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 weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's in Norristown...
Appears a semi-transparent dark amber with a light tan head that quickly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pine, caramel, grassy, citrus, brown sugar...very sweet in the nose.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a bit of a raisin flavor going on in there as well. Again, it's very sweet, even bordering cloying with the pine and brown sugar. Not too bad but not knocking my socks off either.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, seemingly under-attenuated, fizzy, and sweet.
I was expecting a little more judging from some of the ratings but now that I look at the overall average...I guess my opinion isn't too far off base.

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Photo of marksto
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First saw this beer a few weeks ago mixed with the quality beers at a local store. I'm embarrased to admit my first reaction was that of the typical ignorant consumer - "if it comes in a can it can't be that good" - and wondered how they could charge $3.50 a can while passing it over.

However, my curiosity was piqued, so I took the time to read some reviews here. After seeing the nice comments and ratings decided to pick one up. I know enough about beer to realize that there is nothing technically preventing a good beer from going in a can, so I now am embarrased by my initial reaction. Bravo to Oskar Blues for blazing a new trail - great craft beer in a can!

It's without a doubt the best beer I've ever had from aluminum. Has the hop character of a double IPA, but also has a huge, juicy malt character. Beautiful pieces of vanilla and butterscotch interplay with a delicate hoppy character. Really a nice beer.

Don't let the can and weird, generic-looking labeleing fool you. This is a wonderful beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark caramel color. A touch cloudy and a little bubbly. Fat, fuzzy off-white head and thick lacing. Smells of heavy piney hops and booze.

Pleasantly balanced malt and mildly citrus hops taste. Dullish bitterness. No sign of all that alcohol. Very smooth mouthfeel, but it strays toward thin. Carbonation is pretty much absent.

The can adds real appeal. I'd love to show up somewhere with a sixer of this stuff, but it's so pricey in Wisconsin. An easy drinker for 8.7 percent ABV.

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Photo of djamieson
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finishing my last sips as I write this. Had this one in a growler on tap at Beerkraft in Park Slope a few months back when it first came out and thought it exceptional. So I picked up a 4-pack.
Big hopped-up flavors and aroma...and that powerful alcohol feel measured up to the Dogfish 90-Minute. I'm drinking one from the can right now and it is not blowing me away with the balance I remember.
Aroma= floral, citrus, nice
Head= dense, leaving significant lacing on my glass, impressive
Taste= a little thinner than I remember, nice big hop bite in the finish but not a whole lot up front.as far a malt
Overall= I'd like to try this again on tap if I can ever find it.
Go out and try this...preferable at cellar temperature or about 55 degrees

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Photo of cbl2
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2/18/2007 $14.25 4 pack 8.70% No best by date.


Pours a lovely amber that is startingly clear and topped by a finger's worth of tight off-white head that clings to life for quite a while.


Thick resiny pine aromas coupled with wafts of grapefruit and English toffee. Notes of alcohol are apparent in the background.


Let this put any "beer in a can haters" to rest: this stuff rocks! Chewy, jammy sticks to your tongue mouthfeel introduces one heck of a hopbomb. Hop character leans heavily towards the herbal/pine flavors with just a touchy of grapefruit juice thrown into the mix. Beer is balanced nicely by a sweet (though muted) malt backbone.

Malts are biscuity and toffee in flavor, and pair beautifully with the harshness of the hops, to even everything out into a very enjoyable beer. Alcohol creeps in towards the finish, and warms throughout.

An excellent beer, though expensive at over $3.50/12 oz. Alcohol catches up to you after not too long, and so this is definitely not to be consumed in bulk.

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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 Shaw
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review of beer in a can. I can't believe I've never reviewed canned beer before. I was really excited to see this beer in Florida after reading about the resurgence of canned beer. And I can say this is the most expensive canned beer I've ever had.

It's a beautiful red with several inches of sticky head and plenty of carbonation.

It has a nice, pungent hop aroma that reminds me of Cascade hops. The aroma is more earthy-hoppy than citrus- or floral-hoppy, if that makes sense.

It tastes lovely: Plenty of malt sweetness is balanced by a sharp hop bitterness. There are biscuit flavors that interact with earthy notes and a bit of alcohol.

