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G’Knight Imperial Red IPA

Rating: 4.25

My second review of a beer from the Oskar Blues brewery in quick succession now, this one following on from their Deviant Dale’s IPA that I also tried at the tail end of last year. This offering from the brewery falls somewhere between the double IPA and imperial red catergories of beer and comes in at a slightly stronger 8.7% abv. that is made with six different varieties of malt and three different hop strains before being dry-hopped with Amarillo hops. The beer is named after Gordon Knight, a brewer responsible for opening some of the first craft microbreweries in Colorado.
G'Knight Imperial Red IPA

Appearance (5/5): A red to orange amber colour with a thumb sized, thick looking head that is foamy and a very slightly creamy white. The head retention is amazing with little to no initial movement and some great lacing on the sides of the glass too.
Aroma (8/10): Tonnes of hops with a lot tropical fruit notes and a mix of pine and floral hops. There is some citrus and sweetness for a variety of fruits, as well as some medium strength grapefruit and some caramel that gets more pronounced as you work your way down the beer.
Taste (8/10): Refreshing tropical fruits and a hop-filled combination of floral and pine flavours. There is a definite sweetness to the beer with the caramel from the nose becoming a little more pronounced than with the nose. There is some alcohol in the beer towards the end but this is quite light and the hops cover it well.
Palate (4/5): Sticky smooth and very refreshing with good bitterness throughout without being overdone. There is a fruity sweetness on top of a medium body and the carbonation is softer than I anticipated, falling somewhere around medium with a nice bite and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Overall (17/20): This one is a very nice beer although it’s not quite hitting the heights of the last Oskar Blues beer I reviewed here, Deviant Dale’s. There is a sticky, hop-filled taste of tropical fruits, grapefruit and pine with the caramel sweetness balancing this odd very well. Given the choice I’d opt for Deviant Dale’s over this one every time and as a result I’m not sure how likely I’d be to try this one again despite the fact that it is an excellent beer.

Brewed In: Longmont, Colorado, United States of America
Brewery: Oskar Blues Brewery
First Brewed: 2002
Type: Imperial Red Ale
Abv: 8.7%
Serving: Can (473ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £6.00

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