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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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3,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,194
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 146
Gots: 259 | FT: 7
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- After the wonderful sound of cracking open this can, the beer pours a warm caramely-brown body that is slightly dense with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a spongy antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of green floral hops has a nice pine needle smell to it with some fresh raw grain notes and a hint of biscuit malt. There is some caramel malt notes underneath the hops aswell.

T- This beer has a slightly sweet of caramel that soon is covered by piney hops with a nice grassy note to them. There is a softer green hop flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slight watery texture and no alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a very nice beer that has good balance and a nice sweet support to the flavorful hops. The hop bitterness balances with the hops flavor and sweetness alike.

rhoadsrage, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of luvND
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

P: 12 oz can, no pop when opened, i'm worried
A: ahh, it is carbonated, copper, clear, nice thick sticky head
S: sweet, syrupy, piney, citrus hops
T: really nice, sweet up front and citrus bitter in the swallow and aftertaste
M: a little thin for a DIPA
D: pretty easy, i could definitely do a few of these
Notes: By far the best canned beer i've ever had, would get a case if i could find it in pa

luvND, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Med
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off-white head that sticks around nicely and leaves impressive lacing. Smells of floral hops and fresh oranges with a full malty sweetness. Taste follows suit. Incredible well balanced for such a huge beer. Hops are powerful and oily but not hugely bitter, but finish with lemon rind that sticks. Malt is here in spades, adding honey and a touch of biscuit. Again surprisingly sweet. Resiny and medium full body. Carbonation tickles the mouth nicely. Too drinkable for 8.7%. I could get in trouble with this.

Med, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle courtesy of gford217: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops are dominating. Taste is also dominated by those citrusy and bitter Qwest Coast hops with a nice caramel malt profile that is overshadowed by the hops. Full body with some good carbonation and no discernable alcohol behind all those hops. One-dimensional for sure but still very tasty and nonetheless a beer I wouldn't mind having access on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Thanks to cjsell getting this to me.

Pours a hazy copper with a single finger head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam that just sits on top leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Smells like pine trees after a rainy day with notes of citrus and caramel-like sweetness. This stuff tastes pretty, much like awesome. The hops are a bit subdued, playing second fiddle to the malt. There are flavors of caramel, pine, and mild notes of citrus that leaves a nice warm creamy, sticky feeling in the mouth. The big malty, stickiness and awesome flavor make this a sure winner for me. I Wish Oskar Blues was distributed here in Michigan...

FrognutUnl, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

P: Presented in a 12 oz., green and silver can featuring the foothills of the Rockies. Back of can contains cryptic blurb about Gordon Knight. For further explanation (you'll need it), visit oskarblues.com.

A: Pours a hazed, copper crimson color with a one-finger, off-white, pitted head that results in vertical spots of frothy lacing.

S: Citrus hops and pine with subtle hints of caramel malt.

T: Nicely balanced with good interplay between citrus hops and toasted malts. Notes of grapefruit, pine, orange rind and caramel. A resinous tongue-coater, Gordon becomes chewy and sticky as it warms. Finishes dry, bitter and somewhat astringent with a warming blast of alcohol on the back end.

In other words: Big. Red. Sticky.

M: Super-smooth mouthfeel, albeit undercarbonated. Reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale. Turns somewhat chewy midway through session.

D: Very drinkable for an Imperial IPA. ABV well concealed.
[can 'o bliss. satisfy ya.]

CaptainIPA, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

This can is a few months old, so I am sure the hoppiness is somewhat subdued in this sample.

A: Pours syrupy, a hazy copper/dark amber color, with a thick nitro-like head that dissipates rather slowly, leaving a thick layer that makes a decent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Piney hops.

T: Sweet piney and evergreen hops with a big sweet malt backbone that carries it over my palate. Not as complex as I expected, but has a nice lingering grapefruit bitterness. Sweet caramel malt that come through in the nose, very slight alcohol in the end that is covered very nicely. This is a well balanced and delicious beer.

M: Slightly syrupy, but perfectly carbonated so it coats your mouth with piney, citrusy hop goodness, leaving you wanting more.

