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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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3,367 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,367
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 156
Gots: 319 | 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 Brad007
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma is full of floral hops that stand out just enough in the nose.

Taste is nice and bitter with floral, grapefruit-like hops upfront. Alcohol bite in the middle. Biscuit malt underneath. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering floral, grapefruit flavors. A slight alcohol burn is present.

A very good attempt at a dipa in a can. Easy to drink and not too strong. Impressive due to the packaging. Well worth a try but don't bring it to the beach unless you got a spotter or lifeguard.

Brad007, May 02, 2009
Photo of cadizkyguy
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Canned on date, 9-13-2008, this Oskar Blues brew might be lacking in the freshness department. Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthful are still good but the high abv keeps this from being highly drinkable. I still prefer Bell's Hopslam and Three Floyds Dreadnaught for DIPAs, but this is a nice fall-back brew. Kudos to Oskar Blues for canning its craft beers.

cadizkyguy, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive three-finger, thick head. Leaves a chunky ring lace after each sip. The color is dark copper and is crystal clear.

Beautiful floral hop aroma...very inviting. Light malt in the background, but this is as it should be: A hoppy ale.

Creamy texture, with a lightish level of carbonation. Great balance for a DIPA. Solid malt body that quickly succumbs to the hop bomb. Not as bitter as some which makes this a very easy to drink beer. The alcohol is muted, which means this is a deceptively powerful beer.

smcolw, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 8.16.08

A: Dark brown in color with a reddish hue, some light brown head and noticeable lacing.

S: Earthy hops, soil, then some light pine and berry notes, roasted malts.

T: Little malty up front, then stellar blast of hops to finish things off.

M: Medium bodied, little chewy, good carbonation, and the ABV is just perfect.

D: It's good overall. Could only image what a fresh can must taste like.... More malt than I'd prefer in a Iipa, but it works in this case. Probably won't pick up again due to price and competition.

BuffaloTapHugger, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sac Brew

A - Poured a copper-orange wth 2 fingers head. It dissipated moderately slow with beautiful lacing.

S - Caramel, flowers, and citrus stood out.

T - Caramel, flowers, citrus, pine, and a light bitterness. The taste was very citrusy and tangy.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced, lightly dry and light warming alcohol was present.

D - Great beer overall. Could maybe have attenuated a little further and aged a little longer before kegging.

MisterClean, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of whitehouse50
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a can into a pint glass and is a clear amber color with a minimal head.

Aromas of strong hoppy notes and minimal sweetness.

The taste is different from other DIPA's I have had. I'm not sure if its the can or the beer. This is very hoppy and citrousy but its almost like its flat but its not cause there are plenty of carbonation. This is like smooth concentrated hoppy goodness. I am curious to see how it would compare to draft or cask.

Overall it is very smooth and has a nice hoppy finish that fades cleanly leaving you wanting another sip. Great lacing along the glass as I finished this up. I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

whitehouse50, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can fairly cold poured into pint glass. dark orange amber color, 2 finger off white head, a little hazy as well. awesome head retention lasting all the way to the end and a nice sticky lacing. looks delicious.

the smell is of earthy flowery hops. kind of smells like hops before you throw them in the brew pot. mice malt backing as well.

very nicely balanced. earthy hops gives way to a nice balanced maltiness. bitter aftertaste.

nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel, medium to minimal carbnonation. very sticky. lovely

although the high abv, its not too noticeable, great IPA, the balance of the malts and hops really does it for me. you must check it out.

dogfishandi, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could get used to these quality beers in cans.

Was excited to finally try this beer but was a little put back by the $10.99 for a "canned" 4-pack. I was wrong.

Pours a nice caramel, apple juice color with a nice lingering head.

Smells malty, hoppy and sweet.

As Tony the Tiger says, "Tastes Great!" There is a great malty backbone to this and some nice hops to balance...though not overpowering at all. There is also a nice sticky sweet taste which lingers on the lips.

This is much too easy to drink for an 8.7% brew. Great beer and I am quickly becoming a fan of this brewery.

kaseydad, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Fatduck
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blue's is a brewery Ive been wanted to try for a long time now. Finally made it down to WI to pick up some of their beers.
I gotta say, I LOVE these cans. "Big. Red. Sticky." "can'o bliss. satisfy ya." That's my kind of label.

Pours a brilliant orange, with a fluffy off white head.

Smells of citrus, sticky hops, nothing mild about this beer. This beer smells more like refer than any beer I can remember.

Taste is wonderful, sweet up front with a bit of bitterness. I enjoy the lower end bitterness and the more forward flavor/aroma of hops.

Mouthfeel and drinkablity are both okay, its a bit thick, and I wish there was more carbonation to really release that hop scent, but its still a damn good beer, something I will buy again.

