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Saturday, March 27th 2010

GUBNA Imperial IPA
(Oskar Blues Brewery)

Described on the OB site as "a colossal, 10% ABV, 100 IBUs hop grenade in a can!" Sounds good to me! I've been looking forward to trying this latest canned release from the pioneers in canned craft beer since the second I heard about it. Let's do this!

From the Oskar Blues site:

"Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with 3 malts and 1 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 doesn’t 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 will greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness."

Here we go...

Pour - strong golden color with some bright orange hues. Almost an inch of bone white head on top. Pours damn nice out of the can.

Aroma - i'd be lying if I didn't say that the first smell that hit me full force was that of marijuana. My god, this smells like some seriously potent (and probably quite "dank") weed and I am not exaggerating at all (at all). It quickly becomes piney and ridiculously citrusy with an eruption of grapefruit that practically burns the nose. This has all the aromatic makings of one hell of a hoppy brew. 

Taste - big and sweet up front, almost fruity, sort of like strawberry. That was rather unexpected. The hops kick into overdrive soon after the initial flavors and the full on resiny, piney bitterness truly takes over. The warmth from the alcohol accompanies all those strong flavors quite nicely. Lots of tropical fruit flavors abound, think Cara Cara oranges, mango, pineapple and passionfruit. This is also a bit syrupy but hell its 10% so its got to have some thickness to it. My tongue is going numb but my insides are nice and warm. My hop fix has been more than met. 

Overall - this reminds me a bit of their Gordon but much better in my opinion. Its strong and a bit sweet but has way more hop flavor and balance, even at a higher ABV. I really am amazed how smooth and easy drinking this is at 10%. Similar to Bell's HopSlam in that regard. Great stuff and definitely worth a try.

Note - Summit hops are a categorized as "dwarf hops" and are grown on low trellises. They have only been produced commercially since 2003. They provide a characteristic citrus or grapefruit flavor to a beer and are commonly used in bittering as well as dry hopping. 

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GUBNA Imperial IPA
Style: Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
Lyons, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: American Two-Row, German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt
Hops: Summit
ABV: 9.9%
IBUs: 100
Date: March 27th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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