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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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3,525 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,525
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 161
Gots: 401 | 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: 3,525 | Reviews: 1,308
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Brown Grad Bar in Providence RI
Deep amber - 2 finger off-white head falls to skim. Nice lacing. Big smell - Pine, caramel. Big and bold and balanced. Taste is of hops up front - piney then the sweet malt comes in with a lingering bitterness left on the tongue. Medium body, a little oily. Very nice carbonation, smooth yet it has a little prickle. Overall a very nice DIPA.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid light tan head at about three quarters of an inch. The body is a haze of mahogany with a medium amount of carbonation visible when held to light.

S - Piny hops with a mild fruit accent.

T - Wow. Sweet malt and hops of apricot and pungent fruit. The finish is only slightly bitter in order to remind me that these are a some well thought out hops characters. This is a great tasting beverage.

M - The feel is sticky on my lips and throughout the rest of my mouth. The brew flows effortlessly as can be seen with each pull. It is very hard to keep this beer in a glass. I wish I had more.

~ My special thanks go out to my great friend Drizzam for his generous offering. My only complaint about the overall drinkability of this beer is that I don't have another one to follow this one. This is a very good beer, but, I will say that I'm not sure I could do more than one in a sitting. Not that that's a bad thing. I'm just sayin'.

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

Pours clear amber copper with a 2 finger creamy beige head that faded slowly leaving solid lacing; massive hop odor, with a huge floral hop smell, as well as piney hops, sweet malt, citrus hops, pineapple, orange peel, caramel and light spices. The smell is delicious and inviting. Great lacing that sticks to the glass and leaves rings.

Tastes of big hops up front, with floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, citrus/lemon, orange peel, pineapple, mango, grass, caramel and light spices, which are all balanced well even though the hops and sweet malt are the most present flavors. Very smooth and creamy (maybe even oily) mouthfeel with a sweet malty biscuity wave that leads to the end with a lick smacking semi-bitter hop finish. Medium to light carbonation with a nice flavor combo that combines the hops and sweet malts.

Very enjoyable beer that hides the 8.7% ABV so well and goes down easy...too easy. I highly recommend this beer, which is very drinkable even with the high ABV and huge nose and taste; this was a very welcomed surprise as I've been reading about Oskar Blues for a while and this beer lived up to the hype.

5/1/2013 NOTE: Just had this out of the can again and this is a damn good beer; the strong hops and biscuity backbone work almost perfectly, making this one of the best red ales on the planet. An excellent hybrid beer that always delivers.

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

I've been digging Oskar Blues as of late (Old Chub and Ten FIDY) and wanted to branch out into there other brews.

The initial pour produced a semi clear body of amber hue with a modest amount of lacing and decent retention. Pretty dark for a DIPA, should be interesting how it plays out.

The aroma is strong with candied pineapple being the biggest and most prominent, coupled with the obvious strong hop bill. A nice bit of caramel can also be detected as it warms up.

AS was expected from the nose, the flavor follows suit. Hops and caramel malt are mend perfectly. It a bit sweeter than I like, but it does go over the line of being cloyingly sweet. Citrus and sticky piney resin are evident throughout the entire session followed by a very smooth finish. Not hint of alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel is a good medium, must be the caramel malt adding to that.

Drinkability is great. Downing these would be very easy, but the 8.7 ABV turns this into a very good sipper.

Photo of drizzam
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a clear pint glass. The bottom of the can has a canned date of 08/18/09 and boasts "Trust in the Gord". Let's see if Gordy is one I should put my faith in...

A - Poured with a slightly cloudy orange/amber body topped with an off-white one finger foamy head. Head retention was excellent and left sticky lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Gordon has a big nose on him...I can smell the citrus hop and grapefruit aromas from several feet away. Smells very inviting! Don't despair Gordon, sometimes a big nose is a beautiful thing!

T & M - Very nice hop profile here. The floral and citrus hops are balanced with a bit of a caramel malt. They play extremely well together, and the hops are not as overpowering as I might have expected from the nose. The mouthfeel is very creamy, and it leaves an almost oily coating in your mouth. The alcohol is very well masked.

D - This is another example of why Oskar Blues is such a well regarded brewery. I have yet to be let down by anything they have brewed. I would highly recommend this brew to anybody that enjoys a good IIPA.

Gordon, I think you and I are going to be good friends.

Photo of at1234
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- copperish red color, minimal head with hardly any lacing

S-smell is of sweet malt, grapefruit rind, and a touch of spice

T-Delicious, hops are present but aren't overwhelming. The malt makes this brew very balanced.

