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

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Ratings: 3,461
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 155
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 sstackho
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Four 12oz cans purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston for $12. It's not too often I get to enjoy Oskar Blues beers after having an Old Chubb explode in my checked suitcase on a flight. But I was spending a full week in Boston this time, so I took the opportunity to drink some cans while in town. I had to choose between the Gordon or the Ten Fidy, and was in a hop mood. Pours a clear dark red with a big fluffy head and a hoppy aroma I can smell from over a foot away. A plethora of lacing. The flavour is well balanced with a solid malt base and hops that linger long after the beer is swallowed. Taste is perhaps slightly lighter than expected for the alcohol level, but it's still a nice bold brew. I was planning to say that the beer perhaps didn't warrant its $3/can pricetag, but this last one is making me rethink that.

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

A - Pours a dark amber with a mediocre head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is plentiful.

S - Lots of piney hop aromas and a hint of grapefruit.

T - The hops dominate, but aren't overpowering. The malt backbone does its job well. Plenty of bitterness with a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium-bodied, semi-dry finish, fairly smooth. The hops leave some lingering bitterness on the palate that leaves you begging for more.

D - This one is very deceptive. It's smooth, refreshing, and enjoyable, and the 8.7% abv is barely noticable.

Photo of beereality
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to glid02 for this special extra...

Pours almost like a red ale. Darker color brew with a fine beige head. Has a bread like smell and something sharp, like a can? Not a big smell. Nice sweet malt taste up front with some hop coming through in the finish. Nice lacing. This is pretty easy to drink. This is a lot more flavorful after warming. The can smell is gone and replaced with a caramel, malt aroma. I can taste the alcohol in the finish. Another great beer from a can.

Photo of RJLarse
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Waddell's Pub and Grille. Served in a pint glass.

Appears a deep amber color and is clear. Served with a smallish off-white head.

Smell is fairly faint with an acerbic bite on the nose.

Taste is a malty and acidic pine flavor, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK, but a bit cloying..

Drinkable for a DIPA, but the ABV sneaks up on you. Not a real sessionable beer. It's longer on malt perhaps than most brews of the style. Tastes like kind of a cross between an amber and an IPA. I wouldn't mind trying the canned version one day.

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

Pours a hazy orange marmalade colour with half a finger of off white head and nice lacing. Nose- caramel, and pine. Taste- a chewy caramel pineapple candy. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy. Caramel and sweet cookie dough are front and center. Hops certainley don't overpower- pine needle, earthy hops meld very well with the malt. Finishes dry and puckering from the hops with still some lingering sweetness but not too cloying. Nice stuff

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

Oscar Blues Gordon
Dark orange pour from the can with an off white creamy head, which persists with lots of lacing on the glass.
Fresh orange scented hops and some caramel malt as well.
Flavors are definitely malt accented DIPA but with plenty of hops. Chewy malt has a caramel accent with even a little bit of choclate in the flavor. The balance between the malt and hops is quite pleasant. Not your typical DIPA palate shredder for sure. I understand the this beer was meant to be something of a cross between a DIPA and imperial red ale, and the flavors make a lot of sense in that context. Definitely the maltiest DIPA I've tried outside of the DFH 120 minute.
The mellow character of this one makes it very easy to drink, but I'd still probably stop at one just because of the abv.

Photo of vtfan77
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Sunset orange with a nice, fluffy head that, alas, dissipates rather quickly.

S- Quite a bit going on in the smell. The hops and the malts are in near-perfect balance, both contributing equally to the aroma. The malts contribute a robust sweetness with aromas of caramel and even a hint of chocolate. The hops lend a fruitiness with strawberry and orange aromas, as well as a bitter, herbaceous quality. Very complex, and very nice.

T- The fantastic balance from the smell carries on into the taste. In fact, here I might actually give a slight edge to the malts, which contribute a graham cracker-like taste and a sturdy base for the hops to play against. The hops, mostly fruity in the aroma, switch gears in the taste, coming across more spicy and herbal. Flavors like peppercorn and caraway give this beer a somewhat rye-like character. Bitterness is on the low side of moderate, accenting the beer nicely rather than smacking the drinker in the face.

M- Medium-bodied and a little syrupy. Carbonation is moderate, which works well here.

D- The alcohol is rather high at nearly 9%, but it's not particularly noticeable in the taste. As good as this beer is, I'd have another in spite of the ABV.

A sure-fire winner from Oskar Blues. It's very different than your typical DIPA. I think Oskar Blues actually describes it as a DIPA- Imperial Red hybrid of sorts, which definitely makes sense. Whatever it is, it's a very good beer and one to be sought out. Recommended.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/ amber-ish color, with a off white to light tan head. In the aroma, big piney hops, and a grapefruity sweetness. In the taste, piney hops, and a nice malt backing. A small hop bite, and medium bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry piney hop in the aftertaste. Nice big hops, with a good malt backing. Nice, very nice.

Photo of joezak5
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip; a deep orangish ruby, super three finger cream and orange head that wants to hang around.

