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

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Reviews: 1,306
Hads: 3,685
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 178
Gots: 472 | 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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Reviews: 1,306 | Hads: 3,685
Photo of mikeborglum
5/5  rDev +22%

Fantastic foamy light tan tall head with dark Amber color poured from 16 oz can. Lots of lacing that last forever. Great mouth feel and tons of flavor with very fine finish. Definitely a beer I will have many times again. (222 characters)

Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Since having it the first time, I find that I don't enjoy beers I had rated higher as much. I just edited this to make it a 5 instead of a 4.75. (166 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally convinced myself to try this big can of DIRA (Double India Red Ale).

A - Bright red-orange color. Very hazy beer with white head and strong lacing.

S - Definitely hop forward aroma with citrus hops mixing with tropical and grassy tones. Some caramel and malt are second. Maybe some light alcohol character letting you know that this beer is almost 9% ABV.

T - Great mash-up of hops and malts. It has tons of flavor that coats the palate and is full of aromatics from the caramel, the malt, and the hops. The fruitiness and citrus of the hops is my first impression but with the "red" color there is plenty of caramalt to make this more than an IPA. The ale yeast also provides a slight fruitiness and helps the hops give this full flavored beer a more well rounded profile.

M - Medium to full mouth-feel. The carbonation was moderate. It finishes with quite a bit of body and is not one I could drink more than a couple before it's lights out.

Overall, a great beer that is a nice mixture of a lot of flavors that I love separately in one beer. Awesome hoppy aroma, delicious flavor, great feel, appearance, and really get this beer going for gold. Though it isn't the very best beer I've ever had; I would recommend trying this if you can even thought it is on the pricey side.

Glass- Nonic Imperial Pint (1,321 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber with a large off-white head, which retains well. Fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Over-the-top citric and pine hops vie with dense, sweet caramel malt to establish olfactory dominance. Substantial sweet and spicy alcohol is present a well, appropriate, given the ABV of 8.7%.

Taste: Opens with a surge of powerful hops, soon followed by a sturdy caramel malt background, which is not quite the equal of the hops. Mild tropical fruit notes appear throughout, always fading before the strong hop presence. Alcohol is also a notable presence, with spicy and warming notes contributing to the taste. The finish is pleasantly drawn out, with a note of brown sugar to compliment the hops and alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted, over-the-top example of the style. It seems appropriate for cold weather.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Woody86
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Very nice!

Pours beautiful copper color with about a two finger head. F@king elegant lacing.

Smells of grains and caramelized sugar.

Mouth-feel is wonderful as is typical with all Oskar Blues beers I have tried thus far.

D@mn tasty! Excellent hops flavors with carmelized sweetness, however, the sweetness is perfectly balanced with the hops.

Very easy drinking for the alcohol content. OB did a d@mn good job with this beer.


Woody (449 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%

Canned 2/20/14 from Brevard :
Pours an amber-orange, with a very nice amount of foamy head. The surface head sustains, and the edges are fairly thick with bubbles, leading to some nice lacing. The nose is clay, earthy base with some fruitiness thrown in (mango, papaya) with a honey or caramel sweetness.

The taste starts right up front with a pine bitterness on top of a caramel, tropical fruit sweetness. I expected more malt up front, but am happy for hop-forward nature (even with an older can). The end taste, especially as the beer warms a bit, is a bit of candy-like sweetness. Even though the hops are the star of the show, I think the beer is actually pretty well balanced.

Had this in the past, but did not rate or review at the time. Recalled enjoying it, but have not grabbed any for a while. Will have to correct that in the future, and especially look to edit my review with a fresher can. (912 characters)

Photo of thechadwix
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Appearance: Copper red with plenty of head (> 1 inch, somewhat due to the pour which was a little wobbly) that subsided to a thin cream-colored dusting across the top

Smell: Sweet hay

Taste: Malty and sweet, almost like oatmeal on the front end, with a touch of bitterness to the after-taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium, between thick and thin. Somewhat silky with a very mild after-taste that hangs around like all good bar bands after the show smoking cigarettes until sunrise.

Overall: Delicious, well-balanced, canned bliss (522 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz can into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers khaki head over a transparent body of copper; moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - strong smell of grapefruit, pine, and spice; very nice

T - bready, caramel sweetness, tropical fruit, grapefruit and spice from the hops, notes of wood

M - thick, smooth full body; moderate carbonation (340 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer was less hoppy than I would have imagined. Maybe I was expecting more of an IPA style of beer, but this one had much more sweet maltiness than I would have preferred. The hops are there but they are not all that overwhelming. The color was a nice amber with some brown notes mixed in. Auburn perhaps? I thought this was an above average beer but maybe not worth what I paid for this. (393 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice lacing and a smooth head. Apricot and amber in color. Sticky lacing lasted for a while on the glass.

