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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,408 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,408
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 329 | 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 joshwlt
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stuff was poured out of can into a pint glass... two hours ago. It was amber in color with a decently lasting head. Basically take an IPA and make it an amber, or take an amber and make it an imperial. The mouthfeel was thicker from both the citrusy/piney oily hops and smooth chewiness of the malts. It was caramelly, sweet and had a decent hop profile. This stuff was actually fairly balanced and smooth although slightly more bitter (in comparison to a standard amber). Medium mouthfeel should be expected. Made me believe a can can hold a decent beer.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up dark Amber with a creamy white head

S - Malt sweetness. Some hops. So well balanced that it's hard to separate them.

T - Starts off caramel sweet, A citrus hop flavor comes through, and finishes bitter on the back of the tongue and leaves a lingering sweetness.

M - Feels slightly thin.

D - A drinkable beer, but leaves a lingering sweetness on the lips. Could be cloying if this came in a 6-pack.

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

Thanks to Beertruth. Truth is beer, beer is truth.

I cant tell you how much this beer rocks! You remember how much you like smores as a kid? Well this beer kicks smores ass.

Pours a great looking red, orange and some yellow in it. Like a Jackon Pollack painting.

Smells so sweet and hoppy. I've never had a nosgasm, but I think i just did because I need a kleenex.

Tastes sweet, malty, but still citrus hoppy. By far, my new favorite double ipa. Easy. Malt content is exactly what it should be.

Leaves that resiny lingering hoppy sweet aftertaste that coats your tongue like a good DIPA should. It also has this what I can describe as a supersweet smooth sawdust taste at the end??!!

I love drinking this bitch out a can too! What a fucking awesome beer.

Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

date code 6 09 13a 1 ba, pours a cloudy copper color with a thin white head which vanished immediately leaving little lacing in my nonic ; a moderate smell laden w/ citrusy hop and cereal grains, some caramel and dark fruit notes but very subtle ; a rather sweet malt accented flavor w/ well balanced hop bitterness, a bready/caramely taste up front quickly turns to nuts and piney hop giving it a strong tea-like undertone, finishes crisp w/ a hint of mineral ; a med. body with a good amount of co2 leaves a creamy feeling on the tongue ; a good beer indeed, prob. better fresher, def. doesn't drink like an 8.7 ABV brew at all...

Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red with a frothy beige head. Recedes a tad fast but leaves a nice lace-work.

S: Pine hops with a solid malt backbone with caramel and fruits. Fairly simple.

T: Sharp pine hops up front with some caramel coming through. The finish is mildly bitter and a tad dryness from the alcohol but this is sweeter than i like my DIPA's.

M: Well-carbonated but the sweetness hurts it

D: One and done for me.

This is in the Maharaja-camp of DIPA's, not the Ruination-camp. I prefer the latter.

Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can in to a goblet. Hazy dark orange pour with minimal head. Smells grapefruity and piney, yet smoothe. More malty than I expected to taste. Strong hop presence, but biscuity malt flavor. I guess I shouldn't underestimate Oskar Blues, this was much more than I anticipated. Very good beer, and slightly different than other DIPA's I have had.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have said before that it seems as if the Imperial IPA style has become a bit overdone. It is a great style, which is a testament to its success and popularity, but somewhere in the process, I feel that some creativity was lost. Lets see how this one fairs. Pours a dark orange, with a large, fluffy, white head. Looks pretty dark for a DIPA, which might be from the addition of chocolate malt. Aroma is big on resinous hops...sticky and pungeant ones that give scents of grapefruit, pine, and tree sap. Taste comes in waves, with a quick blast of hops to begin with, juicy fruit in the middle, tobacco and earth notes to finish things up. Not really a hop bomb in the sense that it doesn't destroy the taste buds completely. I think this is a good thing, in that although the hops shine well enough to beat the malt, everything is perfectly balanced. A nice chewy DIPA, yet still remains very drinkable. The alcohol leaves a great warmth after the first can. This is an exception to the trend of samey Imperial India Pale Ales. Not only reliably fresh, but also one of the best out there IMO. One to seek out, sip and enjoy with friends. Cheers

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

Poured into a goblet at Frisco Grille (Columbia, MD)

They served this a bit warm. A little more caramel colored in the pour than your standard IPA+. Subdued hop aroma (again, was this from the warm pour?), not much else going on with the smell.

