Gubna Imperial IPA
Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this
ale is made with 3 malts and 1 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 10% ABV monstrosity to gently coax the
citrus rind and grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs already present. This beer
will greet you with a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle and
finish with a brisk, clean bitterness.
Oskar Blues Brewery History
Great canned beer? The term has been an oxymoron for craft beer lovers used to
getting their full-flavored beers from bottles only. But in November of 2002,
Oskar Blues Brewery (in tiny Lyons, Colorado, pop.1400) changed that by
launching its “Canned Beer Apocalypse.”
The brewery began hand-canning its hoppy, assertive-but-elegant Dale’s Pale Ale
on a table-top machine that sealed just one can at a time. The move made Oskar
Blues the first US craft brewer to brew and can its own beer.
Why cans? “We thought the idea of our big, luscious pale ale in a can was
hilarious,” recalls founder Dale Katechis. “And it made our beer immensely
portable for outdoor enjoyment fun.” Katechis and his crew then discovered other
bennies of aluminum cans. “Cans keep beer incredibly fresh by fully protecting
it from light and oxygen.”
And unlike cans of old, the modern aluminum can is lined with a coating so beer
and metal never touch. Cans are also easier to recycle, free of glass breakage
issues, and less fuel-consuming to ship. (35% of the weight of a bottle of beer
is the bottle itself.)
But it’s the beers inside of the Oskar Blues cans that have wowed beer experts
and consumers. The many honors for Dale’s Pale Ale include Top American Pale Ale
from the New York Times and World’s Best Canned Beer from Details magazine.
Honors for Oskar Blues’ Old Chub Scottish Style Ale — an 8% ABV, semi-sweet dark
beer with luxurious flavors of coffee, chocolate and a kiss of smoke — include
Top Rated Scottish Ale from Beeradvocate.com.
Gordon is an imperial red ale (8.7% ABV) with an intense aroma, a rich middle of
malts and hops, and a surprisingly comfy finish for a beer of its size. Its
honors include a 2008 World Beer Cup medal, “Top 5 US Extreme Beers” from the
New York Times and “Best in Show” at the 2009 International Canned Beer
The brewery’s new Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an all-malt pilsner (5.3% ABV)
made with hearty amounts of pale malt, German specialty malts, and a blend of
“We’re in this to have fun and put some extra joy on the planet,” Katechis says.
“We love the way people’s heads spin around after they try one of our
four-dimensional canned beers. ‘That came out of a can?’ We hear it all the
time.” Get more details at www.oskarblues.com