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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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3,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,344
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 150
Gots: 307 | 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 Floydster
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can provided as an extra from seaoflament, thanks for giving me and my girlfriend a chance to try this brew, split tonight and poured into my Flying Dog pint glass

A-Deep orange color with hints of red in the light, big one inch white foamy head, nice retention, sticky lacing the entire time

S-Citrus hops, deep malt aromas, grapefruit was pretty dominant, grassy scents, faint spice, peaches, raisins, and bread

T-Grapefruit at the beginning with some pine needles, big biscuity malt in the middle, some dry hops in the finish that were pretty weak, as it warmed got too sweet from my liking, also weird tastes of cinnamon and ginger came to the surface, not balanced as far as hoppiness goes, DIPA that definitely uses a huge malt backbone, not too bad overall

M-Sweet and creamy mouthfeel, a little sweet, medium body, taste lingered for about a minute, could have used some more carbonation

D-Can or two would be good for me, too malty and sweet after a while, the high ABV does not help either, filling, and not on the smooth side

Well, being that I drank Ten Fidy before this I was let down by the quality of this compared to that but then I realized it is two completely different styles and I remained a fan of this brewery from what I have seen, not hoppy enough for me but still worth a try

Floydster, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Deep amber coloration, murky and hazy. Frothy head 3 tips and sat on top the whole way down. Lacing was pretty decent as well.

S - Very sweet grapefruit tone, with a nice blend of malt and hop, smells like this one will be balanced.

T - Abv is instantly apparent, and initially the taste profile is sweet and citrusy, but quickly gets washed away by the bitterness. Decent hop content and a nice backing. Well rounded.

M - Slightly harsh on the palate. decent carbonation level, dry medium body, no leftover residues.

D - Not too bad overall, I'd say it's definitely worth a try. Not my favorite for the style, but certainly one of the more well rounded offerings.

PhageLab, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a wine glass.
A: Can opens with minimal pffft, but craft from a can is so intriguing! This is my first craft can. Red with some slight brown. 1/4 finger of head soon subsides to a ring. I'd like more head.
S: Hops are at first spicy. Definite cannabid smelling hops. Cinnamon raisin bread hints.
T: Hops are not as strong as they smelled, though nice amount for a DIPA. They give way to a nice malty sweetness that nicely accents. No alcohol flavor, and no can flavor. A whole grain bread flavor is there too. This went really well with black bean flautas.
M: Though head was lacking, the beer was well carbonated. In fact, it is a very tingly beer. A little bit of a Sunny D type residue was left in my mouth.
D: Oh yeah! I want more! I wish it was a six pack so I could share with friends and have two or three myself!

dfillius, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Beercub
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton MA. I've had this in cans and always liked it, but on tap it is a very different beer. The appearance is a nice reddish amber and the lacing nice and sticky and persistent. The smell blew me away.... I finally realized what is reminded me of and it was SN Harvest. The hop smell was so full and fresh. Even more flavors came through in the taste, which reminded me even more of the wet-hopped SN harvest. Not sure if this beer is wet-hopped or not, but it certainly tastes like it.

Beercub, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a sunset orangish red color with a nice, big, off white head.

S- Smells very hoppy with a deep bready malt backbone.

T- Taste is much less hoppy than expected, bready malt character all the way through, fairly mild with a nice hop bitterness at the end.

M- About medium viscosity, carbonation a little on the light side.

D- Not extremely stand out, but such a well balanced DIPA it's hard not to like it.

Lothore, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade with marcpal. Thanks Marc.

Poured from a can a rich clear amber color with with thin off-white head.

Beautiful aroma with this one. A nice punch of grapefruit, peaches, ginger, and pine meet the nose.

The taste is hops and more hops with grapefruit, lemon, ginger, and pine with a nice maltiness for balance. Finish is like a spoonful of sugar. This has 8.7% alcohol? You'd never know it.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy and softly carbonated.

This is the best beer I've had in a can and one of my favorites overall. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in trade from Oxymoron on 2/5/08

12 0z can> 16 oz SA glass.

