GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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Reviews: 930
Hads: 2,755
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 97
Gots: 337 | FT: 3
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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 RickS95
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of mweso2000
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.29/5  rDev +15%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

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. (474 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

GUBNA pours a darker golden color with a big white lacing head. The aroma is balanced, sweet roasted malts come through. The taste has a big malty backbone, but a nice noticeable hop flavor, with a nice dry floral end. Good flavors, great feel. Overall its a fantastic IIPA, balanced but yet the floral notes still come through. (332 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Nice copper color with a little haze. Three finger off white head that fades quickly. Good lacing sticking around the entire glass.
S- Has the smell of pineapple and melon followed by a big whiff of rye
T- Can taste the alcohol right away, not what I expected from the smell. The first flavor I get is a mossy grass taste with a hint of oak. There is a slight fruit taste that melds well with the grassy taste
M- Very light carbonation on the tongue. The alcohol coats the entire inside of the mouth giving it a very smooth texture.
O- Typically I am not a fan of beer with a big alcohol bite, but somehow the moss and oak flavors carry it well. I was disappointed with the fruit flavors as they did not match the nose of the beer. Overall not a bad beer IMO but it’s not on the top of my buy again list. (827 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

12 oz can, 4/10/14, poured into a tulip glass. Orange/red with a tinge of brown highlights, one finger head that moves to a thin lace that hangs on the side of the glass. S- Wow. I have never smelled one like this, heavy on the mango/cantaloupe/and whatever those little oranges are called. The same dominates the taste, with some strange bread like qualities, and some alcohol notes and burn. The mouthfeel is thin, with the carbonation trending low. Something has me wondering what this is like fresh. Should have checked the date, but this was the first time I saw it, so the assumption was made. The smell alone makes it worth a try. (650 characters)

Photo of IllNate
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a golden amber with a finger of head and good retention. Nose is very fruity. Tones of hop aroma with citrus playing a dominant role. Taste follows with lots of hops and lots of beer. It's a big one. The 10% alcohol pokes through, but it's well hidden considering the size of this beer. Mouthfeel is bitter but balanced, overall a great dipa. (349 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

12oz can poured into a globe.

A: Hazy orange in color. Creamy off-white head keeps at a half inch. Thin, broken rings and spots of lacing.

S: A tropical melange. Mango, melon, blood orange, tangerine, passion fruit, sweet and sticky cannabis. Subtle honeyed and caramel malt tones with a slight brush of rye.

T: Juicy tropical hop flavors. Tangerine figures prominently. Mango and melon. That sweet and sticky cannabis character is there too. Caramel and honeyed sweetness is tempered by a hunk of toasted malt flavor and a small dose of spicy rye. Firm brush of alcohol and tropical esters mid to back. Maybe a touch minty too. Tangerine and dank hop flavors sit atop drying, spicy rye on the finish.

M: Firm and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-thick body, though it does not feel weighty. Carbonation scrubs at a firm and even level. Alcohol warms throughout. Hop astringencies lightly rake at the tooth enamel.

O: Oskar Blues has been switching up the hops in this brew each year now, and this year's hop of choice was mosaic. It was a damn good choice. It's just one of those strains that can do no wrong. The nose in particular bursts with mouth-watering tropical aromas. Smart use of rye here too. It keeps the body from feeling thick and viscous and prevents things from getting overly sweet. (1,301 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

A - Pours a murky and effervescent amber body with dense off-white head. Strong retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrus and mint

T - The alcohol is really strong and gives a strong bite from the start. Big pine and floral hops moves to lemon grass and mint in the aftertaste.

M - Medium/full body with fine moderate/light carbonation. Creamy and dry, very drinkable.

O - Love this beer. Maybe the ABV could be dropped back for more balance. But I'm happy to have the variety. (482 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

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

The beer flows out a cloudy orange with a bubbly one-finger head that leaves lacing the length of the glass.

The smell is of grapefruit and candied fruit, a little floral note and a hit of booze.

The taste is, initially, a big bitter attack: pine and grapefruit pith with a shot of sweet candy in the middle and then a long, lingering, bitter drying finish. As it warms a bit, I can taste more of the sweet malt and rye. The booze is also a bit more obvious as the temp rises a bit.

