Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,044
Ranked #19,609
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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Sigmund from Norway

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml can, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10.0%. Orange colour, moderate off-white head. Lovely aroma of piney hops, smells like a pine forest, also some fruity notes (oranges). The flavour is a massive attack of fruity and piney American hops, fairly light bodied and dry for its strength.

Apr 12, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful aroma, thick clumpy lacing. Taste is oranges and other citrus, a hint of cough syrup sweetness, with a smidge of alcohol warmth. Be careful, this one will sneak up on you.

May 09, 2020
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy light amber. Foamy, medium, white head fades slowly with light lacing.

Smells caramel malt, Tropical, pine and citrus peel.

Tastes pineapple, mango, grapefruit,, citrus peel, fruit and bready malt. Finish is dry with a piney linger. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation.

Jun 28, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip, the appearance was hazy burnt golden orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some light lace.
The aroma had some mango/papaya super sweetness rolling over a sturdy caramel/toffee malt base. Some crackery type of arrangement playing with some marmalade sweetness.
The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas guiding the aftertaste to be fairly malty.
The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV did feel appropriate.
Overall, so many DIPA's on the market these days which makes me think well, maybe this is one of those "old school DIPA's."

Jun 05, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours an amber, tawny hue with minimal frothing. Medicinal aroma replete with hints of hops and honey. Slick mouthfeel. Not recommended.

May 01, 2017
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FFreak from Vermont

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4x12 of 3 week-old cans for $13.99. Can poured into willy glass. Super clear, golden-amber with a finger of white head that leaves spotty lace. Smell is a mix of citrus rind, pineapple syrup, pine and malt. Taste follows with a big helping of malt and some citrusy tones. Mouth is medium-full, fairly soft and good carbonation. Overall, I'm glad I tried this. It's good and really packs a wallop.

Mar 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a 12 oz Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden/orange pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Fresh and fruity... grapefruit and sweet malts.

T/F: Rich and malty.. caramel and bread to open. Gives way to a tropical fruit hop profile... mango and grapefruit, pineapple... peppery. Resinous and sticky... definitely coats the tongue. Warming... the ABV is hidden but this hits you fast. Dried pineapple on the aftertaste.

O: A big, big DIPA from Oskar Blues. Wish my can was fresher (just purchased at Wegman's... saw that it's 9 months old... strong work guys) but held up very well. A slow sipper of an IPA that has a ton of flavor.

Jan 19, 2017
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with an eggshell colored head that fades fast leaving excellent lacing behind.
Smells like grapefruit and pine.
Tastes is just about the same.
This is smooth, almost creamy in the way it goes down. ABV is well hidden, but shows up quickly.
This is just another terrific brew from Oskar Blues. You can't go wrong with this.

Jan 06, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of darker gold honey, small 1/5" white head. That aroma, depending on which recipe (used to be 100% Summit hops), you would get a wallop of onion/garlic to some people, others would not notice it. It is unique either way, but I find it enjoyable in that funky, earthy, pungent abrasive kind of way.

Taste is so nice and hides the alcohol very well. Fully pushing that 100ibu envelope but also draping your mouth with all kinds of hop flavor beyond mere bitterness. Its around $4 a can, which is like $8 a bomber, so price wise isn't super friendly, but not abusive either.

Ages rough, drink asap especially here. Can be thick and syrupy moreso as the days go by. Distribution got wider, cans got older on shelves.

Oct 18, 2016
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beercam from Washington

4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

DEVIOUS. Old Uncle Oskar Blue has pulled something very very interesting on us here. Switched have been that purportedly devilish Deviant Dale with this particular brew here, this year. Deviant is delicious, don't do me dirt. It's just not deviant! This, ... This, on the other hand, is downright dastardly. True deviance here folks. Let's get into it;

