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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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Reviews: 1,312
Hads: 3,705
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 183
Gots: 482 | 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: 1,312 | Hads: 3,705
Photo of JCarey
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze. Big, frothy head with lots of lacing and cap.

Malt forward sweetness and tropical hop character.

Semi dry with a nice backend sweetness. Toasted bread and caramel malt flavors with some spicy and citrus hops. Semi clean fruity yeast.

Semi dry medium-full body with good carbonation on the lower end of style but works well in the Imperial.

My home brew tastes exactly like this, so maybe I'm biased, but after checking BA reviews I stand by it! Solid beer.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty clear amber with a finger of rocky tan head, nice lacing

Smell is toffee, sweet orange, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel, ya a lot of orange in here

Taste is sweet orange, caramel, toffee, blood orange, herbal hop, some nice dank notes, pine, some big sweet bready malt underneath, some prickly piney bitterness on the end, a bit of astringent bitterness on the end

Mouthfeel is medium full, slight drying in the finish, but not at much as your average IPA/DIPA

Well, this is a really good Red IPA/DIPA... Not my favorite in the style but this is a really good beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-14-2014
Freshness: Canned on 02-20-2014
Packaging: 16 oz. tall can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Gift from a friend

Appearance shows a hazy, dark copper color. The offwhite head is a nice size and has good retention and excellent lace.

Smells have rich caramel malts and tropical fruits from the hops, plus a small hint of the alcohol. Smells great and makes me eager to taste.

The taste has flavors of grapefruit and mangos, and features a good balance of the hop bitterness and some backend malt sweetness.

Full-bodied, the finish has hoppy bitterness but also a hefty dose of malts, with aftertastes of tropical fruits.

Overall a fantastic brew

Thanks to Kirk for this one!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Lures on 5/7/14

A-Pours a hazy light copper color with a thick, rich off-white head.

S-Aroma is light malt with big citrus and pine and a little caramel.

T-Taste is caramel, herbal spice, mango, and a big pine/grass bitterness with some bite.

M-Has a medium body well balanced mouthfeel. Great carbonation

O-Overall this was a fantastic beer why haven't I had this sooner.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 16oz. pint can a cloudy, murky, semi-opaque red-amber. Massive head of off-white bubbles. Beautiful lace, too.

Nose is heavy on the citrus hops, with plenty of toasty grains.

Taste is sticky malts and smooth but acidic citrus hops, with a touch of pine and some astringent qualities. Nonetheless, this is very very drinkable and well-balanced. Never much noticed the relatively heavy ABV! Good showing from the pretty well impeccable Oskar Blues.

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

A: Pours a clear, ruddy amber with a creamy, fairly thick beige head that lingers for some time.

S: Soft, somewhat muted aromas of candied citrus peel, heavy cream, toffee, caramel, and herbs are present on the nose.

T: Notes of candied orange and lemon peels, kumquats, red grapefruit, lime zest, cream, caramel, brown sugar, herbs, cedar, juniper, and toffee coat the palate. The finish is bitter, but balanced with a nice blend of brown sugar, cream, caramel, juniper, and citrus notes.

M: Very silky and smooth in the mouth with just a hint of resin. The body is on the heavier side of medium; in fact, it feels a bit lighter than it really is meaning that this beer can sneak up on you if you drink it too quickly. Alcohol presence is mildly prickly, but far from distracting. This ale is incredibly easy to drink for the style.

O: A great double IPA. It is smooth enough to drink at a steady pace and has enough flavor to really give the reviewer the impetus to savor it with care. I think what I like most about this beer is that, unlike so many big, hoppy ales these days, there is both malt and hop character. I could see this one being perfect for someone who really wants an IPA or DIPA, but wants something with some balance and malt heft. Highly recommended for fans of the style.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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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!

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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!!!

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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

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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.

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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.

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G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
92 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.