The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit bubbly.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this beer. It's definitely big and bold but also packs a lot of flavor. (674 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottom of the can says, "Use can as pillow". (words to live by)

Guy at the liquor store thought it was the best beer ever and it was Oskar Blues so I had to try it. Called "Gubna" because it's what you say when you try to say "Governor" after drinking 2 of these beasts.

A - Deep orange color. Hazy DIPA with lots of white head coming out of my glass and strong lacing.

S - Extra strong hop fragrance with lots of citrus and resiny tones. Could smell it before I picked it up. Almost perfume like from the magnitude of aromatics. Alcohol definitely present as well.

T - Full flavored with a pungent hop character that has resin, citrus, fruit, herb and with some alcohol and malt to round it out. Full bitterness from the alpha acids but it isn't the only thing you taste with the malt other flavors mixing together to make this beer complex and tasty.

M - Strong mouth-feel with high carbonation. Lingering finish with hops, malt, and alcohol.

Overall, a solid IIPA. Great aroma, and good flavor, feel, appearance, but doesn't have as much citrus character as I love in an IIPA. This brew isn't nice to your palate but if you like big, resiny, and complex beer I'd recommended it.

Glass- Tulip (1,202 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is golden with white head. Sticky and lingering lace.

Lemon zest with grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Spivey punch in the initial sip. Both from the hops and malts. I love the blend of rye and dark Munich. This really adds to the complexity of the hop bill. Easy drinking with medium mouthfeel and a sharp bite from carbonation.

Some more pine and grapefruit in the aftertaste with a dry enough finish.

Overall a solid imperial IPA. Doesn't blow you away but very solid throughout. (492 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

can into a pint glass. Canned 4/28/14, so less than 3 months old. Alright, lets do this.

Looks pretty decent, hazy yellow, lite carbonation. small 1/2 inch white head which persisted. light but interesting lacing.

Almost nothing at all on the nose, some sweet malts.

What the freak? Very sweet, and very boozy. I did get some faint sweetness on the nose, but no boozy smell at all. Almost no hops at first, but then did get some bitterness along the edge of the tongue. Tongue itself coated with sweetness, and an alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Now this was not exactly unpleasant, but not expected from a less than 3 month old DIPA. 10%abv very obvious.

Mouth was around medium, and a little syrupy.

Was pretty disapointed in this. The taste I got, while not unpleasant, was not what I was expecting. (817 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a a ipa glass. This beer has golden color body with a small foamy creamy head. The aroma has a bitter hop aroma. The taste straight out is a burst of bitter hop. It also has a malt on the back of the tongue. The hops leave a bitter hop aftertaste on the tongue and overall a darn good imperial ipa. (320 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep golden amber with a thin white head that hangs out around the outside. A little bit of lacing. The aroma has a definite hop presence but it seems it a little restrained. The taste, however is not. This is a hop bomb with a nice tropical fruit and floral presence up front and a hint of pine on the finish. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel and is a great imperial IPA. (380 characters)

Photo of Llcruserll
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color to this beer. The aroma is very interesting with a citrusy presence. This bitterness is quite intense but not too much as it is balanced well for a 10%er. The alcohol is strong with the bitterness covering some of it. The thing that really grabs me from this beer is the STRONG grapefruit rind bite to it, it over takes a lot of the bitterness and alcohol in this strongly bittered alcohol beer. It is different than any other DIPAs i have had, and worth trying just for its uniqueness, quite interesting! It is enjoyable, but not sure I would drink more than the one i have had. (598 characters)

Photo of rhynosorus
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Strong yellow hue with a slight amber tint. Good head retention, smooth head

Smell - Very citrusy, slightly piney hop aroma dominates the front of the smell, with a sweet toasty malt backbone.

Taste - As with the smell, the first thing that hits is the citrusy, floral hop character, but is followed up by a smooth, sweet malt taste that covers the typical bitter after bite of the hops. The malt finishes the taste with a toasty, slightly vanilla-y flavor. Very well balanced and not dominated by any one flavor. My only recommendation would be a stronger hop flavor on the front end. Though I am from the west coast so that could be a style bias.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, medium body. Meets expectations of how an imperial ipa should feel: not thick but not watery.

