1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA - Innis & Gunn

Not Rated.
Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPAInnis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

121 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 121
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AndrewC
5/5  rDev +46.6%

AndrewC, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of JasonThaler
4.5/5  rDev +32%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Mowgli87
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Mowgli87, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of SamKetchum
4.5/5  rDev +32%

SamKetchum, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of wattersmike90
4.5/5  rDev +32%

wattersmike90, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of innuendoughnut
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%

innuendoughnut, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of MKuryllo
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

MKuryllo, Jul 03, 2014
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
Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +17.3%

DannyBaldoni, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Tumble, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
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.

DrDemento456, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +17.3%

kybeerdrinker, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Metalmaniac915
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Metalmaniac915, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Gww1864, May 04, 2014
Photo of speak72
4/5  rDev +17.3%

speak72, May 06, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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: 3.9, 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.

thehyperduck, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of tb4475
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

tb4475, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

WhiteHillsStore, May 28, 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 scotorum
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.

scotorum, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Ngntjp
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%

Ngntjp, Yesterday at 11:16 PM
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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Drknight, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +10%

CreekyJarls, May 24, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Innis & Gunn Toasted Oak IPA from Innis & Gunn
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.