like the smell but I'm not in love with it.

The taste is, ok, very very bitter. The grapefruit rules and then, imho, goes to heights where it need not explore. I can sense and taste somewhat of a malt backbone and it adds some sweetness to the brew but I'm thinking....does this realy help? Me does not think so and I hate to say that as I've loved every Oskar Blues brew put in front of me. Man, this is way over the top and I just can't handle it.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability? I just can't handle the taste of this beer so it is very low. I will not buy again but I see others like it or love it. More power to ya.

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

I am not sure the early buzz for this beer was justified - I have seen it compared favorably with Russian River's Pliney beers. But reality just doesn't live up to the hype, though this is a perfectly good beer.

Pours sunny orange with lively head. Aroma is sweet and orangy, like orange candy. Flavor is a hoppy bomb, with a grassy attack and a chewy, grapefuitlike middle, and a piny and citric finish. Throughout is sweet and candylike. The mouthfeel is viscous and clings, emphasizing the citrus bitterness that sticks high on the mouth. The feel is prickly with carbonation over a creamy creamcicle character.

Photo of mjurney
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Golden honey color, very clear, some carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks quite nice on the glass.
[Smell]: Lots of pine in the nose, very spicy, sweet malts.
[Taste]: Strong piney hops up front, herbal/spicy, sweet malts in the mid-palate, peppery at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is pretty mild, very smooth with slight warmth.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy golden dark yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice thick creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is a big hop note, nice malt balance, citrus, and pine notes. The taste is hoppy, sweet, nice malt note, good dose of citrus, and pine notes. Medium body, pretty chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Very drinkable, this one really surprised the shit out of me, another very tasty brew from Oskar.

Photo of ncfrey
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-02-2010. My apologies for the brevity and any possible lack of coherence; I tried this beer at the Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids in Longmont right after having a glass each of Chainsaw and Imperial Stout at the Left Hand tasting room, so I was perhaps slightly less than sober. On tap, served in a pint glass.

a - Very slightly hazy gold, no head.

s - Huge grapefruit and slight caramel.

t - Spicy, then citrus - very hop dominated. Has a slight herbal taste as well. Malt is bready and caramel, and there's also a slight earthy/grassiness, like hay.

m - Good carb, light-medium body. Seems insubstantial for style/ABV.

d - Genuinely surprising for ABV; drinks like a much smaller beer.

This wasn't in my notes, but I'll point out that even my mom liked this beer, and she is not anywhere near the hop-head that I am.

Photo of HoosBrews
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was pale with moderate lacing. The smell was citrusy and floral (reminds me of the nose on a Stone Ruination). The taste is big and bitter. Definitely over 100 IBUs, but a simple hop taste. Heavy grapefruit citrus flavor. Slight sweetness on the finish (honey?). Mouthfeel is oily and lingers. Quite drinkable for 10%abv. Overall I'm not ready to put it in a category with Pliny or Hopslam, but this is a pretty damn good beer.

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

Golden-orange color with white creamy head. Looks just about great. Nose is heavily bitter with the rind of many citric fruits. Strong enough, but damn if there isn't a rotten fruit note in there that's keeping me from loving it.

The flavor is similarly balanced between positive and negative. I love the pithy, in-your-face deliciousness of the hops. Two tons of Summit. That said, the one-note pony (mixing metaphors) can only hobble so far, and the syrupy mouthfeel and abundance of diacetyl-buttery flavor calls the dogs off to new prey.

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

This one is courtesy of Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy hops, tobacco & breadyness

T: Grapefruitty hops, a touch of caramel & breadyness, plus some boozeyness up front. Leafy/tobacco type hoppyness dominates as this warms, along with some pineapple. Finishes dry, slightlty fruitty with much pine & tobacco

MF: Chewy with low carbonation, okay balance

Drinks easy for the strength & style, but not in love with the hops used here. Probably one of my least favorite OB offerings

Photo of BeerMusketeer
1.77/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Love Oscar Blues. Could live on Dale's Pale and Gordon. Now this beer is something else. It is truly disgusting. Blue cheese was the first smell. It followed on the palette. It looks ok and the mouthfeel could be worse. But I poured three quraters down the drain, so I have to give it a 1 for drinkability. They let me buy one can only at the store, and for that I am grateful.

Photo of spoons
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a cold can to a tulip.

Has a hazy orange color to it. A great thick white head. Looks like shaving cream after a little bit. Its rocky and stays around to leave nice lacing down the glass.

Super hoppy aromoa. Smells a little like weed mixed with an asian grocery store....and a pigs head. Yeah this smells like head cheese. A little too funky.

The taste is very sweet and any bitterness in there is covered by it. The aromoa mixed with that sweetness isnt that easy to drink. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Seems to loose some of the funk after a few sips. Which makes me think I should try this again to see if I can get past the nose shock. We'll see...

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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