Overall - Although I wanted a stronger hop front end to this beer, its smooth, sweet, and toasty malt backbone was a pleasant surprise that makes a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. (974 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a remarkably clear, magnificent yellowish-amber, with a big foamy white head. Pretty good retention, and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is bursting with citrus and fruits. Oranges, apples, grapefruit. A slight hint of pine. Despite what some of the reviewers say, I'm not getting any alcohol in the aroma.

A lot of sweet, citrusy malts from the first sip. Just a sensational tropical flavor, bursting with grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Hint of honey, as well. Despite not being the most complex of flavors, it still works extremely well.

Medium-bodied, very smooth. Resiny. Not too much carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 10%ABV.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA, bursting with citrus and fruit. You won't find a DIPA this refreshing and easy to drink. Strongly recommend this one. (809 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 3/24/14. "JUSTLIKECHRISTI". $4 price tag for a single that I've been avoiding for awhile because none of the cans I saw were fresh, and I couldn't justify spending $4 on an old DIPA. This one's not super fresh, but it's doable. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint 6/27/14.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a finger of a creamy, slightly off-white head. Looks great in the glass.

Smell: Not what I was expecting, but then I realized Gubna (supposedly) changed its recipe. I thought this would smell like onions/garlic/be filled with Summit hops, but it's bursting with all sorts of tropical fruits. Maybe it's from the yeast they use, but I also get a slight vegetative sort of aroma as well. It appears there are still Summit hops here, but they aren't as big as I was expecting (thankfully).

Taste/feel: Wow, this is a unique beer. A strange combination that is absolutely working for me. Immense bitterness, for one thing -- that's something I notice right away. There's also a warming alcohol that can also be tasted slightly. Honestly, warmer than 10% should be, but that's okay with me... that could also very well likely be a hop oil burn. Super dry finish with a creamy, full body and perfect moderate carbonation. I couldn't ask for more as far as the feel of Gubna. As for the taste, well this is about to get incoherent... there is a lot going on here. Your typical grapefruit and pine qualities are there at the start, but then the vegetative flavors come through a little bit from the (my guess) Summit hops, but it's not at ALL off-putting and works awesomely. Lemon citrus. There's also a spicy rye and hop character plus a tea sort of flavor that I normally only pick up in Lagunitas's IPAs at the end with juuust enough sweet malt there to keep the bitterness from being too much, but there's still a wallop of bitterness in this, which I WAS expecting.

Pretty much blown away. One of the best DIPAs I've had recently and ever. $4 a can is a price that will likely keep me from returning much in the future, but it's almost actually worth it given the uniqueness of this brew. If you can find it fresh, pick it up. I'm lovin' every sip.

Quick note: Just looked on the Oskar Blues' site and it says this 2014 version of the beer has Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, and Chinook hops in it. Does it change year-to-year? I don't know, but what was put in my can was unreal. (2,391 characters)

Photo of scvance
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep golden honey color with a thick off white head. Smell is wonderful, pine, grass, citrus notes with a mild caramel sweet smell. Taste is very bitter, strong taste of resin and pine up front that fades to a slightly sweet, and moderate alcohol flavor. Long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is viscous, not syrupy however. Carbonation level is high for the style.

Another great beer from Oskar Blues. Will definitely keep an eye out for more of this. At 10% it makes you feel good though, but I've got to be careful cause I could knock back several in one sitting easily. (621 characters)

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Popped this can at about waist level and got a blast of hops right in the nose. Pours a clear amber with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing.

Flavor is less hoppy than the original nose, very boozy and sweet. Something here reminds me of atomic fireballs. More malt/caramel flavor than you'd expect from an Imperial IPA.

Mouthfeel is chewy, very nice going down. This is a novel take on an Imperial, less of a hop blast than some others. It's not what I expected but not an awful surprise. (489 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with a good inch of densely packed off white head. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of citrus hops is present. The citrus hop flavor is at the forefront and yet is clearly backed by a strong light malt backbone. The mouth is a bit sticky and fairly carbonated. (273 characters)

Photo of crag
4.99/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is chocked full of malty goodness, lip smacking good. With the right amount of citrus and bitters. At 10% ABV, undoubtedly from the humongous amount of malt, this brew isn't to be quaffed although it's drink-ability invites you to do so. Rather take your time as you would with a fine brandy or cognac. (312 characters)

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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