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RATINGS: 1202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each year GUBNA takes on a personality of its own. We seek out the most exciting and best available hops from each individual season to create a potent and complex Imperial IPA. GUBNA is packed with Rye and North American Pale Malt and accented with Munich Malt to give a spicy and flavorful backbone to support loads of kettle hops driving the IBUs to triple digits.
** This beer will now feature different hops in the massive dry hop every year.
2015 - Features whole leaf Galena hops, plus Sorachi Ace and Columbus hops. Dry hopped with copious amounts of El Dorado, Comet and Chinook.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3128) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
ExpendableHero (825) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2184) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2010
12 oz can into snifter. Now this is how IPAs are supposed to smell like! It has all those hallmarks that make IPAs--and imperial IPAs obviously--so awesomely aromatic. There’s an awesome conglomeration of pine, good pot resin, grapefruit and floral notes present--all the obvious hallmarks, like I said--but it’s an explosion of them. Perfect. They should bottle this scent and sell it as cologne. I would buy it. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a medium head that dissipates, leaving a collar of foam and sticky lace. Taste is sweet, then finishes bitter. Perfectly balanced. Most imperial IPAs that I’ve had are way too malt forward. This one has the hops I crave in this particular style. Spicy. Carbonation is medium and mouthfeel is creamy. Finishes quite long. Easily the greatest imperial IPA I’ve ever tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 from the can. Pours bright hazy orange, thick sustained head. Aroma is summit hops, sweet manure, pine, citrus, bay leaf?, mowed grass, and body odor. Fresh green taste, some bitterness, dry, woody, some malty sugar underneath. Not a lot of flavor, kind of empty in the middle, but pleasant. Decent beer. I think I need to let it warm up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4551) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Pours a clean translucent amber gold with two fingers of stciky white head. NOse is resionus, mango, mandarin orange flesh, very zesty, fresh and piney hop profile, caramelly malt, spicy alcohol. Flavor is very resinous and oily with hops, full malt backbone carries a citrusy and piney hop profile, caramelly, mild alcohol. Starts to get astringent and overly rich. Palate is too thick for any IPA and shows a bit of alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7630) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2010
(Canned, Akkurat, Stockholm, 11 June 2010) Amber colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of caramel, orange peel and pine needles. Fruity, malty taste with orange, caramel, marmalade, a touch of treacle and heavy doses of piney, resiny hops in the finish. Full body, fairly sweet, impressive bitterness. Some alcohol shining through the hops. Lovely beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (837) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Pours nice fine head. Body color of dark honey. Aroma is absolutely intense. Smells like noble hops I’d just rubbed in my hands to release their tempting odor. I could sit here and take in this aroma all day long!! Flavor full of hop resins which at first taste noble, but then there’s the somewhat piney Left Coast profile you see for heavy IPAs. Thick body. Very nice IPA. Too bad it looks like Oskar Blues is going to pull the plug on distribution to California.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (5437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Nice slightly hazy orange-hued copper coloured body with a thin fast-dying white head. Aroma of potent grapefruit hops, a touch of spruce, a lot of apricots and pears and a VERY noticeable bit of passionfruit - very NICE! Full-bodied; Assertive hop flavour with a good kick, a bit of alcohol, nice fruits with the passionfruit coming out - that is pure enjoyment! Aftertaste is a bit dry with some hops coming through, but the alcohol warmth combined with the tropical fruit flavours shows VERY nicely. This one is much better (in my opinion) than Gordon or most other Imperial IPAs. Strong, but very nice! I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2010.


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