Oskar Blues’ spring seasonal craft beer, GUBNA Imperial IPA, rolls out the fifth inspired incarnation in March 2016, featuring THE MOST aromatic and heady hops of the 2015 crop, all of which were hand selected by Oskar Blues employees.
Each year, the Oskar Blues brew team headed by Tim Matthews, hosts simultaneous, hands-on, resinous hop selection panels by all employees at both the Colorado and North Carolina breweries to source the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season. The result is an always imposing, but continually reinvented brew.
This 2016 GUBNA Imperial IPA (10% ABV, 100 IBUs) is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of hand selected Eldorado and Comet hops along with Idaho Experimental 007 hops from Jackson Farms. The brew boasts the same golden to light orange color with white foam and a clear to slight haze. Aromatic qualities include spicy orange zest, papaya, peach, pineapple, floral, pine/spruce and a mix of red berries and watermelon. The body is medium with a lightly viscous mouthfeel and intense bitterness, with orange and pine flavors and a chive-like alcohol heat and zesty hops to finish on the palate.
GUBNA-enthusiasts can give a harrumph at the release of the brew on March 4 at Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard, NC. (342 Mountain Industrial Dr.). The celebration features specialty flights that include 2016 GUBNA along with two cask conditioned and two small batch craft beer varieties. Get the event rolling with a group mountain bike ride at 5:30pm and live music by Time Sawyer along with poetry from Poetry on Demand by: Eddie Cabbage. The OB Trolley will pick up at Aloft Hotel (Ashville, NC) at 5 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Reserve your seats for FREE.
The Colorado GUBNA harrumph will follow on March 11 at the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, CO (1800 Pike Rd.) 4pm – 8pm (MST). The party will host music from Tony Rosario, cheese tasting provided by Haystack Mountain Cheese along with the 2016 GUBNA on draft and cans, Anejo Barrel Aged GUBNA, Melon GUBNA (Firkin), and Mango Jalapeno GUBNA (Firkin). Additional Colorado details HERE.
GUBNA Imperial IPA will be conveniently packaged in 12-ounce cans and sold in 4-pack carriers. Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA Imperial IPA joins an impressive line-up of boundary-busting canned beer getable in 49 states. For more information about where to purchase Oskar Blues craft beer visit the Beer Finder.
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