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

3,992 Ratings
G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA

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 whatthehull
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted June 19th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an English pub pint

A - transparent red, half finger off white head and no lacing (except what was left by the head

S - Alcohol, grapefruit, sugar, amber malt, hops and slight yeast

T - alcohol, lots of deep malts, nice fruity hops, some pine, grapefruit, has a slight amber note, very hoppy and malty, pineapple, Nice sugar note and tons of character

M - very chewy, medium acidity, long finish and a full body

D - if you don't like big beers, lots of malt or hops, this one is not for you. Not for the faint of taste

Final thought - only $3 on draft and almost 9% this beer rules

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon poured out as a nice red color with a foamy white head on top. The head was very thick and have a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was hoppy and very inviting. The taste of the beer had a great hop quality on the tongue and has a good flavor overall. The malts were mostly found in the aftertaste along with the dry hop bitterness. The mouth feel of this beer had a good thickness to it. Overall I found this beer to be very enjoyable it was probably one of my favorite beers of the American craft beer festival in 2010. I would definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of slammo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this in Shoprite Metro Liquors Jersey City.

More like a Red Ale on steroids than an IPA. The appearance is awesome. It pours deep red shiny and inviting. The smell is somewhat like grapefruit and citrus. The taste is the awesome part of it all with a sticky resinous tack with sweetness to follow.

Mouthefeel is as I say, slightly resinous with incredible appeal.

Overall a winner and worth searching out.

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

Dark orange approaching brown clear color with orangy white head. Half inch frothy head dissipates slowly.

Smells like fresh flowery hops with hints of citrus and pine. A sweet malt background is sensed.

Spicy opening to a malt beaten into submission by hoppy flavors which lead to a big bitter finish, but somehow, this has balance still. Big flavors. It tastes good.

Smooth mouthfeel medium light body. Good carbonation.

Overall I like this beer and purchase it every now and then. Packs a punch.

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Photo of kagent777
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zrab11 for this extra! Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A clear reddish amber beer with a thin ring of foam that leaves a bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted malts with caramel hints. There is a bit of piney earthy hops lingering in the smell, too.

Taste: This is correct to be classified under the IIPA category. I also can see why Oskar Blues calls this an imperial red ale. The combination is a very hoppy red ale or a not quite completely hopped IIPA. This beer is good. The strongest maltiest backbone I have seen in an IIPA with solid smooth caramel taste. The bitterness from the hops is lingering but not as in your face as other IIPAs might be. the flavors are citrus, pine, floral, and a bit earthy. The closest beer I can compare this too is Epic Brewing's Imperial Red, which is also quite hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, solid body with zesty carbonation to lift the semisweetness of the malts. The finish is long but not everlasting.

Overall: I quite like this combination of potent malts and toned down hops (when compared to an IIPA). Again, not distributed in Utah, even though we are right next door. :-(

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Photo of bs870621345
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on April 8.

Pours a deep red amber color with a little collar of head and minimal lacing.

Smells like caramel, slight cat pee, pine, and citrus.

Taste opens with caramel and moves into the pine and citrus flavors. Finishes pretty dry with some lingering bitterness that has a strong pine and citrus smell. I definitely detect a cat pee flavor in there, but its not very strong.

Mouthfeel is full but nice carbonation.

Overall, its good. The simcoe or citra hops kinda kill it for me.

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

Body is bright shiny copper, good clarity, topped by a level slab of highly whipped oatmeal colored froth.

Extremely inviting aroma of pine and citrus, including grapefruits and oranges.

Sweet malty start gets in the first layer, but as foundations go, the concrete isn't quite set. The waves of bitter and juciy fruity hops quickly knock it down. Nice hop zing in the aftertaste, tingly but not biting.

Mouthfeel is satisfactory light-medium, could be a little chewier, but not bad.

Good drinkability for the style.

