GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Brew-Ligion in Murrieta, CA.
Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is much better now that they have changed the recipe away from hops with onion and garlic notes.
Serving type: on-tap
05-29-2013 07:25:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.99/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz single can from Total Wine. Poured into a Duvel glass...
A: Copper with a dense, 2-finger head of creamy foam; thin and hazy retention leaves a few strands of sugary lace.
S: Fairly malty... caramel and light toffee aroma; piney hop aroma; smells pretty heavy, with a touch of alcohol, too.
T: Piney, slightly minty hops; malt backbone is pretty substantial... very bready with some caramel notes; much maltier than most imperial IPAs.
M: Full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a touch oily; some alcohol heat, but it's not a detractor.
O: Perhaps one of the more drinkable 10% brews out there. Pretty crazy. A very well-balanced imperial IPA - definitely not the hop bomb that is pretty much expected nowadays.
Serving type: can
05-29-2013 01:18:56 | More by jpro
4.18/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12 oz can into Teku glass.
A: Beautiful copper color with 2-3 finger creamy white head. Some moderate lacing, and the head dissipated fairly quickly.
S: Caramel and bread mixed with citrus and hops. A bit of earthiness and pine notes.
T: Nice balance with hops and malts. Good bite to the hops, but offset with the caramel sweetness. A bit of the alcohol heat is apparent.
M: Nicely carbonated. A bit dry on the tongue but to be expected from a big IPA.
O: Nicely done. I'm normally a bit Luke warm to the IPA's but this one has the kind of balance and complexity that makes me want to try more like it.
Serving type: can
05-27-2013 14:48:12 | More by richj1970
4.11/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Gubna Imperial IPA pours from a can to a golden color with good carbonation action and a slightly hazy body. The ale has a nose that is powerful and memorable, packing such scents as pine, bread, citrus, and floral and making for an enticing first impression.
Tasting this beer is arousing, and it hits the palate on multiple levels. One can taste breadiness, pine, toasted malt, caramel, and some rye. Then, there is the dual action of the citrus and floral hops that adds the bitterness you knew was coming. The alcohol presence is also obvious, yet more subdued than I expected for a beer of this strength.
One other interesting quality of this beer is the slickness of the body. Others have noted this quality and it is certainly true. It just seems to glide down the throat with ease, just begging you to take another sip.
This imperial IPA is one of the smoother ones I have tried. It really packs the flavor and the alcohol reaches double digits, but it is remarkably more drinkable than others of this style/strength. The complexity is very nice and the taste is interesting, to say the least. About the only issue I have with it is the price- it is quite costly, even for an imperial IPA. Still, the experience is worth it at least once and everyone who has the chance should give this beer a try.
Serving type: can
05-25-2013 03:43:16 | More by BryanCarey
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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