Smell: Very hoppy but a nice infusion of sweet caramel malt... a little citrus in the background

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly light and airy... muted carbonation invited large sips.

Taste: Very nice sweet burnt caramel goodness and sticky hops... like a hops creme brulee... malty finish, just a little smokey... amazing complexity

Drinkability: I got a single and am regretting not going for the 4 pack... this is a very enjoyable example of the style... the alcohol is well hidden and there's something for everyone is this beer.

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

A. Poured from a can into a flute. Dark gold with a nice head and a very impressive show of lace.

S. Piney hops.

T. A west coast hop explosion, piney, pineapple fruit hops. A bit of malt is noticable too, it adds a caramel touch.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. Pretty drinkable despite the high abv. At $6.50 a can, one was enough. I will say this is the best beer I've ever had from a can.

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

Can Inspection: 8.7%, and I too am sorry I didn't know Gordon.

Aroma: Calling this "hoppy" is like calling the sun "bright" or mountains "big". There's a deep earthy, almost leathery element as well that has a bleu cheese aspect that I'm struggling to describe.

Appearance: Amber glass with good clarity holds a thin white cover that laces like the Belgian Grandma I've always wanted.

Flavor: Surprisingly balanced and almost mellow. The hops are the main player, but don't burn or pucker at all. There is a British tea element to the mix that has me thinking English hops. The malt support is a bit toasty and hard to find.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium heavy body, and an oily finish.

Overall Impression: A very interesting beer. A beast with a refined manner, a little Jekyll and Hyde action going. The leathery/earthy element is different, and I could see having this again, but I don't think I'll be buying it by the 6 like I do with Dale's Pale. Worth a try for sure.

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

Big thanks to mhewes for including this (and more) extra in our recent trade.

Cracked open the can and poured gently into my Mayflower nonic glass. Appearance is very dark, with a thick strong head.

The smell is great. Lots of floral hop aroma, and just the right amount of malt.

The taste is very unique. With the first sip I immediately thought "scotch IPA". I am used to IPAs going completely in-your-face with the hop presence, whereas this has a malt character just as strong as the hops.

I really enjoyed this beer, just wish it was easier to get in New England...

Photo of soupyman10
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Big Hunt, a nice treat after missing out on the Hop Red from Green Flash. This one was quite good. Looked how an IPA should (or DIPA), although the head and lacing didn't quite stand up to what I expected of a top-of-the-line DIPA. Flavor and nose are high on strong, piney hops...this one isn't that much stronger than a high ABV IPA (I had a Two Hearted right after and didn't really notice any difference in hoppiness), but it's still quite good, especially if you're looking for piney hops with just a touch of grapefruitiness in there too. Body was solid, although didn't sit on the tongue as long as the Two Hearted. Overall, quite tasty, on tap just as in the can.

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

Pours a dark hazy amber with a large inch and a half slightly yellowed head sitting on top. Good retention and some fine lacing.

Aroma is nice. Piney hops dominate, but a bit of caramel is in there too.

Taste is fine. Not nearly as hoppy as I had hoped. A slightly bitter piney hop profile is present. Unfortunately it seems it's taken on a bit of a metallic taste, probably not from the can though.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a gentle carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Alcohol is moderate and flavors are decent making for a fairly easily consumed brew.

Photo of kingjames1
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive, deep copper, with a thick, sticky head, and an enduring lacing. Quality fo shizzle.

Smells heavenly. Hops-o-plenty, but balanced with biscuit malt aromas and a shade of candied saaaawwwweeetness. I also detect definite alcohol in the can.

Taste...this is a peculiar IIPA. I would have to agree with others that this might be better categorized as an imperial red. But whatever it is, it is awesome. Mega-hops, yet balanced with heavy malts. Taste like grapfruit and lime juice mixed with a belgium dark beer - it is delicious.

Stickey indeed. Great carbonation though makes this very drinkable for the style and alcohol content. Nice.

Enjoy this one!

Photo of bloberglawp
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one from Demcorhip from his CanBIF haul sent to me. Thanks my friend!

Pours a amber cooper, good head that settles down to a decent film and laces very nicely.

After emptying the contents of the can into the glass, I stuck my nose into the empty vessel, I highly recommend doing this. It smells like a dry-hop heaven. The hop aroma in the empty can was far more intense and concentrate than above the wide glass.

Aroma of hops (some citrusy, some piney), then some more hops(some pinnaple, some grapefruit), and then a little malt and a little more hops. DIPAs aroma's are awesomely hard to describe. Flavor was of biscuity malt, some sweetness and a whole lot of hops. A alcohol note is also present, a little to upfront for me to enjoy.

All in all a very nice beer.

Photo of srroos
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours clear and dark amber with large head that dissipates into a thick cap. Smells of piney hops, malt and metal. Taste is a little light for an Imperial IPA, especially compared to some of the big SoCal brews. I might lean towards the side of those who indicate that this is more of an Imperial Red Ale than Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is right on: on the heavy side of medium bodied and smooth. Drinkability is great too, despite the 8.7% ABV.

