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

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3,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,527
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 161
Gots: 400 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 3,527 | Reviews: 1,308
Photo of movingtrain
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can poured into a small snifter.

Pours a copper/amber color. About a half finger head on top, and sticking there pretty strongly.

Oh, man! In the aroma are strong notes of bittersweet grapefruit, fresh cut grass, pine needles, sticky hops, and some bready notes, as well.

This is a creamy double IPA, seems to have the right balance of flavors here. Hints of grapefruit, tarragon, white wine, caramel, festive spice, and crusty bread. There is a lot going on here...not much alcohol in the taste, though it is there. This one is chewy, and leaves a fine aftertaste of wet hops and grass, and a somewhat peppery finish.

Oskar Blues ceases to amaze me with their big beers in a can. When I was first introduced to their beers, I though it was a joke. But, they have proved me wrong. They make some fine ales, and they are prefect travel companions for camping trips, gold outings, and coasting down the river in a canoe. Gordon Ale is no exception.

Photo of djbreezy
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a copper/amber color with a reasonable head, good lacing hangs on the glass

smell - the nose is dominated by hops and an appealing resinous smell

taste - a caramel/malted hop taste is the first thing to touch the tongue, followed by a mellowing of the flavors with some of the caramel lingering, a very pleasant taste, the hops are tasty

mouthfeel - some solid body here, a nice medium mouthfeel

drinkability - this is a solid imperial ipa, it's very drinkable for 8.7 abv

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, reddish copper with a 2-finger yellow head. Lots of layered lacing.

Smell is piney and hoppy citrus at first, but then later gets coffee-like and caramel malty. The taste is piney hops in the beginning but later develops flavors of tobacco, caramel, and wood. There's even some whiskey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acidic, sticky, and thick.

This is a drinkable beer. The 8.7 percent ABV does sneak up on you. The taste is maltier than most DIPAs I've had, but it works.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gordon pours a reddish, tarnished bronze color with orange highlights and a decent amount of carbonation floating up the side of the glass. The bubbles make their way into a finger of off-white, foamy head that doesn't have the best retention but leaves some thick, sticky lacing on the glass as you drink.

Complex, heavy nose on this one. Lots of gooey caramel, toasty malt, and brown sugar up front with a fairly assertive piney, somewhat fruity hop aroma coming through after the initial barrage of caramel malts.

Gordon is a different kind of DIPA. The amount of caramel maltiness knocks the wind out of you, then the hops come in at the end to save the day, balancing the beast out. The caramel and toasted brown sugar come in strong at the forefront of the flavor, never really going away, but fading a bit to allow a bit of chocolate flavor to come in before the pine and citrus hops take over and balance the whole flavor-bomb out.

The mouthfeel is very well put-together. A thicker than medium body with moderate amounts of carbonation that just cover up the alcohol but stay hidden enough to give a smooth yet crispy feel to the beer.

Mr. Knight's peeps at Oskar Blues did him proud with this one. The can doesn't lie, Gordon is Big, Red, and Sticky (I'd add Sweet on the end of that). A very flavorful, sweet, hoppy, yet balanced beer that is a very interesting take on the DIPA style. If I had my way, I'd back off the malt a little and add more hops, but I can certainly appreciate this beer and its amazing drinkability, as I'm having trouble putting it down long enough to write this. If you have the chance, pick this up and give it a try. Gordon won't disappoint.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 12-09-09. Still pretty fresh tasting.

G - Delirium tulip

A - It pours a deep reddish-amber with an orange-copper glow to it, capped with a persistent inch of khaki foam that sticks in sheets to the glass. A very luminous appearance.

S - The nose is strongly hoppy-citric, focusing on grapefruit but also including minor herbal nuances, green tea, and grassy-minty notes. The malt is subdued, perhaps revealing a small amount of sweetness, but not too much else.

T - The taste is first a grapefruit-y hop which immediately begins to segue into a sweet-bitter maltiness and pronounced tea and herbal notes. The citrus returns a bit on the finish. I must say that Oskar Blues' beers seem to vary in quality from year-to-year or seasonally, or batch-to-batch, whatever may be the case. This beer has been, at times, literally phenomenal even out of the can. As of late, I have been satisfied with this brew, but not overly so.

M - DIPA. What is there to say about the feel, unless it's bad?

D - This beer is amazing on-tap, it is not nearly as good in the can. But is still pretty damn tasty. Recommendable, for sure.

