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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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3,363 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,363
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 320 | 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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Photo of GarrisWH
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear reddish-orange color with a nice frothy head. Good retention and leaves tons of sticky lacing.

S - Grassy, citrus, and floral hoppiness with a fairly strong sweet earthy, caramel malt backbone.

T - Citrus hoppiness up front with an intense caramel, biscuit maltiness following. Floral and slightly piney hops hints in the aftertaste. Mellow bitterness present as well. Nice, complex flavors. Sweeter than I would usually like, but I think it works really nicely in this brew with the complex, intense hops matching the sweetness.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation and nice amounts of hop resin that coat the mouth and linger.

D - Extremely drinkable for almost 9%. Not too heavy and has a lot of great flavors. Another very solid brew from Oskar Blues that I will definitely return to.

GarrisWH, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of peck95
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark copper almost light red appearance, very little head and lacing
very hoppy was my initial thought when i smelled this beer, that was about all i noticed.
wonderful taste big hops, big malt, well balanced and very hoppy @ the same time.
mouthfeel is a little thick, good carbonation, and a small alcohol burn
a very complete beer would definitely recommend and try again.

peck95, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of dionisio
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first thought upon sipping this was "Why is this so easy to drink?" You'd never know this was 8.7% alcohol. Nor does it have one of these big, dynamic hop flavors that lasts a long time and does some kind of twist in your mouth. This just has a straight classic ale bitterness, which fades away rather quickly into a simple faint grapefruity taste. Has a nice soft head.

Served in a tulip glass.

dionisio, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a long week at work and had to deal with the HOA this week. So, I picked up a four-pack of these. I'm three deep and this IPA is absolutely delicious. Like the can says, it's red and sticky and does not disappoint. Pours a copper color with a strong head. Smell is citrusy and floral. Taste is hoppy, citrusy, piney with a strong malt backbone that is not overpowering. Overall, an excellent IPA. Kudos Oskar Blues.

jdubjacket, May 30, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

frothy full head. leaves a nice lacy trail. dark amber opaque body.

very herbal hoppy smell. light maltyness very balanced.

the balance caries through nicely to the beer itself. slight bitterness nice sweet malt body.

The balance good carbonation and smooth body make for a great tasty IPA. Oskar blues always one to impress. Maybe the most balanced IPA I've had.

bfields4, May 28, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish orange color with an egg shell colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of hops mainly citrus and piney notes with a nice caramel malt backbone. Touch sweeter than I expected.

T- The caramel sweetness really comes at you strong. The hops are there as well citrus is strong in this one, but some decent piney flavors rise up as well.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation.

D- I think I could put a few of these away with ease. Gonna have to get me some more of this one.

nrbw23, May 27, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cloudy dark amber on the border of being red with wonderful head and minimal lacing. Smells of piny, sticky, and citrusy hops. Tastes bitter, malty, sweet, crisp, just a perfect balance on the palate. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full and creamy. Drinkability is incredible. This beer is so sticky and full and bitter I can't get enough of it.

merryjoulton, May 26, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange and red, pretty clear, but pretty dark tinted. Head is big and pillowy, lots of lacing. smell is citrus. pure citrus heaven. some bready or leather notes too. taste is grapefruity. mouthfeel is quite sticky. some brown sugar or some other taste is there too... almost like a watered down barleywine. mouthfeel is really chewey and quite creamy.

jpaltan, May 25, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color halfway between orange and red. Deep and cloudy. The head does not last very long; the can makes it hard to pour in any carbonation. The color is gorgeous though.

The aroma is well-balanced dark amber malts. Toasted and rich. Woody, pine-tinged hops. Just a touch of sweet flowers. Darn good.

As for the taste, the hops come first and they come hard. Sweet and flowery, then countered by dark, rich amber malts. Very strong on both fronts. Quite good and bittersweet.

The feel is milky with a pleasant bite on the way down. Somewhat fizzy. It's strong and possibly prohibitive, but hella delicious. Dark and hoppy.

williamherbert, May 23, 2009
Photo of Bamabrew22
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredible beer! My first DIPA and it did not disappoint. First sip was like a Hop-bomb exploding in my mouth. Rich, coppery tones with adequate lacing and foam retention. Taste was simply divine, really hoppy, citrusy, piney and floral aromatics yet somehow well balanced. Despite the hop-load and alcohol content, this went down ultra smooth. Great beer from a great brewery. Keep up the good work!

Bamabrew22, May 19, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep gold with a one-finger head. Faint retention and very nice lacing. Looks very creamy. Nice carbonation.

