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 DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear and gold, looked a bit heavy during the pour. A thin off-white cap quickly formed and left sticky lace on the glass. Good head retention. Very fruity aroma, pineapple, lots of citrus with grapefruit dominating. Faintly catty with green, grassy hop notes and a bit of sweet malt. Bitterness was solid throughout, but stayed nicely balanced with big malt and fruity sweetness. Alcohol was forward, but not hot. More tropical fruit with lingering bitterness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, very smooth and viscous. Great drinkability for sizable IIPA, pleasant alcohol warmth and bitterness without destroying the palate completely. (658 characters)

Photo of albern
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not entirely sold on this one. It is another fine beer by OBGB but it has some flaws on the back end that detract from what could have been a really first rate DIPA. The beer pours a clear slightly orange amber, although light, color with just a touch of lace and not a lot of head. The beer pours quite thick and syrupy. The nose is a blast of pine hops and just about whatever coniferous bush or shrub related to pine you can find. There is a touch of orange citrus hop in the nose, but this is about as piney a beer that you'll find.

The taste is quite sweet and syrupy. The piney hops predominate, but thankfully there is more balanced hop flavors in the orange and citrus line of things. The juicy and estery hops are very pungent in this beer. There is a slighly booze soaked pineapple layer here, lots of sweet malts, and a barley wine type consistency. There is a cloying, and unpleasant biting sensation on the back of the tongue from this beer that I'm not happy about. It is as if some raw hop cones got out of line and wanted to produce a crude harshness and bite on the tongue. They succeeded. This needs to be tamed. There is a load of ABV in this beer and it does nothing to hide any of it. This is a strong, thick, syrupy DIPA with lots a very good qualities, but the biting and harsh bittering sensation really detracts. (1,343 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into a de ranke tulip

pours light copper with hints or orange. very little head and what head there was retained a bit.

at first i got some floral hop notes. mostly light skunk, smoked meats (ewww!), bitter malts. idk.

up front it is rather muted, nothing really sticks out. then the bitterness kicks in and this is one bitter DIPA, lots of pine. nice sweetness. malts are rather silent. a nice booze flavors through out.

lots of resin, syrup, and booze burn (ohhh mah poor gums)

meh, not that impressed to be honest. this did improve as it warmed up but i started it at 46 degrees. after having several other oskar blues ales, this really does not come through. tons of bitterness but no complexity. besides the pine bitterness, nothing else really stands out. its not bad but not something ill seek out for how much this costs ($4 /can). (852 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip.

Pours deep, crystal-clear golden amber with an initial small cream-colored head that actually grows after the first pour into a thick creamy head that recedes to a small cap. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is hoppy but not with citrus hops - it's all about the herbal spiciness and some resinous pine. Some others have mentioned this but it does smell a bit like weed.

The taste has an initial juicy citrus presence that didn't come out in the aroma, but it gives way quickly to the spicy and resinous herbal hop flavor that leaves a sticky finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and sticky on the palate with some moderate carbonation but with small bubbles that keeps it less lively overall.

This is certainly a unique double IPA with the herbal presence dominating with only a bit of citrus and sweet malts to balance things out. Still, I really enjoyed this one, though I couldn't see myself drinking more than one at a time. (958 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange-yellow in color

Smell: pine hops and funk

Taste: pine hops, oregano--almost pizza like, and some other flavor--perhaps barbeque sauce-very interesting

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, funky with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: This is about as different an IPA as I have ever had. I do want this again, but I am not sure if I would ever drink more than one in a night. (435 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to psycohops for tossing a few cans of this my way. Canned with care on 3-15-10. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. GUBNA appears a clear golden copper color with about a finger of quickly vanishing off white foam. The head leaves no discernible lace behind. Nose and flavors consist of alcohol, ripe pineapples, other tropical fruits such as mango, citrus-y orange and tangerine, caramel, a of bit dank weed, some pine, candy coating like on a candy apple. The taste does not live up to the complex aromas, but it is no slouch either. Just not mind blowing. Body is bit lacking with decent carbonation. The alcohol burn hurts the drinkability for me just a tad, otherwise it would be a 4.5 especially considering the ABV. I saw the bottom of my glass quite quickly. Thanks again for the cans Bob! (816 characters)

Photo of organicbrewer
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Dark gold. really tiny white head. almost clear.

S-Hops hit me the second I open the can. Tropical fruit and pine. Some tangarine and maybe mango. Very light bready malt.

T-weed and citrus. Very earthy. Firmly bitter. Very strange bitterness, bordering on astringent.

