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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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3,406 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,406
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 328 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can drunk straight. 'Course, I poured a little into a regular glass to see what's what.

A: Pours a radiant copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring a soft texture and acceptable retention. This one leaves behind a nice streak of lacing as is - I can't imagine how much it would leave poured into a full pint glass.

S: About what I expected: plenty of caramel malt sweetness, backed by some floral/piny hops. Black pepper and resin also pop up after a few whiffs. Standard, but well done.

T: Again, no real surprises in the flavor profile, except perhaps for the balance achieved. The hop flavors (no citrus/tropical fruit here, it's all pine/floral/peppery) are strongest right before the finish, yet they never create a harsh spike of bitterness. The opening maltiness is typical: caramel, toffee, marzipan, earth, and maybe a touch of nut. Well balanced, almost to a fault - there's little here to blow the mind, but the approachability is top-notch.

M: There is a decent dryness on the back end, which (somewhat) quashes the sweeter malts. Personally, it's a tad undercarbonated for me, helping to create a touch of undesirable syrupiness at times - still, this one is easy drinking.

O: These amber/red ales (barring Nugget Nectar) never really do it for me. Having said that, this is a quality brew with a level of drinkability belying its 8.7% strength. Good one, but it's a red...meaning this won't be a regular in my fridge.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bold and balanced aroma of citrus and earthy hops with a solid backing of caramel malt. Ripe scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass and some pine. Big sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly floral and wet smelling. Hop aroma is sharp and nicely balanced by the malt. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a lively, juicy, and well balanced mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors with sweet caramel malt. Ripe and bitter taste of hops upfront with notes of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes with some grass and a little spicy piney hops. Hops are fairly wet and juicy tasting. Big sweet malt balance with a good taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Tastes very much like a hopped up imperial red ale. Big and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly drying on the finish. A little booze heat is there but its tame.

Overall: A very good red ale. Good hop flavors with a big caramel malt presence. Its what you would expect from a imperial red.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On 03/27/13.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a ¾ inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Earthy hops with a solid malt sweetness backing it up.

T- The substantial malt backbone is surprising but nice as its sweetness almost edges out the strength and bitterness of the hops making for a well-balanced drink. The subdued alcohol presence only enhances the drinkability.

M- Slightly sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- I only really like red ales when they're hoppy and this one gets the job done well. Ironically, I particularly like this one because of the substantial amount of malt to complement.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 16 oz can to pint glass

A: Red-copper in color, a fluffy, cavernous 2-inch head forms on a gentle pour leaving lacing all over the glass.

S: Citrusy hops hit the nose first, but honey-sweet malts are quickly in tow. There's a faint, earthy floral tone, but the bouquet is ultimately dominated by the bold malt-backbone.

T: The palate is more layered than the nose, and its unusual to find malt-forward IPA, but that's the case here. Starting off candy-sweet, sharp, floral hops quickly step in and keep things from getting cloying. There's a faint metallic presence, and a subtle bubblegum note. Normally these would be criticisms, but the work in this brew. Plenty of booze in this one, really warming the palate toward the end, as it finishes long and sweet.

M: Rich and chewy, the heavy mouthfeel drives home the sweet aspects. There's ample carbonation to keep the palate rinsed between sips.

This walks the line of being to malty-sweet for its style, but they pull it off.

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4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into an some glassware , crystal clear beer , deep dark wood colors with a slight offwhite head and tons of lacing

The smell is really great ,the hops hit you right in the face with a nice earthy smell matching up really well with the sweet malt background

The mouth is thick and sweet and nice , I was caught off guard with how thick it was

The taste is spot on for the style , the hops hit you first then the sweetness of the malt and finishes off with a slight burn of alcohol to let you know it's in there

Overall another homerun from Oskar Blues , I love this beer and will be hunting more of it down

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