Pours out of the can a vibrant amber with rusty-red hues, nice big bubbles are rushing fast, but that motivation seems to slow down as time goes by. The head is impressive at two-finger's deep, very clumpy, foamy and sticky, slightly off-white in color, it has plenty of staying power, dissipates slowly. The gets really funky with high peaks and clumps as it dissipates.

This one has a very "fresh hop" scent with herbal, tangy citrus hop effect. Not "green" or leafy, more herbal and hardy. Way down there's a hint of sweet, red berries.

This is one of the finest hop-dominated flavors I've had. First off, the balance is great which includes a nice malty precense that's toasty and slightly caramel-like sweet. But the bold and complex hop flavor is where it's at, Very "fresh hop" flavored with herbal and all-spice effects but also tangy, citrus fruits and a mild bitter dry finish. The 8.7 % abv is very well hidden here, in fact, it really sneaks up on you.

Medium bodied, crispy at first and then levels off a bit, but smooth and slick on the tongue. Pretty nice.

This is a pumped-up IPA that is highly drinkable, but watch out because that nearly 9% abv will hit after. Gotta dig the can.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Nesued
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can, into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Not a whole lot of carbonation when I "popped the cap". This is your first indication that, tho packed in a can, this ain't your typical beer in a can like the macrobrews. No significant carbonation escaping upon opening. Poured a gentle amber color with little head formation. After finishing the pour, a half-finger head remained with a good amount of lacing retaining along the sides.

Smell: Pungent tho' well-balanced "fruit-cocktail" aroma. Thick with grapefruit and the expected citrus hoppy nose from a double IPA. You know what is coming, might as well smell it before hand. I'm thinking the balance comes from the malt which seems to cut what could be a huge hop nose.

Taste: Malt underpinnings keeping the hops in line. Alot of sweet as provided by the malt, but a very pleasant mild bite from the hops. Very, very suprised by the balance. However, don't be fooled, you will be tasting quite a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick upon initial intake, but clears nicely at the end, leaving little of the sticky mouthfeel that you would expect with such a sugary presentation. The carbonation is slight and does not add much at all to the overall body of this beer. However, it does it's job of cleaning off your tongue before the next draw.

Drinkability: I must admit, I am a Russian Imperial Stout and Belgian Dark Ale man, this was a "walk on the wild side" for me. Something that was a "cathode" to my "anode" taste profile. Be that as it may, I've run through one four-pack and have purchased another. This beer has indeed widened my boundries. Perhaps wide enough to try the Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA I have in my beer cellar. Well done on all accounts.

Nesued, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In memory of Gordon Knight.

Burnt amber colored body with a small one finger white head.

Thick piney notes.I mean THICK! I cant smell anything else.

Piney hops upfront.Nice beiiterness, then some maltiness.Nice evenining out between the two.Dank taste on your tongue.

Nice carbonation.Not offensive at all.

Very good beer from OB.They have not let me down yet.

MmmIPA, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into my New Belgium goblet, Gordon is a clear amber with a large, very tight head that leaves heavy lace and settles to a large island of foam on the surface. Served at cellar temp.

Smell is moderate, spicy, piny hops and gingerbread. I was hopping for a bigger blast of hops.

Taste is surprisingly soft, same as the nose, with a fairly bitter finish. There's also a sweet grapefruit component to it that I don't care, and makes me question the freshness of this particular can. The high IBV is very well hidden, and overall this is very smooth. Problem is, that's not what I really look for in a DIPA - I want in your face hops! Wonder if it's the week or two at room temp since I received this in trade that did it in, or perhaps the fabled can? Even if it's just the brewer's intent, I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with this one.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft and creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is above average. Not bad tasting, but not that impressive either. However, it's super smooth, and went down in a hurry, really warming up the cheeks easily. I'd like to try it on fresh draught at the pub to really compare, but as it stands now, am in no hurry to do so.

