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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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G knight Imperial Red Ale

A: light amber, ruby-like center, yellow gold at the edges, good carbonation with moderate lacing

S: sweet caramel notes, huge hoppy character for a "red ale" the nose seems to have an identity crisis with an Imperial IPA

T: Again, this beer does double duty by both wearing the spectacles of Clark Kent and the cape of an Imperial IPA. I like the penumbra that is created. On the Red ale side there's a great caramel profile, with honey notes, shortly after the IPA side comes forward with its declaration of peaches, mango, and some latent pine. It is as though you transported a tropical fruit farmer to the Canadian tundra and instructed him to chop down trees. He would be confused at first but naturally inclined towards the thrill of the harvest. In this instance, your wanting tastebuds.

M: This has a great mouthfeel that gives a balance for both the cloyingly sweet Red notes to balance out the grassy/lemon IPA notes. Minimal coating but with a mild chewiness.

D: The drinkability could go either way depending on your preference. On one side, the hop notes might pull and early shutdown of your olfactory and disallow production on the line. Other people might feel that the sweetnotes make each drink more desired and they serve as scab workers. Overall I feel this is a good, underrated beer, it is no Pliny, it is no Shark attack, but it is a strange hybrid.

Narrative: Guillermo shivered and watched his breath cascade out in lingering mist. Ecuador never seemed so far away as he looked out upon the expanse of the taiga belt. Just north he could see frozen scrubbrush and south he saw his task at hand: lumbering. Mile after mile of looming coniferous enemies, waited to be felled. His members only jacket provided minimal warmth and made him long for the oppressive heat during the days that he would harvest palm hearts. "GUILLERMO! MAN THE FELLERBUNCHER AND START WORKING ON THE LICHEN AREAS!" He knew that he was a competent lumberjack, but he longed for his lumber jill, Ysidra, left behind in his home land. He would serve amiably in either profession, but he could not help but feel a bit out of place under the watchful eye of the demanding Canadian foreman. At his core, he was Guillermo, a wonderous man capable of felling Palm and Gymnosperm alike.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a glowing orange blossom honey amber with a tangerine tinted head. Nice lacong drips down the glass as the head fades away. Moderate carbonation. Very nice!

S- Grapefruit dipped in honey and caramel. Nice piney hop notes. Fresh cut peaches, mango, lemon drop candy and x-mas trees! Beautiful malty sweetness on the nose that blends perfectly with the citrusy hops!

T- Very malt forward... sweet candy corn, caramel, bitter lemon, tangerine peel, and notes of floral pine and rosemary.

M- Definately sweet on the tongue, but the bitter citrus/pine taste really evens things out. Niether dominates... they just blend and dance nicely together. Sweet caramel and pine both stick to your gums. Alcohol a bit present, but certainly not overwhelming.

O- I guess this is a IIPA... just a little bit out of bounds. Like calling the White Stripes a Blues band... it's kinda there, but goes off on some other kind of wonderful tangent! Definately worth trying if you haven't.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip on 5/28/11.

Pours a dark golden amber with hues of orange and yellow on the edges. A finger of frothy white head dissipates leaving a frosty white coating of tiny bubbles on the glass. Great color and head.

Smells of fruity floral hops and a slight citrus hit as well. Lots of malt sweetness to this brew and done very nice. You don't usually get this much sweetness out of a beer of this style but this one does very well.

Taste is floral, citrus, and grass, followed by a sweet malt heaviness that coats the pallet shortly after. Again lots of sweetness but is chewy and tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. A slight taste of booze but not bad. Hops resin leaves an earthy taste on the pallet.

Overall this is a good beer. It has its short comings but good. Can't say much more then that.

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Photo of BeerBoss
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok so I went to a local beer tasting and discovered this brewery. I really like what they stand for. It was a bit difficult for my mind to get around the whole good beer in a can thing but once I tasted it I was convined that this is the way to go.

S: From a can of course...into a tunic pint glass.

A: A deep rich amber/brown with noticable haziness. Small head with substantial lacing.

S: A nose pleaser. A sweet aroma with distinct hoppy and malt undertones.

T: Very nice! A strong hoppy bite up front, but not over the top for its IBU'S! Parallel to the nose...sweet malty middle notes with a suprisingly clean and sweet finish.

M: Very smooth.

O: For sure a great beer!

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Photo of engagechad
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a can single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into dfh snifter

Pours a perfect burnt amber ruby with a dense whippy looking head that forms a perfect 1" with great lacing. This is a beautiful beer. Smells awesome, like a nugget nectar but a bit tamer on the hops. Smells sweet but also has that hop aroma, it's great. Taste follows, and for a 8.7 beer this is soooo smooth and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is right on, smooth with little hits from the carb and hop bitter.

