It's been a long, dark, stout
-filled winter---a chilly season of espresso notes, caramel flavors, and heavy ABVs
. And after recently trying pour after pour of delicious winter beers at Wynkoop's Parade of Darks
beer festival, I've reached my limit. I need hops!
So, Oskar Blues
, thank you for the Gubna IPA, a brilliantly single-hopped beer made with only summit hops for its flavor, smell, and dry-hopping. Rye malt balances and imparts a spicy flavor, and the result is a beer so citrus-hoppy it left me longing for the first day of spring.
For now, the Gubna is only available on tap at Oskar Blues' three locations
, but it is set to be released in cans around March 1 and will be around through November. Be warned: This big beer weighs in at 9.5 percent alcohol, proving winter beers aren't the only brews that can pack a punch.