ccrida, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of BiereBlanche
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit I hadn't looked into Oskar beers at all until I got a few of these beers. I'm really impressed with this, very well done.
A- Red amber with long-lasting two finger tan head. Very clear, great appearance.
S- Lots of hoppy notes dominate - grapefruit, piney resin, citrus - along with a sweet, malty backbone. Well balanced with definite highlights.
T- Healthy doses of hops start to finish. Loads of sticky, juicy american hop flavors - again citrusy, resiny - as well as plenty of assertive chewing-on-rind bitterness, though never overwhelming. The hops stand out very, very clearly, but there is still a good malt presence balancing out - light notes of malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. No alcohol presence, surprising at nearly nine per cent ABV.
M- Big and full in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep Gordon from being cloying. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a resiny sweetness.
D- Really well done, never overpowering or overwhelming, better balance than most. High bittering, but low alcohol presence and great flavors make it a great choice. Not what you'd expect beer from a can to be.

BiereBlanche, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to admit, I am still having trouble getting used to a can, but man, was I impressed.
Beer poured a medium straw color, with a big, rocky head. The head on this beer was so impressive, I wanted to use a spoon to wade my way through it.
Smell was a good mix of malt and hops...the hops taking a back seat.
Taste was amazing. Full malty compliment. Caramel, bready with a good balance of hops. The malt backbone is what brought this beer home.
Excellent beer....

dmamiano, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear copper brew with 1 finger of off white foam, good retent

S- strong pine and grassy hops, leafy

T- toasted malts with suggestion of caramel and toffee, lots of hops;leafy and pine including a spicy pine bite at the finish

M- starts smooth but that yields to the hops and carbonation thus making it coarse

D- limited complexity, but very enjoyable, strong points include the scent and mouthfeel; recommended

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L:The beer itself is a light brown with a reddish tint Frothy off white head.
S: A few sweet characteristics. First I pick up a bit of sweet caramel followed by sweet candied apricots(yeah!!!!).
T:Very pungent grapefruit hops on the back. A bit of piney hops as well. Just a slight caramel sweetness in there.
M:Thick and round
D:Awesome brew. I love anything this great out of a can.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncvbc for the trade, I’ve been waiting for a while to try this one.

The beer began to pour a caramel color but the second half of the can turned it into a muddy, rusty brown color. About two inches of soft off-white foam maintains itself very well for a few minutes.

Big, pungent aromas of citrus, pine cones, acidic fruits, grains, and soft citrus flowers. I’m also picking up some over-ripe grapefruit, a bit of caramel, toasted malts, and sour bread dough. A bit resiny.

The taste presents a fine dose of toasted malts, caramel, grapefruit, lemon, and a slightly sweet and dry finish. I detect a bit of dark berries in the flavor as well. Some bitterness in the finish but it doesn't taste like a fresh hop bite.

Mouthfeel is semi-thick and well carbonated. Not one of my favorite hoppy brews but I wouldn’t turn this one down if offered again.

seaoflament, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a flash in the pan head that mananges to leave a smattering of lace trails behind. The aroma is American piney, citrusy hops and a good dollop of caramel. Hop bitterness and pine sap bursts in the first sip. Heady, citrusy, pithy hop flavors abound and only get more nuanced with time. Aspirin Amarillo flavors emerge midsip. A solid caramel, bready malt base is quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is full and packed with smooth, creamy carbonation. The finish is very bitter and lasts a very long time. Sweet, mouthcoating. Alcohol is definitely noticeable but understated for the ABV.

This is a kick ass DIPA. Full of hops and still well balanced. Ill get this again for sure.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic, this was a slightly hazy deep amber with a creamy, lasting, tan head and lacing. no visible sediment. aromas of caramel, citrus, pine, and honeyed bread. taste was a moderately sweet malt up front with a prominent, lingering spicy bitterness. medium to full in body, with a spritzy mouthfeel and long finish. one of the best, if not the best, canned beers so far. thanks to oxymoron for this one.

MrMcGibblets, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really feel like this is the way a dipa should be. its not overdone or overstated. I put off trying oskar blues beer for a while due to the can thing....man that was dumb. dont let it be your reason.

