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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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3,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,203
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 147
Gots: 263 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2003)
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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can
Recieved in trade with RustyDiamond

Gordon pours with an amber body with glowing orange highlights when backlit. A creamy one finger beige head formed on the pour that fell to a half finger while leaving sheet lacing that slowly falls back into the body leaving some stragglers.

Much bigger malt backbone than I expected. Huge caramel malt, actually some of the best smelling sweetest caramel malts I can recall. Juicy brown sugar sweetened grapefruit juice. Fairly simple and straight forward but delicious.

The can says this beer is "Big. Red. Sticky." Couldn't have been said any better. Much like the aroma the flavor has that huge sweet smooth caramel maltiness. Brown sugar sweetened grapefruit add another layer of sweetness along with a mild bittering component. I'm usually more into the hop bombs but this is a masterful cretion of maltiness.

Medium bodied with an incredible lush smoothness. Slight alcohol fumes rise on the finish. Fantastic mouthfeel.

An incredibly easy drinking high abv beer. This beer would be in constant rotation if I lived in their distrobution area.

Another great beer from Oskar Blues. I've tried three of their offering and everyone was great, not just good, great. Keep canning these brews, I want to try them all.

joe1510, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dense honeycomb of foam, dimpled on the surface. Webs of lace, with several rings forming on the way down. Deep reddish-amber tone, with good clarity.

Huge citrusy hop aroma, riding up against a hearty maltiness. Honey, pine, butterscotch, fresh grapefruit juice, and weeds all come across in the nose also.

Lush, creamy mouthfeel, that really couldn't improve at all. Buttery smooth, huge malt presence pairs with a citrusy component, descending into a pine tar bitterness in the finish. Bitterness isn't harsh or abrasive, it's fairly mellow, but lingers for a long time.

One is a real treat, maybe two if you're feeling ambitious. The alcohol is tucked away, but you will definitely feel it after having one or two...

emerge077, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Translucent medium/dark amber body with big foamy off-white head. Head soon fades to a nice thick collar and leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Nice citrusy, mostly grapefruit smell is upfront. This is balanced with a big complex malt backing.

T- Citrus hops are first with a big grapefruit taste. The malt backing is strong and has a caramel character with hints of chocolate. The initial taste is smooth and well balanced. The finish is nearly all caramel malt with minimal hop bitterness. Sweet bready caramel malt lingers.

M- Low carbonation and rather thick body. Goes down smooth.

D- Great hybrid beer. The DIPA/ strong red combination really works here. Its got a big malty character with good hop flavor. Very easy to drink and the ABV is almost undetectable. Something I will have again.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-cloudy burnt orange

S-Tobacco and cannibus....fresh squeezed citrus fruits...sweet caramel...

T-Definitely leans malty and sweet...great caramel maltiness...hops add flavor but not much bitterness....more of a sweet citrus element...

M-Big body on this....rich and full

D-This is a very flavorful brew....my take is a big amber ale that leans toward the caramel malt but also has some nice sweet juicy hop flavors in the mix...if you want a bitter hop bomb IPA, this is not it....if you want a hell of a tasty big amber ale than you should definitely find some of this. I find it quite enjoyable....

ZAP, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange to amber color with a huge, ice cream float head on top. Big and thick, resiny aroma. Screams of tree sap. Very malty with a huge hop flavor but not the bitterness you would expect. Moderate amount of bitterness but against the flavor and malty sweetness the balance is perfect. Good body-very nice finish. Fantastic beer-perfectly balanced all around. Dont know about the high price I have seen it offered for. I got this in a BIF. Still a great, great beer.

lackenhauser, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of nickss
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep pulpy orangey-brown hue with a nice 1" head which shows nice retention.

Wha-POW! Take that nostrils. Huge hop presence in the nose. Big citrus feel with a nice pine resin back. Barely perceptible malt comes through as the beer warms a bit. Quite nice.

Big resinous flavour. Not quite as hoppy as I remember it being, but hoppy nonethless. Actually, quite nice now that I reflect on it. Very piney, with some lemon rind and some grapefruit tossed in the mix.

Big creamy mouthfeel tightened up by hops and carbonation. I could do with a bit less carbonation, and let the hops do their job... but all in all, not much to complain about.

