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

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Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a thick creamy head and not much visible carbonation. I thought it looked more like an APA.

Smell is raw hoppy with dryhopping smell. Lots of citric, lemony smells which are balanced by the dextrinous malt.

Taste of raw US hops, citric and little grapefruity, but not sharp. A nice bitterness which is supported by a medium dextrinous, sweet maltiness. Not the most bitter DIPA I had, but this beer seems to be toned down in every taste direction. Not only are the hops mild and flavorfull instead of mouthpuckering, but also the malt sweetness isn't as syrupy as other DIPA's. Personally I think that this beer is a great example of the style.

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Photo of gunnerman
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pit glass, pours a orange amber color with a minimal fluffy head that leaves some heavy and thick lace on the glass. Smell is quite outdoor wood and bark also a bit of grapefruit. Taste is pretty impressive has a sweet nectar hoppy taste with a bit of a malt and alcohol finish that is not overbearing, this is not as hoppy as I thought it would be but nicely balanced between the hop bitterness and the malt backbone and the alcohol sweetness, this is highly drinkable for its high abv and is almost like a meal in a can. This is one fine damn offering and one that I would purchase again, pretty pricey though for the 4 pack but worth every penny.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dale's pale ale on steroids for sure. 14.99 a four pack hurts, but it pours a geourgeous dark amber orange with a massive head that has pretty good retention and lots of nice lace. citrusy and piney like a dipa should be. just not as thick as i like. sticky and redish for sure, but not as creamy as i dreamed it would be. in my experience, freshness is the key with this one. i could session this one, but 14.99 hurts bad.

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Photo of akahn
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid, but not exceptional DIPA. The hops aren't super out-of-this-world, but it's fairly rich without being sickly sweet. As much as I like dry, straight-up-bitter DIPAs like Ruination, this one deserves credit for its smooth drinkability. Outrageously priced at Bukowski's at $7!

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

12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a darker than average tangerine, almost ruby red. It has a decent white head that fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell is of over-ripe pineapple. Very sweet, almost candy-like.

Taste is also very sweet, but not cloying at all. Pineapple juice with a slightly bitter finish.

Good mouthfeel, well balanced.

Overall, very good. By far the best beer from a can I've ever had. I prefer a more bitter hoppiness, but this is a well made DIPA. Recommended.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A re-review on the gordon. Just checking my continuity...

Appearance - A crystal clear deep amber, slightly red, with a medium sized fluffy head that hangs around for a while. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Piney and resinous hops, with a bready background. Mild alchohol. Smells Dry hopped.

Taste - A very dry malt is quickly overwhelmed with a strong citrus, and earthen hopiness. Alchohol in nearly non noticible. Although not as hoppy as I would like to see in a double IPA, (even more so, an american DIPA) This is still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - A little thick, but slick and oily, with a nice gentile low carbonation.

Drinkability - An easy drinker thats at home with BBQ, as it would be in the dead of winter, as a nice warmer.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.79. Definitely the most expensive can of beer I've ever purchased. Also the first non-macro canned beer I've ever had. There doesn't seem to be a freshness date, though "6 09 13A 1 B A" was printed on the can below the upc symbol. The "label" of the can is quite different from what is featured on the pic posted to BA, BTW.

Poured a dark amber that is semi-hazy. 1 1/2 " of white foam perch at the top of my Mirror Pond pint glass. Sheets of lace. The head took it's time to settle. A very good looking beer.

The scent is predominantly of piney hops but citrus scents can be detected as well. There's also a caramel malt sweetness but it's much more subdued.

The taste is surprisingly slightly more citrusy the an the smell, with the pineyness noted in the scent still quite noticeable. The malts are fairly subordinate as they should be. This is a very well-balanced tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style. It's oily with hop resin, but with a body that is thoroughly medium bodied despite the somewhat "big" nature of an IPA of this strength.

