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

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3,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,528
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: 3,528 | Reviews: 1,308
Photo of MinorThreat
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I should start this review by saying that, while I will try to be objective and fair in this review, I have a sweet spot for Gordon like no other beer.

Served from a 12oz can, yeah buddy!

A- Caramel/copper brown, amazing clarity, good white head that reduced to a thick skim and leaves a spider-web all of the way down my glass.

S-Sweet malt and a slight grassy/ piney hop aroma. Kind of smells like Louisiana King cake.

T-This is one of the most well integrated big beers I have ever tasted. Caramel, biscuit and cereal grains with an ever so slight alcohol twinge. The hops are well paired with the grain, nice herbal woody front followed by some citrus and a deep long lasting bitterness. It's really tasty.

M-Pillowy soft with a full body and just enough Co2 to rinse the plaate semi-clean.

D-Yes please! I can enjoy one just as easily as I can finish the four pack.

I go to Ward CO every so often to get spring water and having Oskar Blues only a little out of the way is truly a treat. They have amazing beers and the restaurant is just what a backwoods homebrewing pseudo hippy punk like me is looking for. Thanks for being as strange, fun, cool and having great beer Oskar Blues

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 12/6/08

Appearance=Vigorous pour into Frog and Peach Pint glass (shout out to my local "dive" bar) yields a 1.5 finger fluffy head. Great looking beer. Cascading rings the whole way down the glass. Deep color, Amber/reddish.

Smell=Glorious hops. Although not a DIPA smell I thought it would have.

Taste=Very tasty beer. Although, not the DIPA taste I thought it would have.

Mouthfeel= almost perfect! Long lasting hop resin in mouth.

Drinkability=High considering the abv. 4 cans and I'm toast. I expected a hop bomb though. Didn't get one but I'm not disappointed. Very tasty brew. I would probably consider this a cross between an Imperial Red and DIPA.


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

Amber to red color, nice bone colored head. Good bubbles. A bit of butterscotch in the nose. Some tea-ish hop aromas, grassy green. Not as strong as I would expect in an d-ipa. Same thing with the flavor. Great malt flavor, sweet. Just no hop bomb, which is what I'd expect. Tasty though. Smooth and lush. All together a good drinker. The 8.7 percent would definitely sneak up on yah if you aren't careful.

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't been on that big of a hop kick lately, but I'm thinking that should change. Pours a hazy brass with gold hues into a tulip. The one-finger of head recedes quickly, and some streaks of horizontal and vertical desultory lace are left behind. Smell consists of huge hops mixed in with an undercurrent of grapefruit and orange and some very subtle sweet malts toward the end, which makes for a very aromatically satisfying blend of ingredients. The first sip surprisingly has a good grainy base which is strategically attacked by the hops with perfect timing. Sweet beer bread and spicy candy also exist. This is an excellent Double IPA that definitely has it's own unique character that I predict will draw me back time and again.

Photo of jdklks
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper-amber color body with a head that is pure white.

S- smell is of sweet hops and sweet fruits that remind me of strawberry.

T- taste is a bit duller than expected. the alcohol is not detectable. the sweetness balances out what would be bitter hops. fairly malty, especially for a DIPA. the fruit flavors aren't nearly as pronounced as the smell suggested they would be. again, not bad, just dull. even the aftertaste is hardly detectable. This is why ipas are supposed to be super hopped, because if you go for "balanced" they turn out dull, plain dull. almost tastes more like an amber.

M- pretty damn smooth and perfectly carbonated for its medium body and the underwhelming flavor. if it was over-carbonated it would not be a good beer at all as the carbonation would consume the flavor, but as it is, the mouthfeel is the best part of the beer.

D- This is a pretty drinkable beer for 8.7% abv, and if it tasted like i was hoping it was going to i could drink it all night. as it is, i think the taste brings down the drinkability.

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

Less than three the can revolution...

Pours copper red. 3 finger white head that falls into a light cap. Dense lacing at the top, lessens as it goes down but very attractive. Aroma is dense hops with a sweet malt background. Spicy, citrus and resinous. Taste continues the aroma, hop forward. No strong malt flavor, just a presence in the body. Very floral note comes in late and lingers with the hop bitterness. Carbonation and medium heavy body are appropriate.

Very easy drinking DIPA.

