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

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Ratings: 3,500
Reviews: 1,302
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 158
Gots: 376 | 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 gonzo46and2
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper/amber with hints of brown. Clarity is nice and it drops sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma is strong with piney hops with a bit of herbal flowery notes.

Taste is very bitter and strong hoppiness but quite enjoyable. There is a bit of sugary molasses balance to the bitter but it's mostly a hop bomb. It could be a bit more balanced.

Mouthfeel is heavy with big carbonation.

Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sholland119 for a great trade.
Pours a thick, chunky reddish amber with a nice bit of lacing.
Smells very malty and sweet, some citrus and caramel.
Tastes just wonderful, lots of citrus hops, lots of malt and caramel. This has way more malt than I'm used to in a DIPA. There's a slightly spicy, fruity note in the finish, not at all bitter.
Very mild carbonation and a super smooth mouthfeel make it very easy to drink. Wish they'd distribute in Ohio.

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

Pours a transparent amber/orange, with a small off-white head. Smells of raw citrus hops. Very pungent. Taste is surprisingly malty, with a toasty flavor up front, followed by herbal, piney hops. Not very much citrus in the taste, but I looked at the website and it says it is dry hopped with amarillo, so that probably explains the different hop flavor. Very good, although there is a touch of alcohol heat in the finish. Drinkability is good, a great beer for sipping on.

Photo of stumac
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a dark amber color with a yellow tinted head. great retentive lacing. the nose is piney hops, sweet malts, slight alcohol, grapefruit. the taste is the same as the nose but also very smooth, honey, kinda sweet (due to red malts being sweeter). full bodied, low to medium carbo, sweet finish

good stuff yo

Photo of TexIndy
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange amber color with a carb fountain in center. Great lacing. It had a massive off-white head that very slowly settled into a thick foam.

The aroma was piney hops with an slight undertone of sweet malt. This one really smelled great to me. I prefer the pine over grapefruit hop smell and this one nailed it. Couldn't wait for the first sip. I'd had this on tap at the brewery and it was great. The canning did nothing to diminish that. It's not a tongue shredding hop bomb like others in the class and I appreciated that. This one just had great flavor from start to finish without tearing you a new one. It had more a sweet finish to it than you'd expect. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy and as I mentioned left your tonuge intact.

Overall, an incredible beer from a world-class brewery. I'm so glad that we finally get some OB's in Texas finally. Highly recommend. Get off your butt and go find one. Regular rotation for sure.

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

A: A very brilliant copper-orange. A nice slightly orange head forms, leaving sheets of sudsy lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wow. Great aroma--sweet caramel malts with loads of pine and citrus hops. It's more like an imperial red ale than a DIPA.

T&M: Sweet caramel-like malt that has a touch of light roast to it combined with delicious citrus hops. The pine variety seems to be just in the aroma--the flavor is all sweet and fruity. There is definitely a lightly appreciable amount of lightly roasted malt in this beer, a trait that is strange for a DIPA, but it still works. This is on the sweeter end of the DIPAs I've had, but it's still got enough hoppiness to whet my whistle. The body is full with a sticky, oily feel.

D: A tad sweet to be quaffable (at least in the DIPA realm), but it's still damn good. Oskar Blues just doesn't make bad beer. Period. I think Gordon is more of a double/imperial amber/red ale than a true DIPA, and it's really tasty.

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

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber with lots of carbonation rushing toward the top. Nice rings of sticky lacing hanging around the top of the glass, and a frothy white head billowing like crazy at first, then settling, leaving about 1/4" above the body the whole time as I drink.

Smell: A heady mix of bread and dough aromas, citric bitterness and oily sourness, and mild chocolate. Solid and balanced overall.

Taste: Initial hop and rind-esque bitterness balanced by some caramel and sweeter malt flavors, with the doughy background fully intact. Long and balanced semi-dry finish amidst fruitier flavors, deepening with the hops and rush of flowers and bread at the end, mixed with some mild chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and medium-bodied overall. Not too heavy and balanced just right.

Drinkability: I got a 4-pack of this for $10, which I thought was a pretty good deal, especially since I'm such a fan of all the other Oskar Blues brews. This goes down very very easy, so was very easy to look down and see only a few sips left after what seemed like only a few minutes. I don't think it's breaking any new ground, but the alcohol is extremely well-hidden and almost non-existent, though you can feel it later. Balanced and of very high quality, and I'm certainly glad I have a few more left.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazy dark peach. A thin light tan head lays down a thin blanket which laces thinly but well.

