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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: 1,324
Hads: 3,773
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 195
Gots: 517 | FT: 6
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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States | website

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 travolta
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice lacing and a smooth head. Apricot and amber in color. Sticky lacing lasted for a while on the glass.

Nose: Pine, resin, and grapefruit.

Taste: Carmel, cherry, candy, and tropical fruits. Oils and wood in the finish.

Notes: Very nice. It is recommended. Hides it's alcohol well.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass, red brown colored with a large foamy offwhite head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on hops, earth, pine, citrus , grapefruit, breast malt sweetness, tangy and mouth watering

T: pine bitterness up front, bitter at first with a lemon quality, sweetens to honey and slight raisin flavors, hint of heavy alcohols and esters

M: medium to full with good carbonation, slight alcohol presence

O: nice balance of bitter mixed with quite sweet maltiness

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Photo of Bavoo
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review...
Serving: Poured in to a pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful dark reddish/rust color with a small head that quickly dissipated to about 1/4". A fine lacing remains. In fact, the original head lacing is still intact at the top of the pint. The other lacing is thick and downward as I sipped.

Smell: Hops abound with citrus notes really upfront.

Taste: Full hops on the front end with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. It then mellows to citrus, almost apricot-like. I mean, this is an IPA after all.
What really makes this beer great is the malt balance. After the swallow, you feel the hops slip away, replaced by a really nice malt touch on the palate. Again, this is an IPA so the hops are the big flavor, but Oskar Blues has found a nice balance here. As someone that is not a big fan of "hop bombs", this is the perfect IPA for me.

Mouthfeel: Finely carbonated and thick. That's the red ale coming through.

Overall: Outstanding. With an 8.7% ABV, this beer is no slouch. I wouldn't take this to the beach or tailgating, but for an afternoon/evening on the deck (out of the sun), this is perfect. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Pours an amber red with a thick head that lingers. The smell was very subtle but I got bit of sweetness and some citrus. The taste is great with notes of orange peel and lemon as well as caramel from the malt, and a bit of grapefruit pine from the hops. Complex yet with a style behind it. Absolutely would I recommend.

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Photo of MrWilliams
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into DFH IPA glass.

A 3.5) Lovely color, like clover honey. Poured semi rough received a massive tan head about 4 fingers that lingers for quite a while. Lacing sticks to the glass with determination even 2/3 of the way through the glass it still sits where I haven't taken a sip from.

S 3.5) Pine very much pine. Slight citrus notes, grapefruit mostly with a touch of oranges. And slightly burnt sugar, not overwhelming caramel but enough that you think sweet.

T 4.25) As the smell suggests, pine very much so with caramel overtones and faint citrus on the finish. Malts also play a good role in this beer, while not so evident in the nose wood and bread are very evident and do well to balance out the pine flavor.Bitterness also comes in on the finish not so overwhelming that the palate hurts but there, doesn't last long though, only takes a moment after the sip for you to be ready for the next, and the next, and the next.

M 4.25) On the low side of thick, not too much carbonation, slides down the throat like liquid corduroy, like velvet with a bit of added texture. Also sticky, not quite so much as Gubna, but enough that the feel and flavor linger in you mouth for quite some time making this an easy beer to enjoy over a stretch of time.

O 4.00) Very tasty beer. Usually I prefer more overwhelming grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors but for the lack of those it's still great. I'm not a hop know it all but at a guess I think simcoe or amarilla very piney as stated (I'm going to look this up when I'm done and feel like an idiot if I'm wrong:)). Also as stated the taste and feel linger for a good long while making this something that you can take your time with, and with a full pint can you almost have to.

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Photo of dbell23
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. I like red ipas in general and this one is the best I've enjoyed. Poured from a tall boy into a pint glass. Creamy head. Nice malty hoppy aroma. Smooth hoppy taste but certainly not a hop bomb. Very balanced beer. Malt and hops seem to play off each other. Super smooth mouth feel. Hoppy clean finish. Looks great with nice lacing. Brownish red beer with good lacing.

Great beer but a tad pricey. Taste and mouth feel are really nice. Really like the tall boy cans.

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Photo of theholygose
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beautiful deep amber, thick frothy head, solid retention.

Nose - airy and almost nonexistent in this serving. Might just be the conditions or myself.

Taste - deep, sweet caramel malts. Big citrus, grapefruit and lemon zest. Some orange on the backend. Lingering bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation, somewhat abrasive.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Murky brown color with burnt Siena highlights. Creamy off white head retains very well. Sticky webs of lacing cling everywhere,

S: Mango, apricot, orange. Hints of rose and maybe even bubblegum. A bit of pine resin. Pineapple ester. Fat layer of toast. Dark caramel. Pinch of brown cocoa.

T: Earthy and resins pine. Bubblegum. Apricot and mango. Toasted grain. Dark caramel chews. Brown cocoa. Pineapple and hints of alcohol toward the back. Drying finish of cocoa and oily hop bitterness.

M: Hefty medium body. Full and creamy in the mouth without being weighty. Gentle carbonation. Good texture.

O: A big, fat imperial red that drinks way, way too easily for a brew clocking in at 8.7%abv.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery taproom in Brevard in Dec. 2015..

Red-amber body with high clarity and a good head that leaves excellent lacing.

About average hoppiness for style in both the aroma and the flavor, yet the medium malts still manage to show, providing nice caramel notes and with fait bread and some sweetness to counter the bitterness, Mild-moderate bitterness. Notably more hoppy and piney than OB’s Pinner IPA.

Medium body with lively, medium+ carbonation.

Overall: a very well balanced IPA\Irish Red hybrid. Partially hidden alcohol.

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Photo of HarrySaltz
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer! When I see it on draft, I order it first. I usually only have one, as I like to mix it up when I drink beer. Besides, it is strong and gets me started out right! A big tasting beer, with great amounts of hops and the perfect amount of malt, it excites the taste buds! I like to pair it with any number of fried goods. Boom

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Photo of lou50rp
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange color with quickly dissipating off white head. Some carbonation.
Definite grapefruit smell, Very strong citrus.smell. Inviting.
Strong grapefruit and malt sweetness at the start and hops come in at the very end-very mildly.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall a great brew. An outstanding IPA style without the heavy, sharp hop ending. Definitely a repeat, especially chilled on a hot summer day.

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

Cellar temperature in a tulip. Mine was canned on August 15th, 2013. Things often arrive already half a year old here...

Huge three-finger, off-white head. Great retention and lacing. The beer's a crystal-clear amber orange.

An aroma of dank and piney hops, caramel, honey, and orange.

Tastes like zesty orange at first. Then the piney hops start to assert themselves. The finish provides a sensation of bread and honeyed biscuits.

Fairly high carbonation makes the hops pop nicely. It's also fairly thick, which I like in such flavorful DIPAs.

A dank and delicious DIPA.

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