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 jjayjaye
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear darker amber color with better than an inch of loose light tan head that resists fading. Good amount of lacing.

The smell is aggressive and classic DIPA; piny grapefruit and a balanced sweet malt character.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated and creamy. The flavor matches the smell. There is a nice complexity of an extra hop-boost as it finishes and he flavor lingers appropriately.

Drinkability - The 8.7% ABV is hidden well. A real good drinker, but at better than $4 a can it was probably a poor choice after a warm ride on the lawn tractor.

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Photo of shivtim
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an all around good IPA. I had it on tap, but I'd like to try it from the can. It's a clear amber gold beer, looks pretty nice with an ok head. Nose is hops and more hops, as is the taste. Both lack much other than hops, but the actual hop characteristics are varied. Taste has a bit of spiciness as well, and a hint of malts. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

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Photo of sleazo
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Hop Devil

A-Ruddy red/brown with a decent foam top

S-This smells strongly of piney hops with a touch of sweet caramel malt.

T-There is just something missing here. The piney hops do not follow through to the same extent as they do in the smell, the malt just kind of sits there and doesn't harmoniously intermingle.

M-Slightly syrupy, medium/low level of carbonation. This isn't too heavy and actually is more like an IPA I suppose.

D-This is an alright brew. A decent 2xIPA that borders on a single. Neither the hops nor the malt stand out for me in any way

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

Best beer I have had from a can to date. Poured from the can into a Chimay glass. A brownish orange color with a fair head and good lacing. The smell is bananna, hops, pine. The taste is sweet hops. The alcohol is well hidden. The hops leave a nice sticky aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great. The abv is undetectable and the beer is so well balanced that 8.7% does not enter your mind. This beer is just too drinkable. The best DIPA that I have had to date. An exceptional brew. Reccomended.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce can, $3.49 from Whole Foods in downtown Seattle, states 8.7% ABV.

Visual: deep hazy reddish amber, light lacing. Creamy, dense head dissipates rapidly.

Aroma: slightly flat and metallic, sweet, with hints of pine.

Taste: sweet, sweet, sweet with some pine/resin notes. Really quite limited for such a huge beer. The alcohol is not evident, except for a slight tingly burn in the mouth in the finish and aftertaste.

For a DIPA style, it's VERY lacking in pronounced hops. This is much more like a strong red ale, or perhaps a thick, sweet barleywine.

After it has warmed from the serving temp (about 53-55) to room temp (70, if my thermostat is to be believed) a distinct rauch-like smokiness comes out, and the alcohol warmth is a little more evident.

I've wanted to try this beer for a long time, and to be honest, I'm somewhat disappointed. It's kind of blah. I really like the Dale's, and Old Chub, but sadly, this one really doesn't match up to the hype. Good beer, sure, but not excellent.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of bitter hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts. There’s a little bit more sweetness than most 2IPA’s but it masks the ABV. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, very good representation of style, deceptive kick, this is an excellent beer to stick for a whole evening, but the ABV can catch up to you quickly.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, awesome one-finger plus creamy tannish head, some nice islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, nice touch of hops, slight grapefruit/piney, good dose of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, bitter, malty/hoppy. At first the sweetness plays up front, then a nice touch of malts/hops, a nice well balance between the two, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. A nice chewy texture. Very drinkable, this is my first Oskar Blues brew, I have a Dale's Pale Ale, and an Old Chub coming in a trade. My can sez 9.8% ABV, just cannot image a brew this high in ABV and flavor coming out of a can, the same with the Surly's. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased for $13.69 four pack at Peabodys in Boone, NC. Pours from the can into a large snifter a dark red color with a beige head of substantial size. Copious amounts of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is nice but eerily similar to Dales Pale Ale. Not much of a step above Dales apart from the alcohol and the presence of more carmel malts. Citrus hops greet the nose first in a big wave, followed by sweet caramel malts and the slightest hint of alcohol.

Awesome balance between malts and hops. The tongue is greeted by citrus hops and fruity esters such as pineapple and orange. Sweet and slick in the middle, then the real kicker; the hops just make the tongue tingle and quiver but beg for more. Are those Pop Rocks in my mouth??

Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than is usual in a nice DIPA, but the drinkabilty is outstanding. Smooth and creamy, abv is well hidden. This is one tasty beer. I could drink this all day, any day. Oskar Blues sure as hell know what they are doing with the hoppy beers like this and Dale's. This is about the only DIPA or any other beer that I would pay over $13 for 4 of them.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can? I kept having to look back at the can after the pour and shake my head. I couldn't believe something this good from a can. Deep brown with a slight head that formed after I poured it. Not much carbonation present when opening, but it came out in droves afterward. Nutty malt and hops in the nose, with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Taste is very complex, both malty and citrusy hops. I didn't taste the alcohol right off like some have mentioned... and I'm usually one to get it right up front. So that says a lot for the taste of the beer overcoming a higher ABV for a really nice offering. Now I can't wait to try the other cans from Oskar Blues.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has this once before on cask and New York. While I thought it was okay it didn't live up to my expectations. I also have no idea how long the cask was tapped. That being said with the Gordon poured into my Bell's tulip sitting beside me on the floor next to an open window, the spectacular boquet and citrs fruit mingles it's way toward my olfactory sensors and eintices indeed.

Pours an amber copper colore with a thick off white head with great retention and thick sticky lacing that seems like it will make it's way too the bottom with me.

Perfect example of a damn fine aromatic IPA. Thickly sticky sweetness of fresh squeezed grapefruit, peach, and tangerine, than transorms into earthy pine riddles aromas, than into a lovely boquet of a flower garden. Underneath it all is a nice dose of caramel malt that hold everything together and keeps things clean.

This is just a straight up kick ass DIPA. The only complaint I have is that the huge succulent, chewy, very tasty caramel malt is ever so slightly too much and drowns out the hops a tiny bit. But don't let that fool you, this is a damn good beer. Citrusy grapefruit and peach win again with a less amount of pine hop but it's noticeable on the finish. Floral and delightful while not being overly bitter.

Mouth is rich, full, and ever so chewy. Very clean with a medium short finish. Alcohol has no presence in this beer. Could drink this all night, at least until the 8.7% ABV snuck up on me.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown color with a thick creamy head and not much visible carbonation. I thought it looked more like an APA.

Smell is raw hoppy with dryhopping smell. Lots of citric, lemony smells which are balanced by the dextrinous malt.

Taste of raw US hops, citric and little grapefruity, but not sharp. A nice bitterness which is supported by a medium dextrinous, sweet maltiness. Not the most bitter DIPA I had, but this beer seems to be toned down in every taste direction. Not only are the hops mild and flavorfull instead of mouthpuckering, but also the malt sweetness isn't as syrupy as other DIPA's. Personally I think that this beer is a great example of the style.

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

Poured into a pit glass, pours a orange amber color with a minimal fluffy head that leaves some heavy and thick lace on the glass. Smell is quite outdoor wood and bark also a bit of grapefruit. Taste is pretty impressive has a sweet nectar hoppy taste with a bit of a malt and alcohol finish that is not overbearing, this is not as hoppy as I thought it would be but nicely balanced between the hop bitterness and the malt backbone and the alcohol sweetness, this is highly drinkable for its high abv and is almost like a meal in a can. This is one fine damn offering and one that I would purchase again, pretty pricey though for the 4 pack but worth every penny.

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Photo of timtim
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dale's pale ale on steroids for sure. 14.99 a four pack hurts, but it pours a geourgeous dark amber orange with a massive head that has pretty good retention and lots of nice lace. citrusy and piney like a dipa should be. just not as thick as i like. sticky and redish for sure, but not as creamy as i dreamed it would be. in my experience, freshness is the key with this one. i could session this one, but 14.99 hurts bad.

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

A solid, but not exceptional DIPA. The hops aren't super out-of-this-world, but it's fairly rich without being sickly sweet. As much as I like dry, straight-up-bitter DIPAs like Ruination, this one deserves credit for its smooth drinkability. Outrageously priced at Bukowski's at $7!

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a darker than average tangerine, almost ruby red. It has a decent white head that fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

Smell is of over-ripe pineapple. Very sweet, almost candy-like.

Taste is also very sweet, but not cloying at all. Pineapple juice with a slightly bitter finish.

Good mouthfeel, well balanced.

Overall, very good. By far the best beer from a can I've ever had. I prefer a more bitter hoppiness, but this is a well made DIPA. Recommended.

