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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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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 10-17-2013)
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Newfoundland (Canada)

5/5  rDev +46.2%

12-08-2013 22:22:33 | More by AndrewC
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

07-17-2014 00:36:56 | More by Mowgli87
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

07-03-2014 03:51:23 | More by MKuryllo
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 22:01:33 | More by Dave1999
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4/5  rDev +17%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

07-11-2014 00:21:18 | More by Metalmaniac915
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17%

05-04-2014 17:39:35 | More by Gww1864
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4/5  rDev +17%

05-06-2014 18:41:01 | More by speak72
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3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Innis and Gunn is a great brewery that I constantly come back to. This one is new to CT so I thought I would try it. I was happy to see that they are using colored bottles instead of clear glass which doesn't eliminate any sunlight. The appearance was a nice dark yellow with a lot of wood on the nose. The taste was a bit shocking to be honest. There was little to no hops in it and was mostly the toasty flavor of the oak. But the flavor was really good. On the end of the taste you get a bit of a floral bite that gives a nice finish. I loved it. Also I liked the moutfeel as well as it was medium thick which complemented the mellow flavor. I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 13:51:14 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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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3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

03-06-2014 18:24:10 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-25-2014 02:02:53 | More by Drknight
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

05-24-2014 18:03:15 | More by CreekyJarls
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

11-29-2013 22:43:35 | More by WGO
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-07-2014 09:17:10 | More by SoPeL
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-05-2014 21:02:44 | More by Loco_Joe
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3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2 oz bottle?

Appearance Amberish orange golden hue, fat creamy white head that settles rather fast.

Smell,, Is damn good ! Toasted roasted sweet buttery maybe a hint of vanilla from the oak.

Taste , I don't understand the low reviews I have read so far , Not a typical IPA Bitter but yet the mellow oak and a sweetness distracts the hop character. Its has a citrus twang on the back of the flavor.. They should call it something else I think instead of an Ipa and maybe it wouldn't get flack on the aging. The Taste is really good upon that though.

Mouthfeel slight stickiness . Light , medium plus on the carbonation. Not an over powering Cloy as some Ipa's have which again I enjoy. Has slight Bite on the tongue. A very refreshing taste. Easy drinking.

Overall Even though its aged 41 days prior, and it may not be a typical IPA , Its very enjoyable. If it was just a few dollars cheaper on the four pack I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 23:18:09 | More by Dr_Bahmbay13
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3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Innis & Gunn does that wood aging thing well. While doing it with an IPA is uncommon, these folks decided to do it anyways. This would be a good time to make use of the brand's glassware which I won. From a dark glassed 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

The color is a very pale orange with a clean body. Topping it is a head which is somewhat creamy and thick. Head retention and lacing are decent. There are some interesting citric notes in the aroma, like bitter citrus peel. Not as pungent as the American counterparts, though still enough to capture your attention. A light whisper of oak creeps out as well.

The light sweetness at the start is typical of Innis and Gunn. Afterwards follow the line of modest citric and herbal hops. The oak breaks down the wall and adds layers of sweet white sugar coating to the citric notes. In comes vanilla too. I was beginning to think that there would be an arms race between the sweet and hoppy, however the more I drink the better the two meld. It goes in three stages; sweet, hoppy, and sweet again. It has a lighter mouthfeel with gentle carbonation, which is arguably the best aspect of the beer.

Here is a pleasing effort which harmonizes oak and IPA. It's not a top pick, but certainly different to warrant a pickup.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 05:33:22 | More by DoubleJ
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New York

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 14:21:52 | More by Greywulfken
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Tesco (£1.50):
Clear, golden amber colour with a 0.5cm, foamy white head that touches at being creamy in places and holds fairly well over the opening minutes.

Malty aroma to this one with some caramel and sweetness to go with the toasted malts that the title takes its name from. It's not the strongest on the nose but some subdued hops do make it through alongside some biscuit and vanilla.

Sweet, more so than the nose and with plenty of vanilla coming through on top of the toasted malts and caramel. Some floral hops start to appear around the middle, as do some citrus flavours but these are faint and not easy to detect. A bitterness at the end.

Dry and smooth with plenty of bitterness and the aforementioned floral touches that come along with the hops. The body is about medium, maybe light-medium and carbonation is moderate.

A nice beer without really standing out on its own right. The taste was a solid one but the balance let the beer down some with the bitterness and floral/citrus sharpness fighting it out and not really complimenting each other all that well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 11:34:46 | More by flyingpig
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United Kingdom (England)

3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-17-2013 12:34:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For once a beer from these guys in a brown bottle and it pours a clear golden hue with sudsy two finger head and lacing here and there,the smell is wow it's lemon and lime with mandarin and if u really have a good smell hiding is some oak and funk,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and the tastes are all about the hops with lemon,lime,sherbet,mandarins,a touch of caramel malts and finished with a warming oakiness with the bitterness there but a touch subdued from the oak ageing and overall it's quite a sessionable little drop and yeah I'd drink it again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 13:43:03 | More by ADZA
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3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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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