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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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3,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 150
Gots: 287 | 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 Douglas14
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite oskar blues but still damn good. Pours a dark golden, amber color with an off white head that leaves good lace. The aroma and flavor are almost identical. Super hoppy with a gigantic malt bill. The beer has a super full body and leaves a lingering bitterness and sweetness

Douglas14, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of LarryV
2.4/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma is raw, hoppy - reminds me of homebrew wort. Pours with a decent head that lingers for a bit. Taste is raw, hoppy without much of a malt backbone to balance it. The second one I had was a drainpour, I didn't care for this brew at all. At $11.50 for a 4 pack, this beer is WAY overpriced.

LarryV, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 8-16-08.

A: Copper with an off-white head; only a little retention, but excellent lacing.

S: Huge pine, grass, tangerine, nectarine, toffee & cotton-candy fruity esters.

T: Pine, tangerine, grass, nectarine, toffee sweetness, beer nuts, good bitterness, hints of fruit & alcohol warmth. It's surprisingly balanced, with some quality malt to back up the bitterness (not just some crystal sweetness).

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body; carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate; slight hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

An all around great brew.

Derek, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of PerzentRizen
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Before I got my hands on some Gordon I had tried Dale's, Ten Fidy, and Old Chub. I was pretty excited when I heard about Gordon. I poured this one inot a Piraat tulip glass at around 50 Degrees F. There was some head but it quickly vanished.

The aroma is sweet and fruity much like 90 minute IPA. I can hardly detect much hop presence in the aroma.

Upon first taste I can tell this beer and me will have a long relationship. This beer is like DFH 90 minute and Hop Rod Rye had a baby and it was named Gordon. This beer is lightly bitter and insanely original. I really like it a lot!

The mouthfeel is full but a bit too round for me to consider it perfect. This beer has plenty of body. I think this coupled with the 8.7% ABV make me give it a low score on drinkability. I couldn't do more than 2 of these in a sitting without reaching for something a little more tame.

PerzentRizen, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber body, creamy head.

S: Sweet, hoppy, grapefruity goodness.

T: Caramel malt, pine and citrus hops are perfectly integrated into one hell of a DIPA. Tons of hop flavor, but not overly bitter. Well played sir, well played.

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: One of the most quaffable DIPAs you will find. Another great one from Oskar, what a wonderful brewery.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of mugglesandhops
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. can into pint glass

A- red/orange, thin head, good lacing

S- Citrusy, orangey, other fruits, maybe some grapefruit

T- Might sound crazy but I got a tea taste out of this, other than that it had some piney notes and a little citus in there

M- Bold, sharp

D- Had a slight alchohol burn in the after taste but over all it was good.

mugglesandhops, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce can into a standard pint glass. Pours an amber/orange with a 2 finger head. The smell is real heavy pine with a pleasant amount of grapefruit mixed in. The taste is of a dry gin&tonic(a good thing). The pine taste is heavy with a sticky piney aftertaste. The beer is medium bodied and the 9% abv is not noticeable.

bonkers, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear coppery red color with 2+ fingers of foamy eggshell colored head. Great retention leaves nice sticky lacing. Smells of caramel and biscuit, pine, floral hops, and citrus. Tastes of apricot, orange peel, and grapefruit up front then brown sugar, caramel, and bread in the backbone. Finishes with some dry grass, pine resin, and a touch of alcohol. Medium in body with good carbonation. Hoppy yet balanced, sticky with some spiciness and lightly lingering bitterness in the finish. A great double IPA, very sessionable, and being canned makes it a great beer for outside consumption.

HopDerek, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank at Capones on 11.19.08

Had the pleasure of visiting Capone's for the first time on this day. Matt had a good bit of stuff on tap, which was quite welcomed. Poured a nice golden amber color. not much head. very hoppy in the nose. I guess this brew only uses amarillo hops. so it has quite the piny smell. The taste is very similar, great for a hophead (like myself). Very crisp and piney in the taste as well. up front taste in the mouth. nice beer overall.

Hophead101, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz can into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep and cloudy orange amber color with a 1.5" off-white, creamy, dense head. The head showed incredible retention and left big rings of lace down my glass.

S= The nose was almost all hops, showing beautiful rich notes of pine, citrus, and floral hoppiness. The malt base was just detectable in the aroma.

T= More balanced than the aroma, flavors started with biscuity maltiness and a brown sugar like sweetness. This was quickly followed by the onslaught of grapefruit and pine hops. Alcohol dries the finish and lends a nice warmth. Pleasant aftertaste of hops.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied, with a perfect carbonation feel.

