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

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
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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 ddarden
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Nice off-white head and mohagany in color. The smell is sweet and fruity with nice floral, citrius hop follow through. Very nice smelling DIPA. The taste is very much on the hoppy side, but has good sweet malt backbone and finishes with a nice bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and the drinkability is very good. The alcohol is very well hidden and the can is also very cool. This has been a go to beer for me since it appeared in GA this year.

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

Thanks to blitz134 for this one...
Worn copper color with a full finger and a half of beige head...most recedes with a thick lacing coating the side of my snifter glass.
Huge fruity aroma on this one with strawberries, citrus, melon and a definite butterscotch outline.
Taste is quite sweet up front with plenty of hops to back it up...very fruity and extremely bittersweet in the finish.
The buttery taste is not there and the mouthfeel is not cloying...quite dry actually and ends with that carmelized malt flavor.
The alcohol is nowhere to be found, making this one quite drinkable for the abv....I can see why it is only sold in four packs...I'd be one drunk camper with these around the fire.
An experiment perhaps....

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

Dark color considering the style. Light tan head that laces quite well. A very nice looking beer. Bright and vibrant aroma. Fresh floral, pine and spruce. Dry hopped with other notes of green apples and cherries in the nose. This is truly a delightful beer. It’s a hop monster and displays all kind of fresh, floral and sprucey hop flavor but it’s bitterness is subdued. Tons of flavor. Very creamy and full bodied. Canned version just lacked the magic, or maybe I'm just crazy. I just remember the old Gordon being better,

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Photo of dgallina
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz aluminum can without freshness date.

Pours very deep amber-brown with a pillowy inch and a half of tan foam and tenaciously sticky lace. Lots of suspended yeast. Smells of toasted carmel malt and fresh pine sap. Sweet and clean caramel malt flavor builds into a piney hop middle and finishes with really well-balanced toasted malts and hops. The interplay of flavors is complex and *very* deftly handled. Slightly carbonated body; creamy; somewhat thick and syrupy for an IPA.

The 12oz were gone almost before I knew what had happened. An astoundingly well-balanced American IPA.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, hand-canned, with no dating information. The modest green and white label on a blank silver can makes this look rather plain. A double IPA in a can!

Pours silky smooth from the can. I was not expecting a clouded amber liquid to spill forth into my glass having not seen anything other than pale straw/gold beers up to this point in cans. What a welcome sight indeed! Bits of yeast slowly settle while a few stray carbonation streams laze to the surface. The head is a faded caramel with dense small bubbles that slowly settle leaving decent strings of lacing. Eventually the head diminishes to a skim coat and short collar. The smell is piney and with some spruce as well, slightly sweet and hop oily. It is a rich and full aroma that is noticeable away from the glass. The taste is of rich malts up front , some caramel, plenty of hops throughout. Pine and spruce finish softly, and do not linger too long. There are some pointed pine needles that prick throughout. Balanced, perhaps leaning a bit more towards the malty side, and not even a hint of the 9.2% alcohol shows through. Medium bodied, and a bit flat on the tongue, there is almost no carbonation, but this does not detract at all. The drinkability is right up there, and had it had a just a bit more hops throughout, this would have rocked.

One of the best beers in a can I’ve had. This beer will definitely change perceptions about what canned beer can be.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 oz. can, I poured this beer into a standard 16 oz. pint glass. The beer came out very highly carbonated with a two to three finger tall head that prevented the emptying of the entire contents in on pour. The underlying body was reddish amber in color, which was a departure from standard issue DIPAs. There was also some yeast in suspended animation in the glass. The aroma was very mild for the style with a sweet toffee-ish nose and some spicy hops. The alcohol was also evident in a mildly fumy manner. Taste was little too sweet for what it was meant to be with the mildly bitter and earthy hops providing only a slight contrast. This beer had a pleasant caramelized and balanced taste, but much closer to a concentrated English Bitter in flavor profile than a bulked up American IPA. Nice toastiness and nutty flavors also reinforced the impression that this was off style by quite a bit. The cloyingly sticky and slick mouthfeel lacked the bright punch I so love in the real Western hop monsters built on pale malt base. Alcohol was also too detectable in the aftertaste. Enjoyable but flawed, and overpriced to boot. A decent beer, but not a good DIPA.

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

Poured from can a clear dark amber with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is all hops and it's bold as all outdoors.

The taste was more balanced than the smell insinuated. Yes, there's plenty of hop flavour but the malt is definitely there easing the bitterness to "non hop-head loving" levels making this DIPA one smoooth son of a gun and...the +9%abv is *very* well hidden.
Kudos to Oskar Blues!!

Bottom line: A double ipa that brings the hops but also kicks in with a huge malt backing...this is *great* stuff!!

