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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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3,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,046
Reviews: 1,271
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 197 | 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 goindownsouth


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

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, South Carolina.

Great appearance with a red-orangish hue and a hugh, pillowy, sticky head sitting firmly atop the brew. Aromas crazy with spicy, citrusy, pungent hops. Loaded with bitter goodness. Soft mouthfeel with an eveloping balance. Rich malty base was a solid base for the hoppy goodness. 85 IBUs? Wow, where? How? So well balanced? Well balanced to the N-th degree and the alcohol is so well hidden. One of the more well balanced "big" beers I have ever, ever had. By far, one of the better brews, all around, I have had in recent memory. Well worth the price of admission, despite the price tag


Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2008 01:12:28 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of mully


3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - thick head leaves a good lace on the glass muted ruby color

s -- hops and malt sweetness hint of apricots and citrus

T-- good hop/malt balance sweetness is counteracted by the hops

M -- burly and smooth

D-- smooth balanced loads of hops but not too bitter.

Serving type: can

01-05-2008 07:06:17 | More by mully
Photo of david131


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

A- A clightly cloudy orange/coppr beer. A very creamy white head sits on the top.

S- Piney and very floral. A good caramel malt backing. Not all that aromatic, but very good.

T- Pine, cinnamon, and floral. Complex and tasty.

M- Very creamy and thick. Well done for a DIPA.

D- A very good beer. A little expensive, but at least this beer shares my name.

Serving type: can

01-04-2008 03:24:57 | More by david131
Photo of csmiley


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper color and a little cloudy. Very little head and lacing.

S - Pretty big hop aroma that is full of cirtus and pine. Got a sweet caramel smell in the background.

T - Lots of hops. Keeps with the aroma and has lots of citrus and pine. The malt comes through alot more in the flavor. Gives a nice balance.

M - This one is medium to full bodied. Carbonation was good. Really bitter and dry.

D - High alcohol content and huge flavor reduces the drinkability. It's still pretty smooth and a good brew.

Serving type: can

01-02-2008 02:27:48 | More by csmiley
Photo of ArrogantB


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

Well, I have enjoyed this beer for a couple years now so here is one of my less-than-stellar reviews. Nice amber red color with a head that alludes to the gravity of the beer. Smells like fresh pines and hops. The taste is also very piney, hoppy with some tropical fruit flavors and reminds me a lot of Yulesmith winter. These two beers are helping me understand why people call them "Imperial Red" ales; they are much more malty than a standard DIPA but they still have a super hop element. This is definitely my favorite beer from Oskar Blues

Serving type: can

01-01-2008 16:52:51 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the can into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is amber/copper with slow-rising bubbles fortifying a 2-finger off-white/ivory head. Excellent head retention; it fades slowly to a sticky foam that clings to the side of the glass, leaving sheets of foamy lace. Nice looking beer, that's for sure.

S: Grapefruity hops dominate, with a hint of pine over a caramel malt base that quickly gets overshadowed by the hops. Yummy if you like this sort of hop profile (which I do).

T: The adjectives that keep coming to mind are "sticky" and "juicy" and "resiny." There's a real solid base of caramel malt underneath, then grapefruity hops. Nicely balanced between the sweet and the hops. Finishes with a slight spicy bite -- spice in the subsequent burps too.

M: Smooth -- almost silky smooth but for that bite at the back of the mouth. Medium to full -bodied.

D: Very good. I was wishing this was a 22 oz bomber (or at least a 16 oz "tall boy" can) instead of the 12 oz portion I had chilled. Goes down very easily.

Notes: This was a bit pricey (I think I paid $12 or more at Halftime Beverage for the 4-pack), but still, at a little over $3 per 12 oz serving, I'd have to say it's worth it. Worth seeking out if you like Imperial/Double IPAs -- this is one of the smoothest, balanced ones I've had. . . .

Serving type: can

12-31-2007 16:22:55 | More by Kendo
Photo of blackie


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

into my new Piraat snifter-tulip received for Crispmus

a: Pretty khaki head shows slow recession, with respectable retention and lacing. The beer is a gorgeous rich red-amber in color.

s: Excellent blend of sweet red apple grains and strong tropical hops that bring aromas of mango and papaya with a squirt of citrus. Love the combined individual complexities of the malts and hops, and I have a weak spot for malty DIPAs. Light ethanol presence adds a welcomed spicy-sweet note. Aromas of sweet, fruity liquor cakes full of dark sugars. Nearly "excellent".

m: Typical of the OB beers I've had, the carbonation is quite smooth, and somewhere around medium. The body is a heavy medium. The felt carbonation quickly dies after pouring, which is unfortunate and throws off the balance of the mouthfeel.

t: Interesting at first sip...a great DIPA with delicious sweet amber-red malt flavors instead of the pale or caramel malts I'm accustomed to. A range of fresh, bold tropical and floral hop flavors. Bitterness is strong but not overpowering, well harmonized with the malts. Long finish carries malt flavors lingering with the bitterness. Maybe just a touch too sweet.

d: very enjoyable...would certainly purchase a six-pack given the chance

single can from Bruisin' Ales

Serving type: can

12-31-2007 06:49:39 | More by blackie
Photo of klewis


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

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a moderate creamy head. Nice sustain with heavy rings of lace.

