Oskar Blues G’Knight Review

G’Knight Imperial Red
Oskar Blues Brewery
Lyons, CO
ABV: 8.7%

CHUG Rating:
Chuggability:&#160 6
Plenty of time to spare on this one, which is a surprise considering what this beer is packing. A massive red IPA is never going to be easy to chug, but this one is so kind at the bottom that it goes down with no problems at all. When I review a beer that comes in a tallboy, I only chug the standard 12oz, but I’m confident I could have destroyed the full pint.

How Much:&#160 7
My local liquor store sells G’Knight in a 4-pack of 16oz tallboys for $12.99. I think they do this just to make the conversion to price-per-12oz really difficult for me. Luckily I’m super smart and I always carry a calcultor on me, so this is equivalent to $14.60 for a 6-pack of 12oz bottles (or cans). That’s a little on the steep side, but it’s certainly justified by the high ABV and deliciousity. Absolutely worth a try.

Uhhh…Taste:&#160 8
This is a really interesting “tweener” beer that combines big hop flavor with a sweet caramel body. It’s a calculated risk that ends up paying off big in the end. The sweet-ish malts balance out the hop bitterness and makes for a real smooth finish. It’s creamy and fairly complex and can really be enjoyed year round. Reminds me a bit of “Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute).” Both are winners.

Gettability:&#160 7
Oskar Blues distributes to 29 states and G’Knight is available the whole year round.

Overall Rating:   8.6

Sidenote: This beer was formerly called “Gordon.” It’s a tribute to Gordon Knight, a local hero who died fighting a forest fire near Lyons in 2002. In 2011, beer giant CraftWorks (Gordon Biersch) claimed it was a trademark infrignement and served them with a cease-and-desist so they changed it to the current name, G’Knight, which still honors the man it was originally brewed for. Also, fuck Gordon Biersch. #CollaborationNotLitigation

Song: Cat Stevens – “The Wind


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