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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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3,401 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,285
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 326 | 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 bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can in NYC.

Pours a radiant copper with an off-white head that showed good retention and lace. Sweet citrus and pine aromas. Definitely a lot of tangerine, a touch of grass and some caramel malt backing it up. Excellent balance in the flavour. The hops bring delightful notes of tangerine and candied orange peel, mixed in with fresh pine. The malts tone down the bitterness with strong caramel and brown sugar notes. I'm impressed with the fact that the brewer has made something more complex than a simple hop-bomb. Medium body with a restrained carbonation.

This beer really doesn't drink like a DIPA, as the alcohol isn't remotely perceptible, and there's far greater balance between the hopping and malt than you would usually find in the style. Without knowing the ABV in advance I would have called this sessionable. Shows what I know!

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Possibly not as good as the can version, Gordon is still a very good. More of an alcohol taste on draft, the color is still very good, the aroma is great and it does have a great taste. Drinkability is not as satisfying because it was a little hot for me but it is still a standout double india pale ale.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

100th Review!

Just got off work and went on a great little beer run. Picked this up because it is a long overdue tasting. The appearance is beautiful, great amber color with clear body. No haze or floaters. Pours with a half finger head that disappears. No lacing. Can. . . really?

The smell is great, fruity hops in this one. So smooth, great.

The taste is like an IPA, sorry but I cannot justify it being an DIPA other than the high ABV. It is smooth, with makes this dangerous. The hop bitterness is very small. A great hop grapefruit taste is very strong. Oily, very nice. The hops are slightly stale, or flat in the end, maybe because of the first addition of bittering hops.

The mouthfeel is light, too bad. Nothing great, Carbonation is good, just got a hint of alcohol also. Interesting little bugger. No can or metallic taste either which is very enjoyable.

The drinkability is really really good. Just sipping on some syrup, ha ha. Great beer, glad I picked some of this up because it did not let me down.


Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first brew in my second trade with BeerLovinGrl and I'm really glad I asked for this one. She was nice enough to send a second as an extra.

This brew is a coppery-red color and there's a beautiful cascade effect on the pour. The head dissipates after a couple of minutes to a dense film of foam, leaving a nice thick ring of lacing at the top of the glass and a little spotting the rest of the way.
There's a very nice aroma that speaks of a great balance in clean, floral and pine hops, caramel malt, citrus zest, grains and a little sweetness just underneath.
The flavor is true to the aroma, with big and old malt and hops aromas in a fantastic balance. There's a tangy citrus and the underlying sweetness to the tang is something new to me. It's very subtle but adds nicely to the intricacy of this brew. Earthy hops flavor lingers in a dry finish.
This one's got a medium body with light to moderate carbonation and a creamy smoothness is the mouthfeel in this one. Alcohol is very well masked and is only noticeable if a swallow lingers in the mouth or is sipped in such a way as to draw it out.
This is a fantastic brew from Oskar Blues.

Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this into a plastic tasting cup.

The aroma is outstanding with toasted bread, burnt caramel, hops of all kinds, and touch of alcohol.

Chewy mouthfeel with caramel, sweet peaches and a touch of pine resin. Very balanced but leans toward the malt.

Finishes with a late bitter hoppiness.

Overall, this beer is so great it's hard to justly describe it. Put it on your must try list.

Photo of GRG1313
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Boneyard Bistro. Pours a dark hazy amber with a thick, firm off white head with lovely full lacing.

Nose is assertive perfume citrus to cooked pineapple to light pine. Layers in the nose. Big creamy thick full body and huge flavors with great character and balance.

Initial taste give a short sweet fruit "hit" on the very front palate that quickly gives way to gigantic fresh and clean citric pine and pine resin. A wonderfully flavorful, big balanced beer where hops are the star.

One of richest and well made big hop beers ever tasted. This could be a "go to" beer for flavor, character, style, quality and versatility.

An all around rock star.

