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Oskar Blues: Ten Fidy Out, There’s a new GUBNA in Town

As a guy who cherishes awesome beer in cans, I’m excited and a saddened about the latest news from Oskar Blues.  To catch you up, they’ve put Ten Fidy on seasonal status (now available from October to February) and have replaced it for the warmer months with the GUBNA (pronounced with a laconic Southern drawl), an Imperial IPA with an ABV rating of 9.5%. What this means for me is no summertime Ten Fidy at the lake (where bottles are banned), but at least there’s a super hoppy substitute.

Check out the video below where head brewing dude Dave Chuchurra tells you everything you’d like to know about his latest baby:

The GUBNA looks like another clean and focused concept form the gang over at Oskar Blues.  It’s brewed with three types of malt (two row, munich and rye) and lots of Summit hops both in the boil and after fermentation.  The results (from what I’ve heard) is a beer with an amazing hop nose, a complex and spicy malt taste and a bitter, yet surprisingly clean finish.

At $14.99 a four pack, I’ll probably stick with Dale’s Pale Ale for most of my lakeside drinking (I can get 12 for that price), but I’ll also check this bad boy out as soon as possible.  It sounds like another keeper from the folks in Longmont, Colorado.

Has anyone tried it yet?  Is it worth the hype (and my fifteen bucks!)?

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6 Comments on “Oskar Blues: Ten Fidy Out, There’s a new GUBNA in Town”

  1. Rob Crozier
    March 24, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Tasted OB’s Gordon Ale over the weekend – awesome beer! Is there any beer they do that’s bad? Much more affordable at $10 for a 4-pack than what’s listed for Gubna but my curiosity will get the best of me and I’ll break down and try it.

    • March 24, 2010 at 11:38 am #

      Maybe we can find two othwr guys and go in for $3.75 apiece, Rob. 🙂

      So far I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from these guys. I really love Dale’s Pale Ale – I think it’ll be my go-to this summer. It’s funny how certain beers taste even better while you’re brewing and have malt and hops cooking nearby. Dale’s is like that and so is Victory Prima Pils. The flavors leap out at you when you have a batch on. Maybe it’s an authenticity thing. I dunno.

      • Rob Crozier
        March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

        Dale’s Pale Ale is “THE” beer me and my friends enjoy the most above and beyond any other beer. At parties, BBQ’s etc., somebody always brings a 12-pack of Dale’s. I have 3 more cans of Gordon – too bad we couldn’t meet up in Boonton, I’d give you a can so you can give it a taste.

        TenFidy was the only beer I have not tried yet from OB – hard to justify the cost but I guess I’ll have to before it goes away. Not a bad idea to split the cost 4 ways…

      • March 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

        I find it hard to crack my wallet open for Gordon’s and LY Pils because they’re expensive and not imperials. It’s gotta be boozy for me to pay more. That should be my slogan! Anyway, there’s other stuff that’s terrific for less, even if it’s not in cans. Mmmm, Victory Prima Pils!

        Ten Fidy is a big tasty stout, but it’s hard to justify the cost. Great beer, decent ABV, but pricey. I’d pay more if were unusual or unique (I get cravings for such things) but not for something that’s just a really well made beer.

        Dale’s hits the sweet spot of being terrific beer, a decent ABV, a little unique (it’s an IPA after all – there’s millions of ’em), and priced right. I’ve had a 12 pack in the beer fridge on a continuous basis since the fall and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

        We should definitely go halfsies on GUBNA 4pk, and maybe even a Ten Fidy. As I was bashing it above, I began to recall its chocolaty smoothness and realized it might be cravable after all!

  2. March 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    First, I’m a big fan of Dales, but that is all. I didn’t enjoy Chub, Gordon, Ten Fidy, and especially GUBNA. I drank this last friday with 10 other beer bloggers and the one sitting by me all agreed there was a very strange flavor in the beer that was quite offputting. So, I can guarentee you will not see this beer on my shelves this summer.

    • March 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

      I’ve only had Dale’s and Ten Fidy (which I thought was okay, but too pricey) and can’t bring myself to pay for the others. GUBNA is intriguing because Dale’s is so good, but your “strange flavor” comment makes me think that this one might not be a winner. Still, I’d like to try it and see if I enjoy “offputting” flavors – you never know, right

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