This probably will not replace my favorite SoCal Imperial IPAs, but certainly the best IPA in a can. Very good stuff!

Photo of Dotcubed
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An impulse buy, as it was in a can. I wasn't sure what I was buying as it has no discriptive information other than a website and "big, red, sticky"
It definately pours thick. Not much head after sitting a bit. Seems a bit light to catagorize as an imperial IPA, but it smells like a Doubble. Belgian inspired american red ale, good stuff if it's sweetness and high alcohol balance. Smells sweet & malty. Honey, floral.

Tastes belgian at first then hop puts it in a different place. Middle has some burnt flavors, like a campfire marshmellow. Gives me a bit of heat at the end. Definately hides the high alcohol content, I can see why more than 8 of these could be troubble. I'd like to see a version of this as a session beer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- After the wonderful sound of cracking open this can, the beer pours a warm caramely-brown body that is slightly dense with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a spongy antique white head that last for a good bit.

S- The smell of green floral hops has a nice pine needle smell to it with some fresh raw grain notes and a hint of biscuit malt. There is some caramel malt notes underneath the hops aswell.

T- This beer has a slightly sweet of caramel that soon is covered by piney hops with a nice grassy note to them. There is a softer green hop flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a slight watery texture and no alcohol heat at all.

D- This is a very nice beer that has good balance and a nice sweet support to the flavorful hops. The hop bitterness balances with the hops flavor and sweetness alike.

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

P: 12 oz can, no pop when opened, i'm worried
A: ahh, it is carbonated, copper, clear, nice thick sticky head
S: sweet, syrupy, piney, citrus hops
T: really nice, sweet up front and citrus bitter in the swallow and aftertaste
M: a little thin for a DIPA
D: pretty easy, i could definitely do a few of these
Notes: By far the best canned beer i've ever had, would get a case if i could find it in pa

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange with an off-white head that sticks around nicely and leaves impressive lacing. Smells of floral hops and fresh oranges with a full malty sweetness. Taste follows suit. Incredible well balanced for such a huge beer. Hops are powerful and oily but not hugely bitter, but finish with lemon rind that sticks. Malt is here in spades, adding honey and a touch of biscuit. Again surprisingly sweet. Resiny and medium full body. Carbonation tickles the mouth nicely. Too drinkable for 8.7%. I could get in trouble with this.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of gford217: Poured a deep brown color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops are dominating. Taste is also dominated by those citrusy and bitter Qwest Coast hops with a nice caramel malt profile that is overshadowed by the hops. Full body with some good carbonation and no discernable alcohol behind all those hops. One-dimensional for sure but still very tasty and nonetheless a beer I wouldn't mind having access on a regular basis.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cjsell getting this to me.

Pours a hazy copper with a single finger head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam that just sits on top leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Smells like pine trees after a rainy day with notes of citrus and caramel-like sweetness. This stuff tastes pretty, much like awesome. The hops are a bit subdued, playing second fiddle to the malt. There are flavors of caramel, pine, and mild notes of citrus that leaves a nice warm creamy, sticky feeling in the mouth. The big malty, stickiness and awesome flavor make this a sure winner for me. I Wish Oskar Blues was distributed here in Michigan...

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

P: Presented in a 12 oz., green and silver can featuring the foothills of the Rockies. Back of can contains cryptic blurb about Gordon Knight. For further explanation (you'll need it), visit oskarblues.com.

A: Pours a hazed, copper crimson color with a one-finger, off-white, pitted head that results in vertical spots of frothy lacing.

S: Citrus hops and pine with subtle hints of caramel malt.

T: Nicely balanced with good interplay between citrus hops and toasted malts. Notes of grapefruit, pine, orange rind and caramel. A resinous tongue-coater, Gordon becomes chewy and sticky as it warms. Finishes dry, bitter and somewhat astringent with a warming blast of alcohol on the back end.

In other words: Big. Red. Sticky.

M: Super-smooth mouthfeel, albeit undercarbonated. Reminiscent of a cask-conditioned ale. Turns somewhat chewy midway through session.

D: Very drinkable for an Imperial IPA. ABV well concealed.
[can 'o bliss. satisfy ya.]

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

This can is a few months old, so I am sure the hoppiness is somewhat subdued in this sample.

A: Pours syrupy, a hazy copper/dark amber color, with a thick nitro-like head that dissipates rather slowly, leaving a thick layer that makes a decent lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt. Piney hops.

T: Sweet piney and evergreen hops with a big sweet malt backbone that carries it over my palate. Not as complex as I expected, but has a nice lingering grapefruit bitterness. Sweet caramel malt that come through in the nose, very slight alcohol in the end that is covered very nicely. This is a well balanced and delicious beer.

M: Slightly syrupy, but perfectly carbonated so it coats your mouth with piney, citrusy hop goodness, leaving you wanting more.

D: Only a few, but don't get me wrong, this brew is awesome!

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,461 ratings.