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Oskar Blues GUBNA now a seasonal, no longer single-hop

Discussion in 'Beer News' started by shand, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. shand

    shand Advocate (705) Florida Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'm one of those guys who absolutely loved the original GUBNA formula, so I'm kind of apprehensive to see what Oskar Blues has done here. They do know what they're doing with hoppy brews though.


    LONGMONT, CO (Feb 2013) - This March, GUBNA Imperial IPA will celebrate its 3-year anniversary as Oskar Blues’ hoppiest craft beer in a can. With a mutated overload of hops, GUBNA will be a limited seasonal release March through May 2013. GUBNA was moved from a full time offering to a three month limited-release to compliment a seasonal series featuring the cyclopean Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (October through February), and a yet to be announced third seasonal slated for June through September.

    GUBNA was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements. This time around GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops and the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced spicy yet round middle and finishing with a brisk, clean bitterness.

    “We get off on challenging ourselves and our beer drinkers with hops. This year’s GUBNA comes from that fire in the belly to up the ante of GUBNA’s motley hop character,” says head brewer Dave Chichura.

    Oskar Blues continues to build on its 52% growth in 2012 and will launch new distribution in Michigan beginning March 4th. Last year, Oskar Blues expanded distribution to new markets for the first time in four years. The markets: Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis’ home state of Alabama each established the largest craft beer launch in territory history topped by 14,000+ case equivalents during the first week in Ohio.

    GUBNA Imperial IPA is available in limited-seasonal quantities (March to May) and sold in 12oz. four-packs priced at $14.99. Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA Imperial IPA is just one of an impressive line-up of boundary-busting canned beer getable in 31 states. To find out where to purchase Oskar Blues beer visit http://www.oskarblues.com/about-us/beer-locator

    About Oskar Blues Brewery
    Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to brew and can their beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC for 2013.

  2. I'm a big fan of GUBNA too but am curious to see if the Cascades improve the hop profile. I know most people think it's way too garlicy/oniony (which it is very much those things)...maybe the Cascades will make it a little less polarizing. I'll definitely be one to find out first hand as I look forward to buying this.
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  3. DeutschesBier

    DeutschesBier Advocate (625) Maryland Feb 8, 2009 Beer Trader

    The first time I had Gubna was when it was first released a couple years ago. I got a lot of Tangerine and slight dankness. I really liked it a lot. Unfortunately, I haven't seen a fresh can since then.

    Looking forward to revisiting it, even with all the reports of garlic and onion.
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  4. Domingo

    Domingo Poobah (1,145) Colorado Apr 23, 2005 Beer Trader

    OB reps had mentioned this was on the way on a local store's Facebook page. Lots of people were talking about onion and garlic character from Summit hops, so the OB rep mentioned that this change was coming.
    I'm pretty hopeful. I like their other hoppy beers (especially Gordon/G'Knight) and the somewhat similar Renegade Elevation doesn't have that same vampire repellent note.
  5. Dan_Bowman

    Dan_Bowman Savant (320) Ohio Apr 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    We just got Oskar Blues in Ohio not long ago. Has this been a seasonal for a while? I have found everything BUT Gubna in Ohio

    I'd like to try it if it comes to Ohio
  6. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Will this reduce the amount fishiness? I'm still going to pass on this mess.
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  7. Moose90

    Moose90 Advocate (740) Washington Nov 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    I was not so much a fan of the original Gubna, spoke with one of their merchandisers last week about the new version and she was quite excited. Should be in most stores by middle to end of next week. Looking forward to this one, I found the original one to be a bit too heavy on the sweet sticky malt notes, but we'll see.
  8. I liked the beer, just never saw a fresh 4pack since it's original release.
    Glad it's going to seasonal, I'll pick one up every year now that I know they're gonna be fresh.
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  9. I passed up a 4 pack of this just the other day. $15 seemed a little steep given the average rating here. Maybe I will check it out now. Will there be a way to tell the new from the old? Do these cans have freshness dates on them?
  10. Hey- Yes, they are "Canned on" dated on the bottom. I'll look forward to seeing this, although I know most stores already have a bit in stock, so when and if we get the new stuff will be questionable.
    I did get some G'Knight in 16 OZ. cans last week. I THOUGHT previous to that they were in 12oz.-ers. I think. Could be wrong on that. Bye.
  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I will have to give this another shot now.
  12. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Gubna is really the only Oskar Blues beer I haven't tried that's been on my radar for years. I really wanted to taste the 100% Summit version that's been so extremely polarizing the past few years.. oh well..
  13. CellarGimp