A good DIPA, but it may be suffering in my eyes after several bottles of Hopslam earlier this week. At $15/4 pack, I don't see me returning to this on a regular basis. Good to try though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Gordon pours a full orange color with a raspberry tint throughout. Mostly transparent, a medium sized eggshell head leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: I appreciate a brew where I don't need to waft and dip my nose in, the aroma just bursts right out of the can. Gordon does this. A ton of caramel comes through, with a good blend of citrus hoppiness - orange, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon.

Taste: The flavor starts out incredibly sweet; I nearly overdose on the caramel malt. There is a light solventy character that steps in right after the sweetness, which I don't care for. Grapefruit, orange, and a good amount of spruce give this a solid hop profile, with a light lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little bit light consdering this is an 'imperial.' Medium carbonation, lots of sticky resin coats my mouth after each hoppy sip.

Overall: The intense sweetness is a little bit much for me, even with the huge load of citrusy, resiny hops.

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

This beer pours a nice reddish copper color with a huge slightly off white head. The smell is floral and Piney with some citrus notes as well. the flavor is bursting with hoppy goodness up front followed buy a caramel like malt backbone to keep it rounded. The mouthfeel is a little fuller than i was expecting, but overall the beer is a solid A

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Photo of balzern
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Reddish brown with a caramel tinge. White fluffy head.

S- Lots of caramel malts coming through. A little biscuit also. Pine and citrus hops are prevalent with a tiny amount of grapefruit.

T- Excellent. The caramely malt flavor was incredible. The hops were there and were noticed at the end of the sip but were not punching me in the face. They were strong but were "friendly giant" strong - think about the jolly green giant. Super smooth and really fun.

M- Sticky yet good carbonation. A kind of chewy element to it which was like eating a caramel from the store.

O- Not a big IPA guy but this thing blew me away. Top 5 beers of all time for me hands down. It was aggressive but nice to my taste buds. I will get this beer again if I can find it - amazing.

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Photo of
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ultra fresh can consumed six days after canning.

a-pretty two finger cloud like head. Great red color. Laces the entire way down the glass.

s-fresh hops and some nice malts. Has some grapefruit, and some sweet malt smell.

t-beautiful mix of hops and malts in this red. Does not drink like a big 8%+ beer, could have a few before the alcohol sneeks up on you. Has some citrus and pine with the nice malts. Well balanced beer. When this was Gordon, it was one of the beers that got me into IPA's.

m-rich and yummy. Feels sticky and refreshing all at the same time.

o-I am in love with this beer, and am happy to have it so fresh year round. Great cross between a red and an IPA. I don't think there is anything Imperial about it other then the alcohol content.

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack while on vacation in Ocean City and took this home with me because I can't get it here in Ohio.

I poured the 12oz can into my DF snifter to find a nice rust colored body with a small white head that left a nice sticky lacing.

The aroma was very inviting, dominated with the grapefruit hops.

The taste was fantastic, you would never guess that this beer came out of a can. You get the grapefruit flavor upfront, some bitterness in the middle and has a nice finish that has a mild sweetness to it.

This beer is extremely easy to drink, great balance of carbonation and alcohol.

Overall this is a fantastic IPA and I wish that I could get this here in a Ohio. Its great to be able to get an excellent craft beer in a can.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a red hued amber with a giant light khaki head that melts very slowly. Minimal Lacing.

S - Juicy hops galore! Pineapple, mango, honey dew melon, flowers, sticky herbal pine, slighlty toasted graham cracker, caramel

T - Toasted caramel/toffee malt, floral hops, candied grapefruit, grapes, pine resin, hops turns soapy mid palate while finishing spicy. Alcohol comes out as it warms.

M - Medium body, swishy carbonation, can be a tad hot at times.

As a hybrid DIPA/Imperial Red this shines. The nose on this is intoxicating. It's almost a sensory over load. It has a nice malt backbone and drinks easy for the ABV.

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Photo of muttyd
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a tulip glass. The description on the can really nails the appearance. Red/amber body with a huge head that sticks all over the glass.

