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

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3,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 156
Gots: 356 | FT: 6
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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 Cschmidt87
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Poors a beautiful amber color with a good two inch head. The aroma is very floral with lots of grapefruit and pine, backed by sweet caramel malts. This beer has an amazing mouthfeel, very full and luscious, super smooth. The flavor is full of fresh hops, with lots of grapefruit, notes of pine, and slightly floral. All of this backed up by sweet caramel malts. A very balanced beer, the hops are balanced perfect by the malty sweetness. Great beer overall!

Photo of alpinebryant
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy caramel with a thick white lingering head into a pint glass. Smell of strong grapefruit, pine , caramel malt, floral bouquet.

Tasted very similar to its aroma - thick malt flavor, caramel, some pine and grapefruit, finishes a little dry , chalky even, but with a medium thickness. Seems to me that the malt nearly outmans the hop flavor in this IIPA.

Very good beer, could definitely enjoy a few of them however after two or three might have to change over to something less.

Photo of kfsv034
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: a nice amber red color with a bubbly head

s: floral hops smells good

t: tastes good piney and floral hops up front with a smooth malty middle and a bitter piney back end

m: smooth

d: this beer is so smooth i could drink it all night but would catch up to me after 3 or 4

Photo of GeezLynn
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful deep red-brown with a foamy white head. Great retention.

S: Smell is gust of citrus and grapefruit hops with a hefty malt base. The pale and caramel malts are rounded out nicely with a little dark malt.

T: Flavor has grassy and big citrus hop notes, especially orange and grapefruit. Hops are held at bay by the sweet malts. Caramel is especially forward and a little sweeter than your average DIPA. Finish offers a nice touch of bitterness .

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and sticky with good carbonation. Just right.

Delicious big beer. Not just a hop monster like some IIPAs. Definitely some amber ale qualities here. Gordon should be proud. The question is: how do I get a beer this good named after me?

Photo of yesyouam
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oskar Blues Gordon is a clear, dense, copper ale with a foamy, chunky, yellowish sand colored head that has rainbow bubbles. The head retention and lacing are outstanding. The aroma is very strong. As soon as the can is popped, you can smell it across the room: grassy, floral, spicy, citrusy and fresh. It's velvety smooth and pretty full bodied. The finish is clean and delicate. It's well balanced; not terribly bitter, but very hoppy. There are flavor notes of grass, flowers and citrus peel. The alcohol flavor waxes to provide the finish and a long, hot aftertaste. Wow. It's really bold.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Flying Saucer. Poured a golden brown with a one finger creamy light caramel head. Nose was caramel malt, spruce notes and orange peel. Lots more caramel malt in the taste with a finish of ripe pink grapefruit and pineapple rind. The mouthfeel is very smooth, wet and mellow. I didn't like this on tap as much as I did out of the can-maybe a poor pour by the bartender but the experience wasn't the same. Still a good beer but I would like more hops. I realize the malt bill on this example is supposed to be prevalent but that is the case with DFH 90 as well and the malt character is very noticeable but doesn't overpower the hops like this one does. Mild bitterness in the finish, it could use some more hop character. Still think the bartender screwed the pour up, I'll have to give it another shot on tap down the road.

Photo of wenkalman
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can (first for me) into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden amber color with very little head. Slight lacing could be seen but not as much as would be expected from a DIPA.

Smell - Strong smells of Pine and Grapefruit, with the pine being a little more powerful. Not a lot of alcohol smell which is good considering a lot of DIPA's tend to have that. Slight hints of malt character but overpowered the strong hop aroma (which is not a bad thing....I am a hophead).

Taste - The fragrances really come through in the taste. Strong citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and pine notes in the taste. Mild malt flavor is taken over by the hops. Not very balanced, but again, a DIPA rarely is.

Moutfeel - Has a thick feel which I expected. Only slight carbonation, probably a little to little for my liking. A little thick, like most DIPA's but not overly syrupy.

Drinkability - I found it easy drinking but I am a hophead. For those who like IPA's for their balance, this may be too hoppy for your liking. The beer is not well balanced, but I don't believe many DIPA's are.

