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 watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a deep amber and gold color with a minor head. Lace is present but also minor.

The smell is a nice blast a hops. Grapefruit, citrus, and floral smells are everywhere. The taste brings more of these flavors all the way through. The mouthfeel is solid and pleasing while drinkability is very good.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

coppery ruby brown with a tan head.
the nose has a very nice spicy hoppiness with a citrusy pineyness. it's also got a little bit of a malt character in there, with some caramel and maybe some hints of dark fruit in there. mellow, but complex and interesting.
the taste with a buttery, but un-diacetyl-like caramel, with hints of brown sugar, melding into fruitiness that includes some berry flavors as well as some pear, the hops wash in after that weith a citrusy faintly spicy pine and accompanying bitterness. a well balanced DIPA to be sure. almost more like an american barleywine.
the mouthfeel is pleasantly full with smooth delicate carbonation. excellent in the mouth. i would have sooner guessed this came out of the tap than an aluminum can.
good drinkability and i gotta say, the least in your face double IPA i've ever had. don't let that give you the wrong idea though, it's still loaded with hops and very good.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a bottle of coca-cola, except with a root beer head. Deep brown color, not quite opaque.

Nose firs strikes me as brothy. Yes, like a soup. Maybe some brewed tea notes in here, when the tea bag came open and there's loose tea floating around. Dark rum too, maybe that's the "sweetness" on the nose.

Palate has big malt & hops but the other flavours keep you entertained - some birthday cake, root beer, marshmallowy vanilla wafer thing too.

Finish is more alcoholic than I'd like. Normally I hope that bite is more subdued, even for a beer of this strength. It interferes with drinkability for me, and turns this into a sipping 1 per sitting type of beer.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce CAN purchased at the brewpub in Lyons, CO, $2.69 a can.

Lovely dark clear amber-brown under a very large light tan head. Head diminishes to a solid cap of tight foam and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell of shortcake maltiness and tart fruit (like sharp apricots?), with some vanilla and grapefruit hops. Lots going on here.

Taste of peppery roasted malts and chocolate malts fighting tooth and nail with citrus hops and pine hops. Complex and tongue-grabbingly overt, this is half malt-bomb and half hop-bomb. One thing's for sure: it's explosively flavorful. Vanilla, clove, buttered rye toast, grapefruit, lemon-pepper.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel for a DIPA: not as sticky and slurpy as I would anticipate.

Decently drinkable, though the alcohol is obvious. I'll have some more, but not right away.

If you can find it, get some. The supply in cans is up and down throughout Colorado. Supply has not nearly kept up with demand.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a dense two finger head. Leaves a havy sheeting of lace behind. Aroma is all hops. Sweet and citrusy. Lots of grapefruit in the nose.

Flavor is dominated by the pleasant citrus hops but also balanced a bit by the very prominenet malt profile. Some alcohol evident as well. Hops cannot help the sticky mouthfeel but do leave a long bitter aftertaste. All this said, it's damn yummy!

A nice DIPA with some balance, Oskar does it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear crimson in color, though a shade pale than real red...a burnished apricot, perhaps? Rests under a fine, creamy-toned head, a good, lasting 1/4".

Sweet, malty, rich and hoppy in the nose. That's the immediate impression. Let's go back for more...Almost a barleywine impression, very rich and ripe, redolent of the succulent, decadent dark fruits, plump plums, luscious grapes, bodacious berries. Outsized and outrageous.

Taste is full, vast, and, again, bigger than life. Great attack on the palate, wonderful play with the tongue, a texture that gives and grabs. Thick, sticky, and not shy about anything. Full-bodied, long, fruity finish, hops and malt both give beyond the ordinary. Alcohol isn't felt right off, but assuredly crawls it's way into the feel of it.

Abundant fruit mixed with the barleywine feel in the flavor, an impressive acheivement. Wonderful, relaxing ale, this. And, without a doubt, the finest beer I've yet poured from a can!

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to get to try this one on tap @ Hop Devil, Lower East Side NYC, pours a dangerous brownish plum tone, cloudy with a nice tiny bubble film and leaving loads of fine, sticky, sheets of lacing, nice....the expected resiny hop nose, leads to waves of buttery hoppy goodness, creamy, smooth, malt rising to support the hop blast. Full bodied, full flavor, heady, American in attitude brew! Simply lovely stuff, in cans this would be the ultimate beach or camping in the cooler beer. Where can I get cans of this stuff in the NYC area?

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Photo of rabsten
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at D's Six Packs and Dogz, Pittsburgh PA. Thanks to BA Veggiemafia for steering me there.

On tap into a pint glass. Dark amber, slighty cloudy, thick, khaki head woth good retention, nice lacing with each sip.

Piney hops hit you in the nose with solid citrus underpinning. Minor malt. This one's all about the hops. Mmmm. Very similar to WV Brewing Co.'s Ned's Pale Ale.

