GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA

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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).

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Photo of cdizinno
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass form a can, as pictured. Printed on the bottom of can; CANNED WITH CARE
04-19-10 @14:33

A: Slightly hazy golden orange. Nice 1-1/2 finger white head that disipates quickly, but leaves nice heavy lacing.

S: Nice slightly piney, hempy smell. Excellent sweet, citrus scent too.

T&M: Medium to full bodied. Heavy hops and enough malts to offset the bitterness. Citrus, pine, and slight weedish taste.

This stuff is just as good in a can as it was fresh. Absolutely amazing! Very relaxing and pleasant tasting brew. Probably one of the BEST I've ever had in the DIPA category. The can has a more balanced carbonation and lacing over the growler. These DIPA's have different tastes, but are absolutely perfect when manufactured with quality as this one is.

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! It is a very unique Imperial IPA. It has a high level of grapefruit/citrus appeal, but also has a wonderful malt to balance that out. There's something about the taste of this beer that is hard to describe, yet leaves me wanting to keep drinking it. At 10% it isn't difficult to drink at all...darn it!

If you've never mixed this with a Dale's Pale Ale from Oskar Blues, I would definitely suggest it. Mixing half-and-half makes the perfect IPA!

I have also had Gubna on tap at the Oskar Blues brewpub in Lyons, Colorado. It is so smooth-- two pints go down way too easy.

Cheers to the best Imperial IPA I've ever had!

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Photo of InI
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply amazing. Must drink. I didn't think it was possible to hide that much alcohol and bitterness into a sweet citrusy nectar of goddess. This really tastes like a grapefruit juice that makes you happy. This is my favorite beer

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Photo of ChrisA
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have not reviewed in a very long time. Simply put, this is the best double IPA I have ever had. Significant hops balanced perfectly with the malt profile. I always felt that Gordon did not really fit the double IPA category. So it is nice to see Oskar Blues put forth the Gubna, which is a fine example of a DIPA. That alcohol sure sneaks up on you. The only downside is the price, which I will now definitely pay in order to imbibe this tasty brew!!!

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Photo of challenja
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous deep orange with golden rod tones. Deep and thick with no head. The best looking IPA of all time!!!

S: DAMN SON!!! The most aromatic IPA of all time!
Tons of citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, fresh jungle honey, and rich flourishing malt.

T: Tropical fruits, citrus (Big time Red Grapefruit, Juicy Blood Orange and Lemon), tons of honey, dark malts, and a big time hop head pucker up MOFO sweet orange peel finish. This is a most serious DIPA.

MF: Viscous body, silky super sweet west coast hop madness!! Really really a hardcore IPA beer. Seriously.. it was so delicious. I mean so damn good you text message your EX who you haven't seen in months and eat your pride and share in its glory. She cabbed over right away.. I am a killer sales man. She ordered 3. I had 5.. I was well. way too trashed.. Good light carbonation.

Overall: My Second Favorite IPA of all time.OK.. Devil Dancer is tied with this one, but since you can only get DD once a year...Its the second, of the second. But at 17 bucks a 4 pack.. I am like DAMN SON... 9 on tap.. ouCh!

Serving type: On Tap
Serving type: OT and in CAN.. Multiple can's

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Photo of crag
4.99/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is chocked full of malty goodness, lip smacking good. With the right amount of citrus and bitters. At 10% ABV, undoubtedly from the humongous amount of malt, this brew isn't to be quaffed although it's drink-ability invites you to do so. Rather take your time as you would with a fine brandy or cognac.

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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.

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Photo of nizzle8287
4.95/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow. Last can I had of this was the summer of 2014 and it was delicious. It appears they have changed the recipe in a positive way, perhaps lending an even more delicious and perfected recipe.

Poured into my mug at around 55 degrees, the first thing I noticed is that this beer is filtered... The old Gubna I believe was unfiltered. Nice and thick almost white head dwindled down to a half finger head with bubbles still coming up to retain the half finger. This beer is clear and very light orange in color.

Smell is amazing and smacks me in the face with complex hop characteristics... I get pine, light citrus, dank sweetness, malts are there, but the hops overpower.

Tastes exactly what a DIPA should taste like. Definitely high IBUs coming out in this one with dank citrus hop bitterness. Less pine in the taste than in the smell. Seems to coat my mouth with an even layer of hop bitterness that lingers for several minutes. Less rye presence than what I remember from the old Gubna, but still a bit on the spicy side.