Taste came through, was anticipating something uniquely hopped and was disappointed. Reminded me a lot of their Dale's Pale Ale, but nowhere near as flavorful or well designed. May have to try a can locally or get a fresher pour and re-evaluate, update this after another try. Still a good beer from a talented brewer, but nothing like the exceptional Dale's Pale Ale they make (which is much more like an IPA than a pale ale).

Photo of Donnie2112
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden brown, light to moderate carbonation and about an inch of head in my pint glass, nice ribbons of lace coating the glass. plus it comes in a bitchin green can.

piney, spicy, hops, lots and lots of hops

starts off with a sugary sweet malt maybe even a bit of raisins, but not cloying. Quite a bit of fresh cut grass, piney, spicy hop presence. I'm no hop head but these hops are awesome

the mouthfeel is nicely effervescent without being too fizzy, I'd say it's got a medium body and the oils from the hops provide an almost tannic astringence that cleans up so nicely. One of the things that I love about the double ipa is that it is often big and tasty while still being refreshing. This is the case with this beer

overall it's just highly drinkable, I think that this double IPA is in the same league as 90 minute or hopslam. Great beer.

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

Appearance
Looks thick and viscous as it pours out; nice full head sits atop a pleasing, vibrant orange body; hazy; lots of carbonation; super thick curtains of lace left along; head hangs around the whole time

Smell
Big, fresh hoppy nose; fruity and oh so inviting; not the biggest (like Maharaja), but certainly respectable

Taste & Mouthfeel
Gordon is a full-bodied DIPA with loads of malt to keep up with the high level of hops--I really like it; a lot of bitterness, but it's kept at bay by the caramel-flavored malt; I'm really impressed by how big and balanced this is; plenty hoppy but not one-dimensional

Overall
I was super impressed with this DIPA and my very first canned craft brew. It's full from front to back, and the alcohol is hidden nicely, resulting in a high level of drinkability. It's so tasty and in line with what I like in a high-hopped ale.

Photo of ewright
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear bright red-orange with about 1/2" foamy head on top. Nice sticky lacing shows up as the beer goes down.

S: Bright citrus (tangerine?) notes up front with strong sweet malt backbone.

T: Bitter grapefruit up front is nicely balanced by a strong toffee flavor. The malt and hops blend beautifully on the tongue with just the slightest bitter aftertaste. Superb!

M: Smooth and creamy with prickly notes from the hops. Moderate carbonation keeps the flavors from settling on the tongue.

D: One of the best DIPAs out there and one of the few I could drink all night. Unfortunately, I bet I'd be paying for that in the morning.

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aquired in a trade with wolfsblood

A- poured a a really foggy copper amber with a toasted brown notes. tan head that built up quickly with a ton of lacing left on the glass.

S- smelled the hops from the moment the can was cracked. huge piney resinous hops all over the place that are really enjoyable. maltiness is pretty strong as well, solid

T- maltier than i would have guessed from the nose, however the hops are still pretty strong, there is a strong biscuity character with the malt which goes, but its a little different from what im expected. strong bitterness to it that lingers on the tongue. good strong happy character but not as bitter as i was expecting

M- light carbonation, sticky on the tongue, full body

D- pretty good beer

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

Acquired in a trade with thickerfreakness. Thanks dude! Decanted from the can into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a one finger head that fizzles away quickly. Aroma of citrus, resin, and sweet caramel malts. The taste starts with some resiny bitterness, which transitions into a a citrus flavor, with some caramel underneath. Mouthfeel is right in the middle. IPAs and DIPAs are always easy to drink for me and this one isn't any different. Overall this beer is great and exactly what I wanted this afternoon.

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

Oh man, there's some hops in there. Smells like a fresh-from-the-homebrew-shop-cooler hop flower. Rich chocolate roast malt in hidden way down in the bottom somewhere. Why can't someone make cologne that smells like this?