M-crisp, refreshing, spicy

D-for a brew with an 8.7% abv this is extremely drinkable. Highly recommender, better off tap than its canned brother.

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

Quite a nice DIPA leaning on its malty side.

Presentation: 12 oz. can. Green, white, and metallic silver design highlighting the name of the brew over a small mountain horizon. The top of the can includes a one-liner with a short description of the brew, and the back notes a complicit dedication to Gordon Knight. Shows canned date (11-03-09), and notes Alc. by Vol. (8.7%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a rich head, solid retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Hoppy resin and grapefruit scent with a malty sweet tone in the back.

T - Sweet malty range nicely coated in hoppy notes, grapefruit and pine predominate the finish as it goes back to a caramel note.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel with medium and nice carbonation. A nice crisp and biting finish closes a sticky and creamy range.

D - Very nice and pleasing. Good take on a can.

Notes: Quite a notable DIPA on a can. It had been a while since I had had this one, and I did not remember it this good. Maintains a distinct Oskar Blues malty and sweet note over a rather complex hoppy profile.

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

A: poured into my duvel tulip, with a finger thick short lasting head, but what remains sticks to the glass. as for color it is dark orangish brown.
S: citrusy and floral hops are strong. faint malt sweetness comes through.
T: hoppy, not overly bitter, mostly citrus and slight earthiness, malt sweetness balances the bitterness.
M: smooth, sort of creamy, light carbonation.
D: easy sipper, drank it sort of slow due to other distrations

Photo of adam42381
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep caramel brown with a 1 finger creamy tan head. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: A nice mixture of malty sweetness with a hint of caramel along with strong citrus hops.

Taste: A complex mixture of sweet caramel and citrus. Nice bitterness at the finish with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Sticky, but in a nice way.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. It doesn't seem nearly as heavy as the 8.7% ABV would typically indicate. You could down a few without a problem.

Overall: Very good representation of the style. This is proof that good beer can come in a can. I would highly recommend it.

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

Poured from a 355ml can into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 8, 2010). "Canned with care 11-17-09" is printed on the bottom. Received two of these beauties as extras in a trade with vasdef42. Thanks Jared!

Eyes: A nice reddish orange color with no haze. Despite coming from a can, the beer foams up to the rim of the glass, over two fingers high. The head subsides quickly and leaves modest sticky lacing.

Nose: An interesting two phase aroma. A bit piney to start, then closing with a sweet, grapefruit, mango character. Some toasty malts also.

Tongue: A very good malt backbone carries the grapefruit/mango hop flavor very well. Well balanced and not quite as bitter as other DIPAs.

Mouth: Surprisingly smooth. Moderate carbonation keeps things lively, bitterness is muted.

Libation: Is this really 8.7% ABV? Surprisingly smooth and refreshing despite DIPA style and ABV. It leans toward the malty side, but it's not as thick and syrupy as other malty DIPAs, (the DFH 90 Minute for example). One of the more refreshing and smooth DIPAs I've ever had. A great offering from Oskar Blues, too bad these are only available via trades.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Hazy brown amber, not necessarily red, but a different hew than pure amber, has lots of floaties, super chunky colored head, starts sticking immediately, lots of body to the head

S: Just like I imagined an imperial red ale to smell, big, juicy, and sweet, slightly citrusy and resiny hops, but with lots of sweetness too, caramel malt

T: A little of a let down from the smell, still delicious, but didn't improve on the smell, tastes kind of similar to a german lager malt wise, you can definitely taste that caramel malt, the hops balance well and don't let the flavors get too sweet, more resiny hops here, and also some fruit rind hops, but not really the actual citrus

M: Surprisingly light for a bigger beer, very smooth, when you swallow it, it just disappears, like you're taste buds are too busy sorting out the awesome flavors to feel that the beer is gone

D: High, very good all around and you don't want to stop drinking

Notes: A very good beer, and I wouldn't expect anything less from Oskar Blues. The juicy hops and caramel malt are what make this beer. It's just so easy to drink.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit thin and off color or an Imperial IPA, head is beautiful nonetheless. Nice amber, copper color with a very frothy white head.

S: This is a Gordon from October 20th, 09. Didnt think it would lose so much hops, though I cant take points off for that. The hops are still very present and citrusy. Big grapefruit, mango aroma. Malts have definitely taken a step forward here in a 4-5 month old DIPA. Very sweet smelling, though the hops lend a nice citrus pop.