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from generic looking 12 oz aluminum can.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, amber with a small off white head. The head dissipates rather quickly. Ample lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Faint hints of pine and citrus, flowery also some sweet dark fruits. Somewhat musty smelling, like a wet blanket.

Taste: Piney hops are the 1st thing you taste with Gordon, but not a big, piney/citrus hop bitterness. The middle transitions quickly to a mildly sweet and a somewhat fruity maltiness. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. The 9.2 % abv definitely rears its head in the finish, also a mild hop bitter/dryness lingers in the mouth. No taste of aluminum is present at all.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy and slick, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting from a DIPA. This is not a big, hoppy DIPA in the Hop Wallop or Clipper City Loose Cannon vein. Has a well pronounced malty sweetness that offsets any hoppiness. Alcohol is well pronounced, leaving a warming face. Glad I was able to get this limited edition offering in a can. If you like a sweeter DIPA than a big hoppy DIPA, then Gordon is for you. Worth a try if you can find it, but not necessarily one I would buy again.

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

Amazing. With but a few subtle differences, this beer is nearly identical to Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. Really. The differences are very subtle.

Beautiful reddish hue. Thick creamy head. Enormous hoppy aroma. Followed by just what you'd expect, an enormous hoppy flavor. It's a hop monster, and delcious. No hint of any problems from the can.

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Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A can of DIPA...sweet!!!

A snap of the top and then a pour into a pint glass lead to a dark caramel amber colored body with a light tan head. Started about a half inch thick and then reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing around the edge.

A good dose of caramel malty notes finished with a nice floral, citrus, and pine hop aromas. Some tangerine and lemon stand out the most. Nice strong aroma.

Nicely bitter beer with lots of hops. Hops are resinous and a bit herbal with some citrus aromas. A good hop profile that is balanced with some sweet biscuit and caramel. This is definately fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp. Nice as well. Drinkability is too good. They really need to keep putting these in cans b/c I'd definately drink them up. Good stuff...

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Photo of doubleipa
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum. I love Dale's so I was thrilled that I could get some of these in Georgia. Aroma was very hoppy, as one would expect, but not as much of a resin aroma as a Ruination or Hercules. Nice frothy, light-brown head, with super lacing. Taste starts off hoppy, then goes malty, before finishing with an average hoppy taste. Carbonation was soft. There was a slight alcohol finish. All in all a good, but not great DIPA. More on the Big Hoopy Monster side of the style.

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Photo of benito
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Oskar Blues claims that Gordon is the first double IPA in a can. This may be so, and once poured, you'd never know that this didn't come straight from the tap. They've got a solid, strong IPA on their hands that I'm happy to be able to find around CO.

Gordon is dark amber with lots of head that froths and clumps as it dissipates. The bouquet is filled with hints of grass and all other things dank as well as a strong caramel, malt scent. The flavor itself is even
more aggressive with strong tones of tea, bitter herbs, and the occasional advent of a sweet, toffee like flavor. What I really like about Gordon's flavor is the way that it slowly and evolvingly reveals new flavors and shades of complexity. Ironically, my least favorite aspect of this brew is its strange mouthfeel, which, for something so strong, is stunningly light and unbalanced. The flavors seem to explode too late, leaving a watery texture on the front of the tongue and a bitter explosion toward the back of the mouth. This, however, is a minor drawback
for an otherwise enjoyable brew.

The high ABV and rather jarring change of flavors (from hop to malt and back again) make this a brew for a specialoccasion. Enjoy Gordon if you can--on tap or in aluminum.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a frothy off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin film that leaves some lacing. It's darker than expected.

The aroma is spicy piney, citrusy hops. Yum!

The flavor is sweet doughy caramel malts and citrus hops. It has a decent bitter aftertaste, but it is mellower than I expected from a DIPA. The mouthfeel is medium-full with a good amount of carbonation, but a little watery. The watery mouthfeel kind of washes out the flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall it's a fine (if somewhat mellow) DIPA. It's nicely balanced, but I would prefer a little more hops. It's similar to the Dale's, but I think Dale's has more bitterness and flavor. It's a tad pricy ($10 for 4), so I think Dale's is the much better value.

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

Big ole 750 mL with a rather plain looking brown print on an off white label. Dang cork hiding under the cap sent me down to the hotel bar to borrow a cork screw. Save!

Pours into the glass with a FROTH RED ALERT immediate rising massive spumescent head cap that filled more of the glass that the beer did. A careful second pour after the settle yeilded a dark mahogany russet hue pour topped with that ole off white cratered top notch impressive head cap. This is the darkest 2IPA on the planet, folks! Appearance is 5/5 because this left a sculpture of lace, NOT lattice but a CHUNK of froth!

