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 hops1337
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, after hearing a bunch of mixed opinions about this beer i was dying to try one and see what all the fuss was about.

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. Small white head with minimal lacing. Nice honey orange color.

Smell was definitely dank, like musty Jamaican or Costa Rican outdoor marijuana with an awesome hoppy undertone. I really liked this smell even though everyone might not. I did not get pork or fish or onion or any other crazy odor that some other people have experienced.

Taste was just awesome to me, almost no alcohol flavor. Just smooth pine hops and well balanced malts. When i found out it was 10% i almost couldn't believe it! This is the best tasting beer from OB so far in my book and with a little more consistency i think it could easily break the top 50.

Mouthfeel was good and drinkabilty was excellent. Not much more i can say about that.

Overall a great DIPA that could defiantly hold its on with the big boys if the consistency issues get ironed out.

Edit: Had this a few more times since then and i definitly see where the bad comments come from. The last one i had tasted like onion creek skunk weed from norcal. Not very good in a beer can. I just think they have some serious consistancy issues that they need to iron out and this will be a great beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/8/10 so exactly a week ago (the OB distributor came through for once), and pours an amberish golden color, with a thick beige head that retains well and leaves impressive lacing. The smell is immediately impressive as you can smell this sucker from a mile away, with big piney, citrusy, fruity, and floral hop notes, along with some caramel, rye, biscuit, fruity esters, and a little alcohol...truly amazing aroma here. The flavor is not quite as impressive as the aroma, with a huge hops blast upfront (consisting of citrus and pineapple, and a little pine resin and grass character), along with some bread dough and caramel, fruity ale esters, and a wallop of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich but not syrupy, and drinkability is decent despite the massive bitterness. Really enjoyed this one, though the aroma made a promise that the flavor couldn't deliver upon. Very nice beer from OB, easily my favorite of their lineup.

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Photo of jslot38
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Never been a big fan of Oskar Blues, so I went into this one a little hesitant, but its a DIPA in can... you can't resist that.

App: Body is a cloudy tawny light orange, a little chill haze. Head is a solid top covering, just a shade darker than white (eggshell white on a Cadillac?).

Smell: Light nose of hops, not as pungent as I expected. Biscuit background, cereal malts. Very faint orange peel.

Taste: My problem with OB Gordon has been that the malt profile dominates where I expect a citrus or pine hop to come in. I feel like Gubna struggles with this too. The malt profile overpowers the hops. The initial flavor of grass and citrus that you get quickly fades. The grain has a lot of caramel and biscuit to it.

Mouthfeel: What I do like about this beer is that it is not abrassive on the tongue as some DIPA's can be. Nice body feel.

Drinkability: The 10% is covered well, but as with all DIPA's its a test of will.

This is a good offering, but not one I'd pay the price for often. Love the cans though.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. can served into a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass

Pours a cloudy, orange-tinted sunshine-yellow with not very much white head at all - almost one full finger in size after aggressive agitation. Lacing is kind of soapy overall while gripping the glass pretty tightly when you gently tilt and rotate the glass.

Lots of orange and medicinal hop aromas first off. Well, not quite typically orange. More like, I don't know, Orangina brand fruit beverage? There is a decided scallion (green onion) aroma. It isn't as bewilderingly strong as other reviewers have found it. Its more a curiosity, a byproduct of GUBNA being brewed exclusively with Summit hops, than a major player in the aroma. I'm not getting much malt at all from this in the nose.

What a weird tasting beer. The dominant flavors are: 1.) Scallion, 2.) Medicinal astringency and 3.) Sugary malt. There is a kiss of orange on the back end. I was expecting a whole lot more citrus, frankly. Once the orange comes and goes the aftertaste is all medicinal and peppery. This is the grassiest IIPA that I think I've ever had. It is unique, that's for sure; I'm scoring it perhaps higher than I ought to just because of how unique it is. GUBNA's problem is that it just isn't enjoyable.

GUBNA is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, which I always appreciate in IIPA's. There isn't enough carbonation for me; I'd like to see more bubbles to break up the scallion/grass flavors. Drinkability suffers because of the insane, unenjoyable flavor profile that this beer has.

So I've got three more cans left... I think that they might be destined to be trade extras. This is worth trying once. Drinking a scallion & grass & malt-that-tastes-like-the-honey-biscuits-from-Church's-Chicken flavored beer is sort of fun for half a glass. I should have bought a 4-pack of Gordon instead.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter glass at TJs in Paoli Pa. I've heard a lot about this beer and I'm very interested in trying it.

