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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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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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Photo of auxiliary
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Amber with a hint of brown in the color. Nice head from the carbination were formed.

smell - Lots of hops, some malt, grapefruit and citrus.

taste - First things that hits you in a malt but not heavy. Then when it goes down you get the bitterness of the hops on the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body, some carbination.

drinkability - Not bad, not bad. Nice balance here. Malt meets Hops. 4 pack for $8? I have other beers I would spend my money on. Not sure why it cost so much. Worth a try though. Though the Scottish Ale that they make, now that I buy a lot of.

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

12oz can. No freshness date.

Pours a leathery Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head and loads of lacing.

A big whiff of sweet malt rises upon opening. A light smell of rum-soaked pears comes to mind. Citrus aromas come and go.

Caramel malt flavors abound. A kiss of honey and buttery crackers provide a solid body for some sharp-edged, grapefruit-like bitterness. The alcoholic kick transports me back many years ago when my aunt Sylvia used to allow me a taste of her Manhattan Martini. As a bonus, I got the martini soaked cherry.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for the can.
Pours a burgundy red with a massive pillowy khaki colored head. Head has awsome retention as it slowly recedes and holds at 1/4". Thick sticky lacing covers the glass.
Lot's of fruit in the smell, but not the usual DIPA aroma. I smell green apples and frest cut grass.
Oh man this is a delicious beer. A bit barleywine like in the flavor, but excellent none the less. Huge sweet caramel maltiness supports a sharp grassy and slight piney/citrus hoppiness. Alcohol also adds to the bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is full, sticky, and warming.
A very drinkable DIPA. This beer straight from the can around a campfire would be Nirvanah.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.83/5  rDev -31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light auburn with a large frothy head and tons of gorgeous lacing. A very slight haze, but clear for the most part.

S - Pure hop resin. Pine and just a touch of herbal aroma. No malt.

T - Very, very medicianal - like a medicinal cherry, but without the cherry. There is a bit of pine hops as well. Almost like a medicinal blackberry schnapps. Not a good flavor at all.

M - Fairly smooth, pretty refreshing, medium bodied.

D - Meh, its taste is all medicinal - definitely not something I would want to have again, but at least it is finishable. Smells nice.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A - A really thick and dense looking brew - cloudy but not like a wheat beer. Bright, red-orange appearance with medium amber head. Huge amount of carbonation.

S - Smell is both complex and familiar. Sweet, floral aroma that lingers in your nostrils. Bright, caramel and plum flavors are strong. Just wonderful and a great representation of what a Double IPA should be.

T - One of the most balanced big beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. A little heat is present but it's far from overpowering. Hops come in first then the malty sweetness washes over your mouth, melding with the bitterness instead of being overpowered by it. Stellar.

MF/D - One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. A lot of my experience with this style has been a lot of overhyped, overhopped beers, but this one really did it for me. Very balanced, true to the style, exactly what all "extreme" beers should strive to be. Highly reccomended.

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

A- Dense tan head about 1/2" thick on a light cloudy amber body.
S- Pine hops come through first. These are followed by hints of citrus and a malt body.
T- Big pine hops with light citrus, medium malt body in there along with hints of alcohol and a light hint of a different kind of pine hop. Pine hops stick all the way around the mouth and are not to balanced out with any kind of citrus fruit hops. Pretty big bitterness lays around on the tongue.
M- Full (maybe scratching just a bit on medium side) body with low carbonation.
D- It is a good DIPA. I don't think I am going to try and trade for one but if I saw it I may pick it up.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ncvbc
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had Dale's Pale Ale and enjoyed that so I figured that with the reputation of this one I had to try it. In fact, I was lucky to find it in my opinion seeing there were only two four packs and a single left from what I saw. Expensive but well worth it in the end which I'll get to. Pours a nice reddish orange with a good head. It stayed around throughout at about 1/4 inch...from a can. Big. Red. Sticky. All pretty true from what I can see. Sweet caramel and biscuity malts that are already tempting hit the nose along with hops. They aren't quite as up front as you'd expect but I'm still enjoying this. The taste of this is amazing. Very well balanced hops and malts, sweet without that overpowering bitterness from the hops I've come to expect. Instead, the hops simply seemed to peak through at the end, making this quite tasty. Carbonation is close to ideal for the mouthfeel which also happens to be silky smooth. Medium and closer to light bodied brew along with the taste make this the most drinkable of a big bunch that I've tried. Overall a great DIPA and another solid offering from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12-ounce can into a Duvel glass. Interesting silver and green design. No decernable freshness/brewed on date noted.

Quite a sight as it exits the can. Huge pillow of egg-shell colored foam with nice density. Color is a ruby-like, almost the color of cranberry juice. One of the more tantalizing brews I've seen.

Nose is pine sap, citrusy fruit, and a hint of berry. A bit of caramel aroma pops up as well. Perhaps a bit of plum? This ought to be fun.

The first sip is a malty slam that gives way to a terrifically bitter, dry finish. Hops, though there, are a bit subdued on the first sip. Its the stunning pucker at the end where the make their most notable appearance. The middles suggests caramel (as suggested by the nose) and pumperknikel bread. The alcohol is very well hidden, though it begins to peak out its head a bit more as it warms up.

As I swirl the beer in my mouth, it coats the tongue beautifully. Thick, rich, and creamy, its on the full side of medium and ideal for a brew of this style.

As I wrap up the glass, I certainly want another one. The nice malt balance and the pine sappy finish are quite agreeable and make this a surprisingly drinkable concoction. They come in a four-pack, and I think I would have no reservations about going for the lot of them. A treat. Though its classifed as a DIPA on BA, I find it more in line with Terrapin's Big Hoppy Monster, which is labeled an imperial red. Splitting hairs, but that sounds more accurate to me.

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