Photo of happygnome
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice dark amber color with about a quarter inch of off white head that dissappears fast leaving a good amount of lacing around the glass
s: the aroma is dominated by piny and citrusy hop bitterness but a nice earthy aroma comes out too, boozy aroma as well
t: the piny bitterness is the first thing that i taste followed by a sweeter citrusy bitterness, but there is also a nice malt backbone. even though the nose has a boozy element, that is not easily detected in teh taste
m: thinner that i thought it would be, it didnt have that oily feel that i was expecting

overall, this is a fantastic brew

Photo of gdfan47
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- comes out a really darkish amber with very little head and lacing
S- malt, a touch of hops, booze, sugar
T- very boozey, alot of hops, some malt.. not much else
M- almost flat tasting
D- alcohol is not hidden well

maybe I got a bad can, overall I wasnt too impressed. It tasted a little too sweet and not very balanced...

I think the high ratings are largely due to the abv

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

Gordon from Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery pours a nice deep amber that looks great in my pint glass. Short lived but persistent head remains throughout the drink. Smell is mainly of malts and very small amounts of hops. As I drink this beer I'm reminded of Rogue American Amber Ale for some reason. This beer is very smooth going down and the taste is somewhat buttery. Malts are the main player here for me as hops take a backseat. Much lacing is present on the glass. I will recommend this beer even though it seems a little overpriced to me.

Photo of dewalt
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The can pops with little to no carbonation, and the beer looks glorious, a rich, dark red with a small but persistent head. It smells strongly of caramel, very sugary, but with a sharp note of hops. The beer is rich and sweet, nicely balanced, and very warming. I found the mouth feel a little thin, not as think and syrupy, as I would expect, but it's a minor complaint.

Photo of discovolante65
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an SA curved pint glass. Nice orange/reddish hues with plenty of carbonation and nice two finger head. nice lacing and retention.

Smell is pine/hops with some citrus and a small amount of malt.

Taste is true to it's nose. I get the nice pine/hops with oranges and other citrus fruits. good little malt finish in there. Taste doesn't seem to linger too long, or get bitter. No alcohol taste is present.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin. I really thought it would be oily as it appeared oily in the head when poured. The finish is really good and doesn't get old and bitter.

Drinkability - If this wasn't $15 for a four-pack, I would say it's an everyday DIPA. The price is too high for the taste. It's not to say I didn't like it, but the price is off.

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

Growler purchased at halftime. Pours a burnt copper into my Corsendonk glass healthy creamy head, some great lacing.

Smells piney and sweet.

taste is so very well balanced. Nice and malty in the begining, finishes is the hoppy bitterness.

Fells great in the mouth, nicely carbonated medium bodied.

Another brew which is a high ABV but no alcohol taste. Enjoy in moderation. This is a great beer try it out.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of Oskar Blue's beers I had yet to try.. bought can of it for $3.

Poured a dark red color with tons of head. Smell was very hoppy, practically oozed out the hops. Taste I thought was a little underwhelming.. kind of a weird mouthfeel to it and very light bodied, especially for the style The high ABV was well hidden for sure, but the beers bark was worse than its bite. The hops weren't there for me in the taste. While its still a good beer.. its not as extraordinary as Old Chub, Ten Fidy, or Dale's... not sure if i'd shell out the $13 for a 4 pack of it.

Photo of philbe311
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of fluffy off-white colored head... Excellent retention... A lovely pour that is truly gorgeous as the beer settles... Orange amber color with the slightest haze... Minimal sporadic extremely slow paced carbonation...

S - Terrific... Red Grapefruit... Mandarin Oranges... Nectarine... Earthy... Malt... A mix of piney and citrus hop goodness... Strong, but not overpowering as the scent can be detected away from the glass...

T - Piney hops which are quickly balanced with a nice malt background... Also present our the citrus scents detected as part of the aroma... Very minor pepper notes with a faint smokiness... Not overly complex, but one of the better balanced DIPAs I've had the pleasure to try...

M - Slightly thin... Not as oily as expected... Still rich and creamy, especially by DIPA standards... Mellow and refreshing... Very little after taste, just a mild hop bitterness...

D - Extremely drinkable and a true hidden gem in the world of DIPAs... Well balanced and easily hides the 8.7% ABV... I usually can't drink more than one or two DIPAs in a sitting, but this one is different, this is something that I could kick back, relax, and enjoy no matter the occasion...

Photo of SteveO1231
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single sliver and green can with a crested logo displayed in American Typewriter. No freshness date.

