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

LSUPT coming through again with a great brew. You need to visit Colorado more often my friend.

Poured into my Bruery tulip from a 12 oz can.

Pours a golden amber with an inch of fluffy white head. Head held up for about 2 minutes a settled at a thin white cap. Thin lacing for about the first half of the beer and none on the second half.

Smells of caramel malt, bread, cake batter, floral, and a hue of hops.

Taste follows the smell. Fairly sweet, but very enjoyable. The caramel is very noticeable and is transitions into the floral hop finish very nicely.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with slight carbonation.

Overall an extremely enjoyable beer. Dangerously drinkable despite the full body. The alcohol is unnoticeable.

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Photo of magine
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber color, has an off white head that settles to a patch island. Nice sticky lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of multiple hops; fruit, floral and earthy. Can detect a nice caramel malt as well. Great smelling brew.

Brew is full bodied; sticky, chewy and thick - all in a great way. A ton of variety in the hops; sweet, tart and floral as well. The balance is top notch. Has a nice base of malts in the middle as you drink; caramel and maybe even cocoa. You are left with a balanced not so bitter aftertaste. Wow.

This is a fantastic double IPA. It drinks easy for such a higher alcohol brew. Brew is so balanced and is worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of b3shine
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can to frosty pint. And I'm not pleased about that (the former, not the latter). Pours with a reddish tint, as the name suggests. Bouquet is great; chock full of pine and citrus. Carbonation is almost nonexistent. While it's a decent effort for a can, it's not something I'd go out of my way to find, especially given the abundance of delicious DIPAs.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to HEADYGLASSdotcom for this extra along with the Mike n Ikes

A- pours amberish and sits deep red. Larger foamy white head with moderate retention and lacing.

S- Sweet and hoppy citrus

T- very nicely balanced up front. excellent malt and hop taste that has a sweetness that i dont mind. stays sweet through the middle and into the finish that turns slightly bitter. Nice hoppy red

M- Medium mouth feel with lighter carbonation that turns creamy. excellent

O- very nice. looks great and tastes even better. pending on the price this could be a more regular beer for me

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Photo of LSUPT
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz can poured into a NB Globe. Down to my last G'Knight so I felt the need to review this beauty and hopefully it won't be long before I can get more. Imperial red as indicated on the can, or imperial IPA, either way this beer is absolutely delicious.

Pours a gorgeous reddish/brown amber color with a 1 1/2 inch creamy light brown tinted head. Shows good retention and after several minutes settles to a nice small layer of cream that leaves pretty good lacing, small bubbles.

I'll never forget the first time I popped one of these open, the smell was amazing, I could drink it straight from the can. Pure sweetness in the nose, a bit of resiny hops, caramel, cake, so sweet you can taste it. Taste goes with the nose and can border on too sweet but not for me. Juicy hops, a sweetness that perfectly balances the bitterness which is also quite enjoyable and leaves a nice lingering bitterness in the back of the palate. Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation? It's kind of hard to judge. Sticky icky in the best of ways.

Overall, I love this beer and while it doesn't really fit the DIPA status given here it is still a wonderful canned offering that I will definitely be seeking out in the near future.

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

Okay, so it's in a can. Get over it. This was the surprise highlight at a recent brewfest. Overall reddish-brown ale, clear. Well balanced. Crisp, clean, and floral hoppy smell and taste - quite bitter....but it it goes down smooooth with an amazing aftertaste that seems to just stick with you.

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Photo of loobear
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-cherry colored body with a thin, slightly off-white head. Somewhat hazy. Slight hops and malts in the scent. Cherries and grass.

Cherries and grass in flavor. Incredibly fresh and crisp. Slightly malty with a downright sexy smooth finish. Full frothy mouthfeel. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink, yet still intense and full in flavor. I could drink this all night.

This is the second Oskar Blues beer I've tried. Very enjoyable. Looking forward to sampling future brews from this company.

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

Appearance - Hazy amber body. Small white head with great lacing.

Smell - Malty sweetness with medium hoppiness. Grassy. Somewhat complex for an IPA. Smell seems to disappear after the first few whiffs due to sensory satiation.

Taste - Smooth with medium hoppiness and a slightly bitter finish. Noticeably alcoholic.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full body. Good mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability - Really enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of cratez
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY. Pours a hazed copper hue with amber edges, a thin ring of bubbly, cream-coloured head, and strands of stringy lacing on the tulip. Smell is pine sap, citrus, floral, grassy, and resinous hops, touch of lemon, raspberries, cedar needles, toast, fruity esters, and liquor. Taste does not live up to the aroma - I get sweet caramel, orange peel, pine, ethanol, spicy and citric hop bitterness, a bit of alcoholic burn on the tongue with a cloyingly malty aftertaste. Way too malt-forward for my liking, seems like the dry-hopping comes through in the nose but doesn't add much to the flavour. Mouthfeel is creamy-medium upfront, juicy middle, bitter spiciness precedes a malted finish with some heat in the throat. Overall, a reasonably well-crafted but unimpressive DIPA that I probably wouldn't buy again. Decent, and nothing more.

