GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
968 Reviews
no score
Send samples
GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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

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).

Added by natelocc787 on 01-15-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 968 | Ratings: 2,933
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 737 characters

Photo of beercam
4.99/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

 1,944 characters

Photo of gman1602
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
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...

 729 characters

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 221 characters

Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

 497 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

 583 characters

Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 182 characters

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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%.

 378 characters

Photo of Tiburon
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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

 266 characters

Photo of infinitebruner
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

 1,013 characters

Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

 1,314 characters

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

 267 characters

Photo of beermeplz
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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.

 229 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

 448 characters

Photo of uawildcat
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

 568 characters

Photo of oldn00b
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

 359 characters

Photo of TruePerception
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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.

 534 characters

Photo of TLWalsh
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with persistent white head. Noticeable fruity and piney aroma, very nice but fades quickly. Has a citrus based maltiness, very fruity and lush on the tongue. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and leaves a pleasant boozy buzz.

 250 characters

Photo of princessbay710
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dated 10 months ago, didnt realize in store. The look is a thick cloudy honey, with alright lacing. First impressions on the smell is that it has a slight barbecue tinge. First sip is overwhelming with an after-thought that makes you think you'd almost prefer it cooked into a barbecue sauce. I can't exactly pin point what the flavors are but there's a lot of it. Very strong, pungent beer. Our 4 pack is either too old or this ones not for me, or both.

 454 characters

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can that was canned on 3/30/15. Had I known it was almost 10 months old, probably wouldn't have made the purchase. That being said, it still looked beautiful and golden with a long lingering, bright head and sticky dank lacing. I had one that had become really malty due to the age in the 4 pack but this one takes the cake as one of the best beers I've ever had. Smell is citrus, zest, and dank. Some malt in there too. Taste it leaves is very balanced and bright. Tropical tones usher in what is literally a pineapple refreshing nectar, but tied together with a (in my opinion) muted malty bitterness. I love higher ABV IPAs, Imperial IPAs, double IPAs, etc though. The feel on this one is locked in like many others but it is really light bodied and way more graceful. Its a world class beer and gets you a clean craft buzz in no time. I likes it a lot! It is bright, every facet works together flawlessly... there is citrus and fruit that welcomes one back time afer time. This beer is incredible when aged well, one of the others in the sixpack was just an averagely good beer. But this one is my favorite beers I think I've tried.

 1,150 characters

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

Canned on 5/12/15 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
$ 3.82/12 oz can ($ 0.311/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Aroma of fruit and pine, fades
Head large (six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and heaped partial layer
Lacing good – very torn curtains and frothy partial rings
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor – moderately bitter with some fruitiness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

 536 characters

Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought by mistake -meant to grab G'Knight. I do enjoy dipa's though, so no worries. This pours a deep gold with white cling. Aroma is tropical fruits and apricot. Flavor has a dankness and citrus to add to the tropical fruit notes. Not bad, but this is viscous stuff, and the lingering aftertaste is both bitter and dank. Really well-masked alcohol though.

 356 characters

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Butterscotch colored imperial with a nice off white lasting head and lacing.
Canned on 03/06/15 and enjoyed on 11/08/15.
Browned apricots aroma? is that a thing? comes across nicely in the taste along with some dryer hops.
Leaves a dryish light butterscotch aftertaste.
Wasn't expecting this but quite enjoyed it none the less.

 327 characters

Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a Firestone glass.Smell is a strong Grapefruit.Surprisingly mild taste for a 10.0 ipa but not one of the better IPA`s i`ve had.Don`t think i would buy this again.I bought this on the strength of 10/50 being so good but this is not close to as good of beer as that one is.

 294 characters

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty beer, deep orange, pale head.

Smells okay. Apricots for sure. Some kind of off-grain, as well, hard to place.

Nice taste, lots of apricots, pretty hops, well integrated. Pure, clean. A little sweet.

Stunningly good mouthfeel. Very rich. Beautiful carbonation.

Finish is filled with happiness. Ties the whole thing together into much more than the sum of its parts.

 376 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.77 out of 5 based on 2,933 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!