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

G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
BA SCORE
89.4%
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4.12 w/ 4,002 ratings
G'Knight Imperial Red IPAG'Knight Imperial Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
oskarblues.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,711
Reviews:
1,372
Ratings:
4,002
Liked:
3,576
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
9.95%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
611
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,002 |  Reviews: 1,372
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

Photo of talbotjf99
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, although not quite "there". Something is amiss, can't put my finger on it. Even the nose is off a bit and there is a bit of dirt taste but it is a drinkable brew (although not very often).
Very dry.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of uberabr
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper. Huge, lacy head.

Aroma is subdued...hoppy in the style of a west coast IPA but lots of malt comes through as well.

Taste is phenomenal. Silky smooth buttery malts, biscuit. Complex and well-rounded. Fruity tropical notes, apricot, apple, light caramel. Mild to moderate bitterness. You can tell it's an IPA but without that cloying pine that seems to be more and more common these days. They dry-hopped just right.

This is an absolutely exceptional red IPA.

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Photo of sisterofba
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrsqc7
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sort of muddled deep red that's sorta brown in the middle. Head is substantial and dies hard leaving thick spiderweb lacing.

Flavor is dominated by hops. The hops are spicy and fruity with some bitterness. The malt is present and sweet with alcohol providing the bready background.

Mouthfeel is generally quite good but gets weird as the beer warms. The oils from the hops become more complex and robust and prominent...

Overall good but not great.

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G'Knight Imperial Red IPA from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 89.4% out of 100 with 4,002 ratings
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