GUBNA Imperial IPA - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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3.36/5 rDev -11.8%
bottle into Duvel glass
appearance: clear orange/amber with reddish hue, 1 finger white head with minor lacing
smell: tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit, and some very earthy floral-ness. not too much aroma but very pleasant. I love how you can smell the bitterness
taste: Way more malt that I was expecting, or the nose led to believe. Not very bitter, the hoppiness is very smooth earthy and resinous, which fades into the sweet complex malt backbone that takes prominence over the entire flavor profile. Alcohol warmth is present, the ending is very quick not much lasting flavor or bitterness.
mouthfeel: not very carbonated at all, and very thick syrupy feel
overall: Skipped over many times because it was hard to justify $16.99 for 4 cans, hard to justify spending that much, but figured I had to buy it once. I wish it was cheaper so I could afford it more, as that's to the point of ridiculous as far as prices go, but still something that every beer advocate should try once (split one with your buddy!). Way more malt heavy than most other DIPAs, I wish it had a little more floral hop taste to back the smell up but regardless a great beer, there's just a lot better and cheaper options.
In all honesty, I would say pass on this. It should be half the price and even then I would possibly buy something else. I love Oskar Blues but this beer is WAY too overpriced (In Michigan i see it for $14.99 which is still crazy). Buy something else that's better and cheaper.
06-09-2013 00:43:42 | More by Roman5150
3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
A: Pours a light copper color. This features a nice head, about two fingers high and off-white colored. The retention is quite strong given its gravity, and the texture is nice and fluffy.
S: It's dank as fuck - this really brings back memories of Devil Dancer. But there's also a lot of malt sweetness to it, as well. On the other hand, I seem to note a lot of alcohol, unfortunately. This one could really go any way in the flavor profile...
T: Much sweeter than what the nose indicated. It opens with a lot of caramel, toffee, and dark fruit sweetness. Alcohol is prevalent but not remotely harsh, however it is pretty intrusive. Dank, resiny hops (and yes, even some onion) are only a subtle backing to all of the malt sweetness. Ah well, it's not exactly fresh, so I can't complain too much.
M: Sweet, but not that heavy - or even that resinously bitter, really. Given its sweetness, it's pretty easy to down for a 10% DIPA. It could use a bit more carbonation to help cleanse the finish better.
O: I'll have to re-try this one fresh. It's pretty much turned into a World-Class Barleywine™ at only three months, only with "Sweet and Simplistic" replacing the "World-Class" part.
06-07-2013 22:23:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
32 oz. growler filled this evening, poured into a NB snifter.
A - Pours a very light pale yellow-green, with a one-and-a-half finger head of dense, slightly off-white foam dissipating at a moderate pace and leaving a very well-defined ring of lace around the glass. A fine sheen of very tight, tiny bubbles coats the surface long after the head is gone. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a vivid gold and clear, with a few columns of bubbles rising thru the center of the glass. Upon finishing the glass, lots of rich legs remain on the sides.
S - A pine needle sachet inside a cedar chest, with notes of sweeter citrus behind this that include mandarin orange and pink grapefruit. As it warms in the glass, hints of alcohol waft into the nose along with buttered toasted malts. The nose also become noticeably more subtle all around. For the last glass of the growler, you could have sold me that this is a dry-hopped Scotch ale. The only negative is that as it warms, the nose gets washed out.
T - Tangy citrus hops on the tongue suggest resin mixed with citrus that ride in on a blanket of rich light caramel malts. In the finish, there's a taste of orange marmalade sugars on whole grain toast surrounded by pine needles. This is definitely a beer where both the hops and the malts have been amped up and balanced quite well, creating a competition for attention by the taste buds that neither dominates. The 10% ABV is very well-hidden inside this beer - it drinks like a 6.5% and there's no heat whatsoever.
M - Surprisingly creamy in the mouth, the carbonation is extremely tight. Moderate body, with nicely integrated components. Finish is quite dry for all the malt in the taste - almost a pucker, and it lingers with echos fully across the tongue that are both and equally bitter and sweet.
O - This is a very well-made, very enjoyable brew. Rich, delicious, and nicely balanced, as a non-hophead, I greatly appreciated how the ying and the yang of the malts and the hops are well-paired with each other, with neither dominating and each complimenting the other. Highly recommended, especially for those who favor rich, malt-forward brews and want to venture into getting more out of the hops side of the equation. And with the higher ABV, it also makes for a great cocktailing beer with friends on the deck on a Friday evening.
06-01-2013 04:53:17 | More by BuckeyeSlim
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
86 out of 100 based on 2,305 ratings.