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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

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Classified by the brewery as an "Imperial Red/Double IPA" 8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2003

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Reviews: 1,343 | Ratings: 3,869
Photo of uberabr
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper. Huge, lacy head.

Aroma is subdued...hoppy in the style of a west coast IPA but lots of malt comes through as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Silky smooth buttery malts, biscuit. Complex and well-rounded. Fruity tropical notes, apricot, apple, light caramel. Mild to moderate bitterness. You can tell it's an IPA but without that cloying pine that seems to be more and more common these days. They dry-hopped just right.

This is an absolutely exceptional red IPA.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sort of muddled deep red that's sorta brown in the middle. Head is substantial and dies hard leaving thick spiderweb lacing.

Flavor is dominated by hops. The hops are spicy and fruity with some bitterness. The malt is present and sweet with alcohol providing the bready background.

Mouthfeel is generally quite good but gets weird as the beer warms. The oils from the hops become more complex and robust and prominent...

Overall good but not great.

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

L: copper and red with huge head that stays forever. Nice looking beer.

S: hoppy and citrus. Not super potent but the smell is there.

T: really well balanced beer. The malt and hop go well and mix this beer together nicely.

F: creamy with a nice finish.

O: Great beer. Not sure how I have missed this one for so long. With year-round available this will be a new fridge staple.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a reddish brown, clear with little carbonation. The beer has a soapy like head that laced the glass as I enjoyed the beer. I did not get a strong smell of hops, it is there just not as strong as it is with a typical DIPA. I get a nice stone-fruit aroma as well as a nice vanilla. Very balanced in hop flavor and sweetness from malts and fruits. I do get a nice after bite of bitter but it is minor. Medium bodied and coats the mouth.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I dunno, this just seems like an imperial red (Lovelock fire dept) ale to me. Impressive lace situation. 1/2" white head. Aroma, you just can't get the big dank hop notes in dry hopping when they're competing with this much malt. Chrystal

Taste was a lot of clean red malt (relatively speaking) and chinoook hops. Nooooook. The malt is big, this is just as much barleywine imperial red as it is double ipa, no in fact, its that previous stuff more. Call it thick and sticky Carver.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and golden with red hues that shine throne. Clear with a good head prescence that sticks around the edges throughout the drink. Great lacing. Smells resinous with caramel malts, hop presence, and a citrus. Tastes on the money and finishes hoppy and toasty in the pallatte. Solid red.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Very clear dark gold with hints of red in the shadows. Forms a one-finger off-white head with very good retention for a hoppy beer, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Big grapefruity citrus and sticky resin hops, and a big toasted biscuity malt bill – but the hops stay on top in the nose. Nice aroma for a “red ale” for sure.

T: Resin and bitter citrus pith, rich toasted malts typical for a red ale with a mild sticky caramel character. More resinous hops and straight alpha bitterness beat down the sweetness from the malts though, and that continues through the finish. The alpha bitterness sticks around after the swallow, typical of my experiences with many Oskar Blues offerings.

M: Full-bodied for style, with a sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation sensation. Alcohol noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: Do I love it as an IIPA? No. If I go into it thinking red ale (a style that I think the beer might be more representative of), I think it's pretty solid. I realize that's not how it's listed on here…and the can is ambiguous…but as an amped up Tocobaga it's pretty solid. Enjoyable, but not a light drinker – the ABV and hefty malt bill let you know they’re both there.

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Photo of brewale4me
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish hue with white head that dissipated quickly.
Aromatics: apricots and citrus.
Taste: citrus, apricot,caramel, biscuit malts and a hint of licorice.
Mouth feel: medium
Over all impression: This is a good ipa nice ABV 8.7

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Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: June 26, 2016... OCCASION: on the eve of Willow Lake Camp summer six, we begin with Shark Week too!... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter.... pours a dense ruby red body that sports a strong two-finger off-white head that settles to a craggy, chunky half finger of unevenness... lovely floral overtones with the pine that makes an IPA great...thick bread malts form a wall against which a rum-like alcoholic strength is developed... smooth, confident, medium-bodied with a creamy aspect--way too accessible for a beer nearing 9% ABV... mango, grapefruit and sweet pine roil into a strong malt base that strikes caramel and bread... sticky resin enhances the experience--deliciousness! The Oskar Blues folks know how to brew--as well as how to honor the patriarchs of the class beer world... unbelievably agreeable in its palate and rewarding in its flavor profile... another (!) Oskar Blues champion, one I would reach for among others in the genre....

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. canned on 03/21/16

Pours clear dark amber-red with a creamy frothy khaki colored head. Smells like pineapple upside-down cake, papaya, melon, guava nectar, sweet molasses, malty caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, some grapefruity orange citrus, with resinous pine and floral earthy grass. Tastes like malty sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel, dark toffee, some chocolate, papaya, guava, pineapple, melon, orange, grapefruit, mild onion, with woody dank earthy grass and pine. Feels medium-light bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial red IPA.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into tulip
canned on 2/17/16
L- pours a dark red/brown with huge fluffy off-white head
S- piney with notes of sweet malt and some alcohol warmth as well
T- strong bold caramel malt notes, followed by alcohol warmth with a piney finish
F- Medium bodied obvious alcohol heat
O- nice beer, although more alcohol than hops

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

April 27, 2016

12 oz. can, tulip

A – Medium copper and mostly clear. A big, craggy, off-white to light tan foam stand, 2-3 inches with very long retention.