Fatduck, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Red-orange liquid, mostly clear, with a nice enough head and good sticky lacing.

S: Floral, citric hops and lots of caramel malt. This beer clearly lies more on the side of caramelized malt flavors than most DIPAs.

T: Very mild bitterness, not enough hop flavor for my taste in a DIPA. It's a good beer, but it has shades of a Scottish Ale. It's definitely an enjoyable combination, but as far as a comparison against the style, its rating suffers. If I could place this beer in the Amber or Strong Ale categories, I'd bump taste up to 4.5.

M: Mildly oily with hop resins. Otherwise, smooth and hides the alcohol well.

D: Easy to drink, particularly for a DIPA.

popery, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber color with a big fluffy beige head. Lots of sticky lacing and nice retention. Aroma is pineapple juice and a huge dose of caramel and brown sugar. Overly sweet. Flavor is sweet caramel malts and fruity hops. Not a lot of bitterness. Pleasant but not that complex and a little too sweet. Body is medium, carbonation is subdued, high drinkability.

illidurit, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of jculler82
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can (canned January of 2009, had April of 2009) courtesy of one of the guys from In & Out Beverage in Chambersburg, PA as a trade.

Pours a slightly hazy deep orange tinted amber with a one finger cream colored head. Some light lacing that lasts. The smell is very simlar to Troeg's Nugget Nectar, which is a nice ripe red grapefruit aroma. Smells wonderful.

Taste is more of the ripe citrus, with a hint of a mixture of malt and warm alcohol in the finish. The alcohol is just barely detectable though. The mouthfeel is medium.

This beer is dangerously drinkable at 8.70%. And VERY similar to Nugget Nectar IMO, which is a good thing. I typically don't like to compare beers as far as taste goes, but these two beers are very close in taste and smell.

jculler82, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of citan133
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a can into a pint glass, 'cause it's all I have right now.

Nice one finger head, all frothy and kind of brown. Disapates in a minute or so but leaves little froth islands kind of hanging out around the edges of the glass. Pretty dark for a IIPA, clearreally dark copper, maybe a little red even.

Smells really malty, with only a little bit of piney hops coming through. Pretty much all malt.

This si a very, very, very malty IIPA (though I read it was actually an imperial red somewhere). I wouldn't have guessed that's what this was if I hadn't read the can. All sweet malts, very heavy, pretty much all the way through with just a little bit of fruity hops toward the end and then pretty much no finish, not even really any lingering bitterness. Not what I expected at all. A little smoke in there with the hop back, too. Interesting. Just a little alcohol sting as it warms too. It also gets hoppier, more bitter as it warms (or maybe just as I'm drinking more, more flavors coming out.)

Feels kind of heavy on the tongue at first but it's pretty drinkable for how strong it is.

I'm still kind of unsure as to why they label this like they do, I've never tasted a double ipa like this and there really isn't a lot going on in the way of hops. It's a very good beer, I was just taken aback and was expecting something else. Not the best oskar blues brew but interesting. I'd recommend it to try, anyway. Just kind of sweet and malty with the hops really playing just a minor role in this one.

citan133, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber in color with a quarter inch of frothy off white head. Smell is some hops, but there's a lot of malt to help support it. Lots of spotty lacing staying on the side of the glass after each sip. I actually get more malt than hops in the nose. Taste is more of the same. Just a tad bit more malt than hops are there. I have been more than pleased with every other Oskar Blues beer that I have had, but this one is a miss. I won't right it off, I'll try to find another sample and give it another try.

FtownThrowDown, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Kind of a dark caramel/amber with a fluffy off-white head. Mild lacing.

Smell - Smoky, piney hops with a dash of brown sugar.

Taste - Smoky sweet caramel malt with a kick of piney hops. Usually I don't like my IPAs too sweet, but this one works ok because the sweet isn't too overwhelming, and the smoke flavor ties it into the hops well. I can see why they named it after a firefighter.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a fairly light amount of carbonation. Serves to accent the sweet, but not overly so.

Drinkability - Fairly solid and drinkable for a pale, I get no hint of the 8.7% either. For a double IPA, its lacking a bit on the hops punch, but almost makes up for it in other areas. Certainly a good beer.

sevopie, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a snifter.

Appears a semi-hazy copper color with a one inch off-white head forming on top. Retention is quite good for being in the snifter, and lots of lacing is left behind.

Aroma has a solid malt backing that is picked up instantly. There's a sweetness for sure, but it is blends right in with the hops. There's definite citrus and pine but also an interesting tropical fruit note that keeps reminding me of fresh juicy mango. There's also the slightest alcohol scent but only when I take a deep breath.

