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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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85
very good

950 Reviews
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Reviews: 950
Hads: 2,835
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 102
Gots: 392 | FT: 2
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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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Reviews: 950 | Hads: 2,835
Photo of beerfootfreak
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holy shit! This can is unlike anything I expected. The aromas subdued but sweetly slinking it's neck out of the can. I'm endeared to a second deep repugnant sniff. I dash to the snifter the only way to enjoy a hopped sick liquid of this caliber. It pours a golden glow inebriated with an orange hue. Not much head but I poured 'err slow. I'm left with not quite delicate lacing quaffably scattered throughout my glass. The sweet, boozy malt invades my nose laced with insane tropical hop tastes. Coconut, mango, nothing like I expected. This fucker tastes like the goddamn piña colada of IPAs. Beseech me for howling from the mountain but high aces on this mountain high super hopped DIPA!

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Photo of bigbeerfan
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - Pours copper with a fluffy white head

Smell - Pineapple. It took me a while to zero in on what it was I was smelling but once I identified it I couldn't smell anything else.

Taste - Not very hop forward. Much more malt than hops. IBUs are hidden as is the 10%ABV. This one will sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Feel - Nice body. Appropriate for the style.

Overall - Not a bad beer but probably not one I'll go out of my way for.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light orange in color, with a prominent, finely-beaded white head, with good retention. Thick lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Very prominent grapefruit rind dominates the aroma, though there are some lesser pine tar notes to be had. The malt offers up what would normally be a strong wave of sweet caramel, but it is utterly overwhelmed by the hops. The high ABV (10.0%) makes its presence known by a gracious and understated vinous note,quite free of solvent aromas..

Taste: Opens with a surge of tropical and citrus, particularly grapefruit flavors, which overlay a strong malt backbone of sweet caramel and rye. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol, caramel malt, and a massive hop presence struggle for supremacy. In the end, its a three-way standoff. Why am I thinking of the triangular standoff at the end of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? A lingering citrus hops presence brings the taste to a pleasant close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and velvety, very full.

Drinkability/notes: Quite over-the-top, a bit much for my taste, but well done, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Pours just a few shades of orange darker than your standard gold domestic beer. Forms an easy 2 fingers of slightly off-white, dense creamy head. High head potential, medium/high head retention. Nice thick solid walls of lacing.
S - 4.5 - Tart pear, spice, honey, honeysuckle, grapefruit, hops, orange, apple and light touches of mango and pineapple.
T - 4.75 - No traces of alcohol whatsoever, very impressive. Slightly tart, medium sweet citrus beginning with a lightly bitter hoppy finish. Reminds me of Avery's Maharaja, and that's a good thing!
F - 4.75 - Nice medium/full, thicker mouthfeel.
O - 4.5 - A very smooth and deceptively easy drinking IPA. As far as sessioning doubles goes, this is one of the most sessionable imperial IPAs I've had! Highly recommended!

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Photo of huntley101888
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This can is a replacement from the brewery for an issue that I had with a previous can. With that having been said, I will get on with the review.

Poured into another brewery's tulip glass. Deep golden color with off white head. Crystal clear.

Smell is subtle. Not a lot of hop forward scents. Smells "sweet" and somewhat boozy. You would expect some boozy smell out of a 10% beer.

Tastes sweet as it hits the tongue. Tropical fruit flavor (not sure which ones - maybe mango). Bitterness hits the back of your tongue as you swallow and that is paired with an ever so slight boozy hotness. Very slight. This hides it more than a comparable beer, Hi-Res from Sixpoint.

Mouthfeel is thick, which is expected out of this full body DIPA.

Overall this is a very good double IPA. As I mentioned before, I would compare it to something like Sixpoint's Hi-Res. The price point near my house ($15.49/4-pack) makes this a few and far between type of beer, but if I saw it at a restaurant, I would certainly order it.

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Photo of BigD1975
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer by Oscar Blues, looks like a cloudy golden beer, tastes a little hoppy, but overall a really good beer. I have never had a bad Oscar Blues beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gubna

Served in a Belgian tulip at Nob Hill Bar and Grill in Albuquerque.