T: Very malty at first, almost like an Imperial Red. Hops kick in late. Smooth, sweet and then a kick of citrusy, floral hops. Big caramel note with a nice bitter taste on the tip of the tongue.

M: Very velvety, slick and palate encompassing. Good crisp finish.

D: Glad this beer comes in 4-packs. Quality and quantity control. Very drinkable DIPA, fantastic flavor combined with a great mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing.

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

Oskar Blues Gordon Beer is the latest in a series of canned beers that i have reviewed. truly Oskar Blues offers some of the best canned beer out there.

i notice there is a white bird flying above the mountains on the can above the Oskar Blues logo. to signify Gordon Knight perhaps? if so, it's a nice touch.

Gordon pours a nice coppery red with some orange and yellow highlights and a good amount of lace. smells of grapefruit and sweet malt.

the taste is wonderfully caramel for a DIPA. resinous hops, grapefruit, and piney hops are prominent. alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms. there is a hint of chocolate in there, too. the caramel thick malt is syrupy sweet and chewy in the mouth. possibly the maltiest DIPA i've had. hops are not as pronounced as one would expect from the style. bitterness is minimal, but present.

mouthfeel smooth, chewy, syrupy, good carbonation. i dont really even have to say that this is an awesome beer. easy to enjoy. thanks Gordon, whoever you are.

= very malt forward for a DIPA. the tons of sweet complex malt and a good amount of leafy hops makes me think of more of a hoppy imperial red or barleywine.

+ like it says on the can, it's 'Big. Red. Sticky' yep. sounds about right. the alcohol is well hidden. it's a great DIPA. possibly one of the better ones i've had.

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

$8.99 for the growler fill.

A: Classic copper colored DIPA. Very clear and well filtered. Around a quarter finger of head with nice lacing. Visible carbonation which is always nice for a growler fill.

S: Great nose. Even better than in the can. Grapefruit up front. Tangerine as well. This one is all citrus. No malt as all. No mercy.

T: Just like the nose all grapefruit with barely any hints of malt. The bitterness is there but not that strong. Really nice.

M: All their beers have a great mouthfeel and this is no exception. Smooth. Creamy. Well carbonated.

D: Very nice beer. So much so that my cup is empty and must be filled again.

Photo of Casey10
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I picked up from of all places in Gordon's in Waltham MA sort of a coincidenc I wanted to try this and since they had it here thought I would pick this up.

Pours sort of a redish hue nice head fluffy.

S - Nice tart citrus notes, some pine.

T - nice hops, really forward again citrus what is to be expected here.

M - Liked it left a nice tangy chewy feeling after drinking.

D - Definately liked it and would drink again

Photo of meeekyh
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a cold pint glass.

Amber and clear, small light tan head with good, tight lacing.

Rich malty, citrus and butterscotch. Round smells - balanced. Alcohol esters and floral hops along with caramel malts are evident as the beer warms a bit.

This beer was marketed to me as a 'strong ale' as such my notes reflect that it tastes like a DIPA... go figure. Sweet and citrusy, a bit of leather. Definite alcohol taste. Lingering hop pine aftertaste.

Full body and average carbonation.

Not super drinkable due to the strong notes of alcohol. Good though.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this beer many times over the past two years but just now got around to reviewing it.

Pours a reddish brown with an off-white head. The aroma is strong citrus hops with some pine. The flavor is grapefruit, pine and orange. The orange is much stronger than the last times I have tried this beer, with a strong pithy orange flavor being dominant. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just like the can says...Big, Red and Sticky. Deep light crimson with orange highlights.Thick head and nice lacing.

The nose presents everything that I look for in a DIPA. Very malty and lots of rich caramel and tons of citrus. Very 'dank'!

Although the C hops are the obvious front runners, the massively malty backbone is caramely, syrupy sweet and definately not to be outdone.

THe feel is that of a full bodied bruiser. very stick and syrupy with ample carbonation.

This is a very underrated(at least neglected when it comes to top DIPA discussions)beer. This IS a world class DIPA period.(and from a can no less, haha)

Photo of Zaplt
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - deep red amber color. Much more amber in the sunlight, orangish tones. light white head - light lacing.

Smell - hops are immediately evident but not overwhelming - bready maltiness...

Taste - Decently balanced - something very similar to the Old Chub, potentially a smililar malt bill? the malt is pretty prominent for such a beer. This particular beer is old (03-11-09) so the hops are not as potent - tones of sweet (caramel?), delicious hop prescence even if it is subtle after the mellowing process (citrus?).

Mouthfeel - carbonation is semi-light, pretty sweet and smooth

Overall - Good beer, not amazing - I need to review it fresh though.

