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

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92
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3,993 Ratings
G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,993
Reviews:
1,369
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
607
For Trade:
6
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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 355ml can served at 12 degrees Celsius into a snifter. Canned on date is blurry but it's definitely a 2016 beer. More than six months old for sure.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant deep copper with red hues – beautiful colour. 4cm of puffy, deep tan head forms on top of the beer which settles into a craggy cap after 2+ minutes. The head and lacing are decent but nothing to write home about.

Smell: Strong and well-balanced with a tug of war between the malts and hops. Malty notes of caramel and toast. The hops are citrus and pine-forward with fainter notes of berries , pineapple, and melon. Even some dark fruit esters manage to show their face. Complex and very enticing.

Taste: Damn delicious. Same as the aroma with equal strength and balance. Rich and complex with notes of caramel, toast, citrus (grapefruit), resinous pine, berries, and some dark fruit. The finish is long, strong, and bitter... just like life.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Round, warming, and slightly astringent. More of a sipper but I think it works really well. You wouldn't want to crush a high ABV beer anyway.

Overall: An outstanding beer. She's great-looking with a nice mouthfeel and there's a ton going on in terms of the malts & hops and they all hum in unison. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber reddish color with a huge thick beige head with great retention and leaving strong laces.
Aroma with predominant notes of caramels, pine and grapefruit.
Flavor with notes of toasted and caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, black pepper, pineapple, some red fruits and mild resin and earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste finishing with piney and toasted notes.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.7% is felt a bit as flavoring, not warming. Mildly sticky.
Very good beer. Although it is a hoppy Red ale you can still feel its malt base nuances. This is like a light version of an American Barley Wine. As such, it grows throughout the degustation.

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Photo of StormAles
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gene-Colorado
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blackop555
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber. Short, foamy, off white head lasts shortly.

Smells caramel malts, citrus and pine.

Tastes Caramel malt, candied fruit and citrus peel. Followed by light fruit and piney. Finish is dry with pine linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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

Photo of zachkrauter
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 backlog. LOL at my reaction to it being in a can. *Groans* "12 oz can. An imperial IPA in a can! Wonders never cease. Aroma is of hops, sweet caramel malt. Beautiful looking beer with a nice thick head which whittles down to a medium sized head which lasts throughout. Nice copper hue. Nice even balance between the malt and the hops. Strong alcohol aftertaste. It’s slightly watery, but not overbearingly so. Nice, nice beer (in a can!!)."

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a hazy red/copper body with a one finger white foamy head that rises a bit and falls leaving some nice speckled clingy lacing, and the head dies to thick lumpy foaminess. The smell has some strong caramel malts up front, slightly floral in the background at different times. The taste is very sweet like an American Red Ale, caramel aftertaste, and a sticky finish. For the most part, its fairly easy on the palate. Overall, for the most part, its a fairly decent American Strong Ale.

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

Photo of Pav42
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a beautiful hazy ruby/amber color with hints of orange, short cap of off white head, minimal lacing.
Aroma - Sweet and pungent, fresh honey, tangy orange, heavy floral notes, slight pine. Fragrant.
Taste - Candy-like sweetness up front, lush and creamy malt, hops are very oily with notes of mango, pineapple and a slight pine-like bitterness. Midway the malt has notes of honey and and bread crust. The finish is long with lingering hop oils and a mild peppery alcohol.
Feel - Medium-Full bodied, sticky, smooth carbonation, alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall - One of a kind. Loads of complexity and full of flavor. Tastes like a barleywine/IPA hybrid.

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

Photo of kkmiller76
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 hops 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 dan3099
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shatterly
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 DesertFox24
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of G_Shoe
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap at R10 social house in Redondo Beach. It's far and away the best red IPA I have ever had.

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