Aroma is very hop-forward; piney, resiny, and slightly oniony/earthy. Some toasted bread in the nose as well. Flavor is mostly comprised of grapefruity/citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts. Bitter, sticky, sweet finish. Big flavors in this one. Long lasting florally/fresh hop finish.

I have always liked this beer. Glad I finally got around to reviewing it.

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Photo of alf212
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a redish orange. Piney and citrusy hops with some form of sweet malt in there as well, balances real nice. Drinking is nice and easy. I really enjoy Oskar Blue's drinkability. All of their beers I've tried have been easy to drink, refreshing. Great summer beers essentially. A little weak for an imperial but overall good beer

Retried this again, definitely boosting it up. There's something about oskar blues beers that make them unique. Loved the taste this time around more than i remember.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish orange color with a 1 1/2 finger off-white foam head with some spotty lacing down the sides.

S: A sweet smelling beer. Ample amounts of caramel, brown sugar and bready malts. There is also a mild undertone of earthy and citrus hops scent.

T: Starts off with a lot of sweet malt character. The caramel and bread hit the palate first. In the middle, the earthy hops come through and give the beer a nice balance. On the back end the earthy hops come out really nice and there is also some sweet brown suger.

M: Leaves a thick slighty bitter taste on the palate. Excellent carbonation and a nice medium to full body.

O: This is a highly drinkable Imperial Red. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice hop finish and sweet malt make this a balanced beer.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour shows a slightly off-white and pourous head marked by big bubbles and some lacing. Nice clarity to the copper colored beer, not much carbonation visible. The smell is big and bold, piney and resiny in its hops. Mostly piney anyway, with a hint of citrus and a small malty character.

Interesting flavor to this one. Definitely hoppy and bitter, but there's almost an off flavor in there too. It's medicinal or soapy even. But that's only part of the beer. The rest is piney and sticky in it's hoppiness, with almost no hint of the 8.7 percent ABV. The finish is clean and easy, and pretty dry. Booziness comes out a little more in the aftertaste. The off-flavors become less and less noticeble as the beer warms up and your taste buds adjust the beer. In fact the more and more this warms up, the better the flavors meld together into an almost sweet hoppiness that balances out the bitterness nicely. Okay, now I feel better about this one. I wasn't used to any off flavors from Oskar Blues, so its good that I'm enjoying this more now. Overall, a good brew, one that fits nicely in with all of Oskar Blues other great beers.

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Photo of d4114
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark orange red with a finger of white head. Very clear and some good lacing

S- Caramel and earthy hops are what come through the most. I do get a little citrus with a sweetness. Has a dryness to it

T- A nice caramel malt backbone with some spicy and earthy hop characters; Very balanced beer. No alcohol at all really drinkable. Similar to arrogant bastard but smoother drinking but a little less complex maybe. Really good.

M- Light-Medium; Smooth and creamy texture, almost silky. really nice feel to this beer.

O- Really good stuff. Just super easy drinking beer that is really balanced and flavorful. I will defiantly be getting this again. I wish this was on tap around me because it would be a go to beer for sure.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 3-15-2011. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a copper color with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Musty and hoppy. Resinous hop character and a thick sweetness.

T - Big and sticky, like they say. Sticky sweet, with a resinous hop profile. Malt sweetness is a great backbone to the hop flavors.

M - Sticky and medium bodied. Clean and smooth.

O - Overall very good. It's somewhere between an IPA and a Red Ale, as advertised. Nice, unique style of beer. Very easy to drink at 8.7%! Better than any Gordon Biersch crap.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice soft mahogany color with about a half inch of head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Not super overwhelming but a beautiful fresh hop aroma, nice and piney. Hints of sweetness from the malt. Pruney/raisony smell as well

T - Fairly bitter, piney, pruney, a hint of sweetness, really the same as the smell. Minor alcohol taste, slightly dry finish

M - Wouldn't guess this was 8.7%, super drinkable and refreshing, nicely carbonated

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Southern Star has gone to cans, I have been much more receptive to the beers in them. Well, I have reviewed most of Oskar Blues's beers already, but this one was not among them. I like that I know that this IPA won't be light-struck.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a very small head of tannish bubbles during an aggressive pour. The head was gone seconds after the pour. There was no lacing left or anything after swirling the beer.

