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G’Knight Imperial Red Ale brewed by the Oskar Blues Brewery - Lyons, CO


G’Knight Imperial Red Ale brewed by the Oskar Blues Brewery - Lyons, Colorado

G’Knight is a hybrid version of a strong ale – somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA. We make it with six different malts and three types of hops, then dry-hop it with a mutha lode of Amarillo hops. It is 8.7% alcohol by volume and has 60 International Bittering Units (IBUs).
  

                
Beer Review by Beer Advocate
Brewed with six malts and three hop varieties, and then dry-hopped with Amarillo. The result is an 85 IBU and 8.7% monster urging you to crack it out of its aluminum cell.

Pours a bright amber and deep copper-colored brew that's topped with a healthy foam head--plenty of stick and retention. Aroma is immense, resiny with pine, intense herbal notes, wood and grapefruit. Wicked smooth on the palate, creamy and lush. Lightly carbonated, but there's a slight rising that tries to push through the beer's dense malty backbone of caramel, candy and sweet tropical-like fruits. Very bready beneath, with a faint honey note too. Nice smacking of hops, which are not overly bitter, but packed with flavor. More grapefruit, a dust of chalky aspirin, sticky resins, grassy edge and pith. The alcohol lifts its headiness and says hello as the beer warms, but for the most part that 8.7 is nicely hidden. Dry finish with hop coarse tannins, oils and residual wood.

For the jaded über-beer geek, Gordon might appear a bit tame. For those who enjoy hops or are looking to get into big hoppy beers, G'Knight offers a great balance of bold flavor and drinkability--with a nice kick in the ass.

     
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The Story Behind the Beer
What is most exciting is that today's craft brewers are often viewed as local personalities who practice their art with authentic intentions, and their beers are the expression of their individual passion and drive to make the best beer in the world. The best brewers in America are more accomplished than they are famous. Gordon Knight was one of those.

Knight, 52, died on July 30th, 2002 after his helicopter crashed while he was fighting the Big Elk Meadows forest fire just outside of Oskar Blues Brewery's hometown of Lyons, Colorado. Knight, flying a 32-year-old French helicopter, was dropping water on hot spots in the 4,400-acre blaze for the Boulder Country fire department. Complete Story  
 
    

                                              
                                                
 

 





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