Taste is a bit less interesting than the aroma but it's still quite good. For a DIPA, it's definitely on the balanced side. The malt sweetness is still there, but doesn't ever really shine on it's own. The hops are more piney than the aroma, and citrus is a bit lighter. Tropical fruit taste is minimized, but there's still a little something. It's a bit more floral now than anything. Finishes with a balanced hoppy bite that lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy texture, good but not exceptional.

While I wouldn't put this in my top DIPA list I have to give it credit for being a nicely balanced example. It's definitely good and the balanced character makes it more drinkable than others.

roadhouse, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper with reddish orange tint and a smallish cap of white foam. Body is mostly clear and bright with moderate carbonation. Leaves behind a web of sticky lace.

S: Various hop scents catch my attention immediately, ranging from pine, resin, citrus, and to a lesser extent floral. Don't get me wrong, this is far from a one sided affair. The malts more than hold their own with grainy, slightly sweet bread-y, and just a hint of roasted malt aroma. Also picked up a modest amount of spicy alcohol.

T&M: Medium-full body with an almost fifty-fifty balance between malt and hops through the first two-thirds of the drink. The last one-third is where the hops take over, with a welcome hop resin and citrus peel bitterness. Finish is modestly dry with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

D: A couple of things stood out to me about this beer. First, this may possibly be the most balanced DIPA that I have ever tried and second, is the way in which the ingredients seem to hide the relatively high abv (8.7%). Don't misunderstand me, it will let you know it's there, but you just can't taste it much. It is obviously a high quality, well made beer. The only issue that I have with it is that I personally prefer my DIPA's to be more openly slanted toward the big hops. Some may consider that a flaw, but I will openly admit to being a fan of good ole American hop bomb Imperial IPA's. That being said, there is no denying the high quality here. I recommend this to anyone who likes good beer.

littleshamrocks, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- Hazy translucent, orange/copper colored body with a well-behaved head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lacing

S- Resin-like smell of tingly aromatic hops. Citric, floral, and mellifluous all at once.

T- Surprisingly balanced for a DIPA. Although there are loads of potent, bitter hops, they are balanced by the sticky sweet sensation of pale and caramelized malts.

M- Juice-like body with smooth carbonation

D- Bold, yet subtle enough to be enjoyed in great quantity

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, easily drinkable beer with plenty of hop taste but rather light bitterness.

Amber gold, it has a medium pale tan head, orangish, slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is hick and sweet and flowery with sweet grapefruit, sweet raisin, hints of pine, canned pear and perfumy grapefruit rind.

The taste is grapefruity with a lot of grape and raisin, caramelly grain, sweetish with dryish zestiness and very faint bitterness mostly in the end but lingering. Compared to Lagunitas Lucky 13, it's lighter in colour, body, and flavour, thinner,more grapefruit and less caramelly-syrupy. It's highly drinkable but for those looking for a lot of bitterness (I had no idea until after drinking it that this is classed as a double IPA), this is not the beer. I rarely find double IPAs very bitter (and often much less bitter than many IPAs or pale ales), but this is one of the least bitter double IPAs I've had.

Offa, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head, medium carbonation, cloudy, mahoganny amber

Smell: pine, hops, bit of malt, and sweet fruit

Taste: pine, hops, bit of malt, sweet fruit, alcohol, and some citrus

Mouthfeel: sticky, smooth, low carbonation, nice balance between bitter and sweet

Drinkability: I would have this again. The high abv means its one per sitting. Not a bad beer, but far from my favorite in the style.

tigg924, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmmm. Though I rec'd this in a trade but can't find it in my extensive records, so we must have picked up it up on a Wisconsin run. No, I can't keep track of where all of our beer comes from anymore without hiring a CPA.

Big, sticky, red, the can proclaims. As a dedicated "leave no trace" camper I especially appreciate the brewer's "pack it in, pack it out" message on the can. Even in the city there are far too many beer cans in the water, out on the ice, everywhere. What the hell is wrong with people?

Anyways, the beer. Very amber for a DIPA, & the smell is nicely tainted with hops.

Tastes very good. I usually like my DIPAs hoppy as hoppy can be, but I like the malt stick in this one, it has more of that ever-so-slight bitter tang to it rather than the standard malt sweetness. If I knew anything about malt I'm sure I could explain that. Now that I think of it, if I knew anything about physics I could probably build something that wouldn't fall down. Huh.

"Nicely balanced" is not a phrase that's welcome in this house, but this is a rare case where balanced works. There are a lot of mediocre to pretty good DIPAs out there, this one has a bit of a different twist, & points for that. Very good beer.

maximum12, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

Pours a rich reddish-amber hue with a bit of chill haze; capped with a creamy beige crown that shows excellent retention and holds tightly to the sides of the glass, leaving behind thick rings of lace at every settling point along the way to its finish.