A: A medium golden light orange color with a minimal off white head. Decent ring glass lacing is left behind.

A: Different, very different. It smells just like a fresh cut lawn and those sweet yard scallions you pull from your mulch beds (here in Pa). Alcohol comes through on the nose with some caramel sweetness and some slight citrus smells.

T: Follow the nose? Yes. Right up front I get a ton of herbal and grassy qualities. Tastes like fresh grass, scallions, mint, some herb qualities, citrus flavors like grapefruit and a hint of pine. No doubt the hops are fresh in this one. The caramel malt backbone is overtaken by the large alcohol flavors that come through. Finish is smooth with little bitterness as some sugar sweetness comes in to finish. What a strange tasting brew.

M: Alcoholic, not a lot of bitterness but yet it coats the mouth. Carbonation is perfect though.

D: What a different beer. By the end of the glass I had enough, just weird stuff going on here.

Overall a real disappointment. Honestly, the more OB stuff I have the more disappointed I get. Their only true winner to me is Gordan, the rest of their stuff I can leave. Sorry OB, you missed on this one.

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Photo of Lunch
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland into a snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/10/10).

A: Pours beautiful and glowing honey color capped off with 2 fingers of a creamy and frothy white head. Great lacing and retention on this guy.

S: This one has a very interesting hop aroma that is dominated with with citrus and pine along with something else that I can't seem to put my finger on. Perhaps some pale and caramel malts. This beer on-tap seemed to have a new level of freshness that I greatly enjoyed (if that is possible considering this beer was just canned).

T: This is certainly hearty beverage with tons of grapefruit and pine. Again very unique and full-flavored. There is a nice amount of bitterness along with a hint of sweetness for balance and some spiciness. Summit Hops are an interesting beast. Very full-flavored and the citrus seemed to shine through a little better, than from the can.

M: Very full-bodied and heavy with some oiliness. Good lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: For a 10% DIPA this one is pretty drinkable, but the fullness of this holds it back a bit.

Overall this has perhaps the most unique flavor profile of any DIPA I have had to date. There is some bizarre stuff going on, but overall, I like it. Recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A strong odor of hops, an earthy quality, and something like onions.

T: Tasted of hops, that same earthy quality, and the onions. Very unusual, but somehow tasty. Will not appeal to everyone.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable, if somewhat unusual beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Sugar Maple in a tulip glass.

A: appears a deep golden color with clarity, soapy and dense looking head, lots of lacing

S: an assault of resinous dank hops, some pine and earthiness, some vegetable qualities, a hint of tomato juice... this is a bizarre and intense smelling DIPA

T: the front is huge on bitter and resiny hops, notes of pine, there is some detectable malty notes, but all attention is on the hops.

mf: medium body, medium carbonation, smooth texture

D: this is an in your face DIPA and is quite unique. Lots of funky flavors that I wouldn't expect in an IPA, and its hoppy as hell.

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Photo of gafferjohn
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright yellow orange with a nice 1 finger head that disappears quickly.

Yeasty right off the bat with some maltiness afterward.

Malty, yeasty, with medicinal alcohol hit up front. Afterwards something strange and then a nice bitterness. Hard for a novice to describe. Overall a nice but weird Hoppy Doule IPA.

Strange mouthfeel. Half thin and half alittle thick.

I don't think I'll have more than 1 or 3 in a row.

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Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce can into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a hazy red/orange with a solid 2 finger head. Lots of pine and citrus in the aroma, some candy like sweetness also. The taste follows the nose, sweet grapefruit and pine. The sweet finish sticks around for a bit. The beer is medium to full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. A friend recomended this one and he was right, a very good DIPA.

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Photo of Overlord
1.92/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Why are there so many threads about this beer? Thanks to beeruser for giving me a chance to try this (and thanks for the awesome t-shirts!).

Pours a glowing bright orange. Maybe an inch of off-white head. Looks good.

Smells ... weird. There's some tangerine/tropical-ness, which I like, and some weird medicinal pine, which is okay, and a weird alcohol herbal background, which is no good, and chopped onions and garlic, which are fucking awful. Kind of a mixed bag.

Way, way, way too much heat in the flavor. Just overpowered. The tropical notes become muted, the pine becomes even weirder and more medicinal, and there's a super strange horrid onion aftertaste. Spicy minerals, if that makes sense.

A bit light. Offputting.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale and completely clear orange with a 1 finger white crown that shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Summit hops, biscuit malt, and some astringent alcohol.