L: A rustic, bloody mahogany shade of paint covers the can, artfully inversed with its burnished gleaming aluminum, along with a bold "GUBNA" blazened round the can. Beer itself is extremely interesting looking. will update here soon
S: Pitch perfect. Piney and excitingly exotically fruity. hopped to oblivion. What did they do to this?? What the????
T: Top marks. Bulldozing blasts of passionfruit, lime, guava and pineapple. But hold it right there buster. You think this is nothing but a fruity gloppy child's summer smoothie? Think again. This thing drops a landslide of zippy hops per can. I'm just saying, it's all built up on hops. This thing... Its malt game is friggin impeccable. Really skillful. Curious what they went with to keep up with this friggen rollercoaster of an imperial IPA
F: The hops and the carbonation somehow become one here. They become interspersed, it's very strange, but i like it. They each in greatness combine to create an entity of exponentially more greatness. am i the only one getting this?
O: Hah, obviously, overall, I am a fan. I am also a late-comer to this one. Surprised to see only an 85 here. To me, this is one of the strongest, truest, purest, wildest IPA's out there. Go get one, drink it, enjoy yourself.

Compares to: Kelso's Imp IPA, Deviant Dale's, Fremont's the Brother and Sister's. Avery's Raja and Maharaja (more this), Green Flash's stronger IPA's, Speakeasy's stronger hoppier stuff, Alaskan's Imperial IPA (hopthermia), Renegade's Triple IPAs, Evil Twin's strongest IPA's, Upslope's Imperial IPA.. will update with more soon.

Aug 04, 2016
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gman1602 from Texas

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to DIPA and I was surprised I hadn't reviewed it yet.
Pours a great golden copper with nice lacing. The aroma is full of flavors that show a lot of layers - pine, citrus, passionfruit, all coming together into one hop blast for your face.
Following said hop blast, the taste rolls onto your tongue with the piney hops leading the charge and a little passionfruit to calm them down. The unique thing about this is the way the pine and tropical flavors play together really well.
Feels great, nice carbonation that adds to it.
Basically a unique DIPA from a trustworthy brewery. I love to almost only try new things but this one has become a staple in my beer fridge for a reason. Plus it makes you feel good...

Jun 24, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a clear amber with a nice head, just filling the glass it was in, slowly sinking as I watch it. Piney and fruity in the nose. The mouth revels in the hops and malt, with a slight hoppy aftertaste.

Jun 23, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Beer Shop and Tasting Table NYC.
Beautiful copper/Amber color with a lovely moderates foam head that retains.
Caramel malt and some tropical fruit in the nose. Sweet and pleasant.
The caramel malt backbone is prominent, as is the pony hops that provide quite a kick.
Medium bodied but sweet and rich in the mouthfeel. Nice alcohol warming, yet, so drinkable. I hAd two of these babies and it was quite smooth.
A great DIPA from a great brewery. Wow! A great beer and a gray find!

Jun 21, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at LD's Beer Run, Jackson, MS

A: A clear golden/amber with a thick white one finger head that lingered. Ample lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, mango, guava.

T: Hits you like a bullet train of hops. Piney, resin-y grapefruit with lots of citrus action in the background. Bitterness is very manageable. Nice malt balance with some spiciness in the middle. Smooth and dangerously drinkable. Slow down, it's 10%!

M: Medium with medium, crushable carbonation.

O: Glad to finally wrap my lips around this killer DIPA. Pricey but worth the taste. This Gubna rules.

May 31, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of earthy hops. The flavor profile has notes of malt, dankness and alcohol. The finish is not particularly hoppy.

May 22, 2016
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HockeyBrewmeister from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear-golden orange with white head.

S: pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and some mango.

T: pineapple, grapefruit, piney resin, some dankness. Very bitter at first as expected.. but the palate adjusts rather quickly. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

F: nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: Well crafted stuff. Very impressed by how drinkable this brew is for 10%.

May 15, 2016
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Tiburon from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, can was 33 days old. Nice fruity blast up front, mango and maybe grapefruit. Smooth for a 10% IPA. I really enjoyed the $4 can that I drank, but I can't see doing any more than that. Would like to try it on tap. Love me some Oskar Blues

May 10, 2016
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

April 29, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Light amber, high clarity. About ¾-inch of very light tan head, foamy and long-lasting.

S – A ton of grapefruit, woody resin, and pineapple. Low toasty malt. Hops are quite pronounced, but some sweetness lingers behind on the nose.