I was pleased with Ten Fidy and felt like giving it a whirl. Pours a deep, dark amber with golden highlights, nice off white head and sploogy lacing. Aroma of caramel malts, fresh baked wheat bread and a substantial hop presence. Hops aroma is a blend os citrus, grass clippings, pine, and tea leaves. Light-medium bodied beer with a fresh, watery texture. The beer's malt profile has a sweet-tea like flavor that maintains it's presence throughout out. Hops flavors are grass, a little earthy and leave the palate with an herbal, grassy finish. I was expecting more hops. This beer's classification is kinda whack, if this was classified as an Imperial (English) IPA then I would rate it better. I also question the ABV that is claimed on the can.


Photo of PhxHorn
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pale yellow with almost no head. Smells mildly of citrus. Tastes moderately of citrus, but not intense at all. This would be an OK IPA, but just OK. It has no business calling itself a double IPA, though. Very drinkable and pleasant enough because it's so light, but it's not an impressive DIPA.

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

It is finally time to review what I have been calling my "favorite" beer for quite some time. It may or may not be my actual favorite but it is up there. It is my "go to" beer, and probably the beer that I purchase the most of. But then again there are some others out there that are just not available.

Hard pour into my Duvel Tulip. This has a gorgeous reddish cherry brown mahogany mix, (a little lighter than my kitchen cabinets). A thick > 1" hazy orange head appears and lasts for quite some time. The brew exhibits mild bubbling. This is an aromatic offering. I detect piny citrus and caramel malt. Unfortunately a little tin from the can as well. Glass swishing produces a deep yeast smell like walking into a bakery. This has absolutely the perfect balance of malt and hops. There are mild syrupy vanilla cream flavors as well as strong pine and hops. Once again the aftertaste is mildly metallic. The mouthfeel is more than medium bodied and smooth. It has a "Wee heavy" quality to it. Hopheads and Malt heads both can rejoice as this one brings it all together. For a 8.7% brew it is scarily drinkable and this has been my downfall on more than one occasion: This would get an even higher rating from me if they could remove the metal! This must be blissful on tap!

Photo of HoustonTX
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most amazing, palatable flavor arrays of intoxicated irresistible hopping to date.

This stunning beer pours with amazing color and shade, the lacing is nice, and this seems to be the start of a great day.

Amazing aroma, pine needles soaked in citrus with a toasted edge, and sprinkles of cannibus resin, spicy cinnamon, caramel, and vinous dank hop leaves.

Gordon starts with a blast of sweet blast of infused carmel malt which provides a gorgeous start for the blast of raw hops to come. A bit leafy with phenolic and slightly medicinal notes poking out. Follows soon after with, crystal infused perfectly illustrated dank resinous nugs andi fragile peels of sweet lemon, fresh blades of green cut grass, twists of orange peel, and an insanely juicy burst of assertive grapefruit. It's very sticky and pungent overall, inducing it's mouth coating beautifulness. Simply decadent.

Gorgeous IPA. Love the freshness and the incredible hop complexity. So raw, and perfect. This beer is definitely a blessing of phenomonal sorts. One of my favorites.

Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into Duvel glass still relatively cold from the fridge. Have a glass of cold water to drink on the side to help rinse out the mouth.

Appearance: Head is almost ½ inch thick but disappears quickly (2-3 min.) leaving behind lacing and rim of foam. The color is dark amber, almost reddish brown.

Smell: Initial smell of hops (e.g., grapefruit, resin, etc.) then the malt emerges as a background. As temperature rises the smell (and the flavor) open up and become more complex.

Taste: The intial impression is of hops with malt undertones that become more prominent as the beer warms a bit. The flavor smooths out and becomes more balanced between hop and malt. However an occasional almost sour or chemical taste occasionally emerges that I don't find pleasant in the way hop bitterness is. The after taste persists for a long time and bounces back and forth between hop and malt with hop predominating. However the unpleasant undertone sometimes becomes more detectable in the after taste. (I like hoppy beers but this is a flavor I don't recall picking up in any other hoppy beer.)

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and rounded.

Drinkability: The drinkability is easy at first and I'll probably sample a few more of these in the future but it is not going to become a regular.

Photo of abfraser
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber. Pours with nice white head. Nice lacing

S: Sweet caramel malt, a little hop bitterness. Not a very big aroma.

T/M: Nice sweet, balanced, hoppy ale. The biggest compliment is that everything is very well put together here. Nothing is too dominant, with sweet caramel malt and hop bitterness being the two major components. Definitely some stickiness to the lips after sipping this one.