S: A very nice hoppy smell; mostly citrus and grapefruit with a nice floral character.

T: A complex and relatively mild hop taste (for the style). This time around, the citrus is more subdued, giving way to a strong piney flavor. Very nicely balanced - not too hoppy.

M: Heavy and sticky body with light carbonation. Silky smooth with a lingering hop taste. Perfect.

D: A damn fine DIPA. Expensive (14 per 4-pack), but well worth it. Too bad I can't get more aroud here.

Serving type: can

12-29-2007 01:33:35 | More by klewis
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MuenchnerKindl for the sample. I had this at the GABF and wanted to try it again.

The head is big and the lacing is awesome. Retention is good. Color is light amber and cloudy.

Smell is earthy, citrusy, and piney hops. There is a big malt backbone as well. Crystal and caramel malts are apparent.

Taste has a big crystal and caramel malt backbone. Hops are earthy, citrusy and piney. I'm guessing a couple of hop variations are in here, but I mainly pick up centennial I believe. Slight fruity flavor and smell as the beer warms

Nice smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot on.

A very easy and well balanced malty dipa. Some call these triple ipas.

EDIT: I got this beer fresh as it just came to texas. It is quite a treat fresh. It's hugely hoppy fresh. Have it fresh or age it. It's awesome either way.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 02:50:24 | More by jasonjlewis
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I gotta say I love good beer in a can. This is excellent beer in a can here.

Pour is clear burnished copper with a puffy head that leaves gobs of lace and has great retention.

Aroma is clean, malt and butterscotch, semi-sweet florals, and resinous pine. Doesn't jump out of the glass like some IIPA's do.

Flavor is much bigger than the nose. Butterscotch and toastey bread fade into herbal floral notes and hearty pine sap with subtle underpinnings of grapefruit. It has a very fresh taste.

Body is nice and robust with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel accentuated by the pinpoint carbonation. Very balanced, plenty hoppy, and very smooth.

Serving type: can

12-20-2007 19:40:27 | More by AlexJ
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing. Has a copper color.

Smells of caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, some fruitiness and toffee. The nose is much more malt accented than most IPA's but I still loved it.

The taste is more hoppy than my nose leads me to expect. Lots of pine and citrus, a strong malt presence (caramel, chocolate) and some oranges. This is very very drinkable and the mouthfeel is top notch.

Serving type: can

12-19-2007 04:54:14 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: From the can to the glass. Pours a drab and cloudy cider colored brew with only a few streams of microscopic bubbles forming off the side of the glass. Head is small and fair yet present, the color of recycled paper. Interesting color beer for an IPA

S: Toasted bread, redwood bark, lemon juice and a little bit of caramel.

T: Starts with mild red fruits and healthy doughiness around the tip of the tongue. Only a mild sweetness with nips of caramel, yellow corn and star fruit flow well with the malts. Really nice balance so far, I must say. As the beer traverses down the palate, most of the same flavors continue along but the sweetness intensifies just a smidge. A lot of mineral flavors work well with the piney hops. Hops aren’t the main focus, but do aid in the quality balance going on. As the aftertaste sets in, some sparkly brown sugar crispness settles across the back sides of the tongue. Finishes with substantial redwood bitterness across the entire palate.

M: Medium body with a hard mouthfeel.

D: I liked this beer. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was different and enjoyable. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: can

12-15-2007 03:38:56 | More by Westsidethreat
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some hop aroma, mostly woody and earthy. There's also a grainy aroma that smells a lot like a mash in progress. Never really smelled that brewery aroma quite so strong in a finished beer. It's the brewing smell that I love and my wife calls, "Stanky!" Outside of a homebrew session it's a weird smell.

Deep orange and pretty cloudy but with a solid thick head that lasts forever and leaves huge lacing.

There's a lot of sweet malt flavors with caramel and a nutty grain flavor. Hops are kind of subdued. There's a good amount of bitterness but not a lot of hop flavor. Aftertaste is a good mix of caramel and bittering hops.

Body is medium-full with a light and creamy level of carbonation.

