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

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Reviews: 1,306
Hads: 3,685
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 178
Gots: 472 | FT: 5
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:
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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Reviews: 1,306 | Hads: 3,685
Photo of Br0wnsfn31
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Tulip Glass out of a 16oz. can... Canned on 03-13-14

A- A very long lasting 2 fingers of head..with a beautiful blood red color.. unable to see through the glass..

S- the aroma is the weak point of this craft brew.. very malty and bready.. very little hop aroma

T- very smooth.. well balanced hop and malt ratio.. wish it was alittle hoppier.. but for an imperial red ale.. its a perfect balance

M- goes down very smooth for nearly a 9% brew.. watch out with this one.. it will sneak up on you.. very enjoyable

O- its been a while since i have had this and as im drinking it im wondering why i would skip out on this beer.. this is something that will remain in my fridge for a very very long time.. i recommend this to hop heads and people who like red ales.. Very well done OSKAR BLUES (807 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to KS, Oskar Blues! 16 oz can dated 02/14/14 poured into a Brasserie de Silly tulip glass.

Appearance: A down the side pour produces two fingers of billowy off white head. Clear dark honey/copper colored body. Average head retention with nice lacing.

Aroma: Resiny, sticky, soapy hops. Some pithy, bitter, fruity hops in the middle. Sweet doughy malt backbone. Think cantaloupe and grapefruit pith.

Taste: Lots of resinous hops, this time very herbal (on occasion oniony) and citrus sweet. Big notes of sweet malts/caramel. Finishes with slightly spicy alcohol and pleasant cracker malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a slight abv kick towards the end.

Overall: An enjoyable hoppy amber ale. Nice dry hopping and caramel/sweet malts. While it’s quite hoppy and malty, there is good balance between the two, with both complementing the other. Could be an ideal camping beer. (894 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Free State IPA glass.

Look: Really dark ruby copper color. A beautiful thick cream colored head that recedes to a chunky film. Sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Nice woody notes of cedar and pine. Faint malts, black pepper.

Taste: A perfect blend of spicy cedar and hoppy pine with a slight sour fruit note.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, barely sticky.

Overall: A beer that can get you into trouble, high ABV with great taste and aroma. (443 characters)

Photo of Bedrocker
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head. Excellent retention and leaves some really nice lacing.

S: Some citrus and caramel malt. Some piney hop notes in there as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts, tropical fruit, and pine with a little bit of breadiness in there. Very tasty and balanced, the hops mix with the malt backbone well. Lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste.

M: Very creamy. Minimal carbonation and a medium body. A little bit of a dry finish. Hides the alcohol very well, and did I mention this beer was creamy?

O: Very drinkable offering from Oskar Blues. Definitely my favorite imperial red! (666 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper tone and golden with a sizable off white head. Lacing as well.

S: Hops, sweet malt, and brown sugar.

T: Ah the ole' G'Knight. Rich caramel and sugar, sweet biscuit, nuts and berries, super juicy hops(!), cloying syrup, maple, snicker doodle cookie.

M: Thick but not overly thick. Nice balance on the mouth with the flavors. It's like a sweet and hoppy desert.

O: The flavor of this beer is astounding to me. I've had it before and I'm surprised that I haven't reviewed it. This is an A beer. (509 characters)

Photo of hoppyturt
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a rom temp pint glass

The nose is very pleasant and inviting, nice malty smell with a ethanol aroma

Pours a nice copper hazy color, with a slight head

Taste is very powerful! It hits you with malt in the very beginning transitioning into a smooth hoppy, flowery, dank finish. Biscuit is present throughout.

This is one of my favorites that I've tasted from Oskar (389 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

COD 1/7/14. Pours a clear amber with a dark ruby hue. Massive head with excellent lacing that has an equal level of retention. Nice nose of sweet citrus (mango and orange) with a touch of pine and grapefruit over a rich caramel malt base. Medium bodied with a creamy texture at a normal level of carbonation. The masterful taste profile is complex and well balanced. It begins with the hop flavors of the nose, flows into a mild bitterness and ends with caramel sweetness. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a sweet lingering mild bitterness and a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat. (598 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear amber in color with two fingers of foamy off white head, thick lacing.
S - Big pine and earthy hop tones, big caramel and toffee malts, a little nutty hint.
T - Caramel malt forms the base, adds some coffee kinda bitterness underneath, pine, light grapefruit, and dark earthy hop bite.
M - Chewy, and slightly medicinal
O - For what it is, this is a very good beer, as it warms up the malt overpowers the hops though. (448 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The aroma has pungent tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, and sweet bready malt.

