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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,489 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 78
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 jonesy613
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear leaving minimal head (maybe my can pouring skills are not so good). What little appears sticks around and provides light lacing.

Smell is odd, not necessarily bad odd, just different. I must have seen another review that said "meaty" because that's all I can think of to describe it. Not as piney or floral as I thought I might sense. NOTE: after seeking out descriptions of Summit I'm going to go with the occasionally noted onion/garlic smell... onion powder.

Resiny, dank, yet crispy hop forwardness that shifts pretty quickly to the back of the tongue and throat.

Crisp and hoppy in the way I'd expect a big IPA to be. Not too lingering or cloying in any way. I don't know that I'd have pegged it for 10%... it's warm with alcohol, but it doesn't knock you down. I get a little salty feel after pausing between sips.

Drinkability is high because it's not cloying and it's not a palate-wrecker. 10%, $15 4-pack, I don't know that it would be a beer I'd seek out again. I'll enjoy the other 3 however...

Photo of MCfunkyJ
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good for a canned beer. I poured it into a glass but still its not something I will be on the hunt for priced at $18 for 4-pack of 12oz Cans.

Its surprisingly good but I rated it low because of the can and price vs what it actually is.

I might give it 5's across the board if it was in a bottle.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buckeyeboy brought this to a recent tasting... Thanks a ton Jeremy..

Very clear yellow/orange .. nice head... good lacing..

Nose is amazingly fruity... citrus... melon.. pineapple... damn.. no pine!! Funky weed permeates the aroma.

Flavor has all the American hop aromas (again no pine) .. the fruitiness really slams into the deep herbal qualities.. some skunky onion adds to the hoppiness but the hoppiness really goes all over the place.... pale malts try to keep things together but sorta fail when it warms up.

Nice body and carbonation.... but this seemed like a shotgun blast of hops that never should be put on the same platform.... too much and they don't jive together....

Thanks again to Jeremy.. but I really want to try this again.. I doubt my above negatives are as bad as my review shows.


Photo of ZAP
1.52/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A-Light orange...cloudy....small white head

S-Big garlic aroma...fuck...I could ward off vampires with this shit. Thank you Summit hop...underneath all the garlic is a little light citrus but hard to distinquish

T-Catty....garlic...onion...don't like this at all. Maybe some light citrus but again hard to note.

M-Medium to full bodied...not much bitterness on the finish or the taste really.

D-I'm not fan of Surly Abrasive as I think that has similar characteristics as this one but this is much worse. Probably the worst tasting DIPA I have had. Will never buy again.

Photo of Duhast500
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. can into a stemmed glass.

The color has is orange with a bit of a haziness to it that does not make it completely clear through but I can see to the other side. The head is white and is about a finger or two thick with some nice lacing. Seems to be well carbonated as well.

The smell is a bit of orange peel at first. Some CO2 that comes in with that orange flavor and almost makes me cough. Some bitterness is present as well and does come out just a bit.

The taste is citrus but is pretty bitter right out front and just seems to get stronger as it washes over the back of the pallet. It has some bitter and spicy and is better when gulped a bit as opposed to taking small sips. Once past that strong bitterness there are few more flavor that do come out. Some slight green apple seem to be hiding in the background with some slight pair as well.

The feel is a little tough for the unprepared and can be really a shock if you are inexperienced with high bitter IPAs. This beer is well carbonated and a bit effervescent. IT is pretty drinkable once you are used to the bitterness and does down well. Some nice bitter aftertaste that stays for about five to ten seconds after each sip. A good bitter, Imperial IPA.

Photo of beereality
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thank you goes out to Lloyd for thinking of me and picking this up while in Co. Beautiful hazy orange pour with a big fine white head, that leaves nice lacing. Sticky. Good. Pleasant fruity aroma, kind of earthy. Strong. Big citrus hop front with a nice malt back bone. I would compare this to a modus hoperandi if it came in an imperial style. Look out for this one, its one strong brew. It hits you from the start. I had three glasses from the growler in three hours and had to call it a night.