M-medium dry. Medium-low carbonation. No alcohol heat. Slightly astringent.

D-I wish the flavor was exactly like the aroma. This beer smells wonderful but the taste seems like a mess. Nothing melds. The bitterness is overwhelming, hop flavor is confusing and the malt is hidden.
Bits and pieces of this beer is great, but the flavor is lacking. (622 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light amber color with a thin, wimpy head that fades fast. Can seems a bit undercarbonated.

S: Pineapple, grapefruit, strawberries, hop oil resin. A faint hint of coconut.

T: Tropical fruit foundation braces for the hop onslaught that follows. Intense bitterness, in the form of 100 IBUs, yields to flavors of citrus rind pith and grapefruit. Next up is a spicy middle that finishes clean and dry before defaulting back to bitterness. Surprisingly, not that much heat for 10% ABV.

M: Slick hop oil coats the palate throughout.

D: One and you're done. (568 characters)

Photo of silentjay
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear orange with a decent amount of white head that sticks to the glass like glue. not a lot of bubbling.

smells very earthy. reminds me a lot of marijuana. some pine, and pine sap. obscene amount of pineapple and other tropical fruits. some grapefruit, but not as much as expected. some caramelly malt, too. much different from what i expected from a DIPA. it smells tropical and earthy, kind of has a funk to it.

tastes weird. has more of that marijuana and funk to it. pineapple is there, grapefuit, too, pine, yah, but its just overpowered by the dank, acrid marijuana flavor. some tart tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit, guava. more tart than bitter. aftertaste is earthy, peppery,

mouthfeel is light-medium. prickly with a hop bite on the back of the tongue. prickliness stays on the tongue for a while.

drinkability is not great. no real alcohol burn for a beer this strong. its there, but not bad. its just a bit too tart and pungent to be easily quaffed.

a different take on the style. not like any beer i've had. not terrible, but I'm glad i bought only the one can. probably won't visit this one again. canned two weeks ago on 3-15-10, so freshness is not a problem. I can see why people like it, yet its just not for me. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw color with a golden hue and a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is hops and malts, with the hops dominating. Some pineapple and other citrus notes mingling in there.
Taste is pretty even balance of hops and malts up front, both carry through with some more citrus joining in halfway through. Interesting tomato soup flavor comes in at the back of the mouth at the bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, with a fairly low level of carbonation. Typical for a high ABV IPA.
Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well-hidden. (541 characters)

Photo of capra12
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on a nice and warm afternoon for once...

Appearance: Poured a 1 1/4 finger head that dissipates to a film to allow spotty lacing. Clear orange in color.

Smell: Pleasant and surprising for a can IPA, rich hop nose with a a twinge that a bunch of Imperial IPA's have, must be the hop oils used on the west coast.

Taste: Opens with a caramel malt and a hint of floral hop. Towards the middle the hop profile as well as hop bitter becomes more apparent as the finish approaches leaving a hop bitter, floral aftertaste. There is a slightly twinge on my palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly spicy to me and the hops are a bit astringent to my palate.

Drinkability: I would have this again, and would love to try this on tap. I recommend this to those seeking a floral Imperial IPA with a solid hop profile throughout your sip. (871 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal clear light copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick rings after every sip.

Smells very good. Large amounts of pine and tropical fruit aromas with hints of bitter citrus rounding things out. As it warms the pine hops come even more to the forefront.

Tastes good. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are quickly overtaken by the hop flavors. The hop flavors are made up mostly of pine but there are also solid amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of tropical fruit flavors hidden in there. All these carry through to a solidly bitter finish. Mild alcohol becomes evident as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a surprisingly viscous thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more despite the high ABV.

Overall I really liked this beer although I can't say I was all that surprised, I don't think I've had a beer from OB that I've disliked. A few tweaks to the hop bill would help out the flavor profile just a bit but I'm really just nitpicking. Well worth a shot. (1,169 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured straight outa can inta the goblet. almost a glowing, translucent amber with carbonation everywhere! frothy white head that left lacing all the way down. nice looking beer!

was not expecting the syrupy sweet smells on the nose! malts, cloves, pineapple, tangerine... with a hint of alcohol as an undertone

wow, not sure if I've tasted anything like this before! starts really sweet... pineapple, lemon, malts, yeast & rye. sweet tastes give way to a boozy, alcohol taste. don't really taste the hops but the bitter aftertaste lingers on the palate

medium to full body. rather viscous and thick on the tongue. hefty amount of carbonation but the sweet flavor & alcohol makes it feel thick

very unique experience and enjoyed the beer. not sure I would say it is real drinkable due to the sweetness & boozy taste on the end. all in all, good beer. (854 characters)

Photo of jstilwell
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Love Oskar Blues, I'm expecting a hop bomb..Here goes.

