Tuesday, September 3, 2013


"You gotta get yourself some Gubna", my friend says. "It's great beer", he says.

Yeah, okay, that's all well and good except that I can't seem to find it locally.

We were at this friend's house recently and he says, "They have some of that there Gubna down the road a piece at the Country Mile."

Okay, friend, you don't have to twist my arm.  I ran my butt down to that there Country Mile and got myself a four-pack of that there Gubna.

Gubna (10.00% ABV ) by Oskar Blues is an imperial IPA.

This is, with out a doubt, one big honkin' beer! But not obnoxiously so.  It doesn't overpower the tastebuds or burn you with alcohol. It's just a good, strong brew with excellent flavor.

From the can, it pours a clear liquid gold that compiles into a gorgeous satinny amber in the glass. It is topped with a thick pillow of a head that leaves behind remarkable sticky lacing.  This is a fabulous looking brew!

The aroma is big burst of citrus with deep malty notes. Gubna smells fab, too.

The taste is a bite of citrus and pine with a solid caramel malt backbone. There are subtle whispers of grain, and yeast, and other fruits. The tongue tingles pleasantly and there is a warming of the throat from the alcohol; not harsh at all. The finish is mildly sweet with nice bitterness accompanying the heat of the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth with moderate carbonation.

My experience has been that you can't go wrong with an Oskar Blues beer.

Overall: pretty darn excellent

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