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Monday, December 12, 2011

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA, probably the first beer I tried from Oskar Blues several years ago when they first hit Southern Oregon, poured the cloudy hue of green tea, with loads of carbonation trailing to a big, loose white head.  The nose was led by pineapple, mango, and apple with an underlying bitterness.

Oskar Blues Gubna IPA opened with a juicy apple and pineapple start that was too quickly kicked into gear by a strong alcohol heat.  An otherwise sweet malt backbone was somewhat undermined by a rising bitterness in the fade.  

All in all, Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA is a delicious, if somewhat rough and uneven, IPA that comes closer to Russian River's Pliny the Elder than it does the typical "bigger and more of the same" Imperial IPAs offered by most brewers.  The high price of admission is a bit of a turn off, but by the second can, you'll forget to care.

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