craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
can on 4/9/10 in Denver... Gubna is a mean IIPA that joins its brother Ten FIDY as another bad ass beer in a can. Deep yellow pour with a big 2 finger fluffy white head... huge floral hop notes scream out of the glass... medium to thick body full of chewy bitterness... with some citrus notes... Gubna is a serious IIPA for the hop heads that really sticks with you. Awesome job!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at redlight. This one pours a clear, dark golden orange color topped by a nice, foamy off white colored head that leaves thin sheets of lace on the glass. Th aroma shows notes of grassy, dank hops, citrus, and a huge malt profile of sweet toffee and bready malts. The flavor follows with the gassy and pine hops up front, but is quickly washed out by the sweet toffee malts. I also get some cake batter like sweetness in there. There is a good amount of bitterness on the back end from the hops. The mouthfeel is substantial, smooth, with good carbonation and a bitter, slightly drying finish. The malts are very thick and seem to overpower the hops and add too much sweetness. Still a tasty beer, but not among the elite for imperial ipa’s for me.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can, purchased at Bottle Barn. Pours a deep, honey-orange color; light effervescence and a vague sense of clarity; thin, fine-bubbled white head with moderate retention and attractive lacing; decent-looking pour. A strong citrus / grapefruit hop aroma: more tart and rind-like than resiny or oily; a tea-like malt character underneath, with a seemingly prominent note of crystal malts (perhaps a touch of the tartness originates from the rye); a heavily hopped, but not especially engaging aroma for all of the effort: mildly puckering, seemingly tightly expressed. Medium-full body; moderate levels of carbonation, vaguely creamy, mostly non-astringent; light amounts of warming alcohol present; high levels of grapefruit and citrus-laden hoppiness, non-resiny; moderate to light amounts of tea-like maltiness and a touch of caramel and candy sugar; the rye is very quiet here, especially alongside the grapefruit-centric hoppiness; the overall impression, honestly, is just a run-of-the-mill double IPA that’s got plenty of hops, plenty of alcohol, a poor tea-like malt core, and stays reasonably well-composed; all the pieces fit fine, but nothing special. A far cry from most of the uber-hoppy beers I’ve had as of late. Medium finish of crystal malt and tea (seemingly), lasting citrus bitterness; the end is reasonably balanced with lasting bitterness.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 12oz can, dated 3/29/10, from grape & gourmet. pours a bright, peach-orange with a thin, whispy, white head and a tight ring of lace. aroma is excellent with tons of fruity hops on the initial sniff ranging from pink grapefruit and orange to fresh peach and mango with a big, sprucy pine presence, rye malts, and a touch of vanilla with a unique, vinyl/innertube presence that, while odd, works for this brew in my opinion. flavor is wonderful as well, almost like chewing on a spruce branch, with massive pine notes backed by fruit notes of grapefruit, orange, pear, and peach syrup with a touch of spicy caraway seeds (i think some people are getting the vegetal, green onion-grass notes from this) and a light, sweet, toffee malt presence on the back end. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied, slightly sticky, with moderated carbonation and a bitter, spicy, hop finish. overall, the best dipa i’ve had from a can (until someone sends me a Surly Abrasive!) albeit a unique one that i can see being odd for some folks.
TheEpeeist (3382) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can. Clear olive orange with a creamy white head leaving lacy sheets. Nose is orange, dough and pine. Medium body with a tingle; somewhat chalky. Taste like the nose with candi and a spicy bite. Not a bad brew but kind of generic like you’d expect from a DIPA in a can. Though i do find their other canned offerings more distinctive. At 10% i can see this messing up some frat boys big time.
TheBeerGod (5315) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Coppery pour with a tall, thick, tan colored. Aroma is big citrus, peaches and coniferous hops. Chewy caramel, in spots, as well. Taste is strong, resinous hops, citrus juices, pine needles, peaches, and caramel. Body is thick and chewy and at times bordering on syrupy with an oily feel throughout. The hops eat away at the enamel on your teeth while drinking this. Ends with more big citrus, strong pine, and floral hops, chewy caramel, sweet malt, and peach.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful aroma! Pears, peaches, kind of like a cake batter or something. Not much head but what is here is sticking around nicely. The head is nice and fluffy. Nice mouth feel light carbonation. A nice golden color as well. Nice lacing also. Full bodied beer but hides it very well. I taste the hops but they are not very bitter. The different malts used really add to the overall feel of this beer. Excellent.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh can. The pour yields a crystal clear, dark golden body with a small, wispy head of beige foam. Thin, sticky sheets and splotches of lacing mark the glass well. The aroma is downright strange, showing a savory, meaty sort of quality that is completely unexpected. I swear I almost get canned ham. Once you get past that, a bold and dank, grassy, cannabis-like hop profile blasts through, accompanied by waves of golden wheat, biscuit, and burnt toffee. Flavors are just as odd, again showing an overly meaty, salty sort of component that interferes with what is otherwise an insanely hopped, dank, bitter bomb. Ample grain and scorched toffee lend significant malty sweetness to balance things out, but a pumpkin-like, vegetal component also creeps in. A hearty burp is as grassy as any I can recall! The palate is substantial, but not quite full, with a lively carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. That strange meatiness unfortunately intensifies on the finish, reminding me that I can’t quite escape it. This one just doesn’t agree with me. Not my cup of tea.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick and chewy strong IPA. Can from Malt & Vine pours honey gold with a thin white persistant head and good lacing. As I open the can, there’s a decent whif of grapefruit and piny resins. In the glass, I swear I get fresh pumkin for the most part, some lemon, and alcohol. Fairly mild malt characteristics. The hops are more floral on the tongue than bitter, but the finish is spicy/tangy.
ajd413 (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
wonderful mouthfeel but a bit of an unpleasant bite from the rye malt. Let me wanting more depth of character from the hops. Maybe the single style hop just doesn’t cut it.