T – Grapefruit and pineapple juice are huge here, just a touch of that resin note. Mild, sweet bread crust providing a backing for the hops. I’m sure there’s a lot of bitterness but it’s subdued, considering the hop character involved.

M – Medium to medium-full in body, with moderate carbonation. There is definite sweetness but it’s balanced well with the hop bitterness, allowing hop flavor to be the star. Only somewhat dry, with moderate, increased bitterness on the finish.

O – I’m so glad to be drinking this fresh to get its best self. Incredible hop flavor, bright and refreshing, with solid malt backing. Hides the alcohol well. At 10% this shouldn’t be a crusher, but it sure drinks like one.

May 04, 2016
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beerr pours a creamy white foamy head that takes a moderate while to dissipate. The beer itself is pretty standard for a DIPA but still manages to look pretty nice. The beer is a medium amber color that is clear. IT's not super awesome or unique but the beer still looks nice.

The smell and the taste are fairly hoppy and pretty good. The smell and taste both have a strong hop bitterness to them with a sweet malt backbone to balance things out a little bit. The hop note is fairly interesting since it seems to be a mixture of different kinds. The hop notes seem to range from citrus to a light grapefruit with a hint of pine to it; although the citrus and grapefruit note are the stronger ones. The malt note is sweet. There also seems to be a rye spice note hovering between the bitterness and the sweetness that gives it a nice and unique note to it and works well since it contrasts with the malt and supplements the hops a bit. Overall, it's pretty balanced.

The beer is heavy bodied but goes down fairly smoothly. There is some light carbonation to give it a nice texture to it.

Overall, a pretty good DIPA and a classic seasonal worth getting. The beer isn't too onerous to drink and still representative of the style. It won't wow you like other ones but you won't be disappointed with the result.

Apr 30, 2016
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Homers_Beer_Odyssey from New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE - Amber, light, clear, 1FH.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, fruit, pine, grass.

TASTE - Hops, bitter, pine, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Dry, smooth, lingering, warm, astringent

VALUE - $4.75 for a 12-oz. can. OK.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Bitter, piney, nice!

Apr 28, 2016
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beermeplz from California

4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 3/9/16

may be one of my favorite high abv dipas. i get lots of pineapple followed by grapefruit and stone fruit. drier and less syrupy than many in this category. a little boozy but this one is worth sipping. great stuff.

Apr 09, 2016
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 03/08/16

Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy off-white head. Smells like caramely malt, tropical guava and mango, mild peach, passionfruit, orange, spicy rye, with fresh grassy pine. Tastes like sweet caramel and tropical fruits, mango, papaya, guava, fairly spicy rye, orange citrus, with dank pine and herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a very unique tasting, well-crafted imperial IPA.

Apr 05, 2016
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uawildcat from New York

4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$13.99 for 4 cans at local beer shop here in Omaha. Date canned: 02/25/16

A: Pours with a thin white head into glass. Dissipates quickly, leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like a nice mix of piney, citrusy and tropical hops. Leaning with a piney smell to me.

T/MF: Tastes much like it smells. It has nice sweetness to balance it out and carbonation to balance it out. Doesn't taste too sticky for an imperial IPA or have too much alcohol heat.

O: Its a great imperial IPA, but not my favorite. Being in a can makes it extra portable to nearly anywhere.

Apr 03, 2016
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a fine DIPA. Head doesn't retain much and no real lacing - nice color and clarity.

Nose is a bit muted - sort of a more traditional hop bill that skews west coast.

Flavor follows. A bit maltier than I'd like - only 1 month old can so fresh enough.

Feel is fine, well rounded and full enough. Would have again but wouldn't seek it out.

Apr 03, 2016
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TruePerception from California

2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oskare Blues's Gubna, Imperial IPA. 10% ABV.

A: Three fingers of cream white head. Light orange-yellow. Pale yellow in the dimple. Light lacing. Light, yet sticky, sheeting.

S: Piney, dank hop aroma. Slight, creamy malt backing.

T/MF: The hops have a strong medicinal quality on the palate. A lot of pine resin, as well. Fairly creamy mouthfeel.

While it's not so overly hopped that I can't drink it, I don't really want to. I do have to get used to hops one of these days...

Poured from a 12 oz. can, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Mar 20, 2016
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