Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Oskar Blues G'Knight Imperial Red IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1765) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2017

DOC: 2/14/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Red IPA

AROMA: Strong fruity hop aroma, especially of berry and citrus. Some piney notes as well. Low amber malt sweetness. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Reddish copper/amber. Clear. Large off white soapy foam retains and laces very well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Well-balanced palette of equal parts malty sweetness and dank hop bitterness and flavor. Base has a caramel/toffee-like taste not unlike an amber ale. Bitterness is dank rather than dry. Hops create light fruity notes on the first half (berry and citrus) followed by piney/resiny/smokey notes on the backend. Light clean alcohol flavor is not distracting. Slight residual sweetness and some drying bitterness make for a fine aftertaste. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is fairly soft, but not chewy or velvety. Finishes smooth. Seems a little lighter than 8.7% ABV. Minor alcohol warmth. Would be ideal on nitro. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has all the best features of ambers, strong ales and IPAs. A fun and interesting beer to drink. 9/10