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GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Reviews: 950
Hads: 2,835
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 101
Gots: 390 | 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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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues GUBNA is nutty, bready, and bitter-sweet.

It poured light amber with a fleeting two-finger tan head. It left very little lace behind. The smell and flavor are sweet and honey-like up front, followed by an earthy but strange aftertaste dominated by roasted nuts or flax seed. The feel is thick and bready with good bitterness and a very dry finish.

The roasted nut quality of GUBNA is odd and less than pleasant. I make a breakfast shake every morning and on the rare occasion I throw flax seed into it, the flax seed totally overpowers the flavor in a bad way. GUBNA has that quality and it's rather odd. This is no threat to the fantastic Gordon.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Amber body, clear yet dense. A nice creamy magnolia head recedes to a thin surface layer and a lasting collar ridged by sticky outlines of sandy lacing. Delicate tears coat the sides.

The herbaceous aromatics hit you in a burst as soon as you crack open the can. Tangerine, sugar, heavily acidic hop cones, peppery/bubble-gum tinged marijuana; a touch catty.

Malt is slightly toasty on the palate and contributes quite a bit of sweetness. The bitterness is intense and continual, but the hops lack the crisp freshness of the top tier examples of the style; however, the flavors are still good with lots of orange zest and kumquats, hints of kiwi, mint, and rosewater, finished off with a touch of orange schapps, douglas-fir (more so than pine), and scallions.

Medium-bodied, a little stodgy, moderate carbonation, and slightly excessive heat.

A distinctive take on the style, though single-hop IPAs (especially imperial strength) often end up more interesting than good. Definitely worth a try, even if it doesn't end up a staple in your fridge.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy orange color with some rusty hues. Thin head, transforming to a thin film and crown rather quickly.

The nose is pure top-grade cannabis. I can't think of any other way to describe it, as each inhalation brings to mind an open bag of primo bud, all red-haired and sticky. Intensely herbal, intensely flowery, chock full of resin and big pine...

Flavor is an immense wallop of pine, mint, cannabis--very bright hops here--while the malt lays down a bed of toffee for the main feature. Overall it's a little sweeter than your "average" double IPA, offering a candy-like flair on top of the hop insanity. Citrus fruit, especially mango and pineapple, also edge their way in. There's a flash of butterscotch in the finish, while the hops continue their spicy, hot, brash, mutant-citrus/uber-pine domination. There's even something I hesitate to call "onion" here (maybe "super-hot ginger" is better), but since I like both, and I like hops, I'm down. Totally.

A bit sticky in the mouth, but not too much. Creamy, chewy, having a big bold body and just enough sizzle from the carbonation.

Gubna (dumb name) seems to be a love or hate beer, and I'm not quite sure why. Yes, it's intense and devilish, but isn't that what an imperial IPA is supposed to be? For me it was love at first sip, and this one, my third in about a week, is pushing all the right buttons. And it comes in a can, no less...will wonders never cease?

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a small snifter. The color is an almost shiny golden color tinted with some caramel. The head is minimal, and the lacing comes in only streaky rings that slowly migrate back down the glass.

When first poured, the nose is quite literally a bouquet of fresh lavender. Almost like burying my nose in a flower bed. As it warms and approaches cellar temperature, the somewhat astringent qualities of the summit hops begin to manifest themselves. Much like I reviewed for Obliteration VI, aromas of onion bagel and garlic start to combat the aroma of the lavender. The same thing happens on the palate, as the Gubna cannot hold onto the impressive floral character that I was so excited about initially. The warmth also brings out evidence of the healthy volume of alcohol hidden while it's cold.

Very smooth, especially for an Imperial IPA, and it flows over the palate effortlessly. However, if you aren't a fan of summit hops, stay away from this one or drink it quickly while it is cold. The onion bagel character makes it a little difficult to finish. Summit hops should just go away and not come back.

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Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a Duvel tulip. "Canned with care" on 03/22/10 on bottom. Single purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $4.

A: Glowing bright amber with 1-finger off-white sticky head with decent retention but only rare spots of lace

S: Pine and citrus grapefruit aromas are easily detected, but there is a bothersome smoky meatiness that simmers below the surface.

T: Taste is very meaty. The pine hops are met with caramel, BBQ malts. I am not sure what to make of this beer, but I don't think I'm coming back to find out more. The hops display more floral and fruity character, but the weird meatiness and garlic quality is a dealbreaker on this brew.

M: Thick without being overly syrupy; the feel is good with low carbonation.

D: The alcohol is hefty, and the flavors don't really work together. A big disappointment. I will be drinking a lot of Gordon to make up for this experience.