Alcohol presence is definitely here, but more pleasant in this new version than before. Medium-high carbonation that makes it sparkle in the mouth...

Overall this one goes straight to the dome. I'm half a beer in and holy cow I just want more! This re-formulation has very much shifted it into the typical world-class DIPA category in my honest opinion. The new hop regiment plus the filtering (which i could have done without) Really makes the presentation much different than what I remember about the old formula. Old formula for me was a 90, this one is a 98. Great job Oskar Blues!!!

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Photo of lbower860
4.89/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this baby from the can into a snifter

Im obsessed with this beer. Its not one of the better reviewed DIPAs on this site and not even one of the better reviewed efforts from Oskar Blues. This being said i was in love with this beer for some reason from the first time i had it. As soon as the can was opened i was smacked in the face by an incredibly pungent piney and resiny aroma, with some hints of weed(?). An incredibly aromatic and unique smelling DIPA. The appearance is dark orange with a nice, fairly sticky head. The taste matches the aroma. Very piney and floral and. In my opinion the 10% abv is incredibly well masked, i could tear through a four pack of this.

Overall I love this beer. In my opinion its one of the most unique and tasty DIPAs on the market. The only beer that i could compare it to would be Founders Devil Dancer. But this is way better.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little surprised at the deviation on this beer. I personally think that this is a fantastic beer, and I love the very herbal hop profile. I guess if you don't toe the line with citrusy/piney hops, you won't please the California posses. Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. After many cans and plenty of this on tap, decided to review it. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a creamy off-white head. Smells super piney and herbal, and fresh, fresh, fresh, with a nice orange rind finish. The taste is also fantastic, with more of that fantastic herbal quality with dill, a touch of chives, orange, and a bit of a yogurty tang. Nice spice and pepper finish from the hops, and enough sweet malt to support the huge, fresh tasting hop bouquet. Delicious.

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Photo of edunaye
4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12oz. can into a DFH spiegelau. canned about 1.5 months ago

appearance: pours a golden copper with a finger and a half head of white creamy, creamy foam. tiny bubbles come from underneath. as the brew goes down a frothy 1/8 finger head remains on top.

smell: smells of caramel and beer bread hit hardest, then citrus hops, with a small amout of spiciness and a very pinch of bananna.

taste: hit with all the malts at first. caramel and some toast first, rye is in there if youre really looking for it. then a good deal of bitterness follows, alot of floral and citrus hops and that pinch of spice comes out. there is a slight amount of booze in the taste but not enough to be too offensive

mouthfeel: this is one of the heavier ipas. to me it feels like murphys oil soap with bubbles (which is a good thing) love the way this feels on the mouth.

overall: i am very surprised this is not in the 90s thwn it comes to ratings. this can satisfy both hopheads and those who enjoy a "balanced" beer. the 3 different malts really give this beer some character and the hops can equally balance them. id highly recomend this brew to anyone who loves ipas, imperials, or barleywines. truly original. oskar blues never disappoints.

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Photo of Panda_Brew
4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oskar Blues - Gubna
'Ello Gubna! This beer kicks ass, that's pretty much it.
Even opening the can releases a stone fruit, sappy, citrusy fragrance.
A: Frothy creamy beige head with a crystal clear toasted gold body and tiny bubbles rising up in mini streams.
S: Those sappy citrus and stone fruit notes are right up front with a hint to tropical oakiness - which is really cool.
T: Magical. . . it's simply, yet complexly, great. It's so clean with the hops as sweet as candy, the oak adds a whole layer to substitute the missing malts. Tropical hops, pine hops, stone fruit hops, candy hops, dank hops, citrus hops, all are present in this chief - all well represented and working together to kick so much ass that it's time to look for a new pair of boots.
M: Super clean with a medium carbonation which works with the medium/thick body to make it dance. The booziness and hop tang leave a nice tingle while performing a self palate cleanse to get ready for the next swig.
O: One of my favorite IPA's: not overly bitter, but hoppy as all - the focus is all on hops in this, the malts are non existent, but to keep it from being boring the oak grants the contrast needed to keep it from being another boring gimmick where hops are just dumped with out regard (not the cool, reckless abandon lack of regard. . . walking into traffic with out looking kind of cavalier). Awesome job guys, 96

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Photo of deepchills
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12oz can into my tulip glass. About a half finger of head that was in no hurry to go anywhere. The head slowly broke down but left those chunky bits surrounding the larger bubbles telling me that hoppy greatness may lie within.

