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 hopphead31415
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a four pack of pint cans and it was already chilled. I’ve heard a lot of cool stuff about it so I grabbed some. This is an Imperial Red Ale with 8.70% ABV.

Look-It pours a beautiful copper orange that reminds me of orange blossom honey. The head is thick and rich and settles to a thin layer shortly. The lacing is dropping, sparse, and wet.

Smell-It has thick aromas of herbs, spices, and wood after some forthcoming plum and clove. It smells like caramel melting on top of papaya next to a bucket of pine sol and a burning cedar tree.

Taste-I taste mango, grapefruit rind, pine resin, smoked cedar wood, chalky aspirin, zingy herbs, a full malt backbone that hides the ample alcohol content, and then a dry hoppy finish. There is a lingering coating on the tongue that tastes of pine resin, herbs, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel-It feels silky smooth, rich and creamy as well as moist and full-bodied.

Overall-The Red Ale is imperial in this case and deserves the name. Oskar Blues is excellent!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

had this on tap at oskar blues
pours amber red with an off white head
smell sweet and slightly floral
taste slighty sweet with a very dry finish
left a dry slightly unappealing aftertaste
overall solid
of note: i have been drinking this in the can for ages now
this was first time on tap and the dry aftertaste and slightly off taste it left i had never noticed in the past
still enjoyable, and one of my favorites in the oskar blues lineup

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured into a pint glass. The beer had a nice head and nice aroma. The taste was malty and very nice. This is a very well done beer and highly recommended!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too bad of a blend of malts and hops. The alcohol content is a bit more prominent than I would like, but fortunately my it doesn't hurt it too much.

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love Oskar Blues not because of their popularity but their beers really achieve another level,across from style to style my palate truly appreciates nearly all of the ones I've had.ive drank this beer many times and am now reviewing it.aroma smells like a very quality mash,mixed with some tangy and dank aromas,slightly sweet due to the eloquent malt bill and dry hopping.the head is a bit fluffy but calms down.tastes like an abundance of jammed out berries and dankish piney earthy hops.so much is going on with this beer,I've had it on draft and it's even more clean and open,grab a keg and your boys are in for a very savory drunk evening.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured in to a tulip.

a: Bright, loucious and juicy copper body. 2 finger foamy eggshell head. Sticky, patchy lacing.

s: Resin and pine up front. Hints of anise and plums with the malt.

t: Sweet mango, caramel, crusty bread, citrus rind, resin. The beer has the slightest hint of alcohol hidden in the dry hoppy finish.

mf: Medium body and carbonation. Delightfully creamy. Smooth finish begs one to take another sip.

o: This is my second G'Knight and an edit of my first review. Hops are the star of this beer but it is wonderfully balanced.

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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 DispyDnb
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting Imperial IPA. Creamy foam and clear amber colour. The unique taste of this Imperial IPA reminds me of Gorgonzola cheese, quite difficult to replicate, especially for a beer. Musky and sweet at the same time with a clean finish. Beautiful.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; deep amber in color; 1 finger light tan head with a reddish tint that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine first, then grapefruit for a moment, then pineapple;

T: pineapple and pine up front; pineapple takes over by mid-palate and is dominant through the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of twage04
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chewy malt, a little sweeter even than I expected. Hops are mostly pine with citrus backing up. The alcohol is hidden well, overally pretty pleasant but lacking the depth seen in similar beers.

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Photo of Savan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A decent ale. A little more expensive that I thought it should be... 14.99 for a 4pk if pints in Central MN (cans). Poured into a tulip glass (what I had on hand at the time). Beer poured a delectable copper red colour......

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

Pours a cloudy darker reddish color with off-white head. Citrus, pine, and caramel malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied red ale here. Finishes with a nice citrusy hop note.

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

04/15/15-dated pounder into a pint glass. A really nice, deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. Low to medium carbonation. Thick, creamy - almost like it's on nitro. Malt dominates, followed by caramel, with a slight hops bite at the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden. Very drinkable. Very good. Another top-notch offering from OB!

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep rich amber to brown with a slight chill haze crowned by a 3” dense moussey tan tinted white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Pine and grass, malt, fruit, spice, citrus.
T: Rich malt attack followed by a potent hop bitterness suggestive of fresh mown grass then finished with another shot of rich caramelly malt and traces of citrus.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation and a medium fuyll body.
O: Big malt meets big hops producing a quaffable drink with hints of bourbon.