The flavor follows with pineapple, grapefruit, and a slight candy sweetness from the malt. The beer has leafy hops and pine. The finish has some herbal and resinous bitterness.

A pleasant surprise. Wonderful sweet fruit notes and big green hop. (326 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep copper, bordering on amber. The color doesn't really strike me as a red ale, but the lacing and white, foamy head definitely remind me of an IPA. Aroma is full of dank hops with some citrus and sweet mango. Malt comes through beneath, sweet like a cake baking in the oven. Rye bread, bitter, dank hops, some mild spiciness reminiscent of allspice or cumin, and some sweet citrus all hit at once and mingle, finishing with just the bitter citrus like a grapefruit. Feel is quite dry with a light body. The flavor is more substantial than most IPAs due to the malt bill, but it manages to be light and clean despite this. The extra flavor from the malt is welcome and goes well with the selection of hops used in the brew. Probably my favorite from Oskar Blues. (779 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The color is deep and auburn, clean and caramelly. The head sat stiff and thick with an off white complexion.

The aroma is oniony, with a hoppy cannabis and piney resins. Subtle grapefruit and a tinge of citrus make an appearance.

The flavor is also quite hoppy but more piney than an off putting onion. The caramel malt set the the structure but the overall hop profile is dominant. As the beer empties it gets a more malty tea leaf, a bit of caramel malt and a crackery roast.

The feel is very full with a deeply satisfying ease. Very high in ABV this is too easy to drink. A slight warmth creeps up the throat but does not deter drinking it quickly.

I enjoyed this much more after it had aired and warmed a touch. At first blush it's a bit brash but as it settles you learn to enjoy it. (793 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly butterscotch color with nice light tan head. Smell is quite powerful, grapefruit and citrus abound in the nose. Taste is hoppy and citrus round out by the malt flavor at the end with a bit of booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth with no bitter bite.

Overall pretty good beer, nice Red IPA that is easy to drink. (321 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Starting off with the aroma there is a big citrus/piney hop presence followed by a caramel sweetness. The taste is very similar to the aroma at first, however, as it warms up the malt presence takes over. In the taste there is also a big tropical fruit presence that gives the beer a uniquely fresh and light taste for such a big beer. This is definitely a good beer but there are a few drawbacks for me, which are the sticky/syrupy mouthfeel and the sweetness. It isn't too sweet but I feel less malt could balance this beer out a little more to push it to the next level for me. (84/100) (589 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep slightly hazy ruddy amber. About a finger-ish of tan white head. Minimal retention but some nice lacing all the same.

S-rich malty aromas of fruit and bread with slight hops

T-big flavors abound. The hops shows up first but quickly are balanced out against rich malt flavors mirroring the aroma

M- nice and thick with no carbonation

O- a great full-flavored red ale (379 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to review Oskar Blues these days because I cannot find single cans broken from any of their 4-6 packs for me to sample before committing to the full price. For that matter, I was quite excited when I found a can of this (as well as some Deviant Dale's) at a local market in Arcata in early January. Canned on "11/23/13." Consumed about 5 weeks later. Poured out of a 16oz can into a tulip glass. This is about as good as it gets, for now.

Pours an intensely red amber IPA, that is also quite hazy and topped with an off-khaki frothy head that rises to the top of the tulip and leaves tons of sticky, thick lacing in its dissipation. Quite viscous, with foam clinging to the glass aggressively with each swirl. Not much carbonation shows, but it seems like a big beer all around. Definitely one of the most intense red ales I've seen in a good long while.

