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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-16-2014 01:09:26 | More by 2GOOFY
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3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 28, 2014.

It is an attractive looking yellow-golden color with a lingering soft white head. Some lacing.

The aroma has a decent toasted biscuit character, vanilla, and grass. The oak barrel seems to become more notable as the beer warms.

The body is just about medium

The taste has a fascinating array of flavors including some toasted malt, zesty citrus, grass, and vanilla. There is a kind of musty cellar bite to it too.

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07-28-2014 16:43:30 | More by puboflyons
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07-25-2014 15:21:03 | More by Jimbo321
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4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer blew my mind it was like they took an easy to drink English IPA and aged it in the barrels that they use for their regular Scottish ale. Color is to be expected for an IPA a clear amber yellow color with a 1/2 inch of head and great lacing. Smell is sweet with toasted oak, Vanilla, a touch of hebal hops, tea leaves, and some sweet caramel malts. Taste is great sweet oak, vanilla, and herbal hops highlight. Body is more medium and syrup like.

Overall its a pretty great beer above average and definitely one of their better tries at an oak aged beer. Worth picking up for $2.50.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2014 03:02:21 | More by DrDemento456
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-22-2014 01:52:37 | More by SuperHop18
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3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted oak, vanilla, pale malts, slight citrus, and grassy hops. Hard to pick up most sign the oak masks other aromas.

Taste: Vanila and toasted oak up front with everything else in the rear with a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, and some bitterness in the rear.

Overall: It was hard to distinguished this oaken EIPA. Decent, but I wish I could try the non oaked version.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 04:23:12 | More by Flounder57
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-21-2014 01:53:31 | More by MickeyD72
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"BBE" Feb.15. Your guess is as good as mine what that means, but almost certainly it means it is not so fresh.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

a: Clear dark gold with an inch tall white head which receded quickly to spotty lacing.'

s: Fruit cup leaning to citrus.

t: Mild fruit cup forward over a light malt base. Dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, moderate carbonation tingle.

o: A very nice summer ale, enough fruit to lend flavor without overpowering the malt. Did not get even a hint of the "Toasted Oak" though, despite the fact this is supposed to be oak aged. Still, this would hold its own with almost any American "Summer Ale" or light, low-hopped pale ale. Easy drinking and refreshing, and at 5.6% definitey sessionable and one of the lowest ABV I&Gs. However, at $2+ per serving there are a few comparable, American-made summer ales out there at a better price.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 22:41:14 | More by scotorum
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3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very special and distinctive IPA from Scotland. Interestingly, the beer is stored for 41 days in oak barrels which Innis & Gunn is alone with in the world, if I’m not mistaken. The beer’s flavor is dominated by a nice touch of oak. However, there are tones of paint in addition to the oak flavor, but the beer is indeed still balanced.

The only real downside to beer is that it is a bit easy. Perhaps it would have had a higher alcohol percentage, but at the same time it will do with 5.6% pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 17:06:26 | More by Alex-Alkis
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3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Toasted Oak IPA last week for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. It's been a little while since I've had a beer from Innis & Gunn and since this one was just recently released I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11,2oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's very similar to the other labels and it has that Classic Innis & Gunn look, but I don't think it's that eye catching. It poured a nice fairly clear yellow/gold color that took on a darker golden color when held to the light with a little over a fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a citrus rind like aroma being the first to show up with a good amount of orange rind aromas coming through and it reminds more of a citrus wheat beer than a hoppy citrus aroma. Up next comes the oak which shows up nicely and it imparts a nice mellow oaky aroma with a good amount of vanilla coming through that makes for a little creamy like aroma. Up next come the malts that have classic Innis & Gunn aspect which is very English Ale like with some nice toffee aroma coming through. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish it had more of a distinctive hop aroma.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the citrus being the first to show up and it still has more of that wheat beer orange peel aspect than a citrus hoppy aspect. Up next comes the oak which works well with the orange peel flavors and the oak imparts those same nice aspects that it did in the aroma with neither the oak or vanilla sticking out the most. Up next comes the malt which impart that same classic Innis & Gunn aspect that I got in the aroma with the toffee still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness to it with a orange rind, vanilla, toffee, and oak like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but the base didn't seem to be very IPA like.

M- Smooth, a little complex, a little creamy, fairly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought was nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of a oak aged IPA, the toasted oak showed up nicely and it ended up imparting some really nice flavors to this beer, but the IPA base was lacking and it ended up tasting more like a Regular Innis & Gunn beer with some orange peels thrown into the mix and I ended up missing those hoppy and bitter flavors. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, a little complex, a little creamy, fairly crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think I could drink a couple, but after that I'm pretty sure the lack of hops would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the toasted oak aspect, I thought it was really nice and it worked well with this beer and the mouthfeel was also good. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile, the orange rind flavors tasted like they were actually from oranges and they didn't taste like they came from hops and I didn't really get any other hoppy flavors. I might buy this beer again and I wouldn't turn one down, but it isn't too hard to find a Oaked IPA that still has some hoppyness to it and I think it's worth a try, but I can't say it will be an instant favorite. All in all I was a little disappointed in this beer, I still liked it, but it didn't deliver the hop flavors and aromas that I was hoping for and that left me wanting more out of this beer. It isn't my favorite Oaked IPA or my favorite Innis & Gunn beer, but it isn't bad. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use just a little bit of work, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-12-2014 01:34:08 | More by getmeabeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle (good for them!), a part of the current I&G mixed pack. Sigh, aging IPAs over oak, when will the people learn? When?!!!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden amber hue, with three fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some random splatters of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of sharp pine needle and generic citrus rind bitterness, earthy yeast, bready, crackery caramel malt, lightly-toasted fresh barrel staves, and a bit of dry vanilla. So far, so very not Innis & Gunn (I mean good). The taste is gritty, crackery caramel malt up front, followed by a restrained buttery oakiness, muddled forest floor detritus, stale orange peel, hollow vanilla notes, and a subtle yeastiness.

The carbonation is average in its frothy bearing, the body medium-light in weight, plainly smooth, with a small metallic streak running through in its rubber boots. It finishes off-dry, barely, the grainy caramel malt toned down even further, as the pine/citrus hoppiness gains a certain floral attribute.

Well, they got me here - I would be hard-pressed to identify this as an Innis & Gunn product, given the lack of that overly sweet caramel maltiness and egregious oakiness that seems to be the house style. With this one, the hop bitterness is definitely the star, albeit in an old-world, English manner, which is a-ok. The toasted wood is understated to say the least, which is another plus. Worth seeking out to prove that tigers can indeed change their spots.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 03:36:53 | More by biboergosum
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3/5  rDev -12%

07-10-2014 03:41:39 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla oak, golden syrup. Very sweet-smelling but also very tempting.
Sweet flavours too, although things do dry out a little as the toasted oak shines. Still a fair bit of toffee and honey followed by toasted coconut oak notes.
Carbonation is too aggressive.

Serving type: bottle

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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