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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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3,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,406
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 154
Gots: 328 | 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 dsigmon
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know why but I love drinking beer that was in a can these days. It's like wrong gone right. I digress.

A: Beautiful copper color with a thick 2'' head from an agressive pour into a tulip. Long staying head that leaves a thick lacing sliding down the glass.

S: Nice pine smell hits the nose first with a little of the sweet toasty caramel in the background. Some hits of spice layer with the other aromas. You can tell the malts are going to be there as the hops do not overpower the smell.

T/M: Wonderfully balanced taste of pine combined with a spicy earthy undertone. This is balanced pefectly with a thick caramel malt and sweetness that brings the pine bitterness in check. The mouthfeel is fairly thick which matches the malt presence and a light carbonation trickles the pine across your tongue.

D: Easy drinking DIPA. The pine is not too much as its balanced well. The only set back is the slight alcohol warming which could deter one from "pounding back" good Ol' Gordon.

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

Love the slogan on the top: "Can o' bliss. Satisfy ya."

Pours a beautiful copper/rust color, the head is firm and strong and long-lasting, leaving plenty of lace once it chills out to a thin skim across the top.

Aroma is big gooey caramel and piney hops with a little citrus rind. Impressive how big the malt is against all those hops, yet it doesn't smell like a barleywine either (as some dIPAs do).

As could be guessed from the aroma, flavor delivers excellent balance between rich malt sweetness and prickly hops bitterness, each element working well on its own and in tandem. Candy-like sweetness of the malt reminds of taffy or other soft candies, with obvious toastiness adding more depth; the hops morph throughout, being fresh and buoyant at the front of the sip, becoming resiny and rind-like bitter toward and into the finish. The creamy yet soft mouthfeel gives a nice buttery smoothness, which serves to highlight the great flavor. A little sticky too, just as the can promises ("Big. Red. Sticky.").

I like Gordon. A very Hair Of The Dog kinda name, and even though I never knew Gordon Knight, I'm guessing his taste in beer was impeccable. Glad I have a couple of these left, it's a treat. More brewers need to can--a beer like this proves canned beer can be awesome.

Photo of Avryle
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark hazy orange with a small airy cream-colored head. Looks more like an ale as opposed to a DIPA

S- Smells like a sack o' hops on brew days, but there is a strong malt backbone that shines through on the nose.

T- Tastes like a sack o' hops on brew day. Not a lot of variation of hops either. There is one dominating breed that has dominated and crushed any others. The malty sweetness actually brings up the rear and hangs around your mouth like a bum at a 7-11

M- Pretty durn thick though lacking the intense creamy feeling of really good DIPAs. That's not to say this is unpleasant in the least.

D- At $15-16 a 4-pack, its unlikely that I'll buy this again (unless I were to find it on tap somehere) It is very drinkable, but there are a lot of really good <$4/can beers out there too.

Photo of kasper
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lucious chesnut brown w/ amber highlights, with a two finger frothy, cream-colored head. Considerable sticky lacing all over the place. Pretty wowish here...

S: Smells of carmel, apple, grapefruit, citrice hops...pretty unique for a DIPA.

T: A nice mixture of malt and hops, with a bitter grapefruit finish. To me this tastes like a fruitier, aged DFH 90 minute.

M: Semi-thick and chewy, medium to full bodied, a good, but not overwealming amount of carbonation.

D: For a double IPA, this is pretty drinkable -- on par with a Dogfish 90 Minute. But I'm a stout guy so I probably would never have more than two of these in a sitting, if that.

Overall, an interesting brew that people should at least check out. But at around $15 a 4-pack, I'll probably only pick up one or so a year. Would love to try it on tap (or cask).

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a unique, very nice looking deep red color, some orange highlights with a nice white fluffy head. Smell is quite good, smells like a midnight sun DIPA. A sweet smell also. Taste is quite good. Beautiful malt presence and a nice sweetness. Hop flavor is well rounded and bold with a nice citrus/pine hop flavor, with a little bit of spice. Nice thick body and mouthfeel, slightly more viscous than your average DIPA, which I like. Drinkability is quite good, very slammable. Dangerously so. Certainly a wonderful offering from OB. I really wish they would start distributing up here. A very smooth, tasty, mobile brew!

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

This can is wonderful. Oskar blues is a cool concept--great beer in a can. It feels like high school to carry this four-pack to the cash register on my index finger.

The pour yields a nice two finger head that smells heavily of malty caramel. Not much of a citrus scent like Dale's. The taste is hefty--I don't agree with the previous posts that suggest that the alcohol is masked. To me, I can tell it's a huge beer.