I had Deviant Dale's right before this, and I suppose the only difference would be that this is far more citrus forward and sweeter on the nose. Intense caramel, blood orange (just like DD), as well as pine, stone fruits, as well as some white pepper and strong toffee undercurrents - which, strangely, isn't unlike something you'd find in a Belgian sugary ale. I honestly think it's the alcohol elevating the sweetness to its max here, on top of the usage of sweeter caramel malts as the backbone for the whole beer. The pine gets really, really intense as this warms up - almost medicinal, imparting minty and cough syrup like qualities. It's overall quite impressive for a beer of its kind, but it is on the oppressive side.

One sip, and there's no question about it - this is one of the easiest drinkable gargantuan red ales on the market. Huge notes of sweet, syrupy like toasted caramel and toffee, with a sweet soaked biscuit flavor that backdrops into a crisp sensation that imparts tons of orange peel, apricots, apples, and maybe pears. A pine laden explosion follows, with other herbal varieties such as sage, hyssop (?), and a little bit of echinacea. Floral notes of white flowers, as well as white pepper. Really unique - the yeast strain they're using is unlike anything I've seen on a beer of its caliber. Unfortunately, these lovely floral/herbal notes are also to its detriment - as this warms up, it loses carbonation and becomes increasingly syrupy and demanding. I managed to finish it, but I would have gladly shared this can.

What a unique amber ale - not easy to finish, as stated earlier, but with smaller portions this is highly doable. Warms you up, and provides a citrus and floral explosion that's really tasty and melds with the sweet, caramel biscuit backbone of this beer. I do wish they'd make a session version of this, somehow - the results could be really great! (2,767 characters)

Photo of Or80rowley
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still @ 575 pizza, drinking excellent beer

A. Medium amber, one finger white head

S. Hop, grapefruit, citrus peel

T. Deep hop, citrus peel, bitter, sweet

M. Medium body, bitter mouthfeel, clean finish

O. Awesome beer, but this is after a few, & pizza!!! (259 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour from a cask at Closed for Business
Caskets with extra Amarillo hops

A: difficult to tell the color in the dark setting of the bar, but 1.5 fingers dense head good retention and lots of lacing
S: incredible citrusy hop goodness, just tons of tropical fruit and citrus hops, decent malt backbone and a bit of booze. Incredible
T: citrus rind and piney bitterness, decent malt present to balance
M: very low carbonation as I be expected from the cask , very smooth, drinkability is average , pretty heavy
O: The aroma was fantastic otherwise very good but not great (578 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Redish brown with a light tan head.

S: Orange, mango, pine, flowery floral notes and maybe some pineapple in the nose.

T: Orange, lemon, grapefruit, pine. Lacking in the mango and pineapple for which I had hoped. Still delicious.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

O: Really good, perhaps not typical of the Red IPA style, which tend be nectary. Nose is a bit better than the flavor. (391 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from can into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with moderate off-white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit at first, but that quickly mellows out, leaving mostly caramel behind.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel backbone with nice grapefruit and pine riding along the top. Taste is more mellow than I expected but well balanced and tasty. Somewhat bitter finish.

Feel: Smooth, oily and creamy with carbonation on the lighter side of moderate. Finish is nicely dry. Very nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Exceptionally well balanced beer that is quite pleasant and completely belies its higher abv. While I could have used a little more oomph, it is hard to argue with what is here. (717 characters)

Photo of ToriBug13
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oskar Blues G'Knight "Imperial Red IPA"

Appearance: Poured into the glass we begin with nice foamy head. It didn;t last too long, but it left thick, tightly laced foam bubbles around the rim of the glass. Amber/caramel in color, small carbonation bubbles visible, yey! I do love good carbonation! A little hazy, not quite clear.

Smell: Apricot and citric hops are the first thing to strike my nose. Slightly sweet malt, but mostly it's the hops that have me very excited- loving the tropical scent!

Taste&Mouthfeel: Mmm, there's my carbonation! Not too much, but a good amount. The scent matches the taste to a tee. Apricot and orange, with just tiny hints of pine run over my tongue. I feel there is the slight lack of malt actually. I expect with an Imperial IPA lots of malt to balance out the higher hop content. This one doesn't quite have the malt, which leaves the body somewhat watery on the finish. But the citrus is simply wonderful.

