Oskar Blues “GUBNA Imperial IPA” Review (#060)

Oskar Blues
GUBNA Imperial IPA
Lyons, CO
http://www.oskarblues.com/

From The Brewery:

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.

Review:

Appearance:I enjoyed this Imperial IPA in a tulip glass, pouring the hazy orange liquid in with a huge crown of white, creamy head on top.

Smell:A big smelling beer; sweet pineapple, floral hops, and a little esters from the yeast.

Taste: One of the most full flavored beers; huge sweetness of grapefruit and malts, with a punch of sticky, earthy, hops that taste like Cannabis smells. There is a great malt balance here, with some heat and bready yeast esters. It leaves your mouth full of all of these flavors that just keep rotating what is most upfront each time you sip it and as it warms.

Mouthfeel:Big and heavy; with little carbonation – how I like it. Mouthfeel is perfect on this one.

Drinkability/Palitability:Surprisingly high for what it is; a big bad 10% 100IBU beer. It is something you savor and pace yourself with, but I could have followed the can up with another immediately, but would have been toast after that.

Notes: Another great job done by Oskar Blues. A beer that lives up to its hype.

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