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Photo of Bobikel
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A re-review on the gordon. Just checking my continuity...

Appearance - A crystal clear deep amber, slightly red, with a medium sized fluffy head that hangs around for a while. Lacing is very good.

Smell - Piney and resinous hops, with a bready background. Mild alchohol. Smells Dry hopped.

Taste - A very dry malt is quickly overwhelmed with a strong citrus, and earthen hopiness. Alchohol in nearly non noticible. Although not as hoppy as I would like to see in a double IPA, (even more so, an american DIPA) This is still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel - A little thick, but slick and oily, with a nice gentile low carbonation.

Drinkability - An easy drinker thats at home with BBQ, as it would be in the dead of winter, as a nice warmer.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.79. Definitely the most expensive can of beer I've ever purchased. Also the first non-macro canned beer I've ever had. There doesn't seem to be a freshness date, though "6 09 13A 1 B A" was printed on the can below the upc symbol. The "label" of the can is quite different from what is featured on the pic posted to BA, BTW.

Poured a dark amber that is semi-hazy. 1 1/2 " of white foam perch at the top of my Mirror Pond pint glass. Sheets of lace. The head took it's time to settle. A very good looking beer.

The scent is predominantly of piney hops but citrus scents can be detected as well. There's also a caramel malt sweetness but it's much more subdued.

The taste is surprisingly slightly more citrusy the an the smell, with the pineyness noted in the scent still quite noticeable. The malts are fairly subordinate as they should be. This is a very well-balanced tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style. It's oily with hop resin, but with a body that is thoroughly medium bodied despite the somewhat "big" nature of an IPA of this strength.

An excellent IPA, one that I will reach for again, so long as there isn't an equally excellent IPA of less expense. My first experience of a canned craft beer was an outstanding one.I don't know who Gordon Knight was, but if this beer is a tribute to him, he must've been a helluva guy.

"Can'o bliss. Satisfy Ya."

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Photo of RedHaze
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with one and a helf finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a nice sheeting of lace.

Smell; piney hop resins with grapefruit and oranges shining through as well. Some nice caramel malt sweetness is present, with a very nice floral aroma floating around the fringes.

Taste; grapefruit and oranges dominate, but the pine is present right behind and there's some other tropical fruits mixed in. Very hoppy, but not crushingly so. The malts do just enough to balance out the hops a little with some caramel and brown sugar. It's a bit sweeter than I expected, but it seems to fit this beer very well.

Mouthfeel is fully bodied and oh so smooth and creamy. This is one of the smoothest beers that I've had in a while, and that only increases the drinkability for me. I picked this up at total wine and more is Sterling, Va and I'm glad I finally had a chance to try it. I just hope that I'll have another chance to have this again.

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Photo of Cresant
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. can into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. The body was a hazy dark orange with a small, off-white head (creamy micro-bubbles). No date. Thanks to Matthew for the opportunity to try this one.

Smell was like a squeezed pine cone. Peppery. Crusty whole grain bread. Alcohol came up late. Mildly Pine-Sol like.

Taste was leafy. Honey. Hops oils. A sweetness that was rich but not cloying. Frisee like organic bitterness that was never harsh. Surprisingly well balanced. There was a very long, pleasant, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying a can of Dale's Pale Ale a while back, I decided I'd keep an eye out for more Oskar Blues products. I had been surprised by the head retention, aromas, and all around great taste that was served out of a can. So, while perusing the aisles of a local Total Wine, I happened upon Gordon Beer. Let's give it a go.

A: Poured a deep amber/ruby hue, a quite impressive color to be honest, holding to the proclamation of "Big. Red. Sticky." on the outside. Once again, head retention and lacing is out of this world. Two and a half fingers of dense, immaculate head stuck around for quite some time. A damn impressive appearance.

S: A very piney and sweet bouquet, which is complemented with a certain dark fruit and spice scent. I can wait anymore, I've gotta take a sip...

T: Well.. I feel like I was thrown for a loop. Expecting a hopped out IPA taste, I instead was rather surprised, yet delighted, on what I found. A coying introduction of maltiness is accompanied by a sticky hop flavor toward the middle. The finish is both anti-climactic and amazing at the same time. The hops recede and a pleasing aftertaste is left at the back of the tongue.

