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 StanleysCup
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour. Two fingers of foamy off-white head leave sticky lacing.

S: Toatsy malts and floral/pine hops.

T/F: Rich and malty to start... caramel and bread, which gives way to a floral and evergreen hop bouquet. Notes of pine and pepper. Medium in body... and tastier as it warms. Not overly bitter. EtOH is well hidden... finish is sticky and semi-sweet.

O: A very tasty Imperial Red from our old friend Oskar. Reminds me a bit of Troeg's 'Nugget Nectar'... and a great mix between a big red malt-fest and an IPA.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Drank it out of the can and didn't feel bad. Smelled like hops and caramel, a little bit of wheat and a vegetal smell

Intense smooth and thorough hop flavor. it's like there's a spectrum of hops and the entirety of the flavor rolls over your tongue in perfect balance into a dry, sweet finish that is never lacking in the bursting hop flavor that isn't bitter at all, but instead just pungent and wonderful. exceptional drinkability and great carbonation.

I'll grab a 6 of this anytime i see it!!!

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Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John1985
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 10/30/16. Ale poured a deep red with an inch of head which laced nicely down the snifter. Bready malt aroma with some citrus in the back. Carmel malts dominated flavor with great balance from hops. This ale strikes me as a strong ale rather than an IPA. Very well done and a great ale to have as a nightcap on cold winter night, G'night!

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Photo of princessbay710
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The color when held against the light is a nice dark cloudy red, otherwise appears dark brown. Excellent foam wall of lacing. Smell is not as intimidating as its face/name, monotonous hop, I will be letting it warm a bit and smell later.
First sip, yup there is definitely 8.7% ABV. It gulps down smooth but leaves with a strangely light and sweet liquor feel. My fiancé says he is having a strange time figuring out this beer, as it has changed significantly with varying conditions. For an imperial or double IPA, you would expect more of a hoppy aley taste, but what I'm getting is quite sweet, cola. It begins to cover the alcohol nicely.
Great carbonation.
Exceptionally drinkable, incredibly strange.

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Photo of wheresromi
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kdawgbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

G'Knight actually looks like the red ale it boasts to be with a red/amber colored tone that is relatively opaque. Head disappeared fast for me, but the can sat on the shelf not the fridge section (absurd that companies do this).

First smell was almost a straight medicinal syrup which kind of turned me off, but as I took the next sip the complex maltiness took over, with caramel & bread coming through. The maltiness overpowers the hops but does give it a "imperial red" taste that other red IPA's didn't really achieve. I expected more hops and was a little disappointed with the less noticeable dark herby hops and strange smell (kinda bandaid at times, not my favorite) but that being said this beer is very refreshing. I haven't tried many Red IPA's let alone imperial reds, but this one stands out from the others due to its darker tone, smell and appearence. I think I'll stick to just drinking one for now and call it a g'night.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby-burgundy with two fingers of khaki head. Head foams up nice and thick, and would easily form higher if poured a little more standard instead of easy-going. Lacing is dotted and strung about the glass well. Aroma is punchy, with notes of citrus, nuts, leafs, and earthy and rolled malts. Flavor profile is strong with notes of citrus, leafs, earthy and rolled malts, and a nutty taste. Mouth feel is solid, with a border-line thick consistency. It's filling, and smooth, making it both fun and an experience to drink. Overall, a great Imperial Red IPA. Nice notes all around all stemming from a great look right out of the can.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Timtac
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bylerteck
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bf_89
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Rocca
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If G'Knight is any indication, "Imperial" Red Ales look just like the "regular" ones, except that their head is that much fuller and fluffier. The body of this big, red, sticky 8.7% offering still appears every bit as clear, quenching and quaffable as its less aggressively hopped, lower strength counterparts. It's a flashy, fabulous appearance.

Why is it called a 'red ale' when it smells so green? That's a lot of hops! More importantly, it's an appealing and alluring aroma comprised equal parts of tree leaves, resin and bark. There's certainly some citrus fruit notes too but this thing leans much more towards the dank, wet earth and green of the forest than it does the bright colours of the tropics.

Toasted honeycomb and toffee brittle make cameo appearances on the palate but it's not long before those pleasantly biscuity and nutty tastes are tangled by green roots, weeds and vines. In the finish that caramelly sweetness is enveloped whole, as if by some kind of venus flytrap-like hop cone. That bittersweet aftertaste is truly sticky and lingers for some time.

Like an IPA of any colour, G'Knight is punchy, invigorating and, of course, absolutely reeks. But it's also got an unusually creamy body and tempered composure; despite the raw, dank herbals and 60 IBU it's as effortless to drink as it is gratifying. It can be difficult finding beers with this much character that are still so approachable to a wide audience.

When Oskar Blues first released G'Knight in a can (around the same time as their Double IPA, GUBNA, and Imperial Stout, Ten Fidy) it was revolutionary. Lots of people thought "pshh, hoppy beers don't come in cans. They can't possibly!" and wow have those naysayers been proven wrong. Anyone who needed proof then or still looking now, this is it.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nullbort
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355 mL can from a four-pack picked up at the LCBO; canned Sept 22 2016 and served slightly chilled. I'm pumped to see that Oskar Blues now has a presence in Ontario - I've had a few of their beers before, but that was a few years back, and it required a border run to Michigan.

This one pours a slightly hazy copper-amber colour, with one finger of lumpy, creamy off-white head floating atop. Fantastic retention; even at the ten minute mark, it hasn't given up a fraction of an inch. Each sip generates a new ring of lace left to cling to the glass - this just looks phenomenal. Caramel and bready, biscuity malts come through on the nose, in addition to notes of muddled orange, grapefruit, resiny hops, pineapple cake and cherries. Smells quite rich at first, but oddly enough, the truckload of hops they employed does help to keep it somewhat balanced.

Whew - this one ain't for the faint of heart, as it boasts an intensely flavourful malt scaffold, reinforced by a blitzkrieg of hoppy deliciousness. It starts off with bready, biscuity malts, caramel and bubblegum, with notes of apricot and cherry, followed by citrusy grapefruit and orange. Still getting a bit of pineapple, too; it becomes less fruity and more bitter on the back end, with resinous, piney hops and some herbal notes. Bittersweet finish that lingers, with barely any ethanol heat whatsoever. Medium-full body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a modest bite, and a smooth, tongue-coating texture that practically goads me into taking one sip after another...

Final Grade: 4.3, an A grade. G'Knight Imperial IPA might be the most absurdly drinkable DIPA I've had in years - the alcohol content is expertly masked by the relentless malt and assertive hop flavours, making this a borderline dangerous beer. This can is approaching 3 months of age, and still drinking like a champ. A fabulous imperial red ale that I encourage all beer geeks to try - particularly my fellow Ontario BAs, because there's no guarantee that this excellent brew will remain available here for the long term!

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Photo of Electros
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bogdawg
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 4,014 ratings
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