Photo of Bfarr
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge light tan head on top of a very clear red amber which is unusually light. I certainly thought it might be a bit darker judging by the tea and malt aroma as well as can. I may be a little sensitive but there is a distinctive can taste so I let it sit for awhile so the smell and hopefully taste would go away. Sure enough, a few minutes later it had disapeared and I could enjoy it; and boy did I. It has a very light hop and malt ale taste but then a very surprising deep tea and scotch finish. It really has a unique sticky feel to it but a very balanced and smooth caramel malt and light floral hop. All around a very clean tasting beer.

I wasn't expecting a whole lot especially since I really didn't care for Ol' Chubb despite all the reviews. This was a big surprise and unusually light considering the ABV. It disappeared so quickly I wish I had another!

Photo of batty
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in cambridge ma, march 2010.

pours a relatively dark, almost-brown amber, perfectly clear and with a bit of off-white head. head disappears very quickly, minimal lace.

smells great. not too strong on the citrus notes, but more of a 'green' musty hop presence, still strong, mixed with a fair amount of malty sweetness and a spicy alcohol as it warms.

taste is fairly clean on the front, just the right touch of caramel-y malt on the middle-back before the hop flavor gushes over the palate, again very musty and green, with notes of citrus and ending bitter but clean, lingering just long enough to invite another drink

nice and thick, smooth and sippable.

Photo of katelovesbeer
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep copper red color with a 1/2" or so creamy head that eventually started to lace as I drank the beer. No bubbles though which makes it appear "heavy".

Smell: Strong citrus floral smell, almost resiny. Although the smell is strong, the hops come across as light and very enticing.

Taste: Bright, zesty, citrus, floral hops literally POP in your mouth. At the time I think I called it "pleasantly explosive". The beer finishes extremely clean and sharp with a slightly sour linger. It is sweet hoppy as opposed to bitter hoppy. There is a good, solid malt backbone without being overly distinguishable. Very enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Typical imperial red - lots of body while maintaining a thin crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: For an imperial red/IPA, it's very drinkable because it is so smooth and has such a clean finish. This beer is not recommended for people who claim to "not like hoppy beers"

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

Poured from 12oz can into tullip

Appearance: Pours a light ruby and very cloudy. Fluffy white head about 2 fingers that dissipates quickly but leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Very floral with a nice citrus background, while powerful there is a cleanliness in the aroma.

Taste: The floral aroma is gone and whats left is a lot of citrus, reminds me of a malty mimosa or skrewdriver. Not bitter at all, which is kind of depressing with the powerful aroma. While the brew doesn't remind me of a dipa it could pass for a devastatingly flavorful red.

Mouthfeel: Clean, not too sticky and pretty light.

Drinkability: The fact that this beer is almost 9% kind of scares me. I'm pretty sure I can drink 10 of these no problem. It washes down so quick...

Notes: Oskar Blues has some interesting beers, they tend to avoid the status quo and turn their beers into something else, something different. I'm going to rate this beer as impartially as possible and judge it on it's qualities rather than on it's company (ie ruination, double simcoe, double trouble, etc). No matter how it ranks up against those, overall I'lll be picking this up.

Photo of tturaiders
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

Appearance: It's got a copper color with a creamy head that sticks to the edges of the glass. It leaves some nice lacing along the glass as it empties.

Smell: Floral hops, grass, citrus, and some sweet malt. It's got quite a nose on it.

Taste: It's sweeter than I expected. The sweetness from the malt is balanced well with the grapefruit qualities from the hops. After a few sips, I can still taste that caramel sweetness lingering on my palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Good amount of carbonation and a decently high abv. It's smooth and sweet...sweeter than most other DIPAs. Nice balance of hops and malt but it's a bit too sweet for me to keep drinking all night. Quite tasty, though.

Photo of washburnkid
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip.

A: Under off-white head lies a gorgeous dark and somewhat hazy amber. Not much retention or lacing, but I'm not deterred.
S: I get metallic hints right away, but they're softened by juicy citrus hops and sweet fruity esters. There's something in the back seemingly clinging onto the metal notes. Apple sweetness in there, too.
T: What I expected from the aromas. Great on the balance factor. Sweet malts, berry and other fruits offer some ester goodness. Mildly bitter grapefruit from the hops. My first sip featured an odd floral note that was almost soapy, but that quickly diminished and was never tasted again!
M: Lighter body for a DIPA. Not a whole lot of a syrupy consistency. High carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable for a DIPA. I'd love to have this on tap.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the Asgard.

Pours a deep copper color with a good sized creamy looking head, leaves much lacing along the glass as it empties.

Smell has a good hop aroma but is balanced by a large portion caramel malt.