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Photo of muttyd
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber body with a thin head that quickly disappears.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, must, and slight cloves. Not your usual piney/florally aroma associated with a DIPA.

T - Sweet malty profile with a strong citrus/grapefruit hop flavor. Slight alcohol burn. Very complex beer despite the fact only one hop type is used. Musty/off flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

M - Bubbly and sticky on the palate.

D - Very good beer, wish a four pack wasn't $16+

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Photo of dondeez21
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass with a canned on date of 3/22/10.
A: Clear,burnt orange with very little carbonation. No head but plenty of lacing.
S: Smells of strong citrus with a musty piney aroma to it.
T: Super Citrus mixed with Pine and a slight funky must and a slightly sweet aftertaste. No taste of alcohol which is suprising considering the 10%ABV
M: Medium body slight carbonation tingle.
D: Suprisingly well for such a strong beer.

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Photo of tempest
2.32/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Picked up a Can at Abe's Cold Beer for $3.50.

Woof. I don't know what some of the reviewers are drinking, but it's not the same beer (I mean it probably is, but you know). I split the can with a hop-head friend and she poured it down the drain after a few sips. The vegetable and meat aroma and flavor overpower anything pleasant or reasonable in this beer. Really, it reminds me of the arugula salad I get at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. And while it's a tasty salad, it's nothing I want to drink. The one good thing I can say is that the body is very drinkable for the style. Now if it only tasted good too, we'd be on to something.

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Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a four pack a few weeks ago - had one at a time over time, so review is from a compilation of notes as this is a beer that is like no other IPA/DIPA that I've had, and I've consistently picked up something new.

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a two finger of white/off white creamy head. Head retains at a moderate pace and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is - wow, over time this continues to change everytime that I have this beer. The first time, there was some what of a meaty resin in here, touch of smoke, but now there is ridiculous piney, earthy, almost gange smell to it.

T: Taste starts with a very very light sweetness mostly toffee flavored but then lends quickly in to an rich earthy, leafy, grassiness, touches of pine and some of that smokiness comes in here as well. At first I had registered as a meaty kind of flavoring - and there is still some what of a meatiness to it, but it is mixed with that overabundance of earth flavoring. Finish has a really extreme brass contrast of hop flavoring - the citrus nature truly mixes this one up. Grapefruit and pure orange finishes this one out. The earthy, pininess sits on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily texture to this one with a somewhat dry finish.

D: This is the most unique beer that I have had of the style. It's extremely complex in the taste and the nose .... but yet brewed with only summit hops ( to the best of my knowledge). WTF - one type of hops shouldn't madden me so with picking out what it is bringing to the table! I enjoy it immensely but is a beer that would be far better paired with food then one to sit with for a sessionable beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a sunset orange liquid with just a hint of haze to it. The head is two fingers, thick and creamy, white in color. There are some bubbles on top that seem to increase as it slowly dissipates leaving a lot of lacing on the glass with a very spotty pattern.

S-the nose is rather big and pretty much all hops. Strong notes of oily hops throughout with some pine in there as well. An herbal leaf aroma takes over in the back with notes of floral hops and medicinal notes with a touch of gin in the back.

T-this is a hop bomb, clearly. Lots of pine and oily hops up front, some herbal hops seem to lie underneath with a faint note of medicine coming in towards the back. Tropical fruits are light but tangerine steps in faintly with some grapefruit flavors and bitterness in the back. the bitterness is strong at the finish and lingers for some time

M-medium bodied but extremely syrupy and chewy. Smooth on the palate with a nice level of creaminess. The carbonation is great, holds the body throughout.

D-this is a hop bomb, the only way an imperial ipa should be. Extremely good and will please that pine thirst and bitter finish that we hop heads can grow to love!

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Photo of oregonskibum
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass. This is my second can. I didn't review the first one because I thought maybe something was off after all the hype over this beer. But the second can was about the same...

A: Pours an orange-straw colored with a 1/2 inch head that hangs around nicely.

S: Huh? Onion? Seriously? Yup, sweet Walla Walla onion. Interesting. Some tropical fruit flavors as well. Not impressed.

T: A lot of tropical flavors come through on the taste. Mango, coconut, pineapple, etc. But a little onion carries through from the smell as well. Kind of a mess. Finishes realy poorly with odd stinky flavor I can't quite place. There's also an odd pepper spiciness to the beer that I didn't get on first taste. But still not welcome.

M: Medium body, decent to high level of carbonation. Average.