The body is light and crisp with just a bit of slickness from the alcohol.

Overall this is a fine Double IPA and even neater considering it's in cans. Bring this on your next fishing trip and surprise your buddies.

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Photo of nase
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from...well, you know. Tasted next to Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster.

Again, the color is a deep, rich red but the orange seems a little more prevalent than the brown this time. Lacing holds up well. Smell is citrusy. I read that this brew uses Amarillo hops and would guess that the citrus component comes from this. Could be wrong. Taste is hoppy which is much different from Terrapin's balanced offering. The taste on this is quite addicting. There's no pine flavor as found in some other hoppy DIPAs. The citrus flavor is just awesome. Mouthfeel just a tad weak. Drinkability is quite high. Garrett Oliver wasn't lying when he deemed this brew a "Virtual essay in hop flavor and aroma" (per OB website).

App. - 4, Smell - 4, Taste - 4.5, Mouth - 3.5, Drink - 4.5

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a burnt orange color with a two finger head that lasts quite a while. Nice lacing develops on the glass.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and some bitter tones.

Taste: big flavors here - oranges, floral bitterness, sweet ripe fruitiness, caramel candy, and hints of alcohol. A nice malty beer from a can.

Mouthfeel: crisp from the start to finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness sticks to the tongue.

Drinkability: a great beer here. For those places bottles won't cut it - this is the beer to get, but don't forget the higher alcohol content.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz can, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees. Picked up in a trade from cburian - thanks!!

A - Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium off-white head and good carbonation. Lacing got stickier as the beer diminished.

S - Big whiff of grassy hops with sweet malt in the background. Some citrus hints in there as well.

T - Alcohol comes through towards the end, which is a nice addition to the very juciy and grassy hops. Sweet caramel & malt counter the bitterness very nicely. Detected some nutty notes in the background. Very well-balanced.

M - Medium body with a crisp but bitter finish. Warming alcohol followed closely.

D - Not as overly hoppy as I expected, but definitely more balanced than other DIPAs I've had lately; sweeter than most others, too. I can see this making for a good session beer, if there is such a thing for DIPAs.

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

Thanks to Crosling for this can as an extra in a trade. Opens with a slight pop and pours dark amber with some head. Smell is a bit odd: hoppy and piney. The pine flavor is a little overwhelming and a little slick for my tastes but the beer still works. It is smooth going down and drinkable. The ABV is not noticed. Not my favorite DIPA but a worthy one.


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Photo of rayjay
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Damn fine beer from a can, via trade with JAYW. Deep, dark, and thick in appearance; not much air escapes when I crack the can, and I think the thick malts could use a touch more carbonation, which brings down the drinkability. It's sticky, resiny beer, and in a very good way. Mostly cascade hops carry the bitterness, which is full of lively dried fruits. A bit chewy. I'd recommend this one very cold. Reminiscant of Pete's Wicked Ale circa 1994, but definately taken up a notch or two. A good call for hopheads who like a malty full body, and a fine brew to help smash sterotypes and redefine the can. Cheers!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a nice looking amber colour with a pretty big head that is creamy looking and leaves a fair amount of residue on the glass, although not as much as one might expect from a double IPA.

The aroma was a bit perplexing to me. A whiff of the empty can provides a big piney and floral hop aroma mixes nicely with some sweet caramel. However, a whiff of the brew from the glass gives off a much more subdued aroma, one that is still good, but that is lacking a bit in the hop burst that was anticipated and in its stead there is still some hop aroma, but more so the sweetness from the caramel, some berries and a hint of malt as well.

The flavour gets hoppier as each sip progresses. The start is sweet and a tad juicy, with the middle adding in a touch of the hops and the finish being the hoppiest and a bit more rough in hop flavour than sweet as the aroma had previously dictated. The hop burps are nice and piney as well. Alcohol isn't the faintest bit noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit oily and slick. Pretty good overall although I'd have liked it to have a bit more pop.