Taste is creamier than I thought it would be and aids in a quick pint, good hop bite mellowed by malt, the strength is well hidden until later.

This is a seriously good "Imperial Red/Double IPA" and I wish cans of this were distributed to Maine.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$5.75 for a tiny glass @ American Craft, Brookline MA.

Clear, dark amber color. Thin white head that quickly collars but paints some impressive lace regardless. Reeks of tropical C hops and Gran Marnier. Taste is similar tropical fruit hard candy with sweet, sweet malt. Some one went crazy with the caramel though I get hints of chocolate here and there. Resiny mouthfeel makes me feel like I'm chewing on whole hop cones...and that's a good thing. Too sweet to order another.

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

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a small head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer of suds, with trace amounts of lacing.

Aromas of strong malts, wet hay, and floral hops.

Taste is strongly malty with ample fresh concentrated citrus hops, and a little caramelized sugar. Can taste the alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly carbonated. Good delivery of malt and hop flavors, but a little boozy overall.

A highly hopped red ale. A little high in alcohol for the style, which constrains its drinkability. Nevertheless, a tasty effort overall.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dank, dark and cloudy. Not the best looking DIPA I have seen but has a nice head with a careful pour at least.

S: I can smell this stuff from a mile away. Very juicy pineapple hops. Very sweet with a lot of bitterness in the nose. Whew this is strongest I have ever smelt.

T: The hop bitterness is beat down by a tart grapefruit/pineapple. This is the sweetest DIPA I have ever had. Actually burns my lips like orange juice does. Finishes with a caramel backbone. Hate to say it but it makes me think of what a good DFH 120 IPA should taste like.

M: Beer is kind of aggressive. Seems like it can be toned down a bit.

D: The sweetness of it kind of takes away from this category. Not as refreshing as most DIPA's but not bad either.

Finally scored a fresh one. I had to dig underneath what was on display and found this canned just last month. It was worth the trouble but not sure if it is my type of DIPA. Still worth buying when you are tired of the typical DIPA taste.

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

Pours from the 12 oz. can (CAN? yes, can) a lovely dark amber color with a thick, pillowy 2 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thick collar and leaves a sticky lacing on the glass as it subsides. Aroma is of sweet citrus-y hops (grapefruit, lemon and maybe a hint of pineapple?) There is active carbonation, but the bubbles seem smaller than usual. 1st sip brings a hoppiness mixed with malt sweetness. The hops tend to win out, but there is a VERY nice balance. There's a strong pine-y finish and the aftertaste coats the tongue & lingers for a long wile. Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy without being heavy, and I could drink these babies all day (or night) long! The wording on the can says this ale is "Big. Red. Sticky.". and that pretty much nails it! Took me a while to find this here in PA, but the search was well worth it! I'll definetly add Oskar Blues to my list of favorite breweries, and plan to sample more of their lineup VERY soon!!!

Photo of Riccymon
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a pretty ruby red color with a nice couple fingers of foamy head. Smell is dominantly piney hops, but swirling the glass brings forth fruits--raspberry, strawberry--and a good whiff of caramel malt. Alcohol just barely peeks its head out of the mix. Though Double IPA is a style I often avoid, Gordon is off to a good start with some great balance.

Bitterness stings the mouth a bit on first sip. Pine needles are still the strongest flavor, with malt taking a backseat more than in the aroma. A little alcohol burn brings out a slight cough, but it's not too harsh. Some sweetness is appreciated, but I'd have preferred more of a malt presence to balance things. I can't dock the taste score for that too much, though. What I will drop the score for is, after 2/3 of the can, I'm finding Gordon a little one-dimensional, with even the hop flavors uninspiring.

Gordon's mouthfeel is really smooth, leaving the mouth well hydrated if not a little puckered from bitterness. Overall, I'm not left raving about Gordon, but it seems like a decent DIPA.

Photo of Shumista
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Living outside of Oskar Blues distribution area I have had to trade for all of their beers. It's really a shame they aren't in Michigan I think they would do very well here. Anyways received this one in a trade, poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Pours deep amber with a small white head. I could smell the beer the second I popped the tap. Earthy hops and sweet malt. The taste follows. Bold earthy hops, caramel malt, pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is sticky, thick, and a bit warming. I worked on this one for a while and as it warmed it became stickier, sweeter, and boozier. Again, I just wish this available here, I would certainly buy it all the time. I think its more of an imperial amber/red than DIPA though. That's even how its characterized on Oskar Blues website and the can "Big. Sticky. Red."

