G'Knight | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished amber colour, clear with off-white head. Dense but not resilient, sinks to leave a thin film of yellowed lace. Nice-looking, but the elements aren't in any 'wow' stratum.

Smells very nice, quite malty but a goodly amount of hop character to it as well. Caramel and toffee underlying with a strong metallic character but also plenty of lemon, honey and macadamia nuts. All in good balance for sweet but tangy overall aroma. Very nice.

Taste is tangy from the get-go. Front assault is quite citric, with hop resins and ale esters competing for fruity supremacy. Mellows out in the middle, where there's a slight flavour gap, then the finish is lovely and rich, with some burnt sugar, hop oils and peanut brittle. Hint of lemon myrtle and black wattle, and a slight touch of red box honey. Maybe a bit heavy on the tang, and could have amped up the rich maltiness early on. Good, though.

Not as full as it could have been, but textured and slightly bitty as it goes through; not bad.

A rich and well-layered palate, for quite a big flavour, but all pleasant enough to keep you drinking.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting spicy but earthy strong ale. Hops are big and aromatic, but less bitter than many other DIPAs. Starts with some large malty flavors, runs through the gamut of hop flavors, and finishes with a rather flat taste.

Orangey amber in the wine glass. Odd oily mouthfeel. Aftertaste dissipates fairly rapidly. The sweet and spicy flavors are the best feature. Slightly woody and even metallic. Eventually the bitterness becomes more dominant. Not my favorite of this style.

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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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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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G'Knight from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,036 ratings