Taste: Sugar coated oranges, slight alcohol tinge, then a more "open" fruitiness from the hops that closer resembles tangelo oranges. The finish has some good bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated, fairly crisp and on the thin side of medium bodied.

Drinkability: The alcohol tinge and the abv hold it back.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, with almost no head, what head there is is white. The nose is great, pine, orange peel, with a little caramel. The taste borders on exceptional, bitter, biscuit malt, piney, orange peel, well separated flavors and nothing out of balance, real impressive. The mouthfeel is great, it is like a pale ale, light and refreshing and somehow this beer is 10%ABV, amazing. It is way too drinkable for this level of alcohol.

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Photo of Jeebs
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a clean 1.5 finger white head. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S: Piney hops and sweet malt. As the beer sits and warms the hop profile dies and just seems sweet with a strange hint of something rather odd that I can't put my finger on.

T: Piney hops with a plenty of sweetness while it's cold. As the beer warms it turns into a total mess of hops, earthy onions, and alcohol. It wasn't bad cold, but I really dislike this beer as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D: Drinkability is low for me on this beer. The onions/grassy taste as the beer warms just kill it for me. If the beer retained its cold characteristics throughout the whole beer it would be much better.

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Photo of kbeals
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can was sent to me by brees6221, a fantastic extra!

A- Clear, bright golden yellow with a finger of white creamy head. Head retention is good, dissipates down to a thin ring leaving spotty, multi-tiered lacing.

S- Fresh, piney hops with lots of citrus involved. Becomes sort of sweet as it warms up bringing out an orange type aroma.

T- Just like an Imperial IPA, tons of hops both piney and citrus. Very bitter, nearly tastes like orange juice concentrate. Slightly tart also.

M- Sort of syrupy and oily. You can see this when you pour the beer out of the can. Medium-heavy body.

D- ABV creeps up on you relatively fast, but the taste of it is good enough to keep me coming back for more. A pretty good beer overall. Definitely not my favorite DIPA but it's also not my least favorite. Thanks again brees6221!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful clear copper, nice inch thick near white dense heat, leaves slow to disk and leaves lots of lace.

S - Cat piss and pot. In a good way. Some citrus under that and some malt under that.

T - Malty sweet core, surrounded by bitter.

M - Creamy, fairly dense, big flavors colliding but balanced to a fairly clean finish.

D - Big beer and big flavors, but high drinkability for the style.

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Photo of karlbronson
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: puts a nice copper orange with decent light head

S: 1/2 citrus, 1/4 pine, 1/4 american hops

T: lots of hops upfront, semi complex, followed by milder malt undertones

M: very bitter in a good over hopped kind of way. alcohol is present, but it isn't overly hot. long bitter warming finish.

D: not bad given the abv. be careful with this one. You think its a good sitting on the porch in the sun beer because you forget how much alcohol is in it.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber body, craggy large head, and steady carbonation made for an attractive looking beer. The smell was intensely citric and succulent. The hops came through in the taste as up front bitter and spicy flavors, and the malt backbone was solid with a candy like sweetness. Quite sticky in the mouth with a lingering spicy aftertaste. No frills construction, but does not need any gimmicks to stand up to the completion.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra from Smokepot23.

A - Amber body, very clear, decent head with some alright lacing. Pretty, but nothing overly special.

S - Exceptionally floral IPA, lots of flower-like and herb smells. Interestingly different, not sure if it's good though.

T - I'll say that this is a pretty solid tasting IPA. Interesting herbal blend here, grassy/planty? hops. Sweet and citrusy.

M - Light and carbonated. Smooth.

D - Pretty easy to drink, this is a very solid and different IPA, might be one that grows on me with more time.

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Photo of mikey711
2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap yesterday and from the can for the review.

A: It is bright orange with some yellow tinits in it. It pours a minimal head that is about a quarter inch thick and doesnt retain all that well. the beer itseldf is transparentS

S: At first it was citrusy, but then it went straight to scallons and onions. I had read reviews prior to mine, but this only confirms it for me.

T: Chinese food. It reminds me way too much of kung pao or curry chicken because of the scallion taste. I am all for earthiness in my beers but this really missed the mark for me

M: The booze comes through pretty strongly and the body is pretty thin

D: This legit tastes like straight scallions. The two times i have tried it now are enough

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues GUBNA is nutty, bready, and bitter-sweet.