Smells deeply piney with faint citrus tones.

Hits slightly bitter and rushes to a nice pine finish. Bitterness lasts well after the finish. Very little hint of alochol here. Very crisp and clean.

Well worth a try or two ... or three.

beer2day, May 17, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a modest off white head and a good amount of lacings. Aroma is malty and a good amount of hops. Taste is very bitter leathery fruity hops with a very large amount of sweet candy like malts. I would have pegged this as a big red ale. Not in the same league as many of the super impy / double IPAs. Decent beer but reminds me some of their Old Chub with more hops. The amount of sweet malts hides the 8.7% abv quite well. Worth a taste and I did enjoy it.

Spikester, May 17, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber with a dense off white colored head. Great lacing all down the glass. A really nice hop aroma on this one. Fresh citrus and pine hops. This beer is really smooth for a double IPA. The flavor is somewhat strong, but the bitter bite is not. It is nice and mellow yet still hoppy. Citrusy grapefruit, grassy, and pine hop flavors. Great drinkability for this style, no alcohol flavor and the bitterness isn't too overwhelming the mouthfeel is a little oily and thick but that is expected.

Kromes, May 17, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce can and into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed golden amber color with about an inch of creamy light rust colored foam. Aroma and flavor are of resinous, piney hops, citrus such as grapefruit, orange, and lemon, floral and grassy with a nice amount of sweet malts and toasted grains. A notch or two more than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Alcohol is well masked, making for a rather drinkable ale.

ClockworkOrange, May 17, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with ample head and gorgeous lacing.

Smells fantastic, lots of grapefruit and lemon and pine and caramel and a hint of something like cinnamon or nutmeg.

Taste is a nice creamy caramel with a lot less hops and bitterness than I was expecting. What's throwing me off is Dale's Pale Ale is creeping into IPA territory for me and this one is almost more in the pale ale neck of the woods. It's hugely dialed back for a DIPA. The hops are citrus and floral, not that piney. The malts taste more toasty with maybe a hint of chocolate the more I drink it.

It's a little slick and thick yet oddly crisp and refreshing.

I never know what to do in cases where the beer is really good but isn't indicative of a particular style that I can think of. Whatever. This is a good beer and I'd happily drink it again. That's all I know.

MeisterBurger, May 16, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the can to a clear pint glass: hard hard pour yields a 1.5 finger head, which hangs around and reduces to a layer of foam. sticky lace is evident. the body is a somewhat hazy amber / copper color. nice. i really like the fact that the can tears open and you don't get much of a hiss out of it.

i smell a nice hops beer. some pine in there, citrus, and some of that resiny-goodness. to top it off there's a bit of background sweetness as well. i really like the smell of it.

mmm. tastes nice. maybe not as DIPA as you might expect, it's got malt and caramel sweetness in there. but there's plenty of hop goodness (citrus and floral) in the flavor. the bitterness isn't as prounouced as you might expect. it makes for a nice combo.

a bit on the oily side, but that's to be expected. a more than medium-bodied beer.

this is rather drinkable, and surprisingly so for a somewhat high abv beer. not super refreshing the way dale's usually feels, but it's a good drink nonetheless.

beerorRIP, May 12, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper-amber body.. clear with nice bubbles and a robust off-white head ... nice lacing

S: Floral, grassy hops up front... slight malt presence.. ever so subtle alcohol

T: Much like the nose.. nice malt backbone.. caramel-ish... floral, green, lemon bitterness.. nice if not a little mild

M: A tad thin... crisp, refreshing finish

D: Good... can is a plus!

callmemickey, May 11, 2009
Photo of mmcary
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Craft beer in a can, simply awesome! I have become a big fan of good beer in a can, both Oskar Blues and Southern Star are at the top of their games. Old Chub and Pinebelt are great examples of what a creative brewer can do, Gordon, for a IIPA, maybe not so much.

A- Pours a really good looking red-amber with a nice one finger head. It leaves a sheet of lace that sticks to the glass, very nice.

S- This is sweet, hoppy and malty. Not what I was expecting from a IIPA. It smells good, just different.

T- Here is were I think this beer goes wrong, it is just too sweet, a very strong caramel flavor with a punch of malt, the hopes are there, kinda citrusy, but buried very deep. Alcohol is present as well, not too much, but you can taste it. No hint of piny hops, which is what I look for in a IIPA.

M- Slick and a little oily. It coats the tongue and stays there. Somewhat bitter. Not bad, but not refreshing, kinda thick and syrupy.