This was good stuff in the end. It's very drinkable, full of flavour and just well crafted. It's a bit of a different Double IPA. It doesn't smack you over the head with huge flavour or an overabundance of hops, but instead comes at you with a solid, well balanced amount of flavour. Good stuff.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, I liked the Dale's Pale Ale much better than this. Both are damn good beers, but this one lacks the balance and overall drinkability of the Dale's. Thanks to dogfooddog for sending it. As much as I really wanted to try the Old Chubb he also sent, I thought it would be a better idea to follow the Dale's with Gordon.

The beer pours to a dark amber with a light golden hue. Just a few shades darker than the Dale's. The head isn't nearly as big and retentive as with it's little brother. Carbonation is decent, however, as is the lacing.

The smell was evident as soon as I pulled back the tab on the can. Piney and sticky hops with a hint of citric. Also bready with a hint of dairy creamer.

The taste is very similar. Just a small step up from the Dale's in terms of hoppiness. More piney and citric, but less floral. Still has a very doughy finish, but the bitterness doesn't linger as long, having been replaced by a more citric amarillo finish. A little more bite from the alcohol. Still has a bit of a creamy taste to it, though it is a bit more covered up by the hops in this brew.

Oddly enough, the body doesn't seem to be as big as with the Dale's. Could be the perception of alcohol and the fact that the creaminess isn't as noticeable. Drinkability suffers due to higher gravity and less smooth bitterness. Still a good beer, but I stand by my statement that I'd drink a Dale's over this anyday.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I may fall more in the minority with my review. Fascinating beer in a can for sure. Way to far into the pine hop effect for my preferences. The nose and taste were predominantly pine. A touch of light to medium bodied malts support the pine but to me it was all about the pine. I prefer more of a citrus / pine to citrus combination.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick, tan and creamy head into a snifter. color is dark amber with a light haze. keeps a thich ring of lace throughout with nice sheeting. a couple of swirls of the glass and the head explodes all over again.
s - citrus really hits the nose...orange peel and spices.
t - really hoppy with citrus and bready tones to it.
m - smooth and clean mouthfeel, a bit thin.
d - easily drinkable and a very warming finish. oskar blues always does a great job. war eagle, dale.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber with not much of a head. Some spotty lacing. Smell is very nice- a beautiful whiff of apricots followed by some earthy maltiness and a touch of hops. The taste is extremely dry for the style with subdued hops up front, some thin malt, and a late hit of fruit followed a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is too thin for me, but contributes to the dryness. No stickiness, instead a little bit of tannins at the end. Pretty drinkable due to its dry nature, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep orange, copper with a 2 finger khaki head and thick spotty syrupy lacing.

S - Big fruity aroma with citrus melon and grapefruit. Sweet malt in the background.

T - Sweet bready caramel malt up front with fruity, grapefruit hops in the finish. Very green and resiny taste that sticks to the tongue long after you take a sip.

M - Creamy and syrupy. The sweetness is balanced by a very dry lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - The alcohol is completely hidden. A very tasty and drinkable DIPA. I hope to see more tasty beers like this in a can.

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Photo of mentor
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had this beer in the can, poured into a glass, and on tap at the brewery. Obviously, it's better on tap, but still decent poured from a can. This beer is from the new can...printed on the aluminum (not a sticker).

Pours a half-finger tan head over a crystal clear brown-orange beer. Smells oranges, tangerine, tang, pithy from oranges. Some pine and a bit of dry earthy. This is all about the hops. There is a sweetness of sugar, but not malty.

Taste is all hops. Delicious with a nice sweet underneath. No distinct malt flavors (perhaps some caramel) because the hops are so juicy and flavorful. Oranges and some pine. The initial sweet goodness of a red apple fresh off a tree. Also weedy with some co-ho dryness. Flat hop dry oils are present and add a third dimension. Crystally sugar sweetness.

Thick mouthfeel partly from malt and partly from hop oils. Modest carbonation works well with the character of this beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from probably the most ghetto can design ever. 12oz matte silver can with a two tone sticker slapped on the front for the label. The ultimate cross between macro and craft. :-)

This beer pours a thick off-white head with a clear but dark tan/amber body.