Very very nice. I haven't had a beer yet from Mr. Dale that hasn't hit the spot. Quite drinkable and refreshing for an IPA, yet still very hoppy. Wish this beer was easier to find.

nickss, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange colored beer. One inch thick yellow-white head retained a few minutes. Only a handful of slow rising carbonation bubbles. Super thick sticky lace.

Pine scents are powerful in the first whiff. A light citrus is hidden behind the bitter effect from the hops. A very nice balance between the varying scents. A treat for the nose.

Sweet and bitter battle back and forth for dominance, leaving the tongue plenty of choices for great tastes. Light dried apricots and a earthen malt balance against bitter effect.

A very nice thickness in a beer. Carbonation effect is a little on the light side of the spectrum.

Cheers to the boys at Oskar Blues. This one is a great beer for a nice venison steak. A very good example of a good style. Definitely worth picking up, and being in a can makes it a perfect choice for some places a bottle won't go easily.

RedChrome, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of twokansamm
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. After drinking this with a buddy, he looked at me and said "This might be the best American IPA ever", to which I agreed. So when we found out it was a DIPA, we had to reevalute. My thoughts were, then the best DIPA ever...


Anyways, this thing has great hop aroma from the moment you open the can. There is a nice citrus hop flavor, with hints of pine (maybe I'm crazy), but I surely tasted it. This beer is highly drinkable. It would make a wonderful session beer if it were not for the higher alcohol content, which isn't really noticeable due to how well balanced this thing is.

twokansamm, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oskar Blues- Gordon

Appearance- Hazy reddish brown with a thick billowy head.
Smell- Strong pine hops with a touch of dried fruits.
Taste- Oily pine hops with a touch of boozy alcohol. Mild dried fruits like raisin and prune come through.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth, sweet and flavorful throughout. Slight oily hop bitterness in the end.

Overall- This seems more like a regular IPA not a double. Just not big and bold enough for a double but regardless, this is very tasty. Yet another damn good beer in a can.

NJpadreFan, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of bennetj17
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby/amber appearance, very clear with a beautiful tan head over 1/2 inch in thickness. With it's clingly lace it looks enticing. Great hop nose, it has a strong dry-hopped like aroma with not so much of a citrus character but more of a fresh leaf-like character. There is a good balance provided by the caramel malt notes which are rich with a toasted nuttiness.

After the smell the flavor seems like a total letdown. Ok, it's not that bad, but the hops are not as potent as you get a lot of acohol coming through right away. The malt is again caramelly with some light fruit in the mix, but the finish is not very bitter. The mouthfeel approaches a medium thickness, and the carbonation is fine but tight on the palate. I would have to say it has a bit of a slick, oily feel on the tongue.

I was disappointed that the taste of this beer couldn't give me what I expected from the aroma. For a Double IPA I didn't get that strong side-of-the-tongue bitterness to round it off. Instead the flavor kind of stayed one dimensional all the way through. Worth trying but hard to keep buying it at $4 for just a 12 ounce can...

bennetj17, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can into imperial pint glass.

Deep amber hue with a light tah frothy and pillowy head that lasts a while and leaves a nice coating on the glass.

Piney hops with a sweeter touch behind it from the hops. The alcohol is well hidden.

Basic malt taste but with some dark candy, and tart and bitter hops. This tastes like a beer flavored Sweet-Tart. It's okay, but it seems to have a cloying sweetness and a bitterness that just doesn't seem to match. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish has the lingering tartness.

Not overly impressed with this one, and I feel I have had better DIAPAs. It's not bad, and I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't reach for one either.

BeerSox, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at pub Oliver Twist for 120SEK a bottle (approx 20USD). Ouch.

A: Dark orange, almost no lace.

S: Hops, flowers, citric notes, caramel and a faint, faint hint of liqorice ? Lovely!

T: Well...Plenty of hops, caramel, citric notes, a wee bit of malt sweetness.
Classic IPA.

M: Sweet creamy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Goes down way to easily actually.