I would recommend this beer to those hopheads out there. It is different to be pouring a good beer from a can, but it works and tastes good.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass from a can. It's weird to pour craft from a can. It almost feel akward. The beer is slightly cloudy burnt orange amber. Little to no head with just hint of lace.

The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pineapple. Fresh cut pine branches come to mind.

The flavor follows the nose for sure. Big burst of hops get smoothed over by a rush of sweet malt. This hop bomb has the chewing on pine needles taste goin on. I love it.

Medium to robust body. slightly chewy. Typical carbonation.

Overall another very good beer. Maybe a little subdued for a DIPA but worthy for seeking out.

Photo of flannelman808
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a definite charm in only serving your beer from a can... I like it. Beer stores better in a can and serving canning beer makes the beer to the talking (bottles are sexy cans are badass).

A: like the can as I said... pours a opaque reddish amber and has a foamy off white large bubbled head. Very good lacing on this beer.

S: It smells of resinous citrusy hops and sweet caramel.

T: This is a nice double IPA... not too sweet and not too bitter. It is very approachable for its style. There is a nice fresh pine quality to it as well as that sticky pine cone resin flavor/texture. Sweet caramel malt and citrus rind clash and the pine follows through to ensure a dry finishing beer. Very nice... plus... love the can.

M: sticky and mouthfilling

D: quite high given the abv (mainly because of the perceived dryness of this beer.

Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oskar Blues Gordon

12 oz can, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark amber with a smallish beige head that soon reduces to a skim, and leaves scattered bits of lacing.

Smells citrusy sweet (orange, pineapple) and tastes pretty much the same. Seriously lacking in bitterness, though. A thick, coating caramel flavor dominates, and the hops are too gentle to compete. This beer is begging for a dose of pine and/or grapefruit to cut through the sweetness. On the positive side, the mouthfeel is rather substantial, and the pineapple/orange combo provide a nice juiciness. A bit boozy at the finish.

Overall impression: Overrated (and underhopped)? Old can? Hard to say with no date info on the can, but I won't be purchasing this again unless I see it on tap somewhere.

Photo of MrStark
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter glass.

Appearance is a hazy orange/amber with a foamy off white one-finger head that slowly dissipates leaving small bits of sticky lacing.

Smell is quite citric and piny with a nice aroma of grapefruit, hops and a hint sweetness as well. A nice well rounded and pleasant aroma.

Taste is a good dose of grapefruit citric bitterness followed by a overly bitter. A fairly sweet example of the style. The alcohol doesn't seam to make its presence known and is quite well hidden. It ends with a nice dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, with a mild amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great! This beer goes down quite easy and is pretty tasty. I certainly wouldn't mind having this as a session beer and look forward to having many more. If you see this in a store, definitely give it a try!

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy reddish orange with about a quarter inch of pale creamy head. Nice looking beer, looks viscous and sticky during the pour. Great lacing.

S: Definitely a good malt backbone, caramel candy type aroma to it. Hops dominate though, and it's a wonderful blend of pine and citrus.

T: Wow, that malt is certainly there and it's a sweet beer, but damn it's got some great bitterness and pine/floral/citrus flavors.

M: Heavy body, quite nice overall. Well carbonated, great beer. Really sits on the palate for the finish.

D: The sweetness downgrades the drinkability, but only slightly. It's a great beer.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I filled my growler with Dale's Pale Ale last week and really enjoyed it. I was then told about this beer from a fellow hophead who described it as a double version of Dale's. I immediately had to try it. I love the saying on the can - "can'o bliss. satisfy ya".

A - Pours a hazy ruby-amber with a one finger tan head. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing.

S - More pine and citrus hops than I think I have ever smelled in a DIPA before. Very impressive. Huge sweet malty aroma too. Smells very fresh.

T - Huge blast of grapefruit hops initially followed by a huge malty backbone. Very bready, lingering taste is very fruity and slightly bitter. I really don't taste the alcohol here, it could be dangerous. Hoppy, dry finish. Very well balanced. Not as bitter as other versions of this style, more on the fruity side. It is indeed a can of bliss, and it does satisfy my hoppy needs.

