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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3,634 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 170
Gots: 445 | 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: 3,634 | Reviews: 1,318
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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 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 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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Brewed with six malts and three hop varieties, and then dry-hopped with Amarillo. The result is an 85 IBU and 8.7% monster urging you to crack it out of its aluminum cell.

Pours a bright amber and deep copper-colored brew that's topped with a healthy foam head--plenty of stick and retention. Aroma is immense, resiny with pine, intense herbal notes, wood and grapefruit. Wicked smooth on the palate, creamy and lush. Lightly carbonated, but there's a slight rising that tries to push through the beer's dense malty backbone of caramel, candy and sweet tropical-like fruits. Very bready beneath, with a faint honey note too. Nice smacking of hops, which are not overly bitter, but packed with flavor. More grapefruit, a dust of chalky aspirin, sticky resins, grassy edge and pith. The alcohol lifts its headiness and says hello as the beer warms, but for the most part that 8.7 is nicely hidden. Dry finish with hop coarse tannins, oils and residual wood.

For the jaded über-beer geek, Gordon might appear a bit tame. For those who enjoy hops or are looking to get into big hoppy beers, Gordon offers a great balance of bold flavor and drinkability--with a nice kick in the ass.

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

A very interesting twist on the DIPA style. The beer poured a nice dark amber color with great head and lace on the glass. The smell threw me off at first with much malt sweetness and slight hops in the background. The flavor pretty much followed suit with a large dose of caramel sweetness up front, then a slight shot of hops in the middle followed by a sweet aftertaste that left you wanting more. I can't say this is one of my top DIPA's but it is quite a unique beer and one to bridge the gap for malt lovers into the IPA world.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking label on the can. Is this the first Double IPA in a can? It's the first one I've ever seen at least. Pours into my tulip glass a deep dark brooding red with a wonderfully creamy light tan head on top. Best pour from a can...ever! Aromas of sweet caramel undertones with a bread dough accent. Wonderfully piney, fruity hops with a tropical resinous character. All about the hops and I'm not complaining.

First sip brings a sweet pale, bready caramel maltiness that quickly transitions into a piney, berry fruit hoppiness. Green and resinous without being overtly bitter. Tropical fruit notes follow down with a mildly bitter finish. A sublime mix of hop oils and solid chewy maltiness!

Mouthfeel is smooth and filling with a mellow creamy carbonation. This one floats down with immense ease and not sign of the over 9% abv contained within. I'd say this is a darn drinkable DIPA. I could go for another and wouldn't mind killin a whole 4 pack if I had it. Cheers to Oskar Blues for canning some great beer, I hope more breweries will branch out into canning as well! Thanks to warriorsoul for this tasty treat.

Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can of DIPA...sweet!!!

A snap of the top and then a pour into a pint glass lead to a dark caramel amber colored body with a light tan head. Started about a half inch thick and then reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing around the edge.

A good dose of caramel malty notes finished with a nice floral, citrus, and pine hop aromas. Some tangerine and lemon stand out the most. Nice strong aroma.

Nicely bitter beer with lots of hops. Hops are resinous and a bit herbal with some citrus aromas. A good hop profile that is balanced with some sweet biscuit and caramel. This is definately fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Nice as well. Drinkability is too good. They really need to keep putting these in cans b/c I'd definately drink them up. Good stuff...

Photo of JasonA
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild cloudy rich amber. Solid 2+ fingers of thick off-white/bach head. Lots of lacing, lots of retention. Awesome pour from a can.

Smells sticky rich and powerful hops. Powerfull hops. Yum. Boy am I close to giving a 5 here

Initial malt, hops, sweet, killer hop finish. Wow, the taste here is amazing. The malty start, right into rish hops, maybe citrus middle, and simply delcious finish.

Perfectly balanced. This is probably the best IPA I have ever had.

I have nothing to say bad about this brew. Absolutely nothing. Give me more.

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

12 oz can poured into a snifter glass produced an amber colored beer with a 1 1/2 finger head. The smell consisted of pine, dark fruit and malt. At first I wasn't sure what to think of this beer as it was a little to sweet for my taste. But as the beer warmed up it allowed the hops to come through. At 8.7 percent you can't taste the alcohol. This is a pretty well balanced beer. I would try again if I could ever find it on tap.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the IPAs I had on New Years day while watching bowl games. This was my favorite of the ones I had.
A beautiful-appearing beer. Hazy red/orange color with a good-sized tan head. Sheets of lace.
Citrus and sweet malt aroma.
Big grapefruit taste, good sweet malt background.
A well-balanced beer, with the hops and malt combining well.
Very nice.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel wierd about Gordon, here...

