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RATINGS: 1870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2007
My new favorite canned beer! A lovely warm clear amber with an offwhite head, thin. The nose is rather ridiculous. Big nasty herbal resin. The nose has some malt, but it just barely matches the herbal green hops. Full and rich in the mouth, creamy and a bit sticky. Really very nice. The flavor are unfortunately a cut below the aroma, but mostly because this beer is so out of balance it isn’t even funny. But it still is delicious. Creamy green hop resin with a bit of sweet light malt. This malt would need to be so round and sweet and cloying to balance the fresh resinous piney tones here that it would probably not really be all that drinkable, so it’s a double edged sword. It’s not that this beer is bitter, or for that matter hoppy. It’s that the hops that are here (in abundance) taste and smell exceedingly fresh. There’s a little diacetyl in the finish, but I won’t hold that against it as the aftertaste becomes big with lingering hop resin shortly thereafter, and in a rather clean way. As this warms, it loses its balance more so, getting more boozy and less malty. Still a great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14193) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Can from Broudy’s Liquor. Poured dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate balanced caramel malt and spruce hoppy aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with slick texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a standout brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Fantastic, the aroma is deep Mahogany amber with smell of wood, and strong earth style hops. the malts shows real character with the taste of caramel and the mouth feel. Alcohol is well covered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Draft at Capone’s. Amber body with nice size head. Very hoppy aroma. Taste was syrupy and sweet, cherry hovering a little bit in there. Had a nice bite to it, decent carbonation. How is this not an IIPA?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Can. Trappist Glass. Red amber color, decent head. Aroma of strong citrus (grapefruit) hops with some caramel. The taste, however displays the malt, caramel and some fruit to go along with the citrus hops. Smooth body with a brominated vegetable oil coating of the palate. A strong hop monster that is balanced by malt and caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Rerate. When did they change this to an American Strong Ale? This 12oz can is painted (and says 8.7%). Pours a clear copper with a one finger beige head that fades to a creamy film in a minute or two. Pine, grapefruit, spicy hops, and a thick scorched caramel, almost toffee backbone--check that, I have now decided there’s toffee. I do get a touch of alcohol and some toasted malts. Flavor has an added herbal character, and wasn’t as intense with the bitterness as I’d expected from the aroma. Bitterness peaks at a 4 out of 10. The nice toasted malt and scorched toffee meld well overall with the "subtle" hops--if you can really call it that. Full creamy body with soft light to moderate carbonation. I did enjoy this can better than the previous one. Old rating follows12oz can from Paul (Dickinsonbeer), big thanks! This was a plain can with a sticker label. Pours a clear dark orange copper with a one finger creamy light beige head. Aroma of piney resiny hops, some toasted and caramel malts with a hint of toffee and vanilla. Flavor is a little more toasty and resiny, with all the other aromas poking up in the background. Moderate bitterness at best. Semidry finish. The alcohol is very well covered, and it should be noted that my can places this beer at 9.2%, not the 8.7 that is listed on the site. Low carbonation, full body. Gauging from the way the hops are, I don’t think this is the freshest. Nonetheless, it seems to be aging good so far. 8-4-7-4-14--3.7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Can shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Nice aroma of resiny hops and burnt caramel malt -- interesting! Flavour’s a more subtle version of the aroma with caramel malt and resiny hops. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Very good -- and from a can even!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Draft. Beautiful amber/red color. Nice sized head that vanished quickly. Sweet fruity, hoppy aroma. The taste was the same. Smooth. Thick full body. Kind of reminded me of Elder. Liquid gold in a can, can you believe they put this in a can!? Got kinda syrupy as it warmed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
By far the most expensive can I’ve ever seen in a bottle shop. The cheapest I’ve seen it is $3.50ea. At half the price I’d be drinking this beauty all the time. Poured clear clean polished copper with thin tan head. The aroma is pretty big with roasted biscuit, an almost a wood note and sweet tangelo to grapefruit hops. The flavor hits the senses with citrus hops. The moment you have enough time to sense and identify the hops a wide truck load of sweet, roasted and hints of biscuit malts take over the flavor. Yes, sizable malt. Then as the malts recede away the tasty citrus hops re-surface and usher you into the aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirHopsAlot (44) - Cockeysville, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Tried both on draught and in can. Both very good. The draught was very fresh and floral. Lots of sticky hops. big beer.


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