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

G'Knight Imperial Red AleG'Knight Imperial Red Ale

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2,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 2778
Reviews: 1255
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%


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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beergoot

Colorado

4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong pine and orange aromas burst out from a reddish-orange body. Lots of thick, chunky foam and sticky lacing. Exceptional flavors melding softly sweet malt flavors with an intense yet smooth hop bitterness. Silky smooth feel builds up to a nice, tingly crescendo; clean, crisp, and dry finish.

Balance and complexity build up to an intensely pleasurable DIPA experience. A hop-hammer with a pleasantly complementary maltiness throughout. Ecstasy in a can!

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 02:39:58 | More by beergoot
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, canned at NC brewery on 6/24/13, extremely fresh!

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a nice two finger fluffy whitish head that fades quickly leaving nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass.

Smell: Very earthy and piney with a strong hop aroma followed by sweetness from the malt and strong hints of caramel.

Taste: Sweetness from the malt followed by a touch of citrus fruit and awesome hop presence. Very drinkable and a good balance of hops and malt without becoming too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and easy drinking for the style with well-masked alcohol and good carbonation. Bitterness is by no means overpowering.

Overall: I'm really digging this beer as it has a great taste and is easy drinking. For the style, this is no Nugget Nectar but a really solid year-round offering from Oskar Blues. There's something I love about 16 oz. cans too.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 15:25:39 | More by Mikecap
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, canned on 3/27/13 stamped on bottom of can.

almost clear, reddish copper, nice big off-white head. good head retention, and great lacing rings the glass. wonderful aroma of juicy citrus fruits and light pine. enough malt to give it a biscuity sweetness to balance the great hop dominance. not bitter, just tons of hop flavor. sticky on the tongue. medium body and carbonation.

overall an excellent IPA, just the way I like it with darker malt.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 05:00:17 | More by jmdrpi
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber brown color with a full 1-2 fingers of head. Nice and thick. Good head retention. Chunky lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of sweet scent front the malting and some subtle hopping.

T: BItter front to back from ample grassy, spicy hops. Mixed with a strong malt backbone give a nice sweetness but not too much.

M: Creamy and thick.

O: Great brew.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 02:02:58 | More by Oakenator
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Samp01

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a large long lasting beige head. Very good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of earthy floral hops, caramel malt, yeast and fruity esters, a bit of dark fruit and bread notes. Palate is a medium body, smooth with good carbonation. A nice combination of sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity balanced with some earthy floral hops on the ending. Not overly bitter and with a good caramel malt background. Overall a very good, tasty and enjoyable brew. Nice

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 18:58:50 | More by Samp01
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can drunk straight. 'Course, I poured a little into a regular glass to see what's what.

A: Pours a radiant copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade featuring a soft texture and acceptable retention. This one leaves behind a nice streak of lacing as is - I can't imagine how much it would leave poured into a full pint glass.

S: About what I expected: plenty of caramel malt sweetness, backed by some floral/piny hops. Black pepper and resin also pop up after a few whiffs. Standard, but well done.

T: Again, no real surprises in the flavor profile, except perhaps for the balance achieved. The hop flavors (no citrus/tropical fruit here, it's all pine/floral/peppery) are strongest right before the finish, yet they never create a harsh spike of bitterness. The opening maltiness is typical: caramel, toffee, marzipan, earth, and maybe a touch of nut. Well balanced, almost to a fault - there's little here to blow the mind, but the approachability is top-notch.

M: There is a decent dryness on the back end, which (somewhat) quashes the sweeter malts. Personally, it's a tad undercarbonated for me, helping to create a touch of undesirable syrupiness at times - still, this one is easy drinking.