The head on this beer was crazy thick. I fished a little off the top and it stuck to my finger like cotton candy. As I sip on it I am forced to wonder if it were my high expectations or simply the beer letting me down, but this was not what i expected. Its not hoppy enough to be a DIPA, and though it has it's fair share of booze in it, it is unnoticeable. This was by no means a bad beer and again, maybe its not Gordon... But I am not impressed. Furthermore, for the price tag, I was expecting greatness... but if I could do it again, I would just spend it on a pack of 90 minute or even a six of Maximus

Maybe my next can will be better, maybe i have a dud, maybe I'm optimistic...

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

cloudy, deep amber/copper color, with a beautiful beige head.

Lots of roasty caramel malt on the nose. Some piney and citrus hops as well.

Great malt/hop balance. Taste is actually somewhat more muted than expected, but is still quite good. Malt up front, followed by a ting of bitter hops and just a hint of alcohol.

Pretty gd smooth. At first you think it's going to be a mouth coater, but it finishes fairly clean. Some lingering hop bitterness.

SO easy drinking for 8.7% abv. Could easily drink the 4 pack, and be walking on sunshine halfway through the third.

Photo of dill
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer straight from the can so I can't really comment on the appearance and smell of it, but I still quite enjoyed it. It's got a nice amount of maltiness before the bitter hops start to come into play. It rounds out with a woody taste that made me want to keep going back to try more. A strong flavor and like nothing I've ever had before.

Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a frothy off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin film that leaves some lacing. It's darker than expected.

The aroma is spicy piney, citrusy hops. Yum!

The flavor is sweet doughy caramel malts and citrus hops. It has a decent bitter aftertaste, but it is mellower than I expected from a DIPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a good amount of carbonation, but a little watery. The watery mouthfeel kind of washes out the flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall it's a fine (if somewhat mellow) DIPA. It's nicely balanced, but I would prefer a little more hops. It's similar to the Dale's, but I think Dale's has more bitterness and flavor. It's a tad pricy ($10 for 4), so I think Dale's is the much better value.

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed, copper amber body with a tall beige head. Excellent retention and some massive sticky lacing.

Aroma of candied apricots, fresh caramel, grapefruit and pine cone.

Creamy body is almost full and chewy. Solid carbonation.

Taste is everything I look for in an Imperial pale ale. Big chewy caramel malt presence that takes an impressive hops bill to subdue. Huge citrusy hop bitterness tantalizes with apricot and blood orange notes, fading into pink grapefruit near the finish. Clean and even from start to finish, with a memorable citrusy aftertaste.

Amazing stuff here! Opened a real can of whoopass with this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get to try this one on tap @ Hop Devil, Lower East Side NYC, pours a dangerous brownish plum tone, cloudy with a nice tiny bubble film and leaving loads of fine, sticky, sheets of lacing, nice....the expected resiny hop nose, leads to waves of buttery hoppy goodness, creamy, smooth, malt rising to support the hop blast. Full bodied, full flavor, heady, American in attitude brew! Simply lovely stuff, in cans this would be the ultimate beach or camping in the cooler beer. Where can I get cans of this stuff in the NYC area?

Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocketfrog picked this up at Winchester Wine and Spirits while we were there for a beer tasting and graciously gave me a can. Thanks Bro!

Pours a golden amber Belgian-esque color. Smells sweetly of hops, pine...espresso?

Hop taste, but surprisingly not overpowering for the style. Some malt, coffee, pine hints. Very smooth, with the slightest hoppy-bitter aftertaste.

Great beer, well worth tasting. I'm still amazed it came from a can. Looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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

Thanks to blitz134 for this one...
Worn copper color with a full finger and a half of beige head...most recedes with a thick lacing coating the side of my snifter glass.
Huge fruity aroma on this one with strawberries, citrus, melon and a definite butterscotch outline.
Taste is quite sweet up front with plenty of hops to back it up...very fruity and extremely bittersweet in the finish.
The buttery taste is not there and the mouthfeel is not cloying...quite dry actually and ends with that carmelized malt flavor.
The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this one quite drinkable for the abv....I can see why it is only sold in four packs...I'd be one drunk camper with these around the fire.
An experiment perhaps....

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G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.