Golden orange hue, great clarity, immense creamy, creamy head with damn decent retention.

Great body. Milder flavor than I expected from the nose. Good bit of tart, leafy, and bitter hop greets the tongue and olfactory, but only in balance with a good bit of richly roasted chocolate, bread-and-butter, nutty, malty malt. I get strong influences of almond and fresh bread. Tart fruit - maybe ripe cherry or raspberry, with hints of banana. Finishes fairly dry with plenty of beautifully bitter hop leaf feelings in the mouth.

A perfect example of well-used hoppage! A phenomenal balance with such bold flavors is rare to find. It's the discovery of beers like this Gordon that give me enough hope to trudge through the drudgeries of another three or four months looking, waiting, for the next sensory overload.

What more could you want out of life?

Photo of turbine2475
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours crimson red with an extremely dense and tall white head that dissipated slowly into a heavy lace.
S - All earty pine hops with touches of citrus and honey sweet.
T - Milky hops, earthy and moderate citrus, with a grassy malt that balances the brew out nicely.
M - Smoothe with a good carbonation.
D - Awesome brew! Best IPA avaliable in a can in my area until surly loosens it's belt :)

Photo of Homerbag
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber body with thin head that laces. Good looking, not incredible.

Smell is a hop punch that delivers with the best. Malt is a great supporting note that give a great compliment to the fruity and floral hop notes.

Taste is the best flavor out of any can that I have ever had. Fruity hops that are not in your face obnoxious, but fill the palate with a presentation that is one of the best. This is really good and if you are a hop head you will be hard pressed not to like this. Feel is sticky and long lasting.

By far one of the best IIPA out there and the fact that this is out of a can is what makes this a supprise. I will be sure to keep this on a short list of feel good beers.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so this was my first ever review on BA.... Almost 2 years later, I am having another Gordon's and revisiting the review. First off, this time the beer was a perfect pour. Head was beautiful and lacing was thick and luscious. Would describe it as more hazy vs. cloudy now.

Aroma was still sweet, slight alcohol and slightly fruity

I am upgrading the grade here this time around

Balance is still quite nice.

Poured out of the can into a pint glass and kept waiting for a head to form. Good thing I didn't hold my breath. A quarter inch, at most, of head finally appeared that was light tan with very large bubbles. A small amount of lace formed as I drank the pint.

Somewhat cloudy deep copper color.
Aroma was pleasant but I had to work to find it.
I would have enjoyed a more aromatic brew.

Taste was well balanced, especially for a Double/Imperial. The higher alcohol does not smack you in the face. Mostly caramel notes with pine as well. A little grapefruit flavor lingers

Enjoyable for a Double but would have enjoyed the hops sticking with you a little longer in the aftertaste

Photo of ckeegan04
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber in color. Thin, white head with moderate lacing.

S - Sweet caramel with a hint of some citrus.

T - Syrupy sweet. Late appearance of some hop bitterness. Grapefruit in flavor. Lots of sweetness though. Caramel in flavor.

M/D - Syrupy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Too sweet for me though. A good DIPA, just too much malt sweetness. I prefer mine to be a big mouthful of hoppiness.

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

A : Pours a nice amber color with a good head. There was a little bit of haze to it also.

S : Lots of hops, piney, citrus flavors.

T : A good balance of hops and malts. A little bit more malts that I was expecting from the smell. A nice bitterness on the finish

M : Creamy and smooth.

D : Real easy to drink

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

Into a Chimay chalice, this beer is a very pretty red-amber color with a big creamy head and excellent lacing. Huge citrus-malt nose backed by sweet malt. The flavor provides a big blast o'hops, citrus, herbal, grassy, with high bitterness, but not overwhelming. The malt stands up to the flavor well, but the emphasis is right on an enormous hoppy flavor. The finish is lingeringly dry, with a touch of warmth as it slowly fades away.

Wow, excuse me while I just lean back and savor this wonderful beer... and out of a can too. Forever more, this will always be my pool-/beach-side beer. And a frequent late night companion as well.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in an "all can" trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks!

