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Re-Vamped Oskar Blues GUBNA

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Steve_0
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beers 3424 º places 142 º 09:52 Thu 2/28/2013

(Longmont, CO) – This March, GUBNA Imperial IPA will celebrate its 3-year anniversary as Oskar Blues’ hoppiest craft beer in a can. With a mutated overload of hops, GUBNA will be a limited seasonal release March through May 2013. GUBNA was moved from a full time offering to a three month limited-release to complement a seasonal series featuring the cyclopean Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (October through February), and a yet to be announced third seasonal slated for June through September.


GUBNA was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements. This time around GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops and the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced spicy yet round middle and finishing with a brisk, clean bitterness.
“We get off on challenging ourselves and our beer drinkers with hops. This year’s GUBNA comes from that fire in the belly to up the ante of GUBNA’s motley hop character,” says head brewer Dave Chichura.
Oskar Blues continues to build on its 52% growth in 2012 and will launch new distribution in Michigan beginning March 4th. Last year, Oskar Blues expanded distribution to new markets for the first time in four years. The markets: Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis’ home state of Alabama each established the largest craft beer launch in territory history topped by 14,000+ case equivalents during the first week in Ohio.
GUBNA Imperial IPA is available in limited-seasonal quantities (March to May) and sold in 12oz. four-packs priced at $14.99. Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA Imperial IPA is just one of an impressive line-up of boundary-busting canned beer getable in 31 states. To find out where to purchase Oskar Blues beer visit http://www.oskarblues.com/about-us/beer-locator.


Looks like OB is switching it up with the GUBNA. I personally liked the original version, but I know quite a few people had complaints about garlic and onion notes.

I am kind-of excited for the new recipe, as I think OB makes great IPAs/DIPAs. What is your opinion? Should there be a new entry for this new recipe?

Thoughts?

 
GT2
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beers 9410 º places 661 º 09:58 Thu 2/28/2013

Good lord, Summit hops are so effing bitter, that will be undrinkable. Scrolling past all Summit and Apollo hop beers:

http://canadianhomebrewsupplies.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/hop-chart.jpg

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 10:55 Thu 2/28/2013

Originally posted by GT2
Good lord, Summit hops are so effing bitter, that will be undrinkable. Scrolling past all Summit and Apollo hop beers:

http://canadianhomebrewsupplies.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/hop-chart.jpg


Take that chart with a grain of salt. There is far more to hop science than just AAU’s. I’ve never found Summit to be a harshly bitter hop. Same with Apollo. Personally, I think Chinook is an abrasive hop and I never use it for bittering. Then again, I find it hard to argue with using Magnum as my general all purpose bittering hop.

Back on topic, I’m curious to see what happens with the change in dry hop. This wouldn’t be a new entry (brewers change up hopping way more often than you’d believe.) I am really curious to see what the new season is, however...

 
GT2
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beers 9410 º places 661 º 11:38 Thu 2/28/2013

Agree with you on Chinook.

 
TAR
beers 2518 º places 30 º 11:39 Thu 2/28/2013

Originally posted by GT2
Good lord, Summit hops are so effing bitter, that will be undrinkable. Scrolling past all Summit and Apollo hop beers:

http://canadianhomebrewsupplies.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/hop-chart.jpg

I think even if they used an elegant hop like Tettnanger or Styrian Goldings, they would have ruined it by insisting it be "over-the-top" and turn it into a caustic resin bomb, which is exactly what this beer is. It’s foul enough sans the plethora of fermentation defects, but those pretty much assure that only a half mouthful is nausea-inducing.

This barbaric and putrid beer pretty much symbolizes all that is awry with (much of) the U.S. brewing culture: Seemingly second-batch homebrewers going pro represents the new norm. As one who strives to avoid cynicism, I struggle in this case because this obnoxious brewery REALLY rubs me the wrong way.

 
RABinCO
beers 1399 º places 87 º 11:47 Thu 2/28/2013

Was expecting something like Vampirella judging by the title. But yeah, no thanks.

 
drewbeerme
beers 3902 º places 1 º 12:46 Thu 2/28/2013

so it now has some cascade? well that’s just great.

 
TAR
beers 2518 º places 30 º 14:14 Thu 2/28/2013

Originally posted by drewbeerme
so it now has some cascade? well that’s just great.

What this beer really needs is some ketchup!

 
Ernest
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beers 6749 º places 189 º 14:37 Thu 2/28/2013

Originally posted by TAR
Originally posted by drewbeerme
so it now has some cascade? well that’s just great.

What this beer really needs is some ketchup!

Judging by the aroma, Deviant Dale’s has some of that in it...go git sum, buddy!

 
3fourths
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beers 8639 º places 1453 º 15:03 Thu 2/28/2013

OB is still in business?

 
boxofrane
beers 2446 º places 53 º 15:13 Thu 2/28/2013

Not a huge Gubna fan.. looking forward to a revamp.. Devient Dale’s.. now thats some good stuff.