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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 minneapolitanjim
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bump8628
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have never cared for this beer, but I thought I would give it a try at the brewery before a final verdict, and this is it. On-tap at the Tasty Weasel. The summit hops just don't agree with me. All I get is onion, garlic, bell pepper, and dirt - blech. The malt side is nice and bready, sturdy yet clean. It looks great, too. Bright orange with thick, ringing foam. Everything is right except the chosen hop variety.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey colour, quite vibrant with a bit of haze to it. Head is white, decent when poured, thin crown after a while. Decent lace left behind. Looks pretty good.

Pleasant and hoppy on the nose. West Coast American style with citrus note but nice touch of passion and mango as well. Not a lot of malt pervading; it's all hops really, but still nice, tangy hops. My kind of smell, really.

Taste has an odd, and oddly strong biscuity malt character. Lots of hops from the get-go - large upfront but then re-emerging midway, but in the midst this leviathan of malt emerges with caramel and bready notes, some rye grain and just biscuit crumbs. Finishes hoppy, lots of citrus with some melon, apricot and a piquant green pepper as well. Not a bad palate, but the hops are sort of there as tokenistic flavour additions, and don't quite add very much to the overall effect. Almost as if they're "there if you want them".

Bit sharp front-to-mid, OK late-mid feel but then the hop acids are really noticeable on the finish. Not bad for the style though.

A good big IPA, but not quite enough meshing between the malt and hops for my liking.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a brandy snifter. Canned on 20 December 2011 @ 13:09. "Dolphin Safe."

A: Hazy clover honey. Opaque, but translucent. Light head, scattered lacing.

S: Huge-sharp citrus. Straight up grapefruit juice. I suspect it was added to the beer. Fresh orange juice. Actually nothing other than raw citrus. Weird.

T: Good beer! The alcohol is undetectable and this tastes more like hopped oranges than anything else. Bitter and full, with citrus peel and pine. Sort of one-dimensional, but pleasant and strange. On the aftertaste, some onion/garlic. Earthy-spicy hops barely make a dint in the grapefruit.

M: Not much happening here, but it's not objectionable.

O: A very interesting sort of DIPA. I wonder what they did to get it this citrusy. I'd have another, and I'd recommend it. Deceptively strong.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of confer
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is medium gold and pours with a minimal head.
Sweet piney smell. Not the overbearing pine smell you get from many big hopped beers.
The sweet malts and the piney hops are both really powerful. They take turns showing up. Alcohol taste is well hidden for such a big abv beer.
Thick creamy feel. For being 100 IBUs this is not a mouth puckering beer at. Definitely a sipper though.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper in color with a white head. Great lacing.

S - Citrus hops and sweet malts.

T - Pine hops and sweet malty cloying attributes. Slightly floral as well.

M - Syrupy and medium carbonation.

O - Not the best I've had from Oskar Blues. The malty sweetness along with the other flavors combined to make a not so awesome IIPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dirty brown in color, very hazy with a 1/2 inch of mocha head. Looks OK for a DIPA.

S - Giving the a 4 since it doesn't smell too bitter or like onions like others have described (who the hell brews beer with onions?) Mostly mild pine and mango/citrus hops and an equally balanced caramel malt presence.

T - Given the high IBU and the ABV it's quite a great beer. Caramel malts a bit of wood (or cardboard taste) clash with the citrus and bitter blast of high octane Oskar Blues dry hopping.

M - Where is the 10%? Medium bodied with only notable ABV after consuming.

Overall a bit heavy in the overall taste with the malts and hops but in no way too heavy to have a couple. Completely worth the 5 bucks I paid for a 16oz pour.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 2,963 ratings
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