Nose: Pine, resin, and grapefruit.

Taste: Carmel, cherry, candy, and tropical fruits. Oils and wood in the finish.

Notes: Very nice. It is recommended. Hides it's alcohol well. (297 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, red brown colored with a large foamy offwhite head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on hops, earth, pine, citrus , grapefruit, breast malt sweetness, tangy and mouth watering

T: pine bitterness up front, bitter at first with a lemon quality, sweetens to honey and slight raisin flavors, hint of heavy alcohols and esters

M: medium to full with good carbonation, slight alcohol presence

O: nice balance of bitter mixed with quite sweet maltiness (510 characters)

Photo of Bavoo
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review...
Serving: Poured in to a pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish/rust color with a small head that quickly dissipated to about 1/4". A fine lacing remains. In fact, the original head lacing is still intact at the top of the pint. The other lacing is thick and downward as I sipped.

Smell: Hops abound with citrus notes really upfront.

Taste: Full hops on the front end with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. It then mellows to citrus, almost apricot-like. I mean, this is an IPA after all.
What really makes this beer great is the malt balance. After the swallow, you feel the hops slip away, replaced by a really nice malt touch on the palate. Again, this is an IPA so the hops are the big flavor, but Oskar Blues has found a nice balance here. As someone that is not a big fan of "hop bombs", this is the perfect IPA for me.

Mouthfeel: Finely carbonated and thick. That's the red ale coming through.

Overall: Outstanding. With an 8.7% ABV, this beer is no slouch. I wouldn't take this to the beach or tailgating, but for an afternoon/evening on the deck (out of the sun), this is perfect. I'll be back for more. (1,156 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Pours an amber red with a thick head that lingers. The smell was very subtle but I got bit of sweetness and some citrus. The taste is great with notes of orange peel and lemon as well as caramel from the malt, and a bit of grapefruit pine from the hops. Complex yet with a style behind it. Absolutely would I recommend. (335 characters)

Photo of MrWilliams
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into DFH IPA glass.

A 3.5) Lovely color, like clover honey. Poured semi rough received a massive tan head about 4 fingers that lingers for quite a while. Lacing sticks to the glass with determination even 2/3 of the way through the glass it still sits where I haven't taken a sip from.

S 3.5) Pine very much pine. Slight citrus notes, grapefruit mostly with a touch of oranges. And slightly burnt sugar, not overwhelming caramel but enough that you think sweet.

T 4.25) As the smell suggests, pine very much so with caramel overtones and faint citrus on the finish. Malts also play a good role in this beer, while not so evident in the nose wood and bread are very evident and do well to balance out the pine flavor.Bitterness also comes in on the finish not so overwhelming that the palate hurts but there, doesn't last long though, only takes a moment after the sip for you to be ready for the next, and the next, and the next.

M 4.25) On the low side of thick, not too much carbonation, slides down the throat like liquid corduroy, like velvet with a bit of added texture. Also sticky, not quite so much as Gubna, but enough that the feel and flavor linger in you mouth for quite some time making this an easy beer to enjoy over a stretch of time.

O 4.00) Very tasty beer. Usually I prefer more overwhelming grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors but for the lack of those it's still great. I'm not a hop know it all but at a guess I think simcoe or amarilla very piney as stated (I'm going to look this up when I'm done and feel like an idiot if I'm wrong:)). Also as stated the taste and feel linger for a good long while making this something that you can take your time with, and with a full pint can you almost have to. (1,752 characters)

Photo of theholygose
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beautiful deep amber, thick frothy head, solid retention.

Nose - airy and almost nonexistent in this serving. Might just be the conditions or myself.

Taste - deep, sweet caramel malts. Big citrus, grapefruit and lemon zest. Some orange on the backend. Lingering bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation, somewhat abrasive. (356 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Murky brown color with burnt Siena highlights. Creamy off white head retains very well. Sticky webs of lacing cling everywhere,

S: Mango, apricot, orange. Hints of rose and maybe even bubblegum. A bit of pine resin. Pineapple ester. Fat layer of toast. Dark caramel. Pinch of brown cocoa.

T: Earthy and resins pine. Bubblegum. Apricot and mango. Toasted grain. Dark caramel chews. Brown cocoa. Pineapple and hints of alcohol toward the back. Drying finish of cocoa and oily hop bitterness.

M: Hefty medium body. Full and creamy in the mouth without being weighty. Gentle carbonation. Good texture.

