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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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BA SCORE
92
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1,306 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,306
Hads: 3,685
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 178
Gots: 472 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of GnomeKing
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Eternal hops to russpowell for sending me this...

This one looks thick and creamy, with a puffy head and ample lacing...and looks aren't just skin deep in this case: the mouthfeel is just as soft and full as you'd expect from the appearance.

The hops are very forward, but not overwhelming. They impart a dry, grassy taste mixed with some fruit accents. (I'd say apricot was dominant.)

This isn't as drinkable as it's little brother, Dale's Pale Ale, but double IPAs are usually a little rough and surly. This one doesn't step out of character.

Cans are good. (572 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I confess. I purchased this fine beverage, solely based on the fact that is was in a can.

This double IPA poured a deep orange brown with a small beige head.

The huge malt aroma is coupled with orange rind, grapefruit and a big citrusy hop bouquet

Monstrous, sweet malt aroma followed by a nice orange rind, citrus, Amarillo hop taste. This is one of the more balanced, smooth DIPAs that I have yet to taste. Hints of caramel and citrus in the finish.

Nice, viscous, full body, just the mouthfeel one would expect from a DIPA. The smooth flavors render this a bit more drinkable than your average DIPA.

A solid offering in a convenient package! (662 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a coppery hue. Medium creamy head holds nicely and reduces leaving tons of sticky lacing along the sides. Aroma is intense with a resiny piney hoppiness. Some sweeter fruity flavors. But the grapefruit and pine dominate and almost burn when I smell too closely. Nice. Taste is just as good but smoother than I expected. Lots of hoppy flavor but bitterness is held in check by a firm malt foundation. The malts a bit sweet which counters nicely with the acidity and almost tea-like herbal qualitites of the hops. Very resiny in the back with a piney finish. Very smooth and some cream elements give this beer great drinkability, esp. considering the abv and the style. I love the can too. This brewery has continued to impress. (748 characters)

Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty clear ruby color with a huge off white head that leaves tons of lacing. Head stays around for quite a long time, too. Smells hoppppy and piney, quite piney. Woodsy. Earthy. Hoppy. Very crisp and refreshing scent.

Taste almost lives up to the nose, it's quite crisp and light, but lacks a little bit of depth that the nose has. More piney and woodsy flavors, a tiny bit of sweetness peeks through. Mouthfeel is, again, light. Amazingly light. This is a highly, highly drinkable DIPA. Very sneaky in the alcohol department, flavorful, refreshing... and in a can! Gotta love that. Lovely. (600 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz can at about 38F into a standard 16 oz pint.

Aroma at the can top was hops with a touch of maltiness.

Pours medium thick with a nice thick light tan head about 1" high.

Color is medium-dark amber, leaning towards brown rather than red, and slightly hazy.

Nose in the glass is cornucopia of aromas, hoppy, citrusy, sweet and a bit fruity. Very enticing.

Taste is well balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. Lots of residual malts making it quite sweet, a bit too much caramel in the finish.

Mouthfeel is only low to moderate thickness for the style, slick, and alcohol warmth is evident.

As it warms, it perfectly maintains its balance, uncommon in many beers which become too bitter or too malty--Gordon stays on the mark until the last swallow.

Overall a very drinkable beer, one that I enjoy again and again--but not at one session. The alcohol is evident, no enticement to chug this one. One of my favorite DIPAs. (966 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to copper color and clear with a fairly small cream colored head that fades back to a ring. Aroma is sweet grapefruit, orange sweetarts, and a sweet berry smell. Taste follows with a mix of citrus and berry that is cut by a steady and slightly dry bitterness that lingers nicely. Light to medium body, somewhat lighter malty feel, fairly smooth texture up front mixes with a peppery zing of hops and a bitterness that hits the back of the tongue. Nice dipa, quite easy to drink. (493 characters)

Photo of auntfloyd
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz can into a Stone IPA specialty glass. Usually, I like to try stuff from the can, but for a review, I'll make an exception.

Pours an unexpectedly dark amber color, mostly clear with some haziness, with about one finger of light tan head.

Smell is big on hops, with definite notes of grapefruit coming through. Some malt is also present, but subdued by the hops.

The taste is big, caramel-y, malty sweetness, followed by the citrusy hops that were promised by the smell. Definitely sweet for an IPA, in the same vein as DFH 90 minute. The brewer calls this a hybrid, "somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA", so don't expect the out-and-out hops flavor that characterizes many American IPAs and DIPAs.

The mouthefeel is good -- smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable, providing that you like sweet beers.

