Wednesday, July 6, 2011

G'Knight Imperial Red Ale

Last week I was contacted by a guy from the company From War To Peace. I was asked if I'd like to receive a sample from their Beers Not Bombs collection of bottle openers. I'm pretty sure the guy knew the answer was "Duh" but was really just after my mailing address, which I gladly provided after checking out their sites. So for those of you that can't read between the lines, I received this at no charge. I was sent The Aviator bottle opener.

Now let me tell you the cool part about these bottle openers and the origination of the collection name. Each bottle opener is made with a bronze alloy created from the cabling that once powered nuclear missile systems in the U.S. They named this special bronze Peace Bronze. How cool is that? Each opener states, "MADE FROM DISARMED NUCLEAR WEAPON SYSTEMS". So I'm pretty sure you guys get the idea right? Also, so you know, these guys are not just capitalizing on an anti-war platform. They donate 20% of their profits to peace and social justice organizations.

Nice job guys and thanks for thinking of me! Ironically, I will not be testing out the bottle opener on tonight's beer as it is canned. However, I promise to give it a workout afterward as I have many bottles in the fridge!

Today I'm drinking G'Knight Imperial Red Ale brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado. This is the same beer as the one formerly known as Gordon. The very quick story on that name change goes like this... Gordon Biersch allowed Oskar Blues to use the Gordon name for years. However, some strict rules governed that agreement. When Oskar Blues stepped out of bounds and violated those terms, Gordon Biersch took action to protect itself. The end. No anger despite what you may have read elsewhere. Here's a recap with a statement from Gordon Biersch if you care to read more about it.

Personally, I think the new name is way better anyway. Catchy and more in tune with honoring the dude, Gordon Knight. And they kept the same colors on the can, too, so it really looks almost identical anyway. One change I saw that surely goes with the name change is the STILL BIG. STILL RED. STILL STICKY. phrase around the top rim if the can--the STILLs were never there before, so I guess they just want you to be sure. Finally, what really what matters is that the beer is good. I did check it out about two years ago, and liked it then. So here we go again.

Sweet candy aroma while also hoppy and citrusy, all complemented by a boozy component. Sweet malty caramel flavor start, with plenty of spicy black pepper and lemony citrus to keep it from being too much. Nice little bite on your palate! Some hoppy pine flavors come next, really providing a distinct wood and pine needle element in the mouth. At the same time, the beer is becoming rapidly bitter, lasting all the way to the finish, though an underlying sweetness never completely disappears. The entire experience has a persistent chemical cleanser feel in the background. Not strong, but noticeable and not desirable. Might be the 8.7% alcohol that gives a warming boost in the chest after each sip. Creamy carbonation provides a nice mouthfeel. Overall, I liked it. Check it out!


Mike said...

I have one of those openers coming to me too.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Cool. I like mine and I like the idea. It's going to get some good use, that's for sure.