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

A big off-white, frothy head, almost 2 fingers. Color is chestnut amber with red tones. Nice clarity and the head is persistent. Good creamy lace. Smell is super sprucey with big grapefruit notes. Sweet malts hide in there, but really pulls a knockout in the taste department. Back to the nose, since it has a lot going on here. There's citrus, fruit notes like natural strawberry chews, big hearty herbed bread, caramel malts and moist bread. The malt notes come out as it warms, but the hops still stay strong. Wow, the taste also has tons going on. Sweeter and spicier than the nose yields. Super sweet malts, caramel malts, spicy, zesty hops, slight white pepper, grassy hop finish, some alcohol warming as the alcohol vapor firts with the back of the throat and some lemon bread and tropical fruits. Medium mouthfeel, but super slick and smooth makes this one quaffable Imperial beer. A really good balance of drinkability and big bold flavors.

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Photo of hmf05
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with a huge three finger head that leaves spiderweb lacing.

S: Intense pine along with grapefruit, orange, spice, and caramel. The smell is absolutely perfect

T: The taste is much sweeter than the aroma. Hop bitterness is there, but not has hoppy as the smell indicated

M: Although it produced a large head, the carbonation is at the low end of medium.

O: A delicious ale, but the aroma is deceiving. I would have liked to see a more defined hop bitterness and a little more carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer that i will definitely be purchasing again.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a tulip. First of all, I poured this one a good distance from my nose and I could smell a bunch of fruit! Great! This one is a hazy amber with a thin beige head.

Smells like this one is a hop bomb. Lots of bitter piney hops with just a hint of citrus aromas in the background. Just a touch of brown sugar here too. A little more balance on the pallet than the aroma leads on. Caramel malts are noticable with tropical fruit. Papaya comes to mind. It finishes with a nice bitter pine hop flavor.

Reallly a full body on this. It's a little sticky with nice lively carbonation. Overall this one is enjoyable. It's a bit heavy to drink more than one of, but that's alright for this guy.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What awesome looking beer! Yellow gold on the sides and a orangey red on the inner part of the beer. Hazy and cloudy but looks beautiful! Off white frothy head formed into a iceberg effect.

Sweet nutty caramel and bread mixing with a citrus, spicy - pine aroma. Really awesome smelling. Hops and the malts are very well balanced but the citrus pine wins out. Might be one of the best smelling beers out there.

Sweet maltiness, well placed citrus and piney hops blend nicely with a slight taste of warming alcohol. This is quite tasty and fresh. With a 8.7 abv. this is quite dangerous to drink. Towards the end of the glass, as it warmed, a spiciness was detected.

Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation biting the tongue. Definitely some alcohol warmth going down but that's okay.

Almost a perfect beer. Taste isn't exactly perfect but very tasty. Malts and hops smell perfect and make this look great. I wish I bought a six pack of Gordon for later consumption, another one of these would put me over-the-top. It does get a little heavy in the belly but overall totally worth it.

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Photo of shawnsmith8275
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into a Tulip snifter

A: Pours a deep amber with a thin head that leaves perfect lacing on the glass.

S: Very distinct hop aroma upfront Nuggety. Can also smell the sweet malt and even a little yeast.

T: Starts off with the sweet malt flavor. Biscuity, yeasty, slight caramel notes, can even pick up a touch of chocolate malt then the pungent citrusy, piney hop comes to the forefront.

M: Well carbonated, sticky, crisp, medium in body.

O: Perfectly balanced. This is one of the best beers on the market. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Holland
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce can into tulip glass.

A: translucent red/orange/brown. Head shows up and leaves on time, leaving thin lacing.

S: smells of sugar, syrup, fruit, and hops. The sweet smell, hops, and malt are lasting.

T: a bit fruity and sweet, then the malt and hops hit, leaving a nice bite. A little rye.

M: medium body, just as you would expect for this type.

O: wonderful, interesting beer.

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

Had on tap at Eli Cannon's - Middletown, CT 4/6/11

A - Poured a nice darker red/amber hue. Crystal clear. Bubbly carbonation dances around the glass.

S - Sweet malts, biscuit. Some hops are present in the smell (pineapple and a touch of grapefruit), but definitely more malts in the nose.

T - Sweet pineapple and a lot of yeasty malts. Very smooth explosion of flavor. As the offering warms up there is more of a hops presence in the taste (pine and grapefruit).

M - Sticky sweet and oily at the same time. Moderate level of carbonation. Prickly bubbles coat your tongue.

D - Another solid beer from Oskar Blues. Would not have guessed that this offering was 8.7% ABV. I could see this beer sneaking up on me after a couple. I personally liked it better after letting it warm up a bit, as the hops came through more than they did in the beginning.