Hard pour into duvel tulip. Orangy light brown color with a bright white head. Fantastic thick, oily lacing that slowly subsides. This smells fantastic, similar to a pliny with citrusy grapefruit, hops and pine...Very aromatic. First impression on the taste; this is a heavy duty high test extreme brew! The first taste is some syrupy malt somewhat similar to a barelywine, with an intense very strong bitter finish and the expected alcohol warmth. This is surely intense! (coming from a lupulin threshold victim). But the citrus hop taste that I thought I detected in the nose is not to be found here! This is a thick oily, mildly cloying beast, with very low drinkability (for me). If you want an extreme beer, you've found it. The quality is there for sure. I'm sure I'll revisit. (839 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: (10/12)
Hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would have expected from an
Imperial IPA. An interesting aroma and mix of pine and
pineapple. There is also a small grassy component as well.

Appearance: (3/3)
A light gold color, probably the lightest imperial IPA
I've seen thus far. Very bubbly and effervescent. Small
bubbles create a one fingered head that really lasts. Very
nice lacing on glass.

Flavor: (16/20)
Wow, first sip is very hoppy. From the front of the
tongue to the back, I get pine. Taste doesn't change from
the front to the back, either. Seems a little one-

Mouthfeel: (4/5)
Body is light and the finish is dry, as would be expected
from an imperial IPA. Mouth seems coated and slick after
sips, maybe from hop oils.

Overall Impression: (8/10)
This beer comes with hype and I know I shouldn't judge
against that; I've tried not to. The Gubna was pretty good,
but definitely isn't in the upper tier of imperial IPA's. It shows
little complexity.

TOTAL: 41/50 (993 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass.

Hard pour yields a finger and a half fluffy white head. Very clear golden with a tinge of amber in color. No evidence of bubbles traveling through the glass. Head retention is still nice with good lacing.

Smells of dank, pine, resin and grapefruit. The grapefruit is probably most noticeable. Sweet light malty fragrance, rye is most noticeable. Could be more pungent. Almost reminds me of toned down PtE with rye in the nose.

Taste is of light sweet honey malts, some spicy rye. Malts come with more force in the taste. Hops come through as pine, resin and citrus (mostly grapefruit). Alcohol is present as well.

The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Heavy body. On the high end of low carbonation. Kind of warm in the mouth and on the way down.

The price alone is discouraging, but everytime I buy a four pack I drink it in one or two days. (870 characters)

Photo of Popkas
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is a bright gold with a nice head that leaves tons of lacing. Nice looking beer. Smell is, well, uh, interesting? Is that garlic? I get some hops behind it but the garlicy smell is odd. Man, not sure what to think about this one - the taste also has something odd though not as much as the smell. I at least get a nice punch of hops upfront, but the after taste brings back the garlicy thing. Mouth feel is normal. Drinkability was heading for a 2 - 2.5, but I am noticing improvements across the board as it warms - I am not sure that it isn't that I am used to the smell or that it really is mellowing. Think I'll have another in a day or 2 to see what the story is. (673 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, $3.99/can(!) at Whole Foods Bowery in NYC. I can find no dating info, although one previous reviewer did refer to it. Pours typical lighter amber, with a slight grenish olive oil hue, off white head is tight knit, moderate in volume, then leaving a thicker film, medium collar and ample scattered and fine lace. Loads of pine hop goodness in the nose. Big and bold DIPA, pine hop notes continue to exert their muscle and dominate the palate. Nice addition to the OB line..wonder what is availability will be on the East coast. Hop heads seek out and enjoy (566 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Time to try this new Oskar Blues offering. Nice 2+finger fluffy white head on a very bright brass colored beer. Perfect clarity. Clinging lacing all in the glass.

Aroma is strong and fresh. Lots of tropical fruit, some sweetness and a whiff of alcohol. Floral perfumy and a little pine.

Wow, the taste takes you a little by surprise vs the aroma. Huge alcohol flavor and presence. Actually tastes higher than 10% abv. We comment sometimes that beers hide the abv well. This is the opposite of that. It seems to amplify this. Brutally bitter finish that mixes with the abv.

Lays oily and thick on the tongue, abv makes this almost hot.