All in all, an excellent beer, though not my type. If I'm in the mood for a great beer from a can, I'll probably stick with Dale's Pale Ale or Brooklyn Lager. (1,028 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ruby red body with a thick off-white fluffy head. Seeing a brew like this come out of a can is truly miraculous.

Nose is sharp hops, tempered with creamy malt. Reminds me very much of Masala Mama IPA, and that's not a bad thing.

Flavor is solid creamy malt backbone with sweet citrus hop finish. Strong flavor profile, with no booziness at all. Surprising at the 9.2% ABV listed on the can. This is a great tasting brew, (again reminding me of MMIPA).

Mouthfeel is slightly oily and tooth-stripping, nice IPA-ness!

Drinkability is sky high! This could even be dangerous at this ABV ;) A supremely quaffable DIPA.

Awesome brew! I am eternally grateful to cburian for providing me the opportunity to try this great brew outside the state of CO. Thanks, Chris! (773 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours deep amber with an off-white head exhibiting the thickness that seems to be a trademark for this Lyons, Colorado craft brewery. The smell is absolutely amazing. This is one of the most aromatic, floral hoppy beers I have ever smelled. It practically smells like burying your nose in a couple handsful of hops. Amazingly, under all that floral scent there is significant malt to be smelled as well. The taste is not as hoppy as the smell would indicate; must have been a very large and late hop addition. It’s a big beer, with rich honey malt flavors and piney, sappy bitterness. The higher alcohol content is detectable in the mouth as a warming feeling during the long bitter finish. All in all, a very balanced beer (in the taste, if not the nose). Big beer, big abv%, big price, but well worth it. (812 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. Especially from a can, but then again, I have nothing bad to say about anything from Oskar Blues that I have had thus far. It poured much darker than I was expecting. About like New Castle, in fact. It had a lovely khaki coloured foamy cap that rested on the surface of the liquid for some time, leaving a very nice, soapy lace on the edges of my glass. Looks quite good, indeed.
Smell was exactly what I was expecting, with some sweet malts in the background, but the pine resin and grapefruit Cascade and/or Centennial dominating. Typically, not my style, but when I find myself in the mood for this, nothing else will suffice.
Mouthfeel is very solid. Smooth and easy to drink, but very "firm" at the same time. The 8,7abv is very well concealed in this.
While certainly above average, this wasn't sensational IMHO. I am very glad, however, that I tried it. I bit expensive, though, for what it is. (916 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Can with a slightly crooked (hand placed?) label with no date cracks open, with no air space in the top. This ends up sending beer everywhere. I guess it would prevent oxidization though. Color is a red copper color, with a one finger head. Little retention, but nice lacing. Good amount of "chunkage" in the glass... looks like floating protien to me. Not the prettiest one out there.

Aroma is an almost perfect interplay of malt and hops. Caramel and toffee are there, with hugely piney hop aromas. Quite resinous.

Flavor is much the same, although more on the hop side of things. Beautifull piney hops are here in abundance.A good amount af malt is present on the finish, backed by a smooth hop bitterness. Not harsh at all, and quite well balanced for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick and heavy, like drinking warm honey. Drinkability is decent.

Oskar Blues really amazes me. Around here they were never heard of, and all of a sudden show up with 2 beers, in CANS, that are amazing. I'm glad that I finally got my hands on some of thier Gordon, which I have been looking for. A great beer, from a brewery that I very much respect for quite a few reasons. I do wish that it was a little cheaper.... $14 for a 4 pack is a little steep, but I do think that this is worth it. Very enjoyable, and highly recommended. (1,330 characters)

Photo of joeack
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice burnt orange color and a much fluffier head than I was expecting. It appeared very syrupy in the glass. The smell was immediate grapefruit/citrus and the first sip was much of the same. The hop bitterness is very good and the drinkability is high for a beer with such a high alcohol content. Delicious brew and looking forward to trying this one again. (366 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10-ounce goblet at Pizza Plant on Transit Rd. Hazy dark amber with golden highlights and a densely-packed, small onionskin-colored head. Beneath a powerful sugary spruce sap and citrus rind aroma lies the scent of a vaguely fruity ester and caramel malts. Massively bitter citrus flavor up front (grapefruit, mandarin rind, etc.) quickly gives way to a slightly alcoholic, strawberry-mango-inflected caramel malt sweetness. Pine, grapefruit, and vegetal cannabis flavors all appear in the scorching burps. The mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and juicy all at once. The 9.2% alcohol content is certainly noticeable, but not in any way that inhibits enjoyment of the other flavors. A DIPA that isn't syrupy or cloying is always a keeper in my book. And it really is a damn good DIPA. If one wanted to exemplify a classic of the style, one needn't look much further than Gordon here. (874 characters)

Photo of jameaterblues
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So it was my day off and I had some running around to do, and on my way home I stopped by the Whole Foods at Union Square...I wanted to find a couple of cans of gordon before it gets released in four packs....needless to say I was successful. These cans have something that just says small brewery....plain can with a oskar blues sticker just stuck right on it....I also like beers dedicated to people it shows that the brewery really were going for something special when they created....but enough about my day and my commentary on the can...

