GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

GUBNA Imperial IPAGUBNA Imperial IPA
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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

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected, under control balance with malt sweetness, high IBU but still nicely drinkable for the style. Carbonation right there. Deep yellow coloured body with off-white head. Hop aroma. Lemon and orange and grapefruit citrus rind and fruit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 3 finger thick foam, off white head, very nice retention and tons of lacing. cloudy golden body.

S: Perfect citrus aroma with pineapple dominating and some banana, orange notes. Light musty hops come through as well. I disagree with many of the other reviews here. They may just have had some no so fresh or poorly handled cans.

T: Flavor is excellent as well with the beer capturing the citrus aroma well. So many of these smell one way and taste another. The hops produce a nice pine note as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Highly drinkable for an IPA of this alcholol content. The booze is well hidden. This one is highly underrated in my opinion after reading other reviews. May question the freshness of your can perhaps.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brew-Ligion in Murrieta, CA.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is much better now that they have changed the recipe away from hops with onion and garlic notes.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden orange with a full thick and pillowy white head. Great looking.

Nose is all ripe pineapple rich sweet hop nose. Mouthfeel is rich, bold and big.

Flavors are rull of big, bold pine resin and grapefruit skin oil bitterness that is assertive and long lasting. There is a rich, citric underlying hit of sweetness and complexity with layers of flavors from a hit of malt to lemon pie filling to rich grapefruit, grapefruit skin and pine and pine resin.

Finish of big citrus oils and pine. This big hoppy beer can hold it's head up high with any of the complex and popular hop head brews.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is awesome, so much better than i remember it being when i first moved out here, and i have heard from multiple sources that it has gotten a face lift recently, a tweak to the hop bill, and maybe that accounts for the changes, but they are all positive here. this beer is just delicious, i think the best regular release from these guys by head and shoulders. its hazy pale yellow in color, looking unsuspicious in the glass, under a full inch of slowly fading white foam. it smells like canned pineapple juice, straight up, with perhaps a floral hop hint, but the juiciness of this is insane. very little malt character in the nose or even in the taste, so this is just a juicy hop explosion, and its a unique one. there maybe some citra or mosaic or something, but the dosing and the timing and the blend is what makes this as awesome as it is. its got so much pineapple in the finish i really cant taste anything else, and it goes for miles. i dont miss the grain really, and i could drink these like 5% abv beers, as there is no trace of its alcohol strength. i could really get into trouble with these. this seems like the most well crafted beer these guys do, like a lot of thought and refinement went into it, and it gives me some restored faith in a brewery who was on the edges of irrelevant to my beer geekiest side. this beer is incredible, one of the best big ipas our state has to offer. if you wrote it off awhile ago like i did, you owe it to yourself to give it a second chance. im going to keep this one stocked for awhile.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Gubna, the appearance is pretty nice. It's a Golden copper color with a white head. The aroma is super piny, not much else really come out for me with this beer. The taste has a ton of pine in there too, some light citrus in the aftertaste bit not a whole lot else. I like the mouthfeel too, it's smooth and bitey like an Imperial IPA should be. Quite a damn good beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color with a finger sized white head that quickly died down to a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy and citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the grassy and citrusy hop flavors dominate the taste and contribute a mild amount of bitterness. There are also some hints of caramel malts.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink given the alcohol content--it's apparent but well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gubna (can we even say that in any serious light?), is a solid Double IPA with a complex blend of citrus with also notes of onion, catty, and onion complexity.

The pour delivers a very clear deep golden, medium copper color. An initially formitable white head falls soon enough to a thin sheet but with good lacing. Where the clarity gets good marks, the head character lack somewhat.

Aromas of graham cracker sweet breads and spice proves very crisp and clean flavored while the hops provide the bulk of the flavors from early palate on. Heavy notes of grapefruit, orange zest, and pineapples are aggressively chased by earthy notes of onion, garlic, and nearly catty notes- some like to compare these Simcoe notes to canibus- fair enough. Still, the bitterness has the deciding factor of the beer; leading to a boldly and aggressively bitter finish. Only alcohlic paint thinner notes and alcoholic esters rival the bitterness late.

The moderate malty textures hold firm at first, but the beer's alcohols, bitterness, and minty quality causes a quick and fleeting finish. Nice but not the typical progression of great IPA's.

Gubna (I stil can't say that with a straight face), in the end is a graham cracker malted beer with earthy, citrus, and pungent hops. Alle leading to a alcoholic but muddled hoppy beer.

