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

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
4,009 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 cratez
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
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 +5.6%
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 +2.4%
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 -4.1%
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 +11.7%
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 +14.1%
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 -4.1%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 -12.4%
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 -19.2%
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 -15%
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 +3.2%
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 -4.1%
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 +0.7%
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 -6.1%
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%
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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Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Lager glass. Can dated 01-28-11. A dark, burnt orange. Hazy with a few carbonation bubbles. Only a one finger head that is an off white color. Lace isn't really present yet but I have a feeling it will show up with fanfare.

The smell is of citrus hops and caramel malts. Sweet, tangerine. Trying hard to get the alcohol but can't.

The taste is much different then the smell. I'm not getting the hoppyness that I did from the smell. It is very sweet and... silky?. Have, with warming a bit, found some tangerine taste. It's quite good. Along with a bit of alcohol warmness in the throat and belly.

The mouth is much like a Barleywine. Rich, silky, warm. Carbonation is perfect and alcohol is pretty well masked.

Overall I've loved this beer every time I have had it. This is the freshest I have had G'Night and am really pleased. A must pick-up fresh or not!!

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Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: amber red with a 2 finger head

smell: hops, malts,

taste: hop, sweet malts, some bitterness on the backend

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice brew. will definitely have more of these.


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Photo of artcurtis
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in a perfect pint, from the last pack of Gordon cans I'll ever see.
A - Very aggressive pour yields a big, cream colored head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a nice layer of foam. Just a bit more head than is standard in a super hoppy brew. I like it. Leaves a huge amount of lacing behind. Nice golden orange color, completely clear.

S - Very nice nose. Very hoppy. Strong on the piney notes. Also, some biscuity, bready layers in there. Not a huge fan of the biscuit smell. But, overall, very nice, pleasant nose.

T - Wonderful! Starts off with a nice piney hop kick, followed by a bready malt backbone. Usually I don't like the biscuity beers, but this one does it right. It melds into the flavors nicely. You never feel like you are chewing on an old biscuit, like some amber's I know. A nice bitter aftertaste.

M - Nice, full mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and easy.

O - (love the new overall, by the way!) Great beer. As always, Oskar Blues does it right. Great, hoppy red, but not overpowering. Almost a great session beer. Just a bit too big to be one, but I have no problem putting two or three away. The booze hides nicely, and the bitter never overpowers. Great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-03-15 in Lynchburg, VA. Had this again on 2015-05-24 in Hendersonville, TN and raised my ratings.

A - Pours a clear light amber with a short, light tan head.

S -Caramel, dried apricot and a little citrus.

T - Nice and somewhat unique. Big malt taste then dried fruit followed by grapefruit juice and roasted nuts. Lingering bitterness and pine with alcohol on the out-breath and an undercurrent of fruit sweetness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and some resins.

D - Liked this one to the bottom of the glass. A tasty example of an Imperial Red. About as sweet as a Great Divide Hercules but more bitter.

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Photo of FoamyMustache
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a can into a snifter a deep brick red with a bubbly off white 1 finger head.

S - Initially a lot of caramel and roasted malt, but balances with a notes of grapefruit, citrus, and subtle piney hops. Towards the end, as the beer warms, very light alcohol notes.

T - A nice punch of citrus, picking up mostly grapefruit and lemon rind followed by a nice bitter touch of piney resin on the finish. No flavor is overpowering...a nice balance of flavors with a strong background of creamy malt.

M - After an initial creaminess, mid-high carbonation aids in filling the mouth with nice crisp flavors on the finish.

D - Elusive abv makes this beer very enjoyable. Definitely want more after the last sip.

Another winner from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beautiful and clear amber red. Decent light medium lacing on the sides. When poured, a light head forms but quickly dissipates in favor of the lacing.

Smell: Citrus hoppy but balanced by malts.

Taste: I can definitely taste the hops, which fall on the citrus side but not to the point where I think I'm drinking grapefruit juice. Thankfully, the hop profile by sweet malts, which help make the hops bearable and keep it from dominating the beer. The drink starts off with the hops but the malts take over afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation with a light body, which is very smooth. I have no problems doing more than sipping this baby.

Drinkability: Calling this beer drinkable would be an understatement. I don't normally drink IPA because the hops tend to be too much for me but the malts in this one take edge off of the hops taste. I think Oskar Blues has done a superb job honoring the man they made the beer for.

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Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours from the can burnt Texas orange clear with a head as big as you want it but fades quickly, the color of egg shells leaving a sticky looking lace down the glass.

S - Aroma is much like a DIPA but with more malty sweetness. Initial blast of bright citrus and pine hops that gets leveled out by caramel, toffee and apple skins.

T - One bitter pill all the way through not excessive but punchy and evolving. Citrus hops on the front characterized by grapefruit, lemon peel and pomelo which creeps in piney, resin and earthy on the finish. This is all balanced by a sticky sweet melody of malts.

M - Found this one to have adequate body but the carbonation is a little muted during the drink and all the malt starts to get sticky on the finish as it warms.

D - Well hidden ABV, drinks like a red but with extra hopping. Solid offering by Oskar Blues.

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Photo of claytong
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not crazy on Red Ales but this one is an exception. A beautiful beer. My Austrian wife said it might be her favorite. The flavors were so well balanced and so many that I am going to need another one to describe them to you. It's been a couple days.
I highly recommend trying this one. Oskar Blues has been impressing me a lot lately. One of Colorado's finest.

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,009 ratings
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