A- Dark amber yet still translucent...Nice frothy head, of a cream color, that rose to fill my pint glass, and even made a nice little dome over the glass with out overflowing...very thick dense rings of lace that trail all the way down the glass.

S-This is a wonderful smell...one of those DIPA's that is bordering on the verge of becoming a barley wine...extremely rich malts, but with a very strong and succulent hop back bone...With big sweet caramel, nice grass-iness that creates a dankness that is only possessed by a really fresh earthy plant...This beer smells like something that I have been craving...and I am really glad I grabbed two.

T- Big caramel malts on the tip on the tongues throughout the body...hop bitterness in this beer is really well balanced...although the hops stronger than the malts that is expected because of the style...Again there is citrus in the mid body and a grassy leafy fallness that comes to mind in the finish(maybe it would be better described as floral, but I'm pretty sure it is leafy)...

M/D- This beer is nice and thick syrupy, and slightly chewy...coats the tongue and leaves you a lot to think about long after you finish the sip...This beer deserves a 5 on drinkability, but at $3.99 a 12oz can all I can give it is a 4.5....but none the less a great beer that will venture in to my fridge many times this winter. (1,920 characters)

Photo of biking4beer
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying to hunt down cans of this without success, so I went up to the brewery and got my growler filled. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Poured a very sligth half finger head that dissapaited quickly to some nice lacing. Beer was a deep, hazy red and a little orange around the edges. As it poured it definitely looked to have an oily consistency.

The smell was all pine. In my hand written notes, I wrote it three times. Slight lemon, and after taking a few more whiffs, got a strong alcohol smell.

The pine really comes through on the first sip. Very hoppy without a lot of malt to balance. I don't know what else you would call this, but I'm not sure if I didn't know what I was tasting that I would call it one. I think Oskar's does good on it's promise of making this a mix of an "Imperial Red and Double IPA."

This beer had a little too much carbonation for my taste on the first poor from the growler. The next day was much better. Drinkability was so, so. It's an enjoyable beer, but I didn't want to consume much more than one glass at time. As I mentioned before, it could use a little more balance. To me it just didn't have the right hop flavor for it to stand alone on them. I've heard this is a better beer when pouring for a can. Maybe I'll track some down and re-review. (1,313 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 revisit, canned release this time.

love the homebrewed can design. it's like a bumper sticker wrapped around a coors/diet coke can. the aluminum unit cracks without a pop or fizz, but pours with plenty nice head. the beer itself is a muted shade of brown, the head yellow-tinged and solid. time brings it down to a thin layer, but chunky foam nuggets are deposited on the glass edge.

huge aroma of battling brown sugar malt sweetness and grapefruit essence. there is something else here too, reminiscent of a treated leather baseball glove. some fresher hop greens show up with warmth as well, presenting an extremely inviting yet somewhat frighteningly huge ipa odor.

initial sips evoke barleywine-style boozy sweetness. the brown sugar from the nose plays out smoothly and creates the big base for this big beer. bittering agents are there, but not enough to overpower the base beer, create abrasiveness or be referred to as 'piney.' earthy dirt and a minty spritz taste really good in the finish. the more i drink and the more this warms, the complexities kind of mellow out and blend together. the sweetness gets integrated into the taste bud scheme, and the gritty botanical notes amplify. booze and sweetness go, bitterness goes up. no matter the temp, this beer remains an slow sipping yet flavorful dipa.

recommended, and just as good as i remember from the old days of gordon bottles. (1,411 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks bwyker for sending this one my way. The beer was poured from the can into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer looked like amber ice tea in my glass. The head was a off white and two fingers high. The head didnt stick around. The beer left sticky webs of lacing down my glass.

Smell: Smelling the beer was like being beaned in the nose with a peeled grapefruit. Piney smells combine with a toasted caramel maltyness to tempt my palate.