Even though the aroma is blasting my nose from 2 feet away, I will still give it a whiff. Loads of pine goo aroma. This is a glass of pine maple syrup. Wow! Pine pine and more pine cone! Citrus grapefruit and even a bold enough malt backing to cut through this coniferous wall.

First swigs: This looks like a dare! Wow! Sweet and wood pine hops assault the tongue. Forget trying anything after this night ruiner. Dark caramel, cocoa notes of a malt backing bruise and hack through the pine hop. Quite a sizzler! Thick resinous hops abound. There actually appears a vanilla ice cream and ever so slight fruity coconut quality to the brew. Overwhelming resins. A middle reminds me of vodka soaked oranges. Lingering tongue sizzle.

Quite a thick chewy lingering feel. Balance here is impressive. Almost like a DogFish Head beer, how do they blend all that hop with all that malt? You would have to have a deathwish to rate the drinkability too high here. My gawd!

Last swigs: Barley 2IPA wine Pine resin maple syrup azz-kicker! Less bright than a Dreadnaught but close in thickness and bawls. I'd like to know more about this brewery! My first gripe about this beer is that pouring it takes forever since it is sooo hoppy and the head is a superlative thickness. My second wah-wah was that this set me back $16 ducats. But sooo worth it! The hoppy head cap actually has a pour dent! A 9.2% ABV never even makes a whisper. A flavor profile quite similar to SNBF and Double Bastard really! Bottle says "If you knew Gordon Knight, this beer needs no explaination. If you didn't, we're sorry." Hmmm...

Beer is goood. Happy big bold beering.

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

Appearance – This ADIPA was super-dark in color with a nice, off-white head that showed a bit of retention.

Smell – The dominant aroma here is like a big, stiff, hoppy brown ale. The hops are very complex and full of citrus and strong floral notes, but they don’t overpower the bouquet.

Taste – The strong malts pick things up at the taste. This is heavily balanced towards malts even with the big hop profile. The flavors work well together though.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a nice viscous mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Oskar Blues seems to know how to mass-produce drinkable ales, and this is no exception. It went down quite well.

Comments – This was one of dozens of beers that Kim busted out for her first annual Bavarian Bratwurst Beer Fest. What a treat!

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

Thanks go out to absolutesites for the opportunity to lay my hands on this one....

Presentation: States that it's "a very big IPA from a very small brewery". Good enough for me!

Appearance: A crystal clear ruby red pour fading to orange edges with a fluffy pancake looking beige head. This looks like a bock! Pretty crazy.

Smell: Piney and resiny hop notes going on here. Maybe a touch of grassiness and almost a prickly smell that I can't quite identify other than to describe it as hops with some alcohol esters.

Taste: Bittering pine hops are up front some carmel and brown sugar notes are trying to come through but are quickly beaten down by the hops. Hints of orange and lemon rind throughout. There is a slight smokiness to it but it doesn't overpower at any point. It definitely lives up to the bill of a "Big IPA". The alcohol is balanced and hidden well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not as thick as I had hoped. Still, very good with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Can't see myself drinking more than one of these. My palate is pretty blown at this point. A very big beer that is very nicely done.

Strongly recommended.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear deep amber but not quite brown. The head was tall, no huge, and moussy leaving off-white to tan lacing from the top of the glass to the bottom.

The aroma was deeply malty with a strong fresh citrus hop aroma. The fruity esters were well done and the malt and citrus blended well for a fragrant, somewhat floral aroma. The aroma did not contain and strong alcohol presence.

The flavor was malty with a citrusy bittering and flavoring hop presence and a dark caramel maltiness that had some chocolate presence. The flavor contained only a slight hint of the alcohol content and that presence only added complexity and did not detract. The chocolate presence was slightly out of place however.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus hop bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done. The alcohol was barely even present in the warming after consumption and well hidded all throughout the beer.

750 ml corked and capped botttle. $13.49. This one was probably even better fresh.

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

Pretty dark for an ipa. Pours to a murky dark brown color. Wtih an off-white head. The aroma is malty and caramely with a chocolatey smell as well. I get a bit of roastiness as well. The flavor is malty and buttery with a rich caramel, candy flavor. The hops are slightly spicy and fruit, but the malt is what sticks out most. Medium-full in body and very tasty. I nice beer.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from a 2003 750ml capped and corked bottle with no dates of any kind on it and a hefty price tag of 14 bucks. Wow this poured out very dark with a nearly opaque dark brown with red hues and it appeared black at times. The head was a tall beige one that had good retention and left sheets of lace around the glass through the session. The nose was of a bit of fruit with citric and floral hops jumping out at you. The flavor was great with caramel and chocolate standing out more than I would expect from a double ipa and citric hops still holding there own here. A very nice mix of flavors mingling here with an interesting caramel citric bitter finish to end it all. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a nice chewiness to it. This was one of the more interesting beers I have had in a while. The malt profile added greatly to this IPA was still maintaining the hoppiness expected from it. The 9.2% really made not sharp appearances even as this warmed. If not for the huge price of this I would enjoy this one much more frequently.

