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

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3,460 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 156
Gots: 357 | 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 beeragent
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep gold, forming a 1 inch off-white head with medium spots of lace.

S - Nice hop aroma, with a noticeable malt backing.

T - Man oh man, is this tasty or what!? Great balance between the malts and hops. Full complex flavor.

M - Nice full mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a highly drinkable DIPA. Full delicious flavor that hides the alcohol quite well. I think this is one of the better double IPAs I've had. Highly recommended!!!

Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocketfrog picked this up at Winchester Wine and Spirits while we were there for a beer tasting and graciously gave me a can. Thanks Bro!

Pours a golden amber Belgian-esque color. Smells sweetly of hops, pine...espresso?

Hop taste, but surprisingly not overpowering for the style. Some malt, coffee, pine hints. Very smooth, with the slightest hoppy-bitter aftertaste.

Great beer, well worth tasting. I'm still amazed it came from a can. Looking forward to trying some of their other offerings.

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

A - Nice head, deep color, thin but clinging lacing.

S - The smell is alive! Fresh in your face hops and nice spicy barley.

T - Good, solid IPA. Out of a can, who would guess. It works, though.

D - If I could afford it, get me a 12 pack of this stuff on a Friday night. LOL.

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

Poured from the can into a pint glass

A - Dark amber a little hazy with 2 fingers of light tan head.

S - Pick up some coffee with hops and pine.

T - Sweet hops reminds me a mellow DIPA. Can't really pick up any specific flavors but it is good.

M - Medium and a little chewy with light carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable put not to much with the 8.7% ABV. Best out of the can IMO.

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a 1.5" of off white head. Retention is good and a moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

I smell grapefruit with other citrus aromas with toasted malt in the background.

Heavy with grapefruit flavors. The malt is definately secondary as the hops are the predominat flavor. The overall taste profle is not as sickly sweet as others in the style tend to be. Overall a nice taste.

Has an oily quality to the mouthfeel. Carbonation is brisk without being harsh. Medium body.

The fact this beer comes in cans get high grades from me. A very good DIPA and extremely fresh tasting.

Photo of AltBock
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green and silver can with the name of the beer in front of the Colorado Rockies. All around the can are a few of Oskar's weird sayings. On the back it says it's named after Gordon Knight. If you know who that it, then good for you! Like every other Oskar can, this one doesn't have a date either.

Appearance: When poured into a Victory pint glass, "Gordon" is a light tangerine orange with a small tint of amber and copper mixed in with it. It's actually a very nice Double IPA color. The head of foam was white in color and less than 1/2 inch in height. This head of foam had pretty good retention by leaving behind a small spotty white film and a few streaks of white lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma coming from the can made me think this beer was going to be heavy on the pine. That wasn't the case. When it was poured the aroma was very fruity with juicy fruits and a hint of grapefruit. Behind the fruits was a subtle drop of lemon zest, a hint of citrus hops, and plenty of pine needles. Even though there was pine in the poured aroma, it wasn't nearly as piney as the aroma coming from the can was. The aroma was fruity yet hoppy at the same time. Well done!

Taste: Right off the bat this beer started off with the hops, but the hops were not overwhelming. They were more gentle than rough. Even though it started off hoppy, the taste was dominated by the grapefruit and pine needles. Behind the pine and grapefruit was citurs fruits and a bit more citrus hops. I did notice a slight caramel malt undertone going on, but as soon as I discovered it, the pine and grapefruit quickly covered it up. Basically, the taste was hoppy with a ton of pine needles and grapefruit like a good Double IPA.

Mouthfeel: it was a medium bodied beer with a full flavored hoppy aftertaste of grapefruit, pine needles, citrus hops, and a hint of sweet caramel malts. The pine and grapefruit just let out enough sweet caramel malts to give you a taste of it. 8.7% ABV? Really? I couldn't taste any of that alcohol anywhere.

Drinkability: it was a hoppy beer, but not an overly hopped Double IPA. Well, I guess it was more piney and grapefruity than anything else. I didn't have any problems with this beer. In fact, I guess the only problem I had with it was that it didn't last long in my glass. Not a once in a while treat. This could easily be used as a session Double IPA if it wasn't so expensive. Yet another canned winner from Oskar Blues.