O: These amber/red ales (barring Nugget Nectar) never really do it for me. Having said that, this is a quality brew with a level of drinkability belying its 8.7% strength. Good one, but it's a red...meaning this won't be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 22:51:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Surly tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bold and balanced aroma of citrus and earthy hops with a solid backing of caramel malt. Ripe scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass and some pine. Big sweet malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, and yeast. Fairly floral and wet smelling. Hop aroma is sharp and nicely balanced by the malt. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a lively, juicy, and well balanced mix of citrus and earthy hop flavors with sweet caramel malt. Ripe and bitter taste of hops upfront with notes of citrus grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy and floral hop notes with some grass and a little spicy piney hops. Hops are fairly wet and juicy tasting. Big sweet malt balance with a good taste of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Tastes very much like a hopped up imperial red ale. Big and balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly drying on the finish. A little booze heat is there but its tame.

Overall: A very good red ale. Good hop flavors with a big caramel malt presence. Its what you would expect from a imperial red.

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 06:40:43 | More by MattyG85
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottom of can says Canned On 03/27/13.

A- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a ¾ inch light tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass.

S- Earthy hops with a solid malt sweetness backing it up.

T- The substantial malt backbone is surprising but nice as its sweetness almost edges out the strength and bitterness of the hops making for a well-balanced drink. The subdued alcohol presence only enhances the drinkability.

M- Slightly sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- I only really like red ales when they're hoppy and this one gets the job done well. Ironically, I particularly like this one because of the substantial amount of malt to complement.

Serving type: can

06-30-2013 19:18:35 | More by Immortale25
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rand

California

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 16 oz can to pint glass

A: Red-copper in color, a fluffy, cavernous 2-inch head forms on a gentle pour leaving lacing all over the glass.

S: Citrusy hops hit the nose first, but honey-sweet malts are quickly in tow. There's a faint, earthy floral tone, but the bouquet is ultimately dominated by the bold malt-backbone.

T: The palate is more layered than the nose, and its unusual to find malt-forward IPA, but that's the case here. Starting off candy-sweet, sharp, floral hops quickly step in and keep things from getting cloying. There's a faint metallic presence, and a subtle bubblegum note. Normally these would be criticisms, but the work in this brew. Plenty of booze in this one, really warming the palate toward the end, as it finishes long and sweet.

M: Rich and chewy, the heavy mouthfeel drives home the sweet aspects. There's ample carbonation to keep the palate rinsed between sips.

This walks the line of being to malty-sweet for its style, but they pull it off.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 06:54:34 | More by rand
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from can into an some glassware , crystal clear beer , deep dark wood colors with a slight offwhite head and tons of lacing

The smell is really great ,the hops hit you right in the face with a nice earthy smell matching up really well with the sweet malt background

The mouth is thick and sweet and nice , I was caught off guard with how thick it was

The taste is spot on for the style , the hops hit you first then the sweetness of the malt and finishes off with a slight burn of alcohol to let you know it's in there

Overall another homerun from Oskar Blues , I love this beer and will be hunting more of it down

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 00:16:54 | More by ubenumber2
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gleemonger

California

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy reddish orange with a nice big foamy white head and sticks around for a long time, but leaves very little lacing.

Fruity citrusy hop aroma with plenty of sweet caramel malts backing it up. Floral and overall very pleasant.

Very floral and citrusy hops with just enough of those caramel malts to round it out. Kind of bitter, but bitterness dies down quickly and I'm left mostly with an even blend of the hops and malts. The sweetness is almost honey-like too, but not too over the top at all. Very balanced and nice.

Smooth and creamy, with a moderate to heavy body and fairly high carbonation. A good bite at the front then goes down smooth.

Very nice - not quite and IPA, not quite a red ale, kind of a great blend between the two. I definitely prefer this to many standard amber/red ales myself and would get it again for sure.

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 20:13:24 | More by gleemonger
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy copper-brown, half a finger of head from a normal pour, which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Sweet citrus, bitterness, malt backbone.

Taste: Strong malt backbone, lingering sweet presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky.

Overall: A bit too much malt in this one for me, but it is certainly a good beer. Would drink and purchase again, if going camping and I wanted a canned beer!

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 22:31:22 | More by ChrisKayler
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A dark reddish orange. A nice two finger head. awesome alcohol legs. impressive looking!

