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

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3,503 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 159
Gots: 380 | 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 WickedSluggy
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber orange - little foam developed. Nothing special to look at.

S - Really nice aroma consisting of malty sweet baked goods. Good bouquet, not huge, but that coming from a major hop-head. The smell fits my perception of the intent of the beer.

T - First sip slips me a unique interesting enjoyable "Loopy" flavor - hard to describe aspect of the taste. Maybe tea-like. Then and further tasting provides clean balanced flavor if not somewhat bitter shifted. Nice malt, nice bitterness. Interesting mellow woody (the tea thing) flavor.

M - Medium bodied. No significant adjectives come to mind.

D - You wouldn't guess the ABV at 8.7% This could get you in trouble because it is indeed very drinkable.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. can poured into an American pint glass

A: Pours a very deep amber; light doesn't go through easily. It's not hazy; just dark. One finger of a medium-tan head that dissipates into an island of foam. Lots of lacing on the glass.

S: A lot of fruity, pineapple-type aromas here, along with some caramel notes.

T: Lightly citrus-y, with a lot of malt sweetness resembling caramel and toffee. I've been hanging onto this one for awhile, and I feel like the hops have become too muted. I remember this being a lot hoppier when fresh. Still very tasty.

M: Lightly syrupy; doesn't feel very carbonated, despite attractive head and lots of lacing.

D: This beer just begs to be drunk. If it were a bit cheaper, it would be a staple in my fridge at all times of the year. Despite the 8.7%, it hides the alcohol remarkably well. The alcohol is way too high to make this a session beer, but I want to drink this all night.

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

The other "big" beer that Oskar Blues is canning. This one kicks just as much ass as Ten Fidy.

Pours "big, red and sticky" just like the can says. Ruby reddish/orangish with a huge fluffy head that laces the glass beautifully. Head is thick and isn't going anywhere.

The aroma of this beer is amazing. Coming from a can, where its locked in tight, is a huge explosion of resiny/sticky hoppy goodness. Who needs potpourri when you could have this making your home smell awesome!

Taste is a great balance of hyper hoppiness and nice sweet malt. The bitter tongue numbing hop flavor is expected and oh so delightful. Citrus tastes abound with this one, its a very, very delicious dIPA.

This comes in a 4-pack and I could easily drink all 4. I wish it came in a 6-pack, its a very drinkable strong IPA.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.

Served in a pint glass. Pretty much no head. Hazy brown beer. Left no lacing.

Smell is surprisingly sweet for a DIPA or even an IPA - hops are much more subtle than I expected. A surprising amount of malty sweetness in this one. The nose didn't blow me away, but it is definitely good.

Taste is great. Similar to nose. Smooth caramel malt taste balanced by the slightly grassy hops, but the hops don't overwhelm this beer at all, although they are more pronounced than in the nose. Definitely not a bitter beer, and not what I would call dry. Very very tasty.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Goes down smooth, pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability was great for the style. Often I can't drink IPAs or DIPAs too quickly or I'll just taste bitterness, but this one is so malty that you could drink this a bit faster. And I certainly would have loved a second one, because it's a great beer.

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

A - Hazy copper, little head. Moderate lacing

S - I have never smelled a beer with more of a peach, apricot flavor that wasn't a fruit beer

T - Strong malt backbone holds up a nicely balanced DIPA. Sweet and fruity up front with a dry finish without being over cloying.

M - Smooth, drinkable, not overly dry. Carbonation is slightly muted.

D- Considering the strength, pretty easy to drink. Not a session beet, but two of these would be no issue.

Photo of LordofTime25
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved from ottovon!

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a thick creamy off white head that leaves reat lacing on the glass.

Hops is the major smell you get with a slight maltiness to it.

Tastes hopy of coarse, but there is a sweetness to it maybe honey or brown sugar. Nice!

This is a medium bodied beer with medium low carbonation.

Very good!

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

A - Pours a semi-opague amber with a foamy, slowly dissipating white head.

