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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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3,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,360
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 317 | FT: 6
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:
Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2003)
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Reviews by bennett_loves_good_beer:
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

As soon as I crack open the can I am blasted with a piney hop aroma.

Apperance: Pours a deep orange with a thick two finger head that dissipates very slowly. Smell is fantastic as it pours. Head is lumpy and thick as it slowly dissipates. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, hop oil, citrus, brown sugar. Wow, can already tell this is going to be a fantastic beer.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a mostly fruity and slightly piney hop finish. Brown sugar and sweetness slowly gives way to some delicious hops. The delicious grapefruity, flavors seem to come out more as the beer warms. Just a fantastic balancing act of a strong malt and hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Beer is full bodied and slowly brings all malt and the hop flavors over the palate. The 8.7% alcohol is hidden well.

Overall, a superbly balanced brew. Like the extra sweet malts that are present since the hops balance it out nicely. A truly world class beer but it is quite expensive. Over $15 for a 4 pack of tall boys.

bennett_loves_good_beer, Aug 18, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

oberon, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of ddean
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

ddean, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

mojohawk21, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

RoyalT, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +21.7%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of boston2bburg
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

boston2bburg, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

OhioBobcat, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

brownbeer, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

hopivore, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Tiernan, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

woodchipper, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Shakerman, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SkiBum22, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of sicilian
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

sicilian, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of joemetric
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Dmann, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

orbitalr0x, May 25, 2006
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G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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