Overall - this is my fav OB beer so far probably and I've had ten fidy

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Photo of JayAre46
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've waited a while to review this one, had to do it fresh because thats where this beer should be consumed otherwise its an absolute malt bomb...anyway here we go. G'Knight can o'bliss satisfya, poured into a pint glass because i think this beer is most at home in one, pours a deep red/amber color that brings a white head that shows the sticky icky that we love, GAH DAMNIT LAACCCCINNNG

A - big citrusy hop aroma with caramel malts abundant, hints of mango ill go with as the citrus...sweetness fills the nose

T - couldn't wait to get done with the look and aroma so i could get to taste on this one....FUCK YES, follows the nose well, malty presence here that is not in a lot of brews, piney touches with some grapefruit. majority is a good citrus hop not a big bitterness mostly a citrus note...the brew is big people, huge malt presence, big hops, the alcohol is more subtle than i usually remember....but anyway this beer makes me want to walk into a BMC bar shirtless with a chrome .45 desert eagle with "HATER" in cursive down the barrel, already hot from droppin mofo's in the parking lot ready to crush bodies...me and g'knight work well together SON!

M - medium body, light carbonation creamy mouthfeel, i think this is what im the biggest fan of on this one... little heat. personally i could pound these like there is no tomorrow. sticky

O - one of my favorites no doubt, i wish there was a more complex flavor going on but i still love it for what it is...if this was not distributed to where i am i would trade for it, just sayin...DRINK IT NERDS AND RUN FOR THE FENCE

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying this.

A-Pours a slightly hazy ruby red grapefruit color. The beer is deep yet radiant. My fairly aggressive pour creates a big, fluffy off-white creamy head. The cap retains very well and leaves awesome lacing. Overall, this beer looks very delicious. Completely passes the eye test.

S-Fairly heavy nose too. Sugar crusted grapefruit. A bunch of juicy hoppiness in the nose. But, the nose might actually be more malty than hoppy. The beer smells quite sweet. The hops mingle and almost morph together with the malt. I keep thinking of grapefruit flavored gummy candy (which is caked in sugar).

T-The flavor is very individual. One of the maltier DIPAs I have ever tried. The caramel maltiness is rich and evident. A pretty assertive dose of hops do help to try and balance out this brew. Usually when a DIPA or an IPA is very malty, I am not a big fan. Yet, this beer seems to do the malt-foward DIPA very well. I would not be opposed to an extra 'oomph' of hops, but this is pretty nice as is.

M-One of the stickiest, most resinous feels I have come across. The carbonation is an afterthought because all I can pay attention to is the texture of the brew.

O/D-Overall, this is worth a try. Where I live a 4-pack of this is far too expensive. However, this beer does malty very well The alcohol is masked amazingly. This by no means steers me away from hop-forward brews (which I love the most) but it is an interesting take on the style. One word to describe this beer: rich.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lnashsig for sending me this one!

A: Poured into my DFH signature glass. Pours a slightly hazy ruby/red color with two finger, very foamy head, slightly off-white in color. The head reduced to about one finger in height and stayed that way. Some very nice lacing was left behind. Small carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: A good amount of hops upfront, some nice floral aromas, and a good mix of both pine and some light citrus - grapefruit. Underneath there is some caramel and a little bit of doughy malt.

T: On the sweeter side, not overly hoppy and bitter like some double IPAs, but pretty well balanced. Light citrus flavors, some grapefruit and pineapple. It is a bit sweeter than most in the style.

M: Medium to full bodied with solid carbonation. Slightly bitter finish, but a really light bitterness.

O: A really easy drinking DIPA. Might be lacking a hop bite for what I like in the style, but it is really east drinking and very solid. Love a good beer in a can.

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Photo of Yagman3000
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can (of course!) into a snifter for a "good times" experience.

Smells of delicious hops, with a pleasant heaviness, and a citrus note that has more orange than traditional grapefruit.

Tastes of caramel-covered hops. A true red ipa that has great hops with a complexity above earthiness or dimple bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy on the tongue. Long-lasting flavor and a non-cloying sweetness.

Overall this is one of my favorites... In the top 5 for me. I love IPAS with something more and this truly delivers. One if the great beers that every hop head should try at least once.

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Photo of audiodav
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz can into a Pilsner glass

A: Pours a silky smooth dark amber/red with about a finger sized head that dissipates quickly. Pretty good lacing.

S: Really clean fresh fruity piney scent. Lots of malt. Lots of floral. really nice

T: Very slight hoppy bite to a crisp malty fruity type taste. Very refreshing. Good balance of all flavor.

M: It's silky smooth with good carbonation...but not too much. Nice and full bodied...fairly thick in feel.

O: This is a great red! Amazingly drinkable. It's clean and crisp with that slight hint of hint of hop. I was very impressed.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rust colored dark red with a finger's worth of white head that dissipates to a layer of bubbles.

S: A really fresh, clean smell of flowers, pine, and hops with a slightly fruity and citrusy undertone, mixed with a bit of honey sweetness.

