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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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3,503 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 376 | FT: 6
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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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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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to ArcTeryx...aka Devin who not only traded with me but also stopped off on his drive to drop it off to me....I was and am amazed!

A- Pours a very hazy ambery copper color. Nice 1.5 finger light tan head comes and stays for a split second before dying down. Nice lacing all over the glass. Lacing is thick and sticky.

S- Wow...big citrus hops to this one (mango and pineapple and grapefruit) Light caramel malt backbone in this. Nothing really else...but then again there doesn't need to be.

T- This beer starts off with a sweet malty body with a hint of citrus hops in there. This stays till about the middle of the beer before a nice bitter hopping collide with the malts. This bitterness gets bigger until the end where it dies down a little bit being replaced with the light hints of alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty good for the beer. Lots of hop resin left on the teeth and tongue. Kind of a sweet hops left on the palate and in the aftertaste.

D- This is a retardedly good beer. I wish Oskar Blues would come to Indiana already. If I could get them I would be happy forever. This beer was more than I could have hoped for and am looking to trade for more here soon.

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

A: Slightly hazy medium brown. A decent amount of tan head on the top of this. Looks great.

S: Sweet, and slightly fruity. Grapefruit notes as well as a burnt caramel scent in there as well. Quite nice.

T: Starts out sweet, with a strong burnt caramel flavor. The Hops are somewhat subtle, but well balanced with the malt.

M: A little thick, and a bit sticky, carbonation is pretty good, though may be a little heavy handed.

D: Quite good. I am becoming a fan of this style.. Very nice, well rounded beer, and something I would get again if it became available to me.

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan head on top of an amber-brown body with just a hint of haze. The foam settles pretty quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Meaty aroma of caramel malt and hops. Notes of grapefruit and pine that blend with toast and caramel to form the velvety malt and hop character that one often sees in barleywines and old ales. Some herbal notes of basil and ginger as well.

T - Sweet malt up front with lots of toffee and caramel. There is a somewhat minty flavor in the middle that blends with herbal flavors that echo the basil and ginger of the aroma. Finishes with more sweet toffee that is balanced by moderate bitterness and some pine hop flavor. Lingering spicy notes that blend with the malt and hops to produce a tea like character that coats the mouth as well as some smoky tobacco qualities.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is very different for a DIPA. The malt is dark and sweet; so much so that it almost comes across as a barleywine. The hop character is a bit weak for the style with a good level of bitterness and flavor but surprisingly little aroma. The herb/spice character is strange and unexpected, but not unpleasant. There is a great tea-like quality that took me a while to identify as well as some other unusual herbal characteristics. As a DIPA it is kind of weird and lacking in hop character, but it is still worth trying.

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to two fingers of nicely whipped up froth, not so dense thus only decent retention, rich tan color, thin lacing streaks but persistent. Cherry red wood, just short of mahogany, copper orange nearer the rims, while transparent there is a gauziness to it. Not the most powerfully penetrating nose yet does not lack for richness in the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus department, wet pine cones, splash of pepper and salt, then pineapple, nectarine, mango fruit scents which are more clear and direct than juicy, juicy, little to be said about the malt side of the equation. Medium-bodied, comes across as a bit stern and could "give" a little more. More floral, good accompaniment to the grapefruit, orange citrus, the latter drier here. The carbonation has a fine sandpapery grit to it, helps it adhere to your mouth pores. Same can be said for the pine element, the apricot, nectarine, pineapple fruit slightly syrupy as well. If there's any cocoa or chocolate powder, it must be on the bittersweet side and thus can't separate from the rest. Finishes semi-abruptly.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light haze with a deep orange colors and hues of red shine through. i thick two fingers of an off white head that has pretty solid retention and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S-this has a pretty big nose, lots of pine up front that fades into a sweeter taste of estery hops. floral hops along with grapefruit, mango and a touch of citrus. very pleasant smelling beer.

T-very nice hop profile here, almost exlusively hops and i prefer this for an imperial ipa. the citrus and mango come in first followed by some tastes of pine, much less than the nose, with a smooth feel of grapefruit at the back and some lingering bitterness at the finish.

M-extremely smooth feel to this, a mixture of a light syrupy texture up front and slightly slick on the back of the throat. low levels of carbonation with a hint of warming from the alcohol at the finish

D-extremely impressed, very good beer. love the taste, hides the alcohol well, and is extremely smooth!

Photo of Brez07
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes from a few days ago. 12oz can poured into a DFH snifter

A: A lovely cherry red hue with a thin, white head. Not much lacing to speak of

S: A strong semi-sweet hop smell hits me first. There is pine, grapefruit and some kind of other fruit that I just can't quite figure out (Mango? Pineapple? Orange? All of them?)