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Photo of Trombone69
2.87/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I have been generally unimpressed with the Oskar Blues offerings, although I liked the Old Chub nitro. I love that it's offered in cans, I want to like it, but...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oskar Blues G’Knight has a thick, yellowish, cream-colored head and a murky, rust red appearance, with lots of substantial lacing left behind. The aroma is of somewhat musty, fruity, acidic, hop resin, and the flavor is of the pine resin (hop oil), red grapefruit, acid, sweet white bread, bread crust, and relatively mild bitterness, brought on, probably, by the high alcohol level. Mouthfeel is rather heavy and even gritty, to an extent (an Oskar Blues characteristic, I find). Oskar Blues G’Knight finishes mostly dry and pretty easily drank.


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Photo of silverevo9
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good Imperial IPA. Smells of potent hops, thick head, and very sticky. Staying on taste, subdued flavor from a lower abv IPA, but loud from the alcohol taste in your mouth. Two pints and your feeling it. Love the milkshake head that has a yellowish to light brown look to it. Lacing is outstanding and remains. Definitely get the malty flavor. Everything about this beer is very rich, very raw. If feels like ingredients were abundantly added. No cost cutting here. Make a beer and make it great. Oskar is definitely one of my favorite.

Good brew!

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Photo of Beric
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Sampler at Gordon's Fine Wine and Liquor in Waltham, MA
Served: 1 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing even in the tiny sampler glass.

Smell: Big citrus and pine hop notes, with a pinch of spiciness as well. Detectable malt sweetness.

Taste: Huge malt notes here that coat identical hop notes in the nose with a sweet caramelly syrup almost. Definitely no mistaking this is a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation makes this one feel thick and syrupy on the palate.

Overall: A great DIPA from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into an Oskar Blues pint glass

A: Pours deep reddish orange amber with a creamy off white head that settles to a thick layer, leaving some hefty lacing along the way.

S: Citrus and fruity hops, pine, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, orange and grapefruit, pine, fruity, peach/apricot, hints of tropical fruit, a little spice, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I really dig this one.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish copper in color. The nose has some hop notes but the essence of sweet malt predominates here. The flavor profile also has a touch of malty sweetness. The finish is decently hoppy.

None of the flavors overwhelm the others but they also don't quite blend together well either. This offering is drinkable but definitely a mixed bag.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- fluffy white head with a dark red body.

S- Sweet hoppy goodness. Dank fruitiness, malt sweetness.

T- Sweet malts lead into a piney, resiny, tropical fruit flavor!

F- Awesome mouthfeel. Thick sticky body!

O- Wicked nice! Very good. Yummy.

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

From a 16 oz can (canned on December 19, 2014) to a tulip glass.

A-The beer pours with nearly three fingers of sticky, dense foam that is sort-of yellowish-tan. The beer is hazy and brassy/rusty in color. I can see a few bubbles in there. Retention is pretty good.

S-The aroma is a moderately dank mixture of tangerines, orange, caramel, and a bit of pine resin. The hops are not massively tropical or hugely bitter, but there is a little bite. More balanced and malted than many newer IIPAs. I also get a whiff of medicinal alcohol.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Sticky resinous hop flavors of tropical orange, pineapple, and just a hint of pine sharpness and pepper are well balanced by caramel and toasted malt flavors. There is a light to moderate bitterness and spice on the finish.

M-The beer is medium to full in heft with a very sticky character. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is an enjoyable beer and one that has held up well through the name change (RIP Gordon) and the transition toward complete hob-bomb IIPAs by the rest of the beer world. My cans were not super fresh when I reviewed, but I actually enjoyed the more malty presence that the older cans provided.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beechwood BBQ Seal Beach and one of the beers that set the hook for this hobby. Tasted roasty, with caramel, but had good hop bite. Subsequent drinks are not as mind-blowing as the first time (rated above). Still, one of my favorite go-to's when I lived on the East coast and one I continue to enjoy despite CA's bevy of IPA's.

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Photo of ranger7
3.12/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Hazy copper. Foamy white head. Great lacing.
S: Green. Pine needles.
T: Bitter in the front. Bitter in the back. Pretty one dimensional.
F: Light and thin.
O: Meh. It's somewhat tasty once it warms, but this is a pretty harsh beer. Try Peticolas' Velvet Hammer, it trumps this. This brew is too simple for me.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 01/20/15

A: Pours an amber color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a nice creamy cap that leaves great lacing

S: Citrusy hops up front, with hints of pine and earth. Malts are nicely supportive, but definitely get shadowed by the hops. Definitely get the "red IPA" from the malt and hop combo

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice rush of citrusy hops, followed by pine, earthy notes, and the backing malts. Lightly spicy as well. Finishes with a light bitterness and more of the mild earthy tones

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A very nice Red IIPA with a nice focus on hops while remaining balanced. Far too easy to drink at nearly 9%. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack of pounders

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