S: Sweet malts up front. Here come some hops! Definitely some tropical fruits in there. Tangerine stands out. Strawberry, Orange zest and alot of citrus. Some sweet honey and floral notes as well. Almost a honeysuckle. Overall pretty sweet smelling. man i want to drink this!!

T: First impression: very floral. a little pine here but alot of white flowers with almost a pollen quality, if that makes any sense. More honey and tangerine. Big grapefruit coming through. More malt than i would expect. A touch sour on the end with a little bit of spice coming through. Caramel on the end. There is a lot going on here but all the flavors mess beautifully. Zesty.

M: Not a ton of carbonation but this beer also won't weigh you down. Definitely not a palate killer, leaves you with a semi dry mouth though.

O: This is a pretty awesome beer! More sweet malt than i would expect, but it sets itself apart from other DIPAs. There really isn't anything i can complain about with this beer! I will definitely pick it up again. Alot of bread and yeast coming through the more i drink. Very enjoyable brew. /88

Serving type: can

06-07-2013 04:20:34 | More by schwemjw
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shocksmarin

California

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can poured into a shaker pint.

A - Dark, deep reddish brown. Big head. Heavy carbonation.

S - Malty, caramel, sweet all up front. On the back end zesty hops detected. A lot going on here.

T - Fantastic. This beer is just delicious! All of those things you detect on the smell, you taste. Sweet, caramel, fruit, citrus...very good.

M - Feels sorta heavy, but it should. Drinks easy for this alcohol content.

My favorite beer by OB. Well done!

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 16:33:09 | More by shocksmarin
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the tall boy can at about 55 degrees F and its color is definitely clear and coppery with a full 3 finger head that settles to a full cap of fine bubbles and leaves a nice archway looking lacing patter on the glass.

The aroma is very malty sweetly smelling of caramel, honey and bread with hints of citrus fruits (tangerine?) and hops. Now when I first opened the cans I was hit with a rush of floral hops, but as it settles and warms in the glass they smell a little more piney but only way in the background.

The taste is sensationally caramel hop sweet and bready with a mix of dark fruit and grapefruit with only a mild hop finish that is faintly dry. Some alcohol is apparent mid sip, but only faintly so but she is warming on an empty stomach! This is a very well balanced beer leaning a little to the sweet side.

The mouthfeel is sweet, smooth and full with mild carbonation and a mild dry finish with a hint of black pepper numbness.

Overall I am going to give this beer props! Number one, this review was from a can and I have no hints of metal in my beer at all. If I was drinking from the can, then yes, I probably would. You know what, a metal flavor to beer is not all that detracting. What is detracting from beer is cheap adjuncts. This beer is a solid 4 out of 5 or better and it ranks up there with many of the Imperial IPA's that I have had and can surely hold it's own. You gotta try it!

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 02:00:39 | More by WissBrauSean
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts with some citrus hops and grapefruit in there.

Taste: Same as above. Very tasty and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, balanced, drinkable, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Delicious beer that I will enjoy more of in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 17:17:15 | More by Flounder57
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a semi-translucent red/orange. There is a half finger of slightly off-white head. The foam settles quickly, leaving spotty lacing on the glass and a thin ring along the edges of the beer.

S: The nose is sweet malt, caramel, strawberry fruit roll ups, and a touch of spice. I get the fruit roll-up flavor a lot in beers and I don't know how to describe it. It's not too boozy. Good balance in this beer.

T: The flavors in this beer seem to follow the nose pretty close. I get sweet malt, a good bit of spice, and a touch of that berry note. It's not huge berry, but I just can't explain how it tastes. It reminds me of a goji berry? I don't even know anymore. The finish is a mix of sweet, spice, and mild alcohol. Solid.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are bold and envelop the palate wholly. It's solid. The alcohol is known at the end of the beer, but it doesn't dominate from the start.