M - Seems to be very full bodied and thick. Suffers from being a tad undercarbonated as did Dale's Pale Ale. Leaves your lips sticky after a sip.

D - I'd suggest buying the four pack and having one to start off your night but that's it. Definitely packs a huge punch. Like I said the alcohol is totally ninja here and you don't realize it's 9% until it hits you later.

This is a world class DIPA in my opinion, and I've had many many versions of this style from all over. Definitely one of the best I have tried, just in your face hop flavor but no alcohol taste. I'm going to compare DIPAs I try in the future to this one, it's that good. I am definitely going to be trying any Oskar Blues beers I can get my hands on. Never knew canned beer could be so delicious.

Photo of GJ40
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a hotel glass. Purchased at Ballard Market in Seattle. Brewed on date on the bottom of the can is 04-25-09 at 12:59.

A deep golden color with a slight haze and very little head. The aroma is a mix of floral and piney hops and sweet, caramel malts. The taste is a balanced mix if piney hops, semi-sweet malts with a touch of honey and a mild bitterness. It's fairly complex yet they all work well together. It's a bit syrupy but not overly thick. The carbonation is quite low. The glass is left with some lacing including a few distinct rings.

This is good DIPA with lots of well balanced flavor. It's a bit pricey for regular consumption though.

Photo of Finn
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/25/09 this beer is over 6 months old.

Poured this into a pint glass. A very hazy deep orange color. Very little head retention. It smells very nice with a lot of hoppy fruitiness going on, and a bit of sweet malts. This beer tastes excellent, and it's very balanced. Strong on the hops, but not at all over the top with a really nice candy-like flavor from the interplay between the hops and malts. Pretty good drinkability too, it's hard to tell this beer is 8.7% abv.

Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a gorgeous orangeish-amber color with just less than an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left minimal lacing.

The aroma is a pleasing combination of pine, floral and citrus hops, with just a hint of malt for those hops to cling to. The taste follows along closely behind the aroma. Plenty of hop goodness built upon a solid malt foundation.

The body is very satisfying, full, well rounded and surprisingly smooth, and surprising for the style. The only reason drinkability suffers is the strength of this beer, no matter how much you may want more, after a few the ABV will catch up to you.

Overall, a great beer bordering on excellent. Worth seeking out.

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Reddish body with a decent head. Aroma is a delightful overload of citrusy hops. However, the malt is surprisingly assertive in the flavor. The caramel maltiness mixes well with the grapefruity hop bitterness. In terms of overall profile, I'd place this somewhere between Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale and Stone 13th Anniversary. I like both of those beers quite a bit, and I like this one as well.

Photo of thecarster1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- can poured into a snifter, one finger of off white head thats got great retention, deep orangey amber coloring, loads of carbonation and bubbles clinging to the glass, as i'm drinking the head clings to the glass, and a nice holey sheet of lace stays on the top of the beer.

s- big nose, loads of piney, cirtusy hops that meld with a really nice biscuit caramel backbone, and the first sip..

t- very nice, really nicely hopped but backed up by a solid caramel malty backbone, finishes just a tad dryly, but really nice, maybe a big of biscuit in the finish, not overly bitter either. i was a bit worried about the alcohol afterburn on this big boy, but there was none to speak of, another big tasty brew from oskar blues.

m- silky medium body, slightly chewy.

d- the drinkability is suprising me here, i thought it would be less so, but i could have a few of these, glad i have another in the cellar, this is another top notch canned craft beer.

Photo of northaustin
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a barrel mug. pours a nice fairly hazy light copper with a finger of white head that disappears quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

smells of very fresh hops. citrus and pine blast. very crisp and backed by a smooth malt bill. no alchohol, very pleasing.

taste is a nice balance of flavors which starts sweet but moves quickly into hop city. very full flavored.

mouthfeel and drinkability: this beer is pretty thick. it is sweet at first but in the long haul leaves a bit of the ole hoppy dryness. very sessionable. perfectly masked high abv. an asston of hop flavor. and definately affordable.

i give it 9 north austin gold tokens.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

can poured into tulip chilled to around 52 degrees

a-bright ruby amber color...small head but nice collar around the edges...good level of carbonation...

s-loads of hops...bright floral citrus hops..grapefruits..slight wiff of peach..nice malty character..

t-grass..pine..citrusy and fruity...grapefruit...caramel sweetness in the middle...level of malt character really holds this one together..finishes sweet with lovely hops and citrus

m-sticky and oily..nice resin character..not quite as sticky as i was expecting...perfect level of carbonation..

d-dangerous..the alcohol is totally hidden on this one..citrus character makes it really easy to drink..smoothness def makes this one dangerous

these were canned 10/08/09 so there super fresh and it just makes me curious as to what six months or so would do to this...a stellar imperial red...