An excellent IPA, one that I will reach for again, so long as there isn't an equally excellent IPA of less expense. My first experience of a canned craft beer was an outstanding one.I don't know who Gordon Knight was, but if this beer is a tribute to him, he must've been a helluva guy.

"Can'o bliss. Satisfy Ya."

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Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with one and a helf finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; piney hop resins with grapefruit and oranges shining through as well. Some nice caramel malt sweetness is present, with a very nice floral aroma floating around the fringes.

Taste; grapefruit and oranges dominate, but the pine is present right behind and there's some other tropical fruits mixed in. Very hoppy, but not crushingly so. The malts do just enough to balance out the hops a little with some caramel and brown sugar. It's a bit sweeter than I expected, but it seems to fit this beer very well.

Mouthfeel is fully bodied and oh so smooth and creamy. This is one of the smoothest beers that I've had in a while, and that only increases the drinkability for me. I picked this up at total wine and more is Sterling, Va and I'm glad I finally had a chance to try it. I just hope that I'll have another chance to have this again.

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Photo of Cresant
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with a small, off-white head (creamy micro-bubbles). No date. Thanks to Matthew for the opportunity to try this one.

Smell was like a squeezed pine cone. Peppery. Crusty whole grain bread. Alcohol came up late. Mildly Pine-Sol like.

Taste was leafy. Honey. Hops oils. A sweetness that was rich but not cloying. Frisee like organic bitterness that was never harsh. Surprisingly well balanced. There was a very long, pleasant, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying a can of Dale's Pale Ale a while back, I decided I'd keep an eye out for more Oskar Blues products. I had been surprised by the head retention, aromas, and all around great taste that was served out of a can. So, while perusing the aisles of a local Total Wine, I happened upon Gordon Beer. Let's give it a go.

A: Poured a deep amber/ruby hue, a quite impressive color to be honest, holding to the proclamation of "Big. Red. Sticky." on the outside. Once again, head retention and lacing is out of this world. Two and a half fingers of dense, immaculate head stuck around for quite some time. A damn impressive appearance.

S: A very piney and sweet bouquet, which is complemented with a certain dark fruit and spice scent. I can wait anymore, I've gotta take a sip...

T: Well.. I feel like I was thrown for a loop. Expecting a hopped out IPA taste, I instead was rather surprised, yet delighted, on what I found. A coying introduction of maltiness is accompanied by a sticky hop flavor toward the middle. The finish is both anti-climactic and amazing at the same time. The hops recede and a pleasing aftertaste is left at the back of the tongue.

M: Very hearty; a thick, creamy mouthfeel with a sticky hop side that covers the entire palate. Still, quite enjoyable and definitely solid in this category.

D: The novelty of this beer is that it doesn't kill the palate, yet gives you a mellow hop kick that does little harm. For that, I salute Oskar Blues for this offering; its appearance was enticing, its flavor was unique, and it makes for a very practical beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Thanks to todd1 for adding this one to a recent trade. My second taste from this brewer ('Old Chub' previously)...

A: Served chilled, almost straight from the fridge. Into the glass I get a huge frothy off-white head that rises and rises. At least 4-fingers at its peak and very slow to recede. Complexion is a chill haze and color is amber/gold. Carbonation is fairly heavy initially then steadies. Pretty lace, sticking in bands down the glass.

S: Big piney/resinous hop nose. This one is evocative of freshly cut wood, or perhaps a walk down the plywood aisle at the Home Depot. Behind all those juicy hops is a considerable amount of caramel malt. It's an enticing aroma that makes me want to take a sip.

T: Bold and flavorful blend of sticky sweet caramel and pungent hops. I get a raw, woodsy pine and a considerable orange rind flavor from the hops. Excellent balance, good intermingling of flavors, comes off with a sweeter malt finish that's very nice...not one of those off-centered, all-hop, super-IBU extreme DIPA's. At least it doesn't drink that way...