D: Nicely balanced and drinkable

Photo of PEBKAC
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Whole Foods. Poured into my Ommegang Anniversary glass.

Awesome clarity. Lightly steeped tea/dark amber color, coating lace that eventually thins out into even wavelengths.

Resin & pine dominate the scent. A whole level fumier then anything I've had in the can. Alcohol & sticky malts, turning towards bitter tangerine at the end of the whiff.

Plenty of resin & grapefruit dominating the taste. A sharp sighting of malt right through the middle, finishing off with a doughy & dusty patting of bread crust & a linger of juicy rind.

Definitely drier & more reminiscent of an imperial amber/red as the consensus here believes. Though not to the point the canned variety is. That version would probably score a little duller in regards to intensity. A sure stronger vibrancy to this serving.

A growler wasn't too bad. No vertigo that a plate of leftovers can't cure. $10 later & Mondays still suck, but who'd remember?


Photo of hophead247
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG. RED. STICKY...That's what describes this ale on its can. Just got this stuff in in my area recently, so had to try it right?

A- I guess you can say its a reddish color

S- A very balanced smell of malt and hops in this Imperial

T- Like the smell, the taste was very balanced and kind of reminded me of Dogfish 90min because of that balance. Our West Coast beers are known for being hoppier, so this is a nice treat for me.

M- Being a fan of the Imperial's, I can't say that the 8.7% hit me right away...It took the 4 pack. For me though, it went down nice and smooth and had just the right amount of alcohol punch for me

D- Hands down one of my new favorites. A beer that I probably couldn't drink all day, because of its alcohol content, but definately could enjoy a 4 pack here and there

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

Thanks to beveritt for sharing this little treasure.

Presentation: 12 oz can into an oversize wine glass. This can says "ALE" precisely where the one pictured here says "BEER," but is otherwise identical.

A-Deep amber appearance, and clear. Pours with ~1/2 finger of incomplete white head, which fades quickly into a thin ring. Heavy lacing.

S- Citrus and pine hop aromas mix with sweet, malty notes.

T- Tea like flavors dominate, mixed with moderate malty sweetness, followed by a moderate hoppy finish. Bitterness is prominent, but not astringent. Fairly drying.

M- Carbonation is moderately low, and in fact, a bit lower than I would like. Somewhat oily and slick, and quite smooth.

D- Very drinkable for its 8.7% ABV. Bitterness is not overwhelming, the overall feeling is fairly light.

Future outlook: A nice drink, but not a beer that is readily accessible to me, so I probably won't get to have this again anytime soon.

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

Oskar Blues Gordon
12 oz metallic can
Served mainly out of the can and a juice glass for appearance

Pours a rusty orange with a solid head on top. Deep orange-red in it's purest color form, leaving trails of sticky lace behind.

Aromatic nose with strong whiffs of citrus hops and malt.

Very smooth and malty up front with flavors of brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Very strong caramel flavors actually.

The hop profile on this beer has quite the presence. Hoppy pine flavors with a major citrus blast highlighting an orange and grapefruit punch.

Moderately carbonated and I'm not sure if this has to due with the shelf life of this beer or not, but worth mentioning. The 8.7% ABV is well hidden. Certainly one of the best canned beers I've ever had.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Flying Fish glass. No sound or hiss upon opening this.

A- Gordon has a great look to itself with a deep amber glare with red highlights. With a medium hard pour I yielded a 1/2 inch firm off-white head with staying power, pretty thick. Moderate lacing.

S- A mixture of hops and even more malts as this borders on the sweet side with caramel playing a major role. A lot of citrus with grapefruit and pine.

T- Very hoppy creating a bittering effect and earthy taste while the variety of malts leave a caramel sweetness at the same time. With that includes loads of grapefruit and I picked up on the alcohol when i searched for it. Obvious dry-hopping going on here adding another layer.

M- Bitter and sweet and a bit resiny but overall the malts dominate leaving this not overly hoppy. A good mix of a red ale and a DIPA. A medium mouthfeel. Reminds me of a DFH product.

D- Coming from a can this is quite the achievement taste wise. I would and could drink a few although i wish the hops were more pronounced with less sweetness getting in the way. A great brew all around and pretty balanced with a nice ABV (8.2%) which shows up towards the end.

Oskar Blues needs to put Leroy (american brown ale) back into production soon, please.

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