I could smell fruit before bringing the glass to my face. I think I note some plum in the nose, and maybe some orange with some light hops.

This beer is very easy to drink, a full heavy feel.

What I perceived as plum in the nose is clearly malt on my pallet. There may be some plum in there, but the malt is delicious, sticky sweet with caramel flavor. Lots of fruit, the plum, citrus, mostly orange, more fruits that I can't figure out. The 100 IBUs are brilliantly balanced, though I can imagine some hop heads thinking they don't stand out enough against the amazing malts.

This is my favorite of Oskar Blues offerings, just nipping their other malty giant Old Chub.

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

I love this beer! It has a very complex flavor, with a lot of maltiness. The ABV is high and the kick is incredible! One of my favorite beers from Oskar Blues!

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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.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 3/14/2014:

Poured from 12 ounce can to stout/porter glass:

A - 4.75 - No haziness just golden amber color that is crystal clear. White head
S - 4.75 - Pine, grapefruit, citrus zest, spiciness from the rye malt. Great smelling beer and unique in it's own right.
T - 4.75 - Grapefruit, citrus zest, mango, papaya, sweet caramel malt, spiciness from the rye.
M - 4.75 - Light medium mouthfeel, alc covered for the most part, aftertaste is citrus
O - 4.75 - great beer again, with the recipe changed last year hence why i was wondeirng about why so many peopel were calling it garlicky

poured from a 12 ounce can to a stout/porter glass.

Appearance - 4.75 - This is a great looking beer, despite the fact that some people said it looked hazy I'm not seeing that at all from it. It's got a nice clear golden/amber color to it that has a nice 2 finger white head that dissipates down pretty quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

Smell - 4.75 - Nice deep citrus tones on this one. Different from those of other imperial IPAs too, more mango, pineapple, papaya, along with the usual grapefruit, orange zest, lemon and lime. Strong pine. Touch of weed.

Taste - 4.75 - Great bitterness to this one. I've heard a lot of people say garlic and onion and while I can get that it's not prevalent in the taste at all. It's mostly piney, citrusy hops. The main fruits are grapefruit, orange zest, lemon/lime. Not much malt to balance it but I think that's understandable for what they were obviously trying to go for. I heard this one was all Summit and I'm excited because I just bought 3 pounds of the stuff! Spicy, not as much as Pliny but up there.

Mouthfeel - 4.75 - Also great, nice medium carbonation with a spicy bite to it that sticks in your mouth for a while. Leaves a hop bitterness on the back of the tongue that tastes great!

Overall - 4.75 - I love this beer, but I can't say it's perfect. The lack of any malt whatsoever is a downside, but only a tiny downside at that. The hops come through amazingly and I'm surprised at how good the flavor was despite what a lot of other people say about it. Great beer!

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Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EgadBananas for providing this can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours light, cloudy golden orange with a tall, creamy off-white head that retains very well. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of sweet malt and citrusy hops. There are some piney hops in the aroma as well. It's a very bright smell. The flavor is dominated by intense citrusy hops and sweet malts. Some of those bitter piney hops come in at the back end. The aftertaste is bitter, but pleasing. The body is full with adequate carbonation. It is smooth, but also thick and creamy. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer and another great offering from Oskar Blues. Try this DIPA if you can find it or trade for it.

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Photo of WryneckStudio
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful IIPA! Although I only rated the mouth feel and the appearance at 4.0, I can't say enough about the aroma and taste of this canned elixir! With intense notes of wet and juicy hops that are reminiscent of mowing lawns on a hot summer day, the nose is at first overwhelmed and then transported to a floral paradise. As it warms, the GUBNA mellows and expands with some hints of earthy bitters, pale malts and citrus. Unlike many Imperial IPA's, the GUBNA is refreshingly drinkable and does not blow out the palate even though the hop profile is so intense.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rusty, light orange with 2 fingers worth of white head that dissipates into a film of white bubbles.