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

A 750ml corked bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. Given his love for this beer and that he'll "cherish my 2nd 750ml bottle", I feel somewhat honored to share this with him.

A: Very, very dark amber in color. Cloudy in color. Massive, thick, long-lasting, and lace-inducing off-white head rests comfortably above the amber darkness below.

S: "Oh Christmas Tree....Oh Christmas Tree....". All sorts of pine oil and resinous sap ooze from this. I think George Brett's bat might be in this somewhere...hoppy to say the least. There is some sweetness (peaches? apples?) lingering in there as well.

T: Hoppy up front (understatement of the day). Raw, uncaring, brash hops smack your bitch-ass palate around. Drizzle some fresh honey on some caramel squares and add to the mixture. Middle sees the sweetness peek through and the honey notes in the finish are monstrous, and this is good, for it dances nicely with the bitterness that shows up. Barely deteceted is the ABV from this one. A smile-inducing warmth in the pit of your stomach.

M/D: Solid mouthfeel. Creamy. Immensely drinkable.

A great double IPA. Huge thanks to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this one with me.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a corked 750ml bottle. When I poured this I had to double check the label to make sure it was an IPA...didn't expect it to be so dark. In the glass, it's a deep amber almost brown with a sticky white head. Rich & very sweet aroma of floral hops and candied passion fruit. Smooth bready malt start with evident warming alcohol and underlying dulled sweetness. Sticky hop resins & notes of pine. Moderately bitter and medium to thick in the mouth. Finishes with sugar coated raisins and spicy hops. A rather odd, but unique blend of flavors make this a brew that's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but dark garnet, rich red color. It is well carbonated, which spawns a thick light brown head. The aroma is of American hops, candied citrus and apricot. Quite sweet smelling with a hint of toasted biscuits and malt in the background. This beer is rich and full flavored with just a hint of dark toasted malts in the finish. Very fruity from the hop derived citrus notes. A sharp bitter finish but not overly so. This beer has quite a bit of malt character, which helps to balance the intense hoppiness.

Quite tasty actually. There is a medium-bodied fullness, which compliments both the hop and malt contributions. This is in the tradition of Arrogant Bastard Ale; massively hoppy but with a caramel sweet hint of toasted maltiness to boot. Goes down so smooth, this is an incredible brew, get some if you can.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gordon makes me scared of head (don't quote me on that).

The fluffy, lacing white froth atop this beer foretells the great saga of Ninkasi -- goddess of hops. You're told, as a brewer, that hops help head retention and this is the final proof.

But it's _brown_. Not reddish or amber, but like fudge spread thin on long silicone mats to dry.

And, though packed with hops -- bitterness my wine manager called "bracing" -- Gordon is elegant in its inventiveness. With a malt profile closer to a brown ale, this beer achieves what Dogfish Head's Indian Brown Ale could have only wished for.

Despite the nice Quik-like milk cocoa from the brown malt on the palate (hints of residual sweetness on the gums) and, most surprisingly, on the nose, evertything in this beer is backed by the heartiness of fresh leaf hops. Not the fruity stuff of the West coast, just good hops rotund in their bitterness and obese with earthy, resinous flavor.

Relax, relax.

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

Draught @ Papago

WOW! This is the darkest, thickest, richest IPA, I’ve ever consumed! The beer pours a porter brown to almost black with some ruby high lights, the head mountainous, the texture creamy, and the color a toothsome light brow, the lace is thick and glutinous. Nose is dominated by the hop floral aroma, with an almost cotton candy sweetness, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top thick and pleasant to the palate. Finish has a modest acidity, the hops enduring in their spiciness, and with a 9.2 ABV, quite a nice belly warmer, a magnificent beer.

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Photo of avylover
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those "on a whim" pick ups. The cashier at Carytown told me this was "better than dreadnaught" ...we shall see....

Pours very dark for an IPA. This looks more like a scotch ale or even a porter than an IPA. Very dark mahogony, yet still clear. Large cream head on top. Aroma is not incredibly strong, yet is somewhat complex. Apples jump out at first, along with some citrousy hops and a whiff of alcohol. Hard to detect much more. Taste is complex and lengthy.Apples and grapefruit & piney hop resins come out up front and last throughout the sip. A bitterness takes over big time. Behind all this is a decent malt character. Just enough to keep the taste factor up. Some caramel taste show up upon warming, all the while a alcohol bite pokes through. Mouthfeel is excellent and almost chewy, with flavors dancing around the tongue. Drinkablity is decent for a beer this potent. "Better than Dreadnaught"? I think not, yet this is a bit different.

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,027 ratings