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a disappointing thin white head, not much lace. Smell: earthy with some cantaloupe and mild tropical fruit. Taste: mild toffee sweetness, spicy, earthy, a little alcohol and a touch of pineapple aftertaste. Syrupy. Alcohol and earthy/spicy linger. This one was a lot better cool, as it warmed it got earthy and "green" tasting (Summit I assume).

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy light orange with fluffy head and beautiful lacing

S: Tangerine and pineapple

T: Flavor is stonger tangerine and unripe pineapple rind with some strong bitterness. Lots of hot booze here which you'd have to expect from a 10% DIPA.

M: Little booze heat, good carbonation

D: Because of the high ABV, I could only do about 2 of these before I fall out of my chair. Still, a sessionable DIPA, though I think I want to underestimate this because it comes in a can.

Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger head of just slightly off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden-orange body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - An intense, pine and grapefruit hop aroma with notes of cedar and pineapple. Some sweet, caramel malt in the background as well.

T - Sweet, toasty malt up front with a strong, bready character. The malt is quickly followed up with sharp hop flavors mirroring those of the aroma. Notes of cedar, basil, grapefruit and pine. Finishes with the hop flavors remaining strong but fading in diversity to just cedar and grapefruit along with strong bitterness and moderate toffee malts for balance. Lingering spicy, woody hops combine with the toffee in the aftertaste to create a woody, cedar like cured tobacco note.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice DIPA that delivers in the way one tends to expect from OB. The hop character is both complex (shockingly complex for a beer brewed with a single hop) and extremely pungent with a particularly spicy leaning. This hop intensity is mirrored in the flavor with strong notes of grapefruit and other, more subtle hop characteristics that combine well with the rich malt. This combination of malt and hops comes together particularly well in the finish and aftertaste, where it creates a woody tobacco character that highlights the moderately toasty notes of the malt. A nice new offering from Oscar Blues and well worth seeking out.

Photo of SShelly
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with low head, little visible carb.

Aroma is dank and resinous, pine and citrus both in the mix.

Flavor is big burst of bitterness upfront with lots of hop flavor, a little warming in the mouth, major resin stickin in the mouth, not that pleasant after a while.

Finish is hoppy and resiny, not that thrilled with the aftertaste ofthis, really overwhelms he rest of the beer.

Photo of ugaterrapin
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: a hazy golden beer flowed out of the can. A fingers worth of head settled out on top and left a fair amount of lacing when it receded.

S: This beer has an incredible danky hoppy aroma. There is a definite marijuana aroma in this beer and by no means is that a bad thing.

T: The taste is a little strange. There are some different flavors in this one. The main flavor is herbal grassy hops with emphasis on the grass. It is somewhat bitter on the finish, but not quite as potent as I was expecting. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant, but not too bad.

M: The mouthfeel is a little oily, but that is somewhat to be expecting since this is highly hopped.

D: Overall this a decent beer. When you factor in the price though this is a only buy once type of beer. I think one at a time is all I can due because it does have some funkiness going on.

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

This poured a nearly clear gold with some off-white head. It smelled like strong pine with some apricot and floral hops, plus light caramel malt. It tasted just about the same as it smelled, like pine with floral and apricot hops, and some caramel malt. It was thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had huge hops but was still somehow very well balanced, leading to a great scent and taste. It had great body also, and hid the alcohol all too well, so it was dangerously easy to drink. A wonderful double IPA that shows a mastery of extracting a ton of taste from a single hop. And while this is a gem when fresh, the malt backbone seemed strong enough to make it a very interesting candidate for aging.

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

I normally do a review based on the A/S/T/M/D format, but in this apparently divisive and polarizing case a missive is in order:

Dearest BA,

WTF? This brew is delicious, and squarely positioned within the definition and norms of the style.

Could it be that there is a bad batch? Did it draw the ire of the cheapskate within? Have half of you lost your mind? Have half of us?



P.S. This bad boy is only 12 days old! Fresh as a can can be.

