G'Knight Imperial Red Ale - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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G'Knight Imperial Red AleG'Knight Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,602 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 166
Gots: 425 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2003

Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs
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Ratings: 3,602 | Reviews: 1,313
Photo of Getalegup
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite imperial red ales

Photo of Beric
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing even in the tiny sampler glass.

Smell: Big citrus and pine hop notes, with a pinch of spiciness as well. Detectable malt sweetness.

Taste: Huge malt notes here that coat identical hop notes in the nose with a sweet caramelly syrup almost. Definitely no mistaking this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation makes this one feel thick and syrupy on the palate.

Overall: A great DIPA from Oskar Blues.

Photo of RyanK252
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a thick layer, leaving some hefty lacing along the way.

S: Citrus and fruity hops, pine, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, fruity, peach/apricot, hints of tropical fruit, a little spice, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I really dig this one.

Photo of Mulegrinder
2.65/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Solid beer lacking in smell.

Photo of jooler
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great smell and look. Initial taste is pretty hoppy with a small bite. Great beer overall. Also, canned feb 2 2015 so not that fresh. But still good

Photo of srcerer
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May have faded in the back of the fridge, but quite good none the less.

Photo of chippo33
2.84/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

canned a months ago, yet still super oxi

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish copper in color. The nose has some hop notes but the essence of sweet malt predominates here. The flavor profile also has a touch of malty sweetness. The finish is decently hoppy.

None of the flavors overwhelm the others but they also don't quite blend together well either. This offering is drinkable but definitely a mixed bag.

Photo of arvidkoval
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- fluffy white head with a dark red body.

S- Sweet hoppy goodness. Dank fruitiness, malt sweetness.

T- Sweet malts lead into a piney, resiny, tropical fruit flavor!

F- Awesome mouthfeel. Thick sticky body!

O- Wicked nice! Very good. Yummy.

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can (canned on December 19, 2014) to a tulip glass.

A-The beer pours with nearly three fingers of sticky, dense foam that is sort-of yellowish-tan. The beer is hazy and brassy/rusty in color. I can see a few bubbles in there. Retention is pretty good.

S-The aroma is a moderately dank mixture of tangerines, orange, caramel, and a bit of pine resin. The hops are not massively tropical or hugely bitter, but there is a little bite. More balanced and malted than many newer IIPAs. I also get a whiff of medicinal alcohol.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Sticky resinous hop flavors of tropical orange, pineapple, and just a hint of pine sharpness and pepper are well balanced by caramel and toasted malt flavors. There is a light to moderate bitterness and spice on the finish.

M-The beer is medium to full in heft with a very sticky character. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is an enjoyable beer and one that has held up well through the name change (RIP Gordon) and the transition toward complete hob-bomb IIPAs by the rest of the beer world. My cans were not super fresh when I reviewed, but I actually enjoyed the more malty presence that the older cans provided.

Photo of Kraj30
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really like this.. and would totally drink it on the regular..

Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beechwood BBQ Seal Beach and one of the beers that set the hook for this hobby. Tasted roasty, with caramel, but had good hop bite. Subsequent drinks are not as mind-blowing as the first time (rated above). Still, one of my favorite go-to's when I lived on the East coast and one I continue to enjoy despite CA's bevy of IPA's.

Photo of ranger7
3.12/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy copper. Foamy white head. Great lacing.
S: Green. Pine needles.
T: Bitter in the front. Bitter in the back. Pretty one dimensional.
F: Light and thin.
O: Meh. It's somewhat tasty once it warms, but this is a pretty harsh beer. Try Peticolas' Velvet Hammer, it trumps this. This brew is too simple for me.

Photo of windkook87
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Done perfectly. This is a outstanding imperial red. Love the 16oz. cans.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 01/20/15

A: Pours an amber color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice creamy cap that leaves great lacing

S: Citrusy hops up front, with hints of pine and earth. Malts are nicely supportive, but definitely get shadowed by the hops. Definitely get the "red IPA" from the malt and hop combo

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice rush of citrusy hops, followed by pine, earthy notes, and the backing malts. Lightly spicy as well. Finishes with a light bitterness and more of the mild earthy tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice Red IIPA with a nice focus on hops while remaining balanced. Far too easy to drink at nearly 9%. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack of pounders

Photo of Magslikesbeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really tasty. Served to me only slightly cold and really enjoy it

Photo of macpapi
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice, pretty dark amber color with a fluffy white and slowly dissipating head. Lots of bubbles cloying to side of the glass.

Smell is up-front malt and caramel. It is then followed by the presence of both citrus and pine. The alcohol inevitably present in a nearly 9% abv beer is also noted on the nose.

Taste is malty with both caramel and biscuit presence. Also sweet, bitter, and piney (both citrus and piney resins are once again notable.) Very nice hop presence and very flavorful.

Medium carbonation with the sting of citrus/hops always evident with this one.

Overall this is a very, very nice beer. This is not your father's amber or red ale. Of course it is an imperial red ale, so a bit different from the standard variety. Still, this is very impressive all around. Very nicely done with flavors, hop balance, and drinkability. The high alcohol percentage limits the number of this beer one can drink in a sitting, but still this one worth having on hand on a regular basis.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not overly hoppy. I normally don't like IPAs but I liked this one.

Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy medium amber with nice ruby highlights. Creamy light tan head, almost off-white. Bubbles continue to rush towards the top. Sticky lacing.

Grapefruit, orange, sweet tangerine in the aroma along with pine. Honey and caramel malt fill in as well. Toasty malt underneath.

Tangerine and grapefruit in the flavor. Juicy hop character. Almost seems sweet initially but finishes dry. Fruity hop character gives way to resiny and piney. Biscuit and toast make up the malt presence but allows the hops to take over.

Medium carbonation with medium slick body. Creamy but not chewy. Sweet impression initially but finishes quite dry.

Well brewed with delicious hop character. Shows that you don't need experimental hops to make an excellent hoppy beer.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an extremely dark ruby orange. Nice two fingers of lightly tan, thick creamy head. Solid lacing.
S - Wonderful sweet bouquet of persimmons, apricot, peach, nectarine, grapefruit and hops.
T - Sweet hoppy peach and grapefruit, bit of lightly sweet rye in the back end of the beer. No trace of alcohol, impressive for the high ABV.
O - An amazing, 5 star IPA. A must try for IPA fans!
V - Four pack of tall cans, high priced but worth it for the quality.

Photo of KJK303
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a Fantastic beer!

Photo of Keztat
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Using this as my baseline for amber craft beer excellence! If you are in Longmont, as I have been to visit relatives, this is a must drink at the Tasty Weasel. This beer made me join this rating system. It has a nice arching and satisfying taste profile but not an overbearing bitter aftertaste which I do not like! This has kept me from enjoying many an IPA. If you like Red's this one will give you a smooth memorable mouth-gasm.

Photo of AUGRAD06
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very smooth as an imperial IPA should be very strong on the hops. Light enough to enjoy but still has really good substance.

Photo of McStout5
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything is good about this beer. The smell, the taste.

Photo of Tom_O
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Imperial Red's. The can doesn't lie when it comes to this brew being sticky. You can taste the stickiness!

Pours a rich red amber with a fair amount of head. Strong hop smell and even stronger forward taste.

Recommended to any IPA lover.

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G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,602 ratings.