Aroma is a delightful melange of fruity (apricot), floral, and tea-like herbal hop notes, with sweet malty aroma playing but a supporting role.

A slick, medium body is interspersed with moderate carbonation. Rich, chewy malt delivers the introduction, caramel-sweet; hops fill the majority of the palate, with sweet, juicy ripe fruit notes, just a pinch of grapefruit peel, and a touch of acidity as the beer moves toward its faintly bittersweet finish.

Mild on the palate for such a big beer, making it infinitely drinkable if you ignore the 8.7% ABV. Wonderfully delicious and yet another testament to the quality of canned craft beer from Oskar Blues.

superdedooperboy, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A= Dark amber color with a small head that sticks around throughout the entire drink and leaves some decent lacing. Opaque in appearance and I actually notice a few black floaties in it.
S= Not a whole lot of a smell actually. More malty of a smell than I expected with the hops of course coming through.
T= Malty as hell for an IPA. Maybe this is an old can. I get quite the metallic taste from it as well. Hops do come through in a herbal and slightly piney sort of way. Tastes a little watered down and sweet like tea. The more I sip the more it grows on me but I do wanna say it's malty and not nearly as hoppy as I expected. Still good though. The more I think about it the more it tastes like sweet tea from down south.
M= Low carbonation which I love and a smooth finish
D= Very high. After I take a few more sips and allow it to breath for just a moment it tastes quite nice and the metallic flavor fades but the sweet tea flavor stays around.

jjanega08, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Taken from notes a couple days ago. 12 oz can I picked up at Cheers Beverage in the form of a $10.99 four pack. Seems a bit steep, but what the hell since I saw it earlier for $14 in Douglassville. Served up in my DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark and rich orange color that is almost red in places. Held to the light that orange is really nice and radiant. The beer is somewhat hazy and has a touch of cloud to it. The head is a good finger and a half on the pour and it has some really nice staying power. Retention throughout the experience. The head is a white with a touch of apricot tint to it (sorry I seem to be liking the color apricot lately). The lace is thick and sticky, glazing the glass all the way down with pillowy and chunky lace. Nice.

S: Smell is somewhat hop forward but what else do you expect from a DIPA? Getting alot of pine and grapefruit coming out, but it isn't slapping you around with hop ego laden dominance. The malts are allowed to play here with a little bit of caramel and sugar sweetness. Sure it doesn't have a whole lot going on but it smells good.

T: This is really interesting. You get that intial wave of dry and bitter hops in your face. The hops have a bit of pine resin and grapefruit qualities to mix it up a bit. But that wave ends in a smooth pool of malty goodness. Some seriously creamy caramel malt comes in with a cooling of the hops and just an almost perfect sweetness to it. A bit of vanilla that is reminds me a touch of what you get from some oak is in there as well. There is a serious richness to this malt that can only be balanced by a serious base of a DIPA. I think this beer works incredibly well in the taste category.

M: WHAT? A medium to full bodied DIPA with a really nice creamy texture to it? I must know more! The carbonation really works with the creamy thickness here. ABV is almost without notice, and this seems like quite a feat at almost 9%. Not as dry as your usual DIPA, but I like the change that the malt backbone provides here. The beer has a slightly syrupy coating to the mouth and palate, leaving that sticky malt goodness for the aftertaste.

D: I would say so. I consumed this can in mere minutes trying to wrap my head around it. It doesn't sit heavy in the stomach, so that is not a problem. It doesn't have the typical over drying of a regular DIPA, so that doesn't pose a problem. Then again it doesn't have that overly cloying presence of a super malty brew. This beer rides a fine line and really pulls something beautiful off. A big presence in both hops and malt that you can't taste the large alcohol level in and its in a CAN! I almost didn't give it a 5 due to the price (since I like to factor in price to drinkability) but this works for a treat from time to time. This beer works for me, but then again I like malty IPAs and DIPAs. If you don't like malt in your DIPAs, you probably won't be as impressed.

everetends, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel wierd about Gordon, here...

The head on this beer was crazy thick. I fished a little off the top and it stuck to my finger like cotton candy. As I sip on it I am forced to wonder if it were my high expectations or simply the beer letting me down, but this was not what i expected. Its not hoppy enough to be a DIPA, and though it has it's fair share of booze in it, it is unnoticeable. This was by no means a bad beer and again, maybe its not Gordon... But I am not impressed. Furthermore, for the price tag, I was expecting greatness... but if I could do it again, I would just spend it on a pack of 90 minute or even a six of Maximus

Maybe my next can will be better, maybe i have a dud, maybe I'm optimistic...

gregmoscetti, Mar 30, 2009
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,367 ratings.