Flavor is all hops up front, with a sweet malt backbone in the finish. Citrus to start, with evergreen following, then the malt. Delicious.

Crisp to start with maltiness opening up as each sip goes down. Refreshing as all get out.

This brew drinks easily, but the overall drinkability score takes a ding due to the ABV%. I had no idea it was as strong as it was until I got out of my seat, so the alcohol is sneaky as well.

Bottom line: another very good DIPA to put on my list of go-to beers. And, apparently it's avaialble in cans, so it'll be a great camping beer if I can find a case.

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Photo of oberon
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured aclear rich bronze with a nice white sticky 1/2 finger head leaving a ring of lace as it settled slowly,I know giving a 5 for for anything really means something when reviewing but I had it give this a perfect score for the nose of this bad boy the pine jumps out and grabs ya the underlying citrus just adds to to it its just resiny and piney and just damn good.Long lingering hops on the palate no big wallop and done here a nice coating mouthfeel the piney flavors just coat the mouth and just seem to linger over top of a pretty sweet malt base but the hops seem to just go on late into the finish inducing those blessed hop burps.Big thanks to my buddy Dale aka "hoppedup" (Dale) thru AK Smoked Porter hey every once in awhile even an Ohioan makes me happy.

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Photo of dauss
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz Aluminum can. Just a plain can with a sticker on it.

Appearance: Cloudy copper amber color with a nice large tan head that has great retention and lacing.

Smell: Getting whiffs of buttery diacetyl, with a lightly roasty toffee aroma. Slightly citrusy hops in the background. Way too much diacetyl is overpowering the rest of the aroma.

Taste: Sweet and creamy malt body with a lot of hops. Hints of citrus and peach. Most toffee and caramel sweetness with light burn of alcohol. Pretty thick body with a slick diacetyl mouthfeel.

Notes: I've had it on tap at Oskar Blues and I really liked it. This one isn't quite as good, probably due to the flaws in the brewing/fermentation process. Its sweet, but not cloying, the hop flavor is good, but could be stronger, and would like some more bitterness.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear copper colored body, solid white head. Copious sticky lace.

Smell: Fragrant hops are obvious but somewhat subdued for the style. Bready malt in the background. Not bad, just not as assertive as you would think.

Taste: Very good for the style. Hops start and finish very quickly, with a rush of bitterness they are here and gone. Leaving a fine sticky herbal aftertaste. Very nice flavor.

Drinkability: My second Oskar Blues beer, and I can honestly say this beer has no ill effects from canning whatsoever, and is an above average DIPA.

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Photo of beerinator
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hoppedup for this can!

Appearance: Brown clear beer, with a nice retentive tan head.

Aroma: The hops are mostly citrusy, but still pleasantly piney. The sweet malt smells blend nicely with the hops. This beer wants to be tasted badly.

Taste: The first taste of this beer is pretty damned hoppy. Hoppier and piney-er than expected from the mightly hoppy aroma. After a couple more tastes, it seems to be a bit more balanced than I originally thought. The bitterness seems to linger throughout the taste, but as the beer warms, it seems that this one is actually somewhat balanced. This one is not for someone who doesn't like piney hops, but it's certainly not overpowering.

Notes: This is another Oskar Blues beer that hides it's alcohol content quite well. 9.2% is not what I would have expected from the flavors. The dryness on the finish is quite pleasant and it makes this a beer that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of bignick
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sunset 6/8/06. Served in a tulip glass.

This is a seriously rich and delicious DIPA. It has a wonderful body and sweetness without being the least bit syrupy, and is one of the best mouthfeels I have ever experienced in the style. The taste is of strongly citrusy hops, a smililar hop profile to Dale's Pale Ale, but is nicely balanced by the residual sweetness. Very strong effort by Oskar Blues, and I wish we got the cans here in New England.

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Photo of trep
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A copper body below a frothy off-white head. Yeast floaties are fairly abundant. Lacing forms as the head slowly settles.

Intense grapefruity citrus aroma that stings the nostrils. Very refreshing smell to it. Like the stuff you spray after taking a dump. Like Hops Perfume.

Super piney and floral. Grapefruit and other citrus as well. Not as bitter as I was expecting and perhaps finishes kind of quickly. However, though, when its there, you know it, and I like it. Fear the commas. Not as bitter as I was expecting. More of a bittersweetness as the liquid gold slides down your throat. A solid 4

A bit thin for a double IPA. Carbonation is about right though. Alcohol is not present in the least. Very very smooth drinking for such a high alcohol IIPA. Also, incredibly balanced in a category of beer that is dominated by over the top hops.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a powerful hop aroma that's floral and quite refreshing. The taste is good. It has a nice bitter hop taste that is complimented with a complex malt flavor. It goes down easy and finishes hoppy and slightly warm. This is a big brew with lots of flavor. It's rich and well balanced. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's all around good; another wonderful offering from these guys.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the efforts of 120/190 BIF and lostbearbrew.

Pours a clear reddish brown colored beer with a short lived off white head.

