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: 1,350 | Ratings: 3,897
Photo of balzern
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Reddish brown with a caramel tinge. White fluffy head.

S- Lots of caramel malts coming through. A little biscuit also. Pine and citrus hops are prevalent with a tiny amount of grapefruit.

T- Excellent. The caramely malt flavor was incredible. The hops were there and were noticed at the end of the sip but were not punching me in the face. They were strong but were "friendly giant" strong - think about the jolly green giant. Super smooth and really fun.

M- Sticky yet good carbonation. A kind of chewy element to it which was like eating a caramel from the store.

O- Not a big IPA guy but this thing blew me away. Top 5 beers of all time for me hands down. It was aggressive but nice to my taste buds. I will get this beer again if I can find it - amazing.

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Photo of greenengineer
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite beer.

Sticky and very hoppy with a nice level of sweetness. The hops aroma is amazing. Nice head, good color (kinda red), but what blows you away is the smell and the taste.

It's like beer concentrate - the equivalent of Campbell's condensed soup if you forgot to add the extra can of water.

Would love to find it on draft somewhere.

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Photo of Yagman3000
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can (of course!) into a snifter for a "good times" experience.

Smells of delicious hops, with a pleasant heaviness, and a citrus note that has more orange than traditional grapefruit.

Tastes of caramel-covered hops. A true red ipa that has great hops with a complexity above earthiness or dimple bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy on the tongue. Long-lasting flavor and a non-cloying sweetness.

Overall this is one of my favorites... In the top 5 for me. I love IPAS with something more and this truly delivers. One if the great beers that every hop head should try at least once.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Since having it the first time, I find that I don't enjoy beers I had rated higher as much. I just edited this to make it a 5 instead of a 4.75.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel/ copper-ish color. Nice off white head. Great retention, Great lacing.

S - Wow, incredible. Almost all hops, but they work together magically. Strong cirtus smells kit you first, followed by a floral hops smell. Underlying that is a pine smell, and to sum it all up theres a clean grassy hops smell. Great mix, and you can even smell the malts if you look for them.

T - Just like the smell, all the hops flavors come through, and smack you in the back of the throat with bitterness. What a mix of flavors! Finishing with an excellent slightly sweet malt, which complements the hops perfectly.

M - Nice and full, excellent level of carbonation. Not watery or syrupy.

D - Keep this coming, just not to fast with this alcohol level.

One sip and this became one of my favorites. Will be buying this again, no questions asked, when I can find it. By far the best from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
5/5  rDev +22%

This is can 'o' bliss as the can states. So good you should be able to smoke this beer. It's sticky red and hop forward as fuck. Another great beer from another great brewery.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an extremely dark ruby orange. Nice two fingers of lightly tan, thick creamy head. Solid lacing.
S - Wonderful sweet bouquet of persimmons, apricot, peach, nectarine, grapefruit and hops.
T - Sweet hoppy peach and grapefruit, bit of lightly sweet rye in the back end of the beer. No trace of alcohol, impressive for the high ABV.
O - An amazing, 5 star IPA. A must try for IPA fans!
V - Four pack of tall cans, high priced but worth it for the quality.

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Photo of mikeborglum
5/5  rDev +22%

Fantastic foamy light tan tall head with dark Amber color poured from 16 oz can. Lots of lacing that last forever. Great mouth feel and tons of flavor with very fine finish. Definitely a beer I will have many times again.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just like the can says...Big, Red and Sticky. Deep light crimson with orange highlights.Thick head and nice lacing.

The nose presents everything that I look for in a DIPA. Very malty and lots of rich caramel and tons of citrus. Very 'dank'!

Although the C hops are the obvious front runners, the massively malty backbone is caramely, syrupy sweet and definately not to be outdone.

THe feel is that of a full bodied bruiser. very stick and syrupy with ample carbonation.

This is a very underrated(at least neglected when it comes to top DIPA discussions)beer. This IS a world class DIPA period.(and from a can no less, haha)

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4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of tasting!
It is red and sticky with a hint of bitter, going into a wounderful bouqet of floral hopps. Finishing with a unique barley sweetness.
If I could afford to brink this beer every day there's no doubt I would, but well worth the experience.