A: Popped the tab: nothing. Served into an Imperial Pint Glass. Beer is a bright orange/amber red color with a slight haze to it. An enormous three-finger head of raucous sticky foam threatens to crest over the rim of the glass, but slowly settles to a thick bubbly layer with great retention. Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass as the head dissipates.

S: Pine, citrus (orange and grapefruit), pine, citrus, a touch of honey, and some more pine and citrus. Man this smells good!

T: Initial taste is on the bitter side. The pine and citrus that was so prevalent in the aroma takes a little longer to come through, with the pine having an easier time of it. Hop bitterness really overpowers the slightly sweet malt backbone and the grapefruit citrus flavor that I was so very much looking forward to. Body is a little on the thin side, with a short, clean, bitter aftertaste.

M: Spot on for a DIPA. Clean, crisp, and not too highly carbonated.

D: Overall this a very nice DIPA. Other than the nose, I found nothing exceptional in the beer, but it's very easy to drink and quite accessible for those not familiar with large, heavy-hitting hop bombs. Packaging in a can (a novelty for craft beers) makes this easy to grab and take with you to a variety of places. Probably couldn't have more than 3 or 4 of these in a sitting without becoming addled and tongue-fatigued, but I enjoyed it very much and would keep it around often if it was available locally.

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

A - Looks like a good IIPA. Poured with about 1 finger worth of really creamy head. Into a standard pint glass, it has a medium amber body.

S - Smell is of C hops and little else. Y'know, grapefruit and pine.

T - A little on the sweet side, but reasonably balanced and has a really nice malt backbone. It's not a "smack you in the face" IIPA, but has a bit of west coast hops in the mix. I like it.

M - Sparkly, oily, creamy.

D - Warms my tummy and is a little bitter, but nothing that detracts from the beer itself.

Notes: Rating this I couldn't help but think it's a "good" beer, hence all the fours. It's not 100% excellent, but it's definitely one I wouldn't pass up. A great brew for those that can get it.

Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey, my first canned IPA! Surprisingly little happened when I clicked the tab. I poured it aggressively into my Duvel tulip to stir up some head, which fell back quickly but left a sheet of lace.

It's hard to believe this came from a can. The odor is pine, resin, hops, hops. It tastes like just hops. Grapefruity hops. There's some malty sweetness back there, definitely, but I have to squint to find it, because the hop bitterness is very strong for me.

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

A - orangey red, clear, pours a big rocky head that recedes quickly to a splotchy, bubbly cap, but leaves plenty of lace.

S - solid caramel malt sweetness, some bitter grapefruit. Balanced just slightly towards the malt

T - Bitter grapefruit hits me right off the start, but there is strong battle going on between hops and malt. Getting some biscuity notes in the malt, but not too strong (I don't care for large amounts of this character in an IPA). I find the aftertaste is not very long lasting, you get a quick hit of bitterness, and then it's gone. Extremely clean tasting all the way through.

M - mouthfeel is very full and creamy, but resiny hops keep it from being syrupy. Alcohol is completely hidden.

D - a tasty, malty double IPA, with only minor quibbles. Ridiculously easy to drink.

If one was to call a double IPA "approachable," this would be a good example. Well developed malt bill, with a balanced dose of tasty hops. I do find that the quick finish does not quite match the rest of the beer, but it sure does make you want to grab another sip in a hurry. What is interesting, is that after getting half way through the serving, my burps start to provide the lingering bitterness that I was looking for!

Thanks to Demcorhip for sending this rare treat my way!

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

Pours out a clear orange brown like strong iced tea with two fingers of slightly off-white suds that really look creamy and are sticking to the edge of the glass.
Smell is good IPA right here. Great floral hints and piney hoppiness with very little alcohol to be detected. Good sweet maltyness and a burning hop sensation finish off the aromas.
This is a milder flavor than the smell would have you believe. Still the balance between the bitter and the sweet is very nice here. I would love to have this on tap. It starts out very thirst quinching then the hop oilyness leaves the mouth dry for the next drink.
This is a very drinkable beer. Oskar Blues does IPA's very nicely.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,408 ratings.