Oskar Blues G’Knight, 8.7% abv
This imperial red IPA was named after Vietnam vet and multiple Great American Beer Festival winner Gordon Knight, who died whilst fighting a Colorado forest fire 2002. Oskar Blues founder, Dale Katechis, has cited it as his favourite creation from the brewery he runs and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to tasting for some time now.
I cracked the ring pull and was rewarded with an initial blast of orange and pine hops followed by lots of caramel malt. I decided to pour about a third of the can into a glass to gaze upon the colour, a deep and murky orangey red, then drink the rest from the can. Oh wow, this is one seriously tasty beer! Like marmalade spread over caramel shortbread. It’s a malt heavy brew for sure, but with a big orangey, citrusy hop presence, there’s also pine needles, freshly cut grass,and a hint of something spicy in there. It’s slightly chewy, with a medium body and carbonation all adding up to a delightful mouthfeel.
This really didn’t disappoint, it’s a truly wonderful craft beer and one of the finest red ales I’ve ever tasted. It’s also remarkably easy to drink with almost no trace of that alcohol content, you could get into some trouble after a few cans of this.
And so I raise my can to a fallen craft brewing pioneer, and to the brewery that created this superb beer in his honour. Cheers.
This is a seriously amazing beer. If anyone is ever interested in beer trades, I can get this!