GUBNAJuly 1, 2010 Longmont, CO
Oskar Blues Brewery
Available: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, SC, TN, VA, WA, WI, WY
Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this imperial IPA is made with three malts—German dark, Munich, and malted rye—and a single hop, Summit.
Original gravity: 1090
Catchy name in a state where a brewer is running for governor. Deep-gold Florentine with quickly dissipating head. Hop aroma is powerful, slightly medicinal and resinous. A fruity front of the palate finishes fiery from the obvious high alcohol content. It gets my vote much more with food than as a stand-alone beer. We elected to serve it with fried smelt with a chipotle dipping sauce—a winner!
- Charles Finkel
Adroitly pale for an imperial brew. Poetic hop aroma coupled with a foundation of clear and clairvoyant malt conspire to WOW. I’m putting on my duck slippers and wanting to kick back with this erudite brew. It is curiously yellow and nonchalantly drinkable. Beer drinkers beware. Profound and complex hop character engages philosophic and woozy reminders of the life’s joys. Every once in a while I’ll make mine Gubna. Duck slippers included.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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