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Photo of Kudashov
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Sunset Grill and Tap . 13.oz of copper , amber color which has a minimal head . Aroma is grapefruit , pine cones and hops . Smelling this is making my mouth water . The taste is sweet , hoppy and sticky . Was told at one time , and I quote , " Gordon is Dale's Pale Ale on crack " . I am a big fan of Dale's but this is better . The sweet / bitter taste is just what I like . At 8.70% it has more kick than my beloved Ruination . It is well hidden , no burn . Brought this down the South Carolina for a golf tourney and shared it with others . Some liked it some did not . While having some at the clubhouse my cheeks were red and you have to watch out because this stuff can sneak up you , drink this after your round of golf . Start drinking this at the turn and you are in trouble .This stuff is sooo smooth .

Gordon is the best way to spend a sunny day on the course .

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Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was continuing to dance the CAN-CAN ...

This pour produced a finger's worth of heavy, thick, off-white head with great retention. As I leaned in for a sniff, I felt my nose hairs ignite and catch fire! I looove hops and this was like mainlining for a jonesing junkie. My mouth began to water and I could barely restrain myself. The smell was like a cross between a newly mowed lawn and licking a pine cone. Yow! The color was a slightly cloudy deep amber. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very piney taste on the tongue. The finish had a pleasantly offsetting malt presence, but this was still mostly hops, baby! My headache began to subside, my blood pressure came down and I was at peace again. This was liquid hit in a can. Groovy!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We were once asked what 6-pack of beer would we be left with on a desert island, well G'Knight made it into that 6-pack.

G’Knight is a hybrid version of a strong ale – somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA. We make it with six different malts and three types of hops, then dry-hop it with a mutha lode of Amarillo hops. It is 8.7% alcohol by volume and has 60 International Bittering Units (IBUs).

The beer pours a astonishingly clear amber-red with an off-white rocky head that dissipates slowly, and leaves a sticky lace. Sweet citrus and resiny aromas jump out of the glass and are quickly followed by some caramel and malt notes. Big hop flavors are quite present out front, with grapefruit, orange and lemon all intermingling in front of a caramel flavored malt backbone. Smooth, medium body is presented with a lower level amount of carbonation. Amazingly smooth, amazingly GREAT!

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Photo of dbell23
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers. I like red ipas in general and this one is the best I've enjoyed. Poured from a tall boy into a pint glass. Creamy head. Nice malty hoppy aroma. Smooth hoppy taste but certainly not a hop bomb. Very balanced beer. Malt and hops seem to play off each other. Super smooth mouth feel. Hoppy clean finish. Looks great with nice lacing. Brownish red beer with good lacing.

Great beer but a tad pricey. Taste and mouth feel are really nice. Really like the tall boy cans.

Unfortunately Oscar Blues no longer uses tall boys but still a damn fine brew. The price is also not really a problem since Tennessee changed it's archaic beer laws and I can get this at the local grocery store.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most amazing, palatable flavor arrays of intoxicated irresistible hopping to date.

This stunning beer pours with amazing color and shade, the lacing is nice, and this seems to be the start of a great day.

Amazing aroma, pine needles soaked in citrus with a toasted edge, and sprinkles of cannibus resin, spicy cinnamon, caramel, and vinous dank hop leaves.

Gordon starts with a blast of sweet blast of infused carmel malt which provides a gorgeous start for the blast of raw hops to come. A bit leafy with phenolic and slightly medicinal notes poking out. Follows soon after with, crystal infused perfectly illustrated dank resinous nugs andi fragile peels of sweet lemon, fresh blades of green cut grass, twists of orange peel, and an insanely juicy burst of assertive grapefruit. It's very sticky and pungent overall, inducing it's mouth coating beautifulness. Simply decadent.

Gorgeous IPA. Love the freshness and the incredible hop complexity. So raw, and perfect. This beer is definitely a blessing of phenomonal sorts. One of my favorites.

