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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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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013

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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 57
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Photo of mister_moose
4.71/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Being a hop head of some degree, IPA is a bit of a misnomer on this beer. Even the more reserved British style IPA doesn't accurately reflect this beer. It's very soft on the palate, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and light oak. It slides down without a bitter finish and leaves you asking for more. There are only 2 beers I go outside domestic production for, Innis and Gunn, and Sam Smith. Unique, well crafted, and apparently under rated. Don't let the pedestrian score deceive you, go get some.

Photo of zmcguire
4.67/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I agree with mister_moose post exactly.. Very drinkable, strong notes of buttery caramel with secondary notes of a golden rum and a light oak. Not for hop heads but refreshing for its style

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – A pale almost clear golden amber colour with a finger of tight cropped white foam head. The head has reasonable retention and leaves plenty of spider lace in the glass and there is also very heavy CO2 activity.

Smell – Toasted oak aroma is very evident, there is also lemony zest style hops, moderate bitter hops, and a lovely fresh leafy note to the aroma almost like stinging nettles. There are some fine notes of the sweet malts

Taste – A very fresh tasting beer. There is a very nice under current of sweet malts that serves as a foundation flavour holding up the toasted oak from the barrel. The next most evident flavour is the lemon and bitter earthy hops which seems to battle for supremacy in this brew. Finally just before you finish there is a new woody hop flavour almost piney and very distinct from the toasted oak but complimentary all the same.

Mouthfeel – The feel of this one is full and creamy with ample body. It has a slightly dry finish at the end with some mild astringency and the slightest hint of metallic pinch at the very back of the throat.

Overall – This one is very good. Over all it has great hop flavour from the triple hopping method of the brewing process with some very fine malts underpinning the whole experience. All in all a wonderful beer I am sad to say is now retired. At least I got to try it once. And here is hoping I come across a rogue bottle or two in the near future before they are all snapped up.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.04/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

very very light... Not much to this beer at all. The idea of a toasted Oak IPA intrigued me

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +11%
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, um, 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.

Photo of mick_cooper
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hophugger
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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..

Photo of waterbuffalo
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love all of their beers. Sweet with crisp hops.

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of MDHopster
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not particularly impressed, if it is retired, I understand. When the appearance is the best part of the beer, one might as well be drinking something less expensive. Hop flavor does not meet expectations set by label, wood but little flavor compared to many oak aged beers that impart a greater taste. Nicely carbonated and mouthfeel to match.

Photo of Beejay
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually only bottled: this cask version was brewed purely for the Wetherspoon's Autumn 2013 Beer Festival.

Half-pint, hand-pulled in the Telford Town Centre Wetherspoon's on 16th Oct 2013.

Golden amber body with a good head: looked fine.

Nice aroma too: caramel and malty with a mild citrus hint.

The taste is also malt led, the hops below the surface throughout. Biscuity and semi-sweet, I liked it.

Medium body depth and strength, hid the alcohol nicely.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Zacemy
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not one of my favorites. With so many choices, there are much better brews.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Crystal clear golden yellow pour with a quickly fading two finger foamy head with minimal lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued but more citrusy than the other beers I've had from them. Hints of lemon, caramel, butterscotch, subtle hops, vanilla, and as it warmed, huge butter notes. The taste is totally dominated by the butter. Never had a beer with so much buttery flavor. Hints of lemon, caramel, vanilla, and some subtle oak. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and good balance. Overall, this was a really interesting beer. The butter really blew my mind. Didn't really get the toasted oak, but I actually liked the buttery flavor and wished I had another.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A steady pour yields one finger of soapy white head. It wastes no time boiling down to a ring. The body is a perfectly clear polished gold hue. A small amount of carbonation is visible. Its looks are more reminiscent of a sturdy lager.

Sweet oak and butterscotch with a lick of diacetyl fill out most of the nose. Spritzy orange and lemon peel are fairly tame in comparison. Its hop character is more floral and earthy. Orange zest and soft oak become the dominant characters as it warms. Simple and under pronounced.