D= This is an excellently balanced DIPA. Has all of the hops it should, yet remained balanced and produced enough sweetness to really do all those hops justice. Excellent!

spointon, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of cnally
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My good friend gave me one of these when he came back from Atlanta. Why he chose to bring back a beer brewed in Lyons, Colorado over a local craft beer, I have no idea. If you knew him, you'd be stupefied too. Poured the can into a pint glass.

The head disappeared quickly. Cloudy amber coloring.

Big hop scent, very sweet. Floral and did I mention hoppy.

Very large hop flavor right up front. Comes off as being unbalanced at first, but mellows. The malt really flows into the flavor as it mellows. Caramel flavors abound.

The dryness is distracting, but the more you drink, the less you notice. Light on the tongue but has a sticky aftertexture.

Highly decent, and strange that it is in a can. Memorable, if not fantastic.

cnally, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color with red hints. One finger of head that fades quickly. Beautiful lacing down the sides of my pint glass that hang around throughout the entire beer.

S- Little malt, lots of grassy hops. Smelled a bit of pine in the beer as well. A very earthy scent.

T- Great combination. Although I couldn't smell the maltiness, there is a bit of a thick caramel malt in this one. The first taste is a tad bit of caramel malts, followed by tons of pine flavored hops, and I like the faint alcohol taste as I swallow it. Tastes like it's out of a bottle. No hint of aluminum from the can.

M- Very crisp and bitter. A bit thicker than I have seen recently in a DIPA. Comparible to the
DFH 90 in terms of thickness and bitterness.

D- This is a really drinkable beer. Although I taste a tad bit of the alcohol, the overall hoppiness and tad bit of malts suits my preferences very well. Thanks aubuc1 for a great experience in my first trade!

tadowdaddy, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of mntlover
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep copper color with red hints. Head is a finger and a half nice cream color. Leaves some nice lace behind on our glass.

Aroma is nice malty with great citrus hop aroma that has some pine needles floating around for good measure. Classic but perfect big I2PA aroma.

Taste is like aroma nice malt background, toasty but with some big hop flavors. Pine resins mingle with grapefruit rinds the emerge in the finish and leave behind a nice lingering bitterness. Very tasty I2PA in a pool friendly container, what more could you ask for.

Mouthfeel is good nice malt background but only medium feel with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is great very good I2PA malty and hoppy , very aromatic and tasty all from a can.

mntlover, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark gold color with a lingering off-white head.

S- Very heavy hop influence on the nose. Floral, grassy hops lead the way with citrusy and piney notes as well. Very mild malt in the nose.

T- The malt presence is much stronger in the taste of the beer. Sweet caramelized sugar and brown sugar compliment the floral hops. A slight sting of pine and alcohol are noted as the beer goes down. A very interesting progression of flavors.

M- Sticky, yet the finish is very crisp.

D- This is a really well-rounded beer. Although not a session beer, a couple cans can certainly be enjoyed.

JoeMayo, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/amber pour, nice off white head arose. Citrus, pine aromas, faint sweet malt. Interesting for a pale, almost creamy mouthfeel. Nice bitter hop up front, but quickly mellows to some sweet malt and light red and citrus fruits. Little biscuity. Very clean, alcohol well hidden. I particularly liked it because it was not just a hop bomb. Pretty excellent version of the style.

Bung, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Poser
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a frothy white top that never fully went away. Complex aroma with dark malts and floral smells. Creamy, caramel flavor with a rougher, earthy texture. Maybe some toasted malts but it's not much. Some florals. Very well balanced with lots of complexity. At some points I also noticed some pine, citrus and an oily bitterness.

Poser, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of OStrungT
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish brown color, with a thick, fluffy, tan color head. the head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a piney hop aroma. Some citrusy grapefruit notes. It has a very subtle grassy aroma as well. A slight sweet malt aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Piney, with some grapefruit. Some grassy flavor mixes in. It is pretty well balanced.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a piney sweet aftertaste. The alcohol, while not too high, warms as it goes down. Interesting. Caronation is good.

This beer may not be the best session beer. It has an aggressive, but great flavor, and the alcohol content is somewhat high. It is easy to drink though.

Overall: Thanks go out to both Russpowell and mentor for gererously hooking me up with this beer. This beer is great, and I am glad that I have another can. This is a good beer to be drinking as Barak Obama just got named as the winner of the presedential election. Cheers

OStrungT, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of currysage1
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chestnut brown topped with a fluffy cream colored head.

Smell is of raw pine resin, oozing out the tree, also some stale black pepper, warming alcohol, and some medium roast grain.

Taste is very intense, a little more refined with the pine flavor, bitter orange, caramel smoothness, finishes nicely with subdued astringency from the hop.

Feel is nice, a medium-full body, good carbonation make it so the hop doesn't kill the palate. I could have another but the alcohol makes it end there.

currysage1, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clean amber pour with an underwhelming head of white foam and retention. Some globby lacing.