Cloudy orange and yellow liquid and a pale white frothy head. A little muddled but otherwise nice. 4

Piney floral and citrusy sweet aroma. Big sweetness, big aroma. Delicious. 4.25

Berry flavors, light zesty citrus, pineyness. Good medley of flavors that work well together. Maybe a touch too much solvent flavor. 4

Big malty body feel, sweet and a bit tangy, and pretty mellow on the
bitterness. 4

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 03/12/15

A: Pours a copper color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a thin ring around the glass that leaves some nice lacing

S: Citrus, light pine, and some sweetness up front. Some light maltiness comes through as well, but it's mostly candied hops

T: Follows the nose, but much more balanced. Starts off with some citrus and goes into some lightly spicy rye malt and pine notes. A light sweetness is present throughout, as well as a moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering rye and some citrus rind

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A nice combination of hops and spicy rye, with the citrus and spiciness really standing out. The 10% and 100+ IBUs are masked extremely well, especially under the rye. Glad they got rid of the summit this year, as the onion/garlic could definitely throw the balance off a bit. Definitely worth trying now, though

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Photo of IPAhipster
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells good, the taste can be a little dissapointing because it does not follow the nose, as their Pale Ale this is very malt heavy and bitterness not your typical DIPA, it does a REALLY good job hiding it's 10%.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very aromatic with plenty of tropical notes as well as stone fruits.
Very citrusy, grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple can easily be scented.
To bad it doesn't translate well to the taste for the taste is really more malts and hop bitterness.
Pours a sunset amber with a tall head.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass Canned

A: Pours golden yellow with a creamy off white head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Fruity, peach and melon, tropical fruit, a touch herbal, and big caramel malt sweetness.

T: Fruity melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, peach, and pear, a little spicy, a touch of pine, some dankness, a little citrus, hints of tropical fruit, and big caramel malt sweetness. A little alcohol on the finish.

M: Towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: There's a whole lot going on in this one, but I can't say I'm a huge fan. The fruitiness combined with the malt sweetness can be overwhelming. It really needs something like strong grapefruit to help balance it.

The 2015 edition features Galena, Columbus, Sorachi Ace, El Dorado, Comet, and Chinook hops.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy amber; thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Hops are quite evident, although bitterness is not. Resiny, citrusy.

This would be a good alternative to Hop Crisis, which is one of my favs.

Update: Check the date on the bottom of the can. I'm drinking one that's over a year old and it's not nearly as good as fresh.

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Photo of Big_V
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma stood out for me on this one. Smells of honeydew melon, cantelope, very tropical. The taste was on point with the aroma. Getting a bit of alcohol on the finish,but it is 10%. Overall well done.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Orange candy with a light cloudiness and few pin-head sized rising bubbles. Topped with a finger of yellowish head.



S: Really ripe pineapple, sweet and candy like, coconut, tropical fruit punch. Floral as well like a bouquet of flowers.



T: Tropical fruits, candied orange, phenols, a solid sweetness, a little cereal quality.



M: Thick and syrupy but balanced with a low powdery carbonation leaving a smooth finish. Alcohol is well hidden but the feel of it hits the whole mouth. Slightly sticky coating left on the tongue.



O: Great smell, good taste. Got it in Asheville, NC, drank in Kunming, China on March 13th, 2015.

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Photo of curasowa
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, golden orange color with two finger of fluffy head that lingers quite a while with thick lacing.

Aroma: Malt really dominates the nose, with a nice mix of floral and earthy hop notes, resin, a little medicinal and woody.

Taste: Holy malt-bomb. A quick flash of bitterness, then lots of chewy, syrup-sweet malt with lots of booze. Nothing subtle about the 10% here. Some earthy bitterness builds towards the finish, but the flavor struggles under the weight of the malt and ends up being just bitter, which lingers on through the finish.

The Rest: This one's a but much. One glass is about all I think I could manage before wanting something else.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I get some grapefruit, followed by a nice malty sweetness. I can see the malt destroying this Imperial quickly if it goes further past it's canning date. I get some rye from rye malt. A nice bread character. Some spice, with orange peel later in the beer.

