Back in the day one of the first craft beers I encountered in can form was from a little known brewery by the name of Oskar Blues. We brought the Colorado brewery’s Dale’s Pale Ale in for a sampling/test run at the wine store I was and currently am employed at. The consensus of the in-house libation snobs was a no confidence vote for an underwhelming beer that frankly more than a few individuals, including myself, thought wasn’t worth the can in was contained in.
This one subpar offering from Oskar Blues’ jaded my perception of the brewery for the better part of 8 years and consequently I chose never to imbibe in any of their suds again.
Time changes a man though and the continued growth/popularity of Oskar Blues over the last few years forced me recently to reevaluate my overall position. After all one subpar offering shouldn’t define a brewhouse…right?
My medicine of choice this time around was the G’Knight Imperial Red Ale or Imperial IPA or Double IPA or however you want to define it.
Surprisingly and satisfactorily I found the G’Knight to have substance and an appealing identity even if it’s borderline indefinable in name. Tempered but still strong with its hops, the beer should be appealing to a broad segment of beer drinkers who desire a little bit of this and a little bit of that without being offended. Above all the G’Knight’s drinkability is very high and it’s a refreshing summer offering for your indoor or outdoor happenings.
Here’s my complete review:
Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA (8.7 alc)
Rich burnt pumpkin orange in color the beer opens with notes of pine, sweet grapefruit like citrus, and a slightly malty background. Round and refreshing the palate moves closer towards the “red ale” zone offering a sugary maltiness up front that bleeds into an ale/ipa identity in the middle with dried hops and citrus fruit. Finishes smooth with a bit of acidity and bitterness on the tail.
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