S - Caramel, malt, and a bit of sticky icky hops.

T - Tastes like brown sugar, malt, with a hoppy backend to balance off the sweet sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, viscous, with decent carbonation.

Notes - If I didn't know better, I would never think it came out of a can. Which blows my notions of beer packaging right out the damn water.

Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head eventually recedes into a patchy layer on top with good lacing.

Smells great. Lots of sticky piney hop aromas backed up by caramel malts. This aroma is begging me to take a sip.

Tastes good. Much like the smell there are lots of piney hop flavors joined by sweet caramel malts - although it's not quite as intense as the nose would lead one to believe. Still very tasty with a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with understated carbonation that makes this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great for such a high ABV. I could have entirely too many of these in one sitting.

Overall there's not much I can say that hasn't been said before. There's room for improvement, but even so this is one tasty DIPA. Worth a shot.

Photo of wescj
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Color is burnt orange, and the pour creats some of the best cascading i've ever seen. Very impressive beige head, with excellent retention and beautiful lacing.

Smells super hoppy and predominately piney. However, there's a very rich and sweet hint to the nose as well.

Tastes very hoppy, with more orange than grapefruit. Balenced with a caramel sweetness. There's a dry aftertaste and the feeling of hop resin left in the mouth.

Very velvety mouthfeel, and so drinkable I would never have guessed that this one weighs in at 8.7%. Definately a keeper.

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed, copper amber body with a tall beige head. Excellent retention and some massive sticky lacing.

Aroma of candied apricots, fresh caramel, grapefruit and pine cone.

Creamy body is almost full and chewy. Solid carbonation.

Taste is everything I look for in an Imperial pale ale. Big chewy caramel malt presence that takes an impressive hops bill to subdue. Huge citrusy hop bitterness tantalizes with apricot and blood orange notes, fading into pink grapefruit near the finish. Clean and even from start to finish, with a memorable citrusy aftertaste.

Amazing stuff here! Opened a real can of whoopass with this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of cpn920
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass with very little foam but was a nice looking auburn color. Little lacing due to the lack of head. I got a nice whiff of hops that weren't overwhelming and a bit of malty caramel aroma. The taste for me was excellent with a sweet malt flavor with a balanced hop bite on the back end. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a medium body and not overly carbonated. I really enjoyed this beer and will definitely be revisiting it often.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 4-pack in CT several weeks ago (Oskar Blues doesn't seem to distribute in OH). The best part of the appearance is above-the-beltline, a thick poofy foam that dries in large clumpy lace on the glass. Below the beltline the beer is copper colored and a little hazy. The smell is sort of raw hops, but promises to be a fence-rider between DIPA and barleywine due to the large malt presence. But actually the taste is more DIPA, nicely hopped and well-balanced, some phenols provide nice spicy flavors. The after-taste is much less bitter than it could be, this is a good thing in my book. Medium body, easy drinking. This is a solid beer but not among my favorites for the style.

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

Beer in a can! And it's great beer. Having found immense pleasure in OB's Dale Pale Ale and Old Chubb Scotch Ale, I was not disppointed in their wonderful double IPA.

The body is copper colored with some apparent cloudiness. The translucent head leaves a minima lacing along the glass. The smell is powerful, with a strong floral punch that retains some notes of sugar. If you really want to nose it, then stick your beak in the can - yes, I said it!

There is a bite of nutmeg as well with a big and sticky hop blast that is well balanced with chewy bites of malty sweet molasses.

This is not you father's can of beer; it is a complex brew that has taken canned beer to an entirely new playing field.

Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber color with a tan head that has great retention and leaves good lacing.

Aroma is pungent with floral and citrus hops. Some caramel sweetness to balance.

Flavor is the same as above. But a little bitterness, couldn't tell it was 85 IBUs. Very hidden. A little bit sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Ok, I know a lot of people say they can't detect any aluminum flavor, but I saw a couple of reviews that have and I can too. I do taste it, but none the less, it's still great.