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Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! This is the darkest, thickest, and creamiest IPA I've encountered. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thin white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing in its wake. An explosion of hops fills the air as the beer is poured, with lots of citrus and pine notes. Incredibly balanced, with lots of chewy malt complementing the heavy hops. Smooth, chewy, and delicious. If there was such a thing as an "Oatmeal IPA," this is what it would be. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Beercub
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton MA. I've had this in cans and always liked it, but on tap it is a very different beer. The appearance is a nice reddish amber and the lacing nice and sticky and persistent. The smell blew me away.... I finally realized what is reminded me of and it was SN Harvest. The hop smell was so full and fresh. Even more flavors came through in the taste, which reminded me even more of the wet-hopped SN harvest. Not sure if this beer is wet-hopped or not, but it certainly tastes like it.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz. can into a pint glass. Head of about 1 finger with plenty of retention. Some lacing occurred as the beer went down the hatch.

A: A true red color without tons of carbonation, but better then decent head rentention.

S: This is a big bouquet of hops. Certainly not lacking an aroma here. Loving it!

T: A big aggressive taste of hops that linger for a long time. At the same point in time though this is a very balanced beer. Certainly a floral hops flavor, with a not too sweet malty backbone. Excellent!

M: A big mouthfeel where the hops stay with you. A beer that has lots of flavor, but isn't too dense or too light. Impressive!

D: At this ABV I don't know how many you'd want to put back, but it wouldn't be hard to go overboard either.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled can into a glass. Purchased at Whole Foods in Los Altos.

A: Pours a deep amber color that leans toward the reddish side. Has a generous 2" off-white head that remains for quite a while, and the brew leaves substantial lacing down the glass as it recedes.

S: A pine hop bomb, with lesser floral character, a touch of citrus, and substantial caramel malt.

T: It's much sweeter than I expected a DIPA to be, with toasted, caramel, and even some chocolate malts laying a sweet backbone upon which the hops flesh out the flavor. The pine dominates the initial taste and pulls through to a slightly resiny aftertaste, but there are hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hops near the finish.

M: Very well balanced bitterness due to the strong malt profile. Has a slight resiny / sticky feel, but it's not overwhelming.

D: Astoundingly underrated, in my opinion. Priced fairly well, drinks smoothly, and it's relatively easily found around here. I'm definitely getting more of this.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thick sticky white head. The aroma is a perfect 5! There are fresh hops-a-plenty in the nose with a nice backing of sweet malt. Upon the first sip, the deliciously citrus and piney hops just explode in your mouth! Behind the delicious hops there is a very nice malt backbone that keeps you craving more. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is certainly right up there with any of the top IIPA's in the world. Outstanding!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can from bleedingshrimp as part of 120/190 BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Head is dense and lasting, with tons of sticky lacing. Aroma is defined by resinous hop character. Taste starts with a heavy malt sweetness, which is quickly cut to the quick by the incisive piney hops. Certainly can't call it well balanced, but the flavors are quite complementary. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent, especially for a style that can sometimes abandon flavor for sheer bitterness. Glad I have a couple more of these in the fridge...

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this hard to find and expensive brew.
When I poured this beer not much of a head but the aroma could smell five feet away! Though the small head still laced the glass all the way to bottom. The nose had a nice grapefruit and sweet lemony with a soft floral finish. mouthfeel was med. to full body with hints of amareto and dusted peacans. The finish was a little spicy with a vanilla coffee finish. Best beer in a can I've tried!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep copper with a Very wide white foam head. Smell is hoppy and caramel. Taste is balanced with a strong bitter kick. Overall great Imperial Red IPA

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Photo of drpimento
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got damn, love this beer! On draft- absolute domination. Served with a great foamy frothy light tan/ cream colored head with a load of lace. Aroma is like fine fresh weed. Color is a clear red oak amber. Flavor's like aroma but so much more. Not too much if the citrus department, more earthy. Killer body and carbonation. Excellent finish - bittersweet. Man, this beer is so good.

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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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