Photo of kzoobrew
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First craft in a can, big thanks to SpdKilz.

Golden amber in color. While the color does not seem to match up with the DIPA classification, it does perfectly match the Brewery description of a hybrid Imperial Amber/DIPA. Creamy white head with very decent lacing.

Caramel maltiness and resinous hops merge to greet you at first smell. Piny hops aroma stands out, sweet citrus hops are more subdued. Very nice balance in the nose.

Taste fall right in line with the Impy Amber/DIPA hybrid thinking. Solid malt base compliments a big hop profile with out being over shadowed. Biscuity and lightly toasted malt flavors. Hops flavors favor a more fruity profile leaving a smaller degree of piny taste. Overall rather sweet but not to the point where it interferes with enjoyment.

Medium body drinks ever so smooth and creamy. Crisp carbonation and finishes slightly dry.

Drinks very easy. Tremendously enjoyable in every aspect. This would definitely be one I would pick up semi regularly if available in Michigan. Fantastic brew, and those who have regular access should feel lucky.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks Kevin !

pour was a light ruby copper with a light fluffy head and light retention.

very floral with a touch of pineapple. a slight sweet scent.

sweet with a light bitter earthy tone. big floral hop flavors through out. for as thick as this is, the malts are light but very sweet. a bit of a light caramel presence. lots of different hop flavors add to a complex but easy DIPA.

very thick, one of the thickest DIPAs i have had. mild carbonation.

very easy to drink for a DIPA. hops are not over done and the flavors just pull you in.

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

This is by far one of the best tasting IPA's I have had... if it even is really an IPA!

Anyways, it has a great color, a nice light amber I would call it, and the head is decent.

The smell is amazing, hoppy and sweet to the max.

It tastes even better! The hops aren't overly bitter and the sweetness follows the bitterness to the T. I cant explain how much I enjoy it! :)

It feels nice in the mouth too, bubbly and crisp.

I would buy this every day if i had the money :).

Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a dark copper color with ruby tinting. A one-finger head of slightly tan colored foam recede to a spotty surface covering. Lacing is in thick ropes and quite sticky.

A very hop-forward nose. Very soapy and floral with light citrus notes. Large amounts of pine tar smell. Good caramel malt sweetness is just below the surface.

The caramel malt notes hit the palate first. You actually get a couple of seconds to enjoy them. Then the big pine bite hits you in the middle, followed by the floral and soapy notes. Then the sweetness makes a very brief reappearance at the end, giving this one a very nice finish, which is both bitter and sweet.
Very nicely balanced, overall.

Full body on this one, which is nice. Medium to high level of carbonation. Very smooth and has a medium creaminess level.

As far as DIPA/IIPA's go, this is quite the drinkable monster. I understand it's popularity now and consider myself a fan of it, also.

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

I think OB's is doing a great thing for the craft industry by introducing cans.

Pours a dark orangish color, crystal clear with a very respectable head on it. I took a quick sip from the can due to impatience, despite my glassware in the other hand ready to accept a pour. Just got to keep reminding myself it's not as good straight from the can, can't see it, can't smell it.

Very full aroma, loaded with sweet malt, crisp fresh hops, and a slight bite of alcohol spice. This is a walloper of an iipa in the taste, with a full sticky and chewy resinous palate-filling body. Some over-ripe fruit in here too, with lots of chewy malt. It manages the high abv well, deceptively so. I really liked this iipa, and the 12oz can is perfect to help retain my sobriety. A tasty above average imperial pale ale, and that's saying something coming from my experience and geographic locale!

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