Full bodied and creamy.

Ok drinkable, you don't feel like your drinking that much because the can doesn't look that big but it'll catch up to you.

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

Completing my quartet of Oskar Blues can reviews for 2008... Cold 12 oz aluminum can poured into pint glass. Beer pours a slightly yellow deep amber color, very bubbly. An orange-white quickly forms from the huge foam. Slightly cloudy in the glass (I was NOT careful to avoid sediment when pouring, if there was any in the can). Aroma is very, very good for what promises to be a very big IPA-style beer. Unbelievably floral for such a strong beer. Glacier hops?

Between the dry-hopping, the presence in the glass, and the lacing on the glass, you'd never guess this was just dumped out of a can which was shipped across the country, rather than poured out of a beer engine at the other end of the pub.

Initial taste is much sharper: bitter, acidic, even sour. Citrusy. It tastes more like a double IPA, with English sensibilities. It has a medium malt profile, with a very nice, rounded flavor through the middle and aftertaste. I don't find it sweet or caramely at all -- just balanced.

Overall: a very good example of double IPA from an American brewery. High alcohol content is well masked and does not unduly hinder drinkability.

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

Reviewed on 9/30/08. Can. Pours mahoghany with a small light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel and toasted malt and raisins. Flavor of raisin and grapefruit and bitter citrus hops in the finish. Would have liked some more hops, but maybe I didn't get a super fresh can. Tasty beer nonetheless.
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

Photo of callmescraps
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everyone thought the can at the bar was unexpected. I knew better.

Appearance - sort of a cloudy amber color, not much head.

Smell - some nice piney hops, with some good citrus as well. A little spice on the nose.

Taste - Really good. Mostly the piney hops, and the citrus. But less overwhelming and smoother than most DIPA's.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, but nothing special. A good firmness.

Drinkability - Really good. I moved on after to try something new, and it was a mistake. Many DIPA's are a one and done, this was one I wish I had more of.

Overall, an excellent experience, just wish I had more.

Photo of BrewerB
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is slight hazy, light amber color with yellowing highlights when illuminated. Formed a 2 finger, off-white head that collapsed down to half, left lacing and retained well.

Aroma of grassy and fruity hops. Subtle underlying spiciness. Missing out on malt character. Cleanly fermented. Hop nose could be more varied/complex and a bit more intense.

Strong hop flavor with some herbal/grassy character. Bitterness is a bit low for style but still clean and non-astringent. Finishing medium-dry. Maltiness is clean. Hop character somewhat muddled - should be fresher and more intense. Expecting higher bitterness level.

Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall a clean DIPA that lacks some intensity in bitterness and hop flavor. Received in a trade, perhaps the heat impacted it. Still drinkable, I'd likely move on to a different beer after one pint.

Photo of Beerman3000
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep red-amber color, with a big, bubbly tan head. Big, hearty, malty and dry-hopped nose. Rather reminiscent of Oskar's Dale's Pale Ale - tho much fuller, more roasted, and higher-gravity. At 8.7% abv, that latter observation is no surprise. Dry-hopped nose includes pine and slight citrus peel and alpha-acid tones. Big, full body. Long, intense flavor. Very much like Dale's Pale Ale, w/ lots of intense caramel maltiness, but has more fullness and roasting, w/ slight toffee and tootsite roll flavors. Also less intensely hoppy overall, probably owing to the more intense maltiness and higher gravity. Still has a major, hoppy finish, however. Rather IPA-like tho not sharply bitter as some IPAs are. Long, flavorful, hoppy finish with herbal, hops flower, dry-hopped tones. Some yeasty sediment (unusual in a canned beer). Very flavorful and satisfying, but not overpowering. Another impressive beer from this funky brewery.

Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

can courtesy of yesac. thanks!

A- pours an amber color into my tulip with a large foamy beige colored lasting head. solid wall of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- caramel malts with a strong odor of hops.

