So anyhow, at that point I had only had a couple sips of the Gubna Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues, and hadn't really given it a lot of thought. I realized I should go back and take another look at it, so I did. I have to say, it's a pretty good imperial IPA, but it's still not quite Pliny the Elder. Where Pliny hits the nose with a fresh, grapefruit-laden blast of hops, Gubna tends more toward a grassy, floral smell. And even though Gubna is 100 IBUs, I didn't find that the hops really stood out as strongly on the palate as they do in Pliny.
But do not be fooled, for Gubna is a hop bomb. It has a nice medium body, and a good maltiness that helps hide its 10% ABV, and it's far easier to drink than I'd assumed it would be. It pours a golden-copper color with an off-white head, but the head tends to be thin and difficult to coax from the can. The hops, though big, are balanced nicely against the malt, and overall I found this to be a nice imperial IPA. Not too sweet, far too hoppy (which is how they're supposed to be, of course), and easy---but not effortless---to drink.