GUBNA Imperial IPA

Resisted the temptation to buy a $15+ four pack of this for a few weeks and went with a single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
12 oz can, the usual OB presentation.
Can cracks with a somewhat disappointing (but expected) lack of pop, but given the ABV this is acceptable.
Pretty nice looking golden body with some frothy, loose white head. Even a little lace. lowish carbonation on the pour.
Nose is a light hoppy, musty aroma but not an especially aggressive one. Reminds me of a relatively restrained IPA or simple pale ale. Surprisingly light.
Alcohol warms one a touch, but again it is well hidden and quite understated. A little of the light onion that some others have mentioned, but nowhere near the amount that I was anticipated from some other comments. A little dryness and bittering in the finish, but considering the style it’s all in check. Finish adds some citrus rind and the beer cuts a pretty clean swathe across the palate – AGAIN surprising for the style.
I must admit I was ready NOT to like this, but it was actually MUCH better than I was expecting and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I was extremely surprised at how low-key the overall package was given the ABV and the style; it drank well below some of the usual parameters for the combo.

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05/18/2010
Format:
can
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 4
Total: 3.85
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