T- lots of sweet caramel malt upfront and a strong piney/grassy hop finish. moderately bitter. no trace of alcohol. well balanced, very nice.

M- light bodied. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- easy to finish, i wish i had another can. i could see myself drinking several of these in a night if it was sold in my area. glad i got the chance to try this one.

Photo of Risser09
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1.5" head that has great retention. Craterous head with plenty of lace. It coats the glass.

Smell: Very nice, fresh, floral, grapefruity, bitter aroma. Caramel malt background rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Bitter vegetal flavor with heavy malt presence in the background. Not very complex. Lingering dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, sweet, and dry. Not a great IPA, but it would be a good if it were cheap. The bitterness is lingering and the alcohol is slight.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not good. Needs some work. Nice malt balance.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review from a canned beer, although most certainly not my first canned beer.

A: A foamy, yellow tinted white head sits atop the rusty colored liquid. I tend to like the darker colored IIPA's, and this one has got me excited.

S: Smells hoppy, nothing special going on really. Some citrus.

T: Pretty impressed by my first sip. The caramel sweetness really comes at you strong. It might have been a little surprising, if I hadn't read reviews of this beer before. The hops are there as well, of course, and hold their own fantastically. Citrus is strong in this one, but some decent piney flavors rise up to meet you. A faint herbal hop flavor is down in there as well. And the bitterness doesn't beat you over the head, it seems to build and burn the longer you keep it in your mouth. A pretty special beer.

M: Slick and a bit oily, medium to full bodied. A little chewy too.

D: Easy drinking beer, and it's in a can. 'Nuff said.

I'm sure the debate has gone round and round about the success of any possible cellaring, but I'll probably give it a bit of a go. It's just beer, I'm guessing I'll still enjoy drinking it in a few months time...

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

12 oz can - canned on 10-17 right after the GABF

Can o' bliss - who doesn't want that?

A - Pours a dark golden color - darker than some of the other IPAs I've seen. Looks hazy, but that may only be from its opaque nature. Head formation is light and does not linger. Leaves a light film.

S - I can smell this from the moment I poured it. Very fruity hops are highly aromatic. As if i rolled fresh pellet hops in my hands. Earthy and acidic - very much a DIPA.

T - Starts off sweeter than expected. Develops some bitterness mid-stream along with the taste of the same hops that owned the aroma. Finishes off with a flavor of wet hops - as if they came out of the Washington hop valley the day before brewing. Akin to Harvest Ale of Fresh Hop.

M - More thick and creamy than other DIPAs. Beer is full of body. A common theme I have found in the Oskar Blues lineup. Does leave an alpha acid residue on the pallet which leaves an oily texture.

D - Amazingly easy to drink. Once again OB has delivered on a beer that maintains high levels of flavor and body. Nothing is missing here. The ABV is very deceptive, and the the flavors roll nicely. In the world of DIPA, I'm thinking this is a winner.

How the heck do these guys do it? This almost makes me cry that I can't go get an OB beer any time I want. Fantastic DIPA.

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

Poured a hazy dark golden color with a huge froth monster of a head. The head was reminiscent of a coca cola float. Pours a dark gold color with a lingering off-white head. Lots of suspended particles just hangin around.

A good sniff reveals an awesome blast of grassy floral hops. This beer smells like a pine tree but is also pleasantly doughy and bread like.

Wow. The roles have switched. The taste is maltier than hoppy and an awesome doughy sweetness has taken over! There is a nice hint of brown sugar to it. Every now and then a weird must flavor makes a presence. Strength of alcohol also varies through the session.

The feel is moderate and very slick.

Crazy rich and complex. I could drink quite a few of these but the alcohol content would rock me.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh out of the can. Pours a hazy auburn with a short bubbly head. Sugary grapefruit and pine aroma. Robust hops in the taste. Lots of grapefruit and resin, with a fair amount of pineapple and mango flavors blended in. Caramel malt backbone with just a little biscuit. A truly righteous imperial red.

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