T: Initial taste of the same crisp, clean floral and citrus hops in the nose, followed by a slightly sweet, almost iced tea sort of malt finish. It's really odd, but this drinks and tastes like a hopped up sweet tea. Very crisp, clean, fresh, tasty, and thirst quenching.

M: A little thick and syrupy, it's a bit sticky with great carbonation, goes down well and warms nicely.

O: Amazingly drinkable, the freshest, cleanest hop profile I think I've ever smelled, and a beautifully clean and fresh taste. Seriously, this drinks like a beer version of sweet tea. Amazing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought it was weird that they had a "Gordon" tap handle for this but now understand that they changed the name recently.

A - Pours a solid amber, kind of dark hues, with a half inch of creamy slightly tanned head. Lacing is pretty constant sticking to all sides of my glass the entire pour.

S - Curious it does have a distinct pine and citrus type hop presence but more of a sweet caramel and toffee like malt that picks up and steals the show. I get some bread and yeast tones too.

M - I was very impressed with the beer. For starters it tasted of sweet citrus hops then about halfway through my glass as it warmed the caramel malt picked up making it more sweet yet the bitter hop finish kept it interesting. Went down pretty quickly.

M - The best part of this beer was it clocks in almost 9 percent but drank like a Dale's which is only 6.5. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall I am surprised with this beer and now believe this is my new favorite of the style (sorry Nugget Nectar!) Big, hoppy, but with an extremely solid sweet amber malt base this beer is sure to make me go out for a four pack. If only Oskar Blues four packs were cheaper around here...

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/25/10 (When it was still Gordon Ale)

Can into pint glass

Who doesn't like beer in a silver can? This beer pours an amber color with the smell of floral hops. The taste is more malty then anything, but floral hops in the back end. With it's price tag, I would only buy this beer when you are tired of the other DIPA in your rotation.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes over the past week. Enjoyed at Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA.

A--Dark amber with large white, fluffy head with very little retention throughout the drink.

S--Malt, caramel & hops up front. Very strong, sweet and boozy smell.

T--Malt presence cannot be ignored. It's overwhelming with a sweet caramel finish. The taste, to be honest, is great.

M--Light bodied with heavy carbonation. The taste of alcohol is very strong and overwhelming.

O--Great brew! Heavy hop & malt flavors up front with biting alcohol aftertaste. Definitely something I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color whiteish head, little carbonation. STICKY!!

Love the aroma, gives me chills. Huge hop profile overwhelms a strong malt. Citrus, pine, apple, melon, prune. Whoa. . .

Mouthfeel is heavy and slick, very slight carbonation.

Taste is big, lots of sweet malty goodness, Syrupy caramel, fuity hoppy, hops are so thick it is like being in a pine forest. Colorado beer at its best. Alcohol is very well hidden in this beast.

Drinkable yes but how many could you drink...

A 4 pack of these will lay you out quick.

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Photo of raszputini
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap to a pint glass. Pours a dark and cloudy amber with an off-white head. Piney hops dominate the nose, with some citrus in there too. The taste is remarkably malty with a well balanced character of hops - piney as well as citrus - some grapefruit notes as well provide a bitter finish. Very interesting brew.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from New Beer Distributors, dated Jan 12, 2011. Not the freshest thing I could be sipping on, and I'll most certainly revisit this with a fresher sample. Into a pint glass.

Pours an amber-brown, murky and unfiltered. Creamy, thick head about a finger or so high of eggshell colour. Good head and lace. Nose has big citrus hops and pine cones. Nice and hoppy with a subtler malt balance, some caramel and toffee sweetness. Taste has more citrus, with the balance tilted towards some orange and tangerine. Pine takes a step back here, but still hangs out in the periphery. Finish has all the malt, and isn't too big on the bitterness. Lingering mouthfeel, medium body. Alcohol is invisible. Nice imperial red that suffers a bit from being over the hill. Needs revisiting.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A dark/amber color, with a one finger head which leaves some nice legs.

Smell-Hoppy, earthy aroma and some sweet malt. I get some dark fruit aroma as well, not expecting that.

Taste-Big hop kick off the bat along with some alcohol burn, along with alot of pine. Like the aroma some citrus lingers in there but is masked by the Hops and Malt and the bitterness.

Mouthfeel-A little bit too hoppy, but a nice amount of carbonation and doesn't linger.

Overall-A little bit too much alcohol in there, but besides that good beer. This may be an IPA that may get better with age, who knows.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours red head red with a powerful white head.

Smell - piney hop, some pineapple but more malt

Taste - very smooth but with that said the taste here is very thin. Some malt with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Nothing stands out as memorbale and falls so short from what I'm used to with Oskar Blues.

Its very smooth in the mouth with more of a hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

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Photo of DearthVader
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +6.1%
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 -6.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +6.1%
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 +7.3%
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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G'Knight from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,036 ratings