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

A: Pours a light orange brown with an aggressive frothy off white head. It is clear, but has that oily look that many hoppy IPAs have. There is quite a bit of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: Much more malt in the aroma than one would expect. There is quite a sweet smell to this one. You do get a lot of citrus hop aroma as well. I like the balance of the aromas compared to others in this style.

T: The taste is very balanced between the malts and the hops. The initial taste is mostly malt, and as its held in the mouth the hop bitterness comes through a bit. The aftertaste is initially relatively bitter but then just leaves the mouth with an oily slickness.

M: A medium body with a good amount of in mouth carbonation. It is very slick from the hops when you roll it around on the tongue.

D: For the style, this one is very drinkable. It is quite hoppy, but not so overbearing that you couldn't drink a few easily. Just be careful with the ABV.

Photo of andylipp
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Only my second review, be kind.

Appearance - Poured hazy copper/amber with an inch of white head that dissipated quickly into little or nothing in my tulip (standard taster). Quite a bit of lacing as it died down and even more each time I swirled the glass. Fine carbonation is evident on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Sweet, malty and a bit citrusy with a touch of pine. For an IIPA/DIPA it's a bit surprising that the hops aren't more prevalent in the nose. Earthy. "Fresh" is the word that keeps coming to mind.

Taste - Oh, THERE'S the hops, in abundance, but the sweet malt overpowers the bitterness for some nice balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Minutes later the hops are still doing their oily finishing dance on my palate. Yum.

Mouthfeel - Sticky and fairly thick for the style, very nice. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability- Goes down a bit too smoothly (considering the ABV). A bit too sweet to be thirst-quenching, but that's to be expected. I love this stuff. I think I'll have another...

Photo of Gtreid
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the can into a snifter.

A: Hazy, orangish, caramel color with one finger of off white head that receeds to a thin rim, and leaves spotty lacing.

A: More complex than other DIPA's. Sweet malts and caramel dominate, but you also get a nice dose of grassy and citrus hops.

T: The sweet malts are most noticable, but there is definately citrus as well, pineapple, orange, and maybe mango. The beer finishes extremely smooth with a slight bitterness.

M&D: Medium to full body beer. Just right on the carbonation. You don't notice the alcohol at all, which makes this is a highly drinkable brew. I don't think this is a DIPA. I think this is much more along the lines of an American Barleywine. Thick, creamy, and smooth. The hops are not the star like they should be in a DIPA. But, that being said, a very nice selection from Oskar Blues. Skal.

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

$9.99 for a four-pack at La Bodega in Riverside, CA, July 2008. Served in an English Imperial Pint at cellar temperature.

Pours a pretty red-amber with a small but nice head atop (quite large at first pour, but quickly subsides).

Aroma of a rich malt breadiness, maybe some rye character. Hops are there, but not strong like in west coast DIPAs.

Flavor is a strong malt base with a gentle mellow hoppiness (compared ot the style). reminds me of some of the stronger red ales, more than the DIPAs I have had.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, an alcoholic finish takes a bit away.

Overall I like it, but it's not what I am used to for the style. Not as bold and rich as I expect. More delicate, and in some ways, more interesting because of it.

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

Courtesy of
hopsleeroy. 12 oz. can poured into pint glass. Dark amber with a thin and quickly-fading off-white head, but beautiful sticky lacing around the glass.

Very malty, a ton of caramel and not exactly what I was expecting for an IIPA. I have no idea on the age of this thing, but from the nose I wouldn't doubt the hoppiness has died out a little bit. Still a healthy dose of citric and other hops.

Wow, this thing is amazingly balanced. Once again, not what I was expecting for the style, but still very impressive. Full flavor profile of all your typical "C-hops" plus, as noted in the aroma, a heavy caramel malt flavor.

Frighteningly easy-drinking for the ABV. Very soft, creamy mouthfeel, but not sticky, and decent carbonation. For those who doubt decent beers come from cans, this would be a good beer to challenge that notion.

