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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good for it's style with lots of hops and balancing malt, and a very good balancing act. A potent lacey mix with cloudy yellow and beige head. Hoppy "C" aroma. Some citrus, drying aftertaste.This is an aged version, we went back one year, and it worked.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 finger frothy head with lots of lacing on a murky amber with gold hues body. Very nice caramel malt and hop rich aroma. Some citrus notes. Flavor is excellent with one of the nicest citrus finishes of any IPA I have tried. It is mellow but a little more boozy than I was expecting for an 8.7 ABV. The hops character is complex and can be detected throughout the experience. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is very drinkable, fruity and hop-rich beer with one of the best finishes in a beer I have experiences.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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

not usually my style, but i loked thie one a lot. amber in color, with a tall white head. smells quite hoppy, cakey but not too sweet, and like a dry irish red. its anything but a dry irish red, despite the nose though. it tastes fairly sweet and downright potent. the alcohol reaches almost rubbing alcohol status as it warms, but it doesnt detract somehow. okenty of good malt body and hop bitterness to close it out. feel is great for a beer this big, solid body and bright carbonation make it dangerously drinkable. another excellent beer from oskar blues!

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon poured out as a nice red color with a foamy white head on top. The head was very thick and have a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and very inviting. The taste of the beer had a great hop quality on the tongue and has a good flavor overall. The malts were mostly found in the aftertaste along with the dry hop bitterness. The mouth feel of this beer had a good thickness to it. Overall I found this beer to be very enjoyable it was probably one of my favorite beers of the American craft beer festival in 2010. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draft at Boneyard Bistro. Pours a dark hazy amber with a thick, firm off white head with lovely full lacing.

Nose is assertive perfume citrus to cooked pineapple to light pine. Layers in the nose. Big creamy thick full body and huge flavors with great character and balance.

Initial taste give a short sweet fruit "hit" on the very front palate that quickly gives way to gigantic fresh and clean citric pine and pine resin. A wonderfully flavorful, big balanced beer where hops are the star.

One of richest and well made big hop beers ever tasted. This could be a "go to" beer for flavor, character, style, quality and versatility.

An all around rock star.

EDIT: 10/16/12 - Tasted on draft at the brewery during GABF 2012. Not as memorable as foregoing experience 3 years ago. Gave it a 3.5 at best this time around, on draft

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of Oskar Blue's beers I had yet to try.. bought can of it for $3.

Poured a dark red color with tons of head. Smell was very hoppy, practically oozed out the hops. Taste I thought was a little underwhelming.. kind of a weird mouthfeel to it and very light bodied, especially for the style The high ABV was well hidden for sure, but the beers bark was worse than its bite. The hops weren't there for me in the taste. While its still a good beer.. its not as extraordinary as Old Chub, Ten Fidy, or Dale's... not sure if i'd shell out the $13 for a 4 pack of it.

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

12oz can (o' bliss, apparently...)

This beer pours a hazy medium amber colour, with two broad fingers of thick foamy pale beige head, which leaves a high thin band of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of bitter citrus, herbal and pine hops, and sweet nutty caramel malt, with some strong latent floral notes. The taste is sweet, somewhat sugary caramel malt, some equally saccharine almond paste, fairly strong bitter grassy, piney hops, and a mild booze undertow. The carbonation is quite sedate from the get-go, the body a medium, unassailable weight, and quite agreeably smooth. It finishes on a somehow reserved note - hops and malt doing their best to seem innocuous, without selling out entirely.

The brewery's definition, as it is, along with BA's pigeonholing, still do not detract from a genuinely enjoyable quaff - more big IPA than red ale, truth be told. Overall: quality hops and malts, ramped up further, with the attendant booze well obfuscated. Bliss, indeed.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a pilsner glass at Oskar Blues Liquids and solids. Cost was $6.00. Expectations were above average given the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige head of decent cream, pretty good thickness, and above average retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Pleasant amber hops form the aroma. The hoppy bitterness seems tamed with a floral quality. Nice toasted malts. Some cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Nice amber hops alongside fresh crisp toasted malts, slight caramelization, and other clean malts. Nicely balanced, though I don't know that its high ABV is working for it. Somewhat simple but nicely subtle. The hops are nicely tamed. Built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Adequately carbonated. Good thickness. It has presence but is somewhat light on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. I might have it again if paired with spicy food. A decent little imperial red. A solid mainstay from Oskar Blues, but not unique or special. Held back by its simplicity.

Likely best on-draught.

Low C+

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

I think the beer probably falls into an Imperial Red catagory rather than an Imperial IPA. Big, Red, Sticky is how the can explains it. Good enough.

The beer pours into a new Sam Adams pint glass with a deep amber hue, moderate haze, good head formation/retention and solid lacing throughout. A good look.

The nose is a good blend of candied malts (caramel and toffee), orange zest, grapefruit, bready-toasty maltiness, and grains

Deep toffee coated malts provide a lot of caramel and syrup sweetness that is soon enough balanced and overtaken by citrus and pine hops. Understandable why the beer is included in the IIPA catagory, but the caramel sweetnes is so heavy that it keeps the beer from complete hop dominance. Mild fruits of pineapples, papayas, and appricots give a mild and understated complexity to the taste.

Sticky it is, but not offensively so. A good portion of the beer falls into rich and full maltiness and not cloying, syrupy textures. The sweetness gives way at mid-palate and allows the bitterness and dryness of the hops to take over going into the finish.

A good beer that refuses to allow the malts or hops to dominate- they seem to take turns at every sip.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dense honeycomb of foam, dimpled on the surface. Webs of lace, with several rings forming on the way down. Deep reddish-amber tone, with good clarity.

Huge citrusy hop aroma, riding up against a hearty maltiness. Honey, pine, butterscotch, fresh grapefruit juice, and weeds all come across in the nose also.

Lush, creamy mouthfeel, that really couldn't improve at all. Buttery smooth, huge malt presence pairs with a citrusy component, descending into a pine tar bitterness in the finish. Bitterness isn't harsh or abrasive, it's fairly mellow, but lingers for a long time.

One is a real treat, maybe two if you're feeling ambitious. The alcohol is tucked away, but you will definitely feel it after having one or two...

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

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/30/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper/light reddish color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nutty/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nutty/roast, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, light nutty/roast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.7%. Overall this is an awesome imperial red IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Great classic Columbus/Amarillo profile. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great balanced dark/biscuity malt backbone, mild residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example as expected.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a bubbly, tan, two-finger head. It left heavy, sticky rings of lace. Also, cloudy in appearance.

S - It smelled of malt and a ton of hops.

T - Led off with some bitter hops. Had a nice malty character. Also, a hint of sweet orange flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy bodied beer.

D - This is another great Oskar Blues product.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a sturdy head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Rich caramel and citrus hop aroma, floral and pithy

Taste: Opens with a tug of war between the resinous citrus and the rich caramel malt flavors; after the swallow, the malt surrenders and the bitter flavors triumph; sweet and floral in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice DIPA, that is well-balanced and flavorful

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