Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that this year’s release of GUBNA Imperial IPA will not only be rocking its annual change in hop bill, but it’s availability has also been shifted to draft-only for national distribution.
Ever-evolving as a disestablishmentarian representation of dankness, GUBNA Imperial IPA reinvents itself by annually changing its hop bill in an effort to showcase only “the best and brightest of these powerful flowers.” For this year’s release, sensory panels from all three Oskar Blues breweries – Longmont, Colorado; Brevard, North Carolina; and Austin, Texas – worked “with hop growers to seek out the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season.” After much deliberation, this “eccentric fellowship of deranged brewers” hand-selected a blend of Azacca, Crystal and Sterling hops to sit on the beer’s signature base of Munich, North American Pale, and Rye malts. This combination results in a 100 IBU, 10% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale that entices its drinker with “big zesty lime and orange flavors, with a spicy/herbal sweet aroma and all the dank . . . [expected] from the intense hop load.”
“The traditional hops beat out some newer, experimental varietals this year, which surprised many of us here at OB,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations. “But the hops just spoke to the nearly 100 employees that participated in GUBNA hop selection and we must obey the rub.”
“In an effort to preserve GUBNA’s finest quality, the freshness of its hops,” the 2017 release of GUBNA Imperial IPA will only be available as a draft-only offering across the country. 12 oz. cans of GUBNA will only be available for to-go purchase at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom locations in Colorado and North Carolina. While supplies last, you can expect to find GUBNA Imperial IPA pouring from March to May at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s national distribution footprint. Each year’s release of GUBNA proves to be a unique experience and rarely lasts long, so make sure that you order up a pour the next time you spot it on a tap list. Prost!
Vital Information for GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery
Release – Limited, March to May 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 100
Hops – Azacca, Crystal & Sterling
Malts – Munich, North American Pale & Rye
Availability – Draft-only nationally; 12 oz. cans available for to-go purchase only in the Colorado and North Carolina Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel taprooms
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