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GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Sugar Maple in a tulip glass.

A: appears a deep golden color with clarity, soapy and dense looking head, lots of lacing

S: an assault of resinous dank hops, some pine and earthiness, some vegetable qualities, a hint of tomato juice... this is a bizarre and intense smelling DIPA

T: the front is huge on bitter and resiny hops, notes of pine, there is some detectable malty notes, but all attention is on the hops.

mf: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth texture

D: this is an in your face DIPA and is quite unique. Lots of funky flavors that I wouldn't expect in an IPA, and its hoppy as hell.

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Photo of gafferjohn
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow orange with a nice 1 finger head that disappears quickly.

Yeasty right off the bat with some maltiness afterward.

Malty, yeasty, with medicinal alcohol hit up front. Afterwards something strange and then a nice bitterness. Hard for a novice to describe. Overall a nice but weird Hoppy Doule IPA.

Strange mouthfeel. Half thin and half alittle thick.

I don't think I'll have more than 1 or 3 in a row.

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Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a hazy red/orange with a solid 2 finger head. Lots of pine and citrus in the aroma, some candy like sweetness also. The taste follows the nose, sweet grapefruit and pine. The sweet finish sticks around for a bit. The beer is medium to full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. A friend recomended this one and he was right, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Overlord
1.92/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Why are there so many threads about this beer? Thanks to beeruser for giving me a chance to try this (and thanks for the awesome t-shirts!).

Pours a glowing bright orange. Maybe an inch of off-white head. Looks good.

Smells ... weird. There's some tangerine/tropical-ness, which I like, and some weird medicinal pine, which is okay, and a weird alcohol herbal background, which is no good, and chopped onions and garlic, which are fucking awful. Kind of a mixed bag.

Way, way, way too much heat in the flavor. Just overpowered. The tropical notes become muted, the pine becomes even weirder and more medicinal, and there's a super strange horrid onion aftertaste. Spicy minerals, if that makes sense.

A bit light. Offputting.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale and completely clear orange with a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Summit hops, biscuit malt, and some astringent alcohol.

Taste: Sugar coated oranges, slight alcohol tinge, then a more "open" fruitiness from the hops that closer resembles tangelo oranges. The finish has some good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, fairly crisp and on the thin side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: The alcohol tinge and the abv hold it back.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with almost no head, what head there is is white. The nose is great, pine, orange peel, with a little caramel. The taste borders on exceptional, bitter, biscuit malt, piney, orange peel, well separated flavors and nothing out of balance, real impressive. The mouthfeel is great, it is like a pale ale, light and refreshing and somehow this beer is 10%ABV, amazing. It is way too drinkable for this level of alcohol.

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Photo of Jeebs
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a clean 1.5 finger white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S: Piney hops and sweet malt. As the beer sits and warms the hop profile dies and just seems sweet with a strange hint of something rather odd that I can't put my finger on.

T: Piney hops with a plenty of sweetness while it's cold. As the beer warms it turns into a total mess of hops, earthy onions, and alcohol. It wasn't bad cold, but I really dislike this beer as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D: Drinkability is low for me on this beer. The onions/grassy taste as the beer warms just kill it for me. If the beer retained its cold characteristics throughout the whole beer it would be much better.

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Photo of kbeals
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can was sent to me by brees6221, a fantastic extra!

A- Clear, bright golden yellow with a finger of white creamy head. Head retention is good, dissipates down to a thin ring leaving spotty, multi-tiered lacing.

S- Fresh, piney hops with lots of citrus involved. Becomes sort of sweet as it warms up bringing out an orange type aroma.

T- Just like an Imperial IPA, tons of hops both piney and citrus. Very bitter, nearly tastes like orange juice concentrate. Slightly tart also.

M- Sort of syrupy and oily. You can see this when you pour the beer out of the can. Medium-heavy body.

D- ABV creeps up on you relatively fast, but the taste of it is good enough to keep me coming back for more. A pretty good beer overall. Definitely not my favorite DIPA but it's also not my least favorite. Thanks again brees6221!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear copper, nice inch thick near white dense heat, leaves slow to disk and leaves lots of lace.

S - Cat piss and pot. In a good way. Some citrus under that and some malt under that.

T - Malty sweet core, surrounded by bitter.

M - Creamy, fairly dense, big flavors colliding but balanced to a fairly clean finish.

D - Big beer and big flavors, but high drinkability for the style.

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Photo of karlbronson
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: puts a nice copper orange with decent light head

S: 1/2 citrus, 1/4 pine, 1/4 american hops

T: lots of hops upfront, semi complex, followed by milder malt undertones

M: very bitter in a good over hopped kind of way. alcohol is present, but it isn't overly hot. long bitter warming finish.

D: not bad given the abv. be careful with this one. You think its a good sitting on the porch in the sun beer because you forget how much alcohol is in it.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber body, craggy large head, and steady carbonation made for an attractive looking beer. The smell was intensely citric and succulent. The hops came through in the taste as up front bitter and spicy flavors, and the malt backbone was solid with a candy like sweetness. Quite sticky in the mouth with a lingering spicy aftertaste. No frills construction, but does not need any gimmicks to stand up to the completion.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra from Smokepot23.

A - Amber body, very clear, decent head with some alright lacing. Pretty, but nothing overly special.

S - Exceptionally floral IPA, lots of flower-like and herb smells. Interestingly different, not sure if it's good though.

T - I'll say that this is a pretty solid tasting IPA. Interesting herbal blend here, grassy/planty? hops. Sweet and citrusy.

M - Light and carbonated. Smooth.

D - Pretty easy to drink, this is a very solid and different IPA, might be one that grows on me with more time.

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Photo of mikey711
2.21/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap yesterday and from the can for the review.

A: It is bright orange with some yellow tinits in it. It pours a minimal head that is about a quarter inch thick and doesnt retain all that well. the beer itseldf is transparentS

S: At first it was citrusy, but then it went straight to scallons and onions. I had read reviews prior to mine, but this only confirms it for me.

T: Chinese food. It reminds me way too much of kung pao or curry chicken because of the scallion taste. I am all for earthiness in my beers but this really missed the mark for me

M: The booze comes through pretty strongly and the body is pretty thin

D: This legit tastes like straight scallions. The two times i have tried it now are enough

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +0.8%
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 +24.4%
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 -5%
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 -13.8%
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 +4.5%
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 -0.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: This beer is back to normal after what must have been a bad crop in 2010, I'm guessing Summit hops. Anyways, there's a little more caramel and cookie in the aroma and flavor, but the juicy apricot and grapefruit hop character is a pleasing complement. Just a hint of alcohol heat in there. On the maltier side of the style, but a tasty treat. Score reflects this review (previously a 2.32).

4/2010: 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 +10.1%
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 +8.2%
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 -33.2%
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 +15.9%
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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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
85 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.