hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, citrus, and some spiciness. Tastes of the same floral hops, citrus, and some lighter caramel.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned. waiting on the tall boys. Dark gold to orange color with a small white head. Very fresh, raw hop aroma, sweet with some orange and guava, and a touch of garlic, though that might be a concession to the haters. Light peanut note too, mixing with the spice to give a massuman curry impression. Medium sweet and pretty boozy with a medium-strong bitter finish. Malt is light and somewhat grainy and spicy, with rye showing a touch. Spicy and somewhat garlic-like hop flavors that the alcohol accentuates. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation. Too hot, and the hop choice for a singe hop here is somewhat questionable. The nose is interesting, so Iíll give it some credit though.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light, clear copper color, fair amount of leggy lace. Powerful aroma of cannabis and orange. Very skunky in a cannabis sort of way. Lightly sugary malt components. Aroma is initially quite thick and herbal, blooming into some peachy and piney components, orange flesh. Lightly sweet with some prickly and nuanced malt components. Bitter, but not overly bitter finish.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 12oz canned 3/22/2010. Pours clear golden amber with a one finger off white head that maintains a very small cap and leaves some spots of lacing. This smells strongly of pot, also a lot of grapefruit and citrus rind, pine, some orange and tropical fruit, spice. Strong and funky aroma. Flavor is fruity, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, very hoppy up front, then some caramel sweetness, quite spicy, finishes bittersweet and spicy. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, low carbonation, starts to get a little sticky. Tasty, funky, unique DIPA, price hurts though...
mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 WOW. This is the definition of a an Imperial India Pale Ale. This stuff gets better with every sip, straight up heaven in a glass. 3/22/09 stamped can pours a medium copper color with no head but some nice lacing. Aroma is funky, a mean punch of hop goodness. I could smell this stuff all day. Taste doesnít disappoint, citrus hops up front with some spicy undertones. This stuff is the real deal. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on some!
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, Oskar Blues just does not make anything less than great beer. The nose on this had a lot of hoppy citrus, mainly grapfruit and even pineapple. Delicious taste and the malt really balances out the high ABV and any hop bitterness. In fact my only complaint might be that it could use just a touch more bitterness- but thats being very knit-picky. Gubna takes its rightful place as one of the great dbl IPAs!!!
brokensail (10547) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a light amber color with a moderate white head and some streaks of lacing.
S: A strong fruity hop aroma with nice notes of grapefruit and pineapple. A fair amount of pine as well, along with some sweet caramel and perhaps a touch of alcohol.
T: The flavor is full of bitter grapefruit and pine followed by some tropical fruit sweetness. As with Gordon, there is also a fair malt component to the beer and maybe a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish.
M: The body is medium with a full and tingly carbonation.
D: A good but not amazing DIPA, especially for the price. I really enjoy some of the Oskar Blues beers, but why buy a 12 oz can of Gubna for $4-5 when I can buy half a liter of Pliny the Elder for that much?
popery (1349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, home. Very good DIPA but not quite up to the best. This beer pours honey gold with a big white head that leaves lots of lacing, ringing the glass as I drink. The aroma is fairly underwhelming for the style, in my opinion. The piney hops are a bit muted, and there are more interesting things going on with the malt - some spice, some grain, all quite nice. For a 10% abv DIPA, I expect more. On the other hand, a lot of the flavors come out quite nicely in the flavor. The hop bitterness is strong but there are complex flavors to it - flowers, pine needles, grapefruit, cannabis. The rye spice is quite good; the general malt flavor is more interesting than most DIPAs. Unfortunately, the beer just doesnít drink as big as its alcohol content would suggest. Knowing how much flavor other brewers can pack into smaller beers, itís a bit disappointing. Otherwise, itís quite good.
Arayaga2 (1769) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy gold with thin white head, and little carbonation apparent (can popped rather weakly). Aroma is Grapefruit and caramel with a whiff of mango and onion. Taste is the same, and rather smoothly integrated with some nice dark malts, and low lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and a bit oily. $4.31/12oz can
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fresh can poured a medium caramel color with a thin covering of white head. aroma has nice firm hops, light citrus dry hops, fresh flowers, mid range bitterness, and underneath a nice malted body. mouth feel is quite chewy and thick with average carbonation. flavor definitely brings on some malts, quite a bit of bitterness, light flowers, and citrus that gets the bitter side and not the sweet fruit. real thick and chewy but I feel like the subtleties get crushed by the quantities here and the 3.50 price per can is just too pricey for me to revisit.