First DIPA in a can i've ever tried and a brilliant one for sure. Recommended!

baggio, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing scarlet red appearance. Decent sized creamy white head. Lacing is more than ample with spiderweb like patterns all over the place. Nice blend of malt and hops on the nose. Hops are citric and rind-like in character. And also pungent and smoky. The malts smell of sweet caramel in the background. This is a well balance DIPA. I like the mix of hops and malt, though I could stand to see some more hops. The Dale's is actually more "hoppy" than this. But this is still good. And very drinkable for the Octane rating. Though I would tend to place this more as a strong ale. The malts give a nice foundation of caramel and toffee. The hops are pungent and oily. Bitterness could stand to use a boost. But overall, this is an enjoyable brew.

Bighuge, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presenation: 12 oz aluminum can, no dating of any kind, poured into a duvel tulip glass. Opposite the main beer label was the statement "If you knew Gordon Knight, this beer needs no explanation. If you didn't, we're sorry."

Appearance: Pours a completely opaque dark orange/bronze color. the head formed 1-2 fingers thick and faded into a thin layer that retained, sticking to the glass as I drank.

Aroma: Very strong. Sweet notes of caramel and sugar mixed with citrus hops. Very enjoyable.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front masked almost immediately by some piney hops, which dominated the middle. The finish was a mix of sweet malts and bitter hops, in the end the hops won.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth for such a strong beer, almost creamy at times. The carbonation was in good balance as well.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. The high alcohol was almost completely hidden by the sweetness of the malts, and the hoppiness balanced it out quite well. Highly rcommended to Double IPA fans, but be careful. It is 8.7% ABV after all.

FenwaySquid, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/26/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz can with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange headed towards light amber in color. Smaller 1/4 inch head with better than average lacing marks.

Smell- Lightly sugary with a nice boquet of pine and grapefruit hops...a little caramel malt action as well.

Taste- No metal! Just good old fashioned hops and malt. Decent grapefruit hop bite and mild bready caramel malt flavor. A bit of a sweet orchard fruit flavor to give it a light sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth, lightly creamy and mid range carbonation.

Drinkability- About one of the most well rounded even keeled DIPA's I have had. Nothing really jumps out as outstanding, but it's quality all around for sure. Very easy drinking per style.

GClarkage, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear darker amber color with better than an inch of loose light tan head that resists fading. Good amount of lacing.

The smell is aggressive and classic DIPA; piny grapefruit and a balanced sweet malt character.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and creamy. The flavor matches the smell. There is a nice complexity of an extra hop-boost as it finishes and he flavor lingers appropriately.

Drinkability - The 8.7% ABV is hidden well. A real good drinker, but at better than $4 a can it was probably a poor choice after a warm ride on the lawn tractor.

jjayjaye, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all around good IPA. I had it on tap, but I'd like to try it from the can. It's a clear amber gold beer, looks pretty nice with an ok head. Nose is hops and more hops, as is the taste. Both lack much other than hops, but the actual hop characteristics are varied. Taste has a bit of spiciness as well, and a hint of malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

shivtim, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Hop Devil

A-Ruddy red/brown with a decent foam top

S-This smells strongly of piney hops with a touch of sweet caramel malt.

T-There is just something missing here. The piney hops do not follow through to the same extent as they do in the smell, the malt just kind of sits there and doesn't harmoniously intermingle.

M-Slightly syrupy, medium/low level of carbonation. This isn't too heavy and actually is more like an IPA I suppose.

D-This is an alright brew. A decent 2xIPA that borders on a single. Neither the hops nor the malt stand out for me in any way

sleazo, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I have had from a can to date. Poured from the can into a Chimay glass. A brownish orange color with a fair head and good lacing. The smell is bananna, hops, pine. The taste is sweet hops. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops leave a nice sticky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great. The abv is undetectable and the beer is so well balanced that 8.7% does not enter your mind. This beer is just too drinkable. The best DIPA that I have had to date. An exceptional brew. Reccomended.

Enola, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of warmstorage
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, $3.49 from Whole Foods in downtown Seattle, states 8.7% ABV.

Visual: deep hazy reddish amber, light lacing. Creamy, dense head dissipates rapidly.

Aroma: slightly flat and metallic, sweet, with hints of pine.

