Gubna is a 100 IBU’d monstrosity from Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery. This (canned!) Imperial IPA is the newest addition to the OBB lineup and clocks in at a hefty 10% ABV.
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.
Gubna pours an enticing two-tiered shade of orange; regular orange on top and golden orange on the bottom. The head is a resilient two fingers of yellow creme that sticks around for a while, aided by all the carbonation floating through the golden liquid. It eventually fades to a thin film, leaving behind plenty of lacing to remember it by.
This is a big IPA, so of course there are big IPA scents in the nose of this beer. Floral hops dominate your nose as you inhale the fragrance of this brew. I also picked up hints of crackers and honey.
The big floral hops and alcohol (this is a 10% brew, for crying out loud) attack your taste buds at first sip. Dry cracker-like malts appear shortly after, but come too little to late to save you from the hop blast. I love a big IPA as much as the next hophead, but this hoppy “heat” is almost too much to handle.
Mouthfeel is medium to light with a noticeable foamy heat. As you expect from a big IPA, there is an intense stickiness that dries out your mouth and leaves a ton of hop juice behind when it goes.
I’m a self-proclaimed hophead, but the intensity of this beer is just about too much for me. The hops/heat practically deaden your tastebuds before you’ve even had a chance to fully experience the brew that is Gubna. I have had this beer on tap and it does mellow out a bit, so it least it has that going for it.
Overall: 4.5 out of 10
As an IMPERIAL IPA: 5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Dogfish Head 90 MINUTE IPA, Lagunitas HOP STOOPID, Founders DEVIL DANCER