Kind of an unclassifyable beer IMO. Not hoppy like a barleywine or an IPA. Too strong for a Pale Ale. I like it a lot because it is kind of unique.

Serving type: can

12-12-2007 03:11:01 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of drumrboy22


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

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Harpoon IPA glass. Had an average size, rocky, light brown head. Color was a hazy orange.

Huge hop aroma, along with heavy malt, caramel, nuts, and pine. Smells like the cascade and nugget hops I grow in my backyard.

Taste was full and delicious. This is a well balanced beer. Not the hop bomb many DIPA's can be.

Sticky mouthfeel and lasting bitter finish. Another great brew from Oskar Blues.

Serving type: can

12-10-2007 16:55:14 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear bold red body with a light off white head that fell leaving patches of foam. The aroma is powerful. Strong caramel malt backbone and a wallop of citrusy hops to the face. Oskar Blues turned the hop flavor up to eleven on this one. There is a lot of caramel in the flavor also. Very nice balance. There isn't as much bitterness as I'd expect for a DIPA. The body on this one is good, decently heavy but totally drinkable. Ultimately, I could use a bit more bitterness in this but it's still totally great.

Serving type: can

12-07-2007 07:24:28 | More by drseamus
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, capped and corked. 3+ years old according to brewery. 9.2% ABV. File this review under historical information.

Poured a hazy, very dark chestnut/copper color. Large, very large, creamy, light tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma was honey and grass. Some pineapple. Overall, very sweet and fruity, almost like mead.

Taste was quite different, predominantly bitter, with grass being the main component. Some hints of port/sherry, guessing it was a touch of oxidation. Just a bit of coffee notes. Hops are but a shadow of what you get in a fresh can. Alcohol very well hidden. Some herbal notes at the finish.

Medium body, seems thinner than the canned version. Carbonation seemed at least medium, has held up well. Dry.

Since I never had a fresh bottle of this, I can't say if it has improved or degraded over time. I can say that this was pretty tasty, albeit a very different animal compared to today's Gordon in a can. Hops are still present, but muted. Being the hophead that I am, while I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I prefer Gordon fresh!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 19:02:53 | More by
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a three finger pillowy and chunky white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a robust oily hop. Not much else was detected after that.

The taste was likewise upfront hop resin followed by a solid malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel was on the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a very hoppy and remarkably drinkable DIPA.

Serving type: can

12-01-2007 03:52:40 | More by plaid75
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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Partly cloudy copper-amber body. Tall, thick, whipped light beige head with excellent lacing. Sticky, resinous hop aroma. Candied apple, toffee, and butterscotch malt backbone. Nice. Pine, resin, and minty hop bitterness up front. Sticky caramel and butterscotch malt sweetness try to break through the hop blockade, but the hops win out in the long and slightly warming finish. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy with a creamy finish. Very nice and I like the can!

Serving type: can

11-30-2007 21:31:10 | More by alexgash
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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark gold in hue with a bronzy influence; the color is surprisingly rich for a DIPA. Off-white head, at the apex the head was a healthy two fingers tall. Head retention was excellent and was surely helped by the steady stream of animation that raced to the foam. A small cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was fairly widespread. Gordon is striking, it is a gorgeous beer in a glass.

I am impressed by the clean citrus hoppiness, it jumps away from the malt aromas. While the hoppiness isn’t overly complex I can detect notes of grapefruit flesh, pine, spruce, orange peel, and resin. Okay, after smelling it more, I will say the hop profile is fairly complex but not "world class". The caramel maltiness is more distant and less sweet and sticky smelling then I remember. The alcohol is well-hidden. Moderately loud potency, it is chatty in a straightforward way. It is inviting for the style. I like it. I don’t think it is good as some DIPA bouquets but it is mighty fine.

The big malt backbone, in some ways, reminds me of GD Hercules (which is fantastic, BTW). I don’t find the caramel malt flavors as chewy as I remember. Moderate sweetness is interrupted by a burst of biting bitterness. It arrives from nowhere, bites my tongue and fades away. There isn’t much lingering bitterness, which is a bummer. I like the interplay between the sweet caramel malt and hoppy characteristics. Sadly, the pine, grapefruit, and resin are a bit muted for my liking. I’d also like more true bitterness. Still, this is a tasty DIPA but not totally what my palate craves.

Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel does fit this malty beer quite well. The mouthfeel is beefy without being sluggish.

