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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with three malts and one hop. Its light amber color and slightly spicy malt character are derived from the use of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt respectively. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Summit hops are used exclusively in the boil for bitterness, flavor and aroma but it doesnít end there. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows the 10% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer should greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness. Columbus in early and mid kettle.
** This beer will now feature different hops in the massive dry hop every year.
2014 - Sorachi Ace, Mosaic, and Chinook. Incredibly complex mix of lemon zest, pineapple, red berries, peach, and a hint of dank earthiness.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
Oskar Blues Brewery, L.L.C.--GUBNA Imperial IPA--DISESTABLISHMENTARIAN--Do Ypur CANscience Bother You? Tell The Truith!--2010 12 oz. Micro-Can. 10.00% ABV--100+ IBUíS. (3.5 / 5.0) Thick Pour. Lacy thin white head. Clear dense gold color. Earthy spicy rich floral hop front. Creamy cloying rich hop resin infused caramel citrus body. Rich creamy hot EtOH hop spice end. Huge hop hot Imperial IPA. Unbalanced & Harsh. Needs to Age. Sampled 4/8/2010. $4.49 Each. 2 Left for sampling later.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2010 12oz can from K&L Redwood City. Pours crystal-clear golden-copper with a nice lasting white head and good lacing. Aroma is awesome intense hops: citrus and floral mostly, with a little earthiness and sweet malt. Flavor has the hardcore hops of a west coast IPA, with grapefruit, orange rind, resins, and earth. Unlike many of the west coasters though, the malt backbone asserts itself. Sweet pale and caramel malts. Great palate, with some hop oils there but nothing too brutal. This adds to the drinkability. Overall Iím a really big fan of this, and not just in the, "Sweet dude, itís like in a can! Thatís so unpretentious!" kind of way. A good beer for the slopes, a camping trip, or a volcano boarding session (if you have to ask, youíre not extreme, chief).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2010
Can from Nqualls. Pours a hazy amber with a two finger pale yellow head. Nice aroma of wet hops and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with a somewhat earthy mouthfeel. Initial flavor of toffee and caramel, countered by a dry grapefruity rind and catty hoppiness. Warming finish. I like everything about this except the price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2010
On tap at Caponeís. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a medium sized lightly beiged head. Big floral and citrus notes, resinous, light vanilla. Medium bodied, excellent fine carbonation, nice big toast note, along with some big musky noble hop flavors. Long sticky grapefruit and light quinine bitterness on the finish. Big warming alcohol note sneaks up after the finish almost out of nowhere. Canít wait until cans of this start showing up by me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2010
This poured a dark yellow with a quick dissipating head. Aroma is all over the place with doughy sweetness and some lesser floral hops. Taste has a strong blast of sweetness of molasses and cakebread counterbalanced by the aromatic hops. The 100 IBUs are definitely there but do not linger as much on the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a lot of veggies on it like brussel sprouts and baby carrots. Very interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
12oz can. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a big, frothy off white head, sticky lacing. Great nose of citrus peel and light spice. A good amount of semi sweet malt and citrus in the flavor, sticky and bitter on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
can at redlight redlight. pours an interesting light rust color with minimal lace. Very skunky hoppy nose and i mean that in a very good way. though pretty bitter, not as excruciatingly bitter as one might expect. pretty mellow and easy going down for such a dramatic nose. pretty dry and nice. once again oskar blues hit the mark.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2010
Dank piney aroma with a lot of resin. Pours a golden pale with a thin white head. Rich citrus with a solid earthy bitterness with piney grassy notes with a rich solid malt back ground and spicy dry finish. Very solid double ipa!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 resinous and oily hop nose: creamed orange liqueur and corn syrup, light notes of tomato and other green vegetables. viscous, oily, soapy texture. more orange cleaning solution, celery, tomato and sesame seed. weird. difficult to finish. whatís wrong with oskar blues these days?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4293) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours bright, dark gold into a snifter. White micro head with excellent retention. Lemon rind and grapefruit aromas. Sweet earth and grapefruit bith upfront turning full in the middle before a lasting bitter resin and alcohol burn.


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