Aroma: The aroma was predominantly hoppy with American varieties being the dominant force, but there is also a solid malty backbone to this beer that you can tell is substantial even from the aroma. I can pick up a little of the alcohol in the nose, but it is mostly an interplay of the hops and caramel aspects of the malt and some spicy notes from the alcohol. The hops are surprisingly getting softer as the beer warms up some and they are leaning more toward the floral and slightly earthy side of the equation.

Taste: The flavor is very well balanced. There is probably more going on in the malt on the flavor than you would have thought from the aroma. The beer is still chock full o' hops, but the additions apparently are more late in the boil so that you get the resins and a little less bittering. The body is medium with the carbonation being quite low for what I would expect and like for this beer. This has nothing to do with the recipe, which I think is really good. The balance and the interaction with the water is the key, and this beer maintains that tight-rope act. Even though the alcohol is pretty high in this beer, it really isn't apparent except as some spice in the aroma and a subtle warming in the finish.

Opinion: Overall this is a really good beer. I wish that the carbonation had been a little higher, and this seems to be a trend lately with Oskar Blues beers IMO. Otherwise, there is a solid balance between the malt and hops and I like the overall finish. I am glad that I am drinking this beer, and will finish the other three no problem. I doubt that I will buy the cans again, but it would be nice to try this beer on tap sometime.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, 8.7% abv, canned on 1/12/11. Hazy copper color. Off white head holds for a minute, then fades to a thin layer. Some nice patches of lace going on.

Heavy caramel malt in the nose. Lots of citrus and stone fruit. Fruity tones are pretty nice.

Caramel malt up front, with a bit of sweetness. Hop flavors seem to come from all sides, as I feel some spicy, citrusy, and slightly herbal notes. Lots of ripe grapefruit at the finish. Bitterness is solid, but not overwhelming.

Medium body, nice feel from the carbonation. There is some heat from the alcohol, but not bad. Pretty interesting beer.

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

Re-reviewing a fresh can courtesy of Bennettrox! Thanks man!

Pours a blood red amber coulour. Head was off white, 3 fingers and left the most gorgeous lacing.

HUGE notes of pine, resin, sticky sap, nutty, caramel malts, citrus fruits.

Big bitterness, juicy citrus, pine, resins, molasses, sticky sweet bread.

Full bodied, good carbonation, and yea, this is a sticky one!

Overall, just a fabulous imperial red! I think this is the Nugget Nectar killer!

Thanks Ryan for the freshie...the elder can was good still, but the new blew it away!.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a willi glass...A big thanks to brees6221 for this extra.

Pours a vibrant amber with massive tan head. The head is thick and pillow like. Lacing sticks all along the sides of the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits; mostly an infusion of pineapple and mango. Has some floral spiciness with a hint of toasted malt. I feel like I want to bite into it.

Tastes of toasted sweet malt that gives way to a strong spicy hop presence. Finishes bitter. Great bittersweet balance. No flavor is too dominating.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. The body is on the lighter side, but it works particularly well in this case. It's well carbonated and goes down easily. The 8.7% abv is well hidden and borders unnoticeable.

Overall this is an excellently balanced imperial red and another terrific offering by Oskar Blues. I would recommend this to anyone...I just wish I didn't have to go across the Illinois border to pick this up.

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

Really awesome beer, and if you're not familiar with Oskar Blues, don't let the can fool ya!

Pours a dark golden color, hazy and orange.

Smell is sugary with citrus, hoppy Scotch ale.

Taste is sweet, almost like eating a piece of pie. Lots of wonderful undertones. Sugary meets hops.

Very enjoyable.

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