S – Pine, resin, wood, herbs, a big impression of pink bubble gum. Bread crust, a touch of caramel, and a minor spicy note. Stone fruit lingers in the background.

T – Resin, stone fruit, and bubble gum. Pine is more subdued, hop bitterness comes through big time on the finish. Sweet bread crust with a tinge of caramel.

M – Fairly heavy to moderate-heavy in body with medium-light carbonation. A lot of sweetness from the malt up front, briefly subdued by a hop-bitter blast, then residual sweetness on the finish. Juicy, not dry, throughout.

O – Great aroma profile is offset by a bit whacky mouthfeel.

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Photo of jongleich
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty huge beer and a great example of the style. Appropriately majorly hopped, but with a strong red malt backbone, carbonation is perfect. On the downside, it's a little boozy. I'd love to see what they could do with this at 6ish% (vs. 8.7%). Overall, excellent.

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Photo of mchegash
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: A vibrant red-orange, a finger and a half of beautiful beige head. Fairly clear, a sparse amount of visible rising carbonation.

S: Tons of delicious citrus hops (perhaps hints of tropical fruit as well), with hints of pine as well. Hops smell more mellow than biting. A little bit of resin aroma.

T: Strong tropical fruit flavors dominate, with citrus-pine being the secondary flavor (still very present though).

F: Carbonation is fairly light. Medium-full body. Low amount of bitterness.

O: This is a quite good DIPA.

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

Pours a very dark orange with thick head, smell is definitely hoppy. The taste, in my opinion, is as good as any ipa that i have tasted. it somehow balances the bitter with a sweet backbone, mouthfeel is extra thick and sticky for an ipa which rounds it off perfectly.i dont really like ipa's but this is a stunner.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours clean deep red/bronze with two finger off white head, fades slowly leaving sticky lace. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste and lots of piney hops to balance. Solid bitterness through the finish but the overall flavor is sticky sweet. A bit of alcohol comes through in the end. Medium soft oily mouthfeel. Very tasty brew, but a sipper.

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Photo of mschrei
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 6/5/15, drinking it beginning of 3/16. Poured into nonic pint. Very dark red brown colors. Healthy creamy lacing and active carb show it still has some vitality. Number of dark particulates, kind of surprising. The hop profile is definitely down-slight malty scent, little pine notes underneath. Malt presence has remained on taste, mildly bitter with some zest still there. Held up rather well for a nine month old imperial ale.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz green and silver can. Poured into a tall stemmed tulip.

G'Knight is an absolute dandy. Not your classic malt dominate amber ale, but a rich blood red gem that has a hop bill to match it's big sticky sweetness. One of the best red ales I've ever had and Idk why I waited til now to pick this up. I've grown extremely fond of Oskar Blues and their ales. I went back to get a whole mess of this stuff. Perfect for the on again off again cold weather we are dealing with right now. It's feel is the stuff of legend. Big with a thick texture and sticks to every inch of the mouth. G'Knight rocks.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice red/copper colored beer with a nice white head that sticks and leaves a nice lacing
S - big caramel malts, very mild citrus/grapefruit/mandarins
T - caramel malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, some orange/tangerine
M - light to medium mouthfeel, high drinkability, could very easily be slammed, alcohol is covered at 8.7%, aftertaste is caramel malts and mild clean/citrus hops
O - great American red ale, very clean and citrusy with a solid malt backbone.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a ruby red with a light tan head that leaves lots of lace as the beer disappears.
The aroma is mainly malty to my nose with a bit of subdued pine.
Taste is bitter citrus pith and pine with an underlying camel and bready body. A drying and bittering finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth.

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Photo of mtravis63
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color poured to a 2 inch almond color head in an IPA glass. Smell wasn't overpowering but nice. No booziness to it as some imperials and went down smooth without a lingering aftertaste. A solid choice!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, head is light tan, presenting about 1/2 inch thick and laces the glass slightly.

Smell is subdued, mild caramel malt and some toast, hops are pungent, piney.

Taste is fairly malty, mostly caramel, some malt and toast, hops are similar to the aroma with more grapefruit and citrus rind component.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, not too cloying or over bitter, solid carbonation and nice smooth finish.

overall, a very good strong red ale, very quality malt flavors and aromas that expand as it warms with a pleasant underlying creaminess.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark amber with thick creamy head.

smell is sweet, full of caramel malt aroma.

taste is fantastic, creamy and full bodied. sweet and malty yet delivers a hop bite, especially near the end. notes of alcohol on the tongue as well. full and complex imperial red. goes down smooth.

overall this is a pretty good beer. as a fan of red and amber ales i had to try this. a quality beer for sure. complex and full bodied, a nice change up from big stouts and IPAs. even though this is hoppy and bitter there are clear red ale characteristics.

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Photo of Eli7
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another amazing offer by OB. Poured with a beautiful 1" head and immediately popped with a citrus aroma. Let it breathe for a few minutes and then dove in to probably a top three IPA on my long list of IPA's. Grapefruit and other citrus notes are prominent with a wonderfully clen aftertaste. I will partake in many more. Thanks again Oskar Blues!

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Photo of enrique_m
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

picked up a can to try her out and poured her into a tulip glass. the brew has a rich amber color with a nice 2inch head that is a light golden color. it has a sweet citrus smell and a smooth taste with a bitter and chalky after taste. overall it is a beer delight.

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