EDIT: 10/16/12 - Tasted on draft at the brewery during GABF 2012. Not as memorable as foregoing experience 3 years ago. Gave it a 3.5 at best this time around, on draft

Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. At first a white head forms and rises to over two fingers. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and light lace is left behind.
S: At first, not that aromatic. Though as the beer warms, much more complex aromas come out. Piney and floral hops. Well balanced with some toasted caramel malt.
T: The flavors here seem reserved and muted though. An oily and dry hop bitterness, but nothing else.
M/D: A lighter body than most beers of the style with medium carbonation. It seems a bit watered down. The bitterness and alcohol take its toll. A one and done for me.

The nose was great. I though at first this was going to be a well balanced and flavorful DIPA. Though for some reason, what ever balance that was in the nose is pretty much gone in the flavor. What is left is just bland bitterness. Not something I will get again.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, beautiful head, sheets of lacing, red body, this beer is pretty that much is for sure.
The nose is great, huge piny hop smell, with some sweetish malt in the back.
The taste is a bit different, but still good. This can may have a bit of age on it, cuz its very balanced, but i should say evenly matched, the malt and hips are both huge. I just expected more hops , but its still hoppy as hell, lots of resiny grapefruit, with the brown sugar and dark fruit from the malt show up in equal quantities.
This is a damn good, beer, so glad i bought a 4 pack and not just a single.

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a trade with Jake...thanks again bro.

Nice rusted orange copper with a half inch head that settles rather quickly with a decent lace.
I smell pines/peaches/apricots..sweet though
Taste is like a thick sweet tea with malty tones up front that works into a decent hop bite

Very syrupy thick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and a small biting ammt of carbonation.

Decent drinkability...

Photo of BicycleNbeer
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smell was very floral/citrusy hop. A person 3 feet away comented on the rich nose. Taste was much more subdued with the perfect balance of hop and malt. Like old chub and dales pale ale made sweet sweet love. strong sweet and smooth followed by a pleasent bitter. Its what Ive been looking for so long.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Bottom of the can says it was canned 1-28-09. Very little notice of carbonation after the pour. Little or no aroma. Body is somewhat heavy limiting drinkable nature. The booze is very warming. I guess I think this missed the mark a little bit. I love that Oskar Blues cans there beer.

Photo of u2carew
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A) Pours with a foamy, two finger head then settles to thin lacing on top and at the edge. Lacing is thin and tight. Mahogany in color.
S) Peach. Apricot. Earthy sweetness. Maybe just a bit of toffee.
T) Great malt hop balance. Peach and orange tones all the way through. Malty sweet up front then a smooth transition to a hoppy bite finish. Residual peach and hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp up front then smooth in the middle. Tannin feel. Some bitter pucker on the back of the tongue.
D) Another? Most definitely. Wow! This is on my all time list.

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

Can into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours clear dark copper, one-and-a-half finger creamy bone-white head that eventually settles into a thin but dense cap. Very nice lacing. Probably a 4.25 more than a 4.0, but not quite a 4.5.

Nose is sweet but pungent - grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit combine with a firm caramel note, with just a bit of a pungent bite lying underneath.

Taste is sweet and caramelly up front, just a bit of toasty malt underneath, with a pungent citrus hop character (Simcoe?) that I expected to be a bit bigger than it is. Bitterness is only moderate; I'm wondering how old this can is. Regardless as to whether it's fresh or not, it holds its own in the greater picture as a decent beer. Lacks the complexity of a barleywine or the hop-centric dryness of a good DIPA, but manages to survive on its own nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, prickly but smooth. Just a bit syrupy.

Drinkability is pretty good - moderate hop flavor but low to moderate hop bitterness, and a nice, full-bodied malt character make this one easy to drink.

Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright copper tones and secent puff of off white head that lingered but left little lacing

S- Large whiffs of pine and citrus hops accompanied by large whiffs of carmel malts

T- Huge earthy, piney hops with solid carmel malt backbone. Slightly sweet.

M- Smooth with a Bitter and drying mouth feel. Good carbonation for a can.

D- excellent DIPA with big bold flavors that never overpower

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

I think the beer probably falls into an Imperial Red catagory rather than an Imperial IPA. Big, Red, Sticky is how the can explains it. Good enough.

The beer pours into a new Sam Adams pint glass with a deep amber hue, moderate haze, good head formation/retention and solid lacing throughout. A good look.