The nose has an intense resin, oily, citrus hop smell. Nice big and round citrus, mild orange, non harsh grapefruit, some wood and even pine smells with a strong malt backing, but overshadowed by the hop smell.

The taste is full bodied with an immediate interesting flavor of fruit punch. The citrus hop flavors all meld together in just the right way to give it a Juicy Fruit type flavor. Very interesting and actually very tasty. A warming alcohol is definitely present in the back end. Malt is present and really doesn’t have a strong defined flavor but more just gives this beer backbone and adds a nice sugary sweetness. Bitterness is well balanced in this beer and really doesn’t even step too forward, this beer is really more about the hop flavor than bitterness.

This is really a fantastic beer. I love the Old Chub but wasn’t crazy about the Dale’s Pale Ale, but this, this is really spectacular. The oily hops are balanced just right against the malt making it very reminiscent of Three Floyds. Great beer. I’m glad they come in 4 packs. :-)

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

Eternal hops to russpowell for sending me this...

This one looks thick and creamy, with a puffy head and ample lacing...and looks aren't just skin deep in this case: the mouthfeel is just as soft and full as you'd expect from the appearance.

The hops are very forward, but not overwhelming. They impart a dry, grassy taste mixed with some fruit accents. (I'd say apricot was dominant.)

This isn't as drinkable as it's little brother, Dale's Pale Ale, but double IPAs are usually a little rough and surly. This one doesn't step out of character.

Cans are good.

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

I confess. I purchased this fine beverage, solely based on the fact that is was in a can.

This double IPA poured a deep orange brown with a small beige head.

The huge malt aroma is coupled with orange rind, grapefruit and a big citrusy hop bouquet

Monstrous, sweet malt aroma followed by a nice orange rind, citrus, Amarillo hop taste. This is one of the more balanced, smooth DIPAs that I have yet to taste. Hints of caramel and citrus in the finish.

Nice, viscous, full body, just the mouthfeel one would expect from a DIPA. The smooth flavors render this a bit more drinkable than your average DIPA.

A solid offering in a convenient package!

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with a coppery hue. Medium creamy head holds nicely and reduces leaving tons of sticky lacing along the sides. Aroma is intense with a resiny piney hoppiness. Some sweeter fruity flavors. But the grapefruit and pine dominate and almost burn when I smell too closely. Nice. Taste is just as good but smoother than I expected. Lots of hoppy flavor but bitterness is held in check by a firm malt foundation. The malts a bit sweet which counters nicely with the acidity and almost tea-like herbal qualitites of the hops. Very resiny in the back with a piney finish. Very smooth and some cream elements give this beer great drinkability, esp. considering the abv and the style. I love the can too. This brewery has continued to impress.

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Photo of scooter231
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty clear ruby color with a huge off white head that leaves tons of lacing. Head stays around for quite a long time, too. Smells hoppppy and piney, quite piney. Woodsy. Earthy. Hoppy. Very crisp and refreshing scent.

Taste almost lives up to the nose, it's quite crisp and light, but lacks a little bit of depth that the nose has. More piney and woodsy flavors, a tiny bit of sweetness peeks through. Mouthfeel is, again, light. Amazingly light. This is a highly, highly drinkable DIPA. Very sneaky in the alcohol department, flavorful, refreshing... and in a can! Gotta love that. Lovely.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz can at about 38F into a standard 16 oz pint.

Aroma at the can top was hops with a touch of maltiness.

Pours medium thick with a nice thick light tan head about 1" high.

Color is medium-dark amber, leaning towards brown rather than red, and slightly hazy.

Nose in the glass is cornucopia of aromas, hoppy, citrusy, sweet and a bit fruity. Very enticing.

Taste is well balanced between hops, malt and alcohol. Lots of residual malts making it quite sweet, a bit too much caramel in the finish.

Mouthfeel is only low to moderate thickness for the style, slick, and alcohol warmth is evident.

As it warms, it perfectly maintains its balance, uncommon in many beers which become too bitter or too malty--Gordon stays on the mark until the last swallow.

Overall a very drinkable beer, one that I enjoy again and again--but not at one session. The alcohol is evident, no enticement to chug this one. One of my favorite DIPAs.

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