I’ve grown quite fond of Oskar Blues’ beer since the became available in Columbus last year. Dale’s Pale Ale is a great go-to beer, and Gubna is an absolutely incredible Imperial IPA (which I had a for the first time a couple days ago and will write about shortly). Tonight though, I’m drinking Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, a beer that is as interesting and awesome as it’s history.
G’Knight is a rich, perfectly clear amber-burgundy color. It pours with about a finger and a half of creamy off-white head which lingers for bit before dissipating. The lacing left behind on the glass is not great, but not dismal either.
The aroma on G’Knight is a treat. As the name would suggest, the aroma is a nice combination of what you might expect from both a red ale and an IPA. There is a big bready malt scent present, as well as some sweetness from caramel malts. The hops give a delightful kick to the nose, though perhaps not as much of a kick as I might have expected from an Imperial IPA. All-in-all, the aroma is mouthwatering, and I can’t wait to dive in.
This is one of the more malt-forward IPAs I’ve tasted. There is big bread flavor here, as well as caramel malts which lend to some sweetness upfront. This is still an IPA, though, and there certainly is no shortage of hops. I love the huge grapefruit and tangerine citrus notes from the hops. The hoppy finish bites the pallet with a pleasant, but not over-powering barrage of bitterness. G’Night has a sticky, chewy mouthfeel and, at 8.7 ABV, is a bit astringent.
Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red IPA is a beer that has an incredible back-story that is well worth the read, but is also an incredible beer that is well worth a try. This is a huge beer, but it’s very well balanced and easy to drink. I don’t normally do ratings, but if I did, I’d put this at about 8/10. Go out and get some, right now! Cheers!