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

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3,462 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,462
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 156
Gots: 360 | 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 OStrungT
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of itcomesnpints
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel - almost creamy without being heavy. Not crisp.

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

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fogdog for hookin me up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Onibubba
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

This is my kind of IPA. Plenty of malt and caramel to balance the prodigious quantity of hops. Amber and caramel in appearance, with substantial head. Smell is good, nothing that out of the ordinary. Mouthfeel is thick, sweet, and nicely carbonated. Overall, one of the more enjoyable IPAs I've had.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can from a liquor store in northern Mass. Pours a hazy copper-red with a good half inch of light tan head that leaves a fair bit of nice lacing. Citrussy piney hops dominate the aroma, but not without a fair bit of caramel malt to add balance. Tastes like piney, citrussy, and grassy hops with just enough caramel toffee malt to give the beer some balance. Silky smooth mouthfeel, like few beers I've had, with ample carbonation helps make this sipper go down fast. Wow, what an awesome beer. Surely one of the best examples of the style. Practically perfect in every way.

Photo of bonbini26
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glad to see this stuff is finally available on the shelves of stores, a bit on the pricey side $14 for a 4 pack

A- A darker shade of orangish, reddish bronze that glows with light. The head is thick and foamy that leaves behind a nice lacing
S- Def. notes of caramel, maybe a little too much, and on the sweet side, but then the hoppiness comes through and kicks its ass
T- This DIPA is def on the malty, caramel side, the hop flavor is not as aggressive as much DIPA ive had are. Notes of sugary lemon, orange, and grapefruit.
M- Didnt feel like i was drinking a 9% beer, tons of malt and syrup line the mouth
D- average, usually drink a DIPA down pretty quick, but i think because of the sweetness it took a little longer to drink than usual. Cool seeing a DIPA out of a can, just wish it was a little cheaper

Photo of Reino
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the can, Paul.

Appearance- Poured fairly aggressive from the 12 ounce can into my New Belgium goblet, yielding only a little more than a finger of white head. The head didn't stay around terribly long, and left minimal lacing. However, the liquid filling my glass makes up for the heads poor showing. Gordon is a deep, sludgy amber. It looks like a vibrant red was mixed with a bit of purple. This beer looks so damn full and delicious.

Smell- Pineapple-orange juice with a bready, caramel malt backing. As I dig deeper, I get sugar topped grapefruit and a bit of alcohol forming a mild liqueur smell. I love juicy citrus hops, and this beer brings it in the nose. I wish there were a large, resilient head trapping in all these tasty citrus fruit notes.

Taste- A flash of citrus hops give way to figs, toffee, caramel and heat. There is a hint of pine hops towards the finish as well as some old fashioned oats. I'm not going to lie, initially I was extremely disappointed in the taste. The nose lead me to believe one thing while the taste goes a totally different direction. This beer is borderline unbalanced, and in the malts favor no less. BUT, once I put my PNW mindset of hop it until my tongue melts off DIPA's, the taste grew on me. The heat basically disappears as you drink, and I start to enjoy how the hops tease me with flashes while letting the malts do the real dirty work. This might be a great beer to ease people into the style.

Mouthfeel- This beer manages to be creamy, and highly carbonated at the same time. It's good, but kind of bizarre and confusing on the tongue. I want to let the fullness bathe my tongue, but the high carbonation holds back what could be a fantastic feel. Still very good, but less carbonation would have been preferable.

Drinkability- This is the highlight of the beer for me. I could drink a dangerous amount of these. The alcohol doesn't hinder the drinkability at all. They go down smooth, and I immediately want to go to the fridge and grab another...but I only had one. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that Oskar Blues come back to OR. Thanks again Paul (Lum), yet another awesome extra.

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA is not your typical IPA..Hoppy nose, grapefruity mouthfeel, but a caramel/malt flavour to kick out the hops at the end of the drink. A most drinkable IPA, and if mor IPA's tasted like this, I would turn into a notable hophead! I highly recommend this brew to any anti-hophead, see the difference and appreciate!

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark copper with a two-finger whets my beer goggles. A hint of sweet malt, sugary stuff, like candy or caramel bars, is overpowered by an intense burst of floral hops with citric notes.
Medium-bodied and packing a hop punch, this beer still retains a little sweetness and is very pleasing at it passes the tongue and goes down smooth. Pleasant aftertaste; the fact that this stuff is in a can and cheap is amazing - I couldn't session b/c of the high ABV (I must note that they hid it well). This is a graet DIPA.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, orangey, gold with a thick, soft white head. The aroma is very hoppy but also intensely fruity. Citrus and hops combined with a fruity malt profile. The flavor follows the aroma - lots of soft fruit, strong malts, balanced well by a ton of floral and fruity hops. The balance is impeccable. The finish is both very bitter from hops but also very fruity and sweet with malts. The after-taste is very hoppy - but not bitter. The mouthfeel is very full bodied, but nice on the tongue - not syrupy. Overall - amazing!

Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy copper color with single finger head that dissipated after a while. The smell is a big surge of citrus and piney hops with some maltiness. The taste starts off with some citrusy hops that give way to some caramel maltiness that is cut by some piney and floral hops. The mouthfeel is thick with fine carbonation and a little bit of warmth from the alcohol. I'd consider this beer very drinkable considering how much hoppiness there is.

Photo of JasonA
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a mild cloudy rich amber. Solid 2+ fingers of thick off-white/bach head. Lots of lacing, lots of retention. Awesome pour from a can.

Smells sticky rich and powerful hops. Powerfull hops. Yum. Boy am I close to giving a 5 here

Initial malt, hops, sweet, killer hop finish. Wow, the taste here is amazing. The malty start, right into rish hops, maybe citrus middle, and simply delcious finish.

Perfectly balanced. This is probably the best IPA I have ever had.

I have nothing to say bad about this brew. Absolutely nothing. Give me more.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat dark brown orange color with one finger head and a creamy ring of lacing.

Scent of piny hops, citrus and caramel malts. Simple and sweet, very good.

Taste of bitter piny hops, caramel malts, oats and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp, but a tad too heavy for the style, good nonetheless.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Chimay glass. 10/01/08.

Pours a copper-amber color with about a finger of beige head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is strong with sweet caramel malt, and both citrusy and piny hops.

Taste starts with a bunch of sweet caramel malt and a touch of honey. That is followed by very nice floral, citrusy, and piny hop flavors. Nicely hopped. The hop taste has a nice bitterness that is not too harsh or overpowering. Pretty well balanced.

The feel on this beer is great. It's full bodied, slick and creamy. The carbonation is a bit low but that helps keep it smooth without being flat. A slight aftertaste doesn't last long. Drinkability is pretty good. The alcohol is pretty well hidden and it's not too bitter.

Overall, a very good DIPA. It's not as bitter as other beers of the style, which I like. Makes this one much more drinkable to me. Each sip leaves me wanting to take another.

Photo of bheilman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber glow with a pleasant head. I don't know Gordon Knight, but I do know Gordon McCrary and he'd be happy with this beer too. Not overly hoppish and almost tasting more of a regular IPA compared to an imperial because it is so smooth, almost creamy. Doesn't have the hops bite I was thinking but I always feel like the hops gets toned down once it hits high alcohol. One of the best drinks I've had in a while. I've been very happy with Oskar.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful copper hue with a nice sticky head.

S: Wow nice hop profile. Lots of bitter citrus and sweet pine. Hints of caramel malt poke thru as well.

T: Taste is married to the nose. Overloaded on hops without being too bitter. Bold citrus up front, but sweet pine tones things down a bit. Add in some nice toasted and citrus malt and you have a very drinkable IPA.

M: Medium to full bodied, rather full for the style. Good carbonation.

D: Rather drinkable. I like this one more and more everytime I taste it.

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

A very interesting twist on the DIPA style. The beer poured a nice dark amber color with great head and lace on the glass. The smell threw me off at first with much malt sweetness and slight hops in the background. The flavor pretty much followed suit with a large dose of caramel sweetness up front, then a slight shot of hops in the middle followed by a sweet aftertaste that left you wanting more. I can't say this is one of my top DIPA's but it is quite a unique beer and one to bridge the gap for malt lovers into the IPA world.

Photo of brdc
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small can, poured into a tulip. Courtesy of stoutsnipas.

Dark golden, amber highlights, with a good off-white head, good retention for the ABV.
I read that this one has 85 IBU's; hard to believe. Starting from the aroma, this is one well-balanced brew; loads of caramel, cookie and even a faint hint of chocolate play against a resinous, oily hopload with piney and grassy notes, along with the usual fruitiness. Soft on the palate, very easy to drink.
This is my kind of IPA, and comes in a can!

Photo of beveritt
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. The label explains that this is named after Gordon Knight, the now deceased brewer. Thanks to mhewes for setting me up with this and some other Oskar Blues.

Appearance: Pours with a massive four fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, leaving behind tremendous sticky lacing. The beer itself is amber with a hint of red and has a slight chill haze.

Smell: Incredibly hoppy. I have used term fresh hops to describe things before, but no beer to date has ever been this massive in the aroma department.

Taste: Sweet malt with a tannic, tea-like flavor. Hops are not as prevalent in the taste as in the aroma, in fact after an initial little burst of bitterness, there is very little in the finish. Alcohol is hidden well, although not all that high.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Body is okay, maybe a little thin, especially for a brew of this stature.

Drinkability: Incredible looks and smell, but the hop flavor was lower than expected for a beer called a DIPA. While smooth, malty, and nice to drink, I am not sure it is tops with respect to the style.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,462 ratings.