Taste wise, this beer does the American IPA quite well. It has that sticky mouthfeel that is a monster in hoppiness. It ranks right up there with brutal bitters, my other favorite double IPA.

Photo of Proteus93
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A bronze with a bit of haze. Creamy topping of head

S: A floral and herbal hoppiness, a touch of grapefruit, and a malty sweetness.

T + M: A full hop flavour - pine, floral, herbal (though, strangely, not really detecting much for citrus like in the nose). A nice malt balance that makes this particularly nice. Carbonation is on the lighter side, but suits this. A bit of a 'flavours melting in the mouth' kind of sensation, for lack of a better explanation

D: I was kind of surprised to see the ABV on the can. It hides it very well, but that could be all it takes to do someone if not expecting it! Sip away, enjoy the flavour... there's something of a macro quality to the can, perhaps, that makes it so much nicer to not have to guzzle a drink to feel the pleasant benefits!

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

Big thanks to CBurian (Team SINISTER will win!!! BIF Race '08) for my first canned craft beer. SWEET! Very cool can. Pours ruby / mahogony with a sticky offwhite head that paints the sides of the glass with lace. Smell is hops. Pine resin, mouthpuckering, sticking whole hops up your nostrils hop smell with a very small buscuitty malt finish. Taste is bitter, piney hops, carmel hints and a floral hop finish. Alcohol is hidden to a scary point. I could drink these all night... relatively speaking.

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

I have been eager to try this for some time. Thanks jjayjaye for the opportunity.

12oz can.

A- Murky orange amber, small off white head falls quickly. Very thin spotty lace.

S- Intense oily, sappy pine hops mixed with sweet appricot marmalade malt aromas. Very nice, I am anticipating a pure hop bomb.

T- Resiny piney hops take center stage in the beginning, but a solid caramel malt sweetness flavor comes thru middle and this ends with sweet and somewhat bitter chalky dry finish. Sweet and somewhat bitter coating left on the tongue. This beer is much more malt driven than I had expected from the aroma. Definatly not a hop bomb. My senses have been flipped.

M- Sticky with a modest feel, thinner than I expected. Not too thin though. Carbonation is subdued.

D- A real nice double Ipa, the abv is well integrated here. The malty sweetness left on my tongue keeps the drikabilty in check for me. Given the strength of this beer, this is not a bad thing.

Great beer, I would seek this out again if it ever finally becomes available locally.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Rich caramel and citrus hop aroma, floral and pithy

Taste: Opens with a tug of war between the resinous citrus and the rich caramel malt flavors; after the swallow, the malt surrenders and the bitter flavors triumph; sweet and floral in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice DIPA, that is well-balanced and flavorful

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

12-oz can poured into a Reidel Shiraz glass (I used to use pint glasses for DIPAs but have concluded these help funnel the smells better).

A = Hazy dark golden amber, frothy off white/yellowish head, fair retention good lacing on glass.

S = Strong pine, but also some complexity, light citrus rind, peppermint, faint amount of fresh bread dough.

T = Fair amount of bitterness, but pretty good balance overall, there is a lot of hops flavor concentrated on pine flavors but also some lemon and grapefruit zest, together with sweet roll tastes from the malt, long dry, medium bitter finish.

M = A little light in the body for the style, but still of light-medium body (it's not light bodied by any stretch), good frothy carbonation on swish, fair mouthcoating.

D = This is a very approachable beer, with the mixture of sweet tastes which reminded of a sweet roll breakfast pastry and the nice strong marmalade quality of citrus zest (though offest perhaps by the pine notes), this would be an awesome breakfast beer, but at 8.7% ABV, you'd better not have much to do that day.

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

12 oz. Can poured into a pint glass.

A: Glowing deep amber in color with soft copper hues around the edges of the glass. The off white head pours two fingers thick with good retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Citrus. Big pine presence. Softly roasted malts. Fresh bread. Wet earth.

T: First sip reveals big citrus and pine hops that give off a nice bitter bite. A big wave off malts take over and lend balance. The malts are softly roasted with an earthy taste followed by the flavors of doughy bread. Slighty sweet and sticky finish.

M: Slighty slick and sticky. Moderate carbination. Slightly dry and warming.

D: Another winner from Oskar Blues. Very tasty and dangerously drinkable for the high ABV. I will revisit this brew again. Recommended!

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

Poured into a SA Imperial Pils glass. Color is a bright bronze with a thick two-finger head that leads to a heavy amount of lacing.

Smell is a sweet, biscuity malt that leads to a musty, citrus hop aroma. For an IIPA, the overall smell is very balanced.