The nose is a good blend of candied malts (caramel and toffee), orange zest, grapefruit, bready-toasty maltiness, and grains

Deep toffee coated malts provide a lot of caramel and syrup sweetness that is soon enough balanced and overtaken by citrus and pine hops. Understandable why the beer is included in the IIPA catagory, but the caramel sweetnes is so heavy that it keeps the beer from complete hop dominance. Mild fruits of pineapples, papayas, and appricots give a mild and understated complexity to the taste.

Sticky it is, but not offensively so. A good portion of the beer falls into rich and full maltiness and not cloying, syrupy textures. The sweetness gives way at mid-palate and allows the bitterness and dryness of the hops to take over going into the finish.

A good beer that refuses to allow the malts or hops to dominate- they seem to take turns at every sip.

Photo of lhaqq
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hard to say; drinking it out of a can. The can looks cool, though.
S: A lot of sweet pine. Almost smells like I'm in a coniferous forest. Some caramel too.
T: A bit cloying initially, but that flavor dissipates. Also noticeable floral hops and barley. Ends up a bit woody with some malt. The finish is pleasantly much less sweet than the beginning.
M: Pretty heavy and a good level of carbonation.
D: Can't usually have more than one, but it is a solid beer. I usually prefer citrusy hops for imperial IPAs, but this is a good representative for the other camp.

Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish gold orange color with one finger head that reduces to a ring.

Great smell. Sweet citrus hops, pineapple, candy, hint of cinnamon.

Big sweet citrusy hops, but balanced with sweet caramel malts. Alcohol is undetected here. Some ripe pineapple and slight spice are apparent.

Medium bodied, smooth almost creamy feel. Nice fine carbonation for flavor release.

Great drinkability. Well hidden alcohol, goes down way too easy. A nice lower alcohol DIPA as well. Another great beer from a can.

Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bonsreeb85 for the chance. Cheers man!

A- Pours an amber orange color with a thick off-white foam head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Loads of citrus ruby red grapefruit and floral hops. A dash of malt/caramel sweetness.

T- Nice citrus grapefruit/orange peel flavor with a very manageable amount of bitterness. The hops leave more of a citrus/resin flavor rather than a tongue buckling bitterness. A light sweet caramel finish helps to balance this brew rather nicely.

M- Medium bodied with a smooth feel. Nice carbonation that wasn't over done.

D- This is one of the sweetest and most well balanced DIPAs that I've had. The bitterness is present but kept in check with a nice sweetness. Easily drinkable, almost too drinkable given the high ABV.

Photo of MiScusi
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at lucky baldwin's in sierra madre.
Pours a hazy orange, smell is strong with a mixture of floral perfume and a bit of a orange citrus and mango fruitiness. Taste is nice and hoppy, predominately floral but there is that same sort of citrus and fruitiness coming through in the taste as well. Body is medium, slick but not too much so. I would enjoy this more in smaller portions.

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

Nice pour - 2F of cream colored head, floating above a slightly opaque, deep amber body with no visible carbonation. Sporadic lacing on down.

Smell is a good punch of tight, resiny hops, wrapped in medicinal alcohol and some caramel-sweet malt. Rich.

Defintely a sweeter flavor than I was expecting - they packed this puppy up right with a rich floral bouquet of sweetness (bees would love this stuff), pineyness, and a good balance of biscuit dough to round it out.

Mouthfeel was pretty slick/oily, and maybe too smooth for its own good. Just a bite of carbonation.

Drinkabily is extremely high for a DIPA - I'm pretty sure that if presented with a 6 pack, I'd succumb to its intoxication by #5... don't be a statistic!

Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bronzed darkened red amber. Head is slightly off white with tightly packed bubbles. Lacing cuddles around the glass. Retention is good. Solid overall appearance.

S: Aromas are citrus and freshly squeezed watermelon with a dash of spice towards the end. Grapefruit rush. The powerfulness is in the subtlety of the fruitiness. Fresh floral and lemonade.