T: Follows the smell wonderfully. I find the malt/hop balance to be very good. I can tell this will be one of my favorite DIPA's

M: Light bodied. Lightly carbonated with a hoppy finish. Really smooth

D: This is a great beer in my opinion. I will say that I had it on draft 1-2 months ago and enjoyed it a little more, but I'm glad to have it readily available in my fridge right now

Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours an orangey red with a dense white head, leaves heavy lacing

S: huge hops with grapefruit and pine character, lots of sweet malts behind the hops, some notes of honey, smells delicious

T:the hops and malts are all on the front, some toasty malts interplays with the grapefruit hops, very nice balance, finishes a touch sweet. Very strong malt backbone which I like for the style

MF: somewhat sticky, high carbonation, medium body

D: this is a delicious double IPA. This is the third beer I've tried from Oskar Blues and they are all delicious. The abv is hidden behind the well balanced hops and malts. This one is a winner

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium amber color, thick cream colored head at least 2 fingers dissipates to dense half finger of goodness, lacing leaves no part of the glass untouched. Really nice to look out but now to smell...

S- At first I'm hit with mildly sweet malt with a resinous hops scent then I get dried apricots, just nice a mix of citrus and dried fruits and honey.

T- Really nice sweet taste from the malt, the resinous scent carries over into the flavor as well, honey.

M- Medium bodied, fairly sticky, good carbonation.

D- Real pleasant to drink, this will be great in the spring and summer, 8.7% ABV hides itself well

Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out a reddish orange, one finger off white head. Smell: sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit. Taste: much the same, sweet caramel, pineapple, pine. Very balanced, maybe too much so. Kind of middle of the road of "good" dipas. Wasn't super impressed, but will try this again in cans.

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

Pours brown red off opaque with minimal head and some lacing

smell is classic non west coast ipa, big dry malts, a little grapefruit and buiscuits

taste is very fruit and malt forward, some dried fruit, caramel malts with a subtle, lingering hop bitterness

mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and good

drinkability is abolutely incredible - one of the most dangerously sessionavble double ipas i've ever had, the balance of maltiness makes it go down like butter, a lot like 90 minute but less sweet and syrupy

Really a beautiful one - the best beer in a can in the world!

Photo of BigMike
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/08/09

[can'o bliss. satisfy ya.]


I've never had a canned craft beer before so this just seems weird.
Pours orange/amber color with a thumb worth of off white creamy head with above average retention.

Lots of candied hoppy goodness in the nose. Some tropical pineapple and sugar covered orange peel.

Lots of sweetness up front. Candy and sugared orange peel is the best i can explain it. A touch of pineapple too. In the finish there is a touch of bitterness and some mango-ish aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability is high. The 8.7%abv is verywell masked. I feel like i could drink a few of these. I would probably be tanked but its super easy to get down.

Overall, i was impressed with this canned beer. For a DIPA is leans a lot more towards the malty spectrum. I definitely prefer more of a hop bite but i can't really say to much negative about it. Its smooth crisp and tasty. I would recommend this one to anybody and would definitely drink it again.

Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love GOOD beer from a can!

Pours into my pint glass a nice, moderately clear, ruddy brown. Some light carbonation bubbles rise to the top, feeding a well-retained 1/2 finger of soft, foamy white head, reduced from an initial 1-2 finger depth. Good, thick rings of white foam lace the sides of the glass.

Aromas of bitter, earthy hops are apparent, if only subtly, in this beer. There's a hint of the sweet maltiness as well.

While being a solidly hoppy beer, it is not sharp nor overpowering in any way. The hops are quite earthy and slick, much like simcoe. The caramelly sweetness of the malts keeps the bitterness at bay, creating a well-balanced flavor in the beer. The feel is moderate, with a decidedly creamy mouthfeel and oily slick aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty high. Very nice balance in a flavorful beer with a rich mouthfeel.

Photo of jspruit
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 750ml in a trade, but forgot who sent it to me for some reason-apologies there.

Pours a reddish copper body with some brown hints-pretty opaque. Nice 1 finger foamy white head.

Smells sort of like an IPA with some citrus hops, but also fairly malty for this style.

Tastes like it smells with a nice balance of hops and malts with some caramel hints. More complex flavors than your average DIPA.

Feels nice going down-relatively smooth but thick enough to coat as it goes down. Little carbonation.

Overall an interesting DIPA-not particularly what I was expecting. I agree with what others say regarding it being a bit amber ale-like in quality. Quite nice.

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

Time will tell, but was told that Oskar Blues is contemplating replacing this with the current Gordon recipe. All I can say is that I hope so.

The beer pours a rich looking amber orange color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer has much more of a perfumy, hoppy aroma then the regular Gordon. It's not nearly as sweet or malty smelling either, which is a considerable plus in my book. On the palate this beer is flat out delicious, with just enough light sweet malt to counter the considerable hoppy citrus flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and long, and much to my surprise, this is one IPA/DIPA that really shines on cask. Drinkability is outstanding with the alcohol very well integrated. This is a very easy drinking 8.7% abv. IPA, one that is all too easy to drink pint after pint.

Delicious stuff. Apparently Russian Imperial Stouts aren't the only thing that OB knows how to make well. Impressive.

Note: Have to assume that OB tweaked the recipe for this beer since I last had it in 2007. This beer was vastly superior, I thought, to what I tried back then.