M: Silky smooth, 'velvety' is a good descriptor. Medium-full mouthfeel, big body and barely-noticeable alcohol warming. Moderate level of carbonation keeps the taste buds busy.

D: A very good DIPA - it draws instant comparisons to another canned winner, Surly Furious. I think I may like Gordon a little better than the Furious, but who's comparing? One I'll like having again (recently found at a local bottle shop) and certainly recommend. Bonus points for portability in the aluminum can and for having the same name as my Dad.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful crisp copper hue with a nice one finger white fluffy head that dies down to a thin layer for the remainder of the tasting. Stickiness/legs are pretty good, here and/or there. Smell is an oily piney hop with a bit of pale malt in the background. Very complex odor, really enjoy it. Taste seems to be a bit weaker than the smell a bit of a disappointment. Starts off with an bitter pine hop and ends with a slick earthy malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hardly any carbonation. Probably not a good idea, but this may become my next golf beer. I don't sense much alcohol at all. Definitely pick this one up if you get the chance. FORE!

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second craft beer from a can (following Dale's Pale, also from Oskar Blues)

Appearance: Very red in color, attractive, little bit of orange tinting. Good head, retention, and lacing.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, with fresh hops underlying.

Taste: Sweeter than I was expecting, but not unbalanced - plenty of hops to go around here. Alcohol is understated.

Mouthfeel: Full body but not syrupy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, although sweeter than I generally prefer. And you have to love the idea of a DIPA from a can.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got just a single can of this at Murray's in Milwaukee and i wish that i had picked up more. Pours big, red and sticky. Nice off-white cloud of a head. Smells lemony and freshly hoppy. Very inviting. Smells as fresh as if it had just come out of a tap at the brewery. Taste is creamy, sweet, hoppy and grassy. Bitterness doesn't hit until the finish and then its oh-so-smooth. This is a fantastic-tasting beer. Mouthfeel is creamy like its been slightly whipped-up. full bodied. An amazing beer all around and a fantastic argument for putting all beer in cans (also see: Surly Brewing)

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Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Defended some hill forts with this one on 7/21/2006. 10.5 oz. goblet pour at Redbones.

Kind of a floating, 18-inch head that settles loosely to a cawl with patches but a nice friar tuck; lace is uneven but Jackson Pollockesque in its presentation. Amber-rose hue belies a light action spurtling throughout and happily dancing. Huge malt bill on the nose, almost like a barleywine; usual citrus notes for the style; warming, the alcohol kicks in big. Initial hit of hops on the mouth makes way for a tumescent paucity of the same, very weird. A bit of metalicism foces itself, but equal parts grapefruit help best it back; the whole affair seems to be a yin/yang assault on the tongue. Medium heavy body is fairly drinkable.

I can see the allure to this in the can. Would thrwo this one in my backpack when camping.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, served in a pint glass.

first of all, the can I had was labeled as 9.2% abv, not 8.7% as listed here.

A - clear, deep amber color with a fluffy tan head that lasted through the glass, leaving a lot of sticky lace.

S - citrus hop aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - very good tasting brew, hops all the way with a slight taste of alcohol in the finish.

M - medium bodied, mildly carbonated, alcohol warming.

D - drinkable beer, as it warms the taste of alcohol becomes more pronounced, but it still deserves a 'good' rating.

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Photo of Mdog
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber with a small head, good lacing as I drank.

Smell: Citrus, dark fruits.

Taste: Boozy mandarin oranges, caramel and brown sugar, a little alcohol burn and a little hop bite at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick but not coating.

Drinkability: Not as hoppy as I'd hoped and also unavailable around here.

