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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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BA SCORE
78
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122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Dave1999:
Photo of Dave1999
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very light pale amber with a bright white head.

The smell has some nice citrus hops and spicy woodiness.

The taste is much like the smell citrus hops and wood. Not very bitter and easy drinking.

The mouthfeel is extremely light, with mild carbonation. I would've like some more body but at under 6% abv can't really complain.

This was a very well made beer, has more citrus flavor than most British IPAs. An easy drinking summer IPA, without that carbonated water taste I sometimes find in lighter bodied beers.

Innis and gunn are probably my favorite brewery from my home city.

Dave1999, Jun 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

cam477, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of fionn13
1.5/5  rDev -56%

fionn13, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +17.3%

DannyBaldoni, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2014. Purchased from a supermarket a little while back. The label claims an intense hop character resulting from three hop additions, followed by aging over toasted oak for an authentic flavour. Sounds like marketing bollocks to me.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A rich, clear amber hue with light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of woody oak tannins and vanilla, with hints of fruitiness, stewed leaves and faint caramel malt. Slightly sweet, with little hop character to speak of. Not very IPA-like.

Tastes of oaked caramel malt with a bitter finish. Notes of oak tannins, wood, mild caramel, harsh stewed leaves, cardboard, fruity yeast and a twinge of vanilla. Again, little hop character to be found. A weak sweetness in the background, followed by an acrid, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and an insubstantial body for the style. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves, bitter oak and a whisper of caramel.

Hmmmm - not much of an IPA. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by oak and harsh leaves. Aside from a degree of bitterness the hops are well hidden. Unimpressive body. Doesn't live up to its promises - there's too much oak and not enough hops. An interesting idea but poorly executed; no need to seek this one out.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of HeyYoMar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

HeyYoMar, May 31, 2014
Photo of silamikanico
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

silamikanico, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper completely filtered sad looking IPA actually, fine speckled bright white head speckled even lacing. Aroma hints of oak barrel aging, a bit of booze, charred oak, and fruit character going on. Flavors are bland watery bitterness with the oak barrel notes giving me hints of dirty socks aged on hop water and oak chips, it's just a sad experience overall. On the plus side I was excited to see this beer in a brown bottle, but the flavor is terrible I literally can't finish it there are no redeeming qualities to give the beer credit for a watery cluster of muddled hops and oak chips and faint booziness. Mouthfeel is thin higher than normal carbonation, the hops here may ruin someone who could potentially become a hophead. Overall, I'm pretty much done getting burnt by Innis & Gunn, pretty much mediocre to terrible across the board.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -12%

acurtis, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of dertyd
2.25/5  rDev -34%

dertyd, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of mick_cooper
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Warming, spicy, bit average and indistinct. Where's the toasted oak?.

mick_cooper, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of hophugger
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Quote from the back of the bottle "This IPA's intense hop character............add hops 3 times during brewing...", Not even close, this was a sweet, woody mess, no hops, flat citrus and should be ashamed to call itself an IPA, no matter where it is made..

hophugger, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

leinie13, May 11, 2014
Photo of Jimbo321
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Jimbo321, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of SFNC
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

SFNC, Sunday at 10:56 PM
Photo of Keene
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Keene, Sunday at 02:09 PM
Photo of erialbill
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

erialbill, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

VeganUndead, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -12%

A: A light rose amber color. Some nice white head on the top, but it caves in fairly quickly.

S: Hop aroma with orange peel and apricot. Lots of fruit in this, as well as some caramel, there is almost something lager like in this.

T: Citrus hops, and some floral notes. Lemony, with some light toasted notes.

M: Light in body, with plenty of carbonation.

O: Overall it is fairly tasty, decent hop flavor, but I wish there was a little more oak to it. I think it would do well from a cask.

Beejay, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep gold body, nice and clear; couple of fat fingers of ivory foam that slid and lingered

S: toasted oak, woody barrels, toast-point malts and dry grains; herbal and earthy hops

T: that particular "English"-ale flavor, something grainy but wet with suggestions of laquer and polish - which may sound off-putting, but its not - the malt bill and hops are well-balanced and present a clean and modest bitterness.

M: slick and medium-to-light weight and body; not much fizz on the tongue; some tack lingers after the sip; drying vapors in the mouth

O: definitely recommended for fans of British/English/Scottish ales and IPAs. Classic flavors and feel; nice toasty aromas. Non-fans have no cause to steer away either - a very nice and approachable "English"-style IPA.

Greywulfken, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 06, 2014
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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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