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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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3,525 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 161
Gots: 401 | 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: 3,525 | Reviews: 1,308
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. With but a few subtle differences, this beer is nearly identical to Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. Really. The differences are very subtle.

Beautiful reddish hue. Thick creamy head. Enormous hoppy aroma. Followed by just what you'd expect, an enormous hoppy flavor. It's a hop monster, and delcious. No hint of any problems from the can.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured deep amber in color with a dense head. A low to moderate level of carbonation is visible. The head didn't last that long, but it left nice lacey patterns on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of piney hops in the nose.
T: Piney hops dominate the flavors, but they are balanced somewhat by the underlying malt, which adds a slight amount of sweetness to the overall taste. There is some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, crisp and a little sticky.
D: The alcohol is well-hidden so it's relatively easy to drink. Who would have thought that something that tasted this good could come out of a can?

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/7/11.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some very nice herbal and peppery hop aromas. There is also a pineapple aroma I am getting as the beer warms up. Taste is of sweet malt balanced with herbal, peppery, and citrus zest hops. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA but I am enjoying the aromas more than the flavors.

Photo of Boomerang
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sophistication enough to tell you all the notes and all that stuff. But i do know what I like and if you like red ales as I do, this is a good one. We'll definitely have again

Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aclear rich bronze with a nice white sticky 1/2 finger head leaving a ring of lace as it settled slowly,I know giving a 5 for for anything really means something when reviewing but I had it give this a perfect score for the nose of this bad boy the pine jumps out and grabs ya the underlying citrus just adds to to it its just resiny and piney and just damn good.Long lingering hops on the palate no big wallop and done here a nice coating mouthfeel the piney flavors just coat the mouth and just seem to linger over top of a pretty sweet malt base but the hops seem to just go on late into the finish inducing those blessed hop burps.Big thanks to my buddy Dale aka "hoppedup" (Dale) thru AK Smoked Porter hey every once in awhile even an Ohioan makes me happy.

Photo of ddean
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty amber orange color with a slight haze. Also saw the interesting oatmeal-colored froth that RonfromJersey mentioned. Powerful alcohol and cherry sweetness in the aroma. The cherry comes through first, next, and last in my palate. It really is a very nice flavor. I only gave the taste slightly lower marks because I wanted a few more notes---I like Imperial IPAs with hops, citrus and pine in the same sip, so the dominant cherry in G'Knight is yummy, but I want the (nice tasting) hops or other fruits to step forward a bit more. Excellent lingering sweetness after you swallow, cherry and a little brown sugar, a great beer for sipping slowly as you work on your computer (or procrastinate by writing one of these reviews). A great, big beer to try. I'll seek it out again.

Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This ADIPA was super-dark in color with a nice, off-white head that showed a bit of retention.

Smell – The dominant aroma here is like a big, stiff, hoppy brown ale. The hops are very complex and full of citrus and strong floral notes, but they don’t overpower the bouquet.

Taste – The strong malts pick things up at the taste. This is heavily balanced towards malts even with the big hop profile. The flavors work well together though.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a nice viscous mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Oskar Blues seems to know how to mass-produce drinkable ales, and this is no exception. It went down quite well.

Comments – This was one of dozens of beers that Kim busted out for her first annual Bavarian Bratwurst Beer Fest. What a treat!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stunning appearance with a glowing scarlet body, light carbonation, and an ample khaki head. Resinous aroma of those wonderful Amarillo hops and a sort of beefed-up American Brown/Red malt profile. Some nice juicyfruit/peach/strawberry fruit notes and plenty of highly acidic citrus. Oily body with a strong bitterness throughout, but surprisingly, this is not overly bitter in the way that most DIPAs are. Quite drinkable with lots of nice fruit flavors and touches of caramel. A very fine canned beer. Thanks to xmarcnolanx for the taste.

Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boston2bburg
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale cuts right to the chase on the pour with a deep, bold, orange-amber color, on which sits a foamy, clumpy, sticky head. A modest finger in the snifter for starters, but with good retention. It's appearance is seemingly a statement of good things to come.

Big, aggressive hop nose with a bigger hop flavor. The smell is bright and floral, with hints of lime and pine. Some waxy malts in there too. These fragrances more or less carry over to the taste, which is hops start to finish, sweet and light up front and brisk and bitter in the back and sides of the mouth. The malts are sweet and obviously take a back seat to the hops but nevertheless add a character of their own. Hop flavor is pine, lime, earthy, yummy.

The feel is thin and delicate for so much hops, but this adds to the drinkability. It's a bit sticky, but it could stand to be fuller-bodied. I'm not sure if the price tag ($4-4.50/can) is warranted but this one will definitely give you your hop fix, and some unique flavors at that.

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of brownbeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this into a plastic tasting cup.

The aroma is outstanding with toasted bread, burnt caramel, hops of all kinds, and touch of alcohol.

Chewy mouthfeel with caramel, sweet peaches and a touch of pine resin. Very balanced but leans toward the malt.

Finishes with a late bitter hoppiness.

Overall, this beer is so great it's hard to justly describe it. Put it on your must try list.

Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues Gordon DIPA... 8.7% alcohol. Found in North Carolina haven't seen in Florida, so a nice find.

A- Pours a nice amber hue with small soapy head that falls into a light ring around the glass. Nice lacing clings to the glass apon pour.

S- Very mild smell of grassy hops are noted but the most obvious scents are caramel malts and brown sugar.

T-M- Very light flavors for a double ipa brew. Fresh hop charactor in the front, mostly citrus, floral and maybe grassy flavor as well. Light caramel malts are noted just nothing to special.
Alcohol is appearent in the backbone of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel and very light bodied vs. what I expected. All and all good flavor and feel.

D- Drinkable as hell but for the price i'd go for Dale's Pale over this one. A must try though.

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of cimms001
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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