Thanks BrokenStv!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz can in a Whole Foods in Whitebread, WA. Enjoyed in my new Fish pint glass in a splendid Central Oregon campsite.

This beer pours a cloudy muddled golden yellow colour, with tons of teeming, frothy, voluminous, foamy (you get the idea) eggshell white head, which settles slowly and steadily, eventually rendering a nice thick bike chain of lace around the glass. It smells of soft, almost bready, caramel, citrus rind, and pine hops. The taste is sweet caramel, and a strong musty, earthy, leafy hop character. The carbonation is on the low side, the body pretty full and smooth. It finishes with a rather underwhelming uptake of that weird mustiness.

Not really what I expected - the hops seem to be off - no clean, crisp citrus/pine effect here, just an earthy dullness that overrides the other universal attractive attributes - a good looker, that holds its booze very well. Which means, of course, no lasting desire to engage.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz/355 ml can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I dig the brewery but I'm not keen on the style (usually).

Not paired with food.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, beige colour, nice thickness, and average retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a hazy gold-copper. Nontransparent but not opaque. No yeast particles are visible (not that they should be considering the style). No bubble show.

Sm: Floral, slightly piney, and somewhat citrusy hops. A strange milky faux-lactic note sits right under them. The foundation seems to be merely clean bright malts. There's almost a note of milk toffee. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hop notes alongside lollipop citrus, sweet milk toffee, milk, clean bright malts, and vague hints of a salt water taffy-esque note. Strange to say the least, but intriguing. Certainly bold and experimental. Well balanced for what it is. Strangely built, but enjoyable nonetheless. It departs from the style in a good way, trying new things - which I also respect. Some layering. Complex enough, with some subtlety. In spite of the clever balancing of the bitterness, some still eeks through in the finish. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat luscious. Not creamy, but delightfully rounded. Thick enough and adequately carbonated.

Dr: A nicely drinkable little IPA that explores new territory. I'd like to try it on draught, but it's far from incredible. Fans of the style should definitely give it a go. The brewers are trying for good balance, which is critical in a good IPA. Hides its ABV impressively well. A pretty good offering from Oskar Blues.


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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With all the outright hostility and notoriety surrounding this beer, it was a given that I had to grab some in WI over the weekend. Can says it was canned: 4/23/10

Into a Duvel tulip, cold from the fridge. A finger of dense white foam coats the glass with a sheet of lace as it falls. Bright orange, really nice clarity.

Aroma is unique, as it warms the resiny hops get really earthy and yes, notes of onion, leek, or chives. It's not for everybody I guess. It didn't overpower, and lent a unique twist to this DIPA.

Resiny feel, alcohol is perceptible, with a massive resiny bitterness in the aftertaste. Very "green"... it's a sticky hop forward beer to be sure. Long aftertaste of resiny hop goodness, even some grapefruit comes out. Some pale malt is there, comes out more as it warms, but obviously steamrolled by all the hops. Just shy of being syrupy, it's fairly drinkable, but sipping one at a time goes a long way.

Thanks to the guy at DLD who first poured me some in line... it piqued my interest for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a full, creamy head that leaves wisps of lace around the glass

Smell: Bready malt elements along with pithy citrus; I pick up the meaty onion elements as well

Taste: Bitter and pithy from the get-go, with increasing resinous astringency arriving by mid-palate; there is also a hefty malt bill of shortbread and caramel sweetness underneath; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers, adding the oniony element, though there is plenty of residual sugar on the tip of the tongue in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Chalk me up on the side of those who like this brew; sure, it's a little different but that is a good thing to me

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an exceptionally clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of foam. It had good retention and left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and grapefruit rind. Some bready maltiness, too. Really good aroma.

T - The flavor was a disappointment from the aroma. Good bitter hops with a strong pine presence but the maltiness doesn't seem to fit. I can't really describe it, but it just wasn't a great malt flavor with the hops.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. Good dry finish and its medium body hid the ABV pretty well.

D - This is good but not great. I'd rather drink their Gordon for a DIPA.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a hazy medium orangey color ale with a nice thick frothy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus is quite intense. Taste is totally dominated by the hops with really heavy notes of pine and resin with some citrus undertones also coming through. Malt backbone is also noticeable thought taste is overwhelmed by hops profile. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no alcohol was showing. Very interesting though piney hops is maybe a bit too heavy.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 70% out of 100 with 2,960 ratings
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