O: Good beer. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat. I've probably overlooked this beer 1000 times in the past, so I'm glad I took the time to try it.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 01:12:50 | More by trxxpaxxs
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first Oskar Blues beer (I have some Ten Fidy's downstairs for another day). Overall the pour was a nice fairly translucent red with a big head. Smell was mostly an alcohol aroma and initial taste was hit with a fairly large burst of alcohol. Tough to pick out any key flavors and left with a dry mouthfeel. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. I'd probably buy it again

Serving type: can

05-08-2013 21:28:11 | More by alaimoa
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jhutch31

California

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer with some sashimi last night and enjoyed it very much. Another fine offering from Oskar Blues.

Appearance: Poured a burgundy red color, very polished with lots of foamy sticky head.

Smell: light hop aroma with the smell of strong, bready malt and caramel. Notes of biscuit and honey malt as well.

Taste: very good. Again, a strong blend of malts with a good balance of hop flavor. Not over powering one way or the other. Floral hops mixed with some slightly spicy and citrusy hop bursts as well. Strong caramel malt backbone with sweet honey like flavors as well as bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied beer. Thick on the tongue yet not too thick to enjoy even on a summer day.

Overall: This is a great beer. Can't wait to have this again next time I see it.

Serving type: can

04-18-2013 00:54:23 | More by jhutch31
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midnitesun11

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice almost see thru medium dark amber color. Has a thick, mountainousy, foamy two finger head. Leaves a huge lace trail and has zero carbonation bubbles.

The inital aroma i got was of hops and a bit of citrus maybe grapefruit? Maybe even orange and I'm getting a sweet smell of caramel too.

It tastes sweet at first, then you get a citrusy, caramel flavor after. Has a definite hoppy taste to it too.

Heavy mouthfeel with a slight lingering bitterness in the finish.

Overall this is a really good beer! It was my first from the Oskar Blues Brewery and I look forward to try the others!

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 03:18:03 | More by midnitesun11
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on Jan 21, 2013.

Beer is reddish-brown in colour with a small off-white head.

Smell contains sweet caramel, bready malt and a good dose of fruity, vaguely citrusy hops. Hard to pick out particular fruits- perhaps orange and tangerine, maybe a slight bit of pineapple.

Taste is rather malt focused, although the hops are certainly present. Bready, caramel malt flavours, as well as a bit of a herbal flavour, coming from the hops. A noticeable spicy flavour - not sure if there is any rye in here, but it feels that way a bit. Some fruit flavours, orange mainly. Aftertaste has some apple in the flavour, and some more of the herbal element.

Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated. Bready.

Overall, pretty good but not particularly impressive. I like it but it is certainly not as good as I expected from the reviews.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 03:15:33 | More by jrenihan
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a tulip
Sadly this was bottled on 10-16-02 (a wee bit old)

A- A lightly hazed deep orange. A half finger of an off tan head.

S- A big caramel note in this beer. A malty dark fruit presence. A slight floral note and what remains of what was surely a lot of hoppiness.

T- A slight bitterness at first but an overall clean and crisp flavor. A big caramel presence and toffee at first. There is a lot of dark fruit in this beer and a nice grapefruit presence. A slight floral hoppiness but not at all like I assume it once was. A nice balance to this beer and remains very drinkable.

M- A sticky mouthfeel. It has become and big, thick, malty beer over time.

O- A solid beer, I assume this was quite hoppy. Not anymore, but the malt has come though and made this something quite nice.

Serving type: can

04-03-2013 22:56:43 | More by TwelveOunces
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nUgZ

North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a two finger head and excellent lacing.

S: Sweet malts up front along with some nice floral and citrus hops to balance it out. There are also some mild bready aromas in the end. Smells nice and inviting.

T: Very much like the smell, the first thing I taste are the sweet malts balanced nicely with the florall and citrus hops. Not too hoppy and not too understated...just right. The alcohol is completely hidden.

M: This is on the thicker side of medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Ridiculously smooth!! Just about perfect.

O: This is a very enjoyable offering from Oskar Blues. Very tasty, well balanced, super smooth, and packs a decent punch. Nice job!!