I'm frankly not a fan here. By far the laggard of the Oskar Blues line. (714 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can is dated 3-15-10, probably as fresh as I could get on the east coast. Pours a pretty bright orange, 1-finger foamy white head is kept alive by numerous carbonation bubbles. A bit of sediment floats in a standstill. Leaves good lacing. I could smell this easily while pouring it, a seriously STRONG citrus smell, it's like sticking your nose inside a tangerine. Also picking up somewhat dank, earthy notes. I'm taken a bit back on my first sip. A seriously sweet tangerine taste. Ripe orange peels if you rolled them around in hops, dirt, cannabis, and sugar cane. I still can't stop smelling this one, the nose is insanely fresh smelling. Any trace of booze is really hidden by the strong tastes. Almost like a beer-version of one of those strange Dole fruit combo drinks (orange-pineapple-pomegranate juice). Definitely unlike any other IPA I have had. The flavors here are pretty excellent but I think they're a bit over the top, the sweetness is way too high. If it was toned down or balanced better this may enter Sculpin-esque territory, because the fruity tastes here really are great. Mouthfeel is good, very oily and a little creamy. Carbonation is at a good level, booze is very hidden until the end when it shows slightly. Drinkability I gotta pin at a 3.5, the sweetness gets to you, and the price ($16/4-pack) is pretty much inexcusable. I'd say pick up a single and try it out, definitely worth trying at least once. A great and original one here from Oskar Blues. (1,481 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a large wine glass, the Gubna pours an orange golden color with just a hint of haze. A soapy half inch of foam offers moderate retention and nice artsy lacing. What a welcome looking brew compared to Gordon.

Blast of malt cloaked hops on the nose. Bit reminiscent of an Alpine brew on the nose with citrus and wet pine, and some yeast notes a bit later. Taste follows with citrus and a nice spicy character. Offers a slightly coarse texture and finishes with a return of a lightly creamy orange malt presence. Carbonation becomes light by the bottom of the glass, but the beer doesn't become cloying, yet hides its strength well. Still a bit sweet but not unexpected from the brewery, or for the style, and particularly at 10%.... (761 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange golden color with an inch of white head. Little carbonation evident.

s - Lots of hops. Smells mostly of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) and pine hops. Reminds me a bit of HopSlam but without the honey/sweetness to it.

t - Again, all hops. I thought the piney hops were more prominent than the citrusy hops in the taste, which was the opposite of the smell. A bit of bitterness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Little bit of alcohol comes through.

d - I thought this was an ok DIPA. The smell originally reminded me of HopSlam a little bit, but the taste wasn't quite there. I think the high alcohol here hurt it a little bit and was noticable. Not a bad DIPA, but a little bit disappointing. (778 characters)

Photo of macmaster761
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Apple juice color, bright white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, citrus rind, grapefruit, hoppy hopiness

Taste - Not as bitter as many double IPAs, very enjoyable. Sweeter than many double IPAs, orange and tangerine flavors, not a ton but a little bit of grapefruit as well. Bitter smack on the end in the throat.

Mouthfeel - Like butter, very thick for an ipa, great carbonation level

Drinkability - I could drink this all day long, alchohol is extremely well hidden, only problem is the rediculously high cost for this ipa. (544 characters)

Photo of SpruceFish
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so i have been hearing alot about this beer so i went a bought a single of it to give it a whirl

well the beer starts out with a nice yellow hue and nice white head then. the smell is very pungent but not in a bad way i kind of like it and it very resiny with some odd kind of off citrus notes. the taste os kind of off i feel like its missing something and has to much a one thing i attribute thats the sole use of summit hops. i feel like if they deverified the hops a bit this beer could have been great. the drink and mouth feel are fine (542 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this can.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with about two fingers of light ivory head. Keeps a pretty full lace all the way to the bottom, with some decent webbing on the sides too.

Smell hits you in the face right out of the can with a big blast of stinky cheesy, dank armpit, pithy grapefruit goodness (yes those are all good things in my book). There's some sappy pine there too and a bit of sweetness, plus some juicy orange. Mmmm.

Taste is a bit stranger than the smell...those stinky hoppy aromas that I enjoy are a bit more weird on the taste buds. There is some grapefruit, which is very bitter and pithy, and some pine, but there is definitely a stinky cheese quality to these hops that have a very unique taste. I like it, but I can't say I love it. Not a whole lot of malt to speak of, outside of a touch of sweetness for balance, although the alcohol is very well hidden so that's good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Good creaminess to it, and the carbonation is on the soft side.

This is one weird DIPA. These Summit hops are strange, and while I enjoyed this I think I'd like something a bit more citrusy and, frankly, mainstream for my everyday DIPAs. A very interesting beer; definitely worth picking up and giving a try. (1,288 characters)

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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