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GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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).

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Photo of khiasmus
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A Bodice? Despise them."
Stodgy and loquacious, the stout gentleman wimbled his way down the avenue, his puffy, red cheeks blowing with exertion and cold.
"But father!"
"There'll be no more on't, young lady, and if you utter a peep of same, I shall burn your biscuits."
She followed him meekly, though with obvious frustration, as he turned aside to the familiar lit sign swaying in the night air. Blustered and bellowing, he tramped down the steps with her in tow, thumping his heavy, snow-laden boots on each step as he descended.
"What'll it be then, Gubna?"
"If you please, Linus."
"'m sorray?"
"A Gubna."
"Yew collin me a Gubna? Eh gents' djeer'em?"
"No young man. A Gubna, the red CAN over in that booker. Put 'em there meself, I did."
"Oh oll right. I was jesavin a rowatcheh."
She sulked behind him on a lower stool as he poured the crystal clear orange liquid into his nonic, admiring the creamy white head and effervescence pouring up from the bottom.
"D'y'know, Linus, some blokes say this smells like onions! Eh! Whoever heard of such! 'Ere, stick your nose in there."
"Well now you say it, sir, well I dawn want to disagree with yeh, but it does ave a bit of an onion note dunnit?"
"Pah! Faw! None such. A grapefruit-and-pine-needle hop flavor in this one boy, with a sweet, light caramel and boozy malt backdrop to boot. A syrupy goodness built of malts and bred on hops, showcasing the both, but mainly the latter. You've no taste whatsoever, y'know. This 'ere is a mighty fine brew."
"If y'say't, Gubna."
"Yes, Linus. Gubna. And a right good one at that."

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3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber in color. Pleasant foam in the little Morte Subite globe, but no lacing. Hot and spritzy on the tongue.

Some sweetness, even on the sugary side. Hops are intense. Holy grapefruit peel, Batman! Mouthfeel is thin, hot with alcohol, and sharp. Big fruity aroma with flowery hop bouquet is actually quite nice.

This is a take no prisoners style that may appeal to hop nazis. This thing is a zinger. I can't think of a sharper, more paint-remover example of a DIPA. I'd call it off balance and out of control. I will say, though, that a swig from the warm can that was left out all night was less intense and the hop aromatics were more accessible. From the 12 oz can.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of blackcompg
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their 12oz can, canned on 8/17/12...

Appearance - Poured a finger of creamy eggshell head, body is crystal clear, and is a brilliant lighter orange color. The head recedes pretty quickly to a creamy cap, but is leaving a circle of nice lace after every sip - zebra stripes at the end of the session - gorgeous!

Smell - Grapefruit, pineapple, plums, touch of white grape, fruit cocktail juice - very fruity and citrussy nose.

Taste - Oh my goodness, very much like the nose, this begins with all sorts of sweet fruits - white grape juice, fruit cocktail juice, papaya and mango. This quickly transitions to tangerine and both yellow and ruby red grapefruits, the finish is grapefruit pith and peels, and a little pine long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium mouthfeel, huge flavor, but not sticky or syrupy at all for such a big beer. Carb is on the lower side of medium, but is so unique - it starts very smooth and foaming, but then develops a crispness and ends with lots of little edges at the back of the tongue and the throat, but feels very nice and absolutely ushers in the pungent hop nuances and a touch of dryness at the end of the quaff.

Overall - This beer is all about transitions and progressions, and I love them. Starts out on the sweete side with fruits and citrus, then goes to semi-sweet citrus, then to bitter, then to dry and almost ouckering. Even the carb has a wonderful transition/progression to it. The flavors are all bod and delicious and work so well together. Very complex. The flavors are balanced in that they work so well together, and the transitions must be experienced. It's on the pricy side for a 4pak, but I will always have this one in my fridge. Try this one for sure - can't wait for Ten Fidy to come out :o)

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Justin_Neff
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep caramel color, medium carbonation

S: Rich, sweet smell. Not heavy floral or hoppy aromas.

T: Caramely, robust flavor of sweet malt to begin with a hoppy finish.

M: medium body feel

O: overall I'd say this is 3 out of 5. The epitome of average for an imperial IPA. Could use more hop character and a little lighter.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger white bubbly, pillowing head. Really nice retention and awesome lacing. It was clear with a good amount of bubbles until I poured in the bottom sediment. The haze eventually settles and makes the beer clear again.

S – Caramel and bready malt and lots of hops with grapefruit and orange aromas, as well as a little bit of marijuana and the onion that everyone is always talking about with Summit hops and this beer in particular.

T – Starts off sweet with caramel and bready malts and citrus flavors. Hop bitterness begins to pick up around mid-taste and continually builds all the way to the finish with grapefruit, marijuana, and onion notes.

F – Medium-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a bitter and dry finish. Complex hop bitterness lingers in the throat for a nice amount of time and pairs well with the very subtle and slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – I like this beer. I don’t think the onion flavor is off-putting at all; in fact I think it adds a level of uniqueness in a world where most DIPAs are dominated by citrus, tropical fruits, or pine aromas and flavors. This is highly drinkable for a DIPA at 10% ABV. I’ve only had good beers from Oskar Blues so far, and this is one of them.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,962 ratings
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