D: DISAPPOINTING. Such hype, and this is what we get? I drove 45 minutes to a store that had this beer and definitely won't do it again. The funky onion thing really takes away from the experience. I normally like tropical hop flavors, but somehow this one doesn't work. I'll try it again just to make sure I didn't get a bad batch, but not impressed so far.

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Photo of riored4v
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3/18/10

Poured into a snifter. 1/2 finger head that faded quickly to a ring. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was malty and mildy sweet. Citrusy and resiny, great aroma.

Taste was alot like the aroma. Malty backbone with a mild sweetness. Mild bitterness that hangs in the finish but a nice strong bitterness on the tongue throughout the taste. Good resiny hop flavor with lots of citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky and dry finish.

Drinkability was good although there were some definite signs of abv.

Very good DIPA in my opinion. Still pretty easy to drink for 10% and big on flavor.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: An easy pour into my new, off-centered DFH ale glass, the beer is slightly cloudy, and the color of thick, rich honey. Not the most head I've ever seen in an IIPA, only a centimeter or two. Retention is good, and there's plenty of thick, runny, soapy lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Lookin good so far.

Smell: Very hoppy with not a lot of sweet malt in the background to provide balance. A very pleasant surprise, though not typical of other IIPA's that I've had. The hops are piney with an earthy, peppery spice mixed in.

Taste: The taste is...interesting. The pine from the nose is dwarfed by a strange kind of spice that I am having difficulty placing. It's almost like concentrated pepper. It's not bad, but it's not exactly the kind of taste I look for in an IPA. It kind of takes away from an otherwise good beer.

Mouthfeel: A nice full body, but lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but I really can't see myself drinking more than one of these in an evening. It's worth a try if you see it on the shelf, but don't go making a special trip for it.

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Photo of ekardz
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - pours a golden amber, tiny head, leaves lacing throughout, looks alive, lots of carbonation

smell - citrus, pineapple, orange zest, stron smell of onion, floral hops, earthy tones

taste - citrusy ontion taste, nice hop flavor, combonation goes well together, but it is quite odd. Tastes like a mustardy oniony citrusy hodgepodge. Not unenjoyable, but not my fancy.

mouthfeel - smooth, good consistency, good carbonation

drinkability - is it drinkable? yeah. but i would never want to drink an onion bagel with chives now would i? Good beer, decent drinkability, would not have again, esp for 15 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.16/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Half-pint on tap. Light see-thru amber with a smallish cream-colored head. An inch of creamy lacing is left after the first few sips, which pretty much takes what little head there was. A few specs of scattered lace down below.

At first the aromas are gentle citrus, floral and rather boozy. Almost tame. As it warms, pine begins to show itself, but it still doesn't prepare me for the upcoming onslaught of pine bitterness.

Right from the moment it touches the tongue, the pine is fairly scorching. Bitter as hell and a touch of cannabis flavor= good. Some of the other things going on here= not so good. There's some doughy sweetness and a pronounced booziness that in combination are not entirely pleasant. Do I detect onion powder?? An odd medicinal flavor lingers, distracting from what otherwise is a decent mouthfeel of gentle, tiny-bubbled carbonation.

Overall impression: Can't recommend this one. I loves me some palate-wrecking bitterness, but this was just a very odd mishmash of flavors.

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Photo of IPADAN
1.43/5  rDev -62%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: Fairly clear orange like color with a nice fluffy head. Good lacing as head dissipates. Good looking beer.

S: Huh? Onion hop? Some garlic....possibly a little citrus however the onion flavor is way too overpowering. Awful smell.

T: Same as smell. Awful. Wow I finally met a hop I do NOT like....Summit!

M: Moderate carbonation...pretty smooth. Alcohol is present for sure.

D: I really had a tough time getting past the onion/garlic smell and taste of this beer. I have had MANY IPAs...my favorite style. Some bad IPAs. But never have had an IPA taste this awful. Wow. This is really terrible stuff. I am a fan of Oskar Blues as well...but just have no idea why they decided to brew this beer. Disgusting.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours yellowish orange, with a finger of head
S: popped can open, before it was poured it filled the room with a piny citrus, sweet malt hiding in the back.
T: very bitter citrus and pine, and yet has a nice malt sweetness.
M: medium to light carbonation, seems slick in mouth
D: if i wasnt distracted by the xbox it would be drank very easily.

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Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can from K&L Redwood City.

Pours crystal-clear golden-copper with a nice lasting white head and good lacing.

Aroma is awesome intense hops: citrus and floral mostly, with a little earthiness and sweet malt.

