Oskar Blues GUBNA Imperial IPA

I’m trying to kill some time before I fire up the grill. There’s nothing on television and I’m sweating from working outside for the last hour. I’m currently sitting and watching Iron Chef on Food Network with the guy from Man v. Food as one of the judges. I love that show. Anyways, if you follow the blog at all, you know how much I love IPAs. This was a remnant of a six-pack I had about a month ago.

ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/IPA

Trivia: According to beernews.org, “‘Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made with three malts and one 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 9.5% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer should greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and finish with a brisk, clean bitterness.'”

Random: Man v. Food did a New Brunswick episode at one of my favorite haunts, Stuff Yer Face.

This brew poured a fluffy one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. There was some visible carbonation through the haze of the golden orange body. The nose on this brew had some pine, citrus, tropical fruits and a hint of malt sweetness on the end. This smelled like this was going to be an amazing IPA. Unfortunately, I think the nose was slightly better than the taste. This is still a solid IPA with some sticky pine, grapefruit and lots of hoppy bitterness. But, there is definitely a lack of balance in this brew that I’ve come to expect from exceptional IPAs. There is definitely some malt, but not as much as needed. The carbonation on this is just right too. It was also really crisp for a DIPA. The hops linger along for awhile. There is no hint that this is a 10% ABV brew and goes down too easily. Although it probably sounds like I’m completely panning the beer, it’s a solid B to B+ brew for me. The problem is when you compare it some of the big boys of the DIPA world, it just pales in comparison.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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