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

F&CK!!!! This is a good beer!! Even more BIZAAR is where I had it...Johnstown, Pennsylvania!!!! NO SH%T!!! This beer is awesome! If I see it in my local bev store...ALL OVER IT!!! The color is a clear Amber with 1/2 finger head....but wonderful lace. The nose included a hop with hints of citrus. The taste was full body...meaning the ABV was awesomely balanced by malt and hop. There was a subtle citrus to this beer...this beer is what I would love all reds to taste like!!! The mouth feel was even and balance and I would absolutely SESSION this ale like a kamakazee!!!

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Photo of aasher
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This can pours a dark and rich amber in color with a light foam that laces the glass. It smells of a hoppy/malty battle for supremacy. I'd say the sweet maltiness wins. The hops are dry and like pine bark. The flavors are of wet pine and caramel sweet malts. I prefer more hop presence. It drinks like it should for the style. It does leave the caramel malt flavor behind in the aftertaste. Its a good beer but for this style I'm pretty picky.

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Photo of rka758
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass.
$10 for the growler at Whole Foods

A: Poured a nice copper color with a thin head at the top.
S: Some sweet bread malts and a bit of hops.
T: Sweet upfront with bitter hops in the back
M: Nice and crisp.
D: This is drinkable, but not my favorite from these guys. I'm having a hard time pegging this beer. It seems part red part ipa.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC, poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium amber that has some nice glowing edges and has a creamy slightly off-white head slowly dissolves into a nice thin layer around and atop the glass. The aroma has a sticky resinous hop bouquet that is accompanied by some brown sugar but still is dominated by the hops. The flavor is sweet candy up front with some sweet hops and brown sugar. The sweet bitterness lingers for sometime after each drink. Gordon is a light to medium bodied beer with light carbonation. Above average brew.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very thick creamy head, brew is an amber hue with tannins that streak throughout the brew. Brew maintains good 1/8 - 1/4 inch head and laces well

S - Slight alcoholic smell with citrus and rose notes.... YUM, good hop

T - Very Crisp and fresh, surpriseingly smooth and delicious. Creamy and bitter with elegant hop balance, nicely played Oskar

M - Great carbonation and dispersion of flavor. slight rusty taste brings you back for the next sip..

D - Good, but not great. memorable, but forgettable. However, @ 8.7% brew drinks amazing. A quality brew forsure!

Definitely recommend. Fantasic RED. Plus, there's not that many RED's on the market, let alone imperials. I'm going to try to pitch as long as it lasts!


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Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery orange hue with a plenty of head on top. The beige colored head has a semi-sticky appearance to it which fades in due time to leave some lace behind.

Lots of caramel malty sweetness initially however the floral and citrusy hop aromas take over quickly. Way more balance in the aroma than any D.I.P.A I've had but then again, I guess that is why it's called an Imperial Red instead.

Lots of flavor here leaves plenty of room for both the malt and hops to come through. Notable caramel malts and some toasted flavors too. Strong citrusy hop presence and a bit of a floral note too.

Surprisingly light mouthfeel for 8.7% ABV but with just a bit of a kick from the alcohol.

Overall, a very solid beer with lots of flavor that comes across as pretty well balanced.

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

10 ounce pour, lame.

A: Very deep, but vibrant, orange-bronze. Light orange-white (if that makes sense) head, leaving behind decent splotches of lacing.

S: Orange, pineapple, grapefruit, candied citrus hops and a very strong caramel backbone.

T: "Imperial Red" is a pretty accurate description. The hops are strong and lead off just like the nose leads on, citrus hop present, but has that candy sweetness to it, not entirely bitter. The sweet malts compliment the hops nicely, the caramel flavoring is what sticks out to me.

M: Medium body, but quite creamy.

O/D: It's a shame this only came in a 10 ounce pour. Delicious, and so glad I finally got to try it (and it was fresh! My biggest fear of buying this in cans).

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Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Cloudy deep amber-red. Finger of creamy white head.

Smell. Canned peaches, caramel candy, a littel pine sap.

Taste. Sweet caramel malt and bitter, piney hops. Bitter pink grapefruit rind in the back and pretty boozy.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied with smooth, low carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. Good stuff but a little boozy.

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

A - Crystal clear coppery pour with fluffy white head. Medium carbonation.

S - Huge pine hops with resiny character. Citrus hops in the background, yielding a nice complexity. A touch of malt sweetness and alcohol heat.

T - Hop character is all pine and resin, with very little citrus component. More bitterness than hop flavor. Bready malt helps balance the bitterness, but the beer still finishes quite dry.

M - Lower-end of medium for me.

O - Another beautiful beer from Oskar Blues. Perfect out on a D.C. patio at the beginning of spring--very refreshing. Could only handle two at lunchtime given the ABV, but I'll definitely be having this again.

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