D: Only a few, but don't get me wrong, this brew is awesome!

PiecefulToker, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Cloudy copper color with no head. The lacing was a nice look in the glass.

S- There was a nice sweet hoppy smell that infiltrated my nose.

T- The taste had a definate malty nutty taste. This was very interesting taste for an IPA, at least to me. But there was still a nice crisp taste.

M- It was a bit on the thick and chewy side of things. It was a good feeling, but I wonder what things will be like in the can.

D- Very drinkable and easy to consume.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep gold, forming a 1 inch off-white head with medium spots of lace.

S - Nice hop aroma, with a noticeable malt backing.

T - Man oh man, is this tasty or what!? Great balance between the malts and hops. Full complex flavor.

M - Nice full mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a highly drinkable DIPA. Full delicious flavor that hides the alcohol quite well. I think this is one of the better double IPAs I've had. Highly recommended!!!

beeragent, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of fdrich29
4.53/5  rDev +10%

Rocketfrog picked this up at Winchester Wine and Spirits while we were there for a beer tasting and graciously gave me a can. Thanks Bro!

Pours a golden amber Belgian-esque color. Smells sweetly of hops, pine...espresso?

Hop taste, but surprisingly not overpowering for the style. Some malt, coffee, pine hints. Very smooth, with the slightest hoppy-bitter aftertaste.

Great beer, well worth tasting. I'm still amazed it came from a can. Looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

fdrich29, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Nice head, deep color, thin but clinging lacing.

S - The smell is alive! Fresh in your face hops and nice spicy barley.

T - Good, solid IPA. Out of a can, who would guess. It works, though.

D - If I could afford it, get me a 12 pack of this stuff on a Friday night. LOL.

srandycarter, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Dark amber a little hazy with 2 fingers of light tan head.

S - Pick up some coffee with hops and pine.

T - Sweet hops reminds me a mellow DIPA. Can't really pick up any specific flavors but it is good.

M - Medium and a little chewy with light carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable put not to much with the 8.7% ABV. Best out of the can IMO.

midaszero, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark copper with a 1.5" of off white head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

I smell grapefruit with other citrus aromas with toasted malt in the background.

Heavy with grapefruit flavors. The malt is definately secondary as the hops are the predominat flavor. The overall taste profle is not as sickly sweet as others in the style tend to be. Overall a nice taste.

Has an oily quality to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is brisk without being harsh. Medium body.

The fact this beer comes in cans get high grades from me. A very good DIPA and extremely fresh tasting.

morimech, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz. green and silver can with the name of the beer in front of the Colorado Rockies. All around the can are a few of Oskar's weird sayings. On the back it says it's named after Gordon Knight. If you know who that it, then good for you! Like every other Oskar can, this one doesn't have a date either.

Appearance: When poured into a Victory pint glass, "Gordon" is a light tangerine orange with a small tint of amber and copper mixed in with it. It's actually a very nice Double IPA color. The head of foam was white in color and less than 1/2 inch in height. This head of foam had pretty good retention by leaving behind a small spotty white film and a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma coming from the can made me think this beer was going to be heavy on the pine. That wasn't the case. When it was poured the aroma was very fruity with juicy fruits and a hint of grapefruit. Behind the fruits was a subtle drop of lemon zest, a hint of citrus hops, and plenty of pine needles. Even though there was pine in the poured aroma, it wasn't nearly as piney as the aroma coming from the can was. The aroma was fruity yet hoppy at the same time. Well done!

Taste: Right off the bat this beer started off with the hops, but the hops were not overwhelming. They were more gentle than rough. Even though it started off hoppy, the taste was dominated by the grapefruit and pine needles. Behind the pine and grapefruit was citurs fruits and a bit more citrus hops. I did notice a slight caramel malt undertone going on, but as soon as I discovered it, the pine and grapefruit quickly covered it up. Basically, the taste was hoppy with a ton of pine needles and grapefruit like a good Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: it was a medium bodied beer with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of grapefruit, pine needles, citrus hops, and a hint of sweet caramel malts. The pine and grapefruit just let out enough sweet caramel malts to give you a taste of it. 8.7% ABV? Really? I couldn't taste any of that alcohol anywhere.