Taste: This beer has a major toasted caramel malty entrance. This gives way to a subdued grapefruity and pine cone flavor. I would have liked a more aggressive hop attack; however, this beer is similar to 120 Minute IPA with a great malty backbone. This beer is very tasty! I would simply prefer a more aggressive hop attack.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just shy of medium bodied. The beer isnt sticky. This is a dam fine beer that hides its alcohol well. I could easily see kicking back a few of these in a evening. (978 characters)

Photo of gonzo138
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite suprised to see this beer presented in a 750 ml corked bottle, I didn't know oscar blues even bottled anything

A- pours a dark brown color, nothing pale about it, has a rich cream colored head that retained beautifully and laced great as well

S- smells a bit sweet at first, but then a big citrusy hop smell

T- a very sweet malt presence at first, but then a nice hoppy bitterness, malt and hops are very well balanced

M- nice carbonation, medium body, very sticky long lasting flavor

D- goes down easily, after having a whole 750 I am a bit buzzed, an excellent beer, i would love to be able to find in a can (636 characters)

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this hard to find and expensive brew.
When I poured this beer not much of a head but the aroma could smell five feet away! Though the small head still laced the glass all the way to bottom. The nose had a nice grapefruit and sweet lemony with a soft floral finish. mouthfeel was med. to full body with hints of amareto and dusted peacans. The finish was a little spicy with a vanilla coffee finish. Best beer in a can I've tried! (454 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this in cans, so I figured I need to review it for comparrison's sake to the draft

Pours reddish orange witha 3 fingers deep offwhite colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Huge piney & citrus hops & then hints of alcohl as it warms

T: Loads of piney hops then sweet malt comes through. Caramel & grapefruitty hops are present as it warms. Dryness & oakyness show as well. Finishes fruitty with

MF: Medium bodied with low levels of carbonation & super balance for the style

Drinks very easy for the abv & ibus. The only thing that would keep this out the rotation is the cost $10.99 a 4 pack. Seems much smoother when compared to the draft, having said that. it was a pretty young batch. Another can of goodness from this brewery. I liked this about .5 more than tap version for what it's worth (828 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 13oz...can! Thanks to timtheenchanta for sharing.

This beer pours a ruby amber with a frothy just off white head. The smell is mostly hops backed up by some sweetness. The hops seem to be of the centennial varietal. The taste falls short of the smell. This is a major malt bomb. The hops have a hard time shining through all of the pale malts. It is still tastey, just not hoppy. The mouthfeel is full and thick, with nice carbonation. Overall, its drinkable, just not a great IPA. (527 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light ruby clear liquid topped with a thin tightly bubbled head that dissipates after a few minutes leaving thin spots on the side of the glass.

Huge hoppy nose (Centennial?) that smell very fresh with sweet toasted malt smells with hints of caramel.

Big sweet hoppy flavor that attacks the taste buds with a mix of sweet and bitter. There's a huge toasted malt balance that reminds me of 90 Minute. Very dry bitter finish from all of the wonderful fresh tasting hops. A good beer although not all that complex. (517 characters)

Photo of bwyker
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to blitz134 for the can. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a sort of shimmering amber with a moderate head of off-white foam. Settles as a thin ring. Not a single bubble of carbonation can be found

Aroma: Citrusy hop stings your nose. Hints of sweet caramel.

Taste: Like Dale's on hop-steroids. Sweet caramel and grapefruit, with a stinging bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth. No malt stickyness, not too much drying for a beer with so much alcohol.

Drinkability: Definitely a highly drinkable beer. In my opinion, not too far off from Dale's. More hop character, though it would probably stand out more on tap (rather than in a can). Another great one from Oskar Blues. (717 characters)

Photo of rodrot
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep reddish amber color with a small head that left a bit of lace on the glass. Upon cracking the can open I caught a huge whiff of fresh hop flower aromas. Very enticing for a full blown hophead like me. Sweet malt aromas came later along with some peach and citrus notes. Taste was quite hoppy, but there was also a very good malt backing with this beer that went along well with flavors of peach, apricot and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied on the palate. Alcohol was not really too apparent for a beer that is 9.2 percent. Overall, another very nice offering from the canned beer craft brewery that continues to impress me. Ordered online from Vintage Cellar in VA. (697 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Head is dense and lasting, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is defined by resinous hop character. Taste starts with a heavy malt sweetness, which is quickly cut to the quick by the incisive piney hops. Certainly can't call it well balanced, but the flavors are quite complementary. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, especially for a style that can sometimes abandon flavor for sheer bitterness. Glad I have a couple more of these in the fridge... (661 characters)

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.