I like this beer. I don’t love it though. I did *LOVE* the barrel aged version on-tap at the brewpub during GABF weekend. If I was to review that version (and I didn’t because I wasn’t in the beer geek mood) it would have been a solid “5” for taste and drinkability. Still, the normal Gordon is, like I said, good, no it is really good actually… it drinks much “smaller” then a nearly 9% ABV beer. In the future I would rather by Dale’s Pale Ale if I want hops and an OB beer. Cheers to Oskar Blues for canning a DIPA nevertheless! I purchased a 4-pack at the brewpub… this was my last can.

Serving type: can

11-29-2007 04:45:05 | More by bditty187
Photo of tempest


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

A bit chewy this one is. The alcohol is hidden well, and the overall body here is good, but the hops are big and almost feel thick. The flavor is quite nice, a big sweet mixture of bitter, but not overly harsh hops with an aroma that'd pull in any hophead. I'd say this might give Surly Brewing's Furious a run for best canned hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 23:23:55 | More by tempest
Photo of deanhead


4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was hand delivered to me by a college buddy visiting from Boulder.

Appearance -Magnificent burnt orange color., with a dense rocky head to compliment it. The head did fade quickly to some slightly frothy bubbles clinging to the glass. These bubbles stuck with the beer to the last drop. It's always a treat when you enjoy a beer with decent head retention that finishes with the beer.

Smell- Sweet smell of hops, along with that grainy phenol that seems to be present in most Oskar Blues products. It's not bad, just a little different.

Taste- This beer is a full on hop bomb of epic proportions. It's very complex with many different layers of hop bitterness balancing each other out hear. I picked up some tartness, some grapefruit, as well as a slightly harsh bitterness as well. Nice balance of warming alcohol, along with some biscuity, malty notes.

Mouthfeel- Chewy, full bodied beer with Dank voluptuous proportions of hops to please any hop-freak. The bitterness lingers a bit in this beer, but then fades out nicely.

Drinkability-This is a terrific beer. I enjoyed it very much. Although given it's lofty price at around twelve bucks a four-pack, chances are this one will be reserved for special occasions.

Serving type: can

11-26-2007 15:52:28 | More by deanhead
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this can back from Denver, having attended the GABF.

Pours an amber/red color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smells delicious - lots of citrusy (with some piny) hops in the nose. This smells great.

Taste is nice - it grows on me as I drink more. Caramel flavored body. Piny hops with some citric bite. Stickiness. Lingering bitterness. I'm glad I bought a can of this - had a sample at GABF and it definitely wasn't enough to appreciate the beer. Now, I appreciate.

Mouthfeel is good for this beer. Medium carbonation with some richness but not cloying at all.

Drinkability is very good.

Recommended. This is a nice beer that I can definitely get into. Here's hoping they start sending stuff to California.

Serving type: can

11-21-2007 07:02:53 | More by rallison
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a sample at the November 2007 Charleston BA Tasting.

A. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a great head. A great looking beer.

S. This is a well balanced beer for a DIPA. This class almost always consists of Big hoppy beers. This smells of piney, fruity hops but with a caramel sugar malt aftersmell.

T. These flavors work well together. The malt is present without overwhelming the hops and vive versa. An astoundingly good beer.

M. Sticky thick mouthfeel. Smooth.

D. Again I review a great beer and have to drop this rating due to regional availability. I have to trade to get this beer, but it is worth it. The abv is high, but I am honestly at the point where 3 beers a night is a big deal. I like the canned beer and I hope this trend continues to grow in the micro market.

Serving type: can

11-17-2007 20:39:12 | More by MarkSCCOT
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New York

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

I found myself at the Gingerman in New York City this July, after being denied for several tasty looking IPAs that had apparently recently run dry, I opted to try Gordon. I had recently had Dale's Pale in can and loved it. Needless to say, I was impressed, but I did not intend to review it at the time. I simply waited until Oliver's Beverage in Albany got some in stock and ventured in.

It was as I recalled it but even better. There is a notion within the beer world, in fact stylistically mandated that Double IPAs should be dry to accentuate the hop character. I personally differ. I want an incredibly malt balanced beer that can support a boat load of hops. And that is Gordon, a delicious drinkable hop potion with a clean but full of depth malt character. The flavor profile of this beer is so complex and inviting that it belies the alcohol content entirely. This is a return too often beer. Just waiting for cans to arrive again.

Serving type: can

11-17-2007 02:05:30 | More by PBoegel
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can at AJ's in late July for $4.19.

Beer poured a deep orange with a near perfect white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is nothng but fragrant floral hops, very nice. Taste is very large blast of caramel malts balanced nicely with a large dose of those floral hops. There is a big residual dose of hop resin left on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth. Drinkability is quite nice. This is a beer that i can see falling into the ipa2 rotation!

Serving type: can

11-17-2007 01:28:39 | More by arizcards
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,046 ratings.