Drinkability: it was a hoppy beer, but not an overly hopped Double IPA. Well, I guess it was more piney and grapefruity than anything else. I didn't have any problems with this beer. In fact, I guess the only problem I had with it was that it didn't last long in my glass. Not a once in a while treat. This could easily be used as a session Double IPA if it wasn't so expensive. Yet another canned winner from Oskar Blues.

AltBock, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a light orange brown with an aggressive frothy off white head. It is clear, but has that oily look that many hoppy IPAs have. There is quite a bit of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Much more malt in the aroma than one would expect. There is quite a sweet smell to this one. You do get a lot of citrus hop aroma as well. I like the balance of the aromas compared to others in this style.

T: The taste is very balanced between the malts and the hops. The initial taste is mostly malt, and as its held in the mouth the hop bitterness comes through a bit. The aftertaste is initially relatively bitter but then just leaves the mouth with an oily slickness.

M: A medium body with a good amount of in mouth carbonation. It is very slick from the hops when you roll it around on the tongue.

D: For the style, this one is very drinkable. It is quite hoppy, but not so overbearing that you couldn't drink a few easily. Just be careful with the ABV.

GatorBeerNerd, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of andylipp
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%

Only my second review, be kind.

Appearance - Poured hazy copper/amber with an inch of white head that dissipated quickly into little or nothing in my tulip (standard taster). Quite a bit of lacing as it died down and even more each time I swirled the glass. Fine carbonation is evident on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet, malty and a bit citrusy with a touch of pine. For an IIPA/DIPA it's a bit surprising that the hops aren't more prevalent in the nose. Earthy. "Fresh" is the word that keeps coming to mind.

Taste - Oh, THERE'S the hops, in abundance, but the sweet malt overpowers the bitterness for some nice balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Minutes later the hops are still doing their oily finishing dance on my palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and fairly thick for the style, very nice. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down a bit too smoothly (considering the ABV). A bit too sweet to be thirst-quenching, but that's to be expected. I love this stuff. I think I'll have another...

andylipp, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured the can into a snifter.

A: Hazy, orangish, caramel color with one finger of off white head that receeds to a thin rim, and leaves spotty lacing.

A: More complex than other DIPA's. Sweet malts and caramel dominate, but you also get a nice dose of grassy and citrus hops.

T: The sweet malts are most noticable, but there is definately citrus as well, pineapple, orange, and maybe mango. The beer finishes extremely smooth with a slight bitterness.

M&D: Medium to full body beer. Just right on the carbonation. You don't notice the alcohol at all, which makes this is a highly drinkable brew. I don't think this is a DIPA. I think this is much more along the lines of an American Barleywine. Thick, creamy, and smooth. The hops are not the star like they should be in a DIPA. But, that being said, a very nice selection from Oskar Blues. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

$9.99 for a four-pack at La Bodega in Riverside, CA, July 2008. Served in an English Imperial Pint at cellar temperature.

Pours a pretty red-amber with a small but nice head atop (quite large at first pour, but quickly subsides).

Aroma of a rich malt breadiness, maybe some rye character. Hops are there, but not strong like in west coast DIPAs.

Flavor is a strong malt base with a gentle mellow hoppiness (compared ot the style). reminds me of some of the stronger red ales, more than the DIPAs I have had.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, an alcoholic finish takes a bit away.

Overall I like it, but it's not what I am used to for the style. Not as bold and rich as I expect. More delicate, and in some ways, more interesting because of it.

Dukeofearl, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Courtesy of
hopsleeroy. 12 oz. can poured into pint glass. Dark amber with a thin and quickly-fading off-white head, but beautiful sticky lacing around the glass.

Very malty, a ton of caramel and not exactly what I was expecting for an IIPA. I have no idea on the age of this thing, but from the nose I wouldn't doubt the hoppiness has died out a little bit. Still a healthy dose of citric and other hops.