Flavor has the hardcore hops of a west coast IPA, with grapefruit, orange rind, resins, and earth. Unlike many of the west coasters though, the malt backbone asserts itself. Sweet pale and caramel malts.

Great palate, with some hop oils there but nothing too brutal. This adds to the drinkability. Overall I'm a really big fan of this, and not just in the, "Sweet dude, it's like in a can! That's so unpretentious!" kind of way. A good beer for the slopes, a camping trip, or a volcano boarding session (if you have to ask, you're not extreme, chief).

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A small head forms on the top of a liquid resembling honey in both color and viscosity. The bubbles move slowly to the apex where a one finger head has formed and quickly dissipates leaving sticky lacing all over the glass.
Smells of Mandarin Orange.
Both fresh orange as well as canned tropical fruit. Orange rind bitterness is slightly unpleasant in the finish with some scallions to add some unfamiliarity. The mouthfeel on this beer is extremely viscous, almost to the point of being overbearing. The alcohol content (10%) does not go unnoticed and detracts greatly from the overall drinkability.
A very interesting beer. Although it will probably receive an average rating, I can not bring myself to label this beer average. It is leaps and bounds from most beers I would call a IIPA yet I do not desire another.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
2.19/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden color with a good sized, white head. Aroma is mostly of onions with some citrus as well. Taste upfront is of a touch of toasted malt, but that quickly gives way to funky onion flavor along with some pine. This is a strange beer. I've had beer that has some onion-like qualaties and it works, this however, does not. Sorry Oskar Blues this is not good.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale orange-gold body. Fairly clear. Large fluffy off-white head. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

S: First blast is all oranges and tangerines... As time went on it it became progressively more piney and malt. Eventually a ton of booze started to shine through.

T: Bizarre combination of citrus, pine, malt and booze. Again as the beer warmed it became increasingly maltier and the alcohol was more than noticeable.

M: Smooth with moderate carbonation. The body was of medium weight. The finish was oily and resinous. Alcohol was felt throughout.

D: As many others have pointed out, there is something odd about this beer. Perhaps its the malt complexity just overshadowing the one dimension hops. The massive alcohol presence does not help this beer along.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.46/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled can into a glass. Tried for curiosity's sake.

A: Pours a clear orange-amber body with a finger of short-lived off-white head. The collar is quite thick and it leaves a patch or two of lacing.

S: Tangerine, grapefruit, and a floral/spicy note that reminds me of urinal cakes. Gah, this is another one of those. I can't stand this smell.

T: Tangerine, grapefruit, spicy onion, and old cheese. What the hell? I keep wanting this to be good but it's just so weird. Ick! This wasn't satisfying on any level.

M: Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. A little booze bite in the finish that accentuates the spicy onion quality. It's hilarious, this makes me want to cook fajitas.

D: I don't know what they were trying to do, but I think I can safely say it didn't work. Awful beer, and ridiculously overpriced. Living in CA, I don't see the point in giving it another shot when there are so many other competing DIPAs. Easily bottom-tier for the style.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber with very little head.
This is a strange one. I smell cole slaw and onion....along with some pine, citrus and alcohol.
The taste is super sweet, cloying, sugary. A mouthfull of piney hop and a lingering cabbage -onion aftertaste.
Very dense with low carbonation.
It is pretty interesting, but odd. I like the taste much more than the smell. Worth a try.

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

The best asset is the appearance - a beautiful golden honey light amber, and quite clear.

The aroma was of floral/ herbal/ cheese/ socks

The taste added some grapefruit to the equation with sweetness from malt and alcohol.

It looks like Oscar blues managed to come close to making an Avery Maharaja for half the price. It's a mixed bag, but a pleasure to drink. Probably won't be coming back this way again, because I just don't really like messing with beers over 9%

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Photo of Rbald42
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice orange golden color with a quickly receding head. Bits of lace around the glass but nothing special.

S- Intense citrus and orange peel with some pineapple and hints of pine. This beer smells wonderful. Its a blast to your nose and it's the best part of the beer for me.

T- Strong herbal bite up front, bitter floral hops with some thick malt sweetness. I got a medicinal flavor and a bit of cloying sweetness that wasn't as pleasant. The flavor stays in the palate for quite some time and I start to taste some orange peel. The alcohol is certainly present in this one, phenols all up in yo nasal cavities!

M- Heavy, creamy feeling. I think the carbonation is a bit harsh. Again, this one coats and stays in your mouth for quite a while.

D- Average drinkability. Would I drink this again, for sure. Would I keep it in my stable? probably not. It's a very good beer but the high ABV sure is noticeable and I'd probably take a Dale's over this most days of the week.

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