G'Knight | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

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

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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these intriguing cans in Asheville and figured I'd break in my new Celebrator glass with it -- go figure, right?

Gordon (killer name if it's a tribute beer) is a solid-lookin' amber-rust brew that's real clear and sports a terrific foamy, lacy, fat head that takes its sweet time settling, and when it does absolutely coats my glass with remnants.

The nose is a veritable wallop of citrus-pine hops. Oily and sappy, with a huge grapefruit acid punch, this is amazingly bold. At the same time, it's backed up with a hefty malt presence that can still be teased out behind the hop attack. I get a hint of fruit - peaches? Reminds me of a Stone IPA concentrate. Nothing wrong with the smell here -- I know Oskar Blues makes great beer, but I'm still shocked every time I pop a can...

Yeah, this is good. Malty and smooth with the big big hop flavor advertised in the nose. A little sweeter than I would have expected, it avoids being too acidic (which is bad) or overly harsh (also bad) and instead is a smooth delight. Choice caramel and mildly toasty chocolate cake are present after the bitter citrus sap hop rush. This is a well balanced drinker. There aren't many Double IPAs I could drink more than two of (DFH 90 minute is one) but Gordon can easily be added to that short list.

Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated and slightly thin. Finish is dry and sweet-hoppy, delicious and lingering.

Oskar Blues has done it again. I want more of this beer right now. Even my non-beer geek roommate was shocked at how good this "canned beer" was. A real winner; Gordon is great.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured deep amber in color with a dense head. A low to moderate level of carbonation is visible. The head didn't last that long, but it left nice lacey patterns on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of piney hops in the nose.
T: Piney hops dominate the flavors, but they are balanced somewhat by the underlying malt, which adds a slight amount of sweetness to the overall taste. There is some bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, crisp and a little sticky.
D: The alcohol is well-hidden so it's relatively easy to drink. Who would have thought that something that tasted this good could come out of a can?

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 hopphead31415
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a four pack of pint cans and it was already chilled. I’ve heard a lot of cool stuff about it so I grabbed some. This is an Imperial Red Ale with 8.70% ABV.

Look-It pours a beautiful copper orange that reminds me of orange blossom honey. The head is thick and rich and settles to a thin layer shortly. The lacing is dropping, sparse, and wet.

Smell-It has thick aromas of herbs, spices, and wood after some forthcoming plum and clove. It smells like caramel melting on top of papaya next to a bucket of pine sol and a burning cedar tree.

Taste-I taste mango, grapefruit rind, pine resin, smoked cedar wood, chalky aspirin, zingy herbs, a full malt backbone that hides the ample alcohol content, and then a dry hoppy finish. There is a lingering coating on the tongue that tastes of pine resin, herbs, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel-It feels silky smooth, rich and creamy as well as moist and full-bodied.

Overall-The Red Ale is imperial in this case and deserves the name. Oskar Blues is excellent!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/7/11.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some very nice herbal and peppery hop aromas. There is also a pineapple aroma I am getting as the beer warms up. Taste is of sweet malt balanced with herbal, peppery, and citrus zest hops. There is a mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a medium bodied and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good DIPA but I am enjoying the aromas more than the flavors.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Oskar Blues not because of their popularity but their beers really achieve another level,across from style to style my palate truly appreciates nearly all of the ones I've had.ive drank this beer many times and am now reviewing it.aroma smells like a very quality mash,mixed with some tangy and dank aromas,slightly sweet due to the eloquent malt bill and dry hopping.the head is a bit fluffy but calms down.tastes like an abundance of jammed out berries and dankish piney earthy hops.so much is going on with this beer,I've had it on draft and it's even more clean and open,grab a keg and your boys are in for a very savory drunk evening.