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 21:06:45 | More by nUgZ
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red Ale last week for $3.39 at The Lager Mill. I'm still working my way through the Oskar Blues lineup and I randomly chose this one o try tonight, so lets see how it goes. Canned on 2/20/13. Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty nice, I think the green and silver colors look good together, but I'm not too sure about the name. It poured a nice bright amber color that took on some red and ruby hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by lots of hops, it's a nice combination of floral, resiny, and citrus hops with the citrus seeming to stick out just a little more than the others and it imparts some grapefruit and pineapple like aromas. Up next comes the malts which are pretty sweet and impart a mild grainy and bread like aromas that seem to be a little overpowered by the hops. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish the malts stuck out just a little more to bring better balance to the aroma, It's got more IPA than Red Ale aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that are the same mixture that I got in the aromas with the citrus hops still sticking the most and imparting some nice grapefruit like flavors. Up next comes the malts which seems to show up a little more then they did in the aroma and they impart some slight grainy and bready flavors with just a slight bit of caramel. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that's slightly on the lighter side, and it has a floral and citrus hops aftertaste with some malts also showing up. This beer tasted good, it was much more balanced than the aroma led me to believe, i liked it.

M- Smooth, creamy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, and it had a lower amount of medium carbonation that was just barely enough. I thought the mouthfeel was nice, but it could have used just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of a hoppy Red Ale, I got worried when I got to the aroma since it was very IPA like, but when I got to the taste there was enough Red Ale aspects to balance out the hops and it makes this beer truer to style. This beer had decent drinkability, it went down smooth, and the flavors held my attention, but they didn't really keep me coming back for more, so I think one pint can would enough for me, I don't think I would want two in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and how balanced it was when it came to the taste, both of those aspects were pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the lower amount of carbonation, I think a little more carbonation would make for a pretty good mouthfeel. I don't know if I would buy this beer again, I for sure wouldn't rule it out if I was in the mood for a hoppy Red Ale, but I don't think I would seek it out. I recommend trying it if your a fan of hoppy Red Ales, it's good for what it is. All in All this was a pretty decent beer, I didn't love it, but I sure didn't hate, but I still think Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale is my favorite of the style. This was a pretty Solid beer from Oskar Blues, but I have yet to find one that I really like, maybe that beer is right around the corner, who knows, but for now I'm still on the fence about this brewery,

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 02:46:43 | More by StoutHunter
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/20/13 "Happy G’Birthday!"

Appearance: Like any other Oskar Blues product, crystal clear. This one has a color you’d expect -- red. The head is off-white, meringue-like, and about a finger high. Lacing is spotty but nice.

Smell: A very nice blend of hops, and it’s hard to pinpoint one aroma that I’m getting out of it ... the "aftersmell" is super sweet, which is the best part about it. After digging for a little while, I finally decided that this beer has a pretty significant pineapple and tropical fruit aroma.

Taste: Malty flavors coat the mouth quite a bit thanks to the fact that this is a red, but the intense amount of hops balance that sweetness extremely well. Peppery, spicy hops burn the back of the tongue just a little bit, and I find that it’s a great way to make sure the malt isn’t too dominant. The finish is a tad bitter, but the front is pretty sweet, so again, very nice balance here overall.

Feel: The feel on this one is nearly perfect -- it’s a pretty big beer (ABV wise and someone heavy in the feel as well), and it almost drinks like a meal. At the same time, the drinkability on this one is crazy high.

Overall: This could be my favorite Oskar Blues offering. Dale’s Pale is a great pale ale with a refreshing hop kick, Mama’s Little Yella is a must-try for anybody that’s a Bud Light only person (since it has a pretty light, but solid flavor), Deviant Dale’s is a huge, burning, whale of an IPA... but G’Knight is just better, despite how good all of those beers are. Super tasty, refreshing, gets the job done... must try.

Serving type: can

03-27-2013 02:31:09 | More by Alextricity
G'Knight Imperial Red Ale from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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