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

3,898 Ratings
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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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red Amber with ample cream colored head that leaves some serious lace.

Smells of roasted caramel malt, citrus hobos and some nice floral notes.

Taste follows nose some big floral citrus notes balanced by a nice roasty sweet malt.

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

355ml can..."canned on 10/04/16"

appearance: pours amber, 2 finger head, small bubbles, good carbonation, great retention and lacing.

smell: strong piney hops and caramel.

taste: same as the smell, first the hops with a strong caramel backbone. Nice mix, but a bit odd for an IPA IMO.

mouthfeel: don't feel the alcohol at all, creamy mouthfeel and dry hoppy/sweet finish.

overall: really liked this one. If it had been a fresher can the hops would have been even better, but great beer anyway.

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

Served from can into glass at home. Pours amber brown in color red around the edges, low clarity, with creamy off white head. Sticky, fruity aroma with resinous hops. Intense dank hop flavor with more fruity notes, balanced by caramel maltiness. Medium bitterness and a fairly high sweetness. Full body with low carbonation. Slight alcohol flavor is present. Overall this is a full flavored dankly hoppy red colored beer with the body of an imperial. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour. Two fingers of foamy off-white head leave sticky lacing.

S: Toatsy malts and floral/pine hops.

T/F: Rich and malty to start... caramel and bread, which gives way to a floral and evergreen hop bouquet. Notes of pine and pepper. Medium in body... and tastier as it warms. Not overly bitter. EtOH is well hidden... finish is sticky and semi-sweet.

O: A very tasty Imperial Red from our old friend Oskar. Reminds me a bit of Troeg's 'Nugget Nectar'... and a great mix between a big red malt-fest and an IPA.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Drank it out of the can and didn't feel bad. Smelled like hops and caramel, a little bit of wheat and a vegetal smell

Intense smooth and thorough hop flavor. it's like there's a spectrum of hops and the entirety of the flavor rolls over your tongue in perfect balance into a dry, sweet finish that is never lacking in the bursting hop flavor that isn't bitter at all, but instead just pungent and wonderful. exceptional drinkability and great carbonation.

I'll grab a 6 of this anytime i see it!!!

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Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10/30/16. Ale poured a deep red with an inch of head which laced nicely down the snifter. Bready malt aroma with some citrus in the back. Carmel malts dominated flavor with great balance from hops. This ale strikes me as a strong ale rather than an IPA. Very well done and a great ale to have as a nightcap on cold winter night, G'night!

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Photo of princessbay710
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The color when held against the light is a nice dark cloudy red, otherwise appears dark brown. Excellent foam wall of lacing. Smell is not as intimidating as its face/name, monotonous hop, I will be letting it warm a bit and smell later.
First sip, yup there is definitely 8.7% ABV. It gulps down smooth but leaves with a strangely light and sweet liquor feel. My fiancé says he is having a strange time figuring out this beer, as it has changed significantly with varying conditions. For an imperial or double IPA, you would expect more of a hoppy aley taste, but what I'm getting is quite sweet, cola. It begins to cover the alcohol nicely.
Great carbonation.
Exceptionally drinkable, incredibly strange.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

G'Knight actually looks like the red ale it boasts to be with a red/amber colored tone that is relatively opaque. Head disappeared fast for me, but the can sat on the shelf not the fridge section (absurd that companies do this).

First smell was almost a straight medicinal syrup which kind of turned me off, but as I took the next sip the complex maltiness took over, with caramel & bread coming through. The maltiness overpowers the hops but does give it a "imperial red" taste that other red IPA's didn't really achieve. I expected more hops and was a little disappointed with the less noticeable dark herby hops and strange smell (kinda bandaid at times, not my favorite) but that being said this beer is very refreshing. I haven't tried many Red IPA's let alone imperial reds, but this one stands out from the others due to its darker tone, smell and appearence. I think I'll stick to just drinking one for now and call it a g'night.

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If G'Knight is any indication, "Imperial" Red Ales look just like the "regular" ones, except that their head is that much fuller and fluffier. The body of this big, red, sticky 8.7% offering still appears every bit as clear, quenching and quaffable as its less aggressively hopped, lower strength counterparts. It's a flashy, fabulous appearance.

Why is it called a 'red ale' when it smells so green? That's a lot of hops! More importantly, it's an appealing and alluring aroma comprised equal parts of tree leaves, resin and bark. There's certainly some citrus fruit notes too but this thing leans much more towards the dank, wet earth and green of the forest than it does the bright colours of the tropics.

Toasted honeycomb and toffee brittle make cameo appearances on the palate but it's not long before those pleasantly biscuity and nutty tastes are tangled by green roots, weeds and vines. In the finish that caramelly sweetness is enveloped whole, as if by some kind of venus flytrap-like hop cone. That bittersweet aftertaste is truly sticky and lingers for some time.

Like an IPA of any colour, G'Knight is punchy, invigorating and, of course, absolutely reeks. But it's also got an unusually creamy body and tempered composure; despite the raw, dank herbals and 60 IBU it's as effortless to drink as it is gratifying. It can be difficult finding beers with this much character that are still so approachable to a wide audience.

When Oskar Blues first released G'Knight in a can (around the same time as their Double IPA, GUBNA, and Imperial Stout, Ten Fidy) it was revolutionary. Lots of people thought "pshh, hoppy beers don't come in cans. They can't possibly!" and wow have those naysayers been proven wrong. Anyone who needed proof then or still looking now, this is it.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can from a four-pack picked up at the LCBO; canned Sept 22 2016 and served slightly chilled. I'm pumped to see that Oskar Blues now has a presence in Ontario - I've had a few of their beers before, but that was a few years back, and it required a border run to Michigan.

This one pours a slightly hazy copper-amber colour, with one finger of lumpy, creamy off-white head floating atop. Fantastic retention; even at the ten minute mark, it hasn't given up a fraction of an inch. Each sip generates a new ring of lace left to cling to the glass - this just looks phenomenal. Caramel and bready, biscuity malts come through on the nose, in addition to notes of muddled orange, grapefruit, resiny hops, pineapple cake and cherries. Smells quite rich at first, but oddly enough, the truckload of hops they employed does help to keep it somewhat balanced.

Whew - this one ain't for the faint of heart, as it boasts an intensely flavourful malt scaffold, reinforced by a blitzkrieg of hoppy deliciousness. It starts off with bready, biscuity malts, caramel and bubblegum, with notes of apricot and cherry, followed by citrusy grapefruit and orange. Still getting a bit of pineapple, too; it becomes less fruity and more bitter on the back end, with resinous, piney hops and some herbal notes. Bittersweet finish that lingers, with barely any ethanol heat whatsoever. Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a modest bite, and a smooth, tongue-coating texture that practically goads me into taking one sip after another...

Final Grade: 4.3, an A grade. G'Knight Imperial IPA might be the most absurdly drinkable DIPA I've had in years - the alcohol content is expertly masked by the relentless malt and assertive hop flavours, making this a borderline dangerous beer. This can is approaching 3 months of age, and still drinking like a champ. A fabulous imperial red ale that I encourage all beer geeks to try - particularly my fellow Ontario BAs, because there's no guarantee that this excellent brew will remain available here for the long term!

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