Thankfully, the taste is much more zippy and alive. A sheet of orange zest and lemon peel asserts itself early. Almost equally apparent is the softly toasted, subtly sweet oak. As the finish nears, I'm left with a bready and buttery impression with a pinch of dryness imparted by its florality.

Slightly undercarbonated with a smooth creaminess throughout. It's spritzy and decently refreshing. Light to medium bodied; not lacking in weight.

I found this to be an interesting idea but average interpretation. It had potential but that seemed to be watered down. Kick up the hopping rate, make the oak character more robust and add a few points to its ABV rating and I would have enjoyed this a lot more. It's still quite sessionable, just not my cup of tea for an EIPA.

Photo of LampertLand
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn 'Toasted Oak IPA' @ 5.6% , served from a couple of 330 ml bottle's purchased for $2.50 each
A-pour is a pale light gold from the bottle to a clear gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-oaked aging
T-crisp & clean tasting English IPA
MF-lots of carbonation , medium body
Ov-just an ok beer
prost LampertLand

Photo of thehyperduck
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a sampler six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Feb. 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright golden-blonde colour, clear as day and topped with one finger of frothy, sparkling white head. It slowly seeps away over a period of minutes, leaving a few rings of lace stuck to the glass, and eventually a dense cap with collar. The aroma is an interesting blend of floral, citrusy hop notes, and tropes more typical of I&G like toffee, vanilla and some light oak.

An enjoyable English-style IPA with the oak-aging qualities giving it a unique twist. Toffee and some biscuity malt notes come through initially. This is followed by lighter notes of oak and vanilla, brown sugar and orange citrus; finally finishing with a leafy hop bitterness that briefly leaves a slight astringent feel behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel comparable to most of this brewery's lighter products. This one grew on me over the glass, and (along with the Irish Whiskey Cask) is probably one of my favourites of their 'regular' rotating seasonals.

Final Grade: 3.89, a solid B+. Innis & Gunn's Toasted Oak IPA may not have what it takes to satisfy fans of the American style, but it's still a great English-style IPA that I would absolutely pick up again. I'm not as high on this brewery as I was when I first discovered them, but it's good to see that they can still kick out more-than-just-serviceable products once in a while. Good sampler, with this beer probably being the highlight of it; pick it up if you spot it in Ontario.

Photo of jlindros
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer concepts, but usually lacking a bit on deliciousness. At least they're using brown bottles now.

Pours a light fizzy fluffy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, decent spotty lacing, very clear honey golden color.

Nose has that similar tannic slight chemically like note as many of their beers do, well chemically is more like cooked vegetables and herbal mushroomy rotting grass like hops, herbal earthy vegetal U.K. style bad hops, with that tannic oak flesh and some toasted wood almost like a pallet and not oak chips/cubes. Mild fruity hop note as well..

Taste brings a light sweet almost skunky like base beer, a little molasses and raw sugar malt extract, semi sweet too, with some straight raw molasses flavors, and fair malty characters. Then hops, earthy herbal vegetal U.K. hops again, cooked straw and grass, fair bitterness and some phenolic like almost tannic hops, but obvious tannic wood and raw wood again, and a little mushroomy earthy slight pine note to the hops as well. Finish is a little sticky sweet but somewhat dry, more earthy piney mushroomy forest floor hops, with a little vegetal note, and fermented grass.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, hint syrupy and gritty.

Overall not very good, I could see IPA as it's more original U.K. style IPA like, but hops are quite bleh, not the kind I like at all, and the wood is a little tannic and not so tasty, and even the malts are like raw molasses and also not so tasty. Nothing really much about this beer I like. They always seem to have interesting ideas and concepts, but either just use the wrong ingredients, or fail to deliver on it.

Photo of MikeyBee
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Subtle, but delicious and beautifully balanced easy drinking beer.

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Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
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