Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Gubna Imperial IPA
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!