The beer starts off with tropical fruit as the big taste coming through. In the final sips as the beer warms. It becomes a big floral bouquet.

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Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy head. Smells like sweet tropical citrus. Upfront taste is sweet and almost reminds me of a barley wine. Malty for sure too. Very clean and not too bitter on the back end. This is unique for sure. I really like it though. Hides the fact that it is 10% well.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint at Rocklands. Pours hazy coppery orange with two fingers of white foam that leave lots of lacing. Aromas of pine, citrus rind, and tropical fruit. There’s some bready malt, too. Hits the front of the tongue with malty sweetness then the pine/citrus bitter flavors come on. Creamy, oily mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of InI
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Must drink. I didn't think it was possible to hide that much alcohol and bitterness into a sweet citrusy nectar of goddess. This really tastes like a grapefruit juice that makes you happy. This is my favorite beer

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Photo of laughableman
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A—Hazy, Light Golden

S—Intense citrusy hop

T—Tastes like grapefruit Juice

M—Long-lasting finish, tannin, alcohol

O—Overall, it tastes of pure citrusy hops—suitable for an extreme hophead. Would not recommend for the casual drinker.

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Photo of RickS95
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a milky golden orange. Very cloudy. Looks like a wit. The head is bright white and has the expected meringue-like foamy top. Frothy large bubbles sitting on top of tiny, tight bubbles. Thick, sticky lace.

Sweet tropical fruit fills the nose. Lots of citrus, but a splash of pineapple sweetens the pot. Pine and grapefruit round out the scents. Malts are surely there, but you won't notice or care.

Very pleasant taste as the German malts finally show, giving the palate a break from all the hops. The pine is the dominant flavor, though grapefruit and pineapple make appearances, with rye making just a cameo for spice.

A big hit of sweet tropicalness opens the sip but gentle bitterness soons grabs the tongue and never relinquishes. ABV is high, but you never pick it up. Again, spicy rye shows up late to the party, just before the finish. Plenty of bittering agents make it a long bitter finish.

I had this beer a bit on the cold side, so it was a bit less tame than it might have been had it warmed a little. I like it the way I had it. The bitterness was never overwhelming, but with the high ABV and rye, I'm sure it could have been. A really good beer.

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Photo of mweso2000
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hellooo Gubna! Oskar Blues Gubna one of the most unique DIPA that I have ever tried. The Sorachi Ace, Chinook and Mosaic hops combination gives it a piny evergreen hop flavor with a hint of lemon. It is the malts that really make this different though. Rye and North American Pale Malt and Munich Malt give off a spicy flavor I do not think I have ever tasted in a DIPA. Started off really loving this beer but as I finished beer 1 and started beer two (20 oz pours from my growler) the flavors are starting to become a little overwhelming. At 10% abv this is a real ass kicker. If you are a hop head well worth the try, but this strikes me as a beer that you would either love or hate.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Hazy, murky faded burnt amber-orange colored body. The head is a foamy cream colored bubbly patch after it recedes. Large bands of foamy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A malty presence of caramel, pine, cedar, apricot fruitiness.

Taste: Spicy up front with a malty backbone dressed in citrus and piny notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick.

Overall: A very tasty double IPA, but very boozy and thick.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

App- served in a 11.5oz snifter. Poured a hazy golden orange with a half finger white head. Fair, decently spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Predominantly Orange in aroma with hints of pine.

Taste - Pretty much just follows the nose, with over-ripened orange and hints of pine with light candied sweetness. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Close to full in body with fairly lively carbonation. Somewhat syrupy in the finish.

Overall - Good, but not exceptional. Seems to lack that extra umph that recent DIPA's deliver on.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%

Originally rated on 4/21/14. Updated on 8/2/14

Re-rate: 2014 version is even better. Poured from a can. Earthy fruity aroma. Taste is amazing. Huge yummy pineapple taste. So good. I don’t know if they could top it in 2015 if they switch the hops up again. ---- On tap for $3.50 a pint at brews brothers. Really like this beer. Happy to see it added on tap by me. Love the sweet caramel taste with the pungent summit hops. Very well balanced. Nice juicy citrus happyness.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
85 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.