Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gubna Imperial IPA

Wasn't sure what to write about tonight until my mother emailed me. My cousin and her husband are appearing on The Newlywed Game on Gameshow Network tonight. Well, first airing was 6pm, and I saw it, and there is a re-run at 9pm (Eastern). See if you can guess which is my cousin. (PS. It's between two of the women because if you think the freak couple is related, you're mistaken.)

My first impressions? I never saw the host before. Chuck and "2 and 2" are no more. None of the questions involve Bob asking about "Whoopie", and almost all of them are sexual in nature, with a few grooming questions in the mix. I mean, I was embarrassed, as was my cousin, when they asked her if her "back door" was open for business or had caution tape, and about her "other bed-time friend". She rightfully pointed out that her mother and my aunt were watching. And thank God our grandma has declined mentally or she'd be rolling in her... umm... bed. In the end, I am not surprised that they won and went to Costa Rica. This chick and my family don't lose!

Tonight I'm drinking Gubna Imperial IPA brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. This beer first reminds me of Arnold Schwarzenegger, I am not sure why, just I thought that Gubna might be a good nickname for him. Lots on the rim of the can: "Does Your CANscience Bother You? Tell The Truth! DISESTABLISHMENTARIAN". The back of the can also says "Give the GUBNA a Harrumph. Harrumph." OK, no problem. HARRUMPH! The can is reddish-brown with silver accents. Memorable presentation.

Beautifulicious aroma. Very tropical fruit dominates with a hint of pine too. Absolutely intoxicating. I am not sure what the kids are calling it these days, but I "made out" with this beer's aroma! Fruit flavors, pineapple and melon, start the flavors out, very juicy. Definitely some pine flavors happening here too. Bitter grapefruit and some spiciness provide a decent kick at that point. Bitter, yet still balanced by noticeable malts. The 10% alcohol is mostly hidden, at least initially, but does dry things out a bit as you progress. Sticky, rich consistency and body accompanied by solid medium carbonation are perfect. As the beer warms slightly, the alcohol is a little more noticeable and a little less desirable, but this was an excellent beer.

I'd compare this most to another absolute favorite, February, 2010 top-ranked beer Hopslam Ale. Gubna was on the field with Hopslam, and only a slightly better balance and consistently sweeter honey challenge to the bitter and alcohol were the difference. Gubna is a winner and you should seek it out, if you feel this review justifies a pricey $5-ish single-can price tag.

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Here are a few chronological pictures. Can, can with glass, glass with can. And of course you didn't miss my opening picture. Take That, Gubna!


fineexampl said...

I just had this the other night and may have gotten a bad can. I thought it tasted like bad hoppy cheese. I did not like it.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey there, fineexampl. Thanks for stopping by. Hmmm. Bad hoppy cheese wasn't my experience. I don't have an explanation really. I hope you'll try it again and it will be better.

BeerPancakes said...

I have been really curious about this beer and was really bummed when fineexample tweeted about not liking it. Glad to see your experience was better...I will definitely re-start my search for Gubna.


Beer Drinker said...

Hey BeerPancakes.

My experience was great. Most of my blogger buddies, although we don't always see eye-to-eye, liked this one too. Check it out.

Hannah said...

NUM! I've been wanting to try Gubna for a while and hope to see it around here soon, especially after reading your review.

... also I laughed out loud at your "kids these days... "made out" ... etc... thanks for the good morning giggles.

fineexampl said...

I will try it again from my regular go-to beer shop. The place i bought mine from isn't my favorite. One more shot and if it still sucks i will have to continue on to other brews. I've had all the other OB styles and liked them, so this was a big let-down. I do admit that there were some hop qualities in Gubna that i liked, but the off flavors/aromas were overpowering. I had to soldier through that can pretty hard.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Hannah.

Do you get other Oskar Blues' beers there? We had to wait for Ten FIDY to sell a certain amount before the distributor would get Gubna in. Was worth the wait.

Glad you enjoy the joking around and have a sense of humor, too!

Beer Drinker said...

fineexampl. If you don't like it a second time, for sure move on. I've also liked all the other OB beers that I've had, especially Ten FIDY.

Lost said...

LOL. Love the crushed can picture.


Beer Drinker said...

Hi Lost.

Thanks. I like it too. I am pretty proud of that photograph, unlike some of my other work.

BTW, what do you think about the Flyers and Bruins meeting up again in a few days? I guess I know who you'll be rooting for.