Wednesday, March 27, 2013

G'KNIGHT, GORDON!

Remember a beer called "GORDON" from OSKAR BLUES? Imperial red ale, came in a can? Well, it hath been reborn as "G'KNIGHT" for reasons I'm not entirely clear on. "G'KNIGHT" is also an imperial red ale, and it comes in a can as well – a tall boy, no less. Being a lover of the imperial red ale and all that it stands for, I snapped one up without a thought, and drank it the very first night it was in my possession. Now it's my favorite Oskar Blues beer ever, and I'm even rating it higher than "Gordon", even though it might even be the same beer. I'd like to tell you why.

It is, quite simply, an awesome 8.7% ABV imperial red. Like a beautiful, fresh, West Coast IPA that's been loaded up with malty caramel. It pours a lusty orange/red color, and is clean with just the right amount of juicy, oily bitterness. Bready, and carbonated just right. You know why it's a hair better than "Gordon"? Because there's more of it in yr can. 8.5/10.

4 comments:

Beer Rover said...

Gotta love tall boys! There are not enough hoppy imperial red ales, done right they're awesome beers.

Mark said...

The beer was named after a guy named Gordon Knight. He was apparently some sort of local hero, and that's no exaggeration. He was a veteran, and a firefighter who died fighting some sort of wildfire or somesuch. The beer was a tribute to him, but Gordon Biersch sued Oskar Blues over the name "Gordon", so they had to change it to G'Night. It's the same beer though, and I agree, it's the best thing Oskar Blues makes (I like Ten Fidy a lot too, but I'd probably prefer G'Night)!

Jay Hinman said...

Mark, thanks for the back story there and for confirming it's an identical beer. It really is a fantastic imperial red.....I also love their "Gubna" but have never gotten over the hump on the other ones.

bobulated said...

Oskar Blues makes amazing stuff. If you're ever in the Denver/Boulder area it's worth a trip to visit their facility as well as one of their brew pubs.