Photo of cottonkoozie
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel/ copper-ish color. Nice off white head. Great retention, Great lacing.

S - Wow, incredible. Almost all hops, but they work together magically. Strong cirtus smells kit you first, followed by a floral hops smell. Underlying that is a pine smell, and to sum it all up theres a clean grassy hops smell. Great mix, and you can even smell the malts if you look for them.

T - Just like the smell, all the hops flavors come through, and smack you in the back of the throat with bitterness. What a mix of flavors! Finishing with an excellent slightly sweet malt, which complements the hops perfectly.

M - Nice and full, excellent level of carbonation. Not watery or syrupy.

D - Keep this coming, just not to fast with this alcohol level.

One sip and this became one of my favorites. Will be buying this again, no questions asked, when I can find it. By far the best from Oskar Blues.

Photo of Cschmidt87
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Poors a beautiful amber color with a good two inch head. The aroma is very floral with lots of grapefruit and pine, backed by sweet caramel malts. This beer has an amazing mouthfeel, very full and luscious, super smooth. The flavor is full of fresh hops, with lots of grapefruit, notes of pine, and slightly floral. All of this backed up by sweet caramel malts. A very balanced beer, the hops are balanced perfect by the malty sweetness. Great beer overall!

Photo of alpinebryant
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy caramel with a thick white lingering head into a pint glass. Smell of strong grapefruit, pine , caramel malt, floral bouquet.

Tasted very similar to its aroma - thick malt flavor, caramel, some pine and grapefruit, finishes a little dry , chalky even, but with a medium thickness. Seems to me that the malt nearly outmans the hop flavor in this IIPA.

Very good beer, could definitely enjoy a few of them however after two or three might have to change over to something less.

Photo of kfsv034
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: a nice amber red color with a bubbly head

s: floral hops smells good

t: tastes good piney and floral hops up front with a smooth malty middle and a bitter piney back end

m: smooth

d: this beer is so smooth i could drink it all night but would catch up to me after 3 or 4

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

A: Beautiful deep red-brown with a foamy white head. Great retention.

S: Smell is gust of citrus and grapefruit hops with a hefty malt base. The pale and caramel malts are rounded out nicely with a little dark malt.

T: Flavor has grassy and big citrus hop notes, especially orange and grapefruit. Hops are held at bay by the sweet malts. Caramel is especially forward and a little sweeter than your average DIPA. Finish offers a nice touch of bitterness .

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and sticky with good carbonation. Just right.

Delicious big beer. Not just a hop monster like some IIPAs. Definitely some amber ale qualities here. Gordon should be proud. The question is: how do I get a beer this good named after me?

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

Oskar Blues Gordon is a clear, dense, copper ale with a foamy, chunky, yellowish sand colored head that has rainbow bubbles. The head retention and lacing are outstanding. The aroma is very strong. As soon as the can is popped, you can smell it across the room: grassy, floral, spicy, citrusy and fresh. It's velvety smooth and pretty full bodied. The finish is clean and delicate. It's well balanced; not terribly bitter, but very hoppy. There are flavor notes of grass, flowers and citrus peel. The alcohol flavor waxes to provide the finish and a long, hot aftertaste. Wow. It's really bold.

Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Flying Saucer. Poured a golden brown with a one finger creamy light caramel head. Nose was caramel malt, spruce notes and orange peel. Lots more caramel malt in the taste with a finish of ripe pink grapefruit and pineapple rind. The mouthfeel is very smooth, wet and mellow. I didn't like this on tap as much as I did out of the can-maybe a poor pour by the bartender but the experience wasn't the same. Still a good beer but I would like more hops. I realize the malt bill on this example is supposed to be prevalent but that is the case with DFH 90 as well and the malt character is very noticeable but doesn't overpower the hops like this one does. Mild bitterness in the finish, it could use some more hop character. Still think the bartender screwed the pour up, I'll have to give it another shot on tap down the road.

Photo of wenkalman
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can (first for me) into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden amber color with very little head. Slight lacing could be seen but not as much as would be expected from a DIPA.

Smell - Strong smells of Pine and Grapefruit, with the pine being a little more powerful. Not a lot of alcohol smell which is good considering a lot of DIPA's tend to have that. Slight hints of malt character but overpowered the strong hop aroma (which is not a bad thing....I am a hophead).

Taste - The fragrances really come through in the taste. Strong citrus (grapefruit and lemon) and pine notes in the taste. Mild malt flavor is taken over by the hops. Not very balanced, but again, a DIPA rarely is.

Moutfeel - Has a thick feel which I expected. Only slight carbonation, probably a little to little for my liking. A little thick, like most DIPA's but not overly syrupy.

Drinkability - I found it easy drinking but I am a hophead. For those who like IPA's for their balance, this may be too hoppy for your liking. The beer is not well balanced, but I don't believe many DIPA's are.

I would recommend this beer to those hopheads out there. It is different to be pouring a good beer from a can, but it works and tastes good.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.