Smell is flat and uneventful. For a DIPA, there should be much more hop character then I'm detecting. Light malt scent with hints of grapes and chocolate? Strange.

Taste is a little better than the smell. Some bitterness, but not of DIPA caliber. A strong grape presence. Light malt.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Carbonation is low and lacking. However, the abv is hidden rather well.

I had high expectations for this canned brew, and they were not met. This beer is just too boring. When I think of DIPAs I expect to be blown away with either malt or hops. This takes the safe route and goes light on...everything. The one perk of this beer is the hidden abv. It's already sneaking up on me. A sub-par DIPA at best.

itcomesnpints, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Staring at the can, you really want to start drinking right from it, but I resisted the temptation. Pours out very, very hazy, with a sticky decent-sized head. Leaves a fair bit of lacing on the glass. The smell is pretty good. You can smell citrusy and piny hops in the beer, which just beg you to drink. The taste is great in terms of hops, and there's a strange sweetness that I can't quite figure out, something like honey perhaps. It goes down fairly easy, and I enjoyed drinking it. Most likely I'll have another someday, if I see it on a shelf and I'm wondering what to buy.

taylorhamrick, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber/red with an off white head. about half an inch thick. pretty fair lacing, not as sticky as others, but all in all very nice looking beer.

S: piney hops, and a lot of them, caramel malts, really heavy on the hops, a thick, dank hop smell, a little wet. nice. somewhat grassy.

T: big and in your face bitter hoppiness, nice hop character, not much on the malts, what is there is sweet, slightly smokey, and very bready. this one is pretty boozey, not hidden in there very well, but it doesn't detract that much from the overall flavor.

M: not as thick as other dipa's but it still has a heavy malt character that sticks in the mouth, lingering bitterness, coats the mouth, and there is a nice warming effect from the alcohol and hops.

D: pretty nice, but a little heavy all around, i could probably drink a few but not too many, the alcohol presence is a good reminder to not over do this one.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of smanders
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy, rich caramel color. Thin head with nice lacing.

Smell - Malty (caramel/chocolate) with hoppy (pine/grapefruit) background notes.

Taste - Like a double IPA on steroids. Big malt up front followed by lots of hops. What's not to like?!?!?

Mouthfeel - almost creamy without being heavy. Not crisp.

Drinkability - High. You'd never guess this beer is 8.7% ABV. I only wish it weren't limited availability.

smanders, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fogdog for hookin me up!

Poured from a can into a tulip. How awesome is that?

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany (almost ruby) with half-inch, eggshell-colored head. Looks a lot like a Belgian in terms of color and head consistency. Head is very tight and retains nicely. Body appears to be big, thick, and chunky.

Smell: Floral hops, oak, figs, molasses, booze, and bready malts. Lots of fruity aromas. Very complex and definitely unexpected.

Taste: Figs, molasses, tea leaves, warm bread, and alcohol. Hops provide only a mildly bitter finish - was expecting more of a hop-bomb. Tastes more like a dubbel, and a very good dubbel at that. Still, wtf?! I wanted an imperial IPA. Was there some sort of mix-up?

Mouthfeel: Very chewy with fantastic coating and warming effects. A lot of mouth-numbing. Not too much carbonation. Medium body. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Really smooth with great complexity and balance. Overall flavor is more on the subtle side which gives this a pretty high drinkability. Still, this didn't taste like an imperial IPA; it tasted like a dubbel. I don't know if all Gordons are like this (I only got one can), or if this can had issues.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of 3 Oskar Blues purchases (Dale's and Old Chub) this was the one that knocked the socks off. Yes, a DIPA, but balanced and ungodly smooth. Pours a reddish amber with a short lived head. Aromas of grapefruit more than resiny pine. Taste follows suite, but not the hop bomb I was anticipating. The bitterness is there, but it is very nicely balanced by a smooth sweetness. But the real kicker for me - and this was true for the Dale's and the Old Chub as well - was the mouthfeel and drinkability. Their beers are so smooth and creamy. Dangerously drinkable? You betcha. I have got to get my hands on some Ten Fidy...The mind boggles...

Onibubba, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a dark, slightly hazy mahogany with tan head. It smelled like roasted red barley and earthy wheat, along with some sweet caramel malt and floral and pine hops. It tasted like earthy roasted barley malt with sweet caramel and bitter, rusty copper cops and a bit of licorice. It was thick with no carbonation, and had a robust bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a lot of depth of flavor, more like an imperial red than 2IPA. But it was fairly tasty, very clean and easy to drink despite the higher alcohol level. It had great body (as with all Oskar beers), and was overall pretty enjoyable.

Pencible, Oct 18, 2008
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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