Overall: If I were to pick this up and simply start drinking, I would never know this was a double IPA. Then again, it's really a fantastic drink. I absolutely thoroughly enjoy it. My critique is to it's status as an Imperial, but perhaps the best part of it is that it would be approachable for a person ready to attempt their first double IPA. It's not too high in alcohol, and for the amount it does have, you would never know. Very enjoyable, definitely worth a try! (1,418 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$3.69 for a 16oz. can. 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs per the website.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium amber, forming a poofy yellow head with superior retention and lacing owing in part to the copious hops and the brisk carbonation, which is probably about 3.25 carbs or so. The bottom of the can has some yeast and the second pour is a bit cloudy. The aroma is quite nice. I smell Chinook here...fruity (orange, grapefruit) and piney sitting on a big malt base with crystal malt sweetness shining through with slightly grainy toasty notes and a clean ferment (kinda like Arrogant Bastard, which immediately comes to mind in the nose). The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and medium-dense bodied, bordering on slightly cloying, but not. The taste is exceptional...beautifully balanced recap of the aroma, with chewy sticky malts, some nice toast, crystal malt sweetness to balance out the aggressive piney hop bite, all with a medium bitterness which sits very well in the mix. Finishes really clean for a beer this hoppy. Very easy to drink...too easy with it's 8.7% ABV. No off-aromas or flavors.

This is an exceptional beer. I would definitely buy it again. Highly recommended. (1,172 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473ml Can from Brewdog's Online Shop:
Red to orange amber colour with a thumb sized, thick looking head that is foamy and a very slightly creamy white. Retention is amazing with little initial movement and some great lacing on the sides.

Lots of hops with a lot tropical fruit notes and a mix of pine and floral hops. There is some citrus and sweetness for a variety of fruits, as well as some medium strength grapefruit and some caramel that gets more pronounced as you go on.

Tropical fruits and a hop-filled combination of floral and pine flavours. There is a definite sweetness to the beer with the caramel from the nose becoming a little more pronounced than with the nose. There is some alcohol in the beer towards the end but this is quite light and the hops cover it well.

Sticky smooth and very refreshing with good bitterness throughout without being overdone. There is a fruity sweetness on top of a medium body and the carbonation is softer than I anticipated, falling somewhere around medium with a nice bite and a very slight touch of alcohol.

This one is a very nice beer although it's not quite hitting the heights of Deviant Dale's. There is a sticky, hop-filled taste of tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine with the caramel sweetness balancing this odd very well. (1,295 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer off my check list and pours a hazed orange hue with a smooth creamy two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is straight out piney resinous hops with tropical fruits and honey,the mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth and nicely carbonated with tastes of those piney hops so ever present on smell followed by sticky honey,boiled candy and finished with a tropical fruit soft bitterness and overall I like how sessionable it is for its high ABV and I'd definately drink again cheers. (498 characters)

3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1pt Can. Snifter glass. Deep amber color, copper tints to the light. Yellowish froth creates a close head. Crown shows fairly good retention so while slowly dissipates leaves a wide lacing ring on sides. Caramel & toasted malt aromas rounded by hints of figs, grapefruit & toffees. Gentle toasted caramel malt & ripe fruit flavors at first followed by increasing & overwhelming resinous bitterness. Full body.Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Mild toasted malts & ripe fruit come back in the middle. Citric astringency mixed them & provides a bitter/sweet sensation that lingers into a long finish. Resins on the aftertaste. ABV is felt just as a sugary note. Flavorful !!! (671 characters)

Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale
Oskar Blues Brewing Company, Colorado
---from can to English pint glass---

Slightly hazy copperish amber, BIG head with good retention, great thick lacing.

Bright citrus zest, floral hops, earthy, pine and resin. Hints of sweetness.

Creamy! Citrus notes with a sweet malt backbone. Woody, bready and, oh yeah, Creamy! Reminds me of candied tropical fruits.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Super smooth and, again, Creamy! Warming alcohol as beer warms. Very well balanced. Very drinkable! Dry finish.

I'm diggin this beer big time! I love Imperial Reds. This is a big beer that deserves big attention. Hoppy when cold, malty when warm. Did I mention 'creamy'? (735 characters)

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 1,306 ratings.