DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can via fat sam, who never leaves the beach. What kind of name is Gubna? Comanche Indian? Anyway..this pours pretty damn transparent bronze, thus it’s liable to lose some of those humanitarian awards. Head is white, and thin...but I don’t even think that’s a crime anymore. Nose is hoppy in an aged grapefruit juice kind of way, which is a weird combination, but then so were my parents. Flavors bring back that old grapefruit thang and a sweet awkward maltiness...and I’m not sure I want those sitting together. The hoppiness doesn’t really even shine past the sweet malts here, but you’d think that in a IIPA, the hops would be callling rank here...but I guess they moved out...this morning. My overall opinion here...it’s pretty grey. How grey? Charcoal. You know, it’s a shame about Oskar Blues...Dales Pale & Yellow Pilz are great..but the brewery’s been dying for years. If i had a nickel for every dales pale ale I’ve slammed down, I’d be a rich woman...but their newer shit doesn’t seem to impress me that much. Do I like this beer? No! I mean, no, you can’t ask me that question
wedgie9 (2521) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2011 This is the first time I have ever done this, but after a recent tasting, I have to edit my initial rating. All of the tasting notes from below are still true, but I am simply editing the numbers to reflect how offended I am by this beer. Tasted from can purchased at Discount Liquors. Pours clear orange with a medium white head that slowly recedes to heavy lace. Nose is super intense hops citrus with some sweeter fruits and malt. Flavor is dominated by pineapple with some citrus and brown sugar malt, but there is something salty, briny, and weird about this. It reminds me slightly of pre-packaged lunch meat, not very enjoyable. Body is medium and oily with average carbonation and a long bitter and pineapple finish. The alcohol is very well integrated, but there is something off about this as well.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Poured amber with a big white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, fruity hops. Slight sweet malt notes in there as well. Taste is similarly hoppy with a fair amount of booze. Some bitterness in the finish. Overall, a decent brew that’s a little less balanced than some others.
williamherbert (1401) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tremendous aroma: sweet pine oil with a hint of bitterness. Citrus orange and grapefruit; tangerine and resins with a hint of sawdust.
The appearance is deep, cloudy copper orange. Medium head retention. Nice color and depth. Great lacing.
The flavor is pine and spruce, melding beautifully with the sweet blood orange and pineapple finish. Starts resiny and woody, then the West Coast comes through with a spicy citrus finish.
The palate is smooth and oily; very thick. the right feel for this flavor. A spicy IPA with citrus and woody notes. Really overpriced ($16.99 for four cans) but also really good.
ClubGonzo (4819) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 Can @ Henrik, Bergen. Having high expectations for this one, since Oskar Blues have provided some really interesting and positive surprises the last few times I’ve had the pleasure of tasting their products. Pours a meaty, clear brown body with a fizzy little white top; going away soon enough. Smell is grassy, dry hops with hints of apricot, citrus and caramel. Taste is - on a closer examination - grass, vanilla, grapefruit and black pepper, with hints of peaches, caramel and horseradish. A complex and rather spicy DIPA. Gubna is a real sipper; this is one brew that’s very hard to finish fast (I had to try and keep up against a Nøgne Ø Wit that my friend had, which was hard even if his was a 0,5 l bottle...). Slightly oily palate, without being too much. Despite a bit of over-the-top cheesy marketing ("disestablishmentarian" on the can is just too cheap..), Gubna is a complex and well made double IPA with an original flavor profile. Oskar Blues strikes again.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose is heavy olives, garlic and onion, there’s some citrus in there somewhere too. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter, some citrus, some garlic, catnip, herbs, and is that tomato juice? Bleh.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden/amber into the glass and appears bright orange when struck by light. Aroma is as one would expect. Tons of citrus and a bit of resin and some sort of spiciness. Some gentle malt sweetness comes through the intense bitterness. Pleasant, but doesn’t blow my mind.
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can to glass. Pours a very clear amber/honey color with a generous lumpy head. Head lingers with nice lacing on glass. Smells are very ’in your face’, as they should be for this style. Grass & grapefruit are very direct and linger. Great use of Summit hops. Flavor is a quick flash of malt then an overwhelming bitterness, again very true to style. Bitterness lingers for a long time from the Summit hop, alcohol flavors present but not overwhelming. Another great beer from Oskar that blows up the notion of what you can bring hiking/boating.
Palidor19 (3084) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasty and smooth with a nice oily feel. the flavors of deep malts with lots of sweetness and strong piny hops that consumes the mouth feel and brings a heavenly flavor.
ExpendableHero (787) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Typical IPA hazy gold color with a small white head. Smells like freshly cut grass, flowers, and grapefruit. The smell is a bit overpowering. The taste follows the nose closely: drinking someone’s front yard. I found it to be too bitter, too floral, kind of like a Bell’s Hopslam, but not in a good way. I still recognize it as a quality beer, just not for me.