    CellarGimp Advocate (510) Missouri Sep 14, 2011

    Summit Hop equals AVOID. Green onion bomb.
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  14. It is interesting that Gubna 4-packs of 12oz cans sell for $15 when Deviant Dale's 4-packs of 16oz cans go for $12.50. Personally I think Deviant Dale's is a much better beer, and getting 16 more ounces for $2.50 less seems like a no-brainer.
  15. buffs9

    buffs9 Advocate (505) Colorado Apr 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    Costs more to produce, lots more hops/resources go into - which is why most double IPAs cost more than pales and 'regular' IPAs.
  16. beercanman

    beercanman Savant (485) Ohio Dec 17, 2012

    I love GUBNA. Had it at the brewey. Can't wait to try the new recipe
  17. At 8% Deviant Dale's is much closer to an Imperial IPA. It can't honestly cost that much more to make Gubna which weighs in at 10%.
  18. nhindian

    nhindian Advocate (525) Pennsylvania Feb 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    They both are huge onion bombs so..
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  19. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Aficionado (240) Illinois Jan 18, 2011 Verified

    I like Deviant Dale. The Gubna was a drain pour.
  20. darkandhoppy

    darkandhoppy Savant (480) Connecticut Dec 26, 2008 Verified

    haters gonna hate....just means more for the good kids ;)
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  21. I get the onion in Gubna, which is why I'm not a big fan. But I haven't gotten that flavor at all from Deviant Dale's. I'll give the new Gubna a try though, see if the Cascade counteracts the Summit.
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  22. DanE

    DanE Savant (440) Connecticut Feb 24, 2012

    I am also a big fan. I also really like Green Flash's Imperial IPA, which I believe is Summit and Nugget. So I can not imagine that this combo will not work out. I hope it hits regular distro.
  23. buffs9

    buffs9 Advocate (505) Colorado Apr 28, 2008 Beer Trader

    Deviant isn't cheap either, the original cost issue was Dale's v. Gubna, right?
  24. No I was talking about Deviant Dale's. That four pack comes out to about 19 cents/oz where the Gubna comes out to about 31 cents/oz. Just not sure why Gubna would cost that much more.
  25. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Advocate (720) Virginia Jan 27, 2013 Beer Trader

    I haven't had Gubna in a while, but will be sure to grab one of the new ones and try to do a side-by-side comparison.
  26. Ill send you some patuli to make up for missed Gubna :-O~
  27. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Savant (250) Illinois Nov 29, 2007

    If singles are made available, this may need to be tried again. Last time it was an onion, garlic, almost barleywine bad mess of a brew to me.
  28. kell50

    kell50 Champion (850) North Carolina Jul 25, 2007 Verified

    Gubna wasn't my cup of tea.. Deviant Dales on the other hand...
  29. NoLeafClover44

    NoLeafClover44 Advocate (580) Delaware Feb 24, 2011 Beer Trader

    A full day has gone by on this thread without a jzeilinger siting?
  30. Please please please let the new seasonal be Old Double Bagger?!?
  31. I actually liked the onion/garlic flavors. It was unique. Now, it sounds like it will be just another double IPA with nothing to differentiate it from the hundreds of others already out there.
  32. I think everyone out there is going to start trying to make Heady Topper, more or less. This should be a good thing
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  33. phooky

    phooky Savant (465) New York Jan 23, 2010

    Anyone have any updates on this release date?
  34. Smitty1988

    Smitty1988 Savant (430) Arizona Oct 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I have some cans at home I picked up when I heard it was only going to be seasonal, it says on the bottom mine was brewed in December 2012, this is the old formula correct?
  35. werdnacross

    werdnacross Aficionado (225) California Nov 20, 2008 Verified

    Drinking the 2013 release now. Gotta say definitely more citrus. Livens up the maltiness of previous releases for sure.
  36. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    Going seasonal and jacking up the price?
  37. Boilerfood

    Boilerfood Savant (445) Indiana Jun 5, 2012

    My thoughts exactly.
  38. shand

    shand Advocate (705) Florida Jul 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    Gubna's always been 15 bucks in my area, same with Gordon/G'night and Ten Fidy.
  39. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Yea G Knight, Gubna = onions, great on burgers no in my beer.
  40. willbm3

    willbm3 Savant (390) Massachusetts Feb 19, 2010

    And now it will be $18 because its "seasonal"