Photo of Jwale73
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. can served in my DT tulip. Poured a translucent golden orange with a creamy, 2.5 inch off-white head. Head eventially settles into a fairly consistent skim of a cap that coalesces around the shoulders. Lots of lacing with excellent adherence on this brew. Nose starts off with citrus notes initially, but there seems to be a slightly herbal/medicinal quality that follows close behind, as well as perhaps a hint of something vegetal - garlic and/or onions? Taste consistent with nose - WTF - there is something a little off-putting about the taste for me. Another review cited a Funyuns taste. While it's been years since I've had a Funyun, there is definitely an overpowering oniony/garlicky character to this beer that comes out in the middle and peaks at the end as a not so subtle reminder of what you just tasted - all this on a very malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and syrupy viscous with an even carbonation level. All these factors, coupled with the price, makes Gubna a major swing and a miss for me. Very disappointing considering the quality of the other OB beers.

Photo of JoeBloe
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

i was excited to see this on the shelf - less excited to pay $17.99 for the 4 pack - i'm on the 3rd can (not in a row) of this 4pk -
looks good on the pour - smell is pretty earthy which is ok by me but I'm not into such 'earthy' taste - am i tricked into thinking i'm tasting a hint of aluminum from the can ? (which isn't the case in other OB brews) - on 3 different tries i'm not really liking the taste here - the mouthfeel is quite sticky, which would be fine if i liked the taste - the alcohol is extremely well hidden, which would be a good thing, again, if it tasted good, this offering from oskar blues just ain't right to me - drinkability based on abv would be pretty good, but taste-wise, no - i will not re-elect the 'gubna'.

** had the opportunity to try this on tap @ sunswick in astoria and went for it, hoping it would taste better than it did from the cans - it did not...

Photo of Tilley4
2.17/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, this one certainly seems to be a polarizing beer... I love Dale's and Gordon but I'm hearing this is something completely different. Picked up a damn expensive 4 pk ($16!!!) recently to give it a shot..

Poured into an SA Perfect Pint.

An unusual looking brew this one is... A light golden yellowish brown with a very thick creamy head... Cloudy hazy and hoppy looking...

An earlier review said something about Funyuns and I couldn't agree more... This...is....funky... Not in a good way though... The earthy spiciness of the Summit hop is definitely not something to be single hopped with... Its just too funky and dank...the malts do their best to peek through but that dank hoppiness cuts it to ribbons...

Well... It tastes like Funyuns too... Very prominent salty onion-like hoppiness abounds and dominates this brew from start to finish..I'm really really trying to like this one but I just can't do it... 3 sips and its down the drain for me... The dank hoppiness of this one just isn't my thing...

Big disappointment obviously... Wanted to be one of those that fell in love with yet another OB offering but this one missed the mark in my book...

Photo of MURF0320
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

As a fan of Dale's, Gordon, and Ten Fidy. but more importantly IIPA's, naturally I had to have this even though it costs $15 for a 4 pack. Unfortunately I wasn't very pleased.
Poured clear golden orange with a barely there white head that faded to nothing.
The Aroma frightened me a bit. There is a strong citrus hop scent there, however it's mixed with an odd smell reminiscent of Funyuns. This is a single hop beer that uses Summit hops, which have this characteristic to many people. Sweet malt also stands out, and there's a bit of spiciness.
Taste was weird to me too. It almost seems like a good IPA was poured into a pan that had just been used to cook liver and onions and then poured back into a can. With that being said, there is a lot of citrus rind and grapefruit flavor as well. Malts are too overpowering and sweet for me. Also a herbal spiciness and the alcohol taste increases as beer warms.
Mouthfeel was the best part of the beer to me. Lightly sticky with a good amount of carbonation to make it feel slightly creamy and smooth.
Taste and poor warming qualities made this hard for me to finish.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a Mad Elf snifter. Canned on 3-22-10.

Pours a clear, sticky, orange with two fingers of foam that fully coats the glass as it recedes. Smell of grassy hops immediately fill the room. A deeper whiff reveals a hint of garlic/onion... interesting.