Aroma - heavy, dark fruit, caramelly citrus. Fades on setup but holding together reasonable well.

Taste - caramel malt, good citrusy fruit with a fine flavor, but not the huge palate impact I was expecting. Maybe the best balance I've ever tasted in a DIPA, the malts have more stage with the underwhelming hop support. Abv is well-hidden, making this a little less of a sipper. Some heat comes out a bit later but by then there ain't a whole lot left in the glass.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy with a present but low-key carbonation level. The high point of the beer.

Drinkability - a very drinkable DIPA. Not top shelf but I like in a dangerous sort of way. Thanks to mully for bringing me this at DLD08.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in my recent face to face with mhewes .... big thanks, Michael.

Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet...

head dies back pretty quick.. but left some nice lacing and a good collar... brew is hazy orange.

Big citrus hops.. a little bit of floral.. quite a bit of caramel, but everything is pretty balanced though.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but not quite as much caramel.. significant bready malts show through.. bigger bitterness than expected but still this brew is a lesson in balance... some pine notes show as it warms... body is lighter than some DIPA's, but that helps the drinkability in my minds... Wow! This is very drinkable for 8.7... I've only had Gordon one time before, and it was a wood aged version that TFD had on tap... I think I actually like this one more.

Another round of applause to Michael... class act trader... I just wish we could have gone out for a beer together.


Photo of bosco7
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangey brown color with a velvety smooth head.

Sweet aroma coming off the beer, candy like. Orange, caramel, toffee, and mango aromas.

The flavors really mirror the the aromas. Sweet and candy like start. Orange and crystal malt flavors dominate the palate. Mild cedar flavors on the back and sides of the tongue. Some melon maybe? Bitterness is present but the sweetness keeps it in check. Finish is sticky with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and silky. Very big.

This is one of those beers that just doesn't fit a style it is in between a Barleywine and a DIPA. Nice beer, but if you want a DIPA that will render your tongue useless after you drink it, get something else. If you are looking for a big balanced beer, this is it. Recommended.

Photo of rsawyer
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

A- The beer pours a very deep copper that has very good clarity.

Pours a decent head that leaves sticky thick lacing in rings around the glass.

S- Smells of sweet dark candy, raisins, grapefruit, and floraly hops. Slight hints of biscuit are also eveident.

T- Similar to the nose. Taste sweet up front with the dark candies and raisins. I am also getting a hint of red grapes. As the beer moves back the hops find their way to the palate. The bitterness is strong, but by no means overwhelming. I find the hops to be the perfect compliment to the sweet full body met up front. The hops have orange juice . grapefruit characteristics... intertwined with a resiny twang. For a beer checking in at almost 9%, I am not finding much of an alcohol hit.

M- Perfectly full and sticky! Carbonation is on spot for the style.

D- Great beer. High ABV makes this a brew that I wont session much, but I can see myself enjoying this brew quite a bit!

Photo of kindacold
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My cousin got a small keg of this and put it in his kegerator. Let's just say I owe him huge. Since then I've also had it from a can, and both ways are about the same, although on tap is what I'm reviewing, and it's a bit better.

Nice red coloring with a thin head which disappears quickly.

Smells like a bucket of hops. Seriously, it's like I jumped into a pile of them.

Taste is wonderful. Lots of grapefruit and maybe a touch of pine. Quite good.

Really coats the tongue with hop residue. Almost sticky feeling, but in a good way.

This beer is very drinkable, especially if it's hot out.

Photo of ericj551
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oskar Blues Gordon pours a bright orange red with a nice tan head. The aroma is loads of C hops, tons of citrus (mostly grapefruit) and pine. The sweet caramel maltiness comes through, but barely behind the hops. The flavor is a punch of bitterness first leading to resiny fresh hoppy flavor. More lightly piney citrus as well as a bit of metallic, almost grassy hops. The malt is there and although it doesn't shine, it does a great job of balancing the hops. Gotta love craft beer in a can, I wish I could get it locally!

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

This beer pours a very dark amber with a creamy 1 finger head. The smell is of citrus and pine. The flavor is very smooth a nice inital strong hop flavor followed by a wonderful malty finish. The main flavors are grapefruit and pine with a very sooth malt finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and comfortable. A very drinkable beer, almost a 4.5, but the dry aftertaste would force me to drink something else after a few beers. Well done brew!

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.

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