GUBNA Imperial IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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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Ratings: 2,958 |  Reviews: 974
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of eerbayman
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ludachris
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour of the body is gorgeous with its core being a rich marmalade hue with a bright apricot orange surrounding it. Just under a finger's worth of creamy paper white head recedes rather quickly to a fine ring; something I expected with its 10% ABV. A few swirls coat the sides of the glass with tiny spots of lace and alcohol legs.

The nose oozes with fresh hoppy resins and oils. Syrupy grapefruit flesh is prominent but not the only thing present. I do pick up on the onion-like aroma many others have pointed out, and for me, this doesn't take away from the beer, at least in the aroma. It's not sharp and overly pronounced, instead, it's earthy and a touch musty, doing well at balancing out the thick syrupy sweet aspect of this beer. Mint comes to mind as well, just managing to poke through the thick grapefruit notes. Only a splash of alcohol is on the nose. A big and bold DIPA that I'm looking forward to drinking.

So thick, smooth, and viscous; the bitterness is impossible to get away from. The bitterness starts off slow, progressively getting bigger until it reaches a plateau a few seconds in where it extends far beyond the finish. Fresh and concentrated mint and pine are what come to mind when describing it. Syrupy, semi-sweet grapefruit encases an earthy character that sits in the middle, but it is only the earthiness that continues into the finish. Subtle notes of garlic and onion are infused into this part of the beer but I don't find them offensive. They're more unique than anything and mesh well with the minty character.

The taste of alcohol isn't there, it's the feel that gives the high ABV away, being incredibly creamy, viscous, and smooth. A lower than average level of carbonation accentuates this. Full bodied and well balanced. It's easy to drink but with its feel and high ABV, this is a sipper more than anything.

You sure do pick up on the 100 BUs in this and maybe it's because I'm a self proclaimed hop head that makes me not mind this at all. This is a big, syrupy, well crafted DIPA that I thoroughly enjoyed. Oscar Blues has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of MikeytotheB
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Miamilice
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of titosupertramp
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on ubna6/28/11. Can you feel da Gubna?

A: Pours a peach colored orange, slightly hazy. Tons of frothy white head with good retention. After the head receeds, there's a film with lots of large bubbles and caked on lacing around all edges of the glass.

S: I realize that I'm reviewing an older canning so I'm not surprised that the hops attack is on the muted side. With that said, there's still a good citrusy hop smell mixed with caramel, pale malts. Just a slight tinge of alcohol.

T: Citrus, sticky resinous hops, peppery. Fairly big caramel malt backbone helps to balance things out.

M: Big, nearly chewy. Sticky.

O: I can see how this is a polarizing beer, but I like it. I wish I could've found a newer canning and will update my review. I can't recommend buying an entire 4 pack of this, but it's certainly worthy of a single purchase.

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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 ZenAgnostic
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a clear plastic cup.

Appearance - One finger offwhite head with good stick and retention.

Smell - Hoppy. Orange. Citrusy. Sweet. Balanced.

Taste - Very bitter. Smooth. Plenty of hop with decent complexity. slightly citrusy. Lime peel. Alcohol is relatively hidden.

Mouthfeel - Very frothy/creamy. Medium bodied. Plenty of hoppy bite.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit DIPA. No real off characters. Plenty challenging and decent complexity.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 8-5-11 Read books not cans

Deep cloudy orange color. Slight head - gone in an instant. Crazy lacing on glass. High hopes...

Smells intense - piney, soapy, rye - definitely smell the alcohol

Strong rye and pine; almost orangey flavor. The flavor is instantaneous, and gone just as quick...leaving a malty thick aftertaste.

I like it...I dont love it. It seems overly strong and pungent. The flavor is ok, but is so overpowered by the ABV. I dont know, maybe its the can, but I seem to like the bottle fermented strong IPA's much any beer, its worth a try. Nonetheless, I am now drunk.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/cloudy body, finger head,
great lacing

S: HUGE rye nose, nice pine scent, plenty of malt

T: sweet malt, rye, earthy pine, long oily bitter finish

M: med body, big oily/sticky mouth

O: Another fine beer by Oskar Blues.
I would get this again for sure +
recommend to others.


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Photo of zachary80
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/5/11. Read books not cans.

Transparent golden orange body with a thick white head. Tons of lacing. Head lasts longer than average.

Smell is very sweet with strong hop aroma, not a fan of how the hops mix together here.

Taste is cirtrusey sweet up front, with a carmelly bitter finish. Bitterness lingers for a long time. A hint of whatever the unpleasant aroma was in the aftertaste.

Body is good, slightly heavy for even a DIPA. Smooth.

Overall the aroma really throws this one off for me. Considering that I originally drank this within a month of canning and didn't enjoy any of the four pack very much, this one will be getting passed over in the future.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper color, with nice 2 finger sticky lace and lots of carbonation

S - Citrus hops x 2! A hint of yeast and faint traces of alcohol

T - Hops overload! Both bitter and citrus. Malts and a sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - A good double IPA, but not one of the best. But I like...

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Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ruination Pint glass. A hazy amber honey color. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a two finger, bright white and rocky head. Lace is sticky now and stays stuck to the sides all the way to the end.

Smell is citrus sweet. Over ripe orange or maybe a blood orange. I am also getting just a bit of bread or yeast and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is amazing. Fresh leafy hop flavors along with some ultra bitter yellow grapefruit rind and orange juice. Taste is like nothing I've had yet. The hops taste so fresh (but aren't) and they are mixed so well with the sweet malts and alcohol and the bitter hops. Fantastic!!

Mouth is smooth with a light carbonation. Body is balanced and the finish is long.

Overall I must say how superior this is to most DIPA's. The hop and malt bill is perfect. It is real easy to pick this up with an old canned on date. Not good. Picked fresh this is amazing beer. A must try fresh!!

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Photo of stabzmcgee
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into snifter. Aroma is that of grassy, citrus and slight fruit hops. It is a good aroma but is not a strong one. Appearance is golden orange, with sea-foam colored head. Taste is fruity, pineapple or honey dew melon tasting hops. Seeing as this is a 10% alcohol this beer tastes awesome. The taste has almost no alcohol to it. Palate is medium bodied with a resinous sticky mouth-feel with light carbonation. Long, tasty finish. One of my favorite double/imperial IPAs.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off-tap in Syracuse this beer was a rusty orange color with one finger of khaki colored head. The retention was decent and it left streaks of lacing. The aroma was of pine, pineapple and grapefruit. Boldly hoppy with very little detectable malt. The flavors were similar with the added addition of alcohol heat, a little tropical sweetness and a little cookie dough malt. If you don’t like green, gargantuan hops you wouldn’t be into this. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium-full and the carbonation on the low end. Drinkable and punchy but a little one-sided.

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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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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.77 out of 5 based on 2,958 ratings.
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