Wow, this beer explodes in your mouth. Huge hop rush assaults your palate. The earthy hops dominate and destroy your taste buds... this is a good thing!

There is a thick, chewy, very viscous mouthfeel. The mouthfeel is a welcome balance to the insane hoppiness, but the underlying sweetness does not break through (although I know it is there).

This is a very good beer. A bit unusual, but I like the change of pace. The only problem is the price... $15 for a 4 pack is way too steep for me to buy again.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice rich copper color with a touch of orange to it. Two and a half fingers of billowy white head.

S: Fresh whole cone hops just fill your nose. It smells like hops. Straight up. There really is not much else going on in the nose but who cares.

T: It starts off really bitter and never really relents. Little bit of citrus. Quite malty as well. I believe the 100 IBUs listed on the can now. It is not that complex at all. If you need a hop fix this will take care of it.

M: Right where it should be. Nice and sticky. Really coats the tongue.

D: I am enjoying this beer but it is expensive. We got the 4 pack in NJ for $15 but it showed up around here for 17.99. For 15 I would grab it once in a while. For 18...

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

Luminous reddish gold pour into a DFH Signature Glass. Smallish white head leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.
Aromas are initially grassy hops, but because of the hop variety, onions become apparent and are the most prominent feature.
The taste is hop forward for sure, a hefty dose of bitterness, bit of malty sweetness, and more bitterness in the finish. It's a good thing I like hops, and yes, there is some onion in here as well.
Mouthfeel is not overly syrupy, but there is a really nice sort of soft carbonation on the tongue.
There is a bit of an alcohol burn which detracts from the drinkability and the 10% is hitting pretty hard.
This is an interesting take on the style, but the onion takes some getting used to.

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

I appreciated tenderbranson69 sharing this can w/ me -poured chilled into a tumbler

A - An appealing shade of golden like apple juice w/ thick almost 2 finger cap that settles to a 1/4 inch cling ring of lace w/ a white film on the surface. The bead is tight and clarity is mildly hazed

S - A slightly citrus yet grassy hop arom w/ has some earthy notes - I can understand the term catty when applied to summit here. The nose has mild malty sweet scents w/ really dank hop aroma - resinous type odor which has lots of herbal influence like 'the relative of the hop'

M - thick body w/ moderate carbonation and sweetness w/ bitter edges not really acidic but has a sharp quality w/ subtle alcohol effect on the palate

T - The taste is like I would imagine fermented MJ -lots of herbs and spice w/ strong malt taste that has light toasted honey like qualities. The taste remineds me of oregano or cannibis w/ a slight sharpness that comes off as hoppy with light grass and subtle pine needle flavor while delivering a strong element of alcohol in flavor too

D - I was perplexed by this, too bitter to be drinkable for bitterness' sake and has lack of depth beyond the herbal grassy quality and strong malt/alcohol to be truly drinkable for me. The IIPA seems strange and the single Summit usage doesn't win me over in this style- I would say try it, but it isn't the best example of the style

Photo of Espenoza
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep golden color, nice creamy head.

S - Strong Hops presence, but a very nice surprising malt.

T - Hops smacking me in the mouth with a very nice malty after taste, the alcohol is definitely present, but it's an enjoyable bite. The malt presence in an DIPA is something I haven't come across before.

M - Very crisp, a good solid alcohol bite

D - As much as I'm loving this beer, I don't see myself drinking more that two of these... mostly because it's DIPA, but still very drinkable.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with neverending carbonation from the bottom of the glass. One finger white head.

S: Smells like overripe apricots, seaweed and a wet grass aroma. Has a butter aroma with an onion and garlic smell. Also smell a pork like flavor. Smells very savory, and that isn't something I'd like in a DIPA

T: Tastes like a roast pig with pineaplle, both savory and sweet flavors. A bit funky as well. Too much of an onion flavor here though. Summit hops sure are strong.

M: Alcohol is too strong on the palate, tends to give the summit hops a hand in overwhelming the palate.

D: Too thin and too carbonated, one and done for me.

Photo of GPHarris
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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