Photo of haddon
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of the can into a pint glass. deep amber red with decent frothy head that doesnt hang around too long. lots of lacing down the glass

smells of lots of earthy smells... pine, floral, citrus and almost a deep oak wood. hoppy undertones with a hint of malt

the notes on the palate are similar to the nose but much stronger. pine resin, citrus and hops! strong but well-balanced... as it warms it continue to gets a bit sweeter

feel is medium to full body. thick, almost velvety on the tongue.

this beer is a bit too sweet for me. considering the abv, it is well-balanced and blends into the beer. looking forward to drinking the rest of the 4-pack but my first impression is the drinkability suffers from the sweetness

Photo of ocelot2500
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a tight white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of big floral and citrus hops with some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of plenty of caramel sweetness with a big dose of hop bitterness. Plenty of floral character backed up by the citrus and a bit of pine to make this plenty hoppy. Caramel sweetness is almost too present, but it provides a very counter to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium full but has a smooth amount of carbonation that gives a lush feel to it.

Photo of wchesak
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I cracked open the can I could smell the hops. Poured into an Allagash chalice. First thing I noticed was how much more red this beer was then most in the style (Oskar Blues labels this beer as an Imperial Red/Double IPA). Good bit of white sandy colored head that is already leaving trails of lace. The hop smell is thick, pungent, pine forest, good citrus balance. The taste is a cascade of hops, but cut off quickly mid palate by a good caramel malt flavors. However the hops soon take over and coat the entire back of the mouth. It is very sticky, bitter, dry and great. Carbonation is maintained throughout as well as head retention. Even with the stickiness of the hops, it is not syrupy and has a quick overall finish. This is an underrated DIPA, as I think Ten-Fidy gets so much of the spotlight from Oskar Blues. Can't wait for the GUBNA, which should be an amped version of this beer.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: BIG. RED. STICKY. The can sums it up pretty well. Pours a nice copper/amber color with about a finger of off-white head and lots of sticky lace.

S: Very sweet and floral smelling. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple and perhaps even some orange. Sticky pine sap also comes through on the nose. Smells fine, but I worry a little that it's going to be too sweet...

T: A subdued mix of tropical and piney tasting hops sit atop a substantial and slightly sweet malt backbone. Some earthy, bitter hops poke through in the finish to add some balance.

M: Medium bodied and a little sticky. Alcohol can be felt warming the throat on the way down. Some sticky bitterness lingers just a little too long on the back of the tongue. Not quite as smooth as I would like, but nothing awful either.

D: A good, but not great DIPA. As with Ten Fidy, it's awesome that it comes in a can and still tastes good, but overall it's not as strong an offering. I would have no problem drinking it again, however.

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

A - Amber-orange, nearly clear with just a slight haze. Half inch off-white head, with tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S - Big citrus aromas with some sweet yet light malt, all mingled with a distinct bouquet I can only describe as a combination of rich musky flowers and evergreen forest.

T - Sweet roasted caramel malts with juicy orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and apricot. A secondary wave reveals some spice and pine with a pleasing bite.

M - Medium body with some chew and stickiness, pretty smooth. Moderate-low carbonation.

D - Quite easy drinking, clean, and certainly enjoyable. A nice take on the style with more malt and less syrup than some other examples. Another solid brew from Oskar Blues with their own signature take... I would expect nothing less.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: red copper penny colored

smell: some nice bitterness sublte citrus, very low hop aroma for an IPA. more caramel sweetness

taste: Wow, suprised after smell. The IBU is lower than I thought a DIPA would be. But man the malt bill is amazing maybe more of a red ale. but I am driniking this almost 3 months old. still a decent hop presence, balanced and maybe moe on the malt side. I think 90 min finally has a comparable.

mouthfeel: balanced, medium bodied

drinkability: one of the best beers at their no one matter what you categorize it.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap at the Stag's Head in Midtown East, NYC. My first visit to the place, incidentally, and it's pretty nice.

A: Gordon pours a deep, rich amber color with a big, frothy off-white head. Slightly hazy. Looks pretty darn good sitting in the tulip.

S: Mainly pine coming through, with a powerful caramel backbone. I can tell right away this one's going to be on the malty side of the style.

T: Definitely on the malty side of the style, but it's not a one note wonder. Caramel and toffee dominate, but there's a very nice fruit compliment. The bitterness comes relatively late, but it's there, alright. Alcohol is noticeable, too.

M: Fairly thick, with carbonation on the medium side. Definitely a sipper.

D: One of those beers that is better than the sum of its parts. Everything works together nicely. It was a lovely dessert after spicy Indian food around the corner.

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