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with abundant foamy white head. Nice.

S-Very nice hop/malt balance. Lots of pine with a solid malt backbone.

T-Excellent. Very well balanced throughout.

M-Very nice. A bit oily, maybe even a little light for the stlye.

D-Very much so. Surprisingly light for a DIPA. I did not know it was a DIPA until I just looked at the BA style classification. Very light and drinkable for the ABV as well.

A terrific beer. Very happy that this is now available in PA, not just via trade.


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

Not the first, or last time, with Gordon.

Poured from a silver and green can into my sam adams glass (same one as on the back of BA this month!)

Lots of foamy white head that sticks around through the first few sips. There's plenty of thick lacing left on the glass. Color is a slightly hazy redish amber.

Aroma has abundant hoppiness with a west coast flair for the piney stuff. Pleasant and suitable for a double IPA.

Taste is perfectly balanced between sweet and bitter, just like Dale's Pale Ale only turned up a bit.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with medium body, medium carbonation, and a nice dose of bitterness. Alcohol is well-hidden for something claiming to be 8.7% so I give it an above-average drinkability score.

This is a really well done IIPA and up there with my current favorites in the category.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 12 oz can as a single (almost $5.00!) at Total Wine, Chantilly, VA. I was intrigued and wanted to give it a shot. Glad I did!

A - Light mahogany brew with a beautiful, rocky, mocha-colored cap w/tons o' lacing. Terrific.

S - Toasted wood and pine (hops), wet leather, malt, cola.

T/M - Delicious! Spicy w/bitter hop notes but the malt complements the flavors of toffee, mocha, oak, and candied brown sugar. Has the mouthfeel of an Imperial red w/its syrup and hop-oil and density; little carbonation but it's perfect. Finishes a bit dry and a touch bitter with a bit of smooth sweetness creeping in.

D - A home run, but at 8.7% ABV there's only such much one can inflict upon the liver.

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

a wonderful awesome sexy beer .. very very nice head, lacing o' plenty .. lots of hop and piney and sweet flavours... this beer just flows down the gullet .. smooth as silk .. no more locked doors, gracias ... this one good ruby red radical brew!! oh ya!!

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

12 oz can poured into a standard pint glass. Just like dad used to do. No widget here.

Pours a nice looking red/amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head. Substantial sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, & citrus hops in the nose. I bit sweeter than I expected.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a nice big citrus hop finish. Just like the nose, a bit considerably sweeter than I expected for the style. Lingering hop taste. Big flavors here.

Smooth & creamy. Nice dry finish. Not much carbonation happening here. Feels really nice.

I could pull these out a cooler all day. Or pour into a pint glass & enjoy slowly, like I did with this one.

Tastiest beer I've ever had out of a can that's for sure.

Cheers to Gordon Knight & Oskar brewing!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Huh, I am clearly in the minority here but I was very unimpressed with this beer, at least compared to the reputation that preceded it. It poured out beautifully, looking dark and rich like a barleywine with a very nice thick head. Aroma left me a bit concerned about what this beer would taste like; it was fruity but very malty, to the point of being cereal-y. And the flavor was dominated by cereal maltiness, but I also detected some very nice flavor notes that reminded me of pears and cotton candy. However, the malt backbone was definitely the dominant flavor. Mouthfeel was rich and sticky and pretty good. This beer followed a Stone Ruination, and maybe it just seems lack-luster by comparison, or my expectations (I thought it was a DIPA) were poorly oriented.

Not an awful beer, but not the taste for the buck I was hoping for and what I'd heard about by reputation.

I had this, from a can, at Sugar Maple in Bayview, WI.

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

A fine looking can of beer. Oskar Blues has some cool beer art.Poured into a pint glass. Deep copper with a red tint. It sort of looks like tall glass of bourbon with a reddish copper one fingered head.

The smell of hops and malts. Piney citrusy earthy hops.

It has the malty backbone of a barleywine along with dried fruit, blackcherry, and toffee. Plenty of bitter hops with the citrusy hops. A nice balance with lots of flavors lingering.