Taste: sweet, sweet, sweet with some pine/resin notes. Really quite limited for such a huge beer. The alcohol is not evident, except for a slight tingly burn in the mouth in the finish and aftertaste.

For a DIPA style, it's VERY lacking in pronounced hops. This is much more like a strong red ale, or perhaps a thick, sweet barleywine.

After it has warmed from the serving temp (about 53-55) to room temp (70, if my thermostat is to be believed) a distinct rauch-like smokiness comes out, and the alcohol warmth is a little more evident.

I've wanted to try this beer for a long time, and to be honest, I'm somewhat disappointed. It's kind of blah. I really like the Dale's, and Old Chub, but sadly, this one really doesn't match up to the hype. Good beer, sure, but not excellent.

warmstorage, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of bitter hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts. There’s a little bit more sweetness than most 2IPA’s but it masks the ABV. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, deceptive kick, this is an excellent beer to stick for a whole evening, but the ABV can catch up to you quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, awesome one-finger plus creamy tannish head, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, nice touch of hops, slight grapefruit/piney, good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty/hoppy. At first the sweetness plays up front, then a nice touch of malts/hops, a nice well balance between the two, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. A nice chewy texture. Very drinkable, this is my first Oskar Blues brew, I have a Dale's Pale Ale, and an Old Chub coming in a trade. My can sez 9.8% ABV, just cannot image a brew this high in ABV and flavor coming out of a can, the same with the Surly's. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $13.69 four pack at Peabodys in Boone, NC. Pours from the can into a large snifter a dark red color with a beige head of substantial size. Copious amounts of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is nice but eerily similar to Dales Pale Ale. Not much of a step above Dales apart from the alcohol and the presence of more carmel malts. Citrus hops greet the nose first in a big wave, followed by sweet caramel malts and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Awesome balance between malts and hops. The tongue is greeted by citrus hops and fruity esters such as pineapple and orange. Sweet and slick in the middle, then the real kicker; the hops just make the tongue tingle and quiver but beg for more. Are those Pop Rocks in my mouth??

Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than is usual in a nice DIPA, but the drinkabilty is outstanding. Smooth and creamy, abv is well hidden. This is one tasty beer. I could drink this all day, any day. Oskar Blues sure as hell know what they are doing with the hoppy beers like this and Dale's. This is about the only DIPA or any other beer that I would pay over $13 for 4 of them.

SaCkErZ9, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can? I kept having to look back at the can after the pour and shake my head. I couldn't believe something this good from a can. Deep brown with a slight head that formed after I poured it. Not much carbonation present when opening, but it came out in droves afterward. Nutty malt and hops in the nose, with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Taste is very complex, both malty and citrusy hops. I didn't taste the alcohol right off like some have mentioned... and I'm usually one to get it right up front. So that says a lot for the taste of the beer overcoming a higher ABV for a really nice offering. Now I can't wait to try the other cans from Oskar Blues.

tugdriver7, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has this once before on cask and New York. While I thought it was okay it didn't live up to my expectations. I also have no idea how long the cask was tapped. That being said with the Gordon poured into my Bell's tulip sitting beside me on the floor next to an open window, the spectacular boquet and citrs fruit mingles it's way toward my olfactory sensors and eintices indeed.

Pours an amber copper colore with a thick off white head with great retention and thick sticky lacing that seems like it will make it's way too the bottom with me.

Perfect example of a damn fine aromatic IPA. Thickly sticky sweetness of fresh squeezed grapefruit, peach, and tangerine, than transorms into earthy pine riddles aromas, than into a lovely boquet of a flower garden. Underneath it all is a nice dose of caramel malt that hold everything together and keeps things clean.

This is just a straight up kick ass DIPA. The only complaint I have is that the huge succulent, chewy, very tasty caramel malt is ever so slightly too much and drowns out the hops a tiny bit. But don't let that fool you, this is a damn good beer. Citrusy grapefruit and peach win again with a less amount of pine hop but it's noticeable on the finish. Floral and delightful while not being overly bitter.

Mouth is rich, full, and ever so chewy. Very clean with a medium short finish. Alcohol has no presence in this beer. Could drink this all night, at least until the 8.7% ABV snuck up on me.

mcallister, Jul 03, 2007
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,203 ratings.