Wow, this thing is amazingly balanced. Once again, not what I was expecting for the style, but still very impressive. Full flavor profile of all your typical "C-hops" plus, as noted in the aroma, a heavy caramel malt flavor.

Frighteningly easy-drinking for the ABV. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel, but not sticky, and decent carbonation. For those who doubt decent beers come from cans, this would be a good beer to challenge that notion.

Phocion, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

A-Pours a hazy amber with abundant foamy white head. Nice.

S-Very nice hop/malt balance. Lots of pine with a solid malt backbone.

T-Excellent. Very well balanced throughout.

M-Very nice. A bit oily, maybe even a little light for the stlye.

D-Very much so. Surprisingly light for a DIPA. I did not know it was a DIPA until I just looked at the BA style classification. Very light and drinkable for the ABV as well.

A terrific beer. Very happy that this is now available in PA, not just via trade.


sholland119, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Not the first, or last time, with Gordon.

Poured from a silver and green can into my sam adams glass (same one as on the back of BA this month!)

Lots of foamy white head that sticks around through the first few sips. There's plenty of thick lacing left on the glass. Color is a slightly hazy redish amber.

Aroma has abundant hoppiness with a west coast flair for the piney stuff. Pleasant and suitable for a double IPA.

Taste is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter, just like Dale's Pale Ale only turned up a bit.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with medium body, medium carbonation, and a nice dose of bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden for something claiming to be 8.7% so I give it an above-average drinkability score.

This is a really well done IIPA and up there with my current favorites in the category.

GilGarp, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Purchased 12 oz can as a single (almost $5.00!) at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. I was intrigued and wanted to give it a shot. Glad I did!

A - Light mahogany brew with a beautiful, rocky, mocha-colored cap w/tons o' lacing. Terrific.

S - Toasted wood and pine (hops), wet leather, malt, cola.

T/M - Delicious! Spicy w/bitter hop notes but the malt complements the flavors of toffee, mocha, oak, and candied brown sugar. Has the mouthfeel of an Imperial red w/its syrup and hop-oil and density; little carbonation but it's perfect. Finishes a bit dry and a touch bitter with a bit of smooth sweetness creeping in.

D - A home run, but at 8.7% ABV there's only such much one can inflict upon the liver.

pinotboy007, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.45/5  rDev +8%

a wonderful awesome sexy beer .. very very nice head, lacing o' plenty .. lots of hop and piney and sweet flavours... this beer just flows down the gullet .. smooth as silk .. no more locked doors, gracias ... this one good ruby red radical brew!! oh ya!!

Onslow, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

12 oz can poured into a standard pint glass. Just like dad used to do. No widget here.

Pours a nice looking red/amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Substantial sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, & citrus hops in the nose. I bit sweeter than I expected.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice big citrus hop finish. Just like the nose, a bit considerably sweeter than I expected for the style. Lingering hop taste. Big flavors here.

Smooth & creamy. Nice dry finish. Not much carbonation happening here. Feels really nice.

I could pull these out a cooler all day. Or pour into a pint glass & enjoy slowly, like I did with this one.

Tastiest beer I've ever had out of a can that's for sure.

Cheers to Gordon Knight & Oskar brewing!

bbothen, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%

Huh, I am clearly in the minority here but I was very unimpressed with this beer, at least compared to the reputation that preceded it. It poured out beautifully, looking dark and rich like a barleywine with a very nice thick head. Aroma left me a bit concerned about what this beer would taste like; it was fruity but very malty, to the point of being cereal-y. And the flavor was dominated by cereal maltiness, but I also detected some very nice flavor notes that reminded me of pears and cotton candy. However, the malt backbone was definitely the dominant flavor. Mouthfeel was rich and sticky and pretty good. This beer followed a Stone Ruination, and maybe it just seems lack-luster by comparison, or my expectations (I thought it was a DIPA) were poorly oriented.

Not an awful beer, but not the taste for the buck I was hoping for and what I'd heard about by reputation.

I had this, from a can, at Sugar Maple in Bayview, WI.

BeerBelcher, Jun 26, 2008
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,194 ratings.