Slick mouthfeel that attacks the palate with a wood, robust and doughy maltiness. The hops make their appearance with a nice pear, tangerine hopiness and mild alcoholic burn. The overall taste is extremely balanced for an IIPA - something I really enjoyed. My mouth was left a bit tart and the throat was somewhat swollen from the hops; asolutely love that feeling.

A very nice beer that has a pleasing booziness to it. Like I mentioned a few times above, a balanced IIPA. I would love to see this on the shelves in Columbus.

Thanks to the HIP HOP BIF for this one!

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

Popped open the can and poured into a UFC stein.
It poured a sort of cloudy golden brown color, almost like a weak ice tea, with a a nice thick off white head. The had a lot of nice tight bubbles and held up pretty well throughout the drink.

The smell is pure hops with maybe a hint of citrus. A really nice smell. You know what you're going to get when you sniff this one.

Taste is quite good. I'm not really an IPA drinker, but his one was mellow and smooth and not hopped to the extreme.

Mouth feel is smooth and nicely carbonated.

This is a very drinkable brew. The only downside is that it is canned and not bottled.

Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a big 2 fingers of foamy off-white head that sticks around with a sturdy 1/2 finger of nice, full, creamy retention that leaves huge rings of sticky hop lace behind. The aroma is fresh pine, subtle citrus notes, deep roasted oats, and a touch of alcohol heft in the surroundings.

The taste is a big resinous, hop bite up front mixed with a touch of tangy citrus notes. That's nicely balanced by a beefy backbone of roasted bready oats (that smooths out as it warms) and chocolate sweetness. Hop bitterness runs the whole way through, leaving the palette drenched with a warm, bitter, sticky feel. The mouthfeel is almost full bodied with a creamy feel and a hint of warming alcohol.

This is one of my favorite Hop-Head fixes and just tastes so fresh coming out of the can. A great mix of juicy hops, bready malts, and a big drinkability that belies it's almost 9% ABV. This is a complete winner for me.

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

12 fl oz can; served in an oversized wine glass.

Pours a murky, copper-tinted amber. Delicate, white film with a few pools of bubbles. Thin and spotted lacing.

Bold pine with swarming hop resins and oils. Intense, complex waves of alcohol. Tropical fruit and citrus: melon, pineapple, pear, and red apple. Slick, toasted malt sweetness.

Honeydew and rum over a slick, toasted malt; quite sweet. Grapefruit and pineapple prior to a bright, sharp pine-hop presence. A Double IPA filled with resins and a smooth, bold rum-like alcohol. The base malts are still evident in the finish.

Almost full in body; a big malt base that is able to stand up to the intense hop complexities. Very, very smooth.

Another canned accomplishment from Oskar Blues. Balanced, yet bold with few errors in flavor.

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

Oskar Blues Gordon poured red-tan-orange amalgamation of color with a dense white head and excellent lace. Pine, pine and a hint of orange zest aromas shone through. Flavors consisted of pine, grapefruit, bitterness, malt syrup, bitterness, carmel, and bitterness. Mouthfeel was light to medium with medium carbonation. Bitterness lingered in the finish.

The look of this beer was almost unearthly. It was practically glowing, and the color looked different every time I took a sip. The flavor had a chameleon-esque quality as well. Flavors emerged & subsided consistantly, except for the bitterness which stood strong from the first sip to the last and beyond.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ave for this one ;)

Pours a nice thick head that has great retention and lacing. The color is golden brown caramel color. The hops are green smelling hops with a sweet malty caramelized smell too. The hops smell like grapefruit citrus hops. The flavor is very hoppy with a sticky feeling sweet caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste is fresh green hops, reminds me of brew day's late hop additions. Mouthfeel is great, I poured hard into a Surly pint glass and left to warm for 30 minutes. Feels like light carbonation with a medium full body. Overall, this is very good and I would have 3 or 4 of these with BBQ.

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

Received via trade with Springdogg, thanks!

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

A: A deep redish brown color with a nice creamy 2 finger head.

S: I got hops immediately, but then a sweet malty smell takes over. The hops sit underneath the malt but are still there and are still very noticable.

T: Hops bitterness is quickly taken over by the sweetness this beer carries. It's a very nice blend of both sweet malt and piney hops, with the hops tingling your nose while you seem to taste more of the sweetness. A very nice combination with a little different taste than I normally taste in an IPA, I just can't put my finger on it.

M: Fairly heavy and creamy with no real noticable alcohol taste. The ABV is hidden very well.

D: Decent but not great, the high ABV will limit the drinkability of these. I can see two, but that's probably about it.

Overall I'm very happy I had a chance to try this beer. I recieved 2 more to try at a later date and I'll update this review if anything changes. I love good beer from a can, and this one fits that bill nicely.