The mouthfeel was a little thin with little carbonation.

Alot of flavors going on here. Take your time and enjoy this beer. I usually drink one and move on.

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

Thank you to oconman for this trade!

Poured a dark amber/burnt orange color developing a 1/2 inch head and generous lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and grass. Taste is of roasted malts and caramel backed up with huge dose of American hops giving this one good balance and a dry bitter finish. Thick and creamy, average carbonation and an overall pleasure to drink.

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

I had no idea this was a DIPA. Not being terribly familiar with Oskar Blues, and given the "red" comment on the can, I thought it was an imperial red ale (a style we don't see enough of).

In any event, pours a dark, burnished amber red (again: no clue from the appearance this was a DIPA). Small white head that quickly vanished.

Smell is luscious grapefruit, caramel and brown sugar, and sweet citrus. Surprisingly sweet aroma for a DIPA. Taste is a bit more bitter/earthy, with some pine and grapefruit bitter twangs intruding on the tropical and malty sweetness.

Nice chewy/sticky mouthfeel.

Photo of charlzm
2.3/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Consumed 06/19/08 during Lucky Baldwin's IPA fest.

Deep burnished copper color. Less than one finger of white head, but lacing is excellent.

Smells of green, earthy hops.

A bit of malt sweetness, almost toffee. Same hop character from the nose. Also features oxidized and ammonia notes. Kind of like eating cardboard from a cat litter box.

I did not care for this one at all.

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

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A - Warm amber in color, crystal clear. A dense, creamy, off-white head of about 1 finger, settles to a thin sheet. Nice white lace to the bottom.

S - Intense oily and resinous hops hit the nose first, followed by an inticing malt sweetness. The alcohol warmth peaks through at the end.

T - Wow, much more balanced than the nose suggested. Six different malts in here do a superb job of balancing the hop content in the middle, but the hops still win out in the end with a dry bitter finish.

M - A creamy, medium body that goes down with ease. A fairly clean and dry finish. The moderate carbonation works well lightening the load of the malt content.

D - I've only got one of these tonight, otherwise I'd pour at least one more. This is an extremely smooth and mellow DIPA that hides its ABV quite stealthily. A joy to drink.

Photo of HalfFull
2.56/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass, this beer pours a rich amber color with a moderate head. I soon sense that the amber color is likely from the crazy amount of rich dark malts in this brew. Not as sweet as Dale's Pale Ale, yet it seems to be just a variant of Dale's. Needless to say, I've never seen an IPA anywhere near this dark.

Smell is unusually malty for an IPA, yet offers some muted hop scents. Taste is bland, muted, sugary. Feel is that of light oily syrup on the tongue. Sweeter even than a Maharaja or 90 Minute and yet offers nowhere near the complexity.

A poor example of the style in my opinion.

Photo of Buebie
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purcahsed at Chicone's in Hudson WI.

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. 3 finger foamy white head fizzled down after several minutes to a layer of decent retention. Medium amounts of thick lace drape the glass. A simple swirl brings the head right back.

Smell is very good. Sweat grainy malt aromas backed by a large hope presence. Mild pine, grassy, fruity floral aromas too. Brown sugar, caramel, pears.
There is a hint of apples in there, or apple cidar? The distinct fruity scents are very handsome.
Mild alcahol notes in the smell.

First sip I get thick creamy full bodied beer up front with a nice hop arrangement on several levels, fruit, floral, bitter. Buttered biscuits. Sweetness in the middle balances the hops and the malt. And at the swallow the sweet malt and bitter hops go down the hatch and provide a nice alcahol warming. Finish is dry and creamy with a bittering hop linger.

Again, the mouthfeel is somwhat thick and creamy, without that stout creamy fullness.
Very well balnced beer, will purchase this again.
The smell of this beer is its high point. So much going on in hops and malt.

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

I enjoyed this beer straight from the can so I can't really comment on the appearance and smell of it, but I still quite enjoyed it. It's got a nice amount of maltiness before the bitter hops start to come into play. It rounds out with a woody taste that made me want to keep going back to try more. A strong flavor and like nothing I've ever had before.

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.