O: A big, fat imperial red that drinks way, way too easily for a brew clocking in at 8.7%abv. (732 characters)

Photo of HarrySaltz
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer! When I see it on draft, I order it first. I usually only have one, as I like to mix it up when I drink beer. Besides, it is strong and gets me started out right! A big tasting beer, with great amounts of hops and the perfect amount of malt, it excites the taste buds! I like to pair it with any number of fried goods. Boom (340 characters)

Photo of lou50rp
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange color with quickly dissipating off white head. Some carbonation.
Definite grapefruit smell, Very strong citrus.smell. Inviting.
Strong grapefruit and malt sweetness at the start and hops come in at the very end-very mildly.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall a great brew. An outstanding IPA style without the heavy, sharp hop ending. Definitely a repeat, especially chilled on a hot summer day. (403 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temperature in a tulip. Mine was canned on August 15th, 2013. Things often arrive already half a year old here...

Huge three-finger, off-white head. Great retention and lacing. The beer's a crystal-clear amber orange.

An aroma of dank and piney hops, caramel, honey, and orange.

Tastes like zesty orange at first. Then the piney hops start to assert themselves. The finish provides a sensation of bread and honeyed biscuits.

Fairly high carbonation makes the hops pop nicely. It's also fairly thick, which I like in such flavorful DIPAs.

A dank and delicious DIPA. (576 characters)

Photo of JCarey
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze. Big, frothy head with lots of lacing and cap.

Malt forward sweetness and tropical hop character.

Semi dry with a nice backend sweetness. Toasted bread and caramel malt flavors with some spicy and citrus hops. Semi clean fruity yeast.

Semi dry medium-full body with good carbonation on the lower end of style but works well in the Imperial.

My home brew tastes exactly like this, so maybe I'm biased, but after checking BA reviews I stand by it! Solid beer. (473 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty clear amber with a finger of rocky tan head, nice lacing

Smell is toffee, sweet orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel, ya a lot of orange in here

Taste is sweet orange, caramel, toffee, blood orange, herbal hop, some nice dank notes, pine, some big sweet bready malt underneath, some prickly piney bitterness on the end, a bit of astringent bitterness on the end

Mouthfeel is medium full, slight drying in the finish, but not at much as your average IPA/DIPA

Well, this is a really good Red IPA/DIPA... Not my favorite in the style but this is a really good beer. (595 characters)

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

Tasted On: 05-14-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-20-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. tall can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Gift from a friend

Appearance shows a hazy, dark copper color. The offwhite head is a nice size and has good retention and excellent lace.

Smells have rich caramel malts and tropical fruits from the hops, plus a small hint of the alcohol. Smells great and makes me eager to taste.

The taste has flavors of grapefruit and mangos, and features a good balance of the hop bitterness and some backend malt sweetness.

Full-bodied, the finish has hoppy bitterness but also a hefty dose of malts, with aftertastes of tropical fruits.

Overall a fantastic brew

Thanks to Kirk for this one! (697 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14

A-Pours a hazy light copper color with a thick, rich off-white head.

S-Aroma is light malt with big citrus and pine and a little caramel.

T-Taste is caramel, herbal spice, mango, and a big pine/grass bitterness with some bite.

M-Has a medium body well balanced mouthfeel. Great carbonation

O-Overall this was a fantastic beer why haven't I had this sooner. (396 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 16oz. pint can a cloudy, murky, semi-opaque red-amber. Massive head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful lace, too.

Nose is heavy on the citrus hops, with plenty of toasty grains.

Taste is sticky malts and smooth but acidic citrus hops, with a touch of pine and some astringent qualities. Nonetheless, this is very very drinkable and well-balanced. Never much noticed the relatively heavy ABV! Good showing from the pretty well impeccable Oskar Blues. (464 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a creamy, fairly thick beige head that lingers for some time.

S: Soft, somewhat muted aromas of candied citrus peel, heavy cream, toffee, caramel, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of candied orange and lemon peels, kumquats, red grapefruit, lime zest, cream, caramel, brown sugar, herbs, cedar, juniper, and toffee coat the palate. The finish is bitter, but balanced with a nice blend of brown sugar, cream, caramel, juniper, and citrus notes.

M: Very silky and smooth in the mouth with just a hint of resin. The body is on the heavier side of medium; in fact, it feels a bit lighter than it really is meaning that this beer can sneak up on you if you drink it too quickly. Alcohol presence is mildly prickly, but far from distracting. This ale is incredibly easy to drink for the style.

O: A great double IPA. It is smooth enough to drink at a steady pace and has enough flavor to really give the reviewer the impetus to savor it with care. I think what I like most about this beer is that, unlike so many big, hoppy ales these days, there is both malt and hop character. I could see this one being perfect for someone who really wants an IPA or DIPA, but wants something with some balance and malt heft. Highly recommended for fans of the style. (1,297 characters)

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