A: pours a great amber color with an offwhite foamy head. the head thins out a bit
S: this is a great ipa aroma, citrus and hoppy, somewhat earthy but for the most part just well balanced.
T: Very nice, absolutely well balanced. a little bitter but just the amount you'd hope for. the hop flavor is also well balanced with a slight citrus taste that yields to a mellow maltiness

Redwood21, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Hoppington
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color in a standard pint glass with excellent lace. Looks and smells like a well crafted beer.

Taste is good with a heavy toasted/smoked malt presence balanced with good hop bitterness to stave off the sweetness. The toasted malts gives a mild coffee note to this beer. Pre-taste florals and citrus is muted to my tastebuds, with a pronounced citrusy (tangerine/clementine) aftertaste.

All in all, a solid DIPA, but the price is outrageous. $14.00 for a four pack of cans is ridiculous for this beer. For that kind of money, I would rather buy a Avery Maharaja or DFH 90 Minute and save some money. I won't buy this again at that price. I would buy it on tap if I saw it at a pub though.

Hoppington, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass. Wow that's something I've never done before. I got a very pretty amber color with tons of fluffy white head that threatened to overflow the glass. The head is pure white and left a nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is big on fruity hops. Notes of citrus and pine, all backed by some sweet malt, with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Tastes of grapefruit and sweet malt, finishes with some piney notes as well as warm alcohol. Nicely balanced overall.

This is a real good sipper, big bodied and bold. I'm going to be enjoying this one for a good while this afternoon.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of cbn
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gordon looks good in the glass, slightly hazy, medium deep amber with beige head and constant volume of carbonation.
Curtains of lace cover the sides. Heavy particulate matter only slighly distacting.

Sweet malt hiding behind zesty spicy hop, evolves into yeasty bread, sweet fruit and citrus with a slightly medicinal alcohol note.

First sip bings sweet malty goodness carrying bold hop flavors that coat the tongue. Clean sweet malt takes a back seat as the ale warms, some alcohol, bitter citrus finish.

Not too thick, smooth and creamy, slightly oily.

Deceptively drinkable, watch out this is strong beer.

cbn, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter after work on this fine friday.

A slight white head sits atop an orange-amber body. Some sticky lacing.

Big grapefruit hops aroma, perhaps a bit piney as well. There is some nice malt here to; but it is some what dominated by the hops.

Prickly hops are at once noticeable on my palate. The hops are very sharp, clean, and have a bit of a bite. This beer does seem more balanced in flavor though. The hops do not dominate the taste as much as the aroma, and the malt comes through a bit more. The hops are still present on my tongue after 30 seconds of taking a sip.

The beer feels lacking in body just a touch, but otherwise the mouthfeel is good. Medium carbonation, not syrupy.

The bite of the hops doesnt make this an easy drinker, yet it is what I like about the beer. A solid DIPA, though a bit overpriced.

IPAcraig, Jan 11, 2008
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting!
It is red and sticky with a hint of bitter, going into a wounderful bouqet of floral hopps. Finishing with a unique barley sweetness.
If I could afford to brink this beer every day there's no doubt I would, but well worth the experience.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, South Carolina.

Great appearance with a red-orangish hue and a hugh, pillowy, sticky head sitting firmly atop the brew. Aromas crazy with spicy, citrusy, pungent hops. Loaded with bitter goodness. Soft mouthfeel with an eveloping balance. Rich malty base was a solid base for the hoppy goodness. 85 IBUs? Wow, where? How? So well balanced? Well balanced to the N-th degree and the alcohol is so well hidden. One of the more well balanced "big" beers I have ever, ever had. By far, one of the better brews, all around, I have had in recent memory. Well worth the price of admission, despite the price tag


goindownsouth, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of mully
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - thick head leaves a good lace on the glass muted ruby color

s -- hops and malt sweetness hint of apricots and citrus

T-- good hop/malt balance sweetness is counteracted by the hops

M -- burly and smooth

D-- smooth balanced loads of hops but not too bitter.

mully, Jan 05, 2008
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,344 ratings.