I picked this up on a recent trip to Milwaukee. It reminds me more of a barleywine than a DIPA, very malty instead of over-the-top hoppy. A pretty good beer even if it wasn't what I'd hoped for.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap instead of from a can. Pours a bright amber, with medium thick off-white head that liongers atop the glass thru most of the beer, and leaves good lacing. Pleasant aroma of hoppy citrus fruit, joined at mid-glass by a hint of malty sweetness. Tingly mouthfeel brought in the flavor of more hoppy fruit-sweet malt mix. The 8.7% alcohol stayed well hidden in the taste, but by the end of the glass, I could tell it was there.

Finish was slightly bitter, but not as much as expected. This was a darn good beer!

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Photo of cktison
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at brick store pub to 16oz pint glass.

A: Golden dark amber orange with a nice foamy, creamy 2 finger head. Nice retention, nice lacing.
S: Citrusy, hoppy, but sweet and malty too - you aren't knocked back by the pine resin hops as in most IPA's - this should be nice. Nice sweat, sugary caramels too.
T: Wow, this is a great, delicious dIPA. Nice maltiness, perfect balance to the multiple hops flavors. Citrus and pine and grass all well flavored and not overwhelming. Nice sweetness and clean finish.
M: Creamy, chewy, clean. Wonderful.
D: This is a fantastic dIPA - probably a favorite, especially for drinking more than one. So clean, so balanced, wonderful appearance. Great beer!

Note: This is 8.7% ABV, so WATCH OUT! It is obscenely easy to drink, no alcoholic flavors or aromas...

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this out after a representative from Oskar Blues came to our homebrewers meeting this week. The guys took it easy on the questions because she was pretty new to the craft beer scene (plus she was cute). Amber ceoor with high carbonation. Not as hoppy or tart as expected, malts must have balnced them out somewhat. Easy to drink the sample. However, the cost for a four pack vs. a six pack of their Dale's Pale and Old Chub makes it my third favorite (out of three) from Oskar Blues. Still happy to see more craft beer in cans available here.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown, it came to me with a thin head. Aroma was not particularly noticeable but was fairly hoppy. Taste is not complex and has a strong alcohol bite, making it taste almost like a liquor than a beer. Thick and smooth, it has some bitterness in the aftertaste but is still pleasant to drink. This is a beer to be sipped slowly and savored rather than chugged down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy brown-amber body with a rich, fluffy off-white head.

Smell: Ahh, finally an assertive nose demanding of one's attention! Pacific Northwest hops bring pine and, to a lesser extent, grapefruit to the table, while the malts deliver some caramel, biscuitiness, and maybe even some brown sugar, too.

Taste: Begins with a sweet butterscotch maltiness that's quickly succeeded by a myriad of fruit flavors including grapefruit, peaches, and blood oranges. Eventually, the pine and grassy hop flavors show up to welcome in the bitter, dry (but still somewhat sweet) finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily texture.

Drinkability: Extraordinarily well-balanced, just as it's secondary Dale's Pale Ale is. A beer good enough to help you pull yourself up out of the muck and make your life something worth living. Thanks a million, Oskar Blues!

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Photo of cichief
3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured fro a tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Poured a very appetizing golden-amber color, with a decent white head.

S- Very little scent, slightly hoppy, bready.

T- Very balanced, not too hoppy for the style, a goog malty flavor.

M- Medium thickness, not syrupy nor too thin. Finishes dry.

D- Too drinkable for the ABV! Very good, deceptavly strong.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at garage temp (~50 degrees) in my imperial pint. Pours a reddish amber with a 1 inch head that will slowly fade to a sixteenth, light and fluffy. Aroma is nice and lightly sweet malts entwined in hops, tickling my nostrils.

Put to the lips and this one hits the tongue with a medium-light carbonation but a body that sits just right for a brew like this. A bit of body and lightly creamy = quite nice. The sweetness kind of hits the tongue and never leaves, though never gets excessive. The hops slides in and out eventually drying out my tongue and riding in some final bitter flavors to encourage me to take another sip.

Quite a great beer across the board. This is one that I have to be in the mood for, but when I am, it is fantastic.

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