G'Knight Imperial Red IPA | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,992
Reviews:
1,369
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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213
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607
For Trade:
6
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

People I envy: Nelson Mandela, Shakespeare, and the lower 2/3 of Tommy Lee.

People I don't envy: Bernie Madoff, the inventor of Olestra, anyone who's ever consumed Olestra, and the many talented brewers who make great IPAs and need to figure out a way to distinguish them from the many other great IPAs in the market.

This is why the can is brilliant. It's smart for being enviro-friendly, UV-proof, and hard to break, but it's brilliant for being a can. Remember the part in "Beer Wars" about shelf space and how critical it is for a beer to catch the consumer's eye as he scans the possibilities? The can catches your eye, makes you pause for a second, because ninety-whatever percent of the beers that share its shelf are in bottles.

It also bestows gutter-chic irony, which usually makes any high-end product (the 4-pack cost me $12.79) fly. "Yeah, I'm drinking from a can, so what? I braise my pot roast in Westvleteren, prole!"

This is a really solid beer. Satiny texture, big cereal/caramel flavors, a welcome pinprick of citrus. Hops for days, both on the bittering and aroma sides. The bitterness can be rustic, on a bad day even disharmonious with the malty stuff, but I found myself liking this aspect of it in the end. American IPA's seem to be getting more and more "polished" as they settle into their comfy role as the craft beer status quo.

Did I say IPA? Right, this is an Imperial Red Ale. It's an 8.7% beast, 60 IBUs, Garrett Oliver raves about its hoppiness--I feel OK calling a mash paddle a mash paddle here. BeerAdvocate agrees in their style classification.

I guess Oskar can't refer to it by abbreviation lest they evoke car bombs in Ulster or the lucrative retirement nest egg I wish I had. There's really no need to distinguish G'Knight by label anyway, since it's wearing the coolest outfit at the party.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy orange with an off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Grapefruit and alcohol stand out. Its very hop forward (citrus).

T-Fruity, floral, with a medley of fruit flavors including grapefruit and pineapple. It has a nice malt backbone.

M-Nice balance between thickness and carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, one could easily drink 2-3 in one session.

Overall, this was a very good beer. A lot of fruit flavor, reminded me of Double Trouble, but not quite as good. I highly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of CBlack85
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a New Belgium globe glass

The beer pours a slightly hazy orangish amber color with a big fluffy white head. The head lingers seemingly forever leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing.

As soon as you start pouring this beer the aroma fills the room. Waves of citrusy hop aroma pour over you, inviting you to taste the beer, but the aroma is not all about the hops. The rich caramely malt profile is clearly evident in the nose as well. Very nice

The flavor is definately big on hops; orange and grapefruit intermingle with lemon and a bit of pineapple as well. Like the nose, the sweet caramel malt profile is clearly evident. I wouldn't call this a "balanced" malt/hop profile though, as this is clearly all about the hops, the malt backbone is just big enough to support the big hop presence. Phenominal. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. The beer finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Overall this is a terrific beer! A nice marriage of sweet and bitter, and the alcohol is well masked. This will be a regular in my fridge... Garret Oliver described this beer as “A virtual essay in hop flavor and aroma.” I tend to agree

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned 14OCT11, Reviewed 15DEC11
A: copper ale with a finger of peanut foam which falls quickly to a sheet of the same. cobweb lace. excellent clarity. (3.5)
S: Grapefruit, resin, bubble gum, caramel malts. Some notes of candied sugar. (3.5)
T: Sweet, bubble gum comes through. Slightly bitter with more sweet malts. A little too sweet without diversity in malting. (3)
M: Medium bodied with hi carb. Semi dry finish. (3)
O: I've enjoyed this beer many times, and am finding it to be a bit one dimensional these days. It is still a good beer, however. (3.5)

Canned 3/4/11 - reviewed 16MAY11
A: Pours a burning red ale with a single-two finger peanut head which falls quickly to a medium sheet of the same. Sheeting lacing. Superb clarity. (4)
S: Lots of malt, lots of hops! Grapefruit, sweet citrus fruits, hints of bubble gum, cotton candy. Sweet, caramel malts, hints of biscuit. Good. (4)
T: Plenty of biscuity malts, caramels, hints of toffee. A little bit of hay, sheetgrass. Hints of spice. An almost creamy background as well. (3.5)
M: Medium to heavy body with low carbonation. Dry and creamy finish. (3)
O: Really well crafted brew. My only wish is that the beer had a hint more carbonation. Love this beer, love this brewery. (3.5)

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5/5  rDev +22%

G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
4.1 out of 5 based on 3,992 ratings.
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