M: Very hearty; a thick, creamy mouthfeel with a sticky hop side that covers the entire palate. Still, quite enjoyable and definitely solid in this category.

D: The novelty of this beer is that it doesn't kill the palate, yet gives you a mellow hop kick that does little harm. For that, I salute Oskar Blues for this offering; its appearance was enticing, its flavor was unique, and it makes for a very practical beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Thanks to todd1 for adding this one to a recent trade. My second taste from this brewer ('Old Chub' previously)...

A: Served chilled, almost straight from the fridge. Into the glass I get a huge frothy off-white head that rises and rises. At least 4-fingers at its peak and very slow to recede. Complexion is a chill haze and color is amber/gold. Carbonation is fairly heavy initially then steadies. Pretty lace, sticking in bands down the glass.

S: Big piney/resinous hop nose. This one is evocative of freshly cut wood, or perhaps a walk down the plywood aisle at the Home Depot. Behind all those juicy hops is a considerable amount of caramel malt. It's an enticing aroma that makes me want to take a sip.

T: Bold and flavorful blend of sticky sweet caramel and pungent hops. I get a raw, woodsy pine and a considerable orange rind flavor from the hops. Excellent balance, good intermingling of flavors, comes off with a sweeter malt finish that's very nice...not one of those off-centered, all-hop, super-IBU extreme DIPA's. At least it doesn't drink that way...

M: Silky smooth, 'velvety' is a good descriptor. Medium-full mouthfeel, big body and barely-noticeable alcohol warming. Moderate level of carbonation keeps the taste buds busy.

D: A very good DIPA - it draws instant comparisons to another canned winner, Surly Furious. I think I may like Gordon a little better than the Furious, but who's comparing? One I'll like having again (recently found at a local bottle shop) and certainly recommend. Bonus points for portability in the aluminum can and for having the same name as my Dad.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured in a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful crisp copper hue with a nice one finger white fluffy head that dies down to a thin layer for the remainder of the tasting. Stickiness/legs are pretty good, here and/or there. Smell is an oily piney hop with a bit of pale malt in the background. Very complex odor, really enjoy it. Taste seems to be a bit weaker than the smell a bit of a disappointment. Starts off with an bitter pine hop and ends with a slick earthy malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hardly any carbonation. Probably not a good idea, but this may become my next golf beer. I don't sense much alcohol at all. Definitely pick this one up if you get the chance. FORE!

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second craft beer from a can (following Dale's Pale, also from Oskar Blues)

Appearance: Very red in color, attractive, little bit of orange tinting. Good head, retention, and lacing.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, with fresh hops underlying.

Taste: Sweeter than I was expecting, but not unbalanced - plenty of hops to go around here. Alcohol is understated.

Mouthfeel: Full body but not syrupy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid DIPA, although sweeter than I generally prefer. And you have to love the idea of a DIPA from a can.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got just a single can of this at Murray's in Milwaukee and i wish that i had picked up more. Pours big, red and sticky. Nice off-white cloud of a head. Smells lemony and freshly hoppy. Very inviting. Smells as fresh as if it had just come out of a tap at the brewery. Taste is creamy, sweet, hoppy and grassy. Bitterness doesn't hit until the finish and then its oh-so-smooth. This is a fantastic-tasting beer. Mouthfeel is creamy like its been slightly whipped-up. full bodied. An amazing beer all around and a fantastic argument for putting all beer in cans (also see: Surly Brewing)

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Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Defended some hill forts with this one on 7/21/2006. 10.5 oz. goblet pour at Redbones.

Kind of a floating, 18-inch head that settles loosely to a cawl with patches but a nice friar tuck; lace is uneven but Jackson Pollockesque in its presentation. Amber-rose hue belies a light action spurtling throughout and happily dancing. Huge malt bill on the nose, almost like a barleywine; usual citrus notes for the style; warming, the alcohol kicks in big. Initial hit of hops on the mouth makes way for a tumescent paucity of the same, very weird. A bit of metalicism foces itself, but equal parts grapefruit help best it back; the whole affair seems to be a yin/yang assault on the tongue. Medium heavy body is fairly drinkable.

I can see the allure to this in the can. Would thrwo this one in my backpack when camping.

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