Photo of biggred1
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dan the beer can man for hooking me up with this one.

Hazed orange amber with a thick, creamy sand colored head of dense foam that leaves plenty of crusty lace behind on the glass. This brew smells huge, tons of caramel malt and tons of fresh pungent citrusy hoppiness. Big gobs of caramel malty sweetness balances well with grapefruity bittering hops and a touch of brown sugar. A little bit maltier than I normally prefer but there is no denying this is a great beer. Full bodied and creamy with a hop oily finish. Amazingly drinkable if the listed ABV is true. Good stuff.

Photo of zoso1967
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice copperish amber color with somewhat low carbonation and a fairly stable head. Smell is of citrus hops and plenty of caramel sweetness. Taste is quite unique quite sweet with pineapple and citrus notes. Lots of caramel malt flavor, and not necessarily a ton of bitterness. Some toasty malt notes add nice depth, but I am really having a hard time with all the sweetness. Medium body with a pretty sticky finish. Not all that drinkable for a double IPA. I am a fan of Oskar Blues but I have to say I am a little disappointed in this one.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. "can-o-bliss" written on the side is pretty funny, I had to look up "cancupiscience" on the Ten-Fidy can though.

Appearance: A nice puffy off white sits on top of this dark, dark orange, perfectly clear beer. Head has decent retention. Lacing in fat sheets with each sip that slowly falls back into the beer, without sticking. Getting on the dark side for a "pale ale" but big deal.

Smell: Huge malt sweetness and juicy, dank hops. The initial whiff I get is very green, fresh dank hops. Also in there is candy sweet orange and sweet smelling florals. Thick, caramelly maltiness in the background.

Taste: Sweet citrusy and very floral hops with a huge amount of caramel malt to support. This is very sweet, but not too sweet for me. There is bitterness throughout, but its never sharp or abrasive. This is a very "balanced" DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost creamy. Mouthcoating hops resin. The right amount of carbonation. "Big, red, sticky."

Drinkability: Just a great beer. Sort of an imperial red ale mixed with a DIPA. Huge malts and huge hops makes a really nice beer.

Photo of erikwibaeus
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can really recommend the beer. Its great to a lot of different kinds of foods and can be enjoyed as a drink with nothing then good company on the side. A is good, nice foam that comes down at a fairly slow rate.
Smell and taste is quite nice i must say. Its good and nothing more and nothing less. The M and D is also very good, the mouthfeel is smooth and not even close to being unpleasant.

Photo of bamadog
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kels for hooking me up with a can of this in a recently completed small trade. Pour is from the can to a pint glass and the review is from notes taken on 1/11/10.

Appearance: Pour is a beautiful blend of copper and ruby; starts with a solid one finger light tan head that has great retention that slowly fades and becomes pockmarked as it eventually dwindles down to a full, thick skim; body is a little hazy and shows pretty strong carbonation; leaves a full curtain of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tons of sticky and piney hops right up front; past that, there is a subtle sweet malty backing that provides the nose with just the right amount of balance. Near perfect and what I look for in a DIPA.

Taste: A little more malt forward and syrupy sweet than I would have expected based upon the nose, but it's definitely the dominant flavor; hops take a backseat but do come out and offer some pine-like bitterness to balance out all that sweetness; very solid, but I do wish the strenth of the two major flavors were reversed so it was more hop forward.

Mouthfeel: Body is thick and chewy; body has moderate carbonation bubbling throughout the viscous pour that feels soft, creamy and smooth on the palate; an especially thick coating is left all over the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: I enjoy a good DIPA and this is certainly one of them; nice, warm, and chewy with great flavors -- I don't know if I could drink too many in a sitting due to the sweetness or ABV, but I will most definitely seek this one out again if I get the opportunity.

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

Clear reddened copper with orange and amber highlights. Big dollop of sticky tanned head. Pool of resin. Organic sticky webs of lace.

Fresh juicy resinous hops. Dank herbal, floral, pine, and grapefruit. Sweet caramel bread behind.

Sweet roasty caramel and spiced bread. Juicy floral grapefruit and orange up front. Spicy bitter resinous dank and pine aftertaste.

Sticky, chewy, mouth coater, smooth, nice silky body. A pleasure to drink.

"Big Red Sticky" says it all. A juicy hoppy resinous "Can-O-Bliss." Balanced just enough. And still holds its freshness beautifully in the can. Second biggest beer in a can I've had next to Ten FIDY. Watch out, the Booze will sneak up on you.

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