D- I could have one, but then I would look somewhere else, it is not bad, but not what I like in a IIPA, closer to a strong ale maybe. At a high alcohol content having more than a few would be a bad idea!

Overall I think this is an ok IIPA, not to my liking. It is to sweet and syrupy. I love Old Chub and the Dale's Pale Ale, I just found this to be a disappointment. It was canned on 12-08, so maybe fresh it would be more hoppy.

mmcary, May 10, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 1/28/09, I'll pair this beer with a generous wedge of English Stilton. Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- A rich deep amber color, this beer's modest two finger head leaves a complete history behind... literally a screen of lacing.

Smell- Heaven. Period. Juicy, sweet, resiny citrus with a dash of chocolate just for balance... too perfect for words... somewhere between a honeyed grapefruit and candy.

Taste- Luscious... a sweet, rich palate of hop oils and firm malts, balanced with that hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Gritty and firm with a smoothness that lasts through the swallow. This is really a terrific beer, and redefines what kind of quality can be delivered in canned form.

yelterdow, May 09, 2009
Photo of joerodiii
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good all around beer.

Appearance is a cloudy amber from the huge amount of hops, although I wonder if I got an old can as the hop flavor isn't huge. Aroma is somewhat sweet and caramel-ly with moderate hops.

Flavor is a mix of crystal sweetness and hop bitterness. The hop flavor is there but more subtle than I'd expect in a DIPA. The aftertaste is extremely pleasant, bitter but not overly so.

I'm looking forward to trying this again, but as the first beer of the evening.

joerodiii, May 08, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can into shaker pint at Brass Rail Deli on 5/4/09.

A - Poured a cloudy rusty orange/copper-colored body with over a finger of frothy beige head that yielded a maze of thick, sticky lace around the glass.

S - Sweet caramel and toffee notes up front with an equally hefty hop presence suggesting floral and citrus notes and a hint of perfume. There is also a slight dark fruit character and mild tea-like hops in the background.

T - Sweet and malty with floral and perfumy hop notes and a touch of citrus. Some leafy, tea-like hops emerge in the backend, as does a bit of tangy dark fruit. Finishes with a subtle earthy, floral hop bitterness.

M - Medium to full bodied with a pretty thick, creamy texture that's perhaps a tad on the syrupy side. Finish is mildly bitter with plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Gordon is an interesting beer that's hard to define. While it doesn't scream DIPA (as it is listed on BA), it's pretty hoppy overall. However, I find this to be more on the malty side of the spectrum. Regardless of how you classify Gordon, the result is still a big, tasty brew that one would expect from the makers of Ten Fidy.

ffejherb, May 05, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma is full of floral hops that stand out just enough in the nose.

Taste is nice and bitter with floral, grapefruit-like hops upfront. Alcohol bite in the middle. Biscuit malt underneath. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grapefruit flavors. A slight alcohol burn is present.

A very good attempt at a dipa in a can. Easy to drink and not too strong. Impressive due to the packaging. Well worth a try but don't bring it to the beach unless you got a spotter or lifeguard.

Brad007, May 02, 2009
Photo of cadizkyguy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date, 9-13-2008, this Oskar Blues brew might be lacking in the freshness department. Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthful are still good but the high abv keeps this from being highly drinkable. I still prefer Bell's Hopslam and Three Floyds Dreadnaught for DIPAs, but this is a nice fall-back brew. Kudos to Oskar Blues for canning its craft beers.

cadizkyguy, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive three-finger, thick head. Leaves a chunky ring lace after each sip. The color is dark copper and is crystal clear.

Beautiful floral hop aroma...very inviting. Light malt in the background, but this is as it should be: A hoppy ale.

Creamy texture, with a lightish level of carbonation. Great balance for a DIPA. Solid malt body that quickly succumbs to the hop bomb. Not as bitter as some which makes this a very easy to drink beer. The alcohol is muted, which means this is a deceptively powerful beer.

smcolw, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 8.16.08

A: Dark brown in color with a reddish hue, some light brown head and noticeable lacing.

S: Earthy hops, soil, then some light pine and berry notes, roasted malts.

T: Little malty up front, then stellar blast of hops to finish things off.

M: Medium bodied, little chewy, good carbonation, and the ABV is just perfect.

D: It's good overall. Could only image what a fresh can must taste like.... More malt than I'd prefer in a Iipa, but it works in this case. Probably won't pick up again due to price and competition.

BuffaloTapHugger, Apr 25, 2009
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,363 ratings.