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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3,414 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,289
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 333 | 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 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.

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

Another can provided by Gilly! 12 oz. serving poured into the SN pint glass (4/18/09 freshness)...you can smell this bad boy as soon as you crack into the can!

Sticky two finger tan bubbly head with great lacing and good retention. Golden ruby colored body...

Lots of sweet citrus aromas and malts. Very spicy on the nose with lots of pine and hops coming through in the background. Very balanced aroma!

Some muted citrus with upfront in your face pine and malts...very sweet...

Really carbonated and a bit sticky...

A very, VERY, very drinkable DIPA!

I definitely recommend drinking this guy as fresh as possible, but it is still great with SOME age on it. Definitely a fan of OB now...not that I was questioning my loyalty or anything.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A--Deep copper color with one finger of head on my 16 oz. snifter

S--Musty, earthy hops, big sweet malt backbone

T--I don't see a date code on the can, but I'm almost thinking this may be old because it just doesn't have much good going for it. Its got a lot of flavor, but it is mostly a sweet maltiness...where are the hops? Perhaps it is labeled wrong on Beer Advocate, maybe Oskar Blues does not intend for this to be a double IPA. Very average.

M--Medium bodied and slick, not much carbonation

D--I won't be buying a sixer of this any time soon. Maybe mine was out of date, but I doubt it. Just an average beer overall.

Photo of infestaxion
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one today from BeerLovinGrl. Big thank you.

A - Coppery color with no haze at all. Big fluffy off-white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt up front. Big floral hop presence.

T - Mmmm. Floral and citrus hops abound. Sweet and malty balance. A bit of grassy hop finish but not very bitter. Just damn tasty.

M - Good viscosity on this one. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - Oh yeah. This one is not going to be around very long.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Can into Sniter glass.

Pours a clear medium amber that has some nice glowing edges and has a creamy slightly off-white head slowly dissolves into a nice thin layer around and atop the glass. The aroma has a sticky resinous hop bouquet that is accompanied by some brown sugar but still is dominated by the hops. The flavor is sweet candy up front with some sweet hops and brown sugar. The sweet bitterness lingers for sometime after each drink. Gordon is a light to medium bodied beer with light carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic and it leads you to believe that the flavor would have much of the same, which it doesn't. A little let down by that but overall it is still a pretty good drink.

Photo of srlama1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber, with little carbonation from the nearly soundless pop top to pour. Tight lacing. Appearance says: Malt-o-rama!

S - Distinct aromas of burnt sugar and caramel, with more subtle floral notes that I would describe slightly more on the mossy, than grapefruity, end of the spectrum. My tasting partner described grains, perhaps roasted barley.

T - Sweetness is forward with very good hop balance up front. The Oscar Blues folks found a way to express the hops in such a way that the malt contributed a richness, e.g. biscuit, that did not kill, but balanced the hops. The finish had little of the bitterness I would expect from a cascade-hopped DIPA. This beer, served cool, would pair nicely with a rich creme brulee

M - Carbonation is appropriately "on the DL" for such a big beer, and by the end of my glass, is nearly non-existant. I get the distinct sensation of drinking a barleywine, in particular that Bigfoot '06, which also had a great balance of hops to booziness.

D - This beer is not a session beer, though it does want you to think so. It is highly drinkable, but the boozy notes are there, as is the ABV. It is, however, a treat, and a beer Lyons, CO and the rest of the US Craft Brew enthusiasts should take great pride in. Makes me proud to be 'Merican!

Photo of Beefeater57
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy amber/dark peach color. White, clumpy head, sticks to the glass. Great lacing...

S: Sweet malt smells like brown sugar and caramel. Slight woodsy smell, but I'm surprisingly get a lot of sweet malt.

T: Caramel and slight toasty malts there that finishes with a bright, tingly citrus flavor, mostly grapefruit. Hops are earthy, getting some hop oils. Bitterness on the tongue, with some alcohol warmth. A little astringent. A lot of flavors going on but they come and go so fast, I can't remember them long enough to write them down.

M: Tingly, fizzy on the tongue. Carbonated, with alcohol warmth.

D: Out of all of Oskar Blue ales, this one is probably my favorite. It drinks really well out of the can, and it does have a great hop flavor to it. Great beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an dark amber color with a smallish head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring.. the smell is faint to me for a dipa im not smelling the spice the citrus the pine..the taste is the same all faint and just not enjoyable its just not their .. dales pale ale is awesome so i was looking forward to this one as it is one of my favorite styles.. all aspect of this iipa were so thin and faint i was very dissapointed ..i will chalk this up to i must of had a bad /old can and will try again and edit this review..im going to go have my last founders double trouble after this one

Photo of Ragingbull
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red in color or perhaps a red amber. Thick frothy head of about 2 cm that is a cream or beige color. Decent hops presence in the nose and a smooth malty undertone that the hops are riding on. Hoppy attack that quickly gives way to a sweet malty flavor before finishing hoppy and sweet. Something in the nose and flavor makes me think of brook trout. A little bit of a boozy turn at the finish that appears to come from the big malt body. A somewhat thick beer in the mouth. I really enjoyed this initially, but as I continue to drink it there is a "tinny" flavor that really is distracting me from enjoying the other components. There are sensations upon finish that are like spice and warmth.

Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First note, my buddy at K&E bev. warned me this is boozy. He's usually right. Not this time.

Second note, usually I review in the looksmelltastemouthdrink order. Not this time.

I'm on my second pint of this way too quickly. It is exceptionally and dangerously drinkable. Everything about this brew incites the desire for the next sip. Gordon is insanely drinkable. Could be a session brew for people highly resistant to alcohol, it's that drinkable.

The appearance is nothing exceptional. Nice golden amber clear look to it. Thin, light beige, one-finger head which subsides to a cap, and leaves a coriolis ejection ring of lace around the snifter

Nose also is less than superb. It is a light aroma of peach, flowers, citrus, even lighter aromas of Belgian sort of yeast, mild spice, and grain. Absent is the alcohol I was warned to expect. Likewise there is no bitter bouquet. While not as strong for the style as expected, it is sweet.

Taste. Wow. How to describe it? Succulent, luscious, sensual. The sip starts with a bright flash of peaches, yeast, and mild spice, crests with a citrus flavor that doesn't overwhelm as it mixes, and finishes with a sweet, slightly alcohol herbosity that lingers with slow motion pleasure in the mouth. I lack the palate to adequately describe the fruity underflavors that dance in the background of this. There is a marvel of complex and wonderful flavor here. It is like all the blatant goodness of estery Belgian yeasts kicked down a notch with no trace of sourness. This beer is complex in an understated way that is stupefyingly delicious. It is what sets this beer apart in this style.

Mouthfeel is perfect, what can I say. I like lower carbonation in big brew, this has it. I like a lighter mouthfeel to a highly dextrinous beer. This has it. I like a resinous cling that holds, then clears without a cloying or metallic feel. This has it.

If you can get a growler fill of this, do so by all means!!!!

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

From a 12 oz can dated 5/9/09, consumed on 6/12/09. A DIPA in a can! A first for me. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), deep amber/cherry wood color beneath a thick tan head of tight foam that fades slowly down to a heavy cap with plenty of sticky lacing. Floral/citrus hop nose, sweet malt hiding in background, orange rind, pink grapefruit, maybe some peppery alcohol? On the palate it's initially sweet like pink grapefruit, with subdued citrus and floral hops that may be masked but are definitely present. Mouth is smooth and creamy, with fine carbonation keeping things to a silky feel without adding any real crispness. The result is a slightly bubbly, skim-milk feel that is quite pleasant. Drinkability is excellent; the 8.7% ABV is well masked, barely detectable in the nose and announcing its presence only after a swallow.

Overall: A very good DIPA/IIPA, perhaps a shade below my favorite DFH 90 and some of Stone's offerings, yet in a different sort of class, less malty/hoppy extremeness and better integrated perhaps resulting in a superior DIPA. I'm a huge fan of the style, and this one has definitely got my attention. Definitely recommended to DIPA fans.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Small light tan head that holds well and leaves little lacing. the beer itself is bright and colored a dark copper.

S- Large caramel malt aroma with some good pine and citrus hop notes. Hint of vanilla and oak, oddly enough.

T- Mild caramel base supports the large dry pine hops pretty well. The bitterness becomes some what burnt flavored almost ashy.

M- Nice dry bitter mouth feel.

Overall a pretty good DIPA Lots of pine hop flavor and a base that can support it.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled can into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in Los Altos.

A: Pours a deep amber color that leans toward the reddish side. Has a generous 2" off-white head that remains for quite a while, and the brew leaves substantial lacing down the glass as it recedes.

S: A pine hop bomb, with lesser floral character, a touch of citrus, and substantial caramel malt.

T: It's much sweeter than I expected a DIPA to be, with toasted, caramel, and even some chocolate malts laying a sweet backbone upon which the hops flesh out the flavor. The pine dominates the initial taste and pulls through to a slightly resiny aftertaste, but there are hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hops near the finish.

M: Very well balanced bitterness due to the strong malt profile. Has a slight resiny / sticky feel, but it's not overwhelming.

D: Astoundingly underrated, in my opinion. Priced fairly well, drinks smoothly, and it's relatively easily found around here. I'm definitely getting more of this.

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