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

Nice beer sent courtesy of Hojaminbag From a nice trade, Gracias!
Big ol' red amber brew, nice tan head lacing up well in my freebie Sammy A. glass, and leaves a sheet of head with every sip.

A Colorado beer, but it's all west coast in aroma and taste. Tons of citrus, pine orange - and a curious hint of woody resins lurking underneath.

Not at all oily, nor is there any hint of the near 9% alcohol. Very well hidden. A tad, but that much - dry in the finish, and watery by the end of the sample.

Another quality brew from OB - and from a can, classic!

Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good looking brew. Clear, bright copper colour with its red highlighted amber body. A vigorous pour produced a big, tight three finger head with decent retention which is already leaving intricate and webby lacings.

Ruby red grapefruit and a touch of pine greet the nose along with some caramel, some toasty and nutty malts, as well as doughier, bready pale malts. A touch of yeast mustiness also present.

A nice brew. Whether this is an imperial red or an IIPA could be debated ad nauseum, so i will just review it based on my impressions versus styles. Caramel along with the toasted flavours from the malts, along with the breadier pale malts make up a solid malt backbone with some depth to it. The hops manage to assert themselves to a slightly resinous and mildly stripping level with a good dose of ruby red grapefruit and touches of piney bitterness.

Medium body, mildly carbonated and somewhat creamy, despite its mild, toasty and astringent finish. Slightly hop forward, not the hoppiest IIPA, nor the least hoppy, but definitely delivers a good dose of quality hop flavour and bitterness.

Pretty damn drinkable for its 8.7% ABV, only reveals itself with the slightest amount of alcohol warmth, just the way i like it. A great stepping stone to bigger, hoppier brews, and a tasty one with enough depth to be well worth coming back to from time to time. Obviously a bit too boozy for session fare, but it would be nice to knock pack a four pack or more on occasion. I have yet to be disappointed by Oskar Blues, and look forward to drinking this one again, as well as finally getting my paws on some Ten Fidy!

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

Big thanks to Beerlando for the can!!
Pours a rich amber color with a smallish head. Smell is caramel, sweet oranges, and bitter pine. Taste is sweet and orangey caramel along with the same piney hops present in the nose. Slightly thick and a bit syrupy going down but not cloying in flavor. Very drinkable, in fact, with a sharp, short lived piney hop flavor balanced well by the sweet orange and caramelly malt. The carbonation is on the soft side making it rich and smooth. This stuff is great!

Photo of saintwarrick
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my third time having this brew, and I have yet to be wowed. Pours a deep red with a nice creamy head. Aroma is very thick and sweet like syrup, a good amount of caramel too, lots of pine and a hint of citrus. Unfortunately little, if any, of that shows through in the taste. The flavor is fairly bland and the nice hop oil characteristics lend little to the watery biscuit taste. There is some dark chocolatey caramel taste at the end, but any IPA, much less a Double IPA, should be sweeter, hoppier, thicker and a lot more flavorful than this brew.

The hops are there but there is nothing to balance this beer. It just tastes like a watered down hop-juice IPA. This is a far departure from Oskar Blues' Dale's Pale Ale, which is great. This beer just doesn't measure up, to Dale's or any DIPA I have had.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a two finger creamy off-white head. Great retention leaving lots of lacing. Reddish copper body.

S: Floral and citric hops, plus a sweet malt resulting in a candied fruit aroma.

T: Sweet caramel and candied fruit, almost balanced by bitter and citric hops. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Medium body with very low carbonation, so low I have no idea how it formed that head. Soft, yes, but nearly flat.

D: The stated IBU and ABV seem like a lie. Would be one of the most drinkable DIPAs yet, but it's just too sweet for me to have very much of it.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled received from Tayner in Week2 Powerball. Thank you!

This pours a very murky and deep brown with amber highlight on the edges. A huge three fingered head sat atop of this dark brew. The amount of head and lacing is very impressive for a beer with this high an ABV. I can smell this beer as I was pouring two glasses of it. I get good scents of caramel and sweet brown sugar. The hop presence takes a back seat to the malt, but it does provide good scents of woody pine and grapefruit rind. I served this beer a little too cold, but once it warmed up I got some really nice flavors. The malt was the main player in the flavor profile with loads of caramel and candied fruit. The hop profile is indicative of classic American hops. Tastes of tropical fruit and earthy wooded pine dominate the hop profile. The hops do not quite balance out the malt, but they still pair very nicely together. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but still somehow is a little chewy as well. There is also a slight alcohol finish on the tongue. Drinkability is very good and I would have polished off another one of these bottles quite easily.

I really enjoyed this beer. I doubt I will ever get another bottle of this, but a HUGE thank you to Tayner for sending me this amazing brew.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,406 ratings.