We are kicking off Ameri“CAN” Craft Beer Review Month here at TGBOAT and I spent many hours to figure out which brew should be first. Part of dedicating this month to Craft Brews that come delivered to you in aluminum cans is that they are more efficient, easier to recycle, reduces shipping costs and fuel consumption, protect the beer better against air & light (beers mortal enemy) and most of all, cans are easier to pack, travel with and sneak into your favorite events. The other part is to honor those breweries that have gone the way of the can and started a movement that has more and more breweries switching to cans. I decided that we would honor Oscar Blues Brewery because they are one of the catalysts that started this movement. Well that and they make some really kick-ass Craft Beer. As far as choosing “which” Oskar Blues beer to start with, I took this from two angles that are very personal to me. One, the beer, which was formerly named Gordon, is dedicated to a Craft Beer pioneer, Vietnam veteran and gentleman who died fighting wild fires in 2002. Seeing that Memorial Day was just a few days ago, this just seemed right and as a veteran I always do my best to pay tribute to those that have served and sacrificed so that I may have the freedom to voice my opinion on a website such as this. Second, I was sickened, pissed off and utterly disgusted when I heard a few months back that Gordon Biersch served Oskar Blues with a cease and desist order to stop using the name Gordon. As much as I want to go on a full blown rant right now, I won’t, except to say, “Fuck You Gordon Biersch!” I will never spend a single fucking cent on one ounce of your shitty ass, fucked up beer. You disgust me and obviously forgot what this industry is about, keep catering to the Applebee’s & Chili’s crowds because that is what you deserve!! Ok, I’m back, I also chose G’Knight because I absolutely LOVE reds and even more so, Imperial Reds. So in honor of Ameri“CAN” Craft Beer Review Month and in honor of a great American brewery and last but not least, a great American, I give you G’Knight.
Oskar Blues Brewery classifies this brew as an Imperial Red/Double IPA (huh?) and their website describes G’Knight as, “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.”
G’Knight pours a caramel color with a reddish hue and a 1” light tan head. The aroma is a heavenly mix of caramel malt, grapefruit, resinous hops, citrus hops and slight hints of candied sugars.
First, I cannot tell a lie, I’ve had this beer on more than one occasion and I have to say since my first sip way back, “AMAZING!” G’Knight isn’t good, not great, just simply AMAZING. This is a perfect hybrid of two of my favorite styles as Oscar Blues classifies G’Knight as an Imperial Red/Double IPA and with me mixed in…has become my fantasy three-way. Unfortunately, we don’t get Oskar Blues here in Illinois but I was in Washington, DC a few weeks back and snuck a couple in my suitcase for the journey home. G’Knight has an amazing balance between identities and gives you a real sense that this truly is an Imperial Red IPA. You get a wonderful malty sweetness that’s complimented with a citrusy & resinous hop bite that is pure Craft Beer nirvana. I hope someday that we are blessed here in Illinois and get to be added to the list of states that Oskar Blues distributes to, please OB, PLEASE!! Last, I hope that someday I have enough of an impact on this world to have a beer named in my honor…if the flavor and quality of this brew is any indication of the man in which it is named for, then I truly missed out on meeting a great man. I raise my glass to you Gordon Knight, in honor of your service and sacrifice, I salute you.
Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Keg