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Photo of Boomerang
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sophistication enough to tell you all the notes and all that stuff. But i do know what I like and if you like red ales as I do, this is a good one. We'll definitely have again

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, brownish red with a one finger, creamy, off-white head. Has plenty of carbonation and leaves nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Smells of imperial funk, citrus, pine, malt and spice.
Taste follows the nose. Great combo of malty red and lots of funky hop. Some brown sugar and candied fruit. Slight cherry.
Nice oily mouthfeel compliments the funk. Slightly dry finish.
Wonderful example of the style

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aclear rich bronze with a nice white sticky 1/2 finger head leaving a ring of lace as it settled slowly,I know giving a 5 for for anything really means something when reviewing but I had it give this a perfect score for the nose of this bad boy the pine jumps out and grabs ya the underlying citrus just adds to to it its just resiny and piney and just damn good.Long lingering hops on the palate no big wallop and done here a nice coating mouthfeel the piney flavors just coat the mouth and just seem to linger over top of a pretty sweet malt base but the hops seem to just go on late into the finish inducing those blessed hop burps.Big thanks to my buddy Dale aka "hoppedup" (Dale) thru AK Smoked Porter hey every once in awhile even an Ohioan makes me happy.

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Photo of ddean
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty amber orange color with a slight haze. Also saw the interesting oatmeal-colored froth that RonfromJersey mentioned. Powerful alcohol and cherry sweetness in the aroma. The cherry comes through first, next, and last in my palate. It really is a very nice flavor. I only gave the taste slightly lower marks because I wanted a few more notes---I like Imperial IPAs with hops, citrus and pine in the same sip, so the dominant cherry in G'Knight is yummy, but I want the (nice tasting) hops or other fruits to step forward a bit more. Excellent lingering sweetness after you swallow, cherry and a little brown sugar, a great beer for sipping slowly as you work on your computer (or procrastinate by writing one of these reviews). A great, big beer to try. I'll seek it out again.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This ADIPA was super-dark in color with a nice, off-white head that showed a bit of retention.

Smell – The dominant aroma here is like a big, stiff, hoppy brown ale. The hops are very complex and full of citrus and strong floral notes, but they don’t overpower the bouquet.

Taste – The strong malts pick things up at the taste. This is heavily balanced towards malts even with the big hop profile. The flavors work well together though.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a nice viscous mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Oskar Blues seems to know how to mass-produce drinkable ales, and this is no exception. It went down quite well.

Comments – This was one of dozens of beers that Kim busted out for her first annual Bavarian Bratwurst Beer Fest. What a treat!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stunning appearance with a glowing scarlet body, light carbonation, and an ample khaki head. Resinous aroma of those wonderful Amarillo hops and a sort of beefed-up American Brown/Red malt profile. Some nice juicyfruit/peach/strawberry fruit notes and plenty of highly acidic citrus. Oily body with a strong bitterness throughout, but surprisingly, this is not overly bitter in the way that most DIPAs are. Quite drinkable with lots of nice fruit flavors and touches of caramel. A very fine canned beer. Thanks to xmarcnolanx for the taste.

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Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boston2bburg
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale cuts right to the chase on the pour with a deep, bold, orange-amber color, on which sits a foamy, clumpy, sticky head. A modest finger in the snifter for starters, but with good retention. It's appearance is seemingly a statement of good things to come.

Big, aggressive hop nose with a bigger hop flavor. The smell is bright and floral, with hints of lime and pine. Some waxy malts in there too. These fragrances more or less carry over to the taste, which is hops start to finish, sweet and light up front and brisk and bitter in the back and sides of the mouth. The malts are sweet and obviously take a back seat to the hops but nevertheless add a character of their own. Hop flavor is pine, lime, earthy, yummy.

The feel is thin and delicate for so much hops, but this adds to the drinkability. It's a bit sticky, but it could stand to be fuller-bodied. I'm not sure if the price tag ($4-4.50/can) is warranted but this one will definitely give you your hop fix, and some unique flavors at that.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of brownbeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this into a plastic tasting cup.

The aroma is outstanding with toasted bread, burnt caramel, hops of all kinds, and touch of alcohol.

Chewy mouthfeel with caramel, sweet peaches and a touch of pine resin. Very balanced but leans toward the malt.

Finishes with a late bitter hoppiness.

Overall, this beer is so great it's hard to justly describe it. Put it on your must try list.

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Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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G'Knight from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 4,097 ratings