RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Our ’Velvet M-80’ is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ipa 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
georgehog (18) - Delaware, USA - JAN 16, 2008
On draft at OB brewpub. Dark, amber orange hue with slightly off white head. Huge piney, hop aroma with an alcoholic tint to it. Not as smooth as Dales for me. Piney hops, a little on the thin side with an alcoholic pang to it. Finish is a little astringent, but this is defintely worth trying. Could be more balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2008
From can...pours murky mahogany color with little off-white head. Aroma is primarily piney hops with some hints of citrus fruit in there as well. Flavor is dominated by the piney hops...there’s some malt, but the hops dominate this one. Bitter aftertaste with some citrus notes. Highly carbonated and somewhat rough on the palate, but nothing too offensive. Full-bodied and oily on the palate. Good offering, but wow was the price high on this puppy...can’t see myself drinking this too much when you equivocate this to a $24 sixer! However, cheers to one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
[996-20071223] 355mL (w/ GregClow, jerc). Aroma has a big kick of citrus hops and continues with malt and pine resin notes. Clear, amber orange body with quick foamy off-white bubbles. Hoppy and malty flavour has a bit of old pine resin and a nice citrus background. Rough medium body. Big, red and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Pours a deep amber orange with small carbonation and a large frothy tan head. Aroma is initially grapefruit and then some caramel and spice. Biting grapefruit flavor that somewhat overpowers the caramel malt underneath. Oily texture, long bitter finish. Great beer for a hop head like myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Can(?!)->trappist glass: pours an offwhite head on a dark amber or perhaps a dark red & cloudy body; exhibits some lacing, but minimal. The head is slightly persistent, but your first sip makes it dwindle rapidly. The aroma does what any good IPA does IMO: provides a hoppy, floral, spicy aura pre-sip. There is a short burst of flavor (not as long as I’d like), it provides a light sweetness, but also is acidic and moderately bitter. I’d say the body is light because the mouthfeel isn’t that thick, nor does the taste hang around too long, though there is a hoppy aftertaste that persists on the back of my tongue for quite a bit after each sip. The texture is oily and smooth and just coats the palate on its way down with, of course, a bitter finish. A good beer and I have no complaints except the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Can. At The Rover, Gothenburg. Orange/copper color with an off-white head. Aroma: Piney and floral hops, grape, sweet fruit, caramel, malt. Flavor: Piney hops, citrus, flowers, sweet malt, caramel. Good balance beetwen hops and malt. Medium to full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2008
Can. dark red in colour with big white head. Hige hoppy floral aroma. Is really hoppy and bitterness bits the back of the mouth. Thanks John for this experenice, i want more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2008
Can. It presents itselves with a slightly hazy amber body and a minimal, beige head. When poured, it immediately releases lots of resiny and piney aromas, and a deeper investigation reveals a heavy maltyness, quite sweetish, and some citrus. It took me some time to let the aromas have a break and let the beer slip between my lips and teeth. Well, it sort of cleaned the teeth when passing, and without being all bitter, it soaked my tongue with sweetness for a starter, a wonderful balanced main course and a bitter dessert. And to top it, there was a little sweet to finish it. There were pine, citrus, resin, sugar and maltyness, but when swallowing, the hops givinig it its 85 IBUs claimed it’s rights to dominate. The amount of malt sure did its thing too, giving it a full body and a little stickyness in the mouth. It was a quite balanced beer, but sure on the hoppy side, and sure a treat. Sure the best canned beer I’ve had, an evidence that canned beer don’t have to be crap or mediocre. (080103)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 12oz. can. Piney, herbal, lightly spicy aroma, with hints of tea leaves, orange citrus and gently husky, toasty malts. Light-medium amber color with a lasting, creamy off-white head. Flavor is a melange of faintly sweet, honeyish, grainy malts and generously piney, spicy, fresh, green and citric hops, these contributing a good deal of bitterness and flavor but well-balanced, kept in check to a surprising degree, highly complimentary rather than overbearing. Some cedar, pepper, powdered sugar and grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium-full, palate is resinous and smooth. Gains a truly dangerous degree of drinkability as it warms (~58 F). Well-built and flavorful, and with an artful degree of restraint seldom seen in the style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MxPx1484 (17) - USA - DEC 30, 2007
Wasn’t too thrilled about paying 15 bucks for a 4 pack of cans, but I have to say it was really worth it. Very high hop profile that is really nicely balanced. Surprisingly a very easy drinking beer, which may cause me to start taking off my clothes.

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