S: Extremely floral bouquet of lavender and jasmine at first, with a pineapple, apricot, and honey sweetness in the middle, and piney, resiny hops at the end. Highly complex and probably my favorite IPA smell to date.

T: Crisp, clean, floral and citrus hops assault the palate at first, followed by slightly apricot and orange fruitiness in the middle, finished with a combination of syrupy caramel malts and sticky, piney hops. The flavor is amazing. DFH 90 minute is in trouble.

M: Thick, syrupy, "prickly", warms well, sticks to the back of the throat and has great carbonation.

O: This beer is $*%&ing amazing. DFH 90 minute, Bell's Hopslam, and Maharaja have long been my go to IIPAs, but this one is giving all of them a run for their money. This has to be the best combination of thick, piney, syrupy, resiny hops combined with a crisp, clean, fresh floral aroma. Truly a fantastic brew and I will buy again very soon.

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Photo of rjhaupt
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A calm looking beer. The strong head bubbles like the top of a pancake ready to be flipped. The body of the beer has the tiniest lines of carbonation lazily heading upwards through the murky golden liquid.

S - Just a single solid nose-blast of hops. No more, no less and 'tis glorious.

T - Be ready for this one or it will end your tastebuds. It comes riding a horse of hops to kick you in teeth with flavors rich and sweet, once your teeth are demolished the flavor train will then go on to compress the sides of your tongue with the bitter citrus of righteousness. If you think the assault is over it is a mere repreive until the final thrust to back of your mouth. You thought swallowing would end the attack? You were wrong. The aftertaste of dry, crisp justice pervades every square inch of the inside of your mouth while the 10% ABV volatizes it way up your unsuspecting sinuses into your nasal cavity. Eventually you'll be gasping for air just to end the ectasy, unless you're a masochist for pleasure and decide to venture another sip.

M - It's a mouthfeel without end, boasting the longest aftertaste of any beer in recent memory, and I'm fine with that because I don't want it to end and it just feels like I'm absoultely getting my money's worth.

D - This is one of my favorite beers around, in one of my favorite styles, and it comes in a can so it stays just as fresh as can be. WIN.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Homemade Liquids and Solids. Apple cider colored. Cloudy with no signs of carbonation. Very little head. Some created on swirling, but not long lived. Lots of lace, though. Big aromatic pine aroma with sweet honey hints. Very soft mouthfeel, as if hand pumped. Bitter and piney up front with creamy, slightly sweet middle and long bitter finish. Served slightly warmer than most drafts. Perfect temperature. Alcohol well hidden. One of the best DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of FormulaQ
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. This beer is incredible. Honestly i don't know how people are complaining about booziness. I literally detect NO booziness. My biggest problem with hi-res was the alcohol taste. This beer blows hi-res out of the water. It's far and away the best imperial IPA i've ever had. Huge hits of candied grapefruit and nectarine followed by a nice, faintly piney hop bite. The back end is more citrus with some malt. Perfectly balanced, outstanding. Pours a delightfully bright yellow-amber. I could not recommend this beer any more strongly.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can,

A: Pours goldenrod with a light white head, some lacing.

S: Pungent resin and cedarwood, pine. Smells like a forest/Christmas tree. Reminds me a lot of Avery's Majaraja.

T: Pine and an elegant herbal bitterness, hints of oregano and mugwort as well just come together beautifully. Very light malt, but the spiciness of the rye comes through which I really liked and is maybe where I'm getting the oregano. Hint of ethanol in the finish. Very tasty. Big flavours.

M: Full-bodied, chewy and resiny, long hoppy aftertaste.

D: This is fantastic, it blows away Gordon without even trying, sorry Gordon. Nice sipping DIPA.

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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...

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4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Yellow and some orange in there, some sediments, small head and lace.

S - Citrus hops, alcohol some pine but mainly alcohol and hops.

T - Taste is rich citrus hops (some melon, pineapple,) Alcohol, hop bitterness is down on the grapefruit side and up on other things like alcohol bitterness/citrus hops. Not too malty at all.

M - Kinda smooth actually, lower carbonation with some smaller bubbles, but alcohol aftertaste mixed with bitter hop'ness. A Little hot in the throat.

O - Overall, this a a really good DIPA & worthy for hop heads. Weird being in a can, but I can deal.... Pretty hot going down... well it is 10% Alc though. Smooth stuff with a big kick. Thanks for the can Dave!

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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