Smell is very fresh and spicy hops firstly. Citrus and smoke and very strong tea aromas. Malt is totally obscured by the hops here.

Taste is strong hop flavor mainly tropical fruit in the first taste. Pineapple and papaya are the strongest flavors here and citrus is mostly missing. Late in the glass the citrus flavors take over and this shows the flavor of American "C" type hops. Almost on the same level as Pliny The Younger and Dreadnaught but not quite yet very close to a 5.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable DIPA that is almost in the top 1% of its class but not quite yet. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking label on the can. Is this the first Double IPA in a can? It's the first one I've ever seen at least. Pours into my tulip glass a deep dark brooding red with a wonderfully creamy light tan head on top. Best pour from a can...ever! Aromas of sweet caramel undertones with a bread dough accent. Wonderfully piney, fruity hops with a tropical resinous character. All about the hops and I'm not complaining.

First sip brings a sweet pale, bready caramel maltiness that quickly transitions into a piney, berry fruit hoppiness. Green and resinous without being overtly bitter. Tropical fruit notes follow down with a mildly bitter finish. A sublime mix of hop oils and solid chewy maltiness!

Mouthfeel is smooth and filling with a mellow creamy carbonation. This one floats down with immense ease and not sign of the over 9% abv contained within. I'd say this is a darn drinkable DIPA. I could go for another and wouldn't mind killin a whole 4 pack if I had it. Cheers to Oskar Blues for canning some great beer, I hope more breweries will branch out into canning as well! Thanks to warriorsoul for this tasty treat.

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Photo of jorjoria
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big dry hopped nose with lots of floral and citrus notes. The first thing you notice is a big grapefruit flavor it slowly fades away to a nice matly flavor. As the malt flavor leaves your pallet it leaves a dry alcohol flavor. There is also a very sweet note to the beer it leaves me wishing it was a little drier. But other then that a very good DIPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading some of the reviews of this brew I noticed the bottled versions were all very dark in color...could have been reformulated at some point since canning and kegging. Appears caramel amber hued with a nice sized cream head leaves even bands of lacing with each sip. Aroma contains citrus earthy hops coming off nice and herbally spiced heavy hand sweetness from the caramel malt base wtih a touch of alcohol present in the smell. Flavor seems upfront with the caramelly doughy tone with assertive bitterness tailing to balance quality citrus and earthy hops with a signature yeasty Oskar Blues finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated quality texture light hop oils not quite resinous. Drinkability is very nice dangerously drinkable beware of the abv effortless and balanced DIPA get some cans off this to pair with your tackle box this summer and you may just fall off the boat.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A: Nice cascade effect when I pour. A thick white three finger head that lasts a while, then quickly fades. Leaves nice lacing down the sides. A dark copper/amber color. A great looking beer all around.

S: Wow, that is what a raw hop smells like. No really, I think this might be a liquid hop. Good smell though, doesnt SMELL oily like you get with overhopping sometimes. Spicy notes with floral background in the hops. Pretty good, but I wish it was a little more complex.

T: Good beer. It has the strong hop attack I was expecting, with a very very sweet opening taste. It eventually wears into a drier taste with the power of hops throughout the entire taste. Good Job.

M: Good mouthfeel, enough carbonation but not over carbonated like most IPAs seem to be. A little syrupy but really not bad. Heavy body which is very dry. Not oily like some excessivly hopped IPAs.

D: This is an addicting beer. A good all around beer, no huge remarkable qualities, but lots of good consistent qualities make me keep on sipping this. I will buy again, and I will be sad when I finish this glass.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Green's in ATL. A bit pricey, but I hear it's good. Let's fnd out together, shall we?

As with the other OB cans I've had, the opening is uneventul. This one is not filled to the point of spewing on you at open, the way Old Chub seems to be.

Very high, active, cascading tan head as it hits my Grumpy Troll pint glass. The head falls rapidly, but seems to stop its progress just inder three fingers, leaving a thick, wet lace.. Liquid is a nice copper with just a touch of haze.

Smell is lovely- nice floral hops, quite similar to the strong smell of the hop pellets I sometimes used by in my homebrew days. There's an almost woody quality behnd it- but the dark wod of antique shops, not the light wood of my 12 string Stratocaster's neck.

Fairly sweet up front. THere's sme nice hop bitterness, deep and earthy in a sense. The only comparison I can for the overwhelming up front flavour is Cracker Jack. It's a dark, sweet flavour, with a slighty musty (but not unpleasant) aftertaste. If you ate CJ (heavy on the peanuts) with a good storng IPA, this is the flavour you'd get. Good , but unexpected.

Mouthfeel is big and hearty, wthout too much carbonation. Just a touch oily.

Quite drinkable, I think....but I doubt I'd have more than two at once. It's big and bold, but I think might wear on me somewhat quickly.

Be well

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Photo of ddarden
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +0.2%
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 -5.1%
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 +2.9%
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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