Ok, so reading this and viewing the pics has me rolling (laughing my ass off on the floor).
I grew pre '98 bubba almost exclusively for a decade+ and I've had the plants stretch, cola, chunk, flathead, purple, trich. Fat stems, skinny stems, finish at 2' and 4'.
It's all been from various enviro based on how well I maintained it.
Have you seen any variance with the flavor of the final product based on the peculiarities of any particular grow or is it always just varying degrees of the same Bubba flavor?
p98 under mH and from a like 8 inch clone no pruning cept the little branches at the bottom.
the second time i used HPS and heavily 'defoiled', and lemme tell ya, the more leaves you pluck they come back like double lol. i used the same size pot and i used the same nutes might have used a bloom booster the second time like during week 6 mimicking someone on youtube lol. but aside from the way it grew different it smelled and tasted the same to me. gasoline and lemony in flower, like coffee and chocolate when drying and like gas/coffee/lemons/cocoa when dry. same effect....smoke a joint...write off the rest of the day....coma...