T: Massive juicy watermelon, raspberries, and bubble gum tastes. Finishes with slight citrusy grapefruit and apples. Gingerbread and caramel malt roundness also helps sweeten this up. Multi layers of mango, peach, and various fruit goodness becomes more defined as it warms up. I am practically at a loss for words with respects to the taste and freshness of this beer. Even with the higher ABV it is smooth and refreshing.

M: Solid medium mouthfeel that is both resiny and sticky. Good carbonation.

D: I was very impressed with this beer. A double red/IPA that is both interesting and perfectly blended together. This brewery continues to blow my mind with the quality and affordability of canned beers they are putting out. Could be interesting to get a six pack of these and see what happens.

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local 44 in Phila

A- Golden amber with a fluffy pale white head

S- Piney with a aromatic fruity bouquet, a hint of bready yeast

T- Resinous piney bite, sweet malts, citrus-like hop bitterness

M- Chewy with a refreshing level fo carbonation

D- Well balanced with a good combination of sweet, bitter, acid (from carbonation) and mouth feel. The alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint @ T. Brendan O'Reilly's in Harrisburg, PA
A - A hazy auburn shade w/ ¼ inch cream colored cap from a decent pour. The lace clings like glue to the glass in thick rings until several sips let it dissipate

S - A sweet odiferous bouqet like a mix of pinesap and honey w/ hints of currant

M - Bordering on viscous w/ a high bitterness level but balanced in comparison to the malts sweetness. Woody tinges and sweet finish w/ moderate feel of alcohol in the finish

T -Densely packed tasted w/ hops spreading across the palate and clinging to the throat like a pine tonic as the IIPA is swallowed A nice mix of berry, wood and blood orange citrus taste swirls w/ malt keeping pace as the hops give a peppery and pine type bitterness w/ moderate citrus acidity in the taste. A rich IIPA/Imperial Red hybrid that coats the mouth w/ both sweet and bitter tastes.

D - I was surprised by how much I liked this compared to the can. A potent and mouth coating but not cloying beer. It is really drinkable for the strength/style. I consider this high on the list and will drink it any time I see it on tap

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

Pours a very nice, clear, glowing red color with a surprisingly short vaguely orange-white head. Spotty wet lacing slowly slides down the sides of the glass. Not mind-blowingly good looking, but appealing nonetheless.

Smell is not what I expected, but very nice. Carmelly maltiness with orangy sweet citrus notes. Peach and maybe passion fruit and raspberries come through as well. Reminds me of a more restrained DFH 90min.

Flavor is somewhat similar--this does seem a bit like a relative of 90 minute. Sweet brown sugar carmelly malts balance out the hops very nicely, and there's just a mild bitter bite at the finish. Flavorful fruity hops are truly delicious, containing orange and peach with some sweetened grapefruit. A very slight hit of booze comes toward the finish as this warms up, but this is remarkably smooth overall.

Slick and oily, with light carbonation, everything adds to the smoothness of this brew. By the end of the glass, this nears flatness--I guess just a product of the beer starting out with low carbonation, but this isn't even a nucleated glass--seems prematurely flat. Not an entirely bad thing--I love the carbonation as I start to drink it, and the relative flatness by the end doesn't bother me at all. That's the only complaint I can find with the mouthfeel. Otherwise perfect.

Cold, this is immensely drinkable, with the alcohol almost undetectable and the smoothness making this go down super easily. As it approaches room temperature, the booze is much more prominent.

I love this. Will buy again.

Photo of scootny
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An even smoother experience than the can. As explained to me by the rep from O.B. this is actually and Imperial Amber. Given that definition I had to notch a 5 on taste. It defines that genre for me.

Look is good with a rich ruddy appearance and a thickish head, acceptable lacing. Clear and inviting.

Nose is piney with a deep malt backing that tilts away from an IPA and into the amber road. Sweeter and less edgey in its' hoppiness.

Taste smooth, smooth, smooth with hops. A big rich malt backbone with the hops featuring pine in the front and a light dusting of grapefruitiness in the finish. Mild and quick they fade into a bready taste in the back of the throat. Feel is a light effervescence and slightly heavy but still giving a crisp swallow.

Drinkability is superb. This goes down like a session beer and then you feel it. Just wonderful on tap or in the growler. Seek it out whenever possible.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,401 ratings.