It poured light amber with a fleeting two-finger tan head. It left very little lace behind. The smell and flavor are sweet and honey-like up front, followed by an earthy but strange aftertaste dominated by roasted nuts or flax seed. The feel is thick and bready with good bitterness and a very dry finish.

The roasted nut quality of GUBNA is odd and less than pleasant. I make a breakfast shake every morning and on the rare occasion I throw flax seed into it, the flax seed totally overpowers the flavor in a bad way. GUBNA has that quality and it's rather odd. This is no threat to the fantastic Gordon.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Amber body, clear yet dense. A nice creamy magnolia head recedes to a thin surface layer and a lasting collar ridged by sticky outlines of sandy lacing. Delicate tears coat the sides.

The herbaceous aromatics hit you in a burst as soon as you crack open the can. Tangerine, sugar, heavily acidic hop cones, peppery/bubble-gum tinged marijuana; a touch catty.

Malt is slightly toasty on the palate and contributes quite a bit of sweetness. The bitterness is intense and continual, but the hops lack the crisp freshness of the top tier examples of the style; however, the flavors are still good with lots of orange zest and kumquats, hints of kiwi, mint, and rosewater, finished off with a touch of orange schapps, douglas-fir (more so than pine), and scallions.

Medium-bodied, a little stodgy, moderate carbonation, and slightly excessive heat.

A distinctive take on the style, though single-hop IPAs (especially imperial strength) often end up more interesting than good. Definitely worth a try, even if it doesn't end up a staple in your fridge.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy orange color with some rusty hues. Thin head, transforming to a thin film and crown rather quickly.

The nose is pure top-grade cannabis. I can't think of any other way to describe it, as each inhalation brings to mind an open bag of primo bud, all red-haired and sticky. Intensely herbal, intensely flowery, chock full of resin and big pine...

Flavor is an immense wallop of pine, mint, cannabis--very bright hops here--while the malt lays down a bed of toffee for the main feature. Overall it's a little sweeter than your "average" double IPA, offering a candy-like flair on top of the hop insanity. Citrus fruit, especially mango and pineapple, also edge their way in. There's a flash of butterscotch in the finish, while the hops continue their spicy, hot, brash, mutant-citrus/uber-pine domination. There's even something I hesitate to call "onion" here (maybe "super-hot ginger" is better), but since I like both, and I like hops, I'm down. Totally.

A bit sticky in the mouth, but not too much. Creamy, chewy, having a big bold body and just enough sizzle from the carbonation.

Gubna (dumb name) seems to be a love or hate beer, and I'm not quite sure why. Yes, it's intense and devilish, but isn't that what an imperial IPA is supposed to be? For me it was love at first sip, and this one, my third in about a week, is pushing all the right buttons. And it comes in a can, no less...will wonders never cease?

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a small snifter. The color is an almost shiny golden color tinted with some caramel. The head is minimal, and the lacing comes in only streaky rings that slowly migrate back down the glass.

When first poured, the nose is quite literally a bouquet of fresh lavender. Almost like burying my nose in a flower bed. As it warms and approaches cellar temperature, the somewhat astringent qualities of the summit hops begin to manifest themselves. Much like I reviewed for Obliteration VI, aromas of onion bagel and garlic start to combat the aroma of the lavender. The same thing happens on the palate, as the Gubna cannot hold onto the impressive floral character that I was so excited about initially. The warmth also brings out evidence of the healthy volume of alcohol hidden while it's cold.

Very smooth, especially for an Imperial IPA, and it flows over the palate effortlessly. However, if you aren't a fan of summit hops, stay away from this one or drink it quickly while it is cold. The onion bagel character makes it a little difficult to finish. Summit hops should just go away and not come back.

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Photo of argock
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a Duvel tulip. "Canned with care" on 03/22/10 on bottom. Single purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $4.

A: Glowing bright amber with 1-finger off-white sticky head with decent retention but only rare spots of lace

S: Pine and citrus grapefruit aromas are easily detected, but there is a bothersome smoky meatiness that simmers below the surface.

T: Taste is very meaty. The pine hops are met with caramel, BBQ malts. I am not sure what to make of this beer, but I don't think I'm coming back to find out more. The hops display more floral and fruity character, but the weird meatiness and garlic quality is a dealbreaker on this brew.

M: Thick without being overly syrupy; the feel is good with low carbonation.

D: The alcohol is hefty, and the flavors don't really work together. A big disappointment. I will be drinking a lot of Gordon to make up for this experience.

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GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
3.78 out of 5 based on 2,945 ratings.
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